Interesting Links - June 2013

Here are some of the things I found interesting in June.

Linux:

  • Whonix is a privacy oriented distro, which uses virtualization (in a very interesting way) to achieve its goals.
  • Red Hat opts for GNOME 3's Classic Mode by default. Red Hat's Denise Dumas said — "the last thing we want to do is disrupt our customers' workflows". I guess it is OK to disrupt your users' (read: non-customers') workflow.
  • Tails 0.19 has been released without any major changes. You should still upgrade, though.
  • The debian multimedia repository's domain was grabbed by someone unknown to its maintainers, and as a result users have been warned to remove the repo from their sources.list file.
  • If you hate the default git log output, here's a way to make it better. Read the comments on that page for more suggestions.

Privacy:

  • The EFF guys have come up with a very nice and interactive animation explaining, how Tor works.
  • If you value your privacy, you should look at this list of secure and open alternatives to common proprietary programs and services.
  • Want an alternative to Tor or I2P? You can give GNUnet a try.

Various:

  • A new version of FLAC (v1.3.0) comes out, after a long time.
  • Feed43 is a free online service that can convert any web page to an RSS feed. It even lets you customize what you want displayed in the feed, though the syntax takes some time getting used to.
  • It appears that PlayStation 4 runs on a FreeBSD variant.

Fun stuff:

  • Hedgewars 0.9.19 released with new maps, new weapons and lots more.

  • A very thorough and destructive teardown of Google Glass.

  • Ever wondered why we have User Agents such as:

    Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux i686) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/28.0.1500.52 Safari/537.36
    

    Here's a funny and informative post explaining how the situation got so bad. PS: I wonder what Google will use for Blink...

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