Roberto Innocenti on Open Hardware PowerPC Notebook

Posted in Free/Libre Software, Hardware, IBM at 10:00 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Software Freedom is not enough when hardware becomes increasingly restrictive and opaque. This is where people like Roberto Innocenti step in. As this new talk puts it, they are “designing a PowerPC based notebook from scratch — one that is fully compliant with the Open Hardware principles and based on GNU/Linux…”

Licence: CC BY 4.0

Links 03/04/2022: 4.14.275 and Otter 1.0.0

Posted in News Roundup at 8:35 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Make Use Of7 Privacy-Focused Alternatives to Common Linux Software

      Although most Linux distributions come with a great variety of software already installed, there are many more choices available to you if you want to take more control over the applications installed on your system and the information that passes through those applications as you use them.

      Following are some of the best free alternatives to standard Linux applications that will help enhance your privacy in today’s hyper-connected, data-hungry online environment.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

    • Applications

      • Ubuntu HandbookSpeek.Chat – Privacy Focused Messenger built on Tor Network | UbuntuHandbook

        Looking for a secure instant messaging app? Speek.Chat is a free open-source messenger based on Tor hidden network services.

        No server, no metadata, no ID or phone number! With it, users are only identified via public keys. By sharing the key to others, they can send request to add you into contact list and then start chatting.

        All messages and files are end-to-end encrypted and routed via the Tor network. No middleman server that could be compromised, taken down or leak user information. You can chat anonymous without exposing your identity (or IP) to anyone.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • MakeTech EasierHow to Import and Export OVA Files in VirtualBox
      • ID RootHow To Install Videomass on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Videomass on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Videomass is a cross-platform GUI designed for FFmpeg enthusiasts who need to manage custom profiles to automate conversion/transcoding processes. It offers out-of-the-box output to all possible file formats like MP4, MKV, MOV, etc. Video: MPEG-4, H.264/AVC, H.265/HEVC, VP9, and audio: AAC, MP3, OPUS, WAV, FLAC or AC-3 and subtitles and much more.

        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 Videomass 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.

      • H2S MediaInstall Dashlane password manager on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – Linux Shout

        Steps to install and use Dashlane Password Manager on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy JellyFish using the Mozilla browser to manage passwords on the internet.

        Internet shopping, online banking, and social networks: With the multitude of passwords we use every day, it is often difficult to keep track. Dashlane’s Password Manager is a handy tool to help you manage and better organize your credentials and passwords. The high-security standards of the program should also provide reliable protection against hackers.

        Dashlane is one of the popular password managers that is available in both free and premium versions. In the free version, the user can save 50 passwords, auto-fill Form & payment, password share up to 5 accounts, personalized security alerts, password generator, password changer, and two-factor authentication are also available. The free trial of their premium plan is available for 30 days.

      • ID RootHow To Install Nagios on CentOS 9 Stream – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Nagios on CentOS 9 Stream. For those of you who didn’t know, Nagios Core, formerly known as Nagios, is a free and open-source computer-software application that monitors systems, networks, and infrastructure. It supports both Linux and Windows OS and provides an intuitive web interface that allows you to easily monitor network resources.

        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 Nagios core monitoring tool on CentOS 9 Stream.

      • Make Use OfHow to Change Root Password in Kali Linux

        A system protected by default credentials is an open invitation for adversaries to exploit. It is highly recommended that you set a custom root password for your Kali Linux machine as soon as it boots up post-installation.

        In this primer, you will find the easiest and swiftest way to reset the root password of your Kali Linux desktop with the passwd command or, if you forgot your root password then with the GRUB bootloader.

      • ISpy and Raspberry PI: Installing the open source Agent DVR

        Tired of having a lot of low cost surveillance cameras, everyone with its app and everyone requiring a fee for cloud storage? With iSpy and Raspberry PI you can get your self hosted and open source DVR compatible with hundreds of IP cameras

      • HW video offload on Fedora Arm – nullr0ute’s blog

        There’s been the starting pieces of hardware video offload with the stateless engine support for some time and it now supports at least H264/HEVC/VP8/VP9/mepg2 decode offload depending on the hardware capabilities. The problem has been support for software/userspace has taken longer then the initial drivers but now that’s catching up now with gstreamer support landing in 2020 and with apps like clapper now using it. I’ve been meaning to play with this and work out how to make it work in Fedora as it’s useful for devices based on the AllWinner/Rockchip/NXP i.MX8 devices like the Pine64 laptops/phones plus a bunch of other devices, even NVIDIA Jetson devices should work before long.

    • Games

      • Boiling SteamSteam Deck Gets 2 Patches Mainly Focusing on Keyboard Improvements – Boiling Steam

        There was a series of upgrades for the Steam Deck in the past 2 days, and instead of reporting them one by one, here’s a combined look at what they actually improved, organized in categories. Note that most of them are focused on improving the typing experience on the Steam Deck, both in the Steam client and in Desktop Mode.


        Having a more usable keyboard is an essential aspect to make the Steam Deck a more versatile device without requiring the connectiong on a physical keyboard or a ssh connection for every little management task in the Desktop mode. Glad to see Valve supporting this kind of use cases as well.

      • Yoko Redux dreams of Windows, Mac and Linux release | Adventure Gamers

        Noir-steeped mysteries are traditionally presented in black and white, but indie developer Missing Sentinel Software has five (and precisely five) other colours in mind for the upcoming Yoko Redux: Dreams of a Blue Planet.

      • ChiarkOtter 1.0.0 – Online Table Top Environment Renderer
      • Dizietdiziet | Otter (game server) 1.0.0 released

        Otter is my game server for arbitrary board games. Unlike most online game systems. It does not know (nor does it need to know) the rules of the game you are playing. Instead, it lets you and your friends play with common tabletop/boardgame elements such as hands of cards, boards, and so on. So it’s something like a “tabletop simulator” (but it does not have any 3D, or a physics engine, or anything like that).

        There are provided game materials and templates for Penultima, Mao, and card games in general.

        Otter also supports uploadable game bundles, which allows users to add support for additional games – and this can be done without programming.

        For more information, see the online documentation. There are a longer intro and some screenshots in my 2021 introductory blog post about Otter

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

    • Distributions

      • Unix MenTop 10 Linux Distros for Small Students

        If your question is what is the best Linux distribution for small students? Then the answer would not be one. This is because of the availability of Linux distributions in various options, and this is an advantage because you can choose one according to your child’s taste.

        There is a perception that Linux is only meant for hackers, which is wrong. In today’s world, it is more than that. Kids, parents, school children, college students, and essay writers – anyone can easily download and use Linux through the graphical user interface.

        And now the question arises, why should your child learn Linux?

      • Unix MenTop 15 Linux Students’ Productivity Tools & Software

        There is no doubt that among operating systems, Linux efficiency is worth citing due to its excellence in performance and secure environment. But, even then, you may lose interest in this operating system and feel distracted. The reason may lie in the absence of some mind-blowing software and productivity tools that you may never have noticed. Therefore, in this article, we, as a team of linear programming help, have presented a vivid description of Linux students’ productivity software and tools that will help you automate your manual tasks, organize and form knowledge, address important issues, etc. Eventually, the tools can change your Linux user experience. So why be late, let’s get started!

      • New Releases

        • LinuxiacNitrux 2.1.0 Is Here, Offers the Latest KDE Plasma

          Nitrux has just released a new update to their 2.x series of distributions, bringing us to version 2.1.0. Here is what’s new!

          Nitrux is a free, beautiful, open-source, desktop-oriented Linux distro. It’s powered by Debian, KDE technologies, and Qt, emphasizing aesthetics, user efficiency, and portable universal app formats.

          The distro features a modified version of the KDE Plasma desktop called NX Desktop. Furthermore, Nitrux brings its own set of Nitrux applications built upon Maui kit and Qt.

          So, in terms of appearance, Nitrux is arguably on par with today’s best-looking distros, such as Deepin or Zorin OS.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Beta Week Is Here! Let’s Do Some Testing! – Front Page Linux

          Ubuntu 22.04 “Jammy Jellyfish” beta week just kicked off on March 31. This includes Ubuntu Desktop, Ubuntu Server, and all official Ubuntu flavours.

          This is an excellent opportunity for everyone to help out. All Ubuntu users and members of Ubuntu communities can help a great deal by running tests and reporting bugs before final release.

        • Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish) Final Beta released

          The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the Beta release of the Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Desktop, Server, and Cloud products.

          22.04 LTS, codenamed “Jammy Jellyfish”, continues Ubuntu’s proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. The team has been hard at work through this cycle, introducing new features and fixing bugs.

          This Beta release includes images from not only the Ubuntu Desktop, Server, and Cloud products, but also the Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, UbuntuKylin, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Studio, and Xubuntu flavours.

          The Beta images are known to be reasonably free of showstopper image build or installer bugs, while representing a very recent snapshot of 22.04 LTS that should be representative of the features intended to ship with the final release expected on April 21st, 2022.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

  • Leftovers

    • GloPoWriMo 2022

      April is Global Poetry Writing Month, or GloPoWriMo for short. The challenge is to write a poem for every day of the month: 30 poems in total.

Kyle Wiens on Right to Repair or Fight to Repair

Posted in DRM, Hardware at 4:12 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: This Kyle Wiens talk, “repair is not a crime”, is an excellent talk about how warranty-voiding stickers are basically illegal and it “is about Right to Repair, which now has support from the Biden administration and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and progress is being made in Europe, Australia, and Canada.”

Licence: CC BY SA 4.0

Links 02/04/2022: Nitrux 2.1 and Xfce Terminal 1.0.0

Posted in News Roundup at 2:03 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Kernel Space

      • Wacom Leads the Way with Pens and Tablets for Linux

        At Wacom, it is important that all of our users have their workflows as fully supported as possible. Over the years more and more enterprise users and creative professionals have been relying on Linux as part of their workflows. Many of these users already rely on Wacom to power their creative and business endeavors. In fact, Wacom devices are being adopted in many Linux enterprise environments beyond the creative industry. Finance, banking, medical, and public sectors are commonly adopting Linux solutions with pen-based workflows.

        For decades, Wacom has made sure that all new devices are supported by the Linux kernel. In 2016, Wacom updated their kernel driver so it can readily support new Wacom products without patches. Today, Wacom’s Linux support is well established and has broad adoption.

    • Applications

      • Linux LinksBest Free and Open Source Software – March 2022 Updates

        Here are the latest updates to our compilation of recommended software.

        The table above shows our articles updated in March 2022.

        For our entire collection, check out the categories below. This is the largest compilation of recommended software. The collection includes hundreds of articles, with comprehensive sections on internet, graphics, games, programming, science, office, utilities, and more. Almost all of the software is free and open source.

      • Offpunk 1.3 : Making it Easy and Useful

        Browsing through the command line protects me from sensory overload. It makes me less angry, less anxious. It also makes me a better reader. Do the experience : construct a small book where each page is of a completely different format from the others. Different fonts, different colours, pictures mixed with it. And print exactly the same content in a boring black and white. Which one is the more readable? Which one will allow you to get the information of the text?

      • MedevelHugginn is an open-source Zaphir and IFTTT alternative

        Huginn is a free, open-source self-hosted task and service automation manager alternative to popular services as Zapier and IFTTT.

        You can install Huginn at your server, create, and manage automation agents with less effort with a straightforward admin.

      • PC LinuxFirefox Tried To Simplify The Download Workflow. Here’s How To Change It Back.

        I hate it when developers try to make things “simpler,” especially when something has been one way for a very, very long, LONG time. That’s the case with the most recent Firefox 98.0.1. Developers, in their misdirected zeal to “simplify” the download workflow, managed to ROYALLY screw it up. Hey, I’ve been using it ONE WAY for so many years, and now the download workflow isn’t doing what I expect or what I’ve become accustomed to. I literally have adapted Firefox’s time-honored “download workflow” to the way I work, and the new way is a HUGE disruption to the way I work.

      • PC LinuxRepo Review: Cryptomator

        Cryptomator is a useful tool for easily encrypting any data that you may wish to store online. It allows you to create a securely encrypted folder, or vault, containing your files, that you can then upload to any online cloud hosting service. Cryptomator uses AES 256 bit encryption to ensure that your data is always kept safe and secure while stored in a vault.

        Cryptomator has a sleek, modern user interface that’s very easy to use. To the left side of the window is a panel from which you can select a vault from the list. Clicking on Add Vault brings up a small window giving you the option to create a new vault, or import an already created one into Cryptomator. To import a vault created with Cryptomator, you simply have to navigate to the directory where the vault is stored, and load in the masterkey.cryptomator file.

      • MedevelCalories is a free open-source CLI calories and weight tracker

        Calories is a command-line tool for tracking calories and weight using the Harris Benedict formula for calculating your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate).The program is written by Mario, a software Developer originally from Graz, but living in Vienna, Austria.

        Calories app is written in the Go programming language, and it is available for Windows, Linux and macOS in 32- and 64-bit.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • ByteXDRun Multiple Commands in One Line in Linux

        The Linux terminal is a powerful command-line tool that helps allows users to run multiple commands to do a specific task.

        So, as a Linux system administrator, the user may need to know about various commands and how to execute these commands at once on the terminal.

        Running multiple commands at once or in one line is a more productive and efficient way in Linux. Moreover, it also saves a good deal of time.

        In this tutorial we will learn how to run multiple Linux commands in one line using AND (&&), OR (||), and Semicolon (;) operators.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Discord on Fedora 36 Linux

        Discord is a free voice, video, and text chat app used by tens of millions of people ages 13+ to talk and hang out with their communities and friends. Users communicate with voice calls, video calls, text messaging, media, and files in private chats or as part of communities called “servers.” Discord is available on Windows, macOS, and Linux Distros.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Discord client on Fedora 36 Linux workstation desktop using three different methods of dnf package manager with rpm fusion, the natively installed flatpak manager or installing snapcraft package manager and installing the discord snap as a last resort using the terminal command line.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install LEMP Stack on Fedora 36 Linux

        LEMP is a collection of open-source software commonly used to serve web applications. The term LEMP is an acronym that represents the configuration of a Linux operating system with an Nginx (pronounced engine-x, hence the E in the acronym) web server, with site data stored in a MySQL or MariaDB database and dynamic content processed by PHP that is popularly used for hosting extensive websites due to its performance and scalability.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install LEMP (Nginx, MariaDB, PHP) on Fedora 36 Server or Workstation. The tutorial will install various version choices with Nginx, MariaDB, and PHP using the command line terminal.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Liquorix Kernel on Fedora 36 Linux

        Liquorix Kernel is a free, open-source general-purpose Linux Kernel alternative to the stock kernel shipped with Fedora 36. It features custom settings and new features and is built to provide a responsive and smooth desktop experience, especially for new hardware.

