The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XII: The French Connection

Posted in Europe, Patents at 5:48 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. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part IX: More Holes Than Swiss Cheese
  10. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part X: Introducing the Controversial Christian Bock
  11. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XI: “General Bock” – Battistelli’s Swiss Apprentice?
  12. YOU ARE HERE ☞ The French Connection

French INPI
Exploring the role of the French delegation in the adoption of Battistelli’s Vichyite “Strike Regulations”.

Summary: The EPO‘s presidency (led by Frenchmen for nearly 15 years out of the past 18 years; Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos are both French despite their somewhat misleading surnames) is extremely unlikely to even be mildly scrutinised by the French delegates because of a web of nepotism and protectionism

At the 136th meeting of the EPO’s Administrative Council in June 2013, the French delegation was headed by Yves Lapierre who was assisted by his deputy Fabrice Claireau.

Lapierre took over at the helm of the French INPI in August 2010 following Battistelli’s appointment as EPO President.

“From this it would appear that Lapierre did not have much prior experience in “IP” matters before taking over the top job at the INPI.”Before becoming head of the INPI, Lapierre had worked at the French Atomic Energy Commission (Commissariat à l’énergie atomique – CEA). Between 2003 and 2010 he was employed at AREVA, a French multinational group headquartered in Paris and specializing in nuclear power and renewable energy.

From this it would appear that Lapierre did not have much prior experience in “IP” matters before taking over the top job at the INPI. Same as Battistelli for that matter. It seems that he was mostly reliant on the guidance and counsel of his subordinates for the purpose of running the national “IP” office.

Yves Lapierre and Fabrice Claireau
The French representatives: head of delegation Yves Lapierre and his deputy Fabrice Claireau.

In particular, when it came to EPO affairs, Lapierre was more or less dependent on the “advice” provided to him by his deputy Fabrice Claireau.

Claireau was the INPI’s longtime Director of Legal and International Affairs. Of particular significance here is that Claireau had already served in this capacity under Battistelli during the latter’s tenure as head of the INPI between 2004 and 2010.

Fabrice Claireau
Fabrice Claireau served as the INPI’s Director of Legal and International Affairs under Benoît Battistelli from 2004 onwards. Source: INPI Annual Report 2006.

Given Claireau’s key “advisory” role in relation to EPO affairs, it’s hardly surprising that the French delegation under Lapierre gave its unquestioning support to Battistelli and voted in favour of his Vichyite "Strike Regulations" in June 2013.

“Of particular significance here is that Claireau had already served in this capacity under Battistelli during the latter’s tenure as head of the INPI between 2004 and 2010.”Some time later in April 2016 – after the Administrative Council had passed a resolution trying to reign in Battistelli and curb his abusive actions toward EPO staff – Lapierre made a statement to the French press in which he confirmed the official French view that the “reforms” being pursued by Battistelli were necessary and that it was important to implement them.

On that occasion he did manage to express some disquiet about the manner in which these “reforms” were being implemented: «les réformes sont nécessaires, il est important de les mettre en place, mais ce qui m’interroge, c’est la manière».

“Given Claireau’s key “advisory” role in relation to EPO affairs, it’s hardly surprising that the French delegation under Lapierre gave its unquestioning support to Battistelli and voted in favour of his Vichyite “Strike Regulations” in June 2013.”It’s not quite clear what exactly Lapierre intended to convey here, apart from trying to salve his own guilty conscience.

If you are prepared to advocate and rubber-stamp “reforms” which abrogate fundamental rights – which is exactly what Lapierre and his peers on the Administrative Council did in June 2013 – then you are essentially paving the way for abuses of authority and a deleterious social climate. It makes no sense whatsoever to call such measures “necessary” while at the same time purporting to deplore their inevitable consequences.

Lapierre’s term at the head of the French INPI ended when he retired in November 2016.

As for Claireau, he had departed from the INPI sometime earlier, towards the end of 2014.

By a strange “coincidence” Claireau resurfaced shortly afterwards at the EU trademark agency OHIM/EUIPO in Alicante where he was appointed [PDF] as chef-de-cabinet to the agency’s Executive Director, António Campinos. The chef-de-cabinet is responsible for the “cabinet” which assists and advises the Executive Director in the general running of the agency and the implementation of its strategy.

“…it’s difficult to avoid the impression that Claireau received his new position in Alicante as a reward for his services as Battistelli’s faithful “mole” on the French EPO delegation from 2010 onwards.”It’s not clear how exactly Claireau managed to get this job because no vacancy notice can be found. It thus remains unclear whether the position was filled by means of an open competition or whether Claireau was simply parachuted into it by his cronies in the “European IP Network”.

In any event, it’s difficult to avoid the impression that Claireau received his new position in Alicante as a reward for his services as Battistelli’s faithful “mole” on the French EPO delegation from 2010 onwards.

Claireau’s appointment to such a senior position in Alicante indicates that is part of the inner “circle of trust” of the Battistelli-Campinos clique which has come to dominate both the EPO and EUIPO to the detriment of their good governance.

Claireau and Martti Enäjärvi
Claireau (left) with EUIPO “Special Advisor” Martti Enäjärvi (right) at a WIPO Symposium in Krakow (2011).

Claireau’s soujourn in Alicante ended sometime in 2018 when he returned to France to take up a position as legal advisor to the Secrétariat général des affaires européennes (SGAE). His position as Campinos’ chef-de-cabinet in Alicante was “inherited” by his deputy, Niloofar “Nellie” Simon. Simon later joined Campinos at the EPO in Munich as predicted by Techrights in October 2018.

