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  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • Graphics Stack

        • Why is Kopper and Zink important? AKA the future of OpenGL

          Since Kopper got merged today upstream I wanted to write a little about it as I think the value it brings can be unclear for the uninitiated.

          Adam Jackson in our graphics team has been working for the last Months together with other community members like Mike Blumenkrantz implementing Kopper. For those unaware Zink is an OpenGL implementation running on top of Vulkan and Kopper is the layer that allows you to translate OpenGL and GLX window handling to Vulkan WSI handling. This means that you can get full OpenGL support even if your GPU only has a Vulkan driver available and it also means you can for instance run GNOME on top of this stack thanks to the addition of Kopper to Zink.

    • Applications

      • VituxThree Internet Radio Clients for the Debian 11 Terminal – VITUX

        There are so many music players that support audio streaming, but what if you’d rather listen to your favorite radio stations without leaving the comfort of the command line? There are actually quite a few command-line music players that let you listen to radio stations directly in the terminal. These are quite simple and handy programs that save you from opening a browser. In this article, we will introduce you to three different media players that allow you to listen to online radio stations directly from the Linux command line. We’ll explain how to install and use each of these utilities, and how to remove them from your system if necessary.

        We have run the commands and procedures mentioned in this article on a Debian 11 system.

      • MedevelFoliate is undoubtedly the best eBook viewer for Linux

        Foliate is an outstanding open-source eBook reader for Linux systems. It is the brain child of John Factotum, an open-source developer and enthusiast.

        It is available in the repo for all popular Linux distros, and it is proven to be unbeatable among its compatible, not just because of its rich features-set, but also because it is a lightweight app, its ease of use.

      • Trend OceansARPCHAT: Communicate using ARP Protocol inside Isolated Network

        What if I tell you that it’s possible to communicate with your peers over the network using ARP protocol?

        That’s true; there is a new application name ARPCHAT written in a rust programming language by user kognise can achieve this thing very quickly and efficiently.

        This application takes advantage of the ARP protocol (Which requires discovering the system’s mac address on the link layer of the network), only requiring that all users are connected to the same network.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • How to make PeppyMeter work

        I love VU meters. Then again, who doesn't? There is something mesmerizing about the needle or LED segments dancing to the rhythm of the music. So when I stumbled upon PeppyMeter, I knew right away that I must have it running on my machine. Making it work turned out to be a non-trivial matter, but I managed to get it up and running after much experimenting. And I've documented all the steps for your convenience. The following procedure assumes that you're using Ubuntu or Linux Mint.

      • ByteXDHow To Make Ubuntu Look and Feel Like Windows

        Nowadays, most users who want to switch from Windows always see Linux as the perfect operating system to get started with. Of course, everybody has different reasons for such a move.

        Still, they mainly revolve around security, developing applications for Linux systems, penetration testing (Kali or Parrot), or using an OS that wouldn’t bother you now and then about licensing.

      • OSNoteHow to Install Zikula CMS on Ubuntu – OSNote

        Zikula is a free and open-source software that anyone can use to build anything they want. It’s easy enough for even your grandma.

        Zikula means “plus” in Swahili language, so it translates as “more than” or “something more”. The name embodies what this project provides – an extension beyond common web technologies with tools like templates that help you create simple one-page websites all the way up to complex applications powered by Node JS modules & MVC architecture. You can create anything from basic one-page websites to sophisticated and powerful online apps with Zikula’s user-friendly interface. It is very simple to set up, so you will have no trouble making your vision come alive.

        In this guide, we’ll guide you through how to install Zikula and all of its requirements on an Ubuntu 20.04 system.

      • H2S MediaInstall FreeTube - YouTube player app on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS - Linux Shout

        Install the YouTube Player app called FreeTube on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa for watching videos without advertisements and prevent Google from tracking you with their cookies and JavaScript.

        To keep the privacy of users while watching the videos on YoutTube, there is a project on GitHub called FreeTube. It is an open-source desktop YouTube player developed in Electron for Linux, macOS, and Windows.

        The interface of this open-source YouTube player is user-friendly and offers Two extractor APIs to choose from (Built-in or Invidious) apart from it the option to Subscribe to channels without an account; Export & import subscriptions; Open videos from your browser directly into FreeTube (with extension); Full Theme support and more are there…

      • Locate command not found

        If you encounter the error locate command not found on your Linux system, it likely means that you do not have the software installed and therefore can’t use this command. In this tutorial, we will remedy the issue by showing you how to install the locate command on all major Linux distros. You will then see some basic usage examples of the locate command.

