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Links 26/10/2021: Latte Dock 0.10.3 and Linux 5.15 RC7

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • Linux 5.15-rc7
        So the normal Sunday release was spoiled by me spending more time in
        airplanes without wifi, and I didn't feel like doing an evening
        release while tired, so here we are, midday Monday, and with tc7 a day
        later than usual.

        But the delay isn't because of any kernel trouble. In fact, the worry I had last week about a big rc6 turned out to be just a false alarm due to timing of pulls, and rc7 looks nice and small, right in the range of normal. Both the number of commits and the diffstat looks fine. It's all pretty small and flat (meaning mostly small trivial changes) with just a couple of peaks for some x86 kvm code, and some ksmbd changes.

        Nothing particularly interesting or scary stands out, and it's a fairly eclectic mix with networking, kvm, selftests, and some core mm stuff. With all the usual random small fixes. The appended shortlog isn't too long to scan to get a feel for the details, but I think the take-way here is that it all looks pretty normal, and if nothing special happens this week, this is likely the last rc before final 5.15.

        But please do give it a good testing to make sure we've shaken out any issues. I have yet more travel coming up next week, so it would be very convenient for me to delay the merge window if I get the excuse to do so, but right now that looks unlikely.

      • Linux 5.15-rc7 Released A Day Late Due To Travels
      • Kernel prepatch 5.15-rc7

        The 5.15-rc7 kernel prepatch is out, rather later than would have normally been expected due to Linus's travel schedule.

      • Newest Linux Optimizations Can Achieve 10M IOPS Per-Core With IO_uring - Phoronix

        Just one week ago Linux block subsystem maintainer Jens Axboe was optimizing the kernel to get 8 million IOPS on a single CPU core. He progressed the week hitting around ~8.9M IOPS per-core and began to think he was hitting the hardware limits and running out of possible optimizations. However, this week he is kicking things off by managing to hit 10 million IOPS!

    • Applications

      • Mark Text is a Minimal Open Source Markdown Editor

        Markdown is developers’ favorite text writing language. It is so clean, simple and minimal and allows developers to focus only on the writing process itself, rather than the writing syntax or other trivial issues.

        That’s why, it is essential that you use a minimal, distraction-free and clean markdown editor to write or edit your markdown files, so that you can find comfort in your long writing sessions (E.g for documentation or similar). Luckily, many open source markdown editors exist for all types of users and their use cases.

        Today we’ll be seeing Mark Text; a minimal open source application for writing markdown documents.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • How To Install Cinnamon on Debian 11 - idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Cinnamon on Debian 11. For those of you who didn’t know, Cinnamon is the default desktop environment of the Linux Mint distribution which offers advanced features and a traditional user experience. Cinnamon is also available as an optional desktop for other Linux distributions like Ubuntu, Fedora, Arch Linux, OpenSUSE, etc.

        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 through the step-by-step installation of the Cinnamon desktop environment on a Debian 11 (Bullseye).

      • Run Nexus Repository Behind Nginx Reverse Proxy -

        In this tutorial, you will learn how to run Nexus repository behind Nginx reverse proxy. Nginx can be configure to proxy HTTP requests. In this setup, Nginx receives requests and passes it onto specified proxied server, fetches the response, and sends it back to the client.

      • Linux Foundation to introduce new DevOps Bootcamp
      • SUSE documentation survey 2021 – some results
      • How to install Friday Night Funkin: Neo on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install Friday Night Funkin: Neo 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.

      • How to use the Buttercup password manager on Linux

        Buttercup is an advanced, open-source password vault. It encrypts your passwords with AES 256bit cryptography to keep them safe. If you’re tired of proprietary password solutions on Linux and want something open-source, you’ll love this guide.

        In this tutorial, we’ll go over how to install Buttercup on Linux. We’ll also show you how to set up your password vault and generate a secure password.

        Note: Buttercup is also available for iOS and Android in their respective app stores.