The SGAE where Claireau now works is a French government body under the direction of the Prime Minister. It is responsible for inter-ministerial coordination in European affairs and its function is to ensure the coherence and unity of France’s position in relation to the EU and OECD.

“The SGAE where Claireau now works is a French government body under the direction of the Prime Minister. It is responsible for inter-ministerial coordination in European affairs and its function is to ensure the coherence and unity of France’s position in relation to the EU and OECD.”More recently, Claireau was spotted with Richard Yung, a former Principal Director in the EPO’s International and Legal Affairs Directorate who now heads the French National Anti-Counterfeiting Committee (CNAC).

During the Battistelli era at the EPO, Yung was openly critical of his compatriot’s excesses. More recently, he seems to have become a rather uncritical cheerleader for the French branch of Team UPC.

In May 2021, together with Max Brunner, an official from the French Ministry of Justice, Claireau and Yung conducted an inspection of premises which have been earmarked for the French division of the Unified Patent Court (UPC).

Fabrice Claireau (left) inspecting premises earmarked for the UPC in Paris in the company of Richard Yung (right) and Max Brunner (centre) from the French Ministry of Justice.

That more or less wraps up our look at the French representatives who gave their unqualified endorsement to Battistelli’s Vichyite "Strike Regulations" in June 2013.

“In May 2021, together with Max Brunner, an official from the French Ministry of Justice, Claireau and Yung conducted an inspection of premises which have been earmarked for the French division of the Unified Patent Court (UPC).”As far as Lapierre and Claireau are concerned, one thing which can be said without fear of contradiction is that during their time on the EPO’s Administrative Council neither of them showed any particular concern for their duty of care to EPO staff.

The inimitable duo were more at home rubbing shoulders with high-ranking representatives of French industry such as Yves Carcelle, CEO of Louis Vuitton, which forms part of the luxury goods conglomerate LVMH controlled by the prominent French plutocrat Bernard Arnault.

Claireau (left) and Lapierre (right) posing for a photo-op with Louis Vuitton CEO Yves Carcelle (centre) in 2010.

Before concluding, it is worth noting that the position adopted by the French delegation on the EPO’s Administrative Council is often followed by the representatives from France’s traditional "Club Med" allies, the Iberian nations Spain and Portugal, as well as Italy.

“As far as Lapierre and Claireau are concerned, one thing which can be said without fear of contradiction is that during their time on the EPO’s Administrative Council neither of them showed any particular concern for their duty of care to EPO staff.”In the case of Battistelli’s “Strike Regulations”, Spain and Portugal followed the lead give by France and voted in favour. However, as we shall see in due course, Italy decided to withhold its support by abstaining.

In the upcoming parts we will take a look at the Spanish and Portuguese delegations and we will return to the Italian delegation in a later part of the series.

[Meme] Another Maladministration Meeting Comes to an End

Posted in Europe, Patents at 4:41 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Virtual ‘oversight’

Lisa Block Tower: EPO Oversight, EPO Out of Sight

Summary: Did the EPO‘s overseeing body properly tackle Benoît Battistelli‘s illegal acts, authorised by that very same overseeing body? Don’t hold your breath as António Campinos continues to crack down on staff (maybe ILOAT will rule on it in 2030)

Links 14/10/2021: LibreOffice 7.2.2, Happy Birthday to Jolla, Ubuntu 21.10, Devuan GNU+Linux 4.0, OpenBSD 7.0

Posted in News Roundup at 4:22 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

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    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • Graphics Stack

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    • Benchmarks

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    • Instructionals/Technical

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        You can use several specific commands to pull CPU information from your hardware, regardless of whether you use bare metal or virtualized hardware. These commands should work on any Linux distribution and should come preinstalled on your systems.

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        Ventoy will automatically create entries for the newly added ISOs and add them to the boot menu.

        Once you created the multiboot USB, boot your system with the USB drive, select the ISO you want to load and start using it.

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        In this tutorial, we will demonstrate how to install the Chromium browser on the Debian 11 bullseye distribution. The instructions for installing the Chromium browser will also work for other Linux distributions such as Debian 10 buster, Ubuntu, LinuxMint, and others.

      • How to install Chromium Browser on Debian 11 (Bullseye) – VITUX

        First of all, we need to know what is the openfire which is one of Ignite open Realtime projects.

        Open Realtime:

        So Ignite Realtime is the community site for the users and developers of Jive Software’s open source Real Time Communications projects.Your involvement is helping to change the open RTC landscape.

      • How to install Ubuntu 21.10 – Invidious

        In this video, I am going to show how to install Ubuntu 21.10.

      • How to manage users and groups in Linux | Enable Sysadmin

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        The commands below are written for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and RHEL-like distributions, but the concepts apply to any distribution of Linux. Knowing the skills and commands outlined in this article (and its two follow-up pieces, which dive deeper into user admin and group admin) helps ensure you’re ready for the day-to-day user and group administration tasks a sysadmin is called on to do.

      • How to use PS command – Unixcop

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      • File timestamps in Linux – atime, mtime and ctime

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        This article will help you understand Linux file timestamps and how file timestamps work. I have used for all the examples in this article an Ubuntu 20.04 system. Let’s first discuss the definition and how we can display it in our Linux system.

      • How to Upgrade to KDE Plasma 5.23 from 5.22

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    • Games

      • Proton Experimental fixes up Satisfactory networking making it easier to join others | GamingOnLinux

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      • Lutris 0.5.9 Released for Easier Access to Linux Games – itsfoss.net

        After almost a year of development , the gaming platform has Lutris 0.5.9 been released , providing tools to simplify the installation, configuration and management of games on Linux. The project code is written in Python and is distributed under the GPLv3 license.

