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Raspberry Pi alternatives: best single-board computers

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But Raspberry Pi isn’t the only single board computer out there; there is a myriad range of pocket-sized PCs aimed at toppling Pi’s domination. They’re able to perform an immense array of tasks, from complex robotics to supporting gaming platforms or media centres. Some of these offer more than the Raspberry Pi 3 B+, with increased memory, quicker processors and more features.

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Also: HiFive1 Rev B wireless open source RISC-V development platform

Vivaldi and Firefox Compared, TenFourFox FPR13 Now Available

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Moz/FF
  • Vivaldi vs. Firefox: A user's perspective

    However, it has yet to win over the spot as my default browser. For that, I rely on Firefox. But why? I decided to use both browsers side-by-side for a few weeks to find out what it is about Vivaldi that prevents me from making the switch on a permanent basis. The end results, surprisingly, had me even more confused as to which I should be running (I'll confess what tipped the scales in a moment.).

    [...]

    At this point, Vivaldi does a good job of mimicking the efficiency of Firefox. There's little more customization to be done. And yet, Firefox is still my default. Why? What is it about Firefox that makes me select it over Vivaldi? Unfortunately, the answer lies in one particular aspect that is not likely to change.

    You see, as an advocate of open source software, with all things being equal I will always go with the open source option. Now, if Vivaldi had the upper hand over Firefox with a particular feature or usability that I couldn't get with the open source equivalent, I'd happily set Vivaldi as my default (as I'm not a purist). But until said time, the open-source browser remains as my default.

    What does that say? Simple. With a few quick tweaks, Vivaldi is as efficient and solid a browser as Firefox. Outside of being open source, there is nothing Firefox can do that Vivaldi cannot mimic. Truth be told, if we're looking at a feature-for-feature comparison, Vivaldi easily comes out on top.

    Now, if Vivaldi were to shift to an open source license, I'd kick Firefox off that "Default" curb and go about my day, humming Spring's melody. Until then, Vivaldi will only come out to play for testing, or when Firefox Nightly (which is the version I use at the moment) has problems with a particular site.

  • Cameron Kaiser: TenFourFox FPR13 available

    TenFourFox Feature Parity Release 13 final is now available for testing (downloads, hashes, release notes). I added Olga's minimp3 patch for correctness; otherwise, there are no additional changes except for several security updates and to refresh the certificate and TLD stores. As usual it will go live Monday evening Pacific time assuming no difficulties.

    I have three main updates in mind for TenFourFox FPR14: expanding FPR13's new AppleScript support to allow injecting JavaScript into pages (so that you can drive a web page by manipulating the DOM elements within it instead of having to rely on screen coordinates and sending UI events), adding Olga's ffmpeg framework to enable H.264 video support with a sidecar library (see the previous post for details on the scheme), and a possible solution to allow JavaScript async functions which actually might fix quite a number of presently non-working sites.

Linux Foundation Leftovers: More of the Past Week's Coverage

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  • The Linux Foundation Unveils CommunityBridge for Open Source Developers

    This program is available to encourage participation by mentees from traditionally underrepresented or marginalized groups in technology and open source communities, including, but not limited to, persons identifying as LGBTQ, women, persons of color, and/or persons with disabilities.

  • New CI/CD Foundation Draws Tech’s Big Beasts, Open Source Donations

    CloudBees, Google, Netflix all donate open source CI/CD platforms to the new foundation

    The world’s leading tech companies have teamed up to launch a new foundation aimed at improving industry standardisation and oversight in continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) – an automated software testing and development practice.

    The Continuous Delivery Foundation (CDF), a project initiated by CloudBees, will be staffed and operated by the Linux Foundation. Its 22 founding members include CapitalOne, CloudBees, GitLab, Google, Microsoft, Netflix, and Red Hat.

  • Alluxio Joins Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF)
  • Alluxio adds support for more than 1 billion files
  • Broadcom introduces enterprise support for Open Mainframe Project's Zowe framework

    As the first open source project based on IBM's z/OS, Zowe provides the framework and capabilities to accelerate mainframe application development via modern DevOps tools, while introducing new levels of automation and infrastructure management.

