04.25.22

Meeting the Real Elon Musk: “Why I Hate Elon Musk” (as MP4, No YouTube)

Posted in Videos at 7:20 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 526954e8bf862702e446d6cce5e152b0
Why I Hate Elon Musk | Credit to original author here

Summary: We’ve made a local copy of a video that explains to people who the real new owner of Twitter really is (and it's why time for a boycott)

Elon Musk Smoking Weed: Embrace; Extend; Extinguish

Links 26/04/2022: Twitter is Officially Doomed

Posted in News Roundup at 6:27 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • OMG UbuntuHow to Upgrade to Pop!_OS 22.04 LTS (GUI & CLI Methods) – OMG! Ubuntu!

        A new version of Pop!_OS is out and it packs some delectable goodies like scheduled updates, better multi-monitor workspace switching, and a tweak that ensures the app or game in focus gets the best performance possible.

        But you don’t need to download a new .iso and plunge headfirst into a fresh install.

        You can upgrade to Pop OS 22.04 from 21.10.

        And in this post I walk you (and me) through the process as it differs to the upgrade experience available in the regular, full-fat version of Ubuntu.

      • VideoHow to install Notepadqq on Debian 11 – Invidious

        In this video, we are looking at how to install Notepadqq on Debian 11.

      • Pragmatic LinuxInstall the VirtualBox guest additions in Ubuntu 22.04 – PragmaticLinux

        Bummed that you can’t change the screen resolution in your freshly installed Ubuntu virtual machine? An easy fix exists for this: You just need to install the VirtualBox guest additions in your Ubuntu 22.04 VirtualBox virtual machine. Besides automatically adjusting the screen resolution, you also get support for a bi-directional clipboard and shared folders. This article explains how to install the VirtualBox guest additions in an Ubuntu 22.04 virtual machine.

      • Linux Made SimpleInstall the VirtualBox guest additions in Ubuntu 22.04

        Today we are looking at how to install Friday Night Funkin’ D-Sides 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.

      • Make Use Of9 Important Things to Do After Installing i3wm

        If you appreciate minimalism and are looking to speed up your workflow, you should definitely switch to a tiling window manager. With the right setup and tweaks in place, a window manager can exponentially boost your productivity while adding an aesthetic touch to your desktop.

        i3wm or, i3 Window Manager, is a popular choice amongst beginners and veterans alike. It’s lightweight, highly customizable, powerful, and the perfect fit for just about anyone newly venturing into the world of Linux ricing.

        This article addresses all the necessary post-installation tasks you should take care of after installing i3wm to cozy up migration from a traditional desktop environment.

      • How to Install Dashlane Password Manager on Ubuntu 22.04 Linux | Mark Ai Code

        Shopping on the internet, online banking, and social networking: It is frequently tough to keep track of the several passwords we use on a daily basis. Dashlane’s Password Manager is a useful tool for managing and organizing your credentials and passwords. The program’s rigorous security requirements should also provide solid protection against hackers.

        Dashlane is a well-known password manager that is available in both free and paid editions. The free version allows the user to remember 50 passwords, auto-fill forms and payments, password share up to 5 accounts, tailored security warnings, password generator, password changer, and two-factor authentication. For 30 days, they provide a free trial of their premium package.

        Although this freemium password manager does not have a Linux program, we may use it as a browser extension to get its benefits. Furthermore, most of the time we simply require a password manager to save and autofill our passwords in browsers. As a result, a specialized desktop program is not a critical need.

      • How to Install Rocky Linux 8.5 | Mark Ai Code

        Rocky Linux is a CentOS clone developed by Gregory Kurtzer, the CentOS creator. Kurtzer introduced the Rocky Linux project just hours after the RHEL development team stated that CentOS 8 support will cease on December 31, 2021. On June 21, 2021, the downstream, binary-compatible build based on RHEL was published. Kurtzer named the distribution after his late CentOS co-founder Rocky McGaugh, saying on Twitter, “Thinking back to early CentOS… My co-founder Rocky McGaugh.” He is no longer with us, therefore as a tribute to him, who never got to experience CentOS’s triumph, I present to you… Rocky Linux.”

      • How to Install VirtualBox on Linux | Mark Ai Code

        Setting up a virtual machine on your computer may be a terrific method to test applications or alternative operating systems without modifying or jeopardizing your present system.

        Follow the steps below to install VirtualBox on Linux and construct your first virtual machine.

      • How to Install CyberPanel on Rocky Linux / AlmaLinux 8 | Mark Ai Code

        Are you looking for a web hosting control panel that is open-source and free? Then try it out on AlmaLinux or Rocky Linux 8. It is a free alternative to the popular WHM Cpanel that includes an OpenLiteSpeed Web server for maximum speed.

