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Links 28/05/2023: New Wine and More

  • GNU/Linux

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • TecAdminSetting Up Permissions in Home Directory on Linux

        One of the fundamental aspects of system security and user privacy in any Linux or Unix-based operating system (OS) is the proper management of permissions. In these systems, a home directory is the default location for a user's personal files, documents, and configuration settings.

      • TecAdminConfiguring Apache Userdir on Ubuntu and Debian: A Simplified Guide

        Apache is a versatile, open-source HTTP server for modern operating systems including UNIX and Windows. It provides a secure, efficient, and extensible server that provides HTTP services in sync with the current HTTP standards.

      • TecAdminHow to Install Apache CouchDB on Ubuntu & Debian

        Apache CouchDB is a database management system that seamlessly takes the data to the edge and then back again. It's known for its ease of replication and setup. If you want to install Apache CouchDB on your Ubuntu or Debian system, you're at the right place.

      • Ubuntu HandbookHow to Install Python 3.12 (Beta so far) in Ubuntu 22.04 | 20.04 | 23.04

        For developers who want to prepare their project for the latest Python releases, here's how to install Python 3.12 in all current Ubuntu releases. Python 3.12 now is in Beta development stage.

      • Make Tech EasierHow to Concatenate Files in Linux

        Being able to combine various files together into one can be very helpful. You can arrange and sort out your desktop and combine several related documents into one. In Linux, there are several ways to concatenate files together.

      • Adam Young: Opening the perf file descriptor

        A couple months back I recorded this line on my blog as part of investigating perf:

      • TecAdminWhat is the “/etc/profile.d/” Directory’s Role in Linux

        In the vast landscape of the Linux operating system, understanding the intricacies of various system directories is key to effective system administration. The Linux directory structure holds a set of directories, each with a unique purpose, and among these is the "/etc/profile.d/" directory.

      • TecAdminHow to Add a Directory to Your $PATH Variable in Linux

        The $PATH variable in Linux is an environment variable that determines where the shell looks for executable files. By adding directories to this variable, you make it easier to run your scripts from anywhere without having to specify the full path to the script's location.

      • Policy Power: Using Network Policies Effectively in Kubernetes

        Introduction With the increasing adoption of containerization technology, Kubernetes has become one of the most popular platforms for running and managing containers.

      • Xe's BlogSyncing my emulator saves with Syncthing

        One of the most common upsells in gaming is "cloud saves", or some encrypted storage space with your console/platform manufacturer to store the save files that games make. Normally Steam, PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo, and probably EA offer this as a service to customers because it makes for a much better customer experience as the customer migrates between machines. Recently I started playing Dead Space 2 on Steam again on a lark and I got to open my old Dead Space 2 save from college. It's magic when it works.


        I own these two games on cartridge and I have dumped my copy of them from cartridge using a hackable Switch.

    • WINE or Emulation

      • WINE Project (Official)WineHQ - Wine Announcement - The Wine development release 8.9 is now available.
        The Wine development release 8.9 is now available.

        What's new in this release: - Mono engine updated to version 8.0.0. - Completion of PE conversion in the PostScript driver. - Doppler shift support in DirectSound. - GdiPlus performance improvements. - Various bug fixes.

        The source is available at:

        Binary packages for various distributions will be available from:

        You will find documentation on

        You can also get the current source directly from the git repository. Check for details.

        Wine is available thanks to the work of many people. See the file AUTHORS in the distribution for the complete list.
    • Desktop Environments/WMs

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Barry KaulerLittle Flapi, Appi and pupX fixes

      Caramel reported a problem, sometimes Flapi (the Flatpak Installer) did not detect when an app is already installed.

      I found that the OpenShot AppImage can now be updated. Previously Appi installed version 3.0.0 and the next release didn't work. However, the latest, 3.1.1 does work.

    • SUSE/OpenSUSE

      • WilliamWilliam Brown: Starting with Rage on OpenSUSE

        Rage is a rust implementation of Age, a modern, simple and secure file encryption tool. It is easier to use than other tools like GPG, and being written in a memory safe language it avoids many of the exploits that may occur in C based tools.

        Installing Rage

        You can install rage on leap or tumbleweed from zypper

    • Slackware Family

      • Eric HameleersChromium 114 Early Release on Slackware

        An “early release” of Chromium 114 source code was published a few days ago, the release notes are on the developer blog. Since Chromium 110, Google rolls out new major releases to a small sub-set of its users to monitor any potential breakage and apply fixes before the majority of users get upgraded. The formal release of Chromium will be on May 30th, but I decided to go along with the early release this time, and offer this version to Slackware users already this weekend, to celebrate the Pentecost.

        Looking at the new stuff in Chromium 114, there’s two things you might want to play with, since they are already contained in the browser and mostly usable in Chromium 114, but not yet enabled by default.

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • Remi ColletRemi Collet: PHP version 8.1.20RC1 and 8.2.7RC1

        Release Candidate versions are available in testing repository for Fedora and Enterprise Linux (RHEL / CentOS / Alma / Rocky and other clones) to allow more people to test them. They are available as Software Collections, for a parallel installation, perfect solution for such tests, and also as base packages.

        RPM of PHP version 8.2.7RC1 are available

      • Red Hat OfficialSave the date for Red Hat Summit 2024

        As we close out the last day of this year’s Red Hat Summit, it’s time to mark your calendar for next year’s event. We’re headed to the Mile High City - Denver, CO - for Red Hat Summit and AnsibleFest 2024! Join us at the Colorado Convention Center, May 6-9, 2024, as we bring together thousands of customers, partners and technology industry leaders and open source community members from around the world for another high-energy week of innovation, education and collaboration.

