Links 19/10/2022: Many New Videos and antiX-22 Released

Posted in News Roundup at 6:49 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Make Use OfDo You Really Need to Shut Down Your Linux PC?

      Linux servers run for days, months, and even years on end. Does the same hold true for Linux desktops?

      It’s a well-known fact that Windows PCs need to be shut down or restarted on a semi-regular schedule to preserve their stability and apply security updates from Microsoft. If you fail to do this, your machine could crash, and in all likelihood will shut down by itself anyway. But the same isn’t always true for Linux systems. Here’s why.

    • Server

      • Cockpit 278

        Cockpit is the modern Linux admin interface. We release regularly.


        Podman now displays CPU, memory usage, ports, and volumes of the containers in a pod.


        Podman can now create pods, including optional port and volume mappings.

      • Red Hat OfficialRed Hat OpenShift security portfolio grows with new Red Hat Insights Vulnerability service

        Red Hat Insights, which is included with Red Hat subscriptions, analyzes platforms and applications to help enterprises manage hybrid cloud environments. Insights uses predictive analytics and deep domain expertise to reduce complex operational tasks from hours to minutes, including identifying security and performance risks, tracking licenses and managing costs.

      • Container JournalSysdig Adds Kubernetes Cost Monitoring Tool to Portfolio – Container Journal

        Sysdig today adds a Cost Advisor module for Kubernetes clusters to its portfolio of tools for managing and securing container environments.

        Aaron Newcomb, director of product marketing for Sysdig, says as an extension of the existing Sysdig Monitor service, the Cost Advisor module eliminates the need for IT teams to deploy a separate platform to track Kubernetes costs.

      • Container JournalWhen Kubernetes-as-a-Service Doesn’t Cut It – Container Journal

        When it comes to installing and managing your own Kubernetes service, the advice you’ll usually hear is, “Don’t do it!” But sometimes, that advice is wrong.

      • FOSSLifeHow to Use Checkmk to Monitor Your Home Router

        Every organization needs monitoring to make sure that servers, networks, applications, cloud assets, and other elements work as they should. Monitoring also provides timely alerts, and it helps IT teams track down the causes of (potential) problems. Having a suitable monitoring tool will help you resolve problems faster, ideally before they have an impact on operational systems. Checkmk is an open source monitoring tool that is ideally suited for modern hybrid environments, combining enterprise-grade scalability and security with the extendibility of open source software.

        In most cases, Checkmk runs on a dedicated server or virtual machine (VM). As I am just running a small monitoring setup for my home office environment, my host will be my computer with Ubuntu 18.04. The computer has four CPU cores and 4GB of RAM, which is more than enough to get started. Checkmk also runs on other Linux distributions, such as Debian, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS, or SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, and you can also run Checkmk on a Docker container or virtual appliance. If you install Checkmk on a dedicated host, the only additional steps you need are transferring the files to the server.

        Checkmk can monitor anything with an IP address, including servers, cloud assets, and network devices, as well as systems that belong to the Internet of Things (IoT). For this article, I chose to monitor my TP-Link router. Checkmk also comes ready-equipped with reasonable thresholds for alerts. These pre-configured thresholds will come in handy, because your monitoring will be up and running within a few minutes without you having to worry about setting up alerts.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • VideoSolus GNOME 4.3 Quick overview #linux #SolusOS – Invidious

        A Quick Overview of Solus GNOME 4.3

      • VideoRedcore Linux Proves Gentoo Doesn’t Have To Be Difficult – Invidious

        Redcore Linux is a distribution based on Gentoo Linux using the KDE Plasma desktop environment. Redcore comes with a easy-to-use graphical installer, and Redcore has it’s own easy-to-use package manager named Sisyphus.

      • Tux Digital34: Failed Closed Source – Linux Out Loud – TuxDigital

        This week, Linux Out Loud chats about when closed-source services fail you.

        Welcome to episode 34 of Linux Out Loud. We fired up our mics, connected those headphones as we searched the community for themes to expound upon. We kept the banter friendly, the conversation somewhat on topic, and had fun doing it.

      • Tux Digital35: Linux Shipped – Linux Out Loud – TuxDigital

        This week, Linux Out Loud chats about open software paired with open hardware.

        Welcome to episode 35 of Linux Out Loud. We fired up our mics, connected those headphones as we searched the community for themes to expound upon. We kept the banter friendly, the conversation somewhat on topic, and had fun doing it.

      • mintCast Podcast398 – I Hear A Leak, Must Be Android – mintCast

        First up in the news: Debian carries buffer patches, IceWM 3, Wireshark 4, free Ubuntu Pro for all, KDE winds down Plasma 5, VirtualBox 7, Proton drives prices, and dreams of Forky;

        In security and privacy: New Chinese malware for everything, Intel springs a leak, and Android’s leak exposed;

        Then in our Wanderings: Joe futzes with his 3D printer, while Moss continues to fight with Mint 21;

        In our Innards section, we begin a historical journey through Linux distros;

        And finally, the feedback and a couple of suggestions

      • VideoUbuntu 22.10 overview | Upgrade your desktop. – Invidious

        In this video, I am going to show an overview of Ubuntu 22.10 and some of the applications pre-installed.

      • VideoYour Raspberry Pi as a Desktop – DeskPi Lite Full Review – Invidious

        The Raspberry Pi can be transformed into a full desktop PC (with the right parts, at least). In this video, Jay reviews the DeskPi Lite, which is a case for your Raspberry Pi that transforms it into a desktop!

      • VideoPossible Future GitHub Copilot Lawsuit – Invidious

        Word came out about some lawyers starting an investigation on GitHub Copilot to determine if a lawsuit is appropriate. In this video I’ll break this down for everyone and give you my thoughts too.

      • Linux in the Ham ShackLHS Epsiode #485: QSLing Deep Dive | Linux in the Ham Shack

        Hello and welcome to Episode 485 of Linux in the Ham Shack. In this episode, the hosts discuss the art and science of sending and receiving QSL cards, either physically or digitally. There are several methods and it can be something of a chore to navigate. We hope you enjoy this episode and have a great week.

      • FLOSS Weekly 703: Hacker’s Ethical Dilemma – Marcus Sailler, Ethical Hacking

        In cybersecurity, there isn’t an ethical dilemma for bad actors, but there is for good ones making and improving open source code that bad actors can use too. Marcus Sailler schools Doc Searls and Katherine Druckman about that dilemma, and how he deals with it as Head of Offensive Security in the private sector after a long military career.

    • Kernel Space

      • Linux MagazineFirst Release Candidate of Linux 6.1 Kernel… – Linux Magazine

        The development cycle for the 6.1 Linux kernel is off and running with the availability of the first Release Candidate.

        The 6.1 kernel has hit the RC stage. Although this won’t bring about any massive or deal-making changes to Linux, there are still a few features to get excited about. Most important is the first inclusion of Rust, which will be greatly expanded over the coming years.

        Other notable features include support for the new Intel Arc and AMD RDNA3 graphics, Multi-Gen LUR VM series (which will give the kernel a significant performance boost on memory-constrained systems), and the new Kernel Memory Sanitizer.

        In addition, the x86_64 version will warn over W+X mappings, the AMD Platform Management Framework has been merged, five vulnerabilities with Wi-Fi handling – CVE-2022-41674 (kernels up to 5.19), CVE-2022-42719 (5.2 to 5.19), CVE-2022-42720 and CVE-2022-42721 (both 5.1 to 5.19), and CVE-2022-42722 (5.8 to 5.19) – have been fixed.

        This release also has better support for Intel’s new Gaudi2 AI accelerator chip, EUFI support for LoongArch CPUs, and more.

    • Graphics Stack

      • CollaboraA look at Vulkan extensions in Venus

        When it comes to Vulkan applications and libraries, you’ll be hard-pressed to write them without leveraging the ever-expanding list of Vulkan extensions made available to take advantage of the quirks and features graphics hardware has to offer. In brief, Vulkan extensions are addendums to the Vulkan specification that drivers are not required to support. They allow vendors to expand upon the existing API to allow the use of features that may be unique to a particular vendor or generation of devices without having to retrofit the core API.

        Even in virtualized environments, the use of extended functionality for hardware-accelerated applications can be paramount for performance. Indeed, it is something that virtual graphics drivers, like Venus, must take into account.

        Venus is a virtual Vulkan driver based on the Virtio-GPU protocol. Effectively a protocol on top of another protocol, it defines the serialization of Vulkan commands between guest and host. This post will cover details of the Venus driver, its components, and their relations in the context of extensions.

    • Applications

      • Linux LinksLinux Candy: No More Secrets – data decryption effects

        Linux Candy is a series of articles covering interesting eye candy software. We only feature open-source software in this series.

        No More Secrets (nms) is a command line tool that recreates the famous data decryption effect seen in the 1992 thriller film Sneakers. It’s free and open source software.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Fedora Downstreams Made Easier – Think. Debate. Innovate.

        The first approach was disliked by all – the second one won. However, implementing this was challenging, as we needed to update Fedora, CentOS, and RHEL at the same time to ensure spec files and their backports kept working properly.

        Thankfully, Fedora and CentOS engineers helped me push through the changes there; and Stephen Gallagher additionally wrote Red Hat deinitions for RHEL and pushed them through there.

        In a surprisngly short amount of time, Fedora (F35+), CentOS 9 Streams, and RHEL have these macros available, as does Amazon Linux 2022. Package maintainers can use these macros in Fedora, and expect them to work right for any downstream distributions, without having to submit modified PRs for those.

      • CitizixHow to install and Configure RabbitMQ Server in Ubuntu 22.04

        In this guide we will explore how to install the latest release of RabbitMQ in Ubuntu 22.04 Server or Workstation RabbitMQ is an open source message broker software that implements the Advanced Message Queuing Protocol (AMQP).

      • ID RootHow To Install PHP 7.4 on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install PHP 7.4 on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, PHP 7.4 is a significant update of the PHP language that was “officially” released on November 28, 2019. This is a standard upgrade from now on from the existing PHP 7.3 release to PHP 7.4, which is the last version in the 7 PHP series. There are multiple uses of PHP that make it a strong scripting language option for web development. It operates over the web server and then processes all client requests into HTML files. Another good use of PHP is that it is compatible with different operating systems, like macOS, Windows, and Linux.

        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 PHP 7.4 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.

      • VideoHow to install Pinta on Linux Mint 21 – Invidious [Ed: Caution needed; Microsoft Mono trap]

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install PHP 7.4 on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, as well as some extra required packages by PHP

      • H2S Media4 Ways to Install FreeCad on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Linux

        Learn the steps to install open-source FreeCad software on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy JellyFish Linux to start designing your ideas.

        For engineers and draughtsmen, dealing with CAD programs has become an integral part of everyday work. But this is not limited to professionals only, even hobby designers use such CAD software to let their fantasies run wild in the 3D environment. However, the software required for this is usually quite expensive. In such cases, free and open-source applications are the only hope.

        FreeCAD is one of the free and open-source applications for Windows, Linux, and macOS that let professionals and hobby designers digitalize their ideas. FreeCAD is a free alternative to professional programs and is aimed at students and interested parties who want to familiarize themselves with the topic of 3D CAD modeling.

      • TechRepublicHow to enable Ubuntu Pro to gain expanded security maintenance and compliance | TechRepublic

        Canonical has announced that its security and maintenance subscription service is now free for personal usage for up to five machines. This service offers 10 years of security for both the system and over 23,000 applications.

      • Make Use OfHow to Use the tr and fmt Commands for Text Manipulation on Linux

        The tr and fmt commands, short for translate and format, are two of the most important text manipulation commands on Linux.

        Linux makes text manipulation and processing very easy with tons of commands. Command-line tools like tr and fmt help you change, format, and modify text files right from your terminal.

        In this article, we will discuss how to use the tr and fmt commands to format text in different use cases. So what are tr and fmt? And how do you use them?

      • Ubuntu HandbookHow to Install KDE Plasma 5.26 in (K)Ubuntu 22.10 via PPA | UbuntuHandbook

        The latest KDE Plasma desktop 5.26 is finally made into PPA for (K)Ubuntu 22.10 / Ubuntu Studio 22.10, the next Ubuntu edition to be released soon.

      • Make Tech EasierHow to Fix an MTD Device Error in Linux – Make Tech Easier

        When your device freezes in the middle of a boot, it can be frustrating, especially when you don’t know what the problem is. This guide shows you how to fix your MTD device error and get your computer up and running again.

