Links 18/03/2023: Many HowTos, Several New Releases

Posted in News Roundup at 9:26 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Notebook Check MNT Pocket Reform: New 7-inch Linux laptop launches from US$899

        MNT Research has finally launched the Pocket Reform, roughly 9 months after it presented the mini laptop. As we discussed last June, the MNT Pocket Reform has a 7-inch LCD panel. It now outputs at 1,920 x 1,200 pixels rather than 1080p, though. Additionally, the MNT Pocket Reform has 8 GB of DDR4 RAM and 128 GB of eMMC flash storage, with a MicroSD card reader and an M.2 2280 slot in place for storage expansion.

        Moreover, the mini laptop has an ortho-linear matrix keyboard with 60 Kailh Choc White mechanical switches, N-key rollover and RGB backlighting. Also, the MNT Research has included four mouse buttons and a micro-optical trackball. Meanwhile, the MNT Pocket Reform has an 8,000 mAh combined battery capacity that should last up to 4 hours charges via a built-in USB port.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • MakuluLinux Max New Teaser Video !

        Here is a new Teaser Video Showing a little more of what’s behind the curtain with Makulu Max…

      • The BSD Now PodcastBSD Now 498: Dropping Privileges

        OpenZFS auditing for storage Performance, Privilege drop; privilege separation; and restricted-service operating mode in OpenBSD, OPNsense 23.1.1 release, Cloning a System with Ansible, FOSDEM 2023, BSDCan 2023 Travel Grants

      • Tux DigitalLinux Out Loud 54: More Storage Please

        This week, Linux Out Loud chats about how much space do you need. Welcome to episode 54 of Linux Out Loud. We fired up our mics, connected those headphones as we searched the community for themes to expound upon.

    • Applications

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • DignitedPlex Media Server: Your Ultimate Guide to organizing and watching your personal Media
      • Dusty Mabe: NetworkManager: Limiting Bond Subordinate devices by MAC Address

        Someone recently asked me about locking down a bond to specific NIC devices within the machine. Specifically they were concerned with the sometimes unpredictable nature of NIC naming in Linux.

      • TecAdminSed – Uncommenting Lines in a Text File

        Sed, short for “stream editor”, is a powerful text-processing tool that is commonly used in Linux and Unix systems. It can perform a wide range of operations on text files, including searching, replacing, inserting, and deleting lines. One common task that users often need to perform with Sed is uncommenting lines in a text file.

      • LinuxiacHow to Install Java on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        Are you looking to install Java on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS? Our step-by-step guide will walk you through the process with ease.

      • Red Hat OfficialHow to cache Ansible facts with MongoDB
      • Red Hat OfficialCreate a libvirt network with Open vSwitch

        libvirt’s default Linux bridge imposes limitations with some advanced network features. Try using OVS to implement libvirt networks instead.

      • UNIX CopHow to Enable and Disable Root on Ubuntu?

        On Linux, you need to know when the root account is enabled or disabled. Well, today you will learn how to enable and disable it in Ubuntu 22.04 Although short, this post can help you on more than one occasion.

      • TecAdminBash Special Variables ($0, $?, $#, $@, $$, $*)

        Bash is a powerful shell that provides a wide range of special variables that can be used to manipulate and control the behavior of scripts.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install VidCutter on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04

        VidCutter is a free, open-source video editing software for Linux-based operating systems. It is a lightweight, easy-to-use video editing tool with basic and advanced editing features. VidCutter allows you to cut easily, split, and merge video files. Additionally, you can add text overlays, image overlays, and audio tracks to your videos.

      • Linux CapableHow to List Users in Linux Command Terminal

        Managing user groups is a critical aspect of Linux system administration, as it is essential to ensure security and control access to resources. There are several ways to list user groups in Linux, and this article explores some of the most common and effective methods.

      • Linux CapableHow to Delete a User in Linux Command Terminal

        Linux is a powerful and adaptable operating system that delivers many features for managing user accounts. In this article, we provide a detailed guide on how to delete a user in Linux using different command-line utilities.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install DNF Automatic on Fedora Linux

        DNF Automatic is a CLI tool that is designed to upgrade packages on a Linux system.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install OpenJDK 11 on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04

        OpenJDK 11 is a free, open-source implementation of the Java SE 11 Platform, which includes the Java Development Kit (JDK) and Java Runtime Environment (JRE).

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Android Studio on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04

        Android Studio is a popular Integrated Development Environment (IDE) designed for developing Android applications. It was developed and released by Google in 2013 as a replacement for Eclipse, which was previously used as the primary IDE for Android app development.

      • peppe8oNPK Soil Sensor with Arduino: Wiring Diagram and Code Explained

        In this tutorial, we will use Arduino, an NPK soil sensor to get the soil fertility. The percentage of nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium is measured

      • Linux ITEmanuele Rocca: Disposable Debian VMs with debvm

        Some notes on using debvm, an amazing piece of software I’ve started using
        only recently.

        Create a new virtual machine:

        $ debvm-create

        You now have a virtual machine with Debian Sid of your host native
        architecture (probably amd64). The image file is called rootfs.ext4. You’ve
        got 1G of disk space in the VM.

        You can now just run the VM! You will be automatically logged is as root.

        $ debvm-run

        Experiment in the VM, run all the sort of tests you have in mind. For example,
        one thing I commonly do is verifying that things work in a clean environment,
        as opposed to “on my machine”.

      • Thomas Koch: Know your tools – simple backup with rsync

        I’ve been using rsync for years and still did not know its full powers. I just wanted a quick and

        dirty simple backup but realised that rsnapshot is not in Debian anymore.

        However you can do much of rsnapshot with rsync alone nowadays.

    • Games

      • Tom’s HardwareSteam Deck Goes on Sale for the First Time

        The Steam Deck is getting its first sale, with 10% off as part of the Steam Spring Sale.

      • CubicleNateRAD Expansion Unit for the Commodore 64

        For anyone that has known anything about “CubicleNate” for any period of time will know that I am a huge fan of all things Commodore 64. Maybe not everything but most things, I absolutely am. I am also a fan of open source and the communities that have developed around it.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • SUSE/OpenSUSE

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • Fedora ProjectFedora Community Blog: How to rebase to Fedora Silverblue 38 Beta

        Silverblue is an operating system for your desktop built on Fedora Linux. It’s excellent for daily use, development, and container-based workflows. It offers numerous advantages such as being able to roll back in case of any problems. Let’s see the steps to upgrade to the newly released Fedora 38 Beta, and how to revert if anything unforeseen happens.

      • Scott Williams (vwbusguy): Fedora at SoCal Linux Expo 20x

        Fedora at SoCal Linux Expo 20x

        The So Cal Linux Expo again returned to Pasadena, CA and Fedora came back as an exhibitor!  I have now attended SCaLE every year since 2010, shortly after I moved to Calfornia.  Since the last SCaLE was in late July, there was less time between them.  As a result, I noticed a few things that contributed to this year’s SCaLE being an especially special year: Many larger corporate vendors who were at SCaLE last year didn’t come back this year, so it felt like there were more hobbyist and community groups to fill in the space.  At the same time, many who had not been travelling due to COVID returned for the first time in years.  It resulted in SCaLE feeling a bit more geniune this year with a crowd of people who largely knew what Linux and open source are about and were excited to be there.

      • Enterprisers Project3 ways layoffs will impact IT jobs in 2023
      • Red Hat OfficialStoring sensitive data using Podman secrets: Which method should you use?

        Podman supports two ways for storing sensitive data: using raw Podman secrets or creating Kubernetes secrets using Podman.

      • Remi ColletRemi Collet: PHP version 8.1.17 and 8.2.4

        RPMs of PHP version 8.2.4 are available in remi-modular repository for Fedora ≥ 36 and Enterprise Linux ≥ 8 (RHEL, Alma, CentOS, Rocky…) and in remi-php82 repository for EL 7.

        RPMs of PHP version 8.1.17 are available in remi-modular repository for Fedora ≥ 36 and Enterprise Linux ≥ 8 (RHEL, Alma, CentOS, Rocky…) and in remi-php81 repository for EL 7.

        The modules for EL-9 are available for x86_64 and aarch64.

      • Make Tech EasierGrub vs. Systemd-boot: Which One Should You Use as the Bootloader

        Systemd-boot, previously called “gummiboot” is Grub’s newer competitor. On compatible EFI systems, you can use systemd-boot in place of Grub to boot the system’s operating system. From a high-level perspective, systemd-boot links to the bootloader already in UEFI, offering the most basic feature set for selecting an operating system.

      • Fedora MagazineFedora Magazine: Test GitHub projects with GitHub Actions and Testing Farm [Ed: Fedora Magazine is promoting Microsoft's proprietary software]
  • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

  • Leftovers

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • 🔤SpellBinding: GILNOUV Wordo: DEFUN
      • Edan’s Capsule – Levellers Gig

        Well, tonight I went to a Levellers gig in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and I have to say, it was pretty fucking awesome.

      • Stopping Short of the Infinity

        Though not related directly to this quote, what comes to mind is tangential. Tangential ideas toot my muffin. They enhance the darkness that extends from the membrane surrounding this house into the vast cosmos, stopping just short of the infinity peering back and sizing up said membrane, pining for its dissolution.

        I get intermittent lectures from my mother about *tipping*. I’m not against tipping itself. I’ve been known to throw money around practically at random at times. However, I certainly have problems with *tipping culture* in the good ol’ USA. And how does *tipping culture* in the good ol’ USA relate to Woodbury’s Soap?

