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  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Unix MenHow Businesses Can Benefit from Using Linux

        Many businesses spend a lot of time weighing up the benefits of cloud automation and orchestration, without spending too much time considering operating systems. Historically, Microsoft Windows has been the OS of choice. However, when it comes to hosting services, Linux is definitely the better option.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • Asahi Linux Is Reverse-Engineering Support For Apple Silicon, Including M1 Ultra

        For months, a small group of volunteers has worked to get this Arch Linux-based distribution up and running on Apple Silicon Macs, adapting existing drivers and (in the case of the GPU) painstakingly writing their own. And that work is paying off -- last week, the team released its first alpha installer to the general public, and as of yesterday, the software supports the new M1 Ultra in the Mac Studio. In the current alpha, an impressive list of hardware already works, including Wi-Fi, USB 2.0 over the Thunderbolt ports (USB 3.0 only works on Macs with USB-A ports, but USB 3.0 over Thunderbolt is "coming soon"), and the built-in display. But there are still big features missing, including DisplayPort and Thunderbolt, the webcam, Bluetooth, sleep mode, and GPU acceleration. That said, regarding GPU acceleration, the developers say that the M1 is fast enough that a software-rendered Linux desktop feels faster on the M1 than a GPU-accelerated desktop feels on many other ARM chips.

    • Applications

      • Make Use OfWhy Run Windows Apps on Linux? Here Are 15 Linux Alternatives

        As you might have noticed, more and more people are switching to Linux these days. However, it is still pretty common for Linux users to look for apps they are used to using on Windows.

        If you want to enjoy the Linux experience to the fullest, we recommend switching to Linux apps to perform your day-to-day tasks. That's how your journey will come full circle.

        So, to aid you in this process, here is a list of Linux alternatives to popular Windows apps that you can download and use for free.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • DTUpgrade PostgreSQL Database (Cluster) from one Major Version to Another

        I'm in the process of finally upgrading my Debian install from oldstable (buster) to stable (bullseye). My DAViCal installation uses PostgreSQL for its database backend. Strangely, I have two versions of PostgreSQL (9.6 and 11) and I purged the older one (without deleting the databases, thankfully).

      • ID RootHow To Install ExifTool on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS - idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install ExifTool on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, as well as some extra required packages by ExifTool

      • Streaming the Steam Deck to OBS

        Valve was kind enough to send Steam Deck devkits to Arch Linux maintainers and developers which gave us an opportunity to mess around with the device.

        Personally I find it a bit fun to mess around with video streaming, thus one of the first things I wanted to try figure out was how I could stream the gamemode on the Steam Deck. Installing the OBS flatpak and adding it to the menu doesn’t actually work so we sadly have to be a bit more clever.

      • Ubuntu 22.04 Chromium Browser installation

        The purpose of this tutorial is to show how to install the Chromium web browser on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish. Chromium is an open source browser maintained by Google. Along with the Chromium browser itself, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Opera, Vivaldi, and a slew of other notable web browsers are all based on the Chromium source code. It’s safe to say that Chromium plays a huge role in the way that many users view the web today.

      • How to set browser environment variable on Linux

        The purpose of this tutorial is to show how to set the web browser environment variable on Linux. Setting environment variables is usually how users can set the default applications and programs used on their Linux system. Therefore, the browser environment variable should point to the user’s desired default web browser.

        In the case of a default web browser, this setting is best configured by the GUI itself. Simply setting the $BROWSER variable is not going to give you the the result you are expecting. Manually setting the web browser environment variable through other means is possible, but the process for doing so will vary across distributions and desktop environments.

      • How to set or change boot partition flag on Linux

        The boot partition flag is used to indicate that an MBR partition is bootable. Although MBR has been superseded by GUID Partition Table in recent years, MBR is still very prevalent across many systems. The boot loader resides on a bootable partition and is what tells your system where to look for the operating system.

        In this tutorial, you will find the step by step instructions to set or change the boot partition flag on a Linux system via command line and GUI.

