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  • GNU/Linux

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • How To Enable SSH On FreeBSD

        Create A Normal User In FreeBSD

        Enable SSH Access On FreeBSD

        Start ssh Service On FreeBSD

        SSH Into FreeBSD As Normal User

        Enable SSH Root Access In FreeBSD

        SSH Into FreeBSD As Root User

      • ID RootHow To Install Signal Messenger on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS - idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Signal Messenger on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Signal Messaging is a free, open-source messaging app that can be used to share text, voice messages, photos, videos, GIFs, and files for free. Signal messenger is one of the better forms of communication for those that require the utmost privacy.

        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 Signal Messenger 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.

      • HackadayOptimizing Linux Pipes | Hackaday

        In CPU design, there is Ahmdal’s law. Simply put, it means that if some process is contributing to 10% of your execution, optimizing it can’t improve things by more than 10%. Common sense, really, but it illustrates the importance of knowing how fast or slow various parts of your system are. So how fast are Linux pipes? That’s a good question and one that [Mazzo] sets out to answer.

        The inspiration was a highly-optimized fizzbuzz program that clocked in at over 36GB/s on his laptop. Is that a common speed? Nope. A simple program using pipes on the same machine turned in not quite 4 GB/s. What accounts for the difference?

        What follows is a great use of performance measuring tools and optimization. Along the way there is plenty of exposition about how pipes work inside the kernel. In addition, some other subjects rear up including paging and huge pages. Using huge pages accounted for a 50% improvement, for example.

      • UNIX CopInstalling Nagios on OpenBSD 7.1

        Nagios is regarded as the industry standard for IT infrastructure monitoring. It’s fairly easy to use, flexible and provides a ton of extensibility. In this article, we’re going to see how to install nagios on OpenBSD 7.1.

      • UNIX CopInstall OpenProject Server for your team on the Docker platform

        OpenProject is an open-source project management software. OpenProject is the fasted and safest way for teams to connect, structure their work and achieve results. Organize your own task and assign tasks to a teammate.

      • UNIX CopHow to install microk8s on Ubuntu 22.04

        In this post, you will learn install microk8s on Ubuntu 22.04.

        MicroK8s is a CNCF-certified upstream Kubernetes deployment that runs entirely on your workstation or edge device. Being a snap it runs all Kubernetes services natively (i.e. no virtual machines) while packing the entire set of libraries and binaries needed. Installation is limited by how fast you can download a couple of hundred megabytes and the removal of MicroK8s leaves nothing behind.

      • UNIX CopHow to install Apache Maven on CentOS 9 Stream

        Developing an application requires certain tools that help us to improve creation and coding times. In the case of Java, one of them is Maven. This tool provides us with a whole set of utilities for the administration of a Java project. So, today you will learn how to install Apache Maven on CentOS 9 Stream.

      • TechRepublicHow to deploy Joomla with Docker | TechRepublic

        Joomla is a world-class, open-source content management system that is search-engine and mobile-friendly, multilingual and flexible; it also offers unlimited design potential. With more than 110 million downloads, 10,000+ extensions and templates, Joomla is used on 2 million+ websites. You might deploy Joomla for business websites or portals, e-commerce or online publications.

        With the help of Docker, you can quickly deploy a containerized version of Joomla and use it for just about anything. Let’s do just that.

      • TechRepublicHow to install OpenLDAP on Ubuntu Server 22.04 | TechRepublic

        Jack Wallen guides you through the steps for installing both OpenLDAP and the LDAP Account Manager on Ubuntu Server 22.04.

      • H2S MediaHow to install MediaWiki on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy - Linux Shout

        Let’s learn the steps to install MediaWiki on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy JellyFish server to run your own Wiki system such as Wikipedia.

        Mediawiki is an open-source management software for content in the form of a wiki system that makes websites such as possible. With the help of MediaWiki, you can not only read a website together with other users but also edit it in real-time. You can quickly and easily put texts, photos, and movies on your Mediawiki page.