        Liquorix Kernel is popular amongst Linux Gaming, streaming, and ultra-low latency requirements and often boasts the latest Linux Kernels. For more information about Liquorix before installing, check out their features page.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Spotify on Fedora 36 Linux

        Spotify is a digital music streaming service with both free and paid features. It is the world’s largest music streaming service provider, with over 381 million monthly active users, including 172 million paying subscribers, as of September 2021. Spotify can give you instant access to a vast online library of music and podcasts, which is very popular as you can listen to the content of your choice whenever you feel like it.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Spotify on Fedora 36 Linux workstation desktop using two different methods with the natively installed Flatpak package manager or for users that seek an alternative option using Snapcraft using the command line terminal.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install XanMod Kernel on Fedora 36 Linux

        XanMod is a free, open-source general-purpose Linux Kernel alternative to the stock kernel with Fedora 36. It features custom settings and new features and is built to provide a responsive and smooth desktop experience, especially for new hardware.

        XanMod is popular amongst Linux Gaming, streaming, and ultra-low latency requirements and often boasts the latest Linux Kernels before landing on Fedora.

        Installing a third-party kernel may be for you for users seeking to have their system kernel up to date and not wanting to install kernels or use the testing/unstable repositories manually.

      • Configure SSH Local Port Forwarding in Linux – kifarunix.com

        Welcome to our guide on how to configure SSH Local Port Forwarding in Linux. In order to understand how SSH tunneling or simply put, port forwarding, works we are going to see the example usage in this guide.

      • TechRepublicHow to install the new Kali Linux snapshot tool, Unkaputtbar | TechRepublic

        Kali Linux is an absolute must for penetration testers and other types of admins looking to keep their systems and networks as secure as possible. With tons of pentesting tools pre-installed, this Linux distribution could easily be your one-stop shop for auditing system security.

      • PC LinuxKDE Connect On PCLinuxOS

        I like to believe I have a pretty decent marriage. See, my wife is a Mac user. And with this comes the benefit of being able to interact with iMessage on her iPhone. So in the spirit of “one-upping” my smarter half, I decided to see what was available to PCLinuxOS users. After all, surely I could duplicate her ability to interact with her text messages on her computer!

        After a few minutes of digging around, I realized that using a Linux tool called KDE Connect would fit the bill quite nicely.

      • PC LinuxAdd Album Art To Your MP3 Files With Ease

        As I wrote last month, I recently “discovered” podcasts. This has led me to renewing my “relationship” with MP3 files. Last month, I wrote about resampling a collection of MP3 files so they all fit on a 700MiB CD-R that I can play in my truck’s MP3 CD player.

        As you can imagine for something that is “new” to any noob, I have a lot of “catching up” to do when it comes to podcasts. So, I’ve spent some time exploring, downloading some to my computer, while adding others to my “lists” on the various services that offer podcasts.

        One thing that I noticed is that some of the podcasts have each “episode” or “chapter” displaying the cover art for that particular podcast. Others, though, only display the bland “generic” MP3 icon in my file manager (Thunar). Hey! I want those to have pretty pictures on them, too!

      • PC LinuxInkscape Tutorial: Create An Abstract Background

        I’ve been back to YouTube, watching tutorials! I found one from the channel Logos by Nick which has one called Vector Abstract Background. I thought I’d share it.

        Create a rectangle for the background in your desired size. The tutorial used 1280 x 720 px. Choose Path > Object to path.

      • Make Use OfHow to Install MX Linux on Your PC

        MX Linux is an incredibly flexible, mid-weight, Debian-based Linux distribution. It is light enough to bring old laptops back to life yet powerful enough to take full advantage of modern advanced desktop hardware. This well-rounded GNU/Linux operating system is equally well-suited for everyone, from first-time Linux explorers to veteran power users and developers.

      • How to see running IP Services on Linux with ss

        When thinking about securing your server with firewall rules it may be interesting to find out which services are running at all on your system.

        You can do this with the ss command. The following command shows you in the order of the options the running (-u) udp and (-t) tcp sockets, just for (-l) listening ports. It also lists the (-p) processes and does (-n) not use aliases, but port numbers for the shown ports.

      • H2S MediaInstall XDM – Xtreme Download Manager on Ubuntu 22.04 | 20.04

        Xtreme Download Manager (XDM) is a free and open-source download manager, here we learn the commands to install XDM on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy JellyFish and Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa.

        Apart from the XDM Desktop application, users can also integrate this download manager with browsers such as Edge, Firefox, Chrome, Vivaldi, and Opera. We can resume and schedule a download, bandwidth throttling, categorizing downloads, and downloading multiple files simultaneously. Downloads are possible via HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, and various video stream protocols.

        To download clips offered on video portals such as YouTube, Dailymotion, and Vimeo, click on the corresponding button, enter the video’s Internet address, click on “Search” and the video can be retrieved onto your hard drive. After a successful download, they can be converted directly into other video formats using the integrated media converter. Due to the many other functions such as monitoring the clipboard and the automatic checking of a download by your virus scanner, XDM is unreservedly recommended.

      • HowTo ForgeInstall GitLab on Alma Linux 8
      • How to reset terminal in Linux

        Using the command line terminal is the most powerful way to administer a Linux system. Sometimes, though, a terminal can get hung up and become unresponsive. The terminal can also bug out if you try to read a binary file, filling your screen with strange characters.

        In such cases, it is useful to reset the terminal. There are several ways to do this across all Linux systems. In this tutorial, you will see how to reset the terminal in Linux.

      • How to restore hibernation on Fedora 35

        Hibernation, also known as “suspend to disk”, is the most efficient power saving mode in terms of energy consumption. On hibernation, the state of the random access memory is stored on disk, and the machine is completely power down. Although efficient, hibernation is commonly not recommended if using a solid state drive, because each time the system enters this power state, a lot of data must be written to disk, which as we know, has a limited number of write cycles. For this and other reasons, as the the low number of machines on which hibernation works reliably on Linux, Fedora decided to disable this power state by default.

      • How to recover partition table in Linux

        The partition table of a hard disk holds all the information about where each partition begins and ends. If the partition table gets deleted or becomes corrupt in some way, most likely your operating system will not be able to boot or you will face other hard disk issues. But there is good news: if your partition table is lost, it is possible to recover it using software such as testdisk.

        In this tutorial, we will go over the step by step instructions of booting into recovery mode, installing testdisk, and recovering a deleted partition table on a Linux system. After successful recovery of the partition table, you should be able to boot back into your Linux distro and go about using the system as normal – at least if there are no other underlying issues.

      • How to disconnect from SSH connection

        The SSH protocol in Linux is used to manage remote systems. It works by allowing you to securely log in to a remote device, which could be another Linux system, firewall, router, etc. When you are finished with your remote administration, it will be time to disconnect from the SSH connection.

        In this tutorial, you will see various ways to disconnect from an SSH connection on a Linux system. You will also learn the escape characters to exit from an SSH session, which comes in handy if you encounter a hung system that you have an SSH connection into and need to return to your local terminal.

      • How to enable hugepages on Linux

        Computer memory is allocated to processes as pages. Usually these pages are rather small, meaning that a process consuming a lot of memory will also be consuming a lot of pages. Searching through a multitude of pages can result in system slow downs, which is why some servers can benefit from enabling huge pages.

        Huge pages is especially useful on systems like database servers. Processes like MySQL and PostgreSQL can make use of huge pages if they are enabled, and will put less strain on your RAM cache. In this tutorial, we will cover the step by step instructions to enable huge pages on a Linux system.

    • Games

      • GamingOnLinux2,000 titles officially hit for Steam Deck as Verified or Playable

        An impressive milestone has been hit just over a month after the release of the Steam Deck, with now over 2,000 titles being noted as Verified or Playable by Valve.

        We know there’s problems though, with some games being Verified or Playable where they shouldn’t be, which is part of why Valve has a new feedback system in place. Overall though, it seems like a small minority of titles, the vast majority are being labelled correctly so it’s still a good number to go by for players and potential buyers of the Steam Deck.

      • RetroArch update makes Steam Deck emulation better

        “Mist, our middleware tool, runs in a separate process, runs concurrently with RetroArch Steam, and functions as a bridge between this separate process interfacing with Steamworks and the GPL application itself running in an entirely different process.”

      • GamingOnLinuxLutris version 0.5.10 brings improved Steam Deck support but no Flatpak yet

        Lutris, the free and open source game manager for installing games on Linux from many stores, has a new version available as work continues to improve Steam Deck support.

        While the headline feature from the developer is “Steam Deck support”, it’s not quite there yet. They’ve made plenty of steps towards it, but currently there’s no Flatpak package that works properly, and so to install you still need to turn off the Deck’s read-only filesystem (which we really don’t recommend doing). Thankfully, work on the Flatpak is the priority for the next version! Additionally, there’s a new “Create Steam shortcut” option to add games from Lutris to Steam so it can be used in Gaming Mode which sounds incredibly useful.

      • Trend OceansLutris Game Manager released with Steam Deck Support

        Steam Deck users will be pleased to know that they can use Lutris to download their favorite games, which was not possible before, and this is the first release since Steam Deck has been handed over to users.

        And all of this is possible because Valve has provided the Steam Deck Developer Kit, which is the best collaboration to provide the SDK, which will eventually help them gain more consumers in the market.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • Xfce Terminal 1.0.0 stable releaseς

          After 15 months a new stable release of Xfce Terminal is out full of improvements for everybody to enjoy!


          From 2016 until 2020, Terminal was in the capable hands of Igor Zakharov. It became unmaintained for a few months in 2021 until I took up its development in September. This is Terminal’s first stable release with me as its maintainer, and I hope you will find it worthy of the quality standards set by my predecessors and the Xfce desktop environment as a whole.

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • This week in KDE: Get ready for a big one!

          But first, let me mention up front that those touchpad gesture improvements I teased last week aren’t quiiiite ready, but they’re very close now. Hopefully next week! In their stead, we have an enormous number of Plasma bugfixes and UI improvements, tons of goodies for KWrite users, and finally a truly colossal number of enhancements for touch-friendliness when in Tablet Mode.

    • Distributions

      • 9to5LinuxNitrux 2.1 Released with Support for Linux Kernel 5.17, Latest KDE Plasma Goodies

        Another month, another Nitrux release! Nitrux 2.1 is here still powered by the XanMod flavored Linux 5.16 kernel that was introduced in Nitrux 2.0, which has been updated to version 5.16.16, but it also adds support for the latest and greatest Linux 5.17 kernel series, which can be installed from the repositories.

        As expected, Nitrux 2.1 also ships with some of the latest KDE Plasma updates, including the KDE Plasma 5.24.4 desktop environment released earlier this week.

      • Nitrux 2.1.0 Releases with KDE Plasma 5.24.4, Native iOS Device Support

        The awesome Nitrux project announced Nitrux 2.1.0 which brings much-needed application stack updates and an important change for iOS devices.

      • PCLinuxOS/Mageia/Mandriva/OpenMandriva Family

        • PC LinuxPCLinuxOS Screenshot Showcase
        • PC LinuxPCLinuxOS From The Assistant Editor’s Desk…

          This isn’t the Editor! It’s the Assistant Editor.

          As you can imagine, sometimes we’re all at a loss for words. So it is with this column. I don’t think I could write a column every single month. Heck, I have trouble with the welcome column for the Graphics Special Editions, and I’m only working on my third! My point is, I want to congratulate parnote on his awesome writing from month to month. I don’t think I could do it.

          I registered on the PCLinuxOS Forum on August 23rd of 2006 (it was actually my birthday). I’ve been here ever since. I’ve met loads of wonderful people (on the forum, anyway), and I hope many of them are good friends. Many of the forum members that were here when I registered are still here, and very helpful to those of us who aren’t quite experts yet. Yes, I’ve been here for nearly 16 years, and I still don’t consider myself an expert! I knew next to nothing about computers when I started – I got my first computer in 1995 – and have learned a lot, but I’m still amazed at all the huge gaps in my knowledge.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Fedora MagazaineContribute at the Fedora Kernel 5.17, CoreOS, Cloud, IoT, and Audio test days

          Fedora Linux test days are events where anyone can help make sure changes in Fedora work well in an upcoming release. Fedora community members often participate, and the public is welcome at these events. If you’ve never contributed to Fedora before, this is a perfect way to get started.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Content Management Systems (CMS)

        • WordPressWordPress.org Removes Russian Pro-War Plugin From Directory

          After considerable pushback from the Plugin Review team, WordPress.org has removed a plugin called Zamir, which was created by a Russian developer to display the Z symbol in support of Russia’s 2022 invasion of Ukraine.

          The plugin gained attention after Gravity Forms founder and CEO Carl Hancock noticed that it was listed under the “New” list of plugins for WordPress.com customers.

      • FSF

        • GNU Projects

          • HowTo Geek5 Tech Terms You’re Saying Wrong

            Spending a lot of time with technology often means reading terms before hearing them pronounced aloud. The first time you read a word will stick in your head, but it’s not always correct. You’re probably saying some terms wrong.

            It’s a phenomenon similar to the Mandela Effect. You’ve subconsciously convinced yourself that something is true, and you may never even consider the possibility that you’re wrong. That is, until the first time you hear someone say it. We’ll spare you the embarrassment.


            In the Linux world, there are two terms that get used a lot—“GNOME” and “GNU.” GNOME is one of a few desktop environments Linux users can choose, it is part of the GNU Project, which is an operating system.

            Anyway, many words that start with “gn” are pronounced with a silent “g.” Like “gnats,” “gnarly,” and, well, “gnomes,” the garden ornaments. However, GNOME and GNU don’t follow those same rules.

            GNOME is an acronym for “GNU Network Object Model Environment,” and since GNU is pronounced with a hard g, and it is the first word in the GNOME acronym, GNOME is also pronounced with a hard g.

          • 8 Free Alternatives To Photoshop in 2022 – The Teal Mango [Ed: This likely a plagiarism site]

            GIMP refers to GNU Image Manipulation Program and is one of the most well-known alternatives to Photoshop. The best part is GIMP is good for both beginner photo editors and advanced photo editors too.

          • 5+ best free photo editors for Windows 11

            GIMP, popularly known as GNU Image Manipulation Program, it’s free to download and open source, making it work well with the community, and everyone can work on the source codes.

        • Licensing/Legal

          • The Register UKCourt erred in Neo4j ruling – Software Freedom Conservancy • The Register

            A US federal district court decision in California favoring database biz Neoj4 is incorrect and imperils free open-source software, according to the Software Freedom Conservancy.

            Neo4j Enterprise Edition (EE) was at first offered under both a paid-for commercial license and for free under the GNU Affero General Public License, version 3 (AGPLv3). In May 2018, version 3.4 of the software was put under AGLv3 plus additional terms from the Commons Clause license, which is not an open-source license and explicitly says as much in its documentation.