        CyberPanel provides a web-based, graphical, and user-interactive Dashboard from which we can access Users, Vhost Templates, different PHP Versions, the MySQL Database, and other features.

        It also includes a command-line interface (CLI) tool that can be used on the Server terminal to execute a variety of helpful activities such as adding users, resetting permissions, and other tasks.

      • How to Install Lighttpd Web Server on AlmaLinux 8 | Mark Ai Code

        The well-known Apache web server is one of the most used in the world. However, there are currently other web servers that can compete with Apache. One of these is Lighttpd.

        lighttpd (pronounced “lighty”) is a web server that uses significantly fewer resources than Apache, for example, and is thus particularly well suited for extremely high loads or extremely weak computers. Jan Kneschke created it, and it may be expanded with modules. FastCGI, for example, allows you to run PHP code. SCGI extends lighty with Ruby or Python.

      • How To install Flarum Forum on Ubuntu 20.04 or 22.04 | Mark Ai Code

        Flarum is the amalgamation of the esoTalk and FluxBB forums. It is a newcomer to the forum market, but it has one of the greatest forum interfaces, as well as a clean and modern design. The user interface is straightforward, snappy, and free of clutter and bloat. Flarum is written in PHP, making it quick and simple to deploy.

        Mithril, a fast JavaScript framework with a small footprint, powers the interface. To install this forum, you must first gain SSH access to the hosting server and install the composer. This forum is currently in the beta stage, so give it some time before utilizing it in production. However, you can install and utilize it for your personal enjoyment. It may be the greatest alternative to the Discourse forum after a stable release.

      • ZDNetHow to spin up a Linux virtual machine quickly with Boxes | ZDNet

        Imagine this: You’re using one Linux distribution and you want to quickly deploy a virtual machine of another Linux distribution for either testing purposes or to have a secondary operating system to use for such things as development, training, or just to have a bit of fun trying out different distributions.

      • Ubuntu Handbook[Workaround] Cheese Blank Screen or Display Corrupted in Ubuntu 22.04

        Cheese, the default app for taking photos or recording via webcam, is not working properly in my case in Ubuntu 22.04.

        By launching the app, webcam light turns on and persists only for a few seconds.

      • TechTargetHow to set up a MySQL database in Linux

        Every Linux admin must install and set up a database at some point. This can include deploying a dynamic website, such as for WordPress, or storing data for web applications as well as customer, client and employee records. Databases are crucial for every type of business.

        Linux presents the best platform for databases. It’s a reliable and open source OS with plenty of pre-made databases already available for installation. Of these pre-made databases, MySQL database server is the most popular.

      • ID RootHow To Install Flatpak on Rocky Linux 8

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Flatpak on Rocky Linux 8. For those of you who didn’t know, Flatpak is a utility for software deployment and package management for Linux and makes installing applications easy for the user by eliminating version conflicts. Flatpak was initially developed by Alexander Larsson and was initially released back in September 2015. Later it was endorsed by Red Hat, Endless Computers, and Collabora. It is now actively maintained by an independent community composed of contributors, volunteers, and supporting organizations.

        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 Flatpak on Rocky Linux. 8.

      • How to Install Fathom Analytics on Debian 11

        Fathom Analytics is the best alternative to Google Analytics. It is an open source web analytics application that offer privacy law compliance and simplicity. Fathom Analytics has a minimalist design and it is written in Go and ships as a single binary file. The installation of Fathom Analytics is pretty easy and straightforward. In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Fathom Analytics on Debian 11 VPS.

      • HowTo GeekHow to Use the pmap Command on Linux

        Finding out how much RAM a Linux process uses isn’t a simple matter—especially when shared memory needs to be considered. Thankfully, the pmap command helps you make sense of it all.

      • Can you use a WebP file as an Open Graph Protocol image?

        The Open Graph Protocol (OGP) was created by and for Facebook in 2010. OGP is a pseudo-standard set of metadata tags you can include on your webpages to describe its contents. By now, it’s become the primary data source for generated link previews across the web and apps.

        OGP lets you specify a webpage’s title, description, and thumbnail image. The protocol also lets you express more metadata, but these three are its primary uses. These three metadata items are used by external services to generate link previews for your webpages.

        OGP metadata is consumed by all the big tech companies; including Facebook, Google, and Apple. It’s also used by every search engine, sharing, social, and messaging apps such as Reddit, Twitter, What’s App, Signal, WordPress, and Quora.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • KDE Plasma 5.25 Plans for Dynamic Accent Colour Based on Wallpaper

          A new feature is coming to KDE Plasma 5.25 that allows you to change the desktop accent colour based on the Wallpaper.

