A Real President

Posted in Europe, Patents at 9:06 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Over the years the criminals (“Presidents”) who had hijacked the EPO hired from the British and French military (for a patent office!), which might explain the military-grade propaganda


Jean-Baptiste Deprecq


Zelenskiy in uniform: I fight an invasion While EPO invaders hire from the French military


Nadja Merdaci-Lefèvre


Zelenskiy in uniform: Wait, what? A patent office hired thugs instead of actual scientists?

Message to LibrePlanet (From Ukraine) ‘Censored’ But Not Ignored

Posted in FSF, GNU/Linux at 7:20 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Ukraine flag: FSF says 'We respond. But quietly.'

Summary: Free as in free speech; but not for everyone…

In past years we learned that certain Free/Libre software developers had been banned from GNU and LibrePlanet mailing lists. To make matters worse, bans in the GNU domain (as a whole) meant that they were unable to reach pertinent people, including Richard Stallman, who pioneered and championed the movement.

“The response, which was amicable, was sent by the Campaigns Manager of the Free Software Foundation (FSF).”“Mail sent by a Ukrainian advocate from shelter to libreplanet-discuss@libreplanet.org,” we’ve learned, “is censored but gets private response.” The Ukrainian name is redacted for privacy reasons.

The response, which was amicable, was sent by the Campaigns Manager of the Free Software Foundation (FSF). It it a day old:

GNU on UkraineДата: 2 бер. 2022 р., 23:29
Від: gregf@fsf.org
Кому: [redacted]
Тема: Your question

> Hi, [redacted]:
>> Hello there!
> First of all, we hope you’re safe.
>> My name is , I am the leader of the NGO “Ukrainian
>> Liberation” which aims to share info and promote FOSS here in
>> Ukraine in any possible way. Sorry for some terrible mistakes –
>> there’s a war going on in [redacted] my country, and we haven’t slept plenty of
>> time, so it’s kinda difficult to stay focused enough to speak good
>> English.
>> I just wanted to ask you, guys, why RMS is not speaking on
>> LibrePlanet this year? It’s the first time in history, if I am not
>> mistaken. So I would like to know, what’s going on.
> As the organizers of LibrePlanet I think we can help answer your
> question directly instead of passing it onto the community
> libreplanet-discuss list, which wouldn’t be able to give you any
> information beyond what you already know.
> LibrePlanet doesn’t have a standard speaker list, and the selection
> procedure is done anonymously by a committee. We usually offer the
> president of the FSF a slot to speak in every year, but beyond that we
> do not have any “reserved” slots. We also can’t give out information
> on who did or didn’t submit for a talk. We apply this policy uniformly
> across all of our speakers, and can’t make any exceptions in order to
> preserve speaker privacy.
> However, it’s probably worth pointing out that if you look at past
> schedules, you’ll find it is not the first time that RMS didn’t speak.
> He didn’t speak as recently as 2020, but did talk in 2021. With him
> being a member of our board and the Chief GNUisance, we *can* inform
> that we work closely with RMS.
> Also, thanks for expressing your interest in seeing a talk by him.
> Even though we can’t have the same people speaking every year, we do
> try to take note of speakers people want to see.
> On another note, would you be able to give us more information about
> the your Ukranian NGO? We’d be interested in hearing more about it,
> especially where it pertains to free software.
> Hope this helps, and hope you keep safe.
> Best,
> -Greg
> –
> Greg Farough // Campaigns Manager
> Free Software Foundation
> Join the FSF and help us defend software freedom: https://my.fsf.org

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with this response, but why remove/block the message from public viewing? Maybe they try hard to keep politics off these mailing lists, which is sort of understandable, but the question asked wasn’t a political one. It’s just a suppressed question.

Links 3/3/2022: New ASF Board of Directors and Microsoft Antitrust Abuses

Posted in News Roundup at 6:52 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • CitizixHow to use etckeeper to manage /etc in OpenSUSE Leap 15

        Etckeeper is a simple, easy-to-use, modular and configurable collection of tools to let /etc be managed using version control. It allows the contents of /etc to be stored in a Version Control System (VCS) repository such as git. Thus allowing you to use git to review or revert changes that were made to /etc, in case of a mistake. In Linux/Unix, the /etc directory is where host-specific system-wide configuration files and directories are located; it is a central location for all system-wide configuration files. A configuration file is a local file used to control how a program works – it must be static and cannot be an executable binary. To keep track of changes to system configuration files, system administrators normally make copies (or backups) of configuration files before modifying them. That way if they directly modified the original file and made a mistake, they can revert to the saved copy. In this guide, we will learn how to Install and configure etckeeper in Opensuse Leap 15.

      • H2S MediaInstall NotePad++ on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Linux using SNAP – Linux Shout

        Learn the simple steps to install NotePad++ on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy JellyFish Linux using the command terminal for writing programs. Free Notepad++ is based on the Windows Notepad Editor but functionally for writing programs. Therefore, we cannot install Notepad++ on the Linux system simply using its package manager such as APT. In such a situation, we have to take the help of Wine – a free and open-source compatibility layer to run Windows applications. On one hand, notepad.exe on Windows is suitable for making short notes, the Notepad++ program goes beyond. Any person who writes code would already know about this app. It offers functions such as syntax highlighting, which highlights certain entered code blocks in color. This improves the overview. In addition to TXT, there are entries for Batch, C++, C#, JavaScript, PHP, PostScript, Windows PowerShell, Python, R, the Windows Registry (*.reg), Ruby, Swift, and Visual Basic. Users just need knowledge of the programming languages, Notepad++ makes things easier, but does not take away your know-how here.

      • OSNoteHow to Use RSYNC to Backup Data on Ubuntu – OSNote

        Loss of valuable data and not being able to recover it is the most painful incident that can happen to any of us. To take precautions against this problem, a backup copy of the data needs to be created. A data backup is a copy of valuable data kept on your devices, such as computers, phones, or tablets, that is used to recover the valuable data that has been lost. Data loss is caused in a variety of ways, including failure of hard drives, ransomware, and even human error. Whatever the disaster, a backup of data could provide the relief you need to restore the data on your devices. It’s usually kept in a safe, different location from the original device, such as the cloud. One of the approaches we use in Linux to back up our data is using “rsync”. In this article on Ubuntu 20.04, we use the rsync approach to back up data.

      • Neat uses for a backlit keyboard

        I bought myself a new keyboard last November, a Logitech G213. True keyboard fans will tell me it’s not a real mechanical keyboard, but it was a lot cheaper and met my requirements of having some backlighting and a few media keys (really all I use are the volume control keys). Oh, and being a proper UK layout. While the G213 isn’t fully independent RGB per key it does have a set of zones that can be controlled. Also this has been reverse engineered, so there are tools to do this under Linux. All I really wanted was some basic backlighting to make things a bit nicer in the evenings, but with the ability to control colour I felt I should put it to good use.

      • Scan for SSH private keys without passphrase | Ganneff’s Little Blog

        So for policy reasons, customer wanted to ensure that every SSH private key in use by a human on their systems has a passphrase set. And asked us to make sure this is the case. There is no way in SSH to check this during connection, so client side needs to be looked at. Which means looking at actual files on the system. Turns out there are multiple formats for the private keys – and I really do not want to implement something able to deal with that on my own.

      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install Piskel on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install Piskel 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.

      • CitizixHow to Install and Configure Puppet 7 Server on Ubuntu 20.04

        In this guide, we are going to install Puppet 7 Server Open Source in Ubuntu 20.04. We will set up a Puppet server and an agent and install Nginx using puppet manifests. Puppet is a software configuration management tool which includes its own declarative language to describe system configuration. It is a model-driven solution that requires limited programming knowledge to use. Puppet operates in an agent-master architecture, in which a master node controls configuration information for a fleet of managed agent nodes. Puppet is distributed in several packages. These include puppetserver, puppet-agent and puppetdb. Puppet Server controls the configuration information for one or more managed agent nodes. PuppetDB is where the data generated by Puppet is stored.

      • Make Use OfHow to Set the Time Zone Using the Linux Terminal

        If you’ve moved or are traveling with your Linux laptop, you may be wondering how to change your system’s time zone. It’s easy to set your Linux computer’s time zone from the command line. Here’s how to do it.

    • Games

    • Distributions

      • Screenshots/Screencasts

        • Linux Made SimpleFreespire 8.2

          Today we are looking at Freespire 8.2. It is based on Ubuntu 20.04, Linux Kernel 5.13, KDE Plasma 5.18, and uses about 500MB of ram when idling. Enjoy!

        • VideoFreespire 8.2 Run Through – Invidious

          In this video, we are looking at Freespire 8.2.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Silicon AngleRed Hat details edge computing collaboration with Verizon

          IBM Corp.’s Red Hat division today shared new details about its collaboration with Verizon Communications Inc. to help enterprises adopt edge computing technologies. Last year, Verizon teamed up with IBM on a broad initiative to modernize its network. As part of the effort, Verizon is building key components of its 5G infrastructure using Red Hat software. Edge computing is one of the areas that the companies’ partnership prioritizes. Verizon offers an edge computing service called Verizon 5G Edge that enables enterprises to run their applications on infrastructure attached to the carrier’s 5G network. This infrastructure is powered by Amazon Web Services Inc.’s AWS Wavelength platform.

