Links 26/02/2023: A Look at GNOME 44 Features and FreeBSD 13.2 Reaches Third Beta

Posted in News Roundup at 9:38 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • ZDNet8 things you can do with Linux that you can’t do with MacOS or Windows | ZDNET

      Back when I first started using Linux in 1997, the open-source operating system was primarily used by computer science students, hackers, and programmers who wanted an alternative to the Windows operating system. It was serious and geared toward serious work. Fast forward to now and Linux is used for everything. Why? Simply put, it’s more flexible than Windows.

      Linux can be bent and twisted into just about anything. But Linux is not only more flexible, reliable, and secure than the competition, but it’s also a lot more fun. I’ve spent many a day (and weekend) tweaking the Linux desktop simply because I could.

      Some of the desktops I’ve configured have been so amazing that friends wanted to know how they could achieve the same look, only to be disappointed that their operating system of choice wasn’t capable of pulling off such a feat.

    • 9to5Linux9to5Linux Weekly Roundup: February 26th, 2023

      This week was really exciting with all the fuss around Canonical’s decision to force all official Ubuntu flavors to ditch Flatpak support by default, also staying that future Ubuntu releases won’t include support for Flatpak apps by default. Of course, this means that users will have to manually add Flatpak support after the installation.

      Next week will be really exciting with lots of cool news. Until then, you can read the hottest news of this week and also access all the distro and package downloads in 9to5Linux’s Linux weekly roundup for February 26th, 2023.

    • Server

      • SJVNStarlingX 8: The cloud for edge computing gets a major upgrade | Open Source Watch

        StarlingX uses best-of-breed open-source programs to deliver a complete edge computing stack. This starts with Ceph. This Red Hat-sponsored do-it-all, open-source software-defined storage platform can work with object-level, block-level, and file-level storage. For cloud management, it uses the tried and true OpenStack. And, for container orchestration, StarlingX uses, of course, Kubernetes.

    • Kernel Space

      • Forbes Apple Loop: Massive iPhone 15 Pro Leak, Mac Pro Hints, Linux Cracks Open MacBook – Forbes

        The latest update to the Linux Kernel, taking it to version 6.2, offers something of interest to those who love tinkering with their Mac hardware. The Apple Silicon chipsets are now supported, which means Linux installs will be along in the near future:

        “Linux has been happily running on Intel based harder, including the older Mac platform, for many a year. ARM-based hardware has been in rather short supply (outside of smartphones, tablets, and some experimental platforms). The introduction of Apple Silicon offered a hardware base, but Apple’s restrictions around another OS using the GPU meant the masses had to wait until a solution was found. Obviously, a solution has been found.”

    • Graphics Stack

      • CollaboraMonado’s “Mercury” hand tracking now ready for use!

        Now, after a little over a year of development, it’s finally ready for the public to use!

        Mercury currently works on Valve Index, Windows Mixed Reality headsets (Reverb G2 v2 shown below), Oculus Rift S (early support), and Luxonis cameras (video shows a OAK-D Pro W Dev mounted on a North Star). It estimates hand pose accurately, supports limited hand-over-hand interactions, tracks fast hand movements, and is useable for drawing, typing and UI interaction.

    • Applications

      • Ubuntu Pit15 Best Fractal Software for Linux

        Are you seriously seeking to know about some fantastic fractal software for Linux? It may seem to be a common and normal thing to find, but only a few resources will show you the right solution. Yes, you came to one of the proper places to check! I will show you the best 15 Linux fractal tools that are excellent in drawing, shading, and creating perfect and appealing artistic work.

        Before going to the main part, let’s look at what the tool actually means. From the dictionary, fractal means a geometrical figure with the same statistical character as the whole. It may define as a complex pattern showing self-similarity in different scales. That means whatever you do with any part (like zooming or the opposite) shows the same amount of detail as before.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • TecAdminHow to Install and Secure MongoDB on Ubuntu 22.04

        MongoDB is a popular open-source, document-oriented NoSQL database that provides high performance, scalability, and flexibility. It is widely used in modern web applications due to its ability to store and manage large volumes of unstructured data. MongoDB can be installed on various operating systems, including Ubuntu 22.04.

      • Linux NightlyHow to List Installed Packages With apt

        The apt command is an essential tool, created by Debian, used to manage packages in Debian, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and other derivative distributions. In this tutorial, we will learn how to use the apt command to list the installed packages in Ubuntu.

      • TecAdminHow to Install Apache with PHP-FPM on Ubuntu 22.04

        Apache and PHP-FPM are both widely used in web development to serve dynamic content. While Apache is the most popular web server used today, PHP-FPM is a FastCGI process manager that provides a faster and more efficient way to process PHP requests. Combining the two can significantly improve the performance of a website.

      • Make Use OfHow to Change Your DNS Server on Ubuntu

        Changing the DNS server on Ubuntu can improve your network speed and is a common troubleshooting step to fix internet issues on Linux.

      • Make Use OfHow to Install Ruby on Linux

        Here’s how you can set up a development environment on your Linux machine by installing Ruby.

      • Make Use OfHow to Quickly Change Default Apps on Ubuntu

        On Ubuntu, files like MP4 or PDF are set to open with the preinstalled media player or PDF viewer. Here’s how to change these default apps on Ubuntu.

      • Make Use OfHow to Enable the SteamOS Beta on Your Chromebook

        You can finally game on Steam direct on your Chromebook. Here’s how it works.

      • ID RootHow To Install LibreWolf Browser on Fedora 37

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install LibreWolf Browser on Fedora 37.

      • ID RootWhat You Need to Know About the Linux Kernel: A Comprehensive Overview

        The Linux kernel is the core component of the Linux operating system that manages hardware and software resources. I

      • ID RootHow To Install Neovim on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Neovim on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.

      • FOSSLinuxUbuntu Terminal: Beginner’s Guide to Command Line Interface

        This article provides a beginner’s guide to the Ubuntu terminal and command line interface, covering basic concepts and essential commands.

      • H2S MediaHow to Install GitHub Desktop on latest Fedora Linux [Ed: GitHub is Microsoft's proprietary prison and an attack on Free software; avoid GitHub, use Git]

        Are you tired of typing git commands in your terminal? Do you want a GUI for Git on Linux so it’s easier to manage your repositories?

      • Linux CapableHow to Install GitHub Desktop on Fedora Linux

        GitHub Desktop is a powerful tool designed to simplify managing your code on GitHub.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Pale Moon Browser on Debian 11 or 10

        Pale Moon is a fast, efficient, and customizable web browser that offers a unique alternative to major browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Opera, and Vivaldi. Designed to provide a clean and straightforward browsing experience, Pale Moon offers a range of features and benefits that set it apart from the competition.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install LibreOffice on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04

        LibreOffice is a free and open-source office productivity suite that offers users powerful tools for word processing, spreadsheet management, presentation creation, and more. It is designed to be easy to use and offers a variety of features that make it a compelling alternative to other office suites like OpenOffice, FreeOffice, and WPS Office.

      • Linux CapableHow to Upgrade Mesa Drivers on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04

        Mesa is an open-source 3D graphics driver used on Linux systems to render high-quality 3D graphics. It enables advanced hardware acceleration, shading, and other graphics-related tasks. Mesa is a powerful tool that enhances the user experience on Linux systems, making it a popular choice for gamers and professionals.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install PHP ImageMagick on Debian 11 or 10

        Regarding web development and design, having high-quality images on your website is essential to enhance user engagement and experience. ImageMagick is a powerful software suite that allows you to process, manipulate, and convert images from the command line. Fortunately, installing ImageMagick on Debian 11 Bullseye and Debian 10 Buster is a simple process.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Open VM Tools (VMWare Tools) on Debian 11 or 10

        Open VM Tools is a set of open-source tools used to enhance virtual machines’ performance and functionality. These tools are widely used in virtual environments because they offer better integration and compatibility with various operating systems.

      • DebugPointComplete Guide to Install VirtualBox on Debian Linux (with Guest Additions)

        VirtualBox is a very popular virtualisation application with several advanced features and controls for your virtual machines. You can dynamically allocate virtual machine storage, USB, networking and other critical parameters. Other free and open-source virtual machine apps are available such as virt-manager, and GNOME Boxes, which are equally good for average use cases. However, VirtualBox is easy to use and comes with advanced options. Remember, it is free to use but is a closed-source application from Oracle.

        In prior articles, I explained how to install it in other distributions, such as Fedora and RHEL. This article outlines the steps to install it in Debian Linux.

    • Games

      • Godot EngineWhat’s new in C# for Godot 4.0 [Ed: This is the impact of Microsoft paying Godot; they should quit helping Microsoft]

        All about changes and improvements that Godot 4.0 offers to C# developers.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • OMG! LinuxGNOME 44: The Best New Features – OMG! Linux

          The upcoming GNOME 44 release is shaping up nicely, with devs adding a raft of new features, enhanced capabilities, and visual changes.

          In this article I run through the most noticeable new GNOME 44 features, and touch on a few smaller, more subtle touches you might not otherwise notice.

          Keep in mind that GNOME 44 is due to be released on March 22, 2023. Accordingly, the features mentioned in this article are subject to change and/or refinement until release.

          Let’s dive in!

        • It’s FOSS7 Cool GNOME 44 Features To Watch Out For

          GNOME 43 packed in some useful UX upgrades, and now GNOME 44 release is around the corner.

          What are the exciting changes this time? Is it a significant upgrade that you should try?

          Let us look at the features of GNOME 44′s release scheduled for March 22, 2023.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • BSD

