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  • GNU/Linux

    • Server

      • 77% of Kubernetes Users Don’t Have Protections for Data Loss

        A new survey shows that the majority of companies are “underprepared” for threats against their Kubernetes environments.

        The survey by the data storage company Veritas is on how companies are protecting their open-source Kubernetes, according to the company this month.

        Kubernetes is being rapidly deployed into “mission-critical environments,” with one-third of companies relying on it and 86% of them expecting to deploy the technology in the next two to three years.

    • Kernel Space

      • Kernel 5.17: Solid & steady

        Our CODEC team has pushed forward VP9 hardware codec support on the Linux kernel. The fine-tuned VP9 uABI has been released, enabling decoders to enqueue encoded frames without waiting until a previous frame completes. This is due to the improved probabilities update process, which frees the userland from the dependency on the previously decoded frames.

        In addition, video decoders on Rockchip SoCs (RK3399: RkVDEC), NXP SoCs (IMX8MQ: Hantro), and several others now offer hardware support for decoding VP9 byte-streams.

        As the new Kernel drivers are stateless, the driver requires a user-space application to handle the state (picture order, references, etc.) of the decoder. There are multiple available solutions. One notable option is GStreamer, which includes support for managing a VP9 hardware decoder, a feature contributed by our CODEC team at the end of last year.

        Google's VP9 codec, which is heavily used on YouTube, is a major competitor to the widely popular HEVC codec. It is specialized for high-resolution video and provides better compression efficiency than codecs like MPEG-4.

    • Applications

      • smolZINE - Issue 23

        orrg is an rss/atom feed reader. You can view random feeds, recent feeds or popular feeds. Hit the view feed link to paste in any feed of your choice and view it over gemini. The software making this possible is also open source and available to be used on your own capsule.

      • Its FOSSPeergos: Open-Source Google Drive Alternative for Self-Hosting

        Google Drive is one of the most popular cloud storage services.

        And, for all the right reasons, it offers flexible pricing, regional pricing, and many other advantages.

        Unfortunately, it does not offer end-to-end encryption. Moreover, it is not an open-source offering.

      • Linux LinksBest Free and Open Source Alternatives to Adobe After Effects

        Adobe is a large multinational computer software company with over 22,000 employees. Its flagship products include Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, XD, Acrobat DC, and the Portable Document Format (PDF). The products are wrapped up and marketed as the Creative Cloud, a subscription-only way of accessing more than 20 desktop and mobile apps and services for photography, design, video, web, UX, and more.

        We are long-standing admirers of Adobe’s products. They develop many high quality proprietary programs. It’s true there are security and privacy concerns in relation to some of their products. And there’s considerable criticism attached to their pricing practices. But the real issue is Adobe Creative Cloud does not support Linux. And there’s no prospect of support forthcoming.

      • xwayland 22.1.1

        Michel Dänzer (2): xwayland: Clear timer_armed in xwl_present_unrealize_window xwayland: Always hook up frame_callback_list in xwl_present_queue_vblank

        Olivier Fourdan (3): Xwayland: Do not map the COW by default when rootless xwayland/present: Fix use-after-free in xwl_unrealize_window() Bump version to 22.1.1

        git tag: xwayland-22.1.1

      • FreeType 2.12.0

        The main new feature of this release is support for OpenType fonts with an ‘SVG’ table, using an external SVG rendering library.

      • Cockpit Project: Cockpit 266

        Cockpit is the modern Linux admin interface. We release regularly.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • CitizixHow to install and configure monit in Rocky Linux 8

        Monit is a free, open-source process supervision tool for Unix and Linux. With Monit, system status can be viewed directly from the command line, or via the native HTTP web server. Monit is able to do automatic maintenance, repair, and run meaningful causal actions in error situations.

        In this guide we will learn how to install and configure monit on a Rocky Linux 8 server. If you are interested in setting up M/Monit, checkout How to install and set up M/Monit in Linux.

        These are some of the features of Monit.

      • Linux Shell TipsHow to Install Redis on Ubuntu 20.04/22.04

        What is really the hype behind Redis? Redis has created a reputation for itself as the go-to data store. It is attributed as a key-value, in-memory, and open-source data store. These attributes make Redis an ideal message broker, cache, and database candidate/application.

        Also, Redis’ resume illustrates its support for numerous data structures like Sets, Hashes, Lists, and Strings. Through features like automatic partitioning and Redis Sentinel, multiple Redis nodes and Redis Cluster provide high Redis availability.

