Distribution experienced opinions

From: Unkmar 
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I prefer stability over new features.

Debian: (My favorite)
  I use the stable version, so it is always behind the times. The install
is incredibly versatile.  Easy to follow the guide for a once size fits all.
When you don't know what something means, just take recommended
or hit Enter.  If you want a light weight server, easy enough to figure out.
You wan't a very light weight install and then extremely minimal Desktop
enviroment, sort of like a ChromeBook. That is also pretty easy to do.
The default Desktop install is gnome3.  I've tried it, I mean seriously
tried it for over a month.  I hate it.  Seriously, I hate gnome3. I
currently
use LXDE. Wait, I'm getting side tracked.  Eh, I like Debian, everything
after that is me nitpicking packages and settings.

Red Hat:
  I used it so long ago I don't remember what it was like.

Mandrake: (Now Mandriva)
  My first experience with Linux that I can actually recall.
My thoughts at the time, Linux is almost ready to replace Windows on the
Desktop.  When they get it together and finish some things up, I'll switch.
(I didn't know. I thought of Linux as a smaller version of Microsoft but
split
up among a few groups. Maybe 5. I had no idea of the true scope of
GNU/Linux)

Ubuntu: (My first REAL use of Linux)
  It was and is great. I didn't like its instability so I moved to its
parent, Debian.
I still sometimes use a Live Ubuntu CD because Debian doesn't do that.
(A third party provides a Debian Live CD option that has never worked for
me.)

Suse:
  The install had a learning cliff, No curve.  I didn't get far enough to
evaluate
the actual distro.

Gentoo:
  I hate the long compile time for installing anything. I prefer to date
before marriage. That compile time feels like a serious commitment.

Puppy:
  Feels like a toy.  Honestly, it is a wonderful tool but the install feels
more
like an infection.  It is a light weight distro.  Has a light weight
install.
Has no method of making it fat even if you prefer a few bells and whistles.
You can't choose partition sizes or anything. (Puppy would make a great
recovery install for if something goes horribly wrong. Oh, wait!  Most
distros
already have that as a reasonable built in option. What was puppy for
again?)
Oh, It is a great small distro that boots into RAM from CD where you can
then remove the CD and use the drive to burn other CD's if you wish.
Many other tools available, That is just the one that stuck in my mind.

Red Hat:
  Um, just no!  My dislike of Red Hat has been strong enough for me to
effectively wipe my memory of exactly why.

Tiny Core:
  Oh great spaghetti monster.  Please take it back from where it came.
Um, it lives up to its name. It is Tiny and merely a Core.  You get to
struggle
for a few minutes to get networking so that you can download anything.
It has a quirky package management system (PMS) that you must learn
to in order to do anything. Here is a list of somethings don't get until you
use the PMS, web browser (GUI or CLI), partitioning tools.  Actually,
how about I list what you do get. The ability to move the mouse around,
point, click.  Possibly a CLI so you can run ls, head, cat, and more.
I'm pretty sure that less is missing until you PMS it.  I don't know if it
even has nano, pico, or vi without the PMS.  Seriously, it is a Tiny Core.

Derivatives: (I generally avoid them)
  Reasoning: Fixes to the problems lag behind the parent.
Find a problem, and a fix in the parent.  You constantly use the parent as
a guide on how to fix the child problems and sometimes that doesn't work.
Then you are left with a child that has the problem, can't find a fix
because
so few are using, reporting, and supporting the child. You are sort of left
out
in the cold.

Tor users targetted in Scotus rule change

From: Rod-Lists 
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"The Supreme Court on Thursday approved changes that would make it easier for the FBI to hack into computers, many of them belonging to victims of cybercrime. The changes, which will take immediate effect in December unless Congress adopts competing legislation, would allow the FBI go hunting for anyone browsing the Internet anonymously in the U.S. with a single warrant. Previously, under the federal rules on criminal procedures, a magistrate judge couldn't approve a warrant request to search a computer remotely if the investigator didn't know where the computer was -- because it might be outside his or her jurisdiction. The rule change would allow a magistrate judge to issue a warrant to search or seize an electronic device if the target is using anonymity software like Tor."

https://yro.slashdot.org/story/16/04/29/137251/supreme-court-gives-fbi-more-hacking-power

So you miss the features of Opera 12?

