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  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Linux LinksLenovo ThinkPad T470 Ultrabook running Linux – Part 1

        This is a blog looking at a refurbished Lenovo ThinkPad T470 Ultrabook running Linux. Refurbished PCs offer a great solution to your computing requirements.

        The laptop was purchased from ITZOO, a UK retailer, listed at £129.99. Signing up to their mailing list gives an immediate 10% discount code. Applying that code, the machine was purchased for £116.99 with free delivery. We received the laptop the next working day. It was well packaged in a protective rigid plastic bubble and delivered by UPS. The laptop comes supplied with Windows 10 which was wiped immediately. An AC adaptor is included.

        We want to see how the laptop runs under Linux comparing and contrasting it with a few other refurbished machines. Before embarking on our Linux adventures, we’ll focus on the condition of this grade B laptop.

      • Djalel OukidTUXEDO OS 2 is in the incubator, and it’s being fed updates and improvements

        Not a month had passed since I wrote about the first version of the TUXEDO OS until the company announced the availability of the TUXEDO OS 2 preview version, which comes with several updates. So what are these updates? And what will we get in the final version?

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Tux Digital40: Cliche November – Linux Out Loud – TuxDigital

        This week, Linux Out Loud chats about what Open Source Projects We are thankful for having.

        Welcome to episode 40 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.

      • VideoKeepItTechie Reacts | Linux Distro Reviews Are Mostly Terrible – Invidious

        I mostly agree with your points @The Linux Cast , but I wanted to give my thoughts. I believe these types of reviews really help users that are new to Linux & the Community.

      • Tux DigitalUbuntu 22.10 Review from the Gurus of Kudu – Destination Linux – TuxDigital

        This week’s episode of Destination Linux, we’re going to discuss our experience with the latest Ubuntu 22.10. We distro hopped and we’re going to give you the good, bad, and not ugly . . . but rather, or hopes for the distro. Then we will be taking a look at Fedora 37 and all the treasures inside their latest release. Plus, we have our tips/tricks and software picks. All this and more coming up right now on Destination Linux to keep those penguins marching!

    • Kernel Space

      • AppleInsiderAsahi Linux for Apple Silicon has come a long way in a few months | AppleInsider

        Asahi, a project to bring Linux to the Apple Silicon Mac, has released a new progress report that details expanded USB and peripheral support.

        A project to port Linux to Apple Silicon Macs, the latest update to Asahi Linux has new hardware support, new features, and fixes for “longstanding pain points.” It also features a new bleeding-edge kernel branch with support for suspend and the display controller.

        The team reminds users to keep their Linux installations up to date. Early in the macOS Ventura betas, they found an issue that would make Linux unbootable after the upgrade.

        A package update fixed the bug earlier in 2022. However, they still see users recently upgrading to macOS Ventura, or even the latest 12.x macOS releases, and end up with unbootable Linux installations.

      • LiliputingLilbits: Linux on Apple Silicon, and a USB charger that looks like a tiny Macintosh – Liliputing

        The developers working to bring Linux to Apple’s most recent computers are making progress enabling support for the hardware on Macs with Apple M1 and M2 chips. Meanwhile a crowdfunding campaign is offering a chance to get your hands on a USB-C charger that cranks out enough power to charge a MacBook… and the charger itself is designed to look like a classic Macintosh computer.

        [...]

        Developers working on this GNU/Linux distribution for Macs with Apple Silicon have made major progress in bringing support for USB3 speeds to the Thunderbolt ports on Apple’s recent Macs.

      • LWNStable kernel 4.19.286
        I'm announcing the release of the 4.19.266 kernel.
        
        
        All users of the 4.19 kernel series must upgrade.
        
        
        The updated 4.19.y git tree can be found at:
                git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-4.19.y
        and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser:
        
        https://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-s...
        
        thanks,
        
        
        greg k-h
        
    • Applications

      • 9to5LinuxProton 7.0-5 Adds Support for More Games to Play on Linux, Lots of Improvements

        Coming more than three months after Proton 7.0-4, the Proton 7.0-5 release is here to add support for even more Windows video games that you can now play on your favorite GNU/Linux distribution if you have the latest Proton version installed on your Steam for Linux client.

