08.02.22

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  • GNU/Linux

    • AboutChromebooksWhy I use a Chromebook [Ed: Proper GNU/Linux lets you do far more, plus it does not spy on you]

      I’ve been using Chromebooks since they first launched, starting with the CR-48 prototype back in 2010. Over, and even before, that time, I’ve used Linux, Mac, and PCs. I still do. But for the majority of my computing these days, I use a Chromebook. And when I report on some of the premium Chromebooks that cost as much as a decent Mac or PC, I routinely hear the question: “Why spend that much when you can get a Mac or PC for the same price and do so much more?” It’s a great question. Here’s my answer to why I use a Chromebook and ChromeOS.

    • PC World5 terrible reasons angry nerds say I should switch to Linux | PCWorld [Ed: IDG at it again... sponsored by Microsoft.]

      As a nerd of average make (nothing special to see here, folks), I’m aware of Linux. I’ve used Linux. I like Linux as a concept. It’s free, open-source, and flexible—an alternative to Windows and macOS that lets people of all backgrounds access modern computing.

      But I could do without the Linux fanatics. You know who I mean. The ones who burst into conversations like the Kool-Aid Man whenever you bring up Windows. You don’t need to ask them how they feel about Linux. It’s absolutely clear. That’s their operating system of choice. It’s the only OS of choice. But you don’t know it, so they’re here to enlighten you.

      Doesn’t matter what you say. The fanatics still appear. They have no concept of reading the room (or the conversation). The suggestion of Linux doesn’t need to have a reasonable link to the topic at hand. Out come the same tired proclamations.

      And they have no idea how bad those declarations are (even though Linux itself isn’t the problem here).

    • Linux Magazine

    • Server

      • Kubernetes BlogSpotlight on SIG Docs | Kubernetes

        The official documentation is the go-to source for any open source project. For Kubernetes, it’s an ever-evolving Special Interest Group (SIG) with people constantly putting in their efforts to make details about the project easier to consume for new contributors and users. SIG Docs publishes the official documentation on kubernetes.io which includes, but is not limited to, documentation of the core APIs, core architectural details, and CLI tools shipped with the Kubernetes release.

        To learn more about the work of SIG Docs and its future ahead in shaping the community, I have summarised my conversation with the co-chairs, Divya Mohan (DM), Rey Lejano (RL) and Natali Vlatko (NV), who ran through the SIG’s goals and how fellow contributors can help.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • TechRepublicLinux kernel 5.19 includes major networking improvements | TechRepublic

        Linus Torvalds is a busy man who continues to toil away at the Linux kernel to bring it new features, better performance and enhanced security. While the latest release of the Linux kernel might not be viewed as the biggest milestone in the history of the open-source operating system, it does have very interesting new additions to help the OS soar to new heights.

        The showstopper bit of trivia about Linux 5.19 is that Torvalds managed the release on an M2-powered Apple laptop. The Linux kernel has come so far that it can work with the latest and greatest hardware — from Apple.

        Let’s dive in and see what the latest Linux kernel has to offer.

      • VideoLinus Torvalds Is Testing Linux On M1/M2 Macs – Invidious

        The Asahi Linux team has been doing incredible work getting Linux running on the M1/M2 Macs and Linus Torvalds has been looking for powerful ARM based systems running linux so he decided to try it out.

      • Make Use OfHow Does the Linux Kernel Work? The Linux Kernel Anatomy Explained

        The Linux kernel is like a bridge that enables computing communication between applications and hardware and manages the system’s resources. Linus Torvalds developed the Linux kernel with C and Assembly and thus, he succeeded in creating a lightweight and portable core that was released to the public as open source.

        You can see the Linux kernel in many different sectors such as space, computers, smart watches, mobile phones, robotics, and health. But have you ever wondered how does the Linux kernel work under the hood?

      • OpenChrome, An Open Source Driver, Is Not Yet Ready To Be

        You might remember that one month ago, the sole developer left working on open source VIA x86 graphics support for Linux intended to eventually mainline this “OpenChrome” DRM/KMS driver for the Linux 5.20 cycle. Even though Linux 5.19 is being published today and the Linux 5.20 merge window is now open, the OpenChrome DRM driver is still in the development stage.

    • Applications

      • Libre Arts – 8 audio editors for Linux that are not Audacity

        Over the past few years, you might have seen a number of posts that attempted to list audio editors for Linux. Pretty much every time whoever made those lists, would start with Audacity, maybe pay a small tribute to non-free Ocenaudio, then immediately exhaust themselves and start listing Ardour, Rosegarden, LMMS, Mixxx, and even Guitarix — none of which are audio editors, of course.

        Even last year, when new Audacity owners were under fire for how they managed community relations (it’s so much better now), the attempt to list alternatives would be just about the same. Meanwhile, the world of Linux audio is a little fancier than that.

        So let’s review 8 free/libre audio editors for Linux that are not Audacity or one of its pride forks.

      • Aral BalkanMake Helix Editor follow the system colour scheme

        Black Box adheres to the system colour scheme in GNOME.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • OSTechNixHow To Add External USB Storage To Proxmox – OSTechNix

        The default Proxmox local storage location is /var/liz/vz. This is where all the Proxmox containers, VMs, and their VZdump backups, ISO images, disk images, snippets and templates are stored. If you run Proxmox on production, you should not keep all containers and VMs in the local disk itself. You must add an additional backup storage to regularly backup Proxmox containers and virtual machines. Just in case if your Proxmox system is crashed, you will still have your containers and VMs. In this brief tutorial, we will see how to add an external USB storage to Proxmox VE.

        At the end of this guide, we also included a link that demonstrates how to use the newly added storage to backup the proxmox containers and VMs.

      • ByteXDHow To Automate Multiple FFmpeg Commands With Bash – ByteXD

        In our daily computing life, we make use of software and programs without realizing that we are using a particular different program used by our main program. One very good example of this description is FFMPEG.

        This tool powers many widespread media-based applications, such as: iTunes, Youtube and the famous video player VLC. FFMPEG is a very fast tool used for converting and streaming video and audio, and also used in grabbing from live video or audio sources.
        FFMPEG is actually a command line utility (CLI) used mainly by software developers and media industry professionals, to perform operations on media files such as format conversion, encoding, resizing, concatenation, and compression.

        This project has a lot of useful features, specially the conversion feature. For the majority of people, the idea of converting video files may not be even in their dictionary. Unless they are part in a video production project or they happen to manage media files in regular bases. However, a normal person can be in situations where they require the capability of converting video files, for example: to ensure that the video can be played on different devices, to compress videos to smaller file sizes, or to improve the bitrates.

        In this article we will discuss how to use bash to automate multiple FFmpeg tasks.

        There a high chance that anyone could run into a situation where they want to extract or convert a large quantity of media files. In such situations, it’s imperative to understand how to use bash scripting to work for your advantage.

      • DignitedHow To Convert a Website to a Chrome App on a Chromebook – Dignited

        Chromebooks are a good choice for a new laptop. They’re fast, lightweight, and have tons of power under the hood. One of the many features of a Chromebook is that you can customize it to fit your personality. You can, for example, change themes, choose a background, install apps, or even create a web app for any website.

        Chromebooks offer support for most Android and Linux apps, but you can also have a native-app-like experience for your favorite websites. In this article, I will take you through how to convert a website into a Chrome app.

      • ID RootHow To Install Htop on Rocky Linux 9 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Htop on Rocky Linux 9. For those of you who didn’t know, Htop is an interactive process manager and viewer for system monitoring. It is just like the default top command with an additional set of options and a better display on the monitor. Htop displays a frequently updated list of the processes currently executing on a computer, usually in the order of CPU consumption.

        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 Htop interactive process viewer on Rocky Linux. 9.

      • ID RootHow To Install Postman on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Postman on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Postman is a complete API development platform that helps you manage your APIs in every stage of development, from designing and testing, to publishing API documentation and monitoring. It was early released as a chrome browser extension, but now it has quickly emerged as a robust API tool with guaranteed compatibility in several operating systems, including Linux.

