Links 04/04/2022: TeX Live 2022 and Alpine Bugfix Releases

Posted in News Roundup at 5:56 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Server

      • Arturo Borrero Gonzalez: Wikimedia Toolforge and Grid Engine

        One of the most important and successful products provided by the Wikimedia Cloud Services team at the Wikimedia Foundation is Toolforge, a hosting service commonly known in the industry as Platform as a Service (PaaS). In particular, it is a platform that allows users and developers to run and use a variety of applications with the ultimate goal of helping the Wikimedia mission from the technical side.

        Toolforge is powered by two different backend engines, Kubernetes and Grid Engine. The two backends have traditionally offered different features for tool developers. But as time moves forward we’ve learnt that Kubernetes is the future. Explaining why is the purpose of this blog post: we want to share more information and reasoning behind this mindset.

      • Red HatWriting Kubernetes Operators in Java with JOSDK, Part 3: Implementing a controller | Red Hat Developer

        Java Operator SDK (JOSDK) is an open source project that aims to simplify the task of creating Kubernetes Operators using Java. The project was started by Container Solutions and Red Hat is now a major contributor.

        The first article in this series introduced JOSDK and gave reasons for creating Operators in Java. The second article showed how the quarkus-operator-sdk extension for JOSDK, together with the Quarkus framework, facilitates the development experience by managing the custom resource definition automatically. This article focuses on adding the reconciliation logic.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Applications

      • LWNClaws Mail 4.1.0 released

        Version 4.1.0 of the Claws Mail email client is out. New features include text zooming in the message view, improvements to a number of preferences, a “keyword warner” plugin to give a warning before sending a message containing any (user-defined) keywords, and more.

        Claws Mail is a GTK+ based, user-friendly, lightweight, and fast
        email client.

      • Its FOSSCollision: An Open-Source App to Check if Your Files Were Tampered With

        Someone sends you a file, how do you verify that it’s the original one meant for you? How can you be certain that it hasn’t been tampered with?

        Moreover, how can you verify that the file comes from an original source?

        That’s where cryptographic hash functions come in. A hash function (such as SHA-1) is a checksum if it is used to verify a file. This helps you confirm whether the file has been modified or not.

      • Norbert PreiningTeX Live 2022 released | There and back again

        This year’s TeX Live release was one of the most unspectacular I can remember. No big problems, not last minute code changes, no panic updates in the last second.


        Most of the above features have been available already either via tlpretest or via regular updates, but are now fully released on the DVD version.

        Thanks goes to all the developers, builders, the great CTAN team, and everyone who has contributed to this release!

      • Its FOSSLinux Release Roundup #22.14: Ubuntu 22.04 Beta, Nitrux 2.1, Lutris 0.5.10, and More Releases – It’s FOSS News

        In the Linux Release Roundup series, we summarize the new distribution and application version releases in the past week. This keeps you informed of the latest developments in the Linux world.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Tom’s HardwareHow to Run Linux on your Chromebook

        Chromebooks have come a long way and, in certain circumstances, they are now competent productivity machines out of the box. However, sometimes you need a more full-featured operating system than Chrome OS – Linux, for example – to do your work and run offline software.

        In the past, there were many hacks to run Linux on your Chromebook, Crostini is an early example of such. But now Chrome OS has a built-in means to run Linux virtual machines with little configuration needed by the end user. Best of all, we can even run Linux GUI apps such as GIMP, Inkscape and LibreOffice.

      • TechRepublicBetter tab management in ChromeOS, thanks to desks | TechRepublic

        But when working on a Chromebook, what can you do? Sure, Google has created Tab Groups for Chrome, but that doesn’t really solve tab management in a way that makes it easy to work with a large number of tabs. However, there is another way to better manage your tabs, one that involves the virtual desks feature found in ChromeOS. It was Firefox’s poor tab management that led me to adopt this method. On Linux, I can easily create virtual desktops and then move Firefox windows for specific tasks (such as productivity, social networking, etc.) to different virtual desks. This way, instead of having so many tabs open in a window, I can spread them across windows and desktops for more effective tab management.

      • 4 Ways To Install Firefox 99 On Ubuntu / Linux Mint / AlmaLinux & Fedora | Tips On UNIX

        This tutorial will be helpful for beginners to download and install Firefox 99 on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, Ubuntu 22.04, Ubuntu 21.10, LinuxMint 20.3, Rocky Linux 8, Almalinux 8, and Fedora 35.

        Firefox or Mozilla Firefox is a free and open-source web browser developed by the Mozilla foundation and generally utilized by thousands and thousands of individuals in their daily actions.

        It is a Cross-platform web browser available for Android, Windows, macOS, iOS, and Linux systems.

        Firefox 99.0 is scheduled to be released on APRIL 5, 2022 but the source file is available for users to download ahead of tomorrow’s official launch.

      • VituxLinux lsof command explained with 12 practical examples – VITUX

        The lsof is an acronym for List of open files that displays detailed info on which files are held open on a Linux system and which processes have opened them. It was developed and supported by Victor A. Abell.

        This article will help you to understand the lsof command usage along with 12 practical examples.

      • Add temporary <1m entries to old cron
      • Install PySpark With MongoDB On Linux
      • ZDNetHow to install Ubuntu Linux (It’s easy!) | ZDNet

        Has the frustration of using the Windows operating system reached a tipping point for you? You’ve probably had to deal with random reboots to upgrade, failed upgrades, unsupported hardware, crashes, and a never-ending inflexibility and general unreliability.

        If that sounds like your experience with Windows, I’d like to introduce you to something better, more reliable, and free. Said something is Linux and it’s been my operating system of choice since 1997. Now, back in those early days, Linux was a significant challenge to use and an even greater headache to install.

      • ID RootHow To Install RawTherapee on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – idroot

        RawTherapee is a non-destructive RAW image editor available for Windows, macOS, and Linux. It is designed for developing raw files from a broad range of digital cameras and is targeted at users ranging from enthusiast newcomers who wish to broaden their understanding of how digital imaging works to professional photographers. RawTherapee supports JPEG, PNG, and TIFF as output formats for processed photos.

        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 RawTherapee photo processing application 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 Friday Night Funkin’ – Yoshi Engine on a Chromebook – Linux Version

        Today we are looking at how to install Friday Night Funkin’ – Yoshi Engine 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.

      • ID RootHow To Install Elasticsearch on Fedora 35 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Elasticsearch on Fedora 35. For those of you who didn’t know, Elasticsearch is a highly scalable open-source analytics engine and full-text search. The software supports RESTful operations that allow you to store, search, and analyze significant volumes of data quickly and in near real-time.

        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 Elasticsearch on a Fedora 35.

      • How to Install CyberPanel with OpenLiteSpeed on Ubuntu 20.04 – RoseHosting

        In this tutorial, we are going to explain in step-by-step detail how to install CyberPanel with OpenLiteSpeed as a web server on Ubuntu 20.04 OS.

        CyberPanel is a control panel powered by OpenLiteSpeed designed with a user-friendly GUI, to make work easier for developers and system administrators. CyberPanel is a control panel that offers some great features such as CSF Firewall, installations scripts for CMSes and it can work on multiple operative systems like Linux, Windows, Mac OS and etc. Openlite speed is an open-source web server that offers security high performance, used for handling huge traffic for the website. CyberPanel with OpenLiteSpeed combination is providing very powerful website performance.

        Installing CyberPanel with OpenLiteSpeed is a very easy and straightforward process. Let’s get started!

      • Linux CapableHow to Install NVIDIA Drivers on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        Most modern Linux Desktop systems such as Ubuntu come with an Nvidia driver pre-installed in the Nouveau open-source graphics device driver for Nvidia video cards. For the most part, this is acceptable; however, if you are using your Linux system for graphical design or gaming, you may get better drivers.

        Historically, the Nouveau drivers are slower than Nvidia’s proprietary drivers, lacking the latest graphics card hardware’s latest features, software technology, and support. The tutorial will cover both options.

      • Tom’s HardwareHow to Run Linux on your Chromebook | Tom’s Hardware

        Chromebooks have come a long way and, in certain circumstances, they are now competent productivity machines out of the box. However, sometimes you need a more full-featured operating system than Chrome OS – Linux, for example – to do your work and run offline software.

        In the past, there were many hacks to run Linux on your Chromebook, Crostini is an early example of such. But now Chrome OS has a built-in means to run Linux virtual machines with little configuration needed by the end user. Best of all, we can even run Linux GUI apps such as GIMP, Inkscape and LibreOffice.

    • Games

      • GamingOnLinuxSteam Deck Developer Mode does not turn off the read-only filesystem | GamingOnLinux

        It was pointed out recently that there’s been plenty of confusion on exactly what Developer Mode for the Steam Deck does. Even I’ve gotten it wrong in the past, so it’s time to set the record straight. My friend and YouTube star Gardiner recently pointed it out on Twitter, and it’s worth repeating.

        Developer Mode enables access to numerous extra options and tweaks on the Steam Deck, as the name suggests it’s primarily meant for developers and there’s a few bits and pieces in there that might help modders. It does not, however, turn off the read-only filesystem.

      • GamingOnLinuxCoromon is pretty much Pokemon for the Steam Deck | GamingOnLinux

        Love monster catching and want a bit of a Pokemon-like game for the Steam Deck (or any Linux desktop too)? Check out the newly released Coromon. Developed by TRAGsoft, it released on March 31 and thanks to Steam Play Proton, it’s working great out of the box.

        “The sun begins to dawn on Velua, a new day for the world and a new day for you, a freshly minted Battle Researcher of the global research society known as Lux Solis. It’s your first day and everything goes smoothly until a mysterious force attacks your latest workplace. Build up a squad of Coromon, track down the invaders, and grapple with a rising threat that endangers everyone on Velua!”

      • GamingOnLinuxValve might send Steam Deck purchase emails twice a week | GamingOnLinux

        Keep an even closer eye on your inbox, as Valve has announced that we might see reservation emails for the Steam Deck go out twice a week sometimes now.

