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Story Stable Kernels: 5.15.7, 5.10.84, 5.4.164, 4.19.220, 4.14.257, 4.9.292, and 4.4.294 Rianne Schestowitz 08/12/2021 - 6:32pm
Story Android Leftovers Rianne Schestowitz 08/12/2021 - 6:15pm
Story Linux Mint 20.3 Arriving Soon with a Surprise New App arindam1989 3 08/12/2021 - 6:12pm
Story 6 Ways elementary OS Is Perfect for Digital Minimalists Rianne Schestowitz 08/12/2021 - 6:05pm
Story LibreOffice Base Guide 7.2 has been released Rianne Schestowitz 08/12/2021 - 5:58pm
Story Krita 4 splash screen Rianne Schestowitz 08/12/2021 - 5:56pm
Story LoRa expansion boards work with Raspberry Pi SBC and Raspberry Pi Pico board (Crowdfunding) Rianne Schestowitz 08/12/2021 - 5:53pm
Story Zorin OS 16 Celebrates More Than 1 Million Downloads with Lite Edition Marius Nestor 1 08/12/2021 - 5:49pm
Story Programming Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 08/12/2021 - 5:37pm
Story Proprietary Software and Security Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 08/12/2021 - 5:18pm

Stable Kernels: 5.15.7, 5.10.84, 5.4.164, 4.19.220, 4.14.257, 4.9.292, and 4.4.294

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I'm announcing the release of the 5.15.7 kernel.

All users of the 5.15 kernel series must upgrade.

The updated 5.15.y git tree can be found at:
	git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-5.15.y
and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser:
	https://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-s...

thanks,

greg k-h

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Also: Linux 5.10.84

Linux 5.4.164

Linux 4.19.220

Linux 4.14.257

Linux 4.9.292

Linux 4.4.294
 

6 Ways elementary OS Is Perfect for Digital Minimalists

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OS

If you're looking for an operating system stripped of all the excess fluff, elementary OS might be the perfect Linux distro for you.

There are a particular set of values that guide the elementary OS project. To elementary, a complicated design is a poor design. Anything deemed excessive is to be stripped away.

Many people are now embracing digital minimalism, and elementary OS may just be a little-known match made in heaven. If you are a digital minimalist, is elementary OS the ideal operating system to place at the center of your digital life? Here are a few reasons why the answer may be "yes!"

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LibreOffice Base Guide 7.2 has been released

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LibO

The LibreOffice Documentation Team releases the Base Guide 7.2, based on refactored content from the Base Guide 6.4, with the 7.2 branding and text layout. It covers LibreOffice’s database component.

The team decided to just fast-forward the release number, given the very little developments for Base since LibreOffice 6.4. The team intended to complete the Guide set for LibreOffice 7.2 and get ready to update contents of the set for the forthcoming LibreOffice 7.3 release.

The LibreOffice Base Guide is a community effort that include valuable collaboration from Robert Großkopf, Pulkit Krishna, Dan Lewis, Drew Jensen (In Memoriam), Peter Schofield, Jost Lange, Steve Schwettman, Jean-Pierre Ledure, Jochen Schiffers, Martin Fox, Alain Romedenne, Jenna Sargent, Hazel Russman, Andrew Pitonyak and Randolph Gamo.

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Krita 4 splash screen

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KDE

This easter egg is not part (yet) of Krita 5, will not be part of the release of 5.0 coming soon and that's good: you don't want to miss the new splash screen from Tyson Tan with the larger size in Krita 5. It's splendid!

But for sure I'll try to propose an illustration for later Krita 5.1 or 5.2 release, one that could be ready before December 2022.

Feel free to also contribute to make ones (it's not just a privilege I had), you just need to propose your artwork made with Krita, with an aspect ratio for this format, about the season, and with a permissive license (eg. CC-By 4.0). Don't forger to post-it on https://krita-artists.org/ , so the community and developers can see it.