      • FreeBSDFreeBSD 13.2-BETA3 Now Available
        The third BETA build of the 13.2-RELEASE release cycle is now available.
        Installation images are available for:
        o 13.2-BETA3 amd64 GENERIC
        o 13.2-BETA3 i386 GENERIC
        o 13.2-BETA3 powerpc GENERIC
        o 13.2-BETA3 powerpc64 GENERIC64
        o 13.2-BETA3 powerpc64le GENERIC64LE
        o 13.2-BETA3 powerpcspe MPC85XXSPE
        o 13.2-BETA3 armv6 RPI-B
        o 13.2-BETA3 armv7 GENERICSD
        o 13.2-BETA3 aarch64 GENERIC
        o 13.2-BETA3 aarch64 RPI
        o 13.2-BETA3 aarch64 PINE64
        o 13.2-BETA3 aarch64 PINE64-LTS
        o 13.2-BETA3 aarch64 PINEBOOK
        o 13.2-BETA3 aarch64 ROCK64
        o 13.2-BETA3 aarch64 ROCKPRO64
        o 13.2-BETA3 riscv64 GENERIC
        o 13.2-BETA3 riscv64 GENERICSD
        Note regarding arm SD card images: For convenience for those without
        console access to the system, a freebsd user with a password of
        freebsd is available by default for ssh(1) access.  Additionally,
        the root user password is set to root.  It is strongly recommended
        to change the password for both users after gaining access to the
        Installer images and memory stick images are available here:
        The image checksums follow at the end of this e-mail.
        If you notice problems you can report them through the Bugzilla PR
        system or on the -stable mailing list.
        If you would like to use Git to do a source based update of an existing
        system, use the "releng/13.2" branch.
        A summary of changes since 13.2-BETA2 includes:
        o Added support for some 4G modems.
        o Added the nproc(1) utility.
        o Added missing loader help files.
        o Updates to the LinuxKPI kernel compatibility layer.
        o ice(4) updated to 1.37.7-k.
        o zlib updated to 1.2.13.
        A list of changes since 13.1 is available in the releng/13.2
        release notes:
        Please note, the release notes page is not yet complete, and will be
        updated on an ongoing basis as the 13.2-RELEASE cycle progresses.
        === Virtual Machine Disk Images ===
        VM disk images are available for the amd64, i386, and aarch64
        architectures.  Disk images may be downloaded from the following URL
        (or any of the FreeBSD download mirrors):
        BASIC-CI images can be found at:
        The partition layout is:
            ~ 16 kB - freebsd-boot GPT partition type (bootfs GPT label)
            ~ 1 GB  - freebsd-swap GPT partition type (swapfs GPT label)
            ~ 20 GB - freebsd-ufs GPT partition type (rootfs GPT label)
        The disk images are available in QCOW2, VHD, VMDK, and raw disk image
        formats.  The image download size is approximately 135 MB and 165 MB
        respectively (amd64/i386), decompressing to a 21 GB sparse image.
        Note regarding arm64/aarch64 virtual machine images: a modified QEMU EFI
        loader file is needed for qemu-system-aarch64 to be able to boot the
        virtual machine images.  See this page for more information:
        To boot the VM image, run:
            % qemu-system-aarch64 -m 4096M -cpu cortex-a57 -M virt  \
        	-bios QEMU_EFI.fd -serial telnet::4444,server -nographic \
        	-drive if=none,file=VMDISK,id=hd0 \
        	-device virtio-blk-device,drive=hd0 \
        	-device virtio-net-device,netdev=net0 \
        	-netdev user,id=net0
        Be sure to replace "VMDISK" with the path to the virtual machine image.
    • Gentoo Family

      • LinuxiacGentoo-Based Redcore Linux 2301 Brings KDE Plasma 5.27.1

        Redcore is a Gentoo-based Linux distribution first released in 2017, designed to provide a user-friendly and easy-to-use desktop environment while retaining Gentoo’s flexibility and customization options. It targets casual desktop users and, to some extent, power users.

        The distro follows a rolling release model, but unlike Gentoo, Redcore Linux provides more current software than Gentoo by using the Gentoo testing repositories as its package base.

        Recently, more than four months after the previous 2201 (Rastaban) release, Redcore 2301 (Sirius) is here, so let’s see what’s changed.

    • SUSE/OpenSUSE

      • SUSE’s Corporate BlogSUSE Manager: The Journey Continues

        A little more than 6 months ago, SUSE launched SUSE Manager 4.3.  It was an exciting launch because for the first time, we rearchitected the solution so that you could implement the SUSE Manager Proxy as a set of containers.  Hub architecture and reporting capabilities were also improved for better scalability. 

    • Debian Family

      • Gregor Herrmann: demo video: dpt(1) in pkg-perl-tools

        in the Debian Perl
        we are maintaining a lot of packages (around 4000 at the time of
        writing). this also means that we are spending some time on improving our
        tools which allow us to handle this amount of packages in a reasonable time.

        many of the tools are shipped in the pkg-perl-tools package
        since 2013, & lots of them are scripts which are called as subcommands
        of the dpt(1) wrapper script.

      • Jelmer VernooijJelmer Vernooij: Silver Platter Batch Mode

        Silver-Platter makes it easier to
        publish automated changes to repositories. However, in its default mode, the
        only option for reviewing changes before publishing them is to run in dry-run mode.
        This can be quite cumbersome if you have a lot of repositories.

        A new “batch” mode now makes it possible to generate a large number of changes
        against different repositories using a script, review and optionally alter the
        diffs, and then all publish them (and potentially refresh them later if
        conflicts appear).

      • Petter ReinholdtsenPetter Reinholdtsen: OpenSnitch available in Debian Sid and Bookworm

        Thanks to the efforts of the OpenSnitch lead developer Gustavo Iñiguez Goya allowing me to sponsor the upload,
        the interactive
        application firewall OpenSnitch
        is now available in Debian
        Testing, soon to become the next stable release of Debian.

        This is a package which set up a network firewall on one or more
        machines, which is controlled by a graphical user interface that will
        ask the user if a program should be allowed to connect to the local
        network or the Internet. If some background daemon is trying to dial
        home, it can be blocked from doing so with a simple mouse click, or by
        default simply by not doing anything when the GUI question dialog pop
        up. A list of all programs discovered using the network is provided
        in the GUI, giving the user an overview of how the machine(s) programs
        use the network.

        OpenSnitch was uploaded for NEW processing about a month ago, and I
        had little hope of it getting accepted and shaping up in time for the
        package freeze, but the Debian ftpmasters proved to be amazingly quick
        at checking out the package and it was accepted into the archive about
        week after the first upload. It is now team maintained under the Go
        language team umbrella. A few fixes to the default setup is only in
        Sid, and should migrate to Testing/Bookworm in a week.

      • Holger Levsen: 20230225-Debian-Reunion-Hamburg-2023
        Debian Reunion Hamburg 2023 from May 23 to 30

        As in the last years there will be a Debian Reunion Hamburg 2023 event taking place at the same location as previous years, from May 23rd until the 30th (with the 29th being a public holiday in Germany and elsewhere).

    • Devices/Embedded

      • CNX SoftwareePulse Feather ESP32 development board is optimized for low power consumption (in deep sleep)

        The board is based on the ESP32-WROVER with 8MB Flash and 8MB SPRAM and comes with a USB-C connector for charging the battery and programming through a CH9102F UART chip, as well as the I/Os headers provided by the Feather form factor. The board can be especially useful in battery-operated WiFi remote controls for home automation or other purposes that sleep most of the time until the user presses one of the buttons.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • SJVNFOSSDA: Preserving the history of open-source and free software  | Open Source Watch

      Today, we take for granted that open source is The way to create software. It wasn’t always that way. It wasn’t just that people like then Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, considered “Linux is a cancer,” many didn’t take open source seriously at all. That was then. This is now. But, we shouldn’t forget that free software and open-source software were revolutionary in their day. The newly formed Free and Open Source Stories Digital Archive Foundation (FOSSDA) knows this, so it’s seeking to record and archive the stories of the open-source software pioneers.

      FOSSDA is a not-for-profit foundation that aims to engage with the pioneers of open-source software and share their legacies with the world. The FOSSDA Project will create digital recordings and archives of the history of the open-source software movement, documenting the stories of the developers, visionaries, and strategists who challenged the establishment and changed how we interact with the world.

  • Leftovers

    • Science

    • Atlantic CouncilHow legal actions against Russian aggression in Ukraine can serve as a model for other conflicts

      There is an unprecedented number of investigations and accountability efforts under way in response to Russia’s invasion. It’s a sign of success—but it also shows how victims of international crimes have unequal access to justice.

    • France24Most G20 nations condemn Russia over Ukraine invasion, China stays silent

      Finance chiefs of the world’s largest economies strongly condemned Moscow for its war on Ukraine on Saturday, with only China and Russia itself declining to sign a joint statement. Read FRANCE 24′s liveblog below to see how the day’s events unfolded. All times are Paris time (GMT+1).

    • JURISTUS federal prosecutors announce charges against 13 members of MS-13 gang

      US federal prosecutors Thursday announced charges against 13 members, including three leaders, of MS-13. The members were accused of terrorism, racketeering and murder charges, spanning over 20 years, in the US, El Salvador and Mexico. 

    • LRTLukashenko’s crusade against the Roman Catholic Church

      Ever since the anti-government protests of 2020, Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko has attempted to control all parts of society. This is even true regarding the local branch of the Catholic Church, whose members continue to criticise the regime. Camilla Gironi writes for New Eastern Europe, partners of LRT English.

    • Mexico News DailyStaying safe in Mexico means more than avoiding the ‘bad guys’

      When “Mexico,” and “safety” come up, many think of crime, but let’s talk about the more everyday precautions to take to stay safe here.

    • Federal News NetworkMore than 70 soldiers killed in Burkina Faso, extremists say

      The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for killing more than 70 soldiers, wounding dozens and taking five hostage in an ambush on a military convoy in northern Burkina Faso. The statement, posted Friday by Amaq, the group’s news agency, said it attacked a convoy trying to advance to areas under its control near Deou, in the Sahel’s Oudalan province, seized weapons and chased retreating soldiers for miles into the desert. Images released by the group show 54 slain bodies in military uniform lying in the bloodstained dirt, as well as more than 50 seized assault rifles and images of the five soldiers it said were taken prisoner.

    • Federal News NetworkChelsea manager Potter says he has received death threats

      Chelsea manager Graham Potter says he and his family have received death threats in the wake of the team’s poor form. Potter says he has been targeted by an anonymous email account. Potter says “I’ve had some not particularly nice emails come through, that want me to die and want my kids to die. That’s obviously not pleasant to receive.” Potter bullishly rejects accusations that a calm demeanor in the face of adversity means he does not care about the club.

    • Federal News NetworkPhilippines marks 1986 revolt with dictator’s son as leader

      Pro-democracy protesters have marked the anniversary of the 1986 “people power” revolt in the Philippines with the son of the dictator, who was ousted in that uprising, now leading the country. About 1,400 demonstrators, some waving Philippine flags and holding placards that read “Never forget,” gathered at a democracy shrine along the main EDSA highway in metropolitan Manila. Faced with the awkward situation of issuing a statement to mark the revolt that toppled his namesake father, Marcos Jr. called for reconciliation without citing the event as a democratic milestone, as his predecessors had done. He told a TV interview last year that labeling his father a dictator was wrong.

    • Science AlertYou Might Survive a Nuclear Blast if You’re in This Kind of Shelter, Finds New Study

      Material and location matter.

    • Modern DiplomacyNorway’s atonement for Nord Stream sabotage

      Norway was attracted to Biden’s sabotage project like a fly to the honeypot, since it stood to gain fabulously in financial terms if it helped the US military to destroy Nord Stream pipelines near Danish waters, and replace Russia as Germany’s principal source of piped natural gas, writes Indian Ambassador and prominent international observer M.K. Bhadrakumar.

    • Off GuardianAUDIO: Kit Knightly talks Nordstream 2 Sabotage

      On his latest appearance on Perspective, OffG editor Kit Knightly and host Jesse Zurawell discuss our recent article on Sy Hersh’s Nordstream 2 “revelations”. The talk ranges across the history of the conflict in Ukraine, how it furthers the same agenda as Covid, how the war might end, the nuclear “near miss” scenario and the …

    • Off Guardian…A LIE SO BIG…

      RK Winfield Yes, all the world a stage[1], Turned to a theatre of deceit When “Money” directs the plays. Then, it’s lies, lies, endless…the lies! All ‘agents provocateurs’ and ‘false flags’ these days. Inconvenient truths just don’t make the grade, Won’t find their way onto newspaper pages, Bought newspaper pages, Bought lies. And all of …

    • NYPostAustralian professor, hostages released by Papua New Guinea kidnappers

      An Australian-based archaeologist and two Papua New Guinea nationals have been released from captivity after being taken hostage by an armed group in a remote part of Papua New Guinea several days ago.