        Each Monday is the usual day for new emails to go out, so people sitting waiting can finally put their Steam Deck order through. That might change some weeks, as Valve explained on Twitter today…

      • GamingOnLinuxGE-Proton gets upgraded with Feral GameMode added (updated) | GamingOnLinux

        GE-Proton, the unofficial community-built version of the Proton compatibility layer has a new version out (and some hotfixes). Quick primer: Proton is a compatibility layer from Valve (who work with CodeWeavers), that runs Windows games on Linux and Steam Deck. Need more info on Steam Play and Proton? Check out our page.

        This version of Proton, named GE-Proton (formerly Proton-GE), pulls in fixes faster but it comes without the quality assurance the official version has. It also has a fix a lot of people enjoy to enable videos in some games to work properly, where they don’t with the official Proton.

      • Boiling SteamSteam Deck Laptop: Awesome DIY – Boiling Steam

        You know now that the Steam Deck is formidable gaming device (with more than 2000 games validated now), but since it’s designed to be open, it can be turned into a “steam deck laptop” as well, with the desktop mode and the fact that you can add flatpaks for pretty much any kind of application. Of course, a 800p screen is going to be of very limited use, but should be on the go and need something to do some ssh into a remote machine, or typing some kind of document or piece of code, the Steam Deck could fit the bill… as long as you have a proper keyboard attached to it.

    • Distributions

      • Zorin OS Core 16.1 – A Linux Distro for Windows & Mac Users [Ed: Older review, reposted]

        Since the advent of Linux’s grand entrance into the PC space back in 1993, has been an insurgency of operating systems and that time also happened to be the wake of a technological-oriented generation adopting computers at a much faster pace than ever before.

        In the light of this fact, Debian took off grandly (two years after Linux was born) and through it, a staggering 200 independent distributions have poured out – thanks to Ian Murdock.

      • New Releases

      • Gentoo Family

        • New Gentoo LiveGUI ISO and artwork / branding contest!

          After a long break, we now have again a weekly LiveGUI ISO image for amd64 available! The 4.7 GB download, suitable for DVD burning or an USB stick, boots directly into KDE Plasma and comes with a ton of up-to-date software. This ranges from office applicactions such as LibreOffice, Inkscape, and Gimp all the way to many system administrator tools.

          Now, we need your help! Let’s make this the coolest and most beautiful Linux live image ever. We’re calling for submissions of artwork, themes, actually anything from a desktop background to a boot manager animation, on the topic of Gentoo! The winning entry will be added as default setting to the official LiveGUI images, and also be available for download and installation.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Top 8 YUM/DNF ThirdParty Repositories for RHEL-Based Linux

          YUM (Yellowdog Updater Modified) is an open-source, widely used command-line and graphical-based package management tool for RPM (RedHat Package Manager) based Linux systems, including, but not limited to, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), CentOS, Scientific Linux (SL), Oracle Linux (OL), Rocky Linux and AlmaLinux, which is used to install, update, remove or search software packages on a system.

          The DNF command (Dandified yum) is the next-generation version of the traditional YUM package manager for RedHat-based systems.

          To install software packages that are not included in the default base and update repositories, as well as additional repositories, you need to install and enable other third-party repositories on your system.

        • Red Hat OfficialPostgreSQL load tuning on Red Hat Enterprise Linux

          If your PostgresSQL database is running slowly, you might be wondering how you can tune your Red Hat Enterprise Linux server for a PostgreSQL database workload. In this post, I’ll walk you through how a customer tuned PostgreSQL for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL).

          First, let me give you the scenario: A physical server which has 160 logical CPUs and 3TB RAM (yes, you read that right) was having difficulty handling a load of 1,200+ running applications, all of which used PostgreSQL 9.6 as a database.

          All those applications run on a very big Red Hat OpenShift cluster, and in some situations the active connections scaled up to the maximum configured in PostgreSQL, making applications unable to access the database. When applications start to crash, a chain reaction occurs, caused by the OpenShift Liveness and Readiness probes, which worsens the problem.

        • Red Hat OfficialLinux troubleshooting commands: 4 tools for DNS name resolution problems [Ed: Those are not Linux commands. Linux is a kernel, it's not for commands.]

          Find out what’s stopping you from accessing a server, printer, or another network resource with these four Linux troubleshooting commands.

        • Red Hat OfficialUsing Podman 4.0′s new features, avoiding YAML errors, and more tips for sysadmins | Enable Sysadmin

          March 2022 was another excellent month for Enable Sysadmin. During the month, we published 24 new articles and received more than 836,000 reads from nearly 568,000 readers across the site.

          Today, we are looking back at our top 10 articles of March to give you a chance to catch up on any of the great content you might have missed. In this list, you will see various topics covered, and we are confident that some, if not all, will be of interest to you.

        • Enterprisers Project5 ways digital transformation drives customer success [Ed: Tossing in fictional numbers to encourage companies to spend on making things worse, more complex]

          According to a November 2021 Statista report, digital transformation spending in the U.S. is expected to reach $1.8 trillion in 2022 and $2.8 trillion by 2025. These statistics underscore why digital transformation has become a priority for every organization.

        • Enterprisers Project5 things CIOs should know about cloud service providers [Ed: IBM pushing traps, outsourcing and surveillance in "clown computing"]
        • CentOSCentOS Hyperscale SIG Quarterly Report for 2022Q1

          This report covers work that happened between January 1st and April 4th. For previous work, see the 2021Q4 report.

        • Business WireRed Hat Adds Common Criteria Certification for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8
        • HPC WireRed Hat Adds Common Criteria Certification for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8

          A Common Criteria Certification is intended to provide a level of assurance that a product meets a certain security criteria for specific computing environments. A component of the validation is rigorous, standardized and repeatable testing by any independent third party and provides common ground for sensitive computing operations at an international level.

          For Common Criteria, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.2 was certified by the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP), with testing and validation completed by Acumen Security, a U.S. government-accredited laboratory. The platform was tested and validated against the Common Criteria Standard for Information Security Evaluation (ISO/IEC 15408) against version 4.2.1 of the NIAP General Purpose Operating System Protection Profile including Extended Package for Secure Shell (SSH), version 1.0 and is the latest Red Hat Enterprise Linux version to appear on the NIAP Product Compliant List.

      • Debian Family

        • Ben Hutchings: Debian LTS work, March 2022

          In March I was assigned 16 hours of work by Freexian’s Debian LTS initiative and carried over 8 hours from February. I worked 16 hours, and will carry over the remaining time to April.

        • Your apps sugestions – SparkyLinux

          As a one-man army that creates SparkyLinux, I would like you to write down a wish list of applications you would like to see in Sparky and what it would be used for. Of course, assuming Sparky is going to be light and fast, so applications cannot be heavy and must be open source.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Real-time Analytics News for Week Ending April 2

          Canonical, the publisher of Ubuntu, announced the general availability of OpenStack Yoga on Ubuntu 22.04 Long Term Support (LTS) beta and Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. This new version of OpenStack (the 25th release) sets a foundation for next-generation, highly performant infrastructure using SmartNIC cards and integrating them with the Neutron Open Virtual Network (OVN) driver. With OpenStack network components running on SmartNICs, users benefit from lower latency, higher throughput, and better quality of services.

        • UbuntuZero-ops scaling Kubernetes storage with MicroK8s and OpenEBS Mayastor | Ubuntu

          Kubernetes is well-known as an open-source system for automating deployment, scaling and management of containerised applications. As such, it uses concepts such as Pods and Deployments to abstract away details regarding the underlying compute, networking and storage infrastructure.

          Storage is abstracted as PersistentVolumes (a volume that is provisioned in the underlying infrastructure) and PersistentVolumeClaims (a claim for a pod that uses a persistent volume) resources. Typically, running a Kubernetes cluster also involves running a CSI provisioner, which watches for PersistentVolumeClaims and automatically provisions the requested volumes.

          There are a large number of CSI drivers available. For example, if running Kubernetes on top of AWS, one would most likely use the aws-ebs-csi-driver. If running Kubernetes on-premises or in an OpenStack cloud, cinder-csi-driver would be more appropriate. If running on-premises and a Ceph cluster is available, ceph-csi could also be used.

          While this solves the storage problems for Kubernetes users, it moves the hurdle of managing everything to the administrators of the Kubernetes cluster, as well as the Kubernetes distribution.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • MedevelMinska is a free web app to track weight and calories

        Minska is released under MIT license.

      • MedevelRowy is your open-source Airtable alternative

        Airtable is a cloud low-code collaboration service for teams to create, and manage data-oriented projects.

        Rowy is an open-source Airtable-like UI for your database and to build serverless cloud functions visually in the context of your data.

        Rowy can be installed in Google Cloud Platform in matter of secs. Soon as it is deployed, it does not require any learning curve to start building apps and managing your data.


        Rowy is released and distributed under Apache-2.0 License.

      • MedevelArchiveBox is an open-source self-hosted web archiving system for the web and the desktop

        ArchiveBox is a web-based self-hosted web archiving system that you can use to record and archive online links, web pages, and media pages in a single database.

        With ArchiveBox you can have your collection saved, share them or keep them private for your own use.

        Moreover, It is an open-source, easy to setup, install, configure and use. Anyone can install it and start using it directly from their servers.

        ArchiveBox comes with a command-line app that works directly from your terminal, a web application that works seamlessly in all modern browsers, and a new released desktop app (in Alpha stage) that works for Windows, Linux, and macOS.


        ArchiveBox is released as an open-source project under MIT license.

      • Apache BlogThe Apache Weekly News Round-up: week ending 1 April 2022

        Welcome, April –we’re opening the month with another great week.


        Apache Code Snapshot – Over the past week, 352 Apache Committers changed 26,605,053 lines of code over 3,949 commits. Top 5 contributors, in order, are: Jean-Baptiste Onofré, Brent Bovenzi, Jarek Potiuk, Gary Gregory, and Andrea Cosentino.

