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Links 21/11/2022: Linux 6.1 RC6



  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Make Use OfHow to Try Chrome OS on Any PC Using a USB Drive

        You don't have to buy a Chromebook to enjoy the web-based desktop experience of Chrome OS. Here's how to run Chrome OS from a USB drive.

        You don't need to buy a Chromebook to enjoy the features of Google's web-based desktop operating system. In fact, all you need is a working computer and a USB drive.

        Google officially offers a way to try out ChromeOS using a USB drive, and there are also unofficial ways for you to experiment with the OS. These methods work whether you are running Windows, macOS, or Linux. And no, you won't be overwriting your existing operating system.

      • Linux Made SimpleLinux Weekly Roundup #210

        Welcome to this week's Linux Weekly Roundup.

        We had a good week in the world of Linux releases, mainly with Fedora 37!

      • Linux LinksLinux Around The World: USA - South Carolina - LinuxLinks

        We cover events and user groups that are running in the US state of South Carolina. This article forms part of our Linux Around The World series.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • VideoMPV Gets Even Better On Wayland - Pipewire!! - Invidious

        MPV is one of the very few video players worth your time and due to a recent patch it's getting even better on Wayland and with Pipewire both of which are only gaining more traction

      • Open Source Security (Audio Show)Josh Bressers: Episode 350 – Spam, Email, Content Moderation, and Infrastructure Oh My

        Josh and Kurt talk about email security and the perils of trying to run your own mail infrastructure. We then get into discussing the value and danger of trying to run your own infrastructure, email, blogs, or most anything. There’s a lot to juggle about all this these days, it’s complicated.

      • GNU World Order (Audio Show)GNU World Order 487
      • VideoFedora 37 Run Through - Invidious

        In this video, we are looking at Fedora 37.

      • Paolo MelchiorreIntervista Pythonista - Ep 31

        Python Milano presents Intervista Pythonista. We give a voice to Italian Pythonistas and get to know them closely with short interviews. Presented by Marco Santoni and Cesare Placanica.

      • 3x52: Click By 5pm | Bad Voltage

        Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which we are not necessarily “extremely hardcore”, we aren’t verified (or are we?), we aren’t fleeing the country with a load of money that isn’t ours...

    • Kernel Space

      • Linux mailing listsLinux 6.1-rc6
        So here we are at rc6 and the story hasn't changed: this rc is still a
        bit larger than I would have preferred, but at the same time there's
        nothing that looks scary or particularly odd in here.
        
        

        It's predominantly driver changes all over, with networking and gpu drivers (not surprisingly) leading the pack, but it's really a fairly mixed bag.

        Outside of drivers you have the usual smattering of core kernel code - architecture updates, some filesystem work, and some core kernel and networking.

        It's easy enough to scan through the appended shortlog and get a feeling for what's going on. Absolutely nothing that makes me worried, apart just from the fact that there's still a fair number of them. I'm still waffling about whether there will be an rc8 or not, leaning a bit towards it happening. We'll see - it will make the 6.2 merge window leak into the holidays, but maybe that's fine and just makes people make sure they have everything lined up and ready *before* the merge window opens, the way things _should_ work.

        So we'll see. Nothing worrisome, just 300+ small fixes in the last week. Please go test,

        Linus
      • LWNKernel prepatch 6.1-rc6 [LWN.net]

        The 6.1-rc6 kernel prepatch is out for testing.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • ID RootHow To Install Git on Fedora 37 - idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Git on Fedora 37. For those of you who didn’t know, Git is a free and open-source distributed version control system designed to handle small or huge projects. It enables multiple developers to work together on nonlinear development, as it tracks changes in source code for each branch of our project’s history.

        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 Git on a Fedora 37.

      • Openstack RDO -& KVM Hypervisor: Setup fedora-37-aarch64 KVM Guest at Fedora 37 Server
      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install FreeOffice on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install FreeOffice on a Chromebook.

        If you have any questions, please contact us via a YouTube comment and we would be happy to assist you!

        This tutorial will only work on Chromebooks with an Intel or AMD CPU (with Linux Apps Support) and not those with an ARM64 architecture CPU.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install FreetuxTV on Ubuntu 22.10/22.04/20.04

        FreetuxTV is a free GTK WebTV and Web Radio player for Linux created by the FreetuxTV project. The GUI is developed in GTK and uses the VLC engine to display the channels. FreetuxTV has been designed with simplicity in mind, and as such, it has a very user-friendly interface so you can easily browse the available channels and add your favorite ones to your list. You can also record your favorite programs and watch them later.

