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Links 29/05/2023: Election in Fedora, Unifont 15.0.04

  • GNU/Linux

    • 9to5Linux9to5Linux Weekly Roundup: May 28th, 2023

      This was another slow week, but I managed to bring you some interesting stories like the biggest change for Linux users in the upcoming Firefox 115 web browser, another exciting change for the upcoming KDE Plasma 6 desktop environment, or the Cartridges game launcher as the “Flatpak App of the Week.”

      On top of that, I tell you all about the latest releases of the Nitrux distribution, Tux Paint open-source digital painting app for children, and Mesa open-source graphics stack. Check out the hottest news of this week and access all the distro and package downloads in 9to5Linux’s Linux weekly roundup for May 28th, 2023, below.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Barry KaulerKdenlive AppImage vs Flatpak

      I recently posted that have chosen Kdenlive for creating videos:

      In EasyOS 5.3.1, Kdenlive is available as an AppImage and a Flatpak, so which one to use?

      Firstly, installed the AppImage, version 23.04.1, and ran it from a terminal to see startup messages. Pulling out some highlights:

      mlt_repository_init: failed to dlopen /tmp/.mount_kdenli62zXlw/usr/lib/mlt-7/
      ( cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory)
      no alsa devices available

      The MLT movit plugins are consequently not available. Easy does not have -- it is available in a package, just not installed. Anyway, Kdenlive works, tested a video and sound also works.

    • New Releases

      • 9to5LinuxNitrux 2.8.1 Released with Linux Kernel 6.3, Plasma Wayland by Default

        Nitrux 2.8.1 may sound like a small point release to last month’s Nitrux 2.8, but it’s a massive update that brings exciting changes like the latest and greatest Linux 6.3 kernel series, Plasma Wayland as the default session, as well as all the latest KDE software including Plasma 5.27.5, Frameworks 5.106, and Gear 23.04.1.

        Plasma Wayland is clearly the number one attraction of this release and the devs tried their best to make it work as flawless as possible for everyone. For this, they have added xdg-desktop-portal-gnome to prevent font rendering issues, especially with Flatpak apps.

      • LinuxiacMX Linux’s Refreshed Identity: Get Ready for MX-23 ‘Libretto’

        MX Linux pays homage to its origins with a logo revamp, unveiling the highly anticipated MX-23 'Libretto' public beta.

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • Fedora ProjectFedora Community Blog: F38 FESCo election: Interview with Tom Stellard

        I have a background in compilers and toolchains, and I would like to use some of the knowledge I’ve gained over the years of building and troubleshooting applications to help make Fedora better. Specifically, I’m interested in helping packagers avoid making common mistakes through standardized macros and packaging practices and also by increasing the reliance on CI.

        I’m currently one of the maintainers of the LLVM packages in Fedora which is a set of 15 packages that provide a C/C++/Fortran compilers as well as a set of reusable compiler libraries that are used for developing other languages and for developer tools, like IDEs.

        I’ve also worked on two system wide change requests to help standardize the use of make within Fedora packages. These changes helped to make spec files more consistent across all of Fedora and also made it possible to remove make from the default buildroot.

      • Fedora ProjectFedora Community Blog: F38 FESCo election: Interview with Major Hayden

        This is a part of the Elections Interviews series for Fedora Linux 38. Voting is open to all Fedora contributors. The voting period starts on Monday, 29 May and closes promptly at 23:59:59 UTC on Sunday, 11 June.

      • Fedora ProjectFedora Community Blog: F38 FESCo election: Interview with Stephen Gallagher
      • Fedora ProjectFedora Community Blog: F38 elections voting now open

        Voting in the Fedora Linux 38 elections is now open. Go to the Elections app to cast your vote.

      • Fedora ProjectFedora Community Blog: F38 Mindshare election: Interview with David Duncan
        What is your background in Fedora? What have you worked on and what are you doing now?

        I have been participating in Fedora community for a number of years. I started as one of the Fedora Ambassadors. I settled in working on Cloud a few years back and then found a job that really supported that work. Now I spend a lot of time working on the Cloud efforts.

        Please elaborate on the personal “Why” which motivates you to be a candidate for Mindshare.

        I had the opportunity to serve on the Mindshare committee last year after one of the members found it necessary to focus their efforts elsewhere. I found it very fulfilling to work with the team. There are a lot of challenges around building a strong community and I have always enjoyed being a part of that efforts. I think that I can continue that work again.