        • Red Hat OfficialRed Hat Helps Türk Telekom Digitally Transform Across its Business to the Edge

          Red Hat, Inc., the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that Türk Telekom, Turkey’s first and leading integrated telecommunications operator, has deployed Red Hat OpenShift, the industry’s leading Kubernetes platform, for use across its business to develop and scale cloud-native applications from core to edge for faster innovation.

        • Red Hat OfficialRed Hat Extends Partner Training Offerings to Strengthen Open Hybrid Cloud Expertise [Ed: Red Hat is promoting nonsense like "clown computing" instead of real computing skills (building systems, not outsourcing)]

          Red Hat, Inc., the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today 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,

        • Edge Automation with NetGitOps on Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform 2 [Ed: Red Hat is foolishly, as usual, pushing Microsoft proprietary software, GitHub, even though perfectly fine alternatives which are Free software predate that]
      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Make Use Of8 Reasons Why Ubuntu Is the Ideal Distro for Linux Newcomers

          Ubuntu often gets recommended as the first distro to beginner Linux users. What makes it different than any other distro? Let’s find out. The Linux kernel has spawned an entire family of operating systems known as Linux distributions. There are close to a thousand (or maybe more) distributions that you can install on your computer for free. But when it comes to ease of use and beginner-friendliness, Ubuntu is the name that pops up the most. Why is this so? And why do people recommend Ubuntu as the first distro to Linux beginners? Let’s find out.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • Linux GizmosRenesas unveils Linux-driven RISC-V SoC based on an Andes AX45MP core

        Renesas announced a headless, 1GHz “RZ/Five” IoT SoC that runs Linux on Andes’ AX45MP RISC-V core with support for up to 4GB DDR4-1600, 1x or 2x GbE ports, 2x CAN, and 2x USB. A SMARC module is in the works. Renesas has begun sampling the first commercial system-on-chip based on Andes Technology’s 64-bit RISC-V cores. The headless, single-core RZ/Five runs Linux on Andes’ up to 1GHz AndesCore AX45MP core, which was updated for greater performance last December. The SoC is aimed at entry-class social infrastructure gateway control and industrial gateway control.

      • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

        • Linux On MobileLINMOB.net – Easily upgrading the PinePhone (Pro) Modem Firmware

          If you are a PinePhone owner and have not been living under a rock, you will know that there’s an exploitable vulnerability for the PinePhone Pro’s Quectel EG-25G firmware that’s been supplied with your PINE64 phone. Also, let’s briefly say that aside from not being good at fixing vulnerabilities in a timely manner, Quectel and their modem firmware by default are not really perfect. The Fix (part 1): The Community Firmware by Biktorgj Fortunately, there’s a road to getting that problem fixed without waiting for Quectel to deliver something. PINE64 Community Member Biktorgj has been working hard on a community firmware – I’ve written about this, and wrote an explainer on how to install that firmware in May of 2021. Installing got simpler since (just run one script), but not quite simple enough for many.

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • The Register UKGoogle blocks FOSS Android tool – for asking for donations • The Register

        StreetComplete, a free Android program designed to help people to contribute to OpenStreetMap, was blocked from Google’s Play Store merely for urging users to donate money to the app’s development. According to StreetComplete developer Tobias Zwick, the software store’s semi-automated approval system rejected StreetComplete for suggesting people donate money to the code’s maintenance and improvement. Why? Because Play Store apps mustn’t accept other payment methods.

      • Apache BlogAnnouncing New ASF Board of Directors

        At The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) Annual Members’ Meeting held this week, the following individuals were elected to the ASF Board of Directors: Rich Bowen (former Director) Bertrand Delacretaz (current Director) Christofer Dutz (new Director) Roy T. Fielding (current Director) Sharan Foga (current Director) Willem Jiang (new Director) Sam Ruby (current Director) Roman Shaposhnik (current Director) Sander Striker (current Director)

      • Events

        • HackadaySpaceship Repair CTF Covers Hardware Hacker Essentials | Hackaday

          At even vaguely infosec-related conferences, CTFs are a staple. For KernelCon 2021, [Tyler Rosonke] resolved to create a challenge breaking the traditions, entertaining and teaching people in a different way, while satisfying the constraints of that year’s remote participation plans. His imagination went wild in all the right places, and a beautifully executed multi-step hardware challenge was built – only in two copies!

      • Web Browsers

        • Chromium

          • GoogleChrome 100 Beta: Reduced User-Agent Strings, Multi-Screen Window Placement, and More

            Unless otherwise noted, changes described below apply to the newest Chrome beta channel release for Android, Chrome OS, Linux, macOS, and Windows. Learn more about the features listed here through the provided links or from the list on ChromeStatus.com. Chrome 100 is beta as of March 3. 2022. You can download the latest on Google.com for desktop or on Google Play Store on Android.

        • Mozilla

          • MozillaThe website security ecosystem protects individuals against fraud and state-sponsored surveillance. Let’s not break it.

            Principle four of the Mozilla Manifesto states that “Individuals’ security and privacy on the internet are fundamental and must not be treated as optional.” We’ve made real progress on improving security on the Internet, but unfortunately, a draft law under discussion in the EU – the eIDAS Regulation – threatens to reverse that progress. Mozilla and many others have been raising the alarm in the last few months. Today, leading cybersecurity experts are weighing in too, in an open letter to EU lawmakers that warns of the risks that eIDAS represents to web security. Website certificates sit at the heart of web security. When you make a connection to a web site, say “mozilla.org”, that connection is protected with TLS, but TLS only protects the connection itself; each server has a certificate which ensures that the server on the other end is “mozilla.org” and not an attacker impersonating Mozilla. Certificates are issued by Certificate Authorities (CAs), who are responsible for verifying that a given entity controls the site in question.

          • MozillaAnnouncing Interop 2022 – Mozilla Hacks – the Web developer blog

            A key benefit of the web platform is that it’s defined by standards, rather than by the code of a single implementation. This creates a shared platform that isn’t tied to specific hardware, a company, or a business model. Writing high quality standards is a necessary first step to an interoperable web platform, but ensuring that browsers are consistent in their behavior requires an ongoing process. Browsers must work to ensure that they have a shared understanding of web standards, and that their implementation matches that understanding.

      • SaaS/Back End/Databases

        • PostgreSQLPostgreSQL: Announcing this year’s edition of the Swiss PGDay

          We are happy to announce this year’s edition of the Swiss PGDay to take place Friday, July 1 at the Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences, Campus Rapperswil, close to Zurich, Switzerland. The conference will feature 1 day with two tracks of presentations in English and German.

        • PostgreSQLBelgian PostgreSQL Conference 2022 & Call for Papers

          Announcing the Belgian PostgreSQL Conference 2022 & Call for Papers PGConf.be 2022 is the sequel of the successful Belgian PostgreSQL conference 2019 in Haasrode, Leuven. The conference will take place on May 19th, 2022.

      • Programming/Development

        • MakeTech EasierHow to Use the G++ Compiler on Linux

          The compilation process is a big part of any C++ coding project. You need a compiler that is effective and simple, while also offering a variety of functionality. This is where the g++ compiler comes in. It offers a variety of functions for your compilation needs, straight from the command line. Here we show you how to get started with this great tool.

  • Leftovers

    • Hardware

      • HackadayCompressed Air Jumping Shoes Are Not For The Faint-Hearted | Hackaday

        [Ian Charnas] has taken a short break from building things that might injure himself, by building something that could injure somebody else instead. (Video, embedded below) Well, hopefully not anyway. After working with YouTuber [Tyler Csatari] on a few ideas, [Tyler] was insistent on getting some power-assisted jumping shoes, so [Ian] set to work mounting some compressed-air powered pistons to a pair of walking shoes. With a large backpack housing the 200 PSI air cylinder, control valves and timers. The whole affair looks solidly constructed, if a little ungainly, but does seem to work surprisingly well. After some initial calculations of how much force each piston could exert before risking leg injury, he found that whilst it did work, to an extent, the pressure required was beyond the capability of the compressor they had on hand. After a shopping trip, a bigger compressor was located, but that still needed a modification to get anywhere near its maximum 200 psi rating. The thing is, that modification was to bypass the regulator and the safety valve, and this is definitely something you don’t want to be making a habit of. Compressed air systems like this can hold quite a bit of an explosion potential if pushed beyond reasonable limits, and care needs to be taken to keep things within safe bounds. Cost-wise, [Ian] does mention a figure of around $3,000 USD making it a bit of a pricey project, but hey a YouTuber’s paying the bill, so it must just be a drop in the ocean for them?

      • HackadayRemoticon 2021 // Jay Bowles Dips Into The Plasmaverse | Hackaday

        Every hacker out there is familiar with the zaps and sizzles of the Tesla coil, or the crash and thunder of lighting strikes on our hallowed Earth. These phenomena all involve the physics of plasma, a subject near and dear to [Jay Bowles’s] heart. Thus, he graced Remoticon 2021 with a enlightening talk taking us on a Dip Into The Plasmaverse.

