01.24.23

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Links 24/01/2023: GStreamer 1.22 and Skrooge Gets New Site

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  • GNU/Linux

    • TecMintIntroduction to Linux? and How Does Linux Work?

      At the core of every Linux system is the kernel. The kernel is what sets apart Linux from other operating systems. It is the central component of the operating system and acts as a bridge between the user-level applications and the underlying hardware components.

    • Net2Can Linux be used by businesses

      In conclusion, Linux can be a viable option for businesses that want to take advantage of its cost savings, customization options, security features, and reliability. However, it is important to carefully consider the compatibility and support issues that may arise, as well as the limited user base, when deciding whether Linux is the right choice for your organization. It may be necessary to weigh the benefits and disadvantages of Linux against those of proprietary operating systems in order to determine the best fit for your business. Ultimately, the decision to use Linux in your business will depend on your specific needs and goals.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Late Night Linux – Episode 213 – Late Night Linux

        Recovering data from a broken SSD, configuring the lights on a new keyboard, trying stock Android on a Pixel 7, easily blocking ads with DNS, playing with 3D models of ancient museum pieces, and more.

      • VideoAre Big Tech companies purposefully not hiring Conservatives? – Invidious

        It appears that many Big Tech companies are over 90% Democrat. With Netflix being 99.6% Democrat. How is that possible? Let’s spend a few moments thinking about what it would take to make that happen… and how actively those companies would need to discriminate against people based on perceived politics.

    • Applications

      • 9to5LinuxGStreamer 1.22 Open-Source Multimedia Framework Improves AV1 and WebRTC Support

        GStreamer 1.22 open-source and cross-platform multimedia framework is out today as a major release that brings numerous improvements, new features, and many other changes to provide you with a top-notch multimedia experience.

        GStreamer 1.22 includes AV1 video codec support improvements by adding hardware encoding and decoding via VA-API/VA, AMF, D3D11, NVCODEC, QSV, and Intel MediaSDK, new AV1 RTP payloader and depayloader elements, new encoder settings in the AOM reference encoder-based av1enc element, as well as AV1 parser improvements.

      • News – GStreamer 1.22.0 new major stable release

        The GStreamer team is excited to announce a new major feature release of your favourite cross-platform multimedia framework!

        As always, this release is again packed with new features, bug fixes and many other improvements.

        The 1.22 release series adds new features on top of the previous 1.20 series and is part of the API and ABI-stable 1.x release series of the GStreamer multimedia framework.

      • Ubuntu Pit20 Best Bioinformatics Tools for Linux Systems

        There are far ranges of Linux bioinformatics tools available and widely used in this field for a long while. Bioinformatics has been characterized in many ways; however, it is frequently defined as a combination of mathematics, computation, and statistics to analyze biological information. The main goal of the bioinformatics tool is to develop an efficient algorithm so that sequence similarities can be measured accordingly.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • DebugPointHow to Convert Debian Stable Version to Testing

        This article provides a step-by-step guide on upgrading, potential risks and considerations before converting a Debian stable installation to a testing version.

      • Red HatHow to write tests with Fabric8 Kubernetes Client | Red Hat Developer

        Learn how to effectively write tests for Kubernetes applications in Java using Fabric8 Kubernetes Mock Server and Fabric8 Kubernetes JUnit Jupiter extensions.

      • Linux HandbookUsing gunzip Command in Linux

        Got a .gz file? It is a gzip-compressed archive file. Gzip reduces the file size better than the simple zip archive.

        Now, to unzip a file, you have the unzip command in Linux. But you cannot use it on the gzip files.

      • Linux HintCheck the Version of Mongodb

        MongoDB offers high-performance data storage when deployed over multiple servers. So, we need to identify the version of MongoDB running in the system when analyzing the reported problems. The version numbers which follow a semantic numbering scheme enable us in recognizing significant and minor changes. We can run the latest bug-free version by just updating the mongodb version which should be known. We have discussed some methods below which can be used to determine what version of MongoDB we are currently utilizing. Some of these techniques check the server version of the MongoDB, whereas others check the version of the Mongo shell.

