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  • Calling for Antitrust Reform

    It’s time for governments to address the reality that five tech companies—not everyday consumers—control our online experiences today. Updated competition laws are essential for the internet to be private, secure, interoperable, open, accessible, transparent, and a balance between commercial profit and public benefit. This is Mozilla’s vision for the internet. For a number of years, we have shared our views supporting government competition efforts globally to achieve it.

    One such proposal now under discussion in the US Congress is the American Innovation and Choice Online Act (AICOA). This bill is an important step in correcting two decades of digital centralization by creating a level playing field for smaller, independent software companies to compete. We support this bipartisan effort led by Senators Amy Klobuchar and Chuck Grassley and Representatives David Cicilline and Ken Buck.

    We believe that AICOA will facilitate innovation and consumer choice by ensuring that big tech companies cannot give preference to their own products and services over the rich diversity of competitive options offered by others. Mozilla—and many other independent companies—cannot effectively compete without this antitrust law. We are disadvantaged by the fact that current and future Firefox users, many of whom are privacy and security focused, cannot easily install and keep Firefox as their preferred browser because of confusing operating system messages and settings. We are further challenged by app store rules designed to keep out Gecko, our independent browser engine that powers Firefox, Tor and other browsers. We are stuck when big tech companies do not offer us and other developers open APIs and other functionality needed for true interoperability.

    A fair playing field is vital to ensure that Mozilla and other independent companies can continue to act as a counterweight to big tech and shape the future of the internet to be more private and more secure. We understand that the bill sponsors intend AICOA to regulate only gatekeeper companies and their controlled products. It is not intended to regulate or impact the agreements or product offerings of non-regulated independent companies like Mozilla that partner with gatekeepers for critical services. Nor does it require trading off privacy and security in order to enhance competition.

  • Kiwi TCMS - Meet Kiwi TCMS at Collision 2022 in Toronto

    At the exhibition stand you will have the opportunity to perform some real black-box testing, learn about Salience bias, Peltzman effect and Wason's experiments and take a photo with our lovely mascot.

    The Kiwi TCMS team will be there to answer all of your questions regarding open source, community, support, various integrations and the differences between Self-Support, SaaS and Enterprise subscriptions!

  • 18 Best Open-source Free UPnP and DLNA Media Servers for building Home Entertainment System

    If you want to view certain media files, such as photos and videos from your computer, or mobile on your TV, then you need to have enabled UPnP and DLNA-compliant devices, as well as, to set up a media server.

    In this article we will give brief explanations about DLNA, and UPnP devices, streamers, and servers.

    Here also you can find a rich list of free, and open-source DLNA and UPnP servers, and streamers which you can use freely to set up your own home entertainment system.

  • Open-source hardware USB Type-C industrial camera features Lattice Crosslink NX FPGA - CNX Software

    Gaurav Singh, acting as Circuit Valley, has designed an open-source hardware USB 3.0 Type-C industrial camera with three boards: one to capture data through a CMOS sensor, another based on a Lattice Crosslink NX FPGA to handle image processing, and finally, a board equipped with an Infineon FX3 USB 3.0 controller for sending the video data to the host.

  • Composable infrastructure, sustainable computing and more: OIS 2022 highlights | Ubuntu

    OIS 2022 is over, but the OpenInfra community stays tuned for the next OpenInfra Summit, taking place in Vancouver in 2023! This year’s summit in Berlin offered a lot of insightful keynotes and technical sessions. Speakers discussed the most recent trends in the industry, including composable infrastructure and sustainable computing, and set the pace for the next releases of the OpenInfra-hosted project, including OpenStack. It was a great opportunity to reconnect in person after the pandemic.


    During my keynote on Day 1, I discussed the fact that OpenStack has just entered the Slope of Enlightenment phase of its Hype Cycle. Most organisations have realised that OpenStack and Kubernetes are in fact complementary technologies rather than competing ones. Canonical happens to be well-positioned, as Ubuntu is a platform that integrates OpenStack, Kubernetes and applications very well.

  • Parrot Security OS: What You Need to Know

    Parrot (popularly/formerly known as Parrot Security OS or Parrot OS) is a free and open-source Linux distribution derived from the well-known Debian Linux.

    Designed for security, privacy, and development, Parrot ships with an assortment of IT security and digital forensics tools, utilities, and libraries; development and programming tools; as well as privacy protection tools.

    It comes by default with MATE Desktop Environment (DE), however, users can install other DEs.

  • Gone in 130 seconds: New Tesla hack gives thieves their own personal key | Ars Technica

    Last year, Tesla issued an update that made its vehicles easier to start after being unlocked with their NFC key cards. Now, a researcher has shown how the feature can be exploited to steal cars.

    For years, drivers who used their Tesla NFC key card to unlock their cars had to place the card on the center console to begin driving. Following the update, which was reported here last August, drivers could operate their cars immediately after unlocking them with the card. The NFC card is one of three means for unlocking a Tesla; a key fob and a phone app are the other two.

  • Update no longer using rsync

    EasyOS has an "update" icon on the desktop, that checks if a later version online, and if so offers to download and update the local installation.

    The problem we have been having is that it uses rsync, which reduces the size of the download by only downloading the difference between current and latest version; however, it disconnects, seemingly randomly. Perhaps it is a problem with getting too busy, as the problem does seem dependent on the time-of-day.

