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  • GNU/Linux

    • Unix MenIs SASE Compatible With Linux?

       Linux is a popular open-source operating system used widely by companies around the world for its several advantages. Some of these advantages are being incredibly affordable and arguable securer than other systems as it is open-sourced and a potential flaw can be recognized and patched by a variety of people.

      But what if you want to make it securer? Currently, one of the most favored security frameworks is SASE (understandably), but is this security framework compatible with Linux OS? This is a common question as companies want to be sure before taking the next step. Well, let’s keep reading and see how they work together.

    • ByteXDSome of the Best Linux Phones Available as of May 2022

      Most people are only familiar with Android phones from Google and iOS from Apple? However, you might wonder, are there any other types of phones – say Linux phones?

      In this article we’ll try to give you a deeper understanding of Linux phones, their difference from other phones like Android and Apple, and finally, some of the best Linux phones you can get today.

    • Desktop/Laptop

    • Server

      • Most Reliable Hosting Company Sites in April 2022 [Ed: GNU/Linux dominant as usual]

        Aruba had the most reliable hosting company site in April, its fifth month in a row at the top. The top seven hosting company sites each responded to all of Netcraft’s requests in April and were separated by average connection time. Aruba had the fastest average connection time of 7ms. Aruba provides hosting, cloud and digital signature services, fibre optic internet, digital preservation, and much more, with data centres across Europe in the UK, Germany, Czechia, Poland, Italy and France.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • LWNSystemTap 4.7 released
        The SystemTap team announces release 4.7

        Enhancements to this release include: a new stap-profile-annotate tool, a new --sign-module module signing option, -d is now implied for processes specified with -c/-x
    • Applications

      • Lagrange v1.13: Curses TUI, Spartan, Emoji

        There has been scattered progress on various fronts, which makes summarizing this release a bit challenging. The most significant new feature is a TUI for terminal emulators. However, it remains a work-in-progress and needs compatibility testing, but I find it quite useful already.

      • Ubuntu HandbookRhythmbox Music Player Got an Update 2 Years After the Last Release | UbuntuHandbook

        Ubuntu’s default Rhythmbox music player finally released a new version with podcast improvements, code cleanup, and various bug-fixes.


        The release also ported DAAP plugin to libdmapsharing-4.0 API, enabled UTF-8 support in metadata scanner. The app ID has been renamed to “org.gnome.Rhythmbox3”. And, it has now switched to Meson for its building system.

      • Connectagram 1.3.2 released

        Switched to Qt 6 Removed XPM icon Translation updates: Dutch, Ukrainian Word list updates: German, Polish

      • FSFApril GNU Spotlight with Amin Bandali: Twenty new GNU releases!

        Twenty new GNU releases in the last month (as of April 29, 2022):

        coreutils-9.1 emacs-28.1 gama-2.19 gcc-11.3.0 gnuhealth-4.0.3 gnupg-2.3.6 gzip-1.12 help2man-1.49.2 libgcrypt-1.10.1 mailutils-3.15 mtools-4.0.39 nano-6.3 octave-7.1.0 parallel-20220422 parted-3.5 poke-2.3 r-4.2.0 recutils-1.9 shepherd-0.9.0 unifont-14.0.03

      • GStreamer 1.20.2 stable bug fix release

        The GStreamer team is pleased to announce the second bug fix release in the stable 1.20 release series of your favourite cross-platform multimedia framework!

        This release only contains bugfixes and it should be safe to update from 1.20.x.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install Gitea Code Hosting using Docker on Rocky Linux 8
      • Install this Window Manager written in C++

        WMDerland is a Tiling Window Manager for the X11 server and uses space partitioning trees.

        It was written in C++, has gaps(spaces) between windows and can be easily configured by a file with INI syntax.

      • Bash vs. Zsh – differences you should know | FOSS Linux

        Linux is known most famously for freedom (free as in free speech, not free beer). It will allow you to do anything to your system, which goes to such an extent that it even implodes if you tell it to. This freedom is mainly accessible to the users through the operating system’s shell (shell can be thought of as the interface to the operating system). This shell is usually Bash, but again, thanks to the freedom, that’s not necessary.

        Today, we will explore an alternative shell called Z Shell that has been gaining a lot of attention and popularity recently, and for a good reason. We will also see how it is different from our good ol’ Bash.

      • Enable SSH Password Login in Linux

        SSH, which stands for Secure Shell, is a highly secure method of connecting to any remote server. All cloud providers prefer to login with ssh keys because it is a secure and quick way to login without providing a password.

        Linux allows us to log in using a number of secure techniques. On a desktop Linux system, we typically login with a username and password. However, we can use SSH keys to login to a remote server without providing a password.