        The following tutorial will teach you how to install FreetuxTV on Ubuntu 22.10/22.04/20.04 LTS Linux using a LaunchPAD APT PPA with the command line terminal. Also, the tutorial will cover how to install the stable or, for users that prefer bleeding-edge software, the unstable PPA for alternative installations.

      • Barry KaulerArch Linux wiki page for Limine boot-loader

        Limine is catching on! The Arch Linux guys have created a wiki page...

      • BTRFS Snapshot Cron Script - Evaggelos Balaskas - System Engineer

        I’ve been using btrfs for a decade now (yes, than means 10y) on my setup (btw I use ArchLinux). I am using subvolumes and read-only snapshots with btrfs, but I have never created a script to automate my backups.

      • Make Use OfAccidentally Removed Your Sole Ubuntu User From All Groups? Here’s How to Fix It

        It's annoying when you accidentally remove your user from all groups on Ubuntu. Luckily, there's an easy way to revert the operation.

      • DebugPointHow to Check: Xorg or Wayland Display Server?

        Here’s how you can quickly check whether you are running Xorg or Wayland Display Server.

        With every passing day, the modern Wayland display server is making its way to all Linux distributions. Although the legacy Xorg is still relevant and will stay, Wayland is undoubtedly better in security and other performance aspects.

        However, Xorg will not completely phase out anytime soon. Probably never.

        If you are running any Linux distribution, how can you check whether you are running Xorg or Wayland? Here’s how.

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      • AddictiveTipsHow to install a video editor on your Chromebook

        Did you know that you can edit videos on your Chromebook? It’s true! If you enable Linux containers on Chrome OS, you can install editing tools like Kdenlive or OpenShot to edit as many videos as you like. Here’s how to get these apps working on your Chromebook.

      • NextGenTipsHow to install Anaconda in Manjaro Linux – NextGenTips

        Anaconda is a distribution of the python and R programming languages for scientific computing, that aims to simplify package management and deployment.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Adriaan de GrootPost-Akademy | [bobulate]

          Turns out, I missed “all y’alls”. That is, all the KDE people from around the world. Sitting down together for lunch, or dinner, or just hanging around in the hallway, really is valuable. It’s a message we (as in, KDE e.V.) have proclaimed for years: it is worth it to get together. Sprints are as much about team building through being physically in one location, as they are about getting stuff done.

          It’s been done to death, really, this topic, but I’ll repeat it anyway: getting to know the team in-person, with a smile and haircolour and how they take their coffee (or if they don’t, and prefer tea), is something that is worth a gazillion video calls. It turns people into, well, people.

          Hybrid events work ok, online-only events work, in my opinion, better because it’s an even playing field for all. For hybrid events, the in-person part gets infinitely more value for invested time.

        • KDE e.V. is looking for a software engineer | KDE e.V.

          KDE e.V., the non-profit organisation supporting the KDE community, is looking to hire a software engineer to help improve the software stack that KDE software relies on. Please see the call for proposals for more details about this contract opportunity. We are looking forward to your application.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • DebugPointCutefish OS Development Restarts with A Revised Vision

      After a month of possible discussions, talks and threads, Cutefish OS officially restarts its development.

      A while back, I wrote that Cutefish OS stopped development, and there is no activity on GitHub. Well, it looks like the developers resurrected the project on GitHub with some vision of the future of the OS.

    • Reviews

      • DebugPointXeroLinux Review: Fusion of Arch and KDE Plasma

        If you love KDE Plasma (I know you do, we all do!) and Arch Linux – both, then this might be the Linux distribution you are looking for. XeroLinux is an animated eye-candy Arch-based Linux distribution which comes with a pre-configured KDE Plasma desktop. This distribution is mainly for those who like eye-candy desktops with the latest packages+KDE Plasma but do not want to re-configure the Plasma desktop. XeroLinux primarily uses a pre-configured Latte dock with Kvantum to give the desktop a distinct look.

    • PCLinuxOS/Mageia/Mandriva/OpenMandriva Family

      • LinuxiacFirst Look at the Upcoming Mageia 9, Here’s What’s New

        Mageia’s devs just released an alpha version of the upcoming Mageia 9, giving a good idea of what to expect from the final release.

        Mageia is a Linux distribution forked in 2010 by the now-defunct Mandriva Linux. Unfortunately, Mageia has lost much of the legendary status that its distant progenitor Mandrake Linux once had.

        Nonetheless, it and the other Mandrake’s surviving successor, OpenMandriva, keep its spirit and philosophy alive. Specifically, a desktop-centric and software-rich Linux distribution entirely focused on ease of use for new users.