From: Rod-Lists 
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"If you're a former Opera user unhappy with the direction of desktop Opera, we strongly suggest you download Vivaldi. The technical preview release may be rough around the edges, but it already supports tab stacking, adding notes (complete with screenshots of any page), mouse gestures, and tons of keyboard shortcuts. It's all wrapped in a user interface that's reminiscent of Opera 12.

It's no accident that Vivaldi offers most of what Opera 12 offered. Vivaldi's CEO is Jon S. von Tetzchner, co-founder and former CEO of Opera. Von Tetzchner's primary goal for Vivaldi is to rebuild the browser that Opera once was—the power user's browser.

Building a new browser is not for the faint of heart, but of course this isn't the first time von Tetzchner has done it. Why do it again? The motivations behind Vivaldi are startlingly simple. As Von Tetzchner tells Ars, "Opera abandoned Opera... I thought, what am I going to do now? There were all these features that I was used to, that everyone else was used to and they were gone. So we thought, well there's a lot of people that want to do more with their browser, let's make a browser for them."

In other words Vivaldi isn't interested in chasing the market share of IE, Firefox, or Chrome. It's never going to get to that size user base. Instead, it will let you do more with the Web than any of the others will out of the box."

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/03/hands-on-with-vivaldi-the-new-web-browser-for-power-users/
Looks like fun.
https://vivaldi.com/

OT: Security Analyst Job in Nashville

From: Stephen Haywood 
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I've got a friend looking for a Security Analyst in Nashville, details are
here:
https://www.premisehealthjobs.com/job/franklin/security-analyst-1/1388/1834=
168

Requirements

   - 4+ year=E2=80=99s work experience
   - 1+ years as Security Analyst
   - Experience in Linux administration
   - Basic understanding of TCP/IP networking, such as: IP addressing,
   subnet masks, basic IP routing, TCP/UDP
   - Strong understanding of security operations concepts: perimeter
   defense, BYOD management, data loss protection, insider threat, kill cha=
in
   analysis, risk assessment, and security metrics
   - Strong understanding of IT operations: help desk, end-point
   management, and server management
   - Ability to analyze data and communicate findings to users, technical
   staff and upper management.
   - Attention to detail
   - Good written and verbal communication skills
   - Ability to effectively network, participate in interdepartmental
   teams, and develop key working relationships

Preferred Qualifications:

   - BS degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Information Security, or
   Information Systems preferred
   - Professional certifications such as Security+, Network+, CCNA, CEH,
   GCIH, GCIA, CCNA, or CISSP
   - Experience with 1 or more programming or scripting language such as
   Python, Bash, VBScript
   - Strong understanding of basic visualization techniques
   - Advanced Expertise in at least one of the following: o Splunk,
   Arcsight or other SIEM and logging technologies o Incident Response o
   Malware Reversing o Network Forensics
   - Hands-on advanced level experience with both closed and open source
   SOC technologies to include: o Log management, analytics, and correlatio=
n
   platforms o SIEM solutions o Forensics toolsets o Pen-Test Frameworks &
   Toolsets o Vulnerability Management Solutions (Nessus, Qualys, Nexpose,
   etc.) o Endpoint Security Toolsets o UTM products
   - Experience in an incident detection and response oriented security
   monitoring environment
   - Knowledge of installing, configuring, and maintaining network and
   security monitoring solutions
   - Experience with Windows PowerShell and Perl scripting
   -

--
Stephen Haywood
Owner, ASG Consulting
CISSP, OSCP
423.305.3700
asgconsulting.co

Ubuntu Tablet is supposed to show at tech show end Fed 2016

From: Rod-Lists 
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And it will run X apps as well as Ubuntu touch apps.

