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  • Friends of GNOME Update – November 2020 – Getting to know GNOME

    The Seattle GNU/Linux Conference took place online this year and we were there. Executive Director Neil McGovern gave a presentation titled “Patently Obvious” about our legal case with a patent assertion entity and how the settlement impacts all of FOSS.

    Strategic Initiatives Manager M. de Blanc gave a surprise talk that had nothing to do with GNOME, but discussed the Foundation nonetheless.

    We also had talks at Linux Application Summit and GNOME.Asia, which you can read more about below.

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  • Support UserFreedom by purchasing gifts from the GNU Press Shop

    To celebrate this year's thirty-fifth anniversary of the FSF, we designed and issued an extremely cool undersea-themed 35th Anniversary T-shirt. The initial run sold out faster than a weekend scuba diving trip, but we've reprinted them in a new color scheme worthy of Neptune himself -- lots of these are in stock and ready to send to you.

    But that's not all! So excited are we on the occasion of FSF's coral anniversary that we also made new socks. Warm your toes with the brand new FSF thirty-fifth anniversary socks -- crew-length socks whose coral, black, and blue color scheme will match your FSF 35th Anniversary Poster. Orders for these limited edition socks will be accepted on a "pre-order" basis until December 9th -- we'll collect customer orders, then print the socks, which I'll then ship to you. Be sure to order socks within the above time frame if you want them, because we won't have a lot of surplus after the orders are filled.

    [...]

    Finally, a note about shipping. The current pandemic places a lot of obstacles to buying and selling merchandise at FSF, so your order may be shipped less punctually than before -- but it absolutely will be shipped. This time of year, many customers place orders hoping to have them in hand by December 25. If this is you, and you are in the United States, please place your order before December 4, in order to provide us with the necessary lead time to make sure that your gifts are shipped on time. In any circumstance, it's advisable to place any order as soon as you can; I will endeavor to ship it as promptly as circumstances permit. As always, don't hesitate to email sales@fsf.org with any questions or concerns about shipping, inventory, payment, suggestions for future items for sale, or anything else -- this email address is the first thing I check every work day, especially at this time of year.

  • The Talospace Project: Firefox 83 on POWER

    LTO-PGO is still working great in Firefox 83, which expands in-browser PDF support, adds additional features to Picture-in-Picture (which is still one of my favourite tools in Firefox) and some miscellany developer changes. The exact same process, configs and patches to build a fully link-time and profile-guided optimized build work that was used in Firefox 82.

  • Presenting Cockpit Wicked | YaST

    If you are into systems management, you most likely have heard about Cockpit at some point. In a nutshell, it offers a good looking web-based interface to perform system tasks like inspecting the logs, applying system updates, configuring the network, managing services, and so on. If you want to give it a try, you can install Cockpit in openSUSE Tumbleweed just by typing zypper in cockpit.

    [...]

    Cockpit already features a nice module to configure the network so you might be wondering why not extending the original instead of creating a new one. The module shipped with Cockpit is specific to NetworkManager and adapting it to a different backend can be hard.

    In our case, we are trying to build something that could be adapted in the future to support more backends, but we are not sure how realistic this idea is.

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  • GPUOpen Software Updated For The Radeon RX 6000 Series - Phoronix

    AMD has updated their collection of software offered under their "GPUOpen" umbrella for Radeon RX 6000 series / RDNA 2 compatibility.

    The Radeon GPU Profiler, Radeon Memory Visualizer, and other software packages offered via GPUOpen have been updated with "Big Navi" RDNA2 support.

  • OctopusWAF: A Customizable Open-Source WAF for High Performance Applications

    Mainstream web application firewalls (WAFs) can be very difficult to understand, with thousands of lines of code and obscure plugins. This complexity makes it challenging for developers to modify code to block specific anomalies and secure their applications. But OctopusWAF is different - the open-source WAF is customizable, user-friendly and optimized for a large number of parallel connections - making it ideal for high performance Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (AJAX) applications.

  • ZLUDA: Drop-In Open-Source CUDA Support For Intel Xe / UHD Graphics

    An interesting solution built off Intel's oneAPI Level Zero is the open-source "ZLUDA" that is providing a "Level Zero CUDA" implementation for being able to run programs geared for NVIDIA CUDA atop Intel UHD / Xe Graphics hardware.

