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Why Rhythmbox’s Much-Needed Makeover Might Not Be Happening

Sunday 21st of February 2021 06:05:10 PM

Plans to bring Rhythmbox's dated UI into the modern era have hit a snag, with contributors pressing for change at odds with those who gatekeep the codebase.

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Linux Kernel 5.4 is Rolling Out Via Windows Update

Thursday 18th of February 2021 03:02:00 AM

Using Windows Subsystem for Linux 2? If so, you may be interested to know that a new Linux kernel is available to install through Windows Update. Yes — writing that sentence feels very weird! Canonical’s […]

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A Redesigned GNOME Software is in the Works – and it Looks Great

Wednesday 17th of February 2021 03:44:20 PM

A major GNOME Software revamp is on the way that will dramatically improve the appearance of the app and boost discoverability of software. Mockups within.

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‘Spot’ is a Native Spotify App for Linux, Built in GTK & Rust

Wednesday 17th of February 2021 03:10:00 AM

We take a look at Spot, a GTK Spotify client built for Linux, and its early feature set, which includes search, playback, and browsing for music.

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Have You Seen GNOME Desktop’s Hidden Easter Egg?

Tuesday 16th of February 2021 03:26:36 PM

The GNOME desktop (and by extension Ubuntu) comes with a hidden Easter egg celebrating an open source mascot — and this post shows you how to find it!

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Ubuntu 21.04 to Use Dark GNOME Shell Theme By Default?

Tuesday 16th of February 2021 01:59:29 PM

Ubuntu 21.04 may use a dark GNOME Shell theme by default. Yaru theme developers have proposed using a dark system theme by default in 'Hirsute Hippo'.

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PinePhone Picks a Default OS — But Not the One I Expected

Monday 15th of February 2021 05:43:37 PM

If you’ve been patiently waiting to learn which mobile Linux operating system the PinePhone will ship with, you’re in luck! PINE64 has announced Manjaro ARM running Plasma Mobile will be the default software preloaded on […]

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New Linux 5.11 Released, This is What’s New

Monday 15th of February 2021 02:59:00 PM

A brand new Linux kernel is now available to download. In this post we recap the core changes and new features you'll find tucked up inside Linux 5.11.

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Linux Release Roundup: Flowblade, Shutter, Kdenlive + More

Thursday 11th of February 2021 03:59:29 PM

This week's Linux release roundup takes in a lot, from open source video editors to image editing and management tools. This post is best read with coffee.

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helloSystem is a FreeBSD Distro Modelled on Mac OS X (Off Topic)

Tuesday 9th of February 2021 03:39:24 PM

Fair warning reader: this post has nothing to do with Ubuntu, or even Linux for that matter. Instead, the following 600 words are about a promising (new to me) FreeBSD distro and why it left […]

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This is What Firefox’s New ‘Proton’ Redesign Looks Like on Ubuntu

Tuesday 9th of February 2021 12:56:08 AM

A new look is coming to Mozilla Firefox — yes, another one — and in this post we show you what it currently looks like on Ubuntu, and share detail on how to try it […]

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Ubuntu Backports a Major App Update to Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Monday 8th of February 2021 09:57:02 PM

Ubuntu devs will bring a major software update to long-term support users, in a break with tradition. The move addresses maintenance and security concerns.

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Ubuntu 20.04.2 LTS Released, Powered By Linux 5.8

Thursday 4th of February 2021 06:45:10 PM

The Ubuntu 20.04.2 LTS release is here. This ISO refresh comes with the latest security and software updates and a newer Linux kernel.

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LibreOffice 7.1 Released, This is What’s New

Wednesday 3rd of February 2021 12:23:00 PM

LibreOffice 7.1 has been released and is now available to download. The Document Foundation say the changes assembled within this release, which is the first major update to the vaunted productivity software this year, help […]

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Martin Wimpress, Ubuntu Desktop Lead, is Leaving Canonical

Tuesday 2nd of February 2021 08:05:37 PM

Ubuntu desktop lead Martin Wimpress has announced he is leaving Canonical. Wimpress became Ubuntu desktop lead in October 2019, taking over from Will Cooke.

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Ubuntu Core 20 Released for IoT and Embedded Device Makers

Tuesday 2nd of February 2021 03:22:05 PM

Ubuntu Core 20 is out based on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. This containerised version of Ubuntu is designed for embedded devices and the internet-of-things.

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Ubuntu’s Yaru GTK Theme Picks Up GTK4 Support

Tuesday 2nd of February 2021 01:43:23 AM

For Ubuntu to adopt GTK4 in a future release it’s going to need a GTK4 version of its iconic Yaru theme — and what do you know: one is in the works! Ubuntu cited a […]

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Ubuntu is Working on a Brand New Installer

Monday 1st of February 2021 08:13:37 PM

A new installer is coming to Ubuntu. Developers outlined their plans for the next-gen installer, which makes use of Flutter and Curtin, in a forum post.

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JingOS, the Linux Tablet Distro, Releases First Alpha Build

Sunday 31st of January 2021 03:38:20 PM

An alpha release of JingOS, a Linux distro designed for tablets, is available to download. Find out what's included in JingOS 0.6 and where to download it.

