09.21.22

Linux Foundation ‘Europe’ a Front Group for Patent Trolls and American Monopolies

Posted in Deception, Europe, Kernel at 7:53 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Ingore the paid-for puff pieces

LF Europe

LF clap

Summary: About 90% of the Linux Foundation‘s money is spent in the United States (see IRS filing); it’s not global but a front for American corporate interests so adding ‘Europe’ to the name is misleading to say the least; it enables hostile interference in Linux’s name (the lobbyists like to claim to be speaking for those whom they’re against by hijacking words/names)

The Life of Linux Will Be Shortened by a Misguided Adoption of Rust

Posted in Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, Kernel at 7:27 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 77e0c252bb9df82b7f88b6374b6a0a31
Linux Will Rust Along With Bloat
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: There are currently loads of puff pieces (mindless corporate fluff, no technical considerations) about Rust coming to Linux in the sense that Linux will become dependent on a monstrous shebang controlled by Microsoft proprietary software; a lot of developers very well understand the risk, but it feels like nobody wants to face the mob (for saying out loud that the emperor is naked)

MORE than two years ago we argued that Linus Torvalds was pressured to make a mistake by adopting Rust as part of the kernel’s code. Since then Rust has had countless security problems, some emergency-level patches, and many people resigned from the Rust project in protest; some resigned en masse (whole teams). Everything we’ve been saying about Rust, cautioning about adoption in core projects such as Linux, turned out to be true. That’s putting aside censorship issue, training/skill issues, and long-term sustainability aspects.

“Every software project has a limited ‘shelf life’ and Torvalds — who in effect betrayed or abandoned his mantra, for the kernel neglects its own principles — went along with a mistake after years of lobbying (mostly by Google).”The above video is long but unscripted; I’ve been sitting on it for two days already (pondering whether to do a video or just a long article, textually). I’ve been seeing lots of puff pieces (we’ll link to none), including one just a few hours ago, so the propaganda clearly isn’t ending. Nobody expresses any ‘dissenting’ views about the decision — that of course would be deemed “hateful”!

The subject has been discussed here for years and there are many rebuttals in IRC (the logs are public), especially the past week’s proceedings. But I’ve attempted to summarise at least some of the issues in the video above.

The conclusion is, Linux shortened its lifetime and made a more compelling case for developers to adopt (and develop around) other, simpler kernels. Every software project has a limited ‘shelf life’ and Torvalds — who in effect betrayed or abandoned his mantra, for the kernel neglects its own principles — went along with a mistake after years of lobbying (mostly by Google).

My scepticism of Rust and criticism of legal and technical aspects have earned me defamatory condemnation by serial trolls salaried by Google. No, they didn’t respond to my legal and technical arguments; instead they threw baseless innuendo, insinuating Rust critics are somehow transphobic. Welcome to the new Maoism.

Pale Moon’s Greed and Corrosive People (Boosted by Microsoft) in “FOSS” “Communities”

Posted in Deception, Free/Libre Software, Microsoft at 6:04 pm by Guest Editorial Team

Reprinted with permission from Ryan

NoScript’s legacy XUL version supports Pale Moon.

It works fine, but by default, “MoonChild” has set it to disable NoScript and warn the user that the extension may “cause issues”.

I went to install NoScript, the legacy XUL version, which works fine in SeaMonkey.

Pale Moon immediately disabled it and told me it was dangerous to use that extension because it might break Web sites.

Then when I clicked to know more about this issue, I was led to a page on Pale Moon Forums where “MoonChild”, the main developer, explains that he doesn’t want people coming to bitch to him if an extension that disables JavaShit breaks a Web site.

So it just turns it off and makes it sound like the extension is sketchy, and then you have to read that and say “Oh bullshit!” and turn the extension back on.

The cynic in me would say that since it breaks Pale Moon’s default start.me page full of ads and shit, he’s worried he may lose money if you don’t see that every time you load the browser.

So he is scaring people away from NoScript to keep the spice flowing.

It’s understandable that people who spend significant time and effort to create a program deserve to be compensated for it, but scaring the users of an extension that enhances Web browser security by reducing the Active Content attack surface (which is present in all Web browsers) is not the right way to handle this.

“MoonChild” doesn’t need to deal with his revenue problem by implying that NoScript is malicious software, which is dishonest to say the least. He should, rather, put a one time notice in the browser explaining that he needs revenue and that blocking the start.me page harms his ability to fund Pale Moon development, and then asking the user or offering to the user to whitelist that page, and ultimately respecting the user’s decision.

Free Software (as defined by the Free Software Definition in “The Freedom to run the program as you wish.”) is about respecting user choices.

If your program doesn’t respect what the user wants, it may technically fall under a Free Software license as source code, but it violates the spirit of the Free Software Definition.

When I went to learn more about the issue that Pale Moon causes for NoScript, I came to a different forum where I learned that after “MoonChild” made the childish decision about overriding the user’s clearly expressed intention of installing NoScript to protect them from Active Content, users flooded the Pale Moon forums to complain, and the result of the complaining was that NoScript is declared a “banned subject” on their forums, and threats of being banned from the Pale Moon forums by “MoonChild”.

I’m starting to seriously wonder about “MoonChild’s” version of the events that led to former Pale Moon developer Matt Tobin being expelled from the project. Tobin hangs out at the #SeaMonkey IRC room on Libera Chat, and he doesn’t seem like a bad/mean person to me. The description of a developer as a Prima Donna and a “Hitler”-like figure sounds more to me like “MoonChild” because of the ongoing NoScript debacle.

I would generally like to have another browser to recommend to people.

I’m going to hold off on Pale Moon. It does seem to have fewer Web compatibility issues than SeaMonkey, but there are still quite a few.

I noticed that the Palefills extension to fix some of these up also works in SeaMonkey (it’s in the manifest and makes GitHub and Gitlab and dozens of other sites work again in both browsers).

Typically, both browsers should generally appeal to people who don’t like the “Modern Web” very much and who think Firefox has gone completely off the rails, who are willing to deal with “Modern Web” breakage by deploying clever hacks and workarounds where needed (or just opening some Modern browser to pay their electric bill and close it again for a month), but the developers of Pale Moon seem to be difficult people, to put it mildly.

I’ve noticed that “MoonChild” has made Matt Tobin another “graylisted” subject on his forums. Either you say Tobin is Hitler or you disappear too.

“Communities” such as this are impossible and ultimately fail due to attrition.

They can be fun to make fun of, though, but you have to find your own platform to do it on.

For example, when MinceR in #techrights IRC said, “Has he heard of the ability to change home pages?”, I said, “ALERT: Changing your home page is dangerous and may cause Pale Moon to become unstable, resulting in profile corruption. We cannot support this if you proceed. -M.C. Hitler”.

Gone are the days where we can have mild disagreements, or disagreements that aren’t even about Free Software, or even an off beat sense of humor, without the Cancel Mob trying to hijack everything and kill us with fire.

Recently, Matthew J. Garrett, or Matt GULAG as I call him on #Techrights IRC has been petitioning Roy to cancel me over some personal beliefs that I have expressed that aren’t even that unusual. Roy hasn’t acted on that.

Matt GULAG’s career in software development is on a jack stand provided by Microsoft and other companies that are hostile to software freedom.

Unfortunately, when Freenode turned into The Pretender’s “Freenode Autonomous Zone”, people who are bad in other ways, like Matt GULAG and “MoonChild” (*cough* M.C. Hitler) (which MinceR refers to as “ManChild”) forked it and created Libera.Chat. Libera.Chat is awful because it’s been politicized by the cancel mob.

Freenode, before The Pretender took it over, had almost 100,000 users and was _the_ place to discuss Free Software.

Libera.Chat only has about 49,000 users at peak hours, and it’s because they cancel anyone who isn’t some total leftist freak-of-nature or a Microsoft toady that supports their sabotage efforts of GNU/Linux.

Libera.Chat has banned me like 7 times (sort of like Matrix.org has), but K-Lines don’t mean much of anything to me like they did in the days of dial-up or direct connect over my real IP which only changed every several months or so.

I change IP addresses and VPN providers every so often so good luck making any of that stick. I’m on Libera.Chat in several different ways all at once right now.

Eventually the bans don’t happen as often because you know which rooms (such as #linux and #libera) which have asshole moderators in them.

Microsoft has virtually succeeded in planting moles in every high profile place where “Linux” is up for discussion, and they’ve made sure that people who don’t like Microsoft and say why get banned. Even if it’s like, a one-liner and you’re not up on a soap box. Or you make a joke about something that really happened.

(Like the time Microsoft did the BIG BOOBIES debacle with the Linux kernel in their HyperV driver and then says all the perverts are in open source.)

The bans happened to me on Reddit and Libera, and whether the ban itself sticks or not, they know that you know that if you come back and criticize them again, the ban will just happen again.

This is part of their strategy to make it seem like everyone “loves” Microsoft or are at least indifferent.

When communities fall apart, and the center cannot hold, due to people like Matt GULAG re-defining “community” into something that creates proprietary “standards” that people have no control over, which lock them out of their computer (e.g., “secure boot community”), then projects like GNU/Linux become little more than another crappy “vendor UNIX”, which everyone hated due to the lock-in and incompatibilities.

Oh, you want to go make something else?

It won’t be compatible, it’ll probably have bugs if you try, but “you have every right to do that”, says Matt GULAG on his Twitter blog.

(In reference to IBM’s systemd. The creator of systemd now works for Microsoft. I’m assuming that Mr. GULAG was trying to bring his manure spreader of FUD to bear on Devuan GNU/Linux.)

Mr. GULAG has repeatedly defended Microsoft “Secure” Boot even though he himself admits that their Platinum-level OEM partner, Lenovo, has now sabotaged it to prevent Linux kernels from booting, either nearly entirely, on a laptop that was hard coded to only boot if the OS entry was Windows Boot Manager, or Red Hat Enterprise Linux, or on a very recent one that doesn’t enable the third-party certificate that his Linux implementation of “Secure” Boot needs to start up, and in which case Windows screws up your Bitlocker and potentially causes data loss on your Windows partition if you try to re-configure this.

I had another system, the Yoga 900-ISK2 that was sabotaged so badly that I filed a lawsuit against Lenovo in Illinois before they agreed to change it.

My reward? Mr. GULAG’s white glove character assassination, as usual. He only ever attacks defenders of Free Software, and people who write Free Software. He never attacks the rapists, stranglers, and pedophiles of Microsoft and their affiliates.

Peter Bright of Ars Technica? Posted pro-Microsoft articles constantly. Silence. (Tried to rape a 9 year old. Now in prison.)

Jeremy Soule of Microsoft Bethesda? Silence. (Raped a woman in the office, sent her a video of himself masturbating. Tried to force himself on an immigrant and threaten her immigration status if she refused. Quietly slinked away with no punishment.)

Alex Gravely of Microsoft GitHub? Silence. (Strangled an immigrant Latina woman and raped her. Court gave him a pre-trial diversion as pretend punishment.)

Rick Allen Jones? Silence. (Personal engineer of Bill Gates. Arrested in the Gates mansion after police found a Child Pornography dungeon in his house.) Silence from Mr. GULAG again.

I’ve never actually gotten him to offer me his opinion of those people or why we’re letting them form “communities”. The only community most Microsoft toadies should be in is that one under the bridge in Florida, obviously.

He only attacks defenders and writers of Free Software. He himself seems to be currently employed writing some proprietary software for these self-driving cars. Which don’t have a very good safety record. Many brands of these cars run over people and the company goes “Welp, thought she was a shopping bag! How little can we get the family to settle for?!”.

I’ve been driving for decades and haven’t managed to injure anyone. But money talks, and pretty soon we’ll all be forced onto the road with buggy/dodgy software and we all get to hope it doesn’t get in front of us and randomly slam the brakes or mistake us for shopping bags, because it will be the law.

But back to Microsoft… Microsoft has regrouped and changed its strategy, but the clear endgame is still against Free Software, and they have an army of useful idiots to help them.

Using difficult people as pawns to manipulate and pull apart communities is one of the center pieces of this strategy.

But as Robert Reich would say, “Don’t believe it!”.

If it seems like all you hear is good things about the corporate takeover of FOSS, it’s because they’re taking out all of their critics by any means necessary.

The EPO’s Local Staff Committee The Hague (LSCTH) is “Requesting Immediate Action”

Posted in Europe, Patents at 3:42 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 7d12153c747f7ab91b69c309bcc83489
EPO Staff Still Resents the EPO
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: Despite relatively quiet weeks there is no calm at the EPO; the quality of patents continues to fall and staff isn’t being properly rewarded for the work

THE national delegates will discuss the EPO next month (warning: epo.org link) in a meeting that involves some new representatives (Bulgaria and the UK for instance). These are the people who enabled Benoît Battistelli‘s countless crimes and continue to support the same from António Campinos, in exchange for bribes of course!

The EPO has become so tragic on so many levels. As noted in the video above, it’s staining Germany’s reputation (warning: epo.org link) and lobbying a government that reciprocates kindly for corruption. It’s difficult not to feel cynical about the EPO emulating China as well (warning: epo.org link)… all this while pretending to be “green” and to value science (warning: epo.org link). The PR strategy is shallow and superficial, complete with “Hey Hi” (AI) hype instead of actual substance.

“The EPO has become so tragic on so many levels.”However, the video above focuses on the following new letter. The Local Staff Committee The Hague (LSCTH) further and more widely disseminated a message to staff earlier today, stating:

Education Allowance Portal: legal drawbacks – Letter to VP4 requesting immediate action

Please find in attachment an open letter to VP4 concerning severe deficiencies of the Education Allowance Portal. Please read the letter carefully as it contains important information regarding the Portal and the procedure to follow.

In the meantime to have legal certainty we would advise you to send to hrservices@epo.org the request for reimbursement of any educational costs forcedly deducted when requesting the advancement and/or the reimbursement. Please make sure to have your ticket open and a written trace of the HR reaction (e.g. rejection). Once your claim has been officially rejected, we would like to remind you of the possibility to launch a request for review within 3 months from the official rejection.

From now on until the problems with the Education Allowance Portal are solved, we advise you to send all the requests for full reimbursement to hrservices@epo.org, and to use the portal only in case you need an advancement urgently, mentioning a disclaimer in your request if needed. In our previous publication you find more details about the excluded education costs, guidance on how to have them reimbursed, and the disclaimer to be used to safeguard your rights.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance.

With kind regards,

Your Local Staff Committee The Hague (LSCTH)

Shown above (in the video) but not discussed much is the corresponding open letter:

European Patent Office | Postbus 5818 | 2280 HV RIJSWIJK | NETHERLANDS

Ms. Nellie Simon
Vice-President Corporate Services, DG4
ISAR – Munich

Open Letter on issues with the Education Allowance Portal

Dear Ms. Simon, dear Nellie,

We are addressing you concerning an important IT issue regarding the Education Allowance Portal. When sending the request for reimbursement or advancement, it appears that the Education Allowance Portal does not provide any feedback, and only in the cases where there is a problem, it automatically sends an error message rejecting the claim with no indication of what the problem is.