        The project maintains a directory for quickly finding and installing game applications, which allows you to launch games in Linux with one click through a single interface, without worrying about installing dependencies and settings. Runtime components for running games are supplied by the project and are not tied to the distribution kit used. Runtime is a distribution-independent set of libraries that includes components from SteamOS and Ubuntu, as well as various additional libraries.

        Provides the ability to install games distributed through the services GOG, Steam, Epic Games Store, Battle.net, Origin and Uplay. At the same time, Lutris itself acts only as an intermediary and does not sell games, therefore, for commercial games, the user must independently purchase the game in the appropriate service (free games can be launched with one click from the Lutris graphical interface).

      • Hacking tactical narrative-driven RPG Midnight Protocol is out now | GamingOnLinux

        Developed by LuGus Studios who are known for Liftoff: FPV Drone Racing, Midnight Protocol is all about becoming a hacker who recently got doxxed and has been targeted for blackmail by a shadowy branch of government.

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      • Interplay updating many classic titles on Steam to add support for Linux

        Interplay Entertainment announced today they’re updating many of their classic titles to support Linux. A lot of it of course is thanks to the excellent free and open source DOSBox, which allows thousands of classic to play on modern systems without much hassle.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • KDE Plasma 5.23 Release Brings a Fresh Look with Performance Updates

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        • KDE celebrates 25 years with a big new Plasma desktop release

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          For this release a big user-facing change is the new Breeze — Blue Ocean theme that has an aim to make everything much more clear. Lots of little enhancements like active elements lighting up when a window gets focus, scrollbars are bigger and more accessible but redesigned to still look good. There’s some more “glossiness and style to the desktop” with lots of subtle added details. You can also choose accent colours now in the system settings (for highlighted items), allowing you to adjust it without switching your theme.

        • KDE Plasma 5.23 Released In Marking 25 Years Of KDE

          KDE Plasma 5.23 is officially out this morning as the newest major open-source desktop release and is known now as the KDE 25th Anniversary Edition.

          The KDE community is celebrating the 25th birthday of what started as the “Kool Desktop Environment” and they now have this new Plasma release that is in very good shape to mark the occasion. KDE Plasma 5.23 / 25th Anniversary Edition is very exciting with countless improvements, much better Wayland support that is good enough for day-to-day use for most individuals, and a number of other noticeable refinements throughout.

        • Plasma – 25th Anniversary Edition

          25 years ago today, Matthias Ettrich sent an email to the de.comp.os.linux.misc newsgroup explaining a project he was working on. The latest and direct result of that email (plus a quarter of a century of relentless experimentation, development and innovation) has just landed in KDE’s repositories.

          This time around, Plasma renews its looks and, not only do you get a new wallpaper, but also a gust of fresh air from an updated theme: Breeze – Blue Ocean. The new Breeze theme makes KDE apps and tools not only more attractive, but also easier to use both on the desktop and your phone and tablet.

          Of course, looks are not the only you can expect from Plasma 25AE: extra speed, increased reliability and new features have also found their way into the app launcher, the software manager, the Wayland implementation, and most other Plasma tools and utilities.

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    • Distributions

      • New Releases

        • KaOS 2021.10

          Today KDE is celebrating its 25th anniversary, to commemorate that event, KaOS is releasing the 2021.10 ISO, including the latest Plasma 5.23.0.

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        • KaOS 2021.10 Is Here as One of the First Linux Distros to Ship with KDE Plasma 5.23 Desktop

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      • BSD

        • OpenBSD 7.0

          This is a partial list of new features and systems included in OpenBSD 7.0. For a comprehensive list, see the changelog leading to 7.0.

        • OpenBSD 7.0 Released With RISC-V 64-bit Port, Better Apple Silicon Support

          Not only is Ubuntu 21.10 releasing today but over on the BSD side of the table is the debut this morning of OpenBSD 7.0.

          OpenBSD 7.0 brings many improvements to this security-minded BSD operating system. Some of the many OpenBSD 7.0 changes include:

          - RISC-V 64-bit system support with the initial “riscv64″ platform added.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Red Hat Shares ― Special edition: Red Hat Summit 2021 Virtual Experience recap

          After a successful first run as a virtual event last year, Red Hat Summit Virtual Experience garnered more than 43,712* session views globally in 2021. Spread out over a couple of two-day events in April and June, this year’s Summit was all about offering attendees a way to “open your perspective.”

          The two-part event included 177 keynotes, breakouts, demos, and featured sessions, and 76 “Ask the Experts” sessions—all of which are available on demand for one year after their air dates. We also had five special guests—actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Kumail Nanjiani, musicians Ben Folds and Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, and philanthropist Mick Ebeling—the Open Source Arcade, the #RHSummit photo maker, the “Code is open” challenge, the Open Neighborhood digital expo hall, and lots of news. And it wouldn’t be Red Hat Summit without a ton of Red Hat swag available from the Cool Stuff Store.

          In this special edition of Red Hat Shares, check out highlights from the virtual event, including featured keynotes, the top 10 sessions, our Red Hat Innovation Awards winners, and more.

        • AlmaLinux Foundation chair says he stepped down to highlight value of community status

          Igor Seletskiy, the founder of the AlmaLinux distro created in December 2020 as an alternative to CentOS, has explained that he stepped down as chair of the AlmaLinux Foundation in an effort to strengthen its community status – though his company still dominates the board.

