Links 1/6/2021: Cinnamon 5.0 Desktop Environment, OBS Studio 27.0, and GCC 9.4 Released

Posted in News Roundup at 5:22 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Hailo-8 NPU ships on Linux-powered Lanner edge systems

      Lanner is deploying Hailo’s up to 26-TOPS, 3-TOPS per Watt Hailo-8 NPU on two fanless edge computers running Linux: the Coffee Lake and PCIe equipped LEC-2290 and the compact, Apollo Lake based LEC-7242.

      Hailo and Lanner Electronics announced a partnership to deploy the Hailo-8 neural processing unit (NPU) on selected Lanner edge computers running Linux, starting with the Intel Coffee Lake based LEC-2290 and Intel Apollo Lake powered LEC-7242. Hailo also announced that the Hailo-8 was named Best Edge AI Processor in the 2021 Edge AI and Vision Product of the Year Awards hosted by the Edge AI and Vision Alliance.

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Why you should try self-hosting and de-Google your life

        Big American tech companies know way too much about us and are too intertwined with our personal lives, but they don’t have to be.

        Nearly everyone reading this article likely has Google, Facebook, or Apple accounts. Almost as many likely have Netflix or Spotify accounts. In many ways, it’s remarkable that anyone can use these billion-dollar services for free or cheap, that with a login, we can access all of the knowledge of humanity, thousands of movies and millions of songs.

        However, the adage is true, “if it’s free, you’re the product.” These companies sell your personal information to advertisers. But for very little money and a weekend of tinkering, you can rid yourself of these things and have nearly the same experience.

        Thankfully in 2021, there are so many “free as in freedom” services available that are of equal quality to these “free as in beer” services. Already I’ve observed plenty of my friends dumping Facebook-owned WhatsApp for Signal.

        Perhaps you’re like me, someone who’s very critical and wary of all of this data we’re just giving up to faceless, transnational corporations. Maybe you love the idea of using tools made by the open-source community. Maybe you hate surveillance capitalism.

        Maybe you fancy yourself to be a libertarian, and you want as few governmental and corporate organizations involved in your life as possible. Here’s an opportunity to stop talking the talk and start walking the walk.

      • Chrome OS expands its operating system reach

        It’s been over 10 years now since Chrome OS redefined the desktop operating system. While virtual desktops have been around since the days we used VT-102 terminals to run Unix shells from distant mainframes and minicomputers, Google’s Chrome OS showed us that we could run modern GUI-style desktops from the cloud.

        That part is still vital. I’ve been watching the desktop move from PCs to the cloud for a decade now. But, Chrome OS also has the unique feature of incorporating other operating systems into its offerings. That was underlined recently at Google I/O’s Chrome OS keynote.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • Unikraft at Usenix Lisa 21 Conference: It’s Time to Debloat the Cloud with Unikraft – Xen Project

        In his presentation, Felipe will outline the real challenges of cloud computing today and how, despite the hype of “spinning up” new cloud servers, the reality is that the cloud, whether public or private, is severely bloated. Instances can run up to GBs in size, “fast” boot times can take in the order of minutes, and memory consumption for running a single simple service (e.g., a static content web server) can be exorbitant.

        The audience will hear about Unikraft’s ability to seamlessly generate extremely efficient yet high-performing, cloud-ready images that are each tailored to the needs of specific applications. Felipe will outline major performance gains seen by using Unikraft. For example, how running off-the-shelf applications such as nginx, SQLite, and Redis on Unikraft results in a 1.7x-2.7x performance improvement compared to Linux guests.

      • It’s Happening. Arm Server CPUs are Coming to the Data Center
      • Exploring ARM64 runtime patching alternatives

        Some of today’s modern CPUs come with dedicated instructions to optimize specific operations. For example, ARMv8 has CRC32 instructions to accelerate CRC calculations. The problem is that those instructions can only be executed by a processor that supports them. Although the CPU has a feature register to identify its capabilities, checking the register before executing an instruction is time-consuming. Fortunately, the Linux kernel has a set of macros and functions known as the Linux Alternatives Framework to help solve this problem. This blog gives an overview of the framework.

      • Graphics Stack

        • Mike Blumenkrantz: Sidejacked

          Clearly I needed to reeducate myself in the ways of managing a cache, something that, in my former life as a GUI expert, I did routinely, but that I could no longer comprehend now that I only speak bitfields and command buffers.

          I sought out the reclusive Timothy Arceri, a well-known sage in many esoteric, arcane arts, and, as I recall it, purveyor of great wisdom such as (paraphrased because the original text has been lost to the ages): We Both Know The GLSL Compiler Code For Uniform Blocks Is Unfathomable, Why Do You Insist On Attempting To Modify It?

          The answers I received from my sojourn were swift and concise:

          Stop that. Fossilize caching wasn’t meant to work that way.

    • Applications

      • GStreamer 1.19.1 unstable development release

        The GStreamer team is pleased to announce the first development release in the unstable 1.19 release series.

        The unstable 1.19 release series adds new features on top of the current stable 1.18 series and is part of the API and ABI-stable 1.x release series of the GStreamer multimedia framework.

        The unstable 1.19 release series is for testing and development purposes in the lead-up to the stable 1.20 series which is scheduled for release in a few weeks time. Any newly-added API can still change until that point, although it is rare for that to happen.

      • AMD Ryzen Ubuntu User? Check Out This New App from Slimbook

        Rocking an AMD Ryzen mobile CPU? If so, check out a new AMD Controller app from Spanish Linux computer company Slimbook.

        “The Slimbook AMD Controller app is capable of setting several TDP power levels for your AMD Ryzen mobile processor,” they say of the tool. “Switching between the different performance presets will give you the ability to control both performance and battery life with a single click.”

        The app comes with a basic desktop app and an accompanying indicator menu (the latter letting you switch power profile on the fly). Although you may be tempted to use the higher performance level all the time remember that increasing the power draw will make your processor run hotter (cue fan noises) and drain your battery faster.

      • OBS Studio 27.0 Released With Undo/Redo, Wayland Support

        OBS Studio 27.0 is out as the latest major feature release to this cross-platform, open-source software for desktop screen recording and livestreaming.

        For Linux users, arguably most exciting is the merged Wayland support that includes native Wayland capture abilities.

      • OBS Studio Open Source Live Streaming and Screen Recording Software Gets Wayland Support

        OBS Studio 27.0 is a major update because it’s the first version to introduce support for the Wayland display server on Linux systems. This means that you can finally use OBS Studio on Wayland, and the support comes with a new PipeWire capture source. The devs warn that Ubuntu users would need to use Ubuntu 20.10 (Groovy Gorilla) or higher for PipeWire capture.

        Also for Linux users, the new OBS Studio release adds service integration and browser dock support. In addition, it improves support for VST (Virtual Studio Technology) paths and fixes a crash that could occur when audio backends have been disabled.

      • Bryan Quigley: Why hasn’t snap or flatpak won yet?

        Where win means becomes the universal way to get apps on Linux.

        In short, I don’t think either current iteration will. But why?

        I started writing this a while ago, but Disabling snap Autorefresh reminded me to finish it. I also do not mean this as a “hit piece” against my former employer.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Baby steps towards schroot and slurm cooperation.

        Unfortunately schroot does not maintain CPU affinity 1. This means in particular that parallel builds have the tendency to take over an entire slurm managed server, which is kindof rude. I haven’t had time to automate this yet, but following demonstrates a simple workaround for interactive building.

      • How to Manage Processes on Ubuntu Using System Monitor

        Linux, like most modern operating systems, is very good at multitasking, meaning your system can run several processes at once. In Linux, a process is an instance of a running program that utilizes computer resources.

        This guide will show you how to manage processes from the GUI using System Monitor. The System Monitor application is primarily geared towards Linux systems using the GNOME desktop environment.

      • How to Install TeamViewer 15 on Fedora/RHEL/CentOS and Debian/Ubuntu – Unixcop

        Teamviewer is a cross-platform, powerful, and secure remote access and control software that can connect to multiple devices simultaneously.It is an all-in-one solution for remote support which can be used for desktop sharing, online meetings, and file transfer between devices connected over the Internet.

        It works on notable operating systems such as Linux, Windows, Mac OS, Chrome OS, and mobile operating systems such as iOS, Android, Windows Universal Platform, and BlackBerry.

        Recently, the latest stable version of TeamViewer 15 was released with new features and many improvements.

      • How to Preserve File Permissions While Copying Files in Linux

        File permissions are an integral part of the Unix specification. However, there are certain things starting users are often unaware of, such as how to retain file permissions in Linux while copying them.

        Since copied files are essentially new files, their permission depends on the umask of the current user. This can lead to situations where copied files or folders have entirely different permissions than the source.

        Luckily for you, it’s easy to retain file permissions in Linux using standard command-line tools like cp and rsync. Check out the below examples to see how to copy and preserve permissions in Linux.

      • Check exit status of commands in Linux – Linux Concept

        Automation using shell scripts involves checking whether an earlier command executed successfully, whether a file is present, and so on. You will learn various constructs such as if, case, and so on, where we will need to check whether certain conditions are true or false. Accordingly, our script should conditionally execute various commands.

      • Use the test command in Linux

        Let’s now understand the test command.

      • How to Schedule Tasks on Ubuntu 20.04 Using Crontab

        Sometimes you don’t want a process to run at a default time set by the operating system, but you want to set the time for a process to run yourself. To do this, we use the cron daemon in Ubuntu, which works in the same way as the task scheduler in Windows. With the cron daemon, you can specify the time at which a process, such as a maintenance or a backup job, should be executed. This way, you can automate these tasks to run later without manual intervention. This article explains how you can do this with Crontab in Ubuntu.

      • How to Set Up Two-Factor Authentication for SSH in Linux

        Secure Shell, or SSH, is a cryptographic network protocol that enables secure access to devices over an unsecured network. It finds its applications in various use-cases, such as remote login, remote command-line access, and remote command execution.

        If you’ve used SSH, you’d already know that it uses a single-factor authentication mechanism that requires either an SSH key or a password for authentication. Although this may not seem alarming at the outset, it does leave the system exposed to several open-ended vulnerabilities.

      • Josef Strzibny: I am selling the pre-release of my book

        I started my book Deployment from Scratch around October 2018 with a validation and 5 months of full time work before going part-time so I have something to eat ;). Many months later, I am now again working more on the book than for clients and doubling down on finishing it.

      • How To Install Lumina Desktop on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Lumina Desktop on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, The Lumina Desktop Environment is a lightweight system interface designed for use on any Unix-like operating system. Lumina is based on using plugins, which allows the entire interface to be arranged by each individual user as desired. A system-wide default layout is also included and is configurable by the system administrator. This allows every system (or user session) to be designed to maximize the individual user’s productivity.

        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 the Lumina lightweight desktop environment on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.

      • Start monitoring your Kubernetes cluster with Prometheus and Grafana | Opensource.com

        In my introductory article about chaos engineering, one of the main things I covered was the importance of getting the steady state of your working Kubernetes cluster. Before you can start causing chaos, you need to know what the cluster looks like in a steady state.

        This article will cover how to get those metrics using Prometheus and Grafana. This walkthrough also uses Pop!_OS 20.04, Helm 3, Minikube 1.14.2, and Kubernetes 1.19.

      • Benchmarking programs with /usr/bin/time

        If you ever used the time to measure the program’s execution, you might want to know how to improve your results by running with a higher process priority.

      • How to install a private Nextcloud server on Fedora 34 | FOSS Linux

        Nextcloud is a software suite of applications to store and sync files and data across multiple devices. It is a fully on-premises solution to share and collaborate on documents, manage your calendar and send and receive email.

        Nextcloud gives you control and protection of your data while facilitating communication. It can enable productivity as you can access, sync, and share your existing data on an FTP drive across several connected devices at a home or office setup. Moreover, data privacy is critical, and running a private Nextcloud server is an excellent way to get started.

      • How to enhance Linux user security with Pluggable Authentication Module settings | Enable Sysadmin

        Security for any operating system is always a crucial pain point. Although Linux systems have various security measures built-in and optionally available, no operating system (OS) is truly secure. There are several methods required to keep your OS safe, but I don’t discuss core security in this article. In this article, I discuss Pluggable Authentication Module (PAM) and how PAM helps provide enhanced security.

        PAM provides a centralized authentication mechanism and provides a generic way for applications to implement support for authentication. It enables an application to call the PAM library, libpam, to perform all authentication tasks on its behalf and return a pass or fail response to the application.

      • How to create atomic counter in AWS DynamoDB with AWS CLI – Kernel Talks

        A step by step procedure to create and update atomic counter in AWS DynamoDB table.

      • How to capture screenshots instantly with Firefox

        Sometimes you need to take a screenshot of something online to save it or share it with someone. Firefox has a built-in feature that makes grabbing a screenshot quick and easy. Here’s how to use the Firefox screenshot feature in your desktop browser:

      • Get started with Flask 2.0 | InfoWorld

        One reason Python is a prime choice for web development is the breadth of web frameworks available in the language. Among the most popular and useful is Flask, which lets you start simple (“one drop at a time”) but grows with your application to add just about all of the functionality you need.

        In this article we’ll walk through setting up and using Flask 2.0 for basic web apps. We’ll also touch on using Jinja2 for templating, and dealing with common issues like changing response types and handling redirects.

      • How to Install Zoom (Video Conferencing Tool) on Ubuntu 20.04

        Founded in 2011, Zoom has now become one of the most used services for video conferencing and online meetings. People from different professions like educational institutes, businesses, individuals are using Zoom for their day-to-day work. It has become a prominent tool for working from home, delivering online lectures, conducting online exams, helding business meetings, and much more.

