06.27.22

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Links 28/06/2022: Git 2.37.0 and GCC Rust Front-end

Posted in News Roundup at 10:55 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • TechTargetWords to go: Learn basic Linux terminology

      The Linux operating system is an open source, community developed OS for computers and servers, and is one of the most widely used and supported OSes. It manages hardware resources and applications and provides a user interface for admins and developers to use.

      For admins new to using Linux, some of the terminology might seem daunting. However, familiarity with the key Linux terms can help anyone better understand this commonly used OS.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • ZDNetLinus Torvalds is cautiously optimistic about bringing Rust into Linux kernel’s next release | ZDNet

        For over three decades, Linux has been written in the C programming language. Indeed, Linux is C’s most outstanding accomplishment. But the last few years have seen a growing momentum to make the Rust programming language Linux’s second Linux language. At the recent Open Source Summit in Austin, Texas, Linux creator Linus Torvald said he could see Rust making it into the Linux kernel as soon as the next major release.

        After the conference, I spoke with Torvalds and he said, “I’d like to see the Rust infrastructure merging to be started in the next release, but we’ll see.” The next Linux release would be Linux 5.20. Torvalds and the other Linux kernel maintainers are currently working on Linux 5.19.

        The average time between new mainline kernel releases is 9 to 10 weeks. That means we’ll probably see 5.19 in early August. Then, if all goes well, we’d see Rust in 5.20 in late October or early November 2022.

        But, Torvalds added, “I won’t force it, and it’s not like it’s going to be doing anything really meaningful at that point — it would basically be the starting point. So, no promises.”

      • Linux Plumbers Conference (LPC)Microconferences at Linux Plumbers Conference: Android – Linux Plumbers Conference 2022

        Linux Plumbers Conference 2022 is pleased to host the Android Microconference

        Continuing in the same direction as last year, this year’s Android microconference will be an opportunity to foster collaboration between the Android and Linux kernel communities. Discussions will be centered on the goal of ensuring that both the Android and Linux development moves in a lockstep fashion going forward.

    • Applications

      • OMG UbuntuPitivi Video Editor Adds Beat Detection, Object Tracking + More – OMG! Ubuntu!

        A new development version of Pitivi video editor is out and it boasts some major new features.

        The GTK-based video editor is currently in the midst of a GTK4 port as part of this year’s Google Summer of Code but, happening alongside that work, is work on adding a slew of other features that would-be content creators will be keen to try.

        Following OpenShot’s lead, the Pitivi 2022.06 milestone introduces object tracking. I had a bit of a play with this prior to writing this article. To track and object you click “cover object” in the clip options panel then draw out a area around the object(s , as you can track multiple ones) you want to track. Pick a track tracking algorithm and hit track.

      • [ANNOUNCE] Git v2.37.0
        The latest feature release Git v2.37.0 is now available at the
        usual places.  It is comprised of 395 non-merge commits since
        v2.36.0, contributed by 75 people, 20 of which are new faces [*].
        As this cycle was shorter than usual, it is a smaller release than
        usual, but the size of tarballs are about the same ;-).
        
      • LWN[ANNOUNCE] Git v2.37.0

        Version 2.37.0 of the Git source-code management system has been released.

      • LWN[ANNOUNCE] Git v2.37.0
      • Peta PixelFree, Open-Source Photo Manager DigiKam Gets a Big Update | PetaPixel

        DigiKam, the free open-source multi-platform digital photo management application, has released version 7.7 for Windows, macOS, and Linux that adds new features, support for more cameras, and fixes a bunch of bugs.

        DigiKam is an open-source digital photo management application that runs on Linux, Windows, and MacOS. The company says it provides a comprehensive set of tools for importing, managing, editing, and sharing photos and RAW files.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • LinuxOpSysParted Command in Linux with Examples

        Traditionally many users use fdisk tool for partitioning, the primary reason to use parted is when the disk size is bigger than 2TB. Initially parted only supported GPT, and from util-linux 2.23 fdisk also started supporting GPT.

