05.14.22

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  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Gemini Radio – Episode 41
      • mintCast 382 – Kernel Metamorphosis

        First up in the news: Linux crosses the C; We look into Steam; Flatpak improves; Gnome gets more customizable.

        In security and privacy: Bvp47 found after 10 years.

        Then in our Wanderings: Moss is shaking in his boots and singing about it; Joe fixes more things; JoshT is back from the farm; Bill keeps trucking; and Norbert goes to Maui.

    • Kernel Space

      • nbdkit now supports LUKS encryption | Richard WM Jones

        The threat model here is that you can store the encrypted data on a remote server, and the admin of the server cannot decrypt the disk (assuming you don’t give them the passphrase).

        If you try this filter (or qemu’s device) with a modern Linux LUKS disk you’ll find that it doesn’t work. This is because modern Linux uses LUKSv2, although they are able to create, read and write LUKSv1 if you use set them up that way in advance. Unfortunately LUKSv2 is significantly more complicated than LUKSv1. It requires parsing JSON data(!) stored in the header, and supports a wider range of password derivation functions, typically the very slow and memory-intensive argon2. LUKSv1 by contrast only requires support for PBKDF2 and is generally far more straightforward to implement.

    • Applications

      • Ubuntu HandbookDeaDBeeF 1.9.0 Released! How to install it in Ubuntu 22.04 | UbuntuHandbook

        DeaDBeeF music player released new 1.9.0 version a day ago. Here’s what’s new and how to install the application in Ubuntu.

        DeaDBeeF is one of my favorite music players, especially for its design mode. Glory to Ukraine! In this release you’ll see two little hearts (in blue and yellow) in the title bar of app window.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Make Use OfHow to Fix Static Noise Issue in Linux

        Speakers emitting unwanted static noise can be a huge annoyance when trying to focus and can significantly hamper your productivity. It is not a pleasant sound to the ears as well. If you have recently switched to Linux and find your audio devices malfunctioning, this guide can help you troubleshoot your issues and fix static noise on Linux.

      • How to Zip Files and Directories from Linux Command Line
      • Make Use OfHow to Fix the “ifconfig: command not found” Error in Linux

        If you encounter the command not found error while using ifconfig, here’s an easy way to solve it.

        ifconfig is a handy networking utility that fetches important data related to the network interface of your machine. It used to come pre-installed in all Linux distributions, that is until it was unanimously declared deprecated by developers due to lack of maintenance.

        This is why calling the ifconfig command from the terminal returns an “ifconfig: command not found” error. If you still want to use ifconfig on your Linux system, you’ll have to manually install it.

      • [Older] Two new user guides for v7.3: Getting Started and Writer

        The latest user guides from the LibreOffice documentation team are LibreOffice 7.3 Getting Started and LibreOffice 7.3 Writer, available in free PDF, ODT, or to read in a browser. Low-cost printed copies are available from Lulu.com.

      • How to use Photoshop on Ubuntu and other Linux?

        The use of all kinds of open source software throughout recent times is growing exponentially. Even companies such as Microsoft are supporting this type of development. This means that operating systems such as Ubuntu and other Linux distributions are increasingly present.

        Many users consider these open source operating systems as an increasingly real and effective alternative to the popular Windows . That is why they start using all this as a secondary system, or even migrating from Redmond’s software. Here you will find a series of extremely powerful and affordable proposals for most end users. Just a few years ago this was not the case, since Linux distributions were designed for a few professionals and experts on these platforms.

        But things have changed a lot in recent years, hence the success of distros like Ubuntu itself, which has more and more followers. It is true that at first some will have to get used to the changes or differences they find with respect to Windows. However, over time they will realize that there are many advantages here, starting with the price. In addition, in Linux we find a huge number of software solutions, most of open source , that we can use and that will solve our needs on the PC.

      • nixCraftLinux and Unix host Command Examples
      • ID RootHow To Install Htop on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Htop on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, htop is a process-viewer and manager for interactive system monitoring and management. It allows scrolling the list of processes vertically and horizontally to see their full command lines and related information like memory and CPU consumption. Also system-wide information, like load average or swap usage.

