12.07.22

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Links 07/12/2022: Kali Linux 2022.4, GNUnet 0.19.0, and Pgpool-II 4.4.0

Posted in News Roundup at 12:56 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Make Use Of5 Reasons for Regular People to Love the Linux Command Line

        The Linux command line is a powerful tool that scares many casual users. But there are ample reasons for people to fall in love with the terminal.

        Many people are afraid of the command line. They see it as the realm of software developers or computer geeks. But the command line is merely a different way of interacting with your PC, and there are some tasks so easy to do with a CLI that you will be glad you got over your fear.

        Yes, you. Even if you need to call a family member for help with app installations, you can still use the command line without breaking your machine. Even if you’re getting by just fine with your PC already, here are some reasons to consider learning a few commands regardless.

      • Red Hat OfficialHow we keep our Linux systems patched with automation | Enable Sysadmin

        An automated patch-management system helps keep your server infrastructure patched and maintained in a timely manner.

      • ELinuxWhat is Linux Webhosting | Linux Webhosting blog

        Second, Linux is highly customizable, which means that it can be easily tailored to meet the specific needs of your website or web application. This allows you to choose the right combination of features and capabilities to support the unique requirements of your project.

        [...]

        Overall, Linux is a powerful and versatile platform for web hosting, and it offers many benefits over other operating systems. Whether you are a small business owner, a web developer, or a large enterprise, Linux can provide the stability, security, and flexibility that you need to host your website or web application successfully.

      • The Register UKInfo drips out about various vendors’ Arm-powered kit • The Register

        Arm-powered laptops and desktops are appearing on the market, but external appearances are deceptive. These are very different from familiar x86-based PCs, as the accounts of those experimenting with them reveal.

        Compared to x86 machines, which have the widest range of interchangeable, modular hardware in the history of computing, devices such as phones and tablets are almost polar opposites. A fondleslab is a relatively sealed unit, with a known combination of main processor, graphics processor, various networking interfaces and so on, designed and built to run a single OS that is customized for that hardware. If you’re lucky, several versions of that single OS.

        When it comes to the inexpensive highly integrated Arm device you are probably holding in mid air, the problems start with booting: there’s usually no standardized firmware able to load multiple unknown OSes in the typical ad hoc PC way. There’s no need if you’re building it to run just one specific payload, meaning that, from the vendor’s point of view, it’s cheaper to do without.

      • Linux LinksLinuxLinks – The Home of Linux – LinuxLinks

        We’ve crafted an enormous range of articles showcasing the finest free and open source Linux software. We cover games, graphics, education, multimedia, security, and tons more. And there’s other computer related areas that we also regularly dive into such as programming, hardware, Android, and more.

        Many of these articles are published in a series. It therefore makes sense to collate all of these articles to a central location. This helps you to quickly find what you are looking for, as well as introducing you to a profusion of interesting and informative material.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • The New StackRust in the Linux Kernel – The New Stack

        Not that long ago, the idea that another major language would be supported in the Linux kernel would have been laughable. Linux was C’s poster child. Sure, there have been efforts to introduce other languages into the kernel, notably C++. They failed. Badly. As Linux’s creator Linus Torvalds once said, “C++ is a horrible language.” So, why is Torvalds now welcoming Rust into the kernel? Listen, my friend, and I’ll tell you.

        Rust began as a Mozilla Foundation project. This then new scratch-built language’s purpose was to incorporate the expressive syntax and flexibility of a high-level language with the fine control and performance of a low-level language. In particular, it was meant to improve performance, parallelization, and memory safety.

      • CollaboraKernelCI now testing Linux Rust code

        After waiting in the Linux-next integration tree for about 18 months, the basic Rust infrastructure will finally land in the mainline Linux kernel with the imminent release of v6.1. While this will not include any any real device drivers and only a few toy sample modules, further subsystem-specific bindings with real drivers should be added in the future.

        During the 2022 Linux Maintainers Summit in Dublin, Linus Torvalds asked CI systems to start testing the new Rust infrastructure. So, with that in mind, we are excited to announce that as of today, Rust testing has now been added to KernelCI!

        Here is a very brief review at the current state of Rust on the kernel side (which is already well documented on LWN.net, i.e. in this article or this v6.2 focused article) along with a look at the current status and future plans on the KernelCI project side, with some examples.

      • LWNKernelCI now testing Linux Rust code (Collabora blog) [LWN.net]

        Over on the Collabora blog, Adrian Ratiu writes about the addition of the kernel’s Rust code to the KernelCI automated kernel testing project. The blog post looks at what it took to add the support and on some plans for future additions, as well.

      • Linux 6.1 Gets an Extra Week of Testing as it Prepares to Launch Latest Version [Ed: It used to say "Linux Prepares to Launch Unix Version 6.1-rc8"]

        One of the most anticipated new features of Linux 6.1 is the merging of the Rust infrastructure code. However, support for the Rust programming language is only very limited, so it will not be able to be used practically for the time being. If you want to try 6.1 before the stable release, you can download the candidate release from kernel.org. Just remember not to use it in a production environment.

    • Applications

      • 9to5LinuxAudacity 3.2.2 Adds Realtime Capabilities to VST2 Effects, Improves Accessibility of Meters

        Audacity 3.2.2 comes two months after Audacity 3.2.1, which was a small update fixing a startup crash, a crash when applying Waves Berzerk Distortion Mono to a mono track, and a freeze that occurred when playback was started or stopped very quickly, and two and half months after Audacity 3.2, the major update that added support for VST3 and real-time effects, FFmpeg 5.0 and WavPack support, and much more.

        The Audacity 3.2.2 update is here to enable real-time capabilities for VST2 effects and to add support for additional plugins that you can download from plugins.audacityteam.org. Moreover, Audacity no longer quietly discards changes in real-time effects, asking users if they want to save their work before quitting instead.

      • OMG UbuntuG4Music is a GTK4 Music App for Linux Desktops

        Visually, G4Music bears more than a passing resemblance to Amberol, a minimally-minded GTK4/libadwaita music app I’ve written about a few times this year. That’s no bad thing. But where Amberol focuses largely on ‘play-as-you-go’ listening (ergo, less focus on library browsing) G4Music provides extra features that enable it.

      • DebugPointInkscape 1.2.2 release brings more stability with a handful of bug fixes

        Inkscape 1.2.2 is a maintenance and bugfix release that offers several improvements. It includes four crash fixes, over 25 bug fixes, five fixes for extension bugs, and 13 improved user interface translations.

        The OpenClipart import feature is now available to all users, regardless of the selected packaging format or operating system. In addition, spellchecking now works on macOS, and performance has been improved (in exchange for dithering being disabled by default).

        Additionally, extensions that modify colours can also modify colours in patterns again. We’ve also fixed some issues with the measure tool, the DXF14 export, and hairline strokes for our maker community.

