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So,  I read this article written by Dietrich over at LinuxAdvocates http://www.linuxadvocates.com/2013/07/your-privacy-and-how-not-to-be.html and along with others can easily see more errors, false facts and just straight out wrong statements so lets get to correcting some of this…

On-Line Storage

His statement on this is complete and utter horse shite, Encryption helps but it in no way guarantees “fool-proof” way to defeat access.” Most forms of encryption have been cracked and more will be cracked every day”

for just a little proof see here -

1)  http://www.zdnet.com/blog/security/md5-password-scrambler-no-longer-safe/12317

2) http://arces.net/blog/5/120/1024-bit-RSA-cracked/

3) http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/09/19/beast_exploits_paypal_ssl/

*If the data is that important DO NOT PUT IT ON LINE!!!*

Browsing the Internet

While VPNs are useful for increased privacy, the simple fact is if your ISP can still track anything from your point of origin, this will only protect you from tracking on the destination side. Then there is the possibility of cloning of your IP and Gateway which basically eliminates ANY and ALL privacy. That doesn’t even begin to include WiFi cracking, MAC cloning, man in the middle attacks, cookie spoofing, etc….

SocialNets and Chat

There is NO WAY to keep your chats on any public social site or chat private. The very definition of a social site or chat includes more then 1 person.  Then there is cache and a slew of other things that could violate you and your data!

Email

I already talked about the fact that GPG encryption has been cracked so toss that out the window. Then you have to factor in again all of the above info about connecting to the internet and the fact the law basically says if its in your box after 30 days they can do what they want with it. Just face it, your email isn’t private.

DarkNet

Again, this is very helpful and can be most useful but only as useful as lets say your OS, the cache, storage, etc… on the computer you are using. One who is not versed in cleaning up after themselves should also be using live cd’s or OS’s like Tails –  https://tails.boum.org/download/

nocispa

 

 

For more info go here - EFF – Stop CISPA!

So, as I sit here late at night reflecting on my day once again in an attempt to write something of worth, something of meaning, I keep thinking of a conversation in had earlier. It was a simple fact based conversation about a few Linux distributions. The thing is the further into the conversation I went, the more I was reminded of something I had written a long time ago while reflecting on the passing of some well known and not so well known technology figures.

“While I sit here having my morning cup of coffee I see how ignorant and out of touch society as a whole has become. Everyday you hear more and more about Steve Jobs and his passing, while a great man in his own right he was not the man he was made to out to be. While his marketing and repackaging of technology made it more popular he was by no means an innovator of technology, he was a marketing genius. In a week of Steve Jobs passing a true innovator and world changer by the name of Dennis Ritchie passed and he has gone widely unnoticed by the media and the public and its more than disheartening to see we reward wealth and marketing over innovation and progression. Without Dennis Ritchie we would not be able to use nearly all of the current technology we do now, including apple products,PC’s, games, phones etc… I truly wish the media and public would give him the credit and acknowledgement of what a loss his passing was…
The sad part is that we do this daily and most people won’t look beyond their own nose to see how duped by these companies they actually have become. It’s sickening to see people and corporations spending hundreds of thousands or even millions on operating systems and office suites and art programs, etc. If people took the time to look they could see the they get less by buying and supporting these companies, but they never do they just buy whats advertised even if its horribly inferior, less stable and costs tons of money. We allow the marketing to direct our lives and empty our pockets for nothing. Think how much money a large company could save simply by switching from Microsoft office alone. Society as a whole needs to support our open source developers and products otherwise technology will continue to trickle out in stead of being pushed and driven. We need to push the technologies not the marketers and take control of the direction and availability of the technologies we want and deserve. Below I’ve listed examples of things that most of America is being duped on daily. Research things for yourself, don’t just buy it because that’s what everyone one else has. If we do not learn from our mistakes we will continue our cycles of ignorance. All I have to say is give the free open source products a try, you’ll be surprised how good they are and how much your pockets still have in them. Compare them for yourself and help break the cycle of ignorance and help direct the evolution of technology by your own choice not some marketing specialist.
examples:
Microsoft office costs $119 – $499 per user where as Libre Office or Open Office or dozens of others that are equally as powerful if not more powerful and free so why would one would pay $499 for the same abilities?
Then there are things like Adobe Photoshop That cost from $99 – $1900 when you could use Gimp that does the same thing. Again why pay hundreds and thousands of dollars for nothing more than the sake of throwing money away.”

