Issue #167 / Oct 2014
DVD: Deepin 2014 and Ubuntu 14.04.01
Approximate on sale dates:
- UK/Europe: Sep 08
- USA/Canada: Oct 03
- Australia: Nov 03
This month we look at two intrusion detection tools to help keep your systems safe.
RadioShack has dug itself into serious financial straits through the years by failing to stay with the times. When I was a kid, “Radio Shack” was a cool little store with lots of strange gadgets for electronics hobbyists and do-it-yourself home repair types. Any business that intentionally calls itself a “shack” is clearly trying to evoke an image, and the Radio Shack image was a preserve for the home inventor, laboring in a backyard shop, contentedly stringing wires and soldering connections amid piles of loose parts and circuit diagrams.
SERVICE: This Month's DVD
This months double-sided DVD features deepin 2014, an elegant and intuitive system built on Ubuntu 14.04, and Ubuntu 14.04.01.
NEWS: Linux News
Updates on Technologies, Trends, and Tools
Protecting your network with the Suricata intrusion detection system
Snort isn't the only free intrusion detection tool in the barnyard. We'll show you a powerful and promising alternative known as Suricata.
Exploring the latest version of Snort
Get ready for a bigger and better Snort. If you're used to protecting your systems with this trusty intrusion detection tool, you'll appreciate the new features in the latest version.
REVIEWS: Deepin Linux
New desktop: Deepin Desktop Environment
Gnome version 3 lost many friends, prompting Linux users to look for alternatives. The elegant and carefully crafted Deepin Linux pushes into the gap with a desktop that feels like a hybrid of Linux, Windows, and Mac OS.
FEATURES: Clean System
Detoxing your operating system
Linux and many Internet services just love logging. To keep your system from putting on too much weight and wasting valuable disk space, we present an effective diet with guaranteed success.
FEATURES: Rescatux Rescue Disk
Repairing boot managers and more in Linux and Windows
If your computer fails to boot, you need a helping hand. Rescatux combines proven repair and rescue tools.
FEATURES: Git-annex Assistant
Synchronizing data with the Git-annex Assistant
Git-annex Assistant is a handy web interface that lets you use the power of Git to synchronize data across several computers.
FEATURES: Charly's Column: Shell In A Box
The sys admin's daily grind: Shell In A Box
FEATURES: Bash Tricks
Enhance and secure your Bash shells
The Bash shell is powerful and infinitely expressive. In this article we describe some tricky techniques you can use to enhance and customize your Bash environment.
FEATURES: Perl: Spotify
Archiving Spotify playlists
For a monthly fee, the Spotify streaming service beams music onto your desktop or phone. To intensify the groove, Perlmeister Mike Schilli archived his Spotify playlists for eternity using an OAuth-protected web API.
The versatile networkboot loader iPXE
iPXE simplifies the task of booting images over a network and also lets admins design dynamic boot menus that integrate scripts and boot images via HTTP(S).
FEATURES: Real-Time Monitoring Tools
Comparing the Top, Htop, Atop, and Glances system monitors
The Top system monitor is a useful aid for identifying system bottlenecks, and Htop, Atop, and Glances extend its possibilities.
FEATURES: Ask Klaus
Klaus Knopper answers your Linux questions
What’s new in Knoppix 7.4?
LINUXUSER: Workspace: Chrome Apps
Chrome open source apps and extensions
Transform the Chrome and Chromium browsers into productivity powerhouses with open source apps and extensions.
Synchronizing folders and files
Legacy backup programs are too heavyweight for a quick backup on the fly, but Synkron helps you keep smaller datasets in sync with just a couple of mouse clicks.
LINUXUSER: Command Line: YankRing
Copying and pasting with Vim and YankRing
With the YankRing plugin, Vim's yank and pull features become even more powerful.
LINUXUSER: Audex CD Ripper
Audex, the lean audio CD ripper
With the Audex CD ripper, you can start digitizing your personal music collection immediately.
COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK: Doghouse: Blame Game
Who's to blame when products fail?
"maddog" takes exception to attempts to blame Open Source for some recent product failures.
COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK: Event Report: Linux Bier Wanderung 2014
The Linux Beer Hike in Wales
Pretty little villages with unpronounceable names, cozy pubs, a beautiful countryside with canals, rivers, waterfalls, sheep, and hills – welcome to the annual Linux Beer Hike in Talybont-on-Usk, Wales.
COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK: Kernel News
Chronicler Zack Brown reports on the latest news, views, dilemmas, and developments within the Linux kernel community.
COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK: Event Report: Texas Linux Fest 2014
In June, Linux users and developers gathered at the Austin Convention Center for Texas Linux Fest 2014.
New flaw in an old encryption scheme leaves the experts scrambling to disable SSL 3
Lennart Poettering wants to change the way Linux developers talk to each other.
Enterprise giant frees itself from ink and home PCs (and visa versa).
Mozilla’s product think tank sinks silently into history.
TODO group will focus on open source tools in large-scale environments.
New tool will look like GParted but support a wider range of storage technologies.
New public key pinning feature will help prevent man-in-the-middle attacks.
Carnegie Mellon researchers say 3 million pages could fall down the phishing hole in the next year.
The US government rolls new best-practice rules for protecting SSH.