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  • GNU/Linux

    • Linux Made SimpleLinux Weekly Roundup #192

      Welcome to this week's Linux Weekly Roundup.

      We have a good week in the world of Linux releases with Garuda Linux 220717 and Pardus 21.3.

      I hope you have a wonderful week and a lovely summer!

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • GNU World Order (Audio Show)GNU World Order 470

        **kdiamond** , **kdnssd** , **kdoctools** , **keditbookmarks** , **kemoticons** , **kfilemetadata** , **kfind** , **kfloppy** , **kfourinline** from Slackware set **kde**.

      • VideoHow to install Krita on Pop!_OS 22.04 - Invidious

        In this video, we are looking at how to install Krita on Pop!_OS 22.04.

      • Open Source Security (Audio Show)Episode 333 – Open Source is unfair

        Josh and Kurt talk about Microsoft creating a policy of not allowing anyone to charge for open source in their app store. This policy was walked back quickly, but it raises some questions about how fair or unfair open source really is. It’s mostly unfair to developers if you look at the big picture.

      • E43: Building Supabase, the Open Source Firebase Alternative

        Paul Copplestone is Co-Founder & CEO of Supabase the open source Backend-as-a-Service company that provides storage, authentication, edge functions, and a postgres database to users.

        Supabase's project, also called supabase, has 36K stars on GitHub and is positioned as the "open source Firebase alternative".

      • VideoWhy Wayland Merges Compositing & Window Managers - Invidious

        One of the interesting changes between Wayland and Xorg is how Wayland decided to merge compositing and window management into 1 component, but why is that?

    • Kernel Space

      • LKML: Linus Torvalds: Linux 5.19-rc8
        As already mentioned last week, this release is one of those "extra
        week of rc" ones, and here we are, with release candidate #8.
        
        

        There's nothing really surprising in here - a few smaller fixups for the retbleed mess as expected, and the usual random one-liners elsewhere.

        The diffstat shows mainly some documentation updates and a couple of drivers with bigger fixes (eg the i916 GuC firmware thing), and the networking sysctl data-race annotations.

        So it all just makes me go "yeah, I'm happy to have done another rc, but there is nothing particularly interesting here". Which is all fine. Shortlog appended for the curious among you.

        We'll let this simmer for another week, and please do give it another round of testing to make this last week count, ok?

        Linus
      • LWNKernel prepatch 5.19-rc8

        The 5.19-rc8 kernel prepatch is out for testing. "There's nothing really surprising in here - a few smaller fixups for the retbleed mess as expected, and the usual random one-liners elsewhere."

    • Applications

      • Ubuntu HandbookunlockR – Stupid Simple App to Remove PDF Password in Linux & Windows | UbuntuHandbook

        For those want to unlock / decrypt PDF files, there’s now a stupid simple graphical tool to do the job in Linux.

        It’s easy to encrypt you PDF files in Ubuntu Linux since the built-in LibreOffice office suite has the option on ‘Export as PDF’ dialog. However, there seems no easy way to remove password for PDF file, other than using qpdf command:

        qpdf --decrypt --password=<PASSWORD> input.pdf output.pdf unlockR is a new GTK4 application that use Libadwaita to provide a modern simple user interface to decrypt your PDF files.

      • Make Use OfThe 4 Best MP3 Tag and Metadata Editors for Linux

        Streaming music online may have become the primary way many people listen to music, but MP3 files haven't gone away. It's still easy to purchase and download most songs, DRM-free, to your computer. From there, you can listen to them on just about any device with storage space and a speaker.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Make Use OfHow to Switch From Debian Stable to Debian Testing

        While Debian is stable by default, it gets this stability by relying on older versions of software packages. There are times when you might want newer software. Fortunately, it's easy to switch from Debian Stable to Testing to get the latest versions of software on your system.

      • AddictiveTipsHow to convert Apple HEIC images on Linux

        Apple’s iPhone and iPad use the HEIC image format to compress high-quality images. Unfortunately, many apps and computer operating systems don’t support this format. As a result, many people convert HEIC files to JPG and PNG. Here’s how to do it on Linux.

        [...]

        An image converter is the best way to convert Apple‘s HEIC images (High Efficiency Image Format) on Linux. The best converter tool to use on Linux is Converseen. It has support for dozens of codecs, including HEIC/HEIF.