          In the weekly KDE development update, the team shows how the recent improvements shaped up for the KDE Plasma 5.25.

        • KritaInterview with J2J-Art | Krita

          My name is Jessica, but my art name is J2J-Art. I am a self-taught artist, I was born in 2004 in South Africa and I have only been creating art for 4 years now.

          I draw both digitally and with graphite pencils on paper.

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • Adopting Matrix at the GNOME Foundation :: Thib views — On digital citizenship

          The topic of our Instant Messaging platform of choice is quite old. In May 2021 I covered the history of IRC and Matrix in the GNOME Community.

          This followed a survey to ask people which platform they were the most comfortable on, and which one they wanted to keep for instant messaging in the GNOME Project.

          When the bridge was introduced in 2016, things were not great. Nobody took the time to fine tune it, and it was left in a pretty sorry state. Things have improved a lot since we started talking to people who maintain and host the bridge. We progressively tweaked it to avoid the inconveniences it initially brought.

          Although things are not perfect, people complain less and less about the bridge, and the most outstanding issues are gone. But there are still some issues in our current setup: from an external perspective, it’s difficult to know where to find the GNOME community. Some discussions are on Matrix, some both on Matrix and IRC. In addition, we do not meet the safety and abuse management standards we would want to.

          Let’s have a look at where we’re at now, what the data of the (1 year old) survey tells us, and how to move forward.

        • scikit-survival 0.17.2 released | Sebastian Pölsterl

          I’m pleased to announce the release of scikit-survival 0.17.2. This release fixes several small issues with packaging scikit-survival and the documentation. For a full list of changes in scikit-survival 0.17.2, please see the release notes.

    • Distributions

      • New Releases

        • Codenamed: Wildflower! MX Linux Releases Version 21.1 | Mark Ai Code

          The new version was introduced by the developers in a blog post on the MX Linux blog. The distribution includes three desktop environments: XFCE, KDE, and the lightweight Fluxbox window manager. The 32-bit XFCE and Fluxbox versions are available, while all three support 64-bit Intel and AMD CPUs.

          Debian 11.3 “Bullseye” serves as the foundation for all three variants. While interested future customers may get the new version through the MX Linux download website, existing users can get it through the normal upgrade route. The Linux kernel is also version 5.16 in all versions.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Red Hat OfficialIstio Service Mesh applies to become a CNCF project

          Red Hat is pleased to see Istio apply to join the CNCF.

        • The Next PlatformThe Financial Longevity That Red Hat Gives IBM [Ed: Paid (bribed) IBM shill Timothy Prickett Morgan doing another puff piece for them]

          It is hard to imagine, but someday, IBM may not care much about its proprietary System z and Power Systems platforms. Or, more precisely, it may not be able to afford to care the way it has for decades

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • [ES] Pop!_OS 22.04 llega basado en GNOME 42, actualizaciones automáticas y otras novedades [Ed: In Spanish]
        • Pop OS 22.04 LTS Released. This is What’s New.

          A list of new features and updates of Pop OS 22.04 LTS release.

        • Unicorn MediaMark Shuttleworth: Expect Canonical to Go Public in 2023 – FOSS Force

          According to Mark Shuttleworth, Canonical, the commercial entity behind Ubuntu, is ready to start planning for its initial public offering, an event that can be expected to happen sometime next year.

          Shuttleworth, of course, is more than Canonical’s CEO, he’s the de facto owner of the company. Although the company probably has private investors (as a private company that information doesn’t have to be disclosed), it’s doubtful that any outside ownership tips the 50% mark, which would be necessary for any sort of meaningful investor sway over the company’s operations.

          In addition to an IPO that might be in the works, it appears that the company is at least approaching profitability. According to Frederic Lardinois at TechCrunch, Shuttleworth said on Thursday during a press briefing focused on last week’s release of Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, that Canonical’s revenues last year were $175 million, and that the biggest issue the company is facing is that it can’t meet customer demand, mainly due to a shortage of tech talent….

        • LinuxiacPop!_OS 22.04 Is Out with Small Improvements and GNOME 42

          System76′s operating system, Pop!_OS 22.04, isn’t drastically different from Pop!_OS 21.10, but it brings some improvements.

        • Make Use OfUbuntu Developers Tease New Release After Pushing Out Major Upgrade

          The official Ubuntu Twitter feed announced the upcoming version with some virtual fanfare, quoting Ubuntu developer Canonical engineering manager Ken VanDine:

          The new version is dubbed “Kinetic Kudu,” in keeping with Ubuntu’s naming tradition of codenames taking an alliterative animal name. A kudu is a spiral-horned antelope native to the African continent.

