Systemd Vulnerable to DNS Attacks

Systemd, the Linux world’s favorite init monolith, can be potentially crashed or hijacked by malicious DNS servers. Patches are available to address the security flaw, and should be installed ASAP if you’re affected.
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What to do after installing Ubuntu

Warning: Some things on this page may break your computer, only run commands you understand. We will color these amber.

Note: This page outlines our list of things to do after installing Ubuntu and will always remain in being edited mode as there are always new things to add to it. Much has changed since they decided to flow with Unity and the same goes for those who prefer Gnome. We use vi for editing, supplement vi for your favorite editor (nano, emacs, ed).

I’ve Installed it, now what?

First things first. Update your repositories, follow instructions here

Install vim and ssh

This way you can ssh into your box if your display stops working or some other thing goes wrong.

sudo apt-get install ssh vim

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Microsoft Copies Canonical’s Convergence Idea, Cripples It

Canonical has been working on its vision of complete OS convergence for quite a while now and the first results have already appeared, but it seems that Microsoft is also trying to do the same and it has called it Universal Apps. Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Canonical, started talking about platform convergence a long time ago, and the first efforts towards this goal have already been made. Just remember that Ubuntu TV and Ubuntu for Android have already been presented as working technologies for some time now.

The true convergence that Mark Shuttleworth is talking about hasn’t arrived yet because it’s about having the same codebase on all the platforms.

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Ubuntu 12.04.4 Officially Arrives on February 6

Canonical has confirmed that the next point release of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) will be available on February 6.

The company has postponed by two weeks the release of the fourth maintenance build, but now the release date has been confirmed and set in stone.

“I would also like to remind everyone that the 12.04.4 point release is now taking place on Thurs Feb 6. The kernel is currently frozen for 12.04.4 and we do not anticipate any respins at this time,” said Canonical’s Joseph Salisbury in the latest Ubuntu Kernel meeting.

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Why no more Ubuntu for me

I’ve been using Ubuntu since 6.06 LTS (Dapper Drake) and have used every single release since, granted I have been searching for a new system since Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin). So far I’ve tested Debian, Fedora, Mint, and some others; I’ve even contemplated going back to Windows, but seeing where they’re heading starting with Windows 8 I think I’d rather not. I still however have one machine that is running Windows 7 because of some software I use the is available for Windows only. I had also contemplated turning to Apple, but the cost of ownership is too high for my wallet. Continue reading Why no more Ubuntu for me

Removing Ubuntu Overlay Scrollbars

Seeing that Ubuntu is heading toward touch and mobile screens they decided at 11.04 and Unity Desktop to go with overlay scrollbars. Why? Well, to allow your browser to use the entire screen and with touch screens you really don’t need scrollbars.

The following is per user. For system wide change scroll to the bottom of the page.

Disabling on Ubuntu 12.04 and earlier

  • Open a Terminal
  • type in the following command:
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface ubuntu-overlay-scrollbars false

Disabling on Ubuntu 12.10 and later

  • Open a Terminal
  • type in the following command:
gsettings set com.canonical.desktop.interface scrollbar-mode normal

The change should take immediately. Enjoy your traditional scrollbars.

Re-enable Overlay?

Don’t like the look anymore and want to return to the new look?

Enabling on Ubuntu 12.04 and earlier

gsettings reset org.gnome.desktop.interface ubuntu-overlay-scrollbars

Enabling on Ubuntu 12.10 and later

gsettings reset com.canonical.desktop.interface scrollbar-mode

System Wide Changes

To disable overlay scrollbars systemwide open a terminal and run this command:

sudo sh -c ‘echo “export LIBOVERLAY_SCROLLBAR=0″ > /etc/X11/Xsession.d/80overlayscrollbars’