Lessons From Another Failed Coup Against the Free Software Movement

Posted in Deception, Free/Libre Software, FSF, GNU/Linux at 7:10 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

An uptick this past day or two, with the hate letter only going downwards this past month (this is barely visible in the graph due to the scale of the support letter, soon to exceed 6,700 signatures)

RMS letters
The curve at the bottom is actually moving down

Summary: The coup has very clearly failed and we should prepare for future attempts (they go in cycles); the monopolies really dislike software they cannot control fully (e.g. copyleft/GPL-licensed software)

THE LESSON of the notorious letter, as we noted on Wednesday morning, is that when you base a petition on a lie people will sooner or later wake up and walk away.

“The Free Software Movement will survive this. We have a much more powerful message than the lies of corporate operatives.”The news has been admittedly slow, so Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols decided to use ZDNet to suddenly resurrect ‘news’ (not really) from last month and earlier today, perhaps due to ZDNet, It’s FOSS did the same.

Win 98 CDWe’ve decided to replot the graph (shown above), based on the latest figures. We’ve meanwhile set up a Wiki page about the GNOME Foundation, which has long been plotting a coup against the FSF (the announcement from Stallman was merely used as an excuse or a ‘trigger’; they personify things to go ad hominem), looking to also distort the meaning of Free software.

The Free Software Movement will survive this. We have a much more powerful message than the lies of corporate operatives.

Links 5/5/2021: Mesa 21.1 Released and New Releases of Python

Posted in News Roundup at 5:31 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Star Labs StarBook Mk V laptop for sale with Linux Mint, Ubuntu, Manjaro, and more

        Back in the day, getting a laptop with Linux pre-installed was almost unheard of. For the most part, you had to buy a computer with Windows and then install Linux yourself. This wasn’t bad necessarily, but it did mean that the price of the computer usually included a Windows license you maybe didn’t want. In other words, Microsoft was profiting off of Linux users — just because the consumer bought a Windows PC.

        In 2021, however, there are many computers to be had with Linux pre-installed — thanks to pioneers like System76. Of course, nowadays, big companies like Dell and Lenovo are selling Linux machines too. Today, yet another such laptop hits the market — the Star Labs StarBook Mk V. This 14-inch notebook can be had your choice of several quality Linux distributions pre-installed, such as Linux Mint, Ubuntu, and Manjaro to name a few. And yes, Windows 10 is an option too.

        “The StarBook Mk V features a 14-inch ARC display, a true matte display that prevents glare with an Anti-Reflective Coating. It also features a hard coat rated at 3H to prevent against damage. The Intel Core 11th-generation processors boast outstanding performance. The Iris Xe Graphics provides a 180 prcent improvement in graphical performance,” says Star Labs.

    • Server

      • Oracle’s ‘State of the Penguin’ Updates Penguinistas of Multiple Persuasions [Ed: Microsoft-connected publisher]

        Oracle Linux users in North America are gathering online tomorrow (Thurs. May 6, 10am PT) for the latest edition of the State of the Penguin. Wim Coekaerts, Oracle Software Development SVP and Linux Foundation Vice Chairman, will be leading what promises to be an enlightening conversation about the industry landscape, customer use cases, and the latest Oracle Linux technologies, including containers, KVM, open-source contributions, and developer tools, all to help Penguinistas “explore possibilities and update your plans.”

        Coekaerts’ co-host for the event will be Sergio Leunissen, VP in Oracle’s infrastructure engineering team. Leunissen currently leads initiatives to deliver solutions for developers on Oracle’s operating system and Oracle Infrastructure Cloud, and he’s responsible for Oracle’s presence on GitHub.

        I had the opportunity to talk with Coekaerts about the event last week. He’s widely described as an “industry luminary,” an appellation I found to be something of an understatement. He led the last online State of the Penguin, held six months ago.

      • 2.5GbE Networking on Linux [Ed: Microsoft-connected publisher]

        In a a previous article I discussed using 2.5GbE NICs in my home lab. In that article I used the NICs on Windows 10 systems. In this article I will use the NICs on the same systems but with Linux installed on them. I will first give a quick overview of why I am interested in 2.5GbE networking, discuss my testing systems, test the network performance between a Linux and Windows 10 system, between two Linux systems, and then give you my final thoughts on 2.5GbE networking on Linux systems.

        There are a few factors that got me interested in using 2.5GbE networking in my home lab; Intel release a NIC that supported it, wireless networking speeds, and the availability of routers supporting multigigabit networking.

      • New Ambassador Developer Control Plane Accelerates Kubernetes Adoption Across Entire Cloud Native Software Development Lifecycle

        As development teams adopt Kubernetes, they are challenged not only by a growing list of complex technologies but also an expanded role that now includes shipping and operating the systems they build. Built on major open source Cloud Native Computing Foundation projects including Envoy, Emissary-ingress, Argo, and Telepresence, the Ambassador Developer Control Plane is an integrated solution that manages the cloud native infrastructure that developers use to code, ship, and run applications for Kubernetes environments. Ambassador DCP unlocks developer productivity for local and remote environments, enables rapid human-centric service discovery across organizations, and lets entire teams safely deploy and manage applications for production.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Wayland Is The Future Of Linux, What About Now?

        There’s always some chatter about Wayland but what even is it and what makes it so different from Xorg which the vast majority of people on Linux are still running.

      • Pacstall Is An “AUR” For Ubuntu

        What if you could run Ubuntu but also had access to a community software repository similar to the AUR? Pacstall attempts to become the “AUR” Ubuntu wishes it had.

      • LHS Episode #409: JS8Call Deep Dive

        Hello and welcome to the 409th installment of Linux in the Ham Shack. In this episode, we have an interview with Jordan Sherer, KN4CRD, the creator and developer of JS8Call, an amateur radio weak-signal application for having complete QSOs during poor band conditions. Jordan is also the winner of the 2021 Amateur Radio Software Award so we have the board of ARSA on the show discuss Jordan’s achievement and the efforts of the ARSA board to promote free, open-source software in the amateur radio space. We hope you enjoy!

      • FLOSS Weekly 628: Digital Sovereignty – Dr. Andre Kudra

        Dr. Andre Kudra of esatus.com discusses SSI, or Self-Sovereign Identity. It’s a hot and fast-moving topic with a growing base of hackers, companies, nonprofits, and whole states, provinces and countries. Aaron Newcomb and Doc Searls probe Andre for lots of great intelligence about how SSI puts individuals in full charge of how they present minimized ID credentials safely, and inside a whole new framework. They also talk with Andre about his involvement with the demoscene and retro computing, which are especially huge in Europe. It’s a great discussion on this episode of FLOSS Weekly.

    • Kernel Space

      • Quick hack: Patching kernel modules using DKMS

        Dynamic Kernel Module Support (DKMS) is a framework that is mostly used to build and install external kernel modules. However, it can also be used to install a specif patch to the modules of the current kernel, for example, to apply a specific fix.

        For example, when PipeWire 0.3.20 was released earlied this year, it brought support for the mSBC codec which I had added, and which works natively or through the external programs oFono or hsphfpd, when connected to a Bluetooth Headset through the HFP profile.

        Unfortunately, for kernels 5.8, 5.9 and 5.10, this support does not work with USB Bluetooth chipsets from vendors other than Intel.

        While the fix was simple and has since been backported to the LTS kernels, if you are like me and are running a Linux distribution based on a non-LTS kernel, for example Ubuntu 20.04 with kernel 5.8, you will not be able to benefit from this fix. That is, unless you use DKMS to patch the kernel’s Bluetooth module.

      • Graphics Stack

        • Mesa 21.1 Released With RADV Variable Rate Shading, More Intel Vulkan Improvements – Phoronix

          Mesa 21.1 is available today as the latest quarterly feature release to this collection of open-source OpenGL and Vulkan drivers. There are many features to show with this new release and it even managed to release on-schedule.

          Mesa 21.1 brings a wide assortment of improvements to the many contained open-source user-space drivers, but as usual are dominated by enhancements to the Intel and Radeon driver components, especially the Vulkan drivers given the mature state of the OpenGL drivers these days.

    • Applications

      • Muse Takes the Baton on the Audacity Project

        Congratulations to the Audacity development team and Muse Group. In two significant developments, Audacity version 3 was released in March 2021 – its first major update in many years – and Muse Group announced that it has acquired the Audacity project and will take it forward as a free and open source project.

        Audacity is a free and open source digital audio editing and recording application. Started by Dominic Mazzoni and Roger Dannenberg, it has clocked over 200 million downloads during its lifetime, and has been translated into dozens of languages. Eric Raymond once wrote of Audacity: “The central virtue of this program is that it has a superbly transparent and natural user interface, one that erects as few barriers between the user and the sound file as possible.” High praise, indeed.

      • 12 of the Best Free Graphic Design Software [Ed: Covers Inkscape and GIMP; also here]

        According to Inkscape’s website, the software was created for designers of all kinds including those in marketing and branding, engineering/CAD, web graphics, cartooning and for individual uses. You can get started by downloading the software to your Linux, Windows or macOS device.

        When I first downloaded Inkscape, the interface reminded me of Microsoft Paint. This made it really intuitive to use, and all of the features are available for free. According to the website, those features include object creation, object manipulation, fill and stroke features, operations on paths, text support, rendering and a variety of file formats.

        There are tons of resources available on Inkscape’s website under the “Learn” tab including an FAQ section, tutorials, books/manuals and a guide to how to use Inkscape for animation. Users also have access to Inkscape’s community which includes user support and discussions in the form of chat, forums and more.


        If you’re looking for a free alternative to Photoshop, GIMP is a graphic design software worth checking out. While you can’t use the software online, it can be downloaded to Linux, OS X or Windows computers.

        GIMP stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It’s a free software that was designed for photo retouching, image composition and image authoring, according to the website. The interface is really similar to Adobe’s Photoshop, so if you’re already familiar with the tools and shortcuts, using GIMP will be easy.

        You can get started by checking out the tutorials online which include beginner basics, photo editing tips, painting guides and more. If you’re ready to try out the software yourself, you can download it here.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Everything about Daemons in Linux

        Since the Linux operating system is characterized as a multitasking operating system, a daemon is, by definition, a program that continuously executes as a background process. In short, the execution of this process is not dependent on an active user’s system interaction. A normal system user cannot control the periodic execution of a daemon process.

        The naming convention that defines most daemon processes is the one letter ‘suffix’ d. This naming convention makes it possible to differentiate between normal system processes and daemon-powered processes. For example, sshd is a daemon process responsible for the management of incoming SSH connections. Another daemon process example is syslogd. It is responsible for the Linux system logging facility.

        In a Linux environment, the launch of daemons is at boot time. Since the Linux system is a perfect Unix clone, an init process qualifies as the parent process to a daemon. To start and stop daemons on your Linux operating system, you first need to access the /etc/init.d scripts directory on your OS.

      • How to install Wizard101 on a Chromebook with Crossover 20 in 2021

        Today we are looking at how to install Wizard101 on a Chromebook with Crossover 20. Please follow the video/audio guide as a tutorial where we explain the process step by step and use the commands below.

        This tutorial will only work on Chromebooks with an Intel or AMD CPU (with Linux Apps Support) and not those with an ARM64 architecture CPU.

      • How to install LibreOffice on Deepin 20.2

        In this video, we are looking at how to install LibreOffice on Deepin 20.2.

      • How to upgrade ZFS storage pools version on FreeBSD

        hen we update FreeBSD from 12 to 13, we get an updated version of ZFS. FreeBSD 13 released with OpenZFS support with various performance boosts. Sometimes OS patching and minor FreeBSD upgrade can also offer an updated zpool version. In any case, we need to upgrade the ZFS storage pools version to get newer functionality and bug fixes. This page explains how to update the ZFS storage pools version on FreeBSD.

      • How to set up Plex on a Raspberry Pi | Android Central

        The Raspberry Pi’s convenience, versatility, and usefulness simply cannot be understated. With just a few clicks, you can set up just about everything, including the ability to set up Plex on a Raspberry Pi. After you’ve finished loading up your library of movies, TV shows, and even music, you can then download the Plex app on any of your devices and enjoy your favorite content from anywhere. Today, we’re going to show you how you can get everything set up.

      • Manage AWS SQS Queues using aws-cli

        You can perform operations on SQS like list, create, delete Queues and send messages, receive messages from your terminal using aws-cli. In this article, we will see the commands to perform these kinds of operations. Before we proceed, it is assumed that you are familiar with AWS SQS Queue.

        To know in detail about options available for aws-cli, visit the official documentation here.

      • Antoine Beaupré: Building a status page service with Hugo

        The Tor Project now has a status page which shows the state of our major services.

        You can check status.torprojet.org for news about major outages in Tor services, including v3 and v2 onion services, directory authorities, our website (torproject.org), and the check.torproject.org tool. The status page also displays outages related to Tor internal services, like our GitLab instance.

        This post documents why we launched status.torproject.org, how the service was built, and how it works.

    • Games

      • Humble Bundle plan to put the much loved sliders back on bundle pages

        After a bit of an uproar from customers, Humble Bundle have decided to ditch their idea of replacing sliders that let people customize where their money goes.

        In their original blog post, they mentioned the sliders that let you adjust the amount you give to Humble, Developers, Charity and Partners would be replaced with a static two-tier system that was giving a lot more to Developers and Humble. Now though, in a fresh blog post they’re backtracking.

      • Don’t Starve Together season finale out in Return of Them: Eye of The Storm plus big sale

        Return of Them: Eye of The Storm is the final update of the season for Don’t Starve Together and so it’s going off with quite a big bang along with a good discount too.

        “With the three lunar altars now complete, the truth at the center of this ancient mystery will finally come to light…
        They’ve been here all along. Don’t Starve Together: Return of Them – Eye of the Storm is now available for all players. With this conclusion of the Return of them Story Arc, worlds collide as old threats and familiar faces make themselves known.”


        A fantastic time to get into a thoroughly enjoyable co-op survival game, from Klei Entertainment who have been a very Linux-friendly developer.

      • The Quest to Build a Portable Steam Machine – Boiling Steam

        There’s something about having a portable Steam machine that fascinates me. Being able to play desktop, non-mobile games on the go is a concept that few seemed to have accomplish. The Smach Zero held a lot of promise, but I haven’t heard anything from the team in a long time, and who knows if the poor backers of the project will ever get their hands on it. There’s the GPD Win, and it looks great, but the thing is just too darn expensive. Finally, while the Aya Neo looks fantastic as well, it’s another big-budget gadget that I personally don’t want to spend that much on.

        I’ve looked into making tablets/gaming handhelds in times past, but often transforming that project into reality requires a lot of tinkering. A lot of tools that need to be used that I don’t have. Soldering, splicing, 3D printing, scripting, hot gluing…the list goes on. Another problem that I had was, while the electronics market is littered with ARM-powered SBCs, especially from the likes of the Raspberry Pi, exploring into the x86 world was relatively untouched, as far as handhelds go. I wasn’t content playing retro games by means of emulation. I didn’t like the fact that I couldn’t play my games on Steam on native hardware; it had to be done through streaming. I wanted something more, and I knew the only way I could do that was use an x86-based computer.

    • Distributions

      • Arch Family

        • Arch: FOSS Activities in April 2021

          Hope people have had a lovely spring. This month has passed quickly! I have put off writing the monthly post because I was busy with a weekend project.

          My master thesis was about how to apply transparency logs and reproducible builds to give package rebuilders the ability to produce tamper evident logs. This is handy since any one package build can easily be proven to be part of the log, and you can very easily fill inn the history from one point in time to another by hashing files in the correct order.

          These days transparency logs has seen a larger adoption with projects like sigstore and trustix. What’s interesting is that kernel.org publishes a transparency log of all the git push operations.

      • Debian Family

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Ubuntu Touch OTA-17 brings initial support for NFC and other improvements (coming May 12, available for testing now)

          The UBPorts team is set to roll out the next update to Ubuntu Touch on May 12th. While Ubuntu Touch OTA-17 won’t have as many user-facing changes as some previous builds of the operating system, there are still some goodies baked in, particularly for folks with a couple of specific devices.