      • How to obtain MAC address in Linux

        Every network interface, on any device, has its own MAC address. Unlike IP addresses, which can change frequently and easily, MAC addresses are permanently tied to the hardware. Although you can spoof your MAC address with software, the real MAC address of your network interface will never change.

        The MAC address identifies your device on the network. One common way they are used is for routers to hand out reserved IP addresses to a specific MAC address. To perform this configuration, you will first need to obtain your MAC address.

        In this tutorial, you will learn how to obtain the MAC address on a Linux system via both command line and GUI. This will show you the MAC address for all network interfaces you have installed – for example, your Ethernet interface as well as your Wi-Fi network card.

      • Locate vs find: What is the difference

        If you need to search for one or more particular files, Linux systems have a few powerful methods for locating them, such as the find and locate commands. Both of these commands have the same purpose, but they use a different methodology to find files. Searching for a file with a specific name can be done, but you can also search for files that follow certain naming patterns.

        This can be broadened all the way to finding files based on file size, file extension, or a lot of other options. In this tutorial, you will learn the difference between the find and locate commands, and examples of how to use each one. By the end of our tutorial, you will know in which situations one command is more approrpiate than the other.

      • How to restore hibernation on Fedora

        Hibernation, also known as “suspend to disk”, is the most efficient power saving mode in terms of energy consumption. On hibernation, the state of the random access memory is stored on disk, and the machine is completely power down. Although efficient, hibernation is commonly not recommended if using a solid state drive, because each time the system enters this power state, a lot of data must be written to disk, which as we know, has a limited number of write cycles. For this and other reasons, as the the low number of machines on which hibernation works reliably on Linux, Fedora decided to disable this power state by default.

      • Red Hat OfficialHow to write an Ansible plugin to create inventory files | Enable Sysadmin

        In my previous articles in this series, I wrote about dynamic Ansible inventories and how to write a very flexible Python script that uses Nmap results to create them.

      • VituxHow to find Geographic Server Location (IP) using the Terminal on Debian 11 – VITUX

        Each server has a public IP address that is assigned to the server directly through a router. This public IP address can be used to determine the geolocation of the server, which includes information such as the continent, country, and even the estimated latitude and longitude of the server.

        There are many situations where you need to determine the geographic location of a remote Linux machine based on its IP address. You may know how to find out the geolocation of the server through the web browser, but today we will see how to find it through the terminal application in a Debian operating system. In this article, we’ll tell you how to find out the public IP address of a system and then retrieve its geolocation using’s two open APIs.

      • FAQForgeHow to Install Slack on Ubuntu

        Slack is an up-and-coming application for communicating in the workplace. It comes with all of the standard functionality, but its extra features are amazing.

        Slack offers call and video conversations in addition to text communication. Slack has a channel function that allows you to organize your conversations into sub-categories and allows you to search for them. It also supports extra add-ons to expand its functionality. This aids in the organization of information and communication.

        The Slack client is not open-source software, but its client is free. The Slack desktop client supports many platforms. In this article, you will learn multiple methods to install Slack on your Ubuntu system

      • VituxIP Address Management on Ubuntu – VITUX

        Nowadays, everything takes place on the Internet. It is not wrong to say that “the Internet has become the basic requirement for our lives”. And the Internet is a network of networks that are interconnected. To surf the Internet, you should know the basics of a network and how to connect your local network to the Internet. The first and most important thing when connecting to the Internet is the IP address. The IP address is your identity on the Internet, just like your phone number, social security number, etc. To browse the Internet, you need an IP address. If the network is down or not working, the user should be able to find the cause of the problem. To identify the problem, one should be familiar with the basics of networking. The Linux Network Stack provides great flexibility in managing a network through the graphical user interface and the command line. In this tutorial, we will see how to manage, debug, and fix a network problem using the Linux GUI interface and the command-line interface.

      • OpenSource.comHappy anniversary, Git! Here are our favorite Git commands

        Git's 17th anniversary is on April 7th, 2022. Since its creation, Git has become a standard tool for software development. It helps programmers track changes they make to their code, and as a code hosting platform, it allows users to find useful applications. If you interact with source code, open source or otherwise, there's a strong likelihood you interact with Git. With so many people using Git daily, I wondered what the open source community's favorite Git commands are. What better way to find out than to ask?

    • Games

      • GamingOnLinuxHow to give Valve feedback when Steam Deck (Proton) games have issues | GamingOnLinux

        While this may be something Linux users are used to, players new to the Steam Deck should be aware of how to catch issues for Valve to hopefully fix up Proton.

