GNU Turns 39 Later This Month and It’s Still Going!

Posted in Deception, Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux at 8:42 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

It has survived all sorts of attacks (on the licence, the founder, the platform/tools etc.)



Summary: Get ready for another GNU anniversary (11 days from now); the Linux Foundation does not want people to know what GNU is and how the GPL works (it actively works to undermine both)

From CSvax:pur-ee:inuxc!ixn5c!ihnp4!houxm!mhuxi!eagle!mit-vax!mit-eddie!RMS@MIT-OZ
From: RMS%MIT-OZ@mit-eddie
Newsgroups: net.unix-wizards,net.usoft
Subject: new Unix implementation
Date: Tue, 27-Sep-83 12:35:59 EST
Organization: MIT AI Lab, Cambridge, MA

Free Unix!

Starting this Thanksgiving I am going to write a complete
Unix-compatible software system called GNU (for Gnu's Not Unix), and
give it away free(1) to everyone who can use it.
Contributions of time, money, programs and equipment are greatly

To begin with, GNU will be a kernel plus all the utilities needed to
write and run C programs: editor, shell, C compiler, linker,
assembler, and a few other things.  After this we will add a text
formatter, a YACC, an Empire game, a spreadsheet, and hundreds of
other things.  We hope to supply, eventually, everything useful that
normally comes with a Unix system, and anything else useful, including
on-line and hardcopy documentation.

GNU will be able to run Unix programs, but will not be identical
to Unix.  We will make all improvements that are convenient, based
on our experience with other operating systems.  In particular,
we plan to have longer filenames, file version numbers, a crashproof
file system, filename completion perhaps, terminal-independent
display support, and eventually a Lisp-based window system through
which several Lisp programs and ordinary Unix programs can share a screen.
Both C and Lisp will be available as system programming languages.
We will have network software based on MIT's chaosnet protocol,
far superior to UUCP.  We may also have something compatible
with UUCP.

Who Am I?

I am Richard Stallman, inventor of the original much-imitated EMACS
editor, now at the Artificial Intelligence Lab at MIT.  I have worked
extensively on compilers, editors, debuggers, command interpreters, the
Incompatible Timesharing System and the Lisp Machine operating system.
I pioneered terminal-independent display support in ITS.  In addition I
have implemented one crashproof file system and two window systems for
Lisp machines.

Why I Must Write GNU

I consider that the golden rule requires that if I like a program I
must share it with other people who like it.  I cannot in good
conscience sign a nondisclosure agreement or a software license

So that I can continue to use computers without violating my principles,
I have decided to put together a sufficient body of free software so that
I will be able to get along without any software that is not free.

How You Can Contribute

I am asking computer manufacturers for donations of machines and money.
I'm asking individuals for donations of programs and work.

One computer manufacturer has already offered to provide a machine.  But
we could use more.  One consequence you can expect if you donate
machines is that GNU will run on them at an early date.  The machine had
better be able to operate in a residential area, and not require
sophisticated cooling or power.

Individual programmers can contribute by writing a compatible duplicate
of some Unix utility and giving it to me.  For most projects, such
part-time distributed work would be very hard to coordinate; the
independently-written parts would not work together.  But for the
particular task of replacing Unix, this problem is absent.  Most
interface specifications are fixed by Unix compatibility.  If each
contribution works with the rest of Unix, it will probably work
with the rest of GNU.

If I get donations of money, I may be able to hire a few people full or
part time.  The salary won't be high, but I'm looking for people for
whom knowing they are helping humanity is as important as money.  I view
this as a way of enabling dedicated people to devote their full energies to
working on GNU by sparing them the need to make a living in another way.

For more information, contact me.
Arpanet mail:


US Snail:
  Richard Stallman
  166 Prospect St
  Cambridge, MA 02139

Links 15/09/2022: Libadwaita 1.2 and Godot 4.0 Reaches Beta

Posted in News Roundup at 5:55 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • MakeTech Easier4 Ways to Increase the Battery Life of Your Linux Laptop

        Linux laptops are known for their high performance and smooth graphics in decently powered devices. But this performance oriented behavior of Linux comes with the cost of battery life of the laptop in comparison to windows counterpart. Recent development of Linux kernel take into account the poor battery life issue and new laptop/desktop oriented distributions like PopOs comes with battery optimization out of the box.

        Here, we are discussing top 5 ways to increase battery life in Linux laptops. After reading this article, you can surely choose whatever is the best for you and squeeze up more juice from your battery.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • VideoVenom Linux 4.0 overview | A lightweight source based distro for advanced Linux Users – Invidious

        In this video, I am going to show an overview of Venom Linux 4.0 and some of the applications pre-installed.

      • Full Circle Magazine: Full Circle Weekly News #278

        Based on Sway, a port of LXQt is being developed:


        Fedora Linux 39 plans to disable SHA-1-based signatures support by default:


        Apache OpenOffice passed 333 million downloads:


        Release of the QEMU 7.1:


        Armbian 22.08:


        Release of Ubuntu 20.04.5 LTS with graphical stack and kernel update:


        Linux From Scratch 11.2 and Beyond Linux From Scratch 11.2:


        Release of the OBS Studio 28.0:


        Release of Nmap 7.93, timed to the 25th anniversary of the project:


        The webOS Open Source Edition 2.18:


        Release of Nitrux 2.4:


        Google Open Source Software Vulnerability Rewards Program:


        Peter Eckersley, co-founder of Let’s Encrypt, passed away:


        The platform code for Notesnook, has been opened:


      • VideoEnterprise Linux Security Episode 42 – Do NOT Fire Your Security Team! – Invidious

        Recent news of Patreon firing their security team is making the rounds online, and in this episode, Jay and Joao will talk about this very strange story and some takeaways from it. This is a developing story as of the day this was recorded, so expect to hear more about this in the near future.

      • VideoThe cat Command in Linux (Featuring Real Cats) – Linux Crash Course Series – Invidious

        In the Linux Crash Course series, we’ll go over one important foundational Linux topic each episode. This series includes tutorials, demonstrations, and more! In this episode, Jay will go over the basics of the cat command.

      • VideoEndeavourOS 22.9 Run Through – Invidious

        In this video, we are looking at EndeavourOS 22.9.

      • Linux Made SimpleEndeavourOS 22.9

        Today we are looking at EndeavourOS 22.9, the KDE Plasma edition. It comes with KDE Plasma 5.25.5, Linux kernel 5.19, and uses about 900MB of ram when idling.

      • VideoWas Grub On Arch Linux Really That Bad? – Invidious

        Recently Grub went through some pretty serious issues on Arch and Arch based distros causing boot loops and such but was the problem really that bad looking back in hindsight.

      • VideoFedora 37 Beta and GNOME Shell mobile – Linux and open source News – Invidious
      • Jupiter Broadcasting258: Linux Action News

        The Linux Foundation takes a victory lap, Google kills another community-loved project, and key moments from the Linux Plumbers Conference.

      • The BSD Now PodcastBSD Now 472: Consistent Exit Code

        FreeBSD on the Framework Laptop, Win32 is the only stable ABI on Linux, why OpenBSD’s documentation is so good, configure dma for mail delivery in jails on internet hosts, introducing muxfs, RAID1C boot support, and more

    • Kernel and Rust

      • LWNLinux 5.19.9
        I'm announcing the release of the 5.19.9 kernel.
        All users of the 5.19 kernel series must upgrade.
        The updated 5.19.y git tree can be found at:
                git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-5.19.y
        and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser:
        greg k-h
      • LWNLinux 5.15.68
      • LWNLinux 5.10.143
      • LWNLinux 5.4.213
      • LWNLinux 4.19.258
      • LWNLinux 4.14.293
      • LWNLinux 4.9.328
      • Its FOSSWow! Torvalds Modified Fedora Linux to Run on his Apple M2 Macbook

        Linus Torvalds likes to build and fix things. Of course, he has the technical expertise to tinker with various things.

        Not a surprise if you know that he created Linux as a clone of UNIX from scratch because he could not afford a UNIX system.

        For a similar reason, he also built Git after BitKeeper was no longer free to use.

        He continues his tinkerer spirit and the ‘i can fix that’ attitude even today.

        He managed to run Fedora Linux 36 Workstation edition on his Apple Macbook Air M2.

      • TechHQRust’s implementation in the Linux kernel to appear in version 6.1

        Speaking at the Linux Foundation’s Open Source Summit in Dublin, Linus Torvalds, the creator of the Linux kernel (and the Git version control system), confirmed that the new hotness in computer programming languages, Rust, would be included “to a small extent” in the next-but-one kernel release, slated to be 6.1. He also reiterated that the kernel’s version numbers bore more relation to his own inability to differentiate versions in his own mind than it did to the scale of changes in point or full-version nomenclature. Version 6.0, therefore, will not be an especially noteworthy release, despite the rollover from versions 5.19 to 6.0.

      • ZDNetLinus Torvalds: Rust may make it into the next Linux kernel after all | ZDNET

        As they do at almost every Open Source Summit, Dirk Hohndel, chief open source officer at the Cardano Foundation, and Linus Torvalds, Linux’s founder, talked about all things Linux and the keynote discussion at Open Source Summit Europe in Dublin Thursday. Usually, it’s interesting, but there’s no breaking news. “Usually.” This time was different. Torvalds announced that he would propose adding Rust to the next Linux kernel, Linux 6.1, at the Linux Kernel Maintainers Summit later today.

      • Rust Weekly UpdatesThis Week In Rust: This Week in Rust 460
    • Applications

      • Linux Hint13 Best Email Clients for Ubuntu in 2022

        Earlier Ubuntu users had limited choices in terms of applications available for Ubuntu. There are still many users who prefer the desktop email clients over browser-based email clients because the desktop email clients offer features such as work schedule, spam filters, etc. You can also make customizations as per your need.

        Also, managing emails across multiple accounts is made easy by email clients. So, today, we are going to have a quick look at the 13 best email clients for Ubuntu that you can use for your daily work in 2022.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • ID RootHow To Install Signal Messenger on Linux Mint 21 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Signal Messenger on Linux Mint 21. For those of you who didn’t know, Signal Messenger is a popular, multi-platform application used for sending instant messages, and making audio and video calls. If you need to communicate securely but find it hard because of the restrictions put on traditional messaging apps like WhatsApp, Signal messenger is one of the better forms of communication for those that require the utmost privacy.

        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 Signal Messenger on Linux Mint 21 (Vanessa).

      • OSTechNixPrevent Command Arguments With Sudo In Linux – OSTechNix

        In the previous article, we learned how to run commands in a directory as root via sudo. In this guide, we will see how to prevent command arguments with sudo in Linux. Meaning – we allow an user to run commands with sudo, but without command arguments.

      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install and Monitor Servers with Checkmk on Ubuntu 22.04

        Checkmk is a server and application monitoring software written in Python and C++. It supports the monitoring of servers, applications, networks, containers, and clouds. It has a wide range of features, including, automated monitoring, agentless monitoring via HTTP/SNMP, over 1900 plugins to collect data, detailed network traffic analysis, customizable dashboards, and Grafana support.

        Checkmk comes in four editions. The first version is the open-source Raw edition and uses Nagios as its core. The second version is the free version which has all the features of the standard edition, supports unlimited hosts for the first 30 days, and afterward is limited to 25 hosts. The enterprise standard edition and the enterprise-managed editions are advanced versions with support for unlimited hosts and multiple customers.

        In this tutorial, you will learn how to install and monitor servers using Checkmk on a Ubuntu 22.04 machine.

      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install JasperReports with Nginx Proxy on Ubuntu 22.04

        JasperReports is a free and open-source java reporting engine and class library that helps developers to add reporting capabilities to their applications. It is a stand-alone and embeddable reporting server that provides reporting and analytics functionality. With JasperReports, you can generate professional reports, including images, charts, and graphs. This tool also helps you to write rich content onto the screen, printer, and several file formats. including HTML, PDF, XLS, RTF, CSV, XML, ODT and TXT.

        In this post, we will show you how to install JasperReports Server on Ubuntu 22.04.

      • RoseHostingHow to Choose the Best Linux VPS Hosting for Your Website – RoseHosting [Ed: Rather spammy]

        If you were to search for the “best Linux VPS,” you would most likely just get even more confused with all the industry jargon and tech-speak. What’s more, over half of all VPS servers run on a Linux system.

        The biggest advantage of using a Linux system is that it is free and open-source. This means that hosting companies generally offer more affordable VPS packages with greater flexibility. Another major benefit is the significant security improvement. This already makes Linux VPS an attractive option for you.

      • RoseHostingHow to Install NextCloud on Ubuntu 22.04 – RoseHosting

        In this blog post, we are going to explain step-by-step how to install the latest NextCloud on Ubuntu 22.04.

        NextCloud is an open-source cloud storage service used to store, share, and sync data across multiple devices. NextCloud storage software is written in PHP and Javascript, which makes it very easy to install. In this tutorial, we are going to install and set up NextCloud with the LAMP stack.

        Installation of NextCloud with the LAMP stack may take up to 15 minutes. Let’s get things working!

      • How To Install VMware On Linux

        Installing a hypervisor like VMware can seem intimidating if you’ve never done it before, but in truth, the process isn’t very different from installing any other application. Much like program installation, you must first ensure that certain requirements are met, both in terms of specs and compatibility.

        The rest of the process is fairly straightforward, but there are a few minor errors users often run into along the way. As such, we’ve detailed the full steps for installing VMware on various Linux distributions and troubleshooting common issues that you may encounter in the process.

      • Make Use OfHow to Fix the “unable to resolve host” Error on Linux

        After changing the hostname on your Linux system, you may encounter the error “unable to resolve host”. Here’s what that means, and what you can do to fix it.