        Converseen isn’t installed on any Linux operating systems by default, so you’ll have to set it up yourself. To install Converseen on Linux, open up a terminal window. Once open, follow the installation instructions below to get Converseen working.

      • uni TorontoWe won't be sending systemd logs to Grafana Loki in JSON format

        In yesterday's entry on a Grafana Loki cardinality issue with the metadata you can harvest from systemd log messages, I said that I thought we'd wind up dealing with the issue by sending systemd journal messages to Loki in the journal's JSON format. This JSON format preserves all of the available fields and Loki can process it to extract them when you access the logs. Having actually tried doing this, I've now given up on the idea.

        In theory, sending JSON to Loki is the correct approach. JSON is the standard modern way to send a collection of information together, such as a log message and the metadata associated with it, and Loki has tools for parsing JSON, extracting the fields, and so on. In a perfect world we'd ship JSON and everything would work nicely.

        In practice, trying to use JSON formatted systemd logs today with Loki and Grafana gave me a succession of papercuts and irritations. I'm currently mostly using Grafana's Explore feature to poke through Loki logs, and this had various issues. For example, Explore gets unhappy if there are errors in the log processing, such as if you have a mixture of JSON and non-JSON log lines so that JSON decoding fails some of the time. Explore has a handy 'show context' feature that shows you related log lines around the selected log, but when you have JSON logs these are in JSON because that's the native log message. Naturally, JSON blobs are harder to skim (and take up more screen space) than the actual log messages.

      • Data SwampHow to account systemd services bandwidth usage on NixOS

        Did you ever wonder how many bytes a system service is daily receiving from the network? Thanks to systemd, we can easily account this.

        This guide targets NixOS, but the idea could be applied on any Linux system using systemd.

      • Data SwampMake nix flakes commands using the same nixpkgs as NixOS does

        This article will explain how to make the flakes enabled nix commands reusing the nixpkgs repository used as input to build your NixOS system. This will regularly save you time and bandwidth.

      • Data SwampThe Old Computer Challenge V2: done!

        The Old Computer Challenge V2 is over! What a week! It was even more than a week, as it was from 10th to 17th july included, that was 8 days.

      • Data SwampHow to use Docker from a Linux host system to escalate to root

        It's often said Docker is not very good with regard to security, let me illustrate a simple way to get root access to your Linux system through a docker container. This may be useful for people who would have docker available to their user, but whose company doesn't give them root access.

        This is not a Docker vulnerability being exploited, just plain Docker by design. It is not a way to become root from *within* the container, you need to be able to run docker on the host system.

        If you use this to break against your employer internal rules, this is your problem, not mine. I do write this to raise awareness about why Docker for systems users could be dangerous.

      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install MCreator 2022.1 on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install MCreator 2022.1 on a Chromebook. Please follow the video/audio guide as a tutorial where we explain the process step by step and use the commands below.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Kate 22.08 - Kate

          22.08 will be no revolutionary jump for Kate, more a nice incremental update containing a lot of small improvements and bug fixes compared to 22.04.

          If you want to dive in more deep, we have a nice list of all merge requests that give you a proper overview about the larger development tasks that did take place.

          Naturally, there are some user visible top level changes to Kate. Per default, we now have some text free left & right border with just a bit larger icons. One can naturally switch back to the old style and adjust the icon size there. The bottom status/tool button/… border got fine tuned, too.

        • Swapping ten’s complements: Week 6 & 7

          The second sub-activity of the first activity is swapping the number cards to make consecutive cards 10’s complements of each other. As of now (while writing the blog), there are two levels to this. The first of them consists of the four numbers to swap, and the second level consists of the five numbers to swap. Currently, in this activity, the pupil can swap two numbers by clicking on the first number and then second click on the number with whom they wish to swap. The selected card is a bit enlarged compared to others to provide click feedback and the assurance that this number is assigned. The answer is checked by whether the first pair (first and second card), second pair (third and fourth number card ), and third pair (fifth and sixth number card), if available, are 10’s complements of each other or not. If the pupil can successfully swap the numbers, they proceed to the next sub-level. Now the question arises, “WHAT IS SUB-LEVEL”?. A single level may consist of sub-levels. One has to answer all the sub-level correctly if they wish to proceed to the next level. After reading the “swap” term this many times, it is relatively indicative that the name for this must contain the word “swap.” The name for sub-activity-2 is “Swapping Ten’s Complements.”

