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Links 26/06/2022: New Stable Kernels and Freedom of the Press on Trial

  • GNU/Linux

    • Kernel Space

      • LWN ☛ Linux 5.18.7
        I'm announcing the release of the 5.18.7 kernel.

        All users of the 5.18 kernel series must upgrade.

        The updated 5.18.y git tree can be found at: git:// linux-5.18.y and can be browsed at the normal git web browser:


        greg k-h
      • LWN ☛ Also: Linux 5.15.50
      • LWN ☛ Linux 5.10.125
      • LWN ☛ Linux 5.4.201
      • LWN ☛ Linux 4.19.249
      • LWN ☛ Linux 4.14.285
      • LWN ☛ Linux 4.9.320
    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Ubuntu Handbook ☛ How to Install Rhythmbox 3.4.6 via PPA in Ubuntu 22.04 | 20.04 | UbuntuHandbook

        Ubuntu’s default Rhythmbox music player got new release updates a few days ago. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu via PPA.

        Rhythmbox released version v3.4.5 last month and v3.4.6 days ago after more than 2 years of development. Compare to previous Rhythmbox 34.4, Soundcloud plugin and mmkeys plugin have been removed since they are no longer work / useful. DAAP plugin now supports libdmapsharing 4 API, but no longer enabled by default.

        The new release has rewritten podcast downloader with better resume and retry, uses podcast episode GUIDs to handle episode URL changes, preserves original order of episodes in podcasts even if episodes have the same publication date. And, crossfading player backend now works much better with network streams. There are as well many bug-fixes and translation updates.

      • ByteXD ☛ How to install Plex Media Server on Ubuntu 22.04

        Plex Media Server is an application that lets you store all your music, movies, TV shows, and other media files in one place – on your computer or an external hard drive connected to it.

        It means you can stream them to any device in your home (even smart TVs and gaming consoles). While Plex Media Server works excellent with Ubuntu out of the box, there are two optional steps you can take to make the installation process smoother and safer – adding the Plex repository.

        In this tutorial we’ll cover how to install Plex Media Server on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.

      • Citizix ☛ How to Build an AWS EC2 Machine Images (AMI) With Packer

        An Amazon Machine Image (AMI) is a supported and maintained image provided by AWS that provides the information required to launch an instance. You must specify an AMI when you launch an instance. You can launch multiple instances from a single AMI when you require multiple instances with the same configuration. You can use different AMIs to launch instances when you require instances with different configurations.

      • ID Root ☛ How To Install Mirage on Debian 11 - idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Mirage on Debian 11. For those of you who didn’t know, Mirage is a fast and simple GTK+ image viewer. Mirage is ideal for users who wish to keep their computers lean while still having a clean image viewer. It is an excellent option to consider.

        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 Mirage image viewer on a Debian 11 (Bullseye).

      • OMG Ubuntu ☛ Access GNOME Shell's Advanced Settings Easily - OMG! Ubuntu!

        Are there parts of the GNOME Shell UI you wish you could configure and customise?

        If so, check out the Shell Configurator GNOME extension, recently updated to support GNOME 42.

        This free, open source add-on makes it incredibly easy to access GNOME Shell’s advanced backend settings without needing to use the command line or a tool like dconf-editor.

        You get a clean, organised design with fully searchable settings that are clearly labelled so that you know turning which toggle does what.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • FSFE

      • FSFE supporters Vienna: FSFE Information stand at Veganmania MQ 2022

        From 3rd to 6th June 2022 happened the Veganmania street festival at the Museumsquartier in Vienna. Despite not happening for two years due to the Corona pandemic this over the years has developed into the biggest vegan street event in Europe with tens of thousands visitors everey day. Of course there have been plenty of food stands with all kinds of climate and animal friendly delicious meals but the festival had also many stands for buying other stuff. In addition many NGO tents were there too to inform about important issues and their work.

