Meltdown and Spectre took the world (but not the industry) by surprise after the carefully guarded information leaked into the public consciousness. While the revelation was not intentional (from the industry's side anyway), the lack of action was. Of course patches had to be issued in a hurry after the world learned about just how serious the vulnerabilities are, and given the short timeframe, the first patches are just, well, patchy...
"There is no cloud, just someone else's computer," goes the well-abused cliché. Despite the many attempts at trying to debunk this "myth", the fact remains: The hardware on which your favourite cloud services run is owned by other people. So technically when storing your files in the cloud, you are giving it to others to keep it safe for you. But what if not being able to control your data (and its security) just doesn't cut it?
The Cloud, despite the hype, and all suggestions to the contrary, might not be the most secure place to keep your data. In fact, it's less than ideal when it comes to security and privacy, as evidenced by the exploitability of both CPUs and RAM, which mostly affect shared computing resources, such as virtual hosts and cloud providers. Still, cloud storage services are popular among end users and consumers off the street, mainly due to the convenience they offer. You can access your files anywhere anytime, all you need is an (often free) account and internet connection. Unless, of course, you think privacy and data security is more important than convenience.
The recent scare of Meltdown and Spectre exploits has been echoing around the media for a while now. Virtually everybody is or has been talking about them, and how it makes all personal computers vulnerable, yet surprisingly little can be heard about the far greater threat: Cloud security.
Born from controversy, in the fiery hearts of rebellious Debian users and developers, who could no longer stand for systemd's takeover of the Linux world, Devuan came to be. In other words, it sounds a lot like a fad. So what is it really like?
APT, the Advanced Packaging Tool had been around since 1998 (at which time it was just "A Packaging Tool"). That is longer than the youngest generation of Linux users have been breathing air. Which is a long time. And yes, if you remember the original announcement, you're quite old.
Debian is one of the oldest Linux distributions around, and its stable version is well-respected as a robust and reliable OS for the server. When it comes to using Debian on the Desktop, however, the consensus seems to be that switching sources to Testing might be the way to go, one major reason bei...
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It’s good to have you here. These are still early days for The Way of Linux, The Tao of Linux Blog and master Tux-Ce. The Linux Fairy has not yet arrived, and the Way of Debian is not quite finished either. A lot of effort went, and still goes into creating this site, so while...