    • RFERLKazakhstan Says China’s Peace Plan For Ukraine ‘Worthy Of Support’

      Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry has expressed its approval of China’s 12-point peace plan for Russia’s war with Ukraine, saying it is “worthy of support” based on UN principles.

    • RFERLReports: At Least 30 Dead In Southern Italy After Migrant Shipwreck

      At least 30 people have died after a migrant shipwreck off the eastern coast of Italy’s Calabria region, according to reports.

    • RFERLPutin Says Russia Must Take NATO’s Nuclear Capability Into Account

      President Vladimir Putin has said that Russia had no choice but to take into account the nuclear capabilities of NATO as the U.S.-led military alliance was seeking the defeat of Russia.

    • RFERLBombings Kill At Least Six People As Violence Flares In Pakistan

      At least six people, including two policemen, were killed in two separate bomb attacks in southwestern Pakistan amid a surge in violent attacks in the country.

    • RFERLAs Its Forces ‘Repel’ Russian Attacks, Ukraine Aims To ‘Drive Wedge’ Between Crimea And Russia

      The Ukrainian military said on February 26 that it had repelled more than 70 attacks by Russian forces a day earlier, while a senior military intelligence officer said Ukraine is girded for a Russian offensive but is also “trying to drive a wedge” between occupied Crimea and Russia.

    • RFERLRussia Says A Foreign Ministers Meeting With Turkey, Syria, And Iran Is In The Works

      The foreign ministers of Russia, Turkey, Syria, and Iran are arranging a meeting, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said, according to state media on February 26.

    • RFERLRallies In Berlin, Paris Call For Peace In Ukraine

      Protesters in Germany and France on February 25 demanded peace for Ukraine, a day after activists in both countries marked one year since the Russian invasion.

    • RFERLEU Announces Additional Sanctions Against Wagner Group For Activities In Africa

      The EU has announced additional sanctions against Russia’s Wagner mercenary group for “human rights abuses” in the Central African Republic, Sudan, and Mali.

  • Environment

  • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

  • Censorship/Free Speech

  • Civil Rights/Policing

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Organizing My Life

        I have always been bad at organizing my life. It can be hard for me to know what to do and when to do it. This is a particularly big problem for me because of executive disfunction. There are many ways in which I could go about keeping track of what needs to be done, but they all boil down to some sort of calendar system. That being said, each system has you think about things in a different way.

        I have tried using my calendar app, various todo apps, and physical journaling. Each one has their pros and cons, but they all ultimately failed me in the sense that I have gotten out of the habbit of using them. Life has been getting overwelming recently and so I thought that it would be a good idea to get back into the habbit of using one of these.

      • eggcream

        It says that this drink contains neither egg nor cream. But why is it called this way? Why use a name if the name isn’t descriptive? what other lies are out there? so many questions

      • Hello World

        Anyway, hello. My name’s Matt. I’m based in the UK, near the south coast.

        I enjoy playing with computers and technology (currently learning how to use Flask) but very much at an amateur level. I do love it though!

        Aside from that I like listening to music, drinking coffee, and doing crosswords (the cryptic kind), and also tending my houseplants.

    • Technical

      • The Two Steves, Revisited

        The story of Jobs and Wozniak soldering away in a garage is such an iconic tale… It inspired me greatly, actually shaping my entire life. I scraped, borrowed and stole money to save up for my Apple ][+, and in the 80′s I actually tried (not realizing it at the time) to re-live this story, dropping out of high school and taking on the role of Jobs, suiting up for meetings by day (East coast) and wielding soldering iron by night…

        I didn’t get to stop and think about it much back then, or even try to verify the legend until the 90s (and I was on the East coast, away from the action). It was a big shock. I was an Apple fanboy until then — putting up with the closed architecture and the insanely high prices (as a developer I was forced to buy a couple of multi-thousand-dollar Macs every year).

      • Annoyed with Foss Desktops

        I’ve pretty much finished rebasing HitchHiker Linux to use Musl libc now, verifying that builds work for all of the platforms I’m trying to support (x86_64,aarch64 and riscv64). I’ve been working slowly through building packages for it using NetBSD’s Pkgsrc. As expected, there have been a lot of annoyances along the way. I’ll be explicit in warning (in case you haven’t already figured it out) this post is going to be a rant.

      • Internet/Gemini

        • Additional features decentralized services needs – practical web3 ep.2

          First I tried to imagin an email like service on GNUnet and have it actually be better then clearnet. I mean that by, getting SMTP to “work” over GNUnet is easy. Just use CADET as a TCP replacement. However, this does not buy us much in terms of usability or privacy. Users still are relying on a single service provider; if they go down everything the user has disappears. And the service provider still knows the user’s peer ID (IP address of the GNUnet world). The only benefit this have is CADET can route traffic under a very restrictive environment.

          Clearly proxying clearnet protocols over GNUnet won’t work. We need designs native to decentralization.

          Something like `libgnunetchat` works better. It is a fully decentralized chat system native to GNUnet. However, unlike SMTP-over-GNUnet, `libgnunetchat` does not replicate chat history and uses your Egos (virtual identities) as user accounts. Thus you can’t ‘login’ to the same account on multiple devices, nor retrieve old messages, at least not without some extremely complicated setup.

        • Marginalia Search: 2 years, big news [ 2023-02-26 ]

          No time like the project’s two year anniversary to drop this particular bomb…

          Marginalia’s gotten an NLNet grant.

        • Gemini song words 🎶

          Gritty made an aside that there could/should be a Gemini song words thing.
          Keeping such a thing up to date is a big task. But there’s a Musixmatch API that looks do-able, and skimming their ts&cs didn’t scare me. I would do it myself, but my capsule has no CGI or similar.

        • Hello, people

          I had to stop using only three social medias a day and surf the web again. A link directory showing the way to websites with no or less CSS brought me here. That’s how I found the pub.

        • new here/first post

          Having spent most of the last two decades in the deeply unfulfilling social-media focused online spaces, taking the defaults offered to me, I’m working on spreading myself thin: posting on social media I don’t hate (right now: mastodon, cohost), writing on my website and in geminispace, making physical things and mailing them to strangers, and otherwise generally trying to improve the online experience by participating in the kinds of experiences I wish I’d had during the years of FB and Twitter and Reddit.

      • Programming

        • I Created Two Ultra-Minimalistic Jekyll Themes

          I created “Nixer”, after I was finished with “Nix”, to see, how far you can go to remove most functionality from a website, until it wouldn’t make sense anymore.

          Both themes are optimized for fast build speeds, therefore doesn’t have either SCSS, includes, or any dependencies.

          Their purpose is to be minimalistic (“Nix”) or hard-core minimalistic (“Nixer”), single-author themes. Because there is no menu, pages can be manually linked in the body of `index.md`. But “Nixer” users won’t be doing that, because the whole point of this theme is to not display anything more than just the content of posts and a list of posts.

          They implement as little changes as possible from the default browser settings. They only do it to improve legibility.

        • Dot

          . to end input is a rather old tradition in computing, which in turn is as yet young.

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

Links 26/02/2023: EasyOS 5.0 and MaboxLinux 23.02 Istredd

Posted in News Roundup at 11:08 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • OMG! LinuxLinux Now Officially Supports Apple Silicon

        The latest Linux 6.2 kernel release is the first version to ship with mainline support for devices powered by some of Apple M1 Pro, M1 Max, and M1 Ultra chips.

        “Mainline” is the important qualifier here as it’s been possible to run custom Linux kernel builds on Apple silicon for a while, thanks in large part to the efforts from the Asahi Linux project.

      • AIMM1ssion Impossible: How Linux Researchers Reverse Engineered Apple’s Chips

        Two years after the release of Apple’s M1 Macs, a group of dedicated computer scientists have finally brought Linux to Apple’s crown jewels

      • Linux CapableLinux Kernel: Mainline, Stable, and Long-Term Versions – Everything You Need to Know

        The Linux kernel is one of the most critical components of the Linux operating system. It is responsible for managing the system’s hardware resources and providing a layer of abstraction between the hardware and the software. The kernel comes in different versions, each with its features, benefits, and drawbacks.

    • Applications

      • Ubuntu HandbookGIMP 2.10.34 is out! JPEG-XL Export & 3.0 Dev Backports [Ubuntu PPA]

        GIMP image editor released a new update for the 2.10 series few days ago! Here are what’s new and how to install guide for Ubuntu Linux users. GIMP 2.10.34 is a new stable release features a lot of bug-fixes and a few enhancements.

      • Linux Links14 Best Free Linux Astronomical Data Analysis Tools

        Flexible Image Transport System (FITS) is a digital file format used to store, transmit, and manipulate scientific and other images. FITS is the most commonly used digital file format in astronomy.

        To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 14 high quality open source tools to analyze astronomical data. Hopefully, there will be something of interest here for both professional and amateur astronomers.

      • NeowinPeaZip 9.1.0

        PeaZip is an open source file and archive manager. It’s freeware and free of charge for any use. PeaZip can extract most of archive formats both from Windows and Unix worlds, ranging from mainstream 7Z, RAR, TAR and ZIP to experimental ones like PAQ/LPAQ family, currently the most powerful compressor available.

      • PC MagGNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) – Review 2023 – PCMag UK

        A free but fussy Photoshop alternative

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Red Hat OfficialLearn how to use the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) web console

        The Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) web console is a web-based interface designed for managing and monitoring RHEL systems. This powerful and extensible web console ensures that system admins—even those new to Linux—can accomplish many complex tasks such as administering storage, managing users accounts, configuring network interfaces, performing system updates and inspecting logs.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Skype on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04 [Ed: Skype is Microsoft/NSA spyware; move to something like Mumble instead.]

        Skype is a popular communication and collaboration application that allows users to send instant messages, make voice and video calls and share files. Launched in 2003, Skype has gained immense popularity and has become a household name for online communication.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Linux Kernel 6.2 or 6.3 on Fedora Linux

        The Linux Kernel 6.2 release includes various new features, improvements, and fixes.

      • University of TorontoSystemd-resolved plus LLMNR can create delays in name non-resolution

        Resolvectl itself doesn’t have any sort of ‘trace’ or ‘debug’ option that will explain what it’s doing during name resolution, but you can gingerly turn on debug logging for resolved with ‘resolvectl log-level debug’ (and then hastily turn it off afterward), and if you’re lucky not too many other name resolutions will be going on at the same time. Eventually I was able to get lucky and track down what was going on, which was that systemd-resolved was trying to resolve these names by doing Link-Local Multicast Name Resolution (LLMNR) over my home machine’s DSL PPPoE link. Naturally there was nothing responding to them, so resolved had to wait for a several-second timeout before it could declare that there was no such name out there. Turning LLMNR off on my PPPoE link made the delays go away, so now nonexistent names fail more or less immediately.

      • Terence EdenHow to style your alt text

        Every day is a school day. I’d recently seen a post about highlighting images without alt text. That got me thinking. Is it possible to style alt text?

