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Links 07/07/2023: GCC 10.5 Released

  • GNU/Linux

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • SUSE/OpenSUSE

      • openSUSE Leap: A Compelling Alternative to CentOS
        SUSE was working to release SLES 15 SP3, which is 100% binary compatible with openSUSE Leap 15.3. While Red Hat has been working to lock down sources and disparage those who build RHEL clones, SUSE has actively encouraged and sponsored openSUSE as a clone of SLES.

        Let’s clarify the difference between openSUSE’s stable and testing ground distros. openSUSE Leap is a stable, enterprise-compatible distro, while openSUSE Tumbleweed serves as the testing ground for SLES and openSUSE Leap. I bring this up because I have repeatedly seen misinformation in community conversations about the state of enterprise Linux. Leap is not a testing ground.

        The number of openSUSE users has been on the rise. Lets look into some of the reasons why your next install should be a SUSE distro.

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • FOSS PostFedora Wants to Add Telemetry To its Linux Distribution [Ed: Is IBM trying to intentionally piss off Fedora developers (volunteers have long left) and Fedora users, then claim a lack of "demand"?]

        A proposal by a Red Hat engineer is causing controversy in the Fedora community, which is related to the addition of opt-out telemetry to the Fedora desktop workstation edition.

      • Fedora ProjectFedora Community Blog: CPE Weekly Update – Week 27 2023

        Purpose of this team is to take care of day to day business regarding CentOS and Fedora Infrastructure and Fedora release engineering work.
        It’s responsible for services running in Fedora and CentOS infrastructure and preparing things for the new Fedora release (mirrors, mass branching, new namespaces etc.).
        The ARC (which is a subset of the team) investigates possible initiatives that CPE might take on.

      • Red HatEnable user-managed networking with ZTP

        This article demonstrates how to configure user-managed networking via SiteConfig€ using the zero-touch provisioning (ZTP) deployment model. ZTP automates the steps required to configure new network devices and perform upgrades using a network switch feature.

      • Red HatHow to use Debezium SMT with Groovy to filter routing events

        After configuring my Kafka Connect Image with Debezium, demonstrated in Hugo Guerrero's article€ Improve your Kafka Connect builds of Debezium,€ I needed to configure a type of filter to only bring certain events from the database table to my topics. I was able to do this using Debezium SMT with Groovy.

      • Red Hat OfficialRunning containers faster than ever

        Fascinating changes are happening in the automotive industry. Car manufacturers are moving away from discrete Electronic Control Units (ECUs) in favor of consolidating computing resources into bigger, high-performance computers. The move to a more dynamic system that enables software-defined vehicles (SDVs) is bringing two formerly separate worlds together: automotive and the datacenter-centric IT industry.

      • Red HatHow to use Kafka Cruise Control for cluster optimization

        AMQ streams has recently promoted Cruise Control to the General Availability stage. It optimizes how Apache Kafka distributes the workload to improve performance and health. Often the Kafka clusters are deployed and grow over time, hosting multiple topics. Thanks to its robustness and elasticity reputation, the operations department tends to give it little care, monitoring the key health indicators. But they don’t know how to tune it to face the new workload.

        Cruise Control can become a fundamental ally in managing your Kafka clusters and getting the most out of your hardware resources. Plus, with the AMQ streams operator, it’s just a matter of turning a key. This article explains the key principles and how to make practical use of this new exciting capability.

    • Debian Family

      • Thorsten AlteholzThorsten Alteholz: My Debian Activities in June 2023
        FTP master

        This month I accepted 221 and rejected 33 packages. The overall number of packages that got accepted was 221.

        Yeah, Bookworm was released this month. Thanks a lot to everybody who was involved in doing this.

