Gemini version available ♊︎

Links 19/10/2022: Many New Videos and antiX-22 Released

Posted in News Roundup at 6:49 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Make Use OfDo You Really Need to Shut Down Your Linux PC?

      Linux servers run for days, months, and even years on end. Does the same hold true for Linux desktops?

      It’s a well-known fact that Windows PCs need to be shut down or restarted on a semi-regular schedule to preserve their stability and apply security updates from Microsoft. If you fail to do this, your machine could crash, and in all likelihood will shut down by itself anyway. But the same isn’t always true for Linux systems. Here’s why.

    • Server

      • Cockpit 278

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


        Podman now displays CPU, memory usage, ports, and volumes of the containers in a pod.


        Podman can now create pods, including optional port and volume mappings.

      • Red Hat OfficialRed Hat OpenShift security portfolio grows with new Red Hat Insights Vulnerability service

        Red Hat Insights, which is included with Red Hat subscriptions, analyzes platforms and applications to help enterprises manage hybrid cloud environments. Insights uses predictive analytics and deep domain expertise to reduce complex operational tasks from hours to minutes, including identifying security and performance risks, tracking licenses and managing costs.

      • Container JournalSysdig Adds Kubernetes Cost Monitoring Tool to Portfolio – Container Journal

        Sysdig today adds a Cost Advisor module for Kubernetes clusters to its portfolio of tools for managing and securing container environments.

        Aaron Newcomb, director of product marketing for Sysdig, says as an extension of the existing Sysdig Monitor service, the Cost Advisor module eliminates the need for IT teams to deploy a separate platform to track Kubernetes costs.

      • Container JournalWhen Kubernetes-as-a-Service Doesn’t Cut It – Container Journal

        When it comes to installing and managing your own Kubernetes service, the advice you’ll usually hear is, “Don’t do it!” But sometimes, that advice is wrong.

      • FOSSLifeHow to Use Checkmk to Monitor Your Home Router

        Every organization needs monitoring to make sure that servers, networks, applications, cloud assets, and other elements work as they should. Monitoring also provides timely alerts, and it helps IT teams track down the causes of (potential) problems. Having a suitable monitoring tool will help you resolve problems faster, ideally before they have an impact on operational systems. Checkmk is an open source monitoring tool that is ideally suited for modern hybrid environments, combining enterprise-grade scalability and security with the extendibility of open source software.

        In most cases, Checkmk runs on a dedicated server or virtual machine (VM). As I am just running a small monitoring setup for my home office environment, my host will be my computer with Ubuntu 18.04. The computer has four CPU cores and 4GB of RAM, which is more than enough to get started. Checkmk also runs on other Linux distributions, such as Debian, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS, or SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, and you can also run Checkmk on a Docker container or virtual appliance. If you install Checkmk on a dedicated host, the only additional steps you need are transferring the files to the server.

        Checkmk can monitor anything with an IP address, including servers, cloud assets, and network devices, as well as systems that belong to the Internet of Things (IoT). For this article, I chose to monitor my TP-Link router. Checkmk also comes ready-equipped with reasonable thresholds for alerts. These pre-configured thresholds will come in handy, because your monitoring will be up and running within a few minutes without you having to worry about setting up alerts.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • VideoSolus GNOME 4.3 Quick overview #linux #SolusOS – Invidious

        A Quick Overview of Solus GNOME 4.3

      • VideoRedcore Linux Proves Gentoo Doesn’t Have To Be Difficult – Invidious

        Redcore Linux is a distribution based on Gentoo Linux using the KDE Plasma desktop environment. Redcore comes with a easy-to-use graphical installer, and Redcore has it’s own easy-to-use package manager named Sisyphus.

      • Tux Digital34: Failed Closed Source – Linux Out Loud – TuxDigital

        This week, Linux Out Loud chats about when closed-source services fail you.

        Welcome to episode 34 of Linux Out Loud. We fired up our mics, connected those headphones as we searched the community for themes to expound upon. We kept the banter friendly, the conversation somewhat on topic, and had fun doing it.

      • Tux Digital35: Linux Shipped – Linux Out Loud – TuxDigital

        This week, Linux Out Loud chats about open software paired with open hardware.

        Welcome to episode 35 of Linux Out Loud. We fired up our mics, connected those headphones as we searched the community for themes to expound upon. We kept the banter friendly, the conversation somewhat on topic, and had fun doing it.

      • mintCast Podcast398 – I Hear A Leak, Must Be Android – mintCast

        First up in the news: Debian carries buffer patches, IceWM 3, Wireshark 4, free Ubuntu Pro for all, KDE winds down Plasma 5, VirtualBox 7, Proton drives prices, and dreams of Forky;

        In security and privacy: New Chinese malware for everything, Intel springs a leak, and Android’s leak exposed;

        Then in our Wanderings: Joe futzes with his 3D printer, while Moss continues to fight with Mint 21;

        In our Innards section, we begin a historical journey through Linux distros;

        And finally, the feedback and a couple of suggestions

      • VideoUbuntu 22.10 overview | Upgrade your desktop. – Invidious

        In this video, I am going to show an overview of Ubuntu 22.10 and some of the applications pre-installed.

      • VideoYour Raspberry Pi as a Desktop – DeskPi Lite Full Review – Invidious

        The Raspberry Pi can be transformed into a full desktop PC (with the right parts, at least). In this video, Jay reviews the DeskPi Lite, which is a case for your Raspberry Pi that transforms it into a desktop!

      • VideoPossible Future GitHub Copilot Lawsuit – Invidious

        Word came out about some lawyers starting an investigation on GitHub Copilot to determine if a lawsuit is appropriate. In this video I’ll break this down for everyone and give you my thoughts too.

      • Linux in the Ham ShackLHS Epsiode #485: QSLing Deep Dive | Linux in the Ham Shack

        Hello and welcome to Episode 485 of Linux in the Ham Shack. In this episode, the hosts discuss the art and science of sending and receiving QSL cards, either physically or digitally. There are several methods and it can be something of a chore to navigate. We hope you enjoy this episode and have a great week.

      • FLOSS Weekly 703: Hacker’s Ethical Dilemma – Marcus Sailler, Ethical Hacking

        In cybersecurity, there isn’t an ethical dilemma for bad actors, but there is for good ones making and improving open source code that bad actors can use too. Marcus Sailler schools Doc Searls and Katherine Druckman about that dilemma, and how he deals with it as Head of Offensive Security in the private sector after a long military career.

    • Kernel Space

      • Linux MagazineFirst Release Candidate of Linux 6.1 Kernel… – Linux Magazine

        The development cycle for the 6.1 Linux kernel is off and running with the availability of the first Release Candidate.

        The 6.1 kernel has hit the RC stage. Although this won’t bring about any massive or deal-making changes to Linux, there are still a few features to get excited about. Most important is the first inclusion of Rust, which will be greatly expanded over the coming years.

        Other notable features include support for the new Intel Arc and AMD RDNA3 graphics, Multi-Gen LUR VM series (which will give the kernel a significant performance boost on memory-constrained systems), and the new Kernel Memory Sanitizer.

        In addition, the x86_64 version will warn over W+X mappings, the AMD Platform Management Framework has been merged, five vulnerabilities with Wi-Fi handling – CVE-2022-41674 (kernels up to 5.19), CVE-2022-42719 (5.2 to 5.19), CVE-2022-42720 and CVE-2022-42721 (both 5.1 to 5.19), and CVE-2022-42722 (5.8 to 5.19) – have been fixed.

