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  • GNU/Linux

    • Applications

      • Samba 4.15 Ships with a Modernized Virtual File System Modules

        Samba 4.15 is now available as the latest release for improving Windows interoperability (i.e. SMB/CIFS) on Linux and other platforms.

        Samba is an open source software which provide print and seamless file services to SMB/CIFS protocol clients. It allows interoperability between Linux/Unix servers and Windows based clients. The software is based on the common client/server protocol of Server Message Block (SMB) and Common Internet File System (CIFS).

        To put it simple, Samba can help Windows and Linux/Unix machines coexist in the same network. It allows files to be shared across Windows and Linux/Unix systems simply and easily.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • How To Install CUPS Print Server on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS - idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install CUPS Print Server on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, CUPS (Common Unix Printing System) is the primary mechanism in the Unix-like operating system for printing and print services. It can allow a computer to act as a Print server.

        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 CUPS Print Server 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 Convert a Windows File to a UNIX File

        You may ask yourself, what is the purpose of this article? Why convert a Windows file to adapt to a UNIX environment like Linux? Isn’t Linux all-powerful? The exceptional capabilities of the Linux operating system do not spare it from incompatible displays of files transferred from other computing platforms.

        Just because you can open a file on a Linux environment does not imply that you have full control over how the file’s texts should be displayed.

      • How to Install Discord (Chat Application) on Ubuntu 20.04

        In these modern times, many people consider applications like Discord part of their everyday life. Fortunately, in this day and age, many of these applications can be installed on Ubuntu 20.04 without any major problems. Precisely that is the purpose of this post so that you can learn how to install Discord on Ubuntu 20.04.

      • How to Install Facebook Messenger on Ubuntu 21.04 & 20.04 – TecAdmin

        Facebook is one of the leading social media networks. It is freely available for everyone around the world. Anyone can simply create an account using their email address and mobile number. After creating the account, you can access all of its features.

        Facebook is available as a web application as well as provides mobile applications like Android and iOS. You can easily find the mobile applications from the respective play store. But none of the official applications are available for Desktop systems like Ubuntu. Even you can access it in the web browser, but sometimes we need a desktop application that provides easy to use interface.

      • How to Install Joomla on Rocky Linux and AlmaLinux

        Written in PHP, Joomla is a popular CMS (Content Management System) used for creating stunning websites and blogs using themes, and tons of nifty add-ons. It comes second to WordPress as the most popular and widely used Content Management System.

      • How to Set Up Linux Dedicated Game Server using LinuxGSM

        Game Servers allow for a seamless multiplayer gaming experience. It sends and receives data to and from each player. Game servers can be local or remote servers used by game clients. Dedicated game servers give better performance and stability for hundreds of gamers.

        Traditional it is hard to manage the dedicated game server. LinuxGSM is an open-source command-line tool for quick, simple deployment and management of Linux dedicated game servers. It supports hundreds of gamer servers. LinuxGSM checks dependencies, downloads game server files and loads default configs, schedule common tasks such as monitor and update the game server.

        In this tutorial, we learn how to set up Linux Dedicated Game Server using LinuxGSM. Let's check the deployment of the Valheim Dedicated Server on Linux.

      • How to change case in Notepad++ [Ed: It does not officially run in GNU/Linux]

        Notepad++ is one of the best source code editors. It is fast and efficient and provides all necessary editing functions built-in. It does support plugins and extensions to add additional functionality.

        You are going to love this text editor for features like syntax highlighting, code folding, EOL Conversion, effective search and replace functionality.

      • How to resize images on Ubuntu 18.04

        If your work involves editing images, there are certainly times when you need to perform a single operation on various contents, for example resizing. Many

        editing programs are capable of resizing multiple images at once, but the feature is not always easy to find and use. But if you use Ubuntu , you can resize images simultaneously using the gThumb app .

      • How to set up and login as root user in MySQL | FOSS Linux

        A root account is a superuser account that offers a wide array of privileges throughout the databases of MySQL. By default, the initial password for the root account is ‘empty/blank,’ thus allowing access to the MySQL server as root to anyone.

      • Install phpMyAdmin on Ubuntu 20.04 with Nginx - Cloudbooklet

        phpMyAdmin is a web-based application for interacting with MySQL database server. This tool provides you with a user interface to make MySQL operations so you don’t have to use the command line interface.

        In this guide you are going to learn how to install phpMyAdmin with Nginx on Ubuntu.20.04 and secure it.

    • Games

      • Couch co-op tower defense game D-Corp is officially out now | GamingOnLinux

        Good fun to play with friends that becomes manic fast, the couch co-op tower defense game D-Corp has now left Early Access as a full game ready for you to jump in.