        This was my hundred-eighth month that I did some work for the Debian LTS initiative, started by Raphael Hertzog at Freexian.€ 

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • UbuntuML Observability: what, why, how

        AI/ML is moving beyond the experimentation phase. This involves a shift in the way of operating because productising AI involves many sophisticated processes. Machine learning operations (MLOps) is a new practice that ensures ML workflow automation in a scalable and efficient manner. But how do you make MLOps observable? How can you better understand how your product-grade AI initiative and its infrastructure are performing?€ 

      • UbuntuComparing Ubuntu vs macOS for enterprise developers

        In the constantly evolving world of software development and IT management, choosing the right operating system for your enterprise developers is a strategic choice. Ubuntu vs macOS, which is right for you? Our latest whitepaper helps you answer this question and make an informed decision. This blog post provides a sneak peek into our findings covering both the developer landscape, and the key considerations for IT administrators.

        Considering macOS or Linux for your organisation? Find out Ubuntu stacks up.

      • Linux MagazineUbuntu Will Show APT News in the Software Updater App

        Ubuntu has been displaying APT News in the terminal window for a while now and is planning on adding it to the Software Updater GUI.

      • Unicorn MediaSnap-Based Immutable Ubuntu Coming as Flathub Downloads Pass the Billion Mark

        As Canonical readies a new Snap-driven version of Ubuntu desktop, Flatpak downloads keep growing and growing and growing...

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Events

      • Software Freedom ConservancyOne week till FOSSY in Portland, Oregon

        A news item from Software Freedom Conservancy.

        Are you registered?

        One week from today (July 13-16), we will be gathered at the Oregon Convention Center for the first ever Free and Open Source Software Yearly (FOSSY) conference, which will be an engaging, educational, inspiring four days of presentations and conversations. Whether you are a long time contributing member of a free software project, a recent graduate of a coding bootcamp or university, or just have an interest in the possibilies that free and open source software bring, FOSSY will have something for you.

    • Web Browsers/Web Servers

      • Mozilla

        • MozillaResponsibly empowering developers with AI on MDN

          Generative AI technologies powered by Large Language Models (LLMs), such as OpenAI’s ChatGPT, have shown themselves to be both a big boon to productivity as well as a concerningly confident purveyor of incorrect information. At Mozilla, we’re excited about the potential role generative AI can play in creating new value for people while demonstrating leadership in responsible and ethical implementation approaches.

    • Programming/Development

      • Firefox Developer Experience: Firefox WebDriver Newsletter — 115

        WebDriver is a remote control interface that enables introspection and control of user agents. As such it can help developers to verify that their websites are working and performing well with all major browsers. The protocol is standardized by the W3C and consists of two separate specifications: WebDriver classic (HTTP) and the new WebDriver BiDi (Bi-Directional).

      • Dirk EddelbuettelDirk Eddelbuettel: Rcpp 1.0.11 on CRAN: Updates and Maintenance

        The Rcpp Core Team is delighted to announce that the newest release 1.0.11 of the Rcpp package arrived on CRAN and in Debian earlier today. Windows and macOS builds should appear at CRAN in the next few days, as will builds in different Linux distribution–and of course at r2u. The release was finalized three days ago, but given the widespread use and extended reverse dependencies at CRAN it usually takes a few days to be processed. This release continues with the six-months January-July cycle started with release 1.0.5 in July 2020. As a reminder, we do of course make interim snapshot ‘dev’ or ‘rc’ releases available via the Rcpp drat repo and strongly encourage their use and testing—I run my systems with these versions which tend to work just as well, and are also fully tested against all reverse-dependencies.

      • Remi ColletRemi Collet: PHP version 8.1.21 and 8.2.8

        RPMs of PHP version 8.2.8 are available in remi-modular repository for€ Fedora ≥ 36 and Enterprise Linux ≥ 8 (RHEL, Alma, CentOS, Rocky...) and in remi-php82 repository for EL 7.

        RPMs of PHP version 8.1.21 are available in remi-modular repository for€ Fedora ≥ 36 and Enterprise Linux ≥ 8 (RHEL, Alma, CentOS, Rocky...) and in remi-php81 repository for EL 7.

        No security fix this month, so no update for version 8.0.29.

      • RlangUsing webR in an Express JS REST API

        webR? wat again?

