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Links 4/12/2021: EndeavourOS Atlantis, Krita 5.0.0 Beta 5, Istio 1.11.5, and Wine 6.23; International Day Against DRM (IDAD) on December 10th

Posted in News Roundup at 8:59 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Server

      • Istio / Announcing Istio 1.11.5

        This release contains bug fixes to improve robustness. This release note describes what’s different between Istio 1.11.4 and Istio 1.11.5

      • Istio / Support for Istio 1.10 ends on December 30th, 2021

        According to Istio’s extended support policy, minor releases like 1.10 are supported until six weeks after the N+2 minor release (1.12 in this case). Istio 1.12 was released on November 18th, and support for 1.10 will end on December 30th, 2021.

        At that point we will stop back-porting fixes for security issues and critical bugs to 1.10, so we encourage you to upgrade to the latest version of Istio (1.12). If you don’t do this you may put yourself in the position of having to do a major upgrade on a short timeframe to pick up a critical fix.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Benchmarks

      • AMD Threadripper 3970X Performance On Linux After Two Years

        A few days ago it marked two years since the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X / 3970X launched. While we are eager to see next-gen Threadripper, for now is a look at how the open-source Linux performance has evolved for these still-impressive HEDT processors by comparing the Linux performance at launch to where it is today with the very latest upstream Linux software.

        This round of testing using the same hardware as in the launch-day review is seeing how the performance has changed when going from that Ubuntu 19.10 operating system stack at the time to now with Ubuntu 21.10 for the latest Linux support as well as additionally stepping ahead to the Linux 5.15 LTS kernel.

    • Applications

      • Blender 3.0 Shines As A Huge Update For This Leading Open-Source 3D Modeling Software

        Blender 3.0 is officially releasing today as a huge update to this open-source 3D modeling software that in recent years has become backed by numerous large hardware/software companies and has rivaled proprietary software for its capabilities.

        After a delay to allow more time for polishing it up, Blender 3.0 is officially shipping today. The Blender 3.0 release announcement hasn’t hit the wire yet but those eager to try out this big open-source software release can find the release binaries via their download page.

      • Blender 3.0 Release Notes
      • Blender 3.0 is out now with a visual refresh, huge new features

        A true showcase for not only how good open source software can be but also how to successful manage every part of it. Blender 3.0 is officially out now. This marks a new and advanced era for open source 2D/3D content creation and the importance of Blender cannot be overstated.

        Masses of new features and overall performance improvements have arrived, along with the first iteration of their very own asset browser along with drag and drop support. Blender’s Cycles rendering engine also saw huge improvements that they say resulted in “rendering between 2x and 8x faster in real-world scenes”. Big improvements to the shadows system to be much more precise, a new backend for AMD GPUs (Linux support on that due in Blender 3.1), big new ways to manipulate text, a visual UI refresh, much faster loading / saving of compressed .blend files and so much more.

      • Blender 3.0 is Out, And It’ll Blow Your Socks Off

        A new version of the free 3D creation software Blender is out and it looks phenomenal.

        Blender 3.0 comes with new features and updates like an upgraded ‘Cycles X’ rendering engine, 2-3 times better mesh editing performance, and much faster file loading times thanks, in part, to Zstandard compression.

        An open-source tentpole, Blender is the go-to 3D creation suite for creatives of all shades (animators, game makers, visual effects wizards) across all operating systems. Blender offers a complete end-to-end 3D pipeline, from modelling, rigging and animation, to compositing, motion tracking and video editing.

        Am I versed enough in the complexities of 3D modelling, CGI, and visual effects work that I provide you with some insightful commentary on how these changes feel in practice? Hah, no — but even a layperson like me can tell that the arsenal of improvements announced as part of the release are substantial.

      • Ventoy Multiboot USB Creator Adds A New WebUI Plugin Configurator – Linux Uprising Blog

        Ventoy, a tool to create bootable USB drives by simply copying the ISO to the USB (with support for as many ISOs as you want, even mixed Linux and Windows ISO files), has been updated with a new webUI plugin configurator which makes it easy to configure the powerful Ventoy plugins.

