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  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • WCCF TechHP designing AMD-based Dev One laptop loaded with Linux & powered by Pop!_OS

        HP surprises Linux users by revealing its AMD-powered Dev One laptop that utilizes the open-source Pop!_OS operating system by System76.

        System76 & HP bring Linux developers the Dev One, A Pop!_OS & AMD-Powered laptop to easier control their workspaces on the go

      • OMG UbuntuHP Team Up With System76 for New Linux Laptop

        HP is launching a Linux laptop pre-loaded with Pop!_OS, the Ubuntu-based distro created by System76.

        The collaboration, which was quietly revealed by System76 CEO Carl Richell on Twitter, is a pretty major one. It is the first time System76 has partnered with another computer company to ship their OS. It’s also the first time (to my knowledge) that a HP Linux laptop will ship with something other than vanilla Ubuntu.

        Specs for the 14-inch HP Dev One seem pretty sweet, too.

      • Linux GizmosMinisforum HX90G Mini-PC powered by AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU and discrete AMD GPU

        Minisforum has unveiled their latest Mini PC which is based on the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX. The HX90G is also equipped with the Radeon RX 6650M discrete GPU design and dual SO-DIMM DDR4 slots for a total storage capacity of 64GB.

        The base clock for the Ryzen 9 5900HX is 3.3GHz and features eight cores and sixteen threads. Additionally, Minisforum has also mentioned they will release two additional configurations of the HX90G that will implement the AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX processor (w/ Radeon RX 6650M) and the Intel Core i9- 12900H (w/ AMD Discrete GPU).

    • Applications

      • Ubuntu PitTop 15 Best Linux PDF Viewers and Readers in 2022

        Nowadays, we are greatly dependent on online platforms for educational, working jobs, business, communication, and other purposes. Right? And the usage of portable documentary format files, better known as PDF files, is increasing day by day. So, all of us need to have the best quality pdf reader. But, all the pdf viewers are not all the same. And features are also different from different applications. Which one will be perfect for you? The big question it is! Agree? Most of the Linux distributions also come with pdf viewers, but they have some limitations and are not high functioning, unfortunately. That is why we are here to address you with the best Linux PDF viewers.

      • Top 15 Linux Performance Monitoring Tools – LinuxWizardry

        There are several performance monitoring tools in Linux that allow you to monitor resource usage on the system. These tools can aid in debugging Linux System Performance issues and troubleshooting them.

        In this article, we will discuss some of the best tools for monitoring Linux performance. The commands listed below are available in all Linux distributions and some of them are installed by default on the system.

      • Hypnotix – SparkyLinux

        Hypnotix is an IPTV streaming application with support for live TV, movies and series. It can support multiple IPTV providers of the following types: M3U URL, Xtream API, Local M3U playlist. Hypnotix does not provide content or TV channels, it is a player application which streams from IPTV providers. By default, Hypnotix is configured with one IPTV provider called Free-TV.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • ByteXDHow to Curve Text in Inkscape - ByteXD

        Curving text is widely spread when composing graphical pieces, because the curves are more comfortable to the eye than the sharp shape. Nonetheless, it makes the graphic more dynamic and interesting.

      • How to Install Laravel 9 on Ubuntu 22.04
      • Linux CapableHow to Install KDE Plasma Desktop on CentOS 9 Stream
      • ByteXDHow to Outline Text in Inkscape

        Inkscape is a great tool when you are creating typographic artwork, but there is a lot to think about when you are dealing with typographic elements.

        In this article will demonstrate how to add an outline to your text in Inkscape.

      • TecAdminHow to Install Sublime Text 4 on Ubuntu 22.04

        Sublime is a powerful and widely used text and application source code editor. It supports the syntax of most popular programming languages. Sublime also provides a large number of third-party extensions that provides more features to developers.

        You may also like => Installing Visual Studio Code on Ubuntu 20.04

        Sublime 4 is the latest available version for the developers. In this tutorial, you will learn to install Sublime text 4 on the Ubuntu 22.04 systems.

      • The New StackHow to Create and Use Container Volumes within Portainer

        Portainer has become my favorite tool for managing containers. With this web-based GUI, you can do just about anything you need to work with your Docker containers. It’s powerful, flexible, and very user-friendly.

        With Portainer, you can manage nearly any aspect of your containers, from building and deploying single apps/services and even full-stack applications. Another area that Portainer really shines in is the creation and usage of volumes.