        As described in the doc:

        WebR is a version of the statistical language R compiled for the browser and Node.js using WebAssembly, via Emscripten.

      • GCCGCC 10.5 Released

        The GNU project and the GCC developers are pleased to announce the release of GCC 10.5.

        This release is a bug-fix release, containing fixes for regressions in GCC 10.4 relative to previous releases of GCC.

      • Rust

        • Rust BlogThe Rust Programming Language Blog: Announcing regex 1.9

          The regex sub-team is announcing the release of regex 1.9. The regex crate is maintained by the Rust project and is the recommended way to use regular expressions in Rust. Its defining characteristic is its guarantee of worst case linear time searches with respect to the size of the string being searched.

  • Leftovers

    • Hardware

      • CNX SoftwareNuvoton MUG51 8-bit 8051 microcontroller is made for battery-free devices

        8-bit microcontrollers are here to stay despite the rise of 32-bit microcontrollers. Renesas introduced the RL78/G15 entry-level 8-bit microcontroller in a tiny 3x3mm package at the beginning of the year, and now Nuvoton has just unveiled the MUG51 8-bit 8051 microcontroller with a long-term production commitment. The MUG51 is specially designed for battery-free devices such as passive stylus pens and RFID cards. The 8-bit microcontroller embeds 1 KB SRAM, 16KB flash plus 4KB flash for user program loader, various peripherals with up to 24x GPIOs with interrupt, I2C, SPI, UART, DMA, and so on, as well as various timers.

      • TediumCrack One Open

        How the modern-day aluminum beverage can was made safer and more eco-friendly by one man’s invention—a riveted tab that opened the can, but stayed attached.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

    • Proprietary/Artificial Intelligence (AI)

    • Security

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • IT WireTop EU court invalidates Facebook basis for targeted advertising

          A ruling by the European Union's top court in a case brought by the German Federal Cartel Office may result in Facebook being unable to carry out targeted advertising in the political bloc.

          The immediate impact of Tuesday's judgment is that Meta, Facebook's parent company, will be unable to use a mix of user data from WhatsApp and Instagram along with data collected from tracking people who visit third-party sites plus data from Facebook to serve personalised advertising.

        • IT WireFor the moment, it's all Threads with Twitter now a pariah

          Meta's new social media app Threads has signed up more than 30 million users in its first 24 hours, proving that yesterday's tech villain can become today's hero.

        • IT WireScientists oppose EU child sexual abuse law as it weakens encryption

          "When deployed on a person’s device, CSS acts like spyware, allowing adversaries to gain easy access to that device. Any law which would mandate CSS, or any other technology designed to access, analyse or share the content of communications will, without a doubt, undermine encryption, and make everyone’s communications less safe as a result. The laudable aim of protecting children does not change this technical reality."

          And, they said, "We have serious reservations whether the technologies imposed by the regulation would be effective: perpetrators would be aware of such technologies and would move to new techniques, services and platforms to exchange CSAM information while evading detection."

          The letter concluded: "Finally, the huge number of false positives that can be expected will require a substantial amount of resources while creating serious risks for all users to be identified incorrectly. These resources would be better spent on other approaches to protect children from sexual abuse."

    • Defence/Aggression

    • Environment

    • Finance

      • Circles.Life faces more layoffs amid allegations of toxic workplace culture & internal politics

        According to sources close to the situation who wish to remain anonymous, approximately 20-30 employees were affected in this recent bout of job cuts, adding to the 50 individuals who were let go just a few months ago. Most of the cuts appear to impact its Singapore headquarters.

        Campaign has come to understand that the impact of these layoffs have reportedly been felt across multiple departments, including marketing, engineering, product, people and culture, and the entire Circles X team, its cloud platform. Reportedly one of the company's co-founders was also asked to leave after pressure from the board, and his position changed to a non-executive director.

      • Arkansas Democrat-Gazette IncNew U.S. job openings slip in May

        U.S. job openings slipped in May but remained at levels high enough to illustrate that the American labor market remains resilient in the face of sharply higher interest rates.

