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  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Tux Digital310: Web 3.0 Discussion & Interview with Danielle Fore of elementary OS

        This week’s episode of Destination Linux, we’re going to be discussing Web 3.0 . . . what is it and should you be excited about it? Then we have Danielle Fore’ from elementary on the show to discuss the latest release.

      • Late Night Linux – Episode 214

        The Mars Helicopter continues to amaze, aviation nerds get burned, Google lays off loads of open source people, running a Mastodon instance isn’t for everyone, KDE Korner, and more.

    • Applications

      • Linux LinksBest Free and Open Source Font Managers

        Linux users may not have a plethora of fonts, but there are many lovely and usable fonts. Different Linux fonts are supplied with different Linux distros. What you may need is an efficient way to manage your fonts. Step forward a dedicated font manager utility.

        Here’s our verdict captured in a LinuxLinks-style chart. We only feature free and open source software in this article.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Installing Python on windows, Mac and Linux

        Python is a popular programming language that is widely used for web development, data analysis, artificial intelligence, and many other applications. It is easy to learn, versatile, and has a large community of developers who contribute to its development.

      • What is Python?

        Python is a high-level programming language that is widely used for web development, data analysis, artificial intelligence, and more.

      • MySQL: Creating tables

        Creating tables in MySQL is a fundamental task for any database administrator or developer. A table is a collection of related data that is organized in a specific structure, with rows and columns. In this article, we will go over the basics of creating tables in MySQL and provide examples to help you get started.

      • MySQL: Creating databases

        MySQL is a popular open-source relational database management system that is widely used for web development, data warehousing, and other applications. One of the first things you’ll need to do when working with MySQL is to create a new database.

      • Connecting to MySQL using the command-line client

        Connecting to MySQL using the command-line client can seem like a daunting task for those new to the world of databases. But don’t worry, it’s not as difficult as it may seem.

      • It’s UbuntuFind WiFi Password Of Connected Networks In Linux
      • Linux Host Support5 Ways to Empty or Delete a Large File in Linux

        In this article, we will go over five different ways to empty/delete a large file in Linux. You might have a file that’s gigabytes in size that you want to get rid of quickly, or you want to automate emptying a file for each iteration.

      • It’s UbuntuHow To Apply Updates Automatically With dnf-automatic In RHEL, AlmaLinux And Rocky Linux [2023]
      • Linux HintHow to Install OpenJDK on CentOS V8

        With the three options we have presented in this guide, you can quickly get the latest Firefox version on your Linux Mint.

      • Linux HintGetting the Latest Version of Firefox on Linux Mint

        The preinstalled version is not the latest one and with the three options in this guide, you can quickly get the latest Firefox version on your Linux Mint.

      • Linux HintHow to Install TeamSpeak on Linux

        This guide covered how to install TeamSpeak on Ubuntu using three ways. In one of the methods, you will soon start enjoying the comfort of TeamSpeak.

      • Linux HintVim Undo and Redo howto

        After going through this guide, you will have enough knowledge of using “Undo” and “Redo” operations in the Linux Mint “Vim” editor.

      • Linux HintLinux Uniq Command

        Practical tutorial on the Linux Uniq command to eliminate the duplicate content from files and only display it once on the output using the “uniq” keyword.

      • It’s UbuntuHow To Install Git On Ubuntu 22.04 LTS [2023]
      • It’s UbuntuHow To Change Java Version In Linux [2023]
      • UbuntubuzzHow To Setup Ubuntu Computer for Chinese Writing Input
      • Linux Cloud VPSSign up for a LinuxCloudVPS today

        This tutorial will cover the most used SS commands in Linux with examples to make using the SS command easier.

      • Linux HandbookFind All Symbolic Links in Linux

        How do you find a soft link?

      • Linux HandbookNetstat Command Examples in Linux

        The netstat is one of the most popular utilities to monitor connections over your network.

      • OpenSource.comUse Terraform to manage an OpenStack cluster

        After having an OpenStack production and home lab for a while, I can definitively say that provisioning a workload and managing it from an Admin and Tenant perspective is important.

        Terraform is an open source Infrastructure-as-Code (IaC) software tool used for provisioning networks, servers, cloud platforms, and more. Terraform is a declarative language that can act as a blueprint of the infrastructure you’re working on. You can manage it with Git, and it has a strong GitOps use case.