      • TechRepublicHow to Use the VirtualBox Unattended Installation Feature | TechRepublic

        VirtualBox 7.0 is now available to install and it offers a host of very important new features. One of the more impressive features is the addition of unattended install configuration within the GUI. Now you no longer have to run those unattended installations from the command line.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Stellarium on Manjaro 21 Linux

        Stellarium is a free, open-source planetarium software package licensed under the GNU General Public License, version 2. It is available for Linux, Windows, and macOS. A port of Stellarium called Stellarium Mobile is available for Android, iOS, and Symbian as a paid version. It was initially developed by Fabien Chéreau and is now maintained by the Stellarium team. The software renders the night sky in 3D, allowing users to see stars, constellations, planets, nebulae, and other astronomical objects in their correct positions relative to each other. Users can also set the time and date to see how the night sky changes.

        In addition to being a helpful tool for astronomers and amateur stargazers alike, Stellarium is also used in educational settings, such as planetariums and science museums. With its realistic graphics and accurate simulations, Stellarium provides an immersive experience that can help people to understand the night sky better.

      • UNIX CopHow to run scripts without typing the full path?

        Hello, friends. In this post, you will learn How to run scripts without typing the full path? So, you can use these scripts as commands from a terminal or launcher.

      • TecAdminHow to Install VirtualBox 7.0 on Ubuntu 22.04

        Did you know that you can run virtual machines on your Linux computer? It’s true. Thanks to virtualization software like VirtualBox, you can set up a separate environment for any operating system — even something as unusual as Windows or OS X — without risk to your primary operating system. You’ll find many uses for virtual machines, from testing software before you release it to other users to safely trying out experimental new versions of Linux.

        In this article, we show you how to install VirtualBox on Ubuntu 22.04 and other common versions of Linux.

      • Red Hat OfficialHow to monitor information about your system with Osquery | Enable Sysadmin

        Install and use Osquery to gather performance, capacity, and other essential data about your system using a SQL query language.

      • TecMintInstall VirtualBox 7.0 in Debian, Ubuntu, and Linux Mint

        In this article, we will explain how to install VirtualBox 7.0 on Debian-based distributions such as Debian, Ubuntu, and Linux Mint distributions using VirtualBox’s own repository with an apt package manager.

        VirtualBox is a powerful, general-purpose, and cross-platform full virtualization software, targeted at server, desktop, and embedded use. It can be installed on any operating system (Linux, Windows, Mac, etc) and allow you to install and run multiple guest operating systems on the same computer.

        Recently Oracle has released the latest stable version of Virtualbox 7.0, the newest major update that ships with lots of major changes and new features.

      • DebugPointHow to Install Viber in Ubuntu and Other Linux

        Here’s a quick guide on how you can install Viber in Ubuntu and other Linux systems.

        Viber is a free, secure calling and messaging program for all popular mobile platforms and operating systems.

        It has a rich set of features such as voice/video calls, text messages with GIFs, stickers, photos, and videos. In addition, Viber features group chats, group calls and disappearing messages.

        Viber is a closed-source program, but available as free for Linux distributions with native executable clients.

      • ID RootHow To Install Android Studio on Rocky Linux 9 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Android Studio on Rocky Linux 9. For those of you who didn’t know, Android Studio is the official integrated development environment for Google’s Android operating system, built on JetBrains’ IntelliJ IDEA software and designed specifically for Android development. Android Studio is a feature-rich tool to develop mobile applications and user interfaces. It supports a variety of operating systems, including Linux, Windows, and macOS.

        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 Android Studio on Rocky Linux. 9.

    • Games

      • Boiling SteamNew Steam Games with Native Linux Clients – 2022-10-19 Edition – Boiling Steam

        Between 2022-10-12 and 2022-10-19 there were 40 New Steam games released with Native Linux clients. For reference, during the same time, there were 303 games released for Windows on Steam, so the Linux versions represent about 13.2 % of total released titles.

      • FOSS Minecraft Launcher Destroyed By Rogue Founder [Ed: Minecraft itself is NOT FOSS. Should say, "STOP BECOMING VOLUNTEERS OF MICROSOFT" (rather than what the video cover days); Brodie Robertson knows that Microsoft is not FOSS, GitHub is NOT FOSS but an ATTACK on FOSS, and Minecraft is NOT FOSS either. How many people are fooled by the openwashing propaganda train?]
  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • ZDNetWant to ditch Windows? Windowsfx may be the ideal Linux distribution for you | ZDNET

      For many, Windows is the only desktop operating system they’ve ever used. For them, there’s a familiarity that makes dealing with the usual troubles associated with Windows (random restarts for updates, failed drivers, and insecurities) tolerable.

      But what if I told you there was an alternative? There is, and it’s been around since 1997.

      That alternative is Linux.

      Now, before you throw your arms up in the air in frustration, hear me out. Sure, there are tons of Linux distributions available to install for free. Those distributions range from the very basic to the incredibly complex and everything in between.

    • New Releases

      • antiX-22 released – antiX Linux

        antiX-22 is a new release update of our 21 series based on Debian bullseye.

        As usual we offer the following completely systemd-free and for this particular upgrade – elogind-free flavours for both 32 and 64 bit architecture. Available iso files for sysVinit or runit.

        antiX-full (c1.4GB) – 4 windows managers – IceWM (default), fluxbox, jwm and herbstluftwm plus full libreoffice suite.

        antiX-base (c800MB) – 4 windows managers – IceWM (default), fluxbox, jwm and herbstluftwm.

        antiX-core (c460MB) – no X, but should support most wireless.

        antiX-net (c180MB)- no X. Just enough to get you connected (wired) and ready to build.

    • BSD

      • The Register UKFreeBSD comes to Amazon’s lightweight hypervisor • The Register

        The FreeBSD developer who brought FreeBSD to Amazon EC² has now got it working on the company’s lightweight Firecracker hypervisor.

        “AWS Community Hero” Colin Percival is the developer of the Tarsnap online backup service and the portsnap tool for updating FreeBSD. It’s thanks to his efforts that FreeBSD is supported on Amazon EC².

        Now, he has announced that FreeBSD supports another new platform: Amazon’s Firecracker hypervisor. The Reg covered Firecracker when it was announced, and when Amazon cut the price of the Fargate “serverless” platform that Firecracker supports. It’s derived from the lightweight Rust-based crosvm which is part of Google ChromeOS.

    • SUSE/OpenSUSE

      • OpenSUSEMedical Campaign uses GNU Health, openSUSE – openSUSE News

        A recent campaign of medical-surgical assistance in Senegal by a Non-Governmental Organization highlights the benefits of using open-source software.

        A team from Cirugía Solidaria, which is an NGO that provides medical assistance in disadvantaged countries along with other health promotional activities, conducted a campaign from Sept. 23 to Oct. 3 with the Foundation Elizabeth Diouf.

        The campaign involved several medical professionals carrying out medical assistance while using open-source technologies from GNU Health and the openSUSE Project.

        The use of GNU Health, which is a Hospital Management Information System, allowed for the multidisciplinary team, which included nurses, surgeons, pediatricians, gynecologist and more, to organize and facilitate daily medical care during the medical assistance campaign. The technology on the team’s devices and the printer that were all running on a local server using openSUSE, and this gave the team maximal opportunity to organize, evaluate and treat patients.

    • Fedora / Red Hat / IBM

      • Enterprisers ProjectDigital transformation: Why observability is critical

        Observability tooling has become critical on the road to digital transformation. As DevOps and cloud, the key enablers of digital transformation, guide us towards ever more federated and distributed processes and systems, incidents become more unpredictable, and observability is our best chance for assuring availability.

        IT professionals have always dealt with change, but never at the speed of our current digital transformation. The humans of DevOps are being asked to learn and implement new technologies at a pace that often outpaces their current skill level.

        Here, industry experts Jayne Groll and Helen Beal share their thoughts on why observability is critical for digital transformation.

      • Enterprisers Project4 ways remote leaders can build soft skills

        Many IT leaders would agree: Building soft skills – communication, empathy, relationship building, and trust, for example – is far more manageable within the walls of the workplace. It makes watercooler catch-ups more probable, reading non-verbal cues more prominent, and developing the right workplace culture more accessible.

        In today’s hybrid and remote work era, however, honing and mastering these essential skills isn’t so simple. “Many of these interactions just don’t happen anymore,” says Charlie Betzig, managing director at Heller Search Associates, a recruiting firm specializing in senior-level technology executives. “Now you have to pursue opportunities to focus on these skills and be more intentional about them.”

      • IT JungleIBM Bolsters Availability, Backup with Latest TRs [Ed: Fails to disclose the IBM sponsorship; conflict hidden]

        Nobody wants downtime or data loss, but companies’ appetite for both are on the decline as customers increasingly demand 24/7 service. IBM i shops have a lot of solutions to choose from when it comes to ensuring uptime and avoiding data loss, both of which have been enhanced with the latest round of Tech Refreshes (TRs) from IBM.

      • IT JungleDoing Disaster Recovery Planning Right For Your IBM Power Iron
      • Fedora ProjectMindshare Committee Quarterly Report- Q2 2022

        It’s time for the (overdue) Mindshare Committee’s third Quarterly Report. This post covers activities from the Mindshare Committee and related teams for the months of April, May, and June of 2022. We started off strong with getting these reports together, but as time has gone, it’s gotten a bit more difficult to pull them together and out on time. We are addressing the future of these reports and how we can restructure to make it easier to put them together. As always, we welcome feedback on how we can improve these reports in the related Mindshare ticket.

      • Red HatOpen vSwitch: The revalidator process explained | Red Hat Developer

        Open vSwitch (OVS) is a rich implementation of software-defined networking (SDN) L2 switch.

      • Red Hat OfficialRunning containers in cars

        A little over a year ago, Red Hat announced its intention to collaborate with the automotive industry to help drive the transition to software-defined vehicles (SDVs). In May 2022, this intention became concrete with Red Hat and General Motors announcing their collaboration to help trailblaze SDVs at the edge. Our goal is to produce a base operating system to run all sorts of in-vehicle software for safety-critical use cases as well as non-safety ones.

      • Red Hat OfficialWhat’s next for Ansible? The path to end-to-end automation across the hybrid cloud

        IT complexity, whether in your datacenter, in public clouds or at the edge, isn’t going away.

      • Red Hat OfficialSpeed up SQL Server 2022 backups with RHEL Logical Volume Manager [Ed: Red Hat is shilling Microsoft proprietary software that does not even run on GNU/Linux (it uses Drawbridge)]

        One of the most powerful—and often underutilized—storage features in Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is the ability to take point-in-time consistent snapshots using the Linux Logical Volume Manager (LVM2).

      • Red Hat OfficialHarmonizing the automation trifecta across the hybrid cloud: People, processes and platforms

        There is no doubt that IT automation has proved its worth, with automation technologies now being sewn into the technology fabric of future-fit organizations. It’s an essential component in driving operational efficiency to maximize enterprise potential. Businesses incorporating automation effectively are setting themselves up to excel, and that advantage is vital, no matter the industry.

      • Red Hat OfficialAutomation? There’s an AI for That

        Seems a bit much for your phone’s assistant, right? Even so, imagine if this is the future of enterprise IT, where the command line and even graphical user interfaces are replaced by writing (or saying!) a sentence in plain English. Do this, then that and finally this. That’s it – no complicated syntax required.

      • Business WirePandora FMS Achieves Red Hat Enterprise Linux Certification Boosting its International Projection
    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • OMG UbuntuUbuntu 22.10: What’s New? [Video] – OMG! Ubuntu!

        Ubuntu 22.10 is primed, ready to release on October 20 and to help ratchet up the excitement I’ve put together a short video to showcase the release’s most exciting new features.

        Not that much of it of will be a surprise if you read this blog often enough!

        All told, Ubuntu 22.10 is a fairly modest update to Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. The inclusion of GNOME 43 and the switch to PipeWire as the underlying audio stack are both significant changes, but there’s little else to lure long-term support users away from the luxurious bosom (oo-er) of stability.

        Not that it’s a total non-event, mind.

        As mentioned, GNOME 43 and its new pod-like Quick Settings menu is the star attraction (being able to quickly switch wi-fi network from the menu itself was long overdue). Plus, an adaptive Nautilus, and out-of-the-box support for WebP images (meme makers rejoice) are welcome additions.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • CNX SoftwareMaxLinear unveils MxL31712 & MxL31708 Wi-Fi 7 chips for gateways, routers and access points

        Since the WiFi 7 chips are coprocessors there’s no information about software support, but we previously reported that MaxLinear’s AnyWAN URX SoC could run the Yocto-based prplOS (formerly known as prplWRT), RDK-B, or MaxLinear’s UGW (Universal Gateway Software) based on OpenWrt.

