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Links 15/08/2022: First RC of Linux 6.x, Linux Lite 6.0 Reviewed

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  • GNU/Linux

    • Linux Made SimpleLinux Weekly Roundup #195

      We had another full week in the world of Linux Release with Ubuntu 220.04.1, SparkyLinux 6.4, ExTiX 22.8, Voyager Live, EndeavourOS 22.7, and Garuda Linux 220808.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • LKML: Linus Torvalds: Linux 6.0-rc1
        So here we are, two weeks later, and the merge window has closed.
        People are chasing down one active bug, and I'm sure there are others
        hiding that just need more people to do testing, but that's kind of
        the point of rc1: all the big changes have been merged, and now we
        need to calm it down and chase down any problems.
        Despite the major number change, there's nothing fundamentally
        different about this release - I've long eschewed the notion that
        major numbers are meaningful, and the only reason for a "hierarchical"
        numbering system is to make the numbers easier to remember and
        distinguish. Which is why when the minor number gets to around 20 I
        prefer to just increment the major number instead and reset to
        something smaller.
        "Nothing fundamentally different about this release" obviously doesn't
        mean there aren't lots of changes, though. There's about 13.5k
        non-merge commits in here (and 800+ merges), so 6.0 looks to be
        another fairly sizable release.
        I actually was hoping that we'd get some of the first rust
        infrastructure, and the multi-gen LRU VM, but neither of them happened
        this time around. There's always more releases. But there's a lot of
        continued development pretty much all over the place, with the
        "shortlog" being much too long to post and thus - as always for rc1
        notices - below only contains my "merge log". You can definitely get a
        kind of high-level overview by just scanning that, but obviously it's
        worth once again pointing out that the people mentioned in the merge
        log are just the maintainers I pull from, and there's more than 1700
        developers involved when you start looking at the full details in the
        git tree.
        And, once again, this is one of those releases where you should not
        look at the diffstat too closely, because more than half of it is yet
        another AMD GPU register dump. And the Habanalabs Gaudi2 people want
        to play in that space too, but they don't reach quite the same lofty
        results that the AMD GPU people  have become so famous for. I'm sure
        it's just a matter of time.
        The CPU people also show up in the JSON files that describe the perf
        events, but they look absolutely tiny compared to the 'asic_reg'
        auto-generated GPU and AI hardware definitions.
        So just avert your eyes from those parts if you decide that you
        actually want to look at the diffs themselves. Once you do that, the
        stats look pretty normal, with roughly 60% driver updates (all over,
        but gpu, networking and sound are the big updates - again, that's
        pretty much par for the course). The rest is a mix of arch updates,
        filesystems, tooling, and just random changes all over.
        In all its glory (so all those AMD GPU hardware definitions etc included), it's
         13099 files changed, 1280295 insertions(+), 341210 deletions(-)
        just because I was curious and looked.
        Oh, and after I had already decided to call this kernel 6.0, a few
        Chinese developers piped up and pointed out that "5.20" is a more
        wholesome version of the Western "4.20" internet-famous number. So if
        you want to call this "Linux 5.20", go right ahead. Because the kernel
        version  numbers really are entirely made up and have no intrinsic
        But whatever you call it, please help test this, so that we can get it
        all in shape for the final release (hopefully early October).
      • LWNKernel prepatch 6.0-rc1

        Linus has released 6.0-rc1 and closed the merge window for this release.

      • The Register UKLinux 6.0 debuts, missing some Rusty bits • The Register

        Emperor Penguin Linus Torvalds has released the first release candidate for Linux 6.0, but doesn’t mind what you call it.

        “After I had already decided to call this kernel 6.0, a few Chinese developers piped up and pointed out that ’5.20′ is a more wholesome version of the Western ’4.20′ internet-famous number,” he wrote in his announcement that Linux 6.0 rc1 has been released.