It appears that the reason for these problems is that there is presently no possibility in the portal to have the request partially approved where the submitted costs are considered only to be partially reimbursable or advanceable. Therefore, colleagues are expected and asked verbally to modify their request and resubmit it in order to make their claims processed even if the amount applicable is contested by the requester.

We believe that the Education Allowance Portal by not providing a complete record of the facts and submissions is not fit for purpose. This and many other important features are still missing in the portal. This results in legal uncertainty for the users by depriving the colleagues to exercise their legal rights according to Article 107 ServRegs. and moreover, it goes against the provisions of Article 106 (2) ServRegs., by which “any decision adversely affecting a staff member shall state the grounds on which it is based”.

We therefore request that this issue be corrected as soon as possible. We expect that the Education Allowance Portal leaves a written permanent trace of any action, including request for correction handled by phone, to both parties. In the meantime we urge your services to provide alternative means to the colleagues affected in order for them to be able to request the reimbursement of the education expenses according to Article 71 ServRegs. without being deprived of their legal rights according to Articles 106 and 107 ServRegs.

We feel it is our duty as staff representatives to warn the colleagues about this fact and recommend them to send their requests via email to hrservices@epo.org until the problem is solved.

We thank you for your attention to this matter,

Jorge Raposo
On behalf of the Local Staff Committee The Hague

SUEPO The Hague Committee is also involved. “To address the plethora of different legal aspects related to the Education and Childcare Reform,” it recently said, “we have prepared a table collating the legal cases already initiated, their status and timeline.”

Action is underway, coordinated, to give staff what it is entitled to.

“The video does not say much about this topic as it concerns financial details and staff salaries.”It’s not just staff in The Netherlands by the way. Munich too is taking action. There is coordination across sites. “SUEPO Munich informs you that the Local Staff Committee The Hague (LSCTH) organises a hybrid information session on the topic of rewards / career advancement: promotions, steps, bonuses on Tuesday September 13th, at 11:30,” a recent announcement said. “Check which of the following dates is the earliest and note it down: 1) having been informed verbally by the line manager of not having received a reward; 2) reception of email with link to salary slip of July 2022…”

The video does not say much about this topic as it concerns financial details and staff salaries. Those aspects don’t relate to the topics we typically cover, including software patents. Expect our EPO coverage to carry on for years to come.

[Meme] EPO Abuse Continues, Managers Acting Deaf

Posted in Europe, Patents at 2:51 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

EPO staff and EPO managers

Summary: EPO management continues to gaslight and abuse staff, even in direct violation of the EPO’s rules and legal contracts

Links 21/09/2022: GNOME 43 and i3 4.21 Released

Posted in News Roundup at 1:41 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

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      The Chromebook Edition is available for pre-order in the US and Canada today starting at $999 USD, with first shipments starting in early December. We’re using a batch pre-order system, with only a fully-refundable $100 deposit required at the time of pre-order. All of the replacement parts and modules that make up the Chromebook Edition are also available for waitlisting on the Marketplace today.

    • Linux LinksLinux Around The World: Switzerland – LinuxLinks

      We cover events and user groups that are running in Switzerland. This article forms part of our Linux Around The World series.

    • Kernel Space

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        On top of that, the Ventoy 1.0.80 release introduces several new features like a secondary boot menu that makes it easier for users to select Ventoy’s special modes, such as WIMBOOT mode, GRUB2 mode, or MEMDISK mode. Previously, these modes were only accessible via hotkeys, which are still in effect.

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        There is a desktop app available for Linux. We installed it from the Arch User Repository. This isn’t a native application (it’s Electron-based).

      • Sam Thursfield: Status update 21/09/22

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        In this tutorial we see how to install and setup the Ghost blogging platform on Ubuntu, both in development and production mode.

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        This version mismatch costs developer experience and productivity, so it’s important to learn how to manage Python versions installed on your computer to run them all efficiently. This tutorial shows you how to do that.

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        Tutorial to install Spotify on Debian 11 Bullseye using command terminal for streaming music online.

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      • DebugPointHow to Access Android Devices Internal Storage and SD Card in Ubuntu, Linux Mint using Media Transfer Protocol (MTP)

        This tutorial will show how to access android devices using MTP in Ubuntu and how to access SD card contents.

        MTP, or media transfer protocol, is an extension of the Picture transfer protocol and is implemented in the Android marshmallow version. After the marshmallow update, you can’t use the android devices as typical mass storage devices you can just plug in and see the internal storage contents and the SD card contents in a file manager such as in Thunar or GNOME Files. This is due to the OS being unable to determine the MTP devices, and also, a list of supported devices is not yet implemented.

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

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Flameshot screenshot tool on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Flameshot is a free and open-source, cross-platform tool to take screenshots. The best thing about this screenshot tool is that it operates with both the graphical user interface as well as the command-line interface. It is a very easy-to-use screenshot tool that provides users with a high level of flexibility and customization.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the Flameshot screenshot software on Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 22.04 and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Pop!_OS, and more as well.

      • FOSSLinuxHow to install missing Perl modules on Debian | FOSS Linux

        Perl is a dynamic interpreted scripting language famous for its powerful text processing abilities. Syntactically it resembles C, but it’s far more compressed, allowing developers to very tourist code like one-liners that hack a solution much faster than other scripting languages.

      • HowTo GeekHow to Use AppImages on Linux

        AppImages let Linux developers wrap their applications into a single file that installs on any Linux distribution. That simplifies things tremendously. Here’s how to use them, and integrate them into your desktop.

      • TechRepublicHow to use the Amazon Linux container image with Docker for development | TechRepublic

        Jack Wallen helps you take your first steps with Amazon Linux as a deployable container image.

      • Trend OceansHow to Increase Padding in GNOME Terminal

        Don’t you feel you should give some extra space around the terminal border? If yes, check how it looks after adding padding to the GNOME terminal.

    • Games

      • Boiling SteamNew Steam Games with Native Linux Clients – 2022-09-21 Edition – Boiling Steam

        Between 2022-09-14 and 2022-09-21 there were 26 New Steam games released with Native Linux clients. For reference, during the same time, there were 246 games released for Windows on Steam, so the Linux versions represent about 10.6 % of total released titles.

      • Godot EngineGodot Engine – Release candidate: Godot 3.5.1 RC 2

        We released Godot 3.5 in early August, and like any release, there are few rough edges to iron out which warrant making maintenance “patch” releases (3.5.x).

        We’ve had successful testing of a first Release Candidate for 3.5.1, and a few more fixes got backported in the meantime so let’s have another round of testing before publishing 3.5.1 stable.

        Please give it a try if you can. It should be as safe to use as 3.5-stable is, but we still need a significant number of users to try it out and report how it goes to make sure that the few changes in this update are working as intended and not introducing new regressions.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • DebugPointGSoC 2022 Brings New Features to Thunar, Screenshooter in Xfce Desktop

        Google summer of code (GSoC) 2022 is a yearly competition which is about improving open-source projects. Thousands of students develop contributions while enhancing their skills and eventually benefit from open-source projects.

        This year’s GSoC final project submission will be completed on September 12, 2022. And we have some updates on the Xfce desktop’s native apps.

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • i3 v4.21 released

          This is i3 v4.21. This version is considered stable. All users of i3 are
          strongly encouraged to upgrade.

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • Make Use OfGNOME 43 Lands With Major Linux Desktop UI, Device Security Enhancements

          Version 43 of the GNOME desktop for Linux has been released. The new version debuts with changes to the system menu, file manager, and new device security options.

          Celebrating “Hard Work” of GNOME Developers

          The GNOME project took to Twitter to announce GNOME 43:

          As a testament to the developers, GNOME 43 is codenamed “Guadalajara,” as the GUADEC GNOME developer’s conference was held in the Mexican city in July 2022.

        • VideoVideoGNOME 43: building a better Linux platform takes time – Invidious
          9to5Linux9to5LinuxGNOME 43 Released with Quick Settings, More GTK 4 Ports, and New Device Security Panel

          After nearly six months of development, the GNOME 43 “Guadalajara” desktop is finally here and introduces a few interesting changes, the most prominent one being the Quick Settings menu that can be accessed from the system top bar, very similar to those you probably saw on Android devices or the latest Windows 11 and macOS systems.

        • DebugPointGNOME 43 Arrives & There’s No Place Like “GNOME”!

          GNOME 43 shines further today, bringing GNOME 43 polished desktop for Ubuntu, Fedora, SUSE and more distros.

          GNOME 43 code named “Guadalajara” is a milestone release because it seems almost a closure of the modernization and improvement efforts that started from GNOME 40 onwards. The years of efforts includes GTK4 porting of core shell and native apps, adoption of libadwaita and many more performance improvements.

          Since it’s now officially out, let’s give you a brief about what are the new features of this desktop.

        • GNOME Release Notes

          After 6 months of hard work, the GNOME project is proud to present version 43. This latest GNOME release comes with improvements across the board, ranging from a new quick settings menu, a redesigned Files app, and hardware security integration. GNOME 43 continues the trend of GNOME apps migrating from GTK 3 to GTK 4, and includes many other smaller enhancements.

          GNOME 43 is code-named “Guadalajara”, in recognition of the work done by the organizers of GUADEC 2022.

        • Its FOSSGNOME 43 Releases With Plenty of User Experience Enhancements

          As one of the biggest open-source desktop environment projects, GNOME has raised the bar in simplicity for years. The last major GNOME version, GNOME 42, brought many improvements, particularly in simplifying and improving the UI.

        • OMG UbuntuGNOME 43 Released, This is What’s New – OMG! Ubuntu!

          Whether you’re an eager GNOME acolyte or just a casual admirer, there is a lot to enjoy in the latest version of the GNOME desktop environment.

          GNOME 43 arrives six months after the (rather) substantial GNOME 42 release. In many respects it’s a direction continuation of the path set out there, and contains confident collection of changes, some small, some big, but all intended to make it easier to use GNOME.

          I whip through the core user-facing changes in this post, share a few screenshots, and give a few of my thoughts on some of the chances based on first-hand experience of using it. If you read my run-through of GNOME 43 new features — gold star for those who did — most of the changes I mention below will be familiar to you.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • SUSE/OpenSUSE

      • SUSE’s Corporate Blog3 Reasons to Migrate to SUSE Manager 4.3 | SUSE Communities

        SUSE Manager 4.1 will NO LONGER be supported after October 31,2022.

      • Virtualbox, grep, gawk update in Tumbleweed – openSUSE News

        The rhythm of openSUSE Tumbleweed snapshots being released this week continues at a steady pace.

        The rolling release appears to be producing consistent snapshots since the 20220903 release.

        Two packages were released in snapshot 20220919. An update of libksba 1.6.1, which works with X.509 certificates, fixed rpmlint warnings and now ensures an Online Certificate Status Protocol server does not to return the sent nonce. The other package to update was xfce4-pulseaudio-plugin 0.4.5, which fixed the accidental toggling of the mute switch and compilation with GNU Compiler Collection 10.

        An update of virtualbox 6.1.38 arrived in snapshot 20220918. This version upgrade fixed a couple Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures. Both CVE-2022-21571 and CVE-2022-21554 could allow virtual machine access and result in an unauthorized ability to cause a hang or repeatable crash. An update of the virtualbox-kmp package introduced initial support for Linux Kernel 6.0. The package also fixes the permission problem with /dev/vboxuser. Other packages to update in the snapshot were ibus-m17n 1.4.17, python-charset-normalizer 2.1.1 and python-idna 3.4, which updated to the recently announced Unicode 15.0.0.

    • Arch Family

      • DebugPointGaruda Linux: All-Rounder Distro Based on Arch Linux

        A review of the Arch Linux based Garuda Linux, which brings a collection of desktop environments, window managers, and tools for general users and gamers.

        Over the years, we reviewed a couple of Arch-based distros – spread across new ones, stables distros and more. Each one of them is a little different from the others. Finally, we review the Garuda Linux in 2022 – it’s our first review of this distro, and we will continue with all the major releases.

    • Red Hat and Derivatives

      • Red Hat OfficialUsing Red Hat Enterprise Linux to overcome the challenges of managing multiple databases

        PeerSpot members, like most IT professionals, find themselves juggling more than one relational database management system (RDBMS). This means having to stay on top of multiple system configurations, updating processes and patch management. Without the right tools, it can be very demanding work.

      • Red Hat OfficialCustomer success stories: How Red Hat is helping organizations save money, enhance customer experience and improve uptime

        In this month’s customer success highlights, learn how three companies are making use of Red Hat OpenShift, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform and Red Hat Satellite to save money, enhance customer experience and improve both uptime and security posture.

      • Red HatBoost OpenShift Data Science with the Intel AI Analytics Toolkit | Red Hat Developer

        Intel has been partnering with Red Hat to offer a solution for Red Hat OpenShift Data Science that includes Intel AI tools. With the help of these tools, OpenShift Data Science can perform faster and more efficiently.

        The partnership between Intel and Red Hat came in response to the needs of their customers for an enterprise-grade solution for data science. The need for a more efficient and faster solution stems from the rise in demand for data scientists, which is happening at an exponential rate.

        The new tools include support for popular frameworks such as TensorFlow, PyTorch, and MXNet, as well as optimized workflows for deploying AI models on Kubernetes clusters. OpenShift Data Science also provides tight integration with key components of the Intel Xeon Scalable processors family, including Intel Deep Learning Boost (DLBoost), which delivers performance that’s up to three times better than previous generations for deep learning workloads.

      • Red HatBind services created with AWS Controllers for Kubernetes | Red Hat Developer

        Application developers can define Amazon Web Services (AWS) resources directly from Kubernetes using AWS Controllers for Kubernetes (ACK). You can use the Service Binding Operator to easily connect applications to any AWS service provisioned through ACK.

        This article explores the connection with an RDS database and demonstrates configuring ACK to create a service instance for the AWS Relational Database Service (RDS). You can also learn how to use Service Binding Operator annotations to bind a PostgreSQL service created using RDS and a REST API.

      • Enterprisers Project6 tactics to boost creativity on your IT team

        For IT teams, creativity is not just about looking toward the future; it also involves examining the present. Creativity is necessary for productivity.

        In IT, there are many Information Technology Infrastructure Library- (ITIL) and Capability Maturity Model (CMM)-based processes that provide a framework for carrying out certain tasks. At times, employees fall back on these processes to boost productivity. But in the end, it’s the creative companies – the ones that are developing leaner, more efficient, and more flexible processes within those frameworks – that come out on top.

      • Enterprisers ProjectDigital transformation: 6 tips to stay on track

        Digital transformations are constant and ongoing – chances are, you’re undergoing some phase of one as you read this. Pre-pandemic, many transformations were progressing at a steady, maybe even relaxed, pace. Then COVID put them on the fast track.

