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Ubuntu ISO Downloader is available as a Snap package. Its a terminal based application to download a supported Ubuntu ISO file from the Canonical website, and it will carry out SHA256 Checksum verification on the downloaded file.

Wiki page on version names:
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Releases

Commands:
$ sudo snap install ubuntu-iso-download
$ ubuntu-iso-download flavour codename

Project page:
https://snapcraft.io/ubuntu-iso-download

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#Xubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) is now using #XFCE 4.14 desktop. I forgot to mention the new keyboard shortcuts Super+D and Super+L which are show desktop and logout respectively.

Website: https://xubuntu.org/

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#Linux

#Kubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) is an interim release and comes with #KDE #Plasma 5.16.5 desktop.
Qt 4 packages have been removed, as well as many of the 32bit packages too.
Deb to Snap transition has started with Chromium.
Many KDE Apps are at version 19.04.3, and a couple are at 19.08

How to install Kubuntu Backports Repository: https://youtu.be/anxHnReRwOI
https://launchpad.net/~kubuntu-ppa/+archive/ubuntu/backports

Website: https://kubuntu.org/

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Ubuntu 19.10, codenamed Eoan Ermine, is an interim release of Ubuntu which is supported for 9 month and comes with Gnome 3.34 desktop. There have been significant performance improvements. Deb to Snap transition has begun. There is a significant drop in the number of supported 32 bit packages.

Website:
https://www.ubuntu.com/

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Miss Quids covers the basics of the LaTeX package TikZ for vector graphics, including how to draw lines, circles/ovals, arcs, and how to use colour.

LaTeX Tutorial Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzZ0JczEkZfkqJeVy1-BZ2tdtZFTuEBZv

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Canonical are transitioning some packages from being Deb based to Snap based. The change has started with Chromium in Ubuntu 19.10 and will be backported to earlier supported releases of Ubuntu.
More packages will be transitioned to being only Snap based over time.
There is no debate, it’s a firm plan that will eventually resources in building and testing.

Sources:
https://discourse.ubuntu.com/t/call-for-testing-chromium-browser-deb-to-snap-transition/11179
https://discourse.ubuntu.com/t/call-for-testing-chromium-browser-deb-to-snap-transition/11179/7
https://discourse.ubuntu.com/t/call-for-testing-chromium-browser-deb-to-snap-transition/11179/33
https://www.linuxuprising.com/2019/06/ubuntu-devs-testing-chromium-browser.html

#DebToSnap #Ubuntu #EoanErmine

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Mozilla won’t be implementing DNS over HTTPS (DoH) in Firefox for UK users because movie companies rights to block websites are more important. Oops I mean concerns for the Children.

Sources:
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/sep/24/firefox-no-uk-plans-to-make-encrypted-browser-tool-its-default
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9332613/overworked-facebook-moderators-die/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleanfeed_%28content_blocking_system%29
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_websites_blocked_in_the_United_Kingdom

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#DoH #Firefox #Cleanfeed

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Endeavour OS is attempting to fill the void left by Antergos. I looked at the September 2019 release which comes with their flagship XFCE Desktop.
The distro is easy to install with the Calamares GUI installer. Although it seems like early days with limited choice in terms of available desktops.

Website: https://endeavouros.com

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#EndeavourOS #Arch #Linux

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Discussing news that public schools in Wolcott Connecticut are battling with a second ransomware attack.
Sounds like they’ve failed to contain and recover from the first incident, and as a result have been hit again.

Sources:
https://edscoop.com/wolcott-conn-school-district-hit-by-second-ransomware-attack/
https://simpsons.fandom.com/wiki/Teacher%27s_Edition
https://www.cso.com.au/article/600455/six-stages-incident-response/
https://www.govtech.com/security/Connecticut-School-District-Hit-with-Ransomware-Attack.html

Watching You Watch Paper:
http://www.princeton.edu/~pmittal/publications/tv-tracking-ccs19.pdf

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https://www.pling.com/p/1321835/

#CyberSecurity #News #Ransomware

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Playing 1989 Text Adventure game Arthur: The Quest for Excalibur with Miss Quids.
This was the last game to be released by Infocom prior to being taken over by Activision.
We’re playing the PC DOS version in DOSBox.

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#QuidsRetroGaming #Arthur #TextAdventure

Discussing DNS over HTTPS, a new means of hiding what sites you’re looking at by carrying out DNS requests encrypted over HTTPS. DoH is already in Mozilla Firefox version 69 as an optional feature, but will likely be the default for version 70.

Google are also implementing the same feature in Chrome.

Sources:
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/09/09/mozilla_firefox_dns/
https://daniel.haxx.se/blog/2018/06/03/inside-firefoxs-doh-engine/
https://hacks.mozilla.org/2018/05/a-cartoon-intro-to-dns-over-https/
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/09/10/chrome_78_dnsoverhttps/
https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2019/04/24/dns-over-https-is-coming-whether-isps-and-governments-like-it-or-not/
https://dns-over-https.com/privacy/
https://support.umbrella.com/hc/en-us/articles/360001371526-Firefox-and-DNS-over-HTTPS-default
https://developers.cloudflare.com/1.1.1.1/dns-over-https/

List of DoH Servers:
https://github.com/curl/curl/wiki/DNS-over-HTTPS#publicly-available-servers

Enabling in Firefox:
about:config
network.trr.mode – set to 2 or 3
network.trr.uri – set to preferred DoH server

#Internet #Privacy #Firefox #DNS #DoH

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Using Screen, Reptyr, and Disown to ensure a job can run without an active SSH connection.
I cover how to move a process into Screen using Reptyr, and how to fork it using Disown to ensure the process can continue

Commands:
$ screen -R
ctrl+a
d to detach

Using reptyr:
$ ps -a
$ reptyr $(pidof process)
$ sudo reptyr -T $(pidof process)

Disowning a process:
ctrl+z
bg
disown -h %1

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Ransomware Hitting Unprepared American Cities and Schools
Every week I read in the news about how yet another American City or School has had to pay criminals to unlock files encrypted with ransomware.
Why is the public sector unable to recover from the attacks… Is it a complete lack of funding in investing in proper backup solutions.