        Newly supported games include Airborne Kingdom, Aspire: Ina’s Tale, Battle Realms: Zen Edition, Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition, Darkstar One, Deathsmiles II, Indiana Jones and the Emperor Tomb, Nancy Drew: Legend of the Crystal Skull, Unravel 2, Pico Park Classic Edition, Primal Carnage: Extinction, Rift, Re-Volt, and Six Ages: Ride Like the Wind.

      • How I got started with Vim: Dissociated Press

        Yesterday I made an offhand comment about the long story of how I got started with Vim, so I figured I’d follow up today with that. That story takes us all the way back to 1999.

        Fresh out of college, I landed a job with a startup e-commerce site called LinuxMall.com. Not quite by accident but certainly a lot of luck was involved, and some hubris. I was armed with a B.A. in English and Communications/Journalism, as well as a few years of undisciplined and unguided tinkering with Linux.

        I’d emailed LinuxMall.com about a possible job, and the founder (Mark Bolzern) was kind enough to roll the dice on me. My job description was ambiguous but involved marketing, writing, and assorted promotional activities.

        But part of the job was updating the LinuxMall.com web site.

      • Linux HandbookDocker Alternatives for Your Containerization Needs

        Docker has been the most popular tool for managing containers. It has become synonymous to containers.

        But Docker is not the only tool you can use for Linux container management. There are several other tools you can consider using instead of Docker.

        In this article, I am going to list such container tools.

        🚧
        There are alternatives to each of the functionalities that Docker offers. They are, however, not a complete or exact Docker replacement.

      • 9to5LinuxOBS Studio 29.0 Promises Media Key Support on Linux, AMD/Intel AV1 Encoder Support

        OBS Studio 29.0 entered public beta testing earlier today and among the biggest new features users should expect from this upcoming release is support for media keys on Linux, support for the AMD AV1 Encoder for RDNA3 AMD GPUs, support for the Intel AV1 encoder for Intel Arc GPUs, support for the Intel HEVC encoder, a 3-band equalizer filter, as well as an upward compressor filter.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • BeebomHow to Install Deb Files on Ubuntu Linux (4 Methods)

        DEB files on Ubuntu are similar to EXE files on Windows and DMG files on macOS. It’s a software packaging format for Ubuntu (Debian) systems, and the installation of .deb files is simple. You can double-click on .deb files to install them right away. Apart from that, with just one Linux command, you can install Deb files through the Terminal. So in this guide, we have added four different methods to install Deb files on Ubuntu. With that said, let’s move on to the steps.

      • ID RootHow To Install Sensu Monitoring on Rocky Linux 9 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Sensu Monitoring on Rocky Linux 9. For those of you who didn’t know, Sensu is an open-source infrastructure and application monitoring system designed for both container and non-container monitoring and multi-cloud infrastructure. System monitoring provides observations and reports that help manage applications and servers in an infrastructure. It involves continuous analysis of the CPU, memory, bandwidth, application performance, switches, and other network components.

        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 Sensu Monitoring on Rocky Linux. 9.

      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install Mastodon Social Network with Docker on Rocky Linux 9

        Mastodon is a free, decentralized, and open-source social network. It was created as an alternative to Twitter.

      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install PowerDNS and PowerAdmin on Rocky Linux

        PowerDNS is a free and open-source DNS Server software.

      • AddictiveTipsInstall audio editors like Audacity on a Chromebook

        Do you need to edit some audio files on your Google Chromebook? As it turns out, with the Chrome OS Linux container system, you can! This guide will show you how to install audio editors on Chrome OS.