        Mageia 8, the distribution’s most recent stable version, was released less than two years ago, in February 2021. However, the Mageia team has surprised us with an alpha version of the upcoming Mageia 9 release.

        So, given that two years is a long time in the Linux world, we are excited to see what has changed and what the new Mageia 9 will bring us.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • SparkFun ElectronicsGIS in Action!

        We're celebrating GIS day with deals all week on some great GPS/GNSS products, but let's take a closer look at what GIS is and how it affects your everyday life -- chances are it's more than you think!

      • SparkFun ElectronicsGIS Week
    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • MedevelSearx: Create Your Own Private Meta Search Engine

      Searx is a free internet metasearch engine which aggregates results from more than 70 search services. Users are neither tracked nor profiled. Additionally, It can be used over Tor for online anonymity.

      Searx is written in Python, and offers a highly customizable scalable architecture and developer-friendly documentation.

      With Searx, you can search images, maps, movies, videos, search in multiple languages, or focus your search in a certain language.

    • MedevelBike Router: Plan Your Cycling Route Easily

      Bike Router is an interactive open-source map app that can help you plan your cycling trips. It allows you to set the start point, end point and several mid-points for your trip.

      [...]

      The project is released under the GPL-3.0 License.

    • FSFE

      • Amandine Jambert (cryptie), CNIL, FSFE Financial data breach

        We already wrote about Amandine "Cryptie" Jambert who is working for the French privacy regulator, CNIL while using a pseudonym to participate in the FSFE.

        We mentioned that FSFE covered up the financial data privacy breach.

        We want to publish more evidence and show why this is happening.

    • GNU Projects

      • GNUGNU Hyperbole - News: GNU Hyperbole 8.0.0, the Epiphany release, is now available on GNU ELPA [Savannah]

        GNU Hyperbole 8.0.0, the Epiphany release, is now available on GNU ELPA. Hyperbole is a unique hypertextual information management Emacs package that works across all Emacs modes, letting the computer do the hard work while you benefit from its sophisticated context-sensitive linking and navigation capabilities. Hyperbole has always been one of the best documented Emacs packages. With Version 8 comes excellent test coverage: over 200 automated tests to ensure quality. We hope you'll give it a try.

    • Programming/Development

      • gedit crowdfunding :: Sébastien Wilmet's blog

        A short message to announce that gedit is again accepting donations!

      • QCoro 0.7.0 Release Announcement

        The major new feature in this release is initial QML support, contributed by Jonah Brüchert. Jonah also contributed QObject::connect helper and a coroutine version of QQuickImageProvider. As always, this release includes some smaller enhancements and bugfixes, you can find a full list of them on the Github release page.

        As always, big thank you to everyone who report issues and contributed to QCoro. Your help is much appreciated!

      • Adriaan de GrootStrong Booleans | [bobulate]

        Consider a legacy codebase in C++ that uses int instead of bool. It’s so legacy that it is probably C89, really, before the advent of the bool type in any form.

      • Noel RappinHi, All, It's a Pickaxe Q&A

        I’m Noel. I write books, mostly about Ruby. I write this newsletter, which is normally about Ruby, Rails, Agile, and other topics, and is occasionally (like today) self-promotional.

      • GNUgnulib - GNU portability library - News: Gnulib helps you get away from fork() + exec() [Savannah]

        Spawning a new process has traditionally been coded by a fork() call, followed by an execv/execl/execlp/execvp call in the child process. This is often referred to as the fork + exec idiom. In 90% of the cases, there is something better: the posix_spawn/posix_spawnp functions. Why is that better? First, it's faster. The glibc implementation of posix_spawn, on Linux, uses a specialized system call (clone3) with a custom child-process stack, that makes it outperform the fork + exec idiom already now. And another speedup of 30% is being considered, see https://lwn.net/Articles/908268/ . Second, it's more portable. While most Unix-like operating systems nowadays have both fork and posix_spawn, there are platforms which don't have fork(), namely Windows (excluding Cygwin). Comes in Gnulib for portability: Gnulib provides a posix_spawn implementation not only for the Unix platforms which lack it (today, that's only HP-UX), but also for Windows. In fact, Gnulib's posix_spawn implementation is the world's first for Windows platforms; the mingw libraries don't have one. Why only in 90% of the cases?

      • Data Science Tutorialsggpairs in R - Data Science Tutorials

        What do you have to lose?. Check out Data Science tutorials here Data Science Tutorials.

        ggpairs in R, A function called ggpairs, which is the ggplot2 equivalent of the pairs function in base R, is offered by the GGally.

        Both continuous and categorical variables can be passed in a data frame.

