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  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Jupiter BroadcastingBerlin with Brent | LINUX Unplugged 503

        Brent dives deep into Nextcloud's new release from inside their offices, and takes an unexpected dip in the local lake with a listener.

      • Linux User Space: A Pause for Family

        We wanted to let you know we postponed the recording of episode 19 due to a family emergency.

        We’re thinking April 10th for the new release date, but can’t say that with absolute certainty.

        If anything changes, we’ll update you again. In the mean time, we’ll publish a bit of the Shorts backlog and poke around the community a bit. So, hang tight! ❤️🙏

    • Graphics Stack

      • Mike Blumenkrantz: Oom

        I got a report recently that Dota2 was using too much memory on RADV. Host memory, that is, not GPU. So how does one profile Dota2 memory usage?

        On Linux, the ideal tool for memory profiling is massif. But does a flawless, unparalleled game like Dota2 run under massif?

        Sort of maybe almost but not really.

        And it’s not the best way to do it anyway since, for profiling, the ideal scenario is to run a static test. Thus, gfxreconstruct is the best way to test things here. Simply VK_INSTANCE_LAYERS=VK_LAYER_LUNARG_gfxreconstruct in your ultra secret Source Engine debug console and let it run.

        Then queue up a replay under massif and find something else to do for the next half hour since it’s not exactly a speedy process.

        It Bad
      • Russell CokerRussell Coker: Strange X11 Grabbing

        A couple of days ago I upgraded my home server from Debian/Bullseye to Debian/Testing (soon to be Bookworm). Since then KDE sessions on that system have had problems of locking the input queue, the mouse can move and mouse-over events work but clicking the mouse or pressing the keyboard does nothing. Various web pages suggested that the xdotool program (in the xdotool package in Debian) can address this. The problem is apparently programs “grabbing” the input and not letting it go.

        The command “xdotool key XF86LogGrabInfo” causes the xorg server to dump information on it’s “grabs”. After running that command I looked in /var/log/Xorg.0.log and found that active grabs were only held by /usr/bin/kwin_x11 and /usr/bin/kglobalaccel5. So it seems like a KDE issue. Other systems running X11 with Debian/Testing (such as the laptop I’m using to write this blog post) don’t have the problem, so it could be something related to the KDE configuration of the account used on that system.

        The command “xdotool key XF86Ungrab” is supposed to break out of such a grab, but for me didn’t do so.

        On the same system running KDE with Wayland works fine in this regard. Does Wayland do things differently and not allow this “grabbing” to block everything? Does KDE have an X11 specific bug? Is there a race condition that just gets triggered by the speed of Xorg on that system but not by the slightly different timings of Wayland? I might never find out.

        I previously wrote about problems with Wayland/KDE on laptops [1]. Fortunately this bug happened to occur on a server so inability to reconfigure monitors isn’t necessarily a deal breaker, although being unable to use some of the high-DPI settings for the 4K monitor it has may be an issue. It will be really annoying if some of the laptop configurations I support get this grabbing problem. But since that time I have learned of the kscreen-doctor command which is included in Debian/Testing and can do some of the necessary things, it doesn’t have a man page so you have to run “kscreen-doctor -h” for documentation.

    • Applications

      • Vincent Fourmond: QSoas version 3.2 is out

        Version 3.2 of QSoas is out ! It is mostly a bug-fix release, fixing the computation mistake found in the eecr-relay wave shape fit, see the correction to our initial article in JACS. We strongly encourage all the users of the eecr-relay wave shape fit to upgrade, and, unfortunately, refit previously fitted data as the results might change. The other wave shape fits are not affected by the issue.

        New features

      • NeowinAs Rufus removes Windows 7 ISO support, alternative Ventoy adds support for 1100+ ISOs

        Ventoy, which is a utility designed to create bootable USB, among others, has received its latest update earlier today. The new release improves Fedora performance, adds 1100+ ISO support, and more.