        This release also has better support for Intel’s new Gaudi2 AI accelerator chip, EUFI support for LoongArch CPUs, and more.

    • Graphics Stack

      • CollaboraA look at Vulkan extensions in Venus

        When it comes to Vulkan applications and libraries, you’ll be hard-pressed to write them without leveraging the ever-expanding list of Vulkan extensions made available to take advantage of the quirks and features graphics hardware has to offer. In brief, Vulkan extensions are addendums to the Vulkan specification that drivers are not required to support. They allow vendors to expand upon the existing API to allow the use of features that may be unique to a particular vendor or generation of devices without having to retrofit the core API.

        Even in virtualized environments, the use of extended functionality for hardware-accelerated applications can be paramount for performance. Indeed, it is something that virtual graphics drivers, like Venus, must take into account.

        Venus is a virtual Vulkan driver based on the Virtio-GPU protocol. Effectively a protocol on top of another protocol, it defines the serialization of Vulkan commands between guest and host. This post will cover details of the Venus driver, its components, and their relations in the context of extensions.

    • Applications

      • Linux LinksLinux Candy: No More Secrets – data decryption effects

        Linux Candy is a series of articles covering interesting eye candy software. We only feature open-source software in this series.

        No More Secrets (nms) is a command line tool that recreates the famous data decryption effect seen in the 1992 thriller film Sneakers. It’s free and open source software.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Fedora Downstreams Made Easier – Think. Debate. Innovate.

        The first approach was disliked by all – the second one won. However, implementing this was challenging, as we needed to update Fedora, CentOS, and RHEL at the same time to ensure spec files and their backports kept working properly.

        Thankfully, Fedora and CentOS engineers helped me push through the changes there; and Stephen Gallagher additionally wrote Red Hat deinitions for RHEL and pushed them through there.

        In a surprisngly short amount of time, Fedora (F35+), CentOS 9 Streams, and RHEL have these macros available, as does Amazon Linux 2022. Package maintainers can use these macros in Fedora, and expect them to work right for any downstream distributions, without having to submit modified PRs for those.

      • CitizixHow to install and Configure RabbitMQ Server in Ubuntu 22.04

        In this guide we will explore how to install the latest release of RabbitMQ in Ubuntu 22.04 Server or Workstation RabbitMQ is an open source message broker software that implements the Advanced Message Queuing Protocol (AMQP).

      • ID RootHow To Install PHP 7.4 on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install PHP 7.4 on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, PHP 7.4 is a significant update of the PHP language that was “officially” released on November 28, 2019. This is a standard upgrade from now on from the existing PHP 7.3 release to PHP 7.4, which is the last version in the 7 PHP series. There are multiple uses of PHP that make it a strong scripting language option for web development. It operates over the web server and then processes all client requests into HTML files. Another good use of PHP is that it is compatible with different operating systems, like macOS, Windows, and 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 PHP 7.4 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.

      • VideoHow to install Pinta on Linux Mint 21 – Invidious [Ed: Caution needed; Microsoft Mono trap]

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install PHP 7.4 on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, as well as some extra required packages by PHP

      • H2S Media4 Ways to Install FreeCad on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Linux

        Learn the steps to install open-source FreeCad software on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy JellyFish Linux to start designing your ideas.

        For engineers and draughtsmen, dealing with CAD programs has become an integral part of everyday work. But this is not limited to professionals only, even hobby designers use such CAD software to let their fantasies run wild in the 3D environment. However, the software required for this is usually quite expensive. In such cases, free and open-source applications are the only hope.

        FreeCAD is one of the free and open-source applications for Windows, Linux, and macOS that let professionals and hobby designers digitalize their ideas. FreeCAD is a free alternative to professional programs and is aimed at students and interested parties who want to familiarize themselves with the topic of 3D CAD modeling.

      • TechRepublicHow to enable Ubuntu Pro to gain expanded security maintenance and compliance | TechRepublic

        Canonical has announced that its security and maintenance subscription service is now free for personal usage for up to five machines. This service offers 10 years of security for both the system and over 23,000 applications.

      • Make Use OfHow to Use the tr and fmt Commands for Text Manipulation on Linux

        The tr and fmt commands, short for translate and format, are two of the most important text manipulation commands on Linux.

        Linux makes text manipulation and processing very easy with tons of commands. Command-line tools like tr and fmt help you change, format, and modify text files right from your terminal.

        In this article, we will discuss how to use the tr and fmt commands to format text in different use cases. So what are tr and fmt? And how do you use them?

      • Ubuntu HandbookHow to Install KDE Plasma 5.26 in (K)Ubuntu 22.10 via PPA | UbuntuHandbook

        The latest KDE Plasma desktop 5.26 is finally made into PPA for (K)Ubuntu 22.10 / Ubuntu Studio 22.10, the next Ubuntu edition to be released soon.

      • Make Tech EasierHow to Fix an MTD Device Error in Linux – Make Tech Easier

        When your device freezes in the middle of a boot, it can be frustrating, especially when you don’t know what the problem is. This guide shows you how to fix your MTD device error and get your computer up and running again.

      • TechRepublicHow to Use the VirtualBox Unattended Installation Feature | TechRepublic

        VirtualBox 7.0 is now available to install and it offers a host of very important new features. One of the more impressive features is the addition of unattended install configuration within the GUI. Now you no longer have to run those unattended installations from the command line.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Stellarium on Manjaro 21 Linux

        Stellarium is a free, open-source planetarium software package licensed under the GNU General Public License, version 2. It is available for Linux, Windows, and macOS. A port of Stellarium called Stellarium Mobile is available for Android, iOS, and Symbian as a paid version. It was initially developed by Fabien Chéreau and is now maintained by the Stellarium team. The software renders the night sky in 3D, allowing users to see stars, constellations, planets, nebulae, and other astronomical objects in their correct positions relative to each other. Users can also set the time and date to see how the night sky changes.

        In addition to being a helpful tool for astronomers and amateur stargazers alike, Stellarium is also used in educational settings, such as planetariums and science museums. With its realistic graphics and accurate simulations, Stellarium provides an immersive experience that can help people to understand the night sky better.

      • UNIX CopHow to run scripts without typing the full path?

        Hello, friends. In this post, you will learn How to run scripts without typing the full path? So, you can use these scripts as commands from a terminal or launcher.

      • TecAdminHow to Install VirtualBox 7.0 on Ubuntu 22.04

        Did you know that you can run virtual machines on your Linux computer? It’s true. Thanks to virtualization software like VirtualBox, you can set up a separate environment for any operating system — even something as unusual as Windows or OS X — without risk to your primary operating system. You’ll find many uses for virtual machines, from testing software before you release it to other users to safely trying out experimental new versions of Linux.

        In this article, we show you how to install VirtualBox on Ubuntu 22.04 and other common versions of Linux.

      • Red Hat OfficialHow to monitor information about your system with Osquery | Enable Sysadmin

        Install and use Osquery to gather performance, capacity, and other essential data about your system using a SQL query language.

      • TecMintInstall VirtualBox 7.0 in Debian, Ubuntu, and Linux Mint

        In this article, we will explain how to install VirtualBox 7.0 on Debian-based distributions such as Debian, Ubuntu, and Linux Mint distributions using VirtualBox’s own repository with an apt package manager.

