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  • GNU/Linux

    • There are two kinds of notes

      Action are notes that find you when you don’t think of them. That tells you to get lemons in the grocery store, to get to the dentist when you have an appointment, and what to work on when you have spoons and a desk. If it’s there for you when you would’ve forgotten it, it’s action. Common attempts to organize action include alarms, calendars, reminders, TODO lists, check lists, shopping lists, putting it in your bag ahead of time, leaning it against the door. I have a note in the bag where I keep fresh dishwashing brushes that tells me to use the old one to clean out my dustpan before I throw it out.

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • CNX SoftwareUbuntu Kylin 20.04 OS works on RISC-V hardware

        China-developed Ubuntu Kylin 20.04 is now supporting RISC-V architecture with an image for HiFive Unmatched mini-ITX motherboard, and work will be done on an unnamed Starfive SBC that should be the VisionFive board with a GPUless JH7100 dual-core RISC-V SoC or an upgraded version with JH7110 SoC featuring an Imagination IMG BXE-4-32 GPU.

        You may have read recent reports about China asking government entities, including state-owned enterprises (SOE), to replace foreign hardware and software within a two-year period. So that means avoiding systems based on Intel and AMD processors, so working on RISC-V open architecture makes perfect sense, since over time, Chinese manufacturers should be able to make RISC-V SoCs and PCs based on those processors, albeit probably not within the next two years at any significant scale.

    • Server

      • The Magic of Docker Desktop is Now Available on Linux

        Today we’re excited to announce the general availability of Docker Desktop for Linux, providing developers that use Linux desktop environments the exact same Docker Desktop experience that’s currently available on macOS and Windows.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Graphics Stack

      • NVIDIA Recap: ASUS x Noctua RTX 3080, LHR Full Bypass, Linux Driver Open-Sourced, and more

        We’ll need to take a trip back to February when cybercriminals group Lapsus$ claimed that they have hacked NVIDIA and stolen nearly 1TB of confidential data but they did not demand stuff like a stated number of cryptocurrencies to be paid as ransom rather they want the source code of LHR to be publicized. While the GPU giant didn’t cave in to those demands, today we have NiceHash somehow done the job for NVIDIA while Team Green pulled another gun out of their sleeve which is open-sourcing its GPU driver for Linux kernels.

        Despite being the slowest compared to the likes of Intel and AMD that have been doing for like several years, this will finally mark an end to big brain Linux engineers chugging away coffees and energy drinks to try and reverse engineer drivers just to get them working on not only just Linux but also legacy hardware and dedicated distros.

        But there’s a catch. NVIDIA is currently doing this under a dual MIT/GPL license which does not include driver parts that run in user space including but not limited to OpenGL, Vulkan, OpenCL, CUDA, and GPU System Processor (GSP) firmware for which all of these would be proprietary, confidential, and released with pre-built binaries. Additionally, only the GTX 1600 series, RTX 20, and 30 series are included in the support list. Anything older than that is a big NO.

        In short, unless you want to contribute to this new yet familiar Linux GPU scene or simply be the lab rat yourself, you don’t really have a practical reason to jump the gun this early.

    • Applications

      • Its FOSSAdobe Illustrator Alternative Inkscape Releases Version 1.2
        Inkscape is a popular open-source vector graphics program available for Linux, Windows, and macOS.

        The latest release focuses on refinements to existing tools and more customization options.

        There are also a couple of new additions to the application. Let’s take a look.

      • LWNInkscape 1.2 released

        Version 1.2 of the Inkscape drawing tool has been released. New features include multi-page support, editable markers, the ability to flow text around shapes, and more; see the release notes for details.

      • Release Notes

        Inkscape 1.2 is the latest major Inkscape release that brings you many fresh new features and new functionality.

      • Inkscape 1.2 Release Notes
      • The Register UKInkscape adds multi-page support with v1.2 update
        Open-source vector drawing package Inkscape has resolved at least one user pain point with v1.2 – multiple-page documents.

        "This is one of the features that Inkscapers have been clamoring for over the past few years," the team acknowledged, and the functionality works well. It's possible to create standard or custom-sized pages in the same document, give them names, arrange them, and export them.

        Other updates include improvements to the color palette and a merged Layers and Object dialog. A new Live Path Effect (or, as the Inkscape team humorously put it, "Tiled Clones dialog on steroids") permits a vast array of tiling types when copying large numbers of object and there are new modes of on-canvas snapping to ease alignment.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Red Hat OfficialHow to use systemctl to manage Linux services | Enable Sysadmin

        Learn how to start, stop, enable, disable, and mask a system service with the systemctl command.