        While looking into detail about the fixes, notable bug fixes include export options fixes bugs related to export area catering to four issues. Also, the raster images now open on the visible canvas, not in the bottom left corner.

        The import and export module gets some minor yet important fixes. The TIFF export now supports transparency, and JPG/TIFF raster image files preserve the DPI attributes while exporting them.

      • Ubuntu HandbookInkscape 1.2.2 is out! OpenClipart import works in AppImage & Windows | UbuntuHandbook

        The free open-source Inkscape vector graphics editor got a new maintenance release for the 1.2 series.

        The is the second update for Inkscape 1.2, which finally makes OpenClipart import available for Windows and Linux user using AppImage. And, Color extensions works on patterns again.

        For macOS, spellchecking finally works and undo/redo options are back in the menu. For Linux, the snap package is no longer possible to install with –classic option. Meaning the snap won’t be able to access data outside of user’s home directory.

      • 8 Best Free Evernote Alternatives for Linux 2022 – Notes on the go – DekiSoft [Ed: Page updated for this year]

        No doubt that Evernote is a good app to take notes that can be used across Windows, macOS, and other smartphone OS such as Android. The only problem it caters is that it does not have an official Linux note-taking app, that is sad I know! It too has ignored it like many others. You might use it in the browser but it does not provide offline capability.

        As it decided not to entertain users of this platform, it does not mean you are left out! Today I have put together a list of the top 8 best Evernote Linux alternatives for 2022 that are both open-source and free to download just because of that.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • RoseHostingConfigure PHP-FPM with Nginx on Ubuntu 22.04 – RoseHosting

        In this tutorial, we are going to explain how to configure PHP-fpm with Nginx on Ubuntu 22.04.

        Nginx is a web server used for serving web requests on our website. It can be used as a reverse proxy, mail proxy, HTTP cache, or load balancer. Nginx is a free and open source software that can be configured with the PHP module PHP-fpm and improve the website loading and handle a huge amount of traffic in no time.

        Configuring PHP-fpm with Nginx on Ubuntu 22.04 is a very easy and straightforward process that can take up to 15 minutes. Let’s get started!

      • Make Tech EasierClaws Mail Keyboard Shortcuts – Make Tech Easier

        Claws Mail is a simple yet powerful e-mail client for the Linux desktop. Its developers designed the program as an intuitive graphical client that can act as a general task organizer. Like Emacs, Claws Mail can work as your mail reader, news aggregator, and RSS reader.

      • Linux HandbookUsing the Make Utility and Makefiles in Linux [Guide]

        This is a complete beginner’s guide to using the make command in Linux.

      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install ERPNext on Ubuntu 22.04

        ERPNext is a free and open-source ERP software used by manufacturers, distributors, and services. It is built with Python, JavaScript, and Frappe Framework. In this tutorial, we will show you how to install ERPNext on Ubuntu 22.04 server.

      • DebugPointHow to Find a Process ID and Kill it in Linux [CLI - GUI]

        A simple tutorial demonstrates how to find a running process ID and kill it using the terminal and GUI method for various Linux distros.

        The running applications in your Linux system can slow down your system, especially if you have a low-end system. In Linux (plus all OS), programs or apps contain a specific PID (process ID) by which you can identify them easily.

        However, as a beginner, many Linux users don’t know how to find a running process in Linux and kill it. So in this guide, we will explain different approaches to kill the currently running processes in Linux. That includes the terminal and GUI methods.

        Remember, you should only kill the process when it is not responding, or you are in a situation where the normal application closing is not working (for GUI-based apps).

      • Make Use OfHow to Create a Linux Thread in C

        Using the pthread library, you can perform low-level thread management for high-performance programming.

        On Linux, you can create and manage threads in C/C++ using the POSIX thread (pthread) library. Unlike other operating systems, there is little difference between a thread and a process in Linux. That’s why Linux often refers to its threads as light-weight processes.

        Using the pthread library, you can create threads, wait for them to terminate, and terminate them explicitly.

      • OSTechNixHow To Resize LVM Partitions In Linux – OSTechNix

        In the previous article, we have covered what is LVM and how to create Volume group and Logical volumes in Linux. This article will teach you how to resize LVM partitions i.e. extend a Volume Group and Logical Volume’s size and reduce/shrink Logical Volume’s size in Linux.

        When you want to increase the size of your logical volume, you should check if there are any unallocated spaces in the free pool (i.e. Volume Group).

        If there is no space left in the free pool, then you have to go with any of the below steps to increase the space.

        Check if any volume group has space that can be utilized. In this case, add the space back to the volume group and increase the new volume size.
        Add a disk, initialize it as physical volume and add it to the volume group using which you can extend the logical volume size.

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

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install ISPConfig on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, ISPConfig is an open-source hosting control panel for Linux distributors. It features a wide variety of options to help you control your server and allow other users to maintain their websites. ISPConfig supports Linux-based operating systems like CentOS, Debian, Fedora, and Ubuntu.

        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 ISPConfig control panel 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.

      • How to Use Here Document (HereDoc) in Linux Shell Script

        While writing shell script, you might get stuck in the situation where you want to redirect a block of lines from your script to an interactive command like sed, cat, ssh, or ftp.

        The purpose of this redirection might vary from situation to situation.

        For example, you want to copy the block of lines from the script to a new file, replace the word, or the block of lines are commands that you need to execute in the remote system via ssh.

        There is no doubt you can achieve this manually; however, “here document” will make this process way easier than you might think.

      • Linux NightlyHow to Mount an ISO File in Xfce – Linux Nightly

        Learn how to mount an ISO file in the Xfce desktop environment GUI on Linux.

      • VituxHow to Install and Run Chromium Web Browser on Debian – VITUX

        Chromium is a free and open-source web browser developed in collaboration between Google and Microsoft.

      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install Jellyfin Media Server on Rocky Linux 9

        Jellyfin is a free and open-source media server that allows you to stream content that can be accessed from anywhere.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Google Chrome on Ubuntu 22.10/22.04/20.04 – LinuxCapable

        Chrome is built upon the open-source Chromium Project. For those who have not heard of Chromium before, it is a free and open-source software project developed by Google. It is available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and Android and works well on Ubuntu-based distributions. Google Chrome web browser has been downloaded over 1 billion times and praised for its speed among its top features. Most users familiar with Linux know that Google Chrome is not installed by default on Ubuntu-based systems, but with a few easy steps, you can install the famous browser.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Google Chrome on Ubuntu 22.10/22.04/20.04 Linux in three alternative ways: stable, beta or unstable versions using the command line terminal with cli commands, along with how to remove the browsers.

      • DebugPointHow to Install Microsoft Teams in Ubuntu, Fedora, and Other Linux [Ed: This is Microsoft spyware; installing it typically involves giving Microsoft root access to one's machine. Don't do it.]
      • Red HatHow to build a Quarkus app on RHEL using Microsoft SQL Server [Ed: Red Hat is once again marketing proprietary software of Microsoft. It's not even running on Linux 'proper'. Red Hat promotes Red Hat, not GNU/Linux.]