      • Apache BlogThe Apache Software Foundation Welcomes 52 New Members : The Apache Software Foundation Blog

        The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) welcomes the following new Members who were elected during the annual ASF Members’ Meeting on 1 and 3 March 2022…

      • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

        • What is Miklos hacking – Clearing breaks in Writer

          Writer now supports what we call clearing breaks: a new property on line breaks which controls where to put the next line in case the line break is at the end of a line which intersects with an anchored object. This feature improves compatibility with the DOCX and HTML formats.

      • FSF

        • FSFFSF job opportunity: program manager — Free Software Foundation — Working together for free software

          The Free Software Foundation (FSF), a Massachusetts 501(c)(3) charity with a worldwide mission to protect computer user freedom, seeks a motivated and talented Boston-based individual to be our full-time program manager.

          Reporting to the executive director, the program manager co-leads our campaigns team. This position develops and promotes longer-term resources and advocacy programs related to increasing the use of free software and expanding and advancing the free software movement. The program manager plays a key role in external communications, fundraising, member engagement, and special events.

        • FSFContract opportunity: Bookkeeper — Free Software Foundation — Working together for free software

          The Free Software Foundation (FSF), a Massachusetts 501(c)(3) charity with a worldwide mission to protect computer user freedom, seeks a motivated and talented Boston-based individual to provide bookkeeping and financial operations support. This is a temporary, part-time contract opportunity with potential for additional hours and/or extension.

        • GNU Projects

      • Programming/Development

        • PR WebWilderness Labs brings the Meadow.IoT platform to Embedded Linux [Ed:.NET? No, thanks.]

          Wilderness Labs releases Meadow.Linux, enabling 10MM+ .NET developers to rapidly build secure, enterprise-grade IoT solutions on millions of in-market Embedded-Linux hardware devices using Meadow.Foundation and .NET languages such as C#.

        • Epic Programming Jokes Only Programmers Will Get | Itsubuntu.com

          There are only two kinds of programming languages out there. The ones people complain about and the ones no one uses.

        • Important: New toolchain requirements to build LLVM will (most likely) be landing within a week. Prepare your buildbots

          It seems likely that we will raise the toolchain version requirements later this week or beginning of next one. This message is a heads up for the buildbot owners and other people that build LLVM directly from main to make preparations for this migration.

        • Perl/Raku

          • Rakulang2022.14 Comma Completer – Rakudo Weekly News

            Oleksandr Kyriukhin announced a new version of Comma Complete, the IDE for the Raku Programming Language. With detection of possible hangs in grammars and direct support for the new Raku ecosystems (zef and REA). Check it out, especially if you’re into using Integrated Development Environments and you haven’t checked out Comma yet!

        • Python

          • Pragmatic LinuxHow to create an array of strings in Python – PragmaticLinux

            Looking for a way to create and array of strings in Python? You came to the right place. This hands-on article explains several ways of how to create an array of strings in Python. It includes example code snippets to demonstrate how to loop over the array elements as well.

        • Rust

        • Java

          • OpenSource.comExtend Kubernetes service discovery with Stork and Quarkus | Opensource.com

            In traditional monolithic architecture, applications already knew where the backend services existed through static hostnames, IP addresses, and ports. The IT operation team maintained the static configurations for service reliability and system stability. This Day 2 operation has significantly changed since microservices began running in distributed networking systems. The change happened because microservices need to communicate with multiple backend services to improve the load balancing and service resiliency.

  • Leftovers

    • Re: Is There A Better Hard Drive Metaphor?

      I sorta disagree with the characterization of “[computers] have just a processor, RAM and other_devices[]” as being incorrect. If you’re a language that is intended to be used outside of the standard desktop computer, you’ll likely encounter setups with any combination (including none) of the following devices:
      * TTY input
      * TTY output
      * Display
      * Audio-out
      * USB and other IO ports
      * Networking
      * Block devices—how many and how big? what kind are they—punch cards, magnetic tape (high-speed LTO or old 9-tracks?), HDDs, SSDs? Are they read-only or R/W or even write-only? Are they buffered? Are they random-access?

    • The Mouse Pointer

      The reason why I wrote this thing is that I was genuinely surprised that the display can do a whole lot more than just a number with a colour on it. It’s in fact an entire computer behind the display, just to display a number.

    • Education

      • Distractions stopping you doing the basics right

        Amongst the most expensive activities in a modern society is education. Yet while teaching professionals like to think they are objective in the way they approach their sensitive task, there are always shiny distractions that attract the attentional of educators away from the basics of managing complex social interactions. With a relentless focus on ‘academic success’, managers in schools are always on the lookout for the next drop of fairy dust to sprinkle onto their school’s teachers. A nice, clean, top-down management intervention is an attractive way to appear effective in their role, but without a decent grasp of the changes required it is easy to make lessons less effective than before the intervention.

        Before introducing new structures to guide and constrain teachers, it is important then to survey what it is that teachers are doing in the classrooms already and work out where the easy wins are. Teachers are time constrained, and anything that takes up attention or time will push out other tasks. There is an opportunity cost of imposing interventions beyond the training needs: unintended consequences can hinder effective approaches as easily as poor ones.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Pseudo-Open Source

          • Privatisation/Privateering

            • Linux Foundation

              • Linux Foundation’s Site/BlogQuestion from the New Guy! [Ed: Starting at ‘Linux’ Foundation by promoting Microsoft proprietary software]

                “Here’s a question from the new guy”. I have been using this a lot the past few weeks after starting here at the Linux Foundation as the lead editor and content manager. How long can I pull that off?

                The reality is that I am new to working professionally in open source software – and really the software/technology industry. But, it has been a long time passion of mine. I spent my formative years in the 1980s and had a drive to learn to program computers. When I was 12, I asked my mom for a computer. Her response, “you have to learn to type first”.

        • Security

          • LWNSecurity updates for Monday [LWN.net]

            Security updates have been issued by Debian (asterisk, qemu, and zlib), Fedora (389-ds-base, ghc-cmark-gfm, ghc-hakyll, gitit, libkiwix, openssl, pandoc, pandoc-citeproc, patat, phoronix-test-suite, seamonkey, and skopeo), Mageia (libtiff, openjpeg2, and php-smarty), openSUSE (python), Oracle (httpd), Red Hat (httpd), and SUSE (libreoffice, python, and python36).

          • QtSecurity advisory: Recently reported Chromium “Type confusion” issue impacts Qt WebEngine

            Google has recently reported that Chromium has a security issue – Type confusion in the V8 JavaScript engine – which is reported in a bit more detail here: https://chromereleases.googleblog.com/2022/03/stable-channel-update-for-desktop_25.html. This has been assigned the CVE id CVE-2022-1096.

          • VideoEnterprise Linux Security Episode 24 – The Latest on Lapsus$ – Invidious

            The situation surrounding Lapsus$ is becoming more and more interesting, and in this episode of Enterprise Linux Security Jay and Joao discuss the latest developments regarding the group that has caused quite a ruckus recently.

          • Bruce SchneierWyze Camera Vulnerability – Schneier on Security

            Wyze ignored a vulnerability in its home security cameras for three years. Bitdefender, who discovered the vulnerability, let the company get away with it.

          • The VergeI’m done with Wyze

            I just threw my Wyze home security cameras in the trash. I’m done with this company.

            I just learned that for the past three years, Wyze has been fully aware of a vulnerability in its home security cameras that could have theoretically let hackers access your video feeds over the internet — but chose to sweep it under the rug. And the security firm that found the vulnerability largely let them do it.

    • Defence/Aggression

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • VoxVM Review [Ed: So SPAM has come to Gemini]

        I *did* get sponsored to promote VoxVM, but that is related to my Youtube channel. My sponsorship will not influence what is being said here, since I find it unethical to spread misinformation.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • AccessNowUpdates: Digital rights in the Russia-Ukraine conflict – Access Now

        Apr 4, 2022: Social media algorithms are dictating what people can and cannot see in and from Russia and Ukraine

        Evidence of atrocities committed in Bucha and Irpen has shaken the international community. Terrifying photos and videos from these Kyiv suburb cities freed from Russian occupation were shared across various media outlets and social networks. Documented killings of civilians, traces of torture, pillaging of civilian property and possessions, and other war crimes flooded Facebook, Twitter, and Telegram, shining the international spotlight on the horrors unfolding. But then, Instagram began blocking content.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • AccessNowThe government must commit to ensuring access to an open internet and free social media in crisis-hit Sri Lanka – Access Now

        The people of Sri Lanka are facing an attack by President Rajapaksa’s administration on their freedom of expression amid a state of emergency, curfews, and worsening economic crises. On Sunday, 3 April, correlating with widespread public demonstrations against the president’s declaration of a state of emergency, the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission on the orders of the Ministry of Defence shut down social media services, including Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, and WhatsApp in Sri Lanka. The ban on social media services was lifted after 15 hours, but this is not enough — the government must commit to open, accessible internet for all.

        “There is no justification for blocking access to social media in Sri Lanka,” said Raman Jit Singh Chima, Asia Pacific Policy Director and Senior International Counsel at Access Now. “It is not enough to merely lift the ban after depriving people of an avenue to exercise their right to free speech during a critical period. President Rajapaksa’s administration and the independent telecom regulator must provide strong reassurance to the people, and commit to refraining from taking any action to hinder people’s right to access the internet. You cannot silence a nation simply because you don’t like their criticism.”

    • Monopolies

      • Copyrights

        • Public Domain Review5.2 Million Book Illustrations Deleted from Flickr — Help Get Them Back – The Public Domain Review

          Imagine a corner of the internet, free to all, where you could search, browse, and download from an archive of more than 5 million illustrations extracted from public domain books? And more than that, improve metadata by tagging and commenting, and contribute to findability by favouriting and saving images to your own publicly-accessible galleries? This very special space was the Internet Archive Book Images account on Flickr: The Commons.

Linux Foundation Has a New Lead Editor. Like Jim Zemlin, He Doesn’t Use Linux. He’s in Love with iPad.

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux at 2:36 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Published two hours ago:


“And, for the record,” he says “I already had a GitHub repo before starting here.”