        • I’m going to Akademy 2022

          Akademy 2022 is almost around the corner, and I’m excited to be able to travel again after almost 3 years of Covid, lockdowns and more.

          I hope to meet all my KDE friends at the beautiful Spanish city of Barcelona, and remove the dust of my C++/QML coding skills. I do hope to be able to start a new interface for Atelier using QML, I already have most of the boilerplate from previous works, but now I want to keep it simple and clean.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Linuxiac5 Best Proven Systemd-Free Linux Distributions You Can Rely On

      This article will explore the five best Linux distributions that do not use systemd on which you can rely in your daily job.

      Systemd has long divided the Linux community, polarizing it at both extremes – from widespread acceptance to complete denial. While both sides have valid arguments for their pros and cons, this article will look at five Linux distributions whose developers have chosen a side of not using systemd.

      But, before we get into the article’s meat, let’s briefly explain what systemd is and what it is used for.

      In Linux, there is a special process known as ID 1. It is the init process essentially in charge of starting and stopping the system. It got this ID due to being the first process to run on the system when it booted up.

      The systemd service is the process with process ID 1. It is started directly by the kernel, whereas all other services are started by systemd or one of its child processes. In short, systemd is responsible for the fundamental task of properly running your Linux system.

      Now that we’ve explained systemd and what it’s in charge of, let’s look at why it’s so controversial in the Linux community. First, we clarify that the topic is rather broad and that covering it in depth will necessitate a separate article, which we promise to deliver to our readers soon.

      So, the reasons for some people’s dislike of systemd can be divided into ideological and technical.

    • HaikuOS XFS : Project Update

      When the number of entries are small enough we can store all the metadata information in inode core data itself, we call it shortform directories. My first task was to test V4 support for shortform directories aggressively, since implementation was correct and simple enough it passed all my tests. Then I tried to read V5 shortform directories and ofcourse it failed and the reason was inode core size. Xfs V4 has 256 bytes while V5 has 512 bytes inode, so the offset at which metadata is stored is different for both the versions. I implemented some helper functions to give us the correct data fork pointer based on the version of xfs and soon we were able to read V5 shortform entries, Later I did some testing and it passed all my tests.

      After that I began my work for block directory, ofcourse the number of entries would increase and we will no longer be able to store all metadata in inode itself so we use block directory and the format is changed to extents. Now things started to become interesting, there were new fields introduced in V5 block headers and I needed to elegantly handle it with V4 headers as well. PulkoMandy suggested I have two options for this: either go with virtual class or templates. I decided we will be using virtual class as it will be more consistent with our xfs code and implement as many methods as we need along with function to create class instance as per version of xfs mounted. Since now we have virtual class with vPtrs we need to be very careful with class and its on-disk structure, for example we now can’t use sizeof() operator on virtual class to match with data stored on disk, I added warnings on code about this on function which should be used instead of sizeof() operator.

      As the roadmap on how to handle both versions was clear to me I extended V5 read support for leaf, node, B+tree based directory and files as well.

    • Reviews

      • Distro WatchReview: EndeavourOS 22.6

        The EndeavourOS distribution is a member of the Arch Linux family. Endeavour is a rolling release platform which strives to be easy to set up and run as a desktop operating system. The project puts a strong focus on initial customization, providing the ability to choose our desktop environment (and various extras) at install time.

        I previously reviewed EndeavourOS just over a year ago and the distribution was one of a handful which made my list of remarkably good distributions of 2021. As you might imagine, I was eager to try out the project's latest snapshot to see how it had evolved over the past year.

        Endeavour is available as a single 1.8GB download for 64-bit (x86_64) computers. Booting from the project's live media brings up a menu asking if we'd like to launch the distribution normally, run the live media with improved NVIDIA video support, or launch in fallback mode. The normal method worked well for me and the live media quickly loaded the Xfce desktop. The Xfce interface is arranged with a panel across the bottom of the screen. This panel holds the application menu, quick-launch icons, task switcher, and system tray.

    • New Releases

      • NuTyX 22.07.0 available with cards 2.5.4

        The NuTyX team is happy to announce the new version of NuTyX 22.07.0 and cards 2.5.4.

