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Free Software Review: Trying out LibreWolf 93 as an alternative to Firefox. It’s less annoying, but there’s still DRM?

Firefox has recently crossed the line into malware territory. I’ve been blogging a lot about how much I absolutely despise the direction they are taking the company in. To recap a little, they’ve turned into a “woke” political party on a crusade to bring Cancel Culture to everyone who has a difference of opinion, their CEO is running them into the ground and swiping all the money while she’s at it. They laid off most of the developers last year and blamed COVID, and now they hope to get a pile of dirty cash from a sleazy advertising partner with “sponsored suggestions”. A keylogger. None of this is okay. This is actually worse than Chrome in some ways because it sends your private data to three companies, one of which is Google, then Mozilla, and then another advertising company (BuySellAds). While I generally like GNOME Web and where it’s going, I’d like to keep using the parts of Firefox that actually do what I want them to, and I was even considering learning how to clean it myself. I’ve built the browser from source code before. Most of the malicious anti-features are compile-time options. But it appears that a project called LibreWolf beat me to this. Read more

Devices and Open Hardware: Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and More

  • Even the Raspberry Pi isn’t immune to the chip shortage

    The crunch on global technology continues unabated. As production on everything from graphics cards to automobiles slows to a grind due to the ongoing chip shortage, even the humble Raspberry Pi isn’t unscathed. The makers of every maker’s favorite tiny, self-contained PC announced that they’re going to have to raise prices on the latest model. It’s the first time the company has ever announced a price increase for any product.

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  • Arduino enables USB mouse support on custom 6502 homebrew computer | Arduino Blog

    The MOS Technology 6502 was one of the most popular processors of the 8-bit era. It found a home in legendary computers like the Commodore 64, Acorn Electron, BBC Micro, and Apple II. Even the NES had a custom implementation of the 6502. Because the 6502 is so well documented, it is possible for today’s enthusiasts to use it in their own homebrew computers. To enhance their DIY 6502 computer, rehsd used an Arduino to add USB mouse support.

  • Light Deck is a MIDI Lightroom controller | Arduino Blog

    Using Adobe Lightroom can be a tedious process, especially for those who don’t have their keyboards set up with a hundred macro shortcuts. Andrea Lunaro wanted to make this process easier by constructing a large, physical bank of buttons and potentiometers that can be used to perform a whole host of functions within Lightroom. It can output commands to copy/paste, set HSL values, do basic transformations, and navigate around the software in general, all over the MIDI protocol.

Audiocasts/Shows/Videos: BSDNow, The Linux Link Tech Show, FLOSS Weekly, and More

  • BSDNow 425: Releases galore

    The New Architecture on the Block, OpenBSD on Vortex86DX CPU, lots of new releases, and more.

  • The Linux Link Tech Show Episode 927

    support limps along, rocketbook, desktop roundup, dilldogs

  • FLOSS Weekly 652: Faces of Open Source - Peter Adams

    Photographer Peter Adams joins Doc Searls and Simon Phipps on FLOSS Weekly. The Mount Rushmore of Open Source is Adams' "Faces of Open Source," which is 100 faces strong so far. Including the faces of Searls and Phipps. Adams talks about the project, plus the history and future of open source, blockchain and NFTs, his work as a journalist, historian, entrepreneur.

  • Are We Anti Cheat Yet?: Valve Has A Plan - Invidious

    We're still a ways away from full anti-cheat on the steam deck but Valve is making some moves that will hopefully encourage developers to actually get their act together and get their games supported on the device.

AMD EPYC 7003 "Milan" Performance On Ubuntu Linux Six Months After Launch

It's been a half-year already since AMD introduced the EPYC 7003 "Milan" processors that continue performing well and gaining marketshare. While the recently released Ubuntu 21.10 is not a long-term support (LTS) release, for those wondering what this latest Linux distribution means for EPYC 7003 series performance, here is a look at its performance across many benchmarks against that of Ubuntu 21.04 that was released right after the Milan launch and then Ubuntu 20.04 as the current LTS stable series. Basically what is being looked at today is the performance from the same AMD EPYC 74F3 ASRockRack server when testing... Read more