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Linux Format Summer 2020

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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United Kingdom
Language:
English
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Future Publishing Ltd
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1 min.
who we are

Jonni Bidwell It’s grand that Slapimages, or whatever you call them, can bring new software to fixed-release distros. And it’s great they can be confined to limit system contamination. To the cynic though, Flatpaks are like the Windows way of downloading random binaries from the internet, and Snapcraft is akin to Apple’s App store. I’ll stick to Arch packages, if it’s all the same with you. John Knight I’m just glad people are finally taking third-party packaging seriously. I use Snaps, I use Flatpaks – both have their pros and cons. You can use both, so I use both. I would like to see AppImages get more attention. Linux normally has almost zero backwards compatibility, but AppImages can solve that. Calvin Robinson Sorry, I’ve never used Snaps. Command-life apt all the way! Shashank Sharma I don’t have…

2 min.
soft mints, no snap

“Won’t people think it’s 20 years old?” management asked when they saw our Linux Mint cover. That made us pause. It’s not older than Ubuntu and that’s 15-years old. So we stuck to the facts: Linux Mint 20 is out and it’s about to turn 14-years old on 27 August 2020. It was Mint 13 that adopted the Cinnamon desktop and helped put Linux Mint on the map. The aim was to create a classic desktop, designed how users wanted a desktop to work – an entirely reasonable request. With Linux Mint 20 there’s been another shift in direction: the distro is distancing itself from Snaps. Again, the reasoning is fair. Snaps are being surreptitiously installed when you apt-get certain packages, and can’t be audited. There’s a vocal group of Mint…

2 min.
a new generation of linux-only pcs

Something unusual is happening in the world of computing: companies big and small are releasing PCs with Linux running on them. Crucially, in these cases a Linux operating systems being the only OS option. This shows an operational change in the marketplace, demonstrating that companies are not only confident that Linux-only models can sell in enough volume to make money, but that they’re happy to support those devices. It’s one thing to offer variations of existing Windows models, but quite another to only build a model that offers Linux. We reported in LXF265 that Lenovo has extended its Ubuntu certification, making it able to offer Ubuntu pre-installed on a wider range of its Workstation offerings. Dell has gone one further, announcing an Ubuntu-only model – the Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition –…

1 min.
maintain the maintainers

The Linux Foundation has had its annual shindig at Open Source Summit 2020, and this year Linus Torvalds spoke about current and future kernel development. Part of head kernel maintainer Linus Torvalds’s job is to tour the world giving keynote talks at the various conferences and chiefly the Open Source Summit, which The Linux Foundation puts on around the globe. At the European event back in May this year he discussed a range of topics, including how Kernel 3.12 release got its name of Suicidal Squirrel and how the latest 5.4 release was awarded the name Kleptomaniac Octopus (this is quite a step up from its initial codename, Nesting Opossum). At the latest Summit in North America Linus discussed the difficulty of finding kernel maintainers. He explained that, “It’s hard to find…

1 min.
microsoft linux defender

Microsoft is hoping to boost its security protection for Android and Linux systems with a new release of its Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) service. A public preview – what you might call a first version of Defender ATP for Linux and Android devices – can now be installed on a range of systems. “This initial release delivers strong preventive capabilities, a full command line experience on the client… a familiar integrated experience for machines and alert monitoring in the Microsoft Defender Security Center,” Microsoft wrote in a blog post announcing the news. The utility can be deployed and configured using Puppet, Ansible or through your existing Linux configuration management tool. Microsoft supports ATP for RHEL, CentOS, Ubuntu 16 LTS or higher, SLES, Debian 9+ and Oracle Linux. Get more information straight from…

1 min.
better call matt

“Every year, Percona runs an Open Source Data Management Software survey. Here are a couple of early results I’ve cheery-picked from this year’s survey, based on responses from just over 600 people. As you’d expect, open source is winning. Last year’s results suggest that 89 per cent of companies are running more than one OS database, and the 2020 figures look likely to match, if not exceed this. The use of more than one cloud provider or ‘multi-cloud’ has grown this year from 30 to 39 per cent. This is mostly a move to protect against outages and performance issues. Ironically, we also found that downtime is now the top issue that keeps DBAs up at night. However, things aren’t so rosy with the cloud and Database as a Service (DBaaS). The…