        “4.20″ is a reference to a day on which some celebrate marijuana, while “5.20″ does likewise for magic mushrooms.

        “So if you want to call this ‘Linux 5.20′, go right ahead,” Torvalds wrote.

        “Because the kernel version numbers really are entirely made up and have no intrinsic meaning.”

        That this week’s release has the 6.0 label is still nice to know, as discussion on the Linux kernel mailing list in recent weeks used 5.20 and 6.0 interchangeably.

        As The Register has already reported, the release does not make major changes to the kernel but does include many useful updates – such as more RISC-V support, code to drive Intel’s Gaudi accelerators, and improved ACPI handling.

    • Instructionals/Technical

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

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Docker on Rocky Linux 9. For those of you who didn’t know, Docker CE is a free and open-source containerization platform. Docker uses the Linux Kernel to create the containers on top of an operating system. Which is used to create, deploy and run the applications.

        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 Docker containers on Rocky Linux. 9.

      • VideoHow to install Wire Desktop on Pop!_OS 22.04 – Invidious

        In this video, we are looking at how to install Wire Desktop on Pop!_OS 22.04.

      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install Tecknix Client on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install Tecknix Client on a Chromebook. Please follow the video/audio guide as a tutorial where we explain the process step by step and use the commands below.

      • FOSSLinuxHow to list services in Ubuntu | FOSS Linux

        In Windows, services, tasks, and processes can be viewed using the task manager application. Similarly, in Ubuntu, you can view all the services using the command line. If you are a beginner or using ubuntu for general or personal use, you may not have felt the need to check the services.

      • Fedora MagazaineHibernation in Fedora Workstation [Ed: Article recycled from last Fedora release]
      • Jamie McClellandWeb caching is hard
      • ID RootHow To Install Opera Browser on Linux Mint 21 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Opera Browser on Linux Mint 21. For those of you who didn’t know, Opera is a freeware, cross-platform web browser developed by Opera Software and used web browser based on the Chromium browser project. Some users love Opera for its security features such as an ad blocker, battery saver, and free VPN offering for secure internet access.

        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 an Opera Browser on Linux Mint 21 (Vanessa).

    • Games

      • Screen RantHow Nvidia’s Open-Source Drivers Will Impact Linux Gamers

        Nvidia’s new R515 driver will provide an open-source driver for the community for the first time, hopefully giving the Linux community a way to more easily use Nvidia graphics cards in their systems, and Nvidia providing more open-source technology standards has many benefits. Unfortunately, open-sourcing software has not been a staple with Nvidia and, as such, has caused a bit of an uproar in their community. But with the new R515 driver, this may be changing for the better.

        People have been begging Nvidia to be more open with their driver software, similar to companies like Intel and AMD, which provide open-source drivers for their products. But Nvidia has, until now, been closed-source with their drivers, which doesn’t cause too many issues for Windows users, but for the Linux community, it has made using Nvidia GPUs more challenging to optimize. Since Nvidia drivers are not open-sourced, developers are unable to look at the source code of a driver and develop their software with the full knowledge of how the drivers were coded, unlike with an AMD driver, for example, which is open-source, allowing for developers to see how the drivers were coded completely.


        Overall, the announcement of officially providing open-source Nvidia drivers is a huge boon. This will give developers much more information about the drivers they are developing software and games for, as well as provide the community to help develop new drivers since they are now open-source. The Linux community will also benefit over time as Linux has a good chance of becoming more compatible and reliable with Nvidia GPUs as they are with AMD and Intel, which will help with performance and efficiency, as well as with gaming. With Nvidia going open-source, it may continue to put more pressure on other tech companies to be more open about their technologies which will also help support a more free and open technological future.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Reviews

      • Distro WatchReview: Linux Lite 6.0

        It has been two years since a DistroWatch review of Linux Lite. There are at least 93 distros on DistroWatch that support the Xfce desktop environment, but the out-of-the-box configuration of Linux Lite is pleasing, simple to use, and straightforward to most computer users. Linux Lite describes itself as, “… a ‘gateway operating system’. Your first simple, fast and free stop in the world of Linux.” Does it meet the muster? Can it truly be a strong first stop in the world of Linux?