So you need to create an account for Microsoft proprietary software to prove suitability for Linux Foundation?

Oh, wait, did he ever use Linux? Doubtful.


Links 04/04/2022: Gentoo MIPS Stages

Posted in News Roundup at 1:11 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • 9to5Linux9to5Linux Weekly Roundup: April 3rd, 2022

      This week we were busy test driving the beta releases of the upcoming Fedora Linux 36 and Ubuntu 22.04 LTS distributions, but we also got lots of new updates, starting with GParted 1.4, LibreOffice 7.3.2, Lutris 0.5.10, Claws Mail 4.1, and Shotcut 22.03.10, and continuing with KDE Plasma 5.24.4, Porteus Kiosk 5.4, Deepin 20.5, Finnix 124, and Nitrux 2.1.

      On top of that, I take a look at the latest Xfce app releases in March 2022 and notify Ubuntu users about a new Linux kernel security update for their systems. You can enjoy this and much more in 9to5Linux’s Linux weekly roundup for April 3rd, 2022, below!

    • Kernel Space

    • Applications

      • LinuxiacXfce Terminal 1.0 Stable Release Is Out Full of Improvements

        After 15 months, a new stable release of Xfce Terminal 1.0 is available, packed with improvements for everyone to enjoy!

        A terminal emulator is a program that lets you use a terminal in a graphical environment. Because most people use an operating system with a graphical user interface (GUI) for their day-to-day computer needs, most Linux users require a terminal emulator.

        Fortunately, the open-source community offers us a wide selection of these, including the rapidly gaining popularity of GPU-Accelerated terminal emulators.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Linux CapableHow to Install KTorrent on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        KTorrent is a BitTorrent application that can be used to download files using the BitTorrent protocol. It has multiple features that make it a full-featured client for BitTorrent, and it can be run simultaneously with numerous torrents. Some of its features include: creating torrents, managing torrents, adding trackers, choosing a port number, setting up speed limits, etc. KTorrent is available on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux operating systems.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install KTorrent on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish. The tutorial will use the command line terminal with complete steps to install the official repository and tips on updating and removing the software securely and adequately.

      • How to Install and Enable SSH server on Fedora 35 – NextGenTips

        Secure Shell Protocol (SSH) is a cryptographic network protocol for operating network services securely over an unsecured network. Notably used for remote logins and command-line execution. SSH protects the privacy and integrity of the transferred data or files over a network. It helps block sniffing attacks on the network. In this tutorial, I will show you how to install and enable the SSH server on fedora 35.

        Before we can install the SSH server, we first need to understand how this server works. It mostly works on the client/server model. The SSH client initiates the setup of a secure connection and the SSH server listens to the incoming connection on TCP port 22 and makes a response. The server then authenticates itself to the client by providing the public key. This allows the client to know it is communicating with the correct server.

      • Trend OceansHow to Stop/Remove multiple docker containers at once – TREND OCEANS

        When you are running a couple of containers, it’s okay to stop or remove containers one by one, but it’s not feasible when you are running multiple microservice containers.

        In my instance, I have a bunch of microservices that get deployed and stacked together. In total, I have more than 25+ service containers running and now I want to stop them. What command should I run to stop or remove all Docker containers at once?

        It’s not a big deal; you can remove or stop containers at once by running a single command, which is the confluence of multiple commands.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Nomacs on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        Nomacs is an open-source, free image viewer that supports multiple platforms. You can use it for viewing all standard formats, including RAW and PSD files, by tapping on the widget with additional information such as thumbnails or histograms revealed beneath its semi-transparent surface – no need to open up another app!

        The imaging software also contains many features, such as it can be used to adjust the brightness, contrast, and hue of an image while maintaining saturation. It also has a pseudo color function that allows you to create false colors studies in one go with ease! Another unique feature about nomac’s software is its ability for multiple instances where it will sync up any changes made from different zoom levels or panning motions, so they match perfectly on screen at all times – making review sessions much more informative than before as well because viewers can see exactly how things changed when zooming around inside each photo frame.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install uGet on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        uGet is a lightweight download manager perfect for those who want to speed up their downloads without installing a bloated program. It’s also open-source, which means the code is available for anyone who wants to take a look and make modifications as they see fit. This could be great news if you are looking for a specific feature that is not currently offered by uGet or if you are encountering any problems with the program.

        uGet comes packaged as a portable Windows app and an installer for GNU/Linux users. This makes it easy to use regardless of your operating system preference and allows you to keep it on your USB drive to take it with you wherever you go.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install or upgrade to the latest version of the uGet download manager on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using a recommended Launchpad PPA repository by the uGet team to provide the most up-to-date version using the command line terminal.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install MyPaint on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        MyPaint is a free, open-source digital painting program that you can edit your artwork. It has many features for easy to create backgrounds and figures on canvas or paper! For users migrating from Windows and using the native paint program, this feels similar to it but has much more features.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install MyPaint on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using two different methods, which are APT with Ubuntu’s default repository or the Flatpak third-party package manager using the command line terminal.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Geeqie on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        Geeqie is a simple and easy-to-use image viewer that can be used on any Linux system. It has many features, including a thumbnail view, zoom capabilities with adjustable magnifications for every detail in an image, and filters to help you find what type of picture it may contain more quickly than ever!

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Geeqie on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish. The tutorial will use the command line terminal with complete steps to install the official repository and tips on updating and removing the software securely and adequately.

      • Linux Shell TipsHow to Download Files with Wget Command in Linux

        Wget command is a command-line tool that downloads files over the internet to your Linux system. It accepts multiple options which alter the nature of the file download such as saving a file with a different name, downloading a file to a specified location on the Linux system other than the present working directory, limiting the bandwidth and so much more.

        In our guide, we explore different wget command usage examples in Linux.

      • Linux Shell TipsHow to Install Webmin Admin Tool on Debian 10/11

        Being a Linux enthusiast only has pros. There are more than enough Linux operating systems to play around with or explore. Linux server administration and management skills are important for the configuration of your Linux operating system internals like files, services, disk quotas, and users.

        However, one can only get so far with Linux server administration and management due to the need to master and execute Linux command sequences set to meet certain objectives.

        Web admin creates a compartmentalization experience as you explore Linux server management and administration. You do not need to walk around with Linux OS commands manually to check the status of your Linux server machines.

      • FOSSBytesHow To Install Wine On Linux?

        Wine is an incredible tool that can help you install Windows apps on Linux, but how exactly can you install it on your Linux PC? In this article, we’ll be looking at installing Wine on all Linux distributions.

        For those who don’t know how Wine works or what it means, Wine stands for “Wine is not an emulator” (Yep, Linux nerds love recursions), and it’s a program that uses the Windows API along with other libraries to install and run Windows apps (.exe files) on Linux.

      • Linux HandbookHow to Delete Multiple Lines in Vim

        Want to delete multiple lines or all lines or all empty lines in Vim? Here are a few tips to know about line deletion in Vim.

      • Export And Import KVM Virtual Machines In Linux – OSTechNix

        In this article, I will walk you through the steps to export the KVM virtual machine disk and configurations and later import them into the same machine or into a different machine. I will also show you how to export and import KVM virtual machines with a Bash script.

      • ID RootHow To Install Eye of GNOME on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Eye of GNOME on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Eye of GNOME is the default image viewer for the GNOME desktop environment within Linux. It integrates with the GIMP ToolKit (GTK) look and feel of GNOME and supports various image formats such as BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, SVG, TIFF, and many more for viewing single images or images in a collection.

        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 Eye of GNOME image viewer 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.

      • ID RootHow To Install Ruby on Rails on AlmaLinux 8 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Ruby on Rails on AlmaLinux 8. For those of you who didn’t know, Ruby on Rails, or Rails, is an open-source web application development framework written in Ruby programming language. Rails is a server-side web application framework that facilitates the use of web standards. It is a full-stack web framework that uses the model-view-controller (MVC) pattern. Ruby on Rails is used by notable organizations such as GitHub, Crunchbase, Bloomberg, 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 Ruby on Rails open-source web framework on AlmaLinux 8. You can follow the same instructions for Fedora, RHEL, CentOS, and Rocky Linux distributions.

      • nixCraftDebian 11 Set Up OpenVPN Server In 5 Minutes
      • TechRepublicHow to install the MongoDB GUI Compass and connect to a remote server | TechRepublic

        MongoDB is one of the more popular NoSQL databases on the market (with over 50% of the market share). This database is a great option for enterprise businesses or any company looking to leverage massive data sets.

      • OpenSource.comHow I use the Git for-each-ref command for DevOps | Opensource.com

        For most of today’s developers, using Git is akin to breathing, in that you can’t live without it. Along with version control, Git’s use has even expanded in recent years into the area of GitOps, or managing and versioning configurations through Git. What a lot of users don’t realize or think about is that Git tracks not only file changes for each commit but also a lot of meta-data around commits and branches. Your DevOps can leverage this data or automate IT operations using software development best practices, such as with CI/CD.

    • Games

      • GamingOnLinuxRetroDECK is another solution for emulation gaming on Steam Deck | GamingOnLinux

        Was EmuDeck not to your liking? Perhaps RetroDECK might be what you’re after for retro emulation on the Steam Deck.

        Unlike EmuDeck that has you install multiple things in a list, and have them all separated, the idea of RetroDECK is more to bring a “one-click experience, and to separate retrogames from steam library” the developer says. It comes as a Flatpak to install, and from there it should have everything bundled together. Inspired by the likes of 351ELEC (what it’s forked from), EmuELEC, CoreELEC, Lakka, and Batocera.

      • GamingOnLinuxMeifumado is an action game set in a post-apocalyptic world inspired by Japan | GamingOnLinux

        Love your pixel-art side-scrolling action RPGs? Keep an eye on Meifumado, as it looks pretty good and it will be coming to Linux the developer has confirmed. It recently had a successful Kickstarter campaign, where Old Bit Studio raised $48,018 to bring out the full version.

