Betrayal Not Only of Swiss Workers But All European Workers, Courtesy of Roland Grossenbacher and Christian Bock

Posted in Europe, Patents at 6:20 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum c9084c6c194a81da2ea96396e511756b

Summary: Following the release of Part 9 in the EPO series about Benoît Battistelli‘s unlawful (anti-) “strike regulations” we discuss the role (or Swiss roll) of Switzerland in crushing EPO workers, some of whom are Swiss nationals; don’t get caught up in shallow perceptions (national image) about Swiss yardsticks of justice

IT is hard not to be a little cynical about the land of chocolate, which is equally renowned (or notorious) for massive facilitation of tax evasion. Rudolf Elmer, a former banker at Switzerland’s Julius Bär, got in a lot of trouble for exposing tax-evading criminals (he spoke to Wikileaks and passed data) well before “Panama” and “Pandora” Papers. We use quotes because they’re misnomers, potentially misdirecting part of the blame. Prior to those leaks, almost a decade ago as a matter of fact, the billionaire-owned Reuters published “Super rich hold $32 trillion in offshore havens” (it has gotten far worse since then, with help from the Swiss along with the Dutch and bankers in London; Panama is a whipping boy to them). As usual, reality and facts are buried not too deep below the surface.

“As usual, reality and facts are buried not too deep below the surface.”Where was the Swiss media all those decades? Well, the Swiss regime is curtailing their own journalism/media/press (in the video above I highlight some stories Swiss journalists told me regarding their ‘sacred cows’).

I’ve been to Switzerland more times than I can recall (my grandmother is Swiss) and one of many lessons I learned over the years about Switzerland — and I’m truly sad to say this to be honest — is that it can be resistant to facts and international laws. Like the Dutch, it’s better at talking about it. It is a country where there’s a strong sense of national pride — sometimes to the point of blindness about one’s own (collective) culpability. It obstructs introspection and can impede progress/improvements (like women's rights).

“It is a country where there’s a strong sense of national pride — sometimes to the point of blindness about one’s own (collective) culpability.”The fact that Switzerland betrays EPO workers is not surprising; it oughtn’t shock anybody. Will Catherine Chammartin do any better? We doubt it, but one can hope (though low expectations prevent disappointment).

Christian Bock will be the subject of the next two parts in this series.

The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part IX: More Holes Than Swiss Cheese

Posted in Europe, Patents at 5:54 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Series parts:

  1. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part I: Let the Sunshine In!
  2. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part II: A “Unanimous” Endorsement?
  3. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part III: Three Missing Votes
  4. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part IV: The Founding States
  5. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part V: Germany Says “Ja”
  6. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part VI: A Distinct Lack of Dutch Courage
  7. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part VII: Luxembourgish Laxity
  8. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part VIII: Perfidious Albion and Pusillanimous Hibernia
  9. YOU ARE HERE ☞ More Holes Than Swiss Cheese

Roland Grossenbacher and Christian Bock
The Swiss delegation: Roland Grossenbacher and his deputy Christian Bock.

Summary: The EPO‘s “alpha male” who was not Benoît Battistelli and not French like António Campinos, either, was Roland Grossenbacher; today we take a closer look at Roland Grossenbacher, Christian Bock, and Catherine Chammartin

With hindsight, following the recent ILOAT Judgments delivered on 7 July 2021, it’s clear to everybody that the “Strike Regulations” adopted by the EPO’s Administrative Council in June 2013 had more holes than the proverbial Swiss cheese.

But that didn’t stop the delegation representing Switzerland from endorsing Battistelli’s liberticidal project back in June 2013.

“But that didn’t stop the delegation representing Switzerland from endorsing Battistelli’s liberticidal project back in June 2013.”The actions of the Swiss delegation are not that surprising when it is recalled that the head of delegation was Roland Grossenbacher, long-standing director of the Swiss Federal Institute for Intellectual Property (Institut für Geistiges Eigentum – IGE) since 1989.

In an article published in the Swiss daily Neue Züricher Zeitung around the time of his retirement in 2015, Grossenbacher was portrayed [PDF] as “the positive technocrat” who had “contributed a great deal to a more efficient administration”.

Amongst other things, the article explains how Grossenbacher led the “transformation” of the IGE in 1996.

“Like Friedrich Rödler, his Austrian counterpart on the EPO’s Administrative Council, Grossenbacher was a relentless advocate of “more efficient administration” at the EPO and he showed just as much hostility and animosity towards the organisation’s staff.”This “transformation” was a Thatcherite-style restructuring of the Institute based on New Public Management principles. The result was the establishment of an autonomous “executive agency” – similar to the UKIPO – having control of its own budget and the introduction of a new personnel statute, according to which employees were “no longer subject to the civil service statute”.

The Institute is independent of the federal budget and derives its working funds from fees, set by the Institute based on market conditions, and approved by the Swiss Federal Council. According to the enabling statute, the Institute is to be managed “in accordance with the principles of business administration.”

Like Friedrich Rödler, his Austrian counterpart on the EPO’s Administrative Council, Grossenbacher was a relentless advocate of “more efficient administration” at the EPO and he showed just as much hostility and animosity towards the organisation’s staff.

“In his later years, he appears to have been one of those “alpha males” that caused headaches for Alison Brimelow.”However, in contrast to Rödler, Grossenbacher was quite high up in the pecking order of the EPO’s Administrative Council and managed to become a very influential figure in the governance of the organisation. In his later years, he appears to have been one of those “alpha males” that caused headaches for Alison Brimelow.

Between March 2000 and March 2009, Grossenbacher served as chairman of the Administrative Council for three consecutive three-year terms. When he stepped down in March 2009, he was made “Honorary Chairman” of the Council by his successor Battistelli. [PDF]

The alpha maleThis supposedly gave him permission to continue to sit in on meetings of the secretive Board of the Council – the so-called “Board 28″ – which prepares the agenda for the Council’s quarterly sessions in “close cooperation” with the EPO President.

After stepping down as Council Chairman, Grossenbacher proceeded to throw his hat into the ring as one of the four candidates (warning: epo.org link) for the position of EPO President. At one point in November 2009 it even looked as if he might overtake Battistelli. [PDF]

In the end, the Machiavellian Frenchman managed to outmanoeuvre his Swiss rival.

“As a matter of fact, Grossenbacher enthusiastically supported most of Battistelli’s EPO “reforms” until they fell out with each other some time in 2016.”But, in contrast to the notoriously choleric Battistelli, Grossenbacher was a “good loser” and the pair still remained close allies and collaborators.

As a matter of fact, Grossenbacher enthusiastically supported most of Battistelli’s EPO “reforms” until they fell out with each other some time in 2016.

According to EPO insiders, this falling out was initially triggered by Grossenbacher’s support for a resolution adopted by the Council in March 2016 requesting Battistelli to address various issues that had been the source of deep conflicts at the EPO.

The dispute between Battistelli and Grossenbacher escalated during the Council’s subsequent discussions about the reform of the Boards of Appeal.

Battistelli was incensed by what he perceived as Grossenbacher’s “betrayal”. He is reported to have thrown a tantrum and ordered the removal of Grossenbacher’s portrait from the gallery of former Council Chairmen which adorns the corridors of the Isar building beside the Council’s assembly chamber.

“Battistelli was incensed by what he perceived as Grossenbacher’s “betrayal”. He is reported to have thrown a tantrum and ordered the removal of Grossenbacher’s portrait from the gallery of former Council Chairmen which adorns the corridors of the Isar building beside the Council’s assembly chamber.”Back in June 2013 the alpha-male “bromance” between Roland and Benoît was still in full swing. At that time it was inconceivable that Grossenbacher would have raised an objection to any of the “reforms” being proposed by Team Battistelli, including the controversial “Strike Regulations”.

As a matter of fact, a publication of the EPO staff union (SUEPO) dating from 2007 reveals that Grossenbacher’s concerns about the risk of strikes at the EPO long predated Battistelli’s “reforms” in 2013.

To appreciate the source of these concerns, it needs to be understood that – in common with all other national IPOs of the EPO’s member states – a significant amount of the income of the Swiss IGE comes from renewal fees on patents that have been granted by the EPO.

Thus any kind of industrial action which affects “output” at the EPO also entails the risk of adverse financial consequences for national IPOs due to a reduction in their renewal fee income from EPO-granted patents.

“It’s very clear from this that Grossenbacher would have been an enthusiastic supporter of any measures designed to reduce – or even eliminate – the risk of strikes at the EPO.”The annual report of the Swiss IGE for 2006/2007 put a figure of CHF 5.6 million on the financial risk of strikes at the EPO over a two-year period (equivalent to approx. € 5.2 million at current exchange rates).