      • Fundamental Limitations

        So in gemini there is a 1024 byte limitation on the URL; this is by design. Softwares can have a fixed buffer, and you’ll know whether some micro device (presumably with hairball SSL handled, elsewhere) will be able to deal with the protocol, or not. If there were no limitation (there still is one) that would rule out many smaller devices that either cannot allocate sufficient memory, or where the processing would become too slow. Some will argue that the modern web had already become too slow.

      • globalism in action

        today at a café i saw a grinder of “Pink Himalayan Salt” (it’s that sort of café). on the front of the label was the brand name “LITALY” with an italian slogan beneath.

    • Technical

      • How artificial intelligence builds ultimate police state

        Twenty years ago, the United States government still reeling from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, began scaling up its surveillance capacity. There was “Total Information Awareness.” There was even a controversial plan to enlist letter carriers and even librarians to keep an eye on the populace.

        Back then, I found this to be somewhat laughable. Even if the U.S. government was able to scoop up all sorts of information off the Internet and telephones, it will represent a massive trove of data that no humans could go through and analyze. Even if the Intelligence Community enlisted the entire population of the United States that would be humanly impossible. So my reaction to this was, what could they do?

      • Setting up vits-models to generate Waifu voices on demand

        I got my hands on LLaMA and I’m trying to build an automatic translation bot and throw it into VRChat for assist in language exchange (credit to my friend Pichu for the idea). Thinking about it. Why not make the voice as quite as possible? It fits the weeb colture there. The standard TTS tools, even Festival can only do standard, boring speech. After a few seconds googling, I found a plethora of deep learning based voice synthesis models on HuggingFace. vits-models have a huge collection of voices.

      • Minimalist Computing

        I’ve spent the last couple of months familiarizing myself more with Gopher and exploring gopherspace. This is in addition to Geminispace. I have such a calming sense of peace when I’m exploring gopherspace without the inundation with ads or video or photos that so prevalent on the modern web. I haven’t had the luxury of exploring as much as I want do since my computer is no longer my own un-shared private system any longer after a series of hardware failures and accidents with other household devices, so for the moment I am forced to share my computer and I loathe it. Work continues on my tutorials but due to the shared computer in addition to other factors it is taking much longer that anticipated. I remain hopeful that I will have my computer back to only my individual use again within the next two months.

        I don’t think I’ve explored enough to do a apples to oranges comparison of gopher vs gemini but I have been reading up on many others’ thoughts on the subject. I do know for sure however that I prefer Gemini’s requirement for SSL encrypted connections. I understand that the way that Gemini gemtext is written, the display of the content is solely determined by the client, but I do know that I really prefer the old “look and feel” of the gopher way of doing things with text being plain text only file, hard wrapped to 72 characters and left justified. It reminds me of a RFC text file and I love that format and look much more than the HTML versions.

      • Internet/Gemini

        • Maiden Voyage

          So I’ve left smol.pub, ditched my old pseudonym, Sud0nim, and adopted a new one, Lesogorov.


          Sud0nim, wasn’t doing it for me anymore. I came up with it in 2020 and had been using it since then, but I didn’t feel ever truly tied to it. I thought it was a fun play on the word “pseudonym”, while incorporating my interest in Linux with the “sudo” command. It also didn’t have any ties to any identifying information to make it fairly anonymous. Pretty quickly I realized I was far from the first person to select that as my online handle, which resulted in me needing to make it “Sud0nim” or “Sudon1m” or “Sud0n1m”, which just pushed me further away from the name. Plus when I wrote my piece on the struggles of being anonymous online, I got a very reassuring email from Ploum that reassured me not to worry so much about being tied to my online identity. This diminished my liking of the whole pseudo-anonymous aspect to the name. So when I decided to spin up my own Gemini server, I got the domain sud0nim.online and got it all ready for publishing, but stopped and started from scratch. If I wanted to put work into this it ought to be a name I feel tied to. I chose “Lesogorov” a Russian patronymic for “Son of the forested mountains”, it’s not a very common last name in Russia so it’s unique enough for me, and it represents my interest and connection to nature, especially mountains and thick forest. Plus it reflects my interest in Russian culture and the language, and in Russian cursive it is easy to distinguish each letter, which can’t be said of all names/words.

      • Programming

        • R code for calculating woody productivity and vital rates

          I have developed some R code to use with data from the SEOSAW[1] database to calculate woody productivity and vital rates according to Talbot et al. (2014), Kohyama et al. (2018) and Kohyama et al. (2019). I’ve archived the code as a Github repository[2] in case anybody wants to use it.

        • Using Nix to configure Neovim

          Over the past week I’ve been experimenting with using Nix to configure NeoVim, and its been going really well. I’ve been playing with using Nix as a package manager since the beginning of the new year when I bought a new machine, and its been an absolute breeze with installing new command line tools. However, by installing NeoVim via Nix, it wasn’t then picking up my rc files. Couple that with the fact that I’ve been putting off migrating to NeoVim’s built-in package manager to manage all my packages because it would drastically increase the number of steps required to set up a new machine, and I thought it would be worth investigating whether I could using Nix to configure NeoVim entirely. I use quite a few different tools and so this became quite a complex process, but I’ve got something I’m pretty happy with and picking it all up on my work machine was a simple case of pulling my dotfiles repo[1] and running `nix-shell` — simply brilliant.

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

Links 18/03/2023: Tor Browser 12.0.4 and Politics

Posted in News Roundup at 11:41 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Server

      • Kubernetes BlogKubernetes Removals and Major Changes In v1.27

        As Kubernetes develops and matures, features may be deprecated, removed, or replaced with better ones for the project’s overall health. Based on the information available at this point in the v1.27 release process, which is still ongoing and can introduce additional changes, this article identifies and describes some of the planned changes for the Kubernetes v1.27 release.

    • Applications

      • It’s Ubuntu15+ Best Web Browsers For Linux In 2023

        Looking for suggestions for web browsers or internet browsers for Linux then this blog post is definitely for you. There are many more internet browsers available these days for Linux-based operating systems.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Linux HandbookUsing XXD Command in Linux

        Want a Hexadecimal dump (a hexadecimal view) of your data? The xxd command can do that for you.

      • Frank DelporteHow to share your work with a movie or podcast

        If you are blogging about your work, at some point, you’ll want to share your experience with a movie or in a podcast. In this post, I want to share the tools I’m using and give some advise to get you started with a small (or bigger) budget…

      • How to Install Docker and Docker Compose in Major Linux Distributions

        This article intends to focus on what Docker and Docker Compose are, their usage and drawbacks, and how to install them in major Linux distributions. Tutorial Details Description Docker and Docker Compose Difficulty Level Moderate Root or Sudo Privileges Yes Host System and Architecture Ubuntu

      • KifarunixInstall DokuWiki on Debian 11

        In this demo, we are going to learn how to install DokuWiki on Debian 11. ‘DokuWiki’is an opensource software written in PHP that allows users to create and edit pages using a web browser. It works on plain texts and requires no database.

      • 2 ways Install Nomacs on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04 LTS

        Learn the steps to install Nomacs, an open-source image viewer & editor on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy or Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Linux using the command terminal. This software on our Linux system can be considered a free basic alternative to commercial Photoshop, however, not as powerful but enough to fulfill regular image editing requirements.

        Nomacs was started as a part of the Image Lounge project in 2011 and has been actively developed ever since. It is a cross-platform application that supports Windows, MacOS X, Linux, and BSD platforms.

      • HowTo GeekHow Is SSH Different From Telnet?

        SSH and TELNET both let you connect to remote, networked computers and to use them as if you’re sitting in front of them.

      • AddictiveTipsHow to install Tuxedo OS on your computer

        Tuxedo OS is a custom Linux operating system for Tuxedo computers. It is based on KDE Plasma and has tons of optimizations for Tuxedo hardware. However, did you know that you can install and run Tuxedo on any PC? Here’s how to install it on your computer.

      • Make Use OfHow to Play Solitaire in Your Linux Terminal With solitaire-tui

        Gaming has been an essential part of the PC experience since the days of IBM mainframes. But a focus on the latest graphics and AAA titles has left the classics neglected.

        Embrace the nostalgia of computerized single-player card games by playing Klondike Solitaire within your Linux terminal.

      • What are Tar and Gz? Difference between them.

        While working in Linux you would have seen files downloaded from the internet ended up with either “.tar” or “.tar.gz”. Now, what are these extensions? Both of these imply the file is in Archived format that could contain a single file or multiple folders but still if both the Tar and Gz produce archive files then what is the difference between them? In this article, we will explain exactly what these formats are and how to use them.

      • Set color scheme in Neovim (Lua)

        To set a color scheme in Neovim using Lua add the following line to the init.lua file In the example above, I am using onedark as the color scheme. You can change this to whatever you want to use.

      • ID RootHow To Install Mesa Drivers on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Mesa Drivers on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.

      • ID RootSay Goodbye to Slow Linux Updates: Clean Your YUM Cache Now

        Have you ever encountered a situation where you’re unable to update or install packages on your RHEL-based or CentOS system due to an overloaded YUM cache? This issue could be frustrating, especially when you’re working on critical tasks.

    • Games

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Nate GrahamThis week in KDE: “More Wayland fixes”

          It’s become almost a running joke on Phoronix at this point, but this week we do indeed have more Wayland fixes! …And other things as well, including some good UI improvements to various KDE apps in addition to the background work of Qt 6 porting that is continuing full steam ahead, and reaching a position of increasing stability. Come see!

        • A Big Thank You Community! KDE Snaps resumed and More.

          After my last post a few things have happened. First, I want to thank all of you for your support, monetary and moral. The open source community is amazing and I love being a part of it. We are surviving thanks to all of you. Despite my failed interview, a new door has opened up and I am happy to announce that Canonical is funding me to work part time for a period of 3 months on KDE Snaps! While not the full time role I was hoping for, I’ll take it, and who knows, maybe they will see just how awesome I am!