      • HackadayInternal Combustion Torque Monster Has Great Impact | Hackaday

        Once the domain of automotive repair shops and serious hobbyists with air compressors, the impact driver so famously used to remove and install wheel lug nuts and other Big Fasteners with just a squeeze of the trigger is more accessible than ever. Thanks to Lithium Ion batteries and powerful and compact brushless motors, you can now buy a reasonably powerful and torquey impact driver for a relatively low price- no air compressor needed! But what if you relish the thought of a noisy, unwieldy and unnecessarily loud torque monster? Then the video below the break by [Torque Test Channel] is just what you need! Now, this is Hackaday, so we don’t have to go into detail about why a person might want to rip out the electric motor and adapt a 60cc 2 stroke engine in its place. Of course that’s the obvious choice. But [Torque Test Channel] isn’t just mucking about for the fun of it. No, they’re having their fun, experimenting with internal combustion engines in odd places before they are banned by 2024 in California. Now, we’re not sure if the ban includes these exact types of engines- but who needs details when you have an impact driver that can change semi tires like a NASCAR pit crew.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • OMG Ubuntu‘UpNote’ Note-Taking App is Now Available on Linux

          If you’re yet to settle on a note-taking service that works across platforms you may want to check out a new option now available for Linux: UpNote. Now, I will mention upfront that the UpNote Linux client is Electron-based, and it is closed-source, proprietary software. The service does offer a free tier that lets you create “up to” 50 notes using basic features but you will need to shell out $0.99/month subscription (or pay a $19.99 one off fee) to create more than this, and unlock advanced options like tables, attachments, and extra export options.

        • Security

    • Monopolies

      • Public KnowledgeWill Microsoft Use Activision Blizzard to Freeze Out Rivals? – Public Knowledge

        Virtual bullets and explosions dance across the screen, yet I’m far more focused on what’s coming in through my Playstation headset. Two of my best friends live across the country, yet we stay in touch through the team-based online shooter game Overwatch. Bemoaning the substandard play of our competitors (and occasionally other teammates) is interspersed with discussions of our families, professional lives, and significant others. It almost feels as if we are back in the college dorm room where we met a decade ago, instead of three time zones apart. Our online gatherings, and many others like it, are now in jeopardy. You see, Overwatch is made by Activision Blizzard and the three of us play on Sony’s Playstation console. Microsoft, Sony’s chief gaming rival, has announced it will be acquiring Activision Blizzard for a whopping $68.7 billion. The deal merits rigorous scrutiny by antitrust enforcers.

      • Copyrights

Red Hat’s “State of Enterprise Open Source” Report Made on an Apple Mac Using Proprietary Software

Posted in Deception, Free/Libre Software, IBM, Red Hat at 6:01 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

The State of Enterprise Open Source

Summary: “The State of Enterprise Open Source” (Red Hat report) is made on a Mac with proprietary software; the so-called ‘Linux’ Foundation can relate, as it always does the same thing despite repeated backlash

How to Make the Free Software Community Look Like a Bunch of Bigots While Accomplishing Nothing

Posted in Free/Libre Software at 4:01 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum d7639946fdc0c26f6d39e1707da9c94f
Sanctions in Free Software
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: Ending the war should be a priority; boycotting Nginx, boycotting hardware support, banning developers, banning users, and even banning gamers isn’t going to accomplish this

THIS SITE is not a political site and we never cover ‘pure’ politics, but this is about Free software, not general politics.

This is specifically about sites and projects that act like government- or military-connected entities, resorting to sanctions that are misguided; those sanctions are punishing the wrong people, sometimes punishing also the victims. Some have gone as far as collective punishment against all the people of Belarus (many of whom strongly oppose the regime) and some have suggested breaking the whole Internet, as Mike Masnick noted yesterday, dubbing it a “Very, Very Bad Idea”…

Russians not in LibreOffice, Russians get no GOG, Russian code rejected, Belarus boycott; Yes, so?In some cases, the message is more subtle, e.g. OS News with a Ukrainian flag (shown in the above video). Several distros of GNU/Linux did the same (in the video I show only one of them, a Polish one based on Debian, though I saw French examples too).

One French software developer, whose views are similar to mine, said we need to stop the war. That should be the priority and collective punishment isn’t likely to convince Vladimir Putin; it might even radicalise him further. This wartime propaganda is inciting people to act irrationally, so some have adopted ill-advised suggestions, wrongly assuming that bans in the Free software world would somehow change Putin’s mind.

Below we show one of several messages from RMS on this subject, with context and threaded index here (lots of messages).

The GNU Project stays neutral on unrelated political issues. It does
not take sides in international disputes, except for disputes about
free software issues.

A free license must offer the four freedoms to all users, and it must
not try to restrict what jobs users can do with the program. See


for why this must be so.

The FSF must obey US law, including any sanctions on dealings between
US organizations and Russians or Russian companies. I think that is what
Devin was talking about.

But that won’t affect whether Russians can use free software.

Dr Richard Stallman (https://stallman.org)
Chief GNUisance of the GNU Project (https://gnu.org)
Founder, Free Software Foundation (https://fsf.org)
Internet Hall-of-Famer (https://internethalloffame.org)

Links 3/3/2022: LibreOffice 7.3.1 and Getting Things GNOME 0.6

Posted in News Roundup at 1:25 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • XDADoes the Dell XPS 13 Plus run Linux?

        The Dell XPS 13 Plus is one of the most interesting laptops we’ve seen so far this year. It has a very modern design, a great display, and top-tier performance. Like most laptops, the Dell XPS 13 Plus is mostly known as a Windows device, but what if you want to run Linux on it? Thankfully, you can, either by buying it with Linux out of the box or by installing it yourself later.

      • How Linux Can Help a College Student [Ed: This looks like a legitimate article, but it’s actually webspam with SEO crap interjected into it, e.g. “pay for essay”]

        Our article is about how Linux can help a student or any user who wants to get started in this world. Hopefully, you will like this tutorial and you will surely love the idea of using Linux as a primary or even secondary platform.

      • Cool Grub Boot-loader Theme Inspired by DedSec from Watch Dogs | UbuntuHandbook

        Boring with the poor boot menu appearance? Try the cool DedSec GRUB theme. It’s a Grub boot-loader (defaults in most Linux) theme inspired by the fictional hacker group DedSec from Watch Dogs series video game.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • How to Install RainLoop Webmail with Free Let’s Encrypt SSL on Ubuntu – VITUX

        RainLoop Webmail is an open-source email client that can be installed on your own web server. It supports IMAP and SMTP and provides a user-friendly interface with a variety of features.

      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install Prometheus and Node Exporter on Rocky Linux

        Prometheus is an open-source monitoring and alerting platform. Originally, Prometheus is created by Soundcloud in 2012. Since then the Prometheus project adopted by some famous companies abe become a bigger project with very active developers and community. And In 2016, the Prometheus project is graduated under the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF).

      • How To Install Suricata on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Suricata on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Suricata is a Network Security Monitoring tool that processes and controls network traffic. It is used also for generating alerts, logs, and detecting suspicious packets or requests on any service coming to your server. By default, Suricata works as a passive Intrusion Detection System (IDS) to scan for suspicious traffic on a server or network. It will generate and log alerts for further investigation. It can also be configured as an active Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) to log, alert, and completely block network traffic that matches specific rules. 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 Suricata network security monitoring 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.

      • HowTo ForgeHow to Automate Your AWS Resources with CloudFormation Templates

        AWS CloudFormation is a service that enables system administrators to set up and manage an entire collection of AWS resources – including their configurations, dependencies, and inter-relationships between them – in a single statement. They can also make changes to existing infrastructure without stopping or redeploying the applications running on top of it. AWS Cloudformation allows you to configure your infrastructure as code. It is basically an infrastructure as a code engine that works in the cloud and helps users to provision and manage compute, storage, and other resources. A CloudFormation template is a JSON file with directives on how to create or update AWS resources. We can use AWS CLI, AWS SDKs like boto3, or AWS CloudFormation service to create templates.

      • How to Install Skype on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – LinuxCapable [Ed: Really terrible advice that gives Microsoft control over GNU/Linux machines (root access, remote)]

        Skype is a proprietary telecommunications application software owned and developed by Microsoft. Skype is one of the most known and recognized software for video, audio, and text communication app available across multiple platforms. For the most part, free to download and use, Skype is an excellent tool for keeping in touch with friends or working remotely with colleagues. In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Skype on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using the command line terminal, and optional version builds of stable and unstable.

      • H2S MediaHow to install Zoom client on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Linux – Linux Shout

        Go through the commands to install Zoom Client on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy JellyFish for having a video conference and voice calls. Zoom is a free software for holding audio calls and video conferences. The basic functions of Zoom can be used free of charge and registration is not absolutely necessary. Zoom is available both as a program for the computer and as an app for all Android and iOS devices. Depending on the scope of the package, recordings of your video conference can also be viewed. If desired, artificial intelligence can capture transcripts of your conversations, which you can then edit further.

      • HowTo GeekHow to Copy Files and Directories in the Linux Terminal

        Like any other operating system, you can copy and paste files and directories (folders) in a Linux distribution using the desktop interface. But you can save time by copying those files in the Terminal.