Although the annual report of the Swiss IGE can no longer be found online, the SUEPO document analysing [PDF] its contents and their implications for EPO governance is still accessible.

It’s very clear from this that Grossenbacher would have been an enthusiastic supporter of any measures designed to reduce – or even eliminate – the risk of strikes at the EPO.

The legality – or otherwise – of the measures proposed by Team Battistelli appears to have been of secondary importance to him – assuming that he even bothered to give it a moment’s thought.

Campinos eyes up Grossenbacher’s successor, Catherine Chammartin during a photo-op session.

Grossenbacher retired as head of the Swiss IGE in 2015 and he was replaced by Catherine Chammartin who took over as the nominal head of the Swiss delegation on the EPO’s Administrative Council.

“As we shall see, Bock’s attempts to apply management methods “à la sauce Battistelli” to the “transformation” and “modernisation” of the Federal Customs Administration are currently generating a huge amount of public controversy in Switzerland.”However, Battistelli’s “Honorary Chairman” kept lurking in the background for another four years as an “advisor” to the Swiss delegation until he was finally put out to grass for good in December 2019.

In the next part we will take a look at Grossenbacher’s deputy back in 2013, a gentleman by the name of Christian Bock, who went on to become the head of the Swiss Federal Customs Administration.

As we shall see, Bock’s attempts to apply management methods “à la sauce Battistelli” to the “transformation” and “modernisation” of the Federal Customs Administration are currently generating a huge amount of public controversy in Switzerland.

The 168th Meeting of the EPO Administrative Council as a Test of the EPO’s Oversight Mechanisms

Posted in Europe, Law, Patents at 5:04 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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EPO voting datasheet
Gallery of ‘rogues’ (2013) compared to 2021 as image | Complete HTML version of the same (the above image is not complete but merely a preview)

Summary: The Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation is having its 168th meeting this Wednesday and we expect no expression of remorse for illegally crushing EPO staff (almost 7,000 individuals and their families) for nearly a decade; some of the culprits (10 of them to be precise) are still their nation’s public face

As the EPO‘s Administrative Council gets ready for its 168th meeting this Wednesday – 13 October 2021 – it seems like a good idea to compare the current composition of the Council to that during the 136th meeting in June 2013 when Benoît Battistelli‘s “Strike Regulations” were adopted.

Since then many of the heads of delegation have changed. However, ten delegations are still headed by the same person as in June 2013:

- Czech Republic: Josef KRATOCHVÍL
- Croatia: Ljiljana KUTEROVAC
- Iceland: Borghildur ERLINGSDÓTTIR
- Ireland: Gerard BARRETT
- Malta: Godwin WARR
- Monaco: Jean-Pierre SANTOS
- San Marino: Silvia ROSSI
- Turkey: Habip ASAN
- Belgium; Jérôme DEBRULLE
- Italy: Mauro MASI

“The current governance crisis at the EPO – triggered by the recent ILOAT judgments which struck down the “Strike Regulations” – shows how important it is to expose the workings of the Administrative Council to public scrutiny.”Two of those delegations – namely Belgium and Italy – abstained from endorsing Battistelli’s “Strike Regulations”. The other eight delegations voted in favour.

There are two further delegations where the previous head of delegation has been replaced by the person who was their deputy in June 2013.

- Finland: Antti RIIVARI (successor to Rauni HAGMAN)
- Estonia: Margus VIHER (successor to Matti PÄTS)

Both the Finnish and Estonian delegations voted in favour of Battistelli’s “Strike Regulations”.

The current governance crisis at the EPO – triggered by the recent ILOAT judgments which struck down the “Strike Regulations” – shows how important it is to expose the workings of the Administrative Council to public scrutiny.

“When exercising its legislative powers, the Council is supposed to respect the primary law of the EPC as well as international legal norms to which its contracting states subscribe.”The Administrative Council is the governing body of the organisation EPO which has been entrusted with a limited set of legislative powers. In particular, it can make amendments to the EPO’s internal employment law, codified in the “EPO Service Regulations”.

When exercising its legislative powers, the Council is supposed to respect the primary law of the EPC as well as international legal norms to which its contracting states subscribe.

However, in contrast to an elected parliamentary legislative body, the EPO’s Administrative Council is not subject to any meaningful form of public accountability if it should happen to abuse its legislative powers. It is only subject to very weak judicial oversight by the ILOAT.

As recently seen in the case of Battistelli’s “Strike Regulations”, it has taken eight years to strike down a flawed legislative measure which breached the fundamental rights of EPO staff.

It now remains to be seen how the Council in its current composition is going to react to the EPO’s governance crisis at its upcoming 168th meeting.

“It now remains to be seen how the Council in its current composition is going to react to the EPO’s governance crisis at its upcoming 168th meeting.”It can be safely assumed that Team Campinos – which appears to be in complete denial about the implications of the recent ILOAT judgments – is doing its best to feed the Council delegates a sugar-coated narrative, in the hope that they will fail to realise the seriousness of the situation.

A lot will depend on whether the Council delegates are capable of doing their own homework and thinking for themselves, or whether they just prefer to “go with the flow” and swallow the snake-oil being spoon-fed to them by António Campinos and his cronies.

[Meme] Extreme Views About Software Freedom

Posted in Deception, Free/Libre Software at 2:30 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

See Elise Thomas Has a Straw Man Argument (and FUD Against Software Freedom, Conflating It With Violent Extremism)

Extreme FUD
Sounds legit…

Summary: Uploading extreme material? Blame Free software. Hosting a Web site with Free software? Blame Free software for serving extremist content.


Links 11/10/2021: Second Beta of Krita 5.0 and Geany 1.38

Posted in News Roundup at 11:16 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Largest Open-source and Linux Technology User Group in North America launches at Jeff.pro, led by veteran internet entrepreneur Jeffrey Peterson

        On September 11, 2021, the largest Open-source and Linux Technology User Group in North America launched at Jeff.pro, led by veteran internet entrepreneur Jeffrey Peterson.

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      • The Kubuntu Focus Team Announces the Third-Generation M2 Linux Mobile Workstation

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        The thin-and-light M2 laptop is a superb choice for anyone looking for the best out-of-the-box Linux experience with the most powerful mobile hardware. Customers include ML scientists, developers, and creators. Improvements to the third generation include…

    • Kernel Space

      • AMD Publishes New Linux Audio Driver Code For Yellow Carp / ACP6x Audio Co-Processor – Phoronix

        It was just with Linux 5.15 last month that AMD added a new audio driver for Van Gogh APUs sporting an ACP 5.x audio co-processor (ACP) while now a new driver has been posted for Yellow Carp / Rembrandt with it introducing new ACP 6.x audio co-processor IP.

        AMD engineers have been busy the past few months bringing up “Yellow Carp” under Linux that appears at this point to be the Linux codename for the forthcoming Ryzen 6000 series “Rembrandt” APUs. On top of all the graphics driver work and other Linux kernel driver support patches so far, new audio code came out on Monday morning.

      • EROFS File-System Adding LZMA Compression Support Via New MicroLZMA – Phoronix

        The EROFS read-only file-system is adding LZMA compression support using a new header/container format called MicroLZMA.

        This MicroLZMA format was developed in cooperation with XZ developer Lasse Collin to avoid wasting small amounts of space for headers. MicroLZMA also has possible use-cases outside of EROFS.

      • More Optimizations Has Linux Approaching 7M IOPS Per Core – Phoronix

        Linux block subsystem maintainer and IO_uring lead developer Jens Axboe continues making staggering optimizations to the kernel code to squeeze out the maximum performance potential out of his shiny new system.

        After upgrading to an AMD Ryzen 9 5950X system for development and keeping to his Intel Optane Gen2 storage, he ended September being able to achieve around 5.1M IOPS per-core for this system he uses for reference testing and evaluation of Linux block subsystem changes. That 5.1M IOPS per-core is impressive while previously he was happy hitting above 3M IOPS per-core.

    • Benchmarks

      • Ubuntu 19.10 To 21.10: AMD Zen 2 + Radeon Performance On Linux Over Two Years

        With Ubuntu 21.10 due for release this week I’ve been running various Ubuntu Linux performance comparisons across a variety of hardware and overall this new release is looking to be in great shape. One of the tests I recently carried out for curiosity is seeing how the AMD Zen 2 performance has evolved now over the past two years on Linux going from Ubuntu 19.10 to Ubuntu 21.10.

    • Applications

      • Geany 1.38 Lightweight Code Editor is Out, Removes GTK+2 Support

        Geany is a code editor which uses GTK+ toolkit. The new version, Geany 1.38, comes with increased speed when opening documents.

        Every developer who spends hours in front of a computer screen writing codes, absolutely needs an editor to program. Whether we want to program a web page, an application or a program, we must use a tool that allows us to edit the code, modify it and work with it.