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • It’s FOSScarbonOS: This Upcoming Independent Distro is All About UX and Robust Experience

      Independent Linux distributions are interesting to look at.

      These are not the best options for someone new to the Linux world. However, each comes with a unique offering—some known for their customization, control, and various other aspects of an operating system.

      carbonOS is one such upcoming independent distro that got my attention

      Before anyone starts – “Why do we need this distro?” in the comments section. Let us always appreciate the time and effort developers put into “trying” to create something new and valuable.

    • Barry KaulerBlender 3.6alpha compiled in EasyOS Kirkstone

      Blender is a fantastic application. Or rather, it looks fantastic
      from reading the homepage; I haven’t actually got to use it, apart from
      just starting it. Looks like there is a bit of a learning curve.

    • Barry KaulerWrapping up AppImage Installer

      This is a follow-up from the introduction to AppImage Installer blog post yesterday:


      I have put some time into testing AppImages. Have tested 24, of which
      15 work. Of the 9 that don’t work, most failure is due to library
      mismatch with the host system.

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • SJVNRESF and B Corp: Open-Source Projects Get a New Home

        Once upon a time, open-source projects existed in the free-wheeling, wild west of the Internet, the bailiwick of hobbyists and iconoclasts. Projects ran without formalities, or legal entity structures, or oversight. And that was a powerful and effective model to kickstart the free software movement. It worked pretty well for years, when open-source was a niche in the technology world.

        But as open-source became the backbone of modern computing, cracks started to sprout in that model. There were some problems that loose collections of developers could not easily solve. A string of notorious security breaches (Heartbleed, Log4shell, and others), along with and other kinds of personality-driven discontinuity (the Left-Tab fiasco) demonstrated how vulnerable our world–and its businesses–are to the quality of open-source project governance. Projects running on shoestring budgets were an industry-wide problem, and there were calls for corporate interests to put their money where their tech was, and start supporting community projects.

      • Red HatWhat is Podman Desktop? A developer’s introduction | Red Hat Developer

        I’m a developer. Well, I like to think that I am; I spent twenty-odd years as a software engineer before joining Red Hat ten years ago, and since then, I’ve been evangelizing the company’s tools and products from a developer perspective. I’ve seen the agile revolution and the rise of containers, and I was there when Kubernetes crawled out of the sea and into our hearts.

      • Red Hat OfficialInternational Women’s Day: Embracing equity at Red Hat

        During a 2013 speech to the United Nations (UN), then-16-year-old Pakistani activist and UN Messenger of Peace Malala Yousafzai said, “I raise up my voice—not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard… We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.”

        When Yousafzai said, “half of us,” she referred to women, who make up half of the global population yet face disproportionate barriers to opportunities and resources around the world. Today, on International Women’s Day, I’d like to call attention to the opportunity all Red Hat associates, customers, partners and peers have to share our support for gender equity and diversity.

      • Red Hat OfficialFedora 38 Beta now available

        Today the Fedora Project is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Fedora Linux 38 Beta, the latest version of the free and open source Fedora Linux operating system. Fedora Linux 38 Beta reflects the community’s desire for workstation, security and developer innovations. Users can look forward to the release of Fedora Linux 38 in late April.

      • Red Hat Deepens Partnership With Google, SAP, and Oracle

        Red Hat announced that the Ansible Automation Platform will be available on Google Cloud Marketplace, providing customers with a way to simplify self-deployments.

        Open source solutions provider Red Hat has deepened partnerships with some of the leading cloud computing providers, Google Cloud, SAP, and Oracle, through a flurry of new integration and expanded partnership announcements.

      • Red HatHow to easily deploy OpenShift on Azure via GitOps, Part 2 [Ed: Red Hat is working for Microsoft again]
    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • UbuntuHelp us build better doc

        We want you to join our Ubuntu circle, and help us document MAAS. More minds, more eyes, more hands make better doc.

      • GamingOnLinuxCanonical want help testing their Steam snap package for Ubuntu

        Do you game on Ubuntu or one of their flavours like Kubuntu or Xubuntu? Canonical want your help in further testing of the Steam snap. For anyone confused: there’s many different types of packages on Linux. There’s deb, rpm, flatpak, snap, appimage and more. Snap is what Canonical (who make Ubuntu) are rolling with.

      • UbuntuWhat is cloud repatriation?

        Cloud repatriation is undoubtedly one of the hottest trends in the cloud infrastructure space as of 2023. It enables organisations to regain control of their cloud spend, workloads and data.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • Raspberry PiMeteor beacon for astronomy

        Raspberry Pi monitors the beacon’s output power, dump power, PA voltage, PA temperature, and back-up battery voltage. It also runs a web interface so you can check on the status of the beacon from the comfort of the indoors. We love the night sky as much as the next person, but we also really love the indoors.

      • ArduinoInfinity dodecahedron puts on a mesmerizing light show

        This is an infinity mirror in the form of a dodecahedron, which is a regular polyhedron with 12 sides. Each face is a one-way mirror facing inwards, so light inside reflects while the user can see through the faces. The frame, which follows the edges between faces, contains inward-facing LEDs. The light from those LEDs bounces off the of them mirrors inside the dodecahedron, resulting in an interesting lighting effect. That effect is enhanced by the animations of the RGB LEDs.

      • ArduinoDigital European roulette wheel takes advantage of charlieplexing

        Multiplexing is a common technique for driving a grid of LEDs and it works by setting the rows and columns to either HIGH or LOW. An LED will only turn on if its row is HIGH and its column is LOW (or vice-versa, depending on the LED’s orientation). This means a microcontroller can control a number of LEDs equal to the number of column pins multiplied by the number of row pins. An 8×8 grid (16 pins) can therefore contain 64 LEDs.

        Charlieplexing is more complicated, but allows for far more LEDs. That number is equal to the number of pins (N) squared, minus the number of pins (N). So with 16 pins, a microcontroller could control 240 LEDs (16^2 – 16). This works because of a pair of pins can control two LEDs (one for each flow direction), and two pairs can control their two LEDs each plus another pair. That extends, resulting in a schematic that looks like a pyramid. Jeremy Cook has an in-depth explanation of charlieplexing here if you want to know more.

      • Linux GizmosNew OnLogic Helix 401 integrates Alder Lake CPUs

        OnLogic launched a fanless mini-PC based on 12th Gen Hybrid-Core processors for industrial IoT applications. The Helix 401 offers 4x 4K simultaneous displays, 2x GbE LAN ports and supports Red Hat Linux.

      • PurismConversation with Kyle Rankin, President, Purism and Matthias Kirschner, President at Free Software Foundation Europe.

        Matthias Kirschner, President at Free Software Foundation Europe, recently launched Ada & Zangemann: A Tale of Software, Skateboards, and Raspberry Ice Cream. This children’s book is delightfully illustrated by Sandra Brandstätter.

        Kyle Rankin, President caught up with Matthias Kirschner to talk about the inspiration behind the book and the need to raise awareness about free software. Here is the snapshot of the email interview.

        Kyle: Children’s literature has a long history of fables, such as with Grimm and Aesop that serve as either cautionary tales (be careful going into the forest!) or moral lessons (slow and steady wins the race). Your story takes a similar approach, but in the modern age with a modern set of lessons. What fables inspired you when writing this story?

      • Elecrow Meteor Screen 10.1″ IPS Capacitive Touch Screen with RGB Animated light review
      • Hot HardwareAMD Xilinx KR260 Robotics Starter Kit: Democratizing Smart Robots | HotHardware
    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • OpenSource.comHow I got my first job in tech and helped others do the same

      Two years ago, I got an interview with Sauce Labs when they opened an internship in the Open Source Program Office (OSPO). There was a lot of competition, and I didn’t have the usual technical background you might think a tech company would be looking for. I was stumbling out of a career in the arts, having taken a series of technical courses to learn as much Python and JavaScript as I could manage. And I was determined not to squander the chance I had at an interview working in open source, which had been the gateway for my newfound career path.

      It was in the PyLadies of Berlin community that I met Eli Flores, a mentor and friend who ultimately referred me for the interview. I would probably not have had a chance for an interview in Sauce Labs if it hadn’t been for Eli.

    • 5 infrastructure tech trends to watch for in 2023

      As 2023 unfolds, there are five areas of infrastructure technology that will play a big part in shaping the year ahead. Read on to learn why new cloud requirements, platform architectures, essential technologies, controlled automation, and artificial intelligence for IT security need to be on organizations’ watch lists.

    • Computing UKBuilding an inclusive open source community at Open UK

      Amanda Brock, CEO of Open UK explains how the open technology advocacy organisation is trying to make open source a more inclusive environment

    • Unicorn MediaOpen Source Initiative Extends Voting Period After Email ‘Typo’ [Ed: Open Source Initiative has struggled for a couple of years already to properly run an election. Open Source Initiative is a defunct organisation, hijacked by its worst opponents, mostly Microsoft.]

      The Open Source Initiative announced today that it’s extending the voting period in the current election for two individual member seats on its board of directors. Voting began on March 10 and was originally slated to run through March 20. Voting will now run through March 21.

      This is a satisfactory ending to a small kerfuffle that began last night when I reported on a mistake in an email I received from Open Source Initiative that I feared could have consequences on election results. The email, sent to OSI’s individual members in an effort to get out the vote, erroneously stated that voting would end on “Monday, March 21” instead of Monday, March 20. A small thing, to be sure, but an error that had the potential to cost OSI members their vote if they made a mental notation of “March 21” and then put off voting until the last minute.

    • Web Browsers/Web Servers

      • TorNew Release: Tor Browser 12.0.4

        Tor Browser 12.0.4 is now available from the Tor Browser download page and also from our distribution directory.

