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Links 26/7/2021: Third RC of Linux 5.14 and Beta 3 of Haiku Project

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

    • Server

      • Kubernetes: Updating NGINX-Ingress to use the stable Ingress API

        On a v1.22 Kubernetes cluster, you'll be able to access Ingress and IngressClass objects through the stable (v1) APIs, but access via their beta APIs won't be possible. This change has been in in discussion since 2017, 2019 with 1.16 Kubernetes API deprecations, and most recently in KEP-1453: Graduate Ingress API to GA.

        During community meetings, the networking Special Interest Group has decided to continue supporting Kubernetes versions older than 1.22 with Ingress-NGINX version 0.47.0. Support for Ingress-NGINX will continue for six months after Kubernetes 1.22 is released. Any additional bug fixes and CVEs for Ingress-NGINX will be addressed on a need-by-need basis.

        Ingress-NGINX will have separate branches and releases of Ingress-NGINX to support this model, mirroring the Kubernetes project process. Future releases of the Ingress-NGINX project will track and support the latest versions of Kubernetes.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Top 7 STEAM DECK Predictions

        I've got a pretty decent track record when it comes to predictions. Check out my back catalog on Steam Deck videos.

      • Linux Action News 199

        We share the facts about a recent systemd vulnerability, the new details we've learned this week about the Steam Deck, and then dig into the reviews of the Framework Laptop.

        Plus, how hard is it to port Linux software to Fucshia? We get the answer from Google's Adam Barth.

    • Kernel Space

      • Linux 5.14-rc3
        ere we are, a week later. After a relatively big rc2, things seem to
        have calmed down and rc3 looks pretty normal. Most of the fixes here
        are small, and the diffstat looks largely flat. And there's not an
        undue amount of stuff.

        The fixes are spread fairly evenly all over - driver changes do dominate, but it all seems commensurate with code size in general, so not anything odd or unusual. There's two bigger commits, but one of them is a revert, and the other is just making the amdgpu codec info structure initializations much clearer.

        There are still various discussions about a few pending issues still, but on the whole things are looking pretty good, and I know of nothing so scary as to keep people from getting their toes wet and testing this all out.

        Please test, Linus
      • Kernel prepatch 5.14-rc3

        The third 5.14 kernel prepatch is out for testing.

      • Linux 5.14-rc3 Released - It's In Good Shape

        Following last week's big kernel in the form of Linux 5.14-rc2, rc3 is now available and it's much saner this week with fewer changes and those scattered changes being on the smaller side.

        Linux 5.14 appears to be back on track for shaping up well as the stable kernel release that will come out at the tail end of August or early September depending upon how the rest of the cycle plays out.

      • Linux 5.4.135
      • Linux 5.10.53
      • Linux 5.13.5
        I'm announcing the release of the 5.13.5 kernel.

        All users of the 5.13 kernel series must upgrade.

        The updated 5.13.y git tree can be found at: git:// linux-5.13.y and can be browsed at the normal git web browser:


        greg k-h
    • Instructionals/Technical

      • How to Upgrade Debian 10 Buster to Debian 11 Bullseye

        The new upcoming release of Debian 11 codenamed Bullseye is scheduled to be released on August 14, 2021. The upgrade that has been in testing for the past few years brings updates to many well-known packages such as LibreOffice being upgraded to version 7.0, GNUcash is upgraded to 4.4 and the introduction of new driverless scanning and printing amongst a range of many new features.

      • How to Repair Corrupted XFS Filesystem with xfs_repair

        Originally created by Silicon Graphics, the XFS file system is a robust and high-performance journaling filesystem that was first included in the Linux kernel in 2001. Since then, the popularity of the filesystem has grown exponentially, and by 2014, the XFS filesystem found its way into major Linux distributions. As a matter of fact, XFS is the default filesystem in Red Hat- based distributions such as RHEL, CentOS, and Rocky Linux. The filesystem works incredibly well with huge files and is popularly known for its speed and robustness.

        As robust as the XFS filesystem is, it is not immune to suffering filesystem corruption. Common causes of filesystem errors or corruption include un-procedural or ungraceful shutdowns, NFS write errors, sudden power outages and hardware failure such as bad blocks on the drive. Corruption of the filesystem can cause grave problems such as corruption of regular files and can even render your system unable to boot when boot files are affected.