          For example, Ubuntu Touch OTA-17 is the first version to support NFC hardware. The feature only works on certain devices, including the Google Pixel 3a and Volla Phone, but it should allow developers to create Ubuntu Touch apps that make use of NFC to read or write NFC tags or communicate with other NFC-enabled hardware like wireless earbuds.

        • Warpinator: Transfer Files Between Your Linux PCs And Android Devices

          Warpinator allow you quickly and easily to transfer files between Linux PCs, Android phones, tablets, and other devices.

          Warpinator is a local network file transfer application developed by Linux Mint. It is written with Python 3 and was released by the Linux Mint project in September of last year. Warpinator also can be installed on many other Linux distributions.

          Server configuration (FTP, NFS, Samba) is overkill for casual file transfers between two computers, and it’s a real pity to use external media (Internet services, USB sticks, external HDDs) just to share files when there’s a local network which could do just that.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • Imago VisionAI artificial intelligent camera supports Tensorflow Lite and AutoML Vision Edge

        Developers and Tensorflow enthusiasts may be interested in a new smart artificial intelligent camera in the form of the Imago VisionAI. The VisionAI offers support for TensorFlow Lite or AutoML Vision Edge and runs on the Debian-based Linux operating system, making it easily programmable to meet the application needs through a Linux SDK with a VisionBox Interface C++ Library and FG camera library.

      • Martian rover has some Linux computers, too

        NASA’s Perseverance rover is equipped with a Linux-driven, Atom-based CompuLab COMEX-IE38 module designed to compress images. The rover also has a Qualcomm 801 Linux system like its Ingenuity copter, which is embarking on a new scouting mission.

        As LinuxGizmos and many other sites reported in February, NASA’s semi-autonomous Ingenuity drone copter is equipped with an embedded Linux computer based on the Qualcomm 801 (formerly Snapdragon 801). Ingenuity, which has since run several successful test flights on Mars, making it the first craft to fly in the atmosphere of an extra-terrestrial planet, uses the Qualcomm 801 via the Qualcomm Flight platform for navigation and camera control and processing.

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Web Browsers

        • Mozilla

          • Announcing Mozilla Rally – Data@Mozilla

            We wrote recently about how difficult it is to understand the data companies collect from you, and what they’re doing with it. These companies determine how your data is used and who benefits. Cutting people out of decisions about their data is an inequity that harms not only individuals, but also society and the internet. We believe that you should determine who benefits from your data. Today, we’re taking a step in that direction with the alpha release of Mozilla Rally. Rally is now available for desktop Firefox users age 19 and older in the USA.

            Rally is aimed at rebuilding your equity in your data. We allow you to choose how to contribute your data and for what purpose. We’re building a community to help understand some of the biggest problems of the internet, and we want you to join us.


            We started Rally as an innovation program, building on earlier experiments with trusted research institutions. We are exploring new products and public interest projects that return equity to communities in the coming months. We are data optimists and want to change the way the data economy works for both people and day-to-day business. We are committed to putting our users first every step of the way, and building a community together.

      • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

      • FSF

        • Licensing/Legal

          • Open Source and IoT

            Here is a companion article to my upcoming PLI talk on the special risks and rewards of open source and standards in IoT. It was published on PLI PLUS, the online research database of PLI.

      • Programming/Development

        • Perl/Raku

        • Python

          • Pyston v2.2: faster and open source

            We are proud to announce Pyston v2.2, the latest version of our faster implementation of the Python programming language. This version is significantly faster than previous ones, and importantly is now open source.

          • Pyston 2.2 Released For A Faster Python While Facebook Releases Cinder – Phoronix

            Pyston 2.2 is out today as the latest version of this performant Python implementation. Separately, Facebook has introduced Cinder as a new incubator project providing a speedy Python JIT implementation.

            Pyston 2.2 is out today as the new version of this alternative Python implementation. With Pyston 2.2 the developers claim their implementation is 30% faster now than the stock Python for web server benchmarks. Speed-ups this time around include work on their JIT and attribute cache mechanisms.

          • Python 3.8.10, 3.9.5, and 3.10.0b1 are now available

            This has been a very busy day for releases and on behalf of the Python development community we’re happy to announce the availability of three new Python releases.

          • Python programming language: These three new releases just arrived

            Three new versions of the Python programming language have been released, one of which is a beta release of the upcoming Python version 3.10.

            It what the Python release team called “a very busy day for releases”, Monday, 3 May saw the release of Python 3.8.10, 3.9.5 and 3.10.0b1.

  • Leftovers

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • macOS bugs causing sporadic browsing issues with Safari, Firefox, others

          According to user reports on the Apple Support Communities, the Safari 14.1 update breaks functionality on popular websites like eBay. The issue appears to predominantly affect Safari 14.1 on macOS Catalina and macOS Mojave.

          There are reports from developers about ongoing problems with the latest versions of Apple’s browser, too. Google Chrome developer advocate Jake Archibald reports that localStorage in Safari 14.1 is broken, causing tabs with use the same localStorage for text boxes.

        • Pseudo-Open Source

          • Privatisation/Privateering

            • Linux Foundation

              • Cloud Native Computing Foundation Welcomes New Relic to Governing Board as a Platinum Member

                A CNCF member since 2018, New Relic is committed to making observability a data-driven approach and daily practice for millions of engineers. The observability company has invested heavily in open standards, open instrumentation, and open collaboration with a number of its own open source projects. Previously a silver sponsor for AdoptOpenJDK, New Relic is a founding member of Eclipse Adoptium, which is becoming the leading provider of high-quality OpenJDK-based binaries.

              • The TAB report on the UMN affair

                The Linux Foundation Technical Advisory Board has issued its report on the submission of (intentionally and unintentionally) buggy patches from the University of Minnesota.

              • Report on University of Minnesota Breach-of-Trust Incident
                On April 20, 2021, in response to the perception that a group of
                University of Minnesota (UMN) researchers had resumed sending
                compromised code submissions to the Linux kernel, Greg Kroah-Hartman
                asked the community to stop accepting patches from UMN and began a
                re-review of all submissions previously accepted from the University.
                This report summarizes the events that led to this point, reviews the
                "Hypocrite Commits" paper that had been submitted for publication, and
                reviews all known prior kernel commits from UMN paper authors that had
                been accepted into our source repository.  It concludes with a few
                suggestions about how the community, with UMN included, can move
                forward.  Contributors to this paper include members of the Linux
                Foundation's Technical Advisory Board (TAB), with patch review help from
                many other members of the Linux kernel developer community.
                UMN worked well within the kernel community for many years, submitting
                numerous bug-fixes that were merged into past kernel releases.  Last
                year (2020), one member of the UMN community chose to do a research
                project that involved submitting patches that attempted to intentionally
                introduce flaws in the kernel.  The trust between the kernel community
                and UMN was broken when this project was made public.  The UMN
                developers went quiet for seven months and then started submitting a new
                handful of poor quality patches to the community.  Many assumed that
                trickery was afoot, engendering a reaction that caused a halt to
                acceptance of UMN kernel contributions and forced us to re-review all
                prior submissions.
                Due diligence required an audit to identify which authors were involved
                in different UMN research projects, identify the intent of any flawed
                patches, and remove flawed patches regardless of intent.  Reestablishing
                the community's trust in researcher groups is important as well, since
                this incident could have a wide-reaching impact on trust in both
                directions that might chill participation by any researchers in kernel
                development.  The developer community should be able to trust that
                researchers are sending quality patches meant to improve the kernel, and
                researchers should trust the developer community will not undermine the
                researchers' reputations when mistakes are made.  The recommendations in
                this report aim to move beyond this conflict, providing a way to help
                both communities to work together better.
              • Linux’s Technical Advisory Board reports on the UMN ‘Hypocrite Commits’ patches

                The fire between the Linux kernel community and the University of Minnesota (UMN) is being put out. Thanks to an ill-thought-out Linux security project, two UMN graduate students tried to insert deliberately buggy patches into Linux. Greg Kroah-Hartman, the well-respected Linux kernel maintainer for the Linux stable branch, responded by banning not only them but any UMN-connected developers from contributing to the Linux kernel. Now, UMN has addressed the Linux kernel developer’s community’s concerns. And, in a message to the Linux Kernel Mailing List (LKML), the Linux Foundation Technical Advisory Board (TAB) and volunteer senior Linux kernel maintainers and developers have reported on what they found when they closely and thoroughly examined patches from UMN academics.

        • Security

          • Raft of Exim Security Holes Allow Linux Mail Server Takeovers

            Remote code execution, privilege escalation to root and lateral movement through a victim’s environment are all on offer for the unpatched or unaware.

            A veritable cornucopia of security vulnerabilities in the Exim mail server have been uncovered, some of which could be chained together for unauthenticated remote code execution (RCE), gaining root privileges and worm-style lateral movement, according to researchers.

          • Understanding DDoS Attacks and How to Prevent Them

            DDoS cyberattacks can happen anytime and devastate any business, but by understanding how they occur and how to prevent them, you can continue to surf the web safely.

            A distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack is a type of cyberattack that hackers often use to breach a network and overload it with unwanted traffic to disrupt services. Once the system is strained to its limit, it no longer accepts legitimate traffic, and services start to fail.

            Think of a DDoS attack as a crowd blocking the way into your favorite coffee shop: It’s tough for you to get in, and it makes it difficult for that business to distinguish a real customer from the rest of the crowd. Because of that confusion, it’s tough for businesses that are targeted by a DDoS attack to serve their customers and distinguish who’s real and who’s not.

          • Identifying the Differences Between VPN Protocols
    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • How a Former Netflix Exec Built a Brazen Bribery Scheme

        NETFLIX’S FORMER VICE president of IT operations was convicted of taking bribes from technology vendors in exchange for awarding them contracts with Netflix, the US Department of Justice announced Friday. The former VP’s illegal scheme forced colleagues to use a variety of products, including one that suffered from “severe” performance problems and another that Netflix employees objected to because they preferred a different product the company was already paying for, the DOJ said.


        Two days before registering that company, “Kail signed a Sales Representative Agreement to receive cash payments from Netenrich, Inc. amounting to 12 percent of the billings from Netenrich to Netflix for its contract providing staffing and IT services to Netflix,” the DOJ announcement said. “Later in 2012, Kail began to receive 15 percent of all billing payments that VistaraIT, LLC, a wholly owned company of Netenrich, received from Netflix. From 2012 to 2014, Netenrich paid Unix Mercenary approximately $269,986, and VistaraIT paid Unix Mercenary approximately $177,863. The payments stopped in mid-2014, when Kail left Netflix.”

        Kail also had kickback agreements with the vendors Platfora, Sumo Logic, Netskope, Maginatics, ElasticBox, and Numerify, the DOJ said. For example, Kail “became an advisor and received options for shares in the company Sumo Logic” in June 2012 and then “authorized and signed on behalf of Netflix a vendor agreement between Netflix and Sumo Logic,” the DOJ said, adding:

    • Monopolies

      • Patents

        • Yamaha E01 Electric Scooter Plans Revealed in Patent
        • Software Patents

          • PacSec3, NACAR IP affiliate, patent challenged

            On May 4, 2021, Unified Patents filed an ex parte reexamination against U.S. Patent 7,523,497, owned by PacSec3, an NPE. PacSec3 was formed in 2020 with NACAR IP LLC as its managing member. NACAR IP was also formed in early 2020 with Dynamic IP Deals, LLC (d/b/a DynaIP), a patent monetization company, identified as its managing member. The ‘497 patent has been asserted against F5 Networks, NetScout Systems, Palo Alto Networks, McAfee, Cisco, and Juniper Networks.

          • Another Sovereign Peak Ventures patent challenged

            On May 3, 2021, continuing in the ongoing efforts in the SEP Video Codec Zone, Unified filed a petition for inter partes review (IPR) against U.S. Patent 6,877,038, owned by Sovereign Peak Ventures, a Dominion Harbor entity. The ’038 patent relates to video processing and has been asserted against LG and TCL.

Links 5/5/2021: StarLabs, GNU Zile 2.6.2, Fedora i3 Spin

Posted in News Roundup at 1:30 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • StarLabs’ Latest Linux Laptop Has Landed, Priced from £777

        Their latest 3.1 pound notebook boasts a 14 inch full HD display, 11th-gen Intel Tiger Lake-U processor, and a range of other options.

        Plus like all of their devices it’s available to buy with choice of Linux distribution, including Ubuntu, Linux Mint and Zorin OS. While the StarBook Mk V isn’t the cheapest Linux laptop out there it’s price isn’t astronomical, either.

      • StarBook Mk V Linux Laptop Is Now Available for Pre-Order

        Last month, UK-based Linux hardware vendor StarLabs teased us with a new addition to their light and powerful Linux-powered laptops, the StarBook Mk V, which promised great battery life, a bigger and more beautiful display, as well as newer and more powerful components.

        Now, those in the market for a new Linux laptop can pre-order the StarBook Mk V from StarLabs’ website and fully configure it to their needs. The laptop features a larger chassis that allows for a bigger battery and a true matte 14-inch IPS Full HD display that prevents glare with an anti-reflective coating and damage with a 3H hard coat.

      • Star Labs have now revealed the slick 14″ StarBook Mk V Linux laptop

        Ready to drool over new Linux hardware? Star Labs are ready for you to open your wallets to the 14″ StarBook Mk V. Now this is the type of laptop model I can get into. A screen that’s not too big, a sleek chasis and a reasonable price backed up by some powerful internals along with it being designed for Linux.

      • StarBook Mk V is a Linux laptop with Intel Tiger Lake for $929 and up

        The latest Linux laptop from UK-based Star Labs is a 3.1 pound notebook with a 14 inch full HD display, support for super-speedy storage, and an 11th-gen Intel Tiger Lake-U processor.

        Available with a choice of GNU/Linux distributions including Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Manjaro, MX Linux, Elementary OS, and Zorin OS, the StarBook Mk V is now available for pre-order for $929 and up.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • 5 Easy Tweaks to increase your Linux Server’s Security

        In the second episode of my Enterprise Linux Security series, I’ll show you 5 easy tweaks you can make to enhance the security of your Linux server. Ubuntu Server will be shown as the example distribution, but most of these tweaks can be done on any distro with some modifications to the syntax as necessary.

      • Why I Said NO To A Job With Dell’s Linux Team

        A new Linux hardware partnership with @TUXEDO Computers, a story about turning down a job with Dell’s Project Sputnik, a new interview with System76, a new Matrix room… There’s a LOT going on as Linux For Everyone gets ready to kick out a bunch of new content. Pull up a chair for this quick channel update!

    • Kernel Space

      • Linux 5.13 Adds An Intel Cooling Driver To Downclock Your CPU At A Lower Threshold – Phoronix

        Linux 5.13 is introducing the “intel_tcc_cooling” driver for helping to cool newer Intel mobile/desktop CPUs by down-clocking the processor cores when crossing a lower threshold than is set by default.

        This new driver for Linux 5.13 allows setting a lower threshold / offset for the Thermal Control Circuit (TCC) activation temperature. Rather than waiting until the default TCC activation temperature is reached, Intel CPUs support applying an offset (the “TCC Offset”) via an MSR if wanting to set the down-clocking to occur at a lower temperature over the default system critical temperature.

      • Intel Explores Write Protecting Page Tables Using Upcoming PKS Feature – Phoronix

        As an additional security measure for the Linux kernel, Intel engineers are exploring making kernel page tables read-only and to then only allow writing on a per-CPU basis when they need to be modified. This would be handled using the PKS functionality found with future Intel processors.

        For many months now Intel has been working on the infrastructure for Protection Keys for Supervisor support in the Linux kernel. Protection Keys for Supervisor (PKS) is coming with future Intel processors. PKS as the supervisor/kernel equivalent to the existing PKU functionality was initially prototyped as a way to prevent stray writes to persistent memory and safeguarding trusted keys within the Linux kernel. A new proof-of-concept posted on Tuesday would be using PKS for safeguarding page tables.

      • LinuxBoot Pulls In netboot.xyz For Easily Booting Different OS Installers

        The LinuxBoot project that works to replace some portions of modern Linux server firmware with the Linux kernel and other open-source components has now integrated support for the convenient netboot.xyz project.