      • Linux HintAPT-GET in Ubuntu

        APT is a command line tool on Ubuntu. It is one of the most used and supremely powerful command-line tools on Ubuntu. APT can be used to install new software packages, upgrade packages that are already installed on your system, or even upgrade. This command line tool is by far one of the first that all novices learn in Linux. APT can be subdivided into APT-GET, APT-CACHE, and APT-CONFIG. In this tutorial, we will be exploring the various ways we can use APT-GET.

      • Linux HintFancy Up Fonts in ImageMagick

        We already know how to create texts and we know how to place them on a blank canvas. But there are times when we really need to make the texts look unique. Perhaps it is a brand name or something you would like to add to your website. Either way, you will be looking at how to fancy things up. In this tutorial, we will be learning how to fancy up texts.

      • Linux HintExit Command in Linux

        In Linux, the exit command is used to terminate the shell (the current login session) in which it is run. Also, similar to a C program, the exit command is used in shell scripts to terminate the script. Moreover, it returns a value to the script’s parent process.

      • Linux Shell TipsHow to Empty or Clear System Log Files in Linux

        Logging is a normal operation that the Linux operating system performs constantly to maintain different types of messages in various log files.

        If you’re maintaining a Linux server, it’s most likely that you might have come across an issue of running out of disk space. In such a situation, emptying huge log files mainly resolve the problem.

        Using the rm command to directly delete log files is what you should avoid as it can leave you in a messed up situation. In this article, we’ll see various methods to clean up log files in Linux without deleting the actual file entirely.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install PHP 8.2, 8.1, 8.0, 7.4 on Fedora Linux – LinuxCapable

        PHP, or Hypertext Preprocessor, is a popular open-source programming language perfect for web development. Integrating it into your Fedora Linux system is a breeze and offers many perks.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Visual Studio Code on Linux Mint 21 or 20 – LinuxCapable [Ed: This is proprietary spyware controlled by the company which attacks GNU/Linux, so these sites should promote alternatives to it, not explain how to 'implant' it in systems]

        Visual Studio Code (VSCode) is a powerful and popular code editor developed by Microsoft. It is designed to be a lightweight yet versatile tool that can be used for various programming languages and tasks. One of the benefits of using VSCode is that it can be easily incorporated into Linux Mint.

      • H2S Media3 Ways open and view .Heic image files on Linux mint – Linux Shout

        There are several ways to open Apple’s Heic image file on Linux Mint, either by installing the additional packages or converting them to JPG. Here we discuss both of them.

        Apple devices store images in HEIF (HEIC), a file format for High-Efficiency Image Format. Such file format images use HEVC (High-Efficiency Video Coding ) encoding. It is designed to be more efficient, consumes less space, and supports a wide range of color information than traditional image formats like JPEG. Further, it can also save images with transparent backgrounds. HEIF is also supported on IOS 12 and macOS.

      • H2S MediaDownload and install Opera Browser on Linux mint 21 – Linux Shout

        Follow the steps to install Opera Browser on Linux Mint 21 using the command terminal and APT repository to have regular updates easily.

        Opera is a popular browser known for its speed and security features. It was first released in 1996 by Opera Software. We can install Opera on various platforms, such as Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS. The most notable feature of Opera is its built-VPN an ad blocker. Apart from the regular Desktop version, the company also offers a gaming edition of their Opera browser.

        To reduce the web page’s size and speed up browsing on a slow connection, it comes with a feature called “Opera Turbo.” Apart from all this, the browser also offers a currency converter, integrated messengers, a Twitter sidebar, a Battery saver, a Crypto wallet, and more…

      • TechRepublicHow to expand and shrink LVM volumes | TechRepublic

        The Logical Volume Manager commands in Linux are one of the handiest tools I’ve used for adding new disk or expanding existing volumes. It’s easy to do this on the fly without requiring downtime or rebooting, though I always recommend taking a full backup of all data on any existing volumes first, as well as taking a snapshot of the virtual machines involved.