        What are Docker volumes? Simple. Imagine you deploy an application or service that stores data. If you deploy the container without a volume, the data will be stored within the container, and accessing that data from another container might be challenging. Even worse, should something happen to that container, the data it housed could get hosed.

      • H2S MediaHow to check internet speed using command in Ubuntu Linux - Linux Shout

        Let’s learn the steps to check the internet speed on your Ubuntu using the command terminal without using the browser.

        The bandwidth describes a frequency range in which electrical signal transmission is possible. The greater the difference between the lower and upper frequencies, the greater the bandwidth, and the more information can be transmitted simultaneously. On the Internet or with a DSL connection, a high bandwidth stands for fast surfing. Classic ADSL connections (for example, come to 16 Mbit/s, with VDSL and fiber optics 100 Mbit/s and more are easily achieved. For most applications on the Internet, however, the “slower” bandwidths of 16 Mbit/s are also sufficient.

        However, there are many web tools that we can easily use to check the internet speed. But what if you are using a Linux server with only a command-line interface. Then here is the solution.

    • Games

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Everfree's ARMFerno - My Unholy Battle With a Rock64

      I’ve got this rock64, which is an aarch64 board comparable to a Raspberry Pi 3 B+ with 4 gigs of ram. For years I’ve wanted to put a distribution on here that doesn’t have a premade image available, mainly because out of all the options on that page I don’t actually like any of them. Well, except NetBSD, but NetBSD doesn’t have GPU drivers for it. Problem is, everything I do want to use provides rootfs tarballs and tells you to figure it out. To do that I’ve got to get a Linux kernel, track down the device trees so it knows what hardware it has, and then wrangle u-boot into actually booting the whole thing. I figured that would be the hard part; little did I know the depths that Single Board Computer Hell would reach.

    • OS NewsMy unholy battle with a Rock64 – OSnews

      Unlike x86, ARM is far, far from a standardised platform. The end result of this is that unless you can find tailor-made images specific for your particular ARM board, you’re gonna have to do a lot of manual labour to install an operating system that should work.

    • New Releases

    • BSD

      • NetBSDAnnouncing Google Summer of Code 2022 projects

        The community bonding period has already started (from May 20) and it will last until June 12. During this time, the contributors are expected to coordinate with their mentors and community.

        This will be immediately followed by the coding period from June 13 to September 4. After which, the contributors are expected to submit their final work, evaluate their mentors, and get evaluated by their mentors as well. Results will be announced on September 20.

    • Fedora Family / IBM

    • Devices/Embedded

      • CNX SoftwareLinux hardware video encoding on Amlogic A311D2 processor - CNX Software

        I’ve spent a bit more time with Ubuntu 22.04 on Khadas VIM4 Amogic A311D2 SBC, and while the performance is generally good features like 3D graphics acceleration and hardware video decoding are missing. But I was pleased to see a Linux hardware video encoding section in the Wiki, as it’s not something we often see supported early on. So I’ve given it a try…

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • MQ-2 with Raspberry PI Pico: Gas Sensor Wiring and MicroPython Code

        Detecting air gas comes useful in applications like air quality monitoring, Gas leak alarm and maintaining environmental standards in hospitals. The MQ-2 with Raspberry PI Pico bring this capability to your DIY projects with cheap parts

        In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to connect the gas sensor MQ-2 with Raspberry PI Pico, coding it with MicroPython.

        WARNING: health and safety are serious topics. Lives and object security should never fully depend on DIY projects until you are a professional in these fields and you adopt all the needed precautions.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • GNU Projects

    • Programming/Development

      • Understanding ViewComponent concepts by building a button

        For the purposes of this post, a component is an encapsulation of a reusable piece of a view template responsible for its rendering. Components can technically be unique, but the core idea is to build common reusable parts and stay away from one-off components. Think buttons, alerts, or icons.

      • Perl / Raku

        • PerlMooseX::Extreme Needs a New Name

          It's based on years of experience being the lead designer of the Corinna project and trying to figure out how we can get a version of Moose which is safer and easier to use, including removing a lot of boilerplate.

    • Standards/Consortia

      • Unified Patents Launches IETF OPEN

        Unified Patents is pleased to announce OPEN’s IETF Standard Submission Portal. The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is largely responsible for how the internet operates and is vitally important to how various devices use the internet. Users can now search all the submissions related to IETF via full-text or by author and source. The submission portal includes over 86,000 documents that are full-text searchable.

