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  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Tuxedo Stellaris 15 is a Linux gaming laptop with Intel or AMD processors, NVIDIA graphics

        Linux PC company Tuxedo Computers is taking orders for a new gaming laptop called the Tuxedo Stellaris 15 Gen 3. It’s a 4.9 pound notebook with up to a 2560 x 1440 pixel display featuring a high refresh rate, support for up to a 150-watt NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 GPU.

        It’s also available with three different processor options: Intel Core i7-11700H, AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, or AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX.

        Those are all 45-watt, 8-core, 16-thread processors designed for laptops. When paired with a high-performance GPU, the Tuxedo Stellaris 15 will likely be rather power hungry when running at full blast, and it does have a 230 watt power supply. But it also has a 92 Wh battery that Tuxedo says should allow you get up to 8 hours of battery life for less-demanding tasks.

      • The TUXEDO Stellaris 15 laptop launches with Intel and AMD options

        Here we are again, TUXEDO continuing to roll out new models to try and capture Linux users attention and the latest with the TUXEDO Stellaris 15 sounds pretty great. Part of what makes the TUXEDO Stellaris 15 interesting is the split options between AMD and Intel CPUs, giving you more control and choice on what you can buy.

        Before getting too excited, keep in mind it's yet another high-end gamer and high performance workstation model. We have something of a lack of low-mid end devices since these high-end options seem to be what gets people talking, even though we would love to see more low end stuff too.

      • Too little, too late: Linux app support is finally coming to Skylake Chromebooks

        Chromebooks are incredible tools for school and home use, and although they're often thought of as simple machines, they can do a variety of tasks beyond surfing the web. When Google launched Linux support for Chrome OS in 2018, it unlocked access to thousands of desktop applications. While modern Chromebooks have had access to Linux apps for years, capable Skylake-powered systems like the Samsung Chromebook Pro got left in the dust. It seems the wait may finally be over thanks to recent updates — but it may be too late to matter.

        Google broke its silence via the Chromium bug tracker last Friday, confirming that the work to run Linux apps on Skylake Chromebooks is complete. This should finally close the curtains on this issue, with support arriving in subsequent updates without flipping on the "Enable VMs on Experimental kernels" Chrome flag. It's unclear how much longer users with a Skylake device will have to wait, but it could appear in the next major Chrome OS update (M92).

    • Server

      • SD Times news digest: Red Hat OpenShift 4.8 now available, GitHub Container registry generally available, MongoDB achieves FedRAMP status

        OpenShift 4.8 helps organizations quickly create new cloud-native applications without having to abandon their existing environments and IT investments.

        One new feature is IPv6/IPv4 dual stack and IPv6 single stack support, which provides applications with interoperability and communications for environments that use IPv6 and IPv4 such as in Cloud-Native Network Functions.

        Also, OpenShift Pipelines now allow users to declaratively define, version and track changes to their applications next to their source code in Git repositories. Users also get an enhanced developer experience within the OpenShift console, an OpenShift Serverless functions capability, and OpenShift sandboxed containers.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • The Right Mindset For Growing As A Linux User

        Having the right mindset is important in growing as a Linux user, and it also important for growing as a person. Generally, you can break down people into being in one of two camps depending on their mindset. And it tells you a lot about the person, including how they handle challenges in life, how well they navigate obstacles, etc.

    • Kernel Space

      • Linux Kernel 5.13 rolls out with early Apple M1 support

        Another Linux Kernel release is out now with Linux 5.13 bringing with it, amongst plenty of other things, initial and early support for the new Apple M1 chip.

        In the announcement Linus Torvalds mentioned that while they had a "calm week" since the seventh release candidate, the Linux Kernel 5.13 is "actually fairly large" and "one of the bigger 5.x releases" with over sixteen thousand commits from over two thousand developers so it's a "big all over" sort of thing with new features , fixes and improvements everywhere.

      • Linux Kernel 5.13 officially launches with support for M1 Macs

        It took a few months, but Linux has now received support for M1 Macs with Linux Kernel 5.13. This comes after several months of testing, including its Release Candidate version first being announced more than a month ago.