        Quarkus offers libraries, development tools, and a testing environment for modern Java applications, particularly those aimed at containers and the cloud. This article demonstrates how to implement a Quarkus application that runs on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and connects to a Microsoft SQL Server database. With the help of Podman (a container-building tool similar to Docker), we will also containerize the Quarkus application to become more portable and ready to be deployed on Kubernetes or Red Hat OpenShift.

      • ZDNetHow to customize the Firefox homepage on Android | ZDNET

        Firefox is a great alternative browser for the Android platform that offers plenty of options, such as the customization of the homepage. Find out how you can make Firefox even better with this option.

      • Android PoliceHow to install ChromeOS Flex on a Chromebook

        Chromebooks are great devices that have long software support lifetimes. When your Chromebook reaches the end of its life, it’s probably time to take a look at one of our favorite Chromebooks and recycle your old device. However, what if there was a way to use ChromeOS Flex to breathe new life into your Chromebook? Or maybe you want to turn an old Windows and Mac computer into a Chromebook. Let’s dig in.

      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install Pycharm Community 2022.2.3 on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install JetBrains Pycharm Community on a Chromebook.

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

        Please use the video as a visual guide, and the commands and links below to install it on your Chromebook.

      • CitizixHow to run Grafana OSS in docker and docker-compose

        Grafana is a multi-platform open source analytics and interactive visualization web application. It provides charts, graphs, and alerts for the web when connected to supported data sources.

    • Games

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • 9to5LinuxdigiKam 7.9 Open-Source Photo Management App Released with Various Improvements

          digiKam 7.9 is here about three months after digiKam 7.8 and it’s a maintenance update that only brings some improvements to the core functionality of the software. For example, it improves importing of coordinates from image metadata and improves the performance of album management from a remote database.

          It also improves the management of faces location from image metadata, fixes Google photo login and remote album management, improves ISO date format support from image metadata, improves importing and merging of tags from image metadata, and improves backward compatibility for database schema migration.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • New Releases

      • 9to5LinuxKali Linux 2022.4 Ethical Hacking Distro Arrives with Linux 6.0, Official PinePhone Support

        Coming almost four months after Kali Linux 2022.3, the Kali Linux 2022.4 release is the first in the Kali Linux 2022 series to add support for the latest and greatest Linux 6.0 kernel series. This means that Kali Linux should now work on and support more hardware if you use the latest ISO images.

        While Kali Linux sticks to the lightweight Xfce desktop environment as its default graphical session for the live ISOs, the Kali Linux 2022.4 release also brings support for the latest GNOME 43 and KDE Plasma 5.26 desktop environments.

      • Kali LinuxKali Linux 2022.4 Release (Azure, Social & Kali NetHunter Pro) | Kali Linux Blog

        We are now including a QEMU image with our pre-generated images. We hope this makes it easier for the people who use self-hosted Proxmox Virtual Environments (VE), virt-manager, or libvirt!

        On that subject, elrey (alex) from the community has added libvirt support to our kali-vagrant build-script.

        In Kali 2022.3, we have produced a Generic Cloud image. The idea of this image is that it should work in “most” cloud providers This is coming from our kali-cloud build-scripts. So if you are self-hosting OpenStack, this is a great way of getting Kali loaded up!

      • Help Net SecurityKali Linux 2022.4 released: Kali NetHunter Pro, desktop updates and new tools – Help Net Security

        Offensive Security has released Kali Linux 2022.4, the latest version of its popular penetration testing and digital forensics platform.

        [...]

        Kali NetHunter, the distro’s mobile (Android) pentesting platform, now has internal Bluetooth support and added support for some devices, as well as other improvements.

        There’s also the new Kali NetHunter Pro – “a ‘true’ Kali Linux on the mobile phone” – supporting the Pine64 PinePhone and PinePhone Pro open source smartphones, which allow the user to have full control over the device.

        “First of all we make available SD card images for the PinePhone and the PinePhone Pro to dual boot alongside the main OS. Soon we will release alternative versions with Plasma Mobile as well as installers so you can install Kali NetHunter Pro onto the internal flash memory,” the devs shared.

    • PCLinuxOS/Mageia/Mandriva/OpenMandriva Family

      • PCLOS OfficialAudacity 3.2.2 – PCLinuxOS

        Audacity is an easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, macOS, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. Audacity is free, open source software.

    • SUSE/OpenSUSE

    • Fedora / Red Hat / IBM

      • Fedora ProjectCommunity Blog monthly summary: November 2022 – Fedora Community Blog

        In November, we published 14 posts. The site had 8,371 visits from 5,444 unique viewers. 1,971 visits came from search engines, while 1,222 came from Fedora Magazine and 116 came from Distrowatch.

      • December 2022 | Packit

        Week 48 (November 29th – December 5th) # packit propose-downstream now uploads all remote sources (those specified as URLs) and the source specified by spec_source_id (whether remote or not) to lookaside. Previously, only Source0 was uploaded. Source0 is no longer treated specially, but as spec_source_id is Source0 by default, Source0 is still being uploaded by default unless spec_source_id is overriden. (packit#1778) A VM image build can be triggered inside a PR via a comment command /packit vm-image-build (the job needs to be defined in the configuration).

      • Hari RanaWhere Fedora Linux Could Improve | TheEvilSkeleton

        The Fedora Project is a great organization to gain experience no matter the team you are in. I am currently a part of the Fedora Websites & Apps team improving my technical writing, communication and design skills.

        With all the things the Fedora Project does well, there are several places that, in my opinion, need to be improved. I’d like to go over some key areas where we could improve Fedora Linux from a user perspective without breaking the Fedora Project’s core philosophies.

      • Enterprisers ProjectIT transformation: 3 lessons for CIOs | The Enterprisers Project

        IT transformation, similar to the lifecycle of a living creature, is complex and often evolves through different stages. As an IT leader focusing on transformation at the enterprise level, you must consider multiple factors that may arise along the way, keeping in mind that digital maturity doesn’t happen overnight.

        Consider these three lessons to ensure your company’s IT transformation is ready to take off.

      • Red HatImplementing C++20 atomic waiting in libstdc++ | Red Hat Developer

        In this article, I will cover the current implementation approach for atomic wait/notify, as these are basis operations required to implement the remaining coordination primitives introduced with C++20. Subsequent articles in this series will cover the details of the other types.

      • Red Hat OfficialRed Hat Summit call for proposals now open

        In case you missed it, Red Hat Summit is coming back to Boston, Massachusetts on May 23-25, 2023 and we’re excited to announce that our call for proposals is now open!

      • ZDNetRHEL and its Linux relatives and rivals: How to choose [Ed: Missing disclosure is, this site is funded by IBM, so there's a conflict of interest]

        There’s a whole family of Red Hat Enterprise Linux variants, each with its own users. We’ll break down the family tree and explain what’s suited for dfiferent needs.

