11.29.22

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Links 29/11/2022: Whonix 16.0.9.0 and SalixLive Xfce 15.0

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  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Linux LinksLenovo ThinkPad T470 Ultrabook running Linux – Part 2 – Specifications – LinuxLinks

        In the first part of this series, we assessed the condition of the refurbished machine. Overall the laptop is in better shape than we expected for a grade B unit although the display was a mite disappointing given its diffusion issues.

        Let’s now move on and use inxi, an open source command-line system information tool, to interrogate the system.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • TechRadarLinus Torvalds warns the next Linux release could be a real grinch | TechRadar [Ed: Clickbait as usual]

        Linux creator Linus Torvalds may have just put a damper on many Kernel developers’ holiday plans.

        Torvalds, who still has final authority for updates to Linux’s core kernel, told developers (opens in new tab): “I want to see all that work in the pull requests having been done *before* the festivities, not while you’re imbibing your egg-nog and just generally
        being stressed out about the season.”

        The famously hard-nosed leader added: “If I get sent pull requests late,
        I’ll just go ‘this can wait’. Ok?”

    • Applications

      • It’s FOSSVLC 3.0.18 Release Brings RISC-V Support

        VLC Media Player is a popular open-source and cross-platform media player by VideoLAN that has been around for quite some time. Undoubtedly, it’s also one of the best media players for Linux.

        [...]

        Users with devices based on the RISC-V hardware can now enjoy using VLC.

        If you’re not aware, RISC-V is a popular open-source hardware architecture. And you can expect more hardware to feature RISC-V in the near future.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • UNIX CopHow to Install MyPaint on Ubuntu 20.04 | 22.04 LTS

        In this guide, we will show you how to install MyPaint on Ubuntu Systems.

        MyPaint is a free and open-source raster graphics editor for digital painting. It is available for Windows, macOS, and Unix-like operating systems.

        MyPaint is python3 support and supports graphics tablets made, symmetry modes, layer management and dynamic brush library.

      • Top 20 Basic Linux Commands – Linux Basics

        In this article lets, we discuss the top 20 basic Linux commands that everyone needs to know

      • Firewall Redirect Connection State Hook Mod for NGINX Stream Proxy Server – Jon’s FOSS Blog

        So nginx has a stream proxy module that you can use for transparent SSL/TLS relaying/forwarding, however, it is only capable of reading the SNI hostname upon the initial handshake of the connection. In addition, the destination IP address is replaced because of the firewall redirect pointing to the proxy server. I wrote a small modification that can be compiled into nginx which allows you to run a script that can pull the missing destination IP address from a given state connection table in a firewall, for example pfctl or iptables.

      • UNIX CopHow to Install Geeqie on Ubuntu 20.04 | 22.04 LTS

        Geeqie is a free software image viewer and image organiser program for Unix-like operating systems, which includes Linux-based systems and Apple’s OS X. It was first released in March 2010, having been created as a fork of GQview, which appeared to have ceased development. It uses the GTK toolkit. In September 2015, development was moved from SourceForge to GitHub.

      • UNIX CopHow to Install FrostWire on Ubuntu 20.04 | 22.04 LTS

        FrostWire is a free and open-source BitTorrent client first released in September 2004, as a fork of LimeWire. It was initially very similar to LimeWire in appearance and functionality, but over time developers added more features, including support for the BitTorrent protocol. In version 5, support for the Gnutella network was dropped entirely, and FrostWire became a BitTorrent-only client.

      • UNIX CopHow To Install GNOME Subtitles on Ubuntu 20.04 | 22.04 LTS

        In this guide, we will show you how to install Gnome Subtitles on Ubuntu Systems.

        Gnome Subtitles is an open-source subtitle editor for the GNOME desktop, based on Mono. It supports the most common text-based subtitle formats, video previewing, timings synchronization and subtitle translation.

      • UNIX CopHow to Install Showfoto on Ubuntu 20.04 | 22.04 LTS

        In this guide, we will show you how to install Showfoto on Ubuntu systems.

        Showfoto is a fast Image Editor with good image editing tools. You can use it to view your photographs and improve them. Showfoto is the standalone image editor of the digiKam project.

      • ID RootHow To Install Brackets Code Editor on Debian 11 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Brackets Code Editor on Debian 11. For those of you who didn’t know, Brackets is a modern, lightweight, open-source, and multi-platform code editor crafted for web designers and front-end developers. Brackets code editor has a lot of interesting features to help professional web developers, such as Inline code editing and Live preview. This program was developed and continues to be maintained by Adobe.

        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 VSCodium on a Debian 11 (Bullseye).

      • Make Use OfHow to Install Docker Compose on Linux

        Docker Compose helps you run multi-container apps using a simple configuration file. Here’s how you can install Docker Compose on Linux.

        Docker and Docker Compose are staples for the Linux self-hosting community, allowing easy installation of the apps which can run your sites and services. Stable versions of both Docker and Docker Compose are simple to install. Here’s how to install them on any Linux platform.

      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install the Vivaldi browser on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install the Vivaldi browser on a Chromebook.

        If you have any questions, please contact us via a Rumble comment and we would be happy to assist you!