      • Linux HintThe Sshd_Config File Complete Guide for Linux

        SSH or Secure Shell protocol is used for remotely logging into a machine and running commands on the remote machine. The data which is transferred using the SSH protocol is encrypted with special algorithms which makes SSH more secure than Telnet. Basically, OpenSSH is a tool that implements this protocol.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Geany on Fedora 37/36/35

        Geany is a popular open-source text editor that can also be used as an IDE for programming languages such as Python. It is known for its simplicity and speed, making it a good choice if you need a fast and lightweight text editor. Geany also has enough features to meet most needs, making it a good all-purpose text editor worth checking out on your Fedora desktop. I highly recommend that users who have never heard of Geany check out the website screenshot setting before running the installation to get a feel of what the editor looks like compared to other, more commonly known options.

        The following tutorial will teach you how to install Geany on Fedora 37/36/35 Linux. The tutorial will use the command line terminal with complete steps using the standard DNF repository from Fedora and the Flatpak hub repository as an alternative.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Kate on Fedora 37/36/35

        Kate is a free, open-source, multi-document, multi-view text editor developed by KDE. It has many useful features for programmers and other power users, including code folding, syntax highlighting, dynamic word wrap, an embedded console, an extensive plugin interface, and some preliminary scripting support. Kate is an excellent choice for developers and programmers who need a powerful text editor.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Kate Text Editor on Fedora 37/36/35 Linux using the command line terminal with various installation options to install the text editor.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Calibre on Fedora 37/36/35

        Calibre is a software suite that helps you manage your e-book collection. It offers a variety of features for organizing, displaying, and editing your e-books, converting e-books from one format to another, and syncing your e-books with various e-readers. Calibre is free and runs well on Fedora desktops, given that it is natively available to install from the default Fedora repository. Whether you’re a casual e-book reader or a serious collector, Calibre is an excellent tool for managing your e-book library and should be worth checking out.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Calibre on Fedora 37/36/35 Linux workstation desktop using two different methods with DNF and Flatpak that come natively installed on most workstations.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Monit on Fedora 37/36/35

        Monit is an open-source utility program that manages and monitors resources and services on Linux systems. Some services and resources managed by Monit are CPU usage, memory usage, server uptime, network connections, and server application services. It also ensures that all running services are always healthy by restarting services that stop or encounter operating errors such as system downtime, application crashes, or resource spikes. In addition, Monit can also be configured to send alerts to administrators when certain events occur, allowing administrators to take corrective action before problems escalate. As a result, Monit is an essential tool for keeping Linux systems running smoothly.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Monit on Fedora 37/36/35 Linux using the version direct from Fedora’s repository and configure Monit to be accessible from your browser using the command line terminal.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Foliate on Fedora 37/36/35

        If you’re an avid reader, you know how important it is to have a good e-reader app. With so many different options on the market, it can be hard to know which one is right for you. That’s why I recommend checking out Foliate, a free and open-source eBook reader perfect for Linux desktops such as Fedora and is supported in the official repository. Foliate has an easy-to-use library view with reflowable text and contains plenty of other features that book lovers will appreciate and supports formats such as EPUB, Kindle, Mobipocket, FictionBook, Comic book Archive, and plain text.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn to install the Foliate on Fedora 37/36/35 Linux using one of two methods: dnf package manager with Fedora’s repository, flatpak package manager, and some tips for maintaining or removing Foliate in the future.

      • UNIX CopLimit usable memory size in Linux

        Sometimes for one reason or another it is necessary to limit the size of usable memory on Linux. Although not very frequent, it can be useful in complex environments. Let’s start.

        Although it is not frequent to find ourselves in this situation, it is true that in complex environments where there are servers with many gigabytes or terabytes of memory, it can be useful to limit the resources they can use.

        In this case, the process is much simpler than it seems.

      • DebugPointHow to Install and Use GNOME Shell Extensions in Ubuntu and Other Linux

        Here’s how you can install and use GNOME Extensions in Ubuntu and other Linux distros.

        GNOME Shell Extensions are the code written by third-party developers for extending the GNOME desktop user experience. The extensions are similar to Firefox, and Chrome’s “Add-on”, which you may already be aware of.

        A huge library of shell extensions is available on the GNOME extension website. Installing those allows you to extend your desktop experience to any level using the GNOME extensions in Ubuntu and other GNOME-based desktops such as Fedora workstations.

