05.17.22

EPO Has No F-ing Oversight

Posted in Europe, Patents at 5:46 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

EPO to staff: No deal for you!!

Summary: Earlier today SUEPO mentioned this new article demonstrating that EPO President António Campinos can very obviously and blatantly violate the Code of Conduct of the Office without facing any consequences; there are translations too, so the report is now available in four languages

Mr. Breton, do you still insist that the EPO is under control?

Josef Kratochvíl confused

[Meme] Linux-Rejecting Foundation

Posted in Apple, GNU/Linux, Microsoft at 5:25 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Linux Foundation PREPARING REPORT ABOUT LINUX
Don’t forget to send to GitHub using Visual Studio…

Summary: The Linux Foundation never really leads by example; by default, it uses proprietary software

Linux Foundation Almost Never Uses Open Source

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux at 5:08 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Linux Foundation uses Google Docs
Mixed messsage from the Linux Foundation

Summary: The Linux Foundation uses proprietary software (look where they hire and take money from) and be sure they’re probably not even aware of it

Links 17/05/2022: Many More Games on GNU/Linux, YaST Development Report

Posted in News Roundup at 3:50 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • PurismFree Software Support Is Critical to Its Success – Purism

      I’ve been in many “Linux on the Desktop” debates over the years and my stance today is largely the same as two decades ago: if you want free software to succeed, it must be pre-installed on hardware where all hardware features work, with a hardware vendor that supports it. It doesn’t matter nearly as much how easy a distribution is to install (it’s been easier to install than alternatives for twenty years), because people generally don’t install Windows or MacOS from scratch either, they just buy a computer with everything set up out of the box. Unlike twenty years ago, people are more familiar with computers today and easily switch between Windows, MacOS, ChromeOS, Android, and iOS. I’d argue PureOS is as easy to use as the rest.

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • LiliputingMINISFORUM DeskMini UM350 mini PC now available with Manjaro Linux for $299 and up – Liliputing

        The developers of Manjaro Linux began partnering with PC makers earlier this year to offer mini PCs that come with the open source operating system pre-installed. So far we’ve seen Manjaro versions of the MINISFORUM UM700 and Beelink SER 4 4800U.

        Now Manjaro and MINISFORUM have unveiled the most affordable option to date: the MINISFORUM DeskMini UM350 with Manjaro Linux is available for $299 and up.

    • Server

      • HPC WireHyperion Study Tracks Rise and Impact of Linux Supercomputers

        That supercomputers produce impactful, lasting value is a basic tenet among the HPC community. To make the point more formally, Hyperion Research has issued a new report, The Economic and Societal Benefits of Linux Supercomputers. Inclusion of Linux is fundamental here. The powerful, open source operating system was embraced early by the HPC world and helped spawn a huge HPC application ecosystem that makes these systems so broadly useful.

    • Kernel Space

      • Bootlin at Live Embedded Event, 3rd edition – Bootlin’s blog

        Tomorrow, on May 18, the third edition of Live Embedded Event will take place. Live Embedded Event is a free and fully online conference, dedicated to embedded topics at large. One can register directly online to receive a link to attend the conference.

      • Linux Plumbers Conference: Microconferences at Linux Plumbers Conference: Confidential Computing [Ed: Fake security or -- yet worse -- mass surveillance disguised as "confidential]

        Linux Plumbers Conference 2022 is pleased to host the Confidential Computing Microconference.

        The Confidential Computing Microconference brings together plumbers enabling secure execution features in hypervisors, firmware, Linux Kernel, over low-level user space up to container runtimes.

        Good progress was made on a couple of topics since the last year, but enabling Confidential Computing in the Linux ecosystem is an ongoing process, and there are still many problems to solve.

      • Talks of the town: Software engineering edition

        Less than a day away, May 18th looks to be a very busy, yet educational time. With two separate events taking place almost simultaneously, Collabora will be presenting 4 different talks, including our first in-person talk in over two years!

        First up is the Live Embedded Event. This online event that explores the embedded ecosystem is free to sit in on and features three of Collabora’s very own!

    • Graphics Stack

      • Video CardzNVIDIA Releases Open-Source GPU Kernel Modules

        This release is a significant step toward improving the experience of using NVIDIA GPUs in Linux, for tighter integration with the OS and for developers to debug, integrate, and contribute back. For Linux distribution providers, the open-source modules increase ease of use. They also improve the out-of-the-box user experience to sign and distribute the NVIDIA GPU driver. Canonical and SUSE are able to immediately package the open kernel modules with Ubuntu and SUSE Linux Enterprise Distributions.

        Developers can trace into code paths and see how kernel event scheduling is interacting with their workload for faster root cause debugging. In addition, enterprise software developers can now integrate the driver seamlessly into the customized Linux kernel configured for their project.

        This will further help improve NVIDIA GPU driver quality and security with input and reviews from the Linux end-user community.

        With each new driver release, NVIDIA publishes a snapshot of the source code on GitHub. Community submitted patches are reviewed and if approved, integrated into a future driver release.

        Refer to the NVIDIA contribution guidelines and overview of the driver release cadence and life-cycle documentation for more information.

    • Applications

      • IT ProBest Linux file managers 2022: Customise your workflows | IT PRO

        The file manager is the direct interface between the user and what’s stored on the computer. Most average users will be familiar with either Windows File Explorer or macOS Finder, which represent the preinstalled default options for the world’s two most popular desktop operating systems. The Linux ecosystem, however, offers considerably more flexibility in this regard, allowing users to pick from a range of options to find the perfect file manager.

        Your needs in this department will depend on what your file management workflow actually is. If you’re an advanced user with a wide range of file management duties, you might appreciate a Linux file manager with some customisation along with specialised features.