        Linux Lite 6.0, code name Fluorite, was released on 31 May 2022 at 16:23 (it’s unclear if that was local time for me or for the server). The installation process is very simple, and it uses one of the most straightforward installation wizards. Even a completely new Linux user could likely click their way through a Linux Lite install. The live environment boots to a Lite Welcome splash screen with such options as Install Updates, Install Drivers, Set a Restore Point, etc. While some of these features may be useful, the most obvious choice is Install Now, thus beginning the installation process. WiFi worked out of the box, which is always good news. The installer then gives the user the option to download updates while installing and we can opt to install third-party software for WiFi and graphics drivers.


        Out of the box, Linux Lite is an easy step into the world of Linux computing. It has useful features, it is not overly bloated with unnecessary software, it has great defaults that a user coming from another operating system could learn to love. With the help of Internet searching, any specific issues with Linux Lite can be easily solved. Would I recommend Linux Lite to a user coming from a different operating system? Yes, I might. If the user was coming from Windows and was very apprehensive about using unfamiliar interfaces, Linux Lite has a great theme and a very solid base.

    • BSD

      • Ruben SchadeRubenerd: A year of using a FreeBSD laptop without a GUI

        I explained that once I’d assembled the VPNs and basic tooling I needed, I realised none of it required a graphical environment at all. I uninstalled Xorg, and since then have been using tmux as my “window manager”.

        I’ll admit, I left out that I’d eschewed (gesundheit) a desktop environment for my old friend fluxbox first, but even that seemed redundant given I was only using it to spawn a single terminal window with tabs. Removing xorg entirely was the logical next step.


        It sounds so obvious in retrospect, but not having a wall of distractions in front of your face is fantastic for writing. I’ve made so much more progress in my various silly sci-fi novels, technical writing, and many of the posts I’ve since published here.

    • Debian Family

      • Make Use OfSpiral Linux: Making Debian Easy to Use for Everyone

        Spiral Linux makes it easier for Linux newcomers to adapt to the operating system by providing a stable, Debian-based environment.

        Debian is one of the most widely used, trusted Linux distros. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that it is a base distribution for many other OSes, making it one of the most in-demand Linux versions.

        Spiral Linux is one such distribution that owes its roots to Debian. Its focus lies in fostering simplicity and providing out-of-the-box features and functionality to the end users.

        If you are new to open-source operating systems and want to make an acquaintance with an easy-to-use Linux distro, it’s time to turn to Spiral Linux.


        Many users are questioning the need for yet another new Debian-based Linux distro, considering plenty are already available in the market. You might find Spiral Linux an easy OS to install and use if you are a new user.

        In short, Spiral Linux works, and it works well. It gives you everything you might need to ease yourself into the world of Linux. You can easily migrate to another OS to try your newly acquired skills when you are a little more familiar with its various nuances.

        To make the most out of your Linux usage experiences, you should always keep your requirements in mind and then pick and choose an operating system that suits you best.

      • LinuxiacSparkyLinux 6.4 Is Here as the Fourth Update in the 6.x Series

        The SparkyLinux team has announced the release of SparkyLinux 6.4, the latest stable update in the project’s 6.x series.

        Sparky is a fast, lightweight, and fully customizable OS built on Debian that offers a few versions for different users and tasks. One of the distribution’s distinguishing features is that it provides versions based on both the stable (SparkyLinux Stable) and test (SparkyLinux Semi-Rolling) branches of Debian.

        The SparkyLinux 6.4 ‘Stable’ version features ISOs with three different desktop environments – LXQt, Xfce, and KDE. At the same time, the distro ‘Semi-Rolling’ version, which is based on Debian’s testing branch, features more up-to-date packages and comes with the same desktop environments as their ‘Stable’ version plus MATE desktop environment added.