        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 Htop interactive process viewer 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.

      • Ubuntu PitHow To Create a Windows Bootable USB on Linux
      • Enable Minimize And Maximize Buttons In Fedora – OSTechNix

        Today, we will see one of the post installation steps in Fedora desktop. This brief guide explains how to enable minimize and maximize buttons in application windows in Fedora GNOME Workstation and Silverblue editions.

      • Daniel PocockSubscribing to iCalendar feeds with QR codes

        Every day I receive emails containing invitations to events. Whether they are local community activities or international conferences, they share a common problem that is easily avoidable. Every recipient of the invitation has to manually copy and paste the event to their calendar.

        If it is a recurring event then it can be even more challenging. If the participant sets up a recurring event in their own software and stops reading the emails then it will not always be obvious to them when one instance of the meeting is skipped or in an unusual venue.

      • The AnarcatAntoine Beaupré: NVMe/SSD disk failure

        In any case, after waiting all that time, the machine booted (in Fedora) again, and now it could detect the SSD disk. The BIOS could find the disk too, so after I reinstalled grub (from Fedora) and fixed the boot order, it rebooted, but secureboot failed, so I turned that off (!?), and I was back in Debian.

        I did an emergency backup with ddrescue, from the running system which probably doesn’t really work as a backup (because the filesystem is likely to be corrupt) but it was fast enough (20 minutes) and gave me some peace of mind. My offsites backup have been down for a while and since I treat my workstations as “cattle” (not “pets”), I don’t have a solid recovery scenario for those situations other than “just reinstall and run Puppet”, which takes a while.

      • The AnarcatAntoine Beaupré: BTRFS notes

        I’m not a fan of BTRFS. This page serves as a reminder of why, but also a cheat sheet to figure out basic tasks in a BTRFS environment because those are not obvious to me, even after repeatedly having to deal with them.

        Content warning: there might be mentions of ZFS.

      • Fedora MagazaineAn introduction to USB Device Emulation and how to take advantage of it

        Nowadays, the number of devices is getting bigger and bigger, and modern operating systems must try to support all types and several of them with every integration, with every release. Maintaining a large number of devices is difficult, expensive and also hard to test, specially for plug-and-play devices, like USB devices.

        Therefore, it is necessary to create a mechanism to facilitate the maintenance and testing of old and new USB devices. And this is where USB device emulation comes in. In that way, a complete framework including a big bunch of emulated and validated USB devices will allow easier integration and release. The area of application would be very wide: earlier bug search/detection even during development, automatic tests, continuous integration, etc.

      • Make Use OfHow to Easily Upgrade to the Latest Fedora Beta Version

        Fedora Linux is known as a leading-edge Linux distribution that consistently showcases all the latest Linux features and software technologies. The fact that Fedora is often the first to include the latest versions of popular software is one of the distro’s main draws.

        For those who really like to live on the edge, Fedora also makes it surprisingly easy to upgrade to beta versions of upcoming releases. If you’ve ever wanted to explore, test, or experiment with a new Fedora beta release, we’re going to show you how.

      • UNIX CopHow to install the Development tools on CentOS 9 Stream

        If you are a developer or enthusiast, at some point you will have to compile programs from source code. For that, you need the compiler for the programming language it is developed in, but if you want to create a package from it, then you need even more tools.

      • How to run Windows EXE files on Ubuntu Linux? – LinuxStoney

        How to run Windows EXE files on Ubuntu Linux?, Most PC users prefer to install and use Windows, Microsoft’s operating system. But when looking for other alternatives, there is no doubt that the most interesting is to opt for an open source system , that is, a Linux distro like Ubuntu.

        Here we have a wide variety of distributions to choose from. Although their core is very similar, in most cases each of them is characterized by something. In this sense, we can make use of Linux safer, lighter Therefore, we could say that Linux has been the best alternative to Windows for years, with Ubuntu being one of the most popular distributions.

      • Make Use OfHow to Configure Static IP Address on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        The IP address of most devices today is generated by the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server. A DHCP server assigns a dynamic IP address to your device when it’s connected to a network. Thus, you have the chance to change this IP address from time to time.

