05.09.22

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Links 09/05/2022: Thunderbird’s Android Plans and Gemini Client ‘Bloat’

Posted in News Roundup at 3:51 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Make Use OfIntroduction to Linux Postfix Architecture for Beginners


      Postfix is a mail transfer agent used for electronic mail routing and delivery. Here’s a detailed explainer of its working.

      Familiarity with email architectures is essential to be able to respond to various security and performance issues about mailing systems. When mailing systems and mail architectures are examined, it’s found that one of the most important security issues is with mail transfer agents (MTA).

      Postfix is one of the most secure and configurable mail transfer agents. Here’s everything you need to know about Postfix and its architecture.

    • ZDNetA new job site just for open-source jobs opens its doors | ZDNet

      There are many online job sites for technologists. They include Dice, The Ladders, and Crunchboard. But, while there are open-source programs for job sites, such as Jobberbase, there are only a handful of sites specializing in open-source jobs. Now, there’s a new entry trying to become The site for open-source technology jobs: Open Source JobHub.

      Linux New Media USA, the open-source publishing company behind Linux Magazine and FOSSlife, launched the new global job board to help people find their place in the global open-source ecosystem.

      The jobs are out there. The Linux Foundation and edX, the leading massive open online course (MOOC) provider, found in their 2021 Open Source Jobs Report more demand for top open-source workers than ever. Besides that, 92% of managers are having trouble finding enough talent and many of them are also struggling to retain their existing senior open-source staffers.

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • 9to5LinuxKubuntu Focus M2 Gen4 Linux Laptop Starts Shipping, Boasts Alder Lake CPU and QHD Display

        The 4th-generation Kubuntu Focus M2 mobile workstation promises substantial improvements across almost all components when compared with previous Kubuntu Focus M2 generations. For example, it now features a 15.6-inch QHD 1440p (2560×1440 resolution) IPS display with a whopping 165Hz refresh rate and 100% DCI-P3 color coverage (205 DPI), bigger speakers for crisper and louder sound with more bass, and faster charging with a 230W charger.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • LWNLinux 5.17.6
        I'm announcing the release of the 5.17.6 kernel.
        
        All users of the 5.17 kernel series must upgrade.
        
        The updated 5.17.y git tree can be found at:
        	git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-5.17.y
        and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser:
        
        https://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-s...
        
        thanks,
        
        greg k-h
        
      • LWNLinux 5.15.38
      • LWNLinux 5.10.114
      • LWNLinux 5.4.192
    • Bloat in Gemini: Ongoing Debate

      • Re: Bloat

        99 KLOC (53 KLOC without libraries) is relatively … a lot, for a Gemini client.

      • Re: On Bloat and Ingrates

        Sometimes I hate numbers. I’ve seen many products with good test coverage (> 80%), which don’t work at all or have rotten tests that pass without testing anything. And most software projects can be “cleaned up” to drastically reduce their LOC counters: sometimes, without any change in binary size or general clarity. Yes, LOC is a bad indicator of code quality or readability: you can always find counter-examples, and I’m not a big fan of dwm’s coding style.

        [...]

        Those who find Lagrange bloated should blame OpenSSL and SDL, and client developers definitely have multiple options to choose from. (Trying the console-based Lagrange is in my TODO list.)

      • The Agena Approach

        Lagrange’s new support for the spartan protocol has generated some discussion on whether this should count as “bloat”.

        [...]

        Solderpunk’s Agena is a gemini-to-gopher proxy. It acts as a gemini server, but if it’s sent a gemini request for an URI with scheme ‘gopher’, then it sends a gopher request to the corresponding server and translates the response into gemtext (or other appropriate mimetype) or a gemini error code, and serves it as a response to the gemini request.

      • WGAF about bloat?

        Apparently Lagrange is bloated.

        Who cares?

        This isn’t the WWW. There is not a dearth of functional browsers. Use a different one if you don’t like Lagrange.

        I’m being snarky, but also, I sincerely mean it. The more browsers we use, the less the ecosystem comes to revolve around any one in particular. Use Kristall. Use Amfora. Use a browser you like instead of one you don’t.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • How To Install HPLIP 3.22.4 On Ubuntu / Linux Mint | Tips On UNIX

        This tutorial will be helpful for beginners to download and install hplip 3.22.4 on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, Linux Mint 20.3, and other Linux distributions.