Chatt State Matrix Longest Running Torrent

From: Dave Brockman 
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ISPConfig

From: Unkmar 
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Anyone setup ISPConfig and get it to work?

I strongly suspect I have one small problem preventing the entire mess from
working.  2 or 3 small changes of a few files should have it all working.
This is a ambitious collection that should just work and it just doesn't.
Made worse by my lack of experience setting up any of the components used.
Okay, not all of them.  I do have experience with Apache, PHP, and MySQL.
I don't have experience with BIND, Postfix, dovecot, mailhunter,  rkhunter,
spamassassin, clamav, fail2ban, jailkit, SquirrelMail.

I've been having problems with TLS postfix dovecot.
I know that doesn't exactly make sense.  I can say that I don't have errors
with postfix or dovecot prior to installing ISPConfig.  In fact, ISPConfig
is the very last thing of the long list of items that Install without
errors appearing in /var/log/*
Once ISPConfig is installed, I start getting errors.

I'll be investigating the long ISPConfig script that is clearly not meant
to be dissected.  I strongly suspect the problem occurs during the SSL key
and certificate creation that I simply don't need.  Yeah, I plan to use
SSL.  I already have a key and signed certification.  The automated script
simply breaks what I already have in place.

Lucius L. Hilley III - unkmar

OT: Old Smartphone becomes ultimate remote

From: Phil Sieg 
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Happy New Year!

I, like many of you, have struggled with a large and growing collection 
of remotes everywhere I have a TV.

I finally figured out that my phone is the ultimate remote control. Then 
I figured out that an OLD UNUSED smartphone was an even better choice so 
it can stay with the electronics for the wife and kid to use as well.

SO my old android phone is now:

TV Remote
PLEX Controller
Chromecast controller
Marantz Receiver controller with Marantz app (Denon and some others have 
receiver apps as well)
Netflix Remote
Hulu Remote
Logitech Harmony Hub interface

So when I sit down I nab the android remote, launch the logitech harmony 
app and tell it I want to either: Watch TV, Chromecast, Listen to music. 
When I choose the hub executes a macro that turns the appropriate gear 
on, switches inputs and gives me unified remote ability from either the 
smartphone screen or the Harmony remote. i.e. when in TV mode the 
channel up and down is my cable box while volume is my receiver.

PLEX is my goto for most of my streaming, so I set the system to 
chromecast, launch plex on the android remote, start my show, and send 
it to the chromecast which turns the plex app into a graphical remote 
for controlling the stream.

By setting the phone to Airplane mode and then turning BT and wifi back 
on I can get 3-4 days out of the battery. Since it is a handset with 
wireless charging, I just set it on the charger each night and it stays 
charged.

The glue that binds all of this is the $100 Logitech Harmony Hub which 
is a brilliant product well executed with fantastic build quality to boot.

This is a poor description of what has turned into an elegant solution.

Hope it helps another person in remote hell.

Phil Sieg
President
SeniorTech LLC / snapfo-n®
www.snapfon.com
phil.sieg@seniortechllc.com

Phone:423.535.9968
Fax:423.265.9820
Mobile:423.331.0725

"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011


Cool RasPi project on Kickstarter

From: Chad Smith 
------------------------------------------------------
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/34683765/the-starforce-pi-electronic-tabletop-mini-arcade?ref=discovery

I loved those old table-top Arcades.  I don't know if I loved them enough
to spend $200 on one today, but they were cool then.

*- Chad W. Smith*

SIP architect position

From: Matt Keys 
------------------------------------------------------
eZuce is looking for a senior, talented and passionate C++/SIP architect. I=
f anybody knows any SIP / C++ folks please feel free to pass the info along=
.  Submit resumes to jobs@ezuce.com. Here's the job description:

Description
You are a C++ rock star. Creating high performance server side applications=
 for Linux is your way of life. You have mastered the software engineering =
life cycle from architecture, implementation, unit testing and quality cont=
rol, troubleshooting all the way to release engineering and software packag=
ing. You have an affinity to open source and you think you would thrive in =
an open and high energy environment.