        The 9elements consulting firm that specializes in cyber security and open-source firmware consulting added support for Netboot.xyz into LinuxBoot.

      • Graphics Stack

        • VMware Prepares Linux Driver For Next-Gen Virtual GPU – Phoronix

          While physical GPUs may be in short supply right now, VMware is preparing for “SVGA v3″ as their next-gen virtual PCI graphics adapter for use within VMware virtual machines for graphics acceleration backed by the host.

          VMware has long provided reliably Linux graphics acceleration to their virtual machines under Linux with their “SVGA” graphics adapter backed by a mainline, open-source driver stack. That’s worked out well and is now being extended for VMware’s forthcoming third iteration of SVGA.

    • Applications

      • 10 Free Open Source Video Editors for Linux [ in 2021 ]

        In this article we are going to check out which are the ten best video editing software’s that can be run in Linux. If you are in video editing then this article is for you.

      • Cawbird Twitter Client Gets Major Release with Many New Features and Improvements

        Four months in development, Cawbird 1.4 is here to adds lots of features, such as support for various text sizes like Normal, Large, X-Large, XX-Large, better counting of ZWJ (Zero Width Joiner) Unicode character emoji, as well as support for deleting draft tweets when pressing the Cancel button via a new confirmation dialog.

        Moreover, Cawbird 1.4 makes threaded tweets more obvious by introducing a new “Reply to” line for self-reply threads in the timeline, displays tweets on your timeline when you follow someone and hides them when you unfollow them, and adds the ability to temporarily show a blocked or muted Twitter account.

      • Top 8 Terminal Emulators for Linux [ in 2021 ]

        Have you ever wanted to change your terminal? Each Linux distribution comes with an already installed one, although the operation of the terminal is the same for every distribution, this does not mean that they are all the same. Each one of them has a different look and feel.

        Of course that is the good thing about Linux you have a huge choice in everything. And with terminals, the choice is really huge, so here in this article we will try to show you eight of the best that exist.

        We must mention that although they are some of the best, people have different tastes and if your favorite terminal is not among those mentioned, we will be happy to add it by writing us a comment bellow with which it is.

      • Audacity ‘scared and excited’ to be bought and brought under Muse Group’s roof, promises to stay free and open source

        Veteran audio editor Audacity has been purchased by Muse Group, although its new management has pledged to keep the platform free and open source.

        An explanatory video was posted by Martin Keary (aka Tantacrul) at MuseScore, the content of which was confirmed by the Audacity team over the weekend.

        “We’re scared and excited,” the team behind the decades-old platform squeaked. “We hope you are too.”

        Muse Group itself launched last week and the likes of Ultimate Guitar and Tonebridge are among its brands. It also includes MuseClass, still in closed beta, and MuseScore. Keary is head of product for the latter, which was founded back in 2008 and acquired by Ultimate Guitar in 2018.

      • Inkscape 1.1 RC1 Released For This Leading Open-Source Vector Graphics Editor

        The Inkscape 1.1-rc1 release is the last step before officially releasing this first major post-1.0 Inkscape version. Inkscape 1.1 introduces a welcome dialog, a command palette to help with keyboard shortcuts, a new outline overlay mode, a rewritten dialog docking system, support for exporting as JPEG / TIFF / optimized PNG / WebP directly from the editor, and a wide variety of other improvements.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Steps to install Spotify in Rocky Linux or CentOS 8 – Linux Shout

        The time has gone when people have to store their favorite music on SD card or CD/DVD discs, in today’s era when everything moving to the cloud then why not our music. There are a bunch of well-known services that allow users to legally stream the latest and old music directly on their smartphone, TV, or PC with help of a dedicated app or browser and internet. And Spotify is one of them. It is already a well-known music streaming service. And if you are looking for a way to install Spotify Linux app on your RedHat RHEL or its derivative Linux OS such as CentOS, AlmaLinux, and Rocky Linux 8.3. Then here are the steps to follow.

      • Pipewire low latency

        Just wanted to leave myself a note here. On QJackCtrl It shows the latency in the bottom right of the Parameters page. If I drop the Frames/Period to 16 (Lowest) the latency drops to 1 msec. For a Jamulus server with a ping time of 22ms I get an overall delay of 44 ms.

      • How To Install Node.js on AlmaLinux 8 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Node.js on AlmaLinux 8. For those of you who didn’t know, Node.js is a Javascript platform for programming that enables users to build network applications very quickly. It offers users the ability to write websites in JavaScript whose code executes on the server instead of a client’s browser.

        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 Node.js on an AlmaLinux 8.

      • How To Install LibreNMS on Debian 10 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install LibreNMS on Debian 10. For those of you who didn’t know, LibreNMS is an auto discovering PHP/MySQL/SNMP-based network monitoring which includes support for a wide range of network hardware and operating systems including Cisco, Linux, FreeBSD, Juniper, HP, and many more. LibreNMS is a community-supported fork of Observium.

        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 LibreNMS on a Debian 10 (Buster).

      • How to Rewrite URLs with mod_rewrite for Apache on Ubuntu 20.04

        The mod_rewrite is an Apache module that uses a rule-based rewriting engine. It is used for translating and redirecting the requested URL to a new URL. It allows a URL to be changed dynamically. So the visitor never sees the URL change in the address bar. With mod_rewrite, you can rewrite an unlimited number of rules. This will allow you to rewrite the URL based on environment variables, HTTP headers, and server variables.

        In this post, we will show how to use mod_rewrite to rewrite the URL for Apache on Ubuntu 20.04.

      • How to send commands and states to Linux minions from the Salt controller – TechRepublic

        In a previous how-to, I demonstrated how to get SaltStack installed on a controller and connect it to a minion (see: How to deploy the open-source SaltStack for automated server configuration and management). With SaltStack up and running, it is then possible to send commands to your minions. This can be used within your on-premise or cloud-hosted data center.

        For example, say you have several minions that will host websites and you need to get NGINX installed on them. With SaltStack you can install that web server on every connected minion with a single command.

        For any administrator, having such power can seriously turn a ridiculously busy day into one that’s far more manageable. Instead of having to go around to every one of those servers and install NGINX manually, you can do it from a single terminal interface. That’s the power of SaltStack.

      • How to Install Latest LibreOffice in Linux Desktop

        LibreOffice is an open-source and much powerful personal productivity office suite for Linux, Windows & Mac, that provides feature-rich functions for word documents, data processing, spreadsheets, presentation, drawing, Calc, Math, and much more.

        LibreOffice has a large number of satisfied users across the globe with almost 200 million downloads as of now. It supports more than 115 languages and runs on all major operating systems.

      • How To Install Apache Nifi on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Apache Nifi on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Apache NIFI is an open-source scalable tool to manage transformation, data routing, and system mediation logic. To put it in layman’s terms nifi simply automates the flow of data between two or more systems. Apache NiFi supports powerful and scalable directed graphs of data routing, transformation, and system mediation logic.

        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 Apache Nifi on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.

      • How to best set up command aliases on Linux

        Used frequently, bash aliases can make working on the Linux command line a lot smoother and easier, but they can also be complicated and hard to remember. This post examines how you might make your aliases work for you rather than vice versa.


        One of the nice things about aliases is that they remain available as you move around in your file system. They don’t depend on your location or what’s in your PATH variable. If you end up with 65 aliases, you might need to check them from time to time just to remember what they do. However, if you have to check very often, they might not be serving you as well as they should.

      • Static and dynamic IP address configurations for DHCP | Enable Sysadmin

        IP address configuration is one of the most critical, if simple, settings on your network devices. Workstations, servers, routers, and other components must have properly assigned IP address settings to participate on the network.

        This two-part article series covers static and dynamic IP address settings and the configuration of a DHCP server. This article (part one) defines network identities, contrasts static and dynamic configurations, and covers the commands needed to manage the settings. Part two covers the deployment of a DHCP server, DHCP scope configuration, and client-side management of dynamic IP addresses.

      • How to install Kubuntu 21.04

        In this video, I am going to show how to install Kubuntu 21.04.

      • How to create Rocky Linux 8 bootable usb drive – Linux Shout

        To try out Rocky Linux 8 on our physical system we either need a bootable USB drive or DVD/CD. However, DVD is not common now, thus USB is the preferred option. And here in this tutorial, we let you know the steps for creating a bootable USB drive for Rocky Linux 8 using Rufus or BalenaEtcher.

      • How to configure Noscript for ordinary users

        The Noscript Security Suite (NSS) is a fantastic, fantastic tool. It comes as an extension for Firefox and various Chromium-based browsers, and what it does is transform the useless, noisy so-called “modern” Internet into a pool of tranquility. And it does so by blocking scripts and other elements on Web pages. Beautiful, elegant. You end up with a fast, quiet experience. No nagging, no overhead. When you do need scripting, you selectively enable it. Works great, but only if you’re a techie.

        Unfortunately, for common folks AKA not nerds, this is not a solution. They can’t be bothered with per-site permissions, figuring out if something is broken when scripts don’t run, or similar. But then, what if you do want to have all the flexibility of non-restricted browsing but still use some of the great powers of Noscript? Well, I think I may have the formula. Follow me.

      • How to accurately match OVAL security data to installed RPMs

        Red Hat publishes security data using the Open Vulnerability and Assessment Language (OVAL). Depending on what you have installed, according to the Red Hat and OVAL compatibility FAQ, you’ll need to scan streams for all products installed on your system. This post aims to answer the question of how to determine which stream to use when scanning a system. We’ll use an operating system and container image as target systems to explore the topic.

        On April 27, 2020 Red Hat started publishing repository-to-CPE mapping data (JSON file) to make this task easier. Then in December 2020 we added support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux update streams such as Extended Update Support (EUS).

    • Games

      • Awesome fast-paced FPS DUSK gets a helpful update with more to come like Steam Workshop

        David Szymanski and New Blood have updated DUSK to include some helpful UI updates, along with 40% off and there’s plenty more to come for this brutal retro FPS.

        For the main menu UI you can now delete saved games (hooray!), and there’s a Continue button now to jump right back in a little easier for your current run. There’s also a Max Loadout button for when you just want to bring on all the toys a little easier without lots of clicking.

      • LightBreak is a very unique looking upcoming story-driven musical game

        With gameplay that looks equal measures confusing and intriguing, LightBreak is a musical game where you get the story by following this music and creating it as you go along.


        It’s currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter, with full Linux support planned. Deev Interactive are hoping to raise a minimum of $10,000 USD by June 3, 2021.

      • Free Game Wednesday – check out MannaRites, a retro beat’em’up with modern touches

        Something I’ve been meaning to post about for a while is the beat’em’up MannaRites, a completely free game you can grab on Steam that’s surprisingly great. The developer mentioned in an email to us that it’s free because they’re “just a big fan of beat-em-ups from before and wanted to share my vision of the genre with other fans”.

      • Big screen gaming distribution GamerOS continues picking up the SteamOS slack | GamingOnLinux

        While Valve continue ignoring SteamOS for now, GamerOS continues to mature the big-screen Linux experience with another big release available to download now.

        It’s a genuinely good Linux distribution if you want a console-like experience. Giving you the Steam Big Picture mode, along with their Steam Buddy tool that allows you to install from other sources. GamerOS 24 upgrades some of the main components of Linux including Kernel 5.11.16, Mesa drivers 21.0.3, NVIDIA 465.27 along with upgrades to their compositor, their Steam Tweaks tool and their Steam Buddy tool.

      • Valve’s anti-competitive nature?

        Wolfire Games has taken Valve to court in a class action lawsuit over the allegation of unfair business practices

      • Check out Eudora, a lo-fi real-time strategy game inspired by classics like Dune 2 and C&C

        I’m such a sucker when it comes to traditional styled RTS games so I couldn’t pass up on checking out Eudora. Originally made for the DOS Games Jam back in early 2020, it’s continued to be polished up and is a surprisingly great little free RTS.

        “As was common with games of this era, gameplay focuses on resource collection, power management, and basebuilding (including walls and other base defenses). A clickable minimap is enabled after building the Radar structure.

        Ten buildable units (plus a superweapon ability) can be used to destroy the enemy forces across seven maps, including special stealth and survival scenarios, with some featuring bonus units not normally accessible without cheat codes.

      • After many years, Switchcars is done and has left Early Access

        Switchcars is a very strange game. One where you run along, throw a hook into cars to speed up, pinch all sorts of vehicles and try to outrun strange alien creatures. After being in development for eight years, with at least five of those in Early Access on Steam the 1.1 update is out now and so it’s finally left Early Access.

        This is the biggest update to the game in its history adding in loads of new content including almost 200 new vehicles, a full editor to make your own vehicles and props, a “rally” game mode, a mod manager, new engine sounds plus tons of other improvements and fixes.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • System76 is about to re-define the Linux desktop experience with COSMIC

          It should come as no surprise that System76, the company always finding new ground in the intersection of open source software and OEM hardware, has embarked upon refining and retooling the Pop!_OS Linux desktop experience.

          COSMIC is System76′s way of taking the GNOME desktop environment and tweaking it to better suit the user experience, as defined by their user base. The company polled Pop!_OS users to find out how they work with the desktop. The results of that survey helped guide the company in developing COSMIC.

          What is COSMIC? Simply put, it’s a honed user experience for the GNOME desktop. From what I’ve seen, it looks to be superior in just about every way.

    • Distributions

      • Ampere Hardware & Kali Linux

        When Ampere partnered with Debian, this caught our eye. We were aware that our current ARM cloud provider was soon ending support for arm64 servers (which we use for our build daemons).

        At Kali Linux, one of the things which is important to us, is that we prefer not having to cross-compile our ARM binaries that we ship in our Kali packages.


        We reached out to Ampere to see if they would be able to help us out. We soon realised they have the same mindset as we do, ARM is the way forward. When developing Kali Linux, we treat ARM devices as “first class citizens”, just like we do with our “desktop” images (amd64/i386). There are many advantages to ARM, such as using less power (which means they don’t need cooling), lighter (handy when traveling to be on site or mailing devices to be a drop box) and cheaper devices (client doesn’t have to return the device!). These make really small form factor devices – which for doing penetration testing or red team exercises on site, expands the possibilities of where to hide various devices (imagination is the only limitation). This is why we try and give the same user experience regardless of the platform you are using Kali on. This is why we have pre-generated images and build scripts for as many different devices as possible

      • Reviews

        • Zorin OS Review – An alternative to macOS and Windows

          Zorin OS is an Ubuntu-based Linux distro. Its ultimate goal is to provide Windows and macOS users with a Linux alternative. The Zorin OS is powerful, fast, and secure; it is pretty hard for trackers to track activities in your OS. Most users love Zorin due to its privacy prowess.

          Why Zorin OS? This question has been asked by most users, thus, the essence of this tutorial. We are here to give you the ideal review of why you should opt for the Zorin OS.

          This Linux distribution is user-friendly, and hence it does not matter if you are a Linux guru or not. Anyone can use this OS since it is very manageable. The handy preset layouts that are offered with this OS are a good touch. Newcomers can easily try out the macOS layout, Touch Layout, and Windows Layout now by installing Zorin OS and feel homely.

      • PCLinuxOS/Mageia/Mandriva/OpenMandriva Family

        • thunderbird email updated to 78.10.1

          Mozilla Thunderbird is a free and open-source cross-platform email client, personal information manager, news client, RSS and chat client developed by the Mozilla Foundation. The project strategy was originally modeled after that of the Mozilla Firefox web browser.

        • firefox browser updated to 88.0.1

          Firefox Browser, also known as Mozilla Firefox or simply Firefox, is a free and open-source web browser developed by the Mozilla Foundation and its subsidiary, the Mozilla Corporation. Firefox uses the Gecko layout engine to render web pages, which implements current and anticipated web standards.

