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  • GNU/Linux

    • Linux Weekly Roundup: Fedora 33, Linux 5.10 rc1, LibreOffice 7.0.3 and More

      A quite lot happened actually this week with some big released and a handful of application updates. Some major news as well. Here’s the recap of this week from the Linux Universe.

    • Linux Weekly Roundup #102

      Hello and welcome to this week’s Linux Roundup.

      We had another week filled with Linux Releases, Fedora 33, Linux Lite 5.2, Voyager Live 20.10, NixOS 20.09, and OpenIndiana 2020.10.

    • 9to5Linux Weekly Roundup: “Halloween Edition”

      It’s the Halloween week, so Happy Halloween! I know I’m one day late, but since it’s still weekend why not celebrate Halloween for two days. This week was spooky and full of awesome releases, starting with the amazing Fedora 33 release and continuing with a new Linux phone, news about the next major Ubuntu release, Linux 5.10 as the next LTS kernel, as well as all the latest and greatest distribution and app releases.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • Linux 5.9.3
        I'm announcing the release of the 5.9.3 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 5.8.18
      • Linux 5.4.74
      • IO_uring Passthrough For KVM Guests Is Yielding Fantastic Results – Phoronix

        At the Linux Foundation’s KVM Forum 2020 this week, Stefano Garzarella of Red Hat presented on the possibility of speeding up virtual machine I/O performance by sharing the host’s IO_uring queues with guests. In doing so the virtual machines have near bare-metal performance with the proposed patches.

        IO_uring has been one of the most incredible innovations to the Linux kernel of the past decade. New use-cases continue to be explored for this interface to allow for more efficient I/O. Those unfamiliar with IO_uring can see this whitepaper by Facebook’s Jens Axboe who spearheaded the design and continues to advance its capabilities.

      • Intel Bus Lock Detection For The Linux Kernel Proceeding – Phoronix

        Earlier this year the Linux kernel landed split lock detection for being able to detect and optionally kill processes leading to a split lock since it can cause measurable performance issues and even possible unprivileged denial of service.

        Building off that in the middle of summer was then proposed bus lock detection. It’s been a few months since then but the bus lock detection for the kernel continues to be worked on and a new version of the proposed patches were sent out this week by Intel’s Fenghua Yu.

        A bus lock as happens via split locked access to writeback memory or using locks to uncacheable memory. A bus lock can lead to performance more than one thousand cycles slower than an atomic operation within a cache line and will disrupt performance on other cores.

      • Intel’s Abandoned “Many Integrated Core” Architecture Being Removed With Linux 5.10 – Phoronix

        While Linux 5.10-rc2 is coming later today and a week past the merge window, a notable late pull request sent in this morning by Greg Kroah-Hartman is removing the Intel MIC (Many Integrated Core) architecture drivers, a.k.a. Xeon Phi.

        Lightening up the kernel tree by nearly twenty-seven thousand lines of code is the removal of the Intel MIC drivers from the kernel. This is code for Intel’s failed Intel MIC X100 (Knights Corner and beyond) that was the PCIe form factor add-in co-processor cards based on their Many Integrated Core architecture and derived from the earlier Larrabee project and more. Running on the accelerator cards themselves were their own Linux build. The drivers being removed from Linux 5.10 is all the code for interfacing with the these accelerators that during their short-lived time were marketed as Xeon Phi.

      • Linux 5.10-rc2
        As usual, the start of the week after the merge window closed was
        pretty quiet, but things picked up in the last few days. Almost
        everything here got merged Friday or during the weekend.
        
        Which is all normal, but a few things stand out.
        
        One is that rc2 continues the pattern of this being a fairly large
        release - not outrageously so, but this is a slightly bigger rc2 than
        we usually have.
        
        The other is that the diffstat looks quite odd, since I merged the
        pull from Greg that removed the MIC drivers for hardware that never
        shipped. That is about half the patch, although it's not why I call
        rc2 big - it's just a single commit. There's also a few big ABI
        documentation formatting patches that look a bit odd, but make the
        docs more easily parsable by tools. Again, just a couple of patches,
        but a big part of the diff.
        
        Anyway, if you ignore those things, the rest looks fairly normal, with
        small fixes all over the place. The shortlog below gives a flavor of
        the details, I don't think anything else particularly stands out.
        
        Despite the size, I don't get the feeling that there's anything really
        odd going on, and so far the release seems to be going smoothly. But
        please test, that's how we find problems,
        
                       Linus
        
      • Linux 5.10-rc2 Released Following The Intel MIC Removal

        The second weekly release candidate to Linux 5.10 is now available for testing.