      • How to use YouTube Music on the Linux desktop

        YouTube Music is an excellent service. But, sadly, there is no official client for Linux users to enjoy the service. Thankfully, the community has taken it upon itself to create an unofficial YouTube Music app. Here’s how to use it on your system.

      • How to use the AuthPass password manager on Linux

        AuthPass is an open-source password manager for Android, iOS, Linux, Mac OS, and Windows. It is secure and a great way to save your passwords and sensitive information. In this guide, we’ll show you how to set up AuthPass on Linux and how to use it too.

      • How to install Zoom on Elementary OS 6.0 - Invidious

        In this video, we are looking at how to install Zoom on Elementary OS 6.0.

      • How to Install and Configure RabbitMQ on Debian 11

        RabbitMQ is a free, open-source and one of the most popular message broker software. It supports multiple messaging protocols and uses plugins to communicate with popular messaging solutions like MQTT. A message broker is an application that stores messages for an application. Whenever an application wants to send data to another application, the app publishes the message onto the message broker. RabbitMQ can be deployed in distributed configurations to meet high-scale, high-availability requirements.

        In this post, we will show you how to install and configure RabbitMQ message broker software on Debian 11.

      • How to Create an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) and use it on AWS

        An Amazon Machine Image (AMI) provides the information required to launch an instance. An EC2 instance can not be launched without an AMI. We can create as many instances as we want from a single AMI when we need multiple instances with the same configuration. To create an instance we can use readily available AMI or we can create our own AMI.

        To create a custom AMI we need to first launch an instance using one of the available AMIs, make the required configuration on the instance and then use that instance to create an AMI. Instances launched from this new custom AMI include the customizations that we made when we created the AMI. We can create AMIs from either running or stopped instances.

        Once we create an AMI, we can either keep it private so that only we can use it, or we can share it with a specified list of AWS accounts. We can also make our custom AMI public so that the community can use it.

    • Games

      • For One Game Dev, Linux Users Submit More Bug Reports Than Any Other

        When you take a look at the state of Linux gaming as it was just a decade ago, and then look at it again today, the differences are almost staggering. More developers have jumped on board with native builds, while many others have ensured (or maybe not) that their titles run fine through Proton. We’re at a point now where even if a newly-launched game requires Windows, it may very well work for Linux on day one.

        Whenever we think about the current state of Linux gaming, we can’t help but be reminded of our fifteen-year-old article taking a look at the top ten free Linux games. Admittedly, we had to try hard to come up with a worthwhile ten titles to promote, because developer support back then just wasn’t what it is today. Things have certainly changed, and because of that, just how seriously Linux users take gaming has become all the more evident.

      • Linux users provide more detailed bug reports according to one indie dev

        Reddit user koderski, with the tag @KoderaSoftware, has provided a detailed post on bug reports. They found that even though only 5.8 per cent of sales of their game, DeltaV: Rings of Saturn, were Linux users, over 38 per cent of bug reports came from them.

        They did the maths and determined that they received an average of one bug report for every 11.5 users. However, they got one report per 1.75 Linux users. They also state that only three of the bug reports were for Linux specific issues and that the rest of the bugs were affecting every player.

        They said, “the thing is, the Linux community is exceptionally well trained in reporting bugs. That is just the open-source way. This 5.8 per cent of players found 38 per cent of all the bugs that affected everyone. Just like having your own 700-person strong QA team. That was not 3 per cent extra work for me, that was just free QA.”

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Latte Dock v0.10.3 | Bug Fix Release

          Let's welcome Latte Dock v0.10.3 the 3rd Official Bug Fix Release of v0.10.x branch!

          With Latte 0.10.3 indicators gained the ability to specify the background corner margin. This is totally on indicator responsibility to expose or adjust properly and that is the case for Latte and Plasma Indicators that expose it from their settings. With this setting the user is now able to move tasks and applets inside the corner of backgrounds with very big roundness.

    • Distributions

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Ubuntu Impish Indri lands from Canonical

          Ubuntu 21.10 brings the all-new PHP 8 and GCC 11 including full support for static analysis, greatly improving everyday developer security awareness in low-level programming.