      • SUSE/OpenSUSE

        • SAP Data Intelligence supported on Rancher Kubernetes Engine [Ed: This is what SUSE has done… it has even turned Andreas Jaeger into a booster of proprietary software]

          The SAP and SUSE teams successfully validated SAP Data Intelligence (DI) 3.1 with both Rancher RKE and RKE2 . SAP DI is SAP’s product to provide data integration and machine learning services that allow customer to integrate systems and analyze data to create new insights. The components of SAP Data intelligence run containerized, orchestrated by Kubernetes.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Introducing the Fedora i3 Spin

          Fedora 34 features the brand new i3 Spin created by the Fedora i3 S.I.G. This new spin features the popular i3wm tiling window manager. This will appeal to both novices and advanced users who prefer not to use a mouse, touchpad, or other pointing device to interact with their environment. The Fedora i3 spin offers a complete experience with a minimalistic user interface and a lightweight environment. It is intended for the power user, as well as others.

        • Detecting memory management bugs with GCC 11, Part 2: Deallocation functions

          The first half of this article described dynamic memory allocation in C and C++, along with some of the new GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) 11 features that help you detect errors in dynamic allocation. This second half completes the tour of GCC 11 features in this area and explains where the detection mechanism might report false positives or false negatives.

          Throughout this article, I include links to the code examples on Compiler Explorer for those who would like to experiment. You will find the links above the source code of each example.

        • Memory error checking in C and C++: Comparing Sanitizers and Valgrind

          This article compares two tools, Sanitizers and Valgrind, that find memory bugs in programs written in memory-unsafe languages. These two tools work in very different ways. Therefore, while Sanitizers (developed by Google engineers) presents several advantages over Valgrind, each has strengths and weaknesses. Note that the Sanitizers project has a plural name because the suite consists of several tools, which we will explore in this article.

          Memory-checking tools are for memory-unsafe languages such as C and C++, not for Java, Python, and similar memory-safe languages. In memory-unsafe languages, it is easy to mistakenly write past the end of a memory buffer or read memory after it has been freed. Programs containing such bugs might run flawlessly most of the time and crash only very rarely. Catching these bugs is difficult, which is why we need tools for that purpose.

          Valgrind imposes a much higher slowdown on programs than Sanitizers. A program running under Valgrind could run 20 to 50 times slower than in regular production. This can be a showstopper for CPU-intensive programs. The slowdown for Sanitizers is generally 2 to 4 times worse than regular production. Instead of Valgrind, you can specify the use of Sanitizers during compilation.

        • Building resilient event-driven architectures with Apache Kafka

          Even though cloud-native computing has been around for some time—the Cloud Native Computing Foundation was started in 2015; an eon in computer time—not every developer has experienced the, uh, “joy” of dealing with distributed systems. The old patterns of thinking and architecting systems have given way to new ideas and new problems. For example, it’s not always possible (or advisable) to connect to a database and run transactions. Databases themselves are giving way to events and Command Query Responsibility Segregation (CQRS) and eventual consistency. Two-phase commits are being replaced with queues and database sagas, while monoliths are replaced with microservices, containers, and Kubernetes. “Small and local” thinking rules the day.

          Now combine this with the fallacies of distributed processing, and suddenly event-driven architecture becomes very attractive. Thankfully, there are tools to make this possible. Apache Kafka is one of those tools.

          Kafka makes event processing possible; Red Hat OpenShift Streams for Apache Kafka makes event processing easy.

        • Kubernetes configuration patterns, Part 2: Patterns for Kubernetes controllers – Red Hat Developer

          This article is the second in a two-part article series on Kubernetes configuration patterns, which you can use to configure your Kubernetes applications and controllers. The first article introduced patterns and antipatterns that use only Kubernetes primitives. Those simple patterns are applicable to any application. This second article describes more advanced patterns that require coding against the Kubernetes API, which is what a Kubernetes controller should use.

          The patterns you will learn in this article are suitable for scenarios where the basic Kubernetes features are not enough. These patterns will help you when you can’t mount a ConfigMap from another namespace into a Pod, can’t reload the configuration without killing the Pod, and so on.

          As in the first article, for simplicity, I’ve used only Deployments in the example YAML files. However, the examples should work with other PodSpecables (anything that describes a PodSpec) such as DaemonSets and ReplicaSets. I have also omitted fields like image, imagePullPolicy, and others in the example Deployment YAML.

        • Join the Build Smart on Kubernetes Challenge

          As the growth of container deployment and microservices accelerates, Kubernetes continues to dominate the enterprise development space. Do you feel like you’re getting left behind and you need to build your skills to catch up? Or are you a leader of the pack, forging new paths for your team? In either case, we have the coding challenge for you. The Build Smart on Kubernetes Challenge helps you build and test applications, and deploy containers with simplicity and security that is built in. Compete against fellow developers and experts in this progressive workshop that consists of three, quick-coding, 15-minute exercises, each exploring a different aspect of the skills or technology needed for cloud-native development. You have the opportunity to earn the Build Smart on Kubernetes Badge to demonstrate your knowledge. Oh, and you can win some great prizes.

        • Community Platform Engineering is hiring [Ed: IBM shows you a picture of an Apple Mac and says it's hiring for Fedora! No wonder they lost volunteers and testers.]

          The Community Platform Engineering (CPE) group is the Red Hat team combining IT and release engineering from Fedora and CentOS. Our goal is to keep core servers and services running and maintained, build releases, and other strategic tasks that need more dedicated time than volunteers can give. See our docs for more information.

        • Hybrid work model: Qualcomm IT, HR execs share 6 priorities for leaders

          Traditionally, the workplace has been where employees have developed a sense of belonging. In addition to getting lots of work done, it’s where we’d connect with others while walking to a meeting, share hopes and hardships over a cup of coffee, and set and achieve career goals and aspirations. As we all know, COVID-19 has forever changed that.

          We’re now in a unique position to reimagine work through new technologies and by reframing the employee experience to imagine something even better than before. At Qualcomm, human resources and IT have partnered to spearhead the future of work. This partnership has provided us with a unique, well-rounded perspective on how we work with our employees, what we need to support them, and has helped us envision what the dynamics of hybrid work will look like in the years ahead.

        • 2nd Annual Open Mainframe Summit: Call For Proposals Now Open
        • Developer Sandbox For Red Hat OpenShift Launched
        • RHEL, RHEL, RHEL, fancy that: Rocky Linux would-be CentOS replacement hits RC1 milestone • The Register

          The Rocky Linux project, kicked off by original CentOS founder Gregory Kurtzer, has released RC1 of its distribution, which aims to be 100 per cent compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

          Rocky Linux was founded almost at the same moment when Red Hat, along with the CentOS board, stated last December that it was shifting its investment from CentOS Linux to CentOS Stream.

      • Debian Family

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • How I recognize and prevent burnout in open source

        I’ve attended many open source conferences over the years, and I usually find at least one session that discusses burnout, stress, or work-life balance. I’ve found many of these sessions helpful—not just personally, but I’ve also learned some important lessons for managing open source communities.

        Some of these sessions included heartbreaking stories about individuals who had experienced trauma and severe health issues—both mental and physical—due to stress and burnout. These stories not only made me sad, but they also made me angry that people have had to suffer on their own. Are people in open source doing a poor job of taking care of themselves?

      • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

        • 3D Objects: Making a Globe with LibreOffice

          In the dialog box that appears, click on “Bitmap” and then on “Add/Import”. Select the downloaded map, and enter a name for it, that you will use in your collection of bitmaps. The image should be applied to the sphere. If not, select the map from the collection.

          Then, in the “Options” part of the dialog box, select the item “Stretched” from the drop-down list “Style”. Click OK. Your globe is finished!

        • Bibliography improvements in LibreOffice Writer: refer to a specific page

          The bibliography feature in Writer allows authors of e.g. scientific papers to track sources: first you can insert bibliography entry fields, then at the end you can generate a bibliography table automatically.

          Writer recently gained two improvements in this area, and now there is one more: the ability to refer to a specific page of a (potentially long) source.

          First, thanks TUBITAK ULAKBIM who made this work by Collabora possible.

      • FSFE

        • Router Freedom: Greece one step forward – Germany one backward

          EU member states are updating their legislation and implementing rules on Router Freedom. Greece and Germany have taken the first steps. But while Greece has focused on interests of end-users, Germany has moved in the opposite direction. The next months are crucial for Router Freedom in Europe and local participation is paramount.

          Telecommunications law in the EU is passing through complex legislative reforms, involving, among others, supra-national institutions like BEREC, member states’ parliaments and national regulatory agencies (NRAs). Since December 2020, EU member states have started legislative processes to implement the European Electronic Communications Code, or EECC (Directive (EU) 2018/1972), a key component of the reform, which sets new standards for Router Freedom.

          Greece and Germany were the first EU countries to incorporate the EECC into national legislation. Now, the national regulatory bodies of both countries will have to decide on rules that will impact the status of Router Freedom in their jurisdictions. The FSFE has been following closely the new developments and took part in consultative processes. In addition, we have prepared an activity package to help local communities engaging with their national regulatory bodies.

      • FSF

        • FSF Reveals How Stallman Was Re-elected and What Lies Ahead

          No matter what you believe and whether you support RMS (or against the decision of his re-election), it has been a rollercoaster ride in the open-source community.

          An official statement by the FSF on the election of Richard Stallman did not seem to make a difference for folks who were against the decision in the first place. The statement instead focused on affirming that RMS is not going anywhere, and that they needed him, which probably made things worse.

          However, now with an updated FAQ page, it looks like the FSF is finally clearing up the air behind their decision to re-elect Richard Stallman and how recent internal changes will affect the future of the FSF.

        • GNU Projects

          • GNU Zile 2.6.2 Is Released

            Zile is a very minimal Emacs clone that is described in the brief manual page as “Zile Is Lossy Emacs”. Zile developer Reuben Thomas is “happy to announce a shiny new 2.6.2 release of GNU Zile” is exactly one bug-fix. And that’s it.


            Zile is, of course, not a complete Emacs clone, it is a minimal one. There are no web browser, calculator, calendar or games included. We leave it up to you to pounder why Emacs has those features and how essential they really are to a text editor.

            The lack of games and other text editor features makes Zile a small ./configure && make compile that produces a decently small 372K binary. You will need the libgee GObject collection library and, for some reason, help2man. You can strip –strip-unneeded zile the binary down to 308K if you want to.

            A really brief test of Zile 2.6.2 reveals that it has some minor issues with modern luxuries like Unicode.

      • Programming/Development

        • Qt Contributors’ Summit 2021

          The Qt Contributor’s Summit 2021 is an online event open to anyone who has contributed to the Qt project. Contributions include code, helping users on the forum or mailing lists, maintaining the wiki, and any other activity that helps move the Qt project forward. The event happens shortly after the Qt 6.2 feature freeze, and we are looking forward to discuss and collaborate on our common vision for the project.


          Participation will as always be free of charge, but you do need to register yourself through the KDE and Akademy 2021 registration process.

        • Qt Creator 4.15 released

          We added a locator filter for opening files from anywhere on your disk. This locator filter was already available on macOS using Spotlight. Now it also is available on Linux and Windows, and can be configured to use any external command line tool that returns a list of files. The default setting is using “locate” on Linux and “everything” on Windows.

          Sometimes it is difficult to configure the environment variables that are set when Qt Creator is run, which in turn affects external tools run from Qt Creator. We added a global option for this in Tools > Options > Environment > System > Environment. This adapts the system environment which is then further modified by the kit environment, the build environment, and the run environment.

        • Qt Creator 4.15 Released For This Qt/C++ IDE

          Qt Creator 4.15 isn’t the most exciting feature release but does have some minor improvements in tow. Qt Creator 4.15 adds a locator filter, a user interface for setting environment variables that should be set automatically when running this IDE, a wide variety of C++ support improvements, continued improvements to its Language Server Protocol (LSP), debugging enhancements, and also a option for running applications as root from Qt Creator.

        • GCC, GNU Toolchain Finally Working To Establish CI/CD For Better Reliability – Phoronix

          For a project as large and complex as the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) one would reasonably have assumed that it would have setup continuous integration / continuous delivery support years ago for helping to ensure the reliability of this widely-used open-source compiler and the GNU Toolchain at large. But that’s actually only happening now in 2021.

          Thanks to Red Hat engineers working on it, the GNU toolchain is working towards CI/CD support for helping to ensure the quality of the toolchain and hopefully catching any regressions immediately compared to the status quo.

        • Jussi Pakkanen: Is the space increase caused by static linking a problem?

          Most recent programming languages want to link all of their dependencies statically rather than using shared libraries. This has many implications, but for now we’ll only focus on one: executable size. It is generally accepted that executables created in this way are bigger than when static linking. The question is how much and whether it even mattesr. Proponents of static linking say the increase is irrelevant given current computers and gigabit networks. Opponents are of the, well, opposite opinion. Unfortunately there is very little real world measurements around for this.

          Instead of arguing about hypotheticals, let’s try to find some actual facts. Can we find a case where, within the last year or so, a major proponent of static linking has voluntarily switched to shared linking due to issues such as bandwidth savings. If such a case can be found, then it would indicate that, yes, the binary size increase caused by static linking is a real issue.

        • 7 Reasons to Use Git for Your Solo Projects

          Recently I had a conversation with someone who was shocked to learn I use Gitit for everything. “What? Even projects where you’re working alone? Why on earth would you do something like that?!” As alarmed as they were that I use Git for solo projects, I was just as surprised to hear that they didn’t and suddenly found myself feeling very self-conscious and questioning my choices. Is it weird to use version control for solo projects? And why do it at all? Some introspection and asking around on Twitter revealed the answers I was looking for: Not only is it not weird, there are lots of great reasons to use version control for your solo projects.

        • Rust

          • Running Rust on Android

            For one of my current clients, we decided to use Rust as our main programming language. There were several reasons behind this decision; apart from the technical merits, there’s also the undisputable fact that Rust is still a relatively new language, fancy and hip – and when you’re a startup, using any technology that came out in the previous decade is just setting yourself up to fail. I mean, it’s logical – how can you innovate without using innovative tech? The fastest way to success is aboard the hype train.

            As one of the product’s selling point was supposed to be “you own your data”, it couldn’t be a purely browser-accessible service, but rather something we’d distribute to the users to run on their own devices. We already had some headless instances running internally, and with a trivial amount of work, were able to make redistributable packages for Windows and Linux. But we knew that being desktop-only would be a serious blocker against adoption – if we wanted this to take off, we’d need mobile versions of the app. This meant we had to figure out how to get our stuff running on Android and, later, on iOS. Seeing how I already had some experience with cross-compiling and build automation, I volunteered to delve into the topic.

  • Leftovers

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Pseudo-Open Source

          • Privatisation/Privateering

            • Linux Foundation

              • New Relic Joins CNCF Governing Board
              • Linux Foundation launches open source agriculture infrastructure project

                The Linux Foundation has lifted the lid on a new open source digital infrastructure project aimed at the agriculture industry. The AgStack Foundation, as the new project will be known, is designed to foster collaboration among all key stakeholders in the global agriculture space, spanning private business, governments, and academia.

              • Linux Foundation Launches Open Source Digital Infrastructure Project for Agriculture, Enables Global Collaboration Among Industry, Government and Academia [Ed: Will Monsanto et al. (Bayer) be next to buy a seat in the ‘Linux’ Foundation Board (where almost nobody even uses Linux)? Linux Foundation’s role is killing the Linux brand in exchange for money.]
              • Linux Foundation Launches Open Source Digital Infrastructure Project for Agriculture, Enables Global Collaboration Among Industry, Government and Academia [Ed: Linux Foundation milking and turning the "Linux" brand into a generic laughing stock that's beyond meaningless]

                The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced the launch of the AgStack Foundation, the open source digital infrastructure project for the world’s agriculture ecosystem. AgStack Foundation will improve global agriculture efficiency through the creation, maintenance and enhancement of free, reusable, open and specialized digital infrastructure for data and applications.

                Founding members and contributors include leaders from both the technology and agriculture industries, as well as across sectors and geographies. Members and partners include Agralogics, Call for Code, Centricity Global, Digital Green, Farm Foundation, farmOS, HPE, IBM, Mixing Bowl & Better Food Ventures, NIAB, OpenTeam, Our Sci, Produce Marketing Association, Purdue University / OATS & Agricultural Informatics Lab, the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC-ANR) and University of California Santa Barbara SmartFarm Project.