    ZLUDA is a project independent of NVIDIA and Intel but one of the most interesting external projects we have seen so far targeting Intel's Level Zero interface. ZLUDA allows for unmodified CUDA applications to run on Intel GPUs with "near native" performance through this alternative libcuda running with Skylake / Gen9 graphics and newer.

  • Portwell and Congatec spin Elkhart Lake modules in multiple form factors

    Portwell unveiled a “PQ7-M109” Qseven module with Intel’s Atom x-6000. Congatec recently announced x6000 modules in Qseven (Conga-QA7), SMARC, (Conga-SA7), Mini Type 10 (Conga-MA7), and Compact Type 6 (Conga-TCA7) form factors.

    Portwell has announced the PQ7-M109, its first product based on Intel’s 10nm fabricated Elkhart Lake family of low-power system-on-chips, which includes several Atom x-6000, Celeron, and Pentium models. In September, in reporting on Congatec’s Elkhart Lake based Conga-PA7 Pico-ITX SBC, we promised to cover Congatec’s four Elkhart Lake compute modules in a separate report. Well, better late than ever: We briefly summarize Congatec’s Conga-QA7 (Qseven), Conga-SA7 (SMARC), and Conga-MA7 (COM Express Mini Type 10) and Conga-TCA7 (Compact Type-6) modules farther below.

  • Kubernetes and SUSE Enterprise Storage 7 - SUSE Communities

    Rook is a CNCF – the Cloud Native Compute Foundation (CNCF) hosts Kubernetes and related open source projects – graduated project which automates the installation, deployment and upgrade of Ceph. It takes care to launch and configure all Ceph components correctly, setup Ceph on storage devices and allows Kubernetes applications to use Ceph as storage – for block, file, and object storage.

    Deployment with Rook is like many other Kubernetes installation, you install Rook using a helm chart that you can configure, and then Kubernetes will do all the necessary steps to setup Ceph. You can also connect to the Ceph dashboard and see how your applications use storage.

    Once Rook is up, your containerized applications can use Ceph as persistent storage using the usual Kubernetes APIs like PersistentVolumeClaims (PVCs).

    Running Ceph with Rook on Kubernetes means that you have a smaller footprint overall instead of setting up a separate Ceph cluster and a Kubernetes cluster. Kubernetes will run applications and storage together in the same infrastructure. This is not advised for very large storage installations but a great option for a Kubernetes cluster that needs a smaller storage configuration. Depending on your use-cases and requirements, you can use dedicated storage nodes in your single cluster – and have dedicated application nodes – or use all your nodes for storage and applications.

  • Digest of YaST Development Sprint 113 | YaST

    Time flies and it has been already two weeks since our previous development report. On these special days, we keep being the YaST + Cockpit Team and we have news on both fronts. So let’s do a quick recap.

    Cockpit Modules

    Our Cockpit module to manage wicked keeps improving. Apart from several small enhancements, the module has now better error reporting and correctly manages those asynchronous operations that wicked takes some time to perform. In addition, we have improved the integration with a default Cockpit installation, ensuring the new module replaces the default network one (which relies on Network Manager) if both are installed. In the following days we will release RPM packages and a separate blog post to definitely present Cockpit Wicked to the world.

    On the other hand, we also have news about our Cockpit module to manage transactional updates. We are creating some early functional prototypes of the user interface to be used as a base for future development and discussions. You can check the details and several screenshots at the following pull requests: request#3, request#5.

  • Stantinko Botnet Now Targeting Linux Servers to Hide Behind Proxies [Ed: They say almost nothing about the fact that you actually need to sabotage your GNU/Linux setup and have malware installed on it for this to become a risk. Microsoft propaganda at ZDNet set off this "Linux" FUD.]

    According to a new analysis published by Intezer today and shared with The Hacker News, the trojan masquerades as HTTPd, a commonly used program on Linux servers, and is a new version of the malware belonging to a threat actor tracked as Stantinko.

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  • LibreSSL 3.3.0 Released

    We have released LibreSSL 3.3.0, which will be arriving in the LibreSSL directory of your local OpenBSD mirror soon.