        On the other hand, if you’re setting it up for someone else, such as a non-technical user, you might prefer something with conventional looks and a stripped down interface. All this is before we even get into personal preferences for functionality and layout.

        These are the issues that we’ve taken into consideration. The selection we present below are all good file managers for Linux users, but they all have their strengths and weaknesses.

      • Announcing Istio 1.13.4

        This release contains bug fixes to improve robustness. This release note describes what’s different between Istio 1.13.3 and 1.13.4.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • [Short Tip] Plot live-data in Linux terminal – /home/liquidat

        Recently I realized that one of the disks in my server had died. After the replacement, the RAID sync started – and I quickly had to learn that this was going to take days (!). But I also learned that the time it might take massively jumped up and down.

      • How to Install Bugzilla on Ubuntu 20.04 – RoseHosting

        In this blog post, we are going to explain in step-by-step detail on how to install Bugzilla on Ubuntu 20.04.

        Bugzilla is an open-source web-based bug tracking system written in Perl. This testing tool is developed and maintained by the Mozilla project, and the team of developers is still developing and expanding its features. The main purpose of this detect-tracking software is to track the bugs, issues, and other change requests. The compatibility of the software on multiple operating systems like Windows, macOS, and Linux makes it more popular than any other.

      • How To Lock Secret Files With GPG

        In this guide, I will explain the options at your disposal for encrypting files using open-source software on a Linux, Mac, or Windows computer. You can then transport this digital information across distance and time, to yourself or others.

      • HowTo GeekShadowsocks vs. VPNs: Which Should You Use?

        Thankfully, there are several more effective alternatives to proxies, including Tor and SSH tunnels. However, among the most popular are Shadowsocks and virtual private networks; let’s take a look at them now.

      • H2S MediaHow to Install OpenShot Video Editor on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy

        Let’s learn the working but straightforward way to install OpenShot Video editor on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy JellyFish Linux using the command terminal.

        Openshot is the right tool for any video amateur. The free open-source software allows you to edit your videos and add effects to them with simple means.

        The intuitive video editor cuts films and enriches them with supplementary film and sound material. In the end, you can export your work to a freely selectable format. In this workshop, we will show you what you should consider when using Openshot.

        The interface essentially consists of four areas: in the menu bar, you can access the most important functions with the help of icons, in the left window you manage your project files as well as the transitions and effects, the main window shows the results of your work. Finally, in the lower area are various tracks that you can use to bring your content into a chronological sequence.

        Further, the OpenShot Video Editor is also a lightweight tool that does not require high hardware resource PC to edit videos. It was started as a hobby project and later became a popular free editing tool that has a straightforward and clean user interface.

        It comes with essential tools to instantly cut, join, and add effects however it quickly reaches its limits for experienced users.

      • VituxCommon uses of the Touch command on Rocky Linux 8 – VITUX

        In Linux distributions, each document that is created on the system is provided with some timestamps. Each document must store the information about the last access time, the last modification time, and the last modification time. So all the timestamp information is updated when you create, access or modify a file.

        The “touch” command is a program used in Linux operating systems to create, edit, and modify timestamps of a particular file. In this article, we will examine some common examples of the Linux touch command in Rocky Linux 8

      • OpenSource.comTravel off the grid and still send emails with putmail

        In “normal times” my wife and I travel a lot. And as anyone who similarly travels a lot knows, connectivity can be very expensive. We were recently on a cruise and the “Premium” ship-board internet cost upwards of $200 for the full 7 days, and even then it had all the drawbacks of satellite internet in terms of speed and congestion. So to make my life easier, I set up offlineimap to download my mail, dovecot to let me use an IMAP client to read my mail, and msmtp to send mail from my various accounts. I covered much of this setup in 2020, and the rest is documented in many places online.

      • ID RootHow To Install LAMP Stack on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install LAMP Stack on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, LAMP is an acronym for Linux, Apache, MariaDB, and PHP. It is an open-source platform and works on the Linux operating system. LAMP stack uses Apache web server, MariaDB relational database management system, and PHP object-oriented scripting language.

        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 LEMP Stack 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.

      • Make Use OfHow to Create a Daemon on Linux

        Daemons are processes that do not run directly under the control of the user but serve in the background. Usually, they start on system startup and run continuously until the system shuts down. The only difference between these and normal processes is that they do not send messages to the console or screen in any way.

        Here’s how you can create a daemon on a Linux machine.

    • Games

      • Boiling SteamNew Steam Games with Native Linux Clients – 2022-05-17 Edition – Boiling Steam

        Between 2022-05-10 and 2022-05-17 there were 19 New Steam games released with Native Linux clients. For reference, during the same time, there were 267 games released for Windows on Steam, so the Linux versions represent about 7.1 % of total released titles. Here’s a quick pick of the most interesting ones…

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • The Register UKThe sad state of Linux desktop diversity and accessibility • The Register

        As a mainstream desktop OS, Linux is doing better than ever. The Year of Linux on the Desktop came some time ago, and it is ChromeOS (Chromebooks were outselling Macs until recently). But there’s a problem – there is almost no diversity of design.

        Let’s count the number of desktop designs in active development. Not desktop projects, different user interfaces. There’s GNOME, Ubuntu’s Unity somehow still hanging on in there, and Elementary OS’s Pantheon. All have a vaguely macOS-like look: a top panel (woefully underused except by Unity, so mostly wasted space) and a dock, which if you are lucky you can reposition.

        So, arguably, that’s… one.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • SUSE/OpenSUSE

      • YaST Development Report – Chapter 4 of 2022 | YaST

        As our usual readers know, the YaST team is lately involved in many projects not limited to YaST itself. So let’s take a look to some of the more interesting things that happened in those projects in the latest couple of weeks.

