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10.18.20

Links 18/10/2020: Kodachi 7.3 and OpenBLAS 0.3.11

Posted in News Roundup at 8:51 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • 9to5Linux Weekly Roundup: October 18th, 2020

      The third installment of the 9to5Linux Weekly Roundup is here, for the week ending October 18th to keep you guys up to date with the most important things that have happened lately in the Linux world. If you missed last week’s Weekly Roundup, you can check it out here.

      This week saw the release of a new major Linux kernel series, as well a some interesting app and distro releases, and you can check them all out below…

    • Linux Weekly Roundup: KDE Plasma 5.20, Kernel 5.9 and More – Oct 18 2020

      Here’s this week’s roundup series, curated for you from the Linux and open-source world on application updates, new releases, distribution updates, major news, and upcoming highlights.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • This Week in Linux 121: Linux 5.9, KDE Plasma 5.20, LibreOffice, Pine64 & More – TuxDigital

        On this episode of This Week in Linux, we’ve got a monster of a show with so many great topics and even some potentially controversial stuff to talk about. We’re going to start off this episode with the namesake of the show, the Linux Kernel with version 5.9 being released. KDE announced the latest version of Plasma with version 5.20 and Pine64 made some really cool announcements of their own that I am so excited to share with you. LibreOffice published an Open Letter to Apache OpenOffice about what they think should happen with the future of OpenOffice. This one will be very interesting. We got a new release of Krita with version 4.4 this week. Later in the show we will talk about some Distro release related to 2 recovery distros: Redo Rescue 3.0 and Rescuezilla 2.0. Then we’ll round out the show with some Security News related to a Critical Bluetooth Vulnerability found nicknamed “BleedingTooth”. All that and much more comming up right now on Your Weekly Source for Linux GNews!

      • An Installation And First Look At AntiX 19.3 – YouTube

        This is an installation and first look at the recently released AntiX 19.3. AntiX is a Debian-based Linux distribution that is light, fast and gorgeous. It is systemd-free and it has both 32-bit and 64-bit ISOs.

      • Did The Linux Market Share Never Actually Rise?

        There have been tons of articles talking about how the Linux marketshare has been rising and I was incredibly skeptical about this back when I did my first video on the topic and rightly so because it seems like the Linux desktop marketshare never actually grew and it’s back to where it was previously.

    • Kernel Space

      • Linux 5.9.1
        I'm announcing the release of the 5.9.1 kernel.
        
        All users of the 5.9 kernel series must upgrade.
        
        The updated 5.9.y git tree can be found at:
        	git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-5.9.y
        and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser:
        
        https://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-s...
        
        thanks,
        
        greg k-h
        
      • Linux 5.8.16
      • Linux 5.4.72
      • Linux 4.19.152
      • Linux 4.14.202
      • Linux 4.9.240
      • Linux 4.4.240
      • Linux 5.9.1 + 6 Other Stable Kernels Out For Addressing “Bleeding Tooth” Vulnerability – Phoronix

        One week past the Linux 5.9 official debut, Linux 5.9.1 is now available. Making this initial point release a bit more noteworthy is including the fixes for the “Bleeding Tooth” Bluetooth vulnerability made public this week.

        BleedingTooth is a remote code execution vulnerability affecting Linux that stems from a heap-based type confusion in the L2CAP code. But in all it’s not as pressing as some other vulnerabilities since it first of all relies upon the attacker being within Bluetooth range of vulnerable systems and relies upon some intricate details before an attacker can send a rogue L2CAP packet to cause a remote code execution within the BlueZ Bluetooth stack.

      • New NTFS Linux Driver Spun A Ninth Time, Still Under Review – Phoronix

        Back in August was the surprise that Paragon Software is looking to mainline their NTFS read-write driver in the mainline Linux kernel after years of offering it as a commercial driver for those needing reliable support for this Microsoft file-system on Linux. Two months later they are now up to their ninth revision of this driver in their pursuit of mainline inclusion.

        Paragon was quick to update their “NTFS3″ driver patches following some initial criticism by upstream developers. They have continued refining the code with adding additional features, fixing various code issues, better code formating, handling behavior like remounting a file-system, and fixing compressed file operations.

      • Ingenic X2000/X2000E MIPS IoT Processor Supported By Linux 5.10

        The Linux 5.10 kernel is bringing support for new MIPS-based Ingenic SoCs.