        Employers posted 9.8 million job vacancies, down from 10.3 million in April, the Labor Department said Thursday. But layoffs fell slightly, and more Americans quit their jobs -- a sign they were confident they could find better pay or working conditions elsewhere.

      • Dow Jones Futures Fall With Jobs Report Due; Meta Leads 7 Resilient Stocks

        The stock market rally retreated Thursday as strong economic data sent Treasury yields soaring, though indexes pared morning losses somewhat. The ADP Employment Report estimated private payrolls skyrocketed 497,000 in June, more than double forecasts. The ISM services sector index rose more than expected. Initial jobless claims rose modestly, but the four-week average fell while continuing claims slipped. Announced layoff plans declined significantly last month.

      • The Wall Street JournalEmployers Slash IT Jobs in June

        There were 171,000 fewer enterprise IT-related jobs last month according to an analysis of Friday’s federal jobs report

      • GeekWireSeattle-area office market ‘continues to struggle’ with rising vacancies and hybrid work policies

        Seattle-area office vacancy rates have more than doubled from pre-pandemic levels, reflecting the ongoing impact of macroeconomic uncertainty and work-from-home policies on the region’s reeling commercial real estate sector.

        Vacancy rates rose to 12.2% in the second quarter, up from 11.2% in the first quarter and 2019’s low mark of 5.79%, according to a new report from commercial real estate firm Kidder Mathews. It’s the sixth consecutive quarterly increase in regional vacancy.

      • RFAYellen woos China with chopstick diplomacy, talks tough on business

        US Treasury Secretary says she seeks to protect ‘national security’ and reestablish communications.

      • Helsinki TimesEarly signs of credit risk growth in Finnish Banks amid elevated risks

        High inflation, increased interest rates, and a weaker economic outlook are challenging the resilience of Finnish banks’ primary borrowing sectors: households and businesses. The Financial Supervisory Authority (FIN-FSA) of Finland reports that while the financial position of households and firms has generally remained reasonable, and non-performing loans are low, there are early signs of growing credit risks associated with housing company loans and corporate loans.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

    • Censorship/Free Speech

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • ACLUThe New ICE Chief Should (Finally) Make Good on Biden’s Immigration Promises

        Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has new leadership, with the appointment last week of P.J. Lechleitner as acting director. ICE has not had a Senate-confirmed director since the Obama administration, making Lechleitner’s appointment as acting director more significant — and potentially likely to last through the end of Biden’s term.

        The big question is whether Lechleitner is willing to move forward on a reform agenda that has been stalled for the last year. The good news is that in June, the Supreme Court removed a major obstacle to ICE reforms, shutting down litigation brought by anti-immigrant attorneys general in Texas and Louisiana that had aimed to force Biden to pursue a draconian deportation agenda. (The ACLU filed an amicus brief in the case).

        The ugly politics of immigration remain a major barrier. House Republicans are still trying to impeach Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas — Lechleitner’s boss — over his handling of the border, although they have not been able to muster the votes. Lechleitner will need to overcome the chilling effect of the threatened impeachment proceedings, as well as pre-presidential election anxieties around immigration.

        But there are common-sense, impactful changes that Lechleitner can make as acting ICE director — ones that will help President Biden show that he’s made good on his campaign promises. Here are three of them: [...]

    • Monopolies

      • Patents

        • Unified PatentsPatent Dispute Report: First Half 2023 in Review Overview

          With multiple uncertainties in the air, including the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) for potential PTAB reforms, the Patent Eligibility Restoration Act of 2023, third-party funding disclosures, jury damages higher than before, and multiple FRAND decisions, patent litigation has entered a bear market. Delaware went from the number two patent venue, to number three.

        • JUVEEPO revokes Stada patent after opposition from multiple German drugstores [Ed: EPO grants far too many fake patents. JUVE meanwhile took bribes to promote a kangaroo court that's illegal, to basically allow these illegal patents.]

          The European Patent Office has nullified EP 2 233 127, belonging to German pharmaceutical company Stada, following multiple parties filing oppositions against the patent.

