Welcome to Roanoke Linux Users Group Monday, May 22 2017 @ 05:15 PM EDT
Patch those Linux servers! A critical vulnerability was announced at the end of January that will impact most Linux distributions. Details were published on a variety of venues, including here.
The official Ubuntu security release was posted and users running 12.04 LTS and 10.04 LTS should apply the patches. A server reboot will be required.
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With all the talk about security and vulnerabilities of various operating systems, it's been hard to miss the latest revelation about the Linux/Unix bug call "Shellshocked." Some of the things being posted are not always technically correct (this article) and some are questioning if the patches being pushed out are effective.
Of course, being vigilant and making sure your system has the latest updates never hurts!
Still running on Windows XP? Wondering if it's time to upgrade? Maybe setting up your PC to dual boot between Windows and Linux is the right answer for you. Perhaps you want to leave Windows altogether and just start new.
Here are a couple of links to get going in the right direction:
Dual Booting Windows and Linux - Basic Concepts
How to Replace XP with Linux - Planning guide and checklist
I upgraded one laptop with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS to 14.04 LTS. Most of the process went pretty smoothly. However, every software update after the upgrade complains about a failed install:
Calculating upgrade... Done
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
38 not fully installed or removed.
For Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, the Hardware Enablement Stack (HWE) support ends on August 7, 2014. What does this mean? What do you need to do?
You can try out other Linux distributions on your Ubuntu or other Linux machine by installing on a virtual machine. Links with how-to instructions for two popular methods:
Don't like the default computer name given when you installed your Linux distro? You can rename it by editing two files: /etc/hosts and /etc/hostname