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  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Full Circle Magazine: Full Circle Weekly News #217

        Linux 5.13 kernel release: https://lkml.org/lkml/2021/6/27/202

        LTSM proposed: https://github.com/AndreyBarmaley/linux-terminal-service-manager

        Release of Mixxx 2.3, the free music mixing app: http://mixxx.org/

        Ubuntu is moving away from dark headers and light backgrounds: https://github.com/ubuntu/yaru/pull/2922

        Ultimaker Cura 4.10 released: https://ultimaker.com/learn/an-improved-engineering-workflow-with-ultimaker-cura-4-10

        Pop!_OS 21.04 distribution offers new COSMIC desktop: https://system76.com/pop

        SeaMonkey 2.53.8 Integrated Internet Application Suite Released: https://www.seamonkey-project.org/news#2021-06-30

        Suricata Intrusion Detection System Update: https://suricata.io/2021/06/30/new-suricata-6-0-3-and-5-0-7-releases/

        AlmaLinux includes support for ARM64: https://wiki.almalinux.org/release-notes/8.4-arm.html

        Qutebrowser 2.3 released: https://lists.schokokeks.org/pipermail/qutebrowser-announce/2021-June/000104.html

        Tux Paint 0.9.26 is released: http://www.tuxpaint.org/latest/tuxpaint-0.9.26-press-release.php

        Jim Whitehurst, head of Red Hat, steps down as president of IBM: https://www.cnbc.com/quotes/IBM

      • mintCast 364.5 – Dynamic Audio

        In our Innards section, we talk travelling studios

        And finally, the feedback and a couple things to check out

      • Misdirected Request | Coder Radio 421

        Has Google already started its decline? Our surprising take.

        Plus the trouble with Co-Pilot, and a lot more.

      • I didn't know GNOME could POP like this! (Pop!_OS 21.04)
    • Kernel Space

      • Linux 5.13.1
        I'm announcing the release of the 5.13.1 kernel.
        All users of the 5.13 kernel series must upgrade.
        
        

        The updated 5.13.y git tree can be found at: git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-5.13.y and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser: https://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-s...

        Thanks, Sasha

      • Linux 5.12.15
      • Linux 5.10.48
      • Linux 5.4.130
      • Intel Sapphire Rapids To Have Experimental "RAR" Feature

        Adding to the lengthy list of features for Intel's next-gen Xeon "Sapphire Rapids" processors next year is an admittedly experimental feature called RAR, or Remote Action Requests.

        Intel has publicly disclosed RAR this month in a new whitepaper as an experimental feature that will be found on Sapphire Rapids processors but not guaranteed for other future CPUs, depending upon feedback and usage from this model-specific feature with Sapphire Rapids it may be revised or even just eliminated in future processors.

      • Arm Proposes ASF As Their Framework Building Off Linux's CPUFreq + CPUIdle - Phoronix

        Arm engineers are working on the Active Stats Framework (ASF) that is a new kernel framework for Linux effectively combining the current roles of CPUFreq and CPUIdle.

        Active Stats Framework is responsible for dealing with statistics around CPU performance and the time residency spent at each performance state and tracking of all frequency transitions on a per-core basis.

      • Linux 5.14 Bringing A Major Cleanup To The x86 FPU Code - Phoronix

        The Linux 5.14 kernel so far is running smoothly in my early tests across a variety of systems but coming in this morning is a pull request having the potential to cause some fall-out on x86/x86_64 systems but hopefully will not.

        Thomas Gleixner this morning submitted a pull request with various changes around the kernel's FPU handling code for x86/x86_64. The work includes preventing the signaltstack from having out-of-bounds writes that could silently corrupt user-space data but more pressing is a major cleanup of the x86 FPU code.

      • Graphics Stack

        • Mesa 21.2 Lands NVIDIA's Code For Handling Alternate GBM Backends - Phoronix

          Earlier this year was the proposed NVIDIA code from NVIDIA for allowing Mesa's GBM to support alternative back-ends. This support is notable given that most Wayland compositors are catering to using Mesa's Generic Buffer Manager (GBM) rather than EGLStreams or other options for buffer management. That support code has now been merged into Mesa 21.2.

          This code that was merged on Tuesday allow for GBM alternative back-end discovery and loading rather than just the built-in DRI back-end used by the open-source drivers.

    • Benchmarks

      • Open source tools and tips for improving your Linux PC's performance

        This is the third in a series of articles that explain how to improve your Linux personal computer's performance. My first article described how to unleash performance by identifying and resolving bottlenecks. My second article showed how to improve performance by upgrading your PC's hardware.

        This article completes the series by presenting software performance tips. It also explores ways to improve performance by changing how you use your computer. Some of these behavioral changes may be obvious to many Opensource.com readers, but they might not be to the end users you support.



    • Applications

      • Audio editor Audacity denies spyware accusation

        Audio-edit software Audacity has denied accusations its new privacy policy has transformed it into "possible spyware".

        The open-source free tool, with 100 million users worldwide, is popular with podcast and music editors.

        Its updated policy says data can be shared with its Russia-based infrastructure company, WSM, as well as regional law enforcement.

        Audacity says the only data it exchanges with its users is software updates and error reports.

        But since the updated policy was published last week, there have been angry calls from concerned users to uninstall the product or revert to an older version.

        And technology website Fosspost described the most recent version as "possible spyware".

        "One would not expect an offline desktop application to be collecting such data, phoning home and then handing that data to governments around the world whenever they see fit," it wrote.

      • Audacity users stick the knife – and fork – in to strip audio editor of unwanted features

        Contributors disgruntled with the recent direction of cross-platform FOSS audio software Audacity are forking the sound editor to a version that does not have the features or requirements that have upset some in the community.

        One such project can be found on GitHub, with user "cookiengineer" proclaiming themselves "evil benevolent temporary dictator" in order to get the ball rolling.