And just as my previous writing and this one take a similar shape so does what I am seeing with the users of Linux. Like me most Linux users became part of the community being brought in by a friend or acquaintance usually through simple word of mouth. I have tried to pay this favor of freedom forward ever since. Linux has always been about community, common goals , betterment for the sake of betterment itself. Judgement and stereotypes were far and few between simply because of the fact Linux is truly free. By free I don’t just mean cost, I mean freedom of choice freedom to make things how you want. Freedom of distro, to improve upon a distro or even to make your own. Linux is like a personalized puzzle made by you for you. If you didn’t like the finished puzzle you simply change the pieces. There is no place for stereotypes and judgements to really take hold, only fact and opinion. This in itself gives more freedom, how can you have conflict over mundane issues like color, font, desktop layout. The answer is you really don’t, you have fact based discussions or at least this is the fond memory I have of my Linux beginnings.

Fast forward a few years, introduce Android, mobile Linux and cheaper devices to start to bring the masses from other OS’s along into the Linux community. Now you’d think logic would prevail in such and open and free community that only strives to better itself and those willing to be a part of it. Nope, that just isn’t the case anymore. As time goes by those who have come from locked down proprietary OS’s as aren’t of the same mindset anymore. They all still act as if they were religious fanatics in some kind of cult. For years companies like Microsoft and Apple have spent billions trying to convince their users not only that they were the only OS but the best OS. Then they take it further locking you into their way of doing things, telling you what you want and forcing you to use only their products in combination to see the full abilities of the software. This isn’t freedom it a dictatorship.

So why do I point this out? It’s because the mind set and practices have tarnished the unbiased, unsterotyped freedom of what Linux is meant to be. There is no place in Linux for anyone to be forced to have advertisements or anything else for that matter. It is unacceptable to have logged keystrokes and information pulled from you. There is no place for religious fanatic like fanboys. How does one judge personal preference, how does one dispute fact? You can’t that’s just it, yet somehow the closed environments and fanatics have managed to take hold in the community. What bothers me is the blind allegiance to something that is factually incorrect. Actually its deeper than that, it is now distros making false claims of design origins and software evolutions clearly used and taken from lesser known distros. What’s even worse is these distros are stealing your info and forcing their products on you to line their pockets. Any of this sounding familiar yet? This is why I brought in my previous blog post. Repacking of existing technology does not make you an innovator nor should it give you a cult following of people defending thievery. Linux has no place for this or it will have the same fate as all the others dying off into obscurity. I still can’t grasp how these practices have made their way into Linux. Who are these people who refuse to accept fact and actually fight for a closed source, innovation stifling oppression. Do people really hate freedom and strive to be controlled? Am I truly one of the few people that can see beyond advertising and see people and things for what they are? All I ask from anyone in the Linux community is to look at the facts, don’t make this community the same as the oppressive ones we’ve escaped. Keep things open source and the only way to do that is to keep an open mind.

To all those new to the community, don’t close yourselves in, don’t fall into the proprietary mindset. Just because one distro is better known does not make it better. Just because you started on one distro does not mean it is the only one or that you should have to defend the fact you use it. Try other distros, look at other options, and actually look at the freedom that runs rampantly through the entire community. Do not act in a defensive manner to those trying to educate and help. Understand that screaming about and demanding things does not belong in a community, save that for the proprietary OS’s. We must all work together if we are to continue to improve. And lastly share the knowledge of freedom freely, help others as they enter the community and help them forget their fanatical proprietary past.

Installing Eclipse and the Android SDK on Mint/Ubuntu or any derivative of Ubuntu
Note: I’m using LinuxMint 14. These steps are the same for Ubuntu and Kubuntu etc…
The first thing we need to do is download all of the needed files. First up, the Android SDK. You can download it from http://code.google.com/android/download.html
We’re also going to need Eclipse. Head over to http://www.eclipse.org/downloads/package…ers/junor. Select the appropriate one 32-bit or 64-bit.

Next, we’re going to need Java. Bring up a terminal window (Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal). We can install it using apt, by running…
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install oracle-java7-jdk

(If you’re using a 64 bit distribution, you’ll also need to install the ia32-libs as well)

sudo apt-get install ia32-libs

Now that Java is installed, we can get started on Eclipse. First, let’s untar/gzip Eclipse. In our terminal window…
cd ~/Desktop
And then untar/gzip the file.
tar xvfz eclipse-java-juno-linux-gtk.tar.gz

Finally, move it into your home folder.
mv eclipse ~

Now, if you want to add eclipse to your menu, right click on Applications and Edit Menu. Click on Programming, and then click New Item. Type in the name, and the full location to Eclipse (/home/your-user-name/eclipse/eclipse), and finally, click OK.
Personally, I just made a launcher for it on my Desktop.