      • TecAdminExcluding URLs from ProxyPass in Apache – TecAdmin

        Apache’s mod_proxy module allows you to forward requests to another server using the ProxyPass and ProxyPassReverse directives. However, in some cases, you may want to exclude certain URLs from being proxied. In this tutorial, I will show you how to exclude an URL from ProxyPass in Apache.

        The first step is to identify the URL that you want to exclude from being proxied. For this tutorial, let’s assume that we want to exclude the URL “/static” from being proxied.

      • LinuxiacInstalling Caddy and PHP 8 on Rocky Linux 9 / AlmaLinux 9

        This step-by-step guide shows how to install the Caddy web server with PHP 8 support on Rocky Linux 9 / AlmaLinux 9 and obtain a free SSL certificate.

        Caddy is a free, security-focused, HTTP/2-enabled web server written in Go, designed to be simple, efficient, and portable. It offers modern capabilities such as virtual host support, reverses proxy functionality, and so on. Furthermore, Caddy is the first web server to automatically obtain and renew SSL/TLS certificates using Let’s Encrypt.

        Caddy’s popularity has skyrocketed in the last few years due to its ease of use, speed, and native SSL support. So, it is quickly becoming the web server of choice for many developers and system administrators.

      • UNIX CopHow To Install Adoptium Temurin on AlmaLinux 9

        In this guide, we will show you how to download, install and use Adoptium Temurin on your AlmaLinux systems.

        Java™ is the world’s leading programming language and platform. The Adoptium Working Group promotes and supports high-quality, TCK certified runtimes and associated technology for use across the Java ecosystem. Eclipse Temurin is the name of the OpenJDK distribution from Adoptium.

        With Adoptium Temurin , You can prebuilt OpenJDK binaries for Free!

      • UNIX CopHow To Install Caddy on AlmaLinux 9

        In this article, we will show you how to install Caddy on your AlmaLinux Systems.

        Caddy is a powerful, enterprise-ready, open source web server with automatic HTTPS written in Go. It is an ultimate server. It simplifies your infrastructure. Also, it takes care of TLS certificate renewals, OCSP stapling, static file serving, reverse proxying, Kubernetes ingress, and more.

        Its modular architecture means you can do more with a single, static binary that compiles for any platform.

        Caddy runs great in containers because it has no dependencies—not even libc. Run Caddy practically anywhere.

      • UNIX CopHow To Install Nessus Scanner on AlmaLinux 9

        In this guide, we will show you how to install and use Nessus Scanner on AlmaLinux systems.

        Nessus is a proprietary vulnerability scanner available free of charge for personal use. There are over 40,000 plugins covering a large range of both local and remote flaws.

        It is a proprietary vulnerability scanner developed by Tenable, Inc.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install MariaDB 10.x on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04 – LinuxCapable

        MariaDB is a free and open-source relational database management system (RDBMS) that is a fork of the popular MySQL database. It is designed to be a drop-in replacement for MySQL and offers many of the same features and benefits, with additional enhancements and improvements.

      • UNIX CopHow To Install GlassFish on CentOS 9/AlmaLinux 9/ RockyLinux 9

        GlassFish is an open-source Jakarta EE platform application server project started by Sun Microsystems, then sponsored by Oracle Corporation, and now living at the Eclipse Foundation and supported by Payara, Oracle and Red Hat. The supported version under Oracle was called Oracle GlassFish Server. GlassFish is free software and was initially dual-licensed under two free software licences: the Common Development and Distribution License (CDDL) and the GNU General Public License (GPL) with the Classpath exception. After having been transferred to Eclipse, GlassFish remained dual-licensed, but the CDDL license was replaced by the Eclipse Public License (EPL).