        VirtualBox is a powerful, general-purpose, and cross-platform full virtualization software, targeted at server, desktop, and embedded use. It can be installed on any operating system (Linux, Windows, Mac, etc) and allow you to install and run multiple guest operating systems on the same computer.

        Recently Oracle has released the latest stable version of Virtualbox 7.0, the newest major update that ships with lots of major changes and new features.

      • DebugPointHow to Install Viber in Ubuntu and Other Linux

        Here’s a quick guide on how you can install Viber in Ubuntu and other Linux systems.

        Viber is a free, secure calling and messaging program for all popular mobile platforms and operating systems.

        It has a rich set of features such as voice/video calls, text messages with GIFs, stickers, photos, and videos. In addition, Viber features group chats, group calls and disappearing messages.

        Viber is a closed-source program, but available as free for Linux distributions with native executable clients.

      • ID RootHow To Install Android Studio on Rocky Linux 9 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Android Studio on Rocky Linux 9. For those of you who didn’t know, Android Studio is the official integrated development environment for Google’s Android operating system, built on JetBrains’ IntelliJ IDEA software and designed specifically for Android development. Android Studio is a feature-rich tool to develop mobile applications and user interfaces. It supports a variety of operating systems, including Linux, Windows, and macOS.

        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 Android Studio on Rocky Linux. 9.

    • Games

      • Boiling SteamNew Steam Games with Native Linux Clients – 2022-10-19 Edition – Boiling Steam

        Between 2022-10-12 and 2022-10-19 there were 40 New Steam games released with Native Linux clients. For reference, during the same time, there were 303 games released for Windows on Steam, so the Linux versions represent about 13.2 % of total released titles.

      • FOSS Minecraft Launcher Destroyed By Rogue Founder [Ed: Minecraft itself is NOT FOSS. Should say, "STOP BECOMING VOLUNTEERS OF MICROSOFT" (rather than what the video cover days); Brodie Robertson knows that Microsoft is not FOSS, GitHub is NOT FOSS but an ATTACK on FOSS, and Minecraft is NOT FOSS either. How many people are fooled by the openwashing propaganda train?]
  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • ZDNetWant to ditch Windows? Windowsfx may be the ideal Linux distribution for you | ZDNET

      For many, Windows is the only desktop operating system they’ve ever used. For them, there’s a familiarity that makes dealing with the usual troubles associated with Windows (random restarts for updates, failed drivers, and insecurities) tolerable.

      But what if I told you there was an alternative? There is, and it’s been around since 1997.

      That alternative is Linux.

      Now, before you throw your arms up in the air in frustration, hear me out. Sure, there are tons of Linux distributions available to install for free. Those distributions range from the very basic to the incredibly complex and everything in between.

    • New Releases

      • antiX-22 released – antiX Linux

        antiX-22 is a new release update of our 21 series based on Debian bullseye.

        As usual we offer the following completely systemd-free and for this particular upgrade – elogind-free flavours for both 32 and 64 bit architecture. Available iso files for sysVinit or runit.

        antiX-full (c1.4GB) – 4 windows managers – IceWM (default), fluxbox, jwm and herbstluftwm plus full libreoffice suite.

        antiX-base (c800MB) – 4 windows managers – IceWM (default), fluxbox, jwm and herbstluftwm.

        antiX-core (c460MB) – no X, but should support most wireless.

        antiX-net (c180MB)- no X. Just enough to get you connected (wired) and ready to build.

    • BSD

      • The Register UKFreeBSD comes to Amazon’s lightweight hypervisor • The Register

        The FreeBSD developer who brought FreeBSD to Amazon EC² has now got it working on the company’s lightweight Firecracker hypervisor.

        “AWS Community Hero” Colin Percival is the developer of the Tarsnap online backup service and the portsnap tool for updating FreeBSD. It’s thanks to his efforts that FreeBSD is supported on Amazon EC².

        Now, he has announced that FreeBSD supports another new platform: Amazon’s Firecracker hypervisor. The Reg covered Firecracker when it was announced, and when Amazon cut the price of the Fargate “serverless” platform that Firecracker supports. It’s derived from the lightweight Rust-based crosvm which is part of Google ChromeOS.

    • SUSE/OpenSUSE

      • OpenSUSEMedical Campaign uses GNU Health, openSUSE – openSUSE News

        A recent campaign of medical-surgical assistance in Senegal by a Non-Governmental Organization highlights the benefits of using open-source software.

        A team from Cirugía Solidaria, which is an NGO that provides medical assistance in disadvantaged countries along with other health promotional activities, conducted a campaign from Sept. 23 to Oct. 3 with the Foundation Elizabeth Diouf.

        The campaign involved several medical professionals carrying out medical assistance while using open-source technologies from GNU Health and the openSUSE Project.

        The use of GNU Health, which is a Hospital Management Information System, allowed for the multidisciplinary team, which included nurses, surgeons, pediatricians, gynecologist and more, to organize and facilitate daily medical care during the medical assistance campaign. The technology on the team’s devices and the printer that were all running on a local server using openSUSE, and this gave the team maximal opportunity to organize, evaluate and treat patients.

    • Fedora / Red Hat / IBM

      • Enterprisers ProjectDigital transformation: Why observability is critical

        Observability tooling has become critical on the road to digital transformation. As DevOps and cloud, the key enablers of digital transformation, guide us towards ever more federated and distributed processes and systems, incidents become more unpredictable, and observability is our best chance for assuring availability.

        IT professionals have always dealt with change, but never at the speed of our current digital transformation. The humans of DevOps are being asked to learn and implement new technologies at a pace that often outpaces their current skill level.

        Here, industry experts Jayne Groll and Helen Beal share their thoughts on why observability is critical for digital transformation.

      • Enterprisers Project4 ways remote leaders can build soft skills

        Many IT leaders would agree: Building soft skills – communication, empathy, relationship building, and trust, for example – is far more manageable within the walls of the workplace. It makes watercooler catch-ups more probable, reading non-verbal cues more prominent, and developing the right workplace culture more accessible.

        In today’s hybrid and remote work era, however, honing and mastering these essential skills isn’t so simple. “Many of these interactions just don’t happen anymore,” says Charlie Betzig, managing director at Heller Search Associates, a recruiting firm specializing in senior-level technology executives. “Now you have to pursue opportunities to focus on these skills and be more intentional about them.”

      • IT JungleIBM Bolsters Availability, Backup with Latest TRs [Ed: Fails to disclose the IBM sponsorship; conflict hidden]

        Nobody wants downtime or data loss, but companies’ appetite for both are on the decline as customers increasingly demand 24/7 service. IBM i shops have a lot of solutions to choose from when it comes to ensuring uptime and avoiding data loss, both of which have been enhanced with the latest round of Tech Refreshes (TRs) from IBM.

      • IT JungleDoing Disaster Recovery Planning Right For Your IBM Power Iron
      • Fedora ProjectMindshare Committee Quarterly Report- Q2 2022

        It’s time for the (overdue) Mindshare Committee’s third Quarterly Report. This post covers activities from the Mindshare Committee and related teams for the months of April, May, and June of 2022. We started off strong with getting these reports together, but as time has gone, it’s gotten a bit more difficult to pull them together and out on time. We are addressing the future of these reports and how we can restructure to make it easier to put them together. As always, we welcome feedback on how we can improve these reports in the related Mindshare ticket.