      • Linux Shell TipsHow to Install OpenJDK 17 on Ubuntu 20.04/22.04

        Linux operating system distributions like Ubuntu are perfect software development platforms. The open-source nature of such operating systems makes them a safe haven for multiple programmable languages like Java, which is attributed as a class-based, multipurpose, object-oriented, and general-purpose programming language.

        It is having lesser implementation dependencies in its design footprint has majorly contributed to its popularity in the developer’s domain. The latter statement implies that a compiled Java code does not need recompilation as long as the platform running it is Java-supported. Therefore, Java’s applicability extends to cell phones, game consoles, computer applications, scientific supercomputers, and data centers.

      • Linux.orgDVD and Blu-Ray Conversion |

        For many users, you may have a need to make a digital copy of a DVD or Blu-ray to view on your system. Viewing can be done remotely if you make a DLNA Server, as I covered in the article ‘Home Streaming Server’.

        The problem with making a digital copy from most discs is that they incorporate some form of protection. Using a special program, the protection can usually be bypassed and the digital copy can be made.

      • Russell CokerAMT/MEBX on Debian €« etbe - Russell Coker

        I’ve just been playing with Intel’s Active Management Technology (AMT) [1] which is also known as Management Engine Bios Extension (MEBX).

        Firstly a disclaimer, using this sort of technology gives remote access to your system at a level that allows in some ways overriding the OS. If this gets broken then you have big problems. Also all the code that matters is non-free. Please don’t comment on this post saying that AMT is bad, take it as known that it has issues and that people are forced to use it anyway.

        I tested this out on a HP Z420 workstation. The first thing it to enable AMT via Intel “MEBX”, the default password is “admin”. On first use you are compelled to set a new password which must be 8+ characters containing upper and lower case, number, and punctuation characters.

      • How to protect privacy online with tor and free vpn firmware for routers – how to setup tor node
      • Matthew GarrettMatthew Garrett: ZTA doesn't solve all problems, but partial implementations solve fewer

        Traditional network access controls work by assuming that something is trustworthy based on some other factor - for example, if a computer is on your office network, it's trustworthy because only trustworthy people should be able to gain physical access to plug something in. If you restrict access to your services to requests coming from trusted networks, then you can assert that it's coming from a trusted device.

        Of course, this isn't necessarily true. A machine on your office network may be compromised. An attacker may obtain valid VPN credentials. Someone could leave a hostile device plugged in under a desk in a meeting room. Trust is being placed in devices that may not be trustworthy.

      • GizmodoHow To Save an Old Laptop by Installing Chrome OS Flex

        Google has released software that can turn any old laptop into a like-new Chromebook.

      • ID RootHow To Install RainLoop Webmail on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS - idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install RainLoop Webmail on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, RainLoop is a modern email client created in PHP. It is quite lightweight and does not consume too many resources. It supports IMAP and SMTP and provides a user-friendly interface with a variety of features.

        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 RainLoop open-source, simple, modern, and fast Webmail client 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.

      • Red Hat OfficialHow to deploy an Apache web server quickly | Enable Sysadmin

        Install, configure, and test a very basic web server deployment in just eight steps.

      • Linux CapableHow to Upgrade/Install Nginx Stable/Mainline on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

        For those using Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, you might have noticed that installing Nginx directly from its repository does not install the latest stable or mainline version. This is a common trend in most distributions that focus on the stability of packages and provide only urgent bug or security updates until the subsequent major distribution.

        For most, using the default Nginx that comes bundled with the repository will be preferred, but often many require and want the latest version of stable or mainline for updated features.

        The following tutorial will cover installing the last stable or mainline versions of Nginx on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa with two methods, both utilizing the APT package manager with importing the official repository from Nginx which is the most recommended option, or the alternative PPA model by Ondřej Surý.

    • Games

      • GamingOnLinuxGameMaker on Linux gets big improvements and Steam Deck support | GamingOnLinux

        GameMaker Studio 2 is now just GameMaker, and there's a new update out with some dramatic improvements for Linux game exports and Steam Deck support.

        For far too long, GameMaker exports for Linux have required some very specific dependencies, which often caused issues for developers as they weren't included directly. Game developers had to go and manually grab these files to include with the Linux games. Now, that's not required - at least for Steam anyway.

      • GamingOnLinuxAI-powered map creator Dungeon Alchemist is now on Steam | GamingOnLinux

        After a successful crowdfunding campaign a while ago, Dungeon Alchemist is now available on Steam. Not a game though, however, instead it's a special tool for creators to make really fancy looking maps to use elsewhere.