        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 Postman on Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 22.04 and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Pop!_OS, and more as well.

      • ID RootHow To Install Jami on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Jami on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Jami is an end-to-end encrypted secure, and distributed chat communication platform also supports audio and video calling, which makes it the competitor or alternative of Skype. It is a cross-platform application, therefore all the operating systems such as Linux, Mac, and Windows support it.

        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 Jami (Ring) on Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 22.04 and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Pop!_OS, and more as well.

      • ID RootHow To Install Sails.js Framework on Rocky Linux 9 – idroot

        ll show you how to install Jami on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Jami is an end-to-end encrypted secure, and distributed chat communication platform also supports audio and video calling, which makes it the competitor or alternative of Skype. It is a cross-platform application, therefore all the operating systems such as Linux, Mac, and Windows support it.

        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 ac

      • MakeTech EasierHow to Create a BBS in Linux with EnigmaBBS – Make Tech Easier

        Bulletin Board Systems (BBS) used to be the quintessential information hubs of the 90s. These were geographically local machines that users could connect to in order to access information, obtain files and even communicate with other BBS users. Over the years, however, the know-how that you needed to even connect to one made it challenging for a regular user to participate in a BBS. As such, BBS have lost its luster and appeal in favor for the more global web.

        Despite that, it is still possible to create your own BBS server today using Linux. There are numerous projects, such as EnigmaBBS, that use modern languages and technologies to recreate the BBS experience of the 90s.

      • Linux Shell TipsHow to Create a Simple (.deb) Debian Package

        The software package format for Debian-based Linux distributions and their associated derivatives can easily be identified by the .deb extension. Debian packages are also attributed to two tar archives. The first archive file contains control information and the second one installable data.

        This article will walk us through the creation of a simple Debian package and later demonstrate its installation on any Debian-based system. To cover all the basics needed in creating a Debian package, we will create and package a simple trivial application from scratch.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install LibreWolf Browser on Linux Mint 21 LTS

        Firefox is a widely used web browser known for its speed, security, and privacy features. However, some users are concerned about the amount of personal data collected by the browser through telemetry. LibreWolf is a fork of Firefox that aims to address these concerns by eliminating telemetry and increasing protection against tracking and fingerprinting techniques. In addition, LibreWolf includes a few security improvements, such as disabling the auto-updating feature and allowing only signed add-ons to be installed. As a result, LibreWolf provides a more privacy-conscious alternative to Firefox that still offers a good user experience.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install LibreWolf Browser on Linux Mint 21 LTS release series. The tutorial will describe importing the official repository and gpg key and updating and removing the browser by utilizing the command line terminal.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Brave Browser on Linux Mint 21 LTS

        Brave is a free, open-source web browser developed by Brave Software, Inc. that promises faster internet browsing speeds and better privacy protection than other leading browsers. Based on the Chromium web browser, Brave includes features like built-in ad blocking and tracker blocking in its default settings. This makes Brave a good choice for users concerned about their online privacy and who want a browser that won’t slow down their computer.

        In addition, Brave offers rewards to users who opt to view advertisements through its BAT (Basic Attention Token) system. This allows users to support the websites they visit directly while still enjoying an ad-free browsing experience. Whether you’re looking for a fast, privacy-focused browser or a way to support your favorite websites, Brave may be the right choice for you.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Brave Browser on Linux Mint 21 LTS series using the command line terminal to install the stable version, and optional beta or development builds.

      • Linux Shell TipsHow to Rotate Logs With Logrotate in Linux

        When an application under a Linux operating system environment is running, background processes linked to that application are initiated. Events linked with the execution of these applications are recorded on a log file (generated by the applications and/or background processes).

        Since log files are constantly generated; especially on a busy system like a server environment, it is necessary to keep them in check.

        For a Linux system that is not running too many applications, log files can be easily and manually trimmed on timed schedules. However, such a log files management approach is not applicable to enterprise/production-ready Linux systems.

        Logrotate takes care of automatic rotation and compression of growing log files to ensure that we save on the system’s available disk space.

        This article will walk us through the installation and basic usage of the Logrotate utility in managing log files in the Linux system.

      • Trend OceansHow to Keep SSH Terminal Session Alive in Linux – TREND OCEANS

        SSH, or Secure Shell, is a gem for the Linux administrator to manage the remote system via a Linux terminal. It provides you with access control over the remote machine with or without root privileges.

        Logged-in users can easily perform admin tasks such as updating the system or managing system packages. However, when you leave a terminal session on a system update for a certain period of time, the session becomes inactive after the update is complete.

      • VideoHow to install Pardus 21.3 – Invidious

        In this video, I am going to show how to install Pardus 21.3.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install VirtualBox 6.1 on Linux Mint 21 LTS

        VirtualBox is a free and open-source hypervisor for x86 and x86-64 virtualization, which the Oracle Corporation develops. The software targets users wishing to create virtual environments for servers and desktops that allow users and administrations to run multiple guests operating systems on a single computer for either testing methods or production use. VirtualBox may be installed on Windows, macOS, Linux, Solaris, and FreeBSD. With the help of VirtualBox, one can run multiple guest operating systems on a single host machine. This is because it removes the hardware differences between various CPU architectures and allows running different operating systems on the same computer. In other words, it enables cross-platform compatibility. This feature makes VirtualBox very popular among developers and system administrators who need to test software on multiple platforms.

        Another advantage of VirtualBox is that it supports a wide range of guest additions, which add features like improved graphics support, mouse pointer integration, seamless windows, and shared folders to the guest operating system. This makes it possible to use virtual machines for day-to-day tasks such as web browsing or office work. Overall, VirtualBox is a powerful and convenient tool that can be used for both personal and professional purposes.

        The following tutorial will teach you how to install VirtualBox on Linux Mint 21 LTS series by importing the official virtual box repository and installing the most up-to-date version using the command line terminal. The extra benefit for users using this method is that you will receive them instantly from the VirtualBox repository when updates drop.

      • Beta NewsHow to use SIGKILL to rapidly terminate containers in Kubernetes

        Originating from Linux, which uses a Unix operating system, SIGKILL is a common command that developers use to terminate absolutely any process. Most commonly, if anything needs to be shut down immediately as it’s causing damage to the system itself, then SIGKILL is the go-to signal to use.

        Alongside Linux, SIGKILL has also found itself into any developer platform that manages container systems, with the most popular example of this being Kubernetes. As one of the most drastic signals that you can execute, SIGKILL will instantly terminate a process, without giving the system the opportunity to block or ignore the signal. With this, absolutely any processes that are connected to the process you’ve killed will also terminate.

        In the rare case that SIGKILL doesn’t totally terminate a process, your console will return a whole operating system error, which could reveal you have a much more difficult problem on your hands to solve.

      • Red Hat OfficialHow to limit container privilege with socket activation | Enable Sysadmin

        Originating from Linux, which uses a Unix operating system, SIGKILL is a common command that developers use to terminate absolutely any process. Most commonly, if anything needs to be shut down immediately as it’s causing damage to the system itself, then SIGKILL is the go-to signal to use.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Neofetch on Rocky Linux 9

        Neofetch is a free, open-source command-line system information tool written in bash 3.2+. Neofetch displays system information in a beautiful aesthetic way, such as system model and manufacturer, operating system, kernel version, uptime, memory resources, disk usage, and more. All this is displayed in an easy-to-read format that can be further customized with colors and logos. Neofetch also outputs the information in JSON, so other programs and scripts can use it. Neofetch is an excellent tool for anyone who wants quick and easy system information without installing additional software.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Neofetch on Rocky Linux 9 using the command line terminal and how to use the terminal commands to achieve more with Neofetch.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Pinta on Linux Mint 21 LTS

        Pinta is an excellent image editing tool for both novice and experienced users. The user interface is straightforward yet still packed with features. The drawing tools are comprehensive and easy to use, and the wide range of effects makes it easy to add a professional touch to your images. One of the best features of Pinta is the ability to create unlimited layers. This makes it easy to keep your work tidy and organized and allows you to experiment with different effects without damaging your original image easily. Whether you’re looking for a simple way to crop and resize your photos or you need a more powerful tool for advanced retouching, Pinta has everything you need.

