Links 2/3/2022: Windows Sliding Down and Procmail Considered Harmful

Posted in News Roundup at 6:49 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • [LWN] Linux 5.16.12
        I'm announcing the release of the 5.16.12 kernel.
        All users of the 5.16 kernel series must upgrade.
        The updated 5.16.y git tree can be found at:
        	git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-5.16.y
        and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser:
        greg k-h
      • [LWN] Linux 5.15.26
      • [LWN] Linux 5.10.103
      • [LWN] Linux 5.4.182
      • [LWN] Linux 4.19.232
      • [LWN] Linux 4.14.269
      • [LWN] Linux 4.9.304
      • What the Tech: The ‘2038 problem’ is real and threatens digital infrastructure worldwide

        Two events pose a threat to Americans’ ability to connect to the internet. Hackers have always posed a threat through DNS attacks, or denial of services. Another threat is known through the cyber security world as the “2038 problem” which may cause computer problems similar to the fears over the Y2K bug of 20 years ago. The year 2038 problem is 16 years in the future, but the threat can already be seen. Take your own smartphone. Open settings and try to change the date on the calendar to the year 2038. You can’t because a math glitch prevents many computers to see past 2037. When computer programmers built the Unix code in 1970, they used a 32-bit system that counted seconds. As other programs and systems built on the Unix code, they, in a sense, created an “expiration date of some 2.1 billion seconds.

      • Luca Ceresoli joins Bootlin team

        The entire team at Bootlin is extremely happy to welcome Luca Ceresoli, who started working with us on March 1, 2022. Based in Italy, Luca is the first employee of Bootlin based outside of France, and we plan to continue to expand our hiring in a similar way in the future.

      • Torvalds moves Linux to C11

        Old one out-of-date, but this one goes to 11 Linus Torvalds is about to shift Linux from a version of C which is so old it was written before the fall of the Soviet Union – C89. Torvalds has said that it is time to move to something more modern starting with kernel 5.18. Linux had planned to move to a newer standard eventually with C99 being the next version. However, a recent patch to a security problem revealed that there could be problems with C99.

    • Applications

      • [Make Use Of] The 5 Best System Cleaning Apps for Your Linux Desktop

        Linux-based operating systems have complex structures. When you add a file or install an app, the system performs some arrangements by making the right configurations files to support the file or application. These configuration files stack up and consume the system space. Similarly, when you install an update for the OS, it leaves backup files behind. This leftover data affects the system’s performance. To remove these temporary files and keep your computer optimized, there are system cleaning apps available for Linux. So, let’s look at five of the best system cleaning apps for Linux that are free to use.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • How to Install SuiteCRM on Ubuntu 20.04 – RoseHosting

        SuiteCRM is an open-source Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software solution that provides a 360-degree view of your customers and business. It is a fork of the popular open-source SugarCRM Community Edition.

      • How to install Flightgear on Zorin OS 16 – Invidious
      • How To Install aaPanel on Debian 11 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install aaPanel on Debian 11. For those of you who didn’t know, aaPanel is a free and open-source hosting control panel for Linux. It’s easy to install & all the web hosting options are well-categorized for easily managing websites and databases. Currently, aaPanel supports Debian, Ubuntu, and CentOS. 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 aaPanel free and open-source hosting control panel on a Debian 11 (Bullseye).

      • How to install Rosegarden on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install the Rosegarden DAW workstation 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.

      • Touch Command on Linux: Tutorial and Examples – Linux Stans

        In this tutorial, we’re going to show you what the touch command is, how to use it, and include practical examples of using the command. Unlike other commands that you should never run on Linux, the touch command is actually recommended and often used by everyone on Linux.

      • Access and modify virtual machines disk images with libguestfs tools

        In a previous article, we saw how to create kvm virtual machines from the command line; in this tutorial, instead, we learn how to access and modify virtual machines disk images, using some utilities which are part of the libguestfs package on the most commonly used Linux distributions. Those tools let us perform a variety of tasks. We will focus on some of them, like virt-filesystems and guestmount, which can be used to list filesystems existing on guest disk images, and mount them on the host system, respectively.

      • Terraform Variable with Example

        We learned about the terraform variable in the previous article. Let’s start with an example. Let’s set the terraform provider to AWS with the access key, secret key, and region where we wish to build these resources, as usual.

      • Install OpenVAS – Open Vulnerability Assessment Scanner

        Today you will learn how to install OpenVAS. OpenVAS is a full-featured vulnerability scanner. Its capabilities include unauthenticated and authenticated testing, various high-level and low-level internet and industrial protocols, performance tuning for large-scale scans and a powerful internal programming language to implement any type of vulnerability test. The scanner obtains the tests for detecting vulnerabilities from a feed that has a long history and daily updates.

      • Suricata Network IDS integration with WAZUH

        This post is about Suricata Network IDS integration with WAZUH. Wazuh is an excellent HIDS (Host-based Intrusion Detection System) among other things. In addition to it’s rule-based analysis of log events from agents and other devices, it also performs file integrity monitoring and anomaly detection. This provides a great deal of insight into the security of your digital assets. However, some security issues are most successfully detected by inspecting a server’s actual network traffic, which generally is not accounted for in logs. This is where a NIDS (Network Intrusion Detection System) can provide additional insight into your security in a way that is highly complimentary to the HIDS functionality in Wazuh. Suricata is one such NIDS solution, which is open source and can be quickly deployed either on dedicated hardware for monitoring one or more transit points on your network, or directly on existing Unix-like hosts to monitor just their own network traffic. Because Suricata is capable of generating JSON logs of NIDS events, it integrates beautifully with Wazuh.

      • Terraform’s Variable

        The customer receives a response as soon as he opens the URL. The request then uses a mapping of IP addresses from DNS records to identify its destination, landing on a server that owns this IP, and the server processes to give a response, which is then transmitted back to the request’s origin. Because we’re using Amazon Web Services (AWS), we’ll use an EC2 instance. In production, simply having an EC2 instance that can process requests is insufficient. Virtual private cloud plays an important role to separate networks and other virtual networks from the cloud(AWS).

      • Why should you use Terraform and how does it work?

        Terraform core works with two different input sources. Terraform configuration is the first source. You specify what needs to be created or provisioned in this section. Terraform’s second source for keeping up-to-date configuration files is state. As a result, terraform core analyses the data and implements a plan for finishing the work at hand. It compares the state, what is the present state, and the configuration you want as a final result. It decides what’s to be performed in accomplishing the configuration file’s desired state. To develop or provision the infrastructure, it estimates what has to be created, updated, and destroyed.

      • How to Open Ports in Linux

        Need to connect to an outside PC or server—or need another PC or server to connect to you? If you’re running Linux, you’ll need to make sure the right port is open. While other operating systems usually have some graphical tool for this, Linux isn’t so simple. We’ll walk you through how to open ports in Linux below.

    • Games

    • Distributions

      • PCLinuxOS/Mageia/Mandriva/OpenMandriva Family

      • SUSE/OpenSUSE

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • [Linux Magazine] Fedora 36 Beta Now Has a Release Date

          It’s official, Fedora 36 now has two different release dates. If things go as planned, the beta of the distribution will become available on March 15, 2022. If there’s a delay, Fedora 36 will be released on March 22, 2022. Once the public beta testing is complete, the official release will be April 19, 2022, or, if there’s a delay, April 26, 2022. As for new features, the most notable will be the addition of GNOME 42, which improves both UI and functionality. The changes to GNOME 42 include a system-wide dark theme preference, wallpapers for both dark and light themes, updates to the folder icon theme, even more support for libadwaita, an improved System Settings application (thanks to GTK 4), a new default text editor (shifting from Gedit to GNOME Text Editor), and an improved screenshot tool and native screen recording.

        • Red Hat Training And Certification Expands Offerings For Partners

          Red Hat has announced that Red Hat Training and Certification is expanding its offerings for partners in order to advance their skills journey with open hybrid cloud technologies. Red Hat partners can now access Red Hat Training self-paced online courses at no cost in order to develop critical skills around Red Hat solutions in key areas such as cloud computing, containers, virtualization, automation and more.