      • H2S MediaHow to Install PHP on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa – Linux Shout

        Learn the steps to install the latest version of PHP language on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Focal Fossa using the command terminal. PHP is the most common server-side programming language in the web world. Server-side means that the language can only perform actions on the server: For example, it can establish connections to a database or delete files on the server. You can easily convert an HTML file into PHP. You simply have to save the HTML file under .php. You can upload this PHP file to your server and call it up – without any actual PHP code. The output is unchanged.

      • How to Install Thunderbird Mail on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – LinuxCapable

        Thunderbird Mail is a free, open-source email client that can be used on both your desktop computer and mobile devices like iPhone or Android. The mail client software was initially developed by the Mozilla Foundation but is now maintained by the Thunderbird community for the community. In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Thunderbird Mail on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using three installations method of APT, Flatpak, and Snap.

      • How to enable jailed shell/SSH access to CPanel user using command line.

        To enable jailed shell or SSH access to CPanel user. You can run below command.

      • How to Set Up WireGuard VPN on Ubuntu [A Step-by-Step Guide]

        WireGuard is an open-source, free, and fast VPN server that utilizes state-of-the-art cryptography. It passes traffic over UDP with better performance than the common two tunneling protocols i.e OpenVPN and IPsec. WireGuard is a peer-to-peer VPN made specifically for the Linux kernel. It runs inside the Linux kernel and allows you to create fast, modern, and secure VPN tunnel. WireGuard works by creating a network interface on each peer device that acts as a tunnel. Peers authenticate each other by exchanging and validating public keys, mimicking the SSH model.

      • How to Upgrade Mesa Drivers on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – LinuxCapable

        With the release of modern graphics cards, it’s easy to forget that before they were standard in most gaming laptops and consoles – there was Mesa. The open-source software implementation translates API specifications into vendor-specific drivers so you can use high-end applications with your PC even if it has older hardware! Most Linux distributions feature Mesa drivers, given they are free and open-source before any proprietary drivers options, however for most Linux distributions that focus on stability first, you may find your Mesa drivers needing an update when new releases support newer graphic card hardware and technologies. In the following tutorial, you will learn how to upgrade or install Mesa Drivers on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish with Obigaf PPA for the latest drivers to support Intel Radeon, NVIDIA, etc.

      • How to Install GCC Compiler (build-essential) on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – LinuxCapable

        GCC, better known as The GNU Compiler Collection, is a set of compilers development tools. Front ends such as C, C++, Objective-C, Fortran, Ada, Go, and D. GCC is open-source and is widely used as it was the original compiler for GNU and is currently used to compile the Linux Kernel along with many other projects. In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install GCC Compiler on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS desktop or server using the default APT repository maintained by Ubuntu or the PPA toolchain for the latest bleeding-edge or alternative backport versions.

      • How to Install ImageMagick on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – LinuxCapable

        ImageMagick is a free, open-source application installed as a binary distribution or source code. ImageMagick can convert, read, write and process raster images. ImageMagick is also available across all major platforms, including Android, BSD, Linux, Windows, Mac OSX, iOS, and many others. In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install ImageMagick on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish using the APT or Source installation method.

    • Games

      • GamingOnLinuxCastlevania Advance Collection works on Steam Deck, despite what Konami say | GamingOnLinux

        Recently, Konami released an announcement on the Castlevania Advance Collection Steam store page to say it does not work on the Steam Deck. It does. Note: personal purchase. The statement reads: “Before purchasing this software, please be advised that it cannot be played on Steam Deck as it does not support SteamOS.”. Clearly then they don’t understand how Linux, SteamOS, Proton or Steam Deck works. As usual, I’m here to clear things up — as it really works just fine.

      • GamingOnLinuxBoxes within boxes, puzzle game Patrick’s Parabox releases March 29 | GamingOnLinux

        Patrick’s Parabox, a very clever puzzle game is going to release on March 29. This might actually be one of my most anticipated releases this year. I tested out the demo in a previous Steam Festival and absolutely fell in love with the idea. “Patrick’s Parabox is an award-winning puzzle game that explores a unique recursive system of boxes within boxes within boxes within boxes. Learn to manipulate the world’s structure by pushing boxes into and out of each other. Wrap your head around what happens when a box contains itself, and learn to use infinity to your advantage. Explore many more mechanics and recursive twists as you delve deeper and deeper into the system. It’s boxes all the way down.”

      • GamingOnLinuxGOG suspends all sales in Russia and Belarus | GamingOnLinux

        With the ongoing brutal Russian invasion of Ukraine, many more companies are taking action and now GOG has made a big announcement with their store. Here’s the statement they provided about the decision to suspend activities in Russia and Belarus…

      • GamingOnLinuxHeroic Games Launcher now works nicely on Steam Deck | GamingOnLinux

        Something that I’ve been asked, repeatedly (and then some), is to show the Heroic Games Launcher on the Steam Deck. So here we are, let’s take a look. See also: installing Discord and the Epic Store directly. This had to wait, as there we some issues in both Heroic and an extra tool we needed called the Heroic Bash Launcher. I’ve been constantly speaking to the developer about it along with the issues, and now the fixes are live for everyone. Using the Epic Store with Rocket League for the guide, since it’s free to play. While Heroic supports GOG, currently you can’t add the games from GOG to Steam just yet with the AppImage.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Season of KDE 2022 With KDE Eco

          As part of a pioneering sustainability project, KDE Eco has the aim of measuring and driving down the energy consumption of KDE/Free Software. This requires emulating user behaviour, which can be achieved by planning and scripting Standard Usage Scenarios. I will be scripting Standard Usage Scenarios for various applications, with a focus on commonly-used text editors like Kate, KWrite, Vim, Nano, Emacs, Calligra Words, and LibreOffice. I will prepare these usage scenarios with one of many available emulation tools. [...] Just imagine: What if we analyzed the energy consumption behind commonly-used software and made it more transparent? What if users could learn how much energy their software requires and could choose the application that might be better for the environment? This would be great!!! The KDE Eco initiatives Free and open source Energy Efficiency Project (FEEP) and Blauer Engel For FOSS (BE4FOSS) are working hard on these issues. As noted by FEEP, the design and implementation of software has a significant impact on the energy consumption of the systems it is part of. With the right tools, it is possible to quantify and drive down energy consumption. This increased efficiency contributes to a more sustainable use of energy as one of the shared resources of our planet.

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • Jean-François Fortin Tam: Getting Things GNOME 0.6 released

          Yes, ladies, gentlemen, and seemingly-dead plants, it’s happening: after over 10 months of incremental work from the community, we are now releasing version 0.6 of our favorite personal productivity app. This release comes with some new features, lots of code improvements, and many bugfixes.

        • 9to5LinuxGetting Things GNOME 0.6 Personal Productivity App Released with New CalDAV Sync Backend

          Coming about 11 months after Getting Things GNOME 0.5, the Getting Things GNOME 0.6 release is here to introduce a new synchronization backend that supports CalDAV server synchronization across your multiple computers, a new plugin to add game-like elements to the app, as well as a revamped tag editor. There are also the usual improvements to make Getting Things GNOME more stable and reliable when adding parent or child tasks, when marking recurrent tasks as done, as well as when deleting multiple tasks at once, especially when you have a huge list of opened tasks.

    • Distributions

      • Barry KaulerEasyOS test build for recent AMD GPUs

        I have done another build, with 5.15.16 kernel, with some extra configure options enabled for recent AMD APUs and GPUs. Also with extra firmware under /lib/firmware/amdgpu — thanks to forum member hundido. The kernel has the ‘radeon’ driver disabled, so won’t work with older ATI/AMD GPUs. It only has the ‘amdgpu’ driver. This has been done for testing, so that the radeon driver won’t load and interfere.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Egeria Dojos and the IBM Developer community – IBM Developer [Ed: IBM cannot stop outsourcing everything to Microsoft and to its proprietary software attack on Free software/Open Source]

          I am an Egeria maintainer at IBM. If you would like to look up what code I have written, my GitHub ID is davidradl. Many thanks to Nigel Jones for reviewing this content. Nigel is also an Egeria maintainer at IBM.

        • How to provision a RHEL VM from Red Hat Satellite

          In this multi-part tutorial, we covered how to provision RHEL VMs to a vSphere environment from Red Hat Satellite. Now that we have completed all of our prep work, in this final part, we can provision VMs to our VMware cluster using the specification we defined in the compute profile. As part of the provisioning process, Satellite will request an available IP address from our DHCP server, update the forward and reverse DNS zone records, provision the VM on our VMware cluster, and register the new RHEL VM to our Satellite server and Red Hat Insights

        • CPE Quarterly Update Q4 2021 – Blog.CentOS.org

          This is a summary of the work done on initiatives by the CPE Team. Each quarter CPE Team together with CentOS and Fedora community representatives choose initiatives that will be being worked on in this quarter. The CPE Team is then split into multiple smaller sub-teams that will work on chosen initiatives + day to day work that needs to be done.