        The following tutorial will teach you how to install Pinta on Linux Mint 21 LTS series using two different methods: apt and flatpak, along with the command terminal to install the image editor.

      • OSNoteHow to Install ProcessWire CMS on CentOS – OSNote

        ProcessWire is a free and open-source PHP content management system and framework that was created by Ryan Cramer in 2008, initially using the name Page CMS. In February 2011, it was publicly released as an open-source project under the MIT license.

    • Games

      • Boiling SteamPorting a Roblox Game to Steam with Unity: the Case of “Find the Cats” [Ed: But this is a Microsoft Mono problem]

        Find the Cats is a new game that was released just a few days ago on Steam by a game developer that we happen to know personally, Bemmu. Find the Cats is a cute little title aimed at kids, challenging them to find all the cats hiding across different levels.

        This is Bemmu’s first Steam game, released on day 1 with native clients for Windows, Mac and Linux. It was however not his first game. Find the Cats was originally a very popular game he had created on Roblox – so popular that he had created a series of cat-themed games on Roblox following its initial success.

      • Godot EngineGodot Engine – Maintenance release: Godot 3.4.5

        It’s been a while since our last stable release! And this is not the long anticipated 3.5, nor 4.0, but simply a Godot 3.4.5 maintenance release to fix a handful of issues in the current 3.4 stable branch.

        But don’t worry – the feature release 3.5 is just around the corner (and you can use it now via its last release candidate), and 4.0 beta is not far off either.

        This is a safe and recommended update for all Godot 3.4.x users. It should have no major incidence on your projects, even complex ones in production, if you’re already using 3.4.4-stable.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • 9to5LinuxEmmabuntüs 1.02 Brings Debian Bullseye 11.4 Goodies, Improves UEFI/Secure Boot Support


      Emmabuntüs 1.02 is here almost seven months after Emmabuntüs 1.01 and it’s based on the Debian GNU/Linux 11.4 “Bullseye” release that arrived last month with 79 security updates and 81 miscellaneous bug fixes.

      Supporting both the Xfce and LXQt desktop environments on the same ISO image, Emmabuntüs 1.02 adds 64-bit UEFI boot on the 32-bit ISO and vice-versa to improve the handling of UEFI and Secure Boot, switches to the Liberation Sans font for the LXQt desktop by default, and adds MemTest86+ option to the UEFI boot menu to let you test your PC’s RAM for errors.

    • LinuxiacEmmabuntus DE4 1.02 Is Here, a Linux Distro with Noble Goals

      Emmabuntus DE4 1.02 is here to breathe new life into your old computer, support humanitarianism, and encourage newcomers to discover Linux.

      Emmabuntus is a distribution that is unfamiliar to the average Linux user. This is primarily due to its target audience. But first, a few words regarding the distro.

      While the name implies an association with Ubuntu, this is untrue and originates from earlier versions of Emmabuntus that were based on Ubuntu. As of February 2016, the distro is based entirely on the Debian stable branch and comes with two default desktop environments, Xfce and LXQt.

    • ZDNetFeren OS is a Linux distribution that is as lovely as it is easy to use | ZDNet

      Linux is many things to many people. For me, it’s served just about every purpose that an operating system is capable of. I’ve used it on desktops, servers, phones, tablets, the cloud, and countless embedded systems. But the most widely-used purpose for me is as a desktop operating system.

    • New Releases

      • Barry KaulerEasyOS 32-bit Dunfell-series version 4.3.1

        The version numbering is for the EasyOS infrastructure, not a measure of 32-bit compatibility.
        I have only tested on one old 32-bit laptop, works fine, but there could be issues on other old computers.
        This is released with “minimal support”, as I don’t want to be distracted too much from the main thrust, which is for 64-bit computers.

    • PCLinuxOS/Mageia/Mandriva/OpenMandriva Family

      • So you are not good enough to contribute? | Mageia Blog (English)

        No. Only that you do not need to be good enough. Not a single one of us is, we all have gaps in our knowledge, we all have missing talents. Yet Mageia is still there, since over a decade. Why? Because, by bundling our very different skills and talents and by bundling our available time, Mageia became good as a whole.

    • SUSE/OpenSUSE

      • YaST Development Report – Chapter 6 of 2022 | YaST

        Cockpit has been selected as the default tool to perform 1:1 administration of ALP systems. Easing the adoption of Cockpit on ALP is, therefore, one of the main goals of the 1:1 System Management Work Group. Since clear documentation is key, we created this wiki page explaining how to setup and start using Cockpit on ALP.

        The document includes several so-called “development notes” presenting aspects we want to work on in order to improve the user experience and make the process even more straightforward. So stay tuned for more news in that regard.

    • Fedora Family / Red Hat

      • Red Hat OfficialUsing hosted image builder via its API

        Image builder is a new hosted Red Hat service for building customized cloud images. In this blog post, I’ll show you how to use it from the command line.

      • Red Hat OfficialCreating an Ansible controller config as code pipeline

        In a previous article, I described how to implement configuration as code for automation controller (then Red Hat Ansible Tower) using the controller_configuration Ansible Content Collection created by the Red Hat Community of Practice. In this article, I describe how to take that Collection and create an organization-wide solution to deploying configuration as code. The code in this article makes use of the updated redhat_cop.controller_configuration Collection.

      • Weekly status of Packit Team: August 2022

        Week 30 (July 26th–August 1st) # Packit has switched to python-specfile library for handling spec files. This may cause some issues to pop up. (packit#1588) Packit CLI can now build RPMs in mock.

      • Fedora ProjectNest with Fedora 2022: Thanks to our Sponsors!

        Fedora’s annual contributor conference Nest with Fedora 2022 is occurring August 4th–6th. Even with the virtual format, we are so excited to see everyone together, so don’t forget to register! Nest with Fedora is made possible by funding from our sponsors. Their assistance brings us everything from the conference platform to promotion to swag.

        A big “Thank You!” goes to our astounding sponsors for their support in bringing Fedora Friends together in 2022. Thank you Red Hat, Lenovo, AlmaLinux, openSUSE, GitLab, Datto, and Das Keyboard.

        We also want to thank TuxDigital, GNOME, KDE, and Opensource.com for being our amazing media partners for this event and helping us reach a bigger audience.

      • Enterprisers Project7 ‘stay interview’ questions to gauge employee satisfaction | The Enterprisers Project

        One of the most valuable things to come out of The Great Resignation has been a refocus on people. As leaders, we need to show up for our people every day. We need to understand their concerns. We should show appreciation and help them feel valued. We must be present.

        Stay interviews are an excellent tool for understanding our people. Exit interviews help us discover why people are leaving. Stay interviews help us determine where people find value in the organization and why they may be inching towards the door. They are an invaluable tool to implement continuous improvement and show people that their voice matters.

        I’ll admit the name “stay interview” is a little wonky. If I heard it as a direct report, I might think, “Should I consider leaving?” Instead, shape the conversation as “I’d love to get your perspective on a few important topics to help me serve you better.” Lead by clarifying the benefit to the employee.

      • Enterprisers ProjectWhat transformational leaders do differently | The Enterprisers Project

        Transformational leaders can catalyze the kind of change organizations need now. They have a bold vision for the future and a plan for empowering others to make that vision real.

        What sets a transformational leader apart? We recently asked IT leaders who won the 2022 Miami CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards to define transformational leadership. Here’s what they had to say.

      • Rocky Linux Is Not CentOS; It’s Better: Gregory Kurtzer

        The discontinuation of CentOS Linux affected many people in the community who relied on it for its stability and mirror level of bug-to-bug and bit-for-bit compliance and compatibility with the upstream Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). However, this acted as a catalyst for the creation of Rocky Linux, which aims to bridge the gap for CentOS users.