      • GamingOnLinuxA Short Hike gets Steam Deck Support, and a 99 player multiplayer mod | GamingOnLinux

        You can now go on A Short Hike wherever you want with the Steam Deck and perhaps bring along a whole lot of friends too. More about it: Hike, climb, and soar through the peaceful mountainside landscapes of Hawk Peak Provincial Park. Follow the marked trails or explore the backcountry as you make your way to the summit. Along the way, meet other hikers, discover hidden treasures, and take in the world around you.

      • GamingOnLinuxOnline platformer DDraceNetwork gets Vulkan support | GamingOnLinux

        DDraceNetwork, a free and open source online co-op platformer now has Vulkan API integrated as of the latest update. Starting off life as a simple mod for Teeworlds, nowadays it’s a popular standalone multiplayer platformer that can be quite the challenge.

        Seems it’s remaining somewhat popular too, especially with the Steam release, which sees over 2,000 players online at a time every day. Might not sound like a lot but it’s more than the likes of some much more well-known indie and AAA titles, so it is pretty impressive.

      • GamingOnLinuxLila’s Sky Ark gets a great new trailer and releases April 21 | GamingOnLinux

        Lila’s Sky Ark from Monolith of Minds is a standalone prequel story to their previous game Resolutiion and it looks absolutely gorgeous.

        “Lila’s psychedelic world is in grave danger. Help her and her eccentric friends stop the Conductor’s minions from destroying all things musical and magical in this meditative action-adventure game.

      • GamingOnLinuxKitsune Zero DLC announced for Super Bernie World | GamingOnLinux

        Super Bernie World, a free platformer that released back in 2020, is getting a paid DLC named Kitsune Zero. It’s going to be a prequel to their upcoming platformer Kitsune Tails, which takes inspiration from platformers later in the 8-bit generation, that will release in 2023.

        “Run, jump, and stomp on ghostlike creatures from Japanese folklore lurking in the countryside and castles. Collect powerups that make Yumi grow in size, grant fireball abilities, and make her invincible for a short time. Gather the necessary ingredients to break the pact’s magic and take down the leader of the samurai clan to end the war.

      • GamingOnLinuxPatrick’s Parabox is an absolutely brilliant mind-bending puzzle game out now | GamingOnLinux

        Patrick’s Parabox is a puzzle game about boxes within boxes, it’s an absolute gem and I’ve had a fantastic time playing through this one.

      • VideoEveryone’s got the wrong idea about Dev Mode on the Steam Deck. – Invidious

        Unlocking the Steam Deck’s Filesystem is NOT OKAY, but Dev Mode is perfectly fine. You (probably) have no idea what Dev Mode does on the Steam Deck. I’m here to clear this up.

      • Ubuntu Pit5 Best Space Games for Linux: Play To Explore the Universe

        Exploring the universe is the most common desire of the curious young generation. But that is just a dream, and pretty much difficult to make it true. However, most probably, that’s the reason space games are always so popular among the young generation. When you are exploring a world, you must need a big screen. So, you will love to enjoy those games on your PC. However, if you are a Linux user and want to enjoy some space games for Linux, stick to us till the end of this article.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • Linux Links36 Excellent GNOME Desktop Extensions (Updated 2022)

          Freedom of choice is a central plank of open source software. It should be the user who decides how their computer is configured. That’s very relevant when choosing and configuring a desktop environment. One of Linux’s best features is its modularity.

          Extensibility relates to the ability to customize a desktop environment to an individual’s preferences and tastes. This flexibility is offered by themes, extensions, and applets. The principle provides for enhancements without impairing existing system functions.

    • Distributions

      • Core 2 duo

        I’ve installed Alpine on it and carried on with my day to day work. Mostly I
        program my own ERP system that I actually started build on this exact computer.
        Programming a TUI application works fine, however since I also try to sell the
        ERP system, there’s also an web interface and that is horrible slow. Running a
        modern chrome browser is slow. It works and I can use most sites, including
        youtube however it’s noticable slower and even a bit too slow to use.

      • Reviews

        • Distro WatchReview: MassOS 2022.03 and Neptune 7.0

          For being such a young project, MassOS impressed me in a number of ways. The developer really understands the benefit of documentation. The steps for downloading, installing, and updating the system are all documented in detail, often with screenshots. The documentation is well organized and pleasantly to the point. In other words, we’re told how to do things and spared the developer’s philosophical views and marketing pitch.

          MassOS is super fast, I’m not sure I’ve ever encountered a distribution running Xfce which performed this well. The distribution has managed to disable or avoid installing almost everything it doesn’t need while including the basics most people will want. For me, at least, I was able to accomplish most tasks with the software included and a couple of Flatpaks. I suspect, were I to use MassOS longer, I’d eventually run into trouble when it came time to install more obscure development tools and command line items, but I could probably work around that by using a third-party package manager such as Nix.

          Finally, I really like the dark, fairly minimal interface. I like Xfce as it walks a nice line between capable and customizable. I like its balance of performance and features. I like that MassOS includes a dark theme which seems consistent across the included utilities. The desktop felt almost immediately comfortable for me – a few conveniences were presented and then it got out of my way.

          There are just two drawbacks I see to MassOS after a day of use. One is that it has a text installer. Which, for me, isn’t really a problem, but it gives the distribution a legacy vibe that could scare off some people. Shifting to another installer, such as Calamares, would probably attract more users.

          The second drawback is the lack of a built-in package manager. We may not need one for acquiring desktop software, but it would be nice to have a way to install small security updates. Getting the user to download and execute a script isn’t an ideal way to provide new versions of software. At the minimum, I think the shell script for performing updates should be included by default.

          However, this lack of package manager aside, MassOS is surprisingly mature for a young project. It’s fast, it seemed to be stable, it worked well with my hardware, and it’s practically documented. I really hope the developer keeps working on this as, with a few small changes, I’d feel very much at home with this distribution.

      • Gentoo Family

        • Gentoo MIPS stages are back!

          After a long break, we finally have up-to-date Gentoo stages for the MIPS architecture available for download again!
          The weekly builds cover at the moment for 32-bit mips2 and mips32, for 64-bit mips3 and mips64 in o32, n32, and n64 ABI – and all that for both big and little endian. Should be good as a start for just about every hardware out there.

      • Slackware Family

        • DedoimedoSlackware 15 – The old brigade

          Like I said earlier, this is a short review, more of a cautious sampling of what Slackware can do. I am thinking of perhaps trying it on a “real” laptop, complete with Nvidia graphics and whatnot, to see how it’s going to cope with an existing, somewhat complex partition layout and proprietary drivers. After all, if you can’t use your hardware, and installing software is a pain, then the rest doesn’t matter.

          I do like the spartan approach, but it’s also not feasible for most people out there. Even if you can get through the installation, the day-to-day usage needs to be simple and elegant. I don’t know how accessible Slackware is when it comes to more complex things. I am mulling that endeavor still, and it could be an interesting little exercise. Anyway, so far so good. Not bad, but definitely nerdy and true to its original mission.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

      • Debian Family

        • Current challenges for the OpenPGP keyserver network. Is there a way forward?

          This talk is titled “Current challenges for the OpenPGP keyserver network. Is there a way forward?,” and was presented at LibrePlanet 2022 by Gunnar Wolf.

          Gunnar is a free software user and promoter since 1995, Debian developer since 2003, and, from 2009, is now part of the Debian keyring-maintainers group.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • Notebook CheckThe F(x)tec Pro1-X takes a step closer to shipping but it may miss its April 2022 target date – NotebookCheck.net News

        F(x)tec is gradually gearing to mass-produce the Pro1-X, a smartphone that it and XDA Developers hoped to ship in March 2021. As we discussed last February, F(x)tec delayed Pro1-X shipments by six months to August, which has since slipped to April 2022. Unfortunately, it seems unlikely that F(x)tec will hit its revised deadline, either.

        Instead, trial assembly of the Pro1-X has started in Shenzhen. While the company is light on details, it has shared two videos showing the Pro1-X being manufactured. Apparently, the F(x)tec team have spent the rest of this week ‘continuously monitoring the production process’ to determine any problems before the company begins mass production. F(x)tec has not stated from when it would mass-produce the Pro1-X, though. Presumably, it will only do so if its trial assembly period is successful.

        Meanwhile, F(x)tec has certified the Pro1-X with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the US. Unsurprisingly, the FCC’s documents do not provide any new details about the Pro1-X. However, they are another step in the right direction for F(x)tec and the Pro1-X, its massive delays notwithstanding.

        To recap, the F(x)tec still relies on the Snapdragon 662, plus up to 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. Arguably, the smartphone’s biggest feature is its slide-out keyboard, which will be compatible with Android and Ubuntu Touch. F(x)tec will also sell replacement batteries and displays, unlike most Android OEMs.

      • CNX SoftwareEben Upton expands on Raspberry Pi shortage – CNX Software

        As you may have noticed, Raspberry Pi boards may get hard to get and/or be sold at excessive prices by some resellers. Eben Upton explains the reasons behind the Raspberry Pi Shortage and provides some recommendations to work around the shortage and high prices.

        Raspberry Pi Trading is still manufacturing around 500,000 Raspberry Pi boards or modules per month despite the global semiconductors shortage, and the issue they face is more of a demand shock than a supply shock with demand for Raspberry Pi products having increased sharply from the start of 2021 and remains unabated as the supply chain can not handle that extra demand at this time. That means distributors have backlogs in almost all products, and it takes time for customers to get their orders.

      • HackadayA Power Button For Raspberry Pi, Courtesy Of Device Tree Overlays | Hackaday

        As a standard feature of the Linux kernel, device tree overlays (DTOs) allow for easy enabling and configuration of features and drivers, such as those contained within the standard firmware of a Raspberry Pi system. Using these DTOs it’s trivial to set up features like as a soft power-off button, triggering an external power supply and enable drivers for everything from an external real-time clock (RTC) to various displays, sensors and audio devices, all without modifying the operating system or using custom scripts.