        Several cloud services require their users to utilise SSH keys to login, which some users may not desire for a variety of reasons. If your SSH server is not configured to allow passwords, the ssh command to connect to the remote server will fail with the message ‘Permission denied, please try again.’

      • How to detach a session in tmux

        Tmux is a terminal multiplexer that works as an alternative to GNU screen. In other words, you may launch a Tmux session and then open numerous windows within that session. Each window takes up the whole screen and can be divided into rectangular panes. Tmux allows you to effortlessly switch between countless applications in one terminal, detach them, and reconnect them to another.

      • How to create a Tmux session using a script | FOSS Linux

        You probably already know what Tmux is if you’re here so I won’t go over it again. However, if you don’t know about Tmux, don’t worry since we have an article tailored to help you quickly learn about Tmux. You can find it here.

        When using Tmux, you occasionally utilize several layouts and numerous environments depending on the type of project at hand. However, you can’t keep using the long methods to get things done. There will come a time when you need to create a script to help quickly make a Tmux session. If that is your case, then stick around to learn how to create a Tmux session with a script.

        Regular Tmux users will conquer that they are used to re-creating the structure of the same sessions each time they start a Tmux session. However, various projects aim to provide a mechanism to build a configuration file and then restore a session based on it, for example, Tmuxinator and Teamocil. The two are both Ruby-based, and if you are not a Ruby developer, getting a language interpreter and package management for such a task may seem like too much of a burden.

        However, worry not, since I’ll show you how to use Tmux CLI commands to construct a Tmux session script in this post, so you can have a similar structure without repeatedly setting up everything.

      • MakeTech EasierWhy and How to Edit Your Sudoers File in Linux

        Within your Linux system, there is a file called “sudoers”. This is a text file that controls the deepest levels of your permission system. It permits or denies users from gaining super-user access and holds some special preferences for sudo.


        The sudoers file is a text file that you can find in the “/etc” directory (find out more about Linux directory here). Its main purpose is to control how sudo works on your machine and determine which users and groups have the ability to run with superuser permission.

        In addition, the sudoers file can also allow a specific user to run commands as another user in the system.

      • Install GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) On Ubuntu 22.04 LTS |

        Install GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) On Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        GCC was originally written as the compiler for the GNU operating system. GNU compiler collection is a list of compilers and libraries for C++, Objective-C, Ada, Go, C, Fortran, and D programming languages. These days, various projects are compiled using GCC so it is always better to install GNU compiler collection or GCC on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS to avoid any future conflicts.

      • How To Access Google Drive On Ubuntu 22.04 LTS |

        How To Access Google Drive On Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        Google Drive is already available by default on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. In this post, we will show you the way to set up Google Drive on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS and start using it to upload your files on the drive.

      • How To Install Gnome Tweak Tool On Ubuntu 22.04 LTS
      • How To Install KDE Plasma On Ubuntu 22.04 LTS |

        Install KDE Plasma On Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        KDE Plasma is a desktop environment from KDE. It’s a KDE’s flagship product. In this post, we will show you the tutorial to install KDE plasma on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. Ubuntu 22.04 LTS is the latest version of Ubuntu. At the time of this article, KDE Plasma 5.24.5 is the latest version of KDE Plasma.

      • ID RootHow To Install 7-Zip on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS - idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install 7-Zip on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, 7-Zip is open-source software available to compress and decompress files and folders into various formats. 7-Zip is still a popular compression of files and directories over cross-platform devices. Formats that 7-Zip supports such as 7z, ZIP, RAR, GZIP, BZIP2, TAR, CAB, ISO, ARJ, LZH, CHM, Z, CPIO, RPM, DEB, and many more formats.

        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 7-Zip open-source file archiver on Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 22.04 and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Pop!_OS, and more as well.

      • [Fixed] bash: netstat: command not found

        netstat stands for network statistics is a network analytics tools for Unix like system. It allows administrators to get a complete overview of the system network statistics including network connections, network interface stats, masquerade connections, open ports, and so on.

        Most linux distributions have netstat pre-installed. This article will solely address the error that occurs when netstat is not installed. netstat was not pre-installed on the majority of the Docker containers I used.

      • Install Firefox 100 On Ubuntu / Linux Mint / Alma Linux & Fedora | Tips On UNIX

        This tutorial will be helpful for beginners to download and install Firefox 100 on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, Ubuntu 20.04, LinuxMint 20.3, Rocky Linux 8, Almalinux 8, and Fedora 35.

        Firefox is a free and open-source web browser developed by the Mozilla Foundation. Firefox is available for Windows, macOS, Linux, and Android.

      • Make Use OfHow to Install Android Studio on Ubuntu

        The Android OS runs on over 2.5 billion devices around the globe. The need for Android software engineers to develop new apps and maintain the existing ones is huge.

        Here's how you can get started with Android app development by installing Android Studio on Ubuntu, which comprises Android SDK, Java Development Kit (JDK), and other software needed to start developing native Android apps. Let's begin!