        New toolchain gcc 12.1.0, glibc 2.35 and binutils 2.38.

        The xorg-server graphics server version 21.1.3, the Mesa 3D library in 22.1.4, Gtk4 4.6.6 and Qt 6.3.0.

        The python interpreters are en 3.10.5 et 2.7.18.

        The XFCE desktop environment is updated to version 4.16.0.

        The MATE desktop environment is a 1.26.0 version .

        The GNOME desktop environment is also updated to version 42.3

        The KDE desktop environment is available in Plasma 5.25.3, Framework 5.96.0 and applications in 22.04.3.

        Available browsers are: Firefox 102.0.1, Chromium 103.0.5060.134, Epiphany 42.3, etc

        Many desktop applications have been updated as well like Telegram-desktop 3.7.3, Thunderbird 102.0.3, Scribus 1.5.8, Libreoffice 7.3.4.2, Gimp 2.10.32, etc.

        Core NuTyX ships with Long Term Support (LTS) kernels: 4.14.288, 4.19.252, 5.4.206, 5.10.131 and 5.15.57 and the latest stable version 5.18.14 .

    • Debian Family

      • URGENT: debian.community domain seized, use new feed URLs, 7000 new leaked emails

        Please update your browser home page, bookmarks and links from any pages you control.

        Use the new URL https://Suicide.FYI where we are continuing to document the Debian / Ubuntu culture and related suicides

        You can find the new RSS and Atom feed URLs on the same page. As the debian.community domain has been stolen, we can not rely on a redirect.

      • DebConf22 closes in Prizren and DebConf23 dates announced

        Today, Sunday 24 July 2022, the annual Debian Developers and Contributors Conference came to a close. Hosting more than 210 attendees from 38 different countries over a combined 91 event talks, discussion sessions, Birds of a Feather (BoF) gatherings, workshops, and activities, DebConf22 was a large success.

        The conference was preceded by the annual DebCamp held 10 July to 16 July which focused on individual work and team sprints for in-person collaboration towards developing Debian. In particular, this year there have been sprints to advance development of Mobian/Debian on mobile, reproducible builds and Python in Debian, and a BootCamp for newcomers, to get introduced to Debian and have some hands-on experience with using it and contributing to the community.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Programming/Development

      • EarthlyTerraform Import - Leaving Click Opps Behind

        Previously I built a REST API, deployed it into a container and got it all running on AWS as a Lambda. But setting this up involved just clicking around in AWS and occasionally using the AWS CLI.

        Today, I’m going to port that whole setup to Terraform so that its easier to manage, reproduce, and make changes to. ( These are the purported benefits of Terraform, or so my coworker Corey tells me. I’ve never used it before so I’ll be learning as I go. )

        Read this to learn about Terraform from a noob’s perspective. The specifics of my infrastructure import may not be relevant to you, but hopefully my thinking process and take-aways will be.

        Ok, follow along with me as import my infrastructure into Terraform.

      • peppe8oGetting Started with WiFi on Raspberry PI Pico W and MicroPython

        The Raspberry PI Pico W added a WiFi connection to the microcontroller from RPI Foundation, enabling our projects to connect to the internet world

        This tutorial will show you how to use WiFi with Raspberry PI Pico.

        With the release of Raspberry PI Pico W, adding the Infineon CYW4343 module to the RP2040-based microcontroller enabled us to get connected to 2.4GHz WiFi networks. It has been a big step, as before this evolution only a few microcontrollers were able to get connected with a WiFi connection and this makes the Pico usable in smart things projects.

      • Didier StevensUpdate: sortcanon Version 0.0.2
      • Didier StevensUpdate: base64dump.py Version 0.0.23
  • Leftovers

    • On Sarcasm - boz.com

      I first discovered sarcasm as a freshman in college, which I realize makes me a bit of a late bloomer as far as teenagers go. There were certain classmates who seemed to always come across as clever and funny no matter the topic. Over time I noticed there was a simple formula to their contributions and it was pretty easy to mimic. It could be as simple as responding with the opposite emotion as one might expect, feigning joy at bad news and heartbreak at good. On more complex topics it could be as simple as just repeating something someone else said but in a sarcastic tone.

      I decided to give it a shot.