              • Linux Foundation Launches AgStack For Agriculture
              • Open Mainframe Project Launches Call for Proposals for the 2nd Annual Open Mainframe Summit on September 22-23

                The Open Mainframe Project (OMP), an open source initiative that enables collaboration across the mainframe community to develop shared tool sets and resources, today announced plans for its 2nd annual Open Mainframe Summit, the premier mainframe event of 2021. The event, set for September 22-23, is open to students, developers, users and contributors of Open Mainframe projects from around the globe looking to learn, network and collaborate. As a virtual event again this year, Open Mainframe Summit will feature content tracks that tackle both business and technical strategies for enterprise development and deployment.

                In Open Mainframe Project’s inaugural event last year, more than 380 registrants from 175 companies joined the two-day conference that featured 36 sessions. Some of the most popular sessions were the Women in Tech panel, COBOL sessions, new mainframer journey and project overview sessions for Ambitus, Feilong, Polycephaly, and Zowe. The event report can be found here and all of the videos can be watched here.

        • Security

          • Security updates for Wednesday

            Security updates have been issued by Debian (cgal, exim4, and mediawiki), Fedora (axel, libmicrohttpd, libtpms, perl-Image-ExifTool, pngcheck, python-yara, and yara), Gentoo (exim), Mageia (kernel-linus), openSUSE (bind and postsrsd), SUSE (avahi, openexr, p7zip, python-Pygments, python36, samba, sca-patterns-sle11, and webkit2gtk3), and Ubuntu (nvidia-graphics-drivers-390, nvidia-graphics-drivers-418-server, nvidia-graphics-drivers-450, nvidia-graphics-drivers-450-server, nvidia-graphics-drivers-460, nvidia-graphics-drivers-460-server).

          • Drop telnet for OpenSSL | Opensource.com

            Due to telnet’s lack of encryption, it has largely been replaced by OpenSSL for this job. Yet telnet’s relevance persisted (and persists in some cases even today) as a sort of intelligent ping. While the ping command is a great way to probe a host for responsiveness, that’s all it can do. Telnet, on the other hand, not only confirms an active port, but it can also interact with a service on that port. Even so, because most modern network services are encrypted, telnet can be far less useful depending on what you’re trying to achieve.

          • 2FA and Recycled Phone Numbers Are a Security Risk [Ed: 2FA is oftentimes just overhyped junk, as many security experts have long warned]

            Two-factor authorization is supposed to lead to increased security. That extra step is supposed to prevent spammers from breaking into your account. By just learning one access point, they are still required to take an extra step that they most likely do not know.

          • 21Nails: Multiple Critical Vulnerabilities Discovered in Exim Mail Server – Patch Now!

            Qualys submitted this information to our team yesterday to share with the LinuxSecurity community and offer advice on how to secure Linux systems against this dangerous set of bugs. Patches are now available for the 21Nails vulnerabilities, and security teams should apply these updates as soon as possible prevent dangerous remote code exectuion (RCE) and privilege escalation exploits. Bharat Jogi, Senior manager of Vulnerability and Threat Research at Qualys, explained to LinuxSecurity researchers, “Exim Mail Servers are used so widely and handle such a large volume of the internet’s traffic that they are often a key target for hackers. The 21 vulnerabilities we found are critical as attackers can remotely exploit them to gain complete root privileges on an Exim system – allowing compromises such as a remote attacker gaining full root privileges on the target server and executing commands to install programs, modify data, create new accounts, and change sensitive settings on the mail servers. It’s imperative that users apply patches immediately.”

    • Monopolies

      • Copyrights

        • What Google v. Oracle means for open source

          Google v. Oracle has finally concluded in a sweeping 6-2 decision by the US Supreme Court favoring Google and adding further clarity on the freedom to use application programming interfaces (APIs). Software developers can benefit from this decision.

          The open source community has closely followed the litigation between Google and Oracle due to its potential impact on the reuse of APIs. It has been assumed for many decades that APIs are not protected by copyright and are free to use by anyone to both create new and improved software modules and to integrate with existing modules that use such interfaces.

Phony ‘Scandals’ From Phony ‘News’ Site ZDNet

Posted in Deception, Free/Libre Software, FSF, GNU/Linux at 7:23 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link

Summary: Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols continues the coup against the FSF (trying to separate it from its founder, Richard Stallman), funded by IBM and Microsoft to engage in libel at a marketing company-owned ‘news’ site called ZDNet

THE latest nonsense from the so-called ‘cancel mob’ has landed in LXer (second from the top of the front page at the time of writing), so a rebuttal is probably worthwhile, even if it’s almost an hour long. As we said a few days ago, “The Coup Against Free Software is Not Over” because the coup plotters try to pick up the pieces and resume the slanderous attacks. They try to divide people by misleading to them, outright lying to them (read "The Practice of Ritual Defamation"). Then they wonder why their employers are increasingly distrusted if not loathed.

“The way things stand, we can expect the likes of Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols and Bully de Blanc to keep on throwing punches…”Geoffrey Knauth, the FSF’s president, is in good terms with Dr. Stallman and the GNU Project has just shown signs of health. The FSF’s Board is bigger than (or as big as) it has been in years (since 2019) with Ian Kelling added and it must be very frustrating to the coup plotters, funded by the likes of Microsoft and IBM, that the FSF is even more pro-Stallman than it was before the attacks. Oh, how badly this whole thing backfired!

The way things stand, we can expect the likes of Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols and Bully de Blanc to keep on throwing punches (well, Bully has said nothing in about a month, except once; it’s like she vanished in the defunct GNOME Foundation). The tantrums and hissy fits of monopolists with bipolar disorder.

Links 5/5/2021: Windows Security Breaches and GNU Pokology Launched

Posted in News Roundup at 3:51 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • HP EliteDesk 800 G2 Mini Desktop PC – Multiple Operating Systems – Week 5

        This is a weekly blog looking at the HP EliteDesk 800 G2 Mini Desktop PC running Linux.

        This week’s blog looks at some of the ways you can run programs from different operating systems on the HP EliteDesk 800 G2 Mini Desktop PC. We examine hardware virtualization, dual booting, as well as using a compatibility layer.

        This machine was made available by Bargain Hardware. Bargain Hardware retails refurbished servers, workstations, PCs, and laptops to consumers and businesses worldwide. All systems are completely customisable on their website along with a vast offering of clean-pulled, tested components and enterprise replacement parts. They supply machines with a choice of Linux distros: Ubuntu, Debian, and Fedora.

        Our HP EliteDesk has an Intel i5-6500T processor with 4 cores. It uses the Intel Skylake chipset, comes with 16GB of DDR4 RAM and a 256GB Samsung M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD.

      • Go full Retro with this custom Linux terminal for your Chromebook

        I love to tinker. I spend a good portion of my week fiddling around with the Linux container on Chrome OS just to see what I can or can’t do with Crostini. While I’m no Linux guru, I have become fairly handy at navigating the terminal app and living in the “command line.” The Linux terminal on Chrome OS has undergone some upgrades over the past year that have given users some customization options and that’s great but sometimes, you just want to take a step back in time and reminisce a little bit.

        You can find a wide variety of terminals and terminal emulators that can be installed in the Debian 10 container that runs on Chrome OS but today, I stumbled upon one in particular that really took me back. If you got your start in computing on dinosaurs like an Apple II or a DOS PC, you’re probably familiar with the old-school cathode tube displays. Just one look at this antiquated screen drums up enough nostalgia to take me all the way back to grade school and I love it. Cool Retro Terminal is an emulator that gives you that very experience right on your Chromebook.

    • Server

      • In Search of Multi-Modal Data Integration – IT Jungle

        Much of what the company does starts with CDC. It developed its own CDC technology to capture binary data from relational databases, which enables it to get the freshest possible data out of the database. It supports Db2 for i and Db2 for Linux, Unix, and Windows (LUW), in addition to other popular databases, like Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL, and Postgres.

      • Ubuntu Blog: Security and automation in Fintech infrastructure

        A private cloud is an integral part of a hybrid multi-cloud strategy for financial services organisations. It enables financial institutions to derive competitive advantage from agile implementations without incurring the security and business risks of a public cloud.

        Private clouds provide a more stable solution for financial institutions by dedicating exclusive hardware within financial firms’ own data centres. Private clouds also enable financial institutions to move from a traditional IT engagement model to a DevOps model and transform their IT groups from an infrastructure provider to a service provider (via a SaaS model).

      • Oracle Enterprise Manager for Oracle Private Cloud at Customer: Self Service Administrator Tasks made easy with short training videos

        Oracle Private Cloud at Customer is a subscription service that provides local Infrastructure as a Service to customers. It is based on an on-premises installation of the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance, which Oracle maintains and monitors.

        In this week’s Training Tuesday blog, we present a set of free, short training videos that demonstrate the self-service administrator tasks for Oracle Private Cloud at Customer within Oracle Enterprise Manager. The administrator tasks center on supporting the entire lifecycle of a self-service environment including actions such as infrastructure and database-as-a-service setup, managing software libraries, changing admin roles, creating services, providing self-service portal access, resource scaling, and finally service termination and resource clean-up.

        This series of videos provides demonstrations of a number of configuration tasks to enable rapid and managed deployment of servers in a virtualized environment. You learn how to create, deploy, configure, administer, and monitor your virtual machines with Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control.

      • New Relic open sources Pixie, its Kubernetes-native in-cluster observability platform

        The good news is that cloud computing, Kubernetes, and cloud-native computing have combined to make software development faster and more powerful than ever. The bad news is that keeping an eye on all that is harder than ever. That’s why New Relic’s contribution of Pixie, its Kubernetes-native in-cluster observability platform, as a new open-source project to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) under the Apache 2.0 license is good news.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • My new OBS Recording PC! Thoughts on components and overall Build

        I felt it was time to build a new recording PC, my existing one had some rough edges that were causing delays in recording. In this video, I talk about the components I chose and some overall thoughts on the build. My choice of operating system might surprise you.

      • Easily Customize DWM With Flexipatch

        Dwm-flexipatch has a different take on dwm patching. You edit a patches file that lists all available dwm patches. You enable the patches that you need and disable the patches that you don’t need. Then “sudo make install” and you have patched dwm that doesn’t require git merges or manually patching.

      • You’ve Got Mail | LINUX Unplugged 404

        It’s episode III, Return of the Email. Everyone says never host your own email, so we’re doin it.

        We just have one last job to complete.

      • Trackma Is The Best Way To Track My Anime

        It’s no secret that I’m a big weeb so I need some way to track my anime and my favourite service is Kitsu but there aren’t that many clients out ther for Linux but recently someone told me about Trackma and I haven’t looked back ever since.

      • mintCast 360 – Uno Reverse Card

        First up, in our Wanderings, I fly like an eagle, Joe goes to Florida, Moss is attacked by the trees, Mike wings it.

        Then, in the News, a Linux Mint update, Ubuntu too! Wenty-1.04, everyone’s favorite: NFTs, and more.

        In Security, meet the new hacking tools, same as the old hacking tools, a reverse Uno card, QNAP, and the University of Minnesota.

    • Kernel Space

      • Linux kernel vulnerability discovered, fixed. Ghostwriter tied to UNC1151. Online ordering platforms breached.

        Researchers at Cisco Talos have discovered an information disclosure vulnerability (CVE-2020-28588) in the Linux kernel. An update is now available that fixes the issue. According to Shachar Menashe, VP Security, Vdoo, a specialist in product security, the vulnerability looks like an easy one to exploit:

        “This newly discovered vulnerability indeed looks very actionable and easy to exploit under the right technical conditions, so we recommend affected vendors to update their kernel or apply the patch. These kinds of vulnerabilities are almost exclusively used as part of a local privilege escalation attack chain to circumvent the Linux kernel randomization (KASLR) mitigation.

      • Turbostat For Linux 5.13 Brings AMD Zen Fix, New Intel CPU Support – Phoronix

        The Turbostat utility that lives within the Linux kernel source tree for reporting on CPU topology and various power/frequency metrics has some useful additions pending for the Linux 5.13 kernel.

        With Turbostat’s development being led by Intel and their significant engineering resources, it’s no surprise they are always punctual in their new enablement support. With Linux 5.13 the Turbostat tool adds support for Alder Lake mobile processors as well as Ice Lake D. There are also fixes/tweaks to existing CPU support.

      • Graphics Stack

        • Mesa Fixes Up The Recent L3 Cache Pinning Rework – Phoronix

          Going on for a few years now has been some Mesa optimizations for AMD Ryzen CPUs and in particular L3 cache optimizations. There is now a fix to re-enable this support after it was mistakenly broken earlier this year.

          Back in March and back-ported to stable with Mesa 21.0.2 was an effort to improve the AMD L3 cache calculation code. This was due to the prior code breaking on dual socket AMD EPYC systems checked, but it turns out that fix was broken itself.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • How to Sign Users In with IndieAuth

        What You’ll Need

        You’ll need a few tools and libraries to sign users in with IndieAuth.

        An HTTP client.

        A URL parsing library.

        A hashing library that supports SHA256.

        A library to find <link> tags in HTML.

        The ability to show an HTML form to the user.

      • Booting helios4 or ClearFog from SPI – Dennis Gilmore

        Helios4 is a NAS device made by Kobol Innovations, it is a mvebu device and based on the same SoM(System on Module) from SolidRun as is used in their ClearFog devices. While some of the early ClearFog devices do not have SPI flash all recent ones and all Helios4 devices have an onboard SPI flash that can be used to boot from.

        Recently Fedora added SPI and UART u-boot images for the Kobol helios4 and SolidRun ClearFog. Getting your device to boot from SPI is fairly straightforward. There are two things that you need to do, put u-boot on the SPI flash and set the jumpers so the system will boot from SPI.


        All the examples are using the helios4, the process works for all supported devices currently: ClearFog, helios4, and turris_omnia, for the ClearFog both the Base and Pro versions work. Please note that some early versions of the ClearFog did not have a SPI flash on the SOM and if you have one of those you will get an error trying to initialise the SPI flash as it does not exist, in that case, you have to boot from a sdcard.

      • Santiago Zarate: How to edit stuff that you’ve already commited to git? (And squash as a bonus)
      • using qemu-user emulation to reverse engineer binaries – Ariadne’s Space

        QEMU is primarily known as the software which provides full system emulation under Linux’s KVM. Also, it can be used without KVM to do full emulation of machines from the hardware level up. Finally, there is qemu-user, which allows for emulation of individual programs. That’s what this blog post is about.

        The main use case for qemu-user is actually not reverse-engineering, but simply running programs for one CPU architecture on another. For example, Alpine developers leverage qemu-user when they use dabuild(1) to cross-compile Alpine packages for other architectures: qemu-user is used to run the configure scripts, test suites and so on. For those purposes, qemu-user works quite well: we are even considering using it to build the entire riscv64 architecture in the 3.15 release.

        However, most people don’t realize that you can run a qemu-user emulator which targets the same architecture as the host. After all, that would be a little weird, right? Most also don’t know that you can control the emulator using gdb, which is possible and allows you to debug binaries which detect if they are being debugged.

      • How to Install and Setup Apache Spark on Ubuntu/Debian

        Apache Spark is an open-source distributed computational framework that is created to provide faster computational results. It is an in-memory computational engine, meaning the data will be processed in memory.

        Spark supports various APIs for streaming, graph processing, SQL, MLLib. It also supports Java, Python, Scala, and R as the preferred languages. Spark is mostly installed in Hadoop clusters but you can also install and configure spark in standalone mode.

        In this article, we will be seeing how to install Apache Spark in Debian and Ubuntu-based distributions.

      • How to Export and Import VirtualBox Virtual Machines

        Exporting and Importing feature is available in all the virtualization software you use. This feature will be very useful when you want to copy and launch a configured VM from one machine to another machine.

        This feature is very useful for me, as I have a lot of virtual machines running on VirtualBox for testing and writing articles, and for VM level protection I can take snapshots and protect my VM.

        But if my Host machine crashes then I have to configure all the VM from scratch. It is a tedious task for me. So once I fully configure any VM I export it and save a copy in my external disk so when I lose the image I can import the image into VirtualBox.