        You install this tool to a USB drive, then simply copy some ISO files to the USB drive, and you can boot from it with no other changes (so without having to reformat the USB drive every time you want to create a bootable USB drive, and without having to extract the ISO file contents). You can also continue using the USB stick for other things, and it will continue to work as a bootable USB. The application is available for Microsoft Windows and Linux.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Install and Use Latte Dock on Ubuntu and Other Linux Distros

        Many distributions and desktop environments provide some sort of docking implementation. If your distribution does not have a Dock or if you want to experiment with some other Dock applications, Latte dock is a good choice. It is similar to the dock on macOS with a parabolic animation every time you hover over any dock object with your mouse.

        In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to install Latte Dock on Ubuntu. I’ll also show some a few things about using and customizing Latte Dock.

      • How To Install PyCharm on Debian 11 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install PyCharm on Debian 11. For those of you who didn’t know, PyCharm is a dedicated Python graphical IDE (Integrated Development Environment) popular amongst Python developers with its wide range of essential tools such as analyzing code, debugging, and integration. By using PyCharm plugins you can also get support for frameworks like Django, Flask. We can also use PyCharm for other programming languages like HTML, Javascript, CSS, and many more.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step-by-step installation of the PyCharm on a Debian 11 (Bullseye).

      • Setup C++/Qt SDK on Parabola and Hyperbola GNU/Linux Systems

        This tutorial explains how to install a full Qt Software Development Kit with C++ programming language on Parabola and Hyperbola GNU/Linux systems. If you have installed either one system with either KDE Plasma or GNOME Desktop, you are ready to go.

      • How to Fix VMware Errors After a Linux Kernel Upgrade

        VMware is an excellent virtualization solution for Linux users who want to experiment with multiple operating systems on one computer, but it has one annoying problem. It tends to break when you update the Linux kernel to a very recent version.

        When this happens, you can either go without your virtual machines and wait for the VMware team to update the kernel modules—which could take a few days or longer—or you can fix the kernel modules yourself.

        We’re going to assume you want to fix the VMware kernel modules yourself. It’s not as difficult as you might think and it will get your virtual machines up and running again immediately.

      • How to Install ELK Stack (Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana) on Ubuntu 20.04 – VITUX

        The Elastic Stack — known as ELK (Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana) — is a powerful open-source platform for analyzing data. It offers a comprehensive set of features for indexing, searching, monitoring, and analyzing data in real-time.

        The Elastic Stack can be deployed on-premises or in the cloud. It’s used by startups and large enterprises alike, including Netflix, Facebook, Goldman Sachs, The Guardian, and Thomson Reuters.

      • Fix Slow Shutdown ‘systemd-shutdown[1]: waiting for process: crond’ Issue | UbuntuHandbook

        My Ubuntu laptop recently runs into a power-off issue. Every time when I shutdown or reboot the machine, it stuck at blank screen with text message “systemd-shutdown[1]: waiting for process: crond” for more than a minute.

      • How to Install Ultimaker Cura 4.11 on Debian 11

        Cura Ultimaker is the world’s most popular 3D printing software. It allows you to prepare prints with a few clicks, integrates with CAD software for an easier workflow, or dive into custom settings for in-depth control. It is a slicer application that can map object files into a file that can be understood by a 3D printer. It is trusted by millions of users across 14 languages, Ultimaker?Cura?slices your model and integrates with any workflow through Marketplace plugins.

      • How to migrate from CentOS 8 to CentOS stream conversion

        As you know, CentOS 8 is ending soon. Red Hat is making the shift from CentOS 8 to CentOS Stream. CentOS stream places itself between Fedora Linux and RHEL. It is not 100% RHEL clone but ahead of RHEL development. Think of it as a midstream distro. Of course, if you need 100% RHEL compatibility, then you need Rocky Linux or AlmaLinux. However, the CentOS stream is more than sufficient for me as I only need Apache, Perl, and Python for my use case. This page explains how to migrate the existing installation of CentOS 8 stable to CentOS Stream without reinstalling a new operating system.

        CentOS Stream is an open-source operating system and one of the replacement candidates for CentOS 8. However, I decided to stick with CentOS Stream because I didn’t have time or energy to install a new replacement such as Rocky Linux or AlmaLinux. Then restore data. It is too much work for my side project. Eventually, I will convert my legacy app to Docker format, but for now, I am going to upgrade my VM and save some time. So without further ado, let us see how to migrate from CentOS 8 to CentOS Stream using the ssh command.

