Install Samba on Debian 9

HowtoForge offers excellent instructions on how to install applications, servers and tools on multiple Linux distributions. Instead of recreating what’s already done at HowtoForge, here’s the installation instructions to install Samba fileserver on Debian 9. It walks you through the installation, adding Samba shares, managing users, and accessing Samba from a Windows machine. Here’s the link.

Mageia 6

Remember Mandrake and Mandriva? Mandrake was one of my favorite Linux distribution back in the day. Mageia is a fork of Mandriva way back in September 2010. Anyways, Mageia just release version 6. Here are some highlights of Mageia 6.

KDE Plasma 5 replaces the previous KDE SC 4 desktop environment. The new package manager DNF is provided as an alternative to urpmi. Support for Fedora COPR and openSUSE Build Service to provide third party packages for Mageia 6 and later dnfdragora. Brand new icon theme for all Mageia tools, notably the Mageia Control Center. Successful integration of the ARM port (ARMv5 and ARMv7) in the buildsystem, allowing to setup ARM chroots. Installation images are not available yet but will come in the future. GRUB2 as the default bootloader.


Titan Password Manager

It seems like everyone is using a password manager these days. If you’re a Linux administrator, well you’re not left out. There’s a command line password manager called Titan which allows you to manage passwords that you administer. No more scribbling your password credentials on pieces of paper or placing them on insecure note applications on your desktop. You can now save your server credentials via the command line. You can recall them at anytime and even generate passwords for you. One thing it will not do is work on browsers like LastPass. Titan is strictly on passwords that you use via the command line. For more, check out this article from OSTechnix.

Green Recorder

If you want a really simple screen recorder in Ubuntu Linux or from any derivative of Ubuntu, such as Mint for example, you can install it by adding this PPA repository to your sources, by running the following Terminal commands:

Install Green Recorder on Ubuntu

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mhsabbagh/greenproject
$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install green-recorder

It contains a really simple interface. It will ask you what format, the name of the recorded file, where to place the recording, the number of frames per second, and the quality of the video from a range starting with 1 being the best to 10 being the worst.

Visit the Green Recorder website.

Debian 8.7

There’s a new version of the Debian 8 Jessie series. The latest release is Debian version 8.7 which includes 87 miscellaneous bug fixes and 86 security updates. If you’re running version Debian 8 now, the updates are going to be automatic. If you’re new to Debian, you can install the fresh Debian version by downloading it directly from

Amazon Light Sail

Amazon announced today a new product called Light Sail. It’s a virtual machine that’s preconfigured with either Amazon Linux AMI or Ubuntu Server. It’s comes with SSD storage, DNS management and a static IP address.

You can choose your developer stack whether it’s LAMP, LEMP, MEAN or Node.js. You can then run applications such as Drupal, Joomla, Redmine, Gitlab and countless others.

The pricing is flat-rate starting at $5 per month all the way up to $80 per month depending on number of vCPUs, memory and storage.

Running small virtual machines was an impediment to most independent developers due to steep price of running EC2 instances. With Light Sail, it opens up for smaller websites to be hosted at Amazon.

Read Amazon’s blog about the new Light Sail offering.

Hackers Can Steal a Tesla

Hacking a Tesla car from the Android phone is possible:

Hacking a Tesla is a thing we’ve seen before, but this time a team of security researchers at company Promon managed to locate, unlock, and steal a car using just an Android app. Every Tesla model comes with a companion smartphone application for Android and iOS that allows owners to do basic things such as checking the battery level and the charging status, locate the vehicle, and flash the lights to find it in the parking lot. And while these certainly come in handy, they can also be used by hackers to drive away by simply compromising the Android application.

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Cinnamon 3.2 Desktop Officially Released

Cinnamon 3.2 Desktop is now available:

Later, we were also the first to report on the first point release of the Cinnamon 3.2 desktop environment, but now everything is official. “On behalf of the team and all the developers who contributed to this build, I am proud to announce the release of Cinnamon 3.2,” said Clement Lefebvre, leader of the Linux Mint project, in the official release announcement.

There are many goodies shipping with the Cinnamon 3.2 desktop environment, and among the most exciting ones we can mention support for vertical panels, sound effects for notifications, revamped Keyboard applet, Qt 5.7 support, setting for the new menu animations, a brand-new screensaver, and many Nemo and Control Center changes.

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