Vigilante Malware

Vigilante. The word itself conjures up images of a man in a mask, leaping across rooftops as he chases wrongdoers, dancing with the devil in the pale moonlight. In films and on TV, the vigilante is usually the character we support. But would you welcome a vigilante into your home in real life? more>>

Posted by on 6 October 2015 | 12:35 pm

Non-Linux FOSS: Code Your Way To Victory!

One of my favorite things about grade school was when the teacher would review for a test by playing Jeopardy. I'm pretty old, so my version of classroom Jeopardy was done on a chalkboard with the teacher reading answers from index cards, but the new computer-based versions I see in schools are at least as cool. more>>

Posted by on 5 October 2015 | 2:30 pm

Dealing with Boundary Issues

The other evening a bunch of us were sitting in a friend's living room while a series of photos scrolled across her TV. The photos were a screen saver served up by her new Apple TV box. Some of the pictures were of people, birds, flowers, cats and other typical stuff. more>>

Posted by on 2 October 2015 | 12:33 pm

October 2015 Issue of Linux Journal: Raspberry Pi

A Tasty Slice of Awesome I love the flavor of raspberries, but quite honestly, the seeds gross me out. more>>

Posted by on 1 October 2015 | 12:03 pm

October 2015 Video Preview

Posted by on 1 October 2015 | 9:30 am

System Status as SMS Text Messages

If you're paying really close attention, you'll remember that in my last article, I was exploring the rudiments of a script that would accept a list of words as input and create a word search grid, suitable for printing. more>>

Posted by on 29 September 2015 | 3:41 pm

Libreboot on an X60, Part I: the Setup

Recently I wrote a review for the Linux Journal Web site on the Purism Librem 15 laptop. The goal of this laptop is to provide a piece of modern hardware that can run 100% free software not just for the OS, but also all device drivers and firmware up to and including the BIOS. more>>

Posted by on 28 September 2015 | 1:01 pm

New Products

Please send information about releases of Linux-related products to or New Products c/o Linux Journal, PO Box 980985, Houston, TX 77098. Submissions are edited for length and content.

Posted by on 25 September 2015 | 12:48 pm

Vagrant Simplified

I admit it, some tools confuse me. I know they must be amazing, because programs don't get popular by being dumb (well, reality TV, but that's another story). I have the same sort of confusion with Vagrant that I have with Wine, Docker, Chef and countless other amazing tools people constantly rave about. So in this article, I'm going to break down Vagrant into its simplest form. more>>

Posted by on 25 September 2015 | 12:30 pm

Bluetooth Hacks

Connect to the Internet, work with your files, lock your workspace, listen to music and do so much more with the help of Bluetooth technology. more>>

Posted by on 23 September 2015 | 2:52 pm

Disney's Linux Light Bulbs (Not a "Luxo Jr." Reboot)

Last week, Disney announced its latest project: Linux Light Bulbs. Although it sounds like an adorable animated feature starring our favorite OS, it's actually an exciting new networking technology. Of course, Linux plays a central role. more>>

Posted by on 22 September 2015 | 2:34 pm

Linux and the Internet of Things

I wake up in the middle of the night, mouth parched and vision blurry, and fumble around to find my iPhone. I press my thumb to the fingerprint scanner, and in the dim blue light, just out of instinct, I squint at the screen, find the right app, open it, and check the ambient temperature and air quality indoors. more>>

Posted by on 21 September 2015 | 1:45 pm

iTVMediaCenter: Scam or Brilliance?

The folks at iTVMediaCenter recently contacted me about their one-stop-shop solution for cord-cutters. For $14.99, they sell a program that consolidates tons of on-line media into a central location so you can watch it on demand. The problem is, it looks like the application does little more than open the same Web sites you can open with a browser. more>>

Posted by on 17 September 2015 | 4:59 pm

Finite-Element Methods for PDEs

One of the common classes of equations that is encountered in several branches of science is partial differential equations. So in this article, I look at a software package called FreeFem++ that is designed to help you calculate these partial differential equations. more>>

Posted by on 16 September 2015 | 2:02 pm

Debian Project Aims to Keep the CIA Off Our Computers

Lunar, one of the lead developers on the Debian ReproducibleBuilds project, has recently outlined a serious security hole that could impact all open-source software, including most Linux distributions. It potentially exposes users to unwanted scrutiny from third parties, including security agencies. His project is designed to close this hole. more>>

Posted by on 15 September 2015 | 11:13 am