        Improvements in YaST

        As you can imagine, a significant part of our daily work is invested in polishing the versions of YaST that will be soon published as part of SUSE Linux Enterprise 15-SP4 and openSUSE Leap 15.4, whose first Release Candidate version is already available.

        That includes, among many other things, improving the behavior of yast2-kdump in systems with Firmware-Assisted Dump (fadump) or adding a bit of extra information to the installation progress screen that we recently simplified.

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • Red Hat OfficialApplication connectivity in a hybrid cloud

        A successful hybrid cloud architecture is one that addresses how to build, deploy, manage and connect a hybrid mix of applications across a hybrid infrastructure environment. These applications will span multiple infrastructure footprints—across cloud providers and customer datacenters and multiple Kubernetes clusters, as well as systems that run on vendor management systems (VMSs), bare metal and edge environments.

        The requirements for application connectivity bring together concepts and technologies that have previously been considered distinct. An ideal hybrid cloud networking solution must address traffic concerns in a unified way, managing the low-level global networking infrastructure and the higher-level application connectivity concerns. Kubernetes and Linux containers provide the foundation for connecting applications that run on that platform to end users, to other application services on the same platform, and to services that run outside of the platform.

    • Debian Family

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • ArduinoIntrovention is a wearable device that can help diagnose movement disorders early | Arduino Blog

        Conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and essential tremors often present themselves as uncontrollable movements or spasms, especially near the hands. By recognizing when these troubling symptoms appear, earlier treatments can be provided and improve the prognosis for the patient compared to later detection. Nick Bild had the idea to create a small wearable band called “Introvention” that could sense when smaller tremors occur in hopes of catching them sooner.

        An Arduino Nano 33 IoT was used to both capture the data and send it to a web server since it contains an onboard accelerometer and has WiFi support. At first, Bild collected many samples of typical activities using the Edge Impulse Studio and fed them into a K-means clustering algorithm which detects when a movement is outside of the “normal” range. Once deployed to the Arduino, the edge machine learning model can run entirely on the board without the need for an external service.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • MedevelPuMuKIT is an open-source self-hosted media CMS for education

      PuMuKIT is an Open Source Video Platform that provides unparalleled organization, flexibility, accessibility, and scalability. Well-designed and well-engineered PuMuKIT is the ideal solution for any organization with large collections of video or audio.

      [...]

      PuMuKIT is released under the AGPL-3.0 license.

    • MedevelZinc is a next generation search engine written in Go

      Zinc is a search engine that does full text indexing. It is a lightweight alternative to Elasticsearch and runs using a fraction of the resources. It uses bluge as the underlying indexing library.

      It is very simple and easy to operate as opposed to Elasticsearch which requires a couple dozen knobs to understand and tune which you can get up and running in 2 minutes

      It is a drop-in replacement for Elasticsearch if you are just ingesting data using APIs and searching using kibana (Kibana is not supported with zinc. Zinc provides its own UI).

      Check the below video for a quick demo of Zinc.

    • MedevelThe best 15 open source open-source Video CMS and YouTube alternatives

      In the past few years, YouTube has upset many content creators and users, YouTube banning certain content creators or banning certain users, and it has
      In this article, we want to show you the top YouTube alternatives.

    • Events

      • SUSE’s Corporate BlogBuild a lightweight private cloud with Harvester, K3s, and Traefik Proxy | SUSE Communities

        Enter Harvester, the open source hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solution designed to easily unify your virtual machine (VM) and container infrastructure operations. And with Harvester, K3s and Traefik Proxy (installed as the ingress controller with K3s) we want to show you how to build an on-premises, lightweight private cloud with ease.

    • Web Browsers

      • Mozilla

        • Make advanced React animation easy using finite state machines | Tiger Oakes

          Sync state changes with animations while keeping code readable.

        • HTTP Testing with Hurl in node.js

          The JavaScript ecosystem has been benefiting lately from pieces of its dev tooling being (re)written in Rust. Projects like swc, Parcel 2 and parcel-css, deno, dprint and others have brought us tremendous performance improvements with tasks like bundling, formatting, etc. Recently, my favourite Rust-based, HTTP testing tool gained the ability to be run in node/npm projects, and I wanted to show you how it works.

          Hurl is a command-line tool for running HTTP requests defined in simple text files (*.hurl). I learned about it by chance on Twitter over a year ago, and have been using and teaching it to my programming students ever since. The name comes from the fact that it builds on top of curl’s HTTP code. The real benefit to Hurl is that it lets you write simple, declarative tests that read just like the HTTP requests and responses they model. Oh, and it runs them ridiculously fast!

        • Socorro/Tecken Overview: 2022, presentation

          Socorro and Tecken make up the services part of our crash reporting system at Mozilla. We ran a small Data Sprint day to onboard a new ops person and a new engineer.

          [...]

          Hi! I’m Will Kahn-Greene. I work on the Socorro project, the Mozilla crash ingestion pipeline, and it’s jaunty sidekick Tecken project which covers symbols services.

    • Content Management Systems (CMS)

    • Programming/Development

  • Leftovers

    • Impermanence

      Literally nothing on this planet will last forever, and I bet that other folks interested in permaculture and permacomputing understand the limits of those “permas”. The practice of regenerative agriculture, or choosing to keep old computer parts running as long as possible, make much safer assumptions about how long things can last than “soil mining” and planned obsolescence.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Herbal abortions

        Healthcare is a human right, and anybody wanting to terminate an unwanted pregnancy deserves access to whatever form of medical care they choose. However, abortion wasn’t invented in the 20th century, and in the face of patriarchal state repression, I encourage folks to share these resources, some of which I mirror here.

