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  • Open source means surrendering your monopoly over commercial exploitation

    There are ways that you can influence how others use your FOSS software, mainly having to do with making sure that everyone else keeps this same promise. You cannot stop someone from making money from your software, but you can obligate them to share their improvements with everyone else, which you can incorporate back into the original product to make it more compelling for everyone. The GPL family of licenses is designed for this purpose.1

    Furthermore, if your business is a consumer of free and open source software, rather than a producer, you need to be aware that you may be subject to those obligations. It’s not a free lunch: you may be required to return your improvements to the community. FOSS licenses are important, and you should make it your business to understand them, both as a user, contributor, and author of free and open source software.

    FOSS is eating the world, and it’s a very attractive choice for businesses for a good reason. This is the reason. It increases wealth for everyone. Capitalism concerns itself with making monopolies — FOSS instead concerns itself with the socialized creation of software wealth.

  • People of WordPress: Thelma Mutete – WordPress.org

    From a young age Thelma was encouraged by her father to ‘work hard, and dream big’. In High School, she pursued a career in Computer Science. She said: “I did not know what I would be doing or how I would get there but I just knew that I was going to pursue a career in information technology.”

    She wrote her first line of code at the age of 16 living in Zimbabwe, Africa. This was to mark the beginning of her enthusiasm for computer programming.

    When she joined the school’s computer class, Thelma thought she would learn Excel and Word. Instead, the assignment was to write her first program in C. She said: “It was not easy, but it was very exciting. l remember writing up simple code for a Video Club – a check-in/out for VHS tapes and CDs. Thus began my fascination with computers.”

    Seven years later, she went on to university to study for a Bachelors in Business Management and Information Technology. Her third year internship was at a local web design and hosting company. Though she had hoped her placement would be at a local bank or telecommunications company, the chance to discover website design turned out to be the best thing that could have happened.

    In 2017, Thelma went on to work for a company designing websites using HTML, CSS, PHP, JavaScript and Joomla. She had heard about WordPress but had not used it. She recalls: “People have this misconception that WordPress is not for real developers and it is not secure and at that time I was one of those people.”

  • Google forcing users to Chrome after appearance of Edge

    ANALYSIS Google's recent move to limit the use of its APIs in Chrome, such as Chrome sync and Click to Call, appears to be driven by the launch of Microsoft's Edge browser based on the open-source version of Chrome, known as Chromium.

  • A license change for Nmap

    It may be kind of an obvious statement, but licensing terms matter in our communities. Even a misplaced word or three can be fatal for a license, which is part of the motivation for the efforts to reduce license proliferation in free-software projects. Over the last few months, various distribution projects have been discussing changes made to the license for the Nmap network scanner; those changes seemed to be adding restrictions that would make the software non-free, though that was not the intent. But the incident does serve to show the importance of license clarity.

    On October 3, Nmap 7.90 was released; it came with a new license, the Nmap Public Source License (NPSL) version 0.92. The link here goes to the Wayback Machine as the usual location for the NPSL was updated to version 0.93 in mid-January. Previous versions of Nmap were available under the GPLv2, with some additional wording with regard to the project's definition of a "derivative work".

    As part of the release announcement and changelog for Nmap 7.90, the license change was made openly: "Upgraded the Nmap license [from] a sort of hacked-up version of GPLv2 to a cleaner and better organized version (still based on GPLv2) now called the Nmap Public Source License to avoid confusion." It did not take long for distributions to start noticing and reacting to the change.

  • Linux Foundation's Joshipura: Disaggregation is at the heart of open source, cloud-native and edge

    While disaggregation's roots in the telecom industry are deeper than shiny new concepts such as cloud-native and ORAN, it's foundational to open source and those new technologies, according to the Linux Foundation's Aprit Joshipura.

    During a Wednesday keynote address for FierceTelecom Winter Blitz Week, Joshipura defined disaggregation as the separation of hardware and software, as well as the separation of horizontal layers of software.

    Network disaggregation is "kind of old news," he said.

