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Security: Updates, Intel and AMD

TuxMachines - Wed, 2018-01-03 19:04

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Games: Helium Rain, Task Force, Death Gate, Monsters and Monocles, Insurgency: Sandstorm

TuxMachines - Wed, 2018-01-03 19:03

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Twistlock 2.3 Advances Container Security with Serverless Support

LinuxToday - Wed, 2018-01-03 19:00

eWEEK: Container security vendor adds new capabilities including per-layer vulnerability analysis and an improved Cloud Native App Firewall.

Ultra brief HOWTO on connecting Libreoffice Calc to an Oracle DB. Two hours of puzzling it out; hopefully someone will benefit from it.

Reddit - Wed, 2018-01-03 18:56

I couldn't find even an outline on the 'Net, so I figured I'd post something here so at least people can find it in the future.
Running Debian Sid, Libreoffice 5.4, connecting to Oracle 11.2.0.3.0

My ultra-brief HOWTO on connecting Libreoffice Calc to an Oracle DB.

From Oracle, download and unzip the latest instantclient for Linux to someplace in your $PATH, I used /usr/share/java/

Have Java installed also

in Calc - Tools -> Options -> Advanced -> select:
"Use a Java Runtime Environment"
Select your Java installation, mine is 1.8
Click <Class Path> and <Add Archive>
Navigate to your unzipped instant client and select the ojdbcXX.jar file or I guess you could also <Add Folder> and select the entire directory
Click <Ok> Note: You will have to restart LibreOffice. Nothing will appear to change. Intuitive interface is a bit lacking here.

In Libreoffice Calc, open
File -> New -> Database -> Open and Existing Database (JDBC) -> Next
jdbc:oracle:thin:@//db.address.here.org:2337/cooldbname (note:the @ may not be necessary)
JDBC driver class: oracle.jdbc.driver.OracleDriver
Click Test Class -> you should receive a positive message
Click Next ->
Enter login ID
Select 'Password required'
Click 'Test Connection'
Assuming you had a successful test, save the connection with a nice descriptive name like 'servername_dbname-libreoffice_calc_connection' or somesuch.

IMPORTANT: Most DB connections require a VPN connection, or at least they should. If you don't have a VPN installed then (for Debian) apt-get install openvpn openconnect -> $openconnect <vpn.address.org> -> type in your VPN group if necessary

Edit: If someone would like to grab this and make it a bit prettier or post it somewhere more appropriate, please feel free. Also, several edits for readability etc.

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Linux Will End Up Disabling x86 PTI For AMD Processors

Phoronix - Wed, 2018-01-03 18:45
While at the moment with the mainline Linux kernel Git tree AMD CPUs enable x86 PTI and are treated as "insecure" CPUs, the AMD patch for not setting X86_BUG_CPU_INSECURE will end up being honored...

Creating a Userland for Linux

Reddit - Wed, 2018-01-03 18:29

I’m gonna sound like an idiot asking this, as the GNU Userland and BusyBox exists, but is it possible to create a custom, alternative userland on top of the Linux Kernel? Also what experience would I need in doing so, programming language and theory wise? My goal was to originally work on an Operating System itself but seeing as a perfectly capable Kernel itself exists I moved on to userland.

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Linux uptime Command Explained for Beginners with Examples

LinuxToday - Wed, 2018-01-03 18:00

HowToForge: Learn the basics of the uptime command using some easy to understand examples.

Best of Linux.com: Top 20 Articles from 2017

Linux.com - Wed, 2018-01-03 17:30
Title: Best of Linux.com: Top 20 Articles from 20173 JanLearn more

OpenWRT + LEDE Move Ahead With Their Re-Merge

Phoronix - Wed, 2018-01-03 17:21
Last summer the embedded Linux OpenWRT and LEDE projects voted in favor of re-merging their efforts while now in 2018 that effort is coming back together now that the logistics have been addressed...

The Uniq Command Tutorial With Examples For Beginners

LinuxToday - Wed, 2018-01-03 17:00

The Uniq Command Tutorial With Examples For Beginners

5 ways open source can strengthen your job search

TuxMachines - Wed, 2018-01-03 16:46

Perhaps the clearest way working on open source projects can assist in your job search is by giving you project experience. If you are a student, you may not have many concrete projects to showcase on your resume. If you are working, perhaps you can't discuss your current projects due to privacy limitations, or maybe you're not working on tasks that interest you. Either way, scouting out appealing open source projects that allow you to showcase your skills may help in your job search. These projects are great eye-catchers on resumes and can be perfect discussion topics in interviews.