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • Yet Another Me – Debuginfod is coming to Ubuntu

        These past couple of months I have been working to bring debuginfod to Ubuntu. I thought it would be a good idea to make this post and explain a little bit about what the service is and how I’m planning to deploy it.


        With more and more GNU/Linux distributions offering a debuginfod service to their users, I strongly believe that Ubuntu cannot afford to stay out of this “party” anymore. Fortunately, I have a manager who not only agrees with me but also turned the right knobs in order to make this project one of my priorities for this development cycle.

        The deployment of this service will be made in stages. The first one, whose results are due to be announced in the upcoming weeks, encompasses indexing and serving all of the available debug symbols from the official Ubuntu repository. In other words, the service will serve everything from main, universe and multiverse, from every supported Ubuntu release out there.

        This initial (a.k.a. “alpha”) stage will also allow us to have an estimate of how much the service is used, so that we can better determine the resources allocated to it.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • Sending Sensor Data Over WiFi – learn.sparkfun.com

        We’ve shown you before how to send sensor data over WiFi, but this time we’re taking it a step further. Our newest tutorial shows you how to use this WiFi data connection to then visualize your data in real time on an IoT Dashboard.

      • SparkFun ElectronicsSpend All Day With RTK

        If you’re in need of high precision positioning, look no further than utilizing the power of real time kinematics (RTK). We now have a full page of resources for all your RTK questions!

        Ever wondered what all the hype is with RTK and why your positioning project could use it? Ever wanted to know the specs of our different RTK receiver boards at a glance to see which one is right for your project, or been curious about the applications of our RTK products?

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Programming/Development

      • Matt RickardDevelopers Should Deploy Their Own Code

        This is the platonic ideal. We’re not there yet, but the all signs point to this rather than specialization.

        Applications and their infrastructure (functions, queues, permissions, runtime) have always been closely intertwined. Fewer handoffs mean quicker deployments and less context loss.

      • Jim NielsenMarkdown Sans Front Matter

        I changed how I format my blog posts. I’ve been testing this new format for a while and I like it so much I retroactively went through previous posts and re-formatted them too.

        In this way, the purist in me has beat out the practical guy. But hey, it’s an eternal struggle. The practical guy will be back when the purist gets knocked over the head by the complexity of the real world and suddenly realizes the value of the practical guy’s argument.


        Now when I start a blog post, I have a blank editor staring at me and I just start writing, not worrying about the technical details I’ll have to add later.

      • ChrisReading Notes: Accelerated Expertise

        Specifically, there are some things which we are good at teaching people to do, like calculus or playing the piano. We have well-tested syllabi for these types of things. Then there are some things we just don’t know how to teach people, like software engineering, solving crossword puzzles, flying helicopters, and noticing improvised explosive devices in urban environments. Some people get really good at them, and others don’t. If you ask an expert what they are doing so well, they will shrug and go, “I don’t know, but it felt right at the time.” These are the types of skills Accelerated Expertise deals with.
        Anyway. These are a few of my notes from the book. These points are, to the best of my recollection, paraphrasing what the authors wrote. Most of it was backed by at least somewhat solid research. My personal experiences don’t always agree with this, but it’s still worth keeping in mind.


        It is important that training also covers conceptual models and abstractions. Giving the learner the right language, so to speak, helps them communicate with the instructor and gives them tools to reflect on their own.

      • ChrisDefault To Large Modules

        When you design a system of decent size, whether it’s software or something else, you are going to have to decompose it into subsystems, or modules.

      • SQL

        • Guru: Regular Expressions, Part 2 – IT Jungle

          In the first part of this series, I showed how to replace characters in a string using SQL and regular expressions. This time, I’ll show other regular expressions that are available for us to use. The regular expression functions I’ll show are REGEXP_COUNT and REGEXP_LIKE and the examples come from production programs that I’ve recently implemented.