        MaxLinear MxL31712 and MxL31708 Wi-Fi 7 chips are at the pre-production stage with some samples available to selected partners, and mass production is scheduled to start next year. More details can be found on the respective product pages and the press release.

      • The DIY LifeI hope the Raspberry Pi 5 is this good – Khadas Edge 2 Pro – The DIY Life

        Today we’re going to be taking a look at the new Khadas Edge 2. I can tell you upfront that this is one of the fastest SBCs that I’ve tried out, which is made even more impressive by its really compact design and power efficiency.

        This is an Arm-based SBC (single board computer) that Khadas have recently launched and they’ve sent me their pro version to try out and share with you. They’re currently running an early bird offer until the end of October, so you can get the Edge 2 for $199.

        Here’s my video unboxing and review, read on for the written review…

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • PurismPriority Orders for Librem 14 Laptops (with Standard Specs) Available Now! – Purism
      • ArduinoKeep the air in your workshop clear with this DIY smart dust collection system | Arduino Blog

        Workshops get dirty and dusty, especially if you do woodworking. Not only is sawdust annoying, it is also bad for your respiratory system. Dust collection is very important, but outfitting a large shop can quickly become complicated. If you have a big workshop and need to improve your dust collection, then Brumberjack_Woodworks has a design and tutorial for a centralized smart dust collection system that you should check out.

        This whole system starts with a heavy duty dust collector, which is essentially a huge vacuum cleaner. The exact model isn’t that important, so long as it can handle the workload. Luckily, the key part of this system design is valve-based direction. By only opening the valves you need, you can reduce the necessary capacity of the dust collector.

      • ArduinoThis Valorant fan made his own functional Boom Bot replica | Arduino Blog

        Valorant is a free-to-play 5v5 first-person shooter game. As in most shooters, players want to avoid getting shot. One way they can prevent incoming fire is to use Boom Bot, which is a little robot that will drive forward and chase enemies before exploding — while the player stays safely hidden out of sight. While he probably won’t be getting into any gunfights, Danny Lum built his own functional replica of the Boom Bot.

        Boom Bot’s behavior in the game is quite simple. When deployed, it will drive straight forward until it either collides with a wall or detects an opponent. If it runs into a wall, it turns like a Roomba. If it sees a target, it will begin chasing them. Lum was able to recreate that functionality in a conventional two-wheel-drive rover robot. The robot was designed in Solidworks CAD to match in the in-game Boom Bot and then 3D-printed.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • OSI BlogOn the emerging landscape of open AI [Ed: OSI runs this “HEY HI” series to cover up for Microsoft’s copyright violations and mass plagiarism. Microsoft pays the OSI for it.]
    • Petter ReinholdtsenPetter Reinholdtsen: Managing and using ONVIF IP cameras with Linux

      Recently I have been looking at how to control and collect data from a handful IP cameras using Linux. I both wanted to change their settings and to make their imagery available via a free software service under my control. Here is a summary of the tools I found.

      First I had to identify the cameras and their protocols. As far as I could tell, they were using some SOAP looking protocol and their internal web server seem to only work with Microsoft Internet Explorer with some proprietary binary plugin, which in these days of course is a security disaster and also made it impossible for me to use the camera web interface. Luckily I discovered that the SOAP looking protocol is actually following the ONVIF specification, which seem to be supported by a lot of IP cameras these days.

      Once the protocol was identified, I was able to find what appear to be the most popular way to configure ONVIF cameras, the free software Windows tool named ONVIF Device Manager. Lacking any other options at the time, I tried unsuccessfully to get it running using Wine, but was missing a dotnet 40 library and I found no way around it to run it on Linux.

    • MedevelFractal Generator: an Open Source Cross-platform Fractal Art Generator

      Fractal art is an amazing never-ending pattern. It is a beautiful loop of colors, structures, and shapes organized in a fancy pattern.
      Fractal art is a computer generated art that uses algorithms to calculate fractal objects then represent them in a digital image, animation, or video.


      This software is distributed under the GNU General Public License version 3

    • MedevelSetup a Bike Sharing Platform with the Open Source Bike Share Solution

      Bike sharing is becoming more popular, for instance, there are several bike sharing startups, and gov sponsored bike and scooter apps and companies, in countries like France, Canada, Turkey, Italy, and Switzerland.

      Building a bike sharing software from scratch is a challenge, yet it is possible with some effort and time. However, what if you need to setup a bike sharing system for your city, and you do not have enough resources. Then here is your answer: an Open-source bike sharing system.

      The Open Source Bike Share is the world’s first low-cost and open source bike sharing system. It is built on top of JavaScript, Laravel Framework (PHP), and Vue Framework.

      The system has been used in shared stands in some universities, some cities around the world.

    • MedevelRadioLogic is an Open Source Medical Imaging Learning Tool for Radiologists

      RadioLogic is a case-based learning and self-assessment tool for the Orthanc Ecosystem for Medical Imaging.

      Case-based learning (CBL) is an efficient method for radiologist education. RadioLogic is a system to create clinical-cases from real DICOM files and to provide a self-assessment tool to users to view the studies, submit a diagnosis and compare their performance with other peers. The main components are a progressive web application (RadioLogicTutor) optimized for iPAD’s, an Orthanc PACS (RadioLogicArchive) to serve the teaching files and an Orthanc plugin (RadioLogicCreator) to create the clinical teaching cases.


      The Project is released under the GPL-3.0 License as an open-source project which can be modified, cloned, edited, and redistributed.

    • MedevelGoldenCheetah is The Open-source App Every Serious Cyclist Needs

      GoldenCheetah is a desktop performance tracker application for cyclists, runners, triathletes, and coaches. It is built to aid the user analyze, track, and optimize their out- and in-door training.

      The program is available for Windows, Linux, and macOS, free of charge. It is an open-source project released under the GPL v2.

    • Web Browsers/Web Servers

      • Mozilla

        • DebugPointFirefox 106 Release Arrives with PDF Annotation, Wayland Gestures, + More

          Firefox follows a monthly release cycle, and the new Firefox 106 release brings exciting updates for all of its platforms, including Linux.

          Firstly, if you are browsing any PDF file over the web using Firefox, now you can annotate it. The preview tab includes two new tools. Text and Draw.

    • Content Management Systems (CMS)

      • MedevelLavalite is a Laravel based Feature-rich CMS

        Lavalite is a free open-source CMS that built on top of Laravel framework. It features a user-friendly admin dashboard that supports mobile small screens, informative dashboard, multilingual support, and a clutter-free interface.

        Originally, Lavalite is built for Laravel developers to build custom CMS system on top of it. It can be used as a base CMS for Real-estate, eCommerce, Classified website, yellow pages, and job listing websites.

        Developers and even users can easily define a new custom post types, or custom taxonomies without breaking a sweat.

        Lavalite comes with a rich developer and user-friendly documentation, that guides the newcomers through the installation process, configuration, and server setup.

      • MedevelPayload: an Open-source Headless CMS Framework for Enterprise

        While Headless CMS solutions are trending, it is not easy to pick the right one for enterprise work. That’s not the case with Payload Headless CMS as it is built for enterprise users.

        Payload CMS comes with a full support for REST API and GraphQL. It also supports local file storage with a straightforward upload API.

        With Payload CMS, developers can set custom post types, custom fields, manage the content history, drafts, and revision with ease, and use the block-based layout editor for building eye-catching rich pages.

    • Education

      • TecMintBest Linux Open Source School Management Software

        This tutorial examines some of the best free and open-source school management software for Linux.

        Running an educational institution in an efficient manner is no mean task. It usually involves handling various aspects such as students’ biodata, grading, timetabling, reporting and other administrative tasks that involve communication between parents, teachers, and the non-teaching staff. As such, having reliable, and efficient school management software is a huge plus.

        In this guide, we will examine the top 5 free and open-source school management software for Linux.

    • FSF

      • FSFLibrePlanet 2023: Remember to submit your session by November 2

        LibrePlanet 2023 is the fifteenth edition of the Free Software Foundation’s (FSF) conference on ethical technology and user freedom, which will be held in March 2023, both online and in Boston, MA (exact date and venue TBA). This year’s theme is “Charting the Course.”

        The free software movement has produced so much more than software used by millions around the world. It also points the way to a freer and autonomous digital existence for all of us: one where it’s the user and not corporate monopolies that control our ways of communicating, how children are educated, and how we monitor information as crucial as our own health. LibrePlanet speakers will show ways of progressing the free software community’s understanding of new opportunities and new threats to the movement.

        For those of you who haven’t participated in a LibrePlanet conference before: expect a friendly, social, community-focused event with two days of inspiring talks and workshops from prominent people in the free software community, as well as people new to the community. You can choose whether you want to participate online or in person in Boston, MA. LibrePlanet 2023 will offer both.

    • Programming/Development

      • Daniel StenbergFunded curl improvements | daniel.haxx.se

        I am happy to announce that curl receives funding from The Sovereign Tech Fund. This funding is directed towards three specific projects that we have identified as interesting and worthwhile to push forward as ways to improve curl and the life of curl users.

        This “investment” will fund two developers to work on curl over a period of six months: Stefan Eissing and myself. The three projects are explained at some detail below. Of course everyone and anyone is welcome to join in and help out with these projects. Everything will be done in the open, as usual.

        At the end of the period, we will produce some kind of report or summary of how things turned out.

        The three projects we are getting funded have been especially created and crafted (by me) to be good solid projects that we really want to see done. This funding is different than many others we have gotten over the years in that we got to decide and plan what we wanted done. These are things that are meant to improve curl as a project and to generally make Internet transfers better and more powerful for a vast amount of users.

      • The Register UKGoogle submits its pure Go container project to CNCF • The Register

        Google has offered its tool for pure Go Kubernetes containers to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) … and may have thought it was a done deal.

        The CNCF is the Linux Foundation project that acts as the guardian of Kubernetes since Google stepped away.

      • QtIntroducing Qt Quick Effect Maker

        I’m super excited to finally talk about the project I have been working with during the past months: Qt Quick Effect Maker (QQEM). This blog post is an introduction into this new tool and more related posts are coming in the near future. So what is it? QQEM is a custom-made tool designed for a single purpose…

      • Editors

        • Linuxiac6 Best Free Linux GUI Code Editors for Programming [Ed: The second one is Microsoft and proprietary]

          This article presents an overview of the six best GUI code editors for Linux that are feature-rich and suitable for every programmer’s needs.

          A code editor is a must-have tool for each developer. Fortunately, Linux has many of these that are entirely free to use.

          This list strives to bring you the six best ones based on our own experience with them. But before we begin, we should clarify that we are presenting you with the best GUI (Graphical User Interface) code editors.

          The terminal-based ones, such as Vim, Micro, Nano, and so on, are outside the scope of this review and will be covered in a separate one.

  • Leftovers

    • Hardware

      • TediumMore Dongle History: Who Invented the Term “Dongle,” Anyway?

        Two years ago, I explained the evolution of dongles in the best way I could, how these weird connectors came to be, and why it never seems like our dongle drawer will ever empty. And honestly, when a new dongle emerges, I kind of just want to hand out a prize to the company that made it. And today, I’m handing the flowers to Apple, which just released an unnecessary female-lightning-to-female-USB-C connector because it inexplicably chose not to upgrade the Apple Pencil on the lowest-end iPad, which now uses USB-C. But the recent decision that the European Union made to require everyone to use the same port standard must have Apple out of sorts, hence the weird dongle. But I have to wonder, is this just the dongle’s last hurrah? Will the awkward transition period end these half-solutions for good? Probably not. But given the many shifts in the market in the past two years, I feel like I need to re-assess my thesis: Will dongles eventually go away? Today’s Tedium ponders the dongle some more.

    • Pseudo-Open Source

    • Security

      • The AtlanticA Museum Security Expert on How to Protect Great Art – The Atlantic

        A museum-security expert admits that “it’s pretty darn hard to protect a painting from somebody throwing a can of soup at it.”

        On Friday, in a bizarre act that immediately went viral, two climate activists covered a 130-ish-year-old Vincent Van Gogh painting with tomato soup at the National Gallery in London. They then proceeded to superglue themselves to the wall beneath the frame. “Are you more concerned about the protection of a painting or the protection of our planet?” one asked. The protesters were later charged criminally.

