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  • GNU/Linux

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Reviews

      • Web Pro NewsLinux Distro Reviews: openSUSE Tumbleweed — Part 2 – WebProNews

        Security is only a good thing if it’s not so restrictive that people begin disabling features for the sake of convenience, and this is where openSUSE’s disadvantages begin to shine through.

        Of all the distros that I have tried to date (Fedora, Manjaro, openSUSE, KDE Neon, Pop!_OS, Kubuntu, and Zorin OS), openSUSE’s security policies are by far the most restrictive. Want to adjust your network settings? You’ll need to enter your password. Want to install a Flatpak app? You’ll need to enter your password. Change your timezone? Enter your password.

        What’s more, the default firewall settings are so strict that printer discovery doesn’t work out of the box. To be clear, every single other distro I’ve tried automatically discovers my HP printer on my network and lets me print without installing any additional drivers.

        In contrast, openSUSE cannot even discover the printer without changing the firewall profile from the default ‘Public’ to ‘Home,’ or adding the mDNS service to the ‘Public’ profile. Even when making sure mDNS is enabled, openSUSE still requires “hplip” software/driver package installed.

        Is it possible to overcome these issues? Yes. But many people, especially less technical users, give up before figuring out how to jump through all these hoops. In fact, a quick look at openSUSE’s Reddit will reveal that two common solutions to printing on openSUSE are a) disable the firewall altogether or b) “don’t print on openSUSE.” Seriously…I have seen that advice multiple times…”don’t print on openSUSE.”

        The issues with printing on openSUSE are irritating enough that Linux creator Linus Torvalds famously dumped openSUSE and switched to Fedora because printing was just too hard to bother with. Fans of the distro will point out that it has gotten better since that day…but it’s still not good enough for the average desktop user.

    • New Releases

      • Help Net SecurityPenetration Testing with Kali Linux 2023 released: New modules, exercises, challenges (PEN-200)

        OffSec released the 2023 edition of Penetration Testing with Kali Linux (PEN-200). This new version, which incorporates the latest ethical hacking tools and techniques through real-world penetration testing simulations, offers many improvements and additions, including new Learning Modules and Learning Objectives to help learners focus on critical areas, new, progressive sets of machines (Challenge Labs) to assist learners in synthesizing materials; and private environments to create a superior learning experience.

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • The Register UKReg FOSS desk test drive: First beta of Fedora 38 drops • The Register

        The Fedora project has released the beta version of Fedora 38. The Reg took it for a spin, and it handles well.

        The beta version of Fedora 38 is here, hitting the “early target” in its schedule. As usual, there’s an extensive changeset, which is worth scrutinizing for the full details of all the various subcomponents. We tried the beta in both VirtualBox and on bare metal, and so far, it has worked flawlessly – which is particularly impressive given the issues we had with Fedora 37 when it was at the same stage.

        We’ve covered some of what’s going into this release already, and we try not to repeat ourselves. Among the more visible changes, there will be two new “spins”: one with Budgie and one with Sway. Also, earlier this month, it turned out that some “legacy” components aren’t being dropped just yet. The default Workstation edition will come with GNOME 44, which itself just recently reached Release Candidate status and brings some welcome improvements.

        Among other highlights, it comes with the latest kernel 6.2. (Incidentally, this will also be used in Ubuntu 23.04, although that’s not yet reached beta stage – that milestone should be at the end of this month.)

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • KitGuruOnLogic’s new fanless mini-PC uses a heatsink as a chassis

        To meet the need for capable computing power in environments with difficult installation conditions, OnLogic has launched its Helix 401 fanless industrial computer. This small device, which has made its premiere at Embedded World 2023, is designed for use in edge computing, IoT, and many other applications.

        The Helix 401 is available with a variety of Intel 12th Gen Core and Celeron CPUs. Customers may choose the CPU that best meets their application requirements, with options ranging from a Celeron 7305E to an i7-1270PE. Whether you need an HX401 for general-purpose data handling or complex machine vision and AI tasks, the Intel Iris Xe iGPUs on these CPUs will help. Windows 11 Pro 64 Bit, Windows 10 IoT Enterprise, and Ubuntu 22.04 are among the operating systems available. In addition, the Helix 401 is Red Hat Certified for usage with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.7, 9.1, and future releases.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Programming/Development

      • How to remove a package from PHP composer?

        PHP Composer is a package manager designed to install the libraries or dependencies required by a PHP application or project.

      • How to clear PHP composer cache or delete its folder?

        While working with PHP Composer, are you facing slow performance then to improve it and the efficiency of managing dependencies try to clear the cache of Composer for your Project.

      • Godot EngineRelease candidate: Godot 4.0.1 RC 1

        Following the biggest Godot release ever we’ve collected several critical fixes and smaller usability improvements to make your experience with 4.0 more pleasant. This is the first release candidate for early adopters to test the changes, with the stable 4.0.1 release coming soon after.

  • Leftovers

    • TediumField of Bankruptcies

      It’s hard out there trying to do something new, which is why we want to look back on some of the notable failed sports leagues.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • architects of cruelty

        They built walls as the world caved in
        fountains as the reservoirs dried up
        prepared feasts in famine

        now they lay in rags or in coffins
        shouting to the heavens for its cruelty
        but the kingdom of heaven’s walls held strong

        their cries lay unanswered
        their servants abandoned them
        the utopia they fancied unfurled

    • Technical

      • Accidental portrait

        I’ve been working on a pinball game. I wanted level 2 to work like Bagatalle. You can control the strength of the plunger that fires a ball into play, but that’s it. I put a few things on the playing field, and then worked on getting the plunger to work properly.

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  4. 'Linux' Foundation: Spendings on Salaries Increased More Than 20% in One Year

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  5. Links 09/06/2023: JDBC FDW 0.3.1 and Godot 4.1 Beta

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  7. Trying to 'Finish the Job' of Bully de Blanc and Deb Nicholson by Rewriting History (and Even Terms) for Microsoft

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  8. Links 09/06/2023: Tor Browser 12.0.7 and Many Linux Devices

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  9. Linux Foundation Demotes Mr. Linux, Linus Torvalds, to Third (in Salaries), Only Uses Him for the Name

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  10. HMRC is Just Taking Taxpayers' Money and Not Enforcing the Law (or Selectively Enforcing It for the Political Masters)

    What we've been demonstrating or highlighting so far this year is a defunct system of accountability, wherein the government officials and their associates are essentially above the law; can they endure the negative press that entails?

  11. GNU/Linux Decade in India: From 1.5% to 13.5%

    The world's largest population is quick to move away from Windows; not many adopt Apple (Indians don't care for overpriced junk), so GNU/Linux is growing fast

  12. IRC Proceedings: Thursday, June 08, 2023

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  13. Links 09/06/2023: Microsoft's 'Online' ("Clown"/OneDrive) Storage Goes Down Again, Files Cannot be Reached

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