        Now, there are two ways you can install the GNOME Extensions. An easy and modern way. And the old and difficult way.

      • It’s FOSSHow I Fixed Buzzing Noise Coming from Speakers in Linux

        I used a laptop for a long time but only recently switched to a desktop setup for my remote work at It’s FOSS.

        I noticed a constant buzzing sound coming from the speakers. It was annoying and gave me headaches. I started out to fix the issue. It was quite interesting to know the root cause of the issue.

        I will share my experience of fixing the buzzing noise from speakers in Linux. I found it working with Ubuntu, Debian and Pop OS on the same hardware.

        One thing to consider is that you may have a serious hardware issue if this guide does not work for you. For most users, the given solution should get the job done.

      • ID RootHow To Install Foliate on Fedora 37 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Foliate on Fedora 37. For those of you who didn’t know, Foliate is a free and open-source eBook reader and modern GTK eBook viewer. Foliate comes with numerous options and nifty tools that go beyond just reading ebooks. If you own an Amazon Kindle or some other eBook reader, you probably miss that kind of reading experience on the desktop.

        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 Foliate eBook readers on a Fedora 37.

    • Games

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • New Releases

      • BlueOnyx 5211R ISO Image Released – BlueOnyx

        The first ISO image of BlueOnyx 5211R has been released

        We just published the first ISO image of our new BlueOnyx 5211R (AlmaLinux 9.1) to the download mirrors.

        The ISO provides the usual installation options that you might already know from previous BlueOnyx ISO installs. Just boot off the ISO and in the boot menu choose your form of installation and the rest of the procedure is entirely free of user input.

        After the reboot at the end of the installation login to your new BlueOnyx 5211R server with the login details shown on the screen. That will automatically launch you into /root/network_settings.sh to perform the initial network configuration.

        It may be that after configuring the network details for the very first time after installation the server still has no network connection due to the gateway settings not having been applied correctly by NetworkManager. If that’s the case: Simply reboot and after that it should be fine. We’ll look deeper into this issue and hope to have it fixed in the next release of the ISO.

    • PCLinuxOS/Mageia/Mandriva/OpenMandriva Family

      • PCLOS OfficialEqonomize 1.5.3 – PCLinuxOS

        Eqonomize! is a cross-platform personal accounting software, with focus on efficiency and ease of use for small households. Eqonomize! provides a complete solution, with bookkeeping by double entry and support for scheduled recurring transactions, security investments, and budgeting. It gives a clear overview of past and present transactions, and development of incomes and expenses, with descriptive tables and charts, as well as an approximation of future account values.

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • LinuxiacOracle Linux 8.7 Is Here with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel R7

        Oracle Linux 8.7 includes numerous updates for software developers and security and system tool improvements.

        Oracle Linux is a free, high-performance, secure operating system for application development and deployment. It is built from Red Hat Enterprise Linux sources and has 100% application binary compatibility with RHEL.

        Oracle Linux 8.7, released less than two weeks following RHEL 8.7, is now available for download and upgrading for users of previous versions of the 8.x series. So let’s look at what’s new.

      • Cockpit 280

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

      • Red HatHow to deploy Next.js applications to Red Hat OpenShift | Red Hat Developer

        Next.js is a popular framework for deploying sites based on Node.js. You can read about many popular Node.js frameworks in part 6 of the Red Hat Developer series on the Node.js reference architecture.

        In this article, you’ll learn how to deploy Next.js applications using the ubi8/nodejs-16 and ubi8/nodejs-16-minimal containers available from Red Hat.

        If you are a Red Hat customer with support, then you’ll want to use the UBI or RHEL containers; this article was inspired in part because one of our customers asked us how to do that with Next.js. Even if you are not a customer yet, ubi8 containers are free to use and a great choice; we’ve seen their usage continue to grow.

        Once you’ve seen how to build a Next.js application on top of the UBI containers, we’ll show you how you can do the build and run on the Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, which is a great way to deploy your applications in a hybrid cloud environment.