          AlmaLinux is one of several distros to have sprung up, or demanded renewed attention, in the aftermath of Red Hat’s decision to make CentOS a late preview of what will become Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) rather than a binary-compatible rebuild. Other contenders include Rocky Linux, founded by an original co-founder of CentOS, and Oracle Linux. AlmaLinux originated as a project of CloudLinux, a company and commercial distro which already tracked RHEL, and of which Seletskiy is CEO.

        • Embracing open culture: Fostering innovation and resilience through organizational change

          The increasing popularity of hybrid work arrangements has many organizations looking for new organizational and cultural strategies.

          On top of this, the ability to quickly adapt and innovate is increasingly critical to many organizations’ survival, but innovation is unpredictable and something you can neither plan for nor control.

          So what are leaders to do? How can you help new hybrid teams work together productively? How can you retain existing talent and attract new people to your organization? How can you encourage more rapid innovations and harness them more effectively?

          By deliberately reshaping your organizational culture to a more open model, you can create the conditions that enable more effective hybrid teams and increase individual engagement while also encouraging innovation, flexibility and growth.

        • Emotional intelligence: 6 powerful phrases of future CIOs | The Enterprisers Project

          The events of the last year and a half have proven how essential emotional intelligence is for CIOs leading their technology organizations through challenging times. “The requirements to lead through complexity and ambiguity, while using more influence rather than formal roles of position and authority, continue to grow,” says Noelle Akins, leadership coach and founder of Akins & Associates. High-EQ leadership is no longer an option; it’s mandatory for success.

          Emotional intelligence is evidenced in the way individuals behave and – just as importantly – the way they speak. “Quite simply, words matter,” says Patrick Malone, director of American University’s Key Executive Leadership Programs and author of “Leading with Love and Laughter: Letting Go and Getting Real at Work.” “The way we communicate is the most impactful tool for building trust and bonds with our colleagues.”

          Earlier this year, we shared some simple yet effective phrases that CIOs and IT leaders use to practice and demonstrate their emotional intelligence. “A key aspect of emotional intelligence is relationship management,” says Dr. Sunni Lampasso, consulting psychologist, executive coach, and founder of Shaping Success. “The ability to communicate clearly and openly helps to establish credibility and build trust.”

      • Devuan Family

        • Devuan 4 Chimaera Release Notes
        • Devuan 4.0 (Chimaera) released
          Devuan Developers are pleased to announce the release of Devuan Chimaera
          4.0 as the project's newest stable release. This is the result of lots of
          painstaking work by the team and extensive testing by the wider Devuan
          We wish to thank all of you for the incredible support given to Devuan.
          Without your help and feedback, Devuan could not be the reliable and
          versatile distribution that it is.
        • Devuan GNU+Linux 4.0 “Chimaera” Released for Software Freedom Lovers, Based on Debian Bullseye

          Dubbed “Chimaera” and based on the recently released Debian GNU/Linux 11.1 “Bullseye”, Devuan GNU+Linux 4.0 comes with Linux kernel 5.10 LTS by default and a choice of three init systems, including sysvinit, runit, and OpenRC.

          Devuan is the GNU/Linux distribution you must download and use if you want to have a Debian GNU/Linux operating system installation without the systemd init system. Devuan is here for software freedom lovers!

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Ubuntu Linux 21.10 arrives, bringing developer-focused features and GNOME 40

          Ubuntu is one of the most popular desktop Linux distributions, and it serves as the base for countless other desktop operating systems, like Linux Mint and Elementary OS. There are two major releases of Ubuntu each year, and right on schedule, Ubuntu 21.10 “Impish Indri” has just been released. The last major Ubuntu release was 21.04, dubbed “Hirsute Hippo”.

          Ubuntu 21.10 is not a Long-Term Support (LTS) release, so it will only be updated for the next nine months. If you don’t want to upgrade regularly or prefer stability over new features, Ubuntu 20.04 is the current LTS release and will receive updates until April 2025. Impish Indri is the final interim release before the next LTS release, scheduled for April 2022. Developers can use Ubuntu 21.10 to future-proof their work for the next LTS, which will be supported until at least 2032.

          “As open source becomes the new default, we aim to bring Ubuntu to all the corners of the enterprise and all the places developers want to innovate,” said Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth. “From the biggest public clouds to the tiniest devices, from DGX servers to Windows WSL workstations, open source is the springboard for new ideas and Ubuntu makes that springboard safe, secure and consistent.”

        • Ubuntu 21.10 Arrives With a Customized GNOME 40 Desktop

          There’s a lot of new stuff in Ubuntu 21.10, and our Linux expert Dave McKay broke it all down in a post explaining what’s new in Impish Indri. The prominent feature that stands out is the customized GNOME 40 desktop, but there’s a lot to be intrigued by.

          With Ubuntu 21.10’s version of GNOME 40, instead of seeing the Activities View when you log in, you’ll see your usual desktop, just like previous versions of Ubuntu, which should create a more comfortable experience.

          Of course, you can still access the Activities View, which is a critical part of the GNOME 40 experience.

        • Ubuntu 21.10 wants to mae cloud-native app development easier for all | TechRadar

          Canonical, the corporate sponsor of the popular Ubuntu distribution, has announced the launch of their latest Ubuntu 21.10, which they claim is “made for Ubuntu developers.”

          Code name Impish Indri, Canonical hails Ubuntu 21.10 as the most productive environment for cloud-native developers.

          “From the biggest public clouds to the tiniest devices, from DGX servers to Windows WSL workstations, open source is the springboard for new ideas and Ubuntu makes that springboard safe, secure and consistent,” remarked Canonical’s CEO, Mark Shuttleworth.