      • Red HatOpen vSwitch: The revalidator process explained | Red Hat Developer

        Open vSwitch (OVS) is a rich implementation of software-defined networking (SDN) L2 switch.

      • Red Hat OfficialRunning containers in cars

        A little over a year ago, Red Hat announced its intention to collaborate with the automotive industry to help drive the transition to software-defined vehicles (SDVs). In May 2022, this intention became concrete with Red Hat and General Motors announcing their collaboration to help trailblaze SDVs at the edge. Our goal is to produce a base operating system to run all sorts of in-vehicle software for safety-critical use cases as well as non-safety ones.

      • Red Hat OfficialWhat’s next for Ansible? The path to end-to-end automation across the hybrid cloud

        IT complexity, whether in your datacenter, in public clouds or at the edge, isn’t going away.

      • Red Hat OfficialSpeed up SQL Server 2022 backups with RHEL Logical Volume Manager [Ed: Red Hat is shilling Microsoft proprietary software that does not even run on GNU/Linux (it uses Drawbridge)]

        One of the most powerful—and often underutilized—storage features in Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is the ability to take point-in-time consistent snapshots using the Linux Logical Volume Manager (LVM2).

      • Red Hat OfficialHarmonizing the automation trifecta across the hybrid cloud: People, processes and platforms

        There is no doubt that IT automation has proved its worth, with automation technologies now being sewn into the technology fabric of future-fit organizations. It’s an essential component in driving operational efficiency to maximize enterprise potential. Businesses incorporating automation effectively are setting themselves up to excel, and that advantage is vital, no matter the industry.

      • Red Hat OfficialAutomation? There’s an AI for That

        Seems a bit much for your phone’s assistant, right? Even so, imagine if this is the future of enterprise IT, where the command line and even graphical user interfaces are replaced by writing (or saying!) a sentence in plain English. Do this, then that and finally this. That’s it – no complicated syntax required.

      • Business WirePandora FMS Achieves Red Hat Enterprise Linux Certification Boosting its International Projection
    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • OMG UbuntuUbuntu 22.10: What’s New? [Video] – OMG! Ubuntu!

        Ubuntu 22.10 is primed, ready to release on October 20 and to help ratchet up the excitement I’ve put together a short video to showcase the release’s most exciting new features.

        Not that much of it of will be a surprise if you read this blog often enough!

        All told, Ubuntu 22.10 is a fairly modest update to Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. The inclusion of GNOME 43 and the switch to PipeWire as the underlying audio stack are both significant changes, but there’s little else to lure long-term support users away from the luxurious bosom (oo-er) of stability.

        Not that it’s a total non-event, mind.

        As mentioned, GNOME 43 and its new pod-like Quick Settings menu is the star attraction (being able to quickly switch wi-fi network from the menu itself was long overdue). Plus, an adaptive Nautilus, and out-of-the-box support for WebP images (meme makers rejoice) are welcome additions.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • CNX SoftwareMaxLinear unveils MxL31712 & MxL31708 Wi-Fi 7 chips for gateways, routers and access points

        Since the WiFi 7 chips are coprocessors there’s no information about software support, but we previously reported that MaxLinear’s AnyWAN URX SoC could run the Yocto-based prplOS (formerly known as prplWRT), RDK-B, or MaxLinear’s UGW (Universal Gateway Software) based on OpenWrt.

        MaxLinear MxL31712 and MxL31708 Wi-Fi 7 chips are at the pre-production stage with some samples available to selected partners, and mass production is scheduled to start next year. More details can be found on the respective product pages and the press release.

      • The DIY LifeI hope the Raspberry Pi 5 is this good – Khadas Edge 2 Pro – The DIY Life

        Today we’re going to be taking a look at the new Khadas Edge 2. I can tell you upfront that this is one of the fastest SBCs that I’ve tried out, which is made even more impressive by its really compact design and power efficiency.

        This is an Arm-based SBC (single board computer) that Khadas have recently launched and they’ve sent me their pro version to try out and share with you. They’re currently running an early bird offer until the end of October, so you can get the Edge 2 for $199.

        Here’s my video unboxing and review, read on for the written review…

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • PurismPriority Orders for Librem 14 Laptops (with Standard Specs) Available Now! – Purism
      • ArduinoKeep the air in your workshop clear with this DIY smart dust collection system | Arduino Blog

        Workshops get dirty and dusty, especially if you do woodworking. Not only is sawdust annoying, it is also bad for your respiratory system. Dust collection is very important, but outfitting a large shop can quickly become complicated. If you have a big workshop and need to improve your dust collection, then Brumberjack_Woodworks has a design and tutorial for a centralized smart dust collection system that you should check out.

        This whole system starts with a heavy duty dust collector, which is essentially a huge vacuum cleaner. The exact model isn’t that important, so long as it can handle the workload. Luckily, the key part of this system design is valve-based direction. By only opening the valves you need, you can reduce the necessary capacity of the dust collector.

      • ArduinoThis Valorant fan made his own functional Boom Bot replica | Arduino Blog

        Valorant is a free-to-play 5v5 first-person shooter game. As in most shooters, players want to avoid getting shot. One way they can prevent incoming fire is to use Boom Bot, which is a little robot that will drive forward and chase enemies before exploding — while the player stays safely hidden out of sight. While he probably won’t be getting into any gunfights, Danny Lum built his own functional replica of the Boom Bot.

        Boom Bot’s behavior in the game is quite simple. When deployed, it will drive straight forward until it either collides with a wall or detects an opponent. If it runs into a wall, it turns like a Roomba. If it sees a target, it will begin chasing them. Lum was able to recreate that functionality in a conventional two-wheel-drive rover robot. The robot was designed in Solidworks CAD to match in the in-game Boom Bot and then 3D-printed.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • OSI BlogOn the emerging landscape of open AI [Ed: OSI runs this “HEY HI” series to cover up for Microsoft’s copyright violations and mass plagiarism. Microsoft pays the OSI for it.]
    • Petter ReinholdtsenPetter Reinholdtsen: Managing and using ONVIF IP cameras with Linux

      Recently I have been looking at how to control and collect data from a handful IP cameras using Linux. I both wanted to change their settings and to make their imagery available via a free software service under my control. Here is a summary of the tools I found.

      First I had to identify the cameras and their protocols. As far as I could tell, they were using some SOAP looking protocol and their internal web server seem to only work with Microsoft Internet Explorer with some proprietary binary plugin, which in these days of course is a security disaster and also made it impossible for me to use the camera web interface. Luckily I discovered that the SOAP looking protocol is actually following the ONVIF specification, which seem to be supported by a lot of IP cameras these days.

      Once the protocol was identified, I was able to find what appear to be the most popular way to configure ONVIF cameras, the free software Windows tool named ONVIF Device Manager. Lacking any other options at the time, I tried unsuccessfully to get it running using Wine, but was missing a dotnet 40 library and I found no way around it to run it on Linux.

    • MedevelFractal Generator: an Open Source Cross-platform Fractal Art Generator

      Fractal art is an amazing never-ending pattern. It is a beautiful loop of colors, structures, and shapes organized in a fancy pattern.
      Fractal art is a computer generated art that uses algorithms to calculate fractal objects then represent them in a digital image, animation, or video.