          With Gnome 40 desktop users gain dynamic workspaces and touchpad gestures. The new Firefox snap, published by Mozilla, improves security and guarantees access to both the latest and the extended support release versions of the browser. The exact same versions of the browser are available on multiple different versions of Ubuntu, simplifying enterprise developer platform management. Over the last year, the number of snaps published in the store has grown by 25%, and the snap store now serves over 10 million systems daily.

          Windows developers will be delighted with out-of-the-box support for graphical applications on Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), which enables users to enjoy Ubuntu desktop applications without modification.

        • Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 706

          Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 706 for the week of October 17 – 23, 2021.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Programming/Development

        • Team Profile by KDE's Cornelius Schumacher

          What makes a great team? One important factor is that you have a balanced set of skills and personalities in the team. A team which only consists of leaders won't get much work done. A team which only consists of workers will not work into the right direction. So how can you identify the right balance and combination of people?

          One answer is the Team Member Profile Test. It's a set of questions which team members answer. They are evaluated to give a result indicating which type of team member the person is and where it lies in the spectrum of possible types.

        • Perl/Raku

          • Rakudo Weekly News: 2021.43 Thank You

            Oleksandr Kyriukhin has released the 2021.10 version of the Rakudo Compiler, which includes all of the work of the new MoarVM dispatch mechanism. This is the culmination of more than 1.5 year work by many people, but mostly by Jonathan Worthington. A historic step forward that lays the groundwork on more efficient executing of Raku programs, and actually delivers on a number of improvements.

        • Shell/Bash/Zsh/Ksh

          • Bash Wildcard

            When we need to search for anything using shell commands then we need to define a pattern for searching. Wildcard characters are used to define the pattern for searching or matching text on string data in the bash shell. Another common use of wildcard characters is to create regular expressions. How you can use different types of wildcard characters for searching files is shown in this tutorial.

          • How to use bash aliases

            Most of the users like to use shortcuts for running commands. There are many commands in Ubuntu that we need to execute regularly. It will be very helpful for us if we can run those common commands by typing shortcut commands. Using bash aliases, Ubuntu users can easily create shortcut commands of the large commands those are used frequently. Bash aliases not only make the task easier but also save the time of the users. The user can declare alias temporary or permanently. The temporary aliases can be used as long as the session of the user exists. If the user wants to use shortcut commands every time the session starts, then he or she has to create permanent alias by using ~/.bashrc and ~/.bash_profile files. This tutorial shows how you can create and use bash aliases in Ubuntu by using some examples.

          • Bash Arithmetic Operation

            Using bash aliases, Ubuntu users can easily create shortcut commands of the large commands those are used frequently. Bash aliases not only make the task easier but also save the time of the users. The user can declare alias temporary or permanently. How to use bash aliases is explained in this article.

          • How to use arrays in Bash

            When you want to use multiple data using a single variable in any programming language, you have to use array variables. The list of data can be assigned and used using an array variable. Bash is a weakly typed language that does not require defining any data type for declaring the variable. Array declaration in bash is a little bit different from other standard programming languages. Two types of the array can be declared in bash. Numeric array and associative array. If the index of an array is numeric, then it is called a numeric array, and if the index of an array is a string, it is called an associative array. How you can declare a numeric array, associative array, and iterate elements of the array using for loop are described with examples in this tutorial.

          • Bash Head and Tail Command

            Many types of commands are available in bash to show the content of a file. Most commonly used commands are ‘cat’, ‘more’, ‘less’, ‘head’ and ‘tail‘ commands. To read the entire file, ‘cat’, ‘more’, and ‘less‘ commands are used. But when the specific part of the file is required to read then ‘head‘ and ‘tail‘ commands are used to do that task.

            ‘head‘ command is used to read the file from the beginning and the ‘tail‘ command is used to read the file from the ending. How you can use ‘head‘ and ‘tail‘ commands with different options to read the particular portion of a file is shown in this tutorial.