      • Red HatTop Kubernetes and OpenShift resources of 2022 | Red Hat Developer

        The year is coming to a close, and we’ve rounded up some of our favorite Kubernetes and OpenShift content from 2022, including stories about microservices and container optimization, as well as top announcements.

    • Debian Family

      • LinuxiacSparkyLinux 2022.12 Rolling December Update Is Here

        SparkyLinux 2022.12 updated its LXQt, MATE, Xfce, and KDE rolling editions, featuring kernel 6.0.10 and an updated package base.

        SparkyLinux is a Debian-based lightweight Linux distribution that aims to be easy on system resources to breathe new life into aging computers.

        One of its distinctive aspects is the wide range of editions available. So, they can easily confuse a new Linux user, so let’s list them quickly.

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • NeowinLinux Mint 21.1 ‘Vera’ Beta arrives with new theme and cursors – Neowin

        If you were reading Neowin at the weekend, you may have seen that the Linux Mint 21.1 Beta ISOs were undergoing testing before release. For those eager to try out the Beta, the wait is now over. The Cinnamon, MATE, and Xfce editions are now available for download. While they should all be pretty stable, they are Betas, so you may encounter bugs, which you should report.

        The main change in this update is the theming used. In this update, the Mint team has opted to make colours more vibrant but reduced where they are used, making sure they’re not too distracting. In this update, accent colours have been removed from the panel and in menus and folders are now yellow. Controversially, the Mint team has also opted to use the blue Aqua theme by default, taking away the familiar mint colour.

      • Beta NewsUbuntu-based Linux Mint 21.1 ’Vera’ BETA ready for testing

        The Linux Mint developers are targeting Christmas as the release date for version 21.1 of the operating system. Before Santa Claus delivers the stable version, however, we will first need a BETA to test for bugs. And so, today, that is exactly what we get.

        Code-named “Vera,” Linux Mint 21.1 BETA can be downloaded immediately for testing with your choice of three desktop environments – Cinnamon (5.6), MATE (1.26), and Xfce (4.16). Vera is based on the rock-solid Ubuntu 22.04 and comes with Linux kernel 5.15. The stable version will be supported until 2027.

        Much of the excitement surrounding Linux Mint 21.1 is simply on the surface. The developers share that there are refreshed icons, a new default mouse pointer, more vibrant accent colors, better wallpapers, and new themes.

      • HowTo GeekLinux Mint 21.1 ‘Vera’ Now in Beta: Here’s What’s New

        Linux Mint is one of the most popular desktop Linux distributions around, and version 21 was released earlier this year. The next update, a minor release, is now available for beta testing.

        Linux Mint 21 was a significant update, with an Ubuntu 22.04 core platform and major changes to all the desktop environment options. Linux Mint 21.1, nicknamed “Vera,” is a smaller-scale upgrade based on the same release of Ubuntu. The system requirements also remain unchanged — 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended), 20 GB of disk space (100 GB recommended), and a screen resolution of at least 1024×768 resolution.

        The main improvement in this release, at least for the Cinnamon desktop variant, is the inclusion of Cinnamon 5.6. It has a new Corner Bar applet in the panel enabled by default, which hides all windows and shows the desktop when clicked — similar to the desktop button in the Windows 7 and Windows 10 taskbar.

      • Linux MintLinux Mint 21.1 “Vera” Xfce – BETA Release – The Linux Mint Blog

        Linux Mint 21.1 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2027. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

      • Linux MintLinux Mint 21.1 “Vera” MATE – BETA Release – The Linux Mint Blog

        Linux Mint 21.1 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2027. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

      • Linux MintLinux Mint 21.1 “Vera” Cinnamon – BETA Release – The Linux Mint Blog

        Linux Mint 21.1 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2027. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

      • HowTo Geek5 Ubuntu Linux Features You Should Be Using

        Ubuntu needs no introduction. It’s the most popular Linux distribution for home users, hands down. It’s the distribution many Linux users cut their teeth on. Regardless of what distribution people might be using nowadays, chances are they started on Ubuntu, or at least detoured onto Ubuntu at some point in the Linux explorations.

      • UbuntuCanonical joins SOAFEE SIG | Ubuntu

        Canonical is delighted to announce that it is joining the Scalable Open Architecture for Embedded Edge (SOAFEE) Special Interest Group to contribute towards a safe, secure and software-defined automotive future.

        “As the demand for computing from car to cloud is rapidly growing, the automotive industry is looking towards standardisation to reduce development complexities and spur innovation. The SOAFEE initiative is perfectly positioned to address these challenges“, said Gordan Markus, Director Silicon Alliances at Canonical.

        “Canonical is excited to bring subject-matter expertise in managing complex open-source software at scale, and empowering automotive companies to shape their software-defined vehicle strategies around safe and secure open-source solutions. Contributing with its unique insights in cloud-native computing, Canonical will be working with SOAFEE initiative members to unlock agile innovation and improve time-to-market across the automotive industry.”

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • Notebook CheckSipeed M1s DOCK: PINE64 Ox64 rival launches for US$11 with microSD card expansion – NotebookCheck.net News

        The Sipeed M1s DOCK is another RISC-V-based single-board computer (SBC) that runs RTOS or Linux-based software. Sipeed sells the M1s DOCK for US$11 or as the M1s module for US$7 without a carrier board.

      • ArduinoBuild an affordable color mixer box for photography | Arduino Blog

        Lighting is the single most important factor when it comes to capturing good photos. For a conventional setup, you probably want diffuse, indirect light in a natural color. But you can get more creative with the use of colored light. RGB box lights let you set whatever hue you want, but they aren’t cheap. Arnov Sharma’s color mixer box is both affordable and versatile.

        This is a relatively small light box and so it alone isn’t suitable for lighting an entire scene, unless you want a dark and moody feel. But it is perfect for adding colored highlights or illuminating small objects in close-up photos. Three knobs let you adjust the color channels, so you can dial in the exact hue you want. An OLED display shows each channel’s set brightness and that makes it easy to reproduce colors that you set in the past. Power can come from either a USB cable or a battery pack.

      • ArduinoBeing a PLC engineer just became a lot easier! | Arduino Blog

        With the demand for PLC programming rising due to the spread of automation in a wide range of industrial fields, we felt we had to step up for our community of budding and experienced engineers!

        That’s why we have just launched a dedicated Arduino PLC IDE, which supports the five languages defined by the IEC 61131-3 standard: Ladder Diagram, Functional Block Diagram, Structured Text, Sequential Function Chart and Instruction List.

      • PurismExtended till 10 December 2022: Special Year End Promotion for Librem 5 USA [Ed: Promoting Librem based on nationalism instead of actual freedom]
    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Three great examples of open source product roadmaps – /home/jwf/

      In my daily reading, I came across three product roadmaps from Proton, developers of several open source, privacy-centered products. These include products like Proton Mail, Proton VPN, and Proton Drive. The product roadmaps shared by Proton play a tactical role. They inform consumers and engaged customers about exciting changes yet to come. It gets people excited about the product’s future. Additionally, it builds an engaged user base that is more willing to experiment and try new features.