      • Install Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Desktop [Step By Step] - OSTechNix

        Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, codenamed Jammy Jellyfish, has been released a month ago. This step by step guide explains how to create a Ubuntu bootable USB drive and how to install install Ubuntu 22.04 LTS desktop edition with screenshots.

      • VideoBacking up a Linux Server with rsync - Invidious

        When it comes to sending files from one device to another, rsync is legendary. Using rsync, you can back up critical data and send it to a backup device, network share, an offsite server and more. In this video, you'll see an example of backing up critical data on a server with rsync.

      • H2S MediaHow to set DNS Nameserver on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy

        Let’s learn the GUI and a command-line way to set the DNS server address in your Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy JellyFish.

        Well, whenever we visit some website such as in a browser, to find the website the browser needs the Ip-address of it. Here, the DNS comes into the picture. The Domain Name System, or DNS for short, is a system that converts Internet addresses or computer names into IP addresses and vice versa.

        A browser request for the IP address will be sent to the DNS server. For private individuals, this is usually the case with the associated Internet provider. The DNS server then returns the IP address.

      • TechRepublicHow to install Cockpit on Ubuntu 22.04 for better server management | TechRepublic

        Cockpit is a web-based GUI for management servers that typically ships with RHEL-based distributions such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS Stream, Rocky Linux and AlmaLinux. It’s a great way to keep tabs on your servers, manage users/groups/storage/services, update software, view logs and so much more.

        Although Cockpit does come pre-installed with some of the RHEL-based Linux distributions, it is not found on Ubuntu Server out of the box. Fortunately, the process for installing Cockpit on Ubuntu Server isn’t all that challenging.

        Let’s do just that.

      • VituxHow to Install gvim Editor on Debian 11 – VITUX

        If you have already worked with vim editor, gvim is a similar tool but it has a graphical user interface.

        In this small article, I am going to show you the method of installing gvim editor on Debian version 11 using its terminal.

        Before you actually start the installation, open up the terminal and run the following command with root privileges to update package repository.

      • OSNoteHow to Install Rust Programming Language on AlmaLinux 8 and Rocky Linux 8 – OSNote

        Rust is often called rust-lang. Rust is a general-purpose programming language that aims to be safe, concurrent, and practical.

        Rust was created by Graydon Hoare in 2010, and the first stable version (1.0.0) was released in May 2015. Graydon Hoare has been the principal architect of Rust, with contributions from Dave Herman, Brendan Eich, and others. Rust is free and open-source software sponsored by Mozilla Foundation.

      • OSNoteHow to Install Craft CMS on Ubuntu – OSNote

        Craft is a flexible, user-friendly CMS, which allows you to be creative without having to worry about the technicalities. It’s also a content management system that’s immensely flexible and that offers you various solutions for getting your website up and running.

        This CMS is intended for blogs, magazines, agency websites, news sites, or any other digital product. Craft has been designed in an open source way, so it can be utilized easily by developers who want to customize the existing design of their website and by designers who want to make use of its built-in graphics options.

      • CitizixHow to sign git commits and tags with GPG

        In this article, we will learn how to sign git commits and tags to verify that the code actually came from you and that it wasn’t maliciously altered by an attacker while you were transferring it.

        GnuPG is a complete and free implementation of the OpenPGP standard. GnuPG allows you to encrypt and sign your data and communications; it features a versatile key management system, along with access modules for all kinds of public key directories. GnuPG, also known as GPG, is a command line tool with features for easy integration with other applications.

      • Install and Setup OpenVPN Server on Ubuntu 22.04 -

        In this guide, we are going to learn how to install and setup OpenVPN Server on Ubuntu 22.04. OpenVPN is a robust and highly flexible open-source VPN software that uses all of the encryption, authentication, and certification features of the OpenSSL library to securely tunnel IP networks over a single UDP or TCP port. It facilitates the extension of private network across a public network, access remote sites, make secure point-to-point connections, while maintaining security that would be achieved in a private network.

      • FAQForgeHow to Install Gradle Build Tool on Debian 11

        Gradle is a build automation tool that is based on a concept called ‘incremental builds’. It speeds up the development process by, for example, building only those parts of the project that have been modified. Incremental build works by (conceptually) tracking which files were changed and then using this information to determine what needs to be built. This helps Gradle avoid executing tasks that are not necessary.

