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Linux Format January 2020

Linux Format is your complete guide to the world of Linux. Whether you've just discovered Linux, or you're a full-time guru, Linux Format has everything you need to make the most of your OS. The editorial formula is a mix of features, reviews and practical tutorials that tackle topics as far ranging as installing software to socket programming and network management. Thought-provoking features and interviews also provide a focus on key technologies, trends and issues in the fast-paced world of Free and Open Source software.

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1 min.
who we are

This issue we asked our experts: It’s the final Linux Format of 2019, what open source are you looking forward to in the coming year of 2020? Jonni Bidwell More crippling CPU vulnerabilities please. Oh and Edge on Linux. There are probably lots of open source treats awaiting our delectation. New Ubuntus and Mints. Linux on phones (done differently this time). Installing Arch on my laptop, which I’ve actually been meaning to do all of this year. Maybe they’ll even let me out of the office again. Christian Crawley After many false starts, 2020 could be the year that Linux finds a home on mobile. Librem 5 should finally be on general release, Pinephone is upon us, and UBPorts’ continuation of Ubuntu Touch is also looking good. I expect 2020 to be the year we…

2 min.
microsoft defender for linux

Microsoft is looking to bring its Defender antivirus software to Linux devices in 2020. Once known as Windows Defender and shipped as default with Windows 10, in March 2019 Microsoft changed the name to drop the reference to Windows, while bringing the software to Mac. It is now looking to bring its software to Linux to help protect against malware and phishing attacks, perhaps not how you think. It might seem like an odd move, but Defender has moved on from the feature-light free version aimed at protecting Windows users who don’t know they should have antivirus installed, and is now aimed at enterprise users as well. In October, an independent testing lab rated Defender pretty highly, above the likes of BitDefender, Kaspersky and McAfee’s software. It’s also yet another example…

1 min.
future chromebooks to use fwupd

There’s word on the grapevine (reported by Richard Hughes of Red Hat at http://bit.ly/LXF258fwupd), that Google will begin to request that Chromebook makers use fwupd, an open source firmware updater, if they want to get the “Designed for Chromebook” certification and branding. Hughes should know, considering he’s the lead developer of fwupd, though as he mentions in his blog post, Google has not currently been in touch with him. Instead, he’s heard the rumours from “several” sources. As Hughes states, the move “does make a lot of sense for Google, as all the firmware flash tools I’ve seen the source for are often decades old, contain layer-on-layers of abstractions, have dubious input sanitisation and are quite horrible to use.” He also suggests that some hardware makers may feel “mild panic” with…

1 min.
better backups

“When our business managers say they want backups, it’s our job to ensure that what they get is what they actually want. The easy answer is to set up some kind of backup and tell them it’s done. Next! The better answer is to ask them what they want to achieve. You can use your expertise and your experience to provide a better solution for the business. There’s lot to consider, such as the pros and cons of local versus on-site backups, but here’s two questions that will result in a better solution (and make you look good). Q1: What is the Recovery Time Objective (RTO), or how long we can tolerate a service being unavailable after a disaster? Q2: What is the Recovery Point Objective (RPO), or how much data we can tolerate to…

1 min.
debian proposes general resolution on init system

Back in 2014 the Debian Technical Committee decided to switch to systemd as the default init system for the distro, a decision that was contentious but many hoped would end months of heated debate. It seemed that the decision had put the issue to bed, but in November 2019 a general resolution (GR) was called on what level of support will be given to other init systems. While no one really wanted this issue to pop up again, it seemed like a bit of an inevitability once it became clear that the Debian project had not been able to offer full support for alternatives to systemd because of a lack of developer interest. This led to Sam Hartman, the Debian project leader, stating that he was “working with a number of…

2 min.
distro watch

ZORIN OS 15 LITE The latest release of Zorin OS, an Ubuntu-based distro that’s aimed at beginners who use older or low-powered PCs, has been released. Version 15 has had a refreshed Xfce 4.14-based desktop. It has been designed to be particularly easy to use for new users, especially those who are coming from Windows 7, which enters its end of life phase in January 2020. The idea with Zorin OS 15 Lite is that they can install the new operating system and continue to get years of use out of their old PC. Find out more at: http://bit.ly/LXF258Zorin. PCLINUXOS 2019.11 This new version of the user-friendly distro with built-in support for graphics and sound cards, and wide support for multimedia playback, has been released. It comes in a number of editions with…