Ubuntu isn't the only Linux distribution that stores Wi-Fi passwords in clear text
Today in Open Source: All Linux distros store Wi-Fi passwords in clear text. Plus: Ten open source predictions for 2014, and thirty great open source applications
Linux distros store Wi-Fi passwords in clear text
Softpedia has a follow-up article about how all Linux distros storing Wi-Fi passwords in clear text. Ubuntu isn't the only distribution that does this.
The "problem" with the NetworkManager application is that it stores the details of any connection (Wired, Wi-Fi, VPN, Proxy, etc.) created by the user in some text files, called profiles, under the /etc/NetworkManager/system-connections/ or /etc directory. Many users have reported this functionality as a bug, in the past few years.
This happens for any new connection created via the default NetworkManager applet (kdeplasma-applets-plasma-nm for KDE and network-manager-applet for GNOME, Xfce, and other desktop environments). So anyone who inserts a Live CD Linux distro into your laptop, can view your not-so-secret Wi-Fi password... or steal even more important data!
I'm sure that this will come as a shock to some Linux users. Note that the article also includes a few ideas on how to fix this as a user. Encrypting your Linux system seems to be the most obvious solution, and is probably a good idea in and of itself anyway.
Ten Open Source predictions for 2014
TechRepublic has a list of ten open source predictions for 2014.
Some of you may be shaking your heads at yet another prediction of world domination by a Linux zealot. But there are plenty of reasons for such a bold prediction. In fact, here are 10 reasons why I firmly believe 2014 will be a banner year for Linux and open source:
1. Open source will dominate corporate data
2. Valve will prompt OEM hardware developers to open up
3. The Linux tablet will finally see the light of day
4. GNOME 3 will become relevant again
5. KDE will release a major game-changing feature
6. MariaDB will begin to make inroads to usurping MySQL
7. Open source will lead the way for smart machines
8. Open source will re-define cloud management
9. Linux desktop will break double-digits in the market share
10. Linux pre-install sales will steadily increase
Image credit: TechRepublic
I certainly hope he's right about the Linux desktop increasing market share. That would be wonderful to see. Ditto on the pre-install sales, I'd like to see those numbers zoom way up too.
I am somewhat skeptical about his prediction regarding GNOME 3. While it still has a devoted fan base, many people have written it off completely and have moved on to other desktop environments. It's going to be very hard for the GNOME developers to ever get them back.
Thirty great Open Source software applications
The year 2013 is behind us now, but nixCraft has a list of the thirty best open source software products from 2013.
These are full-featured open source software products, free as in beer and speech that I started to use recently. Vivek Gite picks his best open source software of 2013.
2. Miro video converter
8. Apache Cordova
9. Angry IP scanner
11. TurnKey Linux
14. Scrollout F1
28. GNU parallel
Whew! That's quite a list! And it really doesn't even scratch the surface of all the amazing open source software that's available right now. These are great days to be an open source software user or developer.
What's your take on all this? Tell me in the comments below.