        On the other hand, a static IP refers to a fixed, immutable address, different from dynamic IPs. You can set static IP settings in Ubuntu 22.04 LTS in three different ways. Here’s how to get started.

      • ID RootHow To Install MakeMKV on Debian 11 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install MakeMKV on Debian 11 (Bullseye), as well as some extra requirements by MakeMKV

      • How to set up CORS for an AWS Lambda Proxy REST API resource – Anto ./ Online

        Let’s see how you set up CORS using a Lambda Proxy API and AWS SAM. Heads up! This guide will also help fix a CORS error that fails in the browser but works in CURL.

      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install Moonleap by guselect on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install Moonleap by guselect 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.

        If you have any questions, please contact us via a YouTube comment and we would be happy to assist you!

      • Linux Shell TipsHow to Count Number of Columns in a File in Linux

        You may ask yourself, why would a user be interested in noting/counting the number of columns in a file? This segment of our tutorial falls under Linux file management. A CSV (Comma Separated Value) file is a favorite file format for many Linux users for data record keeping because of the following advantages…

    • Games

      • Ubuntu Linux the number one Linux distro for gaming? Every time less – itsfoss.net

        The information on which this entry is based is a couple of weeks old, but it is worth not giving it up for lost because of the implications it has. It is about the advance in the imposition of Snap as an application format in Ubuntu, although just in this aspect it does not have the usual negative bias; but above all it is about how after many years of hegemony, we are beginning to see signs of the fall of Ubuntu as the flagship of the Linux desktop. Starting with the games.

        As they advanced on the Ubuntu blog, Canonical is packaging Steam for Ubuntu in Snap format, with “all the advantages that this entails”: a single package for all versions of the distro, dependencies included; and by dependencies they mention those of the Steam package, mainly the 32-bit libraries that caused so much controversy a few years ago, pitting the developers of Wine or Steam against those of Ubuntu, although as is known, everything ended well on the one hand and on the other. That and more.

        The Steam Snap will include, in addition to the 32-bit dependencies, some drivers for Mesa (OpenGL, Vulkan, and OpenCL, among others), make it easier to update the package, and provide other benefits, such as better security thanks to the confinement model of Snap. This, at least, is how Canonical sells it, all with the intention of positioning Steam Snap as the only option as of Ubuntu 22.10, in the absence of seeing if Valve withdraws the Deb package that they distribute officially. Meanwhile, a beta testing period is being promoted.

      • Boiling Steam2800 Games On The Steam Deck with Days Gone and House of the Dying Sun as Verified – Boiling Steam

        We are back to a quick pace and reached 2800 games soon after the 2700 games milestone.

      • Linux Links10 Fun Free and Open Source Simulation Games


        Simulation video games (“Sims”) describe a wide range of video games, generally designed to closely emulate real life activities. Examples of this genre include operating a copy of a real-life vehicle, or participating in recreating historical events. Sims differ from other PC games in that their raison d’être isn’t always to entertain, at least not primarily. Simulation games remain popular among gamers, offering players the experience of the real world.

        The game frequently credited as the first simulation game is Fortune Builder, a ColecoVision game which let you plan, build and run your own community. The popularity of the genre accelerated with the releases of the classic SimCity, an open-ended city-building computer and console video game series.

        From three basic types of strategic, planning, and learning exercises: games, simulations, and case studies, a number of hybrids may be considered, including simulation games that are used as case studies.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • KDE Frameworks 5.94.0

          KDE today announces the release of KDE Frameworks 5.94.0.

          KDE Frameworks are 83 addon libraries to Qt which provide a wide variety of commonly needed functionality in mature, peer reviewed and well tested libraries with friendly licensing terms. For an introduction see the KDE Frameworks release announcement.

          This release is part of a series of planned monthly releases making improvements available to developers in a quick and predictable manner.

        • Building Plasma for KDE Frameworks 6

          Time for another KDE Frameworks 6 update! Since the last one we made significant progress on getting Plasma to build, which also clears the way for properly styled and platform integrated Qt6-based applications.