        Linux 5.10-rc1 last Sunday marked the end of the two week merge window that saw a lot of new features introduced. In case you missed it, see our Linux 5.10 feature list for a look at all of the new functionality for this kernel slated to be released as stable in December.

      • Linux Kernel 5.8 Reaches End of Life, Users Urged to Upgrade to Linux 5.9 Series

        Released on August 2nd, 2020, the Linux 5.8 kernel series was dubbed as “one of the biggest releases of all time by Linus Torvalds. It brought numerous new features and enhancements, such as support for LZO-RLE compression in the F2FS file system, inline encryption support for the block layer, a new faccessat2() system call, a new initrdmem= boot option for specifying an initial RAM disk image, and a new CAP_PERFMON functionality.

        But, as all good things most come to an end, and since Linux kernel 5.8 was not a long-term supported branch, it will no longer receive further updates that address important bugs and security issues. Linux kernel 5.8.18 is the last update in the series, and if you’re using it you should consider upgrading to the latest Linux kernel 5.9 series as soon as possible after reading this.

    • Applications

      • Ventoy | Multi-ISO Bootable USB Drive

        From time to time, I like to try a new distribution of Linux, not because I am dissatisfied with openSUSE as that is NOT the case but like going to another town to visit and see what culinary options they have to offer. I like to try out another Plasma distribution or something that is quite different than what I am used to using. Part of the fun of Linux is all the options and therefore, I want to peruse the buffet from time to time. Also, as a non-card carrying member of the BDLL community, we do these weekly “challenges” and I like to participate from time to time in that.

        The annoying part about testing distributions is that I have amassed a collection of USB flash drives with various distributions on it and I am often fumbling finding one that I don’t want to write over. The solution, Ventoy. This allows me to have multiple distributions on one USB drive and I also do not have to write the images to the device. I just have to drag and drop the ISO right onto. The system will scan the device recursively so I can still keep everything organized into folders.

        [...]

        Ventoy is a fantastic utility, especially if you are regularly or even semi-regularly installing operating systems on machines. Setting up Ventoy is not difficult, so long as you understand the The installation is not difficult, so long as you understand the particulars. Since this isn’t something I would do every day, this little blathering is another note to future me and hopefully it works well for present you.

      • Ventoy 1.0.27

        Ventoy is an open source tool to create bootable USB drive for ISO/WIM/IMG/VHD(x)/EFI files. With Ventoy, you don’t need to format the disk over and over, you just need to copy the ISO/WIM/IMG/VHD(x)EFI files to the USB drive and boot them directly. You can copy many files at a time and ventoy will give you a boot menu to select them. Both Legacy BIOS and UEFI are supported in the same way. Most type of OS supported (Windows/WinPE/Linux/Unix/Vmware/Xen…)

      • Giara – Modern GTK Reddit App for Linux [Ubuntu PPA]

        Looking for a Reddit client for Linux desktop? Giara is a modern new GTK app for Reddit written in Python 3 with GTK.

        Giara is a free open-source software created with mobile Linux in mind. It comes with most Reddit features including new text, link, media posts, search subreddits and users, up vote, down vote, post rely, dark mode support, and more.

      • man-pages-5.09 is released

        I’ve released man-pages-5.09. The release tarball is available on kernel.org. The browsable online pages can be found on man7.org. The Git repository for man-pages is available on kernel.org.

        This release resulted from patches, bug reports, reviews, and comments from more than 40 contributors. The release includes more than 500 commits that changed nearly 600 pages. Nine new pages were added in this release.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • How To Install ClamAV on CentOS 8 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install ClamAV on CentOS 8. For those of you who didn’t know, ClamAV is an open-source (GPL) antivirus engine for detecting trojans, viruses, malware, adware, rootkits, and other malicious threats on Linux. It’s easy to use and best for Linux based Web and Mail server.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step by step installation of ClamAV antivirus on CentOS 8.

      • How To Install NVM on Amazon Linux – TecAdmin

        NVM or Node Version Manager is a command-line utility for installing and managing multiple node.js versions on Linux based systems. With the help of NVM, you can install any specific nodejs version on your system and use to run your application.

        This tutorial will help you to install NVM on your Amazon Linux machine. Also helped you to basic uses of NVM for Amazon Linux systems.

      • High load average while package building on Fedora 33
      • How To Install Nginx on CentOS 8

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Nginx on CentOS 8. For those of you who didn’t know, Nginx is a powerful web server software that can be used on your server. It is also known for its high performance and low memory usage which will allow fewer resources to be used but getting the job done efficiently. A popular setup is to use it as a proxy for Apache, which can then serve application requests.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step by step installation of the Nginx web server on CentOS 8.

