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  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Beelink SER 4 4800U X, new mini-PC with Manjaro pre-installed

        SER 4 4800U X It is a new equipment from the American assembler Beelink and what is its most outstanding novelty? You have already read it in the headline: he arrives with Manjaro pre-installed… and he is not the first.

        Although, with exceptions, the big brands remain a bit on the sidelines, it is becoming more and more common to find computers with Linux pre-installed and, who says Linux, says some of the big desktop Linux distributions, including Manjaro, the protagonist in this occasion by reason of what was seen.

        SER 4 4800U is one of the Mini-PCs from Beelink, a firm specialized in this type of product… And SER 4 4800U X is the team edit with Manjaroone that has just gone on sale to give more color to the company’s catalog, as well as more options for customers looking for something different than usual.

    • Server

      • Red Hat Official5 things SREs and Sysadmins should know about ROSA and cloud services

        Kubernetes, containers and highly scalable cloud services are the modern elements of business software success. But making the jump to Kubernetes requires training, understanding and a good deal of work from developers, architects and systems administrators alike.

        To save time, speed up development cycles and limit organizational agony, it often makes sense to choose a managed Kubernetes offering, rather than running your own. If that’s a decision you’re considering, here are five things you should know.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Graphics Stack

      • IT World CANvidia Plans To Open-source Part Of Its Linux GPU Driver – IT World Canada

        Nvidia has announced plans to open-source part of its Linux GPU drivers joining both Intel and AMD. This mark the first step toward open-source parity for Nvidia’s Linux driver packages.

        “This release is a significant step toward improving the experience of using NVIDIA GPUs in Linux, for tighter integration with the OS, and for developers to debug, integrate, and contribute back. For Linux distribution providers, the open source modules increase ease of use. They also improve the out-of-the-box user experience to sign and distribute the NVIDIA GPU driver. Canonical and SUSE can immediately package the open kernel modules with Ubuntu and SUSE Linux Enterprise Distributions,” states a blog post attributed to Nvidia employees.

      • Game RantNvidia GPUs Are Starting To Embrace Linux More

        It’s still a rather uncertain time to be a PC gamer. While graphics card prices are continuing to come down for both AMD and Nvidia products, there’s also the ongoing supply issues that have been plaguing the market for what feels like ages now. That aside, however, both companies, along with newcomers Intel, are still keen to keep pushing out new hardware despite the shortages, and it’s now looking like team green is moving into more open-source territories for the first time.

        According to a recent blog post on the company website, as spotted by PC Gamer, Nvidia has just released some open-source GPU kernel modules for use in Linux-based operating systems. The post goes on to say that this represents a “significant step towards” making its graphics cards better suited for the alternative system. As a result, this could be the start of Linux users being able to use team green’s products with greater ease. The report from PC Gamer goes on to say that, traditionally, users would have to stick with Nvidia’s “proprietary drivers,” which have not always been reliable.

    • Applications

      • 9to5LinuxNetworkManager 1.38 Released with IPv6 and Wi-Fi Hotspot Improvements, More

        NetworkManager 1.38 release is here to further improve IPv6 support by preferring static IPv6 addresses from “ipv6.addresses” over addresses from DHCPv6 and preferring the first static IPv6 addresses from “ipv6.addresses” to make it consistent with IPv4.

        NetworkManager 1.38 also improves support for Wi-Fi hotspots by automatically assigning a stable random channel number if one is not manually selected by the user, adds support for the “throw” route type, and improves connectivity checks when the check endpoint address resolves to multiple addresses.

      • Reproducible Builds (diffoscope): diffoscope 212 released

        The diffoscope maintainers are pleased to announce the release of diffoscope version 212. This version includes the following changes:

        * Add support for extracting vmlinuz/vmlinux Linux kernel images.
          (Closes: reproducible-builds/diffoscope#304)
        * Some Python .pyc files report as "data", so support ".pyc" as a
          fallback extension.

      • MedevelLeon is your next open-source personal assistant

        Leon is a next-generation open-source personal virtual assistant, that aims for providing a unique personalized experience.

        The project is written using web technologies, and you can download, install it at your local machine or remote server.

        Leon is the brain child of Louis Grenard, who is the lead developer on the project. The project now is a community based the development continues by several contributors.

      • MedevelAdd a live chat to your website or web app with Papercups

        Papercups is an open-source self-hosted live customer support tool web app written in Elixir language.

        The project is currently is on stable state which can be used in production, however, it is also in maintenance mode, so don’t expect new features in the near future.