    This is the first development release from the 3.3.x series, which will eventually be part of OpenBSD 6.9.

  • New alpha release: Tor 0.4.5.2-alpha

    There's a new alpha release available for download. If you build Tor from source, you can download the source code for 0.4.5.2-alpha from the download page on the website. Packages should be available over the coming weeks, with a new alpha Tor Browser release by mid-December.

    Remember, this is an alpha release: you should only run this if you'd like to find and report more bugs than usual.

  • Gnome Asia summit 2020
  • Ubuntu Fridge | Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 658

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 658 for the week of November 15 – 21, 2020. The full version of this issue is available here.

  • Adam Williamson: Site and blog migration

    So I've been having an adventurous week here at HA Towers: I decided, after something more than a decade, I'm going to get out of the self-hosting game, as far as I can. It makes me a bit sad, because it's been kinda cool to do and I think it's worked pretty well, but I'm getting to a point where it seems silly that a small part of me has to constantly be concerned with making sure my web and mail servers and all the rest of it keep working, when the services exist to do it much more efficiently. It's cool that it's still possible to do it, but I don't think I need to actually do it any more.

    So, if you're reading this...and I didn't do something really weird...it's not being served to you by a Fedora system three feet from my desk any more. It's being served to you by a server owned by a commodity web hoster...somewhere in North America...running Lightspeed (boo) on who knows what OS. I pre-paid for four years of hosting before realizing they were running proprietary software, and I figured what the hell, it's just a web serving serving static files. If it starts to really bug me I'll move it, and hopefully you'll never notice.

    [...]

    I also set up a Kolab Now account and switched my contacts and calendar to it, which was nice and easy to do (download the ICS files from Radicale, upload them to Kolab, switch my accounts on my laptops and phone, shut down the Radicale server, done). I also plan to have it serve my mail, but that migration is going to be the longest and most complicated as I'll have to move several gigs of mail and re-do all my filters. Fun!

  • IBM Cloud Now: Instana Acquisition, myInvenio Partnership, and Lower Prices for RHOS on IBM Cloud
  • LibreOffice 7.1 Beta Released With Faster Spell Checking, Speedier Find And Replace - Phoronix

    LibreOffice 7.1 was branched this weekend that also marked the hard feature freeze for this next half-year update to this open-source office suite. LibreOffice 7.1 Beta has now shipped ahead of next month's release candidate and the additional test releases in January before going gold in early February.

    LibreOffice 7.1 brings presentation improvements, an outline folding mode as an experimental feature, faster find/replace performance, faster spell checking performance within the Calc spreadsheets, new physics-based animations within Impress, LibreOffice Math now has full support for HTML colors, native support for Windows ARM64, and a wealth of low-level improvements.

  • Community Member Monday: Yusuf Keten - The Document Foundation Blog

    I was born on February 25, 1998 in Istanbul, Turkey. Currently I’m a third-year Computer Engineering student at Hacettepe University in Turkey. I really like coding. Nowadays, I am working on computer graphics. Also, I have academic projects about GPGPU programming. I am contributing to LibreOffice in my free time because of my enthusiasm for open source culture.

  • 2020.47 Present Release – Rakudo Weekly News

    Alexander Kiryuhin again did all the hard work to create a new Rakudo Compiler release: the Rakudo Compiler 2020.11 Release! With a bunch of new features, such as new coercion semantics, support for the [|| ] and {|| } postcircumfix operators, a new is test-assertion trait for better error reporting during testing. Plus some efficiency improvements and quite a number of bug fixes and improvements.

    Sadly, shortly after the release it became clear that some typical workloads seem to be affected by a noticeable performance regression. This appears to be caused by the new coercion semantics inadvertently disabling some runtime optimizations. Fixing this has now become a blocker for the next release. It just goes to show that in Raku, it’s important to first make it work, and then make it work fast. And that a lot of users are already relying on those runtime optimizations.

  • JDK 16: The new features in Java 16 | InfoWorld

    Java Development Kit (JDK) 16 has added two more proposed new features including strong encapsulation of JDK internals and a foreign linker API. Previously proposed features include a foreign-memory access API, pattern matching, a production-ready package tool, concurrent thread-stack processing for garbage collection, support for C++ 14 language features, and an “elastic metaspace” capability to more quickly return unused class metadata memory to the OS.

