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Weapons of MaaS Deployment

Linux Journal - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 13:06
My Day with Canonical

I've been researching OpenStack deployment methods lately and so when I got an email from Canonical inviting me to check out how they deploy OpenStack using their Metal as a Service (MaaS) software on their fantastic Orange Box demo platform I jumped at the opportunity. more>>

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Ubuntu & SUSE & CentOS, Oh My!

Linux Journal - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 08:18

It's Halloween week, and the big names in Linux are determined not to disappoint the trick-or-treaters. No less than three mainline distributions have released new versions this week, led by perennially-loved-and-hated crowd favourite Ubuntu. more>>

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Easy Watermarking with ImageMagick

Linux Journal - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 15:02

Let's start with some homework. Go to Google (or Bing) and search for "privacy is dead, get over it". I first heard this from Bill Joy, cofounder of Sun Microsystems, but it's attributed to a number of tech folk, and there's an element of truth to it. Put something on-line and it's in the wild, however much you'd prefer to keep it under control. more>>

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The Only Mac I Use

Linux Journal - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 15:59

Mac? Only if it's a vim macro. more>>

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Promise Theory—What Is It?

Linux Journal - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 13:41

During the past 20 years, there has been a growing sense of inadequacy about the "command and control" model for managing IT systems. Years in front of the television with a remote control have left us hard pressed to think of any other way of making machines work for us. more>>

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New Products

Linux Journal - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:45

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.

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Linux Journal - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 15:00

Back when I started to use the Internet in 1988, there was a simple way to get answers to your technical questions. You would go onto "Netnews", also known as Usenet, and you would post your question to one of the forums. There were forums, or "newsgroups", on nearly every possible topic, from programming languages to religions to humor. more>>

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Non-Linux FOSS: Remember Burning ISOs?

Linux Journal - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:38

I was chatting with a Windows-using friend recently, and he wanted to try Linux on one of his older computers. I always like those sorts of conversations, and so I kept chatting, walking him through setting up Unetbootin to create a USB installer and so on and so on. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to get the USB drive to boot. more>>

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Integrating Trac, Jenkins and Cobbler—Customizing Linux Operating Systems for Organizational Needs

Linux Journal - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 13:55

Organizations supporting Linux operating systems commonly have a need to build customized software to add or replace packages on production systems. This need comes from timing and policy differences between customers and the upstream distribution maintainers. more>>

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EdgeRouter Lite

Linux Journal - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 16:18

In the September 2014 issue, I mentioned my new router, and I got a lot of e-mail messages asking about how well it works. I can say without hesitation it's the nicest router I've ever owned. And, it was less than $100! more>>

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Linux Journal - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 16:54

How many times you have been hit by unit tests failing because of environment differences between you and other team members? How easy is it to build your project and have it ready for development? Vagrant provides a method for creating repeatable development environments across a range of operating systems for solving these problems. more>>

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What's Happening above Your Head?

Linux Journal - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 14:39

In the past, I've covered various astronomy packages that help you explore the universe of deep space. But, space starts a lot closer to home. It actually begins a few hundred miles above your head. There are lots of things in orbit right above you. more>>

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The Cow Says, Have Fun!

Linux Journal - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 12:52

Sometimes, when the clock hits 3:00am, and you've been in the server room since 9 o'clock the previous day, you start to get a little batty. That's the only explanation I have for programs like cowsay in Linux. Still, I'm glad they're there, because life wouldn't be nearly as fun without them. Here's a quick list of silly Linux programs off the top of my head. more>>

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SUSE, MariaDB and IBM team up to tame Big Data

Linux Journal - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 15:23

SUSE and MariaDB (the company formerly known as SkySQL!) officially teamed up today, joining forces with IBM Power Systems, in a partnership that promises to expand the Linux application ecosystem. According to sources at SUSE, customers will now be able to run a wider variety of applications on Power8, increasing both flexibility and choice while working within existing IT infrastructure. more>>

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diff -u: What's New in Kernel Development

Linux Journal - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 13:19

Kernel configuration has become more and more complex through the years with the proliferation of new drivers, new hardware and specific behaviors that might be needed for particular uses. It has reached about 3,000 config options, and that number will only increase. more>>

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Android Candy: Goodbye RDP, Hello Chrome Remote Desktop!

Linux Journal - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 13:47

Controlling a remote computer is something you're all familiar with. Whether that means RDP to your corporate Windows Server (we don't judge), Apple Remote Desktop (which is really VNC) to your OS X machine or VNC/X11/etc. into your GUI Linux machine, it's always a pain in the rear. more>>

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Learn GNU/Linux the Fun Way

Linux Journal - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 16:37

Sometimes a gift just falls in your lap. This month, it came in the form of an e-mail out of the blue from Jared Nielsen, one of two brothers (the other is J.R. Nielsen) who created The Hello World Program, "an educational web series making computer science fun and accessible to all". more>>

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October 2014 Issue of Linux Journal: Embedded

Linux Journal - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 10:00
Linux Inside! Linux Inside!

Linux inside, Linux inside, every single one of us has Linux inside! more>>

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Encrypt Your Dog (Mutt and GPG)

Linux Journal - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 15:15

I have been focusing a lot on security and privacy issues in this year's columns so far, but I realize some of you may expect a different kind of topic from me (or maybe are just tired of all this security talk). Well, you are in luck. more>>

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New Products

Linux Journal - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 14:49

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.

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