    • Security

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Public KnowledgePublic Knowledge Urges FCC To Adopt Policies Ending Digital Discrimination

        Yesterday, Public Knowledge filed comments on the Federal Communications Commission’s Notice of Inquiry addressing the prevention and elimination of digital discrimination as directed by Congress last year in the bipartisan “Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.” Public Knowledge urges the agency to proactively set policies that end digital discrimination and promote equal access to broadband regardless of ethnicity, race, zip code, national origin, or income level.

      • Gemini and tech degrowth

        When we talk about “the internet” today, for the most part, we’re talking about a platform that was once called “the world wide web”. The web consists of servers running HTTP, which send HTML (and other documents) to web browsers like Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.

        But it wasn’t always like this. When I started using the ’net, e-mail, chat rooms, and discussion forums all had their own protocols (such as SMTP, IRC, and NNTP, respectively) and a plethora of client programs to interact with them. These things still exist — as open standards, they would be difficult to kill off entirely — but their share of internet traffic has drastically decreased as “web applications” have taken over these roles.

        [...]

        Gemini hits almost all of these points. The protocol is basically finalized. Browser development is coming along, but for the most part, the only thing Gemini needs is more people from more backgrounds using it (there was a burst of interest in 2020 and things have slowed a bit since then; the community is generally delightful but understandably skews tech-savvy).

        Before I conclude, I must acknowledge that Gemini didn’t spring from the ether fully-formed. Over the past few years, there’s been a subculture growing around the curation of a “small internet”, with people posting content to Gopher (a protocol which predates HTTP and is even more bare-bones than Gemini); building lightweight, JavaScript-free websites (like the web version of this ’log); and generally doing things in remote terminals on public-access Unix hosts that comprise the “tildeverse” (like retrace.club, my host). Gemini is just one offshoot of this movement, and I’m sure we’ll see more.

Links 17/05/2022: Rocky Linux 8.6 and Budgie Desktop in Fedora

Posted in News Roundup at 1:37 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • There are two kinds of notes

      Action are notes that find you when you don’t think of them. That tells you to get lemons in the grocery store, to get to the dentist when you have an appointment, and what to work on when you have spoons and a desk. If it’s there for you when you would’ve forgotten it, it’s action. Common attempts to organize action include alarms, calendars, reminders, TODO lists, check lists, shopping lists, putting it in your bag ahead of time, leaning it against the door. I have a note in the bag where I keep fresh dishwashing brushes that tells me to use the old one to clean out my dustpan before I throw it out.

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • CNX SoftwareUbuntu Kylin 20.04 OS works on RISC-V hardware

        China-developed Ubuntu Kylin 20.04 is now supporting RISC-V architecture with an image for HiFive Unmatched mini-ITX motherboard, and work will be done on an unnamed Starfive SBC that should be the VisionFive board with a GPUless JH7100 dual-core RISC-V SoC or an upgraded version with JH7110 SoC featuring an Imagination IMG BXE-4-32 GPU.

        You may have read recent reports about China asking government entities, including state-owned enterprises (SOE), to replace foreign hardware and software within a two-year period. So that means avoiding systems based on Intel and AMD processors, so working on RISC-V open architecture makes perfect sense, since over time, Chinese manufacturers should be able to make RISC-V SoCs and PCs based on those processors, albeit probably not within the next two years at any significant scale.

    • Server

      • The Magic of Docker Desktop is Now Available on Linux

        Today we’re excited to announce the general availability of Docker Desktop for Linux, providing developers that use Linux desktop environments the exact same Docker Desktop experience that’s currently available on macOS and Windows.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Graphics Stack

      • NVIDIA Recap: ASUS x Noctua RTX 3080, LHR Full Bypass, Linux Driver Open-Sourced, and more

        We’ll need to take a trip back to February when cybercriminals group Lapsus$ claimed that they have hacked NVIDIA and stolen nearly 1TB of confidential data but they did not demand stuff like a stated number of cryptocurrencies to be paid as ransom rather they want the source code of LHR to be publicized. While the GPU giant didn’t cave in to those demands, today we have NiceHash somehow done the job for NVIDIA while Team Green pulled another gun out of their sleeve which is open-sourcing its GPU driver for Linux kernels.

        Despite being the slowest compared to the likes of Intel and AMD that have been doing for like several years, this will finally mark an end to big brain Linux engineers chugging away coffees and energy drinks to try and reverse engineer drivers just to get them working on not only just Linux but also legacy hardware and dedicated distros.

        But there’s a catch. NVIDIA is currently doing this under a dual MIT/GPL license which does not include driver parts that run in user space including but not limited to OpenGL, Vulkan, OpenCL, CUDA, and GPU System Processor (GSP) firmware for which all of these would be proprietary, confidential, and released with pre-built binaries. Additionally, only the GTX 1600 series, RTX 20, and 30 series are included in the support list. Anything older than that is a big NO.

        In short, unless you want to contribute to this new yet familiar Linux GPU scene or simply be the lab rat yourself, you don’t really have a practical reason to jump the gun this early.

    • Applications

      • Its FOSSAdobe Illustrator Alternative Inkscape Releases Version 1.2

        Inkscape is a popular open-source vector graphics program available for Linux, Windows, and macOS.

        The latest release focuses on refinements to existing tools and more customization options.

        There are also a couple of new additions to the application. Let’s take a look.

      • LWNInkscape 1.2 released

        Version 1.2 of the Inkscape drawing tool has been released. New features include multi-page support, editable markers, the ability to flow text around shapes, and more; see the release notes for details.

      • Release Notes

        Inkscape 1.2 is the latest major Inkscape release that brings you many fresh new features and new functionality.