        In this tutorial, we learn about parted command in Linux with some useful examples.

      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install Anime War Mugen V4 on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install Anime War Mugen V4 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.

      • UNIX CopNginx – Using Apache Bench To Test FastCGI Cache

        In this post you will use Apache Bench To Test FastCGI Cache

      • UNIX CopInstall and Configure Discourse Forum on Ubuntu Server.

        In this actice, We’ll install Discourse Forum on Ubuntu server. Also, we will provide you with some useful information about its usage. Let’s get started!

        Discourse is a free and open-source Internet forum software. Features include support for categorization and tagging of discussions, configurable access control as well as usability improvements recently popularized by large social networks, such as live updates, expanding link previews, infinite scrolling, and real-time notifications. It is written in Ember.js and Ruby on Rails, and uses PostgreSQL for database back-end. It is a modern forum solution that powers discussions on thousands of sites to drive user engagement. You can create customizable questions and ideas, and integrate it with popular services.

      • UNIX CopHow to install Apache Maven on Ubuntu/Debian Servers

        This post is about how to install Apache Maven on Ubuntu / Debian

        Apache Maven is a free and open-source project management tool used for Java Projects and also automate the development procedure of such projects. It can be used for C#,Ruby and other proramming Languages. It uses a Project Object Model, Which essentially contains information about the configuration details, Projects Dependencies, Project Details and more in a XML File.

      • UNIX CopSetup your own Remote Desktop Server Infrastructure with Rustdesk

        RustDesk is an open-source alternative to TeamViewer and AnyDesk. It provides free remote desktop services on its cloud and self-hosted infrastructure for organizations.

      • TecAdminWhat is the /etc/nsswitch.conf file in Linux

        /etc/nsswitch.conf is a Linux configuration file that specifies how the system should switch between different name service providers. The file can be used to configure which services should be used for hostname lookup, password lookups, and so on.

        The /etc/nsswitch.conf file is read by the Name Service Switch (NSS) library when the system starts up. The NSS library then uses the information in /etc/nsswitch.conf to determine which name service providers should be used for each type of lookup.

        /etc/nsswitch.conf is a critical part of the Linux operating system, and any changes to the file can potentially cause serious problems. As such, it is important to understand how /etc/nsswitch.conf works before making any changes to the file.

      • Make Use OfHow to Run Windows Software on Linux With Bottles

        Linux is unquestionably the best operating system that offers a highly secure and reliable environment. However, Linux always gets a backlash because of the lack of software support.

        If you also feel the same, don’t worry because now you can use Bottles to use any software in Linux. Bottles is similar to Wine (a popular compatibility layer for Windows) but offers some advanced options. Furthermore, Bottles allows you to install Windows software on Linux with ease. If you are also interested in running any Windows software on Linux, you should install Bottles on your machine.

        So let’s start with some basic information about Bottles.

      • LinuxiacDNF Command Line Package Manager in Linux: A Complete Guide

        DNF (Dandified YUM) is a package manager for RPM-based Linux distributions, including RHEL, Fedora, CentOS, AlmaLinux, Rocky Linux, and Oracle Linux. It was initially introduced in Fedora 18 in 2013.

        DNF simplifies package maintenance by automatically checking for dependencies and determining the actions needed to install, remove, update, or perform any other operation on your Linux system’s package base.

        Furthermore, the DNF package manager allows you to manage and collect information about software repositories on your Linux system.

        Many of you are likely familiar with its predecessor, YUM. So, before we go any further, let’s look over the benefits of DNF over YUM.

      • ID RootHow To Install Deluge BitTorrent Client on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install the Deluge BitTorrent Client on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Deluge is a free open-source torrent downloading app for Linux, Windows, and macOS. Deluge BitTorrent can be used as standalone application software with a graphical user interface or via the command line. Alternatively, a variant for the server is available, which can be accessed with the browser.

        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 Deluge BitTorrent client on Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.