  • Broadcom Introduces Enterprise Support for Open Mainframe Project's Zowe Framework
  • Google to be the founding member of CDF (Continuous Delivery Foundation)

    The formation of CDF was announced at the Linux Foundation Open Source Leadership Summit on Tuesday. CDF will act as a “vendor-neutral home” for some of the most important open source projects for continuous delivery and specifications to speed up the release pipeline process.

  • “The CDF will foster collaboration among open source projects that span the whole software delivery lifecycle.”

    Big news coming over from the CloudBees team that announces the launch of the Continuous Delivery Foundation (CD Foundation or CDF), a foundation that will operate under the umbrella of the Linux Foundation. CloudBees was the leading voice in this launch initiative, but the CDF was realized in collaboration with the Jenkins Community, Google and the Linux Foundation itself.

    To learn more about this announcement and what it has in store for the developer community, we invited Kohsuke Kawaguchi, the creator of Jenkins, to give us some insight into the goals of CDF, the details around project donations and more!

  • Continuous Delivery Foundation aims to boost success of open source projects

    An industry group made up of 22 members is launching a Continuous Delivery Foundation (CDF) to develop, nurture and promote open source projects, best practices and industry specifications related to continuous delivery.

    Founding members of the CDF include the Linux Foundation, Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Red Hat, CloudBees and the Jenkins Community

  • Continuous Delivery Foundation hopes to bring rhyme and reason to CI/CD

    At the Open Source Leadership Summit (OSLS), the Linux Foundation introduced, with a host of partners, the Continuous Delivery Foundation (CDF). Its goal? The not-so-modest one of bringing sense to continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD).

  • Node.js and JS foundations are merging to form OpenJS

    The Linux Foundation today unveiled several major collaborative partnerships as it looks to cement the development of various open source projects that power much of the web.

    First off, the Node.js Foundation and the JS Foundation, which the Linux Foundation launched in 2016, are merging to form the OpenJS Foundation. The merger between the two chief organizations that focus on JavaScript comes six months after they publicly began to explore such a possibility with their communities.

  • Intel, Linux Foundation Launch Open Source Silicon Groups

    The Linux Foundation on Monday announced its new CHIPS (Common Hardware for Interfaces, Processors and Systems) Alliance with member companies Google, Western Digital, Esperanto Technologies, and SiFive. On the same day tech heavyweights Intel, Alibaba, Cisco, Dell EMC, Facebook, Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Huawei, and Microsoft formed a consortium to develop open interconnect technology called Compute Express Link (CXL).

    [...]

    Fellow chipmaker Nvidia, which this week outbid Intel to buy Mellanox Technologies for $6.9 billion, is notably not a member of the CXL Consortium.

Programming: JTAG, IDEs, C++, Java and Python

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  • Open source JTAG switcher improves multi-processor designs

    Debug tools supplier Lauterbach has released its JTAG Switcher VHDL source code into the public domain under the MIT Open Source License...

  • 5 Best Open Source IDEs for Java Programming Language

    Whether you are an experienced Java programmer or you are just getting into the game, you will definitely use an Integrated development environment (IDE). A Java IDE is software that houses all the necessary tools, libraries and other resources that are needed for Java programming.

  • 11 Free Resources For Learning C/C++ Programming

    C/C++ has been declared “dead” a million times over the years as Java and Python continue to grow in popularity, but still the language persists. It is one of the most widely used programming languages in most technical fields, powering backend systems that these other languages run on the front end and is also embedded into the programming of just about every machine and electronic device out there. Whether it’s engineering, high-end game programming, or robotics, C/C++ is a must, which is why we compiled 11 free resources for learning C/C++ programming to help you get started.

  • CIDLib C++ dev tool goes open source

    CIDLib, a general-purpose C++ development environment, is now open source. Note that it does use some third-party code, including a version of the Scintilla engine as the CML language source editor and parts of the standard JPEG libraries to provide JPEG file format support.

    CDLib is not based on standard C++/STL libraries but has a far lighter use of templates than what has been commonplace, making it more debuggable, developer Dean Roddey said.