        A few tools are useful in checking filesystem errors. One of them is the fsck command (Filesystem Check). The fsck system utility tool verifies the overall health of a filesystem. It checks the filesystem for potential and existing errors and repairs them alongside generating a report. The fsck command comes pre-installled in most Linux distributions and no installation is required. Another useful system utility used for rectifying errors in a filesystem is the xfs_repair utility. The utility is highly scalable and is tailored to scan and repair huge filesystems with several inodes with the highest possible efficiency.

        In this guide, we walk you through how to repair corrupted XFS filesystem using the xfs_repair utility.

      • How to Rename MySQL Database [3 Quick Methods] – TecAdmin

        While working with the databases, many times you may need to rename a database. For security purposes, MySQL had dropped the direct command to rename a database from MySQL 5.1.23. So there is no direct command to the T-SQL statement available for renaming a database in MySQL server.

        You can follow one of the below instructions to rename a MySQL database with the help of cPanel, phpMyAdmin, or command line as per the availability. After renaming the database, remember that you need to reconfigure the permission on the new database for the users.

        In this tutorial, you will find three methods to rename a MySQL database.

      • How to Install PHP 7.4 on Rocky Linux Distro

        A recursive acronym for PHP HyperText Preprocessor, PHP is an open-source and widely used server-side scripting language for developing static and dynamic websites. It is the core of most blogging systems such as WordPress, Drupal, Magento, and business platforms such as Akaunting.

        PHP 7.x came into the picture in 2015 with the release of PHP 7.0.0. This has seen the release of several versions since then.

        At the time of writing this tutorial, the only supported release is PHP 7.4 in the 7 series. The latest PHP 8 comes with tons of new features, functions, and deprecations as compared to PHP 7.

      • How to Install Elasticsearch on Debian 11 Bullseye -

        Elasticsearch is a highly scalable open-source full-text search and analytics engine. The software supports RESTful operations that allow you to store, search, and analyze big volumes of data quickly and in near real-time. Elasticsearch is well-liked and popular amongst sysadmins and developers as it is a mighty search engine based on the Lucene library. It is generally used as the underlying engine/technology that powers applications with complex search features and requirements.

      • How to Connect to SFTP Using FileZilla for Secure File Transfer

        When it comes to FTP vs. SFTP, there are some key differences to keep in mind. No one wants their information to fall into the wrong hands. FTP (File Transfer Protocol) uses clear text for all transmissions. Anyone is able to read the FTP usernames, passwords, commands and data by sniffing on the network.

        On the other hand, SFTP can securely transfer information. It builds on FTP software and uses the SSH protocol to transfer files and requires the client to be authenticated by the server for enhanced security elements. In short, SFTP is designed to be an extension of SSH to provide secure file transfer capabilities.

      • How to install Gimp 3 Beta on Linux Lite 5.4

        Today we are going to look at how to install Gimp 3 Beta on Linux Lite 5.4. As seen in the video, a person downloads Gimp, and then makes it executable as a program, launches it, and adds it to your menu (if you like ). Enjoy!

      • How to Use the Kill Command in Linux - ByteXD

        Each Linux system runs several processes. Not every process behaves in the manner we want them to.

        Let’s say one process become starts to consume too much memory and causing instability in the system.

        To handle this situation, we need to ensure that the process is terminated. We can do this using the kill command.

      • How to install Google Web Designer on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install Google Web Designer on a Chromebook. Please follow the video/audio guide as a tutorial where we explain the process step by step and use the commands below.

    • Games

      • Is Linux Now a Viable Platform for Gaming?

        If you’re a PC gamer, then chances are you almost certainly run Windows as your operating system. Microsoft’s OS dominates the market, as it has done for more than 30 years. According to statcounter, Windows enjoys a 73.54% market share compared to Apple’s OS X’s share of just 15.87%.

        Holding three-quarters of the market makes developing software for Windows a much more attractive prospect for programmers, as it means that they have the chance to sell their applications to a much larger group of people.

        This is the reason why gaming on Linux, an operating system that currently holds a market share of just 2.38%, has been a difficult task for most players.

        However, in more recent years, general support for Linux has been improving among developers. This is partly thanks to a slow but steady rise in uptake of the OS, but it is held back by a lack of support for major applications like Adobe’s Creative Cloud. This is a classic example of a chicken and egg scenario, with developers unwilling to create applications for a platform with no users and no users willing to switch to an operating system that won’t let them use their favourite programs.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • This Week In Tok: Days Of Work, Seconds Of Experience

          Tok now has TWO new completely revamped upload dialogues: one for desktop, and one for mobile. Despite how much of the app is spent using stuff that isn't the upload dialogues, the upload dialogues took a LOT of time and work to get implemented correctly.