      • Cockpit 269

        Cockpit is the modern Linux admin interface. We release regularly.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • nixCraftHow to check if Ansible collection is installed or not
      • How to Install Luakit Browser on Ubuntu

        On Linux, we have so many interesting applications that it would be very difficult to name them all. There are even web browsers like Firefox that are very popular and well known for being of general use, but there are others with certain particularities. Today, you will learn how to install Luakit Browser on Ubuntu 20.04.

      • How to install MySQL server on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Linux

        ySQL version 8.0 is a free and open-source database system used by most web applications and sites on the Internet. Typically MySQL is part of the LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, Perl/Python/PHP) stack. MySQL heavily uses popular open-source software such as WordPress, MediaWiki, and others as a database storage engine. Let us see how to install MySQL server version 8.x on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Linux server, including settings up a new database, users and fine tuning server config.

      • Ubuntu HandbookWorkaround Chrome / Chromium Double-click Maximize Not Working in Ubuntu 22.04 | UbuntuHandbook

        User of Google Chrome or Chromium based web browser? Here are the workarounds if you found that double-clicking does not work for maximizing/restoring app window in Ubuntu Linux.

        When double-clicking on the header bar of any app window, it should maximize or restore the application. However, it just changes the cursor to drag arrow and back then, nothing else happens in Ubuntu 22.04 with Chrome/Chromium.

      • ELinuxHow to fix 502 Bad Gateway | Cloudflare and Nginx [Engintron]

        When you want to point cloudflare nameservers to your working website with engintron you will have a technical issue with linking cloudflare with engintron.

        Our technical support / server administrators at subwayhost worked to fix the issue after the request of many client’s to add cloudflare to our services.

      • DedoimedoHow to install and use Notepad++ in Linux – Tutorial

        The most difficult part in my recently started Windows to Linux migration, initiated (after more than 30 years of steady use of Windows) due to the inefficiency and pointlessness of Windows 11, is in having a sufficiently engaging opening sequence to an article, without repeating myself. It ain’t easy, but I’m trying.

        Anyway, if you’ve just turned on your TVs, Dedo is starting a process. It will take three or four years, maybe longer. The mission is to use Linux 100% of the time, no more Windows, reasons ere outlined. In a long series of articles, I will be detailing the progress of this mega-project. We’ve already covered a whole bunch of nice programs, including SketchUp, Kerkythea, and KompoZer. Great success. Now, we need to tackle Notepad++, a most splendid and Windows-only text editor. Follow me.

    • Games

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • SUSE/OpenSUSE

      • openSUSE Tumbleweed – Review of the week 2022/19

        This week you ‘only’ had to update your machine 5 times – for the snapshots 0505, which was for some reason not announced, 0506, 0507, 0509, and 0510 (the last one fresh off the press). 0508 would have been ok, but QA was slightly slower than OBS and so the new snapshot moved to QA before the old one was completely tested. Oops. Anyway, nothing was lost, all good things from that snapshot are still shipped, just a day later.

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • AlmaLinux OS 8.6 Is Now Available for Download

        The latest version of Almalinux OS 8.6 “Sky Tiger”, is promoted as an alternative to CentOS. AlmaLinux OS Foundation announces the general availability of AlmaLinux OS 8.6. AlmaLinux OS 8.6 is available for download from the official website,

      • Red Hat Announces Upcoming Release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9 – itsfoss.net

        The Red Hat Summit 2022 is being held these days and among the many novelties that the event is leaving behind, the announcement of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9 is possibly the most prominent of them, given the importance of the system, as well as in the organizational chart of corporate Linux from which a few distributions derive, as the basis of the company’s own solution offering.

        The new version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) includes not only what has been accumulated over the last few years, but also many novelties from a new batch of which we already had a first glimpse last November, when the RHEL 9 beta was announced, just before RHEL 8.5 was released. A previous release so that the most adventurous users, but also the most interested, prepare themselves in time for the upcoming changes.

      • ZDNetFedora 36 is one of the best options for new Linux users | ZDNet

        For the longest time, Fedora was a distribution best used by those with plenty of Linux experience. It was a bleeding-edge operating system, which meant it shipped with all the newest software. That alone makes for a tricky situation for new users as things could tend to break.

      • Remi Collet: PHP version 8.0.19 and 8.1.6

        RPMs of PHP version 8.1.6 are available in remi-modular repository for Fedora ≥ 34 and Enterprise Linux ≥ 8 (RHEL, Alma, CentOS, Rocky…) and in remi-php81 repository for EL 7.