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LoRa expansion boards work with Raspberry Pi SBC and Raspberry Pi Pico board (Crowdfunding)

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Linux
Hardware

We’ve covered a number of LoRa solutions based on Raspberry Pi boards, and SB Components is now offering another with the LoRa HAT for Raspberry Pi equipped with an Ebyte E22 LoRa module operating in either the 433 MHz, or 868 and 915 MHz bands.

The company also offers a LoRa expansion for Pico based on the same E22 module, adding a small 1.14-inch LCD for information display, and designed for the Raspberry Pi Pico board with the RP2040 dual-core Cortex-M0+ microcontroller.

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Programming Leftovers

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Development

Proprietary Software and Security Leftovers

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Security
  • Microsoft a big part of the cyber security problem: Proofpoint exec

    Microsoft's technology plays a big role in facilitating increasingly devastating cyber attacks, a senior official at an email security firm says, accusing the Redmond behemoth of profiting from the existence of vulnerabilities.

  • 5G now means some flights won’t be able to land when pilots can’t see the runway

    Verizon and AT&T are hoping new swaths of C-band cellular radio spectrum will help make the 5G hype closer to reality, but the big mid-band 5G rollout may have a side effect. Airplanes rely on radio altimeters to tell how high they are above the ground to safely land when pilots can’t see, and the FAA is now instructing 6,834 of them to not do that at certain airports because of 5G interference.

    The FAA ruled on Tuesday that those thousands of US planes (and some helicopters) won’t be able to use many of the guided and automatic landing systems that are designed to work in poor visibility conditions, if they’re landing at an airport where there’s deemed to be enough interference that their altimeters aren’t reliable. “Landings during periods of low visibility could be limited due to concerns that the 5G signal could interfere with the accuracy of an airplane’s radio altimeter, without other mitigations in place,” an FAA spokesman tells The Verge.

  • Open source cloud native security analyzer Terrascan embeds security into native DevOps tooling - Help Net Security

    Tenable enhanced Terrascan, an open source cloud native security analyzer that helps developers secure Infrastructure as Code (IaC). The new capabilities enable organizations to embed security into their DevOps tooling, pipelines and supply chains, mitigating risks before infrastructure is provisioned.

  • Google Disrupts Botnet Targeting Windows Machines

    The company has also launched litigation against the Glupteba botnet, marking the first lawsuit against a blockchain-enabled botnet.

  • Pay a Hacker, Save a Life

Zorin OS 16 Lite Edition is Finally Here

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Zorin OS 16 Lite brings all the goodness of Zorin OS 16 with an Xfce desktop environment. Let us take a look at it here.
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Zorin OS 16 Celebrates More Than 1 Million Downloads with Lite Edition

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Linux
News

Based on Zorin OS 16, which has been downloaded more than 1 million times since its release back in mid-August 2021, the Zorin OS 16 Lite edition is here to offer those who want to install the latest version of this Ubuntu-based operating system on a streamlined distribution designed to run on low-spec computers from 15 years ago.

Zorin OS 16 Lite is based on the Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa) operating system series and the lightweight Xfce 4.16 desktop environment. Under the hood, it's powered by Linux kernel 5.11, just like Zorin OS 16.

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today's howtos

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HowTos
  • PfSense Exporting NetFlow with softflowd - Unixcop the Unix / Linux the admins deams

    pfSense® software is a free, open source customized distribution of FreeBSD specifically tailored for use as a firewall and router that is entirely managed via web interface. In addition to being a powerful, flexible firewalling and routing platform, it includes a long list of related features and a package system allowing further expandability without adding bloat and potential security vulnerabilities to the base distribution. So, you will learn how to exporting NetFlow with Softflowd on PfSense.

