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Links 20/03/2023: Amazon Linux 2023 and Linux Kernel 6.3 RC3

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

    • Server

      • The Register UKAWS delivers delayed major release of its homebrew Linux ● The Register

        Amazon Web Services (AWS) has delivered a major release of its home-spun Linux distribution – albeit rather later than it first promised.

        Amazon Linux debuted in 2010 and was promoted as optimized for AWS’s infrastructure. Seven years later, the cloud colossus delivered Amazon Linux 2.

        A successor dubbed AL 2022 was announced in November 2021, along with a promise of a major release every other year, plus quarterly tweaks.

      • NeowinAmazon Linux 2023, a cloud-optimized Linux distro, is now available

        Earlier this week, Amazon announced the availability of Amazon Linux 2023, its third-generation Linux distribution. With this distribution, Amazon is promising three benefits: a high-security standard, a predictable lifecycle, and deterministic updates.

        On the security front, Amazon says that its latest operating system comes with preconfigured security policies to help you set your system up to meet various common industry guidelines. The company says that these can be set during launch time or run time. Amazon Linux 2023 also comes with a hardened Linux kernel by default for added security.

      • Slashdot2023-03-18Amazon's AWS Releases Fedora-Based, Cloud-Optimized 'Amazon Linux 2023'
    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Open Source Security (Audio Show)Episode 367 – Open source will never be the€ same

        Josh and Kurt talk about GitHub enforcing sanctions against an open source developer and Docker changing how their registry works. There’s a lot to unpack in this one. There’s a lot of happenings going on in the world of open source. We are seeing governments paying attention to open source like never before, change is coming and everything is going to change.

    • Kernel Space

      • Linux mailing listsLinux 6.3-rc3
        So rc3 is fairly big, but that's not hugely usual: it's when a lot of
        the fixes tick up as it takes a while before people find and start
        reporting issues.

        And nothing here looks hugely worrisome. The diffstat looks a bit unusual in that there are relatively big changes to the scripts and selftest directories, but that's mainly due to the git-ignore script removal and some kvm selftest cleanups respectively. Nothing scary.

        If you ignore those parts, it's a fairly standard "two thirds drivers, one third rest" thing. The drivers are all over, but networking, gpu and sound are the usual big ones, with the fbdev code showing up mainly just because of a coding style fixup to the logo conversion scripting (mainly to use proper tab indentation). The qcom interconnect driver also shows up for major cleanup and fixes.

        Outside of those areas, it's a random collection of fixes: the usual arch updates (much - but not all - of it being kvm), some filesystem fixes (mainly cifs), core networking, tracing, and some core mm fixes.

        Anyway, it's early days still, but nothing here looks particularly odd.

        Please test and report any issues you find,


      • LWNKernel prepatch 6.3-rc3 []

        The 6.3-rc3 kernel prepatch is out for testing. ""So rc3 is fairly big, but that's not hugely usual: it's when a lot of the fixes tick up as it takes a while before people find and start reporting issues.""

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • University of TorontoEasily adjusting the minimum interval on panels in Grafana dashboards

        All of this is great and works fine right up until you do what I did, which is lengthen the scrape period and thus the necessary minimum query step for one set of metrics from our Prometheus data source. Since this is only one set of metrics, not all of them, I can't just set a larger minimum interval for the datasource as a whole (and generally you can't do this with Prometheus; in many configurations you'll have different scrape speeds for different exporters). This required me to go through all of the panels and change '30s' to '60s', which was just as tedious as you'd expect in a GUI.

      • How to install NextCloud on Almalinux 9 | Rocky Linux 9

        In this article, we learn how to install and configure NextCloud on Almalinux 9 or Rocky Linux 9 for setting up your cloud.

        What Is NextCloud?

        Well, those yet don’t know NextCloud is a fork of popular OwnCloud but become more popular than that. It is also a free and open-source personal cloud solution with Enterprise solutions as well. The key benefit of using such open source software suite is it lets users store their data securely in the cloud but on a server owned by them physically or virtually. Hence, from the privacy point of view, it is an excellent alternative to proprietary cloud solutions like Dropbox or Google Drive because users have full control over their data.

      • SlashGearInstall Epic Games Store On Chromebook Easily With This App

        Though Chromebooks are best used for cloud gaming, it is possible to access the Epic Games Launcher on Chrome OS using a simple and free Linux app.

      • How To Perform Disk Check? [Mac, Windows - Linux] - Tech4Gamers

        We explain how to perform a disk check so you can keep your disk safe from various errors that can corrupt it.

      • Make Use OfView Your Webcam Feed in the Linux Terminal With asciicam

        Want a webcam app that displays your camera feed inside the Linux terminal? asciicam is what you need.

      • Make Use OfHow to Comment Out Lines in Linux Text Files

        Commenting out lines in configuration files affect how a Linux app or your system behaves. Learn how you can comment and uncomment lines on Linux.

      • How to Fix Error 522 in LibreOffice and OpenOffice

        LibreOffice is one of the most popular software applications used for data analysis, financial modelling, and reporting. It has some basic errors which are pre-defined. They are meant to tell you the reason for the error.

        This guide will see how to fix Error 522 (or Err:522) in LibreOffice.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Norbert PreiningTeX Live 2023 released

      Another interesting change is the inclusion of luametatex, a new engine which is used for ConTeXt. Development is fast in this area, so I expect that the binary will soon be out-of-date.

