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Linux Format August 2018

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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who we are

Jonni Bidwell I remember fondly, from my time as an apprentice algebraist, learning LaTeX and no longer having to suffer the indescribable horrors of Microsoft’s Equation Editor. I also recall the subsequent horrors fighting with this typesetting kraken as well as its cursed partner in awkward capitalisation, BibTeX. What were they thinking? Bobby Moss Mastodon helped me escape the swirling rage vortex that is Twitter. It’s hosted across thousands of community-run servers that federate together and has fantastic privacy controls. I can legitimately say, “I love tooting” with a (mostly) straight face. What’s not to like? Nick Peers As you can see from my tutorial this issue, open source has enabled me to escape the tyranny of an expensive, proprietary multi-room audio system. The…

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open alternatives

I installed LineageOS 15.1 (Android 8.1 Oreo) on my “aging” OnePlus Two recently. It’s running beautifully - better than ever I’d say, with improved battery life and bang up-to-date security and support updates. Without the freed open source world that simply wouldn’t be possible and I’d be stuck on the last update OnePlus released for the Two, back in November 2017… a mere two years after its original production.That’s just one of the many points to open source. Highly skilled, knowledgeable people with the right motivation can achieve wonders by working together. It enables us to pack this magazine every month with fabulous projects and features. It’s also partly what drove Microsoft to buy GitHub – we cover this in more depth in our news on page 6 –…

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microsoft acquires github for $7.5 billion

Microsoft’s Satya Nadella with Chris Wanstrath, Github CEO and co-founder , and Nat Friedman, Microsoft corporate vice president .. (Credit: Microsoft) “THIS IS PRETTY GOOD NEWS FOR THE WORLD OF OPEN SOURCE AND WE SHOULD CELEBRATE MICROSOFT’S SMART MOVE” Microsoft has acquired GitHub for $7.5 billion in Microsoft stock, and while that headline may have been shocking a few years ago, there was plenty of speculation and rumour concerning the potential buyout in the weeks leading up to the announcement.With GitHub hosting the largest collection of code in the world, it’s certainly big news, even if it’s not that surprising. As of March 2018, GitHub claimed there were 28 million developers in its community, and 85 million code repositories, and with Microsoft’s renewed focus on software…

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tesla shares code from its cars

Tesla is at least going in the right direction when it comes to sharing its code. (Credit: Tesla) Tesla uses open source software for its autonomous cars, but it’s been getting flak for not sharing its code. Now the company is meeting its open source obligations, posting the source code for its Model S and X cars on GitHub (see https://github.com/teslamotors/linux).This repository includes the system image for the Tesla Autopilot platform, as well as code for its infotainment system, which is powered by Nvidia Tegra. Tesla has also promised that the open source code for its other cars will follow.The move follows efforts from the Software Freedom Conservancy (https://sfconservancy.org), which has been working to get Tesla to release its code in compliance with the GNU General Public Licence…

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more security vulnerabilities found

It’s been a rough year so far when it comes to security vulnerabilities, and two recent disclosures mean the bad news keeps on coming.First of all, security researchers revealed vulnerabilities in secure email applications, which enables malicious users to intercept and decrypt PGP-encrypted messages. Known as EFAIL (https://efail.de), these vulnerabilities affect emails made with OpenPGP and S/MIMIE, leaking the plain text of encrypted emails.According to the EFAIL website, the vulnerabilities rely on the active content of HTML emails (such as images loaded from an external source), which have been intercepted by gaining access to network traffic, or from compromised email accounts. The attacker changes an encrypted email and sends this altered encrypted email to the victim. The victim’s email client decrypts the email and loads any external content, passing…

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linux is in demand

Clyde Seepersad is the general manager of training and certification at The Linux Foundation. “The seventh annual Open Source Jobs Report from The Linux Foundation and Dice has been released, and it’s revealed that demand for open source talent is as strong as ever.Among its findings, 89 per cent of hiring managers reported difficulty in finding skilled open source workers. While 48 per cent of managers report their companies have begun to support open source projects with code or other resources, just to recruit individuals with skills in that software.Linux is the most sought-after skill with 80 per cent of hiring managers looking for tech professionals with Linux know-how. And 55 per cent of employers are offering to pay for employees certifications,“There’s a gulf between the views of hiring…