        Here's the thing: for the majority of games on Steam Deck, they won't be Linux Native. Instead, they will rely on the Proton compatibility layer to run Windows games on SteamOS which is based on Arch Linux. It's not perfect, there are issues and here's how you can catch them.

      • GamingOnLinuxXbox Games Studios talk up more of their games on Steam Deck | GamingOnLinux

        Still a little weird to see but Xbox Games Studios have talked about more of their games running on Steam Deck, a system powered by Linux. Not the first time they've done this and likely won't be the last, heck they even showed how to get Xbox Cloud Gaming running.

      • GamingOnLinuxThe Hand of Merlin to get full Native Linux and Steam Deck support | GamingOnLinux

        Developer Room-C Games working with Croteam have announced that The Hand of Merlin will see full Steam Deck support, as work continues on their Native Linux version.

        The Linux version has been available in Beta for a while but they're not quite finished with it to tick the box and have it show on the Steam store. The good news is that they've also been testing on Steam Deck, where it works great, and they think it should get bumped from Playable to Verified when done.

      • GamingOnLinuxRimWorld now includes full Steam Deck support | GamingOnLinux

        The original developer who was working on Steam Deck support was sadly caught up in the Russian invasion of Ukraine, with Ludeon Studios mentioning they are now safe.

      • GamingOnLinuxHalf-Life Alyx: LEVITATION promises another 4-5 hours of VR fun | GamingOnLinux

        Half-Life Alyx: LEVITATION is an impressive looking upcoming mod for Valve's incredible VR experience. Probably one of the best games and gaming experiences, I've ever had. I'm itching to play a whole lot more in this world.

        It will be difficult for any mod team to create a comparable experience, especially with the added extras that a VR game mod will need but this really does look promising.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • OMG UbuntuDash to Panel Adds GNOME 42 Support

          This unified, single desktop panel is one of the most popular GNOME extensions[citation needed] around. It’s a classy and customisable alternative to a vanilla GNOME or stock Ubuntu setup.

          So word that the latest version — rolling out through GNOME extensions website — adds support for GNOME 42 will please many an ear.

          How does it fare on Ubuntu 22.04? Very well! I don’t see any graphical glitches when entering or exiting the workspace switcher or the app launcher. The whole of the shell UI feels as well proportioned with Dash to Panel enabled as it does with the vanilla Ubuntu Dock.dash

    • Distributions

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • FedoraFedora Community Blog: Community Blog monthly summary: March 2022

          This is the latest in our monthly series summarizing the past month on the Community Blog. Please leave a comment below to let me know what you think.

        • Enterprisers Project4 tips for transitioning into an IT management role

          When I was 24 years old, I was promoted into the executive suite with little more than a prayer. The fact that I lasted six years in this job was a downright miracle. Since then, I’ve learned a ton through personal experience and from the clients that I coach, who face untold leadership struggles.

        • Revisiting ROCm packaging

          I made a thread late last year inquirying about interest in ROCm packaging; in that time I've introduced a few packages amd updated a few existing packages to the latest version.

        • Red HatKafka Monthly Digest: March 2022 | Red Hat Developer

          This is the 50th edition of the Kafka Monthly Digest, and covers what happened in the Apache Kafka community in March 2022.

        • Red Hat3 ways to install a database with Helm charts | Red Hat Developer

          Helm is a package manager for Kubernetes. Helm uses a packaging format called charts, which include all of the Kubernetes resources that are required to deploy an application, such as deployments, services, ingress, and so on. Helm charts are very useful for installing applications and performing upgrades on a Kubernetes cluster.

        • LinuxiacFedora Plans to Drop Support for Legacy BIOS Systems [Ed: IBM helps the same sinister agenda as Microsoft and the NSA; it's not about security or modernity as lessens users' control]

          The Fedora 37 development team is considering dropping support for non-UEFI BIOS.

          The Unified Extensible Firmware Interface, or UEFI, is a modern method of handling the boot process. UEFI is similar to Legacy; however, the boot data is stored in a .efi file rather than the firmware.

          In the case of Fedora, while the change may take some time, the new Fedora x86_64 installations will no longer work on non-UEFI platforms.

          On x86_64 architectures, Fedora 37 will mark legacy BIOS installation as deprecated in favor of UEFI. While systems already using Legacy BIOS to boot will continue to be supported, new Legacy BIOS installations on these architectures will be impossible.

      • Debian Family

        • 9to5LinuxRaspberry Pi OS Is Now Powered by Linux 5.15 LTS, Gets Experimental Wayland Backend

          The new version of Raspberry Pi OS comes a little over two months after the previous one and it's the first to finally bump the kernel version from Linux 5.10 LTS to Linux 5.15 LTS in an attempt to provide users with some new features that weren't present in the previous kernel series.

