Linux Pro Magazine #230 - Print Issue

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Issue #230: Automation Tricks – Building custom solutions for the intelligent home

Home automation is no longer the stuff of science fiction. This month we explore some versatile tools for Linux users who are interested in IoT but don't want to surrender the freedom of open platforms and open source.

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* PXE Boot with TinyCore – Your old computer can live on even without a hard drive. Boot across the network with PXE.
* Symphytum – Create a simple and practical database for your notes, recipes, or pine cone collection.
* MakerSpace – A real-world project with the Python Remote Objects Library (Pyro).
* LinuxVoice – We look at the Gotify push notification tool, a self-hosted open source notification solution.

* Microsoft Edge Coming to Linux
* Open Invention Network Backs Gnome Project Against Patent Troll
* Fedora 31 Released
* openSUSE OBS Can Now Build Windows WSL Images
* Sudo Vulnerability
* Hetzner Launches New Ryzen-Based Dedicated Root Servers
* IBM Joins the Mayflower Autonomous Ship Project

Kernel News
* Trusted Computing and Linux
* Load Balancer Improvements
* New Random Number Handling

Alexa Skills
Want to add voice activation to your IoT environment? Create an Alexa skill.

The smart home is gaining momentum, and Mozilla joins the fray. Mozilla WebThings is billed as an open platform for managing IoT devices. We decided to investigate.

If you want to equip your home with smart technology, you will need to dealt with a variety of providers and incompatible standards. FHEM is a free integration platform that keeps the building blocks under one roof and offers visually appealing interfaces.

The RaZberry daughter board for your Raspberry Pi unlocks the power of the Z-Wave home automation environment.

Command Line – Vim Plugin Managers
A plugin manager can help you corral your growing collection of Vim plugins.

PXE Boot with TinyCore
Implementing PXE boot with TinyCore Linux lets you boot a computer over the network – a great solution for revitalizing old computing hardware.

From a simple task list to a collection that keeps tabs on your books, Symphytum lets you easily build databases for storing and working with any type of data.

Charly – urlwatch
Experienced system administrators attach great importance to always being up to date when it comes to information technology. Urlwatch is a command-line tool that presents the latest news from websites that do not offer RSS feeds.

Flatpak's development may have been prompted by container development, but its future depends on the desktop.

Programming Snapshot – bpftrace
Which process opens the most files and how many bytes is it reading or writing? Mike Schilli pokes inside the kernel to answer these questions with bpftrace and its code probes.

Python Remote Objects Library
Pyro allows multiple hardware devices to interact as if they are all on a local machine.

Open Hardware – Inkplate 6
Combining open firmware with recycled hardware, Inkplate launches a†crowdfunding campaign for an open source e-paper display.

Simulated Pi Hardware
Python and tk_tools let you create software versions of Raspberry Pi mini-displays, LED keypads, and NeoPixel hardware.

This month in Linux Voice.

Doghouse – Women in Tech
Maddog ponders how the number of women in programming has changed over the course of his career and is pleased to see more women coming back into the tech workspace.

Replace proprietary cloud-based push notification services with a self-hosted open source notification solution.

Calibre can help manage your ebooks by bulk converting files, adding metadata, and making content available across all your devices.

This month Graham explores Blender 2.8, Amass, Cookbook, Mangl, Cawbird, Chiaki, and more!

Tutorial – Mastodon
Creating your own clients to interact with your friends in the Fediverse is easy. A bit of Python and an off-the-shelf module will do the trick.

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