        The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic crisis has transformed the working culture of the world into a new normal. Businesses have started to adopt this culture with their workforces being trained to use necessary online tools. Among these online tools, Zoom has emerged as one of the most dominating platforms for video conferencing and other related purposes.

      • How to Install Asterisk 18 VoIP Server on CentOS 8

        Asterisk is a powerful digital PBX and VoIP server released under an open-source license, so you can use it free of charge. VoIP is a technology used to establish and control telephone calls between multiple endpoints. It is used in VoIP gateways, conference servers, call centers, carriers, and government institutions around the world. It runs on Linux, BSD, and OS X and allows you to turn your local system or server into a communication server.

        In this post, we will explain how to install Asterisk on CentOS 8 server.

      • Share And Control Terminals In Real Time From Web Browser – OSTechNix

        This guide explains what is TermPair, how it works and how to share and control terminals in real time from web browser with end-to-end encryption using TermPair in Linux.

    • Games

      • itch.io hosting a huge Queer Games Bundle 2021 with hundreds included

        Want to support small teams and queer creators? Well here’s a good chance for you with the itch.io Queer Games Bundle 2021 and there’s quite a lot inside. It’s a big cooperation between tons of different creators, with the aim to generate revenue for smaller teams and solo developers.

      • How To Play Among Us On Computer?

        Unfortunately, Among Us does not have a native port to work on the Linux platform. There is a workaround, though, using the “Steam Play” feature from Steam.

      • DLSS support on the way to Linux through Steam Proton

        Linux gamers just received a big boost, thanks to the latest announcement from NVIDIA. At Computex 2021, NVIDIA announced that it partnered with Valve to bring Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) support to Linux through Steam Proton (via Tom’s Hardware). As a result, people with the best NVIDIA GPUs will be able to use DLSS on their Linux systems.

      • First-person grid-based dungeon crawler Inferno – Beyond the 7th Circle out now

        Inferno – Beyond the 7th Circle is a brand new dungeon crawler like they used to make. Grid-based movement, a moody theme and now there’s a Linux native version available. Created by 68k Studios, this is second first-person dungeon crawler following The 7th Circle – Endless Nightmare from 2018 which also supported Linux.

        It’s very much an old-school dungeon crawler with survival elements. It’s made for hardcore fans of 80s and 90s cRPG like “Dungeon Master”, “Eye of the Beholder” and “The Bard’s Tale” or anyone who wants to try out a modern game inspired by those.

      • Dungeon-crawling tower defense ‘Dwerve’ delays the release until early 2022

        Dwerve, a crowdfunded and very promising upcoming dungeon crawler that blends in tower defense has a long delay.

        Funded via Kickstarter back in September 2020, it was going to be releasing sometime this “Summer”. However, that’s now been pushed back until some time in early 2022. That’s a pretty long delay which the developer explained multiple reasons. For starters, it’s just not going to be ready, which is fair enough – a rushed game is not what people want. They also don’t want to release in the holiday season due to AAA games marketing around then being aggressive so they don’t want to get buried. So with that in mind “early 2022″ is the best we’re being told right now.

      • Check out Nainai’s Recipe, a sweet game about cooking and staying connected

        2020 and lots of 2021 were weird for a lot of reasons, especially with the quarantines due to COVID-19. Nainai’s Recipe is a game about learning to cook, with a little distanced help from your grandma.

        “Open your fridge, choose the ingredients, examine, chop, seasoning, heat, and taste them. During the lockdown, you start to learn how to cook from your dear grandma. Nainai’s Recipe is a game that captures the cooking feeling in stylized visuals. And a family story about how we lived together in a special way during 2020.”

        You get a fair amount of freedom in what you cook too, with the tips from dear old nan only being a guide. I’ve ended up creating some dishes that we shall never speak of, because they might actually kill you but they sure did look good.


        The developer put up a Linux build recently after being asked about it. In my own testing, it works great. Looks like a wonderful casual game to keep an eye on for the full release yet to come.

      • Can SteamPal REALLY Succeed? | Linux + Coffee #5

        Linux + Coffee is back! Jason and Schykle have a serious chat about Valve’s alleged SteamPal console.

      • 20 Best Android Tablet Games To Enjoy The Big Screen

        As soon as a tablet comes as a substitute for the smartphone, people accept it eagerly for its wider screen and smart specifications. But no other people like the idea as much as the gamers do.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • Cinnamon 5.0 Desktop Environment Released with Support for Updating Spices, More

        Cinnamon 5.0 comes with many improvements to make Linux Mint’s default desktop environment more stable and reliable, including a memory limit mechanism so that it won’t eat up all the RAM on your personal computer.

        One of the biggest change in Cinnamon 5.0 is the inclusion of new GUI and CLI tools for checking, listing, and performing updates of Cinnamon Spices, which includes applets, desklets, extensions, and themes. This means that you no longer have to rely on a third-party tool or go into Settings to update your Spices.

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • NeoChat 1.2: Bubbles, better text editing and more

          The NeoChat team is happy to announce the third major version of NeoChat. This release is the product of more than 3 months worth of work and includes many features, visual improvements and a lot of bug fixes.

          Niccolò Venerandi made a great video with a nice summary of all the changes included in this release.

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • Robert McQueen: Next steps for the GNOME Foundation

          As the President of the GNOME Foundation Board of Directors, I’m really pleased to see the number and breadth of candidates we have for this year’s election. Thank you to everyone who has submitted their candidacy and volunteered their time to support the Foundation. Allan has recently blogged about how the board has been evolving, and I wanted to follow that post by talking about where the GNOME Foundation is in terms of its strategy. This may be helpful as people consider which candidates might bring the best skills to shape the Foundation’s next steps.

          Around three years ago, the Foundation received a number of generous donations, and Rosanna (Director of Operations) gave a presentation at GUADEC about her and Neil’s (Executive Director, essentially the CEO of the Foundation) plans to use these funds to transform the Foundation. We would grow our activities, increasing the pace of events, outreach, development and infrastructure that supported the GNOME project and the wider desktop ecosystem – and, crucially, would grow our funding to match this increased level of activity.

    • Distributions

      • New Releases

        • Kali Linux 2021.2 Release (Kaboxer, Kali-Tweaks, Bleeding-Edge & Privileged Ports)

          Say hello to Kali Linux 2021.2! This release welcomes a mixture of new items as well as enhancements of existing features, and is ready to be downloaded (from our updated page) or upgraded if you have an existing Kali Linux installation.

        • Kali Linux 2021.2 Released for Ethical Hackers with New Tools, Raspberry Pi Improvements

          Kali Linux 2021.2 comes about three months after the previous release (Kali Linux 2021.1) and introduces numerous changes, starting with Kali Tweaks, an in-house built text-mode utility to make it easier for newcomers to configure their brand new Kali Linux installation.

          With Kali Tweaks, you can install or remove groups of tools (a.k.a. metapackages), enable or disable repositories (e.g. bleeding-edge or experimental), set up Bash or ZSH as the default shell, switch between two or one line prompts and enable or disable the extra line before the prompt, or improve your virtualization experience.

      • BSD

        • Syslog-ng updated in OpenBSD ports

          Recently I have found that the number of syslog-ng users on OpenBSD is growing, even with an ancient syslog-ng version in OpenBSD ports that is unable to collect local log messages. Then I remembered that Todd Miller – maintainer of sudo, and my colleague at One Identity – is also an OpenBSD user and developer. I asked him for a little help, which turned out to be quite a lot in the end, but syslog-ng is now updated to the latest version in OpenBSD ports!


          Note: the OpenBSD project recommends the use of ready to use packages built from ports instead of using ports directly. Version 6.9 of OpenBSD comes with syslog-ng version 3.12. Version 3.32 of syslog-ng is now in the -CURRENT branch of OpenBSD ports. The next OpenBSD release will already feature an up-to-date syslog-ng package.

      • SUSE/OpenSUSE

        • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server as ECS Anywhere Host

          With the release of version 3.0.1209 of the amazon-ssm-agent and version 1.52.1 of the amazon-ecs-init packages in the SUSE Public Cloud Module repository it is now possible to use the SUSE built and supported packages to enable your SLES 15 SP2 and later and SLES 12 SP5 systems to integrate with an AWS ECS cluster. The packages are also in openSUSE and in the openSUSE Build Service . Prior to the release of these package versions support of ECS Anywhere was provided by AWS for the AWS build packages that get installed when executing the ecs-anywhere-install.sh script that is part of the amazon-ecs-init source tree.

        • Digest of YaST Development Sprint 124

          As you know from previous sprint reports, we are rewriting big parts of the users management in YaST. During this sprint we integrated support for authorized keys and improved several aspects of the interactive installation and password management. We also took big steps forward in the rewrite of users handling in AutoYaST. The new implementation is steadily approaching to its debut in openSUSE Tumbleweed, but we still need one or two sprints more to ensure it’s solid enough and ready to provide a seamless transition.

          But users management is not the only area that has been problematic lately. As more software gets added to the openSUSE distributions and more products and variants get added to SUSE Linux Enterprise, we see the memory consumption of the installation process grow… too much for our taste. Finding areas were we can cut down the memory usage is not trivial, so we just added optional in-process memory profiling to the installer. Hopefully this new tool will be the first step to a slimmer installer for the future.

          We do not only want to have a more efficient installer, we also want it to be prettier. But for that the YaST Team has to rely on the skills of more talented designers, who create and tweak the Qt style sheets used to define the final look of YaST. To ease their work, we created a new special YaST module called YaST Widget Demo. Apart from the new module itself, that new repository includes all the information needed to start playing with YaST theming, and even a collection of screenshots of the current state in both openSUSE and SLE.

      • Arch Family

        • Arch Linux’s First ISO Release Powered by Linux Kernel 5.12 Is Out Now

          Arch Linux 2021.06.01 is now available for download and it’s the first monthly ISO snapshot of the popular and powerful GNU/Linux distribution to ship with Linux kernel 5.12 by default. Linux 5.12.8 is included as default kernel, which is the latest point release in the Linux 5.12 series at the moment of writing.

          Of course, Linux kernel 5.12 introduces better hardware support, making Arch Linux compatible with more systems. Highlights include support for the Lenovo IdeaPad platform profile, support for Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet Gen 2, supports the Raspberry Pi camera module, as well as support for PS5 DualSense controllers.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Join the Red Hat team at OpenJS World 2021

          Red Hat is excited to be back at the OpenJS World conference again this year. We look forward to connecting with you to explore the impact Node.js and JavaScript are having on technologies of all kinds, especially in the area of cloud-native development.


          If you want to learn more about Red Hat and IBM’s involvement in the Node.js community and what we are working on, check out our topic pages at Red Hat Developer and IBM Developer.

        • Steps for converting from CentOS Linux with Convert2RHEL and Red Hat Satellite

          Now that Convert2RHEL is an officially supported utility, customers with other Linux systems can more easily convert them to fully supported Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) – without having to manually redeploy your workloads. This can significantly reduce administrative burden by helping to identify compatibility issues and maintain customizations, configurations, and preferences as part of the migration process. You can leverage the utility as self-service or reach out to Red Hat Consulting to help accelerate your project and minimize any risks associated with migrating critical workloads.

          If selecting to go the self-service route, it is always best to start by referring to the documentation, and doing a proof of concept conversion on a test system in your environment prior to kicking off a migration project. This blog post will provide you an idea of the steps you would take when leveraging Red Hat Satellite for Convert2RHEL migrations. Satellite is available with Red Hat Smart Management subscriptions.

        • Building a more secure, composable AI-powered infrastructure with Red Hat and NVIDIA

          Modern data centers and IT environments need enhanced threat detection and policy management across bare metal and Kubernetes deployments. This is why Red Hat announced our plans to support NVIDIA BlueField DPUs on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and Red Hat OpenShift. In fact, Red Hat and NVIDIA have been working together to protect networks from breaches using security analytics capabilities of the NVIDIA Morpheus AI application framework.

        • F34-20210601 updated lives isos released

          The Fedora Respins SIG is pleased to announce the latest release of Updated F34-20210601-Live ISOs, carrying the 5.12-8-300 kernel.

          This set of updated isos will save considerable amounts of updates after install. ((for new installs.)(New installs of Workstation have about 1GB of updates savings )).

      • Debian Family

        • Tails 4.19 is out

          We worked very hard last week to get ready to release the work on the connection to Tor that we have been showing you in 4.19~beta1 and 4.19~rc1. We made a lot of progress but didn’t feel confident enough to release it today.

          So, we are releasing 4.19 as a regular upgrade and will release this work in 4.20. We will publish an updated rc2 in the coming days with even more improvements on the connection to Tor.


          We broke automatic upgrades twice recently; once in December in 4.14 and again during a few days on May 15. These 2 times, it was the consequence of a security feature: the pinning of the TLS certificate of our website when doing automatic upgrades.

          We removed this feature because the recent problems proved us that this feature was not worth it if it makes us break automatic upgrades that often. (#18324)

          Our upgrades are still as strongly authenticated as they are signed using OpenPGP by our team.

        • Russell Coker: Internode NBN with Arris CM8200 on Debian

          I’ve recently signed up for Internode NBN while using the Arris CM8200 device supplied by Optus (previously used for a regular phone service).