        Yes. Yes it is. And it’s pretty simple. Well, OK, it’s CSS, so simple is a relative term!

      • ZDNet How to install this project management tool on your home network

        OpenProject is a tool you can use to manage projects of all sizes, from simple home projects to very complex business projects (and everything in between). OpenProject includes tools like Gantt charts, kanban, scrum, and sprints, as well as team planners, project portfolios, task management, time tracking, collaboration, roadmaps, and workflows. No matter the type of project, you can manage it with OpenProject.

      • TechRepublic How to deploy the Percona database performance monitor with Docker

        Your company most likely depends on data in several ways. Without that data, running a successful business would be challenging. That data is probably housed in databases, and you want them to perform at peak efficiency. One way to monitor your databases for performance is with the help of the Percona database performance monitoring tool.

        Percona can be used with MySQL and MariaDB via the InnoDB, XtraDB, and/or MyRocks storage engines. With Percona, you can run checks for common database security issues and run query analytics and metrics monitors.

        I want to walk you through the process of deploying Percona as a Docker container.

      • Red Hat Official21 things every Red Hat Satellite user should know

        Red Hat Satellite allows for the centralized management of Linux servers, using automation to help users and system administrators provision, configure and update their systems more quickly and easily.

        Satellite has so many features, however, that it can be hard to take advantage of everything it has to offer. So here are 21 tips to help you make the most of this powerful tool.

      • How to Configure Docker Containers with DockSTARTer in Linux

        This article tends to make it easier for DevOps engineers to manage Docker and Docker containers, but I wouldn’t recommend following it unless you already know how they work.

      • Arco LinuxHow to install the linux-clear kernel or build it

        There is a whole playlist about installing the xanmod kernel on ArcoLinux if you want to learn more about building kernels.

      • Make Use OfHow to Install Java on Ubuntu and Remove It When You’re Done
      • Linux Made Simple3 How to install ProjectFNF v2.5 on a Chromebook
      • Linux Made Simple How to install Viber on Linux Lite 6.2
  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Barry KaulerFixed translate PuppyPin back to en

      Ha ha, tonight I was thinking “this is it!”; will release easyOS
      5.0. However, some more testing revealed a problem. Feodor reported some
      help files remaining in French when he changed from French to English,
      which I reported in previous blog post:


      What I also discovered, and maybe Feodor mentioned this, don’t recall, was some desktop icon labels remained in French.

      Oh dear, that turned out to be a difficult bug. In French, the
      “trash” icon is labeled “Déchets”. Changing locale to en_US in
      QuickSetup and restarting X, it was stuck on the French text.

    • New Releases

      • 9to5LinuxLinux Lite 6.4 to Adopt Zstd Compression for Its Apps for Lightning Fast Updates

        Just like the previous versions in the 6.x series, Linux Lite 6.4 will be based on the Ubuntu 22.04 LTS (Jammy Jellyfish) operating system series, more specifically on the Ubuntu 22.04.2 LTS point release, but it sticks with the long-term supported Linux 5.15 LTS kernel series instead of the newer Linux 5.19 HWE kernel./p>

        There are a few improvements in Linux Lite 6.4 compared to Linux Lite 6.2, such as the adoption of Zstd compression for all of the in-house built applications to provide users, especially those with slower computers, with significantly faster updates.

      • Barry KaulerEasyOS Kirkstone-series version 5.0

        I started work on the Kirkstone-series early in December 2022. There have been two Release Candidates, discussed in this forum thread: https://forum.puppylinux.com/viewtopic.php?t=8072 I also receive feedback via direct email. Finally looking OK, so version 5.0 is now out. Here is a summary…

      • MaboxLinux 23.02 Istredd – February 2023 ISO refresh | MaboxLinux

        2023 02 February ISO refresh is ready for download. Built from Manjaro stable branch as of 24.02.2023.
        Available with latest 6.1 LTS kernel – ISO with slightly older LTS kernel 5.4 is also available.

      • Slackel 7.5 “Openbox”

        Slackel 7.5 Openbox has been released. Slackel is based on Slackware and use the salixtools from Salix.

        It includes the Linux kernel 5.15.12 and latest updates from Slackware’s ‘Current’ tree.
        The wicd utility has been removed and NetworkManager is now the default application for connecting to networks.

        The new version is available in 64-bit and 32-bit builds.

        The 64-bit iso image supports booting on UEFI systems.
        Iso images are isohybrid.
        Iso images can be used as installation media.

      • Redcore Linux Hardened 2301 Sirius stable | Redcore Linux Project

        I’m pleased to announce the immediate availability of Redcore Linux Hardened 2301 (codename Sirius) stable ISO. This cycle was mostly about fixing bugs. Since our previous release in October, many of you have flocked to our bug tracker and reported many issues, which I appreciate. Sisyphus, our package manager, saw a massive benefit, and it is now more reliable than ever. We also added minor features, such as coloured output support.

    • BSD

      • HiRRunning a Kubernetes Cluster with OpenBSD VMM

        Kubernetes relies on Linux containers and cgroups, so you can’t run Kubernetes or even docker containers directly on OpenBSD, but Alpine Linux runs great under OpenBSD’s VMM hypervisor. Alpine shares a lot of the same ideologies as OpenBSD, and it has become a favorite in the Linux container ecosystem.

      • UndeadlyOpenBSD in Canada

        According to Theo de Raadt, we only have 4 active OpenBSD developers in Canada. Theo de Raadt and Bob Beck, both Canadian citizens and long-time OpenBSD developers, make a case that Canada isn’t special with regards to OpenBSD. But that just isn’t true, historically or currently.

        Like all open source software projects, OpenBSD is inherently an international collaboration. Yet, a nation can still stand out in an international project, and can certainly have its history and contributions highlighted, without comparing these to the history and contributions of another country. Comparisons are not obligatory, and there’s no hierarchy being created here. But a special history and contributions can nonetheless be recognized and highlighted.

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • Joe BrockmeierJoe Brockmeier: Mini PC review: Beelink SER5 Pro with AMD Ryzen 5 5600H

        The Beelink SER5 makes a really nice little Linux boxen. All of the components seem well-supported, though Red Hat Insights gave me a bit of a warning that the CPU or motherboard wasn’t technically supported. (I should’ve saved the warning.) It works fine, I’m assuming I’m just seeing that because this isn’t certified hardware. Not a shock.

        Certified or not, everything seems to work just fine. I’ve tried it with several combos of monitors, keyboards, input devices, and USB-C hubs. No problems at all.

      • It’s FOSSFlathub Plans to Evolve as the Universal Linux App Store

        Flathub has been a popular portal as a Flatpak repository and has also acted as a good alternative to Canonical’s Snap Store.

        And now, the folks behind it (including GNOME and KDE) are taking it a step further by initiating a complete re-brand and plans to evolve the platform.

        Let’s look at what Flathub’s future holds.

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • DebugPointUbuntu 22.04.2 and Official Flavours Released with Improvements and Bug Fixes

        Following the schedule, the second point release of the current long-term support (LTS) version of Ubuntu Linux 22.04 is here. Since it is a point release, you usually get minor enhancements across packages and applications. In addition, several bug fixes and critical security updates also arrive.

        This update includes several bug fixes and minor enhancements that improve the performance and stability of the operating system. The update is free and available for all the official flavours of Ubuntu.

        This is what’s new.

      • Web Pro NewsUbuntu Flavors Drop OOTB Flatpak Support

        Ubuntu has made yet another controversial decision, dropping out-of-the-box (OOTB) support for Flatpak apps.

        Flatpak is one of the newer methods of packaging Linux applications, one that is distro agnostic. Regardless of whether a user is on Ubuntu, Debian, Arch, Fedora, openSUSE, Slackware, or any of the others, as long as they have the Flatpak backend installed, any and all Flatpaks will work on their distro of choice.

      • UbuntuRethink your Cloud strategy in 2023 [Ed: Canonical is rebranding servers as "clown computing", citing Microsoft's sponsored lying firm, Gartner]

        Gartner forecasts that worldwide end-user spending on public cloud services will grow 20.7% from $490.3 billion in 2022 to $591.8 billion in 2023.

      • UbuntuOut with the Old, In with the New

        Meet Canonical at MWC 2023 in Barcelona

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • AdafruitAnother RP2040 Feather rises from the Bones

        Our first ‘RP2040 Bones’ design was the RP2040 DVI – where the 8 consecutive ‘extra’ pins became an DVI output.

      • Ruben SchadeRestoring my 1983 “Aldi” Commodore VC-20

        Earlier this month I became the proud owner of a Commodore VC-20, the German-badged VIC-20 that predated the famed Commodore 64. Here she was in her original condition: [...]

      • HackadayPi Pico Calculates Water Usage

        Modern WiFi-enabled microcontrollers have made it affordable and easy to monitor everything from local weather information to electricity usage with typically no more than a few dollars worth of hardware and a little bit of programming knowledge. Monitoring one’s own utility data can be a little bit more difficult without interfering with the metering equipment, but we have seen some clever ways of doing this over the years. The latest is this water meter monitoring device based on a Raspberry Pi Pico.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Events

      • APNICUpcoming Foundation activities at APRICOT 2023

        The APNIC Foundation (Foundation) is pleased to be hosting two sessions at the upcoming APRICOT 2023 conference in Manila.

        On Monday, 27 February, the Foundation will host a session on fostering technical community action on climate and inclusion. This session will provide an update on the Foundation’s activities, with a particular focus on ISIF Asia’s first-ever Ian Peter Grants for Internet and the Environment, as well as the Switch! South East Asia gender and diversity project.

      • PatchSCALE – Southern California Linux Expo

        SCALE is back in Pasadena March 9-12, 2023. We are a community and volunteer run Linux and OSS conference held annually in the Greater Los Angeles area

    • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

      • LibreOffice is in the Google Summer of Code 2023!

        Everyone loves having shiny new features in LibreOffice. But how do we get them? Many are developed by volunteers and people in the ecosystem.

        But another great source of new features is the Google Summer of Code (GSoC), a global, online program focused on bringing new contributors into open source software development. GSoC Contributors work with open source organisations on a 12+ week programming project under the guidance of mentors.

      • The Document Foundation is now on Mastodon! – The Document Foundation Blog

        You may know that the LibreOffice project has been on Mastodon for a few years – it’s a free, open-source and federated social media service (with similar features to Twitter).

    • Programming/Development

      • Linux CapableAn Introduction to PHP Programming Language

        PHP is a popular server-side scripting language used for web development. It is an open-source language, meaning it is free to use and can be modified to suit the needs of developers. In this article, we will explore the basics of PHP and what makes it such a popular language for web development.

      • New YorkerWhat a Sixty-Five-Year-Old Book Teaches Us About A.I.

        Danny’s best friend is Joe Pearson, “a thin, sad-looking boy”; his next-door neighbor is Irene Miller, whose father, an astronomer, also teaches at Midston. We can tell right away that Irene knows at least as much about science as Danny does—and way more than Joe, whose main academic interests are literary. As the story begins, Danny is demonstrating a recent invention of his: a piece of wood, suspended by clothesline from a pair of pulleys attached to the ceiling, into which he has inserted two pens. When he writes with either pen, the other creates a duplicate on a second sheet of paper. (This device is called a polygraph; Thomas Jefferson owned several.) “Now I can do our arithmetic homework while you’re doing our English homework,” he tells Joe. “It’ll save us about half an hour for baseball practice.” Joe runs home to get more clothesline, and Danny dreams of bigger things: “If only I could build some kind of a robot to do all our homework for us. . . .”