      • Fedora ProjectFedora Community Blog: F38 Mindshare election: Interview with Luis Bazan

        I have already been a Fedora contributor for 12 years, I have worked in different teams, I am in the LATAM region.

        I have always tried to do my best within the Fedora community and I would like to join the Mindshare team to share my ideas for creating tasks that help the community continue to grow as we always have.

        Currently we need to do more events or anything that joins the LATAM region that is a bit neglected. We require more activities, not only national, we also want some international activities and this problem dates back to before the pandemic that affected us all.

      • Fedora ProjectFedora Community Blog: F38 FESCo election: Interview with Benjamin Beasley

        As a Fedora Linux, CentOS, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux user for well over a decade, and as a contributor to the Fedora community for the last several years, I find that wise and steady technical leadership has been one of the Fedora project’s great strengths. In my one term on FESCo, I think I have made a useful contribution to this tradition.

        It’s my practice to listen more than I speak; respect different people’s perspectives and styles of communication; and remember that idealism and pragmatism can exist in complementary rather than adversarial opposition.

        I directly maintain around 170 rather diverse packages. A few of my particular interests are scientific/technical and mathematical packages, font-related software, and the Python ecosystem. I also co-maintain or contribute to a variety of packages via the neuro-sig and python-packagers-sig packaging groups, and I regularly contribute fixes to other packages and to upstream projects.

      • Fedora ProjectFedora Community Blog: F38 FESCo election: Interview with Neal Gompa

        As a long-time member of the Fedora community as a user and a contributor, I have benefited from the excellent work of many FESCo members before me to ensure Fedora continues to evolve as an amazing platform for innovation. For the past few years, I have had the wonderful privilege of serving as a member of FESCo for the first time, and I enjoyed my time serving to steer Fedora into the future, and I wish to continue to contribute my expertise to help analyze and make good decisions on evolving the Fedora platform.

        The bulk of my contributions to Fedora lately are on the desktop side of things. In the last year, I’ve been working steadily on improving Fedora’s multimedia capabilities, which included bringing in FFmpeg into Fedora and enabling a new range of applications, libraries, and services to be packaged and hosted on Fedora Linux. This even leads to enabling creative professional work for video and making video streaming possible with software shipped in Fedora. Most recently, I helped kickstart the Budgie SIG and assisted with bootstrapping the Fedora Budgie spin and Fedora Onyx. Finally, my newest effort is around the bringup of the Fedora Asahi Remix by the Asahi SIG to support Fedora Linux on Apple Silicon Macs. This is being done in close collaboration with the upstream Asahi Linux community and members of that community are now part of the Fedora community too.

        Beyond the desktop and more into the clouds, I have been engaging with folks at AWS to bring them more into the Fedora community in a similar vein to how I helped bring Facebook into the Fedora community. This has also led to a proper revival of the Fedora Cloud Working Group and the Fedora Cloud Edition for Fedora Linux 37. We’re currently working on expanding our coverage of Fedora Cloud Edition in public cloud platforms, as well.

      • Fedora ProjectFedora Community Blog: F38 Council election: Interview with Sumantro Mukherjee

        I hail from APAC (India) and would like to focus on bringing in more non-US perspectives, which includes bringing in more contributors from diverse backgrounds.

        Efficient utilization of our brand-new design assets which are now in multiple languages to onboard a variety of users (general and power-users) to the Fedora community as contributor either to functional sides (QA, packaging..etc) and/or outreach.

        Giving suggestions and bringing new perspectives from technical and outreach are my primary motivators.

      • Red Hat OfficialThe moment for AI [Ed: Red Hat CEO is promoting phony trends or buzzwords that help Microsoft distract from mass layoffs, product closures, and other crises; if Red Hat becomes a caricature company or a 'meme', it won't manage to retain -- let alone gain -- truly technical people]
    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • [Repeat] Ruben SchadeRemembering how the Nintendo Wii was cracked

        This was my favourite nugget in a great video about how Team Tweezers circumvented protections in the Wii console to run homebrew software. It proves how tenuous all this stuff can be when your cryptography is let down by one of the most fundamental C programming mistakes they teach you at uni.

