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Vizio Sued for GPL Violations

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  • Software Freedom Conservancy files lawsuit against California TV manufacturer Vizio Inc. for GPL violations

    Software Freedom Conservancy announced today it has filed a lawsuit against Vizio Inc. for what it calls repeated failures to fulfill even the basic requirements of the General Public License (GPL).

    The lawsuit alleges that Vizio’s TV products, built on its SmartCast system, contain software that Vizio unfairly appropriated from a community of developers who intended consumers to have very specific rights to modify, improve, share, and reinstall modified versions of the software.

  • SFC files suit against Vizio over GPL violations [LWN.net]

    Software Freedom Conservancy has announced that it filed suit against TV maker Vizio over "repeated failures to fulfill even the basic requirements of the General Public License (GPL)". The organization raised the problems with Vizio in August 2018, but the company stopped responding in January 2020, according to the announcement.

  • Software Freedom Conservancy sues Vizio for GPL violations

    The SFC is suing Vizio because its SmartCast OS is based on Linux. Linux's source code is protected under the GPL version 2 (GPLv2). Besides the Linux kernel, the other GPL'd and Lesser GPL (LGPL)'d code in SmartCast includes U-Boot, bash, gawk, tar, Glibc, and FFmpeg. In short, Vizio is using the code without permission.

    This can't come as any surprise. Vizio has been made well aware of this problem. The company was first informed that it had violated the GPLv2 for not releasing SmartCast OS's source code by the SFC in August 2018. After over a year of diplomatic attempts to work with the company, the Conservancy declared that not only was the company still refusing to comply, but it had stopped responding to inquiries altogether as of January 2020.

Screencasts/Shows/Videos: KaOS 2021.10, Ubuntu Kylin 21.10, Late Night Linux, Linux in the Ham Shack

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  • KaOS 2021.10 Run Through - Invidious

    In this video, we are looking at KaOS 2021.10. Enjoy!

  • Linux overview | Ubuntu Kylin 21.10 - Invidious

    In this video, I am going to show an overview of Ubuntu Kylin 21.10 and some of the applications pre-installed.

  • A Terror So Terrifying, You'll Swear It's Just A Myth - Invidious

    This Halloween comes a film so terrifying that you will swear it's just an urban legend. You think nothing bad can ever happen to you. After all, you run Linux! But what did you install on that Linux machine? And what does it want from you?

  • Late Night Linux – Episode 147

    The pros and cons of tiling window managers, and how we nearly use them. Plus your feedback about Flatpak, Firefox as a Snap, a web-based image editor, starting a FOSS career, and why we have a Telegram group instead of IRC or Matrix.

  • FOSS Alternatives For The Windows Refugee - Invidious

    When you first switch to Linux it can be hard to out what alternatives you should look into for the apps that you want to run so today we're going to look at exactly that

  • LHS Episode #436: Bowling for Ham Radio

    Hello and welcome to Episode 436 of Linux in the Ham Shack. In this short-topics episode, the hosts discuss an ARDC grant for high school STEM students, a pair of intrepid amateur radio hobbyists, state-sponsored ARCs in Africa, Ubuntu 21.10, Sysmon for Linux and much more. Thank you for listening and have a great week.

MyGNUHealth release 1.0.5 is out!

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We are very happy to announce MyGNUHealth 1.0.5, the libre, privacy-oriented, Personal Health Record from GNU Health.

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How Purism Funds Free Software

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Free software isn’t free. Free software geeks love to correct people by saying that the “free” in “free software” refers to freedom (libre), not cost (gratis). We even join in this word play at Purism by naming our laptops Librem–a combination of the words libre (freedom) and librum (book). Whether free software is written as a labor of love in someone’s free time or written as part of someone’s full-time job, even if the developer doesn’t charge for the software the cost to make it is still there. In this post I’ll talk about why Purism funds free software through hardware, and why we didn’t take some of the other popular approaches.

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Get memory use statistics with this Linux command-line tool

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Linux

In my programming work, I often need to know the memory used by web applications. A rough estimate is usually enough before getting down to details and browser profiling tools.

To interrogate memory use on Linux or macOS, people typically use top or htop. I'd love to see a single number: How much RAM did a process take. But statistics shown by these utilities can be hard to understand. With web browsers, it's even more complicated because they often run many separate processes. They all show up in top output as a long list, each with its own individual metrics.

