Mitigating the Performance Impact of Meltdown/Spectre Kernel Patches

The Performance Issues Introduced by The Vulnerability Mitigations Can Cripple Developmer Machines' Performance

Attila Orosz
Mitigating the Performance Impact of Meltdown/Spectre Kernel Patches
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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...

Canonical pretends Mir never existed, bloggers jump on cue

The Implications of Feigned Ignorance Go far Beyond the Server Protocol's Development

Attila Orosz
Canonical pretends Mir never existed, bloggers jump on cue

Ubuntu had announced that the next LTS release will revert to use Xorg as default (as 17.10 already defaulted to Wayland). While newsworthy on its own, we are yet to see anyone discuss this beyond company PR.

Is The The Cloud Safe in the Wake of Meltdown and Spectre?

The Lack of Transparency Will Hurt More Than Just Performance In the Long Term

Attila Orosz
Is The The Cloud Safe in the Wake of Meltdown and Spectre?

"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?

Cloudlessly Connected: Stay in Sync With Resilio

Regain control over your data

Attila Orosz
Cloudlessly Connected: Stay in Sync With Resilio

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.

Attila Orosz
Clouded Security: Auto-Encrypt Anything Before Uploading, With Cryptomator

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.

Debian Derivatives: An Honest Look at Devuan

Devuan promises something they call "init freedom", but does it deliver?

Attila Orosz
Debian Derivatives: An Honest Look at Devuan
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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?

Attila Orosz
Re-learning Linux: Train Yourself To Type apt Without -get (Script Inside)
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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.

Why use Debian Stable on the Desktop?

Deep inside you know it makes sense

Attila Orosz
Why use Debian Stable on the Desktop?

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...

Welcome to The Tao of Linux

Home of Linux Wisdom and Penguins

Attila Orosz
Welcome to The Tao of Linux

Hello and Welcome!

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...