Links 10/05/2022: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9

Posted in News Roundup at 6:42 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • TechRepublicThe Razer Lambda Tensorbook deep learning laptop is a milestone in pure Linux power

        If I’ve ever experienced a more niche piece of hardware, I cannot recall what it was. The Lambda Tensorbook is niche at its best … and I mean that in all positive permutations of the phrase. This laptop is an absolute beast that shrugs off anything you throw at it (especially when you’re doing ML training with the GPU). So if machine learning and AI are your jam (and you’re willing to pony up the $3,499 for the base model), this laptop is what you want.

        It’s expensive, it’s heavy, and it can get pretty hot, but when you need unrivaled mobile power for ML/AI, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better option.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • VideoChina To Ditch 50 Mil Windows PCs for Linux – Invidious

        The chinese government wants to stop supporting western PC brands and software so they plan to replace millions upon millions of systems with local brands like Lenovo and a Linux based operating system

      • VideoHey, DT! Will You Create Your Own Desktop Environment? – Invidious

        On this episode of Hey, DT: 0:00 Intro 0:21 I don’t feel like this is shared enough but I wanted to personally thank you… 3:45 I switch to an Arch-base distro and need a program not in the repos. 7:06 Can you find a full desktop environment that is as light as a window manager? 8:40 I’ve been a Windows user all my life. Is Linux Mint Xfce recommended? 11:35 Why are you using an Android phone and not a Linux phone? 15:06 Is this your channel as well? (YouTube link) 18:00 Hi from England, your content is great, have you written any books on Linux? 19:24 You said that if you created a desktop environment, you’d use Haskell… 21:59 Thanks to the Patrons!

    • Kernel Space

      • The Register UKAsahi Linux progress in graphics drivers on Apple’s M1 • The Register

        Progress was made in persuading 3D graphics to work in Linux on Apple’s M1 over the weekend – in the form of a blue rabbit.

        Alyssa Rosenzweig, who is leading development of the Panfrost and Asahi Linux graphics drivers, showed off her continuing work in a succession of tweets involving Glmark2, an OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics performance benchmark tool for GNU/Linux, successfully rendering the bunny in 3D detail..

    • Applications

      • Ubuntu PitTop 10 Open Source Bug and Issue Tracking Tools for Linux

        Developers and software engineers build programs with extra care and efficiency. However, the way of developing software demands bug fixing and issue tracking. In this way, after running several beta tests and tracking issues, developers make a tool smooth for a better user experience. In Linux, there are tons of free, paid, and open source bug and issue tracking tools that can help you track down the bugs and get reports from users and testers to make your applications and softwares one step ahead.

      • “Say thank you. Report bugs.”

        There is a great gem of advice in StackSmith wrote that I don’t want to get lost in all this discussion about software size and the “philosophy” of CLI programs from the 1970s.


        Someone worked hard, most likely out of love, building the Gemini client or server or service you are using. Consider dropping them a note to say thank you. Trust me, it helps a lot.

      • Gemipedia: a Gemini interface to Wikipedia

        Today I’m releasing Gemipedia, a Gemini interface to Wikipedia focused on an awesome reading experience.

      • MakeTech Easier5 Tools to Easily Create a Custom Linux Distro

        With so many Linux distros out there, you are probably wondering why someone would want to create their own distro instead of getting a ready-made one. While in most cases a ready-made distro is fine, if you want to have a distro that is 100 percent tailored to your needs, you may have to create your own.

        With the right tools, creating your own Linux distro isn’t as hard as it seems, though it takes time for sure. There are many tools for the purpose – some of them are universal, and some of them are distro-specific. Here are a few of them.

    • Instructionals/Technical

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

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install MariaDB on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, MariaDB is an open-source relational database management system, commonly used as an alternative to MySQL. It being a MySQL fork implies that MariaDB offers similar features and performance metrics with the advantage of being free and completely open-source.

        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 MariaDB open-source database server 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.

      • ByteXDUse Quickemu to Run Windows, macOS & Linux Virtual Machines

        Virtualization is one of the most popular technologies utilized by most people and organizations who want to run multiple systems on single server hardware.

        Also, most cloud platforms (if not all) use virtual machines to host customer data and services.

        Some of the most popular Virtualization platforms are VMware and VirtualBox.

        Vmware is a commercial app, and you will need to pay a subscription fee, while the latter is free and open-source.

        If you are a Linux user, there is a relatively new software that you can use to spin Virtual machines – Quickkemu.

        QuickEmu is a command-line wrapper for the popular Virtualization tool known as Qemu.

      • H2S MediaInstall PostgreSQL Server & Client on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy

        In this tutorial, we will learn how to install PostgreSQL Database Client and Server on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy JellyFish using the command terminal.

        PostgreSQL Database is a object-relational database management system (ORDBMS). It differs from relational database management systems such as MySQL in that even complex data objects can be stored relationally in the database. It is distributed under a free BSD license and can be used platform-independently. PostgreSQL is a free database management system that appeared in 1996.

      • ByteXDHow to Install & Use Bottles to Run Windows Apps on Linux

        One of the biggest hurdles for Windows users switching to Linux is the application compatibility issue.

        Some of the apps that you could efficiently run on Windows don’t include support for Linux systems. Some of the most affected categories of users are gamers and graphic designers.

        A very high percentage of all the games and graphic software developed only support Windows and maybe macOS. Games and apps like Adobe (Photoshop), Microsoft Office, .NET Framework, Starcraft, and many more are only available for Windows.

      • Julia EvansPages that didn’t make it into “How DNS Works”

        When I started writing that zine (in, uh, January 2021), I originally had in mind a broader zine on “everything you need to know to own a domain”. So it had a bunch of pages on domain registration, TLS, and email.

        At the time I thought “I can just explain DNS in like 5 pages, it’s not that complicated, there will be lots of space for other topics about domains”. I was extremely wrong about that and it turned out I needed all 28 pages to explain DNS. So I ended up deciding to just focus the zine on DNS and all those other topics didn’t make it into the final zine.

      • GNU Linux Debian 11 – Gnome Boxes – an Open Source VirtualBox replacement?
      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install Redream on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install Redream 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.

      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install Apache Solr on Ubuntu 22.04
      • When (not) to use the syslog-ng disk-buffer – Blog – syslog-ng Community – syslog-ng Community

        The syslog-ng disk buffer is one of the most often used syslog-ng options to ensure message delivery. However, it is not always necessary and using the safest variant has serious performance impacts. If you utilize disk-buffer in your syslog-ng configuration, it is worth to make sure that you use a recent syslog-ng version.

        From this blog, you can learn when to use the disk-buffer option, the main differences between reliable and non-reliable disk-buffer, and why is it worth to use the latest syslog-ng version.

      • Document FoundationCzech translation of LibreOffice Getting Started Guide 7.3

        Indeed, many thanks to everyone in the Czech community for their work! Learn more about LibreOffice’s documentation project here.

      • Ubuntu Handbook[Quick Tip] How to Set Solid Color Background in Ubuntu 22.04 | UbuntuHandbook

        This quick tutorial shows how to easily set a solid color as background wallpaper in your Ubuntu 22.04 PC/laptop.

        To stay focused and increase productivity, user may set a solid color desktop background which can also reduce eye strain. And, a black background will consume significantly less power especially for AMOLED displays.

        If you already downloaded a solid color wallpaper from web, or created one via an image editor, simply click the “Add Picture” button in system settings -> Background. Then, your image will be there as a choice.

      • FAQForgeHow to Install Featherpad Text Editor on Ubuntu

        Featherpad is a unique text editor for programming. It directly competes with major text editors. However, Featherpad is based on Qt engine. It has some unique features like drag and drop of attachment. The tabs can be detached and the editor can autosave the progress.

        I will install it on Ubuntu 22.04 and show you how to do it on your Ubuntu system. The instructions are quite friendly to Ubuntu and related distributions. You must not mess up with Debian installing Ubuntu packages as it may create a technical issue.

      • CitizixHow to host helm charts with gitlab package registry

        Helm helps you manage Kubernetes applications — Helm Charts help you define, install, and upgrade even the most complex Kubernetes application. Helm charts are a collection of Kubernetes YAML manifests distributed as a single package. They make it faster and easier to deploy complex applications in your cluster. Using GitLab as a ledger allows your team to store charts with your code in an organization-managed repository.

      • HowTo GeekHow to Set the Default Gateway in Linux

        Access to the internet—or any other network—is governed by the default gateway. We explain what a default gateway is, and how to set and change it on your Linux computer.

      • OSNoteHow to Install JAVA JDK on AlmaLinux 8, CentOS 8 and Rocky Linux 8 – OSNote

        Java is a popular programming language used to build a variety of apps and websites. But what is the real story of Java, and who uses it?

        Java has been around since 1995. It was released by Sun Microsystems as a programming language for “smart” consumer devices, particularly those with multimedia capabilities. This included interactive television systems as well as some early smartphones. Much later on, in 2006, Oracle Corporation acquired Sun Microsystems, and with it the Java programming language. However, this isn’t why most people know about Java today.

      • OSNoteHow to Install Hyper Terminal in Ubuntu – OSNote

        Any Ubuntu release includes several command-line interfaces (CLIs) that you may use to suit your unique requirements. The console’s adaptability and simplicity of use are enhanced by its development in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Hyper Terminal also provides a wide selection of additional features, and that’s why the bulk of people prefer it. As just a consequence, this article will show you how to install Hyper Terminal. Hyper Terminal appears to be a command interface that is compatible with Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows (OS).

      • VideoHow to install Ubuntu MATE 22.04 LTS – Invidious

        In this video, I am going to show how to install Ubuntu MATE 22.04 LTS.

    • Games

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

    • Distributions

      • ZDNetEndeavorOS is an Arch Linux distribution for all | ZDNet

        If you’ve ever dipped your toes into the Linux waters, you’ve probably heard of Arch Linux. On the scale of Ubuntu (user friendly) to incredibly challenging (Gentoo), pure Arch Linux lands somewhere near the top. But even Arch Linux is making strides to achieve a much more user-friendly platform (such is the case with the release of the new menu-based installer).

        But for those who want to lower the barrier of entry for Arch Linux, there are options, one of which is EndeavorOS. This version of Arch Linux strives to be accessible and usable to anyone, regardless of skill level. And although EndeavorOS isn’t nearly as user-friendly as the likes of Ubuntu and Linux Mint, it is at least considerably easier to install than pure Arch Linux. And the inclusion of a handy Welcome app makes getting up to speed with EndeavorOS a fairly painless process.

        Recently, the developers launched the latest version of EndeavorOS, Apollo, and although it includes all the tools necessary to make it a power user’s dream distribution, I’m confident this new release would feel right at home under the fingers of someone who has only recently discovered Linux.

      • SUSE/OpenSUSE

        • SUSE’s Corporate BlogExplore the Future of Linux at SUSECON Digital 2022

          I cannot wait to join you all at SUSECON Digital 2022 on June 7-9, when I will again have the pleasure of leading the Business Critical Linux keynote.

        • SUSE’s Corporate BlogKubernetes in Docker Desktop Just Got Easier with Epinio | SUSE Communities

          Epinio takes developers from application to URL in one step. In this blog post, I’m going to tell you about the new Epinio extension for Docker Desktop, that allows you to run Epinio on your laptop. DevOps are very interested in the details of containerized workloads and Kubernetes especially, but for developers, the abstraction layer provided by Kubernetes might not be too relevant to their daily work. And managing a Kubernetes cluster certainly is above and beyond for most application developers.

          However, deploying an application with Epinio is possible with very little Kubernetes knowledge. On a real cluster, Epinio also offers several advantages to operators, but that is a story for another post.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Fedora MagazaineAnnouncing Fedora Linux 36

          Today, I’m excited to share the results of the hard work of thousands of Fedora Project contributors: our latest release, Fedora Linux 36, is here!

        • Fedora MagazaineFedora Magazine: What’s new in Fedora Workstation 36

          The latest release of Fedora Workstation 36 continues the Fedora Project’s ongoing commitment to delivering the latest innovations in the open source world. This article describes some of the notable user-facing changes that appear in this version.

        • LinuxiacFedora Linux 36 Is Now Available for Download, This Is What’s New

          Fedora 36, Red Hat’s free Linux distro, brings an updated desktop experience and some behind-the-scenes tweaks.

          Red Hat’s community Linux distro Fedora version 36 rolled out in beta on March 28, 2022, and today, almost a month later, Fedora 36 is officially released and available for download.

          While the emphasis remains on a desktop PC with cutting-edge everything, Fedora 36 focuses on extending existing features and improving support. It’s a nice middle-of-the-road update that combines the new features we’ve seen in recent Fedora and GNOME desktop releases and some refinements.

          So without further ado, let’s get started by inspecting what’s new.

        • Release Notes

          This document provides the release notes for Fedora Linux 36. It describes major changes offered as compared to Fedora Linux 35.

        • LWNFedora 36 released [LWN.net]

          The Fedora 36 release is now available. Improvements include GNOME 42, Wayland support by default on systems with NVIDIA graphics, Podman 4.0, Ansible 5, the removal of support for legacy ifcfg configuration files, GCC 12, and more; see the release notes for details.

        • Its FOSS17 Things to do After Installing Fedora 36

          Fedora 36 is an exciting upgrade with numerous features and visual treats.

          Can’t wait already? If you already installed (or upgraded) Fedora 36, we recommend following a few important things that can help enhance your desktop experience with Fedora 36.

          If you still haven’t installed it, you may want to check out the feature list of Fedora 36 to explore more about it.

        • Its FOSSFedora 35 v Fedora 36: What’s the Difference? – It’s FOSS News

          Fedora 36 is an impressive release with a list of interesting feature upgrades.

          While Fedora 35 included GNOME 41 and debuted with a new KDE variant (Fedora Kinoite) and several other technical changes, Fedora 36 is another interesting upgrade.

          Fedora 36 packs in GNOME 42 with new feature additions, and some usual technical improvements.

        • Its FOSSFedora 36 Releases With GNOME 42 and Linux Kernel 5.17 – It’s FOSS News

          After six months of development, Fedora 36 is finally here! This release packs some massive changes, notably GNOME 42 (and all its associated features).


          GNOME 42 is the biggest improvement, with several visual upgrades and changes. You can check out the best GNOME 42 features if you are curious.

          Some associated changes are the key highlights of the release. Accompanying them are Plasma 5.24 and XFCE 4.16 as available editions.

          The LXQt desktop environment has been upgraded to 1.0.0 on Fedora 36.

        • How To Upgrade To Fedora 36 : Fedora Linux 36 Released | Itsubuntu.com

          Fedora Linux 36 is now officially available for download. You can download Fedora Linux 36 right now from the official website. Fedora Linux 36 is powered by Linux Kernel 5.17. You will find the GNOME 42 desktop environment on Fedora 36.

        • Beta NewsFedora Linux 36 is finally here and it is much better than Ubuntu

          Ubuntu is a great Linux-based operating system that seems to get all the attention. Truth be told, however, Fedora is the better Linux distribution. Hell, some would argue it is the overall best distro. Quite frankly, if you are an open source champion, you should be using Fedora. It is the perfect no-nonsense distribution, and best of all. it largely focuses on truly free and open source software.