        Gradle can be seen as an analog of Apache Ant or Make, but it also has features typically associated with continuous integration tools like Jenkins: tasks can be executed in parallel, and tasks can depend on other tasks (this makes it possible to specify task execution order).

      • Install Drupal 9 on Apache Web Server

        In my previous Drupal article, I covered everything you needed to know about Drupal, including how to install Drupal on a LiteSpeed web server. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to install Drupal safely on an Apache web server.

      • Built InHow to Set Environment Variables in Linux

        Setting environment variables in Linux is a process with a wide range of applications for data scientists, machine learning engineers and programmers. This guide will help you get started with the process.

      • Ubuntu HandbookHow to Install & Change Themes in Ubuntu 22.04 [Beginner’s Guide] | UbuntuHandbook

        Ubuntu 22.04 desktop looks really good today, but it’s always better to have choices! And, here is the beginner’s guide shows how to install themes and change the desktop panel, icons, app windows appearance.

      • Linux HintUbuntu 22.04 Change Desktop Icon Size

        As a Linux user, you may have used the GNOME Tweak application. This permits users to customize the appearance of the Ubuntu 22.04 desktop environment. You can utilize the Tweak Tool for workspace settings, top bar, quick launch bar, title bar, clicking actions, and much more. However, the functionality of changing desktop icon size has been removed from the GNOME Tweak 40 version. Instead, you can use the GNOME Shell Extension for the same purpose.

        This write-up will discuss the method for changing desktop icon size in Ubuntu 22.04 using GNOME Shell Extension. So, let’s start!

      • Linux HintHow to install and configure Wine on Ubuntu 22.04

        Wine is a free compatibility layer that permits you to run Windows programs on Unix-based operating systems such as macOS, FreeBSD, and Linux. Wine is an acronym for “Wine Is Not an Emulator”. The functionality of the Wine application is similar to an emulator; however, it utilizes different techniques to boost performance. It converts Windows system calls into POSIX calls that can then be used by Unix and other Linux-based operating systems such as Ubuntu 22.04.

        This write-up will discuss the procedure of installing and configuring Wine on Ubuntu 22.04. So, let’s start!

      • Linux HintInstall and Use TeamViewer on Ubuntu 22.04

        TeamViewer is a secure remote connectivity software that permits you to connect to any device across the globe. With the help of VPN connections, it is utilized for sharing files, web conferences, online meetings, and establishing desktop sharing sessions. You can install this remote desktop sharing software on different operating systems including macOS, Windows, and Linux-based systems such as Ubuntu 22.04.

        This write-up will discuss the procedure to install and use TeamViewer on Ubuntu 22.04. So, let’s start!

      • Linux HintSetting Up Static IP Address on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        Linux-based systems such as Ubuntu 22.04 offer two major options for configuring the network interfaces when it comes to IP addresses. You can either utilize DHCP to get an IP address automatically or set a Static IP Address that will never change. More specifically, setting Static IP address assists in granting someone remote access or in a situation when you want to host a web server.

        This write-up will discuss the procedure of setting a Static IP address on Ubuntu 22.04 using two different methods. So, let’s start!

      • Linux Shell TipsHow to Check Video Files Formats in Linux

        As a Linux user, knowing the video formats of the video files we are using for our projects or work is important for the swift performance and completion of the set project/work objectives.

        The main reason for checking the video formats of video files in Linux; especially when handling them under a video editor software, depends on the ownership rights status that a software company may have on the video format in question.

    • Games

      • Linux Links10 Fun Free and Open Source First Person Shooter Games

        This is a computer game genre focused on guns and other weapon-based fighting using a first-person perspective. They are a type of three-dimensional shooter game. Pick up your weapon, enter the battle arena, and take on your enemy in these fast and furious games.

        It’s sometimes claimed that the concept of a first-person shooter originated with the release of Doom, almost 30 years ago. While Doom was definitely not the first in this genre, although it was an important game in promoting the genre. One of the earliest FPS games was Spasim (“Space Simulation”) released in March 1974. The game included wireframe 3D graphics, local multiplayer, the first-person perspective, and ships and weapons based on Star Trek. The game was played on the PLATO computer system and was heavily influenced by another PLATO space multiplayer game Empire.

        All of the games featured below are highly addictive, immersive, fascinating, and hugely satisfying. Attractive graphics are an important element to any shooting game. But these games also have great gameplay coupled with the urge of always having just one more play. And as the source code is freely available, anyone can pick up, modify, and expand upon the games.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • GamingOnLinuxLooks like the Budgie desktop is coming to Fedora Linux officially
        Do you love the Budgie desktop environment? Good news, another Linux distribution looks like it will have it soon with Fedora. This is official too, with developer Joshua Strobl formally getting it going.