      • Top 6 Screenshot Tools for Ubuntu / Linux Mint / Debian

        Screenshots come in handy especially when you want to illustrate or demonstrate something to a colleague or a friend or student. A screenshot directs the attention of the recipient to the object(s) being illustrated. Most Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, come with their default screenshot tools. However, they only provide basic functionality and nothing more to write home about.

        In this guide, we highlight some of the feature-rich screenshot tools available for Ubuntu, Linux Mint and Debian that you can leverage to capture and perform additional editing on your screenshots. These are all free and opensource.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Help command

        Use the help command to display help about built-in Bash commands. A shell builtin is nothing but a command or a function, called from a shell, that is executed directly in the shell itself. No external command loaded from $PATH settings.

      • .bash logout

        The .bash_logout file is the individual login shell cleanup file. It is executed when a login shell exits. This file exists in the user's home directory. For example, $HOME/.bash_logout. This file is useful if you want to run task or another script or command automatically at logout. For example, clear the mysql command line history stored in ~/.mysql_history or to make a backup of files you can use this file.

      • How to convert man page to HTML on Linux and Unix

        e can easily convert all Linux man pages to HTML, text, or pdf format. To display online manual documentation pages in terminal on Linux, macOS, *BSD, and Unix-like systems, we use the man command. However, some man pages are long and might be hard to search when using less or most as a pager. Hence, we can convert them to HTML format and skimmed them in a web browser such as Firefox.

      • How to Restrict SSH Access to Certain Users in Linux

        OpenSSH (Secure Shell) is a standard connectivity program for logging into a remote machine using the SSH protocol for executing commands on the remote machine. It encrypts all network traffic between client and server to eradicate eavesdropping, connection hijacking, and other attacks.

      • How to Manage NodeJS Versions with n in Ubuntu 20.04

        If you are a Node.js developer who frequently switches between various applications and projects. Then you may need to find a tool that allows you to toggle between Node.js versions. In Linux, there are numerous utilities for managing several Node.js versions. Among these, the n Node version manager is a simple and useful tool for managing Node.js versions.

        In this tutorial, we'll show you how to use n to manage Node.js versions on Ubuntu 20.04.

      • Generate passwords on the Linux command line

        Most websites and applications ask users to create accounts with secure passwords so that they can provide tailored user experiences. While this tips the odds in favor of website developers, it certainly doesn't make life easier for users.

      • Identify network issues with SS command in Linux (with examples) - LinuxTechLab

        SS command in Linux is used to get various network/socket connection-related information from a Linux system. Previously we had used the Netstat command to perform the same operations but it has been long deprecated & was replaced with the ss command in Linux.

      • How to Secure your Ubuntu server with CSF Firewall - Cloudbooklet

        Install and configure CSF (Config Server Firewall) and secure your server.

        CSF is a popular security tool for Linux to secure the server with stateful packet inspection firewall (SPI), intrusion detection, a login failure daemon, DDOS protection, and control panel integration.

        In this guide you are going to learn how to install and setup CSF and also the essential commands to use the firewall on Ubuntu 20.04.

      • Install Mongodb Compass GUI in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Linux - Linux Shout

        MongoDB is a No-SQL database but without any graphical user interface, hence to make things the developers of the Database also provides MongoDB Common, here we know how to install MongoDB compass in Ubuntu 20.04 Linux.

        The key difference to MySQL is that MongoDB is document-oriented. Document-based databases are designed for a schema-free structure. With MongoDB, there is no fixed table schema and therefore, for example, no mandatory relation tables and joins, which are becoming more and more complex with the further development and expansion of the database. Instead, relations can either be saved directly in the data record or, if necessary, created individually when querying the data.

        Whereas, MongoDB Compass is a GUI tool for MongoDB that helps the users to Create, Read, Update and Delete databases/data graphically. This means no need to run the Mongo commands line for every task. Compass quickly gives a picture of your schema and determines the frequency, types, and range of values ​​of various fields in your data records. It also gives you full control over index creation, document validation, and much more.

    • Games

      • Resident Evil 3 | Ubuntu 20.04 | Steam Play

        Resident Evil 3 running through Steam Play on Linux. As mentioned, it just works!

      • Heroes of Might and Magic II reimplementation sees a big AI improvement

        fheroes2 is ensuring that the classic Heroes of Might and Magic II can never die, and with the latest version out now it's more interesting to play than ever before.

        Version 0.9.5 greatly improves the AI behaviour on the world map to include object interaction, task planning and object value calculations along with fixing up multiple World Map problems. There's also now a Monster Description for every creature with special abilities, continuous scrolling of scrollbars and a further 70 bugs were marked as fixed since the previous release.

      • Humble Choice for July is up with a fresh set of games to pick from

        Humble Choice (formerly Humble Monthly) is the subscription service from Humble Bundle where each month they give you a fresh set of a games to redeem.

        The amount of games you get to keep depends on what tier you pay for. Their Lite plan gives you access to the Humble Trove, which is quite a decent selection of DRM-free games you can access any time and 10% off in the Humble Store.

      • SteamVR 1.18 is out supporting async-reprojection with NVIDIA on Linux

        After another while testing Beta versions, the latest SteamVR upgrade is out now although it's quite a small one with mostly minor improvements overall.

        Most of the changes don't apply to Linux, as it's tweaking devices that don't support Linux like Oculus and Windows Mixed Reality. However, there's still some goodies for Linux included.

        The big one is the inclusion of async-reprojection now for NVIDIA users, which is providing you have installed at least the NVIDIA 470.42.01 driver which is the first to have it. Hopefully this will end up giving NVIDIA VR users on Linux a better experience.

      • Fun free party game Hammer Dongers gets a visual upgrade

        In the free game Hammer Dongers up to four players run around small arenas attempting to take each other down, with the hook here that your hammers destroy the terrain around you.