      • How to install ClassiCube on a Chromebook – Updated Tutorial

        Today we are looking at how to install ClassiCube on a Chromebook. Please follow the video/audio guide as a tutorial where we explain the process step by step and use the commands below.

        This tutorial will only work on Chromebooks with an Intel or AMD CPU (with Linux Apps Support) and not those with an ARM64 architecture CPU.

      • How to dual-boot Ubuntu 20.04 and Kali Linux 2021.3 on a MacBook Air – LinuxBSDos.com

        Now that my MacBook Air is free of macOS, I can do a lot more with it. First was to install Ubuntu 20.04.3 LTS on it, completely wiping macOS from it. Now in this article, I’ll show how to install Kali Linux 2021.3 alongside Ubuntu 20.04.3 LTS on the MacBook Air. Because the Kali installation image is not a live image, this involved a lot more effort on my part.

      • How To Install PHP 8 on Fedora 35 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install PHP 8 on Fedora 35. For those of you who didn’t know, PHP is an open-source, general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited to web development but has also been used as a general-purpose programming language. PHP 8.1 is a significant update of the PHP language that will be “officially” released on November 25, 2021. This is a standard upgrade going forward from the existing PHP 8.0 release with the new PHP 8.1 is bringing enums, fibers, never return type, final class constants, and many more.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of PHP 8 on a Fedora 35.

      • How to create an S3 Bucket using Python Boto3 on AWS

        In this article, we will learn to create an S3 bucket using the Python Boto3 library. We will also see the steps to delete the bucket we created. We will use the “create_bucket” & “delete_bucket” methods to create and delete a bucket respectively.

        Before we proceed I assume that you are familiar with S3 bucket, but if you are not familiar with the S3 bucket service, click here to learn to create a bucket from AWS Console.

      • How to colourise black & white pictures: OpenVINO™ on Ubuntu containers demo (Part 1) | Ubuntu

        Christmas is coming, but you don’t have a present on hand for your (grand)parents (Mom, Dad, if you’re reading this – I promise this post isn’t drawn from real life!). Looking for a solution? If your loved ones happened to live through the era of monochrome photography, keep reading. You can work some magic with Intel® Distribution of OpenVINO™ Toolkit on Ubuntu containers to give their old pictures new life. Hopefully, this blog will save Christmas!

        Also, suppose you’re curious about AI/ML and what you can do with OpenVINO on Ubuntu containers. In that case, this blog is an excellent read for you too.

      • How to Use mkdir Command to Create Directories – ByteXD

        The `mkdir` (Make Directory) command creates directories (referred to as folders on some operating systems) from the command-line.

    • Wine or Emulation

      • Wine 6.23 Announcement
        The Wine development release 6.23 is now available.
        
        What's new in this release (see below for details):
          - Mount manager and CoreAudio driver converted to PE.
          - Support for exception handling in Wow64 mode.
          - Optional support for using the distribution's PE libraries.
          - A number of UI improvements in WineDbg.
          - Various bug fixes.
        
        The source is available from the following locations:
        
        https://dl.winehq.org/wine/source/6.x/wine-6.23.tar.xz
        
        
        http://mirrors.ibiblio.org/wine/source/6.x/wine-6.23.tar.xz
        
        Binary packages for various distributions will be available from:
        
        https://www.winehq.org/download
        
        You will find documentation on https://www.winehq.org/documentation
        
        You can also get the current source directly from the git
        repository. Check https://www.winehq.org/git for details.
        
        Wine is available thanks to the work of many people. See the file
        AUTHORS in the distribution for the complete list.
        
      • Wine 6.23 Released With More PE Work, Wine 7.0-rc1 Up Next

        Wine 6.23 is now available for running Windows applications and games on Linux, macOS, and the BSDs. Up next will be the Wine 7.0 release candidate that also marks the feature freeze for what will be the next annual Wine stable release.