      At first being sarcastic was incredibly satisfying. Whereas previously I might have made an earnest argument or asked a question, I now seemed to be able to jump right to the part where the group appreciated me and my contribution. What is even more impressive is it required very little thought to execute. I could often get a positive reaction even on topics I knew almost nothing about.

    • Jim NielsenThere Is No Bar — But Having One is Good Too - Jim Nielsen’s Blog

      As it relates to blogging, I’ve seen encouragement to Just Publish It™️. Matt says just put stuff out there while Chris adds that there is no bar for the quality of a blog post.

      I agree. I enjoy Matt’s and Chris’ approaches to blogging and I subscribe to and read both.

      But, I have an itching asterisk I want to attach to my agreement. I can’t quite put my finger on what it is. It has a personal bent to it, like “I like that generally, but not for myself specifically” kind of thing.

      Personally I tend towards the “don’t publish it, it’s not good enough” end of the spectrum. For example, I currently have fifty — that’s right 50 — blog post drafts. Some are quite long, full of disjointed thoughts and commentary in need of an edit. Others are quite short, containing a punchy thought in need of expansion and nuance. And if I have to guess how many of those posts will publish, I would say maybe ten at most.

      Why? I don’t think they’re good enough. I’m not sure what I mean by “good enough”, hence this post. I think what I mean is: they’re thoughts that don’t go anywhere and I don’t know where to take them. Some run in circles, seeking to go somewhere but never going anywhere. Others run contrary to some prevailing wisdom, then stop, offering no alternative suggestion or an accompanying rationale.

    • Science

      • IEEEThe Webb Space Telescope’s Profound Data Challenges - IEEE Spectrum

        When the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) reveals its first images on 12 July, they will be the by-product of carefully crafted mirrors and scientific instruments. But all of its data-collecting prowess would be moot without the spacecraft’s communications subsystem.

        The Webb’s comms aren’t flashy. Rather, the data and communication systems are designed to be incredibly, unquestionably dependable and reliable. And while some aspects of them are relatively new—it’s the first mission to use Ka-band frequencies for such high data rates so far from Earth, for example—above all else, JWST’s comms provide the foundation upon which JWST’s scientific endeavors sit.

        As previous articles in this series have noted, JWST is parked at Lagrange point L2. It’s a point of gravitational equilibrium located about 1.5 million kilometers beyond Earth on a straight line between the planet and the sun. It’s an ideal location for JWST to observe the universe without obstruction and with minimal orbital adjustments.

      • TechXploreDo AI systems really have their own secret language?

        A new generation of artificial intelligence (AI) models can produce "creative" images on-demand based on a text prompt. The likes of Imagen, MidJourney, and DALL-E 2 are beginning to change the way creative content is made with implications for copyright and intellectual property.

        While the output of these models is often striking, it's hard to know exactly how they produce their results. Last week, researchers in the US made the intriguing claim that the DALL-E 2 model might have invented its own secret language to talk about objects.

    • Hardware

      • Stacy on IoTQualcomm launches wearable chips that may finally meet the moment

        Qualcomm has redesigned its silicon designed for wearable devices such as smart watches and activity trackers to launch what it’s calling the Snapdragon W5+ wearable platform. These designs are completely new and hopefully will help the makers of every other smart watch that isn’t an Apple Watch finally compete against the Cupertino-designed device.

        The new Qualcomm silicon embraces the concept of an ambient mode, offloading several sensing and other processes to co-processors that save on power without sacrificing performance. The design takes sensors such as heart rate and microphones for voice activation and embeds them on an always-on microprocessor. Qualcomm has also put a smaller GPU on this always-on chip so the screen gets cool visuals in ambient mode. Finally, it has put notifications and audio playback on this lower performance, low-power always-on processor to save on battery life.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • DaemonFC (Ryan Farmer)Thoughts on Monkeypox as “experts” recommend vaccination to gay men first. Plus: Why Monkeypox is in the media in the first place.

        Thoughts on the “gay community” and Monkeypox as “experts” recommend vaccination to gay men first.

        WARNING: This post will be controversial and likely offensive to LGBT people. I’m gay myself, and I don’t like what I’m seeing, and I really wish I didn’t feel compelled to talk about this.