      • H2S MediaHow to install CUDA on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Linux - Linux Shout

        Install CUDA on your Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa to start using GPU to power your programming languages for developing various applications…

        CUDA stands for “Compute Unified Device Architecture“, open-source technology and programming interface developed by Nvidia to empower developers for utilizing the extra power of their GPUs. Yes, as compared to the system’s CPU, GPU comes with a larger number of cores that can be used in parallel and can perform a variety of calculations simultaneously.

        Hence, due to the high computing power and parallel operation of the GPUs, enormous performance gains can be achieved for certain applications. Therefore, with the help of CUDA, we can use our system GPU with programming languages such as Python, Fortran, C, and C++ or with software such as MATLAB. CUDA consists of libraries, development tools, a runtime environment, and a compiler.

      • OpenSource.comHow I use the Bacula GUI for backup and recovery |

        Today, when best practices for backup and recovery are more important than ever before, it's good to know that high-end fully open source enterprise backup solutions exist for even the largest organizations. Perhaps the most powerful open source solution in its class is Bacula, a highly scalable software for backup, recovery, and data verification. It is a mature yet still significantly developing project used by MSPs, defense organizations, ISVs, and e-commerce companies worldwide and runs on many different Linux flavors. Bacula has a thriving community, and many Linux enthusiasts use it to provide a strong level of data protection.

      • UNIX CopZRAM as swap on Ubuntu 22.04

        zram is a kernel module in which data written to the device nodes it creates are compressed and stored in memory itself . This is similar to tmpfs in which one could mount a directory as tmpfs and the data would be stored in memory rather than on disk. One obvious reason to use this is performance (due to faster disk I/O). Additionally, since zram also has compression features, we might as well replace it with all of our tmpfs.

      • Ubuntu PitHow to Increase VM Virtual Disk Space on VirtualBox and VMware

        Using VMware or Virtual machines to run another operating system or server is very popular and convenient among Linux and Windows users. We might need to run an OS on our current system to test, check, or experience the OS in many cases. No matter what the reason is, you can set up and customize the configurations of the VM virtual machines. Using Oracle’s VirtualBox and VMware, you can increase VM virtual disk space, RAM, CPU core, and other parameters.

      • TecAdminInstalling LightDM on Ubuntu Desktop – TecAdmin

        LightDM is a free, opensource and lightweight X Display Manager for Linux Desktop systems. It is also used as a cross-desktop display manager. It supports various Desktop environments including various display technology, such as Wayland, Mir, and X windowing systems.

        This tutorial will help you to install the LightDM display manager on the Ubuntu Desktop system.

      • UNIX CopInstall XAMPP in Linux

        XAMPP stack is an open source Apache Distribution consists of cross-platform software (X), Apache (A), Maria DB (M), PHP (P) and perl (P). Developers normally use this platform for testing of softwares and webpages. In this tutorial we will learn how to Install XAMPP in Linux.

      • ID RootHow To Install PowerShell on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS [Ed: Better convert to Bash or similar. This is Microsoft's way of controlling stuff.]

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install PowerShell on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Microsoft PowerShell is a versatile and industry-leading scripting language that can be used for automation. This console interface is designed for use by system administrators for the purpose of automating tasks or performing them in a more controlled manner.

        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 PowerShell on Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 22.04 and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Pop!_OS, and more as well.

      • Linux Shell TipsHow to Find Out IP Address of Linux Machine

        The main question that determines the flow of this article is why do we need to know the IP address of our Linux machine(s)? For a Linux superuser or administrator, this question is self-explanatory.

        However, for a user who is still learning the ropes in the Linux operating system ecosystem, a brief explanation of the importance of knowing your Linux machine’s IP address is a mandated protocol.

      • UNIX CopHow to install Apache and PHP on Ubuntu 22.04

        Hello, friends. In this opportunity, you will learn how to install Apache and PHP on Ubuntu 22.04. This process is simple, so we will approach it quickly.

      • How to configure key-based authentication for SSH | Enable Sysadmin

        Remote connections to a server via Secure Shell (SSH) can be authenticated in two ways. The traditional and default method is to use password authentication. The second approach is key-based authentication, which is based on a private-public key pair.

      • GNU Linux Debian 10 – list of apt available games

        these are debian game “bundles”

      • UNIX CopInstall Gradle on Ubuntu

        Gradle is an open-source build automation tool; Java projects mostly uses Gradle. It automates the building process of applications which includes compiling, linking, and packaging of code without manual input. Gradle also supports Groovy, which is an object-oriented dynamic language for Java applications. Gradle combines the best features of Ant and Maven. Unlike its predecessors, which use XML for scripting, Gradle uses Groovy , a dynamic, object-oriented programming language for the Java platform to define the project and build scripts. In this tutorial we will Install Gradle on Ubuntu.