        In approaching the end of the road ahead of the January 2022 release of Wine 7.0, Wine 6.23 isn’t all that exciting. But it does continue a lot of the low-level work this year on converting more code to PE (Portable Executable) format. Over the course of this year many libraries and other Wine components have migrated over to PE format with some additional conversions now in place for Wine 6.23. Plus there is optional support for Wine now being able to use the distribution’s PE libraries.

    • Games

      • Razer Anzu: Gaming Glasses? Yeah, it’s a Thing

        On Cyber Monday, I decided to take a trip to my local Best Buy. I don’t often visit brick and mortar stores anymore, but I thought I’d treat myself for one day. There’s nothing like being able to see the electronics in person — you can’t test headphones or game controllers online. You can’t have face-to-face conversations with fellow gamers around you and talk about what’s the best keyboard and mouse to use. And you just stare in amazement for what the store has for inventory. Primarily I wanted to get a larger monitor over the one that I’ve had for several years. After spending what was probably an hour-and-a-half to two hours in the store (it’s a big store and like any other nerd, I wanted to check out everything), I did get the monitor — a 32″, 1440p, 165 Hz monitor from LG. I might have a review on it later; I’m just pissed that I paid more at Best Buy when I could’ve got the same thing from Amazon for $100 cheaper. (And I forgot at the time that Best Buy does price match…sigh.)

        Anyway, what caught my eye as I was doing my shopping was “smart” glasses. Bose had a couple. Glasses that literally have a built-in Bluetooth speaker and microphone, in addition to providing protection from sunlight. $200. Eh, sounds interesting, but I ain’t payin’ no $200 for those.

      • Chrome OS 98 may offer a glimpse at Steam gaming on Chromebooks

        The old “Chromebooks are just a browser” myth continues to die a slow death. After adding Android and Linux app support, the next big advancement for Google’s modern desktop platform is PC gaming. And I don’t mean PC game streaming, although that’s already available via Stadia and Nvidia’s GeForce Now. I mean a dedicated Linux container that locally adds Steam gaming on Chromebooks.

        Google has been working on this project, known as Borealis, for at least a year at this point. And a new Chromium code commit found by Android Police suggests that Chrome OS 98 will show off the first glimpse of Steam gaming on Chromebooks through some experimental flags.

      • This Raspberry Pi Atari-Themed Walnut Arcade is Made For Two | Tom’s Hardware

        We’ve seen Raspberry Pi arcade cabinets before, even ones made of wood, but this is the first Atari-themed arcade we’ve come across. It’s made primarily of walnut and runs RetroPie with enough buttons and joysticks carefully seated into the wood for two players.

        Some of the best Raspberry Pi projects come out of the need for a one-of-a-kind gift. Such is the case today, as this beautiful walnut arcade was created as a gift for Mw33212’s brother-in-law.

      • Valve says DayZ and five other games are now anti-cheat ready for Linux (and Steam Deck) – The Verge

        Valve’s Steam Deck handheld won’t have any exclusive games, but it is slowly filling in some holes in its Windows game library — Valve says Arma 3, DayZ, Unturned, and Planetside 2 now have functioning BattlEye anti-cheat when you’re using the Proton compatibility layer to play Windows games in Linux. That brings the total to six games, including Ark: Survival Evolved and Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord. (Those two already had support as of November 8th.)

        That compatibility is important for Linux in general (and the Steam Deck handheld specifically) because they don’t play Windows games out of the box unless they work with Proton, and third-party anti-cheat software is known to interfere.

        But for two of the most popular flavors of anti-cheat, this shouldn’t be a difficult fix! Epic Games has said enabling Easy Anti-Cheat (EAC) in Proton should take “just a few clicks” in the game developer portal. Valve has said enabling BattlEye is as easy as sending an email.

      • Steamworks Development – Update on BattlEye + Proton support – Steam News
      • More BattlEye titles for Proton on Linux including DayZ, ARMA 3 now supported | GamingOnLinux

        Valve has announced today that BattlEye support on Linux with Steam Play Proton has expanded, with new titles available.

        As previously announced, currently all developers need to do to make it work is to email BattlEye. That’s it. However, developers will still of course want time to test, so it’s not exactly an instant thing. Still, it’s fantastic progress and now even more games can be enjoyed.