      • Ubuntu HandbookGPU-Accelerated Terminal Emulator ‘Alacritty’ 0.12.0 Released [How to Install]

        The popular Alacritty terminal emulator got a new release few days ago. Here are the new features and how to install guide for Ubuntu Linux. Alacritty is a free open-source GPU-accelerated terminal emulator written in Rust programming language. It features Vi mode motion and selection via keyboard, Vi search/normal search, hints, etc.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • OSNoteHow to set $PATH variable in Linux

        The $PATH variable is an essential part of Linux and other Unix-like operating systems. It contains a list of folders with different executables on the system and advises the shell where to search for these programs.

      • Setting up a packaging environment for Alpine Linux (introducing alpkg)

        Recently I have been interested in Alpine Linux and thought it would be nice to maintain some Rust packages in their repositories.

      • How to upgrade NetBSD?

        With sysupgrade you can perform a full NetBSD upgrade without breaking your system.

        sysupgrade has a set of subcommands and each subcommand executes a specific step within the upgrade process, the auto subcommand performs a full upgrade by calling the rest of the subcommand in a specified order.

      • FOSSLinuxCollaborating in Real-Time: Using Tmux with Multiple Users

        Tmux is a powerful tool for managing terminal sessions, and it can also be used with multiple users for real-time collaboration. However, setting up shared sessions and ensuring proper permissions and security can be challenging. In this guide, we will provide you with a comprehensive overview of how to use Tmux with multiple users, from setting up shared sessions to configuring permissions and security.

      • FOSSLinuxTips and tricks for checking Ubuntu system information

        As an Ubuntu user, it's important to have a good understanding of your system's hardware and software specifications. This information can be helpful when troubleshooting issues, optimizing performance, or planning upgrades. In this article, we will share some tips and tricks for checking Ubuntu system information quickly and easily.

      • FOSSLinuxManaging tmux plugins with tmux plugin manager

        Learn how to manage your Tmux plugins like a pro with Tmux Plugin Manager (TPM). Our comprehensive guide will walk you through the installation and usage of TPM, helping you optimize your Tmux environment for maximum productivity.

      • FOSSLinuxThe guide to customizing the Pop!_OS desktop

        In this easy-to-follow guide, we will cover how to customize the Pop!_OS desktop to make it your own. From changing the wallpaper and theme to adding applets and extensions, we will walk you through the process step-by-step. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced Linux user, this guide will provide you with the knowledge and skills to create a desktop environment that fits your needs and preferences.

      • How to Backup and Restore H2 Database

        H2Database (or simply H2) is an open-source, lightweight, and fast relational database management system written in Java. It is a pure Java database that can be used as an embedded database, or as a standalone database server.

      • ID RootThe Ultimate Guide to Understanding UFW Logs

        In this tutorial, we will show you the ultimate guide to understanding UFW Logs. As a system administrator, it is crucial to know the status of your network's security at all times.

      • ID RootHow To Install NumPy on Rocky Linux 9

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install NumPy on Rocky Linux 9. For those of you who didn’t know, NumPy is a popular Python library for scientific computing that adds support for large, multi-dimensional arrays and matrices.

      • Make Use OfHow to Open a DMG in Ubuntu and Convert to ISO

        A DMG is a type of image file developed by Apple to distribute software for macOS. The format also serves as a way for Mac users to compress and archive their files. Since macOS and Linux have some similarities under the hood, it may be possible to mount and even run some macOS apps on Linux.

        If you are using Ubuntu and have a DMG file you want to open, the easiest way would be to convert the DMG to an ISO file. This way you can mount the file just like any other ISO file in Ubuntu.

      • How to install Rancher desktop on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04

        Rancher Desktop is a free and open-source tool that is built on top of Docker Dekstop, which provides a GUI to manage Docker Images. We can create a virtual machine to run containerd or dockerd and Kubernetes using it.