            The viability of Neo4j’s AGPLv3+Commons Clause license is what’s at issue, because taken as a whole, the AGPLv3 includes language that says any added terms are removable. That view has been rejected in court – which accepts Neoj4′s right to craft custom terms and to resolve contradictions in those terms – and the Software Freedom Conservancy believes the court erred.

          • Have you ever considered an open-source audit for your organisation? [Ed: Lawyers rarely can code; so they look for some other ways to make money, at the expense of those who do all the actual work]

            The “Source code” is the part of software that most computer users don’t ever see; it’s the code computer programmers can manipulate to change how a piece of software—a “program” or “application”—works. Programmers who have access to a computer program’s source code can improve that program by adding features to it or fixing parts that don’t always work correctly. Open-source code is widely used by software development companies to accelerate development and reduced costs. Open-source software is software with source code that is publicly available and anyone can inspect, modify and enhance.

          • MondaqGuangzhou IP Court’s Top 10 Exemplary Cases Of 2021 – Intellectual Property – China

            Case summary: Luo Di developed the source code of an application called VirtualApp (VA) to be hosted on GitHub.com under the third version of the GNU General Public License (GPLV3). The GPL is a series of widely used free software licenses that guarantee end users the four freedoms to run, study, share, and modify the software. Luo Di stopped updating the code on (VA) to be hosted on GitHub.com under the third version of the GNU General Public License (GPLV3). The GPL is a series of widely used free software licenses that guarantee end users the four freedoms to run, study, share, and modify the software. Luo Di stopped updating the code on GitHub.com in December 2017 and assigned the code to plaintiff Luohe which he is a shareholder of for commercial use. Defendant TPOWER developed some paid WeChat-compatible applications using Luo Di’s source code hosted on GitHub.com. The court found that TPOWER violated the GPL by abusing the free source sode owned by Luohe and ordered it to pay 500,000 yuan ($79,000) in damages to the plaintiff. The claims against the other three defendants serving TPOWER as payment collectors of its paid applications were dimissed.

      • Programming/Development

    • Standards/Consortia

      • Clock Skew 2022 Edition

        Another year passing vernal equinox, another time where clock skew at large can be observed. This year the artificial jet lag might play out for me just nicely — due to my other not so well being I tend to go to sleep very early, 21h local time or even sooner. And recently this has led to me waking up an hour or so before the alarm clock (5:00h).

      • PC LinuxWebP Graphics: The “New” Kid On The Block

        I have been increasingly encountering WebP graphics as I traipse around the web. Quite by accident, I discovered that GIMP and ImageMagick could see and work with WebP graphics, but not much else but my web browsers. Certainly, Scribus (which is what we use to layout the PDF of the magazine) cannot see or use images in the WebP format. So any WebP images that I needed to use had to first be converted either into JPG or PNG formatted images. One thing I noticed almost immediately was that the WebP images appeared to be high quality images, and they were typically significantly smaller file sizes then the JPG or PNG files I converted them into. It piqued my curiosity, to say the least.

        If you recall, I recently got interested in podcasts. Most of the “cover images” for the podcasts I’d find and download were in the WebP format. But, to view them, I either had to load them into my web browser, or convert them to the much more common JPG or PNG formats.

        So, I wanted to know more about this mysterious, “new kid on the block” graphical file format. What I discovered is contained here in this article, that I’m sharing with you.

  • Leftovers

    • ADNIs Finland really the happiest country in the world? Finns weigh in

      For the fifth year in a row, Finland has been named the happiest country in the world by the United Nations-sponsored World Happiness Report. And for the fifth year in a row, I’m surprised. I lived in Finland for a year as a student in the Rotary Youth Exchange program from 2001 to 2002. It was a life-changing experience. I made incredible Finnish friends. I drank too much vodka. I pet a reindeer in Lapland. I saunaed, ice swam and rolled in the snow naked until my pink body looked like a honey-baked ham. It was certainly one of the happiest years of my life. But my Finnish friends? Well, I’m not entirely sure they’ve ever been that happy.

    • Science

      • AAASIllinois Tech alumnus Jack Dongarra wins Turing Award for pioneering work in supercomputing

        Beginning during his time at Illinois Institute of Technology while completing a master’s degree in computer science, Jack Dongarra (M.S. CS ’73) created code and led the development of concepts that allowed software to keep up with the exponential growth in hardware for more than 40 years. On March 30 the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) awarded Dongarra its highest honor, the 2021 A.M. Turing Award, for “major contributions of lasting importance” to the field of computing. Dongarra also receives a $1 million prize, funded by Google.

      • The Register UKNASA astronaut returns to Earth on a Russian Soyuz
    • Hardware

      • HackadayUsing A Vacuum Diode To Make The Cleanest Noise Source You’ve Ever Seen

        Noise is an annoying but unavoidable part of any engineering project. Fixing noise issues is hard enough, but even just measuring how much noise an amplifier adds to your signal is tricky without proper equipment like a spectrum analyzer. One other thing that makes noise measurements easier is a good, stable noise source that can serve as a reference: you first measure your amplifier without any input, and then measure it again with the noise source connected. Using a few simple formulas you can then calculate how much noise the amplifier produced.

      • HackadayStresses Revealed With A Polariscope

        There are a lot of ways that stresses can show up, at least when discussing materials science. Cracks in concrete are a common enough example, but any catastrophic failure in a material is often attributable to some stress that couldn’t be withstood. If you’re interested in viewing those stresses before they result in damage to the underlying material, take a look at this DIY polariscope which can view internal stresses in glass and other clear objects.

      • HackadayAARP Swipes Right On Senior Social Network

        Can you believe that Facebook turns 18 this year? One of the troubled teenager’s biggest problems is that not only are the young people still leaving in droves, many of the remaining denizens are 50 or over and susceptible to the various predators and sources of misinformation that plague the site.

      • HackadayA Gang Of HackRFs Makes For A Wideband SDR

        [Oleg Kutkov] decided to build a wideband SDR – for satellite communication research and monitoring, you know, the usual. He decided on a battery of HackRF boards – entire eight of them, in fact. Two 1×4 and one 1×2 RF splitters and an LNA on their combined RF input made for a good start to the project, and from there, it only got more complex.

      • HackadayHackaday Report: Will 2022 Bring A New Dawn For The Chip Shortage?

        As the world begins to slowly pull itself out of the economic effects of the pandemic, there’s one story that has been on our minds for the past couple of years, and it’s probably on yours too. The chip shortage born during those first months of the pandemic has remained with us despite the best efforts of the industry. Last year, pundits were predicting a return to normality in 2022, but will unexpected threats to production such as the war in Ukraine keep us chasing supplies? It’s time to delve into the root of the issue and get to the bottom of it for a Hackaday report.

      • HackadayHackaday Podcast 162: Hackaday Prize Is On, Thermal Printers Are So Hot These Days, Cloud Chambers Are Super Cool, And Batteries Must Be Replaceable

        Join Hackaday Editor-in-Chief Elliot Williams and Managing Editor Tom Nardi for your weekly review of the best projects, hacks, and bits of news that we can cram into 45 minutes or so. We’ll look at the latest developments in DIY air-powered engines, discuss the whimsical combination of GitHub’s API and a cheap thermal printer, and marvel at impressive pieces of homebrew biology equipment. We’ve also got an exceptionally polished folding cyberdeck, a bevy of high-tech cloud chambers, and some soda bottles that are more than meets the eye. Finally we’ll go over the pros and cons of today’s super-smart cameras, and speculate wildly about what a new EU law means for our battery powered gadgets.

      • Hackaday3D Printing A Guitar Neck

        A lot of first-time guitar builders focus on making the body and skip the neck, which has lots of tricky dimensions to get right to if you want a nicely playable instrument. However, [Jón Schone] of Proper Printing wanted to start with the hard part on his guitar building journey, and set about 3D printing a guitar neck in one piece.

      • The Register UKSK Hynix may head up consortium to buy chip design firm Arm

        SK Hynix is reportedly considering forming a consortium to acquire UK chip designer Arm, however, the idea is said to be at a very early stage of planning, and Hynix may not actually proceed with the move.

        The potential purchase was disclosed in comments from SK Hynix vice chairman and co-CEO Park Jung-ho following the firm’s annual general shareholders meeting held at its headquarters in Icheon, South Korea.

      • CNX SoftwareVESA compatible mini PC is powered by Vortex86DX3 x86 processor – CNX Software

        ICOP EB-3362-I fanless mini PC powered by DM&P Vortex86DX3 x86 processor coupled with 2GB DDR3 of memory and designed to be mounted on the back of a VESA compatible display or monitor, a wall, or even a DIN rail through an adapter.


        Supported operating systems highlight the legacy focus of the device with Windows 7, Windows Embedded Standard 7, Windows Embedded Compact 7, Windows Embedded CE6.0, Windows XP Professional, Windows Embedded 2009, Linux, DOS, POS Ready (WePOS), QNX, VxWorks, and FreeBSD. Specific applications include data/webs server, industrial automation, process control, automotive controller, medical device, and machine control.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Counter PunchWhy the U.S. Culture of Colonial Extraction Is Making People Sick and Destroying the Planet

        Research professor and author Brené Brown wrote about a “crisis of disconnection” in the U.S., in a 2017 article in Fast Company. That same year, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, who also held this position under the Obama administration, referred to the problem of loneliness as an “epidemic.” In a 2021 article, psychotherapist Colette Shade detailed the isolating effects of the life structures of capitalism, and researchers have been tracking the health impacts of isolation for decades. Recent studies have found that the health effects of loneliness rival obesity and smoking.

        Loneliness is a symptom of our greater culture of disconnect, and toxic American individualism. And, as with many problems (like food and housing insecurity), the pandemic has exacerbated the preexisting issues of disconnect in our society.

      • The NationCongress Drags Its Feet on Funding Covid Care

        As America approaches 1 million confirmed Covid-19 deaths, and a new subvariant becomes the dominant strain in the US, Congress remains apathetic to the public health catastrophe. Our elected officials have let the government run out of billions of dollars in pandemic relief funding, with the uninsured already losing access to free coronavirus tests and treatment, and next week, losing access to free vaccines. Congress isn’t just stalling, either—they’re actively shrinking the funding package.

      • Common Dreams‘We Did It’: House Passes Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana, Expunge Convictions

        Drug policy reform advocates and progressive lawmakers on Friday celebrated the U.S. House of Representatives’ approval of a bill to decriminalize marijuana nationwide, expunge federal cannabis convictions and arrests, and provide resources for communities targeted by the war on drugs.

        “Now, it’s up to the Senate to finish the job.”

      • Counter PunchSafe Supply: the Problem With Demonizing Drug-Users and the Drugs They Use

        We’ve made remarkable progress on the first half of that equation; humanizing those with problematic or recreational drug use. This is a golden age of drug policy reform, and the dignity and respect given to victims has strengthened familiar tools—education; Medically Assisted Treatment, social services, and the gold standard, Overdose Prevention Sites, also known as Safe Consumption Sites.

        But the life-saving potential of these proven approaches is thwarted, because while our reaction to drug users has evolved, our reaction to the drugs themselves remains clouded in hysteria. The chemicals are fetishized as irresistible, radioactive temptations.

      • Common Dreams‘Unscientific and Unlawful’: Biden EPA Will Not Regulate Rocket Fuel Chemical in Water

        Public health advocates said Thursday that they plan to resume litigation against the Environmental Protection Agency after the Biden administration announced it would uphold former President Donald Trump’s decision to not regulate drinking water levels of a chemical used to make rocket fuel and explosives.

        Former President Barack Obama’s administration proposed limits for perchlorate after finding in 2011 that drinking water for 16 million people may have unsafe levels of the contaminant, which poses a risk to the development of children and fetuses.

      • OracYet another negative ivermectin study, this time in the NEJM

        When last I wrote about ivermectin, the antihelminthic (anti-worm) medication that COVID-19 conspiracy theorists have been portraying (and some selling) as a miracle cure for COVID-19, I compared the drug to acupuncture. Specifically, I noted how, now that large quantities of high quality clinical evidence from various studies has failed to find even a whiff of a hint of a signal that it works, ivermectin advocates have pivoted to citing lower quality studies. I further pointed out one study in particular being touted by ivermectin believers. It is an observational study that I used to illustrate how, now that a number of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) exist that have failed to show a benefit using ivermectin to treat COVID-19, RCTs trump uncontrolled observational evidence. Again, I used that study to make an analogy with acupuncture, where, as higher quality evidence increasingly shows that it is nothing more than a theatrical placebo, advocates increasingly cite lower quality evidence.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • The Register UKLapsus$ extortion gang pulls new heist, say researchers • The Register

          The document above contains a log of what looks like the attack on Sitel, and detail a login over RDP followed by a Bing search for “Privilege escalation tools on GitHub” from a compromised machine. There’s also evidence of malware downloads, termination of security software processes, and further skulduggery.

        • Naked SecurityTwo different “VMware Spring” bugs at large – we cut through the confusion

          Yesterday, we wrote about a bug in the VMware Spring product, a project we described as “an open-source Java toolkit for building powerful Java apps, including cloud-based apps, without needing to write, manage, worry about, or even understand the ‘server’ part of the process yourself.”

        • The Register UKVMware Horizon platform pummeled by Log4j-fueled attacks [Ed: How to blame VMware problems on anyone but VMware]
        • The Register UKDetailed: Critical hijacking bugs that took months to patch in Microsoft Azure Defender for IoT [Ed: Microsoft "Defender" as back doors]

          SentinelOne this week detailed a handful of bugs, including two critical remote code execution vulnerabilities, it found in Microsoft Azure Defender for IoT.

          These security flaws, which took six months to address, could have been exploited by an unauthenticated attacker to compromise devices and take over critical infrastructure networks.

        • Security

          • Naked SecurityZlib data compressor fixes 17-year-old security bug – patch, errrm, now – Naked Security

            You’ve probably heard of Zlib, but even if you haven’t, you’ve almost certainly used it.

            Zlib’s unashamedly 1990s-style website describes the product as A Massively Spiffy Yet Delicately Unobtrusive Compression Library (Also Free, Not to Mention Unencumbered by Patents).

            Data compression software (and, of course, the matching code to decompress it later) has always been handy to have around, as anyone who has ever used software such as PKZIP, WinRAR, 7-Zip and any of a great number of archiving tools will attest.

            As you can imagine, the primary purpose of data compression is to save space, such as reducing the storage capacity needed for backups or cutting down on the bandwidth used for data transfer.

          • PC MagViasat Hack Tied to Data-Wiping Malware Designed to Shut Down Modems | PCMag

            Security firm SentinelOne says malware known as AcidRain was likely used to take down Viasat’s satellite internet network during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

          • AboutChromebooksGoogle Chrome zero-day bug update shows the benefit of Lacros on a Chromebook

            Last week, news made the rounds about a new Google Chrome zero-day bug. Essentially, there is potential for executable code to be injected into your browser. Google Chrome received a patch last week to address this, but Chromebooks had to wait until yesterday. That’s when a Chrome OS 99 Stable Channel update became available. My Chromebook got the Google Chrome update last week though, showing the benefits of the Lacros browser.