      • Enterprisers ProjectIT leadership: 5 ways to create a culture of gratitude | The Enterprisers Project

        Showing appreciation for your team falls under the category of low effort = big impact. Frequently expressing gratitude fuels a culture where people feel recognized, valued, and respected – and the best part is, anyone can do it. What matters is that recognition is personal, genuine, and specific to individuals’ contributions.

      • Enterprisers ProjectThe future of IT: decentralization and collaboration | The Enterprisers Project

        Last year, MIT researcher Joe Peppard penned a contentious Wall Street Journal op-ed suggesting that organizations eliminate their IT departments. He explains that the IT department started as a relatively autonomous entity, existing primarily to keep corporate systems functioning and networks secure.

        Today, Peppard posits, and I agree, that the digital-first landscape calls for a more pervasive, porous IT department – with tentacles throughout the org chart.

        That said, I disagree with Peppard’s notion that the centralized IT department is obsolete. The IT department shouldn’t be dismantled; it should evolve into a hybrid model – like cloud deployment models – that fits specific business needs.

      • Enterprisers ProjectDigital transformation: 5 ways to build technical talent

        Many organizations are determining how to strengthen their teams amid economic uncertainty and skills shortages. Building technical talent is key to helping teams withstand the challenges of undergoing digital transformation.

        Your approach can differentiate your organization and set it up for success. Whether you’re focusing inward or hiring, what matters is a well-defined strategy to help make informed decisions with a positive long-term impact.

      • Red Hat OfficialUnderstanding open source software supply chain risks

        How many people does it take to buy a pair of shoes? It’s kind of a trick question. In a literal sense, it takes you and the person you are interacting with (assuming you are in a physical store). But the spirit of the question is: How many people are involved in the process of buying a pair of shoes? There’s a salesperson, store manager, shipping and logistics companies, the manufacturer of the shoes, manufacturers of the tools and equipment, manufacturers of raw materials—the list goes on. Each separate entity is part of the supply chain.

        The phrase “supply chain” is appropriate because each of those suppliers can be thought of as a link in a chain. You can also start to understand how our global economy and livelihoods are complex and very interconnected. The shoe example can be an interesting thought experiment because virtually everyone is a supplier to someone else (When was the last time you seriously considered whether your aglet supplier was untrustworthy?).

      • Fedora ProjectFMN Replacement Blog – November – Fedora Community Blog

        It’s been two months since we announced the kick-off of the Fedora Messaging Notification (FMN) Replacement initiative. Here’s the update on our progress since then.

        We highlighted the reasons why we’re replacing the old (FMN) service in the kickoff email.

    • Debian Family

      • It’s FOSSTails 5.7 Releases With “Metadata Cleaner” Tool

        Tails is a portable operating system that protects against censorship and surveillance.

        It is one of the most popular privacy-focused Linux distributions preferred by journalists and activists who do not want their information exposed to malicious actors.

        With this update, it aims to become even more privacy-friendly and secure by offering many improvements.

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • DebugPointBoost Your Productivity with Folder Color App in Ubuntu

        Want to go beyond the default folder look, themes and emblems in Ubuntu? Try folder color.

        The popular folder color application now supports the modern GNOME 43 and its file manager, Files 43. The recent change brings the color options right inside the context menu of Files 43 with the GTK4 context menu.

        Colourizing your folders sometimes benefits when you work with a huge list of directories in Linux. This decade-old application makes it easy for you. In addition, it supports all the major distribution file managers.

        The application currently supports GNOME file manager – Files, Linux Mint’s file manager Nemo and Ubuntu MATE’s file manager Caja.

        Although GNOME already supports emblems in its latest iteration, those emblems can also be set using folder color’s new context menu.

      • Ubuntu NewsUbuntu Fridge | Extended call for Ubuntu Technical Board candidates

        We are still looking for candidates to join the Ubuntu Technical Board!

        The call remains open until November 27th, 2022, at 23:59 UTC. This is a bit longer than initially anticipated.