        If your digital transformation progress feels slower than anticipated, it could be because you’ve lost sight of one of the most important components: the human element. People need to adopt and use the new systems. Digital transformation changes roles, skills, capabilities, ways of working, and even the culture across large swaths of the organization.

      • Unicorn MediaCommunity Owned CentOS Replacement, AlmaLinux, Elects Board

        Since the organization was formed last year, it’s been operating with an appointed board of directors, so this will be the first fully elected board in the organization’s brief history. The election returns four board members to their seats, and elects three new members.

      • EuroLinux Desktop Is Now Available For Download | Itsubuntu.com

        EuroLinux Desktop based on Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® 9 is now available for download. EuroLinux Desktop, a new player in the Linux universe is developed by the Polish Open Source solutions manufacturer company called EuroLinux.

    • Debian Family

      • Make Use OfWhat Is SparkyLinux? The Midweight Debian Alternative Explained

        SparkyLinux is a Linux distro based on Debian that aims to offer a lightweight yet functional desktop with some useful apps included, such as Firefox and LibreOffice. It also has multiple editions, which will be mentioned in detail below.

        SparkyLinux began life as an Ubuntu version based on the Enlightenment desktop in 2011 called ue17r for Ubuntu Enlightenment Remix but eventually changed its name to SparkyLinux. The community also changed from being based on Ubuntu to Debian.

      • ZDNetStarlingX, the cloud for edge computing, gets a major upgrade | ZDNET

        The biggest single change is that StarlingX no longer uses CentOS for its base operating system. Instead, it now uses Debian. Specifically, the latest Debian Stable Release, Bullseye. The developers moved to Debian because they didn’t want to rely on a commercial Linux distro.

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • 9to5LinuxUbuntu Users Get New Linux Kernel Security Updates That Patch 15 Vulnerabilities

        The new Linux kernel security updates are available for Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 16.04 ESM releases. They address 15 security vulnerabilities including two that are common to all supported Ubuntu releases, namely CVE-2021-33655, an out-of-bounds write flaw discovered in the framebuffer driver that could allow a local attacker to cause a denial of service (system crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code, as well as CVE-2022-36946, a security issue discovered by Domingo Dirutigliano and Nicola Guerrera in the netfilter subsystem that could allow a remote attacker to crash the vulnerable system.

      • 9to5LinuxUbuntu Core Will Support the Matter Standard Out of the Box for IoT Devices

        As of today, Canonical is a participant member of the Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA), which the company behind the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution will help develop and promote open standards for IoT (Internet of Things) and its Ubuntu Core operating system for embedded devices.

        Canonical is also the first company to join the Connectivity Standards Alliance which offers a major independent GNU/Linux distribution and promises to support the Matter standard out-of-the-box in its Ubuntu Core operating system to increase interoperability and accessibility.

      • UbuntuCanonical joins the Connectivity Standards Alliance | Ubuntu

        Canonical, the publisher of Ubuntu, announces today that it has joined the Connectivity Standards Alliance as a participant member.

        In this role, Canonical will help the alliance to develop open standards for the Internet of Things (IoT) and advocate for the role of open-source software in this domain. Canonical is the first company offering a major independent Linux distribution to join the alliance.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • CNX SoftwareMakerfabs 3.5-inch TFT touchscreen display features ESP32-S3 SoC – CNX Software

        This display offers a 320×480 resolution through the ILI9488 LCD driver, uses a 16-bit parallel interface for communication with ESP32-S3 clocked at up to 20 Mhz making it suitable for smooth graphics user interface, and the company also claims it is smooth enough for video displays, but more on that later.

      • HackadayIt’s Pi All The Way Down With This Pi-Powered Pi-Picking Robot

        While most of us live in a world where the once ubiquitous Raspberry Pi is now as rare as hens’ teeth, there’s a magical place where they’ve got so many Pis that they needed to build a robotic dispenser to pick Pi orders. And to add insult to injury, they even built this magical machine using a Raspberry Pi. The horror.

      • HackadayRaspberry Pi Grants Remote Access Via PCIe (Sort Of)

        [Jeff] found a Raspberry Pi — well, the compute module version, anyway — in an odd place: on a PCI Express card. Why would you plug a Raspberry Pi into a PC? Well, you aren’t exactly. The card uses the PCI Express connector as a way to mount in the computer and connect to the PC’s ground. The Pi exposes its own network cable and is powered by PoE or a USB C cable. So what does it do? It offers remote keyboard, video, and mouse (KVM) services. The trick is you can then get to the PC remotely even if you need to access, say, the BIOS setup screen or troubleshoot an OS that won’t boot.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Web Browsers

      • Mozilla

        • 9to5LinuxFirefox 106 Promises PDF Annotation Features, Wayland Screen Sharing Improvements

          Firefox 106 won’t be a massive update to the open-source and cross-platform web browser, but it will bring a few interesting changes for those who deal a lot with PDF documents, such as annotation capabilities in the built-in PDF viewer to let you write text, draw, or add signatures to PDF files.

          This feature was implemented in previous Firefox releases, but it wasn’t enabled by default, which means that you had to manually enable it from the about:config settings by setting the pdfjs.annotationEditorMode variable from -1 to 0. With the Firefox 106 release, the PDF annotation capabilities will be enabled by default.

        • dwaves.deCyberSec Update, Update, Update – Ladies & Gentlemen: Update Your FeuerFuchse (Firefox) and DonnerVögel (Thunderbird)

          Responses Victims to a pre-prepared HTML email with a meta tag could potentially exclude information about it. Due to the error (CVE-2022-3033 “high”) you could run JavaScript and read or even manipulate messages about it. Users who have set the display of message text to simple html or plain text are not affected by the vulnerability.

        • The Register UKFirefox 105 is out: Faster and more memory-frugal • The Register

          The Mozilla Foundation has let Firefox 105 out of the gate, and if you use a Chrome-based browser, it’s a good time to take another look.

          Firefox 105 appeared on Tuesday, and while this isn’t a show-stopping release, there is some new stuff that is well worth having. It’s not quite five months since Firefox 100 came out, which is long enough for Mozilla’s rapid development cycle to have made some substantial changes in the browser.

          Some of the new features are relatively small, but will make some users’ lives better. If you have to print a page, there’s a new option to print just the current page – handy for tickets and other documents with loads of irrelevant small print tacked on the end. Here at the Reg FOSS desk, we’re rather traditionalist and favor a plain old three-button mouse, but we hear that trackpad handling on Windows and macOS has been improved and there are some new multi-finger gestures in this version. Apparently this doesn’t work on Linux just yet, but we can’t say that we’ve noticed.

    • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

    • Content Management Systems (CMS)

      • WordPress 6.1 Beta 1 Now Available

        WordPress 6.1 Beta 1 is now available for download and testing.

        This version of the WordPress software is under development. Please do not install, run, or test this version of WordPress on production or mission-critical websites. Instead, it is recommended that you test Beta 1 on a test server and site.

    • Funding

      • Document FoundationLibreOffice Conference Sponsors’ Interviews

        The two main sponsors of LibreOffice Conference 2022 are allotropia and Collabora, the two largest ecosystem companies fully focused on the development of LibreOffice. They both develop new features and improve the existing ones, manage interoperability issues with MS Office non standard document format by tweaking LibreOffice behavior and the import/export filters, and look at bugs and regressions.

        Employees of both companies have been with LibreOffice since the beginning, and in some cases have started their journey into free open source software during the previous decade, with OpenOffice and other FOSS projects. Allotropia and Collabora have also hired several young developers who have started contributing to LibreOffice as volunteers.

      • OSI BlogAtlantic.Net: Why we sponsor OSI
      • Its FOSSWow! Rust-based Redox OS Gets an Anonymous Donation of $390,000 in Cryptocurrency

        Redox OS is a Unix-like operating system written in Rust.

        The project was launched in 2015 by Jeremy Soller, popularly recognized as the Principal Engineer at System76 and a maintainer for Pop!_OS.

    • Openness/Sharing/Collaboration

      • FOSSLifeNew Open Source Database Tracks Global Fossil Fuel Emissions

        The registry uses “fully open source data combined with a new cutting-edge emissions conversion model,” according to Carbon Tracker, to help governments and policymakers answer the critical question of how to transition away from fossil fuels.

      • HackadayOpen Source: Free As The Air You Breathe

        [Carolyn Barber] recently interviewed a 15-year-old who has been making Corsi-Rosenthal boxes for people in his community that are at risk for COVID. Not only is it great that a teenager has such community spirit, but it is also encouraging that [Richard Corsi] and [Jim Rosenthal] made an open-source design that can help people at a greatly reduced cost.

      • HackadayFinding Digital Solace In An Old Nokia Phone

        We don’t have to tell you that the current mobile phone market is a bit bleak for folks who value things like privacy, security, and open source. While there have been a few notable attempts to change things up, from phone-optimized versions of popular Linux distributions to the promise of modular handsets — we still find ourselves left with largely identical slabs released by a handful of companies which often seem to treat the customer as a product.

    • Programming/Development

      • Barry KaulerPKGget package manager freeze fixed

        Rick C sent me an email recently reporting this. I know about this problem, it has been there since the very early days of the Puppy Package Manager. If you try to drag the divide between “Package” and “Description”, as shown by the red arrows, another windows appears, then the entire desktop becomes unresponsive, requiring the power button to be held down to power-off.

      • Ubuntu PitTop 10 Best Apps To Learn Code for Beginners in 2022

        Even though there are plenty of books available, the best way to learn code is to practice. Hence, those pursuing a career in programming often prefer self-studying rather than only going after academic degrees. And as it’s the digital era, people love learning with digital resources such as mobile apps to learn code.

        One can use these applications anywhere and anytime, and they often focus on teaching from level zero so that nobody’s left out. These apps are usually highly interactive and well put together. They have a great learning curve and a few tactics to motivate users to work harder as well.

      • Linux LinksExcellent Free Tutorials to Learn MoonScript – LinuxLinks

        MoonScript is a fully-fledged dynamic scripting programmer friendly language that compiles into Lua, or it can be dynamically compiled and run using the moonloader.

        Write MoonScript code, then run a program called the MoonScript compiler which reads a MoonScript program and converts it into an equivalent Lua program that would do the exact same thing when run.

        It’s designed to be a language that’s more elegant and more readable than Lua. It offers the power of one of the fastest scripting languages combined with a rich set of features. It supports features like functions as first class objects, closures, tail-recursion and a high performance.

      • dwaves.dePHP HowTo – search elements of array (of strings) for string pattern (case in sensitive) – remove element
      • General Availability of the SCM/CI Integration Feature – Open Build Service

        In May of 2021 we took our first steps towards putting OBS builds into the continuous integration cycle with the SCM/CI feature. Thanks to the valuable feedback we received from users who started as early testers and became heavy users of the feature, we are ready today to push it out of the beta program, making it generally available in OBS.

      • Python

      • Shell/Bash/Zsh/Ksh

      • Java

        • Ubuntu HandbookOracle Java JDK 19 Released with Linux/RISC-V Port [How to Install] | UbuntuHandbook

          Oracle Java JDK 19 is out! Here are the new features and how to install instructions for Ubuntu users.

          First, for Linux users the release now ported to support the RV64GV configuration of RISC-V, a general-purpose 64-bit ISA.

          The release also introduced record patterns to deconstruct record values. Record patterns and type patterns can be nested to enable a powerful, declarative, and composable form of data navigation and processing. Though it’s a preview feature so far.

          There are also 2 other preview features: a foreign function & memory API can interoperate with code and data outside of the Java runtime; a lightweight virtual threads that dramatically reduce the effort of writing, maintaining, and observing high-throughput concurrent applications; pattern matching for switch expressions and statements.

          JDK 19 also introduced an API to express vector computations that reliably compile at runtime to optimal vector instructions, and an API for structured concurrency.

  • Leftovers

    • The NationSinking Before Our Eyes
    • The NationDoes the NBA Deserve Becky Hammon?

      Does the NBA deserve Becky Hammon? It’s a question worth asking a year after hoops watchers openly wondered, “Does Becky Hammon ‘deserve’ to coach in the NBA?” Hammon’s career as a three-time college All-American at Colorado State, the all-time leading scorer in the Western Athletic Conference, an unlikely WNBA all-star (after her athleticism was questioned coming out of college and she wasn’t even drafted), and eight years on the San Antonio Spurs staff was seen as not enough to earn a gig. Even though she had already been the first woman to be a paid NBA assistant, and even though she coached the Spurs Summer League team with great success, she found herself with her nose pressed against Adam Silver’s window. Despite the fact that the Gregg Popovich coaching tree in the past four years has produced head coaches in Charlotte (the bafflingly fired James Borrego) and Boston (Ime Udoka, who unexpectedly led the Boston Celtics to the NBA Finals), Hammon was not chosen to fill any of the vacancies. Teams like the hapless Portland Trailblazers turned down the opportunity to become a part of history—to live up to its moniker—and give Hammon her well-earned shot.

    • TediumUSA Today Sports Center: The National Newspaper’s First Online Foray

      As I’ve made clear many times over the years, I am an enthusiast for newspapers’ attempts at innovation in the pre-internet age. They had a window and they made plenty of attempts, but they let that window close just before it led anywhere good. In recent years, the most innovative newspaper, coverage left off to the side, has probably been The New York Times, followed directly by The Washington Post. Often, attempts to innovate in newspapers end up like the Wikitorial—embarrassing for all involved, but thankfully forgotten quickly. But in 1982, true innovation and success was to be found in the form of USA Today. It was easily the most experimental paper of its kind when it first came out, and that early experimentation paid off as Gannett’s daily newspaper became a mainstay of hotels and newspaper racks throughout the United States. The paper recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, a huge feat. I have heard complaints from many editors over the years about the paper’s writing style, but the fact of the matter is, it was hugely popular in its early days. But did you know it had its own CompuServe-like online service … just for sports? I learned this by literally buying a software package that appeared on my front door almost exactly on the paper’s 40th anniversary. Today’s Tedium talks USA Today Sports Center

    • Science

      • Checkmate – by Joe Posnanski – JoeBlogs

        There’s something wild happening in the chess world right now, and I’m going to tell you right up front that I don’t really understand it. But I want to talk about it anyway because it speaks to something larger happening in all sports, something confusing and alluring and perilous.

        First, for those of you who don’t follow chess — you know, the 99.7% of you — let me explain something that I didn’t know: There is not a player on earth and there never again will be a player on earth who can defeat the best chess engine. Some of you old enough might remember that in 1996, the chess world champion, Garry Kasparov, played an IBM supercomputer called “Deep Blue” in what was being overhyped as the “Chess Battle for Humanity.”