        It’s also possible to add your own DTOs to create a custom overlay that combines multiple DTO commands into a single one, or create a custom device tree binary (DTB) for the target hardware. Essentially this DTB is loaded by the Linux kernel on boot to let it know which devices are connected and their configuration settings, very similar to what the BIOS component with x86-based architectures handles automatically.

      • Open Hardware/Modding

        • Linux HintHow to Install Pythonic Tool for Trading and Automation on Raspberry Pi

          Raspberry Pi is a great source of learning for all the users out there who wish to utilize this device for various purposes. The device will become a great asset for your cryptocurrency trading as it includes Python language which is an excellent choice for automated trading because of its low compilation time as compared to C and C++.

          On Raspberry Pi, there is a dedicated platform called Pythonic where you can perform trading with ease. It includes an excellent Graphic User Interface (GUI) that lets you convert your Raspberry Pi device into a cryptographic trading bot. The purpose of installing it on Raspberry Pi is to reduce the power consumption as this tool runs constantly on your browser.

          In this article, you will learn how to install Pythonic on a Raspberry Pi device with proper instructions.

        • Linux HintHow to Launch Any Program at the Startup of Raspberry Pi

          We want to display some message on the startup of the Raspberry Pi but are we thinking about whether it is possible or not? Then yes it is possible and in this article, we will learn the method of displaying the message or we can launch any other program on the startup of the Raspberry Pi. For this purpose, we will make some changes to the systemd file, and then after these changes, it launches our customized program on the startup of the Raspberry Pi.

        • Linux HintPopular Programming Languages That You Can Learn with Raspberry Pi

          The Raspberry Pi is a great learning platform for all techs who wish to learn and code in multiple programming languages. You can learn different languages, which won’t be hard for you unless you practice them. The Raspberry Pi platform provides you with the opportunity to make the best out of these programming languages so that it helps you get your various projects done with ease.

          This tutorial will enlist some popular programming languages that you can learn with the Raspberry Pi device to conquer the programming world.

        • Linux HintWhat is Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4

          The Raspberry Pi device is full of surprises and wonders and no doubt that this device will be an amazing tool to develop different projects. Every 2-3 years, different versions of devices and modules are released to catch people’s interest. They offer superior features and provide people with the ease to carry out various computational tasks. The Raspberry Pi compute module 4 is another recent addition to the Raspberry Pi family, which can effortlessly replace your hardware design onto the carrier board.

          If you don’t know about the Raspberry Pi compute module 4, you should read out this article where you will learn about the module.

        • Linux HintWhat Programming Language Does Raspberry Pi Use?

          Raspberry Pi device is a tiny circuit board which is performing many wonders with each coming day. From turning your room lights on and off to controlling your everyday task with ease, the device has become your daily life partner. But how do all these things happen with that much ease? How can someone manage to control all those things? Well, computers do need some commands to perform a specific task and for that various programming languages are used. If you are unaware which programming language makes things happen on Raspberry Pi, you should follow this article which will tell you about the language which Raspberry Pi uses to perform all its tasks with ease.

        • Linux HintHow to Restart or Reboot the Raspberry Pi Device Remotely

          The raspberry pi is a single-board type computer used to host different operating systems and to configure different electronic projects. The Raspberry Pi device can be accessed from any other computer and even a smartphone, moreover, various operations can easily be performed by connecting with Raspberry Pi remotely.

          In this write-up, we will learn different methods to restart the Raspberry Pi remotely or by sitting far apart from the device’s hardware.

        • Linux HintWhich Raspberry Pi Device is Best for Me?

          Raspberry Pi is a small computer board that contains RAM, a processor, and can connect other peripheral devices of a computer like a USB, keyboard, mouse, and headphones to this small computer board. Raspberry was initially launched for teaching basic computer concepts in schools but later on, it is used in advanced projects like robotics and in weather monitoring.
          In this write-up, we will discuss all the basic models of Raspberry Pi and then decide which one is best for us.

        • Linux HintHow to Interface Seven-segment Display with Raspberry Pi 4

          The seven-segment display is a combination of seven illuminating segments which are arranged in such an order that the numeric and alphabets can be displayed on it. The seven-segment display is used in many electronic devices like digital clocks, different types of displays, and digital electronic meters. The seven-segment display can be interfaced with the Raspberry Pi 4.

          In this write-up, we will learn the method to interface the seven-segment display with the Raspberry Pi 4 and also will explore its Python code in detail.

      • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Web Browsers

        • Mozilla

          • 9to5LinuxMozilla Firefox 99 Is Now Available for Download with GTK Overlay Scrollbars

            Firefox 99 comes with good news for Linux users as this release brings GTK overlay scrollbars for a more modern look. This means that the scrollbars will now look thinner by default and appear bigger when you hover over them. This release also strengthens the Linux sandbox by restricting access to X11 for processes exposed to the web content and adds initial support for the Web MIDI API.

      • FSF

        • The LibreVR Project

          This talk is titled “The LibreVR Project,” and was presented at LibrePlanet 2022 by Tobias Platen.

          Tobias is a libre software engineer living in Göttigen, Germany. Also a libre music producer and GNU Lilypond user, he is the author of the QTAU DAW. He is the proud owner of an RYF certified Talos II.

        • Reclaiming public values in the Internet

          This talk is titled “Reclaiming public values in the Internet,” and was presented as a featured keynote at LibrePlanet 2022 by Marleen Stikker.

          Marleen is founder of Waag, a social organization and research institute for creative technologies and social innovation. The prolific advocate for free, honest, and inclusive technology, and honorary PhD, is also founder of The Digital City (1993), a group that provides free public access to the Internet in Amsterdam, and author of the book “Het Internet is Stuk” (The Internet is Broken).

        • Retracing digital freedom in the classroom

          This talk is titled “Retracing digital freedom as pattern learning for life,” and was presented at LibrePlanet 2022 by Greta Goetz.

          Greta is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at the Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade.

          Today’s interactive talk explores learning components that can be used to promote digital freedom.

        • Software doldrums

          This keynote talk is titled “Software Doldrums,” as presented by Rek and Devine of Hundred Rabbits.

          Hundred Rabbits is a small artist collective consisting of Rek, a writer and cartoonist, and Devine, a programmer, artist, and musician. They travel the globe together with their sailboat named “Pino” while creating and adapting, among other things, software to fit their needs.

          This talk, which was featured as a keynote at LibrePlanet 2022, is about the dangers and shortcomings of relying on always-online proprietary platforms. Hundred Rabbits will share how they reimagined their software to encourage the reuse, repair and maintenance of existing hardware.

        • GNU Projects

          • Replicant: Struggle for independence

            This talk is titled “Replicant: Struggle for independence,” and was presented at LibrePlanet 2022 by Denis Carikli.

            Denis is one of the founders and developers of Replicant. He is also a former developer of SHR (a GNU/Linux distribution for smartphones).

            This talk is about Replicant, an FSF-certified, 100% free software, Android distribution, which has now changed focus and wants more independence from the device manufacturers and from the Android distributions from which it is based.

          • Living in freedom with GNU Emacs

            This talk is titled “Living in freedom with GNU Emacs,” and was presented at LibrePlanet 2022 by Protesilaos Stavrou.

            Protesilaos (aka “Prot”) is a philosopher with a background in the humanities. Prot is also a tinkerer who has learnt how to program by using the free/libre tools at his disposal.

            This talk is an overview of how GNU Emacs allows us to live in freedom both in moral and practical terms, as seen from the perspective of a non-programmer.

        • Licensing/Legal

          • The media ecology of source code access

            Clinton is a user of free software for nearly 20 years. Since then, he has developed a strong interest in understanding the social impact of proprietary software through my deep readings of the work of Marshall McLuhan.

            This talk centers around a proposal that the history of the GNU General Public License, the GNU Project, and the Free Software Foundation are ripe for integration into a study of the arts and humanities.

      • Programming/Development

        • MAUI Shell First Alpha Release is here with Significant Finished Work

          The awesome Nitrux team manages to shell out the first Alpha release of the brand new MAUI Shell.

        • Python

          • Linux HintHow to Use Sys.path.append() in Python

            Sys.path is a list of directories where the Python interpreter searches for modules. Mind you, this is a list! When a module is claimed in a project file, it will search through each one of the directories in the list. If the module is located within one of those directories, then everything goes fine and your project is successfully rendered. However, if the module is not located within any of the listed directories, then your project will fail lest you can “append” the directory where your module is located to the list using the append() function. In this tutorial, we’ll be learning about how to use sys.path.append() in Python.

        • Redis

          • Linux HintRedis LUA Scripting

            Redis is a free, open-source in-memory database widely adopted as a caching mechanism or message broker.

            Although it is very versatile and extensive by default, it does allow you to extend functionality using its embedded Lua interpreter. This means that you can write scripts written in Lua to perform additional operations on your Redis database.

          • Linux HintRedis Distributed Lock

            In Redis, partitioning refers to splitting data into multiple instances. This means that each Redis holds a section of your entire data set. It is a handy feature, especially when dealing with large datasets.

            Let us look at various types of partitioning in Redis and the cost and benefits of each.

          • Linux HintHow to Use Redis Streams

            Streams are a simple but versatile and powerful data structure that allows you to implement streams in Redis. Streams are built-in types from Redis version 5.0 and can help remove the limitations of log data structure.

            In this article, we will focus on using and working with Redis streams rather than the actual implementation. You can, however, check the docs for more.

          • Linux HintRedis Pipelining

            Redis Pipelining refers to a feature that allows you to send multiple commands to the Redis server in one go. Instead of sending a command and getting a reply immediately, pipelining will enable you to create a batch command execution and run them on the server simultaneously.

            The primary purpose of pipelining is to improve protocol and Redis performance. Furthermore, since all commands are first organized on the client-side, it can reduce the Round Trip Time required for the client to send a request, the server to process it and return a response to the client.

          • Linux HintUsing Redis List

            Redis provides us with a list data structure to store a collection of items. It is closely similar to a typical array in most programming languages. Once you add an element to a list, Redis will assign an index value starting at index 0.

            Let us learn how we can use and work with lists in Redis.