    JDK 16 will be the reference implementation of the version of standard Java set to follow JDK 15, which arrived September 15. A proposed release schedule has JDK 16 reaching rampdown phases on December 10 and January 14, 2021, followed by release candidates arriving February 4 and February 18, 2021. The production release is slated to be published March 16, 2021.

  • The Internet Archive are keeping Flash creations alive with the open source Ruffle

    Like many of you, I have certain fond memories of playing various Flash games many years ago. There's obviously many better ways to do web games now and Adobe are killing Flash in December.

    On December 31, Adobe will be cutting off Flash from any further updates, it will effectively be End Of Life. There's a few projects around trying to keep it alive, like the open source Ruffle emulator written in Rust. Ruffle is still in development but even so the results are impressive, and it can already play thousands of Flash items. All you need is an up to date browser and it does it all for you with no plugins needed. If you have any Flash stuff, you can even test it online.

    Seems people have taken notice of this effort, like The Internet Archive who are known rather well for their Wayback Machine that stores websites at various dates. Announced in a blog post on November 19, the archive's Jason Scott announced that they're now storing and emulating various Flash animations, games and toys in their growing collection.

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  • Using Linux At University: Easier Than You Think - YouTube

    Since I'm done with uni now I thought I'd be fun to offer some advice on getting through university or college daily driving Linux, for the most part it'll be fine but there are some points where you'll run into some trouble in a software engineering context.

  • Linus is about to REJECT YOUR PRIVILEGES!
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  • A chat with Trese Brothers Games about the upcoming cyberpunk Cyber Knights: Flashpoint | GamingOnLinux

    We have a chat with Trese Brothers Games who are currently developing Cyber Knights: Flashpoint following a successful Kickstarter campaign earlier in March 2020.

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  • Big adventures ahead - Little Big Adventures

    Once upon a time in the past - around the year 1994 - a software company called Adeline Software International released a game titled “Little Big Adventure” or “Relentless: Twinsen's Adventure”. This game, a classic pseudo-3D action adventure game with an epic story set on a fantastic planet, has now entered the testing stage in ScummVM. Please, note that a few features of the original game are not implemented yet. However, we also added a few features which are new for the game.

  • Security updates for Monday

    Security updates have been issued by Debian (cimg, golang-1.7, golang-1.8, krb5, mediawiki, mupdf, php-pear, samba, thunderbird, and zabbix), Fedora (chromium, krb5, microcode_ctl, pngcheck, and rpki-client), Mageia (librepo, postgresql, python-twisted, raptor2, tcpdump, and thunderbird), openSUSE (blueman, java-11-openjdk, moinmoin-wiki, python, rmt-server, SDL, and tcpdump), Red Hat (chromium-browser and thunderbird), SUSE (c-ares, ceph, dash, firefox, java-1_8_0-openjdk, postgresql10, postgresql12, postgresql96, u-boot, and ucode-intel), and Ubuntu (openldap).

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  • Sometimes it's best to use the official upstream versions of software

    There are a number of things that make this less alarming than it looks, somewhat mitigating the problems I pointed out. First, both Prometheus and Grafana actually do provide official binary builds, and in fact it's the default way to use each project. That it's the default way means that each project has a relatively strong motivation to make good releases (and fix problems promptly), especially when combined with the development pace. When a new Grafana or Prometheus release comes out, each project knows that a lot of people will be updating to their provided binaries and they cannot sort of wash their hands of any problems that show up.

  • Why should you work on free software (or other technology issues)? | Life on M

    A world in which all technology is just cannot exist under capitalism. It cannot exist under racism or sexism or ableism. It cannot exist in a world that does not exist if we are ravaged by the effects of climate change. At the same time, free software is part of the story of each of these. The modern technology state fuels capitalism, and capitalism fuels it. It cannot exist without transparency at all levels of the creation process. Proprietary software and algorithms reinforce racial and gender injustice. Technology is very guilty of its contributions to the climate crisis. By working on making technology more just, by making it more free, we are working to address these issues. Software makes the world work, and oppressive software creates an oppressive world.

