Category: news & announcements

How to install the latest OpenSSH on Windows 7 and Windows 8

How to install the latest OpenSSH on Windows 7 and Windows 8

Occasionally I have to run an installation of Windows 7 or Windows 8 on one of my computers, which means having to copy files between it and the Linux computers on the network. That’s when I realize how difficult it can be to use a default installation of Windows, especially from its command prompt (line), where I tend to spend […]

The most affordable FreeBSD-supported Cloud/VPS hosting providers

Looking for a Cloud/VPS hosting provider that supports FreeBSD? Your search is more than half way done. That’s because I have gone through the official list of ISPs that support FreeBSD and come up with the most affordable ones, plus one that’s not on that list. The result is given in the table below. The cheapest service is TransIP, which […]

Wget and the user agent option

Wget is a command-line utility for downloading files. The official description on its man page on my Linux distribution says that it is “free utility for non-interactive download of files from the Web”, and that it “supports HTTP, HTTPS, and FTP protocols, as well as retrieval through HTTP proxies.” It especially comes in handy when I need to download an […]

Intel’s Compute Stick and your favorite Linux distribution

Intel’s Compute Stick and your favorite Linux distribution

With the announcement of the Compute Stick, Intel has signaled its intent to battle for market share at the low end of the mobile computing space. Like existing compute-on-a-stick devices, Intel’s Compute Stick will transform any display with an HDMI port into a fully-functional computer. At just 4-inches long, each Compute Stick will have a quad-core Intel® Atomâ„¢ processor inside. […]

Can your computer run Ubuntu Core?

Can your computer run Ubuntu Core?

Ubuntu Core beta, a version of Ubuntu for Cloud deployment that comes with snappy a system and application management utility with support for transaction updates, was released just a few hours ago. Though it was made available for testing on Microsoft’s Azure Cloud platform, Mark Shuttleworth said in a blog post that you can download a KVM image of Ubuntu […]

Ubuntu Core to bring Snappy and transactional updates to the Cloud

Ubuntu Core to bring Snappy and transactional updates to the Cloud

Mark Shuttleworth has announced a beta release of Ubuntu Core, a version of Ubuntu server for the Cloud that does not use debs or apt-get for system and software management. What, then, does it use? The new utility that replaces debs and apt-get is called Snappy, which, according to Mark Shuttleworth, introduces a “bullet-proof mechanism for app delivery and system […]

Use Tor Browser, get your computer blacklisted

Use Tor Browser, get your computer blacklisted

For the past few years I’ve been using a URL shortening service called ur1. It is a GPL-licensed URL shorterner from StatusNet Inc.. Why employ the services of goo.gl, t.co and bit.ly If I can do just as well by using a similar service from super-friendly folks? But I was surprised today when I tried to use it from Tor […]

Opera 26 released. Install it on Linux Mint 17.1 and Ubuntu 14.10

Opera 26 released. Install it on Linux Mint 17.1 and Ubuntu 14.10

I don’t quite remember the last time I used Opera browser, but it’s been a very long time ago. I didn’t even think that the company is still developing a Linux version. So, surprised I was when I read that Opera 26 has been released for Windows, Mac and Linux. Even more surprising is this line from the FAQ about […]

“No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA” is as annoying as reCAPTCHA if…

“No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA” is as annoying as reCAPTCHA if…

When completing an online form, proving that you’re not a robot can be very annoying. Sometimes even frustrating, especially if the website uses reCAPTCHA or a similar implementation of a system that asks you to decipher some cryptic text. I don’t use reCAPTCHA on this website, but I do encounter it on other websites. So it was heart-warming to learn […]

Devuan, DevOne. Here comes a fork of Debian

Devuan, DevOne. Here comes a fork of Debian

Ha, from ongoing discussions surrounding Systemd/Init in Debian, anybody could have predicted this was going to happen sooner or later. Well, it has happened. A fork of Debian has been announced by the “Veteran Unix Admin collective.” The name of the Debian fork is Devuan, an Italian name that’s pronounced like DevOne. The following is from the groups webpage: Devuan […]

Don’t like the Mozilla/Yahoo deal? Make StartPage your search engine

Don’t like the Mozilla/Yahoo deal? Make StartPage your search engine

Last week Mozilla announced that, starting from December (2014), the default search engine provider in its Firefox Web browser application will be Yahoo, a deal that Marissa Mayer, Yahoo’s CEO, trumpeted as “the most significant partnership for Yahoo in five years.” Yep, the deal is a 5-year strategic partnership that will make Yahoo Search the default search engine in desktop […]

Let’s Encrypt to offer free, automated and open SSL/TLS domain certificates

Let’s Encrypt to offer free, automated and open SSL/TLS domain certificates

Come Summer 2015, webmasters not already using SSL/TLS certificates to encrypt their website’s traffic will be able to do so for free using a single package that automates the whole process of proving to a certificate authority (CA) that they own their domain, getting and installing the certificate and even renewing and revoking it as needed. What is currently a […]

Install Unity Tweak Tool on Ubuntu 14.10

Install Unity Tweak Tool on Ubuntu 14.10

For both new and experienced users, most especially for new users, System Settings, Ubuntu‘s graphical management application, offers a simple, point-and-click interface for managing most aspects of the desktop. But there are other aspects of the desktop for which Systems Settings has no modules for. That’s where Unity Tweak Tool comes in. It provides the same simple, point-and-click interface for […]

Distributed R brings scalable, high-performance Big Data analytics to R

Distributed R brings scalable, high-performance Big Data analytics to R

The R statistical and programming language is a single-threaded language, a factor that counts against it when it comes to analyzing massive datasets. HP Labs has launched a platform called Distributed R that makes it possible to analyze such massive datasets using computing resources available to R instances running on multiple computing nodes. It is an open source project hosted […]

Rocker:  Run R in Docker containers

Rocker: Run R in Docker containers

Docker and R? What’s not to like about that combination! Rocker is a new project that offers an alternate system for running the R statistical and programming language in Docker containers. See how the name was derived? Rocker – R and Docker. Nice! Rocker is a project of rOpenSci, which aims to transform science through open data. Rocker is hosted […]

Digital Science Studio and the HTTP code: 500, type: java.io.IOException error

Digital Science Studio and the HTTP code: 500, type: java.io.IOException error

Digital Science Studio (DSS) “is a software platform that aggregates all the steps and big data tools necessary to get from raw data to production ready applications.” In other words, it is an application with a fancy graphical interface that makes it easy to perform analytics and visualizations on data – big and small. Think R language, but with a […]