          Today, following some delays, Fedora 36 finally becomes available for download. While hardly an exciting update, this new version of the Linux-based operating system is notable for utilizing GNOME 42 and kernel 5.17. Plus, for those using an NVIDIA GPU and driver, you will now get Wayland by default. You can read full release notes here.

          Acknowledging the rather lackluster update, Matthew Miller, Fedora project leader explains, “Sometimes small improvements can make a big impact. This latest version of Fedora Linux brings many under-the-hood improvements for a variety of use cases. This helps us fulfill our mission: we make an innovative platform for hardware, clouds, and containers that enables software developers and community members to build tailored solutions for their users.”

        • Linux Foundation’s Site/BlogCreate Impact Change with the 2022 Call for Code [ED: IBM call for slaves. A new LF marketing campaign for a deeply racist company. LF still does greenwashing for IBM while this goes on.]

          I am always amazed at the impact we all have coming together, using our collective talents for good. Combining our collective brain power, skills, time, and resources produces stellar results – maybe it is better rendering management for films that entertain with mind-bending CGIs or improving automated software testing and deployment so developers can spend more time on innovation. Human ingenuity is amazing!

        • Red HatIntroducing Red Hat OpenShift extension for Docker Desktop

          Today we are announcing our new Red Hat OpenShift extension for Docker Desktop, which helps developers with all of the different steps required to get an application running on Kubernetes. The extension aims to provide a bridge from your local environment to the environments where you run your applications.

        • Red Hat OfficialFueling the spark of innovation

          Open source can fan the sparks of potential around the world, unlike any system that has ever existed. It solves two fundamental problems that limit innovation:…

        • Red Hat OfficialRed Hat CEO Paul Cormier: The new normal for IT starts with open source

          Globally we saw nearly every industry go to 100% remote working overnight. Regardless of industry and size, organizations learned to operate virtually and on-demand. Companies needed to deliver goods and services to customers without a set brick-and-mortar footprint. We saw new tech hubs emerge in unlikely places because workers we no longer bound by needing to be based in specific cities. Newly-remote workers realized that they didn’t have to be tied to a physical office, and organizations focused on hiring new talent based on skill and not location.

        • Red Hat OfficialRed Hat Defines a New Epicenter for Innovation with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9

          Red Hat, Inc., the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today introduced Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9, the Linux operating system designed to drive more consistent innovation across the open hybrid cloud, from bare metal servers to cloud providers and the farthest edge of enterprise networks. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9 is designed to drive enterprise transformation in parallel with evolving market forces and customer demands in an automated and distributed IT world. The platform will be generally available in the coming weeks.

        • The Register UKAt last, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9.0 slips out

          Red Hat has officially lifted the lid on version 9 of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), code-named Plow, the latest major version of the dominant paid-for, commercial server Linux.

          This release aims to roll out features and functionality without being too different from its older siblings.

          Version 9 represents a number of firsts. It’s the first major release since IBM’s acquisition of Red Hat concluded in July 2019 – RHEL 8.0 came out two months before. It’s also the first major version of the enterprise distribution since Red Hat redefined its free enterprise distro CentOS as being upstream of RHEL rather than a rebuild of it.

          The Reg looked at the beta last year. This release is based on Fedora 34, which we covered in March last year. That means several significant changes for desktop users, including GNOME 40, which should run on Wayland by default, the Pipewire audio server, and incremental updates to Flatpak packages.

        • ZDNetRed Hat Enterprise Linux 9: Security baked in | ZDNet

          Boston: Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) has been the Linux for business for a generation now. Today, RHEL touches more than $13 trillion of the global economy. Remember when people used to think Linux couldn’t handle big business? Ha! With the release of RHEL 9 at the Red Hat Summit in Boston, Red Hat improved its offerings from the open hybrid cloud to bare metal servers to cloud providers and the farthest edge of enterprise networks.

        • Video: RHEL 9 released

          As predicted, RHEL9 was released today.. as was RHEL 8.6 and Fedora 36. Big release day. Here’s a marketing video on the new release. I’m sure more videos, some with actual technical content, will follow.

      • Debian Family

        • Daniele Scasciafratte & Mozilla, OSCAL, Albania dating

          Debian Community News has also published evidence that many of the women who received travel bursaries are not publishing code.

          It is obvious that many of the women in red t-shirts are being paid to attend the Albanian conferences and pretend to be volunteers. They come and sit in the workshops to make the room look full. They ask questions and then at the end of the day they all disappear. There is no follow up on any of the topics presented. As soon as they receive their cash payment at the end of the day, all these women vanish.

          If this is so obvious, why do the leaders of free software organizations continue to give their developers travel funds to go to events in Albania?

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • UbuntuUbuntu Blog: Linux on Mac takes the next step with Multipass 1.9

          This week, the Multipass team announced a new version of the VM manager and local mini-cloud. Multipass makes it easy to run Linux virtual machines on Mac, Windows, and Linux hosts by providing a streamlined CLI that abstracts away the admin overhead of working with VMs.

          This new update comes with some exciting new features, including enhanced networking and suspend capabilities on macOS, and the ability to authenticate clients, which allows Multipass to run as an unprivileged user. Last but not least: this update enables Multipass users to run our 22.04 Ubuntu release, Jammy Jellyfish, on Mac and Windows.

        • HackadayFramework Board Gets This Round Display PC Rolling | Hackaday

          [Penk] has Ubuntu 22.04 LTS loaded up right now, and he reports that everything works as expected, though there are a few xrandr commands you’ll need to run in order for the system to work properly with the circular display. The standard Ubuntu UI doesn’t look particularly well suited to such an unusual viewport, but we imagine that’s an issue you’ll have to learn to live with when experimenting with such an oddball screen.

        • UbuntuHP brings the power of Ubuntu-based data science to Windows workstations [Ed: The official Ubuntu blog is promoting Windows laptops. This is how pathetic and supine Canonical has become. Don't use Ubuntu.]
    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • [Older] The Register UKApache says Struts 2 security bug wasn’t fully fixed in 2020

        The security flaw exists in Struts versions 2.0.0 to 2.5.29, and an attacker could exploit it to gain control of a vulnerable system.

      • The Register UKAlibaba opens up code for federated learning platform [Ed: GitHub is proprietary software; seems like the wrong way to "open up"]

        Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has open-sourced a federated learning platform it claims protects privacy by enabling the development of machine learning algorithms without having to share training data.

      • FSFE46 Sign OS Freedom Open Letter +++ Fair Market App +++ Your Digital Rights

        The EU is redefining their ecodesign criteria for environmentally friendly electronics. The FSFE provided input by publishing an open letter demanding the right to install any software on any electronic device. This right would allow to keep our devices longer, but it requires manufacturers to follow certain rules. For example, manufacturers must be required to unlock bootloaders on all devices, including computers, tablets and phones; they must also publish full specifications for every component on the device. This allows us and any third party to better repair our devices, and even reuse parts of them. The use of Open Standards is also necessary for devices to communicate and operate with each other.

        Initially 38 organisations agreed on the necessity of these conditions and signed the open letter before publication. It is still possible to sign the letter and more than 45 organisations have now signed. It speaks volumes that tech companies, right to repair initiatives, and important environmental organisations support the right to install any software on any device.

      • MedevelCaBr2 Generates a safety data sheets for lab experiments

        It is written in Angular and can be either used as a standalone desktop application or as a static webpage with WASM bindings and an API server to generate PDFs.


        The project is released under the GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE version 3.0.

      • Content Management Systems (CMS)

        • WordPress 6.0 Release Candidate 2 (RC2) Now Available for Testing – WordPress News

          The next release candidate for WordPress 6.0 is now available!

          WordPress 6.0 is scheduled for release on May 24th, 2022 – just two weeks from today.

          “Release Candidate” means that this version of WordPress is ready for release! Since the WordPress ecosystem includes thousands of plugins and themes, it is important that everyone within the WordPress community check to see if anything was missed along the way. That means the project would love your help.

          Thank you to everyone who has contributed towards testing and logging issues to help make WordPress 6.0 stable (and awesome). WordPress still needs your help testing, especially theme and plugin developers.

      • FSF

        • FSFFSF board shares next steps in board nomination process

          The board of the Free Software Foundation (FSF) today published a board matrix of fundamental requisites and valuable attributes that will be used to evaluate nominees for the FSF board of directors. Nominations are not yet open, but the board also published a preview of the form that associate members will soon use to submit their nominations of candidates for the board.

          “As we prepare to add new directors to the FSF board, the board needs to state the requirements and qualities that should be used to assess nominees,” said FSF president Geoffrey Knauth. “Current board members who wish to continue to serve the FSF will also be reviewed based on these expectations, once new directors are on the board.”

      • Openness/Sharing/Collaboration

        • Open Data

          • ForbesWWF Launches Open-Source App To Make Food Supply Chains More Transparent

            The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has launched an app that aims to help food supply chains become more transparent.

            The transparenC app (available for both Android and iOS devices) and web portal is the world’s first open-source traceability software for any kind of food supply chain.

            It can be used anywhere by farmers, buyers and retailers without paying licensing fees to ensure transparency and accountability across all stages of food production.

      • Programming/Development

  • Leftovers

    • Five Senses

      I’ve always wondered why there are five senses while to me it didn’t seem like salt and sour were the same sense, or why prickly and warm were the same sense, or why dark and green were the same sense. But I’m rereading The Treasury of the Dharma Eye, and Dōgen explains it in his explication of the Heart sutra. Eyes, ears, nose, tongue, skin, and mind. I guess that’s how they organized ‘em back then.

      I bristled at this teaching in grade school (in “lågstadiet”) because it felt like we were being taught an oversimplification, a falsehood, a myth.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • ZDNetDocker Desktop for Linux finally arrives [Ed: Docker the company is in awful hands since the interference and takeover]

          Docker Desktop is an easy-to-use Docker container integrated development environment (IDE). It includes Docker Engine, Docker CLI client, Docker Compose, Docker Content Trust, Kubernetes, and Credential Helper. With it, you can easily build and share containerized applications and microservices. There’s only been one problem: It hasn’t been available for the Linux desktop.

        • Docker Announces Docker Extensions and Docker Desktop for Linux at DockerCon 2022
        • Yahoo NewsZerto Extends Leadership in Ransomware Resilience by Bringing New Recovery Capabilities in a Multi-Cloud World [Ed: Multi-clown nonsense with "Linux" thrown in there for good measure; Clown computing means security breach, by intention]
        • Pseudo-Open Source

          • Privatisation/Privateering

            • Linux Foundation

              • Linux Foundation’s Site/BlogIn Memory of Shubhra Kar

                This past week, we lost our dear friend, colleague, and a true champion of the open source community. Our CTO, Shubhra Kar, passed away suddenly while he was with his entire LF family at our first in-person, all-hands gathering since before the pandemic.

                Those who had the honor to work with him will know, he was a special leader and a wonderful human being. Above all, Shubhra was the kind of leader who quickly passed the credit for accomplishments to his team over himself. His humble spirit and ever-present smile was admired by all around him. He was so proud of the world class team he had built here, and did that in part with engineers who followed him from one organization to another throughout his career.

        • Security

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • It has to be the radio, Ebba!

        Ebba Busch is boycotting the Swedish radio because in their Arabic, Somali, and Kurdish transmissions they translated her desire to shoot “islamists” as her wanting to shoot “muslims“.


        I’ll end the way I started: the way they did translate it was not good, even though they were put in a very difficult bind.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Technocracy Rising with Patrick Wood

        In this episode, Whitney and Patrick Wood discuss the historic roots of the technocratic movement, its development and relevance to current events as well as the ulterior motives behind the so-called “green” agenda and the Data-centered “religions” of Silicon Valley.

      • Daniel Kahn Gillmor: 2022 Digital Rights Job Fair

        I’m lucky enough to work at the intersection between information communications technology and civil rights/civil liberties. I get to combine technical interests and social/political interests.

        I’ve talked with many folks over the years who are interested in doing similar work. Some come from a technical background, and some from an activist background (and some from both). Are you one of them? Are you someone who works as an activist or in a technical field who wants to look into different ways of meging these interests?

The Web and Social Control Media (Including YouTube and Blogs Like Phoronix) Increasingly Bought and Paid for

Posted in Deception, Hardware, Microsoft, Review at 2:38 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum bec8f63739da90c5eb3b497317ae4c6b
Bought and Paid-For Influence
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: AstroTurfers or “shills” on the Web are a mostly unspoken-about pandemic of growing proportions; we use Phoronix as an example of influenced (as in “influencer”) coverage

THE last post was mostly a chart, a simple chart showing the effect of corporate money. Gifting, money, whatever…

The post was about AMD and Phoronix even though other companies seem to have similar arrangements with so-called “influencers”; the phenomenon in general is not new, only the label is relatively new (it’s a euphemism embraced by the “influencers”, who don’t fancy words like “shills”). We want to encourage people to become more suspicious/sceptical of what they see on the Web, including social control media and GulagTube. If one searches for reviews on the Web, one is likely to find a lot of paid-for junk; moreover, there’s a great deal of censorship of negative reviews going on (some firms market this kind of censorship as a “service”).

“If one searches for reviews on the Web, one is likely to find a lot of paid-for junk…”The bottom line is, the culprits are rarely honest and upfront about sponsorship, conflict of interest, and so on. Disclosures are often absent or partly hidden (tacit at best). The issue is of utmost importance “especially now with so many “influencers”,” an associate noted, “but those are especially a danger to social control media useds” [sic] including those controlled by Zuck and Musk (or MusKSA; we now know a lot of the Twitter purchase is in fact funded by Saudi “royals”, more recently renowned for chopping and cooking journalists they don’t agree with; so much for a “free speech” Twitter).

The above video focuses on Phoronix but goes beyond that, including the way Microsoft has been bribing bloggers for “reviews” of products, including Windows. Some of the incentives and gifts exceed in value one month’s salary.

Peak AMD

Posted in Deception, Marketing at 12:18 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Phoronix amd AMD

Phoronix’s Michael Larabel ramped up the AMD coverage by about 50% when AMD sent him some very expensive gifts (just as we suspected would happen [1, 2]); Here are the raw numbers (as OpenDocument Format) or HTML with hyperlinks:

May 2022: 63

April 2022: 91

March 2022: 77

February 2022: 56

January 2022: 69

December 2021: 47

November 2021: 38

October 2021: 48

September 2021: 64

August 2021: 68

July 2021: 44

June 2021: 53

May 2021: 44

April 2021: 61

March 2021: 38

February 2021: 45

January 2021: 67

Summary/method: An attempt to measure the impact of ‘gifting’, putting aside tweets, pictures etc.; we’re assessing the number of mentions of AMD in headlines and summaries (number of string matches or mentions of “amd” in the monthly archives); nearly 50% of the articles in the site so far today are about AMD, a company with about 15k workers (for comparison’s sake, Intel is almost 120k). What Phoronix does not tell us does matter because just like in social control media, things are not quite how they seem on the surface (sometimes the site even posts AMD job ads as “articles”, even for just one single role)

Links 10/05/2022: Fedora Linux 36 Released

Posted in News Roundup at 10:31 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • CNX SoftwareRetro-style computer features 5-inch round display, Framework laptop motherboard

        After completing a DIY Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W handheld PC earlier this year, Penk Chen has designed another, rather odd but cool-looking, DIY computer. The “Mainboard Terminal” is a retro-style computer with a round display powered by the mainboard found in Framework modular laptop.