          In the first example (Figure 1), I want to get a count of the number of occurrences of a pattern within a string. To make this more interesting, I’m searching for two different patterns within a sting. To accomplish this objective, I used REGEXP_COUNT to get a count of how many times the pattern appears in a string.

  • Leftovers

    • Why Developers Are Building So Many Side Projects | Future

      From unleashing creativity to mitigating risk, Ben Stokes of Tiny Projects shares some of the main reasons why developers are building so many side projects.

    • Ruben SchadeMoving forward, with @kiriappeee, @geofftech

      I’ve been in a melancholic funk for a couple of years now, as I’m sure we all have been. I’ve felt rudderless, tired, distant, and depressed to tears. Travel has been out of the question, and it’s been difficult to find joy in the things I usually love. Some days are easier than others, but frankly I haven’t felt it this bad since my mum died, bundled with all the regret that I couldn’t save her.

    • Education

      • Michael West MediaWestacott joins academic gravy train as VC salaries go up and profits soar – Michael West

        The appointment of a lobbyist to lead a Sydney university only emphasises the tightening grip of business on higher education. And as humanities courses are jettisoned and academics laid off work, the salaries of university chiefs have leapt into the stratosphere, writes Michael Sainsbury.

        If there was any doubt about the undue influence that the corporate sector has played in the country’s universities it has been put to bed with the appointment of Business Council of Australia chief Jennifer Westacott as Chancellor of Western Sydney University.

        Westacott will retain her role at the BCA as well as continuing her nine-year-old board tenure at former coal miner and retailer Wesfarmers. At the BCA she has pushed for lower wages and lower company taxes, and in 2014 celebrated the Abbott government’s repeal of the carbon tax which set Australia back almost a decade on climate change action and helped set up the current energy crisis.

    • Hardware

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • CoryDoctorowA dark money group is lying about Medicare cuts

        The “American Prosperity Alliance” does not exist, except as an anonymously controlled bank account that has paid for the production and dissemination of a slick ad that spreads the falsehood that the Democrats have cut $300b from Medicare:


        Let me repeat: this is a lie. What “American Prosperity Alliance” is talking about here is a provision in the bill that allows Medicare to negotiate drug prices, rather than simply paying whatever Big Pharma wants to charge. This practice is why Americans pay more for their drugs than, say, Canadians:


        To be clear: the new bill will curb the eye-watering public price-gouging that Big Pharma enjoys, and halt the transfer of $300b in public money to pharma companies’ shareholders, by allowing Medicare to bargain to get prices similar to those paid by other governments in countries like Australia, Canada, and the UK.

        There is no universe in which this a $300b cut to Medicare. It’s like the Dems have pledged to halt $300b in fraud and the American Prosperity Alliance went to the country’s elderly and sick and screamed: “They’re cutting your benefits!” In fact, it’s not like that – it is that.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Mark CurtisNato knew terrorists would gain from toppling Gadaffi

        Britain’s military knew that fighters from an Al Qaeda-linked terrorist organisation were benefiting from the overthrow of Colonel Gaddafi in 2011, but continued to support Nato airstrikes in Libya for another two months.

        The revelation raises serious questions about British foreign policy and whether the UK’s then prime minister David Cameron misled parliament.

        In early September 2011, Cameron updated the House of Commons about the situation in Libya, telling MPs: “This revolution was not about extreme Islamism; al-Qaeda played no part in it.”

        However, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) had assessed the month before that: “The 17 February Brigade is likely to be an enduring player in [the] transition” away from Gaddafi’s regime and had “political linkages” to Libya’s rebel leadership, the National Transitional Council.