        I consider myself to be the product of when we could still sit down and watch hard-hitting fact-based journalism, and talk about things like adults, without a total media circus, or worry that someone will take offense to facts.

        George Carlin warned about “soft language” in a video from a long time ago that I believe everyone should watch. It hasn’t gotten any better.

        So, I’ve sat down and thought a little bit about Monkeypox and how it spreads. I’ve decided that I won’t be getting my vaccine in the foreseeable future.

    • Security

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • ACMRaising the Voices of the Dead [Ed: How Amazon et al will be selling listening devices to people]

          Artificial intelligence experts and ethicists are urging caution about potential adverse effects of using the latest generation of artificial intelligence (AI) agents to simulate the expressions of people who have died. The issue is gaining attention after recent demonstrations of text- and voice-based machine learning models built on natural language processing. Like the use of deepfakes in online videos, the trend presents a minefield of moral quandaries.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Michael West MediaPoor sports: how Morrison put a shark bite on the taxpayer - Michael West

        Speculation surrounding Scott Morrison’s post-parliamentary ambitions includes the possibility of a job with the Australian Rugby League. His involvement with the sport poses plenty of questions, including the grants largesse that defined his time as PM. Investigation by #Mate.

        Scott Morrison went to the footy the day after his ”miracle” election win in 2019. The image of a triumphant Coalition prime minister waving his blue Cronulla Sharks cap to the home crowd at Shark Park in Woolooware jarred with everyone who had expected the election to send a dysfunctional government packing.

        Morrison’s indulgence of the Cronulla Sharks was deft. It certainly fitted his well-crafted image, the private schoolboy from Sydney’s eastern suburbs presented as the daggy dad from middle-class Australian heartland. That image was cultivated, but not necessarily any more insincere than the Aussie-battler image cultivated by the Labor leaders who hobnob with the captains of business and other plutocrats.

      • Thomas McGarity on Trump and the Fall of Law and Order for Corporations

        Koch Industries spent $3.1 million in the first three months of the Trump administration, largely to ensure confirmation of Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Students, Campuses and Dominant Corporate Power - Ralph Nader

        When it comes to corporate power and control over their lives, now and into the future, today’s college students are perilously dormant. When it comes to putting pressure on Congress to counter the various dictates of corporatism, there is little activity other than some stalwarts contacting their lawmakers on climate violence.

        Much of campus activity these days focuses on diversity, tuition, student loans, “politically correct” speech demands and conforming conduct.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • I wrote a new track... Finally!



        I sometimes write music, and today I finished writing some music, so I wanted to share. Whenever someone listens to stuff I create, it gives me additional happiness points! Who knows, maybe one day I will level up to craete a whole album.

        [...]

        Thank you, team Ardour, I really love this DAW.

        (Compiling it required a dirty hack. If you try to compile version 6.9.0 and it fails, let me know, I will share my dirty hack.)

      • Win thrown away in France?

        The best car setup is a compromise. You want grip for the twisty parts and speed for the straights, but more of one gives you less of the other. Ferrari went with grip, and Red Bull went with speed. It seemed like Verstappen would be easily able to pass Leclerc on the long French straights. But that didn't happen. Verstappen could stay with Leclerc, but never looked like passing. So Red Bull stopped Verstappen early. Fresh tyres should have got them an advantage, and it seemed like it was working. Leclerc would come out of his pit stop behind. Then we'd have had another race where Leclerc needed to overtake on track for the win. But instead he spun into the tyre barrier and Verstappen had an easy win. Leclerc said "I was thinking too much and I lost the rear." Ouch.

    • Technical

      • SVT vs cloud

        Gov’t pushing for BankID completely unquestioned. Everyone needs a Google account to be a citizen, is where we’re headed.


* Gemini (Primer) links can be opened using Gemini software. It's like the World Wide Web but a lot lighter.