  • Gitlab experiment wrapup
    Here's a summary of the Gitlab experiment discussion, with some
    additional comments. Thanks to everybody who sent their feedback!
    * Things that people like:
    - Fetching commits directly with git instead of applying patches from
      emails (Huw, Jacek, Paul, Zeb). Indeed that's a major help for me as
    - Better tracker, easy to see the list of pending reviews (Huw).
    - Possibility to host more Wine projects, as well as private Wine trees
      to share WIP patches (Jacek). Indeed it would be nice to have all Wine
      projects in one place instead of the current mix of
    - Potential for automation (Jacek). Gitlab offers many services that we
      will be able to take advantage of, the most obvious being CI for the
      testbot. Having all the data in a proper database instead of free-form
      emails should make it possible to do other interesting things as well.
    * Some other things I like:
    - Updating status doesn't need to go through me, people can assign
      reviewers, supersede patches, etc. directly. That reduces my workload
      and improves the bus factor. Once we have figured out how to make
      testbot results reliable, we could also have maintainers merge commits
    - The full discussion thread for a given MR is readily accessible, it
      doesn't require hunting down the multiple revisions of a patch and
      associated threads in the mailman archive.
    * Things that could be improved:
    - Signoffs are a bit cumbersome (Rémi). We should change the
      requirements to something better adapted to Gitlab.
    - It's only possible to approve the whole MR, not individual commits
      (Huw, Zeb). I think that's an acceptable trade-off, but we could
      imagine other approaches.
    - The mailing list gateway creates too much noise; mixing comments from
      Gitlab and mailing list isn't very clean (Jacek, Rémi, Alex).  We can
      make some tweaks, or use a separate list, or even rethink the approach
      of the mail gateway.
    - Gitlab threading support is limited, nested comment threads are not
      supported (Zeb). That's true, but looking through the past few months
      of patch reviews, it seems that we almost never use nested threads, so
      I think we can live with that limitation.
    - Reviewers can push fixups to commits, but that requires the author to
      grant explicit permission (Jacek). Hopefully we can tweak access
      rights to allow this by default.
    * Conclusion
    I think Gitlab is working well for us, and most people seem generally
    happy with it. So my plan is to go forward and make Gitlab the main
    development platform for Wine.
    I'll start working on the transition, and on the improvements mentioned
    above. Any help will be welcome! I'll be posting a roadmap shortly.

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  • How to install go1.19beta on Ubuntu 22.04 – NextGenTips

    In this tutorial, we are going to explore how to install go on Ubuntu 22.04 Golang is an open-source programming language that is easy to learn and use. It is built-in concurrency and has a robust standard library. It is reliable, builds fast, and efficient software that scales fast. Its concurrency mechanisms make it easy to write programs that get the most out of multicore and networked machines, while its novel-type systems enable flexible and modular program constructions. Go compiles quickly to machine code and has the convenience of garbage collection and the power of run-time reflection. In this guide, we are going to learn how to install golang 1.19beta on Ubuntu 22.04. Go 1.19beta1 is not yet released. There is so much work in progress with all the documentation.

  • molecule test: failed to connect to bus in systemd container - openQA bites

    Ansible Molecule is a project to help you test your ansible roles. I’m using molecule for automatically testing the ansible roles of geekoops.

  • How To Install MongoDB on AlmaLinux 9 - idroot

    In this tutorial, we will show you how to install MongoDB on AlmaLinux 9. For those of you who didn’t know, MongoDB is a high-performance, highly scalable document-oriented NoSQL database. Unlike in SQL databases where data is stored in rows and columns inside tables, in MongoDB, data is structured in JSON-like format inside records which are referred to as documents. The open-source attribute of MongoDB as a database software makes it an ideal candidate for almost any database-related project. 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 the MongoDB NoSQL database on AlmaLinux 9. You can follow the same instructions for CentOS and Rocky Linux.

  • An introduction (and how-to) to Plugin Loader for the Steam Deck. - Invidious
  • Self-host a Ghost Blog With Traefik

    Ghost is a very popular open-source content management system. Started as an alternative to WordPress and it went on to become an alternative to Substack by focusing on membership and newsletter. The creators of Ghost offer managed Pro hosting but it may not fit everyone's budget. Alternatively, you can self-host it on your own cloud servers. On Linux handbook, we already have a guide on deploying Ghost with Docker in a reverse proxy setup. Instead of Ngnix reverse proxy, you can also use another software called Traefik with Docker. It is a popular open-source cloud-native application proxy, API Gateway, Edge-router, and more. I use Traefik to secure my websites using an SSL certificate obtained from Let's Encrypt. Once deployed, Traefik can automatically manage your certificates and their renewals. In this tutorial, I'll share the necessary steps for deploying a Ghost blog with Docker and Traefik.

Red Hat Hires a Blind Software Engineer to Improve Accessibility on Linux Desktop

Accessibility on a Linux desktop is not one of the strongest points to highlight. However, GNOME, one of the best desktop environments, has managed to do better comparatively (I think). In a blog post by Christian Fredrik Schaller (Director for Desktop/Graphics, Red Hat), he mentions that they are making serious efforts to improve accessibility. Starting with Red Hat hiring Lukas Tyrychtr, who is a blind software engineer to lead the effort in improving Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and Fedora Workstation in terms of accessibility. Read more

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