        With the help of MediaWiki, you can quickly edit, delete or publish the content of your website. Mediawiki keeps every currently saved change without deleting the previous versions. If you accidentally deleted important content, you can restore it at any time. It enables joint editing of content and is suitable, among other things, for building knowledge databases or log collections.

    • Games

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Devices/Embedded

      • CNX SoftwareOrange Pi 800 Keyboard PC - A Raspberry Pi 400 alternative powered by Rockchip RK3399 - CNX Software

        There’s now a Raspberry Pi 400 alternative with the Orange Pi 800 Keyboard PC that offers a very similar design, but it is powered by a Rockchip RK3399 hexa-core Cortex-A72/A53 processor,

        Like the Raspberry Pi model, the Orange Pi 800 comes with 4GB RAM, Gigabit Ethernet, dual-band WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 5.0, two USB 3.0 ports, and one USB 2.0 port, but it also adds 64GB on-board flash storage and features one full-size HDMI port capable for 4Kp60 resolution plus a VGA port, instead of two micro HDMI ports.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • Digital TrendsARM vs. RISC-V: Is one better than the other? | Digital Trends

        If you wanted to make a CPU, and you’re not AMD or Intel, there are two real choices: ARM and RISC-V. But what are the differences between the two, and why do companies choose one over the other? These questions are fundamentally intertwined with differing philosophies about open source hardware and what’s best for the processor and computing industry.

      • The VergeNew York state passes first-ever ‘right to repair’ law for electronics

        The New York state legislature has passed the United States’ first “right to repair” bill covering electronics. Called the Fair Repair Act, the measure would require all manufacturers who sell “digital electronic products” within state borders to make tools, parts, and instructions for repair available to both consumers and independent shops.

        Having passed the legislature, it is awaiting signature by Governor Kathy Hochul, who is expected to support the measure. The measure will take effect one year after it passes into law.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Announcing coreboot 4.17 – coreboot

      The coreboot 4.17 release was done on June 3, 2022.

      Since the 4.16 release, we’ve had over 1300 new commits by around 150 contributors. Of those people, roughly 15 were first-time contributors.

      As always, we appreciate everyone who has contributed and done the hard work to make the coreboot project successful.

    • Should software paid for by taxpayers be open-source?

      Today, open-source has become a movement whereby it uses values and decentralized production models to find new ways to solve problems.


      When you talk about Open Source, the first thing that comes to mind are often companies like Red Hat, Mozilla and the Linux operating system in general. Over the years, these systems and organisations continue to work together with the open source community in developing new solutions.

    • CSOThe Open Source Software Security Mobilization Plan: Takeaways for security leaders [Ed: Linux Foundation is a front group for proprietary software companies; seems inadequate for it to speak on such issues, in effect promoting anti-Free software FUD]

      The Linux Foundation and the Open Source Security Foundation (OpenSSF) have introduced the Open Source Software Security Mobilization Plan. This is in response to attacks on the software supply chain and an uptick in interest in securing them. Supply chains are appealing targets to malicious actors because they can compromise a single point and have a cascading impact across the ecosystem of customers, as the SolarWinds and Log4j attacks have shown.

    • OpenCost Kubernetes Cost Monitoring and Optimization Project Launches

      Multiple vendors including AWS, Google, Kubecost, and SUSE are supporting the open source OpenCost project for Kubernetes cost monitoring.

  • Leftovers

    • The DriveCalifornia Man Fined $573K for Fixing Broken Cars in His Yard

      All cars have been removed from Alstatt's lawns, but he still has a hefty fee to pay to the city. Unfortunately, his case is consistent with many municipalities in America, which levy massive fines for the slightest violations of city code and often without informing homeowners they are in violation until the sums are so massive there is no hope of actually paying them off. Even my laissez-faire hometown of Houston, a city so lax it doesn't have zoning laws, has an allowance to fine homeowners $150 a day for parking a car in their yards. In short, watch where you park, and if you don't, perhaps consider a very good attorney.