        HPLIP – HP Linux Image and Printing, developed by HP for Printing, scanning, and faxing with HP inkjet and laser-based printers on Linux platforms.

        The latest version of HPLIP 3.22.4 contains new Distro support and added support to the new printers and the HPLIP installer is available for download.

      • ID RootHow To Install Neofetch on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Neofetch on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Neofetch is a cross-platform and easy-to-use system information command-line script The Neofetch command display brief info about the respective system. It displays info such as Model, OS, Kernel, CPU, GPU, Memory, Uptime, Packages, Shell, Resolution, DE, WM, WP Theme, Theme, Icons, and Terminal.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the Neofetch command-line system information on Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 22.04 and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Pop!_OS, and more as well.

      • TechRepublicHow to use deb-get to install third-party software on Ubuntu

        If you’re looking for an easier way to install third-party software on Ubuntu, Martin Wimpress has you covered with deb-get. Jack Wallen shows you how to install and use this handy tool.

      • How To Install Docker On Ubuntu 22.04 LTS [User Guide] | Itsubuntu.com

        Docker lets you run your applications in containers as they are more resource-friendly. Ubuntu 22.04 LTS is the latest stable version of the Ubuntu operating system. In this post, we will show you the process of installing Docker on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.

      • Ubuntu HandbookEasily Install & Manage Gnome Extensions in Ubuntu 22.04 via This App | UbuntuHandbook

        Trying out different Gnome Extensions frequently? The new “Extension Manager” app is really a good choice to make life easier!

        We usually install extensions by browsing through the Gnome Extension website and using the on page on/off switch. Then, manage the settings via a separate ‘Extensions’ app. However, Ubuntu’s pre-installed Firefox does not support the process since it’s a Snap package.

        Without installing anther browser package and opening the site time by time, a new project “Extension Manager” has been created as an “App Center” for Gnome Extensions.

      • How to Install Java 17 LTS on Ubuntu 20.04 – RoseHosting

        Java is a free, open-source, high-level, object-oriented programming language that is designed to have as few implementation dependencies and it can run on all major operating systems that support Java without the need for recompilation.

        Java 17 LTS is the latest long-term support release that includes security and performance updates, and of-course bug fixes.

      • How to Install Zabbix on Debian and Ubuntu Linux – LinuxStoney

        Zabbix is ​​a complex for monitoring your server. Zabbix will also allow you to track the status of a computer network and network equipment. Zabbix is ​​also often used to monitor web servers. In this article, we will look at how to put Zabbix on the lamp stack. Today, we learn how to install zabbix on Debian and Ubuntu Linux. Let’s proceed with the installation…

      • 3 Ways To Install Node.js On Ubuntu 22.04 LTS | Itsubuntu.com

        Node.js is a JavaScript runtime and it is built on Chrome’s V8 JavaScript engine. In this Ubuntu 22.04 LTS tutorial post, we will show you the easy way to install Node.js on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. There are multiple ways to install Node.js on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. Node.js version 12.22.9, is included with Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.

      • H2S MediaHow to install Thunderbird on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Linux

        Get the simple steps in this tutorial to install Thunderbird on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy JellyFish using GUI and command terminal.

        Thunderbird is Mozilla’s developed open source email client available for Windows, macOS, Linux, and other popular operating systems. The secure and free e-mail client “Mozilla Thunderbird” supports all common e-mail accounts, can encrypt outgoing messages on request, offers an integrated RSS reader, and is highly expandable. If you want, you can even use Thunderbird as a Twitter client.

        For better organization, you can also tag individual mails similar to photos with image managers. Thanks to the integrated add-on manager, you can find and install new extensions in no time. It also offers a service called the YouSendIt service to send large files.

    • Wine or Emulation

      • Make Use OfLinux Gamers, Rejoice! Wine 7.8 Lands With Major Driver Enhancements

        The Wine project has released development version 7.8, which arrives with some tweaks to drivers that could make Windows games work better on Linux. The move could ultimately make Linux more attractive to gamers, including on Valve’s Steam Deck.

        [...]

        WINE is a compatibility layer that allows Windows programs to run on Linux and other non-Windows platforms like macOS and BSD-based systems, as well as on the Raspberry Pi. The main focus of the 7.8 release is enhancements to graphics and sound drivers for the system to improve compatibility with Windows software.

