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  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • How To Install phpPgAdmin on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS - idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install phpPgAdmin on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, PhpPgAdmin is a web-based database management interface for PostgreSQL. It provides an easy way to manage PostgreSQL through the web interface.

        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 phpPgAdmin 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 monitor disk space usage with shell script

        It is an important task for Linux administrators to monitor disk space usage on any system that’s used for hosting critical applications, in order to prevents the system from becoming unresponsive or get into an unknown problem.

      • Remove files and folders in the Linux terminal |

        To remove a file on a computer using a graphical interface, you usually drag a file or a folder to a "trash" or "recycle" bin. Alternately, you might be able to select the file or folder you want to remove, right-click, and select Delete.

        When removing a file or folder in the terminal, there is no trash bin, at least by default. On a graphical desktop, the Trash is a protected directory so that users don't accidentally trash the Trash, or move it from its default location and lose track of it. The Trash is just a highly managed folder, so you can make your own Trash folder for use in your terminal.

      • Our favorite Chrome flags you should try on your Chromebook

        Chrome OS 92 arrived to Chromebooks on Monday this week following a week of delay, and it's packed with a ton of helpful features to supercharge your ability to communicate on Chrome OS. There are several additional features and tweaks that are not yet part of the default experience — a few we detailed earlier this week. That's because they're still in development and need polishing before being made available for millions of Chromebook users around the globe. Google has hidden these work-in-progress Chrome OS features, or "flags," behind a page in the Chrome browser, and you'd be wise not to enable them at random — the wrong one could render your device unusable.

    • Games

      • Seems the Valve Steam Deck has been impressing people with some hands-on time | GamingOnLinux

        Recently a bunch of people from other sites went to Valve's offices for some hands-on time with the Steam Deck and it seems the overall impression was pretty positive.

        Like a lot of others, we're in the waiting line for whenever our unit ships early next year so we're currently going by whatever info Valve give out and by what other lucky people think after testing. Obviously Valve are going with the top few PC gaming sites / video content creators to make as big a splash as possible, they're certainly doing massively better on pushing it this time compared with the Steam Machines. With that in mind, we do have a few videos to show from others.

      • FSR Integrated in RPCS3 Emulator; Magpie Tool Lets You Add It in Virtually Every Game

        AMD FSR, the FidelityFX Super Resolution spatial upscaling technique, has now been integrated into RPCS3, the PlayStation 3 emulator for PC. The news came yesterday from the official Twitter account of the emulator.


        For those who yearn to activate FSR in (almost) every game, the open source tool Magpie, developed by Liu Xu and Steve Donaghy, promises to do just that. There are several zoom modes to pick from, from the traditional Lanczos to FSR, recommended for 3D games.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Latte Dock 0.10.0 Released for KDE with Floating Dock/Panel Support

          Latte Dock 0.10.0, the popular dock launcher for KDE Plasma, is available with exciting new features.

          The release introduced floating dock and panel feature. In “Edit Dock -> Appearance” settings you can move the slider of “Screen edge” under Margins, so the dock/panel will no longer stick to the screen edge.

        • Krita 4.4.7 Comes Strictly to Fix 7 Bugs, Krita 5 is Coming Soon

          With the release of Krita 4.4.7, all eyes are now focused on the forthcoming Krita 5 release, which is expected to be released in the next few months.

          Krita is a free and open source painting software that can be used by both professional and amateur artists. It offers an alternative to the most expensive software of its kind. With its line up of tools and powerful capabilities, it has become a favorite program for illustrators, texture renderers, concept designers, and 2D artists.

          The program contains simulations for all kinds of techniques, including watercolor, oil paint, charcoal and pastel chalk. By default Krita offers many types of brushes that artists can use depending on what they are most comfortable with. These brushes are designed to perform unique functions to meet specific needs.

          Krita 4.4.5 was released earlier in June this year. If you are wondering where version 4.4.6 is, the answer is that there is no Krita 4.4.6. That version number was created only for the release on the Epic store.

        • KDE is All About the Apps, an Akademy 2021 recap – TheBlindCow

          Besides the talks, something very important about Akademy is the meetings you get to have with the different people working across KDE products. Our community work can fall into small groups, it’s in this occasions when we get to share and collaborate that we have that opportunity to make a big difference, at large.

    • Distributions

      • SUSE/OpenSUSE

        • HP EliteBook 840 G7 with openSUSE Continued

          The HP EliteBook 840 G7 is a fantastic, 14″ chassis computer to take on the go that gives you long battery life, good performance and a fantastic keyboard for long sessions of writing or whatever tasks you might need that keyboard. As far as design goes, this really is a great machine, it looks nice, feels great, works fantastically well and has all the right features. I highly recommend this particular model for anyone that needs a capable, battery efficient, light weight computer that just looks good.