        A lot of fun actually and its seeing an increasing amount of polish as the developers continue expanding it. A fresh update is out for the game now which (amongst other things), gives it a nice visual bump with dynamic lighting thanks to new bits included in the Unity game engine and the difference it makes is impressive.

      • Beyond Sunset looks like a dreamy synthpunk retro sci-fi FPS | GamingOnLinux

        Need more retro-looking FPS goodness? Beyond Sunset is a recent discovery and it sure does look good.

        The developer says to expect a blending of first-person action with RPG elements, all wrapped in the style "of classic DOS games". They're not saying it's cyberpunk either like a lot do, they say it's more synthpunk with it being backed up by an original soundtrack by synthwave legend Karl Vincent.

      • Astro Colony is an upcoming space sci-fi exploration and automation game | GamingOnLinux

        Taking inspiration from the likes of Factorio and Space Engineers, the upcoming Astro Colony will see you explore an endless voxel universe to gather resources and create an automated colony.

        With the idea that you explore the galaxy to find precious materials, which you will then use to keep building up a big home-base factory. The world is voxel based and fully destructible too. So the loop would be to explore, mine, build and then explore some more while creating some fun looking machinery.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • GNOME 40 Lands in Ubuntu 21.10 Daily, This is What it Looks Like

          A few folk were worried Ubuntu might not ship GNOME 40 at all in its upcoming release, but today’s batch of impish-proposed updates allay those fears completely.

          GNOME 40 itself has been covered extensively on this blog (and plenty of others). So if you’re not familiar with it I do wonder where you’ve been! The key thing to know is that GNOME 40 introduces a new layout.

          The first time you login to Ubuntu 21.10 you’re greeted by this screen...

    • Distributions

      • SUSE/OpenSUSE

        • IRC and Matrix announcements

          The openSUSE Project has used IRC for real-time chat within the community since it began. And the IRC network used was Freenode, until now.

          Due to a variety of recent changes to that network, the openSUSE Project is moving our IRC communications to Libera.Chat.

          If you are a current IRC user, register your nick(s) on Libera.Chat and rejoin the #opensuse related channels you previously joined on Freenode. Please take this opportunity to choose a new secure password and make sure you are connecting via SSL. Libera.Chat offers documentation on choosing an IRC client.

          Many openSUSE channels have moved over and are already on Libera.Chat. However, less-used channels have not been automatically setup. If you need a specific #opensuse-* IRC channel setup, please file a ticket requesting the channel.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • How to build a blockbuster internal IT talent program: 8 tips | The Enterprisers Project

          Unemployment levels among IT occupations continue to be low. “There has never been a better time to be in the information technology field,” says Dan Roberts, CEO of Ouellette & Associates and author of Confessions of a Successful CIO, for those who are well-qualified.

          "Many are predicting attrition of 25 percent as we come out of the pandemic – a talent migration we've not seen before." As the 2020 Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey pointed out, IT skills shortages were close to an all-time high prior to COVID-19, and they have remained high. There is also the threat of a looming turnover tsunami in IT. “Many are predicting attrition of 25 percent as we come out of the pandemic – a talent migration we’ve not seen before,” Roberts says. “One of the best tools that a CIO has at their disposal to better engage and retain their talent is to invest into their development.”

        • Getting started with Red Hat OpenShift Streams for Apache Kafka | Red Hat Developer

          Red Hat OpenShift Streams for Apache Kafka is Red Hat’s fully hosted and managed Apache Kafka service. It targets development teams that want to incorporate streaming data and scalable messaging in their applications without the burden of setting up and maintaining a Kafka cluster infrastructure.

          Announced at Red Summit in April 2021, OpenShift Streams for Apache Kafka is in Development Preview mode today. As part of the Development Preview program, you can provision a Kafka cluster free of charge. This instance will remain available for 48 hours.

          In this article we'll show you two ways to provision an OpenShift Streams for Apache Kafka instance: using the UI on cloud.redhat.com, and using the Red Hat OpenShift Application Services command-line interface (CLI).

        • What’s new in RHEL Container Tools?

          The update of Container Tools in RHEL 8.4 brings a lot of great new features. In this post we'll look at major new features and additions to Podman, UBI, automatic image updates and much more.

          This is a major update since RHEL 8.3 (Updates to Container Tools in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.3) and if you have been looking to move from Docker on RHEL 7 to Podman on RHEL 8, this is a great time to look at doing an upgrade.

        • Deploy .NET applications on Red Hat OpenShift using Helm [Ed: Red Hat helping Microsoft again]

          Helm is a package manager for Kubernetes. It provides an easy way to deploy a set of resources on a Kubernetes or Red Hat OpenShift clusters. This article starts with a quick introduction to Helm. Then we'll use it to deploy a .NET application.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Nextcloud Hub 22 Makes It Easy to Collaborate and Manage Groups

        Nextcloud is one of the best open-source remote working tools available.

        With every new release, it is just keeps getting better. The latest Nextcloud Hub 22 release introduces significant improvements to the workflow and a new app that should make it easier to collaborate and efficiently manage groups.

        [...]

        Collectives app comes to the rescue with Nextcloud 22 that lets you create pages/subpages to structure knowledge and cross-document links to interlink information.

        You can manage access to the information using user-defined groups, which is also a new feature introduced with this release.

      • Web Browsers

        • Chromium

          • Google’s unfair performance advantage in Chrome

            Google Chrome for Android has a feature that gives Google Search an unfair advantage over its competition. Sure, it’s the default search engine and that’s a huge hurdle to overcome for any competitor. However, Chrome also reserves a performance-boosting feature for Google Search exclusively.

            I recently poked around in the Chromium project source code; the open-source foundation for Google’s Chrome web browser. The Chromium project is co-developed by Google, and other corporate and individual contributors. The project is managed and controlled by Google, however. I was looking for something else when I stumbled upon a feature called PreconnectToSearch. When enabled, the feature preemptively opens and maintains a connection to the default search engine.

