Thursday, May 25, 2017

An overdue update...


It's been a long while since I wrote anything here.  In part, I have been very busy with day to day responsibilities.  When I find free time, I devote it all to contributing to the Linux community.  As a result, blogging is not a top priority.  So what have I been up to?

I have been keeping the SlackBuilds I maintain well tested and updated when prudent.  I enjoy contributing to the Slackware community.  It is full of great people who are very helpful.  Let me also add that Slackware itself, as a distribution of Linux, is a lot of fun to work with.

Last week I received an inquiry to become an editor of the Slint English technical documentation.  Slint is a Linux distribution based on Slackware and Salix.  It aims to be accessible to Linux newbies and the visually impaired.  Slint is polyglot, or multilingual, meaning it supports many different languages.  The maintainer of Slint has done all the hard work of configuring the console and window managers to be translated.  Included languages are: Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, and Ukrainian.  It is a great little distribution!

Earlier this year I built a home computer lab.  It is made up of an old laptop with virtual machines and several Raspberry Pis of different models.  The network is separate from public address space since most of the machines are running vulnerable software.  Among the operating systems are Windows Server 2012 and 2016, Windows 7 and 8, Slackware64 and Slackware ARM, Kali, Ubuntu, Raspbian, and Debian.  I created this lab because it is important to stay updated on security best practices.  I find it easier to learn security topics by first breaking and later on repairing.

I am always looking for Open Source projects of which I can contribute to.  I enjoy writing technical documentation because I often learn something I didn't know before.  I also enjoy testing and bug hunting.  I am, however, open to all inquiries.  Leave a comment below if you wish to contact me.

Thanks for reading.  That's all for now!

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