        • Canonical releases Ubuntu 21.10 with kernel 5.13 and GNOME 40 – Neowin

          Canonical has announced the release of Ubuntu 21.10 Impish Indri with plenty of big changes namely the Linux 5.13 kernel and GNOME 40. This update also fixes a really annoying Firefox issue, in previous Ubuntu releases it took days for Firefox to receive the latest updates but now the browser is packaged as a snap managed directly by Mozilla and Canonical so it’ll be updated quickly.

          The new Linux 5.13 kernel introduces support for more hardware. Notable in this update is support for newer Intel and AMD chips such as Intel Alder Lake S or AMD Aldebaran, support for Microsoft Surface devices has been improved and rudimentary support for Apple M1 is available. If you had hardware issues with Ubuntu in the past, trying Ubuntu 21.10 may see your issue resolved.

        • Canonical unveils Ubuntu 21.10

          Ubuntu 21.10 adds GCC 11, PHP 8, Gnome 40, WSLg, and a range of Ubuntu Docker container images, according to Rob Gibbon, product manager at Canonical. Additionally, “there’s Apache Cassandra, packaged both as a Docker container image and as a snap, giving DataOps teams a new option for building and running data-intensive Cassandra clusters.”

          Another feature is the new GCC 11, which Canonical called the de facto C/C++ compiler. Improved static code analysis capabilities have been added to automatically detect vulnerabilities and help developers gain better code security insights earlier in the development cycle, the company said.

        • Ubuntu 21.10 wants to make cloud-native app development easier for all
        • Ubuntu 21.10 is Available Now! Finally Brings the Much Awaited GNOME 40 With Ubuntu Twist – It’s FOSS News

          Ubuntu 21.10 is the last non-LTS release before the next big LTS update. Codenamed, Impish Indri, Ubuntu 21.10 will be supported for nine months until July 2022.

          Unless you want to try the latest and greatest features, you should stick to Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and wait for Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.

          Now that you can download and install Ubuntu 21.10 on your systems, let me highlight a few things about this update.

        • Ubuntu 21.10 ‘Impish Indri’ is Available for Download, Here’s What’s New

          The wait is over. The brand new release of Ubuntu 21.10 ‘Impish Indri’ has hit the download mirrors. Let’s check out what’s new!

          Ubuntu 21.10 is a regular short term release that will be supported for nine months. It doesn’t sound like a lot but remember you will be able to upgrade to Ubuntu 22.04 next April and that is supported for at least 5 years.

        • Ubuntu 21.10 Releases Impish Indris On Desktops Everywhere

          Ubuntu is a popular choice for both new and seasoned Linux users and with Ubuntu 21.10 we see a new shell, Gnome 40, which starts up with a new Activities view rather than a blank desktop. The favorites bar is now at the bottom of the screen, and looks more like a Mac OS dock than ever. The app launcher slides in from the left of the screen (but this can be tweaked), with the workspaces – virtual desktops – turned into thumbnails while you’re using it. Rounded corners are also noticeable on windows, Gnome apps, and the workspace switcher.

          Workspaces themselves have moved from a vertical to a horizontal design, and there are new touchpad gestures and keyboard shortcuts for navigating them. Security is enhanced by a clever new randomisation of the kernel stack in memory at each system-call entry on both the amd64 and arm64 architectures with, it is claimed, a minimal impact on performance. Kernel Electric Fence, a runtime memory error detector, is also supported.

        • Ubuntu 21.10 brings GNOME 40 debut and a focus on devs

          Ubuntu 21.10 comes out today, an interim release with nine months of support, and the first to use GNOME 40 for the desktop.

          The Ubuntu release cycle delivers a new LTS (Long Term Support) version every two years, the next one being 22.04 in April. This means that 21.10 is a handy preview of features that may not get production use until 22.04.

        • Ubuntu 21.10 is Now Available to Download

          Ubuntu 21.10 comes crammed with six months worth of changes including the GNOME 40 desktop, a new GTK theme, a Firefox Snap app by default, PulseAudio 15, and Linux 5.13 to name but a few.

          This release — the 35th Ubuntu release for those keeping count — is backed by 9 months of security updates, critical fixes, and select software updates. If you install 21.10 (or upgrade to it from Ubuntu 21.04) you can upgrade to Ubuntu 22.04 LTS next April — a release supported for at least five years.

        • How to Upgrade to Ubuntu 21.10 Right Now

          Ubuntu 21.10 ‘Impish Indri’ has just been released. If you are using Ubuntu 21.04, you should be provided the option to upgrade to Ubuntu 21.10.
          However, this roll out will be gradual. This means not everyone will be notified about the availability of the new version immediately. It may take a couple of weeks before you see the upgrade option.

          But what if you are itching to get your hands on Ubuntu 21.10 that comes with GNOME 40 and other new features? Do you really have to wait? The answer is no.

        • Ubuntu 21.10 ‘Impish Indri’ is out now with GNOME 40, Kernel 5.13 | GamingOnLinux

          After another 6 months of hard work following the Ubuntu 21.04 release, Ubuntu 21.10 is out now with it being supported until July 2022. If you want long-term support (LTS), you’re best sticking with Ubuntu 20.04.3 LTS but there will be another LTS release in April 2022.