      • GamingOnLinuxSteam Client Beta gets Linux fixes like not re-download media pre-caching files | GamingOnLinux

        It's not just the Steam Deck that is getting upgrades, as Valve are also tweaking the main Steam client with a fresh Beta release out now. This one actually does fix some pretty annoying issues, some of which should really make things easier.

      • GamingOnLinuxSteam Deck gets a bunch more Keyboard tweaks | GamingOnLinux

        Valve is really doing some great work on improving the Steam Deck, with another upgrade now available.

      • GamingOnLinuxSteamOS Plugin Manager should enable lots of fun on the Steam Deck | GamingOnLinux

        This is going to be an absolute delight for people who want to hack away at the Steam Deck, and it can enable all kinds of things from music player integration to simple things like more quick-access buttons. I don't think it's possible to overstate just how awesome a project like this is. You don't even need to turn off the read-only filesystem to do it, and so changes made will be persistent too through OS upgrades.

      • The VergeThe Steam Deck just got a dual-touchpad keyboard and some much-needed fixes

        Did I speak too soon? Two days after my one-month check-in with the Steam Deck portable gaming PC, Valve has already addressed a few of the most annoying issues I pointed out.

      • GamingOnLinuxHYPERCHARGE: Unboxed gets a Native Linux version, also Steam Deck Verified | GamingOnLinux

        HYPERCHARGE: Unboxed, a solo and co-op wave-based first/third-person shooter where you assume the role of a toy action figure is now officially available on Linux. Not only that, it's also a Steam Deck Verified title.

        Being Steam Deck Verified means people can buy it without much worry, as it should perform well and look good on the smaller screen. This verification happened a little while ago but the additional big news is that they now have the officially supported native Linux version available today!

      • Look Behind You, a Three-Headed Monkey NFT! [Ed: ScummVM jumps the shark by embracing an elaborate scam and legitimising it]
      • Godot EngineGodot Engine - Turn an Android App into a Godot Quest VR App in 3 Steps

        Now that we’re past the clickbait title, let’s get to the meat of the matter:

        Designing and building VR applications is hard!

        It’s even more so if you are not familiar with graphics and game engine-related tools and technologies.

        This used to be my experience. My primary background was in Android mobile development and so when I initially approached the field of Virtual Reality, I was at a loss and quickly ran into a wall. Through perseverance and hard work, I was able to overcome that wall, but that experience made me realize how steep the learning curve is and how much of a barrier this is for other developers interested in the field.

      • ArduinoPlaying Elden Ring with a TV remote | Arduino Blog

        In case you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard of it, Elden Ring is currently the hottest game in the world. It’s an open world RPG made by From Software — the same company that is infamous for making the incredibly difficult Demon’s Souls, Dark Souls, and Bloodborne games. Elden Ring is no less difficult, which is why it is amazing that ZiedYT was able to play using a TV remote converted into video game controller with an Arduino.

        While some modern remotes for smart TVs utilize Bluetooth or WiFi connections, traditional remotes work via infrared. These remotes contain an infrared emitter that pulses an invisible light in a specific pattern corresponding to a command, which the TV reads with a built-in infrared receiver. The “volume up” button, for example, will cause the remote to emit an infrared code distinct from the “channel down” button, and so on. While the code is modulated as a very rapid sequence of flashes, it is still a relatively slow process—something that spells death in any “Soulsborne” game.

    • Distributions

      • New Releases

        • Trend OceansDeepin OS 20.5 Released with Face Recognition, can we trust?

          It’s one of the first Linux distributions that has the capability to unlock your system or authenticate sudo access with your face, and obviously you will be very happy to test out the new rolling features before anyone else, but I’m not sure whether your smiling face will turn into a pensive moment once you read this article.

        • Deepin 20.5 Released With New Features & Improvements |

          Deepin 20.5, the latest stable release is now available for download. Deepin is a China-based Linux operating system. Deepin is the Debian-based Linux operating system that is trying to stand apart in the crowd of Linux distros.

        • Its FOSSDeepin OS Becomes the First Linux Distro to Offer Face Unlock - It's FOSS News

          When Deepin first arrived at the scene, it blew away people with its sheer beautiful interface.

          As the time progressed and developers got more experienced, their focus shifted to include design and features users find in other commercial desktop OS offerings, i.e., Windows and macOS. Deepin was the first distro to offer Android apps support, cloud sync option and more.

          And trust me, that’s for good.