        • David Cantrell: rpminspect-1.9 released

          rpminspect 1.9 is now available. The last release was in November of 2021, so this release includes a lot of new functionality and bug fixes. Among the many changes and bug fixes is the addition of the rpmdeps inspection. This inspection checks for consistency and expected changes in dependency tags in build comparisons. It also checks to ensure subpackages that gained automatic shared library dependencies also carry the appropriate explicit dependency on the providing package (in cases where the providing package is another subpackage in the build).

      • Debian Family

        • Ben Hutchings: Debian LTS work, February 2022

          In February I was assigned 16 hours of work by Freexian’s Debian LTS initiative and carried over 8 hours from January. I worked 16 hours, and will carry over the remaining time to March. I spent most of my time triaging security issues for Linux, working out which of them were fixed upstream and which actually applied to the versions provided in Debian 9 “stretch”. I also rebased the Linux 4.9 (linux) package on the latest stable update, but did not make an upload this month.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Web Browsers

        • Mozilla

          • [Mozilla] How to secure your data in less than 10 minutes

            Data Privacy Day has come and gone. But here at Mozilla, helping educate people around online privacy is so important to us that we want to be your guide to protecting your data over the next four weeks. Save this page on Pocket, come back every Wednesday and find a couple of quick things you can do to help you live your best and most secure digital life. Don’t wait for the next data privacy settlement or breach. Put on a playlist and you’ll be done by the time your favorite song ends.

      • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

    • Standards/Consortia

      • OGC Code Sprint: developing open standards and software

        The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has organised a code sprint, along with two other organisations which promote open source software: the Open Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) and the Apache Software Foundation (ASF). Both OSGeo and ASF have several projects which implement OGC data standards. At Ordnance Survey, we think it’s essential to encourage OS developers to be part of the conversation and development of the open data standards used in our products and services. That’s why we are sponsoring OGC’s code sprint event, and as an OGC member, we implement many OGC standards on the OS Data Hub.

      • War and the Power of Standards – ConsortiumInfo.orgConsortiumInfo.org

        The unleashing of unprovoked acts of violence against the people of Ukraine has both horrified and united much of the world against Russia. Even historically neutral Switzerland has condemned Putin’s aggression. And aid is flooding into the beleaguered democracy from around the world. Why? Not because the Russian Federation has breached any existing treaty, but because Putin has violated widely shared standards of conduct and decency. And while nations have the sovereign right to withdraw from written agreements, they are powerless to disavow an international consensus over what nations may and may not do. Or to avoid the consequences when they violate that consensus.

  • Leftovers

    • Science

      • [Hackaday] You Can Find Military Radars On Publicly-Available Satellite Data | Hackaday

        When it comes to hunting down military radar installations and associated hardware, we typically think of equipment that is firmly in the price bracket of nation states and their military forces. Whether it’s early warning radar, those used for air defence, or for naval purposes, you’d think it was relatively difficult to intercept or track these emissions. However, a new tool built by geocomputation lecturer Ollie Ballinger shows this isn’t the case. In fact, openly-available data captured via satellite can be used to find all manner of military radar emitters. Let’s explore how!

    • Hardware

      • [Hackaday] Electric Jet Engine Uses 3D Printed Compressor, Skips The Turbine Altogether. | Hackaday

        Turbojet engines are an incredible piece of 20th century engineering that except for some edge cases, have mostly been replaced by Turbofans. Still, even the most basic early designs were groundbreaking in their time. Material science was applied to make them more reliable, more powerful, and lighter. But all of those incredible advances go completely out the window when you’re [Joel] of [Integza], and you prefer to build your internal combustion engines using repurposed butane canisters and 3d printed parts as you see in the video below the break.

      • [Hackaday] Learn To Play Guitar, Digitally | Hackaday

        Learning to play a musical instrument takes a major time commitment. If you happened to be stuck inside your home at any point in the last two years, though, you may have had the opportunity that [Dmitriy] had to pick up a guitar and learn to play. Rather than stick with a traditional guitar, though, [Dmitriy] opted to build his own digital guitar which is packed with all kinds of features you won’t find in any Fender or Gibson.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Security

          • [The Anarcat] procmail considered harmful – anarcat

            procmail is a security liability and has been abandoned upstream for the last two decades. If you are still using it, you should probably drop everything and at least remove its SUID flag. There are plenty of alternatives to chose from, and conversion is a one-time, acceptable trade-off.

          • Privacy/Surveillance

    • Defence/Aggression

      • [NewYorkTimes] A Group Founded by Colin Kaepernick Is Providing Free Second Autopsies

        A group founded by the former N.F.L. quarterback Colin Kaepernick started this week to offer free secondary autopsies for families of people who died under “police-related” circumstances. A certified autopsy can be prohibitive, sometimes costing $5,000 or more, so those without means have had to rely on the official inquiry conducted by a medical examiner or coroner. But proponents of a second autopsy argue that forensic pathology is not an exact science, and that medical experts can have differing opinions that are sometimes colored by bias. Not having the means for an independent autopsy — a second opinion, in medical speak — prohibits one’s access to equal justice, supporters of Mr. Kaepernick’s initiative said. “There is definitely a deep-seated subconscious bias — and in some instances a conscious bias — on the part of medical examiners vis-à-vis police-related deaths,” Dr. Cyril H. Wecht, one of country’s most famous forensic pathologists and one of the board-certified examiners who will be conducting autopsies as part of this effort, said in an interview on Thursday.

    • Environment

[Meme] Throwing Stones in a House of Glass

Posted in Deception, Europe, Law, Patents at 4:16 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Mind your own business; You Corrupt António Campinos...

SUEPO on EPO Stasi and ILOAT ruling of EPO Stasi against mother

SUEPO on EPO Stasi

Summary: On February 24th (yes, that date) the staff union of Europe’s second-largest institution issued this (shown above) publication; and now the dictator of the EPO has the audacity to leverage Ukraine for self-serving political objectives

EPO Breaks Laws Just Like Vladimir Putin, But Then It Has the Audacity to Exploit Ukraine to Pretend the Opposite is True

Posted in Deception, Europe, Patents at 3:48 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum f95ac96e2d55aad2c0190c17ba7a1497
EPO Exploiting Ukraine
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: The criminals who have taken over Europe’s second-largest institution are exploiting Ukrainian deaths to promote their twisted, illegal agenda, which basically represents a threat to Europe

THE profoundly corrupt EPO, which compels examiners to grant patents against the law, is bringing back the methods of Benoît Battistelli, who habitually used terror attacks to pretend he was defending people and that he actively pursued peace.

“António is the sort of person Jorge (his father) would want captured and prosecuted.”Now, almost a week after Russian invasion, António Campinos and his mates (whom he hired based on loyalty rather than skills, just like Vladimir Putin) have the nerve or the audacity to not only ‘milk’ Ukraine but to also promote theatrics for the mere illusion that the Unitary Patent can legally come into force. These people help litigation firms and patent trolls invade Europe, they knowingly break the law, they violate constitutions, and they corrupt our media with paid-for fake news. And here they are presenting themselves as guardians of peace, even weeks after some very hard-hitting decisions from ILOAT. António is the sort of person Jorge (his father) would want captured and prosecuted.

Why bring up Jorge Campinos? Because António himself kept bringing up Jorge, pretending he was the “man of the people” because of his father. But the young Campinos is just a corrupt opportunist in pursuit of power. He’s another Putin.