          For providing addresses to other systems on your LAN they recommend radvd version 1.1 or greater, Debian/Bullseye will ship with version 2.18. Here is an example /etc/radvd.conf that will work with it. It seems that you have to manually (or with a script) set the value to use in place of “xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx” from the value that is assigned to eth0 (or whichever interface you are using) by the wide-dhcpv6-client.

        • Sparky news 2021/05

          The 5th monthly Sparky project and donate report of 2021:
          – Linux kernel updated up to version 5.12.8 & 5.11.22 (EOL) & 5.13-rc3
          – Sparky 5.15 “Nibiru” of the stable line released
          – Yad updated up to 10.1 & APTus AppCenter up to 20210524
          – added new mirror in USA; thanks to fosshost.org
          – added to repos: TagSpaces, Librewolf, Riseup-VPN, Hamsket
          – added an option of ProtonVPN installation via APTus AppCenter, the package is not in Sparky repos, but can be automatically downloaded and installed from ProtonVPN server

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Lubuntu vs. Xubuntu

          Over the years, two famous Linux distributions (Xubuntu, configured with Xfce, and Lubuntu, which has a preconfigured LxDE Linux distro) have provided options to users who want to try something different other than the apparent vanilla Ubuntu. Despite being different Operating systems, they are popular among Linux distribution users.

          Suppose you asked yourself what operating system can fit or run on your old computer without dragging, then here are the two lightweight Linux options for you.

          Lubuntu OS selects light apps to incorporate into the system between the two distros, boosting its fastness. This, therefore, makes it an easy-to-use OS compared to Xubuntu. However, Xubuntu also has some great features worth trying.

        • Top 10 webcam software for Ubuntu Linux

          The Linux platform has many open-source webcam tools and software at your disposal. Ubuntu requires an effective tool like Cheese to take images and record video or Motion for video surveillance. Modern laptops and notebooks have in-built webcam hardware to capture images or record videos. You can also connect a USB camera or cameras over a network.

          Webcams are typically used to take pictures, online communication, as part of a security surveillance system, enable real-time video chat, videoconference, or broadcast TV channels over the internet.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Apache Month in Review: May 2021

        Welcome to the latest monthly overview of events from the Apache community.

      • Web Browsers

        • Mozilla

          • Firefox 89.0 Released with New Elegant UI Design

            Mozilla Firefox 89.0 was officially released today with the focus on redesigned and modernized user interface.

            Firefox 89 has a simplified browser chrome and toolbar. It uses floating tab design with rounded corners for active tab. Less toolbar buttons present, and bookmarks, history and downloads are merged into single menu button.

          • Firefox 89 Released with Brand New Look

            A brand new version Mozilla Firefox is out, and it boasts a brand new look.

            Firefox 89 refreshes its user interface with new colours, new tabs, new icons, new menus, new dialogs, new new tab page, new… Well, you get the idea.

            Mozilla says the new look makes Firefox easier to use as “redundant or less frequently used features” have been pruned from the UI, to leave only the most important navigation and configuration options in view.

          • Firefox 89

            Firefox 89 has been released. The changes in this version focus on the look and feel. “We’ve redesigned and modernized the core experience to be cleaner, more inviting, and easier to use. ” This release also includes enhancements to the privacy offerings. “We’ve enhanced the privacy of the Firefox Browser’s Private Browsing mode with Total Cookie Protection, which confines cookies to the site where they were created, preventing companies from using cookies to track your browsing across sites. This feature was originally launched in Firefox’s ETP Strict mode.”

          • Modern, clean new Firefox clears the way to all you need online

            We set out in 2021 to reimagine Firefox’s design to be fast, modern and inviting the first time you run it and every day after. We’ve always had your back on privacy, and still do. Now with today’s new Firefox release we’re also bringing you a modern new look designed to streamline and calm things down so you have a fresh new web experience every time you use Firefox.

            We’re living in a frenetic time, where people are dealing with tough changes in our daily lives and hard to solve problems are popping up everywhere. We think the browser should be a piece of software you can rely on to have your back, pleasant to look at and working seamlessly with the web.

          • A fresh new Firefox is here

            Even though we’re in the web browser business, we know you don’t go online to look at Firefox, it’s more that you look through Firefox to get to everything on the open web. In today’s major release, Firefox sports a fresh new design that gets you where you’re going online, fast and distraction-free. And since we’re all about privacy, we’re also expanding integrated privacy protections in Firefox, so you feel safe and free to be yourself online thanks to fewer eyes following you across the web.

          • Firefox 89 Released With UI/UX Changes

            Mozilla is kicking off June by shipping Firefox 89.0 with their latest revisions to their user interface.

            With Firefox 89, Mozilla has been trying to modernize the core experience with a modern and more inviting UI. Among the changes are a simplified toolbar, cleaned up menus, updated prompts, tab enhancements, more cohesive colors, a non-native implementation of web form controls for faster page load performance, and a variety of other changes.

          • Firefox 89 is Here with a Revamped Design and Improved Features

            Firefox has long been the default web browser for many popular distributions such as Ubuntu and Manjaro. It is well known for its privacy features, as well as being completely open source.

            It has had many notable UI redesigns over the years, of which the latest was the Photon design. Although this design did improve the UI, Google Chrome has remained the browser king.

            In this release, Mozilla seems to be targeting Chrome with their new UI and new privacy features.

          • The Mozilla Blog: Modern, clean new Firefox clears the way to all you need online

            We set out in 2021 to reimagine Firefox’s design to be fast, modern and inviting the first time you run it and every day after. We’ve always had your back on privacy, and still do. Now with today’s new Firefox release we’re also bringing you a modern new look designed to streamline and calm things down so you have a fresh new web experience every time you use Firefox.

            We’re living in a frenetic time, where people are dealing with tough changes in our daily lives and hard to solve problems are popping up everywhere. We think the browser should be a piece of software you can rely on to have your back, pleasant to look at and working seamlessly with the web.

            We’re also on a mission to save you time, whether that’s by making pages load faster, using less memory, or by streamlining everyday use of the browser. Good design is invisible. So if things just work, you don’t really think about it. But a ton of thought has been put into the flow. Our users who have tried the new Firefox have said, “the fact that I was using a new web browser slipped into the background of my consciousness.” And that’s just what we were going for.

            Today’s desktop and mobile releases represent the intentional and thoughtful touches we made to give you a safe, calm, and useful experience online. We made these changes with you and your online habits in mind. Check it out for yourself:

          • Firefox 89 Shines with the New Proton UI, Here’s What’s New

            The first thing that people will notice is the new Proton UI which simplifies the browser’s menus and alters the tabs bar beyond anything we’ve seen from previous Firefox releases. The browser tabs are larger than before, and they now have rounded rather than sharp corners. The result is a much more modern-looking browsing experience.

            Firefox 89 Proton UI
            Firefox 89 also features floating tabs that contain information and other cues when you need them, like visual indicators for audio controls.

            The browser chrome and toolbar has been simplified, removing less frequently used items to make the most important navigation items easier to focus on. Menus in the browser are also re-organized according to usage, labels are updated and iconography is now removed.

            Private Browser mode is now more private in Firefox 89 with the enablement of Total Cookie Protection which confines cookies to the site where they were created. This stops companies from tracking you across sites.

          • Mozilla Security Blog: Firefox 89 upgrades Private Browsing Windows with Total Cookie Protection

            At Mozilla, we believe that your right to privacy is fundamental. Unfortunately, for too long cookies have been used by tracking companies to gather data about you as you browse the web. Today, with the launch of Firefox 89, we are happy to announce that Firefox Private Browsing windows now include our innovative Total Cookie Protection by default. That means: when you open a Private Browsing window, each website you visit is given a separate cookie jar that keeps cookies confined to that site. Cookies can no longer be used to follow you from site to site and gather your browsing history.


            Or, if you like keyboard shortcuts, just press Ctrl + Shift + P (Cmd + Shift + P on Mac). When you are done with that private browsing session, you can simply close all your Private Browsing windows. All the cookies and other stored data from the websites you visited will be immediately deleted!

            As we continue to strengthen Firefox’s privacy protections, Mozilla is committed to maintaining state-of-the-art performance and a first-class browsing experience. Stay tuned for more privacy advances in the coming months!

          • Hacks.Mozilla.Org: Looking fine with Firefox 89

            While we’re sitting here feeling a bit frumpy after a year with reduced activity, Firefox 89 has smartened up and brings with it a slimmed down, slightly more minimalist interface.

            Along with this new look, we get some great styling features including a force-colors feature for media queries and better control over how fonts are displayed. The long awaited top-level await keyword for JavaScript modules is now enabled, as well as the PerformanceEventTiming interface, which is another addition to the performance suite of APIs: 89 really has been working out!

          • Sharing your deepest emotions online: Did 2020 change the future of therapy?

            “Going through something like the pandemic and not having family around, feeling out of control—I was on edge all year,” says the 30-year-old Colorado resident. And she wasn’t alone.

            Amid the COVID-19 lockdowns of early 2020, millions of Americans found themselves trapped at home with a backlog of unaddressed mental-health issues. As with so many other things, computer screens and video calls became the only portals out of lockdown—for work, entertainment and, ultimately, real psychological help.

            By spring 2020, nearly all therapy was forced online, a shift that initially worried therapists and patients alike.

            “You do all these years of school to become a psychologist and all the training is in-person,” says Dr. Justin Puder, a therapist and licensed psychologist based in Boca Raton, Florida. “So when you transition to online, you have these doubts—will the connection be as genuine? Will it be as effective?”

          • Henri Sivonen: Bogo-XML Declaration Returns to Gecko

            Firefox 89 was released today. This release (again!) honors a character encoding declaration made via syntax that looks like an XML declaration used in text/html (if there are no other character encoding declarations).

            Before HTML parsing was specified, Internet Explorer did not support declaring the encoding of a text/html document using the XML declaration syntax. However, Gecko, WebKit, and Presto did. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize that they did.

            When Hixie specified HTML parsing, consistent with IE, he didn’t make the spec sensitive to the XML declaration syntax in a particular way. I am unable to locate any discussion in the WHATWG mailing list archives about whether an encoding declaration made using the XML declaration syntax in text/html should be honored when processing text/html.

            When I implemented the specified HTML parsing algorithm in Gecko, I also implemented the internal encoding declaration handling per specification. As a side effect, in Firefox 4, I removed Gecko’s support for the XML declaration syntax for declaring the character encoding in text/html. I don’t recall this having been a knowingly-made decision: The rewrite just did strictly what the spec said.


            When Blink forked, it inherited WebKit’s behavior. When Microsoft switched from EdgeHTML to Blink, Gecko became the only actively-developed major engine not to support the XML declaration syntax for declaring the character encoding text/html. Since unlabeled UTF-8 is not automatically detected, this became a Web compatibility issue with pages that declare UTF-8 but only using the XML declaration syntax (i.e. without a BOM, a meta, or HTTP-layer declaration as well).

      • FSF

        • GNU Projects

          • GCC drops its copyright-assignment requirement

            The GCC compiler, like other GNU projects, has long required contributors to complete paperwork assigning the copyrights on their work to the Free Software Foundation. That requirement has just been dropped, and contributors can now attach a Signed-off-by tag indicating use of the Developers Certificate of Origin instead. “This change is consistent with the practices of many other major Free Software projects, such as the Linux kernel.” Initial discussion suggests that some developers were surprised by this change and are yet to be convinced that it is a good idea.

          • Update to GCC copyright assignment policy
            GCC was created as part of the GNU Project but has grown to operate as
            an autonomous project.
            The GCC Steering Committee has decided to relax the requirement to
            assign copyright for all changes to the Free Software Foundation.  GCC
            will continue to be developed, distributed, and licensed under the GNU
            General Public License v3.0. GCC will now accept contributions with or
            without an FSF copyright assignment. This change is consistent with
            the practices of many other major Free Software projects, such as the
            Linux kernel.
            Contributors who have an FSF Copyright Assignment don't need to
            change anything.  Contributors who wish to utilize the Developer Certificate
            of Origin[1] should add a Signed-off-by message to their commit messages.
            Developers with commit access may add their name to the DCO list in the
            MAINTAINERS file to certify the DCO for all future commits in lieu of individual
            Signed-off-by messages for each commit.
            The GCC Steering Committee continues to affirm the principles of Free
            Software, and that will never change.
            - The GCC Steering Committee
            [1] https://developercertificate.org/
          • GCC 9.4 Released
            The GNU Compiler Collection version 9.4 has been released.
            GCC 9.4 is a bug-fix release from the GCC 9 branch containing important 
            fixes for regressions and serious bugs in GCC 9.3 with more than 190 bugs 
            fixed since the previous release.
          • GCC 9.4 Compiler Released With 190+ Bug Fixes – Phoronix

            While GCC 11 is the latest stable compiler series for the GNU Compiler Collection, for those still making use of GCC 9 that initially debuted in 2019 there is a new point release this week.

            GCC 9.4 is the latest point release for this series, coming just a few weeks after GCC 8.5 that ended out the GCC 8 series. Since the release of GCC 9.3 back in March 2020 there have been more than 190 bug fixes to accumulate for this compiler series.

          • Update to GCC copyright assignment policy

            The GCC Steering Committee has decided to relax the requirement to assign copyright to the Free Software Foundation. “Contributors who have an FSF Copyright Assignment don’t need to change anything. Contributors who wish to utilize the Developer Certificate of Origin should add a Signed-off-by message to their commit messages. Developers with commit access may add their name to the DCO list in the MAINTAINERS file to certify the DCO for all future commits in lieu of individual Signed-off-by messages for each commit.”