        • deepin 20.5 Release! – Deepin Technology Community

          Deepin is the top Linux distribution from China, devoted to providing a beautiful, easy-to-use, safe, and reliable operating system for global users. (Global Ranking)

          In deepin 20.5, a great of practical features collected from user feedback are developed and released, the Stable kernel is upgraded to version 5.15.24, underlying vulnerabilities are fixed, and system compatibility and security are enhanced further. Welcome to try it.

        • FreeBSDFreeBSD 13.1-RC1 Now Available

          The first RC build of the 13.1-RELEASE release cycle is now available.

          Installation images are available for:

          o 13.1-RC1 amd64 GENERIC o 13.1-RC1 i386 GENERIC o 13.1-RC1 powerpc GENERIC o 13.1-RC1 powerpc64 GENERIC64 o 13.1-RC1 powerpc64le GENERIC64LE o 13.1-RC1 powerpcspe MPC85XXSPE o 13.1-RC1 armv6 RPI-B o 13.1-RC1 armv7 GENERICSD o 13.1-RC1 aarch64 GENERIC o 13.1-RC1 aarch64 RPI o 13.1-RC1 aarch64 PINE64 o 13.1-RC1 aarch64 PINE64-LTS o 13.1-RC1 aarch64 PINEBOOK o 13.1-RC1 aarch64 ROCK64 o 13.1-RC1 aarch64 ROCKPRO64 o 13.1-RC1 riscv64 GENERIC o 13.1-RC1 riscv64 GENERICSD

          Note regarding arm SD card images: For convenience for those without console access to the system, a freebsd user with a password of freebsd is available by default for ssh(1) access. Additionally, the root user password is set to root. It is strongly recommended to change the password for both users after gaining access to the system.

          Installer images and memory stick images are available here:

          The image checksums follow at the end of this e-mail.

          If you notice problems you can report them through the Bugzilla PR system or on the -stable mailing list.

          If you would like to use Git to do a source based update of an existing system, use the "releng/13.1" branch.

          A summary of changes since 13.1-BETA3 includes:

          o Handle interrupts racing with device suspend with the hdac driver.

          o Allow kern.ipc.maxsockets to be set to current value without error.

          o Call rtsx_init() on resume in the rtsx(4) driver.

          o Fixes to vfs.

          o Update to LLVM to fix the lang/rust port build on powerpc.

          o Several network-related updates and fixes.

          o Several Linux ABI-related updates and fixes.

          o The riscv64sf build had been fixed.

          o OpenZFS 2.1-release had been merged from upstream.

          o Updates and fixes to libarchive(3).

          o Updates and fixes to devd(8).

          o Various 802.11 wireless updates and bug fixes.

          o Various LinuxKPI updates and fixes.

          o The kernel build without INET or INET6 had been fixed.

          o Several arm64-specific fixes.

          A list of changes since 13.0-RELEASE is available in the releng/13.1 release notes:

          Please note, the release notes page is not yet complete, and will be updated on an ongoing basis as the 13.1-RELEASE cycle progresses.
      • SUSE/OpenSUSE

        • D-Installer First Public Release | YaST

          It is our pleasure to announce the availability of the first installation image based on D-Installer. Since our initial announcement in January, we have been working on going from a non-working proof-of-concept to something that you can actually use.

          This article aims to summarize project’s current status and what you can expect from the near future. Additionally, we will dig a bit into some internal details so you have a better overview of the path we are following.

        • Know the Visa, Health Requirements to Attend oSC22 - openSUSE News

          For people planning on attending the openSUSE Conference 2022 in Nuremberg, Germany, from June 2 – 4, there are certain health and visa requirements that need to be met for travelers.

          The openSUSE Conference will follow the Bavarian Ministry of Health’s requirements and posture regarding COVID. An FFP-2 mask and social distancing may be required. These regulations my change before or up to the day of the conference.

        • SUSE's Corporate BlogIntroducing SUSE Premium Technical Advisory Services

          Technical Advice, Counsel and Guidance to Keep You Competitive The skills gap is real and hiring is expensive and time consuming. You need access to a specialist to keep your business running smoothly and stay on top of technology trends. Premium Technical Advisory Services is just that. With an assigned coordinator, you can schedule time with the right specialist at the right time. So whether you need technical expertise, mentorship or guidance, Premium Technical Advisory Services provides just the right amount of service. Premium Technical Advisory Services can be the difference between surviving and thriving in today’s digital world.

        • SUSE's Corporate BlogBTP Sextant and SUSE Rancher Deliver Enterprise-grade Blockchain Solution | SUSE Communities

          When distributed ledger technology burst onto the scene with blockchain implementations for cryptocurrency, the technological breakthrough of an immutable, multiparty ledger – a ledger that’s permanent and tamperproof – was quickly proven.