          • The Register UKGitLab issues security fix for easy account takeover flaw • The Register

            GitLab on Thursday issued security updates for three versions of GitLab Community Edition (CE) and Enterprise Edition (EE) software that address, among other flaws, a critical hard-coded password bug.

            The cloud-hosted software version control service released versions 14.9.2, 14.8.5, and 14.7.7 of its self-hosted CE and EE software, fixing one “critical” security vulnerability (CVE-2022-1162), as well as two rated “high,” nine rated “medium,” and four rated “low.”

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • EFFCalifornia: Speak Up For Biometric and Student Privacy

              Authored by Senator Bob Wieckowski, S.B. 1189 requires private entities to obtain your opt-in consent before collecting your biometric information. Biometric information is incredibly sensitive and, by its very nature, is tied immutably to our identities. While you can change a password, you can’t change easily change your face, the rhythm of your walk, or the ridges of your fingerprints. Despite this, some companies collect and share this information without asking first—by, for example, taking faceprints from every person who walks into a store. They may then go on to share or sell that information.

              This is wrong. People should have control over who they trust with their biometric information. And companies must be held accountable if they break that trust. Like the landmark Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), S.B. 1189 gives individuals the right to sue companies that violate the law. This is the same type of provision that allowed Facebook users in Illinois to take the company to task for collecting their faceprints without permission. That case ended in a $650 million settlement for Illinois’ Facebook users.

              This bill has the support of a broad range of both California and national organizations active on surveillance issues, which speaks to the importance of implementing this privacy protection. The Greenlining Institute, Media Alliance, Oakland Privacy, the Consumer Federation of California, the Consumer Federation of America, Consumer Action and Fairplay are all in support. If you’d like to join them in supporting this bill, take our action to support S.B. 1189.

            • Site36Mobile phone as a tracking bug: German police now use geofence warrants with Google Maps

              With silent SMS, cell site analysis and IMSI catchers, German authorities can pinpoint the location of a mobile device to within a few metres. Now there are numbers of deployments for 2021.

            • PC LinuxShort Topix: Google Confirms Browser Attacks, With Explanation

              To be perfectly honest, things seem to have been really quiet on this front lately. All of the data worth vacuuming up has already been assimilated, or media outlets just aren’t reporting on them as much as they were. I’m not sure which it is. This section of the Short Topix article last month wasn’t included, because there really wasn’t anything to report, which in some ways, is news in and of itself. So, we got one month off, but now there are some new “threats” to your privacy for this month.

              RICHMOND, VA: NEW RESEARCH FROM HIVE SYSTEMS FINDS ANY 8-CHARACTER PASSWORD CAN BE CRACKED IN LESS THAN AN HOUR. In its most recent research in password security, Hive Systems found that any 8-character password can be cracked in less than an hour through brute force. Further, any password containing less than seven characters can be cracked instantly. These are just two major findings from extensive research conducted by the cybersecurity firm.


              GOOGLE’S DIALER AND MESSAGING APPS HAVE BEEN COLLECTING AND SENDING DATA TO GOOGLE WITHOUT SPECIFIC NOTICE OR CONSENT, possibly in violation of Europe’s GDPR, according to an article on The Register. The data collection does not appear to have an ability to “opt out,” either. Google has countered that the data is stored in a hash, and is ONLY used for internal diagnostics to help figure out problems with the services. (Anyone want to buy a bridge in Brooklyn I’m trying to sell?)

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Counter PunchThe Ukraine Crisis is Splitting the Peace Movement — When it’s Needed Most

        Instead an inordinate amount of focus has been put on where the blame for the conflict should be placed and on attempts to see through the fog of war and get an accurate picture of the true situation on the ground in Ukraine. These distractions not only take valuable time and effort away from developing peaceful solutions, they also serve to increase the hostility within a movement that is already too fragmented. At the risk of spending even more time on what’s wrong with the peace movement, it’s worth looking at the breakdown, if only to understand the divisions in an attempt to find common ground.

        Three major ideological groups have emerged within the peace movement in regard to who is at fault for the tragedies taking place in Ukraine.

      • Counter PunchOverflowing Inventories and the Supply Chain Crisis

        My expectation has been that the many items that have soared in price over the last year will see prices stabilize and fall when the supply chain crunch eases. I have repeatedly used the case of televisions as an example. Television prices had been on a downward path for decades, but the CPI index for televisions rose 8.7 percent between March and August of last year. The index then turned around, and has since dropped by 6.3 percent, reversing most of the prior increase.

        Used cars provide another example. Used car prices soared in 2020 and 2021, with the index rising by more than 50 percent between February 2020 and January 2022. However, prices began falling in February. In one private price index, by the middle of March, used car prices had fallen almost 6.0 percent from their January peak.

      • Counter PunchThe End of Dollar Hegemony

        Michael Hudson: Well, thanks for having me on Margaret.

        MF: You’ve talked a lot and written a lot about dollar hegemony and what’s happening now with de-dollarization. Can you start out by explaining to my listeners what dollar hegemony is and how it has benefited the wealthy class in the United States?

      • Meduza‘It’s closer to home’: Many Ukrainians are fleeing the war through Moldova, but some are choosing to stay there

        Moldova has received thousands of Ukrainian refugees since the beginning of the war. According to the UN Refugee Agency, since February 24, more than 390,000 refugees from Ukraine have arrived in the country. For most of them, Moldova is a way station on the road to other European countries. However, according to UNICEF data, more than 100,000 Ukrainians are currently planning on staying there. The majority of these refugees, about 93 percent of them, are women with children, pets, and hopes of returning home in the future. Today, most of them come to Moldova from Odesa. This is the third wave of Ukrainians fleeing the war — the first two were from Mykolayiv, Kharkiv, and Kherson. In a Meduza exclusive, photographer Sergei Stroitelev made the journey from the Moldovan-Ukrainian border to various refugee centers and talked to those fleeing Russia’s war.

      • MeduzaAntler baths and isolation: As Putin approaches 70, investigative journalists look into the state of his health

        Since the moment Vladimir Putin became president of Russia, the Kremlin has kept information about his health secret. At first, no one really noticed. But later, when, from time to time, Putin disappeared from public view, many suggested (without presenting conclusive evidence, mind you) that he might be undergoing some kind of medical treatment. What’s more, Putin has been accompanied on all of his trips by a sizeable retinue of doctors. In a new report, the investigative outlet Proekt looks into the health of the Russian president (Meduza’s special correspondent Svetlana Reiter contributed reporting). We’ve summarized the investigation’s findings here.

      • Meduza‘Mom, please make it stop’: Meduza special correspondent Lilia Yapparova was in Chernihiv in the final days before Russian troops cut it off from the outside world. Here’s what she saw.

        In late March, Russia promised to reduce its military activity in Chernihiv and Kyiv; in fact, this was one of the main outcomes of the talks between Russia and Ukraine in Istanbul. Despite that, the Russian army has been laying siege to Chernihiv for almost a week. According to volunteers and local officials, Russian troops have been firing at civilians who try to evacuate the city. Meduza correspondent Lilia Yapparova was in Chernihiv in the final days before the siege began. Below is her account of a city on the verge of humanitarian catastrophe.

      • TruthOutAnti-Russian Bigotry Increases in the US and Beyond Amid Putin’s War on Ukraine
      • Counter PunchVioletta’s Scars: How Russophobia Became the Wokest Form of Racism

        One girl fascinated me more than the rest. She was a couple of grades below me, and her name was Violetta. She looked a bit like a young Anna Karina only her porcelain skin was marked by these mysterious scars. Somehow this disfigurement only made her more beautiful to me, like a cracked porcelain doll. Maybe it was that she looked the way I felt on the inside. Growing up trans I often felt like a broken girl inside a male nesting doll, but to me these imperfections only made her more perfect. I used to sing that old Pavement song “Loretta’s Scars” softly to myself, changing the lyrics to suit my lesbian loneliness- “How can I, how can I, make my body shed for you? How can I make my body shed around your metal scars, Violetta’s scars!” I never spoke a word to her. I don’t know why.

        Somehow Violetta’s scars came to embody the entire Russian spirit to me. She wore those painfully permanent objects like accessories that gave her glamour a deep sadness but also a resilient strength. The Russian people have always carried their tragic history with them like crosses without ever lowering their chins. I found all of this to be fascinating, but my other classmates didn’t seem to share my fascination with these people and instead treated them like lepers. When I would ask my friends why they hated these people so damn much when they never seemed to be the least bit interested in getting to know them their response was always blank stares. They seemed perplexed upon frustration as to why I would even ask such a question. I never got a straight answer out of a single one of them. At a certain point it became disturbingly clear to me that they had no idea why they despised these total strangers and perhaps even more frightening, they didn’t even seem to want to know why. There was just something about Violetta’s scars that frightened them, and they took a perverse kind of pride in this fear. It had somehow come to define them.

      • Common DreamsRights Group Says Ukraine Torture or Killing of Russian POWs Would Be Clear ‘War Crime’

        A leading international human rights group said Thursday that if genuine, unverified videos showing Ukrainian troops shooting Russian prisoners of war would depict war crimes, while calling on Ukraine to “ensure an effective investigation” into the alleged abuse.

        Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a statement that “if confirmed, the beating and shooting of captured combatants in their legs would constitute a war crime, and Ukraine needs to demonstrate that it is able and willing to prevent and punish serious violations of international humanitarian law.”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Ukraine War Causing Fractures in the Peace Movement When It’s Needed Most

        Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has created a catastrophe for the people living there and an inflection point for the peace movement. In the last five weeks, thousands of people have been killed and millions have fled their homes to escape the violence. Billions of people all over the world are now living under the greatest threat of conflict between nuclear-armed states in a generation. Beyond the immediate suffering, events taking place right now in Eastern Europe will have an impact on peace issues and defense policy for years to come. Woefully, the peace movement in the United States, limited in its influence already, has been unable to unite around a message to oppose calls for more militarization.

      • Counter PunchFrom Russia, With Lust: Tolstoy Meets “Florida Man”

        There, Cuban transplants (like the Mantanzas-born Cruz, whose family emigrated to Miami’s Little Havana in 1970) have established an old school-style cigar factory. To break the sheer monotony of long days, often in stifling heat, spent rolling the handmade cigars, “lectors” were hired to read books aloud to the hardworking proletarians. As Tropics opens, a new lector, Juan Julian (Jason Manuel Olazábal) arrives at Tampa and the first novel he has chosen to regale the cigar rollers with is none other than Anna Karenina.

        As this drama with some lighter moments unfolds, Cruz cleverly works plot points and themes from Tolstoy’s classic into his two-act work, reset in Florida. In particular, Conchita (the always outstanding Tania Verafield, who provocatively poses smoking a stogie on the playbill’s cover), who has been betrayed by her unfaithful husband Palomo (Matias Ponce), romances the dapper lector. Conchita, of course, mirrors Tolstoy’s title character, while Olazábal’s Juan suggests a more literate version of Count Alexei Kirillovich Vronsky, the dashing army cavalry officer Anna has an adulterous affair with.

      • Counter PunchHow Not to Cope with Vladimir Putin by Drilling and Pumping

        U.N. Secretary General António Guterres made that clear in an angry March 21st address blasting world leaders scrambling for yet more oil and gas. “Countries could become so consumed by the immediate fossil-fuel supply gap that they neglect or knee-cap policies to cut fossil-fuel use,” he said, adding, “This is madness.” He linked obsessive fuel burning with the endpoint toward which today’s clash of world powers could be pushing us, using a particularly frightening term from the original Cold War. “Addiction to fossil fuels is,” he warned, “mutually assured destruction.”

        He’s right. In this all-too-MAD moment, we’re facing increasingly intertangled threats of the first order and can’t keep looking away. To achieve mutually assured protection against both global broiling and global war, humanity will have to purge oil, natural gas, and coal from our lives as quickly as possible, a future reality the Ukraine disaster seems to be making less probable by the day.

      • Counter PunchIllegally Imprisoned Venezuelan Diplomat Faces US Court Amid a Shifting Global Context

        In a world where the US believes it makes the rules and the rest of humanity must follow its orders – what President Biden euphemistically calls the “rules-based order” – Washington has now even appropriated the prerogative to tell other countries who they may appoint as their ambassadors. As a consequence, Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab is fighting for his freedom before the 11th District Circuit Court in Miami.

        US economic war against Venezuela

      • Counter PunchLetter From Crimea: To Moscow Station

        In the months leading up to the war in Ukraine, I got the idea of traveling through Russia with a bicycle. Now the idea seems daft, even to me, but for many months during the pandemic shutdown, the only country open for me to visit—I live in Switzerland—was Russia. Nearby France (I can see it from my bedroom window) and Germany were off-limits, and Brexited England was lost over the horizon; but Russia’s golden doors remained wide open.

        I first went to Russia in summer 1975, and since then I have been back often, mostly to ride the trains, visit the museums, brood about Tolstoy, and walk off the battlefields. (I needed a stroll around Borodino to make headway with War and Peace.) I don’t think much of Russia’s politics or corporate culture, but then I often feel the same way about those in the United States.

      • Counter PunchRussia Sanctions and the Future of US Dollar Hegemony
      • Counter PunchLooking for “Good Guys” on Ukraine?

        Not Putin and the Kremlin

        Certainly NOT the fascistic dictator Vladimir Putin and those who back his ugly invasion of Ukraine. His assault on a country directly proximate to his own is nothing on the scale of the United States’ arch-criminal assaults on nations far from its own shores – Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia in the last century and Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya in the current one – but it is a war crime nonetheless. It is chilling to witness the sheer impunity with which the sheltered, super-opulent Russian ruler has sent many thousands of Russian soldiers off to death along with (conservatively) more than a thousand Ukrainian civilians, including hundreds of children.

    • Environment

      • The RevelatorIn Austria the Government Pays to Repair Your Stuff
      • Common Dreams‘Just Stop Oil’: Climate Activists Block 10 Terminals Across UK

        Hundreds of climate campaigners engaged in direct action at 10 major oil facilities across the United Kingdom in the early hours of Friday morning, vowing to continue blocking the sites until the U.K. government agrees to immediately end new fossil fuel investments—which scientists have said is necessary to avoid the planetary emergency’s most disastrous outcomes.

        The protests, located at terminals near London, Birmingham, and Southhampton, were organized by Extinction Rebellion U.K. and the Just Stop Oil coalition. Operations were reportedly stopped at four sites, and more than a dozen people were arrested.

      • DeSmogWhy Rapid Russian Divestment Should Signal An End To Fossil Fuel Finance

        In the weeks since Putin invaded Ukraine, investors have ditched stakes in Russian oil and gas with unprecedented speed.