          This computer can, quite easily, be upgraded and therefor extending the life of this machine for many years. The only thing of which you may need to be very aware is the life of the battery. Outside of that, the build of this computer suggests that it should continue to be useful for many years.

          Great job HP! Now I’d like to see some kind of deal with the openSUSE folks about some sort of OEM offering. If HP provided some kind of openSUSE out-of-the-box experience would be absolutely fantastic. So, hopefully, some talks between the two organizations about this can happen.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • It’s Time for Ubuntu to Opt for a Hybrid Rolling Release Model

          Even if you are not an Ubuntu user, you probably are aware of its release model.

          There is a long term support (LTS) release that comes every two year and gets supported for five years. In between the two LTS releases, we see three non-LTS releases that are released at an interval of six months.

          The LTS version retains the same kernel (unless you opt for HWE kernel) and it also holds on to various software components to provide a stable production environment.

          The non-LTS Ubuntu releases that come in between feature new features from Ubuntu, newer kernel, new desktop environment and newer version of various software available from Ubuntu repositories.

        • LTTng Latest Stable
          LTTng (Linux Trace Toolkit Next Generation) project repository.
          For more information:

          Most of the LTTng utilities are now packaged in Debian/Ubuntu, but this PPA offers the latest stable versions. Ubuntu 12.04 and up are supported.

          Problems, questions, comments? Please let us know:

          You can also report bugs at:

          ==== SETTING UP LTTng 2.x ====

          LTTng 2.x features a unified trace-control client "lttng" to control both kernel tracing (through lttng-modules) and userspace tracing (through UST). The client itself is shipped in the "lttng-tools" package.

          To install the toolchain: $ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:lttng/ppa $ sudo apt-get update $ sudo apt-get install lttng-tools lttng-modules-dkms babeltrace

          You may also want to install: liblttng-ust-dev: To compile applications instrumented with UST tracepoints python3-babeltrace: Python bindings for babeltrace

          Once the modules are installed correctly, you can start tracing right away. No need to reboot!

          You can now refer to to use the kernel or userspace tracers.

          ==== Daily build packages ====

          If you prefer living on the edge, you can use the latest development versions in the daily PPA:
        • ernel Tracing With LTTng On Ubuntu Maverick

          "Linux Tracing Toolkit (LTTng) provides high-performance kernel tracing for Linux. This is the killer app for system level debugging and performance tuning. It's now easier than ever to install, with packages released for Ubuntu Maverick. The short introduction to kernel tracing shows how to interpret a simple kernel trace and relate it to strace. I would like to ask Slashdot readers what they would expect as features for a kernel tracing analysis tool, because I'm starting my PhD on this topic and looking for ideas. Also, I wonder why LTTng is not mainline yet. Will Linus Torvalds see the light in 2011?"

    • Devices/Embedded

      • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

        • Google says Pixel 6, 6 Pro coming this year with custom AI acceleration

          Google today said the latest iteration of its Android smartphones, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, are coming this fall.

          So far the internet advertising goliath has only offered a glimpse of the gear: no official specifications have been released.

          The Pixel 6 and 6 Pro look like your standard high-end 6.ish-inch aluminium-framed smartphones. The Pixel 6 Pro is expected to sport a 6.7" 120Hz screen, 5G connectivity, and a raised bank of cameras on the back that includes a wide-angle main sensor and one with a 4X optical-zoom telephoto lens.

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • New Release!

        MR12.7 has been released. See MR12.7 for information about this new release.

      • MULTICS Gets A New Release… 52 Years After Launch | Hackaday

        If you have ever read anything about the history of UNIX, you may remember that its early development was influenced by an older operating system. MULTICS was developed in the 1960s by MIT and General Electric as a commercial operating system, and had been the system which UNIX writers [Thompson] and [Ritchie] had used. It became a Honeywell product, and the source code for its final commercial version was eventually released to the public. Has it become a dusty relic of interest only to historians? Seemingly not, because a new version has been released. It’s intended for us on the dps8m Honeywell mainframe simulator rather than physical hardware, so perhaps while it’s not such a dusty relic it remains something only for the enthusiast.

      • Web Browsers

        • Chromium

          • Google hits undo on Chrome browser alert change that broke websites, web apps

            Google has temporarily reversed Chrome's removal of browser alert windows and other prompts created via cross-origin iframes after a rocky rollout over the past two weeks broke web apps and alarmed developers.

            An iframe, or Inline Frame, is a portion of a web page embedded in another web page. When it includes resources from a different origin or domain, it's a cross-origin iframe.