          Linux kernel 5.15.30 is included by default in the new Raspberry Pi OS release, though you should know that Linux 5.15 will only be supported until October 2023 while Linux kernel 5.10 LTS will be supported until December 2026.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Its FOSSLinux Mint’s New Upgrade Tool Aims to Make the Update Process a Breeze
          Linux Mint’s next release, based on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, is around the corner. You should expect it soon after Ubuntu 22.04 LTS release later this month.

          In the latest monthly blog post, Clem Lefebvre (Linux Mint founder) revealed that Linux Mint 21, codenamed “Vanessa,” will be the next upgrade based on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.

        • UbuntuCanonical Experiences Record Channel Business Growth and Momentum | Ubuntu

          Canonical, the publisher of Ubuntu, announced today that its channel partner program has seen upwards of 240% growth within the past year. At the forefront of this momentum is the continued growth of the company’s partner-led business, with new and existing partners actively driving Canonical’s offerings into the market.

          Driven primarily by the accelerating growth established through distribution partnerships in Europe and North America, Canonical grew many strategic channel partner relationships and selectively onboarded new partners.

        • Make Use OfPop!_OS Teases Intrepid Linux Users With the 22.04 Beta Release

          Pop!_OS, a custom version of Ubuntu developed by Linux preinstalled PC maker System 76, has made beta images of the upcoming 22.04 version of the Linux distribution available. However, it's only intended for users undaunted by the bugs that will inevitably be present.

        • Xubuntu 22.04 LTS - New Features and Release Details

          Xubuntu 22.04 LTS is powered by Linux Kernel 5.15 and underlying packages from Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. In addition to that, the default desktop environment version is Xfce 4.16. The Xfce desktop environment did not see any significant release since its release in Dec 2020.

          Even so the Xfce desktop version 4.16 remained as the Xubuntu 21.10 (last release), and the desktop components and native applications get some improvements and bug fixes.

          Perhaps the vital work in this release is the initial support for GTK4 and libhandy in the Greybird theme (via version 3.23.1). That means the GTK4 apps from the GNOME ecosystem look good in Xubuntu with their theme.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • FSF

        • GNU Projects

          • GIMP 2.10 review

            GIMP is the best free photo editor available right now – certainly the most powerful. Is it better than paid-for tools like Adobe's Photoshop, or Affinity Photo? No – these are easier to use, and in the case of Photoshop, more advanced. GIMP lacks the cutting-edge, AI-powered features like smart object selection or neural filters that are starting to appear in Adobe software (see the best AI photo editing software for more options). It's also worth mentioning that Adobe tools are generally the standard in creative industries, so if you're looking to make a career in design or publishing, it may be worth getting used to Adobe early.

            For painters and illustrators, while GIMP will certainly give you a lot of tools, Krita (opens in new tab) is a more comprehensive free option, with a larger selection of brushes. If you're looking for a free graphic design tool for posters or infographics, again, GIMP will do the job, but there are free options that will give you less of a headache. As already mentioned, Canva (opens in new tab) is a less powerful but much more user-friendly and streamlined tool for these kinds of tasks. Adobe's Creative Cloud Express is also now giving Canva a run for its money.

        • Licensing/Legal

          • Open Source InitiativeUser beware: Modified AGPLv3 removes freedoms, adds legal headaches [Ed: User beware: OSI is promoting Microsoft proprietary software in exchange for bribes; OSI does not warn people about Microsoft and instead focuses on other things]

            In a prior post, we reported on a decision from a U.S. district court holding that it was false advertising for a company to claim that software licensed under the Affero General Public License version 3 with the addition of the Commons Clause (referred to in the case as the “Neo4j Sweden Software License”) was “free and open source” software. Unfortunately that case contains one more decision that is already raising concerns among the open source community.

            Defendants in this case had forked the Neo4j software and removed the Commons Clause from their now-AGPLv3 licensed fork. They did this relying on AGPLv3 Section 7 that permits a licensee to remove any "further restriction" – such as non-commercial use – imposed beyond those listed in AGPLv3. However, the court held that the defendants were not allowed to redistribute the software without the Commons Clause license.

            That conclusion goes against the intent of the drafters of the AGPLv3. The GPLv3 Second Discussion Draft Rationale says in footnote 73 that the restriction was aimed at the copyright owners themselves: “Here we are particularly concerned about the practice of program authors who purport to license their works under the GPL with an additional requirement that contradicts the terms of the GPL, such as a prohibition on commercial use.”