        Like already tradition for many years also the local volunteers group manned an FSFE information stand from Friday noon until Monday night. It was exhausting because only two volunteers manned the stand. But we both stayed there the whole time and the interest of so many people had confirmed once more how well we optimized our information material assortment without losing the ability to bring everything at once using just a bicycle.

        The front of our stall was covered with a big FSFE banner while the sides are used for posters explaining the four freedoms and GnuPG email encryption. (We very soon need to replace our old posters with more durable water resistant paper since the old one has gotten rather worn down and doesn’t look very sleek any more with all the tape pieces it is hold together.) In addition we use a small poster stand we built ourselves with just two wooden plates and a hinge. This was of left over material from a DIY center. Unfortunately this time we didn’t have any wall behind us where we would have been allowed to put any posters or banners on.

    • Programming/Development

      • Dabbling with Guile and MC

        The STM32 has an IDE that has a pin configurator. I wondered if perhaps we could code at a higher level than C by using some other kind of generator. I decided to see if Guile could be used as a generator language. I'm really just dabbling at this stage to see if I could get something working.

  • Leftovers

    • Science

      • MIT Technology Review ☛ Running Tide is facing scientist departures and growing concerns | MIT Technology Review

        Running Tide, an aquaculture company based in Portland, Maine, has said it expected to set tens of thousands of tiny floating kelp farms adrift in the North Atlantic between this summer and next. The hope is that the fast-growing macroalgae will eventually sink to the ocean floor, storing away thousands of tons of carbon dioxide in the process.

    • Security

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • UODO (Poland) - DKN.5110.12.2021

          The Polish DPA fined a car trailer manufacturer approximately €3,492 (16,000 PLN) for failing to report a data breach which involved the loss of an employee's employment certificate.

        • Two types of privacy

          Threat modelling provides important context to security and privacy advice. Measures necessary to protect against an advanced threat are different from those effective against unsophisticated threats. Moreover, threats don’t always fall along a simple one-dimensional axis from “simple” to “advanced”. I appreciate seeing communities acknowledge this complexity.

          When qualifying privacy recommendations with context, I think we should go further than describing threat models: we should acknowledge different types of privacy. “Privacy” means different things to different people. Even a single person may use the word “privacy” differently depending on their situation. Understanding a user’s unique situation(s), *including their threat models*, can inform us when we select the best of approach. How do we choose between reducing a footprint’s *spread* and *size*?

    • Finance

      • Reason ☛ After $6 Trillion in COVID Spending, Team Biden Is Still Complaining About a Lack of Pandemic Funds

        Between March 2020 and March 2021, Congress passed about $6 trillion in spending that, at least in theory, was intended as pandemic relief. The first $4 trillion was passed with bipartisan support under President Donald Trump, but the final tranche was passed early in President Joe Biden's presidency on an entirely partisan basis. Biden, with the help of then-new Democratic majorities in Congress, wrote and passed what would become a $2 trillion spending bill, the American Rescue Plan (ARP), that the White House billed as a "comprehensive plan to address the public health crisis and resulting economic crisis."

      • The Atlantic ☛ Why Stocks, Crypto, and Home Values Are All Plunging at Once - The Atlantic

        Here’s a bit of esoterica I think about from time to time: Mark Zuckerberg has a mortgage.

        Or at least, he had one. A decade ago, the Facebook founder refinanced his loan on a $6 million Palo Alto mansion. He was worth $16 billion at the time, meaning he could have bought that house and a hundred more outright, no mortgage necessary. But First Republic Bank offered him an adjustable-rate loan with an initial interest rate of just 1.05 percent—below the rate of inflation, meaning the financier was paying him for the privilege of lending him money. Zuckerberg got to preserve his Facebook holdings, load up with tax-advantaged debt, and benefit from rising Silicon Valley real-estate prices. Why not take the loan?

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • teleSUR ☛ Blow for British PM as Conservatives Lose Two Parliament Seats

        Labour regained Wakefield, a constituency in northern England, which it lost in 2019 when many of its traditional seats switched allegiance to Johnson's Conservatives. In Wakefield, Labour candidate Simon Lightwood won 13,166 votes, beating Conservative candidate Nadeem Ahmed, 8,241 votes, into second place. It was a 12.7 percent swing from Conservative to Labour.