      • Debian Family

        • The Register UKLinux on an SBC project Armbian releases version 22.02

          The latest update to Armbian brings a mainline-kernel based Ubuntu- and Debian-compatible environment to dozens of small single-board computers. This includes both Arm and x86-based hardware UEFI booting – and 64-bit builds for Raspberry Pi hardware. Armbian supports over 60 different single-board computers, including various models of Banana Pi, nVidia Jetson, Pine64 and dozens more. The problem it addresses is similar to what postmarketOS is trying to do with smartphones. Your snazzy little SBC is shipped bundled with a Linux of some kind, customised for the hardware – but like a budget smartphone, all too often you will only get one update ever (if you’re lucky), and then that’s it. Soon the vendor has a new device to sell, and that device gets newer software versions, not last year’s model. Armbian isn’t exactly a Linux distro, but you could confuse it for one if you squint a bit. Armbian is a framework that lets you build enough of a Linux system – a kernel, plus tools to get that kernel into memory, and if necessary the core of a root filesystem – to put the rest of Debian or Ubuntu on top.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Linux MintMonthly News – February 2022 – The Linux Mint Blog

          I’m sorry for the late blog post. I’ll be brief and to the point. Before I talk about Linux Mint, I hope everyone is safe and OK. The roadmap for Linux Mint 21 is taking form. It’s currently available at https://tree.taiga.io/project/linuxmint-linux-mint-21-1/kanban. The BETA release for LMDE 5 is out. We already received 22 bug reports. Many thanks to all the people who are helping us test it. In preparation for Linux Mint 21 we are updating Cinnamon’s Javascript interpreter and rebasing its window manager on a more modern version of Mutter. This is a huge task and it requires many code changes in Cinnamon itself and causes a significant number of regressions. We needed a full development cycle for this so the timing is perfect. Linux Mint 21 is likely to switch from Blueberry (which uses the gnome-bluetooth backend) to Blueman (which uses bluez). Feedback showed that it worked better with Bluetooth audio headsets and connected to a wider ranger of devices. On the development side of things, the latest version of gnome-bluetooth introduced changes which broke compatibility with Blueberry and its main developer isn’t keen on seeing his work used outside of GNOME. Blueman on the other hand welcomed a Mint migration and is open to changes. We’re currently testing Blueman and working on its integration within Linux Mint.

        • 9to5LinuxLinux Mint 21 to Adopt Blueman for Better Bluetooth Support, Use a More Modern Mutter

          Linux Mint 21 will finally end the Linux Mint 20 series, which is based on the Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa) operating system series, featuring a newer base from the upcoming Ubuntu 22.04 LTS (Jammy Jellifish) long-term supported operating system series. Of course, Linux Mint 20 will still be supported until April 2025 with software and security updates, but the Linux Mint team is now focusing on the next major series, Linux Mint 21, which will ship not only with newer core components (e.g. Linux kernel, Mesa graphics stack, GCC, GNU C Library) but also with a newer version of the in-house developed Cinnamon desktop environment.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • Linux GizmosBanana Pi previews RK3588 module and dev kit

        Banana Pi previewed a “Core” module with an octa-core -A76 and -A55 Rockchip RK3588 with up to 8GB LPDDR4 and 128GB eMMC. A carrier board adds 2x GbE, 2x SATA, 3x HDMI, 4x USB, and PCIe Gen3 x4. Banana Pi has teased an upcoming compute module and carrier board based on Rockchip’s RK3588, which will also be appearing in Q2 2022 on Radxa’s Rock 5 Model B. The products are offered by the Banana Pi unit that will soon ship the RK3568-based, quad-GbE BPI-R2 Pro router board. The unnamed Core module and carrier have begun sampling, and the BSP for Linux and Android 12 is still under development.

      • Linux Action News 230

        Why it might be time to lower your RISC-V expectations, Intel’s moves to close up CPU firmware, and a quick state of the Deck.

      • 1U Raspberry Pi Rack Mount Bracket – CubicleNate’s Techpad

        In an effort to improve the organization of my home computer “core” I have made the search for a solution to mount my Raspberry Pi and potentially future Pis on my 2-post server rack. The solutions I found were outside of my budget for a small change so I found a solution on Thingaverse.com by Russ Ross. [...] This was perfect so I employed my 3D Printer to print off all the parts. The total cost for the PLA and the hardware is about $20.00 This will take about 554 grams of PLA at $20 per kilogram will cost $11.04. The Hardware, which includes a 36 inch threaded rod, 4 nuts and 4 washers to fasten the components together, and 24 screws for retaining the Pis was about $9.00.

      • Geeky GadgetsAAEON Up Squared 6000 Edge mini PC $599 – Geeky Gadgets

        AAEON has launched a new Edge mini PC computer kit in the form of the Up Squared 6000. Specifically designed to provide a small form factor industrial solution to simplify the development process for independent software vendors (ISVs), and IoT developers. The new mini PC is based on the Intel Atom x6000E range of processors formerly known as Elkhart Lake. [...] The software package features the Intel Edge Insights for Vision, which includes Ubuntu desktop LTS…

      • Open Hardware/Modding

        • ArduinoThis special chessboard brings digital opponents into the physical world | Arduino Blog

          Chess still remains an extremely popular game but finding someone to play against can be a struggle, especially when it’s done in-person instead of through a screen. Greg06 on Instructables has created an automated chessboard that can not only tell where specific pieces are moved, but also play against a live human opponent intelligently while moving its own pieces. At the base of the gameboard is a two-axis gantry system, which is responsible for moving the chess pieces positioned above via an electromagnet. And rather than placing one stepper motor on each axis, the gantry takes advantage of the CoreXY concept which can move the magnet in all directions with a complex arrangement of pulleys, belts, and two stationary stepper motors. Controlling this is a single Arduino Nano connected to a pair of A4988 drivers, a MOSFET for driving the magnet, and two limit switches for homing.

      • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Document FoundationLibreOffice 7.3.1 Community available for download

        LibreOffice 7.3.1 Community, the first minor release of the LibreOffice 7.3 family, targeted at technology enthusiasts and power users, is available for download from https://www.libreoffice.org/download/. This version provides a solution to several LibreOffice 7.3 bugs, including the Auto Calculate regression on Calc, the crashes running Calc when lacking AVX instructions and the crashes related to the Skia graphic engine on macOS.

      • 9to5LinuxLibreOffice 7.3 Office Suite Gets First Point Release, Almost 100 Bugs Were Fixed

        LibreOffice 7.3.1 is here exactly one month after LibreOffice 7.3 to fix a bunch of bugs and issues that would prevent you from successfully using the popular office suite software for any of your home office needs. A total of 98 issues were addressed in this first point release to provide solutions to several LibreOffice 7.3 bugs, including the Auto Calculate regression on the Calc component, along with crashes when running Calc without AVX instructions.

      • Programming/Development

        • Linux Links8 Top Free and Open Source Haskell Web Frameworks – LinuxLinks

          One of the types of software that’s important for a web developer is the web framework. A framework “is a code library that makes a developer’s life easier when building reliable, scalable, and maintainable web applications” by providing reusable code or extensions for common operations. By saving development time, developers can concentrate on application logic rather than mundane elements. A web framework offers the developer a choice about how to solve a specific problem. By using a framework, a developer lets the framework control portions of their application. While it’s perfectly possible to code a web application without using a framework, it’s more practical to use one. Haskell is a standardized, general-purpose, polymorphically statically typed, lazy, purely functional language, very different from many programming languages. It enables developers to produce software that’s clear, concise, and correct. When it comes to web development, there are a fairly wide range of Haskell frameworks available. The choice depends on finding the right tool for the job at hand. Here’s our pick of the finest Haskell web frameworks.

        • The New StackUsing APIs with Low-Code Tools: 9 Best Practices [Ed: “ServiceNow and Torq are sponsors of The New Stack.” So this is, in effect, a paid-for commercial again. The New Stack is a part time webspam site disguised as “news”.]

          There’s no doubt that these tools and platforms are helping to speed up software creation and delivery. But how do you make sure the tools your organization chooses integrate well with the APIs you need to be productive — from Slack to Salesforce — and serve your users and customers? As with any other type of software that serves cloud native architecture, the low- and no-code market is crowded with products, and not all of them will survive the competition. Or, the most popular low-code startups get acquired by tech giants. Either way, vendor lock-in can leave your organization stranded. “The problem quite often in the past has been, low-code tools get to a certain level, and they just disappear,” said Mark Boyd, founder and director of the consulting firm Platformable. There’s another possible pain point with low-code/no-code tools and APIs, said Boyd, who researches best practices for API technologies. “When you dig down and try to do something a little bit outside the box, that’s not as simple as you just pull this data from here into here,” he told The New Stack. Some of the tools get complicated when you try to customize them. Before you know it, he said, you’re rolling up your sleeves and coding anyway: “It can be a turn-off.”

        • Qt 5.15.3 Opensource released

          we have released Qt 5.15.3 opensource today…

        • QtQML Type Compilation: that new Qt Quick Compiler part you have not heard much about

          We have been recently talking about the QML to C++ compilation, but this was mostly describing the process of compiling your JavaScript code. Along with it, however, there is another compiler coming in Qt 6.3 – the QML type compiler (or qmltc for short), available as a tool in the qtdeclarative repository. This compiler is part of the Qt Quick Compiler technology and, complementing QML script compiler (qmlsc), it aims to look at the QML language from a different angle. In this blog post you should learn about this part of QML and the process of compiling your QML types to C++, no components left aside.