        The China-based Ingenic Semiconductor announced the X2000 series this summer as the latest in their XBurst1-based SoCs that are based on the MIPS32 architecture. The X2000/X2000E is designed for use within IoT applications as alternatives to ARM and RISC-V SoCs.

        The Ingenic X2000/X2000E are fabbed at 28nm and feature two MIPS32 cores clocked at 1.2~1.5GHz. The X2000 supports 128MB of LPDDR3 memory while the X2000E can handle 256MB of LPDDR2 memory. Again, these SoCs are intended just for specialized IoT use-cases.

      • Linux 5.10 Continues Maturing The USB4 Support – Phoronix

        Earlier this year Linux 5.6 brought initial USB4 support by leveraging Intel’s existing Thunderbolt kernel support for which the updated USB specification is based. Succeeding kernels have continued maturing this USB4 implementation and that has continued with Linux 5.10.

        Included as part of the USB / PHY / Thunderbolt changes for Linux 5.10 are more USB 4 updates, primarily this cycle fixing a few low-level issues in the code. The work continues to be led by Intel open-source engineers.

      • Linux 5.10 To Play Nicely With The Matias Wireless Aluminum Keyboard – Phoronix

        The Matias Wireless Aluminum Keyboard is an Apple-esque keyboard that will be working nicely on Linux 5.10 when it comes to its extra functionality.

        The Matias Wireless Keyboard is a keyboard that’s admitted by the Canadian manufacturer to be inspired by Apple keyboards. Among the Matias differences are being a wireless keyboard with a number pad, better cross-platform support, and more. The aluminum wireless keyboard runs in the $85~135 USD range.

      • Graphics Stack

        • NVIDIA Doesn’t Expect To Have Linux 5.9 Driver Support For Another Month

          While NVIDIA is usually quite timely in supporting new versions of the Linux kernel and aim to have out a driver by the end of the release candidates for new series, in the case of the recently minted Linux 5.9 kernel it’s taking a lot longer.

          NVIDIA sent out an advisory to their customers on Friday that they don’t expect to have Linux 5.9 kernel support in their proprietary graphics driver until mid-November, or about one month after the kernel was released as stable.

        • NGG Appears To Be In Good Shape For RDNA 2 / RX 6000 Series

          NGG (Next-Gen Geometry) ended up being fairly buggy/problematic for Navi but it looks like for the upcoming Radeon RX 6000 (RDNA 2 / Navi 2) launch that it’s in better shape.

          The NGG support for Navi 1x involved a lot of driver work from at times enabling it only to disable some functionality to other tweaks in avoiding hangs or other problems around it.

        • Zink In Mesa 20.3 Now Hits OpenGL 3.3, Can Run Blender With This OpenGL-on-Vulkan

          For weeks there have been patches getting the Zink OpenGL-on-Vulkan implementation to OpenGL 4.6 while mainline Mesa has been at OpenGL 3.0 support. Thankfully the out-of-tree patch delta is being reduced and this week in Mesa 20.3-devel the code has been upstreamed getting the support level to OpenGL 3.3.

    • Applications

      • 12 Best Free and Open Source Linux Internet Forum Software

        An internet forum application is a discussion platform where individuals hold conversations in the form of posted messages. This type of software is a very powerful tool to run online communities, to disseminate information, share experiences and ideas, receive online support, interact with others learning new intercultural skills, and much more. Forums are online communities where people share thoughts, ideas and opinions. Organizations also use forums as a method of supporting their customers.

        A forum can contain a number of subforums, each of which can have several topics. Within a forum’s topic, each new discussion started is called a thread.

      • WTTR.in | Weather Forecast in the Terminal

        In the spirit of using this site as my public facing notebook. I sharing with you and future me, what might be, the most beautiful terminal based weather forecast application wttr.in. Rather than babble endlessly about all my reasons for my love for the terminal, I am going to link you here to my Tmux blathering.

        There is nothing to install, unless you don’t have curl but that is pretty standard fare on a modern Linux distribution. If you do not have curl, please consult your distribution instructions on getting it installed as with openSUSE it is there automatically.

        I also want to note, most people, normal people, will just glance at their phone and be done with it. I, however, am not most normal people as the mobile form factor is not my favorite place to do anything.

      • Top 6 hacking tools for Kali Linux

        In this article, you will learn about the top 6 most used hacking tools for Kali Linux.