      • Install Couchbase Server on Debian 11/Debian 10 - kifarunix.com

        In this tutorial, you will learn how to install Couchbase Server on Debian 11/Debian 10. According to the documentation, Couchbase Server is an open source, distributed, JSON document database. It exposes a scale-out, key-value store with managed cache for sub-millisecond data operations, purpose-built indexers for efficient queries, and a powerful query engine for executing SQL-like queries.

      • ByteXDHow to Install KDE Plasma or Kubuntu in Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04 - ByteXD

        The KDE desktop environment is called KDE Plasma, and also referred to as Plasma Desktop.

        It’s one of the most popular desktop environments, is very intuitive and easy to use, is available in many languages, and provides a consistent user experience across a wide range of devices.

        The KDE Plasma is also one of the most feature rich and customizable desktop environments, and it has a very modern look and feel.

      • MakeTech EasierHow to Use WhatsApp Web on Desktop and Chrome - Make Tech Easier

        If you have particularly chatty people on your WhatsApp list, you’ll know how annoying it can be to converse with them using a mobile keyboard. You can’t really get the gossip grapevine (or more important messages) going at a measly 20 words-per-minute. Thankfully, there is a way to use WhatsApp on your PC, so you can type with your hardware keyboard and really express yourself.

      • How to customize i3status on Linux

        I3 is one of the most used tiling window managers on Linux. A tiling window manager arranges windows in a non-overlapping way: this allows us to use screen space efficiently, but can require a little bit of time to get used to.

        The i3 window manager on Linux is usually installed together with the i3status utility, which can be used to populate supported status bars with information such as memory or CPU usage. In this tutorial we see how to customize i3status and use some of its modules.

      • How to set alarm on Linux

        Setting an alarm on Linux can be helpful to remind you of something or act as a timer. It might also come in handy if you take a little snooze at your desk. In this tutorial, we will show you how to set an alarm on Linux via command line and GUI.

      • How To Install and Run Linux on Android (With/Without Root) - DekiSoft

        Technology is moving at such a pace that users prefer smaller handhelds as their preferred choice of hardware. Phones have become smaller in size and more powerful in terms of computing power. They are more than enough capable of running a full-sized operating system.

      • The New StackHow to Deploy Kubernetes with Kubeadm and containerd – The New Stack

        There’s no easy way to say this, but Kubernetes is challenging. And although at one time it was actually fairly simple to deploy a Kubernetes cluster to bare metal (thanks, in part, to Docker), it’s not quite as simple as it once was. To complicate matters even further, there’s an almost endless amount of paths to getting the platform up and running.

      • H2S MediaHow to Install PowerShell on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS [Ed: Microsoft junk, but some people use this to migrate away from Windows]
      • H2S MediaInstall PowerShell on Debian 11 Bullseye Linux
      • How To Install OpenRGB On Ubuntu 22.04 | 20.04 LTS | Itsubuntu.com

        How to install OpenRGB tools on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy JellyFish or Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa.

      • Install Couchbase Server on Ubuntu 22.04/Ubuntu 20.04 - kifarunix.com

        In this tutorial, you will learn how to install Couchbase Server on Ubuntu 22.04/Ubuntu 20.04. According to the documentation, Couchbase Server is an open source, distributed, JSON document database. It exposes a scale-out, key-value store with managed cache for sub-millisecond data operations, purpose-built indexers for efficient queries, and a powerful query engine for executing SQL-like queries.

      • AddictiveTipsHow to back up and restore your website on Linux

        If you run a website on a Linux server, you should be keeping regular backups. We’ve got you covered if you’re new to Linux server administration. Here’s how to back up and restore websites on Linux.

      • ID RootHow To Install Passbolt on AlmaLinux 8 - idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Passbolt on AlmaLinux 8. For those of you who didn’t know, Passbolt is a free and open-source password manager based on PHP, MySQL, and OpenPGP which allows you to securely store and share login credentials of website, router password, Wi-Fi password, etc. It is self-hosted and available in both community and subscription-based editions.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step-by-step installation of the Passbolt password manager on an AlmaLinux 8. You can follow the same instructions for Fedora, RHEL, CentOS, and Rocky Linux distributions.