      • Inkscape 1.2 Release Notes
      • The Register UKInkscape adds multi-page support with v1.2 update

        Open-source vector drawing package Inkscape has resolved at least one user pain point with v1.2 – multiple-page documents.

        “This is one of the features that Inkscapers have been clamoring for over the past few years,” the team acknowledged, and the functionality works well. It’s possible to create standard or custom-sized pages in the same document, give them names, arrange them, and export them.

        Other updates include improvements to the color palette and a merged Layers and Object dialog. A new Live Path Effect (or, as the Inkscape team humorously put it, “Tiled Clones dialog on steroids”) permits a vast array of tiling types when copying large numbers of object and there are new modes of on-canvas snapping to ease alignment.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Red Hat OfficialHow to use systemctl to manage Linux services | Enable Sysadmin

        Learn how to start, stop, enable, disable, and mask a system service with the systemctl command.

      • Install Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Desktop [Step By Step] – OSTechNix

        Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, codenamed Jammy Jellyfish, has been released a month ago. This step by step guide explains how to create a Ubuntu bootable USB drive and how to install install Ubuntu 22.04 LTS desktop edition with screenshots.

      • VideoBacking up a Linux Server with rsync – Invidious

        When it comes to sending files from one device to another, rsync is legendary. Using rsync, you can back up critical data and send it to a backup device, network share, an offsite server and more. In this video, you’ll see an example of backing up critical data on a server with rsync.

      • H2S MediaHow to set DNS Nameserver on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy

        Let’s learn the GUI and a command-line way to set the DNS server address in your Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy JellyFish.

        Well, whenever we visit some website such as how2shout.com in a browser, to find the website the browser needs the Ip-address of it. Here, the DNS comes into the picture. The Domain Name System, or DNS for short, is a system that converts Internet addresses or computer names into IP addresses and vice versa.

        A browser request for the IP address will be sent to the DNS server. For private individuals, this is usually the case with the associated Internet provider. The DNS server then returns the IP address.

      • TechRepublicHow to install Cockpit on Ubuntu 22.04 for better server management | TechRepublic

        Cockpit is a web-based GUI for management servers that typically ships with RHEL-based distributions such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS Stream, Rocky Linux and AlmaLinux. It’s a great way to keep tabs on your servers, manage users/groups/storage/services, update software, view logs and so much more.

        Although Cockpit does come pre-installed with some of the RHEL-based Linux distributions, it is not found on Ubuntu Server out of the box. Fortunately, the process for installing Cockpit on Ubuntu Server isn’t all that challenging.

        Let’s do just that.

      • VituxHow to Install gvim Editor on Debian 11 – VITUX

        If you have already worked with vim editor, gvim is a similar tool but it has a graphical user interface.

        In this small article, I am going to show you the method of installing gvim editor on Debian version 11 using its terminal.

        Before you actually start the installation, open up the terminal and run the following command with root privileges to update package repository.

      • OSNoteHow to Install Rust Programming Language on AlmaLinux 8 and Rocky Linux 8 – OSNote

        Rust is often called rust-lang. Rust is a general-purpose programming language that aims to be safe, concurrent, and practical.

        Rust was created by Graydon Hoare in 2010, and the first stable version (1.0.0) was released in May 2015. Graydon Hoare has been the principal architect of Rust, with contributions from Dave Herman, Brendan Eich, and others. Rust is free and open-source software sponsored by Mozilla Foundation.

      • OSNoteHow to Install Craft CMS on Ubuntu – OSNote

        Craft is a flexible, user-friendly CMS, which allows you to be creative without having to worry about the technicalities. It’s also a content management system that’s immensely flexible and that offers you various solutions for getting your website up and running.

        This CMS is intended for blogs, magazines, agency websites, news sites, or any other digital product. Craft has been designed in an open source way, so it can be utilized easily by developers who want to customize the existing design of their website and by designers who want to make use of its built-in graphics options.

      • CitizixHow to sign git commits and tags with GPG

        In this article, we will learn how to sign git commits and tags to verify that the code actually came from you and that it wasn’t maliciously altered by an attacker while you were transferring it.

        GnuPG is a complete and free implementation of the OpenPGP standard. GnuPG allows you to encrypt and sign your data and communications; it features a versatile key management system, along with access modules for all kinds of public key directories. GnuPG, also known as GPG, is a command line tool with features for easy integration with other applications.

      • Install and Setup OpenVPN Server on Ubuntu 22.04 – kifarunix.com

        In this guide, we are going to learn how to install and setup OpenVPN Server on Ubuntu 22.04. OpenVPN is a robust and highly flexible open-source VPN software that uses all of the encryption, authentication, and certification features of the OpenSSL library to securely tunnel IP networks over a single UDP or TCP port. It facilitates the extension of private network across a public network, access remote sites, make secure point-to-point connections, while maintaining security that would be achieved in a private network.

      • FAQForgeHow to Install Gradle Build Tool on Debian 11

        Gradle is a build automation tool that is based on a concept called ‘incremental builds’. It speeds up the development process by, for example, building only those parts of the project that have been modified. Incremental build works by (conceptually) tracking which files were changed and then using this information to determine what needs to be built. This helps Gradle avoid executing tasks that are not necessary.

        Gradle can be seen as an analog of Apache Ant or Make, but it also has features typically associated with continuous integration tools like Jenkins: tasks can be executed in parallel, and tasks can depend on other tasks (this makes it possible to specify task execution order).

      • Install Drupal 9 on Apache Web Server

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      • Built InHow to Set Environment Variables in Linux

        Setting environment variables in Linux is a process with a wide range of applications for data scientists, machine learning engineers and programmers. This guide will help you get started with the process.