      • UNIX CopHow To Install Atom Text Editor on Ubuntu [Ed: But Microsoft controls it. Use something better.]
      • UNIX CopHow to install Docker on Ubuntu 22.04
      • UNIX CopElasticsearch cluster on AWS

        Elasticsearch Service on AWS’s had come a long way from when it was first introduced, and we at Gigasearch feel it is ready for most production workloads. In addition, it eliminates much of the pain of operating Elasticsearch yourself, allowing you to focus on your application and business.

    • Games

      • GamingOnLinuxPowerTools is a Steam Deck Plugin for power users

        Want to tweak more on your Steam Deck? You need some PowerTools. A new plugin for the Steam Deck Plugin Loader.

      • GamingOnLinuxBeautiful looking puzzle-adventure Sonority releases May 25

        Hanging Gardens Interactive and Application Systems Heidelberg have announced their lush looking puzzle adventure Sonority will release on May 25. That includes Native Linux support too.

      • GamingOnLinuxPeglin turns Peggle into a Slay the Spire styled roguelike

        It may be a little rough around the edges since it's brand new and in Early Access but Peglin might be another game I end up sinking 100s of hours into.

      • GamingOnLinuxLovecraft's Untold Stories 2 releases with Linux support on May 17

        Lovecraft’s Untold Stories 2 is an action RPG with rogue-like elements, a sequel to the hit from 2019 and it releases on May 17, 2022. While the first one is not supported on Linux, it should work nicely with Proton or Wine and it doesn't actually require you to know the first game the developer said. The publisher mentioned very clearly in their email today that Linux, macOS and Windows are supported for this one.

      • GamingOnLinuxWine manager Bottles gets a UI refresh, developers now GNOME Foundation Members

        Lots of news and excitement happening for Bottles, the free and open source application designed to help you manage various programs and games on Linux that need Wine.

      • Boiling SteamNew Steam Games with Native Linux Clients - 2022-05-03 Edition - Boiling Steam

        Between 2022-04-26 and 2022-05-03 there were 24 New Steam games released with Native Linux clients. For reference, during the same time, there were 276 games released for Windows on Steam, so the Linux versions represent about 8.7 % of total released titles.

      • Godot EngineGodot Engine - Dev snapshot: Godot 3.5 beta 5

        We're getting closer to the Godot 3.5 stable release with a fifth beta snapshot! Like with 4.0 alpha builds, we're trying to release 3.5 beta builds every other week to ensure that new features can be tested, bugs can be reported and bugfixes can be validated.

        This beta adds what should be the last batch of new features (together with a lot of bug fixes, as that's our focus at this stage), with scene unique node names and the new SceneTreeTween backported from Godot 4.0.

      • GamingOnLinuxLinux user share on Steam hits second highest percentage in years

        Valve have put out their usual monthly Hardware & Software Survey and it's looking pretty great for Linux overall. April 2022 showed a big boost to Linux gamers. After a few months of dipping down, it seems to have rocketed back up to be at the second-highest point it's been in years with 1.14%.

      • GamingOnLinuxSteam Deck gets a small update to add more keyboard layouts

        Continuing to improve the typing experience with the Steam Deck on-screen keyboard, Valve has released a new Steam Deck Client update with additions. This comes shortly after adding in support for other languages too.

      • GamingOnLinuxEscape Simulator hits 1 million sales, adds voice chat and new map

        Escape Simulator has been a huge success now for Pine Studio, with 1 million sales in around 7 months and a fresh major update is out now.

      • GamingOnLinuxSpace Invaders fused with awesome music, Beat Invaders gets a huge 2.0 update

        Quite possibly one of my absolute favourite games released in 2022, Beat Invaders is a marvellous fusion of the classic Space Invaders with slick beats and neon lighting. Version 2.0 is out now adding in a lot and overhauling even more.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • KDE Plasma 5.24.5, Bugfix Release for May
          Plasma 5.24 was released in February 2022 with many feature refinements and new modules to complete the desktop experience.

          This release adds a month's worth of new translations and fixes from KDE's contributors. The bugfixes are typically small but important and include...

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • Adriaan de GrootPost-LAS | [bobulate]

          It was all whirlwind and heat. One weekend we hit the road and went to Italy. Where there was the Linux App Summit (LAS) 2022. I mentioned I was going, and then I went! And it was all I needed it to be.

        • Linux App Summit 2022 – Sam Thursfield

          Engineers at Codethink get some time and money each year to attend conferences, and part of the deal is we have to write a report afterwards. Having written the report I thought… this could be a bit more widely shared! So, excuse the slightly formal tone of this report, but here are some thoughts on LAS 2022.