        The computer has been tested to work with Ubuntu 22.04 out of the box with just a few configuration tweaks for the display, but other operating systems should also work considering the mainboard is based on an Intel Core i5-1135G7, i7-1165G7, or i7-1185G7 Tiger Lake processor.

    • Kernel Space

      • Graphics Stack

        • Multiple syncobjs support for V3D(V) (Part 1) | Wen.onweb

          As you may already know, we at Igalia have been working on several improvements to the 3D rendering drivers of Broadcom Videocore GPU, found in Raspberry Pi 4 devices. One of our recent works focused on improving V3D(V) drivers adherence to Vulkan submission and synchronization framework. We had to cross various layers from the Linux Graphics stack to add support for multiple syncobjs to V3D(V), from the Linux/DRM kernel to the Vulkan driver. We have delivered bug fixes, a generic gate to extend job submission interfaces, and a more direct sync mapping of the Vulkan framework. These changes did not impact the performance of the tested games and brought greater precision to the synchronization mechanisms. Ultimately, support for multiple syncobjs opened the door to new features and other improvements to the V3DV submission framework.

        • Multiple syncobjs support for V3D(V) (Part 2) | Wen.onweb

          In the previous post, I described how we enable multiple syncobjs capabilities in the V3D kernel driver. Now I will tell you what was changed on the userspace side, where we reworked the V3DV sync mechanisms to use Vulkan multiple wait and signal semaphores directly. This change represents greater adherence to the Vulkan submission framework.

          I was not used to Vulkan concepts and the V3DV driver. Fortunately, I counted on the guidance of the Igalia’s Graphics team, mainly Iago Toral (thanks!), to understand the Vulkan Graphics Pipeline, sync scopes, and submission order. Therefore, we changed the original V3DV implementation for vkQueueSubmit and all related functions to allow direct mapping of multiple semaphores from V3DV to the V3D-kernel interface.

    • Applications

      • Its FOSSHydraPaper: A Wallpaper Manager for Linux with Multi-Monitor Support

        By default, you get the ability to set wallpapers as per the desktop environment on your Linux distribution.

        And, it is often limiting when trying to add a custom folder of wallpaper collection to the available selection. Moreover, when it comes to multi-monitor setup, you do not get the ability to choose separate wallpapers in your distro. So, you need to head out looking for a Graphical User Interface (GUI) program that lets you do that.

      • Cosmos Tweaks

        It’s been a while since I last made changes to Cosmos.

        Over the past couple of months I’ve been noticing some issues that need improvement.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • UNIX CopHow to install GNU Nano (Text Editor) on CentOS 9 Stream

        Hello, friends. Many people prefer to edit files using the terminal. In this case, we have many editors that do the job and consume almost no computer resources. Besides this, it is useful in server environments. So, today you will learn how to install GNU Nano on CentOS 9 Stream.

        In case you didn’t know, GNU Nano is a text editor with terminal interface that is easy to use. Thanks to this application we will be able to edit terminal files using the terminal and although simple, it does the job.

        With nano we can do searches in a simple way and its key combinations are easy to remember. Some users prefer it to more complex solutions like vim or vi.

        So let’s get started.


        In this guide, we will discuss how to perform DELETE, TRUNCATE, And DROP operations on a MySQL database table using PHP in XAMPP in Linux.

        Before getting into the topic, let us understand the differences between the Delete, Truncate, and Drop commands.

      • Red Hat OfficialHow to manipulate files with shell redirection and pipelines in Linux | Enable Sysadmin

        Handling files, directories, command-line environments, and documentation is essential knowledge for sysadmins. Understanding file descriptors and how they relate to these topics improves your sysadmin skills. This article covers three standard Linux file descriptors for manipulating files through shell redirection and pipelines.

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

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install GParted on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Gparted (stands for GNOME Partition Editor) is an official partition editor for Linux operating system. With Gparted you can resize, copy, and move partitions without data loss. It supports mounted btrfs, EXT2, EXT3, EXT4, and XFS file systems.

        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 GParted free partition editor 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.

      • VituxHow to Install and Use Podman Container Engine on Rocky Linux 8 – VITUX

        Podman is a free and open-source daemon-less container engine that was developed by RedHat. It exists to help developers manage and deploy their applications in a Linux environment. Similar to the Kubernetes platform, Podman works with pods.

        Podman seeks to be the alternative to the Docker engine which is also a containerization platform. Podman improves on Docker by decentralizing the components needed for container management. Podman has a few distinguishing differences, the main one being its architecture. It runs on a daemon-less architecture.

      • TecAdmin(Resolved) userauth_pubkey: key type ssh-rsa not in PubkeyAcceptedAlgorithms – TecAdmin

        Today, I launched a new AWS instance with Ubuntu 22.04. The default key provided by AWS is working fine with SSH. But when I attached my personal ssh key to the server and tried to access with FileZilla over SFTP, I got the following error in auth.log.

      • How to Upgrade to Fedora 36 from Fedora 35 Workstation (GUI and CLI Method)

        A complete guide on how to upgrade to Fedora 36 from Fedora 35 with both GUI and CLI methods plus pre-upgrade steps.

      • ID RootHow To Install AnyDesk on Manjaro 21 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install AnyDesk on Manjaro 21. For those of you who didn’t know, AnyDesk is a remote desktop application you can connect to your computer remotely and work from anywhere without being limited by the location of an internet connection. It allows them to securely connect a remote system to help with technical issues. It is available for Linux, Raspberry Pi, Windows, Chrome OS, macOS, Android, and iOS.

        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 AnyDesk remote desktop application on a Manjaro 21.

      • Install and Use Docker Compose with Docker on Ubuntu 22.04

        How to Install Docker Compose with Docker on Ubuntu 22.04. Docker Compose is a simple tool that provides a way to orchestrate multiple containers to work together which makes deployment using a yaml file.

        In this guide you are going to learn how to install Docker compose and create a new application using docker compose on Ubuntu 22.04.

      • Linux HintHow to install and use ODrive with Ubuntu

        While switching to Ubuntu has its perks and can be liberating, there are also a few bumps along the way. One of the main problems when switching is that some of the essential software and facilities available on Windows are not available here on Ubuntu. Google Drive is one of these facilities.

        Although Google supports a lot of open source projects, there still is no official version of Google Drive for Ubuntu. Google Drive is one of the most useful tools; it allows you to share and synchronize your files. You can access your data across different devices. It is so integrated with your everyday work that you can’t work correctly without it.

        No worries, Ubuntu has got you covered. Ubuntu has one of the largest and most supportive communities. Developers in this community are always trying to find a solution to such significant problems. This is where ODrive comes into place. ODrive is a client of Google Drive.

      • Linux HintHow Does Ubuntu Print Screen Work

        Windows has the easiest and the most user-friendly interface I have ever come across. Its usage reminds us of how anything can be done through a perfectly annotated GUI and the existence of pointers and menu icons. With most of us heavily relying on technology and communicative interfaces, there is still a fair share of people who use non-reciprocal command-driven interfaces. Everything, including the downloads, software updates, and access to menu and browsers, is usually done through commands on the terminal.

        This tutorial below is a guide on how to take screenshots on Ubuntu using keyboard shortcuts and without making use of any third-party tools. In addition, we will also find out the best screenshot tools you could get for Linux.

      • Linux HintHow to make Ubuntu 20.04 look like Mac OS

        As time progressed, Ubuntu saw remarkable growth in its infrastructure. From what was once a simple server-based architecture to now being the primary Linux distribution for desktops. Ubuntu has become a worthy challenger for Windows and Mac OS, being free and open-source, along with having a smooth and silky interface. Ubuntu provides its users with great customizability, and you can play around to figure out what works best for you. These include changing themes, design, and even the layout of the interface and more.

        In this article, we will show you how to customize Ubuntu 20.04 to make it look somewhat like Mac OS.

      • Linux HintHow to Install and Use MySQL Workbench on Ubuntu

        MySQL is an open-source Database Management System (DBMS) powered by Oracle Corporation. MySQL is a cost-effective and potent tool that helps with the management of large data while providing security. Our concerned topic today is MySQL workbench, a graphics tool that deals with MySQL servers and databases. This tool can be used to visualize modules for creating, executing, and optimizing several queries.

      • How To Limit Rate of Connections (Requests) in NGINX

        In our last article which is part of our NGINX traffic management series, we discussed how to limit the number of connections in NGINX. In this guide, we will look at how to limit the rate of requests in NGINX.

        Rate limiting is a traffic management technique used to restrict the number of HTTP requests a client can make in a given period of time – rate limits are calculated in Requests Per Second (or RPS).

        An example of a request is a GET request for the log-in page of an application or a POST request on a log-in form or a POST on an API endpoint.

      • How to Run a Command Multiple Times in Linux

        For one reason or the other, you may wish to run a command repeatedly for several times in Linux. This guide will discuss some of the common and effective ways to achieve just that. Let’s consider the first method.

      • youtube2m3u
      • Its FOSSCan’t Run AppImage on Ubuntu 22.04? Here’s How to Fix it – It’s FOSS

        The recently released Ubuntu 22.04 LTS is full of new visual changes and features.

        But like any other release, it has its share of bugs and issues.

        One of the unpleasant surprises I got in Ubuntu 22.04 was with the AppImage applications.

        Even with all the right permissions, AppImage applications just refused to launch in my newly installed Ubuntu 22.04 system.

      • How to install Vivaldi Browser on Ubuntu 22.04 – NextGenTips

        Vivaldi browser is a freeware, cross-platform web browser developed by Vivaldi Technologies. It has a minimalistic user interface with basic icons and fonts and, an optionally color scheme that changes based on the background and design of the web page being visited.

      • Linux Shell TipsHow to Restrict SSH Users to Run Limited Commands

        SSH or Secure Shell Protocol has earned its name as a secure, reputable, and reliable cryptographic network protocol, which is used to access remote machines and servers over unsecured networks.

    • Games

      • Linux Links10 Fun Free and Open Source 2D Shooter Games

        2D shooter games are a subgenre of shooter game, which in turn is a type of action game. It’s difficult to exactly define which specific design elements make up a shooter game, but often they feature spacecraft and certain types of character movement.

        This type of game is extremely popular and fairly well represented by open source developers.

        All of the games featured below are highly addictive, immersive, fascinating, and hugely satisfying. Attractive graphics are an important element to any shooting game. But these games also have great gameplay coupled with the urge of always having just one more play. And as the source code is freely available, anyone can pick up, modify, and expand upon the games.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Its FOSSEasily Connect your iPhone with Linux as KDE Connect Arrives on the App Store

          KDE Connect is an open-source tool that lets you connect your mobile phone with your PC.

          Originally, KDE Connect supported Android devices to connect with Linux. Gradually, they added support for Windows.

          Now, it looks like you can use KDE Connect with your iOS device (iPhone or iPad) to connect to your Windows/Linux computer.

        • KDE Plasma 5.25 Coming Soon

          The time has come: on June 14, KDE Plasma 5.25, the next version of the KDE desktop, will be released and will follow Plasma 5.24 LTS. The developers are releasing a beta version on May 19 for all those who want to test it. Time for a preview of what’s in store for KDE friends.

          Optical upgrade

          Plasma 5.25 is based on Qt 5.15.2 and KDE Frameworks 5.94. For the new version of the desktop environment, more than 400 errors have been eliminated and functions have been improved or newly integrated. Prominently, the visual appearance was screwed on. The predefined accent colors introduced with Plasma 5.23 can be individually designed with Plasma 5.24 using a color selector. Plasma 5.25 wraps, changing the accent color based on the background image. The settings for this are made under Appearance | Colors can be found in the system settings. In addition, the accent colors are also in the Breeze Classic Theme applicable Another notable change in the new version is the option for plasma themes to panel as floating display

    • Distributions

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • 9to5LinuxFedora Linux 36 Is Here with GNOME 42, Linux Kernel 5.17, and Wayland for NVIDIA Users

          flagship edition with full support for GTK4 apps, the latest and greatest Linux 5.17 kernel series for top-notch hardware support, as well as an updated toolchain with the most recent GNU/Linux technologies and the most recent application releases.

        • Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform On Microsoft Azure Helps Extend Automation Workflows Across Hybrid Cloud [Ed: Spamnil et al help "Red Hat" promote Microsoft today]
        • ForbesRed Hat To Provide Linux Base For GM’s Ultifi Platform

          When General Motors GM first announced its new Ultifi vehicle software development platform last October, it revealed that it would be based on the open source Linux operating system but provided few other details. Today at the Red Hat RHT Summit, it was announced that long-time Linux developer Red Hat would be providing its In-Vehicle Operating System to the automaker. The Ultifi platform is planned to launch in 2023.

        • Venture BeatRed Hat Enterprise Linux 9 offers new solution to verify the integrity of OS’s

          Today at the Red Hat Summit, Red Hat Inc. announced the launch of its new operating system, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9, designed to enable enterprises to deliver a more secure computing environment at scale, whether in a hybrid cloud, public cloud, or edge network environment.

          The new platform is PCI-SS and HIPAA-compliant and adds new cryptographic frameworks with support for OpenSSL, so the users can encrypt data throughout their environments.

        • Red Hat OfficialThe new standard: Red Hat In-Vehicle Operating System in modern and future vehicles

          Open source has long been a force multiplier for innovation. Time and time again, operating in the open source way has proven that the power of many is stronger than the power of few. This sentiment is at the heart of everything we do at Red Hat, most notably in our collaboration with General Motors to advance software-defined vehicles at the edge, announced today by Matt Hicks, Executive VP, Products & Technologies, Red Hat, at Red Hat Summit.

          Today’s sophisticated use cases, such as advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), pose a challenge for the development of current vehicle platforms. Lack of a modernized and consistent infrastructure means less design reuse across vehicle lines and model years, and system limitations make future software updates costly and difficult. Adopting open source software in lieu of proprietary operating systems can introduce an avenue for establishing common standards and fosters an ecosystem of Linux-savvy automotive developers. By utilizing open source software, the automotive industry can help alleviate many of these issues and as a result, modernize their strategies while meeting customers’ present-day needs.

        • Red Hat OfficialManaging Red Hat Enterprise Linux at the edge

          Are your edge computing systems secure? A simple question with a potentially complicated answer. This is because many engineering teams combine Red Hat Enterprise Linux with decoupled applications thanks to containerization technologies. But with so many changes happening across your organization, it can be hard to scale your infrastructure. Managing the lifecycle of your Red Hat Enterprise Linux with edge management to make it easy to standardize, deploy and enhance security posture throughout the system’s lifecycle. This post takes an in-depth look at edge management from this perspective.