          • GCC To No Longer Require Copyright Assignment To The Free Software Foundation

            In addition to the GCC 9.4 release today, the GCC Steering Committee announced today that they are dropping their long-running policy of requiring copyright assignment to the Free Software Foundation for all code contributions.

            GCC has long required copyright assignment to the FSF for any patches and that’s bee an issue for some. Especially these days with the FSF coming under fire and even some talking of possible forks to the GNU Compiler Collection or being able to move this open-source compiler further away from the FSF, the steering committee decided to no longer require the controversial copyright assignment.

      • Programming/Development

        • Best Python Libraries For data science In 2021
        • Erik Faye-Lund: OpenGL on DirectX: Conformance & upstreaming of the D3D12 driver [Ed: Collabora, which works on LibreOffice (and other things), takes money from bribe givers of Microsoft — truly a recipe for disaster. They now promote or advance Microsoft agenda instead of GNU/Linux agenda]

          Over the last year and then so, we at Collabora have been working with Microsoft on their D3D12 mapping layer, which I announced in my previous blog post. In July, Louis-Francis Ratté-Boulianne wrote an update on the status on the Collabora blog, but a lot has happened since then, so it’s time for another update.

          There’s two major things that has happened since then; we have passed the OpenGL 3.3 conformance tests, and we have upstreamed the code in Mesa 3D.

        • OpenXava an open-source cross-platform low-code web framework for enterprise

          OpenXava is an open-source Low-Code Platform and a web framework for developing business applications. It is a great, powerful, Simple, Easy implementation tool for Rapid Development.

          OpenXava is a wonderful tool for someone who needs to program in Java without Java knowledge. It offers a build and design tools that ease development and design of database application.

        • Monthly subscriptions are back! [Ed: Reminder that Qt is just proprietary software again and should thus be avoided for development of new Free software projects]
        • Tymly: an open-source low-code platform with re-usable components

          Tymly is a free open-source low-code software tool to build flexible and scalable applications.

          Tymly was created by West Midlands Fire Service. The current build version is coded to JavaScript Standard Style which gives the code clear clarity that is used by hundreds of companies and thousands of people. By adding a common culture and style of coding to the open project that will make collaboration across different sectors and teams easy.

          Tymly is packed with dozens of tools and features. It let you to quickly and easily build custom blueprints; a way to describe some related components to produce useful software, and to fill a business need. It offers businesses with swift and iterative delivery of new applications for your business functions. It delivers a software service which meets the unique challenges facing today’s Public Sector.


          Tymly allows users to access all digital services from any device, anywhere. It works seamlessly on Windows, macOS and Linux. I tested it on the new Apple Silicon M1, and it works without issue.

  • Leftovers

    • Science

      • Australia’s oldest colonial boat unearthed for display by 3D scanning and 3D printing

        A 19th-century boat discovered in Sydney, Australia, has been brought back to life for display at the Australian National Maritime Museum by 3D scanning and 3D printing.

        Called the Barangaroo Boat, the vessel was unearthed in the vicinity of a shipyard during excavations by Sydney Metro for a new Barangaroo Station, and is expected to date back to around 1820. The site was taken over by Silentworld Foundation, an Australian non-profit focused on marine archaeology, history, culture, and heritage.

      • How to Get More Women Into Technology

        During her decadeslong career in technology, Judith Spitz watched as the “dismal number” of women in the industry failed to budge. In 2016, she decided to do something about it.

        That year, Dr. Spitz founded Break Through Tech at Cornell Tech in New York City, an initiative aimed at increasing the number of women in computer science and tech careers. By using a mix of methods—including setting up internship arrangements that better suited the students’ strengths—the program saw strong results: Today, about 50% of its participants win summer internships, up from 5% at the start.

        Break Through Tech is one of several recent efforts that are making headway against a longstanding problem: boosting the small number of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM. These programs attack the problem in a number of different ways. They are giving students enrichment programs, setting them up with female mentors as role models, grounding their course work in real-world problems to keep it relevant—and sometimes, like Break Through Tech, mediating with potential employers.

    • Hardware

      • LG converting smartphone production lines to make home appliances

        LG Electronics is fast converting its overseas smartphone manufacturing lines into facilities that produce home appliances, industry insiders said on Tuesday, following its decision to withdraw from the mobile business.

        LG said the Brazilian government last month approved its plan to expand its Manaus plant in Amazonas, northwestern Brazil, in a move to shift its production lines from the Taubate site on the east coast.

        When the $62 million project is completed, LG Electronics will have new production lines for laptops and monitors at the Manaus plant.

    • Health/Nutrition

      • Indiana county notorious for HIV is shutting down needle exchange. Republican commissioners say, “There are treatments for HIV.”

        Scott County, Indiana made the news under former governor, one-term Vice President, and full time assclown Mike Pence, who is now despised by the Democrats and the Republicans.

        (After failing to play into their imaginary and crazy right-wing narrative of Trump being cheated out of the election when the fact is that they’re just sore losers whose failed ideas and orange McDonalds clown didn’t win at the ballot box.)

        Why? It was the site of the worst HIV/AIDS outbreak since knowledge that HIV/AIDS was killing people emerged in the 1980s. Mike Pence, instead of starting a needle exchange and testing services right away, infamously (and tritely, as conservative Christians are known for) said he’d go off and pray about it.

        Well, after praying in one hand and shitting in the other and seeing which one filled up first, the state started a needle exchange after the disaster continued to expand. (Which is what anyone should have seen coming.)

        Now, NPR reports that the state is considering shutting it down after it has successfully stopped the HIV explosion in its tracks. Health experts realize that shutting it down again fundamentally does nothing to solve the fact that people will find and use drugs, and worry about the HIV/AIDS crisis returning.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Pseudo-Open Source

          • Privatisation/Privateering

            • Linux Foundation

              • Learn About Magma, the Open Source Project Bringing High Speed Internet to Remote Areas, in This Free Course

                Magma is an open source project supporting diverse radio technologies, including LTE, 5G and WiFi, which can help extend network access into remote, sparsely populated areas. It helps connect the world to a faster network by providing operators an open, flexible, and extendable mobile core network solution. Its operational simplicity and lower cost structure also empower innovators to build fixed and mobile wireless networks never previously imagined.

                Magma has already been deployed in production environments. Muralnet, for example, is using Magma to extend network access to Native American communities, while Brisanet has similarly deployed it into remote areas of Brazil. With high speed internet access having huge impacts on regions’ economic fortunes, Magma has the potential to be a game changer around the world.

              • Super Blueprints Integrate the 5G Open Source Stack from Core to Door

                There is an exciting convergence in the networking industry around open source, and the energy is palpable. At LF Networking, we have a unique perspective as the largest open source initiative in the networking space with the broadest set of projects that make up the diverse and evolving open source networking stack. LF Networking provides platforms and building blocks across the networking industry that enable rapid interoperability, deployment, and adoption and is the nexus for 5G innovation and integration.

          • Entrapment (Microsoft GitHub)

            • Data Expedition, Inc.® Achieves Amazon Linux 2 Ready Designation

              Achieving the Amazon Linux 2 Ready designation differentiates DEI as an AWS Partner Network (APN) member with a generally available product that runs on Amazon Linux 2 and is fully supported for AWS customers. AWS Service Ready Partners have demonstrated success building products integrated with AWS services, helping AWS customers evaluate and use their technology productively, at scale and varying levels of complexity.

        • Security

          • Security updates for Tuesday

            Security updates have been issued by Fedora (cflow, chromium, eterm, gnutls, and kernel), Mageia (kernel and kernel-linus), Oracle (glib2), Red Hat (glib2, kernel, kernel-rt, and kpatch-patch), SUSE (curl, djvulibre, gstreamer, gstreamer-plugins-bad, gstreamer-plugins-base, gstreamer-plugins-good, gstreamer-plugins-ugly, nginx, python-httplib2, and slurm), and Ubuntu (gupnp, libwebp, postgresql-10, postgresql-12, postgresql-13, and python3.8).

          • LastPass vs. 1Password: Which password manager wins? [Ed: Two proprietary bits of garbage that spy on you and somehow managed to market themselves as "secure"]

            LastPass and 1Password are two of the best password managers out there, and both are ranked highly on our list of the best password managers. The two are comparable in price, features and compatibility, especially with 1Password’s recent launch of a full-fledged Linux version.

            LastPass does have a leg up with its free tier, which has all the basic functionality you could want, although it recently limited syncing across all device types (computers, smartphones and tablets) to its premium plan. However, 1Password’s user experience on Apple devices and its plans to improve the design across platforms put it in close proximity to other competitors.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • US Tech Giants Reportedly Pressured to Sever Ties With Israel Over ‘Human Rights Violations’

        Israel’s booming technological sector has long been a luring field for American start-ups and established giants, including Google, Amazon, and Apple. In 2019, US firms accounted for 80 percent of all purchases by Israeli tech companies.

        American Big Tech firms are being pressured to re-asses their strong connections with Israel by pro-Palestinian activists – and by their own employees – amid the recent round of hostilities between the Israeli military and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, according to Politico.

    • Finance

      • From Tesla to GE, See How Much CEOs Made in 2020
      • Human Rights Foundation Gives Out $210K in Bitcoin Development Grants

        The Human Rights Foundation’s newest grants are funding everything from the Lightning Network activism tech to Arabic translations of Bitcoin content.

        The HRF’s Bitcoin Development Fund latest round will allot $210,000 to Bitcoin developers, two Lightning Network wallet teams, and an Arabic translator. In this round, Bitcoin Core contributors Calvin Kim, Dhruv Mehta and Abubakar Nur Kahlil will each receive $50,000; the Breez and Sphinx wallet teams will pick up $25,000 each; and English-Arabic translator Arabic_HODL will receive $10,000.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Kamil Páral: Connecting to Libera.Chat through Matrix

        After the last IRC changes, some of the Matrix->IRC bridges got disconnected, some rerouted (to Libera.Chat), and everything is work in progress. I’ve been a Matrix user for the past few months, and I definitely don’t want to go back to IRC. But in order to stay connected to the Fedora community, some steps were needed. Here’s a blog post to help me remember the necessary steps, in case I need it again in the future.

    • Monopolies

      • Fixing the News Media and Digital Platform Bargaining Code

        The News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code (NMDPMBC) of Australia made headlines earlier this year. The Australian government’s new legislation hopes to “[address] bargaining power imbalances between digital platforms and [news businesses.]” It does this by imposing that all digital platforms must pay news organizations for any use of its news products. Including but not limited to merely linking to news.

        The Australian legislation has been widely criticized for being “a link tax.” The legislation requires digital platform services to pay for “making available” any portion of news produced by a news organization. It vaguely defines “making content available” as either reproducing something it in full, part, or even just linking to it in any form. The legislation explicitly doesn’t limit itself to any particular use or presentation of the news. A link on a contextual search result page is treated no differently from a link on a news aggregation service.

      • Patents

        • Daimler to pay Nokia patent fees, ending German legal spat

          Daimler has agreed to pay Nokia for using its patents, ending a row that highlighted a battle between tech and car companies over royalties for key technologies.

          Nokia, which makes 1.4 billion euros ($1.7 billion) in licensing revenues every year, and carmaker Daimler had sued each other in German courts in recent years, with mixed results.

          Tech firms want automakers to pay royalties for technologies used in navigation systems, vehicle communications and self-driving cars, but the latter say their suppliers should pay instead, which could reduce the fees for patent holders.

        • European Inventor Award 2021: Meet some of today’s most inspiring innovators at digital event on June 17 and vote online for your favorite inventor [Ed: More mindless puff pieces and press releases from corrupt EPO amid the latest corruption scandals that threaten the very courts]
        • Big Pharma’s EU Lobbying Could Spell Disaster for Global South Vaccine Waivers [Ed: Killing people for a living while patent (monopoly) cartels bribe the politicians]

          The Biden administration’s newfound support for waiving intellectual property rights on COVID-19 vaccines could prove to be a turning point in the fight against the pandemic and a major step forward for health care access in the Global South. But before that, the effort needs to overcome a hefty roadblock: hostility from the European Union.

          Any legally binding suspension of global patents on vaccines requires unanimous support from the World Trade Organization’s commission on IP rights, better known as the TRIPS Council, slated to meet June 8–9 in Geneva. While the United States said in May that it was finally interested in negotiating a proposal to do just that, signs suggest the European Commission — the executive branch of the EU, which has forged close ties with the pharmaceutical industry — will likely continue to oppose a proposed waiver on vaccines.

          Pharmaceutical interests have become one of the biggest lobbying forces in Europe, according to spending disclosures reviewed by the Daily Poster.

          “Internationally, there’s a real risk that the European Union could make this drag out, that their actions in Geneva and at the World Trade Organization could lead to a serious delay,” says Kenneth Haar, a researcher at the Corporate Europe Observatory, a watchdog tracking corporate influence in the EU. “That’s a huge problem because time is of the essence.”


          The vote from legislators was nonbinding — the Commission, not Parliament, determines EU trade policy — but it nevertheless reflects the shifting political waters. Not only did it win backing from centrists, but it also earned support from some right-wing MEPs, part of the largest bloc in Parliament.

          “We’re for lifting patents on vaccines because it should be a global public good,” Anne-Sophie Pelletier, an MEP from La France Insoumise and member of the Left Group, tells the Daily Poster. “This pandemic has been a catastrophe for the whole world, we all want to leave it behind, and it’s unacceptable that Big Pharma is getting rich off our lives. . . . We should be in solidarity to get out of this crisis, and if the vaccine is a solution, then everybody who wants to get vaccinated should be able to do it freely.”