        This article covers the basics of managing an OpenStack cluster using Terraform. I recreate the OpenStack Demo project using Terraform.

      • OpenSource.comHow to use GitOps to automate Terraform

        GitOps as a workflow is perfect for application delivery, mostly used in Kubernetes environments, but it is also possible to use for infrastructure. In a typical GitOps scenario, you might want to look at solutions like Crossplane as a Kubernetes-native alternative, while most traditional infrastructure are still used with CI/CD pipelines. There are several benefits of creating your deployment platform with Kubernetes as the base, but it also means that more people would have to have that particular skill set. One of the benefits of an Infrastructure-as-Code tool like Terraform is that it is easy to learn, and doesn’t require much specialized knowledge.

        When my team was building our platform services, we wanted everyone to be able to contribute. Most, if not all, of our engineers use Terraform on a daily basis. They know how to create Terraform modules that can be used in several scenarios and for several customers. While there are several ways of automating Terraform, we would like to utilize a proper GitOps workflow as much as possible.

    • Games

      • GamingOnLinuxFree strategy shooter game Unvanquished v0.54 is out now

        Free, open source and full of bugs (the squishable kind) — Unvanquished is a mixture of strategy and an FPS with a new release v0.54 out now. Unvanquished is a fork of Tremulous, for those don’t know it’s similar in style to Natural Selection with aliens versus humans fighting it out with each having a little base to build.

      • GamingOnLinuxSteam Deck and desktop Beta fix up more on-screen keyboard bugs

        Bugs! Kill ‘em all! Would you like to know more? Valve have a new Steam Deck and Desktop Steam Beta available with a few bugs being stomped. As per usual, there’s some shared between them since they mostly use the same bits of the Steam client now.

      • GamingOnLinuxForspoken gets an update to improve Steam Deck performance

        Forspoken has been controversial for quite a lot of a reasons but also a title many were looking forward to. The release was a bit rough but the developers are cleaning it up now and it has some Steam Deck fixes.

      • GamingOnLinuxAMD GPU driver on Linux and Steam Deck to get big improvement on stuttering problems

        The work to improve gaming performance on Steam Deck and Linux desktops for AMD GPUs is always ongoing, and it seems we’re set for another nice improvement to how smooth games are.

      • GamingOnLinuxColossal Cave returns from the 1970s in a 3D reimagining

        Colossal Cave, originally released in 1977 from Will Crowther and Don Woods has been revived and reimagined for modern audiences. Another one for a heavy dose of nostalgia perhaps? This new version comes from Sierra On-Line founders Ken and Roberta Williams.

      • GamingOnLinuxInspired by Boulder Dash and Supaplex, Gem Worlds is out now

        Oh the nostalgia is heavy with this one! Gem Worlds is inspired directly by the likes of Boulder Dash and Supaplex. I didn’t play either, but it’s also very similar to one I did play and LOVED on Amiga called Emerald Mine.

      • GamingOnLinuxSurrounDead looks like a mix of DayZ and Project Zomboid

        It’s early days for the game yet with it in Early Access but SurrounDead could be a promising one to play online with some friends.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • 9to5LinuxXfce 4.20 Desktop Environment Will Finally Bring Wayland Support

        Great news for users of the lightweight Xfce desktop environment as the next major release, Xfce 4.20, which is currently in early development, will finally bring the long-anticipated and highly requested Wayland support.

        That’s right, work on Xfce 4.20 kicked off earlier this month with the release of libxfce4windowing, a new dependency for the Xfce desktop environment to provide support for the next-generation Wayland display protocol.

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Using Kate’s Git Features

          Git support in Kate landed almost 2 years ago but so far it is undocumented. I am writing this article in order to fill this gap and hopefully make more people aware of the git related features that Kate has.

          To be able to use git functionality you need to enable at least two plugins

        • QCoro 0.8.0 Release Announcement

          This is a rather small release with only two new features and one small improvement.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Web Browsers/Web Servers

      • Mozilla

        • MozillaHow to have the tech talk with kids, according to TikTok’s ‘Mom Friend’

          Cathy Pedrayes earned a following as TikTok’s “Mom Friend” for her practical safety tips – from how to break a car window in an emergency to what not to post on social media. She’s a TV host and has been featured on Today Parents, The Miami Herald, BuzzFeed News, The Bump and Good Morning America. Her book, “The Mom Friend Guide to Everyday Safety and Security,” was published last year.