      • HackadayMangle Videos With RecurBOY And A Raspberry Pi Zero

        You used to need a lot of equipment to be a video DJ. Now you can do it all with a Raspberry Pi Zero and [cyberboy666]’s recurBOY. And if you missed out on the 1970’s video-editing psychedelia, now’s your chance to catch up – recurBOY is a modern video synth with all of the bells and whistles, and it’ll fit in your pocket. Check out [cyberboy666]’s demo video if you don’t yet know what you’re getting into. (Embedded below.)

      • Tom's HardwareRaspberry Pi Adapter Sends Keyboard Input From iPad via HID to Devices

        Canatee is a teacher using two Raspberry Pis to power his iPad keyboard shortcut system that helps add comments to students' work.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Djalel OukidmyTUXEDO, a Nextcloud based storage offered with TUXEDO devices

      myTUXEDO is an open-source Nextcloud-based cloud storage service developed by TUXEDOComputers.

    • WP20 & Audrey Scholars

      Today is the 20th anniversary of the first release of WordPress. None of us knew what we were getting into when it started, but we had a shared conviction that the four freedoms of the GPL combined with a mission to democratize publishing was something worth spending our time on. There will be celebrations in cities around the world, please join if there’s one happening near you.

    • Libre ArtsLibreArts Weekly recap — 28 May 2023

      Once again, a very short recap. Week highlights: Blender Studio announces their next open movie project, Intel Open Image Denoise 2.0 is out with major improvements, Krita and Ardour are getting new features.

      When I posted last week that the GIMP team was meeting somewhere in the EU, I had no idea where. And now that I know, wow!

      Not only Simon Budig went back to contributing, Michael Natterer is back too. There’s also Niels De Graef helping with general stuff like the build system, and Carlos Garnacho (GNOME) sending various patches.

    • Web Browsers/Web Servers

      • Daniel StenbergThe Gemini protocol seen by this HTTP client person

        There is again a pull-request submitted to the curl project to bring support for the Gemini protocol. It seems like a worthwhile effort that I support, even if it is also a lot of work involved and it might take some time before it reaches the state in which it can be merged.

    • SaaS/Back End/Databases

      • Peter EisentrautPostgreSQL compile times

        The arithmetic here is unsurprising up to a point. This machine has 12 CPU cores, so you get speedups until around -j12. But it’s notable that the gains level off at 8. It could be because there are 8 “performance” cores and 4 “efficiency” cores, and the efficiency cores aren’t that helpful for this? Or maybe because there is just not that much more parallelism to be had in the build.

      • PostgreSQLPGCloud Conference London: Call for Papers is Now Open!

        The Call for Papers is now open for PGCloud Conference London! Taking place in London on 10th August 2023.

        We are looking for proposals in English on any topic relating to PostgreSQL and how to optimize, manage, and scale it in a cloud environment. Talk submissions are welcome from a wide variety of PostgreSQL users, from app developers, DBAs, operations engineers, decision makers, and PostgreSQL contributors.

      • PostgreSQLpg_dumpbinary v2.11 released

        pg_dumpbinary dumps a PostgreSQL database to a binary format. The resulting dump must be restored using pg_restorebinary, which is provided.

        pg_dumpbinary 2.11 was released today, it fixes a major issue at restore time.

    • GNU Projects

    • Programming/Development

      • Python

      • Shell/Bash/Zsh/Ksh

        • TecAdminHandling Special Characters in Shell Scripts

          In Unix and Unix-like operating systems, the shell serves as a command-line interpreter, permitting users to issue commands that the OS will then execute. Among the most popular shell interpreters are Bourne shell (sh), Bash (Bourne Again SHell), and csh (C-shell).

    • Standards/Consortia

      • HackadayHackaday Links: May 28, 2023

        The Great Automotive AM Radio War of 2023 rages on, with the news this week that Ford has capitulated, at least for now. You’ll recall that the opening salvo came when the US automaker declared that AM radio was unusable in their EV offerings thanks to interference generated by the motor controller. Rather than fixing the root problem, Ford decided to delete the AM option from their EV infotainment systems, while letting their rolling EMI generators just keep blasting out interference for everyone to enjoy. Lawmakers began rattling their sabers in response, threatening legislation to include AM radio in every vehicle as a matter of public safety. Ford saw the writing on the wall and reversed course, saying that AM is back for at least the 2024 model year, and that vehicles already delivered without it will get a fix via software update.

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