          The European Parliament is slated to take up a separate stand-alone resolution on supporting a COVID-19 vaccine patent waiver when it meets on June 7 — just a day before the pivotal WTO meeting kicks off in Geneva. A vote from legislators in favor of suspending IP rights would carry hefty political weight: no matter how uncomfortable it makes Big Pharma, it could make it all the more difficult for the EU to hold up talks at the table.

        • Judge upholds $4M damages in the patent case against Valve for the Steam Controller

          Back in February 2021 we wrote an article about how Ironburg Inventions (a subsidiary of Corsair Gaming) were suing Valve for the Steam Controller and Valve has now firmly lost the case.

          In the new ruling that can be seen here, Judge Thomas S. Zilly has denied Valve’s attempt to have a new trial and overturn the initial jury decision of $4,029,533.93 in damages. Overall it didn’t go too well with Valve’s defence stating how it was “about as straightforward a patent case as you could ever hope to get” and that the jury would have “no trouble making the right decision at the end of this case” based on the Steam Controller and the Patent. Zilly mentioned “The Court agrees that this case is straightforward and can be decided on the ’525 Patent and the accused device. The jury appears to have done exactly that, but defendant does not like the result the jury reached. Defendant’s dissatisfaction does not constitute grounds for judgment as a matter of law or a new trial.” — ouch.

        • Healthcare Series: 08: An Overview of Patent Protection for Pharmaceuticals [Ed: How to kill loads of people or hold their lives "ransom" to artificially inflate the price of your product, which was likely developed on taxpayers' purse and you deliberately under-produce to limit the supply, cause superficial scarcities]

          A patent is an intellectual property right that provides the owner of an invention with the exclusive right to benefit from the commercial use of the product, such as producing, selling and exporting for a set period time. Patents encourage pharmaceutical companies to invent and develop new drugs, therefore patent protection also serves the improvement of research and development, and thus human health.

        • Hyatt v. Hirshfeld: A perfect storm that overwhelmed the PTO [Ed: Patent litigation firm-funded Dennis Crouch amplifying charlatan and fraud [1, 2] Gil Hyatt]

          Patent terms generally last for 20-years from filing. Since the prosecution process typically takes about three years, the result is roughly 17 years of effective patent term. That amount can shift somewhat depending upon various factors, including patent-term-adjustment, terminal disclaimers, patent family size, prosecution timing, and payment of maintenance fees.

          The 20-year-from-filing rule started on June 8, 1995 (the GATT deadline). Applications filed prior to that date were treated under the old rule that patent terms last for 17-years from the issue date.

          Like many other patent applicants, Gil Hyatt filed a large number of continuation patent applications in the days leading up to the GATT deadline. One difference from most applicants is that Hyatt’s applications were already quite old — claimed priority back to filings from the 1970s and 1980s. The big difference today is that Hyatt’s 300+ cases are STILL PENDING. Under the rules, if these issue as patents then they will be given 17-year patent terms from the issue date — even on applications claiming priority back to the 1970s. To be clear, Hyatt’s applications focus on fundamental aspects of microchip and integrated circuit technology and so could be extremely valuable as enforceable patents.

        • New Chinese IP laws would enhance efficacy of judicial protection [Ed: "Zhang Can is an assistant judge at the Beijing Intellectual Property Court." I.e. #patent profiteer of another kind.]

          The amends to the patent law and the copyright law came into effect on Tuesday. Patent and copyright are deemed as the most essential intellectual property (IP) rights, with the former concerning technological innovation and the latter cultural prosperity. Correspondingly, patent law and copyright law are at the center position of a nation’s IP law system. The revision of these two laws therefore has garnered much public attention and become a hot topic in the IP field.


          Innovative designer’s demand for protection of a portion of a product’s design has been increasing. In order to answer this call, Article 2.4 of the new patent law grants protection to a portion of design. The change in the definition of works in the copyright law make it possible to recognize those not included in the listed types of works under the old copyright law as works, such as musical fountains and light shows. Therefore, it is wise for the new copyright law to adopt an open approach toward the judicial identification of works. It will promote the protection of some new forms of cultural expression.

        • Know Thyself

          In April 2021, the Federal Circuit decided a separate ITC appeal between these parties, affirming that Bio-Rad infringed the micro-fluidic chip patents owned by 10X (a company started by Bio-Rad former employees). U.S. Patent Nos. 9,689,024, 9,695,468, and 9,856,530.

          Cross-allegation: In this separate ITC action, Bio-Rad accused 10X of infringing its U.S. Patent Nos. 9,500,664, 9,636,682, and 9,649,635 (mechanisms for generating droplets suitable for droplet-based assays). In this counter lawsuit, the ITC split its decision, finding two of the patents infringed but one not infringed. On appeal here, the Federal Circuit has affirmed.

          The most losing argument on appeal centered on the ITC’s judgment that 10X was liable for inducement and contributory infringement. On appeal, 10X argued that it could not be held liable because it did not have knowledge of the patents-in-suit.

        • Software Patents

          • Blockchain: Best Law Firms and Patent Owners [Ed: Oh, gosh. Where does one start? Software patents are bogus and patents are not owned. Can we stop communicating with marketing hype and buzzwords?]

            There does not seem to be a day where the words “crypto,” “blockchain,” or “digital ledger” are used in the news or daily conversations. While some are caught up in the unstable climbs and drops of the various digital currencies, a patent war has been brewing. Some of the major financial institutions, including Goldman Sachs and Bank of America, have patented the fundamental technology that allows blockchain to reach new frontiers. In 2019 for instance, the AnnA Villa in Paris made history by becoming the first ever European property to be sold entirely via blockchain transaction for 6.5 million Euros.

            As cryptocurrencies move to the forefront of the everyday financial system, major exchanges such as Coinbase, Cash App, Binance, and Bisq, that allow individuals to exchange various currencies, have seen an uptick in mergers and acquisitions. Notable, Coinbase debut on the Nasdaq in April 2021 with a 86 billion USD market value.

            This comes shortly after a flurry of M&A activity in 2020. In a report published by PwC, the total market value of crypto-related deals during the first half of 2020 ($600 million) exceeded all of 2019. This is significant even when accounting for Binance’s estimated 400 million USD acquisition of CoinMarketCap in April of 2020.


            With the increased focus on blockchain and the technology surrounding it, Unified wanted to provide a way that companies can use real-time data to increase not only the quality of their portfolio but also their own efficiencies when it comes to selecting a law firm for patent prosecution. LPIX is able to cut through that noise using relevant criteria— companies can now select the right law firm when it comes to patent prosecution. This in turn can bolster a company’s position in the quickly growing blockchain industry.

The Libel Initiative: OSI President Falsely Insinuates OSI Critics Are Homophobic and Requests Censorship of Wikipedia (for OSI)

Posted in Deception, OSI, Wikipedia at 4:53 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

OSI censorship

Summary: Name-calling and insults (where none are needed) are used to compensate for unfavourable coverage about the OSI; typical corporatism in Wikipedia

To be clear, I don’t know what was changed in Wikipedia, I can only guess based on the context, and I didn’t even know he was gay. This is truly ridiculous.

Come What May

Posted in DRM, Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux at 3:20 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

All-time low for Microsoft’s common carrier

Windows in May 2021

Summary: Although gains are made by us in terms of market share, let’s remember the threats posed by DRM and systems such as Android (nowadays a lot more dominant than Windows); unless we remind ourselves what software freedom means, we’ll never truly get there

THE growth of GNU/Linux continues apace. Not too fast, not an overnight revolution, but we’re getting there. In the server, GNU/Linux has already won the market. In phones and mobile/portable devices? See the graph above (updated as of the start of June). According to this, Android, which contains Linux, is the most dominant operating system. That same data source says that on laptops and desktops GNU/Linux was at about 5% last month (GNU/Linux ‘proper’ exceeding the market share of Chrome OS). Climbing fast, whereas Apple and Microsoft continue to move down…

“Let’s keep vigilant and not treat the whole thing as a “market share” sport. We need to think beyond such superficialities.”But let’s not get ‘too’ excited and focus on operating systems alone. If people move to GNU/Linux just to play some Steam games (DRM), then what? Are we really accomplishing all that we wanted?

Software freedom isn’t just a battleground of platforms; many use Web browsers that are Free software, some kind of hybrid, or even something with DRM in it (even Mozilla Firefox). In 2021 we need to remember the original goals and steer the debate in the right direction. Saying things like “big companies now release some code” and hence “Open Source has won” actually says a lot about the goals of “Open Source”… it’s perfectly happy with proprietary software monopolies as long as they slap some code at a proprietary software monopoly called GitHub.

The battle isn’t being lost, but we’re already seeing the next wave of attacks on the FSF (earlier today in GCC). Let’s keep vigilant and not treat the whole thing as a “market share” sport. We need to think beyond such superficialities.

On Cash and Monero, Another March 2021 Talk by Richard Stallman

Posted in Finance, Free/Libre Software at 1:44 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link

Summary: A talk given by Richard Stallman is now online; it was delivered on March 11th, 2021

Duration: 1 hour 12 minutes

License: Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0)

Links 1/6/2021: RP2040 $1 Chips, Anonymous OS Tails 4.19, Clonezilla Live 2.7.2, and NeoChat 1.2

Posted in News Roundup at 9:12 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Kernel Space

      • Linux upgrade will prevent your device going into meltdown

        The Linux kernel currently under development, v5.14, is set to include patches that will prevent several Nvidia Tegra-powered devices from overheating.

        The Tegra is a system-on-a-chip (SoC) developed by Nvidia primarily for mobile devices including smartphones, tablets, and handhelds such as the Nintendo Switch.

        Developers working on Nvidia Tegra-based devices report that some of them, such as the Asus Transformer TF700T tablet, get too hot to handle sooner than other similar devices.

    • Applications

      • NeoChat 1.2 Released with Bubbles, Inline Replies, Account Switcher, and Much More

        Coming about three months after NeoChat 1.1, the new NeoChat release introduces numerous new features and improvements, starting with message bubbles, which is the first thing you’ll notice after upgrading to the new version. Of course, this is a minor change, but will probably make your chatting more enjoyable.

        As for the major changes, NeoChat 1.2 adds an account switcher at the bottom of the window to make it easier to switch between multiple accounts, completely revamps the text input component with support for automatic completion of commands and customized reactions, and the ability to use the up arrow key to access the last written message.

      • Convert Images to ASCII Art in Linux Terminal With This Nifty Little Tool

        Want to do some fun stuff in the Linux terminal? How about converting a regular image into an ASCII art?

        You know what’s ASCII? It’s a standard that assigns letters, numbers and other characters in the 256 slots available in the 8-bit code. The ASCII art is a graphics composed of the printable ASCII characters. Basically, it is composed of a bunch of letters, numbers and special characters.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • How to reset ROOT password on ubuntu 21.04 – Unixcop

        The Root user is the super user who is responsible for all the configuration .He is also responsible for the major changes done to a linux distribution. He by default has access to all commands and files on a linux or other Unix like operating system. But sometimes there is a situation when system administrators or system engineers forgets or lose their root password. Now that’s a little hectic situation. To overcome this situation we have to reset the root password.

      • Using the expr command for arithmetic in Linux shell – Linux Concept

        We can use the expr command for arithmetic operations. The expr command is an external command; the binary of the expr command is stored in the folder called /usr/bin/expr.

      • How to Install Latest XFCE & Cinnamon Desktop in Ubuntu and Fedora – Unixcop

        Xfce is a lightweight desktop environment for UNIX-like operating systems. It aims to be fast and low on system resources, while still being visually appealing and user friendly.

        In addition to Xfce is a modern, open-source, and lightweight desktop environment for Linux systems. It also works well on many other Unix-like systems such as Mac OS X, Solaris, *BSD plus several others. It is fast and also user-friendly with a simple and elegant user interface.

        Installing a desktop environment on servers can sometimes prove helpful, as certain applications may require a desktop interface for efficient and reliable administration and one of the remarkable properties of Xfce is its low system resources utilization such as low RAM consumption, thereby making it a recommended desktop environment for servers if need be.

      • How to Find Linux Distribution Release Name and Version

        There are many commands in Linux to get the same information and one such command is the lsb_release, which is used to get the Linux distribution-related information such as OS name, code name, release information.

      • How To Install 1Password on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install 1Password on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, 1Password is a password manager, digital vault, form filler, and secure digital wallet. 1Password for Linux brings the uncompromising security and award-winning design of 1Password to the Linux desktop. Deep integration with the operating system creates a seamless experience, with password-less login, automatic dark mode support, and an encrypted connection between 1Password for Linux and 1Password in your browser.

        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 through the step-by-step installation of the 1Password password manager on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.

      • Binary, octal, and hex arithmetic operations in Linux shell – Linux Concept

        Integer values can be represented in decimal, binary, octal, or hex numeric notations. By default, integer values are represented in decimal notation. Binary numbers have base 2. Octal numbers use base 8. Hexadecimal numbers use base 16. We will learn about various notations with examples in this section.

      • Floating-point arithmetic operation in Linux shell – Linux Concept

        In the Bash shell, we can only perform integer arithmetic. If we want to perform arithmetic involving a floating point or fractional values, then we will need to use various other utilities, such as awk, bc, and similar.

    • Games

      • Rumored Steam Console is Like the Switch, Will Run Linux

        Very recently, word began to circulate that Valve is working on its own portable gaming console called the SteamPal. While there has been no official confirmation or even acknowledgment of its existence from Valve, a new report from ArsTechnica states that the thing is indeed real and even shares some additional details about it.