      • Omicron LimitedAfrican ubuntu can deepen how research is done

        Many academic studies have been centered on Western theories and methodologies for a long time. This approach to research is broadly defined as “universalist.” It assumes that “one-size-fits-all” and set norms can be applied across cultures. For example, Western ideas about identity revolve around the individual. That shapes how research is conducted: it focuses mainly on the individual and emphasizes analysis at the individual level. Using Western approaches in non-Western contexts misses out on contextual issues such as power relations between an individual and their community.

    • Education

      • Common Dreams‘Great News’: After Strike, Seattle Teachers Approve Three-Year Contract

        Well over two-thirds of the union’s 6,000 members voted in favor of a new contract with Seattle Public Schools (SPS), yielding three separate pacts covering different categories of employees. Just over 70% of classroom teachers and other certified staff voted for their contract, while 66% of paraprofessionals and 82% of educational office professionals voted for their respective contracts.

    • Hardware

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Pro PublicaJudge Lifts U.S. Ban on Mexicans Entering Country to Sell Blood Plasma

        A federal district judge in Washington, D.C., has ordered immigration officials to allow Mexican citizens with visas to sell their blood plasma in the U.S.

      • Common DreamsGOP Seizes on Biden’s ‘Pandemic Is Over’ Remark to Demand Medicaid Cuts

        Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), the top Republican on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, wrote in a letter to Biden that he “watched with great interest” the “60 Minutes” interview in which the president said that while the United States still has “a problem with Covid,” the pandemic has come to an end.

      • Democracy NowIs the Pandemic Over? Public Health Advocates Decry Biden’s Claim as Thousands Still Dying from COVID

        President Biden declared that “the pandemic is over” during an interview on “60 Minutes” Sunday, despite data collected by Johns Hopkins showing COVID-19 killed 13,000 people across the U.S. over the past month as 2.2 million new infections were reported. “I think it’s very premature to say that we see the end is in sight with this pandemic,” says Steven Thrasher, author of “The Viral Underclass: The Human Toll When Inequality and Disease Collide.” He adds that the sentiment from the nation’s leader is dangerous because it discourages people from wearing masks and seeking booster vaccinations, which are still vital to prevent the virus’s spread.

    • Linux Foundation

    • Security

      • TechdirtSecurity Experts Ask UK Government To Roll Back Old Computer Abuse Law That Harms Security Research

        The US government passed the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act in 1986, years before computers became something everyone had at home and carried around in their pockets every day. The CFAA had a purpose, but its value declined as computing advanced. The abuse it was written to address tended to take a backseat to abuses of the law by prosecutors and private companies to punish people for discovering security flaws or using technology in ways some people never expected.

      • LWNSecurity updates for Wednesday [LWN.net]

        Security updates have been issued by Fedora (libconfuse, moodle, rizin, and thunderbird), Oracle (ELS kernel, gnupg2, ruby, and webkit2gtk3), Red Hat (booth, dbus-broker, gnupg2, kernel, kernel-rt, kpatch-patch, mysql, nodejs, nodejs-nodemon, ruby, and webkit2gtk3), Slackware (expat and mozilla), SUSE (kubevirt, virt-api-container, virt-controller-container, virt-handler-container, virt-launcher-container, virt-libguestfs-tools-container, virt-operator-container and vsftpd), and Ubuntu (bind9, ghostscript, linux, linux-aws, linux-aws-5.15, linux-azure, linux-azure-5.15, linux-kvm, linux-lowlatency, linux, linux-aws, linux-aws-5.4, linux-azure, linux-azure-5.4, linux-bluefield, linux-gkeop, linux-hwe-5.4, linux-ibm, linux-ibm-5.4, linux-kvm, linux-oracle, linux-oracle-5.4, linux-raspi, linux, linux-aws, linux-aws-hwe, linux-azure-4.15, linux-dell300x, linux-gcp, linux-gcp-4.15, lnux-hwe, inux-kvm, linux-oracle, linux-raspi2, linux-snapdragon, linux-hwe-5.15, linux-lowlatency-hwe-5.15, and mako).

      • The Register UK‘I Don’t Care About Cookies’ extension sold to Avast

        The lone developer of anti-cookie-warning browser add-on “I Don’t Care About Cookies” has sold it to Avast, resulting in both concern – and new forks.

        Web users the world over have been suffering under the well-intentioned but ill-advised EU cookie law for a decade now. As a result, websites pester with warnings to get us to consent to cookies, and if you don’t consent, they have no way to record that fact and so pester you every visit.

        Enter I don’t care about cookies, a handy browser extension by Croatian developer Daniel Kladnik. IDCAC, available for pretty much every web browser out there, automatically dismisses cookie warnings. You can tweak its settings if you want, but it automatically accepts the minimal cookies for the site to work.

      • The New StackShikitega: New Malware Program Targeting Linux – The New Stack

        Of course, you may not even know there’s such a minute file hiding inside a larger package. So, just like with Windows, be sure you know what’s in every package and where it came from before installing it.

        [...]

        So, how do you keep from getting a base case of Shikitega? Simple. Just to the basics, of installing security patches, keeping backups, and never installing unknown programs.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • Project CensoredEntering the Resistance Phase of the Surveillance Education Cycle: Finding Ways to Protect Privacy in Schools – Censored Notebook, Dispatches from Project Censored: On Media and Politics

          In The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires, technology scholar Tim Wu argues that throughout U.S. history, communication technologies progress in a cycle from a universally accessible medium that brings pandemonium and creativity, to an homogenized, sanitized, and pasteurized vehicle that serves industrial interests. At the start of the cycle, the public has a positive view of the medium, believing it will deliver a utopian future, but by the end of the cycle, the public is left with skepticism and scorn toward the medium. 

        • Internet Freedom FoundationHar Ghar Privacy Violation? #SaveOurPrivacy

          As India celebrates Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, Indians across the nation were encouraged to geo-tag their own homes under the Har Ghar Tiranga campaign. Back in August, we wrote to the Ministry of Culture, highlighting the specific deficiencies in the harghartiranga[dot]com website and its privacy policy. Even though the website states that the data collected will be deleted at the end of the campaign, i.e., after August 15, the data is still up on the website. Concerned with the consequent privacy implications, we once again wrote to the Ministry today, urging them to delete the data at the earliest.

    • Defence/Aggression

    • Environment

      • Energy

        • DeSmogA Global Database on Fossil Fuel Projects Goes Live

          The Global Registry of Fossil Fuels, launched by Carbon Tracker and Global Energy Monitor, is the first public and free-to-use database of fossil fuel production, reserves, and emissions. The registry contains more than 50,000 fields across 89 countries, and it covers 75 percent of global production. The database is not only a high-level look at figures for a whole country, but it also includes data that drills down to the individual project level.  

        • DeSmogHow Canada’s Oil Sands ‘Bankrolled the Assault on Truth’

          But the oil that comes from them is distinctive in several ways. Oil sands’ unique texture means it takes more money and energy to refine than traditional crude. In addition, its oil is some of the most carbon-heavy in the world, with up to 20 percent higher emissions, and that has drawn the attention of climate advocates. Because of these factors, as Geoff Dembicki explains in his new book The Petroleum Papers: Inside the Far-Right Conspiracy to Cover Up Climate Change (Greystone Books, September 20), oil sands producers and refiners, like Imperial Oil or Koch Industries, are particularly vulnerable to any efforts to mitigate climate change that would increase the already higher costs of extracting and refining bitumen.

        • DeSmogExxon Could Have Helped Stop Climate Change 30 Years Ago, ‘Proprietary’ Docs Show

          That’s according to a newly reviewed 1993 document labeled “proprietary” that was written by the company’s Canadian subsidiary Imperial Oil, one of the top producers in a heavily polluting oil deposit known as the Alberta tar sands.

        • Common DreamsManchin ‘Getting Desperate’ as Opposition to Dirty Permitting Deal Grows Louder

          “Manchin is getting desperate, it’s the only reason he’d host a press conference like this,” argued Jamie Henn, the director of Fossil Free Media. “But the more he defends his dirty deal, the clearer it is this is just a grab bag of handouts to his fossil fuel industry donors. Today’s performance only strengthens our opposition.”

        • TruthOutAOC: Fossil Fuel Reliance Aided “Tragically Predictable” Puerto Rico Blackout
        • Common DreamsUN Chief Blasts PR Industry for Spearheading Big Oil’s Propaganda Machine

          “Fossil fuel interests need to spend less time averting a PR disaster—and more time averting a planetary one.”

      • Overpopulation

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Common DreamsNoting High Stakes of Midterms, Jayapal Says, ‘Trump Is a Fascist. Period.’

        “Donald Trump is a fascist. Period,” the Washington Democrat tweeted just seven weeks before this year’s midterm elections. “We have to reject this dangerous movement across the country in November—our democracy depends on it.”

      • The NationThe New King

        As prince, King Charles tried not to act Like some aloof high-muck-a-muck. He spoke his mind, like common folk. So please feel free to call him Chuck.

      • The Nation“To Hell With Kings!” What Happened to American Skepticism About Monarchy?

        In the fall of 1919, as Americans were struggling with the bitter legacy of World War I, King Albert of Belgium announced that he would tour American cities. A.T. Van Scoy, the president of the Milwaukee Association of Commerce, wrote a letter urging Milwaukee Mayor Dan Hoan to issue a formal invitation to the monarch.

      • The NationDemocracy’s Fair-Weather Friends in the Mainstream Media

        Joe Biden will never be celebrated for Lincolnian eloquence, but on occasion he can rise to the gravitas, if not the lapidary grace, of the Great Emancipator. The speech Biden delivered in Philadelphia on the cusp of Labor Day earnestly and soberly warned of the danger of a radicalized faction, whom the president described as “MAGA Republicans,” who reject the fundamental democratic principle of acknowledging election results. “Democracy cannot survive when one side believes there are only two outcomes to an election: Either they win or they were cheated,” he said.

      • The NationReining In the War Economy

        America has a national security problem. But it goes well beyond the challenges posed by Russia or China. The biggest threat is right here at home: the Pentagon’s stranglehold on our national budget, alongside the woefully inadequate investments in addressing urgent, nonmilitary problems like climate change, pandemics, and racial and economic injustice.

      • The NationThe Antidemocratic Theory Endorsed by the Supreme Court’s Conservatives

        Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel J. Alito, Neil M. Gorsuch, and Brett M. Kavanaugh seem bent on having the court adopt the “independent state legislature” (ISL) theory. The doctrine would give state legislatures complete and almost unchallengeable control over the appointment of presidential electors, under Article II clause 2 of the Constitution, and over the election of US Representatives and Senators, under Article I section 4, “The Election Clause.” Governors would lose their authority to veto proposed state laws governing federal elections, and state supreme courts would be unable to invalidate laws that violate state law or Constitutions. As Justice Gorsuch put it, “The Constitution provides that state legislatures—not federal judges, not state judges, not state governors, no other state officials—bear primary responsibility for setting election rules.”

      • The NationIt Isn’t Populist to Defund Rural Schools

        Rural Americans have been voting Republican for more than half a century. And while Democrats have periodically attempted to convince rural voters that their economic interests are ill-served by the GOP’s agenda, they have mostly failed. That’s because Republicans have used a kind of fake populism—populism expressed chiefly through culture war, rather than through policy—to maintain their white, working-class base.

      • Common DreamsLaunching Criminal Probe, Texas Sheriff Says Migrants Were ‘Preyed Upon’ With DeSantis Flights

        “I believe there is some criminal activity involved here,” Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said Monday at a press conference, though he did not mention DeSantis, who is suspected of using the false promise of refugee resettlement benefits to beguile 48 Venezuelan asylum-seekers onto flights from the San Antonio Migrant Resource Center to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.

      • Common DreamsMigrants Flown to Martha’s Vineyard Sue DeSantis Over ‘Fraudulent’ Scheme

        “Defendants manipulated them, stripped them of their dignity, deprived them of their liberty, bodily autonomy, due process, and equal protection under law.”

      • Common DreamsLula Up 16 Points Over Bolsonaro as Lead Grows Ahead of Brazilian Election

        Brazilian pollster IPEC’s latest survey shows da Silva leading Bolsonaro 47% to 31% in the first-round contest, which will take place on October 2. That’s a one-point boost from the previous week’s polling.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Candidates Who Deny Election Results Should Be Barred From Public Office

        One of the most horrific legacies of Trump is the unwillingness of Republican candidates to commit to being bound by election results.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | First a Billionaire. Now a King

        By November 1948, the postwar “Baby Boom” in the United States had been roaring along for nearly three years. But America’s media spotlight didn’t go whole-hog on babies until that November, the month that saw the young Queen Elizabeth give birth to her first, the British empire’s future king.

      • Counter PunchThe Future of Autocracy

        An even tighter alliance between Moscow and Pyongyang, now just one goose step from reality, suggests the possibility of a future Eurasian Union of autocracies, including China and several Central Asian states. Just a few years ago, an anti-Western alliance making up nearly 20% of the world’s landmass and roughly the same percentage of its population would have seemed unlikely indeed. For all its autocratic tendencies, Russia was still pretending to be a democracy then and, together with China, maintaining reasonable economic relations with the West. North Korea, on the other hand, was an isolated outsider, suffering under a hereditary dictatorship and tight sanctions that restricted its access to the global economy.

      • Pro PublicaCongresswoman Calls for Examination of Military Pretrial Confinement

        Rep. Veronica Escobar, a Democrat who represents El Paso and sits on the House Armed Services Committee, said this month that an August investigation by ProPublica and The Texas Tribune raises serious questions about the use of pretrial confinement in the military. The news organizations’ first-of-its-kind analysis of nearly 8,400 Army courts-martial cases over the past decade revealed that soldiers accused of sexual assault are less than half as likely to be placed in pretrial confinement than those accused of offenses like drug use and distribution, disobeying an officer or burglary.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Donald Trump and the Presidential Privatization of Secrecy

        Thanks to Donald Trump, secrecy is big news these days.  However, as political pundits and legal experts race to expose the layers of document-related misdeeds previously buried at his Mar-a-Lago estate, one overlooked reality looms large: despite all the coverage of the thousands of documents Trump took with him when he left the White House, there’s been next to no acknowledgment that such a refusal to share information has been part and parcel of the Washington scene for far longer than the current moment.

      • TruthOutTrump’s Hiding of Information Isn’t “Unprecedented.” It’s a Horrifying Norm.
      • TruthOutDemocrats’ Failure to Embrace the Progressive Grassroots Could Spell Their Doom
      • TruthOutTrump’s Lawyers Are Already Bickering With the Special Master, Whom They Picked
      • Common Dreams‘You Can’t Have Your Cake and Eat It,’ Special Master Tells Trump Lawyer Stalling on Declassification Claims

        The exchange came during Judge Raymond Dearie’s first meeting with Trump’s lawyers and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutors at a federal courthouse in Brooklyn.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Project CensoredThe Past and Present of Mining – The Project Censored Show
      • TruthOutTexas Banned More Books Than Any Other State Last Year, Analysis Finds
      • AccessNowTunisia: President must scrap decree-law undermining free expression and the press – Access Now

        Human rights organisations have condemned a new communications and information law in Tunisia, and urge the President of the Republic to withdraw it with immediate effect in order to uphold freedom of expression and press freedom in the country.

