Linux Format August 2019

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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Jonni Bidwell Well, the dog ate my homework on more than one occasion. I’d use this opportunity to talk about the weird Btrfs errors that forced me to reformat two large hard drives, but credit to Btrfs – no data was ever lost, just forced into read-only mode within five minutes of being written to. Tam Hanna My worst ever catastrophe was data being transmitted to a new NAS, which then suddenly died during configuration and destroyed the filesystem of the hard disks. Fortunately, I could recover most of it – but it still was a very painful experience. Nick Peers My worst data-loss experience is my first one: 20 years ago, when building a new PC for someone else. Long story short, we got the data back, but via a command-line tool that required…

room at the inn?

Storage, storage everywhere, but not a bit of it is safe. Where do you store your stuff? On your boot drive? On a magnetised platter spinning at 7,200 revolutions per second? Amongst the electrons in a solid state drive? On someone else’s server in the sky? There’s no one storage solution that’s perfect for everyone. Perhaps you need the fastest access possible. Perhaps redundancy is an absolute must. Perhaps you need terabytes upon terabytes. Perhaps flexible access from anywhere is key. This issue we’re letting Jonni loose on the storage problem. He’s going to explore the many options available, explain how to create redundancy and store files in the cloud for easy access. As flexible as cloud storage is – it’s great for simple off-site backup – you can’t beat keeping…

google ploughs ahead with ad-blocking restrictions

Google, it appears, is planning to disable ad-blocking extensions in Chrome for everyone but enterprise users. In January 2019 Google first announced that it was planning to change Chrome’s extensions system, called Manifest V3, but many had hoped that the backlash to the proposed changes – which would dramatically impact the efficiency of ad-blocking extensions – would cause Google to change it mind. Unfortunately, it appears not. As 9to5Google reports (see LXF252ManV3), Manifest V3 alters the permissions system for Chrome’s extensions, and stops the webRequest API in Chrome from being able to block ads and requests before they are downloaded. This is an essential component for many modern ad-blocking extensions, and the removal of that feature has worrying security implications. After all, if an ad does contain malicious code, you…

south korea could switch to linux

The South Korean government’s Ministry of the Interior and Safety announced that it is testing running Linux on government PCs. If the tests are a success, and Linux is rolled out to all PCs used by the South Korean government, it will be another big win for the open source operating system. Currently, most PCs used by the South Korean government run Windows 7, but with Microsoft’s free technical support ending on 14 January 2020, it appears the government is looking at ways to avoid the costs of continuing to use the ageing operating system. However, according to the Korea Herald ( LXF252KoreaHerald) the cost of moving to Linux – and buying new PCs – is expected to cost the government around 780 billion won (£519 million). Savings will be made…

unity engine officially on linux

After years of amazing unofficial developer support for Linux, the Unity Editor is now official. According to the announcement, “the increasing demand of Unity users in the Film and Automotive, Transportation, and Manufacturing (ATM) industries” has led to official support. At the moment it’s in preview, but it’s expected to be fully supported by Unity 2019.3. For the time being, official support will focus on PCs running Ubuntu 16.04/18.04 and CentOS 7 on x86 and x84 architecture, with the Nvidia official proprietary graphics driver and AMD Mesa graphics driver. While the Unity engine is primarily used by games developers, as the announcement reveals this move has been driven by demand from other creative industries. You can download the latest builds via the Unity Hub at LXF252Unity Hub. The Unity…

linux in brazil

“This summer (or rather, this winter, in the southern hemisphere), Brazil will play host to two significant conferences, bringing together Linux enthusiasts and developers alike. Following its first ever presence in Asia in 2018, the Debian Project’s annual conference DebConf heads to Curitiba, the capital of the Brazilian state of Paraná. Taking place from 21-28 July, this year’s edition of DebConf is the first to be located in South America for more than a decade. A week later, on 2-4 August and roughly 425km northeast in São Paulo, it’s the second edition of Linux Developer Conference Brazil, a conference aimed at giving an international window to the local developer community. Whether you are a developer, contributor or simply interested in learning more about the Debian Project or the Linux kernel, these two…