      • How to Install PrestaShop on CentOS 8

        PrestaShop is one of the most well-known eCommerce platforms in the world. It’s free, open-source, and is built on top of PHP, while using a MySQL database to store the data. It helps small to large businesses to create and run a successful online store.

        PrestaShop is simple, easy-to-use, easy to install, and is versatile – it provides a great platform for people around the world to create their online stores. Let’s begin with the installation.

      • Running Isso on NixOS in a Docker container ⁕ Vincent Bernat

        This short article documents how I run Isso, the commenting system used by this blog, inside a Docker container on NixOS, a Linux distribution built on top of Nix. Nix is a declarative package manager for Linux and other Unix systems.

      • How to install Photopea on a Chromebook – a Photoshop alternative

        Today we are looking at how to install Photopea, a Photoshop alternative, on a Chromebook. Please follow the video/audio guide as a tutorial where we explain the process step by step and use the commands below.

      • How to install Slack on Ubuntu 20.10 – YouTube

        In this video, we are looking at how to install Slack on Ubuntu 20.10.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Kubuntu 20.04 with KDE Legacy Oxygen Theme

          As I posted last year, KDE 4 is my favorite. Surprisingly, Kubuntu 20.04 brings the legacy Oxygen theme built-in. Thanks to Gemlog on social media, I discovered it. Now I bring you how I do it.

          Results first! There are my Kubuntu Focal machine with the legendary Oxygen theme I loved so much. It is amazing I can still enjoy this look and feel once again after eight years.

        • TDE R14.0.9 release is here!

          The Trinity Desktop Environment (TDE) development team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of TDE R14.0.9. Albeit being a maintenance release, this version brings along a bunch of new applications to expand the offer of the TDE desktop and provide a more modern look.

          TDE is a complete software desktop environment designed for Unix-like operating systems, intended for computer users preferring a traditional desktop model, and is free/libre software. Born as a fork of KDE 3.5 back in 2010, TDE is now a fully independent project with its own personality and development team, available for various Linux distros, BSD and DilOS.

        • Trinity Desktop 14.0.9 Is The Latest For This Decade-Old KDE 3.5 Fork – Phoronix

          For those still fond of the once venerable KDE 3.5 desktop, the Trinity Desktop Environment is still maintaining its KDE 3.5 fork after more than one decade. Trinity Desktop R14.0.9 debuted today with some additional applications now included and other updates.

          New applications included with Trinity Desktop R14.0.9 are the Codeine media player, TDEDocker, and TDEPacman. Codeine was the media player during the KDE 3.x players prior to becoming Dragon Player. TDEDocker allows docking any application to the system tray. TDEPacman is a Pacman game.

        • Two New “Tablets”: Wacom Cintiq Pro 24″ Touch and Remarkable 2 – Fading Memories

          In 2018, I discussed the digital painting devices I had used up til then. These were a Lenovo Thinkpad X61t, a Lenovo Thinkpad Helix, a Microsoft Surface Pro 3, a Wacom Cintiq Hybrid Companion, an iPad Pro 12.9″, a Wacom Mobile Studio Pro 16″ and a Lenovo Yoga 920.

          I didn’t discuss the Wacom Graphire, the Wacom Intuos 3, the Huion H610 or the Yiyniva MVP22U that I also had around, probably because apart from the Intuos 3, all of that hardware was stored in the Hardware Attic.

          But recently, the Hybrid Companion became even more unusable (it was already bad because of the enormous parallax): the screen’s brightness just couldn’t reach visible levels anymore.

          And the Wacom Mobile Studio Pro has been dying for over a year now — not good for expensive hardware bought only in 2017. When running as a computer, it would shut itself down randomly, probably because it was getting too hot. So I got myself a Wacom Link device so I could use it as a regular cintiq, but after two days of usage… The display would reset itself randomly and finally it wouldn’t power up anymore, at all.

        • News from KDE PIM in September-October 2020 – ervin

          This year Akademy was super easy to attend, no travel was necessary. It was all virtual and it was a blast! As usual Volker’s post about Akademy 2020 covers a bit PIM land.

          One highlight of the discussions during the PIM BoF was the EteSync resource getting merge. This was the result of a GSoC, it’s always pleasant when those succeed so well.

          There’s also been further discussion around our GnuPG and Kleopatra activities which was also a good opportunity to rejoice regarding the VS-NfD certification achieved last year.