        Kali Linux is the most popular pen-testing operating system out there. It is popular for having everything under one hood. The user just have to boot it up and just do its things – No setup is required as the people who develop it have done that for you.

        In this guide, I list the top 6 most popular and widely used hacking tools for Kali Linux so let’s see what are these.

      • CopyQ Clipboard Manager 3.13.0 Released with New Script / Commands

        CopyQ, free open-source advanced clipboard managing software, released version 3.13.0 with new script function and command line options.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • The Difficulties of Tracking Running Processes on Linux

        Lets looks at common Linux APIs that can solve this problem. For simplicity’s sake, we’ll focus on detecting execve syscalls. A full solution will also need to monitor fork/clone syscalls and their variants as well execveat.

      • Using a Let’s Encrypt TLS certificate with Asterisk 16.2
      • How To Install Icinga on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Icinga on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Icinga 2 is an open-source network monitoring system which checks the availability of your network resources, notifies users of outages, and generates performance data for reporting. It’s Scalable and extensible, Icinga2 can monitor large, complex environments across multiple locations.

      • What is Flatpak in Linux?

        What are Flatpak packages? Why is it called universal packaging system, what problem does it solve and how does it work? Learn about Flatpak.

      • Install Lubuntu 20.04 – A Lightweight Linux Desktop Environment

        Lubuntu is an open-source distribution based on Ubuntu. It is lightweight, fewer resource hungry, more energy-efficient and uses an LXQT desktop environment.

      • How to use HardInfo to check Linux hardware information

        Need to get a detailed readout on your Linux PC? Install Hardinfo. It’s a fantastic app that can tell you everything from your PC tech specs to CPU benchmarks, Linux kernel module info, and more! Here’s how to get it running on Linux!

        [...]

        The installation of Hardinfo is roughly similar for all mainstream Linux operating systems, as the app is very popular and available in almost all distro software repositories. To start installing the Hardinfo app on your computer, launch a terminal window, and follow along with the installation instructions outlined below that correspond with your distribution.

      • How to Use the AUR with Arch Linux – Linux Hint

        The AUR, which stands for Arch Unit Repository, is used to install software pertinent to Arch Linux and otherArch distributions in the Linux operating system. But, before diving deep into the procedure for using AUR with Arch Linux, it is crucial to comprehend the concept of the AUR. Using the AUR not only enhances the efficacy of the system, but it also provides easy installation of various applications and packages. This guide provides an introduction to AUR, methods for using the AUR, and reasons to opt for the AUR. The step-by-step procedure provided in this article will allow you to run and install apps effectively via the AUR and its respective packages.

      • How to Customize the Wallpaper in Arch Linux – Linux Hint

        The Linux operating system is based extensively on the command-line structure. That makes it difficult to download a customized wallpaper for your system. Using a desktop environment changes this, though highly professional programmers do not generally opt for the desktop environment and consider it instead for beginners only in the world of programming.

        That being the case, every IT programmer is not a professional, so a desktop environment can be of much assistance. This guide shows you how to download distinctive wallpapers on your Arch Linux system using a desktop environment. Different desktop environments encompass particular methods for downloading custom wallpapers. You can also use the wallpaper manager to find new and visually appealing wallpapers for your desktop. The wide variety of wallpapers available can make your system screen look more eye-catching.

      • How to Install Arch on Linux Virtual Box – Linux Hint

        Arch Linux is an operating system of Linux that is highly compatible with the central programming unit of i689 and x68-64. Its software packages encompass Pacman that is responsible for auto up-gradation, installation, and removal of software packages. Its other features cover cosmopolitan documentation and binary packages for the effective operationality of the hardware system.

      • Install and start steam on Arch Linux – Linux Hint

        Steam is a prevailing digitalize platform that chiefly deals with the gaming. In the Arch Linux, Steam is a life savior for the gaming geeks. Visually, most of the best games are mostly congruent with the OS of Windows. But, Steam had made it convenient for the users of Arch Linux to play games without any trouble. It has become an unshakable credential element for the gaming on Arch Linux. You can now access the pre-eminent games on your Arch Linux due to Steam. It falls in the category of applications that provides entertainment on the delicate OS of Arch Linux. Steam has various features that can facilitate you in the active management of your gaming gears. In inhibits the in-home streaming particularity, with which you can stream your online gaming platform. Arch Linux is not perfectly stabilizing OS for gaming, so it’s better to configure the audio and video drivers before initiating the process of installation. This guide will promote the effective usance of Steam on Arch Linux so you could enjoy your gaming time.