      This software is distributed under the GNU General Public License version 3

    • MedevelSetup a Bike Sharing Platform with the Open Source Bike Share Solution

      Bike sharing is becoming more popular, for instance, there are several bike sharing startups, and gov sponsored bike and scooter apps and companies, in countries like France, Canada, Turkey, Italy, and Switzerland.

      Building a bike sharing software from scratch is a challenge, yet it is possible with some effort and time. However, what if you need to setup a bike sharing system for your city, and you do not have enough resources. Then here is your answer: an Open-source bike sharing system.

      The Open Source Bike Share is the world’s first low-cost and open source bike sharing system. It is built on top of JavaScript, Laravel Framework (PHP), and Vue Framework.

      The system has been used in shared stands in some universities, some cities around the world.

    • MedevelRadioLogic is an Open Source Medical Imaging Learning Tool for Radiologists

      RadioLogic is a case-based learning and self-assessment tool for the Orthanc Ecosystem for Medical Imaging.

      Case-based learning (CBL) is an efficient method for radiologist education. RadioLogic is a system to create clinical-cases from real DICOM files and to provide a self-assessment tool to users to view the studies, submit a diagnosis and compare their performance with other peers. The main components are a progressive web application (RadioLogicTutor) optimized for iPAD’s, an Orthanc PACS (RadioLogicArchive) to serve the teaching files and an Orthanc plugin (RadioLogicCreator) to create the clinical teaching cases.


      The Project is released under the GPL-3.0 License as an open-source project which can be modified, cloned, edited, and redistributed.

    • MedevelGoldenCheetah is The Open-source App Every Serious Cyclist Needs

      GoldenCheetah is a desktop performance tracker application for cyclists, runners, triathletes, and coaches. It is built to aid the user analyze, track, and optimize their out- and in-door training.

      The program is available for Windows, Linux, and macOS, free of charge. It is an open-source project released under the GPL v2.

    • Web Browsers/Web Servers

      • Mozilla

        • DebugPointFirefox 106 Release Arrives with PDF Annotation, Wayland Gestures, + More

          Firefox follows a monthly release cycle, and the new Firefox 106 release brings exciting updates for all of its platforms, including Linux.

          Firstly, if you are browsing any PDF file over the web using Firefox, now you can annotate it. The preview tab includes two new tools. Text and Draw.

    • Content Management Systems (CMS)

      • MedevelLavalite is a Laravel based Feature-rich CMS

        Lavalite is a free open-source CMS that built on top of Laravel framework. It features a user-friendly admin dashboard that supports mobile small screens, informative dashboard, multilingual support, and a clutter-free interface.

        Originally, Lavalite is built for Laravel developers to build custom CMS system on top of it. It can be used as a base CMS for Real-estate, eCommerce, Classified website, yellow pages, and job listing websites.

        Developers and even users can easily define a new custom post types, or custom taxonomies without breaking a sweat.

        Lavalite comes with a rich developer and user-friendly documentation, that guides the newcomers through the installation process, configuration, and server setup.

      • MedevelPayload: an Open-source Headless CMS Framework for Enterprise

        While Headless CMS solutions are trending, it is not easy to pick the right one for enterprise work. That’s not the case with Payload Headless CMS as it is built for enterprise users.

        Payload CMS comes with a full support for REST API and GraphQL. It also supports local file storage with a straightforward upload API.

        With Payload CMS, developers can set custom post types, custom fields, manage the content history, drafts, and revision with ease, and use the block-based layout editor for building eye-catching rich pages.

    • Education

      • TecMintBest Linux Open Source School Management Software

        This tutorial examines some of the best free and open-source school management software for Linux.

        Running an educational institution in an efficient manner is no mean task. It usually involves handling various aspects such as students’ biodata, grading, timetabling, reporting and other administrative tasks that involve communication between parents, teachers, and the non-teaching staff. As such, having reliable, and efficient school management software is a huge plus.

        In this guide, we will examine the top 5 free and open-source school management software for Linux.

    • FSF

      • FSFLibrePlanet 2023: Remember to submit your session by November 2

        LibrePlanet 2023 is the fifteenth edition of the Free Software Foundation’s (FSF) conference on ethical technology and user freedom, which will be held in March 2023, both online and in Boston, MA (exact date and venue TBA). This year’s theme is “Charting the Course.”

        The free software movement has produced so much more than software used by millions around the world. It also points the way to a freer and autonomous digital existence for all of us: one where it’s the user and not corporate monopolies that control our ways of communicating, how children are educated, and how we monitor information as crucial as our own health. LibrePlanet speakers will show ways of progressing the free software community’s understanding of new opportunities and new threats to the movement.

        For those of you who haven’t participated in a LibrePlanet conference before: expect a friendly, social, community-focused event with two days of inspiring talks and workshops from prominent people in the free software community, as well as people new to the community. You can choose whether you want to participate online or in person in Boston, MA. LibrePlanet 2023 will offer both.

    • Programming/Development

      • Daniel StenbergFunded curl improvements | daniel.haxx.se

        I am happy to announce that curl receives funding from The Sovereign Tech Fund. This funding is directed towards three specific projects that we have identified as interesting and worthwhile to push forward as ways to improve curl and the life of curl users.

        This “investment” will fund two developers to work on curl over a period of six months: Stefan Eissing and myself. The three projects are explained at some detail below. Of course everyone and anyone is welcome to join in and help out with these projects. Everything will be done in the open, as usual.

        At the end of the period, we will produce some kind of report or summary of how things turned out.

        The three projects we are getting funded have been especially created and crafted (by me) to be good solid projects that we really want to see done. This funding is different than many others we have gotten over the years in that we got to decide and plan what we wanted done. These are things that are meant to improve curl as a project and to generally make Internet transfers better and more powerful for a vast amount of users.

      • The Register UKGoogle submits its pure Go container project to CNCF • The Register

        Google has offered its tool for pure Go Kubernetes containers to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) … and may have thought it was a done deal.

        The CNCF is the Linux Foundation project that acts as the guardian of Kubernetes since Google stepped away.

      • QtIntroducing Qt Quick Effect Maker

        I’m super excited to finally talk about the project I have been working with during the past months: Qt Quick Effect Maker (QQEM). This blog post is an introduction into this new tool and more related posts are coming in the near future. So what is it? QQEM is a custom-made tool designed for a single purpose…

      • Editors

        • Linuxiac6 Best Free Linux GUI Code Editors for Programming [Ed: The second one is Microsoft and proprietary]

          This article presents an overview of the six best GUI code editors for Linux that are feature-rich and suitable for every programmer’s needs.

          A code editor is a must-have tool for each developer. Fortunately, Linux has many of these that are entirely free to use.

          This list strives to bring you the six best ones based on our own experience with them. But before we begin, we should clarify that we are presenting you with the best GUI (Graphical User Interface) code editors.

          The terminal-based ones, such as Vim, Micro, Nano, and so on, are outside the scope of this review and will be covered in a separate one.

  • Leftovers

    • Hardware

      • TediumMore Dongle History: Who Invented the Term “Dongle,” Anyway?