      • Adapting and localizing Tryton and other free, open source accounting software for your country

        I previously wrote a comparison of free, open source accounting software. Most of these applications only come with a generic Chart of Accounts and no support for tax reporting. This makes them suitable for personal finances and small volunteer groups. For many freelance workers, consultants and small businesses, it is now essential to have some basic tax reporting.

        Tryton is one of the few packages that is now addressing these needs. The Tryton modules directory includes five official localizations with a business-ready chart of accounts and tax codes. A discussion in the forum reveals more countries coming soon.

        I had a look at how to add more, starting with Switzerland and I’m sharing my observations here for anybody else who wants to try this. The procedure described here is valid for any accounting software but I give examples with Tryton.

      • How to install Teamspeak on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install Teamspeak 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.

        This tutorial will only work on Chromebooks with an Intel or AMD CPU (with Linux Apps Support) and not those with an ARM64 architecture CPU.

      • Uninstall or remove a package using the terminal on CentOS

        It is necessary to uninstall the extra software packages from the system because these packages take a lot of space and slow down the speed of your system. If specific software or related packages are not underused then it is the best way to remove or erase it from the system. To do so, It will also create a comfortable working environment. In this article, we will explore how to remove or uninstall packages from your system CentOS 8.0 using the terminal.

      • Guide to upgrade Ubuntu 18.04 / 20.04 to Ubuntu 21.04 – LinuxTechLab

        Though you will not be getting the latest version of GNOME or gtk4, but you can expect them in future releases. Now let’s proceed on the steps involved to upgrade Ubuntu 18.04 / 20.04 to Ubuntu 21.04.

      • Run FossaPup 9.5 in a container in EasyOS

        Running EasyOS, you can now run FossaPup in a container. Click on the “sfsget” icon on the desktop, choose the “puppy/ubuntu/focal” radiobutton, click on the FossaPup entry to select it, then click the “Download” button.

      • How to install Flowblade Video Editor on Deepin 20.2

        In this video, we are looking at how to install Flowblade Video Editor on Deepin 20.2.

      • Josef Strzibny: Passing SSL configuration to Hackney

        If you depend on Erlang’s Hackney library or an Elixir HTTP library built on Hackney, changes are your SSL configuration is wrong.

      • Steve Kemp: Password store plugin: env

        Like many I use pass for storing usernames and passwords. This gives me easy access to credentials in a secure manner.

        I don’t like the way that the metadata (i.e. filenames) are public, but that aside it is a robust tool I’ve been using for several years.

        The last time I talked about pass was when I talked about showing the age of my credentials, via the integrated git support.

    • Games

      • Humble Choice for May is up now with Metro Exodus, Hellpoint, Fury Unleashed + more

        Ready to grab another bundle of interesting games? Humble Choice for May is up now with Metro Exodus being the big headliner game this month.

        Humble Choice (previously Humble Monthly) gives a selection of games for subscribers to claim and keep each month, with it usually having a few big games plus a few smaller across different priced tiers to claim different amounts.


        Not a big selection for Linux native titles but looks like a nicely varied selection overall. Some of the others will likely work in some form with Steam Play Proton.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • Marcus Lundblad: Spring Maps

          Since it was a while since the release of GNOME 40, I thought it might be time again for a post.

          Since the 40.0 release there’s just been a bug fix release (40.1) where, among other things, a bug where toggling a place as a favorite and then “unfavoring” it again, made it impossible to select that place again until restarting Maps.

          And in master, leading towards 41 there’s also been some goings-on.

    • Distributions

      • PCLinuxOS/Mageia/Mandriva/OpenMandriva Family

        • KDE Plasma desktop updated to 5.21.5

          Use Plasma to surf the web; keep in touch with colleagues, friends and family; manage your files, enjoy music and videos; and get creative and productive at work. Do it all in a beautiful environment that adapts to your needs, and with the safety, privacy-protection and peace of mind that the best Free Open Source Software has to offer.

      • SUSE/OpenSUSE

        • Trying out Phosh shell on PinePhone and openSUSE Tumbleweed – FOSS adventures

          During my time with Phosh on PinePhone and openSUSE Tumbleweed, I have stumbled on a couple of issues that made clear that the experience still needed some polish. This is not a critic against the Phosh or the GNOME project. I don’t envy the developers that need to ensure that their app works across many form factors.

          However, I can see that the additional time that the KDE project has spend on polishing their experience has paid off. In this article, I will describe the issues that I encountered and how you can fix them. I like everyone to try out this GNOME based mobile experience. It’s awesome to see FOSS beyond the PC / Laptop.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Linux Mint’s Warpinator app ported to Android (transfer files on a local network)

          Warpinator is a free and open source application designed to make it easy to transfer files between devices connected to the same network. Developed by the Linux Mint team and initially released as part of Linux Mint 20 last year, the application has since been made available as a FlatHub app for other Linux distributions.

          Now a third-party developer has created an unofficial Warpinator app for Android, allowing you to quickly and easily transfer files between Android and Linux phones, tablets, PCs, and other devices.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • Imago “VisionAI” Smart AI Camera supports Tensorflow Lite & AutoML Vision Edge – CNX Software

        The VisionAI camera runs a Debian-based Linux OS, and is programmable to meet the application needs through a Linux SDK with a VisionBox Interface C++ Library, an FG camera library, and support for TensorFlow Lite or AutoML Vision Edge. Imago also provides example programs and a video training course. The Linux distribution is most like the same Debian-based Mendel Linux distribution developed by Google for Coral boards and also supporting TensorFlow Lite and AutoML Vision Edge.

      • [Old] Install Jitsi Meet on Raspberry Pi

        This step by step tutorial explains how to install and configure the free and open source video conference software Jitsi Meet on Raspberry Pi with 64-bit Ubuntu Server 20.04. Although the Jitsi Meet installation is simple, the network configuration is not.

        This tutorial is only for 64-bit Raspberry Pi models and versions, for example Raspberry Pi 4 or 3. It is recommended to use Raspberry Pi 4 with 4GB or more. Please note that Raspberry Pi 0, 2 and other older versions are 32-bit and this tutorial is NOT suitable for them.

      • Five takes on Raspberry Pi 400
      • Open Hardware/Modding

        • AutoStrummer is a DIY device that strums your guitar for you | Arduino Blog

          When playing the guitar, working the fretboard is only half of the equation. The other half is plucking or strumming the strings. But some people, particularly those with disabilities, may find it difficult to do both. To help with the strumming part of the equation, Jacob Stambaugh designed this DIY AutoStrummer device.

          Stambaugh’s AutoStrummer fits into the sound hole of an acoustic guitar, so that it sits over the strings. A guitar pick, attached to an arm actuated by a stepper motor, swings back and forth to strum the desired strings. An Arduino board controls the movement of the stepper motor through a DRV8825 stepper motor driver chip.

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Veteran Linux developer releases research on FOSS foundations

        Veteran Debian developer Martin Michlmayr has released two reports on foundations that support free and open source software, a primer that covers non-technical aspects and a research report that looks at the challenges that such foundations face.

        Asked why he had decided to carry out research on this topic, Michlmayr, a former leader of the Debian GNU/Linux project told iTWire that since funding was available, he thought it would be interesting to look at the role that such foundations played in bolstering open source projects.

        “The background is that the Ford Foundation and Sloan Foundation were funding research projects related to the sustainability of what they call ‘critical digital infrastructure’ (i.e. a lot of the Internet and other technologies rely on open source and it’s not clear who maintains it and ensures that it will stay around),” he said.

      • Web Browsers

        • Mozilla

          • Implementing Private Fields For JavaScript

            When implementing a language feature for JavaScript, an implementer must make decisions about how the language in the specification maps to the implementation. Sometimes this is fairly simple, where the specification and implementation can share much of the same terminology and algorithms. Other times, pressures in the implementation make it more challenging, requiring or pressuring the implementation strategy diverge to diverge from the language specification.

            Private fields is an example of where the specification language and implementation reality diverge, at least in SpiderMonkey– the JavaScript engine which powers Firefox. To understand more, I’ll explain what private fields are, a couple of models for thinking about them, and explain why our implementation diverges from the specification language.

      • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

        • Annual Report: LibreOffice Conference 2020

          Normally the conference takes place at a different venue each year, to reflect the international and diverse LibreOffice community. For instance, in 2019 we were in Almeria; in 2018 in Tirana; and in 2017 in Rome. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, though, we decided to move the conference online in 2020. This wasn’t an easy decision, as face-to-face meetups are important for free and open source software projects, but we focused on making it work.

          We did so with the help of openSUSE, a GNU/Linux distribution project, which also has yearly conferences. There’s a lot of overlap between the openSUSE and LibreOffice projects – both produce free software for end users, and many people are active in both communities – so we decided to join forces and bring as many people together as possible.

          The conference took place from 15 – 17 October, with sessions usually running from 10:00 to 21:00 (UTC). We created multiple Jitsi “rooms” for the various talks and presentations, along with extra rooms for social interaction and general chit-chat.

      • CMS

        • 10 Best Automated Backup Plugins for WordPress in 2021

          As an online business owner and/or site administrator it is important that you are always ahead of probable data damage by having a data contingency plan. On WordPress, this process has been simplified for all levels of users in the form of backup plugins that can enable you to automate full or partial backups which you can easily restore from later on.

        • The Month in WordPress: April 2021

          That was Josepha Haden Chomphosy on the “Your Opinion is Our Opportunity” episode of the WP Briefing Podcast, speaking about the importance of co-development and testing for the continued growth and maintenance of WordPress. This month’s updates align closely with these ideas. Read on and see for yourself.

        • 6 Best WordPress Malware and Vulnerability Scanners

          To keep yourself and your site safe from all such happenings, you must regularly scan your WordPress site for malware and follow other sanitization practices. Preventing the occurrence of such issues will keep you away from unwanted problems and long-term damage to your WordPress site.

      • FSF

        • GNU Projects

          • April GNU Spotlight with Mike Gerwitz: 16 new GNU releases!

            16 new GNU releases in the last month (as of May 01, 2021):

          • Pokology: a community-driven website about GNU poke

            We are happy to announce the availability of a new website, https://pokology.org.

            Pokology is a community-driven live repository of knowledge relative to GNU poke, maintained by the poke developers, users and friends.

      • Programming/Development

        • Enrique Ocaña González: GStreamer WebKit debugging by instrumenting source code (2/3)

          In this post I show some more useful debugging tricks.

        • Junichi Uekawa: Wrote a pomodoro timer in elisp.

          Wrote a pomodoro timer in elisp. Why? Because I try to keep my workflow simple, and to keep the simplicity I sometimes need to re-implement stuff. No this is a lame excuse. I have been living in emacs for the past week and felt like it. However writing elisp has been challenging, maybe because I haven’t done it for a while. I noticed there’s lexical-binding, but I didn’t quite get it, my lambda isn’t getting the function parameter in scope.

        • Python

          • K-Means Clustering

            K-Means clustering is an unsupervised machine learning algorithm. If we compare the K-Means unsupervised clustering algorithm with the supervised algorithm, it is not required to train the model with the labeled data. K-Means algorithm is used to classify or group different objects based on their attributes or features into a K number of groups. Here, K is an integer number. The K-Means calculates the distance (using the distance formula) and then finds the minimum distance between the data points and the centroid cluster to classify the data.

            Let’s understand the K-Means using the small example using the 4 objects, and each object has 2 attributes.

  • Leftovers

    • The Broken Bell

      I like, winter nights, to find in a heat lamp That beats and fumes, old memories Rising in the banging Of church bells through snow spray.

      Blessed be the bell of liberty That, ancient, keeps trying to ring, Tossing out his faithful cry Like an old soldier in his bunker

    • A Farewell to “Great Men”

      Apparently, Mike Spies, senior writer for the anti-gun online journal, The Trace, was trying to show LaPierre what it’s like to be taken down by a boom-gun. Spies, the bush sniper, hits point-blank, right between LaPierre’s running lights. Like the elephant in the piece, who wasn’t looking for trouble, LaPierre goes down in a heap. BOOM: By Spies account, the head of the NRA is an incompetent boob, a fumble-thumbs with guns, who misses the kill spot repeatedly at close range; even the old bull seems to look up with one dying eye in wonder. BOOM: Good heavens! the comfortably middle class New Yorker seems to opine, you drove  your organization into bankruptcy!  Of course, had LaPierre not missed his mark (or had he discovered he was being secretly filmed and executed the cameraman on the spot), we never would have seen the snuff film or read the hit piece.

      You come away feeling that New Yorker, using Spies Trace blog entry wholesale for the piece, has an agenda: Gun control pressure is in the air; Biden’s feeling it like a prostate problem.  Guns on the loose in America now number in excess of 400,000,000, so that concern is understandable. But the piece got me thinking. Recently, I finished watching the three-part, six-hour PBS mini-series Hemingway, a Ken Burns and Lynn Novick production.  And I’ll tell you, suddenly I felt like Joan Baez in that old song “Diamonds and Rust” where she answers the phone and she’ll be damned, there comes that voice of Dylan again from “a couple of light years ago.”  (For the record, it didn;t seem to faze Dylan; he hooked up with his old lover shortly thereafter for the Rolling Thunder Revue Tour — the ever-relevant Woody Guthrie number, “Deportee,” a highlight of their mike-sharing.) Except this time, it’s me not Baez, and I find myself considering Hemingway again for the first time in ‘a light year.’

    • A Solitary Trade

      The protagonist of Jhumpa Lahiri’s “Interpreter of Maladies,” the title story in her 1999 debut short story collection, is a multilingual tour guide named Mr. Kapasi who speaks, to varying degrees, English, French, Russian, Portuguese, Hindi, Bengali, Oriya, Gujarati, and Italian. One day, he drives a young Indian American couple and their children to visit a temple on the coast of the Bay of Bengal devoted to the Hindu sun god Surya. On the long drive there, he tells them about his other job as an interpreter in a doctor’s office. The wife, Mrs. Das, becomes fascinated by this, telling him she finds the idea of translating for sick and frightened patients “romantic.” Mr. Kapasi revels in this attention and starts seducing Mrs. Das with stories about “the young woman who had complained of a sensation of raindrops in her spine” and “the gentleman whose birthmark had begun to sprout hairs.” He is thrilled by the notion of a love affair with her, and his head spins with hope: It is a feeling “he used to experience long ago when, after months of translating with the aid of a dictionary, he would finally read a passage from a French novel, or an Italian sonnet, and understand the words, one after another, unencumbered.”

      That Lahiri would compare the sensation of falling in love to feeling at ease in a language should have signaled then that all was not well. The daughter of Bengali immigrants who settled in Rhode Island, Lahiri saw firsthand the way her parents’ accented English was held against them in America. Though she later achieved success as a writer in the language herself, winning the Pulitzer Prize for Interpreter of Maladies, the heavy burden that English imposed on her family remained a source of resentment. “For practically my whole life,” she would later write, “English has represented a consuming struggle, a wrenching conflict, a continuous sense of failure that is the source of almost all my anxiety. It has represented a culture that had to be mastered, interpreted…. English denotes a heavy, burdensome aspect of my past. I’m tired of it.” Yet Bengali, the primary language of her early childhood, created nearly as much uneasiness for her. Like many other heritage speakers, Lahiri is not entirely fluent in her first language. “I don’t know Bengali perfectly,” she has said. “I don’t know how to read it or even write it. As a result, I consider my mother tongue, paradoxically, a foreign language, too.”

    • A Cold Heaven

      Evelyn Waugh liked to tease Graham Greene by remarking that it was a good thing God exists, because otherwise Greene would be a Laurel without Hardy. It is a mark in Greene’s favor that he recounts the jibe in a tribute to Waugh written shortly after his friend’s death in 1966. Throughout his life, the fabulously successful Greene was ever ready to pull his own leg, such as when, in 1949, he entered a New Statesman competition by submitting three parodies of his own writing under pseudonyms. One of the entries was judged good enough to merit a guinea of the six-guinea prize. Greene then wrote a letter to the editor owning up to the prank and regretting that he had not won the contest outright, especially as the money would be tax-free—always an important consideration with Greene.