        • Ubuntu 21.10 Official Flavors Released, Here’s What’s New

          The official Ubuntu flavors released as part of Ubuntu 21.10 include Kubuntu 21.10, Xubuntu 21.10, Lubuntu 21.10, Ubuntu Studio 21.10, Ubuntu MATE 21.10, Ubuntu Budgie 21.10, and Ubuntu Kylin 21.10. As expected, they come with all the internal changes of Ubuntu 21.10, such as the Linux 5.13 kernel and updated toolchain, as well as…

          Kubuntu 21.10 features the latest KDE Plasma 5.22 desktop environment by default, namely Plasma 5.22.5, which is accompanied by the KDE Gear 21.08.1 and KDE Frameworks 5.86 software suites, Latte Dock 0.10, and Qt 5.15.2. Ubuntu Studio 21.10 also features the KDE Plasma 5.22 desktop environment, but with a different layout and a more darkish theme by default.

        • Ubuntu 21.10 Impish Indri Now Available for Download. This is What’s new

          The final release of 2021 for Ubuntu – Ubuntu 21.10 Impish Indri is here, and we round up the release in this page.

        • Ubuntu 21.10 Released With GNOME 40 Desktop, Many Underlying Improvements

          Ubuntu 21.10 “Impish Indri” is now officially available as the latest six-month update to Ubuntu Linux and also serving as the last release prior to the next long-term support cycle, Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.

          Ubuntu 21.10 brings a wide variety of improvements, most notably on the desktop side switching to GNOME Shell 40 and offering many improvements there including some theme refinements. There are also many underlying improvements to enjoy with Ubuntu 21.10, like what gets us excited about kernel and compiler upgrades along with other notable package version bumps.

        • Ubuntu Unity 21.10 Released to Keep the Unity7 Desktop Alive in 2021

          Ubuntu Unity 21.10 is here today as part of the upcoming Ubuntu 21.10 “Impish Indri” release, but Ubuntu Unity still doesn’t have the “official flavor” status. However, that shouldn’t stop you from using this great distribution on your personal computer if you still want to use the Unity desktop environment in 2021.

          This release still uses the old Unity7 interface rather than the upcoming UnityX 10 desktop that the Ubuntu Unity team is developing for some time now as the successor of Unity7, which received new and updated indicators, and saw the migration of the glib-2.0 schemas to gsettings-ubuntu-schemas.

        • Ubuntu 21.10 brings GNOME 40, Linux 5.13, and more

          The latest version of Ubuntu is here, and Ubuntu 21.10 “Impish Indri” brings a number of updates to the core of the popular Linux distribution including a newer kernel, an updated desktop environment, and many other improvements.

          While Ubuntu 21.10 will only be officially supported for 9 months, it paves the way Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, which is arriving in April. As a long term support release, Ubuntu 22.04 will be supported at least until 2032.

        • Canonical Launches Ubuntu 21.10 With Few Surprises

          Canonical on Thursday released Ubuntu 21.10, Impish Indri. The new version of its flagship OS has a heavy focus on cloud-native, AI/ML, and Ubuntu developers on Windows.

          This is not a major distro upgrade. Rather, it is a holding action that is not a long-term release either. Nonetheless, Ubuntu 21.10 does play catch up with the latest Wayland improvements and GNOME 40 — finally.

          The cloud-native and underbelly improvements add considerable zest to Ubuntu 21.10’s productivity and performance ratings, however. That is not a bad assessment for an otherwise minor upgrade release.

        • Download Ubuntu Linux 21.10 Impish Indri

          Is Ubuntu the best Linux-based operating system? That is a matter of opinion, but I would say no. While it is a great OS, there are other distributions that are arguably better. Is Ubuntu the most popular Linux distro? Not likely. These days, it isn’t even in top five on DistroWatch.

          With all of that said, new Ubuntu releases still seem to generate the most excitement in the Linux community. This is partly due to Ubuntu’s name recognition, but also, there are many great distributions based on Ubuntu, such as Linux Mint, Pop!_OS, and elementary OS to name a few. Let us not forget the excellent official flavors of Ubuntu, such as the KDE Plasma-focused Kubuntu.

        • Ubuntu 21.10 “Impish Indri” Is Now Available for Download, This Is What’s New

          Dubbed as the “Impish Indri,” Ubuntu 21.10 has been in development for the past six months and comes as an upgrade to the Ubuntu 21.04 “Hiruste Hippo” release, which will reach end of life on January 2022. Ubuntu 21.10 is supported for the next nine months, until July 2022, so it’s the obvious upgrade choice.

          The biggest new feature of Ubuntu 21.10 “Impish Indri” is the GNOME 40 desktop environment. This is the first Ubuntu release to ship with a complete GNOME 40 desktop, as the Ubuntu 21.04 release only offered GNOME 40 apps on top of the GNOME 3.38 desktop environment.

        • Ubuntu MATE 21.10 Release Notes

          The significant change in Ubuntu MATE 21.10 is the introduction of MATE Desktop 1.26.0 ✨ which was 18 months in the making. Thanks to the optimisations in MATE Desktop 1.26, Ubuntu MATE 21.10 is faster and leaner.

          Here are the highlights of what’s changed since the release of Hirsute Hippo.

        • You Can Now Upgrade Ubuntu 21.04 to Ubuntu 21.10, Here’s How

          Dubbed Impish Indri, Ubuntu 21.10 introduces several new features and improvements, such as Linux kernel 5.13 for better hardware support, GNOME 40 desktop environment, Wayland session enabled for NVIDIA GPU users, as well as updated apps and internals with the most recent GNU/Linux technologies.

          Ubuntu 21.04 “Hirsute Hippo” is supported for only nine months, until January 2022, so you might want to upgrade to a new release, Ubuntu 21.10 in this case, which is supported for another nine months, until July 2022.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

        • LibreOffice 7.2.2 Community Released with 68 Bug Fixes, Update Now

          The LibreOffice 7.2 office suite was released in mid-August 2021 with many new features and improvements for all of its core components, including Writer, Calc, Impress & Draw, Math, and Chart, native support for Apple M1 machines, as well as improved interoperability with the MS Office document formats.

