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NextCloud 14 Arrives » Linux Magazine

Nextcloud Gmbh has announced the release of Nextcloud 14, a fully open source enterprise file sync and storage (EFSS) solution. The new release brings many new features, including an even tighter focus on security.

Unlike its closest competitor Dropbox, Nextcloud is more of a platform than just a sync and storage solution. Nextcloud comes with online collaborative software, secure web chat, secure voice and video conferencing, calendering, contacts, and more.

Now Nextcloud is using a combination of its services to offer tighter security. It’s now using ‘video verification’ for sharing sensitive data. While sending a document, a user can choose to add a ‘Talk’ verification feature (Talk is the name of the video chat service of Nextcloud).

The recipient would have to appear online via video chat and confirm their identity in order for the file to be transferred. The sender would send a password for the file and the receiver would receive the password verbally through the video chat.

Another security-centric feature of Nextcloud 14 is a new 2-factor authentication. The feature allows users to use third party messaging apps like Signal, Telegram and SMS as second factor to secure their authentication.

Hypothetically, Nextcloud can take it to the next level by introducing a 3-factor authentication, by asking the recipient to verify the QR code sent via SMS during the video chat.

Nextcloud 14 is available for free download.

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Create and View Custom Trace Data in User Node.js Code | Linux.com

Tracing is a convenient way for developers to monitor and analyze application performance at runtime. Node.js offers a few options to generate and diagnose custom trace data in JavaScript applications.

The built-in trace mechanism supports centralized tracing for not only V8 and Node.js core, but also userspace code. For the userspace tracing, Node provides the async_hooks and embedder API to trace async resources. Additionally the developers can produce trace data for their own code segments which is not formally documented.

In this tutorial, follow the steps to define a new trace category, generate custom trace data into the standard Node trace log file, and visualize trace data for centralized performance analysis.

Learning objectives

After completing this guide you will know how to:

  • Define, enable, and disable a trace category in a Node application.
  • Add custom trace events and parameters into a Node application.
  • View the custom trace data generated by a Node application.

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How to Install and Configure GitLab on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS | Linux.com

GitLab is an open source GIT repository manager based on Rails and developed by GitLab Inc. It is a web-based GIT repository manager that allows your team to work on code, perform feature requests, track bugs, and test and implement applications. GitLab provides features such as a wiki, issue tracking, code reviews, activity feeds, and merge management. It is able to host multiple projects.

GitLab is available in four editions:

  1. Gitlab CE (Community Edition) – self-hosted, free and support from the Community forum.
  2. Gitlab EE (Enterprise Edition) – self-hosted, paid app, comes with additional features.
  3. GitLab.com – SaaS, free.
  4. GitLab.io – Private GitLab instance managed by GitLab Inc.

In this tutorial, I will show you step-by-step how to install GitLab CE (Community Edition) on your own Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) server. I will be using the ‘omnibus’ package provided by GitLab for easy installation.

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Freespire Linux: A Great Desktop for the Open Source Purist | Linux.com

Quick. Click on your Linux desktop menu and scan through the list of installed software. How much of that software is strictly open source? To make matters a bit more complicated, have you installed closed source media codecs (to play the likes of MP3 files perhaps)? Is everything fully open, or do you have a mixture of open and closed source tools?

If you’re a purist, you probably strive to only use open source tools on your desktop. But how do you know, for certain, that your distribution only includes open source software? Fortunately, a few distributions go out of their way to only include applications that are 100% open. One such distro is Freespire.

Does that name sound familiar? It should, as it is closely related to Linspire. Now we’re talking familiarity. Remember back in the early 2000s, when Walmart sold Linux desktop computers? Those computers were powered by the Linspire operating system. Linspire went above and beyond to create an experience that would be similar to that of Windows—even including the tools to install Windows apps on Linux. That experiment failed, mostly because consumers thought they were getting a Windows desktop machine for a dirt cheap price. After that debacle, Linspire went away for a while. It’s now back, thanks to PC/OpenSystems LLC. Their goal isn’t to recreate the past but to offer two different flavors of Linux:

  • Linspire—a commercial distribution of Linux that includes proprietary software and does have an associated cost ($39.99 USD for a single license).