        The undersigned human rights associations and organisations express their deep alarm regarding Decree-law No. 54 of 2022 issued on 13 September 2022, which seeks to combat crimes related to information and communication systems. The provisions of the law are in flagrant contravention of articles 37, 38 and 55 of the Tunisian Constitution and article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Tunisia has ratified.

      • AccessNowCourts must #KeepItOn to protect the right to education – Access Now

        Civil society is making strides in the battle to end internet shutdowns during exams, which negatively impact the lives and rights of millions. Last week, the Indian Supreme Court responded to the Software Freedom Law Centre’s petition challenging the use of internet shutdowns to prevent exam cheating, issuing notice to the Union government to explain the protocol for these disruptions. As it stands, state governments in India often cite the administration of education as a rationale for exam shutdowns, as do authorities across the MENA region. Courts must scrutinize and reject these justifications. As we explain below, regardless of the reasoning, shutdowns are not compatible with the right to education.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Nobody Should Be Shocked by GOP Cruelty—It’s Their Whole Brand

        Editorials in America’s major newspapers are shocked—shocked, I tell you!—that DeSantis and Abbott would exploit asylum-seekers to rack up votes from their racist base.

      • Democracy NowReverse Freedom Rides: Flying Migrants North, Florida Gov. Steals Page from Segregationists 60 Years Ago

        As human rights advocates denounce efforts by Republicans to send dozens of buses full of asylum seekers to sanctuary cities across the United States, we look at the related history of the Reverse Freedom Rides of 1962, when Southern segregationists bused Black families to the North to antagonize Northern liberals and civil rights activists. Mwalim Peters, English and Black studies professor at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, recounts the little-known story of the Reverse Freedom Rides and says the strategy to humiliate liberals is “basically identical to what’s happening now in Martha’s Vineyard” and other sanctuary cities, where Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Texas Governor Greg Abbott are sending asylum seekers under false pretenses of free housing and jobs. Instead, they find themselves being used as a media stunt and stranded. “We’re looking at any number of, basically, potentially criminal infractions, let alone just moral and ethical,” he adds.

      • TruthOutMedication Abortion Is Not Enough to Solve the Abortion Access Crisis
      • TechdirtLA County Sheriff Still Targeting Critics, Searches Home Of Civilian Oversight Board

        Current Los Angeles County sheriff Alex Villanueva campaigned with the promise he would clean up the literally gang-infested Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD). Once he took office, however, he just became part of the problem. Rogue units of deputies continued to freely operate, resulting in federal lawsuits, a bunch of whistleblowing, and [re-reads report] the attempted removal of an LASD gang tattoo with a [re-re-reads report] handgun.

      • TechdirtSaudi Prosecutors Are Targeting A US Citizen For Tweets Criticizing The Government

        The Saudi government is decidedly unconcerned that other nations may have concerns about its censorship efforts. I mean, if need be, it will murder and dismember critics who prove unwilling to be silenced by less drastic efforts.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Decolonizing the Mind: A Narrative Spun 24 Hours a Day

        It is vital to free ourselves from belief in the systems of white supremacy and imperialism that are inculcated in the educational system and are affirmed and amplified by the media and establishment opinion. The recent death of Queen Elizabeth II puts the need for political and psychological liberation in high relief. We are encouraged to admire an anachronistic monarchy, and are exhorted to join in mourning an individual and a system that have caused great harm to Black and other oppressed people around the world.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

    • Monopolies

      • Copyrights

        • Torrent FreakNew Piracy Lawsuit Paves the Way for a FIFA World Cup Site Blocking Order

          Bell Media and several other companies have sued two “John Doe” operators of streaming servers at Canada’s Federal Court. The rightsholders want to take action to reduce the availability of pirated sports streams during the upcoming FIFA World Cup. The targeted services were allegedly indexed by popular streaming aggregators such as soccerstreamlinks.com and Bingsport.

        • Torrent FreakFrench Publishers Win Z-Library Piracy Blocking Order

          The National Publishing Union, an industry group representing more than 700 members in the publishing sector, says that legal action launched in the summer to prevent piracy has been successful. The expedited process at a Paris court targeted more than 200 domains related to Z-Library, all of which must now be blocked by French ISPs.

        • TechdirtStudy Shows That Copyright Filters Harm Creators Rather Than Help Them

          The EU Copyright Directive contains one of the worst ideas in modern copyright: what amounts to a requirement to filter uploads on major sites.  Despite repeated explanations of why this would cause huge harm to both creators and members of the public, EU politicians were taken in by the soothing words of the legislation’s proponents, who even went so far as to deny that upload filters would be required at all.

        • TechdirtRockstar Tries To Bury ‘GTA6’ Leak With DMCAs, Streisands Them Instead

          At this point, we probably have enough stories about companies trying to bury leaked information or content that hasn’t been publicly released via DMCA takedowns that it warrants its own metatag. It’s both amazing and frustrating that this is still a tactic companies, particularly tech companies, think somehow works. It doesn’t. Once a leak is out on the internet, the game is already over. That footage is out there, and trying to do battle with internet to disappear it just isn’t going to work.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Fed Up

        I’m just so tired at the moment. Work is wearing me down, I’m in pain all of the time, I’m so desperately lonely, and there’s absolutely nothing I can do about any of it. I’m trying to be positive but it’s hard. There’s so many things that I imagined I’d be doing at this point in my life. I know that it’s not a race and that there are genuine reasons for why I’m still living out of my childhood bedroom. It doesn’t stop me feeling that I’ve failed in some way.

      • introversion

        It was a long day, you want to be alone for a while, because the world just makes you tired, and you need some rest and time by yourself.

        Then right when you’re back home, the first thing you heard are people caring about you, which sounds good, but you were just too outwardly focused that you desperately need some inward time of yours.

        So you chose not to response, simply because it would be way too tiring to bother in a place of relaxation, and that you don’t really want to risk any “bad answers”, because you’re that type of a person to answer with cold answers without meaning it.

      • Stream

        Beat Roxanne with 0 losses, despite kayla wrongly declaring a poll otherwise (because I lost a pokemon before roxanne). To make things more interesting and less grind-y, I’m allowed to use rare candies to get my pokemon up to the right level before each gym.

      • SpellBinding: ACEOKLG Wordo: LOCKS
    • Politics

      • Putin vs Progessives

        Oh boy … deep breath … here goes …

        I am fascinated by the idea of a live debate between Putin and Feminists. Putin is called the strongman. I have seen quite a few videos of Putin and I can definitely say that he exudes a strong masculine energy. Detractors may say that his machismo is a product of deeper-seated insecurities, but I would reject that claim. He projects a lot of power that seems to be part of his make-up.

        His skill as a communicator is off the charts. Whilst Trump has that arrogant air about him, Putin always seems calm and analytical. Part of it may be that Trump is an extrovert, whilst Putin is an introvert. Trump is ESFP. Putin is an INTJ. Polar opposites in terns of personality. Putin’s ability to get to the heart of the matter is unparalleled.


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

Official Ubuntu Blog Has Just Promoted Microsoft Windows+Systemd

Posted in Microsoft, Windows at 12:38 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Ubuntu’s “Product Manager” (it’s not a community, it’s a product) Oliver Smith is at it again (he did it many times this year; it’s a marketing campaign*)

Systemd support lands in WSL – unleash the full power of Ubuntu today

Summary: When people try to install Ubuntu on their PC (if they can get past the illegal technical obstacles) Canonical recommends Microsoft's proprietary software and it also keeps promoting Windows (WSL); what sort of deal/s has Canonical signed with Microsoft [1, 2]? Ubuntu is fast becoming a ‘filthy’ distro [1, 2] like SUSE after Novell signed the deal with Microsoft.

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* They love “Linux” so much that they promote Windows.

Leverage the power of an #Ubuntu development environment on #Windows using Windows Subsystem for Linux (#WSL). Join Kyle Harper (Dell) Oliver Smith and Jean-Baptiste Lallement (Canonical) on a tour of Ubuntu on WSL.

Links 21/09/2022: Debuginfod in Ubuntu

Posted in News Roundup at 7:17 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

    • Server

      • Kubernetes BlogKubernetes 1.25: Use Secrets for Node-Driven Expansion of CSI Volumes

        Kubernetes v1.25, released earlier this month, introduced a new feature that lets your cluster expand storage volumes, even when access to those volumes requires a secret (for example: a credential for accessing a SAN fabric) to perform node expand operation. This new behavior is in alpha and you must enable a feature gate (CSINodeExpandSecret) to make use of it. You must also be using CSI storage; this change isn’t relevant to storage drivers that are built in to Kubernetes.

        To turn on this new, alpha feature, you enable the CSINodeExpandSecret feature gate for the kube-apiserver and kubelet, which turns on a mechanism to send secretRef configuration as part of NodeExpansion by the CSI drivers thus make use of the same to perform node side expansion operation with the underlying storage system.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • uni TorontoI believe SELinux needs active support from your distribution

        We have a single machine that uses SELinux, because it has a need for an unusually thorough level of security. This machine runs CentOS 7, because at the time we built this machine (several years ago), CentOS 7 was the obvious long term support Linux to use to get a high security, SELinux based environment. Since CentOS has effectively imploded, we are going to need to replace that machine with some other distribution before the middle of 2024, and the default choice is Ubuntu.

      • Barry KaulerKernel 5.15.69 compiled

        Preparing for the next release of EasyOS, have bumped the kernel to 5.15.69.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • VideoHow to install PyCharm Professional on Linux Mint 21 – Invidious

        In this video, we are looking at how to install PyCharm Professional on Linux Mint 21.

      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install Ultimaker Cura on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install Ultimaker Cura 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.

      • Make Use OfHow to Extend Logical Volumes on Ubuntu Server

        Running out of disk space and managing disk partitions has long been a headache for IT engineers. Luckily, Linux tries to solve this problem by using logical volumes.

        On Ubuntu Server, logical volumes are the default method for managing your server disk space. Unfortunately, when using these volumes, not all disk space is used up and this might leave you wondering where all your disk space went. Let’s take a look at how to adjust or increase your LVM hard disk space on Ubuntu.

      • Linux HintHow To Use Zenmap Nmap GUI

        This tutorial explains how to install and use the Zenmap Graphical User Interface for Nmap (Network Mapper) in Debian and Ubuntu Linux distributions.

        While the installation process focuses on Debian-based Linux distributions like Ubuntu (I also included instructions for CentOS), the rest of the tutorial on Zenmap usage is valid for all Linux distributions with popular X Window Managers.

        After reading this article, you can execute different scan types for various purposes, including vulnerability detection and exploitation. All instructions are optimized for new and experienced Nmap users.

        All examples in this document contain screenshots, making it easy for every reader.

      • Linux HintBash “For” Loop To Iterate Through an Array

        A “for” loop is a fundamental part of almost every programming language. It helps write the code you want to be repeated in the desired number of times. For Linux-based systems, Bash also features dedicated syntax that enables its users to leverage loops for automating their day-to-day tasks through scripts.

        Though you can use the “for” loop in a virtually infinite number of scenarios, this guide will look at three basic scenarios that you can plug into more extensive and complex scenarios to achieve bigger goals. We will explore three basic scenarios that employ the for loop for iterating through an array.

        To demonstrate the working of the “For” loop, I will demonstrate the Bash scripts using Ubuntu 22.04.

      • Linux HintHow to Install and Use the Deepin Screen Recorder

        Deepin is a reliable screen recorder. You can use it to capture screenshots and even record your screen. However, only the video gets recorded when recording the screen and not the audio. Still, the screen recorder is easy to use and offers some basic yet helpful editing.

        Using it to capture a screenshot has great features that help modify how the captured image should look. Before saving the screenshot, you can add texts and other shapes to the image. If you are looking for a good screen recorder, this guide covers on how to install and use the Deepin screen recorder.

      • Linux HintLinux Check If Port Is Blocked by Firewall

        We all know that network communication occurs because of the ports and sockets. A port allows you to connect to the desired web server at any time you want while using the Internet. However, there are times that the firewall running on your system blocks certain ports due to security concerns. Therefore, if you ever wish to find out whether your firewall blocks a certain port or not in Linux, then you can follow this guide.

      • UNIX CopHow to Install NextCloud on Ubuntu 22.04 with Snap

        We’ve talked a lot about Nextcloud because we love it, but today we offer you another method to get it. In this post, you will learn how to install Nextcloud using Snap on Ubuntu 22.04.

        Nextcloud is a self-hosted file share and collaboration platform. It works much like cloud applications like Dropbox and Google Drive. It allows you to store and share your files in a secure and convenient manner across both desktop and hand-held devices such as smartphones.

      • Make Tech EasierLinux Command Line Cheatsheet – Make Tech Easier

        Despite the beautiful interfaces found on most modern distros, knowledge of Linux command lines is a useful tool to have. Knowing these basic shortcuts can make you more efficient and supercharge your productivity, not to mention make coding at the terminal that much easier. Regardless of your current background knowledge of Linux, you can start using this list of useful Linux commands right away.

      • Linux JournalFileRun on Docker | Linux Journal

        You may want to set up a file server like FileRun for any number of reasons. The main reason, I would think, would be so you can have your own Google Drive alternative that is under your control instead of Google’s.

        FileRun claims to be “Probably the best File Manager in the world with desktop Sync and File Sharing,” but I think you’ll have to be the judge of that for yourself.

        Just to be completely transparent here, I like FileRun, but there is a shortcoming that I hope they will eventually fix. That shortcoming is that there are some, in my opinion, very important settings that are locked away behind an Enterprise Licence requirement.

        That aside, I really like the ease-of-use and flexibility of FileRun. So let’s take a look at it.

      • ByteXDHow to Chown Recursively in Linux – ByteXD

        A recursive action affects a file or directory with its subdirectories. We mainly use the -R option to denote a recursive action. chown is the primary command to change ownership.

        This tutorial simplifies changing a file’s ownership recursively. It starts by taking you through an overview of file permission and ownership in Linux. It then walks you through changing a file’s owner practically.

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

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Alacritty on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Alacritty is a free and open-source GPU-accelerated terminal emulator focused on performance and simplicity. By integrating with other applications, rather than reimplementing their functionality, it manages to provide a flexible set of features with high performance. Its supported platforms currently consist of BSD, Linux, macOS and Windows.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the Alacritty terminal emulator on Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 22.04 and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Pop!_OS, and more as well.

      • Make Use OfHow to Install REMnux on VirtualBox

        REMnux is a free and open-source reverse engineering and malware analysis-oriented Linux distribution based on Ubuntu 20.04. It’s a crowd favorite among professional malware analysts due to being modular and feature-rich.

