Recap of week 52, 2015

26-12-2015 | Remy van Elst


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Recap of week 52, covering open source and sysadmin related news, articles, guides, talks, discussions and fun stuff.

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News, tutorials and articles

Software and releases

  • Streisand sets up a new server running L2TP/IPsec, OpenSSH, OpenVPN, Shadowsocks, sslh, Stunnel, and a Tor bridge, using Ansible. Supports major cloudproviders, sets up a VPN server very fast.
  • Wine 1.8 released after 17 months of development. That means that Wine 1.9 dev is available.
  • LibreOffice 5.1 released. Release notes here.
  • A list of all 311 vulnerabilities patched in Flash in 2015.
  • Mediagoblin, the open source media publishing platform, released version 0.8.1.
  • RSSGuard, A Qt desktop rss client with support for Tiny Tiny RSS.
  • pfSense 2.2.6 released, fixing security issues like SQL injection, local file inclusion and more.
  • SuperTux 0.4.0 released, after 10 years of development. New levels, new bosses, add-on manager in game, new badguys, bonuses and power-ups (air-, earth- and ice-flower). I've played a lot of SuperTux, I'm going to try this new version.
  • Fedora 24 ships gcc 6, all packages need a rebuild.
  • Mir, the display manager, got a new release, version 0.18. Bugfixes and new features, but I don't understand half of the words in the changelog.
  • Capcom announces Steam OS/Linux support for Street Fighter 5!
  • A great blog about mainframe hacking and security.
  • Full disk Encryption with LUKS is trivial to hack by editing the bootloader and initrd. Secure boot is the solution here, sadly.
  • Darktable 2.0 released. Open source lightroom alternative.
  • Manjaro 15.12 (Capella) released. Based on Arch, but very friendly.
  • Hardware actually. freetserv: a free open-source hardware build-it-yourself serial terminal server to remote-control up to 48 devices via their RS-232 serial port.
  • Some AD checks you should be running often.

Talks, videos, slides and podcasts

Container Hacks and Fun Images, by Jessica Frazelle, from DockerCon 2015

Fun and nifty things and discussions


Tags: arch-linux, atlassian, bhyve, curl, darktable, digital-ocean, docker, doom, dragonflybsd, fedora, firefox, flash, freebsd, gpl, ipsec, juniper, kdenlive, lets-encrypt, libreoffice, mainframe, manjaro, mediagoblin, microsoft, news, openbsd, pfsense, rails, raspberry-pi, recap, sfc, ssl, steam, streisand, strongswan, supertux, system76, tor, unity, vpn, wget, windows, wine,