        The boys don’t perceive a moral dilemma, but Irene does. “It—it doesn’t seem exactly honest to me,” she says. Danny disagrees, and cites his landlord: “Professor Bullfinch says that homework doesn’t have much to do with how a kid learns things at school.”

      • Idiomdrottningparabola

        This is a command line program that takes a gmisub url (on gemini), such as Antenna, follows all the links, and prints an Atom feed with all the post included and converted to HTML to stdout.

        Any links in them retain the gemini:// scheme so you can open your Gemini browser from your Atom reader if you wanna browse around further.

      • Sean ConnerA branchless segment of code to generate a printable hexadecimal value

        I found reference to what may be the origin of this sequence: the article “A Design Philosophy for Microcomputer Architectures” from the February 1977 edition of Computer (the code appears on the third page of the article), but it’s unclear if the author came up with this on his own, or it was a known sequence at the time.

      • Perl / Raku

        • PerlAssert Your Environment

          I was doing some data pipelining and dockerising my creation. And – as always – when testing and devving I forgot to set the right environment variables. And when container image gets passed around, the information about the required env settings will certainly get lost.

        • Perl Perl and Raku Merch from Freewear

          Freewear now has Perl and Raku merch featuring Camelia, The Onion Logo and a Camel Shadow. A donation is made to TPRF for each sale.

      • Rust

        • Rust Blog Keyword Generics Progress Report: February 2023

          About 9 months ago we announced the creation of the Keyword Generics Initiative; a group working under the lang team with the intent to solve the function coloring problem 1 through the type system not just for async, but for const and all current and future function modifier keywords as well.

          We’re happy to share that we’ve made a lot of progress over these last several months, and we’re finally ready to start putting some of our designs forward through RFCs. Because it’s been a while since our last update, and because we’re excited to share what we’ve been working on, in this post we’ll be going over some of the things we’re planning to propose.

        • LWN Rust Keyword Generics Progress Report: February 2023
  • Leftovers

    • LRTCorruption no longer dividing line between Western and Eastern Europe

      The arrest of MEP Eva Kaili over Qatar-linked bribery charges goes to show that kickbacks and shakedowns are just as brazenly entertained in Brussels as elsewhere in Europe, argues Saahil Menon at the New Eastern Europe magazine.

    • Counter PunchWhy Bob Gibson Became a Globetrotter

      Bob Gibson was one of the three or four greatest pitchers in the history of baseball. He won the Cy Young Award as best pitcher twice. He was twice named MVP of the World Series, once in 1964 and again in 1967.  Gibson set the modern record for the lowest earned run average in a year. He was deemed so unhittable in the 1968 season that the league’s owners ordered radical changes to the game, including shrinking the strike zone and lowering the height of the pitcher’s mound. He was named to the All-Star game nine times and voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot. But still Bob Gibson would have preferred to play basketball. The reason might be found in Gibson’s experiences in Columbus, Georgia. To read this article, log in here or subscribe here. If you are logged in but can’t read CP+ articles, check the status of your access hereIn order to read CP+ articles, your web browser must be set to accept cookies.

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    • HackadayCart Cruises Abandoned California Rail

      Southern California is known for its nearly perfect year-round climate, excellent surf, and extremely high cost of living, but once you get away from the coast things are radically different. Rural California has huge tracts of land run by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which is publicly accessible to anyone willing to venture into the deserts. There’s not much in the way of infrastructure out there, but [Ryan] does have a unique way of traveling through it using abandoned railroad lines and this custom rail cart.

    • HackadayThis Camera Produces A Picture, Using The Scene Before It

      It’s the most basic of functions for a camera, that when you point it at a scene, it produces a photograph of what it sees. [Jasper van Loenen] has created a camera that does just that, but not perhaps in the way we might expect. Instead of committing pixels to memory it takes a picture, uses AI to generate a text description of what is in the picture, and then uses another AI to generate an image from that picture. It’s a curiously beautiful artwork as well as an ultimate expression of the current obsession with the technology, and we rather like it.

    • The Age AUCrews investigate Sydney petrol station fire

      Fire crews are investigating what caused a massive fire at a petrol station in Sydney’s south-west.

    • CS MonitorAfter the earthquakes, a tectonic social shift

      In the disaster’s aftermath, women in Turkey and Syria strengthen a resolve for equality.

    • TediumHobbyists for Hire

      A 2020 article from the FBI titled “Metal Detectors in Evidence Search and Recovery” notes the value of metal detectors in collecting evidence while attempting to encourage law enforcement agencies to more directly engage with the technology, writing, “Some law enforcement agencies rely on external groups to provide this service, but various concerns about crime scene integrity … can make this practice problematic.” The “some” in that comment is likely doing more work than the Bureau is willing to admit.

    • RlangThese drinking glasses are too short!

      Here is some R code to do the calculations and to draw the above graph. Note that pi (lower case) is an inbuilt R constant whose value is approximately 3.141593. (Yes, I am well aware that π is an infinite, non-repeating decimal, and I believe R carries 16 decimal digits, but that is beyond the scope of this article.)

    • SalonOh, the humanity! Stop using AI to pitch stories

      Like AI art, writing generated by AI both plagiarizes and takes away from real, living artists and their craft, training and livelihood. It’s a sad amalgamation of creativity. It also does the opposite of what AI is “supposed” to do: it makes more work, not less, for humans. When I proposed this story, my editor forwarded me one of the recent AI pitches she had received at Salon. The awkward, halting sentences, inexplicably joined together, reminded me of first year English Composition, catching a student in obvious, cut-and-paste plagiarism.

    • Science

      • Omicron LimitedUnusual atom helps in search for universe’s building blocks

        Dr. Jacinda Ginges, from UQ’s School of Mathematics and Physics, said the unusual atom—made up of an ordinary cesium atom and an elementary particle called a muon—may prove essential in better understanding the universe’s fundamental building blocks.

      • The EconomistThere is a worrying amount of fraud in medical research

        “From that moment I was alert,” says Dr Mol. And his alertness was not merely as a reader of published papers. He was also, at the time, an editor of the European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and frequently also a peer reviewer for papers submitted to other journals. Sure enough, two papers containing apparently fabricated data soon landed on his desk. He rejected them. But, a year later, he came across them again, except with the fishy data changed, published in another journal.

        Since then, he has teamed up with other researchers to investigate groups of papers by authors he has spotted as data fabricators. Wherever he saw smoke, he found fire. There were tables on patients’ characteristics that contained only even numbers. There were values that were clinically unlikely. There was an implausible 40:60 sex ratio of babies when the mothers-to-be had, purportedly, been selected at random. Eye-popping speeds of completing clinical trials were common.

    • Education

    • Hardware

      • US News And World ReportTaiwan Says ‘Fab 4′ Chip Group Held First Senior Officials Meeting

        TAIPEI (Reuters) – The U.S.-led “Fab 4″ semiconductor alliance of Taiwan, the United States, Japan and South Korea held its first video meeting…

      • HackadayNew Possibilities From Fading Lighting Technology

        Like the incandescent bulb before it, the compact fluorescent (CFL) bulb is rapidly fading into obscurity as there are fewer and fewer reasons to use them over their LED successors. But there are plenty of things to do with some of the more interesting circuitry that made these relatively efficient light bulbs work, and [mircemk] is here to show us some of them.

      • HackadayThe Forgotten Commodore 900: A Look At A Rare Prototype

        Of the computers produced and prototyped by Commodore, most people are likely well-acquainted with the PET, VIC-20, C64 and C128, as well as the never released Commodore 65. Of these systems many examples and plentiful of documentation exist, but probably among the most rare is the Commodore 900, as recently covered by [Neil] over at RMC – The Cave on YouTube. The Commodore 900, conceived in 1983, was intended to become a microcomputer based on the 16-bit Zilog Z8001 CPU that targeted businesses as a UNIX workstation.

      • TalospaceVikings now has Blackbirds

        If you’re on the other side of that great pond called the Atlantic, Vikings’ OpenPOWER store now lists Blackbirds starting at €3695 + VAT. Not just the board, the package includes a “4-core DD2.3 (v2) CPU, 2U heatsink, 16GB ECC RAM, bequiet! TFX power supply, all packaged nicely in a Antec slim desktop case.” That’s already a nice quiet basic system and more than enough to get you started with OpenPOWER, but if you want something almost silent, consider pairing it with their so far exclusive water block assembly for POWER9 for €155 + VAT, though you’ll need to BYO pump, tubing, reservoir and fluid.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

    • Proprietary

      • AntipopePlace your bets

        The thing I find most suspicious/fishy/smelly about the current hype surrounding Stable Diffusion, ChatGPT, and other AI applications is that it is almost exactly six months since the bottom dropped out of the cryptocurrency scam bubble.

        This is not a coincidence.

        To me it looks very much as if the usual hucksters and grifters are now chasing the sweet VC/private equity money that has been flushed out of the cryptocurrency market. AI is the new hotness, all of a sudden, not because it works but because it delivers panicky investors on a platter.

      • Jeff GeerlingMy daughter’s school took over my personal Microsoft account

        This weekend I wanted to create a new App in Azure so I could help a local nonprofit automate one of their donor relations processes via email through Office 365.

        So I tried registering an app by visiting the App Registration Portal. I signed in to my personal Microsoft account, clicked ‘New registration’, then was greeted by this page:


        And the bigger question: does this mean it’s possible for any org on Office 365 to forcibly adopt users on the platform who log in with their personal accounts?

        I’ll update this post if I can figure out a way to regain control of my personal Microsoft account again. I also posted about it on Twitter, and there are others who mention similar stories of woe.


        This experience certainly doesn’t recommend Microsoft Azure.

    • Linux Foundation

      • SlashdotLinux Foundation Europe Launches OpenWallet Foundation To Power Interoperable Digital Wallets
      • Dark ReadingLinux Foundation Europe Announces Formation of OpenWallet Foundation

        Linux Foundation Europe, an independent trusted supporter and vendor-neutral home for open source projects in Europe, today announced the official formation of the OpenWallet Foundation (OWF). This new, collaborative effort will develop open source software to support interoperability for a wide range of wallet use cases, including making payments, proving identity, storing validated credentials such as employment, education, financial standing, and entitlements — to enable trust in the digital future.

        Inaugural Premier members sponsoring the OWF include Accenture, Gen, Futurewei and Visa. General members sponsoring the foundation include American Express, Deutsche Telekom / T-Systems, esatus AG, Fynbos, Hopae, IAMX, IDnow, IndyKite, Intesi Group, Ping Identity, SmartMedia Technologies (SMT), Spruce and Swisscom.

      • Linux Foundation Europe Officially Launches OpenWallet Foundation

        Linux Foundation Europe has announced the official formation of the OpenWallet Foundation (OWF).