      • How to go to Line X in Nano? – Linux Hint

        There are two different methods of going to line X in the nano editor which we will discuss one by one over here.

      • How can I Select and Delete all Text in Nano? – Linux Hint

        Note: This solution has been tested with Ubuntu 20.04.

      • How do you get to the Last Line in Nano? – Linux Hint

        While working with the nano editor, you might want to jump to the last line of a file without having to scroll through the entire file.

      • How to install KDE on Arch Linux – Linux Hint

        KDE is a desktop environment specifically designed for the operating system of Arch Linux. It is favorable over other desktop environments because of its exclusive features. It requires less space and can operate swiftly without any issue. Professional programmers prefer to work directly on Arch Linux, instead of using a desktop environment. But KDE is highly compatible for you if you are not at an advanced level of the operating system of Arch Linux. The response rate of KDE is relatively grater then other desktop environments. The weigh of KDE is light because of its minimal space requirement. In this guide, all the steps that you need for the installation of the KDE4 desktop environment are available in detail. Arch Linux is a bit tricky to operate, but it has amazing features that incorporate well with the KDE. KDE is the perfect tool for you to launch your applications on Arch Linux smoothly. It offers various features that can be of great help in your coding functions. KDE falls in the list of best desktop environments for Arch Linux. You need to verify that the KDE version you are using doesn’t conflict with the codes of plasma. Because in that case, your server will ask you to kill plasma before continuing with KDE installation. It is one of the prime reasons why programmers prefer KDE over other Linux desktop environments.

      • How to install Sunflower file manager on Ubuntu 20.04

        If you like to organize folders in a quick and intuitive manner on Ubuntu 20.04, Sunflower can be the right tool for you. In this short tutorial you will learn how to install Sunflower on Ubuntu 20.04 and similar distros.

      • How to install BalenaEtcher on Ubuntu 20.04

        Here’s how to install BalenaEtcher quickly and conveniently. With it you can create pen drives and memory cards to boot from various systems. Learn how to Install BalenaEtcher on Ubuntu.

        BalenaEtcher is a free and open source utility used to flash image files, such as .iso or .img files, as well as compressed folders to create SD cards and USB flash drives.

      • How to Install Arch Linux 2020.09 + LXDE Desktop + Apps + VMware Tools on VMware Workstation – SysAdmin

        This video tutorial shows how to install Arch Linux 2020.09 with LXDE Desktop on VMware Workstation step by step. We’ll install applications such as Firefox, VLC, FileZilla, Leafpad and Arch Linux Wallpaper on Arch Linux 2020. We’ll also install VMware Tools (Open VM Tools) on Arch Linux 2020 LXDE Desktop for better performance and usability (Fit Guest Now and Drag-Drop File and Mouse Integration). This tutorial also helps for installing Arch Linux on physical computer or laptop.

      • [Older] How to setup printer on Manjaro Linux – LinuxConfig.org

        Printing in Manjaro and the majority of other Linux distributions is handled through the CUPS system. After installing Manjaro Linux, setting up a printer is one of the first tasks that many users will need to tackle.

      • How To Install QStarDict with English-Indonesian on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

        There was a really good desktop dictionary program StarDict available on Ubuntu for years. It means a lot for education! Unfortunately, it was no longer available on 18.10 “Cosmic Cuttlefish” and later since it got discontinued. That means 18.04 LTS users can still install it but 20.04 LTS users lost it. Fortunately, we have its modern replacement named QStarDict with same functionalities available for 20.04. This tutorial explains how to get it to your system and supplies example in adding dictionary data and finally how to use it.

      • Migrating WordPress blog to Jekyll

        This year I migrated my blog from the famous WordPress blogging platform to Jekyll static site generator. The main reasons were the handling of code snippets, simplicity, and security. I think that WordPress is fine, but my own time with WordPress is certainly up.

      • Cheap Electric Power Measurement

        Our existing profiling tools for improving software performance implicitly also identify parts that presumably increase the power consumption, and we do have specialized tools like powertop that are good at identifying specific types of power drains. But not everything is visible in there, e.g. CPU/GPU trade-offs, or the actual effects of power management options or display settings.