        If you’re looking to kickstart your journey as a malware analyst, having REMnux in your arsenal is a must. Let’s learn how you can install REMnux on VirtualBox.

      • Create and Manage VirtualBox VM Groups – kifarunix.com

        In this tutorial, you will learn how to create and manage VirtualBox vm groups. In VirtualBox, it is possible to create virtual machines groups. You can group together virtual machines that servers the same purpose or just group them as you so wish.

      • XDACan the HP EliteBook 840 run Linux?

        Some of the best HP laptops are powered by just Windows. That said, if you’re considering buying the HP EliteBook 840 G9 for use in your operations, you might be wondering if it runs Linux. Well, the answer to that question is yes, but not officially, at least.

        We say that because while the HP EliteBook 840 G9 is not sold with a Linux configuration, Linux is an open-source operating system that can still run on almost any laptop (if you know the right tricks.) Also, most devices in businesses these days will run either macOS or Windows. Only specialty laptops like the XPS 13 Developer edition are sold with a Linux option. We’ll explain why that is in this guide and what you can do if you want to try Linux unofficially.

    • Games

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Kubuntu Council Elects 3 Councillors | Kubuntu

          Members of the Kubuntu Council are responsible for considering proposals made by the wider Kubuntu community. The council formalises and ratifies proposals, then votes to obtain an outcome which directs the course of progress for Kubuntu.

          On 11 September I (Rick Timmis) will have been a councilor for the Kubuntu Council for 5 years. Being a councilor is a lot of fun, provides a wonderful sense of fulfillment and also carries a lot of ‘Kudos’ in conversations with those of a technical persuasion.

          If you have been using Kubuntu for a while, and have explored some of our community, why not consider getting involved a little deeper ? We are always looking for testers, contributors, bug reporters, documentation, and blog writers.

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • Felipe Borges: Google Summer of Code 2022: It’s a wrap!

          Another program year is ending and we are extremely happy with the resulting work of our contributors!

          This year GNOME had nine Google Summer of Code projects covering various areas, from improving apps in our ecosystem to standardizing our web presence. We hope our interns had a glimpse of our community that motivated them to continue engaged with their projects and involved with the broad GNOME ecosystem.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • TalospaceVoid PPC Goes Chimera (and Bust)

      Void PPC maintainer Daniel Kolesa has announced that instead of simply phasing out big-endian support in Void in 2022, he will instead cease maintaining the PowerPC/Power ISA fork of Void Linux entirely in favour of Chimera Linux, a fusion of a Linux kernel, musl libc and FreeBSD userland built with LLVM. There may even be a return of support for big-endian, at least for 64-bit Power (32-bit Power to be considered), as well as Chimera’s core support for ppc64le, aarch64 and x86_64 (with 64-bit RISC-V coming).

    • BSD

      • MWL“OpenBSD Mastery: Filesystems” draft done!

        I’m asking tech reviewers to get any comments to me by 15 October 2022. That’s four weeks. It might seem tight, but experience shows that people either get their comments to me immediately, or wait until the last possible weekend. I’m not complaining–I do exactly the same thing. Please return any comments either a) in plain text, with enough context that I can find them when page numbers change, or b) as annotations directly on the PDF.

      • Ruben Schadearia2 can download torrent files, then their files

        For example, I can download NetBSD 9.2 by giving it the torrent file, instead of having to download it first…

      • DragonFly BSD DigestIn Other BSDs for 2020/09/17
    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • LinuxiacRHEL-Based EuroLinux Desktop Debuts on the Linux Scene

        EuroLinux Desktop is a modern operating system based on RHEL 9 intended for usage in office work, companies, and private users.

        Regarding Red Hat Enterprise Linux-based systems, the three most hyped names to date are AlmaLinux, Rocky Linux, and Oracle Linux. But, of course, they are far from exhausted the RHEL-based distributions competing for their share of the enterprise Linux segment.

        We are glad to introduce you to one of the less popular RHEL derivatives today, thanks to the release of the EuroLinux Desktop edition. But, before we go any further, let’s make a few necessary clarifications.

    • Debian Family

      • LWNDebian’s firmware vote [LWN.net]

        The Debian project has begun voting on changes to its approach to firmware needed to install a working distribution. The original ballot options described in this article are still there, but this is Debian so there are several others as well. Some of the additions include changes to the Debian Social Contract that explicitly allow the shipping of firmware needed to use Debian on hardware requiring that firmware.

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

    • Devices/Embedded

      • Stacey on IoT5 ways Matter will disappoint users at launch

        After participating in a panel on Matter at Silicon Labs’ Works With event on Tuesday and conversing with attendees throughout the event, I think the initial response to Matter is going to be tepid at best and downright aggravated at worst.

        One person I spoke with, who declined to be named for this article, said they had the feeling that, given the delays and the constant influx of new members to the Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA), which led to ballooning features requests, the CSA decided to just push something — anything — out. While I imagine the CSA’s thinking was probably along the lines of “Don’t let perfection be the enemy of the good,” based on my conversations, it may be that the 1.0 version of the standard may not be that good.

      • Pete WardenHow to build Raspberry Pi Pico programs with no software installation

        To solve this problem, I’ve actually turned to what might seem an unlikely tool, Google’s Colab service. If you have run across this, you probably associate it with Python notebooks, because that’s its primary use case. I’ve found it to be useful for a lot more though, because it effectively gives you a free, temporary Linux virtual machine that you control through the browser. Instead of running Python commands, you can run Linux shell commands by putting an exclamation point at the start. There are some restrictions, such as needing a Google account to sign in, and the file system disappearing after you leave the page or are idle too long, but I’ve found it great for documenting all sorts of installation and build processes in an accessible way.

      • CNX Software$199+ NVIDIA Jetson Orin Nano system-on-module delivers up to 40 TOPS – CNX Software

        NVIDIA Jetson Orin Nano system-on-module (SoM) is an update to the Jetson Nano entry-level Edge AI and robotics module that delivers up to 40 TOPS of AI performance, meaning it’s up to 80 times faster than the original module.

        The new SoM features an hexa-core Arm Cortex-A78AE processor, an up to 1024-core NVIDIA Ampere architecture GPU with 32 Tensor cores, up to 8GB RAM, and the same 260-pin SO-DIMM connector found in the Jetson Orin NX modules.

      • GamingOnLinuxIntel announce their NUC 12 Enthusiast Mini PC and Kit with Arc graphics

        Intel have revealed their new NUC 12 Enthusiast Mini PC and Kit (code-named Serpent Canyon) and I must admit, it looks and sounds pretty nice. Coming with an Intel Arc A770M GPU with 16GB GDDR6 VRAM, this new Mini PC has plenty going for it with a 12th Gen Intel Core™ i7-12700H mobile processor.

      • Linux GizmosNew Khadas Edge2 integrates Rockchip RK3588S and it launches at $199

        Khadas officially launched the Edge2 SBC featuring the powerful octa-core Rockchip RK3588S SoC along with a 6 TOPS performance NPU. The device is available in two models which offer upgradable RAM and storage capacity.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • Tom’s HardwareRaspberry Pi Live Streaming Camera Sports Microphone for Audio Support | Tom’s Hardware

        The Raspberry Pi’s camera support makes for an excellent go-to board for a huge variety of video-based projects. Such is the case today with this impressive live streaming rig created by Mark Lambiase. Lambiase has built an all-in-one device that can aid in his streaming needs without the need for any external components or accessories.

        The system is fitted with a camera module and can stream to platforms like YouTube in real time. The housing is made by Lambiase, as well, and shields it from excess light around the lens as well as any passing debris if used outside. It’s not water-tight, but it should protect the components inside from excess wear.

        In addition to the video streaming support, it has a built-in microphone that can capture audio for live streams. This is one of the best additions to the rig as it makes for a more dynamic stream. Whether you’re gaming or setting up a nature cam, no one can deny the useful impact of having a microphone thrown into the mix.

      • Tom’s HardwareLattePanda 3 Delta Review: The Maker Desktop | Tom’s Hardware

        If you need an all-in-one device that provides a typical desktop experience and a GPIO, LattePanda 3 Delta is a contender for your dollars.

        [...]

        Another group of alternatives are boards that can still be classified as SBCs but feature Intel CPUs at their core. The latest to cross our bench is the $279 LattePanda 3 Delta, a rather large and powerful SBC powered by an 11th Gen Intel Jasper Lake CPU. Because it is Intel based, we have an expansive choice of potential operating systems. LattePanda provides both Windows 10 and 11, but if Linux is more your thing, you are well catered for.

        [...]

        Essentially the LattePanda 3 Delta is an Intel x86 Jasper Lake based PC in a large single board computer form factor. This means that we are free to use Windows (LattePanda offers Windows 10 and 11 downloads via its site) or many other Linux distributions.

      • Tom’s HardwarePortable Raspberry Pi Tricorder Detects Starlink Satellites | Tom’s Hardware

        Just when you think the Raspberry Pi community has done it all, one maker boldly goes where no maker has gone before. Today we’ve got an exciting update to share: Maker and developer Saveitforparts is using his homemade Raspberry Pi Tricorder to detect Starlink satellites. If you’re wondering what a Tricorder is, these are handheld gadgets from the Star Trek universe used to scan the environment around them.

        Saveitforparts does just that with his Tricorder, using a variety of sensors to scan for things like RF signals and thermal bodies. We first reported on it last year, but today we’re excited to share the project’s latest update. There’s something quite appropriate in using a DIY Tricorder to scan for low-orbit satellites. In this case, he’s looking for Starlink satellites which are run by SpaceX and used to provide internet access and intended to reach global support within the coming years.

      • Bunnie HuangBook Review: Open Circuits – bunnie’s blog

        There’s a profound beauty in well-crafted electronics.

        Somehow, the laws of physics conspired with the evolution of human consciousness such that sound engineering solutions are also aesthetically appealing: from the ideal solder fillet, to the neat geometric arrangements of components on a circuit board, to the billowing clouds of standard cells laid down by the latest IC place-and-route tools, aesthetics both inspire and emerge from the construction of practical, everyday electronics.

      • Roberto FrennaOver-engineering my TV watching: Part 1: bypassing geo-block with a custom reverse proxy

        This is the first part of a series of posts where I will detail how I built a complex system to consume Italian TV abroad entirely from a single web app and a Chromecast.

      • ArduinoBeating unscrupulous arcade owners at their own games | Arduino Blog

        Mark Rober isn’t just a talented mechanical engineer and entertaining personality, he is also something of a champion of justice for the common man. He’s already proved that several times with his famous yearly porch pirate-targeted pranks, but now he’s taking on the corrupt fat cats running arcades for children. Those arcades are often full of rigged games that are either more difficult than they seem or downright unwinnable. In his most recent video, Rober built machines that could beat several of those games with ease.

        We don’t have enough space here to provide detail on every contraption that Rober created, but they all accomplish a common goal of defeating rigged arcade games. Some of those, like Skee-Ball, are only nefarious in the sense that have misleading difficulty and rely on misdirection to swindle players. Others, like Quik Drop, are almost impossible for humans to win. For good measure, Rober even made a robot that can block every shot a human opponent takes in air hockey.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • OpenSource.comMy favorite open source alternatives to Notion

      If you have notes to yourself scattered throughout your hard drive, you might need a notes application to collect and organize your personal reminders. A notes system can help you track ideas, important tasks, and works in progress. A popular application that isn’t open source is Notion, but here are two options that respect your privacy and data.

    • Liam ProvenEmuTOS and its relatives: a free ST-compatible OS based on DR’s GPL code

      I have an ST, and an Amiga, but I didn’t use either back in the day. But I think this is amazing work and really impressive.

      So I stuck in on HN and some pillock went “yah boo TOS sucks Amiga is better” like it was 1986. I paraphrase. I am unimpressed.

      In fact, while I don’t want to be mean, you’re missing two or possibly three different points… among which are the reasons I posted this link.

    • Events

      • FOSDEMFOSDEM 2023 dates: 4 & 5 February 2023

        FOSDEM 2023 will take place on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th of February 2023. We are aiming for a physical conference.

      • NetBSDEuroBSDCon 2022

        No videos are available yet to provide much-needed context to presentations, but we’ll keep you posted.

    • Web Browsers

      • Wasmtime Reaches 1.0: Fast, Safe and Production Ready!

        As of today, the Wasmtime WebAssembly runtime is now at 1.0! This means that all of us in the Bytecode Alliance agree that it is fully ready to use in production.

        In truth, we could have called Wasmtime production-ready more than a year ago. But we didn’t want to release just any WebAssembly engine. We wanted to have a super fast and super safe WebAssembly engine. We wanted to feel really confident when we recommend that people choose Wasmtime.

        So to make sure it’s production ready for all of you, a number of us in the Bytecode Alliance have been running Wasmtime in production ourselves for the past year. And Wasmtime has been doing great in these production environments, providing a stable platform while also giving us security and speed wins.

      • Chromium

        • [Old] IT World CAGoogle’s manifest V3 rules restrict AdGuard’s new ad blocker

          Another problem is the inability to load rules into the filtering engine from the extension’s server. With the new rules, AdGuard is now expected to define a set of declarative rules and let Chrome be in charge of the network filtering process. Since the new syntax for the rules is very limited, not all existing rules can be converted, including cookie rules that block certain trackers.

        • [Old] The Register UKAd blockers struggle under Chrome’s new rules

          The future of content blocking in web browsers looks a lot like the way it was described by Alexei Miagkov and Bennet Cyphers from the EFF last December. They wrote, “Under Manifest V2, extensions are treated like first-class applications with their own persistent execution environment. But under V3, they are treated like accessories, given limited privileges and only allowed to execute reactively.”

    • SaaS/Back End/Databases

      • A minimal distributed key-value database with Hashicorp’s Raft library

        So I built my own single-file example. It’s not perfect but it helped me get started and may help you too. We’ll walk through that code, ~260 lines of Go, in this post.

        The key-value database will only be able to set keys, not delete them. But it will be able to overwrite existing entries. And it will expose this distributed key-value database over an HTTP API.

      • TecMint20 mysqladmin Commands for MYSQL/MariaDB Database Administration

        mysqladmin is a command-line database administration utility that comes with MySQL/MariaDB server, which is used by Database Administrators to perform some basic MySQL tasks such as setting the root password, changing the root password, monitoring mysql processes, reloading privileges, creating/dropping databases, checking server status, show usage statistic, kill running queries, etc.

        The command to use mysqladmin and the general syntax is…

    • Programming/Development

      • [Old] Learn You a Haskell for Great Good!

        Welcome to Learn You a Haskell for Great Good! If you’re reading this, chances are you want to learn Haskell. Well, you’ve come to the right place, but let’s talk about this tutorial a bit first.