        This isn't your usual tower defense game. You're not sat with a fancy map placing down towers and watching lines of enemies come through. Instead, you and multiple friends (4 players total) run around in a proper 3D environment. It gets truly chaotic as it's a game about micro-management with lots of running around. Resource gathering, maintaining your towers and reload them and much more. If you love the franticness found in the likes of Overcooked, you'll likely feel right at home playing D-Corp.

      • New patent from Valve appears for "instant play" of games and more | GamingOnLinux

        Published today is a new patent from Valve that (amongst other things) might allow for an "instant play" feature for games being downloaded from Steam. Credit to SteamDB's Pavel Djundik for the find on Twitter.

        The patent was submitted back in March 2020 from developer Pierre-Loup Griffais, who has been heavily involved in the Linux side of Valve (with Proton and the Steam Deck) but it only got published live today. Not only is it targetting letting people get into games a lot faster, but it also seems that it could be used to help free up disk space.

      • Renaissance painting adventure Death of the Reprobate announced as the final of the series | GamingOnLinux

        Developer Joe Richardson has just announced Death of the Reprobate, the third and final game in their series of point and click adventures made with Renaissance paintings. The first two were a really good laugh and so this is hopefully plenty more of the same good stuff.

        "Death of the Reprobate is a gentle story about helping people and being a nice lad. Travel around a quiet, rural town - help the locals in their day to day tasks. Wander into the nearby woods - make idle chit-chit with a woman submerged neck-deep in a tiny pond. Climb to an idyllic viewpoint in the mountains, overlooking earth and sea and sky, the natural and the man-made, the eternal mystery held within the infinite depths of the distant horizon - help a man shoot some birds. This is a game full of slow burning simple pleasures...

      • Ultimate Chicken Horse, one of the funniest party platformers gets fresh content | GamingOnLinux

        Ultimate Chicken Horse from developer Clever Endeavour Games just had another free content pack upgrade so perhaps it's time to mess with your friends again.

        Easily one of the best local and online multiplayer party games. You each take it in turns to grab an item from a box, to place on the level in the hopes of reaching the end. It gets pretty hilarious, with you constantly trying to mess with your friends on what items you place down, especially since all players have to deal with whatever it is (including you!).

      • Interactive Clips for Game Boy: Sit Back and Watch or Take Control

        That’s the idea behind [Joël Franusic] and [Adam Smith]’s fantastic Playable Quotes for Game Boy — clip-making that creates a 4-D nugget of gameplay that can either be viewed as a video, or played live within the bounds of the clip. The system is built on a modified version of the PyBoy emulator.

    • Distributions

      • Top 10 unique Linux distros designed especially for a small niche of users

        When most people hear about Linux distributions they most likely think of alternative operating systems to Windows or macOS , to distros like Ubuntu, Linux Mint, perhaps Arch or Fedora.

        Complete systems to use on a day-to-day basis, edit documents, browse the web, consume multimedia content, etc. However, in the world of Linux what is left over are niches, and for almost any niche you can imagine there is a special distribution . These are just some of them.

        It is important to clarify that all these systems are designed with one or more quite specific and determined purposes, and are far from being an alternative for those who are simply looking for a distro to use as their main system to do “normal” things.

        These distros have their uses, and it ‘s nice to know of their existence in case we need something like that one day . But to replace personal use operating systems that serve for most regular operations, they do not go.

      • 6 Top Linux Distros for Business PC or Laptops

          Protect your business data and employees’ privacy with the help of the best Linux distros on their PC, Laptop including on your servers.

        Whether it is to start a small-medium business or you already have a well-established enterprise, IT hardware costs a good chunk of financial investment. And above that purchasing licensing of paid operating systems and software, of course, is always an additional expense. Well, those days are gone when we didn’t have some solid Windows alternative with all common programs to support day-to-day office and personal tasks. Linux-based operating systems are the best options today if you don’t want to invest money in OS and other common applications such as Office Suite. Furthermore, most of the developers one way or other rely on Linux distros for their tasks. Therefore, if you are planning to switch to Linux distros, then are some best suitable options for your business computers.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Fedora Community Blog: tmt hint 02: under the hood

          After making the first steps with tmt and investigating the provisioning options let’s now dive together a little bit more and look Under The Hood to see how plans, tests and stories work together on a couple of examples.