        The new 5.13 Kernel adds support for several chips based on the ARM architecture — including the Apple M1. This means that users will be able to run Linux natively on the new M1 MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, and 24-inch iMac.

        It was already possible to run Linux on M1 Macs via virtual machines and even with a port from Corellium, but none of these alternatives run natively — which means they don’t take advantage of the maximum performance of the M1 chip. However, some developers had been working to include native support for M1 in the Linux Kernel, and now this has become a reality.

        As spotted by Phoronix, Linux 5.13 brings “initial but early support for the Apple M1 with basic support but not yet accelerated graphics and a lot more to iron out moving ahead.”

      • Apple's M1 now supported by Linux kernel in version 5.13
        The newest update of the Linux kernel, version 5.13, has been released with support for the Apple Silicon system-on-chip, the M1.
        
        

        Previously available in May as a release candidate for public testing, the final version of Linux 5.13 has been released. Announced by Linus Torvolds on Monday, the newest version is said to be one of the bigger releases in the version 5 range, with over 16 thousand commits made by over 2 thousand developers.

        For Mac users, the key addition to the kernel is support for a number of ARM-based chips, which crucially includes the M1. The new kernel is therefore able to be run natively on Apple Silicon hardware, including the M1 Mac mini and the 24-inch iMac.

        While the ability to use M1 is included, Phoronix reports there's still more work to be done, including adding support for accelerated graphics. Other changes include a variety of updated drivers, architecture and file system improvements, and changes to process handling and tooling.
      • Linux 5.1.3 adds official support for Apple's M1 chip but it's only the start

        A year after Apple announced its transition to Apple silicon, Linux now officially supports the only chip to have been released since that date — the Apple M1. As of the newly released Linux 5.1.3, early support for the chip has been added. But there is still some work to be done.

        First reported by Phoronix, the new Linux update adds initial support for Apple's M1 chip, but that doesn't mean that everything will work to its full potential. Accelerated graphics aren't yet enabled, for example.

      • GNU Linux-libre 5.13-gnu Released For The Latest Kernel Deblobbing

        Following yesterday's release of the Linux 5.13 kernel, the GNU folks have released GNU Linux-libre 5.13-gnu as their downstream that strips out support for loading binary-only firmware/microcode, blocks the ability to load binary-only kernel modules, and other sanitization work in the name of software freedom.

      • Hantro VPU Driver With Linux 5.14 Adds G2 Decoder Support With HEVC - Phoronix

        The Hantro media driver within the Linux kernel for supporting the Hantro IP-based VPU found in Rockchip and NXP i.MX8M SoCs is seeing improvements with the in-development Linux 5.14 kernel.

        The Hantro VPU driver with Linux 5.14 brings support for the second VPU found with the NXP i.MX8MQ SoC. To date only the first VPU (G1) has been supported by this driver while now support for the G2 is also wired up. With the G2 VPU support there is now basic HEVC/H.265 decoding support in place.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • 5 Ways to find a Linux User ID (UID) in Ubuntu 20.04

        The User ID or UID in Linux is a unique entity through which a user is identified on a system. Every user on a Linux system has a dedicated UID. There are several ways of finding the UID of a Linux user and we are going to share with you all those ways for an Ubuntu or Linux Mint system.

        [...]

        By picking out any method of your choice from this tutorial, you will be able to find the UID of any user you want while using Ubuntu 20.04. All the commands and utilities that we have used for this tutorial are built-in. Therefore, you will not have to waste your precious time in installing anything while following this tutorial.

      • How To Install SonarQube on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS - idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install SonarQube on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, SonarQube is an open-source web-based tool to manage code quality and code analysis. SonarQube includes features like bug and vulnerability detection and code tracking. SonarQube can integrate into GitHub, Azure DevOps, Bitbucket, GitLab, and Docker. If you happen to have an on-premise Linux server, or a cloud account with the likes of AWS, Google Cloud, or Azure, handy, you can deploy the community edition of SonarQube for free.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the SonarQube on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.

      • How to Clone a Git Repository with Ansible

        When configuring remote servers with Ansible, you may encounter instances where you need to get files from a Git repository. This could be a software package from public repositories or configuration files on a private repository.