        I decided to write this because I wanted to solidify my own knowledge of Haskell and because I thought I could help people new to Haskell learn it from my perspective. There are quite a few tutorials on Haskell floating around on the internet. When I was starting out in Haskell, I didn’t learn from just one resource. The way I learned it was by reading several different tutorials and articles because each explained something in a different way than the other did. By going through several resources, I was able put together the pieces and it all just came falling into place. So this is an attempt at adding another useful resource for learning Haskell so you have a bigger chance of finding one you like. bird

        This tutorial is aimed at people who have experience in imperative programming languages (C, C++, Java, Python …) but haven’t programmed in a functional language before (Haskell, ML, OCaml …). Although I bet that even if you don’t have any significant programming experience, a smart person such as yourself will be able to follow along and learn Haskell.

      • Content based change detection with Make

        We can use Make and a couple of short shell scripts to implement file content-based caching and read/write that cache to remote storage, such as S3. The demo repository contains a version using minio for ease of demonstration.

      • Yoshua WuytsFutures Concurrency IV: Join Ergonomics

        On Thursday this week Rust 1.64 will be released, and in it it will include a stabilized version of IntoFuture. Much like IntoIterator is used in the desugaring of for..in loops, IntoFuture will be used in the desugaring of .await.

        In this post I want to show some of the ergonomics improvements IntoFuture might enable, inspired by Swift’s recent improvements in async/await ergonomics.

      • LWNThe perils of pinning

        Instead, he has come up with a solution that uses (or abuses) struct initialization and macros. Your editor will not attempt a full description of how it works; the whole thing can be seen in Lossin’s slides. Among other things, it requires using some complex macros that implement a not-Rust-like syntax, making the code look foreign even to those who are accustomed to Rust.

      • RlangEnforcing Style in an R Project

        In the previous post we looked at how to apply a linter and styler to a Python Project. Now we’re going to do the same for an R project. We’ll use the {precommit} R package to make the setup a breeze.

      • Daniel LemireEscaping strings faster with AVX-512

        Such a character-by-character approach is unlikely to provide the best possible performance on modern hardware.

      • Alexandru NedelcuJava’s Cultural Problem

        Java is good by modern standards, from a technical perspective, the platform having received a lot of improvements from Java 8 to 17. Unfortunately, it still stinks, and the problem is its “enterprise” culture.

        Let me illustrate the problem via examples …

      • Help Net SecurityThe 25 most popular programming languages and trends [Ed: It seems like a bunch of Microsoft boosters though; mentions "list of fastest-growing languages in GitHub’s 2018 and 2019 State of the Octoverse" (i.e. Microsoft as the dataset)]

        CircleCI released the 2022 State of Software Delivery report, which examines two years of data from more than a quarter billion workflows and nearly 50,000 organizations around the world, and provides insight for engineering teams to understand how they can better succeed.

      • Python

        • OpenSource.com6 Python interpreters to try in 2022

          Python, one of the most popular programming languages, requires an interpreter to execute the instructions defined by the Python code. In contrast to other languages, which compile directly into machine code, it’s up to the interpreter to read Python code and translate its instructions for the CPU performing the related actions. There are several interpreters out there, and in this article, I’ll take a look at a few of them.

    • Standards/Consortia

      • Matt RickardStandards, Protocols, and Platforms

        I came across an interesting article on standards/platforms by Michael Mignano, The Standards Innovation Paradox (and a rebuttal The Standards Innovation Paradox: is it real?). I don’t feel as strongly as the authors do about RSS, although I’ve collected my thoughts on RSS.

  • Leftovers

    • TechXploreSend in the drones: Unmanned aerial program offers independent testing and prototyping

      Ever since the Wright brothers innovated in the back of their bicycle shop in Dayton, Ohio, aviation has been—at heart—a nuts-and-bolts endeavor. For all the sophisticated equipment Idaho National Laboratory’s Unmanned Aerial Systems team has at its disposal for testing high-tech cameras, radios and sensors, there is still a lot of gearhead ingenuity involved.

      Here, a $500,000 high-tech surveillance camera is kept aloft on an aircraft powered by a 1/2-horsepower gasoline engine adapted from a Honda pressure washer. The launching catapult for the plane is basically an oversized potato gun.

    • Bryan LundukeThe (very real) history of :-) – by Bryan Lunduke

      This is Scott Fahlman. Wearing a T-Shirt celebrating his creation.

    • Hardware

      • Old VCROld Vintage Computing Research: Refurb weekend: New batteries for the Palm Pilots

        Everything portable has a battery, and every portable thing’s battery dies. This is bad on earlier PalmOS devices that lack a non-volatile file system because they’ll lose their data and you’ll lose your mind. Fortunately many of my stable of Palm Pilots and other PalmOS devices use regular old batteries (like my original USRobotics Pilot 1000 and Handspring Visor Deluxe); of my rechargeable units, the AlphaSmart dana has a replaceable battery (I have multiple spares, or you can use regular batteries), and so does the Palm Centro, which has a non-volatile file system to boot.

      • IT WireiTWire – India PC shipments fall below 5m for first time in four quarters [Ed: Terrible news for Windows, helps explains why many PCs there are converted to GNU/Linux]

        India’s PC shipments for the second quarter of 2022 dropped to 4.6 million units, a fall of 12%, the technology analyst firm Canalys says.

        The company, which includes desktops, notebooks and tablets when counting PC shipments, said in a statement this was the first time shipments had fallen below five million units in the last four quarters.

        Notebooks were the biggest contributor with 2.6 million units, though this was only 2% year-on-year growth. By contrast, desktops saw 70% year-on-year growth, though this amounted to only 900,000 units shipped.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Nanoplastics can move up the food chain from plants to insects and from insects to fish

        “Our results show that lettuce can take up nanoplastics from the soil and transfer them into the food chain. This indicates that the presence of tiny plastic particles in soil could be associated with a potential health risk to herbivores and humans if these findings are found to be generalizable to other plants and crops and to field settings. However, further research into the topic is still urgently needed,” lead author, Dr Fazel Monikh of the University of Eastern Finland concludes.

      • The NationA Higher Court

        In October 2019, a scant few months before the coronavirus was first detected in Wuhan, the Brooklyn Nets and the Los Angeles Lakers were scheduled to play a low-stakes exhibition game in Shanghai before the start of the upcoming season. The game was part of the league’s ongoing courtship of international markets, but it was suddenly overshadowed by a tweet from then–Houston Rockets executive Daryl Morey that seemed to express support for the protests in Hong Kong. (The since-deleted tweet was an image that read: “Fight for Freedom Stand With Hong Kong.”) The protests had been ongoing since March, but the backlash was immediate: The Chinese Basketball Association suspended its relationship with the Rockets, while Chinese state television and the streaming giant Tencent announced that they would stop broadcasting NBA games. The Nets’ scheduled visit to a Chinese school was canceled, but the exhibition game eventually took place despite the tense atmosphere.

    • Proprietary

      • Adobe to Acquire Figma

        Figma’s mission is to help teams collaborate visually and make design accessible to all. Founded by Dylan Field and Evan Wallace in 2012, the company pioneered product design on the web. Today, it is making it possible for everyone who designs interactive mobile and web applications to collaborate through multi-player workflows, sophisticated design systems and a rich, extensible developer ecosystem. Figma has attracted a new generation of millions of designers and developers and a loyal student following.

      • ReutersAdobe to buy Figma in $20 billion bid on future of work that spooks investors

        Adobe Inc agreed on Thursday to acquire cloud-based designer platform Figma for $20 billion, sparking investor concerns about the rich price tag that led to a drop of more than $30 billion in the market value of the Photoshop maker.

      • BloombergAdobe Tumbles After Deal to Buy Figma for About $20 Billion

        The deal announced by Adobe, which is a mix of half cash and half stock, confirms an earlier Bloomberg report and would mark the biggest ever takeover of a private software company, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. It’s also Adobe’s biggest acquisition and the market found the deal expensive, sending shares to their steepest single-day decline since 2010.

      • CNBCAdobe shares plunge on deal to acquire design platform Figma for $20 billion

        Figma, whose backers include the likes of Index Ventures, Greylock Partners and Kleiner Perkins, is expected to generate more than $400 million in annual recurring revenue this year, sources familiar with the company’s financials previously told CNBC. Adobe confirmed Figma’s ARR will surpass $400 million exiting 2022.

        That means Adobe is paying in the neighborhood of 50 times revenue at a time when sales multiples for cloud software are contracting dramatically from their record highs reached last year. For the top cloud companies in the BVP Nasdaq Emerging Cloud Index, forward multiples have fallen to just over 9 times revenue from about 25 in February 2021.

      • New York TimesAdobe Agrees to Buy Figma, a Design Platform, for $20 Billion

        Figma, which was founded in 2012, has raised more than $332 million in funding, according to Crunchbase, and was valued at $10 billion in 2021. The company allows multiple people to collaborate on design projects in the same files at once.

      • FortuneWall Street thinks Adobe overpaid for Figma. Why company officials are confident in their $20 billion purchase

        Nearly a decade ago, Brown University student Dylan Field made a big bet on himself. The college junior dropped out of the Ivy League school after earning a $100,000, Peter Thiel-sponsored fellowship to chase his entrepreneurial dreams.

        Field’s first product, drone-modifying software, didn’t pan out. His next venture, the collaborative software editing company Figma, very much did. It sold Thursday for $20 billion (pending regulatory approval).

      • ABCAdobe buying Figma in $20B cash-and-stock deal

        The companies said that Figma’s web-based, multi-player capabilities will accelerate the delivery of Adobe’s creative cloud technologies on the web, making the creative process more productive and accessible to more people.

      • [Old] Sorbet Leopard – Your Power Mac Unleashed (Revision 1.5 Released)

        I would like to make absolutely clear that there are NO “free” and “paid” versions of Sorbet Leopard. Sorbet is, has always been, and always will be a freely available passion project made in earnest specifically for certain compatible models of the PowerPC-based Power Macintosh, intended to be used exclusively by the vintage Mac community. It was created with the express purpose of simply making life easier on these two-decade-old machines, and absolutely no other reason besides that.

        That aside, due to running the risk of downloading potentially tampered or outdated images, I strongly advise against acquiring any builds of Sorbet Leopard from any sources other than either Macintosh Garden or the MediaFire backup mirror (also available on Macintosh Garden), which are the only locations at present where all hosted builds are officially maintained and updated.

        Moreover, Sorbet Leopard does not contain any code, assets, or components from any builds of the recently discovered Mac OS X Snow Leopard early alpha whatsoever. The system components are comprised primarily of highly matured binaries / libraries found in the final releases of both Mac OS X 10.5.8 and 10.6.8, with the remainder portion being made up of newer community software.

      • BarronsApple to Hike App Store Prices in Europe and Asia

        The tech giant said app prices and in-app purchases will increase in all countries using the euro currency as well as Chile, Egypt, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Poland, South Korea, Sweden, Vietnam.

      • MacworldApple prepares large App Store price hike in Europe and elsewhere

        The increase will take place on October 5 and will apply to the existing pricing tiers: In the Euro zone, for example, the lowest (non-free) tier will increase from €0.99 to €1.19. Developers are free to compensate for the higher tier prices by dropping their apps to a lower tier, but may not be able to keep the price exactly the same.

        In full, there are updated tier price lists for the Euro zone (plus a separate list for Montenegro), Chile, Egypt, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Poland, South Korea, Sweden, and Vietnam. The Verge notes that Japan is facing the highest increase, with prices rising by more than 30 percent.

      • ReutersApple to raise App Store prices in some countries in Europe, Asia

        Apart from euro zone countries, the price increases will hit Sweden and Poland in Europe; Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, South Korea and Vietnam in Asia; and Chile in South America.

      • MacRumorsApp Store Prices to Increase in Europe Next Month

        For those unfamiliar with how App Store pricing works, Apple provides developers with preset tiers that they can price their app at, and these tiers will be increasing for the euro next month. For example, tier one will be rising from €0.99 to €1.19, while the maximum tier is set to increase from €999 to €1,199, according to Apple.

      • AppleInsiderApple to hike App Store prices in Europe and other countries in October

        The changes are set to take place as early as October 5, 2022, and will include the prices of apps and in-app purchases but exclude auto-renewable subscriptions.

      • 9to5MacApple to raise App Store prices in multiple countries next month

        There are no details as to why Apple will increase App Store prices in these countries, but this is probably related to the exchange rate of local currencies dropping against the dollar. For instance, the euro has now reached parity with the dollar, something that has never happened in the last 20 years. Apple products have also become more expensive in Europe for the same reason.

      • CNAApple to raise App Store prices in some countries in Europe, Asia

        A rapid rise in inflation, interest rates and energy prices this year has hammered the yen, the euro and most emerging economy currencies. The euro has dropped to two-decade lows this year and has been languishing around parity against the dollar for weeks.

      • NasdaqApple to raise App Store prices in some countries in Europe, Asia

        Apple Inc AAPL.O said on Tuesday it will raise prices of apps and in-app purchases on its App Store from next month in all of the euro zone and some countries in Asia and South America.

      • CNBCApple hiked the price of the iPhone 14 in key markets despite keeping it the same in the U.S.

        The iPhone 14 base model will start at $799, the same amount that it initially charged for last year’s iPhone 13. The highest price iPhone 14 Pro Max starts at $1,099, the same as the iPhone 13 Pro Max.

      • MacRumorsApple Executive Responds to Annoying iOS 16 Copy and Paste Prompt: ‘Absolutely Not Expected Behavior’

        Apple has responded to user complaints regarding an annoying pop-up in iOS 16 that asks for user permission if an app wants to access the clipboard to paste text, images, and more.

        [...]

        As user annoyance with the behavior boils high, Apple has finally responded, saying the constant pop-up is not how the feature is intended to work. MacRumors reader Kieran sent an email to Craig Federighi and Tim Cook, complaining about the constant prompt and advocating for Apple to treat access to the clipboard the same way iOS treats third-party access to location, camera, microphone, and more.

    • Security

      • BBCHow is a thief taking thousands from London gym-goers?

        A serial thief is targeting London gym-goers and emptying their bank accounts, a BBC Radio 4 investigation has found.

        Journalist Shari Vahl from the You and Yours programme has spoken to a number of women with near-identical experiences – all of which included the loss of many thousands of pounds.
        Vahl shared her findings with the Met Police, which had previously closed a number of individual investigations, to show the cases could be linked.

        Now the force will reopen the inquiry.

      • Bruce SchneierCredit Card Fraud That Bypasses 2FA [Ed: 'Smart' things are not smart, they're fake security]

        Someone in the UK is stealing smartphones and credit cards from people who have stored them in gym lockers, and is using the two items in combination to commit fraud…

      • Trinity Guard Brings Security Suite Up to Speed with IBM i 7.5 – IT Jungle

        IBM put a major focus on improving security with the release of IBM i 7.5 earlier this year, with stronger out-of-the-box default configurations, new password controls, and improved monitoring. With the launch of TG Suite 3.0, Trinity Guard is helping its customers get the most out of those security improvements.