      • Linux CapableHow to Install LEMP on CentOS Stream EL9 or EL8 – LinuxCapable

        LEMP is a software stack that consists of Linux, Nginx, MariaDB, and PHP. It is a popular stack used for web development and hosting. Nginx is a powerful and efficient web server, MariaDB is a robust and reliable SQL database, and PHP is a server-side scripting language used for web development. Together, these technologies provide a powerful and reliable platform for building and hosting web applications.

      • Linux CapableHow to Change Hostname on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04 – LinuxCapable

        Changing the hostname of a Linux system is a relatively simple process that can be done through the terminal. This guide will cover how to change the hostname on Ubuntu 22.04 and 20.04 LTS (Long-Term Support) using the command line. The hostname is the name assigned to a computer or device on a network and is used to identify the device on the network. Changing the hostname can help identify or personalize a specific network device.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install VSCodium on Linux Mint 21 or 20 – LinuxCapable

        VSCodium is a free and open-source version of Visual Studio Code, a popular code editor developed by Microsoft. VSCodium is built from the same source code as Visual Studio Code but with all Microsoft-proprietary telemetry and tracking removed. It can be used on Windows, Linux, and macOS.

      • UNIX CopHow to install Lighttpd on AlmaLinux 9

        lighttpd (pronounced “lighty”) is an open-source web server optimized for speed-critical environments while remaining standards-compliant, secure and flexible. It was originally written by Jan Kneschke as a proof-of-concept of the c10k problem – how to handle 10,000 connections in parallel on one server, but has gained worldwide popularity. Its name is a portmanteau of “light” and “httpd”.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Linux Kernel 6.1 on Linux Mint 21 or 20 – LinuxCapable

        The 6.1 version of the Linux Kernel can be implemented on either Linux Mint 21 or Linux Mint 20 systems, and offers a variety of new enhancements and upgrades, such as the inclusion of preliminary support for the Rust programming language, increased performance of the Btrfs file system, advancements in Intel Arc graphics, further development for AMD RDNA3 graphics processing units, Thunderbolt compatibility for Intel Meteor Lake, expanded support for audio systems, compatibility with Xbox One Elite Controller paddles, enhanced support for Nintendo replica controllers, and initial support for DualSense Edge controllers. Moreover, numerous other updates are included in this release, making it an important update for Linux users.

        This guide will provide instructions for installing Linux Kernel 6.1 on your Linux Mint desktop using the TuxInvader Launchpad PPA. The PPA contains the most recent generic kernels, and the guide will demonstrate how to use the command line terminal to import the PPA and install the latest Linux Kernel.

      • TechRepublicHow to create OpenProject Forums

        Learn how to easily install Linux Kernel 6.1 on Linux Mint 21 or 20 with the TuxInvader Launchpad PPA. A step-by-step guide to upgrading your system’s performance and features.

      • VideoHow to install Microsoft Fonts on KDE Neon – Invidious
      • AddictiveTipsHow to install VirtualBox 7.0 on Debian

        VirtualBox is an excellent hypervisor and virtualization tool for Debian and other Linux OSes. However, it doesn’t come in the official software sources for users to install. In this guide, we’ll show you how to quickly set up VirtualBox 7.0 on Debian.

      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install the OpenShot Video Editor 3.0.0 on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install the OpenShot Video Editor 3.0.0 or newer 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.

      • OneDriveGUI Makes It Easy To Sync OneDrive To A Local Folder On Your Linux Desktop [Ed: Microsoft surveillance such as this ought to be universally rejected by GNU/Linux users]
      • Linux HintDocker Run Image [Ed: ‘Linux’Hint covers Docker under the assumption you us Windows (not Linux)]
    • Microsoft Plagiarism

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • CubicleNateSpell Check in KDE Plasma | Specifically Dolphin File Manager – CubicleNate’s Techpad

          I was doing some preparation for my weekly tutoring activity and when I realized I misspelled “science” on a particular file that I end up sharing with parents. Somehow, I spelled “scoence” and almost published the file spelled as such. I realized that somewhere along the line, Dolphin, the most amazing file manager wasn’t doing the spell check that it once did for me. A crutch I much appreciate leaning on to keep me from looking like a fool.