          Since about a month ago the second to last Framework is also building with Qt 6 and has CI coverage for that. This was plasma-framework, which enabled a lot of progress in the Plasma modules build on top.

        • The KDE Qt5 Patch Collection has been rebased on top of Qt 5.15.4

          I want to personally extend my gratitude to the Commercial users of Qt for beta testing Qt 5.15.4 for the rest of us.

          The Commercial Qt 5.15.4 release introduced some bugs that have later been fixed. Thanks to that, our Patchset Collection has been able to incorporate the reverts for those two bugs that affected Android and Windows and the Free Software users will never be affected by those!

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • #43 Foundation News · This Week in GNOME

          Update on what happened across the GNOME project in the week from May 06 to May 13.

        • Shortwave 3 expands radio station setups

          To listen to the radio in Linux in a simple way we have an application called short wave, of which version 3.0 has recently appeared. It is built with GTK and Rust and is part of GNOME through the circles initiative.

          It is obvious that we are dealing with an application that performs a very specific task and that does not give much room to create something revolutionary. Moreover, it can even be said that for a long time we have lived in an era in which innovation at the level of desktop applications has been scarce, often with more aesthetic changes (yes, very elaborate depending on the case) than technological revolutions. real. However, that does not mean that Shortwave 3 does not bring interesting things.

          To start with, we have the GNOME 42 dark mode support thanks to Shortwave being an application built on GTK 4. Consequently, the aesthetic theme has been updated to use the new Adwaita design which can be seen in the aforementioned version of the desktop environment (at least in its base implementation).

        • Voice – Ole Aamot

          Voice will let you listen to and share short, personal and enjoyable Voicegrams via electronic mail and on the World Wide Web by GNOME executives, employees and volunteers. Xiph.org Ogg Vorbis is a patent-free audio codec that more and more Free Software programs, including GNOME Voice (https://www.gnomevoice.org/) have implemented, so that you can listen to Voicegram recordings with good/fair recording quality by accessing the Voicegram file $HOME/Music/GNOME.ogg in the G_USER_DIRECTORY_MUSIC folder in Evolution or Nautilus.

          Currently it records sound waves from the live microphone into $HOME/Music/GNOME.ogg (or $HOME/Musikk/GNOME.ogg on Norwegian bokmål systems) and plays back an audio stream from api.perceptron.stream:8000/56.ogg simultaneously on GNOME 42.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Distrobox is Awesome – blog.theuse.net

      When I started using Distrobox, I started wondering what are the limits of what I could do with this system? I was able to install my favorite Usenet newsreader, Knode from Debian 8, and openSUSE on whatever system I wanted. It opened whole new doors for experimenting with software that may be long forgotten.

      Could I run a simple windows manager like i3, Sway, or IceWM in Distrobox? It took some trial and error, but yes I could.

      Now, with that said, we are working with containers. When you run an application in Distrobox, it mainly sees your actual home directory. Outside of your home directory, it sees the container’s filesystem. If you save something to your home directory, it gets saved to your real home directory and you can open it up like you could normally. If you save something to /usr/local/ or any other directory outside of your home directory, it will only be saved in the container and not to your actual base filesystem.

    • Barry Kaulerf2fscrypt utility compiled statically in OE

      I am planning to investigate f2fs instead of ext4 for the working partition. To support encrypted folders in ext4, there is the ‘e4crypt’ utility, which is in the initrd. To support encryption of folders in f2fs, the ‘f2fscrypt’ utility is needed.

    • New Releases

      • Alt Workstation K 10.0 Released

        published release of the distribution kit ” Alt Workstation K 10 “, supplied with a graphical environment based on KDE Plasma, has been Boot images prepared for x86_64 architecture ( HTTP , Yandex Mirror , Distrib Coffee , Infania Networks ). The operating system is included in the Unified Register of Russian Programs and will satisfy the requirements for the transition to infrastructure running domestic operating systems. The build based on KDE was the final one in updating the entire line of Alt distributions to the tenth branch of the platform. In December 2021, the distribution “Alt Server” , “Workstation” , “Education” , Simply Linux , “Virtualization Server” were released .