          LibreOffice 7.2.2 is here about a month after the LibreOffice 7.2.1 point release to fix even more bugs and security issues. According to the RC1 and RC2 changelogs, there are a total of 68 bug fixes, so you should update your installations as soon as possible.

        • The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 7.2.2 Community

          The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 7.2.2 Community, the second minor release of the LibreOffice 7.2 family targeted at technology enthusiasts and power users, which is available for download from https://www.libreoffice.org/download/. This version includes 68 bug fixes and improvements to document compatibility.

          LibreOffice 7.2.1 Community is also available for Apple Silicon from this link: https://download.documentfoundation.org/libreoffice/stable/7.2.2/mac/aarch64/.

          For enterprise-class deployments, TDF strongly recommends the LibreOffice Enterprise family of applications from ecosystem partners, with long-term support options, professional assistance, custom features and Service Level Agreements: https://www.libreoffice.org/download/libreoffice-in-business/.

          LibreOffice Community and the LibreOffice Enterprise family of products are based on the LibreOffice Technology platform, the result of years of development efforts with the objective of providing a state of the art office suite not only for the desktop but also for mobile and the cloud.

      • Programming/Development

        • Qt Creator 6 Beta Released With Updated C++ Code Model, Binaries Built Against Qt 6.2 – Phoronix

          With Qt 6.2 LTS having shipped at the end of September, The Qt Company is now turning their attention to Qt Creator 6 as the next version of their Qt/C++ focused integrated development environment.

          Qt Creator 6.0 Beta is out this morning as the first public test release of this Qt/C++ IDE. Qt Creator 6 Beta has moved launching of external processes to a separate server process for better handling on Linux and the C++ code model is re-based to that from LLVM 13.

        • Qt Creator 6 Beta released
        • 5 common bugs in C programming and how to fix them | Opensource.com

          Even the best programmers can create programming bugs. Depending on what your program does, these bugs could introduce security vulnerabilities, cause the program to crash, or create unexpected behavior.

          The C programming language sometimes gets a bad reputation because it is not memory safe like more recent programming languages, including Rust. But with a little extra code, you can avoid the most common and most serious C programming bugs.

        • Steinar H. Gunderson: Apache bug with mpm-itk

          It seems there’s a bug in Apache 2.4.49 (or newer) and mpm-itk; any forked child will segfault instead of exiting cleanly. This is, well, aesthetically not nice, and also causes problems with exit hooks for certain modules not being run.

        • Python

          • [Older] Creating a Python Makefile – Earthly Blog

            Even though Python is regarded as an interpreted language and the files need not be compiled separately, many developers are unaware that you can still use make to automate different parts of developing a Python project, like running tests, cleaning builds, and installing dependencies. It’s honestly an underutilized function, and by integrating it into your routine, you can save time and avoid errors.

            make is a commonplace tool in the world of software development, especially compiled languages like C or C++. It is a tool which controls the generation of executable and other non-source files from a program’s source file. It can automate the process of building software by tracking its dependencies and compiling the program only when the dependencies change.

        • Rust

  • Leftovers

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Security

          • Security updates for Thursday

            Security updates have been issued by Mageia (golang, grilo, mediawiki, plib, python-flask-restx, python-mpmath, thunderbird, and xstream/xmlpull/mxparser), Oracle (389-ds-base, grafana, httpd:2.4, kernel, libxml2, and openssl), Red Hat (httpd), and SUSE (kernel).

    • Monopolies

      • Copyrights

        • The Dust That Measures All Our Time – The Public Domain Review

          From the mythical Sandman, who participates in dream and vision, to an irritating grain lodged in the beachgoer’s eye, sand harbours unappreciated power, however mundane. Steven Connor celebrates this “most untrustworthy” type of matter.

        • Cloudflare Isn’t Liable for Sites That Hawk Counterfeits | WIRED

          Cloudflare was sued in November 2018 by Mon Cheri Bridals and Maggie Sottero Designs, two wedding dress manufacturers and sellers that alleged Cloudflare was guilty of contributory copyright infringement because it didn’t terminate services for websites that infringed on the dressmakers’ copyrighted designs….

          [Judge] Chhabria noted that the dressmakers have been harmed “by the proliferation of counterfeit retailers that sell knock-off dresses using the plaintiffs’ copyrighted images” and that they have “gone after the infringers in a range of actions, but to no avail — every time a website is successfully shut down, a new one takes its place.” Chhabria continued, “In an effort to more effectively stamp out infringement, the plaintiffs now go after a service common to many of the infringers: Cloudflare. The plaintiffs claim that Cloudflare contributes to the underlying copyright infringement by providing infringers with caching, content delivery, and security services. Because a reasonable jury could not — at least on this record — conclude that Cloudflare materially contributes to the underlying copyright infringement, the plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment is denied and Cloudflare’s motion for summary judgment is granted.”

[Teaser] What Miguel de Icaza Really Thinks of the CEO of Microsoft GitHub

Posted in Microsoft at 2:52 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Miguel de Icaza on Nat
Miguel de Icaza was speaking about Nat Friedman (both work at Microsoft)

Summary: Following the opening of a new series about Microsoft GitHub we drop a little teaser today; we expect dozens of parts to be released in the coming weeks/months as facts are being validated and organised

Splitting the Time to Cover More Leaks and Exposés

Posted in Europe, Patents at 9:54 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 1e7df6305daaed83cf134276fb2a02b4

Summary: We take stock of Part 11 of the ongoing EPO series (“EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion”) and explain what caused various delays yesterday; we may have to up our pace a little in order to keep up with an influx of leaks and whistleblowers

THE LASTEST three articles [1, 2, 3] serve to remind us that EPO abuses implicate staff everywhere in Europe, states everywhere in Europe, and media in Europe (and beyond Europe). When labour rights get crushed with impunity, the media takes bribes to do marketing instead of journalism and when we’re meant to think this is perfectly “normal” everybody loses.