          However, aiming distributed ledger technology at business transformation and digitizing multiparty workflows and agreements needed a wider ecosystem of technologists, developers and tools to mature in order to simplify implementations, unlock the inherent value and fully realize the potential of the technology.

      • Slackware Family

        • Eric HameleersChromium 100 available

          The Chromium version has reached a triple-digit number: I have uploaded new packages for Chromium 100 (Slackware 14.2 and newer, 32bit as well as 64bit). Specifically it is the release 100.0.4896.60 which was announced a few days ago. It fixes a number of vulnerabilities with the criticality label “high” which usually means it can crash your browser but not compromise your computer.

          Google currently maintains a release schedule for Chromium where a new major version (98, 99, 100, …) is made available every month. This means that new features are not added with a big bang after being beta-tested for months, but the browser’s feature list will evolve over time.


          Get chromium packages here (NL mirror) or here (US mirror). The chromium-ungoogled packages are still waiting for the source code to be released. I expect that to happen any time and then I’ll build and upload those packages too.

      • Arch Family

        • 9to5LinuxArch Linux’s First ISO Snapshot Powered by Linux Kernel 5.17 Is Now Available for Download

          Arch Linux 2022.04.01 is now available for download and it’s the first ISO release of the lightweight and flexible GNU/Linux distribution to be powered by Linux kernel 5.17, which brings numerous new features, better hardware support through new and updated drivers, as well as many other improvements.

          Linux kernel 5.17’s first point release, 5.17.1, is included by default in Arch Linux’s ISO snapshot for April 2022, which also includes up-to-date packages that have been released throughout March 2022.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Enterprisers ProjectWhat's the difference between a manager and a coach? [Ed: IBM, which perpetuates the mass layoffs, also perpetuate this big lie about lots of workers willfully resigning (nor proactively ahead of a collapse)]

          The ongoing disruption from the pandemic has resulted in a staggering 38 million workers quitting in 2021. With many roles now remote or hybrid and technology talent particularly scarce, organizations need to look at leadership through a different lens.

          People who leave their jobs often do so because of poor managers. Therefore, to retain employees, organizations must rethink what management, leadership, and coaching mean. A coach provides the support and guidance that helps individuals realize their potential. And with human connection lacking in many workplaces today, this is critical for every business.

        • IBM Old TimerWhat Is Web3, and Could It Usher a New Economic System? [Ed: IBM's IWB props up buzzwords and hype now]
        • Enterprisers Project3 leadership tips for surviving workplace uncertainty

          In recent months, many IT leaders have felt pressure to prepare for uncertain events in the workplace. This uncertainty falls into various categories, including data governance/security, industrial disruption, organizational restructuring, digital transformations, and employee burnout.

          Now that uncertainty has become the norm, IT leaders are relying on their past experience to guide decisions on the unforeseeable future. The future of these leaders is predicated on the ability to survive changes that occur every day.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • UbuntuUbuntu Blog: MasterClass: Concept design [Ed: Canonical a week ago contradicts today's Canonical. With "master" in their headline. Same at IBM. Double standards.]

          The purpose of a trash in this case is to allow users to undo deletions. Based on this purpose, when the main action “delete” is performed, we know that it is an action we could undo. The structure of this trash is in a folder structure, meaning, it can contain both folders and files. This is important because the structure allows us to understand which actions can be taken with this concept. Finally, we have a behaviour. The behaviour shows us that whenever we delete a file or a folder, it is actually moved to a different folder called “Trash”. This will allow us to move it back to its original directory if we changed our minds. Only if we decide to “Empty trash” will we entirely remove the files in our “Trash” folder.

        • UbuntuOperator Day hosted by Canonical

          Software operators are crucial elements in the Kubernetes landscape. They implement operational tasks covering everyday application management. They help human operators, administrators to run their applications efficiently and effectively. On Operator Day, Canonical speakers and guests share knowledge and insights about the journey from configuration management to application management. Canonical provides an entirely OSS-based platform and framework for software operators – Juju and the Charmed Operators. The various sessions will cover software operators, what they represent, how to use them, how to create them and how we can take advantage of them. We are delighted to see the rising interest in Kubernetes Operators. And of course, we are happy to cover this demand with the fourth edition of the Operator Day for the Kubecon EU 2022. Because of the uncertainties with planning travels between countries remain, we decided to run the event entirely virtually.

        • Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Beta Released

          Big news for the Ubuntu users as the road to getting Ubuntu 22.04 LTS is getting closer with the availability of Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Beta edition. Yes, you heard it right as Ubuntu 22.04 LTS is now available for download.