  • How To Install Google Chrome on AlmaLinux 8 - idroot

    In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Google Chrome on AlmaLinux 8. For those of you who didn’t know, Google Chrome is a simple, secure browser built for the modern, and faster web browser. If you are not a fan of inbuilt Mozilla firefox and the open-source version of Chrome i.e Chromium, then you can manually install Chrome on your OS.

    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 through the step-by-step installation of the Chrome browser on an AlmaLinux 8. You can follow the same instructions for CentOS and Rocky Linux.

  • How To Install the Deno JavaScript Runtime on Ubuntu 20.04

    Deno JavaScript is the newest product from the creator of NodeJs, and just like the NodeJs, Deno is also a runtime JavaScript working on V8 JavaScript, created for being secure from the start and supports typescript.

    In this post today, you are going to learn how to install DenoJavaScript on the Linux distribution Ubuntu 20.04. We are going to update our packages, download Deno, install Deno and verify the installation of Deno JavaScript.

  • How to Upgrade Go on Ubuntu - buildVirtual

    I needed to upgrade Go recently on an Ubuntu server I was using to do some Packer builds. The golang version that was installed on my system was 1.10.4. I needed to go to a later version so that I could use the mod subcommand, which isn’t present in version 1.10.

    Go is a compiled, statically typed programming language developed by Google. Many modern applications such as Docker and Kubernetes are written in Go.

  • How to install Homebrew on Debian 11 - Unixcop the Unix / Linux the admins deams

    Hello, my friends. In this post, you will learn how to install Homebrew on Debian 11. This alternative package manager is very useful to install certain programs that are not always present in Linux distributions or to get more recent versions.

  • How to Change a Favicon in WordPress

    This brief tutorial explains how to change the favicon in WordPress.

    After reading this WordPress tutorial, you’ll know how to set and edit your site favicon. All the steps described in this tutorial include screenshots, thus making it easy for WordPress beginners to follow them.

    This tutorial does not include plugins to set your favicon because it would be a tremendous waste of resources. WordPress administrators must minimize the need for plugins. On the other hand, setting a favicon manually is an extremely simple three-step task described below.

  • How to Clone a WordPress Site

    This tutorial explains how to clone or duplicate a WordPress site by following a few simple steps.

    After reading this tutorial, you’ll know how to clone your WordPress website, including its database, in the easiest way. The method explained in this article requires a plugin installation (explained below), and all the process is done from the dashboard.

    All the steps described in this WordPress tutorial include real scenario screenshots, making it easy for any WordPress-level user to follow them.

  • How to Disable Package Updates Using YUM/DNF in RHEL Linux

    The DNF (Dandified Yum) is the next-generation version of the YUM (Yellowdog Updater, Modified), is an open-source default package manager for Red Hat-based Linux distributions, that is used for getting, installing, upgrading, removing, and querying packages from the official software repositories and third-party repositories.

    While updating the system, sometimes, we don’t update certain packages such as Apache Server (HTTP), MySQL, PHP, or any other major application, because updating such software may break currently running web applications on a server and cause major issues. It is recommended to stop updates for such software till the application gets patched with new updates.

  • How to Install NetBeans IDE on Debian 11 – VITUX

    NetBeans IDE is an open-source and free extensible Java Integrated Development Environment that enables users and programmers to quickly develop Java EE, Java desktop, and web applications. It also supports developing HTML5 applications with CSS, HTML, and JavaScript. The NetBeans IDE provides various tools for software developers which support multiple programming languages such as PHP, C/C++ and, Ruby, etc.

    You will learn in this article how to install NetBeans on the Debian 11 bullseye system through the command line environment.

  • How to Install and Configure Nessus Vulnerability Scanner on Kali Linux

    “Nothing is fault-free in the universe”, this is true for information systems too. Whether they are computer systems, mobile apps, websites, or IOT devices all are surrounded by an inherent risk. Vulnerabilities arise every day with the security specialist engaged in fixing them and the hackers working to exploit them. Security specialists use specialized software called vulnerability scanners that scans systems for security flaws and vulnerabilities. There are many tools available in the market for vulnerability scanning. Nessus is an example of such a system.