Jorge Campinos

Links 2/3/2022: Tiny Core Linux and cutefishOS Examined

Posted in News Roundup at 1:54 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • [Hackaday] Where Do You Want To Go Today? Perhaps To A Linux With A Familiar Interface? | Hackaday

        Sometimes we cover works of extreme technological merit here at Hackaday, other times we cover interesting projects that while they might not lie at the bleeding edge are interesting enough that they deserve a wider audience. Sometimes though, we bring you something in this field simply because it amuses us and we think it will you too. Such is the case with [Bryan Lunduke]’s look at making a Linux desktop look like Windows 95. And lest you think that it might be yet another skin to make Windows users transition to Linux a bit easier, the aim and result is to make it look exactly like Microsoft’s mid-90s desktop. Underneath it all is the relatively familiar xUbuntu distribution, with a deliciously troll-worthy project called Chicago95 atop it. This takes some existing Windows 95 theme and icon projects, and adds GTK themes, an MS-DOS shell theme, the ability to install those cheesy ’90s Plus! themes, and a Microsoft Office 95 theme for LibreOffice. It really does deliver an experience very close to the Redmond original.

    • Server

      • Most Reliable Hosting Company Sites in February 2022 [Ed: GNU/Linux everywhere]

        Aruba had the most reliable hosting company site in February 2022, continuing to top the table for the third consecutive month. Aruba provides hosting, cloud and digital signature services, fibre optic internet, digital preservation, and much more, with data centres across Europe in the UK, Germany, Czechia, Poland, Italy and France. The top nine hosting company sites each responded to all of Netcraft’s requests and were separated by average connection time.

    • Kernel Space

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • [MakeTech Easier] How to Use Emacs for RSS with Elfeed

        Emacs is a very extensible piece of software. It can be your text editor, your email client and even your USENET reader. With Elfeed, you can also use Emacs as your RSS feed reader.

      • How to notify user using wall command – TREND OCEANS

        Wall command is used to send a message to currently logged-in users, and a system administrator mainly uses this command to notify other users about forthcoming maintenance updates. All users will be notified only if the terminal is working, but nowadays you can also get messages on the notification panel irrespective of whether the terminal is running. If you want to send a message to a specific user, then use the “write” command. In this article, you will see multiple ways to notify users using wall command.

      • How to Install Synaptic Package Manager on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – LinuxCapable

        The Synaptic Package Manager is a graphical tool that makes installing, updating, and removing packages easy. It’s perfect for those unfamiliar with command-line options because of its user-friendly interface, and you can begin to learn more in-depth about how packages work and system maintenance. In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Synaptic Package Manager on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish for users that wish to use a feature packaged package manager GUI solution compared to Ubuntu’s default GUI package management or the command line terminal.

      • How to Install Vivaldi Browser on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – LinuxCapable

        Vivaldi is a freeware, cross-platform web browser developed by Vivaldi Technologies. It had grown from the downfall of Opera with many disgruntled when it changed from the Presto layout engine to a Chromium-based browser. This platform angered traditional Opera users. Since then, Vivaldi has become one of the most popular alternative Internet Browsers amongst the big three Chrome, Firefox, and Edge. Vivaldi promotes itself as a leading browser with faster navigation, clever bookmarking, more intelligent browsing, extensive tab management, and a more visual approach. In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Vivaldi Browser on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using the command line terminal and also the option of Vivaldi stable or Vivaldi snapshot browser versions.

      • Parse CSV Files In Bash Scripts In Linux – OSTechNix

        Comma-separated values aka CSV is a semi-structured data that uses comma as the delimiter to separate the words. CSV file formats are very popular among data professionals since they have to deal with a lot of CSV files and process it to create insights. In this article, we will be focusing on how to parse CSV files in Bash shell scripts in Linux. In most parts of this article, I will be using awk and sed tools for csv parsing instead of combining different commands like grep, cut, tr, etc. The awk utility reduces the complexity of piping multiple commands or writing a loop with logic to grab the data. Instead, you can write a one-liner code in awk to do the job.

      • How To Setup UFW Firewall on Debian 11 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to setup UFW Firewall on Debian 11. For those of you who didn’t know, UFW (Uncomplicated Firewall), is the most popular and easy-to-use command-line tool for configuring and managing a firewall on Debian-based distributions. Ufw protects the server by monitoring the incoming and outgoing traffic of the network connections of a server. This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step-by-step installation of the Setup UFW Firewall on a Debian 11 (Bullseye).

      • How to handle ACPI events on Linux

        ACPI is the acronym for Advanced Configuration and Power Interface; as a standard, it was first implemented in the year 1996, as a successor to APM (Advanced Power Management). As a main feature, it brought the ability to handle power management at the operating system level, whereas before it was handled in BIOS. Some ACPI events on Linux are, by default, handled via systemd-logind, but more complex configurations can be achieved by installing and running the acpid service. In this article we see how to configure systemd-logind and how to handle more specific ACPI events via the acpid daemon.

    • Games

      • [Boiling Steam] Aperture Desk Job: Valve’s Back At It – Boiling Steam

        Valve hit us with a surprise a few days ago: they announced a new game set in the Portal universe — Aperture Desk Job. Even though it’s a demo designed to showcase the Steam Deck’s controls, desktop users aren’t excluded, and I got the chance to play it once it went live today. Available on Steam for both Windows and Linux. Though the game is set in the Portal universe, you’re not in control of a character who shoots portals. Rather, your job is to test a series of toilets, add water to them, make sure that they flush, then move on to the next one. Sounds boring, right? Well, after you’ve inspected a few, things get a little more interesting. Grady, the Aperture core that is your tutor, adds a turret mode to one of them later on. It will even shoot rockets. This improvised toilet — what Grady calls the “Mark II” — is in the hopes of impressing Cave Johnson, who returns from Portal 2, the CEO of Aperture Science. Grady thinks it will make the both of you rich.

      • Apex Legends is Now Playable on Linux; Official EAC Support [Ed: Might be a plagiarism site]
      • ‘Inscryption’ Mac and Linux ports are being publicly playtested

        As outlined in a Steam blog post, ports for Mac and Linux versions of the game are currently in Beta, with the developers asking for help with playtesting. All owners of Inscryption on Steam can playtest the ports by right-clicking the game in their library, selecting Properties and entering the code “mealwormsigil” in the Betas tab. Players are then asked to report any bugs or issues within the Beta, which can be done in-game by pressing F11 or in the Daniel Mullins Games Discord Server via the Inscryption Mac bugs channel.

      • [Its FOSS] Want to Play Destiny 2 on Steam Deck or Linux? Bungie Will Ban You If You Try

        Linux gamers have been hoping to see Destiny 2 work on Linux using Proton or SteamPlay. This is because BattleEye and other anti-cheat engines announced official support for Proton. Basically, with the resources available with Bungie (especially now under Sony), it should not be a big deal to enable proton support.

      • [GamingOnLinux] Oxygen Not Included got a few improvements recently to help Steam Deck | GamingOnLinux

        Klei Entertainment did say in their January Roadmap that support for the Steam Deck would come, and some of that work has now be made live. This doesn’t sound like they’re done yet but it all sounds like good work towards it. The update actually landed on the Steam Deck launch day, which I missed as of course that day was ridiculously busy to keep track of everything.

      • [GamingOnLinux] A round-up of our Steam Deck content — the videos keep coming

        Since news moves fast, here’s a chance for you to grab a breather and get a look at my ongoing Steam Deck content. Here’s what has been shown off so far.

      • [GamingOnLinux] Virgo Versus The Zodiac gets an official Linux release | GamingOnLinux

        Virgo Versus The Zodiac, what the developer says is an “unforgiving timed actions turn-based JRPG”, has been released officially for Linux (and macOS). Inspired by the Mario & Luigi RPG series and the Mother RPG series. “The game features traditional turn-based combat with real-time execution of moves: blocking, countering and timing your attacks carefully as well as predicting your foes’ moves is essential to succeed in Virgo’s twisted and unforgiving cosmic quest to bring back the Golden Age, a period of peace, symmetry and balance, or so she thinks.”

      • [GamingOnLinux] Bomb Club Deluxe is an explosive puzzle game out now | GamingOnLinux

        Bomb Club Deluxe from Antoine Latour and Lozange Lab is a fresh and quality puzzle game, all about setting off explosive chain reactions to solve a level.

      • [GamingOnLinux] Free stealth game The Dark Mod v2.10 is a HUGE upgrade | GamingOnLinux

        Inspired by the Thief series, The Dark Mod is a brilliant free and open source game and game engine for people to make various levels with. The Dark Mod version 2.10 is out now and it’s BIG.