          I did a quick search about spellcheck in dolphin but nothing came up in the top few search results. The full documentation came about but that wasn’t helpful. What I wanted to answer was, how can Dolphin, once again spell check my file names.

          Here is the answer: Go into the Plasma System Settings and search for “Spell Check.” That will filter out the module from the rest quickly. The option of “Automatic spell checking enabled by default” is what you need to have Dolphin automatically check your spelling.

        • New web site – Skrooge

          We are excited to announce the launch of our new website, now built with the popular static site generator, Hugo. This change marks a significant shift away from our previous CMS, Drupal, and brings a fresh new look that aligns with the style of KDE, our parent organization.

          We understand that change can be difficult, but we believe that this move will greatly benefit our users. The switch to Hugo allows for faster loading times, improved security, and a more streamlined user experience. Additionally, the new design is fully responsive, ensuring that the site looks great on any device.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • New Releases

      • Beta NewsNetrunner Linux distro ain’t dead after all [Ed: Drama queen Brian Fagioli with loaded headlines again]

        Netrunner is one of my absolute favorite Linux distributions, but I haven’t been recommending it to people lately. Why? Well, to be honest, I thought the operating system was dead. You see, the last time the developers released a new version of Netrunner was early 2021. I assumed development had ended. The year 2022 came and went without any substantial Netrunner news.

        But no, Netrunner lives! Out of the blue, a new version of the KDE-focused operating system is made available for download. Code-named “Vaporwave” (no, not vaporware), Netrunner 23 is based on Debian 11 “Bullseye” stable for the first time. Yes, fans of Netrunner can finally have modern Debian.

        After nearly two years of silence regarding the operating system’s development, you would expect a rather detailed announcement, but nothing could be further from the truth. Shockingly, we are treated to only two substantive sentences, which we share below.

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • Fedora ProjectInfra – Releng Team in 2022 – Fedora Community Blog

        Infra & Releng Team is a sub-team in Red Hat’s Community Platform Engineering (CPE) Team that takes care of Fedora Infrastructure, Fedora Release Engineering, and CentOS Infrastructure. This blog post is a summary of what the team did in 2022. It contains infographics as a quick review. Below that will be more detailed information about what you can see in the infographics.

      • Enterprisers ProjectCIO role: 5 strategies for success in 2023 | The Enterprisers Project

        From implementing zero trust to managing a multi-cloud environment, these five IT strategies will help ensure that your organization stays competitive in the coming year

      • Enterprisers ProjectDigital transformation: 5 real-world examples | The Enterprisers Project

        What makes a digital transformation successful? These success stories show how five organizations embraced the right technology to help solve their most pressing challenges

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • Beta NewsXubuntu-based Freespire 9.0 Linux distribution now available

        Ubuntu is a Linux distribution based on the Debian operating system. Xubuntu is an operating system that is based on Ubuntu, but using the Xfce desktop environment instead of GNOME. Freespire is an OS that is based on Xubuntu. What does this mean? Well, besides too many Linux distributions existing, it means Freespire is, very loosely speaking, sort of like the great-grandson of Debian.

        Anyway, today, Freespire 9.0 becomes available for download. A 64-bit ISO of the Linux-based operating system, can be had immediately. It is notable for using Xfce 4.18.