      • The WireSanthal Hul Wasn’t Just the First Anti-British Revolt, It Was Against All Exploitation

        The 19th century rebellion actually began as a movement against exploitation by Indian ‘upper’ caste zamindars, moneylenders, merchants and police officials who had come to dominate the economic sphere of Santhal life.


        One such popular act of ritualised remembering is that of the great Santhal rebellion that took place in mid-19th century in British India.

    • Environment

    • Finance

      • Counterpunch to Economic History

        Well, most textbooks talk about industrial capitalism as if the function of banks is to make loans to factories to build plants and equipment and hire more labor to produce goods and keep the economy going, and that’s what everybody expected banks to do in the late 19th century

      • Matt RickardGrowing the Pie

        Not every negotiation is open to integrative bargaining. For example, in car buying negotiations, the buyer wants to pay as little as possible, the seller wants to charge as much as possible, and it’s often not a repeated transaction. But some are.

      • Michael West MediaAll caretaker, no responsibility: how a dying government slipped freebies to its mates – Michael West

        On its way to electoral oblivion, the Morrison government kept the dollars flowing to select beneficiaries, in defiance of the 70-year-old parliamentary “caretaker” convention, writes #Mate.

        On May 16, five days before the election, the then Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction, Angus Taylor, announced a $30 million grant to Boral to “explore the feasibility of developing a carbon capture plant in the Southern Highlands.” Given the energy policies of the Labor and the Coalition were very much at odds, this grant appears to have been a breach of the caretaker conventions. (Curiously, Taylor’s facebook video about it has since been deleted, but the announcement features proudly on the Boral website.)

        Call them the $600,000 (an hour) men (and women). That’s how much taxpayer money the Morrison government lavished on grants every hour during the six long weeks of the election campaign.

      • Michael West MediaKPMG, EY revenues surge. What’s the Scam? – Michael West

        There’s money in influence peddling and paper shuffling. KPMG just announced a 16% jump in revenue to $2bn in the wake of EY’s recent 18% jump. Top brass at both Big 4 advisory houses are swimming in bonuses. What’s the scam?

        The scam is the Big 4 are secretive partnerships, not companies, and they don’t have to disclose where their money is coming from, even though they are the most powerful private institutions in the world. Most of the income growth comes from governments. It’s our money, public money, and the Big 4 have shown a lot of flair in recent years getting their hands on it.

      • Interest Rate Hikes Will Not Save Us from Inflation | WEB OF DEBT BLOG

        In prescribing cures for inflation, economists rely on the diagnosis of Nobel laureate Milton Friedman: inflation is always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon—too much money chasing too few goods. But that equation has three variables: too much money (“demand”) chasing (the “velocity” of spending) too few goods (“supply”). And “orthodox” economists, from Lawrence Summers to the Federal Reserve, seem to be focusing only on the “demand” variable.

      • Michael West MediaChildhood: the new frontier of economic rationalism (with some help from Twiggy)

        Governments are backing more preschool places even as the sector grapples with staff shortages and industrial unrest. The plan has been linked to the ambition for massive productivity gains. Are the under-fives of Australia the latest conscripts in our seemingly endless neoliberal push for higher productivity? Mark Sawyer examines the evidence.

        It’s been touted as a radical revamp of the education systems of Australia’s two biggest states. From 2030, all children in NSW and Victoria will be able to access play-based learning for free in the year before they start kindergarten.

        “It’s a game changer and it’s exciting and there is big money behind it because we have to do well for our kids,” NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said when the program was announced in June.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • ChrisGroup Decision-Making and Debate

        I couldn’t write an article on parliamentary procedure without talking about alternatives to majority voting. One of the flaws of majority voting is that in effect, it’s the majority deciding what’s best for the minority, with very little consideration for what the minority thinks.

        There are two possible reasons majority voting can work. One of them is less sinister: if each participant chooses to selflessly accept the majority opinion regardless of what it is for the greater good of the group, the majority vote will work.