        For starters, the SteamPal (which apparently isn’t the final name and will most likely be changed) is described as an all-in-one gaming PC, complete with gamepad controls and a touchscreen. As ArsTechnica best puts it, it’s essentially Valve’s take on the Nintendo Switch, which has become immensely popular for its status as a home console/handheld hybrid. What’s more, it will run on Linux and use Intel or AMD chipsets.

      • A Look at Nintendo Switch Emulation in 2021 on Linux – Boiling Steam

        A little less than twelve months ago, I had written a guide on how to emulate Nintendo Switch games on Linux. It has since garnered over 20k unique readers. It’s by far the most popular article I have written on Boiling Steam. It’s clear to me that the Nintendo Switch is a hot topic, and it only makes logical sense to follow up with how Nintendo Switch emulation has progressed since the months have gone by.

        As it stands, the current two emulators that we know of for desktop is Yuzu — developed by the same developers who worked on Citra, the 3DS emulator — and Ryujinx. And if you can believe it, there’s a Switch emulator for Android called Skyline. It’s “built from the ground up”, mostly in the C language, though apparently the developers have taken a lot of reference from Ryujinx’s source code.

      • Nvidia and Steam are making Linux gaming great again

        Remember SteamOS? Possibly not, but it was born in a time that Valve, the maker and operator of Steam, thought that it could take PC gaming in a direction that didn’t involve running Microsoft’s Windows. It didn’t work out, but it was also based on Linux, and Valve has continued supporting Linux to this very day.

        In fact, Steam makes PC gaming on Linux fun and incredibly easy, and now, it’s taking the next step in making Linux gaming a big hitter with some news coming out of Computex 2021.

        In partnership with the Linux community and Nvidia, DLSS will be coming to Linux, with initial support for Vulkan coming in June, with DirectX being added later in 2021.

      • NVIDIA DLSS coming to Proton, plus GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and GeForce RTX 3070 Ti announced

        NVIDIA did a big splash at Computex 2021 with the expected announcement of two new top-end GPUs and quite a big surprise for Linux gaming with the official inclusion of NVIDIA DLSS for Proton. Don’t know what Proton is? Check out our dedicated Steam Play Proton section.

        They said in their official press release that this is a collaboration between “NVIDIA, Valve, and the Linux gaming community”. Currently DLSS is already in the NVIDIA Linux driver but it doesn’t work with Proton right now but that’s about to change, so you’ll be able to use “the dedicated AI cores on GeForce RTX GPUs to boost frame rates for their favorite Windows Games running on the Linux operating system”. NVIDIA said support for Vulkan games is coming this month, with DirectX titles coming “in the Fall”.

      • AMD Introduces FidelityFX Super Resolution, NVIDIA Announces DLSS For Steam Play

        At AMD’s Computex Taipei 2021 keynote they announced FidelityFX Super Resolution as coming later this month as their own open-source alternative to NVIDIA’s Deep Learning Super Sampling for image upscaling while gaming. While we are waiting to see how the Linux support for FidelityFX Super Resolution will play out, NVIDIA is already trying to one up them by announcing DLSS for Steam Play.

      • AMD reveals Ryzen 5000 G-Series desktop APUs, FidelityFX Super Resolution and more

        AMD came out of the gates swinging wildly at Computex 2021 with new chips, new tech and lots more new including: AMD 3D chiplet technology, AMD Ryzen 5000 G-Series desktop APUs, next-gen gaming laptops with their new AMD Radeon 6000M Series Mobile Graphics and their DLSS competitor in FidelityFX Super Resolution.

        There’s quite a lot to unpack here and we’re still going through it, so we will update the article if we missed anything vital. The big one is no doubt the FidelityFX Super Resolution, an open source spatial upscaling technology that can be compared with NVIDIA DLSS (which is coming to Proton!). Being open source is quite exciting though! Although not yet, AMD said “in due course” it will be under the GPUOpen branch and under the MIT license.

      • Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory Single-Player releases in November

        Their showcase is using RealRTCW, which is currently only officially supported on Windows by the main developer. However, that too can run on Linux and if you’re on Arch Linux there’s an AUR package for it. It seems the developer of RealRTCW is also interested in putting the Linux build up on Steam but they needed a little help – see more on Steam.

      • There’s experimental patches to bring Vulkan Ray Tracing to older AMD hardware on Mesa | GamingOnLinux

        Want to see how Ray Tracing would run on Linux using the Mesa RADV driver on an older GPU? Well, thanks to developer Joshua Ashton that’s starting to be possible.

        For those not familiar with the name, Joshua is responsible for D9VK (Direct 3D 9 to Vulkan) which was merged into DXVK some time ago. Joshua has also been working on DXVK directly, VKD3D-Proton (Direct3D 12 to Vulkan), was responsible for the Vulkan upgrade on Portal 2 and more – certainly a busy bee.

        Announced in a blog post, it goes over in some fun detail what was actually needed in getting this working on older generations of AMD GPUs like Vega and below showing it’s clearly possible. With work that was possible thanks to another developer, Bas Nieuwenhuizen, who has been doing plenty of the Vulkan Raytracing support work for the RADV driver.

    • Distributions

      • New Releases

        • Clonezilla Live 2.7.2 Disk Cloning Tool Released with Many New Features and Improvements

          Based on the Debian Sid (Unstable) repository as of May 30th, 2021, the Clonezilla Live 2.7.2-38 release comes four months after Clonezilla Live 2.7.1 and it’s still powered by the long-term supported Linux 5.10 kernel series, which has been upgraded to version 5.10.40, and uses the latest systemd 248.3 as default init system.

          Besides these underlying system upgrades, the new Clonezilla Live release brings several new features, such as a new “VGA with large font & To RAM” boot menu option using nomodeset as an alternative solution for those who want to use jfbterm in KMS mode using certain VGA cards.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Get started with Java serverless functions

          Quarkus is a new open source cloud-native Java framework that can help solve these problems. It aims to design serverless applications and write cloud-native microservices for running on cloud infrastructures (e.g., Kubernetes).

          Quarkus rethinks Java, using a closed-world approach to building and running it. It has turned Java into a runtime that’s comparable to Go. Quarkus also includes more than 100 extensions that integrate enterprise capabilities, including database access, serverless integration, messaging, security, observability, and business automation.

        • Digital transformation storytelling: 5 powerful tips

          As part of digital transformation, are you working to get your team aligned on business priorities? Maybe you are trying to sell the executive committee on a new investment? Perhaps you are trying to explain to your operations teams the business impact of the latest systems outage?

          You have to grab your audience’s attention and bring them on a journey to understanding, empathy, and urgency.
          In these and many other examples, you must gain an audience’s attention, explain a key concept, and hopefully bring them to decisive action. In the gap of time you have, whether it’s a 280 character tweet or a forty-minute keynote, you have to grab your audience’s attention and bring them on a journey to understanding, empathy, and urgency.

          As you’ve likely heard already, successful message delivery requires passionate and memorable storytelling. But what does that mean in practice? You’re (at least in your day job) a technology, digital, or data leader – not a poet, songwriter, or philosopher.

        • How to create a better developer experience

          Who are the first users of a new feature or new application? If you think they are customers, think again.

          The first users are actually the front-end developers, and their experience testing those new applications and features makes your first user experience (UX). If your front-end developers have a smooth experience developing new products, your users will almost always have a smooth experience using them.

          Take developing a form using React, for example. If developers are able to develop the form without any difficulty, it will likely be a positive experience for the customer as well. The reason? The developer had to fill out the form to test it. If tweaking the form takes one second but filling it out takes one minute, the developer will probably find a way to reduce the feedback loop. It might be reduced through technical means by integrating with browsers that autofill address fields, or by advising the design team that the form could be split up so it can be more modularly tweaked and tested. Whatever the case, developers tend to write software consistent with their tools.

        • How I learned to delegate without guilt

          As we continue to work remotely in the wake of the pandemic, many of us may question if we’re working hard enough. After all, we don’t have a visible frame of reference with our peers. This sense of uncertainty can fuel anxiety and burnout.

          In my recent talks with government IT leaders, burnout is front of mind – not just for the staff but even at senior levels of the leadership chain. I’ve been in customer meetings where senior leaders teared up about how hard their teams are working to save the US economy, while knowing several people on their team passed away due to COVID. I was in another meeting where one individual contributor needed to restart a mission-critical application with a memory leak every day at 6 p.m. wherever she was – including when she goes out to dinner with her husband and has to pull out her work laptop in the middle of the restaurant.

          If you’ve been asking, “Am I working hard enough?” I’d like you to ask, “Am I doing the right things?”

          So if you’ve been asking, “Am I working hard enough?” I’d like to challenge you to instead ask yourself, “Am I doing the right things?” This includes delegation, which applies to not only people managers but also individual contributors.

      • Debian Family

        • Anonymous OS Tails 4.19 Improves Automatic Upgrades, Adds Password Feedback for sudo

          The monthly Tails ISO releases continue with version 4.19, a regular updated ISO release based on the Debian GNU/Linux 10 “Buster” repositories and including up-to-date components like the Tor Browser 10.0.17 anonymous web browser based on Mozilla Firefox 78.11, and Mozilla Thunderbird 78.10.0 email client.

          While the new Tor Connection wizard didn’t make it into this release, Tails 4.19 introduces password feedback for sudo when typing an administration password with sudo in a terminal emulator, and improves the automatic upgrade functionality by removing a security feature that prevented the Tails Upgrader from checking for updates.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Get started with FreeDOS

        Throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s, I was primarily a DOS user. I loved the command line environment offered in DOS, which became more powerful with each successive release. I even learned how to write my own DOS programs in the C programming language so I could extend the DOS command line, and write more powerful replacements for the standard DOS commands. I’d experimented with Microsoft’s Windows—but if you remember Windows 3 from that time, you know it was slow and tended to crash. But I preferred the command line anyway, so I stuck to DOS.

        That all changed in 1994. Popular tech magazines talked about an upcoming version of Windows that would completely do away with DOS. I didn’t want to be forced to Windows. On the discussion boards I visited on Usenet, others felt the same. So on 29 June 1994, I decided that if we wanted to keep DOS, we needed to write our own. So on June 29, I announced a small project that would become The FreeDOS Project.

      • Web Browsers

      • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

        • Albanian Community Meeting – May 2021

          While many pandemic restrictions around the world are still in place, some smaller events are finally becoming possible. Sidorela Uku from the Albanian LibreOffice community reports from a recent event in Tirana, which hosted the LibreOffice Conference 2018…

  • Leftovers

    • Jack Murphy Brings It Home
    • The Taking of Roman Protasevich
    • The Dominic Cummings Show

      Boiling down some points of the Cummings show: there was a failure on the part of the Johnson government to respond to the pandemic.  Johnson was unfit for office.  The Health Secretary Matt Hancock should have been sacked for any number of decisions.  Lockdown measures were imposed too late to prevent the surge of infections.  There was simply no overall master plan to cope with a pandemic.

      The political strategist apologised for the various tiers of decision makers and advisers, including himself, for falling calamitously “short of the standards that the public has a right to expect”.  He apologised to those families who “unnecessarily” lost loved ones and confessed that “lots of key people were literally skiing” instead of moving to a “war footing” in January and February last year.

    • Science

      • Investment breakthrough for BrainRepair UG start-up – Stem cell treatment for newborns

        One of the most successful inventors and entrepreneurs who masterminded the unprecedented success of Qiagen N.V. from a start-up to a 10 billion market cap enterprise has taken the decision to refocus his activities on BrainRepair UG, a spin-off of the Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB). BrainRepair UG has developed a unique method based on own (autologous) cord blood stem cells to treat brain damage and cerebral palsy (CP) in newborns affecting 70,000 babies in the EU each year. Metin Colpan’s patented invention has become a standard method recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and is used by researchers all over the world, changing the way they can access, purify and understand genetic data in DNA and RNA. The European Patent Office states “…The tireless work of German scientist Metin Colpan over four decades has paved the way for rapid and effective genetic data analysis, enabling researchers to better detect disease and unlocking new therapies for conditions, including COVID-19,” and Prof. Dr. Arne Jensen, Co-Founder and CEO of BrainRepair UG, continues “We are delighted that we now can draw on the vast experience Dr. Colpan is offering us as Member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Advisory Board on our way to the stock market at Nasdaq First North for which the IPO is planned in November 2021.” BrainRepair UG’s stem cell product has been granted the worldwide first ‘Orphan Drug Designation’ (ODD) by the European Commission and the European Medicines Agency. This designation guarantees market exclusivity in all EU member states for 12 years upon market authorisation. Prof. Arne Jensen stresses, “All our personal, scientific, clinical, and philanthropic efforts serve the ultimate goal – to combat infantile Cerebral palsy, the most common disability in childhood, and stop CP in children!”

      • The little museum and its data

        It was the Librarian who introduced computers to the little museum.

        She showed her machine to the Botanist, the Geologist and the Zoologist. “In this computer”, she explained, “I keep an electronic record of all the books and journals in the Library. When you borrow a book, I record the loan on the computer.”

        “Hmm”, said the Botanist. “I could keep a record of all the herbarium sheets, and of the plants in the botanic garden.”

        “I could keep a record of the inward and outward specimen loans”, said the Zoologist.

        “I could keep a record of where each rock sample comes from”, said the Geologist.

        And so the Secretary of the little museum got some money from the City to buy each of the Specialists a computer and a printer. Each Specialist and Specialist’s assistant then devised a computerised record-keeping system that best suited their collection.