          Version 22.10 is scheduled for release on October 20, 2022. This follows Ubuntu’s six-monthly release schedule. In contrast to Ubuntu version 22.04 released in April 2022, which is a Long-Term Support (LTS) release, this will only receive nine months of support from Canonical. The LTS release will receive updates for five years. For this reason, Canonical recommends LTS releases to most users. The 22.10 release will likely appeal to those who want newer software.

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • FSFE

        • FSFECfP is open for Bits & Bäume 2022 about Digitisation and Sustainability

          Technology experts and ecologists join forces in the Bits & Bäume (‘Bits and Trees’) conference in October 2022 in Berlin. This year the FSFE is part of its organising committee. We look for exciting talks and insights about how Free Software can help realising a sustainable digital society. Share your expertise and apply until 7 June.

          In the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) we want to empower users to control technology. This is a necessity for a free society but it is also fundamental for a more just and sustainable society. With Free Software we can keep maintaining programs and prevent software obsolescence. Using Free Software, we can repair and repurpose hardware, extending its lifetime and saving natural resources. It is only with Free Software that we can build long lasting and sustainable IT infrastructures.

          Free Software relates to ecological sustainability. Last year, we published a study on the topic and we put theory into action by encouraging users to upcycle their Androids with Free Software operating systems. This year we joined the organising committee of the Bits & Bäume 2022, a prominent conference on digitisation and sustainability but also a movement.

      • FSF

        • GNU Projects

          • Linux JournalGIMP in a Pinch: Life after Desktop | Linux Journal

            So my Dell XPS 13 DE laptop running Ubuntu died on me today. Let’s just say I probably should not have attempted to be efficient and take a bath and work at the same time!

            Unfortunately, as life always seems to be, you always need something at a time that you don’t have it and that is the case today. I have some pictures that I need to edit for a website, and I only know and use GIMP.

      • Programming/Development

        • thoughts on the hare programming language; march 2021 to now

          So a few years ago now (wow way longer than it feels like) I got a look at the fledgeling Hare programming language by Drew DeVault, which finally got released today! Here’s the post I wrote for him giving some thoughts, opinions, and questions, plus some additional more recent thoughts.

          I’m not actually too happy with the writing, but in the spirit of capturing what Hare was like at the time I’ve left the older posts unmodified other than bringing the formatting in-line with how my newer Gemlog posts are formatted. Be sure to check out the end for some thoughts from 2021 as well as thoughts from today when it was released—although note that it’s not at the “completed” 1.0 release yet, it was just publicly announced.

        • Daniel Vrátil: QCoro 0.5.0 Release Announcement

          After another few months I’m happy to announce a new release of QCoro, which brings several new features and a bunch of bugfixes.

    • Standards/Consortia

      • Why Gemini Is Essential

        What are we looking for when we connect to the Internet without a clear goal in mind? And why aren’t we disconnecting as soon as what needed to be done is finished?

        Answering this simple question is surprisingly hard.

        We are probably looking to be informed and entertained. By “informed”, we unconsciously mean “being entertained while having the feeling we learned something”. We are also looking to escape both the boredom of having nothing to really do right now and the stress of having too much to do. Last but not least, we are looking for social interactions, social clues that we exist, that we are important and that other people acknowledge our existence or our ideas.

        That’s a lot of answers. For most of us, our brains are so used to this strange milkshake of stuff that we do it without thinking. We have our habits, our cravings.

      • New CD’s and Technical Update

        Since I’m visiting the US I took the opportunity to order a couple music CD’s online. I still like buying discs in spite of the fact that it’s easy to use music that’s distributed digitally.

  • Leftovers

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Security

          • USCERTCISA Adds Seven Known Exploited Vulnerabilities to Catalog [Ed: Among the latest 8, 5 are Microsoft. CISA refrains from naming Microsoft as if CISA got infiltrated by them.]

            CISA has added seven new vulnerabilities to its Known Exploited Vulnerabilities Catalog, based on evidence of active exploitation. These types of vulnerabilities are a frequent attack vector for malicious cyber actors and pose significant risk to the federal enterprise. Note: to view the newly added vulnerabilities in the catalog, click on the arrow on the of the “Date Added to Catalog” column, which will sort by descending dates.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • GamingOnLinuxTwitter agrees to Elon Musk buyout, a reminder we’re on Mastodon | GamingOnLinux

        Today, one of the biggest things on the social internet happened, with Elon Musk buying Twitter. So here’s a little reminder of Mastodon. Not our usual news, but it’s too big to be ignored. Twitter is a massive and important platform and now it’s going to be wholly owned by Elon Musk. Regardless of your thoughts on Musk, it’s still a little alarming.