        Meanwhile in Tiverton and Honiton in southwest England, Richard Foord of the minority Liberal Democrats secured 22,537 votes, with Conservative Helen Hurford, who polled 16,393 votes, coming second. The victory made the minority Liberal Democrats overturn one of the biggest Conservative majorities in the country.

        Although the loss of the two seats only made a small dent in Johnson's near 80-seat majority, the results are widely expected to weaken his power grip at 10 Downing Street. Johnson recently won a confidence vote among Conservative backbench Members of the Parliament (MPs). The new parliamentary loss among Johnson's MPs came less than two years before the next general election due in May 2024.

      • teleSUR ☛ US Seeks To Contain China on Xinjiang Issue

        China and the U.S. should focus on developing their relations based on mutual respect and peaceful coexistence. As the world's leading economies, the two nations need to avoid conflict by boosting efforts to build a broader dialogue.

      • TwinCities Pioneer Press ☛ Feds search Trump-era official’s home, subpoena GOP leaders

        Federal agents searched a former top Justice Department official’s home and seized records from key Republicans in at least five states linked to Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election, in what were clear signs that authorities are ramping up their investigation of associates of the former president.

        Authorities on Wednesday searched the Virginia home of Jeffrey Clark, who was known at the Justice Department to champion Trump’s false claims of election fraud. Agents in recent days also served subpoenas on the Republican Party chairmen of Arizona, Nevada and Georgia, three states that went for President Joe Biden and where Trump allies created slates of “alternate electors” intended to subvert the vote. And Republicans in two other states — Michigan and Pennsylvania — disclosed they had been interviewed by the FBI.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • The Fourth Estate is a Critical Element of Democracy

        For the past few months I've been realizing just how easy it is to enter the field of amateur journalism. I've never been very interested in the field, never took any courses about it, and I've never even been inside a newspaper office. Nonetheless, recent events in the public and private sector have spurred me to document the world around me as much as I can, with my small digital camera and a microphone.

        I've realized just how easy it is to access certain events and get free interviews with notable figures if you label yourself as a citizen journalist. I don't do this out of compulsion or clout-chasing, rather I feel it's my duty as a member of a participatory Democracy to gauge the sentiment of the American people during a given point in time by filming unbiased, direct interviews where I ask direct questions to real people. In decades, the footage I shot could be used by historians as firsthand evidence. I feel that at this point in time, citizen journalism is perhaps more important than ever, as it carries with it a much more personal and grounded element than professional journalism.

      • Mexico News Daily ☛ Taking away the Statue of Liberty: the week's morning news conferences

        Another foreigner is unlikely to be offered the red carpet on arrival to the land of the free: investigative journalist Julian Assange’s extradition to the U.S. was approved by U.K. authorities. The president reiterated his objection to Assange’s imprisonment.

      • teleSUR ☛ Coalition of Journalists Demands Release of Julian Assange

        "We are demanding that Julian Assange be freed, he returned to his family, and finally permitted to live a normal life," she stressed.

      • Julian Assange and Personal Freedom

        It wasn’t until 1969 that the Supreme Court’s modern First Amendment jurisprudence made it clear that whenever there is a clash between the government and a person over the constitutionality of the person’s speech, the courts will give every benefit and draw every inference to the speaker, and none to the government. This is so because the freedom of speech is a natural right, and thus it is always to be presumed constitutional and lawful.

        I have argued elsewhere that because the essence of government is the negation of liberty, this presumption against the government should always be the case. Even when it purports to be protecting liberty, the government – because its existence without unanimous consent is based on stealing liberty and property – should always be presumed wrong, immoral, unconstitutional and unlawful. But the courts have only made that so in the case of the freedom of speech.

        I offer this brief philosophical and historical background in order to examine just how twisted the government’s views on speech have become in the Trump and Biden years, as the Department of Justice in both administrations has persecuted mercilessly and sought to prosecute aggressively the Australian journalist Julian Assange for his exercise of the freedom of speech.