      It is not insignificant that Waugh’s squib does not work the other way round, even though Waugh was far more firmly, if not indeed fanatically, committed to his faith than Greene ever was; in the course of a private audience at the Vatican, Pope John XXIII is said to have interrupted a tirade by Waugh against the reformist spirit sweeping through the church by observing gently, “But Mr. Waugh, I too am a Catholic.” Ironically, while Greene was known universally, and to his irritation, as the world’s preeminent “Catholic novelist,” Waugh was what Greene wished to be accepted as: a novelist who happened to be a Catholic.

    • Heaven

      Apricots woolly by the hospital bed, a meal of light. The light falls on my mother’s hands. So much sunlight falls and does not get up but its hands pick up the dark and go on. Things are heavy because we try to carry them. My mother said, “in this lifetime, learn to be alone.” I cut my hair in the mirror, attempt poems about the breakfast table with cereal and figs. Good enough. I pour milk, falling through a shitty apartment, a brief depression. I fall in love, mirrored in satsumas, perfumes and midnight. Not enough. I turn the page but I’m still reading the novel my mother wrote me. The room with the view. The wide sargasso sea. A pair of hands tends me. Loneliness is an imaginary thing, but so is the entire country. You try. There are ceilings you hold up like heavens.

    • Movie Sequel
    • An America Neglected Coming from Behind

      Biden, in a contrast of behavior between him and his predecessor as stark as day and night, rapidly got the COVID-19 vaccine into the arms of Americans while proposing a series of programs from rescue to infrastructure-jobs to families totaling $6 trillion. He insisted in a 65-minute speech on the eve of his 100th day in office, “We can do this together.”

      But togetherness depends on cooperation from Senate Republicans. Their view of infrastructure, for example, harks back 50 years.

    • Health/Nutrition

      • As Rich Countries Hoard Vaccines, India and Other Developing Nations Face Uncontrolled Covid Spread

        “I think we haven’t seen the worst of it yet. It is beyond horror, what is happening… Yet, this is not yet the worst.”

      • Opinion | None of Us Are Safe From Covid-19 Until the Global Population Has Access to the Vaccine

        I and many other Mainers have relatives and friends in countries around the world, and we can’t disconnect from those people. But when it comes to this pandemic, we’re all connected—and not just by our common humanity. None of us are safe until we’ve reached a worldwide critical mass of vaccination.

      • About that Salk Institute paper on the “deadly” COVID-19 spike protein

        Those of us who routinely counter antivaccine disinformation on social media have noticed a new antivax trope popping up again and again and again. It’s the claim that the spike protein produced by the mRNA in the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines (and now the adenovirus-based AztraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines) is highly toxic in and of itself outside of its association with the coronavirus infection itself. The intent is obvious: To portray COVID-19 vaccines as more dangerous than the infection. This new narrative by antivaxxers has led to their pointing to cherry picked studies with exaggerated findings, such as a study purporting to show that spike protein might cause pulmonary hypertension in the future or fantastical claim based on no science that those vaccinated with these vaccines “shed” spike protein, which then, miasma-like, poisons surrounding people to make them sick and, if they are women, screw up their menstrual cycles and even cause miscarriages.

      • How India Has Creatively Turned Social Media Into a COVID-19 Helpline to Battle the Pandemic

        For many families, who have been left to their own devices, social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are now being used to search for hospital beds, oxygen cylinders and medications for loved ones. These platforms have become the “COVID-19 helplines” for most Indians. Ironically, instead of helping its citizens in their hour of need, the BJP-led government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is busy trying “to control the narrative” on social media sites like Twitter by asking the company to take down tweets that are critical of its handling of the COVID-19 crisis.

        Even as the crisis continues to engulf the country, the government had distanced itself from any blame for allowing this surge in cases resulting from allowing religious congregations like Kumbh Mela and holding political rallies.

      • Democrats Bankrolled by Big Pharma Are Refusing to Back Covid Vaccine Patent Waiver

        The top Democratic recipients of Big Pharma cash in Congress are echoing industry talking points in opposition to a push to suspend key intellectual property protections.

      • Democrats Funded by Big Pharma Refuse to Back COVID Vaccine Patent Waiver
      • Forgetting Citizenship: Australia Suspends Flights from India

        Not happy with banning flights from India, the Morrison government promises to be savage in punishing returnees who find ways to circumvent the ban (for instance, by travelling via a third country).  Citizens who breach the travel ban can face up to five years’ imprisonment and fines up to AU$66,000.  “We have taken drastic action to keep Australians safe,” explained the Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.  The situation in India was “serious”; the decision had only been reached after considering the medical advice.

        According to a statement from Health Minister Greg Hunt, it was “critical the integrity of the Australian public health and quarantine systems is protected and the number of COVID-19 cases in quarantine is reduced to a manageable level.”

      • As Big Pharma Fights Off Patent Waiver, Pfizer Reports Hundreds of Millions in Profits From Covid Vaccine

        Of the 2.5 billion vaccine doses that Pfizer plans to produce this year, the company has pledged to send less than 2% of its doses to developing countries.

      • A Crisis of Undiagnosed Cancers Is Emerging in the Pandemic’s Second Year

        Teresa Ruvalcaba lay on a bed in the emergency room of Chicago’s Mount Sinai Hospital, her right breast swollen to nearly twice the size of her left, the skin so thick and dimpled that the doctor examining her would note that it resembled an orange peel.

        Ojalá que sólo sea una infección, she thought, as she struggled to catch her breath, not knowing she had a partially collapsed lung. I hope it’s just an infection.

      • Opinion | Covid-19 Vaccinations: A Shot in the Arm for Universal Healthcare?

        The national vaccination program has all the features of a single-payer health care system including no copays, no premiums, no insurance company blocking payment, and universal, affordable healthcare for all.

      • Medicaid Expansion Is a Better Deal Than Ever. But Republicans Still Won’t Do It.

        As a stage 4 cancer survivor, I know a thing or two about being sick. But if Republican legislators and governors refuse to take free federal money that pays for health care to their poorest constituents, it’s their ideology that is truly sick.

      • Sanders Op-Ed Pushes Medicare Expansions, Says Big Pharma Is “Ripping Off” Govt.
      • Local Indian executives rally to send badly needed medical equipment to COVID-ravaged country

        As a devastating second wave of COVID-19 infections began to hit India, Dr. Naresh Ramarajan knew what the country would need: portable oxygen concentrators.

        Ramarajan, an emergency room physician and health-tech entrepreneur in Cambridge, saw firsthand how the equipment — which increases the oxygen level in room air and feeds it to patients through tubes attached to their nostrils — saved lives during the second wave in Los Angeles, where he trained and has on occasion returned to help. The concentrators, which can be used at home, allow hospitals to free up beds for the sickest patients.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • NSW Labor takes a hit from Windows Avaddon ransomware

          The NSW branch of the Labor Party appears to have suffered a Windows ransomware attack, with the Avaddon strain having been used to attack the party’s network.

        • Alaska court system forced offline by cyberattack [iophk: Windows TCO]

          The Alaska Court System (ACS) was forced to temporarily disconnect its online servers this week due to a cyberattack that installed malware on their systems, disrupting virtual court hearings.

        • Unidentified cyberattackers force Alaska Court System to disconnect from internet [iophk: Windows TCO]

          A cyberattack has caused the Alaska Court System to disconnect most of its operations from the internet, an act expected to block electronic court filings, disrupt online payments and prevent hearings from taking place by videoconference for several days.

          The Courtview system used to look up court records has been taken offline, as has the court system’s website.

        • Pseudo-Open Source

          • Privatisation/Privateering

            • Linux Foundation

              • University of Minnesota researchers issue apology letter to the Linux community [Ed: Older but overlooked at the time]

                The University of Minnesota (UMN) researchers – Kangjie Lu, the Assistant Professor, and Qiushi Wu, Aditya Pakki, the Ph.D. students – have on Saturday issued an open apology letter seeking to bury the hatchet with the Linux community for the things which had led to the events that took place a few days back.

                One of the lead Linux kernel developers and maintainers, Greg Kroah-Hartman put the ban-hammer on the UMN for intentionally putting forward buggy patches into the Linux kernel. The researchers from the UMN were conducting a study related to the security vulnerability of Open-source software, which in this case, is Linux. However, Greg K-H was very unhappy as the researchers seemed to proceed without really seeking permission before doing so, nor before running questionable patches on the Linux kernel even after the research paper was apparently completed.

        • Security

          • The Wages of Password Re-use: Your Money or Your Life – Krebs on Security
          • 21 vulnerabilities in Exim mail server leave web, cloud operations exposed

            Researchers Tuesday released a study that found 21 unique vulnerabilities in the Exim mail server, some of which can be chained together to obtain full remote unauthenticated code execution and gain root privileges.

            In a blog post, the Qualys Research Team said that these vulnerabilities affect numerous organizations because an estimated 60% of internet servers run on Exim. A Shodan search executed by the research found that nearly 4 million Exim servers are exposed to the internet.

            Security pros should also take note that Exim servers hosted in the cloud can be exploited, said Parag Bajaria, vice president of cloud and container security solutions at Qualys.

            “There are many exploits that an attacker can run in the cloud once they have gained root privileges on the VM hosting Exim server,” Bajaria said. “Depending on where the Exim server is located there’s a further possibility of lateral movement. And if the virtual machine that hosts an Exim server has IAM permissions attached to it, then those permissions can be further exploited for data exfiltration and IAM privilege escalation.”

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • Signal Trolls Facebook by Showing How Data Is Collected for Targeted Advertising

              “You got this ad because you’re a newlywed pilates instructor and you’re cartoon crazy.”

            • Apple hires ex-Google AI scientist Samy Bengio who resigned after colleagues’ firings

              Bengio is expected to lead a new AI research unit at Apple under John Giannandrea, senior vice president of machine learning and AI strategy, two people familiar with the matter said. Giannandrea joined Apple in 2018 after spending about eight years at Google.

              Apple declined to comment on Bengio’s role. Bengio did not respond to a request for comment.

            • Algorithm Agility?

              I’m working on a zero-knowledge proof where there are two or more different public posts with different nonces, the same public key, and signatures. The private key is discarded after the nonces are signed and the posts are generated, and keypairs aren’t allowed to be re-used. In this particular case it’s really hard to imagine a scenario where I’d feel a need to switch algorithms.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Epic New Documentary Series Exposes Brutality of European Colonialism Worldwide
      • Progressives in Congress Should Unite to Slash Biden’s Military Budget
      • The Right-Wing Outrage Cycle

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      • Execs at Top Pentagon Contractors Raked in $276.5 Million Last Year, Analysis Finds

        “Congress and the administration should take a closer look at these costs,” says report lead author William D. Hartung, “with an eye towards reducing them and freeing up funds for other needed purposes.”

      • Government Report Documents US Responsibility for Venezuela’s Humanitarian Dilemma

        The US government blames the crisis on the mismanagement and corruption of the Venezuelan government headed by Nicolás Maduro. The Venezuelan government faults the US and its allies for imposing sanctions, unilateral coercive measures illegal under international law.

        An official US Congressional Research Service report issued April 28, Venezuela: Background and US Relations, suggests the Venezuelan government has valid arguments that it is being strangulated by US sanctions. According to the report:

      • Britain Risks Cementing in Power a Corrupt and Incompetent Government in Undeserved Gratitude for the Vaccine
      • Between the Lines: Congressional Report Finds US Sanctions to Blame for Venezuela Crisis

        Venezuela was once one of the most prosperous countries in Latin America. The popular classes enjoyed major advances from the Bolivarian Revolution initiated by Hugo Chávez. Today Venezuela is experiencing an unprecedented economic crisis with severe humanitarian consequences.

      • Biden’s Foreign Policy and Nuclear Weapons: a Dialogue

        Of course, it makes perfect political sense for Biden to tackle these domestic challenges first, and avoid distractions that would arise if the government were to pursue international policies that agitated pro-military Republicans and even so-called moderate Democrats. To get his emergency programs past legislative obstacles in a robust form required mustering as much unity across the political spectrum as possible, yet even with this acknowledgement I feel uncomfortable about what Biden has so far done with respect to foreign policy.  I am worried by the Biden stress on restoring the alliance/deterrence approach to global security as if the Cold War never ended. In slightly veiled language that conveys a militarist spirit Biden expresses these sentiments in a cover letter to his March 2021 Interim National Security Strategy Guidance official document, advancing as “..a core strategic proposition: the United States must renew its enduring advantages so that we can meet today’s challenges from a position of strength.”

        Apparently without forethought Biden called Russia’s leader, Vladimir Putin, ‘a killer,’ and lacking ‘a soul,’ then followed up by rejecting Moscow’s temperate call for a diplomatic meeting between the leaders to address disagreements between the two countries. Biden’s Secretary of State, Antony Blinken and his National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan have followed suit with interactions in their Alaska meetings with Russian counterparts that were calculated to raise tensions. Such postures are all about projecting American strength and conveying to others a dangerous geopolitical disposition that refuses to back down in crisis situations that are certain to arise, and for these important public figures, it means encounters with China and Russia.

      • How the US gov’t cultivated environmental and Indigenous groups to defeat Ecuador’s leftist Correísta movement
      • Yemen: Houthi Advances and Secret Saudi-Iran Talks Prompt Conciliatory Tone from MBS

        Amin Jayyash, a laborer at Yemen’s Sana’a International Airport, is celebrating Labor Day (May Day) as an unemployed man. But, unlike many workers the world over, he did not lose his job due to Covid-19, but because Saudi Arabia has effectively put his employer out of business by restricting nearly all flights to it as part of a six-plus year campaign of total war on Yemen. Amin is among over 5 million Yemeni workers — 65% of the overall workforce — who have lost their jobs as a result of the ongoing war and blockade on the country, according to newly released data from the General Federation of Trade Unions of Yemen.

      • Israeli Man Trying to Take Over Palestinian Home Says ‘If I Don’t Steal It, Someone Else’ Will

        The house is located in an occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood where Palestinian residents have been ordered to vacate by an Israeli court. 

      • “Exterminate All the Brutes”: Filmmaker Raoul Peck Explores Colonialism & Origins of White Supremacy

        A new four-part documentary series, “Exterminate All the Brutes,” delves deeply into the legacy of European colonialism from the Americas to Africa. It has been described as an unflinching narrative of genocide and exploitation, beginning with the colonizing of Indigenous land that is now called the United States. The documentary series seeks to counter “the type of lies, the type of propaganda, the type of abuse, that we have been subject to all of these years,” says director and Haitian-born filmmaker Raoul Peck. “We have the means to tell the real story, and that’s exactly what I decided to do,” Peck says. “Everything is on the table, has been on the table for a long time, except that it was in little bits everywhere. … We lost the wider perspective.”

    • Environment

    • Finance

      • Tax Dodgers Owe US Over $7 Trillion, Says Janet Yellen
      • Biden Picks Warren Ally to Oversee Student Aid, Signaling Shift on Student Debt
      • Opinion | Biden Is Flirting With a Better Economic Paradigm. Young People Need Him to Commit.

        If Biden genuinely wants to serve as a “bridge” to a new “generation of leaders”—as he stated repeatedly during his campaign–then he must leave behind outmoded deficit politics and embrace the THRIVE Act.

      • Tim Cook, Apple, and Runaway Limitless Corporate Greed

        Gelles reports that Boeing, after its criminal negligence brought down two 737 MAX planes and killed 346 people, went into a corporate tailspin. The company laid off 30,000 workers and its sales and stocks plummeted as it reported a $12 billion loss. No matter, the new Boeing boss, David Calhoun, managed to pay himself about $10,500 an hour, forty hours a week, plus benefits and perks.

        “Executives are minting fortunes, while laid-off workers line up at food banks,” writes Gelles. Carefully chosen Boards of Directors rubberstamp lavish compensation packages, as they haul in big money themselves for attending a few Board meetings.

      • In ‘Major Win for Progressives,’ Former CFPB Chief Richard Cordray Tapped to Oversee Federal Student Loans

        “This shows that the administration ready to take bold action and be a true partner to address the student debt crisis,” said Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers. 