        Geany is a powerful, stable, and lightweight code editor with certain basic features of an Integrated Development Environment (IDE). It is an open source cross platform editor that is designed specifically for programmers thanks to its built-in support for over 50 programming languages. In addition, with Geany you can perform functions such as syntax highlighting and autocompletion.

        Now that a new version has been announced, let’s see what has changed in Geany.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • A Simple OpenPGP API

        In this post I want to share how easy it is to use OpenPGP using the Stateless OpenPGP Protocol (SOP).

        I talked about the SOP specification and its purpose and benefits already in past blog posts. This time I want to give some in-depth examples of how the API can be used in your application.

        There are SOP API implementations available in different languages like Java and Rust. They have in common, that they are based around the Stateless OpenPGP Command Line Specification, so they are very similar in form and function.

        For Java-based systems, the SOP API was defined in the sop-java library. This module merely contains interface definitions. It is up to the user to choose a library that provides an implementation for those interfaces. Currently the only known implementation is pgpainless-sop based on PGPainless.

      • Linux for Starters: Your Guide to Linux – Running VirtualBox – Part 20 – LinuxLinks

        This is a series that offers a gentle introduction to Linux for newcomers.

        In computing, virtualization refers to the act of creating a virtual version of something, including virtual computer hardware platforms, storage devices, and computer network resources.

        We will walk you through setting up a virtual machine running openSUSE. The words host and guest distinguish the software running on the machine from the software that runs on the virtual machine. For the purpose of this article, the host machine is running Ubuntu, the guest machine is openSUSE.

        Software like VirtualBox allocates parts of the CPU, RAM, storage disk, and other components so that a virtual machine can use them to run properly. The virtual OS thinks that it’s running on a real system, but it runs just like any other program on your computer.

        VirtualBox has a wide variety of uses. For a newcomer to Linux it lets them test a variety of different distros without messing up their existing setup. Think of the operating system running in a safe, sandboxed environment,.

        With virtualization, you want as much RAM as possible, as you need RAM for the host operating system and the guest(s) operating systems. While 8GB is sufficient for many desktop uses, it’s insufficient for virtualization. We only recommend using VirtualBox if your machine has more than 8GB of RAM. The faster and more powerful your PC, the more that virtualization offers.

      • How To Install Cacti on Debian 11 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Cacti on Debian 11. For those of you who didn’t know, Cacti is one of the most popular open-source, web-based network monitoring and graphing tool that you can use to keep track of your network performance in almost real-time. You can also configure Cacti to poll SNMP devices, traffic counters, routers, servers, etc.

        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 Cacti monitoring on a Debian 11 (Bullseye).

      • How to create Monitors with DataDog

        DataDog is a famous, cross-platform service for monitoring various servers, services, databases, tools through a data analytics platform. Users can check available free space on RAM and disk or track the waiting period for web requests or CPU usage on their systems.

        These issues might seem insignificant but they end up causing issues for servers with production applications that is why alerts are created to inform the stakeholder whenever the above mentioned events happen. In this article we’ll guide you how to create monitors using the DataDog tool and will create alerts to check on RAM usage and CPU usage.

      • Stop, Start and Restart Services on Debian

        This tutorial explains how to start, stop and restart services in Debian 11 Bullseye using both systemctl and service commands.

      • How to Add a User to Sudoers on AlmaLinux
      • How to Install Nginx with Let’s Encrypt TLS/SSL on AlmaLinux 8 – LinuxCapable

        NGINX is an open-source, free HTTP server software. In addition to its HTTP server capabilities, NGINX can also function as a proxy server for e-mail (IMAP, POP3, and SMTP) and a reverse proxy and load balancer for HTTP, TCP, and UDP servers. The goal behind NGINX was to create the fastest web server around, and maintaining that excellence is still a central goal of the Nginx project. NGINX consistently beats Apache and other servers in benchmarks measuring web server performance and is now the most popular used web server according to W3Tech.

        In the tutorial, you will learn how to install Nginx on AlmaLinux 8 with a free TLS/SSL certificate from Let’s Encrypt.

      • Install FreeRADIUS with daloRADIUS on Debian 11/Debian 10 – kifarunix.com

        daloRADIUS on the other hand is an advanced web application for managing FreeRADIUS server. It supports various database backends such as MySQL, Sqlite, PostgreSQL, MsSQL, MySQL. It provides features such as Access Control Lists, support integration with Google Maps for geo-location of hotspots/access points, graphical reporting…

      • Bash Printf Command Explained With Examples – OSTechNix

        In this article, I am going to explain the basic usage of the Bash printf command with examples in Linux. By the end of this article, you will be comfortable in using the printf command in Bash shell scripting.

      • Installing packages on Linux and Mac with Homebrew | Network World

        Ever heard of Homebrew? It’s a package manager with a very unusual feature. It allows ordinary users to install packages without using sudo, and it’s available for both macOS and Linux. While the tool on each of these systems is referred to as Homebrew, the Linux version installs as linuxbrew.

        Once installed, users can use Homebrew via the brew command to install packages very easily. Installation of Homebrew itself, however, does generally require sudo privileges and installs in /home/linuxbrew.

        The man page for the brew command calls it “The Missing Package Manager for macOS (or Linux)”.

    • Games

      • Party-based fantasy RPG Black Geyser: Couriers of Darkness gets a Linux version

        Not too long after the initial Early Access release that was back in August, GrapeOcean Technologies has released a Linux version of their party-based RPG Black Geyser: Couriers of Darkness.

        Inspired clearly by Baldur’s Gate and Icewind Dale, the team are hoping to make their mark with challenging real time tactical combat with pause, deep lore and memorable companions, all set in a sprawling, unique fantasy world.

        “As a small team, we wanted to create a unique world that had a different tone, but one filled with everything we’ve come to expect from a cRPG: an epic story, exploration, mystery and plenty of side quests,” says David Zakal, Director and Founder of GrapeOcean Technologies.

      • Kathy Rain: Director’s Cut launches with Linux support on October 26 | GamingOnLinux

        Kathy Rain: Director’s Cut has been confirmed by Clifftop Games and publisher Raw Fury to be releasing on October 26.

        “Kathy Rain follows a burgeoning journalist as she investigates the mysterious death of her grandfather. Set during the age of laser discs and landlines in the 1990s, Kathy is armed only with her trusty motorcycle, a notepad, and her wits. Traveling all over her hometown of Conwell Springs, Kathy will uncover a local mystery that takes her on a tumultuous journey. What secrets are the people of this town hiding? Piece together the clues and follow the leads to discover the truth!”

      • The Epic Store on Linux continues getting easier to manage with Heroic Games Launcher | GamingOnLinux

        Heroic Games Launcher has a fresh update released and it comes with some mighty fine new features, all in the name of making your Epic Store library easier to manage on Linux. All still unofficial of course, since the store doesn’t support Linux directly.

        With HGL version 1.10.1 it can now install parts of games that offer a selective download, you can run games using an “alternative” executable, available DLC will be listed along with a toggle to bring them all or not and you xan actually check the download / install size before installing games now.

      • The surprisingly varied Tower Defense game Warstone TD is now available for Linux | GamingOnLinux

        With maps that advance and grow as you play through allowing you to place down more towers and change your tactics, Warstone TD from Battlecruiser Games is now available natively on Linux. The developer said that they’re providing a Linux version now as “a lot people asked for it”.

        One feature that makes it quite interesting is how you place your towers. Initially you’re not given a lot of stones to place defence down but more can appear as the level goes on and from defeating enemies, so eventually you get a lot more space to place your towers. There’s also a class system to give you new abilities, plus the mission types are varied too that enables you to use other unit types. Quite a lot to like about this one and since release in 2018 it seems to have reviewed well from users on Steam.

      • The ScummVM retro game project celebrates a 20th anniversary with a new release

        A big celebration to be had for the folks working on ScummVM, the project that bundles together various game engines to allow you to play many older games easily on modern platforms. 20 years is a huge milestone for such a project, and it’s a very important piece of open source tech for game preservation.

        The release notes for 2.5.0 are long and impressive with plenty of new games supported including: Grim Fandango, The Longest Journey, Myst 3: Exile, Little Big Adventure, Red Comrades 1: Save the Galaxy, Red Comrades 2: For the Great Justice, Transylvania, Crimson Crown, OO-Topos, Glulx interactive fiction games, Lure of the Temptress Konami release, Private Eye, Spanish Blue Force, Spanish Ringworld, Spanish Amazon: Guardians of Eden, AGS Games versions 2.5+, Nightlong: Union City Conspiracy, The Journeyman Project 2: Buried in Time, Crusader: No Remorse, L-ZONE and Spaceship Warlock.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Second Beta for Krita 5.0 | Krita

          A bit later than planned — after a year and a half of isolation meeting people spreads really bad colds — we’re releasing the second beta of Krita 5.0.0! The same warnings we gave with beta 1 still hold! There are still some showstoppers, but there we’re also over 700 fixes closer to the final release.