      • LinuxInsiderGoogle Debugs, JFrog Jumps Code, Confidential Kubernetes, Meta-PyTorch [Ed: Google spun as a security champion even though it works for NSA and has already been caught putting back-doored ciphers inside Linux]

        As the open-source model continues to prove its sustainability in the enterprise, the software community is ramping up its security mindedness. That concern was evident in recent weeks as leading Linux groups led the way for better code security.

        Google announced a new initiative to zero in on software vulnerabilities. Already a generous provider of patching incentives, the software developer upped the ante to encourage more researchers to submit troublesome codes for cash.

        Edgeless Systems made a striking open-source contribution, JFrog offered advancements in support a more polished Rust Foundation, and Facebook, too, pushed the limits for Meta AI.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • LawfareThe Data Broker Caught Running Anti-Abortion Ads—to People Sitting in Clinics

          In 2015, Copley Advertising and its one owner and employee John Flynn provided these capabilities to Bethany Christian Services, an anti-abortion, Michigan-based, evangelical Christian organization that provides adoption services—though until 2021, not to LGBTQ+ parents—and whose website features articles about women deciding to not get an abortion. According to the settlement with the Massachusetts attorney general, Copley Advertising geofenced medical facilities for Bethany Christian Services, including reproductive health clinics, in New York City; Columbus, Ohio; Richmond, Virginia; St. Louis, Missouri; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It then enabled Bethany Christian Services to run ads to devices within a geofenced area—including abortion clinic waiting rooms.

        • The NationThe Prying Eyes of Social Media

          When the Finnish prime minister, Sanna Marin, was recently captured on video dancing at a party with friends, a great deal of ink was spilled evaluating her behavior. She was criticized for conduct unbecoming a prime minister and for an exuberance that some on the far right gleefully—and falsely—claimed must have been excited by illicit drug use. This framing put the onus on Marin to closely monitor herself even in closed rooms, and it does the same for us all. It compels us to perpetually distrust weddings, birthday parties—anywhere there are others who have cell phones. Ascribing the video’s circulation to individual intentionality restricts our imagination to carelessness and “leaks.” One cybersecurity expert “raised the possibility Russia had hacked the phone or social accounts of someone who is part of the close circle of the Finnish premier.”

    • Defence/Aggression

    • Environment

      • Energy

        • Helsinki TimesYLE: LNG from Russia used to fill up new terminal in Hamina, Finland

          A LONG-AWAITED tanker filled with liquefied natural gas (LNG) arrived in Hamina, a coastal town in south-eastern Finland, on Monday, reports YLE.

        • Xe’s BlogMy new, weird smartcard and how I learned to use it

          When you speak for professional conferences, sometimes you get a goodie bag with random stuff in it. Recently I spoke at RustConf about authentication technologies. Among other things (such as a very nice picnic bag that I will be sure to make use of), I got a Ledger Nano X hardware cryptocurrency wallet. It is a custom engraved one too. It looks really, really nice. Here’s a picture of it: [...]

    • Finance

      • CoryDoctorowThe Chokepoint Capitalism tour

        I’m writing this from a hotel room in Ottawa, the day before the first event in the tour Chokepoint Capitalism, the book Rebecca Giblin and I are about to publish with Beacon Press; this tour is a little different from the usual so I thought I’d do a post explaining how it’ll all work.

        This is my first tour since the pandemic hit; I had four (!) book releases during the first year of the lockdown and did a slew of online events. In some ways, these were amazing: I could do a UK event in the morning and a US event in the evening. But I don’t think anyone – not the booksellers, nor the readers, nor the special guests who helped me out – would say they were as good as an in-person event.

      • The StrategistA shift to Asia won’t solve Russia’s economic woes

        Russian President Vladimir Putin sought this month to contrast the vibrant economies of Asia with the decadence of the West, signalling that Russia’s future lay with the East.

        The economic and political dominance of the United States was waning, he told an economic forum in Vladivostok, and the Western elites were blind to the ‘irreversible, or should I say tectonic shifts’ in international relations as emerging nations, led by the Asia–Pacific, played a much bigger role.

        ‘Asia–Pacific countries emerged as new centres of economic and technological growth, attracting human resources, capital and manufacturing.’

      • New York Times[Reposted] ‘Crippling’ Energy Bills Force Europe’s Factories to Go Dark

        The furnace, heated to 1,500 degrees Celsius, was glowing red. Workers at the Arc International glass factory loaded it with sand that slowly pooled into a molten mass. Nearby on the factory floor, machines transformed the shapeless liquid with a blast of hot air into thousands of delicate wine glasses, destined for sale to restaurants and homes worldwide.

        Nicholas Hodler, the chief executive, surveyed the assembly line, shimmering blue with natural gas flames. For years, Arc had been powered by cheap energy that helped turn the company into the world’s largest producer of glass tableware — and a vital employer in this working-class region of northern France.

      • VoxStudent loan forgiveness isn’t the midterms savior some Democrats wanted – Vox

        But there’s one “win” some Democrats are concerned may be more of a liability than an asset: the Biden administration’s plan to cancel up to $20,000 in student loans.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • IdiomdrottningBalance of Power

        The “false balance” media bias is one reason for this.

        False balance, also bothsidesism, is a media bias in which journalists present an issue as being more balanced between opposing viewpoints than the evidence supports. […] producers and editors may feel that a story portrayed as a contentious debate will be more commercially successful than a more accurate account of the issue. Unlike most other media biases, false balance may stem from an attempt to avoid bias; producers and editors may confuse treating competing views fairly—i.e., in proportion to their actual merits and significance—with treating them equally, giving them equal time to present their views even when those views may be known beforehand to be based on false information.

      • VarietyLinkedIn Hires Ex-CNN Digital Exec Courtney Coupe as First Head of Original Programming

        Coupe comes to LinkedIn with nearly 20 years of media experience. At CNN, where she worked for more than seven years, she had led content strategy and programming for CNN+, before Warner Bros. Discovery shut down the subscription-video service one month after it launched earlier this year. In addition, Coupe oversaw all development and production for CNN Audio’s slate of podcasts, including Anderson Cooper’s recently launched “All There Is With Anderson Cooper.”

      • GizmodoApple’s Quietly Funding an ‘Astroturf Lobbying Group’ Claiming to Represent App Developers

        Washington D.C. tech industry group The App Association boldly refers to itself as, “the leading industry voice on the app economy,” and says it represents more than 5,000 app makers and connected device companies spread out around 27 countries worldwide.

      • QuartzNever mind Elon Musk: Twitter’s bots are actually good

        With Elon Musk’s $44 billion acquisition of Twitter hanging in the legal balance, bots—automated twitter accounts that, in Musk’s words, inspired him to purchase the platform and then, later, gave him an excuse to back out of the deal—have been at the center of attention.

        The focus has mainly been on spam bots that harass users or try to sucker them into scams, often related to cryptocurrency. Still, legal experts are skeptical that arguments over the precise ratio of bots to active human users will scuttle the deal. But in the controversy, something important got lost: Bots are great! I like bots.

      • GizmodoThe Pentagon Is Reportedly Auditing the U.S. Military’s Own Pro-America Social Media Psyop
      • Michael West MediaMurdoch takes a pay cut, ABC spends big on Queen – Michael West

        As Queen Elizabeth is laid to rest, only one living person remains who can match her for length of service at the head of a family firm. And while Rupert Murdoch’s publications have caused the royal family plenty of grief, there are many similarities between him and the late monarch.

      • Misinformation/Disinformation

        • RTLMisinformation shrouds Philippine martial law era horrors

          Amnesty estimates thousands of people were killed and tens of thousands tortured and imprisoned after Marcos imposed martial law on September 21, 1972.

          Under legislation signed in 2013 by former president Benigno Aquino, 11,103 victims of torture, killings, enforced disappearances and other abuses have been officially recognised and compensated.

          In the run-up to Wednesday’s 50th anniversary of the start of martial law, pro-Marcos posts have flooded Facebook and TikTok with false and misleading claims that cast doubt on Amnesty’s findings and downplay the abuses.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • [Old] Death threats against bloggers are NOT “protected speech” (why I cancelled my ETech presentations)

        Update: I could not bear to leave this post up on the site, as one of the last things people will see and remember about this blog — and especially with that horrible photo. So, I have moved the post to a separate web page here. The content is exactly as it was posted, athough it lost some formatting. Comments are closed (after 1100 of them), but you can still read them here. I deleted only one comment from this thread.

      • RTLHong Kong arrests harmonica player for sedition at queen vigil

        A police source confirmed to AFP that the man arrested was the harmonica player.

        After 2019′s democracy protests, China has cracked down on dissent in Hong Kong using national security legislation and charges of sedition.

        The latter is a colonial-era law that had fallen into obscurity for decades until prosecutors dusted it off in the aftermath of the protests.

        The song “Glory to Hong Kong” contains the popular protest chant “liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times” which has been declared by the courts to be a threat to national security.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • Jacobin MagazineSecret Documents Have Exposed the CIA’s Julian Assange Obsession

        Stefania Maurizi was no stranger to the Ecuadorian embassy in London. The Italian investigative reporter had worked as a partner journalist with WikiLeaks for all its major releases since 2009. Maurizi had also pursued litigation in four separate countries seeking to compel their governments to release information about Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. Assange, at that point, was trapped in the embassy. In 2012, Ecuador’s democratic socialist government granted him political asylum, but the United Kingdom made clear they would arrest the journalist should he ever set foot outside the embassy. Maurizi had visited him a number of times.

        While Maurizi met with Assange on December 29, 2017, embassy security held on to her electronics for the duration of the visit. As she talked to her journalistic counterpart, employees of the Spanish security firm UC Global accessed her devices, photographed them, disassembled one of her phones, and removed its SIM card. On at least one occasion, the same security contractor took audio and video recordings of her meeting with Assange.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • NPRWhy your bad boss will probably lose the remote-work wars

        Nicholas Bloom, one of the co-authors of this new study, is an economist at Stanford University. Over the last few years, Bloom has been a machine, pumping out some of the best research we have on remote work to date.

        The biggest battle in the remote wars between bosses and office workers, Bloom says, was fought back in 2020. “Everyone wanted more days than their employers were committing to after the pandemic,” Bloom says. “That battle was just decisively won by employees. The employees routed employers. Employers basically had to shift.”

      • RTLNew Iran protests over woman’s death after ‘morality police’ arrest

        Public anger has grown since authorities on Friday announced the death of Mahsa Amini, 22, in a hospital after three days in a coma, following her arrest by Tehran’s morality police during a visit to the capital on September 13. Demonstrations were held in Tehran, including in several universities, and the second city Mashhad, according to the Fars and Tasnim news agencies.

      • NPRFor the first time in 230 years, Congress has full U.S. Indigenous representation

        With her recent swearing-in, it became official for the first time in more than 230 years: A Native American, a Native Alaskan and a Native Hawaiian are all members of the House — fully representing the United States’ Indigenous people for the first time, according to Rep. Kaiali’i Kahele of Hawaii. Now, there are six Indigenous Americans who are representatives in the House.

      • CSP: Platteville PD vehicle with female suspect inside hit by train

        A 20-year-old female suspect was taken to the hospital after the Platteville police vehicle she was in was hit by a train Friday evening. The officer was not in the vehicle when the train struck the patrol car, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigations.

      • Kansas CityCops put woman in police car parked on tracks, CO officials say. Then a train came

        Officers placed the woman in the back of the Platteville officer’s patrol car and went to search her vehicle, the release said.

        A train traveling northbound then hit the police car, the agency said.

      • Counter PunchJustice for Farmworkers

        Currently farmworkers must vote at a site specified by the state’s Agricultural Relations Board, and supporters of the bill argue that mail-in ballots would free the workers, many of whom are undocumented, from intimidation and retaliation by employers.

    • Monopolies

      • RFIGoogle loses appeal against record EU antitrust fine

        The European Union’s second-highest court on Wednesday overwhelmingly upheld the EU’s record fine against Google over its Android operating system for mobile phones, slightly reducing the fee for technical reasons.

        In a statement, the EU’s General court said it “largely confirms the commission’s decision that Google imposed unlawful restrictions on manufacturers of Android mobile devices” in order to benefit its search engine.

      • AccessNowMeta and Google must use their powers to stop Myanmar’s alternative propaganda machine

        The Myanmar junta’s intensifying control of online spaces must be stopped — Google and Meta must use their powers to intervene. As part of its efforts to dominate and weaponize the internet against people, the military is planning to “ban” Facebook (Meta) and YouTube (Google) across the country. Access to both platforms has already been curtailed, with some people using Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) to connect — a workaround likely to be penalized under the new censorship measures, and cemented in the disastrous draft cybersecurity law.

        As military-run government agencies in Myanmar use Google products, and Meta has international sway, these companies can use their leverage to challenge the ban and the likelihood of the junta penalizing people for accessing blocked sites through other means.

        “The Myanmar junta is determined to silence people by stamping out all means of communication and expression,” said Wai Phyo Myint, Asia Pacific Policy Analyst at Access Now. “The military aggressively propagates hate and stifles dissent, while creating communication blackholes that hide its own human rights violations.”

      • Copyrights

        • Publishing PerspectivesFrench Publishers Cheer a Court’s Order to Block a Book Piracy Site

          A judgment was handed down in Paris on August 25, according to SNE and that court ruling has ordered Internet service providers to block the site (and associated domain names) of a piracy group called “Z-Library.” The result, according to the syndicate, is that 209 domain names and their extensions on mirror sites are being rendered inaccessible.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

    • Technical

      • Vim Has Spoiled Me

        I started using vim about two years ago. Powering through the steep learning curve was something I knew I had to persevere through as I started my journey into the world of Linux and minimal computing.

        Over time I became much more comfortable using vim and it’s now my go-to editor. I write all my content for this capsule and my other blogs in vim and I’ve only now started to realize the dramatic increase in efficiency versus common word processors.

        Over the last few days I’ve had to spend a lot more time in LibreOffice Writer and it felt so clunky compared to vim. I’m not a programmer, so I’m almost exclusively using vim to write prose. And I’ll be honest, in the beginning I would give up half way through typing something up because I was spending most of my time looking up a command for something I needed to do. However, over time, muscle-memory kicked in and I started to remember the commands and tricks I used most. The best part is that I’m not even close to realizing the benefits of all the tools available to me.

      • Using Arion to use NixOS modules in containers

        NixOS is cool, but it’s super cool because it has modules for many services, so you don’t have to learn how to manage them (except if you want them in production), and you don’t need to update them like a container image.

      • “I Just Play Here”

        As I mentioned in my last post I’ve been pretty hooked on OpenTTD lately (that’s also why I haven’t been as active posting).

        I decided to try a multiplayer game and looked in the listing for one that had active players and wasn’t password protected. I picked one of them at random and joined.

        There was one other player there and we’ve chatted a bit. Apparently it’s just been them for a very long time, with others popping in and leaving immediately from time to time. It’s been fun sharing a world with someone.


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

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