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  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Applications

      • Download Inkscape 1.2.2 | Inkscape

        Inkscape 1.2.2 is now available for download on Linux, Windows, and macOS.

        This is a maintenance and bug fix release that includes 4 crash fixes, over 25 application bug fixes, 5 extension bug fixes and 13 improved user interface translations.

      • DebugPointTop 5 Live Streaming Applications for Ubuntu and Other Linux [2022 Edition]

        This post lists the top five live streaming applications for Ubuntu Linux with features, highlights, download details, and comparison.

        It is the best time to incorporate online video content for your business. Why? Because research suggests that the global online video market is growing at a rate of ~20% per year.

        And thanks to some excellent software from developers, it has become easy for anyone to create video content and stream them over several popular platforms such as YouTube and Twitch. If you think about it, you see you are consuming more video content today while online than text-based content.

        So, in this post, we will list out some of the free software for Ubuntu and other Linux primarily that are easy to use for creating super interesting live streaming content for you and your businesses.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • UNIX CopHow to install Guest Additions on Rocky Linux 9/Alma Linux 9 /Red hat 9 ?

        We recently explained how to install VirtualBox 7 on Rocky Linux 9 / Alma Linux 9 / Red Hat 9. Now you will learn how to install Guest Additions on these systems. You’ll see that it’s simple.

      • ID RootHow To Install ClamAV on Fedora 37 - idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install ClamAV on Fedora 37. For those of you who didn’t know, Clam is an open-source antivirus engine that is used for trojans, viruses, malware and other malicious threats. ClamAV offers a Command-line scanner, a Milter interface for Sendmail, an Advanced database updater, and built-in support for archive formats, ELF executables + Portable Executable files, and popular document formats. It was developed for Unix and has third-party versions available for AIX, BSD, HP-UX, Linux, macOS, OSF, and Solaris.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of ClamAV on a Fedora 37.

      • Make Use OfHow to Enable Fingerprint Login on a Laptop Running Ubuntu

        Fingerprint authentication is more secure than traditional password-based authentication. Here's how to set up a fingerprint login on Ubuntu.

        Biometric authentication methods such as facial or fingerprint recognition, are an effective way to keep your device secure and protect it from unauthorized access.

        If you've purchased a laptop recently, there's a good chance it has a fingerprint scanner, which you can use to enable fingerprint login. Unlike Windows, though, using the fingerprint scanner for login on Linux isn't as straightforward, albeit it's gotten a bit easier over the years.

        Here's how you can enable fingerprint login on a laptop running Ubuntu to secure it and protect your data onboard.

      • ZDNetWhat are AppImages and how do you use them on Linux? | ZDNET

        Linux has several viable routes to installing applications. There's every distribution's built-in package manager, such as apt, dnf, zypper, and pacman. There are also Snap and Flatpak packages and even installing from source.

        Another method is called the AppImage, which is a unique format for distributing Linux applications in such a way that they don't require installation and can be run without admin privileges. In other words, you download the AppImage for an application and run it. That's it.

      • ZDNetHow to use the Pop!_OS Tiling feature (and why you should) | ZDNET

        Unless you've been around the desktop block a few times, you might not be aware that some desktop interfaces are far more efficient than others. And it's not only about usability, it's also about making everything work as seamlessly as possible and helping create an environment for the user that is efficient and simple.

        Linux has that in spades. You'll find a plethora of different desktops available, some of which will be immediately familiar and simple to use, and others that offer more features and complications.

      • nixCraftHow to convert video to GIF in Linux using ffmpeg CLI

        n this quick Linux tip, I will explain how to convert a VIDEO file such as .mp4 into a gif file using the ffmpeg -i input.mp4 output.gif command syntax under Linux and Unix-like operating systems such as macOS.

      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install the Brave Beta browser on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install the Brave Beta browser on a Chromebook.

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

      • Major HaydenConfigure multimedia keys on a Ducky One keyboard

        My Ducky One 2 keyboard arrived around two years ago and I love it. I type more accurately and that clackety sound gives me that old computer feeling. (I went with Cherry MX Blue switches.)

        Although it proviees some basic controls for media, such as muting and adjusting volume, there are no buttons for pausing music or switching to different tracks. That function exists, but it takes some configuration to work.

      • Linux LinksLenovo ThinkPad T470 Ultrabook running Linux - Part 3 - Installing Manjaro - LinuxLinks

        This is a blog looking at a refurbished Lenovo ThinkPad T470 Ultrabook running Linux. Refurbished PCs offer a great solution to your computing requirements.

        Our refurbished ThinkPad T470 came with Windows installed.