        So being able to measure the actual power consumption between the wall plug and the full device seems useful, to the very least to verify that assumptions we make from other profiling tools actually hold.

      • How to Install Tiny Core Linux 11.1 + Apps + VMware Tools on VMware Workstation – SysAdmin

        This video tutorial shows how to install Tiny Core Linux 11.1 on VMware Workstation step by step. We’ll also install applications such as Firefox, Spacefm and Leafpad on Tiny Core Linux. This tutorial is also helpful to install Tiny Core Linux 11.1 on physical computer or laptop hardware. We also install VMware Tools (Open VM Tools) on Tiny Core Linux for better performance and usability features.

      • How to Install Roundcube Webmail on Ubuntu 20.04 – RoseHosting

        In this tutorial, we will be showing you how to install the Roundcube Webmail email client on our latest Ubuntu 20.04 VPS, LTS release (Focal Fossa). Roundcube is a free and open source webmail client.

        Roundcube has an intuitive and user-friendly interface translated in more than 80 languages. Its excellent UX makes Roundcube one of the most popular webmail solutions in the world. The installation of Roundcube is pretty easy and it can run on any Linux server with either a LAMP or LEMP stack. It can also run on almost all web servers and database servers. With all of this, let’s start our installation process.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • Best Icon Packs for Linux

        This article will cover various icon themes that you can use to change the look and feel of your Linux distribution. While there are many icon themes available for Linux, this article will list most popular themes that are active in development.

    • Distributions

      • SystemRescueCd Changes Its Name to SystemRescue After More Than 16 Years

        SystemRescueCd is dead! Long live SystemRescue! After more than 16 years, developer François Dupoux decided to change the name of his system rescue and recovery distribution from SystemRescueCd to SystemRescue, most probably to keep up with the times as CDs are no longer a popular format these days.

        Of course, that won’t stop you from writing SystemRescue to a CD or DVD disc if that’s what you want, but these days we’re booting Linux distributions from USB sticks as they’re more versatile and even allow us to save some of the data on the drive while running the live system.

      • New Releases

        • Kodachi 7.3 The Secure OS

          Linux Kodachi operating system is based on Xubuntu 18.04.5 it will provide you with a secure, anti-forensic, and anonymous operating system considering all features that a person who is concerned about privacy would need to have in order to be secure.

          Kodachi is very easy to use all you have to do is boot it up on your PC via USB drive then you should have a fully running operating system with established VPN connection + Connection established + service running. No setup or knowledge is required from your side its all been automated for you. The entire OS is functional from your temporary memory RAM so once you shut it down no trace is left behind all your activities are wiped out.

      • SUSE/OpenSUSE

        • openSUSE + LibreOffice Conference 2020

          The conference was due to happen in Nuremberg, Germany, but because of the pandemic the plan was changed and the event went fully online. Three sessions ran simultaneously in virtual rooms. Two rooms hosted the short & long talks while the third room hosted the workshops.

          During the opening session, as more people kept joining, the platform started to show signs of high load. People reported issues with the audio quality and some said that the page was not loading at all. Thanks to the Telegram group dedicated to the oSLO Conference communications, issues were being promptly reported and handled. Within a matter of minutes the organizers arranged to move the all sessions to The Document Foundation’s Jitsi instance. The latter worked like a charm. The organizers and volunteers who helped in the swift transition did a great job.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Ben Cotton: How Fedora Is Run And Why

          Ben Cotton is the Senior Program Manager at IBM subsidiary Red Hat and “primarily” the Fedora Program Manager. He presented How Fedora Is Run And Why in about 30 minutes at the joint openSUSE/LibreOffice Virtual Conference 2020 this week. In it he argues that Fedora is “mostly” independent and not completely controlled by Red Hat or it’s owner IBM.

          [...]

          Ben Cotton’s presentation from the joint openSUSE/LibreOffice Virtual Conference 2020 covers these areas…

        • About me and my life …: Fedora 32 : About positive and negative lookahead with Bash commands.

          Today I will talk about something more complex in Linux commands called: positive and negative lookahead.
          This solution can be found in several programming languages including Bash
          The lookahead process is part of regular expressions.
          The lookahead process looks ahead in the string and sees if it matches the given pattern, but then disregard it and move on.
          It is very useful when we want to go through the strings.
          The lookahead process can be both positive and negative depending on the purpose.