          This release also includes a reworked GPU accelerated canvas: especially on HiDPI screens and on macOS Krita should perform much better.

        • Krita 5.0 Beta 2 Reworks Its GPU Accelerated Canvas

          Krita 5.0 Beta 2 is out today as the newest test release for this very powerful, open-source digital painting program.

          The first beta of Krita 5.0 came back in August with UI improvements and better performance along with supporting newer image formats, an all-new MyPaint brush engine, and a variety of other features.

    • Distributions

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • How automation strategy can help you retain IT talent | The Enterprisers Project

          Seasonal changes often trigger times of reflection. So does weathering the ups and downs of the COVID pandemic: We went from seeing no end in sight, to seeing the possible end of the pandemic, to “it’s complicated,” particularly with workforces distributed around the globe in different stages of quarantine.

          Many leaders and their teams have gone from in-office work to 100 percent remote work to a mix of both with hybrid work. Meanwhile, the job market has become so hot that some are calling it the Great Resignation. In the public sector, many employees who have been eligible for retirement for years are now accelerating their retirement plans.

          As time goes on, we’re seeing that a Great Resignation is really an outcome of what is being called the Great Reprioritization, in which employees are pausing to reflect and reprioritize what’s most meaningful to them personally and professionally.

          Our team members are reprioritizing based on meaning and purpose, and we need to help them on that journey if we want to keep them.

        • Digital transformation: 4 excuses to leave behind | The Enterprisers Project

          For business leaders who have ever struggled with whether or not to embrace digital transformation, the pandemic made that decision easier. Just as nobody predicted COVID-19, nobody anticipated the changes it would bring to organizations across all industries.

          Organizations that were not prepared for the sudden pause in operations and subsequent challenges – including limited in-person contact, remote working, and paper-based processes digitally – struggled to survive. Meanwhile, digital organizations were able to adapt to the changing requirements with speed and agility.

          The pandemic not only made enterprises realize the importance of planning for the unexpected, but it also made a strong case for accelerating digital transformation. It left no room for the excuses that some business leaders used to delay their technology investments.

        • Firefox 93 on POWER

          Firefox 93 is out, though because of inopportune scheduling at my workplace I haven’t had much time to do much of anything other than $DAYJOB for the past week or so. (Cue Bill Lumbergh.) Chief amongst its features is AVIF image support (from the AV1 codec), additional PDF forms support, blocking HTTP downloads from HTTPS sites, new DOM/CSS/HTML support (including datetime-local), and most controversially Firefox Suggest, which I personally disabled since it gets in the way. I appreciate Mozilla trying to diversify its income streams, but I’d rather we could just donate directly to the browser’s development rather than generally to Mozilla.

        • Quarkus for Spring developers: Kubernetes-native design patterns

          Want to learn more about developing applications with Quarkus? Download our free e-book Quarkus for Spring Developers, which helps Java developers familiar with Spring make a quick and easy transition.

          Microservice applications designed today are often deployed on a platform such as Kubernetes. This platform can orchestrate the deployment and management of containerized microservices. Microservices development calls for sophisticated patterns, such as health checks, fault tolerance, load balancing, distributed tracing, and remote debugging and development. Because of this, it is essential to adopt technologies and frameworks that support these patterns while also providing a great developer experience.

          This article will discuss some of these patterns and showcase why Quarkus is ideal for Kubernetes-native Java applications.

        • Get started with OpenShift Service Registry | Red Hat Developer

          Red Hat OpenShift Service Registry is a fully hosted and managed service that provides an API and schema registry for microservices. OpenShift Service Registry makes it easy for development teams to publish, discover, and reuse APIs and schemas.

          Well-defined API and schema definitions are essential to delivering robust microservice and event streaming architectures. Development teams can use a registry to manage these artifacts in various formats, including OpenAPI, AsyncAPI, Apache Avro, Protocol Buffers, and more. Data producers and consumers can then use the artifacts to validate and serialize or deserialize data.

          This article gets you started with OpenShift Service Registry. You’ll create a Quarkus-based Java application that uses the registry to manage schemas for data sent through topics in an Apache Kafka cluster. The tutorial should take less than 30 minutes, and involves the following steps…

        • Red Hat Software Collections 3.8 and Red Hat Developer Toolset 11 now in beta | Red Hat Developer

          The latest versions of Red Hat Software Collections and Red Hat Developer Toolset for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 are available now in beta. Red Hat Software Collections 3.8 delivers the latest stable versions of many popular open source runtime languages, web servers, and databases natively to Red Hat Enterprise Linux, the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform. These components are supported for up to five years, helping to enable a more consistent, efficient, and reliable developer experience.

        • Red Hat OpenShift and data-centric infrastructure initiatives in IOWN Global Forum

          Open5G conference was held on October 6th. NTT(Masahisa Kawashima, VP of IOWN development office and IOWN GF Technology working group chair) and Intel (Clara Li, Senior Principal Engineer and IOWN GF Technical Steering committee chair) participated the spotlight session titled Data-Centric Infrastructure initiatives and discussed future disaggregated heterogeneous computing with Red Hat (Chris Wright, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer).

          NTT and Intel are two of the founders, along with Sony, of the Innovative Optical and Wireless Network Global Forum (IOWN GF). Since its inception the global forum community has grown to over 70 members, including Red Hat, DELL, Orange, Ericsson, Nokia and many others.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • RAK introduces Raspberry Pi RP2040 based LoRaWAN core, more Wisblock modules – CNX Software

        RAKwireless has just launched the RAK11310 WisBlock LPWAN Module with Raspberry Pi RP2040 MCU and LoRaWAN connectivity, as announced after launching 14 new WisBlock modules for IoT prototyping last July.

        The RAK11310 module was introduced as part of the “Just Track It RAK Autumn Launch 2021” event together with the smallest WisBlock Base Board so far, as well as 11 new Wisblock modules which bring the total to 47 modules.

      • IBASE launches 3.5-inch SBC with AMD Ryzen Embedded V2000 processor – CNX Software

        We’ve covered plenty of AMD Ryzen Embedded V2000 SBCs in the past, but it appears IBASE IB952 might be the first 3.5-inch SBC with a Ryzen V2000 processor for the industrial and IoT markets.

        The board supports up to 64GB RAM, offers two SATA III ports for storage, dual Gigabit Ethernet networking, four display outputs with DisplayPort, eDP and LVDS interfaces, USB and serial ports, as well as expansion through two M.2 sockets.

      • M5Stack UnitV2 AI module gets USB camera and M12 camera versions

        M5Stack UnitV2 is an ultra-compact Linux AI camera powered on Sigmastar SSD202D SoC with a dual-core Cortex-A7 processor @ 1.2 GHz, and 128MB on-chip DDR3 that was launched in April 2021 with a Full HD camera featuring a 68° field-of-view.

        M5Stack has now introduced two new models, one called M5Stack UnitV2 USB without any camera at all, instead relying on an external USB UVC camera, and the other named M5Stack UnitV2 M12 equipped with an M12 socket and shipping with both a normal focal length camera with an 85° FoV and wide-angle focal length with a 150° FoV.

      • Open Hardware/Modding

        • Raspberry Pi Weekly Issue #372 – Meet raspberrypi.com

          We missed you the last couple of weeks so it’s a bumper issue today. Our big news is the launch of raspberrypi.com: we have a super new website where we hope you’ll find it easy to get to all you need to know about Raspberry Pi computers and our other products. Continue to find free resources, coding clubs, and educational support from the Raspberry Pi Foundation at raspberrypi.org.

        • Arduino Becomes Superhet With A Little Help From Friends | Hackaday

          A radio receiver is always a fun project. [Jayakody2000lk] decided that his new superheterodyne design would use an Arduino and it looks like it came out very nicely. The system has four boards. An off-the-shelf Arduino, a Si5351 clock generator board (also off-the-shelf), and two custom boards that contain the IF amplifier and mixer.

          The receiver started out in 2015 without the Arduino, and there’s a link in the post to that original design. Using the Si5351 and the Arduino replaces the original local oscillator and their have been other improvements, as well. You can see a video about the receiver below.

          Tuning is by a rotary encoder and the current software lets you tune from about 4.75 MHz to a little over 15.8 MHz. Of course, you could change to any frequency the Si5351 can handle as long as the mixer and other components can handle it. The IF frequency is the usual 455 kHz.

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Top 10 Open-source Zapier/IFTTT alternatives

        Many question in the automation world comes, the most question that comes up a lot more than any question is which tool should I use to automate my processes?