      • 2 Ways for KTorrent installation on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04

        KTorrent is a GNU General Public Licensed BitTorrent client for the KDE desktop environment on Linux and other Unix-like systems including Ubuntu.

      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install Redmine Project Management Software on Debian 11

        Redmine is a free and open-source project management software and issue-tracking tool. It is written using the Ruby on Rails framework and can be integrated with various version control systems. In this tutorial, you will learn how to install Redmine on a Debian 11 server.

      • ID RootHow To List Users on Linux: A Beginner’s Guide

        re you a new Linux user trying to familiarize yourself with the system? Or are you a system administrator looking to manage users on your Linux server?

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • KPhotoAlbum 5.10.0 released

          We're happy to announce the new release 5.10.0 of KPhotoAlbum, the KDE photo management program!

          The ChangeLog for this version is as follows...

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • BSD

      • FreeBSDFreeBSD 13.2-RC5 Now Available
        The fifth RC build of the 13.2-RELEASE release cycle is now available.

        Please note that this is arriving unusually soon after 13.2-RC4; this extra release candidate was added in order to fix one more bug, but is expected to be the final release candidate before 13.2-RELEASE.

        Installation images are available for:

        o 13.2-RC5 amd64 GENERIC o 13.2-RC5 i386 GENERIC o 13.2-RC5 powerpc GENERIC o 13.2-RC5 powerpc64 GENERIC64 o 13.2-RC5 powerpc64le GENERIC64LE o 13.2-RC5 powerpcspe MPC85XXSPE o 13.2-RC5 armv6 RPI-B o 13.2-RC5 armv7 GENERICSD o 13.2-RC5 aarch64 GENERIC o 13.2-RC5 aarch64 RPI o 13.2-RC5 aarch64 PINE64 o 13.2-RC5 aarch64 PINE64-LTS o 13.2-RC5 aarch64 PINEBOOK o 13.2-RC5 aarch64 ROCK64 o 13.2-RC5 aarch64 ROCKPRO64 o 13.2-RC5 riscv64 GENERIC o 13.2-RC5 riscv64 GENERICSD

        Note regarding arm SD card images: For convenience for those without console access to the system, a freebsd user with a password of freebsd is available by default for ssh(1) access. Additionally, the root user password is set to root. It is strongly recommended to change the password for both users after gaining access to the system.

        Installer images and memory stick images are available here:

        The image checksums follow at the end of this e-mail.

        If you notice problems you can report them through the Bugzilla PR system or on the -stable mailing list.

        If you would like to use Git to do a source based update of an existing system, use the "releng/13.2" branch.

        A summary of changes since 13.2-RC4 includes:

        o A fix to TCP checksum calculation on unmapped mbufs; in particular, this fixes a problem in sendfile(2).

        A list of changes since 13.1 is available in the releng/13.2 release notes:

    • SUSE/OpenSUSE

      • SUSE's Corporate BlogGood Things Happen in Threes! [Ed: How many of these are paid-for, indirectly (bribes)?]

        SUSE One Partner Program Receives 5-star rating by CRN Partner Program Guide for third year€  SUSE has been recognized by CRN€®, with a prestigious 5-star rating in its 2023 Partner Program Guide, for the third year running, in recognition of our SUSE One Partner Program.€ 

      • SUSE's Corporate BlogSUSE Joins the Confidential Computing Consortium [Ed: Fake privacy, encouraging companies and governments to outsource all their data to spies]

        SUSE steps up its focus around data protection and trust with a strong commitment to preserving data integrity from core to cloud to edge.€  SUSE is happy to announce we have joined Linux Foundation’s Confidential Computing Consortium...

      • OpenSUSEHands-on, Ad-free browsing at your home with Leap Micro 5.4 Beta

        The Beta version of our Immutable HostOS Leap Micro 5.4 is now available. The update brings SELinux in enforcing mode by default as well as tuned. Leap Micro is not a traditional distribution, but rather a lightweight HostOS for running virtual machines and containerized workloads.