      • RoseHostingHow to Install Vanilla Forums with OpenLiteSpeed on Ubuntu 20.04 – RoseHosting

        Vanilla Forums is a modern, lightweight, and open-source multi-lingual forum software written in PHP. It provides all of the features you need to run a successful forum. It’s easy to install and use, and the flexibility and free nature of Vanilla Forums make it an attractive choice for anyone looking to start their own forum.

        OpenLiteSpeed is a lightweight, open-source HTTP server developed and copyrighted by LiteSpeed Technologies, Inc. It provides a user-friendly web interface and supports various operating systems, including Linux, Mac OS, SunOS, and FreeBSD.

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configure Vanilla Forum with OpenLiteSpeed on an Ubuntu 20.04 VPS.

      • AddictiveTipsEasily create bootable drives on Linux with BootQT

        BootQT is a highly easy-to-use bootable drive creation tool for Linux. In this guide, we’ll show you how to install it. We’ll also go over how you can easily use BootQT to create bootable drives on your Linux system.

      • AddictiveTipsTranslate text to different languages on the Linux desktop

        Are you tired of loading up Google Translate in a web browser each time you need to translate some text? If you’re on Linux, you’ll love Dialect. It uses the Google Translate API and allows you to do translations from the Linux desktop quickly. Here’s how to use it.

      • AddictiveTipsHow to use the new Gnome Shell remote desktop feature

        Gnome 42 has a fantastic new feature that allows Linux users to share their desktop with Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Protocol remotely. In this guide, we’ll show you how you can use this great new feature.

      • AddictiveTipsThe easy way to run a virtual machine on LAN with Linux

        Quickemu is a fantastic, easy-to-use tool that makes creating virtual machines on the Linux desktop a breeze. But did you know that you can run these virtual machines on the LAN? Here’s how!

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • GNOME Introductory Post

          I will be working as a Google Summer of Code Intern at GNOME Foundation, and my project will be to add Chromecast support to the already very cool GNOME Network Displays app that has Miracast support as of now. It can be installed through flatpak as well.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Web Browsers

      • Mozilla

        • Tips On UNIXInstall Firefox 102 On Ubuntu / Linux Mint / Alma Linux & Fedora | Tips On UNIX

          This tutorial will be helpful for beginners to download the latest version of Firefox and install Firefox 102 on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, Ubuntu 20.04, LinuxMint 20.3, Rocky Linux 8, Alma Linux 9, and Fedora 36.

          Firefox is a free and open-source web browser developed by the Mozilla Foundation. Firefox is a cross-platform browser and is available for Windows, macOS, Linux, and Android.

    • SaaS/Back End/Databases

      • PostgreSQLPostgreSQL: Odyssey 1.3 released

        Odyssey team is pleased to announce the release of Odyssey 1.3, a scalable multi-threaded connection pooler for PostgreSQL\GreenplumDB designed for the cloud.

      • PostgreSQLPostgreSQL: pg_ivm 1.1 released

        IVM Development Group is pleased to announce the release of pg_ivm 1.1.

      • PostgreSQLPostgreSQL: Timescale’s 2022 State of PostgreSQL Survey Is Now Open!

        Our love for PostgreSQL runs deep. We built our products on PostgreSQL, are proud members of the PostgreSQL community, and wouldn’t exist without it and the extensibility it provides.

        In 2019, Timescale launched the first State of PostgreSQL report, advancing our desire to provide more significant insights into the specificities and features applicable to the PostgreSQL community. Following a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic and after the 2021 survey submissions, we released the 2021 report.

    • GNU Projects

    • Programming/Development

      • Idiomdrottninggit clarity

        I once got the advice to read Pro Git[PG][P] in this chapter order: 10, then 1–9. As opposed to 1–10.

        I like that the book has these two routes through it and has put care into both.

      • Geeks For GeeksWhat is memoization? A Complete tutorial

        In computing, memoization is used to speed up computer programs by eliminating the repetitive computation of results, and by avoiding repeated calls to functions that process the same input.