        They were concerned about the planet, but also, at least purportedly, about the painting. A spokesperson for the group the protesters are affiliated with, Just Stop Oil, told The New York Times that the group had checked ahead of time to ensure the work was glazed—covered by a thin layer of glass—so that the soup would not damage the art. And glazed it was. Video shows that the orange soup did not seep into the yellow painting but rather rolled and dripped down the front, a barely perceptible layer clearly separating it from the art. The work reportedly suffered no damage, except to its frame.


        Banks don’t take millions of dollars and put them in plastic bags and hang them on the wall so everybody can walk right up to them.

      • LWNSecurity updates for Wednesday

        Security updates have been issued by Debian (bcel, kernel, node-xmldom, and squid), Mageia (chromium-browser-stable, dhcp, dokuwiki, firefox, golang, python-joblib, sos, and unzip), Oracle (nodejs and nodejs:16), Red Hat (firefox, kernel, kernel-rt, nodejs, nodejs:14, and thunderbird), Scientific Linux (firefox and thunderbird), Slackware (git and mozilla), SUSE (amazon-ssm-agent, caasp-release, cri-o, patchinfo, release-notes-caasp, skuba, enlightenment, libreoffice, netty, nodejs12, nodejs14, nodejs16, pngcheck, postgresql-jdbc, python-waitress, rubygem-activesupport-5_1, and tcl), and Ubuntu (frr, git, libksba, and linux-azure-4.15).

      • 3 Ways to Help Customers Defend Against Linux-Based Cyberattacks – MSSP Alert

        Linux operating systems power more than 90% of the world’s public cloud workload, from government web servers to smart manufacturing technologies. But as organizations continue to shift operations to the cloud, cybercriminals are following suit and directing their attention to Linux-based cyberattacks.

      • CISAOracle Releases October 2022 Critical Patch Update | CISA

        A remote attacker could exploit some of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system.

      • USCERTCISA Updates Advisory on Threat Actors Exploiting Multiple CVEs Against Zimbra Collaboration Suite [Ed: Way to distract from what's happening to Microsoft Exchange at the moment (Microsoft is not even patching!)]

        CISA and the Multi-State Information Sharing & Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) have updated joint Cybersecurity Advisory AA22-228A: Threat Actors Exploiting Multiple CVEs Against Zimbra Collaboration Suite, originally released August 16, 2022. The advisory has been updated to reference the addition of a new Malware Analysis Report, MAR-10398871.r1.v2.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • IT WireiTWire – Qatar World Cup visitors cautioned about taking mobiles

          The head of security at the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) has cautioned visitors to the World Cup Football tournament in Qater in November against taking their mobiles when they go over.

          Øyvind Vasaasen said, after having examined two apps — Ehteraz and Hayya — which all visitors would be asked to download to their mobiles, “It’s not my job to give travel advice, but personally I would never bring my mobile phone on a visit to Qatar.”

          The NRK is the Norwegian government-owned radio and television public broadcasting company, and the largest media organisation in Norway.

          Vasaasen said Ehteraz was a COVID-19 tracking app while Hayya was an official World Cup app which would be used to track match tickets and police access to the free Metro in Qatar.

        • MozillaA glossary of terms about cyberattacks, from ransomware to DDoS

          If you read news about technology, you’re bound to run into some jargon. Here at Mozilla, we believe that information should be as accessible as possible regardless of your level of expertise. We want to help you approach stories about technology with more curiosity and with a little less head-scratching involved. We’ll break down headline-making topics through a glossary of terms often used to discuss them. Consider it your cheat sheet to all things tech.

          This month, we’ll give you terms to know about cyberattacks.

    • Finance

      • Pune Rains, Uncosted Budgets, Hearing Loss Covid, Fracking – Experiences in the community

        India and the UK have many parallels, it’s mind boggling. Before we get into the nitty-gritties, saw something that would be of some interest to the people here.

        For those who might not be able to see above, apparently there is place in UK called Tufton Street where there are quite a few organizations that are shadowy and whose finances are not known as to how they are financed. Ms. Truss and quite a few of the people in the cabinet are from the same shadowy organizations. Mr. Kwasi Kwarteng, the just-departed chancellor is and was part of the same group.

        Now even for me it was a new term to learn and understand what is an uncosted budget is. To make it much more easier I share the example using a common person who goes to the bank for a loan –


        The Chancellor is very similar to our Finance Minister. Because the UK has constitutional monarchy, I am guessing the terms are slightly different, otherwise the functionality seems to be the same. For two weeks, there was lot of chaos, lot of pension funds lost quite a bit in the market and in the end Mr. Kwasi Kwarteng was ousted out of the job. Incredibly, the same media and newspapers who had praised Mr. Kwarteng just few weeks back as the best Tory budget, they couldn’t wait to bury him. And while I have attempted to simplify what happened, the best explanation of what has happened can be found in an article from the guardian. Speculation is rife in the UK as to who’s ruling atm as the new Chancellor has reversed almost all the policies that Ms. Truss had bought and she is now more or less a figurehead. Mr. Hunt, the new chancellor doesn’t have anybody behind him. Apparently, the gentleman wanted to throw his hat the ring in the Tory leadership contest that was held about a month back and he couldn’t get 20 MP’s to support him. Another thing that is different between UK and India is that in UK by law the PM has to answer questions put up to him or her by the opposition leaders. That is the way accountability is measured there. This is known as PMQ’s or Prime Minister Questions and Answers. One can just go to YouTube or any streaming service and give Liz Truss and PMQ’s and if they are interested of a certain date, give a date and they can see how she answered the questions thrown at her. Unfortunately, all she could do in both times were non-answers. In fact, the Tories seem to be using some of Labor’s policies after they had bad-mouthed the same policies. Politics of right-wing both in the UK and the US seems so out of touch with the people whom they are supposed to protect and administer. An article about cyclists which is sort of half-truth, half irony shows how screwed up the policies are of the RW (right-wing). Now they are questions about the pensions triple-lock. Sadly, it is the working class who would suffer the most, most of the rich have already moved their money abroad several years ago. The Financial Times, did share a video about how things have been unfolding

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • AccessNowLibyan parliament ignores civil society’s warning, solidifies draconian cybercrime law – Access Now

        Libyan parliament must immediately scrap the dangerous new cybercrime law before it’s used to deny people their fundamental rights. Almost a year after its adoption in October 2021, the Libyan House of Representatives cemented its draconian new cybercrime law, officially publishing this tool for legalised repression on September 27, 2022.

        As Access Now and other human rights organisations have continually warned, the law will severely undermine freedom of expression, and legitimise authorities’ targeting of journalists, activists, and human rights defenders. The law grants Libyan authorities the power to monitor people’s speech on the internet, and enables the National Information Security and Safety Authority (NISSA) — an administrative and technical governmental authority — to block websites and shut down online services without judicial warrants.

        “Libyan authorities are systematically constructing a digital hellscape designed to rob people across the country of their privacy and autonomy, and their rights to freedom of expression and assembly,” said Marwa Fatafta, MENA Policy and Advocacy Manager at Access Now. “This dangerous new cybercrime bill was designed to oppress. It must be immediately repealed.”

      • Daniel PocockBrittany Higgins & Australian Parliament Rapist: the real verdict

        The Brittany Higgins trial concluded and the jury is now considering whether to convict the Parliament rapist.

        The trial revealed that all opportunities to collect forensic evidence have been neglected or obstructed in some way. The public and the jury have been asked to believe. The victim said this on many occasions, she would like people to believe her.

        The problem with belief is that it is a poor substitute for proof. For hundreds of years, the Catholic Church believed the sun revolves around the Earth. It was only in 1992 that the Church accepted Galileo was right.

        There is strong scientific proof for the safety and effectiveness of vaccines. Novak Djokovic believes in alternative theories. He was deported and unable to play in the Australian Open.

        In that sense, it seems odd that Australians are being asked to accept the parliament rapist story on belief without any scientific evidence. Health authorities wouldn’t accept anti-vax conspiracy theories, no matter how strongly some people believe in them.

        Without the evidence, we can never know if the story was true or false. Nonetheless, the trial revealed other things about political parties and volunteer organizations.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • IT WireLabor to provide $2.4b to NBN Co for 1.5m fibre upgrades

        The Federal Government says it will provide a US$2.4 billion equity investment over four years to the NBN Co so that an additional 1.5 million premises can be upgraded from copper connections to fibre by 2025. The money will be formally announced in its budget update on 25 October.

        A joint statement from Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Communications Minister Michelle Rowland on Thursday — sent to bigger media organisations on Wednesday night — said the investment would benefit more than 660,000 premises in regional areas.

        Two years ago, the NBN Co announced it would spend $3.5 billion to ensure that about 75% of the homes on the NBN could be upgraded, bringing the total on full-fibre to about eight million. The Labor announcement on Thursday means that total would move closer to 10 million.

        Just a day prior to that announcement, $700 million was promised for business fibre zones in metropolitan areas and the regions, and $300 million to improve regional Internet services.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

    • Technical

      • Remote Work Blues

        I live in the American Midwest, but my new job is based out of the east coast. As a result, I now work full-time at home–an arrangement I despised when I was forced to do so at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

        While I’m less put off by the arrangement now that my home office is thousands of miles away, I still find myself subjected to many of the same emotions as before. I get cabin fever quite easily and need to get out of my house regularly. I find it easier to collaborate with coworkers in-person, and I don’t have that opportunity now.


        It also means that I have fewer opportunities to find interesting things around the city during the day. At my previous job, I would sometimes drive to a local airport during my lunchbreak and watch planes. Sometimes I would just drive around and explore the area. These midday journeys would not only give me a change of pace, but they would help me stay in touch with the goings-on of my town, and I often found plenty of cool things to photograph.

      • Speech to text transcription

        A long time ago, I tried to generate transcriptions of my Halberds & Helmets Podcast using Pocketsphinx. I wasn’t very happy about it.

      • Manual of Me

        Yesterday I discovered something that seems like a great idea to do, writing and publishing a manual of myself. This is inspired by the Manual of Me website, but as I don’t want to sign up for any of their things, this will probably just a simple markdown to HTML document.

      • Internet/Gemini

        • My Month of Sanity & Not Posting: A Social Media Power User Chooses to Touch Some Grass

          One of the things I mentioned when I created this smol blog all those eons ago (and then promptly ignored while I went and sought out yet another hit from the social media feeding tube) was how torn I was about my interaction with online social spaces. I am on Twitter and Instagram every day. Occasionally, a friend will send along a TikTok, and I make the mistake of reinstalling the app and get sucked into a vortex that I am convinced literally steals life like the Six-Fingered Man’s torture machine. In a world increasingly reliant upon online spaces for interpersonal connection, all my social interactions are conducted through text messages, zoom calls, tweets, and shitposting.

          Part of the therapy work I have taken on is to work on mindfulness, and even before reading Devon’s post, it was apparent that something needed to shift. I used to be a creative person driven to write essays and excitedly explore my interests. When I take the time to reflect upon myself now, I see a pretty empty shell of that former self.


          You may be asking what ASD and social media have to do with one another. A complex interplay is at play here that touches upon self-worth, self-discovery, mindfulness, social anxiety, obsessive behaviors, and fear. Unfortunately, I do not have a very high opinion of myself from decades of criticism and abuse. This led me to fear that if I remove the frameworks that have worked for me (online spaces), I will be isolated and too fearful of venturing into physical areas to expand my social circle in person. Through years of maskin, I have created a pretty gray world for myself, and I hid my obsessive tendencies away—I honestly don’t think I have had a genuine interest in how I used to in many years. Part of unmasking has been to let go of some of the restrictions I have imposed upon myself, and things like special interests were the subject of much social ridicule. What if, in my quest to live authentically, I open myself up to ridicule (fear again)?


          I don’t know what this will bring, but I can say that day two feels like quitting smoking. You feel like shit and irritable because your brain keeps cycling back to a thing that you can’t have. It is not very fun! And it is alarming that this effect has been so potent.

      • Programming

        • GitHub Copilot is piracy but fascinating

          GitHub Copilot is a machine learning model sold as a service by GitHub/Microsoft. It works as a super-powerful programmer’s autocomplete. It lets the programmer type a comment like “function to calculate prime numbers” and Copilot will offer a complete implementation or at least a skeleton of an implementation. It can also just see that the programmer is starting to type a prime number calculator, and offer to complete the implementation, without any specific prompt or instruction.


          Copilot frequently spits out code that can be traced back to the origins, and people have made it generate dozens of lines of copyrighted code verbatim. Whether the code is verbatim, or the ML model has “learned” something, it was trained on code that never authorized this sort of use, and it can lead to unintentional copyright violations. Because the model itself contains those code snippets, it can be argued (very reasonably) that Copilot itself is a copyright violator.