            You can use any existing file or create any new file to test the functions of ‘head‘ and ‘tail‘ commands. Create two text files named products.txt and employee.txt with the following content to show the use of ‘head‘ and ‘tail‘ commands.

          • Bash Range

            You can iterate the sequence of numbers in bash in two ways. One is by using the seq command, and another is by specifying the range in for loop. In the seq command, the sequence starts from one, the number increments by one in each step, and print each number in each line up to the upper limit by default. If the number starts from the upper limit, then it decrements by one in each step. Normally, all numbers are interpreted as a floating-point, but if the sequence starts from an integer, the decimal integers will print. If the seq command can execute successfully, then it returns 0; otherwise, it returns any non-zero number. You can also iterate the sequence of numbers using for loop with range. Both seq command and for loop with range are shown in this tutorial by using examples.

          • Bash Script User Input

            In the seq command, the sequence starts from one, the number increments by one in each step, and print each number in each line up to the upper limit by default. If the seq command can execute successfully, then it returns 0; otherwise, it returns any non-zero number. Two ways to generate the sequence of numbers are shown with examples in this article.

          • BASH while loop examples

            Three types of loops are used in bash programming. While loop is one of them. Like other loops, a while loop is used to do repetitive tasks. This article shows how you can use a while loop in a bash script by using different examples.

  • Leftovers

    • Hardware

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Some users on Reddit report that Windows 11 loses Internet connectivity when trying to connect to NordVPN.
        • Pseudo-Open Source

          • Openwashing

            • Microsoft’s U-Turn After Open Source Outcry Over ‘Hot Reload’ Decision

              Microsoft discovers that no matter how much control it wants over .NET, an open source foundation is ultimately controlled by its community.

            • Microsoft repents of its open-source .NET blunder

              A decade ago, Microsoft declared that it loved open-source. In 2014, the Redmond giant went even further. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said, "Microsoft loves Linux." Few in Linux and open-source circles believed them. Years went by and as Microsoft embraced open-source projects, opened up their patents to Linux developers, and released Windows Subsystem for Linux, some finally bought that Microsoft was no longer open-source's enemy. As Linux founder Linus Torvalds said, "I completely dismissed all the anti-Microsoft stuff." Many open-source developers, however, never bought this. They still think of Microsoft as the Evil Empire. And, boy did they get this reinforced when Microsoft removed the forthcoming .NET 6's Hot Reload feature from its open-source releases.

            • Pat Gelsinger's Open-Source Bias, Intel's Pledge To Openness [Ed: Intel is openwashing again, but leaks from Intel show that Intel is a foe, not a a friend. It's also rather ironic that Intel puts an "open" letter in a proprietary site of Microsoft, which is viciously attacking Free software. Intel is a Microsoft booster.]

              Ahead of Intel's inaugural Intel Innovation event taking place virtually later this week, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger published an open letter to an open ecosystem.

              In this open ecosystem letter, Gelsinger talks up opennness and choice, adding, "This is why I fundamentally believe in an open source bias, which powers the software-defined infrastructure that transformed the modern data center and ushered in the data-centric era."

        • Security

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Debian's Antoine Beaupré: The Neo-Colonial Internet

        Sergey Brin and Larry Page are the Lewis and Clark of our generation. Just like the latter were sent by Jefferson (the same) to declare sovereignty over the entire US west coast, Google declared sovereignty over all human knowledge, with its mission statement "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful". (It should be noted that Page somewhat questioned that mission but only because it was not ambitious enough, Google having "outgrown" it.)

        The Lewis and Clark expedition, just like Google, had a scientific pretext, because that is what you do to colonize a world, presumably. Yet both men were military and had to receive scientific training before they left. The Corps of Discovery was made up of a few dozen enlisted men and a dozen civilians, including York an African American slave owned by Clark and sold after the expedition, with his final fate lost in history.