        An important feature is the ability to boot from the Alt Workstation K disk in Live mode. Like other operating systems from the Alt OS family, the distribution is equipped with the Alterator graphical interface for system configuration, which allows you to manage users and groups, view system logs, add printers, configure the network, and much more. The system successfully works in the Active Directory domain. Support for applying group policies is implemented using the Samba 4.14 server. Alt Workstation K 10 contains all the tools for performing office tasks – a web browser, an office suite of text editors and spreadsheets, as well as players and editors for sound and video.

    • BSD

      • TrueNAS 13.0 Released, a Linux OS for creating network storage

        TrueNAS 13.0 Release, a Linux OS for creating network storage, After a year and a half of development, iXsystems introduced the release of TrueNAS CORE 13 , a distribution kit for the rapid deployment of network storage (NAS, Network-Attached Storage). TrueNAS CORE 13 is based on the FreeBSD 13 code base, featuring integrated ZFS support and web-based management built using the Django Python framework. FTP, NFS, Samba, AFP, rsync and iSCSI are supported to organize storage access, software RAID (0,1,5) can be used to increase storage reliability, LDAP/Active Directory support is implemented for client authorization. The size of the iso image is 900MB (x86_64). In parallel TrueNAS SCALE distribution is being developed, using Linux instead of FreeBSD.

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • Unicorn MediaAlmaLinux 8.6 Released Less Than 48 Hours After RHEL 8.6

        Last Friday AlmaLinux announced the beta release of version 8.6 of its eponymous Linux distribution. On Thursday, the stable, production ready release of AlmaLinux 8.6, code named “Sky Tiger,” was pushed out the door, less than 48 hours after the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.6.

        In case you’re new to the neighborhood, AlmaLinux is one of several distros that are vying to be replacements for CentOS, a distro that for 17 years offered users a feature-for-feature downstream copy of RHEL, until Red Hat ended the project at the end of last year, and repurposed the name (as CentOS Stream) to apply to RHEL’s nightly builds.

      • Fedora ProjectFriday’s Fedora Facts: 2022-19 – Fedora Community Blog

        Here’s your weekly Fedora report. Read what happened this week and what’s coming up. Your contributions are welcome (see the end of the post)!

        Fedora Linux 36 was released on Tuesday 10 May. Join us tomorrow for second day of the F36 Release Party

        Election nominations are open through 25 May.

      • Red Hat OfficialRed Hat Summit 2022 Newsroom
      • 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.

      • Red Hat OfficialRed Hat and General Motors Collaborate to Trailblaze the Future of Software-Defined Vehicles

        Red Hat, Inc., the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, and General Motors (NYSE:GM) today announced a collaboration to help advance software-defined vehicles at the edge. The companies expect to expand an ecosystem of innovation around the Red Hat In-Vehicle Operating System, which provides a functional-safety certified Linux operating system foundation intended for the ongoing evolution of GM’s Ultifi software platform.

      • Red Hat OfficialRed Hat Introduces New Cross-Portfolio Edge Capabilities

        Red Hat, Inc., the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced new capabilities and enhancements across its portfolio of open hybrid cloud solutions aimed at accelerating enterprise adoption of edge compute architectures through the Red Hat Edge initiative. This set of new cross-portfolio edge features and capabilities will focus on helping customers and partners better adapt to edge computing by limiting complexity, speeding deployments, enhancing security capabilities and increasing confidence in managing systems consistently from the datacenter to the edge.

      • Unicorn MediaWhat CEO Paul Cormier Didn’t Say In His Red Hat Summit Keynote – FOSS Force

        Tuesday in Boston the doors opened on the first in-person Red Hat Summit since 2019. The company’s 2020 and 2021 events had been held entirely online in deference to the Covid virus.

        At the last in-person Red Hat lovefest, Red Hat was technically still a publicly traded independent company and Jim Whitehurst was the company’s CEO. The biggest news at that conference (other than the all-but-done sale to IBM) was the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8, making it the last RHEL release under an independent Red Hat.