        • When the best ideas win, do we recognize everyone who shaped them? | Opensource.com

          A closer look at the nature of innovation might cause us to rethink how we participate in meritocracies.

        • Red Hat expands Ansible ready to run cloud programs

          DevOps, like the name says, is all about making it easier to integrate development and operations. Red Hat’s take on DevOps, Ansible, is all about making it easier to run cloud-native and hybrid-cloud platforms on the cloud. At 2020′s AnsibleFest, Red Hat announced that Ansible would connect traditional server and hybrid cloud with Ansible Automation Platform and Red Hat OpenShift, its Kubernetes platform, with Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management (ACM). At the same, time Ansible now comes with over 55 ready-to-run programs via its Ansible Content Collections.

        • After Years of Promise and Hype, Is AI Once More Failing to Deliver? [Ed: IBM still leaning on mindless hype wave called after its racist founder]

          The June 13 issue of The Economist included an in-depth look at the limits of AI, with seven articles on the subject. “There is no question that AI – or, to be precise, machine learning, one of its sub-fields – has made much progress,” notes The Economist in the issue’s overview article. “Computers have become dramatically better at many things they previously struggled with… Yet lately doubts have been creeping in about whether today’s AI technology is really as world-changing as it seems. It is running up against limits of one kind or another, and has failed to deliver on some of its proponents’ more grandiose promises.”

          Transformative technologies, – remember the dot-com bubble, – are prone to hype cycles, when all the excitement and publicity accompanying their early achievements often lead to inflated expectations, followed by disillusionment if the technology fails to deliver. But AI is in a class by itself, as the notion of machines achieving or surpassing human levels of intelligence has led to feelings of both wonder and fear over the past several decades.

          The article reminds us that AI has gone through two such major hype cycles since the field began in the mid-1950s. Early achievements, – like beating humans at checkers and proving logic theorems, – led researchers to conclude that machines would achieve human-level intelligence within a couple of decades. This early optimism collapsed leading to the first so-called AI winter from 1974-1980. The field was revived in the 1980s with the advent of commercial expert systems and Japan’s Fifth Generation project, but it didn’t last long, leading to the second AI winter from 1987-1993.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Web Browsers

        • Mozilla

          • Cameron Kaiser: TenFourFox FPR28 available

            TenFourFox Feature Parity Release 28 final is now available for testing (downloads, hashes, release notes). Since there are a couple more user-facing features landing hopefully for FPR29 out of some great work by OlgaTPark, we’ve temporarily held Raphaë’s Enable JavaScript menu option since these will both require new locale strings and I’d rather not release two language pack sets back to back. Both features will instead debut officially in FPR29 with new langpacks side-by-side, along with some targeted Gecko fixes which should improve site compatibility as well.

      • 6 MongoDB GUIs that Shine – LinuxLinks

        MongoDB is a high performance, open source, non-relational NoSQL database written in C++. Here’s the best MongoDB GUIs.

    • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

      • LibreOffice rains on OpenOffice’s 20th anniversary parade, tells rival project to ‘do the right thing’ and die

        To mark the 20th anniversary of Apache OpenOffice, the project’s main rival, LibreOffice, published a letter asking OpenOffice to tell its users to switch.

        Many people, the letter says, are unaware of LibreOffice because the OpenOffice brand is still so strong, despite the lack of significant updates over the past six years. To remedy the situation, LibreOffice is asking its competitor for an endorsement.

        “Make them aware that there’s a much more modern, up-to-date, professionally supported suite, based on OpenOffice, with many extra features that people need,” says the letter, penned by the board of The Document Foundation (TDF), steward of LibreOffice. “We appeal to Apache OpenOffice to do the right thing.”

        The rationale for asking OpenOffice to give up and go home arises from the Apache project’s leisurely release schedule. Or as TDF’s board put it, “[S]ince 2014, Apache OpenOffice (its current home) hasn’t had a single major release.”

    • FSF

    • Programming/Development

      • OpenBLAS 0.3.11 Brings Many Changes From Zen 3 To POWER10 Support – Phoronix

        OpenBLAS 0.3.11 is out as the newest major feature release for this BLAS linear algebra library. While the version number may not make it seem like a big update, it is especially when it comes to new CPU support.