      Product roadmaps are something many projects struggle with. It fits into the communications and outreach umbrella, which unfortunately is typically an underresourced part of many open source products. They are one small part of a larger strategy around openness and transparency. If customers and stakeholders know what to expect, they gain more confidence in the product and company mission. For instance, this is especially true when the company continuously delivers on its roadmaps and meets its ambitions. As a result, delivering on those ambitions leaves a strong impression.

    • FSFE5 reasons why your contribution is crucial for the promotion of Free Software [Ed: FSFE trying to steal the FSF’s lunch by falsely disguising itself as “FSF”]
    • OSI BlogThe Fediverse unlocks a world of composable distributed apps – Voices of Open Source

      There’s an old story about someone in the dark feeling the trunk of an elephant and believing it’s a snake because they can’t see the whole animal. It’s happening again, as people spooked from the Twitter crash try to feel their way around the Fediverse.

      [...]

      This is the most important dimension of the Fediverse, and the one we need to develop. We need ActivityPub federated software tools of all kinds, cutting the link between my choices and your choices without also cutting our ability to interact with each other.

    • SaaS/Back End/Databases

    • GCC and FSF

      • GCC0/19 modula-2 front end patches overview
      • GCCmodula-2 front end patches overview

        Here are the latest modula-2 front end patches. Since the posting in

        https://gcc.gnu.org/pipermail/gcc-patches/2022-October/603161.html

        I’ve rewritten the python3 documentation scripts (feedback from
        patchset 16) and applied all the suggestions from the feedback in
        patchset 15 (gm2-lang.cc).

      • GCCRust front-end patches v4
        This patchset contains the fixed version of our most recent patchset. We
        have fixed most of the issues noted in the previous round of reviews, and are
        keeping some for later as they would otherwise create too many conflicts with
        our updated development branch.
        
        Similarly to the previous round of patches, this patchset does not contain any
        new features - only fixes for the reviews of the v3. New features will follow
        shortly once that first patchset is merged.
        
        Once again, thank you to all the contributors who made this possible and
        especially to Philip Herron for his dedication to the project.
        
      • GCC[GCC] Rust front-end patches v4
      • FSFFall Bulletin: Fully shareable, fully lovable

        2022 Fall “Free Software Foundation Bulletin” is here! Read about how to protect your privacy, a reflection on this year’s GNU Hackers’ Meeting, what’s new in Trisquel 11, and more!

        As the seasons change, and those in the northern hemisphere prepare for the cold of winter, we continue our annual cadence of software freedom advocacy. Sent from the Free Software Foundation’s (FSF) cozy Boston office, the physical printed pamphlets have been mailed out to supporters around the world, and issue forty-one of the Free Software Foundation Bulletin is now also available online!

    • FSFE

      • FSFEEU Declaration of Digital Rights and Principles falls short of its ambitions

        Member states, the European Parliament, and the Commission have reached a consensus on the Declaration of Digital Rights and Principles. Although it aims to serve as a reference point for the digital transformation of Europe, it instead descends into murky waters, causing ambiguity. Its wording is unclear and it overlooks existing good proposals.

        [...]

        It is also not clear if the declaration is consistent with existing frameworks. According to its text, it is built upon previous initiatives such as the Berlin and Tallinn declarations. These aforementioned frameworks already refer to Free Software when it comes to digital sovereignty and interoperability, while they also require more use of Free Software, and strengthening the requirement for its use. However, when it comes to interoperability, Free Software is not explicitly mentioned in the Declaration of Digital Rights and Principles.

    • GNU Projects

      • GNUnetGNUnet 0.19.0 released

        We are pleased to announce the release of GNUnet 0.19.0.

        GNUnet is an alternative network stack for building secure, decentralized and privacy-preserving distributed applications. Our goal is to replace the old insecure Internet protocol stack. Starting from an application for secure publication of files, it has grown to include all kinds of basic protocol components and applications towards the creation of a GNU internet.

        This is a new major release. It breaks protocol compatibility with the 0.18.x versions. Please be aware that Git master is thus henceforth (and has been for a while) INCOMPATIBLE with the 0.18.x GNUnet network, and interactions between old and new peers will result in issues. 0.18.x peers will be able to communicate with Git master or 0.19.x peers, but some services will not be compatible.

        In terms of usability, users should be aware that there are still a number of known open issues in particular with respect to ease of use, but also some critical privacy issues especially for mobile users. Also, the nascent network is tiny and thus unlikely to provide good anonymity or extensive amounts of interesting information. As a result, the 0.19.0 release is still only suitable for early adopters with some reasonable pain tolerance.

    • Programming/Development

      • KDABHotspot v1.4.0 – KDAB

        Hotspot 1.4.0 has been released!

        Hotspot is a replacement for perf report. It’s a GUI for the perf profiler that takes a perf.data file, parses and evaluates its contents, and then displays the result in a graphical way.

        This feature release contains close to 400 commits since the last stable v1.3.0 release. It comes with its usual assorted list of bug fixes and performance improvements along with new features.

      • Daniel StenbergFaster base64 in curl | daniel.haxx.se

        This adventure started with an issue where a user pointed out that the libcurl function for base64 encoding actually would allocate a few bytes too many at times.

        That turned out to be true and we fixed it fairly quickly.

        As I glanced at that base64 encoder function that was still loaded and showing in my editor window, it struck me that it really was not written in an optimal way.

      • Perl / Raku

        • RakulangDay 7: .hyper and Cro – Raku Advent Calendar

          So, I’m a programmer and I work for a government TI “e-gov” department. My work here is mostly comprise of one-off data-integration tasks (like the one in this chronicle) and programming satellite utilities for our Citizen Relationship Management system.

        • RakulangDay 6: Immutable data structures and reduction in Raku – Raku Advent Calendar

          For a little compiler I’ve been writing, I felt increasingly the need for immutable data structures to ensure that nothing was passed by references between passes. I love Perl and Raku but I am a functional programmer at heart, so I prefer map and reduce over loops. It bothered me to run reductions on a mutable data structure. So I made a small library to make it easier to work with immutable maps and lists.

        • RakulangRaku Advent Calendar: Day 6: RedFactory

          Recently I had the experience of playing with Ruby and its tools. One of the tools I liked to learn about was factory_bot.

      • Python

        • Venture BeatPyTorch 2.0 release accelerates open-source machine learning | VentureBeat

          Among the most widely used machine learning (ML) technologies today is the open-source PyTorch framework.

        • PyTorch 2.0 | PyTorch

          Introducing PyTorch 2.0, our first steps toward the next generation 2-series release of PyTorch. Over the last few years we have innovated and iterated from PyTorch 1.0 to the most recent 1.13 and moved to the newly formed PyTorch Foundation, part of the Linux Foundation.

