Linux Magazine #204 - Print Issue

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Issue #204: VMware vs. VirtualBox

This month we compare VirtualBox with the free version of VMware Workstation Player and explore the possibilities for modeling a network on a host computer with KVM and Qemu.

Other highlights:

* KolibriOS – a teeny tiny operating system that runs in memory and boots in 10 seconds or less.
* Devuan 1.0 – Developers who didn’t like the switch to the systemd init forked Debian to found Devuan. We tour the first major release.
* Check out LinuxVoice for a look at Minetest, the open source answer to the Minecraft phenomenon.

On the DVD: Manjaro Gnome 17.0 (64-bit) and Kubuntu 17.04 (32-bit)

Linux Magazine #204 - Print Issue

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News
* Reddit closing doors to open source
* VMware brings its cloud to AWS
* Gnome celebrates its 20th birthday
* SQL Server comes to RHEL; OpenShift comes to Azure
* FDA recalls nearly half a million pacemakers over security concerns

Kernel News
* Container-aware cgroups
* A different type of RAM chip on a single system
* New SARA security framework
* Improving GPIO interrupt handling

VirtualBox vs. VMware
VirtualBox and VMware Workstation Player are popular virtualization options that won’t cost you a penny. Which is best for you?

KVM/ Qemu
KVM and Qemu provide a fast and powerful alternative to VirtualBox for virtualization in Linux.

Virtual Test Network
If you don't have room for a whole laboratory of servers, hitch up a virtual playground on your own workstation.

KolibriOS
KolibriOS, written in assembler, is especially suited to very old hardware – it even fits on a floppy disk.

Data Reconstruction
One false click can quickly delete important data, or even an entire partition. If a backup tool is missing, only a rescue specialist can help.

Devuan 1.0.0
When the Debian project decided to replace the old init system with systemd, a small group of developers resisted. We explore the systemd-free Devuan.

Charly – Rclone
Having a good backup is a matter of course, but devices can still fall victim to fire or theft. Free space on Google Drive will help. The only thing missing is the right tool.

Android in a Box
Need Android apps in a separate window on the Linux desktop? Unlike common Android emulators, Anbox relies on LXC containers and kernel namespaces.

Programming Snapshot – Decision Trees
Decision trees help machines emulate human behavior. Thanks to artificial intelligence, programs can autonomously build decision trees by learning from existing real-life data. Can an AI system determine who was operating a particular vehicle by analyzing driving style?

Open Hardware – Crowd Supply
Crowdfunding open hardware makes it easier to realize your dreams, but the road to success has obstacles.

Command Line – diff and merge
Diff and merge: They're not just for developers.

Firefox 54 with Electrolysis
Developers are praising Firefox 54 as the "best Firefox ever." The revamped web browser adds multiprocessing and promises a significant boost in speed.

Welcome
This month in Linux Voice.

Can PatentLeft Save Us?
A hack on patent law, based on copyleft, could render patents useless.

Free Software Principles
Malwaretech stood up for us. Now we should stand up for him.

Minetest
Discover this open world, open source, Minecraft play-alike with giant maps and oodles of nifty features.

FAQ – Arduino
Break out of the cyber confines of your computer and program the real world.

Core Technologies – VM Instances
VM instances in the cloud are different beasts, even if they start off as a single image. Discover how they get their configuration in this month’s Core Technologies.

Doghouse – Cloud Computing
Virtual private cloud environments.

FOSSPicks
Graham reviews the best free software, including OBS Studio 20, Green Recorder 3.0, gtop, Bitcoin Core v0.14.2, Natron, Solarus, and more!

Tutorials – moreutils
Upgrade your Bash sessions with extra features and power.

Tutorials – COBOL
Despite being more than half a century old, COBOL is still in use. Explore this fascinating old-school language and see how it ticks.

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