      • [GamingOnLinux] Fantasy themed tactical card game ‘Dragon Evo’ enters Early Access | GamingOnLinux

        Dragon Evo is a fresh entry into the deck-building tactical card game genre and it’s now available in Early Access, along with Linux support too. Inspired by RPGs with a little sprinkle of RTS with the, it’s actually quite a unique game although it does have some rough edges with it not being complete yet. There’s quite a lot to take in right away too with their health and action system. Card have different attack categories including close combat, ranged, flying or burrowing attacks. Each has a strength and weakness too, so you’re always thinking and planning while playing. It’s a deck-builder, so you get to make up your own pack and you earn more while you play too.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Do you like code? do you like art? Do you love KDE?

          Most of the design concepts are done, but my C++ QtStyle foomagic is lower than zero ;) so muhhhh heee… do you want to help? Janet extraordinaire yesterday helped a bit and adjusted the old Oxygen painting to do a preliminary implementation of the noise O² needs for its background, but that is only the very beginning of is needed.

        • Say Hello to KDE Eco – Kockatoo Tube

          KDE invites you to get your software project certified with Germany’s top seal of approval for eco-friendly products: the Blauer Engel eco-label. Software may be immaterial, but it determines the energy consumption of hardware, and making software resource efficient is crucial. The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector is reported to contribute as much C02 to the environment as the aviation industry — and the numbers continue to rise. Sustainability, as reflected in the Blauer Engel criteria for software eco-certification, must be considered holistically: user autonomy and transparency, hallmarks of Free and Open-Source Software, are a part of that.

        • January/February in KDE PIM — Decrypted mind

          Since the last summary two month ago we have seen the 21.12.3 patch releases of Kontact, and more than 1200 changes by 35 contributors have been integrated. Around 20 people helped to process nearly 120 merge requests the last 2 months, reviewing and finally merging over 80 of them. Calendaring The new notification-based reminder service can now launch KOrganizer or Kalendar respectively to view or edit the corresponding event. The Notifications with geolocation data attached to your event or task will now open your default mapping application. The reminder service is planned to replace the previous dialog-based one for 22.04. The identity management library has been restructured to reduce the runtime dependencies of the reminder daemon as well as other background services. The public holidays list for several countries has been updated.

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

    • Distributions

      • [Make Use Of] Have a Taste of the cutefishOS 0.8 beta

        From China, comes a new Linux distro, cutefishOS, creating quite a buzz in the Linux community. The Debian 11 Bullseye-based distro is currently still in beta, however. Its desktop environment is quite elegant, yet simple. The 0.8 beta release teases that the final product will be a hit with new Linux users, especially Apple converts, as the GUI is remarkably similar to that of Apple’s Catalina. The stated goal of the cutefishOS developers is “… to provide users with a comfortable interface design, better user experience and a better choice.”

      • Reviews

        • [TechRepublic] Tiny Core Linux is the smallest Linux distribution on the market with a big heart | TechRepublic

          Tiny Core Linux is as lightweight as a GUI-based Linux distribution can be. Jack Wallen walks you through the installation that makes this operating system unique. One thing that makes Linux special is that there’s a distribution crafted for nearly every conceivable use case. You’ve got Linux for science, games, productivity, edge, cloud, containers, embedded, big data, networking, security … if you can think of a need, Linux can cover it.

      • SUSE/OpenSUSE

        • Dell Latitude D630 System Check and Tumbleweed Update

          Mothballed my D630 when I got this HP EliteBook about a year ago. I intended on keeping the machine updated about every 3 to 6 months but time hasn’t permitted. I located the laptop in a plastic tote with other laptops from yester-year. Plugged in and powered up the machine. Just as it was when I retired it The battery had discharged itself sitting for a year, even though it was off, which I found rather surprising. Not a huge deal but still surprising. The machine took much longer to start up than I remembered taking I realized that this computer still had a “spinning rust” drive in it as it was only in the last few years that I have gone all SSD on my laptops. When the machine booted up, it was just as I had let it. I would call it like a time capsule but that is what my offline backup tool, Back In Time is used for. I clicked around a bit and lamented the ropey open source Nouveau graphics drivers. When the Nvidia Quadro NVS 135M GPU in this was supported, I had a fantastic experience with it. Now, not so much. I still have high hopes for Nouveau, I hope that it can be worked on to the point that I can get non-glitchy performance out of it yet.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

    • Devices/Embedded

      • [Hackaday] Review: DevTerm Linux Handheld Has Retro-Future Vibe | Hackaday

        It’s not every day that an open-source, portable Linux handheld computer gets announced, so I couldn’t resist placing an order for the DevTerm by ClockworkPi back when we first learned about the stylish little terminal, which includes a 1280 x 480 screen (double-wide VGA) and a modular little thermal printer. Of course, the global semiconductor shortage combined with shipping slowdowns led to delays, but things did ultimately come together for the project. I’ve always been a sucker for small-format machines, especially ones that come as a well-designed kit, and that means I can tell you all about what it was like to put it together and turn it on. There’s a lot to look at, so let’s get started.

      • Open Hardware/Modding

        • [Hackaday] Split Flap Display Tells Us The Word | Hackaday

          LED and LCD displays are a technological marvel. They’ve brought the price of televisions and monitors down to unheard-of levels since the days of CRTs, but this upside arguably comes with an aesthetic cost. When everything is covered in bland computer screens, the world tends to look a lot more monotonous. Not so several decades ago when there were many sharply contrasting ways of displaying information. One example of this different time comes to us by way of this split-flap display that [Erich] has been recreating.

        • [Arduino] This homemade table puts a soccer spin on air hockey | Arduino Blog

          The classic tabletop game of air hockey has existed in its current form for decades, and while it can be fun initially, the lack of exciting components can make it dull after a while. So, in order to exercise his creative and technical skills, Silas Hansen decided to create his own spin on the game by making an air football table. His project was designed and built from scratch with some very innovative fabrication techniques. The base of the air football table was crafted by laser cutting various pieces of MDF board into the side panels and the second layer of the top. To ensure smoothness, the top layer was cut from a solid panel of acrylic that also had a series of holes for air to pass through. Lastly, the corner supports, mounts, and game pieces were 3D-printed.

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Results that surprised us in The State of Enterprise Open Source report

        We survey a broad panel of IT decision makers about the state of enterprise open source every year. We also have many thousands of conversations with customers, prospects, analysts, and industry peers. So it takes a lot to surprise us. Yet, every year that we run this survey there are usually one or two results that we didn’t really expect. Here are a couple from this year’s The State of Enterprise Open Source 2022 report, for which we surveyed nearly 1,300 IT decision makers at medium to large enterprises worldwide.

      • [Business Wire] Leaders in Semiconductors, Packaging, IP Suppliers, Foundries, and Cloud Service Providers Join Forces to Standardize Chiplet Ecosystem
      • OSI links arms with the Open Infrastructure Foundation

        Here on the blog we’ve been sharing stories of why our sponsors have chosen to support OSI. Today I’m flipping the script to explain why OSI has chosen to become an associate member of one of our own members, the Open Infrastructure (OpenInfra) Foundation. You can read more about their new affiliate members here.

      • FSF

        • GNU Projects

          • [FSF] February GNU Spotlight with Mike Gerwitz: Nineteen new GNU releases!

            19 new GNU releases in the last month (as of February 27, 2022): auctex-13.1 autoconf-archive-2022.02.11 binutils-2.38 ed-1.18 findutils-4.9.0 gdbm-1.23 glibc-2.35 gnunet-0.16.0 guile-3.0.8 guile-sdl-0.6.1 hello-2.12 help2man-1.49.1 libredwg-0.12.5 nano-6.2 parallel-20220222 poke-2.1 rcs-5.10.1 screen-4.9.0 wget-1.21.3

      • Programming/Development

        • CXX-Qt – Safe Rust Bindings for Qt – KDAB

          At KDAB, we have been investigating how to integrate Rust with Qt in a safe and idiomatic way. The solution we are currently working on is called CXX-Qt. It’s available in the GitHub and on crates.io. This blog post discusses the journey of CXX-Qt — where it started, where it can be used right now, and the future direction of the project. If you would like to get started with code examples, visit our Rust book.