        The financial sector is finally acting on the calls campaigners have been making for years. Banks, pension funds and investors are unshackling themselves from problematic investments in companies and states complicit in destruction in Ukraine – and they’re doing it fast. 

      • The NationWar Is Not an Excuse to Ignore Climate Change

        While the Ukrainian people bear the lethal brunt of Russia’s invasion, shock waves from that war threaten to worsen other crises across the planet. The emergency that loomed largest before Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine began—the heating of Earth’s climate—is now looming larger still. The reason is simple enough: a war-induced rush to boost oil and gas production has significantly undercut efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

      • The NationYou Can’t Isolate the Food Crisis From the Climate Crisis

        This story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration cofounded by Columbia Journalism Review and The Nation strengthening coverage of the climate story. The author is CCNow’s deputy director.

      • Energy

        • Counter PunchClimate Collapse or Nuclear Winter, Take Your Pick

          The price of gas soared due to Biden’s sanctions. That’s because Russia is one of the world’s biggest energy exporters. Sanction Russia and you have to find new sources of oil and gas or pay through the nose. And most rational politicos do not want to tell their people they have to choose between buying an iPhone and filling their car’s tank with gasoline.

          So the hunt for more fossil fuels is on, with American right-wingers screaming that we need to drill and frack more and bashing anyone who objects on environmental grounds. How does this bashing go? If you support renewables over more fossil fuels, you are a left-wing, Marxist Democrat inflationary fool. That’s what our homegrown reactionaries say. They claim renewables jacked up prices at the pump. This is hogwash, because it’s sanctions on Russia that did that. But that won’t stop the nonsense from being repeated ad nauseam. And though there’s usually a lag time of a few weeks before such imbecilic hyperbole taints the mainstream media, now with inflation being very real and very dramatic, expect to see the “ditch renewables at once” rash break out any day, on the face of the body politic.

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • Counter PunchWood-Pellet Manufacturing in a Rainforest

          The fabled rainforest contains cedars of up to 12-15 feet in diameter and up to 2,000 years old. Its extraordinarily rich ecosystem is home to 2,400 plant species and numerous wildlife species. It is one of only three inland temperate-boreal rainforests in the world. The others are in southern Siberia and Russia’s Far East.

          Of significant concern, according to criteria by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) BC’s inland rainforest is endangered, susceptible to ecological collapse within only one decade, assuming current logging rates continue. Remarkably, a study found that 95% of the rainforest’s “core habitat” has been lost since 1970. (Source: Brian J. Barth, Burning Up: The Controversial Biofuel Threatening BC’s Last Inland Rainforests, The Whale, 2022)

        • Counter PunchWhat are the Greater Yellowstone Coalition’s Ethics Worth?

          A cache of recently released documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act shows the Forest Service spent at least $17,500 to contract GYC to lead a collaboration that supports the Greenhorn Project in Southwest Montana’s Gravelly Mountains. Astoundingly, this 16,000 acre logging, burning, and roadbuilding project includes Inventoried Roadless Areas in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

          It’s worth noting the Greater Yellowstone Coalition advertises itself to foundations and donors as the leading conservation advocate for the lands, waters, and wildlife surrounding Yellowstone National Park. Yet conservation groups that supported more wilderness and less logging, roadbuilding, and livestock grazing were specifically excluded from participation in GYC’s “stakeholders” collaborative.

      • Overpopulation

        • Counter PunchGaza’s Forthcoming Crisis Might Be Worse than Anything We Have Ever Seen

          This was our life under Israeli military occupation in Gaza. The tactic of holding Palestinians hostage to Israel’s water charity was so widespread during the First Palestinian Intifada, or upirising, to the extent that denying water supplies to targeted refugee camps, villages, towns or whole regions was the first measure taken to subdue the rebellious population. This was often followed by military raids, mass arrests and deadly violence; but it almost always began with cutting Palestinians off from their water supplies.

          Israel’s water war on the Palestinians has changed since those early days, especially as the Climate Change crisis has accelerated Israel’s need to prepare for grim future possibilities. Of course, this largely happens at the expense of the occupied Palestinians. In the West Bank, the Israeli government continues to usurp Palestinian water resources from the region’s main aquifers – the Mountain Aquifer and the Coastal Aquifer. Frustratingly, Israel’s main water company, Mekorot, sells stolen Palestinian water to Palestinian villages and towns, especially in the northern West Bank region, at exhorbitant prices.

        • Common DreamsOpinion | Gaza’s Forthcoming Water Crisis Might Be Worse Than Anything We Have Ever Seen

          “The water is back,” one family member would announce in a mix of excitement and panic, often very late at night. The moment such an announcement was made, my whole family would start running in all directions to fill every tank, container or bottle that could possibly be filled. Quite often, the water would last for a few minutes, leaving us with a collective sense of defeat, worrying about the very possibility of surviving.

    • Finance

      • Counter PunchThe Corporatocracy Will Have a Tough Choice Between Biden and DeSantis

        During a 2016 broadcast of Democracy Now, Reich reiterated this promise: “[We must] elect Hillary Clinton and for four years develop an alternative, another Bernie Sanders-type candidate with an independent party to take on Hillary Clinton…and develop the infrastructure of a third party that is a true progresssive party.”

        Fast forward six years and there is still no serious third-party challenge to the current duopoly.

      • TruthOutCorporate Profits Reached Record High of Nearly $3 Trillion in 2021
      • Common DreamsSanders to Hold Hearing on ‘How Corporate Greed and Profiteering Are Fueling Inflation’

        U.S. Senate Budget Committee Chair Bernie Sanders announced Friday that next week he will hold a hearing to expose how corporate profiteering in the midst of multiple global crises is driving inflation.

        As prices increase, corporate profits hit a record high of nearly $3 trillion in 2021, up 25% in a single year.

      • TruthOutMarch Employment Growth Closes in on Pre-Pandemic Levels
      • Common DreamsOpinion | We Need Massive Civic Action to Take On Indefensible US Budget Violations

        What if $10 billion were raised over ten years for civic action to transform Congress and make it do what it should be doing for the people (See: Think Big to Overcome Losing Big to Corporatism 1/7/22)? In a more recent column, Facilitating Civic and Political Energies for the Common Good 2/2/22, I started a series of columns to outline how $1 billion per year could be spent lobbying Congress for a people’s agenda.

      • Counter PunchLessons About Poverty in America’s Heartland

        I’ve had to learn a lot about poverty over the years — the endless toil, the insufficient health care, the exposure to polluted environments. It grinds down the body and the spirit. But I’ve also learned that suffering can be transformed into powerful movements for change.

        One lesson is that working hard often just isn’t enough to escape poverty. And being poor certainly doesn’t mean you aren’t working.

      • The Register UKPuppet publishes DevOps salaries report [Ed: Pushing new buzzwords to create lots of hype]

        Puppet has emitted its seventh annual DevOps salary report, and there is good news: the gender wage gap appears to be narrowing.

      • The Register UKPentagon again delays JWCC cloud mega-deal [Ed: US taxpayers again forced to bail out or subsidise Microsoft]

        According to Sherman, the contract could see four suppliers – Google, Oracle, Microsoft and Amazon Web Services – each score a share of the project’s substantial budget.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Counter PunchGoing for Big Watch on Big Budgets

        First $100 million per year would be used to get through Congress long-overdue legislation such as full Medicare for All, with emphasis on prevention of ailments and price gouging, a living wage, reducing corporate abuses, etc. The second $100 million would be devoted to creating facilities to make it easy for people to band together in their various roles (e.g., workers, consumers, patients, savers) so they could counter corporate bosses who band together their investors and many lobbying trade groups.

        The third article dealt with the $100 million per year to make Congress change the disgracefully unfair, wasteful, and inefficient tax laws (See: Going for Tax Reform Big Time 3/11/2022).

      • Counter PunchA Five-Alarm Emergency for Democracy

        They’re introducing these bills in virtually every state, but three — Arizona, Georgia, and Wisconsin — are especially worrisome. These swing states, along with Pennsylvania and Michigan, helped decide the last presidential election. Each flipped from Trump in 2016 to Biden in 2020.

        But now, in these states and elsewhere, Republicans want to make it harder to vote by mail, get rid of same-day voter registration and ballot drop-off boxes, limit early voting, reduce the number of voting booths at polling locations, and much more.

      • HungaryThe various methods used to hide Orbán from the press

        For the past few days, Viktor Orbán has been traversing the country and campaigning hard. The events are kept secret from the press, and are only announced in closed circles. Afterwards, the prime minister’s speeches are published for all to see on his Facebook page. The short videos are all very similar: Orbán meets an enthusiastic crowd, and speaks to them about pro-peace Fidesz and the pro-war opposition. After trying in vain to contact the prime minister through official channels, we went to two such events to ask him about current events.

      • Hungary“I cannot see how abolishing the Constitution would be compatible with EU law.”
      • HungaryOrbán’s weekly radio interview: The opposition is playing with fire
      • HungaryI watched Russian propaganda for a whole day – even Hungary’s public media is easier to stomach

        For the fourth time, I sit through a program where people talking over one another discuss how the West is to blame for the invasion of Ukraine and how the Mariupol theater was not actually bombed by Russians but by Ukrainians themselves. A guy in a bow tie furiously insists on freedom of speech and denounces the West’s obstruction of any meaningful dialogue about the war in Ukraine. I just sit there staring, and I reflect on how if someone were to only get their information from Russia Today they wouldn’t have the slightest idea about what exactly is going on in Ukraine – rather, they would simply be subjected to the same series of images over and over again. For an entire day, I watched the news on the Russian TV network RT. Translated by Dominic Spadacene

      • Pro PublicaWhat Increasingly Partisan and Venomous Wisconsin School Board Races Reveal About American Elections

        About a month ago, three conservative candidates for school board seats in the west Wisconsin city of Eau Claire stoked controversy about a teacher training program that they claimed could exclude parents from conversations about their children’s gender identity or sexual orientation.

        Right-leaning groups across the country seized on the issue, portraying it as another example of schools usurping the role of parents. A few weeks later, the school board president received a death threat.

      • Pro PublicaCiting ProPublica’s Reporting on McKinsey, Senators Propose Bill Addressing Contractors’ Conflicts of Interest

        A bipartisan group of senators announced a bill this week aimed at curtailing the risk of improper influence when companies do work for both the federal government and businesses or other clients. Under the legislation, federal agencies would require prospective contractors to disclose business relationships with “public, private, domestic, and foreign entities” that might pose a conflict of interest.

        Existing federal rules already require the disclosure of actual or potential conflicts, which U.S. government agencies rely on to determine whether the situation can be mitigated or should disqualify a company from working on a given project. But most attention has focused on conflicts arising from work on different federal government projects. The question of how the existing rules apply to a contractor’s corporate clients is an issue that has received scant attention until recently, experts in contracting law say, and the new legislation seeks to remove any ambiguity around whether companies have to disclose possible conflicts arising from private-sector work.

      • FAIRSarah Lipton-Lubet on Ginni Thomas Conflict, Dave Maass on Trasparency and Journalism
      • Counter PunchThe Dying Myth of Israeli Democracy

        It also pushes into the background other crises that still are with us. Principally, Covid-19. Many Americans think that plague is behind us, even as China, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Ecuador, and now Western Europe continue to reel from its effects. Then there is Covid’s observed pattern of running on a three-month cycle. So, who knows what is around the corner?

        Amidst it all, the nation is still beset, as it always seems to be, by periodic cynical behavior committed by groups who can’t think beyond their own ideological borders. So, it might come as a relief to some readers to be drawn away from Ukraine’s madness of artillery fire and overfilled hospitals to take up a case of plain old American perfidy.

      • Common Dreams‘Unconscionable, Cruel, and Stupid’: Senators Gut Global Covid Aid in Funding Deal

        Key Republican and Democratic senators on Thursday reportedly reached a deal on Covid-19 aid that slashes proposed funding to combat the pandemic outside the United States, a decision that public health advocates condemned as short-sighted and potentially catastrophic for developing nations.

        “Such a move would be unconscionable, cruel, and stupid,” Public Citizen president Robert Weissman said in a statement. “Not only would it consign poorer countries, especially in Africa, to more death and disease, it would invite a resurgence of the pandemic in the United States. How could this lesson not be learned?”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | GOP Will Exploit Every Single Global and Domestic Crisis to Implement Authoritarian Rule

        Putin’s attack on Ukraine is producing a series of crises which are going to, in all probability, bring a period of great pain and instability to the world and to America in the near future.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | A Three-Step Plan For Ending War in Ukraine and Building a Global Peace Movement

        As Russian and Ukrainian negotiators expressed cautious optimism following this week’s peace talks in Turkey, it is clear that we face two distinct challenges: stopping this war and resetting international relations to prevent World War III. 

    • Misinformation/Disinformation

      • Counter PunchIt’s Time for Charles Koch to Testify About His Climate Disinformation Campaign

        The committee followed up that hearing—during which the executives disingenuously denied funding such a campaign—with another hearing on February 8 focusing on the oil companies’ inadequate plans to cut their carbon emissions. The next round is slated to feature board directors from the same four oil companies testifying on their companies’ climate pledges, followed by testimony from social media companies and advertising agencies about the part they have played in manufacturing doubt about climate change.

        But before the committee wraps up its investigation, it would be sorely remiss if it didn’t haul in libertarian industrialist Charles Koch, the Daddy Warbucks of climate disinformation, for questioning.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Democracy NowChris Hedges on Jailed WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange’s Wedding: He’s “Crumbling” in London Prison

        Imprisoned WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is “crumbling” physically and psychologically, says journalist Chris Hedges, who last week attended Assange’s wedding to his longtime partner Stella Moris at London’s Belmarsh prison. Assange has been behind bars for nearly three years awaiting a possible extradition to the United States on espionage charges for publishing documents revealing war crimes committed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Hedges says Assange exposed the “most important information” of this generation, along with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

      • Democracy Now“Disappeared”: Chris Hedges Responds to YouTube Deleting His 6-Year Archive of RT America Shows

        YouTube has deleted the entire archive of “On Contact,” an Emmy-nominated television show by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges which was hosted on the Russian government-funded news channel RT America. We speak with Hedges, who connects the YouTube censorship of his show to a growing crackdown on dissenting voices in American media. “There’s less and less space for those who are willing to seriously challenge and question entrenched power,” says Hedges, who says “opaque entities” like YouTube shouldn’t have the power to take down outlets like RT America, despite the channel’s source of funding. “Are we better off not hearing what Russia has to say?” asks Hedges.

      • EFFPublic.Resource.Org Can Keep Freeing the Law: Court Allows Posting Public Laws And Regulations Online

        The win for Public Resource—represented by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) with co-counsel Fenwick & West and David Halperin—in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia reinforces the critical idea that our laws belong to all of us, and we should be able to find, read, and comment on them free of registration requirements, fees, and other roadblocks.

