Linux Pro Magazine #227 - Print Issue

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Issue #227: Backup – Practical tools for protecting your data

The bad news is that disasters happen. The good news is that Linux has a variety of powerful backup tools that will protect you when disaster strikes. This month, we cover some backup apps for the Linux environment, including Rclone, restic, and rsnapshot.

On the DVD: Linux Mint 19.2 "MATE Edition" and Debian 10 "Buster"

Linux Pro Magazine #227 - Print Issue

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* Local DNS with Unbound – improve performance and enhance security with a local DNS server.
* Jade Desktop – the creators claim this new desktop environment will "change the way you interact with your desktop".
* MakerSpace – A look at the LibreELEC media center distro
* LinuxVoice – A study of some useful and little-known photo tools.

* Linux Mint 19.2 "Tina" Released
* Gnome and KDE Coming Together
* Fedora CoreOS Preview Released
* SUSE Appoints New CEO
* GitHub Blocks Access to Private Repositories in Certain Countries
* A New Ransomware Targeting Linux-Based NAS Devices

Kernel News
* Communicating with Linux During Bootup
* Pruning SuperH
* Bug Hunting for Steam

Interview – prpl Foundation
Mirko Lindner of the prpl Foundation discusses how vendors and chipset makers are coming together to make IoT more interoperable and secure.

Rsync for the Cloud
Backups for critical data have to withstand major disasters. Rclone, a descendant of Rsync, enables easy backups to the cloud and supports many services.

Many users still find it difficult to regularly back up their data. Thanks to restic, and its graphical front end, Restatic, a backup is quite easy to manage – even for a beginner.

A recent backup is more reliable than any kind of data rescue. But for many users, a backup won't happen unless the process is easy to manage.

GPX Viewer
With GPX Viewer, you can map GPX tracks and view GPS data in a web browser. It's a simple way to revisit a recent vacation, organize your photos, or map your favorite bike routes.

Command Line – Password Generators
CLI tools for generating passwords have many options that can help you strike a balance between ease of use and security.

Programming Snapshot – Go
Math wizards amaze audiences by naming the day of the week for any date called out by the audience. Mike Schilli writes a training program in Go to turn amateurs into headline performers.

Local DNS with Unbound
You don't have to be satisfied with your ISP's slow and cumbersome DNS server. Your own Unbound server could improve performance as well as security.

This new desktop environment strives to offer something different, and while the design isn't for everyone, it does introduce a couple of interesting features.

Managing a firewall can be a hassle, but it's worse to manage a breach because you didn't have one.

Charly's Column – f.lux
You don't have to be a vampire to be sensitive to bright light at night. Sys admin columnist Charly, who – as regular readers know – is a practicing light conservationist, now makes it clear to his desktop PC that it's not good to be too dazzling at night.

Open Hardware – Crowdfunding Open hardware and crowdfunding are a†natural fit. While their relationship has†evolved over time, crowdfunding continues to play a big role in open hardware development.

Kodi 18.0 and LibreELEC 9.0
Thanks to Kodi 18.0, LibreELEC 9.0 now supports the DRM encryption used by many streaming services. However, integrating Netflix, Amazon, and other streaming services does involve some manual work.

Linux Voice

Doghouse – Copyright and Licensing
Despite the common assumption, everything online is not in the public domain.

Photo Tools
DIY tools and shell scripts can make for a smooth photographic workflow on Linux.

Boost your productivity from the Linux command line with the TaskBook task manager and note board.

This month Graham looks at Cartes du Ciel, Foliate, Newsboat, xinput-gui, DevilutionX, Performous, and much more!

Tutorial – Fediverse
If you're looking for social media options where the user has more control, you'll find a range of options to explore in the Fediverse, including the popular Mastodon.

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