Our favorite tricks & hacks for SSH, debunking the Linux botnet rampage myth, the new challenges Solus is taking on & the inside track on how FOSS Talk Live went.

Plus getting Ubuntu MATE on the BQ Tablet, benchmarking Ubuntu on Windows & our quick takes on using Zim Wiki and TagSpaces to manage your local, secure notes.



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Omega2: $5 Linux Computer with Wi-Fi, Made for IoT by Onion — Kickstarter

Follow Up / Catch Up

Linux Botnets on a Rampage

“That makes them prime targets for hackers, especially those that leverage C&C servers to centrally manage and carry out DDoS attacks,” he told LinuxInsider. “Deploying leading security solutions, as well as utilizing and updating established Linux distros, can go a long way to protecting against these issues.”

Solus Upgraded to the GNOME 3.20 Stack, Now Powered by Linux Kernel 4.7

Humble Survive This Bundle (pay what you want and help charity)

  • 3 Linux games


Ubuntu on Windows! How Fast Is It? n

We’ll first run each test in Ubuntu running natively on the hardware, and then reboot, and run the same benchmarks on the same machine running Ubuntu on Windows.

We’ll use the utilities sysbench, dd and iperf, as well as compile the Linux kernel to do our benchmarking.

Snapcraft 2.13 and Snapd 2.11 Land with Support for Downgrading Installed Snaps

Canonical Plans to Unify and Clean Up Networking Configuration in Ubuntu Linux

Currently supported versions of the Ubuntu OS for desktop and server automatically generate ifupdown /etc/network/interfaces during installation. On the other hand, Ubuntu Cloud uses a YAML-based format.


SSH Hacks and Tricks

OpenSSH 7.3 released

Add a ProxyJump option and corresponding -J command-line
flag to allow simplified indirection through a one or more SSH
bastions or “jump hosts”.

Jumphosts are used as intermediate hops between your actual SSH target and yourself. Instead of using something like “unsecure” SSH agent forwarding, you can use ProxyCommand to proxy all your commands through your jumphost

Cowrie is a medium interaction SSH honeypot designed to log brute force attacks and the shell interaction performed by the attacker.

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TagSpaces – Your Hackable File Organizer

TagSpaces is an open source personal data manager.
It helps you organize and browse your files on every platform.

Evernote alternative for note taking and management

  • You can create and edit notes in plain text, MARKDOWN and HTML file formats.
  • You can organize webpages saved in for example MHT or MHTML format.
  • You use TagSpaces to organize you e-book library, containing for example PDF or EPUB books.
  • You can create a personal “wiki” for tracking of your projects, ideas or memories.

Zim – a desktop wiki

Zim is a graphical text editor used to maintain a collection of wiki pages. Each page can contain links to other pages, simple formatting and images. Pages are stored in a folder structure, like in an outliner, and can have attachments. Creating a new page is as easy as linking to a nonexistent page. All data is stored in plain text files with wiki formatting. Various plugins provide additional functionality, like a task list manager, an equation editor, a tray icon, and support for version control.


Wikitten is a small, fast, PHP wiki that I made because I really needed a place to store my notes, snippets, ideas, and so on. I’ve tried a lot of personal wikis and note-taking applications in the past, but since I have peculiar needs, none of them really suited me, so I rolled my own.

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