        The answer depends on what you are trying to do? But in general IFTTT is more for personal stuff and Zapier is more for business.

        With IFTTT, we have got the Alexa devices, speakers, and light bulbs fully automated.

        However, Zapier’s helps you to connect your apps and automate workflows and data exchange among these apps. As an example, automate your posts to Twitter and Facebook or even automate your Instagram process (posts, likes, comments).

      • SageMath: free open-source mathematic software

        SageMath is a free open-source mathematic software for mathematicians, data scientists and statisticians.

        It is built on top of many mathematic python packages.

        SageMath features include animated graphs, interactive plots, portable version that works directly from USB stick, interactive Python interface, notebook, rich documentation and more.

        SageMath is an ideal solution for education as it aims for high-level student.

        SageMath is faster than other open-source software doing the same calculations, like Mathematica 7.

        It is proven to be faster by 32% on Linux (Intel 32bit), and 40% faster on macOS. You can read more about this in SageMath benchmarks.

      • Funding

        • Godot Engine – Please help us reach our second Patreon goal so we can hire karroffel part-time!

          Edit: When this post was written we were slightly below our second goal of $4,500 – thanks to a soon-to-be-announced Platinum sponsor, we already reached this second goal and are well on our way to the third one! More infos on our plans for this third goal soon.


          The few experienced developers in these areas are working for big companies and under strict contracts, non competes and NDAs, so it’s very difficult for them to lend a hand even if they wanted.

      • FSFE

        • Translators team: Reaching more people in their native language

          Since the founding of the organisation in 2001 the FSFE’s translators team has been an important part of the FSFE. The translations made by the translators team have enabled people all across Europe to learn and read about software freedom and the FSFE’s mission to empower users to control technology. Translations from English to another language enable people who are not fluent in English to read, learn, and participate in Free Software. Without the help of our translators team, this would not have been possible.

          For the last 20 years the FSFE’s translators team has been working on translating the FSFE’s statements, news items, activities, campaigns, and background information. The first translation for our website, which is today no longer available on the website, was made in 2001 by translating the “Volunteers welcome” text to French. Later the “Volunteers welcome” text became our contribute page. In 2004, with the move from gnu.org to our own infrastructure, the then translation coordinator, Reinhard Müller, launched the first general information page about the translators team and the translation process. Since then a lot has happened.

      • Programming/Development

        • Qt Sensors in Qt 6.2

          The Qt Sensors module provides access to sensor devices such as accelerometer and gyroscope. The logical architecture separates the concrete sensor types (“accelerometer”) from the platforms providing them (“Android”). This is illustrated by the Figure below:

        • Clean up your Git repository with this Linux tool | Enable Sysadmin

          Git is an amazing tool for tracking all your changes and reverting them if necessary. While Git is perfect, people are not. So, if you send something by mistake to your repo, like a build file, temporary folder, your cache, and so forth, Git will store it because it can’t predict when you make mistakes.

          You can, of course, remove files with the git rm command. Git will remove the file but keep it available in case you need it later. However, if you do this often enough, you end up with what I call a bloated Git repository. It isn’t enough to clean up your repo; you also need to remove sensitive files that you could accidentally send to someone.

  • Leftovers

    • Hardware

      • Tiny Winged Circuits Fall With Style | Hackaday

        Researchers at Northwestern University is moving the goalposts on how small you can make a tiny flying object down to 0.5 mm, effectively creating flying microchips. Although “falling with style” is probably a more accurate description.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Security

          • TuxCare launches open source database live patching | ZDNet

            Patching database software is often a real pain-in-the-rump. The reason? Easy. When you need to patch one, it almost always requires a reboot. That takes time, sometimes a lot of time. So, so matter when you time it, your users will not be happy. Now TuxCare has an answer: DatabaseCare. This live patching service for the most popular open-source enterprise-grade databases, MySQL, MariaDB, and PostgreSQL enables you to patch database management systems (DBMS) with no downtime.

          • Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt/Fear-mongering/Dramatisation

            • FontOnLake malware strikes Linux systems in targeted attacks [Ed: ZDNet joins the anti-Linux FUD attack of ESET]

              According to researchers from cybersecurity firm ESET, the malware, named FontOnLake, appears to be well-designed and while under active development already includes remote access options, credential theft features, and is able to initialize proxy servers.

              FontOnLake samples first appeared on VirusTotal in May 2020 but the command-and-control (C2) servers linked to these files are disabled, which the researchers say may be due to the uploads.

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • Your DNA is already compromised. – Invidious
            • European Parliament backs ban on remote biometric surveillance – TechCrunch

              To respect “privacy and human dignity,” MEPs said that EU lawmakers should pass a permanent ban on the automated recognition of individuals in public spaces, saying citizens should only be monitored when suspected of a crime.

              The parliament has also called for a ban on the use of private facial recognition databases — such as the controversial AI system created by U.S. startup Clearview (also already in use by some police forces in Europe) — and said predictive policing based on behavioural data should also be outlawed.

              MEPs also want to ban social scoring systems which seek to rate the trustworthiness of citizens based on their behaviour or personality.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • YouTube is still showing propagandist ads featuring detained Belarusians

        In a recent YouTube video ad, a man named Sergei Dalivelia sits on a wooden chair, his hands tied behind his back. He looks straight to camera and, in a shaky voice, apologizes for criticizing the government of Belarus and President Alexander Lukashenko. “I posted offensive comments online,” he said. “I very much regret this. I regret that I wrote this without thinking.” Clicking on the ad took the viewer to a pro-government Telegram channel titled Zheltye Slivy.

Bug Tracking, Issue/Request Trackers, and Development/Collaboration (e.g. Git) Over Gemini Protocol

Posted in Free/Libre Software, Site News at 8:09 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum f5fa92a17e57f56dc310a916bdf59fc7

Summary: Gemini protocol (gemini://) is very suitable for collaborative work; here in Techrights we already make extensive use of Gemini, even for internal work, as the video above explains

THE growth of Git has been phenomenal. In just a few years it overtook svn (Apache Subversion), which I still used about a decade ago after CVS had been left way behind (almost nobody used it anymore, so my knowledge of that became obsolete; last release was 13 years ago). But in the age of Mantis and Bugzilla a lot of developers turn to the Web (as in World Wide Web and Web browsers) for bug tracking, putting aside atrocious traps (Microsoft vendor lock-in) such as GitHub “issues”, among other bits of proprietary lock-in. The main issue is GitHub Issues, among other capitalised stuff that seeks to replace Git (new terminology and trademarks, even “PRs”… or “MRs” as GitLab calls them). Don’t allow them to do it… their vision is truly malicious as we noted yesterday. All those bloated frameworks, which tend to include proprietary JavaScript and unnecessary complexity (e.g. GitLab and JIRA) aren’t truly needed for most projects. At the same time, the command line is typically insufficient, as browsing interconnected pages can help navigation and orientation. Gemini/GemText would be versatile enough for almost anything; no need for Web browsers that use up 100-200MB of RAM for just one open tab. We should note that although GitLab advertises itself as an “open” (or “free” or “libre”) alternative to GitHub, the FSF has curtailed plans to rebuild Savannah based on it. Richard Stallman is increasingly unhappy about the direction GitLab has taken, both for technical reasons and for licensing reasons (it’s dual licensed, i.e. partly proprietary, but they give some projects a ‘free’ ride for promotional purposes, never mind that growing requirement/strict necessity for JavaScript sent from the server to the client). For a lot of people, Git has become a bloated mess of frameworks — consistent with what has been happening to GNU/Linux and Web browsers. It’s difficult to study what’s going on where there are so many moving parts, including ones that you cannot control/access, e.g. CDNs such as ClownFlare instead of local caching with Varnish.

“Richard Stallman is increasingly unhappy about the direction GitLab has taken, both for technical reasons and for licensing reasons (it’s dual licensed, i.e. partly proprietary, but they give some projects a ‘free’ ride for promotional purposes, never mind that growing requirement/strict necessity for JavaScript sent from the server to the client).”In the summer we started a transition to our custom-made Gemini interface/s for Git. It’s all publicly available right now under the terms of the AGPLv3. As it turns out, based on this message from today, there’s also work on bug tracking over Gemini. Remember that it’s possible to submit user input into Gemini capsules (it’s not sophisticated but it generally works), so prototypes for online chat over Gemini have already been implemented athough without UNIX/POSIX streams it is more suitable for non-interactive mode (not real-time, either). “I find using GitLab horrificly [sic] expedient,” Jonathan McHugh wrote this morning, and “it would be nice to not be dependent on it. I am currently working on creating a GemText based issue tracker, leveraging git repos and a simplified directory structure.”