        “It’s more important to get the data out there than to get every detail just right”, said the Director. “The digitisation program won’t last forever. You can check the data later.”

    • Health/Nutrition

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Chrome 91 features 32 security fixes, enhancements for Linux

          Google on Tuesday announced Chrome 91, which includes 32 security fixes, lots of usability features, and notably, that the ChromeOS will now support Linux.

        • Google Chrome update fixes frustrating crashes on Windows 10, Linux
        • Microsoft Edge update looks to be a bit of a buggy mess

          The latest version of Microsoft’s Edge internet browser comes with a few not-so-welcome and equally annoying bugs and annoyances, users have complained.

          As reported by BleepingComputer, many users reported Edge 91 serving a popup upon launch asking if they want to “use the recommended browser setting”.

        • Pseudo-Open Source

          • Privatisation/Privateering

            • Linux Foundation

              • TII’s Secure Systems Research Centre joins Linux Foundation’s Dronecode

                Technology Innovation Institute (TII), the applied research pillar of Abu Dhabi’s Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC), has joined Dronecode, a US-based non-profit run by Linux Foundation. TII obtained membership in the global organisation through its Secure Systems Research Centre (SSRC).

                SSRC, one of the seven initial dedicated research centres at TII, is joining Dronecode to enhance the security and resilience in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems. Working closely with the Dronecode organisation, starting through the newly founded Security SIG (Special Interest Group), SSRC aims to develop and share security and resilience capabilities for the world’s leading open UAV platform. The first practical software areas for SSRC to work on in Dronecode will be in cryptography, memory protection and code analysis.

        • Security

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Opinion | “If There Are Enough Shovels to Go Around”: Surviving the Nuclear Threat

        Activists are set to hold a demonstration at Büchel Air Base in Germany, where about 20 U.S. nuclear bombs are stored.

      • UN Human Rights Head Urges End to Violence After Troops Deployed in Colombia
      • Area 51 Revisited: A Desolation Row Production

        We should have been more scared shitless when J. Robert Oppenheimer, “father of the atomic bomb,”  pulled a quote from the Gita after the explosion of the first atomic bomb, “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”  But then Edward Teller came along and became the “father of the hydrogen bomb,” in a kind of bizarre schlong one upmanship — the Amazon logo-like H-bomb was detonated by the puny A-bomb.  We nicknamed our bombs Little Boy and Fat Man, loaded up the Enola Gay in an era that featured sexy full-breasted women painted on the bomber.  And as if that weren’t bad enough, we gave other nations, who did not share our values or self-esteem ideas — India got around to developing a nuke and named it The Smiling Buddha; positive nihilism was never so much fun. Boom! Get it?

        Now 75 years later, world cankerers that we are, we seem anxious to get the hell off the planet before it becomes Hell. A few years back, when slingshot wunderkind Elon Musk asked for volunteers for a one-way trip to Mars in one of his tin cans, why some 200,000 desperadoes put up their hands to end it all off-planet.  Now, there’s word that the Chinese want to build a base on the moon.  Jeff Bezos has plans for putting up a cul de sac bedroom community in near-exo-ether, complete with Amazon deliveries. (You think those pickers and packers are overworked now.)   I interviewed an ex-NASA contractor guy, Al Globus, a few weeks ago who swore it could all be done, once we get past the space debris, and colonies over the equator are a slam dunk (well, unless the colony is boosted every once in a while). Let’s hope it’s more exciting than his prose.

      • The Big Con

        Though a child can see through the blatant dishonesty of that absurd claim, American media can’t.  The PR arm of our corrupt, deceiving Deep State frames—as it always has—the latest Israeli massacre as a contest of equals, matched opponents, not a clear case of the sadist Zionist army shooting fish in a barrel.

        Israel attempts to deflect criticism of the sickening brutality of its Einsatzgruppen military style on grounds that criticism of that sick, evil, murderous state is reprehensible “Anti-Semitism”.

    • Environment

      • Climate Crisis and Negligent Policymakers Blamed for ‘Record Sickening Levels’ of Manatee Deaths in Florida

        “The reason sensitive manatees are dying is no big mystery,” wrote the Orlando Sentinel editorial board. “Environmentalists heralded this foul die-off. Politicians were deaf to the warning.”

      • Timber homes are a good investment for the future

        Timber homes could do more than just save energy, and stall climate change. They could be a sound investment.

      • Energy

        • Does the U.S. Really Need Another Oil Pipeline?

          Line 3 joins a growing list of controversial oil pipeline projects targeted by the burgeoning Indigenous-led climate justice movement. In his last year in office, President Barack Obama responded to the powerful and internationally hailed convergence at Standing Rock in South Dakota by halting work on the Dakota Access Pipeline project. Almost a year earlier, he had canceled the Keystone XL pipeline—which was another major target of climate protesters. Entering office in January 2017, President Donald Trump promptly revived both projects and eventually greenlit the Line 3 pipeline. Once Joe Biden entered the White House in early 2021, he canceled the doomed Keystone Pipeline but has yet to take action on reversing Trump’s approval of DAPL or canceling the Line 3 project.

          Indigenous leaders, embodying the spirit of Standing Rock five years ago, have been resisting the Line 3 replacement project and are now calling on all Americans, including those who are not Indigenous, to join them for what is being called a “Treaty People Gathering” from June 5 through 8 to demand an end to the project. One of them is Nancy Beaulieu, co-founder of the Resilient Indigenous Sisters Engaging (RISE) Coalition, and the northern Minnesota organizer for 350.org. Beaulieu explained to me in an interview that, “as Indigenous people, we have the inherent responsibility to protect the waters and all that is sacred. And as settlers—people who signed those treaties with our ancestors—they have an obligation to uphold those treaties.” In other words, “everyone has a responsibility to the treaties” signed with tribal nations.

    • Finance

      • Opinion | Why Infrastructure is So Much Bigger Than Just Infrastructure

        “The beauty of pursuing a rebuilt infrastructure is that it brings with it the solution to the other four spokes of national renewal… They work together, like the spokes on the metaphorical wheel that unites them.”

      • Six US Tech Giants Paid Almost $100 Billion Less in Taxes From 2011 to 2020 Than Reported: Analysis

        “Substantive tax avoidance is still embedded within many large multinationals and nothing less than a root-and-branch reform of international tax rules will remedy the situation,” said one critic.

      • Why We Need to Democratize Wealth: the U.S. Capitalist Model Breeds Selfishness and Resentment

        The French Revolution marked the end of French feudalism and its transition to capitalism. The revolutionaries’ slogans promised the transition would bring with it “liberté, égalité, fraternité” (liberty, equality and fraternity). In other words, equality was to be a key accompaniment to or product of capitalism’s establishment, of finally replacing feudalism’s lord-serf organization of production with capitalism’s very different employer-employee system. Transition to capitalism would erase the gross inequalities of French feudalism. The American Revolution likewise broke not only from its British colonial master but also from the feudal monarchy of George III. “All men are created equal” was a central theme of its profound commitment to equality together with capitalism.

        In France, the United States and beyond, capitalism justified itself by reference to its achievement or at least its targeting of equality in general. This equality included the distribution of wealth and income, at least in theory and rhetoric. Yet from the beginning, all capitalisms wrestled with contradictions between lip service to equality and inequality in their actual practices. Adam Smith worried about the “accumulation of stock” (wealth or “capital”) in some hands but not in others. Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton had different visions of the future of an independent United States in terms of whether it would or would not secure wealth equality later dubbed “Jeffersonian democracy.” There was and always remained in the United States an awkward dissonance between theoretical and rhetorical commitments to equality and the realities of slavery and then systemic racist inequalities. The inequalities of gender likewise contradicted commitments to equality. It took centuries of capitalism to achieve even the merely formal political equality of universal suffrage.

      • Opinion | The Booming Economy and Debt and Deficit Fears

        In short, it doesn’t seem like the deficit hawks have much of a case.

      • Opinion | How Everyone Getting More Equal Slices of the Economic Pie Can Curb the ‘Velocity of Wealth’

        Redistributing wealth downward, new calculations suggest, can make societies richer.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Opinion | The Republican Party’s Delusional Attachment to Trump Sets the Stage for the Acceleration of Neoliberal Proto-Fascism

        The strategic objective of the Republican Party is not simply to engage in obstructionism, but to continue dividing the nation and radicalizing the American public against the democratic system.

      • To the Media: Readers Need to Know More

        We started an online webpage: Reporter’s Alert. From time to time, we use Reporter’s Alert to present suggestions for important reporting on topics that are either not covered or not covered thoroughly. Reporting that just nibbles on the periphery won’t attract much public attention or be noticed by decision makers. Here is the sixth installment of suggestions:

        1. China is where the Covid-19 pandemic originated and where the first casualties occurred. After a few weeks of blunders, lockdowns, and rigid quarantines, the Chinese economy and society seemed to recover. China has three times the U.S. population, but claims its fatality toll is about one percent of the U.S. fatality toll. Assume this is heavily undercounted. Even so, observers in China report the economy is bustling. Workers are back on the job, stores are filled with shoppers, and in-person schooling and meetings have resumed. Yet, the western press has not really reported in granular detail the difference in Covid numbers between the two countries. Just saying China is a command society is too facile. We have much to learn from the Chinese and by doing so we can establish the basis for closer cooperation between our two countries to prevent the next pandemic, whether from animals or a laboratory leak.

      • Texas Democrats Walk Off House Floor to Block ‘One of the Ugliest Voter Suppression Bills in the Country’

        “This is the kind of fight we need from our legislators.”

      • When Politicians Cry “Accountability,” Ask “Accountability to Whom?”

        Senator Warren just loves her some “accountability.” In 2018, she proposed the “Accountable Capitalism Act.” In 2019, the “Corporate Executive Accountability Act.” In 2020, according to Forbes, she demanded “Accountability From 181 CEOs.” A Google search on her name and the word “accountability” returns 668,000 results.

        The relevant question when Senator Warren brings up “accountability” is, of course, “accountability to whom?”

      • Remembering the Black Roots of Memorial Day and the Revolutionary Holiday That Might Have Been

        In May 1865, a week before President Abraham Lincoln declared the end of the Civil War, freed Blacks in Charleston, SC were already celebrating the defeat of the Confederacy. On May 1, the first “Memorial Day” (originally “Decoration Day”) occurred when ten thousand African Americans in Charleston held a parade to decorate the graves of 257 Black Union soldiers who’d been held prisoner, starved, and interred in a mass grave on a former plantation-turned-racetrack.

        A handful of workmen had dug up and re-buried the dead. To honor them, on May 1, 1865,  members of the 21st US Colored Infantry marched up to the new Union cemetery, led by three thousand singing children and women with baskets of crosses and wreaths to decorate the graves.

      • Memorial Day 2021

        The brown splash and swirl in the glass. I set down the bottle beside it, the cork forced back in place. Any smoky, sweet aromatic notes that might escape would be wasted on me, with tree pollen clogging my sinuses.  And if my eyes are puffy and tearing, blame it on that, too.  But I snuck away from friends who only think of this as a long holiday weekend before summer. 

        For you and me, it goes back to Quang Tri and a wet mortar round that fell short of the LZ, killed you and left me with a deadness in the right ear that I thought had been blown off. Blood on my hand when I reached for it, mistakenly confirmed that fear and what else I might have lost in that moment.  I don’t know that we’d have remained friends, these 52 years since.  But I thought of you today, as friends who are vaccinated gather for a Memorial Day barbeque.

      • The Greatest Danger to American Democracy

        Only 25 percent of voters self-identify as Republican, the GOP’s worst showing against Democrats since 2012 and sharply down since last November. But those who remain in the Party are far angrier, more ideological, more truth-denying, and more racist than Republicans who preceded them. 

      • Texas Democrats Walk Off House Floor to Block Voter Suppression Bill
    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Fucking Facebook

        As always, takedowns happen in seconds, and the appeals are processed in just as timely a fashion — only 1,602 days this time. Fifty-three months!

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • “Rutherford Falls” Confronts Everyday Colonialism
      • Richard Wright’s Novel About Racist Police Violence Was Rejected in 1941; It Has Just Been Published

        Nearly 80 years ago, Richard Wright became one of the most famous Black writers in the United States with the publication of “Native Son.” The novel’s searing critique of systemic racism made it a best-seller and inspired a generation of Black writers. In 1941, Wright wrote a new novel titled “The Man Who Lived Underground,” but publishers refused to release it, in part because the book was filled with graphic descriptions of police brutality by white officers against a Black man. His manuscript was largely forgotten until his daughter Julia Wright unearthed it at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University. “The Man Who Lived Underground” was not published in the 1940s because white publishers did not want to highlight “white supremacist police violence upon a Black man because it was too close to home,” says Julia Wright. “It’s a bit like lifting the stone and not wanting the worms, the racist worms underneath, to be seen.”

      • As the War Ends, So Too Must the Detention of Guantánamo Bay Prisoners Detained in Connection to It

        The president has now announced that all US and allied troops will be withdrawn from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021, the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The ground war in Afghanistan is therefore now ending and, with the end of that war, ends the justification for continuing to detain the men captured for allegedly fighting against us in that war.

      • 100 Years Ago in Tulsa
    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

    • Monopolies

      • Patents

        • Reference to a hybridoma does not limit a product-by-process antibody claim (T 0032/17) [Ed: What is the point citing the EPC when the corrupt EPO shameless breaks it and makes ridiculous guidelines that authorise fake patents? Or board decisions from boards that are very clearly compromised, or just kangaroo courts?]