          Of course, the efforts regarding moving more of the PIM related libraries to KDE Frameworks are still on going. There’s overall more of a need to explore what’s left and make plans on how to split them up, a sprint might happen regarding this.

          And last but not least, KAsync was mentioned. This is currently reworked by Dan mostly for Akonadi needs but it might appear in KDE Frameworks later on. We’ll see.

    • Distributions

      • The Earliest Linux Distros: Before Mainstream Distros Became So Popular

        In here we have tried to explore how the idea of popular distros such as Red Hat, Debian, Slackware, SUSE, Ubuntu and many others came into being after the first Linux kernel became available.

        As Linux was initially released in the form of a kernel in 1991, the distros we know today was made possible with the help of numerous collaborators throughout the world with the creation of shells, libraries, compilers and related packages to make it a complete Operating System.

      • New Releases

        • Nitrux 1.3.4 is available to download

          We are pleased to announce the launch of Nitrux 1.3.4. This new version brings together the latest software updates, bug fixes, performance improvements, and ready-to-use hardware support.

          Nitrux 1.3.4 is available for immediate download.

        • Nitrux 1.3.4 Switches to KDE Plasma 5.20 Desktop, Offers Support for Linux Kernel 5.9

          Nitrux 1.3.4 isn’t your regular monthly update, as the development team decided to jump ship and finally ditch the KDE Plasma 5.19 desktop environment series used in the last few releases for the latest and greatest KDE Plasma 5.20 series.

          The newest point release, KDE Plasma 5.20.2, is included in this release by default, and it’s been boosted with a new HUD functionality called plasma-hud, which lets users search through an application’s app menu, but only if the respective apps expose their menubar to the Global Menu plasmoid.

        • Linux Lite 5.2 Released, Available to Download

          A new version of Linux Lite is now available to download.

          I don’t think I’ve written about this Ubuntu-based Linux distro on the site before, but seeing as it’s just pushed out a major update to download servers I thought “why not?!” — and here we are!

          “This is the most feature rich, complete Linux Lite release to date. This is the release many people have been waiting for,” the project says in a release announcement.

          Linux Lite 5.2 is based on Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS and Linux Kernel 5.4. Aimed at lower-end computers, Linux Lite ships a customised Xfce desktop and a careful set of curated apps, settings, and utilities.

        • Linux Lite 5.2 Final Released
        • ArchBang November Release i3 Tiling Window Manager Based

          Have just uploaded a release for November, usual thing updated packages and configs. Guide can now be viewed by using Super + g it includes some basic keybind shortcuts in i3. Firefox is back for now, while huge it does support many features that other lighter browsers do not have. Minor changes in abinstall fixes to remove installers from Conky post install.

      • Arch Family

        • [Arch] Accessible installation medium

          We are very happy to announce that accessibility features have been added to our installation medium with archiso v49. From release 2020.11.01 onward these are available via the 2nd boot loader menu item. A specific installation guide can be found on the wiki.

          Many thanks go to Alexander Epaneshnikov who integrated the features from the TalkingArch project into archiso’s releng profile, which is used for creating the installation medium.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • In it together: When your manager is your greatest advocate | Opensource.com

          Allison’s unique perspective on management stems from a passionate focus on empowerment and using guidelines and accountability systems to help her team connect to their own intrinsic motivation. In fact, a few years ago, Allison and I were part of a group of associates trying to support and advance the concept of empowerment in our organization. As a specific open management practice, empowerment is important for her and her team, specifically because the nature of their work varies so much—each person needs to be able to make decisions about their work within specific guidelines.

      • Debian Family

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • OpenIndiana Hipster 2020.10 is here

        After almost 6 months of development we have released the new OpenIndiana Hipster snapshot 2020.10 right on time on October 31st, 2020.

      • OpenIndiana 2020.10 Released For Continuing Where OpenSolaris Left Off – Phoronix

        September marked a decade since the OpenIndiana project was announced for continuing on with the OpenSolaris code-base (and ultimately based on Illumos) in being born out of the justified and proven accurate concerns when Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems. OpenIndiana Hipster 2020.10 was released this weekend as the newest version of this open-source operating system.

      • Programming/Development

        • Perl/Raku

          • Monthly Report – October

            I must confess I do cry and cry like a baby. It feels nice afterwards, I must say.

            Last month was really difficult for me, on personal and professional front. On personal level, I am undergoing therapy for Depression and Anxiety.

            On professional front, I missed many things. For the first time, I couldn’t take part in Hacktoberfest in the same passion as before.

            Another low point, I stopped contributing in Swift for The Weekly Challenge.