        • Mozilla

          • Tor Browser 10.5 Adds Wayland Support, Further Improves the UX for Censored Users

            Tor Browser 10.5 is a major update and it’s all about improving the experience for users living in countries where their ISPs censor the Internet. It helps censored users seamlessly access the open Internet by simplifying the connection flow, detecting censorship, and providing bridges.

            Starting with this release, Snowflake, the system that defeats Internet censorship, is now available as a bridge. What this means for censored users is that they can now use Snowflake as a pluggable transport, relying on proxies run by volunteers to connect to the open Internet.

          • New Release: Tor Browser 10.5

            Tor Browser 10.5 is now available from the Tor Browser download page and also from our distribution directory.

            This new Tor Browser release is focused on improving the internet access of users connecting through Tor in censored contexts.

      • Programming/Development

        • Ruby 3.0.2 Released

          This release includes security fixes. Please check the topics below for details.

        • Ruby 2.7.4 Released
        • Ruby 2.6.8 Released
        • CVE-2021-31810: Trusting FTP PASV responses vulnerability in Net::FTP

          A trusting FTP PASV responses vulnerability was discovered in Net::FTP. This vulnerability has been assigned the CVE identifier CVE-2021-31810. We strongly recommend upgrading Ruby.

          net-ftp is a default gem in Ruby 3.0.1 but it has a packaging issue, so please upgrade Ruby itself.

        • CVE-2021-32066: A StartTLS stripping vulnerability in Net::IMAP

          A StartTLS stripping vulnerability was discovered in Net::FTP. This vulnerability has been assigned the CVE identifier CVE-2021-32066. We strongly recommend upgrading Ruby.

          net-imap is a default gem in Ruby 3.0.1 but it has a packaging issue, so please upgrade Ruby itself.

        • Managing the API life cycle in an event-driven architecture: A practical approach | Red Hat Developer

          In the Apache Kafka world, it is not always easy to unify all the bits and bolts of message compatibility across multiple microservices. Proper API versioning and ensuring compatibility between different versions helps, but the full picture needs to incorporate the application life cycle from development to production.

          This article introduces an API-driven, contract-first approach to managing the application life cycle. We'll use Red Hat's supported version of Apicurio Service Registry as a centralized registry, which we'll integrate with version-controlled API schema definitions for Apache Kafka consumers and producers in a multi-staging environment.

        • Qt Multimedia in Qt 6

          The first beta of Qt 6.2 has just been released and features amongst multiple other new Add-ons a brand new Qt Multimedia module.

        • Java

          • Parsing config files with Java | Opensource.com

            When you write an application, you often want users to be able to configure how they interact with it and how it interacts with their system. These are commonly called "preferences" or "settings," and they're stored in "preference files" or "configuration files," or just "configs." There are many different formats for config files, including INI, JSON, YAML, and XML, and every language parses these languages differently. This article discusses some of the ways you can implement persistent settings when you're writing software in the Java programming language.

  • Leftovers

    • Mind-Stretching Summertime Book Recommendations

      2.€ To Be A Water Protector: The Rise of the Wiindigoo Slayers€ by Winona LaDuke. To€ readers who take water for granted, read LaDuke, indigenous leader, farmer, advocate,€ and inimitable storyteller about natives who, beset by ruthless extractive corporations,€ can’t take water for granted. Learn about water protectors in action by the few and for€ the many.

      3. When Reagan Sent in the Marines by Patrick J. Sloyan. A Sloyan classic of on the€ ground reporting in Lebanon, with broader contexts, and a historical contribution in€ understanding what happened, why, and the consequences. Certainly a required€ reading by those in the State Department, the Pentagon, Congress, and peace€ advocates everywhere.

    • Situation on Second

      It’s annoying to walk along Essex, yes But it’s worse on Delancey So which do you fancy And how can you know it before you go blow it Apologies Ethan If ever this happens again Instead I’ll hail a cab (How could I know it’d be so bad After all we’ve been told) And ride with you to Bellevue At least I got those medics And told them what you’d said About your meds, and your legs, And your seizures As two cops approached The scene That woman, cradling your head, You weeping That other guy And the two paramedics At four o’ € clock in the afternoon Right there on Second Avenue How could they shoot you? I thought Before slipping off to the dentist Knowing, of course, That they could

    • Gayatri Spivak: ‘The Subaltern Speaks Through Dying’

      Since the mid-1980s, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak has split much of her working time between Columbia University—where she holds the post of University Professor in the Humanities—and a cluster of villages in the Indian state of West Bengal. There, about a day’s travel by train and motorbike from Kolkata, she runs four elementary schools where teachers of primary school children, whose standard mode of instruction has traditionally been rote learning and memorization, develop critical thinking abilities.

    • Health/Nutrition

      • Doctor: "Voting Rights Are Health Care Rights"

        Republican lawmakers in 43 states have introduced proposals that will severely limit Americans' ability to vote, both in person and by mail. And yesterday's Supreme Court ruling on Arizona's voting rules opened the door for states to impose even more restrictions on voting. As a result, our most vulnerable neighbors—primarily low-income and people of color—will not be able to freely and fully exercise their constitutional right to vote.

      • Keep the Mask On

        For a long time mask shaming has been going around. If you wear a mask, you are seen as weak and feminine. But now mask shaming is being taken up not only by conservatives, but by liberals.

        There are now two ways in which you can be shamed for not wearing a mask. The first is the old fashioned fascist way. The second is the way in which taking off the mask is now seen as a sign of cleanliness. It is the new way for the rich to distinguish themselves from the poor.