        The X11 and OSS drivers have been reworked from the standard Linux ELF format to a Portable Executable (PE) format. This means that graphics and sound drivers will work more like Windows drivers that Windows apps will expect. In simpler terms, graphics-and-sound-heavy Windows programs will run more reliably with Wine, especially games.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • Robert McQueen (GNOME Foundation): Evolving a strategy for 2022 and beyond

          As a board, we have been working on several initiatives to make the Foundation a better asset for the GNOME Project. We’re working on a number of threads in parallel, so I wanted to explain the “big picture” a bit more to try and connect together things like the new ED search and the bylaw changes.

          We’re all here to see free and open source software succeed and thrive, so that people can be be truly empowered with agency over their technology, rather than being passive consumers. We want to bring GNOME to as many people as possible so that they have computing devices that they can inspect, trust, share and learn from.

          In previous years we’ve tried to boost the relevance of GNOME (or technologies such as GTK) or solicit donations from businesses and individuals with existing engagement in FOSS ideology and technology. The problem with this approach is that we’re mostly addressing people and organisations who are already supporting or contributing FOSS in some way. To truly scale our impact, we need to look to the outside world, build better awareness of GNOME outside of our current user base, and find opportunities to secure funding to invest back into the GNOME project.

        • LinuxiacShortwave 3.0 Free Radio Player Comes with Support for GNOME 42

          Shortwave internet radio player has reached version 3.0, adding new UI improvements and supporting the new GNOME 42 dark mode.

          Internet radio is a digital audio service transmitted via the Internet. The internet radio stations have a huge advantage – you can access them from any geographic location.

          Of course, you may listen to them using a variety of tools. Let us introduce you to Shortwave – one of the best apps for listening to internet radio. The good news is it’s open-source and completely free.

          Shortwave is a GTK-based internet radio player written in Rust, created as the successor of Gradio, and uses radio-browser.info as its radio stations database, which features more than 30,000 radio stations.

    • Distributions

      • New Releases

        • A Magic Mirror for Raspberry Pi (MagicMirror²) – Binary Emotions

          MagicMirror² is an open source modular smart mirror platform. With a growing list of installable modules, the MagicMirror² allows you to convert your hallway or bathroom mirror into your personal assistant. MagicMirror² is the winner in the official Raspberry Pi magazine’s 50th issue celebration feature voted by the Raspberry Pi community.

          This plugin installs in a few steps the MagicMirror² project on top of Raspberry Digital Signage. Code is built by the creator of the original MagicMirror with the incredible help of a growing community of contributors.

      • Arch Family

        • TechRepublicArch Linux finally adds a new installer to ease a rather challenging process | TechRepublic

          Arch Linux is known as an operating system for pros, for those who really know the ins and outs of Linux. If you want Arch that requires a bit less skill, there’s always the likes of Manjaro. But if you want the real deal, know that it’s going to be a bit of a challenge from the outset.

          However, the developers of Arch Linux have finally added a tool that makes the installation process a bit easier. Before you get too excited, no, it’s not a beautiful GUI that makes it so anyone (with even only a cursory knowledge of Linux) can install with ease. Arch Linux still relies on a text-based installer. However, this new text-based menu system does guide you through the installation of Arch Linux in such a way that, once you get the hang of it, you shouldn’t have any problems finishing the job.

          How does it work? Let me show you.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Lennart Poettering: Fitting Everything Together

          Over the past years, systemd gained a number of components for building Linux-based operating systems. While these components individually have been adopted by many distributions and products for specific purposes, we did not publicly communicate a broader vision of how they should all fit together in the long run. In this blog story I hope to provide that from my personal perspective, i.e. explain how I personally would build an OS and where I personally think OS development with Linux should go.

          I figure this is going to be a longer blog story, but I hope it will be equally enlightening. Please understand though that everything I write about OS design here is my personal opinion, and not one of my employer.

          For the last 12 years or so I have been working on Linux OS development, mostly around systemd. In all those years I had a lot of time thinking about the Linux platform, and specifically traditional Linux distributions and their strengths and weaknesses. I have seen many attempts to reinvent Linux distributions in one way or another, to varying success. After all this most would probably agree that the traditional RPM or dpkg/apt-based distributions still define the Linux platform more than others (for 25+ years now), even though some Linux-based OSes (Android, ChromeOS) probably outnumber the installations overall.