          This has divided the software development community. Some are horrified with the copyright aspect of it. Others seem to perceive the copyright angle of it as a speed bump in the way of progress, as Copilot is undeniably useful, and clearly points at what the future looks like for software development.

        • The name OctoForth is already taken…

          Damn! I did a google search and nothing came up, so I started using OctoForth… But someone pointed me to a github repo with the same name!

          So someone has a Rust project with the name OctoForth, and it is a Forth of some sort.

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

Microsoft’s Open Compute Project Foundation (OCP): Embrace, Extend, Extinguish Security, Thanks to ‘Linux’ Foundation

Posted in Deception, Hardware, Microsoft, Security at 3:53 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum bce5a9a3748283875b25c7460fc00203
This is Digital Imperialism, Not Security
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: The so-called ‘Linux’ Foundation is a hostage of Microsoft; it not only badmouths Linux security (while refraining from saying any negative thing about Windows) but it also helps Microsoft actively undermine security

THE Linux Foundation continues to deepen its relationship with Microsoft, but not with the GNU/Linux community or with security professionals. That’s because it’s all about money, not science, and now it means that back doors are chosen over honest people, who aren’t paying Jim Zemlin and Sheela Microsoft.

This moreover means that the so-called ‘Linux’ Foundation actively spreads FUD about Linux on behalf of Microsoft. The video above discusses some of the latest developments and condemns Phoronix for having become like a Microsoft parrot.

Linux Foundation, Not ‘Supply Chain’ Nonsense, is Becoming the Biggest Threat to Linux Security and Computing Security (It’s Deliberate)

Posted in Deception, Microsoft, Security at 11:27 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Phoronix just repeated false claims and reproduced Microsoft's marketing material with laughable openwashing:

Phoronix puff piece for Microsoft

Microsoft front group

Nazi Looking For Someone: Back door is ready

Summary: The Linux Foundation helps undermine real security by letting truly untrustworthy companies lock systems down (via OCP, a Microsoft front group which pretends to be vendor-neutral), just like it did for IBM with TPM/2

LF 'security'

Ignore the scapegoat, focus on who is a proponent for imperial back doors. The Linux Foundation is fronting for them.

Microsoft: Azure is Our Future. Also Microsoft: TWO Rounds of Layoffs in Azure So Far This Year (Stock Crashes Again).

Posted in Finance, Microsoft at 8:14 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Remember that this isn’t the first year that “Azure” has rounds of layoffs and "Azure" has been failing for 14 years

MSFT - Microsoft Corp Stock Performance Report - Barchart.com

Summary: As noted in passing in Daily Links, only a couple of months have passed and there is yet another wave of layoffs at Microsoft, this one too impacting Azure, which Microsoft insists is the future of the company

Links 19/10/2022: Microsoft Laying Off Many Staff, EasyOS 4.4.2 is Out

Posted in News Roundup at 5:44 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • DebugPoint[Tutorial] How to Install Viber Messaging Client in All Linux Distros

        iber is a free, secure calling and messaging program for all popular mobile platforms and operating systems.

        It has a rich set of features such as voice/video calls, text messages with GIFs, stickers, photos, and videos. In addition, Viber features group chats, group calls and disappearing messages.

        Here’s how to install and use it.

      • ID RootHow To Install GPU-Viewer on Linux Mint 21 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install GPU-Viewer on Linux Mint 21. For those of you who didn’t know, The GPU-Viewer is a free, open-source project to create an easy-to-use interface for glxinfo, vulkaninfo, and clinfo. The program will be developed using Python 3 with GTK3 to display all the crucial details extracted from these programs on one page alongside other valuable tools like grep or AWK.

        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 GPU-Viewer on Linux Mint 21 (Vanessa).

      • Linux CapableHow to Install CPU-X on Manjaro 21 Linux

        CPU-X is a free and open-source software designed for GNU/Linux and FreeBSD for system profiling and monitoring application that provides detailed information on the hardware components of a computer system. CPU-X gathers information from the system’s CPU, motherboard, RAM, graphics card, and more, then displays this information in an easy-to-read format. This makes it a valuable tool for troubleshooting hardware issues or simply for getting a better understanding of the inner workings of a computer system.

        In addition to displaying essential information about hardware components, CPU-X also provides an overview of the system’s overall performance. This can help determine whether or not a particular component bottlenecks a system. Overall, CPU-X is a versatile and helpful application for anyone who needs to gather information about their computer system.

        The following tutorial will teach you how to install CPU-X on Manjaro 21 Linux. The tutorial will use the command line terminal with the yay AUR helper. Ideally, most users may be using some wrapper for Pacman; for new users, it is essential to install one to keep your packages up-to-date while you learn Arch/Manjaro.

      • Linux NightlyHow to Install VMware Tools in Rocky Linux – Linux Nightly

        When installing Rocky Linux in a VMware virtual machine, you will definitely want to install VMware Tools as well. The VMware Tools software will give you better graphics support in the guest operating system, as well as the ability to drag and drop files between the host and guest system, and configure shared folders.

      • VideoHow to install Olive video editor on Linux Mint 21 – Invidious

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

      • Linux NightlyCheck if File Exists in Bash Script – Linux Nightly

        In this tutorial, you will learn how to use Bash scripts and if statements to check whether or not a file or directory exists.

      • Make Tech EasierWhat Is Email Encryption and How Does It Work? – Make Tech Easier

        Email encryption is a technique that disguises an email so that only the sender and intended recipient can access its contents, preventing unauthorized individuals from intercepting the signal and reading the message.

        Most email doesn’t have this level of protection. Content is sent as regular text and open to data security risks. However, you can step in with proper end-to-end encryption, for instance, to secure your confidential email easily.

        In this method, email is encrypted on the sender’s system using a public encryption key that scrambles the email and any attachments. The email is then sent to the recipient, who has a private key that can be used to decrypt the message. This technique is so secure that the message cannot be read by any email services, banking institutions, Internet service providers (ISPs), or hackers.

    • Games

      • GamingOnLinuxWindows compatibility layer Wine version 7.19 is out now

        Just before the weekend hit, a new development release of the Windows compatibility layer Wine went up with version 7.19. This is part of Steam Play Proton, which allows you to play tons of Windows games on Steam Deck and Linux desktops. Once a year they make a big new stable release, and eventually Proton updates to it too.

      • GamingOnLinuxSweet point and click dino adventure Zid Journey is up on Kickstarter with demo

        Love your point and click adventures and want to see more? Zid Journey is a new one from the team behind Zniw Adventure. It’s a classic 2D point ‘n click adventure game, developed in a tiny team from Poland. Just like the first game, it will have full Native Linux support.

      • GamingOnLinuxEmuDeck 2.0 makes emulation on Steam Deck easier than ever

        The Steam Deck is a fantastic system for indies, AA, AAA and everything in between but it’s also great for emulation too. EmuDeck is software that can help automate the entire process of setting emulators up, and a huge new release is out now.

      • GamingOnLinuxTheme park building sim Indoorlands is officially out now

        Indoorlands, a somewhat unique theme park building sim has left Early Access as a finished game ready for you to get clicking around. What’s the different about this one then? Well, as the name hints towards, you’re building everything inside. An indoor amusement park, that you build up using these massive connected rooms. It comes with Native Linux support too.

      • GamingOnLinuxLOST EMBER should run nicer on Steam Deck / Linux, as dev fixes video issues

        LOST EMBER is an adventure game all about the power of nature. Released back in 2019, it seems recently that went back to it to ensure it works nicely on Steam Deck (and so Linux too).

      • GamingOnLinuxProton 7.0-5 is coming soon improving Steam Deck / Linux gaming

        Valve are preparing to launch the latest update to Steam Play Proton, the compatibility layer to run Windows games on Linux and Steam Deck.

      • Switch: Hacker CTCaer hints at upcoming Linux and Android release for new Nintendo Switch models (2019/Lite/OLED) – Wololo.net

        Although new Switch models are harder to hack than the original ones, Switch hardware mods (and therefore, hacks) are a possibility. For these models, hacker CTCaer has shown significant progress on Linux L4T and Android support, with a release ETA of “Soon”.

        L4T Ubuntu running on Switch OLED

        L4T (Linux for Tegra) is the package of choice for the Nintendo Switch which runs on the NVidia SoC. The Switchroot team have adapted it for the Switch and coupled with Ubuntu, in particular thanks to work by CTCaer. The team has also ported Android to the console.

        Until now, L4T Ubuntu for Switch was only compatible with original Switch models, and support of new models have been a “work in progress” for quite some time. It seems this is going to change soon, making the newer Models (2019, Switch Lite, and OLED) even more interesting.

        The screenshot showcases Ubuntu 18.04.6 LTS (Bionic Beaver) running on the console, but CTCaer also hints that the team are bringing Android and Lakka (a Linux-based distribution specialized in emulation)

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • New Releases

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Programming/Development

      • OpenSource.comHow to contribute to Hacktoberfest 2022 [Ed: "All you need to get started in Hacktoberfest is a GitHub or GitLab account" so you basically need to use proprietary garbage (GitLab's licensing is... complicated) and JS garbage]

        Hacktoberfest is a month-long celebration run by DigitalOcean to celebrate and give back to open source projects and software. The initiative is open to everyone, and the goal is to encourage everyone in our global community to contribute to open source. In this article, I’ll answer frequently asked questions about how to participate. I’ll also discuss how to contribute to both code and non-code issues.

      • Linux Shell TipsHow to Install Latest Node.js on AlmaLinux

        This article guide walks users through the installation and basic usage of Node.js on AlmaLinux 9 and AlmaLinux 8 releases using AppStream and NodeSource Repositories.

      • OpenSource.comOur open source startup journey | Opensource.com

        Before working on ToolJet, I worked with a few enterprise clients as a consultant. Many of these clients were large enough to build and maintain dozens of internal tools. Despite the constant requests from sales, support, and operations teams to add more features and fix the bugs in their internal tools, engineering teams struggled to find the bandwidth to work on the internal utilities.

        I tried using a few platforms to build and maintain internal tools. Most of these tools were very expensive, and frequently, they didn’t really fit the requirements. We needed modifications, and most utilities didn’t support on-premise hosting.

        As a Ruby developer, I primarily used ActiveAdmin and RailsAdmin to build internal tools. Both utilities are amazing, but making them work with more than one data source is difficult. I then realized there is a need in the market for a framework that could build user interfaces and connect to multiple data sources. I believe any tool built for developers should be open source. Most of the tools and frameworks that developers use daily result from people from all over the world collaborating in public.

      • Dirk EddelbuettelDirk Eddelbuettel: RcppSimdJson 0.1.8 on CRAN: Maintenance

        RcppSimdJson wraps the fantastic and genuinely impressive simdjson library by Daniel Lemire and collaborators. Via very clever algorithmic engineering to obtain largely branch-free code, coupled with modern C++ and newer compiler instructions, it results in parsing gigabytes of JSON parsed per second which is quite mindboggling. The best-case performance is ‘faster than CPU speed’ as use of parallel SIMD instructions and careful branch avoidance can lead to less than one cpu cycle per byte parsed; see the video of the talk by Daniel Lemire at QCon.

      • Dirk EddelbuettelRcppSimdJson 0.1.8 on CRAN: Maintenance

        The RcppSimdJson package was just updated to release 0.1.8 today.

        RcppSimdJson wraps the fantastic and genuinely impressive simdjson library by Daniel Lemire and collaborators. Via very clever algorithmic engineering to obtain largely branch-free code, coupled with modern C++ and newer compiler instructions, it results in parsing gigabytes of JSON parsed per second which is quite mindboggling. The best-case performance is ‘faster than CPU speed’ as use of parallel SIMD instructions and careful branch avoidance can lead to less than one cpu cycle per byte parsed; see the video of the talk by Daniel Lemire at QCon.

      • Shell/Bash/Zsh/Ksh

      • Rust

        • CNX SoftwareGoogle KataOS – A secure OS for embedded systems written in Rust (mostly)

          Google Research has been working on its own Rust-based operating system called KataOS and designed to secure embedded systems that run Machine Learning (ML) applications.

          There has been a lot of talk about the Rust programming language in recent times, since it offers about the same level of performance as C programming but helps programmers write more secure code with built-in prevention against buffer overflows for instance. It has gained a lot of traction over the years, and Linux 6.1 will be the first kernel release to include Rust code.