        This release updates Firefox to 102.9.0esr, including bug fixes, stability improvements and important security updates. We also backported the Android-specific security updates from Firefox 111.

      • University of TorontoThe extra hazards of mutual TLS authentication (mTLS) in web servers

        In mutual TLS (authentication), clients send the server a certificate just as the server sends one to clients. The server can then authenticate the client, just as the client authenticates the server (hence ‘mutual TLS’). In both cases, by ‘authenticates’ we mean verifying the TLS certificate and also extracting various pieces of information in it.

    • Education

      • MWLSponsorship Open: “Run Your Own Mail Server”

        Running your own email is a struggle against an opponent you can’t see. That’s why the cover is a take on Battle of Vimy Ridge. You’ll be able to buy Eddie Sharam’s original painting, either through the Kickstarter or direct auction. It will be a full wraparound cover, but here’s the first draft of the front.

    • FSF

    • Licensing / Legal

      • The Register UKJohn Deere, surrender your source code, demands SFC • The Register

        The Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC) has called upon farm equipment maker John Deere to comply with its obligations under the General Public License (GPL), which requires users of such software to share source code.

        In a blog post published on Thursday, SFC director of compliance Denver Gingerich argues that farmers’ ability to repair their tools is now in jeopardy because the makers of those tools have used GPL-covered software and have failed to live up to licensing commitments.

        “Sadly, farm equipment manufacturers, who benefit immensely from the readily-available software that they can provide as part of the farming tools (tractors, combines, etc.) they sell to farmers, are not complying with the right to repair licenses of the software they have chosen to use in these farming tools,” said Gingerich.

      • uni StanfordArtificial intelligence liability: the rules are changing

        AI liability road rules in the U.S. and E.U. are developing. One thing is clear: under what circumstances a company will be liable for its AI depends on whether a defect was present upon the AI’s release and whether, in the E.U. at least, the application is “high-risk.”

      • [Old] LSEArtificial intelligence liability: the rules are changing

        The law has been relatively slow to regulate AI. There has been some case law in the United States concerning the regulation of computerised robotics. For example, in Jones v. W + M Automation, Inc., New York’s Appellate Division dismissed the plaintiff’s complaint about product defect against a manufacturer and programmer of a robotic loading system. In the court’s view, the defendants were not liable for the plaintiff’s injuries at the GM plant where he worked because these defendants showed they “manufactured only non-defective component parts.” As long as the robot – and associated software – was “reasonably safe when designed and installed,” the defendants were not liable for plaintiff’s damages.

      • SJVNThe SCO vs. Linux Saga: 20 Years of Open-Source Turmoil

        Today, many Linux users would be shocked to know that there was once a lawsuit aimed squarely at Linux’s heart: Its intellectual property (IP). Some people even thought SCO’s lawsuit against IBM might end Linux. That didn’t happen, but it did make the Linux community realize it had to understand its IP’s legal and source code history.

        Curiously, The SCO Group had started as an x86 Unix company. SCO was then acquired in a complex deal in August 2000 by Caldera, then a leading Linux company. The plan, as Ransom Love, then Caldera’s CEO, “was to see how Unix could expand and extend Linux.” That was not what happened.

        Instead, the combined company was renamed SCO, and a new CEO Darl McBride was appointed. McBride then led SCO’s legal assault on IBM and Linux. To sum up his start and tenure, a former McBride co-worker, said it best, “Congratulations. In a few short months, you’ve dethroned Bill Gates as the most hated man in the industry.” That was true.

    • Openness/Sharing/Collaboration

      • OpenSource.comHow being open at work results in happy customers

        Every interaction we have with another person is influenced by our emotions. Those emotions have ripple effects, especially when it comes to how you do business. A happy customer patronizes your business more, recommends it to family and friends, writes a positive review, and ultimately leads to more money being spent at your business than if they’d been disappointed. The most basic known variable of providing good customer service influences this: If something isn’t going as expected, work to make it right (within reason), and you’ll save the relationship.

        In tech, you can respect this in a few ways. If you listen to customer feedback, create products they’ll find useful and intuitive, and nurture those positive associations with your project, then you’ll do well. But there’s an oft overlooked component to your customer’s emotional perception of your business, and that’s the customer support team.

    • Programming/Development

      • Uwe FriedrichsenReality check

        In both cases, the software could have noticed its detachment from reality but failed to do so. Instead, it sort of insisted in its own reality, this way not being dependable. In the worst case, such a behavior can lead to harm or worse, especially these days as IT and OT grow together more and more tightly.

        Based on the observation, I derived a pattern-based description of how such systems need to check if they are still in sync with their encompassing world and what they need to do if they are not.

      • Jason SwettBinary search debugging

        When faced with a bug they have to diagnose, many developers will start making guesses as to what the problem is.

        Guessing can be fine, especially when the guesses are good ones and when the guesses are inexpensive to test. But often, the guesses quickly degrade into long shots and the developer spends his or her time flailing around randomly rather than progressing steadily toward a solution.

      • OpenSource.comMy first pull request at age 14

        My name is Neil Naveen, and I’m a 14-year-old middle schooler who’s been coding for seven years. I have also been coding in Golang for two years.

        Coding isn’t my only passion, though. I’ve been practicing Jiu-Jitsu for four years and have competed in multiple competitions. I’m passionate about coding and Jiu-Jitsu, as they teach me important life lessons.

  • Leftovers

    • ButtondownMaking Memes

      In other words, it’s a meme! The original idea of memes as units of cultural transmission, I mean. I tried learning more about old-school memetics but my cursory research suggests it became a navel-gazey sort of uberfield that got too focused on how Memes Are Important without actually doing much with it.

      So let’s try to pretend that whole field never happened and see what we can do with creating a new topic.

      Let’s make a meme!

      (I thought up this specific concept while on a walk earlier today. I have no idea how consistent the actual idea is, I’m just using it as an example of memetics.)

    • Counter PunchBlinkin’ with Blinken at Oscar’s Big Screen

      What’s the difference between an American movie producer and an American secretary of state?  The one dreams of winning an Oscar, the other makes sure the awards go to the right global players.

      American foreign policy has long been committed to flooding the world with Hollywood films. Inseparable from this open market ideology is the recognition of the moving image’s literal projection of American power and the universal rightness of the American Way.

    • Education

    • Hardware

      • ScheerpostFormer US NatSec Advisor: Destroy Taiwan Semiconductor Factories if China Invades

        Rather than see Taiwan’s semiconductor factories fall into the hands of the Communist Party of China, the US and its allies would simply pull a Nordstream.

      • HackadayDOOM Ported To A Single LEGO Brick

        By now you’ve all seen the tiny LEGO brick with a working screen in it. The work of one [James “Ancient” Brown], it was truly a masterpiece of miniaturization and creativity. Since then, [James] hasn’t stopped innovating. Now, he’s demoing a playable version of DOOM running on a single plastic brick.

      • HackadayHP 3488A Teardown, Dismantled For Parts

        [IMSAI Guy] has an old HP 3488A Switch Control Unit that he wants to dismantle for parts ( see video below the break ). The 3488A is pretty simple as far as HP test equipment goes — a chassis that can hold various types of relay cards and is programmable over GPIB. He notes up front that these are plentiful and inexpensive in the used test equipment market.

      • HackadayAdvanced 3D Printing Tips

        One of the best things about hanging around with other hackers is you hear about the little tricks they use for things like 3D printing. But with the Internet, you can overhear tips from people you’ll probably never meet, like [3D Printer Academy]. His recent video has a little bit of a click-bait title (“10 Secret 3D Printing Tricks…“) but when we watched it, we did see several cool ideas. Of course, you probably know at least some of the ten tips, but it is still interesting to see what he’s been up to, which you can do in the video below.

      • HackadayFinessing A Soldering Iron To Remove Large Connectors

        One of the first tools that is added to a toolbox when working on electronics, perhaps besides a multimeter, is a soldering iron. From there, soldering tools can be added as needed such as a hot air gun, reflow oven, soldering gun, or desoldering pump. But often a soldering iron is all that’s needed even for some specialized tasks as [Mr SolderFix] demonstrates.

      • HackadayMeet The New Moteus BLDC Controller Board, The N1

        [Josh] over at mjbots just released a new version of the moteus controller board, dubbed the moteus-n1. One change is that the volume and footprint size has been reduced. Considering many people, [Josh] included, use these controllers to operate robotic dogs, smaller is better. The previous moteus controller maxed out at 44 V, but the n1 can run at up to 54 V, allowing use of 48 V power supplies. And [Josh] improved the interface circuitry, making it much more flexible than before. This comes at an increased price, but he sells both versions — parts availability permitting. And like the previous versions of the moteus controller, this is an open source project and you’re free to build it yourself. You can check out the complete design package at the project’s GitHub repository.

      • HackadayBroken Pocket Watch Becomes Pocket Sundial

        Pocket watches are all well and good, but they have some caveats. They either need regular rewinding, or they need batteries. Sundials on the other hand need only the light from our One True Sun. [JGJMatt] has just the project to convert your broken or disused pocket watches to the solar way of telling the time.

      • HackadayThe Blue Soup Saga Is One Beefy Mystery

        Beef soup! You’d normally expect it to be somewhere from reddish-brown to grey, depending on how well it was cooked and prepared. However, strangely, an assistant professor found the beef soup in their fridge had mysteriously turned blue. That spawned an investigation into the cause which is still ongoing.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

    • Security

      • LWNSecurity updates for Friday [LWN.net]

        Security updates have been issued by Debian (sox and thunderbird), Fedora (containerd, libtpms, mingw-binutils, mingw-LibRaw, mingw-python-werkzeug, stargz-snapshotter, and tkimg), Slackware (mozilla and openssh), SUSE (apache2, firefox, hdf5, jakarta-commons-fileupload, kernel, perl-Net-Server, python-PyJWT, qemu, and vim), and Ubuntu (abcm2ps, krb5, and linux-intel-iotg).