          And over all those 12 years I kept wondering, how would I actually build an OS for a system or for an appliance, and what are the components necessary to achieve that. And most importantly, how can we make these components generic enough so that they are useful in generic/traditional distributions too, and in other use cases than my own.

        • 10 Best Features of Fedora 36 That Makes it a Powerful Release

          A list of 10 best Fedora 36 Features that you should know about before you try this version of Fedora Linux.

        • Yahoo NewsDepartment for Work and Pensions Improves Service Delivery Time to Meet Record Demand with Red Hat
        • Red Hat OfficialHow Nokia and Red Hat are bringing cloud RAN to reality [Ed: Everything is being rebranded "clown" now (to fake a sense of novelty), even networks]

          Two worlds are meeting as parallel technologies advance: cloud-native applications, and the disaggregation of functions for radio access networks (RANs). In both cases the platform technologies are mature enough to converge in a production environment. This unlocks new opportunities for communications service providers (CSPs) to gain competitive edge through faster innovation and greater flexibility, and they are exploring these in earnest. Nokia’s Jane Rygaard, Head of Dedicated Wireless Networks and Edge Clouds, and Red Hat CTO Chris Wright discussed this recently in an interview with Telecom TV: Accelerating cloud RAN technology innovation in the 5G era.

      • Debian Family

        • Meike Reichle & Debian Dating

          People who really believe in free software don’t just vanish like this.

          When professional women come to a Debian event and they see all the women there are already part of a couple it gives them a very bad feeling.

          The promotion of non-developing developers has benefited a lot of girlfriends who acquired voting rights over the heads of real developers.

          Debian is spending all this money on legal fees to cover up these relationships…

          [...]

          On 5 December 2018, the Debian leader’s ex-girlfriend, Molly de Blanc, who never did any technical work, was given the highest rank, Debian Developer. How would Lucy Wayland and all the other women feel? When women see a promotion like that, they feel that their skills are being ignored and the only way to get ahead is to sleep with somebody.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • 9to5LinuxUbuntu 21.10 (Impish Indri) Will Reach End of Life on July 14th, 2022

          Dubbed “Impish Indripo”, Ubuntu 21.10 was released on October 14th, 2021, and it’s an interim release supported with software and security updates for only nine months.

          Canonical already slated the end-of-life for Ubuntu 21.10 on July 14th, 2022, two months from the moment of writing this article, to give users enough time to upgrade their installations to the latest Ubuntu release, in this case, Ubuntu 22.04 LTS (Jammy Jellyfish).

        • UbuntuWhat is supercomputing? [part 3] | Ubuntu

          These days, supercomputing has become a synonym for high-performance computing. However, they are not exactly interchangeable: supercomputers and supercomputing generally refer to the larger cluster deployments and the computation that takes place there, while HPC mainly refers to a computation that’s performed using extremely fast computers on clusters that can vary from small scale HPC clusters to large supercomputers. Most often HPC clusters and supercomputers even share most of the same architecture and are both being built out of commodity servers. But of course, some systems are still being built to reflect a closer representation of supercomputing as it was known in the past.

          Historically, supercomputing was a type of high-performance computing that took advantage of a special set of systems. Similar to the HPC clusters of today, they worked on massively complex or data-heavy problems, although comparing the two is a little bit like comparing apples to pears when it comes to computing power. Even a mere mobile phone today is more powerful than the first supercomputers. For example, some mobile phones can reach a few gigaflops whereas the CDC 6600 was estimated to deliver about 3 megaflops.

          However, at the time, supercomputers were more powerful than anything else on the market, very expensive to build and develop, and their architecture was far superior to the personal computers that were available at the time. That is why they were called supercomputers. They were the original HPC systems and were generally reserved for the realm of governments and research universities. Unlike current HPC clusters, supercomputers were quite different in terms of architecture. Ultimately, they were huge multi-processor systems with very specialised functionality.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Apache BlogThe Apache News Round-up: week ending 6 May 2022

        Welcome, May –we’re opening the month with another great week. Here’s what the Apache community has been up to

      • Web Browsers

        • Mozilla

          • Thunderbird could come to Android sooner rather than later – LinuxStoney

            After years of stumbling without a certain destination, it seems that the situation of Thunderbird is clearing up and that the project has ambitious plans, since its arrival on Android could take place sooner rather than later, according to one of the main people in charge of the application.

