Free or OpenSource Software

Managing user accounts with Cockpit

This is the latest in a series of articles on Cockpit, the easy-to-use, integrated, glanceable, and open web-based interface for your servers. In the first article, we introduced the web user interface. The second and third articles focused on how to perform storage and network tasks respectively. This article demonstrates how to create and modify local accounts. It also shows […]

FPgM report: 2019-42

Here’s your report of what has happened in Fedora Program Management this week. Fedora 31 was declared No-Go. We are currently under the Final freeze. I have weekly office hours in #fedora-meeting-1. Drop by if you have any questions or comments about the schedule, Changes, elections, or anything else. Announcements Orphaned packages seeking maintainers The […] The post FPgM report: 2019-42 appeared first on Fedora Community Blog.

Thanks to our Sponsors

The Kubuntu community is delighted and proud to ship Kubuntu 19.10. As a community of passionate contributors we need systems and services that enable us to work together, and host our development tools. Our sponsors page provides details and links to the organisations that have supported us through our development...

Should Anybody Dictate the Free Software Movement?

"There's a great myth, as Jagadees reminds us, that advocacy doesn't produce software. That myth is corporate, and proper advocacy has at times produced the greatest software in the history of computing. If we want great Free software to continue, we need advocacy more than ever."

Links 18/10/2019: More KDE Events and OpenBSD 6.6

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OpenStack Ops Meetup Features Ceph, OpenStack Architectures and Operator Pain Points

Attendees gathered at the Bloomberg office in New York City to discuss Ceph, deployment/upgrades, upgrades/long-term support, monitoring, testing and billing. The post OpenStack Ops Meetup Features Ceph, OpenStack Architectures and Operator Pain Points appeared first on Superuser.

We Don’t Know Who Will Run the Free Software Foundation, But We Know Who Will Run the GNU Project

Software Freedom is under a heavy and perhaps unprecedented attack; some people out there are paid by the attackers to celebrate this attack and defame people (cheering for corporate takeover under the blanket of “Open Source”), but the founder of the Free software movement remains alive, well, and very much active

New EPO Meme: Who Wants to Make Billions From a ‘Public’ Monopoly?

What was supposed to be a cash-balanced patent office became a money-making monster that fakes ‘crises’ to attack hard-working examiners

EmacsConf Without Richard Stallman

Now that emacs is being 'rebranded' this kind of meme seems apt

IRC Proceedings: Thursday, October 17, 2019

IRC logs for Thursday, October 17, 2019

Guest Article: In the Absence of Richard Stallman OEM Source Software (‘Open Source’) is Trying to Hijack Even Emacs

"Now they have to create some fictional history. No need to worry."

Guest Article: Techies Should Not Dictate the Free Software Movement

"We should start a second phase of the Free software movement that's making good software and putting users at the center."

Kubuntu 19.10 is released today

Kubuntu 19 .10 has been released, featuring the beautiful KDE Plasma 5.16 desktop. Codenamed “Eoan Ermine”, Kubuntu 19.10 integrates the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. The team has been hard at work through this cycle, introducing new features and fixing bugs. Under the...

Links 17/10/2019: Ubuntu Turns 15, New Codename Revealed, Ubuntu 19.10 is Out

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Free as in Free Speech (Restrictions May Apply)

When limits of speech are not safety-related rules but political correctness or conformism

There Won’t be Patent Justice Until Patent Trolling Becomes Completely and Totally Extinct

SLAPP-like behaviour and extortion/blackmail tactics using patent monopolies are a stain on the patent system; it's time to adopt measures to stop these things once and for all, bearing in mind they're inherently antithetical to the goal/s of the patent system and therefore discourage public support for this whole system

EPO Staff Union and Staff Representatives Ought to Demand EPO Stops Bullying Publishers and Censoring Their Sites

An often neglected if not forgotten aspect of EPO tyranny is the war on information itself; EPO management continues to show hostility towards journalism and disdain for true information

IBus 1.5.21 is released

IBus 1.5.21 is now released and available in Fedora 31. # dnf update ibus This release enhances the IBus compose features. The maximum number of the compose key sequences was 7. Also the output character was limited in 16 bit … Continue reading →

ibus-anthy 1.5.11 and anthy-unicode 1.0.0.20191015 are released

ibus-anthy 1.5.11 is released and available in Fedora 30 or later. # dnf update ibus-anthy The default input mode is now Eisu (direct) mode but not Hiragana mode. Eisu mode now can load a user compose file of either $HOME/.config/ibus/Compose … Continue reading →