  • Leftovers

    • VideoBanking as a Service | What Are The Risks? - Invidious

      This week in Business News, the LinkedIn-HiQ Labs scraping fight ends with LinkedIn on top, the FCC forces ISPs to issue "nutrition labels", and Amazon starts the robot revolution

    • Ali Reza HayatiYou are worthy - Ali Reza Hayati

      Watching Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, I know all those saviors needed one thing to become a hero and that was being worthy of helping people and selflessness. What made those people recognized as heroes is that they put aside their differences and accepted their weaknesses yet became whole as a team, became strong, and defeated most impossible enemies.

      I love Marvel movies because they make me feel hopeful. They teach us something that maybe other movies can’t even mention and that’s how a simplest act can make an impact complex and big enough to save the entire world.

      Most of the times I hear people worrying about not being enough to do something or not being worthy of acting in defense of people, I just remember how some normal human beings with just one or two special talents could save the world in our favorite movies.

      It’s true that those are just movies but the lesson we learn from those movies are real. I believe millions of people fighting against a common enemy are far more stronger than a team of 10 people with robots or magic.

      These fighters for freedom are worthy. Worthy of lifting Thor’s hammer, worthy of becoming an Avenger, and worthy of becoming the leaders of war for freedom.

    • Science

      • Popular MechanicsNew Algorithm Could Turbocharge How We Solve Cold Cases With DNA

        Scientists say using math to sort through DNA could help investigators put stubborn cold cases to rest. The approach combines the relatively new field of forensic genetic genealogy—solving crime by charting out DNA-based family trees—with increasing computational power to speed up and simplify this complex form of investigation.

        In a new paper recently published in the Journal of Forensic Sciences, researchers from Stanford University, California-based Identifinders, and the DNA Doe Project explain how they developed a new mathematical model to help investigators greatly narrow down their giant pools of genetic candidates:

        “We formulate a program that—given the list of matches and their genetic distances to the unknown target—chooses the best decision at each point in time: which match to investigate, which set of potential most recent common ancestors to descend from, or whether to terminate the investigation.”

      • Machine learning generates pictures of proteins in 5D | McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis

        By combining machine learning with the laws of physics, researchers in the lab of Matthew Lew, associate professor in the Preston M. Green Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, have been able to sort out the orientation and position of overlapping single molecules in 5D from a single image.

    • Linux Foundation

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Michael West MediaSmooth Talker: Lakeba entrepreneur Giuseppe Porcelli takes tech punters for a rude ride - Michael West

        It was a Monday afternoon in late February when John Barilaro came to Sydney’s iconic beachside suburb of Manly to do a deal. He was suing YouTuber Jordan Shanks in a high-profile defamation case at the time and was soon to be embroiled in the scandal over the New York trade commissioner post – a role he created, then subsequently filled with none other than himself.

        A few days later the former NSW deputy premier was to accept an executive position with property developer Coronation Properties, again engulfing him in controversy (as property developers lobby state and local governments for planning approvals). But he was keeping his options open.

      • Michael West MediaDigital nomads preferred, Australian retirees in Bali being told to pay up or move out

        As the Indonesian Government welcomed world leaders to the G20 in Bali last week, thousands of retirees who have made Indonesia – and in particular Bali – their home, are getting their welcome mats withdrawn. Indonesian-based journalist Duncan Graham reports.

        As the end draws near and the dullness of suburbia hardens like arteries, retirement wakens old dreams. If only we’d been more adventurous, less quenched with fear of the unknown and risked the odds.

        Now there’s a chance to reset life – spending what years remain in magical, mysterious Bali, not as a come-and-go tourist but as a settled resident. Every day in the laid-back tropics, beach in the morning, siestas after massage and helpers so cheap you’ll feel guilty and want to double their salaries.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • TaoSecurity on Mastodon

        I am now using Mastodon as a replacement for the blue bird. This is my attempt to verify myself via my blog. I am no longer posting to my old bird account.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • love in attention

        To give something/someone your attention is to give that (someone) your love. To think that one is giving love to someone while one's attention is directed towards something else is self-deception. What is needed is meta-attention, careful observation of where my attention is going, the habit of regularly checking the direction of attention and comparing it with the desired direction.

        Questions to consider: To what or to whom do you want to give your attention? And to what are you actually giving your attention? If you see that the two directions do not coincide, are you able to change this? If you are not succeeding, what or who decides what you give your attention to at any given time? Can you free yourself from this will and possess control by your own will?

      • Time Off

        Listening to Shut Up You Freak.