        RPMs of PHP version 8.0.19 are available in remi-modular repository for Fedora ≥ 34 and Enterprise Linux ≥ 8 (RHEL, Alma, CentOS, Rocky…) and in remi-php80 repository for EL 7.

      • Enterprisers Project3 reasons autonomy is more important than flexibility

        As companies switched to a remote work model at the start of the pandemic, some began experimenting with an asynchronous and autonomous work style. Since then, employees have grown accustomed to a certain level of flexibility while working from home – they have priorities outside of work and want a schedule that enables them to balance these priorities with work.

        More than flexibility, however, autonomy empowers employees to make decisions independent of immediate input from supervisors. It is essential to switch a team to an asynchronous work model successfully.

        Autonomous and asynchronous workstyles offer many benefits, primarily increased productivity, a better work/life balance, a stronger sense of ownership over schedules, and improved trust between the organization and the employee.

      • Fedora ProjectCPE Weekly Update – Week 19 2022 – Fedora Community Blog

        This is a weekly report from the CPE (Community Platform Engineering) Team.

      • Fedora ProjectYou’re invited: Fedora Ambassador Call – Fedora Community Blog

        A couple weeks ago the Fedora Community Outreach Revamp(FCOR) team announced that we would be organising an Ambassador Call Kick-off and collected feedback about availability. Based on the results from the whenisgood, we are excited to invite you to the Ambassador Call Kick-Off, on May 18th at 3PM UTC.

    • Debian Family

      • Bits from Debian: New Debian Developers and Maintainers (March and April 2022) [Ed: Debian (which we use on four machines) manages to recruit just one Developer a month. Not enough, DPL admits. Maybe they need better leadership.]
      • Barry KaulerEasyOS .img file now not compressed

        Up until now, EasyOS has been available as a compressed image file, named ‘easy-[-]-.img.gz’, for example ‘easy-3.4.7-amd64.img.gz’.

        Internally, it consists of a 1M gap, then a 639M vfat partition, then a 640M ext4 partition, plus another gap on the end, total file size 1281M uncompressed.
        Note, these days we have the term “MiB” to denote binary megabytes, 1048576 bytes (1024×1024), instead of 1,000,000 bytes. So, by “M” I actually mean MiB.

      • Barry KaulerIntroducing Easy Bookworm

        The Dunfell-series of Easy is built with packages compiled from source. There was an earlier Buster-series, now retired, built with Debian Buster DEBs.

        Debian 12 is not scheduled to be released until mid-2023. It is known as the “testing” branch, and will become the “stable” branch when released. It is also known as “Bookworm”.

      • Barry KaulerKernel 5.15.39 compiled in Easy Bookworm

        Partly this was to test that the ‘devx’ SFS works, and it does.

        But also, rufwoof recommended that lz4 be enabled for squashfs in the Linux kernel, as this compression format has very fast decompression. rufwoof’s post:


        The first time that you boot Easy, the QuickSetup window appears. You can also run it anytime via “Setup -> Quicksetup first-run settings” in the menu. In QuickSetup, there is a checkbox labeled “Recompress easy.sfs” — tick that, and easy.sfs will be changed from xz-compression to gz-compression. This will give faster reading of files from easy.sfs, and you might notice slightly snappier performance on an older computer.

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • MedevelJulius is a lightweight open-source Speech Recognition Engine

      “Julius” is a high-performance, small-footprint large vocabulary continuous speech recognition (LVCSR) decoder software for speech-related researchers and developers. It is primarily written for C programming language.

    • MedevelChatwoot is an open-source self-hosted custom support system

      Chatwoot is an open-source, self-hosted customer engagement suite. Chatwoot lets you view and manage your customer data, communicate with them irrespective of which medium they use, and re-engage them based on their profile.

    • FOSSLifeTake the 2022 “State of Open” Survey from OpenUK

      OpenUK’s second “State of Open” survey” is now live and runs until midnight BST on June 12, 2022.

      This year’s survey aims to capture UK open source adoption levels as well as take “a deep dive into the impacts and consequences of maturing open source software consumption, contribution and redistribution,” according to Amanda Brock, CEO, OpenUK, in the survey announcement.

    • Web Browsers

      • Mozilla

        • Extension starter pack – Firefox Add-ons Blog

          You’ve probably heard about “ad blockers,” “tab managers,” “anti-trackers” or any number of browser customization tools commonly known as extensions. And maybe you’re intrigued to try one, but you’ve never installed an extension before and the whole notion just seems a bit obscure.

    • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

      • ONLYOFFICE 7.1 Office Suite Update Released

        ONLYOFFICE 7.1 Office Suite Update Released, New release of ONLYOFFICE DocumentServer 7.1 with the implementation of a server for ONLYOFFICE online editors and collaboration. Editors can be used to work with text documents, spreadsheets and presentations. The project code is distributed under the free license AGPLv3.

        At the ONLYOFFICE DesktopEditors 7.1 , built on a single code base with online editors. Desktop editors are designed as desktop applications that are written in JavaScript using web technologies, but combine client and server components in one set, designed for self-sufficient use on the user’s local system, without resorting to an external service. For collaboration at your own facilities, you can also use the Nextcloud Hub, which provides full integration with ONLYOFFICE. Ready builds generated for Linux, Windows and macOS.

    • Openness/Sharing/Collaboration

      • Open Access/Content

        • OpenSource.comWhen open source meets academic publishing: Platinum open access journals | Opensource.com

          Academics routinely give away their work to companies for free—and then they buy it back! Can you imagine a farmer giving away free food and then paying to get it back for dinner? Probably not. Yet academics like me have been trapped for decades in a scheme where we give free work in exchange for job security and then pay millions of dollars a year to read our own writing.

          Fortunately, this is changing. The results from a study I just finished show that it is possible for academics to get job security without paying for it. My study found hundreds of journals that are platinum open access (OA)—that is, they require neither the author nor the readers to pay for peer-reviewed work—yet still carry the prestige and readership to help academics succeed in their careers.

          This trend is exploding: The Directory of Open Access Journals lists over 17,300 journals that offer a means of OA at some level, and over 12,250 have no article-processing charges (APCs). I used a handy open source Python script to compare this list to a list of journals ranked by the frequency with which their published papers are cited in other articles (The Journal Impact Factor List). It is clear that the last few years have seen a growing trend towards both OA in general and platinum OA specifically. These trends have the potential to accelerate science while helping prevent academic servitude.

    • Programming/Development

      • Julia Evanssqlite-utils: a nice way to import data into SQLite for analysis

        This is a quick post about a nice tool I found recently called sqlite-utils, from the tools category.

        Recently I wanted to do some basic data analysis using data from my Shopify store. So I figured I’d query the Shopify API and import my data into SQLite, and then I could make queries to get the graphs I want.

        But this seemed like a lot of boring work, like I’d have to write a schema and write a Python program. So I hunted around for a solution, and I found sqlite-utils, a tool designed to make it easy to import arbitrary data into SQLite to do data analysis on the data.

      • DevOps inspiration from Toyota Production System and Lean considered harmful

        Note: This text was originally the synopsis for a much longer article which I intended to write as the followup to a lightning talk about the subject I did at my workplace. Acknowledging that I probably won’t get time to write the long version, I think this synopsis can stand pretty well on its own as a statement of intent.

        DevOps and DevOps-related practices has become a huge thing in the software industry. Elements of this, such as Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment and the focus on monitoring production systems and metrics has resulted in large improvements in the handling of large-scale deployments. Especially, the act of deployment to production, in traditional systems often an error-prone process riddled with cataclysmic pitfalls and requiring huge amounts of overtime, is reduced to the trivial pushing of a button which can easily be done in normal office hours.

    • Leftovers

      • TediumHow Anti-Right-To-Repair Companies Try to Have it Both Ways

        One of the greatest innovations of the 18th century came about in wartime and soon helped to enable the industrial revolution. And it involved a simple idea: Machines in which all the parts could be replaced with other, similar parts. But as the parts get smaller and more sophisticated, one could argue that the big innovation at the center of modern repairability is under threat. Simply put, interchangeability, a feature that won wars and enabled much of modern culture, is falling out of fashion in favor of obsolescence and disposability. Today’s Tedium ponders the long tension between these two competing ways of thinking about the objects we buy and use on a daily basis.

      • Linux Foundation

      • Security

        • DedoimedoIntermittent SSL certificate and connectivity problems

          Some of you may have noticed, and in fact contacted me about this, that occasionally, Dedoimedo is not available. Specifically, when you try to access the site, you get an SSL certificate warning from your browser. I would like to inform you that I am aware of the issue, and I have been trying to get my hosting provider to resolve this for a while now.

          In more detail, the problem is that when the issue occurs, the certificate warning tells you that you’re trying to connect to *gridserver.com rather than my site, ergo dedoimedo.com. The aforementioned grid is part of the shared hosting environment where my site resides.