  • SAP Open Sources Java SCA Tool
  • 5 Best Open Source IDEs For Python Developers

    Python is one of the best future-oriented programming languages out there. All thanks to its versatility and large developer community. Python allows you to solve complex problems in fewer lines of code. Either you want to make a career in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning or Data Science, you will always see python developers are being preferred over others.

    However, all these things are next to impossible in lack of a good Integrated Development Environment or IDE. If you are from a programming background, you definitely know how important it is to choose the right IDE. It doesn’t only enable you to write code faster but also helps in debugging. Today, I will share some best IDEs for Python developers that you can use to make your job simpler and easier.

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Openwashing and Attacks on Free Software Licensing

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Google Linux-Based Consoles and Chromebooks

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Google
Gaming
  • The first Android Q beta hints at Google's bold gaming plan

    Google has released the first beta of Android Q. It won’t give the software its official moment in the spotlight until the Google I/O conference in May, of course, but we already know some important information about its direction.

  • All signs point to a Google game console announcement at GDC

    Normally, Google showing up to the Game Developers Conference isn't a huge deal. The company does this pretty much every year—Android smartphones and Google Play are a pretty big gaming platform, after all—and it shows up with livestreams and blog posts and all the usual festivities. This year, though, is different. Google has been sending out vague teasers since last month for a GDC event, but as the date approaches, the company has been dropping more and more hints of exactly what it is announcing: Google is launching video game hardware for the Project Stream platform.

  • Google Chrome will soon support Nintendo Switch controllers

    Google Chrome may soon have native support for both the Nintendo Switch Pro controller and its Joy-Cons, according to an article from 9to5Google.

    A new commit in Chromium’s Gerrit source code, titled “Improve support for Nintendo Switch gamepads”, was discovered by both 9to5Google and Owen Williams.

  • Next@Acer event scheduled for April 11; new Chromebooks expected

    I also have a slight inkling on what new devices we might see announced but I’m still researching and checking with some sources, so it’s premature to share anything just yet. Stay tuned though.

Five in running for leader of Debian GNU/Linux project

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When it rains, it tends to pour. This seems true in the case of the Debian GNU/Linux project elections, with five developers putting their hands up to contest for the post of leader, after nobody was in the running three days out from the initial date for the closing of nominations.
On Friday, as iTWire reported, just one developer, Joerg Jaspert, had said he would be contesting the post.

Another four developers have now joined the ranks: Jonathan Carter, Sam Hartman, Martin Michlmayr and Simon Richter.

Michlmayr has been leader twice before, in 2003 and 2004. A quiet, introspective type, he is the most experienced of the five candidates.

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Also: How Debian Almost Failed to Elect a Project Leader

6 Best Free Linux Electronic Medical Records Software

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Software

In developed countries, healthcare workers represent a significant proportion of the working population. For example, in the United Kingdom, more than 1 million people work for the National Health Service, a publicly funded healthcare system. Medical software therefore has a huge market to tap. Whatever stage of a country’s economic development, health care is one of the most important elements in society.

This article focuses on software that provides Electronic Medical Records (EMR) functionality. This type of record is used in a hospital and doctor’s surgery to capture medical information, reducing the amount of physical records, and the costs associated in storing them. EMR software can make an appreciable difference to improve a medical organisation’s efficiency and raise quality standards. For example, it reduces storage costs, minimises medical errors, provides statistical reporting, and assists clinical studies.

Open source EMR software has an important role to play. In a resource poor country, commercial healthcare computer software may simply not be affordable. Alternatively, developed countries can make significant savings in IT costs by using an open source EMR system without compromising on patient care.

To provide in insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 6 high quality open source EMR software. Here’s our rating for each program.

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Availability of KDE Plasma 5.15 on GNU/Linux Distros

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KDE
Linux

We are getting excited as Plasma 5.15 has been released (since 12 February 2019) and we soon want to test it. I have tested it on Neon and it is lightweight and very impressive. This list is for you wanting to test Plasma as quick as possible by downloading GNU/Linux distros with built-in Plasma 5.15. They are Neon 5.15, Kubuntu 19.04, Chakra, KaOS, and openSUSE Tumbleweed. You can download the ISO images from links I mentioned below and quickly run a LiveCD session of them. Additionally, I also mentioned Kubuntu 18.10 and Fedora 30 on the separate section below as they don't bundle it but make it available through repositories. Anyway, go ahead and happy testing!