        • Red Hat OfficialAutomation in an app-centric, hybrid cloud world

          The past few years have shown that enterprises want their applications, data, and resources located wherever it makes the most sense for their business and operating models, which means that automation needs to be available to execute anywhere. Automation across platforms and environments needs a common mechanism with an approach of automation as code, supported by communities of practice and even automation architects or committees to help define and deliver on the strategy.

        • Red Hat OfficialAnnouncing the 2022 Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year, Neil D’Souza

          Each year during Red Hat Summit, we recognize Red Hat Certified Professionals who make a difference in their organizations by demonstrating enthusiasm, commitment and dedication to their role and industry. We’re proud to announce that Neil D’Souza, Senior Site Reliability Engineer at ServiceNow, has been named the 2022 Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year.

        • Red HatMigrate to RHEL with a Developer for Teams subscription

          Organizations that use CentOS Linux and run a Red Hat offering in their enterprise now have an easier path to migrate to Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). Read on to find out more about the new Developer for Teams subscription offering and how it helps you take advantage of all the benefits of the Red Hat Developer program.

        • Red Hat OfficialAnnouncing full support for new Red Hat Enterprise Linux image builder service

          Red Hat is pleased to announce that the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) image builder service is now fully supported with your RHEL subscription.

          The RHEL image builder service, which can be found in the left navigation of the Red Hat Hybrid Cloud Console, simplifies and streamlines the process of assembling your own customized RHEL operating system images with the latest content and security updates for all of your hybrid cloud environments.

          The traditional method of installing operating systems from DVDs does not match today’s realities in hybrid cloud environments. The many tools and configurations required for physical, cloud and edge deployments present a significant burden of technical knowledge for end users.

        • Enterprisers Project6 things you can do with agile right now [Ed: IBM is twisting its fingers in the buzzwords salad again]

          Like “digital transformation” and “DevOps,” the term “agile” has come to mean many things to many different people in software development and project management. The principles of agile software development are generally straightforward: They prioritize customer collaboration, flexibility to change, individual empowerment, and creating working software rather than extensive documentation.


          At its core, agile is a human-centric methodology. While it can be much easier to build support and enthusiasm for new technologies or software, it’s more important in the long term to frame agile as a cultural transformation. Scrums and kanbans are the tools that allow teams to pursue agile development, but the more important transformations take place at the human level.

        • Red HatManage cluster resources efficiently with Red Hat OpenShift | Red Hat Developer

          To adapt to cloud-native trends, developers must have multiple perspectives on their distributed systems. In particular, they need to understand how their code will smoothly integrate with infrastructure configurations. As the complexity of a microservices architecture evolves, traffic load and cluster use both also increase, which influences development practices at the team level.

        • Red HatImprove the developer experience and process, from local to Kubernetes | Red Hat Developer

          Kubernetes significantly impacts a developer’s daily life—and not just for inner loop development such as writing code, compiling, and testing microservices locally. It also drives developers to consider how outer loop development, such as integration testing, continuous deployment, and security, are affected when the applications are containerized to run on Kubernetes.

        • Red Hat6 design tips for Java microservices development

          As Java developers, we have been using Java bean objects to store our data for nearly the entirety of the language’s existence. It has always been considered a good practice to have private member variables along with public getters and setters for those private member variables. Furthermore, after two decades of Java EE and now Jakarta, it’s become common to put all of our classes in four or five packages or folders that loosely map to model, view, and controller packages or folders. For good measure, you might add a package for data transfer objects and other classes.

          With the explosion of complexity in the number and kinds of annotations required to make modern microservices work, this pattern of a few packages and hundreds of files in each folder is fundamentally broken when it runs up against the finite capabilities of humans. How many times have you scrolled for a long time looking for the four files that make up the business logic that you are trying to update?

          There is a better way. I explore it in detail in 10 design tips for microservices developers with Quarkus, my on-demand session from Red Hat Summit 2022. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the high points.

        • Red HatWhat’s new in OpenShift Local 2.0 | Red Hat Developer

          Red Hat OpenShift Local (formerly Red Hat CodeReady Containers) lets you run OpenShift on a local computer to simplify setup and testing. It emulates the cloud development environment locally, with all the tools you need to develop container-based applications.

          Starting with the 2.0 release, OpenShift Local can handle separate machine bundles. We have added Podman to allow for a slim container runtime and minimal download on top of a great single-machine local OpenShift experience. Read on for more details and other highlights from this release.

        • Red HatSSO for all: Cryostat’s new OpenShift login flow | Red Hat Developer

          Cryostat, a tool for managing JDK Flight Recorder data on Kubernetes, is now integrated with the built-in OAuth server on Red Hat OpenShift as part of the tech preview release of Cryostat 2.1. When logging into Cryostat on OpenShift, you will be redirected to the OpenShift login page and prompted to enter the username and password corresponding to your OpenShift user account. Upon success, you can stay logged in during multiple sessions—for 24 hours by default.

        • [RFC PATCH] ubd: add io_uring based userspace block driver – Ming Lei (Red Hat)
          This is the driver part of userspace block driver(ubd driver), the other
          part is userspace daemon part(ubdsrv)[1].
          The two parts communicate by io_uring's IORING_OP_URING_CMD with one
          shared cmd buffer for storing io command, and the buffer is read only for
          ubdsrv, each io command is indexed by io request tag directly, and
          is written by ubd driver.
          For example, when one READ io request is submitted to ubd block driver, ubd
          driver stores the io command into cmd buffer first, then completes one
          IORING_OP_URING_CMD for notifying ubdsrv, and the URING_CMD is issued to
          ubd driver beforehand by ubdsrv for getting notification of any new io request,
          and each URING_CMD is associated with one io request by tag.
          After ubdsrv gets the io command, it translates and handles the ubd io
          request, such as, for the ubd-loop target, ubdsrv translates the request
          into same request on another file or disk, like the kernel loop block
          driver. In ubdsrv's implementation, the io is still handled by io_uring,
          and share same ring with IORING_OP_URING_CMD command. When the target io
          request is done, the same IORING_OP_URING_CMD is issued to ubd driver for
          both committing io request result and getting future notification of new
          io request.
      • Debian Family

        • Girlfriends, Sex, Prostitution & Debian at DebConf22, Prizren, Kosovo

          When the Formula One grand prix went to Hungary, they faced a big problem: prostitution was illegal. This is a challenge for events with a predominantly male audience. Hungary changed their laws and even constructed Erotik Camping zones for diversity purposes.

          We already exposed the segregated accommodation at DebConf22 and now we will penetrate deeper into the issue.

          The last DebConf in Europe was DebConf16 in Heidelberg, Germany. It was the biggest DebConf ever with over 700 participants. Participants attend between one and two weeks, up to 17 or 18 days for some people. Participation is over 98 percent male.

          DebConf Kosovo originally planned to be in the capital city, Prishtina. The organizers subsequently decided to move it to a much smaller city, Prizren. The main reason for this move is to be inaccessible.

          Debian has banned people like Linus Torvalds. They want to have DebConf concealed within the walls and gates of a former military base just in case Linus or any other censored speaker decides to show up.

        • Barry KaulerD-bus fixed in Easy Bookworm

          This is going to interest a lot of people… EasyOS built with Debian DEB packages has the advantage of access to a huge repository. There was an “Easy Buster”, now retired, and all effort since then has been on “Easy Dunfell” which is built with packages compiled in OE. The Dunfell-series is “lean and mean”, that is, small and optimized; however, the package repository is small.

          So I thought why not, let’s have a play building Easy from Debian Bookworm packages. Bookworm is the “testing” branch of Debian, not scheduled for release until around mid-2023. It won’t even reach “feature freeze” until Jan/Feb 2023. No problem, we can get in early.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Linux HintElementary OS vs Ubuntu

          Linux is one of the most popular open-source operating systems out there. Every year there is a massive growth in the Linux userbase. The rapid popularity that Linux has seen in recent years is because this operating system is powerful and offers extensive functionality and privacy.

          Unlike other operating systems such as Windows, Linux is less resource hungry, lighter, and has fewer vulnerabilities and bugs. Thanks to its open-source nature, the Linux community has come together to build numerous customizable distros.

        • UbuntuOpenInfra Summit Berlin is coming

          Heads up! The OpenInfra Summit Berlin is coming!!! After the difficult pandemic times, the OpenInfra Summit is finally back. This year the event will take place in Berlin, Germany in June, 7-9. As usual, Canonical will be there to share the latest news about Linux, OpenStack, Kubernetes and Infrastructure (LOKI).

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Russell CokerRussell Coker: Elon and Free Speech

        Elon Musk has made the news for spending billions to buy a share of Twitter for the alleged purpose of providing free speech. The problem with this claim is that having any company controlling a large portion of the world’s communication is inherently bad for free speech. The same applies for Facebook, but that’s not a hot news item at the moment.

        If Elon wanted to provide free speech he would want to have decentralised messaging systems so that someone who breaks rules on one platform could find another with different rules. Among other things free speech ideally permits people to debate issues with residents of another country on issues related to different laws. If advocates for the Russian government get kicked off Twitter as part of the American sanctions against Russia then American citizens can’t debate the issue with Russian citizens via Twitter. Mastodon is one example of a federated competitor to Twitter [1]. With a federated messaging system each host could make independent decisions about interpretation of sanctions. Someone who used a Mastodon instance based in the US could get a second account in another country if they wanted to communicate with people in countries that are sanctioned by the US.

      • FSFEFSFE calls for digital sustainability in the telecom sector

        As a contribution to a consultation organised by the European telecom regulator, BEREC, the FSFE calls for increasing the level of digital sustainability in the telecommunications sector by safeguarding device neutrality and establishing the right to install any software on any device.

        Last month BEREC, the European telecommunications regulator, organised a public consultation on a report about the impact of the telecommunications sector on the environment. The report is an initiative to assess and better understand the impact of the digital sector, including electronic communications networks and services, on the environment and to set an outline for BEREC activities in support of environmental sustainability of the sector.

        The FSFE took part in the consultation as a civil society stakeholder with years of experience in digital sustainability. Our position offered recommendations that could be further used to improve environmental transparency and data accuracy on the telecom sector’s environmental footprint by developing regulatory frameworks to safeguard and promote software and hardware sustainability. FSFE’s position in this consultation was aligned with the publication of the Open Letter “The universal right to install any software on any device”, co-signed by more than 45 organisations, demanding the universal right to install any software on any device. Publication of source code of drivers, tools, and interfaces is fundamental for extending devices’ lifespan.

      • MedevelMeilisearch is blazingly fast open-source search engine

        Meilisearch is a powerful, fast, open-source, easy to use and deploy search engine. Both searching and indexing are highly customizable. Features such as typo-tolerance, filters, and synonyms are provided out-of-the-box.

      • Web Browsers

        • Mozilla

          • Karl Dubost: Mozilla, Bye!

            This year, 2022, May the 4th was my last day at Mozilla.


            I started on July 2, 2013 on a 6 months contract at Mozilla to work on Firefox OS on Web Compatibility issues. I was living in Montréal, Canada at the time.


            I was not alone. The success of a project never relies on a single individual, but a full team of people dedicated to make this mission a reality. At the very beginning, we were three coming from Opera Software, we all had an experience on Web compatibility issues: Mike Taylor, Hallvord R.M. Steen and me. Then Adam Stevenson joined. None of the initial team is still at Mozilla. I miss working with Eric Tsai too. Some people (open contributors) have also participated to the project like Abdul Rauf, Alexa Roman, Kate Manning, Guillaume Demesy, Reinhart Previano.

            webcompat.com was setup on purpose without Mozilla branding to invite the participation of all browser implementers (Apple, Google, Microsoft, Opera, etc.) on solving issues resulting from website mistakes or interoperability issues. Mozilla put the main effort into it and in return webcompat.com helped Mozilla and Firefox Core team to fix a lot of issues.


            Emilio Cobos Álvarez, Daniel Holbert, Jonathan Kew, Masayuki Nakano, Makoto Kato, Brian Birtles, Boris Zbarsky, Hiroyuki Hikezoe, Botond Ballo, Olli Pettay, Henri Sivonen, Anne van Kesteren, Ting-Yu Lin, Cameron McCormack. These lists are dangerous, I keep forgetting people.

            I could talk about all the things which have been solved around text input, CSS flexbox, JavaScript features, DOM and SVG, … but this starts to be long.

      • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

        • OpenSource.com6 easy ways to make your first open source contribution with LibreOffice

          “Getting involved” with open source can seem a little confusing. Where do you go to get started? What if you don’t know how to code? Who do you talk to? How does anybody know that you have contributed, and besides that does anybody care?

          There are actually answers to questions like those (your choice, it’s OK, nobody, you tell them, yes) but during the month of May 2022, there’s one simple answer: LibreOffice. This month is a month of participation at LibreOffice and its governing body, The Document Foundation. They’re inviting contributors of all sorts to help in any of six different ways, and only one of those has anything at all to do with code. No matter what your skill, you can probably find a way to help the world’s greatest office suite.

      • Content Management Systems (CMS)

        • MedevelCreate a beautiful documentation website in mins with Docusaurus

          Docusaurus is an easy-to-use, open-source document generator for freelancers, developers, teams, and enterprises.

          Docusaurus is a static-site generator. It builds a single-page application with fast client-side navigation, leveraging the full power of React to make your site interactive. It provides out-of-the-box documentation features but can be used to create any kind of site (personal website, product, blog, marketing landing pages, etc).

      • Programming/Development

        • QtIs Open Source Really Free? – A Guide to Total Cost of Ownership of Open-Source Software [Ed: Company that once again turned its back on us and became proprietary is trying to lecture us on "Total Cost of Ownership of Open-Source Software" (with a dash!)]

          Using ready-made software speeds up development. The use of open-source software (OSS) however is not free. Using open source comes with obligations and risks, which carry a cost.

        • OpenSource.comHow to (safely) read user input with the getline function | Opensource.com

          Reading strings in C used to be a very dangerous thing to do. When reading input from the user, programmers might be tempted to use the gets function from the C Standard Library. The usage for gets is simple enough:

          char *gets(char *string);

          That is, gets reads data from standard input, and stores the result in a string variable. Using gets returns a pointer to the string, or the value NULL if nothing was read.


          Note that the string includes the delimiter character. For getline, the delimiter is the newline, which is why the output has a line feed in there. If you don’t want the delimiter in your string value, you can use another function to change the delimiter to a null character in the string.

          With getline, programmers can safely avoid one of the common pitfalls of C programming. You can never tell what data your user might try to enter, which is why using gets is unsafe, and fgets is awkward. Instead, getline offers a more flexible way to read user data into your program without breaking the system.

        • OpenSource.comMy open source journey with C from a neurodiverse perspective | Opensource.com

          I was born in 1982, which in human years is only 40 years in the past (at the time of writing). In terms of computer development, it’s eons ago. I got my first computer, a Commodore 64, when I was ten years old. Later, I got an Amiga, and by 13 I got an “IBM Compatible” (that’s what they were called, then) PC.