        Leap Micro is an openSUSE equivalent of SUSE’s SLE Micro.

        In this article, I would like to show you how it can be practically used to enhance your daily ad-free experience at home. I was able to replicate the entire setup in the VM, including downloading the image, in under 15 minutes.

        My personal use case for Leap Micro is to have as much ad-free browsing as possible, DNS entries for local services, and a Nextcloud instance as a bridge to share pictures and videos in between my wife’s iPhone, kids tablet and my Android phone.

      • The Register UKOh, Snap. openSUSE downloads increasing, and Leap 15.5 is coming soon

        openSUSE is doing well: downloads are increasing, and a new version of the stable-release-cycle openSUSE, Leap 15.5, is coming soon.

        According to a tweet from the openSUSE project, it has seen sharp increases in its downloads recently. If you want to drill down a little, download statistics are available.

        We can only speculate as to why there's been an uptick. Perhaps it reflects Ubuntu users' dissatisfaction with the increased focus on Snap in the distro, including the Snap-packaged Firefox. It may also be a continuing slow exodus of Red Hat users disenchanted by the termination of CentOS Linux, but looking for another stable, RPM-based distro.

        For now, this doesn't seem to have hurt Red Hat's bottom line. The company is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary. SUSE passed the same milestone slightly earlier, in September last year, as noted by departing CEO Melissa Di Donato.

        The openSUSE project also recently released a beta version of the next release of its stable-release distro, openSUSE Leap 15.5. This is a relatively modest step over the existing version 15.4, as you might expect from an enterprise distro, but desktop users get to enjoy new features all the same.

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • PCLOS OfficialFlatpak updated

        Flatpak has been updated to 1.15.4. Yes, you can install flatpaks on PCLinuxOS. Snaps are not supported due to its dependency on systemd which we do not want or need. Flatpak is installable from the PCLinuxOS software repository.

      • Red Hat OfficialAutomate container and pod deployments with Podman and Ansible

        Automate container and pod deployments with Podman and Ansible

      • Fedora MagazineFedora Magazine: Contribute at the Fedora CoreOS, Upgrade, and IoT Test Days

        Fedora test days are events where anyone can help make certain that changes in Fedora work well in an upcoming release. Fedora community members often participate, and the public is welcome at these events. If you’ve never contributed to Fedora before, this is a perfect way to get started.

        There are five upcoming test days in the next two weeks covering three topics:

        • Tues 28 March through Sunday 02 April, is to test the Fedora CoreOS.
        • Wed March 28th through March 31st, is to test the Upgrade
        • Monday April 03 through April 07 , is to test Fedora IoT .

        Come and test with us to make Fedora 38 even better. Read more below on how to do it.

        Fedora 38 CoreOS Test Week

        The Fedora 38 CoreOS Test Week focuses on testing FCOS based on Fedora 38. The FCOS next stream is already rebased on Fedora 38 content, which will be coming soon to testing and stable. To prepare for the content being promoted to other streams the Fedora CoreOS and QA teams have organized test days on Tues, March 28, 2023 (results accepted through Sun , November 12). Refer to the wiki page for links to the test cases and materials you’ll need to participate. The FCOS and QA team will meet and communicate with the community sync on a Google Meet at the beginning of test week and async over multiple matrix/element channels. Read more about them in this announcement.

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • OMG UbuntuSlow Ubuntu Shutdowns Because of Snap Daemon? Here’s a Fix

        Am I alone?

        Am I unreasonable?

        I’m not sure, but I am highly caffeinated — massive props to all the wonderful folks who buy me a coffee (it really does get spent on coffee) — and I haven’t written anything for about 5 days.