          The mobile dialogue makes it convenient to browse through your most recent photos, videos, music, and files to share them with your friends.

    • Distributions

      • The 8 Best Educative Linux Distros for Kids, Teachers, and Schools

        Linux has been the first choice for developers and programmers around the globe. Given its level of complexity as an operating system, most professional developers prefer to use it for their daily tasks.

        This perception is changing significantly, especially post the release of many user-friendly Linux distros. Today, there is a distro for everyone out there, whether you are a coder, a home user, a kid, and a little bit of something for teachers and schools too.

        Check out some of the best Linux distros which are tailor-made for children, teachers, and schools.

      • The Haiku Project Celebrates the Release of Beta 3

        Poetry is in motion. The Haiku Project, its developers and team members announced the Haiku operating system released its third beta release, version R1/Beta3, July 25th, 2021. Version R1B3 continues the trend of more frequent releases to provide users and developers with an up to date and stable platform to work on.

        This release combines the best of Haiku’s history as a spiritual successor of BeOS and the hard work of a passionate community. It provides several new features and performance improvements that make Haiku even better.

        Beta 3 includes the new Czech translation for the system and bundled applications. With this addition, Haiku is now available in 28 different languages. The Haiku Project is thankful to those who have given their time to ensure Haiku is available in a wide variety of languages so the operating system can be used all over the world.

        WebKit, the backend of the bundled web browser developed by the Haiku team, WebPositive, received multiple major improvements. This provides a good base for further improvements as well as an improved browsing and website rendering experience in WebPositive, which developers will continue to focus on for the next release, Beta 4 and as Haiku nears its first initial release, R1.

      • Reviews

        • Review: OviOS 3.11

          OviOS offers a concept I find appealing: a minimal distribution designed to handle network storage and virtually nothing else. It's lightweight and focused. As someone who runs a backup server on an old Raspberry Pi, this is a style of distribution I can appreciate.

          However, there were a number of issues with setting up and maintaining OviOS which frustrated me and made me reluctant to recommend the distribution. Earlier I mentioned the documentation tends to be terse and the on-screen messages are sometimes vague or misleading. There are OviOS Shell commands listed which are not recognized, not all commands have help messages, and those that do don't explain what their options do. Similarly, services and built-in options are listed, but not described. When I went to set up a Samba share and user, I was told the user account couldn't be created, but not why. This leaves the administrator fumbling in the dark.

      • PCLinuxOS/Mageia/Mandriva/OpenMandriva Family

        • nVidia 470.57 available for OM Lx 4.2 and Rolling

          Remember that nVidia propreitary driver packages are hardware specific, you must match the correct driver with your hardware. The nVidia propreitary driver packages are also kernel specific. This means the nvidia package you install will work with one kernel version only. New kernel means you’ll need a new driver package to match that kernel.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Digital transformation: 3 priorities for CIOs facing a tough climb

          Mount Hood in the U.S. Pacific Northwest is not just another tall mountain. The 11,000-foot stratovolcano is visible from Portland, Ore., and though dormant, could potentially erupt without warning. So you can imagine why my family wasn’t enthusiastic when I first suggested that we climb Mt. Hood. I knew, however, our endeavor would teach lasting life lessons.

          For CIOs, leading digital transformation is not unlike my family’s expedition up Mount Hood.

          In most digital transformation initiatives, 20 percent of the job is technology and 80 percent is the change management necessary to get there. In most digital transformation initiatives, 20 percent of the job is technology and 80 percent is the change management necessary to get there. You may find that ratio surprising, but after navigating both Fortune 500 and high-growth startups through the journey, I can tell you first-hand that setting goals on the “people” side is the pathway to success.

          Elevating your organization and preparing for the future requires a new way of thinking. And at its core, digital transformation might also be defined in exactly that way: a new way of thinking.