  • Leftovers

    • [Tedium] 10 Document File Formats That Didn’t Make It

      As you may or may not know about me, I have strong opinions on how word processors and text editors should work. I also have a fascination with failed (or at least, declining) file formats—and having written a couple of these lists, I’ve found them to be deeply enjoyable as well as a great way to highlight forgotten software that people probably haven’t used in a long time. (Some would argue they’re trolling opportunities, to which I plead the fifth.) So perhaps it’s time to combine those two things into a list that highlights some word processors that time forgot, or that most of us moved on from. But I of course need to hedge this slightly, by pointing out that when I decide on what shows up in this list, I work within basic parameters: it tends to be specialized, obfuscated, uncommon, or unloved—in a combination that, together makes it optional for the average person. Let’s dig into some documents that might be hard to open with a standard word processor.

    • Integrity/Availability

    • Defence/Aggression

      • [Barry Kauler] A sad time for Europe

        We are daily seeing the brutal attack on Ukraine, on TV and the Internet and newspapers — except you won’t be seeing this, or rather you will be seeing a censored version of events, if you live in certain countries that control the media. These events have reminded me of my step-mother’s escape from Hungary, in 1956. She was a young single woman, age 23, and she and her sister had employment working in a clothing manufacturing factory in Budapest. One day she was waiting in a queue to use a public telephone, when suddenly a fight erupted between Hungarian freedom fighters and Russian soldiers. A stray bullet hit my step-mother in the stomach. She was taken to a hospital, and operated on. Russian soldiers came to the hospital, looking for anyone who had been admitted with gunshot wounds. They walked around the wards, and the Doctor told them she had just been operated on for appendicitis — fortunately, the wound was just in that same place.

      • [The Washington Post] Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine’s youngest minister, is using Twitter to shame tech companies into joining his country’s fight – The Washington Post

        Mykhailo Fedorov, the nation’s youngest cabinet minister, turned a staid government Twitter account into a cannon to shame the world’s biggest tech companies

      • [AccessNow] Digital rights in the Ukraine-Russia conflict

        The European Union must do everything in its power to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people affected by Russia’s attack on Ukraine. Through an open letter, Access Now has laid out clear actions for working with tech platforms and telecoms operators to uphold connectivity, access to accurate information, data protection, and non-discrimination at the border. “Russia’s war on Ukraine is affecting millions of people, and the European Union has both the power and the responsibility to ensure the internet and all telecommunications are accessible for all. Decisions and interventions must come now,” said Fanny Hidvegi, Europe Policy Director at Access Now. Brett Solomon, Executive Director at Access Now, had a clear message for online platforms operating throughout the war on Ukraine, and in crises, “keep the internet open,” he said on the ABC’s The Drum.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Public Knowledge Urges FCC To Preserve Consumer Protections for VoIP Services – Public Knowledge

        Today, Public Knowledge filed a Petition for Declaratory Ruling urging the Federal Communications Commission to declare Voice over Internet Protocol as a Title II “common carrier” telecommunications service. Communications Workers of America, Center for Rural Strategies, National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates, Next Century Cities, The Public Utility Law Project of New York, and The Utility Reform Network joined the filing. Congress created a broad, technology-agnostic definition of a telecommunications service in the Telecommunications Act of 1996 so that consumers using future technologies such as VoIP would still receive the same level of protection and service quality as traditional communications networks. Without this reclassification, consumers risk losing valuable protections including fair pricing, service quality standards, and reliable emergency services. Public Knowledge calls on the agency to act to ensure everyone has access to reliable, quality voice service no matter what technology provides it.

[Meme] The King of CPUs

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Hardware at 9:44 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Michael Inside

Summary: Phoronix is cheapening itself and selling out; people are noticing

Reviewing Gifts and Coverage of News About Companies That Supply These Gifts

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Hardware, Microsoft, Windows at 9:30 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 1d6128929eacf526a5644833c2795a8f
Michael and the x86 Box
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: There’s a severe Web crisis that more people ought to talk about; sites are being increasingly compromised or ‘bought’ (looking to ‘cash in’ on their audiences) and as a result we have a deeply misinformed public; today we revisit Phoronix

A MONTH ago we caught Phoronix violating ethical standards and called the site out on it (only after we had given it about a day to respond) [1, 2]. We since then haven’t linked to Phoronix anymore and things have hardly improved, as noted in the video above. The companies which send very expensive gifts receive a disproportionate amount of coverage in Phoronix and gifts are still being sent to the Phoronix estate (from Microsoft also), as shown above based on this morning’s very latest post.

“Companies work overtime to shape perceptions around them and their products; heck, they have whole business units devoted to this task.”Michael finally/belatedly responded more than a fortnight later and weakly (not disputing what we had actually said but dancing around the questions). This rant isn’t limited to Phoronix but to the state of the Web at large, including social control media. We recently mentioned GulagTube/YouTube "influencers" selling fake endorsements/reviews (“The Linux Experiment”, which worked hard to cancel Richard Stallman, got banned for it last year) and Phoronix is doing the same, albeit not in the form of video (but benchmarks and photos as a medium).

It is quite frankly frustrating that the Web has become a source of propaganda not just from governments but also corporations and their ‘foot soldiers’, with sites that masquerade as independent but are in fact receiving loads of very expensive gifts.

With all sorts of sockpuppets and fake reviews overwhelming the Web (or fake awards/endorsements) it has become hard to know who to trust online; it’s a lot worse on the Web because the platform is heavily targeted, including Wikipedia. Companies work overtime to shape perceptions around them and their products; heck, they have whole business units devoted to this task.

Over in our IRC channels there has been some discussion about this other post from Phoronix, once again going soft on Microsoft. As one person immediately responded, “we don’t need directx, we have opengl and vulkan [...] it’s another one of their tricks… the headline has little information… it’s a linux kernel module for WSL that implements directx… in that case, it’s another microsoft way to locking in GNU/Linux programs to windows by implementing a directx shim in the virtualized linux kernel… so WSL is EEE and we’re now at the extend part… they extend it with proprietary API and hope that the programs rely on it.”

“Maybe it’s just Software-defined Silicon,” Ryan said.

About another crate of CPUs, there was even more commotion. “Every time you pay Intel more, it does things that it could already do and locked you out of intentionally,” Ryan said. “Like Windows.”

“The electric company moved everything over to Microsoft Azure. Now I get a spinney beachball of death instead of being able to pay my electric bill with Firefox.”

Psydroid said: “Intel couldn’t stay behind so that’s another crate of CPUs for Michael Intelarabel and the Moronix”

Ryan responded: “When all else fails, bribe. Here’s an entire shipping container of CPUs. We don’t want them back, so if you put them on ebay that’s fine. Be sure to run Clear Linux and use the Intel Compiler when comparing us to AMD. It’s not so much that the Intel Compiler optimizes that well for Intel processors. It’s that it makes AMD processors take the slowest code it generates to make Intel’s CPUs look better in comparison between the two. Intel provides all sorts of kickbacks for third party developers to use ICC so that it ruins the performance of the largest amount of software possible for AMD. Then they can just go “Aww shucks, well, we have no way of knowing whether AMD’s CPUs meet these feature sets, so we just sniff to see what it is and fail safe.”. No investigations afaik.”

Going back to that other article, it shows that Phoronix isn’t changing its ways. It works for interests orthogonal to ours when it suits it. “WSL as everyone knows,” our associate noted moments ago, “is toxic waste to prevent the use of GNU/Linux and keep people fiddling pointlessly with Windows.”