More in Tux Machines

Now you can make video calls on a PinePhone (but it’s very much a work in progress)

When the PinePhone began shipping to early adopters, it had all the hardware you’d expect from a smartphone, but it lacked the software needed to make some of that hardware work. If you were one of the first people to get your hands on a PinePhone, you had a Linux-friendly phone with a camera that couldn’t be used to take pictures or record video. But over time kernel and app developers got the phone’s front and rear cameras working, and now most Linux distributions for the PinePhone allow you to take pictures (of mediocre quality). One thing you couldn’t do until recently though? Video calls. But now it looks like that’s possible too… soft of. The process looks rather painful at the moment, but it should get better over time. Read more Also: Plasma Mobile tarball release: bugfixes and new releases

A warning about 5.12-rc1

  • A warning about 5.12-rc1
    Hey peeps - some of you may have already noticed that in my public git
    tree, the "v5.12-rc1" tag has magically been renamed to
    "v5.12-rc1-dontuse". It's still the same object, it still says
    "v5.12-rc1" internally, and it is still is signed by me, but the
    user-visible name of the tag has changed.
    
    
    
    
    The reason is fairly straightforward: this merge window, we had a very
    innocuous code cleanup and simplification that raised no red flags at
    all, but had a subtle and very nasty bug in it: swap files stopped
    working right.  And they stopped working in a particularly bad way:
    the offset of the start of the swap file was lost.
    
    
    
    
    Swapping still happened, but it happened to the wrong part of the
    filesystem, with the obvious catastrophic end results.
    
    
    
    
    Now, the good news is even if you do use swap (and hey, that's nowhere
    near as common as it used to be), most people don't use a swap *file*,
    but a separate swap *partition*. And the bug in question really only
    happens for when you have a regular filesystem, and put a file on it
    as a swap.
    
    
    
    
    And, as far as I know, all the normal distributions set things up with
    swap partitions, not files, because honestly, swapfiles tend to be
    slower and have various other complexity issues.
    
    
    
    
    The bad news is that the reason we support swapfiles in the first
    place is that they do end up having some flexibility advantages, and
    so some people do use them for that reason. If so, do not use rc1.
    Thus the renaming of the tag.
    
    
    
    
    Yes, this is very unfortunate, but it really wasn't a very obvious
    bug, and it didn't even show up in normal testing, exactly because
    swapfiles just aren't normal. So I'm not blaming the developers in
    question, and it also wasn't due to the odd timing of the merge
    window, it was just simply an unusually nasty bug that did get caught
    and is fixed in the current tree.
    
    
    
    
    But I want everybody to be aware of because _if_ it bites you, it
    bites you hard, and you can end up with a filesystem that is
    essentially overwritten by random swap data. This is what we in the
    industry call "double ungood".
    
    
    
    
    Now, there's a couple of additional reasons for me writing this note
    other than just "don't run 5.12-rc1 if you use a swapfile". Because
    it's more than just "ok, we all know the merge window is when all the
    new scary code gets merged, and rc1 can be a bit scary and not work
    for everybody". Yes, rc1 tends to be buggier than later rc's, we are
    all used to that, but honestly, most of the time the bugs are much
    smaller annoyances than this time.
    
    
    
    
    And in fact, most of our rc1 releases have been so solid over the
    years that people may have forgotten that "yeah, this is all the new
    code that can have nasty bugs in it".
    
    
    
    
    One additional reason for this note is that I want to not just warn
    people to not run this if you have a swapfile - even if you are
    personally not impacted (like I am, and probably most people are -
    swap partitions all around) - I want to make sure that nobody starts
    new topic branches using that 5.12-rc1 tag. I know a few developers
    tend to go "Ok, rc1 is out, I got all my development work into this
    merge window, I will now fast-forward to rc1 and use that as a base
    for the next release". Don't do it this time. It may work perfectly
    well for you because you have the common partition setup, but it can
    end up being a horrible base for anybody else that might end up
    bisecting into that area.
    