        When it comes to new processor support there is now optimized support for POWER10, Intel Cooper Lake Xeon support, auto-detection for Intel Comet Lake, auto-detection for AMD Renoir / Matisse / Zen 3 processors, preliminary support for Apple Vortex ARM processors, support for Cavium ThunderX3T110, and improved support for IBM Z14.

      • A lifetime of programming books … to give away | freddo411 [blogs.perl.org]

        I am writing this blog post to hand over all my programming books, (mostly perl) to any person that would like to use them.

      • Dirk Eddelbuettel: digest 0.6.26: Blake3 and Tuning

        And a new version of digest is now on CRAN will go to Debian shortly.

        digest creates hash digests of arbitrary R objects (using the md5, sha-1, sha-256, sha-512, crc32, xxhash32, xxhash64, murmur32, spookyhash, and blake3 algorithms) permitting easy comparison of R language objects. It is a fairly widely-used package (currently listed at 896k monthly downloads, 279 direct reverse dependencies and 8057 indirect reverse dependencies, or just under half of CRAN) as many tasks may involve caching of objects for which it provides convenient general-purpose hash key generation.

      • Python

      • Java and JS

        • Javascript Regular Expression – Linux Hint

          Many programmers are familiar with the notion that the regular expression is a useful yet underrated concept. But, they do not know very well how to use regular expressions efficiently. Regular expressions are used in not only Javascript but almost all other programming languages. In this article, you will learn about regular expressions step by step. It should be easy for programmers of any level to understand the concepts covered in this article.

        • Javascript toLowerCase Function – Linux Hint

          Javascript is a popular scripting or programming language. Programmers often use Javascript to manipulate or manage data. For example, say, you are getting some data from a user in the fields of an HTML form. While getting the data from the user, you cannot control what the user is typing. But, you also need to show the data in a good format. Users may input capital letters where they are not needed or vice versa. While saving data to the database or showing data to a web page, as a programmer, it is necessary to take care of this function. For this purpose, we have Javascript’s built-in function toLowerCase() for converting a string to lower-case letters.

        • Javascript String Length – Linux Hint

          Javascript is a scripting or programming language that is quickly becoming one of the most widely used programming languages in the world. Strings are a crucial part of all programming languages. Programmers often need to use strings to manipulate or manage data. Javascript’s built-in functions or properties for manipulating strings can come in handy. For example, if you are getting some user data in form fields in HTML and you want to restrict the length of a string while showing some data on a webpage, Javascript’s built-in string length property can help you in this case. This article shows you what the string length property in Javascript is and how you can use it in a few different scenarios.

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    GNU/Linux is a very standards-based platform; having lots of choices (e.g. distros to choose from) isn’t the principal problem — or nowhere near the extent sabotage and illegal tactics by Microsoft have been



  5. IBM's “Emb(RACE)” Campaign is an Insult to History and Historians

    IBM wishes to be seen as some heroic saviour and warrior for black girls; this requires serious if not torturous revisionism to be believed



  6. There Are Too Many Types of Cars...

    "Choice is malicious," say the antagonists



  7. Reversal of Narratives by Internet Trolls (Spinning Reaction to Their Trolling as 'Abuse')

    Organisations that engage in demonisation of people (typically those who expose the abuses of such organisations) somehow evade the standards of Codes of Conduct, as if Codes of Conduct are covertly designed not to protect individuals but to empower those who already have all the powers (or front for powerful people/corporations)



  8. Ongoing (Albeit Secret) Campaign of Patent Extortion Against GNU/Linux Distributions Using Software Patents, Even Expired Ones in Europe

    GNU/Linux distros attacked by software patents, even in Europe where no such patents are supposed to exist (or have any legal bearing)



  9. Links 19/10/2020: Linux 5.9-ck1/MuQSS, Linux Kodachi 7.3

    Links for the day



  10. Java's James Gosling is Wrong. Free Software Advocates Never Suggested or Insinuated That Money-Making Was Ethically Wrong.