    • OpenBSDrpki-client 8.3 has just been released

      rpki-client is a FREE, easy-to-use implementation of the Resource Public Key Infrastructure (RPKI) for Relying Parties (RP) to facilitate validation of BGP announcements. The program queries the global RPKI repository system and validates untrusted network inputs. The program outputs validated ROA payloads, BGPsec Router keys, and ASPA payloads in configuration formats suitable for OpenBGPD and BIRD, and supports emitting CSV and JSON for consumption by other routing stacks.

      See RFC 6480 and RFC 6811 for a description of how RPKI and BGP Prefix Origin Validation help secure the global Internet routing system.

    • Undeadlyrpki-client 8.3 released

      One small but significant step for routing security on the Internet happened Sunday 19th of March 2023 with the release of version 8.3 of rpki-client.

    • FSF

      • LWNThe FSF's Free Software Awards

        The Free Software Foundation has announced the recipients of this year's Free Software Awards:

        - Eli Zaretskii (advancement of free software) - Tad (SkewedZeppelin) (outstanding new free software contributor) - GNU Jami (project of social benefit)

    • Programming/Development

    • Standards/Consortia

      • Open Source For UGoogle Launches A New Open Source Effort For Healthcare Welfare

        The Check Up with Google Health 2023 event was presented by Google yesterday on YouTube and featured some of the company’s key personalities, including Dr. Karen DeSalvo, chief health officer. The new Open Health Stack programme was one of the topics covered by the participants. With the use of the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standards, it intends to enable developers to create health-related applications. It is the most recent HL7 standard for creating cutting-edge, patient-focused healthcare applications.

      • GhacksGoogle takes on healthcare with new open-source initiative

        Yesterday, Google held "The Check Up with Google Health 2023" event on YouTube, featuring some of the important faces of the company, including the chief health officer, Dr. Karen DeSalvo. The participants went through multiple subjects, one of them being the new Open Health Stack program. It aims to let developers build health-related apps centered around the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standards. It is the latest version of the HL7 standard for building modern patient-centered healthcare applications.

  • Leftovers

    • Glyn Moody2023-03-172023 Bilbao
    • Connor TumblesonWritten by a Human

      From the ones I selected here - you can quickly see how content to consume will get more and more difficult to discern human generated vs machine. Imagine a company or business that writes a new post/blog weekly to stay relevant on searches. I'm guessing with a simple prompt of that week's content - the entire post may be generated.

      This may not be a terrible thing as these tools continue to evolve, but I'm also nervous that much like SPAM dominates the amount of emails we get - that AI generated content will dominate our media consumption.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • You just can't win on the internet

        I listen to this fairly popular podcast, Blocked and Reported with Jessie Singal and Katie Herzog. Both of the hosts have gotten in their fair share of controversy and cancellations over pieces of journalism they have published on the transgender youth subject, with Jessie receiving the majority out of the two due to his incessant responses on twitter, trying to respond to people as if they are rational actors. Well following a recent twitter blow-up, Jessie decided to deactivate his twitter, which naturally got a huge response because the twitter trans activists viewed this as a victory over one of their favorite enemies. Jessie and Katie were discussing this on their most recent subscriber-only episode when the two came to a point of disagreement. Jessie viewed his departure from twitter as a ultimately insignificant and personal decision that would have no real impact on his career. His reasoning was that no matter how careful he was about what he said or what actions he took, it would always be used, twisted, or fabricated to paint him in the worst light possible. He admits that he has a negative relationship with how he uses twitter and compulsively tries to defend himself and others from the drivel in the form of arguments that spurs from the toxic environment of twitter. I, as a fan of both his journalism and his show, can attest that this man should have left twitter a long time ago because it poisons his mind. Katie disagreed and said that Jessie was doing exactly what his detractors wanted him to do, to back down, shut up, and let them get the last word. She said that his presence on twitter was at least somewhat beneficial as an archive showing exactly which tweets and replies got twisted and amplified through a cruel game of telephone that resulted in false rumors being spread about him online. Furthermore she said that with a large percentage of journalists and editors being active twitter users that it in fact could hurt his career by not being brought into the spotlight every few months in the form of another twitter pile-on.

      • on hrt and dysphoria

        I am a cis woman. However, when I grew up, I never felt woman enough, girly enough. I personally feel like my autism made me come off boy-ish when I opened my mouth or in my mannerisms (and still kind of does), but even more importantly, I felt terrible about my body.

        It was decidedly different than feeling like you're not pretty enough as a girl, wanting to turn heads or feel beautiful. I simply did not feel like the outside matched the inside. The other people around me usually confirmed this. Girls didn't want anything to do with me past kindergarten and I was treated like one of the boys by the boys. In the changing rooms after school sports, the girls noticed my intense hair growth over my body and laughed and told me to shave. When I was 12, people in my grade used "it" pronouns for me to make fun of me and drive home that I am not a girl. But I wanted to be a girl so bad. I wanted to be like all the other girls. Their mannerisms, their look, the way they dress, their interests. It was more than just wanting to fit in, I fit in well with the boys already and only had male friends. This wasn't about trying to reach an unattainable girl standard. I just felt like no one was seeing what I truly am and wanted to be, and I hated my body and how it developed, that it wasn't feminine enough. No, this wasn't about tomboy acceptance, I didn't wanna be a tomboy, I wanted to be a girly girl.

    • Technical

      • Programming

        • aliases

          For something more advanced, you can have an alias call a script to check a conditition before allowing the command to run. This is helpful in my git sandbox where the index.html file is sometimes a dummy file, since it faces the internet. I don't want to check that in by accident - I want to swap the dummy for the real one before git ever executes anything.

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

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