          PyTorch’s biggest strength beyond our amazing community is that we continue as a first-class Python integration, imperative style, simplicity of the API and options. PyTorch 2.0 offers the same eager-mode development and user experience, while fundamentally changing and supercharging how PyTorch operates at compiler level under the hood. We are able to provide faster performance and support for Dynamic Shapes and Distributed.

        • FOSSLifePyTorch 2.0 Announced

          PyTorch developers have announced version 2.0 of the popular open source machine learning framework, with a major new feature called torch.compile.

      • Shell/Bash/Zsh/Ksh

        • What is Shell in Linux?

          The shell is nothing more than a program that carries the user typed commands or instructions from the terminal and converts them into something that the kernel can understand.

          If you’re using popular operating systems like Ubuntu, Kali Linux, Fedora, or Manjaro, you’re already interacting with Shell, knowingly or unknowingly.

          But before deeply understanding the shell, you must understand the workings of the kernel.

        • What is Shebang (#! /bin/bash) in Linux Shell Script

          If you have been using Linux for a while, then you have definitely spotted this “#! /bin/bash” line at the beginning of an shell script.

  • Leftovers

    • Hardware

      • The Next PlatformCan Anyone Make Money From Modern Storage?

        In the past three decades, there has been no shortage of companies with interesting ideas to solve very specific data storage and retrieval problems associated with high performance computing in some form or another. Many of them raised tons of money, and most of them got eaten by platform incumbents such as Dell, IBM, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise who desperately need something new to sell every couple of years.

        What we have not seen, however, is one of these companies break away from the pack and do what EMC did with its Symmetrix RAID 5 disk arrays or Network Appliance did with its eponymous NFS network storage back in 1the 1990s. And that was to make a lot of money reasonably fast and then pull a fair amount of it down to the bottom line fueling further growth and acquisitions that kept them relevant.

      • CCIAIndustry Players – Lawmakers Are Chipping in to Bolster America’s Semiconductor Supply – Disruptive Competition Project

        As 2022 wraps up, the impacts of the pandemic and supply chain issues are still being felt, but the outlook for the chip shortage looks better in the coming years.

        The pandemic slowed semiconductor production and contributed to the subsequent chip shortage. From consumer goods to auto-making, a lack of semiconductors has stymied production and held back innovation. However, legislative developments this year such as the 2022 CHIPS and Science Act (also known as the CHIPS Act) have begun to alleviate that shortage and pave the way for greater innovation and emerging technologies here in the U.S.

        In 1990, 80% of the world’s semiconductors were produced in the U.S. and Europe. Today, 80% are produced in Asia, where countries provide substantial incentives to domestic semiconductor industries. The CHIPS Act is one of the most significant competition and innovation policies in a generation. Investments made possible by the CHIPS Act will allow the U.S. to once again competitively pursue the production of semiconductors — decreasing our dependence on global supply chains during a time of geopolitical uncertainty.

        [...]

        With more companies turning towards semiconductor production here in the U.S. and abroad, there will likely be an uptick in lab-to-fab (research to the design and manufacture of semiconductor products) supply chains. There will also be support for innovation in the industry through partnerships similar to the U.S. National Science Foundation and Intel’s collaborative efforts to train and build a skilled semiconductor manufacturing workforce. To see continuing success, the U.S. semiconductor industry will need to better handle long-term investment in R&D as well as talent acquisition, training, and retention.

        This landmark investment in U.S. competitiveness in the semiconductor industry has sweeping benefits not only for the semiconductor industry, but also for the tech industry at large. Semiconductor production drives competition and innovation not only around the production of more chips but the many industries that chips support. From consumer goods to automaking, a lack of semiconductors has stymied production and held back innovation. A greater emphasis on supplying our own chips will support the creation of new technologies and foster a culture of innovation here at home.

    • Proprietary

      • KasperskyCryWiper: fake ransomware [Ed: Lesson of the story is, don't run Windows]

        Our experts have discovered an attack of a new Trojan, which they’ve dubbed CryWiper. At the first glance, this malware looks like ransomware: it modifies files, adds a .CRY extension to them (unique to CryWiper), and saves a README.txt file with a ransom note, which contains the bitcoin wallet address, the contact e-mail address of the malware creators, and the infection ID. However, in fact, this malware is a wiper: a file modified by CryWiper cannot be restored to its original state — ever. So if you see a ransom note and your files have a new .CRY extension, don’t hurry to pay the ransom: it’s pointless.

      • Bruce SchneierCryWiper Data Wiper Targeting Russian Sites

        Kaspersky is reporting on a data wiper masquerading as ransomware that is targeting local Russian government networks.

      • Ars TechnicaNever-before-seen malware is nuking data in Russia’s courts and mayors’ offices [Ed: This shallow report fails to say that this is a Windows problem]

        CryWiper shares a separate commonality with ransomware families known as Trojan-Ransom.Win32.Xorist and Trojan-Ransom.MSIL.Agent. Specifically, the email address in the ransom note of all three is the same.

      • Bleeping ComputerNew CryWiper data wiper targets Russian courts, mayor’s offices [Ed: This Microsoft boosters’ site also fails to highlight the role of Windows here. If this was a “Linux”-affecting issue, the word “Linux” would be all over headlines and more (also, Jim Zemlin would join in the FUD, as usual)].]

        A previously undocumented data wiper named CryWiper is masquerading as ransomware, but in reality, destroys data beyond recovery in attacks against Russian mayor’s offices and courts.

        [...]

        CryWiper is a 64-bit Windows executable named ‘browserupdate.exe’ written in C++, configured to abuse many WinAPI function calls.

    • Linux Foundation

    • Security

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • The Register UKHow do you solve the problem that is Twitter? • The Register

        It’s a toss-up between Elon Musk’s management misadventures and Twitter’s technical troubles as to which will cause the most damage.

        Twitter is in trouble. I mean, who blunders his way into a fight with Apple only to later claim it was all a misunderstanding? But, as idiotic as that is combined with alienating advertisers, Elon Musk’s wreaking havoc with Twitter’s technical staff may end up causing more damage in the long run.

        True, Twitter is still up and running, but some people have already seen smaller failures. For example, Twitter’s SMS-based Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) has already failed for some users.

        As a reminder, the Titanic didn’t sink immediately after hitting the iceberg. It took its own sweet time. And, many passengers still thought all would be well until their feet were awash in the frigid North Atlantic waters.

      • Joe BrockmeierWhere does Mastodon fit with social media policies?: Dissociated Press

        Mastodon is an odd beast. This has been discussed a lot from the user’s point of view, but not so much from the organizational point of view. Specifically, should organizations provide users with branded/hosted instances, and what kind of policies apply for this new breed of social media?

        (Note: I’m going to use “Mastodon” here, but this really applies to any kind of federated social media over ActivityPub or similar where users are identified in the “@user@organization.tld” format.)