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Coercion From the "Consent" and "CoC" Crowd is a Self-Defeating Tactic
Freedom of the press; Nothing less
Covering Abuses and Corruption
We'll never surrender to blackmail
According to statCounter, GNU/Linux Increased From 3.77% to 3.89% This Month (Worldwide), Windows Now Below 20% in 78 Nations, Below 10% in 27 Nations
Highest since March (for GNU/Linux)
Ubuntu Running Out of Energy
Its planet too is deteriorating
Links 16/06/2024: In Defence of Email and Why Recycling Symbol Lost All Meaning
Links for the day
Gemini Links 16/06/2024: Computer Science Course Union and Potentiometer
Links for the day
Cross border crime: sale of Swiss insurance in France and European Union without authorisation
Reprinted with permission from Daniel Pocock
Letting Microsoft systemd Manage /home Was a Terrible Idea All Along
systemd-tmpfiles, deleting /home
Patriotism is OK, But We Need Facts and Reason, Not Blind Obedience to Authority
Very seldom in the history of human civilisation has groupthink proven to be of real merit
When You Touch One of Us You Touch All of Us
We have a principled, uncompromising stance on this matter
Links 16/06/2024: New Sanctions Against Russia, Fentanylware (TikTok) Causing More Problems
Links for the day
Social Control Media in Japan: Twitter (X) Has Collapsed, YouTube Rising (Apparently)
What a genius Mr. Musk is!
Windows Cleansed in South Africa (Already Hovering Around 10% Market Share)
Plus Microsoft's mass layoffs in Africa
[Meme] Satya Nadella's Windows PC RECALLS Not What He Did
Satya got lucky
Usage of Let's Encrypt in Geminispace Has Collapsed (That's a Good Thing!)
Ideally, or eventually, all capsules will sign their own certificates or have their own CA
North Macedonia: Windows Down From 99.2% to 28.5%
Last year it was even measured at 26%
Over at Tux Machines...
GNU/Linux news for the past day
IRC Proceedings: Saturday, June 15, 2024
IRC logs for Saturday, June 15, 2024
Gemini Links 16/06/2024: Hand Held Maneuvering Unit and Hugo Static Files
Links for the day
Removing the Tumour From IRC
looking back
[Meme] The Free(dom) Software Engineer in European Elections
“When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.”
Vista 11 Was 'Leaked' Exactly 3 Years Ago and This One Picture Says It All
how 'well' Vista 11 has done
A Smokescreen for Brad Smith
Maybe the key point was to say "Linux is not secure either" or "Windows and Linux are equally vulnerable", so don't bother dumping Microsoft
Windows Sinking Below 13% Market Share in the Island of Jamaica
Microsoft's decline continues and will mostly likely continue indefinitely in Jamaica and its neighbours
Links 15/06/2024: Microsoft's Intellectual Ventures Attacks Kubernetes With Software Patents, More Layoff Waves
Links for the day
Gemini Links 15/06/2024: On Lagrange and on YouTube Getting Worse
Links for the day
Edward Brocklesby: hacker received advance notice of zero-day vulnerabilities in MH and NMH email software
Reprinted with permission from Daniel Pocock
[Meme] Code Liberates Kids
Matthias Kirschner: I can't code, but I can write a book
In Armenia, Bing is Measured at 0.6%, About Ten Times Less Than Yandex
Bing will probably get mothballed in the coming years
[Meme] A Pack and Pact (Collusion Against Computer Users)
They never really cared about users, no more than drug dealers care about drug users...
GNU/Linux in Azerbaijan: From ~0.1% to 7%
Azerbaijan is around the same size as Portugal
Women in Free Software (FOSS) Need Action, Not Mere Words
the men who are loudest about women's rights are some of the very worst offenders
Embrace, Extend, Extinguish Minecraft
These folks should check out Minetest
Techrights Statement on Men Who Viciously Attack Women in Free Software
history shows women will win
Over at Tux Machines...
GNU/Linux news for the past day
IRC Proceedings: Friday, June 14, 2024
IRC logs for Friday, June 14, 2024
[Meme] People Who Cannot Find Gainful Employment Because of Their Poor Behaviour Online (Not the People Who Merely Call Them Out on It)
Imagine trying to become a lecturer while talking like this in public
You Too Would Get Nervous
countries where Windows is down to 2%
[Meme] The Two Phases (and Faces) of Microsofters
Microsofters: stalk IRC, then troll IRC
The 'Nobody Reads Techrights Anyway' Crowd
Send In the Clowns
Books in the Making
I intend to spend a considerable amount of time explaining what my family and I were subjected to for the 'crime' of promoting/covering Free software
Microsoft is Still Losing Malta
And GNU/Linux is doing well on laptops and desktops
Tux Machines: Third Party Impending
There will be more next week