      • Water Protectors Protesting at Willow River Warn Line 3 'Is a Catastrophic Threat'

        The Indigenous-led fight against Line 3 continued Tuesday as water protectors descended on the area of Willow River where Canadian energy giant Enbridge is working to install a "climate-wrecking" tar sands pipeline to replace one that was built in the 1960s.

        Water protectors attached themselves to drilling equipment and built blockades on access roads in an effort to halt construction in Minnesota on Tuesday, according to a statement from organizers.

      • Maryland Says 100% of Residents Who Died of Covid in June Were Unvaccinated

        A spokesperson for Maryland's governor said Tuesday that 100% of the state's residents who died of Covid-19 last month were not vaccinated, a figure seen as the latest testament to the effectiveness of the shots in preventing fatal illness and further evidence of the need to ensure widespread distribution.

        "It's really sad and tragic that most all of these are avoidable and preventable."—Dr. Anthony Fauci

      • 'Vaccine Equity Is Urgent,' Say Experts as Delta Variant Ravages Poor Nations

        The rapid global spread of the so-called Delta variant—a highly contagious strain of Covid-19 now present in nearly 100 countries—has public health experts and advocates demanding immediate international action to distribute vaccines to unprotected populations amid growing concerns that the deadly virus is mutating more quickly than nations can administer shots.

        "Our volunteers are working alongside health authorities to accelerate vaccinations, but a crippling shortage in supply is hurting progress."—Feroz Salah Uddin, Bangladesh Red Crescent Society

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Why Is Microsoft Suspending SQL Server And Recommending Linux Server In Containers Beta Program? - Research Blaze [Ed: This isn't really a "Linux" version but Microsoft in 'Linux' clothing]
        • Microsoft discontinues SQL Server on Windows Containers - MSPoweruser
        • Pentagon Cancels Microsoft’s $10 Billion JEDI Contract

          The US Department of Defense said today that it was canceling Microsoft’s award of the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract, which was valued at $10 billion over five years. It will now undergo a new procurement process.

          “With the shifting technology environment, it has become clear that the JEDI cloud contract, which has long been delayed, no longer meets the requirements to fill the DoD’s capability gaps,” a Defense Department statement explains. “The project, known as the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure and intended as a sole-source contract, had been fiercely disputed from the start.”

        • Pseudo-Open Source

          • Privatisation/Privateering

            • Linux Foundation

              • Linux Foundation Launches Open 3D Foundation, Let the Game Begin [Ed: Windows only... from 'Linux' Foundation. After it received money from Microsoft. It defected on many fronts and it abuses the brand now.]

                The Linux Foundation announced an intent to form the Open 3D Foundation to accelerate developer collaboration on 3D games and simulation technology.

                This days 3D engines are used to create a range of virtual experiences, including games and simulations, by providing capabilities such as 3D rendering, content authoring tools, animation, physics systems, and asset processing.

        • Security

          • Microsoft issues emergency Windows patch to fix critical ‘PrintNightmare’ vulnerability[Ed: Though not before telling NSA how to exploit it]

            Microsoft has started rolling out an emergency Windows patch to address a critical flaw in the Windows Print Spooler service. The vulnerability, dubbed PrintNightmare, was revealed last week, after security researchers accidentally published proof-of-concept (PoC) exploit code. Microsoft has issued out-of-band security updates to address the flaw, and has rated it as critical as attackers can remotely execute code with system-level privileges on affected machines.

            As the Print Spooler service runs by default on Windows, Microsoft has had to issue patches for Windows Server 2019, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and a variety of supported versions of Windows 10. Microsoft has even taken the unusual step of issuing patches for Windows 7, which officially went out of support last year. Microsoft has not yet issued patches for Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2016, and Windows 10 Version 1607, though. Microsoft says “security updates for these versions of Windows will be released soon.”

          • Emergency OOB Update Is Out to Fix PrintNightmare Windows Bug

            Microsoft acknowledged a remote code execution vulnerability that affects Windows Print Spooler last week. Tracked as CVE-2021-34527, the PrintNightmare zero-day impacts all versions of Windows 10 along with older Windows operating systems, pushing the company to deliver an out-of-band update to fix this security issue.

            Windows update KB5004945 is now available for all the supported versions, including version 21H1, version 20H1, v2004, v1909, v1809, v1803, v1507. This fix is also available for older operating systems, including Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, and Windows Server 2008 SP2. The company added that it will deliver updates for the "remaining affected supported versions of Windows" in the coming days.

          • Tips for Managing Encryption Keys | IT Pro

            Strategies for managing encryption keys should address whether to leverage "bring your own key" services.

          • Sophos Acquires Capsule8 to Bring Powerful and Lightweight Linux Server and Cloud Container Security to its Adaptive Cybersecurity Ecosystem (ACE)
          • Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt/Fear-mongering/Dramatisation

          • Privacy/Surveillance

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Leaving Bagram

        Over the years, the base, originally built by the Soviets in the 1950s and known to US personnel as Bagram Airfield, became a loud statement of occupation, able to hold up to 10,000 troops and sprawling across 30 square miles.€  It was also replete with cholesterol hardening fast food restaurants (Pizza Hut, Burger King), jewellers, car dealerships and such amenities as swimming pools, spas and cinemas.

        Bagram also had room to accommodate the unfortunates captured in that anomalously worded “War on Terror”: detainees, many al-Qaeda suspects, faced torture in what came to be known as Afghanistan’s Guantanamo.€  US forces relinquished control of the prison, now sporting the benign name of Parwan Detention Facility, to Afghan security forces in December 2014. Ill-treatment of prisoners continued.

      • Nations With Nukes Told to Agree 'A Nuclear War Cannot Be Won and Must Never Be Fought'

        In the wake of key meetings last month featuring leaders of three nations with nuclear weapons, global leadership groups on Tuesday urged the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council to jointly affirm that "a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought."