          In high school, I did a lot basic programming on my graphing calculator. In my second year of high school, I learned basic C programming, and in my third year I started doing more advanced C programming, using libraries, pointers, and graphics.

  • Leftovers

    • Interesting Times

      The old proverb “may you live in interesting times” has been going through my mind for the past couple years, and more often in the past few months. Between pandemics, historic economic crashes, bull runs, and crashes again, war, climate change, record breaking weather, the ever encroaching threat of climate change, and the general apparent downward spiral of American society in general, it’s hard to find anything to be optimistic about.

    • The Protean Tea

      A tea made up from the parts of different teas.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Security

          • LWNSecurity updates for Tuesday [LWN.net]

            Security updates have been issued by Debian (kicad and qemu), Fedora (thunderbird), Oracle (expat), Red Hat (samba), Slackware (kernel), and SUSE (firefox, ldb, and rsyslog).

          • OpenSSF announces 15 new members to further strengthen open source software supply chain security [Ed: So-called ‘supply chain’ (NSA OK?)]

            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.

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • #PrivacyofthePeople: Random phone checks by the Police

              In the last #PrivacyofthePeople post, we looked at the conflict between efficiency and privacy posed by the use of cookies that raise concerns about user privacy and data collection. In this post, we plan to examine whether the police can check your mobile phone devices even if you do not consent to it. Presently, there is no legal provision which would allow for such random checking of mobile phones. However, since the law is still trying to catch up to regulating new technology, old laws are being interpreted widely to allow police officials to gain access to our devices. Here, even the pending Data Protection Bill, 2021 (in its present form) fails to provide sufficient safeguards.

[Meme] IBM Does Not Want to THINK Anymore

Posted in IBM, Microsoft at 6:42 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

IBM 2020: Microsoft broke the law; IBM 2022: Microsoft everywhere?

Summary: IBM‘s lack of resistance if not promotion of Microsoft means that one should quit expecting the company's leaders to understand us; all they understand is money, which also means planned obsolescence

IBM/Red Hat Promoting Microsoft Surveillance and Proprietary Software Instead of Freedom-Centric, Self-Hosted, Privacy-Respecting, and ‘Real’ GNU/Linux Servers

Posted in IBM, Microsoft, Red Hat at 6:24 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 200351d9ae015457f5966b0ee418dac9
IBM Outsourcing to Microsoft
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: IBM is not interested in Free software and under IBM the company formerly known as Red Hat does not have a positive vision (a lot of the technical staff has already left)

THIS morning’s Microsoft puff piece in a Red Hat-controlled site is just one of many examples of the company’s lack of edge. It’s promoting mainframe era thinking, where Microsoft instead of IBM is in control of everything.

Red Hat shilling Microsoft proprietary software and surveillance isn’t a new thing, but I’ve decided to respond in a video today because Red Hat has become a useless company…

Yesterday Lennart Poettering pretended systemd was modular and permitted choice (this is false, everything is interconnected and is designed to work as a monolith) and it seems like IBM — now together with Microsoft — promotes vendor lock-in, i.e. the very opposite of freedom. “Azure cloud is a large, changing ecosystem,” says the site, “and still relatively new in the context of the company’s long history.”

GeminispaceNo, it’s very old and it is failing. It started 14 years ago and now there are layoffs. There’s no compelling reasons for IBM to even bother with it…

As noted above in the video — that’s Falkon and a Gemini client (Lagrange) — part of the problem is that Red Hat keeps recruiting from Microsoft, even for management positions. We gave an example a couple of months ago. What’s more, there is cross-pollination in the patent department (e.g. Marshall Phelps) and in yesterday’s article as shown in Gemini (the image on the right shows the ongoing expansion of Geminispace; we’re investing an increasing amount of time in it) we showed that IBM can be just as big a bully as Microsoft when it comes to software patents.

Historically IBM has been on our side. But don’t assume that’s still the case. IBM is mostly trying to privatise the whole thing and to IBM the “community” is just unpaid slaves. Don’t help these executives, who do not even themselves use GNU/Linux.

ZDNet is Dying

Posted in Deception, FUD at 5:24 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

2022: 10 stories in 33 days

2022 ZDNet

2021: 10 stories in 15 days

2021 ZDNet

2020: 10 stories in 11 days

2020 ZDNet

Summary: The pace of publication at ZDNet this year is about half what it was a year ago and a third compared to 2 years ago; production and staff cuts have been made rather obvious, so the inflammatory clickbait and FUD are on the way out

Links 09/05/2022: KDE Connect on Apple Things, Raspberry Digital Signage for Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

Posted in News Roundup at 3:02 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Do Cyber Security Professionals Prefer To Use Mac, Windows Or Linux As A Main Operating System?

      It is important to note that it is not that Linux does not have any disadvantages, however this operating system’s numerous advantages keeps it extremely appealing for all users around the world.

    • Network WorldRunning a [GNU/Linux terminal in your [Web] browser | Network World

      If you want to try using a Linux terminal and aren’t sitting anywhere near a Linux system, don’t despair. There are some services that will allow you to run a Linux terminal inside a browser. This post examines some of these and should give you a feel for what you can do and the performance you might experience.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Tux DigitalDestination Linux 277: Prepping for Linux Doomsday Commands – TuxDigital

        This week’s episode of Destination Linux, we’re going to discuss doomsday, how will it all end. It’s Linux related though we promise. We’re talking about Doomsday Commands you should never run! Then we’re going to discussing the latest release of Tails, the privacy advocate’s favorite amnesic distro. Plus we’ve also got our famous tips, tricks and software picks. All of this and so much more this week on Destination Linux. So whether you’re brand new to Linux and open source or a guru of sudo. This is the podcast for you.

      • Late Night Linux – Episode 176

        The Mars Helicopter might be on its way out but it’s still a hero, bad things are happening to the UK Internet and we blame the government, whether software can ever be finished, some great discoveries, KDE Korner, and more.

      • VideoTesseract OCR: Open Source Text Recognition – Invidious

        Have you ever needed to extract text from an image, maybe you took a screenshot of something or you need to get a transcript of a meme, well luckily for you Tesseract OCR exists to do exactly that.

    • Kernel Space

      • WCCF TechNVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 LHR Graphics Cards Crypto Mining Unlocked In Linux Operating System Too

        The NBMiner team, or NebuMiner, has recently updated their mining software that allows users to access full mining capability on NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 LHR graphics cards. NiceHash & NebuMiner applications are closed-source, which is difficult to see the changes to the code made so that users can better understand how the NBMiner team unlocked the lite hash rate.

      • Graphics Stack

        • WCCF TechAMD preps Zen 4 IBS ‘Instruction-Based Sampling’ extensions for Linux

          AMD recently submitted the company’s Instruction-Based Sampling (IBS) capabilities for use in the Linux perf subsystem and utility. This new submission by the company is the first official patch for the Zen 4 CPU series.

        • WCCF TechAMD RADV ‘Radeon Vulkan’ Drivers Extend Ray-Tracing LBVH Support To The Entire GCN GPU Lineup

          The Mesa Project has added an updated Radeon Vphoroniulkan driver, also known as RADV, which would allow the driver to support Vulkan ray-tracing on previous generations of AMD graphics cards and support the newest components company. The further support will allow Vulkan ray-tracing as far back as AMD GFX6 hardware that utilizes linear bounding volume hierarchy, or LBVH, such as the GCN graphics cards. While ray-tracing on older graphics cards is much slower, it will benefit prior generations with slightly better graphics output.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install FreeIPA on Rocky Linux
      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install Koel Music Streaming Server using Docker on Rocky Linux 8
      • uni TorontoChecking if a machine is ‘up’ for scripts, well, for rsync

        One of the ways that we propagate our central administrative filesystem to machines is through rsync; rather than NFS-mounting the filesystems, some machines instead use rsync to pull a subset of the filesystem to their local disk. This gives these machines resilience in case our NFS fileservers aren’t available. This rsync is done (in a script) from cron, and so we’ll get emailed any problems or odd output. This all works great until the rsync master machine is down, at which point we can count on a blizzard of emails from all of the rsync machines complaining that they can’t talk to the master.

      • My Static Blog Publishing Setup: Part 2

        A couple weeks ago I updated my blog publishing workflow and wrote about it. Since then, I’ve made some very minor changes to make my life slightly easier. (Don’t worry, everything is still static HTML!)

      • [Old] My Static Blog Publishing Setup and an Apology to RSS Subscribers

        In case you missed it, this website is now generated with pure HTML & CSS. Well, I guess generated isn’t the proper way to describe it anymore. More like written.

        No more Markdown files. No more build scripts. No more Jekyll. Just clean, simple, static HTML & CSS. But more on that in a moment. First, I must apologize.

      • UNIX CopHow To Install LAMP Stack on Fedora 36

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install LAMP Stack on Fedora 36.

        LAMP stack is a known combination of Linux, Apache, MariaDB, and PHP. Here Linux is an operating system, Apache is the popular web server developed by Apache Foundation, MariaDB is a relational database management system used for storing data and PHP is the widely used programming language.

        With LAMP it is possible to develop and deploy web applications created in PHP.

      • How to Upgrade Ubuntu 20.04 to Ubuntu 22.04

        Ubuntu 22.04 has been released by Canonical in what could be considered the release of the year because of how important this distribution is for the whole Linux world. That is why many people choose to install it from scratch. However, there are others who prefer to upgrade from Ubuntu 20.04 Well that’s what we will do in this post, as you will learn how to upgrade from Ubuntu 20.04 to Ubuntu 22.04.

      • UNIX CopInstall & Configure Magento2 in Linux

        Magento is an ecommerce platform built on open source technology which provides online merchants with a flexible shopping cart system, as well as control over the look, content and functionality of their online store. Magento offers powerful marketing, search engine optimization, and catalog-management tools.

      • UNIX CopUsing Poudriere on FreeBSD

        Although not as popular as Linux, FreeBSD is an operating system with great features and a stable codebase. One of the many features of FreeBSD (and most BSD based systems in general) is the Port Collection is. FreeBSD has been offering users to build software from source long before Gentoo adopted it. However, using the ports system proves difficult when you have to use them for multiple machines. That’s where poudriere (pronounced poo-DRE-er) comes to the rescue. Poudriere is a collection of various scripts that use existing FreeBSD features like jails to build and manage packages. With Poudriere, we also make private repositories to be used by our various systems. Nevertheless, it can be also used on a personal machine if we want to use pkg as well as build packages from source with custom configurations. That way it’s less likely that conflicts will occur between our binary packages (from pkg) and the packages build from the ports tree. In this article, I will go over how I have setup and am using poudriere while learning about FreeBSD. This is by no means an exhaustive tutorial so you should definitely also check out the links in the references below.

      • UNIX CopSSH Tips and Tricks

        The following articles lists some of the various tips and tricks I have learned about OpenSSH client from the internet. This is by no means an exhaustive list so feel free to suggest some more in the comments.

      • How to Configure Static IP on Ubuntu 22.04

        Learn how to configure a static IP address on ubuntu 22.04. This covers to setup static IP using the command line and from Ubuntu Desktop.

      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install Friday Night Funkin’ Kade Engine 1.8 on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install Friday Night Funkin’ Kade Engine 1.8 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.

      • eSecurity PlanetGetting Started with the Burp Suite: A Pentesting Tutorial | eSecurityPlanet

        Burp is one of the top-rated security suites for pentesting and ethical hacking. While there are paid professional and enterprise editions, you can install the community edition for free and even use it directly from Kali Linux.

        The Burp suite is widely used by security professionals to perform advanced scans and various traffic interceptions (e.g., HTTP requests). The tool, maintained by PortSwigger, offers comprehensive documentation.

        There are dedicated sections for the different editions. While the enterprise and pro versions are expensive, they provide additional features that may make sense for your organization, so don’t stick with the free community edition just because it’s free. Cybersecurity tools typically pay for themselves in the costs saved from prevented breaches, which can run in the millions for a single breach.

      • 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:

      • Network WorldCreating a quick calculation function on Linux | Network World

        Anytime you’re planning to do a lot of calculations on a Linux system, you can use the power of bash to create a quick function and then use it repeatedly to do the calculations for you. In this post, we’ll look at how this trick works and what you need to be aware of to ensure that your calculations are correct.

      • ZDNetHow to share folders to your network from Linux

        If you have several computers on your network, and you want to be able to share files and folders from your Linux operating system, the process isn’t nearly as hard as you might think. And although some Linux distributions strive to make this a point-and-click affair, they tend to fall short of the mark.

        That’s when you need to turn to Samba and the terminal window. But fear not, I’m going to show you how this is done in plain and simple terms. Once it’s finished, anyone on your LAN should be able to access those shared folders and files.

      • UNIX CopHow Install Plex Media Server on Fedora 36

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Plex Media Server on Fedora 36.

        Plex is a global streaming media service and a client–server media player platform, made by Plex, Inc. The Plex Media Server organizes video, audio, and photos from a user’s collections and from online services, and streams it to the players. The official clients and unofficial third-party clients run on mobile devices, smart TVs, streaming boxes, and in web apps.

        Plex Media Server is a self-hosted media player system for storing your movies, shows, music, and photos. Over time Plex Media Server has grown much and now supports many platforms.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • HowTo GeekKDE Connect Arrives on iPhone and iPad For Linux Fans

          KDE Connect has been around for years as a companion Android app for connecting to Linux PCs, similar to Microsoft Link to Windows (formerly “Your Phone”). Now there’s finally a KDE Connect app for iPhone and iPad.

          KDE Connect has quietly appeared on the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPad, seemingly without an official announcement (at least so far). Just like the Android version, it connects to a Linux PC running the KDE Connect application to a phone or tablet. You can then synchronize your clipboard across desktop and mobile, share files and links, and run commands on a PC from a phone. You can also use an iPhone as a virtual touchpad or presentation remote for a linked PC.

        • OMG UbuntuKDE Connect is Now Available for iPhone & iPad – OMG! Ubuntu!

          An official KDE Connect mobile client is now available on the Apple App Store.

          The addition of this official iOS app means folks with an iPhone and/or iPad can benefit from a deeper set of integration between their mobile devices and their Linux desktop.

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

    • Distributions

      • New Releases

      • BSD

        • Marian BoučekFreeBSD jails with VNET and NAT

          Since my early days with FreeBSD I have been fascinated by VNET jails. The ability of recreating various hardware devices using their software interface counterparts is just stunning. The jails can even define their own firewall rules inside, use DHCP to get own IP address, etc. The administrator can assemble the network as they wish, using various switches (bridge interfaces) to segregate network segments from each other.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

      • Debian Family

        • Taowa Munene-Tardif & Debian trademark, libel, wasting money

          Debian appears to be wasting money on a trademark case that is doomed to legal failure. One member of the trademark team, Felix Lechner, has resigned in disgust. Therefore, who is advancing this vendetta?