    • Debian Family

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • ZDNetLinux Mint 21 arrives. Here’s what’s new | ZDNet

        I’ve been using Linux desktops since the interface debate was between the C shell and Bash. I’ve used over 100 major Linux desktops. But over the past few years, time and again, Linux Mint has proven to be simply the best Linux desktop of all. And with the release of Linux Mint 21, Vanessa, I have every reason to believe it will stay at the top of my list and on my production desktops.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • The Register UKOpen source laptop PineBook Pro is shipping again • The Register

        After a very long delay, Pine64 has once again started shipping its open source devices to hardware and OS hackers.

        Shenzen is just starting to emerge from its latest lockdown, and perhaps the most hotly anticipated device that the company offers is available to order online… but don’t all hammer the order button at once.

      • CNX SoftwareGolioth ESP-IDF SDK connects ESP32 boards to the Golioth Cloud – CNX Software

        Golioth have released an open-source “ESP-IDF SDK” to let ESP32 hardware connect to their Golioth Cloud, extending existing support from the existing Zephyr SDK.

      • ArduinoIntroducing multitasking to Arduino | Arduino Blog

        With the increased capabilities of Arduino and other microcontroller boards, including faster clocks or even multiple cores, the need to handle multiple tasks simultaneously arises more often than in the past. For instance, you often want to control motors, update a display and detect user interactions at the same time, or perform tasks that have different timing or wait for external events.

        The traditional way to do this is to write non-blocking code so that the loop() function can run as fast as possible, updating state variables and calling the millis() function to ensure proper timing (see the “Blink without delay” example to learn more). This approach leads to bloated code, though, which is hard to debug and maintain, and also does not support multiple cores.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Web Browsers

      • Mozilla

        • TorHelp Smash Tor Bugs!

          Last year, your support of the Bug Smash Fund helped us solve 241 tickets related to Tor bugs and maintenance.

          From smashing bugs related to anti-censorship features for censored users, resolving issues in Tor Browser, and conducting sysadmin maintenance, to squashing bugs on the network, resolving errors on metrics.torproject.org, and making documentation updates, you’ve powered the behind-the-scenes work that keeps Tor safe and strong.

    • SaaS/Back End/Databases

      • UbuntuUbuntu Blog: Patterns to achieve database High Availability

        A study from ManageForce estimated the cost of a database outage to be an average of $474,000 per hour. Long database outages are the result of poor design concerning high availability.

        With the exponential growth of data that is generated over the internet (which is expected to reach 180 zeta-bytes by the end of 2025) and the increasing reliance on different database technologies to serve those data to their intended users, the cost of database downtime will continue to increase in the upcoming years.

      • HackadayNever Too Rich Or Thin: Compress Sqlite 80%

        We are big fans of using SQLite for anything of even moderate complexity where you might otherwise use a file. The advantages are numerous, but sometimes you want to be lean on file storage. [Phiresky] has a great answer to that: the sqlite-zstd extension offers transparent row-level compression for SQLite.

    • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

    • Content Management Systems (CMS)

      • Unix MenLinux or Windows for eCommerce?

        An operating system is the most important component for eCommerce success. The software manages the system’s memory, hardware, all software, and processes. When setting up eCommerce, an investor needs to make several decisions. One of the key decisions is whether to use Linux or Windows in the business systems.

        The business owner or customers cannot interact with the eCommerce system without an OS. It is the main computer language that helps it communicate with hundreds of other applications. The critical part when choosing the right OS is determining which one will allow the business backend to communicate with an ever-growing wide range of front-end applications.

        [...]

        Developers of Linux were keen to ensure they created an open-source operating system. It creates the bottom layer under which every other application or program runs. All hardware operations reply to commands given through the OS. Being an open software, Linux makes a top choice for eCommerce due to its wide range of advantages.

      • Why WordPress Is a Good First Platform for Students

        A lot of students consider the opportunity to create their own platform. It can be a blog, portfolio, or small business site. Although there are many options out there, WordPress overcomes competitors by far. In this guide, you’ll learn all about why it is the best first platform for students and how it can be used.

        [...]

        Sure, there is some learning curve to understanding all the functionality. But the best part is that you do not need to have any specific knowledge to use the software. There is also no need for any coding experience. All you need is attention and average computer skills.

        If you want to study WordPress, it is a great opportunity as well. Starting from this point will make the process simpler and faster.

        It is an out-of-box solution accessible to anyone. Because it has been widely used, there are also multiple resources and guides teaching all tricks and hacks one might need. So even if you struggle with some particular feature, you can find an answer easily.

    • GNU Projects

    • Programming/Development

      • FOSSLifeGoogle Announces Cirq 1.0 — An Open Source Framework for Quantum Computing

        Google has announced version 1 of its open source quantum programming framework: Cirq.

        According to the Google blog, “Cirq is a Python framework for writing, running, and analyzing the results of quantum computer programs,” and it functions as “the lingua franca” for writing programs to run on Google’s quantum computing hardware.

      • MedevelOpen Chemistry: 18 Open-source Chemistry Libraries and Frameworks

        As we at MEDevel.com are hunting for open-source medical and healthcare apps, as well as education and software development. Chemistry is not an exception. So here is our list for the open-source chemistry library and frameworks.

      • Medevel9 Open Source React and React Native IDEs

        React is a JavaScript framework by Facebook for creating scalable applications. It is used to create many popular apps that you use every day as Instagram, Facebook, Walmart, and Gyroscope.

        The React Native is yet another React port for creating mobile apps for Android and iOS. It is used by dozens of global companies such as Skype, Facebook, Instagram, Airbnb, Wix, and Uber.

        While many developers prefer to use agonistic IDEs, and code editors such as VS Code, and Atom, there are many React specific IDEs and code editor that come with a dozen of useful features and options.

        In this post, we review some of these React IDEs, that will help developers speed up their production time, and enjoy their work on their React projects.

      • MedevelRekit: Create and Manage React App With a Modern IDE

        Rekit is a toolkit for building scalable web applications with React, Redux and React-router. It helps you focus on business logic rather than dealing with massive libraries, patterns, configurations etc.

      • The GNU C Library version 2.36 is now available
      • LWNThe GNU C Library version 2.36 is now available
        The GNU C Library
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        The GNU C Library version 2.36 is now available.
        
        The GNU C Library is used as *the* C library in the GNU system and
        in GNU/Linux systems, as well as many other systems that use Linux
        as the kernel.
        
        The GNU C Library is primarily designed to be a portable 
        and high performance C library.  It follows all relevant 
        standards including ISO C11 and POSIX.1-2017.  It is also 
        internationalized and has one of the most complete 
        internationalization interfaces known. 
        
        
      • LWNGNU C Library 2.36 released [LWN.net]

        Version 2.36 of the GNU C Library has been released. Changes include support for the new DT_RELR relocation format, wrappers for the process_madvise(), process_mrelease(), pidfd_open(), pidfd_getfd(), and pidfd_send_signal() system calls, wrappers for the new filesystem mounting API, a DNS stub resolver that only does IPv4 queries, support for the BSD arc4random() API (despite some last-minute discussion), LoongArch architecture support, and more.

      • Go 1.19 Release Notes

        The latest Go release, version 1.19, arrives five months after Go 1.18. Most of its changes are in the implementation of the toolchain, runtime, and libraries. As always, the release maintains the Go 1 promise of compatibility. We expect almost all Go programs to continue to compile and run as before.

      • LWNGo 1.19 released [LWN.net]

        Version 1.19 of the Go programming language has been released. “Most of its changes are in the implementation of the toolchain, runtime, and libraries. As always, the release maintains the Go 1 promise of compatibility. We expect almost all Go programs to continue to compile and run as before”. This release includes some memory-model tweaks, a LoongArch port, improvements in the documentation-comment mechanism, and more.