      • Perl / Raku

        • Russ Allbery: Tie::ShadowHash 2.00

          This is a small Perl module that combines multiple key/value sources of data into a “shadow hash” that acts as if all of the underlying data sources have been merged. Any modifications made to the shadow hash are stored in an overlay and reflected in further accesses to the shadow hash, but the underlying data sources are read-only and are not changed.

      • Rust

        • GCC[GCC] Rust front-end
          Since November 2020, I've worked full-time on the Rust front-end for
          GCC, thanks to Open Source Security, Inc and Embecosm. As a result, I
          am writing to this mailing list to seek feedback from the collective
          experience here early to plan a path for upstreaming the front-end
          into GCC.
          
  • Leftovers

    • Science

      • Why Robots Need to See – Robotics Business Review

        Most autonomous vehicle manufacturers incorporate high-end 3D LiDARs, along with additional sensors, into their vehicles so that they are provided with enough data to fully understand their surroundings and operate safely. Yet in April 2019, Elon Musk famously told attendees at Tesla’s Autonomy Day that LiDAR is a “fool’s errand”—and that anyone relying on it is “doomed,” referring to Tesla’s preference for vision-based perception.

        The LiDAR / vision debate continues to this day. But since that time there has been a steadily increasing emphasis on cameras and computer vision in the autonomous vehicle market.

    • Hardware

      • The Next PlatformThe Faster The Switch, The Cheaper Bit Flits

        It may have taken a while for the transition to 200 Gb/sec and 400 Gb/sec networking to take off in the datacenter, but this higher gear to switching is finally kicking in and delivering unprecedented bang for the buck in networks, and in fairly short order at least compared to sluggish pace that 100 Gb/sec Ethernet took getting into the datacenter.

        The engineering challenge of making a cost-effective and power efficient 100 Gb/sec switch was the barrier, and that is how we got stuck with the interim stepping stone of 40 Gb/sec between 10 Gb/sec and 100 Gb/sec speeds in the first place. And all that difficulty in getting faster signaling rates and new signaling techniques such as pulsed amplitude modulation (PAM) to cram more bits onto a signal have laid the foundation for 200 Gb/sec, 400 Gb/sec, and faster speed jumps on the Ethernet roadmap. And thus hyperscalers, cloud builders, service providers, telcos, and large enterprises are now starting to deploy this technology as they upgrade their networks for ever-heavier message passing.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • DaemonFC (Ryan Farmer)Lake County, IL Health Department doctors should probably be avoided, in my experience. – BaronHK’s Rants

        I went to the Health Department in Lake County, Illinois to try to manage my high blood pressure because I felt like I was going to pop. That was last year.

        The “doctor” at the Lake County Health Department told me to stop eating salt and that she wouldn’t prescribe any medications.

        Salt makes almost no difference to my blood pressure, but they don’t want to hear it. You’re wasting your money trying to use a Federally Qualified Community Health Center to save money, but you’re better off going to see a private practice doctor instead.

        I ended up suffering through high blood pressure for months while doing my research to choose a different doctor to see, and I’m now a patient at Vista Physicians Group.

        My doctor at Vista prescribed me medication on my first visit and I started noticing a huge improvement in how I felt and my blood pressure by the third day.

        [...]

        There are extremists on both sides of the medical divide. There are people like my mom who won’t take their medications or get their vaccines, with rare exceptions, and put themselves in too much risk from that, and there are people who go into the doctor’s office and end up on twice as many medications and double the dose that they need to be on, and they can end up in danger from the medication as much or more than the disease.

    • Security

      • Help Net SecurityPython packages with malicious code expose secret AWS credentials [Ed: Yes, if one installs malware, bad things will happen]

        Sonatype researchers have discovered Python packages that contain malicious code that peek into and expose secret AWS credentials, network interface information, and environment variables.

        All those credentials and metadata then get uploaded to one or more endpoints, and anyone on the web can see this. Going up a directory level showed hundreds of TXT files containing sensitive information and secret.