        Most people think of Mastodon as a Twitter replacement, but organizations don’t provide users with Twitter accounts. In fact, it’s not uncommon for people to state on their Twitter profile that their opinions are their own. Organizations do provide people with user@organization.tld accounts for email, but (generally) email isn’t “social media” and not meant to be posted publicly.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • DDNet Funded for 2022 – DDraceNetwork News

        Thanks to all donors donating a total of 3253 € and sponsoring servers DDNet is now fully funded until the end of 2022!

        I’m happy to announce we don’t take donations any more until next year! Thanks to everyone for donating money and time to make DDNet better!

    • Monopolies

      • Software Patents

        • The Register UKCisco wriggles out from $2 billion bill for ‘willful and egregious’ patent infringements

          Cisco has managed to avoid a $2-plus billion payment for patent infringement on a technicality that has nothing to do with the patents.

          The case has its roots in 2018 when an outfit named Centripetal Networks alleged Cisco had stolen tech Centripetal described to it under a non-disclosure agreement.

          Centripetal sued and won. US District Judge Henry Morgan described Cisco’s behavior as “willful and egregious” and slapped it with over $2 billion in fines and royalties.

          Then came a twist.

          During the conduct of the case the judge learned that his wife held $4,688 worth of shares in Cisco, a potential conflict of interest. The judge and his wife moved those shares into a blind trust. He then ruled for Centripetal and said most of his thinking in the case had been done well before he realised the shares could be a problem.

          That judgement was appealed, not because of any error in reasoning regarding payments but over the issue of whether hanging onto the shares represented a “harmless error” that could be excused, or a conflict of interest that could not be ignored.

        • ZDNetAmazon joins Open Invention Network [Ed: Software patents conglomerate promoted by SJVN. Amazon should work to abolish software patents. “Joining” OIN is almost the opposite of that; it is cementing or endorsing such patents. SJVN should promote Linux rather than the agenda of Linux Foundation, which is predominantly controlled by Linux- and GPL-hostile companies. But SJVN’s employer is funded by the latter interests.]

          Patent trolls are the bane of companies large and small. So, it should come as no surprise that Amazon and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have joined the Open Invention Network (OIN) — the world’s largest patent non-aggression consortium.

      • Copyrights

        • Walled CultureA database of public domain works could reduce upload filter overblocking; it’s absurd we need one – Walled Culture

          One of many problems with the upload filters that Article 17 of the EU Copyright Directive will bring in is that they are likely to overblock. That is, they will stop perfectly lawful materials from being uploaded because of flaws in the filters’ algorithms. Among those blocked lawful materials will certainly be public domain items.

          The public domain is often merely defined as where copyright materials end up after copyright has expired, or where a creator expressly chooses to place a work without copyright (as with Walled Culture the book). That definition of “not in copyright” is hardly something that can be used reliably in upload filters.

        • Public Domain Review*Mighty Mikko: A Book of Finnish Fairy Tales and Folk Tales* (1922) – The Public Domain Review

          Mighty Mikko contains twelve stories loosely based on Finnish tales, illustrated with vibrant block prints by Jay Van Everen.

          With the assistance of his Finnish speaking friend Lydia Tulonen, Parker Hoysted Fillmore (1878–1944) wandered “through the byways of Finnish folklore”, glossing his volume Mighty Mikko as “the traveler’s pack I have brought back home with me filled with strange treasures”. Rather than translating the folklore in a manner faithful to their original language, which, he thought, could sound “stiff, bald, and monotonous” to English ears, Fillmore retells these stories in his own idiom. Like Russian formalist Vladimir Propp, who would author his “Morphology of the Folktale” six years after Mighty Mikko appeared, Fillmore recognized that these tales shared a deep structure with stories told the world over. They are nevertheless “dramatic and picturesque”, colored “with a wealth of charming detail which is essentially Finnish”. Yet unlike, for example, the European literary cycle of Reynard the Fox, where beasts are substitutes for political and legal figures, Fillmore believes that his creatures are “plain downright Finnish peasants, sometimes stupid, often dull, frequently amusing, and always very human”.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Returning to Reading

        I read many technical documents, from man pages to textbooks to reference works, but in the last several years I’ve read precious little fiction. I bought an e-reader at the start of 2022 partially to change this. However, for the first several months, I only used it to reread a few childhood favorites, then I largely stopped using it. My wife, on the other hand, is an avid reader: almost every tie we stop at a book store together, she leaves with at least one new title.

        Around April my wife and I stopped at a used book store as usual. I used to read quite a few Star Wars books in what is now knows as the “Legends” canon, so I decided to peruse the fantasy and sci-fi section of the store. I picked up a copy of the Thrawn trilogy, some books from the New Jedi Order, and one book unrelated to Star Wars at all: a fantasy novel called The Stone and the Maiden, written by Dennis Jones.

      • “Being In Nothingness: Virtual Reality and the Pioneers of Cyberspace” by John Perry Barlow

        This is my second post on the blog, still testing things and always polishing them. In other website news, I’m troubleshooting issues with how the site displays on different devices and resolutions. Things seem to break enough now, so if you’re one of the five people at most using this website, feel free to leave me a comment about it in Site Chat.

      • The smell of paper

        I haven’t seen that topic earlier in the Geminispace, despite it’s connected with an overall retro and nostalgic theme, which I think is near the Gemini origins. Probably many of us prefer to read paper magazines or newspapers rather than their electronic versions. There is some kind of magic, which is connected with the smell of paper. Not that real one, although sometimes the smell of printing ink is a catalyst for memories, but that feeling that we can read the real paper thing held in our hands.

    • Technical

      • OpenBSD for Gaming?!?!

        Is OpenBSD an option for gamers? How do I squeeze out the last bit of performance? I have noticed questions in that vein coming up, maybe more than there used to be since gaming of OpenBSD has become a little more visible. Let’s examine the current state.

      • Internet/Gemini

        • Mastodon

          A short note regarding Mastodon. I know everyone and their cousin has already weighed in with their opinion on the recent matters of Mastodon and Twitter and all this Musquerade, so why not add my own perspective to the pile?

          I’ve been a Twitter user for a year or two I think, several years ago. Then I got fed up and removed it. Of course, I’ve been interested in Mastodon, so I registered an account this March just so I had one, wanted to look what it’s like.

        • A side entrance from the big web

          Not from the front door. Nor the one that’s in the back, if you go through the kitchen past the sink. This door opened up from a completely nondescript section of the wall. You’d hardly know there was door here, if I hadn’t opened it.

          I verify that this is the Midnight Pub I know. I see the familiar face of ~bartender, and Smudge is curled up on an armchair. No, this is definitely the Midnight.

        • Hello world!

          Hi gemspace, this is my first log post, kind of as a test. It will remain to be seen how often I update this, but I think everything should work fine, and I’ve created a second log for when I want to write one in toki pona. Hopefully it motivates me to practice?

