OTA Report: Consumer Services Sites More Trustworthy Than .Gov Sites

By Jack M. Germain

The Online Trust Alliance on Tuesday released its 2017 Online Trust Audit & Honor Roll. Among its findings: Consumer services sites have the best combined security and privacy practices. FDIC 100 banks and U.S. government sites are the least trustworthy. The number of websites that qualified for the Honor Roll reached a nine-year high. However, the audit identified an alarming three-year trend: Increasingly, sites either take privacy and security seriously and do well in the audit, or they lag behind significantly in one or more critical areas.

From: Linux Insider

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Microsoft Expands Linux Container Support in Windows Server

By John P. Mello Jr.

Microsoft has decided to expand its support for Linux containers in the next release of Windows Server. Linux containers and workloads will work natively on Windows Server, said Erin Chapple, general manager for the server operating system. The company also will extend Window Server’s Hyper-V isolation capability, which was introduced in the 2016 release of the operating system. “This means customers will no longer have to deploy two separate container infrastructures to support both their Windows and Linux-based applications,” Chapple wrote.

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Rosa LXQt Edition’s Flexibility Sets It Apart

By Jack M. Germain

The Rosa Desktop Fresh R series gets better with each new edition to its distro lineup. The already-established Rosa Desktop Fresh R was a hit with its series of standard desktop editions released with two flavors of KDE desktop — KDE4 and Plasma 5 — along with the GNOME 3 and MATE desktops. This latest LXQt edition, released last week, adds the ability to run this powerhouse computing platform on legacy boxes with as little as 512 MB of RAM. Each desktop edition is optimized for desktop usage.

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Securing Your Linux System Bit by Bit

By Jonathan Terrasi

As daunting as securing your Linux system might seem, every extra step makes a difference. It’s almost always better to make a modest stride than let uncertainty keep you from starting. Fortunately, there are a few basic techniques that greatly benefit users at all levels, and knowing how to securely wipe your hard drive in Linux is one of them. Because I adopted Linux primarily with security in mind, this is one of the first things I learned. Once you have absorbed this lesson, you will be able to part with your hard drives safely.

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Open Source Survey Exposes Community Troubles

By Jack M. Germain

GitHub this week released the results of its survey on open source software development, practices and worldwide communities. Responses from more than 6,000 participants show the importance of open source documentation and reveal some of the problems missing or poorly done documentation can have on users and project adoption. The survey also reveals an ongoing concern about nasty interactions among some open source developers, rudeness toward community members, and negative attitudes toward female programmers.

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BitKey Unlocks Mysteries of the Bitcoin Universe

By Jack M. Germain

BitKey is a Debian-based live distribution with specialist utilities for performing highly secure air-gapped bitcoin transactions. This distro is not for everyday computing needs, but if you are obsessed with the use of bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies, this distro might be just what you need. I am a high-tech sort of guy with a keen interest in diving through Linux distros both simple and complex. I’m on the lookout for new twists to old desktop environments and unique use case distros. However, cryptocurrencies clearly are my match.

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Hacking and Linux Go Together Like 2 Keys in a Key Pair

By Jonathan Terrasi

Ever since taking an interest Linux, with the specific aim of better understanding and enhancing my personal digital security, I have been fascinated by hacker conferences. As soon as I learned of their existence, I made a point of keeping tabs on the major conferences so I could browse through the latest videos in their archive once each one wraps up. I thought that was the closest I would get to such an event, but a couple of weeks ago, I had the chance to attend one for the first time: Chicago’s THOTCON.

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