    • Standards/Consortia

      • Business WireCXL Consortium Releases Compute Express Link 3.0 Specification to Expand Fabric Capabilities and Management
      • Steinar H GundersonSteinar H. Gunderson: AV1 live streaming: The bitrate difference

        As part of looking into AV1, I wanted to get a feel for what kind of bitrate to aim for. Of course, Intel and others have made exquisite graphs containing results for many different encoders (although they might have wanted to spend a little more pixels on that latest one…), but you always feel suspicious that the results might be a bit cherry-picked. In particular, SVT-AV1 always seems to run on pretty wide machines (in this case, 48 cores/96 threads), and I wondered whether this was the primary reason for it doing so ell.

        So I made my own test, with the kind of footage I care about (a sports clip) at the speeds that I care about (realtime). I intentionally restricted the encoders to 16 cores (no HT, since that was the easiest), and tried various bitrates until I hit VMAF 85, which felt like a reasonable target. Of course, you don’t always hit exactly 85.000 at any bit rate, VMAF is not a perfect measure, encoders encode for other metrics than VMAF, etc.…, but it’s in the right ballpark. (Do note, though, that since I don’t enable CBR but let both encoders work pretty freely within their 1-pass VBR, SVT-AV1′s rate control issues won’t really show up here. I consider that a feature of this graph, really, not a bug. But keep it in mind.)

      • TechTargetTroubleshoot name resolution on Windows, Linux and macOS

        Name resolution relates two important identities: hostnames and IP addresses. Humans are typically more comfortable with hostnames, which are easier to remember. However, TCP/IP requires source and destination IP addresses to communicate. Name resolution works between these two identities.

        Name resolution via DNS is one of the most critical services on the network. Without it, network printers, servers, websites and other essential services could become inaccessible. This article shows several methods and commands for troubleshooting name resolution from the client’s perspective.

  • Leftovers

    • ScheerpostFrom 2008 to the Present: Changes in China and the World

      Comparing the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China’s zeitgeist and national mentality have changed significantly. So what has happened in the past 14…

    • Counter PunchDemocracy vs. the Megamachine

      That is the picture Fabian Scheidler presents in his compact history of how we have arrived at the current moment, The End of the Megamachine: A Brief History of a Failing Civilization. Densely detailed, it summarizes the development of hierarchical civilization since earliest developments in the Middle East some five millennia ago, and dives deep into its modern emergence in capitalist form over recent centuries. (Those are covered in previous installments here and here.) That form has spurred many movements of resistance, which have been met with tactics ranging from force to manipulation of public opinion.

    • HackadayR2Home Is Ready To Bring Back Your High Altitude Payload

      With high-altitude ballooning, you are at the mercy of the winds, which can move your payload hundreds of kilometers and deposit it in some inaccessible spot. To solve this [Yohan Hadji] created R2Home, an autonomous parachute-based recovery system that can fly a payload to any specified landing site within its gliding range.

    • The NationThe Sophist Network

      There is a feverish search, conducted in books, to find ways to place the Internet within the daily texture of lived experience. Some critics diagnose this condition in psychological terms: as a problem of addiction (to screens and feeds), a problem of overload (of information and content), a problem of fragmentation (of self, community, or a once cohesive social body), or a problem of loss (of authenticity, immediacy, or mental faculties). Others frame life online using the language of political economy: The pervasive capture of personal data by Big Tech monopolies annihilates previous standards of privacy, introduces pernicious mechanisms of surveillance, and may even constitute a whole new model of capital accumulation itself. Each contribution to this literature, however narrow its focus, constitutes an effort to conceptually map a supposedly novel kind of social universe; the very heterogeneity of the strategies testifies to that effort’s insuperable difficulties.

    • TruthOutBill Russell Has Died, But His Legacies in Basketball and Racial Justice Live On
    • The NationBill Russell Was a Revolutionary

      William Felton Russell revolutionized basketball with a simple innovation: jumping. In an era when players were told to stay fastened to the ground when playing defense, he jumped. And when Bill Russell jumped, he blocked shots. He blocked so many shots—while averaging an astounding 22.5 rebounds a game—that even though the blocked shot was not a stat that was kept during his day, it is widely assumed that he is the all-time leader. Russell turned the blocked shot into an art form and played unselfish basketball en route to 11 championships and five MVPs in 13 years with the Boston Celtics. He also played a role in revolutionizing politics, and at this moment when the GOP is trying to roll back time—to in effect kill the reforms and memory of the Black freedom struggle—remembering his legacy is especially vital.

    • HackadaySimple Propulsion For The Lazy Paddle Boarder

      One of the downsides to healthy outdoor activities is all the exercise. Who would want to do that if you can build something to do the hard work for you? That seems to be the theme of [Bitluni]’s latest build, a simple (and hacky) propulsion system for a stand-up paddleboard.

    • HackadayCombat Gets A Computer Controlled Opponent

      If you ever spent some time playing on the Atari 2600, there’s an excellent chance you went through a few rounds of Combat. The two-player warfare game not only came with the console but was actually one of the more technically impressive titles for the system, offering nearly 30 variations of the core head-to-head gameplay formula.

    • Hardware

      • HackadayScavenging CDs For Flexible Parts

        CDs are becoming largely obsolete now, thanks to the speed of the internet and the reliability and low costs of other storage media. To help keep all of this plastic out of the landfills, many have been attempting to find uses for these old discs. One of the more intriguing methods of reprurposing CDs was recently published in Nature, which details a process to harvest and produce flexible biosensors from them.

      • HackadayAsk Hackaday: What Was Your First Electronics Win?

        Back in high school, I joined the stage crew — because of course I did. As student theater groups go, it was pretty active, and with two shows to produce each year, there was always a lot of work to do. I gravitated to the lighting crew, which was a natural fit for me. Besides the electrical part of the job, there was also a lot of monkeying around on scaffolding and rickety ladders to hang the lights, which was great fun for the young and immortal. Plus there was the lighting console to run during performances, a job I eventually took over for my last two years.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Telex (Hungary)What does goulash have to do with Hungarian gulyás?
      • Pro PublicaDr. Gerald M. Sacks Settles With DOJ Over Drug Company Kickback Allegations

        A dozen years ago, a Santa Monica, California, pain doctor named Gerald M. Sacks emerged as one of the pharmaceutical industry’s top paid speakers — anointed to extol the virtues of a variety of drugs, even though several experts in pain medicine said they’d never heard of him.

        His drug company haul had occurred largely under the radar until 2010, when ProPublica started digging into what the firms were paying physicians to deliver talks and consult on their pills. That’s when we consolidated the payments from seven companies, most of which had been forced by government settlements to make them public, in a database we called Dollars for Docs.

    • Pseudo-Open Source

      • Openwashing

        • Linux Foundation’s Site/BlogPublic-private partnerships in health: The journey ahead for open source

          The past three years have redefined the practice and management of public health on a global scale. What will we need in order to support innovation over the next three years?

          In May 2022, ASTHO (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials) held a forward-looking panel at their TechXPO on public health innovation, with a specific focus on public-private partnerships. Jim St. Clair, the Executive Director of Linux Foundation Public Health, spoke alongside representatives from MITRE, Amazon Web Services, and the Washington State Department of Health.

    • Security

      • LWNSecurity updates for Tuesday [LWN.net]

        Security updates have been issued by Debian (curl and jetty9), Fedora (dovecot), Gentoo (vault), Scientific Linux (java-1.8.0-openjdk, java-11-openjdk, and squid), SUSE (booth, dovecot22, dwarves and elfutils, firefox, gimp, java-11-openjdk, kernel, and oracleasm), and Ubuntu (linux, linux-hwe-5.15, linux-lowlatency, linux-lowlatency-hwe-5.15, net-snmp, and samba).

      • CSOHow OpenSSF Scorecards can help to evaluate open-source software risks

        Everyone knows the phrase “software is eating the world” by Marc Andreessen from over a decade ago. Software powers and touches nearly every aspect of modern society, both personally and professionally, and is critical to the modern economy and national security.

      • Kali LinuxSecure Kali Pi (2022) | Kali Linux Blog

        This is the first part of a 3 part series of blog posts surrounding Kali usage on Raspberry Pi devices. This first post will cover enabling Full Disk Encryption (FDE) on a Raspberry Pi, part two will cover remotely connecting to it, and finally, part three will cover debugging issues we ran into while making these posts, so others can learn how to do so as well.

