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Debian 9.4 Released

Slashdot - Sat, 2018-03-10 23:10

How to create a cron job with Kubernetes on a Raspberry Pi

LinuxToday - Sat, 2018-03-10 23:00

Find a better way to run your scheduled tasks efficiently and reliably.

How to Install osTicket on Ubuntu 16.04

LXer - Sat, 2018-03-10 22:49
In this tutorial, we will show you, how to install osTicket on Ubuntu 16.04, using a LEMP stack, with Nginx as a web server, MySQL database server and PHP 7.0. osTicket is a free and open source support ticket system written in PHP. It’s a simple and lightweight tool, which you can use to manage, organize and archive your support ticket requests. Installing osTicket on Ubuntu 16.04, is an easy task if you carefully follow this tutorial below. Let’s get started.

Productive ZFS on LVM on RAID possible because of V-Server limitations?

Reddit - Sat, 2018-03-10 22:47

So i have Access to a V-Server with 16GB RAM and 2TB Storage. I Planned to User it as the georedundant counterpart of my OpenZFS based NAS.

Unfortunally, V-Servers offen Provider only a single Block device from their Storage Backend wich forces to use LVM. Additionally The storage Backend also Uses a unknown RAID configuration.

In https://www.reddit.com/r/linux/comments/417osz/is_zfs_on_lvm_on_raid_a_good_idea/ It ist not recommended to run this Setup in production If you have The choise to use The bare Metal HDDs. But What should one do in such a Case ?

I want to be able to still use The awesome Dedup,compression and encryption of ZFS on The remote couterpart. Can i Just Put ZFS on top of the unneccesary abstractions and mirror it from my main ZFS NAS?

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Help me understand X server

Reddit - Sat, 2018-03-10 21:50

So, what's the reason of X server actually, assuming single user environment, and remote only via ssh, what's the point to have a server to display all other apps??

I mean, wasn't much simple to use directly instead all RPC hell and sync and all that stuff? Or I miss something?

Is this a dinosaur from old UNIX and peoples insist to keep it like that with that architecture or something else? I can't find the full utility of this.

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10 Tips for Using Vim Text Editor

LXer - Sat, 2018-03-10 20:54
Vim is one of the best and commonly used text editor and could be used as IDE on Linux and MAC OS X. There are many Vim tips could help you to get your work done much more quicker and efficient if you are using Vim as your text editor. So, let’s check some of Vim Tips that could be helpful for your daily usage.

Install Wine 3.3

Reddit - Sat, 2018-03-10 19:31

Linux logname Command Tutorial for Beginners (with Examples)

LXer - Sat, 2018-03-10 19:00
Linux offers several commands that display in output the current user's login name. One of those is logname. In this tutorial, we will quickly understand the basics of this command line tool using some easy to understand examples.

How to Install and Configure Nibbleblog on Ubuntu 16.04

LinuxToday - Sat, 2018-03-10 19:00

HowToForge: Nibbleblog is a free, lightweight, very easy and powerful engine for creating blogs.

Is Microsoft too big to fail? What would it take to make people switch over to Linux?

Reddit - Sat, 2018-03-10 18:01

Hello everyone,

just wanted to ask you about your opinion on a matter which has long fascinated me: Just how passible are Windows users? What does Microsoft have to do in order to drive people away?

There are many "the year of the Linux desktop" memes and jokes, and many explanations on why Linux doesn't take off on the Desktop, but I want to look at the situation from another perspective:

What would Microsoft have to do in order to make people say: Enough is enough.

In order to discuss that, let's have a look at what they have already done:

  • completely changed and rearranged the interface (Windows 8), thus breaking the workflow of many people
  • forcing updates down the throat of people, making their PCs unexpectedly restart amidst of their work (Windows 10)
  • spy on users heavily without any opt-out (Windows 10)
  • distributing a lot of bloatware, the most disturbing being Candy Crush(!) in Windows 10 (Windows 8, Windows 10)
  • Making work environments far more unstable via releasing big feature updates twice a year (Windows 10)
  • Making their most important first-party software (Office) go down the subscription path (since 2011)

I think they have done almost everything to make people move away from them. Yet they still have the biggest third party software support. Is there anything Microsoft would have to do in order to force people to switch, or are they just too big to fail?

Would like to hear some opinions on that. What did drive you away (if you haven't been a Linux user from the start)?

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An Early Look At The Linux 4.16 Kernel Performance With AMD EPYC

Phoronix - Sat, 2018-03-10 18:00
A few days back I provided some fresh Linux 4.16 kernel benchmarks compared to recent stable kernel releases while also toggling the KPTI and Retpoline security features on Linux 4.16 Git for seeing the impact of the Spectre and Meltdown mitigation techniques on this latest kernel while using Intel Xeon hardware. For this latest round of tests is a similar comparison while using an AMD EPYC system.

The Pale Moon project and its destiny. A critical analysis.

Reddit - Sat, 2018-03-10 17:21

Hello everyone,

this post is about the Pale Moon project and its future related to Quantum. As you all know, the Pale Moon project is determined to keep the Firefox 28 interface and XUL/XPCOM add-ons in the long run. I am now going to analyze its future prospects, putting its current status into consideration. I will divide this post into several sub-points...

(1) Fading add-on support

Most add-on developers have finished the transition to WebExtensions, at least as far as the actively developed add-ons are concerned. Out of the TOP 20, only 2 add-ons (DownThemAll! and iMacros for Firefox) have not yet made the jump to the WebExtension format:

The Pale Moon lead dev apparently has no intention to support WebExtensions:

One argument in particular is concerning, and I quote:

WebExtensions are too restrictive for anything but the most basic tools and will not, ever, allow true extension of the browser's functionality as a result. This makes the technology used for it undesirable for Pale Moon since it will, by design, fall short from day 1.