        "The permanent five members of the United Nations Security Council have a particular responsibility to reduce the risks of nuclear war and uphold international peace and security."—Leadership groups

      • We Need to Build Economies—Not Walls—to Stop Migration

        If you speak to farmers in El Salvador, many will tell you about the time they were driven to head north across Central America towards the US. The routes to the border are many, but the origins are so often the same: desperation and hope that better employment opportunities can be found elsewhere.

      • 28 feared dead in Russian plane crash The tragedy in Kamchatka comes almost a decade after a similar incident that claimed 10 lives

        On July 6, an Antonov An-26 passenger jet crashed in Russia’s Kamchatka territory. The plane’s communications cut out and it disappeared from radar while flying from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to the town of Palana. The plane left Elizovo Airport at 12:57 p.m., local time (8:57 p.m., the previous day, EDT), and should have landed in Palana, roughly two hours later. Flight control officials lost contact with the plane about 10 minutes before it was expected to land. The company that owns the plane says it disappeared about nine kilometers (about six miles) shy of Palana. The owners also say the aircraft, built in 1982, was in good condition.

      • Gaza Is Still Under Attack—but You Wouldn’t Know It From the Media

        In mid-May, as the Israeli military pummeled the Gaza Strip with shattering force, a medical student in the southern city of Rafah sent a plea to a friend, who shared it with another friend, who shared it with The Nation. The students name was Noor Alshaer, and she was desperate to to speak up—“for our voices to be heard, for our story to be out,” as she wrote.

      • Xinjiang Denialists Are Only Aiding Imperialism

        Opposing American empire should never justify supporting perpetrators of atrocities, and yet that’s exactly what some anti-imperialists are doing with their analysis of events in China’s Xinjiang region. These pundits claim that efforts to expose human rights abuses in Xinjiang are really aimed at generating consensus for a “new Cold War” against China. It is only the latest manifestation of American denialism, and instead of challenging US empire, it only helps to cover up US government complicity in the oppression of Uyghurs in Xinjiang.

      • Haiti Has Been Abandoned—by the Media, the US, and the World

        The last time I was in Haiti, in December 2019, there had been several kidnappings before I arrived—and there would be many, many more after I left—but my two-week visit was blessedly free of kidnappings, murder, etc. Back then you could imagine you were semi-safe driving at night—if you had a car full of male friends driving behind you, and another one in front of you.

      • Warren and Khanna Demand Probe Into Undercounting of Civilians Killed by US Military

        Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday called on the U.S. Department of Defense to review "significant discrepancies in civilian casualty counts," a month after the Pentagon released its annual report on civilian deaths and injuries as a result€ of U.S. operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, Nigeria, and Somalia.€ 

        The Massachusetts Democrat spoke out on social media days after joining Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) in writing€ (pdf) to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin III regarding the annual report.

      • For Nuclear Disarmament, the Long Run Is Here

        Twenty-five years ago this month, the International Court of Justice issued its Advisory Opinion on the Legality of the Threat and Use of Nuclear Weapons. In a closely divided ruling, the Court found that the threat or use of nuclear weapons would "generally be contrary to the rules of international law applicable in armed conflict, and in particular the principles and rules of humanitarian law."€  In the same divided ruling, however, the Court found that it could not "conclude definitively whether the threat or use of nuclear weapons would be lawful or unlawful in an extreme circumstance of self-defense, in which the very survival of a State would be at stake."

    • Environment

      • House Democrats Unite in Urging Biden to Keep Climate Goals in Infrastructure
      • ‘Nature and Physics Are Not Entertained nor Distracted by Your Theater.… The Show Is Over’

        The Nation, we believe, was the first US magazine to put Greta Thunberg on its cover. This was back in March 2019, shortly after the Swedish teenager delivered a scientifically impeccable tongue-lashing to global elites at their annual talk-fest in Davos. “I don’t want your hope,” she told them. “I want you to act as if the house is on fire. Because it is.”

      • Energy

        • Stop the Enbridge Ecocide!

          On the morning of Monday, June 28, without warning, Sheriff Cory Aukes of Hubbard County, Minn., began an armed blockade of the Namewag camp on Indigenous-owned private property south of Park Rapids, where Anishinaabe water protectors and allies resisting the Biden-approved, treaty-violating Enbridge Line 3 pipeline are based. In early June, thousands of resisters had converged on the Line 3 route nearby, and close to 200 were arrested engaging in nonviolent direct action to stop construction. More than 700 have been arrested in the resistance campaign thus far, with more arrests each week.

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • Livestock Abuse of the Sonoran National Monument

          On June 29, 2021, Advocates for the West filed suit against the Arizona office of the Bureau of Land Management for failing to protect the Sonoran Desert National Monument from the destruction of native plants, wildlife, and cultural resources by livestock.

          I have visited the Monument several times since it was first designated. It is located south and west of Phoenix, Arizona. Interstate 8 splits the Monument into a north and south half. The south half of the Monument has not been grazed by livestock for many years. The Sand Tank Mountains in the Monument’s southwest corner is part of the Barry Goldwater Bombing Range and has been cow-free for fifty years. (It seems that only the military can get rid of cows on public lands).

        • Scientist Says BC Heat Wave Caused Over 1 Billion Tidal Creatures to Cook to Death

          It's "a frightening warning sign," said one observer.

          "Heartbreaking," another commented.

    • Inequality

      • Cheap Fun: Job Growth Under Biden and Trump

        So, here’s the latest, the economy has created more than 3 million jobs in the first five months of the Biden administration. It lost almost 2.9 million jobs in the four years of the Trump administration. Biden has now created more jobs than Trump lost.

        This first appeared on Dean Baker’s Beat the Press blog.

      • Showdown in Connecticut: Fighting Inequality in One of the Nation's Most Unequal States

        As the converging crises over the last year and a half have underscored, Connecticut has become a microcosm of the extreme racial and economic disparities in the United States. It consistently ranks as the wealthiest state here in the world’s wealthiest country. But it also ranks among the most unequal.