      • Ubuntu HandbookHow to Install & Change Themes in Ubuntu 22.04 [Beginner’s Guide] | UbuntuHandbook

        Ubuntu 22.04 desktop looks really good today, but it’s always better to have choices! And, here is the beginner’s guide shows how to install themes and change the desktop panel, icons, app windows appearance.

      • Linux HintUbuntu 22.04 Change Desktop Icon Size

        As a Linux user, you may have used the GNOME Tweak application. This permits users to customize the appearance of the Ubuntu 22.04 desktop environment. You can utilize the Tweak Tool for workspace settings, top bar, quick launch bar, title bar, clicking actions, and much more. However, the functionality of changing desktop icon size has been removed from the GNOME Tweak 40 version. Instead, you can use the GNOME Shell Extension for the same purpose.

        This write-up will discuss the method for changing desktop icon size in Ubuntu 22.04 using GNOME Shell Extension. So, let’s start!

      • Linux HintHow to install and configure Wine on Ubuntu 22.04

        Wine is a free compatibility layer that permits you to run Windows programs on Unix-based operating systems such as macOS, FreeBSD, and Linux. Wine is an acronym for “Wine Is Not an Emulator”. The functionality of the Wine application is similar to an emulator; however, it utilizes different techniques to boost performance. It converts Windows system calls into POSIX calls that can then be used by Unix and other Linux-based operating systems such as Ubuntu 22.04.

        This write-up will discuss the procedure of installing and configuring Wine on Ubuntu 22.04. So, let’s start!

      • Linux HintInstall and Use TeamViewer on Ubuntu 22.04

        TeamViewer is a secure remote connectivity software that permits you to connect to any device across the globe. With the help of VPN connections, it is utilized for sharing files, web conferences, online meetings, and establishing desktop sharing sessions. You can install this remote desktop sharing software on different operating systems including macOS, Windows, and Linux-based systems such as Ubuntu 22.04.

        This write-up will discuss the procedure to install and use TeamViewer on Ubuntu 22.04. So, let’s start!

      • Linux HintSetting Up Static IP Address on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        Linux-based systems such as Ubuntu 22.04 offer two major options for configuring the network interfaces when it comes to IP addresses. You can either utilize DHCP to get an IP address automatically or set a Static IP Address that will never change. More specifically, setting Static IP address assists in granting someone remote access or in a situation when you want to host a web server.

        This write-up will discuss the procedure of setting a Static IP address on Ubuntu 22.04 using two different methods. So, let’s start!

      • Linux Shell TipsHow to Check Video Files Formats in Linux

        As a Linux user, knowing the video formats of the video files we are using for our projects or work is important for the swift performance and completion of the set project/work objectives.

        The main reason for checking the video formats of video files in Linux; especially when handling them under a video editor software, depends on the ownership rights status that a software company may have on the video format in question.

    • Games

      • Linux Links10 Fun Free and Open Source First Person Shooter Games

        This is a computer game genre focused on guns and other weapon-based fighting using a first-person perspective. They are a type of three-dimensional shooter game. Pick up your weapon, enter the battle arena, and take on your enemy in these fast and furious games.

        It’s sometimes claimed that the concept of a first-person shooter originated with the release of Doom, almost 30 years ago. While Doom was definitely not the first in this genre, although it was an important game in promoting the genre. One of the earliest FPS games was Spasim (“Space Simulation”) released in March 1974. The game included wireframe 3D graphics, local multiplayer, the first-person perspective, and ships and weapons based on Star Trek. The game was played on the PLATO computer system and was heavily influenced by another PLATO space multiplayer game Empire.

        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

      • GamingOnLinuxLooks like the Budgie desktop is coming to Fedora Linux officially

        Do you love the Budgie desktop environment? Good news, another Linux distribution looks like it will have it soon with Fedora. This is official too, with developer Joshua Strobl formally getting it going.

        This will include all the major parts required like the Budgie Control Center, Budgie Desktop, Budgie Desktop View and Budgie Screensaver. Going even further, Strobl noted in a Reddit post they are “strongly considering” getting a proper Fedora Budgie Spin going, which is Fedora’s way of providing install media with various different desktop environments compared to the main Fedora Workstation with GNOME.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • OpenSource.com4 ways you can preserve the Earth’s livability with open source

      Before taking action, it is important to assess your impact on the environment in a scientific way. With more accurate information, you can focus your efforts where the most potential lies. Open science discloses the models behind these measurements, which reduces uncertainties in the long term through continuous improvement and observation. Open source tools make it possible to remain objective and make meaningful comparisons to guide decision making.

      These decisions happen constantly, both in the consumption of everyday resources and in the use and development of digital products. Software developers find their work in digital products all over the world. Measuring and reducing the energy consumption of these products is the goal of open source tools like Scaphandre, Cloud Carbon Footprint, and kube-green. These tools help you track power consumption, estimate carbon emissions, and even shut down resources when they are not needed.

    • Memray project showcases why Bloomberg is an ‘open source first’ company [Ed: This is openwashing, paid-for openwash-as-a-service, as Bloomberg is proprietary-first; OSI lost touch and sight of its original purpose, which it now undermines for cash (only about 3% of less of OSI’s money comes from members; it’s corporate); OSI says that a proprietary Wall Street firm is “open”, but this is GitHub (proprietary/Microsoft) promotion. i.e. more of the same from OSI]
    • Licensing / Legal

      • ZDNetSoftware Freedom Conservancy wins big step forward for open-source rights | ZDNet

        The Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC), a non-profit organization that promotes open-source software and defends the free software General Public License (GPL), recently sued major TV vendor Vizio for abusing the GPL with its Linux-based SmartCast OS. Vizio replied that the SFC had no right to ask for the source code. On May 13, however, the SFC succeeded in federal court with its motion to have its lawsuit against Vizio remanded back to Superior Court in Orange County, CA.