            Since March, 2020, the team behind Chromium, the open-source engine of Chrome, has been planning to limit the capabilities of cross-origin iframes because they're a security liability. Specifically, they allow an embedded resource like an ad to present a prompt as if it were the host domain.

        • Mozilla

          • TenFourFox FPR32 SPR3 available

            TenFourFox Feature Parity Release 32 Security Parity Release 3 "32.3" is available for testing (downloads, hashes). There are, once again, no changes to the release notes and nothing notable regarding the security patches in this release. Assuming no major problems, FPR32.3 will go live Monday evening Pacific time as usual. FPR32.4 will appear on September 7 and the final official build FPR32.5 on October 5.

      • SaaS/Back End/Databases

        • dbForge Schema Compare for PostgreSQL 1.2 Released with a Bunch of New Features

          Devart rolled out dbForge Schema Compare for PostgreSQL version 1.2. The release brought a number of new features and major improvements.

          Devart, one of the leading developers of database management software, ALM solutions, and data providers for the most popular database servers, introduced the update of dbForge Schema Compare for PostgreSQL - version 1.2.

      • Programming/Development

        • Does the world need another cross-platform framework? Tough, here's JetBrains with Compose Multiplatform ● The Register

          An open-source Kotlin framework for cross-platform applications, based on Jetpack Compose for Android, is now in preview.

          Google's Jetpack Compose is an official framework for building a user interface in an Android application, and reached version 1.0 last week, at the same time as the first stable release of Android Studio, 2020.3.1 or "Arctic Fox".

          Despite only just hitting 1.0, Google said: "There are already over 2,000 apps in the Play Store using Compose – in fact, the Play Store app itself uses Compose."

        • Perl/Raku

          • samcv: I am resigning from The Perl Foundation

            It is with great sadness that I must announce my resignation as chair of the Perl Foundation’s Community Affairs Team (CAT, the team that responds to Code of Conduct reports), effective immediately. Normally this would be a hard decision to make, but I have no choice given TPF’s recent actions. A Charter and a Code of Conduct could and should have been passed many months ago by the Board of Directors. Sadly this has not happened. The TPF Board of Directors has now unilaterally retracted all of the CAT’s transparency reports of 2021 (first, second). This includes the second transparency report that the TPF Board itself approved the contents and penalties of. Retracting the CAT’s transparency reports sends the message the Board of Directors is not willing to support the CAT, and is not prioritizing the safety of the community. I was not involved in the decision by the Board of Directors.

            Remaining on the Community Affairs Team would imply I accept or support TPF’s actions. I do not.

            The reason given by the Board of Directors, was that the CAT shouldn’t have acted before a Charter was passed. And since the CAT acted without such a Charter, all of its reports need to be retracted. Even the ones previously approved by the same Board of Directors!

        • Python

  • Leftovers

    • Health/Nutrition

      • The Untold Story of Purdue Pharma’s Cozy Relationship With the American Medical Association

        The American Medical Association’s new training on pain management arrived in the midst of a burgeoning crisis. It was September 2007, and doctors were prescribing enough opioid painkillers each year for every American adult to have a bottle of the addictive pills. Overdoses were at a historic high and showed no signs of slowing down. Just four months earlier, executives at Purdue Pharma had pleaded guilty to felony charges for misleading regulators and physicians about the dangers of OxyContin.

        In light of this news, one might have expected the AMA—the prestigious organization that bills itself as the “unified voice” of America’s doctors dedicated to “the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health”—to bring attention to the crisis in its newly updated continuing education course on how to treat pain.

        Instead, the 12-module training suggested that doctors were still too tentative about prescribing narcotics. “The effectiveness of opioid therapy may be undermined by misconceptions about their risks, particularly risks associated with abuse and addiction,” read materials from one session. The class included ideas like “pseudoaddiction,” referring to when pain patients seem “inappropriately drug seeking,” but aren’t truly addicted—rather, they just needed more pills.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Security

          • Golang Cryptomining Worm Offers 15% Speed Boost [Ed: The typical Microsoft-leaning FUD, looking to associate Go with malice just because -- gasp! -- people can use the language to write malicious programs]

            The latest variants of the Monero-mining malware exploit known web server bugs and add efficiency to the mining process.

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • Frank Ch. Eigler: hash attack

              Apple has announced that it will start scanning your personal files on your devices for "Child Sexual Abuse Material", as identified by its cryptographic hash. It will apparently match hashes against a database of hash codes of "known" bad content distributed by some sort of well-meaning activist organization. A match will apparently trigger an automatic disabling of one's Apple account, just for starters.

              Not creepy at all, right? Hey don't worry, it's not like political activists are trying to stop the spread of right wing hate memes via the exact same image-hash-code matching technology. Oh wait.