            The story comes from a Twitter conversion featuring Adam Overa, a staff writer at Tom’s Hardware, and Jason Evangelho, a well-known Linux popularizer and recently Thunderbird marketing manager.

            Overa asked in response to the tweet in which Evangelho announced his new position if it was possible to polish the user interface and have a mobile application. Evangelho responded by saying that he was going to ask his now colleagues about the possibility of the email client reaching mobile phones, and Ryan Lee Sipes , manager of product and business development at Thunderbird, appeared there, saying that the mobile application is in road .

            The reason why we have said Android at the beginning instead of mobile phones is because Sipes retweeted a montage of Overa in which the phrase “release APK file” , or what comes to the same thing, a installation package for Android.

      • Programming/Development

        • I ProgrammerOracle’s Java Losing Out To Amazon’s

          From having around three-quarters of the Java market in 2022, its share has now fallen to just over a third. In the same period Amazon has gone from a 2% share to 22%.

        • The Hare Programming LanguageImplementing an SSH agent in Hare

          In the process of writing an SSH agent for Himitsu, I needed to implement many SSH primitives from the ground up in Hare, now available via hare-ssh. Today, I’m going to show you how it works!

  • Leftovers

    • Speed Fever

      The other night in Barcelona I was walking around the gothic quarter. I just got done eating some halal food from a place someone had recommended to me, and after miscommunicating to the staff that I wanted it for take out instead of dine in, I was forced to gobble my delicious little falafel in the street. No water either. I was so worried I may need some water that it occupied my mind a bit more than the food did. You know when you eat too fast and you get a hard lump of food stuck in your chest? That’s what I was thinking about. After doing some visual meditations with Chris, I realized that it was perfectly possible for me to ignore my senses. I think our minds only have a set amount of space to store conscious perception, one that’s shared between our 5 senses and our thoughts. If one is full enough in thought, the stream of information from your senses may get tossed aside for lack of room, even if it’s a delicious steaming falafel in Spain.

    • The Tell Rick and Morty Missed

      Rick & Morty’s parallel episodes show myriad alternative versions. There’s Fat Rick, Juggling Rick, et c.

    • Source Sandals

      This is an amazing piece of fine engineering, with sustainability in mind. In addition, these sandals are very economical: in the long term, they’re extremely long-lasting. The warranty covers the things that matter (my sandals are still covered), and I’ve heard of people who received a new pair from the factory, after phasing out an old pair in favor a new but defective one. In the short term, they’re relatively affordable, especially if you buy them during the annual summer discounts. (However, I don’t know if they’re available at the same price internationally, and it’s not surprising that comparable imported sandals, like Teva’s, tend to cost cost much more here.)

    • Science

      • I wish I was smart

        So I had interview today.

        I was asked some very basic programming questions. I barely could answer half of them…

        I could go over what I asked but it was basically “what does keyword mean” or “what is
        difference between x and y”

        I didn’t really know many of it. I am bit bummed.

        I was never really taught these things, nor never really learned them on my own.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Bruce SchneierApple Mail Now Blocks Email Trackers [Ed: Apple itself does the tracking of users; Bruce Schneier has become useless at those things, maybe time to retire already... he keeps promoting GAFAM talking points instead of security; Bruce Schneier also inadvertently reveals that he uses Web pages in place of Email]
        • Security

          • LWNSecurity updates for Monday

            Security updates have been issued by CentOS (firefox and thunderbird), Debian (ecdsautils and libz-mingw-w64), Fedora (cifs-utils, firefox, galera, git, java-1.8.0-openjdk, java-11-openjdk, java-17-openjdk, java-latest-openjdk, mariadb, maven-shared-utils, mingw-freetype, redis, and seamonkey), Mageia (dcraw, firefox, lighttpd, rsyslog, ruby-nokogiri, and thunderbird), Scientific Linux (thunderbird), SUSE (giflib, kernel, and libwmf), and Ubuntu (dbus and rsyslog).

          • Linux Foundation’s Site/BlogOpenSSF Announces 15 New Members To Further Strengthen Open Source Software Supply Chain Security [Ed: A very bizarre notion of “security”]

            This round of commitments is led by two new premier members, Atlassian and Sonatype, who will join the OpenSSF governing board. New general member commitments come from Arnica, Bloomberg, Comcast, Cycode, F5 Networks, Futurewei Technologies, Legit Security, Sectrend, SUSE, and Tenable.

