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How To Patch The Debian 6 Squeeze Shellshock Bug

I run a few webservers at work that are internal facing only (intranet) that run Debian 6 Squeeze.  I’ve been monitoring the Shellshock exploit since it was discovered a few weeks ago and have been looking for a way to get those few systems patched…despite them existing only internally.  Patches for Squeeze-lts (long term release) were released quickly and then just a last week, another patch was put into play as well.  I decided to go ahead and patch these internal … Continue Reading →


Netrunner

Netrunner – The Best Distro You’ve Barely Heard Of

In my quest to find a professional and polished distribution of Linux that used KDE as the default desktop…I tried out quite a few flavors:  Kubuntu, Salix, Manjaro, PCLinuxOS and even OpenSuse.  All done in the past few weeks. Each time I installed these distributions on this Dell Latitude D630 I pretended I had no idea how Linux was supposed to work.  I’d step through like a less than technical person would do.  How do I connect to wireless?  Is it … Continue Reading →


Community

Open Source Software and New Users

Free/Libre and Open Source software versus closed and proprietary software doesn’t matter.  It’s not the answer to solve all our problems.  It’s not the question we need to ask anyone and everyone either.  It simply doesn’t matter.  Well, it might matter to you and I…but it doesn’t matter to most people out there. No matter what you say and do.  No matter what ideals you preach to people.  No matter what concepts about freedom you tout to them…it just won’t … Continue Reading →


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Security 101 – Passwords for the Web

In the past few weeks, I’ve come to realize 2 things.  First, the collegiate football (American) offseason is somewhat boring…bring on the SEASON!  Second, people’s Gmail accounts are getting hacked….a lot.  I’ve seen 2 of my friends have their accounts hacked in the past month and a half. While there is nothing I can do about the first one, there is something I can do about the second. I figured it might be a good idea to share how I … Continue Reading →


Linux Choices

How-To Choose the Right Distribution of Linux

Which distribution is the RIGHT distribution?  Is there such a thing?  When you start your journey with Linux you might here something like this: – Ubuntu is the best distribution for the desktop – Linux Mint is the best distribution for a home user and the desktop – Debian is the best way to go because of its stability and solid base – Mandriva isn’t as good as Mageia – Mageia isn’t as good as Mandriva – Red Hat is … Continue Reading →


Linux File Permissions, Groups, and Users

Why Are Permissions Important? Permissions are important for keeping your data safe and secure.   Utilizing permission settings in Linux can benefit you and those you want to give access to your files and you don’t need to open up everything just to share one file or directory (something Windows sharing often does).  You can group individual users together and change permissions on folders (called directories in Linux) and files and you don’t have to be in the same OU or … Continue Reading →