Links 2/3/2022: OpenSUSE Leap 15.4 Beta and Bluefin R Series

Posted in News Roundup at 9:24 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • [Make Use Of] 6 Reasons Why Linux Doesn’t Have More Apps

      A majority of Linux apps are community-developed but still, there’s a lack of both open-source and proprietary apps for Linux. Why is this so? Linux has an abundance of software, but when you first make the switch, you may be frustrated by the lack of names you’re familiar with. If you’ve used Linux for a while, you may also grow disillusioned by what can feel like a relatively slow rate of change or the enduring lack of certain types of software. Why are certain apps yet to come to Linux, and what is holding back the community from producing more alternatives? Let’s find out.

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • What is Dahlia OS and Why You Have to Try It

        Having been a Linux user for what feels like an eternity, there have always been instances where I felt why do we have just Linux dominating? Granted it’s open-source which is great and of course, there’s the Unix family but we cannot exactly claim Unix to be fully open-source – considering the Open Group relationship. Even though we have the BSD family of truly free and open-source Unix operating systems including OpenBSD, NetBSD, FreeBSD, etc there is a need to be skeptical about these systems and their interoperability with the future of IoT devices that will continue to define the landscape of technology going into the future. Enter Zircon; Zircon is the new kid on the block that was conceived by Google with the underlying family of operating systems in the image of Fuchsia and Dahlia OS both of which are open-sourced with heavy use of Flutter+Dart all through. Fuchsia is the official operating system upon which the Zircon kernel is continually developed. Learn more about Fuchsia OS and Zircon here! Dahlia OS, on the other hand, is based on the unfinished Fuchsia operating system and as an equally open-source initiative, It does a pretty good job of bringing both the Linux and Zircon kernel operating under one roof, Dahlia OS.

      • [TechRadar] [Older] Best Linux distro for developers in 2022

        The best Linux distros for developers provide a simple, stable, and secure environment for coding and programming applications for the internet, Android, and the cloud. This is increasingly important, because Linux powers the backbone of the internet, mobile devices, and now cloud computing systems. Therefore it’s often essential for techies to be able to work directly in a Linux environment, especially for operating servers and for developing software that runs on them. While Linux has a reputation for being primarily for coders and programmers, over the past couple of decades there have been moves to provide versions of Linux that are more friendly to ordinary users, such as by providing more of a graphic user interface (GUI) and be less reliant on command line use. However, at its core Linux still offers a thriving environment for coders and developers.

      • [TechRadar] [Older] Best Linux server distros of 2022

        We feature the best Linux distros for servers, to make it simple and easy to run stable and reliable servers for your home or business. While Windows may be the world’s most popular Operating System (OS) for desktop PCs, the world’s most popular OS for the internet’s web servers is Linux. Usually bundled along with Apache, MySQL, and PHP – and frequently referred to as a LAMP configuration – a wide variety of different Linux distros are used not just for the servers that power the internet but also for the virtual networks behind cloud computing. Sometimes the choice of which Linux distro you use on your servers is down to personal preference, sometimes market forces, and sometimes due to small advantages a particular distro will have in regards to the core applications to be used, security concerns, or stability issues. Ultimately, most web users will never notice any difference because the OS works very much in the background, and it will only be the system administrators and IT managers who take notice of which distro of Linux is used.

    • Linux Magazine

    • Applications

      • [Medevel] LessPass is a free self-hosted Password Manager and Password Generator

        LessPass is a free, web-based password manager for individuals. The project is maintained by a large community of developers and software engineers. LessPass uses PBKDF2 with 100,000 iterations and a hash function sha-256. Password generation is based on pure functions.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Get started on OpenStack with DevStack | Enable Sysadmin

        Start tinkering with the open hybrid cloud by using DevStack to create a local OpenStack installation on a spare server or laptop.

      • How to Install OpenLiteSpeed Web Server on Ubuntu 20.04 – VITUX

        OpenLiteSpeed is a free and open-source web server software that enables users to deliver websites faster and reliably. This can be done in many ways, including concurrency, memory usage, request processing rates and built-in cache. OpenLiteSpeed has a large community dedicated to developers who contribute code and hardware to the project. OpenLiteSpeed is written in the C programming language and can be used on many platforms, including Linux, UNIX, BSD and Windows. In this guide, we will walk you through the steps necessary to get OpenLiteSpeed up and running on your server. Plus, we will show you how to configure it for optimal performance. So let’s get started!

      • [HowTo Forge] How to Install and Configure Suricata IDS along with Elastic Stack on Rocky Linux 8

        Suricata is a Network Monitoring tool that examines and processes every packet of internet traffic that flows through your server. It can generate log events, trigger alerts and drop traffic upon detecting any suspicious activity. You can either install Suricata on a single machine to monitor its traffic or deploy on a gateway host to scan all incoming and outgoing traffic from other servers connected to it. You can combine Suricata with Elasticsearch, Kibana, and Filebeat to create a Security Information and Event Management(SIEM) tool.

      • How to Install Chromium Browser on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – LinuxCapable

        Chromium is an open-source browser project that aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all users to experience the web. The Chromium codebase is widely used, and Microsoft Edge, Opera, and many other browsers are based on the code. Chromium is well-liked amongst advanced users that prefer not to have all the bloat of tracking that can come in Chrome and other proprietary software. In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Chromium Web Browser on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using APT or Flatpak installation.

      • Oximeter And Hearth-Rate Sensor with Arduino: Max30100 wiring, setup and code

        In order to measure the Heart beat in BPM and Oxygen level, the MAX30100 Oximeter is one of best devices to get this data. As it works on reflection of light, so just have to place finger on the light emitting from it to get your data from Arduino. This tutorial is all about interfacing the MAX30100 pulse oximeter sensor with Arduino Uno. The sensor has the ability to measure blood oxygen and heart rate.

      • How to Install Opera Browser on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – LinuxCapable

        Opera is a freeware, cross-platform web browser developed by Opera Software and operates as a Chromium-based browser. Opera offers a clean, modern web browser that is an alternative to the other major players in the Browser race. Its famous Opera Turbo mode and its renowned battery saving mode are the best amongst all known web browsers by quite a margin, along with a built-in VPN and much more. In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Opera Browser stable, beta, or development (nightly) on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish, including installing, updating, and removing the browser.

      • How to Install Python Package Manager Pip on Ubuntu

        Have you ever wondered why Python installation and setup is so fast and easy for all that it promises? This is thanks to its standard package manager, called pip. Python itself comes with very basic built-in modules, but the most powerful modules that make Python a powerhouse are not included in the basic installation of Python. Any package in PyPI (the Python Package Index) can be installed, uninstalled, updated, and so on with the package manager called pip. Python Package Index (PyPI) is an extensive library that was developed by the Python community and has brought a huge amount of application development. In this article, you will learn to install and use pip to manage packages within Python. Additionally, this article goes over the installation of the pip version that is compatible with Python2.

      • How to install KDE neon 20220210 – Invidious

        In this video, I am going to show how to install KDE neon 20220210.

      • How to Install Docker on RHEL 8 (AlmaLinux/RockyLinux)

        Docker is a container-based software that allows multiple applications to run inside the containers. This is a virtualization platform that is useful for developers and other users to feel fewer compatibility issues with an operating system. In Docker, various containers can communicate with each other and share the same kernel. So, you can run different applications in multiple containers. Docker can be installed on almost on all major distributions such as Windows, Linux (RHEL based distros, Debian based distros, etc.), Mac OS. We will explore in this article how you can install Docker on the a RHEL 8 distribution, such as AlmaLinux 8 or Rocky Linux 8, using the command-line method. In our example we’ll be using AlmaLinux 8.

      • How to Install Software with Yum/Dnf Using RHEL ISO Image

        Linux operating system attributes such as easy configuration, open-source projects support, access to container development tools, and other numerous functionalities are not the only reasons why some users fancy RHEL 8 over other Linux operating system distributions. The release of RHEL 8 has more muscles to flex to its user community. You can now set up RHEL ISO local repo on your installed RHEL 8 server system from an RHEL OS ISO file or installation DVD.

