Linux Format December 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 Compute power corrupts. That’s why my work machine is a rickety box from 2011. It’d be nice to run some crazy distributed simulations, maybe have a go at predicting the weather. But what I’d really like is to never have to fight with captchas again, so if my botnet could help, then I’d care for it as if it were my own flesh and blood. Les Pounder If had a botnet at my command then I’d use it to trawl the internet for bargains at Dollar stores and Pound shops. But why would you do this, I hear you ask? Well, such shops are a goldmine for hackable project parts, especially around Christmas and Halloween. Matthew Hanson Having sat through numerous product launches from a certain fruit-themed company recently, I’d like a botnet…

red hat turns blue

As we were finishing this issue the news broke that IBM was to buy Red Hat. To some of our readers that might mean nothing; to others it could be as earth shifting as the UK government giving fracking companies the green light again. Red Hat is one of the longest-running Linux companies in the world. It’s also one of the most successful. But more than that, over the years Red Hat has placed itself right at the heart of many vital open source projects’ development. Gnome, Fedora, CentOS, Libvirt and Systemd are just a few that spring to mind. It’s this close relationship between the Linux ecosystem and Red Hat that has people rattled, because in recent years IBM hasn’t had the best reputation among some developers. As a magazine we’d…

microsoft joins the open invention network

Microsoft’s overtures to the open source community continue with the company joining the Open Invention Network (OIN,, a community of over 900 participants that’s dedicated to patent non-aggression, specifically when it comes to Linux and open source. OIN is a not-for-profit collaborative enterprise (See WoE LXF187) that’s focused on protecting Linux developers, distributors and users from patent trolls, funded by members such as Google, IBM, Sony, SUSE and now Microsoft. This is a welcome move by Microsoft, and not only continues its embrace of open source (where once the company was considered quite antagonistic), but is also in keeping with Microsoft’s fight against patent trolls, following its creation of the Azure IP Advantage programme (, which was set up to offer similar protections as the OIN to Azure developers against…

google+ shut down following cover-up of user data breach

Although Facebook has been hogging the negative headlines recently, Google’s rival social network, Google+, hasn’t been having a great time of it either, with the search company finally pulling the plug in October 2018. For many people the writing has appeared to have been on the wall for a while now, with Google+ struggling for years to match Facebook’s popularity. While Google+ has remained popular with a small core of devotees, including many developers for open source projects, an internal memo has been revealed where Google admits that 90 percent of Google+ sessions lasted less than five seconds. That certainly paints of picture of people logging on to check Google+, seeing the lack of activity, and logging back off. However, it appears that the final nail in the coffin of Google+…

ibm buys red hat

Just as we were going to press, news landed that IBM is set to become the world’s biggest hybrid cloud provider with a $34 billion purchase of Red Hat, valuing the company at $190 per share. Red Hat will join the IBM Hybrid Cloud team as a distinct unit, with a statement from IBM pointing out that the company will preserve the independence and neutrality of Red Hat’s open source governance, development and culture. Jim Whtehurst CEO of Red Hat added, “Joining forces with IBM will provide us with a greater level of scale, resources and capabilities to accelerate the impact of open source – all while preserving our unique culture and unwavering commitment to open source innovation” The two companies are a good match. IBM has a long history of supporting…

boosting diversity in open source

“Last month at Open Source Summit in Edinburgh, The Linux Foundation awarded 31 Linux Foundation Training (LiFT) scholarships to deserving individuals from 21 countries. LiFT aims to increase diversity in open source technology by providing access, at no cost, to online and in-person training and certification exams for underserved demographics and geographies. Since 2010, The Linux Foundation has awarded over 100 scholarships providing specialised, technical training to deserving individuals. More than 900 applicants vied to be selected in one of the nine categories offered. This year’s selected pool of talent represents the potential for greatness in future participation in the open source community. The ages of the talented recipients ranged from 17 to 53, with the average age being 26 years old, reflecting the interest in open source across generations. You can find…