        • Distributed transaction patterns for microservices compared

          As a consulting architect at Red Hat, I've had the privilege of working on legions of customer projects. Every customer brings their own challenges but I've found some commonalities. One thing most customers want to know is how to coordinate writes to more than one system of record. Answering this question typically involves a long explanation of dual writes, distributed transactions, modern alternatives, and the possible failure scenarios and drawbacks of each approach. Typically, this is the moment when a customer realizes that splitting a monolithic application into microservices is a long and complicated journey, and usually requires tradeoffs.

          Rather than go down the rabbit hole of discussing transactions in-depth, this article summarizes the main approaches and patterns for coordinating writes to multiple resources. I’m aware that you might have good or bad past experiences with one or more of these approaches. But in practice, in the right context and with the right constraints, all of these methods work fine. Tech leads are responsible for choosing the best approach for their context.

          Note: If you are interested in dual writes, watch my Red Hat Summit 2021 session, where I covered dual write challenges in depth. You can also skim through the slides from my presentation. Currently, I am involved with Red Hat OpenShift Streams for Apache Kafka, a fully managed Apache Kafka service. It takes less than a minute to start and is completely free during the trial period. Give it a try and help us shape it with your early feedback. If you have questions or comments about this article, hit me on Twitter @bibryam and let’s get started.

        • Monthly roundup: Best of September 2021 | Red Hat Developer

          Autumn is here in the northern hemisphere, and so is the monthly roundup from Red Hat Developer! This month we're featuring tutorials for developers who want to learn Python or expand their Python toolbox, including updating to Python 3.9 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). We also have an in-depth look at what's powering the new sub-millisecond GC pauses in OpenJDK 17, an introduction to Node.js circuit breakers for serverless functions, and a Spring developer's guide to getting started with Quarkus.

        • State of the Open Mainframe 2021

          The mainframe is a foundational technology that has powered industries for decades, including government, financial, healthcare, and transportation. With the help of surrounding communities, the technologies built around this platform have paved the way for the emergence of a new set of technologies we see deployed today. Notably, a significant number of mainframe technologies are profoundly embracing open source.

        • Run containers on your Mac with Lima [Ed: Red Hat thinks we're using Macs like its CEO?]

          Running containers on your Mac can be a challenge. After all, containers are based on Linux-specific technologies like cgroups and namespaces.

        • Digital transformation: 4 tips to improve your speed

          Digital transformation has become a buzzword, referring to anything from Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning to cloud migration. How your organization defines it depends on your unique goals and business objectives. But transformation is no longer optional – it is necessary to stay competitive in the modern economy.

          Many of us consider one large project (such as an application rewrite or a new platform launch) a digital transformation program. But true digital transformation involves a culmination of many programs, resulting in new ways of doing business that make it easier and more efficient to engage with your product and services.

          With this in mind, how do you drive success and generate repeatable and measurable results? Look at your business holistically, remember that success is measured over time, and ensure that your digital transformation initiatives are fundamentally aligned with creating business value.

        • Artificial intelligence (AI) at the edge: 3 key facts

          Artificial Intelligence (AI) is moving from the realm of science fiction to widespread enterprise scalability. Even ten years ago, AI workloads were almost exclusively utilized by a small number of very profitable companies that had the resources to experiment and hire an extensive team of data scientists. Today, AI is used in a number of everyday tools, from language recognition to health care prediction and nearly every industry in between.

          AI is also now deployed at the edge, not just inside massive data processing facilities. That trend will continue in the coming years. Here are three things that executives in any field should know to capitalize on the change.

        • How we saved days of work with IT automation: A case study

          In 2020, I was working on a team automating the process of creating new virtual machine (VM) images for the latest Red Hat Satellite builds. Our goal was to automate VM deployments, snapshots, cleanup, and template creation. It sounds easy, but it was a lot of work. Automation was obviously needed to save time for our team, and we picked Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform as the automation interface. That's where this story begins.


          This automation project transforms all the things you need to do in the Ansible Automation Platform user interface to the YAML serialization language. The settings are then executed with a single playbook command that takes your entire Ansible Automation Platform from a fresh install to a fully functional service.

          This is a huge win. Why? Once the configuration is written, the time it takes to stand up a new instance using the Configuration-as-Code method is less than 30 minutes. Prior to using this approach, it took us a day or longer (depending on who you asked to do it and their level of expertise) to deploy, set up, and configure a new instance and make it production-ready.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Canonical Extends Support of Ubuntu 14.04 and 16.04 to 10 Years
          Announced today, Canonical says both releases will now get an extended 10 years of support from their original release date, up from the 5 originally provided. This commitment brings these older LTS releases in line with the 10 year commitment already in place for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and 20.04 LTS.

          As a result, Ubuntu 14.04 is supported until April 2024, and Ubuntu 16.04 is supported until April 2026.