          The latest version of Ubuntu is powered by the long-term supported Linux 5.15 LTS kernel series and ships with the latest GNOME 42 desktop environment by default. Ubuntu 22.04 LTS ‘Jammy Jellyfish’, will be made available on April 21, 2022.

        • Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish) Final Beta released
        • Ubuntu Fridge | Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish) Final Beta released

          The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the Beta release of the Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Desktop, Server, and Cloud products.

          22.04 LTS, codenamed “Jammy Jellyfish”, continues Ubuntu’s proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. The team has been hard at work through this cycle, introducing new features and fixing bugs.

          This Beta release includes images from not only the Ubuntu Desktop, Server, and Cloud products, but also the Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, UbuntuKylin, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Studio, and Xubuntu flavours.

          The Beta images are known to be reasonably free of showstopper image build or installer bugs, while representing a very recent snapshot of 22.04 LTS that should be representative of the features intended to ship with the final release expected on April 21st, 2022.

        • Ubuntu Studio 22.04 LTS Beta Released – Ubuntu Studio

          The Ubuntu Studio team is pleased to announce the beta release of Ubuntu Studio 22.04 LTS, codenamed “Jammy Jellyfish”.

          While this beta is reasonably free of any showstopper DVD build or installer bugs, you may find some bugs within. This image is, however, reasonably representative of what you will find when Ubuntu Studio 22.04 LTS is released on October 22, 2021.

          Ubuntu Studio 22.04 LTS will be Ubuntu Studio’s first Long-Term Support(LTS) release with the KDE Plasma Desktop Environment.

        • Beta NewsUbuntu Linux 22.04 'Jammy Jellyfish' Beta now available for download

          Just a couple days ago, Fedora 36 Beta was released, and now, Ubuntu Linux 22.04 Beta follows suit. Called "Jammy Jellyfish," this pre-release version of the Ubuntu operating system uses Linux kernel 5.15, Mesa 22, and the GNOME 42 desktop environment by default.

          Don't like GNOME? Hey, that's cool. There are several flavors of Ubuntu that use alternative desktop environments, such as Kubuntu (KDE Plasma), Lubuntu (LXQt), and Xubuntu (Xfce) to name a few.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • HackadayMangoPi To Bring A SD-Card-Sized Linux Module
        Today’s Diminutive Device is a small castellated System-On-Module (Twitter link, nitter proxy)from [MangoPi] called M-Core, with a quad-core A53 CPU and 1 GB of RAM. As such, it’s very capable of running Linux, and even sports an HDMI output! Taking a closer look at the devboard picture, we can spot traces for three USB 2.0 ports, what seems to be two SDIO interfaces for MicroSD or WiFi cards, and an Ethernet MagJack with its termination network. This is a decent set of interfaces, rivaling what we’d expect out of a Pi Zero!

      • TechRadarMysterious new Raspberry Pi alternative is the size of an SD card

        At a time when consumers are finding it difficult to get their hands on a new Raspberry Pi, MangoPi is teasing a new single-board computer that is slightly smaller than an SD card.

        In a recent post on Twitter, MangoPi showed off several pictures of its new unnamed module that features a Linux-capable SoC and no ports whatsoever. In addition to being much smaller than the Raspberry Pi 4B, the new device is actually even smaller than the Raspberry PiZero 2 W.

        According to a new report from Tom's Hardware though, MangoPi's new single-board computer could be called the 'Linux Box” as there is both a blank product page with the name on the company's site as well as a discussion about it on its forum.

        Based on the photos shared by MangoPi, the so-called Lunch Box will feature four Arm Cortex-A53 cores just like the Raspberry Pi 3 and the Zero 2 W. The device will also run Allwinner's embedded Tina Linux distro which is based on OpenWRT.

      • Linux GizmosTiger Lake-U mini-PC ready for drone duty

        Aaeon’s Linux-ready “PICO-TGU4-SEMI” industrial mini-PC is available for pre-order at $809. The fanless system has an 11th Gen U-series CPU plus GbE, 2.5GbE, HDMI 2.0, 2x USB 3.2 Gen 2, M.2 M-key, and mini-PCIe with mSATA.

        Aaeon has posted a pre-order page for a 122 x 80.8 x 50.4mm embedded mini-PC based on its PICO-TGU4 Pico-ITX SBC. The PICO-TGU4-SEMI is primarily designed for drones, but also supports other edge AI applications like robotics or factory applications. The price is $809, with shipments due April 8.

