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Today’s newsletter highlights our two most recent feature articles: OctopusWAF: A Customizable Open-Source WAF for High Performance Applications and Wireguard Brings Speed and Simplicity to VPN Technology. We also examine various topics including the release of GNOME 3.38.2 with a selection of improvements and bug fixes and what users can expect in LibreOffice7.1. Happy Monday - and happy reading!

OctopusWAF: A Customizable Open-Source WAF for High Performance Applications - Mainstream web application firewalls (WAFs) can be very difficult to understand, with thousands of lines of code and obscure plugins. But OctopusWAF is different - the open-source WAF is customizable, user-friendly and optimized for a large number of parallel connections - making it ideal for high performance AJAX applications.

WireGuard Brings Speed and Simplicity to VPN Technology - This article will briefly explore VPN protocols and potential concerns when implementing a VPN, and will dive deeper into the unique benefits that Wireguard offers users.

  Linus Torvalds wants Apple’s new M1-powered Macs to run Linux (Nov 23)

Even Linus Torvalds, the principal developer of the Linux kernel, wants one of Apple's new M1-powered laptops - but he wants it to run on Linux.

  Stantinko's Linux malware now poses as an Apache web server (Nov 25)

The eight-year-old Stantinko botnet has updated its Linux malware - now posing as an Apache web server.

  Why You Should Trust Open Source Software Security (Nov 24)

Some people still think that open-source software security is inferior. However, security experts feel that it sets the bar for what computing security should be. "Open source is inherently more secure for the reason that patches, fixes and updates come immediately, and sometimes from competing sources."

  How to read and correct SELinux denial messages (Nov 24)

Learn about SELinux denial messages, where they're logged, and how to parse them in a brief RedHat tutorial.

  Best forensic and pentesting Linux distros of 2020 (Nov 26)

Learn about five great forensic and pentesting Linux distros that will help you identify weaknesses in your network.

  Stars and Stripes: NASA and Linux (Nov 23)

Learn how NASA is embracing Open Source in the first article in a LinuxLinks series spotlighting large institutions in the USA powered by Linux.

  LibreOffice 7.1 Office Suite Enters Beta, Promises a Plethora of Improvements (Nov 27)

The Document Foundation has announced the general availability of the beta version of the LibreOffice 7.1 office suite series, which is due for release in early February 2021. The release promises a selction of improvements and new features, which you can learn more about in this 9 to 5 Linux article. 

  How to use Nginx to redirect all traffic from http to https (Nov 25)

Learn how to use Nginx to redirect all traffic from http to the more secure https in this tutorial.

  How to monitor network activity on a Linux system (Nov 27)

Whether you are troubleshooting a network issue or verifying the security of your network, monitoring network activity is crucial to maintaining a secure Linux system. Learn about multiple great methods for monitoring network activity on a Linux system in this LinuxConfig tutorial.

  Every system is a privileged system: Incorporating Unix/Linux in your privilege management strategy (Nov 26)

Every user is a privileged user and every system is a privileged system. Thus, all types of systems require privilege security controls. However, the reality is that Unix and Linux are too often left out of modern PAM programs. Learn how to incorporate Unix/Linux in your privilege management strategy.

  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.


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.