    • CaliforniaCourt upholds $573,000 penalty against East Sacramento homeowner who worked on cars in yard

      Altstatt in 2014 parked an old van in his fenced backyard, where he worked on it on the grass — a code violation.

      He also had at least five other vehicles on the property, some of which he inherited when his brother died, he said.

      A neighbor complained, and the city cited him, claiming all the vehicles appeared to be inoperable. It also issued violations for other backyard items — car parts, generators, propane tanks and fruit that had fallen off his orange and grapefruit trees.

    • Memory

      We're going to have a get-together tomorrow to celebrate Brandon's life. So for the a while I have been helping to gather pictures and songs for the party. As I have worked on this, I have naturally seen and thought of many memories of my brother. But Memory is a trickster, and one that can be harmful or helpful. And most of what we remember is not the way that the past actually happened because memory isn't just thought or record alone, but also our emotions shading everything.

    • TediumOffbeat Television Broadcasting Standards: From Jamaica to North Korea

      Back in 2017, I wrote a nice lengthy piece on the evolution of TV technology, particularly a forthcoming standard called ATSC 3.0, which when fully rolled out could greatly change our relationship with broadcast-quality television. (Among other things, it’s based on the internet protocol, or IP, standard.) While a number of stations have voluntarily launched it around the country, there’s not really many TVs out there that natively support the technology at this time—you have to buy a set-top box to get the full experience. But ATSC 3.0 is out there in the wild as a mainstream standard in at least one country—Jamaica, where it launched in earnest just a few months ago. Today’s Tedium spends a little time thinking about television standards, because it’s what we like thinking about.

    • New York TimesWhen Elon Musk Dreams, His Employees Have Nightmares

      Elon Musk’s repeated wavering on his deal to buy Twitter has roiled markets and raised fresh questions about his seriousness. His promises to preserve free speech, ban spam bots and dramatically boost revenue may have earned the blessing of the company’s founder, Jack Dorsey, but with Twitter’s stock falling well below his offer price, Mr. Musk appears to be reneging on a deal that has made even Wall Street grow skeptical.

      For those of us who have followed Mr. Musk’s antics for some time, the latest twist in his bid for the social media platform is entirely in character. The way that he has managed and marketed his businesses from Tesla’s early days reveals a dysfunction behind the automaker’s veneer of technofuturism and past stock market successes. Often announcing new features without consultation with his team, he forces his employees to bridge the enormous gap between technological reality and his dreams. This disconnect fosters a negligent and sometimes cruel workplace, to disastrous effect.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • The Impact of Funding on Longevity Research | Technology Networks

        Age-related changes and illnesses have been associated with genetics, the proteome, diet and even gut bacteria. Longevity research focuses on understanding the biological processes behind how we age, with the aim of delaying or preventing age-related disease.

        Cutting-edge research and innovation can require large monetary investment to carry projects from concept to practice. To find out more about how early-stage funding could improve longevity research, Technology Networks spoke to Garri Zmudze, executive director of the Longevity Science Foundation, a non-profit organization looking to fund a longer and healthier human lifespan by supporting longevity research.

      • Broadband BreakfastDebra Berlyn: Online Shopping is Here to Stay for Older Adults

        In 2020, many of those 65+ were averaging $187 in online shopping per month. It’s also clear the online shopping habits that started during COVID-19 are not going to disappear anytime in the near or distant future.

    • Proprietary

      • The HillRansomware groups rebrand to dodge sanctions [iophk: Windows TCO]

        Ransomware groups that have been sanctioned by the U.S. government are switching their tactics to evade sanctions and continue to receive ransom payments, according to a report released Thursday by cybersecurity firm Mandiant.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • A Message from the Superintendent: National Gun Violence Awareness Day

        Virtually every week of the school calendar is replete with the acknowledgment of special days. Unfortunately, June 3 is not just another one of those days, but rather a stark reminder of the horror of last week’s school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, in which nineteen elementary school students and two teachers were gunned down with an assault rifle while in their classroom. June 3 cannot be just another day.