      • The Strategist ☛ Outcry for Assange oddly absent for those held by China

        As the Julian Assange extradition case proceeds through Britain’s justice system, the publicity of his supporters is constant and loud with its demand the Australian government intervene in another democratic country’s legal process. The hypocrisy is even louder.

        Allegra Spender, shortly after becoming the new member for Wentworth, took to Twitter to demand Prime Minister Anthony Albanese call US President Joe Biden to ‘urge him to intervene so Julian Assange isn’t unjustifiably imprisoned’. Spender joins the calls from the Bring Julian Assange Home Parliamentary Group, chaired by Andrew Wilkie, and former parliamentarians including George Christensen, Bob Carr and Craig Kelly, who are demanding the US drop the case and, in some instances, implying or stating the US legal proceeding is politically motivated.

      • Mexico News Daily ☛ AMLO to bring up case of Wikileaks founder Assange during Biden meeting

        President López Obrador said Tuesday that he would raise the case of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange when he meets with United States President Joe Biden in Washington next month.

        British Home Secretary Priti Patel last week approved the extradition of the 50-year-old Australian to the United States, where he faces espionage charges stemming from the way in which he obtained confidential U.S. government material he published on the Wikileaks website. However, lawyers for Assange – who was arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London in 2019 after holing up there for almost seven years – intend to appeal the decision.

        López Obrador told reporters at his regular news conference that he would ask Biden to attend to the matter. “I’m aware that he’s going after tough, severe groups that exist in the United States, … but humanism must also prevail,” he said.

      • Jacobin Magazine ☛ It’s Time for Australia to Demand Julian Assange’s Release

        As Australian journalist Julian Assange faces the hell of extradition, it is more urgent and necessary than ever for the Australian government to intervene on his behalf.

      • US News And World Report ☛ Mexico President Will Ask Biden to Look Into WikiLeaks' Assange Case

        Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Tuesday he will ask U.S. President Joe Biden to address the case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, saying Mexico would open its doors to him if he were released.

        British Home Secretary Priti Patel on Friday approved the WikiLeaks founder's extradition to the United States to face criminal charges. Assange's wife vowed to fight using every possible legal avenue.

        "I'm going to ask President Biden to address this issue ... humanism must prevail," Lopez Obrador said at a regular news conference. Mexico could "open its doors to Assange" if he were released, he added.

        The Mexican President is set to meet his U.S. counterpart in July after skipping the recent U.S.-hosted Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles to protest the White House's exclusion of the governments of Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua from the event.

      • The Age AU ☛ Government right to avoid megaphone diplomacy on Assange, Joe Hockey says

        Australia’s former United States ambassador Joe Hockey says Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is wise not to engage in “megaphone diplomacy” in a bid to persuade the Biden administration to drop espionage charges against Julian Assange.

      • teleSUR ☛ China: Assange Case Reflects US & UK Hypocrisy on Press Freedom

        "The U.S. and Britain are cooperating in cross-border crackdowns on certain individuals," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said.

        According to Wenbin, the British government's decision to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the U.S. shows the hypocritical stance of the governments of these countries on press freedom.

        "People are free to expose other countries but subject to severe punishment if they expose the U.S.," the Chinese spokesman denounced, adding that "while for other countries it is political persecution to hold the press accountable, it is legal for themselves to suppress the press."

        Wenbin also warned that all eyes are on Assange's human rights conditions while expressing hope that justice will prevail over abuse and hegemony in the end.

      • Reason ☛ Biden Falls Off the Metaphorical Bike

        The first thing that comes to mind for me is using executive pardon capabilities for Edward Snowden and Julian Assange, but the list certainly doesn't stop there.

      • teleSUR ☛ Julian Assange's Health Is Deteriorating, His Wife Warns

        In an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ABC) Radio National on Monday, Stella Assange stated that journalist Julian Assange's health is rapidly deteriorating while he remains a prisoner in London's Belmarsh prison.

