The Linux Kernel vs Commercial kernels

by Frank Harris-Smith What exactly is the Linux Kernel and what makes it different than, say Windows or Mac System X? I’m not going to get too deep into the weeds on this one because, quite honestly, I’m not qualified to discuss Kernels beyond the basics. I’m really going to focus on the hardware/software interface [...]

Introduction to EncFS, Encrypted Filesystem

EncFS provides an encrypted filesystem in user-space. It runs without any special permissions and uses the FUSE library and Linux kernel module to provide the filesystem interface. EncFS is open source software, licensed under the GPL. As with most encrypted filesystems, Encfs is meant to provide security against off-line attacks; ie your notebook or backups [...]

Trisquel 5.0 Released

Yesterday has been released the version 5.0 of Trisquel, an Ubuntu based GNU/Linux Distribution. In their announcement: In what we can now call it a tradition, we celebrate the Software Freedom Day by publishing our latest release: Trisquel GNU/Linux 5.0 STS, codename Dagda.

Incron – a cron based on FS events

In a former article we saw something about Inotify. inotify is a Linux kernel subsystem that acts to extend filesystems to notice changes to the filesystem, and report those changes to applications. It replaces an earlier facility, dnotify, which had similar goals. Last time I focused on the functionality of inotifywait command which can be [...]