        This will include all the major parts required like the Budgie Control Center, Budgie Desktop, Budgie Desktop View and Budgie Screensaver. Going even further, Strobl noted in a Reddit post they are "strongly considering" getting a proper Fedora Budgie Spin going, which is Fedora's way of providing install media with various different desktop environments compared to the main Fedora Workstation with GNOME.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • OpenSource.com4 ways you can preserve the Earth’s livability with open source

      Before taking action, it is important to assess your impact on the environment in a scientific way. With more accurate information, you can focus your efforts where the most potential lies. Open science discloses the models behind these measurements, which reduces uncertainties in the long term through continuous improvement and observation. Open source tools make it possible to remain objective and make meaningful comparisons to guide decision making.

      These decisions happen constantly, both in the consumption of everyday resources and in the use and development of digital products. Software developers find their work in digital products all over the world. Measuring and reducing the energy consumption of these products is the goal of open source tools like Scaphandre, Cloud Carbon Footprint, and kube-green. These tools help you track power consumption, estimate carbon emissions, and even shut down resources when they are not needed.

    • Memray project showcases why Bloomberg is an ‘open source first’ company [Ed: This is openwashing, paid-for openwash-as-a-service, as Bloomberg is proprietary-first; OSI lost touch and sight of its original purpose, which it now undermines for cash (only about 3% of less of OSI's money comes from members; it's corporate); OSI says that a proprietary Wall Street firm is "open", but this is GitHub (proprietary/Microsoft) promotion. i.e. more of the same from OSI]
    • Licensing / Legal

      • ZDNetSoftware Freedom Conservancy wins big step forward for open-source rights | ZDNet

        The Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC), a non-profit organization that promotes open-source software and defends the free software General Public License (GPL), recently sued major TV vendor Vizio for abusing the GPL with its Linux-based SmartCast OS. Vizio replied that the SFC had no right to ask for the source code. On May 13, however, the SFC succeeded in federal court with its motion to have its lawsuit against Vizio remanded back to Superior Court in Orange County, CA.

        Doesn't sound like that big a deal? Think again. The important part of the decision by U.S. District Court Judge Josephine L. Staton stated that SFC's claim "that the [GPLv2] enforcement of 'an additional contractual promise separate and distinct from any rights provided by the copyright laws' amounts to an 'extra element,' and therefore, SFC's claims are not preempted."

    • Programming/Development

      • Java

        • UbuntuSnapping PhotoNoteBook: Lessons from the kitchen table, or: How an Android app got converted to a Linux snap | Ubuntu

          The idea for PhotoNoteBook was seeded in 2018 after watching a Double-Glazing salesman measure my windows. He would make a pencil drawing of the windows, and make notes as to the sizes of the panes. I thought: “In the age of smartphones and tablets, that’s ridiculous!”

          Later in the year, my partner and I were on holiday. She spotted a flower on a cliff side, and not knowing what it was, she took a photo with her smartphone so she could look it up once we returned home. But then, one month later, she could not remember where the photo was taken. I felt: “What a pity she could not have made a quick note of where she was, and have the date and time recorded.” The idea for PhotoNoteBook was born!


          The deployable image and its Java runtime environment are self-contained. For the Windows OS, this means it has all of the dynamic runtime libraries (DLLs) required to to provide common functions and interface to the Windows OS. For Linux, it means that the required dynamic libraries (.so) are included in the runtime image.

      • Rust

  • Leftovers

    • Science

      • Rocket mass heaters

        Following up on my previous post describing rocket stoves, I’d like to briefly touch on “rocket mass heaters”. A rocket mass heater is essentially a large rocket stove that is adapted for heating indoor spaces.


        Proponents of rocket mass heaters claim that they are safer for indoor use than typical metal wood-burning stoves because rocket stoves (as previously mentioned) produce lower levels of dangerous particulates and gasses, including carbon monoxide. They’re typically constructed as a DIY project, but not easily adapted to existing spaces — they’re necessarily heavy. To get the most out of a rocket mass heater (or any masonry heater), the interior space would ideally be designed with the heat source in mind (for example, they often integrate seating as part of their design).