  • How to Update to MATE Desktop 1.26 on Ubuntu 21.04

    Ubuntu MATE is a more retrospective version of Ubuntu, one that largely lets you continue using Ubuntu in the way it functioned over a decade ago. But despite how things may look, updates do continue to roll out for the MATE desktop environment that is Ubuntu MATE's namesake.

    The latest iteration is MATE 1.26. Here's how you can update the MATE desktop in Ubuntu 21.04 to the latest version.

Games: Surviving Mars, TFC: The Fertile Crescent, and More

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  • Paradox takes another stab at sorting Surviving Mars newest DLC | GamingOnLinux

    Seems like Paradox are slowly but surely turning around the review score for Surviving Mars: Below and Beyond, with another free update out now.

    This DLC released back in September 2021, and quickly went onto gather up a nasty Very Negative score. Paradox and the newer developer Abstraction missed the mark quite badly with it initially. The biggest problem being that going below ground or above on asteroids took you away from your beautifully crafted Martian city for so little gain but they've steadily made it more worthwhile.

  • Classic bronze-age RTS TFC: The Fertile Crescent gets a first trailer | GamingOnLinux

    TFC: The Fertile Crescent is the brand new upcoming paid Steam version of the popular free RTS on itch.io and a first trailer for this has now landed. As a big RTS fan, and someone who played plenty of the older free version, I'm very much looking forward to this.

    "Inspired by the real history of the Near East Bronze Age era, TFC utilizes classic RTS elements while offering a unique perspective for the genre. Taking technological limitations and advancements into account, players will need to carefully consider how to spend their precious Knowledge Points, as they explore the Village Improvements that are designed to enable players to quickly counter an opponent’s strategy."

  • Anger Foot gets more insane in the latest update | GamingOnLinux

    Anger Foot is a currently free game about running around, smashing through doors and kicking everyone in sight. Developed by the folks from Free Lives, it started off as a 7DFPS Game Jam entry and has been steadily growing bigger with each update.

  • Thirty Flights of Loving gets a 9 year update including new Linux support | GamingOnLinux

    A classic from Blendo Games, a short video-game story Thirty Flights of Loving received a 9 year anniversary upgrade and it came along with a fresh Linux port from Ethan Lee.

  • The Long Dark gets another big upgrade to the survival mode | GamingOnLinux

    Hinterland Studio has released another free upgrade to their game The Long Dark, this time focusing on the survival mode. Lots of other plans have also been outlined for the game in 2022, including the studio setting up a team focused on modding.

    Some bigger changes have been announced too, such as paid updates to the game to make the big updates more sustainable for their studio and there's talk of splitting the game up between story and survival. That doesn't mean they will sell them separately and the change might be invisible to players and more about how they structure the development of it.

  • Where Birds Go to Sleep is an upcoming narrative adventure with a striking painted style | GamingOnLinux

    The developer mentioned that if you're interested in future Linux play-testing, game development and design related discussion you can join their Discord.

Gentoo-Based Calculate Linux 22 Released with PipeWire, Improved System Updates

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Linux
News
Gentoo

Calculate Linux 22 is here more than seven months after Calculate Linux 21 and it introduces some exciting new changes, such as the switch to the very popular PipeWire solution as the default sound server instead of PulseAudio. On the other hand, ALSA (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture) is still available as an option and it received Bluetooth support.

Another important change in this new Calculate Linux release is under the hood, as the developers managed to offer users a way to update their installations even after long periods of time.

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Open hardware smartphone PinePhone Pro starts to ship

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Linux
Gadgets

Open-source-hardware vendor Pine64 has started shipping versions of its upgraded smartphone and new e-ink tablet – but so far, only to developers.

There's more to affordable Arm hardware than the bare single-board computers (SBCs) from, for example, the Raspberry Pi Foundation, or TI's BeagleBone.