      • More BattlEye-Protected Games Now Working With Steam Play On Linux – Phoronix

        Last month BattlEye-using games began running on Steam Play when using the latest Steam client beta paired with the experimental version of Proton. However, it still does require the intervention of the game studio to request the support be enabled for a particular game. Today in time for any weekend gaming is several more games using the BattlEye anti-cheat software working on Linux.

        An update was posted to the Steam news to point out several more BattlEye protected games are now working on Linux with Steam Play / Proton.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Third beta for Krita 5.0 | Krita

          Today we’re releasing the third beta for Krita 5. There are a lot of fixes compared to beta 2. We’re aiming to release Krita 5 before Christmas, and are beginning to feel a bit confident about that.

          Of course, the nightly stable builds already have a number of fixes compared to this beta release…

        • Krita 5.0.0 beta 5 released | Krita

          Following the botched macOS build yesterday, we’re releasing Krita 5.0.0 beta 5. Beta 4 didn’t happen: while it was building, Dmitry Kazakov fixed an issue which we really wanted tested right away.

    • Distributions

      • EndeavourOS

        • The Atlantis release is in orbit

          Yes, as you might have noticed in the title, we have started to name our releases and we are more than proud to present you our latest one, Atlantis.

          The reason why we started naming the releases has to do with us changing our work method. Our team has grown since the last release and in order to give each team member time to do their task, we now freeze the ISO development at a certain point and to try to avoid confusion by calling it the December release, while the ISO has a November date in its name. Also, it emphasizes the fun factor in this project. Like you, we are just having fun creating and sharing our work with you.

          To stay in the space theme, we named this release by Endeavour’s older sister Shuttle Atlantis and our future releases will carry other spacecraft’s names… And no, there’s not going to be an Endeavour release, nor one with the troubled Space Shuttle names like Columbia or Challenger in case you’re wondering…

        • Arch Linux-Based EndeavourOS Atlantis Is Out with Linux 5.15 LTS, PipeWire, and More

          What’s new in EndeavourOS Atlantis for newcomers who want to use Arch Linux on their personal computers? Well, the first major change is the fact that the ISO release is powered by the latest and greatest Linux 5.15 LTS kernel series, which not only brings a lo

          EndeavourOS Atlantis sticks to Xfce 4.16 as default desktop environment on the live session and adds several improvements and new additions to the EndeavourOS apps/tools. For example, there’s a new sanity check for NVIDIA GPU users and kernel updates to prevent boot failures after an update.

        • Arch-Based EndeavourOS 21.4 Released With FSTRIM, Btrfs Zstd, PipeWire By Default

          EndeavourOS as the two year old Linux distribution project built atop Arch Linux is out with a shiny new release. Beyond package updates, the new release has several default changes like now making use of the wonderful PipeWire. Looking to 2022, EndeavourOS is also exploring the possibility of a gaming-optimized build of their OS.

          EndeavourOS 21.4 “Atlantis” was released today as the newest version of their Arch-based operating system. Among the key package versions for EndeavourOS at this time are the Linux 5.15.5 LTS kernel, Mesa 21.2.5 open-source graphics drivers, Mozilla Firefox 94 as the default web browser, and plenty of other package updates.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Red Hat’s CentOS Stream 9 Linux arrives

          Almost a year ago to the day, Red Hat changed CentOS from being a Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) clone to being a developmental rolling Linux distribution, CentOS Stream. Many users weren’t happy. As a result, several replacement CentOS/RHEL clones, such as AlmaLinux and Rocky Linux, got their start. But, Red Hat continued with its plans to use CentOS to foreshadow the next edition of RHEL. Now, the new CentOS project is showing off it’s latest and greatest in its first totally new release: CentOS 9.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • FSF

        • International Day Against DRM (IDAD) – December 10, 2021 — Free Software Foundation

          The fifteenth International Day Against DRM (IDAD) is coming soon, and we here at the Defective by Design campaign are calling on you to help us send a message to purveyors of Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) around the world, letting them know that DRM is unacceptable in any and all of its forms. This year’s Day Against DRM will be held next Friday, on December 10, 2021.