      • Counter PunchGuernica and Bucha

        Guernica and Guernica

        Guernica (Gernikara in Basque) is a city of 17,000 located in the province of Biscay (Vizcaya) in the Basque Autonomous Community of Spain. It has a recorded history that goes back almost a thousand years and for centuries has been at the center of Basque culture and politics. The Swiss philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau based some of his ideas about direct democracy and the “general will” upon public assemblies held beneath the renowned Tree of Guernica. But the town is best known because of Picasso. When people today speak of Guernica, they see it through the lens of Picasso’s Guernica.

      • Common Dreams'Sucking Up to Murderers': Biden Plans to Visit Saudi Arabia in Push for Oil

        Two and a half years removed from his campaign trail vow to make Saudi Arabia's leaders "pay the price" for their role in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, U.S. President Joe Biden is reportedly planning to visit Riyadh in the coming days as part of the White House's effort to shore up ties with the oil-rich kingdom as Russia's war on Ukraine roils global energy markets.

        The timing of the trip has not yet been finalized, but the New York Times reported Thursday that Biden intends to add the Riyadh visit to his planned visit to Israel and Europe later this month.

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

    • Environment

      • ReutersIn the race against time to cut emissions, companies’ supply chains are key | Reuters

        The question of how the hundreds of companies that have set net-zero commitments are actually going to deliver on them has taken on greater urgency in the wake of the UK Met Office’s recent assessment that there is an even chance global temperatures will overshoot the “safe” limit of 1.5 degrees Celsius in the next five years.

        According to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), 1,373 companies have had emissions reduction plans approved as being in line with the science of climate change, which calls for emissions to be halved globally by 2030.

        But talk – and targets – are cheap, and there are concerns that companies that are voluntarily setting targets could undermine the global effort to address climate change if it becomes a substitute, rather than a spur, for decisive action to cut emissions.

      • Energy

        • RTLChina to double wind, solar energy capacity by 2025

          China aims to double its wind and solar capacity by 2025, according to a new road map that also allows for more coal-fired power plants to bolster energy security.

          The world's biggest polluter earlier estimated it needs to double wind and solar use by 2030 to deliver on its pledges under the Paris climate accord.

          The latest plan -- if implemented -- means China might reach that goal earlier.

        • India TimesNew York passes bill to halt Bitcoin mining for two years

          In bad news for Bitcoin and Blockchain lovers, the New York State on Friday passed a bill to halt new permits for certain fossil fuel power plants to be used in Bitcoin mining.

          The measure establishes a two-year moratorium on new permits for cryptocurrency mining operations that use proof-of-work (PoW) authentication methods to validate Blockchain transactions.

          The measure also initiates a study on the environmental impact mining facilities are having in New York state.

        • NBCNew York just passed a bill cracking down on bitcoin mining — here’s everything that’s in it

          If Hochul signs the bill, it would make New York the first state in the country to ban blockchain technology infrastructure, according to Perianne Boring, founder and president of the Chamber of Digital Commerce. Industry insiders also tell CNBC it could have a domino effect across the U.S., which is currently at the forefront of the global bitcoin mining industry, accounting for 38 percent of the world’s miners.

        • The VergeNew York lawmakers pass a moratorium on Bitcoin mining

          The Bitcoin mining boom in New York state hit a roadblock as the state Senate passed a bill that will halt new permits for certain fossil fuel power plants to be used in Bitcoin mining. The measure, which also initiates a study on the environmental impact mining facilities are having in the state, passed in the state Assembly earlier this year.

          Promising new jobs, the [cryptocurrency] industry had split Senate Democrats on whether the moratorium would come with greater environmental or economic costs. Talks languished until late in the evening as the state Senate neared its legislative deadline.

