The year 2018 turn out to be big newsmaker for Linux and open source world. The most important acquisition in the open source world, Deepfakes, important security flows in CPUs, and the Facebook scandal all happened in 2018. Vivek Gite picks top 10 most significant and biggest news stories from Linux and open source world that rock IT world. [continue reading…]
It is official now. Microsoft is throwing away old code base of Edge browser and making next version of Edge browser on top of Chromium. The open source project behind Google Chrome is known as Chromium. Microsoft is building a Chromium browser to replace Edge on Windows 10 on both x86 and ARM-based systems. [continue reading…]
I run a Debian Linux 8.x on my Desktop and Ubuntu Linux 16.04 LTS on my Linode cloud server for my personal website. I am concerned that my Linux is affected by the recent Wannacrypt malware. I am reading about a ransomware attack, what do I need to do? Should I be worried?
Long answer: WannaCrypt/WannaCry targets the Microsoft Windows operating system. The attack spreads by phishing emails but also uses the EternalBlue exploit and DoublePulsar backdoor developed by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). If you are using older and unsupported operating systems such as Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, you will get infected. All of your files will be encrypted. To get back your files, you need to pay ransom payments in the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. Microsoft has released software updates for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. You must apply those patches ASAP. In short Linux users are not affected by this attack.
How to protect yourself from ransomware attacks
I recommend that everyone should do the following regardless of operating system:
Backup all your files and data regularly. Ideally you should make three copies of your backup data on two different media. One backup copy must be offline all the time.
Patch your system including BIOS and device drivers
Turn on automatic updates
Do not use outdated and unsupported software
Turn on firewall on both your router and computer
You should turn on anti-virus software on Windows
All Windows XP user should upgrade to the latest version of Microsoft Windows such as Windows 10. All Windows 2003 server user should upgrade to the latest version of Windows server
Avoid using pirated software
See Decentsecurity website, it has a guide that is reasonable for non-techies to understand and follow
I usually use GIMP (the “GNU Image Manipulation Program”) for editing photos, changing colors, resizing photos, applying significant effects and more. It is a free software alternative to Adobe Photoshop. It is also quite popular with graphics artists and webmasters who wants to edit digital images. GIMP is not just a Linux specific program. It works on all leading operating systems, i.e., Mac OS X, MS-Windows and Unix variants. However, like many other powerful open source software, GIMP can be difficult to master. There are many options and plugins. So if, you are looking to learn or master the GIMP program, give The Book of GIMP a try. [continue reading…]
Samba is a free software re-implementation of the SMB/CIFS networking protocol. Samba version 4 has been released. It is a major rewrite that enables Samba to be an Active Directory domain controller. I have been waiting years for this option. [continue reading…]
Gabe Newell is the co-founder and managing director of the video game development and online distribution company called Valve Corporation. He want to port 2500 game titles on Linux. But, why? First, Gabe hates Windows 8 and he thinks Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in PC space. He recently made a rare appearance last night at Casual Connect, an annual videogame conference in Seattle. From the allthingsd:
The big problem that is holding back Linux is games. People don’t realize how critical games are in driving consumer purchasing behavior. We want to make it as easy as possible for the 2,500 games on Steam to run on Linux as well. It’s a hedging strategy. I think Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space. I think we’ll lose some of the top-tier PC/OEMs, who will exit the market. I think margins will be destroyed for a bunch of people. If that’s true, then it will be good to have alternatives to hedge against that eventuality.
It appears that Mr. Gabe is really worried about Microsoft as Windows 8 app store is going to take way business from steam. However, this is a win-win situation for Linux users as it will brings good game titles on the Linux system that haven’t been there. I only use windows so that I can run games and when steam for Linux arrived I will get rid of windows install once in for all.