          My guess is that the hosting provider has a fault with one of their loadbalancer or Web server nodes, which does not properly terminate SSL. I have contacted them numerous times about this, wit no resolution provided yet. As to you, my dear readers, if you encounter this, the fix is simple. Just wait 2-3 minutes, and then refresh the page. You will then most likely land on a different grid node, with correct SSL termination, and everything will work fine. On my side, I will look at perhaps using a different hosting provider. Thank you for reading.

        • Fear, Uncertainty,

          • Attack on German companies through NPM packages [Ed: Microsoft is transmitting malware again, but guess who the media will blame (perpetrators and victims, not the carrier)]

            A new portion of malicious NPM packages created for targeted attacks on the German companies Bertelsmann, Bosch, Stihl and DB Schenker have been uncovered. The attack uses the dependency mixing method, which manipulates the intersection of dependency names in public and internal repositories. In publicly available applications, attackers find traces of accessing internal NPM packages downloaded from corporate repositories, whereupon they place packages with the same names and newer version numbers in the public NPM repository. If, when building, internal libraries are not explicitly linked in the settings to their repository, the npm package manager considers the public repository to be a higher priority and downloads the package prepared by the attacker.

          • Dark ReadingLinux, OpenSSF Champion Plan to Improve Open Source Security [Ed: Look what companies are in this thing. They relay everyone's data to the NSA. That itself is a data breach.]
          • LinuxInsiderOpen Source Leaders Push WH for Security Action [Ed: Microsoft is not “Open Source Leader”]

            The Linux Foundation and the Open Source Software Security Foundation (OpenSSF) brought together over 90 executives from 37 companies and government leaders from the NSC, ONCD, CISA, NIST, DOE, and OMB on Thursday to reach a consensus on key actions to take to improve the resiliency and security of open-source software.

          • ZDNetWhite House joins OpenSSF and the Linux Foundation in securing open-source software [Ed: Steven Vaughan-Nichols is paid to have become a corporate writer for corporate front group, with his occasional defamation against the community]
          • Linux Foundation’s Site/BlogThe Linux Foundation and Open Source Software Security Foundation (OpenSSF) Gather Industry and Government Leaders for Open Source Software Security Summit II [Ed: Linux Foundation quotes Jim Zemlin on security like Zemlin is a technical person. He is not. Charade, theatre, kakistocracy for FUD. If you are a Linux user, Linux Foundation does not represent you. If you are a Microsoft fan, then maybe Linux Foundation does speak for you. Linux Foundation is, in a nutshell, suits and nontechnical people exercising totalitarian control an authority over technical people, using capital as a weapon.]
          • Venture BeatHow much will it cost to secure open-source software? OpenSSF says $147.9M | VentureBeat [Ed: Linux Foundation is a source of FUD against Linux. Well, look who controls the organisation. This report cites Microsoft proxies as "sources" regarding "Open Source" security...]

            In recent years there have been multiple vulnerabilities in open-source software that have been exploited, leaving organizations of all sizes at risk.

        • Privacy/Surveillance

          • PurismThe Second Best Time to Protect Your Privacy – Purism

            There is a well-known Chinese proverb that says “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second best time is now.” This saying applies to many areas of life, and it also applies to privacy. The last few decades have seen a dramatic increase in the depth and breadth of privacy invasions from Big Tech companies. This increase tracks with the increase in smartphone usage, because what better way to invade someone’s privacy than with an always-on, always-connected computer full of sensors that people carry with them wherever they go? Few people took active steps to protect their privacy 20 years ago, but the second best time to protect your privacy is now. If you care about your privacy, what should you do, right now?

      • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

        • Public KnowledgeIP3 Awards Nominations – Public Knowledge

          Public Knowledge’s IP3 Awards is our way of honoring people that make significant contributions in the three areas of “IP”—Intellectual Property, Information Policy, and Internet Protocol.

        • Public KnowledgePublic Knowledge Applauds NTIA’s ‘Internet for All’ Roadmap To Help Close Digital Divide – Public Knowledge

          Today, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced three Notice of Funding Opportunities, collectively called the “Internet for All” program, outlining grant rules for potential recipients seeking broadband funding to promote access, affordability, and digital equity and inclusion. The Internet for All programs were funded under the bipartisan “Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.” Congress directed the NTIA to distribute nearly $45 billion dollars for broadband deployment and digital equity initiatives. Public Knowledge recently submitted comments encouraging the agency to ensure these funds result in affordable, reliable, and open networks for everyone.

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