        This tutorial will only work on Chromebooks with an Intel or AMD CPU (with Linux Apps Support) and not those with an ARM64 architecture CPU.

      • EX180 Series: Deploying Applications to OpenShift

        We are going to have a look at the EX180 exam objectives for OpenShift and perform 4 hands-on tasks to get familiar with an application deployment process.

      • How to install Nix on Fedora Silverblue

        There is a lot to like about Fedora Silverblue. Updates are atomic and if there is something wrong with the newest version, you can always roll back. You always move between immutable images of your operating system, but that also means that installing packages with dnf doesn’t work anymore. For GUI applications, the answers to this are flatpak and its app store flathub. For everything else you can enter a mutable Fedora container with the help of toolbx. There, the dnf command is readily available and can be used as usual. This is convenient for development, but not necessarily outside it. Whenever you want to use an installed CLI tool, you now have to enter the toolbx beforehand. Also, there are a couple of system directories that are inaccessible from within the container.

    • Games

      • Linux HintBest Retro Gaming OS for Raspberry Pi: RetroPie V/S Recalbox V/S Batocera V/S Lakka

        A single-board Raspberry Pi device provides various features to its users, such as home automation, website building, programming, and much more. Besides all those features, you can also use this device as a gaming platform to run several classic games. However, to use it as a gaming platform, you will need to install a Retro gaming OS on your devices such as RetroPie, Recallbox, Batocera, and Lakka.

        In this article, we will provide a detailed comparison among the best Retro Gaming OS like RetroPie, Recallbox, Batocera, and Lakka, so that you can pick the best among them and install it on your Raspberry Pi device.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • New Releases

      • Whonix 16.0.9.0 – for VirtualBox – Point Release! – News – Whonix Forum

        This release would not have been possible without the numerous supporters of Whonix!

      • SalixLive Xfce 15.0 is here! – Salix OS

        After several rounds of extensive testing, we are proud to announce the release of Salix Live Xfce 15.0! The live environment is based on our own Salix Live Scripts and is available in both 64-bit and 32-bit architectures.

        The software included in Salix Live Xfce 15.0 closely matches that which comes with our standard installation iso, offerring Xfce 4.16, Firefor ESR, LibreOffice, our Salix System tools collection along with everything else. Included in this release is also software that is specific to our Live release, featuring the Salix Live Installer, a graphical tool that allows the user to install Salix, from within the live environment to their hard drive. It is also possible, from within the Live environment, to make a frugal install, a complete Salix installation to a portable USB stick. The Live system also provides the option to use persistency, so there are multiple options to help you carry your Salix environment with you.

        The Salix Live Startup Guide is available from within the Salix Live Installer applications menu and provides useful instructions for installing and setting up your Salix system.

        The Gslapt and slapt-get package managers are of course also included, which make the Salix 15.0 repositories, consisting of thousands of software packages that are readily available for installation. Support for Flatpak is also included by default, making for an extensive range of available software. The environment is virtually identical to that of our standard release, including updated looks and a new system menu.

    • Arch Family

      • ZDNetBluestar Linux makes Arch Linux easy and beautiful | ZDNET

        Arch Linux is well known for being one of the more complicated distributions on the market. Although not on the level of Gentoo’s difficulty, Arch does pose many a challenge for those new to the world of Linux.

        However, several developers in the Linux community saw what the combination of Arch and a user-friendly experience could deliver. Since that moment, there have been plenty of Arch spinoffs aimed at making the distribution accessible to more and more users.

        One of those spinoffs is called Bluestar Linux and makes Arch Linux very simple and beautiful to use. The goal of Bluestar Linux is to create an operating system that provides a wide range of functionality and ease of use, without sacrificing aesthetics.

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • UbuntuUbuntu Summit 2022 Reflections | Ubuntu

        A big thanks for participating in the Ubuntu Summit! While Canonical hosted the first ever Ubuntu Summit (similar but different to the Ubuntu Developer Summits of old), it is the people—the sum of its parts—who collectively create the body of the community. We could not have had such a successful event without physical and remote participation, so thank you!

        This event was to bring the broader open-source community together to share experiences, ideas, and to inspire future exciting projects. To that end, we have succeeded. With five talk tracks and two workshop tracks—all in parallel—many folks often wished they could be in multiple places at one time! There was high attendance and engagement across the board, which is energizing in and of itself!

      • LubuntuLubuntu 22.04 Backports PPA Released With LXQt 1.2 – Lubuntu

        The Lubuntu Team is happy to announce that the Lubuntu Backports PPA with LXQt 1.2 is now available for general use. You can find details on enabling it below.

      • Ubuntu FridgeThe Fridge: Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 763
      • Ubuntu NewsUbuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 763

        Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 763 for the week of November 20 – 26, 2022.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • PurismSpecial Year End Promotion for Librem 5 USA – Purism

        Score $100 off this holiday season on your order for Librem 5 USA. With the holiday season in full swing, this is a great gift for any one in your family concerned about secure supply chain or online privacy. Built with Made in USA electronics, we ship globally, within 10 business days. Order here with the code LIBREM5USA when you checkout. The offer is valid till 5 December 2022.

