21 Mar 2017

Some great blog news

Several news about the Linux notes from DarkDuck blog came last week, and I'd like to share them with you, my readers.

1. First of all, the number of likes for the Facebook page of this blog is now reached the 1000 level, and even more than that!

Join the team! Like that page too!

2. Second, the Linux notes from DarkDuck blog has been included into the Top 60 of Linux blogs in the world!

I am sure the most important people who made these achievements possible are you, the readers!

Thank you for your continued love and support!

3. Third, my test hardware has now changed as well as my main laptop. Just before last week, I used Toshiba Satellite L500-19X laptop, which was more than 7 years old. Now I have Dell Inspirion 17 5749. It is a 17-inch monster with Intel i7 processor, Intel 3160 WiFi card, Intel 520 graphic card with ATI Radeon display controller, 8 GB of memory and 1 TB HDD.

My experience with this laptop is now limited to trying few DVDs with various distributions for the orders placed via BuyLinuxCDs.co.uk and installation of Kubuntu 17.04. Yes, you're right, I returned back to Kubuntu distribution as it was my first love.

I have not written any reviews with this new laptop yet, so stay tuned and be the first to know!

14 Mar 2017

Pre-order your own disk with Ubuntu 17.04

Ladies and gentlemen, it is the same time of the year again. It is March, and it means that the release of the next generation of your favourite operating system will be released in a month's time!

Yes, Ubuntu 17.04 is less than a month away. Many of you already looking for downloading of your own ISO image of the system. Yes, that's the next version, codenamed ZestyZapus.

But many of you are not so lucky, and will need to wait longer, because you can not or do not want to create their own DVDs with operating system images.
We can help!

You can pre-order your own copy of Ubuntu 17.04 (o Xubuntu, or Lubuntu, or Kubuntu), including Ubuntu 17.04 GNOME and Ubuntu 17.04 MATE right now. It means that a DVD with your favourite OS will be burnt to you as early as possible, and dispatched on the 13th of April 2017, or soon after. Dispatched to anywhere in the world.

How you can get the DVD? Go to http://buylinuxcds.co.uk site, purchase the Ubuntu DVD from there, and in the PayPal comments state that you want version 17.04. K-, L- or Xubuntu editions are also available there. That's easy.

To help you even further, here is a mini-shop which you can use straight away. It supports PayPal checkout. And you even don't need a PayPal account to pay - you can do this with your credit a debit card!

UK (2.00 GBP):
Ubuntu 17.04 pre-order (UK)

USA (5.50 USD):
Ubuntu 17.04 pre-order (USA)

Other countries (3.50 GBP):
Ubuntu 17.04 pre-order (Other countries)

And yet another alternative: you can purchase the same disks via eBay.

9 Mar 2017

Ethical Hacking on Linux? What is it?

Ethical Hacking and Penetration, Step by Step with Kali Linux, is a new book by cyber security expert Rassoul Ghaznavi-Zadeh. An IT security consultant since 1999, Rassoul began as a Cisco engineer and has extensive background in Linux systems and the security tools available on them. He has helped numerous enterprise organizations to have safer and more secure environments by testing, auditing and following his security recommendations.

Rassoul's book delves into ethical hacking, which he describes as "a technique to find out the vulnerabilities on the network and systems and recommend how to protect them." The book is a collection of his 10 years of experience and notes on penetration and ethical hacking. It not only details the technical aspects of penetration testing, but also the ethical implications, laws, guidelines, and skills required. He also touches on how to best understand and work within the scope of the customer's expectations.

He also points out that as a hacker (even as an ethical one), getting into trouble, and sometimes even breaking the law, is somewhat inevitable. Therefore, working as carefully and legitimately as possible, and having paperwork done ahead of time is of the utmost importance. The book is available on most online stores like Amazon, Google, Itunes, Barns and Noble, Kobo, and others.
Check out our interview with Rassoul Ghaznavi-zadeh, as well as an excerpt from his book, here.

This is a guest post by Daniel Krohn