Bribes, Lies, Fundamental Violations of the Law and Cover-Up: This is Today’s European Patent Office

It has gotten extremely difficult to hold the conspirators accountable for turning Europe’s patent office into a ‘printing machine’ of the litigation industry and amassing vast amounts of money (to be passed to private, for-profit companies)

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) Lost Almost Half (3 Out of 8) Board Members in Only One Month

As the old saying goes, a picture (or screenshot) is worth a thousand words

IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, October 16, 2019

IRC logs for Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Startpage and System1 Abuse Your Privacy Under the Guise of ‘Privacy One Group’

Startpage has sold out and may have also sold data it retained about its users to a privacy-hostile company whose entire business model is surveillance

Programming: C++, C and Python

Extend C++ capabilities with LLVM STLExtras.h The LLVM compiler project provides a header file called STLExtras.h that extends the capabilities of C++ without any dependency on the rest of LLVM. In this article, we take a quick look at its basic functionality. Rewriting Old Solaris C Code In Python Yielded A 17x Performance Improvement While we normally hear of rewriting code from Python and other scripting languages into C/C++ when its a matter of performance, in the case of Oracle Solaris it was taking ol[..]

OSI Announces Appointment of New Board Directors

The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is pleased to announce the appointments of Deb Bryant and Tracy Hinds to fill the two vacant seats on the OSI Board of Directors. Their terms will begin immediately and run through October 2021. We hope you will join us in welcoming both to the OSI. Deb Bryant is returning to the OSI Board after spending several years away. After spending her days as the Senior Director of the Open Source Programs Office at Red Hat, Deb volunteers for open source organizations and supports t[..]

A Trustworthy Free/Libre Linux Capable 64bit RISC-V Computer

My goal is to build a Free/OpenSource computer from the ground up, so I may completely trust that the entire hardware+software system's behavior is 100% attributable to its fully available HDL (Hardware Description Language) and Software sources. More importantly, I need all the compilers and associated toolchains involved in building the overall system (from HDL and Software sources) to be Free/OpenSource, and to be themselves buildable and runnable on the computer system being described. In other words, I[..]

Dragora 3.0-beta1 released

I am pleased to announce the release of Dragora 3.0 Beta 1. Dragora is a complete and reliable distribution of the GNU/Linux operating system that is entirely free software. Dragora is founded on the concepts of simplicity and elegance, it can be run for almost any purpose (desktop, workstation, server, development, etc.). The intended audience is people interested in learning more about the technical aspects of a friendly GNU/Linux distribution. Also people looking to use the purest ethical software for [..]

PCLinuxOS 2019.10 updated installation media release

The PCLinuxOS project has announced the release of updated installation media for PCLinuxOS. The new media carries the version number 2019.10 and contains a fully updated system as of October 15 2019. Please note it is not required to do a clean installation each month since PCLinuxOS is a rolling release. These ISOs are being provided so new users don’t have a large update to perform after installation from a dated ISO. read more

Firefox Reality Top Picks - Bringing You New Virtual Reality Experiences Weekly

So you bought yourself a fancy VR headset, you’ve played all the zombie-dragon-laser-kitten-battle games (we have too!) and now you’re wondering… what else is there? Where can I find other cool stuff to explore while I have this headset strapped to my face? We felt the same way, so we built Firefox Reality to help you in your quest for the most interesting, groundbreaking and entertaining virtual reality content on the Web. The real promise of VR is the ability to immerse yourself into countless other place[..]

today's howtos

How to install MicroPad on Linux How to install Ubuntu 19.10 How to install notepad++ Editor on Debian 10 How to configure wireless wake-on-lan for Linux WiFi card How to Install Kali Linux How to Install PHP on CentOS 8 Xournal++ 1.0.5 Released! How to Install it in ubuntu read more

Wine 4.18 Released

Wine 4.18 Released The Wine development release 4.18 is now available. Please look at this Wine graph showing a 4.18 increase I decant believe that title! The latest and greatest code from the Wine hackers has been sweetened to perfection with the Wine 4.18 development release now available. Wine 4.18 Released With Many Bug Fixes, Some Feature Work While three weeks have passed since the previous Wine development release compared to the usual two week cadence, Wine 4.18 is out today and isn't too busy on th[..]

DXVK 1.4.3

DXVK 1.4.3 Works On State Cache Improvements, Lowering CPU Overhead As another release in time for weekend gamers, DXVK 1.4.3 was released today as the newest update for this library mapping Direct3D 10/11 to Vulkan for accelerating the Wine/Proton-based Linux gaming experience. The biggest change with DXVK 1.4.3 is the introduction of a new state cache file format, which should lead to smaller file sizes for the caches. DXVK 1.4.3 still supports reading old state caches for automatically converting to the [..]