        • MozillaPocket kicks off 2023 with new and expanded publisher partnerships

          The Pocket editorial and product teams have been busy over the past couple of months to continue delivering the great experience Pocket users have come to expect. Here’s a breakdown of what’s new at Pocket, starting with our newest and returning publisher partnerships, followed by the latest updates to Pocket Android.

    • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

      • NeowinOnlyOffice 7.3.0

        OnlyOffice Desktop Editors is an open-source office suite distributed under AGPL v.3 that combines text, spreadsheet and presentation editors allowing to create, view and edit documents stored on your computer. The application does not require constant connection to the Internet and allows you to create, edit, save and export text, spreadsheet and presentation documents.

      • LibreOffice project and community recap: January 2023

        Here’s our summary of updates, events and activities in the LibreOffice project in the last four weeks….

      • Meet the LibreOffice community at FOSDEM 2023!

        FOSDEM is one of the largest meetups for free and open source software projects. After two years of online events due to the panic, it’s back in-person, in Brussels on February 4 and 5! And, of course, LibreOffice and The Document Foundation will be there.

    • GNU Projects

      • GNUa2ps @ Savannah: a2ps 4.14.94 released [alpha]
         Another alpha release, some more tweaks and tidy-ups.

        Here are the compressed sources and a GPG detached signature:

        Use a mirror for higher download bandwidth:

        Here are the SHA1 and SHA256 checksums:

        1c99e0200ed0d93119ad6ab54a4735692dbb6d26  a2ps-4.14.94.tar.gz
        3+mUXOzeILDgtP08dCJjPI2BL5px92ndCH27qjW1RPI  a2ps-4.14.94.tar.gz

        The SHA256 checksum is base64 encoded, instead of the
        hexadecimal encoding that most checksum tools default to.

        Use a .sig file to verify that the corresponding file (without the
        .sig suffix) is intact.  First, be sure to download both the .sig file
        and the corresponding tarball.  Then, run a command like this:

          gpg --verify a2ps-4.14.94.tar.gz.sig

        The signature should match the fingerprint of the following key:

          pub   rsa2048 2013-12-11 [SC]
                2409 3F01 6FFE 8602 EF44  9BB8 4C8E F3DA 3FD3 7230
          uid   Reuben Thomas <rrt@sc3d.org>
          uid   keybase.io/rrt <rrt@keybase.io>

        If that command fails because you don't have the required public key,
        or that public key has expired, try the following commands to retrieve
        or refresh it, and then rerun the 'gpg --verify' command.

          gpg --locate-external-key rrt@sc3d.org

          gpg --recv-keys 4C8EF3DA3FD37230

          wget -q -O- 'https://savannah.gnu.org/project/release-gpgkeys.php?group=a2ps&download=1' | gpg --import -

        As a last resort to find the key, you can try the official GNU

          wget -q https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/gnu-keyring.gpg
          gpg --keyring gnu-keyring.gpg --verify a2ps-4.14.94.tar.gz.sig

        This release was bootstrapped with the following tools:
          Autoconf 2.71
          Automake 1.16.5
          Gnulib v0.1-5639-g80b225fe1e


        * Noteworthy changes in release 4.14.94 (2023-01-31) [alpha]
         * Features:
           - Replace the 'psmandup' utility with simpler 'lp2' to directly print
             documents to a simplex printer.
           - Remove the outdated 'psset' and 'fixnt', and simplify 'fixps' to
             always process its input with Ghostscript.
         * Documentation
           - Remove some obsolete explanations.
         * Build
           - Minor tidy up and removal of obsolete code.
    • Programming/Development

      • OpenSource.comMerge design and code with Penpot

        For most of the history of computer programming, there’s been a gap between the programmers creating an application’s code and the designers creating an application’s user experience (UX). The two disciplines receive vastly different training, and they use a different set of tools. Programmers use a text editor or an IDE to write code, while designers often draw concepts of widget layout and potential interactions. While some IDEs, like Eclipse and Netbeans, have interface design components, they’re usually focused on widget position and not on widget design. The open source design app Penpot is a collaborative design and prototyping platform. It has a suite of new features that make it easy for designers and developers to work together with familiar workflows. Penpot’s design interface lets developers write code in harmony with the design process like no other tool does. And it’s come a long way since Opensource.com last looked at it. Its latest features don’t just improve your experience with Penpot, they propel the open source Penpot app past similar and proprietary tools.