          • Linux HintUsing Redis with Ruby

            Redis is an in-memory, key-value pair database that is highly flexible in a wide range of scenarios. In addition, it provides a collection of primitive types that make it versatile as a caching mechanism or message broker.

            Let us learn how we can connect Redis with Ruby application.

        • Java

          • Linux HintWhat is a Method & How to Call a Method in Java?

            Java provides a concept of methods that assist us in time management by means of code reusability. If we talk about the user-defined methods, we have to create/write them once and can utilize them again and again. In java, a method is nothing but a set of instructions that comes into action only when someone calls it.

          • Linux HintHow to Use Math.random() Method in Java?

            A java method also known as a function is a block of code/instructions that may or may not take the parameters as input and returns some output. Moreover, the specified block of code will execute only when someone calls/invokes it. In java, a method can be created by specifying the access modifier, its return type followed by the user-defined method name. To call a method, we need to specify the method name followed by small brackets().

          • Linux HintHow to Reverse a List in Java

            Reversing a list in Java today is not straightforward. That is why this article is written. Technically, a List in Java is an interface. An interface is a class with method signatures that do not have definitions. A class has to be implemented from this interface before objects of the implemented class can be instantiated. In the implemented class, the methods are defined.

            There is a class, still called List, in Java. However, this class is meant for string elements for the list. A list does not only have to be made up of strings. A list can consist of all floats, all doubles, all integers, etc. Each of these types, would need to be reversed, depending on the problem at hand. So this class is not mentioned any further in this article for the string List. Reversing a list in this article refers to the List interface made into a class and an object.

            There are Java predefined list classes implemented from the List interface. These list classes are: AbstractList, AbstractSequentialList, ArrayList, AttributeList, CopyOnWriteArrayList, LinkedList, RoleList, RoleUnresolvedList, Stack, and the Vector.

    • Standards/Consortia

      • Easy, secure and private information transfer with magic-wormhole

        This talk is titled “Easy, secure and private information transfer with magic-wormhole,” and was presented at LibrePlanet 2022 by Ramakrishnan Muthukrishnan.

        Ramakrishnan is a programmer for the past 22 years and has contributed, in bits and pieces, to several GNU projects. He works for a Berlin based company called Least Authority.

        This talk is about a secure way to transfer information, to ourselves and others, that uses a cryptography protocol called SPAKE2.

  • Leftovers

    • Hardware

      • CNX SoftwareMorse Micro MM6104, MM6108 Wi-Fi HaLow SoCs support up to 32.5 Mbps data rate – CNX Software

        Australian company Morse Micro MM6104 and MM6108 Wi-Fi HaLow SoCs should offer some competition to the Newracom NRC chips found in all 802.11ah WiFi HaLow boards and devices released so far.

        Both MM610x chips have similar features, but the MM6104 SoC supports 1/2/4 MHz channel bandwidth for up to 15 Mbps data rate – just like the Newracom NRC7292 chip -, while the more powerful MM6108 can handle a data rate of up to 32.2 Mbps thanks to 1/2/4/8 MHz channel bandwidth.

      • My radio broke

        So last week my radio got stuck on its locked mode for some reason, which meant I couldn’t turn it on, off, or do anything really. So I unscrewed the back and took off the antenna, but the switch that activated the locked mode was deep in the circuitry where I couldn’t get to it, so looked it like it was toast. Today it started to randomly work again, sweet, but now the signal strength was only half as strong. So I unscrewed it again, looked closely, and noticed that where the antenna sits is completely chewed up, missing! Looked like it happened over time, but it was always working fine until I took it apart! If you touch it to some random pieces of metal anywhere on the inside, it actually gets perfect strength, yet theres nothing where the antenna is actually supposed to sit.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • TechRadarWindows 11 may not be as popular as Microsoft had hoped

          The explosive growth seen by Microsoft’s Windows 11 operating system over the past few months is beginning to slow, new figures suggest.

          The latest report from AdDuplex shows that Windows 11 user numbers are levelling out, perhaps suggesting Microsoft needs to up its game with some new updates or additions to the platform soon.

          For the month of March 2022, Windows 11 took just 0.1% market share from other editions of Microsoft’s software, accounting for 19.4% of the overall usage, with a further 0.6% using a Windows 11 Insider build.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • New York’s Party Suppression is a Form of Voter Suppression and Elitism

        Many are outraged at recent Republican laws enacted in many states that affect voting rights. But we all should be outraged at Democrats in New York who have enacted laws to undermine voting rights in our state.

        These new rules ensure that only the elites in New York can run for office, that hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers will be prevented from voting for whom they truly support, limiting our choice and therefore silencing our voice. Over 250,000 New Yorkers voted for alternatives parties in 2018. Ending achievable candidate access to the ballot, as well as voter access to the election process disenfranchises voters for alternative parties like those we represent, the Green Party and the Libertarian Party.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Alex’s journal

        just found out that fiona apple dated louis ck around the time of his cancellation

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Eleventy (11ty): Generate Gemini Capsule Alongside Website

        I’ve got several websites building with Eleventy, and I’m working on setting it up to automatically build the same sites as Gemini capsules. One set of source documents in Markdown, two formats!

        There may be an easier way to do this, but here’s what I’ve got so far:

        Copy .eleventy.js to gemini.js

        Create a _gemini_includes folder for the Gemini layouts (which are going to be a whole lot simpler!)

    • Monopolies

      • Living federation

        This talk is about the many services we commonly use in our daily lives that have FOSS alternatives that support federation. It will look into some of the privacy-respecting options that we can use instead of those offered by Big-Tech.

      • Patents

        • Software Patents

          • Berkheimer on Remand: District Court Finds the Remaining Claims Invalid as Indefinite. [Ed: Dennis Crouch, funded by patent litigation lawyers, is trying to prop software patents back up]

            In an important 2018 decision, the Federal Circuit sided partially with Berkheimer on a procedural eligibility grounds — finding disputed questions of material fact as to whether aspects of the claimed invention were “well-understood, routine, and conventional to a skilled artisan.” Berkheimer v. HP Inc., 881 F.3d 1360 (Fed. Cir. 2018), cert denied 140 S.Ct. 911 (2020). The district court had invalidated claims 1-9 as ineligible and 10-19 as indefinite. The appellate panel vacated that decision as to claims 4-7 but otherwise affirmed.

      • Trademarks

        • MondaqRecommended Reading: Prof. Robert A. Mikos, “Unauthorized And Unwise: The Lawful Use Requirement In Trademark Law”

          Professor Robert E. Mikos takes the USPTO to task in his recent Vanderbilt Law Review article, “Unauthorized and Unwise: The Lawful Use Requirement in Trademark Law” (pdf here). He charges that “[i]n demanding compliance with sundry nontrademark laws, the PTO has lost sight of the statute it is supposed to administer.” There is no requirement of lawful use in the Lahnam Act and, he argues, there shouldn’t be. “Making registration or protection conditional on compliance with nontrademark laws does nothing to further the aims of trademark law. To refocus the PTO’s attention on the core issues of trademark law, the lawful use requirement must go.”

        • The TTABlog®: Precedential No. 10: TTAB Affirms Refusal to Register Handbag Shape: Generic and (Alternatively) Lacking Acquired Distinctiveness

          The Board has re-designated this opinion as precedential. In a 51-page opinion, the Board affirmed a refusal to register the product configuration shown below, for “handbags,” finding the design to be generic and, alternatively, lacking in acquired distinctiveness: “Handbags embodying the proposed mark are so common in the industry that such product design is not capable of indicating source and … Applicant’s proposed mark is at best a minor variation thereof.” The applicant’s alternative Section 2(f) claim failed due in part to the same lack of exclusivity of use. In re Jasmin Larian, LLC, 2022 USPQ2d 290 (TTAB 2022) [precedential] (Opinion by Judge Martha B. Allard).

        • The TTABlog®: TTAB Seeks Applicants for “Supervisory Managing Interlocutory Attorney” Position

          The USPTO is seeking applications for the position of Supervisory Managing Interlocutory Attorney at the TTAB. The detailed announcement may be found here at the USA Jobs website. The deadline for applications is April 7, 2022.

      • Copyrights

        • The Art Critic’s Role in Fair Use

          Although Warhol is dead, his art, legacy, copyrights, and potential copy-wrongs live on. In the 1980s, Warhol created a set of silkscreens of the musician Prince. Prince did not personally model for the prints. Rather, Warhol worked from a set of studio photographs by Lynn Goldsmith. Apparently Vanity Fair commissioned Warhol to make an illustration for its 1984 article on Prince. As part of that process, VF obtained a license from Goldsmith, but only for the limited use “as an artist’s reference in connection with an article to be published in Vanity Fair Magazine.” The published article acknowledges Goldsmith. As part of that process, Warhol created a set of 16 Prince prints. Those have been sold and also reproduced in various forms in ways that go well beyond the original license.

EPO Continues to Violate Laws and Fundamental Rights of EPO Staff (Which an International Court Recently Told It Was Violating)

Posted in Europe, Law, Patents at 12:00 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 2ea6391b2ce184eb1add2e3c99d23a10
EPO Continues to Violate Laws
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: The Central Staff Committee of the EPO lashes out at the EPO’s administration for persisting with illegal tactics; it should be increasingly clear to Mr. Breton and other Eurocrats that the EPO’s administration isn’t subjected to oversight by anybody, not even judges of the ILOAT

THE EPO is a criminal institution, run by Mafioso- or Mafia-like elements trying to convert the institution into cash by breaking all the basic rules and foundations of this institution. What best describes the process by which Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos seized and then maintained their positions of power is “Organised Crime”. They closely coordinated this institutional power grab for years. ILO has repeatedly complained, in several formal publications in fact, that the EPO had slipped out of control; ILOAT considered kicking out the EPO.

“ILO has repeatedly complained, in several formal publications in fact, that the EPO had slipped out of control; ILOAT considered kicking out the EPO.”The new letter, which is shown above, explains the severity of the situation. We’re reproducing it below in HTML form (for conversion to plain text and GemText).