        • 2021H1 recap: Fedora 34, CentOS Dojo, team switch, and back on leave

          For Fedora 35, given that I’ll still be on parental leave when it is released (per the expected schedule), I’m taking a bit more of a backseat; while I’m assisting in a major Change, switching the Cloud edition to Btrfs, the Change I’m pushing solo is relatively small: making openSUSE’s memory constraints macro available in Fedora. This would simplify the spec for packages that are memory-constrained during the build (Chromium, Ceph, mcrouter), and hopefully we can later iterate on this by working with the RPM and openSUSE developers to get this upstreamed in a future RPM version.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Kubuntu 20.10 Groovy Gorilla reaches end of life

          Kubuntu Groovy Gorilla was released on October 22nd, 2020 with 9 months support.

          As of July 22e’.

          No more package updates will be accepted to 20.10, and it will be archived to in the coming weeks.

          The official end of life announcement for Ubuntu as a whole can be found here [1].

  • Leftovers

    • Science

    • Health/Nutrition

    • Integrity/Availability

    • Monopolies

      • KOL350 | Pauls to the Wall with Gene Epstein and Kinsella

        Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 350. While at FreedomFest 2021, Gene Epstein (of SOHO Forum) and I discussed intellectual [sic] property [sic] and other libertarian matters on the Pauls to the Wall podcast.

      • Patents

        • EPO Appeal Oral Proceedings Video Conferencing | Potter Clarkson [Ed: They should mention the rigging of this tribunal if they spread this wide]

          Following substantial disruption to oral proceedings in the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic, the European Patent Office (EPO) moved to make oral proceedings by video conference the default option before the Boards of Appeal, by introducing a new provision allowing such proceedings whenever the Boards considered it “appropriate to do so”.

          The referral to the Enlarged Board of Appeal in G 1/21 was made in an interlocutory Technical Board of Appeal decision in T 1807/15, where oral proceedings took place by video conference without the consent of both parties. The Technical Board made the referral following a request from the appellant, questioning the legality of oral proceedings by video conference in such circumstances.

        • If San Francisco Is Not Your Final Destination...

          For more than two decades, the Federal Circuit has held that correspondence alone from a patentee to a possible infringer would not subject it to personal jurisdiction in any declaratory-judgment action the alleged infringer might file in its “home” jurisdiction.1 In Trimble, Inc. v. PerDiemCo LLC,2 the Federal Circuit seems to have changed course.

          In Trimble, over the course of several months, the patentee communicated with the alleged infringer at least 22 times by letter, email, and telephone. The alleged infringer then filed suit for declaratory judgment of non-infringement in the Northern District of California, where it is headquartered. When the patentee filed a motion to dismiss, the district court held that it lacked personal jurisdiction over the patentee because an exercise of such jurisdiction based solely upon the communications in question would be “constitutionally unreasonable.”

        • EPO Enlarged Board Issues Order In G 1/21 [Ed: Cowards and complicit litigation drones won't tell you that the Enlarged Board is rigged and part of the corruption at the EPO; what good are lawyers and "law" people who sit aside and do nothing (sometime actively encourage) crime and corruption as seen in EPO?]

          By a press release earlier today, the Enlarged Board announced its decision on the compatibility of oral proceedings by videoconference with the rights of parties under Article 116 EPC, where not all of the parties have consented to that format.

          The Enlarged Board has limited itself to answering the referred question in relation to proceedings before the Boards of Appeal (i.e. the situation dictated by new Article 15a RPBA) and to the presence of a 'general emergency'. In those situations, the ruling of the Enlarged Board states that oral proceedings by videoconference held without the consent of the parties during a period of "general emergency impairing the parties' possibilities to attend in-person oral proceedings at the EPO premises" are compatible with rights under the EPC.

        • UK: Decision Of The EBoA Regarding G1/21 [Ed: Another patent litigation firm that should have blasted the EPO for corruption and meddling in courts' affairs; but no...]
        • Tough decisions at the EPO: balancing parameter clarity with protecting innovation [Ed: IAM's article is conflating patents (monopolies) with innovation]

        • Rotterdam court conditionally releases Longi PV modules [Ed: ever mind if many European Patents later turn out to be bogus...]

          Korean solar manufacturer Hanwha Q Cells has told pv magazine a Dutch court which gave it permission to seize a shipment of solar products made by Chinese rival Longi Solar at the warehouse of a storage keeper last month, has confirmed Longi can reclaim the PV products upon proof they will not be distributed in European markets where a Hanwha technology patent applies.


          Hanwha was able to seize the PV panels because of the risk they might be exported to countries where its EP 2 220 689 European patent is in force.