        Doesn’t sound like that big a deal? Think again. The important part of the decision by U.S. District Court Judge Josephine L. Staton stated that SFC’s claim “that the [GPLv2] enforcement of ‘an additional contractual promise separate and distinct from any rights provided by the copyright laws’ amounts to an ‘extra element,’ and therefore, SFC’s claims are not preempted.”

    • Programming/Development

      • Java

        • UbuntuSnapping PhotoNoteBook: Lessons from the kitchen table, or: How an Android app got converted to a Linux snap | Ubuntu

          The idea for PhotoNoteBook was seeded in 2018 after watching a Double-Glazing salesman measure my windows. He would make a pencil drawing of the windows, and make notes as to the sizes of the panes. I thought: “In the age of smartphones and tablets, that’s ridiculous!”

          Later in the year, my partner and I were on holiday. She spotted a flower on a cliff side, and not knowing what it was, she took a photo with her smartphone so she could look it up once we returned home. But then, one month later, she could not remember where the photo was taken. I felt: “What a pity she could not have made a quick note of where she was, and have the date and time recorded.” The idea for PhotoNoteBook was born!

          [...]

          The deployable image and its Java runtime environment are self-contained. For the Windows OS, this means it has all of the dynamic runtime libraries (DLLs) required to to provide common functions and interface to the Windows OS. For Linux, it means that the required dynamic libraries (.so) are included in the runtime image.

      • Rust

  • Leftovers

    • Science

      • Rocket mass heaters

        Following up on my previous post describing rocket stoves, I’d like to briefly touch on “rocket mass heaters”. A rocket mass heater is essentially a large rocket stove that is adapted for heating indoor spaces.

        [...]

        Proponents of rocket mass heaters claim that they are safer for indoor use than typical metal wood-burning stoves because rocket stoves (as previously mentioned) produce lower levels of dangerous particulates and gasses, including carbon monoxide. They’re typically constructed as a DIY project, but not easily adapted to existing spaces — they’re necessarily heavy. To get the most out of a rocket mass heater (or any masonry heater), the interior space would ideally be designed with the heat source in mind (for example, they often integrate seating as part of their design).

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Cell transmitters on residential buildings

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        I am not (entirely) kidding. A microwave oven on low may put out a couple of hundred watts; a cell phone struggling to reach a tower, maybe 3 watts, and will get hot in your hand. So you get to cook your brain _very_ slowly. But living behind a microwave antenna — all bets are off.

        [...]

        Older 3G cell equipment has bands close enough to 2.4GHz used by Bluetooth and older Wi-Fi equipment; it is entirely plausible that cell transmitters are causing interferance.

    • Proprietary

      • MakeTech EasieriPhones Vulnerable to Malware Even When Powered Down

        While at one point Apple devices were considered safe from vulnerabilities, one large reason they were considered “safe” is that hackers weren’t targeting them as much, as they weren’t as popular. Now that they’re more popular, they’re more vulnerable. Additionally, researchers have discovered that iPhones aren’t even safe when turned off. The chip that controls Bluetooth leaves iPhones vulnerable to malware even when powered down.

      • Threat PostMicrosoft’s May Patch Tuesday Updates Cause Windows AD Authentication Errors | Threatpost

        Microsoft is alerting customers that its May Patch Tuesday update is causing authentications errors and failures tied to Windows Active Directory Domain Services. In a Friday update, Microsoft said it was investigating the issue.

        The warning comes amid shared reports of multiple services and policies failing after installing the security update. “Authentication failed due to a user credentials mismatch. Either the user name provided does not map to an existing account or the password was incorrect.” posted an admin to a Reddit thread on the topic.

    • Security

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        Security updates have been issued by Debian (cifs-utils, ffmpeg, libxml2, and vim), Fedora (rsyslog), Mageia (chromium-browser-stable), SUSE (chromium, containerd, docker, e2fsprogs, gzip, jackson-databind, jackson-dataformats-binary, jackson-annotations, jackson-bom, jackson-core, kernel, nodejs8, openldap2, pidgin, podofo, slurm, and tiff), and Ubuntu (clamav, containerd, libxml2, and openldap).

    • Civil Rights/Policing

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    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • The Rage Society

        Today’s society and its digital platforms thrive on engagement. What’s the most engaging thing? Content that produces the extremes of human emotions. Usually, that is, borderline gore, blantant clickbait that induces rage, acting like the end of the world is near, arguing online about useless things, and the list can go on.

        The algorithms of digital platforms, are tuned to keep producing the longest user engagment. Systematically, they’ve learned that the biggest user engagement is at posts that trigger the biggest human emotions. That can be sadness, joy, hating the other etc. This is clearly seen, with the online promotion of blantant illegal acts, rage-fuelled discussions, overly sad events.

      • Smol Data Centre

        I’ve been listening to several podcasts and watching some YouTube videos of tech hobbyists and many of them talk about setting up a data centre at home for running various things (like NAS, Home Assistant, etc.). Almost all of them seem to want to go as over the top as possible, e.g. having terabytes of NVMe storage with ZFS or RAID or some other complicated setup, running Kubernetes clusters on their Pi’s, complaining about how they aren’t getting their full 10 gigabits of throughput from their NAS even though they re-wired the house with Cat6a, how their Starlink isn’t roaming so they have to suffer the indignation of using 5G, etc.