    
    
    
    And the *final* reason I want to just note this is a purely git
    process one: if you already pulled my git tree, you will have that
    "v5.12-rc1" tag, and the fact that it no longer exists in my public
    tree under that name changes nothing at all for you. Git is
    distributed, and me removing that tag and replacing it with another
    name doesn't magically remove it from other copies unless you have
    special mirroring code.
    
    
    
    
    So if you have a kernel git tree (and I'm here assuming "origin"
    points to my trees), and you do
    
    
    
    
         git fetch --tags origin
    
    
    
    
    you _will_ now see the new "v5.12-rc1-dontuse" tag. But git won't
    remove the old v5.12-rc1 tag, because while git will see that it is
    not upstream, git will just assume that that simply means that it's
    your own local tag. Tags, unlike branch names, are a global namespace
    in git.
    
    
    
    
    So you should additionally do a "git tag -d v5.12-rc1" to actually get
    rid of the original tag name.
    
    
    
    
    Of course, having the old tag doesn't really do anything bad, so this
    git process thing is entirely up to you. As long as you don't _use_
    v5.12-rc1 for anything, having the tag around won't really matter, and
    having both 'v5.12-rc1' _and_ 'v5.12-rc1-dontuse' doesn't hurt
    anything either, and seeing both is hopefully already sufficient
    warning of "let's not use that then".
    
    
    
    
    Sorry for this mess,
                 Linus
    
    
    
    
    
  • A warning about 5.12-rc1

    Linus Torvalds has sent out a note telling people not to install the recent 5.12-rc1 development kernel; this is especially true for anybody running with swap files. "But I want everybody to be aware of because _if_ it bites you, it bites you hard, and you can end up with a filesystem that is essentially overwritten by random swap data. This is what we in the industry call 'double ungood'." Additionally, he is asking maintainers to not start branches from 5.12-rc1 to avoid future situations where people land in the buggy code while bisecting problems.

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  • Linux 5.12-rc2 Likely Coming Early Due To That Nasty File-System Corruption Bug

    Linus Torvalds has now warned developers over using Linux 5.12-rc1 as a basis for their future branches and is looking to release 5.12-rc2 ahead of schedule as a result of that problematic file-system corruption bug stemming from a swap file bug. 

Games: Godot, Artifact, Loop Hero, and Urtuk: The Desolation

  • Godot Showcase - Primal Light developer interview

    Welcome to the fourth developer interview following the introduction of the Godot Showcase page! This week, we are interviewing the studio Fat Gem about their first game Primal Light.

  • Valve gives up on Artifact setting it free with Artifact Classic and Artifact Foundry | GamingOnLinux

    Valve's Dota themed card game Artifact has now well and truly failed, as they've now stopped the 2.0 redevelopment which is now named Artifact Foundry with the original as Artifact Classic and both now free to play. In a post titled "The Future of Artifact", Valve mentioned how the player count fell off dramatically and it was pretty much dead shortly after being released. Even though the big 2.0 revamp was far along in development, they've now formally and totally shelved it as they "haven't managed to get the active player numbers to a level that justifies further development at this time".

  • Loop Hero is out now and I'm going to need help to tear myself away from it | GamingOnLinux

    Loop Hero, probably the only titles I've pre-ordered in the last few years is officially out now and I really will need some help to pull myself away from running just one more loop. It's such a strange and beautifully intoxicating mix of genres. For each loop through you're placed into a world full of nothing but a path and it's up to you to build up the world each time. You do this through your deck of cards, while the hero automatically loops around the path and fights enemies along the way without your input. Even though you don't have direct control, there's quite a lot of strategy involved in it.