      • Ubuntu NewsUbuntu Fridge | Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 762

        Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 762 for the week of November 13 – 19, 2022.

      • How to Install Kibana on Ubuntu

        If you are into Elastic Stack, Kibana can enhance your experience by allowing users to navigate through the search data visually.

      • François Marier: Name resolution errors in Ubuntu repositories while building a docker container
    • Devices/Embedded

      • It’s FOSSOrange Pi Maker Plans to Release an Arch-based Linux Distro Soon

        Orange Pi boards are one of the best alternatives to the Raspberry Pi, and the company behind them (Shenzhen Xunlong Software) is now working on an Arch-based Linux operating system tailored to its hardware.

        That sounds exciting; let’s see what they are planning!

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • CNX SoftwareEsPiFF board combines ESP32 module with RP2040 MCU in the Raspberry Pi 4 form factor (Crowdfunding) – CNX Software

        The EsPiFF board may look like a Raspberry Pi 4 Linux SBC but it is equipped with an ESP32-WROVER WiFi and Bluetooth module together with a Raspberry Pi RP2040 microcontroller that acts as a co-processor.

        The goal here is to provide a Raspberry Pi 4 replacement for applications that require higher reliability and even 24/7 operation without necessarily needing the processing power and multimedia capabilities of the Broadcom BCM2711 Arm processor found in the Pi or the versatility of a Linux operating system.

      • Document FoundationSign the open letter about the universal right to install any software on any device – The Document Foundation Blog

        The ongoing digitization of infrastructures and services comes along with a continuously growing number of electronic devices that are connected to the Internet – be it in private, public or business environments. Many of these devices need more energy and natural resources to be produced than the energy they consume during their entire lifespan. And way too many of these devices are being wasted and not reparable simply because the software stops working or is not being updated anymore.

        Once the pre-installed software stops users from continuing to use their hardware, restrictive ownership models prevent users from helping themselves to enjoy longer use of their devices. Restrictions span from physically locking down hardware, to technical obscurity by using proprietary software, to legal restrictions via software licenses and end user license agreements. This way, manufacturers often prohibit repairability, access and reuse of their devices. Even after purchase, customers often do not really own their devices. They are not able to do what they want with their very own devices. If you cannot install the software you want on your own device – you don’t own it.

        We, the signees of this open letter,

      • FSFESign our open letter about the right to install any software on any device

        More than 100 civil society organisations across sectors have already signed our open letter about “The universal right to install any software on any device”. Now, in the European Week for Waste Reduction, we open up the letter to be signed by individuals. Join our cause and make your voice heard!

        The European Union is about to redefine its ecodesign criteria for products within several legislative proposals in the upcoming months. The European Commission has already published a proposal for the “Sustainable Products Initiative” as well as the “Directive on empowering consumers for the green transition”. Now it is time for the European Parliament and Council to start its reading and come to a conclusion. We have written an open letter to help them do things right and use the European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) to make our voice heard!

      • ArduinoBuild your own coffee roaster out of a hot air popcorn popper | Arduino Blog

        Green (unroasted) coffee beans cost about half as much as their roasted counterparts. By purchasing green coffee beans, you can save quite a bit of money in the long term. Roasting your own coffee beans also gives you much greater control over the flavor profile and caffeine content of your coffee (caffeine content is a debatable topic, but light roasts seem to have more caffeine due to overall density). But buying a coffee roasting machine can drain your savings, which is why you might want to follow Eric Sorensen’s lead and build your own coffee roaster.

        Roasting coffee beans is not a complex process. In theory, you could roast your wake-up beans in any old oven. But dedicated machines can roast the beans with more consistency to avoid burned or under-roasted individuals. Those machines are very similar to the air poppers used for popping popcorn. They contain a heating element and a motor that spins a fan and agitates the beans. But coffee bean roasting machines add precision temperature control, which increases their price dramatically. By adding your own temperature control to a cheap air popper, you can save a lot of money and still get great results.