  • Leftovers

    • The NationJ.D. Vance Declares Culture War on Tim Ryan

      As Democratic Representative Timothy Ryan and venture-capitalist mascot J.D. Vance faced off in Youngstown last night for their final debate before the midterm election, an all-encompassing taking of offense ensued. Each candidate harped on the phoniness, the inauthenticity, and the bought-and-paid-for policy positions of his opponent; each candidate offered carefully presented “commonsense” positions on divisive controversies, and assured the Ohio electorate that he was the candidate most in touch with their struggles and sensibilities.

    • Craig MurrayWinners at Raindance

      Nadira’s first feature film as Producer, Winners, won the Audience Award for best film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival to our (frankly surprised) delight. It will play in London at the Raindance Film Festival on Saturday 29 October at 8.30pm, at the Genesis Cinema in Bethnal Green.

    • QuilletteScientology’s War on Psychiatry

      Hubbard did not launch his career by disparaging psychiatrists as individuals or psychiatry as a profession. In fact, given his early enthusiasm for Freudian therapy, his extensive borrowings from both psychology and psychoanalytic theory, and his desire to contribute to the sciences of mental health more broadly, the virulence of his campaign against psychiatry in his subsequent books and speeches is striking and surprising. The isolated criticisms of psychiatry that can be found in Hubbard’s early work are by contrast almost models of rhetorical constraint.

    • HackadayAnalog Tank Driving Simulator Patrols A Tiny Physical Landscape

      How do you build a practical tank-driving simulator in the 1970s, when 3D computer-generated graphics are still just a fantasy of the future? If you’re a European tanker school, the solution is to use a large CNC machine to drive a camera around a miniature terrain model (German, translated). In the video after the break, [Tom Scott] takes it for a test drive.

    • HackadayWhip Up Some Homemade Artisanal Flux

      You don’t think much about the power company until you flip the lights on and they don’t come on. The same can be said of soldering flux. You don’t think much about it, usually, until you try soldering without it. Flux has a cleaning action on metal surfaces that allows for a proper solder joint. The problem is, do you have any idea what’s in the flux you are using? We don’t either. [Catsndogs] has a recipe to make your own flux and then you’ll know.

    • ScheerpostJail Telecom Company Offered Sheriffs Caribbean Cruises and Florida Retreats

      Smart Communications, a for-profit Florida company that sells phone, videochat, and email-like services to prisons and jails, told at least one sheriff’s department that it can live “the resort life” on a trip to Florida.

    • The NationGallia Est Omnis Divisa in Partes Tres

      A pity that she’s now beneath the soil. She rests in peace, where one can never reach her. For otherwise I’d surely take delight In asking that they can my Latin teacher.

    • The NationLetters From the October 31/November 7, 2022, Issue

      Re “Justice for the People,” by Elie Mystal [September 5/12]: This is an excellent detailing of what Sonia Sotomayor is doing on the Supreme Court. Acting not out of ideology as much as duty, she represents the near future of what needs to be done across the federal branches. Thank you, as well, for reiterating at length the horrors of the shadow docket. Unless it is reined in, the right will use it to try anything. It won’t stop unless more of the public knows about it.Walter Pewen

    • Counter PunchYassamine Mather
    • Science

      • The NationThe Uncategorizable Bruno Latour (1947–2022)

        Among the most creative and influential scholars of the past 50 years, the protean Bruno Latour was variously described as a sociologist, a philosopher, and an anthropologist. But just as his work questioned the making of categories, he himself transcended categorization. For decades, Latour worked at the Center for the Sociology of Innovation (CSI) at the Paris School of Mines. In 2007 he became a dean at the prestigious Paris Institute of Political Sciences (Sciences Po), where he elevated the role of research by establishing its Médialab, a unique experimental space for transdisciplinary work, and integrated environmental concerns—especially climate change—throughout the Sciences Po curriculum.

    • Education

      • Times Higher EducationGlobal network formed to combat contract cheating

        The Global Academic Integrity Network, founded by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) and Australia’s Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (Teqsa), aims to improve data sharing and collaboration between quality assurance and regulatory bodies.

        At launch, the United Nations-backed initiative also brings together bodies from France, Hungary, Italy, South Africa, Ukraine, the UK and Zambia.

      • HackadayIf Only The Kids Knew About Pipes

        Being a parent is hard work. You need to prepare your child to operate in the world. Reading, writing, arithmetic, and how to make good choices are just the beginning. They also ought to know regular expressions and Unix pipes. [Jackdoe] can help with that last one, thanks to their Unix pipe card game.

    • Hardware

      • HackadayMining And Refining: Cobalt, The Unfortunately Necessary Metal

        The story of humankind is largely a tale of conflict, often brought about by the uneven distribution of resources. For as long as we’ve been down out of the trees, and probably considerably before that too, our ancestors have been struggling to get what they need to survive, as often as not at the expense of another, more fortunate tribe. Food, water, land, it doesn’t matter; if They have it and We don’t, chances are good that there’s going to be a fight.

      • Hackaday3D Printing With A Drone Swarm?

        Even in technical disciplines such as engineering, there is much we can still learn from nature. After all, the endless experimentation and trials of life give rise to some of the most elegant solutions to problems. With that in mind, a large team of researchers took inspiration from the humble (if rather annoying) wasp, specifically its nest-building skills. The idea was to explore 3D printing of structures without the constraints of a framed machine, by mounting an extruder onto a drone.

      • HackadayAn Oscilloscope Trigger For Vintage Video Processors

        Working on retro computers is rarely straightforward, as [ukmaker] recently found out while designing a new display interface. Their oscilloscope was having trouble triggering on the video signal produced by older video circuitry, so they created the Video Trigger for Retrocomputers.

      • Hackaday3D Printering: Managing Multiple Printing Profiles

        I know people who have 3D printers that are little more than appliances. They buy it, they print with it, and they don’t change much of anything. That doesn’t describe me and, I’m guessing, it doesn’t describe you either. This does lead to a problem, though, when it comes to slicers. You have to keep changing profiles and modifying them. It can be hard to keep things straight. For example, if you have profiles for different nozzles, you get to make a choice: keep one profile and edit the parts that change, or keep multiple profiles and any common changes have to be propagated to the other profiles.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

    • Proprietary

    • Security

      • Pen Test PartnersMoto E20 Readback Vulnerability | Pen Test Partners

        The Moto E20 from Lenovo phone uses a Unisoc T606 SoC. In common with all Unisoc SoCs, this uses a customised U-boot bootloader as a secondary bootloader which then loads Android. The bootloader can be communicated with using the Android fastboot protocol.

        Analysis of the bootloader showed that there was an undocumented fastboot oem subcommand, pull, that could read data from the phone (i.e. could upload data from the phone to the fastboot client).


        As the userdata partition is encrypted, PII cannot be stolen through method 2 by default. It is useful to extract the contents of the bootloader or Android to reverse engineer potential vulnerabilities. The uboot_log and miscdata partitions can contain information useful for potential future attacks.

        Method 3 can allow cold boot attacks – where the device is booted into the bootloader and the RAM is then examined to look for confidential information from the Android operating system.

        As a proof of concept, some canary values were set in the Android Settings and Contacts app. The device was booted into bootloader mode. 2 GB of memory was extracted from address 0×80000000 (which usually maps to RAM on ARM cores) and examined. All canaries were found within the memory, including a wireless PSK. Showing it could be possible to compromise user data.

        Although this was discovered on the version of the firmware described above, the same command has been identified on other versions and software channels for the Moto E20.

      • ISTIO-SECURITY-2022-007

        The Istio control plane, istiod, is vulnerable to a request processing error, allowing a malicious attacker that sends a specially crafted or oversized message, to crash the control plane process. This can be exploited when the Kubernetes validating or mutating webhook service is exposed publicly. This endpoint is served over TLS port 15017, but does not require any authentication from an attacker.

      • LinuxSecurityRedHat: RHSA-2022-7020:01 Important: firefox security update

        An update for firefox is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9.Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having a security impactof Important. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base score,which gives a detailed severity rating, is available for each vulnerabilityfrom the CVE link(s) in the References section.

      • IT WireiTWire – Cisco, Canberra uni to jointly address cyber-security skills shortage

        Global networking giant Cisco has tied up with the University of Canberra to address the shortage of cyber security skills, with the focus to be on defence and critical infrastructure.

        A statement from Cisco said the partnership would expand the National Industry Innovation Network which is focused on how digital technologies can help in Australia’s economic and social challenges.

        “Cyber security is a major challenge for us at every level, and certainly for industry, government and universities – therefore, it is equally a major source of new jobs and innovation,” University of Canberra vice-chancellor Professor Paddy Nixon said.

        “There is enormous scope for Australia to improve its resilience against cyber attacks including the use of advanced digital technologies.

      • Krebs On SecurityHow Card Skimming Disproportionally Affects Those Most In Need

        When people banking in the United States lose money because their payment card got skimmed at an ATM, gas pump or grocery store checkout terminal, they may face hassles or delays in recovering any lost funds, but they are almost always made whole by their financial institution. Yet, one class of Americans — those receiving food assistance benefits via state-issued prepaid debit cards — are particularly exposed to losses from skimming scams, and usually have little recourse to do anything about it.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Rolling StoneFeds Charge Pentagon Contractor With Lying About Ties to ISIS

        In a federal criminal complaint filed in Kansas on Monday, the government says Mohammad Rafi Mohammadi communicated with, funded, and, in one case, sought to secure the release of recruiters for ISIS-Khorasan (ISIS-K) both before and after he worked for the U.S. as a linguist in Afghanistan.

      • The HillFrench cement firm pleads guilty to funding Islamic State in US case, fined $778M

        A Justice Department release on Tuesday states that Lafarge S.A., located in Paris, and its subsidiary Lafarge Cement Syria S.A., located in Damascus, pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide support and resources to ISIS and the al-Nusrah Front (ANF), both of which the United States has designated as foreign terrorist organizations.

        Court documents state that the firms planned to pay ISIS and ANF in exchange for permission to operate a cement plant in Syria from 2013 to 2014.

      • ScheerpostIn Neocolonial Rant, EU Says Europe Is ‘Garden’ Superior To Rest of World’s Barbaric ‘Jungle’

        EU foreign-policy chief Josep Borrell showed the West’s neocolonial mentality claiming “the world needs Europe” as a “beacon” and beautiful “garden” to civilize the barbarous “jungle” in the Global South. He also called for regime change to create a “post-Putin Russia.”

      • TruthOutNuclear Threats Escalate as NATO and Russia Plan Nuclear War Games
      • MeduzaRussia continues shelling civilian infrastructure throughout Ukraine — Meduza

        Russian forces shelled multiple Ukrainian cities on the morning of October 18. Ukrainian authorities declared an air raid alert for the entire country.

      • MeduzaMore Russians seeking fake military and law enforcement IDs on dark web to evade draft — Meduza

        A growing number of Russians have started purchasing falsified law enforcement ID cards and other documents indicating they hold military or law enforcement ranks, Kommersant reported Tuesday. Cybersecurity experts have reportedly observed a flood of document forging services on the dark web and on Telegram since the start of Russia’s mobilization campaign.

      • MeduzaTwo Zaporizhzhia NPP employees reportedly abducted by Russian forces — Meduza

        Russian troops have kidnapped two employees of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, according to Energoatom, Ukraine’s state nuclear power company.

      • The NationNow Is Not the Time to Playact Nuclear War

        Day after day, the Russian president talks of using nuclear weapons. The American president says it’s been awhile since we “faced the prospect of Armageddon” like this. The UN secretary general says we’re all “just one misunderstanding, one miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation.” A former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff—the highest ranking US military officer—says Vladimir Putin is like “a cornered animal” and therefore “we need to back off that [Armageddon talk]” and urgently engage in real diplomacy before it all goes horribly sideways.

      • The NationChina and Russia Are Not Mirror Images

        Three months into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken gave a speech claiming that “the foundations of the international order are under serious and sustained challenge.” Yet Blinken passed over the invasion quickly: “Russian President Vladimir Putin poses a clear and present threat…[but] China is the only country with both the intent to reshape the international order and, increasingly, the economic, diplomatic, military, and technological power to do it.”1

      • Counter PunchOppose US and UN military intervention in Haiti!

        We strongly condemn the letter submitted on October 9th by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to the UN Security Council, proposing the deployment of a foreign, armed occupation force to Haiti. And we denounce theBiden Administration’s drafting of a UN Security Council Resolution calling for the immediate deployment of a foreign “rapid action force” in Haiti, as reported on October 15th.

