Linux is one of the best operating systems around, but no OS is perfect. All operating systems end up having bugs of one kind or another, including your favorite Linux distributions.
A writer at MakeUseOf has listed six reasons why Linux distributions often have their share of bugs.
Bertel King Jr. reports for MakeUseOf:
I’ve been a long-time GNOME user, but for the past few months, I was in a loving relationship with Elementary OS. I found much to love in the minimalist Linux-based operating system, and I encouraged readers to give it a try.
But that has changed. The number of bugs I encountered grew over time, and I’ve recently had enough. As a freelance writer, the only thing I need is a working laptop. If that’s not reliable, then I’m wasting time trying to fix the one tool my job requires.
Networking has always been one of the most persistent headaches when working with containers. Even Kubernetes—fast becoming the technology of choice for container orchestration—has limitations in how it implements networking. Tricky stuff like network security is, well, even trickier.
Now an open source project named Cilium, which is partly sponsored by Google, is attempting to provide a new networking methodology for containers based on technology used in the Linux kernel. Its goal is to give containers better network security and a simpler model for networking.
Microsoft Windows is usually a presence in most computing environments, and UNIX
administrators likely will be forced to use resources in Windows networks from
time to time. Although many are familiar with the Samba server software, the matching
smbclient utility often escapes notice.
Some tools that I use on the command line are so basic and
so ingrained in my day-to-day actions that it's weird when they're not
available. This often happens to me on OS X. I love that OS X has UNIX
underpinnings. I love that the terminal window is a
window and works like a terminal window should work.
The success of High Performance Computing (HPC) relies in no small part on the OpenPOWER Foundation, which was founded in 2013. The reason this open ecosystem is so important is that it provided members open access to the IBM POWER8 technology, which resulted in huge advances in innovation. more>>
During the past few years, FinTech has emerged as a startup realm that is growing astronomically. In 2015, the EU alone experienced a growth of investment in FinTech of more than 215%, according to a report by Accenture. more>>
Roughly 26 years after Linux pushed open source into mainstream enterprise adoption, we're still debating how big a role open source should play -- at least, some people are.
Developers aren't in that group: Open source has become part of the "furniture" for them, essential to data infrastructure (Hadoop, Spark, and so on), mobile (Android), operations (Docker, Kubernetes), machine learning (TensorFlow, Mahout), and more.
The PR world, however, didn't get the memo. Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, sent out a note this past week arguing that companies that "don't jump on the open source bandwagon" risk being "left behind." SAS's PR team, by contrast, put out a report offering helpful guidelines: Make sure your software portfolio contains no more than 40 percent open source or face potential exposure to all sorts of security, cost, and other problems.
For this article, I thought I'd introduce another chemistry
application—specifically, BKChem, a free chemical drawing program.
As opposed to many other chemistry
applications, BKChem provides both a nice GUI for constructing molecules
and a set of chemical analysis tools to look at the properties of the newly
By now, most companies who do any business in the EU are aware of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which goes into effect in 2018 and applies to any entity doing business within any of the 28 EU member states. more>>
Chrome OS has proven to be quite popular given the sales of Chromebooks and other devices that run it. But did you know that you can enjoy the look and feel of Chrome OS in Ubuntu or Linux Mint?
A writer at Noobs Lab recently posted instructions on how to install a Chrome OS theme in Ubuntu or Linux Mint.
Umair Riaz reports for Noobs Lab:
Chrome OS theme is basically material designed GTK theme with flat and elegant colors, it has two variants Chrome OS variant and Android OS variant but looks great on Ubuntu 16.10 and 16.04, it can also work on Linux Mint 18 desktop. It offers theme for Unity, Gnome Shell, Cinnamon, Xfce that means all major desktops are covered.
Usually bird-related apps involve pigs and anger, but if you're a bird
watcher like myself, there's another bird app you must download. Cornell
Labs has released a free app called Merlin Bird ID that helps identify
birds you see in the wild.
Back in January, Nintendo confirmed that Super Mario Run would arrive for Android in March, but this is the first we're hearing of a specific date. The game arrives with the Version 2.0.0 update, though no other details about what the update will contain were shared (via DualShockers).
For every article, I try to write something that is interesting, entertaining,
educational and fun. Sometimes I even succeed. Many other times I
have some things I'd like to talk about, but there's not enough of it
to fill the space.
This time, I decided a disjointed
hodge podge would be the theme. So let's just have a virtual nerdy talk
about stuff, shall we?
Linux Mint has been lambasted by some in the media for security problems over the last few years. But how accurate are such perceptions? Does Linux Mint really suffer from security problems or is it all much ado about nothing?
A writer at DistroWatch wades into the controversy and examines some of the myths and misunderstandings about Linux Mint and security.
A local privilege esclation flaw has been fixed in the Linux kernel, but several upstream distributions have yet to release updates. Administrators should plan on mitigating the vulnerability on Linux servers and workstations themselves and monitor the distributions for their update plans.
The race condition flaw in the n_hdlc driver (drivers/tty/n_hdlc.c) in the Linux kernel through 4.10.1 (CVE-2017-2636) can lead to a double-free error in n_hdlc_release() when accessing the n_hdlc.tbuf list, said Alexander Popov, a researcher at Russia-based Positive Technologies who found and reported the flaw. A local, unprivileged user able to set the HDLC line discipline on the tty device could exploit this flaw and gain increased privileges over the affected system or cause a denial-of-service condition.
Usually I try to write articles that are not aimed at a particular
distribution. Although I may give examples assuming a Debian-based
distribution, whenever possible, I try to make my instructions applicable to
everyone. This is not going to be one of those articles. more>>
Windows has its virtues, but many people simply don’t like it and don’t want it running on their computers. Nor do they wish to pay the Apple tax and buy a Mac. So what other operating systems are out there?
A writer at MakeUseOf has a great roundup of eight free alternatives to Windows and MacOS.
With this release, Mesosphere is once again emphasizing DC/OS as a solution for deploying and maintaining large, complex data-centric applications. Version 1.9 adds out-of-the-box support for several major data services and a passel of improvements for DC/OS's existing container support.
Is Windows 10 an operating system or an advertising platform?
Windows 10 has certainly gotten its share of lumps since it was released. Some users really liked it, while other detested the changes made by Microsoft. Windows 10 has proven to be a great example of beauty being in the eye of the beholder.
One writer at BetaNews recently wondered if Windows 10 was an operating system or an advertising platform.
Last year I worked on a project to add an OEM-style rescue partition to a
computer. Where most OEM installs have a custom program that just rewrites
an install image over the top of the partition, in this case, everything
was based on open-source software. more>>
Currently in an alpha release stage, Kubo instantiates, deploys, and manages Kubernetes clusters on any cloud. Pivotal has been working on the project with members of the Google Cloud platform team.
Kubo can be used with existing production applications written in specific languages, and it can access platform primitives. Bosh, featured as part of Cloud Foundry, provides an open source tool chain for managing large-scale distributed services. It offers a combination of a virtual machine build tool, configuration and health management, and logging. Bosh has been used to build consistent, self-healing environments with zero downtime, Seroter said.