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Games: Mars Underground, GameCube Controllers With SDL2, Wine-Staging 4.4

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  • Mars Underground emerges on Windows and Linux

    The first day at a new school is always a challenge. It's even more challenging when you keep reliving the same day over and over, Bill Murray style, as you will in indie developer Moloch Media's newly released Mars Underground.

    In this unusual "apocalyptic adventure," the titular Mars finds himself waking up to the same school day each morning, only for the world to end once again every night to start all over again. Except it's not entirely the same, as "with each cycle new items can be picked up and topics unlocked." Players will need to "solve brain damaging mysteries" while exploring the many opportunities the time loop presents. You can choose to "take experimental prescription drugs. Talk to a toilet. Get hit by a car. Humiliate yourself repeatedly. All in the name of figuring out what on earth is going on" as you progress through branching story paths.

  • You Can Now Use Your Old GameCube Controllers With SDL2 Games

    Linux game porter Ethan Lee has taken a break from his FNA-XNA/FAudio/Wine hacking to add support to the SDL2 library for the GameCube controller adapter intended for Nintendo's Wii U / Switch devices. 

    Nintendo's adapter allows for old GameCube controllers to be used with the Wii U and Switch platforms, since the old GameCube Controllers do not offer a USB connection. Or now thanks to this support within SDL2, the GameCube Controllers can be enjoyed for some Linux gaming in SDL2-using titles.

  • Wine-Staging 4.4 Down To 770 Patch Delta, Addresses Six Year Old Bug About Silverlight

    Re-based off Friday's release of Wine 4.4, Wine-Staging 4.4 is now available though the delta compared to upstream is now many patches lighter thanks to some of the work being upstreamed.

    Wine-Staging 4.4 is only about 770 patches on top of the "vanilla" Wine, compared to not too far back when the patch delta was well over 800 patches. Over the past two weeks many patches were upstreamed including the addition of the new MSIDB tool for manipulating MSI databases representing a bulk of the mainlined code. There was also code merged around improving the D3D8 validate pixel shader function, WMCreateSyncReader, MSVIDC32, and other bits.

Linux 5.1 Will Let You Treat PMEM Like 3DXPoint Optane NVDIMMs Back As System RAM

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With broader availability expected soon for Intel Optane NVDIMMs backed by 3DXPoint memory, which offers a new means of speedy persistent memory, patches have landed in Linux 5.1 to optionally treat this persistent memory just like system RAM.

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Overview of Latest KDE Changes

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  • KDE Usability & Productivity: Week 62

    Week 62 for KDE’s Usability & Productivity initiative is here, and we didn’t let up! We’ve got new features, bugfixes, more icons… we’ve got everything!

  • KDE Plasma 5.16 Will Let You Reboot Into The UEFI Setup Screen

    Similar to Microsoft Windows, KDE Plasma 5.16 is picking up an option on the shutdown screen for letting users reboot into their UEFI setup screen where supported.

    Rather than trying to hit the right key on the initial system start-up for entering the UEFI/BIOS setup screen, Plasma 5.16 is adding the option to its shutdown screen. This functionality is achieved in cooperation with Logind for setting the proper bit to allow this to happen. It's a simple but very useful option especially for enthusiasts.

Linux Support in Hardware: Mali and NicomSoft

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Hardware
  • The Lima Gallium3D Driver Is Aiming To Be Merged In Mesa

    While there is the Panfrost Gallium3D driver that has been advancing rapidly within mainline Mesa for Arm's Mali newer Midgard/Bifrost architectures, the Lima driver might finally see the light of day in mainline Mesa for Mali's older 400/450 series graphics engine. 

    Lima is the open-source driver effort originally started seven years ago Luc Verhaegen but then the project ceased and more recently Qiang Yu has been working on resurrecting and advancing this original open-source, reverse-engineered Arm Mali graphics driver effort.