        The other reason is that the majority outnumbers the minority and can, hypothetically, threaten them with violence if they don’t comply with the majority decision. I suspect this is the historical background behind the idea of the majority vote. 50 % is simply the smallest number you can have while not risking having the vote overturned by force.

      • IT WireiTWire – Myths spread about news media bargaining code before review lands

        Former Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman, Rod Sims is continuing to try and spin the myth that the News Media Bargaining Code, which was put in place last year, can be used to dictate things to either Google or Facebook.

        In Sims’ world, the code, which allowed news organisations to negotiate payments with Google and Facebook for content use, was put in place “despite threats, widely publicised around the world, to remove Google Search from Australia and to take all news and more off Facebook”.

        The quote comes from a piece Sims wrote for The Conversation, coincidentally one of the two eligible sites with which Facebook has refused to negotiate a deal. The other site spurned by Facebook is SBS.

        But Sims has forgotten to provide the context that the code was only passed after the two technology firms listed a number of conditions, which the government had no choice but to accept.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • AccessNowOoredoo’s plans to leave Myanmar hands military full control of nation’s telco sector — it must mitigate the human rights risks – Access Now

        Telecommunications company Ooredoo must put the safety of millions of people in Myanmar first, and not abandon control of the country’s last internationally-owned telco to the junta. The Qatari-owned provider has reportedly informed Myanmar regulators of its plans to exit the country. There are indications that it will likely sell its operations to companies with links to the military and potential ties to sanctioned actors and entities, likely leaving Myanmar with a telco sector entirely dominated by occupying forces.

        Access Now and four other organizations reached out to the Ooredoo Group’s CEO on August 11, 2022, to push for constructive engagement and dialogue with stakeholders to address and protect against imminent human rights risks of this sale. This was a follow-up to a first letter sent by Access Now to Ooredoo Myanmar’s CEO on July 21, 2022. The company has not responded to, or acknowledged, either communication.

        “The Myanmar junta’s brazen brutality is evident from its recent and planned executions of pro-democracy activists. The military will ruthlessly track using any technological means it is allowed to access and target people to crush any resistance,” said Raman Jit Singh Chima, Senior International Counsel and Asia Pacific Policy Director at Access Now. “In this environment, all stakeholders, especially businesses, must conduct heightened due diligence to ensure that their actions will not facilitate the junta’s plan to eradicate dissent and destroy every platform for protest.”

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Use of App to Record MGNREGA Attendance ‘Violation’ of Worker Rights, Act | NewsClick

        The Peoples’ Action for Employment Guarantee (PAEG) has opposed the rural development ministry’s May 13 order discontinuing manual attendance at Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) scheme worksites with more than 20 workers and replacing it with the National Mobile Monitoring System (NMMS) app.

        Terming the decision as a violation of law that will be regressive to the gains made in efforts to strengthen worksite transparency and exclude women, the PAEG—a group of academicians and activists attempting to ensure better implementation of NREGA via research, advocacy and public intervention—said that the move is fraught with technical challenges.

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    As we noted yesterday, Windows is down sharply this month (27.1% market share worldwide) and the decreases are very significant in Africa, where Android (Linux-based) is spreading fast. Here’s a chart for Africa, showing Microsoft’s decrease to about 16%.

  8. IRC Widgets Working Again

    After turbulence and technical issues at KiwiIRC we've managed to get a semi-working solution or some workaround

  9. Trolled by Microsoft's Lennart Poettering and Bought by Wintel

    Last week’s public appearance by Torvalds seemed reluctant and a tad embarrassing (the media pointed out the awkwardness, too); whose idea was that, the Linux Foundation‘s?