      • Make Use OfHow to Check and Update Your Git Version on Linux, Mac, and Window

        Wondering if your git command is as up-to-date as you’d like? Look no further than this simple guide.

        Git is a popular open-source version control system that you use in your day-to-day workflow as a developer. Like all other software, you need to ensure you’re always using the latest version.

        Find out how to check the Git version running on your machine and how to update Git if you’re not running the latest update.

      • ZDNetHow to use the handy SSH management tool in Chrome OS | ZDNET

        Chrome OS has become quite the platform for users of all types. Whether you’re a typical user who spends most of your time within an operating system browsing social media, writing ad hoc papers, and shopping for the latest trends, or if you’re an administrator who has to work on remote machines throughout the day, Chrome OS has you covered.

        One tool that I use quite a bit comes by way of Linux. If you’ve already enabled Linux, you understand that Chrome OS is much more than just a web browser. With Linux support enabled, you can install quite a large number of applications to turn Chrome OS into a much more traditional OS.

      • GoogleChromium Blog: Speeding up Chrome on Android Startup with Freeze Dried Tabs

        We believe that “good enough” is never enough when it comes to pushing the performance of Chrome. Today’s The Fast and the Curious post explores how we sped up the startup times of Chrome on Android by more than 20% by providing an interactive freeze-dried preview of a tab on startup. Read on to see how the screenshot falls short, and freeze-drying your tabs makes for a better browser.

      • dwaves.deAnother genius toner saving reset howto Brother L 2370DW Toner Reset Instructions

        it is a factory-default unsustainable catastrophy that should be forbidden by law:

        to claim the toner is empty, when toner levels are not even checked

        but simply the amount of pages printed is counted

        after x amount of pages, the brother (as many others) printer reports “toner empty, replace”

        when there might be still plenty of toner in the cardrige

      • Red Hat OfficialKubernetes troubleshooting: 6 ways to find and fix issues | Enable Sysadmin

        Kubernetes is the most popular container orchestration platform. It boasts a wide range of functionalities including scaling, self-healing, container orchestration, storage, secrets, and more. The main issues with such a rich solution are mostly due to its complexity. You must be aware of many of its key features to use it adequately. I will attempt to cover some of its less obvious aspects to improve your experience while using Kubernetes in production.

      • Weaveworks Adds Progressive Deployment for Kubernetes – Container Journal

        Weaveworks this week delivered an update to its GitOps platform that enables application development and deployment teams to progressively deploy applications in a way that makes it simpler to recover in the event there is an issue.

      • Make Use OfHow to SSH Into a VirtualBox Ubuntu Server

        Setting up virtual machine servers is quick and easy. But is there a way to access your virtual machines remotely using SSH?

        Virtual machines provide engineers and admins with a good platform to test software, set up IT environments, and maximize the utilization of server hardware resources.

        VirtualBox is one of the most popular virtualization software on the market today. It’s open source and is packed with lots of nice features. Let’s take a look at how to SSH into an Ubuntu server or desktop running in VirtualBox.

    • Games

      • Boiling SteamTGS 2022 Day 1 – The Steam Deck Booth – Boiling Steam

        Here’s a quick series of photos and videos of the Steam Deck Booth that were shared online with the first day of the Tokyo Games Show 2022 (aka TGS 2022) where the Steam Deck had a huge presence.


        Below are pictures and a few videos taken by Japanese gamers (press people) who tried out the Steam Deck at the show.

      • The ubuntu.com, or Subnautica: Here’s Zero. Why is there a major free feature? – Game News 24

        This update has another big feature, Custom Game Mode. A variety of new settings allow you to make the most of the gameplay, including a length of day and night, the frequency of heavy weather, the damage that a player takes, the damage that a person takes, the damage suffered by the predator, the hostility of animals, and even the possibility of a vegetarian diet. The newcomers should bring more freedom and experiences with such situations as Subnautica: Low Zero and veteran explorers need more access. The new Unstuck button, conveniently located in the pause menu, will also allow players to teleport to the last safe place in case they get stuck in tricky geometry.

        Steam Cloud Save was restored, as well as a number of fixes and optimizations allowing the game to perform more smoothly than ever. With tons of custom game options and new base building options, now is the time to come in to build your new base in Subnautica: below zero.

      • PhoronixCemu 2.0-2 Released For This Open-Source, Linux-Supported Wii U Emulator – Phoronix

        The 2.0-2 update has various fixes, including several Linux-specific fixes, some code refactoring and clean-ups, and documentation improvements.

      • Godot EngineGodot Engine – The next big step: Godot 4.0 reaches Beta

        It has been a long road to Godot 4.0 with 17 alpha builds distributed in 2022, and continuous development effort since 2019. We aren’t done yet, but today marks a major milestone on the road to Godot 4.0.

        Today we are pleased to announce that the first beta for the much-anticipated release of Godot 4.0 is now ready and available for download. We know that everyone is eager to get their hands on Godot 4.0 and this is a major step in getting there. Like in previous release cycles, a beta release means that we are happy with the features that have been included and we don’t plan on adding any major new features before release (except for a few that have been discussed and planned in advance). The goal between now and the stable release will be to continue polishing the current feature set by fixing bugs and optimizing performance.

      • Boiling SteamHow to Make Your Game in 10 minutes with Godot – Extended Version – Boiling Steam

        But there is so much I would like to cover that would not fit in a short video, and some might prefer a written guide.

      • Make Use OfWork and Play: How to Use the Steam Deck as a Desktop Replacement

        Run out of time for gaming? Don’t worry, you don’t have to put your Steam Deck down. Here’s how to switch to desktop mode and get some work done.

        The Steam Deck is one of the most remarkable game console releases in years, capable of running the latest AAA games. It’s small and light enough for you to take anywhere, and flexible enough for you to hook up some additional controllers and connect it to a TV for traditional console gaming.

        Behind the user interface, the Steam Deck is running a custom version of Arch Linux. As such, it doesn’t take much effort to turn the Steam Deck into a standard PC.

        But could it replace your desktop?

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • 9to5LinuxKDE Plasma 5.26 Desktop Environment Enters Public Beta Testing, Here’s What’s New

          Since this is a big update, you can imagine that KDE Plasma 5.26 is packed with lots of new features, starting with re-bindable mouse buttons for multi-button mice to allow you to assign buttons to keystrokes or keyboard shortcuts, full screen reader support for all Plasma widgets, as well as a new Compact mode for the Kickoff applications menu that lets you see more items.

          However, the biggest new feature is Plasma Bigscreen, a user interface for your TV featuring the Aura Browser for navigating the Internet using just the remote control of your TV, as well as Plank Player as the default multimedia player for playing local files.

        • LiliputingKDE Plasma 5.26 Beta introduces a Bigscreen view for Linux apps on your TV – Liliputing

          The latest release of the KDE Plasma user interface for Linux-based operating systems brings a number of improvements including easier previewing of desktop wallpapers, support for animated wallpapers, and a number of UI, navigation, and settings tweaks.

          But the biggest change in KDE Plasma 5.26 Beta? There’s a new Plasma Bigscreen option designed for TVs and other large displays.

        • Plasma 5.26 Beta – KDE Community

          Today we are bringing you the preview version of KDE’s Plasma 5.26 release. Plasma 5.26 Beta is aimed at testers, developers, and bug-hunters. As well as our lightweight and feature rich Linux Desktop this release adds a Bigscreen version of Plasma for use on televisions.

          To help KDE developers iron out bugs and solve issues, install Plasma 5.26 Beta and test run the features listed below. Please report bugs to our bug tracker.

          The final version of Plasma 5.26 will become available for the general public on the 6th of October.

        • OMG Ubuntu KDE Plasma Comes to the Big Screen (Yes, Your TV)

          If you’ve dreamed of being able to KDE Plasma on your TV you’ll want to tune in to the work going into KDE Plasma 5.26, which just hit beta.

          Why? Because the next major update to the ‘cool’ desktop environment includes a new mode designed to be used on TVs, monitor, and other large display setups. It’s called Plasma Bigscreen and is pitched as a ‘privacy-respecting, open source and secure TV ecosystem’.

          And we’re not talking the regular Plasma desktop stretched out to a squintfinity. No; Plasma Bigscreen is has a specially designed 10 foot UI, ensuring everything shown on screen is visible from afar (i.e. a couch) with ease, as well as being navigable using remote controls.

        • Make Use Of KDE Makes Play for Living Room With Plasma 5.26 Beta

          The beta version of the popular Linux desktop includes a new interface for TVs called Plasma Bigscreen. Will hardware makers support it?

          The developers of KDE have announced a preview version of the KDE Plasma Linux desktop version 5.26. The preview version debuts a new interface for TVs dubbed “Bigscreen.”

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • gnome-info-collect closing soon – Form and Function

          There has been a fantastic response to gnome-info-collect since Vojtěch announced it three weeks ago. To date we’ve had over 2,200 responses. That’s amazing! Thanks to everyone who has run the tool.

          We now have enough data to perform the analyses we want. As a result, it’s time to close data collection. This will happen next Monday, 19 September. On that day, the data collection server will be turned off.

        • Libadwaita 1.2 – Just another blog

          So, half a year after 1.1, libadwaita 1.2 has been released.

          While it doesn’t contain everything I had planned (since I ended up being mostly unavailable for about half of the cycle for reasons outside my control), it still has a bunch of additions, so let’s take a look at the changes.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • PCLinuxOS

      • PCLOS OfficialFreeFileSync – PCLinuxOS

        FreeFileSync is a graphical folder comparison and synchronization tool for Linux. Updated to version 11.25 and shipped to the software repository.

      • PCLOS OfficialFilezilla FTP Client – PCLinuxOS

        FileZilla is a fast and reliable FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with lots of useful features and an intuitive graphical user interface. Updated to version 3.60.2.

      • PCLOS OfficialGoogle Chrome Browser – PCLinuxOS

        The Google Chrome Browser has been updated to 105.0.5195.125 and shipped to the software repository.

      • PCLOS OfficialLibrewolf Browser – PCLinuxOS

        LibreWolf is designed to minimize data collection and telemetry as much as possible. This is achieved through hundreds of privacy/security/performance settings and patches. Intrusive integrated addons including updater, crashreporter, and pocket are removed too. LibreWolf is NOT associated with Mozilla or its products. Updated to version 104.0.2.

      • PCLOS OfficialEvince – PCLinuxOS

        Evince is the Document viewer. It supports PDF, PostScript and other formats. To view .dvi files as produced by TeX in evince, install the evince-dvi package. Updated to version 42.3.

    • SUSE/OpenSUSE

      • SUSE’s Corporate BlogSUSE adds security automation support for Kernel Live Patches

        SUSE has found that security automation is not handling SUSEs kernel livepatches very well.

        To understand the underlying problem and ways toward a solution, lets first look at the underlying concepts.

        Kernel livepatching is a technology where functions within a running Linux kernel are patched to fix security issues, without rebooting or even stopping the kernel. This allows uninterrupted use of workloads over long times.

        Kernel livepatches from SUSE are delivered as loadable kernel modules that are delivered in RPMs seperately from the kernel RPMs.

    • Red Hat / IBM

      • Red Hat OfficialThe art and science of secure open source software development

        Developing software with a greater security posture adds an extra layer of complexity to this process, however, something which not all developers understand or are able to achieve. Open source can help. Open source developers, security researchers and auditors can see your code, spot potential flaws and perhaps even help you make fixes.

        This doesn’t mean that the developers are free to write insecure software assuming people will correct the flaws or errors for free—it actually means that they now have a greater responsibility to create high-quality code that is free of known vulnerabilities.

        Red Hat is in a unique position with respect to software security and open source development. Many of our offerings depend on upstream open source projects. While Red Hat is directly involved in a lot of important projects—either through upstream developers who are Red Hat employees, or through other forms of direct and indirect contributions—there are some projects which are wholly independent.

      • 5 Years of Freedom with OpenPOWER – tobias_platen’s blog

        5 years ago I preorded my Talos II from Raptor Computing Systems. The Talos II is a POWERful system built from the ground up with freedom in mind. In one of its PCIe 4.0 slots, I plugged an AMD Radeon RX 5700 (Navi 10) which I mainly use for playing VR games, but also for multi monitor setups, faster video decoding and many more. Unfortunately all modern graphics cards require non-free firmware, but currently the libre-soc project is developing an OpenPOWER hybrid CPU/VPU/GPU that comes with its own Vulkan drivers.


        Unlike a modern x86-64, such as the Steam Deck, the Talos II can’t run Steam, so the is no way to play VR games such as Beat Saber, Blade & Sorcery or VRChat. Currenly I can only play the godot4_openxr_demo using Monado and Libsurvice, but I have begun doing a VR port of Minetest, a libre clone of Minecraft and I am also trying to get Godot Beep Saber VR working with my Valve Index using Monado. Currently Beep Saber only works with SteamVR and the Oculus Quest, both non-free platforms incompatible with OpenPOWER systems.

      • Red Hat OfficialLeveraging the Innovative Optical and Wireless Network (IOWN) reference cases for core, edge and cloud deployments

        The Innovative Optical and Wireless Network (IOWN) Global Forum is developing next generation data-centric infrastructure over all photonics networks (APN), to help realize attractive use cases for AI Integrated Communications(AIC) and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS). IOWN Global Forum’s approach will have a strong influence on telecom, media and entertainment and other industries in the green transformation era.

      • Red Hat OfficialThe art and science of secure open source software development

        For many, writing a computer program isn’t that hard—it simply requires a certain amount of structural and logical thinking and a clear understanding of the syntax of the language you are using.