  • Freespire—a non-commercial distribution of Linux that only includes open source software and is free to download.

We’re here to discuss Freespire and why it is an outstanding addition to the Linux community, especially those who strive to use only free and open source software. This version of Freespire (4.0) was released on August 20, 2018, so it’s fresh and ready to go.

Let’s dig into the operating system and see what makes this a viable candidate for open source fans.


In keeping with my usual approach, there’s very little reason to even mention the installation of Freespire Linux. There is nothing out of the ordinary here. Download the ISO image, burn it to a USB Drive (or CD/DVD if you’re dealing with older hardware), boot the drive, click the Install icon, answer a few simple questions, and wait for the installation to prompt for a reboot. That’s how far we’ve come with Linux installations… they are simple, and rarely will you have a single issue with the process. In the end, you’ll be presented with a simple (modified) Mate desktop (Figure 1) that makes it easy for any user (of any skill level) to feel right at home.

Software Titles

Once you’ve logged into the desktop, you’ll find a main menu where you can view all of the installed applications. That list of software includes:

  • Geary

  • Chromium Browser

  • Abiword

  • Gnumeric

  • Calendar

  • Audacious

  • Totem Video Player

  • Software Center

  • Synaptic

  • G-Debi

Also rolled into the system is support for both Flatpak and Snap applications, so you shouldn’t miss out on any software you need, which brings me to the part when purists might want to look away.

Just because Freespire is marketed as a purely open source distribution, it doesn’t mean users are locked down to only open source software. In fact, if you open the Software Center, you can do a quick search for Spotify (a closed source application with an available Linux desktop client) and there it is! (Figure 2).

Fortunately, for those productive-minded folks, the likes of LibreOffice (which is not installed by default) is open source and can be installed easily from the Software Center. That doesn’t mean you must install other software, but those who need to do serious business-centric work (such as collaborating on documents), will likely want/need to install a more powerful office suite (as Abiword won’t cut it as a business-level word processor).

For those who tend to work long hours on the Linux desktop and want to protect their eyes from extended strain, Freespire does include a nightlight tool that can adjust the color temperature of the interface. To open this tool, click on the main desktop menu and type night in the Search bar (Figure 3).

Once opened, Night Light will automatically adjust the color temperature, based on the time of day. From the notification tray, you can click the icon to suspend Night Light, set it to autostart, and close the service (Figure 4).

Beyond the Mate Desktop

As is, Mate fans might not exactly recognize the Freespire desktop. The developers have clearly given Mate a significant set of tweaks to make it slightly resemble the Mac OS desktop. It’s not quite as elegant as, say, Elementary OS, but this is certainly an outstanding take on the Linux desktop. Whether you’re a fan of Mate or Mac OS, you should feel immediately at home on the desktop. On the top bar, the developers have included an appmenu that changes, based on what application you have open. Start any app and you’ll find that app’s menu appears in the top bar. This active menu makes the desktop quite efficient.

Are you ready for Freespire?

Every piece of the Freespire puzzle is equally as user-friendly as it is intuitive. The developers of Freespire have gone to great lengths to make this pure open source distribution a treat to use. Even if a 100% open source desktop isn’t your thing, Freespire is still a worthy contender in the world of desktop Linux. It’s clean and stable (as it’s based on Ubuntu 18.04) and able to help you be efficient and productive on the desktop.

Learn more about Linux through the free “Introduction to Linux” course from The Linux Foundation and edX.

Examining Partitions on Linux Systems | Linux.com

Linux systems provide many ways to look at disk partitions. Here’s a look at commands you can use to display useful information — each providing a different format and with a different focus.

Linux systems provide many ways to look at disk partitions. In this post, we’ll look at a series of commands, each which shows useful information but in a different format and with a different focus. Maybe one will make your favorites list.


One of the most useful commands is the lsblk (list block devices) command that provides a very nicely formatted display of block devices and disk partitions. In the example below, we can see that the system has two disks (sda and sdb) and that sdb has both a very small (500M) partition and a large one (465.3G). Disks and partitions (part) are clearly labeled, and the relationship between the disks and partitions is quite obvious. We also see that the system has a cdrom (sr0).

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