- Google ditches Ubuntu for Debian for internal engineering environment – Switches commercial model for contribution to open source.
- LWN.net Weekly Edition for January 11, 2018 – Some good info on Linux and open source.
- Red Hat reverts microcode update to mitigate Spectre, refers to hardware vendors for fix – RHEL 6.x/7.x and CentOS users beware. You must now wait for Intel to release microcode update. See also how to patch Spectre on Linux and how to patch Meltdown on Linux.
- The story behind our open source efforts – How to master the art of open source while working with your client. Good read.
- PHP-PM Is a Process Manager, Supercharger, and Load Balancer for PHP Applications – PHP-PM is an open-source process manager, supercharger, and load balancer for PHP applications. It uses ReactPHP to achieve event-driven, non-blocking I/O with PHP.
- The Linux commands you should NEVER use – Avoid typing these commands if you like your data.
- How to setup SYSLOG-NG AND ELASTICSEARCH 6 on RHEL/CentOS – This is a quick how-to guide to get you started with syslog-ng (the current version is 3.13) and Elasticsearch 6 on RHEL/CentOS 7.
- Top 20 OpenSSH Server Best Security Practices – Learn how to secure your OpenSSH server running on a Linux or Unix server in cloud.
- 10 Lessons from 10 Years of AWS – For the last 10 years, I have had the chance to work in companies that embraced the cloud, and in particular AWS. This two-part blog post is an attempt to share that experience with you. Hope you enjoy! Please do not hesitate to give feedback, share your own stories or simply like 🙂
- Teaching an Almost 40-year Old UNIX about Backspace – Interesting article about older UNIX operating system.
- Librem 5 Phone Progress Report – Librem 5, the Linux phone that focuses on security by design and privacy.
- Wine 3.0 Released – This release represents a year of development effort and over 6,000 individual changes. It contains a large number of improvements such as:
- Direct3D 10 and 11 support.
- The Direct3D command stream.
- The Android graphics driver.
- Improved DirectWrite and Direct2D support.
Red Hat employee Christian F.K. Schaller addressed why GNU/Linux missed becoming a mainstream Linux desktop operating system for average person or open source enthusiast. From the blog post:
Audacity is a free and open-source audio editing software for Windows, macOS, Linux, and Unix-like operating systems. Audacity used to record and mix entire albums, post-processing of all types of audio, including podcasts by adding effects such as normalization, trimming, and fading in and out and more.
SQLite is a free and open source relational database management system. It is embedded into the end program.
Mozilla Firefox is a free and open source web browser. It also provide the most control to users in regards to privacy and security. Someone published a comprehensive list of Firefox privacy and security settings on github:
The Z shell (Zsh) is a free and open source Linux/Unix shell that can be used as an interactive login shell and as a powerful command interpreter for shell scripting. This guide shows how to setup better vi mode in ZSH.
SystemTap is a free and open source software that provides infrastructure to simplify the gathering of information about the running Linux system. This tutorial explains how to use SystemTap with your Linux based system. From the article:
The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE), European Digital Rights (EDRi), and 34 other open source and digital rights advocacy groups has published an open letter to EU legislators calling for new legislation that will require code paid for by the people to be made available as Free and open source software. “Public Money? Public Code!”
The open letter, signed by tens of organizations and thousands of individuals, calls on EU legislators to:
Every year since 2009, a group of KDE developers gathers in Randa, Switzerland for a large sprint. The event – called Randa Meetings – usually has a theme, and this year it’s accessibility.
From making software more usable for people with disabilities to improving navigation and scalable fonts that will benefit everyone, the activities planned for Randa 2017 are ambitious and in the spirit of Free Software.
Anyone can support the developers by donating to the official Randa 2017 fundraiser, and help bring those plans closer to reality.
Some how Linux howtos and guides for you:
- Does your Linux server need a RAM upgrade? Lets check with free, top, vmstat and sar : e’s This article will walk you though performing command line checks on your Linux server(s).
- Delivering RPM packages securely and continuously with Jenkins and Hashicorp Vault: When you publicly deliver more than eight releases a day—like we do for Tuleap—making sure that users can verify the authenticity of the deliverables becomes a challenge. Over the past few weeks we have modified our Jenkins build pipelines to GPG sign every RPM package we deliver, thus enhancing the level of security we bring to every Tuleap user.
- Learn regex the easy way: Regular expression is a group of characters or symbols which is used to find a specific pattern from a text.
- Extremely Fast MySQL Backup and Restore Using Mydumper/Myloader: Mydumper and Myloader are utility software programs that allow you to perform extremely fast and reliable multi-threaded MySQL backup and restore which is written in the C programming language.
- How to test the network speed/throughput between two Linux servers: I have setup total four servers in cloud based data center. They run either CentOS or Ubuntu Linux. I need to make sure clustered file system performance is reasonable as my servers shared with other users. How do I check the speed between the two Linux servers using command line options for private LAN/VLAN?
- LINUX FU: BETTER BASH SCRIPTING: It is easy to dismiss bash — the typical Linux shell program — as just a command prompt that allows scripting. Bash, however, is a full-blown programming language. I wouldn’t presume to tell you that it is as fast as a compiled C program, but that’s not why it exists. While a lot of people use shell scripts as an analog to a batch file in MSDOS, it can do so much more than that. Contrary to what you might think after a casual glance, it is entirely possible to write scripts that are reliable and robust enough to use in many embedded systems on a Raspberry Pi or similar computer.
- Top 25 Nginx Web Server Best Security Practices: This page collects hints how to improve the security of nginx web servers running on Linux or UNIX-like operating systems.
- KMail Bug Sent Encrypted Emails in Plain-Text — for 4 years: KMail’s ‘Send Later’ caused PGP encrypted private emails to be sent in plain-text
- How-to guide: Enable debugging to capture NFS logs: How-to guide: Enable debugging to capture NFS logs
- How to Size Your MongoDB Clusters: Overprovisioning remains a rampant problem, which companies such as Qubole aim to solve through automation. It can be costly when using public clouds if companies pay for more capacity than they need to run their workloads. Underprovisioning, however, can lead to dire performance problems and customer churn.