      • The Age AU ☛ Public had a right to know what Assange exposed

        I hope Bob Carr is correct, and that when Anthony Albanese rings the US president, as he must, Joe Biden agrees to drop this vengeful witch-hunt against Julian Assange (“To free Assange, just ask Biden”, June 20). After all, what Assange did in exposing these US war crimes was no different from other journalists. The public has a right to know this information. Biden needs to prove he is the compassionate man he portrays himself to be. He must not be swayed by the looming midterm elections and the temptation to use Assange’s extradition and incarceration as election campaign fodder. This would be cruelty beyond belief. With Chelsea Manning now free, it seems our alliance means very little if an Australian is treated differently. We must stand up for one of our own.

      • The Age AU ☛ Former foreign minister says Australia should demand Assange release

        Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says he stands by comments he made last year about Julian Assange’s situation but will continue lobbying behind the scenes instead of publicly. In December Albanese said “enough is enough” and that it was time for Assange to be returned to Australia. Australia should demand the freedom of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange by citing the precedent set when the United States pardoned others for revealing state secrets, former foreign minister and NSW premier Bob Carr has declared.

      • The Straits Times ☛ Australian PM hopes for diplomatic progress in Assange legal saga | The Straits Times

        Australia's prime minister said Monday (June 20) he will engage "diplomatically" over the US prosecution of Julian Assange, but he is standing by earlier remarks questioning the purpose of further legal action.

        As domestic pressure mounted on him to intervene in the WikiLeaks founder's case, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said he is sticking to comments he made while in opposition last year that "enough is enough".

        "I do not see what purpose is served by the ongoing pursuit of Mr Assange," Mr Albanese said at the time.

      • US News And World Report ☛ Australian Leader Refuses to Publicly Intervene on Assange

        Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has rejected calls for him to publicly demand the United States drop its prosecution of WikiLeaks founder and Australian citizen Julian Assange.

      • The Straits Times ☛ Ex-Australian foreign minister Bob Carr urges Assange's freedom | The Straits Times

        In an op-ed for the Sydney Morning Herald, Mr Carr argued that Assange's prosecution stood in sharp contrast to the US pardoning former military intelligence officer Chelsea Manning, who had leaked the secret files to WikiLeaks.

      • The Age AU ☛ PM’s intervention crucial to save Assange from life in jail

        So, Julian Assange is to be extradited to the US to face spying charges and probable life in prison there, thanks to Priti Patel, UK Home Secretary (“Assange team vows to appeal US extradition”, June 18). He is effectively a political prisoner, an example to other journalists who would dare expose US war crimes. His lawyer, Jennifer Robinson, has said the Australian government needs to ask the Biden administration to drop the spying charges. Surely if the AUKUS alliance is worth anything, Mr Albanese must pick up the phone and ask for that to happen, and for Julian to be released and reunited with his young, long-suffering family. Brendan Doyle, Wentworth Falls

      • The Age AU ☛ Assange: In the interests of justice bring him home

        There are many reasons for being happy that Labor won the federal election. The first is Anthony Albanese prioritising taking action on the Uluru Statement from the Heart in his victory speech. The second is that he stands by the comments he made in December on Julian Assange’s extradition from the UK to the US when he said: ″⁣I do not see what purpose is served by the ongoing pursuit of Mr Assange.″⁣ The purpose is political, of course, and therefore, as Bob Carr points out, negotiations with the US will be sensitive, and must be made behind the scenes. Julian Assange should be brought back to Australia as soon as possible, both in the interests of justice and to avoid further damage to his mental health and physical condition.

      • The Age AU ☛ Our right to the truth

        The UK government has approved the extradition of Julian Assange to the US (The Age, 18/6) where he will likely die in a high-security prison. Meanwhile our government sits on its hands, despite pre-election promises to act.

        Will the US get its way and “eliminate” an Australian crusader journalist who exposed its brutal war crimes? And at what cost to free speech? The Albanese government must act. If Assange dies in an American cell, our basic right for the truth dies with him.

