Issue #185 / Apr 2016
DVD: Knoppix 7.7 Exclusive Release
Approximate on sale dates:
- UK/Europe: Mar 05
- USA/Canada: Apr 01
- Australia: May 02
Arch is the favorite Linux for a thriving community of programmers and power users. We’ll show you why.
Security is always big news in IT. The talk today is that the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, in Hollywood, California, has just suffered a crippling ransomware attack. Most of the computers at the hospital are compromised with what appears to be a variant of the CryptoWall ransomware tool.
SERVICE: This Month's DVD
Linux Magazine exclusive release of Knoppix 7.7.
Updates on technologies, trends, and tools
COVER STORIES: Understanding Arch
So what is Arch Linux really?
Arch is one of those Linux distributions that everyone knows about but few know well. Now is the time for a closer look.
COVER STORIES: Arch Installers
Shortcut your Arch installation with Architect Linux or Arch Anywhere
Arch's manual installation maximizes flexibility and teaches you about your system, but if you're in a hurry, you might want to try a Live installer like Architect Linux or Arch Anywhere.
COVER STORIES: Comparing Arch Derivatives
Exploring the world of Arch Linux derivatives
Several projects have used Arch as a starting point and shaped it in different ways. We describe some leading Arch derivatives.
REVIEWS: Tool Tips
Tool tests on the fast track
We test Yuck, Uftpd, Guncat, Kiwix, Miller, and Debian Package Search.
FEATURES: Knoppix 7.7 CeBIT Edition
Knoppix 7.7 is based on the current development version of Debian GNU/Linux and comes with hardware support from kernel 4.4, including many updates and new features.
FEATURES: Ask Klaus!
Klaus Knopper answers your Linux questions
Understanding and taming file timestamps.
FEATURES: Metadata Analysis
Analyzing network flow records
Detect operating systems, installed software, and more from easily collected metadata.
FEATURES: Perl – GPS Data
Optimizing and visualizing GPS data
Handheld navigation devices point the way and continuously record your position while you are walking. With a few scripts on Linux, extreme climber Mike Schilli attractively visualizes the data from some of his bold first ascents.
FEATURES: Charly's Column – Dnstop
The sys admin's daily grind: Dnstop
In last month's issue, Charly sent the lean pdnsd DNS cache down the catwalk. To see whether pdnsd really does the work expected of it, he now puts dnstop through infinite rounds in the name of names.
Crystal – A Ruby-esque programing language
Crystal is an open source project that seeks to combine the best of two worlds: the simplicity of a language syntax similar to Ruby and the speed and capabilities of the LLVM platform.
FEATURES: ELK Stack
Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana – The ELK stack
A powerful search engine, a tool for processing and normalizing protocols, and another for visualizing the results – Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana form the ELK stack, which helps admins manage logfiles on high-volume systems.
LINUXUSER: Command Line – Man Pages
Writing and reading man pages
Man pages provide essential information but may seem cryptic if you're not familiar with their structure. We explain how they're organized so you can get the most out of them.
LINUXUSER: Workspace – Bash Backup
Use the power of Bash to transform a Linux machine into a device for automatic backup of storage cards and cameras.
LINUXUSER: Bitwig 1.3
Bitwig Studio 1.3.5 digital audio workstation tested
Bitwig Studio 1.3.5, together with the JACK sound server, gives users the freedom to produce professional-quality tracks.
LINUXUSER: Qubes OS
Bulkheads on the desktop – Qubes OS
Qubes OS compartmentalizes every activity on your desktop in its own VM.
COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK: Doghouse – Linux Is Not Perfect
Yes, Linux has issues; let's work on them
maddog reflects on the fact that Linux is not perfect, but it's still arguably the best.
COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK: Event Report – 32C3
Chaos Communication Congress 2015
The 32nd Chaos Communication Congress (32C3) attracted a colorful mix of 12,000 hackers to Hamburg, Germany.
COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK: Event Report – SCaLE 14x
SCaLE 14x Highlights
Swapnil stops in on the Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE).
COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK: Patent Trolls
How to kill patent trolls before they are born
Lazy minds equate patent rates with innovation rates and are happy to see steady increases in the number of patents issued each year. Modern scientists and innovators know better.
But if you are not using the latest Linux kernel, your system is insecure.
Home routers will give room for custom firmware but still comply with FCC rules
Frank Karlitschek will continue to lead the open source ownCloud project
“Xenial Xerus” comes with a new packages format and several improvements for the enterprise.
Linux users can now download and install the Windows code editor
New initiative will address security and interoperability concerns around container technology.
Developers can use RHEL as a development platform without a subscription fee.
Windows users will soon have native access to the Bash shell.
Improvements to SMTP will provide better guarantee of confidentiality
Graphics vendor embraces new reality in Linux graphics