Geek Hide-away in Guatemala - Stay for Free!

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Posted by on 26 November 2015 | 12:17 pm

Microsoft and Linux: True Romance or Toxic Love?

Every now and then, you come across a news story that makes you choke on your coffee or splutter hot latte all over your monitor. Microsoft's recent proclamations of love for Linux is an outstanding example of such a story. more>>

Posted by on 25 November 2015 | 7:38 am

PuppetLabs Introduces Application Orchestration

Article Sponsor:  Puppet Labs Everybody loves Puppet! Or at the very least, an awful lot of people USE Puppet and in the IT world, “love” is often best expressed by the opening of one’s wallet. I know, in the FOSS world wallets are unnecessary, and Puppet does indeed have an Open Source version. more>>

Posted by on 25 November 2015 | 5:48 am

Non-Linux FOSS: Install Windows? Yeah, Open Source Can Do That.

For my day job, I occasionally have to demonstrate concepts in a Windows environment. The most time-consuming part of the process is almost always the installation. Don't get me wrong; Linux takes a long time to install, but in order to set up a multi-system lab of Windows computers, it can take days! more>>

Posted by on 24 November 2015 | 7:24 am

Cipher Security: How to harden TLS and SSH

Encryption and secure communications are critical to our life on the Internet. Without the ability to authenticate and preserve secrecy, we cannot engage in commerce, nor can we trust the words of our friends and colleagues. more>>

Posted by on 23 November 2015 | 7:50 am

Web Stores Held Hostage

Last week has seen an explosion of e-commerce sites infected with the Linux.Encoder.1 ransomware. For those not familiar with the term, ransomware is a particularly vicious type of malware that aims to extort money from the owners of compromised systems. more>>

Posted by on 19 November 2015 | 8:00 am

diff -u: What's New in Kernel Development

The NMI (non-masking interrupt) system in Linux has been a notorious patchwork for a long time, and Andy Lutomirski recently decided to try to clean it up. NMIs occur when something's wrong with the hardware underlying a running system. more>>

Posted by on 17 November 2015 | 1:16 pm

Recipy for Science

More and more journals are demanding that the science being published be reproducible. Ideally, if you publish your code, that should be enough for someone else to reproduce the results you are claiming. But, anyone who has done any actual computational science knows that this is not true. more>>

Posted by on 16 November 2015 | 12:47 pm

Firefox's New Feature for Tighter Security

Freedom and privacy go hand in hand. In an ideal world, we wouldn't have to worry about who was looking over our shoulders. None of us would have anything to hide, and we would have ulterior motives. As citizens of the real world though, we have to take measures to protect ourselves. more>>

Posted by on 13 November 2015 | 1:52 pm

Simple Photo Editing, Linux Edition!

A while back I wrote about the awesome open-source image editing program Paint.NET, which is available only for Windows. Although I'm thrilled there is an open-source option for Windows users, Paint.NET is one of those apps that is so cool, I wish it worked in Linux! Thankfully, there's another app in town with similar features, and it's cross-platform! more>>

Posted by on 12 November 2015 | 12:51 pm

Android Candy: If You're Not Using This, Then Do That

The "If This Then That" site has been around for a long time, but if you haven't checked it out in a while, you owe it to yourself to do so. The Android app (which had a recent name change to simply "IF") makes it easy to manipulate on the fly, and you're still able to interact with your account on its Web site. more>>

Posted by on 10 November 2015 | 2:24 pm

IBM LinuxONE Provides New Options for Linux Deployment

In August 2015, IBM announced LinuxONE (, anchored by two new Linux mainframe servers that capitalize on best-of-class mainframe security and performance, and that bring these strengths to open-source-based technologies and the Open Source community. Th more>>

Posted by on 9 November 2015 | 1:27 pm

Tiny Makers

If you've ever dropped Mentos in a bottle of Coke with kids or grown your own rock candy in a jar with string, you know how excited children get when doing science. For some of us, that fascination never goes away, which is why things like Maker Faire exist. more>>

Posted by on 5 November 2015 | 3:16 pm

How Will the Big Data Craze Play Out?

I was in the buzz-making business long before I learned how it was done. That happened here, at Linux Journal. Some of it I learned by watching kernel developers make Linux so useful that it became irresponsible for anybody doing serious development not to consider it—and, eventually, not to use it. Some I learned just by doing my job here. more>>

Posted by on 4 November 2015 | 2:42 pm

It's a Bird. It's Another Bird!

Editor's Note: Shawn will be revisiting his birdcam in the December issue of Linux Journal, so here's the original article in the series to refresh your memory. more>>

Posted by on 3 November 2015 | 8:00 am