        And just like Lewis and Clark, Google has a strong military component. For example, Google Earth was not originally built at Google but is the acquisition of a company called Keyhole which had ties with the CIA. Those ties were brought inside Google during the acquisition. Google's increasing investment inside the military-industrial complex eventually led Google to workers organizing a revolt although it is currently unclear to me how much Google is involved in the military apparatus. Other companies, obviously, do not have such reserve, with Microsoft, Amazon, and plenty of others happily bidding on military contracts all the time.


        The Internet is, if not neo-colonial, plain colonial. The US colonies had cotton fields and slaves, we have disposable cell phones and Foxconn workers. Canada has its cultural genocide, Facebook has his own genocides in Ethiopia, Myanmar, and mob violence in India. Apple is at least implicitly accepting the Uyghur genocide. And just like the slaves of the colony, those atrocities are what makes the empire run.

    • Monopolies

      • Facebook knew it was being used to incite violence in Ethiopia. It did little to stop the spread, documents show - CNN

        Facebook employees repeatedly sounded the alarm on the company's failure to curb the spread of posts inciting violence in "at risk" countries like Ethiopia, where a civil war has raged for the past year, internal documents seen by CNN show.

        The social media giant ranks Ethiopia in its highest priority tier for countries at risk of conflict, but the documents reveal that Facebook's moderation efforts were no match for the flood of inflammatory content on its platform.

        The documents are among dozens of disclosures made to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and provided to Congress in redacted form by Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen's legal counsel. A consortium of 17 US news organizations, including CNN, has reviewed the redacted versions received by Congress.

      • Patents

        • Artificial Intelligence Shall Not Be Patent Inventors (Taiwan) [Ed: Failure to troll the Taiwanese patent system with this delusion that algorithms are somehow "inventors" deserving and worthy of monopolies]

          The Intellectual Property and Commercial Court (hereinafter, the “Court”) rendered the judgment 110-Xing-Zhuan-Su-3 on August 19, 2021, holding that the artificial intelligence DABUS shall not be a patent inventor and upholding the decision rendered by the Intellectual Property Office (hereinafter, the “IPO”) which concluded that the invention patent application no. 108140133 entitled “Devices and Methods for Attracting Enhanced Attention” should not be accepted. The arguments rendered in the judgment reasons are provided as follows:

          (1) An inventor shall be a natural person: An inventor must be a person who has made a “substantial contribution” to the technical features specified in the patent claims, and the so-called “substantial contribution” refers to the mental creation for the completion of the invention. Therefore, the inventor must be a natural person.

          (2) AI is legally not a person: The artificial intelligence DABUS is not a “person” (that is, neither a legal nor a natural person) under the Taiwan law and is unable to externally convey its internal intent (for example, to designate an agent). Therefore, AI should be regarded as an “object” under the Taiwan law.

        • Aker BioMarine : key patent for krill oil in Europe is validated
        • Arthrex, Mobility Workx, and Director Review at Institution [Ed: Patent extremists still hellbent on destroying or scuttling PTAB, just because it has been eliminating loads of fake patents; Patently-O markets itself as scholarly, but it is actually funded by the patent litigation Mafia for propaganda purposes.]

          There’s been a fair amount of discussion regarding Judge Newman’s dissent in last week’s Mobility Workx case. In Mobility Workx, a divided panel of the Federal Circuit rejected a variety of constitutional challenges to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Judges Dyk and Schall, in the majority, found no merit in the due process arguments relating to PTAB fees raised by Mobility Workx (a topic I hope to discuss in more detail at a later date). But they also rejected Mobility Workx’s structural arguments regarding the Appointments Clause and the Administrative Procedure Act with respect to the institution decision.

          Judge Newman, in dissent, gave credence to those arguments. In particular, she argues that the Director’s delegation of the institution decision to APJs raises a similar Appointments Clause issue to that addressed in Arthrex. But she does so based on flawed assumptions—in particular, the assumption that, post-Arthrex, the Director cannot review institution decisions by themself.