      • GoogleChrome Releases: Stable Channel Update for Desktop

        The Chrome team is delighted to announce the promotion of Chrome 104 to the stable channel for Windows, Mac and Linux.Chrome 104 is also promoted to our new extended stable channel for Windows and Mac. This will roll out over the coming days/weeks.

      • eSecurity PlanetNew Linux Malware Surges, Surpassing Android [Ed: Just that same promotional FUD from Atlas VPN, using the wrong yardstick and a fake "model" of security]

        The Atlas VPN report said the number of new Linux malware samples collected soared by 646% from the first half of 2021 to the first half of 2022, from 226,334 samples to nearly 1.7 million.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • Counter PunchFacial Recognition Technology Down Under

          It all began with an investigation by CHOICE which found that the department store chain Kmart, and household warehouse chain Bunnings, were using FRT to ostensibly protect customers and staff while reducing theft in select stores.  The group also found a third retailer, The Good Guys, had not lived up to its distinctly smug name, using technology that stores the unique biometric information of its customers.

          According to the investigation, 25 major Australian companies were asked whether they used FRT and how their privacy policies stacked up.  Based upon the findings, the three big culprits were identified.

        • TechdirtAnd Now EU Commissioners Are Reporting Their Phones Were Infected With NSO Group Malware

          NSO Group has gone from being an under-the-radar spyware darling selling powerful phone hackery to some of the absolutely worst governments in the world to being an extremely exposed malware pariah which has sold powerful phone hackery to some of the absolute worst governments in the world.

        • TechdirtMichigan Supreme Court Says Photographing, Fingerprinting People Without Probable Cause Is Unconstitutional

          The only surprise in this decision isn’t that the court ruled the way it did. It’s that the Grand Rapids, Michigan police department apparently believed it wasn’t a violation of rights.

        • TechdirtShotSpotter Asks Court To Hold It In Contempt Rather Than Turn Over Information To Defense Lawyer

          ShotSpotter — the gunshot analytic company with the rather sketchy reputation — is, once again, endearing itself to the public by doing things that seem… well… sketchy.

        • The MarkupWho Is Collecting Data from Your Car? – The Markup

          Today’s cars are akin to smartphones, with apps connected to the internet that collect huge amounts of data, some of which is highly personal.

          Most drivers have no idea what data is being transmitted from their vehicles, let alone who exactly is collecting, analyzing, and sharing that data, and with whom. A recent survey of drivers by the Automotive Industries Association of Canada found that only 28 percent of respondents had a clear understanding of the types of data their vehicle produced, and the same percentage said they had a clear understanding of who had access to that data.

        • Bruce SchneierSurveillance of Your Car – Schneier on Security

          TheMarkup has an extensive analysis of connected vehicle data and the companies that are collecting it.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • TruthOutTens of Thousands of Afghan Women Refugees Risk Being Returned to Acute Danger
      • TruthOutHouse Passes Assault Weapons Ban, First of Its Kind in Decades
      • Common DreamsCritics Call Pelosi’s Confirmed Trip to Taiwan a ‘Dangerous War Provocation’

        House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will visit Taiwan this week, U.S. and Taiwanese officials said Monday, despite warnings from China, the Biden administration, and anti-war campaigners.

        “The chances of a military confrontation between China and the United States have spiked upward.”

      • Counter PunchNancy Pelosi Could Get Us All Killed

        Long combustible over Taiwan, the tensions between Beijing and Washington are now close to ablaze, due to Pelosi’s desire to be the first House speaker to visit Taiwan in 25 years. Despite the alarms that her travel plans have set off, President Biden has responded timidly — even while much of the establishment wants to see the trip canceled.

        “Well, I think that the military thinks it’s not a good idea right now,” Biden said about the prospective trip on July 20. “But I don’t know what the status of it is.”

      • The Gray ZoneNATO-backed network of Syria dirty war propagandists identified
      • Counter PunchThe Role of Christianity in the Crimes of Indigenous Boarding Schools

        As at many boarding schools set up to assimilate Indigenous children, students were punished for speaking their language and sometimes experienced abuse. According to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba, 15 children died at this particular school over the years. Several of them succumbed to tuberculosis.

        During his visit, the pope said he was “deeply sorry” for “the ways in which, regrettably, many Christians supported the colonizing mentality of the powers that oppressed the Indigenous peoples.”

      • Counter PunchHenry Kissinger: A Warmonger’s Lying Continues

        Kissinger, who believed in the possibility of limited nuclear war in the 1950s, favored the use of a nuclear card in the war between India and Pakistan in 1971, and the October War in the Middle East in 1973.  On an earlier occasion, in 1970, when the Nixon administration was faced with a threat about the Soviet construction of a submarine repair facility in Cuba, Kissinger wanted to send a strong military signal to the Soviets.  Nixon wisely said, “I think we can resolve this with diplomacy.”  Nixon was right.

        The following year, during the Indian-Pakistan War, Kissinger feared that the Soviet Union would use the war to “move against” the Chinese and that if “we don’t do anything, we’ll be finished.”  Nixon wanted to know if Kissinger meant that we should “start lobbing nuclear weapons in, is that what you mean?”  Kissinger made it clear that he meant must just that, referring to it as the “final showdown.”  (I was an intelligence analyst at the Department of State in the early 1970s, a period when Kissinger and his director of the Bureau of Intelligence, William Hyland, were convinced that the Soviets were prepared to go to war against China.  There was no intelligence to support their obsession.)

      • Meduza‘The world has changed’ Winning a nuclear war is impossible, says Moscow, but Washington must understand that peace is harder now than during the Cold War — Meduza

        World leaders traded ominous remarks about the future on Monday as the 10th Review Conference for the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) got underway in New York. “Today, humanity is just one misunderstanding, one miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation,” warned UN head Antonio Guterres, adding, “We have been extraordinarily lucky so far. But luck is not a strategy. Nor is it a shield from geopolitical tensions boiling over into nuclear conflict.” Western powers and senior officials in Russia agree about the dangers of atomic bombs, but the consensus weakens once the conversation moves to concrete steps.

      • ScheerpostThe World Does Not Want a Global NATO

        Most of the world rejects NATO’s policies and global aspirations and does not wish to divide the international community into outdated Cold War blocs, writes Vijay Prashad.

      • Pro PublicaNews Organizations Sue Texas Department of Public Safety Over Withheld Uvalde Shooting Records

        More than a dozen news organizations filed a lawsuit against the Texas Department of Public Safety on Monday, accusing the agency of unlawfully withholding public records related to the May school shooting in Uvalde.

      • Common DreamsUN Chief Says Humanity ‘One Miscalculation Away From Nuclear Annihilation’

        The head of the United Nations issued a stark warning Monday that global geopolitical conflicts and escalating military tensions between nuclear-armed powers have pushed humanity to the brink of self-destruction—a looming catastrophe that can only be avoided by eliminating atomic weapons entirely.

        “We have been extraordinarily lucky so far. But luck is not a strategy.”

      • Meduza‘Distorted and discredited’: From the peace sign to scare quotes, these are the gestures that now trigger prosecution in Russia — Meduza

        In the week after Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine in late February, federal lawmakers raced to pass legislation that effectively abolishes the freedom of expression regarding criticisms of the “special military operation.” The strictest new law criminalized the dissemination of “knowingly false information” about the military. Under aggravated circumstances, the maximum penalty for violating this new statute is 15 years in prison. According to researchers at the OVD Info project, investigators across Russia have opened at least 75 felony cases against people accused of “spreading fakes” about the army.