        It seems somehow fitting that the company’s next in-person event has happened about a week before RHEL 8.x is to be replaced by RHEL 9.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • CNX SoftwareZUBoard 1CG – A low-cost AMD Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ ZU1CG MPSoC FPGA development board – CNX Software

        Avnet ZUBoard 1CG is a development board featuring the new entry-level AMD Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ ZU1CG dual-core Cortex-A53 MPSoC with 81K FPGA system logic cells, equipped with 1GB LPDDR4 RAM, as well as SYZYGY connectors and mikroBus expansion for Click boards.

        Priced at $159, the board may offer a good opportunity to get started with Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC, as it’s quite cheaper than boards based on ZU3 devices such as Ultra96-V2 or MYD-CZU3EG. Avnet says the board is suitable for artificial intelligence, machine learning, embedded vision, embedded processing, and robotics applications.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • Smart Farm with Raspberry PI, RPI Pico and WIZnet Ethernet Hat

        IoT devices have wide industry application fields. But they can also help improve some sectors such as agriculture to better use resources and keep under control your production

        In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to create a smart farm architecture by using a Raspberry PI computer board as a central processing and data presentation, while a Raspberry PI Pico microcontroller with WIZnet Ethernet HAT will collect data from your farm.

        Please note that the steps covered in this tutorial should also work with the W5100S-EVB-Pico board.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Funding

      • The Register UKOpen-source-as-a-service data tech startup scores $210m • The Register

        Finnish open-source-as-a-service provider Aiven received $210 million in funding this week, adding $1 billion to its nominal valuation in just nine months.

        The Series D cash injection – led by Eurazeo, and joined by funds and accounts managed by BlackRock as well as existing investors IVP, Atomico, Earlybird, World Innovation Lab, and Salesforce Ventures – follows $60 million Series C funding which valued the firm at $2 billion.

        The latest investment round values the company at $3 billion. It’s remarkable considering it only supports open-source software and was worth $800 million when it got its first $100 million tranche of Series C funding in March last year.

    • Programming/Development

      • Drew DeVaultA Hare code generator for finding ioctl numbers

        Modern Unix derivatives have this really bad idea called ioctl. It’s a function which performs arbitrary operations on a file descriptor. It is essentially the kitchen sink of modern Unix derivatives, particularly Linux, in which they act almost like a second set of extra syscalls.

    • Leftovers

      • My Brother Brandon

        I don’t know how we got home, but I had a brother, and for the next 12 years or so, he was really the only person I knew. We pretty much did everything together.

      • gemini://okayhousekeeping.flounder.online/gemlog/2022-05-14.gmi

        Bad. It’s going pretty bad. Work is exhausting. Mondays and Tuesdays generally still work out. Wednesdays fall through and I end up doing multiple garbage runs on Saturday.

      • Pseudo-Open Source

        • Openwashing

          • OpenSource.com5 reasons to apply for B Corp certification

            As Managing Director, I have found that becoming a B Corp has been hugely beneficial to us as at Wholegrain Digital and has contributed to our success in recent years.

            I believe that it should only be pursued if you truly want to run a more responsible business. It’s a lot of work that won’t immediately pay for itself but if you’re in it for the long term, it can pay dividends for people, the planet, and be financially profitable too.

      • Security

        • USCERTCISA Temporarily Removes CVE-2022-26925 from Known Exploited Vulnerability Catalog [Ed: Almost as if Microsoft controls CISA "from the inside". They certainly control the narrative there as CISA rarely mentions Windows or Microsoft, except in a positive context.]

          CISA is temporarily removing CVE-2022-26925 from its Known Exploited Vulnerability Catalog due to a risk of authentication failures when the May 10, 2022 Microsoft rollup update is applied to domain controllers. After installing May 10, 2022 rollup update on domain controllers, organizations might experience authentication failures on the server or client for services, such as Network Policy Server (NPS), Routing and Remote access Service (RRAS), Radius, Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP), and Protected Extensible Authentication Protocol (PEAP). Microsoft notified CISA of this issue, which is related to how the mapping of certificates to machine accounts is being handled by the domain controller.