      • How To Install Flameshot on AlmaLinux 8 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Flameshot on AlmaLinux 8. For those of you who didn’t know, Flameshot is an open-source screenshot tool available for Linux, Mac, and Windows. The best thing about this screenshot tool is that it operates with both the graphical user interface as well as the command-line interface. It is a very easy-to-use screenshot tool that provides users with a high level of flexibility and customization. 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 the step-by-step installation of the Flameshot screenshot tool on AlmaLinux 8. You can follow the same instructions for CentOS and Rocky Linux.

      • How to Install Timeshift on Manjaro 21 Linux – LinuxCapable

        Timeshift is a powerful open-source tool that can help you protect your data. It allows you to create incremental snapshots of your filesystem, which can be browsed with a file manager. In BTRFS mode, snapshots are taken using the in-built features of the BTRFS filesystem if you’re looking for a reliable way to back up your data. In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install the TimeShift snapshot utility on Manjaro 21 Linux. The tutorial will use the yay AUR helper, ideally most users may be using some wrapper for Pacman, for new users, it is essential to install one to keep your packages up-to-date while you learn Arch/Manjaro.

      • How to Install Calibre on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – LinuxCapable

        Calibre is a free and powerful e-book software that can be used to catalog your books, fetch metadata for them automatically with the help of its built-in tools, or you could do it manually if needed; convert texts into various formats, including ones made explicitly by the device manufacturers so they’ll display properly on readers like Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″, send files straight away without having any interruptions along route thanks again network features which also allow users download content over 1K websites updated daily! In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Calibre on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using two different methods with APT and Flatpak.

      • Migrate Docker Containers To New Server

        Docker makes it simple to deploy container images that contain a fully functional operating system and make use of the host kernel. We’ve already covered the installation and use of Docker containers; in this post, we’ll go through how to migrate Docker containers from one server to another server. Docker containers are relatively easy to set up and manage. We can find hundreds of containers on docker hub and create a full-fledged virtual operating system with just a few commands from the console. In the last post in the Docker category, we learned how to host several websites or applications on a single server by using docker containers. The following commands will allow you to move your Docker containers to a new server. But first, let’s take a quick look at how we’re going to go about accomplishing this. Typically, we deploy a docker image by first downloading it from a source like Docker Hub. The command docker create automatically downloads and deploys the specified container image. After successfully deploying an image and publishing our application. During the production time, the application creates data, and we also install packages that modify the base docker image. When migrating docker containers, we must save the operating container as an image, transmit it to the new server, then load the docker image as a brand new container. Another method of migrating docker containers is to export and import docker containers. Exporting a docker container using docker export command is a little different from saving a docker image using docker save command. docker export command creates a snapshot of a running container whereas docker save commands creates an image that can be used to create container. We can use both the commands to migrate our containers to a new server.

      • How to use httpx, a web client for Python | Opensource.com

        The httpx package for Python is an excellent and flexible module for interacting with HTTP.

      • Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu 20.04/22.04 LTS

        Having written a few top things in the past for Ubuntu systems, it’s that time of the year again for us to revisit the subject of some of the ideal things you need to do in order to successfully configure your Ubuntu operating system for optimal use. For the uninitiated, Ubuntu is a family of operating systems that are oriented towards newcomers in the Linux world. With the main Ubuntu system using Gnome as the default desktop environment, we have other flavors that use desktops like XFCE, MATE, LXDE, and KDE by default.

      • How to Install Tor Browser on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – LinuxCapable

        Tor, also known as The Onion Router, is open-source, free software that enables anonymous communication when using online services such as web surfing. The Tor network directs the Internet traffic through an accessible worldwide volunteer overlay network with over six thousand relays and continues to grow. Many users want to find more ways to keep their information and activities anonymous or at least as private as possible, which has led to Tor Browser growing quite popular in recent years as it conceals a user’s location and usage from anyone conducting network surveillance or traffic analysis. The Tor network is intended to protect the personal privacy of users and their freedom and ability from conducting communication without having their activities monitored, and data were taken without their consent and used to sum it up. In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install the latest Tor Browser on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish.

    • Games

      • Steam Deck may inadvertently steal Nintendo’s retro gaming market

        According to PC Gamer, Valve’s new Steam Deck is an emulation dream machine. The Steam Deck has one-click access to all of the latest emulators, including Dolphin, DuckStation, PCSX2, BSNES, and even Yuzu, the Nintendo Switch emulator. Gamers can access this list of emulators by switching to the system’s desktop mode by holding down the power button–there’s no need to enter command lines. This easy access, setup, and execution of emulators could eat Nintendo’s retro gaming lunch. Nintendo is removing all Virtual Console games from sale, and by next year in 2023, the Nintendo Switch Online subscription will be the only way to buy and play old-school retro games on Nintendo platforms. Before now there hasn’t been an easy way to play older games on handhelds without the use of configuring, jailbreaking and obtaining software downloads/patches, etc.

      • [GamingOnLinux] Valve expect to make ‘hundreds of thousands’ of Steam Decks next month | GamingOnLinux

        In a fresh interview with IGN, Valve developer Lawrence Yang spoke about a number of things and it sounds like you may get your Steam Deck perhaps a little sooner than expected. Right now, Valve use a special queue system giving reservations a rather broad time on when to expect a Steam Deck delivery like Q2 or after-Q2. The good news is though, production is quickly ramping up. Yang mentioned how “in production terms it’ll ramp very quickly, in the first month very quickly we’ll be in the tens of thousands, by the second month we’ll be in the hundreds of thousands and beyond that it’ll grow even quicker”. Yang also mentioned how once they get into the after-Q2 launch period, things will get a lot clearer.

      • [GamingOnLinux] Steam Deck gets an OS update to help solve stick drift | GamingOnLinux

        As more people get their shiny new Steam Deck, more problems will inevitably appear not just because hardware can never be perfect but as more system updates roll out — there’s a bigger chance for problems and recently stick drift became an issue. Posting on Reddit, a couple of users (#1, #2) showed some pretty bad stick drift, something other console makers have also had to deal with and it can be a really big issue. Particularly problematic on the Nintendo Switch with the Joy-Cons, something I’ve personally experienced.

      • [Boiling Steam] The Steam Deck Has Now 935 Games (Playable and Verified) Right After Launch – Boiling Steam

        Valve is not falling asleep after the launch of the Steam Deck, and the pace of verification of new titles for the Deck is going steady.

    • Distributions

      • SUSE/OpenSUSE

        • openSUSE Leap 15.4 Reaches Beta Build Phase

          The next openSUSE Leap minor release, 15.4, has entered its beta release phase today and users can begin testing the minor version to find bugs before the general release schedule for June 8. Unlike previous 15 series versions, Leap 15.4 will offer a refresh of more modern packages for the distribution.

      • Arch Family

        • [Its FOSS] Ubuntu vs Arch Linux: What’s the difference?

          Ubuntu and Arch Linux offer entirely different desktop experiences. It is often tough to choose one of them as your daily driver, especially when you cannot ignore the benefits of Arch Linux and Ubuntu. They are both incredible choices for what they are. But, how do you choose what is best between these two?

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • CentOS Automotive SIG Announces New AutoSD Distro – Blog.CentOS.org

          The CentOS Automotive SIG is excited to announce the Automotive Stream Distribution. This is a binary distribution developed within the SIG that serves as a public, in-development preview of the upcoming Red Hat in-vehicle OS. In August 2021, the CentOS project announced the launch of the CentOS Automotive SIG. The purpose of this SIG is two-fold. First, it is meant to be a neutral public space for collaboration between third parties interested in open development of software targeted at in-vehicle automotive use cases. Second, it is meant to provide such projects with build and test infrastructure. The goal of the SIG is to provide an open-source home for RHEL-oriented automotive work, and to attract and encourage open development of automotive software between commercial and non-commercial partners.

        • [Enterprisers Project] Agile transformation: 5 ways to measure progress

          Among the many hot project management strategies these days, Agile may be the most widely implemented: Agile techniques like daily stand-ups, scrums, and sprint planning are now ubiquitous in offices and Zoom calls alike. Rather than building towards a singular, make-or-break product release or campaign, Agile project management focuses on small, incremental achievements to encourage forward movement and avoid bottlenecks. Leaders often wonder whether adoption of Agile methodologies is working for their organizations. How can they determine whether or not it’s a success? While there are ways to quantify progress – particularly with regard to speed and revenue – not every change can be put into data and figures.