  • Leftovers

    • HackadaySisyphean Ball Race Robot Toils Gracefully, Magnetically

      Aren’t ball races and marble runs fun? Wouldn’t they be so much more enjoyable if you didn’t have to climb back up the ladder each time, as it were, and reset the thing? [Johannes] wrote in to tell us about a wee robot with the Sisyphean task of setting a ball bearing on a simple but fun course, collecting it from the end, and airlifting it back to the start of the track.

    • HackadayOne Solution, Many Problems

      You might think you’re lucky when one of your problems has multiple solutions, and you get to pick and choose, but you’re even luckier when one solution has many problems! This week I stumbled on an old solution in a new place. The project was a fantastic old MIDI guitar build, the Tryndelka by [Aleksandr Goltsov]. And the old solution? Switch matrix diodes.

    • HackadayA Receive Antenna Switcher With An Espressif Brain

      It’s not uncommon for a radio enthusiast to have multiple antennas for the same radio, so as you might expect it’s also entirely usual to have a bunch of coaxial cables dangling down for fumbling around the back of the rig to swap over.€  If that describes your radio experience than you might be interested in the antenna switcher built by [g3gg0], which uses solid-state RF switches controlled by an ESP32 module.

    • HackadayHP-200LX Runs Website Like It’s The 90s

      The HP-200LX palmtop was a fascinating machine for its time, and [Terrence Vergauwen] proves that its time is not yet over, given that one is responsible for serving up the website for Palmtop Tube, a website and YouTube channel dedicated to vintage palmtops.

    • Science

      • HackadayVoyager 1 Talks Some Nonsense, But Is Still Working

        The Voyager 1 interplanetary probe was launched in 1977 and has now reached interstellar space where it is the furthest-traveled man-made object. It’s hugely exceeded its original mission and continues to return valuable scientific data, but there’s an apparent fault which is leaving its controllers perplexed. Onboard is an attitude control system which keeps the craft’s antennas pointing at Earth, and while it evidently still works (as we’re still in touch with the probe) and other systems are fine, it’s started returning incomprehensible data. Apparently it’s developed a habit of reporting random data, or states the antenna can’t possibly be in.

      • How Did the Bar Code Infiltrate the World?

        very product you purchase in a store has one. Every book you borrow from a library has one. Every airline ticket has one. Yet it is something you rarely think about: the bar code. The bar code is a simple printed or displayed code made up of a varying array of thick and thin black bars, but it is one of the most powerful little pieces of technology ever invented.

      • AAASA bioactive phlebovirus-like envelope protein in a hookworm endogenous virus
    • Hardware

      • HackadayThe Thin-Film Flexible 6502

        While our attention is mostly directed towards ever smaller-integrated silicon circuits providing faster and faster computing, there’s another area of integrated electronics that operates at a much lower speed which we should be following. Thin-film flexible circuitry will provide novel ways to place electronics where a bulky or expensive circuit board with traditional components might be too expensive or inappropriate, and Wikichip is here to remind us of a Leuven university team who’ve created what is claimed to be the fastest thin-film flexible microprocessor yet. Some of you might find it familiar, it’s our old friend the 6502.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • OracDr. Richard Amerling of AAPS goes full Godwin on COVID-19

        Every so often, I come across a quack unfamiliar to me, one whom I’ve never heard of before. So it was yesterday when my email inbox was contaminated with a missive promoting an article by Dr. Richard Amerling. Why did I get such a missive? Simple. I’m on a lot of email lists, which I monitor as one strategy to keep my finger on the pulse of quackery, pseudoscience, the antivaccine movement, and conspiracy theories. One such mailing list that I monitor is that of the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), of which Dr. Amerling is apparently a member, and it sent me a reference to an article by him, which he also had Tweeted out:

    • Proprietary

    • Security

      • HackadayTurtleAuth DIY Security Token Gets (Re)designed For Durable, Everyday Use

        [Samuel]’s first foray into making DIY hardware authentication tokens was a great success, but he soon realized that a device intended for everyday carry and use has a few different problems to solve, compared to a PCB that lives and works on a workbench. This led to TurtleAuth 2.1, redesigned for everyday use and lucky for us all, he goes into detail on all the challenges and solutions he faced.

      • Medium(Free) Ethical Hacking courses in 2022

        Ethical hacking is also known as white hat hacking or penetration testing. Its a process followed by a hacker to exploit a vulnerability inside a system and that system could be computers such as Windows, Linux, macOS, or maybe websites.