      • Programming/Development

  • Leftovers

    • Choosing SOFA

      The SOFA (Start Often Finish rArely) attitude is something I’ve often resented in my own self because I wasted—or it felt like waste, at the time—my life up to age 26 or so before I had the toolbox to more intentionally and directedly focus my time. I learned a wide variety of things but very shallowly. I’ve certainly been very grateful for the more directed efforts I’ve made since, but, as usual, people are coming from different directions on this and maybe the grass is always greener.

    • [Older] The pandemic shows that the state is already withering away, just not in the cool way Marx and Engels predicted

      Consider the U.S. response to the pandemic. It has been utterly and completely abhorrent. Insofar as there has been any attempt at mitigation by the state, it has been in the form of pharmaceutical and medical intervention (vaccines, masks, medicines, etc.), but largely lacking anything that could be called public health intervention (lockdowns, business shutdowns, work restrictions, cash subsidies, etc.). Yes, early on back in the ancient days of 2020, there were short and poorly planed lockdowns and a couple small handouts in the form of cash and unemployment increases. But these are all long gone and aren't even being considered at the current moment, when infections are the worst they've even been by a factor of about two.

      What is interesting about this? The acceptable interventions all center around the flow of *commodities*, physical objects for sale. Unacceptable interventions are all *behavioral* and based on adjusting human relationships. If the solution involves buying and selling things, then it's considered politically reasonable by the "adults in the room". If it involves even the slightest change in the relationship between boss and worker or the behavior between neighbor and neighbor, then it's considered politically impossible.

    • Hardware

      • CNX SoftwareAnkerMake M5 3D printer comes with AI camera, prints at up to 300mm/s (Crowdfunding)

        Anker is better known for its charger and power banks, but the company has now entered the 3D printer market with the AnkerMake M5 3D printer which is said to print five times faster and comes with an AI camera for monitoring the prints.

        Besides the up to 300mm/s printing speed, other highlights of the 3D printer include Google Assistant & Amazon Alexa voice assistant compatibility, and easy assembly that requires 3 steps done in about 15 minutes.

      • CNX SoftwareArm SystemReady SR-certified Ampere Altra Developer Platform launched for $3,999

        Arm SystemReady SR compliance ensures out-of-the-box support for off-the-shelf operating systems, and the machine has been tested successfully with Ubuntu Server 20.04.3, Windows PE (10.0.22000.1), VMware ESXi-Arm Fling v1.8, Fedora Server 35, FreeBSD 13.0-RELEASE, CentOS stream 9, and Debian 11.2. Arm SystemReady SR is for servers and workstations and has no waivers (for hardware/firmware/OS hacks) like Arm SystemReady ES or SystemReady IR certifications do for less powerful systems. Documentation can be found on the Wiki.

      • ADLINK's Ampere€® Altra€® Developer Platform with Arm SystemReady Certification
    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Security

          • LWNSecurity updates for Thursday []

            Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (bind), Debian (firefox-esr), Fedora (fribidi, gdal, and mingw-gdal), openSUSE (pdns-recursor and SDL2), Oracle (kernel), Slackware (mozilla), SUSE (glibc and openvpn-openssl1), and Ubuntu (fribidi and linux-azure-5.13, linux-oracle-5.13).

          • FOSSLifeThe Political Threat of Ransomware Attacks [Ed: Stacked by Microsoft, preaching/talking about fake security while failing to name the predominant culprit: Microsoft Windows]

            Ransomware as a political weapon is on the rise, said Alex Klimburg, Head of the Centre for Cybersecurity, World Economic Forum, in a recent podcast on Radio Davos.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Bruce SchneierUS Disrupts Russian Botnet

        The botnet “targets network devices manufactured by WatchGuard Technologies Inc. (WatchGuard) and ASUSTek Computer Inc. (ASUS).” And note that only the command-and-control mechanism was disrupted. Those devices are still vulnerable.

      • USDOJJustice Department Announces Court-Authorized Disruption of Botnet Controlled by the Russian Federation’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) | OPA | Department of Justice

        The Justice Department today announced a court-authorized operation, conducted in March 2022, to disrupt a two-tiered global botnet of thousands of infected network hardware devices under the control of a threat actor known to security researchers as Sandworm, which the U.S. government has previously attributed to the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (the GRU). The operation copied and removed malware from vulnerable internet-connected firewall devices that Sandworm used for command and control (C2) of the underlying botnet. Although the operation did not involve access to the Sandworm malware on the thousands of underlying victim devices worldwide, referred to as “bots,” the disabling of the C2 mechanism severed those bots from the Sandworm C2 devices’ control.

    • Monopolies

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