        Good news for those who do dislike Musk, as there is a great alternative available with Mastodon. Not perfect, nothing is, but it is a good option to try. It’s very much like Twitter except it’s free, open source, has no adverts and anyone can host their own instance. Thanks to how it’s designed, people can follow and talk to each other across these instances too.

        GamingOnLinux is on Mastodon, so feel free to give us a follow. If you don’t care about this whole thing, you can also follow us on Twitter.

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • RELEASE: Survey shows vast majority of Minnesotans support Right to Repair as floor vote nears — The Repair Association

        A new survey of Minnesotans conducted by Repair.org, a coalition of groups supporting Right to Repair in Minnesota and across the country, shows how popular the policy is as legislators get ready to vote on these reforms as part of a larger bill package. Today, lawmakers voted to include a pending Right to Repair bill — HF 1156 (Rep. Peter Fischer) — in a larger judiciary omnibus package, HF 4608, which should see consideration on the floor later this week.

        Asked if they support Right to Repair, 79.6% of respondents indicated that they support, with 44.3% indicating they “strongly support” such reforms, while only 4% opposed.

It’s Not a War, It’s “Special Military Operation”

Posted in Europe, Humour, Patents at 5:27 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: António Campinos explains why he’s crushing staff in an act of ‘self-defense’ for the EPO‘s future

I thought I was special military operation

An Ode to Lukampinos

Posted in Europe, Patents at 4:52 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Oh dear, oh dear Mein Tony

Summary: EPO management uses fake 'production' figures whilst also leveraging one crisis (Ukraine) to distract from its own crises

THE BALKAN Express
Dressed to impress
what a total mess
Must we have means of redress?

My Vlad, oh God bless!
To you I must confess
Quality is less
Terrible like my ass

The union will press
The staff reps with their fess
My Vlad, please say yes!
The NUCLEAR OPTION, YES!!

I sent tanks to crush them

[Meme] Putin and Lukashenko Discuss the Situation at the EPO

Posted in Europe, Humour, Patents at 4:27 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

[MEME] Putin and Lukashenko discuss the situation at the EPO
The statement prepared by Lukampinos and mates (Calle and Josef, two fake overseers of his, according to inside sources) won’t age well…

Summary: Tomorrow we take a deeper look and dive into the dodgy contractor that EPO funds get funnelled into (or through)

[Teaser] Microsofters by Proxy

Posted in Europe, Microsoft, Patents at 3:52 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Microsofters SaM Solutions
Follow the shells and proxies…

Summary: Corrupt Microsoft and the EPO‘s corrupt dictators [1, 2] are never many degrees of separation away

Calle and Luka
Any comment, Calle?

Makers of Dictatorware

Posted in Europe, Patents at 3:39 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 5791c458665a9022ab83a60476daea4c
Minsk by Proxy
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: Dictatorware or “apps from a dictatorship” (known for surveillanceware such as Viber) is the subject of an ongoing series about Europe’s second-largest institution, which controversially outsourced work via shells and proxies

THE EPO‘s Benoît Battistelli brought the EPO’s operations to Belarus and António Campinos is trying to hide that, especially now that he plays/acts “tough” on Vladimir Putin and Russia.

“These are tough questions — very tough even for lying, corrupt politicians like Battistelli to answer.”The video above concerns Part III of the ongoing series which started over the weekend. I show a bunch of puff pieces that, in spite of them being promotional, do expose a few incriminating details. If one was to assess the EPO’s position on Russia and Belarus, one would expect the contract to be canceled and for this firm’s work to come under scrutiny.

Benoît Battistelli and LukaThe EPO has repeatedly come under fire — rightly so we might add — for outsourcing EPO data and operations to the United States. What if the EPO did the same with China? We’ve long asked that sort of hypothetical question. How about Russia or its satellite state, Belarus?

These are tough questions — very tough even for lying, corrupt politicians like Battistelli to answer. We don’t suppose EU officials will publicly raise the subject, but the court of public opinion (or EPO stakeholders) can make up their minds based on pertinent facts.

[Meme] Munich Is in Minsk

Posted in Europe, Humour, Patents at 2:09 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Lukashenko's annoying General: Haar, Munich; My Führer, that's Minsk
If Haar is part of Munich, then why can’t Munich be Minsk?

Summary: For about 3 years each, Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos pretended that Haar is part of Munich and outsourced EPO work to Belarus (not in the EU) via dodgy proxies

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