          Antibodies were recently awarded their own section in the latest EPO Guidelines for Examination (IPKat). This reflects that the complex and specific case law pertaining to antibody inventions. One such complexity are the provisions provided for the definition of an antibody by reference to a deposited hybridoma (Rule 31 EPC). The recent Board of Appeal decision in T 0032/17 considered whether such a reference in an antibody product-by-process claim limits the claim to the antibody structures produced by the hybridoma. The Board also considered the novelty of a hybridoma product claim in view of the fact that the hybridoma was deposited before the application was filed.


          In T 0032/17 the Board of Appeal considered whether a product-by-process claim, directed to antibodies produced from a number of hybridomas, was novel in view of a prior reference to the hybridomas.


          The decision in T 0032/17 provides some key clarification on the nature of a deposit of biological material under Rule 33 EPC. According to the Board’s decision in this case, mere reference to a hybridoma does not limit an antibody claim to a particular structure or sequence. Given the increasing difficulty of relying on functional antibody definitions for both novelty and inventive step, this decision will be disappointing for those few parties still relying on deposit information.

        • Long, Strange TRIPS: The Grubby History of How Vaccines Became Intellectual Property [Ed: The New Republic on patents that kill by denying access to medicines, for the sole purpose of enriching few people whose work is often done at the expense of taxpayers in academic institutions]
        • European Inventor Award 2021: Meet some of today’s most inspiring innovators at digital event on 17 June [Ed: Corrupt EPO management spends around 10 million euros spamming the media with prepared ‘articles’ and press releases that help distract from EPO crimes]

          The European Patent Office (EPO) is hosting the first-ever digital edition of the European Inventor Award ceremony on Thursday, 17 June, which viewers will be able to watch at inventoraward.org. The ceremony, an important event in the science and innovation calendar, will give audiences around the globe an opportunity to learn about outstanding inventors from Europe and beyond who have devised ingenious solutions to some of today’s most pressing problems. The 15 Award finalists have made significant advances in fields ranging from diagnostics and ultrasound imaging to biometrics, sustainable plastic production and wildlife protection.

        • Daimler and Nokia settle SEP ‘holy war’

          Nokia and Daimler have signed a patent licence agreement and settled all pending litigation, including a referral made to the Court of Justice of the EU, it was announced today.

          Under the agreement, all the cases between the Finnish telecoms company and the German car maker filed in Mannheim, Munich and Düsseldorf will come to an end, and Daimler will withdraw its antitrust complaint at the European Commission.

          This settlement brings a long-fought battle over standard essential patent (SEP) licensing in the automotive space – once described as a “holy war” – to an abrupt conclusion, dashing hopes of a legal answer to the end-point versus component-level licensing debate.

        • Nokia and Daimler bring long-running SEP licensing dispute to an end

          The settlement deal between Nokia and Daimler that brings a closely-watched, long-running patent dispute to an end will have ramifications for many more than the two companies directly involved

        • Nokia ultimately gets Daimler to take car-level patent license, but issues persist, questions remain regarding component-level SEP licensing

          Nokia and Daimler just announced–in a minimalist fashion–the settlement of their standard-essential patent (SEP) dispute after more than two years of infringement litigation and closer to three years after Daimler filed its EU antitrust complaint against against Nokia. All pending cases will be withdrawn now, which most significantly entails that the European Court of Justice (the upper division of the Court of Justice of the EU) won’t address the Dusseldorf Regional Court’s questions regarding the application of EU antitrust law to component-level licensing and SEP injunctions in case no. C-182/21. That said, there’ll most likely be Groundhog Day pretty soon and some other case(s) raising these issues will be sent to Luxembourg, possibly separate ones for the component-level licensing question on the one hand and SEP injunctions on the other hand.

          The Nokia ECJ case was going to be a hot summer topic, as the European Commission, the 27 EU Member States and the 3 EEA-only states (European Economic Area) were going to file their written observations in August. Next time, however, the referring court(s) could optimize the wording of the questions presented for a preliminary ruling.

          It is unclear at this stage whether Nokia granted Daimler a direct license or whether Daimler, which previously took licenses from Avanci contributors Sharp and Conversant after those companies indirectly licensed most of Daimler’s vehicles through a component-level deal with Huawei. Huawei sells network access devices to certain Daimler suppliers such as Continental and Samsung-owned Harman. Patent exhaustion works all the way downstream.

        • Nokia and Daimler settle all global litigation in connected cars dispute [Ed: Microsoft turned Nokia into a de facto patent troll instead of top contributor to Linux (which Nokia was until Microsoft infiltrated and undermined it)]

          Observers had hinted at this in recent weeks; now it’s a certainty. The longest and most important dispute about connected cars patents is over.

          Today, Daimler and Nokia announced that they have signed a patent licensing agreement. Under the agreement, Nokia licences mobile telecommunications technology to Daimler and receives payment in return. The two companies did not disclose the amount involved. Daimler and Nokia agreed that the terms of the agreement remain confidential.

          In the coming days, the parties will withdraw all pending litigation, including the complaint by Daimler against Nokia to the European Commission and a case pending at the European Court of Justice (case ID: C-182/21).

        • News from Abroad: Drug Patent Linkage System in New Chinese Patent Law [Ed: How to prevent people from getting much-needed medicines just to keep the prices artificially high and thus enrich the already-rich, whose business depends on denying access to medicines and inflating prices/price-fixing cartels]

          The 4th amendment to the Chinese Patent Law (“New CN Patent Law”) will take effect on June 1, 2021. This amendment represents a significant milestone in the evolution of the patent regulatory framework in China, given the unprecedented level of protection to which patent owners will become entitled. A particularly notable change is the introduction of a drug patent linkage system in China, modeled on the U.S. Hatch Waxman Act. The drug patent linkage system includes several key components, namely: term extension eligibility for drug patents, a patent registration platform for approved drugs, and an early resolution mechanism for drug patent disputes. This article aims to present a foundational understanding of each of these components.

        • Debts, Deficits, and Patent Monopolies

          The question is whether this should bother anyone who has a life? The projections show that the debt to GDP ratio will rise to 117 percent of GDP in 2031. If that sounds scary, consider that Greece’s debt to GDP ratio is over 180 percent. And, the bond vigilantes don’t seem to be too bothered by this. The interest rate on long-term Greek debt is 0.8 percent, compared to the 1.6 percent on U.S. Treasury bonds.

          Of course if we really want to go big we can look at Japan, where the debt to GDP ratio is approaching 250 percent of GDP. It is paying 0.08 percent interest on its long-term debt.

        • Software Patents

          • Kuaishou Group Joins the Open Invention Network

            Open Invention Network (OIN), the largest patent non-aggression community in history, announced today that Kuaishou Group (Kuaishou) has become a licensee and community member of OIN. As a leading content community and social media platform, Kuaishou is reinforcing its commitment to open source software (OSS) as an enabler of advanced infrastructure computing systems.

            “Social media has transformed the way people communicate and do business. Linux and open source technology underpin the leading social media platforms. Kuaishou, like many Chinese companies, has grown increasingly sophisticated with regard to intellectual property, and is looking to do its part to mitigate global patent risk for OSS,” said Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network. “We appreciate Kuaishou joining OIN and demonstrating its commitment to collaborative innovation and patent non-aggression in open source.”

      • Trademarks

        • TTABlog Test: Must “HAUS” Be Disclaimed In “GRAVITY HAUS” For Social Club Services?

          The USPTO refused to register the mark GRAVITY HAUS for “Social club services, namely, arranging, organizing, and hosting social events, get-togethers, night club services and parties for club members; conducting guided outdoor expeditions and activities in the nature of guided hiking tours for club members,” absent a disclaimer of HAUS. Applicant argued that the word HAUS “does not provide any indication of the type of services offered and certainly does not identify social club services.” How do you think this appeal came out? In re Yodeets Digital, LLC, Serial No. 88977161 (May 21, 2021) [not precedential] (Opinion by Judge Christen M. English).


          The Board then considered whether GRAVITY HAUS is a unitary mark, making the disclaimer requirement inapplicable. “A mark is unitary if it creates a single, distinct commercial impression.”

          Applicant argued that “”[t]he terms GRAVITY HAUS used together create a sense of unity as the term GRAVITY indicates something that is held to the ground or is of this earth and HAUS represents the article that is held down by gravity. A house is typically centered by gravity and suggests a location that is grounded or stable.” However, there was no evidence that consumers would attribute that connotation to the mark. Nor was there any evidence that GRAVITY HAUS is a catch-phrase or slogan.

          The Board concluded that GRAVITY HAUS does not have a distinct meaning independent from its constituent elements.

          And so the Board affirmed the disclaimer requirement, and allowed applicant 30 days to submit the required disclaimer.

        • TTABlog Test: Must “DANK” Be Disclaimed In DANK TANK For Ale And Beer?

          The USPTO refused to register the proposed mark DANK TANK for “Ale; Beer,” without a disclaimer of the word “DANK.” The Examining Attorney maintained that the term DANK “means or refers to ‘…sticky, juicy, very pungent and of a high level’ and ‘[v]ery hoppy, cloudy IPAs with high alcohol content and flavors with a very funky taste.’” Applicant Sweetwater Brewing argued that DANK TANKS is a unitary mark and a double entendre, and so disclaimer of DANK should not be required. How do you think this came out? In re Sweetwater Brewing Company, LLC., Serial No. 87772674 (May 3, 2020) [not precedential] (Opinion by Judge Linda A. Kuczma)

      • Copyrights

        • Copyright Gunfight at the O.K. Corral: A Fistful of Dollars vs Rango before the Court of Rome

          The Court of Rome, riding the dusty trails of the Wild West, has recently decided on a copyright infringement dispute between two famous Western movies, yet deeply different for period and genre.

          The gunslingers of this judicial duel were “A Fistful of Dollars” and “Rango”.

          “A Fistful of Dollars” (1964) is the first chapter of the Dollars Trilogy, which also includes “For a Few Dollars More” (1965) and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (1966), a cult Italian film series directed by Sergio Leone and unanimously considered the masterpiece of the “Spaghetti Western” genre.

          All the three films are focused on the antihero character of the “Man with No Name” played by a young Clint Eastwood, smoking a cigar and wearing the same Poncho and the same cowboy hat in all the films of the trilogy.

          “Rango” (2011) is a computer-animated Western comedy film directed by Gore Verbinski and winner of the Best Animated Feature at the 84th Academy Awards.

          Rango is a pet chameleon who fancies himself an actor. Accidentally winded up in the town of Dirt (Dust in the Italian version), a lawless outpost in the Wild West populated by the desert’s most wily and whimsical creatures, Rango becomes the local sheriff. Though at first Rango only role-plays, a series of thrilling situations and outrageous encounters forces him to become a real hero.

A Free Digital Society by Richard Stallman: March 2021 Talk, University of Limerick Computer Society (Skynet)

Posted in Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, Videos at 5:49 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: A talk given by Richard Stallman on March 10th, 2021

Duration: 2 hours 16 minutes

License: Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0)

[Meme] Approving the Actions of the Boss

Posted in Courtroom, Europe, Law, Patents at 5:33 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

The judges said EPO actions are OK; wait, the judges are not supposed to by controlled by the EPO
Either the Office is championing the law or it simply captured the courts and the judges

Summary: As absurd as it may sound, in Europe’s second-largest institution judges get to decide on the legality of dubious actions of the very same people who get to decide whether to extend their (those judges’) lucrative work contract and there’s still no solution to this untenable situation

Some Potentially Good News About the EPO

Posted in Europe, Patents at 5:21 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Now that there’s broad and widespread recognition that the EPO’s Boards of Appeal have no real independence (they’ve been rendered rubber-stampers of the Office) there’s hope that the EPO’s Administrative Council (led by Josef Kratochvíl and Borghildur Erlingsdóttir) will finally intervene and maybe they’ll also roll back the illegal outsourcing of the EPO to the United States

LAST week’s EPOnian chaos, which culminated in the canning (for now) of a case about outsourcing of EPO tribunals to US technology firms with many European software patents, gives us hope. It moreover gives hope to EPO judges, who have long been at the mercy of Benoît Battistelli, António Campinos, and their 'Swedish chef'. Will judges be able to find their spine again and say “no!” to patent maximalism? We certainly moved a step closer to that…

“…given the recent track record of Kratochvíl and Erlingsdóttir, they’re likely to just sit on their hands as the reputation of the Office languishes, both among staff and stakeholders.”In any event, last week was definitely historic in that regard and last night we saw the EPO’s management announcing the upcoming (by year’s end) “[d]ecommissioning of online filing (CMS) with effect from 1 January 2022″ (warning: epo.org link). We don’t really understand the why, but we hope that EPO insiders can enlighten us, illuminating the possible causes. In any event, judging by this FAQ (warning: epo.org link), examiners will be dealing with PDF files instead of Microsoft’s proprietary and patented formats. Unlike the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), no financial benefit will be given to Microsoft customers. This seems like a relief, given the EPO's general outsourcing to Microsoft, which is illegal.

AC chair Josef Kratochvíl (CZ) and deputy chair Borghildur Erlingsdóttir (IS) need to get their act together, reestablishing the independence of the Boards of Appeal and preventing the Office from outsourcing the operations to Microsoft. But given the recent track record of Kratochvíl and Erlingsdóttir, they’re likely to just sit on their hands as the reputation of the Office languishes, both among staff and stakeholders.

Putin: The judge said what about me? Say what?

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