        Two years ago, I explained the evolution of dongles in the best way I could, how these weird connectors came to be, and why it never seems like our dongle drawer will ever empty. And honestly, when a new dongle emerges, I kind of just want to hand out a prize to the company that made it. And today, I’m handing the flowers to Apple, which just released an unnecessary female-lightning-to-female-USB-C connector because it inexplicably chose not to upgrade the Apple Pencil on the lowest-end iPad, which now uses USB-C. But the recent decision that the European Union made to require everyone to use the same port standard must have Apple out of sorts, hence the weird dongle. But I have to wonder, is this just the dongle’s last hurrah? Will the awkward transition period end these half-solutions for good? Probably not. But given the many shifts in the market in the past two years, I feel like I need to re-assess my thesis: Will dongles eventually go away? Today’s Tedium ponders the dongle some more.

    • Pseudo-Open Source

    • Security

      • The AtlanticA Museum Security Expert on How to Protect Great Art – The Atlantic

        A museum-security expert admits that “it’s pretty darn hard to protect a painting from somebody throwing a can of soup at it.”

        On Friday, in a bizarre act that immediately went viral, two climate activists covered a 130-ish-year-old Vincent Van Gogh painting with tomato soup at the National Gallery in London. They then proceeded to superglue themselves to the wall beneath the frame. “Are you more concerned about the protection of a painting or the protection of our planet?” one asked. The protesters were later charged criminally.

        They were concerned about the planet, but also, at least purportedly, about the painting. A spokesperson for the group the protesters are affiliated with, Just Stop Oil, told The New York Times that the group had checked ahead of time to ensure the work was glazed—covered by a thin layer of glass—so that the soup would not damage the art. And glazed it was. Video shows that the orange soup did not seep into the yellow painting but rather rolled and dripped down the front, a barely perceptible layer clearly separating it from the art. The work reportedly suffered no damage, except to its frame.


        Banks don’t take millions of dollars and put them in plastic bags and hang them on the wall so everybody can walk right up to them.

      • LWNSecurity updates for Wednesday

        Security updates have been issued by Debian (bcel, kernel, node-xmldom, and squid), Mageia (chromium-browser-stable, dhcp, dokuwiki, firefox, golang, python-joblib, sos, and unzip), Oracle (nodejs and nodejs:16), Red Hat (firefox, kernel, kernel-rt, nodejs, nodejs:14, and thunderbird), Scientific Linux (firefox and thunderbird), Slackware (git and mozilla), SUSE (amazon-ssm-agent, caasp-release, cri-o, patchinfo, release-notes-caasp, skuba, enlightenment, libreoffice, netty, nodejs12, nodejs14, nodejs16, pngcheck, postgresql-jdbc, python-waitress, rubygem-activesupport-5_1, and tcl), and Ubuntu (frr, git, libksba, and linux-azure-4.15).

      • 3 Ways to Help Customers Defend Against Linux-Based Cyberattacks – MSSP Alert

        Linux operating systems power more than 90% of the world’s public cloud workload, from government web servers to smart manufacturing technologies. But as organizations continue to shift operations to the cloud, cybercriminals are following suit and directing their attention to Linux-based cyberattacks.

      • CISAOracle Releases October 2022 Critical Patch Update | CISA

        A remote attacker could exploit some of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system.

      • USCERTCISA Updates Advisory on Threat Actors Exploiting Multiple CVEs Against Zimbra Collaboration Suite [Ed: Way to distract from what's happening to Microsoft Exchange at the moment (Microsoft is not even patching!)]

        CISA and the Multi-State Information Sharing & Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) have updated joint Cybersecurity Advisory AA22-228A: Threat Actors Exploiting Multiple CVEs Against Zimbra Collaboration Suite, originally released August 16, 2022. The advisory has been updated to reference the addition of a new Malware Analysis Report, MAR-10398871.r1.v2.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • IT WireiTWire – Qatar World Cup visitors cautioned about taking mobiles

          The head of security at the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) has cautioned visitors to the World Cup Football tournament in Qater in November against taking their mobiles when they go over.

          Øyvind Vasaasen said, after having examined two apps — Ehteraz and Hayya — which all visitors would be asked to download to their mobiles, “It’s not my job to give travel advice, but personally I would never bring my mobile phone on a visit to Qatar.”

          The NRK is the Norwegian government-owned radio and television public broadcasting company, and the largest media organisation in Norway.

          Vasaasen said Ehteraz was a COVID-19 tracking app while Hayya was an official World Cup app which would be used to track match tickets and police access to the free Metro in Qatar.

        • MozillaA glossary of terms about cyberattacks, from ransomware to DDoS

          If you read news about technology, you’re bound to run into some jargon. Here at Mozilla, we believe that information should be as accessible as possible regardless of your level of expertise. We want to help you approach stories about technology with more curiosity and with a little less head-scratching involved. We’ll break down headline-making topics through a glossary of terms often used to discuss them. Consider it your cheat sheet to all things tech.

          This month, we’ll give you terms to know about cyberattacks.

    • Finance

      • Pune Rains, Uncosted Budgets, Hearing Loss Covid, Fracking – Experiences in the community

        India and the UK have many parallels, it’s mind boggling. Before we get into the nitty-gritties, saw something that would be of some interest to the people here.

        For those who might not be able to see above, apparently there is place in UK called Tufton Street where there are quite a few organizations that are shadowy and whose finances are not known as to how they are financed. Ms. Truss and quite a few of the people in the cabinet are from the same shadowy organizations. Mr. Kwasi Kwarteng, the just-departed chancellor is and was part of the same group.

        Now even for me it was a new term to learn and understand what is an uncosted budget is. To make it much more easier I share the example using a common person who goes to the bank for a loan –


        The Chancellor is very similar to our Finance Minister. Because the UK has constitutional monarchy, I am guessing the terms are slightly different, otherwise the functionality seems to be the same. For two weeks, there was lot of chaos, lot of pension funds lost quite a bit in the market and in the end Mr. Kwasi Kwarteng was ousted out of the job. Incredibly, the same media and newspapers who had praised Mr. Kwarteng just few weeks back as the best Tory budget, they couldn’t wait to bury him. And while I have attempted to simplify what happened, the best explanation of what has happened can be found in an article from the guardian. Speculation is rife in the UK as to who’s ruling atm as the new Chancellor has reversed almost all the policies that Ms. Truss had bought and she is now more or less a figurehead. Mr. Hunt, the new chancellor doesn’t have anybody behind him. Apparently, the gentleman wanted to throw his hat the ring in the Tory leadership contest that was held about a month back and he couldn’t get 20 MP’s to support him. Another thing that is different between UK and India is that in UK by law the PM has to answer questions put up to him or her by the opposition leaders. That is the way accountability is measured there. This is known as PMQ’s or Prime Minister Questions and Answers. One can just go to YouTube or any streaming service and give Liz Truss and PMQ’s and if they are interested of a certain date, give a date and they can see how she answered the questions thrown at her. Unfortunately, all she could do in both times were non-answers. In fact, the Tories seem to be using some of Labor’s policies after they had bad-mouthed the same policies. Politics of right-wing both in the UK and the US seems so out of touch with the people whom they are supposed to protect and administer. An article about cyclists which is sort of half-truth, half irony shows how screwed up the policies are of the RW (right-wing). Now they are questions about the pensions triple-lock. Sadly, it is the working class who would suffer the most, most of the rich have already moved their money abroad several years ago. The Financial Times, did share a video about how things have been unfolding

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • AccessNowLibyan parliament ignores civil society’s warning, solidifies draconian cybercrime law – Access Now

        Libyan parliament must immediately scrap the dangerous new cybercrime law before it’s used to deny people their fundamental rights. Almost a year after its adoption in October 2021, the Libyan House of Representatives cemented its draconian new cybercrime law, officially publishing this tool for legalised repression on September 27, 2022.