Android Leftovers

'Hey Google' Bug Is Zapping Android Phone Battery Life Mi A3 October patch rolling out ahead of much-anticipated Android 10 update Android 10 gesture navigation now works with third-party launchers on Pixel 4 Samsung improves its face unlock on Android 10 so it won’t fooled by a picture Factory image for OnePlus 7 Pro's Android 10 update now available Chrome 77 brings Site Isolation to '99 per cent' of Android users Some Android adware apps hide icons to make it hard to remove them After Android, now Google[..]

Solus Brightens Computing Across the Linux User Spectrum

Regardless of how you spend your time at the keyboard, Solus can be an ideal solution for all your computing needs. It comes with a collection of specially designed tools to make using and maintaining the operating system a uniquely easy experience. For technically minded users, Solus supports a wide variety of editors, programming languages, compilers and version-control systems. It has tools for containerization/virtualization technology, such as Docker and Vagrant. Whether you're writing drivers in C or [..]

today's leftovers

Molly de Blanc: Autonomy and consent When I was an undergraduate, I took a course on medical ethics. The core takeaways from the class were that autonomy is necessary for consent, and consent is necessary for ethical action. There is a reciprocal relationship between autonomy and consent. We are autonomous creatures, we are self-governing. In being self-governing, we have the ability to consent, to give permission to others to interact with us in the ways we agree on. We can only really consent when we are [..]

Apache Rya matures open source triple store database

The open source Apache Rya database effort is continuing to move forward as it reaches a new level of project maturity and acceptance. Rya (pronounced "ree-uh") is an RDF (resource description framework) triple store database. The project started at the U.S. government's Laboratory for Telecommunication Sciences with an initial research paper published in 2012. The project joined the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) in 2015 as an incubated project, and in September 2019 achieved what is known as Top-Level P[..]

The Spectre Mitigation Impact For Intel Ice Lake With Core i7-1065G7

For those wondering if -- or how much -- of a performance impact mitigations still make regarding Spectre for Intel's long-awaited 10nm+ Ice Lake processors, here is the rundown on the mitigation state and the performance impact. One of the areas that Phoronix readers have requested testing on with the recent purchase of the Dell XPS 7390 with Core i7 1065G7 is regarding the mitigation state and performance. Ice Lake with its Sunny Cove microarchitecture -- similar to Cascade Lake -- is no longer affected b[..]

Networking SBCs run Linux on quad -A53 and -A72 NXP LS chips

Forlinx’s sandwich-style OK1043A-C and OK1046A SBCs run Linux on NXP’s quad -A53 LS1043A and quad -A72 LS1046A SoCs, respectively, and offer a 10GbE port and up to 6x GbE ports with optional SFP. Forlinx has posted product pages for two similar COM Express modules and carrier boards that run Linux on NXP’s networking focused LS series processors. The FET1043A-C module taps the up to 1.6GHz, quad-core, Cortex-A53 LS1043A while the FET1046A-C uses the up to 1.8GHz, quad-core, Cortex-A72 LS1046A. All the proce[..]

Security: WireGuard, Birds and Updates

WireGuard Restored In Android's Google Play Store After Brief But Controversial Removal After Google dropped the open-source WireGuard app from their Play Store since it contained a donation link, the app has now been restored within Google's software store for Android users but without the donation option. The WireGuard app for Android makes it easy to setup the secure VPN tunnel software on mobile devices, similar to its port to iOS and other platforms. The WireGuard apps are free but have included a dona[..]

Android Leftovers

Android Devices – What's New? Here’s how to easily connect Android phone to a projector Review: JBL Link Bar adds Android TV to any TV Panasonic unveils three Sanyo Kaizen Android TVs in India, pricing starts at Rs 29,999 [Update: No Android 10 for Honor Play] Huawei evaluating Honor Play & Honor 9 Lite for EMUI 10 update Android 10 for the Galaxy S8 spotted on Geekbench, but hold your horses Gesture navigation comes to third-party launchers w/ Android 10 on the Pixel 4 MIUI 11 9.10.17 brings Android 10 to [..]