  • Leftovers

    • Science

      • HackadayIon Thrusters: Not Just For TIE Fighters Anymore | Hackaday

        Spacecraft rocket engines come in a variety of forms and use a variety of fuels, but most rely on chemical reactions to blast propellants out of a nozzle, with the reaction force driving the spacecraft in the opposite direction. These rockets offer high thrust, but they are relatively fuel inefficient and thus, if you want a large change in velocity, you need to carry a lot of heavy fuel. Getting that fuel into orbit is costly, too! Ion thrusters, in their various forms, offer an alternative solution – miniscule thrust, but high fuel efficiency. This tiny push won’t get you off the ground on Earth. However, when applied over a great deal of time in the vacuum of space, it can lead to a huge change in velocity, or delta V. This manner of operation means that an ion thruster and a small mass of fuel can theoretically create a much larger delta-V than chemical rockets, perfect for long-range space missions to Mars and other applications, too. Let’s take a look at how ion thrusters work, and some of their interesting applications in the world of spacecraft!

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Pseudo-Open Source

          • Openwashing

            • Security WeekOpen Source Security Foundation Now Counts 60 Members [Ed: Openwashing by proprietary software companies]

              The Open Source Security Foundation (OpenSSF) on Tuesday announced that 19 more organizations have joined the initiative, showing commitment towards identifying and addressing vulnerabilities in open source software. OpenSSF now has a total of 60 members. Hosted by the Linux Foundation, OpenSSF is a cross-industry forum meant to bring together open source security initiatives and help not only address the security of open source, but also develop best practices, research, tooling, training, and vulnerability disclosure practices.

            • The Apache Software Foundation Welcomes VMware as its Newest Platinum Sponsor [Ed: This company is attacking Free software [1, 2], ASF should not welcome the attacker]

              The Apache® Software Foundation (ASF) today welcomed VMware® as its latest sponsor at the Platinum level. “We are happy to welcome VMware as a Platinum Sponsor,” said Bob Paulin, ASF Vice President Fundraising. “Sponsoring the ASF provides essential funds and services that enable us to support more than 300 Apache Projects and their communities on a day-to-day basis. We are grateful for VMware’s generosity as it helps us further our mission of providing software for the public good.”

        • Security

          • Enrico Zini: Migrating from procmail to sieve

            Anarcat’s “procmail considered harmful” post convinced me to get my act together and finally migrate my venerable procmail based setup to sieve. My setup was nontrivial, so I migrated with an intermediate step in which sieve scripts would by default pipe everything to procmail, which allowed me to slowly move rules from procmailrc to sieve until nothing remained in procmailrc. Here’s what I did.

          • Bruce SchneierDetails of an NSA Hacking Operation [Ed: Cracking, Bruce Schneier, not "Hacking"...]

            Pangu Lab in China just published a report of a hacking operation by the Equation Group (aka the NSA). It noticed the hack in 2013, and was able to map it with Equation Group tools published by the Shadow Brokers (aka some Russian group).

          • ViceChinese Cybersecurity Company Doxes Apparent NSA Hacking Operation
          • LWNSecurity updates for Thursday [LWN.net]

            Security updates have been issued by CentOS (cyrus-sasl), Fedora (kicad), Mageia (php), openSUSE (envoy-proxy, ldns, libdxfrw, librecad, php7, and shapelib), Red Hat (cyrus-sasl), SUSE (firefox, gnutls, ldns, and php7), and Ubuntu (haproxy and php7.2, php7.4).

          • Cisco Releases Security Updates for Multiple Products | CISA

            Cisco has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in multiple products. An attacker could exploit some of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system. For updates addressing lower severity vulnerabilities, see the Cisco Security Advisories page.

    • Defence/Aggression

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • AccessNowIran: Drop charges against human rights activist Hossein Ronaghi – Access Now

        We, the undersigned human rights organisations, call on Iranian authorities to drop the charges against Iranian activist and human rights defender Hossein Ronaghi. We believe the charges arise from peaceful exercise of his human rights, including his criticism of the dire human rights situation in the country and a looming piece of legislation that will further shrink people’s rights if ratified. Ronaghi was held in detention in circumstances that violated his due process rights, from 23 February until he was released on bail late on 2 March. He was held in detention in Evin Prison for eight days without any official charges brought against him. According to his lawyer, a hearing before the office of the prosecutor on 28 February revealed he had been charged with ‘propaganda against the state’ and ‘gathering and collusion with the intention of disturbing national security’. Ronaghi was previously imprisoned for six years in relation to his peaceful exercise of his human rights. During his imprisonment, his health deteriorated severely as a result of torture and ill-treatment and the multiple hunger strikes he went on to protest his conditions. Following his recent arrest, Ronaghi was denied access to his lawyers and denied visits from family members. It was several days before security agents gave his family any information about his disappearance. The authorities also prohibited his lawyers from accessing case files throughout much of his detention, thereby violating his due process rights.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Senate Commerce Votes To Approve Sohn, Bedoya To Guide Broadband Policy for Consumers – Public Knowledge

        Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation voted to approve Gigi Sohn as a Commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission and Alvaro Bedoya as a Commissioner for the Federal Trade Commission. Both Ms. Sohn and Mr. Bedoya have worked steadfastly to champion consumer protections and have a deep understanding of the important role that these agencies have in ensuring those protections reflect the needs of consumers. Public Knowledge urges the Senate to confirm President Joe Biden’s nominees to help protect consumers in the digital era. The following can be attributed to Chris Lewis, President and CEO at Public Knowledge: “These committee votes are extremely important for getting stalled parts of the technology policy agenda moving with a sense of urgency. The FCC plays a critical role in ensuring consumers have access to robust, affordable broadband and the FTC works to ensure that once consumers are online, their privacy is protected and there is a functioning market that provides choice.

OSI Taken Over (Even More Than Before) by Microsoft, Whereas FSF Removes Troublemakers

Posted in Free/Libre Software, FSF, Microsoft, OSI at 11:20 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 81464650c130041e9d942408553f3cee
Promising Changes in FSF
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: The Open Source Initiative isn’t what it’s called; it’s becoming more and more like a front group of proprietary software, offering sinister technology giants a bunch of openwashing services; contrary to that, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) fought to regain its identity and this week we saw evidence of that

THE video above concerns the appointment of Zoë Kooyman, which we mentioned two days ago. Since doing that video, based on this announcement, Kooyman herself wrote this statement, shown above in the video.

Microsoft and FSFSome people have been asking what it means to the FSF (and to GNU), so I wanted to respond in the form of a video (“No Derivative” so people cannot distort what I actually said). Kooyman was in fact selected (promoted) months ago.

It has meanwhile been advertised by the new chief of the OSI that, following his admission that half of the OSI's budget goes to Microsoft, there’s now even more of Microsoft inside the management and steering team. “He is Director of Developer Policy and Counsel for” Microsoft. Now he’s also a Director at the OSI. To quote: “Joining the board as a Director is Justin Colannino, who was appointed by the board in January. Justin joins us with a decade of experience representing clients at the intersection of free and open source software communities and for-profit enterprises. He is Director of Developer Policy and Counsel for GitHub where he advocates for developers’ ability to innovate, collaborate, and have equal opportunity. Justin also serves as Senior Corporate Counsel, Open Source and Standards for Microsoft where he is part of a small team that oversees legal processes to enable open source engagement at massive scale, as well as maintaining an active pro-bono practice for free and open source software communities.”

Microsoft and OSIWhen it comes to advocacy, the OSI has been dead for years. No wonder many have left. Drew DeVault thinks he can change OSI for the better, but the OSI is already thoroughly infiltrated and it’ll resist any meaningful change. The board now has a Director who is clearly hostile; those are people who are attacking Open Source and Software Freedom (GitHub is an attack on both; it is also an attack on communities and on Git itself (EEE)).

The OSI isn’t merely irrelevant. It’s just dead. Or in the words of an associate, “OSI is more than dead, it is malignant.” Don’t waste even a single dollar on it. Microsoft already subsidises this front group, just like it does the Linux Foundation, which openly attacks Linux and even advocates/promotes the competition of Linux. Sure, it calls itself the “Linux Foundation”, but that doesn’t mean it really cares about Linux (look who runs it!) and similarly the Open Source Initiative is happy to promote Microsoft’s proprietary software at the expense of Open Source.