        • Bleeping ComputerMicrosoft: Sysrv botnet targets Windows, Linux servers with new exploits [Ed: This has nothing to do with Linux, but Microsoft-connected sites post garbage like that]

          Microsoft says the Sysrv botnet is now exploiting vulnerabilities in the Spring Framework and WordPress to ensnare and deploy cryptomining malware on vulnerable Windows and Linux servers.

        • Vulnerability in Zyxel firewalls allowing code execution without authentication – LinuxStoney

          in Zyxel’s ATP, VPN, and USG FLEX series devices designed for enterprise firewalls, IDS, and VPNs has been identified critical vulnerability (CVE-2022-30525) To carry out an attack, an attacker must be able to send requests to the device via the HTTP/HTTPS protocol. Zyxel vulnerability in the ZLD 5.30 firmware update. According to the Shodan service, there are currently 16,213 potentially vulnerable devices on the global network that accept requests via HTTP/HTTPS.

          Operation is performed by sending specially designed commands to the /ztp/cgi-bin/handler web handler, accessible without authentication. The problem caused by the lack of proper cleaning of query parameters when executing commands in the system using the os.system call used in the lib_wan_settings.py library and performed when processing the setWanPortSt operation.

        • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

          • Some Government is Probably Okay I Guess

            I have a lot of anarcho-capitalist friends. Mostly we get on fine, but there’s a limit to our agreement: they say all government is bad, and I say, yeah, but I’m okay with some anyway. Here’s why we disagree:

            Everyone accepts that people do good things sometimes, and bad things other times. Everyone does something wrong sometimes, and some more than others. There’s a subset of people who are comfortable doing what they know is wrong and would oppose as wrong if others did it, as long as they see a personal advantage in the wrong act. In terms that start to become political, that means that some of us will exercise coercion on people if we see a likely advantage to it. So, in a society of people minding their own business, engaging in voluntary relations of all kinds, some will join together to violate the rights of others for their own gain. They are, after all, acting in their own self-interest: if they feel no particular moral discomfort in gaining by taking your property by force, why wouldn’t they turn marauder? Joined together, they have little to fear from the opposition of one person alone.

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      6. [Meme] EPO All Backwards: Are National Delegates and the Administrative Council Just Puppets of the Office They're Meant to Govern?

        Next week the overseeing body of the EPO has a chance to prove it’s no longer subservient to the people it was supposed to regulate and control; it’s all backwards at the EPO, so crime is encouraged (for profit) and never punished for



      7. 2,120 EPO Workers Sign Petition to the National Delegates, Who Can Put an End to EPO Abuses (But Repeatedly Fail to Do So)

        There’s a considerable amount of pushback against António Campinos with his ludicrous policies; staff does not want him or his policies



      8. [Meme] You Cannot Protest Because...

        Mr. ‘social dialogue’ ‘very nice guy’ António Campinos failed to fulfill the peace mission or attain the calm he was assigned to deliver 4 years ago; the EPO is still in a state of crisis, but will national representatives care? Will they bag more bribes for not caring?



      9. EPO Staff at The Hague Complains of New Pressure Tactics and Survey Shows Less than 10% Think Office Policies Serve the EPO's Interests

        With only a few days left before national representatives meet in Munich to discuss the future of the Office it's important to understand that they totally ignore the interests of Europe, the EPO's staff, and science/technology; today we examine the sentiments of people based in The Netherlands, who are exceedingly unhappy about the direction their employer (EPO) has taken



      10. Links 24/06/2022: SLE 15 SP4 and Darkbar 1.0.1

        Links for the day



      11. Links 24/06/2022: Mostly Political Catchup

        Links for the day



      12. IRC Proceedings: Thursday, June 23, 2022

        IRC logs for Thursday, June 23, 2022



      13. Links 24/06/2022: FidelityFX Free Software and a Look at PetaPi

        Links for the day



      14. [Meme] Council Says...