        I finally had some time off. When I set my out of work e-mail doodad,

        it was set for returning at the start of June. Far too long ago!! The

        reason is all due to my mind struggling with sprint working and

        booking time off. Ideally, you need to book time off prior to sprint

        planning and I never seem to think that far ahead. I am only talking

        3 weeks for a sprint so it is mostly me being daft and confuddled. As

        a result, I have a lot of holiday to use up as there is no carry over

        and the holiday year is by calendar year. I have just had a week's

        holiday and will be off for all of December. Seems a bit mad.

      • Trolley problem

        Today I watched S02E01 of Mind Field, "The Greater Good". It's about people's ability to act on a real situation where they have to choose between two groups of people which should be sacrificed over the other, and it's based on a thought experiment: the trolley problem.

        This post is in part about the thought experiment itself, and in part about the Mind Field episode.

      • It's all over now 🏁

        Last year, the last race in Abu Dhabi was an extraordinary end to an amazing season. This year the race had a few moments, but wasn't memorable. Second place in the championship was decided, but really who cares?

        I wondered if I could keep up a whole year of writing about each race. No. I missed a couple. I wondered if there would be enough to write about. Yes. I kept finding things I wanted to say. And I only made passing reference to cost-cap-gate. Next year I think I'll write less.

    • Technical

      • Audio walks

        The key ingredient of relaxation for me is a good walk while listening to podcasts or audiobooks. The technique is quite simple - I dress up, choose a track and go walking round my block or in the straight line along with prospect or long street. My lifestyle is not the healthiest one, so it's my way to get some physical activity.

        This walks reminds me days then I spend days with my friends - we could cover more then fifteen kilometers, talking with each other.

      • Writing and deleting

        I've been doing an odd thing. Almost every day I write what would be a passable post. I read it. I delete it. Today I will let it be.

        Why do I post here at all? It is a sort of a journal, I suppose, but since others will read it, it is not an honest journal. There are things I can't say, even behind the pseudonymous veil. There are things I inflate to make myself look better. Not even intentionally - we all want to project an image of ourselves, one that is not necessarily true.

        That is the problem with social media. We are projecting an image. On mainstream social media it is just disgusting, influencers and all. Why are we so easily swayed? I think there is a 'sheeple' bug in our brains - when someone 'important' tells us something that resonates and backs it with a lie, we ignore the lie and follow.

      • An SVG path data library for Chicken Scheme

        This library can turn SVG path data to tagged sexp format (compatible with alists and with SXML). You can switch between absolute and relative coordinates, and turn it into a minified string.

        The procedures work on both this library’s own tagged format and on path data strings.

        The data format uses single-letter symbols for the commands and exacts for the numbers. Every node is always a separate list, even when there’s multiple subsequent nodes of the same command.

      • Automatic prompt to unlock remote encrypted partitions



        I have remote systems that only have /home as encrypted partitions, the reason is it ease a lot of remote management without a serial access, it's not ideal if you have critical files but in my use case, it's good enough.

        In this blog post, I'll explain how to get the remote system to prompt you the unlocking passphrase automatically when it boots. I'm using OpenBSD in my example, but you can achieve the same with Linux and cryptsetup (LUKS), if you want to push the idea on Linux, you could do this from the initramfs to unlock your root partition.

      • Internet/Gemini

        • A Decentralized Internet

          Let's imagine a hypothetical decentralized internet for a second.

          Your home internet connection is fast, and it's fast for both uploads and downloads. You're not much of a sysadmin, but like everyone else, you know someone who is, and maybe even live with them. They run some services on a laptop in their house (or in yours, if you live together).

          You decide you want to talk to your friend who lives a few hundred miles away. Instead of logging into Discord, you log into the XMPP server your sysadmin buddy runs for you. It connects to the XMPP server your friend runs in their house, and y'all have a nice chat.

      • Programming

        • Matchable’s custom destructing

          Easily the two features I use the most in Matchable (which I mostly use through my match generics) are ? and =, the custom predicate and the custom accessor respectively.


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



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It should be noted that the estimates of GNU/Linux usage are now in 4.5% territories
The Impact of OFTC's Latest Changes on the Perceived Scale of IRC Globally
IRC is still one of the more potent alternatives to the social control media conglomerates
New: Why They Really Went After Assange
Uploaded by Chris Hedges
Links 21/07/2024: Health, Politics, and Kamala Harris in Focus
Links for the day
Over at Tux Machines...
GNU/Linux news for the past day
IRC Proceedings: Sunday, July 21, 2024
IRC logs for Sunday, July 21, 2024
A Drop in Half (From 208 to 104): Sharp Decline in Number of Gemini Capsules That Use Let's Encrypt CA Since December
Gemini is increasing its independence from Certificate Authorities (CAs)