Links 3/3/2022: KDE Gear 21.12.3

Posted in News Roundup at 8:34 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Benchmarks

      • AnandTechSPEC Adds Linux Edition of SPECviewperf 2020 v3.0 Benchmark

        The SPEC Graphics Performance Characterization (SPECgpc) group updated the Windows version of the workstation GPU benchmark suite – SPECviewperf 2020 – twice last year. The intent of the benchmark is to replay GPU workload traces from real-world professional applications (Maya for media and entertainment, Catia, Creo, NX, and Solidworks for CAD/CAM, OpendTect for the energy industry, and the Tuvok visualization library for rendering medical images). Version 3.0, released in December 2021, updated the Solidworks viewset to better reflect the OpenGL API calls in the latest version of the software. Version 2.0 had enabled selective downloading of the viewsets. While the Windows version of the benchmark had been through three versions, the Linux community was left out, having to rely on the SPECviewperf 13 released almost a decade ago. That is changing today with the availability of the Linux edition of SPECviewperf 2020 v3.0. The benchmark updates the viewsets with traces from the latest versions of the relevant applications and also updates the models to match the Windows version. Since the benchmarks wrapper framework (even for the Windows version) is based on Node-Webkit (now NW.js), the creation of a Linux edition had to mainly deal with the actual viewset processing. Automation and results processing are identical between the Windows and Linux versions.

      • Globe NewswireStandard Performance Evaluation Corporation Releases Linux Edition of SPECviewperf 2020 v3.0 Benchmark, Worldwide Standard for Measuring Graphics Performance

        The Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation’s (SPEC) Graphics Performance Characterization (SPECgpc) today released a Linux Edition of its SPECviewperf 2020 v3.0 performance benchmark, the worldwide standard for measuring graphics performance based on professional applications.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • How To Install Zoom Client on Manjaro 21 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Zoom Client on Manjaro 21. For those of you who didn’t know, Zoom is a software solution that provides video and online chat services through a cloud-based peer-to-peer software platform. The Zoom software application lets you organize meetings, host webinars, and open conference rooms for meetings online. 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 Zoom Client on a Manjaro 21 (Pahvo).

      • How to Install PowerShell on Fedora [Ed: Bad advice; suggests giving Microsoft root access (total control) over your GNU/Linux box.]
      • How to build redundancy into your network (and what to avoid) | Enable Sysadmin

        Redundancy with automated failover is good. But making the wrong decisions can make a high-availability solution worse than no redundancy at all.

      • How to Install Notepad++ on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – LinuxCapable

        Notepad++ is a free and powerful tool that you can use to edit both texts and source code. The famous editor is initially designed for Windows PCs and written in C language with pure Win32 API that ensures higher execution speed. This makes it possible to optimize routines without sacrificing user-friendliness, which reduces carbon emissions from your computer when using less power consumption resulting in a greener environment. In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Notepad++ on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using Snap (Snapcraft.io) as a means to install Wine to emulate Windows and Notepad++.

      • How to Install NotepadQQ on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – LinuxCapable

        Notepadqq is a free and open-source text editor program for Linux. It’s an alternative to Notepad++, which many programmers and even general desktop power users often use as their notepad of choice due to its ease and minimalism it offers, while others prefer its more robust features, such as multiline editing or variables scope overloading. In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install NotepadQQ on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using two different methods with APT and Flatpak as an alternative installation method of installing Notepad++ using the snap package manager and wine.

      • How to install Caddy web server on Rocky Linux 8 / Alma Linux 8 – The very secure web server

        Although the web server market is largely dominated by Nginx and Apache HTTPD, there are other alternatives. That is why today, you will learn how to install Caddy web server on Rocky Linux / Alma Linux 8 / CentOS 8.

      • How to Run Sudo Commands Without a Password

        While working with Linux, we find that access to some files or performing sensitive operations requires users to have elevated privileges. The sudo command temporarily elevates user privileges allowing a user to execute sensitive commands or access files without restrictions.

      • Setup SFTP and Prevent SSH on Ubuntu 20.04 – Cloudbooklet

        Setup SFTP and Prevent SSH on Ubuntu 20.04. SFTP (Secure File transfer Protocol), a secure way to transfer files to servers using encrypted SSH connections. All servers with SSH will have SFTP enabled by default. In this guide you are going to learn how to limit SFTP access to a directory for a particular user and prevent SSH access. This setup is tested on a virtual machine running Ubuntu 20.04 OS. So this tutorial should work on any severs with Ubuntu.

      • REST API error modeling with Quarkus 2.0 | Red Hat Developer

        In the previous installment of the Quarkus from the ground up series, you saw the beginnings of a fully functional, OpenAPI-compliant REST API built using Quarkus. That article covered all of the architectural layers, from managing database schemas with Flyway to building the API itself with RESTEasy Reactive. You saw happy-path use cases, but didn’t get into the concepts around error handling. In this article, you’ll dive into error handling, build a solid error response model, and see how you can help API consumers reduce toil in their work.

    • Wine or Emulation

      • What’s new in vkd3d 1.3
      • GamingOnLinuxvkd3d version 1.3 released from the Wine team | GamingOnLinux

        Not to be confused with VKD3D-Proton that the Valve team work on, the original vkd3d from the Wine team continues to be updated and a new release is out now. For anyone confused, both of them translate Direct3D 12 to Vulkan. For one thing, Valve is naturally focused only on gaming, which can often come with the drawback of needing the most up to date drivers and not supporting older systems, whereas the Wine team have to support pretty much any software that could run on Windows.

    • Games

      • HackadayMortal Kombat ROM Hack Kontinues Arcade Legacy | Hackaday

        September 13th 1993, colloquially known as Mortal Monday, became as dividing line in the battle for 16-bit supremacy. The mega popular arcade game Mortal Kombat was ported to Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis consoles, and every fanboy and fangirl had an opinion on which version truly brought the hits. The Super Nintendo version opted to remove the blood and gore in an attempt to preserve the company’s family-friendly image. While the Sega Genesis merely locked the game’s more violent content behind a cheat code that so many fans learned by heart, ABACABB. Nintendo’s decision to censor Mortal Kombat on their console pushed public opinion in favor of the Sega Genesis version being superior, though it was clear that corners were cut in order to squeeze it onto a cartridge. Recently a group of developers led by [Paulo] sought to restore the Genesis version to its full potential with a ROM hack they’re calling Mortal Kombat Arcade Edition.

      • GamingOnLinuxJohn Romero releases new DOOM II level to raise funds to support Ukraine | GamingOnLinux

        Want to support the people of Ukraine and get a little something in return perhaps? There’s a huge amount of developers throwing their support in and even John Romero has appeared with a new DOOM II level. Named “One Humanity”, it’s available for a donation of €5.00 and it’s to “support the people of Ukraine and the humanitarian efforts of the Red Cross and the UN Central Emergency Response Fund” with 100% of the proceeds going towards the support.

      • GamingOnLinuxPopular vehicle building sandbox ‘SimplePlanes’ updates for Steam Deck | GamingOnLinux

        Even more developers get their games ready to be played on the Steam Deck! SimplePlanes looks like a lot of fun and it’s quite a popular one too. Not quite as simple as the name suggests though, with tons of parts to snap together and plenty of physics fun going on. It’s also not just about aircraft, as you can build all sorts of things to mess around with.

      • GamingOnLinuxToy train set sandbox ‘Tracks’ gets upgraded for Steam Deck | GamingOnLinux

        Love trains? Tracks looks like quite a sweet little game really and it has a new release out to help with Steam Deck compatibility. Tracks hasn’t yet been through any verification though, keep that in mind.

      • Ubuntu Pit10 Best Games for Steam Deck: What’s Your Favorite One?

        In the field of the gaming sector, Steam Deck is the hotcake of this month. This new gaming console is not like the previous console projects, and Valve brought it to an entirely new level of gaming. We all know that Steam is dominating the World gaming section for the last two decades. And now, Steam deck appears to bring all the steam games just within your two palms. The world’s best games are already available for Steam Deck. So, it is the best news for Linux users in 2022. The steam deck was launched on 25 February 2022, and our team already got our desired gaming console. We had a list of a considerable number of games to try and check their performance on Steam Deck. And now, we are here to share the best games for the Steam deck we got from the long research.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • KDE Gear 21.12.3

          Over 120 individual programs plus dozens of programmer libraries and feature plugins are released simultaneously as part of KDE Gear. Today they all get new bugfix source releases with updated translations, including…

        • 9to5LinuxKDE Gear 21.12.3 Released as the Last in the Series with More Fixes for Dolphin and Ark

          KDE Gear 21.12.3 is here with a bunch of bug fixes for various KDE apps, such as the Dolphin file manager, which no longer crashes when canceling an archiving job initiated from one of the available “Compress” right-click context menu items. Moreover, Dolphin now opens files in the right app when browsing an FTP server instead of opening them in the web browser by default. The Ark archive manager received various updates in this release to allow extracting of zip archives with empty folders without causing those folders to have their “last accessed” dates set in the future, as well as to successfully create multivolume 7zip archives consisting of individual parts of under 1MB in size each.