We spent some time earlier this year studying Gitea, GitLab and other Web interfaces; they’re all very bloated with far too many dependencies (even databases!), which render them a potential maintenance nightmare for relatively small projects.

“If you are a software developer and you pursue self-hosting (akin to self-determination), Gemini is a useful skill to have. It scales well and it’s easy to configure/setup and then maintain.”As noted in the video above, more geeks and coders now realise that project documentation and other aspects of development are better off managed over Gemini. It’s just a matter of studying the protocols and reusing available code. gemini:// is very simple for transport and GemText is so simple that you can teach young children how to use it, as mentioned in the video.

GemText reduces the potential of security breaches (Apache has made headlines again for security concerns) and it’s easier to diagnose, knowing there’s no CSS or JavaScript embedded anywhere. It’s just the Web (re)done correctly, with a modernised and enhanced set of features previously found in Gopher (a bit of a prototype in this context).

If you are a software developer and you pursue self-hosting (akin to self-determination), Gemini is a useful skill to have. It scales well and it’s easy to configure/setup and then maintain. This year alone the number of Gemini capsules rose sharply; it will have quadrupled by some estimates. That’s exponential growth.

Links 11/10/2021: Pyabr OS Reviewed and Tor Browser 10.5.9

Posted in News Roundup at 4:44 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • 9to5Linux Weekly Roundup: October 10th, 2021

      This has been a really great week for Linux releases, starting with the Mozilla Firefox 93 web browser and continuing with the Debian GNU/Linux 11.1 “Bullseye” distribution. Also out this week were new maintenance updates for the KDE Gear and KDE Frameworks software suites for users of the Plasma desktop.

      On top of that, the upcoming GNOME 42 desktop environment got a release date, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.5 entered beta testing, MX Linux 21 is getting ready for a final release, and users of old Mozilla Thunderbird versions can now finally upgrade to the 91 series via OTA updates.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Linux Action News 210

        Apple M1 Linux development reaches a key milestone and boots a useable desktop; Ubuntu reveals a new product, and the secret SUSE project that leaked this week.

        Plus, the essential RISC-V code landing in the Linux kernel.

      • Josh Bressers: Episode 292 – Apache RCE and Twitch epic pwn

        Josh and Kurt talk about the recent Twitch hack and how in the modern age leaking source code almost certainly doesn’t matter. The leaked data however is a big deal. We also discuss a recent Apache httpd update. Some things went right, some things went wrong. Dealing with vulnerabilities is hard.

    • Kernel Space

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Worst Case

        Suppose you’re running your organization’s crucial apps in the cloud. Specifically, suppose you’re running them them on AWS, and in particular in the “us-east-1” region? Could us-east-1 go away? What might you do about it? Let’s catastrophize!

      • Setting up IPv6 on a Linux Router

        It’s fairly straightforward to build your own router, and there are a number of tutorials for setting up IPv4 forwarding and NAT rules on Linux1. However, IPv6 is a bit more complicated. There are many BSD and Linux based operating systems like pfSense and OpenWRT, which have web management tools to make setting up IPv6 straight forward. However, if you like to run your own custom Linux distribution on your home router and control everything from the command line, this tutorial will take you through configuring dhcpcd, dnsmasq, unbound, iptables and ip6tables for full IPv6 support on your local network.

      • Why is it important to have a public IP address?

        Among the changes, it also seems that now Mauritius Telecom is putting every subscriber modem behind a NAT. To keep this part simple, let’s say that normally when your home modem receives a public IP address it is connected directly to the Internet and thus is directly reachable to. Being behind a NAT means that the IP address is on the ISP’s end and your modem only has a private address on the ISP’s network. Therefore, your home modem is not directly reachable. Should you wish to run a server which needs to be accessible from the Internet, you cannot.

      • Archiving 24 years of personal email

        I belabour all of this, to share that phrase with five words. This afternoon I’ve been bulk importing all my mail into a clean new Thunderbird profile and exporting them as eml files. I’ll throw this onto my OpenZFS data backup pool, in case I ever want to search them. That’s the great thing about glorified text files and HTML email, the latter of which I still resent having been introduced, and not just because it made using software like the console Alpine email client untenable. But I digest.

      • We’ve migrated from Yubikey 2FA to the university’s MFA

        We have a sensitive host that absolutely has to be protected with multi-factor authentication. When we first set it up in late 2016, the second factor we chose was touch-required SSH keys held on Yubikeys. Recently, we have been switching this host over to the university’s institutional multi-factor authentication. The university’s MFA uses Duo, so our sensitive host is set up to use Duo’s PAM module.

      • Full WireGuard setup with OpenBSD

        We want all our network traffic to go through a WireGuard VPN tunnel automatically, both WireGuard client and server are running OpenBSD, how to do that? While I thought it was simple at first, it soon became clear that the “default” part of the problem was not easy to solve, fortunately there are solutions.

        This guide should work from OpenBSD 6.9.

      • How to change a hostname in Linux | Opensource.com

        To change your hostname on a Linux computer, use the hostnamectl command.

      • What is a hostname? | Opensource.com

        Computers have network addresses, but they’re usually difficult for humans to remember. Hostnames are labels intended to help humans refer to a specific computer. Instead of navigating to 192..168.1.4, for instance, you might navigate to  linuxlaptop or linuxlaptop.local.

      • File Searching on Linux Mint

        This simple tutorial explains how to search files and folders on Linux Mint. Mint is a very popular and easy to use computer operating system from GNU/Linux family based on Ubuntu Desktop. This covers its three editions namely Mint Cinnamon, XFCE, and MATE so pick the one suitable to yours. Let’s search!

      • How to install Rancher on CentOS 8 – Unixcop

        Rancher is a complete software stack for teams adopting containers. It addresses the operational and security challenges of managing multiple Kubernetes clusters, while providing DevOps teams with integrated tools for running containerized workloads.

      • How to Install or Enable Cockpit on Rocky Linux 8 – LinuxCapable

        Cockpit is a free remote server manager that is lightweight and easy to use for GNU/Linux servers. Cockpit is a web-based graphical interface for servers intended for people new to Linux to the experts such as sysadmins. Cockpit makes Linux discoverable, allowing anyone using the software to perform tasks such as start containers, administer storage, configure networks, and inspect logs.

      • difference between podman and docker. – Unixcop

        Podman is an OCI container compatible container engine that is also part of RedHat Linux, but can also be installed on other Linux distributions.

        As it’s OCI-compliant, Podman can be used as a drop-in replacement for the better-known Docker runtime. Most Docker commands can be directly translated to Podman commands.

      • Fix Problem “Failed to set locale, defaulting to C.UTF-8 ” in CentOS 8 /RHEL 8 – Unixcop

        This article describes how to fix this warning “Failed to set locale, defaulting to C.UTF-8” in CentOS 8 /RHEL 8 .

      • How to Rsync Files Between Two Linux Servers Automatically

        Setting up a backup server to take over a primary server’s operations when it becomes a victim of server downtime issues is a skill set that most Linux users and all Linux administrators need to master. It saves you from having to worry about the “what if” scenarios.

        So during a worst-case scenario where some technicalities or server breach attempts might temporarily or permanently bring your primary server down, you can always rely on the presence of a backup server that is configured to function as a twin server environment of the primary/main server.

      • How to Install Python 3.10 on AlmaLinux 8 – LinuxCapable

        Python is one of the most popular high-level languages, focusing on high-level and object-oriented applications from simple scrips to complex machine learning algorithms. Python 3.10 is the latest release and is not classed as stable compared the Python 3.9, but the final candidate is expected to be completed on the 4th of October 2021.

      • How to Install Foxit PDF Reader on AlmaLinux 8 – LinuxCapable

        Foxit PDF Reader is a free multi-platform PDF reader for Linux, macOS, and Windows. The PDF reader is a small, fast, and feature-rich PDF Reader to view, annotate, form-fill, and sign PDF documents. PDF Reader easily integrates with popular ECMs and cloud storage.

        At the end of the tutorial, you will know how to install Foxit PDF Reader on AlmaLinux 8.

      • How to Install & Configure Apache (httpd) with Let’s Encrypt TLS/SSL on AlmaLinux 8 – LinuxCapable

        Apache, also known as Apache HTTP server, has been one of the most widely used web server applications globally for the past few decades. It is a free and open-source web application software maintained by the Apache Software Foundation. Apache provides some powerful features with dynamically loadable modules, easy integration with other software, and handling of static files, among other popular features.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Apache Web Server on AlmaLinux 8.

      • How To Use Steam Proton To Play Windows Games On Linux?

        There’s no denying the fact that Linux gaming is getting better each day. Thanks to the Proton compatibility layer, which translates DirectX commands on Windows to Vulkan-understandable instructions on Linux, over 16,000 games in the Steam library can be played on Linux.