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • European boats accused of illegally catching tuna - Oceanographic - Oceanographic

          Tuna numbers are dwindling all over the world due to overfishing and illegal fishing activities. Some populations are even close to extinction, experts have suggested. Figures by the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission revealed that the yellowfin tuna catch in 2020 was 100,000 tonnes over the commission’s 2015 recommendation which would allow the fish stock to recover.

          Two new investigations carried out by the OceanMind group and another by the charity Blue Marine Foundation further investigated tuna fishing activities in the Indian Ocean. They found that EU purse seine fishing vessels fished in coastal areas of the Indian Ocean, while reporting catches in the Chagos archipelago marine protected area and in Mozambique’s exclusive economic zone.

          The first report looked at data published by the EU from its fishing fleet from 2016 to 2020. It found evidence for EU vessels fishing in the Indian Ocean, where main catches include skipjacks, bigeyes and yellowfin tunas. “Blue Marine Foundation subsequently established that the vessels were not authorised,” reports The Guardian.

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • CNNIn Hong Kong, memories of China's Tiananmen Square massacre are being erased

        For decades it was a symbol of freedom on Chinese controlled soil: every June 4, come rain or shine, tens of thousands of people would descend on Victoria Park in Hong Kong to commemorate the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.

        The atmosphere would be at once defiant and somber. Speakers would demand accountability from the Chinese Communist Party for ordering the bloody military crackdown that cost the lives of hundreds, if not thousands, of unarmed pro-democracy protesters on that fateful day in Beijing.

        In memory of the dead, at 8 p.m. every year the park would turn into a sea of candles, held high by people vowing never to forget.

        This year, whether those candles light up once again will offer a litmus test for Hong Kong, its freedoms and aspirations, and its relationships to both the rest of China and the world.

      • Amnesty InternationalTiananmen Square: Four things you should know

        The Chinese government have never acknowledged what actually happened at the protests. There are no official acts of remembrance – in fact, the event is heavily censored in China. On social media – even today – reposting images from the protest can get you detained.

        We can't allow this tragic event to be forgotten. Here are four things you should know about Tiananmen Square.

      • The PrintChina: No justice 33 years after Tiananmen Massacre

        The Chinese government should acknowledge and take responsibility for the mass killing of pro-democracy demonstrators.

        A few months ago, Hong Kong’s universities removed the Tiananmen memorials. In December 2021, the University of Hong Kong removed “Pillar of Shame,” a large sculpture commemorating the massacre victims, from the university premises.

        The Danish sculptor Jens Galschiot tried to reclaim the artwork but no shipping companies wanted to be involved, citing fear of retaliation by the authorities. University students protested the removal by holding an “invisible” flash mob at the sculpture’s original site.

        The Chinese University of Hong Kong and City University of Hong Kong removed “Goddess of Democracy” statues, which were modeled after the original statue erected by students at Tiananmen Square in 1989. Lingnan University also removed a Tiananmen wall relief.

      • VOA NewsIn Hong Kong, Authorities Ban Tiananmen Square Vigil for 3rd Year

        It is the second year in a row that the national security law, imposed on June 30, 2020, has strengthened the pandemic-related ban on what was long the only large-scale massacre memorial on Chinese-ruled soil. The event’s organizer, Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, disbanded on September 25 because of the security law.

        On Thursday, Hong Kong police warned residents not to participate in any "unlawful assemblies" around the park on Saturday, where there would be stepped-up patrols, according to the South China Morning Post.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • ReutersEthical issues surrounding research of AI in health care [Ed: Calling every bit of automation "hey hi!"]

        May 31, 2022 - Artificial Intelligence or AI includes the ability of computers, or machines run by a computer, to perform tasks that are commonly performed by humans. This means that AI includes not only the ability to recognize and analyze data, but also to "infer" or "predict" what that data actually means in certain contexts. Not surprisingly, the use of AI in health care has become the subject of many research studies to ensure that these tools and technology are safe to use on animals and human beings. But given that AI calls for computers/machines to practically "act," "react," and process data like humans, the potential ethical issues are numerous.