        As Access Now and other human rights organisations have continually warned, the law will severely undermine freedom of expression, and legitimise authorities’ targeting of journalists, activists, and human rights defenders. The law grants Libyan authorities the power to monitor people’s speech on the internet, and enables the National Information Security and Safety Authority (NISSA) — an administrative and technical governmental authority — to block websites and shut down online services without judicial warrants.

        “Libyan authorities are systematically constructing a digital hellscape designed to rob people across the country of their privacy and autonomy, and their rights to freedom of expression and assembly,” said Marwa Fatafta, MENA Policy and Advocacy Manager at Access Now. “This dangerous new cybercrime bill was designed to oppress. It must be immediately repealed.”

      • Daniel PocockBrittany Higgins & Australian Parliament Rapist: the real verdict

        The Brittany Higgins trial concluded and the jury is now considering whether to convict the Parliament rapist.

        The trial revealed that all opportunities to collect forensic evidence have been neglected or obstructed in some way. The public and the jury have been asked to believe. The victim said this on many occasions, she would like people to believe her.

        The problem with belief is that it is a poor substitute for proof. For hundreds of years, the Catholic Church believed the sun revolves around the Earth. It was only in 1992 that the Church accepted Galileo was right.

        There is strong scientific proof for the safety and effectiveness of vaccines. Novak Djokovic believes in alternative theories. He was deported and unable to play in the Australian Open.

        In that sense, it seems odd that Australians are being asked to accept the parliament rapist story on belief without any scientific evidence. Health authorities wouldn’t accept anti-vax conspiracy theories, no matter how strongly some people believe in them.

        Without the evidence, we can never know if the story was true or false. Nonetheless, the trial revealed other things about political parties and volunteer organizations.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • IT WireLabor to provide $2.4b to NBN Co for 1.5m fibre upgrades

        The Federal Government says it will provide a US$2.4 billion equity investment over four years to the NBN Co so that an additional 1.5 million premises can be upgraded from copper connections to fibre by 2025. The money will be formally announced in its budget update on 25 October.

        A joint statement from Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Communications Minister Michelle Rowland on Thursday — sent to bigger media organisations on Wednesday night — said the investment would benefit more than 660,000 premises in regional areas.

        Two years ago, the NBN Co announced it would spend $3.5 billion to ensure that about 75% of the homes on the NBN could be upgraded, bringing the total on full-fibre to about eight million. The Labor announcement on Thursday means that total would move closer to 10 million.

        Just a day prior to that announcement, $700 million was promised for business fibre zones in metropolitan areas and the regions, and $300 million to improve regional Internet services.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

    • Technical

      • Remote Work Blues

        I live in the American Midwest, but my new job is based out of the east coast. As a result, I now work full-time at home–an arrangement I despised when I was forced to do so at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

        While I’m less put off by the arrangement now that my home office is thousands of miles away, I still find myself subjected to many of the same emotions as before. I get cabin fever quite easily and need to get out of my house regularly. I find it easier to collaborate with coworkers in-person, and I don’t have that opportunity now.


        It also means that I have fewer opportunities to find interesting things around the city during the day. At my previous job, I would sometimes drive to a local airport during my lunchbreak and watch planes. Sometimes I would just drive around and explore the area. These midday journeys would not only give me a change of pace, but they would help me stay in touch with the goings-on of my town, and I often found plenty of cool things to photograph.

      • Speech to text transcription

        A long time ago, I tried to generate transcriptions of my Halberds & Helmets Podcast using Pocketsphinx. I wasn’t very happy about it.

      • Manual of Me

        Yesterday I discovered something that seems like a great idea to do, writing and publishing a manual of myself. This is inspired by the Manual of Me website, but as I don’t want to sign up for any of their things, this will probably just a simple markdown to HTML document.

      • Internet/Gemini

        • My Month of Sanity & Not Posting: A Social Media Power User Chooses to Touch Some Grass

          One of the things I mentioned when I created this smol blog all those eons ago (and then promptly ignored while I went and sought out yet another hit from the social media feeding tube) was how torn I was about my interaction with online social spaces. I am on Twitter and Instagram every day. Occasionally, a friend will send along a TikTok, and I make the mistake of reinstalling the app and get sucked into a vortex that I am convinced literally steals life like the Six-Fingered Man’s torture machine. In a world increasingly reliant upon online spaces for interpersonal connection, all my social interactions are conducted through text messages, zoom calls, tweets, and shitposting.

          Part of the therapy work I have taken on is to work on mindfulness, and even before reading Devon’s post, it was apparent that something needed to shift. I used to be a creative person driven to write essays and excitedly explore my interests. When I take the time to reflect upon myself now, I see a pretty empty shell of that former self.


          You may be asking what ASD and social media have to do with one another. A complex interplay is at play here that touches upon self-worth, self-discovery, mindfulness, social anxiety, obsessive behaviors, and fear. Unfortunately, I do not have a very high opinion of myself from decades of criticism and abuse. This led me to fear that if I remove the frameworks that have worked for me (online spaces), I will be isolated and too fearful of venturing into physical areas to expand my social circle in person. Through years of maskin, I have created a pretty gray world for myself, and I hid my obsessive tendencies away—I honestly don’t think I have had a genuine interest in how I used to in many years. Part of unmasking has been to let go of some of the restrictions I have imposed upon myself, and things like special interests were the subject of much social ridicule. What if, in my quest to live authentically, I open myself up to ridicule (fear again)?


          I don’t know what this will bring, but I can say that day two feels like quitting smoking. You feel like shit and irritable because your brain keeps cycling back to a thing that you can’t have. It is not very fun! And it is alarming that this effect has been so potent.

      • Programming

        • GitHub Copilot is piracy but fascinating

          GitHub Copilot is a machine learning model sold as a service by GitHub/Microsoft. It works as a super-powerful programmer’s autocomplete. It lets the programmer type a comment like “function to calculate prime numbers” and Copilot will offer a complete implementation or at least a skeleton of an implementation. It can also just see that the programmer is starting to type a prime number calculator, and offer to complete the implementation, without any specific prompt or instruction.


          Copilot frequently spits out code that can be traced back to the origins, and people have made it generate dozens of lines of copyrighted code verbatim. Whether the code is verbatim, or the ML model has “learned” something, it was trained on code that never authorized this sort of use, and it can lead to unintentional copyright violations. Because the model itself contains those code snippets, it can be argued (very reasonably) that Copilot itself is a copyright violator.

          This has divided the software development community. Some are horrified with the copyright aspect of it. Others seem to perceive the copyright angle of it as a speed bump in the way of progress, as Copilot is undeniably useful, and clearly points at what the future looks like for software development.

        • The name OctoForth is already taken…

          Damn! I did a google search and nothing came up, so I started using OctoForth… But someone pointed me to a github repo with the same name!

          So someone has a Rust project with the name OctoForth, and it is a Forth of some sort.

* Gemini (Primer) links can be opened using Gemini software. It’s like the World Wide Web but a lot lighter.

Share in other sites/networks: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Reddit
  • email

Decor ᶃ Gemini Space

Below is a Web proxy. We recommend getting a Gemini client/browser.