        The first action we took was to wipe Windows and install a Linux distribution. Let’s take you through the process.

      • Network WorldConverting numbers on Linux among decimal, hexadecimal, octal, and binary | Network World

        You might not be challenged very often to convert numbers from one numbering system to another but, when you are, you can do it with either of two fairly easy commands on the Linux command line.

        Converting in your head can be taxing, especially for longer numbers. While the decimal numbering system allows any digit in a number to have any of ten values (0-9), digits in hexadecimal numbers can have 16 (0-F), digits in octal numbers only eight (0-7) and digits in binary numbers only two (0-1).

        And, whether you like it or not, from time to time you are likely to run into numbers displayed in hex or octal, and knowing how to convert them from one number base to another can come in handy.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • It's FOSS'Don't be Afraid to Contribute': Mirko Brombin Talks about Vanilla OS and Other Future Projects

      There are many interesting personalities in the Linux and open-source world.

      We aim to interact with them and share their stories/thoughts with you. While we did a few interviews in 2021, we are resuming the mission to share insightful conversations with amazing folks in our open-source and Linux universe.


      Vanilla OS was born mainly out of a need of mine and a desire to experiment. I have been a Linux user for many years and have tried many distributions. They always suffered from the lack of certain features and concepts that led me to compulsively distro-hop. In recent years I have been a happy user of Silverblue, a distribution that made me explore the benefits of immutable systems. Silverblue is a fantastic project. It's one of the most solid distributions I have tried. However, it does not fully meet my needs. Maintaining Bottles often requires me to play games for testing purposes, and having an NVIDIA GPU, I have had quite a few problems with Silverblue, from driver installation to constant driver breakage and a distinctly noticeable drop in performance.

      Let's be clear, NVIDIA is a problem in every distribution but there is much that can be done to improve the quality of life for users using these GPUs, such as guiding driver installation, pre-configuring the setup for Optimus (Integrated+Dedicated) laptops, and allowing PRIME profile switching in an easy way. To date, only Ubuntu and derivatives have been pre-configured for this workflow.

    • BSD

    • SUSE/OpenSUSE

      • D-Installer needs your help | YaST

        Now that the headline got your attention, let’s start with the good news - D-Installer development is progressing just fine. What’s the matter then? To answer that question is important to make a difference between D-Installer itself and the live ISO image we provide for everyone to test it. So let’s break this post into sections.

    • Debian Family

      • Sparky GNU/LinuxSparky 2022.12 – SparkyLinux

        A December update of Sparky rolling iso images is out, it features Linux kernel 6.0.10 of the 6.0 line, and other updated packages from Debian and Sparky testing repos as of December 5, 2022.

        The most important change is about the Calamares and Sparky CLI Installer – fixed an issue of installation on btrfs file system. Also fixed detecting efi module in CLI Installer. Installed GParted back to live iso as requested.

      • 9to5LinuxArmbian 22.11 Adds RISC-V 64, Banana Pi M5, ODROID-M1, and Rock Pi 4C+ Support

        The Armbian 22.11 release is here more than three months after Armbian 22.08 and introduces support for the Banana Pi M5, ODROID-M1, and Rock Pi 4C+ single-board computers, RISC-V 64 UEFI build support, as well as improved support for the ROCK Pi S Rockchip RK3308-based single-board computer.

        This release also adds ultra minimal images that have been optimized for software deployment, improves stability by freezing kernel upgrades by default, implements Plymouth boot splash support for Linux kernel 5.19 or later, and adds support for the gpiod library to ARMhf and AArch64 server and desktop images for accessing GPIO pins/lines.

      • CNX SoftwareArmbian 22.11 released with 64-bit RISC-V UEFI, ultra minimal images support - CNX Software

        Armbian 22.11 has just been released with three new SBCs, support for 64-bit RISC-V UEFI, a new ultra-minimal image optimized for software development, and various improvements.

        Armbian was born as a framework to build better OS images, usually Debian or Ubuntu, for Arm-based single board computers from Orange Pi, Hardkernel (ODROID), FriendlyElec, Banana Pi, and others, but now with the release of Armbian 22.11, support for the RISC-V architecture has started since the system can now generate 64-bit RISC-V UEFI images.

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • CNX Software$200 Swarm M138 kit enables two-way satellite connectivity for IoT projects - CNX Software

        Sparkfun has launched a Satellite Transceiver Kit based on the Swarm M138 satellite and GNSS modem that allows low-bitrate two-way connectivity for IoT projects anywhere on earth.

