Rolling with Netrunner | LAS 386

Rolling with Netrunner | LAS 386

Some say it’s the best Plasma 5 Desktop experience to be had, we review Netrunner Rolling & take a walk on the KDE side of things for the week. Find out what makes this unique distribution stands out & why you might want to give it a try yourself.

Then we put the great Ubuntu Conspiracy to bed, our best LastPass alternatives, a quick look at Slackel & more!

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Netrunner | GNU/Linux Distribution

Netrunner Rolling 2015.09 Released With New Plasma 5 And Apps Updates

Netrunner is a Linux distribution that comes into two versions – Main version and Rolling release. Main version is based on Kubuntu and the Rolling release is based on Manjaro Linux. The new Netrunner 2015.09 has been released with a completely different look – KDE4 has been transformed to Plasma 5.2 desktop. Let’s look at the complete changes in the Netrunner 2015.09 release.

Netrunner comes with two versions, Main version that is based on Kubuntu and that gets released in sync with Kubuntu new release and the Rolling version is based on Manjaro Linux. Both the desktops have been customized and so makes its own new look & feel.

Calamares Is Default Installer

The default installer in this rolling release has been changed to Calamares installer. If you read my last post, Manjaro has adopted Calamares installer which is easy to use and makes Manjaro to install easily. The release is based on Majaro so this also has Calamares installer.

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VLA New Mexico, Runs Linux

he Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) is a radio astronomy observatory located on the Plains of San Agustin, between the towns of Magdalena and Datil, some 50 miles (80 km) west of Socorro, New Mexico. It comprises 27, 25-meter radio telescopes in a Y-shaped array and all the equipment, instrumentation, and computing power to function as an interferometer. Each of the massive telescopes is mounted on double parallel railroad tracks, so the radius and density of the array can be transformed to focus on particular bands of wavelength.[2] Astronomers using the VLA have made key observations of black holes and protoplanetary disks around young stars, discovered magnetic filaments and traced complex gas motions at the Milky Way’s center, probed the Universe’s cosmological parameters, and provided new knowledge about the physical mechanisms that produce radio emission.

Created in 2013 as the new interpretive film for the National Radio Astronomy Observatory’s Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) public Visitor Center, this 24-minute production explores the synergies of technology and human curiosity that power the world’s most productive radio telescope.

Desktop App Pick

KeepassC

KeePassC is a password manager fully compatible to KeePass v.1.x and KeePassX. That is, your
password database is fully encrypted with AES.

KeePassC is written in Python 3 and comes with a curses-interface. It is completely controlled
with the keyboard (vim-like keys are supported).

Some features are:

  • AES encryption of the database with password and/or keyfile
  • Included customizable password generator
  • KeePassX and KeePass v.1.x compatible (KeePass v2.x planned)
  • Database entries are sorted in alphabetically sorted groups
  • Subgroups of groups
  • Entries are identified by a title
  • Search entries by this title and show matches in an own group
  • Set expiration dates to remind you that a new password is needed
  • Unicode support
  • Copy username and password to clipboard
  • Auto-locking workspace and self-deleting clipboard with adjustable delays
  • Options to remember last database and last keyfile
  • Open URLs directly in your standard browser
  • Optional use of vim/ranger-like keys
  • Simple command line interface
  • Network functionality including multiuser support
  • The last can be used to omit password entering, too

  • kpcli – A command line interface for KeePass

A command line interface (interactive shell) to work with KeePass 1.x or 2.x database files. This program was inspired by my use of the CLI of the Ked Password Manager (“kedpm -c”) combined with my need to migrate to KeePass.

Weekly Spotlight

Open Source GPS Tracking System – Traccar

Traccar is an open source GPS tracking system for various GPS tracking devices. System supports more than 80 different communication protocols from popular vendors. It includes web interface to manage tracking devices online.


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The Ubuntu Conspiracy

If Microsoft bought Canonical, millions of users would have to jump ship or accept life
under the Microsoft banner.

Ubuntu Is Planning To Make The ZFS File-System A “Standard” Offering

Through the wonderful ZFS On Linux project there is a native port of the ZFS file-system driver to Linux natively (unlike the ZFS FUSE implementation) but due to the GPL vs. CDDL licensing issue it can’t be mainlined into the Linux kernel.

Mark Shuttleworth sent out a brief mailing list message today responding to a user interested in making ZFS Snappy support for Ubuntu. Mark wrote, “If it’s ZFS you’re after, it will be included in Ubuntu as standard in due course.”

By “standard” he presumably means that Ubuntu will maintain a DKMS kernel package for it in the official Ubuntu archive and perhaps we’ll see that package installed by default for Ubuntu Server, but that it wouldn’t be directly patched into their kernel. That’s what I’d assume at least given the license issues. Ubuntu wouldn’t support ZFS for the root file-system, but could be useful on Ubuntu Server for some secondary drives with RAID-Z.

LastPass Joins the LogMeIn Family

It’s a big day here at LastPass. We’re thrilled to announce that we’re joining LogMeIn. As one of the world’s leading SaaS companies, we can’t imagine a better team to align with our values and product-driven mission. With their experience in growing successful brands like join.me, we’re excited to join LogMeIn in delivering the next generation of identity and access management for individuals, teams and companies, with LastPass at the forefront.

Slackel Linux: Not Your Father’s Slackware

For a Slackware-based distro, one of Slackel’s strong points is the systems tool collection from Salix Linux. Slackel uses the Gslapt Package Manager for access to Slackware, Salix and Slackel package repositories.

Gnome Builder Dev Joins Red Hat

The real news, however, is that I’ve accepted a wonderful role at Red Hat. I’ll be focusing on the Xdg-App developer story, and Builder is an important part of that. We want to make it as easy as possible for you to create and deploy software that users can trust.

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