Testing Tails 4.22 in a virtual machine via VirtualBox

Tails 4.22 says hello and asks for my preferred language settings

In an older article on Linux Gossip I wrote about Septor Linux and mentioned Tails briefly as an alternative, highlighting my dislike of the distribution’s choice of desktop environment.

Today I’m giving Tails (+ GNOME) another chance and I want to turn my experience into a quick review. I’m making notes about the installation process right now, the download from the official Tails server is taking forever, though 😅

How does Tails Linux work?

Tails aims to be a distribution that turns a 8GB USB Stick into a secure machine that is portable, amnesic, and offers encrypted persistent storage.

Tails uses Tor for everything, passing…


Five ways to generate random passwords with CLI magic ✨

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One of the coolest things about Linux distributions is the terminal emulator at your fingertips. If you like shortcuts, then the terminal is for you!

Sure, in Windows you’ve got Powershell, and on macOS there’s also a terminal— but with Linux everything seems to be so much easier.

Let’s look at five different ways to generate random passwords with simple command-line tools. All the tools mentioned here should be available in your Linux distro. If one of them is missing, you can probably install it, or just use another method of generating CLI passwords.

readme.txt: I realize that a traffic…


Over 7,500 commits and 3 years of work led to OpenSSL 3.0

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One of the most crucial technologies contained in Linux/Unix distributions is built around the SSL cryptographic protocol. OpenSSL is arguably the most popular implementation. But as always in the free software world, users have a choice. Some distributions use other SSL implementations like LibreSSL, forked from OpenSSL in 2014. The most prominent project using this alternative is the OpenBSD project.

New Features In OpenSSL 3.0

You can read more about the changes in OpenSSL 3.0 here.


Ubuntu-based Linux distribution / a digital art studio

Ubuntu Studio 20.04.3 desktop (launched virtually with VirtualBox and Solus as the host system)

Testing Ubuntu Studio has been on the agenda since 2020. Today I’m trying out Ubuntu Studio 20.04.3 in a virtual live environment via VirtualBox. It’s just a quick test to show what the distribution is about and what’s included.

I downloaded the amd64 version from the official Ubuntu server: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntustudio/releases/20.04.3/release/ubuntustudio-20.04.3-dvd-amd64.iso (3.8GB)

Ubuntu Studio has no trouble starting in a virtual environment:


Broken emojis and Unicode rendering problems are a widespread issue. There are multiple solutions to problems like “emojis not showing”, “emoji support broken in Chrome”, or “how to enable Unicode in Chrome for linux”.

None of these solutions worked in my case and I came really close to giving up on computers in general over this trivial problem.

Even with the aforementioned fixes applied to my font configuration files, even after installing the Noto Color Emoji font and picking it manually in the Chrome settings, and despite all my efforts to uninstall, purge, and reinstall other relevant fonts that include…


It’s different, but is it good?

The OpenIndiana “Hipster” distribution has been updated to version 2020.10 with lots of improvements, and, according to the release notes, a couple of important bugfixes.

OpenIndiana 2020.10 comes with the MATE desktop environment and the standard MATE applications pre-installed.

The operating system inherits Sun Microsystems’ interpretation of a Unix-based Kernel, and is based on Illumos which is derived from the OpenSolaris project.

It’s not a Linux distribution and comes closer to something like OpenBSD — our Linux Gossip publication is all about free and open source software, especially free operating systems. So, why not give OpenIndiana a shot?

OpenIndiana 2020.10 Release Notes

The following…


“Freedom, Friends, Features, and First” — A recipe for excellence

Fedora 33 Workstation Edition — “Take the tour to discover essential features.”

Following the tight release schedule of two releases per year, the Fedora project updated all their distributions to version 33 on October 27th, 2020. As expected, it runs well and comes with all the good stuff from “Rawhide” — and more!

Fedora 33 Workstation Release Features

Fedora 33 received several useful updates, bugfixes, and new features. Let’s go through some of the most interesting news about F33 “Workstation”.

While not relevant for the workstation variant the Fedora Cloud Base Image and Fedora CoreOS will be available in Amazon’s AWS Marketplace. …


A new format for our Linux Gossip publication

After trying out the functionality a couple of days ago, we’re happy to share the following distribution updates and package upgrades with you in this first issue of our experimental Linux Gossip newsletter.

Linux Updates

Week 43 (October 18–25)

We’re tracking distrowatch.com and loads of relevant mailing lists for this purpose. In the past week the Linux development community released a couple of very interesting distribution updates and lots of fresh packages. We want to highlight some of the Linux distributions first.

OpenBSD 6.8

The OpenBSD community celebrated the 25th anniversary of the project launch in October 1995 as a fork from NetBSD by…


Ubuntu 20.10 with GNOME 3.38 & Raspberry Pi 4 support

ubuntu 20.10 groovy gorilla desktop screenshot
Groovy Gorilla — Ubuntu 20.10 desktop wallpaper

Six months after the successful release of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS another animal-themed alliteration steers the way of the current iteration of this hugely popular operating system: Groovy Gorilla is the codename of Ubuntu 20.10, released October 22nd, 2020.

The most important changes are listed below. You can find the Ubuntu 20.10 release notes here.

GNOME 3.38
This version upgrade has been anticipated by many GNOME users. Version 3.38 contains many performance optimizations and bugfixes and should lead to a even smoother Linux desktop experience.

Ubiquity
The Ubiquity installer application has integrated the Microsoft Active Directory functionality.

OpenZFS
While still experimental, the…


Dear Linux Gossip reader,

We want to try something new and we need your feedback. We’re looking into the newsletter functionality here on Medium.com and it seems like a neat solution to connect with our readers.

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We’re excited to explore something new here on Medium.com 😃

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