        Remote IoT applications have benefited from LPWAN standards such as LoRaWAN and NB-IoT, but in some extreme cases coverage may still be challenging, so satellite communication may be the only practical option. It used to be really expensive, but Swarm makes this more affordable, and companies like SigFox and Semtech also have (or had?) plans to use low-earth orbit satellites for their respective LPWAN technologies.

      • LiliputingLilbits: Comparing single-board computers, Thunderbird for Android, and Nothing’s next phone could come to the US - Liliputing

        This year marks the 10th anniversary of the first Raspberry Pi computer hitting the streets. And while the folks at Raspberry Pi certainly weren’t the first to release a compact, low-power, single-board computer, they were among the first to offer such a device at a low cost, while encouraging adoption by educators, students, and hardware and software hackers.

        Over the past decade we’ve seen hundreds of additional products flood this space. Keeping them all straight can be a lot of work… but the folks at HackerBoards (previously Boards-DB), have produced a pretty great resource for finding and comparing specs for many known single-board computers. The site’s been around for a while, but it recently relaunched with additional features and more detailed specs.

      • ArduinoDIY digital spool scale tells you how much filament is left | Arduino Blog

        We’ve all been there: you’re about to start a new print job and the filament on the spool is looking pretty sparse. You start the print hoping that there is enough filament for the job, but it runs out 90% of the way through and your part is ruined. A filament runout sensor will help you address this problem when it occurs, but this DIY digital spool scale will prevent the problem altogether.

        Every popular slicer on the market will provide a fairly accurate estimate of the amount of filament (in mass and length) that a job will require. To determine if you have enough filament, you just need to know the length of the filament left on the spool or its weight. Figuring out the length is almost impossible unless you track the feed over time, but it is easy to weigh the filament. As long as you can subtract the weight of the spool (set the tare), you can determine if you have enough filament. This device both weighs the current spool and subtracts the tare.

      • PurismSpotlight on PureBoot Restricted Boot [Ed: They call it restricted and still do that anyway]

        Most Big Tech efforts to secure the boot process give the vendor control over what software you are allowed to boot on your laptop, with keys they control.

        With PureBoot Restricted Boot, you can lock down your boot firmware to only boot trusted, signed executables both on a local disk and USB, so you control the keys. Let’s see how you tighten down your boot security with Restricted PureBoot in this video.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • TecMintShell In A Box – A Web-Based SSH Terminal to Access Linux via Browser [Ed: Updated and recycled, presented like it is then "new"]

      Shell In A Box (pronounced as shellinabox) is a web-based terminal emulator created by Markus Gutschke. It has a built-in web server that runs as a web-based SSH client on a specified port and prompts you to a web terminal emulator to access and control your Linux Server SSH Shell remotely using any AJAX/JavaScript and CSS-enabled browsers without the need for any additional browser plugins such as FireSSH.

    • MedevelSystem Designer: Free Low-code System Modeler and UML Designer

      System Designer is a free open source app that helps you to design systems and system components and generate the right classes for your workflow requirement.

    • MedevelCarbon Is an Awesome Data Reporting tool

      Carbon is a free open source report generator that allows you to generate reports from many file formats as well as office suites like Microsoft Word, Google Docs, and LibreOffice.

      If supports many formats that include PDF, DOCS, XLSX, ODT, PPTX, ODS, XML, CSV and JSON files.

      Carbon can be used on desktop, installed on the cloud, as well as on-premise. The cloud version is GDPR-compliant.

    • GNU Projects

      • Denver Gingerich Appointed SFC's first Director of Compliance - Software Freedom Conservancy

        Today Software Freedom Conservancy announces that as part of its ongoing efforts to achieve widespread GPL compliance across the tech industry, SFC promotes Denver Gingerich to Director of Compliance.

        SFC is the only organization actively defending Linux's license (the GPL version 2) among the various other projects for which SFC enforces. While enforcing the GPL (and other FOSS licenses) is never SFC's preferred approach, the number of egregious violations of the GPL (including examples such as Vizio) requires SFC to take action given its charitable mission of sustaining FOSS projects, which cannot exist without a fair reciprocal relationship in the organizations and for-profit companies that use them.

    • Programming/Development

      • Perl / Raku

      • Python

        • An update on the SPDX python-tools -

          Discussions regarding the development and direction of the SPDX Python tools often happen in the weekly meetings or smaller rounds and are not always visible to interested parties. This blog post intends to fill this gap, providing a condensed version of what was done and what is to come. It also should make visible what we (TNG) are accomplishing in the context of an OpenSSF-sponsored project. It is intended to be the first in a series of such posts.