      • AccessNowWhere can you find Access Now at CPDP 2022? [Ed: It is so ironic that an organisation called "accessnow" has outsourced to an oligarchs-owned censorship platform and speaks about "privacy" when that platform is notorious for its mass surveillance and manipulation thereof]

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    • Monopolies

Patent Examiners Rising Up Against EPO Abuse

Posted in Europe, Patents at 8:32 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 329104a83fac5594c9a25b0af3628a7a
Another EPO Escalation
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: Unhappy with the law-breaking autocracy (the EPO‘s management breaks the law as a matter of routine), fast-deteriorating working conditions and rapidly-decreasing quality of work (or lack of compliance with the law), workers have escalated further, topping off strikes and industrial actions with a large-scale petition

THE EPO has slipped out of control, but corrupt officials like Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos distract from that by just granting loads and loads of Invalid Patents (IPs) instead of European Patents (EPs). They basically milk the institution to death — an ongoing process of financialization wherein the main sufferer will be Europe (lots of bogus patents used for mass litigation — frivolous lawsuits and meritless shakedowns/extortion).

“Years ago the EPO engaged in a massive campaign of bribery and blackmail against publishers. The publishers never recovered from it.”This isn’t just about patents. It’s also about the law, about human dignity, and economics. Europeans suffer enough already (war and inflation are part of it) and the last thing they need is a lawsuit against them, potentially from some American patent troll that acquired European software patents. This is already happening by the way and the people who destroyed the EPO want to make it vastly worse by replacing patent courts with kangaroo courts (UPC).

The above video is my interpretation of the latest twist or the latest development at the European Patent Office (EPO). There’s a petition going on and it’s expected that over a thousand will sign it, or the lion’s share of staff. Don’t expect the media to mention it; the media has been silenced already. Years ago the EPO engaged in a massive campaign of bribery and blackmail against publishers. The publishers never recovered from it.

[Meme] What Managers (Really) Mean by Acting Professionally

Posted in Deception at 8:18 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Looks, not substance

Coding casually; Coding 'professionally'

Summary: The myth of 'professionalism' needs to die along with the façade of conformity as prerequisite for employment (Linus Torvalds can work just fine in a bathrobe in his own home)

Internal Poll: 93% of European Patent Office (EPO) Workers Are Unhappy With the EPO

Posted in Europe, Patents at 5:51 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Petition launched

Examiner; Science; Autocrat; Litigation

Summary: On top of strike/s and industrial action/s there are now also petitions; at the EPO, almost all staff is “disgruntled” because of utterly corrupt and defunct leadership

THE tyranny at the EPO is discouraging and demoralising staff. First there was an elimination of permanent contracts (by Benoît Battistelli) and now an attack on salaries, too (António Campinos plunders the surplus).

Staff is understandably unhappy. Many are ‘stuck’ in the job (for reasons we’ve enumerated here many times before) and there’s pressure to illegally grant European Patents, even in clear violation of the EPC (some significant chunk of these patents are bogus software patents).

“As a sort of culmination of unrest, putting aside the strike and industrial action, there’s now a bunch of results from a poll predating the strike. There is also a petition.”Earlier this year, weeks before Russia invaded Ukraine, the Local Staff Committee in The Hague had gathered and shared its views in presentations and slides [PDF]. Even before the war there was truly terrible inflation, which now motivates staff representatives to take swift action. As this chart [PDF] shows, Dutch cities were among those worst affected (Baltic states are worst off and fear imminent war at home).

EU inflation

EPO dictators are making false claims about reducing energy use (workers at home would spend even more) and here’s the component of energy costs:

EU energy

As a sort of culmination of unrest, putting aside the strike and industrial action, there’s now a bunch of results from a poll predating the strike. There is also a petition.

The poll shows that 93% were “rather dissatisfied” about the current situation at the EPO. To quote: “On February 3rd, around 900 colleagues in The Hague followed the live transmission of the 1st General Assembly of 2022 by the Local staff Committee The Hague (LSCTH). [...] During the meeting a poll took place: 93% are rather dissatisfied about the current situation at the EPO and 82% consider participating in industrial actions.”

The current industrial action is very successful and now there’s a petition in the making. To quote:

Dear colleagues,

Inflation is at an all-time high since the euro was launched in 1997. The inflation index published on 29 April 2022 by Eurostat for March 2022 is 7.4% for the Eurozone and 11.7% for The Netherlands when compared with prices a year before on March 2021.

The trend stays worrying upwards, with no visible signs of a stabilisation, let alone a clear downward trend. In Europe, the macro-economic prognosis points to a long-term inflation and economic stagnation. Double digit inflation figures will become common.

All of us are now faced with increased costs: energy (44%), medical expenses, school expenses, transportation, housing, all basic needs.

The school costs in particular, aggravated by the recent Education and Childcare reform, are impacting EPO staff parents more harshly. Additionally, to the impact of increased childcare costs since January 2022, as from August/September 2022 when further transitional measures are finished, the full weight of the indirect costs (like afterschool care and transportation) will be felt by our colleagues with children.

Without an extraordinary adjustment to our salaries, EPO staff, in particular at the lower grades and/or with large families, are going to have difficulties complying with their liabilities in the coming months.
Staff expects in these extraordinary economic circumstances that extraordinary measures are taken by the EPO administration.

SUEPO requests that the administration proceeds with an extraordinary adjustment of the salaries in July 2022 to smoothen the huge impact of the inflation on EPO staff and families.

Yours sincerely,
SUEPO Committee TH – LBDH

“Extraordinary circumstances require extraordinary measures,” SUEPO notes. “SUEPO is deeply concerned about the impact of inflation on EPO staff and families. In view of an annual inflation amounting to 11.7% in The Netherlands we hereby request an extraordinary salary adjustment in July 2022.”

This petition isn’t just for workers inside the union but for everyone at the Office. “Of course,” SUEPO notes, “non-SUEPO members are also invited to participate in the petition.”

The results of the staff survey will also follow.

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