      • IBM Old TimerIrving Wladawsky-Berger: The Carnegie Cloud Governance Project

        Two years ago, the Carnegie Endowment launched the Cloud Governance Project, a multi-year study on the governance challenges associated with cloud computing. “This project recognizes that the cloud offers huge benefits for individuals, organizations, and national economies through greater IT convenience, flexibility, and cost savings,” said the project’s website. “However, the risks of a major disruption affecting cloud services will invite regulation by governments at the local, national, and international levels. Moreover, as the world grows increasingly dependent on the cloud, other aspects of the technology – related to consumer protection, sustainability, inclusiveness, and human rights – will also attract scrutiny and regulation to protect or advance public interests.”

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • Its FOSSThis Flutter-based Unofficial Software Center Might Replace Ubuntu’s Official App

        Ubuntu is often considered one of the best distros for beginners, but the default software center (GNOME Software Center) needs more polishing to make it a pleasing experience.

        Why? Well, it’s slow and heavy on resources, so most users do not bother using it or just have a bad time with it.

        Yes, it may have improved over the years, but it is still far from a good experience.

        And it looks like contributors from Canonical, and others have teamed up together to work on with a lightweight, flutter-based alternative for the Ubuntu software center!

        Hold on, it is not an official replacement. But, I wonder if it is meant to replace Ubuntu Software Center soon?

      • UbuntuUbuntu Summit — Calling All Proposals

        In case you haven’t heard the good news, the Ubuntu Summit is a community-focused event taking place in Prague, Czech Republic from November 7–9th!

        The Ubuntu Summit Organising Committee would like to bring your attention to our open Call For Proposals. Until September 30th, we are open to your abstract submissions for talks and workshops. (Don’t worry, your entire presentation does not need to be ready just yet!) If your abstract is accepted, we will offer to sponsor your attendance to join us in Prague, Czech Republic!

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • ArduinoAuto Xylophone features hand-wound solenoids | Arduino Blog

        A xylophone is, in addition to being one of only two known English words that start with the letter X, an instrument that most of us haven’t touched since we were toddlers. But xylophones produce a very pleasing sound and their construction is about as simple as an instrument gets. That makes them perfect for DIY projects by those of us who aren’t master craftsmen, and is likely why Rachad El Moutaouaffiq chose the instrument for this Auto Xylophone project.

        As the name implies, this is a xylophone that plays itself. Not only does that let it create beautiful melodies that few of us are capable of hammering out with our clumsy human hands, it can actually exceed the ability of even an accomplished xylophonist. It can strike up to four bars simultaneously, allowing for richer and more complex music than a person could play with only two hands. It works with standard MIDI files and therefore can play a huge range of existing MIDI music or anything new that a musician creates in real time or through other means—such as AI generation that El Moutaouaffiq plans to experiment with.

      • Jonathan Dowland: things I’d like to 3D print, revisited

        It was pointed out to me that you can’t safely print things to store food in with most materials, as their porous/layered nature facilitates the growth of bacteria. So, I’ll rule out those items.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Sysdig Adds gVisor Support to Falco Container Security Platform – Container Journal

      Created by Sysdig and contributed to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) in 2018, Falco makes it possible to assess risk and detect threats using a set of rules to trigger security alerts. It detects unexpected behavior, configuration changes, intrusions and thefts of data in real-time that enable IT teams to programmatically enforce security policies.

    • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

      • 9to5LinuxLibreOffice 7.4 Office Suite Gets First Point Release, 80 Bugs Fixed – 9to5Linux

        The Document Foundation announced today the general availability of LibreOffice 7.4.1 as the first point release to the latest and greatest LibreOffice 7.4 open-source, free, and cross-platform office suite.

        LibreOffice 7.4.1 is here only three weeks after the major LibreOffice 7.4 release to fix various issues, bugs, and annoyances discovered during this time. According to the RC1 and RC2 changelogs, a total of 80 bugs were addressed in this minor maintenance update.

      • Eric HameleersLibreOffice 7.4.1 for Slackware 15.0 and -current

        LibreOffice Community Edition 7.4.1 was released today and I already have the packages in my repository for Slackware 15.0 and -current.

      • Ubuntu HandbookLibreOffice 7.4 Finally Available to Install via PPA in Ubuntu 22.04 | UbuntuHandbook

        For those prefer native .deb packages, LibreOffice 7.4 is finally available to install via LibreOffice Fresh PPA.

        Major release packages always take longer time to be published into PPA. And it’s been almost one month for this new 7.4 release.

      • llunak: 16384 columns in Collabora Online

        Since the Calc core is the same, the underlying functionality works just like in LibreOffice. But the online functionality presented some additional challenges that needed handling, as having more cells in a spreadsheet may mean more data sent over the network, slowing things down. There definitely used to be problems with large spreadsheets, as the tiled rendering used by Online in fact was already limited to 500000 rows compared to 1048576 rows of the desktop version (in fact, git history shows that this started at only 1000 rows initially and then was continually raised over the time as things improved). So together with raising column count to 16384 I have raised this to the normal 1048576 rows as well.


        Now with hopefully all performance problems solved, Collabora Online 22.05 should support these spreadsheet sizes just as fine as the desktop version.

      • Tomaz’s dev blog: Chart Data Tables

        Chart data table is a feature of charts, that presents in the chart area a data table with the values that are visualised by the chart. The data table is positioned automatically at the bottom of the chart, and can for certain chart types replace the X-axis labels. Until now this feature has been missing in LibreOffice, but thanks to the funding of NGI, it is now implemented.

    • Programming/Development

      • KDE PIM in July and August – Claudio Cambra

        KDE PIM is the set of applications that helps you manage your email, contacts, appointments, tasks and more.

        Since our last report covering KDE PIM in May and June, the PIM applications and libraries have seen over 1200 changes from almost 30 contributors. Let’s go over some of the biggest updates.

      • Andrea Scarpino’s blog: Sniffing Android apps network traffic

        Back in the days, it was really easy to sniff the network traffic made by the Apps in Android. You could do it in a few minutes by adding mitmproxy’s certificate and setting the HTTP proxy on your wifi network settings. That was it. But things have changed (for good) and that’s no longer the case. However, I still want to sniff the network traffic made by the Apps in Android.

      • Drew DeVaultStatus update, September 2022

        I have COVID-19 and I am halfway through my stockpile of tissues, so I’m gonna keep this status update brief.

        In Hare news, I finally put the last pieces into place to make cross compiling as easy as possible. Nothing else particularly world-shattering going on here. I have a bunch of new stuff in my patch queue to review once I’m feeling better, however, including bigint stuff — a big step towards TLS support. Unrelatedly, TLS support seems to be progressing upstream in qbe. (See what I did there?)

        powerctl is a small new project I wrote to configure power management states on Linux. I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. It makes for a good case study on Hare for systems programming.

      • rec-def: Dominators case study – Blog – Joachim Breitner’s Homepage

        He said “it’s ICFP and I wanted to say the dominance relation has a beautiful set of equations … you can read all these algorithms how to compute this, but the concept is simple”.

        This made me wonder: If the concept is simple and this formula is beautiful – shouldn’t this be sufficient for the Haskell programmer to obtain the dominator relation, without reading all those algorithms?

        Before we start, we have to clarify the formula a bit: If a node is an entry node (no predecessors) then the big intersection is over the empty set, and that is not a well-defined concept. For these nodes, we need that big intersection to return the empty set, as entry nodes are not dominated by any other node. (Let’s assume that the entry nodes are exactly those with no predecessors.)

      • Python

        • Linux Hint11 Best Python IDEs for Ubuntu in 2022

          Python is one of the most widely used general purpose programming language. Most of the popular websites or application software that you use every day are powered by Python.

          The reason behind the popularity of this programming language is its simple and easy to understand nature. Data Science and Data Analytics are applications of the Python programming. These fields are responsible for creating many jobs across the world.

          There are many Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) available for editing and programming in Python. Personally, I prefer Vim in Ubuntu terminal but there many IDEs like PyCharm, GNU Emacs and Pyzo that are available for Ubuntu. So, today we are going to discuss these IDEs one-by-one.

  • Leftovers

    • Linux Foundation

    • Security

      • LWNSecurity updates for Thursday [LWN.net]

        Security updates have been issued by Debian (nova, pcs, and rails), Fedora (firejail, moby-engine, and pspp), Oracle (.NET 6.0, gnupg2, kernel, python3, and rsyslog rsyslog7), Red Hat (.NET 6.0 and .NET Core 3.1), SUSE (kernel), and Ubuntu (intel-microcode, poppler, and webkit2gtk).

      • Dark ReadingToken-Mining Weakness in Microsoft Teams Makes for Perfect Phish
      • GO MediaIOActive NFC Relay Attack – Tesla Y

        Radio relay attacks are technically complicated to execute, but conceptually easy to understand: attackers simply extend the range of your existing key using what is essentially a high-tech walkie-talkie. One thief stands near you while you’re in the grocery store, intercepting your key’s transmitted signal with a radio transceiver. Another stands near your car, with another transceiver, taking the signal from their friend and passing it on to the car. Since the car and the key can now talk, through the thieves’ range extenders, the car has no reason to suspect the key isn’t inside—and fires right up.

        But Tesla’s credit card keys, like many digital keys stored in cell phones, don’t work via radio. Instead, they rely on a different protocol called Near Field Communication or NFC. Those keys had previously been seen as more secure, since their range is so limited and their handshakes with cars are more complex.

        Now, researchers seem to have cracked the code. By reverse-engineering the communications between a Tesla Model Y and its credit card key, they were able to properly execute a range-extending relay attack against the crossover. While this specific use case focuses on Tesla, it’s a proof of concept—NFC handshakes can, and eventually will, be reverse-engineered.

      • Security WeekWhen It Comes to Security, Don’t Overlook Your Linux Systems [Ed: At least it does not have known back doors and patching is rapid]

        As I pointed out earlier this year, Linux systems are a popular delivery mechanism for malware. While they’re not the most popular – that distinction goes to HTML and Javascript – don’t think you can ignore them. Linux-based attacks are very much still happening.

      • USCERTCISA Releases Eleven Industrial Control Systems Advisories [Ed: This title is so generic you'd struggle to guess it's all about Siemens]

        CISA has released eleven (11) Industrial Control Systems (ICS) advisories on September 15, 2022. These advisories provide timely information about current security issues, vulnerabilities, and exploits surrounding ICS.

      • CISASiemens Mobility CoreShield OWG Software | CISA

        Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could allow an attacker to leverage the default installation for Windows versions of the CoreShield (OWG) software, which sets insecure file permissions that could result in local escalation of privileges to local administrator.

      • Help Net SecurityLinux variant of the SideWalk backdoor discovered [Ed: It's not a "backdoor"; it's malware. You need to actually install malware. With Windows, on the other hand, the back doors are always there. Microsoft works with the NSA.]

        ESET researchers have discovered a Linux variant of the SideWalk backdoor, one of the multiple custom implants used by the SparklingGoblin APT group.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Public KnowledgePublic Knowledge Welcomes Bill To Promote Digital Equity – Public Knowledge

        Today, Senators Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), and Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced the “Digital Equity Foundation Act” to establish a nonprofit foundation to help close the digital divide by leveraging public and private investments. Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA) introduced a companion bill in the U.S. House.

        To accomplish this, the bill would supplement the Federal Communications Commission and National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s work to award grants, provide training and education, and overall promote policies to enhance digital equity outcomes across the nation. It would also provide local funding to help connect those in danger of missing out on all the opportunities the internet provides, including telehealth, education, and career training. Public Knowledge applauds Sens. Luján, Merkley, Heinrich, and Markey as well as Rep. Matsui for championing those who need devices and training to participate in our digital world.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • No bookbinding for you

        I went to a bookbinding shop today asking if they would teach me some of their craft but the owner, an old guy, was so harsh… Almost rude.

      • XBCHOSA Wordo: ILIUM
      • Keeping Notes is Pretty Awesome Actually

        Recently I’ve noticed I’ve been forgetting important things I’d like to remember.

        I’m not sure if it’s aging, the few years I spent binging (unspecified brain chemical) in an effort to forget the awfulness of human civilization, or just having a life with more important things to forget.

        It could also be the case that I and most everyone else have always been forgetful but there comes a time when you are both able to accept it and spend some effort putting a system of note-taking in place to mitigate the problem.

    • Technical

      • Proof of Stake

        Now, I’m still staying the hell away from all kinds of crypto personally, but no more sleepless nights.

      • Internet/Gemini

        • Boosting the Collaborative Directory of Geminispace (CDG)

          I just wanted to help boost the signal on this cool initiative in whatever small way I can. I like the idea of a user contributed directory like this.

          I have a few different themes on my capsule that I would like to share but I don’t want to inundate the Antenna timeline every time I post. Instead I posted links to those pages on the Directory for whoever is interested.

          If you have your own links or links to other interesting capsules, take a second to add them to the CDG!

      • Announcements

        • nForth

          And it’s up and running. Defining words, etc.

          I was just a tiny bit more optimistic about getting to this point yesterday — I would have, but decided to stop for a happy hour drink, and… yeah.


          While I’ve been making and programming in Forth-like languages for around 40 years, I realized I don’t have a minimal 386 implementation suitable for, say, KolibriOS.

* Gemini (Primer) links can be opened using Gemini software. It’s like the World Wide Web but a lot lighter.