      • Support for Istio 1.12 ends on July 12th, 2022

        According to Istio’s support policy, minor releases like 1.12 are supported until six weeks after the N+2 minor release (1.14 in this case). Istio 1.14 was released on June 1st, and support for 1.12 will end on July 12th, 2022.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • David RosenthalDSHR’s Blog: Pseudonymity And Cooperation

          Ever since I explained the reasons why in 2014′s Economies of Scale in Peer-to-Peer Networks, I have been pointing out that Bitcoin isn’t decentralized, it is centralized around five or fewer large mining pools. Ethereum is even more centralized; last November two pools controlled the majority of Ethereum mining. On 13th June 2014 GHash controlled 51% of the Bitcoin mining power. The miners understood that this looked bad, so they split into a few large pools. But there is nothing to stop these pools coordinating their activities.

        • WiredThe Power and Pitfalls of AI for US Intelligence | WIRED [Ed: Surveillance and assassination in "HEY HI" clothing so that fools will cheer]

          FROM CYBER OPERATIONS to disinformation, artificial intelligence extends the reach of national security threats that can target individuals and whole societies with precision, speed, and scale. As the US competes to stay ahead, the intelligence community is grappling with the fits and starts of the impending revolution brought on by AI.

          The US intelligence community has launched initiatives to grapple with AI’s implications and ethical uses, and analysts have begun to conceptualize how AI will revolutionize their discipline, yet these approaches and other practical applications of such technologies by the IC have been largely fragmented.

          As experts sound the alarm that the US is not prepared to defend itself against AI by its strategic rival, China, Congress has called for the IC to produce a plan for integration of such technologies into workflows to create an “AI digital ecosystem” in the 2022 Intelligence Authorization Act.

        • The Washington PostAlexa has a new voice — your dead relative’s [Ed: Listening devices disguised as corpses]
        • IT Pro TodayMy Body, My Data Act Tackles Online Privacy in Wake of Roe v. Wade Decision

          Representative Jacobs’ office said that one of the bill’s intents is to protect women seeking abortions from the prying eyes of law enforcement in states where abortion is illegal.

        • DaemonFC (Ryan Farmer)NordVPN becoming more annoying and scammy. – BaronHK’s Rants

          NordVPN is becoming more annoying and scammy.

          First of all, they’re based in Panama, which is not even near Europe, but that’s an aside.

          Recently, I’ve noticed that they shift my VPN connection to Panama and the UAE. Those famous parts of America.

          I noticed this at first because Facebook and Paypal change regions and language automatically, and then set cookies so it’s very difficult to change them back.

          I noticed that NordVPN keeps shunting my connection to a “Cyber Assets Fzco” based in Dubai recently, it seems to do that more than the Panama ones that keep coming up.

          On Reddit, there have also been discussions about NordVPN switching people to AutoPay if they try to switch credit cards, even if that’s not what they want, and NordVPN will continue billing their cards even if they try to cancel it. (NordVPN doesn’t have my card number because I subscribed through Google Play.)

          Also, disturbingly, NordVPN has been gobbling up other VPNs which signed deals with the RIAA and MPAA to block BitTorrent or identify the VPN users (making the VPN worthless), which immediately folded up and sold their branding and subscribers to NordVPN since their business was ruined.

    • Defence/Aggression

    • Finance

      • Michael West MediaRooing the day: Qantas passengers and crew taken for a ride by the board – Michael West

        The Qantas board is offering staff an $87m bribe as it slashes real wages and conditions. As ever, shareholders and Qantas fat cats get the cream, writes Michael Sainsbury.
        Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce, now in his 14th year at the helm of the sometimes flying/sometimes not kangaroo, is famed for his ability to shake money out of government and pull serial financial sleights of hand to boost the company shares and his own hefty remuneration.
        The latest rabbit he has extracted from his hat is a $5000 “payment” to mollify the company’s 19,000 workers, potentially worth $87 million, with the rider that they must sign up to new industrial agreements. So far only 4000 have.
        “It’s a straight-up bribe,” one former Qantas pilot with lengthy experience told Michael West Media.
        The comment is backed by TWU secretary Michael Kaine. “This is not a ‘thank you’ payment, it’s more like a bribe,” Kaine said in a joint statement with the Australian Services Union and the Flight Attendants Association of Australia.
        “The strings attached to this sham payment are just more wage suppression tactics Qantas has become accustomed to under the 15-year Joyce regime. All workers, especially those illegally sacked by Qantas management, are owed this payment and far more..