  • Debian Has Been Hosting A MiniDebConf Devoted To Linux/Open-Source Gaming - Phoronix

    For those looking for some technical open-source/Linux video content to enjoy this weekend, the Debian crew has been hosting a virtual MiniDebConf devoted to gaming and all of the material is online.

    This MiniDebConf running Saturday and today has included sessions on DRM-free games, gaming utilities to be found within the Debian ecosystem, open-source games like 0 A.D., open-source VR/AR with the likes of Monado, and engine talks like GemRB / Engine / Godot, and other Debian-minded gaming talks.

  • Markus Koschany: My Free Software Activities in October 2020 – gambaru.de

    Welcome to gambaru.de. Here is my monthly report (+ the first week in November) that covers what I have been doing for Debian. If you’re interested in Java, Games and LTS topics, this might be interesting for you.

  • The best Linux apps for Chromebooks

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  • Introduction about recent debexpo (mentors.debian.net)

    I've make a presentation about "How to hack debexpo (mentors.debian.net)" at Tokyo Debian (local Debian meeting) 21, November 2020.

  • Four key takeaways to CPRA, California's latest privacy law - Open Policy & Advocacy

    California is on the move again in the consumer privacy rights space. On Election Day 2020 California voters approved Proposition 24 the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA). CPRA – commonly called CCPA 2.0 – builds upon the less than two year old California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) continuing the momentum to put more control over personal data in people’s hands, additional compliance obligations for businesses and creating a new California Protection Agency for regulation and enforcement

    With federal privacy legislation efforts stagnating during the last years, California continues to set the tone and expectations that lead privacy efforts in the US. Mozilla continues to support data privacy laws that empower people, including the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), California Consumer Privacy Act, (CCPA) and now the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA). And while CPRA is far from perfect it does expand privacy protections in some important ways.

    Here’s what you need to know. CPRA includes requirements we foresee as truly beneficial for consumers such as additional rights to control their information, including sensitive personal information, data deletion, correcting inaccurate information, and putting resources in a centralized authority to ensure there is real enforcement of violations.

  • From Trac into Gitlab for Tor
  • 10 open-source videoconferencing tools for business
  • CERN explores the universe with the help of Kubernetes and the Cloud Native Computing Foundation

    CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is one of the world’s largest and most respected centers for scientific research. Its purpose is to find out what the universe is made of and how it works through physics and probing the fundamental structure of particles that make up everything around us. Using the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments, the organization provides a unique range of particle accelerator facilities to researchers to advance society’s knowledge of the universe.

  • Apple Silicon Macs versus ARM PCs

    In a comment on my entry on how I don't expect to have an ARM-based PC any time soon, Jonathan said:

    My big takeaway from the latest release of Apple laptops is that these new laptops aren't necessarily ARM laptops. [...]

    When a person gets an Apple Silicon Mac, they are not getting an ARM computer. They are getting an Apple computer.

    As it happens, I mostly agree with this view of the new Apple machines (and it got some good responses on tildes.net). These Apple Silicon Macs are ARM PCs in that they are general purpose computers (as much as any other OS X machine) and that they use the ARM instruction set. But they are not 'ARM PCs' in two other ways. First, they're not machines that will run any OS you want or even very many OSes. The odds are pretty good that they're not going to be running anything other than OS X any time soon (see Matthew Garrett).

  • UNESCO and partners publish 130 open source children’s books in Uzbek

    In the framework of the Translate a Story campaign, UNESCO, in cooperation with the Ministry of Public Education of Uzbekistan and the Norwegian agency for development (Norad), translated 130 children books into Uzbek. The books are openly available to use by schools and families in Uzbekistan. To celebrate the first success of this campaign, an online launch event will be organized next week with representatives from the Ministry, Norad, and UNESCO to introduce this new collection of Uzbek reading materials to teachers and learners in Uzbekistan.

  • Changing the Internet

    But now we’re getting very close, I think, to what really defines the Internet: the fact that I can pick and choose from all that work that was done in the last fifty years, make use of all that experience, and pick those bits and pieces that I need to get the job done. Compatibility is at the heart of this. The Internet is a space where you can try things your way and I can try things mine. And when one way works or adapts better than the other, we keep that one and drop the other.