          Over the past two months, 48 PRs were closed, out of which 21 had been open for up to several years. In some cases, the original contributors finished their contributions after a review; in others, we took over and finished the work they started. Some of these PRs were small, and others were large and conflicting – and it’s a relief for everyone that it’s no longer necessary to scan 10+ PRs for possible conflicts or overlaps before making a small change.

          On the side of open issues, the number was reduced from 51 to… 52. To put these numbers into much-needed perspective, though, 25 “old” issues (created before September) and 19 “new” issues were closed. Many new issues were discovered while working on the tools and will be tackled in time, along with the remaining older issues. They are not considered a priority now and will be easier to resolve after some much-needed refactoring (more on that later).

      • Rust

        • Rust BlogLaunching the 2022 State of Rust Survey | Rust Blog

          It's that time again! Time for us to take a look at who the Rust community is composed of, how the Rust project is doing, and how we can improve the Rust programming experience. The Rust Survey working group is pleased to announce our 2022 State of Rust Survey! Whether or not you use Rust today, we want to know your opinions. Your responses will help the project understand its strengths and weaknesses, and establish development priorities for the future.

  • Leftovers

    • Security

      • USCERTCISA Adds One Known Exploited Vulnerability to Catalog [Ed: This is only about Chrome being an insecure piece of garbage]

        CISA has added one new vulnerability to its Known Exploited Vulnerabilities Catalog, based on evidence of active exploitation. This type of vulnerability is a frequent attack vector for malicious cyber actors and pose significant risk to the federal enterprise. Note: To view the newly added vulnerabilities in the catalog, click on the arrow in the "Date Added to Catalog" column, which will sort by descending dates.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Cryptome

        The founder of Cryptome has asked to be a co-defendant in the case against Julian Assange, for publishing the same documents as Wikileaks. Godspeed! Cryptome and a number of other sites have now been added to the media guide with annotated links to independent media sites.

      • “Until I'm rescued from this Chinese fortune cookie factory, I might as well make the best of it!”

        I appear to have this knack for getting odd Chinese fortune cookie fortunes. I've yet to get the “Help! I'm trapped in a Chinese fortune cookie factory!” but this is darned close...

      • Colour Printing

        As a teenager I got the opportunity to work on copper plates and I made my first prints during a few summer weeks. Today I wouldn't consider them particularly good, not even in comparison to my drawings and paintings from the same period. Somewhat later, in 1992, I did another drypoint but still the technique didn't appeal to me so I left it aside. About seven years ago I took up printmaking in earnest, starting with linoleum and later returning to intaglio. My previous experience probably should have proven useful, except that I didn't really remember very much of it. The smell of the ink, certainly, but not the craft.

      • Quick Thoughts on the Lord of the Rings Books

        I recently finished reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy for the first time. I've mentioned before that I love the movies and enjoyed the new tv series, so I went into the book knowing the major plot points. Now that I've finished the books, I figured I'd share some of my thoughts. There's going to be plenty of spoilers, but I don't really care with a story this old and popular.

    • Technical

      • The First Radio I Ever Built

        When I was a kid, I came across an old book about crystal set radios. These were simple pre-vacuum-tube AM receivers using a pyrite or galena crystal and a handful of hand-made parts. I decided to build one.

        Mind you, I was a little kid, maybe four or five years old, but the instructions seemed clear to me. There was a big coil, which I made from a paper tube and some string. A pebble made a fine crystal. There was something that looked like a piece of wrapped candy, which I later learned was a capacitor. Candy it was. By the end of the day, my work was complete, and I attached a headphone made from a sponge with a piece of twine.

      • Perpetual November

        It was 1979 when Tom Truscott and Jim Ellis came up with the idea of a distributed network allowing users on different servers to post group messages to one another. Up to this point bulletin board systems were lone islands where you could communicate with just the group who dialed in. ISPs didn't really exist yet as there wasn't much to the internet. With Truscott and Ellis' contribution, servers were able to pass along group messages, and the islands were now connected. University students, hobbyists and those working in the technology were still the majority of those on the new Usenet service, but it soon became a rather popular.

        Through the 80's and into the 90's more and more services popped up. During all this time the community on Usenet grew, created customs, coined terms and generally went on as communities do. While people would slowly trickle in, the only times there would be a large influx of new users was in the fall when freshmen college students started logging on for the first time. After a few months things would settle down. New users would get used to the slang, the etiquette and how it all worked. It wouldn't be until the next fall semester when a new batch would show up and make some noise.

      • Programming

        • Weathering Heights

          This however does not fit within 80x24 terminals, and having to temporarily resize a terminal to make that one application work seems dubious. Maybe there's a flag to make the display less full of empty space and lines?

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

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