            • Got your number: Privacy concerns hobble Nigeria's digital ID push

              Joining several other countries, including Kenya, Uganda and India, Nigeria’s government is in the process of rolling out a digital identity system to enable easier access to public and private services.

              But, like those and other digital ID projects around the world, Nigeria’s initiative has been dogged by privacy concerns, with citizens and rights groups saying the country’s lack of data protection leaves their personal information open to abuse.

              By October 2020, six years after the government launched a national electronic identity card, less than a quarter of Nigeria’s 200 million people had signed up for a National Identification Number (NIN), according to the agency overseeing the scheme.

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

      • Apple Whistleblower’s Advice to Potential Whistleblowers: “Your employer is not going to be on your side.”

        For the National Whistleblower Center’s National Whistleblower Day celebration, which Whistleblower Network News (WNN) co-sponsored, WNN had the pleasure of interviewing Thomas le Bonniec. In 2019, le Bonniec worked in Ireland for a subcontractor employed by Apple. When he first started the job, he was enthusiastic about the location and good pay, but he quickly took issue with what the job entailed: listening to user recordings from Siri, Apple’s virtual assistant.

        “I disagreed from the first day with what I was supposed to do at my job,” le Bonniec says during the interview. He stayed at the job for two months, but when he listened to a recording from a pedophile, he decided he couldn’t stay on any longer. That was also the moment le Bonniec decided that the public needed to know what was going on.

    • Finance

      • The Evolution of Shopping in the Digital Economy

        Earlier this year, The Economist published a special report on The Future of Shopping, with nine articles on the subject. In its overview article, The Economist argued that “a new species of shopper is emerging: less centered on America, more intent on ensuring that what they buy reflects what they believe, and technologically dexterous. This latest incarnation of the global consumer looks likely to change how capitalism works - for the better.”

        Three major changes are transforming the world of retailing. First, Western Europe and North America are no longer the biggest retail markets; nor do they epitomize the leading edge of retail as has long been the case, with innovations like the department store, the mall, catalogue shopping, and e-commerce. Shoppers are increasingly Asian. “Last year China and America were almost neck-and-neck as the world’s biggest retail markets. China’s two biggest online marketplaces, Alibaba’s Taobao and Tmall, both do more third-party business than Amazon.” And Asia’s shoppers are now at the frontier of retail, with innovations like livestreaming e-commerce.

      • Venezuela to Roll Out New Monetary Reconversion |

        The Venezuelan Central Bank (BCV) will overhaul the national currency beginning in October. A BCV communique on Thursday announced the launch of the digital bolívar (BsD), wiping off six zeroes and replacing the sovereign bolívar (BsS) in an attempt to “introduce a simpler monetary scale.” “The monetary scale adjustment [...] is necessary at a moment when the country begins on the path of economic recovery following the crisis produced by brutal attacks against our economy, our currency, and the criminal imposition of a financial blockade,” the BCV statement read.

      • Europe mulls anonymous crypto-wallet ban, rules to make transfers more traceable

        The European Commission has put forward legislation requiring cryptocurrency exchanges and other companies to ensure crypto-asset transfers include the personal details of the customers involved.

        That information is set to include the sender's name, address, and date of birth, and the name of the receiver. Anonymous crypto-asset wallets are banned, too, under the proposals, which are supposed to ensure crypto-payments and suchlike are transparent and traceable. Anonymous bank accounts are already outlawed by the EU, after all.

        Europe has rules in place to clamp down on money laundering, and the proposed laws would extend that red tape to the “entire crypto sector, obliging all service providers to conduct due diligence on their customers,” according to an announcement this week. Officials also want to limit all cash payments to €10,000 in all member states, making it more difficult to shift large amounts of money. EU nations with lower limits can keep those limits.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • US labor official suggests Amazon's Alabama workers rerun that unionization vote

        Amazon interfered with a formal election by its warehouse workers in Alabama to unionize – and staff ought to be given a second chance to vote again, an official at the US National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has concluded.

        After pro-union employees, represented by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), working at the BHM1 fulfillment center in Bessemer in the Cotton State lost their unionization election in April, the union swiftly filed objections to the labor relations board.

        "A free and fair election was impossible," said [PDF] Kerstin Meyers, an NLRB hearing officer, this week. "Under the circumstances, I recommend that a second election be ordered."

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • BT says it's trading in line with expectations as revenue slides and pre-tax profit shrinks

        BT's revenues slipped during the three months to the end of June – when French-owned Altice took a 12.1 per cent stake in the business and the telco went some way to resolving an industrial dispute.

        Overall – across its consumer, enterprise, global, and infrastructure businesses – the former state-run monopoly reported revenues of €£5.071bn, down 3 per cent year-on-year and trading as expected, BT said.

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