    What you end up with is a very open and, as Vint put it, open-ended framework that forms the basis for our designs and engineering. It’s a framework that allows us to keep innovating and finding new and better ways to get the job done. Without asking for permission or waiting for a committee to vote on a particular top-to-bottom design. That openness, the liberal approach of being open to new ways, the idea that this is driven from the bottom, putting the user – hint: that’s you and me, as well – first.

    While these principles are clear from a technical perspective, it’s the way that they have been embedded in the governance model that, for me, makes the Internet what it is and what it should be – which brings me to my main topic. Because these days, we see some of these principles being challenged in a variety of ways and venues.

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  • [ANNOUNCE] libX11 1.7.0
    Here's a summary of changes from README.md:
    
    libX11 version 1.7.0 includes a new API, hence the change from the 1.6
    series to 1.7:
    
     * XSetIOErrorExitHandler which provides a mechanism for applications
       to recover from I/O error conditions instead of being forced to
       exit. Thanks to Carlos Garnacho for this.
    
    This release includes a bunch of bug fixes, some which have been pending for over three years:
    
     * A bunch of nls cleanups to remove obsolete entries and clean up
       formatting of the ist. Thanks to Benno Schulenberg for these.
    
     * Warning fixes and other cleanups across a huge swath of the
       library. Thanks to Alan Coopersmith for these.
    
     * Memory allocation bugs, including leaks and use after free in the
       locale code. Thanks to Krzesimir Nowak, Jacek Caban and Vittorio
       Zecca for these.
    
     * Thread safety fixes in the locale code. Thanks to Jacek Caban for
       these.
    
     * poll_for_response race condition fix. Thanks to Frediano Ziglio for
       the bulk of this effort, and to Peter Hutterer for careful review
       and improvements.
    
    Version 1.7.0 includes a couple of new locales:
    
     * ia and ie locales. Thanks to Carmina16 for these.
    
    There are also numerous compose entries added, including:
    
     * |^ or ^| for ↑, |v or v| for ↓, ~~ for ≈. Thanks to Antti
        Savolainen for this.
    
     * Allowing use of 'v' for caron, in addition to 'c', so things like
       vC for Č, vc for č. Thanks to Benno Schulenberg for this.
    
     * Compose sequences LT, lt for '<', and GT, gt for '>' for keyboards
       where those are difficult to access. Thanks to Jonathan Belsewir
       for this.
    
    
  • X11 Library Sees Lots Of Fixes With libX11 1.7 Release

    It's been seven years since the release of libX11 1.6.0 for this central X11 library while on Friday was replaced by the libX11 1.7 series. The release is primarily made up of fixes but leading to the version bump is a new API that allows for applications to recover from I/O error conditions rather than being forced to exit.

    That API addition for libX11 1.7.0 is interesting with XSetIOErrorExitHandler. But besides that are many fixes that accumulated for quite a while. The fixes range from warning fixes to memory allocation bugs being addressed to thread safety issues being resolved. There are also new locales and other changes with libX11 1.7.0.

  • CY's Take on PWC#087 | Moments on Perl or other Programming Issues

    After the long-haul Sudoku Task, this week we come to meet two tiny tasks.

  • Extensions in Firefox 84 | Mozilla Add-ons Blog

    Here are our highlights of what’s coming up in the Firefox 84 release...

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  • TUXEDO InfinityBook S 14 Linux Laptop Gets Tiger Lake CPU Upgrade, Thunderbolt 4 Support

    TUXEDO Computers unveiled today the sixth refresh to their TUXEDO InfinityBook S 14 Linux laptop with 11th Gen Intel Core processors, Intel Xe graphics, and USB-C 4.0 / Thunderbolt 4 support.

    The TUXEDO InfinityBook S 14 laptop is the perfect computer for people who are always on the go and also love Linux. It features a 16.8 mm thin, magnesium alloy case and weights less than 1.1 kg, while also offering huge battery life to keep you working all day long `and a lid tiltable at 180 degrees.

  • macOS Big Sur launch appears to cause temporary slowdown in even non-Big Sur Macs

    Mac users today began experiencing unexpected issues that included apps taking minutes to launch, stuttering and non-responsiveness throughout macOS, and other problems. The issues seemed to begin close to the time when Apple began rolling out the new version of macOS, Big Sur—but it affected users of other versions of macOS, like Catalina and Mojave.