        “Today the PC/OS Open Source development team is pleased to announce Freespire 9.0, our newest release based on Canonical;s Xubuntu 22.04 LTS. With stability and functionality in mind, our team has been working to make this optimal for both open source enthusiasts and desktop users,” explains The Freespire Team

      • Ubuntu FridgeUbuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 771
      • Ubuntu NewsUbuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 771

        Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 771 for the week of January 15 – 21, 2023.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • CNX SoftwareHiFive Pro P550 “Horse Creek” RISC-V motherboard with 16GB RAM to launch this summer

        The companies state the “highest performance RISC-V development board” is a “premium software development system ideal for developer desktop machines and rack-based build/test/deploy servers for RISC-V software development. RISC-V has no limits.”. But last October, the demo platform was clocked at 2.2 GHz, and if what we have here is indeed a quad-core Cortex-A75 processor @ 2.2 GHz, it will be the fastest RISC-V platform and offer a performance boost compared to the VisionFive 2 SBC (which I received yesterday), but still be ways behind mid-range Arm and entry-level x86 processors such as Rockchip RK3588 or Intel Jasper Lake processors.

        We don’t have pricing information yet, but it’s clearly designed as a (Linux) development board that’s NOT optimized for cost, so the microATX motherboard won’t be cheap and should cost several hundred dollars, and possibly closer to $1,000. For reference, the previous generation HiFive Unmatched mini-ITX motherboard initially sold for $665. You may find a few more details and/or register your interest on the product page.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • CNX SoftwareHackyPi Raspberry Pi RP2040 USB dongle serves as an educational “hacking” tool (Crowdfunding) – CNX Software

        SB Components’ HackyPi is a Raspberry Pi RP2040-based USB dongle whose main purpose is to teach ethical hacking and coding programs, in other words, some sort of portable educational hacking tool.

        The small USB stick features a 1.14-inch color LCD, a MicroSD card to store data such as scripts and photos, and a button to enable programming like on other Raspberry Pi RP2040 boards.

      • ArduinoRobot collects ping pong balls after matches | Arduino Blog

        If you frequent driving ranges, you’ve probably seen a machine (often attached to the front of an armored golf cart) designed to pick up golf balls. Because a driving range can easily fill up with thousands of golf balls an hour, such machines are necessary. After noticing that nobody wanted to pick up the ping pong balls after matches, Maxime Monsieur and his team (Oumaima Achkif, Reda El Marsse, and Amir Farbod) built this robot that collects ping pong balls using a mechanism similar to those used for golf balls.

        Like a golf ball collecting machine, this robot picks up golf balls using a spinning mechanism that resembles something you’d see on an agricultural harvester. Any ping pong balls in front of the robot get pushed towards that mechanism by a pair of spring-loaded arms. The rotating mechanism then pushes the ping pong balls up a ramp and into a bin. The robot navigates through the room like an old robot vacuum: by driving forward until it meets a wall, then turning in a random direction.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

  • Leftovers

    • Security

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • Remember to do this next April | Stop at Zona-M

          Meta is the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, that is one of the biggest techno-feudal oligarchs of our time. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), of the European Union is the “the toughest privacy and security law in the world”.

          Says the Guardian that Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) has just given Meta “three months to bring its data processing operations into compliance with [the decision to impose] a fine of €210m for the Facebook GDPR breach and €180m for Instagram.”

    • Environment

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Winter Camping

        Last weekend I had the pleasure of being on a Scout camp. I am part of

        a team taking a group of 14-18 year olds on an Explorer Belt

        expedition to Malta, an island nation in the Mediterranean. The aim of

        the Explorer Belt is to spend 10 days completing 10 minor and 1 major

        project. This group of Explorer Scouts is made up of members of

        various units across South West Birmingham and so many do not know one

        another. I certainly didn’t know many. So why not have a camp to get

        to know one another and do some planning?

      • Album #154: In the Wee Small Hours

        This is the third Frank Sinatra album I’ve had so far. This felt unreasonable, so I checked Wikipedia – and it’ll be the last Frank Sinatra album I get, because he ‘only’ has 3 albums on the list. 3 is very respectable, but I haven’t enjoyed the previous two much, so that also isn’t much consolation.