        “This is a crucial victory for the public as well as Public Resource,” said Corynne McSherry, EFF’s legal director. “We are pleased that the court recognized and affirmed that no private entity should be able to dictate how we learn about and comment on the law.”

        The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), National Fire Protection Association Inc. (NFPA), and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) are among organizations that develop private sector codes and standards aimed at advancing public safety, ensuring compatibility across products and services, facilitating training, and spurring innovation. ASTM, for example, has developed more than 12,000 standards used in fields ranging from consumer products to construction to medical services and devices. Federal, state, and local governments have incorporated by reference thousands of such standards into law, making them binding upon everyone.

      • TruthOutRight-Wing Book Censorship Is an Attack on the Minds of Children
      • TechdirtTrump Isn’t Concerned About Free Speech, Just A Free Audience

        I have to admit that it’s been somewhat amusing watching Truth Social flop. After months of rumors (and a variety of competitors targeting the Trumpworld), Trump announced plans for his own Twitter clone, Truth Social, in October of last year, using a sketchy financial instrument to fund it. He found a perfect dupe in Congressman Devin Nunes to run the operation, whose only relevant experience seems to be suing Twitter accounts that mocked him. The promise of a “free speech” supporting, Trumpist world, social media dissolved into obvious parody as Nunes promised the site would be heavily moderated with a ridiculous set of rules. There were already reports that the site was having difficulty attracting users, perhaps because Trumpist “influencers” were whining that it’s no fun if they’re not upsetting the right people.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Counter PunchWithout Our Passion We Shall Overcome Nothing

        Mann’s work reveals that at the root of religion, beneath the exoteric layers, there is invigorating vision, like this, so inclusive it includes the slave’s owner! The wondrousness of such vision, informed inwardly by the invisible “Holy Ghost,” is that it relies only upon human imagination. Its perennial, indigenous truth is always the same, at once liberating and inclusive, never robbing from nor excluding the other, neither his/her vitality nor dignity. Speaking this truth can cause alarm in those not ready to hear it, even though the motive be not primarily to convert but to defend the “life-quick,” the integrity of the passionate heart. Once upon a time, speaking it could get you crucified. But today, our imaginations so reduced, this “glad tidings” instead struggles against absorption into banality.

        As the world now waits in helpless terror for the superpowers to decide the fate of life on earth in the war over Ukraine, D.H.’s talk about “life-quick” and the “Holy Ghost” may seem like absurd, superfluous concerns. True, they’re useless against Putin. But, these are the only concerns that can support our stand for humanity against western liberal banalizing reality that refuses to see American bombings of brown civilians are as evil as Putin’s. Completely within our individual power, the change to an imaginative basis restores individuality to the disconnected individualism of our isolated me-first lives under capitalism. Passion is ignited that cancels banal existence. Even if inward change cannot alter the fate of the earth, it can restore the reality of our humanity, neglect of which has brought us to this terrible point when honest people must ask if, morally speaking, western civilization deserves to continue.

      • Counter PunchProgressive Coalition Campaigning in Colombia Promises Real Change

        He was, in effect, proposing that someday killings, disappearances and dispossessions would be gone. And no longer would elections be the exclusive province of oligarchs.  Real democracy would replace the hollow version of Colombian democracy regularly proclaimed by U.S. officials.

        The Historic Pact campaign scored well in primary elections held on March 13. Of 5.6 million Colombians voting in the coalition’s primary, 4.5 million of them chose Petro as presidential candidate. Significantly, 783,160 of them opted for Francia Márquez for the same office. Later, of course, Petro selected her as his vice-presidential running mate.

      • Democracy NowThe Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Law: Emmett Till’s Cousin and Ida B. Wells’s Great-Granddaughter Respond

        President Biden signed the Emmett Till Antilynching Act into law on Tuesday, culminating efforts to make lynching a federal crime that started over a century ago. We’re joined by Emmett Till’s cousin and best friend, Reverend Wheeler Parker Jr., who was 16 years old when he witnessed Till’s abduction from his great-uncle’s home in Money, Mississippi, prior to his brutal killing. Parker recalls the night of Till’s abduction and says, almost 70 years later, he is “thankful” for the new law, while acknowledging that “it shouldn’t have taken that long.” We also speak with author and public historian Michelle Duster, who spoke at Tuesday’s bill signing and is the great-granddaughter of the pioneering investigative journalist Ida B. Wells. “Finally, in 2022, we have justice. We have laws put in place that were fought for so long ago,” says Duster, who thinks the law is “better late than never.”

      • TechdirtJudge Says Mayor, Town Can’t Escape 1st Amendment Retaliation Suit Involving 62 Tickets Over Lawn Furniture

        The problem with electing abusive assholes is you may not know they’re abusive assholes until after you’ve elected them. Then you have a problem on your hands, at least until the next election cycle. Until then, rights get violated and people get victimized. And while these abusive officials spend tax dollars getting “I didn’t choose the thug life, the thug life chose me” tattooed across their lower abdomen in 36-point stylized Times New Roman, residents are subjected to vindictive bullshit — forced to put up with until a court says otherwise.

      • TruthOutFamily Members of Emmett Till and Ida B. Wells Respond to Anti-Lynching Law
      • TruthOutJudge Finds WI Speaker in Contempt for Refusing to Turn Over Recount Documents
      • TruthOutFederal Judge Blocks Parts of Florida GOP’s Election Law, Citing Racism
      • The NationAs States Shed Masking Requirements, Uncertainty Lingers for Those Behind Bars

        Sheena King is relieved to remove her mask, though she wonders if it’s too soon.

      • TechdirtDC Federal Court Says Lying Amtrak Officer Can’t Have His Inconsistent Statements And His Evidence Too

        Cops lie. It’s a fact. It’s called testilying and it happens so often hardly anyone can even be bothered to act surprised when these lies are exposed.

      • TechdirtYes, It’s Difficult To Change Cop Culture, But Let’s Not Pretend It’s Too Expensive Or Impossible To Achieve Quickly

        The US Department of Justice has entered into many consent decrees with many, many abusive law enforcement agencies. These decrees have the force of law, supported by court orders. They’re contractual obligations with the federal government — agreements that swear local agencies will comply with directives and do their part to respect not only the Constitution, but the people they’re supposed to be serving.

      • The NationThe Nomination Black Women Have Been Waiting For

        We are witnessing a historic moment. For the first time in our nation’s history, the president has nominated a Black woman to sit on the United States Supreme Court.

      • Common Dreams50+ Groups Decry GOP Senators’ ‘Insidious’ Attacks on Ketanji Brown Jackson

        More than 50 civil society organizations on Friday accused Republican senators of engaging in “baseless and harmful attacks” on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Kentanji Brown Jackson during her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings last week.

        “The work of public defenders and criminal defense lawyers is critical.”

      • Common DreamsTitle 42 Wind-Down Welcomed But ‘Not Enough’ to Secure Immigration Justice, Say Rights Groups

        Immigrant rights advocates on Friday welcomed the Biden administration’s announcement that it will stop deporting migrants under the Title 42 public health provision—responding to a demand that’s been made by rights groups and health experts alike for two years—but warned that the plan to phase out the expulsions in the next several weeks does not go far enough to secure justice for immigrants.

        Since the coronavirus pandemic began in March 2020, the U.S. government has invoked Title 42 of the Public Health Safety Act to expel more than 1.7 million migrants who have attempted to enter the country, mainly at the southern border. The vast majority of people who have been deported under Title 42—which states that the government can prohibit “the introduction of persons” from foreign countries where there is a communicable disease that could spread in the U.S.—have been expelled since President Joe Biden took office.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The Long-Overdue Emmett Till Antilynching Act Signed Into Law

        President Biden signed The Emmett Till Antilynching Act into law on Tuesday, culminating efforts to make lynching a federal crime that started over a century ago. Michelle Duster, the great-granddaughter of Ida B. Wells, the legendary anti-lynching activist and pioneering African-American journalist, said at the signing ceremony,

      • Common Dreams‘Cruel’ and ‘Indiscriminate’ Attacks on Civilians by Russia Violate International Law: Amnesty

        Amnesty International on Friday released findings from an on-the-ground investigation showing Russia’s “siege tactics” in multiple Ukrainian cities amount to violations of international law.

        “Launching indiscriminate attacks that kill or injure civilians constitutes a war crime.”

      • The NationA Blind Eye
      • The NationFeminism Is Intersectional
      • The NationIt’s Time to End Forced Arbitration Completely

        It’s hard to believe, but Congress just passed meaningful legislation: In February, lawmakers approved the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act. Emerging from the Me Too movement and stories of women being forced into private arbitration instead of getting their day in court when they brought sexual harassment claims against their employers, the law will ban businesses from including such provisions in employment contracts.

      • The NationMilitary Personnel Searched Students at a California High School
      • Will Smith resigns from the Academy and says he will accept additional consequences

        According to press reports, actor Will Smith has resigned his membership from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, following his onstage outburst at the Oscars. Before accepting his Best Actor award for his role in the film King Richard, he walked up onstage and slapped comedian Chris Rock, who told a joke about Smith’s wife’s hair.

        “I have directly responded to the Academy’s disciplinary hearing notice, and I will fully accept any and all consequences for my conduct,” Smith wrote in a statement. “My actions at the 94th Academy Awards presentation were shocking, painful, and inexcusable. The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all those in attendance, and global audiences at home.”

      • Common Dreams‘Win for Workers Across America’: Amazon Union Victory Inspires Progressives

        Progressives hailed Friday’s unionization vote by employees at an Amazon warehouse in New York City as a historic victory for workers across the United States and an inspiring call to action for others seeking to organize.

        “This is the catalyst for the revolution.”

      • Common Dreams‘Disgusting’: Democratic-Aligned Firm Slammed for Working on Amazon’s Failed Anti-Union Effort

        Amazon was not able to prevent Staten Island warehouse workers from securing a historic union election victory on Friday despite pulling out all the stops—including hiring a Democratic Party-aligned pollster whose effort to help kill the unionization effort was decried by progressive critics.

        Amazon “tapped an influential consulting and polling firm with close ties to Democratic political groups” to help the retail giant defeat a union drive at the JFK8 fulfillment center in New York City, CNBC reported Thursday night.

      • Common Dreams‘David Beats Goliath’: Workers in New York Vote to Form Amazon’s First-Ever Union in US

        Amazon warehouse workers in Staten Island, New York won their election Friday to form the retail giant’s first-ever union in the United States, a landmark victory for the labor movement in the face of aggressive union-busting efforts from one of the world’s most powerful companies.

        According to an initial tally released by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), there were 2,654 votes in favor of recognizing a union and 2,131 against. The number of disputed ballots, 67, is not nearly enough to change the outcome.

      • The NationAmazon Workers Score a Decisive Win in Staten Island!

        The best thing about arrogant bosses is that they underestimate the intelligence of their workers. Leaked company documents, originally given to Vice, reveal what Amazon’s general counsel, in a meeting Jeff Bezos attended, said of the activist Chris Smalls, whom the company had just fired after he helped lead a walkout early in the pandemic over Covid-related health and safety issues.

      • TruthOutNew York Amazon Workers Vote to Form Union in Historic First
      • Common DreamsPro-Union Vote Leads in New York as Amazon Workers Look to Make History

        Amazon warehouse workers in Staten Island, New York appear on track to form the first-ever union at the retail behemoth in the United States after the opening round of vote counting ended Thursday with the pro-unionization side holding a significant lead.

        “A union victory today in Staten Island would be historic for the whole world.”

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • Counter PunchWill Smith Slapping Chris Rock wasn’t the Worst thing that Happened on Oscar Night

        I have heard film podcasts discuss the incident. I heard sports podcasts cover the event. Pieces about it were written in the Atlantic, the New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, and CNN.

        Celebrities, academics, and public servants weighed in. Hell, even my mom had an opinion, and she doesn’t care about the Oscars.

      • Counter PunchFly On The Wall: The Slap

        Will wakes up. He’s gripping the Oscar, sliding his hand up and down on it.

        WILL: Who the fuck is calling me at 6 a.m. I’m Will Smith. I just won an Oscar—

      • Counter PunchBondage at the Oscars

        Back at the 2017 Academy Awards a supposedly unsuspecting busload of tourists was ushered into that same auditorium thinking they were being guided around the usual Tinsel Town sights. Suddenly visitors found themselves—as if in a dream or nightmare—amongst the movie gods and goddesses. Denzel Washington even officiated an impromptu wedding for an awestruck couple.

        These representatives of Middle America were likely all trained actors, but whatever their credentials, their appearance in the Oscar broadcast did little to bolster either ratings or any connection between the movie moguls and the plain and trusting folk of the Heartland, that is, the people meant to worship the stars and pay their salaries at the box office or, increasingly, through streaming service subscriptions.

    • Monopolies

      • TechdirtAmazon, Google Busted Faking Small Business Opposition To Antitrust Reform

        For decades now, a favorite DC lobbying tactic has been to create bogus groups pretending to support something unpopular your company is doing. Like “environmentalists for big oil” or “Americans who really love telecom monopolies.” These groups then help big companies create a sound-wall of illusory support for policies that generally aren’t popular, or great for innovation or markets.

      • Copyrights

        • Torrent FreakProlific ‘Copyright Troll’ Seeks BitTorrent Piracy Evidence From…..Netflix?

          Strike 3, the most prolific ‘copyright troll’ in the United States, is suing an individual said to have pirated its movies using BitTorrent. While that is nothing out of the ordinary, the currently anonymous defendant is now in a battle to prevent Netflix and Google from handing over masses of personal data that the adult movie company somehow claims is relevant to its case.

        • Torrent Freak“CODA” Piracy Skyrockets After Best Picture Oscar Win

          Last weekend “CODA” won the Best Picture award at the Oscars. The Apple film is the first streaming release to receive the prestigious prize, which must feel like a slap in the face to Netflix. The win will undoubtedly have boosted the streaming numbers and data collected by TorrentFreak shows that “CODA” piracy surged to an all-time high.

        • Creative CommonsCongratulations and Farewell

          I’d like to share with our community a congratulation and a heartfelt farewell to staff in the Creative Commons legal team.

Microsoft Crime: A Week Later No Investigation Launched, No Microsoft Executives Prosecuted, Nobody Phoned the Police, Not Even a Slap on the Wrist

Posted in Fraud, Microsoft at 8:15 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: In the so-called ‘free market’, Microsoft crime simply pays off and there's an incentive to engage in corruption (even in the future)

Being Nice to Each Other and Avoidance of Miscommunication

Posted in Free/Libre Software, FSF, FUD at 7:37 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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GNU Kind Communications Guidelines
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: Being kind to people who deserve kindness is an important attribute/skill; sadly, sociopathic corporations and the tactless people they put in charge of projects/communities (to better suit and serve sociopathic corporations) mostly ruin projects; Richard Stallman was right to reject Codes of Conduct when he went ahead with GNU Kind Communications Guidelines instead

THE concept of “free speech” is changing. Right now, for example, racism is “hip” and “woke” if it’s directed towards or used to discriminate against every Russian. The whole concept of “hate speech” has become subjective and arbitrary, ripe for distortion by those equipped with laws and admin interfaces. If moderators are obedient, docile employees of corporations looking to control “dinobabies” “100% of the time” (to use the words censorious IBM uses), we end up with stagnant/dying projects like Fedora, or even CentOS whose management resigned almost entirely after what IBM had done in 2020. In Debian too we've been seeing similar patterns. Sometimes it feels like a covert objective is to put off volunteers, especially charismatic leaders who know how to say “no” to corporate power.