  • Dark low-fantasy tactical survival RPG 'Urtuk: The Desolation' is out now | GamingOnLinux

    Urtuk: The Desolation from David Kaleta presents you with a dark world in a low-fantasy settings where you guide a team of survivors through a ruined world. Note: key provided by the developer. Hitting nearly one thousand user reviews and a Very Positive rating on Steam overall, Urtuk: The Desolation seems to have managed to hit a sweet spot. Giving you tough turn-based combat, with a character progression system that sees you extracting skills and traits from fallen enemies. It's a bit of a gross world and the main character, Urtuk, is an escaped subject of experimentation with a severe mutation and worsening health. The idea is to eventually find a cure but getting there will be tough.

today's howtos

  • How to find duplicate files in Linux? Help is here with the fdupes command! - Webleit.info

    Fdupes is a command line tool that allows you to find all duplicate files through the console. The advantage over using graphical tools like fslint is of course the speed. At the end of the day, there is nothing faster and more convenient than the Linux console. Why should we look for duplicate files in Linux? No matter what operating system you use sooner or later, your computer will contain many files of different sizes, and if you’re not careful enough, repeating them can cost you disk space that you need. For example, you inadvertently downloaded the same ultra HD movie with 40 giga bytes twice.

  • How to Install Moodle with Nginx and Let's Encrypt SSL on Ubuntu 20.04

    Moodle is a free and open-source Learning Management System written in PHP. It provides a way for tutors and instructors to create courses for their students or learners. Moodle provides a robust and secure integrated system and comes with a custom dashboard that helps users to access current, past or future courses, as well as review pending work. It is used by many schools, universities, and organizations across the globe and provides a better learning experience. It provides a rich set of features including, wiki, grading, assignment submission, online quizzes, discussion boards, and more. In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Moodle with Nginx web server and Let's Encrypt SSL on Ubuntu 20.04.

  • Install WordPress Automatically on Ubuntu 20.04 using WordOps

    WordOps is a simple tool that provides the ability to deploy WordPress sites from the command line using an optimized LEMP stack. The LEMP software stack consists of a group of software that describes a Linux Operating System, an Nginx web server (pronounced engine-x), a MySQL database with the dynamic processing being handled by PHP. LEMP is an acronym for Linux, Engine-x (Nginx), MySQL and PHP. WordOps simplifies so much of the process of installing and configuring all the packages from the LEMP stack needed to deploy a site while taking care of creating virtual hosts in Nginx, installing WordPress, and even gets you a SSL certificate. It also installs some components that allow you to see statistics about the server’s workload. In this tutorial we’ll use WordOps to quickly and easily install WordPress on an Ubuntu 20.04 machine, and we’ll check out and explain some of the extra features that WordOps offers.

  • How to Find Out When a Webpage Was Published - Make Tech Easier

    When you’re doing research on a topic, it’s vital to ensure your sources are up to date. If you’re writing an academic paper, dates of publication are often required in the citations. The majority of the time, getting the date is easy: simply look on the site and find the published date to find how recent it was. Things get a little more complicated when there is no date listed on the webpage. When this happens, how do you know when a webpage was published?

  • How to install Wireshark 3.4.3 on a Chromebook

    Today we are looking at how to install Wireshark 3.4.3 on a Chromebook. Please follow the video/audio guide as a tutorial where we explain the process step by step and use the commands below.

  • Another Piece For The Home Network Puzzle – A Return To Cisco IOS! – Jon's FOSS Blog

    I’ve missed the good old days of configuring and setting up good quality switching hardware (like the big, huge Cisco switches and routers I used to experiment on with their IOS command line interface). I recently ordered this newer, smaller Cisco switch which can also provide power to a new “prosumer” WiFi AP (no power cables needed).

  • Making environment variables accessible in front-end containers - Red Hat Developer

    When building a container for a single-page application using any modern JavaScript framework (such as Angular, React, or Vue.js), you might find that the configuration settings are different depending on where the container will run. A typical case would be the base URL for your API, which will differ depending on whether you are testing the application or deploying it into production. Developers usually solve this problem using environment variables. Environment variables typically work on the backend because that is where code runs. But what if your application lives in the user’s browser? There are many ways around this limitation. In some cases, you might build a server whose endpoint holds the necessary parameters. Another workaround is to use PHP to inject the environment variables as globals in the JavaScript code. Both of these options work, but it would be ideal to inject the environment variables as part of the container build process. That way, you don’t have to change the codebase, and you can still deliver the application content using a static web server like NGINX. This article shows you how to inject environment variables directly into your codebase as you build your container.

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