      • Security WeekProject Zero: Samsung Mobile Chipsets Vulnerable to Baseband Code Execution Exploits

        Critical security flaws expose Samsung’s Exynos modems to “Internet-to-baseband remote code execution” attacks with no user interaction. Project Zero says an attacker only needs the victim’s phone number.

      • TechdirtInsecuring Your Home And Data: Ring Vendor Apparently Hit With Ransomware Attack

        Ring offers security products. Shame they’re not all that secure. Sure, things have improved in recent years, but there was nowhere to go but up.

      • Security WeekMozilla Patches High-Severity Vulnerabilities With Release of Firefox 111

        Firefox 111 patches 13 CVEs, including several vulnerabilities classified as high severity.

      • Security WeekMicrosoft: 17 European Nations Targeted by Russia in 2023 as Espionage Ramping Up [Ed: Microsoft puts back doors in everything, gets everything cracked, then blames "Russia"; the usual...]

        Microsoft says Russia targeted at least 17 European nations in 2023 — mostly governments — and 74 countries since the start of the Ukraine war.

      • Bleeping ComputerConti-based ransomware ‘MeowCorp’ gets free decryptor

        A decryption tool for a modified version of the Conti ransomware could help hundreds of victims recover their files for free.

        The utility works with data encrypted with a strain of the ransomware that emerged after the source code for Conti was leaked last year in March [1, 2].

      • CISA#StopRansomware: LockBit 3.0 [Ed: Microsoft Windows TCO. They should stay #StopWindows]

        Note: this joint Cybersecurity Advisory (CSA) is part of an ongoing #StopRansomware effort to publish advisories for network defenders that detail ransomware variants and ransomware threat actors. These #StopRansomware advisories include recently and historically observed tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) and indicators of compromise (IOCs) to help organizations protect against ransomware. Visit stopransomware.gov to see all #StopRansomware advisories and to learn more about other ransomware threats and no-cost resources.

      • International Business TimesGoogle Reveals Samsung Phones Could Be Hacked Without Owners Knowing: Here’s How

        Google has warned that some of its smartphones running the company’s own Android operating system, as well as other devices from manufacturers such as Samsung and Vivo, could be accessed by third-party actors without owners ever becoming aware of such a breach.

      • Data BreachesOrlando Family Physicians data breach class action settlement

        TopClassActions reports that a class action lawsuit against Orlando Family Physicians (OFP) has settled for an undisclosed sum. The settlement, which doesn’t include any admission of guilt by OFP, resolves claims surrounding an April 2021 data breach.

      • Security WeekRussia-Linked APT ‘Winter Vivern’ Targeting Governments in Europe, Asia

        Russia-backed threat group Winter Vivern has targeted government entities in Poland, Ukraine, Italy, and India in recent campaigns

      • Security WeekData Breach at Independent Living Systems Impacts 4 Million Individuals

        Health services company Independent Living Systems has disclosed a data breach that impacts more than 4 million individuals.

      • Data BreachesEl Camino Health investigating claims of a data breach

        On February 22, DataBreaches received a tip about a listing offering patient data allegedly from El Camino Health in California. The listing was not on any of the usual leak sites, markets, or forums, and the poster was unknown to DataBreaches.

      • Bleeping ComputerRAT developer arrested for infecting 10,000 PCs with malware

        Ukraine’s cyberpolice has arrested the developer of a remote access trojan (RAT) malware that infected over 10,000 computers while posing as game applications.

        “The 25-year-old offender was exposed by employees of the Khmelnychchyna Cybercrime Department together with the regional police investigative department and the SBU regional department,” reads the cyberpolice’s announcement.

      • BloombergDark Web ‘BreachForums’ Operator Charged With Computer Crime

        Federal agents have arrested a Peekskill, New York, man they say ran the notorious dark web data-breach site “BreachForums” under the name “Pompompurin.”

        Conor Brian Fitzpatrick was arrested by a team of investigators at his home around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, an FBI agent said in a sworn statement filed in court the next day. Fitzpatrick is charged with a single count of conspiracy to commit access device fraud.

      • Krebs On SecurityFeds Charge NY Man as BreachForums Boss “Pompompurin”

        The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) this week arrested a New York man on suspicion of running BreachForums, a popular English-language cybercrime forum where some of the world biggest hacked databases routinely show up for sale. The forum’s administrator “Pompompurin” has been a thorn in the side of the FBI for years, and BreachForums is widely considered a reincarnation of RaidForums, a remarkably similar crime forum that the FBI infiltrated and dismantled in 2022.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • Common DreamsWhat Business Do Former CIA Agents Have in Domestic Law Enforcement?

          This exercise of fitting a square into a circular peg is precisely what now guides New Jersey’s contemporary policing regime. The Regional Operations Intelligence Center (ROIC), the only Department of Homeland Security-affiliated fusion center within the Garden State is led by a former CIA agent trained in international espionage, not state and municipal law enforcement tactics that must adhere to constitutional rights. As New Jersey’s experience makes clear, the way fusion centers operate render them rife for abuse, and offer outdated models of policing.

        • TechdirtNinth Circuit Tells Twitter It Can’t Reveal Exactly How Many National Security Letters It Receives Because The DOJ Showed It Some Scary Stuff

          In 2014, Twitter sued the DOJ over its National Security Letter (NSL) reporting restrictions, which limited the company from producing transparency reports with much transparency in them. NSLs were only allowed to be reported in bands. And what broad bands they were. If Twitter received 20 NSLs, it had to report it as 0-499. If it received 498, it had to use the same band. And the band started at zero, so even if Twitter didn’t receive any, it would still look like it did.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • MeduzaMari El Republic becomes at least sixth Russian region to send summonses to draft-eligible men to ‘update documents’ — Meduza

        Conscription officials in Russia’s Mari El Republic have begun issuing summonses to draft-eligible men to report to their local enlistment offices, supposedly for the purpose of updating records, according to the regional government’s website.

      • BW Businessworld Media Pvt LtdPakistan’s Economy Now Depends On Gulf States To Bailout Crisis

        The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) condition that Pakistan secure confirmation from bilateral partners of the Gulf region to bridge the gap of USD 6 billion is simply an attempt to ensure its credibility. Non-materialisation may result in Islamabad sliding into default, The News International reported.

        The News.com wrote a top official that now, all eyes are on Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar to bail out the struggling economy of Pakistan. There is no other game plan than to wait and pray for getting confirmation from bilateral partners from the Gulf region.

      • Vice Media GroupU.S. Says Russia Leaving Nuclear Treaty Violates Nuclear Treaty

        The U.S. State Department has said that Moscow can’t just leave the last remaining nuclear weapons treaty between Russia and the U.S. if it wants to. Unilaterally leaving the treaty, it said, is a violation of the treaty itself. According to Washington, Russia is still bound by the treaty even if it said it’s not.

        “Russia’s claimed suspension of the New START Treaty is legally invalid,” the U.S. State Department said in a statement released on Wednesday. “As a result, Russia remains bound by its obligations under the treaty.”

      • Tom’s HardwareDespite Sanctions, Russians Still Obtaining Latest PCs From Major Brands

        According to data from GS Group cited, Chinese brands remained the leading PC suppliers — including Lenovo and Huawei — in Russia in 2022, with about 38% market share. On the other hand, Taiwanese vendors — such as MSI, Acer, and Asus — captured a 35% share of the Russian PC market, whereas U.S.-originating PC OEMs (Apple, Dell, HP, etc.) controlled approximately 19% of the market in 2022, down from 36% in 2021. By contrast, Russian vendors supplied 9% of PCs sold in the country, up from 4% in 2021 and 3% in 2022.

      • ScheerpostThe Chris Hedges Report: How America Destroyed the Nord Stream Pipelines w/ Seymour Hersh

        Who blew up the Nord Stream pipelines? In February, veteran journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winner Seymour Hersh dropped a bombshell report detailing how President Joe Biden ordered the destruction of the Nord Stream pipelines.

      • Scheerpost‘Rigorous’ Maidan Massacre Exposé Suppressed By Top Academic Journal

        A peer-reviewed paper initially approved and praised by a prestigious academic journal was suddenly rescinded without explanation.

      • Common Dreams20 Years After the Invasion of Iraq, Will the Media’s Complicity Be Flushed Down the Memory Hole?

        “All wars are fought twice, the first time on the battlefield, the second time in memory.” — Viet Thanh Nguyen

      • Common DreamsIlhan Omar Warns ‘The Next Iraq Will Be Even Worse’

        Congresswoman Ilhan Omar on Friday marked the upcoming 20th anniversary of the George W. Bush administration’s invasion of Iraq—where thousands of U.S. troops remain today—by asking if Americans have learned anything from the “failed war of aggression” and warning that waging another such war will have even more dire consequences.

      • The NationThe Unlearned Lessons From the War in Iraq

        Leave it to George W. Bush to misspeak his way to the truth about the Iraq War that he launched 20 years ago. Last May, in a speech addressing Ukraine, he lambasted Vladimir Putin’s “wholly unjustified and brutal invasion of Iraq.”1

      • Common DreamsAs Congress Once Again Calls for End of Korean War, It’s time for Biden to Listen

        This week, the United States and South Korea kicked off their springtime joint military drills—the largest in five years. North Korea has long protested these war drills, calling them a rehearsal for invasion. Not surprisingly, then, North Korea conducted submarine-fired cruise missiles tests on Sunday.