        • Kluwer Patent BlogPreliminary injunctions – a view from Young EPLAW [Ed: Patent terrorism disguised as something fun for kids]
        • Dennis Crouch/Patently-OGuest Post: “Design Patent Exceptionalism” Isn’t

          As Professor Crouch has noted, the Federal Circuit has granted rehearing en banc in the design patent case of LKQ v. GM. The main question raised in the petition for rehearing—and in the court’s order granting that petition—is the continuing viability of the Rosen primary reference requirement for evaluating whether a design is obvious under €§€ 103.

          The court has ordered briefing on the issue of whether Rosen and Durling (the Federal Circuit case that expanded upon the Rosen approach) were overruled, abrogated, or otherwise affected by the Supreme Court’s decision in KSR and, if so, what the test should look like going forward. For my own thoughts on those issues, see this article and this post. (Tl;dr: The primary reference requirement is good but the Federal Circuit has applied it too strictly.)

          In this post, however, I wanted to discuss another issue raised by the court. In granting LKQ’s petition for rehearing, the court asked:

        • EFFThe U.S. Patent Office Should Drop Proposed Rules That Favor Patent Trolls

          If implemented, the proposed rule changes could seriously damage the system of “inter partes reviews,” or IPRs, that Congress created 10 years ago. The IPR system is far from perfect, but it has been effective in holding patent trolls accountable for some of their outrageous and harmful patent claims. In the 10 years it’s been operating, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board has thrown out thousands of patent claims that never should have been issued in the first place.€ 

          At EFF, we used the IPR process to crowd-fund a challenge to the Personal Audio “podcasting patent” that tried to extract patent royalty payments from U.S. podcasters. We won that proceeding and our victory was confirmed on appeal.

          Earlier this month, we asked supporters to speak out and file public comments with the USPTO asking them to withdraw these proposed rules. The response was fantastic. More than 600 supporters filed comments using our suggested language, and countless more chose to explain their own reasons for opposing this proposal.€ 

      • Trademarks

        • TTAB BlogRecommended Reading: The Trademark Reporter, May-June 2023 Issue

          The May-June 2023 (Vol. 113 No. 3) issue of The Trademark Reporter (TMR) has arrived. [pdf here]. Willard Knox, Editor-in-Chief, summarizes the contents as follows (and below): "This issue offers our TMR readers an article guiding brand owners and professionals through the case law on special remedies for counterfeiting under the Lanham Act, an article exploring the tension between trademarks that contravene “public policy” and “morality” and freedom of expression under the laws of the European Union, and a review of a book offering a proactive, business-focused approach to brand protection and anticounterfeiting."

      • Copyrights

        • Digital Music NewsMick Jagger and Keith Richards Move to Dismiss ‘Living in a Ghost Town’ Lawsuit

          The Rolling Stones have filed a ‘Motion to Dismiss’ the copyright infringement lawsuit by Spanish songwriter Sergio Garcia Fernandez. The legal filing outlines several reasons for dismissal, including Plaintiff’s choice of improper venue, failure to state a claim, and lack of personal jurisdiction over a Europe-based rights management company.

        • Bruce SchneierBelgian Tax Hack

          Here’s a fascinating tax hack from Belgium (listen to the details here, episode #484 of “No Such Thing as a Fish,” at 28:00).

          Basically, it’s about a music festival on the border between Belgium and Holland. The stage was in Holland, but the crowd was in Belgium. When the copyright collector came around, they argued that they didn’t have to pay any tax because the audience was in a different country. Supposedly it worked.

        • Public Domain ReviewRadioactive Fictions: Marie Corelli and the Omnipotence of Thoughts

          Outselling books by Arthur Conan Doyle and H. G. Wells in their day, Marie Corelli’s occult romance novels brim with fantasies of telepathy, mesmerism, and radioactivity. Steven Connor revisits The Life Everlasting (1911), where the recent discovery of radium shapes the mechanics of phantasmal machines and psychic forces able to pass through all impediments.

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