          This year, we’ll be using one of Disney’s own means of spreading their “service” and the DRM bundled with it: their mobile app. If you’re an existing user of the Google Play (Android) or Apple App Stores, you can support the International Day Against DRM by voicing your objection to Disney’s subjugation of their users. Streaming services like Netflix and Peacock have the same issues, but by targeting a newer one with such massive investment and capital behind it, we can make sure that we’re heard. Disney+ is new: that gives it time to change.

        • IDAD is almost here: Take a stand against Disney+ on December 10 | Defective by Design

          The ongoing pandemic has only tightened the stranglehold streaming services have as some of the most dominant forms of entertainment media, and Disney+ is among the worst of them. After years of aggressive lobbying to extend the length of copyright, based on their perceived need to keep a certain rat from entering the public domain, they’ve now set their sights on “protecting” their various franchises in a different way: by shackling them with digital restrictions. If Disney’s stated mission is to keep “inspiring hope and sparking the curiosity of all ages”, using DRM to limit that curiosity remains the wrong move.

          This year, we’ll be using one of Disney’s own means of spreading their “service” and the DRM bundled with it: their mobile app. If you’re an existing user of the Google Play (Android) or Apple App Stores, you can support the International Day Against DRM by voicing your objection to Disney’s subjugation of their users. Streaming services like Netflix and Peacock have the same issues, but by targeting a newer one with such massive investment and capital behind it, we can make sure that we’re heard. Disney+ is new: that gives it time to change.

          Disney+ is placed near the top of the most frequently downloaded apps on both the Google Play and Apple App Stores. We invite you to write a well-thought objection to Disney’s use of DRM, with a fitting review. It is the perfect way to let the corporation, and other users intending to use its services know Disney’s grievous mistake in using DRM to restrict customers who already want to view their many films and television shows. It will give you a chance to give them the exact rating that any service that treats its users so poorly: a single star.

        • Licensing/Legal

          • Open-source Vizio lawsuit takes an ugly turn

            The Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC), a non-profit organization that promotes open-source software and defends the free software General Public License (GPL), sued major TV vendor Vizio for abusing the GPL. Specifically, Vizio is using Linux’s source code and other open-source software, such as BusyBox, U-Boot, bash, gawk, tar, Glibc, and FFmpegis, in its SmartCast OS TV firmware. These programs are protected under the GPL version 2 (GPLv2) and the Lesser GPL (LGPL).

            [...]

            In other words, “Vizio’s filing implies that only copyright holders, and no one else, have a right to ask for source code under the GPL and LGPL.”

            That’s not how open-source software works.

            But, wait, there’s more: “Vizio has gone a disturbing step further and asked the federal United States District Court for the Central District of California to agree to the idea that not only do you as a consumer have no right to ask for source code but that Californians have no right to even ask their state courts to consider the question!”

            The SFC refuses to accept this fundamental assault on the GPL and, by implication, all other open-source licenses. The SFC intends to fight back.

  • Leftovers

    • Science

      • NASA hands out funding for post-ISS space station concepts • The Register

        NASA has splashed the cash on design contracts for space stations and a multibillion-dollar job for more Artemis boosters.

        With the days of the International Space Station (ISS) numbered, NASA is looking to maintain an uninterrupted US presence in low-Earth orbit. Although Axiom Space has plans to build from the ISS, the $415.6m award is about developing space station designs and “other commercial destinations in space.”

        Blue Origin, which has partnered with Sierra Space to develop the Orbital Reef, received $130m. Nanoracks, which is working on a commercial low-Earth orbit destination called “Starlab” (with Voyager Space and Lockheed Martin), received $160m, and Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus-based station received $125.6m. The Cygnus currently does duty as a freighter for the ISS.

