Buy Dell XPS with Linux from a reseller or in …

Buy Dell XPS with Linux from a reseller or in person:

I’m unable to buy an XPS 13 with Linux from Dell’s site, the order gets canceled every time due to “credit card verification issues”, I call their off-shore support who tell me to do this or that but nothing has worked. My card works everywhere else, though, so I was wondering if there’s anywhere else I can buy the latest XPS 13 (non-touch, i7, 16 GB, 512 GiB HD) with Linux. Dell sells the XPS through Amazon, but only Windows (I’ll be reinstalling either way, but that’s not the point).

Is there anywhere else I’m missing online where I can buy it? Or does anyone know a computer shop in NYC where I could buy one in person?

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georgsyard: Arduinos are overrated. A Atari w…

georgsyard:

Arduinos are overrated. A Atari will help you build a proper robot and tame a giant turtle. Your enemies shall tremble.

Greg Kroah-Hartman on Linux, Security, and Mak…

Greg Kroah-Hartman on Linux, Security, and Making Connections at Open Source Summit:

People might not think about the Linux kernel all that much when talking about containers, serverless, and other hot technologies, but none of them would be possible without Linux as a solid base to build on, says Greg Kroah-Hartman.  He should know. Kroah-Hartman maintains the stable branch of the Linux kernel along with several subsystems.

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But our kind freedom respecting people at GitH…

But our kind freedom respecting people at GitHub say so:

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linux mint could not update iceauthority file

linux mint could not update iceauthority file:

I just restarted and got the “linux mint could not update iceauthority file”. All of the web searches I’ve found are for older versions of mint. I’m running 19 cinnamon and following many similar repairs for booting to grub and getting to command line for chown/chmod stuff hasn’t worked. I’m a novice and probably missing something. Any suggestions or steps for repairs? I am completely troubleshooting via my phone.

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The oldest, active Linux distro, Slackware, tu…

The oldest, active Linux distro, Slackware, turns 25:

Slackware boasts a unique history and a loyal user base.

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At Rest Encryption

At Rest Encryption:

Learn why at rest encryption doesn’t mean encryption when your laptop
is asleep.

There are many steps you can take to harden a computer, and a common
recommendation you’ll see in hardening guides is to enable disk encryption.
Disk encryption also often is referred to as “at rest encryption”, especially
in security compliance guides, and many compliance regimes, such as PCI, mandate
the use of at rest encryption. This term refers to the fact that data is
encrypted “at rest” or when the disk is unmounted and not in use. At rest
encryption can be an important part of system-hardening, yet many
administrators who enable it, whether on workstations or servers, may end up
with a false sense of security if they don’t understand not only what disk
encryption protects you from, but also, and more important, what it doesn’t.

What Disk Encryption Does

In the context of Linux servers and workstations, disk encryption generally
means you are using a system such as LUKS to encrypt either the entire root
partition or only a particularly sensitive mountpoint. For instance, some
Linux distributions offer the option of leaving the root partition
unencrypted, and they encrypt each user’s /home directories independently, to
be unlocked when the user logs in. In the case of servers, you might leave
root unencrypted and add encryption only to specific disks that contain
sensitive data (like database files).

In a workstation, you notice when a system is encrypted at rest because it
will prompt you for a passphrase to unlock the disk at boot time. Servers
typically are a bit trickier, because usually administrators prefer that a server
come back up after a reboot without manual intervention. Although some servers
may provide a console-based prompt to unlock the disk at boot time,
administrators are more likely to have configured LUKS so that the key resides
on a separate unencrypted partition. Or, the server may retrieve the
key from the network using their configuration management or a centralized
secrets management tool like Vault, so there is less of a risk of the key
being stolen by an attacker with access to the filesystem.

The main thing that at rest encryption protects you from is data loss due to
theft or improper decommissioning of hard drives. If someone steals your
laptop while it’s powered off, your data will be protected. If someone goes
into a data center and physically removes drives from a server with at rest
encryption in place, the drives will spin down, and the data on them will be
encrypted. The same goes for disks in a server that has been retired.
Administrators are supposed to perform secure wiping or full disk destruction
procedures to remove sensitive data from drives before disposal, but if
the administrator was lazy, disk encryption can help ensure that the data is still
protected if it gets into the wrong hands.

via Linux Journal – The Original Magazine of the Linux Community

8-Bit Adventures 2, a retro-inspired RPG that …

8-Bit Adventures 2, a retro-inspired RPG that aims to be more than just a throwback will support Linux:

Tags: RPG, Adventure, Steam, Indie Game, Coming Soon

Arriving later this year from developer Critical Games, 8-Bit Adventures 2 [Official Site] will bring a vast and varied world inspired by classics with modern touches.

The story sounds quite interesting:

The antagonist takes the form of a video game ‘glitch’. Faced with erasure, the Glitch lashes out, distorting the world and threatening its people. It’s up to the player’s party of 7 distinct characters (3 returning, 4 brand new) to undo these distortions and defeat the Glitch. But to do so, they’ll have to brave dozens of dungeons, defeat deadly enemies, and even travel to other worlds!

The developer told me they can’t promise a Linux version on release day, but if they don’t manage to do so, it will be their very next priority. With that in mind, take a look at the trailer: 

Features:

  • Beautiful, Vibrant 8-Bit graphics that bring the world to life!
  • Unforgettable NES-like Music with retro charm!
  • Classic RPG Gameplay enhanced by Modern Design (say goodbye to grinding!)
  • All New Battle System with 7 Unique Playable Characters!
  • An Engaging, Character-focused Story with Great Pacing & Meaningful Moments!
  • Explore Two Very Different Worlds – In the Computer World, Anything Goes!
  • A Villain with a Twist – the Glitch!
  • Discover Captivating Characters, and People with Personality!
  • Save Anywhere – Play for as long as you want, whenever you want to!

Keeping up with the retro style, I love how their original press release can be viewed online in a format that looks like an old game manual, super cool.

It has a Steam page you can follow too.

via GamingOnLinux Latest Articles

Fork it! Google fined €4.34bn over Android, ha…

Fork it! Google fined €4.34bn over Android, has 90 days to behave:

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This is basically my bank’s website.

This is basically my bank’s website.:

This is basically my bank's website.

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