[Meme] The Big News is That Big Blue Has Driven Away Tons of Essential Engineers and Managers of Red Hat

Posted in Free/Libre Software, IBM, Microsoft, Red Hat at 11:05 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Big Blue (IBM) has successfully crushed CentOS and Fedora (still ongoing); but the real news or the untold story is, many top managers have fled the company, as did high-profile engineers (3 CEOs in 3 years, new managers came from Microsoft, brain drain aplenty)

Remote working: Red Hat tells staff they don't have to return to the office
Some cannot and will not return; they quit or got fired (lots of them, even the “chief people officer”)

Summary: The above story from a Microsoft media operative in a Microsoft- and IBM-funded site distracts from the simple fact that there’s a longstanding HR crisis at Red Hat; we wrote about it over the years and salaried IBM staff actively tried to suppress links to our writings

To some extent, the relentless attacks from IBM/Microsoft against Free software have driven away talented technical staff that cared about Software Freedom. Is IBM trying to dissolve what it bought?


Our Static Page Generator in Action: Early Incarnation With Image Support

Posted in Site News at 10:27 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 9f82b77961c381c0399b85dc91d26a27
New Static Page Generator
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: What the future of this site might look like, at least in sections that shall be managed without a bloated/cluttered front end and a bloated back end (with or without caching) that are a burden to maintain

THE version of WordPress that we love will run out of support (as in, security patches) some time soon, as per this statement from eight days ago. We've already explained (nearly a decade ago!) why we won't upgrade to future branches. We’re sure some people will offer unofficial patches, backported to plug very critical holes. But such patches are risky and unpredictable. They’re not a long-term solution but a temporary lifeline.

Back in July we started working on our own Content Management System (CMS) or Static Page Generator. It was deployed to Tux Machines later in the same month (as “testing”) and went “live” last month. We’re hoping to do the same with Techrights, but there’s no timeline/deadline set in stone. Probably some time this coming winter. We’re currently working on the search facility, followed by basic stuff like archiving. The CMS already supports 3 or 4 different protocols, not just HTTP/S. Because it is very simple and lightweight (written mostly in Bash and Perl, plus peripheral libraries) it’s very simple to shape it into something we want and need, not something that the parent companies of WordPress and Drupal are pursuing (mostly for business reasons).

The video above demonstrates how new pages are added, updated, and how images get added to them. It’s not as hard as it looks; it just takes some training to get into the habit. Debugging is simpler due to the elegance and simplicity of the system. At the back end there’s one SQLite database, but it’s not accessed by anyone except administrators, who can use it to generate and regenerate existing pages. In terms of performance, it’s an amazing improvement over what we had (more than an order of magnitude) and it runs on a very thin distro called Alpine Linux.

Night Colour in KDE: Small New Feature, Potentially Valuable in This ‘Crisis Mode’ Era

Posted in GNU/Linux, KDE at 9:23 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 2a337fd2dd58bd8021c8db928783306b
KDE’s Night Colour Mode
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: KDE has made it easier to change contrast/brightness/colours overnight; the above video shows all the existing options (available in experimental builds)

THESE days it has become fashionable to discuss how to lessen the burden of bills. Here in the UK, for instance, lowering brightness on a monitor can save quite a few pounds per month (certainly when dealing with multiple monitors; here we have 11). Powering them off is an option, but not when you actually wish to use them.

“This will probably roll out to more KDE/Plasma-based distros, turned on by default (or available in the panel by default), over time.”Months ago I started turning off the monitors whilst away from keyboard (afk) in order to save energy — or rather to lower our power bills. Working at night when there’s sufficient contrast (ambiance late at night) is very common for home workers. There’s some science regarding nocturnal computer work and the brightness impacts sleepiness (or potentially one’s health). I’ve long been reading about all those colour shifts, but usually those aren’t built into the desktop environment — until now!

The above shows KDE’s (Plasma) implementation, which can be found lurking around in recent builds of KDE Neon.

It should be noted, as a post-mortem-ish, upon recording and after recording I realised that screen capture in OBS does not capture the colour shifts, but that’s OK. It’s mostly about demonstrating the existing options and controls. These will probably evolve over time. Unlike some other new features or changes, in this one I’ve not found any bugs yet (nothing fatal anyway). This will probably roll out to more KDE/Plasma-based distros, turned on by default (or available in the panel by default), over time.

Links 15/09/2022: LibreOffice 7.4.1 and Red Hat Panic Over Staff Exodus

Posted in News Roundup at 8:35 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • LWNConcurrent page-fault handling with per-VMA locks [LWN.net]

        The kernel is, in many ways, a marvel of scalability, but there is a longstanding pain point in the memory-management subsystem that has resisted all attempts at elimination: the mmap_lock. This lock was inevitably a topic at the 2022 Linux Storage, Filesystem, Memory-Management and BPF Summit (LSFMM), where the idea of using per-VMA locks was raised. Suren Baghdasaryan has posted an implementation of that idea — but with an interesting twist on how those locks are implemented.

        The mmap_lock (formerly called mmap_sem) is a reader/writer lock that controls access to a process’s address space; before making changes there (mapping in a new range, for example), the kernel must acquire that lock. Page-fault handling must also acquire mmap_lock (in reader mode) to ensure that the address space doesn’t change in surprising ways while a fault is being resolved. A process can have a large address space and many threads running (and incurring page faults) concurrently, turning mmap_lock into a significant bottleneck. Even if the lock itself is not contended, the constant cache-line bouncing hurts performance.

        Many attempts at solving the mmap_lock scalability problem have taken the form of speculative page-fault handling, where the work to resolve a fault is done without taking mmap_lock in the hope that the address space doesn’t change in the meantime. Should concurrent access occur, the speculative page-fault code drops the work it has done and retries after taking mmap_lock. Various implementations have been shown over the years and they have demonstrated performance benefits, but the solutions are complex and none have managed to convince enough developers to be merged into the mainline kernel.

        An alternative approach that has often been considered is range locking. Rather than locking the entire address space to make a change to a small part of it, range locking ensures exclusive access to the address range of interest while allowing accesses to other parts of the address space to proceed concurrently. Range locking turns out to be tricky as well, though, and no implementation has gotten close to being considered for merging.

      • LWNWhat’s in a (type) name? [LWN.net]

        The kernel’s manual pages are in a bit of an interesting position. They are managed as a separate project, distinct from the kernel’s documentation, and have the task of documenting both the kernel’s system-call interface and the wrappers for that interface provided by the C library. Sometimes the two objectives come into conflict, as can be seen in a discussion that has been playing out over the course of the last year on whether to use C standard type names to describe kernel-defined structures.
        The C <stdint.h> header file defines a number of types for developers who need to specify exactly how they need an integer variable to be represented. For example, int16_t is a 16-bit, signed type, while uint64_t is a 64-bit, unsigned type. This level of control is needed when defining data structures that are implemented by hardware, are exchanged through communications protocols — or are passed between user and kernel space.

        The kernel, though, does not use these types to define its system-call interface. Instead, the kernel has its own types defined internally. Rather than use uint64_t, for example, the kernel’s API definitions use __u64. That has been the situation for a long time — since before the standard C types existed — and is simply part of how the kernel project does things.

      • LWNA framework for code tagging [LWN.net]

        Kernel code can, at times, be quite inward looking; it often refers to itself. To enable this introspection, the kernel has evolved several mechanisms for identifying specific locations in the code and carrying out actions related to those locations. The code-tagging framework patch set, posted by Suren Baghdasaryan and Kent Overstreet, is an attempt to replace various ad hoc implementations with a single framework, and to add some new applications as well.

        There are a number of reasons for the kernel to need to identify specific locations within the code. For example, kernel code is not normally allowed to incur page faults, but the functions that access user-space memory will often do just that. To do the right thing in that situation, the kernel build process makes a note of the location of every user-space access operation; when a page fault happens, that list is checked and, if the fault happened in an expected location, it is handled normally. The kernel’s dynamic debugging mechanism is another example; each debugging print statement is tracked and can be enabled independently.

        The usual trick for implementing this kind of mechanism is to create a special ELF section in the kernel binary; that section is then populated with structures recording the points of interest within the kernel. At run time, the kernel can locate that section, where it will find an array of structures with the needed information. At its core, the tagging framework is a set of functions and macros that make the creation of and access to this special section easier.

    • Applications

      • Linux Links5 Best Free and Open Source OCR Screen Capture Tools

        This article highlights OCR powered screen-capture tools to capture information instead of images. We only feature open source software here.

        Here’s our verdict of the tools succinctly summarized in a LinuxLinks styled ratings chart.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Linux Shell TipsHow to Install Latest Python on Ubuntu Linux

        Python is a high-level programming language that is continually taking the interest of many users in the Linux community. The Python general-purpose programming language is in the top ranks with other popular programming languages due to its applicability in web and software development.

      • Trend Oceans2 Ways to Capture Website Screenshots from the Command-line on Linux – TREND OCEANS

        You might be using ksnip or flameshot to take screenshots of single or multiple web pages. No doubt, both are great tools that provide you with rich full features that make it easy to take screenshots and later edit the image.

      • H2S MediaInstall VSFTPD FTP Server on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Linux

        This tutorial is to know how we can install, config, setup, and use the VSFTPD FTP server on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa using the command terminal.

        Vsftpd is an FTP server that is very consciously designed for security. For example, the program checks its configuration and the rights of all files it is to access before starting and refuses to start if it is configured incorrectly. We can use this open-source program to set up an FTP server on Ubuntu Linux.

      • H2S MediaInstall Discourse on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Linux – Linux Shout

        Discourse is open-source forum software that can also be used as a comment system for a website. The creators want to create the basis for modern Internet forums. Here we learn the commands to install the Discourse on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa Linux to create our own self-hosted Forum.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install NVIDIA Drivers on Fedora 37 Linux

        When it comes to graphics processing, speed is often of the essence. For any Linux user who relies on their system for gaming or graphic design, having the fastest drivers possible is essential. While most modern Linux distributions come with Nouveau drivers pre-installed, these are often not the most up-to-date or well-supported drivers available. However, the Nouveau open-source graphics device driver for Nvidia video cards is typically slower than Nvidia’s proprietary or open-source driver and lacks support for the latest hardware features and software technology. In most cases, upgrading to proper NVIDIA drivers will provide a much better experience. In some situations, the improvement in speed and performance can be substantial.

        The following tutorial will teach you how to install the Nvidia Drivers on Fedora 37 Linux from the Nvidia Proprietary Repository RPM Fusion or Nvidia RPM Cuda REPO using cli with the command line terminal.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Brave Browser on Fedora 37 Linux

        Brave is a free and open-source web browser developed by Brave Software, Inc. based on the Chromium web browser. Brave is a privacy-focused internet browser that sets itself apart from other browsers by automatically blocking online advertisements and website trackers in its default settings. Brave claims its browser puts less strain on your computer’s performance than Google Chrome. Even with multiple tabs open at once, the new Brave Software uses 66% less memory and has 50 million more active users than before – a growth of 2X in 5 years! In addition to its privacy features, Brave also includes built-in security and performance enhancement tools, making it a well-rounded choice for those looking for a safe and fast browsing experience.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Brave Browser on Fedora 37 Linux by importing the official GPG keys and repository with step-by-step instructions on installing, updating, and removing the browser, including disabling/enabling the DNF repository. As a bonus, the beta and nightly optional installation methods are included, installed alongside stable.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Avidemux on Linux Mint 21 LTS

        Avidemux is a free, open-source software application for non-linear video editing and transcoding multimedia files. It supports many file types, including AVI, DVD-compatible MPEG files, MP4, and ASF, using a variety of codecs. It is trendy as it allows users to cut, join, split, rotate videos, and add filters. Avidemux has a wide range of features that makes it a popular choice for video editing, including support for most popular video formats, the ability to cutting and joining video files without re-encoding, and power management features allowing you to automatically shutdown your computer when the job is done and much more. If you are looking for an easy-to-use video editor with all the features you need, then Avidemux is the right choice for you.

        The following tutorial will teach you how to install Avidemux on Linux Mint 21 LTS using the command line terminal and the LaunchPAD PPA by the XtraDEB team.

      • OpenSource.com24 of our favorite articles in a downloadable eBook

        One day in March of 2020, a few of my Opensource.com teammates and I grabbed lunch to talk about how we would work from home for the next couple of weeks until this pandemic got nipped in the bud. At the end of the work day, I packed up my laptop and walked out the door of our office building. Several months later, we were all still working from home. None of us had returned to our office-based workstations. In July 2020, using safety precautions, we were granted access to our workstation solely to retrieve personal items. My desk was left exactly as I left it that afternoon in March. Expiring snacks stashed in my secret drawer. Picture frames collecting dust. Comic strips pinned up.

        And a pile of several bound copies of Best of a decade on Opensource.com 2010-2019. Our last yearbook that was published (and printed)!

        Like most folks, the Opensource.com community had to pivot how we operated in order to stay connected. Sure, we continued our weekly video calls. But in-person conferences, a unique time where people would travel from all over the world to be together, were out of the question. Though some of this operational stuff has changed, the connection with one another has strengthened. It is due time to publish a new yearbook to honor that connection. This yearbook was created to celebrate our correspondents.

        The Opensource.com Correspondent Program recognizes the critical group of our most trusted and committed contributors. We recently closed out yet another successful program year with 24 correspondents. Each correspondent selected their favorite article to be included in this downloadable yearbook. In it, you’ll find Raspberry Pi tutorials, career stories, home automation tips, Linux tricks, and much more.

      • OpenSource.comHow I switched from Docker Desktop to Colima

        DDEV is an open source tool that makes it simple to get local PHP development environments up and running within minutes. It’s powerful and flexible as a result of its per-project environment configurations, which can be extended, version controlled, and shared. In short, DDEV aims to allow development teams to use containers in their workflow without the complexities of bespoke configuration.

        DDEV replaces more traditional AMP stack solutions (WAMP, MAMP, XAMPP, and so on) with a flexible, modern, container-based solution. Because it uses containers, DDEV allows each project to use any set of applications, versions of web servers, database servers, search index servers, and other types of software.