        • Thibault Martin: Scaling the Foundation to Contribute to GNOME

          This article follows one published by a former director, Allan Day, who detailed the evolution of the Board of Directors. The article you’re reading goes further on what I believe is needed to help us scale the Foundation to become an active contributor to the GNOME Project, beyond its traditional support activities.

    • Distributions

      • Reviews

        • Purism Librem 14 review (part 2): The ethical flagship

           With the Librem 14, Purism happened to find a market niche in which, so far, not much competition is to be seen. What Purism did here was not only achieving one of the cleanest hardware boards on the market, but caring about the software to the point of rewriting big parts of firmware for the sake of security and software longevity.

          The target for this laptop is actually wider than it looks: it is a sleek, minimalistic black device with good hardware. The price tag is on the higher side, but in line with other business-oriented laptop brands, and top-notch security comes in the package. I could imagine anyone from programmers to security-conscious political figures enjoying a device like the Librem 14. From the impression that I received from using it, this laptop is designed to be a trustable daily driver, in the way it "just works", cannot physically leak most of your data while you are using it, and cannot easily be compromised without a Pureboot scan warning you.

      • New Releases

        • NitruxRelease Announcement: Nitrux 2.1.1

          We are pleased to announce the launch of Nitrux 2.1.1. This new version brings together the latest software updates, bug fixes, performance improvements, and ready-to-use hardware support.

          Nitrux 2.1.1 is available for immediate download.

        • 4MLinux 40.0 BETA released.

          4MLinux 40.0 BETA is ready for testing. Basically, at this stage of development, 4MLinux BETA has the same features as 4MLinux STABLE, but it provides a huge number of updated packages.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Red HatFine-tune Kafka performance with the Kafka optimization theorem | Red Hat Developer

          The performance of your Apache Kafka environment will be affected by many factors, including choices, such as the number of partitions, number of replicas, producer acknowledgments, and message batch sizes you provision. But different applications have different requirements. Some prioritize latency over throughput, and some do the opposite. Similarly, some applications put a premium on durability, whereas others care more about availability. This article introduces a way of thinking about the tradeoffs and how to design your message flows using a model I call the Kafka optimization theorem.

        • Red HatThe Red Hat Cloud way: Event-driven, serverless, distributed cloud services to support modern apps | Red Hat Developer

          As Red Hat Summit 2022 approaches, we are excited to announce that our session, The Red Hat cloud way: Event-driven, serverless, distributed cloud services to support modern apps, will be part of the developer track.

          This session will explore Red Hat Cloud Services and Red Hat Application Services to provide a walkthrough of Red Hat's cloud strategy with application development and cloud-native models.

        • Red Hat OfficialIntegrate Red Hat Insights into your existing operational workflow

          Red Hat Insights is a managed service that gathers and analyzes platforms and applications’ data to predict risk, recommend actions, and track costs. Insights alerts administrators with warnings and/or optimizations covering the domains of operations (e.g. an outage is about to occur), security (e.g. a new CVE is discovered for your systems), and business (e.g. overspending is happening).

        • Enterprisers ProjectAutomation: 3 ways it enables innovation in public sector IT | The Enterprisers Project

          Public sector IT is perhaps one of the most misunderstood industries today. It has a reputation as one that relies on legacy systems. However, what many fail to see is the overwhelming pressure faced by public sector IT to constantly ship and run upgrades, all while being pulled in a thousand directions under a limited budget.

          As each year passes, the current practice of maintaining legacy systems grows more costly and potential security risks heighten. It’s clear that the current system is no longer sustainable. It’s time for government CIOs to prioritize implementing automated DevOps systems that will scale the delivery of more secure and efficient apps.

        • Enterprisers ProjectDigital transformation: 3 ways a culture of innovation can drive your strategy | The Enterprisers Project

          Most companies understand the imperative to undergo a digital transformation. The most forward-thinking go beyond merely modernizing their operations and processes to introduce efficiencies and accelerate or even invent new responses to ever-dynamic signals from customers and competitors.

          Completing a large-scale operational and cultural makeover leveraging technology is crucial. Customers in most industries and sectors increasingly expect products and services delivered ever more rapidly, cheaply, and seamlessly in ways they desire and on-demand. Customers will readily replace businesses that fail to adapt to their dynamic needs with those that are more adept in this effort.

          Still, many companies struggle through the transformation process itself. Why? Because often the focus is exclusively on technology; companies often overlook or neglect the human aspects of transformation – from employees to customers. Additionally, the blueprints for a 12- to 24-month rollout can often be rendered obsolete by the ever-increasing speed of change in the marketplace.

      • Debian Family

        • 9to5LinuxTails 5.0 Anonymous OS Officially Released, Based on Debian GNU/Linux 11 “Bullseye”

          It’s been more than two and a half years since the release of the Tails 4.x series, which was based on the Debian GNU/Linux 10 “Buster” operating system series, and Tails 5.0 is here to provide users with a more up-to-date system based on the latest Debian GNU/Linux 11 “Bullseye” operating system series.