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Audiocasts/Shows: WordPress, Linux Action News, Scams, and Fake Security

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Linux
  • WP Briefing: Episode 18: The Economics of WordPress

    In episode 18 of WP Briefing, Josepha Haden Chomphosy reflects on a recent lecture that she gave to students at Hendrix College in which she explored the economics of WordPress and the principles that sustain the project’s ecosystem.

  • Linux Action News 211

    We cover what's special about Plasma's 25th-anniversary edition, chat with CloudLinux's CEO, and detail why Apple supporting Blender is good for all of us.

  • These Open Source SCAMMERS are getting out of control! - Invidious

    No, Inkscape isn't a scam. In fact, it's the best vector illustration tool on the planet. But, much like Krita just a few weeks ago, scammers have registered official-looking domains that are meant to trick people into downloading and installing ransomware. It's sad to see and I can't think of many ways we can combat this besides raising awareness.

  • Josh Bressers: Episode 293 – Scoring OpenSSF Security Scoring

    Josh and Kurt talk about the release of OpenSSF Security Scorecards version 3. This is a great project that will probably make a huge difference. Most of the things the scorecards are measuring are no brainier activities. We go through the list of metrics being measured. There are only a few that we don’t think are fantastic.

Videos: KDE Plasma 5.23 Run Through, Zoomers, and Software Freedom

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Linux
  • KDE Plasma 5.23 Run Through - Invidious

    In this video, we are looking at KDE Plasma 5.23.

  • KDE Plasma 5.23

    Today we are looking at the newly released KDE Plasma 5.23, we use the KDE Neon user edition to look at it (which is based on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS). Enjoy!

  • Zoomers Don't Understand Computer Folders - Invidious

    As computers get easier to use and more people are using computers from a young age you'd think that computer literacy would increase, well in some instances that may not actually be the case.

  • I Can't Use Free Software. Proprietary Software Is BETTER! - Invidious

    I often talk about the advantages of free and open source software (FOSS) versus proprietary software (aka "proprietary poo"). But many people have messaged me saying that they could never switch to FOSS because: (1) I have to use proprietary software, or (2) proprietary software is just inherently better than free/cheap software, or (3) there is no FOSS software for the stuff I do.

Free Software Foundation claims Windows 11 will reduce user freedom

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Microsoft

The Free Software Foundation has described Windows 11, the new avatar of Microsoft's desktop operating system that was launched on 6 October, as taking "important steps in the wrong direction when it comes to user freedom".

In a blog post, the organisation's campaigns manager Greg Farough said Windows 11 did nothing to mitigate "Windows' long history of depriving users of freedom and digital autonomy".

The FSF was set up by former MIT employee Richard Stallman to try and develop an operating system and other utilities that would not impinge on the freedom of users. The word "free" refers not to the price, but the ability to change and share the software as one wishes.

Farough said Microsoft was "intentionally choosing to create an unjust power structure, in which a developer knowingly keeps users powerless and dependent by withholding information".

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Audiocasts/Shows: This Week in Linux, GNU World Order, and Protonup Reviewed

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Linux
  • This Week in Linux 172: PinePhone Pro, Ubuntu 21.10, KDE Plasma 5.23, NVIDIA + Wayland

    On this episode of This Week in Linux, PinePhone Pro Announced, Ubuntu 21.10 Released, KDE Plasma 5.23 Released, NVIDIA 495 Beta Driver Released, Ventoy 1.0.54 Released (Multiboot USB), Devuan 4.0 Released, AppSupport for Linux Platforms (Android), Heroic Games Launcher 1.10.2 Released, Lutris 0.5.9 Released, Are We Anti-Cheat Yet? All that and much more on Your Weekly Source for Linux GNews!

  • GNU World Order 430

    GNU **parallel** and **patchelf** from NixOS.

  • Protonup: Essential Tool For Linux Steam Gamers - Invidious

    Proton is an absolutely fantastic tool but for some games it's not going to work properly and you'll need to try out a custom version, the most popular being proton ge and protonup will help us manage our versions.

xfce4-terminal 0.9.0 development release

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Linux

  Welcome back! Since I became maintainer of xfce4-terminal I've worked on replacing deprecated parts of the codebase, closing old bugs and merging Merge Requests which have been sitting around for a while.

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