          The remaining two members of the trademark team are Taowa Munene-Tardif and Brian Gupta. Today we look at Taowa.

          Taowa’s contributor profile shows she is little more than a groupie who joined around DebConf17 in Montreal. She was only added to the Debian keyring in 2021.

          As far as we can tell, Taowa has never met the volunteer she is attacking. She is not his employer, she is not one of his clients and she has no right to impose herself on him with silly demands. This is the stuff of a toxic woman.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

    • Devices/Embedded

      • Open Hardware/Modding

        • HackadayA Raspberry Pi As An Offboard Display Adapter

          The humble USB-C port has brought us so many advantages over its USB ancestors, one of which is as a handy display output for laptops. Simply add an inexpensive adapter and you can hook up everything from a mobile phone upwards to an HDMI display or projector. There’s a snag though, merely having USB-C is not enough as the device has to support the display feature. It’s a problem [Gunnar Wolf] had to face with a Lenovo ARM laptop, and his solution is unexpected. Instead of an adapter, he’s used a Raspberry Pi 3 and some software tricks.

      • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Web Browsers

        • Mozilla

          • GhacksThunderbird mobile application is coming soon

            Right now, many use different clients, which is not the most comfortable option for a number of reasons. For one, syncing is not supported between different programs, which means that tasks such as modifying the address book or saving tasks are not synced between clients.

      • SaaS/Back End/Databases

        • Matt RickardCode Managed Service is Coming For Static Sites

          I think SaaS (in general) will start to look more like cars. Cars need maintenance and aren’t fixable or debuggable by the average person, yet we still own and lease them ourselves. You’ll run your own SaaS, but maybe you’ll need to take it in for routine maintenance every 15,000 hours.

          Yet, this future of code managed services is already here but not evenly distributed. You’d need to be experienced at cloud infrastructure and DevOps to do it in a cost (time) effective manner. But the code that the batch of first adopters writes will be generic and reusable for anyone. That’s when it gets interesting.

      • Education

        • FOSSLifeLinux New Media Launches Open Source JobHub

          “Open Source JobHub not only covers jobs using open source technologies, but also other roles such as sales, marketing, and management at companies dedicated to open source. Our goal is to give the global open source community a specific platform through which to make career connections,” said Brian Osborn, CEO and publisher, Linux New Media.

          Open Source JobHub now features job listings from launch partners CloudLinux, Collabora, SUSE, and TUXEDO Computers, among others. The site will also provide resources to help job seekers build their careers with open source, while employers can quickly upload listings and reach qualified candidates.

      • Funding

        • ZDNetIt’s not easy getting an open-source company off the ground, Appwrite wants to help

          Launching an open-source company isn’t easy. Even the biggest pure-play open-source company, Red Hat, got its humble start in founding CEO Bob Young’s wife’s sewing closet. More recently, when Appwrite, a Backend as a Service (BaaS) business, CEO and founder Eldad Fux literally had “his back to the wall.” Luckily for him, Fux obtained seed funding at the last minute.

          By April 2022, Appwrite has gotten $27 million in funding. Looking ahead, the open-source Backend-as-a-Service (BaaS) platform for web, mobile, and flutter developers with its integrated REST APIs future looks bright. With 27 full-time Appwriters and a community of over 150,000 developers, Appwrite may become a major developer success story.

      • Programming/Development

        • My Pong

          I just made my first videogame, a pong clone. It’s funny because I’ve done a bit of programming at work and even a text based game or two, but never something remotely graphical.

          The whole thing was extremely easy to accomplish using Lua + Löve 2D, which I suggest you to try if the idea of coding some sort of videogame is in the back of your mind.

        • Matt RickardElevator Data Structures and Algorithms

          I lived in NYC for six years. I probably spent 1 minute/day on and waiting for elevators during that time. Spending at least 1.5 days of your life with elevators, one can’t help to think about what they are doing.

          Hard disk-seeking algorithms influenced many elevator algorithms (or maybe the other way around?). One way to think about it: hard disks need to read (“pick up”) and write (“drop off”) requests at different locations on the disk (“floors”).

          Here are some elevator algorithms, starting with the most naive and working towards better implementations.

        • SICPYou say “cave dweller debugging”, I say debug logging

          The third benefit is that you communicate to everybody else that this part of the code is hard to understand and needed careful inspection. This can be the motivation the team needs to discuss a redesign, or it can help other people find smoking guns when trying to diagnose other failures.

        • Standing on the shoulders of giants and leaky abstractions

          So on the topic, I’ll share my opinion on the matter based on my experience as an OSS maintainer building on top of sequel versus an alternative built for rails (and therefore, activerecord).

        • RlangThe basics of prototyping and exporting your plots in R

          It’s super rewarding when you finally figure out how to plot and visualize your data. But to show off your plot to the rest of the world, you need to first be able to save and export it from your R Studio workspace.

          In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to prototype, save, and export your plots from R. (Note, I use the term ‘plot’ and ‘figure’ interchangeably to mean the same thing: a data visualization!)

        • Perl/Raku

          • Rakulang2022.19 DocuBlast – Rakudo Weekly News

            Current known efforts are documented in the wiki. In an effort to keep volunteers coordinated, please look for a monthly call starting in May, and status updates reported out on the wiki. Or you can check in on the new #raku-doc IRC channel! Or the more old-fashioned mailing-list.

            The documentation effort can always use volunteers for content creation, editing, as well as front end web development, and raku scripting. So if you have suggestions and/or would like to contribute to the documentation effort in any way, this is your chance!

  • Leftovers

    • The NationThis Is Not a Pipe
    • [Old] Goodbye Twitter posting

      Today (April 25th 2022), Twitter announced Elon Musk will be buying Twitter and taking it private. What does this mean for Twitter and myself on Twitter?

    • Counter PunchWorld Day of the Portuguese Language and Marx

      – One is not opposed to the other – a fellow communist might tell me.

    • Education

      • NISTStudy Links Urbanization to Poor Ecological Knowledge, Less Environmental Action

        A new study by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and collaborators highlights a sharp contrast between urban and suburban ways of thinking about coastal ecosystems.

        The authors of the study used statistical and cognitive science techniques to analyze data from a survey of 1,400 residents across the U.S. East Coast. Their results, published in the journal npj Urban Sustainability, showed that surveyed residents of urban centers often held a more simplistic, and less realistic, understanding of coastal ecosystems than residents in suburban areas. The research also uncovered a lower propensity to take pro-environmental actions among urban populations. The study provides evidence for an issue the authors refer to as urbanized knowledge syndrome, which may be detrimental to natural ecosystems and hamper community resilience to natural disasters.

    • Hardware

      • Price per TB

        List of hard drives available for sale from Newegg.com, sorted by the price per TB.

      • HackadayVerbot Goes To The Dark Side

        What happens to old, neglected 1980s toy robots? According to the [Randi Rain], they turn to the dark side! Way back in the ’80s, Tomy had an entire line of robots — from keychain wind-up toys to rolling, talking machines almost 2 feet tall. Tucked into the middle of this line was Verbot. Verbot’s claim to fame is that it is a voice-controlled robot. More than that, it was speaker-dependent. Train the robot with commands like “go forward” and then watch as it responds to your every command.

      • HackadayWill We Ever Shake The Polaroid Picture?

        Today, most of us carry supercomputers in our pockets that happen to also take instantly-viewable pictures. This is something that even the dumbest phones do, meaning that we can reasonably draw the conclusion that photographic capability has become a basic feature of everyday carry, a necessity of 21st century life.

      • HackadayAutogyro Models Are Hard — Even For [Peter Sripol]

        Aviation consists of two major groups. Airplane enthusiasts, and helicopter enthusiasts. The two groups rarely get along, each extolling the virtues of their chosen craft. Somewhere in between are autogyro folks. People who like vehicles that blend the best (or worst) of both airplanes and helicopters. Aviation master [Peter Sripol] has dipped his toes into the autogyro world, but not without some trouble.

      • HackadayHow A Smartphone Is Made, In Eight “Easy” Blocks

        The smartphone represents one of the most significant shifts in our world. In less than thirteen years, we went from some people owning a dumb phone to the majority of the planet having a smartphone (~83.7% as of 2022, according to Statista). There are very few things that a larger percentage of people on this planet have. Not clean water, not housing, not even food.

      • HackadayAVX-512: When The Bits Really Count

        For the majority of workloads, fiddling with assembly instructions isn’t worth it. The added complexity and code obfuscation generally outweigh the relatively modest gains. Mainly because compilers have become quite fantastic at generation code and because processors are just so much faster, it is hard to get a meaningful speedup by tweaking a small section of code. That changes when you introduce SIMD instructions and need to decode lots of bitsets fast. Intel’s fancy AVX-512 SIMD instructions can offer some meaningful performance gains with relatively low custom assembly.

      • HackadayAll The Sticky Labels You Could Ever Need: No DRM, Just Masking Tape

        Printable sticky labels are a marvelous innovation, but sadly also one beset by a variety of competing offerings, and more recently attempts by manufacturers to impose DRM on their media. Fortunately they don’t have to rely on expensive printers or proprietary rolls of stickies, as [michimartini] demonstrates with the masking tape plotter. It’s a tiny pen plotter that writes your label onto the tape.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • TruthOut100 Million New COVID Infections Could Be Just Months Away
      • OracDid Columbia University cut ties with Dr. Oz?

        It’s never been a secret that Orac is not a fan of Dr. Mehmet Oz. It’s hard not to have encountered him before, given his fame and now his full embrace of President Trump for his campaign to become the Republican nominee for the Senate from Pennsylvania. As you might recall, Dr. Oz was a young rising star in academic cardiothoracic surgery in the 1990s, and even I have to admit that his achievements back then were impressive. Then something happened. Dr. Oz embraced reiki, founded Columbia University’s integrative medicine program, and ultimately, after having met Oprah Winfrey and been featured on her show periodically as “America’s Doctor” (which led me to start referring to him as “America’s Quack” beginning years ago), hosted The Dr. Oz Show, which ran for nearly 13 seasons; that is, until Dr. Oz cut the last season short a few months ago and ended his show to run for the Senate for Pennsylvania. Of course, Dr. Oz being the long-time quack and grifter that he was, it didn’t faze him in the least that he had lived in New Jersey, not Pennsylvania, and worked in Manhattan for decades; he voted absentee in 2020 using his wife’s parents’ address in the Philadelphia suburbs. When last I discussed him, unsurprisingly Dr. Oz was pulling a common quack trick by challenging his critics (in this case, specifically Dr. Anthony Fauci) to a “debate”.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • The HillColonial Pipeline was cyber wake-up call; Ukraine war is escalator [iophk: Windows TCO]

          One year ago, the Colonial Pipeline was hit by a disruptive ransomware attack forcing it to shut down operations for nearly a week.

          The incident, which caused gas shortages in several states as fuel prices spiked, was a major wake-up call for critical industries to start taking cyber threats seriously and invest more in cybersecurity.

          However, experts say that the war in Ukraine has put even more pressure on companies to expedite the investments they had begun a year ago as cybersecurity became front and center – both domestically and globally.

        • Pseudo-Open Source

          • Openwashing

            • Twitter’s open-source algorithm: Is transparency the best policy? [Ed: Openwashing in its most shameless form]

              While Musk has proposed many changes, many in the cybersecurity community have critiqued his desire to make Twitter’s algorithm open-source. In particular, media analysts have pointed out that this could invite malicious actors to “game” the algorithm and make Twitter a target for more intense cyber-attacks.

              Looking into the matter for Digital Journal is Cybersecurity expert Derek E. Brink, Vice President & Research Fellow at Aberdeen Strategy & Research.

              Brink is not adopting the same line as other cybersecurity commentariat, noting: “The idea that algorithms should be open and transparent has been considered best practice for nearly 140 years. It’s called Kerkhof’s Principle, which holds that trying to keep the algorithms secret — which many refer to as “security by obscurity” — is the wrong approach to maintaining security.”

        • Security

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • The VergeFacebook is getting rid of some location-tracking features due to ‘low usage’

              Facebook is discontinuing several services that tracked your real-time location — including Nearby Friends, weather alerts, location history, and background location — due to “low usage,” as spotted by 9to5Mac. In a notification sent to people who’ve used the feature in the past, Facebook says it will stop collecting data associated with these features on May 31st and will wipe any stored data on August 1st.

              Facebook parent company Meta confirmed the news to The Verge. “While we’re deprecating some location-based features on Facebook due to low usage, people can still use Location Services to manage how their location information is collected and used,” spokesperson Emil Vazquez said in an emailed statement.

            • TechdirtWherein The Copia Institute Reminds California’s New Privacy Agency That Its Regulations Need To Comport With The First Amendment

              Last week the recently formed California Privacy Protection Agency held “pre-rulemaking stakeholder sessions” to solicit input on the regulations it intends to promulgate. I provided the following testimony on behalf of the Copia Institute.

            • Common DreamsCongress Urged to Reject ‘False Choice’ of Tackling Big Tech Monopolies or Protecting Privacy

              U.S. lawmakers should “reject the notion that Congress must choose between antitrust and privacy reforms” when seeking to rein in Big Tech’s anti-competitive behavior, a letter from 26 public interest organizations to Democratic legislators asserted Monday.

              “Voters from both parties support breaking up monopolies and imposing stronger regulations on the largest tech companies.”

            • Common DreamsPrivacy Advocates Celebrate ‘Big Win’ Against Facial Recognition Giant

              A historic settlement filed in court on Monday highlighted the power of Illinois’ strong privacy law and will result in new nationwide restrictions on a controversial technology company infamous for selling access to the largest known database of facial images.

              “This represents one of the biggest victories for consumers to date.”

            • TechdirtStaten Island District Attorney Used Forfeiture Funds To Secretly Purchase Clearview AI Access

              There are several reasons law enforcement agencies would take care not to associate themselves with Clearview.

            • EFFThomson Reuters to Review Human Rights Impact of its Data Collection for ICE

              The union issued a blog post about the decision, stating that “Thomson Reuters contracts with ICE have a total value exceeding $100m USD. The contracts are to provide data brokerage services that help the U.S. agency target undocumented immigrants for detention and deportation. The company, via its Consolidated Lead Evaluation and Reporting (CLEAR) software, amassed data from private and public databases on individuals, like social media information, names, emails, phone data, license plate scans, utility bills, financial information, arrest records, insurance information, employment records, and much more.”

              In addition, the CLEAR program provided Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) data collected by Vigilant Solutions to ICE. EFF has long been monitoring the widespread use of Vigilant Solutions and ALPR data by law enforcement. We find the use of ALPR data to further human rights abuses a particularly troubling use of this invasive technology.

              BCGEU’s capital markets advisor Emma Pullman told the Verge: “[Thomson Reuters] has realized that investors are quite concerned about this, and that the public are increasingly very concerned about data brokers. In that kind of perfect storm, the company has had to respond.” 

