diff -u: What's New in Kernel Development

Once in a while someone points out a POSIX violation in Linux. Often the answer is to fix the violation, but sometimes Linus Torvalds decides that the POSIX behavior is broken, in which case they keep the Linux behavior, but they might build an additional POSIX compatibility layer, even if that layer is slower and less efficient. more>>

Posted by on 23 July 2014 | 6:03 pm

Great Scott! It's Version 13!

No matter how much I love Plex, there's still nothing that comes close to XBMC for usability when it comes to watching your network media on a television. I've probably written a dozen articles on Plex during the last few years, so you know that's tough for me to admit. more>>

Posted by on 21 July 2014 | 11:22 am

Adminer—Better Than Awesome!

I've always loved PHPMyAdmin for managing MySQL databases. It's Web-based, fairly robust and as powerful as I've ever needed. Basically, it's awesome. Today, however, I discovered something better than awesome: Adminer. Although it is conceptually identical to PHPMyAdmin, it is far simpler and far more powerful. How can it be both? more>>

Posted by on 17 July 2014 | 4:11 pm

It Actually Is Rocket Science

I've never once made a model rocket. I've always wanted to, but apart from "tube with explodey rocket part", I really didn't know where to start with designing. I recently found an open-source application that should help me with my lack of rocket science know-how: OpenRocket. more>>

Posted by on 16 July 2014 | 11:19 am

Android Candy: Repix, Not Just Another Photo App

Apps like Instagram have made photo filters commonplace. I actually don't mind the vintage look for quick cell-phone snapshots, but a filter can do only so much. At first glance, Repix is another one of those "make your photo cool" apps that does little more than add a border and change saturation levels. more>>

Posted by on 14 July 2014 | 1:52 pm

Wanted: Your Embedded Linux Projects

Our "Embedded Linux" issue of Linux Journal is just around the corner, and we want YOUR project to be in it! Whether you're embedding a Beagle Bone Black into a dish so you can automatically feed your black Beagle a bone, or you're developing an Arduino-based butler to answer your front door -- we want to hear about it! more>>

Posted by on 10 July 2014 | 1:38 pm

Linux Kernel Testing and Debugging

Linux Kernel Testing Philosophy Testing is an integral and important part of any software development cycle, open or closed, and Linux kernel is no exception to that. more>>

Posted by on 10 July 2014 | 11:00 am

Tails above the Rest, Part III

In my first two columns in this series, I gave an overview of Tails, including how to get the distribution securely, and once you have it, how to use some of the basic tools. more>>

Posted by on 8 July 2014 | 11:57 am

Dolphins in the NSA Dragnet

There's an old quote from Jamie Zawinkski that goes: "Some people, when confronted with a problem, think ‘I know, I'll use regular expressions.’ Now they have two problems." Even people like me who like regular expressions laugh at the truth in that quote, because we've seen the consequences when someone doesn't think through the implications of a poorly written pattern. When some people write a bad pattern, they end up with extra lines in a log file. When the NSA does it, they capture and retain Internet traffic on untold numbers of innocent people. more>>

Posted by on 7 July 2014 | 11:26 am

Are you an extremist?

Since the news broke yesterday that we are an extremist publication according to the NSA, we at Linux Journal have thought a lot about what that might mean t more>>

Posted by on 4 July 2014 | 3:15 pm

Tails above the Rest, Part II

Now that you have Tails installed, let's start using it. more>>

Posted by on 3 July 2014 | 4:37 pm

Tails above the Rest: the Installation

A few columns ago, I started a series aimed at helping everyone improve their privacy and security on the Internet. The first column in this series was an updated version of a Tor column I wrote a few years ago. more>>

Posted by on 3 July 2014 | 4:18 pm

A Bundle of Tor

I don't know how many readers know this, but my very first Linux Journal column ("Browse the Web without a Trace", January 2008) was about how to set up and use Tor. Anonymity and privacy on the Internet certainly take on a different meaning in the modern era of privacy-invading software and general Internet surveillance. more>>

Posted by on 3 July 2014 | 1:15 pm

NSA: Linux Journal is an "extremist forum" and its readers get flagged for extra surveillance

A new story published on the German site Tagesschau and followed up by BoingBoing and DasErste.de has uncovered some shocking details about who more>>

Posted by on 3 July 2014 | 11:51 am

A Pain in the Person

At what point will we say "enough"? more>>

Posted by on 2 July 2014 | 12:28 pm