  • Virtual ARP 2500 For Linux

    Following on from the original release in January, NicomSoft tells us that the G2500 Virtual Analog synth, the virtual ARP 2500, has now also been released for Linux together with updates for the Mac and Windows versions.

'CryptoSink' Security Scare

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  • Cryptojacking Takes a New Turn in CryptoSink Campaign

    Researchers from F5 Labs reported on March 14 that they have discovered a new cryptojacking campaign that is abusing unpatched Elasticsearch servers.

    Unauthorized cryptocurrency mining, commonly referred to as "cryptojacking," is an attack trend that started in 2017 and hit a peak in mid-2018. With a cryptojacking attack, a hacker makes use of a system or server resources to help mine cryptocurrency. F5 Labs is dubbing the cryptojacking campaign it discovered "CryptoSink" as the attackers are identifying systems that have already been compromised by cryptojacking and are "sinkholing" or redirecting the competitive mining effort. When the competitive cryptojacking effort is sinkholed, it is effectively shut down in favor of the new CryptoSink effort.

  • New cryptominer targets Elasticsearch on Windows, Linux

    A new cryptomining campaign that targets both Windows and Linux systems running the Elasticsearch search and analytics engine has been detailed by researchers from F5 Networks.
    Andrey Shalnev and Maxim Zavodchik said in a blog post that the campaign, which they have named Cryptosink, was using a five-year-old vulnerability in Elasticsearch to gain entry to the servers.

    The initial infection vector was a malicious HTTP request that targeted Elasticsearch.

    [...]

    The malware was also able to backdoor the server by adding the SSH keys of the person who was carrying out the attack.

    And it used several command and control servers, with the current live one being in China.

    Shalnev and Zavodchik said the rise of cryptomining botnets and the decline in crypto currency value meant there was tough competition among the various currencies.

Server: Facebook, Cumulus Linux and WordPress

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  • Facebook debuts Minipack, an open modular switch for datacenters

    During a keynote at the 2019 Open Compute Project (OCP) Global Summit in San Jose, Facebook today debuted Minipack, a modular whitebox network switch platform it claims is the first of its kind with an “open” design.

    “We are excited to work with the community to develop an ecosystem around Minipack,” said director of engineering at Facebook Hans-Juergen Schmidtke in a statement. “[It’s] the next generation of open, modular switch platforms that is more flexible, scalable and efficient for modern data centers.”

  • Cumulus' Linux OS first to support Facebook's modular Minipack

    Cumulus Linux will be the first network operating system to fully support Minipack, Facebook’s modular switch platform.

    Minipack is half the height of its Facebook-designed big brother, Backpack, and uses half the power. It was developed by hardware maker Edgecore Networks.

    Cumulus’ support for Minipack was announced at the Open Compute Project (OCP) Global Summit in San Jose this week.. The company also said that its Linux based OS will be available pre-installed on Minipack directly from the vendor or through Edgecore.

  • One-third of the web!

    WordPress now powers over 1/3rd of the top 10 million sites on the web according to W3Techs. Our market share has been growing steadily over the last few years, going from 29.9% just one year ago to 33.4% now. We are, of course, quite proud of these numbers!

    The path here has been very exciting. In 2005, we were celebrating 50,000 downloads. Six years later, in January 2011, WordPress was powering 13.1% of websites. And now, early in 2019, we are powering 33.4% of sites. Our latest release has already been downloaded close to 14 million times, and it was only released on the 21st of February.

GNU/Linux Devices: Octavo Systems, Intel and Vnopn K1

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Linux
  • Octavo Systems Shows Off With Deadbug Linux Computer

    Once upon a time, small Linux-capable single board computers were novelties, but not anymore. Today we have a wide selection of them, many built around modules we could buy for our own projects. Some of the chipset suppliers behind these boards compete on cost, others find a niche to differentiate their product. Octavo Systems is one of the latter offering system-in-package (SiP) modules that are specifically designed for easy integration. They described how simple it would be to build a minimal computer using their SC335x C-SiP, and to drive the point home they brought a deadbug implementation to Embedded World 2019. [Short video after the break.]