      • AddictiveTipsHow to set up a LAMP server on Debian 11

        While many people think of Debian as a rock-solid workstation operating system, that’s not all it can be used for. Debian is also one of the most used Linux-based server operating systems.

        There are a lot of server applications for Debian. However, one of the most popular things users set up is LAMP. LAMP is Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP, and it is essential for hosting web apps. Here’s how you can set up a LAMP server on Debian 11.

    • Wine or Emulation

      • 9to5LinuxDXVK 1.10.1 Adds Initial Support for Shared Resources, Fixes God of War and GTA: San Andreas

        DXVK 1.10.1 is the first point release in the DXVK 1.10 stable series and it’s here to implement initial support for shared resources in an attempt to fix video playback for several Koei Tecmo games, including the Atelier series and Nioh 2, as well as the D3D11-based UI in the Windows version of Black Mesa.

        However, “initial” means that this feature is considered experimental as it hasn’t been thoroughly tested against all graphics drivers. According to the release notes, only basic 2D texture sharing between the D3D9 and D3D11 implementations is supported when using DXVK for both APIs.

      • GamingOnLinuxDXVK 1.10.1 is out with initial support for shared resources | GamingOnLinux

        DXVK is the free and open source project that translates Direct3D 9 / 10 / 11 to Vulkan for use with the Wine and Proton Windows translation layers. One of the major parts of Steam Play Proton that helps games run well on Linux desktops and Steam Deck.

        Version 1.10.1 brings on initial support for shared resources, fixing video playback in a number of Koei Tecmo games (Atelier series, Nioh 2), as well as the D3D11-based UI in the Windows version of Black Mesa. It's still quite experimental now and needs more testing across various drivers.

    • Games

      • Boiling SteamSteam Starts Collecting Feedback From Users on Steam Deck Verified titles - Boiling Steam

        Valve has just announced through the Steam community news that they are adding a new feature to collect feedback from end users about the Steam Deck Verified games they try out. In practice it will first ask you to opt-in to be part of the feedback service, and afterwards it will ask you questions about the titles you have just played on the Steam Deck to confirm if it matches your experience:

      • GamingOnLinuxSyncthing is a great way to transfer files from PC to Steam Deck | GamingOnLinux

        Recently I did a guide using the Warpinator tool to transfer files from PC to Steam Deck, here's another way using the wonderful tool Syncthing that you might prefer. that you might prefer.

        A lot of people seemed to like the previous guide and video, however a few people couldn't get Warpinator to work although most did. So as a bonus, I checked out Syncthing to see how that works. It's just as easy to get going too.

      • GamingOnLinuxValve actually announced Steam for Chrome OS now too | GamingOnLinux

        After a bit of a false start with an announcement made too early, Google has now announced Steam for Chrome OS and Chromebooks and now Valve has done their own brief announcement. So it's all officially official now.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Wikidata Data Reuse Days 2022 Recap

          Over the past two weeks I attended a number of sessions of the Wikidata Data Reuse Days 2022 and presented KDE’s use of Wikidata in our travel apps there. Here are some of the things I found particularly interesting from a KDE perspective.

    • Distributions

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • FedoraNest with Fedora & Fedora Hatch: Announcing dates & call for volunteers

          Hi Fedora Friends! We made it through another year of living with COVID-19, with plenty of other challenges added on top. To everyone who make up Fedora – thank you for your presence, contributions, and efforts during this trying time. Because we have yet to see an end to living with COVID-19, I opened a discussion with the community about what we should do for this year’s contributor conference.

          Based on that feedback, I am pleased to announce that we will be holding the third edition of Nest with Fedora on August 4th, 5th, & 6th. I will be publishing info on the CfP in the upcoming months. We will also be funding local in person meetups that we have titled Fedora Hatch. If you want to participate in an in person meetup, make sure to read on and suggest your ideas on the Flock pagure!

      • Debian Family

        • LinuxiacParrot 5.0 Released with Cloud and Customizability in Mind

          From release 5.0, Parrot is also available for Raspberry Pi 4. Without a desktop environment, you can install whatever you like.