        To clone a git repo remotely using Ansible, you may add entries like this to your Playbook.

      • How to Install Shlink URL Shortener with Nginx on Ubuntu 20.04

        Shlink is an open-source and self-hosted URL shortener written in PHP. It is used to generate and manage short URLs from the command line. It allows you to track all visits of your short URLs including, location, browser or referrer. It can be integrated with third-party tools using the Shlink API. It provides a command-line interface to shorten URLs.

        In this tutorial, I will show you how to install Shlink on Ubuntu 20.04.

      • Peering into binary files on Linux

        Any file on a Linux system that isn't a text file is considered a binary file--from system commands and libraries to image files and compiled programs. But these files being binary doesn't mean that you can't look into them. In fact, there are quite a few commands that you can use to extract data from binary files or display their content. In this post, we'll explore quite a few of them.

    • Games

      • The KenShape and Asset Forge tools from Kenney both got enhancements in new releases | GamingOnLinux

        KenShape is a tool to create 3D models from 2D pixel art which is really clever, while Asset Forge allows you to create 3D models from various parts. Both aimed at game developers not normal users but still fun to play around with, created by Kenney who is well known for producing tons of high-quality public domain art assets.

        Recently Asset Forge had a version 2.2 release which added colour map (UV mapping) export option, along with 33 new blocks to use for the standard version and a further 21 if you have the Deluxe edition along with a number of bug fixes.

        [...]

        I tried to make a Floppy Disk icon in it, if that wasn't clear…really interesting software though, even for someone who is not an artist or particularly good at making models, it can be a wonderful stopgap. In fact, both the applications mentioned are great for prototyping.

      • How to use old regions with SimCity 4 on Steam + Linux

        Not that long ago, SimCity 4 was resurrected. It became alive on Steam, a game you could buy and download and play and enjoy. I recently tried it - but not as you think. I actually installed it in Linux, using the Proton compatibility layer, and things were swell. Which brought about some sweet memories.

        I had spent months of my time creating a beautiful mega-region, with 4.5 million people in some 60+ cities. This endeavor took a lot of work, I was using half a dozen mods to make SimCity 4 do some extra wonders for me, and once I was done, I copied my game save into a special backup folder. I didn't want to lose such a precious achievement. That was 2008-ish or so. Now, I had the game on Steam, but how does one go about loading those old region saves?

    • Distributions

      • SUSE/OpenSUSE

        • BABA’s Drives Agility and Efficiency into Food Manufacturing with SUSE | SUSE Communities

          “In SUSE Linux Enterprise, we found the right platform to help us make this pivotal transition and transformation. The cutting-edge features, expertise and support during every step of this process contributed to the ROI immediately; well-positioning us to capitalize on new business opportunities.” Ilaventhan Vijaya, head of finance, BABA’s Group of Companies.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • RHEL for Edge: update infrastructure quickstart

          Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8.4 brings a set of new features that make it easier to manage image updates for edge systems. RHEL for Edge uses Image Builder as the engine to create rpm-ostree images. This model provides advantages around the long life cycle and package flexibility of RHEL combined with A/B transactional updates, rollbacks controlled by application health-checks, and network efficient updates over the wire. In this post, we will walk through how to set up a simple yet powerful staging environment for edge image updates.

        • Open source and collaboration propel RHEL to the top of the TOP500

          Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) provides the operating system cornerstone for the top three supercomputers in the world according to the June 2021 TOP500 ranking.

          The biannual list showcases the 500 most powerful computer systems in the world to provide a better understanding of the high-performance computing market, and encourage collaboration and the exchange of data and software throughout the tech industry, academia and research organizations.

        • IBM Adds AI-Powered Automation Software To Networking
        • From 5G to the future: How Red Hat supports Verizon in the drive for greater connectivity

          The past year has truly stressed the importance of connectivity to modern life, as the COVID-19 pandemic delivered layers of isolation that were simply unthinkable a few months before its onslaught. Connected devices, from mobile phones and tablets to computers and smart TVs served as a window to the world and a link to the "old normal," helping us retain our human connections while also keeping the world moving during the height of the pandemic.

