Linux Magazine

February 2022

Each monthly issue includes advanced technical information you won't find anywhere else including tutorials, in-depth articles on trending topics, troubleshooting and optimization tips, and more!

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what about the cats?

Dear Reader, The sorry state of discourse on the Internet has many causes, and the experts have offered many solutions for the mess. One of the biggest problems is the way that social media platforms reward engagement. You get shown different content depending on what you click on. For instance, you might click on an innocuous-looking link for a topic such as “vaccine side effects” and from there be shown slightly darker stuff until you descend down into a thought bubble that represents a different reality from what other users are seeing. I know what you are thinking: Is it possible for the platform (and the user) to get better at spotting these innocuous links that act as a front door to the dark conspiracies that have entrapped so many users? My…

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parrot os 4.11 and fedora workstation 35

Parrot OS 4.11 64-bit The Parrot Project is an Italian-based distribution based on the Debian Testing repository with an emphasis on security. Although regular releases are made, Parrot OS is also a rolling release, enhancing security with the latest updates. Parrot OS is available in three editions: Security, Home, and ARM. The Security Edition, which is set up for everything from penetration testing to digital forensics and reverse engineering, includes a wide variety of programming tools. The Home Edition on this month’s DVD includes many of the security features found on the Security Edition. The Home Edition features Tor (aka The Onion Router), the well-known tool for anonymous web browsing; OnionShare, which shares files of any size over Tor; and AnonSurfer, which routes the operating system’s communications over Tor. Other tools include the…

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endeavoros 21.4 has arrived

If you prefer your Linux to be of the Arch-type, but don’t want to go through the challenges inherent in installing the full-blown Arch Linux, you have options. One such option is EndeavorOS. Endeavor OS calls itself “terminal-centric.” That doesn’t mean you’ll be spending all of your time within the terminal. In fact, I’d say that Endeavor OS labeling itself as such is a bit misleading. I’ve worked with the OS and found it quite easy to use. But what does the new “Atlantis” version of EndeavorOS have to offer? First and foremost, it ships with kernel 5.15, which is bleeding edge. One very important feature found in this kernel is the newly written NTFS3 driver, which vastly improves how Linux can interact with NTFS filesystems. Other improvements include a new sanity…

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nixos 21.11 now available for download

NixOS is a bit different than most Linux distributions, because of a unique approach to package and configuration management. NixOS uses the Nix package manager to build everything – even the kernel. And even the entire system configuration (from fstab, users, services, firewalls, and more) is taken care of from within a single, global configuration file. This one-two punch makes NixOS very complex. In fact, many consider it on the same level as Gentoo. In other words, NixOS is not for the faint of heart. With NixOS 21.11, there are plenty of new features to be found, including kernel 5.10, nf_tables (in place of iptables), KDE Plasma on Wayland, PHP 8.0, Python 3.9, PostgreSQL 13, Spark 3, Bash 5.0, Gnome 41, systemd 249, Pantheon 6, Kubernetes Helm 3.7.0, OpenSSH 8.8p1, and general…

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kde plasma developers introduce a gnome-like overview

KDE Plasma is a very user-friendly desktop interface found on several popular Linux distributions. But there are a couple of features that have needed some slight tweaking for a while. Those features are how users interact with both activities and virtual desktops. With the release of KDE Plasma 5.24, that all changes as both features are getting a rather Gnome-like makeover. A new overview screen will offer a full-screen view of both virtual desktops and all currently open applications. Along with these two features, a search bar will be included with the overview that allows users to find applications, files, browser tabs, documents, and more. Although this might require long-time users to have to adjust their workflows, if the implementation is as successful as what Gnome did with version 40, most will…

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rocky linux 8.5 now available with secure boot support

Soon after Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.5 was released, AlmaLinux 8.5 Stable was made available. Not to be outshined, the original developer of CentOS has unleashed the 8.5 version of Rocky Linux, which introduces a crucial feature for mass adoptions, Secure Boot support. Main developer (and original creator of CentOS), Gregory Kurtzer, says of this release, “There was an amazing amount of work and collaboration that went into this release. The Rocky Release Engineering team went far and above the call of duty to make 8.5 a reality so quickly.” The one caveat to the Secure Boot option is that it must be activated after installation. For this, admins will need to run the commands: sudo dnf install-y keyutils sudo keyctl show %:.platform sudo mokutil --sb Other additions to Rocky Linux 8.5 include the FastestMirror DNF…