Responsibilities:
- Developing new SIP based components / features for openUC / sipXecs serve=
r
- Support existing clients
- Enhance current openUC / sipXecs SIP stack, IPv6 support

Required:
- Experience in mastering the software engineering life cycle from architec=
ture, implementation, unit testing and quality control, troubleshooting all=
 the way to release engineering and software packaging
- Consulting engineer / architect, team lead, go to person for tough proble=
ms like performance, threading issues and memory leaks
- High unit test code coverage advocate
- Familiar with the most current IETF SIP related standards
- Experience in working with Git
- Experience in working with bug tracking tools (JIRA)
- Automake, Autoconf
- Ability to work in an open and collaborative environment
- RDBMS design principles and concepts (PostgreSQL) , good SQL knowledge. N=
OSQL database concepts (MongoDB)

Strongly Desired:
- Familiar with all modern software libraries available for the Linux platf=
orm - STL, boost
- Expert level know-how in fast/light-weight string parsing algorithms
- Expert in application debugging / profiling tools (Valgrind, Google Perft=
ools)

Nice to have:
- Previous experience in open source projects
- Agile (SCRUM) development process knowledge
- Hands on FreeSWITCH, reSIProcate, sipXecs, SER, Kamilio
- Actively participating in the creation of RFCs / keeping yourself up to d=
ate with the current drafts
- Hands on working with cfengine framework

References:
Candidates providing following references should be preferred:
- github account
- proof of activity in larger (open source) communities
- code published on sourceforge, google code

Benefits package
flexible working hours / working location,
opportunity to grow and learn from an open source project / model,
exposure to latest open source technologies,
getting involved in architecture decisions

Need Power cables (and specifically for Cisco 2950)

From: David White 
------------------------------------------------------
Keith was kind enough to pass on some older Cisco hardware he was given at
the last swap meet. I think one of these smaller 2950s will be perfect for
a while until our church can get the budget for something better.

Unfortunately, I don't have any power cables that fit em. Actually, I have
very few computing and electronic power cables in general.

Anyone have some that would fit the bill I could have, or buy you a burrito
in exchange for 'em or something?

Senior Storage Engineer position in Chattanooga, great rate available

From: Matt Keys 
------------------------------------------------------
I've confirmed it's TVA.

Fw: Senior Storage Engineer position in Chattanooga, great rate available

From: Matt Keys 
------------------------------------------------------
Passing it along. The note "that all fabric's are independent, highly secur=
e environment" does have me curious who it is... maybe TVA, bank, check int=
o cash?

Linux job postings, 3 positions in Chattanooga.

From: Jason Brown 
------------------------------------------------------
Hey guys!

I have three positions to fill at ARS immediately!  Two are re-posts and
I'm adding the Linux Sysadmin position to the list.

Linux Systems / Network Administrator

     We are expanding our application development team in Chattanooga,
Tennessee and looking for a PHP Application Developer. Applicants must be
comfortable working independently and in collaboration with a small team.

Skills and technologies that apply to this position:

Networking, subnetting, VPN technologies
Linux, Apache, Nginx, Bash, Systems Monitoring
Server virtualization, infrastructure as code, continuous integration
Source control systems, git, svn, etc
Cloud based services and APIs
High availability, load balancing, and distributed session management
Some PHP / Web development experience is also helpful


PHP Application Developer

     We are expanding our application development team in Chattanooga,
Tennessee and looking for a PHP Application Developer. Applicants must be
comfortable working independently and in collaboration with a small team.