          This same connectivity provided a linkage between the machines and services driving crucial industries and organizations. From the factory floors that fueled the global supply chain to the emergency rooms that adapted to surging demand, being connected wasn’t about "digital transformation;" it was about survival.

      • Debian Family

        • The Many App Stores Before the App Store

          — Michael Robertson, the software developer best known for his creation of MP3.com, in a blog post discussing his work on “Click-N-Run,” an early attempt at creating a digital download store along the lines of the App Store in the early 2000s. Click-N-Run (CNR), which was an aspect of the commercial Windows-like Linux distribution Linspire that Robertson helped build, was a commercial GUI-style interface for Debian’s apt package manager. It was eventually made available to other distros to much interest, though the results were reportedly a mixed bag. While no longer made, Linspire’s work on CNR (one of a few stabs at the GUI-based software distribution interface in Linux) likely inspired the graphical package managers now commonly offered with many Linux distributions, which largely work the same way.

          [...]

          The year StarCode Software, a developer of software for the BeOS operating system, was formed. The company built PackageBuilder and SoftwareValet, which combined together to become one of the first graphical package managers purpose-built for an operating system—and one Be acquired in 1998 and integrated into the operating system.

          [...]

          Mobile phones have been built with this expectation that the whole experience is seamless and managed by the hardware developer—and at one point, the mobile provider even played a significant role. In some cases, it still does.

          But one wonders how strong Apple’s case against sideloading will actually be, given that, y’know, it also sells desktop computers that allow sideloading … or as we call it over that way, downloading and installing apps from the Web.

          [...]

          But prior art is prior art, and one hopes that the technology industry takes a step back to learn the lessons from both the Apple App Store’s strengths and weaknesses going forward. After all, so many others got there first.

        • Jaminy Prabaharan & Debian: the GSoC admin who failed GSoC

          Moreover, in 2019, Chris Lamb appointed Jaminy as an administrator in Debian's GSoC program, alongside his ex-girlfriend Molly de Blanc and Pranav Jain. We looked at Pranav's lack of contributions to Debian in a previous blog. Jaminy has contributed even less, in fact, the contributors report doesn't even include her name.

          Below we copied the comments from the Google documentation about the role of an Administrator in GSoC. Is it possible for an intern who failed and made no other technical contributions to the organization to provide this level of leadership?

          Jaminy first met Chris Lamb and other Debian Developers at FOSSASIA in early 2016. Jaminy didn't subsequently meet her mentors at any other events. Why did Lamb appoint Jaminy as an administrator? Why did Debian continue to fund her travel for so long?

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • FSF

        • GNU Projects

          • GnuCash 4.6

            GnuCash is a personal and small business finance application, freely licensed under the GNU GPL and available for GNU/Linux, BSD, Solaris, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It’s designed to be easy to use, yet powerful and flexible. GnuCash allows you to track your income and expenses, reconcile bank accounts, monitor stock portfolios and manage your small business finances. It is based on professional accounting principles to ensure balanced books and accurate reports.

      • Programming/Development

  • Leftovers

    • Integrity/Availability

    • Finance

      • Billionaire Bitcoiner Mircea Popescu Reportedly Dead by Drowning

        Popescu lived in several countries including United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Egypt. He sold SatoshiDice, a Bitcoin gaming site in July 2013 for a fee of over 125,000 BTC. In January 2014, the Bitcoin pioneer offered to sponsor the operating system ‘OpenBSD’, which was about to close down due to a lack of funds. Wired Magazine described Popescu’s decision and the whole process that time as a “Bitcoin Baron Keeping a Secretive Open Source OS Alive.” Popescu later revealed that he paid all the bills of the OpenBSD operating system to pay homage to its developers for their “clamped down security approach.”

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • U.K.’s Labour Party Fights to Keep Blue-Collar Voters From Moving to the Right

        For nearly a quarter of a century, Britain’s Labour Party could count on the support of blue-collar workers in this northern English town once famed for its textile industry.

        Today, the party is fighting to win a crucial local election here following the resignation of a Labour parliamentarian who represented the district. A victory could help shore up support among working-class voters who have defected in much of the country to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party.