      • Linux GizmosCompact Elkhart Lake system features Hailo-8 NPU

        Axiomtek’s compact “Aristotle RSC101” edge AI box runs Linux or Win 10 on Elkhart Lake along with an up to 26-TOPS Hailo-8 NPU, up to 32GB DDR4, 2x GbE, 2x USB, HDMI, DIO, and 3x M.2 slots.

        Axiomtek announced its first product based on Intel’s 10nm, Atom-class Elkhart Lake SoCs and its second to feature Hailo’s Hailo-8 NPU after its octa-core Arm-based RSC100 system. The fanless, 154.4 x 111 x 49.4mm Aristotle (RSC101) is a smaller, less feature-rich box than the RSC100, and is primarily designed for edge AI smart city applications.

      • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • ZDNetYoga: OpenStack IaaS cloud gets its 25th update | ZDNet

        Today, the cloud is everything. But, in 2010, the cloud was barely real. Still, at NASA Ames Research Center and Rackspace, developers decided that the best way to build a cloud was to build it from open-source software. Together, by 2012 they created the first major open-source, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud, OpenStack. Ten years later, OpenStack is releasing its 25th update, Yoga.

      • OpenInfra Foundation Unveils OpenStack Yoga Open-Source Cloud Platform

        Among the changes included in OpenStack Yoga are a series of updates for hardware enablement and better support for Kubernetes.

      • Open Source InitiativeSix lessons learned from 2022 OSI elections [Ed: OSI is so defunct that now they're celebrating merely managing to do an election without yet another blunder/incident]

        Before I mark a major project as DONE, I always take time to write down what worked, what didn’t and fresh thoughts on how to do things better next time. The OSI elections occupied my mind for almost all of Q1. Here is my hot take on the 2022 elections.

      • Content Management Systems (CMS)

        • People of WordPress: Juan Aldasoro – WordPress News

          In this series, we share some of the inspiring stories of how WordPress and its global network of contributors can change people’s lives for the better. This month we feature a website developer and project manager from Argentina, who found in the software a way to live his life in the way he dreamed.

          WordPress offers something to everyone. For Juan Aldasoro, a developer and project manager for a large distributed company, it provides an opportunity to combine his different interests and skills to live the type of life he wanted.

          “I like visual, creative and technical things. The joy of WordPress is that you can do all of these things, you don’t have to limit yourself to any one aspect . You can also do this from almost anywhere in the world!”

          From working in products since 2012, Juan sees WordPress as a major part of his skillset and toolbox. He said: “It gives you an opportunity to be part of building a product which could potentially be used by thousands of people and more on your site. It encourages you to think about different languages and how you can make it accessible. It allows you to work on different platforms. Working in WordPress gives you this broad approach. Working this way on products ended up pushing me into learning about all these different things. Only in open source can you really do this and use your creative side to find solutions.”

      • Programming/Development

        • Explorations in Tiny BASIC

          Lately I've been getting into BASIC. I was a kid in the 80s and 90s and I remember those computers that would boot into a BASIC interpreter. I didn't have one of those but came in contact with one every year or two and played a handful of text games on them. I was aware of some of the commands and syntax, GOTO and the like, and I have looked through the classic BASIC Video Games book a number of times.

        • C++23 Will Be Really Awesome

          C++23 is feature complete and on track to be released next year. While many people are complaining that it’s, after all, a “minor” release (as the pandemic made the Committee work very difficult), C++23 still has a few very significant changes.

          In this blog post, I want to talk about what I think is my favorite feature of C++23: the really keyword. This is a brand new keyword that can be used in a number of different scenarios. Let’s explore them together to understand the usefulness of it.

        • Rust

          • Changes at the Cargo Team [Ed: The omission here is that Rust is in disarray as many people leave and the aggressive corporations control the project, censoring the community]

            We are thrilled to publicly announce that Weihang Lo and Ed Page have joined the Cargo Team!

            Weihang has been providing thoughtful and helpful replies on our issue tracker. He has often had the patience to explain to people what problem they're hitting and how to get unstuck. He often summarizes technical conversations clearly describing the available solutions and their costs both technical and more importantly human. He has also been contributing to many improvements and code reviews.

            Ed has been a champion on many fronts. He has done tremendous work on toml_edit to push Cargo towards getting cargo add merged in cargo proper. He has brought clap to the momentous 3.0 release and continues to push on CLI improvements, more advanced testing tools, and much more!