      • TruthOut85 Percent of Voters Want Congress to Pass the Equal Rights Amendment
      • Counter PunchTen Domestic Injustices Worsened by War

        The militaristic and imperialist foreign policy of the United States has negative consequences for every aspect of life in the US and abroad. As long as we’re investing so much in the military, not only will we not have the money to invest in better things, but we are also exacerbating countless problems on a global level. In order to create the world we want and need, US social movements must take up the struggle against militarism. Here are just ten ways that injustices in the United States are fueled by the war machine.

        1. Police violence is armed by the Pentagon. Since 1996 the 1033 program has been providing excess military equipment to police departments throughout the United States. A 2014 report by the American Civil Liberties Union titled “War Comes Home” found that “militarized police act aggressively and violently, target Black and Brown communities, and kill Americans at an alarming tempo.” This violence was shown explicitly when city police departments as well as federal police and the National Guard were deployed to tear-gas, blugden, and kettle anti-racist protesters in 2020. Within the last year, we saw abortion rights, activists in Los Angeles and water protectors in the Indigenous-led struggle to stop Line 3 been subjected to similar militarized police suppression.

      • Counter PunchAmerica Needs a Jubilee

        The Buffalo and Uvalde mass shootings, which took place only ten days apart, were strikingly similar in that they both left gaping holes in minority communities and exemplify much of what is broken in American society. A profound response is needed.

        White supremacist mass shootings aside, Black children and teens in America are 14 times more likely to die from a gun homicide than their white counterparts. With over 20,000 gun-related deaths, not counting gun suicides, having occurred in 2021 alone, the disproportionate impact on people of color, is staggering.

      • Counter PunchJoe Biden Fights White Supremacy With More White Supremacy

        Ten people were slaughtered in cold blood, and another three were grievously wounded on the linoleum battlefield of an urban supermarket specifically selected on a map for its proximity to a predominantly Black community. An 18-year-old white kid, a fucking child, traveled 200 miles and three and a half hours from his predominantly white small town on the Pennsylvania border, armed with an AR-15 littered with racist graffiti, just to kill people he never met because he was terrified that somehow, they would replace him in America’s twisted caste system. Something isn’t wrong with this picture, everything is, and we should all be able to agree that something needs to be done to reshape the paradigm of this nation’s entrenched race relations to end this madness. Our president and his party, which has long billed itself as the guardians of America’s marginalized communities, claim they agree, but they have come up with a rather strange way to show it.

        The Democrat’s answer to the distinctly American cancer of white supremacy is to add it to our nation’s long list of targets in the ever-expanding and decidedly undemocratic wars on crime and terrorism. The House recently passed yet another in a long line of domestic terrorism prevention acts, which thankfully died a partisan death in the Senate, as part of a long campaign to empower both local and federal law enforcement to confront the scourge of radical extremism in the wake of Donald Trump’s incendiary dog-whistle concert of a presidency and the January 6 riot which seemed to epitomize it.

    • Monopolies

      • The HillThe US cannot afford to give intellectual [sic] property [sic] rights [sic] to China

        So, why should we be gifting China and other countries the intellectual property (IP) [sic] rights [sic] to American-developed COVID-19 vaccines? India and South Africa — with the support of the CCP and the Biden administration — have proposed to do just that by waiving certain provisions of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).

      • Copyrights

        • Torrent FreakNew VPN Crackdown Underway in Russia, Government Confirms

          Authorities in Russia have confirmed a that a new crackdown to prevent citizens from accessing VPN services is underway. Telecoms regulator Roscomnadzor says that "measures" are being taken to limit access to VPN services that violate Russian law, which can simply mean providing access to content previously deemed illegal by the government.

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