Skills and technologies that apply to this position:

PHP, MySQL, MongoDB, Javascript, JQuery, HTML, CSS
Web applications built on modern frameworks, we use Symfony2 and Doctrine
Source control systems, git and svn
Cloud based services and APIs
NoSQL technologies such as MongoDB and Redis
High availability, load balancing, and distributed session management


DevOps / IAAS Developer

     We are expanding our application development team in Chattanooga,
Tennessee and looking for a DevOps / IAAS Administrator. Applicants must be
comfortable working independently and in collaboration with a small team.

Skills and technologies that apply to this position:

Networking, subnetting, VPN technologies
Linux, Apache, Nginx, Bash, Systems Monitoring
Server virtualization, infrastructure as code, continuous integration
Source control systems, git, svn, etc
Cloud based services and APIs
High availability, load balancing, and distributed session management
Some PHP / Web development experience is also helpful

How to apply:
     Please send a resume and salary requirements to dev.jobs@thinkars.com.
Applicants including examples of previous work and/or open source
contributions will be given first consideration.

About ARS
With over 250 employees across our Illinois, Michigan and Tennessee
offices, we=E2=80=99re known for focusing on client service, results and an
unending love of creativity. We work with with some of America=E2=80=99s mo=
st
beloved brands: Sears, Walmart, P&G, Whirlpool, Craftsman, Kimberly-Clark,
Maytag, PBS Kids and many more.

Benefits & Perks:
Paid time off (holidays, vacation, personal & more)
Pre-tax insurance benefits, including medical, dental and vision
Company-paid life insurance
401K match & vesting plan
Discounted prices on appliances and electronics


Jason Brown

Job postings, PHP Dev and DevOps.

From: Jason Brown 
------------------------------------------------------
Hi guys, we are expanding the dev / IT team and have some new positions to
fill.

PHP Application Developer

     We are expanding our application development team in Chattanooga,
Tennessee and looking for a PHP Application Developer. Applicants must be
comfortable working independently and in collaboration with a small team.

Skills and technologies that apply to this position:

PHP, MySQL, MongoDB, Javascript, JQuery, HTML, CSS
Web applications built on modern frameworks, we use Symfony2 and Doctrine
Source control systems, git and svn
Cloud based services and APIs
NoSQL technologies such as MongoDB and Redis
High availability, load balancing, and distributed session management

DevOps / IAAS Developer

     We are expanding our application development team in Chattanooga,
Tennessee and looking for a DevOps / IAAS Administrator. Applicants must be
comfortable working independently and in collaboration with a small team.

Skills and technologies that apply to this position:

Networking, subnetting, VPN technologies
Linux, Apache, Nginx, Bash, Systems Monitoring
Server virtualization, infrastructure as code, continuous integration
Source control systems, git, svn, etc
Cloud based services and APIs
High availability, load balancing, and distributed session management
Some PHP / Web development experience is also helpful

How to apply:
     Please send a resume and salary requirements to dev.jobs@thinkars.com.
Applicants including examples of previous work and/or open source
contributions will be given first consideration.


About ARS
     With over 250 employees across our Illinois, Michigan and Tennessee
offices, we=E2=80=99re known for focusing on client service, results and an
unending love of creativity. We work with with some of America=E2=80=99s mo=
st
beloved brands: Sears, Walmart, P&G, Whirlpool, Craftsman, Kimberly-Clark,
Maytag, PBS Kids and many more.

Benefits & Perks:
Paid time off (holidays, vacation, personal & more)
Pre-tax insurance benefits, including medical, dental and vision
Company-paid life insurance
401K match & vesting plan
Discounted prices on appliances and electronics

Jason Brown

GPS time signal fallback 60khz - on topic response

From: Mike Harrison 
------------------------------------------------------

> On Jun 5, 2015, at 11:12 AM, Rod-Lists  wrote:
> 
> Steven I not worried about the Aurora. I worried about the event that generated the THAT aurora.
> A lot smart people at NASA are too.
> in 1859 something hammered our geomagnetic field so hard that it generated an arora strong enough to be seen at the 23rd latitude.
> Brighter as a full moon. It induced current on telegraph wires all over world causing fires.