    • Defence/Aggression

      • NPRFormer Pentagon chief Esper says Trump asked about shooting protesters

        “We reached that point in the conversation where he looked frankly at [Joint Chiefs of Staff] Gen. [Mark] Milley and said, ‘Can’t you just shoot them, just shoot them in the legs or something?’ … It was a suggestion and a formal question. And we were just all taken aback at that moment as this issue just hung very heavily in the air.”

      • NBCThe case for a Putin war crimes trial

        Now, however, an unusually large group of states is actively assisting investigations into atrocities in Ukraine, which many expect will eventually lead the ICC to indict Putin. The intensity of these investigations is greater than anything I have seen in nearly three decades of work in the field of international justice.

        The landscape of global justice is changing with warp speed. And a convergence of several key factors in Ukraine has fueled this shift.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Why has the United States Become the Leader in Promoting Global Warfare?

        Why has the United States already become so heavily invested in the Russia-Ukraine war? And why has it so regularly gotten involved, in some fashion, in so many other wars on this planet since it invaded Afghanistan in 2001? Those with long memories might echo the conclusion reached more than a century ago by radical social critic Randolph Bourne that “war is the health of the state” or recall the ancient warnings of this country’s founders like James Madison that democracy dies not in darkness, but in the ghastly light thrown by too many bombs bursting in air for far too long.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Reclaiming the 13 Colonies: A Daunting Task for Boris Johnson

        We are waiting for the long-promised invasion. So are the fishes.– Winston Churchill, Radio broadcast to the French people October 21, 1940

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Will Biden Find the Courage to Undo Trump’s Sabotage of the Iran Nuclear Deal?
      • Democracy NowAnatol Lieven: U.S. Lawmakers’ Framing of Ukraine as Proxy War Is “​Wonderful for Putin’s Propaganda”

        Russian President Vladimir Putin has defended his invasion of Ukraine, saying it was a necessary blow against NATO. His remarks came during Russia’s annual Victory Day celebrations on May 9 marking the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II. U.S. lawmakers, meanwhile, are increasingly describing the fighting in Ukraine as a proxy war between the U.S. and Russia. We speak with the Quincy Institute’s Anatol Lieven, who says the war can only end through negotiations, and aggressive U.S. rhetoric risks prolonging the fighting. “That is a recipe for this war going on essentially forever, with colossal suffering for Ukraine,” says Lieven.

      • Site36British NGO: 26 countries have armed drones

        Every year, Drone Wars UK counts the number of countries that have medium-altitude, long-endurance armed drones. Some of them, however, do not use them at all. Another six governments are planning to procure them, including Germany and Poland.

      • Mint Press NewsGeneral Dynamics Calls Critics “Radical Skeptics” for “Undermining” US Foreign Policy

        On May 4th, General Dynamics held its annual shareholder meeting. This meeting took place virtually, possibly in response to last year when shareholders were able to directly engage with the General Dynamics Board and ask how they justify the destruction and death their weapons cause.

      • MeduzaLenta.ru briefly filled with anti-war, anti-Putin content Two employees claimed responsibility for the protest

        On the morning of May 9, anti-war articles filled the homepage of the Russian pro-government outlet Lenta.ru. Journalist Ilya Shepelin first called attention to the protest, posting screenshots of the articles on his Telegram channel.

      • Meduza‘The West has decided to cancel these thousand-year-old values’ An excerpt from Vladimir Putin’s Victory Day speech

        Instead of officially declaring war against Ukraine in his speech at Moscow’s Victory Parade on Monday as many anticipated, Vladimir Putin used the occasion to play many of the old hits, including accusing the West of plotting to undermine Russia’s “traditional values,” claiming solidarity with World War II veterans across the world, and leaning into the idea of Russia as a multiethnic haven. Read Meduza’s translation of an excerpt from the speech below.

    • Environment

      • Counter PunchWorld Drought Gets Worse, Cities Ration

        What’ll happen at 1.5C?

        It’s not as if droughts are not a normal feature of the climate system. They are, but the problem nowadays is highlighted by reports from NASA and NOAA stating that earth is trapping nearly twice as much heat is it did in 2005 described as an “unprecedented increase amid the climate crisis.” This trend is described as “quite alarming.”

      • The RevelatorLet’s Put More Effort Into Investigating and Prosecuting Environmental Crimes
      • Energy

        • RTLHow Portugal became Europe’s accidental ‘bitcoin heaven’

          As governments slowly shackle the [cryptocurrency] industry with regulations and obligations, Portugal is increasingly isolated in Europe — a place with few rules that investors describe as a [cryptocurrency] paradise.

          “You don’t need to do anything else because you already have a perfect system, with zero percent tax on bitcoin,” said Didi Taihuttu, a prominent [cryptocurrency] enthusiast who shifted his family to Portugal from the Netherlands.

        • Common DreamsOpinion | Treaties Protecting Fossil Fuel Investors Threaten Global Efforts to Save the Climate—And Could Cost Countries Billions

          Fossil fuel companies have access to an obscure legal tool that could jeopardize worldwide efforts to protect the climate, and they’re starting to use it. The result could cost countries that press ahead with those efforts billions of dollars.

        • TruthOutPipeline Company Targets Individual Tribal Members in Court Battle for Line 5
        • Counter PunchNoise Matters: Wind Farms, Nuisance and the Law

          The latter view has been rejected by the National Health and Medical Research Council, which found “no consistent evidence that wind farms cause adverse health effects in humans” though it accepted at the time “that further high quality research on the possible health effects of wind farms is required.”  Literature examining the nature of wind farm complaints also notes “large historical and geographical differences in the distribution of complainants in Australia.”

          Current Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is another figure who never misses a chance to question the broader use of wind power.  In New South Wales, where his electorate is based, he has warned the NSW government to “be careful” about using more turbines.  “It’s not a bowl of cherries in this space,” observed the Nationals leader in characteristically gnomic fashion, “and that’s why you’ve got to keep your base load power going.”

        • Counter PunchWhat’s Left of the New Green Deal?

          In drawing from the language and history of FDR’s New Deal of the 1930s, climate activists have hoped to join together two strands of the progressive movement: environmentalism and economic justice. The United States needs to radically reduce its carbon footprint and, at the same time, create well-paying jobs, especially for those workers leaving economic sectors associated with dirty energy. As with FDR’s program, the Green New Deal relies on government direction and funding to advance this major economic transformation.

          Since the original resolution, other Green New Deal bills have emerged on education, housing, and cities. U.S. cities, too, have established Green New Deal initiatives, and many civic organizations continue to champion the GND as a radical vision for a reoriented U.S. society.

        • DeSmogOregon Gas Utility Wants to Bill Customers Millions for Executive Bonuses and ‘Misleading’ Advertising

          NW Natural, a gas utility based in Oregon, is seeking to raise gas bills on its customers in order to pay for millions in executive bonuses, higher returns to shareholders, and a larger advertising budget. It is also hoping to saddle ratepayers with costs associated with the utility’s political activities, in which the company engaged in “misleading” marketing to perpetuate the use of gas at a time when the state is attempting to electrify homes and businesses, a coalition of environmental organizations led by Earthjustice argue in a formal proceeding.

          The utility has formally asked Oregon’s public utilities commission (PUC) for a rate increase of more than $70 million, a roughly 12 percent hike over current rates. This comes on the tail of a 13 percent bump that was enacted late last year. If the new increase is approved, Oregon gas customers will see their rates jump 25 percent over 12 months. 

    • Finance

      • TruthOutAttacks on Libraries Are Attacks on Labor
      • Counter PunchApril: A Solid Month of Job Growth

        The economy added 428,000 jobs in April, while the unemployment rate remained flat at 3.6 percent. The unemployment rates for white workers (3.2 percent), Blacks (5.9 percent), Asians (3.1 percent), and Hispanics (4.1 percent) were all virtually unchanged from the previous month.

        Labor Force Participation Gains Slowed, Still Approaching Pre-Pandemic Levels

      • Counter PunchA Monetary Reset Where the Rich Don’t Own Everything

        That sort of across-the-board debt forgiveness can’t be done today because most of the creditors are private lenders. Banks, landlords and pension fund investors would go bankrupt if their contractual rights to repayment were simply wiped out. But we do have a serious debt problem, and it is largely structural. Governments have delegated the power to create money to private banks, which create most of the circulating money supply as debt at interest. They create the principal but not the interest, so more money must be repaid than was created in the original loan. Debt thus grows faster than the money supply, as seen in the chart from WorkableEconomics.com below. Debt grows until it cannot be repaid, when the board is cleared by some form of market crash such as the 2008 financial crisis, typically widening the wealth gap on the way down.

        Today the remedy for an unsustainable debt buildup is called a “reset.” Far short of a Jubilee, such resets are necessary every few decades. Acceptance of a currency is based on trust, and a “currency reset” changes the backing of the currency to restore that trust when it has failed. In the 20th century, major currency resets occurred in 1913, when the Federal Reserve was instituted following a major banking crisis; in 1933 following another catastrophic banking crisis, when the dollar was taken off the gold standard domestically and deposits were federally insured; in 1944, at the Bretton Woods Conference concluding World War II, when the US dollar backed by gold was made the reserve currency for global trade; and in 1974, when the US finalized a deal with the OPEC countries to sell their oil only in US dollars, effectively “backing” the dollar with oil after Richard Nixon took the dollar off the gold standard internationally in 1971. Central bank manipulations are also a form of reset, intended to restore faith in the currency or the banks; e.g. when Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker raised the interest rate on fed funds to 20% in 1980, and when the Fed bailed out Wall Street banks following the Great Financial Crisis of 2008-09 with quantitative easing.

      • VoxOlder workers in higher-paid industries are joining the Great Resignation – Vox

        The main growth in quit rates is coming from more tenured workers in industries like finance and tech.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Raw StoryOhio House committee passes bill to block social media from ‘censoring’ users

        An Ohio House committee passed legislation Tuesday prohibiting social media companies like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube from “censoring” their users.

        The legislation would block the companies from removing posts or expelling people from their platforms based on the “viewpoint” of users or ideas expressed in their posts. It wouldn’t apply to speech already illegal under federal law like harassment or inciting violence.

      • HungaryThe stone-faced president who barely crossed Orbán for ten years is leaving

        János Áder, Hungary’s stone-faced president is leaving his post. Following his election in 2012, the former Fidesz group leader tried to annoy Orbán and his gang at times, but after a while he simply signed any law that was placed before him. He never had to work under another government, not once did he listen to the voice of protesters, he preferred to keep quiet about sensitive issues, and chose fishing instead of confrontation. He won’t have a reason for sadness from now on either: he has a renovated villa and a nice pension to look forward to. A look at Áder’s ten years as President of Hungary.

      • TruthOutWisconsin GOP Candidate for Congress Fined for Bringing Loaded Gun to Airport
      • Common DreamsIn Rebuke to Biden, Mexico Says No Nation Should Be Excluded from Americas Summit

        Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Sunday that no nation in the Western Hemisphere should be left out of the upcoming Summit of the Americas, directly refuting Washington’s attempt to bar Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela from the U.S.-hosted meeting.

        “Nobody should exclude anyone,” López Obrador said during a public event in Cuba, according to Reuters.

      • TechdirtJudge Is Not At All Impressed By Trump’s Lawsuit Against Twitter; Dismisses It Easily

        As you probably recall, former President Donald Trump sued various social media companies for kicking him off their platforms, claiming (absolutely ridiculously) that private companies deplatforming the President of the United States violated his 1st Amendment rights, and claiming that Section 230 was unconstitutional. As we noted at the time, this is not how any of this works. The lawsuits have not gone very well. While they were filed in Florida, they were quickly transferred to the proper venue in California, and now Judge James Donato has tossed out the lawsuit against Twitter, and done so easily — though he does allow Trump to try again with an amended complaint (something that will almost certainly be coming).

      • TruthOutMississippi Governor Leaves Open the Possibility of Banning Some Contraceptives
      • TruthOutProtesters Plan Sit-Ins Outside Manchin and Sinema’s Offices Over Filibuster
      • TechdirtWill People Actually Be Happier If Elon Musk Is Selling Their Data Instead Of Pushing Ads?

        We’re still pretty much in the dark about Elon Musk’s real plans for Twitter. He had talked a little about changing how Twitter’s subscription product worked, and then the only other idea that had leaked was a weird one about trying to charge media organizations to quote or embed tweets. However, late last week, the New York Times published a story with some of the details of what Musk put in a presentation that was sent around to a variety of investors, and somehow convinced some pretty high profile investors to cough up another $7 billion for his Twitter purchase.

      • Counter PunchWhat Have You Done For Me Lately? Using Elections to Rebuild Trust

        By creating a framework of laws and norms for setting priorities and making decisions, governments help different groups interact with each other. Because government plays this role, low trust in government is linked with greater prejudice and polarization.

        It’s a vicious circle. We’re cynical about government, which lowers our trust in other people, which further lowers our trust in government, because some of those other people are the government.

      • Democracy NowIs Irish Reunification on the Horizon? Sinn Féin Wins Historic Victory in Northern Ireland Election

        In a historic victory, the Irish nationalist Sinn Féin party has won the most seats in Northern Ireland’s parliament for the first time ever. Sinn Féin is the former political wing of the IRA — the Irish Republican Army — and favors reunification with the Republic of Ireland. The party won 27 of 90 seats in the Northern Ireland Assembly, while the Democratic Unionist Party, which wants to remain in the United Kingdom, dropped to second place for the first time in decades with 24 seats. We speak with journalist and political activist Eamonn McCann, who says Northern Ireland was founded over a century ago so that “it could be guaranteed that there would always be a unionist majority.” That arrangement has now been shattered, he says, and the calls for Irish reunification are likely to increase if Sinn Féin wins government in the next election in the south. “The more the tide toward a united Ireland increases, the more alarmed the unionists will become,” says McCann. We also speak with Sinn Féin lawmaker Mairéad Farrell, who represents the Galway West constituency in the Republic of Ireland parliament and who says the party’s victory came after a “positive campaign” focused on people’s everyday needs.

    • Misinformation/Disinformation

      • VarietyHow TikTok’s Irreverent Humor Became Hollywood’s Indispensable Tool for Reaching Gen Z

        But when it comes to studios earning box office revenue — which has been a significant struggle since the COVID-19 pandemic — are their efforts on TikTok actually driving Gen Z to theaters? Though the exact answer is hard to quantify, Yang does know that the film industry is becoming a stronger presence on TikTok because studios are seeing significant return on the time and money they spend to promote their films on the platform.

      • RTLPosts mislead about environmental impact of electric cars

        Peter Newman, professor of sustainability at Australia’s Curtin University, said the figures in the misleading tweet were a “gross exaggeration” and seemed to assume that only one type of electric vehicle battery was available.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

    • Freedom of Information/Freedom of the Press

      • VOA NewsZimbabwean Journalists Granted Bail Following Weekend Arrest

        News reports of out Zimbabwe said the pair were interviewing voters about a water crisis affecting a town on the outskirts of Harare.

        The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zimbabwe immediately deployed lawyers to represent the journalists, who were also charged with disorderly conduct.