    The honorable James Gosling mischaracterises the stance of Free software advocacy, portraying it like it is an issue of money rather than respect for users



  11. Maybe This is What Codes of Conduct Were Made for? Or to Prevent? (Updated)

    When people bemoan the abuse they receive from a so-called 'anti-harassment' team (covering up corporate corruption in a project by ousting people) this is the kind of thing they receive from colleagues or former colleagues



  12. Media Contradicts Itself, Redefines Proprietary Software as 'Open'... for Microsoft

    Proprietary GitHub is being spun as Microsoft going "open" (nothing could be further from the truth) in another EEE-type move with diffusion and confusion



  13. A Critic's Free Software Dictionary by figosdev

    Sarcastic take on often-spoken words in the domain of technology



  14. IRC Proceedings: Sunday, October 18, 2020

    IRC logs for Sunday, October 18, 2020



  15. Links 19/10/2020: OpenBSD 6.8, RapidDisk 7.0.0, Tails 4.11 Reviewed

    Links for the day



  16. The Different Types of Spammy 'Articles' and 'Reviews' Which Have Killed 'Professional Journalism' (Nowadays Mostly SPAM)

    The media has become so rogue that a lot of it is merely an extension of the marketing/PR industry; unless this is corrected, online publishers will fail to earn or maintain any degree of trust



  17. When the Software -- and by Extension Hardware and Network -- Controls the User...

    A distraction-free workflow is more likely to be attained using Free software than without it; in a world with information overload and 'surveillance capitalism' people need to carefully rethink what they do (or have done to them) digitally



  18. What the Linux Foundation Teaches People About GNU/Linux in LinuxFoundationX (edX) LFS101x “Introduction to Linux” [sic]

    Some annotated screenshots of preliminary sections of LFS101x, a 'course' designed to indoctrinate people for the Linux Foundation and the project is borrows its name from (but whose trademark it does not control)



  19. Shut Up and Learn to Maintain an Application Suite

    "Try and maintain a complex piece of software like a browser or an office suite, and then you'll understand."



  20. LinuxFoundationX (edX) LFS101x “Introduction to Linux” is More Linux Foundation Marketing and 'Linux' Revisionism Than Actual Training/Teaching

    The Linux Foundation makes a course about "Linux" partly about itself (the Linux Foundation, with top members like Microsoft and Oracle) and distorts the record with terms like "Open Source" and the pretense everything is "Linux" (even work that predates Linux itself)



  21. Microsoft Sheds Off Lots of Staff in This Autumn of COVID

    Microsoft is laying off more staff than we've estimated (even Azure staff) and the modus operandi disguises layoffs as mere departures (to make it seem wilful)



  22. [Meme] Microsoft's Calculator is Spyware

    The last thing GNU/Linux users need or want is yet another simple calculation tool, this one with Microsoft in control



  23. History's Lesson: Microsoft Now Does to GNU/Linux What It Did to Java (Creating 'Schism' to 'Wrest Control')

    We take a closer look at what Bill Gates admitted (under pressure, with 'smoking guns' to compel him into admission) regarding his rogue tactics



  24. When You Have to Use Windows for Something (Like Work) But You Really Don't Want Anything Proprietary or Microsoft-Controlled

    The situations/scenarios where GNU/Linux and BSD geeks need to 'touch' Windows for something (usually remotely) rapidly dwindle; those who are still using Windows on a laptop/desktop in 2020 are considered tech-illiterate or regarded as 'dinosaurs' (hence the dishonour meme above)



  25. Links 18/10/2020: Kodachi 7.3 and OpenBLAS 0.3.11

    Links for the day



  26. Surveillance in (and/or by) Free Software is a Growing Problem

    If Free software ceases to respect personal privacy (full control over one’s computing), does it still protect users’ freedom? That’s a question or an aspect not dealt with by the Four Freedoms — and one that’s worth entertaining as so-called ‘surveillance capitalism’ grows (data as currency, people as ‘products’ to be sold)



  27. Bill Gates Refers to His Business as “Jihad” and Accuses Java of Being a “Religion” With “Rabid” Supporters

    Peace disallowed by Bill Gates, as usual; to him, this is all just a religious war that strives to cull out and eliminate or convert the 'infidels' (those who reject his religion); the Bill Gates deposition tapes show his deep concerns and fear of Java APIs



  28. IRC Proceedings: Saturday, October 17, 2020

    IRC logs for Saturday, October 17, 2020



  29. [Meme] Openwashed (and Spying) 'Killer App' for GNU/Linux? A Basic Windows Calculator!

    There's no "Linux" news to cover more important and urgent than just another useless calculator (this one with notorious Microsoft telemetry) being ported to GNU/Linux



  30. Links 17/10/2020: No GNU/Linux for 10 Days, Google Coral Dev Board Runs Debian

    Links for the day


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