          The announcement is sure to be welcomed by enterprise, business, and other service customers who run orders versions of Ubuntu and can’t (or won’t) upgrade to something more recent. It’ll also be welcomed by any desktop users still (!) running these versions — remember, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS hit end-of-life earlier this year.

        • Canonical Extending Ubuntu 14.04/16.04 LTS Support To Ten Years
          Canonical is announcing this morning they are extending the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS "Trusty Tahr" and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS "Xenial Xerus" releases to a ten year lifespan.

          Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and Ubuntu 20.04 LTS were already on a ten year support plan while Canonical has decided retroactively to extend 14.04 LTS and 16.04 LTS to ten years too, as such they will now be supported until April 2024 and April 2026, respectively.

          These older Ubuntu Long Term Support releases had been maintained for a period of five years under Canonical's extended security maintenance (ESM) offered to organizations while now they are providing ten years of support to paying customers. The only change today is around 14.04/16.04 LTS with 18.04/20.04 LTS sticking to their already committed ten year cycles.

        • Canonical extends lifespan of Ubuntu 14.04 and 16.04 to ten years
        • Ubuntu Linux 14.04 and 16.04 each get a decade of support from Canonical


          If you are a home Linux desktop user, there is a good chance you like living on the bleeding edge. When a new version of a Linux distribution is released, you may find yourself upgrading immediately. After all, if something breaks, you can just reinstall the OS or move back to the previous version. This is particularly easy if you store your data on a secondary drive and you can format your boot drive without worry.

          For business users, however, constantly upgrading to the latest and greatest often isn't feasible. Instead, an organization may want to install a Linux distro and just have it work -- with several years of official support. For instance, Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr) and 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) are pretty dated, as they were released in 2014 and 2016 respectively. Age aside, they are rock solid from a stability standpoint. Despite newer versions of Ubuntu being available, some organizations simply don't have the resources to upgrade. Plus, why fix what isn't broken?

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • FSF

        • GNU Projects

          • GIMP 2.10.28 Graphic Editor Release Download and Install on Linux

            GIMP 2.10.28 Graphic Editor Release Download and Install on Linux, The corrective release of the graphic editor GIMP 2.10.28 has taken place. The previous release 2.10.26 was skipped, because after marking the version, an error was found in the build system. GIMP 2.10.28 completely repeats version 2.10.26, but contains a bug fix.


            The Dashboard dialog, which displays computer resource usage, now supports displaying memory usage information when running on OpenBSD. Dashboard Dialogue

  • Leftovers

    • Health/Nutrition

      • Koch Network Fights to Stop Medicaid Expansion in Remaining States

        Despite years of effort by the Koch political network and the GOP to stop it, Missouri’s expanded Medicaid program will start enrolling new applicants on Oct. 1.

        Missouri voters approved a ballot measure in August 2020 for a constitutional amendment to extend Medicaid to Missourians who earn up to 138% of the poverty line, as opposed to the prior law which provided benefits up to only 100% of the poverty line. That means that 205,000 residents qualify for the program.

      • FDA Approves Biosimilar Drug for Treating Macular Degeneration

        The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first biosimilar drug for treating macular degeneration under the provisions of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA, codified at 42 U.S.C. ۤ 262) as part of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (colloquially known as "Obamacare"). The drug is Byooviz (ranibizumab-nuna), a biosimilar to Genentech's Lucentisۨ, and like Lucentisۨ has been approved for treating several eye diseases and conditions. Specifically, according to the FDA announcement, Byooviz is approved for "neovascular (wet) age-related macular degeneration (nAMD)[,] macular edema (fluid build-up) following retinal vein occlusion (blockage of veins in the retina) and myopic choroidal neovascularization, a vision-threatening complication of myopia (nearsightedness)." In the announcement, Sarah Yim, M.D., director of the Office of Therapeutic Biologics and Biosimilars in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) was quoted as saying:

    • Integrity/Availability

    • Defence/Aggression

      • U.S. says Kabul drone strike killed 10 civilians, including children, in 'tragic mistake'

        A drone strike in Kabul last month killed as many as 10 civilians, including seven children, the U.S. military said on Friday, apologizing for what it called a "tragic mistake".

        The Pentagon had said the Aug. 29 strike targeted an Islamic State suicide bomber who posed an imminent threat to U.S.-led troops at the airport as they completed the last stages of their withdrawal from Afghanistan.

        Even as reports of civilian casualties emerged, the top U.S. general had described the attack as "righteous".

