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  • Ten more videos from the LibreOffice Conference 2021 - The Document Foundation Blog

    Here are some more videos from the LibreOffice Conference 2021! Check out the playlist, using the button in the top-right – or scroll down for links to individual videos:

  • Pi for the People | LINUX Unplugged 428

    We try out POP!_OS on the Raspberry Pi 4, and chat with its creator Jeremy Soller from System76.

    Plus our thoughts on the perfect Linux laptop right now, and the clever initiative Valve just launched for the Deck.

    Special Guests: Jack Aboutboul, Jeremy Soller, and Neal Gompa.

  • 20 Things You MUST DO After Installing Zorin OS 16 (Right Now!) - Invidious

    In this video, I’ll be taking you through 20 things that’ll make your computer Perform Better (Preload), your Internet Speed Faster (custom DNS) and so many more improvements.

  • CentOS 8 End of Life - Are you Ready? My thoughts & Suggestions - Invidious

    CentOS 8 will reach its end of life very soon - after December 31st, there will be no more updates for the popular distribution. If you're using CentOS 8 in your data center, it's time to make a decision. In this video, I'll go over my thoughts about the subject, as well as some possible options for how to proceed.

  • mintCast 372 – Ryzen Sun

    1:44 The News
    18:21 Security Update
    21:43 Bi-Weekly Wanderings
    56:20 Announcements & Outro

    First up in the news Pinephone Pro, KDE’s 5.23 on their 25th, Ubuntu Frame, Windows 11 Ryzen slowdowns, and Nvidia updates

    In security Retpolines patches for performance and Azure Linux boot failures

    Then in our Wandering, Joe has some Pi, Norbert edits video, Tony Updates a BIOS, and Nishant upgrades Fedora

  • The Diablo is in the Details | Coder Radio 436

    Why mastering your development environment can be a tricky feat, and a server outage brought to you by the late 1990s.

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This week in KDE: Getting Plasma 5.24 ready for release - Adventures in Linux and KDE

Plasma 5.24 is almost ready! I mentioned last week that I haven’t been posting about fixes for regressions in 5.24 that never got released, because there would be too many. Nonetheless people have been working very hard on this, and we’re down to only 7, with two of them having open merge requests! Working on those is appreciated, as it helps improve the stability of the final release in a week and a half. Read more

Open Hardware/Modding: Olimex, Arduino, and More

  • iMX8MPlus-SOM is alive and boots!

    This board development started in April 2021 and finished August 2021 but the semiconductor shortages didn’t allow us to test the prototypes until recently. We assembled 4 boards and all theyare alive and boot.

  • Arduino Portenta gets an LTE Cat. M1/NB IoT GNSS shield - CNX Software

    Arduino PRO Portenta family of industrial boards is getting a new LTE Cat. M1/NB-IoT GNSS shield that adds global connectivity and positioning capabilities through the Cinterion TX62-W LPWAN IoT module by Thales.

  • Long Range Burglar Alarm Relies On LoRa Modules | Hackaday

    [Elite Worm] had a problem; there had been two minor burglaries from a storage unit. The unit had thick concrete walls, cellular signal was poor down there, and permanent wiring wasn’t possible. He thus set about working on a burglar alarm that would fit his unique requirements. An ESP32 is the heart of the operation, paired with a long-range LoRa radio module running at 868 MHz. This lower frequency has much better penetration when it comes to thick walls compared to higher-frequency technologies like 4G, 5G or WiFi. With a little coil antenna sticking out the top of the 3D-printed enclosure, the device was readily able to communicate back to [Elite Worm] when the storage unit was accessed illegitimately.

You Should Be In Control of Your Tech

On the hardware front having control means hardware you can open and inspect and is designed for repairability. That hardware should ideally run firmware (as much as possible) that is free software so you can also inspect and update it. If the hardware provides security features, they should be designed to put you in control, not the vendor, including control of any keys. The hardware should not require the vendor’s signatures (and therefore their permission) to boot an operating system, but instead should let you boot into whatever operating system you prefer. The operating system and the software it runs, should all be free software. Free software by its very nature puts you in full control. You have control because you can not only inspect the software to see what it does, you (or someone else in the community with software development knowledge) can change the software if it operates outside your interests. You may have noticed that you don’t tend to have a lot of adware or spyware in the free software world. That’s because it’s difficult to hide spyware inside of code that anyone can inspect. Another reason is that if free software behaves in a way that runs counter to the user’s wishes (such as capturing and selling their data, or popping up unwanted ads), the user (or someone else in the community) could simply create a legitimate fork of the project with those objectionable bits removed. Read more

What’s New in KDE Plasma 5.24: 5 Major Improvements to Expect

KDE is set to release Plasma 5.24, the first major release of 2022. The beta version is already out and gives a glimpse of what new features to expect in KDE Plasma 5.24. This new version brings forward various updates spread across the entire KDE ecosystem and improves things like Wayland support and system navigation. Read below to find out all the exciting new features you can expect in KDE Plasma 5.24, which will be released in February 2022. Read more