          Penetration testing and ethical hacking have risen in popularity and industry needs over a previous couple of decades. From learning about the dangers of the internet to protecting data from hackers, the software industry has become increasingly aware of the millions of dollars that could be lost in a breach.

          Similar to Kali Linux, Parrot Security OS was created as an operating system for ethical hackers to raise awareness even further. It is a free and open-source Linux distribution based on Debian.

        • Debian -- News -- Updated Debian 11: 11.3 released

          The Debian project is pleased to announce the third update of its stable distribution Debian 11 (codename bullseye). This point release mainly adds corrections for security issues, along with a few adjustments for serious problems. Security advisories have already been published separately and are referenced where available.

          Please note that the point release does not constitute a new version of Debian 11 but only updates some of the packages included. There is no need to throw away old bullseye media. After installation, packages can be upgraded to the current versions using an up-to-date Debian mirror.

        • Debian -- News -- Updated Debian 10: 10.12 released

          The Debian project is pleased to announce the twelfth update of its oldstable distribution Debian 10 (codename buster). This point release mainly adds corrections for security issues, along with a few adjustments for serious problems. Security advisories have already been published separately and are referenced where available.

          Please note that the point release does not constitute a new version of Debian 10 but only updates some of the packages included. There is no need to throw away old buster media. After installation, packages can be upgraded to the current versions using an up-to-date Debian mirror.

        • FLOSSLinux: Debian media team - testing and releasing Debian 11.3 - 20220326 1243UTC

          And back to relative normality : the usual suspects are in Cambridge. It's a glorious day across the UK and we're spending it indoors with laptops :)

          We'll also be releasing a point release of Buster as a wrap up of recent changes.

          Debian 10 should move from full support to LTS on July 14th - one year after the release of Debian 11.

          All seems to be behaving itself well.

        • Still testing Debian media images 20220326 2026UTC- almost finished 11.3 - Buster starting soon
        • FLOSSLinux: Part way through testing Debian media images 20220326 1555UTC - Found a new useful utility

          For various obscure reasons, I have a mirror of Debian in one room and the main laptop and so on I use in another. The mirror is connected to a fast Internet line - and has a 1Gb Ethernet cable into the back directly from the router, the laptop and everything else - not so much, everything is wired, but depends on a WiFi link across the property. One end is fast - one end runs like a snail.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Projects for the benefit of others

        I recently saw @vidak@zoinks.one thinking about setting up a server where people could host Gemini or Gopher content, and how nobody really joined their previous effort of building something for the benefit of others, a tilde server. It felt like a very familiar problem.

      • Linux LinksBest Free and Open Source Alternatives to Apple Boot Camp

        Apple, Microsoft, Alphabet (Google’s parent), Amazon and Facebook dominate the tech landscape. Their dominance is so broad they account for more than 20% of the S&P 500.

        There are many things to admire about Apple’s hardware and software. Apple make great looking (albeit expensive) hardware. Over the years key successes include the iPhone, iPad, iPod, and the MacBook Air. The company designs its own hardware and software. This gives them the power to make an operating system and suite of apps that are tailor-made and optimized for their hardware. Apple also operates the Apple Music and Apple TV media distribution platforms.

        Mac OS X is Apple’s proprietary operating system for its line of Macintosh computers. Its interface, known as Aqua, is highly polished and built on top of a BSD derivative (Darwin). There’s a whole raft of proprietary applications that are developed by Apple for their operating software. This software is not available for Linux and there’s no prospect of that position changing.

        In 2020, Apple began the Apple silicon transition, using self-designed, 64-bit ARM-based Apple M1 processors on new Mac computers. Maybe it’s the perfect time to move away from the proprietary world of Apple, and embrace the open source Linux scene.

      • Programming/Development

        • Linux Links3 Top Free and Open Source Ruby Web Frameworks - LinuxLinks

          One of the types of software that’s important for a web developer is the web framework. A framework “is a code library that makes a developer’s life easier when building reliable, scalable, and maintainable web applications” by providing reusable code or extensions for common operations. By saving development time, developers can concentrate on application logic rather than mundane elements.