    Other Apple services faced slowdowns, outages, and odd behavior, too, including Apple Pay, Messages, and even Apple TV devices.

    It didn't take long for some Mac users to note that trustd—a macOS process responsible for checking with Apple's servers to confirm that an app is notarized—was attempting to contact a host named ocsp.apple.com but failing repeatedly. This resulted in systemwide slowdowns as apps attempted to launch, among other things.

  • Opera Adds Built-in Player for Spotify, Apple Music & YouTube Music | UbuntuHandbook

    A new update for Opera web browser 72 was released a day ago, which introduced a built-in music player for Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube Music.

    In the browser’s sidebar beneath the messengers section, a “Player” icon is there allows you to login and enable music playback with Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube Music.

    The playback can be controlled via the standard playback buttons on your keyboard or by hovering over the Player icon in the sidebar, where a mini playback control menu will appear.

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  • Sebastian Kügler: Bringing light to life

    Some of you may be wondering what I have been up to lately since I took a break from my work in the KDE community. Well, it was time for a change, a change towards family, friends and a more local life. The result is a more balanced, a more grown up me. These changes in my life lead to me having a small family and a group of new friends, both of which I spend a lot of time with. They brought more light into my life, one could say.

  • If you want to go far, together is faster (II).

    If you work in an environment where Continuous Delivery is the norm, those behind the execution will understand which actions have a positive correlation between throughput and stability. Your job will only be associated to link those actions with the ones you are familiar with in the community health and collaboration space. If not, you work will be harder, but still worth it.

    For our particular case, you might find for instance, that a simple measure to digest the increasing number of commits (bug fixes) can be to scale up the build capacity if you have remaining budget. You might find though that you have problems doing so when reviewing acceptance criteria because you lack automation, or that your current testing-on-hardware capacity is almost fixed due to limitations in the system that manage your test benches and additional effort to improve the situation is required.

    Establishing experiments that consider not just the collaboration side but also the software delivery one as well as translating into production those experiments that demonstrate a positive correlation of the target metrics, increasing all of them, might bring you to surprising results, sometimes far from common knowledge among those focused on collaboration aspects only, but closer to those focused in execution.

  • OSI Seeks to Hire Executive Director [Ed: More evidence that the Open Source Initiative is collapsing after Microsoft took over much of it.]

    It is with great pride and excitement that I announce that OSI, as of today, is embarking on a search for an Executive Director.

    This is the culmination of many years of work and dedication on the part of countless individuals, and should be taken as a sign that OSI is maturing as an organization. We are following in the footsteps of many organizations that have come before us: nonprofits often start as a scrappy band of volunteers, which then hire staff for day-to-day operations, and eventually the staff are empowered to lead the organization.

  • Transparency

    Technology must be transparent in order to be knowable. Technology must be knowable in order for us to be able to consent to it in good faith. Good faith informed consent is necessary to preserving our (digital) autonomy.

    Let’s now look at this in reverse, considering first why informed consent is necessary to our digital autonomy.

    Let’s take the concept of our digital autonomy as being one of the highest goods. It is necessary to preserve and respect the value of each individual, and the collectives we choose to form. It is a right to which we are entitled by our very nature, and a prerequisite for building the lives we want, that fulfill us. This is something that we have generally agreed on as important or even sacred. Our autonomy, in whatever form it takes, in whatever part of our life it governs, is necessary and must be protected.

    [...]

    As long as the source code that powers computing technology is proprietary and opaque, we cannot truly know whether backdoors exist and how secure we are in our digital spaces and even our own computers, phones, and other mobile devices.

  • automake-1.16.3 released [stable]
    This is to announce automake-1.16.3, a stable release.
    
    There have been 62 commits by 15 people in the 35 weeks since 1.16.2.
    Special thanks to Karl Berry and Zack Weinberg for doing so much of the work.
    
    See the NEWS below for a brief summary.
    