    • Security

      • YLESuspected Vastaamo psychotherapy centre hacker extradited from France to Finland

        A well-known Finnish hacker is suspected of intentionally leaking sensitive personal information about thousands of mental health patients and attempting to extort cryptocurrency from them.


        His lawyer, Peter Jaari, said on Saturday that the 25-year-old suspect had been transferred to Vantaa Prison near Helsinki.

        Kivimäki was taken into custody near Paris on 3 February during a routine police check. He was on the run from a European arrest warrant issued by Finnish police last October. French authorities approved his extradition last week.

      • New York TimesA NATO Minnow Reels From Cyberattacks Linked to Iran

        Albania has been the target of repeated digital assaults believed to be linked to its sheltering of an Iranian dissident group on its soil.

      • AxiosHow Russian cybercrime has changed during the war in Ukraine

        Russia’s cybercrime underground is starting to recover from the disruptions caused during the ongoing war, which could spell bad news for U.S. companies, experts told Axios.

        The big picture: Before the war started, some still hoped Russian President Vladimir Putin might crack down on the deluge of ransomware gangs in his country.

      • LWN Security updates for Thursday

        Security updates have been issued by CentOS (firefox and thunderbird), Debian (asterisk, git, mariadb-10.3, node-url-parse, python-cryptography, and sofia-sip), Fedora (c-ares, golang-github-need-being-tree, golang-helm-3, golang-oras, golang-oras-1, and golang-oras-2), Oracle (httpd:2.4, kernel, php:8.0, python-setuptools, python3, samba, systemd, tar, and webkit2gtk3), Red Hat (webkit2gtk3), SUSE (phpMyAdmin, poppler, and postgresql12), and Ubuntu (dcmtk and linux-hwe).

      • LWN Security updates for Friday

        “Security updates have been issued by Debian (binwalk, chromium, curl, emacs, frr, git, libgit2, and tiff), Fedora (qt5-qtbase), SUSE (c-ares, kernel, openssl-1_1-livepatches, pesign, poppler, rubygem-activerecord-5_1, and webkit2gtk3), and Ubuntu (linux-aws).

      • Integrity/Availability/Authenticity

        • BBCThe woman whose stolen images were used to scam men out of thousands

          It took us nine months to find her for the podcast Love, Janessa. When we finally spoke to Vanessa in her modest apartment on the US east coast, she told us that part of the reason she quit making online content was to try to stop the scammers. “I no longer want to give them the power to use anything of mine ever again,” she says.

          Vanessa first became aware scammers were pretending to be her when a man posted in the chat during a live show, adamant that he was her husband and she had promised him that she’d stop camming. She thought it was a prank, but asked him to email her.

          More victims came forward with similar stories, posting comments during her shows, and asking her to prove her identity. Scammers also popped up with weird requests for her – like putting on a red hat – images they then used to trick victims.

        • NISTHow Digital Twins Could Protect Manufacturers From Cyberattacks

          Digital twins aren’t your run-of-the-mill computer models. They are closely tied to their physical counterparts, from which they extract data and run alongside in near real time. So, when it’s not possible to inspect a physical machine while it’s in operation, its digital twin is the next best thing.

          In recent years, digital twins of manufacturing machinery have armed engineers with an abundance of operational data, helping them accomplish a variety of feats (without impacting performance or safety), including predicting when parts will start to break down and require maintenance.

          In addition to spotting routine indicators of wear and tear, digital twins could help find something more within manufacturing data, the authors of the study say.

        • The VergeSamsung says users will be able to clone their voice to respond to calls

          Some caveats here: this feature is only currently available in Korean as the Bixby Custom Voice Creator app for a small number of Samsung handsets (the new Galaxy S23, S23+ and S23 Ultra), which means we’ve been unable to test it ourselves. The voice quality might be abysmal and response time too slow to be useful. But cloning voices to answer calls is well within the scope of current technology, with AI tools able to create realistic copies of voices from just a few minutes of audio.

        • University of TorontoThinking about what a ‘VPN’ solution is authenticating

          A basic WireGuard deployment also works on what’s basically device based authentication. Each endpoint (which is normally ‘a device’) needs an identity, and these identities are onerous enough to set up that you do it once and then don’t touch it afterward. If you want to rotate identities, invalidate them, or stop accepting them until people re-authenticate somehow, you’ll need to add some sort of system on top (eg). However, the process of issuing or registering WireGuard identities can be driven by people and tied to them, and if the devices are single-user devices, this comes almost as close to your WireGuard environment authenticating people as a traditional non-MFA VPN does.

        • Data BreachesIn updated disclosure, News Corp says state [crackers] were on its network for two years

          Mass media and publishing giant News Corporation (News Corp) says that attackers behind a breach disclosed in 2022 first gained access to its systems two years before, in February 2020.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • HRWSomalia: Revamp Intelligence Agency Bill

          (Nairobi) Somalia’s president should withhold his signature from a bill that will expand the powers of the country’s repressive intelligence agency. The draft law, which the Senate passed on February 22, 2023, grants the National Security and Intelligence Agency (NISA) sweeping powers of arrest, detention, and surveillance with minimal independent oversight.

          President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has 21 days to sign the bill into law or return it to parliament with recommendations for amendment. He should immediately send the draft law back with a strong recommendation to revise its abusive provisions.

        • The AtlanticWhy Would Anyone Pay for Facebook?

          On Sunday, Facebook and Instagram announced Meta Verified, a subscription service that will give benefits to people who pay a fee and confirm their identity. The perks include algorithmic boosts to posts, human customer service, and added protection from impersonation. Meta’s paid verification follows Elon Musk’s controversial decision last year to include its famous blue check marks in its Twitter Blue subscription package. Not long after Twitter’s decision, Tumblr launched its own paid verification plan, which was initially meant as a joke mocking Musk’s ham-fisted business strategy but ended up increasing the company’s revenue. Netflix is also looking to squeeze extra money out of its viewers with its plan to end password sharing across different households.

          Taken together, the vibe feels a bit like trying to use a familiar service and getting hit with a pop-up that says, “Thank you for using Web 2.0. Your free-trial period has ended!”

        • The Register UKSupreme Court not interested in hearing about NSA’s super-snoop schemes

          The NSA program is alleged to involve capturing all data entering and leaving the US via internet backbones. Captured packets get reassembled into transactions that get filtered for the presence of “selectors” (e.g., email addresses) associated with surveillance targets and those transactions then get ingested into a system for review.

        • Court House NewsIllinois justices rule against White Castle in landmark biometric privacy decision

          In 2008, the Illinois Legislature passed the Biometric Information Privacy Act to prohibit just that kind of behavior in employers. The law requires businesses to get their employees’ written consent before collecting and transmitting any kind of biometric data. Despite the statute, allegations that Illinois employers violate the 2008 law remain extremely common. Upwards of a dozen BIPA complaints are filed each week in Cook County alone.

        • Crain Communications IncWhite Castle risks billions in fines for violating Illinois biometrics law

          The court ruled 4-3 in support of the interpretation of the law by a manager at a White Castle System hamburger outlet, Latrina Cothron, who says the chain did not obtain her consent before requiring her fingerprint scan to access a computer from the time Illinois passed the law in 2008 until 2018.

          White Castle, based in Columbus, Ohio, argues in court papers that if Cothron is allowed to bring her suit as a class action on behalf of as many as 9,500 current and former White Castle workers in Illinois, the company may face as much as $17 billion in liability. At least six other lawsuits raising similar issues under the biometric law are pending in federal district courts in Illinois. The statute calls for penalties of $1,000 per each negligent violation and $5,000 for each reckless or willful violation.

        • Chicago TribuneIllinois Supreme Court allows massive damages in biometric privacy cases but says lawmakers should weigh in

          On Friday, the Supreme Court ruled biometric privacy claims accrue under state law every time a person provides their biometric information without prior informed consent. The court acknowledged this interpretation of the law could leave the door open to massive damages — in White Castle’s case, more than $17 billion, but said “the statutory language clearly supports plaintiff’s position.”

        • India TimesColombia court moves to metaverse to host hearing

          At the two-hour hearing held by Colombia’s Magdalena Administrative court, participants in a traffic dispute appeared as avatars in a virtual courtroom. Magistrate Maria Quinones Triana’s avatar dressed in black legal robes.

          The country is among the earliest worldwide to test real legal hearings in the metaverse, immersive virtual reality to make digital spaces feel more lifelike, often with avatars representing each participant.

        • Franz DillBaidu Says it will Integrate Chatbot Ernie Bot into Multiple Products

          Latest seen on Baidu’s use of AI Chatbots, Baidu seems to be going it alone. Current accessible versions still only in simplified Chinese.

        • African climate activists fight online surveillance

          Online climate activism is on the rise in Africa – a continent that draws mining and oil companies to its rich mineral reserves.

    • Defence/Aggression

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

    • Environment

      • VoxPeople living near the Ohio train derailment will have to watch their health for years

        It’s also become a political football. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg visited East Palestine this week and apologized for not speaking about the derailment sooner. Former President Donald Trump also visited the town and criticized President Joe Biden for going to Ukraine this week instead of Ohio. (Trump himself has faced criticism for rolling back train safety rules.)

      • AxiosWinter storm brings “life-threatening” conditions to California

        A rare, powerful winter storm is directing a firehose of moisture at large parts of California, causing blizzard conditions in the hills and mountains near Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego.

        The big picture: This storm prompted the first blizzard warnings in L.A. and Ventura Counties since 1989, and the first-ever blizzard warning issued by the Weather Service’s San Diego office, for the San Bernardino mountains.

      • AxiosFrom record heat to an L.A. County blizzard, this winter storm has it all

        A sprawling, high-impact winter storm continues to affect the Lower 48 states, with the worst effects felt in the Upper Midwest, Northeast and West Coast Thursday.

      • AxiosIn photos: Storm sweeps California bringing heavy snow, record rainfall

        More heavy rainfall, gusty winds, thunderstorms and snow swept through the Golden State on Saturday.

        Where it stands: Heavy precipitation and strong winds continue to impact central and southern California, with flood, blizzard and winter storm warnings in effect throughout parts of the state, per the Weather Prediction Center.

      • Green Party UKGreens mark 50 years since birth of political movement to protect people and planet | The Green Party

        Green Party founders, leaders and parliamentarians will gather today to mark the 50h anniversary of the founding of the Green political movement in the UK [1] – and the first Green Party in Europe.

        Around 40 past and present leaders of the Greens including Caroline Lucas MP, Green peer Natalie Bennett, founding members Lesley Whittaker, Michael Benfield and Freda Sanders, and Jean Lambert former MEP, will meet for the opening of the Green Party archive at the London School of Economics [2].

        The event marks the 50th anniversary of the first public meeting of PEOPLE, in Coventry on 22 February 1973. PEOPLE became the Ecology Party in 1975, before eventually becoming the Green Party in 1985.

        Former leader Caroline Lucas, who became the party’s first MP in Brighton Pavilion in 2010, said:

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • RFERLBelarusian President Lukashenka To Visit China In Coming Days, Beijing Says

        Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka will visit China on February 28 for a state visit, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on February 24.