      • Telex (Hungary)Former Ukrainian Foreign Minister: creating an image of Hungary playing to the Russians extremely dangerous
      • The NationThere’s No Settlement of the War in Ukraine Without China

        In his 1997 book The Grand Chessboard, Zbigniew Brzezinski defined “the three grand imperatives of imperial geostrategy” as follows: “to prevent collusion and maintain security dependence among the vassals, to keep tributaries pliant and protected, and to keep the barbarians from coming together.” Jimmy Carter’s former national security adviser was summarizing in his signature Machiavellian language a policy that his Republican opposite number, Henry Kissinger, had daringly designed and implemented in bringing a Cold Warrior par excellence, Richard Nixon, to effect a turnabout in the US attitude toward the People’s Republic of China.

      • TruthOutDozens of Mar-a-Lago Staffers Subpoenaed by DOJ as Part of Trump Docs Probe
      • Democracy NowBlood and Treasure: Documenting the Costs of Iraq War from Civilian Casualties to Trillions Spent

        With the 20th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq on March 20, we speak with Oxford University international relations professor Neta Crawford, who says the region is still reeling from the impact of the war. “The story continues. It’s not over,” she says. Crawford is co-director of the Costs of War Project at Brown University, where her latest report pegs the cost of U.S. wars in Iraq and Syria since 2003 at nearly $2.9 trillion. Since the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003 under the false pretext of preventing Saddam Hussein from developing weapons of mass destruction, more than half a million people have been killed in Iraq and Syria. Millions more were displaced or died from indirect causes like disease. “It wasn’t quick, it wasn’t easy, and it certainly wasn’t cost-free,” says Crawford.

      • The NationAre We Manufacturing a Taiwan Crisis Over Nothing?

        Is China really on the verge of invading the island of Taiwan, as so many top American officials seem to believe? If the answer is “yes” and the United States intervenes on Taiwan’s side—as President Biden has sworn it would—we could find ourselves in a major-power conflict, possibly even a nuclear one, in the not-too-distant future. Even if confined to Asia and fought with conventional weaponry alone—no sure thing—such a conflict would still result in human and economic damage on a far greater scale than observed in Ukraine today.

      • Telex (Hungary)Kuleba: War is a time to make choices, and all choices are being noted down
      • Michael West MediaUncle Sam, can you target my Tomahawk, please?

        Who will control the Tomahawk Missiles? News that Australia will purchase up to 220 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles might seem like just another Defence purchase, but there’s a hidden sovereignty issue that needs to be examined. And that’s what Rex Patrick is here to do.

        The United States Congress has just approved the sale of as many as 20 Block IV Tomahawks and 200 Block V Tomahawks for $1.3 billion dollars. The US will provide support consisting of unscheduled missile maintenance, spares; procurement, training, in-service support, software, hardware, communication equipment, operational flight test, engineering, and technical expertise.

      • New York TimesPoland Says It Foiled a Russian Spy Ring

        The sabotage, the Polish interior minister said, was planned “at the request of Russian intelligence” and “aimed at paralyzing the supply of equipment, weapons and aid to Ukraine.”

      • Security WeekPoland Breaks up Russian Spy Ring

        Polish counter-intelligence has dismantled a Russian spy ring that gathered information on military equipment deliveries to Ukraine.

      • ScheerpostSen. Graham Calls for US to Start Shooting Down Russian Planes

        The hawkish senator wants the US to escalate in response to the downing of the US MQ-9 Reaper drone over the Black Sea

      • Common DreamsThe Illegal Invasion of Iraq: Never Forget

        How did we get here? 20 years after the U.S.-led invasion of the sovereign nation of Iraq, we still refuse to reckon with the last decades of war as yet another decade of violence unfolds. Since the invasion, tens of thousands if not over a million lives have been lost. Millions of Iraqis are still displaced, while tens of millions have endured relentless violence ever since the destabilization of their country beginning in the 1990s through bombing, sanctions, multiple military invasions, and the occupation that began in 2003.

      • ScheerpostBiden Announces Support for Senate’s Iraq War Authorization Repeal

        The AUMFs have long been used as justification for further military action even after the U.S.’s supposed withdrawal.

      • The DissenterMarch To Iraq War, 20 Years Later: March 18, 2003
      • The DissenterMarch To Iraq War, 20 Years Later: March 17, 2003
      • MeduzaInternational Criminal Court issues arrest warrant for Putin over alleged war crimes — Meduza

        The International Criminal Court in The Hague has issued an arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin.

      • MeduzaPutin the suspect: The International Criminal Court issues an arrest warrant for Russia’s president — Meduza

        The International Criminal Court in The Hague has issued an arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin along with Russian Children’s Rights Commissioner Maria Lvova-Belova. Russia’s president is accused of ordering the illegal deportations of children from occupied territories of Ukraine following Moscow’s full-scale invasion on February 24, 2022.

      • Common DreamsICC Issues Arrest Warrant for Putin Over Alleged War Crime of Abducting Ukrainian Children

        The International Criminal Court on Friday issued international arrest warrants for Russian President Vladimir Putin and Commissioner for Children’s Rights Maria Lvova-Belova for allegedly abducting Ukrainian children and transporting them to Russia.

      • MeduzaDefense Minister Shoigu presents pilots who sank U.S. MQ-9 drone with state decorations — Meduza

        Russia’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has decorated the military pilots who intercepted the U.S. MQ-9 reconnaissance drone over the Black Sea.

      • AntiWarSyrian Sanctions Punish Earthquake Victims

        On February 6th, 2023, Northern Syria and Southern Turkey was struck by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. For reference, the famous 2010 Haiti earthquake that dominated headlines for weeks was a 7.0 on the Richter Scale. For Syria – a country already war-torn from over a decade of conflict – the tremors brought devastating results.

      • AntiWarDoes Canada Support Regime Change in Russia?

        It may have been “a Freudian slip of the tongue,” as Russia’s ambassador to Canada called it, but at a press conference on March 10, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Mélanie Joly, raised the possibility of regime change in Russia.

      • AntiWarThe Tragic Reality of Rachel Corrie’s Death

        Twenty years ago on March 16, the world got a tragic glimpse into what the state of Israel was going to become.

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

    • Environment

      • RFAUN: Environmental threat looms as bottled water consumption grows exponentially

        More than 1 million bottles of drinking water are sold globally every minute, which comes at a significant environmental, climate, and social cost, a new U.N. report said.

        In 2021, global bottled water sales reached 350 billion liters, valued at an estimated U.S.$270 billion that is expected to cross half a trillion by 2030, said the report released Friday by the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health.

      • Copenhagen PostCopenhagen to host important pre-COP28 climate meeting

        Last November in Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt, the climate ministers of all the UN nations agreed on a loss and damage fund. Next week, from March 20-21 in Copenhagen, they will meet again to secure the implementation of these results in order to set the course for an ambitious COP28, which will be held in Dubai from November 30 to December 12.

      • The NationMother Earth
      • Energy/Transportation

        • Ruben SchadeDefaulting pedestrian traffic lights to green

          Alas, whatever experiment they were running on pedestrian accessibility came to an end, and now it takes me two more minutes to cross this intersection every day. It was a nice idea having motorists wait by default for once; they’re the ones sitting in air-conditioned bubbles that make the rest of us wait in the beating sun or rain.

        • Common DreamsNuclear Plant, Minnesota Officials Hid 400,000-Gallon Leak of Radioactive Water for Months

          Xcel Energy in late November told Minnesota and federal officials about a leak of 400,000 gallons of water contaminated with radioactive tritium at its Monticello nuclear power plant, but it wasn’t until Thursday that the incident and ongoing cleanup effort were made public.

        • Common DreamsSix Island Nations Commit to ‘Fossil Fuel-Free Pacific,’ Demand Global Just Transition

          Climate justice advocates celebrated Friday after a half-dozen island nations committed to building a “fossil fuel-free Pacific” and urged all governments to join them in bringing about an equitable phaseout of coal, oil, and gas.

        • Common DreamsThe End of Gas Starts in Vienna

          Near the end of this month, from March 27 to 28, the European Gas Conference (EGC) organized by Energy Council takes place in Vienna. This is a conference bringing together Europe’s main gas suppliers to discuss “the security of supply and the new role for LNG on the continent” and how to “diversify supply and decarbonise supply chains to future-proof gas’ role in the energy mix.”

        • The NationThe Big Oil Firms Are Giving Up on Researching Algae Biofuels

          One by one, Big Oil firms have touted their investments in algae biofuels as the future of low-carbon transportation—and one by one, they have all dropped out. Now in the wake of the last remaining algae proponent, ExxonMobil, announcing its withdrawal, insiders say they are disappointed but not surprised. This article by the Guardian is published here as part of the global journalism collaboration Covering Climate Now.

        • The RevelatorWhen Renewable Energy Threatens Irreplaceable Tribal Culture
    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • QuartzTikTok faces a ban in the US if it retains Chinese-based ownership

        TikTok said the Biden administration was threatening to ban the app unless it sheds its Chinese ownership.

      • Fifty political leaders from around world call on Erdoğan to drop closure case against HDP

        The leaders stressed that a possible closure of the party months into the elections places the Turkey’s democracy in dire jeopardy.

      • CS MonitorXi Jinping’s diplomatic vision: Beijing as global broker

        China’s brokerage of a diplomatic deal between Iran and Saudi Arabia heralds a drive to parlay economic influence into a global political role.