In addition, many open source projects are kept in public repositories, such as GitHub, so accessing the source code is easy for anyone who wants to become involved. Also, it makes your publicly accessible code contributions easy for recruiters and other individuals at potential employers to find. The fact that these projects are open allows you to demonstrate your skills in a more concrete manner than simply discussing them in an interview.

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Linux Mint 19 Named 'Tara'

Slashdot - Wed, 2018-01-03 16:32

Linux 4.14.11, 4.9.74, 4.4.109, and 3.18.91

TuxMachines - Wed, 2018-01-03 16:21

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If you have replaced your cell phone with a VOIP application, what is your stack?

Reddit - Wed, 2018-01-03 16:21

I am looking into replacing my cellphone with a software VOIP again now that my headset works with pulseaudio now. I am looking to see if it is a viable option for me.

What are you using for your client, intermediate server if you have, and trunking service? Can you send and receive text messages and voice mail? If there is any other notable quarks go ahead and comment on them.

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KDE Plasma 5.13 Preview

TuxMachines - Wed, 2018-01-03 16:11
  • KDE Plasma 5.13 Desktop Environment to Feature Better Web Browser Integration

    While many are waiting impatiently for the release of the KDE Plasma 5.12 LTS desktop environment, the KDE community announced today on Twitter a new feature of KDE Plasma 5.13.

    Yes, you're reading it right, we're talking about KDE Plasma 5.13, the version of the Linux desktop environment that will be coming after KDE Plasma 5.12 LTS, which is hitting the streets at the end of the month, on January 30, 2018.

    A short-lived branch, KDE Plasma 5.13 will be released on June 12, 2018, and it appears that it brings better web browser integration by allowing users to control and monitor various aspects of their web browser like playback, downloads, and tabs.

  • Better Browser-Desktop Integration Coming For KDE Plasma 5.13

    One of the new features being worked on by KDE developers in the new year is better desktop integration with web browsers.

    Expected to arrive with Plasma 5.13 is better desktop integration with Chrome/Chromium browsers and potentially Firefox too (there is an experimental Firefox add-on here). From the Plasma shell even with a minimized browser window you can now start/pause/mute any playing content, monitor browser downloads from the notification panel, and also find open browser tabs via Plasma's "Run Command" utility.

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LLVM 7.0 / Clang 7.0 Is Now Under Development

Phoronix - Wed, 2018-01-03 16:09
LLVM/Clang 6.0 has been branched, thus making LLVM/Clang 7.0 open for development on master...

Security: SELinux, Intel, Critical Flaw In phpMyAdmin

TuxMachines - Wed, 2018-01-03 16:07
  • Linode and Vultr no longer disables SELinux by default in Fedora Server 27

    The two virtual private server (VPS) hosting providers Linode and Vultr have been offering server instances of Fedora Server with Security-Enhanced Linux (SELinux) enforcement disabled by default. New instances deployed with Fedora Server 27 now enable SELinux in enforcing mode by default; aligning them to the upstream Fedora defaults.

    SELinux is a mandatory access control system managed by a set of security policies that the Kernel use to limit what processes and users can do on the system. One of Fedora’s differentiating features compared to other Linux distributions is its well-maintained and low-friction default SELinux policy set.

  • Massive Security Flaw In Intel CPUs: Upcoming Linux & Windows Fixes To Slow Down Your PC
  • Critical Flaw Reported In phpMyAdmin Lets Attackers Damage Databases

    A critical security vulnerability has been reported in phpMyAdmin—one of the most popular applications for managing the MySQL database—which could allow remote attackers to perform dangerous database operations just by tricking administrators into clicking a link.

    Discovered by an Indian security researcher, Ashutosh Barot, the vulnerability is a cross-site request forgery (CSRF) attack and affects phpMyAdmin versions 4.7.x (prior to 4.7.7).

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Linux Mint 19 codenamed “Tara”

TuxMachines - Wed, 2018-01-03 16:06

GTK 3.22 is a major stable release for GTK3. From there on, the theming engine and the APIs are stable. This is a great milestone for GTK3. It also means Linux Mint 19.x (which will become our main development platform) will use the same version of GTK as LMDE 3, and distributions which use components we develop, such as Fedora, Arch..etc. This should ease development and increase the quality of these components outside of Linux Mint.

Also: Linux Mint 19 "Tara" Slated for Release in May/June 2018, Based on Ubuntu 18.04

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