It doesn't matter if WebExtensions "fall short" in his opinion. Most actively developed add-ons are WebExtensions by now, as they wouldn't work in the current branch of Firefox otherwise. Most people are satisfied with them, and powerful tools like TreeStyleTab are obviously possible; Mozilla is working on further extending the APIs.

But Pale Moon's add-on issues run deeper than that: The Firefox 28 interface is preventing add-ons that only support Firefox 29 (released April 29, 2014) and up from being installed! Needless to say, Pale Moon users are even now forced to install vastly outdated versions of add-ons which might pose a security risk.

Add-ons being outdated is especially problematic when it comes to add-ons that continually have to be updated to keep up with the web (HTTPS Everywhere, uBlock Origin, Decentraleyes, NoScript etc.). Themes and other interface-changing add-ons could be another matter.

(2) The need to use a new Gecko base

The Pale Moon developers have claimed repeatedly that they are supposedly "independent" from Mozilla. It should be self-evident that this cannot be true. Pale Moon 26 used Gecko 24 as its base, and the Pale Moon developers saw the need to rebase to Gecko 38 (used in Pale Moon 27) in 2016. Their "UXP" is their code word for another rebase to Gecko 52 (Pale Moon 28, maybe):

So we have Gecko 24 (2013), Gecko 38 (2015) and Gecko 52 (2017). From this, it can be seen that they have to rebase every 2 years, as they would otherwise fall behind. This does not come as a surprise considering the size of its team. Developing browsers today takes sizeable teams and grand amounts of money. There is a reason why Firefox development is costly (as in: millions and millions of cash). The Pale Moon project do not have the resources, and need to use Mozilla's work as the basis of their own.

However, Mozilla is actively removing the outdated technologies the Pale Moon devs have vowed to uphold, notably:

Does anyone of you believe that future Firefox versions are still usable as a base for the Pale Moon project? Please raise your finger! Considering the frequency of the rebases, born out of their inability to keep up with Mozilla's web standard support, I think that the Pale Moon project might be on its way out. Gecko 52 as base seems like a last-ditch effort.

That being said, their refusal to implement e10s will come back to bite them the most, together with the change of interface technology. Don't ask me why a technology that makes Firefox so much faster is not present in their browser.

(3) Lacking support for DRM

Streaming services are growing fast nowadays:

Those streaming services require DRM. Mozilla knows that people expect those to work out of the box, hence the presence of the EME module. I don't want to open up a debate about DRM as a (rather bad) technology here, I just want to make it clear that the lack of it is driving users away from Pale Moon. As with the add-ons and the user interface, they refuse to adapt to modern times and their demands. How someone can not recognize the increasing importance of streaming is beyond me.

(4) Failing security

Somewhat related to (2), the backporting of Firefox security patches will be increasingly hard for Pale Moon, as the Firefox base moves further and further away from them. At some point, most fixes won't apply to them, and those that still apply, will be extremely hard to backport.

Combine that with the all-powerful add-on system still in place (this has security implications if you use the wrong add-on), their refusal to implement signing requirement, their refusal to make use of Google SafeBrowsing, their refusal to use Mozilla's blacklist, their refusal to implement e10s... etc.

The Pale Moon project does not have the resources that would enable them to employ security researchers, so their code will very likely be less reviewed, and thus increasingly insecure. The lack of backported fixes will hit them the hardest over time, but the other factors do not necessarily make things better.

Summa summarum, I strongly believe that the Pale Moon project is not going to last much longer. The rapid code restructuring happening at Mozilla just now, bringing performance benefits to all of us, will leave them in the dust.

My plea to Moonchild, the Pale Moon lead dev, would be to terminate the project now, as he knows just as well as I do that another rebase to a newer Firefox version cannot happen. His product will fall behind both in terms of security and web standard support. It won't have many of the features that people would normally expect. It will leave people increasingly insecure.

Moonchild - if you feel any responsibility for your users, don't play with their trust. Trusting in your product will be less and less justified.

I am concerned for those users and have been for a long time, I actually got the boot when I brought some problems up, and was thrown out of the forum, but not before being put under cross-fire by some forum members: https://forum.palemoon.org/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=14357

I don't seek to hurt the project, but most of the issues I mentioned back then were left unresolved. As it is clear that the security of the product is going to fail more and more, I thought I might update my post, wishing to hear what the Linux/Firefox community (who hopefully understand the point I am trying to make) thinks about the future of Pale Moon, considering the Quantum changeover.

This being said, please avoid this thread turning into an anti-Pale Moon tirade. I would just like to discuss the technical aspects, and what you think about the path they have chosen.

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Trying to install Solus on my MacBook Pro, some help needed

Reddit - Sat, 2018-03-10 17:11

Hello /r/linux,

I'm trying to install Solus next to macOS on my MacBook Pro Retina (late 2013). I've burnt the ISO image of Solus on a USB flash drive and I've booted Solus but the Wi-Fi isn't working.
I've looked on Reddit and Google and I've found that you have to install the correct proprietary driver for the Wi-Fi to work properly.
After looking in the settings of the MacBook, I've found that the Wi-Fi card is a Broadcom BCM43xx 1.0 ( but I don't know how I can install the driver after installing Solus (where to download it, how to install it, since I don't have an Ethernet port on my MacBook, how to install it without connecting to the Internet…?).

Also, if I manage to solve this issue, how can I install Solus next to macOS (without removing macOS since I need it for work), with the disk utility or with the Solus installation wizard?

Thanks a lot!

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