The answer to all of these technology doomsday scenarios is: 

   Vacuum tube powered computers running Linux. (It’d be huge, and take a lot of power)

   Photonic quantum computers running Linux. Hmmm.. I like this idea. 



   

  

Fwd: Woot Daily Digest

From: Jonathan Calloway 
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OT: New favorite toy!

From: Bret McHone 
------------------------------------------------------
Sorry for the sheer off-topicness of this but I know a lot of geeks on here
will love this stuff, and working with putty is supposed to help with
carpel tunnel, right?

http://www.puttyworld.com

We have the magnetic putty and it's just a blast to play with. One note of
warning though, don't use magnets pulled form hard drives with it, it's too
strong and actually pulls the metals out of the putty!

I don't have any affiliation with this company, I just though some people
on here would really enjoy it.

Happy Friday!

-B

Laptops with known Linux support

From: Unkmar 
------------------------------------------------------
I'm planning to purchase a few identical laptops with a few minimal
requirements.

1. Everything works on Linux, preferably Debian.  My arm can be twisted to
allow Ughbuntu.
2. Dual boot.  I need Windows to be on these systems, whether I like it or
not.  The end users will need it.
3. $300-$600.  Clearly the lower number is preferable. Yet..
4. Intel CPU.  As close to i7 as possible.
5. Not Lenovo.  Last I knew, those guys still whitelist their WiFi cards
and I strongly disagree with any form of lock-in.

Well, I guess that covers it.  Obviously more memory is better.  Anything
over 2Gb should be fine.  I'm hoping for 4Gb to 8Gb.

Honestly, drive size and type just doesn't matter much to me.  SSD or Not.
Sure, they boot amazingly fast.  Just not a deal maker either way.   And I
haven't really out grown storage in years unless I horde loads of junk I
don't use anyway.

I'm asking for you help because some of you may have already successfully
done the research. I've looked around and just get frustrated from the
prices jumping around a grand any time I get comfortable with the
specifications.  I'm trying to settle for less and having a hard time
finding anything *NEW* in desired price range.  New is not really the
requirement.  Identical laptops fully supporting Linux and Legal copies of
Windows 7 or higher.  (Identical !!!)

Thanks in advance.
Lucius L. Hilley III

PS: Help me provide a great late X-mas/Birthdary present for a few kids.

[OT] 3D Printing Carbon3D

From: Jason Brown 
------------------------------------------------------
Very cool! The oxygen component is interesting, I wonder if it really does
speed up the print that much.  Otherwise this appears no different than
standard SLA printing. There are many others on the market such as the
popular Form1. http://spark.autodesk.com/blog/embers-resin-now-open-source.>http://spark.autodesk.com/blog/embers-resin-now-open-source./a>

They produce beautiful prints, but the resins are fragile. FDM printers
like a RepRap, MakerBot etc print in the final material and are strong
enough for actual use (for certain values of use). Resin prints are good
for visualization, making a mold, or other uses that don't require much in
the way of mechanical strength.

Resin prints can also be bit unstable, most companies don't mention it but
place a resin print on a shelf and it degrades over time, discoloring,
becoming sticky, or actually melting and deforming. Thi can happen in just
a couple of months. I hear this is getting better.

None of those are as big a barrier for me as material costs though. Resin
formulas are usually closely guarded and extremely expensive. $149 per
Liter for the Form1. Compared to two years ago, that is super cheap.  I was
happy to hear recently that a big player, Autodesk, has opened up their
resin formula for everyone:
http://spark.autodesk.com/blog/embers-resin-now-open-source.>http://spark.autodesk.com/blog/embers-resin-now-open-source./a>.

Despite the drawbacks to SLA resin printers, I still want one!  Or perhaps
for Electron Beam Melting:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electron