        The head of U.S. Central Command, Marine Corps General Frank McKenzie, said that at the time he had been confident it averted an imminent threat to the forces at the airport.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Not good enough: Apple, Google bow to government pressure, censor content during Russian elections

        Russia voted on the weekend, and authorities — with the complicity of Big Tech — censored the population. As the world waits for the final results, Russian civil society and the #KeepItOn coalition have been documenting blatant instances of widespread censorship and internet disruptions over the past week.

        “Internet shutdowns and blockings are tactics used by bullies who are scared of their own people. This time, bullying forced the most powerful tech companies to bend to the Russian government’s will,” said Natalia Krapiva, Tech Legal Counsel at Access Now. “This is bad news for freedom of expression around the world.”

    • Monopolies

      • Patents

        • U.S. lawmakers accuse patent office of weakening challenges and allowing drug prices to rise [Ed: Patents killing millions of people so that a bunch of non-productive or unproductive executives can give themselves fatter paychecks and bonuses]

          A bipartisan group of lawmakers has accused the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office of “weakening” the system for challenging patents and, as a result, encouraging abuses by drug makers that seek to thwart the availability of lower-cost generic medicines.

          At issue is the inter partes review, or IPR, which went into effect in 2012 as a result of the America Invents Act. This type of patent challenge, which is heard by the Patent and Trials Appeal Board, was intended to provide an easier and faster alternative to patent infringement lawsuits filed in federal courts. For this reason, the IPR process has irked brand-name pharmaceutical companies.

        • Pressure Mounts On USPTO To Join Drug Pricing Fight [Ed: Patents literally killing ill people who are poor]

          the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have called on patent officials in the past two weeks to take a more active role in fighting patent abuses that lead to high drug prices — moves that could finally spur collaboration in an area where there's been "remarkably little crosstalk."

          Historically, the FDA and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office have each said they've been unable to address the patent aspects of drug pricing due to limitations of jurisdiction, experts say. However, these new outreach efforts show room for the agencies to come together...

        • Exclusive: Albright to select new patent-focused judge for April [Ed: Patrick Wingrove once again plays ball with crooked judges like Gilstrap and Albright from Texas, was basically turned Texas courts into for-profit corporations which distort the law and issue BS rulings (that the high court, CAFC, berates them for)]

          In an interview with Managing IP, the de-facto patent judge for the Western District of Texas revealed the timeline and his hopes for the new magistrate judge

        • Reasons for an EBA referral on plausibility, post-published evidence and problem-solution [Ed: The utterly rigged EBA still has the audacity to pretend that it's an objective tribunal?]

          As recently reported here on IPKat, we are imminently expecting a referral to the Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) on the issue of using post-filed data to support plausibility for inventive step. The potential for a referral on this topic may have come as a surprise to some, given the established case law of the Board of Appeal on plausibility and post-filed evidence (Case Law of the Boards of Appeal, I-D-4.6). However, as highlighted in the preliminary decision of the Board of Appeal in the case (T 116/18), the Boards of Appeal are not fully harmonious on this issue. Part of the reason for the divergence of some Boards is the preference of the EPO to consider plausibility in the context of inventive step as opposed to under the umbrella of sufficiency (as is preferred in the UK courts). Particularly, for some Boards of Appeal, the requirement for the technical effect of a claimed invention to be rendered plausible in the application as filed, is incompatible with the problem solution approach for inventive step.


          In the preliminary opinion, the Board of Appeal identified a further question that needed to be addressed with regards to post-published evidence. Particularly, whether the burden of proof rested with the patentee or the opponent. In T 1329/04, for example, the Board of Appeal evaluated whether the patentee had demonstrated ab initio plausibility. In T 184/16, by contrast, the Board examined whether there were any reasons from the common general knowledge to assume that the alleged technical effect had not been obtained, i.e. "ab initio implausibility" (see also IPKat post and comments, on the related concepts of "negative" and "positive" plausibility).

          Furthermore, in seeking to demonstrate implausibility, the Board of Appeal in the present case asked, was it equitable to allow an opponent to rely on post-published evidence if the patentee was denied reliance on post-published evidence to support plausibility?

      • Trademarks

        • Descriptive dilemmas: how counsel manage language challenges [Ed: This propaganda mill is, as usual, totally ignoring public interest groups; megaphone of the rich, presented as "news"]

          Sources at Reckitt, P&G, Novartis and others say strategies could include relying on distinctive logos or opting against trademark protection

        • How anti-counterfeiting agencies con Indian brand owners [Ed: This is more lobbying for rich people's brands, pretending enforcement in India isn't enough and they're basically collaborating with criminals]

          In-house counsel highlight issues with IP enforcement actions in India such as fake raids and investigators colluding with counterfeiters to mislead proprietors

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