        In March 2022, the DDEV team announced support for Colima, an open source Docker Desktop replacement for macOS and Linux. Colima is open source, and by all reports it’s got performance gains over its alternative, so using Colima seems like a no-brainer.

      • Linux HintDOS Flood With hping3

        This tutorial explains how to execute DDOS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks using the hping3 tool.

        After reading this article you will be able to install hping3 to execute both DOS and DDOS tests. Except for the installation process based on Debian, the rest of this document is valid for all Linux distributions.

        In case you are not familiar with DOS and DDOS attacks, you may want to start by reading a DOS and DDOS introduction.

        All steps described below include screenshots to make it easy for every Linux user to follow them.

      • OSTechNixRun All Programs In A Directory Via Sudo In Linux – OSTechNix

        This brief guide explains how to allow an user to run all programs in a directory via sudo and deny the user to run programs in other directories in Linux and Unix-like systems.

      • Its FOSSHow to Check if You are Using Wayland or Xorg?

        There is a technical transition taking place in the desktop Linux world.

        Most mainstream distros have started to move to the Wayland display server by default.

        But not all legacy components are compatible with the newer Wayland. They work only with the good old X or Xorg display server.

        So, when you are having trouble with your Linux system, it would be wise to check if the problem is coming because of the display server.

      • Trend OceansHow to Install Custom Fonts on Linux (Ubuntu, Debian, RedHat) – TREND OCEANS

        Linux gives you complete freedom to experiment with the user experience. For this reason, one can try to change the desktop environment to any window manager like i3wm, bspwm, xmonad, etc. Not only that, but you can also change your display manager and audio manager from what you have received from the installed distribution.

        But we are not here to change any of these things except the font, because after the installation you may not be able to view some of the fonts in Devnangari like Sanskrit, Hindi, Marathi, and Dravidian languages like Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, and Malayalam.

        Because of that, you might face problems reading content in your regional languages.

      • Linux HintInstall Wine on Linux Mint 20.3

        Wine is a helpful tool that allows you to run many Windows applications on Linux. Therefore, if you have just shifted from Windows to Linux, this tool can prove to be your best partner in helping you getting used to the Linux environment. This article is dedicated to the method of installing Wine on a Linux Mint 20.3 system.

      • Linux HintHow to Change the Password on Ubuntu 22.04

        A password is a word, phrase, or string of characters used to verify the identity of a user during the authentication process. It is used to differentiate an authorized user from an unauthorized user.

        Today we will explore how to change a password on Ubuntu 22.04 using two different ways. The first method involves changing the password using the command line (Terminal). In the second method, we will see how a password is changed using Graphical User Interface (GUI).

      • Vitux6 Ways to Harden your Debian system – VITUX

        Hardening refers to strengthening the security of your systems. Nowadays when data breaches are very common, even normal users are very much concerned about the security of their critical data. Therefore, in this article, we will share with you some of the best ways for hardening your Debian 11 and Debian 10 systems.

      • Install Nagios Server on Oracle Linux 9 – kifarunix.com

        In this guide, you will learn how to install Nagios Server on Oracle Linux 9. Nagios provides enterprise-class Open Source IT monitoring, network monitoring, server and applications monitoring.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Telegram on Fedora 37 Linux

        Cross-platform messaging apps are becoming increasingly popular as they offer a convenient way to stay in touch with friends and family no matter where they are. Telegram is one such app that offers several unique features that set it apart from its competitors. Perhaps most notably, Telegram provides end-to-end encryption for all chats, meaning that only the sender and recipient can read the messages. This makes Telegram an ideal choice for those who value privacy and security. In addition, Telegram is entirely free to use and is available on various platforms, making it easy to stay connected with friends and family no matter where they are.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install the Telegram client on Fedora 37 Linux using the command line terminal with two installation methods and some tips on maintaining Telegram in the future.

      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install SuperTux – Milestone 1 on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install SuperTux – Milestone 1 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.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Signal Messenger on Linux Mint 21 LTS

        There are a lot of messaging apps on the market these days. Most people probably use the default messaging app that comes with their phone, whether iMessage for Apple users or Messages for Android users. But there are plenty of other options, and more and more people are starting to use them. One of these is Signal messenger.

        Signal messenger is a free, open-source messaging app that has been around for several years and specializes in end-to-end encryption. This means that your communication is entirely secure from prying eyes, whether it’s the government or someone who happens to get ahold of your phone. If you need to communicate securely but find it hard because of the restrictions put on traditional messaging apps like WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger, Signal messenger is one of the better forms of communication for those that require the utmost privacy.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Signal Messenger on Linux Mint 21 LTS release series. The tutorial will use the command line terminal with complete steps to install the official repository and tips on updating and removing the software securely and adequately.

      • UNIX CopHow to install Homebrew on CentOS 9 Stream

        In this post, you will learn how to install Homebrew on CentOS 9 Stream. Sounds interesting? Let’s see.

      • Matthew Garrettmjg59 | git signatures with SSH certificates

        Last night I complained that git’s SSH signature format didn’t support using SSH certificates rather than raw keys, and was swiftly corrected, once again highlighting that the best way to make something happen is to complain about it on the internet in order to trigger the universe to retcon it into existence to make you look like a fool. But anyway. Let’s talk about making this work!

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Atom Text Editor on Linux Mint 21 LTS [Ed: Atom is deprecated (dead end) and controlled by Microsoft; it's bloated garbage, nobody should use this]

        Atom is a free and open-source text and source code editor that supports many cross-platforms such as macOS, Linux, and Microsoft Windows with support for plugins written in JavaScript and embedded Git Control, developed by GitHub. The catchphrase that Atom calls itself is the “hackable text editor for the 21st century”. Atom, compared to competitors, is more user-friendly, with plenty of options for extensions to add syntax highlighting for languages and formats, add dynamic linting, and integrate debuggers, runtime environments, video and music player controls, and much more.

    • Games

      • GamingOnLinuxValheim is getting crossplay with an update now in testing

        Iron Gate have announced that Valheim is set for crossplay, with an update now available in testing to ensure you can play with friends anywhere. This is great, as Valheim is coming to consoles next year.

      • GamingOnLinuxIsonzo is a new WW1 FPS from the dev of Verdun out now

        Isonzo is the latest in the WW1 FPS series from the creator of Verdun and Tannenberg. It’s out now and available with Native Linux support.

      • GamingOnLinuxRoadwarden, one of the best modern text-adventures around is out now

        For anyone who considers themselves even a remote fan of text-adventures, you should definitely take a look at Roadwarden. Developed by Moral Anxiety Studio, a solo development operation from Poland, and published by Assemble Entertainment.

      • GamingOnLinuxHeroes of Might and Magic II & III open source game engines get new releases

        This is a bit of a double event. Not only has the Heroes of Might and Magic II game engine fheroes2 seen a new release, but a surprise update of VCMI for Heroes of Might and Magic III was also released.

      • GamingOnLinuxThe Wandering Village is absolutely mesmerizing

        The Wandering Village from Stray Fawn Studio, a game about building a village on the back of a massive moving creature has just entered Early Access with Native Linux support.

      • Hackaday2022 Cyberdeck Contest: RPG Character Tracker

        While it would be a mistake to think there are any firm rules for what constitutes a cyberdeck, we can at least identify some common traits that would seem to give us a baseline description. For example, most deck builds we’ve seen have been fully-functional Linux computers, more often than not powered by some Raspberry Pi variant. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t room in the community for less computational powerful decks, or builds that are so bespoke that they can only perform a few selected tasks.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Reviews

      • LWNA look at Linux Mint 21 [LWN.net]

        Linux Mint 21 “Vanessa” was released on July 31. There are no real headline-grabbing features that come with the new release, as the project generally seeks to make incremental changes, rather than larger, potentially disruptive ones. Changes in this release include a new Bluetooth manager that brings several improvements, driverless printing and scanning by default, a process monitor to inform the user about resource-intensive background tasks, new functionality for the Timeshift system backup tool, and several major under-the-hood improvements to the Cinnamon desktop environment.

        Like previous releases, Linux Mint 21 is available in editions for the Cinnamon, MATE, and Xfce desktop environments. Cinnamon is based on GNOME 3, but with major changes to make it more like other desktop environments with a bottom panel and menu similar to that used in Windows 7 and earlier, rather than the heavily redesigned interface of GNOME 3 and later. Cinnamon was created by the Linux Mint developers due to criticisms of changes in GNOME 3 that were seen as unnecessary. MATE is a continuation of GNOME 2 that was originally forked by an Arch Linux user for the same reason, and Xfce is a lightweight desktop environment designed for computers that may not run other environments well. All of the editions in Linux Mint use X11; Wayland support is not currently on the development roadmap for Cinnamon. MATE and Xfce are working on Wayland support separately from the Mint project, and a future release of Linux Mint is likely to include that work in those editions.


        Mint 21 replaces Blueberry, the Bluetooth manager used in previous versions, with Blueman, which has more features and provides more information than Blueberry. Blueman also has better headset compatibility and improved audio profile support. Additionally, while Blueberry is a wrapper around the GNOME-specific gnome-bluetooth, Blueman is specifically designed to be cross-desktop.

    • New Releases

      • LinuxiacEndeavourOS Nova Released Primarily Addresses GRUB Issue

        EndeavourOS Nova, the new release in the Artemis series, focused primarily on resolving the GRUB issue that affected Arch Linux-based distros.

        EndeavourOS is a user-friendly Arch Linux-based rolling release distro with some handy new features that improve the user experience. In other words, it fits into a similar-but-different niche as Manjaro.

        It might be the perfect solution for less experienced Linux users to get the best Arch Linux offers. Additionally, despite its claim to be a terminal-focused distribution, it has excellent GUI tools that make handling an Arch Linux system simple for new users.

      • 9to5LinuxEndeavourOS Artemis Nova Released with Linux Kernel 5.19, Vanilla GRUB Experience

        EndeavourOS Artemis Nova is here a little over a month after EndeavourOS Artemis Neo, which was just a minor update only addressing a GRUB bootloader issue, and two and a half months after the major EndeavourOS Artemis release that introduced a built-in ARM installer and other big changes.

        Compared to the previous Artemis versions, EndeavourOS Artemis Nova is powered by a newer kernel stack based on the upstream Linux 5.19 kernel series. Linux kernel 5.19.7 is included by default in the live/installation image, which, of course, is intended only for new installations as existing users are already up to date.

    • SUSE/OpenSUSE

      • Plasma, Gear, Frameworks update in Tumbleweed

        In addition to some changes with YaST affecting grep, the rolling release had snapshots updating Plasma, Gear and Frameworks in that order.

        Snapshot 20220914 is finishing testing and the snapshot could be released before this article is published, which would make this week another full week of snapshots if the testing passes openQA.

        Frameworks 5.98.0 arrived in snapshot 20220913. The update deduplicated color loading codes with KConfigWidgets and Kirigami had a fix for a potential crash in imagecolors. Frameworks also delivered a lot of additions and fixes to KTextEditor. There were some fixes of inconsistencies in the completion config tab and KTextEditor enabled the clipboard history with non read-only. An update of fetchmail 6.4.33 removed an upstream patch and a wrapper script for HTMLDOC was added for use with Flatpak because the snapd version was broken. Audio format flac 1.4.0 added a FMA instruction set extension to speed up audio for x86_64 CPUs. There is also now a set of files available to test whether a FLAC decoder implements the format correctly. The update of libstorage-ng 4.5.44 fixed the resizing of Linux Unified Key Setup and did some Czech translations. Also updated in the snapshot was the 4.5.4 versions of yast2-bootloader and yast2-kdump.

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • Enterprisers ProjectData scientist: A day in the life

        Over the last six years, I’ve made a living from modeling, primarily in New York City but also in Seattle and various countries worldwide. While I enjoy dressing up in NYC’s trendiest streetwear, by “modeling,” I mean predictive modeling, a central element of the applied data science I’ve done throughout my career.

        I started my data science journey at Custora, a New York-based company that built predictive marketing software for eCommerce businesses. After Custora was acquired by Amperity, I joined their data science team, where I’m now a lead data scientist. Amperity is partially remote, which has allowed me to work from anywhere with solid Wi-Fi and even more solid espresso.

        My experience in data science has been focused on building machine-learning pipelines as part of enterprise software. Such work relies more heavily on engineering prowess, infrastructural considerations, and high performance both computationally and efficaciously (I had to look that one up.) It also requires regular coordination between data scientists, machine learning engineers, back-end engineers, and product managers.

      • ZDNetRemote working: Red Hat tells staff they don’t have to return to the office [Ed: Too late. A lot of the important technical and management staff from Red Hat already left the building. And the company, too.]

        Enterprise Linux heavyweight Red Hat will let its nearly 20,000-strong workforce choose whether or not to come back into the office.

        Red Hat chief people officer Jennifer Dudeck said in a blogpost the maker of the enterprise Linux platform Red Hat Enterprise Linux is going for an “office-flex” model where it allows staff to “come to the office as much as they need to, or not at all if they choose.”

    • Debian Family

      • IT WireiTWire – Debian set to start vote on including non-free packages in install media

        The Debian GNU/Linux Project is set to start voting on a general resolution which outlines a way to solve the issues it faces in providing proprietary firmware on its install media.

        The issue was initially raised by former DPL leader Steve McIntyre in April and discussions about a solution have been continuing on the project’s mailing lists.

        McIntyre told iTWire that he had given a talk on the subject during the annual conference in July and had started the GR process in August.

        As with every such resolution, there are a number of solutions proposed, in this case five.

      • Barry KaulerZoom SFS created using deb2sfs

        It is on the to-do list that will record these extra dependency requirements somewhere in /usr/local/easy_containers/templates/zoom. So won’t have to remember them when do a future zoom deb2sfs.