        • USPTO Says Patent Owners Are Jumping The Gun On Arthrex [Ed: They're not "patent owners" but holders or assignees; patents aren't property]

          The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office told the Federal Circuit on Wednesday that it's too soon for two patent owners to challenge the agency's plans to have its acting director review rulings following the Arthrex decision, and they should wait until remanded proceedings at the agency are complete.

          The office shot back against an argument from card game developer New Vision Gaming & Development Inc. and patent licensing business Mobility Workx LLC that the agency's commissioner for patents, Drew Hirshfeld, can't conduct reviews required under the U.S. Supreme Court's Arthrex ruling.

        • Space patent study: Airbus and Boeing dominate, China is catching up quickly [Ed: As if patents themselves take people to space]

          When the first human went into orbit sixty years ago, space technologies were the exclusive domain of a few government organizations. Space technologies are now experiencing an unprecedented boom. Commercial revenues from satellite launches alone have increased by over 50 percent over the past decade. The influx of private capital, which totaled 5.7 billion US dollars in 2019, has also led to a massive increase in patent applications in this area: These have at least tripled in the period from 2007 to 2017.

        • EU study plants division between breeders big and small [Ed: Notice this whole inane and delirious nonsense like "plant-based innovation" coming from patent profiteers and their propaganda mills; as if life and nature are "inventions" that merit patent monopolies...]

          Sources from Bayer and small breeders disagree on whether a study on new genomic techniques could create patent barriers to plant-based innovation

        • Counsel: AI tools are no ‘panacea’ but can optimise patent data [Ed: HEY HI HEY HI HEY HI HEY HI HEY HI HEY HI. Every bit of software is nowadays being spun (marketed) as "HEY HI!"]

          In-house counsel from Seagate and three other companies say costs and tech limitations are key challenges when selecting AI tools

        • Contempt Order for Violating Injunction Not Immediately Appealable; Sanctions

          I previously mentioned this appellate case and the oral arguments remarks by Chief Judge Moore suggesting that ClearOne file a motion for sanctions against Shure for bringing the appeal.


          Here, Shure argued that Judge Chang had modified the preliminary injunction in the contempt order by enjoining all sales of Shure’s MXA910-A. The appellate court disagreed. Although that particular product was not particularly named in the contempt order, it is a colorable imitation of the named MXA910 and fits within the injunction’s language of being “capable of being installed in a drop-ceiling” configuration.

        • In United States v. Arthrex, Supreme Court Holds Administrative Patent Judges’ Decisions Must Be Reviewed by the Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office [Ed: PTAB keeps coming under these attacks from the patent litigation cartel simply for doing the right things, squashing fake patents]

          On June 21, 2021, the United States Supreme Court held that U.S. Patent Office Administrative Patent Judges (APJs) are not “inferior” officers in the context of inter partes reviews (IPR) in violation of the Constitution. United States v. Arthrex 594 U.S. ____ slip op. at 18-19 (2021). However, instead of holding the entire IPR scheme unconstitutional, the Supreme Court held that the Constitutional defect is easily remedied: “Decisions by APJs must be subject to review by the Director” of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (the Director). Id. at 20.

        • The European Patent Office Issues A Landmark Decision On Double Patenting [Ed: This totally fails to mention that the Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) are rigged]

          The European Patent Convention (EPC) does not contain any specific provisions regarding the possibility of the same applicant obtaining two European patents for the same invention. As a result, and in the past, the Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) have issued decisions taking varying and sometimes conflicting positions regarding the issue of double patenting.

          These conflicting positions culminated in a decision by the EPO’s Enlarged Board of Appeal (the EPO’s authority of highest instance) on June 22, 2021, holding that the EPC must be interpreted as precluding the possibility for the same applicant to obtain two European patents for the same invention in the same EPC states. A copy of the decision can be found here:

      • Trademarks

        • NFTs And Branding – Does Trademark Protection Need To Be Considered?

          Having one's intellectual property protected by appropriate registered intellectual property rights should be on the agenda of every diligent businessperson. Whenever new technology is developed it should be protected as (utility) patent - or kept secret (trade secrets). The new products and/or services resulting from the new invention will usually be commercialised under a specific name - a brand that can be protected as a trademark. Additionally the question arises as to whether there is already a generic name for such product/service or whether the invention created a completely new thing that is not yet reflected in the Nice Classification, the international classification of goods and services used by most IP Offices for the registration of trademarks.

          Therefore, we considered whether the (virtual) goods and services offered in connection with NFTs can already be found in the Nice Classification for trademark applications.

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