          A web framework offers the developer a choice about how to solve a specific problem. By using a framework, a developer lets the framework control portions of their application. While it’s perfectly possible to code a web application without using a framework, it’s more practical to use one.

          Ruby is a general purpose, scripting, structured, flexible, fully object-oriented programming language with a focus on simplicity and productivity. Ruby is a very conservative language. It’s equipped with very carefully chosen features that have been fully tested.

          When it comes to web development, there are a fairly small range of Ruby frameworks to choose. The choice depends on finding the right tool for the job at hand. Here’s our pick of the finest Ruby web frameworks.

        • GCCLoongArch port accepted and maintainers appointed
          I am pleased to announce that the GCC Steering Committee has accepted
          the LoongArch port for inclusion in GCC and appointed Chenghua Xu and
          Lulu Cheng as maintainers.
          
          

          Please work with Richard Sandiford on the final technical review and approval of the patches. Please coordinate with the GCC Release Managers for merging the port into the development tree, hopefully for inclusion in GCC 12 release.

          Please join me in congratulating Chenghua and Lulu on their new roles. Please update your listing in the MAINTAINERS file.

          Happy hacking! David
  • Leftovers

    • Education

      • The Rhodes Scholars Guiding Biden’s Presidency

        The recent, pandemic-ridden years have involved a steep and often traumatic learning curve for many citizens across the Trans Atlantic. One particularly shocking revelation that has ripped virally across the internet in recent days revolves around the revelations that the World Economic Forum’s ‘Young Global Leaders’ have been positioned across western governments and powerful private institutions over the past three decades.

        Videos of Klaus Schwab bragging that Young Leaders have been positioned across the governments of Canada, Argentina, Europe and beyond are now being posted across social media platforms on a daily basis, confirming the suspicions of many that the World Economic Forum is not a benign business networking operation, as it has tried to project for the credulous. Rather, it is something much darker and insidious.

        Set up in 1993 as the Global Leaders of Tomorrow and renamed WEF Young Leaders Forum in 2004 (fueled with funds from such benevolent institutions as JP Morgan Chase and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), over 1400 young leaders (under the age of 38) from both public and private sectors have been processed through the program. For those tapped to become members of this elitist clique, they agree to attend six years of regular WEF conferences featuring seminars, focus groups and other special experiences both at Davos and at regional WEF events, at which point they graduate and become “alumni” who, in turn, become capable of nominating future young leaders.

        Just a tiny sampling of the prominent figures who have been processed and installed into positions of influence to advance the WEF globalist agenda over the past 30 years include Angela Merkel, Nicholas Sarkozy, Emmanuel Macron, Tony Blair, Mark Zuckerberg, José Manuel Barroso, Bill Gates, Chrystia Freeland, Pete Buttigieg, Jacinda Arden (PM New Zealand), Jack Ma (Ali Baba founder), Larry Fink (Blackrock CEO), Larry Page (Google founder), Lynn Forrester de Rothschild (Council for Inclusive Capitalism founder), Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia founder), Peter Thiel (Paypal founder), Leonardo Di Caprio (tool), Richard Branson (Virgin Records CEO), Jeff Bezos (Amazon founder), Stephan Bancel (Moderna CEO), Pierre Omidyar (Ebay co-founder), Alizia Garza (co-founder BLM), Jonathan Soros (son of sociopath) and, according the Schwab, himself “half the Canadian Cabinet” under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

    • Integrity/Availability

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • The Change Game: MeitY Resorts To Quick Fixes To Silence Experts

        On February 21, 2022, the Ministry for Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) published the Draft India Data Accessibility & Use Policy, 2022. Immediately, civil society experts pointed out several flaws concerning data privacy and security rights of citizens. To our shock, on March 6, 2022, we noticed MeitY had made substantial changes to the Draft India Data Accessibility & Use Policy, 2022, during the consultation period, without any public acknowledgement. Effectively this resulted in multiple versions of it, contracted the consultation timeline, and confused stakeholders. Responding to this, IFF wrote to MeitY indicating the need for a fresh consultation process as these actions have completely vitiated the ongoing consultation process and led to an erosion of public trust.



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