      • RFERLMost G20 Nations Condemn Russia For War In Ukraine But China Stays Silent

        Finance chiefs from the world’s largest economies strongly condemned Moscow for its war on Ukraine on February 25, with only China and Russia itself declining to sign a joint statement.

      • SpiegelKaja Kallas: Estonia’s High-Profile Prime Minister – a Star in the Making

        Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas warned early on about the dangers presented by Vladimir Putin. She has raised the profile of her small country in other ways too.

      • CS MonitorDelayed but not deterred: Nigerians cast their ballots in key race

        Nigerians waited for hours to vote in the presidential election Saturday amid an ongoing cash shortage and logistical delays. Despite fears of violence, Election Day was largely peaceful.

      • New York TimesKidnappings in Nigeria and Other Security Crises Concern Voters Ahead of Election

        Nigerian voters say that insecurity is the most important issue in this week’s presidential election. One man who was kidnapped said, “You can only survive on your own in Nigeria.”

      • CS MonitorReaders write: Democratic shortcomings – at home and abroad

        Letters to the editor published in the March 6, 2023, weekly magazine. Readers reflect on the trajectory of democracy in the U.S. and worldwide.

      • CS MonitorCan Nigerian ‘new broom’ candidate sweep the youth vote?

        Peter Obi is challenging the Nigerian political establishment with a bid for the presidency that has caught the mood of young people.

      • The HillApple Watch ban: Here’s what happens next

        U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Tuesday allowed the ITC decision to go through, despite Apple’s apparent lobbying effort to get the Biden administration to block the potential ban on its popular smartwatch.

      • India TimesList of countries that have implemented partial or complete ban on TikTok

        EU’s move underscores the growing lobby against the social media app owned by ByteDance, the world’s most valuable start-up, over concerns of its proximity to the Chinese government and hold over user data across the world.

        Here is a list of countries and entities that have implemented a partial or complete ban on TikTok: [...]

      • Craig MurrayHistory Turns

        Unexpectedly, the election for leader of the SNP has become a true hinge moment in the entire history of the Scottish nation.

      • Michael West MediaSecret government Roundtable with media mates less love-fest than nat-sec

        Documents reveal national security people involved in this week’s Media Roundtable in Parliament House along with Big Media types from Murdoch, Nine and Seven. Michael West reports on the government, media and Rex Patrick’s mysterious FOIs. 

        The government’s Media Roundtable is on this week. At first glance, as a small independent media operator, we assumed this must be a love-fest for the government’s media mates.

      • Michael West MediaAUKUS and B-52′s stand in the way of a treaty with Indonesia

        A recent meeting of ministers generated a swag of the usual cliched statements, but also some hope of strengthening our relationship with our closest neighbour. But there are obstacles on both sides of the Timor Sea, reports Duncan Graham from Indonesia.

        Are Australia and Indonesia heading towards a security agreement or treaty much like the one recently signed with Japan, an upgrade of a pact signed in 2007?

      • Common DreamsWhy NPR’s Layoffs Are a Public Policy Problem

        More than 50 years on, it’s easy to wonder what went wrong with the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, the legislation that created public media as we’ve come to know it in the United States. Despite the popular understanding that a healthy democracy requires a free press, the U.S. Congress remains reluctant to offer public subsidies for any journalism that doesn’t operate under the dictates of the commercial marketplace.

      • Common DreamsWhatever Happened to the New York Times Fact-Checker?

        Labeling a newspaper column an “opinion” doesn’t create a license to play fast and loose with facts.

      • Fast CompanyTwitter’s transparency reporting has tanked under Elon Musk

        Twitter has quietly gone silent about how it enforces its rules and responds to government demands about its users.

        The company has not posted a transparency report since Elon Musk’s purchase of it in October, ending a 10-year streak of keeping the world apprised of governmental user information requests.

        Had Twitter stuck to its usual twice-yearly cadence, we would have seen a new transparency report posted at the end of January documenting the first half of 2022—as it did January 25, 2022, when it published a report covering the first half of 2021.

        Instead, the transparency timeline ends with data, published July 28, 2022, for July through December of 2021. That report revealed that Twitter fielded 11,460 requests for information from 67 countries and complied with 40.2% of them; it further documents that Twitter enforced its own rules against 4,257,617 accounts, suspending 1,269,477 of them and removed 5,103,156 items.

      • Engadget European Commission bans staff from using TikTok on work devices
      • Misinformation/Disinformation/Propaganda

        • Jacobin MagazineThe Root of Fake News Is the Corporate Lust for Profit in Media

          Throughout the two-week period that followed its own declaration of Joe Biden’s victory, according to one analysis by the liberal website Media Matters, the Fox network and its hosts questioned the integrity of the election results almost eight hundred times — regularly singling out Dominion Voting Systems for the likes of “rigging” and “flipping” votes. Several months later, Dominion itself responded by filing a defamation suit, the contents of which were made publicly available earlier this month. Among other things, the filing offers numerous instances of prominent Fox News anchors and editorial staff privately dismissing election fraud claims as baseless even as the network regularly gave them credence on air.

          Here are just a few examples, as compiled by Media Matters: [...]

        • Media MattersThey knew it was a lie: The behind-the-scenes happenings at Fox while the network pushed false claims about Dominion

          For Dominion to prove defamation, the company must show that Fox acted with “actual malice,” meaning that Fox knew the allegations made about Dominion were false or that Fox acted in reckless disregard for the truth. On February 16, Dominion’s brief calling for a summary judgment in its favor was released to the public. As Dominion detailed in the filing, “literally dozens of people with editorial responsibility—from the top of the organization to the producers of specific shows to the hosts themselves—acted with actual malice.” Indeed, the filing shows “lies in twenty accused statements across six different shows with the active involvement of numerous Fox Executives.”

          Here’s some of the damning quotes from the filing showing how much Fox’s executives and employees knew they were lying about Dominion or the election at the time: [...]

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • RFAChina moves to develop its own version of ChatGPT amid censorship concerns [Ed: ChatGPT was not the first of its kind, contrary to the bogus narratives that Microsoft paid the media to spread, and Microsoft also censors a lot, so why pick only on China in this context?]

        Baidu announces plans to begin rolling out its homegrown Ernie Bot chatbot services from March.

      • The Sunday Times UKAfter Dahl, will they come for the Fat Controller?

        Laura Hackett’s article on sensitivity readers altering Roald Dahl’s writing to eliminate “offensive” terms (“Charlie and the censorship factory”, News, last week) made me wonder where it will end. What will they make of the Fat Controller and Big Ears? I fear for their future.

      • The EconomistSeven books you are forbidden from reading

        OVID WAS exiled by Augustus Caesar to a bleak village on the Black Sea. His satirical guide to seduction, “The Art of Love”, was banished from Roman libraries. In 1121 Peter Abelard, known for his writings on logic and his passion for Héloïse, was forced by the Catholic church to burn his own book. And in perhaps the most famous modern example of hostility to literature, Iran called for the murder of Salman Rushdie, author of “The Satanic Verses”, in 1989. For its perceived blasphemy, the novel remains banned in at least a dozen countries from Senegal to Singapore. Book-banning remains a favourite tool of the autocrat and the fundamentalist, who are both genuinely threatened by the wayward ideas that literature can contain. In democracies books can provoke a different sort of panic. Armies, prisons, prim parents and progressive zealots all seek to censor literature they fear could overthrow their values. Bans on books that shock, mock or titillate reveal much about a time and place. They invariably attract legions of curious readers, too. Here are seven books you shouldn’t read.

      • Gannett‘They can come for you’: For Russian protesters, a free-speech crackdown sharpens threat

        Russia’s leading human rights defenders are alarmed.

        “People get detained for posts on social media or even for bringing flowers to the victims of bombings in Ukraine. These political repressions remind us of the Soviet era mass arrests,” activist Svetlana Gannushkina said.

      • The Age AUI thought Roald Dahl was bad. Then I checked my daughter’s bookshelf

        Here then, is a sample of some of the books I found that should be immediately banned or heavily censored to protect our children from ideas that have no place in modern society.

      • Hong Kong Free PressDon’t pretend nothing has changed with Hong Kong’s new rules on foreign lawyers and national security cases

        Some weeks ago China’s National People’s Congress Standing Commmittee ruled, at the invitation of local officials, that the city’s leader or an oversight committee has the power to decide whether an overseas lawyer can appear in a national security case.

        This followed a spirited tussle in the courts here, in which the Department of Justice objected to Mr Lai’s plan to instruct a London-based barrister on his behalf. This bout went all the way to the Court of Final Appeal, where the department lost on the rather technical basis that it was seeking to advance arguments which it had not brought up in earlier hearings.

      • TruthOutArkansas’s Anti-BDS Law Remains in Effect Because SCOTUS Refused to Review It
    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • CNNChinese fighter jet confronts US Navy plane with CNN crew aboard as tensions simmer in the South China Sea

        The Chinese fighter jet was so close, the CNN crew could see the pilots turning their heads to look at them – and could make out the red star on the tail fins and the missiles it was armed with.

      • VOA NewsVOA Puts Two Russian Journalists on Paid Leave Following Complaints

        The letter, signed by 15 of the Russian service’s 92 journalists, said that in their previous employment, Knyagnitsky and Davydova had promoted pro-Kremlin narratives on Ukraine.

        After Ukrainian media reported on the internal criticism this week, more than 20 journalists who are part of the Ukraine Media Movement coalition on Thursday called for Knyagnitsky to be dismissed.

        Some of those to sign the Media Movement letter work for VOA affiliates.

      • Government’s Press Freedom Roundtable is Futile if Assange’s Persecution is Ignored

        The “elephant in the room” at attorney general Mark Dreyfus’ press freedoms roundtable this Monday is going to be Julian Assange, as any discussion on countering the erosion of local media protections will be left wanting without addressing his plight, the Assange Campaign is pointing out.

        Criticisms have already been levelled at the forum, as it will preference the participation of media giants, like News Corp and Nine, over that of small independent news outlets, which will be left out in the cold.

        But considering the chief threat to press freedoms on the global stage is the ongoing prosecution and persecution of Assange, who also happens to be an Australian, to leave the WikiLeaks founder unrepresented or even unaddressed at the forum is to give the roundtable an air of the Kafkaesque.

      • Designboom’states of violence’ exhibition exposes top government cables leaked by activist assange

        The exhibition ‘States of Violence’ in London brings together the work of leading artists and agitators, unveiling forms of government oppression. Running from March 24, 2023, to April 8, 2023, the rebellious show is presented by the non-profit London-based arts organization a/political, marking an outstanding collaboration with WikiLeaks — the well-known NGO that operates a whistleblowing news site.

      • IndiaWhat brewed at Davos?

        The next alarming session was on Disrupting Distrust, featuring representatives from the banking sector. What would banks have to do with stopping disinformation? Think about Julian Assange and Wikileaks being de-platformed by financial institutions like PayPal, etc for exposing the government.

      • HRWNepal: New Government Should Keep Rights Pledges
    • Civil Rights/Policing

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

    • Monopolies

      • Patents

        • Tom’s HardwareChina Filed More Chip Patents Than US in 2022: Report

          Chinese companies file for more semiconductor-related patents than the U.S.-based firms.