          This means that several core components and default apps have been bumped to newer versions from the Debian GNU/Linux 11 repositories, including the GNOME desktop environment, from version 3.30 to 3.38, which now ships with the Activities overview for accessing windows and apps.

        • TailsTails 5.0 is out

          We added Kleopatra to replace the OpenPGP Applet and the Password and Keys utility, also known as Seahorse.

          The OpenPGP Applet was not actively developped anymore and was complicated for us to keep in Tails. The Password and Keys utility was also poorly maintained and Tails users suffered from too many of its issues until now, like #17183.

          Kleopatra provides equivalent features in a single tool and is more actively developed.

        • Beta NewsPrivacy-focused Linux distro Tails 5.0 is finally here -- Download it NOW!

          If you’re at all worried about your privacy -- and frankly you should be -- Tails can help secure it. The Amnesiac Incognito Live System, to give it its full name, is a live Linux-based operating system that you can boot into on any computer. It can be used to encrypt files, emails and instant messaging chats, and much more besides.

          Today, the developers release Tails 5.0, the first version of the distro based on Debian 11 (Bullseye), and this comes with an important new security feature, as well as lots of other changes and updates.

          Kleopatra is the big new addition here and this replaces the OpenPGP Applet -- which is no longer being actively developed -- and the Password and Keys utility (also known as Seahorse), which was poorly maintained.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Linux MagazineUbuntu Cinnamon 22.04 Now Available
          For those who prefer the Cinnamon desktop, but would rather have all the fancy Ubuntu underpinnings (instead of going with Linux Mint), developer Joshua Peisach has announced the release of his Ubuntu remix, Ubuntu Cinnamon. This new version is based on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS and includes the Cinnamon 5.2 desktop. Cinnamon 5.2 adds improvements to the Menu applet (such as better keyboard navigation when using left to right languages). The Calendar applet now supports GNOME’s Evolution Data Server for contacts, tasks, and calendar information.

        • Storage news ticker – April 27

          Canonical’s Ubuntu 22.04 LTS is now generally available, featuring significant leaps forward in cloud confidential computing, real-time kernel for industrial applications, and enterprise Active Directory, PCI-DSS, HIPAA, FIPS, and FedRAMP compliance. Ubuntu is the only Linux distribution supporting Azure Confidential VMs, which deliver confidentiality not only between different cloud customers but also between customers and the cloud itself. It features hardware-level encrypted guest isolation, combined with measured boot and TPM-backed full-disk encryption implemented in Ubuntu and Azure Managed HSM. Customer code and data are encrypted in use, in transit, and at rest using encryption keys that are protected and can be controlled by the customer.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Events

        • PostgreSQLPostgreSQL: PGDay Israel 2022: Call for Papers is Now Open!

          PGDay Israel 2022 takes place in Tel Aviv, Israel, on October 20. Our Call for Papers is now open.

          We are accepting proposals for talks in English and Hebrew. Each session will last 40 minutes, and may be on any topic related to PostgreSQL.

          Submission deadline is June, 30, 2022.

          Selected speakers will be notified by July, 15, 2022.

      • Web Browsers

        • Mozilla

          • MozillaCelebrating Firefox: How we got to 100 [Ed: No, Mozilla, incrementing the number every few weeks is hardly an achievement. It's harder to make a solid browser, focusing on making Firefox work rather than making it harder to fork.]

            In 2019 we released Picture-in-Picture and it quickly became a favorite among users. Since its release we continued to improve it, first, by making it available across Windows, Mac and Linux, then making multiple Picture-in-Pictures (which coincidentally was a plus for sports enthusiasts), and today with subtitles and captions. This feature just keeps getting better and we owe it to our users sharing their feedback.

            Earlier this year we launched Mozilla Connect, a collaborative space for users to share product feedback, submit ideas for new features and participate in meaningful discussions that help shape future releases. It’s where we received the idea to enhance Picture-in-Picture with subtitles and captions support.

            The subtitles and captions in Picture-in-Picture will initially be available on three websites — YouTube, Prime Video and Netflix — plus websites that support WebVTT format like and Twitter. We hope to expand the feature to even more sites. Now whether you’re hard-of-hearing, a multi-tasker or a multilingual user, we have you covered with Picture-in-Picture subtitles. To learn more about the impact of captions and how Picture-in-Picture will become more usable to a range of users with varying needs, we’ve written an article here.

            To hear more about the journey PiP subtitles followed from community idea to shipping feature, or contribute ideas and thoughts of your own, join us over in Mozilla Connect. We’d love to hear from you.