“At this current pace we should have a part published each day until the last day of this month.”Having just started a new GitHub exposé (can be anywhere between a dozen parts and two dozen parts), we hope to still manage to post a part of the EPO series every midnight, then prepare a video to discuss it. At this current pace we should have a part published each day until the last day of this month.

[Meme] Destroying the Workplace

Posted in Europe, Patents at 9:40 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Chinese labour standards, one stage at a time…

Team Campinos

Summary: The working conditions at the EPO continue to worsen under the António Campinos regime, perpetuating the decade-long 'demolition project' of Benoît Battistelli and his cohorts in the complicit Administrative Council

Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part I — Inside a Den of Corruption and Misogynists

Posted in Microsoft at 9:01 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Series parts:

  1. YOU ARE HERE ☞ Inside a Den of Corruption and Misogynists

GitHub: Where everything comes to die
Et tu, GitHub?

Summary: Today we commence a new series that implicates Microsoft, GitHub, Copilot, and Team Mono

LAST SUMMER we mentioned in passing the story of Preston-Werner, who became extremely rich by selling the loss-making GitHub to Microsoft. For Microsoft, it was all about taking control over the rivals, so even a losing business was worth it to them. The partner of Preston-Werner was abusive to staff; this is a matter of public record.

But what has happened since Microsoft took over GitHub, besides the ICE controversy?

“We’re outlining the series and we shall present things in a tidy, easy-to-digest fashion over the coming weeks.”As we are going to show in the long series (expected to last over a dozen parts) is that GitHub is now controlled by hugely dodgy people, even predators. No sane project would accept sovereignty or supremacy by such people; so far this week Microsoft boosters have been trying to 'soften' an ongoing GitHub scandal. But what we’re going to show involves fraud, sexual abuse, and even theft. We’re outlining the series and we shall present things in a tidy, easy-to-digest fashion over the coming weeks.

EPO Management Tricks EPO Staff Into Taking More Paycuts

Posted in Europe, Patents at 7:29 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: “Education and childcare reform” [sic] is an António Campinos “reform” in the same sense regressive salary reductions are just “adjustments” (euphemism); Electronic opt-in gaffes, according to staff representatives, show that the tradition of Benoît Battistelli carries on at the Office, taking away from staff for a few corrupt officials to milk the institution to death

“We sent a letter to the [EPO] President,” the Central Staff Committee of the EPO writes, “to inform him that several colleagues who are opting into the New Education Allowance System later realised that they are losing other benefits such as the expatriation allowance supplement. It is only after seeing their September payslip that they became aware of the disadvantageous situation.”

“The letter was sent the day before yesterday and someone has leaked it to us.”Central Staff Committee (CSC) representatives aren’t the same as the union, so the language is more diplomatic. The letter was sent the day before yesterday and someone has leaked it to us. “The number of staff affected is not merely accidental,” says the CSC. “The change of regulation and the information provided are so extensive and cumbersome that many staff were unable to identify accurately their own present and/or future situation and perform complex calculations to compare the new scheme to the old scheme. We are concerned that the Office considers the opt-in as immediately irrevocable following a one-click on a webpage. We suggest that the administration provides a grace period for staff wishing to reconsider their opt-in. It would show that our Office strives to be a caring organisation.”

For the general public to better understand the situation at the EPO (or why the EPO can no longer recruit suitable workers who can obstruct abstract patents that lack novelty and/or merit), here’s the full letter as HTML:

Reference: sc21122cl
Date: 12/10/2021

European Patent Office | 80298 MUNICH | GERMANY
Mr António Campinos
President of the EPO

By email


New Education Allowance System
Electronic opt-in

Dear Mr President,

Several colleagues who are opting into the New Education Allowance System later realised that they are losing other benefits such as the expatriation allowance supplement. It is only after seeing their September payslip that they became aware of the disadvantageous situation.

The number of staff affected is not merely accidental. The change of regulation and the information provided are so extensive and cumbersome that many staff were unable to identify accurately their own present and/or future situation and perform complex calculations to compare the new scheme to the old scheme.

We are concerned that the Office considers the opt-in as immediately irrevocable following a one-click on a webpage.

It is common practice, especially when an agreement affects the employment conditions and the employee might incur a financial loss, as it is the case here, to provide beforehand the agreement specified to the individual for confirmation with signature. The digital form should state explicitly and exhaustively the terms to which the individual agrees, to ensure that the transmission of information is voluntary and informed. Following receipt by the administration of the confirmation, the general rule is to set a retraction period before the agreement becomes final.

For these reasons, we suggest that the administration provides a grace period for staff wishing to reconsider their opt-in. It would show that our Office strives to be a caring organisation.

Finally, we would like to point at the importance of this matter as the EPO administration transitions towards a fully digitalised interaction with staff. Surely, other agreements will be made electronically in the future.

Yours sincerely,
Alain Dumont

Chairman of the Central Staff Committee

Don’t worry about the Office. It already sits on a big mountain of money it's not supposed to even have! The authoritarian Frenchman still has the nerve to moan about a “gap”…

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