        Proton is indeed a huge deal for Linux, especially with Valve using the same in its upcoming Steam Deck with Linux. But how exactly can we use Steam Proton to play Windows games on Linux? Read more to find out.

      • How To Install Kodi 19.2 In Ubuntu 20.04 / LinuxMint | Tips On UNIX

        This tutorial will be helpful for beginners to install KODI 19.2 in Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 20.10, Ubuntu 18.04, and LinuxMint 20.2.

        KODI formerly known as XBMC Media center is a free and open-source cross-platform software media player. It is managed by a non-profit XBMC foundation and developed by volunteers around the world.

        It is now officially available for Android, BSD, Linux,macOS, and Windows operating systems. The latest version of KODI is 19.2 and comes with bug fixes and new features.

      • How to Update Fedora Linux to Get Latest Software

        Fedora Linux is a community-driven Linux Distribution maintained by Fedora Project. Fedora brings lots of improvements, bug fixes, security patches, new features very often. So it’s very important to keep all software up-to-date.

        Fedora support package manager such as RPM (DNF), Flatpak, OSTree – default graphical front-ends: GNOME Software.

        In this tutorial, we learn how to update Fedora to get the latest Software. There are two methods to update Fedora: GUI and Terminal.

        Here we are updating packages (installing security patches, kernel updates, and software updates) not upgrading to a new release.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Adriaan de Groot: Unbroken!

          Calamares is a distro- and desktop-agnostic Linux installer. It’s my day job. It is named for squid, in particular battered squid rings from the Mediterranean sea, Calamares. There’s lots of ways to catch squid and octopuses. One way is to use an octopus trap, and in Japan these have a fairly distinctive shape and are called tako tsubo. There is a specific kind of heart spasm that causes the left ventricle to take on the shape of an octopus trap; this is generally Not Good. Here’s a cute illustration from a squid-lover.

        • On Break
    • Distributions

      • Building Tiny Raspberry Pi Linux Images With Buildroot

        GOAL: Build a lightweight, bootable *.img file that you can flash onto a Raspberry Pi SD card. This will be the shortest, fastest Buildroot tutorial you read, and the tutorial is optimized for speed and simplicity. For a deep dive, see the Buildroot manual.

      • Reviews

        • Review: Pyabr OS

          Pyabr OS was one of the latest distributions to be added to the DistroWatch waiting list. The project refers to itself as a “Python Cloud Operating System”, a Linux distribution mostly written in Python. The project, which declares it is developed in Iran with multilingual support, runs on x86_64 computers and 64-bit Raspberry Pi machines.

          The project’s website mentions that Pyabr is a platform written in Python which offers a desktop and applications which can be run on any Linux distribution while Pyabr OS is a Debian-based operating system that runs the Pyabr software. The operating system can reportedly be installed locally or run from live media like a thumb drive. The desktop environment resembles KDE Plasma but is a custom environment called Baran which the project says is written in Python using the Qt framework.

          I was unsure going into this trial how all of this related to cloud computing or services. The term “cloud” gets thrown around on the project’s website, but without a clear indication of how this affects the end user. I decided to give the project a test drive and see if I could find out.

          The Pyabr OS ISO file is a small download of just 447MB. The live system always stalled early in the boot process for 90 seconds while waiting for systemd to sort out its infamous “A start job is running…” warning. After that, the distribution booted quickly and displayed the Baran desktop which does look a lot like KDE Plasma at first glance due to its shared Qt framework and theme.

      • New Releases

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Web Browsers

        • Pop-up from Hell On the growing opacity of web programs

          Some of the quirky things that you could do with JavaScript included creating roll-over effects (making an image change when mouse pointer is over it), creating an animation that follows the cursor as it moves and, of course, annoying the users with all sorts of pop-up windows for both entertaining and advertising purposes. Annoying pop-ups will be the starting point for my blog post, but I’ll be using those to make a more general and interesting point about how programs evolve to become more opaque.

        • [Old] The Shocking Immaturity of JavaScript

          The thing that bothers me is how awful of an experience this is for people with far less experience than me. I’ve been in this industry for over 20 years. However, other people are attempting to get into web development this year. And they’re being told in order to do so they have to learn X, Y, and Z tools…all JavaScript of course. The problem is if they run into major issues—and they do, believe me, they do—they don’t know enough to grasp just how buggy and incomplete the tooling is. Instead, they think they must have just made a mistake, or simply haven’t learned enough yet. The cognitive load required is staggering.

        • Mozilla

          • New Release: Tor Browser 10.5.9

            Tor Browser 10.5.9 is now available from the Tor Browser download page and also from our distribution directory.

            This version is a bugfix for Android.

      • Programming/Development

        • Python

          • FlaskCon by Python enthusiasts

            The Python Mauritius User Group (PyMUG) has been around for quite a while. One of its founding members who has been an active community member has put efforts into orgnising a virtual conference about the Flask micro framework.

  • Leftovers

    • Science

      • The Founder of Sci-Hub Is Absolutely Unrepentant

        As of September, Sci-Hub has officially existed for 10 years — a milestone that came as a lawsuit to determine if the website infringed on copyright laws sits in India’s Delhi High Court. Just a few months prior, Elbakyan tweeted that she was notified of a request from the FBI to access her data from Apple. And before that, the major academic publisher Elsevier was awarded $15 million in damages after the Department of Justice ruled that Sci-Hub broke copyright law in the U.S.

        Department of Justice ruled that Sci-Hub broke copyright law in the U.S. But that ruling can’t seem to touch Sci-Hub. And Elbakyan remains absolutely unrepentant. She advocates for a future in which scientific knowledge is shared freely, and she’s confident that it’s coming.

        Futurism caught up with Elbakyan to hear what’s next. Over email, she explained her vision for the site’s future, her thoughts on copyright law, and more. This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

    • Education

    • Health/Nutrition

      • COVID Vaccination Could Help Us Avoid Disaster Amid Expected Surge in Flu Cases
      • In unprecedented move, Mexico denies permission for new variety of GM corn

        CNA data showed that Cofepris determined that the new seed variety was designed to withstand glyphosate, a herbicide that is the active ingredient in Roundup, which is made by Bayer. Cofepris, which considers the herbicide dangerous, said its rejection was based on a “precautionary principle.”

        Mexico has never allowed the cultivation of GM corn on a commercial scale but has permitted the importation of such varieties for decades. Most imports come from the United States and are mainly used as livestock feed. Before a new variety of GM corn can be imported, Cofepris must authorize it.

      • Senate Democrat says Facebook offers ‘crocodile tears about protecting children’

        The comments came as Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs, appeared on several Sunday shows defending the company following blistering testimony from whistleblower Frances Haugen, a former product manager at the social media platform.

        Haugen had leaked documents to The Wall Street Journal, leading to a series on Facebook alleging the company failed to adequately address anti-COVID-19 rhetoric, knew that Instagram was harmful to its younger users and had conducted research on how to attract tweens to its platforms.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Hide My mailto: Email

          If at any point you start receiving too much spam at that email address, delete it.

        • Security

          • Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt/Fear-mongering/Dramatisation

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • Facebook to introduce features on Instagram that nudge young people to take breaks

              The Menlo Park, Calif.-based Facebook is also planning to introduce new controls for adults on an optional basis so that parents or guardians can supervise what their teens are doing online. These initiatives come after Facebook announced late last month that it was pausing work on its Instagram for Kids project. But critics say the plan lacks details, and they are skeptical that the new features would be effective.

            • Google to give 10K free security keys to ‘high risk’ individuals

              Google will provide 10,000 “high-risk” users with free hardware security keys, after the tech giant warned more than 14,000 Gmail users that they may have been targeted in a state-sponsored phishing campaign.

              In a Twitter thread, Shane Huntley who is director of Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG), said that the group has sent a batch of government-backed security warnings.

            • Instagram to introduce ‘take a break’ feature and ‘nudge’ teens away from harmful content

              Instagram will introduce new measures to nudge teenagers away from harmful content and encourage them to “take a break,” from the platform, Facebook vice president of global affairs Nick Clegg said on Sunday. Clegg made the remarks on CNN’s State of the Union show less than a week after whistleblower Frances Haugen testified before Congress about internal research that showed Instagram can have a negative effect on the mental health of young people.

            • Confidentiality

              • SSH Tunneling Explained

                Although the typical use case of SSH is to access a remote server securely, you can also transfer files, forward local and remote ports, mount remote directories, redirect GUI, or even proxy arbitrary traffic (need I say SSH is awesome?). And this is just a small set of what’s possible with SSH.

                In this post, I’ll cover different tunneling features as supported by OpenSSH, which helps achieve security use cases such as remote web service access without exposing port on the internet, accessing server behind NAT, exposing local port to the internet. OpenSSH is the most widely used open-source SSH server. It comes pre-installed by default with the vast majority of Linux distributions.

