BIG DATA COMPANYS ABUSE POWER

If have read the latest News about the Big Data Collector and his for FREE shared Browser, you see that the big data Company’s abuses their power to block Websites from their Buisiness.

With the next upcoming Releases they prevent fast access to public News Sites or other Blogs and enforces the Website Owners to ACCEPT the NEW RULES.

You see that most FREE Software IS NOT REALLY FREE Software, cause it’s a Tool to take CONTROL over the normal USERS!

To PREVENT this POLITICS try to use ALTERNATE SOFTWARE like the ICECAT Browser, sometimes it’s more useful to have a CLOSER look at the SOFTWARE you use at you DAILY Office.

..get back the CONTROL over your SYSTEMS!!

Locale Umloud Problems Cron

If you run scripts to handle text output by cronjobs your perhaps get problems with umlouds “ÖÄÜ” cause they are displayed by “**”.
This is a problem cause cron uses “C” setting as locale, you can test it by setting it into root crontab:

open crontab from root with:

$su - root
$crontab -

insert
* * * * * locale

This will mail cron’s locale echo to the mailbox of root! Read root’s mail!
After tests remove the locale entry at crontab!

Howto fix for Scripts:

open crontab from root with:

$su - root
$crontab -e

insert (for German):

LANG=de_DE.UTF-8 
LC_ALL=de_DE.UTF-8

for US:
LANG=en_US.UTF-8 
LC_ALL=en_US.UTF-8

Linux: Systemd ignore console-setup settings

If you work on older Laptops and you use a Console only System Setup like on Debian there is a Bug on systemd and the console-setup package since years. After reboot all Font Settings seems gone. But the Settings are not real gone, cause systemd does not pull the settings on boot!

How to fix?

  • edit the crontab of root by

sudo su -
crontab -e

  • insert the /bin/setupcon command on “@reboot” means on every boot!

@reboot     /bin/setupcon > /dev/null 2>&1 

  • save and exit, reboot now
  • now the PC should echo big Fonts for old eyes “Terminus 20×12 Frambuffermode”

 

Security: Isolated Browser eMail Programs

If you want to be more secure, on Linux you can isolate used programs on different Users! All you need is installed by default!

isolated firefox thunderbird

Howto:

  • Add a new User for eMail and Browser to the System with:

$sudo adduser mailuser
$sudo adduser webuser

  • now install if not installed by default “gksu” User Switch

$sudo apt-get install gksu

  • copy now the default App Links to webuser’s Home Desktop, for mailuser enter mailuser’s name

$cp /usr/share/applications/firefox-esr.desktop /home/webuser/Desktop/firefox-esr.desktop

  • edit the firefox-esr.desktop by right click on nautilus or a editor and change command line:
  • old:

/usr/lib/firefox-esr/firefox-esr %u

  • to:

gksu -u webuser -w "/usr/lib/firefox-esr/firefox-esr %u"

  • save and exit
  • Now to test click on the Firefox App Link and a Password is asked! Enter the webuser password and you use Firefox on a isolated Account!
  • Do same for thunderbird eMail Client! that no bad Code can access your Emails!
  • Set the Home Folder rights for webuser and mailuser to 700 with:

$sudo chmod 700 /home/webuser
$sudo chmod 700 /home/mailuser

  • Remark: Same Technics available at Windows or other Unix Systems, alternate use VNCSERVER! a App to run Desktops inside Desktops!
  • Advantage: Programs run on isolated RAM Space!

Chrome Browser: Disable Password Passphrase Autologin Seahorse

Today i got a call and was asked how to STOP Seahorse from asking with a Passphrase Popup after opening Chrome or Chromium Browser:

Seems that google implementated a new Tool for Security to Prevent Access to STORED Browser Passwords, BUT this won’t work on Desktops with USER AUTOLOGIN like Lightdm!

Howto:

  • open a Terminal an enter

ln -s /usr/share/applications/google-chrome.desktop /home/username/Desktop/google-chrome.desktop

    • Now open the new Icon on the desktop with the mouse right click
    • Change Command Line for Chrome :

google-chrome-stable --password-store=basic %U

  • or for (chromium):
  • chrome browser disable password
  • Now open the Browser with the new Icon Link
  • On Ubuntu you can hold the Icon at the Taskbar after open the App with Store on the Taskbar
  • Changed only on  the User Desktop prevent you from Change the App by default for other Users!
  • Changed only on  the User Desktop prevent Chrome Updates from overwriting the new Command!

Ubuntu: Release Change

If you use Ubuntu on your Systems, you perhaps read last weeks about a new Release Version.

I am often asked, must i upgrade now?

My answere at first is not really, cause the new Versions are not cleaned up by all bugs and the User or Admin must recheck against the new advantages of the new Releases for production usage. I prefer to wait 3 Month after a Release by Ubuntu is published. But if you setup a very new Hardware your are often forced to take the LAST Release Version, cause it supports newest Hardware Chips by the latest Kernel (for example Laptop mixed Chips Wifi/Bluetooth/USB3.0).

Remark: You should read the “release notes” of the Versions, cause this can prevent you from running into trouble or “black screens”.  DONT forget to Backup the old OS if you try to start the Upgrade. Fresh Setup’s are often smaller and more free of Bugs as “upgraded Systems”! Cause sometimes the old Configs are not all updated or replaced! (User-Homes). New Releases can allocate MORE Disk Space and offer new Call Home Sniffing Tools, RECHECK open Ports, running Processes and Privacy Settings!

On Companies you must always setup a “Lab PC” for Testing the new Releases before rolling out the OS.

Print this Release Timeline out to be updated daily..

ubuntu releases timeline
ubuntu releases timeline