“Torvalds knows a thing or two about Microsoft crime, but he cannot speak about it anymore. It’s considered risky.”Linus Torvalds was not punished for writing poor-quality code or poorly planning a kernel release; instead, they nailed him to a cross for writing a bunch of E-mails which were seen as “rude” or “hurtful” (usually because he rejected bad quality of code or sinister agenda like putting Microsoft inside his kernel). Torvalds knows a thing or two about Microsoft crime, but he cannot speak about it anymore. It’s considered risky. As associate recalls that “there was once a very well-written article which explained quite thoughfully wny it is important that Linus must write e-mails so clearly and express assessments of the code so unambigously. People are not code. Code is not people.”

“The confusion which is intentionally cultivated by M$ and other opponents to Linux and, especially, the GPL is to mix up discussion of code with other things. Torvalds berates code, not people. Even then, it happens only in specific circumstances.”

The above video concerns Paul Fernhout’s talk, but it goes further by covering the potential to be misunderstood, especially when it comes to non-verbal channels of communication. Some years ago we closed comments (except for old timers who have had an account for many years already) and instead we use IRC. Social control media became a hate trap, so Techrights never embraced it and I personally quit all of it a month ago. Being a participant in such sites isn’t just unhealthy; it is also a growing risk.

Where E-Mail, IRC and USENET (Even Social Control Media) Fail at Communications

Posted in Free/Libre Software, FSF at 5:42 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link

Summary: This 5-minute talk, which covers “information overload”, “algorithms that may stoke outrage” and a few more things is Paul Fernhout’s take on tools that are inherently immoral or problematic; we need less, not more, and better, according to Fernhout. He certainly touches some important points. He suggests an FSF free/libre communication standard. Richard Stallman has historically had subtle communication problems with people (there’s this talk in Portuguese with English translation, certainly not by Richard Stallman) and GNU Kind Communications Guidelines were formulated by him. I will speak about my personal views separately.

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Links 02/04/2022: CNX Software Offline for a Day

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

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • ZDNetHave an old laptop or computer? Give it new life with Chrome OS Flex | ZDNet

        Do you have an old laptop or computer sitting in the corner of your office, collecting dust and taking up space? Instead of saying that you’ll find a use for it, one day, take a few minutes out of your day to give it new life by installing Google’s free operating system, Chrome OS Flex. Essentially, Chrome OS Flex turns any computer it’s installed on into a Chrome OS device, giving that pile of electronics a renewed purpose.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • LHS Episode #461: The Weekender LXXXIX

        It’s time once again for The Weekender. This is our bi-weekly departure into the world of amateur radio contests, open source conventions, special events, listener challenges, hedonism and just plain fun. Thanks for listening and, if you happen to get a chance, feel free to call us or e-mail and send us some feedback. Tell us how we’re doing. We’d love to hear from you.

      • VideoWhat Do Windows User Think About Linux? Let’s Ask Them! – Invidious

        What do Windows user think about Linux and other Linux-related topics, such as the terminal, tiling window managers and the GNU project? Let’s ask a few average windows users.

    • Applications

      • LinuxiacKitty Terminal Emulator: How to Install, Configure, and Use It

        In this guide, we will be looking at how to install, customize and use the Kitty terminal emulator on Linux.

        Some tasks are still best accomplished via the command line, even with sophisticated modern desktop environments jam-packed with administrative tools, utilities, and productivity software, all with appealing graphical user interfaces.

        A terminal emulator allows you to use the power of the command line on your desktop. In addition, the terminal window provides access to a console and its applications, such as command-line interfaces (CLI) and text user interface software.

      • Tools as Superpowers

        I had these thoughts lately: what if I can’t use Emacs anymore? Maybe I can’t install Emacs due to some policy, or my future laptop is Windows and Emacs and other tools can’t be installed easily. The restriction itself is not important. The point is what if I find myself without the software I’m used to? Am I now 50% myself? Am I a fraud, by letting others think my skill set level is somewhere up here, but without the tools it’s much lower?

        My way of thinking about this was that I have great capabilities because some of the tools I use. Again, we can mention Emacs and orgmode if we talk about organization, tasks and projects management, scheduling, knowledge management, all of which are important in any field. Losing these will impact my skills.

      • The Day of a new Command-Line Interface: Shell | Arcan

        This article continues the long-lost series on how to migrate away from terminal protocols as the main building block for command-line and text-dominant user interfaces. The previous one (Dawn of a new Command-Line Interface(2017)) might be worth giving an extra read afterwards, but it is not a prerequisite to understanding this one.

        The value proposition and motivation is still that such a critical part of computing should not be limited to device restrictions set in place some 50-70 years ago. The resulting machinery is inefficient, complex, unreliable, slow and incapable. For what is arguably a strong raison d’être for current day UNIX derivates, that is not a strategic foundation to neither rely nor expand upon.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • How to Install the latest version of GCC on Ubuntu 20.04?

        Compilers are essential for any programming language. Without them, we would not be able to examine our code and thus obtain the binaries that we can run on our systems. Regarding C language, there is a compiler called GCC which is directly related to GNU and comes by default in almost any Linux distribution but not in its most recent version. That’s why today you will learn how to install the latest version of GCC on Ubuntu 20.04.

      • Install BackupPC on Ubuntu 22.04 – kifarunix.com

        In this guide, we will learn how to install BackupPC on Ubuntu 22.04. BackupPC is a free, high-performance enterprise-grade backup software suite with a web-based frontend that can be used for backing up Linux, Windows and mac OSXs PCs and laptops to a server’s disk.

      • ID RootHow To Install MusicBrainz Picard on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install MusicBrainz Picard on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, MusicBrainz Picard is a free and open-source cross-platform audio music tagger for Linux, Windows, macOS, and FreeBSD. Picard helps you organize your music collection by renaming your music files and sorting them into a folder structure exactly the way you want it. A variety of plugins are available and you can even write your own. It supports audio formats like MP3, FLAC, OGG, M4A, WMA, WAV, and more.

        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 MusicBrainz Picard audio files tagger 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.

      • UNIX CopInstall Navidrome on Debian 11

        So in a nutshell, it’s an application that allows you to deploy your music library using services like Spotify as inspiration.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Etcher on Fedora 36 Linux

        balenaEtcher is a free and open-source flashing utility tool famous for writing image files such as .iso and .img files and zipped folders onto storage media to create live SD cards and USB flash drives. balenaEtcher has cross-platform support on Linux, BSD, macOS, and Windows and is developed by balena and licensed under Apache License 2.0.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install baelnaEtcher on Fedora 36, along with some tips on how to create a USB bootable image disk.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Cockpit on Fedora Linux 36

        Cockpit is a free remote server manager that is lightweight and easy to use for GNU/Linux servers. Cockpit is a web-based graphical interface for servers intended for people new to Linux to the experts such as sysadmins. Cockpit makes Linux discoverable, allowing anyone using the software to perform tasks such as start containers, administer storage, configure networks, and inspect logs.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install or enable Cockpit on Fedora 36 Workstation or Server using the command line terminal, along with how to access the web UI.

      • Linux CapableInstall Linux Kernel 5.17/5.4 on AlmaLinux 8

        Almalinux, as many know, is a downstream version of RHEL, which often means it is incredibly stable but usually has very outdated packages in terms of features and not security updates. Currently, Almalinux features kernel 4.18, but some users may require a more recent kernel for purposes of better hardware compatibility, among many other things.

        ELREPO has both Linux Kernel Mainline LTS versions. The mainline version is the most recent stable release of the Linux Kernel, and the current LTS Kernel they are supporting is 5.4.

        The following tutorial will show you how to import the ELRepo kernel repository and install 5.17 with the alternative 5.4 kernel on Almalinux 8 Workstation or Server.

      • A Serial Console

        I try to log into my devbox. SSH is taking a while. Hmm. That’s weird. Is my network up? Yes. Can I ping the WireGuard address? No. Can I ping the host directly? Nope. Hmm. Maybe it crashed. I walk to the machine and press the reset button. I wait for ping to stop the sequence of “connection timed out” messages. This is taking a while.

        My devbox is headless. I power it off again to install a graphics card and connect a monitor and keyboard to see what is happening.

      • ID RootHow To Install Remmina Desktop Client on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Remmina Desktop Client on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Remmina Remote Desktop Client is an open-source, free, and powerful remote desktop sharing tool for Linux systems. It offers feature-rich useful tools for the administrator and travelers to have easy and smooth remote access Multiple networking protocols are supported by Remmina such as RDP, SSH, XDMCP, WWW, VNC, NX, and SPICE.

        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 Remmina Desktop Client 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.

      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install ONLYOFFICE on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install ONLYOFFICE 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.

      • UNIX CopHow to install Haiku OS

        Back in late 90s, early 00s maybe, a friend from high school handled me a cdrom and told me: «So you are on that “linux” thing, you should try this». It was a copy of BeOS. It got nothing to do with Linux, apart from not being Windows.

        Anyway, more than being on ‘that “linux” thing‘ I was like ‘let’s try them all!‘ (try any operating system that was available, at least for a couple of days). So, I’ve made a partition on my disk, installed and tried for a couple of days. My first impression was the speed, BeOS was fast. Everything was even smoother than with linux on a regular PC of the Win9x/Me era. It was also visually pretty, at least for the GUIs available at that time. Unfortunately it was discontinued.

      • Make Use OfHow to Create a Windows Bootable USB on Linux

        Want to make the switch from Linux to Windows? Here’s a guide on creating a bootable Windows 10 USB on Linux, where we walk you through the process of downloading a Windows ISO and then flashing it to a USB drive using WoeUSB and balenaEtcher.

      • Ubuntu HandbookHow to Upgrade From Ubuntu 20.04 to Ubuntu 22.04 LTS (Step-by-Step Guide) | UbuntuHandbook

        Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish now is in final beta stage! Here’s how you can upgrade to the new LTS from Ubuntu 20.04!

        NOTE: the steps below now will upgrade to Ubuntu 22.04 Beta at the moment. Though, the beta will be upgraded to the final stable release automatically in next month by running regular updates.

    • Games

      • 9to5LinuxLutris Game Manager Adds Steam Deck Support, EA Origin and Ubisoft Connect Integration

        As mentioned, the biggest new feature in the Lutris 0.5.10 release is support for Valve’s Steam Deck gaming handheld device, allowing owners to install and play even more games on their Steam Decks, from sources like GOG, Epic Game Store, or even the Lutris website.

        While a Flatpak version is still in the works, Steam Deck users will have to install Lutris from the Arch Linux and AUR repositories, but you’ll have to disable the read-only flag of your Deck’s system drive.

    • Distributions

      • Screenshots/Screencasts

        • VideoUbuntu 22.04 Beta Run Through – Invidious

          In this video, we are looking at Ubuntu 22.04 Beta.

        • Linux Made SimpleUbuntu 22.04 Beta

          Today we are looking at Ubuntu 22.04 Beta. It comes with Gnome 42, Linux kernel 5.15, and uses about 1.2 GB of ram when idling.

        • VideoDeepin 20.5 Run Through – Invidious

          In this video, we are looking at Deepin 20.5.

        • Linux Made SimpleDeepin 20.5

          Today we are looking at Deepin 20.5. It comes with Linux kernel 5.10, based on Debian 11, and uses about 1.5 GB of ram when idling. Enjoy!

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • HowTo GeekWhat Is Fedora Linux?

          First released in 2003, Fedora is a Linux distribution sponsored by Red Hat. For starters, Red Hat is a firm that distributes open-source software and services to business enterprises.

          Another of Red Hat’s products is Red Hat Enterprise Linux, a licensed operating system that uses open-source components for storage, applications, and much more. In contrast, Fedora is a completely open-source and free Linux distribution.

        • FedoraFriday’s Fedora Facts: 2022-13 – Fedora Community Blog

          It’s no joke: here’s your weekly Fedora report. Read what happened this week and what’s coming up. Your contributions are welcome (see the end of the post)!

        • Red HatCodeReady Workspaces scales up, is now Red Hat OpenShift Dev Spaces | Red Hat Developer

          Red Hat will soon release a higher-performing, richer version of the Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces development platform, along with a name change to Red Hat OpenShift Dev Spaces. The platform has been significantly upgraded by moving to a Kubernetes Operator. This article explains the major changes in this upgrade and their effects on administrators and users.

          The team worked on this version for over a year and introduced the new platform as a tech preview after CodeReady Workspaces 2.10. The official name of this release is Red Hat OpenShift Dev Spaces 3.0.

      • Debian Family

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Beta NewsFacial recognition comes to deepin Linux — can you trust China with your face?

          deepin is one of the prettiest Linux distributions, and many people use it every day. Unfortunately, there is a big problem with the operating system — it is developed in China. While the Chinese people are good, the government of that country is not — it oppresses its citizens and censors a lot of information. And so, some people are wary of using any Chinese-made software. That is understandable.

          Normally I am OK with using deepin Linux, despite its Chinese roots, as it is largely open source. However, with version 20.5, I am a bit hesitant. You see, the newest variant of the operating system adds optional facial recognition for gaining access to your computer. This is similar to Microsoft’s Windows Hello — something I use regularly. But Microsoft is a USA company. When it comes to deepin, can we trust China with our faces?

    • Devices/Embedded

      • The EconomistSaudi sovereign fund, stc form company focused on Internet of Things

        The new company, which will be headquartered in Riyadh, will be owned 50% by the PIF and 50% by stc.

      • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

        • Taiwan NewsTaiwan’s MediaTek overtook Qualcomm in smartphone AP market in 2021

          Qualcomm, MediaTek, Apple, Samsung LSI, and Unisoc took the top-five revenue share spots in the smartphone AP market in 2021, Strategy Analytics said. Qualcomm maintained its leadership in this segment with a 38% revenue share, followed by MediaTek and Apple with 26% each.

        • Is There an Alternative to iOS and Android Smartphones? – GameRevolution

          There have been plenty of arguments comparing Android and iOS, but what if you want an alternative? There used to be quite the competition when it came to smartphone OSes, but Windows Mobile, Fire OS, and, Blackberry have all gone the way of the Dodo. Most people think that the big two that are left are the only choice, but you don’t have to be stuck with Apple and Google.