      • MeduzaRussia’s ‘guardian of traditional values’: How the Kremlin plans to sell Putin to voters in his fifth presidential campaign — Meduza

        In 2024, barring any unforeseen circumstances, Vladimir Putin will run for his fifth term as Russia’s president. According to Meduza’s sources, Kremlin political strategists have started briefing officials from around the country on the rhetoric they should use to convince voters that even after nearly two and a half decades, Putin’s still the best man for the job. Here’s what we know about the messages they’ve chosen.

      • MeduzaXi Jinping to visit Russia next week — Meduza

        Chinese leader Xi Jinping will visit Russia on March 20–22, Russian state news agency Interfax reported on Friday.

      • Patrick BreyerAgainst AI mass surveillance in Paris 2024: 41 MEPs address French Parliament

        The proposed legislation would authorise police authorities during sporting events to use surveillance cameras and error-prone artificial intelligence to automatically report supposedly “abnormal” or “suspicious” behaviour. MEPs warn against the crippling effect of such mass surveillance of public spaces, which has never been conducted before in Europe, and which would set a precedent. The signatories to the open letter include several negotiators of the proposed EU Artificial Intelligence Act, which would ban biometric mass surveillance, including co-rapporteur Brando Benifei (Socialist Group). German signatories include Birgit Sippel (SPD), Cornelia Ernst (Left Party) and Patrick Breyer (Pirate Party).

      • Michael GeistGovernment-Backed Motion Demands Disclosure of Years of Third-Party Communications With Google and Facebook in Retribution for Opposing Bill C-18

        It is hard to overstate the broad scope of the disclosure demands. Canadian digital creators concerned with Bill C-11 who wrote to Youtube would find their correspondence disclosed to the committee. So would researchers who sought access to data from Google or Facebook on issues such as police access to social media records or anti-hate groups who contacted Facebook regarding the government’s online harms proposal for automated reports to law enforcement. Privacy advocates focused on how Google administers the right to be forgotten in Canada would ironically find their correspondence disclosed as would independent media sites that wrote to Facebook about the implications of Bill C-18.

      • The NationTrump Might Face Criminal Charges—But He’s Unlikely to Face Justice

        While the Department of Justice investigations into disgraced water salesman Donald Trump meander toward their politically inert conclusions, the state-level investigations into Trump’s various suspected crimes appear headed toward inflection points. In New York, Attorney General Letitia James’s investigation into the Trump Organization continues apace, while the Manhattan district attorney has extended an invitation to Trump to testify about his hush-money payments to Stormy Daniels. Trump’s lawyer in that case, Joseph Tacopina, has popped up all over cable news this week making clownish claims, as if to prove that Trump continues to hire legal counsel based on their subway ads.

      • Craig MurrayThe High Road to Independence

        Do not despair. There may be politicians who have abandoned any genuine intent to gain Scottish Independence, but the path is still open. It is a question of nerve and will.

      • The NationPat Schroeder Would Have Changed American Politics Forever

        The obituaries for Pat Schroeder, the Colorado liberal who for 24 years served as one of the most dynamic members of Congress and who died on Monday at age 82, made only a brief mention of her thwarted bid for the 1988 Democratic nomination. But the “Schroeder for President” boomlet that played out during the summer of 1987 was more than a footnote.

      • Common DreamsTrumpism Still Rules the GOP, With or Without Trump

        One of the common—and in my view, valid—criticisms of U.S. political journalism is that it tends to cover electoral politics as if they were horse races, with TV talking heads and print journalists ginning up the public’s excitement via exaggerated emphasis on any and every point that can service a narrative of entertaining competition.

      • Common DreamsIt’s Clear the GOP Is a Party of Death, Not Life

        Because they oppose a woman having the right to terminate a pregnancy, Republicans claim to be the Party of Life. In fact, they’re the Party of Death.

      • Misinformation/Disinformation/Propaganda

        • The VergeThe night sky is always getting faked

          Many of the night sky pictures seen plastered on social media, included in calendars or even available as desktop wallpapers involve some sort of alteration. As you can see in this set of photos collected by astrophysicist Ethan Siegel, there’s nothing stopping someone from sprinkling in some extra stars that weren’t actually there, adding some fancy colors, or even replacing the toenail clipping of a crescent Moon with a nice big full one, craters and all. Nordgren, who leads trips in Alaska to see the aurora borealis, says these images even have an effect on the way his guests perceive the wave of lights.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • Meduza12 years’ imprisonment A court in Belarus has sentenced the leaders of the country’s main independent news site, Tut.by, to 12 years in a penal colony — Meduza

        The Minsk City Court handed down its verdict in the tax evasion case against former employees of Tut by Media LLC. The company was previously the largest independent publisher in Belarus, a status it had held since 2000.

      • Don’t Extradite AssangeGuidance in relation to finding of 13 Dec 2022 of European Court of Human Rights re application by Assange

        A panel of three European Court of Human Rights judges considered Mr Assange’s application. It ruled the application was inadmissible at this time because there are ongoing proceedings in the UK challenging the extradition on other points of law.The panel further stated, however, that should Mr Assange “be dissatisfied in the future with the progress or outcome of the domestic procedures, it would be open to him to reintroduce his … complaint.”

      • TechdirtFeckless Axios Fired A Reporter For Correctly Identifying DeSantis Propaganda

        Mainstream political news outlets like Axios have long been accused of “both sides” or “view from nowhere” journalism where they bend over backward to frame everything through a lens of illusory objectivity as to not offend. This distortion is then routinely exploited by authoritarians and corporations keen on normalizing bigotry, rank corruption, or even the dismantling of democracy.

      • Democracy NowJulian Assange’s Father & Brother Speak Out on His Jailing, Press Freedom & New Documentary “Ithaka”

        We continue our coverage of the 20th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq by looking at the imprisonment of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been jailed for exposing U.S. war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. One video released by WikiLeaks showed a U.S. helicopter gunship in Baghdad slaughtering a dozen civilians, including a Reuters journalist. Assange has been held in London’s Belmarsh prison since 2019 as he fights the U.S. campaign to extradite him to face espionage charges. If convicted, the publisher faces as much as 175 years behind bars. His legal fight is documented in the new film Ithaka that centers on Assange’s father John Shipton, who has been crisscrossing the globe to raise awareness of the case and the danger it poses to press freedoms. We speak with Shipton, as well as filmmaker Gabriel Shipton, Julian Assange’s brother and a producer of the documentary.

      • New York TimesJustice Dept. Investigating TikTok’s Owner Over Possible Spying on Journalists

        The Justice Department is investigating the surveillance of American citizens, including several journalists who cover the tech industry, by the Chinese company that owns TikTok, according to three people familiar with the matter.

        The investigation, which began late last year, appears to be tied to the admission in December by the company, ByteDance, that its employees had inappropriately obtained the data of American TikTok users, including that of two reporters and a few of their associates.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • TruthOutHuman Rights Groups Call on Biden Not to Revive Migrant Family Detention
      • FAIRKamau Franklin on Cop City Protests
      • Common DreamsYouth Climate Activists Finally Have Some Backup—Though We May Be Sitting Down.

        On Tuesday, March 21, I’ll be sitting in a rocking chair in Washington, DC. Which doesn’t sound particularly daring, except that the rocking chair—and 50 more like it—will be blocking the doors of a Chase bank branch, part of a nationwide day of action largely orchestrated by a group called Third Act which draws it members from people over 60. We’re calling it the Rocking Chair Rebellion, and it’s one small sign of a promising new trend: older climate activists, ready to back up young leaders.

      • Democracy NowNever Again: Human Rights Groups & Japanese Americans Warn Biden Against Jailing Migrant Families

        This week nearly 400 human rights groups urged the Biden administration not to revive the controversial practice of migrant family detention by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Biden ended family detention when he took office two years ago but is now reportedly reconsidering it as part of a wider crackdown as his administration prepares to phase out the contested Trump-era Title 42 pandemic policy used to expel over 2 million migrants without due process at the southern border. We speak with Silky Shah, executive director of Detention Watch Network, who says “the Biden administration has faltered and is going against all the promises that they made on the campaign trail.” We also speak with Mike Ishii, co-founder of Tsuru for Solidarity, which joined the call to stop family detention. He notes many Japanese Americans are still healing from the trauma of mass detention during World War II. “There’s an intersectional history here of always targeting communities of color and immigrant communities with this kind of state violence,” says Ishii.

      • The NationBiden Has Now Embraced Republican Restrictionism on Immigration

        The Biden administration will soon implement a policy that will “encourage migrants to avail themselves of lawful, safe, and orderly pathways into the United States, or otherwise to seek asylum or other protection in countries through which they travel, thereby reducing reliance on human smuggling networks that exploit migrants for financial gain.” One could be forgiven for thinking that this regulation, slated to go into effect in mid-May, expands access to the asylum process. In fact, it does the opposite. The new policy “encourages” lawful pathways by further criminalizing the most common existing pathways. Once the rule goes into effect, anyone who passes through another country on their way to the United States and crosses the border between official entry points will be deemed ineligible for asylum unless they applied for asylum in that other country first. There are a few exceptions, but the new policy will affect virtually all non-Mexican nationals who arrive at the border.

      • TruthOutIn Chicago and Denver, Progressives Face New Challenges — and Opportunities
      • ScheerpostFBI Bookstore Spying in Chicago Eyes Abortion Rights, Cop City, Anti-Development Activists

        Nearly 30 pages of FBI documents obtained by Unicorn Riot reveal a pattern of monitoring of Pilsen Community Books, a worker-owned and collectively managed bookstore in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago.

      • MeduzaImprisoned historian Yury Dmitriev forced to sign for 40-pound package. In reality, he just got new reading glasses. — Meduza

        Yury Dmitriev, the 67-year-old former head of the Karelian branch of Memorial (an NGO devoted to restoring Russia’s historical memory) is serving a 15-year sentence in a high-security penal colony. Radio Free Europe and Memorial have both drawn attention to how the officials at the colony have tried to interfere with Dmitriev’s preparations for a court hearing that took place on Thursday.

