Mastering Linux, Backdoor'd, & openSUSE 13.1

by Ostatic Staff - Nov. 21, 2013

I recently sold my Linux news Website, but I can't stop the urge to link to interesting posts from around Linuxville. It feels like such a waste to read them and then just click the little corner "X." So, here are a few from the last couple of days. openSUSE 13.1 is getting good reviews, a couple nice advocacy posts appeared, and Linus' father confirms US government intentions are among the topics.

openSUSE 13.1 Looking Good

As it's probably obvious that openSUSE is one of my favorite distributions and Muktware was one of the first out with a full review. They say the installation is "easy and straightforward" and that every desktop gets "first class treatment." Of his experience the author wrote, "openSUSE offers, in my opinion, the best Linux experience – every piece of it works very well with other pieces. With openSUSE you get the feel of running one OS and not some disjointed pieces put together an as OS." See the full article for the final conclusion.

Learning Linux

Another couple of posts that I wish I could have linked to are helpful posts. The first is from Bryan Lunduke, of whom I've written a few times here at Ostatic, titled, "How to introduce Linux to your little kid." While he ponders how to introduce his little tyke to Linux, he shares some of his thoughts and links. The next is from an old friend known around the Web as Dedoimedo. In "How to master Linux the proper way," Dedoimedo really more defines terms and speaks philosophically of methods and approaches more than an actual "How to."

Backdooring Linux Users

The news that the NSA approached Linux Torvalds about giving the United States Government a backdoor into the Linux kernel for purposes of spying on users broke a few weeks ago, but I can't find that link now. Here's one that everyone is linking to in the last several days in which Linus' father confirms the report and explains Torvalds' original cryptic answer.