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Resolving Conflict

In a perfect world, we would all get along with our coworkers and bosses all the time. Unfortunately, we don't live in a perfect world. While most of us make our best efforts to avoid conflict at work, occasionally it is unavoidable. Here are some of my best tips on how to make all of your...
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Git Behind the Curtain: What Happens When You Commit, Branch, and Merge

I think that the first thing to understand about Git is that it's not strictly a source control system; it's more like a versioned filesystem that happens to be good at source control. Traditionally, source control systems focused on the evolution of files. For example, RCS (and its successor CVS)...
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System76 Oryx Pro Review: Linux in a Laptop Has Never Been Better

Laptops preloaded with Linux aren't as rare as they used to be. In fact, big name hardware companies like Dell have whole lines of laptops that ship with Ubuntu installed, and if you want to stretch things a bit you could argue that a Chromebook is a kind of Linux machine (though it takes a bit of...
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Fedora 25 Officially Released as the First Major OS to Offer Wayland by Default

Today, November 22, 2016, Fedora Project officially announced the release of the Fedora 25 Linux-based operating system, which is a major milestone featuring the latest GNU/Linux technologies and Open Source software. Six months in development and delayed twice, Fedora 25 Linux is now available for...
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5 Ways to Hone your Production Incident Postmortems

I’ve messed up many times, as has everyone else on my team. There have been outages, oversaturated content, and frustrated users. We’ve put out a lot of fires. And we’ve done a lot of postmortems afterward. “What’s a postmortem?” I’m delighted you asked! Postmortems, also referred to less deathly...
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25 Years of Linux in 5 Minutes

Jeremy Garcia of LinuxQuestions.org and Bad Voltage (a podcast) delivers 25 years of Linux in five minutes: starting with Linux's first steps as "just a hobby" for creator Linus Torvalds, to its staggering popularity today with 135,000 developers from more than 1,300 companies and 22 million lines...
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Testing LXD, Canonical’s Container Hypervisor for Linux

Canonical is betting that LXD, which it calls the “pure-container hypervisor,” can beat VMware, KVM and other traditional hypervisors. To see for myself, I recently gave it a whirl. Here’s what I found. By “pure-container hypervisor,” Canonical means it is a hypervisor that works by creating...
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OPNFV Demonstrates How to Cut the Cord from Proprietary Hardware Designs

There are few things more frustrating than a dropped call. At the keynote during OpenStack Barcelona 2016 conference, the folks behind the Open Platform for Network Functions Virtualization Project (OPNFV) demonstrated, in a most dramatic fashion, the resilience of Network Functions Virtualization...
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Radio Free Linux

Do a web search for "Linux radio station", and the pickings are slim indeed, with most sites promoting instead ham radio software or streaming audio players, and a handful devoted to setting up a streaming web radio station—including one such optimistic article in Linux Journal some 15 years ago (...
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Josh Aas
Josh Aas of Let's Encrypt explains how the Achilles heel of managing web encryption is not encryption itself, but authentication, which requires trusted third parties, and secure mechanisms for managing the trust chain.

The Urgency of Protecting Your Online Data With Let's Encrypt

We understand that online security is a necessity, so why is only 48.5% of online traffic encrypted? Josh Aas, co-founder of Let's Encrypt, gives us a simple answer: it's too difficult. So what do we do about it? Aas has answers for that as well in his LinuxCon North America presentation. Aas...
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