        But if—as opinion polls predict—the district of Batley and Spen does flip to the Conservatives in Thursday’s vote, it would be the latest brick in Labour’s once-formidable postindustrial voting base to crumble, further highlighting what has become a historic slump for the party.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Concerns Rise in Iran over Internet Access

        A group of Iranian lawmakers are working on a draft bill that could further restrict access to the internet, a reformist newspaper said Sunday.

        The bill calls for "organizing social media" and the banning of virtual private network (VPN) software used widely by Iranians to bypass internet restrictions and blocks imposed on several social media websites, according to Etemad.

        Over the past few days, internet users in Iran have expressed concern over the draft bill proposed by some conservative lawmakers, who hold the majority in parliament since 2020, according to AFP.

    • Monopolies

      • The coming antitrust revolution
      • Patents

        • Next Generation Labs Granted European Patent for TFN€® Synthetic Nicotine Manufacturing Process Further Strengthening IP Enforcement Efforts Against TFN€® Violators [Ed: EPO just granting lots and lots of lousy patents, taking advantage of total lack of oversight of any kind]
        • Munich Regional Court creates third patent chamber [Ed: Germany trying to become Texas when it comes to patent litigation]

          Today, the President of the Munich Regional Court, Andrea Schmidt, announced a new civil chamber will begin work on 16 August 2021. Half of cases heard by this 44th chamber will be patent infringement suits, thus relieving the established 7th and 21st patent litigation chambers.

          Georg Werner will chair the new civil chamber. He brings with him a great deal of experience in technically complex patent disputes. For example, he sat on the bench in the proceedings between British American Tobacco and Philip Morris concerning e-cigarettes and the proceedings between Wago and Molex concerning LED technology.

          [...]

          The regional court was recently in the spotlight because of the anti-suit injunction (ASI) battle between Interdigital and Xiaomi and IP Bridge and Huawei. The chairman of the new civil chamber, Georg Werner, also played a role in this decision.

          Up to now, only Düsseldorf Regional Court has three patent chambers with the civil chambers 4a, 4b and 4c. Mannheim Regional Court has two patent chambers.

        • FOSS Patents: BREAKING: Munich I Regional Court creates third patent litigation division under Presiding Judge Dr. Georg Werner

          The Landgericht München I (Munich I Regional Court) just announced that its president (chief judge) Dr. Andrea Schmidt decided today to create a third Patentstreitkammer (patent litigation division). To be precise, this one is--for the time being--not a full-time division, but has one-half of the regular capacity.

          The court already has two patent litigation divisions: the Seventh Civil Chamber under Presiding Judge Dr. Matthias Zigann, who is widely expected to take over the patent-specialized division of the Munich appeals court next year, and the Twenty-First Civil Chamber under Presiding Judge Tobias Pichlmaier. Presiding Judge Dr. Georg Werner will chair the third patent-specialized division, which will commence its operations on August 16, 2021. His side judges have not been announced yet.

          Less than two weeks ago, when I noticed that Judge Dr. Werner had been promoted to Presiding Judge, I wrote that the Munich court would now be able to set up a third patent litigation division anytime. I had no inside track. I just know that ever more patent holders consider Munich their first choice for bringing infringement complaints. And indeed, the court's press release attributes this decision to "weiter ansteigenden Eingangszahlen in Patentstreitsachen" (continually increasing numbers of new filings in patent infringement matters).

        • EPO: DOUBLE PATENTING; G 4/19 [Ed: This fails to mention that the Enlarged Board of Appeal is crooked and cannot be relied on for anything anymore]

          On 22 June 2021, the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office issued decision G 4/19 (Double patenting), in which it held that a European patent application can be refused if it claims the same subject-matter as a European patent (i.e., not just a co-pending EP application) which has been granted to the same applicant and has the same effective date. The application can be refused, irrespective of whether it (a) was filed on the same date as, or (b) is a parent application or a divisional application of, or (c) claims the same priority as the European patent already granted.

          In other words: if an applicant already achieved grant of an EP patent on a certain subject-matter, the Examining Division will deny grant to claims on the “same” subject-matter in later examination proceedings pertaining to an application having the same “effective date” as the granted patent.

        • Court hears Bayer Pharma challenge to liability for lifted preliminary injunction


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