        Unlike malicious hackers, who are typically motivated by financial gain, ethical hackers aim to help companies (and society as a whole) keep their data safe…

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The Buffalo Massacre, Banning Books, and Systemic Racism

        Ten people were slaughtered in Buffalo last Saturday, killed at a supermarket in the heart of the Black community. The gunman: an 18-year-old self-professed white supremacist armed with a legally-purchased Bushmaster AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle. His goal, based on a rambling, poisonous 180-page document he posted online, was to "kill as many Blacks as possible." Of the 13 victims (including three who were injured), eleven were African American. The killer live-streamed the massacre on the social media video website Twitch. While the Amazon-owned site pulled down the gruesome video within minutes, it was immediately posted then accessed by millions on other internet platforms.

      • ScheerpostPeace Advocates Sound Warnings as Progressive Lawmakers Go All-In for $40 Billion Ukraine War Packages

        The U.S. Senate on€ Thursday overwhelmingly voted to approve $40 billion in emergency military and humanitarian aid for Ukraine amid both Russia's ongoing invasion and warnings from peace advocates that prolonging the war makes the world a more dangerous, not safer, place.

      • GannettWhat's the best way to donate to Ukraine? Give with your heart, but use your head, experts say

        Dozens of charity organizations are trying to help more than 6 million refugees who have left war-torn Ukraine since Russia invaded – and 6.5 million who are believed to be displaced inside Ukraine.

        While the United States and NATO members give military assistance and other funding, charities from Ukraine, the USA and international sources provide humanitarian aid, from medicine to meals to mental health counseling.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • ScheerpostThe Future of Press Freedom Depends on Assange Case

        The world awaits the€ decision of U.K. Home Secretary Priti Patel€ in the case of Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks publisher who has been a political prisoner in London since his arrest at the Ecuadorian Embassy in 2019. Last month, a British court sent the case to Patel, who is now charged with deciding whether to hand Assange to the United States – a decision that entails a judgment about whether the U.S. will kill him. Dozens of international human rights and press freedom groups – including Amnesty International, the ACLU, Human Rights Watch, and Reporters Without Borders – have opposed extradition as a "grave threat to press freedom both in the United States and abroad."

      • Scheerpost‘We Were Expecting This,’ Says Family After Israel Says No Criminal Probe Into Killing of Shireen Abu Akleh

        Israel will not pursue€ a criminal investigation into the killing of Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, whose death earlier this month sparked global outrage.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Overturning Roe Will Harm Women Across the World

        A leaked draft of a United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) opinion that would overturn Roe v Wade, a landmark 1973 decision that gave women the constitutional right to abortion, recently put abortion rights once again on the global agenda.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • A Forward-Looking Statement: Impending Hiatus

        Lagrange has been progressing quite briskly since last fall, with versions 1.7–1.13 released between September 2021 and May 2022. I am always hesitant to make predictions about what exactly will happen with a given project in the future, but when it comes to the second half of 2022, there is certainly going to be a change of pace.


        I have no intention of stepping away from Gemini or Lagrange, and will continue reading daily and maybe even writing occasionally. Lagrange patch releases continue to be possible as the process is mostly handled via scripts, but larger-scale feature work will have to be postponed for a few months.

    • Monopolies

      • Patents

        • FOSS Patents: IP Bridge wins 4G patent injunction against Ford's German subsidiary: Munich I Regional Court announced bench ruling at end of yesterday's trial

          In the second half of 2020, Daimler was slapped with four German standard-essential patent (SEP) injunctions with only 11 weeks between the first and the fourth. Three of them came down in Munich, and one in Mannheim. Quinn Emanuel--a firm that boasts a sky-high ratio of trial wins on its website--unsuccessfully represented Daimler in each of those cases.

          Yesterday (Thursday, May 19), the Landgericht München I (Munich I Regional Court) entered the latest SEP injunction against a maker of connected cars. A few hours after the OPPO v. Nokia 5G trial I've already reported on, the same division of the court--the Seventh Civil Chamber under Presiding Judge Dr. Matthias Zigann (and again with Judge Dr. Hubertus Schacht as the rapporteur and Judge Kuttenkeuler as the second side judge)--resumed the proceedings in case no. 7 O 9572/21, Godo Kaisha IP Bridge 1 v. Ford-Werke GmbH. Japan's national patent licensing firm IP Bridge won a Germany-wide permanent (though appealable) injunction against the German subsidiary of Ford Motor Company over a patent found essential to the 4G (LTE) standard, EP2294737 on "control channel signalling for triggering the independent transmission of a channel quality indicator." The patent-in-suit was originally obtained by Japanese electronics maker Panasonic, which declared it essential to 4G. The same patent has previously been asserted against smartphone makers OPPO and HTC, and various other defendants.