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  11. Links 26/1/2022: No ARM for Nvidia, End of EasyArch, and WordPress 5.9 is Out

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  12. Why the Unified Patent Court (UPC) is Still Just a Fantasy and the UPC's Fake News Mill Merely Discredits the Whole Patent 'Profession'

    Patents and science used to be connected; but now that the patent litigation 'sector' is hijacking patent offices (and even courts in places like Texas) it's trying to shove a Unified Patent Court (UPC) down the EU's throat under the disingenuous cover of "community" or "unity"



  13. Links 25/1/2022: Vulkan 1.3 Released, Kiwi TCMS 11.0, and antiX 19.5

    Links for the day



  14. Gemini Milestones and Growth (Almost 2,000 Known Gemini Servers Now, 39,000 Pages in Ours)

    The diaspora to Gemini Protocol or the transition to alternative 'webs' is underway; a linearly growing curve suggests that inertia/momentum is still there and we reap the benefits of early adoption of Gemini



  15. [Meme] Get Ready for Unified Patent Court (UPC) to be Taken to Court

    The Unified Patent Court (UPC) and Unitary Patent system that’s crafted to empower EPO thugs isn’t legal and isn’t constitutional either; even a thousand fake news 'articles' (deliberate misinformation or disinformation) cannot change the simple facts because CJEU isn’t “trial by media”



  16. The EPO Needs High-Calibre Examiners, Not Politicians Who Pretend to Understand Patents and Science

    Examiners are meant to obstruct fake patents or reject meritless patent applications; why is it that working conditions deteriorate for those who are intellectually equipped to do the job?



  17. Free Software is Greener

    Software Freedom is the only way to properly tackle environmental perils through reuse and recycling; the mainstream media never talks about it because it wants people to "consume" more and more products



  18. Links 25/1/2022: Git 2.35 and New openSUSE Hardware

    Links for the day



  19. IRC Proceedings: Monday, January 24, 2022

    IRC logs for Monday, January 24, 2022



  20. Links 25/1/2022: GPL Settlement With Patrick McHardy, Godot 4.0 Alpha 1, and DXVK 1.9.4 Released

    Links for the day



  21. Proprietary Software is Pollution

    "My daughter asked me about why are we throwing away some bits of technology," Dr. Andy Farnell says. "This is my attempt to put into words for "ordinary" people what I tried to explain to a 6 year old."



  22. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XV — Cover-Up and Defamation

    Defamation of one’s victims might be another offence to add to the long list of offences committed by Microsoft’s Chief Architect of GitHub Copilot, Balabhadra (Alex) Graveley; attempting to discredit the police report is a new low and can get Mr. Graveley even deeper in trouble (Microsoft protecting him only makes matters worse)



  23. [Meme] Alexander Ramsay and Team UPC Inciting Politicians to Break the Law and Violate Constitutions, Based on Misinformation, Fake News, and Deliberate Lies Wrapped up as 'Studies'

    The EPO‘s law-breaking leadership (Benoît Battistelli, António Campinos and their corrupt cronies), helped by liars who don't enjoy diplomatic immunity, are cooperating to undermine courts across the EU, in effect replacing them with EPO puppets who are patent maximalists (Europe’s equivalents of James Rodney Gilstrap and Alan D Albright, a Donald Trump appointee, in the Eastern and Western Districts of Texas, respectively)



  24. Has the Administrative Council Belatedly Realised What Its Job in the European Patent Organisation Really Is?

    The "Mafia" which took over the EPO (the EPO's own workers call it "Mafia") isn't getting its way with a proposal, so it's preventing the states from even voting on it!



  25. [Meme] Team UPC is Celebrating a Pyrrhic Victory

    Pyrrhic victory best describes what's happening at the moment (it’s a lobbying tactic, faking/staging things to help false prophecies be fulfilled, based on hopes and wishes alone), for faking something without bothering to explain the legal basis is going to lead to further escalations and complaints (already impending)



  26. Links 24/1/2022: Scribus 1.5.8 and LXLE Reviewed

    Links for the day



  27. IRC Proceedings: Sunday, January 23, 2022

    IRC logs for Sunday, January 23, 2022



  28. [Meme] Team UPC Congratulating Itself

    The barrage of fake news and misinformation about the UPC deliberately leaves out all the obvious and very important facts; even the EPO‘s António Campinos and Breton (Benoît Battistelli‘s buddy) participated in the lying



  29. Links 24/1/2022: pgBadger 11.7 Released, Catch-up With Patents

    Links for the day



  30. The Demonisation and Stereotyping of Coders Not Working for Big Corporations (or 'The System')

    The war on encrypted communication (or secure communications) carries on despite a lack of evidence that encryption stands in the way of crime investigations (most criminals use none of it)


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