Linux Format June 2021

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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meet the team

Jonni Bidwell OpenMediaVault server can install Portainer in a single click, and despite running many a container on very modest hardware, it never once fell over during my labours. If only the same could be said for me, who suffered plenty at the hands of IPv6 these past weeks. Neil Bothwick I switched to Bitwarden a while ago. It was easy to set up my own server and the program works with my desktop, browsers and phone. Now I have all the benefits of convenient, centralised password management, without storing anything sensitive on anyone else’s server. Nick Peers For me, it has to be Signal. Open-source, transparent and everything is properly encrypted end-to-end for maximum privacy. The program has evolved to support group video chat too, so why anyone continues to use WhatsApp beats me! Les…

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no free lunches

They’re not Google’s photos, they’re mine! To the surprise of no one Google has ended the free photo storage feature of Google Photos. Now any photos you take that are uploaded to the Google Cloud contribute to your overall storage usage. Previously, you could choose to have Google compress photos and they were stored for free, but offering to store billions of Android user’s photos for gratis isn’t a viable long-term strategy. Surprise! Phrases like “there’s no such thing as a free lunch” or “if something is free, you’re the product” spring to mind, but more to the point Google’s expanded its empire as far as it can and offering freebies is no longer required. It’s time to pay up. But as usual, here at Linux Format Towers we like to do…

2 мин.
the right to repair movement gains steam

Purchasers of recent devices may have noticed how the hardware has been designed to prevent users from upgrading or repairing them. Instead, they have to get them repaired at approved locations, or send the device to the manufacturers for repair. More often than not, this results in the device being replaced rather than repaired. It can be an expensive process, and it’s also wasteful. There’s now growing momentum to force companies – via legislation if needs be – to enable their products to be repaired by the people who bought them (or go to repair shops of their choosing without voiding any warranties). So far 25 states in the US are considering Right to Repair legislation. As Nathan Proctor, director of the campaign for the Right to Repair, has written (see,…

2 мин.
google wins copyright case

Google’s long battle with Oracle over the use of Oracle-owned software in Android was given a major boost recently. The US Supreme Court backed Google’s claims that its use of the code fell under fair use by a 6-2 majority. This overturns an earlier ruling that had supported Oracle’s claims. Oracle originally sued Google over copyright infringement in 2010. As Reuters reports ( Google would have been liable to pay between $20 billion and $30 billion, which this ruling has meant it’s avoided. Justice Stephen Breyer said that Oracle’s bid to enforce copyright on its code would result in a “lock limiting the future creativity of new programs. Oracle alone would hold the key.” Meanwhile, Kent Walker, Google’s senior vice-president of global affairs, said that, “The decision gives legal certainty to the…

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ubuntu working on windows

Microsoft’s Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is a compatibility layer that enables developers to run a Linux environment (with command-line tools, applications and more) directly from within Windows 10 or Windows server, without having to dual-boot or run a virtual machine. It’s been warmly embraced by the community as well, and Canonical has recently announced the availability of the Ubuntu on Windows Community Preview. This new version for WSL is designed to test certain features, and is based on the latest development branch of Ubuntu. New tools are included, as well as an official Ubuntu theme for Windows Terminal. As the announcement explains, the Ubuntu on Windows Community Preview will be regularly updated with new features that will be coming to Ubuntu on WSL in the future (read more at…

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your data is yours

“It’s nice to let someone else take over occasionally. For example, you might want to hand over database management to a service provider to free up capacity and focus on key business initiatives. Managed databases are increasingly popular – in our last survey, 45 per cent of respondents used some form of Database as a Service tool. Managed services and DBaaS make it easier to deploy databases alongside applications. They also take care of some of the most common database requirements, such as conducting regular backups. However, it’s crucial you pick the right approach for your environment. If you need to tweak your database for performance reasons, a DBaaS platform isn’t the right fit. Instead, you might be better using a managed service to run the database on your behalf. Bringing in external…