        The Administrative Council of the EPO must be kidding itself if it thought replacing Benoît Battistelli with his friend António Campinos (and his unqualified or unsuitably unqualified friends from Alicante) would set the EPO on a route to improvement



      15. Selected Slides From Technologia's EPO Staff Survey (2022 Compared to Prior Years)

        In spite of the lack of media coverage, EPO insiders (mostly people who have worked at the EPO for quite a while) see the downward spiral in patent quality and they do not trust the management



      16. EPO Staff Survey's Preliminary Results Published (Almost 2,000 Staff Surveyed), António Campinos Less Trustworthy Than Benoît Battistelli at Similar Points in Their Terms

        At long last, after a couple of months in the making, the staff survey of the EPO is out (not the one controlled by EPO management with push-polling and 'trick questions')



      17. Links 23/06/2022: EasyOS Improves Update Process

        Links for the day



      18. Links 23/06/2022: digiKam 7.7 and Tails 5.1.1

        Links for the day



      19. [Meme] Granting Patents Like Mad is Not Productivity (It's Also Illegal)

        Patent granting is down by a quarter at the EPO, so António Campinos — like Benoît Battistelli before him — resorts to terrorising staff



      20. EPO Management Behaves As If the Goal is to Shut Down and Outsource the Patent Office, Making a 'Monopolies Bank' Instead... or Having Rubber-Stamping With Kangaroo Courts Override the European Patent Convention (EPC)

        Flabbergasting strategy in Europe's second-largest institution makes one wonder if the goal is to drive out the workers or simply shut down the workplace



      21. Links 23/06/2022: Pango 1.90, First Beta for Krita 5.1 and Microsoft Bricks/Breaks Windows Server Again

        Links for the day



      22. IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, June 22, 2022

        IRC logs for Wednesday, June 22, 2022



      23. Links 23/06/2022: Open Hardware and More LF 'Fluff'

        Links for the day



      24. Links 23/06/2022: 3,500 Games on Steam Deck Verified or Playable, Gemini on ESP32

        Links for the day



      25. The EPO is Ceasing to Be a Patent Office

        Patent offices are meant to carry out patent examination, but today's EPO is so focused on money (by granting a ton of legally-invalid monopolies) that it is willing to enlist incapable and inexperienced workers as 'machine operators'; this is done in violation of many EPC provisionsPatent offices are meant to carry out patent examination, but today's EPO is so focused on money (by granting a ton of legally-invalid monopolies) that it is willing to enlist incapable and inexperienced workers as 'machine operators'; this is done in violation of many EPC provisions



      26. EPO Abolishing Workers' Rights and Creating Second-Class Workers in Direct Violation of the European Patent Convention (EPC)

        The EPO‘s presidents Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos have demolished any remnant of EPC compliance; this institution must be reobooted immediately and all the managers sacked if not prosecuted



      27. [Meme] Trying to Circumvent the European Patent Convention is Like Playing With Fire

        The EPO‘s repeated violations of the European Patent Convention (EPC) will make António Campinos an asylum seeker like his father, seeking political shelter like Benoît Battistelli, who virtually went into hiding in 2018 (when his diplomatic immunity ended and his EPO crimes, like the Benalla affair, came to light)



      28. EPO Management Severely Harms the Health of Staff by Bullying Them

        EPO management that breaks the law wants the staff to blindly cooperate; failing to achieve full cooperation (in crimes), the managers are increasingly bullying the workers, causing some of them to get ill (in the past this led to a lot of suicides)



      29. [Meme] Executing the EPC (as in Killing It, Not Following It)

        Vichy Battistelli and his French friend have basically killed the EPC, i.e. they committed crimes to turn the EPO into a private bank instead of a patent office; who will hold them accountable and when?



      30. At the EPO, “Bringing Teams Together” or “New Management of Office Space” is Another Step Towards EPO Outsourcing

        The Local Staff Committee Munich (LSC Munich/LSCMN) and Central Staff Committee (CSC) raise awareness of a scheme that may result in only “33% of staff (at best) [having] a permanently allocated desk.” Shades of what the Office dictator Benoît Battistelli did to Judge Corcoran after he repeatedly won in court and his reinstatement was forced, whereupon he found himself back but without a desk


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