        • India TimesUS formally ends fight against Meta’s purchase of VR content maker Within Unlimited

          The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which lost a fight in court to block the acquisition, said in a filing that it has decided to formally end its effort.

          The FTC sued Meta in July to stop the Within deal, arguing that Meta’s purchase would reduce competition in a new market. The deal for Within, which makes the Supernatural fitness workouts, was reportedly worth about $400 million.

        • Unified PatentsTraxcell navigation patent challenged

          On February 24, 2023, Unified Patents filed an ex parte reexamination proceeding against U.S. Patent 10,820,147, owned and asserted by Traxcell Technologies, LLC, an NPE. The ‘147 patent is generally directed to providing navigation information to a wireless mobile communications device while also allowing the user to set preference flags to prevent tracking of the wireless mobile communications device.

        • Litigation Funders In Their Own Words

          Rarely does one get a peek behind the curtain in the secretive and highly profitable world of third-party litigation funding (TPLF). In fact, there’s such little transparency in the TPLF industry that in the few instances when information does make its way into the public domain, it’s extremely illuminating.

        • HackadaySimultaneous Invention, All The Time?

          As Tom quipped on the podcast this week, if you have an idea for a program you’d like to write, all you have to do is look around on GitHub and you’ll find it already coded up for you. (Or StackOverflow, or…) And that’s probably pretty close to true, at least for really trivial bits of code. But it hasn’t always been thus.

      • Trademarks

        • TTAB Blog TTABlog Test: How Did These Three Recent Section 2(d) Appeals Turn Out?

          Here are three recent appeals from Section 2(d) refusals. As previously mentioned, a former TTAB judge once told me that one can predict the outcome of a Section 2(d) case 95% of the time just by looking at the marks and the goods/services. How do you think theses three cases came out? [Results in first comment].

      • Copyrights

        • Hollywood ReporterHollywood Insiders Respond to Streamers Pulling Projects: “It’s Horrifying”

          The Hollywood Reporter has been asking around about the effects of consolidation, budget cuts and tax write-offs kneecapping projects like Batgirl, Snowpiercer, Scoob!: Holiday Haunt and Westworld, among others. It’s happening all over town as entertainment companies have been forced to contend with consolidation, inflation, a possible recession and a constant chase for subscribers.

        • Torrent FreakMedia Sowed Piracy Panic For Years, Their VPN Ads Now Panic Hollywood

          For years, tabloid media outlets in the UK have published outrageous scare stories about Kodi, piracy apps, and pirate IPTV. Misinformation and even flat-out lies designed to outrage and provoke attracted millions of people with clickbait headlines. A Hollywood-backed anti-piracy group now cites media misinformation as a major piracy threat in UK. Sadly, for none of the reasons above.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • 🔤SpellBinding: CGILZYN Wordo: SKIED

        hello. Hello! My name is kaveh or vanya.
        I’m new here; got a key only this morning. And though I’m only a casual lover of smallspace sites like these even writing this I’m giddy, so that must say something. This post is partially to see how formatting and writing works (so expect some experiments as you read along), though being so confused makes me want to ask… how does theme work? Do we get notifications for this, or do we check everywhere we said anything? And whatever else is useful around here.

        Writing this, I’m listening to Black Country, New Road. and then SOPHIE. I like Ocean Vuong (poet) less than you expect. My favourite phylum of animal is Cnidaria. And on that note, I’ve been gorging myself on Linnea Sterte’s Stages Of(?of) Rot (comic), which, alongside Jeff VanderMeer’s whole entire oeuvre, has been inspiring my writing as of late. Though I mostly draw.

      • Episode 46

        Dragons a dangerous and lucrative and thus provide players with an excellent betting opportunity. Use more dragons!

      • Just joined here

        I am getting more and more into smallweb sites, pubnix and different chats

      • Figuring Out

        Trying to figure my place in life, if I can even call merely existing life. Please understand, I’m not being dramatic nor negative. I am simply seeing everything as realistic as capable.

        At one time had completed a 90,000 word horror novel. Wife and I have moved around enough that the storage media it was on got scuttled. I’ve not felt keen upon trying a full rewrite.

      • Why we throw rice at weddings

        The rest of the page is a bit of bull so you can ignore it… But I checked another couple of pages and both said kind of the same thing (hopefully the authors didn’t just copy from each other to pass their pages as fact-checked).

    • Technical

      • How to shut down after work

        Do you need help fully discharging from work in the evenings or for the weekend? Shutting down from work won’t just improve your work-life balance; it will also significantly improve the quality of your personal life and work. After a restful weekend, you will be much more energized and productive the next working day. So it should not just be in your own, but also your employers’ interest that you fully relax and shut down after work.

      • “Hey” post mortem and a new life for email

        I used to think Hey email was really great even though I was not, and never was gonna be, a user.

        Because I love email and I’m so used to people hating on email and a service that made it easier for other people to use email was awesome.

      • The unbearable quirkiness of Linux group permissions

        All of the following interaction was as the user sandra with ellen%
        being the prompt (hostname + percent sign, zsh’s default). I’m in the dialout group. /tmp is sticky but that doesn’t seem to matter here, as you’ll see.


        I had no idea users weren’t added to their own groups on Debian, or maybe they are and I just borked it somewhen along the highway, but here we are.

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Linux-libre turns 15!

It was February 2008 when Jeff Moe announced Linux-libre, a project to share the efforts that freedom-respecting distros had to undertake to drop the nonfree bits distributed as part of the kernel Linux.


“For fifteen years, the Linux-libre project has remained dedicated to providing a kernel that respects everyone’s freedom and has become an essential part of the free software movement. Linux-libre is widely used by those who value their freedom to use, study, change, and share software without restrictions or limitations. These freedoms are essential to creating a just society.”
— Jason Self

Since around 1996, Linux has carried sourceless firmware encoded as sequences of numbers disguised as source code. UTUTO and gNewSense pioneered the efforts of removing them. Cleaning Linux up is a substantial amount of work, so the existence of Linux-libre has alleviated one of the main difficulties in maintaining GNU+Linux distros that abide by the GNU Free Software Distribution Guidelines. The Linux-libre compiled kernel distributions maintained by Jason Self, Freesh (.deb), liberRTy (low-latency .deb) and RPMFreedom (.rpm), make it easy for users of other GNU+Linux distros to take a step towards freedom when their hardware is not too user-hostile.

“Thanks to Linux-libre, we have entirely libre GNU+Linux distros. Thanks to Linux-libre, people like me who are not kernel hackers can install one of those distros and have a computer which never runs a nonfree program on the CPU. (Provided we use LibreJS as well to reject nonfree Javascript programs that web sites send us.)”
— Richard Stallman

Early pieces of firmware in Linux ran peripheral devices, but some of the blobs loaded by Linux nowadays reconfigure the primary central processing units and others contain an entire operating system for the peripherals’ CPUs, including a copy of the kernel Linux itself and several other freedom-depriving programs!

After years of our denouncing the social, technical, and legal risks out of Linux’s misbehavior, most of the blobs got moved to separate files, still part of the kernel Linux, and then to separate packages, which mitigates some of the legal risks, but the problem keeps growing: more and more devices depend on nonfree firmware and thus remain under exclusive and proprietary control by their suppliers.


For 27 years, the nonfree versions of Linux have shown that tolerating blobs and making it easy for users to install and accept them makes users increasingly dependent on user-hostile, blob-requiring devices for their computing. Refusing to give these devices’ suppliers what they wish, namely your money and control over your computing, is more likely to succeed at changing their practices if more users refuse.

If you’re the kind of software freedom supporter who demands respect for your freedom, keep on enjoying the instant gratification that GNU Linux-libre affords you, and supporting (or being!) those who refurbish old computers and build new ones to respect our autonomy.

However, if you’re of the kind for whom last-generation computers are hard to resist, even though you’d prefer if they were more respectful of your freedom, you may wish to consider a delayed gratification challenge: if you and your friends resist hostile computers now, you may get more respectful ones later, for yourselves and for all of us; if you don’t, the next generations will likely be even more hostile. Are you up for the challenge?


Present and Future

GNU Linux-libre releases are currently prepared with scripts that automate the cleaning-up and part of the verification. For each upstream major and stable release, we run the scripts, updating them as needed, and publish them, along with the cleaning-up logs and the cleaned-up sources, in a git repository. Each source release is an independent tag, as in, there are no branches for cleaned-up sources. This is so we can quickly retract releases if freedom bugs are found.

We have plans to change the cleaning-up process and the repository structure in the future: we’re (slowly) preparing to move to a rewritten git repository, in which, for each commit in upstream Linux main and stable repositories, there will be a corresponding cleaned-up commit in ours. Undesirable bits are going to be cleaned up at the commit corresponding to the one in which upstream introduced or modified them, and other modifications will be checked and integrated unchanged, mirroring the upstream commit graph, with “git replace” mappings for individual commits and, perhaps, also for cleaned-up files.

This is expected to enable us to track upstream development very closely, to get stable and major releases out nearly instantly and often automatically and to enable Linux developers to clone our freed repository instead of our upstream to write and test their changes. The same techniques used to create the cleaned-up repository can be used to fix freedom bugs in it.


Jason Self has made several beautiful pictures of his version of Freedo, our light-blue penguin mascot, and we’ve used them for our recent releases.

Marking the beginning of the week in which we celebrate 15 years of Linux-libre, we had the pleasure of publishing a major release, 6.2-gnu, codenamed “la quinceañera”, with a picture of Freedo dressed up for the occasion.


But there’s more! He also made a commemorative black-and-white wallpaper with classic Freedo, also dressed up for the occasion. Check them out, and feel free to tune the colors to your liking!


He also modeled a 3D Freedo in Blender, and we’re looking for someone who could 3D-print it and get it to the FSF office in time for the LibrePlanet conference. Rumor has it that Richard Stallman is going to auction it off to raise funds for the FSF! Can you help?


About GNU Linux-libre

GNU Linux-libre is a GNU package maintained by Alexandre Oliva, on behalf of FSFLA, and by Jason Self. It releases cleaned-up versions of Linux, suitable for use in distributions that comply with the Free Software Distribution Guidelines published by the GNU project, and by users who wish to run Free versions of Linux on their GNU systems. The project offers cleaning-up scripts, Free sources, binaries for some GNU+Linux distributions, and artwork with GNU and the Linux-libre mascot: Freedo, the clean, Free and user-friendly light-blue penguin. Visit our web site and Be Free!



About the GNU Operating System and Linux

Richard Stallman announced in September 1983 the plan to develop a Free Software Unix-like operating system called GNU. GNU is the only operating system developed specifically for the sake of users’ freedom.



In 1992, the essential components of GNU were complete, except for one, the kernel. When in 1992 the kernel Linux was re-released under the GNU GPL, making it Free Software, the combination of GNU and Linux formed a complete Free operating system, which made it possible for the first time to run a PC without non-Free Software. This combination is the GNU+Linux system.



Free Software Foundation Latin America joined in 2005 the international FSF network, previously formed by Free Software Foundations in the United States, in Europe and in India. These sister organizations work in their corresponding geographies towards promoting the same Free Software ideals and defending the same freedoms for software users and developers, working locally but cooperating globally.


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