      • The UK's Decision to Extradite Assange Shows Why The US/UK's Freedom Lectures Are a Farce

        The Assange persecution is the greatest threat to Western press freedoms in years. It is also a shining monument to the fraud of American and British self-depictions.

      • teleSUR ☛ Journalist's Federations Condemn Assange's Extradition

        After the British judiciary sanctioned the extradition, UK Home Secretary Priti Patel authorized Friday Assange's extradition to the United States. The journalist's defense says it will still try to appeal again, but the extradition could take place in a few days. Stella Assange warned of the danger of the extradition to a country that 'planned to assassinate him.'

        Dominique Pradalié, president of the International Federation of Journalists, said that "the UK Home Office's decision to allow the extradition of Julian Assange is vindictive and a real blow to press freedom. Assange simply exposed issues that were in the public interest and Priti Patel's failure to recognize this is shameful and sets a terrible precedent for all those who fight daily to tell the truth. Our hope now lies in a successful appeal against this decision. All journalists should support Julian Assange, who has allowed them to reveal the war crimes of the US army in Iraq and Afghanistan."

        The president of the European Federations of Journalists, Maja Sever, described the British decision as "shameful" and said it would cheer "the autocrats and the enemies of press freedom." "It will be enough to accuse journalists who report war crimes or corruption of spies for them to be extradited. This is a real scandal," Sever said.

      • US News And World Report ☛ UK Govt Orders Julian Assange's Extradition; Appeal Planned

        WikiLeaks said it would challenge the order, and Assange's lawyers have 14 days to lodge an appeal.

      • JURIST ☛ UK Home Secretary approves Assange extradition to US

        WikiLeaks revealed US military documents that some authorities believe jeopardized national security, but Assange’s partner Stella Moris thinks the US government continues to target Assange for other reasons.

      • CNET ☛ Julian Assange US Extradition Given Green Light by UK Home Secretary - CNET [Ed: CNET relaying the lies]

        If convicted, Assange could receive up to a 175-year jail sentence, although the US government has said he would likely face a sentence of between four and six years.

      • Reason ☛ U.K. Approves Extradition of Julian Assange to the U.S.

        In a statement from WikiLeaks, the organization said, "This is a dark day for Press freedom and for British democracy. Anyone in this country who cares about freedom of expression should be deeply ashamed."

    • Monopolies

      • Patents

        • JURIST ☛ WTO agreements include COVID-19 vaccine patent waiver and ban on subsidies for illegal fishing [Ed: Patents that literally kill millions of people for billions in profits]

          The World Trade Organization (WTO) early Friday agreed to the first changes to global trade regulations in many years, following contentious round-the-clock negotiations. Seven decisions and declarations were agreed upon by day six of the WTO Ministerial Conference, which was originally planned for four days.

          Much of the contention came from negotiations around an intellectual property waiver that would allow member countries to produce and distribute COVID-19 vaccines. WTO decisions are normally made by consensus.

        • Vice ☛ Judges Deny Challenge to Psilocybin Patent

          Part of the concern about patents in the growing psychedelic industry, is that once a patent is granted, it is costly and laborious to challenge it—with no guarantee of success. At the end of last year, the non-profit Freedom to Operate challenged two patents on a synthetic form of psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms.

      • Trademarks

        • Quartz ☛ A linguist weighs in on Ohio State University’s trademark on the word “the”

          The Ohio State University has successfully trademarked the word “the.”

          In a June 21 notice, the US Patent and Trademark Office granted the 152-year old research institution exclusive use of the article for college merchandise such as t-shirts, baseball caps, hats, and other team sports swag.

          The ruling is a culmination of the university’s three-year legal campaign, which involved negotiating a settlement with fashion house Marc Jacobs, that had held trademark to the word. The LVMH-owned brand had been using “THE” in purses, sweaters, and $100 t-shirts. Ohio State challenged Marc Jacobs’s trademark to protect its licensing business that generates an average of $12.5 million each year. The two entities have agreed to share the trademark to the word.

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