          • MozillaFirefox’s Picture-in-Picture rolls out subtitles – a Mozilla Connect community requested feature

            Beginning with Firefox 1.0, we’ve continued to put our users first to develop and deliver on the features most important to them. Our mission then – to build an internet open and accessible to all – still remains the same today. That’s why, nearly 99 releases later, we’re excited to introduce subtitles and captions to Firefox’s Picture-in-Picture (PiP).

          • Ubuntu HandbookMozilla Firefox Reached Version 100 after 17 Years of Development

            Mozilla Firefox has reached its 100th release! It has been more than 17 years since the first 1.0 was released in 2004.

            Firefox 100 now supports for displaying subtitles in the pop-out video (Picture-in-Picture mode) for YouTube, Prime Video, and Netflix videos. Also, it supports video captions on websites that use WebVTT (Web Video Text Track) format, like, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and many more.

      • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

        • Content controls in Writer

          Writer now has the start of content controls: a new way to set properties on a piece of text, primarily for form filling purposes. This feature improves compatibility with the DOCX format: inline content control types "rich text" and "checkbox" are the first two types we can now import.


          Collabora intends to continue supporting and contributing to LibreOffice, the code is merged so we expect all of this work will be available in TDF’s next release (7.3).

        • Document FoundationLibreOffice project and community recap: April 2022
      • Content Management Systems (CMS)

        • WordPress 6.0 Release Candidate 1 – WordPress News

          The first release candidate (RC1) for WordPress 6.0 is now available!

          This is an important milestone on the 6.0 release cycle journey. “Release Candidate” means that this version of WordPress is ready for release! Before the official release date, time is set aside for the community to perform final reviews and help test. Since the WordPress ecosystem includes thousands of plugins and themes, it is important that everyone within the WordPress community check to see if anything was missed along the way. That means the project would love your help.

          WordPress 6.0 is planned for official release on May 24th, 2022, three weeks from today.

      • FSFE

        • FSFEEuropean Parliament votes for Free Software in AI resolution – This position must now be included in the AI regulation

          Today the European Parliament passed a resolution on Artificial Intelligence (AI) with a huge majority of 495 votes in favor, 34 against and 102 abstentions. There are many references to the advantages of Free Software included in the text - the FSFE now urges the Parliament to transfer its own position into the AI regulation.

          The resolution states that in public procurement Free Software should be mandated, where appropriate, with the goal to encourage cross border collaboration. The parliament also highlights the importance of Free Software as a way to enhance investments and boost innovation in AI technologies in the EU.

      • Programming/Development

        • William Durand: Developing Firefox in Firefox with Gitpod

          Gitpod provides Linux-based development environments on demand along with a web editor frontend (VS Code). There is apparently no limit on what you can do in a Gitpod workspace, e.g., I ran my own toy kernel in QEMU in the browser.

        • Season of KDE 2022 - Conclusion |

          In Season of KDE 2022, seven candidates took on and completed projects that helped them learn about Open Source and also expanded their knowledge of how software is created, managed, packaged and distributed; how to create features to applications aimed at end users; about the ever-pressing need for more efficient and eco-friendly software; and much more.

        • PHP MySQL WHERE Clause - OSTechNix

          In this guide, we will discuss how to select the records from a MySQL database based on specific conditions with the WHERE clause and the SELECT command using PHP in XAMPP stack.

        • QtQt Design Studio 3.3 Released

          We are happy to announce the release of Qt Design Studio 3.3.

  • Leftovers

    • red phone boxes

      I often see classic red phone boxes especially in little British villages. Usually they're used as mini book swaps. Somewhere between a library and a free book shop. Sun damaged, damp, peeling edges.

      There's one on a country path nearby that is a small art gallery. The phone box itself is an art object: installation, forgotten design, anachronism. A homemade sign says do not enter, bastardizing the purpose of a phone box.


      Modern phone boxes now remind me of futurama suicide booths. They have big screen adverts, free WiFi and charging. I don't notice the analog phones.

    • Astrid vs Hitler

      Astrid Lindgren was an author who made some mistakes and weird decisions (Basing Pippi on Hamsun and Nietzsche and referring to her as Ãœbermench? Brothers Lionheart ending wtf?) and also produced some gems.

      She spoke out against Hitler in 1939, and her diary has page after page of opposing the “master race” concept and expressing support for the Jewish people.

      Putinist posters are currently quoting a 1940 entry in her diary, just after the occupation of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, where she says she believed Stalin would be worse than Hitler.

    • The limits of case-by-casing it

      Or maybe you can because Gödel’s incompleteness means that all systems have bugs and we need to keep on revising and be watchful, but, we can still try to have some semblance of law and equality before the law (it’s also why I’m so mad at all the Swedish pundits & politicians who keep on harping “deport, deport” as a special punishment for a special lower tier of citizens, and then in the same breath scratch their heads wondering why there’s no integration).


