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Linux Magazine #252 - Print Issue

Linux Magazine #252 - Print Issue

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Locked Down – New tools for tighter security

The security landscape keeps changing, and experienced users know they need to keep their eyes open for tools and techniques that give an edge. This month we study smartcards, hard drive encryption, and a less-bloated alternative to Sudo.

On the DVD: Debian 11 and Redcore Linux 2101

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    IN THIS ISSUE: 

    Kernel News
    * Bug Hunting and Process Appreciation
    * Refusing "Useful" Patches

    Distro Walk: Garuda Linux
    This friendly Arch Linux distro focuses on usability and modern hardware, making it particularly appealing to gamers.

    Doas
    The Sudo privilege management tool is big and complicated, with many advanced options. Doas is far simpler – which might just make it safer for desktop users.

    OpenPGP Smartcard
    Improve communication security with GnuPG and the OpenPGP smartcard.

    Nitrokey Pro 2
    The Nitrokey Pro 2 is a small device that covers a wide range of cryptographic functions.

    SiriKali
    SiriKali encrypts files and directories with just a few mouse clicks, without the inefficiency of fixed-size containers.

    Distro Walk – Redcore Linux
    With its point-and-click installation, Redcore aims "to be to Gentoo what Manjaro is to Arch Linux."

    Pandoc Website
    Build a simple web page in Markdown and then convert it to HTML at the command line.

    Command Line – lsd
    One of several new revamps of ls, lsd offers color coding plus revised options relevant to the modern computer.

    Charly's Column – Age
    Charly makes life easier for himself by using the lean Age tool for command-line data encryption tasks.

    imgp
    In no time at all, imgp can change the resolution of images, as well as convert files from PNG to JPEG, remove metadata, and rotate images.

    Epoptes
    If your school's computer lab consists of Linux machines, Epoptes provides an interesting alternative to conventional management and monitoring programs.

    Programming Snapshot – Go GPS Data Retrieval
    The hiking and cycling app komoot saves your traveled excursion routes. Mike Schilli shows you how to retrieve the data with Go.

    Popsicle
    If you need to flash the same image to multiple USB media, Popsicle saves time by letting you write in parallel.

    Saltwater Battery
    Saltwater batteries offer a cheaper and greener approach to storing energy.

    Ren'Py
    Ren'Py helps you create Android, Linux, macOS, Windows, and HTML5 games and apps.

    Doghouse – Bug Reports
    For a better bug report, maddog offers a refresher course on crafting a clear statement that will help get your problem fixed.

    ufw
    Canonical's ufw lets you configure your firewall without the hassle of the iptables tool, while reducing the risk of misconfiguration and simplifying maintenance.

    KXStitch
    Modern technology and new programs can revive old handicrafts. KXStitch helps design cross-stitch patterns and even automatically converts imported images.

    FOSSPicks
    This month Graham looks at MyGNUHealth, Sniptt, Pigiron, CudaText, KnobKraft Orm, D2X-XL, and more!

    Tutorial – HedgeDoc
    HedgeDoc lets you write documents collaboratively in Markdown and publish them online.