        Which is almost as long as my shutdowns seem to take…

      • 9to5LinuxUbuntu Cinnamon Remix Becomes Official Ubuntu Flavor

        Created and maintained by members of the Linux community, Ubuntu Cinnamon Remix is an Ubuntu derivative that features the modern Cinnamon desktop environment developed by the Linux Mint team. Cinnamon Remix aims to offer a traditional approach to the modern Linux desktop.

        The Ubuntu Cinnamon Remix maintainers have applied for official Ubuntu flavor status several times in the past, but only now Canonical has decided to welcome it to the family of Ubuntu flavors starting with the upcoming Ubuntu 23.04 (Lunar Lobster) release, due out on April 20th, 2023.

      • Ubuntu FridgeThe Fridge: Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 780

        Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 780 for the week of March 19 – 25, 2023. The full version of this issue is available here.

      • Ubuntu NewsUbuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 780
    • Devices/Embedded

      • CNX SoftwareServo and motor control with Raspberry Pi Pico, CircuitPython, and Wukong 2040 breakout board

        ELECFREAKS Wukong 2040 is a multifunctional breakout board designed for Raspberry Pi Pico. It is equipped with interfaces for four DC motors, up to twelve servos, a buzzer, A\B buttons, RGB “rainbow” lights, a Reset button, etc… The board can be powered by a single 18650 3.7V LiPo battery and integrates a power management IC that monitors the battery level and can also charge the battery via a USB charger. Battery life is typically 60 minutes per charge but can last over 120 minutes depending on the load.

      • CNX SoftwareTiny RASynBoard combines Renesas RA6M4 MCU with Syntiant NDP120 ML accelerator, WiFi & BLE module, and some sensors

        Avnet RASynBoard is a tiny board that packs a lot of features in a 30x25mm form factor with a Renesas RA6M4 Cortex-M33 microcontroller, a Syntiant NDP120 Neural Decision Processor, a Renesas (Previously Dialog Semi) DA16600 Wi-Fi 4 & Bluetooth 5.1 combo module, and a 6-axis inertial measurement unit (IMU) and digital microphone from TDK. The RASynBoard is offered as part of an EVK with the Core Board described above plus an IO board with headers, a Pmod connector, a MikroE Shuttle Click header, a microSD card slot for storage, and a built-in debugger, plus two buttons and an RGB LED.

      • CubicleNateRunning Electrical Conduit Using FreeCAD and 3D Printing

        The great thing about having a 3D printer and open source CAD software is the ability to make accomplishing projects easier. In short, I had some electrical conduit to run and I wanted to mount it along a steel structural I-beam in CubicleLabs.

      • Tom's HardwareControl A Raspberry Pi With Your Mind and PiEEG

        Ildar Rakhmatulin's PiEEG project is a brain-control interface HAT for the Raspberry Pi, which uses bio signals to control your projects.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Events

      • HackadayHackaday Berlin Was Bonkers

        In celebration of the tenth running of the Hackaday Prize, we had a fantastic weekend event in Berlin. This was a great opportunity for all of the European Hackaday community to get together for a few days of great talks, fun show-and-tells, and above all good old fashioned sitting together and brainstorming. Of course there was the badge, and the location – a gigantic hackerspace in Berlin called MotionLab – even had a monstrous laser-eye octopus suspended from a gantry overhead. Everyone who came brought something to share or to show. You couldn’t ask for more.

    • Licensing / Legal

      • Torrent FreakTwitter Hunts Down Github User Who Leaked Company's Source Code

        On March 31, Twitter is set to open source its recommendation algorithm. Until then, someone on a more urgent timeline has published Twitter code in public. A GitHub repo containing Twitter's "proprietary source code"was taken down by Twitter last Friday. TorrentFreak can confirm that Twitter is taking legal action to identify the leaker.

      • Security WeekGitHub Suspends Repository Containing Leaked Twitter Source Code

        Twitter sent a copyright notice to code hosting service GitHub to request the removal of a repository that contained Twitter source code.