      • The VergeTesla accused of violating federal law over ‘mass layoffs’ at Gigafactory
      • DaemonFC (Ryan Farmer)Elon Musk/Tesla goes from firing people to “own the libs” and because “we grew too fast” to because they’ll have to file bankruptcy soon. – BaronHK’s Rants

        Elon Musk/Tesla goes from firing people to “own the libs” and because “we grew too fast” to because they’ll have to file bankruptcy soon.

        Elon Musk, just days/a few weeks ago said they would trim “about 10%” of the managerial staff at Tesla because “we grew too fast” and “now we have to get headcount down” to operate more efficiently.

        Then he said he was firing the “Diversity and Inclusion Team” to own the libs.

        Then he declared in the past week that if Tesla keeps operating the way it is, with their factories being “gigantic money furnaces”, they’ll be in bankruptcy court very soon.

        And now they announce a hiring freeze and are laying off based on seniority.

        Everyone who bought one of these things, proprietary software, patented parts, and zero repair manuals, will most likely end up with a very expensive car in the driveway that is malfunctioning and can’t be serviced by anybody pretty soon.

        On top of the mass layoffs, Musk violated the federal WARN Act by not notifying anyone of the layoffs, and is now being sued. He probably knew he would be, but like most laws, they fail to punish rich people enough that they care about the consequences.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

    • Monopolies

      • Copyrights

        • Michael GeistThe Law Bytes Podcast, Episode 132: Ryan Black on the Government’s Latest Attempt at Privacy Law Reform

          Parliament is now on break for the summer, but just prior to heading out of Ottawa, the government introduced Bill C-27. The privacy reform bill that is really three bills in one: a reform of PIPEDA, a bill to create a new privacy tribunal, and an artificial intelligence regulation bill. What’s in the bill from a privacy perspective and what’s changed? Is this bill any likelier to become law than an earlier bill that failed to even advance to committee hearings? To help sort through the privacy aspects of Bill C-27, Ryan Black, a Vancouver-based partner with the law firm DLA Piper (Canada), joins the Law Bytes podcast to discuss everything from changes to consent requirements to how the law will be enforced.

  • Gemini (Primer)

    • Technical

      • Science

        • re Communism Against Earth

          There are already many examples where capitalist institutions utilise environmentalist arguments in order to maintain hegemony. A common tactic seems to be creating some kind of division between ‘reckless populists’ who advocate for things like abolishing carbon taxes that adversely affect working people and the ‘sensible middle-class/elite’ who accept the need for ‘sacrifices’ to save the planet. Of course, those who are in favour of these economic sacrifices also tend to be the ones that can afford it.

          [...]

          This conflict has been playing out for a long time in France, and has recently become more prominent in Ireland where Sinn Fein, the main opposition, has become the most popular party. Sinn Fein will often take a ‘populist’ stance against government regulations around environmental issues (carbon tax, peat restrictions, etc). They will claim that these measures unfairly disadvanatge lower-income groups. For example, when the government sought to ban the sale of peat/turf in order to conserve Ireland’s rapidly dwindling boglands, Sinn Fein’s opposition on the basis that such an initiative would disproportionately affect rural communities successfully postponed the ban.

          [...]

          This is perhaps a case where pursing communism /would/ be preferable to pursing an environmentalist/anti-doomsday agenda. From a communist perspective, the ideological situation of capitalism places restraints on what can meaningfully be achieved through political discourse. Before we can even talk about the environment in a way that actually brings about change, we need to change the framework of communication and discourse.

