Recap of week 53, 2015

01-01-2016 | Remy van Elst


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Recap of week 53, covering open source and sysadmin related news, articles, guides, talks, discussions and fun stuff.

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News, tutorials and articles

  • Dan Lynch of Linux Outlaws (and OggCamp and many other podcasts) fame, has a form of cancer. Send him a positive message to show some support!
  • Time for some good news. Yay nice things! The daily news should include a "Good News" segment every day.
  • Let's Encrypt hits 200K certificates and is the 5'th largest CA for non-expired Domain Validation Certificates. Did I mention already that I find Let's Encrypt AMAZING?
  • Set up your PGP keys in a hardware secure device, the Yubikey Neo (and Neo-N) support the OpenPGP Card protocol. Mini HSM in your pocket. Put one in your vault and use it as your master GPG signing key.
  • Outlook, since 2003, is "vulnerable" to OLE attackts. Send an EXE as an object in an attached message and it'll be executed without warnings. Mailfilters don't seem to scan for this.
  • End to end deployment with Azure
  • 93,112 hits in one day with Wordpress? Sure, it's possible, after some optimization
  • Why some sysadmins are scared of DevOps
  • Turn the Raspberry Pi zero into a USB serial or ethernet device
  • Am I hacked or is it just vodafone?. Stupid providers trying to "optimize" your "experience", while actually just MITM'ing the connection when you use a browser.
  • As a reaction on the above article, Do Tor exit nodes alter your content? Conclusion, use a VPN via Tor (or your cell conection) or make sure you use HTTPS websites.
  • You aren't allowed to join Troy Hunt's Wifi network. /me has a guest VLAN and guest wifi AP at home with QoS port filtering and a seperate IP (yay XS4ALL for a /29 on a home DSL). That guest Wifi has the same name as the national public transport wifi, so everyone always connects.
  • The Debian creator, Ian Murdock, passed away.
  • A colleague of mine has a lot of Thin Clients, and writes about them. He recently got a HP t5730 and a GPU expansion module
  • Will you plz instll exe on all your devices and I give u monetz. The Raspberry Pi foundation also gets spammed, but placing an EXE on a linux PC? Those spammers should do their research better.
  • Set up country based blocking with pfSense. On Linux, the CSF wrapper makes this also very easy to do. Block China and Eastern Europe and your abuse drops by 80%.
  • The free AVG antivirus installs a browser extension which, according to Google, is full of bugs and completely broken. Tell us something new, all those "tuneup" and "optimizers" and "registry cleaners" are bullcrap.
  • Linode has a few-day long DDoS attack.
  • Take notes when (and as) you do things and keep them. I can only agree. Most of my site is my own documentation, but publicly available.
  • A review of a mini PC, including cracking up the case of the Geekbox Mini PC.
  • North Korea's Red Star OS (linux) snoops, spies and watermarks on everything the users do.
  • Linux Mint Montly overview for december, talking about Linux Mint 18.
  • GIMP and GEGL in 2015.
  • Next Android will switch from Oracle Java to OpenJDK. For legal reasons...
  • I had an issue with dependency removal on debian.

Software and releases

  • UNIX on the Game Boy Advance. Amazing. It runs UNIXv5 via a PDP-11 emulator (SIMH) for ARM on a GBA. How cool is that?
  • Also, Linux on the Nintentdo 3DS. Not much works, but still very cool.
  • Solus 1.0 released. Linux distro based on nothing, with its own GTK3 desktop environment, Budgie.
  • Apt updates will be faster in the future, APT 1.1.6, updating with PDiffs enabled took 41 seconds, on APT 1.1.7, updating with PDiffs enabled took 4 seconds.
  • Someone leaked the AmigaOS 3.1 (or 4) sourcecode. And what the fuck is with those new TLD's? This is a .ninja... Poor Bind...
  • Linux Mint 17.3 Rosa beta released for the KDE version and the XFCE version. Before Arch, I was a fulltime user of Linux Mint, and I still recommend it to others who want to try Linux. It's very good.
  • ReText 5.3 released. It's a Markdown and ReST editor, I use it often to preview my articles.
  • An open source hardware and software router kickstarter. Beware, because we've seen many kickstarters like these, not living up to the promises.
  • It seems Perl 6 is released.
  • People showed a demo of Linux running on the PS4. No idea how real it is.

Talks, videos, slides and podcasts

Let's Encrypt -- What launching a free CA looks like, by Roland Bracewell Shoemaker

Fun and nifty things and discussions


Tags: 3ds, amiga, apt, avg, azure, bsd, csf, debian, gameboy, gimp, hoverboard, ian-murdock, iptables, java, lets-encrypt, linode, linux-mint, linux-outlaws, microsoft, news, nintendo, outlook, perl, pfsense, pgp, ps4, raspberry-pi, recap, red-star-os, solus, ssl, tor, unix, vodafone, yubikey,