      • The alternative to living in a shed is slavery (Breadcrumbs)
      • Album #153: Dig Me Out

        Sleater Kinney passed me by totally. No good reason, I just never had the cause to pick them up. I’m grateful this project made me sit down and listen to Dig Me Out.

      • Edan’s Capsule – My Favourite Things!
      • Train trip finale

        Oof-da I’m tired. Two misfortunes happened to me last night, the first was the 4½ hr delay, the second was the invalid connection. Even though I had a ticket for a train that I missed because the railroad was late, there was some issue with the reservation so they couldn’t compensate me or give me a reduced fare. In fact, I had to pay another $15 for the next day’s train. Annoying, but I kinda expected this from America’s least reliable (and only!) passenger rail.

    • Technical

      • efingerd with inetd (instead of systemd)

        This is a revised post of my older one talking about systemd. A lot is the same, but I’ve added some configuration options, and swapped to inetd because it was easier to setup, and was what efingerd expected.

      • Internet/Gemini

        • Looking for ideas on your next Gemini project?

          If you want create a TUI or GUI application, I am not really interested in these details, even though this project is well suited to work on a TUI environment…

        • Looking for ideas on your next Gemini project?

          I found myself, always more, taking notes and ideas in GemText; I would write emails too if only we had a Gemini Email Client. Even though I’d had loved having more “lines” I think we got a good compromise. The composition for lines helps you to create a peculiar style giving a nice rhythm to the paragraphs, I really love it!

          I think if I would have a software that allows me to taking notes and ideas in a Gemini fashion, and if I could link together these notes as the good old time of the hyper-texts, and moreover if I could eventually export such ideas in Gemini pages; plain text documents; or even plain text email; this will surely become my preferred software for writing anything.

      • Programming/Computing

        • A few small differences

          The main RFC (Request For Comment)s for mDNS appear to be RFC-6762 [3] and RFC-6763 [4] and to support them in full requires breaking changes to my library. The first are a bunch of flags, defined in RFC-6762 and it affects pretty much the entire codebase. The first deals with “Questions Requesting Unicast Responses.” Most flags are defined in the header section, but for this, it’s “the top bit in the class field of a DNS question as the unicast-response bit.” And because mDNS specifically allows multiple questions, it’s seems like it could be set per-question, and not per the request as a whole, as the RFC states: “[w]hen this bit is set in a question, it indicates that the querier is willing to accept unicast replies in response to this specific query, as well as the usual multicast responses.” To me, that says, “each resource record needs a flag for a unicast reponse.” The other bit the “outdated cache entry” bit. which again applies to individual resource records and not to the request as a whole. And again, to me, that says, “each resoure record needs a flag to invalidate previously cached values.”

        • epicyon release version 1 4 0

          Another year, another version of Epicyon [1]. The details of changes can be found here [2]. Over the last year there have been many bug fixes and small improvements, and I have added more documentation.

          Things seem to be going quite well for the fediverse in general, and there also appears to be declining mindshare in the legacy silo systems and in the scammy “web3″. Open standards are making something of a comeback. The fall of Twitter may mean that activists start running their own infrastructure [3] again, and there’s the potential for something like another Indymedia to emerge from the smoldering ruins.


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    The EPO's (European Patent Office, Europe's second-largest institution) violations of constitutions, laws and so on merit more coverage, seeing that what's left of the "media" not only fails to cover scandalous things but is actively cheering for criminals (in exchange for money)



  8. European Patent Office Staff Votes in Favour of Freedom of Association (97% of Voters in Support)

    The Central Staff Committee (CSC) at the EPO makes a strong case for António Campinos to stop breaking and law and actually start obeying court orders (he’s no better than Benoît Battistelli and he uses worse language already)