      • Meduza‘A clear anti-Putin trend’: As the Russian mobilization devolves into chaos, people are, quite rationally, blaming the president — Meduza

        The Kremlin had never expected mobilization to be “popular” with the Russian people. This is the often-cited reason for Russia’s delay in declaring even a “partial mobilization.” Recent urban focus groups, commissioned by the Kremlin itself, have made clear that practically no one approves of the war in Russia’s larger cities. Only some of the very elderly people, who would never have to go to the front, still approve of the “special operation.” Perhaps even more dismaying to the Russian President’s Office is the the growing “frustration” with Vladimir Putin himself. Meduza’s special correspondent Andrey Pertsev interviewed sources close to the Kremlin about how the government gauges political temperatures around the country, and how it tries to keep the society from reaching a boiling point.

      • MeduzaOccupation officials announce transfer of civilians to left bank of Dnipro River: ‘the battle for Kherson will begin soon’ — Meduza

        Vladimir Saldo, head of the Russian occupation administration of Kherson region, announced the “organized transfer” of civilians in four municipalities from the right bank to the left bank of the Dnipro River. The measure is necessary, he said, because Ukraine is “assembling forces for a wide-scale offensive” and there is an “immediate danger that the territory will be flooded due to the planned destruction of the dam at the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant.”

      • MeduzaRussia promises housing vouchers to Kherson residents willing to leave region — Meduza

        All current Kherson residents willing to leave their region for Russia will receive housing vouchers from the Russian government, said Marat Khusnullin, the government’s deputy chairman.

      • MeduzaUkraine’s parliament declares ‘Chechen Republic of Ichkeria’ Russian-occupied territory — Meduza

        Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada has declared that “the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria” is a territory “temporarily occupied by the Russian Federation.” 287 Rada deputies voted in favor of the resolution that says so, and also condemns “the genocide of the Chechen people.”

      • MeduzaThe Su-34 pilots will have ‘quite a lot of questions’ to answer What experts are saying about the Yeysk bomber plane crash — Meduza

        On October 17, a Su-34 bomber plane crashed near a nine-story apartment building in Yeysk, a Russian town in the Krasnodar Region. The plane struck the building and fell apart, reported the local emergency service. Spilled aircraft fuel then caught fire, which spread to the building and soon engulfed it in flames. It took six hours to extinguish the massive fire, which damaged a total of 72 apartments. Rescue teams have now finished searching for people under the rubble. 13 people are reported dead, including three children. Three of the victims died after jumping from the top floors as they tried to escape the fire, said Anna Minkova, the region’s deputy governor. 19 more people have been injured, including five children and two pregnant women. Four of the people who have been hospitalized are still in intensive care. A three-day mourning period has been declared in Yeysk. Meanwhile, experts are beginning to probe what might have caused the crash.

      • MeduzaProsecution demands five-year term for Pavel Krisevich, tried for mock suicide in Red Square — Meduza

        Prosecutors are demanding a five-year prison sentence for Pavel Krisevich, the Russian performance artist who stands accused of ‘hooliganism’ in the Red Square. Pavel Chikov, the founder of Agora, a human-rights advocacy group, reported this on his Telegram channel.

      • Common DreamsDefying Pentagon Secrecy, Reporting Exposes Retired US Generals on Saudi Payroll

        “Saudi Arabia’s paid advisers have included retired Marine Gen. James L. Jones, a national security adviser to President Barack Obama, and retired Army Gen. Keith Alexander, who led the National Security Agency under Obama and President George W. Bush,” the Post reported, citing more than 4,000 pages documents obtained through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) filings.

      • Democracy NowHow Kansas City Police Ignored Warnings a Killer Targeted Black Women, Until One Escaped

        Black residents in Kansas City, Missouri, say police ignored their warnings that a murderer was targeting Black women, until one of his captives escaped earlier this month. A 22-year-old Black woman in Excelsior Springs, just outside Kansas City, said she broke free from the basement where a white man held her captive for a month. She also claimed there were more victims, all of them Black women, who were similarly sexually abused. Timothy Haslett Jr. is now in police custody and faces rape, kidnapping and assault charges. Prior to his arrest, the Kansas City Police Department said concerns about a possible serial killer were “completely unfounded” rumors. “This speaks to the violent silencing of Black women specifically, of the Black community at large here in Kansas City,” says Ryan Sorrell, founder of the Black-led independent newspaper Kansas City Defender, which reported on the missing Black women. “This is ongoing. We have cases back in the ’90s where Black women have been murdered,” notes Justice Gatson, executive director of the Black women-led group Reale Justice Network in Kansas City, Missouri.

      • Democracy Now“Rising Against Hate”: Confronting Anti-China Rhetoric by Politicians That Fuels Anti-Asian Attacks

        With midterm elections three weeks away, a new report links reported hate crimes against Asian Americans to anti-China rhetoric used on the campaign trail. This issue is also examined in a new PBS documentary, “Rising Against Asian Hate,” which explores the fight against anti-Asian racism following the Atlanta spa shootings in March 2021, when a white gunman targeted multiple Asian-owned businesses and killed eight people, six of them Asian American women. At the time of the killing spree, hate crimes against Asian Americans had been on the rise after then-President Trump blamed the outbreak of the coronavirus on China, calling it the “kung flu.” “We felt that we had to document this moment,” says executive producer Gina Kim, “and make sure that people recognize that this is an issue that we need to confront as a nation.”

      • Democracy Now60 Years After Cuban Missile Crisis, Activists Demand World Leaders “Defuse Nuclear War”

        As nuclear powers ratchet up tensions around the Ukraine war, the U.S., NATO and Russia are carrying out nuclear war games. Meanwhile, anti-nuclear activists are calling on lawmakers and world leaders to “Defuse Nuclear War.” Their calls come on the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis. “The Kremlin is making nuclear threats that are completely reckless. At the same time, there are things that the U.S. government can and should do that would reduce the chances of nuclear war,” says Norman Solomon, executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy and co-founder of RootsAction.org. Meanwhile, Democratic leaders “are simply going along with this autopilot heading towards a precipice of nuclear annihilation globally.” His recent piece for Common Dreams is headlined “Don’t Just Worry About Nuclear War—Do Something to Help Prevent It.”

    • Environment

      • Energy

        • The NationElectric Vehicles Won’t Save Us

          Much of the excitement over the Inflation Reduction Act, which became law this summer, focused on the boost it should give to the sales of electric vehicles. Sadly, though, manufacturing and driving tens of millions of individual electric passenger cars won’t get us far enough down the road to ending greenhouse-gas emissions and stanching the overheating of this planet. Worse yet, the coming global race to electrify the personal vehicle is likely to exacerbate ecological degradation, geopolitical tensions, and military conflict.

        • DeSmogNew Jersey Sues Five Oil Companies, Alleging Decades of ‘Concealment’ and ‘Public Deception’ on Climate Change

          The lawsuit, filed in the New Jersey Superior Court, states that the companies knew about climate change for decades and actively sought to conceal that information from the public. Instead, they funded PR campaigns aimed at confusing and misleading the public.

        • Common DreamsOpinion | Democrats Tried to Sell Appalachia Down the Pipeline

          In late September, the now-familiar “debt ceiling showdown” was avoided when Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va., pulled his permitting reform legislation from the stopgap spending bill because it did not have the votes. Not only was a government shutdown avoided, but this was also a near-miss for anyone who cares about the future of our planet, as the senator’s legislation would have fast-tracked the construction of a new natural gas pipeline through the mountains and rivers of Appalachia.

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • Common DreamsWestern Wildfires Cause Extreme Weather Up to 1,500 Miles Away: Study

          Hundreds of thousands of wildfires have burned through nearly seven million acres of land across the West so far this year, but a study released Monday shows the devastating impact the blazes can have across the country as the rising heat causes other extreme weather events as far as 1,500 miles away.

    • Finance

      • TruthOutCongressional Workers Get $10,000 Raises in First-Ever Union Contract
      • The NationWhy the Economy Is the Dominant Issue for Democrats In the Midterms

        As early voting gets started in some states, Republicans are focusing their closing argument on the economy, American voters’ biggest concern and the subject of the majority of GOP ad buys. The Democrats’ closing argument, meanwhile, features abortion, the stripping away of women’s right to choose.

      • Common Dreams‘People Will Lose Their Jobs’: Expert Chorus Against Fed Rate Hikes Grows

        With the Fed’s next policy meeting just two weeks away, the Groundwork Collaborative on Tuesday cataloged more than a dozen recent comments from economists, fund managers, and other observers cautioning that aggressive rate hikes are already taking their toll on workers, economic growth, the housing market, and other key areas without tackling the core drivers of inflation—many of which are out of the central bank’s control.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Neoliberalism Is a Failure During Peacetime—and Wartime Too

        Politically, the G7 and likeminded countries around the world have adopted a war footing to stop Russian aggression. Russian President Vladimir Putin violated the most fundamental principle of international law by launching an unprovoked attack on another member of the United Nations—an institution created explicitly to prevent such aggression. The dangers of appeasement should be obvious. Even a little empathy should make us shudder in horror at the prospect of having to live under Putin’s rule.

      • Common Dreams‘Believe Him,’ Say Critics, as McCarthy Signals GOP Plan to Attack Social Security, Medicare

        In an interview with Punchbowl News Tuesday, the California Republican outlined plans to use the expected fight over the raising of the debt ceiling next year as leverage to pass several austerity policies and block additional aid for Ukraine, as well as blocking pandemic-related spending.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Al MonitorUS confirms Saudi sentencing of American over tweets

        The newspaper, quoting the son Ibrahim, said that Almadi, who is 72, was sentenced on October 3 to 16 years in prison with a travel ban of another 16 years after that.

        The son told the newspaper that his father had expressed only “mild” opinions with tweets mentioning corruption in Saudi Arabia and the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, the US-based columnist who was dismembered in 2018 after being lured into the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate.

      • France24US confirms Saudi detention of American over tweets

        The United States said Tuesday it was raising with Saudi Arabia a prison sentence handed to a US citizen over tweets critical of the kingdom, another source of tension between the historic allies.

      • RFIUS confirms Saudi detention of American over tweets

        Saudi Arabia has long faced criticism over human rights. Blogger and rights activist Raif Badawi served 10 years in prison through March and was publicly lashed 50 times for charges over content on his website.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • IT WireiTWire – Australia needs to act urgently to free Assange, says lawyer

        WikiLeaks founder and publisher Julian Assange will take his own life if he is extradited to the US, his lawyer Jennifer Robinson says, adding that the situation is very serious and the Australian Government needs to act on it immediately.

        She told the ABC 730 program on Tuesday: “…the situation is incredibly urgent. Julian’s health is declining in front of our eyes. He has already suffered a mini stroke. He has got COVID right now in prison, which doctors say could be life -threatening for him.”

        Asked by 730 host Sarah Ferguson if the argument that Assange should be brought back to Australia after his sentencing so he could serve out any term in his own country had any merit, Robinson replied:

        “The problem with that solution, it is no solution. He would have to go to the US, be convicted, exhaust all appeal processes, and we’re talking about another decade of legal process. He won’t last that long. The medical evidence makes clear he won’t last that long.

      • VOA NewsKashmiri Pulitzer Winner Blocked from Traveling to Receive Award

        Sanna Irshad Mattoo, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist from Indian-administered Kashmir, said Tuesday on Twitter that she had been stopped by immigration authorities in New Delhi from boarding a flight to New York to receive her award.

      • VOA NewsJournalists in US Moving Closer to Improved Legal Protections

        The legislation — the Protect Reporters from Exploitative State Spying (PRESS) Act and a federal anti-SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation) bill — would, respectively, block federal law enforcement from subpoenaing journalist records and protect media against certain lawsuits.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • The EconomistIran’s protests spread, as a notorious prison burns

        No Iranian prison is as notorious as Evin. For 50 years it has been the holding pen, interrogation centre and gallows of the state’s political prisoners. It lies at the base of the Alborz mountains, casting a shadow over the capital below. The fire billowing inside it lit up the city and evoked the torching of the Rex Cinema, back in the summer of 1978, when the death of more than 470 people in the building as a result of an arson attack triggered the Islamic revolution that overthrew the shah.

      • VOA NewsHuman Rights Groups Call for UN Probe of Iran’s Crackdown on Protesters

        The human rights groups said the evidence suggests a disturbing pattern of security forces deliberately firing live ammunition and metal shells at protesters and bystanders, including children.

        The statement says more than 200 protesters have been killed during the demonstrations, including at least 23 children, while more than 1,000 protesters, activists, journalists and students have been arbitrarily arrested.