Xfce4-Panel Adds Dark Mode Preference

Landing this week in xfce4-panel was this commit providing a dark mode preference for Xfce4, similar to the growing trend with other desktops/UIs for those wanting a "dark mode" interface. Enabling this option will request the GTK dark theme variant of capable themes. For a long time now GTK has exposed a property (gtk-application-prefer-dark-theme) for preferring dark themes while now is being tapped by xfce4-panel. read more

Cascade Lake vs. Rome With MrBayes, dav1d 0.5, OSPray, SVT-VP9, OIDn + Other Benchmarks

While swapping around CPUs for the AMD EPYC vs. Intel Xeon Cascade Lake testing of Facebook's RocksDB enterprise workload testing, I also took the opportunity for running some other recently updated test profiles on these EPYC/Xeon parts under test. These newest results shouldn't be particularly surprising but are primarily just benchmark results for some updated versions of existing tests. With recently a number of updated test profiles on OpenBenchmarking.org against the upstream programs under test, here[..]

conf.kde 2020

conf.kde.in Is Coming Back In 2020 conf.kde.in 2020 will be held in Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Technology, located in Rohini, Delhi, India. MAIT was established by the Maharaja Agrasen Technical Education Society and promoted by well-known industrialists, businessmen, professionals and philanthropists. The aim of MAIT is to promote quality education in the field of Technology. MAIT endeavors to provide industry-relevant education and training through its well-crafted and practical training programs for t[..]

Linux Candy: Ternimal – animated lifeform in the terminal

Who loves eye candy? Don’t be shy — you can raise both hands!! Linux Candy is a new series of articles covering interesting eye candy software. We’re only going to feature open-source software in this series. I’m not going to harp on about the tired proverb “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. But there’s a certain element of truth here. If you spend all day coding neural networks, mastering a new programming language, sit in meetings feeling bored witless, you’ll need some relief at the end of the[..]

Stable kernels 5.3.7, 4.19.80, 4.14.150, 4.9.197, and 4.4.197

Linux 5.3.7 I'm announcing the release of the 5.3.7 kernel. All users of the 5.3 kernel series must upgrade. The updated 5.3.y git tree can be found at: git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-5.3.y and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser: https://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-s... Linux 4.19.80 Linux 4.14.150 Linux 4.9.197 Linux 4.4.197 read more

KDE: Akademy 2019, Plasma Mobile, List stores in kde.org/applications

Akademy 2019 in Beautiful Milan We discussed on some marketing strategies, and did some brainstorming on few topics. Learnt how far we have reached on spreading KDE to new users and determined few tasks we would work on for this year. Plasma Mobile: weekly update: part 3 Thanks to the awesome KDE community, we are happy to present the Plasma Mobile project’s third weekly update. List stores in kde.org/applications Announcing a small update for the goal: KDE is All About the Apps. kde.org/applications is now[..]

Can Linux improve ATM security?

While ATM security is not necessarily "life critical" as with many other industries (think transportation, medical and some industrial applications) there are certainly financial and identity theft risks associated with these devices. Plenty of info is available on the web regarding various ATM attack vectors, estimated number of annual hacks and the cost to the industry. The question we will ponder here is very specific: Would replacing the Windows operating system in an ATM with a Linux-based one improve [..]

Meet The Linux Desktop That Will Embarass Windows 10 And macOS in 2020

If you haven’t been paying attention to a little Linux desktop distribution called Deepin, it’s time to put it on your radar. Nevermind that Huawei chose Deepin to ship on their MateBook laptop lineup. Nevermind that Deepin Cloud Sync is a killer, forward-thinking feature that every Linux distro needs to adopt. Nevermind that its elegant slide-out control center resembles something sexy and sensible straight out of the future. But looking toward 2020, Deepin is poised to be absolutely stunning. This is with[..]

Qt Creator 4.11 Beta released

We are happy to announce the release of Qt Creator 4.11 Beta! We added experimental support for Qt for WebAssembly and Qt for MCUs. We improved the general handling of configuring, building and running projects in so many smaller ways that I fail to choose anything for being highlighted here. If you use CMake 3.14 or later we now use CMake's file-base API for configuring and parsing projects. Which behaves much more reliably than the previous server-mode, especially if you also use CMake from a terminal or [..]

today's howtos

Rclone to GDrive Multiple Slugs for Multiple Webpages in Nikola How to install aaPanel web hosting control panel on CentOS 7 or Ubuntu How install KDE Plasma 5.17 DE on Ubuntu 18.04 or 19.10 How To Enable REMI Repository on CentOS 8 How To Set Date and Time On Linux How to Configure Network Interfaces using NMCLI on Centos 7.6 How to Fix ‘semanage command’ Not Found Error in CentOS/RHEL How to Increase Open Files Limit in Ubuntu & Debian How to Install Apache Maven on Fedora 30/29/28 How to create and edit [..]