      • Meduza‘They don’t belong here’ Even after five months of Russian occupation, Kherson residents haven’t lost faith in the Ukrainian army — Meduza

        Ukraine’s Kherson region came under Russian occupation on March 3, less than two weeks after the full-scale war began. In the months since, the occupation authorities have repeatedly announced their intentions to make Kherson a part of Russia. In late June, Kirill Stremousov, who Russian state media refers to as the deputy head of the region’s new “Military Civil Administration,” announced that preparations were underway for a referendum on joining Russia to be held in the fall. But Ukraine has other plans: in late July, the Ukrainian Armed Forces started shelling the Antonivskyi Bridge, a roadway across the Dnipro River that’s crucial for Russian forces to transport supplies. Belarusian news outlet Zerkalo spoke to Kherson residents about what it’s like to live under occupation as Ukrainian forces inch closer to liberating the city. With Zerkalo’s permission, Meduza is publishing an abridged translation of the article.

      • Meduza‘If they dare to kill Serbs, Serbia will win’: Kosovo Serbs take to the streets in protest of new ID rules, leading international officials to get involved — Meduza

        In northern Kosovo, where the population is predominantly Serbian, tensions soared on Sunday amid plans by the authorities to require Serbian citizens entering the country to be issued temporary IDs as well as to replace Serbian license plates with Kosovo ones. Kosovo officials called the measures a “reciprocal” response to Serbia’s policy of issuing temporary IDs to Kosovar visitors.

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

      • TechdirtHow California’s ‘Transparency’ Bills Will Only Make It Impossible To Deal With Bad Actors: Propagandists, Disinfo Peddlers, Rejoice

        It is bizarre that the California legislature, in a state that has produced most of the biggest internet companies out there, has apparently decided it wants to destroy them all in a flood of purely vexatious litigation. There are a whole series of bills that the legislature is reviewing, and so many of them are terrible — yet seem very likely to be passed by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom. While bills like AB 2408 (with its ridiculously impossible “don’t addict kids”) language have received more attention, I want to talk about a pair of bills (slightly conflicting bills!) that seem likely to pass and have received somewhat less scrutiny, in part because of the myth that these are “merely” about “transparency.” The bills in question are AB 587 and SB 1018.

    • Environment

      • Energy

        • Common DreamsIndigenous-Led Blockade Demands Biden Declare Climate Emergency, End Oil Leasing

          An Indigenous-led blockade outside the U.S. Department of Interior early Monday morning called on President Joe Biden to declare a climate emergency and halt all new fossil fuel projects, a demand that came as the White House and Senate Democrats are pushing legislation that could unleash a flurry of drilling activity on public lands and waters.

          “Native land back in native hands, we are not your sacrifice zones!” declared the Ikiya Collective, which helped organize the direct action.

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • The RevelatorAnother Dam(n) Extinction
        • HackadayOpenDendrometer Can Measure How Your Tree Feels

          There are various ways to measure plant health, and we’ve seen many projects creating open-source solutions. One we haven’t seen is a dendrometer, which involves measuring various physical dimensions of trees to track their health and growth. [John Opsahl] is changing this with the OpenDendrometer, a tool for tracking the diameter of tree limbs and fruit.

    • Finance

      • Common DreamsDark Money Pouring Into Secretary of State Races Featuring ‘Big Lie’ Candidates

        A new analysis out Monday reveals that far-right dark money groups and donors are pouring millions into secretary of state races across the U.S. this election cycle, far outpacing such giving in previous years and a worrying sign that Trump’s 2020 “Big Lie” has grotesquely altered races for powerful state-level posts that could control the fate of the nation’s democratic future.

        Compiled by Ian Vandewalker and Maya Kornberg for the Brennan Center for Justice, the new report found that across six battle­ground states with secret­ary of state elec­tions in 2022, “fundrais­ing by candid­ates contin­ues to outpace recent elec­tions.”

      • Common DreamsHealth Cost Calculator Shows Most Californians Would Save Big With Medicare for All

        Universal healthcare campaigners in California on Monday unveiled a tool they say shows how most working families would save at least hundreds—and likely thousands—of dollars each year if the state implements a Medicare for All-type system.

        “Every second of inaction costs hundreds of dollars, and each year of inaction has an even greater cost—4,000 lives.”

      • Common DreamsFetterman Ridicules ‘Out of Touch’ Dr. Oz Claim About Happiness and the Super Rich

        Pennsylvania U.S. Senate candidate John Fetterman released a video Monday spotlighting newly resurfaced comments by his Republican opponent Dr. Mehmet Oz, an ultra-millionaire who once claimed that “it’s very hard to discern significant differences in happiness in someone who’s making $50,000 and $50 million.”

        “If Dr. Oz would like to prove it to me, he could give me the rest of his money and we’ll see how far he can get on $50,000 a year.”

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • The NationChalk
      • The NationBoris Johnson’s (Far From Final) Bill for Damages

        “Them’s the breaks,” an unrepentant Boris Johnson told reporters crowding outside Downing Street on July 7. Just 1,079 days after he took the reins of the United Kingdom’s government, the man once dubbed “Britain’s Trump” resigned in a storm of scandals, lost local elections, and plummeting popularity ratings. On the surface, his decision to promote a known sexual predator to high-ranking office—a man the prime minister callously joked was a “Pincher by name, Pincher by nature”—finally took him down. The reality is that Johnson had been losing the confidence of British voters long before he’d lost that of his right-wing party; it just took power-hungry Conservatives nearly three disastrous years to finally force him out.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Right-Wing Extremists Are Making Dystopian Fiction Come True

        Ever since the early morning hours of November 9, 2016, standing in a ballroom with red-hatted Trump election celebrants in the New York Hilton, I’ve been waiting for this moment. This eruption of misogyny, unlike any since perhaps the witch trials and the burnings of midwives at the stake, was only a matter of time.

      • FAIRChile’s Draft Constitution: Undemocratic—or Too Much Democracy?

        Chileans will vote in September on whether to approve a new constitution that promises to address inequality and lack of democracy (Reuters, 7/4/22). It would replace the present constitution imposed by the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, who came into power through a US-backed coup in 1973. The nation’s newly elected left-wing leadership is calling for a “yes” vote, although in the much-divided country, the constitution faces steep opposition from the right.

      • The NationPelosi’s Taiwan Gambit

        After keeping the world in suspense for these past few weeks, it now appears that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will visit Taiwan while on her trip to Asia. But even if she’d chosen not to go, as advised by President Biden and top US military officers, the very talk of such a trip at this critical moment has caused significant damage to US-China relations and increased the risk of a military clash. It is essential, then, that leaders of both China and the United States exercise caution in responding to her disruptive behavior, and avoid any actions that might provoke an armed encounter.

      • ScheerpostNancy Pelosi’s Reckless Trip to Taiwan: A Decision That Could Get Us All Killed

        Even the foreign policy mainstream thinks Pelosi’s Taiwan trip is a dangerous gamble. Why won’t Biden stop her?

      • Counter PunchEyes Wide Shut

        The planning for what would be a government for zombies run by conservatives vetted for their loyalty to their leader in the White House emerged as Trump returned to Washington for the first time since he left office to tout his ideas for creating a country few of us would want to live in.

        This advance outlining for a Republican win of the presidency in 2024 is occurring as conservatives await the arrival of their new North Star, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, a far-right autocrat. He recently came under fire for complaining in a speech in neighboring Romania that he didn’t want Hungary “to become a mixed race” country of Europeans and non-Europeans.

      • The NationIgnore Joe Manchin’s Comments About Biden and Democrats

        Joe Manchin’s gonna Joe Manchin.

      • ScheerpostHere’s What’s in the Senate’s $369 Billion for Climate and Energy

        The Democrats’ deal with Manchin is a climate landmark that would also boost fossil fuels.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The ‘Carried Interest’ Loophole in the Age of Manchinema

        This week, the spotlight once again will be on Democratic senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema (dubbed “Manchinema” by the Washington press corps as the two blocked much of Biden’s agenda). It’s the Democrats’ last chance for a large package—Manchin has agreed to $790 billion—on the climate and healthcare, financed by a tax increase on the rich and big corporations.