The Central Staff Committee says that the EPO’s “administration published an unsigned announcement the day after the strike to provide the participation rates. The percentage of staff participating increased when compared to the last strike in December 2020, but on closer inspection, some of the details seemed off.”

They wrote about this over a week ago. But by now they’ve had more time to study the situation. “We thank the colleagues who assisted us by reaching out to share their experiences,” they say. “This publication explains what we have learnt about the reliability of the purported figures and the reluctance from the administration to fully acknowledge the right to strike.”

Here it is:

Munich, 04/04/2022

What are the real strike figures?

The administration published an unsigned announcement the day after the strike to provide the participation rates. The percentage of staff participating increased when compared to the last strike in December 2020, but on closer inspection, some of the details seemed off. We thank the colleagues who assisted us by reaching out to share their experiences. This paper explains what we have learnt about the reliability of the purported figures and the reluctance from the administration to fully acknowledge the right to strike.

Strike participation rate: who cares about accuracy anyway?
The official announcement states that 24.45% of staff officewide participated in the strike action. However, HR management informed us that this number only includes those whose participation was successfully registered in the strike tool, which is managed solely by the administration. We had contacted the administration in the days before the strike to point at the many errors and bugs (including disappearing registrations) in the tool experienced by staff, but they decided it was not necessary to act. This prompted SUEPO to publish advice that registration in the faulty tool was actually not a legal requirement and an email to the line-manager would suffice. HR management also informed us that staff on sick leave who registered in the tool were not counted in the figures, and we wonder whether this is also the case for other forms of leave. As such, we find it difficult to trust the numbers published by the administration, and we conclude that the reported 24.45% participation rate is only the minimum percentage. From the echoes received, the strike participation seems to be substantially higher.

Strike day production numbers: misleading and lacking context
The administration could not refrain from adding the bizarre and triumphant statement to the announcement that “despite the strike, our Office’s production remained strong: in the course of the day 1 357 products were finalised.” They did not provide any context for the number in general, but from the dashboards we find that the cited figure was -310 products below plan1. In addition, they neglected to mention that the day of the strike coincided with an unusually high number of production points from DEAD coding (around 300 compared to the daily average of around 60; found via an appropriate epoque query). This apparent attempt to mislead staff did not go unnoticed, and colleagues contacted us to inform us of the “coincidence” of having DEAD points assigned to them on the day of strike. They also shared their feeling that the tone of the announcement was disrespectful and contemptuous.

1 See snapshot on page 2 of “SUEPO action of 22 March 2022: A striking success”, SUEPO paper of 24 March
2022 (su22017cp)

Our demands to the President
At a time the EPO pretends to increase transparency, the strike organisation on the part of the administration scores far below all benchmarks. From an Office putting in place micro-management and precisely counting products or tasks fulfilled by every single individual staff member, such negligence confirms that the administration is only reluctantly acknowledging the right to strike after the ILOAT (e.g. judgment 4435; see report) ordered to put an end to eight years of illegal strike regulations.

In light of these events, we have sent three demands in a letter to the President:

• that our concerns with the strike registration tool be addressed and the instruction to register in a tool be removed
• that he allows an observer from the strike organising body (union / staff representation) to oversee the counting of the strike participation figures
• that clarification be provided for colleagues who desire to strike during periods of leave (sick, annual, parental/family, home, other unpaid).

It is to be expected that the administration desires to defend its position during strike actions, but it should also show integrity when doing so and avoid presenting misleading production figures. Freedom of association also requires that management does not interfere into the organisation and in particular when it comes to requisitioning, registering and counting.

The Central Staff Committee

Suffice to say, insulting the intelligence of staff is counter-productive (to say the least) and can incite the staff to go on more strikes. All we have here is another Battistelli.

[Meme] Operation CampinoZ

Posted in Deception, Europe, Patents at 11:28 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Putin and his long-time confidant Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu: 'Reform' in progress: What are you looking at, Punk? EPO management has the right to defend itself
EPO management insists that staff should “Stop Resisting” the illegal acts of EPO management

Summary: António Campinos has his very own Operation “Z” inside the EPO, where he is illegally crushing staff and then lying to everyone

Lies, Infiltration, and the National Security Agency

Posted in Deception at 10:18 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 4ce4cb514b690bd092e2ddc319c04e80
For-Profit Spying
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: When dealing with industrial and political espionage through the likes of GAFAM (Gulag, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft; or “MAGMA” if you call Facebook “Meta”) and various telecom companies, Internet-centric tentacles (Twitter, Netflix, Clownflare etc.) or other US conglomerates (e.g. HP, Oracle, ICBM and Intel) you’d be led to believe that they’re purely private ventures, even if or when they lose a a lot money and are occasionally assisted by their borrowings-drunk government (or subsidies from taxpayers); there’s sufficiently strong evidence and public information (OSINT) showing that just like “Big Oil” receives subsidies (despite making obscene profits) and “Big Banks” being bailed out (an incentive to rob the public and pass risk to the public) the data-hoarding or information-stealing above-the-law firms are more like militarily strategic Pentagon spin-offs and this will be the subject of this year’s slow-paced series

THIS SITE has written about privacy for many years (a lot more so a decade ago when the subject was vastly “hotter”, both before and after the Edward Snowden-led NSA leaks).

Journalism has been gradually (and rapidly) dying over the years and we occasionally hear from people spurned by the media, not because what they say is false but because corporate media giants don’t wish to entertain the subject or deem it “unimportant” (to affluent media owners, not to the public).

“The series will certainly be slow because of the need to verify claims.”This year we’re planning to compensate somewhat for this information vacuum. Yesterday we published the last part in a long series (about 23 hours of video) about the media’s failure to cover patent affairs, with focus on the collapse of the EPO and, by extension, the Rule of Law in central Europe. In the coming few weeks we’ll bring down from the shelves several stories we’ve been sitting on for a while. They concern American companies and even some “Open Source” projects with links to the National Security Agency (NSA). Wall Street and the government pump/pour money into them, jingoistic with slogans like "nothing is beyond our reach". At what cost?

The series will certainly be slow because of the need to verify claims. Producing leaked documents is risky not just to sources but also to us (for reasons explained in the video above), so a degree of trust needs to be established. The evidence isn’t hearsay/word of mouth (strictly verbal) as people inside “the system” saw it firsthand.

“The evidence isn’t hearsay/word of mouth (strictly verbal) as people inside “the system” saw it firsthand.”To get ‘warmed up’ a bit, we’re going to share just one example that we have, alluding to election meddling activities. People from the inside can attest to that “and just to clarify about my connections to the NSA, I worked for New Knowledge previously [...] about 8 months,” one such person told us. “That’s where I met the guy that said that elastic search was all NSA. They tried to influence elections and caught…”

There are other examples of this kind.

“I was fired for questioning the ethics of the project,” the person said. Other people have experienced similar things and in the future we might name some companies and “persons of interest”.

The unfortunate thing is, even small and allegedly “secure” or “private” communication tools are being targeted. To give an example from half a year ago:

In-Q-Tel, a nonprofit investment firm started by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), recently poured more than $1.6 million into encrypted messaging platform Wickr, according to public disclosure records reviewed by Motherboard.

The $1.6 million was transferred before Amazon purchased the company, but highlights Wickr’s continuing position as an end-to-end encrypted messaging app for government agencies. Beyond the In-Q-Tel investment, Wickr also has a specific product approved by the Department of Defense, and as Motherboard reported last month, a new $900,000 contract with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Jack Poulson, executive director of Tech Inquiry, first flagged the money transfer to Motherboard. As he pointed out, one of In-Q-Tel’s Form 990s, which describes compensation paid to outside contractors, mentions a payment to a company called “W I.” That company’s address—1459 18th Street, San Francisco—is identical to that of Wickr Inc., according to other public corporate records.

Wickr is “small time” compared to what the CIA does with GAFAM/MAGMA. We’ll get to that later this year.

6 Months After Vista 11′s Official Release the Market Share of Windows Falls to 28% (All-Time Low)

Posted in Microsoft, Windows at 7:41 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Vista 11 as Disaster for Windows
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: Windows market share myths are still being perpetuated; while Microsoft wants the world to believe that 90% of people use Windows the utility of Windows, as seen from the Web, is down to 28% (Android, which contains Linux, is the dominant operating system) and no “new” version of Windows with multi-billion-dollar marketing campaign can reverse this trend

THERE’S still a period of adjustment as two different machines are used for recording and processing in tandem. Nevertheless, I wished to do a quick video response to this article and mention some prior Microsoft excuses as well. The market share of Windows is still falling steadily, Vista 11's share is negligible (as of January it was around 1%!), there are purely technical reasons to avoid it (not only financial reasons), and we assume OEMs continue to ship it partly because of bribery.

“It’s quite a miracle that Windows still has any market share left at all.”The above video lumps in several other issues like ads inside applications, extensive surveillance in one’s local (or offline) machine, not to mention additional dangerous restrictions (risk of getting locked out of one’s own computer!), listening devices, and growing levels of bloat which cannot be undone (there’s no solution to this). It’s quite a miracle that Windows still has any market share left at all.

According to numbers from early April (screenshot is minutes old), Windows has only years left in it.

Windows market share today down to 28%
Vista 11 was released in October; Windows market share (as of today) down to 28%

FSF Award Winner Paul Eggert on Time Zone Database (TZDB)

Posted in Free/Libre Software, FSF, GNU/Linux at 4:20 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link

Summary: This talk was uploaded almost a week ago. “Paul is a senior lecturer in the UCLA Computer Science Dept., teaching mostly in the areas of software development and programming languages. He has contributed to several free software projects, including Autoconf, Automake, Bison, GCC, the GNU C Library, GNU Coreutils, GNU Diff, GNU Emacs, GNU Grep, GNU M4, GNU Patch, GNU Tar, Gnulib, Gzip, and RCS. He has worked on the Time Zone Database since 1992, and currently serves as the Internet Engineering Steering Group’s Primary Coordinator for TZDB.”

Licence: GFDL 1.3

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