  9. Links 02/02/2023: Glibc 2.37 and Go 1.20

    Links for the day



  10. IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, February 01, 2023

    IRC logs for Wednesday, February 01, 2023



  11. Links 01/02/2023: Security Problems, Unrest, and More

    Links for the day



  12. Links 01/02/2023: Stables Kernels and Upcoming COSMIC From System76

    Links for the day



  13. IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, January 31, 2023

    IRC logs for Tuesday, January 31, 2023



  14. Links 31/01/2023: Catchup Again, Wayland in Xfce 4.20

    Links for the day



  15. Links 31/01/2023: elementary OS 7

    Links for the day



  16. Intimidation Against Nitrux Development Team Upsets the Community and Makes the Media Less Trustworthy

    Nitrux is being criticised for being “very unappealing”; but a look behind the scenes reveals an angry reviewer (habitual mouthpiece of the Linux Foundation and Linux foes) trying to intimidate Nitrux developers, who are unpaid volunteers rather than “corporate” developers



  17. Links 31/01/2023: GNOME 44 Wallpapers and Alpha

    Links for the day



  18. Free and Open Source Software Developers' European Meeting (FOSDEM) and KU Leuven Boosting Americans and Cancellers of the Father of Free Software

    The Free Software Foundation (FSF) and its founder, Richard M. Stallman (RMS), along with the SFLC one might add, have been under a siege by the trademark-abusing FSFE and SFC; Belgium helps legitimise the ‘fakes’



  19. Techrights in the Next 5 or 10 Years

    Now that I’m free from the shackles of a company (it deteriorated a lot after grabbing Gates Foundation money under an NDA) the site Techrights can flourish and become more active



  20. 60 Days of Articles About Sirius 'Open Source' and the Long Road Ahead

    The Sirius ‘Open Source’ series ended after 60 days (parts published every day except the day my SSD died completely and very suddenly); the video above explains what’s to come and what lessons can be learned from the 21-year collective experience (my wife and I; work periods combined) in a company that still claims, in vain, to be “Open Source”



  21. IRC Proceedings: Monday, January 30, 2023

    IRC logs for Monday, January 30, 2023



  22. Taking Techrights to the Next Level in 2023

    I've reached a state of "closure" when it comes to my employer (almost 12 years for me, 9+ years for my wife); expect Techrights to become more active than ever before and belatedly publish important articles, based on longstanding investigations that take a lot of effort



  23. The ISO Delusion: When the Employer Doesn’t Realise That Outsourcing Clients' Passwords to LassPass After Security Breaches Is a Terrible Idea

    The mentality or the general mindset at Sirius ‘Open Source’ was not compatible with that of security conscientiousness and it seemed abundantly clear that paper mills (e.g. ISO certification) cannot compensate for that



  24. Links 30/01/2023: Plasma Mobile 23.01 and GNU Taler 0.9.1

    Links for the day



  25. EPO Management Isn't Listening to Staff, It's Just Trying to Divide and Demoralise the Staff Instead

    “On 18 January 2023,” the staff representatives tell European Patent Office (EPO) colleagues, “the staff representation met with the administration in a Working Group on the project “Bringing Teams Together”. It was the first meeting since the departure of PD General Administration and the radical changes made to the project. We voiced the major concerns of staff, the organization chaos and unrest caused by the project among teams and made concrete proposals.”



  26. Links 30/01/2023: Coreboot 4.19 and Budgie 10.7

    Links for the day



  27. IRC Proceedings: Sunday, January 29, 2023

    IRC logs for Sunday, January 29, 2023



  28. [Meme] With Superheroes Like These...

    Ever since the new managers arrived the talent has fled the company that falsely credits itself with "Open Source"



  29. Not Tolerating Proprietary 'Bossware' in the Workplace (or at Home in Case of Work-From-Home)

    The company known as Sirius ‘Open Source’ generally rejected… Open Source. Today’s focus was the migration to Slack.



  30. The ISO Delusion: A Stack of Proprietary Junk (Slack) Failing Miserably

    When the company where I worked for nearly 12 years spoke of pragmatism it was merely making excuses to adopt proprietary software at the expense of already-working and functional Free software


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