      • The NationTo Keep Grad Students From Unionizing, Duke University Wants to Change the Rules

        Earlier this month, after the Duke Graduate Students Union filed for an election with the National Labor Relations Board, the university initially told its graduate workers that the administration would “support the right of all eligible voters to freely consider and register their views” because, ultimately, “the decision about unionization is up to Duke students.”

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

    • Monopolies

      • India TimesMicrosoft offers EU remedies seeking OK on Activision deal

        The EU competition enforcer, which did not provide details in line with its policy, will now seek feedback from rivals and customers before making its decision by May 22.

        Microsoft President Brad Smith has said the U.S. software company was prepared to offer rivals licensing deals to ease competition concerns but not to selling Activision’s lucrative “Call of Duty” franchise.

      • Patents

        • Kluwer Patent BlogIrish referendum on Unified Patent Court Agreement most likely in 2024 [Ed: The criminals who push for this illegal and unconstitutional system try to rush and start it ahead of an actual approval; Europe's legal system is in shambles]

          Just days after the announcement of a gender equality referendum in Ireland, which will be held in November, representatives of Irish industry urged the government to hold a referendum on ratification of the Unified Patent Court Agreement on the same date.

        • [Repeat] Dennis Crouch/Patently-OIPRs and the APA: Review of Director’s Discretion to Initiate IPRs [Ed: When a software patenst boosting Microsofter is appointed by Biden]

          Apple brought an action against the USPTO Director Vidal in district court under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), 5 U.S.C. §§ 701– 706, challenging the Director’s instructions to the Board regarding exercise of discretion in IPR institution decisions.

      • Copyrights

        • Torrent Freak‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ Piracy Skyrockets After Oscar Win

          Last weekend, ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ dominated the Oscars by winning seven awards, including one for Best Picture. The independent film had already enjoyed a great run at the box office but the renewed exposure is a game changer. Success at the Oscars elevated awareness to new heights and according to data collected by TorrentFreak, piracy skyrocketed.

        • The NationNo, AI Is Not “Disrupting” Architecture

          Artificial intelligence is hot in the architectural news space. I seem to be getting at least an e-mail a day from PR firms advertising some artist or architect “subverting” or “reimagining” the world through the lens of programs like Midjourney or DALL-E. The AI tag on design news aggregator designboom (always a reliable trend bellwether) encompasses everything from lazy listicles about what AI thinks supercars would look like if designed by famous architects to claims that XYZ designer’s AI images of buildings imagine the future of architecture. The virus has since spread to trade publications like ArchDaily and Architizer. While much of this content may be pablum, the implications of the technology involved asre not unremarkable.

        • Torrent FreakHeheStreams IPTV Admin Sentenced to Three Years in Prison, $3m Restitution

          Joshua Streit, the former operator of IPTV service Hehestreams, has been sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay almost $3m in restitution. Known online as Josh Brody, Streit’s service granted access to official streams offered by MLB, NHL, NBA and NFL, among others. Earlier, Streit had discussed security vulnerabilities with MLB, which responded by calling in the FBI.

        • The NationJust Because ChatBots Can’t Think Doesn’t Mean They Can’t Lie

          On March 20, oral arguments will be heard in the publishers’ lawsuit against the Internet Archive, which was filed nearly three years ago. A lot has changed since then in the world of libraries. One surprising development is that the Internet Archive and its Open Library have suddenly become exponentially more valuable repositories of verifiable information.1

        • TechdirtItaly Decides That Leonardo da Vinci’s 500 Year Old Works Are Not In The Public Domain

          Walled Culture is a big fan of the public domain. The amazing artistic uses that people are able to make of material only once it enters the public domain are an indication that copyright can act as an obstacle to wider creativity, rather than something that automatically promotes it. But there’s a problem: because the public domain is about making artistic productions available to everyone for no cost and without restrictions, there are no well-funded lobbyists who stand up and defend it. Instead, all we hear is whining from the copyright world that the public domain exists, and calls for it to be diminished or even abolished by extending copyright wherever possible.

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  • GNU/Linux

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Reviews

      • Web Pro NewsLinux Distro Reviews: openSUSE Tumbleweed — Part 2 – WebProNews

        Security is only a good thing if it’s not so restrictive that people begin disabling features for the sake of convenience, and this is where openSUSE’s disadvantages begin to shine through.

        Of all the distros that I have tried to date (Fedora, Manjaro, openSUSE, KDE Neon, Pop!_OS, Kubuntu, and Zorin OS), openSUSE’s security policies are by far the most restrictive. Want to adjust your network settings? You’ll need to enter your password. Want to install a Flatpak app? You’ll need to enter your password. Change your timezone? Enter your password.

        What’s more, the default firewall settings are so strict that printer discovery doesn’t work out of the box. To be clear, every single other distro I’ve tried automatically discovers my HP printer on my network and lets me print without installing any additional drivers.

        In contrast, openSUSE cannot even discover the printer without changing the firewall profile from the default ‘Public’ to ‘Home,’ or adding the mDNS service to the ‘Public’ profile. Even when making sure mDNS is enabled, openSUSE still requires “hplip” software/driver package installed.

        Is it possible to overcome these issues? Yes. But many people, especially less technical users, give up before figuring out how to jump through all these hoops. In fact, a quick look at openSUSE’s Reddit will reveal that two common solutions to printing on openSUSE are a) disable the firewall altogether or b) “don’t print on openSUSE.” Seriously…I have seen that advice multiple times…”don’t print on openSUSE.”

        The issues with printing on openSUSE are irritating enough that Linux creator Linus Torvalds famously dumped openSUSE and switched to Fedora because printing was just too hard to bother with. Fans of the distro will point out that it has gotten better since that day…but it’s still not good enough for the average desktop user.

    • New Releases

      • Help Net SecurityPenetration Testing with Kali Linux 2023 released: New modules, exercises, challenges (PEN-200)

        OffSec released the 2023 edition of Penetration Testing with Kali Linux (PEN-200). This new version, which incorporates the latest ethical hacking tools and techniques through real-world penetration testing simulations, offers many improvements and additions, including new Learning Modules and Learning Objectives to help learners focus on critical areas, new, progressive sets of machines (Challenge Labs) to assist learners in synthesizing materials; and private environments to create a superior learning experience.

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • The Register UKReg FOSS desk test drive: First beta of Fedora 38 drops • The Register

        The Fedora project has released the beta version of Fedora 38. The Reg took it for a spin, and it handles well.

        The beta version of Fedora 38 is here, hitting the “early target” in its schedule. As usual, there’s an extensive changeset, which is worth scrutinizing for the full details of all the various subcomponents. We tried the beta in both VirtualBox and on bare metal, and so far, it has worked flawlessly – which is particularly impressive given the issues we had with Fedora 37 when it was at the same stage.

        We’ve covered some of what’s going into this release already, and we try not to repeat ourselves. Among the more visible changes, there will be two new “spins”: one with Budgie and one with Sway. Also, earlier this month, it turned out that some “legacy” components aren’t being dropped just yet. The default Workstation edition will come with GNOME 44, which itself just recently reached Release Candidate status and brings some welcome improvements.

        Among other highlights, it comes with the latest kernel 6.2. (Incidentally, this will also be used in Ubuntu 23.04, although that’s not yet reached beta stage – that milestone should be at the end of this month.)

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • KitGuruOnLogic’s new fanless mini-PC uses a heatsink as a chassis

        To meet the need for capable computing power in environments with difficult installation conditions, OnLogic has launched its Helix 401 fanless industrial computer. This small device, which has made its premiere at Embedded World 2023, is designed for use in edge computing, IoT, and many other applications.

        The Helix 401 is available with a variety of Intel 12th Gen Core and Celeron CPUs. Customers may choose the CPU that best meets their application requirements, with options ranging from a Celeron 7305E to an i7-1270PE. Whether you need an HX401 for general-purpose data handling or complex machine vision and AI tasks, the Intel Iris Xe iGPUs on these CPUs will help. Windows 11 Pro 64 Bit, Windows 10 IoT Enterprise, and Ubuntu 22.04 are among the operating systems available. In addition, the Helix 401 is Red Hat Certified for usage with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.7, 9.1, and future releases.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Programming/Development

      • How to remove a package from PHP composer?

        PHP Composer is a package manager designed to install the libraries or dependencies required by a PHP application or project.

      • How to clear PHP composer cache or delete its folder?

        While working with PHP Composer, are you facing slow performance then to improve it and the efficiency of managing dependencies try to clear the cache of Composer for your Project.

      • Godot EngineRelease candidate: Godot 4.0.1 RC 1

        Following the biggest Godot release ever we’ve collected several critical fixes and smaller usability improvements to make your experience with 4.0 more pleasant. This is the first release candidate for early adopters to test the changes, with the stable 4.0.1 release coming soon after.

  • Leftovers

    • TediumField of Bankruptcies

      It’s hard out there trying to do something new, which is why we want to look back on some of the notable failed sports leagues.

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    • Personal

      • architects of cruelty

        They built walls as the world caved in
        fountains as the reservoirs dried up
        prepared feasts in famine

        now they lay in rags or in coffins
        shouting to the heavens for its cruelty
        but the kingdom of heaven’s walls held strong

        their cries lay unanswered
        their servants abandoned them
        the utopia they fancied unfurled

    • Technical

      • Accidental portrait

        I’ve been working on a pinball game. I wanted level 2 to work like Bagatalle. You can control the strength of the plunger that fires a ball into play, but that’s it. I put a few things on the playing field, and then worked on getting the plunger to work properly.

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