      • CNX SoftwareAllwinner T3 automotive-grade processor powers industrial-grade SoM – CNX Software

        Allwinner T3 is a quad-core Cortex-A7 automotive-grade processor that supports a wide industrial temperature range of -40°C to +85°C. After comparing the specifications of Allwinner T3, I think it is the same as Allwinner A40i, as Allwinner has different business units and the T-series is for the automotive-grade market, while the A-series has historically been for the tablet market, but is now also used in the industrial-grade market.

        Tronlong SOM-TLT3 and SOM-TLT3-B are Allwinner T3 system-on-modules (SoM) of Allwinner T3. Both modules have basically the same specifications but the SOM-TLT3 comes with castellated holes for soldering to the carrier board, while the SOM-TLT3-B features board-to-board connectors.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Programming/Development

      • OpenSource.comSet up automated software testing with this open source platform | Opensource.com

        Automated testing is an important stage of development. It helps you ensure code quality, discover bugs before they ship, and guarantee that an application works the way it’s intended to work. Deployment of automated tests is rapidly becoming a top priority for companies all over the world.

        The latest release of the Cerberus Testing platform offers a series of new features and improvements to allow you to easily set up automated tests for your software engineering team.

      • OpenSource.comBuild an interactive timeline in React with this open source tool | Opensource.com

        For several years, I worked in the TV online and video-on-demand (VOD) industry. While working on a scheduler web application, I realized that there were no good solutions for electronic program guides (EPG) and scheduling. Admittedly, this is a niche feature for most web developers, but it’s a common requirement for TV applications. I’ve seen and analyzed a number of websites that have implemented their own EPG or timeline, and I often wondered why everyone seemed to be inventing their own solutions instead of working on a shared solution everyone could use. And that’s when I started developing Planby.

        Planby is a React (JavaScript) component to help you create schedules, timelines, and electronic program guides (EPG) for online TV and video-on-demand (VOD) services, music and sporting events, and more. Planby uses a custom virtual view, allowing you to operate on a lot of data, and present it to your viewers in a friendly and useful way.

        Planby has a simple API that you can integrate with third party UI libraries. The component theme is customised to the needs of the application design.

      • Red Hat Official2 practical ways to use the Python subprocess module | Enable Sysadmin

        Learn how to run Bash commands and scripts within your Python scripts using the subprocess module.

    • Standards/Consortia

      • Network-crashing leap seconds to be abandoned by 2035, for at least a century | Ars Technica

        There are not many things you can get Facebook, Google, the United States, France, and Linus Torvalds to agree on, but one of them has come to pass.

        A near-unanimous vote on Friday in Versailles, France, by parties to the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM in its native French) on Resolution 4 means that starting in 2035, the leap second, the remarkably complicated way of aligning the Earth’s inconsistent rotation with atomic-precision timekeeping, will see its use discontinued. Coordinated Universal Time, or UTC, will run without them until 2135. It was unclear whether any leap seconds might occur before then, though it seems unlikely.

        The assumption is that within those 100 years, time-focused scientists (metrologists) will have found a way to synchronize time as measured by humans to time as experienced by our planet orbiting the Sun. But most people will not notice any difference at all, even as the time difference could reach up to one minute by the end of that 100 years.

  • Leftovers

    • RTLRTL Today – Tumultuous day: Manchester United owners consider sale as Ronaldo exits

      Manchester United’s owners said Tuesday they were ready to sell the club, potentially bringing down the curtain on an acrimonious 17 years under the Glazer family.

      On a tumultuous day for the English giants, it was earlier revealed that star player Cristiano Ronaldo has left the club with “immediate effect.”

      Weeks of turbulence appeared to have come to an end when United announced Ronaldo’s contract had been terminated by mutual agreement to bring to an end his second spell at Old Trafford.

      That dramatic announcement was eclipsed just hours later by the news the US-based Glazer family could also be on their way out.

      [...]

      Protests against the Glazers have continued to be common on matchdays at Old Trafford despite huge spending on player transfer fees and wages, including on Ronaldo’s homecoming.