      • SalonTrolling Is taking a toll on science journalism

        We spoke with reporters who said they repeatedly received harassing phone calls from readers. In some cases, scary, accusatory messages would arrive by the hundreds on Twitter, Instagram, and by email. Women appeared to bear the brunt of these attacks.

        What’s especially discouraging is that science journalists can be subjected to messages that show little, if any, regard for facts. Journalists we spoke to said they had been targeted by people who deny the existence of Covid-19 or climate change, or who otherwise uphold anti-science views or believe in conspiracies. One person we spoke with described being messaged in an accusatory tone, “like, I’m just pushing the, the liberal narrative. And that I’m part of the conspiracy about climate change.”

      • EFFEFF and Other Civil Society Organizations Issue Report on Danger to Digital Rights in Ola Bini Trial

        The first part of the trial against Ola Bini took place in January. In this first stage of testimony and expert evidence, the court repeatedly called attention to various irregularities and violations to due process by the prosecutor in charge. Human rights groups observing the hearing emphasized the flimsy evidence provided against Bini and serious flaws in how the seizure of his devices took place. Bini’s defense stressed that the raid happened without him present, and that seized encrypted devices were examined without following procedural rules and safeguards.

        These are not the only problems with the case. Over two years ago, EFF visited Ecuador on a fact-finding mission after Bini’s initial arrest and detention. What we found was a case deeply intertwined with the political effects of its outcome, fraught with due process violations. EFF’s conclusions from our Ecuador mission were that political actors, including the prosecution, have recklessly tied their reputations to a case with controversial or no real evidence. 

        Ola Bini is known globally as someone who builds secure tools and contributes to free software projects. Bini’s team at ThoughtWorks contributed to Certbot, the EFF-managed tool that has provided strong encryption for millions of websites around the world, and most recently, Bini co-founded a non-profit organization devoted to creating user-friendly security tools.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • VOA NewsTaliban Divisions Deepen as Afghan Women Defy Veil Edict

        Yet divisions were deepened in March, on the eve of the new school year, when Akhunzada issued a last-minute decision that girls should not be allowed to go to school after completing the sixth grade. In the weeks ahead of the start of the school year, senior Taliban officials had told journalists all girls would be allowed back in school.

        Akhunzada asserted that allowing the older girls back to school violated Islamic principles.

        A prominent Afghan who meets the leadership and is familiar with their internal squabbles said that a senior Cabinet minister expressed his outrage over Akhunzada’s views at a recent leadership meeting. He spoke on condition of anonymity to speak freely.

      • TruthOutKathy Boudin, Tireless Fighter for Justice — Rest in Power
      • Counter PunchIn the Beginning Was the Weed

        Echoing this absurd PC claim, a Black woman whose family owns the Hollingworth Cannabis Company fed the KIRO reporter an absurd line:

        Does the beautiful, musical word marijuana really “trigger” people who have been in prison?  To do what? Want some? Or did Ms Hollingsworth see a chance to plug her brand when the reporter from Channel 7 called seeking a comment on the PC name change?

      • Counter PunchChildren’s Lives in a Dangerous World

        Child trafficking is a widespread phenomenon. Children make up 27 % of the 40 million victims of trafficking worldwide. Two out of every three identified child victims are girls. The 2020 Federal Human Trafficking Report states that the number of child victims of sex trafficking in the United States increased 55% compared to 2019.

      • Counter PunchBlack Land Theft and the Racial Wealth Divide
      • Counter Punch“Public Justice” – Standing Forty Years Against Brutish Corporate Power

        That is just what happened following my address in June 1980 to the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association. I spoke of a gap in trial practice which needed to be filled. There was a pressing need to bring cases against the many corporate abuses, which included non-enforcement of regulatory laws. Without the prospect of a contingent fee after a successful outcome, trial lawyers were unlikely to take on these uncertain cases or structural reform cases on behalf of tenants, farm workers, or cruel prison conditions.

        I noted the assault of corporations on “the biosphere, personal injury law from trauma to toxics.” The corporate lobby was blocking legislative proposals to strengthen consumer class action rights, digging deeper for unconscionable corporate welfare payments and funding corporatist politicians. To challenge these damaging corporate power plays, I suggested a full-time core of public interest attorneys supported by a sabbatical program for trial lawyers who wanted to take a year off from their regular practice and come to Washington, D.C. to advance justice and refresh themselves.

      • The NationUnited States to Refugees: Don’t Give Us Your Tired, Your Poor!

        The numbers speak for themselves.

      • The NationWhen Did the Ruling Class Get Woke?

        The protest movement sparked by the murder of George Floyd is now regarded as the largest mass mobilization in the history of the United States, and, significantly, as the philosopher Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò points out, was distinctly global in scope. From the old colonial capitals of Europe to cities across the Global South, people took to the streets to protest not only wanton police violence in the United States but also local appendages of the global machinery of white supremacy and state violence. As Táíwò puts it, people around the world were “fighting on their own front[s] in the same struggle.”

      • Counter PunchWhen Bhabani Mahato Fed the Revolution
      • Counter Punch“Democracy might get in the way”: Why Toronto’s Mayor Tory Rejected a Human Rights-based Alternative to Militarized Encampment Clearings

        Emails, documents, and slide decks, recently obtained through Freedom of Information requests made by a team of activists of which I am a part, include a new set of speaking notes received the day after publication here of “War” Preparations: the City of Toronto’s Approach to Homelessness. They strongly appear to back Matlow’s view that Mayor John Tory had to be involved “in every step of the decision making process,” and suggest that the Mayor and City Managers’ offices were prepared, even at this early stage, to ignore their legislated human rights obligations

        The speaking notes for Slide 9 of a deck, discussed in two meetings with City Managers, the Mayor, and his top aides on back-to-back Fridays and then again four days later with the Interdivisional Encampment Steering Committee, present the following “Concern”:

      • Pro PublicaWhat You Need to Know When You Give Birth in a Country With Rising Maternal Mortality Rates

        In 2017, ProPublica and NPR launched a project shedding light on maternal deaths and near-deaths in the U.S. We explored better ways to track and understand preventable deaths, and the intergenerational trauma caused by childbirth complications and chronic racial disparities in who suffers from them. We heard from more than 5,000 people who endured, or watched a loved one endure, life-threatening pregnancy and childbirth complications, often resulting in long-lasting physical and emotional effects.

        These people who sent us their stories frequently told us they knew little to nothing beforehand about the potentially fatal complications that they or their loved ones faced. They wanted to help others. So we decided to publish some of their wisdom.

      • Counter PunchA World of Slaves Under His Eye: Reproductive Justice Versus Totalitarianism

        The contradictions of pro-life narratives aren’t new: for all their moral pretences, pro-lifers want to get government off people’s backs, and into their wombs. They maintain militant ignorance regarding the lives, right or freedom of the mothers, or the circumstances under which conception takes place. They don’t care about the child once it’s born, especially if it’s working class, female, not white, or wants to live in a world with hope for a future without hereditary class privilege, corporate capture of politics or ecocide. They are raging militarists who support imperialist wars of aggression. They shoot abortion doctors. They’re joyless moralists who suck all the oxygen out of the room; ‘that pro-lifer was hands down the life of the party’ said no-one ever.

        We find then that the American Taliban exhibit the same haughty aristocratic attitude as everything they claim to oppose. They justify themselves by arguing the need to speak to others in a language they understand—most conveniently the one they had already decided on. This also appears to be why they need to demonise the left; the project of class society rests on the narrative of a protection racket, scaring the public with what H.L Mencken described as ‘imaginary hobgoblins,’ and then offering safety and token privileges in return for obedience, loyalty and tribute through submission to class and social hierarchies.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Abortion: Why is the Court Using Religious Belief to Alter what Should be Secular Law?

        Democrats are generally disinclined to discuss religion, much less debate it.

      • Counter PunchAbortion Has Been Common in the US Since the 18th Century

        Now, pro- and anti-abortion advocates are gearing up for a new phase of the abortion conflict.

        While many people may think that the political arguments over abortion now are fresh and new, scholars of women’s, medical and legal history note that this debate has a long history in the U.S.

      • TruthOutPoll: Most Americans Want Congress to Pass a Bill to Protect Abortion Rights
      • The NationThese Texas DAs Will Refuse to Prosecute Women if Roe Is Overturned

        Travis County, Tex., District Attorney José Garza reacted to the leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade with an announcement that his office would not prosecute women for their health care choices. “In Travis County, we know our community is safer when women and families can make personal healthcare and reproductive decisions without interference from the state,” said Garza, whose jurisdiction includes Austin and surrounding communities. “I promise to continue fighting for the rights of women and to use my discretion to keep families safe.”

      • The NationOverturning Roe Is the Crowning Achievement of Christian Nationalism

        The leaked draft of an apparent majority opinion by Justice Samuel Alito in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, overturning Roe v. Wade, revels in shaming and punishing women who have abortions and the doctors who perform them. It is the crowning achievement of a Christian nationalist movement that has come to dominate American politics, consolidating its power in the Trump era. Centered on what it claims are biblical imperatives about sexual purity, this movement represents a minority view in the country as a whole, but a majority of the Supreme Court and legislatures in red states. This article was produced in partnership with Type Investigations.

      • Project CensoredPayPal, US/NATO, Biden’s Disinformation Governance Board, Roe vs. Wade, and More – Featuring Guests Alan MacLeod, Steve Macek, and Shealeigh Voitl – The Project Censored Show

        Notes: Alan MacLeod is a media critic, a senior staff writer at MintPress News, and has also contributed to many other publications. Steve Macek is chair of Communications and Media Studies at North Central College in Illinois, and is co-coordinator of Project Censored’s Campus Affiliates Program. Shealeigh Voitl is a Journalism graduate of North Central College, and a research associate at Project Censored. The Macek/Voitl article can be found here.

      • Common DreamsDemocratic AGs Position Themselves as ‘Last Line of Defense’ If Roe Falls

        Democratic state attorneys general and candidates are gearing up to play a key role in the fight for abortion rights in the wake of Politico revealing a U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade amid the GOP plotting to pass a nationwide ban if they regain control of Congress.

        “While this decision is not yet final, this is a moment we’ve been preparing for and we’re already fighting back.”

      • Common Dreams“We’re Not Going Back—Never”: Warren Has Plan to Defend Rights Enshrined in Roe

        In the wake of last week’s leaked Supreme Court draft opinion reversing Roe v. Wade, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday laid out a roadmap for ensuring reproductive freedom, vowing “to do everything I can” to prevent right-wing ideologues from rolling back hard-fought human rights.

        “The Republicans have planned long and hard for this day, and we can’t wait a second longer to fight back. We need action.”

      • Common DreamsAs Schumer Tees Up Vote to Codify Roe, Progressives Urge Elimination of Filibuster

        As Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer makes preparations for a vote this week on legislation that would codify the abortion rights that the U.S. Supreme Court’s right-wing majority appears poised to overturn, progressives on Monday reiterated that the filibuster must be eliminated for the bill to pass.

        “The Senate can end the filibuster and pass legislation to codify Roe v. Wade. It isn’t too late to save the right to an abortion.”

      • TruthOutAfter “Roe” Leak, Clarence Thomas Moaned That Supreme Court Is Being “Bullied”
      • Mint Press NewsChris Hedges: Jesus, Endless War, and the Rise of American Fascism

        The Democratic Party – which had 50 years to write Roe v Wade into law with Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama in full control of the White House and Congress at the inception of their presidencies – is banking its electoral strategy around the expected Supreme Court decision to lift the judicial prohibition on the ability of states to enact laws restricting or banning abortions.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • VOA NewsBiden Starts Program to Provide Discounted Internet Service in US

        The Biden administration announced on Monday that 20 internet companies have agreed to provide discounted service to people with low incomes, a program that could effectively make tens of millions of households across the U.S. eligible for free service through an already existing federal subsidy.

        The $1 trillion infrastructure package passed by Congress last year included $14.2 billion funding for the Affordable Connectivity Program, which provides $30 monthly subsidies ($75 in tribal areas) on internet service for millions of lower-income households.

      • Common DreamsISPs Under Fire for Sabotaging Biden FCC as White House Touts Broadband Program

        Media justice groups on Monday warned that the Biden administration’s new program offering discounted internet service to people with low incomes isn’t “nearly enough” to help households facing barriers to broadband access and denounced the White House for celebrating the program with the same companies currently blocking the confirmation of consumer advocate Gigi Sohn to the Federal Communications Commission.

        “These companies don’t need a White House ceremony, they need the oversight and regulation that only a complete FCC can provide.”

      • TechdirtBig Telecom Finally Ends Quest To Stop States From Protecting Broadband Consumers

        The Trump FCC spent four years being a giant rubber stamp for giant U.S. telecom monopolies. That included rubber stamping mergers before even reading the details, gutting FCC consumer protection authority, and demolishing decades-old media consolidation rules crafted with broad bipartisan consensus, and stripping away your town and city’s ability to stand up to giant carriers.

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • Screen Rant[Cryptocurrency]miners Are Bypassing Nvidia’s Anti-Mining Technology

        The latest version of NebuTech’s NBMiner software has fully cracked Nvidia’s Lite Hash Rate (LHR) limiter anti-mining technology on both Windows and Linux, enabling [cryptocurrency]-miners to unlock 100 percent of the cryptocurrency mining capabilities of Nvidia’s RTX 3000-series GPUs. The news comes a couple days after Nicehash’s Quickminer managed to bypass the LHR limiter on Windows, enabling miners to use the full potential of their GeForce RTX 3000-series graphics cards to mine Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies on Windows-based systems.

      • NVIDIA LHR crypto mining gimp has been unlocked, for Linux at least

        NBMiner (NebuMiner) team unlocks 100% of crypto mining performance on NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 30 series LHR-gimped graphics cards.

    • Monopolies

      • Copyrights

        • Torrent FreakFilmmakers Identify Dozens of Alleged BitTorrent Pirates Using DMCA Shortcut

          Companies behind popular movies such as “Tesla”, “The Expendables 3″ and “The Protege” are using a DMCA subpoena shortcut to expose alleged BitTorrent pirates. This option is much cheaper than filing regular lawsuits. While a clerk at a federal court in Hawaii signed the subpoena, this strategy is not undisputed.

        • Torrent FreakSix Month Sentence For Operator of Copyright-Infringing Lyric & Radio Portals

          A man who earned 300,000 euros from two ‘pirate’ lyrics sites and an unlicensed radio station portal has been handed a suspended six-month prison sentence by a court in Finland. The 37-year-old must also pay 250,000 euros in compensation to plaintiffs including Warner Music and Universal Music Publishing for copyright infringement offenses.

        • TechdirtCopyright Industry Demands Finland’s Version Of Upload Filters Should Be More Unbalanced

          Like other EU Member States, Finland is grappling with the problem of how to implement the EU Copyright Directive’s Article 17 (upload filters) in national legislation. A fascinating post by Samuli Melart in the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice reveals yet another attempt by the copyright industry to make a bad law even worse. As Melart explains, the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture has come up with not one, but two attempts at transposition, with diametrically opposing approaches. The first version:

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