        • European Patent Grant Strengthens Small Pharma’s Ketamine-Based Patent Portfolio for the Treatment of Depressive Disorders [Ed: One wonders if they know that nowadays many European Patents are Invalid Patents (IPs)]
        • Ascension provides a positive update on its intellectual property portfolio [Ed: They mean list of patents, not "intellectual property portfolio"]
        • Towards a common understanding of quality [Ed: The criminals who took over the EPO and crushed patent quality by breaking all the rules are trying to redefine quality now. Panels "led by two European patent attorneys nominated as "assessors" by the EPO, epi and BusinessEurope" (i.e. litigation fanatics and front groups of monopolies, not scientists)]

          The seventh meeting of the SACEPO Working Party on Quality (19-21 October), attended virtually by 75 members from across the world, has again shown the EPO's commitment to both quality and user engagement. The 3-day event involved an external assessment exercise with 24 Stakeholder Quality Assurance Panels (SQAPs). The initiative is part of the goal set out in the Strategic Plan (SP2023) to foster a better shared understanding of quality by comparing the perceptions of users and EPO quality management. The SQAP concept was first tested at the EPO back in October 2019, and the user feedback gathered during the inaugural 2019 panels have directly shaped the Quality Programme of the SP2023. It is the objective of the panels to build a collaborative and shared understanding of, and responsibility for, quality at the EPO.

        • China may decide global FRAND terms reasonably, say sources | Managing Intellectual Property [Ed: It should not be called FRAND at all]

          Counsel discuss Chinese courts’ pause in granting anti-suit injunctions, and what to expect from upcoming global FRAND rate determinations

        • Who controls your opt-out? [Ed: Totally insane post, insinuating that UPC (which is dead; the UK cannot ratify) is already a reality and then uses loaded question based on this false assumption]

          As the commencement of the Unified Patents Court looms larger, we are turning our thoughts to some of the really practical issues which need to be addressed with a degree of urgency now. We will be looking at the question of “opting out” of the UPC jurisdiction in a sequence of blog posts to follow, but we thought we would start by looking at some of the non-contentious issues which can arise as a result of the coming of the UPC and the Unitary Patent.

        • [Older] UK: Part 2: AIn't An Inventor: UK Court Of Appeal Refuses Thaler Appeal For DABUS Patent [Ed: Marks & Clerk, a convicted corrupt 'law' firm that lobbies for software patents in Europe, reacting to the sane decision that bots or algorithms aren't "inventors"]

          In this Court of Appeal decision, the court held: (i) that AI is not a person and cannot be an inventor under the 1977 Patents Act and; (ii) (Birss LJ dissenting) that Dr Thaler failed to comply with the obligations of s13(2)(a) (identifying a person as the inventor) and s13(2)(b) (indicating how the applicant derived the right to be granted a patent) in his patent application by listing DABUS (an artificial intelligence (AI) machine) as the inventor and claiming entitlement to a patent on the basis of ownership of that AI. As a result, the patent application was correctly deemed withdrawn.

        • Software Patents

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it's not so much about how much (or how long) one works, it's about how one works and whether one feels comfortable doing it
Adamant Conformism is an Enemy of Science
"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man"
Over at Tux Machines...
GNU/Linux news for the past day
IRC Proceedings: Monday, June 17, 2024
IRC logs for Monday, June 17, 2024
Links 18/06/2024: Further Mass Layoffs and Gemini Leftovers
Links for the day
At IBM, "Brownnosing is the Norm."
Many of these comments are from IBM insiders
Myanmar/Burma: Google Gains One Percent, Microsoft Loses One Percent Since the LLM Hype ('Bing Chat')
it's not hard to understand LLMs didn't replace real search and didn't replace Google, either
[Meme] KISS, not SAAS
Gemini Protocol turns 5 in exactly 2 days
Hostageware: The Threat of Clown Computing (or 'SaaS', Another Misnomer or Buzzword) to Computer Users Everywhere
This problem isn't limited to Free software adopters