Plasma Vault Makes It Easy to Create Encrypted Folders on the KDE Desktop

The KDE Neon developer edition has a nifty security feature called Plasma Vault — and it sounds awesome. Plasma Vault lets you create an encrypted folder in which you can securely stash any files you wish to keep private. This might be your WIP xmas shopping list, candid photos of Bigfoot in fancy swimwear, or work documents […] This post, Plasma Vault Makes It Easy to Create Encrypted Folders on the KDE Desktop, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!. Read more

Amazon's Greengrass IoT Platform Is Now Available as a Snap for Ubuntu Linux

Canonical has announced today that Amazon’s new Greengrass IoT (Internet of Things) platform is available for installation on Snappy-supported Ubuntu Linux operating systems as a Snap package.Greengrass was launched by Amazon last week as the latest IoT development platform designed from the ground up to allow devs to create intelligent edge software. Amazon is currently in talks with several hardware distributors and is hoping to deliver Greengrass to as many devices as possible. For example, Amazon believes its Greengrass IoT platform would make its way into industrial gateways, home gateways,... Read more

KDE Plasma 5.10.2 Desktop Environment Brings Many Plasma Discover Improvements

The KDE Project is pleased to announce the general availability of the second point release to the latest KDE Plasma 5.10 desktop environment for select GNU/Linux operating systems. KDE Plasma 5.10.2 follows the rapid release plan of short-lived KDE Plasma branches and comes only one week after the first point release, bringing small, yet important improvements and fixes to the Breeze and Oxygen themes, Plasma Discover, Plasma Desktop, Plasma Workspace, Plasma Networkmanager (plasma-nm), Plasma Audio Volume Control, and libkscreen components. “Today KDE releases a Bugfix update to KDE Plasma 5,... Read more

Ambient Noise (ANoise) Player Fixed For Ubuntu 16.04 And Newer

Ambient Noise, or ANoise is a simple, lightweight application for playing ambient noises, such as waves, rain, fire, and so on, useful to help you stay focused and boost productivity, or fall asleep. The application didn’t work in Ubuntu 16.04 and newer until recently, when it was updated to GStreamer 1.0 and Python 3, along with some bug fixes.ANoise runs directly in the Ubuntu Sound Menu, without a GUI. From there you can easily play various relaxing sounds such as rain, wind, forest, storm, fire, night, coffee shop, or sea.Besides... Read more

Tool To Create Bootable Windows USB Stick From Linux WinUSB (Fork) Renamed To WoeUSB , Sees …

The WinUSB fork we covered a while back was renamed to WoeUSB recently, while also seeing quite a few releases for the past few days.WoeUSB / WinUSB is a tool that can be used to create a bootable Windows installer USB stick from an ISO or DVD. The application supports Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, as well Windows 10, and can be used either with a GUI or from the command line.As for supported bootmodes, WoeUSB / WinUSB can create a bootable Windows USB installation stick using the following:Legacy... Read more

Linux Chgrp Command for Beginners (5 Examples)

Here at HowtoForge, we recently discussed the chown command which lets users change the owner as well as group of file (or a directory) in Linux. But did you know there exists a dedicated command line utility that you can use when it comes to changing group-related information? The tool in question is chgrp, and in this tutorial, we will be discussing this tool using easy to understand examples. Read more

DevOps success: A new team model emerges

When DevOps began, so did a shorthand description for the model: It broke down the wall between dev and ops. The teams communicated better and operated with a shared set of objectives and concerns. At the extreme, there were no longer devs and ops people, but DevOps skill sets. But now, another view of DevOps has emerged: It’s about enabling ops to provide an environment for developers, then get out of the way as much as possible. Read more