        The SFS has been uploaded, so you can click on “sfs” icon to download and install it. It will only install to the main desktop, as audio is broken in a container.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • Linux GizmosIndustrial IoT gateway based on Raspberry Pi CM4 supports Ignition Edge

        The IGN800 accommodates the Raspberry Pi CM4 which features the Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A72 64-bit SoC. The memory system can be equipped with 4GB/8GB of RAM and a M.2 2280 B-key for SATA 3.0 storage. The specs mentions that the IGN800 can be configured with up to 32GB of eMMC but it seems that model is out of stock for now.

        The connectivity interface is flexible since the Wi-Fi antenna is optional and the dual GbE LAN ports are Power-over-Ethernet capable (PoE PD Module required).

        The IGN800 also features one HDMI display port, one USB Type-C, two USB 2.0, one USB 3.2 Gen 1 and a RS-232/422/485 via 5-pin terminal block.

      • CNX Software ModBerry 500 R1 industrial computer replaces Raspberry Pi CM4 with Radxa CM3 module
      • Linux GizmosIndustrial IoT gateway based on Raspberry Pi CM4 supports Ignition Edge

        OnLogic’s IGN800 is a fanless industrial-grade Edge Gateway powered by the Raspberry Pi CM4 and pre-loaded with Ignition Edge software. The device can be customized with up to 8GB of RAM, 32GB of eMMC storage, 2TB of SATA SSD and dual GbE LAN ports.

        The IGN800 accommodates the Raspberry Pi CM4 which features the Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A72 64-bit SoC. The memory system can be equipped with 4GB/8GB of RAM and a M.2 2280 B-key for SATA 3.0 storage. The specs mentions that the IGN800 can be configured with up to 32GB of eMMC but it seems that model is out of stock for now. 

      • HackadayESP32 Adds Bluetooth To An IPod Nano

        The iPod Nano was one of Apple’s masterworks, but it’s really tied down by its dependence on wired headphones. At least, that’s what [Tucker Osman] must have thought, as he spent an unreasonable amount of time designing a Bluetooth mod for the 3rd gen Nano. And it’s a thing of beauty — temperamental, brutally difficult to build, and fragile in use, but still beautiful. And while some purists try to keep their signal analog, [Tucker]’s coup d’etat is to intercept the iPod’s audio signal before the DAC chip, keeping the entire signal path digital to the Bluetooth speaker. Oh, and he also managed to make the volume and track skip buttons work, back across the wireless void.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • ArduinoThe UV Budgie shows IoT alerts in a fun way | Arduino Blog

        The Internet of Things (IoT) is now well-established and households around the world contain many IoT devices. Most of them were designed to blend as seamlessly as possible into their owners’ lives, which means that they tend to be unobtrusive. But “unobtrusive” is the last adjective you want to describe an important notification, which is why Jude Pullen built the UV Budgie.

        For those of you without an interest in ornithology, “budgie” is a shortening of “budgerigar” and is a nickname for the common parakeet. That name is appropriate for this device as it features an automata budgie that flaps and squawks according to the peak UV level for the day. UV rays can be dangerous, so this flapping budgie is a great way to get your kids attention and remind them to pack some sunscreen. A ding or announcement from Alexa won’t tear their eyes away from Minecraft, but a fluttering avian might.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

      • Document FoundationLibreOffice 7.4.1 Community available for download – The Document Foundation Blog

        LibreOffice 7.4.1 Community, the first maintenance release of LibreOffice 7.4, the volunteer-supported office suite for personal productivity on the desktop, is immediately available from https://www.libreoffice.org/download for Windows (Intel and Arm processors), macOS (Apple M1 and Intel processors), and Linux.

        LibreOffice offers the highest level of compatibility in the office suite market segment, with native support for the OpenDocument Format (ODF) – beating proprietary formats for security and robustness – to superior support for MS Office files, to filters for a large number of legacy document formats, to return ownership and control to users.

    • Education

      • IT WireOpen-source technology founder Dr Sanjiva Weerawarana to visit Australia

        The founder of open-source technology provider WSO2, Dr Sanjiva Weerawarana, is visiting Australia this month to discuss the latest in technology innovation and showcase the recently announced Avinya Foundation, a not-for-profit giving more children in Sri Lanka the opportunity for a professional future via vocational careers.

    • FSF

    • Licensing / Legal

      • VarietyWhy Disney Remains a Major Gaming Licensor — Not a Player

        But while control of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and “Star Wars” has been incredibly lucrative for the studio’s film and streaming television efforts, Disney’s 2016 decision to close its game publishing unit means Disney had to transition to a licensing model to capitalize on such IP [sic] for games.

        That decision may have seemed hasty in retrospect, given the continued prominence of the global games market, which is on the verge of hitting a $200 billion annual milestone.

    • Programming/Development

      • QtThe world’s going electric – are you ready to make a buzz?

        Where seeing or owning an electric car or hybrid was a rarity a few years back, the global demand for electric vehicles (EVs) has rapidly surged and it does not seem to be slowing down. With this increased need comes a correlated increase in charging points that are easily accessible and convenient to use. E-charging points, as the name suggests, are machines that charge a variety of different electric vehicles and micro mobility devices. The popularity of these has grown so much that the current expectation is for a whopping 25 million new charging points to be erected in Europe and in the US by 2030 to help further facilitate the comfort of EV users*.

      • rec-def: Program analysis case study – Blog – Joachim Breitner’s Homepage

        At this week’s International Conference on Functional Programming I showed my rec-def Haskell library to a few people. As this crowd appreciates writing compilers, and example from the realm of program analysis is quite compelling.

      • Python

        • Linux HintHow To Calculate Matrices in Python Without NumPy

          The vertical series of objects in a Python matrix is generally known as the “columns,” whereas the horizontal series of things is referred to as the “rows.” Like a nested list, the rows and columns were placed on top of one another. If a matrix has “k” rows and “m” columns, and if “k” and “m” are positive integers, the order of such a matrix object is determined by “k-by-m”.

          A matrix can hold strings, numbers, and other data kinds of objects. In a matrix, data is stacked in both columns and rows. A key data structure supporting computations in science and math is the matrix. Since Python does not provide a built-in type for a matrix object, we treat either list among lists or even a nested list as a matrix.

        • LWNLazy imports for Python [LWN.net]

          Starting a Python application typically results in a flurry of imports as modules from various locations (and the modules they import) get added into the application process. All of that occurs before the application even gets started doing whatever it is the user actually launched it for; that delay can be significant—and annoying. Beyond that, many of those imports may not be necessary at all for the code path being followed, so eagerly doing the import is purely wasted time. A proposal back in May would add a way for applications to choose lazy imports, where the import is deferred until the module is actually used.

    • Standards/Consortia

      • StandICT.eu 2023 – 8th Open Call

        Please note that only the first 70 (seventy) eligible applications submitted in response to the call, taken in chronological order according to the time-stamp of submission will be evaluated by the External Pool of Evaluators for funding

        The main topic for the 8th Open Call will be “Resilience and Green Transition” .

  • Leftovers

    • GeorgeApostles Of Mara

      Mara, he who tempts with unfulfilled desires and inflicts the sorrows of want and disillusion, came upon a tribe of hunter-gatherers living their happy noble-savage life, in tune with nature and their own bodies, accepting life and death as they accepted day and night.

      He took the form of a tall man shrouded in dark robes embroidered with golden beetles flapping their wings to create a dissonant symphony of agonizing moans.

      And he gave them golden robes, but the robes were laced with leaded silk that would slowly drive them to madness.

      And he thought them ironwork to better hunt but knew the iron arrowheads will be used against their fellow men.

      And he gave them herbs to cure their sores, and to staunch their fevers, and to prevent childbirth, and to take away pain. But their effects were transitory and lead to greater suffering once treatment ceased.

    • Mexico News DailyLucha Libre legend ‘El Santo’ retired 40 years ago this week

      Forty years ago this week Mexico’s most famous Lucha Libre star retired from the ring, and now his son, El Hijo del Santo, will do the same — but not without one final fight.

    • HackadayRobot: Will Draw For Food

      Biological systems often figure out the best ways to get what they need to survive. Now a robot created by researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Imperial College London, and the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign can make the same claim. The robot operates in front of a plate that has electrical terminals on one end and various obstacles between those terminals and the robot.

    • HackadayMaking A Tape Echo The Traditional Way

      [Juan Nicola] has taken inspiration from the musician hackers of old and re-purposed a reel-to-reel tape recorder into a tape-echo for his guitar with a built-in valve amplifier (video in Spanish).

    • The NationHaiti Is On Fire Again, and Again the US Does Nothing to Help

      On Tuesday, in a crescendo of popular anger, Port-au-Prince and Haiti’s provincial towns’ weeklong protests against the de facto government and its policies escalated at a dizzying pace. In preparation for the day’s protests, enormous barricades constructed of building materials, tin roofing, heavy iron gates, and a variety of junked vehicles were erected at important intersections in the capital during the darkness of the previous night. The capital’s population woke to these architectural blockades—interspersed with burning tires and piles of rocks. Hundreds of demonstrators emerged into the morning streets, although warned by news alerts that it might well be dangerous, to protest against gas shortages and soaring prices, the punitive rise in the cost of living, brutal gang violence, and the continued rule of the man presiding over the intensifying crisis, the country’s de facto prime minister, Ariel Henry.

    • The NationBeauty in Harlem
    • HackadayBig Noise From A 555 And A Little Embroidery

      [Sam Topley] specializes in making textile based, electronic instruments and sculptures using embroidery, and this little hoop packs some serious sound (Nitter).

    • Education

      • QuilletteMath for Future Scientists: Require Statistics, Not Calculus

        In short, America’s calculus push was launched over 60 years ago in the belief that calculus was necessary for national survival in the coming Space Age. But times have changed. We are now in the Information Age, and preparing students to build rockets is not as essential for the majority of science majors as learning to interpret and prioritize a sea of information. And far more scientific information circulates in the form of statistics than in any form related to calculus.

        Rubin goes on to illustrate how, in the 1980s, American educators began to suggest that statistics might be more important for the future than calculus, which led to the first AP Statistics exams in 1997. He says a college educator told him that this introduction of AP Statistics “occurred despite the best efforts of ‘the calculus mafia.’” The calculus mafia is, unfortunately, still alive and well today: In 2021, roughly 375,000 students took the AP Calculus AB or BC exams, while only about 183,000 took the AP Statistics exam.

      • JoinupHigh-level panel on personal data spaces with Natalia Aristimuño Pérez and Sir Tim Berners-Lee Permalink

        On the 22th of September, Interoperable Europe Digital Services Director Natalia Aristimuño Pérez will take part in a European high-level panel on personal data spaces at Digital Flanders’ annual GovTech Conference. Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, will join as special guest.

      • Telex (Hungary)Why I left public education after 13 years – a teacher’s story

        Dorottya Lendvai knew she wanted to be a teacher when she was six years old. Now, after 13 years as a maths and physics teacher she decided to quit working in the public school system, because she suffered under the ever-increasing burdens, and would have liked to be able to look in the mirror. She had high hopes for the strike and the civil disobedience movement which started at the beginning of this year, but after seeing that this didn’t bring about a change, she had had enough. She says the hardest part was telling her students about it. One of her students’ parents even offered money to the school if she were to stay. She will still do some private tutoring, but seeing her name on the door of her old classroom at a recent visit still made her cry. She would consider returning, but for that to happen, the pay would have to be twice what it is now and the number of lessons limited to 18 per week. This is her story about why she left.

      • Telex (Hungary)Teachers’ Unions turn to European Court of Human Rights about their right to strike
    • Hardware

      • Middle East EyeSaudi Arabia: Robots to relay sermons and call to prayer at Mecca’s Grand Mosque

        Visitors can use their smartphones to scan the robot’s barcodes to show content such as verses from the Quran and download it on their devices.

      • RTLHealth groups call for fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty

        Around 200 health organisations and more than 1,400 health professionals on Wednesday called for governments to establish a binding international treaty on phasing out fossil fuels, which they said pose “a grave and escalating threat to human health”.

        A letter proposing the “fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty” said it could work similarly to the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control — except this time the harmful controlled substances would be coal, oil and gas.

        The WHO was among the health organisations from around the world who signed the letter.

      • CNNFred Franzia, creator of ‘Two Buck Chuck,’ has died

        “Core to his vision was a belief that wine should be enjoyed and consumed on every American table,” Bronco’s statement said. “When asked how Bronco Wine Company can sell wine less expensive than a bottle of water, Fred T. Franzia famously countered, ‘They’re overcharging for the water — don’t you get it?’”

      • HackadayMokeylaser: A DIY Laser Engraver That You Can Easily Build

        [Mark aka Mokey] borrowed his friend’s open-frame laser engraver for a while, and found it somewhat lacking in features and a bit too pricey for what it was. Naturally, he thought he could do better (video, embedded below.) After a spot of modelling in Fusion 360, and some online shopping at the usual places, he had all the parts needed to construct an X-Y bot, and we reckon it looks like a pretty good starting point. [Mark] had a Sainsmart FL55 5.5W laser module kicking around, so that was dropped into the build, together with the usual Arduino plus CNC shield combo running GRBL.

      • HackadayFuture Brings CPU Modules, And The Future Is Now

        Modularity is a fun topic for us. There’s something satisfying about seeing a complex system split into parts and these parts made replaceable. We often want some parts of our devices swapped, after all – for repair or upgrade purposes, and often, it’s just fun to scour eBay for laptop parts, equipping your Thinkpad with the combination of parts that fits you best. Having always been fascinated by modularity, I believe that hackers deserve to know what’s been happening on the CPU module front over the past decade.