    Thanks to everyone who has contributed!
    The following people contributed changes to this release:
    
      Akim Demaille (1)
      Colomban Wendling (1)
      Felix Yan (1)
      Issam E. Maghni (1)
      Jim Meyering (12)
      Karl Berry (23)
      Miro Hron\v{c}ok (1)
      Paul Eggert (4)
      Reuben Thomas (3)
      Robert Menteer (1)
      Robert Wanamaker (1)
      Samuel Tardieu (1)
      Samy Mahmoudi (1)
      Vincent Lefevre (1)
      Zack Weinberg (10)
    
    Jim [on behalf of the automake maintainers]
    ==================================================================
    
    Here is the GNU automake home page:
        http://gnu.org/s/automake/
    
    For a summary of changes and contributors, see:
      http://git.sv.gnu.org/gitweb/?p=automake.git;a=shortlog;h=v1.16.3
    or run this command from a git-cloned automake directory:
      git shortlog v1.16.2..v1.16.3
    
    Here are the compressed sources:
      https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/automake/automake-1.16.3.tar.xz (1.6MB)
      https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/automake/automake-1.16.3.tar.gz (2.3MB)
    
    Here are the GPG detached signatures[*]:
      https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/automake/automake-1.16.3.tar.xz.sig
      https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/automake/automake-1.16.3.tar.gz.sig
    
    Use a mirror for higher download bandwidth:
      https://www.gnu.org/order/ftp.html
    
    [*] Use a .sig file to verify that the corresponding file (without the
    .sig suffix) is intact.  First, be sure to download both the .sig file
    and the corresponding tarball.  Then, run a command like this:
    
      gpg --verify automake-1.16.3.tar.xz.sig
    
    If that command fails because you don't have the required public key,
    then run this command to import it:
    
      gpg --keyserver keys.gnupg.net --recv-keys 7FD9FCCB000BEEEE
    
    and rerun the 'gpg --verify' command.
    
    Please report bugs and problems to <bug-automake@gnu.org>,
    and send general comments and feedback to <automake@gnu.org>.
    
    ==================================================================
    NEWS
    
    * New features added
    
      - In the testsuite summary, the "for $(PACKAGE_STRING)" suffix
        can be overridden with the AM_TESTSUITE_SUMMARY_HEADER variable.
    
    * Bugs fixed
    
      - Python 3.10 version number no longer considered to be 3.1.
    
      - Broken links in manual fixed or removed, and new script
        contrib/checklinkx (a small modification of W3C checklink) added,
        with accompany target checklinkx to recheck urls.
    
      - install-exec target depends on $(BUILT_SOURCES).
    
      - valac argument matching more precise, to avoid garbage in DIST_COMMON.
    
      - Support for Vala in VPATH builds fixed so that both freshly-generated and
        distributed C files work, and operation is more reliable with or without
        an installed valac.
    
      - Dejagnu doesn't break on directories containing spaces.
    
    * Distribution
    
      - new variable AM_DISTCHECK_DVI_TARGET, to allow overriding the
        "make dvi" that is done as part of distcheck.
    
    * Miscellaneous changes
    
      - install-sh tweaks:
        . new option -p to preserve mtime, i.e., invoke cp -p.
        . new option -S SUFFIX to attempt backup files using SUFFIX.
        . no longer unconditionally uses -f when rm is overridden by RMPROG.
        . does not chown existing directories.
    
      - Removed function up_to_date_p in lib/Automake/FileUtils.pm.
        We believe this function is completely unused.
    
      - Support for in-tree Vala libraries improved.
    
    
  • TOP500 Expands Exaflops Capacity Amidst Low Turnover

    The 56th edition of the TOP500 saw the Japanese Fugaku supercomputer solidify its number one status in a list that reflects a flattening performance growth curve. Although two new systems managed to make it into the top 10, the full list recorded the smallest number of new entries since the project began in 1993.

    The entry level to the list moved up to 1.32 petaflops on the High Performance Linpack (HPL) benchmark, a small increase from 1.23 petaflops recorded in the June 2020 rankings. In a similar vein, the aggregate performance of all 500 systems grew from 2.22 exaflops in June to just 2.43 exaflops on the latest list. Likewise, average concurrency per system barely increased at all, growing from 145,363 cores six months ago to 145,465 cores in the current list.

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today's leftovers

  • Friends of GNOME Update – November 2020 – Getting to know GNOME

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