      Law can evolve, to fit the needs of real humans and their dignity.

    • Hardware

      • Fusion Wireless Arcade Stick: Early Impressions

        I don't know why, but I have a strong affinity for human interface devices of all kinds, from computer keyboards to audio mixboards to specialized video game controllers. In the case of the latter, I love arcade sticks and flight sticks, of which I own four and two, respectively. The latest addition to my collection is the PowerA Fusion Wireless Arcade Stick for the Nintendo Switch.

        I own another arcade stick for Switch: the HORI Switch Fighting Stick Mini. That stick is compatible with PC as well, but the Fusion stick does not work on any platform other than Switch. That is okay with me: the console has a huge and continually-expanding selection of arcade titles, including shmups, and I already have a full-sized stick that I use on PC.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • TechRadarMicrosoft is now practically begging you to stop using Internet Explorer [Ed: Stop using Windows and this problem will be solved (along with many greater problems)]

          With its legacy browser set to be officially retired on June 15, Microsoft is now encouraging organizations to avoid waiting until the last moment to stop using Internet Explorer.

          In a recent blog post on the software giant’s Tech Community page, senior product manager for hardware Eric Van Aelstyn recommended that businesses still using IE should set their own retirement date instead.

        • Pseudo-Open Source

          • Openwashing

            • Publicplan: Why we support the OSI [Ed: Openwashing money]

              Publicplan develops open source software solutions for the digitization of administration in e-government. Its independent, adaptable, and sustainable solutions have improved communication between authorities, companies, and citizens since 2010.

        • Security

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Two cents on the mistery of double slashes in URLs

        I never expected my initial post about gemini crawlers would trun into a long conversation between crawler developers and server developers. Just saw Sean Conner's post[1] through cosmos about double slashes in URLs.

      • AccessNowAuthorities, telcos in Sri Lanka must ensure internet access throughout crisis - Access Now

        Authorities in Sri Lanka must ensure unhindered access to the internet, especially in times of crisis. Access Now and over 40 human rights organizations, and members of the #KeepItOn coalition are calling on the government of Sri Lanka to maintain unfettered access to the internet for all throughout the country’s ongoing economic and political crisis.

        “Access to the internet is crucial to communicate and exchange information freely,” said Felicia Anthonio, #KeepItOn Campaign Manager at Access Now. “Hampering access in any manner, as the Sri Lankan government has recently done by blocking access to social media, violates human rights and exacerbates the impact of the crisis.”

    • Monopolies

      • Copyrights

        • Public Domain ReviewJan Luyken’s Frontispiece for *Osteologia* (1680) – The Public Domain Review

          “To bear a name is both terrible and necessary”, laments one of Don DeLillo’s characters, addressing the double-bind of linguistic existence. Novelists, poets, and philosophers have long been drawn to Adam when thinking about the generative magic of language and its potential devastation. In Genesis, God sculpts the beasts of the field from earthen elements, marching them before the first man, “and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof”. For centuries, this scene has been imagined by artists as a stately procession — the recently formed fauna patiently awaiting their designation. Yet just as God conjured these creatures out of a timeless void, terminating their eternal sleep, so too Adam’s actions are at once creative and destructive: he births animals into language, while, in Hegel’s words, “nullifying them as beings of their own account”. Parroting the German philosopher, Maurice Blanchot describes how: “God had created all living things, but man had to annihilate them. Not until then did they take on meaning for him, and he in turn created them out of the death into which they had disappeared”.

          This frontispiece etching, printed by Jan Luyken for Cornelis van Dyk’s Osteologia (1680), seems to speak to the consequences of Adam’s naming as imagined by Hegel and Blanchot. The animals are bare-bones, stripped of life’s flesh, and summoned toward a skeletal figure — Adam? Noah? St Peter? Van Dyk? — who reads off his list. In the foreground, a ledgered turtle, hedgehog, rabbit, dog, horse, and camel march toward their exit stage right. Where are they headed? Is there some paradise beyond, where their tissue will be restored? Where these creatures will no longer carry the burden of humanity’s taxonomical projects, like the fowls who labor to bear the banner text in the image’s leafless trees? Unlikely, even though the list’s alphabetic letters decay into an asemic scribble, as if language begins to falter in the face of a seemingly infinite parade of animal life. Rather, viewed in retrospect, this image appears to foretell the ceaseless march of scientific progress, and the Enlightenment’s mission to give order to the natural world. A vanguard of this mission, Van Dyk’s seventeenth-century study of bones begins with a discussion of Genesis. The natural scientist speculates if Adam was a “hermaphrodite”, due to his apparently parthenogenetic powers — making Eve from his own body, who he also names — before proceeding to dissect the pictured animals in search of their osteo-logical innards.

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