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Today’s newsletter highlights our two most recent feature articles: Verifying Linux Server Security: What Every Admin Needs to Know and OctopusWAF: A Customizable Open-Source WAF for High Performance Applications. We also examine various topics including the release of KDE Plasma 5.20.4 with a selection of bug fixes and improvements and the upcoming launch of System76's first AMD-only "Pangolin" Linux laptop - likely in time for the Christmas holiday. Happy Monday - and happy reading!

Verifying Linux Server Security: What Every Admin Needs to Know - This article will introduce LinuxSecurity’s top methods and tools for verifying the security of your Linux servers and will point you in the direction of some other valuable resources to help you get started on this journey.

OctopusWAF: A Customizable Open-Source WAF for High Performance Applications - OctopusWAF is customizable, user-friendly and optimized for a large number of parallel connections - making it ideal for high performance AJAX applications.

  Is 2020 the Year of the Linux Malware Pandemic? (Dec 1)

Linux computers used to be safe from most forms of malware - but this is unfortunately no longer the case, as cyber criminals have come to recognize Linux as a valuable target.

  Updated Trickbot malware threatens firmware security (Dec 4)

Despite recent takedown efforts, persistent Trickbot operators are back with a new module call "Trickboot" that detects UEFI/BIOS firmware vulnerabilities. The Trickbot malware is no longer only at threat to Windows users - it is now targeting Linux systems as well.

  Docker malware is now common, so devs need to take Docker security seriously (Dec 1)

Three years after the first malware attacks targeting Docker, developers are still misconfiguring and exposing their Docker servers online. Docker malware is now common, making this lackadaisical attitude toward Docker security increasingly problematic.

  What is Microsoft doing with Linux? Everything you need to know about its plans for open source (Dec 3)

With the growing popularity of Open Source, Microsoft is following the customers and the ecosystem - but pragmatic investment in Linux doesn't diminish the company's commitment to Windows.

  BlackArch Linux 2020.12.01 Released With 100+ New Hacking Tools (Dec 3)

BlackArch Linux has released BlackArch 2020.12.01 with over 100 new hacking tools, bringing the total count of hacking tools offered by the distro to 2,608.

  Should Red Hat be afraid of SUSE's Rancher acquisition? (Dec 4)

With its acquisition of Rancher, SUSE has made it clear to Red Hat and the rest of the Kubernetes world that it intends to be a container orchestration power.

  GNOME 3.38.2 Desktop Environment Is Out with Even More Improvements and Bug Fixes (Nov 30)

The release of GNOME 3.38.2 just two months after the first point release brings further improvements and bug fixes to the desktop environment.

  Moving to a More “Open” Environment (Dec 2)

Learn how open-source software and edge computing are important contributions to the successful implementation of IoT at your company.


Running Pi-hole is an excellent way to secure devices on your local network against unwanted content. Pi-hole was initially designed to run on a Raspberry Pi, but can be deployed as a container as well. Learn how to run Pi-hole as a container with Podman in this tutorial.

  How to Secure Network Services Using TCP Wrappers in Linux (Dec 2)

Learn about TCP wrappers and how they can be used to secure network services running on a Linux server in this tutorial.

  System76 to Launch Their First AMD-Only “Pangolin” Linux Laptop (Dec 7)

System76 has hinted at the upcoming launch of the AMD-only Pangolin Linux laptop powered by AMD Ryzen 4000 series of processors and featuring integrated AMD Radeon graphics. System76 hasn't said when their AMD-only Pangolin laptop will be available, but we're willing to bet it will come just in time for the Christmas holiday - in case you were planning on buying a powerful, fast Linux laptop for one of your loved ones.

  KDE Plasma 5.20.4 Released with Bug Fixes and Improvements (Dec 7)

The KDE team has  announced  the 4th installment of its Plasma desktop environment " KDE Plasma 5.20.4 - which is currently in the bugfix release mode. Here is whats fixed and what's new.