      • The Next PlatformArm Fills In Some Gaps– And Details – In Server Chip Roadmaps

        Let’s just say it right here at the beginning. The first wave of attempts at creating Arm server chips –Calxeda, Applied Micro, AMD, Marvell, Nvidia, and Samsung, among others – was disappointing. And so was the second wave – with Broadcom, Cavium, Qualcomm, and Nuvia – now that we think on it.

        But with the third wave of Arm server chips, being led by the hyperscalers and cloud builders (Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Google, Alibaba, and Tencent – and a few independent chip designers (mainly Ampere Computing, HiSilicon, Nvidia, and SiPearl) working in concert with Arm Ltd, the creator and maintainer of the Arm architecture that is looking to go public (again), it looks like Arm server chips are here for the long haul.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Michael West MediaPaid pandemic leave extended indefinitely – Michael West

        The payments for infected people off work were set to expire at the end of the month but will remain in place as long as mandatory isolation periods are in effect.

      • ScheerpostNYT Scolds China for Not ‘Learning to Live’—or Die—With Covid
      • TruthOutSanders Calls State of US Health Care an “International Embarrassment”
      • The NationThe Half Measures of Public Health Architecture

        The sudden onset of the Covid-19 pandemic inverted long-held assumptions. Jobs previously seen as disposable were now regarded as “essential.” Well-heeled professionals walked out on lucrative careers to focus on their lives beyond the market. Conservative politicians who had long taken fee-for-service health care as an article of faith acquiesced to free universal testing and treatment. And the belief that we are all connected changed from a dreamy left-wing mantra to a hard-headed principle of realpolitik.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Covid-19 and 9/11: Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Cares

        On September 9, with virtually no press coverage, President Biden sent an official letter to Congress extending a state of emergency that was first declared in the aftermath of 9/11, more than two decades ago. “The terrorist threat … continues,” the letter declares. George W. Bush’s original declaration of emergency led to trillions of dollars in military spending and the transformation of American society. Thousands of young Americans, and well over a million people in the Middle East, lost their lives.

    • Proprietary

      • Krebs On SecuritySay Hello to Crazy Thin ‘Deep Insert’ ATM Skimmers

        A number of financial institutions in and around New York City are dealing with a rash of super-thin “deep insert” skimming devices designed to fit inside the mouth of an ATM’s card acceptance slot. The card skimmers are paired with tiny pinhole cameras that are cleverly disguised as part of the cash machine. Here’s a look at some of the more sophisticated deep insert skimmer technology that fraud investigators have recently found in the wild.

      • ABCIranian nationals charged in alleged ransomware conspiracy [iophk: Windows TCO]

        The four-count grand jury indictment returned in Newark federal court charged the trio with [cracking] conspiracy, two counts of computer [cracking] and a count of computer extortion over an alleged ransomware conspiracy that targeted a range of organizations and critical infrastructure sectors such as healthcare centers, power companies and transportation services inside the U.S. and abroad.

        Mansour Ahmadi, Ahmad Aghda, and Amir Ravari [broke] into hundreds of computers inside the U.S. and around the world by often exploiting known vulnerabilities in network devices or software programs, the indictment said.

      • VOA NewsThree Iranian [Crackers] Charged in ‘Ransomware-Style’ Hacking Campaign [iophk: Windows TCO]

        The three Iranian nationals — identified as Mansour Ahmadi, Ahmad Khatibi Aghda and Amir Hossein Nickaein Ravari — are accused of carrying out “computer intrusions and ransomware-style extortion” between October 2020 and August 2022, according to a 30-page indictment unsealed Wednesday.

        The men remain at large and are believed to be in Iran, according to U.S. law enforcement officials.

      • The HillDOJ indicts Iranians for allegedly [cracking] and extorting US groups [iophk: Windows TCO]

        U.S. officials accused the defendants of exfiltrating data from the organizations’ computer systems and attempting to extort money from them by either threatening to release the stolen data or keeping the data encrypted unless the hackers were paid.

        The [crackers] allegedly demanded hundreds of thousands of dollars in ransom payments, which some victims paid to regain access to their data, a senior DOJ official said during a background call on Wednesday.

    • Linux Foundation

      • AAASCGIAR and the Linux Foundation partner to unl | EurekAlert! [Ed: No connection whatsoever to Linux, just openwashing (Microsoft) as a service]

        CGIAR and the Linux Foundation have formed a research partnership to develop a standard way of sharing data about agricultural fields at scale, which could deliver global benefits, including for the estimated 500 million smallholder farmers that produce about a third of the world’s food.

    • Security

      • Istio / Support for Istio 1.13 ends on October 12th, 2022

        According to Istio’s support policy, minor releases like 1.13 are supported until six weeks after the N+2 minor release (1.15 in this case). Istio 1.15 was released on August 31st, and support for 1.13 will end on October 12th, 2022.

        At that point we will stop back-porting fixes for security issues and critical bugs to 1.13, so we encourage you to upgrade to the latest version of Istio (1.15). If you don’t do this you may put yourself in the position of having to do a major upgrade on a short timeframe to pick up a critical fix.

        We care about you and your clusters, so please be kind to yourself and upgrade.

      • Paul SchaubUsing Pushdown Automata to verify Packet Sequences – vanitasvitae’s blog

        As a software developer, most of my work day is spent working practically by coding and hacking away. Recently though I stumbled across an interesting problem which required another, more theoretical approach;

        An OpenPGP message contains of a sequence of packets. There are signatures, encrypted data packets and their accompanying encrypted session keys, compressed data and literal data, the latter being the packet that in the end contains the plaintext body of the message.

        Those packets can be sequential, e.g. a one-pass-signature followed by a literal data packet and then a signature, or nested, where for example an encrypted data packet contains a compressed data packet, in turn containing a literal data packet. A typical OpenPGP message can be visualized as follows:


        From “start” we transition to “OpenPGP Message” by pushing ‘#’ and ‘m’ on the stack. The we read “Compressed Packet from input, pop ‘m’ from the stack and transition to state “Compressed Message”. Since the “Literal Packet” is part of the Compressed Packet”s contents, we now create a new child PDA with input stream “Literal Packet”. After initializing this PDA by pushing ‘#’ and ‘m’ to the stack, we then transition from “OpenPGP Message” to “Literal Message” by reading “Literal Packet” and popping ‘m’, after which we transition to “Valid” by popping ‘#’. Now this PDA is ended up in a valid state, so our parent PDA can transition from “Compressed Message” by reading nothing from the input (remember, the “Compressed Packet” was the only packet in this PDAs stream), popping ‘#’, leaving us with an empty stack and empty input in the valid state.

        In PGPainless’ code I am planning to implement OpenPGP message validation by using InputStreams with individual PDAs. If a packet contains nested data (such as the Compressed or Encrypted Packet), a new InputStream will be opened on the decompressed/decrypted data. This new InputStream will in turn have a its own PDA to ensure that the content of the packet forms a valid OpenPGP message on its own. The parent stream on the other hand must check, whether the PDA of it’s child stream ended up in a valid state before accepting its own packet stream.

      • Help Net Security5 Kali Linux books you should read this year – Help Net Security

        Kali Linux is a Linux distribution designed for digital forensics, penetration testing, security research, and reverse engineering.

        Here is a selection of books for different experience levels, you can either start from scratch or get advanced tips – there’s something for everyone.

      • The NationThe Digital Soldiers Taking America’s Forever Wars Online

        The three men and three women stood with their right arms raised. Behind them the remains of the daylight hued the sky a bluish gray. As a fire danced at their feet, they gazed straight ahead at a camera recording their words. The square-jawed man in the middle, retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, spoke first. The others, including members of his family, repeated after him.

      • Integrity/Availability/Authenticity

        • [Old] Caleb HearthSigning Git Commits with Your SSH Key

          You may already be signing your Git commits with a GPG key, but as of today you can instead choose to sign with your SSH key! Signing in SSH is a relatively new feature that lets you use your private SSH key to sign arbitrary text and others to verify that signature with your public key.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • Online Identity is Complicated

          To be clear, I’m not trying to land on one side of the identity debate or another. I’m trying to inject nuance into the conversation and make sure we don’t leave certain groups out of the conversation as a whole, as we have done so many times before. A perennial problem in almost all of tech is we don’t stop to consider externalities, especially in how things will affect marginalized folks.

        • ReutersS.Korea fines Google, Meta billions of won for privacy violations

          In a statement, the Personal Information Protection Commission said it fined Google 69.2 billion won ($50 million) and Meta 30.8 billion won ($22 million).

          The privacy panel said the firms did not clearly inform service users and obtain their prior consent when collecting and analysing behavioural information to infer their interests or use them for customised advertisements.

        • RTLGoogle, Meta face record fines in South Korea over privacy violations

          South Korea has fined Google and Meta more than $71 million collectively for gathering users’ personal information without consent for tailored ads, regulators said Wednesday, the country’s highest-ever data protection fines.

          Investigations into the two US tech giants found they had been “collecting and analysing” data on their users, and monitoring their use of websites and applications, the Personal Information Protection Commission said.

        • RFIGoogle, Meta face record fines in South Korea over privacy violations

          South Korea has fined Google and Meta more than $71 million collectively for gathering users’ personal information without consent for tailored ads, regulators said Wednesday, the country’s highest-ever data protection fines.

        • CNASouth Korea fines Google, Meta billions of won for privacy violations

          South Korea levied millions of dollars in fines on Alphabet’s Google and Meta Platforms for privacy law violations, authorities said on Wednesday (Sep 14), as Meta considers fighting the decision in court.

        • BarronsGoogle, Meta Face Record Fines In South Korea Over Privacy Violations

          Regulators said the majority of the users in South Korea — 82 percent for Google and 98 percent for Meta — had unknowingly allowed them to collect data on their online use.

        • Internet Freedom FoundationThe National Commission for Safai Karamcharis takes action to protect sanitation workers from workplace surveillance

          In a significant step, the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis (NCSK) has directed four municipal corporations using GPS tracking devices on sanitation workers to furnish a factual report to them. This step was taken pursuant to our joint letter with All India Lawyers Association For Justice (AILAJ) to the NCSK in which had raised concerns about the increasing surveillance of sanitation workers.


          After reports concerning the use of GPS tracking devices on Safai Karamcharis by the Ranchi Municipal Corporation came to light, the All India Lawyers Association For Justice (AILAJ) reached out to us to initiate a joint letter to express concerns over such violations. We sent a joint letter dated May 30, 2022 to the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis (NCSK) to urge them to investigate this issue and to take the necessary steps to ensure that all Safai Karamcharis are safeguarded from this imposition. The joint letter received endorsements by 18 organisations and 187 individuals. However, we did not receive any response from NCSK on the joint letter. As a result, we sent a letter to follow-up on our joint letter on August 8, 2022.

        • Common DreamsOpinion | Down With the Corporate Bean-Counters Who Spy on Their Workers

          For generations, workers have been punished by corporate bosses for watching the clock. But now, the corporate clock is watching workers! They count this as progress.

    • Defence/Aggression

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

      • TechdirtGavin Newsom Signs Hugely Problematic ‘Transparency’ Bill Into Law

        We’re still waiting to see if California Governor Gavin Newsom will sign the California Age Appropriate Design Code (AB 2273) into law, though all indications are that he will. However, he has now signed a different bad bill into law. He has happily signed what he calls the “nation-leading social media transparency measure” AB 587 into law. The bill is a disaster whether or not you support the goal of “transparency” for social media companies. Actually, the bill is a disaster especially if you support more transparency from social media companies.

      • The NationBiden vs. Newsom on Farmworkers’ Right To Vote

        “I strongly support California’s Agricultural Labor Relations Voting Choice Act (AB 2183),” Biden announced on September 6. Noting that farmworkers had worked through the pandemic, he declared, “The least we owe them is an easier path to make a free and fair choice to organize a union. Government should work to remove—not erect—barriers to workers organizing.”

    • Environment

      • Energy

      • Wildlife/Nature

      • Overpopulation

        • Middle East MonitorHalf a million children on Somalia face acute malnutrition

          An official in one Somali region described famished people walking long distances with children on their shoulders to escape from drought and violence inflicted by Al Shabaab militants. Some children died along the way.

        • CaliforniaCalifornia’s drought regulators lose big case. What it means for state’s power to police water

          Earlier this year the board ordered roughly 4,500 farms, cities and other entities to stop taking water out of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers, the 1,100-square-mile watershed that provides about two-thirds of California’s population with drinking water. The board’s orders this year have included senior rights holders such as the city of San Francisco and the Modesto and Turlock irrigation districts, all of which pull water from the Tuolumne River.

        • The HillCan we save the diminishing Colorado River?

          At present, whatever water one state gets, another can expect to lose. And each state has its own body of water law that generally gives priority to historic withdrawal patterns. That body of law is important, but unfortunately, the times have changed. Maybe we should look at some past experiences with extreme water scarcity and consider institutional changes that could make things better for people in the dry southwestern states.

        • New York TimesU.S. Population Growth Has Nearly Flatlined. Is That So Bad?

          But is a population slowdown as much of a crisis as some have made it out to be, or could it actually bring welcome changes? Here’s a look at a longstanding demographic debate.

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • NBCReality Winner, imprisoned for leaking classified report, calls case against Trump ‘incredibly ironic’

        Winner had been working for national security contractor Pluribus International at Fort Gordon in Georgia when prosecutors say she smuggled out a classified report in her pantyhose detailing the Russian government’s efforts to pierce a Florida-based voting software supplier ahead of the 2016 presidential election. That information was later reported by The Intercept news outlet.

        Winner said she was motivated to act on a belief that the American public wasn’t getting the full truth.


        Winner said she is on probation until November 2024, and remains prohibited from traveling out of southern Texas, must adhere to a nightly curfew and report any interaction with the media.