    • Distributions

      • SUSE/OpenSUSE

        • Contributing to SLE/openSUSE

          The motivation of this post is to demonstrate how easy and logical is the workflow of an upstream change in a project to a given SUSE Linux codestream. I try to write this post in a codestream agnostic way. As I have experienced the workflow from the package maintainer point of view is the same for SUSE:SLE-15:Update and for openSUSE:Factory.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • 9 resources to help you contribute to open source in 2022 | Opensource.com

          In 2022, open source is becoming more and more of a household name. But for many years, open source was known as the scrappy underdog of the enterprise IT landscape. Open source has been around for decades in some form or fashion, but it wasn’t even until the late 1990s that it was formalized with its name. You may have been using open source technology this whole time but didn’t know it. In fact, the website you are currently reading is run on the open source content management system, Drupal. Your car, laptop, smartwatch, and video games are likely supported by Linux, an open source operating system. Red Hat’s annual State of Enterprise Open Source was recently released containing a whole lot of insights helpful for anyone growing a career in open source technology. For starters, 77% of IT leaders have a more positive perception of enterprise open source than they did a year ago and 82% of IT leaders are more likely to select a vendor who contributes to the open source community. This means that participating in open source is more important than ever before. Now is the time to advance your open source journey, no matter where you are. Here are a few resources to help you along the way.

        • Enterprisers ProjectEnterprise open source: 4 priorities for CIOs

          2022 marks the fourth year Red Hat has sponsored its annual The State of Enterprise Open Source report. With almost 1300 worldwide IT leaders surveyed, this annual survey provides a window into trends and selectively explores new topics of interest. Let’s take a look at some stats from each category. One key trend is the growth of enterprise open source software at the expense of proprietary software. This year, respondents said they expect proprietary software to drop from 45 percent of their organizations’ software to 37 percent in two years, while enterprise open source grows 5 percent to 34 percent – almost overtaking it. (Community-based open source software is expected to chip away at the proprietary share of the mix as well, albeit at a slower rate.)

        • Enterprisers ProjectIT leadership: 3 new rules for hybrid work

          The pandemic will be the zeitgeist for the 21st century. It has shaped how we live, how our children are educated, and of course, how we work. It has also exposed what employees crave most. These wants and needs happen to be one of the driving factors for why employees leave their organizations, especially in today’s new hybrid workplace. A December 2020 SHRM article found that nearly 70 percent of remote workers say they work on the weekends, with 45 percent noting they work more hours weekly than they did prior to going remote. In the hybrid work environment, we are spending extraordinary amounts of time on the job. It can lead to feeling even more burned out and isolated than ever. Couple those feelings with our intrinsic need for connection, belonging, and relationships, and it’s easy to understand why employees leave organizations where they feel disconnected and unappreciated. The hybrid workforce demands a different organization-employee dynamic. Given how siloed we are, these desires for connection, belonging, and relationships are more important than ever. Employees want to feel valued, appreciated, and cared for by their managers and organizations. Today’s employees also want to trust their organizations and managers as well as feel trusted by them.

        • Fedora Community Blog: Community Blog monthly summary: February 2022

          This is the latest in our monthly series summarizing the past month on the Community Blog.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • UbuntuOpenStack is dead? The numbers speak for themselves. | Ubuntu

          OpenStack is dead! A masked man in a black cloak with “public clouds”, “containers” and ”serverless” inscriptions shot OpenStack straight in the heart. OpenStack fell to the ground and with the last moment of strength exclaimed: “Long live open infrastructure”! That could be a headline of a tabloid, would you agree? OpenStack is dead. We’ve all heard about that. It’s gone. It’s abandoned. It’s been dominated by public clouds. The world does no longer need OpenStack. The word only needs containers, serverless or the next cutting-edge technology (whatever it’s going to be). The world doesn’t like OpenStack anymore. OpenStack is an obsolete technology. It is antiquated, passe and definitely no longer sexy. What is the problem then? Well, the problem is that none of these things is real.

        • New ElectronicsAdvantech and Canonical collaborate on Ubuntu pre-loaded embedded solutions

          By certifying Advantech products, Canonical, the publisher of Ubuntu, guarantees up to 10 years of Linux security and update capabilities for users in the AI robotics, industrial manufacturing, and mission-critical application sectors. The two companies have collaborated on the provision of Ubuntu certifications for deployment-ready IoT devices, so that users can save time when configuring/installing the OS on the hardware. Canonical performs tests that confirm industrial-grade standards for the Ubuntu running on the system. These tests also ensure that individual hardware I/O function normally. Once completed, Advantech will issue a comprehensive test report that reduces the hardware and OS validation procedure from ten days to one. Additionally, pre-installed services can save over 30 minutes in lead-time per device. In order to prevent security breaches and maintain system functionality, AIoT developers are required to keep their devices up to date with the latest software. To address this, Canonical and Advantech have certified Ubuntu Core, a transactional version of Ubuntu designed for IoT devices and embedded systems that provides secure boot, full disk encryption, secure device recovery, and over-the-air, transactional software updates through a cloud-based CI/CD (Continuous Integration, Continuous Deployment) service that helps to lower upgrade risks and reduces the need for on-site repair.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • The Register UKConcern over growing reach of proprietary firmware BLOBs • The Register

        Vendors of the FOSS hardware and software communities are voicing their concerns about closed-source firmware. Virtually impenetrable BLOBs (Binary Large Objects) in firmware mean it’s difficult to be sure exactly what the computer is doing. Assuming the BLOBs are unencrypted, and they usually are, you’ll have to break out a disassembler to figure out what the code does, which requires skills and knowledge, and is tedious – especially if the binary is obfuscated. Hardware vendors provide software, too. You can’t boot a computer without multiple pieces of code in various flash ROMs – to initialize the processor, the disk drives, and the chips that connect them. As computers get more complex, so does their firmware. More layers of code not only means more potential vulnerabilities, it means they can be hidden from the running OS. This requires blind trust, which is a strong motivator for keeping the source code of such code open. For the very privacy-conscious, there are x86 laptops such as Purism’s Librem machines which use the coreboot open-source firmware, which is also used in Chromebooks. It’s not only for consumer kit. So does the LinuxBoot firmware for servers, which is backed by Google and Facebook via the Open Compute Project. Despite some controversy, it’s working on version 2 of its spec. Both coreboot and LinuxBoot use Intel’s FSP (Firmware Support Package) to initialize the hardware.

      • Its FOSSRocket.Chat and Nextcloud Team up to Offer a Powerful Open-Source Alternative to Office 365, Slack, and Others – It’s FOSS News

        Rocket.Chat is one of the best open-source slack alternatives and Nextcloud is an all-in-one collaboration platform. And, they are pretty impressive. This is why we use Rocket.Chat for our internal communication and Nextcloud to manage tasks/documents. Both of them are incredibly useful for what they are capable of. And, now, it looks like Rocket.Chat and Nextcloud are taking things up a notch by developing a native API integration.

      • Get started with Carbonio, an open source collaboration platform

        In recent years, interest in using open source collaboration platforms to enhance business productivity increased. Proprietary software has managed to overwhelm customers with a maze of licensing requirements and pay-to-play features that many companies don’t want to manage. On the other hand, open source offers alternatives that give companies the liberty of choice and allow new businesses to enter existing markets easier with more control over upfront costs. There are many choices in open source when selecting collaborative suites. My favorite is the AGPL-licensed Community Edition of Carbonio by Zextras (you may know Zextras from their complementary components for Zimbra Open Source).

      • Programming/Development

        • QtSquish 7.0 Available Now

          We are excited to release a new major version of the Squish GUI Tester, the software quality assurance tool chosen by thousands worldwide for cross-platform GUI application test automation.

        • Perl/Raku

          • Self-referring labels | Playing Perl 6␛b6xA Raku

            Lizmat kindly allowed Label to expose its file and line-number. That is handy if we want to convey messages about the code itself, without having to worry about edits invalidating our line-numbers. The first use case that came to mind are lightweight singletons that are easy to find.

  • Leftovers

    • Science

      • HackadayThe Antonov An-225 Seems To Have Been Destroyed After All | Hackaday

        Something that probably unites most Hackaday readers is a love of machines, particularly unique or interesting ones. In the world of aircraft for example, we’ve run several stories about those which push the edges of the size envelope, be they the Hughes Hercules troop carrier, the Scaled Composites Stratolifter space launcher, or the Antonov An-225 Mriya cargo plane. This last machine has been in the news for all the wrong reasons over the last few days, with reports emerging that it may have been destroyed in the fighting around its base at Hostomel near Kyiv. There has been some uncertainty around this news as it has alternately been claimed to have been destroyed or to have miraculously survived, but now a set of photographs have emerged showing what appears to be the An-225 burning in its damaged hangar.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Security

          • Tech TimesThree Billion Google Chrome Users Warned of ‘High’ Level Attack: 28 Attacks Across Windows, Linux, and Mac

            Google has just issued a warning towards its “circa three billion Chrome users” globally. The company confirmed brand new “high” level attacks directly on its browser.

          • Red Team lab automation

            It’s not uncommon for red teamers to regularly tear down and rebuild their test labs, I know I do on a sometimes daily basis. It keeps things fresh and manageable, and now, using Infrastructure as Code (IaC), we can create a consistent environment to test tools and techniques in. If we break something it’s fine, just run the script again! In this post I’ll detail how, using Packer, Terraform, and Ansible, to go from an empty ESXi server to an up and running Windows domain in minimum time.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Remi Collet: Please STOP war!

        War is NEVER the solution War destroys lives War destroys cities War destroys nature War destroys economy War will destroy our planet Please STOP WAR NOW! Everywhere

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