          As I'll mention again further below, the decision has ramifications beyond these two parties: the fact that Ford didn't make the Avanci patent pool a counteroffer was fatal to Ford's FRAND defense.

          I saw the IP Bridge v. Ford case on a list of hearings and trials right outside Judge Zigann's courtroom (501, for those who've been to the Munich court and/or like the iconic Levi's jeans). I later asked the court what happened, and received a highly informative answer today.

        • Unified Succeeds in RPI Decisions

          For the past decade, across more than 300 proceedings, Unified Patents has won every real party-in-interest (RPI) challenge—whether at institution, on final written decision, or before the Federal Circuit.

      • Software Patents

        • Prior art found on Consumeron patent

          Unified is pleased to announce prior art has been found on U.S. Patent 10,115,067, owned by Consumeron, LLC, an NPE. The '067 patent relates to a method for remote acquisition and delivery of goods involving a server in communication with a customer’s computer through a user interface via the Internet. The patent had been asserted against MapleBear Inc. d/b/a Instacart.

        • K. Mizra patent likely invalid

          On May 18, 2022, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) instituted trial on all challenged claims in an IPR filed by Unified against U.S. Patent 7,394,423, owned and asserted by K. Mizra LLC. The ‘423 patent generally relates to a device for initiating and handling an emergency IP request using an IP enabled device having GPS capability and had been asserted against General Motors.

        • Jeffrey M. Gross entity Compression Vectors reexamination granted

          On May 17, 2022, just one month after Unified filed an ex parte reexamination, the USPTO granted Unified’s request, finding substantial new questions of patentability on the challenged claims of U.S. Patent 6,731,813. The patent is owned and asserted by Compression Vectors LLC, an NPE and entity of Jeffrey M. Gross. The '813 patent relates to adjusting frame intervals during compression of a video signal and was previously asserted against Axis Communications AB, Cisco, Hanwha Corp., and Intel. This filing is part of Unified's ongoing efforts in its SEP Video Codec Zone.

        • DigiMedia Tech patent held invalid

          On May 16, 2022, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued a final written decision in Unified Patents, LLC v. DigiMedia Tech, LLC holding all of the challenged claims of U.S. Patent 7,715,476 unpatentable. Formally owned by Intellectual Ventures but now owned by DigiMedia Tech LLC, an NPE and an IP Investments Group entity, the ‘476 patent is generally related to displaying video images generated by a camera on a display, and more particularly to tracking a head portion of a person image in camera-generated video images. The ‘476 patent has been asserted against Olympus Corp., Fujifilm Holdings, Sakar International, Nikon, JK Imaging, Elite Brands, Panasonic, and Lenovo.

        • InterDigital AV1/VP9 patent opposed in Japan

          On May 16, 2022, Unified Patents filed a Japanese opposition against JP6968024, currently assigned to InterDigital VC Holdings. The ‘024 patent is related to patents that have been designated as essential to SISVEL’s VP9 and AV1 pools.

      • Trademarks

        • TechdirtStone Brewing, Sycamore Brewing Reach Settlement

          You will recall that we have been discussing a trademark suit between Sycamore Brewing and Stone Brewing recently. As you can see in images in the post we did about the lawsuit, and then the follow up post on the battle over an injunction requiring Stone Brewing to sticker over the offending branding, it’s pretty clear that this constituted trademark infringement. Part of what made this story noteworthy is that Stone Brewing has, for years, represented itself as a craft brewer ready to take on the big breweries on matters of intellectual property, as though it were some paragon of the industry. Instead, Stone Brewery appears to have turned to both trademark trolling and trademark infringer of smaller breweries.

      • Copyrights

        • Torrent FreakRecords Labels and ISP Seek Summary Judgments in Piracy Lawsuit

          Internet provider Bright House has asked a court for a summary judgment confirming that it's not liable for the alleged piracy activities of its subscribers. Several major music companies, meanwhile, request the exact opposite. The motions aim to simplify the case before it goes to trial and are crucial to its eventual outcome.

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