      • NBCRussia spent $300 million secretly interfering in foreign politics, U.S. says

        Moscow has covertly funded political parties, officials and politicians in at least two dozen nations across four continents since 2014, the U.S. said Tuesday, as the Kremlin’s role in other countries’ affairs comes under greater scrutiny after its invasion of Ukraine.

        President Joe Biden’s administration is sharing details of the review with 110 countries as part of its campaign to expose Russia’s actions by making them public.

      • VOA NewsIndian Court Allows Hindu Petition for Prayer at 17th Century Mosque

        Built by Islamic Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in 1669, allegedly after the demolition of a Shiva temple at the site, the mosque has become the latest potential flashpoint between India’s majority Hindu community and its Muslim minority, who make up some 13% of the country’s 1.4 billion people.

      • India TimesWhy Twitter’s former security head is testifying

        Zatko’s complaint alleges that the company misled regulators about its poor cybersecurity defenses and its negligence in attempting to root out fake accounts that spread disinformation, according to a whistleblower complaint filed with U.S. officials.

        Among Zatko’s most serious accusations is that Twitter violated the terms of a 2011 FTC settlement by falsely claiming that it had put stronger measures in place to protect the security and privacy of its users. Zatko also accuses the company of deceptions involving its handling of “spam” or fake accounts, an allegation that is at the core of Musk’s attempt to back out of the Twitter takeover.

        His 84-page complaint alleges that he found “extreme, egregious deficiencies” on the platform, including issues with “user privacy, digital and physical security, and platform integrity/content moderation.”

      • Broadband BreakfastTwitter Whistleblower Says Company Needs to Work to Permanently Delete User Data

        Peiter Zatko, who was fired from Twitter in January due to performance issues, blew the whistle on the company last month by alleging Twitter’s lack of sufficient security and privacy safeguards poses a national security risk. He alleged that the company does not delete user data when accounts are deleted.

        On Tuesday, Zatko told the Senate Judiciary committee that the company needs to take the step of ensuring that the personal information of users are deleted when they destroy their accounts.

        He alleged company engineers can access any user data on Twitter, including home addresses, phone numbers and contact lists, and sell the data without company executives knowing.

      • TechdirtTwitter Shareholders Approve Sale Of The Company To Some Dude Who Still Doesn’t Understand He Signed A Binding Contract To Buy It

        Matt Levine, over at Bloomberg, whose coverage of the Elon Musk/Twitter saga has been excellent (his coverage of most things has been excellent, but especially the Musk/Twitter stuff), recently wrote that he was coming to the conclusion that Elon Musk simply does not know what a merger agreement means.

      • TruthOutThe Queen’s Death Brings Growing Hope for Irish Unification
      • The NationKing Charles III May Keep His Head—His Kingdom Is Another Story

        London—Charles is a name that most English monarchs have avoided since the 17th century. Let’s therefore start where we really should. A century and a half before the French Revolution, the English fought a civil war and made a bourgeois revolution, funded by merchants. They executed the king (Charles I) on January 30, 1649, abolished the House of Lords and declared a republican state: The Commonwealth that ruled over England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales may not have lasted very long, but it left an enduring mark. The restoration of 1660 was a compromise. The absolutist state could not be resuscitated. The “divine right of kings” was never allowed back. But the reconstituted monarchy proved to be remarkably resilient. From his perch at Princeton, Arno Mayer explained this development in his classic 1981 account, The Persistence of the Old Regime:1The [post 1660] monarchy and landed elite tamed the industrialization of England without succumbing to it…. England never became a “bourgeois order” run by a “conquering” bourgeoisie.… There was no movement to remove the crown, the royal court, the House of Lords, and the ascriptive public service nobility. Despite the decline of agriculture and despite insular security, which vitiated the need for a strong military caste, the landed classes managed to perpetuate the “archaic” political order and culture.2

      • Democracy Now“Major Step Towards a United Ireland”: As Britain Mourns Queen, Northern Ireland Considers Its Future

        We speak with journalist and activist Eamonn McCann about Queen Elizabeth II’s legacy in Ireland and the impact of her recent death on the prospects of Irish unification. This comes as King Charles III visited Northern Ireland Tuesday on his national tour commemorating his mother, whose reign oversaw more than 3,600 deaths over three decades in Northern Ireland in fighting between the Irish Republican Army and forces backed by Britain. “There is a great confidence among nationalist and republican leaders in Northern Ireland that we are now moving inexorably towards a united Ireland,” says McCann, a former member of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | No, MAGA Republicans Are Not Anti-War Allies

        Something strange is happening in the United States. As the Biden administration continues to go all in on proxy-war in Ukraine, the only politicians speaking up are… MAGA Republicans? Far-Right leaders like Margerie Taylor Greene and Josh Hawley are some of the only elected officials opposing the constant stream of weapons for war and NATO expansion. This leads some people who oppose war to consider joining forces with MAGA. 

      • Counter PunchThe Queen is Dead. Republic Now!

        Even John Lydon, who as Johnny Rotten once wrote; “God save the queen. She ain’t no human being. There is no future In England’s dreaming” got involved. He posted the following message on social media: “Rest in peace Queen Elizabeth II. Send her victorious From all at johnlydon.com”.

      • Counter PunchQueenly Saturation

        States of class, inequality and hereditary systems of rule are almost titillating, a reminder that the American Revolution was less radical than a revolt begun reluctantly by aristocratic, plantation owning slavers.  Indeed, Britain’s royal institutions, in many ways, were reconstituted and applied to the rough timber of US expansion in the form of a Republic. The batons of empire were changed, but the purpose remained the same.

      • Counter PunchCotton Mouth: Political Careerist vs. Ranked Choice Voting

        If this had been a standard “first past the post” election in which a candidate could achieve victory with a mere plurality, Peltola would have won that way too: She received 39.57% of first-round votes to Palin’s 30.79% and Begich’s 28.09%. The ranked choice “instant runoff” merely confirmed that a majority of Alaska’s voters, rather than a mere plurality, preferred Peltola to Palin.

      • Counter PunchBannon: Another Trumpster in the Dumpster
      • TruthOutPoll Shows Historic Tie Between Dems & GOP Over Enthusiasm to Vote in Midterms
      • MeduzaMunicipal council candidate accuses Moscow government of rigging election in her favor — Meduza

        Russian Communist Party (KPRF) candidate Daria Bagina, who officially won a seat in her district’s municipal council in an election that ended on September 11, announced Tuesday that she does not consider the results legitimate. On Twitter, Bagina, who ran in Moscow’s Akademichesky District, accused the Moscow Mayor’s Office of using the city’s remote electronic voting (DEG) system to stuff ballots in her favor.

      • Common DreamsGeorgia GOP Senate Hopeful Herschel Walker Says He’s All In on Federal Abortion Ban

        “This November, bodily autonomy is on the ballot.”

      • Common Dreams‘Extremely Traumatizing’: Louisiana Woman Forced to Travel 2,500 Miles for Abortion Speaks Out

        “Basically, they said I had to carry my baby to bury my baby.”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Scam Alert! Beware the GOP’s Other Midterm Effort to Halt Democracy

        Get ready. If you’re a Democratic voter, there’s a chance you’ll show up to vote this November and discover you can’t because you’re no longer registered. Millions will be blindsided this way, and it could turn elections toward Republicans across the nation.

      • Pro PublicaFor Donald Trump, Information Has Always Been Power

        It’s true that Trump likes to collect shiny objects, like the framed Time magazine cover that was stowed, according to the U.S. Justice Department, alongside documents marked top secret. It’s true, as The Associated Press reported, that Trump has a “penchant for collecting” items that demonstrate his connection to famous people, like Shaquille O’Neal’s giant shoe, which he kept in his office in New York’s Trump Tower.

      • TruthOutAfropessimism Forces Us to Rethink Our Most Basic Assumptions About Society
      • Misinformation/Disinformation

    • Censorship/Free Speech

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

    • Civil Rights/Policing

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

    • Monopolies

      • The HillCalifornia sues Amazon, alleges tech giant stifled competition

        California Attorney General Rob Bonta (D) sued Amazon on Wednesday, alleging the e-commerce giant has stifled competition in a way that has increased prices for California consumers.

        The lawsuit alleges that Amazon requires merchants to enter into agreements that penalize them if their products are offered for a lower price for sale off Amazon, leading to higher prices for consumers.

      • NPRCalifornia sues Amazon, alleging its policies cause higher prices everywhere

        The lawsuit, filed by state Attorney General Rob Bonta, focuses on the way Amazon — the largest online retailer — deals with third-party merchants, who account for most of the sales on the platform.

        California alleges that Amazon penalizes sellers and suppliers that offer cheaper prices elsewhere on the [Internet], including Walmart and Target, for example by displaying their items lower or less prominently or outright blocking their new postings.

      • The HillGoogle must face most of Texas-led antitrust case, court says

        Google will have to face most of the Texas-led antitrust case over the tech giant’s ad dominance, a judge ruled Tuesday.

        U.S. District Judge Kevin Castel ruled against Google’s motion to dismiss the case filed by 16 states and Puerto Rico, though he did toss one count alleging Google and Facebook colluded on an advertising agreement.

      • India TimesGoogle suffers setback in court fight against EU fine

        The EU General Court largely concurred with the Commission’s conclusion that Google had acted unfairly by forcing mobile phone makers to pre-install its search engine and Chrome apps on devices to carry its Play app store. Additionally, Google placed limitations on mobile network providers.

        According to the court, the general court accepted the Commission’s finding that Google imposed unlawful limitations on makers of Android smartphones and mobile network operators to consolidate the dominating position of its search engine.

      • IT WireiTWire – EU gives Google little relief in verdict on record fine appeal

        Google has gained very little from a bid to try and get a €4.34 billion (US$4.33 billion, A$6.42 billion) fine imposed by the EU withdrawn, with judges at a tribunal largely confirming the bloc’s decision to impose the fine.

        The fine was imposed in July 2018, with the EU accusing Google of breaching anti-trust rules relevant to Android. The company appealed the imposition of the penalty to the EU General Court.

        The Luxembourg-based tribunal said on Wednesday: “The General Court largely confirms the commission’s decision that Google imposed unlawful restrictions on manufacturers of Android mobile devices and mobile network operators in order to consolidate the dominant position of its search engine.”

        It cut the penalty to €4.1 billion on the grounds that there were some faults in the EU regulator’s analysis and because it agreed that Google’s right to fair trial had been infringed to some extent. Details of the court’s arguments are here.

      • RTLGoogle handed setback as EU court upholds record fine

        The court, however, said the fine should be slightly reduced to 4.125 billion euros ($4.1 billion), instead of the 4.3 billion euros decided by the commission in 2018, after reviewing the duration of the infringement.

      • ReutersGoogle loses challenge against EU antitrust decision, other probes loom

        “The General Court largely confirms the Commission’s decision that Google imposed unlawful restrictions on manufacturers of Android mobile devices and mobile network operators in order to consolidate the dominant position of its search engine,” the court said.

      • Indian ExpressEU court’s ruling on record $4.4 bn Google fine may set precedent

        A ruling on Wednesday by Europe’s General Court on whether Alphabet’s Google should face a record EU antitrust fine of 4.34 billion euro ($4.4 billion) for using its Android mobile operating system to quash rivals could set a precedent for other regulators looking into its business practices.

      • US News And World ReportGoogle Loses Challenge Against EU Antitrust Decision, Other Probes Loom

        The Commission in its 2018 decision said Google used Android to cement its dominance in general internet search via payments to large manufacturers and mobile network operators and restrictions.

      • Trademarks

        • TechdirtLuka Doncic’s Trademark Dispute With His Mother Is In Uncharted Trademark Territory

          Normally when we talk about trademark disputes, they tend to look fairly similar. Some entity is upset and/or sues over a trademark they have and we spend some time analyzing whether the trademark itself ever should have been granted, whether there is true customer confusion to worry about, whether the plaintiff is simply bullying, etc. But the story of Luka Doncic’s attempt to wrest control over the trademark for his own name and jersey number is something completely different and has us in uncharted territory.

      • Copyrights

        • Torrent FreakUS Lawmakers Urge Verisign to Help Tackle Online Piracy

          A group of U.S. lawmakers wants domain name registry Verisign to help tackle online piracy. The company has a key role in the domain names system, overseeing many popular TLDs including .com, .tv and .net. Verisign believes that it should operate in a content-neutral manner but it doesn’t rule out that, through the right protocols and processes, it can help to address piracy as well.

        • TechdirtLegacy News Orgs’ Hatred Of Google Runs So Deep They’re Willing To Give Up Fair Use To Punish Google

          We’ve been writing a bit about the JCPA — the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act — the very bad bill from Senator Amy Klobuchar that would create all sorts of problems, from allowing news orgs to demand money for links (breaking the fundamental nature of how the web works), to creating a “must carry” provision that could force disinformation providers into Google News, to an underhanded method of trying to revamp copyright law, without ever admitting its revamping copyright law. We’ve explained all of these problems in previous posts.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

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      • Debord’s “Society of the Spectacle”

        i recently read Guy Debord’s 1967 work “The Society of the Spectacle”[a]. i found it dense, but ultimately comprehensible[b]. The following is a collection of quotes that particularly stood out to me, irrespective of whether or not i agree with them. (In particular, i found Debord’s repeated invocations of “false consciousness” to be …. problematic.)

      • Guess who won again

        The Italian Grand Prix always has an atmosphere because of the Italian fans. It’s not always the best race, though. Verstappen had an easy win. Again.

        During the Schumacher years you knew who was going to win, and it was impressive, but you watched to see if anyone could beat him. This year has become like that with Verstappen.

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