      • TechdirtMarco Rubio Got Furious At Google Because His Fundraising Emails Were Going To Spam. Turns Out His Email Was Misconfigured

        Over the last few months, we’ve been covering a ridiculous situation in which Republicans are trying to force their spam into your inboxes. It began with a study that some Republicans misread (or deliberately misinterpreted) to claim that Google was “censoring” their political mailings. That study showed that for an untrained, brand new mailbox, Google would send more GOP campaign mailings to spam as compared to Democrats. However, it also showed that the reverse was true for other large email providers Outlook.com and Yahoo Mail. Perhaps even more importantly, it showed that if the user did just a bit of training of Gmail’s spam filter, this issue went away. Also, the study did not take into account the differences in tone, style, and content of Republican and Democrat emails.

      • The NationThe Myth of Libertarian Exit

        Imagine if Ayn Rand had written a novel that imported the basic attitudes and ambitions from her famous protagonist John Galt into a steel-willed detective who gallivanted around the Caribbean in an attempt to turn a coup d’état into the stateless society of tomorrow. Her protagonist would probably resemble a collage of the real-life adventurers, financiers, ex–CIA agents, abject European nobles, and gunsmiths who mounted several profit-driven attempts at “exit projects,” or plans to create stateless and market-oriented micronations in the decolonizing world of the late 20th century. In his new book, Adventure Capitalism: A History of Libertarian Exit, from the Era of Decolonization to the Digital Age, author and professor of history Raymond B. Craib demonstrates how Rand’s vision of “Galt’s Gulch,” the libertarian safe haven in Atlas Shrugged, actually served as a source of inspiration for so-called exit projects. But unlike Rand’s bestselling novel, every exit project has flopped.

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        IN JULY, META touted its efforts to clamp down on hate speech on Facebook ahead of Kenya’s August 9 election. It spoke too soon. The company continued to permit ads encouraging ethnic violence in the country, according to a new report—and now Meta’s platforms face a possible suspension.

        In the report, researchers from the activist group Global Witness and the British law firm Foxglove Legal attempted to buy ads that included hate speech and calls for violence, including genocide, in both Swahili and English. Meta’s ad systems eventually approved all of them.

        “It is very clear that Facebook is in violation of the laws of our country,” Danvas Makori, the commissioner of Kenya’s National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC), said in a press conference following the publication of the Global Witness report. “They have allowed themselves to be a vector of hate speech and incitement, misinformation, and disinformation.” The NCIC said Meta would have a week to comply with the country’s hate speech regulations, or be suspended. (The NCIC and the Communications Authority did not respond to requests for comment by the time of publication).

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        When those who expose the crimes of the state are criminalized and sent to prison, tyranny is inevitable.

      • Democracy Now“Mother Country Radicals”: Weather Underground’s Bernardine Dohrn & Bill Ayers’s Son Makes New Podcast

        We spend the hour with an activist who replaced Angela Davis on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List: Bernardine Dohrn, a leader in the radical 1960s organization called the Weather Underground. When Dohrn and her activist husband Bill Ayers literally went underground to avoid arrest, they then raised a family as they continued to fight for revolution. Now a new podcast that was created, written and hosted by their son, Zayd Ayers Dohrn, explores their family history. Dohrn and Ayers discuss how they were radicalized, how they raised their children underground and why they resurfaced, and respond to whether they think their actions — like bombing the Pentagon to protest the war in Vietnam — perpetuated violence. We feature excerpts of the family from the podcast, as well as of former Weather Underground leaders who were captured and went to prison, like the late Kathy Boudin, mother of former San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, who then became a brother to Zayd, and Kakuya Shakur, daughter of Assata Shakur, who is still in exile in Cuba. “This is an important part of the story to the collateral damage to the next generation,” says Ayers Dohrn. “None of those kids chose to be part of the revolution. They, we, were born into it and still had to suffer the consequences.”

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        The Federal Bureau of Investigation in the United States raided the offices and homes of members of the African People’s Socialist Party (APSP) and the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement.At 5 am in the morning on July 29, FBI agents in St. Louis, Missouri, targeted the Uhuru Solidarity Center and the homes of 80 year-old APSP founder Omali Yeshitela and the African People’s Solidarity Committee chair Penny Hess. FBI agents simultaneously busted into the Uhuru House and the group’s radio station Black Power 96.3 LFM in St. Petersburg, Florida.FBI agents told Yeshitela, the founder of the APSP, that they raided his home in north St. Louis because they had indicted a Russian national named Aleksandr Ionov.Ionov is a Moscow resident who the U.S. Justice Department claims engaged in a campaign to “influence” U.S. political groups and “interfere” in US elections. He founded a group called the Anti-Globalization Movement of Russia that hosted international solidarity conferences, which Yeshitela attended.No one allegedly connected to Ionov was charged with a crime nor were they issued a grand jury subpoena.Members of the Uhuru Movement and various leaders of other solidarity groups condemned the FBI raids as a continuation of the history of attacks on Black activists, like Fred Hampton, Mark Clark, and Marcus Garvey, as part of COINTELPRO under FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.

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      • Public KnowledgePublic Knowledge Commends FCC, NTIA for New Memorandum Improving Spectrum Resource Coordination – Public Knowledge

        Today, the Federal Communications Commission and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced an agreement to update their memorandum of understanding in order to better coordinate spectrum resources and prevent interagency conflict.

        Last updated in 2003, the memorandum now works to limit interagency spectrum disputes by requiring monthly communication between the agencies’ staff and outlining a process for sharing technical data to resolve concerns before the FCC publicly releases proposed changes in spectrum policy. In exchange, the NTIA commits to providing any objections in a timely manner and to support objections with evidence “based on sound engineering principles.” It also requires the FCC to notify the NTIA and the executive branch of spectrum actions that might trigger debate.

        The agreement explicitly addresses the root causes of the growing tension between the FCC and federal agencies that have hindered future spectrum planning and the roll out of 5G, which culminated in near shut down of numerous airports by the FAA from fear that new 5G services would cause interference with airplane landing equipment. The new formal processes to be created under the MoU should prevent such a thing from happening in the future.

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        Most manufacturers of consumer-grade network routers (both Ethernet and Wi-Fi) brand their products as “Gigabit Routers”. At the very least, it’ll say “Gigabit Ethernet”. However, neither term necessarily means the router can fully exploit your gigabit internet connection.

      • Public KnowledgePublic Knowledge President and CEO Chris Lewis To Testify Before Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Spectrum’s Future – Public Knowledge

        Public Knowledge President and CEO Chris Lewis will testify before the U.S. Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Media, and Broadband Tuesday, August 2 at 2:30 p.m. His testimony in the hearing on “The Future of Spectrum” will urge Congress to strengthen our national spectrum policy by innovating our spectrum access models that serve the public interest.

        The testimony will also argue for grounding our spectrum policy in public interest objectives; promoting competition, innovation, and economic opportunity; and extending the Federal Communications Commission’s auction authority to ensure a long-term strategy. As the testimony explains, the nation should also invest auction revenues in public interest objectives to help connect all Americans to critical telecommunications services.

    • Monopolies

      • Copyrights

        • Torrent FreakVeePN Agrees to Block Torrent Traffic and Pirate Sites on U.S. Servers

          VPN provider “VeePN” has reached a settlement with a group of filmmakers to resolve a piracy lawsuit. Most of the agreed details remain confidential but the VPN provider will block BitTorrent traffic on US servers going forward. A statement from VeePN’s owner further clarifies that the service is not required to store IP address logs.

        • TechdirtStock Photo Company Decides To Treat ‘Pirates’ Like Humans, Rather Than Demons

          Over these many years, we’ve talked about a myriad of ways in which people and companies can respond to copyright infringement. The common reaction, and probably the one most natural, is for those copyright holders to absolutely freak out, scream about lost sales and “teh pirates!!1!”, and then turn to their lawyers. Others take a more nuanced approach. Some video game companies mess with pirates by making pirated games unplayable or annoying. Others look at piracy as a market force that illuminates where potential customers are under-served. And still others try to actively engage with those doing the infringing in the hopes of being seen as humans, building up a connection, and trying to convert them into paying customers.


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