          There are a few big caveats to using an iOS or Android alternative. You’re not going to have a wide selection of devices to choose from, and they’re frequently not flagship-level phones. You also won’t get the enormous app selection you get from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. Support can be spotty as well, depending on what choice you make.

          However, it is entirely possible to sever yourself from the Android and iOS ecosystems. We’ll list a few of the best alternatives below.

        • Linux On MobileWeekly Update (13/2022): SailfishOS 4.4, phoc 0.13.1, JumpDrive but implemented in Go and lots of PinePhone Pro videos!

          Also, LinxPhoneApps.org is finally live and lists over 360 apps!

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • JoinupInteroperability – the key enabler of e-government

        Two good examples of solutions that are being built to support open data and the sustainable reuse of public sector information are the Open Data Support initiative (https://www.opendatasupport.eu/) and the Fosseps programme (https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/collection/fosseps).

        Open Data Support is a 36 month project (under DG CONNECT of the European Commission) to improve visibility of, and facilitate access to, datasets published on local and national open data portals, to increase their re-use within and across borders. It is based on the principle that a piece of data or content is ‘open’ if anyone is free to use, reuse, and redistribute it, with possible requirements to attribute its source.

        FOSSEPS stands for Free and Open Source Solutions for European Public Services. It has its origins in the 2021 initiative “Europe-wide solutions for free and open source software use by public services in the EU”. It is designed to manage and protect open source software and solutions, and treat it as a collective, shared and valuable European asset.

      • Griffin on Tech: The EU’s plan to bring Big Tech into line

        New Zealand’s tech start-up community has done very nicely over the last decade or so developing software and applications that solve problems encountered all over the world.

      • Programming/Development

  • Leftovers

    • Computer WorldUkrainian IT industry says it’s still open for business

      Ukraine’s Office of Foreign Affairs says that more than 100 of the Fortune 500 outsource to the country, with IT export volume increasing 36% to US$6.8 billion in 2021, up from US$5 billion in 2020 and US$4.2 billion in 2019, according to the IT Ukraine Association. Separate studies have found that the IT industry grew from 0.06% of GDP in 2013 to 3.3% in 2018, with talented IT professionals emerging through universities and government schemes, such as the IT Creative Fund.

    • TediumBruce Willis and The Razzies: The Case for Empathy in Trash Culture

      : As is well-documented by the place where this lives, I thrive on bad culture, on moments of mediocrity. Bad culture deserves a home to live, too. And in a world where Whoopi Goldberg can create a movie with a damn dinosaur (just one example, of many, of works that were contractually obligated to be bad), someone needs to be pointing those things out. But this week, something happened that we need to talk about: Bruce Willis’ family announced he was retiring from acting after being diagnosed with aphasia. While admiration for Die Hard and Pulp Fiction springs eternal, Willis made a lot of slapdash films in the past few years, and the reason for that is now more clear. Unfortunately for the Razzie Awards, which went out of its way to “honor” Willis last week, the organization found itself having to publicly rescind its award to Willis as clearly being the product of a different kind of bad taste. I guess this makes me wonder—can mockery culture have empathy, too? Today in Tedium, inspired by this saga, I want to consider the ethics of badness.

    • Science

      • New York TimesHugs to Boring – The New York Times

        This week, a company I never think about scooped up another one I had forgotten existed. It was a reminder that we shouldn’t underestimate the boring.

        One of those companies is called Poly, and if you know what it does, gold star to you. It makes gadgets like telephone headsets for corporate call centers and speaker gizmos for office conference calls.

    • Hardware

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • The HillJust three GOP lawmakers back marijuana legalization vote; two Dems vote ‘no’

        Only three House Republicans joined with all but two Democrats on Friday in support of legislation to legalize marijuana nationwide.

        The three Republicans were Reps. Matt Gaetz (Fla.), Brian Mast (Fla.) and Tom McClintock (Calif.).

        Meanwhile, Democratic Reps. Henry Cuellar (Texas) and Chris Pappas (N.H.) were the only members of their party to join most Republicans in opposition.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Computer WorldWhen should the data breach clock start?

          The easy part is, “how long after the enterprise knows of the breach should it disclose?” Different compliance regimes come to different numbers, but they are relatively close, from GDPR’s 72 hours to the SEC’s initial four days.

          The tricky part is defining when any corporate entity actually “knows” something has happened. At what precise moment does Walmart or ExxonMobil know anything? (If the language said “when the enterprise’s CFO becomes convinced that a data breach has happened,” this would be far more straight-forward.)

        • Security

          • Medevel46 Open-source Free Password managers for Windows, Linux, macOS, iOS, and Android

            A password manager program is software that helps you keep and organize your password securely and privately. It is an essential tool for active internet users who value their security.


            Here, in this post, we are listing our open-source collection of password managers, for different platforms.

          • USCERTApple Releases Security Updates | CISA

            Apple has released security updates to address vulnerabilities—CVE-2022-22674 and CVE-2022-22675—in multiple products. An attacker could exploit one of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected device. These vulnerabilities have been detected in exploits in the wild.

          • How to Secure Microservices: The 6 Things You Can’t Forget

            Microservices bring many benefits: flexibility, ease of upgrading parts of the application, and much more. However, they are not a golden solution to all problems, and they also come with their own disadvantages. One of them is a complex mesh of network connectivity. And when you have complex networking, another issue arises: security.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • The Gray Zone‘Gods of War’: How the US weaponized Ukraine against Russia
      • The NationWhy Does the Media Care More About “the Slap” Than Trump’s Missing Call Logs?

        But nobody cares. There are still a lot of people who can remember when this country ground to a halt over an 18-minute gap in Richard Nixon’s recordings of his taped conversations. Here, we have 457 minutes, about seven-and-a-half hours, during which the very existence of phone calls have been wiped from the record. But for some reason this was a one-day story for mainstream American media. To put this in context: There have been more articles, news segments, think pieces, and investigative freaking reports on the details of a movie star hitting a comedian at the Academy Awards than there have been about whom the president of the United States was talking to during an attempted coup against our government.

      • Malay MailSarawak party slams PAS’ proposal for Muslim-only PM law

        Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) Baru is alarmed that PAS is seeking a constitutional amendment to make it a prerequisite for the prime minister to be a Muslim, said its information chief Andrew Bugie.

        In a statement yesterday, Andrew said PBDS joins the chorus of criticisms against the proposal made by PAS senator and information chief Khairil Nizam Khirudin, as this would deny the rights of non-Muslim Malaysians.

      • JNSAmid terror wave in Israel, New York BDS group calls to ‘globalize intifada’ at rally

        During the event, the leader of the group Nerdeen Kiswani, who heads the group Within Our Lifetime (WOL), led the chant ­from New York to Palestine, globalize the intifada,” in what can be perceived as a call to conduct acts of terror against Israelis or Jews in other places around the world.

      • CNNHostage survivor testifies in trial of ISIS member accused in deaths of several Americans

        During the second day of trial, Italian aid worker Federico Motka told the jury how he was captured, imprisoned and tortured by the terror cell alongside other hostages who were eventually killed, including Americans James Foley, Steven Sotloff, Kayla Mueller and Peter Kassig.

      • The HillUkraine intelligence accuses China of [cracking] days before invasion: report

        Ukraine’s security service said the Chinese government attempted to [break into] more than 600 websites belonging to the government and other key institutions, according to the report.

        The security agency alleged that the attacks began before the end of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games held in Beijing and escalated the day before Russian troops invaded Ukraine on Feb. 23.

      • The Sunday Times UKChina accused of [cracking] Ukraine days before Russian invasion

        China staged a huge cyberattack on Ukraine’s military and nuclear facilities in the build-up to Russia’s invasion, according to intelligence memos obtained by The Times.

        More than 600 websites belonging to the defence ministry in Kyiv and other institutions suffered thousands of [intrusion] attempts which were co-ordinated by the Chinese government, according to Ukraine’s security service, the SBU.

    • Environment

      • Energy

        • YLELogistics sector to receive €95m for fuel costs and green transition

          On Friday, a ministerial committee led by Finance Minister Annika Saarikko (Cen) decided on measures to safeguard operations in the transport and logistics sector. The Ministerial Working Group on Preparedness was set up in early March to deal with the impacts of Russia’s attack on Ukraine.

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • Squid migrates due to climate change | Local News Stories | hmbreview.com

          Stanford researchers have solved a mystery about why a species of squid native to California has been found thriving in the Gulf of Alaska about 1,800 miles north of its expected range: climate change.

          The answer raises more questions about the potential impacts on other species and ecosystems, according to a news release from Stanford News Service issued early Monday.

          “When animals move, they’re not just sightseeing,” said Benjamin Burford, a former graduate student in biology in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford who led the research. Wherever the squid end up, they will breed, eat, and be eaten, and those actions will have inevitable consequences on the species around them, Burford explained.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • The AtlanticWhy an ISIS Propagandist Abandoned Islam

        In block letters—the Arabic transcriptions neatly bedecked with diacritical marks, all in the right places—he explained his journey back from jihad. “I have been wrong these last 17 years,” he wrote. “Seeing individuals dedicate themselves to tyrannical death cults led by suicidal maniacs is bad enough. Knowing that I may have contributed to their choices is terrible.” Perhaps he should be returned to the help desk before his sentence is up. “I hope that my experiences may be of help in drawing others away from the same mistakes.”

    • Misinformation/Disinformation

      • NBCAs war rages in neighboring Ukraine, Hungary’s hard-line leader benefits from closeness to Putin

        Standing behind an outdoor stage in Budapest’s buzzing Széll Kálmán Square, Márki-Zay said that Orbán’s tight control of the media and his ability to spread “fake news and false allegations” about Russia’s war on Ukraine had created an enormous disadvantage for the opposition’s quest to unseat the conservative nationalist leader, who has been accused of chipping away at the country’s democratic institutions.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Hollywood ReporterDoes Hollywood Need to Rethink Its China Strategy?

        When news spread in February that Warner Bros.’ The Batman had been granted an official release date in China of March 18, just two weeks after its North American debut, it was cause for considerable relief among executives engaged in the international distribution business. No Hollywood superhero movie had made it to China in more than two years, thanks to pandemic delays and a mysterious clampdown on U.S. tentpole releases by Beijing’s film regulators. Now, at last, a top-tier title — one with the Caped Crusader, no less — could remind the industry of what a Hollywood blockbuster was capable of in the world’s largest theatrical market.

    • Freedom of Information/Freedom of the Press

      • Daily Sabah2 Turks killed in restaurant attack in the Netherlands

        A Turkish journalist and his brother were victims of a daytime attack in the northern Dutch city of Zwolle on Wednesday, media outlets reported. The two victims, identified as H.T. and his brother A.T., were killed after a gunman opened fire in a McDonald’s restaurant.

        Witnesses told local broadcaster RTL Oost the men were having a meal when the gunman walked into the restaurant and fired shots at them in an apparent “targeted” attack. “The man first ordered a meal and sat at a table across from the two victims before shooting,” RTL Oost added. “There was massive panic among the customers who all tried to flee outside,” the broadcaster said. The assailant then fled. Police and ambulances rushed to the scene where rescue workers tried to resuscitate one of the wounded victims, who later died.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Teen VogueAmazon Labor Union in Staten Island Wins Unionization Vote

        The unexpected victory seems to have sent a welcome shock through the labor movement, with some suggesting that this moment warrants a contemporary refresh for how unions think about, strategize around, and carry out campaigns. It’s important to remember the lessons from the U.S. labor movement’s heyday and its decline, but the needs of today’s workers, as they build power in the current fraught economic and political landscape, might call for some inventive tweaks.

      • Rolling StoneStaten Island Is About to Become Home to the First Amazon Labor Union in America

        Amazon spent $4.3 million over the past year trying to snuff out pro-labor sentiment, according to HuffPost, citing U.S. Labor Department documents the company filed on Thursday. High on its radar was Chris Smalls, a former Amazon worker at JFK8 who organized a strike over lack of protective measures for workers in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. The company fired Smalls, claiming he flouted social distancing guidelines. He, along with JFK8 employee Derrick Palmer, launched a unionization campaign that many commentators believed would have a slim chance of success. Besides Amazon’s ample war chest to fight such efforts, another reason, Smalls explained, was the high turnover rate at the company. But along the way, the union drive seemed to gain traction after Amazon executives discussed smearing Smalls as “not smart or articulate,” and after Smalls and two others were arrested while attempting to deliver food to Amazon workers.

      • ABCAmazon workers in NYC vote to unionize, a first for company

        The 67 ballots that were challenged by either Amazon or the ALU were not enough to sway the outcome. About 57% of the more than 8,300 workers on the voter list cast their ballots.

        Federal labor officials said the results of the count won’t be verified until they process any objections that both parties may file. Any objections are due by April 8.

      • The VergeAmazon workers vote to unionize Staten Island warehouse

        Workers at an Amazon warehouse in New York City have voted to unionize, an historic first for workers at the e-commerce company. The final tally was 2,654 yes votes, and 2,131, with 67 challenges. The workers at the JFK8 fulfillment center in Staten Island will join the Amazon Labor Union, as the number of challenges is not sufficient to affect the outcome.

        The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) determined in January that unionization efforts at the facility had “reached a sufficient showing of interest” to hold an election. The facility employs roughly 5,000 people.

      • The Register UKAmazon warehouse workers in New York in unionization victory • The Register

        Amazon warehouse workers in New York City voted in favor of joining a trade union on Friday, marking the first-ever successful union campaign against the tech giant in its history.

        The election was held by staff at Amazon’s JFK8 fulfillment center on Staten Island, New York: 2,654 votes were cast by the facility’s workers in favor of joining the Amazon Labor Union (ALU) versus 2,131 votes against the move. About 8,300 in total were eligible to vote, and the results need to be signed off by US labor officials.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • Hollywood ReporterRoku Analyst Boosts Stock Price Target on “International Growth Still in Early Innings”

        The analyst highlighted that approximately 93 percent of the world’s television households, 61 percent of TV advertising sales and 60 percent of total advertising sales are outside of the United States, per S&P-Kagan. “We believe that Roku is structured for strong long-term international share gains, with current operating system market share and revenue contribution in the very early stages,” Morris concluded.

    • Monopolies

      • India TimesMicrosoft’s cloud business targeted by EU antitrust regulators

        EU antitrust regulators are quizzing Microsoft’s rivals and customers about its cloud business and licensing deals, a questionnaire seen by Reuters showed, in a move that could lead to a formal investigation and renewed scrutiny of the U.S. software company.

        The European Commission has fined Microsoft a total 1.6 billion euros ($1.8 billion) in the previous decade for breaching EU antitrust rules and for not complying with its order to halt anti-competitive practices.

        The company found itself on the EU competition enforcer’s radar again after German software provider NextCloud, France’s OVHcloud and two other companies filed complaints about Microsoft’s cloud practices.

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