          Now, history also has plenty of examples of communist movements themselves descending into divisive factions leveraging wedge issues for power, so maybe communism is not necessarily the ‘savoiur’ in this regard. But, I do think that before we can solve the environment-problem, we need to solve the systemic issues and ‘divide and conquer’ strategy of the ruling class that communism at least points to.

        • Why Care about Saving the Earth?

          There are large numbers of unacceptable “solution”s in the ecological space. Suppose the only solution to an eco-catastrophe were a mass die-off, with the remnant of humanity consisting of peasants and lords who hunt peasant for sport a la Game of Thrones. Lord Jeffrey VIII, descendant of Jeff Bezos, tells me it goes great with chardonnay. If that is the alternative, then let her burn-baby-burn.

          There are also a lot of anti-immigration, anti-humanist types with an ecological cut to their jib. Right here in my own home state, one of them ran in this season’s democratic primary for a US Senate seat.[1] I’m glad to have voted against him. He was defeated in the primary. Edward Abbey was a well-known expositor of this flavor of environmentalism.

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  15. Links 10/08/2022: More Microsoft Layoffs (Second Time This Summer) and Growing IPFS Adoption

    Links for the day



  16. Microsoft Windows in Turkey: From 99.45% to Not Even 9.13% (Relative Market Share Fell Tenfold in Just Over a Decade)

    Microsoft failed to evolve for a mobile era (Android runs Linux) and now there are Microsoft layoffs every month; employees are nervous based on ones we heard from and ones who speak in online forums



  17. More Microsoft Layoffs for Second Month in a Row (Those That Microsoft Even Openly Admits, Cannot Hide Anymore)

    Microsoft staff is getting more sweaty than Ballmer under the neck; Microsoft layoffs are spinning out of control and cannot be concealed from the public (usually perma-temp loopholes are used to hide that it is happening or the true extent of it)



  18. Links 10/08/2022: 'UNIX-like' Debate Revisited

    Links for the day



  19. Links 10/08/2022: YunoHost 11.0

    Links for the day



  20. IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, August 09, 2022

    IRC logs for Tuesday, August 09, 2022



  21. Links 09/08/2022: Kali Linux 2022.3 and Alpine 3.13.12/3.14.8/3.15.6/3.16.2

    Links for the day



  22. In DistroWatch, Peppermint is Already More Popular Than Devuan Itself

    Without systemd, people can still use GNU/Linux and there seems to be growing interest in Devuan, which implements Debian GNU/Linux without the heavy dependence on Microsoft's employee Lennart and his bloatware



  23. Links 09/08/2022: EndeavourOS Artemis Neo and 14″ Pinebook Pro GNU/Linux Laptop

    Links for the day



  24. [Meme] Making European Patents Moot and Worthless

    EPO granting loads of patents that aren’t in compliance with the EPC means that lots of frivolous lawsuits and shakedowns (public and secret, behind closed doors) will harm Europe and put companies/inventors out of business; we applaud principled examiners who take action to upload the law



  25. IRC Proceedings: Monday, August 08, 2022

    IRC logs for Monday, August 08, 2022



  26. How to Leak Material to Techrights

    EPO whistleblowers are needed (people with access to various communications, documents and verifiable words from the grapevine); today we remind — for the first time in video form — how to safely (on a relative scale) tell us stuff and send us stuff



  27. [Meme] Each According to His Abilities...

    Free software should all along have been governed by people with relevant skills; we’ve been seeing the exact same issue at the EPO



  28. Request for More Information on EPO/EUIPO Corruption

    A look at stuff we've been working on and investigate at the moment (we need help with information gathering)



  29. [Meme] Qualified and Diplomatic Immunity Begets Crime

    Europe's biggest patent office has sadly become a place that shelters and rewards criminals, who don't even know or care about the purpose of this office



  30. Mind-Blowing and Likely Verifiable Rumours About More High-Level Corruption at the European Patent Office (EPO)

    EPO corruption and extremely serious abuse, as told frankly and reported by informed sources; some of that is the subject of ongoing investigations


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