Linux Pro Magazine #232 - Print Issue

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Issue #232: Stop Ads – Before they reach your browser

Web ads and ad scripts can slow down your system and gum up your web experience. Browser-based ad-blockers are useful for controlling many types of popups and banners, but they are less effective with ads built into applications – and they are often difficult to implement on mobile devices. This month we look at a couple of alternative tools for blocking ads at the network level: Pi-hole and Privoxy.

On the DVD: GParted and Kali Linux

Linux Pro Magazine #232 - Print Issue

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* Firewalld and OpenSnitch – a practical workshop on configuring firewalls for outgoing, as well as incoming, traffic.
* Create a Personal Web Archive – Future-proof your bookmark library by downloading and archiving web pages.
* MakerSpace – This month includes a study of the tiny BBC micro:bit.
* LinuxVoice – Learn to build a unified game library with GameHub.

On the DVD: GParted and Kali Linux

* Kubuntu Focus Laptop Is Now Ready for Preorder
* Dell Adds a Much-Requested Feature
to the New XPS Developer Edition Laptop
* Bonsai Promises to Make Syncing Gnome Devices Easier
* Huawei Releases CentOS-Based openEuler as Open Source

Kernel News
* Line Ending Issues
* Hardware Hinting
* Simplifying the Command Line

Interview – Wikimedia's Jaime Crespo
Jaime Crespo, from the Wikimedia Foundation, discusses the challenges of managing one of the world's largest collaborative knowledge projects.

The Pi-hole ad blocker filters ads and trackers from the data stream for all devices on the network, from your smartphone to your toaster.

Add-on ad blockers can help mitigate the degradation of your browsing experience, but sometimes you need to bring stronger weapons. A filtering web proxy can scrub web traffic to eliminate unwanted ads and scripts.

Firewalld and OpenSnitch
For maximum security, you'd better watch traffic in both directions. This hands-on workshop takes you through the steps of setting up firewalls for outgoing as well as incoming traffic.

Programming Snapshot &nash; Go Game States
How does a ferryman transport a wolf, a goat, and a cabbage across a river in a boat that can only carry the ferryman plus one item at a time, without the wolf eating the goat or the goat eating the cabbage? Mike programs the solution in Go.

Charly's Column &nash; lshw
In order to avoid complaints from his children, Charly prefers to use lshw instead of a screwdriver to analyze his home firewall PC's hardware details.

Command Line &nash; duplicity
With a single command, duplicity lets you encrypt and back up files. All you need to do is learn its unconventional command structure.

Create a Personal Web Archive
A large collection of bookmarked pages is worth protecting. With the right script, you can create an archive so you never lose access to all your favorite web pages.

When you need some quick graphical output, the old school curses library can save you some time and effort.

BBC micro:bit
Designed for students, the BBC micro:bit, in conjunction with MicroPython and the Mu editor, can help you get started with microcontroller programming.

Open Hardware &nash; DIY Soldering Kits
If you don't know how to solder, your DIY options are limited. Audio Builders Workshop gives you hands-on soldering experience.

Doghouse &nash; RISC-V Summit
While attending the second summit on RISC-V architecture, maddog was blown away by the level of openness and collaboration.

Organize your games by bringing them all together into a single library.

With a single command, Dead Simple VPN builds a secure VPN connection.

Graham looks at TreeSheets, rare, McFly, b2, DrumGizmo, A/B Street, Xmonk, and much more!

Tutorial &nash; PeerTube
Self-host your videos without the limitations embedded in YouTube and similar platforms.

Tutorial &nash; Readline
Readline provides a rich set of tools for moving around quickly on the command line.

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