      • ArduinoThis skull-like android head was made to mimic human expressions | Arduino Blog

        Peter Balch visited a robot exhibit at his local museum and noticed that one of the most popular pieces was a robot head that would track and mimic visitors’ faces. That was so interesting that Balch decided to replicate the project in order to learn how it was done. To do that, he first needed a robot head to work with. This Instructables tutorial explains how he built a skull-like android head that will eventually mimic human expressions.

        Balch hasn’t yet tackled the facial detection and expression recognition portions of the project, which will require significant processing power. But he has built the android head that will receive the expression commands. It resembles a human skull with a copper tube framework that acts as both a support structure and a design accent. The head also has copper wire eyebrows (with heat-set insert ends) and plastic eyeballs from a cheap toy.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Licensing / Legal

      • Stockfish: Chess GPLv3 Violation Lawsuit Settles – Software Freedom Conservancy

        Stockfish, a Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) chess engine, has announced the settlement of their lawsuit against ChessBase GmbH regarding violations of Stockfish’s license, the General Public License, version 3 (GPLv3). Software Freedom Conservancy is excited to announce our role in this historic violation settlement. Specifically, SFC has been named in the settlement agreement as the trusted third-party to analyze and approve any complete “Corresponding Source” releases by ChessBase in the future.

        SFC is honored that the parties chose us to carry out this critical duty. As a litigant ourselves in unrelated copyleft enforcement litigation, we know well that ongoing compliance, and assuring that the rights of the community of users remains respected for the years after the litigation completes, is the most important work of software freedom. We also appreciate the trust that the FOSS community places in SFC as arbiters on behalf of consumers and users, of what various copyleft licenses (such as the GPLv2 and GPLv3) require with regard to complete, corresponding source (CCS).

    • Programming/Development

      • Linux Hint3 Ways to Install CMake on Raspberry Pi

        CMake is an open-source tool that uses the configuration file named “CMakeLists” to generate and build files on your system. You can use this tool to easily build those packages or software that require a compiler, as it uses the compiler-independent method to install the application on your system quickly.

        In this tutorial, you will see the procedure to install CMake on your Raspberry Pi system with a simple example to test it on the system.

      • Linux Hint2 Ways to Install Git on Raspberry Pi

        Git is an open-source tool used for the management of source code which is free of cost and can handle small to large coding projects efficiently. It enables multiple users to work together on projects for non-linear development. The source codes developed by one user can be shared with other users to alter them and if any changes are made to the source code, the other users will get a notification of it.

      • hartmans | Introducing Carthage

        For the past four years, I’ve been working on Carthage, a free-software Infrastructure as Code framework. We’ve finally reached a point where it makes sense to talk about Carthage and what it can do. This is the first in a series of blog posts to introduce Carthage, discuss what it can do and show how it works.

      • Detecting Package Transitions

        Larger transitions in Debian are usually announced on e.g. debian-devel, but it’s harder to track the current status of all transitions. Having done a lot of QA uploads recently, I have on occasion uploaded packages involved in a transition. This can be unhelpful for the people handling the transition, but there’s also often not much point in uploading if your uploads are going to get stuck.

      • are ephemerons primitive? — wingolog/Andy Wingo

        Good evening :) A quick note, tonight: I’ve long thought that ephemerons are primitive and can’t be implemented with mark functions and/or finalizers, but today I think I have a counterexample.

        For context, one of the goals of the GC implementation I have been working on on is to replace Guile’s current use of the Boehm-Demers-Weiser (BDW) conservative collector. Of course, changing a garbage collector for a production language runtime is risky, and for Guile one of the mitigation strategies for this work is that the new collector is behind an abstract API whose implementation can be chosen at compile-time, without requiring changes to user code. That way we can first switch to BDW-implementing-the-new-GC-API, then switch the implementation behind that API to something else.

        Abstracting GC is a tricky problem to get right, and I thank the MMTk project for showing that this is possible — you have user-facing APIs that need to be implemented by concrete collectors, but also extension points so that the user can provide some compile-time configuration too, for example to provide field-tracing visitors that take into account how a user wants to lay out objects.

        Anyway. As we discussed last time, ephemerons are usually have explicit support from the GC, so we need an ephemeron abstraction as part of the abstract GC API. The question is, can BDW-GC provide an implementation of this API?

        I think the answer is “yes, but it’s very gnarly and will kill performance so bad that you won’t want to do it.”

  • Leftovers

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Politics

      • How to Change the World

        Everyday I am bombarded by people wanting me to weigh in on some law being put through congress or what I think about some criminal case in the media. In theory, people want to be prepared to know how they would react if the situation happened to them. However, in practice, people are just worrying about everything happening in the world whether it affects them or not. With our global communication systems today, everyone feels they need to have an opinion on everything.

    • Technical

      • SDL2/Programming

        • pixel-ed

          On the plus side, it only depends on SDL2 (and a computer, etc) unlike most other pixel editors that are available for OpenBSD, which require A) GTK B) Qt and boost, etc C) a bloat browser and someone else’s computer or D) may not support the high DPI monitors that modern systems seem infested with.


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