      In May, Premier League rivals Chelsea were sold for £2.5 billion ($3 billion), a record for a football club, to another American consortium led by Todd Boehly, with a further investment of £1.75 billion promised on the playing squad and infrastructure.

    • Jonathan Dowlandeventual consistency

      This has been an approach I’ve used for many things in my life for a long time. It has something in common with eat the elephant one mouthful at a time. I think there are some categories of problems that you can’t solve this way: perhaps because with this approach you are always stuck in a local minima/maxima. On the other hand I often feel that there’s no way I can address some problems at all without doing so in the smallest of steps.

    • Proprietary

      • Bleeping ComputerMicrosoft warns of Remote Desktop freezes on Windows 11 22H2

        Microsoft is investigating and working on fixing Remote Desktop issues on Windows 11 systems after installing the Windows 11 2022 Update.

        “After installing Windows 11, version 22H2 (also called Windows 11 2022 Update), the Windows Remote Desktop application might stop responding when connecting via a Remote Desktop gateway or Remote Desktop Connection Broker,” the company explained.

        “An example of this connection scenario is when connecting to a Remote Desktop Services collection. RemoteApp and Desktop Connections are ways in which this connection is accomplished.”

    • Finance

      • Helsinki TimesOne in three Finns cannot get by on their salary at the moment

        28 percent of Finns have not reduced their consumption in the fall due to the rise in prices.

        A third of Finns cannot get by on their salary. The everyday realities of the economy have changed this autumn. The trend is largely due to Russia’s war of conquest in Ukraine and the resulting energy crisis.

        The prevailing inflation is also reflected in salary increase requests. Between September and November alone, 17 percent of Finns have asked for a salary increase. Half of them did not get a raise. Before September, 15 percent of Finns asked their employer for a salary increase. Next year, 43 percent plan to ask for a salary increase. Only 28 percent of Finns have not reduced their spending this autumn due to the rise in prices. 42 percent of Finns have reduced their spending on money for food, clothes, interior decoration, electronics, hobbies, pastime, driving or services this autumn. The latest information comes from the answers to a survey conducted by Oikotie in November. 1504 Finns responded to the survey.

        Every third Finn feels that they cannot get by on their salary at the moment. The everyday realities of the economy have changed this autumn, when the prices of food, goods and services have risen sharply and quickly. The trend is largely due to Russia’s war of conquest in Ukraine and the resulting energy crisis. When prices have risen, the value of money has decreased, i.e. inflation has arisen.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Internet Freedom FoundationResearcher Jade Lyngdoh from Shillong writes to the Chief Secretary of Meghalaya about the ongoing internet shutdown #KeepItOn

        On November 22, 2022, our community informed us that an internet shutdown has been ordered in several districts of the state of Meghalaya for 48 hours on November 22 and November 23, 2022. Our community also informed us that the internet suspension was in response to an incident of violence. Jade Lyngdoh, a student of National Law University, Jodhpur and a researcher of law and technology, and a resident of Shillong, decided to write to the Chief Secretary of Meghalaya to urge them to convene a meeting of the Review Committee of Meghalaya urgently and consider whether the internet suspension may be lifted earlier than 48 hours. IFF provided support to Mr. Lyngdoh in the drafting of the representation.

        The Suspension Order did not contain clear reasons

        The Government of Meghalaya, through its Secretary, Home (Police), issued an internet suspension order on November 22, 2022, which was to begin the same day, for 48 hours (“Suspension Order”). The Suspension Order was valid in seven districts of Meghalaya (out of 12), including East Khasi Hills, where Shillong is.

        The Suspension Order stated that an “untoward incident” had taken place, which could “disturb public peace and tranquillity, and cause a threat to public safety in [...], which may likely breakdown [sic] order”. The Suspension Order also stated that messaging and social media platforms, like Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube could be used for transmission of information, and that this could potentially break down law and order. On these grounds, the Suspension Order invoked the Temporary Suspension of Telecom Services Rules, 2017 (“Suspension Rules”) and the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885 to completely suspend all mobile internet services.


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