  • Leftovers

    • Hardware

      • Seagate launches 10-platter 20TB video surveillance disk drive

        The prior SkyHawk generation, announced in October 2020, maxed out at 18TB and had a nine-platter configuration inside their helium-filled enclosures, using conventional (perpendicular) magnetic recording (CMR). Now Seagate has squeezed an extra platter in to reach 20TB without recourse to any energy-assisted magnetic recording such as HAMR.

      • Kioxia Develops 24G SAS SSD

        The memory hardware maker Kioxia America is introducing a new group of SAS SSDs.

        Kioxia’s PM7 Series of enterprise 24G SAS SSDs is available for customer evaluation, according to the company this month.

        The SSD series is intended to deliver improved performance, reliability, and security for server and storage use cases, including high-performance computing, artificial intelligence (AI), caching layer, and finance.

        The PM7 Series builds on six other generations of SAS drives. It nearly doubles the performance of the 12 Gb/s SAS SSD.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Bruce SchneierBypassing Two-Factor Authentication

        FIDO2 multi-factor authentication systems are not susceptible to these attacks, because they are tied to a physical computer.

      • Proprietary

        • “Ransomware Protection” in Windows doesn’t stop Ransomware, but does break old games, LibreOffice, and random applications. – BaronHK's Rants

          “Ransomware Protection” in Windows doesn’t stop Ransomware, but does break old games, LibreOffice, and random applications.

          MakeTechEasier posted an article about Windows “Ransomware Protection” and how to enable it.


          To Microsoft, it doesn’t matter if it is secure. What matters is that you have a lot of pretty buttons and dials and shit that say something vaguely security-related.

          Windows Web sites are even over there cheering that you can set the default Web browser again after Microsoft disabled that for a year to strong arm people with Edge. How dumb is that?

        • GoogleChrome 101: Federated Credential Management Origin Trial, Media Capabilities for WebRTC, and More

          Unless otherwise noted, changes described below apply to the newest Chrome beta channel release for Android, Chrome OS, Linux, macOS, and Windows. Learn more about the features listed here through the provided links or from the list on Chrome 101 is beta as of March 31, 2022. You can download the latest on for desktop or on Google Play Store on Android.

        • Pseudo-Open Source

        • Security

          • PurismFreedom From Coercion – Purism

            This past week, as part of escalating sanctions between the West and Russia because of the war in Ukraine, the FCC added the security company Kaspersky (creator of the popular Kaspersky Anti-Virus software) to its “security threat list” which means products from that company aren’t eligible for FCC funds. It’s important to note that this wasn’t due to a particular backdoor that was discovered in Kaspersky products. Instead this was because of the threat that Kaspersky (a Russian company) could be coerced by the Russian government to add a backdoor. Because Kaspersky’s software is proprietary, it would be incredibly challenging to audit the software and all future updates for backdoors.

            A Russian bank has issued a warning of its own, advising customers to avoid updating software, in response to actual malicious code a developer added to their NodeJS library. In this case, the guidance wasn’t to avoid using the software, just to avoid updating that software and if an update is necessary, to review the code carefully. This distinction is critical, and points to a fundamental freedom that free software provides (freedom 1, the freedom to study how the program works) that leads to another freedom: the freedom from coercion.

          • ZDNetLinux secure networking security bug found and fixed | ZDNet

            Nothing is quite as vexing as a security hole in a security program. Xiaochen Zou, a graduate student at the University of California, Riverside, went looking for bugs in Linux and found a whopper. This vulnerability, CVE-2022-27666, in IPSec's esp6 (Encapsulating Security Payload) crypto module can be abused for local privilege escalation.


            This is bad enough that both Red Hat and the National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST) give the hole a high Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) score of 7.8. Or, as I like to call vulnerabilities with such high scores, it's a "Fix it now!" bug.

    • Environment

      • Energy

        • Why gas prices won’t go down anytime soon. – BaronHK's Rants

          Once Trump (or someone like him, or an obstructionist Republican opposition in Congress) happens again, they can go right back to business as usual. With the added perk that they still don’t have to lower gas prices.

          Gas prices are going to affect the labor market, long term, for obvious reasons. Including the fact that if people can no longer afford to get to work, wages are going to have to go way up to compensate, or there still won’t be anyone to hire.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Digital Transparency: A Right to Information Report for March 2022

        For the month of March, 2022, IFF has filed 33 RTI applications and 17 first appeals. In responses received we discovered that NIXI wants to do a Aadhaar based EKYC for domain names to store details in a “perfect manner and a decent way”, MeitY stated it does not have a Digital Government Mission despite MoS Rajeev’s public statement, and Assam, Daman & Diu, Kerala responded that they have not imposed any internet shutdown since 10.01.2020.

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