      • CRNRed Hat CEO Keynote: 5 Boldest Remarks On AI, New Products

        Red Hat CEO Matt Hicks kicked off Red Hat Summit 2023 on Tuesday in Boston by explaining his company’s artificial intelligence, open-source vision and new products to thousands in attendance.

        “We’re in one of those [game-changing] moments right now. It’s the moment of AI,” said Hicks during his keynote at the Boston Convention Center today. “AI has moved from the obscurity of academia to the ubiquity of ChatGPT. But it’s also moved from the power of few, to the power of many.”

        Several of Red Hat’s key product launches include generative AI for Ansible, an enterprise-grade open developer hub and new services in the Red Hat Trusted Software Supply Chain suite.

      • TechCrunchRed Hat brings generative AI to IT automation with Ansible Lightspeed

        Red Hat is holding its annual customer summit in Boston this week, and today it announced a couple of enhancements to Ansible, its open source IT automation tool, including the new AI-fueled Lightspeed.

        Automation at its core is about distilling complex processes into a playbook or recipe of actions. The next step is building low-code and no-code workflows. The recent rise of generative AI could strip that process down even more to simply describing the process and letting the tool do the rest, creating a set of steps and providing the necessary code and tools to move it through a work process without much further human intervention required (at least in theory).

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • FOSSLinuxThe 20 Best Themes for Ubuntu [2023 Edition]

        In the world of Linux, customization is king. One of the easiest ways to give your Ubuntu system a personal touch is by changing its theme. From sleek and modern to quirky and colorful, there's a theme to match every taste. As we step into 2023, a whole new lineup of eye-catching and feature-rich themes are available to add a touch of flair to your Ubuntu desktop.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

      • LibreOffice Community at Events in Italy, Spring 2023

        Emiliano Vavassori, Deputy Chairperson in The Document Foundation's Board of Directors, give us an update on recent events in Italy: Linux Arena at Fiera del Radioamatore -- Pordenone, April 23rd and 24th As in every spring, the Pordenone Linux Users Group (PNlug) organizes an internal event inside the local ham radio/electronics fair, €«Fiera del Radioamatore€»...

    • Programming/Development

      • QtMay 26th, 2023: Qt 5.15 Standard Support for Legacy License Holders Ends Today

        Standard support for the last release of the Qt 5 series ends for term and perpetual license holders today. Customers distributing applications and embedded devices using Qt 5 series software should evaluate how to access technical support and maintenance releases which may include security and major bug fixes.

      • Python

        • TecAdminUnderstanding Python’s Underscore ( _ ): A Comprehensive Guide

          Python, as a flexible and intuitive language, introduces many constructs that enable the ease of coding. One such construct is the underscore ( _ ), a special character with multiple uses, ranging from variable naming to interpreter purposes, and more. For novice programmers, underscores might appear confusing, but understanding their purpose can significantly enhance your [...]

        • Linux HintSeaborn Theme

          In Python, the “sns.set_theme()” method can be used along with the “style” parameter and its value to customize the seaborn theme.

        • Linux HintSeaborn Legend Location

          To set the seaborn legend location in Python, the “plt.legend()” method can be used along with the “loc= ‘value’” parameter.

        • Linux HintRemove Substring from String in Python

          To remove the substring from a string, the “replace()”, “for” loop with “replace()”, “translate()”, and the “Index” methods are used in Python.

  • Leftovers

    • Valhalla's Things: Correspondence Book

      I write letters. The kind that are written on paper with a dip pen 1 and ink, stamped and sent through the post, spend a few days or weeks maturing like good wine in a depot somewhere2, and then get delivered to the recipient.

      Some of them (mostly cards) are to people who will receive them and thank me via xmpp (that sounds odd, but actually works out nicely), but others are proper letters with long texts that I exchange with penpals.

      Most of those are fountain pen frea^Wenthusiasts, so I usually use a different ink each time, and try to vary the paper, and I need to keep track of what I’ve used.

    • Valhalla's Things: Late Victorian Combinations

      Some time ago, on an early Friday afternoon our internet connection died. After a reasonable time had passed we called the customer service, they told us that they would look into it and then call us back.

      On Friday evening we had not heard from them, and I was starting to get worried. At the time in the evening when I would have been relaxing online I grabbed the first Victorian sewing-related book I found on my hard disk and started to read it.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Birotam emi

        Two weeks ago I finally bought a bicycle. I went to a bike shop where they do measure you and based on your criteria that you gave them beforehand, they propose a bike that should fit your needs. They also mount everything based on your sizes.

        Of course it costs more than buying in a shopping mall, but as I have no idea about bicycles it was a safe choice. This way I also do not have to worry about maintenance, they do everything and I just have to reserve a time slot online and drop off the bike in the shop. They also have a bike wash.

    • Politics

      • End the slaughter age

        EU citizens: there is time until 5th June to sign the ECI petition to close animal farms and slaughterhouses.

    • Technical

      • Love is all I need

        The trouble with so fantastic a read/review is now I'd rather read CircaDian than play Half-Life Alyx.

      • Internet/Gemini

        • About the Domain ""

          I have encountered a few complaints that the domain name of this site,, is problematic because it can be somewhat ambiguous and misleading: it may be unclear whether one means just this capsule or Geminispace as a whole — a collection of Gemini capsules and the people who maintain them. One might react to this dismissively and think that a name is just a name, but I want to give this topic some serious consideration.

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

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