      • OpenSource.comAutomate Mastodon interactions with Python

        The federated Mastodon social network has gotten very popular lately. It’s fun to post on social media, but it’s also fun to automate your interactions. There is some documentation of the client-facing API, but it’s a bit light on examples. This article aims to help with that.

        You should be fairly confident with Python before trying to follow along with this article. If you’re not comfortable in Python yet, check out Seth Kenlon’s Getting started with Python article and my Program a simple game article.

      • OpenSource.comLearn to code a simple game in Zig

        Writing the same application in multiple languages is a great way to learn new ways to program. Most programming languages have certain things in common, such as:

        These concepts are the basis of most programming languages. Once you understand them, you can take the time you need to figure out the rest.

        Furthermore, programming languages usually share some similarities. Once you know one programming language, you can learn the basics of another by recognizing its differences.

        A good tool for learning a new language is by practicing with a standard program. This allows you to focus on the language, not the program’s logic. I’m doing that in this article series using a “guess the number” program, in which the computer picks a number between 1 and 100 and asks you to guess it. The program loops until you guess the number correctly.

      • An Introductory Guide to Golang

        Golang is an open-source programming language developed by Google in 2007. It is a statically typed and compiled language which makes it lightning fast and

      • Daniel LemireMove or copy your strings? Possible performance impacts

        You sometimes want to add a string to an existing data structure.

      • Medevel10 Open Source CSS Animation Frameworks

        What is a CSS animation?

        CSS animation allowing you to animate HTML elements using only CSS classes. It does not require JavaScript, nor extensive setup or configuration.

        CSS animations allow you to create fancy eye-catching websites, parallel sliders, control, animated hover effects, 3D effects, entries, and exit animations per element.

      • Perl / Raku

        • Rakulang2023.05 RB Awarded

          And the winner is Oleksander Kiryuhin (aka sena_kun aka Altai-man). The Rainbow Butterfly Award is awarded to Oleksander for their tireless efforts as release manager of the Raku Programming Language for two years (2020-2021), and their work on getting a more functional Raku documentation in general, and a better documentation web site in particular.

      • Python

        • Linux HintPandas Stack

          A guide on how to use the pandas stack for stacking the level columns into rows or indexes to save time by providing the desired results in the DataFrame.

        • Linux HintPandas Sum Column

          A guide on computing the sum across DataFrames using the Pandas sum() method, adding columns conditionally, and adding the values after grouping the columns.

        • Linux HintPandas to Array

          Guide on what arrays are and how the DataFrames in Pandas can be converted to NumPy columns using three methods to change the DataFrame columns into an array.

        • Linux HintPandas Tabulate

          Comprehensive tutorial on how to alter a Pandas DataFrame into a table with different styles using the tabulate() method along with practical examples.

        • Linux HintPandas str Replace

          This teach you how to substitute/replace the string values in pandas. We have discussed the syntax of the str.replace() method to understand its functionality.

        • Linux HintPandas Add Column with Default Values

          Practical tutorial on adding a column with the default value in Pandas using three methods – assign(), [], and insert() – to add a column with a constant value.

        • Linux HintPandas Drop Duplicate Index

          Tutorial on the concept of dropping the duplicate indexes using the module by utilizing the Index.drop_duplicates() method along with the syntax and parameters.

        • Linux HintPandas Add Days to Date

          Practical guide on how to add the days to the dates in Pandas by utilizing three methods – pandas.DateOffset(), pandas.timeDelta(), and pandas.to_timeDelta().

        • Linux HintPandas Display All Columns

          Tutorial on how to display the column names and how to filter the columns using the data types and view the DataFrame memory usage and summary statistics.

        • Linux HintPandas Argmax()

          Guide on how to locate the index location of the maximum value in a DataFrame or Series using the Index.argmax(), Series.argmax, and DataFrame[‘column’].argmax.