Now, let’s extract the Android SDK. Back in the terminal again…
unzip android-sdk-linux_x86-1.0_r1.zip

Let’s move the resulting folder into our home folder.
mv android-sdk-linux_x86-1.0_r1/ ~

Now, this is the single most important step. Without this, we’ll encounter all sorts of odd problems later. Open up your ~/.bashrc in your favorite editor (because I’m doing this in Xubuntu, I’m using mousepad. You can use whatever you’d like.)
sudo gedit /etc/bash.bashrc

And we’re going to add the following at the bottom of the file (making sure you replace your-user-name with your actual username.)
export PATH=${PATH}:/home/yourusername/android-sdk_r20.0.1-linux.tgz/platform-tools
export PATH=${PATH}:/home/yourusername/android-sdk_r20.0.1-linux.tgz/tools

Save the changes, and exit your editor. Now, we can start up Eclipse.
Eclipse will prompt you to choose a workspace location.
This is where all of your project files will be stored. Set it where you want, and click OK.
Once Eclipse is started up, we can add the ADT plugin. In the menu, Help -> Software Updates.

Click on the Available Software tab, and then Add Site. For the location, we’re going to enter http://dl-ssl.google.com/android/eclipse/

And click OK. Eclipse will go find the list of available software, and update your list.

Click the checkbox next to the Location we just added to select all of the software, and click Install.

Eclipse will calculate all of the requirements and download the needed files. Then you’ll be greeted by the Install window.

Click Next to install the selected tools. You’ll be asked to agree to the license.

Accept the license agreement, and then click Finish. Eclipse will install everything…

…And then will prompt you to restart, click Yes. Eclipse will restart.
The last thing we need to do is point the ADT plugin to our Android SDK folder. In the top menu, go to Window -> Preferences, and then click on the Android tab.

Click Browse, choose the Android SDK folder, and then click OK. Now click Apply and let Eclipse crunch on it for a second or two.

And click OK. You’re finished!
Run a quick test and make sure everything is working properly, go to File -> New -> Project. Expand Android, click on Android Project, and click Next.
Now we’ll have to fill in our project information. Because this is a test run, we’ll call the project testproject. For the package name, we’ll use com.android.test. And last but not least, the activity name will be test.
Click Finish.
Eclipse will crunch on that for a second, and open the project in the left pane. Expand the main tree to see the file structure of a default new project. The last thing we need to do before we run our test application is set up a run configuration. In the menu, go to Run -> Run Configurations…
Double click on Android Application and it will create a new configuration. Give the configuration a name, and click browse for the project.

Choose your project, click OK. Now click Apply, then Run.
You’ll notice the bottom pane switches over to Console. This will let you know what’s going on with the emulator. After a few seconds, the emulator will start up.

Note that the first run will take much longer than usual to start up, as it’s setting up the Android OS while it starts up for the first time. Depending on the specs of your computer, it can take anywhere from a few minutes.
After awhile, you’ll arrive at the starting screen.
I usually just click wait. In the console, you’ll see it install, and then start up your application.
And with that, it’s time for you start making your application.

To install Mate open Terminal and run the following:

Install the Repository – sudo add-apt-repository “deb http://packages.mate-desktop.org/repo/ubuntu $(lsb_release -cs) main”

Then run the following -
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mate-archive-keyring
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mate-core
sudo apt-get install mate-desktop-environment

Once you have done this log out, select Mate and Log back in

Once you are back in running Mate, open Terminal again and install Compiz.

Run the following-

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

Then install mate-conf-editor -

sudo apt-get install mate-conf-editor

Once, that is installed run “mateconf-editor” –

sudo mateconf-editor

Once in the editor go to the following – desktop > mate > session > required_components

Once there change windowmanager from”‘marco” to “compiz”

From here you will need to log out and back in again to begin using Compiz.

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In response to a valid and honest post from +Mike Stone (AKA Linux Rants). I challenge photoshop users to try Gimp for 30 days and tell me it does not at least cover 99% of what you would do in photoshop.

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