          I’ve been eyeballing Gemini for a while now and originally wanted to host my own server on a raspberry pi, but it hasn’t panned out that way yet because I’m dirt poor… but in a fit of maybe mania (maybnia?) I committed myself to a KVM VPS for like $8/mo maybe a month ago. I got it so I could run my own Pleroma instance and, incidentally, my own personal site. It’s definitely been a learning curve since I’m ~passively techy~ but have never done any kind of server admin before. But everything’s been running pretty smoothly for a while now, and I’ve been spending my spare time (re: unemployment; all of the time) working away at learning PHP and stuff so that I can use my personal site to host all my own art with minimal effort and in a user-friendly way.


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  1. Not Tolerating Proprietary 'Bossware' in the Workplace (or at Home in Case of Work-From-Home)

    The company known as Sirius ‘Open Source’ generally rejected… Open Source. Today’s focus was the migration to Slack.



  2. The ISO Delusion: A Stack of Proprietary Junk (Slack) Failing Miserably

    When the company where I worked for nearly 12 years spoke of pragmatism it was merely making excuses to adopt proprietary software at the expense of already-working and functional Free software



  3. Debian 11 on My Main Rig: So Far Mostly OK, But Missing Some Software From Debian 10

    Distributions of GNU/Linux keep urging us to move to the latest, but is the latest always the greatest? On Friday my Debian 10 drive died, so I started moving to Debian 11 on a new drive and here's what that did to my life.



  4. Stigmatising GNU/Linux for Not Withstanding Hardware Failures

    Nowadays "the news" is polluted with a lot of GNU/Linux-hostile nonsense; like with patents, the signal-to-noise ratio is appalling and here we deal with a poor 'report' about "Linux servers" failing to work



  5. Microsofters Inside Sirius 'Open Source'

    Sirius ‘Open Source’ has been employing incompetent managers for years — a sentiment shared among colleagues by the way; today we examine some glaring examples with redacted communications to prove it



  6. Links 29/01/2023: GNOME 43.3 Fixes and Lots About Games

    Links for the day



  7. The Hey Hype Machine

    "Hey Hype" or "Hey Hi" (AI) has been dominating the press lately and a lot of that seems to boil down to paid-for marketing; we need to understand what's truly going on and not be distracted by the substance-less hype



  8. IRC Proceedings: Saturday, January 28, 2023

    IRC logs for Saturday, January 28, 2023



  9. Unmasking AI

    A guest article by Andy Farnell



  10. The ISO Delusion/Sirius Corporation: A 'Tech' Company Run by Non-Technical People

    Sirius ‘Open Source’ was hiring people who brought to the company a culture of redundant tasks and unwanted, even hostile technology; today we continue to tell the story of a company run by the CEO whose friends and acquaintances did severe damage



  11. Links 28/01/2023: Lots of Catching Up (Had Hardware Crash)

    Links for the day



  12. IRC Proceedings: Friday, January 27, 2023

    IRC logs for Friday, January 27, 2023



  13. Microsoft DuckDuckGo Falls to Lowest Share in 2 Years After Being Widely Exposed as Microsoft Proxy, Fake 'Privacy'

    DuckDuckGo, according to this latest data from Statcounter, fell from about 0.71% to just 0.58%; all the gains have been lost amid scandals, such as widespread realisation that DuckDuckGo is a Microsoft informant, curated by Microsoft and hosted by Microsoft (Bing is meanwhile laying off many people, but the media isn’t covering that or barely bothers)



  14. This is What the Microsoft-Sponsored Media Has Been Hyping Up for Weeks (Ahead of Microsoft Layoffs)

    Reprinted with permission from Ryan



  15. [Meme] António Campinos Wants to Be F***ing President Until 2028

    António Campinos insists he will be EPO President for 10 years, i.e. even longer than Benoît Battistelli (despite having appalling approval rates from staff)



  16. European Patent Office Staff Losing Hope

    The EPO’s management with its shallow campaign of obfuscation (pretending to protect children or some other nonsense) is not fooling patent examiners, who have grown tired and whose representatives say “the administration shows no intention of involving the staff representation in the drafting of the consultant’s mandate” (like in Sirius ‘Open Source’ where technical staff is ignored completely for misguided proposals to pass in the dark)



  17. IRC Proceedings: Thursday, January 26, 2023

    IRC logs for Thursday, January 26, 2023



  18. Sirius Relegated/Demoted/Destined Itself to Technical Hell by Refusing to Listen to the Technical Staff (Which Wanted to Stay With Asterisk/Free Software)

    In my final year at Sirius ‘Open Source’ communication systems had already become chaotic; there were too many dysfunctional tools, a lack of instructions, a lack of coordination and the proposed ‘solution’ (this past October) was just more complexity and red tape



  19. Geminispace Approaching Another Growth Milestone (2,300 Active Capsules)

    The expansion of Geminispace is worth noting again because another milestone is approached, flirted with, or will be surpassed this coming weekend



  20. [Meme] Cannot Get a Phone to Work... in 2022

    Sirius ‘Open Source’ wasted hours of workers’ time just testing the phone after it had moved to a defective system of Google (proprietary); instead of a rollback (back to Asterisk) the company doubled down on the faulty system and the phones still didn’t work properly, resulting in missing calls and angst (the company just blamed the workers who all along rejected this new system)



  21. [Meme] Modern Phones

    Sirius ‘Open Source’ is mistaking “modern” for better; insecurity and a lack of tech savvy typically leads to that



  22. The ISO Delusion: Sirius Corporation Demonstrates a Lack of Understanding of Security and Privacy

    Sirius ‘Open Source’, emboldened by ISO ‘paperwork’ (certification), lost sight of what it truly takes to run a business securely, mistaking worthless gadgets for “advancement” while compelling staff to sign a new contract in a hurry (prior contract-signing scandals notwithstanding)



  23. Links 26/01/2023: LibreOffice 7.4.5 and Ubuntu Pro Offers

    Links for the day



  24. Links 26/01/2023: GNU poke 3.0 and PipeWire 0.3.65

    Links for the day



  25. IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, January 25, 2023

    IRC logs for Wednesday, January 25, 2023



  26. Companies Would Collapse Upon Abandoning Their Original Goals (That Attracted All the Productive Staff)

    Staff with technical skills won't stick around in companies that reject technical arguments and moreover move to proprietary software in a company that brands itself "Open Source"



  27. [Meme] Listen to Your Workers, Avert Disaster

    Companies that refuse to take input from staff are doomed to fail



  28. The ISO Delusion: When the Employer Doesn’t Understand the Company's Value Proposition (Building Systems) and Rejects Security

    Sirius ‘Open Source’ has failed to sell what it was actually good at; instead it hired unqualified people and outsourced almost everything



  29. Links 25/01/2023: NuTyX 23.01.1 and GNU Guile 3.0.9 Released

    Links for the day



  30. Links 25/01/2023: Stratis 3.5.0 and Many Political Links

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