        • Linux HintPandas Apply() Function to Every Row

          Tutorial on how to utilize the apply() function to every row in Pandas to implement any function to every row in DataFrame in Pandas using practical examples.

        • Linux HintPandas DatetimeIndex

          Tutorial on how to create the DatetimeIndex and access the Date and Time details separately using some date and time methods along with practical examples.

        • Linux HintPandas Crosstab() Function

          Comprehensive tutorial on the concept of calculating the cross-tabulation for data analysis with a bunch of useful features like the pandas.crosstab().

        • Linux HintPandas Append to CSV

          Tutorial on how to append to the CSV in Pandas using three distinct examples to append the data to the already existing CSV file with the to_csv() function.

        • Linux HintPandas Columns to List

          Guide on converting the Pandas columns to lists using the tolist(), [], and list() functions, and using the list() function to convert the columns into lists.

        • Linux HintPandas Bins

          Tutorial on the cut() and qcut() functions to bin the data in Pandas, how to segment the data into bins, label the bins, and use the equal-sized binning data.

  • Leftovers

  • Environment

    • Energy/Transportation

      • ReasonCourt Orders Unsealing Names of Non-Parent Sureties Who Put Up Bail for Samuel Bankman-Fried

        From yesterday’s opinion in U.S. v. Bankman-Fried, decided by Judge Lewis Kaplan (S.D.N.Y.): At defendant’s presentment on December 22, 2022, the government and defense jointly proposed a set of bail conditions. Those conditions required, inter alia, that defendant sign a $250 million personal recognizance bond to be co-signed by defendant’s parents.

  • Finance

  • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

  • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

  • Civil Rights/Policing

  • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

  • Monopolies

    • Patents

      • Kluwer Patent BlogA new European patent landscape (1): the bumpy road to the Unitary Patent system [Ed: No, it has not been ratified yet; this is lobbying disguised as 'journalism']

        In June 2023 the European patent landscape will see one of the most dramatic changes in decades with the introduction of the Unitary Patent (UP) and the opening of Unified Patent Court (UPC).

      • Kluwer Patent BlogWhat will the Irish population vote on in the UPC referendum? [Ed: UPC has not even started; the litigation fanatics and profiteers use a lot of 'fake news' to promote it regardless]
      • Dennis Crouch/Patently-OFederal Circuit Dataset & Stats: January 2023 Update [Ed: Federal Circuit historically dominated by patent maximalists, until Sharon Prost]

        It’s time for the January 2023 Federal Circuit statistics update! As I’ve done for the last few years, below I provide some statistics on what the Federal Circuit has been doing over the past year. These charts draw on the Federal Circuit Dataset Project, an open-access dataset that I maintain that contains information on all Federal Circuit decisions and docketed appeals.  While previous versions of the dataset have been limited to merits decisions, this year we began including non-merits terminations as well.  Currently, all non-merits terminations from 2022 are included in the dataset.  We’ll be working backwards to add terminations from earlier years.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Technical

      • A Documentary About Early ANSI Art / BBS History

        I just rewatched a 2005 documentary about early ANSI/BBS history on YouTube. It mainly shows the eternal battle of ACiD vs. iCE, two dominant ANSI groups.

      • One billion, one continent

        In the online circles I frequent, I bump into the notion of “solarpunk” primarily in the form of a label applied to things actual people are actually doing, a kind of practice. But it’s “supposed” to be a genre of fiction, and when I first encountered the term, around ten years ago now (and, yes, for the record, when I chose the handle “solderpunk”, I did kind of like that there was a subtle nod to solarpunk in there, even though at the time I wasn’t anywhere near as focused on sustainability stuff as I am now), there didn’t seem to be any notion of it as anything *other* than a genre of fiction. It was a strange kind of “vapourgenre”, I remember discovering it and feeling like it was really strange that there seemed to more words written about what solarpunk was than there were words written in the total sum of actual solarpunk literature, unless you counted stuff which had been retroactively labelled solarpunk, stuff written years before the label existed. I suppose this has probably changed quite a bit in the decade since, I’m vaguely aware that Tomasino has a solarpunk writing prompt podcast, which I ought to check out some time if I can ever overcome my innate aversion to podcasts.

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    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

  29. Standard Life Paper Mills in Edinburgh

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

  30. 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)

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