            Then I stopped taking part in the weekly challenge completely. No weekly blog either talking about my contributions.

            I didn’t stop there, I even stopped doing live session video.

            At one point, I even decided not to do monthly report.

            With all the negativity, I received plenty of support and helping hands. Thanks everyone.

        • Python

          • Everything about Python Lists | FOSS Linux

            Python has many data types like integer, float, string, list, tuple, etc. In this tutorial, we will learn about the list data type. Lists are one of the most used data types of python and can be used for many operations.

            To follow this tutorial, it is recommended to have the latest python version installed in your system. You can follow our guide on installing the latest version of python. Most of the code in this tutorial can be run in the python shell, but it is recommended to have an IDE to write python code. You can check our comparison on the top 10 IDE for writing code.

          • Five Advanced Django Tips | LAAC Technology

            Many of the “Django tips” articles that I see online are geared towards beginners not intermediate or advanced Django developers. I hope to demonstrate some of Django’s depth, specifically around the ORM, and you’ll need to have an intermediate understanding of Django. Let’s start by looking at the example models.

          • How I learned Python | Codementor

            I wanted to learn Python because Python is a object oriented programming language and is used widely in Programming.

          • Translating Web Page while Scraping

            Suppose you need to scrape data from a website after translating the web page in R and Python. In google chrome, there is an option (or functionality) to translate any foreign language. If you are an english speaker and don’t know any other foreign language and you want to extract data from the website which does not have option to convert language to English, this article would help you how to perform translation of a webpage.

    • Standards/Consortia

      • Rajeesh K Nambiar: Announcing ‘Ezhuthu/എഴുത്ത് ’ — a handwriting/script style font for Malayalam

        To celebrate the birth of Kerala on November 1st, the southernmost state in India with around 35 million people speaking its language Malayalam; Rachana Institute of Typography is announcing the release of ‘Ezhuthu/എഴുത്ത്’ — a handwriting/script style Unicode font with traditional orthography.

        [...]

        The glyphs are drawn by famed calligrapher Narayana Bhattathiri. The hand-drawn characters are turned to vector graphics which are then transformed to font shapes and this typography is done by Hussain KH who lead the Rachana Aksharavedi movement and designed popular fonts such as Rachana, Meera, Meera Inimai etc. The fine tuned typeface need OpenType shaping to correctly shape and render advanced conjunct character formations in Malayalam. The OpenType feature development, integration and technical infrastructure is worked on by me, Rajeesh. Ashok Kumar and CVR made key contributions to the font development.

  • Leftovers

    • Integrity/Availability

    • Monopolies

      • Patents

        • EPO-CNIPA Partnership Enables Chinese PCT Applicants To Choose EPO As The ISA

          A two‑year pilot between the European Patent Office (EPO) and the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) will enable nationals and residents of China to select the EPO as their International Searching Authority (ISA) for applications filed in English under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).

          The pilot, which starts on 1 December 2020, will be open to applicants filing with either the CNIPA or the World Intellectual Property Organization’s International Bureau (IB) as receiving Office and limited to a total of 2 500 applications in the first 12 months and 3 000 applications in the second 12 months.

        • Sanofi, Regeneron win EU patent case against Amgen over Praluent

          The European Patent Office (EPO) Technical Boards of Appeal has ruled in Sanofi and Regeneron’s favor, invalidating certain claims of Amgen’s European patent (EP 2 215 124) directed to PCSK9 (proprotein convertase subtilisin/Kexin type 9) antibodies relevant to Praluent (alirocumab). Praluent will continue to be available in European countries where it is approved for use and for sale.

          “We are pleased with today’s decision by the European Patent Office, which upholds the rigorous standard for pharmaceutical patents that we argued for in this case, affirming that Amgen’s asserted claims against Sanofi in Europe are invalid,” said Karen Linehan, Executive Vice President, Legal Affairs and General Counsel, Sanofi.

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    People really need to ask the Linux Foundation, directly, why its filings are years behind; this seems like a sensitive subject



  29. Linux Foundation Does Not Speak for GNU/Linux Users

    There's a serious problem in the "Linux" world as the so-called 'Linux' Foundation claims to speak for us (the GNU/Linux community) while in fact speaking against us (on the payroll of those looking to extinguish us)



  30. IBM's Lennart Poettering on Breaking Software for Pseudo Novelty

    Recently-uploaded ELCE 2011 clip shows a panel with Linus Torvalds, Alan Cox, Thomas Gleixner, Paul McKenney, and Lennart Poettering (relevant to novelty or perceived novelty that mostly degrades the experience of longtime users, e.g. Wayland and systemd)


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