Sources:
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/05/10/politics/ransomware-attacks-us-cities/index.html
https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/08/rash-of-ransomware-continues-with-13-new-victims-most-of-them-schools/
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/22/us/florida-ransomware-hacking-it.html

#Ransomware #Cybersecurity #News

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New for #NoTrack v0.9.2 an API which I have used to display data on 3 line RGB LCD connected to a Raspberry PI Zero.
NoTrack is a network-wide DNS server which blocks Tracking sites

NoTrack: https://gitlab.com/quidsup/notrack
NoTrack-LCD: https://gitlab.com/quidsup/notrack-lcd
Display: https://shop.pimoroni.com/products/display-o-tron-breakout

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#Tracking #Blocking

Netrunner 19.08 is based on Debian Buster and comes with KDE Desktop. A large number of applications come pre-installed, and the developers have also included the Kavantum Theme Engine.

https://www.netrunner.com/

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Google annoyed me so much this week with their heavy preference for returning marketing results, so I ditched them and moved to DuckDuckGo.
I also discuss YouTube, Google Drive, and Google Maps alternatives.

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#Privacy #DuckDuckGo #Search

I have purchased PCI Ethernet and USB 2.0 cards for my 1999 Pentium 3 500MHz computer. I was able to test the usability, now it has an Internet connection, and I have to say its awful. The issue is mostly due to the system being starved of Memory, as it only has 256MB of RAM.

Distros used:
Tiny Core Linux: https://distro.ibiblio.org/tinycorelinux/
antiX: https://antixlinux.com/

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#Linux #Pentium3 #OldSystem

The term “sophisticated cyber attack” is said after a data breach to excuse a company for not being able to defend against a nation state attack. But in reality they got caught out by some script kiddie. I’m taking a look at some actual Nation state examples, and attackers initially said to be sophisticated but later found to be a simple management failure.

Sources:
https://threatpost.com/nation-state-apts-target-u-s-utilities-with-dangerous-malware/146910/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stuxnet
https://twitter.com/idf/status/1125066395010699264
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_cyberattacks_on_Estonia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EternalBlue

British Airways (BA)
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-45440850
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48905907

Carphone warehouse
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/aug/08/carphone-warehouse-cyber-attack-24m-customers-data-feared-accessed
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42637820

Michaels Stores
https://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/19/business/michaels-stores-confirms-breach-involving-three-million-customers.html
https://www.bankinfosecurity.com/michaels-breach-how-fraudsters-pulled-off-a-8696

Newegg
https://www.pcgamer.com/hackers-installed-sophisticated-malware-on-neweggs-servers-to-steal-customer-data/
https://techcrunch.com/2018/09/19/newegg-credit-card-data-breach/

TalkTalk
https://www.techworld.com/security/talktalk-beyond-guide-worst-data-breach-excuses-of-2015-3628228/
http://web.archive.org/web/20151022211310/http://help2.talktalk.co.uk/oct22incident
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37990246

https://www.cbronline.com/solutions/fireeye-ceo-governments-state-cyber-attacks/
https://www.zdnet.com/article/nation-state-hacker-or-script-kiddie-why-is-pointing-blame-so-difficult/

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Taking a look at running Linux on a 1999 Pentium 3 computer. Unfortunately this wasn’t a complete success with Tiny Core Linux, as the computer has no Ethernet port and Tiny Core failed to recognise the only USB WiFi dongle I own. Although I was able to get a working GUI desktop.
I will have to revisit this again when I have either obtained a PCI network card or tried a larger Linux distro with more WiFi drivers included.

Tiny Core Linux: https://distro.ibiblio.org/tinycorelinux/

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#Linux #Pentium3

Tutorial on getting started with nftables firewall in Debian Buster. This covers setting up a simple firewall for a webserver being selective on IP ranges and allowing SSH from Internal network.

Debian Wiki page: https://wiki.debian.org/nftables
nftables website: https://nftables.org

#Debian #Linux #Tutorial

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Showing off the new #NoTrack Clickable line charts on DNS Queries allowing you to zoom to certain points and investigate what has happened during the time periods.

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Review of the rock solid Debian 10 “Buster” with the stock Gnome Desktop. There have been a lot of security improvements in this release and better support for UEFI secure boot.
Gnome defaults to using Wayland, although Xorg is still available.

#Debian is a slow release and long term support #Linux Distribution, which makes it ideal for using on Servers or corporate environments.

Website: https://www.debian.org/

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Long time Linux reviewer, and creator of anti-tracking system NoTrack.
I also focus on IT Security News, Ubuntu, KDE, and Kodi Tutorials, Linux Gaming, and App Reviews.

My current OS of choice is Kubuntu 18.04 which I have customised to look like Unity desktop

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