    • Openness/Sharing/Collaboration

      • Public KnowledgeEmerging Tech 2023

        We want you to be among the first to know about the return of one of Public Knowledge’s signature events: Emerging Tech. Emerging Tech 2023 will take place on Monday, May 22 at Georgetown Law School in Washington, DC.

    • Programming/Development

      • RakulangRaku 2023.13 Finitely

        Anton Antonov published an introduction to their new DSL::FiniteStateMachines module, a work in progress since at least 2022! It also facilitates the conversion to Mathematica / Wolfram Language and Mermaid JS.

      • Daniel LemireC++20: consteval and constexpr functions

        Optimizing compilers seek try to push as much of the computation as possible at compile time.€ In modern C++, you can declare a function as ‘constexpr’, meaning that you state explicitly that the function may be executed at compile time.

      • CollaboraMoving forward with more hands on deck

        It’s no secret that Tech has faced some setbacks lately, namely on the headcount front. Despite these uncertainties, Collabora has had the privilege of increasing our roster with new teammates.

      • Python

        • Linux HintNumpy Element Wise Multiplication

          To perform Element Wise Multiplication in Numpy, use the multiply() method and pass in the arrays to be multiplied. Alternatively, use the “*” operator.

        • Linux HintPython Check If String is Number

          Use the isnumeric() method or the isdigit() method to check if the string is a number or not. Alternatively, use type conversion inside exception handling.

        • Linux HintPython List to JSON

          The json.dumps() is used to convert a Python List into a JSON string. The List variable can contain integers, strings, dictionaries, or even lists.

        • Linux HintIsprime Python

          To check if the provided number is prime, the “sympy.isprime()” method, the “while” loop, and the user-defined function can be used.

        • Linux HintPython Where In List

          The where() method of the Numpy library package is used to apply a condition on every list item and then perform an action depending upon the result.

  • Leftovers

    • Jonathan DowlandJonathan Dowland: Imaging Optical Media, Part 3: Figuring out disc contents

      Too many years ago, I started (but did not finish) a series of blog posts on the topic of Imaging Optical Media. I was writing it as I was figuring out the process to use whilst importing my own piles of home-made CD-Rs and DVD-Rs to a more suitable storage.

      Back in 2018 Antoine Beaupré blogged about being inspired by my article series to sort out his optical media collection, and wrote up his notes so far.

    • HackadayA Survey Of Long-Term Waterproofing Options

      When it comes to placing a project underwater, the easy way out is to just stick it in some sort of waterproof container, cover it with hot glue, and call it a day. But when you need to keep water out for several years, things get significantly harder. Luckily, [Patricia Beddows] and [Edward Mallon] from the Cave Pearl Project have written up their years of experience waterproofing data loggers for long-term deployment, making the process easier for the rest of us.

    • uni MichiganOrgan professor James Kibbie gives Bach to U-M

      James Kibbie, professor of organ at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, will perform the last of 18 concerts featuring all 281 solo organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach on April 16 at Hill Auditorium.

  • Trademarks

    • TTAB BlogTTAB Launches Pilot Program for Final Pretrial Conferences, Requiring Detailed Joint Pretrial Order

      In another step that will make TTAB proceedings as complicated and expensive as civil litigation, the TTAB has announced its implementation of a pilot program for holding a Final Pretrial Conference in selected cases. [Announcement here]. The Board will focus on cases with large or unwieldy records, "overly contentious" proceedings, and cases in which the parties or counsel are unfamiliar with TTAB practice. The parties will be required to file a detailed Final Joint Pretrial Order [Model Format here] setting forth the issues, witnesses, exhibits, objections, etc., etc.

  • Copyrights

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

    • Technical

      • Logseq

        It is been a year since I started using a new note taking application and it is due time I write a bit about the topic. Logseq[1] is a desktop and mobile application with a wide plugin ecosystem for the desktop version and lots o features.

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

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