linux

Linus Torvalds: Write Linux Kernel Code, 'Get Hired Really Quickly'

It’s a brave endeavour to dive into the source code for any project you didn’t program yourself, another entirely when that project happens to be the guts of Linux. Considering the impact the open source operating system has had on the IT world, having some familiarity with its internals is going to take you places — a sentiment Linux creator Linus Torvalds agrees with.


Azure Adds Linux Version Of HDInsight

Azure has offered a Windows-based version of the HDInsight Hadoop implementation since late 2013. Now you have the option of running HDInsight in a Linux implementation on Azure as well.


The Best Chromecast Apps (2015 Edition)

Google shook up the home theatre market with its Chromecast device. Ever since it enabled developer access, the app market has been flooded with Google Cast support. Here are the most useful Chromecast apps.


Five Best File Encryption Tools

Keeping your personal data safe doesn’t have to be difficult, as long as you keep sensitive information encrypted and under your control. That’s why this week we’re looking at the five best file encryption tools you can use to encrypt your data locally.


Raspberry Pi 2: Australian Hands-On

The Raspberry Pi 2 was announced last week to mostly positive reactions from enthusiasts, despite no warning of its impending release. The upgraded board computer boasts a quad-core 900MHz ARMv7 SoC and 1GB of RAM over its predecessor, the Raspberry Pi B+, while retaining the same dimensions and a good deal of backwards-compatibility. The Pi 2 arrived at the perfect time for me — I wanted to build a media centre with some flexibility, and the board offered the perfect compromise between tweaking and ease-of-use.


The Operating Systems Updated For The Raspberry Pi 2 (So Far)

The Raspberry Pi 2 was released yesterday and it comes packed with a new SoC that requires a little tweaking to get operating systems to work with it. We decided to dig in and see what operating systems have added support already.


LibreOffice Updates, Doesn't Look Like Crap Anymore

Windows/Mac/Linux: LibreOffice has always been powerful enough to stand up against Microsoft Office, but it’s also been a bit ugly and clunky to use. A new update the overhauls the user interface and makes it a lot more useable.


How To Safely Test Software Without Messing Up Your System

The internet is full of sweet apps, but it’s also packed with shady software. Before you install something awful, give yourself an infosec education. Here are the best tools to protect yourself when you’re experimenting with new programs.


Test Software With Virtual Machine Snapshots To Keep Your PC Clean

If you want to try out software without installing what could be adware or something risky, use a virtual machine. Virtual machines are particularly useful because of their “snapshot” ability, which captures and quickly restores the VM’s state. Here’s how to set it up and use it.


Ask LH: What Operating System Should I Use For My DIY Home Server?

Dear Lifehacker, I’m ready to take the plunge and build my own home server, but I’m not sure which route I should take. I’ve seen guides for FreeNAS, Amahi and even regular ol’ desktop Linux, but which should I use? Does it even matter?