          • Yahoo NewsOpenSSF Announces 15 New Members To Further Strengthen Open Source Software Supply Chain Security
          • BPFDoor: Chinese tool almost undetected for FIVE years is second BPF-based attack uncovered this year

            Researchers have uncovered a highly-evasive Chinese surveillance tool using the Berkeley Packet Filter (BPF). The malware, dubbed BPFDoor, is present on “thousands” of Linux systems, its controller has gone almost completely unnoticed by endpoint protection vendors despite it being in use for at least five years.

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • AccessNowWhat will it take for mass surveillance tech companies to respond on human rights?

              It’s been at least 485 days since we and local partners first tried to contact companies that distribute mass surveillance technology in Latin America. In August 2021, jointly with Asociación por los Derechos Civiles (ADC), the Laboratório de Políticas Públicas e Internet (LAPIN), and LaLibre.net (Tecnologías Comunitarias), we launched a report on some of the companies deploying such tech in Argentina, Brazil, and Ecuador, drawing attention to the opacity of their agreements with the governments. We hope this blog post serves to solicit a serious response from the companies about their operations and responsibility to respect human rights. Below, we share what has happened since we published our report, and the questions we want to see answered.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Public KnowledgeBiden Administration Signals Short-Term Win, Uncertain Future on Broadband Policy – Public Knowledge

        Today, President Biden and Vice President Harris will announce that the administration is accepting voluntary commitments from broadband providers to offer $30 a month internet service to qualifying low-income consumers as part of the existing Federal Communications Commission’s Affordable Connectivity Program.

        These voluntary commitments form a strange juxtaposition to the aggressive delay efforts orchestrated by the very same broadband providers, wireless carriers, and broadcasters the FCC regulates to stall the confirmation of Gigi Sohn, a strong consumer champion, to the agency. These delay tactics hamstring the agency’s work to provide oversight and enforceable consumer protections for affordable broadband for all Americans. Public Knowledge urges the Biden administration to support its nominee by securing Ms. Sohn’s Senate confirmation and clarifying its commitment to the long-term protection of consumers in the broadband market.

    • Monopolies

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  17. Microsoft Windows is a 'Burning Platform' (Both on the Server Side and the Client Side)

    'Burning platform' is a derogatory term from Microsoft's Elop; ironically, today's 'burning platform' is actually Windows, even if the corporate media isn't talking about that



  18. Links 01/07/2022: Nitrux 2.2.1 and Raspberry Pi Pico W Chatter

    Links for the day



  19. Links 01/07/2022: Wayland 1.21.0 and SteamOS 3.3 Beta

    Links for the day



  20. IRC Proceedings: Thursday, June 30, 2022

    IRC logs for Thursday, June 30, 2022



  21. [Meme] EPO Election (Auction)

    The corruption at the EPO did not end with Benoît Battistelli‘s departure; it’s still deepening



  22. Links 01/07/2022: Condres OS 1.0 and Microsoft Losing More Share in Web Servers

    Links for the day



  23. Published 10 Minutes Ago: IRCNow by Aaron Lin

    This talk was uploaded moments ago. “Of the users, by the users, for the users…”



  24. Links 30/06/2022: PostgreSQL 15 Beta 2

    Links for the day



  25. Links 30/06/2022: Pine64 Has RISC-V-Based Raspberry Pi Rival, Pico W Introduced

    Links for the day



  26. IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, June 29, 2022

    IRC logs for Wednesday, June 29, 2022



  27. It's 2022 and Installing Software in GNU/Linux Has Never Been Easier

    GNU/Linux is easy to use and extend; the above demonstrates how new software gets installed, removed, and updated in KDE Neon



  28. Sitting Down Less

    Avoiding long periods of sitting down is important for one's health, especially in sedentary lifestyles or jobs



  29. Microsoft Windows Market Share in Russia in 2022: Down From 55% to 50% in 5 Months

    As June ends (last day today) let’s examine the rapid demise of Windows in Russia, even before the exodus media speaks of this week (an ongoing story)



  30. European Patent Office is a Kakistocracy Illustrated

    Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos aren’t just a “dark era” for the EPO; they might in fact be the end of the EPO, having made corruption the “new normal” or “new ways of working”


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