              • TLS Certificate Transparency logs let us assess Certificate Authorities

                This matters for more than just a CA popularity count. One of the eternal arguments around either changing the rules for TLS certificates and CAs, or dealing with an issue with a CA, is how many people and TLS certificates will be affected. In the past traditionally there were all sorts of arguments and back and forth numbers and so on (from browsers, from CAs, etc). Today, for many questions we can go out and measure through the CT logs to count at least how many TLS certificates would be affected. How many TLS certificates would be affected is not the same thing as how much traffic or how many people would be affected, of course. But it’s a start, which is more than we used to have to work with in the open.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • The Taliban say they won’t work with the U.S. to contain the Islamic State

        However, Taliban political spokesman Suhail Shaheen told The Associated Press there would be no cooperation with Washington on containing the increasingly active Islamic State group in Afghanistan. IS has taken responsibility for a number of recent attacks, including a suicide bombing Friday that killed 46 minority Shiite Muslims and wounded dozens as they prayed in a mosque in the northern city of Kunduz.

      • UnidosUS severs ties with Facebook

        UnidosUS, formerly known as the National Council of La Raza, said in a statement its decision came “amid revelations on the role that the platform has played in intentionally perpetuating products and policies that harm the Latino community and undermine democratic ideals.”

      • Islamic State Sinks Roots Across Africa

        Islamic State group influence in Africa has grown yearly since 2014, according to a 2021 Sky News report. By 2019, at least 22 African countries had seen suspected IS-linked activity, even if no affiliate was based there. By 2020, eight countries had seen an increase in such violence. Those eight represent West Africa’s Sahel, the current epicenter of Islamic State group violence on the continent, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Mozambique.

      • The CIA’s View of Left Political Parties in Afghanistan, 1948-79

        Cyclone did to Afghanistan what Operation Timber Sycamore has done more recently to Syria: triggered a refugee crisis of millions, reduced developed areas of the country to rubble, killed hundreds of thousands of people, and empowered far-right Islamists. But how strong was a left presence in Afghanistan before Cyclone? Could secular anarchists, communists, and socialists have formed a progressive alliance against hard-line Islamists? This article explores the CIA’s records.

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

      • Philippines’ Nobel Prize winner Ressa says ‘nothing is possible without facts’

        “In less than two years the Philippine government filed 10 arrest warrants against me — it was pretty bleak at different times,” Ressa said.

        Nonetheless, she was defiant in her defence of her battle for freedom of expression and independent journalism.

        “This is the best time to be a journalist,” Ressa said as she smiled. “The times when it’s most dangerous are the times when it’s most important.”

    • Environment

      • What if firms were forced to pay for frying the planet

        Businesses, as a rule, do not like being forced to do anything. They prefer to make voluntary gestures—just enough to keep governments off their backs. Right now they are throwing around promises to cut carbon emissions to “net zero” like confetti, on the grounds that such vows attract investors, employees and customers. It is a step in the right direction. And yet some of those pledges are paper-thin. Of more than 4,200 firms in the G20 club of big economies that have disclosed their climate ambitions, only a fifth have committed to so-called science-based targets that would keep the world on track to meet the Paris agreement’s goal. That requires firms to start slashing emissions within years, not decades. For big emitters this poses an instant threat to profitability. It strains credulity to think that altruism is enough to convince firms to act. Governments will have to apply the thumbscrews.

      • Over 70,000 March in Brussels to Demand Green New Deal, Urgent Climate Action

        Tens of thousands of people marched through the streets of Brussels on Sunday to demand Belgium’s elected leaders and others from around the world finally dispense with proclamations, broken promises, and half-measures and instead “act” on the climate emergency.

        “We need a Belgian Green New Deal and we propose more than 100 concrete solutions to make it happen.”

      • ‘To Change Course of History,’ US Climate Movement Takes Aim at Biden White House

        Organizers for climate justice are making final preparations Sunday ahead of five days of planned actions this week to confront President Joe Biden over the urgent need to declare a climate emergency, ditch fossil fuels, and move swiftly to create a green energy economy that can create millions of new jobs in the process.

        “The fossil fuel industry has brought devastation to our homelands and it’s time that we bring this fight to Biden’s doorstep.”

      • Energy

        • Loopholes Are Exempting Oil and Gas Industry’s Radioactive Waste From Regulation
        • How to Build a Low-tech Solar Panel?

          Before we try to answer this question, it’s important to note that the best low-tech alternative for a high-tech solar panel is often not a low-tech solar panel but direct use of solar energy. That is, putting solar energy to use without converting it to electricity first. For example, a clothesline and a solar thermal water boiler are much more efficient, sustainable, and economical than an electric tumble dryer and a water boiler powered by solar PV panels. Direct use of solar energy can happen with local materials, relatively simple manufacturing technologies, and short supply lines.

          Nevertheless, in this article, I take the question literally: can we build low-tech photovoltaic devices, which convert sunlight into electricity? In a previous article, we have seen that history offers inspiration for building more sustainable wind turbines. Can history also inspire us to make more sustainable solar cells?

      • Overpopulation

        • Opinion | The Hinge of History: A View on Our Future Extinction

          Twelve years ago, during the International Year of Astronomy that marked the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s first use of a telescope, I wrote “The Value of a Pale Blue Dot”—a reflection on how astronomy has revealed a vast universe filled with an unimaginable number of stars, thus shrinking the significance of our sun and our planet. The “pale blue dot” refers to how the Earth appears in a 1990 photograph taken by the Voyager spacecraft as it reached the outer limits of our solar system. The essay suggests that the knowledge gained from astronomy “forces us to acknowledge that our place in the universe is not particularly significant.”

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen could face legal retaliation for revelations

        Facebook has recently taken a harsher tone toward whistleblower Frances Haugen, suggesting that the social network giant could be considering legal retaliation after Haugen went public with internal research that she copied before leaving her job earlier this year.

        U.S. law protects whistleblowers who disclose information about potential misconduct to the government. But that protection doesn’t necessarily cover taking corporate secrets to the media.

        Facebook still has to walk a fine line. The company has to weigh whether suing Haugen, which could dissuade other employees who might otherwise speak out, is worth casting itself as a legal Godzilla willing to stomp on a woman who says she’s just doing the right thing.

        Facebook did not respond to emailed questions.

      • Facebook VP can’t give ‘yes or no answer’ on whether algorithms amplified insurrectionists’ voices

        “Facebook should not get a free pass on choices it makes to prioritize growth and virality and reactiveness over public safety. They shouldn’t get a free pass on that because they’re paying for their profits right now with our safety,” Haugen told the panel.

      • Facebook Is Willing to Open Algorithms to Regulators, Clegg Says

        Facebook’s chief spokesman said the company is willing to subject itself to greater oversight to ensure its algorithms are performing as intended and aren’t harming users.

        Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president for global affairs, defended the company’s business practices against accusations from a whistle-blower that it had put profits ahead of users’ well-being.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Credit-card firms are becoming reluctant regulators of the web

        Websites can always choose not to work with Mastercard. But given that the company handles about 30% of all card payments made outside China, to do so would be costly. Visa, which manages a further 60% of payments, is also taking a firmer line on adult sites. And the trend goes beyond porn. In the shadier corners of the web, and in industries where the law is unclear or out of date, financial firms are finding themselves acting as de facto regulators.

        Since the turn of the century, “payments have become a tool of domestic and international policy,” says Aaron Klein of the Brookings Institution, a think-tank. After the 9/11 attacks of 2001 America introduced new anti-money-laundering rules and more targeted sanctions. This system—a “21st-century precision-guided munition”, as a former head of the CIA called it—obliges financial firms to block payments to the individuals on a list which today runs to 1,604 pages.

    • Freedom of Information/Freedom of the Press

    • Civil Rights/Policing

    • Monopolies

      • Patents

      • Copyrights

        • Megaupload Lawsuits Remain in Limbo After Nearly 10 Years Passed

          Almost ten years after Megaupload was taken down the lawsuits against the site and its founder Kim Dotcom are still pending. The criminal case in the US awaits the outcome of the New Zealand extradition process and two civil cases, filed by the RIAA and MPA, were this week put on hold until April 2022, but they will likely start much later.

        • Supreme Court Denies to Hear Prenda Lawyer’s ‘Piracy Honeypot’ Appeal

          The U.S. Supreme Court has denied to hear the case of Paul Hansmeier, one of the attorneys behind the Prenda law firm, who’s serving a 14-year prison sentence for his involvement in a piracy honeypot scheme. Meanwhile, court records show that Hansmeier’s former colleague John Steele is already making plans for his release.

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