  • Intel Comet Lake Processors To Feature Up To 10 Cores, Confirmed in Linux Support List – Will Also Have 8 Core and 6 Core Variants
  • Vnopn K1 is a small, cheap fanless PC with an AMD processor

    There’s no shortage of tiny, fanless computers capable of running Windows or LInux software these days. But the Vnopn K1 is a bit unusual since it has a low-power AMD processor rather than an Intel chip.

    As spotted by AndroidPC.es, the Vnopn K1 is available from Chinese marketplace AliExpress with prices starting at $134 for a barebones model.

Video/Audio: Python, Linux in the Ham Shack, HexagonOS and AcroLinuxB 19.03 Deepin

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Linux
  • Episode #121: python2 becomes self-aware, enters fifth stage of grief
  • LHS Episode #275: The Weekender XXV

    You have tuned into the 275th episode of Linux in the Ham Shack. In this, the 25th Weekender episode, the hosts discuss upcoming amateur radio special event stations and worldwide contests, upcoming open source conferences, Linux distributions to try, challenges to try for yourselves, meatloaf that might just be murderous, an Imperial IPA and a port-finished bourbon along with many other topics. Hope you have a fun and inspired fortnight.

  • HexagonOS 1.0 overview | DISCOVER A NEW WAY

    In this video, I am going to show an overview of HexagonOS 1.0 and some of the applications pre-installed.

  • AcroLinuxB 19.03 Deepin

    Today we are looking at ArcoLinuxB 19.03 Deepin.  AcroLinux 19.03 has been released on the 12th of March and it's default environment in XFCE and we had a few looks at in the past but I thought I will look at one of the community editions to celebrate the point release of this rolling Arch distro with stunning icon themes and neat features in it, with Linux Kernel 5 and all the latest of Linux.  Enjoy!

    ArcoLinux is available with the following desktop environments:  AcroLinux - XFCE, Openbox and i3.  AcroLinuxD  - no Desktop.  AcroLinuxB - Awesome, Bspwm, Budgie, Cinnamon, Deepin, Gnome, Openbox, i3, Mate, Plasma, Xfce and Xmonad.

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Mozilla/Firefox: Reducing Your Online Annoyances, This Week in Servo Development and Vista 10 Integration

  • Today’s Firefox Aims to Reduce Your Online Annoyances
    Almost a hundred years ago, John Maynard Keyes suggested that the industrial revolution would effectively end work for humans within a couple of generations, and our biggest challenge would be figuring what to do with that time. That definitely hasn’t happened, and we always seem to have lots to do, much of it online. When you’re on the web, you’re trying to get stuff done, and therefore online annoyances are just annoyances. Whether it’s autoplaying videos, page jumps or finding a topic within all your multiple tabs, Firefox can help. Today’s Firefox release minimizes those online inconveniences, and puts you back in control.
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    Firefox 66, being released this week, supports using the Windows Hello feature for Web Authentication on Windows 10, enabling a passwordless experience on the web that is hassle-free and more secure. Firefox has supported Web Authentication for all desktop platforms since version 60, but Windows 10 marks our first platform to support the new FIDO2 “passwordless” capabilities for Web Authentication.

Lessons in Vendor Lock-in: 3D Printers

One interesting thing about the hobbyist 3D printing market is that it was founded on free software and open hardware ideals starting with the RepRap project. The idea behind that project was to design a 3D printer from off-the-shelf parts that could print as many of its own parts as possible (especially more complex, custom parts like gears). Because of this, the first generation of 3D printers were all homemade using Arduinos, stepper motors, 3D-printed gears and hardware you could find in the local hardware store. As the movement grew, a few individuals started small businesses selling 3D printer kits that collected all the hardware plus the 3D printed parts and electronics for you to assemble at home. Later, these kits turned into fully assembled and supported printers, and after the successful Printrbot kickstarter campaign, the race was on to create cheaper and more user-friendly printers with each iteration. Sites like Thingiverse and YouMagine allowed people to create and share their designs, so even if you didn't have any design skills yourself, you could download and print everyone else's. These sites even provided the hardware diagrams for some of the more popular 3D printers. The Free Software ethos was everywhere you looked. Read more