  10. Links 03/10/2022: Git 2.38.0 and cinnabar 0.6.0rc1

    Links for the day

  11. Links 03/10/2022: OpenMandriva ROME Gold Candidate and IceWM 3.0.0

    Links for the day

  12. Members of the Administrative Council of the EPO Are Asked to Summon a Conference of Ministers of the Contracting States Due to Violations of the Law

    The EPO has turned into a farcical operation that laughs at the law, abuses its own staff, and lies to both staff and "customers" in the official Web site

  13. European School The Hague (ESH) Faces a Crisis and Families of EPO Workers Are Harmed Profoundly

    The European School The Hague (ESH) is not functioning like it’s supposed to; people who migrated (seeking a job) along with family members for an EPO position aren’t pleased (to say the least) and they request if not demand to speak with EPO management

  14. [Meme] Lowering the Bar With Nations That Barely Have Any European Patents (Close to Zero)

    The EPO has totally lost the plot; it completely neglected its mission in pursuit of money and optics

  15. Links 03/10/2022: GNU Linux-Libre 6.0

    Links for the day

  16. IRC Proceedings: Sunday, October 02, 2022

    IRC logs for Sunday, October 02, 2022

  17. Update on SeaMonkey 2.53.14 and NoScript Crashes/Palefills Not Working

    Reprinted with permission from Ryan

  18. Links 03/10/2022: Linux 6.0 is Out

    Links for the day

  19. GNU/Linux and the GPL in Particular Are Under Attack Because They Spread Fast (Like a 'Cancer')

    The good news is that GNU/Linux continues to expand (widespread usage); the bad news is, it has come under a sheer magnitude of attacks and the media barely bothers to mention the obvious

  20. Windows Majority in Asia Down to Just Three Countries, All-time Low for Windows Worldwide This Month

    The decline of Microsoft Windows continues; sooner or later Android (Linux inside) will be dominant in almost every country in terms of its market share or number of users

  21. Links 02/10/2022: Debian on Firmware Policy and PostgreSQL 15 RC 1

    Links for the day

  22. Links 02/10/2022: KStars 3.6.1 and DjangoCon Europe 2022

    Links for the day

  23. IRC Proceedings: Saturday, October 01, 2022

    IRC logs for Saturday, October 01, 2022

  24. Fedora 37 and SeaMonkey 2.53.14

    Reprinted with permission from Ryan

  25. 'Linux' Foundation, While Hoarding Over $200,000,000 Per Year, Calls Itself 'Non-Profit'

    This video (10:55-11:28 above), which was published a few weeks ago, gives insight into how much money the Linux Foundation and its proxies raise per year while paying Jim Zemlin [cref =164412 probably about $1.4 million per year already] (because it’s all so charitable)

  26. GNU/Linux Rises to Record Highs in Africa This Past September

    According to this map and these latest plots (based on data from about 3,000,000 Web sites), Windows majority is long lost in Africa and (‘proper’) GNU/Linux usage keeps rising (not just Android, which uses Linux)

  27. Ongoing Efforts to Convince OSI to Drop the Microsoft Funding (Which Comes With Strings, Such as the OSI Attacking the GPL)

    It's becoming increasingly clear that buzzwords and hype get misused to misframe and distract from abuses; we're meanwhile trying to convince the Open Source Initiative (OSI) to drop Microsoft because it pays the OSI for a disinformation campaign (portraying large-scale GPL violations as "AI")

  28. Richard Stallman on Libre Software

    Richard Stallman on Libre Software from LispNYC on Vimeo.

  29. IBM's Lobbying for (and Stockpiling of) Software Patents is Ruining Fedora and GNU/Linux in General

    Fedora suffers from software patents, hence it removes features while IBM lobbies for such patents and gives software patents to patent trolls (in patent sales)

  30. Microsoft Doesn't Like Open Source; It's Badmouthing, Stereotyping, Attacking It (to Shift Blame)

    This week I found out that a dear old friend lost all his money (about 150,000 pounds) due to a Microsoft LinkedIn scam; watch how Microsoft blames unpopular nation states, “open source”, the victims, and attackers (basically anyone but Microsoft), just as it does when defects in its software go unfixed for months

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