        On a mission to end this injustice and create a more equitable state, nearly 50 labor, community, and faith organizations have formed a statewide coalition named Recovery For All. The coalition aims to unite progressive forces and reshape how Connecticut approaches the state budget: rather than perpetuate failed austerity policies that exacerbated inequalities over the last few decades, the state must actively eliminate inequalities by making dramatic investments in working-class communities and working-class communities of color in particular.

      • Sanders Denounces 'Morally Obscene' Wealth as Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Steps Down

        Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday marked Amazon founder Jeff Bezos's last day as CEO of the company by reiterating his call for a wealth tax and denouncing the fortune amassed by the world's richest person as "morally obscene."

        "Jeff Bezos makes some $2,537 every second of the day...nearly three times more in one second than the median worker in this country makes in an entire week," said Sanders.

      • 'Program Integrity' Is a Cruel Attack on Social Security Beneficiaries

        "Program integrity" is the sort of technical term that sounds good. Who wouldn't want to run Social Security with integrity? But unfortunately, in the Alice-in-Wonderland world of Washington-speak, the phrase doesn't mean what you think.

      • Poor People's Campaign Announces 'Season of Nonviolent Direct Action' Targeting US Senate

        The Poor People's Campaign announced Monday that over the next several weeks, it will hold a series of nonviolent demonstrations aimed at pressuring members of the U.S. Senate to end the 60-vote filibuster, protect voting rights from the GOP's nationwide suppression efforts, and approve a $15 federal minimum wage—progressive goals that Republicans and conservative Democrats have repeatedly thwarted in recent months.

        "We cannot declare the immoral reality that democracy is in peril and then not engage with the moral challenge of nonviolent direct action."—Rev. William Barber II, Poor People's Campaign

      • A Banking App Has Been Suddenly Closing Accounts, Sometimes Not Returning Customers’ Money

        The day after Jonathan Marrero’s federal stimulus payment landed in his bank account, he took his 5-year-old twins out for lunch at an Applebee’s near where he lives in New Jersey. When he went to pay, his only means of payment, a debit card issued by the hot financial technology startup Chime, was declined.

        He didn’t understand why. Marrero had checked his account earlier that day and saw a balance of nearly $10,000. With the Applebee’s server standing next to him, he quickly pulled out his phone to check his Chime app, just as he had hundreds of times since he signed up in January.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • America’s 245th Birthday Includes a President in Exile

        Trump set out to break the idea of viable elections. Without trustworthy elections, America as it was founded will stop existing.

        This Fourth of July we’re facing a strange President-in-exile situation that’s very dangerous.€  How improbable that an individual so simplistic and crude should exert such pull from afar.

      • Deported Veterans Initiative Could Fulfill Biden Promise to 'Bring Them Back'

        Veteran and immigrant rights advocates this week applauded a Biden administration initiative acknowledging the injustice of deporting noncitizens who served in the U.S. military and seeking to return them and their relatives to the United States.

        "We are committed to bringing back military service members, veterans, and their immediate family members who were unjustly removed, and ensuring they receive the benefits to which they may be entitled."—Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas

      • Joe’s Mansion
      • 'Democracy Will Be on the Ballot': Analysis Shows 1/3 of GOP Midterm Candidates Embrace Trump Election Lies

        Underscoring the extent to which the increasingly anti-democratic GOP has embraced former President Donald Trump's groundless€ and dangerous accusations of widespread voter fraud in last year's presidential race, a new analysis by the Washington Post shows that hundreds of Republican candidates expected to compete€ in upcoming contests have endorsed Trump's "big lie" that the 2020 election was stolen.

        "What's really frightening right now is the extent of the effort to steal power over future elections."—Colorado Secretary€ of State Jena Griswold

      • Calls for Bolsonaro's Impeachment Grow Amid Embezzlement Allegations, Massive Protests

        Following massive nationwide weekend protests against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and his administration's mishandling of the Covid-19 pandemic, bombshell reporting this week personally implicating the right-wing leader in yet another alleged corruption scheme has heightened calls for his impeachment.

        "The Bolsonaro family has always been corrupt, [it] embezzles funds via rachadinha as a hereditary political practice."—Erika Hilton, São Paulo City Council

    • Misinformation/Disinformation

      • Ron Johnson Needs to Come With a Warning Label

        Ron Johnson was back at it last week, spreading misinformation about Covid-19 vaccines. At a media event in Milwaukee, the senior senator from Wisconsin raised doubts about the safety of vaccines by misrepresenting data in order to suggest that the shots tens of millions of Americans have received are more dangerous than physicians are telling us.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • The UK Government is Launching a Multi-Front Attack on Freedom of Expression in the Name of National Security

        Unfortunately, the government has launched a carefully targeted multi-front offensive to hide its activities more effectively. Among measures being considered or already under way are a reformed Official Secrets Act that will conflate investigative journalism and whistleblowing with espionage. On another front, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is being crippled by rejecting requests and under-resourcing. At an individual level, ministers and senior officials escape scrutiny by using encrypted messaging services that can make conversations disappear from the record.

        Hancock himself was apparently so concerned over the contents of his emails that he used a private email account. Any enquiry into the test and trace debacle or the mass deaths in care homes may find it difficult to discover with whom the former health secretary was in contact.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Law Enforcement Officer Openly Admits He's Playing Copyrighted Music To Prevent Citizen's Recording From Being Uploaded To YouTube

        Law enforcement officers are no longer pretending they're such big fans of recorded music they can't help but start playing their favorite tracks while interacting with citizens who are recording them.