      • Diminishing Returns

        The 2008 financial crisis is widely credited with reviving the American left, from the tent cities of Occupy Wall Street to the proliferating chapters of the Democratic Socialists of America. Yet it is not just street protesters and millennial Marxists who have put capitalism under scrutiny: Liberal pundits and policy-makers have also become analysts of capitalism’s ailments. Since Thomas Piketty’s 2013 breakout hit, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, the publishing industry has churned out new books on capitalism, inequality, and economics at a furious pace. The past two years alone have seen the publication of Piketty’s follow-up, Capital and Ideology; Gabriel Zucman and Emmanuel Saez’s The Triumph of Injustice: How the Rich Dodge Taxes and How to Make Them Pay; Heather Boushey’s Unbound: How Inequality Constricts Our Economy and What We Can Do About It; and Anne Case and Angus Deaton’s Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism, to name just a few. Even capitalism’s erstwhile champions now find themselves on the back foot: None other than globalization’s manic hype man Thomas Friedman has turned to mea culpa, admitting that “we broke the world” by letting capitalism run too rampant. (“We”?)

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Facebook Will Announce Tomorrow Whether Trump and His Fascist Posts Can Return
      • Oversight Board Tells Facebook It Needs To Shape Up And Be More Careful About Silencing Minorities Seeking To Criticize The Powerful

        Tomorrow, the Oversight Board is set to reveal its opinion on whether Facebook made the right decision in banning former President Trump. And that will get tons of attention. But the Board came out with an interesting decision last week regarding a content takedown in India, that got almost no attention at all.

      • The Washington Post Thought It Might Be Nice To Provide Free Book Marketing To Insurrectionist Josh Hawley

        Let’s be clear about something. The U.S. doesn’t really do “accountability” particularly well. It’s a major reason why we often repeat the same mistakes over and over again without learning much from history or experience. That’s been made particularly clear by a U.S. press that continues to not only platform the insurrectionists who spread election fraud lies leading to the violent events of January 6, but treats these lies as valid and meaningful opinions. That, understandably, has led to concerns that it’s going to happen again. But worse.

      • Former Ethics Head Blasts “Openly Corrupt” Ted Cruz for “Selling Access”
      • Expand the US House of Representatives

        With every decennial Census for the past century, the United States has become less of a representative democracy. And, if we don’t intervene quickly, it will happen again.

      • Squad & Co: Unite as a Block to Downsize Biden’s Military Budget

        Now that would be a show stopper, particularly if they added, “So we have decided to stand united, arm in arm, as a block of NO votes on any federal budget resolution that fails to reduce military spending by 10-30 percent. We stand united against a federal budget resolution that includes upwards of $30 billion for new nuclear weapons slated to ultimately cost nearly $2 trillion. We stand united in demanding the $50 billion earmarked to maintain all 800 overseas bases, including the new one under construction in Henoko, Okinawa, be reduced by a third because it’s time we scaled back on plans for global domination.”

        “Ditto,” they say, “for the billions the President wants for the arms-escalating US Space Force, one of Trump’s worst ideas, right up there with hydroxychloroquine to cure COVID-19, and, no, we don’t want to escalate our troop deployments for a military confrontation with China in the South China Sea. It’s time to ‘right-size’ the military budget and demilitarize our foreign policy.”

      • Conspiracy Theorist Hired by GOP to Lead Arizona Recount Cost Taxpayers $150,000
      • Russian lawmakers seek to ban people who worked for ‘extremist organizations’ from running for parliament

        A group of Russian lawmakers have submitted a draft law to the State Duma on banning people connected to outlawed “extremist organizations” from running for parliament. 

      • Biden’s First 100 Days and the GOP’s First 100 Days Without Trump

        Two thirds of Americans support Biden’s $1.9 stimulus plan, already enacted. His infrastructure and family plans, which he outlined last Wednesday night at a joint session of Congress, also have broad backing. The $6 trillion price tag for all this would make it the largest expansion of the federal government since Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society. But for most Americans, it doesn’t feel radical.

      • Our Humanity; Our Identity

        The United States of America is that one country where identity politics has become more prominent in recent times. Significant elements within the majority community feel that their power has been eroded not only by the alleged assertiveness of the African-American minority (Barack Obama was president of the USA for 8 years from 2008 to 2016) but also by the growing educational and economic clout of the Asian-American communities. Besides, there is the increasing presence of the Hispanic minority and its demographic implications for the country as a whole. Fear of these changes has been exaggerated and distorted to mobilise White supremacist sentiment.

        A parallel development of sorts has been occurring in parts of Europe. Segments of the White majority have become antagonistic towards minorities many of whom profess Islam. Cultural differences aside, the flow of migrants from West Asia and parts of the African continent— a huge chuck struggling to survive — has intensified resentment and anger on the part of the majority. If anything, heightened unemployment in some of the host societies has exacerbated the situation. The newly arrived migrant often becomes the target of racist attacks.

      • Ranked-Choice Voting Is Already Changing Politics for the Better

        If you’ve been following New York City’s mayoral race, you might have noticed an unusual trend. Candidates have openly discussed their personal second choices. Activist groups have issued joint endorsements of competing candidates. Some of these competing candidates have even appeared together at shared promotional events.

      • Kangana Ranaut’s Twitter account ‘permanently suspended’ after incendiary tweets violating ‘Hateful Conduct’ policy

        Actor Kangana Ranaut’s Twitter account was ‘permanently suspended’ on Tuesday, after she posted a series of tweets in reaction to the recent West Bengal assembly election results.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Trump Shows Why He Doesn’t Need Twitter Or Facebook, As He Launches His Own Twitter-Like Microblog

        In a few hours, the Oversight Board will announce its decision regarding Facebook’s decision to ban Donald Trump from its platform. As we noted back when Trump was removed from Twitter and Facebook, Trump does not lack in ways to be heard. Indeed, we suggested that he could very, very easily set up his own website with tweet-like statements, and it was likely that those would be shared widely.

      • Free Speech Under Threat: The Real Consequences of Steven Guilbeault’s Battle with the Web Giants

        When looking at the shift in the government’s approach, I recently lamented that it has become the most anti-Internet government in Canadian history. That may have once been a badge of honour for Guilbeault, but after the Bill C-10 backlash and the public re-assertion of the importance of free speech online, there may be a significant political cost to being at odds with the views of millions of Canadian Internet users.

      • Riot Shuts Down LoL Fan Server After Getting All Wiseguy With Its Developers

        Way back in 2016, we discussed how Blizzard was very busy shutting down fan-made and hosted World of Warcraft servers, pretending like intellectual property forced it to do so. At the time, these fan servers were hosting WoW’s vanilla experience, mimicking what the game looked like upon first release, rather than then current iteration of the ever-evolving MMORPG. While Blizzard has since come out with a vanilla experience product of its own, at the time, these fan servers were filling a market desire for a product that didn’t exist. Rather than figuring out a way to work with these fans, Blizzard just shut them down.

    • Freedom of Information/Freedom of the Press

      • Opinion | World Press Freedom During the US Tech Boom

        Free Press believes that creating a diverse and thriving news sector in the United States can be achieved by imposing a tax on online-advertising revenues that fuel the platforms and the attention economy.

      • ‘A chronicle of repression’ Journalist Ilya Azar shares a timeline of last month’s crackdown across Russia

        In a post on Facebook, journalist and municipal deputy Ilya Azar compiled last month’s headlines from Mediazona about pressure on activists and journalists across Russia, along with news of new prohibitions the authorities had introduced. “This is a chronicle of repression for just one month and it’s really impressive,” Azar wrote, commenting on what turned out to be a very long list. It included news about repressions from almost every day of the last month, with most days including more than one notable event. Meduza shares an edited translation of Azar’s timeline, expanded to include relevant context. You can read the original list of headlines in Russian here.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Opinion | Will America’s Forever Offshore Prison Ever Be Closed?

        Can Guantánamo ever be shut down?

      • Olympics Committee Accused of Racism for “Black Lives Matter” Ban at Tokyo Games
      • Lawsuit: Cops Trashed An Attorney’s Home In Retaliation For Successfully Defending A Suspect Against Murder Charges

        An attorney in Virginia found out what happens when you make cops angry. According to Cathy Reynolds’ lawsuit, the Roanoke PD targeted her for some extra attention after she successfully defended her stepson from murder charges.

      • Russian lawmakers propose legislation strengthening punishments for involvement in ‘undesirable organizations’

        Russian lawmakers have submitted a bill to parliament on strengthening criminal penalties for leading or being involved in a foreign NGO that’s included in Russia’s list of “undesirable organizations.”

      • World Leaders Join Human Rights Defenders in Condemning Colombia’s Deadly Crackdown on Protesters

        “President Iván Duque’s administration is acting as if it has a license to kill. When the people take to the streets amid a pandemic, it is because their government is more dangerous than a deadly virus.”

      • Women’s Rights in Nicaragua Under Attack From an Unlikely Source

        Extraordinary, then, that Belli has attacked Nicaragua’s National Assembly, because it is proposing to strengthen the laws requiring female representation in politics. Essentially, the law (which is subject to consultation) would require 50% of electoral posts to be held by women. In fact, it is an extension of laws which already exist, requiring (for example) half of the councillors in local municipalities to be female. At national level, more than half of government ministries are headed by women, including key positions such as the interior minister and the education and health ministers, who are all women. Perhaps not surprisingly, over half of public health and education workers are women, but more unusually the police force is over one-third female and has twice been headed by a woman, probably a ‘first’ among Latin American countries.

        While the struggle for women’s equality is far from won, Nicaragua’s achievements have been recognised in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gap Index, which placed it fifth, after Iceland, Norway, Finland and Sweden. Currently in 2021 the same index says Nicaragua has the best performance in Latin America. Many commentators qualify this achievement by pointing out that it also has one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the region, a lamentable product of culture and poverty. Femicide and domestic violence also remain significant issues, although at lower levels than in neighbouring countries and much lower than the ‘northern triangle’ countries. Critics point out that abortion, made illegal under the presidency of Enrique Bolaños in 2006, remains illegal, as it is in most of Latin America. However, never have Nicaraguan women or doctors been prosecuted as happens in adjoining El Salvador, and abortion remains available for any woman whose life is in danger.

      • Derek Chauvin asks for new trial

        Chauvin’s legal team specifically cited the court’s rejection of its request to change the hearing’s venue outside Minneapolis.

      • Appeal For Defence Funds

        On Friday I shall be sentenced, very possibly to prison, for contempt of court by “jigsaw identification”. While I do not believe anybody has ever been imprisoned for “jigsaw identification” before, my entire prosecution has been so perverse that I cannot imagine why they have done it unless that is the intention.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Salesforce Asks Appeals Court To Say It’s Protected Under 230; After Its Own CEO Said We Should Get Rid Of 230

        We were quite perplexed in late 2019 when Salesforce.com founder and CEO Marc Benioff (never one to shy away from expressing his opinions on anything at all) announced that Section 230 should be abolished. It seemed like an extremely poorly thought-out statement from a CEO who was wholly unfamiliar with the issues, but who has sort of relished tweaking the noses of the big consumer internet companies over the past few years (after spending the first decade or so of Software.com’s existence tweaking the noses of enterprise software companies). As we wrote at the time, Benioff didn’t seem to understand 230 at all, and seemed just angry at Facebook.

      • Verizon’s UltraFast 5G Can Only Be Accessed 0.8% Of The Time

        We’ve noted repeatedly how fifth-generation wireless (5G) was painfully over-hyped. To spike lagging smartphone and network hardware sales, carriers, equipment makers, and the lawmakers paid to love them spent years insisting that 5G would change the world, ushering forth amazing new cancer cures and the revolutionary smart cities of tomorrow. But while 5G is an important evolutionary step toward faster, more resilient networks, it’s more of an evolution than a revolution, particularly here in the US, and most of the loftier claims have proven to be a bit hollow.

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • [Old] BBC Corrupted

        Today the BBC made it official — they have been corrupted by Microsoft. With today’s launch of the iPlayer, the BBC Trust has failed in its most basic of duties and handed over to Microsoft sole control of the on-line distribution of BBC programming. From today, you will need to own a Microsoft operating system to view BBC programming on the web. This is akin to saying you must own a Sony TV set to watch BBC TV. And you must accept the Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) that the iPlayer imposes. You simply cannot be allowed to be in control of your computer according to the BBC.

    • Monopolies

      • Apple may win a court battle but lose a regulatory war

        The devilish details of antitrust law aside, this is the main question before a judge in California in a trial that started on May 3rd. It will be a battle royal between Epic Games, the maker of Fortnite, a popular online video game, and Apple, the world’s most valuable tech firm. Epic accuses Apple of having abused its dominance when it kicked Fortnite off the app store last year after Epic tried to offer a separate payment system. Apple counters that Epic is just trying to avoid paying its commission rate of up to 30% and free ride on the tech giant’s inventions.

        An Epic win would up-end the economics of smartphone apps. Epic, and others, would probably be allowed to use their own payment systems in iPhone apps and perhaps even offer alternative app stores. Both would put pressure on the profitability of Apple’s services business, of which the app store is a large part—estimates put its margins at well above 70%.

      • After $53 Billion in European Sales Last Year, Amazon Paid $0 in Corporate Taxes

        “These figures are mind-blowing, even for Amazon. We are seeing exponentially accelerated market domination across the globe on the back of income that continues to be largely untaxed.”

      • Amazon Q1 2021

        Amazon announced their financial results for the January to March quarter last Thursday. I was reading them when an email popped up asking if I wanted to talk about them on CNBC Squawk, which I did. In preparation, I re-read the report and pulled together a few talking points; here they are.

      • Gaming Executive Sweeney Fumbles with Nintendo Switch at Trial

        Epic has to prove that the App Store is a monopoly that limits choices users have to play games across devices, including billions of iOS devices, to win its antitrust suit. Epic’s lawyers brought in an iPhone and a Nintendo Switch video game console to show it’s easier to play games on smartphones while a user is on-the-go.

      • Patents

        • This Is Biden’s Chance to Vaccinate the World

          On Wednesday, Biden faces a critical juncture. That day, May 5, governments from around the globe will gather at the World Trade Organization. They will ask America to waive the rules that are blocking them from making enough vaccines to protect their people. The rules in question are governed by TRIPS—the WTO Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual [sic] Property [sic] Rights [sic]. TRIPS requires governments to guarantee corporations’ patents and other intellectual [sic] property [sic] rights [sic], including monopoly control over the production of vaccines and other medicines.

          Because of these restrictions, not enough doses of the vaccine are being manufactured, despite the incredible industrial capacity of countries like India. This pharma-created shortage will result in the deaths of millions more people from Covid-19. A waiver would loosen corporations’ grip and allow countries and companies around the world to increase supply of the vaccine and treatments. A waiver would save lives.

        • To ‘Crush the Virus,’ Majority of House Dems Urge Biden to Back Vaccine Patent Waiver

          “We need to make public policy choices, both in the U.S. and at the WTO, that put lives first.”

      • Copyrights

        • PIJIP at American University to Steward the Open COVID Pledge

          Last year, Creative Commons joined forces with an international group of volunteer researchers, scientists, academics, and lawyers who sought to spur innovation that could be used in the fight against COVID-19. The result was the OCP, a project that offers simple, public licenses that anyone can use to make their patents and copyrights available to the public to be utilized in the global health crisis.

        • EU Study: Movie Pirates Chat on Reddit and Music Pirates Prefer Twitter

          New research published by the European Union Intellectual Property Office shows that social media networks are regularly used by pirates. An analysis of millions of conversations estimates that 35% of all digital content discussions “could be possibly related to piracy.” Interestingly, not all content niches prefer the same social media platforms.

        • Triller Offers Amnesty to Pirates, Claims VPN Users Aren’t Protected

          Last week Triller filed a $100m lawsuit hoping to make several sites pay for illegally streaming the Jake Paul vs Ben Askren fight. Triller believes that up to two million people viewed the fight illegally so is now inviting people to enter into a $49.99 settlement agreement. VPN services, it is being claimed, will offer no protection to those who used them to pirate the event.

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