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Cell transmitters on residential buildings

        Walking around any large city (NYC in particular), my eyes are drawn up to the cell antennas attached to buildings, especially residential buildings. Some corners bristle with so many antennas that I can't help but feel sorry for the poor chap whose bedroom wall is transmitting hundreds of watts of microwave radiation. Headaches? Feeling a bit hot at night?

        I am not (entirely) kidding. A microwave oven on low may put out a couple of hundred watts; a cell phone struggling to reach a tower, maybe 3 watts, and will get hot in your hand. So you get to cook your brain _very_ slowly. But living behind a microwave antenna -- all bets are off.


        Older 3G cell equipment has bands close enough to 2.4GHz used by Bluetooth and older Wi-Fi equipment; it is entirely plausible that cell transmitters are causing interferance.

    • Proprietary

      • MakeTech EasieriPhones Vulnerable to Malware Even When Powered Down

        While at one point Apple devices were considered safe from vulnerabilities, one large reason they were considered “safe” is that hackers weren’t targeting them as much, as they weren’t as popular. Now that they’re more popular, they’re more vulnerable. Additionally, researchers have discovered that iPhones aren’t even safe when turned off. The chip that controls Bluetooth leaves iPhones vulnerable to malware even when powered down.

      • Threat PostMicrosoft’s May Patch Tuesday Updates Cause Windows AD Authentication Errors | Threatpost

        Microsoft is alerting customers that its May Patch Tuesday update is causing authentications errors and failures tied to Windows Active Directory Domain Services. In a Friday update, Microsoft said it was investigating the issue.

        The warning comes amid shared reports of multiple services and policies failing after installing the security update. “Authentication failed due to a user credentials mismatch. Either the user name provided does not map to an existing account or the password was incorrect.” posted an admin to a Reddit thread on the topic.

    • Security

      • LWNSecurity updates for Tuesday

        Security updates have been issued by Debian (cifs-utils, ffmpeg, libxml2, and vim), Fedora (rsyslog), Mageia (chromium-browser-stable), SUSE (chromium, containerd, docker, e2fsprogs, gzip, jackson-databind, jackson-dataformats-binary, jackson-annotations, jackson-bom, jackson-core, kernel, nodejs8, openldap2, pidgin, podofo, slurm, and tiff), and Ubuntu (clamav, containerd, libxml2, and openldap).

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Re: The Disappearance of Sincere Conversations

        At least in my own case, i'm regularly having sincere and deep conversations (often referred to as ‘D&Ms’ here in Australia, for “Deep and Meaningful”s) with people both via social media and as a result of social media, some of which has involved my smartphone. This Friday i'm meeting someone in person for the first time, having met them via the Lex app[a] - we've been having great chats over the last few weeks. Yesterday i met up in person with someone i'd previously had a limited amount of meatspace interaction with, but who i've been connecting with via reactions and comments on our Facebook posts - we ended up chatting easily for several hours, in a way i certainly felt was sincere and deep, and are planning to meet up in person again.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • The Rage Society

        Today's society and its digital platforms thrive on engagement. What's the most engaging thing? Content that produces the extremes of human emotions. Usually, that is, borderline gore, blantant clickbait that induces rage, acting like the end of the world is near, arguing online about useless things, and the list can go on.

        The algorithms of digital platforms, are tuned to keep producing the longest user engagment. Systematically, they've learned that the biggest user engagement is at posts that trigger the biggest human emotions. That can be sadness, joy, hating the other etc. This is clearly seen, with the online promotion of blantant illegal acts, rage-fuelled discussions, overly sad events.

      • Smol Data Centre

        I've been listening to several podcasts and watching some YouTube videos of tech hobbyists and many of them talk about setting up a data centre at home for running various things (like NAS, Home Assistant, etc.). Almost all of them seem to want to go as over the top as possible, e.g. having terabytes of NVMe storage with ZFS or RAID or some other complicated setup, running Kubernetes clusters on their Pi's, complaining about how they aren't getting their full 10 gigabits of throughput from their NAS even though they re-wired the house with Cat6a, how their Starlink isn't roaming so they have to suffer the indignation of using 5G, etc.

      • AccessNowWhere can you find Access Now at CPDP 2022? [Ed: It is so ironic that an organisation called "accessnow" has outsourced to an oligarchs-owned censorship platform and speaks about "privacy" when that platform is notorious for its mass surveillance and manipulation thereof]

        Next week, the EU policy team of Access Now will be participating in the Computers, Privacy & Data Protection (CPDP) 2022 conference held in Brussels, Belgium.

    • Monopolies

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