Completely Unplugged | LINUX Unplugged 111

Completely Unplugged | LINUX Unplugged 111

A special edition of the Unplugged show, Chris joins the Virtual LUG from the road & Noah and Wes host the show. They compare and contrast Fedora and Arch & the nice new features of Fedora 23.

Then everyone has their own perspective on home automation, from security to convenience. We have a great discussion about the broader ramifications of home automation.

Then we wrap it all up with some closing thoughts on using Linux & open source to live offline, like you’re online.

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I've been tinkering with Numix Project on Ubuntu MATE 15.04. Everything integrated very nicely indeed.

I’ve been tinkering with Numix Project on Ubuntu MATE 15.04. Everything integrated very nicely indeed.


A modern, elegant, and powerful operating system based on one of the best Linux distributions available, Arch Linux. Users need not be linux experts nor developers in order to use antergos. From long-time linux users to linux users of only a few months, antergos is for everyone.

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This guy’s light bulb performed a DoS attack on his entire smart house

The challenge of being a futurist pioneer is being Patient Zero for the future’s headaches.
In 2009, Raul Rojas, a computer science professor at the Free University of Berlin (and a robot soccer team coach), built one of Germany’s first “smart homes.” Everything in the house was connected to the Internet so that lights, music, television, heating and cooling could all be turned on and off from afar. Even the stove, oven, and microwave could be turned off with Rojas’s computer, which prevented some potential panic attacks about leaving an appliance on after exiting the house. One of the few things not connected in the house were the locks. Automated locks Rojas bought in 2009 are still sitting in a drawer waiting to be installed. “I was afraid of not being able to open the doors,” Rojas said in a phone interview.

About two years ago, Rojas’s house froze up, and stopped responding to his commands. “Nothing worked. I couldn’t turn the lights on or off. It got stuck,” he says. It was like when the beach ball of death begins spinning on your computer—except it was his entire home.

It wasn’t quite as bad as the “nightmare on connected home street” dreamed up by Wired last year, in which a fictional smart home’s obsolete technology gets loaded up with viruses and malware and starts misbehaving and uploading naked photos of its owner. Rojas—a professor who specializes in artificial intelligence—knows his way around a network well enough to cure his own home. And, when he investigated, it turned out that the culprit was a single, connected light bulb.
“I connected my laptop to the network and looked at the traffic and saw that one unit was sending packets continuously,” said Rojas. He realized that his light fixture had burned out, and was trying to tell the hub that it needed attention. To do so, it was sending continuous requests that had overloaded the network and caused it to freeze. “It was a classic denial of service attack,” says Rojas. The light was performing a DoS attack on the smart home to say, ‘Change me.’”
Rojas changed the bulb, which fixed the problem. But his issue points to other potential problems for homeowners who opt for connected devices.


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