      • NPRWorry grows for a female Iranian athlete who climbed without a hijab

        A later Instagram post on an account attributed to Rekabi described her not wearing a hijab as “unintentional,” though it wasn’t immediately clear whether she wrote the post or what condition she was in at the time. The Iranian government routinely pressures activists at home and abroad, often airing what rights group describe as coerced confessions on state television.

        Rekabi left Seoul on a Tuesday morning flight, the Iranian Embassy in South Korea said. The BBC’s Persian service, which has extensive contacts within Iran despite being banned from operating there, quoted an unnamed “informed source” who described Iranian officials as seizing both Rekabi’s mobile phone and passport.

      • The NationICE Is Subjecting a Record Number of Asylum Seekers to Electronic Monitoring

        When migrants arrive at the southern border and ask for asylum, they currently face two possibilities: Either they’re turned away and shut out of the asylum system under Title 42, the Trump-era public health order Biden has kept in place despite lifting other pandemic restrictions, or they’re admitted into the country and allowed to pursue their cases in immigration court. Those lucky enough to be exempted from Title 42 and admitted into the country—people Mexico won’t accept because of their nationality, including Cubans, Venezuelans, and Ecuadorians—then face a second set of possibilities. Depending on whether they have children with them, family members or other sponsors in the United States, and the availability of beds in detention, as well as other factors, they may be detained in Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities, subjected to electronic monitoring under ICE’s Alternatives to Detention (ATD) program, or simply told to report to immigration court on their hearing date. The latter option is becoming increasingly rare: An unprecedented number of noncitizens have been enrolled in ATD under the Biden administration. While Biden has reduced the overall number of migrants in ICE detention, his administration has also presided over a significant expansion of electronic monitoring—a scheme that advocates say harms migrants, even as it claims to be more humane than traditional detention.

      • ABCAfrican Australian students are subjected to the n-word and racism in the classroom, according to report – ABC News

        In the message, seen by the ABC, he said, “When slavery comes back, I’m buying her”.

      • ScheerpostKetanji Brown Jackson Cleverly Turned the Right’s Own Judicial Theory Against It

        In her defense of voting rights, Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson brilliantly turned the tables on the right by crafting her own originalist argument to defend taking race into account when drawing district maps.

      • TruthOutBiden to Vow to Make Codifying “Roe” First Priority If Democrats Win Congress
      • TruthOutLegal Experts Question How Judge Aileen Cannon Landed Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Case
      • TechdirtDC Taxpayers Are Spending Millions To Rehire Bad Cops

        Late last year, a trove of records was obtained by transparency activists Distributed Denial of Secret (DDoS). Those records showed what the Washington DC Metro PD hoped to hide: that the internal disciplinary process was apparently irreparably broken.

      • Pro PublicaHow the FBI Stumbled in the War on Cybercrime

        Retention in the division had been a chronic problem, but in the spring of that year, it became acute. About a dozen young and midcareer cyber agents had given notice or were considering leaving, attracted by more lucrative jobs outside government. As the resignations piled up, Comey received an unsolicited email from Andre McGregor, one of the cyber agents who had quit. In his email, the young agent suggested ways to improve the Cyber Division. Comey routinely broadcast his open-door policy, but senior staff members were nevertheless aghast when they heard an agent with just six years’ experience in the bureau had actually taken him up on it. To their consternation, Comey took McGregor’s email and the other cyber agents’ departures seriously. “I want to meet these guys,” he said. He invited the agents to Washington from field offices nationwide for a private lunch. As news of the meeting circulated throughout headquarters, across divisions and into the field, senior staff openly scorned the cyber agents, dubbing them “the 12 Angry Men,” “the Dirty Dozen” or just “these assholes.” To the old-schoolers — including some who had risked their lives in service to the bureau — the cyber agents were spoiled prima donnas, not real FBI.

      • Common DreamsFollowing ‘Brutal Union-Busting Campaign,’ Albany Amazon Workers Reject Unionization

        “We’re proud of the brave workers in upstate New York who stood up in the face of a vicious anti-union campaign to challenge a trillion-dollar corporation.”

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • TechdirtSenator Sheldon Whitehouse Has Really Bad Ideas About Section 230

        Over the summer I got a copy of the new book from Lee Bollinger and Geoffrey Stone, two formerly staunch 1st Amendment supporters who have apparently decided to go back on their earlier views, with a collection of essays by a variety of authors about “social media, freedom of speech, and the future of our democracy.” Much of the book is maddening, because there are many essays from very famous people who should know better, but seem more than willing to reject the 1st Amendment because people said bad stuff online.

      • Techdirt250 Groups Urge Senate To Stop Being Corrupt Jackasses and Finally Confirm FCC Nominee Gigi Sohn

        We’ve noted several times how telecom and media giants are running a sleazy smear campaign against Biden FCC nominee Gigi Sohn, in the hopes of keeping the agency in perpetual consumer protection gridlock. The attacks have been carefully seeded across the US press, and accuse the highly popular and qualified candidate of everything from hating police to being an enemy of rural America.

      • TechdirtU.S. Utilities Are Poised To Disrupt Telecom Monopolies Thanks To Biden COVID Relief & Infrastructure Bills

        As noted previously, I’ve got some mixed feelings on the Biden COVID relief and infrastructure bills’ plan to throw more than $50 billion dollars at U.S. broadband. Mostly because we still haven’t mapped U.S. broadband properly (meaning we don’t know where money should be prioritized), and the U.S. has a rich history of failing to police subsidy fraud by the nation’s biggest telecom monopolies.

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • NPR‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’ won’t be on TV this year. Here’s how to watch

        In a partnership with the streamer, PBS was allowed to air the specials in 2021. But this year, PBS no longer has the rights, and confirmed that it won’t be airing the Halloween show.

      • TechSpotReport claims almost half of systems are ineligible for Windows 11 upgrades

        In the initial run-up to Windows 11′s launch, much controversy centered on its requirement for TPM 2.0 and a relatively recent CPU. Microsoft wants users to have at least an Intel 8th gen or AMD Zen 2 processor, but the company is considering allowing some Intel 7th-gen chips and Zen 1s. According to Lansweeper, those requirements are the main roadblock for ineligible systems.

        The RAM requirement isn’t a problem – 92 percent of surveyed workstations meet it. Conversely, only 57 percent of systems meet the CPU requirement, and 64 percent have the necessary TPM. Many of those workstations may be compatible with TPM 2.0 but might not have enabled it since some systems must engage the feature manually. While not great, these numbers represent a 12 percent improvement over 2021.

    • Monopolies

      • Copyrights

        • Torrent FreakMPA Piracy Investigation Led to Property Linked to Other Crimes Worth Billions

          PrimeWire had outmaneuvered several Hollywood blocking injunctions but a complaint in the U.S. tightened the screws and never let go. An MPA investigation to identify the site’s operator was met with sophisticated countermeasures. It ended at a UK property that has been publicly linked to other crimes worth billions of dollars. And a site called KickassTorrents.

        • Torrent FreakMegaupload Pair Remain RIAA & MPA Lawsuit Targets Despite Guilty Pleas

          Earlier this year, former Megaupload executives Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk signed a plea deal to avoid extradition to the United States. They remain defendants in civil lawsuits filed by the MPA and RIAA but their guilty pleas will undoubtedly change the course of these battles.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

    • Technical

      • DevTerm R-01 Review

        I have been interested in RISC-V for a while. I played a bit with RISC-V cores on FPGA but it is quite hard to find RISC-V cores on general-purpose computers. Fortunately, the company ClockworkPi is making the DevTerm R-01[1], a handheld computer with a RISC-V processor. The DevTerm R1 is a handheld computer featuring an RV64IMAFDCVU single core RISC-V processor.

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

Walmart’s Employee Benefits Web Site Requires Microsoft Internet Explorer in 2022

Posted in Microsoft, Windows at 5:00 am by Guest Editorial Team

Reprinted with permission from Ryan

OO October 15th, open enrollment for next year’s benefits started for Walmart employees.

It was all going well until we had to set up beneficiaries.

When I got to that part, the entire page looked old, gross, and vaguely Microsoft Internet Explorer-ish.

Sure enough, when I clicked on the buttons in a modern Web browser, nothing happened.

Soon, I was left figuring out how to load a Windows 10 Enterprise Edition 90 day evaluation copy into VirtualBox from an image supplied by Microsoft…..

Yeah, I’m serious.

I was disgusted that it took up most of an afternoon to get the appliance working.

Fedora, for its part, was entirely unhelpful because to set up VirtualBox, you pretty much (1) have to have “Secure” boot turned off so it won’t reject the kernel modules (that’s fine, I already had that crap turned off anyway), (2) make sure that dkms and kernel-devel are installed, even though VirtualBox doesn’t depend on them.

It uses akmods to build kernel modules for VirtualBox to use (kmods), and finally after a while of jiggery pokery, I was able to load the virtual appliance and run Internet Explorer to get at the beneficiaries page.

It was even more horrible than I imagined. Not just because the virtual machine ran like shit, or because Microsoft hasn’t bothered to re-base it on a current version of Windows 10 that has had security patches, but because in the end I had to use Internet Explorer, which I did not ever use as my default browser.

Which I took pride in removing from Windows 98, lock, stock, and barrel, with RoM II SE when I was a teenager.

I wasn’t especially displeased with Windows in the 1990s, until they welded this unstable bloated piece of junk into the guts of Windows 98.

They never admitted it, of course, but it wasn’t as integrated as they said it was, and without its bloated web-ified Active Desktop shit (RoM replaced the shell with the one from Windows 95 OSR 2.1), it was actually very stable.

One time I even hit the 37 day bug and had Windows crash, but for some reason, someone at Microsoft noticed that and patched it. Given that I was never able to keep Windows 98 running for more than a day or two with Internet Explorer in it, I wonder how anyone even found that bug.

That would be an interesting question to have answered on Raymond Chen’s blog, but due to politics, I doubt anyone from Microsoft will ever admit, they probably removed Internet Explorer from their computers too and then hit the bug and decided it annoyed them.

True to form, the Windows Blog has a post raving about their own IE Mode in Microsoft Edge. “Dual Engine Advantage”…..LOL

They have some corporate customers, apparently Walmart wasn’t the only big company to write an incredibly big pile of shit using Internet Explorer and then leave it there for all time, saying how much use they’re getting out of IE Mode for Microsoft Edge.

Of course, there is a Microsoft Edge for “Linux”, but it wouldn’t do you any good to install it trying to get at an IE Mode.

See, IE Mode isn’t some emulation of IE.

Internet Explorer 11 is actually still there, in Windows 11, baked into the operating system. Receiving only the bare minimum amount of patching to fix security holes and to put new TLS certificates into it so you still can point it at a Web server.

Windows 11 has an embarrassing oversight that Bleeping Computer revealed a while back, where you can still start Internet Explorer 11 in browser mode, and it’s fully functional, but you have to go through the Legacy Control Panel to get to it.

In many respects, Windows 11 is about the furthest thing from a modern computer operating system there is.

For Star Trek: Picard fans, it’s more like the Hellish Alternate Timeline that Q created, where humanity became fascists and kept raping the environment and glossed over the destruction of the biosphere with a giant shield over the planet.

“They didn’t fix anything….”, Q explains….”Here, they just tend to the corpse.”

Windows has basically ran its course. The minute Microsoft drops IE Mode and the other “But this mess we have needs that to run.” garbage is the minute that the last person to leave Windows turns out the lights.

Oh they say they’ll support it until 2029 as a well tended corpse, but will they really?

Could be more, could be less. Why trust them? Why pay them forever and beg them to keep this mess on the road?

If you’re not fixing your applications now, you’ll be paying Microsoft a lot of money for legacy support (because that’s what Windows is now, a failing platform with legacy support options) and fixing the application later anyway, probably when you make the move to GNU/Linux.

When one thing fails, Microsoft doesn’t take their lumps and learn their lesson and design something that works. But they do design something else. And along with that something else, they leave behind a pile of skulls from their other abortive attempts.

Consider how many terminals and shells Windows has now, including some from the “Linux subsystem”.

But the fact that it has three Web browsers and two of them don’t even allow you to open them anymore (but are still there) is more amusing than that.

Windows is utter crap. It’s just a complete garbage pit, literally. They just give up on things, leave them there forever, and go make another mess.

They themselves have a nicer euphemism. “Technical debt.”

The fact that they have their own term for the mess that they caused and still proceed to make the mess worse is entertaining.

I have no idea what I’ll do if I need to use that page again in the future. Maybe try to find some way to load the Windows 11 evaluation edition in the VM, but that won’t be for at least a year. Hopefully, someone at Walmart fixes it.

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