        • [Enterprisers Project] IT leadership: 3 ways to thrive during disruption | The Enterprisers Project

          The way companies approach IT infrastructure, workplace configuration, and enterprise architecture is shifting. CIOs and IT leaders need to be ready to effectively support their organizations as digital transformation strategies evolve and business disruption continues. Here are three primary areas where change is likely to occur, along with some ways to position your team for success in the coming months.

        • Red Hat contributes towards innovative optical & wireless network technologies

          Chris Wright, Chief Technology Officer at Red Hat, conducted a keynote session and elaborated upon the open source possibility around IOWN technology development, and shared Red Hat’s contribution to the IOWN GF. In the IOWN GF technology working group, we are contributing to three task forces: The Data-Centric Infrastructure Task Force, IOWN for Mobile Network Task Force, and the Reference Implementation Model Task Force. We joined the discussion in each TaskForce last year from our perspective based on OpenShift/Kubernetes and RHEL upstream possibilities, and delivered the reference documents summarizing minimum viable versions of IOWN technology in 2021 together with IOWN GF members in each Task Force. Data-centric Infrastructure is designed to enable service providers with the tools needed to build and flexibly place data pipelines, including data processing and storage functions, and to dynamically select data transfer and network protocols for each. Figure 1 provides an example of a Logical Service Node providing Tenant Workloads for overlay solutions. It also shows an enhanced Logical Service Node integrating telco specific accelerators and a vendor’s embedded proprietary code, such as for 5G Radio Access Network. They can run on Kubernetes worker nodes as composable compute in a disaggregated infrastructure with Open APN (All Photonics Network) providing lossless and low latency infrastructure.

        • Introduction to the Node.js reference architecture, Part 7: Code coverage | Red Hat Developer

          Get advice on testing your JavaScript applications—and how to ensure adequate code coverage for that testing—from the Node.js reference architecture.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • [Linux Links] Blanket – focus and productivity tool

        Linux offers a vast collection of open source small utilities that perform functions ranging from the obvious to the bizarre. It’s the quality and selection of these tools that help Linux stand out as a productive environment. A good utility cooperates with other applications, integrating seamlessly. We are always looking out for small utilities that help improve productivity.

      • Programming/Development

        • picolibc-testing

          Picolibc has a bunch of built-in tests, but more testing is always better, right? I decided to see how hard it would be to run some of the tests provided in the GNU C Library (glibc).

  • Leftovers

    • Hardware

      • [CNX Software] MediaTek Dimensity 8000/8100 Cortex-A78/A55 processor to power premium 5G smartphones – CNX Software

        MediaTek Dimensity 8000/8100 Arm Cortex-A78 processors for 5G premium smartphones bring many of the features of the flagship Dimensity 9000 Armv9 processor announced last December, but at a more affordable price point.

      • [Hackaday] PlayStation 4 Controller Gets a USB-C Upgrade

        Micro USB was once the connector of choice for applications where USB-A was too big, but now USB-C has come to dominate all. It’s becoming standard across the board for many peripherals, and [Ian] recently decided that he wanted to upgrade his PS4 controller to the newer standard. Hacking ensued. The hack consists of a small breakout board that enables a USB-C connector to be fitted into the PS4 controller in place of the original micro USB port. [Ian] explains what needs to be done to complete the mod, which first involves disassembling the controller carefully to avoid damage. The original microUSB breakout board can then be removed, and fitted with one of a selection of replacement boards available on Github to suit various revisions of PS4 controller. A little filing is then required to allow the new connector to fit in the controller case, and [Ian] notes that using an 0.8mm thick PCB is key to enabling the new breakout board to fit inside the shell.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Microsoft 365 Price Increases Now in Effect After Last-Minute Rush
        • Delinea bolsters PAM service for Linux with cloud expansion

          Delinea has announced an extension of its cloud suite to help provide better management solutions for Linux user groups. The new technology expansion allows customers to add users from cloud directories to existing local groups on Linux systems. The company says this will create more efficient and secure access for all parties involved. Delinea’s PAM technology and cloud suite allows enterprises to secure critical data, devices, code, and cloud infrastructure to help reduce risk. With the new expansion allowing Linux capability, users will now be able to experience a centralised administrative experience for greater efficiency and control over secure data and workload. On Windows and Linux machines, local user groups collect user accounts into manageable units, streamlining access management. However, when systems run into the hundreds or thousands, managing local groups on each system becomes a significant challenge and disruption.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • [The Register UK] Tech world’s Ukraine response mixes evacuation efforts, ad bans, free phones, infosec FUD

        As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, the technology industry is trying to use its services to make a difference – and to keep those services available as the war makes it harder to operate. Nation-state level responses to the invasion have been led by the European Commission, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States, which together on Saturday barred Russian entities from using the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication’s (SWIFT’s) money transfer services. Doing so leaves Russian banks effectively unable to transact across borders using digital technology – but Russia almost certainly still able to use digital technology in the service of its illegal invasion.

      • [AccessNow] EU must keep people in and leaving Ukraine as safe, secure, connected as possible – Access Now

        The European Union must do everything in its power to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people affected by Russia’s attack on Ukraine, and work with tech platforms and telecoms operators to uphold connectivity, access to accurate information, data protection, and non-discrimination at the border. “Russia has launched a full scale war on Ukraine. The European Union must immediately use its full capacity to help keep people as safe, secure, and connected as possible,” said Natalia Krapiva, Tech-Legal Counsel at Access Now. “We must empower people to access accurate information, protect the privacy of millions as they escape, keep those on the move connected to their loved ones, and do everything possible to treat everyone fairly.”

      • [AccessNow] Open letter to the EU: protect people affected by Russia’s attack on Ukraine

        On behalf of Access Now, we write to provide a list of recommendations to share with tech platforms and telecoms operators in the context of the war in Ukraine. We welcome the swift engagement of the European Union in these matters and we ask for your support in the area of connectivity, platforms’ operations, data protection, and non-discrimination. Access Now is an international NGO that works to defend and extend the digital rights of users at risk around the world. We operate in 13 countries, including in the Central and Eastern Europe region, and we operate a 24/7 Digital Security Helpline that provides technical support to activists and journalists on the ground.

Reducing the Webspam by Moving Away From Social Control Media and Adopting Gemini Where Possible

Posted in Deception at 5:42 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Improving Signal-to-Noise Ratio
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Summary: Millions of high-quality pages are available through Gemini Protocol (in GemText format, too); today we show some examples of that and also demonstrate that the number of Gemini users is growing, offering a potential safe haven to those who got fed up with SPAM and propaganda on the Web

THE Web has become a very noisy place; many reviews (or so-called ‘reviews’) are paid-for commercials, news is noise, articles are product endorsements, and even benchmarks are rather dubious. One might think that the Web is full of information, a wealth of sources at one’s disposal, but it’s actually a sordid mess and social control makes it worse by amplifying strife.

“One might think that the Web is full of information, a wealth of sources at one’s disposal, but it’s actually a sordid mess and social control makes it worse by amplifying strife.”So this month we’ve been scaling down (gradual exit from) social control media usage and we’re focusing on producing more Daily Links and articles instead. In addition, we intend to link more and more to Gemini capsules, whose overall number is still growing steadily. The size of Gemini is vast considering some on-demand (dynamic) capsules, e.g. proxies of sites. Reading Wikipedia over Geminispace with GemText instead of HTML is also possible through a unique capsule that we mentioned earlier this year. It means that this capsule does, in theory, have as many pages in it as there are Wikipedia articles (in all languages).

As we said last month, we’ll try to give exposure and explanation of Gemini capsules which deserve recognition. Many people undervalue Gemini because they wrongly assume it’s just Gopher or just some “old thing” mostly “for geeks”. It’s actually vastly simpler (to maintain and to use) than the Web.

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