Black/white/grey bullet button This post is also available in Gemini over at this address (requires a Gemini client/browser to open).

Decor ✐ Cross-references

Black/white/grey bullet button Pages that cross-reference this one, if any exist, are listed below or will be listed below over time.

Decor ▢ Respond and Discuss

Black/white/grey bullet button If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

DecorWhat Else is New

  1. 3.5 Years Later Gemini Protocol and Geminispace Are Still 100% Community-Controlled

    Community-centric alternatives to the World Wide Web have gained traction; one of them, Gemini Protocol, continues to grow in 2023 and we're pleased to report progress and expansion

  2. Windows Falls to 16% Market Share in India (It was 97% in 2009), Microsoft Layoffs Reach India Too

    This month’s picture from the world’s most populous nation does not look good for Microsoft (it looks good for GNU/Linux); anonymous rumour mills online say that Microsoft isn’t moving to India but is actually firing staff based in India, so it’s a case of shrinking, not offshoring. When even low-paid (much lower salaries) staff is discarded it means things are very gloomy.

  3. Links 22/03/2023: GNOME 44 “Kuala Lumpur”

    Links for the day

  4. Microsoft Has Also Infiltrated the OSI's Board of Directors After Rigged Elections

    Weeks ago we warned that this would happen and for the third or fourth time in 2 years the OSI’s election process broke down; today the Open Source Initiative (OSI) writes: “The polls just closed, the results are in. Congratulations to the returning directors Aeva Black…” (Microsoft employee)

  5. Links 22/03/2023: Official Thunderbird Podcast Starts

    Links for the day

  6. IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, March 21, 2023

    IRC logs for Tuesday, March 21, 2023

  7. Many More Microsoft Layoffs Later Today

    Yesterday we shared rumours about Microsoft layoffs being planned for later today (there were 3 waves of layoffs so far this year). There are several more people here who say the same. How much noise will Microsoft make in the “media” in order to distract? Will the chaffbot "ChatGPT" help create enough chaff?

  8. Links 21/03/2023: JDK 20 and GNOME 43.5

    Links for the day

  9. Germany's Lobbyists-Infested Government Sponsors the War on Ukraine via the European Patent Office (EPO)

    The chief UPC ‘judge’ is basically seeking to break the law (and violate constitutions, conventions etc.) to start a kangaroo court while dodging real courts, just like Vladimir Putin does

  10. [Meme] The Meme That Team UPC (the Collusion to Break the European Laws, for Profit) Threats to Sue Us For

    António Campinos and Team UPC are intimidating people who simply point out that the Unified Patent Court (UPC) is illegal and Klaus Grabinksi, shown above, strives to head a de facto kangaroo court in violation of constitutions and conventions (the UK does not and cannot ratify; Ireland hasn’t even held a referendum on the matter)

  11. Microsoft is Sacking People Every Month This Year, Even Managers (While Sponsored Media Produces Endless Chatbot Chaff)

    Lots of Microsoft layoffs lately and so-called ‘journalists’ aren’t reporting these; they’re too busy running sponsored puff pieces for Microsoft, usually fluff along the “hey hi” (AI) theme

  12. 3 Months Late Sirius 'Open Source' Finally Deletes Us From the Fraudulent 'Meet the Team' Page (But Still Lists Many People Who Left Years Ago!)

    Amid fraud investigations the management of Sirius ‘Open Source’ finally removed our names from its “Meet the Team” page (months late); but it left in the page about half a dozen people who left the company years ago, so it’s just lying to its clients about the current situation

  13. Amid Fraud at Sirius 'Open Source' CEO Deletes His Recent (This Month) Past With the Company

    Not only did the Sirius ‘Open Source’ CEO purge all mentions of Sirius from his Microsoft LinkedIn account; he’s racing against the clock as crimes quickly become a legal liability

  14. Web Survey Shows Microsoft Falling Below 15% Market Share in Africa, Only One Minuscule African Nation Has Windows Majority

    A Web survey that measured Microsoft Windows at 97% in Africa (back in 2010) says that Windows has become rather small and insignificant; the Microsoft-sponsored mainstream media seems to be ignoring this completely, quite likely by intention...

  15. Rumours of More Microsoft Layoffs Tomorrow (Including Managers!), Probably Azure Again (Many Azure Layoffs Every Year Since 2020)

    Amazon is laying off AWS staff and Microsoft has been laying off Azure staff for 3 years already, including this year, so it seems like the “clown computing” bubble is finally bursting

  16. [Meme] EPO's Management Brainstorm

    The story behind a misleading slogan told above

  17. The Photo Ops Festival of the Funky President António Campinos and Revolt From the Patent Examiners Whom He Perpetually Oppresses

    European Patents are being granted for no reason other than application and renewal fees, awarding European monopolies to companies that aren't even European (only about a third are actually European); staff of the EPO is fed up as it regards or views all this as an extreme departure from the EPO's mission (and it's also outright illegal)

  18. Links 21/03/2023: Trisquel GNU/Linux 11.0 LTS

    Links for the day

  19. Back Doors Proponent Microsoft Infiltrates Panels That Write the Security Regulations, Press Fails to Point Out the Obvious

    Cult tactics and classic entryism serve Microsoft again, stacking the panels and basically writing policy (CISA). As an associate explained it, citing this new example, Stanford “neglects to point out the obvious fact that Microsoft is writing its own regulations.”

  20. IRC Proceedings: Monday, March 20, 2023

    IRC logs for Monday, March 20, 2023

  21. Links 20/03/2023: Curl 8.0.0/1 and CloudStack LTS

    Links for the day

  22. Standard Life (Phoenix Group Holdings): Three Weeks to Merely Start Investigating Pension Fraud (and Only After Repeated Reminders From the Fraud's Victims)

    As the phonecall above hopefully shows (or further elucidates), Standard Life leaves customers in a Kafkaesque situation, bouncing them from one person to another person without actually progressing on a fraud investigation

  23. Standard Life Paper Mills in Edinburgh

    Standard Life is issuing official-looking financial papers for companies that then use that paperwork to embezzle staff

  24. Pension Fraud Investigation Not a High Priority in Standard Life (Phoenix Group Holdings)

    The 'Open Source' company where I worked for nearly 12 years embezzled its staff; despite knowing that employees were subjected to fraud in Standard Life's name, it doesn't seem like Standard Life has bothered to investigate (it has been a fortnight already; no progress is reported by management at Standard Life)

  25. Links 20/03/2023: Tails 5.11 and EasyOS 5.1.1

    Links for the day

  26. Links 20/03/2023: Amazon Linux 2023 and Linux Kernel 6.3 RC3

    Links for the day

  27. IRC Proceedings: Sunday, March 19, 2023

    IRC logs for Sunday, March 19, 2023

  28. An Update on Sirius 'Open Source' Pensiongate: It's Looking Worse Than Ever

    It's starting to look more and more like pension providers in the UK, including some very major and large ones, are aiding criminals who steal money from their workers under the guise of "pensions"

  29. Services and Users TRApped in Telescreen-Running Apps

    TRApp, term that lends its name to this article, is short for "Telescreen-Running App". It sounds just like "trap". Any similarity is not purely coincidental.

  30. Links 19/03/2023: Release of Libreboot 20230319 and NATO Expanding

    Links for the day

RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

Recent Posts