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Dealing with Boundary Issues

Linux Journal - Fri, 10/02/2015 - 12:33

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>>

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October 2015 Issue of Linux Journal: Raspberry Pi

Linux Journal - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 12:03
A Tasty Slice of Awesome

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

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October 2015 Video Preview

Linux Journal - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 09:30
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System Status as SMS Text Messages

Linux Journal - Tue, 09/29/2015 - 15:41

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>>

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Libreboot on an X60, Part I: the Setup

Linux Journal - Mon, 09/28/2015 - 13:01

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>>

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New Products

Linux Journal - Fri, 09/25/2015 - 12:48
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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Vagrant Simplified

Linux Journal - Fri, 09/25/2015 - 12:30

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>>

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Bluetooth Hacks

Linux Journal - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 14:52

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>>

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

Linux Journal - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 14:34
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>>
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Linux and the Internet of Things

Linux Journal - Mon, 09/21/2015 - 13:45

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>>

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iTVMediaCenter: Scam or Brilliance?

Linux Journal - Thu, 09/17/2015 - 16:59

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>>

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Finite-Element Methods for PDEs

Linux Journal - Wed, 09/16/2015 - 14:02

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>>

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Debian Project Aims to Keep the CIA Off Our Computers

Linux Journal - Tue, 09/15/2015 - 11:13
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.


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Webinar: Maximizing NoSQL Clusters for Large Data Sets

Linux Journal - Tue, 09/15/2015 - 11:05
This follow-on webcast to Reuven M. more>>
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SUSE – “Will not diverge from its Open Source roots!”

Linux Journal - Thu, 09/10/2015 - 09:00

No one had a busier LinuxCon show than the folks at SUSE. Yet still they were gracious enough, and care enough about the community, to sit down for a talk with Linux Journal. more>>

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BitTorrentSync: Dropbox for Nerds

Linux Journal - Wed, 09/09/2015 - 12:52

It's not really fair to compare Dropbox directly with BitTorrentSync. First of all, my title implies Dropbox is somehow inferior. To be honest, I haven't found anything that works as smoothly as Dropbox when it comes to sync reliability and ease of installation. That said, although it has incredible strengths, it also has a few shortcomings. more>>

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New GeekGuides: DIY Commerce Site and Combating Infrastructure Sprawl

Linux Journal - Wed, 09/09/2015 - 10:45
GeekGuides are practical (and free!) books for the most technical people on the planet. Newly available books include:


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Non-Linux FOSS: PlexConnect

Linux Journal - Tue, 09/08/2015 - 15:15

It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Plex. It might be a secret, however, that I live in a house with quite a few Apple products. That said, I find the Apple TV to be one of the most limiting, frustrating set-top boxes to work with. (I'm sure most readers would agree.) I prefer to be a lover, not a hater, so I searched long and hard to find a way to make the Apple TV suck less. more>>

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diff -u: What's New in Kernel Development

Linux Journal - Fri, 09/04/2015 - 14:51

Boot times can become slow on systems with many CPUs, partly because of the time it takes to crank up all the RAM chips. Mel Gorman recently submitted some patches to start up RAM chips in parallel instead of one after the other. more>>

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Android Candy: Copay—the Next-Generation Bitcoin Wallet

Linux Journal - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 13:20

When I hear the word "copay", I think of the doctor's office. Thankfully, the Copay app from the folks at Bitpay doesn't cost you anything, and it keeps your Bitcoin healthy and secure. I've mentioned many Bitcoin wallet applications and cloud solutions during the past few years, but Copay truly is different. It has features other wallets can't touch, such as: more>>

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