Hong Kong vendor Pine64 started out with the crowd-funded $32 A64 SBC, but then started building this core design into laptops, smartphones, tablets, even smartwatches – with open designs that support multiple operating systems.
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Tender to optimize text layout performance for print and PDF export (#202112-01)

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LibO

The Document Foundation (TDF) is the charitable entity behind the world’s leading free/libre open source (FLOSS) office suite LibreOffice.

We are looking for an individual or company to optimize text layout performance for print and PDF export.

The text layout performance as currently implemented in LibreOffice has lots of issues. All over the codebase text shaping is done over and over again, although it consumes quite some compute cycles. Text shaping is done each time for measuring the text, measuring parts of text, finding line breaks, drawing text on screen. Especially for more involved scripts than Latin, this is problematic. The above issues are especially problematic for printing or PDF export. The time to export a PDF or print a Latin text has doubled since the Harfbuzz implementation.

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Best Free and Open Source Alternatives to Apple Final Cut Pro

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Software

In 2020, Apple began the Apple silicon transition, using self-designed, 64-bit ARM-based Apple M1 processors on new Mac computers. Maybe it’s the perfect time to move away from the proprietary world of Apple, and embrace the open source Linux scene.

Final Cut Pro is a commercial proprietary video editing application which lets users log and transfer video, edit, process the video, and output to a wide variety of formats.

What are the best free and open source alternatives?

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Open source photo processing with Darktable

It's hard to say how good photographs happen. You have to be in the right place at just the right moment. You have to have a camera at the ready and an eye for composition. And that's just the part that happens in the camera. There's a whole other stage to great photography that many people don't think about. It used to happen with lights and chemicals in a darkroom, but with today's digital tools, post-production happens in darkroom software. One of the best photo processors is Darktable, and I wrote an intro to Darktable article back in 2016. It's been five years since that article, so I thought I'd revisit the application to write about one of its advanced features: masks.

Darktable hasn't changed much since I originally wrote about it, which to my mind, is one of the hallmarks of a truly great application. A consistent interface and continued great performance is all one can ask of software, and Darktable remains familiar and powerful. If you're new to Darktable, read my introductory article to learn the basics.

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What's the Difference Between Git Switch and Checkout?

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Development

When you start learning and using Git, you'll come across the common situation where you have to change branches.

And here, things could become a bit confusing for you. If you look for how to switch branches in git, you'll come across some examples where git switch is used and some examples where git checkout is used.

So, what's the difference between git switch and git checkout? If both can be used for switching branches, why are there two commands for the same purpose? Let me explain.

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LibreOffice Base Guide 7.2 has been released

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Krita 4 splash screen

This easter egg is not part (yet) of Krita 5, will not be part of the release of 5.0 coming soon and that's good: you don't want to miss the new splash screen from Tyson Tan with the larger size in Krita 5. It's splendid! But for sure I'll try to propose an illustration for later Krita 5.1 or 5.2 release, one that could be ready before December 2022. Feel free to also contribute to make ones (it's not just a privilege I had), you just need to propose your artwork made with Krita, with an aspect ratio for this format, about the season, and with a permissive license (eg. CC-By 4.0). Don't forger to post-it on https://krita-artists.org/ , so the community and developers can see it. Read more

LoRa expansion boards work with Raspberry Pi SBC and Raspberry Pi Pico board (Crowdfunding)

We’ve covered a number of LoRa solutions based on Raspberry Pi boards, and SB Components is now offering another with the LoRa HAT for Raspberry Pi equipped with an Ebyte E22 LoRa module operating in either the 433 MHz, or 868 and 915 MHz bands. The company also offers a LoRa expansion for Pico based on the same E22 module, adding a small 1.14-inch LCD for information display, and designed for the Raspberry Pi Pico board with the RP2040 dual-core Cortex-M0+ microcontroller. Read more

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