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A few weeks ago, a review of the 'Amplification' exhibition at Eastern Block appeared on the website of Canadian Art Magazine.


HTMlles, the biennal media arts and digital culture festival put together by our colleagues at Studio XX begins in a few weeks, starting November 1st! The 2018 edition includes a variety of activities and events throughout Montreal, including the "Code : Corps" digital art exhibition at articule, an artist-run centre, and the "Encrypt your nudes!" workshop at La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse.


If you use WordPress and have recently updated to version 4.9.8, you most likely noticed an announcement on the main page of the Dashboard in regard to the upcoming launch of Gutenberg, the new content editor that will manage the appearance of posts and pages. With its block-based system, Gutenberg aims to make the creation of complex layouts simple and intuitive. You can take a look at this new system on the official WordPress website. (https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/)


Avec le laboratoire NT2, nous avons fait la présentation suivante au DrupalCamp Montréal 2018

Drupal 7 et Ember.js: l'exemple d'Opuscules.ca, une SPA ("Single Page App") multiplateforme



Public affairs

Following the Drupal project announcement last week that there will be a highly critical security patch disclosed, we want to draw your attention to this announcement and encourage you to apply this security patch as fast as possible after it is released on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 25th between 16h00 and 18h00 UTC (12h00 - 14h00 EDT)

Public affairs

Following the Drupal project announcement last week that there will be a highly critical security patch disclosed, we want to draw your attention to this announcement and encourage you to apply this security patch as fast as possible after it is released on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 28th around 2pm EDT.


En partenariat avec Labo NT2 et d'autres intervenants (voir la page de tous les participants), Koumbit a développé une application multi-plate-forme Ember.js alimentée par un système de services fournit par Drupal 7 qui sert de vitrine aux écrivains québécois membres de l'UNEQ (Union des écrivaines et des écrivains québécois).



Koumbit will be closed from December 23 to January 2. Happy Holidays to all!


Happy Birthday Aegir! Today the Aegir Project is turning 10. We want to thank all those who have contributed and continue to contribute to this project.


For those that manage their proper installations of Debian whether it be on dedicated servers, virtual servers, or on your own personal computers it's important to note that the long-term security support for Debian 7 (Wheezy) is coming to an end soon - the 31st of May, 2018. The following version, Debian Jessie, is already in "old-stable" but will have long-term security updates until sometime in 2020.


L'informatique libre expliquée est le titre d'une vidéo avec un membre de Koumbit et un membre de FACIL expliquant les bienfaits du logiciel libre lors d'une émission de Planète techno sur ICI Explora .



Composer is now widely used for dependency management in PHP projects - and many projects now require the use of composer. In this post we will cover how to use composer to get Drupal 8 and it's dependencies for a specific platform's PHP verison.


Because of two statutory holidays that happen one week apart, Koumbit's staff will be greatly reduced at the office.

Because of this our office will be closed on friday june 23rd and friday june 30th. This also implies that technical support will get minimal attention during these two days.


Ce vendredi, un groupe d'utilisateurs Debian, développeurs et amateurs se sont rencontrés aux bureaux de Koumbit pour une journée de réglage de bugs (bug squashing party ou BSP). Nous étions environs une douzaine de personnes de niveaux différents.

Une présentation sur les bases de la création et gestion de packets d'application Debian a été donnée par Antoine Beaupré, ce qui a permis à plusieurs d'approfondir leurs connaissances.


Join us in Montreal, on April 14 2017, and we will find a way in which you can help Debian with your current set of skills! You might even learn one or two things in passing (but you don't have to).

Debian is a free operating system for your computer. An operating system is the set of basic programs and utilities that make your computer run. Debian comes with dozens of thousands of packages, precompiled software bundled up for easy installation on your machine. A number of other operating systems, such as Ubuntu and Tails, are based on Debian.


Passwords are used everywhere in our modern life. Between your email account and your bank card, a lot of critical security infrastructure relies on "something you know", a password. Yet there is little standard documentation on how to generate good passwords. There are some interesting possibilities for doing so; this article will look at what makes a good password and some tools that can be used to generate them.


Imagine you’re at a border crossing, and the guard asks you to hand over all of your electronics for screening. The guard then asks that you unlock your device, provide passwords and decryption keys. Right now, he’s asking nicely, but he happens to be carrying an unpleasant-looking rubber hose, Yes, cryptographers actually do call this “rubber hose cryptanalysis.” and appears to be willing to use it. Now imagine you’re a journalist covering war crimes in the country you’re trying to leave. So, what can you do?


Le journaliste Jean-Hugues Roy a écrit un article qui documente les commandes de base utiles dans un terminal. Applicable aux plateformes Linux et OSX (macOS) en plus de Windows 10 avec le shell Bash.

Unix (ou bash) pour journalistes


PGP stands for Pretty Good Privacy. At it’s core, it is an internet standard (called OpenPGP) used for data encryption and digital signatures. Software that employs this standard is available in both a free, open source version produced by the Free Software Foundation called the GNU Privacy Guard (or GPG for short) as well as a low-cost commercial version.


People often say that online behavior would improve if every comment system forced people to use their real names. It sounds like it should be true – surely nobody would say mean things if they faced consequences for their actions?


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