      • Republican Attacks on Voting Rights Are Racist and Hostile to Democracy

        The Republican Party's assault on constitutional democracy continues unabated. Over 20 restrictive voting laws have already been enacted this year (the Brennan Center's€ Voting Rights Roundup€ is an indispensable resource for monitoring ongoing developments). And in the past two weeks two further Republican body blows were delivered to democratic equality.€ 

      • What Oakland Wrought: From Gertrude Stein to the Black Panthers and Beyond

        In the process, they gave the lie to Gertrude Stein’s notorious 1937 comment about Oakland: “There is no there there.” Stein lived in Oakland for more than a decade near the end of the nineteenth century, before moving to Baltimore and then to Paris where she collected great art and famous artists and attracted famous writers to her salon. Also, she published books that helped move modernism from bohemia to Middle America.€ During the Nazi occupation of France, she continued to live her lifestyle. After the liberation of France, she praised Nazi collaborators.

        Mitchell Schwarzer, an historian of architecture, landscape and urbanism, is the author of€ Hella Town:€ Oakland’s History of Development and Disruption€ (University of California Press, $26.95). His new book might be called an unofficial biography of the city where Stein lived from age 6 to 17, and that she lambasted on a visit decades later. It’s also the city where the Oakland As slugged their way to several World Series, the Raiders were once the champs of American football and the Golden State Warriors the reigning kings of basketball. There must be something about Oakland that has led to that kind of sports success. It probably has something to do with the raucous crowds that reflect the city’s demographics.

      • 'Overwhelming Success': Researchers Praise Iceland's Four-Day Work Week Trials

        A new study demonstrates that working fewer hours for the same pay—long a central aim of the left—has "transformative positive effects" for both employees and employers alike, with researchers calling€ trials of a four-day work week in Iceland an "overwhelming success."

        "The Icelandic shorter working week journey tells us that not only is it possible to work less in modern times, but that progressive change is possible too."—Gudmundur Haraldsson, ALDA

      • Before You’re Done Reading This, Someone Will Die of Political Neglect

        While you are reading these words, somebody in this country will die needlessly. Under cause of death, the coroners’ report should read, "political neglect." We made the political choice to let them die.

      • America's Drug Wars: Fifty Years of Reinforcing Racism

        Fifty years ago, on June 17, 1971, President Richard Nixon stood before the White House press corps, staffers at his side, to announce "a new, all-out offensive" against drug abuse, which he denounced as "America's public enemy number one." He called on Congress to contribute $350 million for a worldwide attack on "the sources of supply." The first battle in this new drug war would be fought in South Vietnam where, Nixon said, "a number of young Americans have become addicts as they serve abroad."

      • Judge Blocks FBI From Moving Forward With Forfeitures Of Property Seized In US Private Vaults Raid

        Earlier this year, the FBI raided a privately owned safety deposit box business in Los Angeles. The business provided secure storage for customers' valuables, which were only accessible via biometric scans. The DOJ accused the company of engaging in drug trafficking and money laundering, but has yet to bring charges against any of the company's employees or its customers.

      • Supreme Court Rejects Another Questionable Qualified Immunity Decision By An Appeals Court

        The Supreme Court appears to be continuing to make amends for the mess it's made of qualified immunity over the years. Having tilted the playing field so far in favor of law enforcement even appeals court judges started making audible noise about the injustices encouraged by this doctrine, the Supreme Court seems to be trying to make things a bit more level.

      • Family Reunification: Tearing Down the Razor Wire

        Forcible separation of immigrant parents and children in United States custody was the signature practice of the Trump régime to enforce its Zero Tolerance policy. The action Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced he would not tolerate was seeking asylum by crossing the border between official ports of entry and turning oneself into the Border Patrol. Sessions said he would bring criminal charges against all who did this, whether or not they were seeking asylum. When families were detained, Customs and Border Protection separated kids from their parents, without effectively tracking the connected cases or notifying the parents where their youngsters were being held.

        At the same time, the Trump administration was “metering” the flow of asylum seekers at official border crossings down to a trickle, and sometimes shutting them out completely. This left tens of thousands of mainly Central Americans trapped in dangerous Mexican borderlands controlled by organized crime.

      • Grace Lee and James Boggs Showed How We Can Unite Our Struggles for Justice
      • Activists complain to Russian Health Ministry over medical workers refusing to vaccinate people with HIV against COVID-19

        Some medical workers in Russia are refusing to vaccinate people with HIV against the coronavirus, the Moscow-based AIDS Center Foundation wrote in a letter to Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko. As reported by RBC, the letter underscores that the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) isn’t a contraindication for the use of the coronavirus jab.€ 

      • Lukashenko rival Viktor Babariko sentenced to 14 years in prison

        On July 6, the Belarusian Supreme Court sentenced ex-Belgazprombank executive and former presidential hopeful Viktor Babariko (Viktar Babaryka) to 14 years in a maximum security prison. The verdict was handed down during a mobile court session at the Moskovsky District Court in Minsk.

      • AOC Calls Out "Racist and Colonial" Cannabis Policy in Olympic Games
      • Jailed former Kirov Governor and erstwhile Navalny ally Nikita Belykh faces new felony charges

        Nikita Belykh, the former governor of Russia’s Kirov region who once employed Alexey Navalny, has been behind bars since 2016, when he was arrested for allegedly accepting 400,000 euros ($473,460) in bribes from a local businessman. In 2018, a judge sentenced him to eight years in prison. Now federal investigators have opened a new felony case against Belykh on charges of abusing his authority while in office.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • DRM Strikes Again: Ubisoft Makes Its Own Game Unplayable By Shutting Down DRM Server

        It's not exactly a secret that we've been very anti-DRM here at Techdirt for some time. It's honestly perplexing how anyone can be otherwise. DRM has shown time after time to be of almost no hindrance whatsoever for those seeking to pirate video games, but has done an excellent job of hindering those who actually bought the game in playing what they've bought. Ubisoft, in particular, has had issues with this over the years, with DRM servers failing and preventing customers from playing games that can no longer ping the DRM server.



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