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Ubuntu 21.04 Will Use Wayland By Default

Thursday 28th of January 2021 04:58:07 PM

Ubuntu 21.04 uses Wayland by default. In this post we look at why Ubuntu developers feel now is the right time to use the Wayland display server again.

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More in Tux Machines

Free Software Leftovers

  • From Clean & Green Mockup to OpenBSD cwm(1) desktop

    If the words CGA or Hercules raise sweet memories from your far away youth, the Mockup Clean & Green from u/awareofdistractions may hit you right in the heart. And if you like it so much, it may be used for real-life desktop environment using OpenBSD stock and ports material.

  • Learning more about our users

    At the Tor Project we practice user-centered design. This means we put our users at the heart of our development process, making a conscious effort to understand the contexts in which people use our tools and paying particular attention to the bumps they encounter along the way.

    Many digital product companies rely heavily on data gathered from invasive tracking scripts to better understand their users’ behavior, further fueling the surveillance economy. However that’s not how we do things at Tor – instead, we aim to conduct research that respects the basic principles of privacy and consent.

  • New Release: Tor Browser 10.5a11

    Tor Browser 10.5a11 is now available from the Tor Browser Alpha download page and also from our distribution directory.

    Note: This is an alpha release, an experimental version for users who want to help us test new features. For everyone else, we recommend downloading the latest stable release instead.

  • FSFE20 +++ IloveFS +++ Job vacancy

    In our February Newsletter, we interview our founding president Georg Greve as part of our publication series to celebrate 20 Years FSFE, we reflect on I love Free Software Day and our FOSDEM participation, we advertise our new job vacancy and as usual we report on our diverse community activities.

  • Keeping platforms open

    My previous article, Whatsapp and the domestication of users, got more attention than I was expecting. Some responses gave me a lot to think about,1 especially regarding actions we can take. I suggest reading that article first; it explained what “user domestication” is and why it’s a problem. It enumerated three countermeasures: FOSS, simplicity, and open platforms.

    Hard problems, by definition, lack easy solutions. Simply choosing (or creating) a platform that avoids user domestication isn’t enough if that platform can change. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance; in addition to settling on the right platform, we must ensure that it honors its users in both the present and the future. Keeping a platform FOSS and simple is more straightforward2 than keeping a platform “open”.

    How do we keep an open platform from becoming a closed platform in the future?

Programming Leftovers

  • 6 Top Data Analysis Tools for Big Data

    Big Data is an all-inclusive term that refers to data sets so large and complex that they need to be processed by specially designed hardware and software tools. The data sets are typically of the order of tera or exabytes in size. These data sets are created from a diverse range of sources: sensors that gather climate information, publicly available information such as magazines, newspapers, articles. Other examples where big data is generated include purchase transaction records, web logs, medical records, military surveillance, video and image archives, and large-scale e-commerce. There is a heightened interest in Big Data and Big Data analysis and the implications they have for businesses. Big Data analysis is the process of examining huge quantities of data to find patterns, correlations, and other useful information that can help firms become more responsive to change, and to make better informed decisions. Big Data analysis can be performed with data mining software. However, the unstructured data sources used for big data analysis are not necessarily suitable for investigation by traditional data mining software.

  • 50 Years of Pascal

    Pascal was easy to teach, and it covered a wide spectrum of applications, which was a significant advantage over Algol, Fortran, and Cobol. The Pascal System was efficient, compact, and easy to use. The language was strongly influenced by the new discipline of structured programming, advocated primarily by E.W. Dijkstra to avert the threatening software crisis (1968).

  • How to use Django Serializers – Linux Hint

    Serializer is used in Django to convert the model instances or querysets into python supported data types that can be easily rendered into JSON, XML, or other formats. The deserialization can also be done by serializers to get back the original data from the serialized data. This feature is available in Django REST Framework. So, the users have to install this framework to use the serializers. Any webpage of the website may contain HTML, CSS, and data from the database tables. But the API does not understand these types of content, and it can understand the raw data only, that is, JSON data. How the serializers can be used to convert the model instance into JSON format has shown in this tutorial.

  • How to use queryset in django – Linux Hint

    Most of the web applications are implemented with the database now. queryset is used in the Django application to retrieve records by filtering or slicing or ordering the database table without changing the original data. The model used Django to create the table in the database. So, the knowledge of using the model in Django is necessary to understand the use of queryset. The main function of the queryset is to iterate the records of database tables by converting them into SQL queries. It can be used from the python command line or by writing the python script to display the browser’s output. The uses of queryset for retrieving data from a database table in different ways have been explained in this tutorial.

  • This Week In Rust: This Week in Rust 379 [Ed: The usual paradox of developing "openly" while requiring people to get an account with Microsoft and then use proprietary software of Microsoft, which attacks Free software.]

    This Week in Rust is openly developed on GitHub.

  • What Is BC in a Bash Script? – Linux Hint

    BC, which stands for Basic Calculator, is a command in Bash that is used to provide the functionality of a scientific calculator within a Bash script. This can be useful for scripting with various arithmentic use cases and scenarios. This article shows you how to use BC in a Bash script.

Security Leftovers

  • How often should I rotate my ssh keys?

    My story for today is about ssh and how even public keys, while much better than simple passwords, are still not a perfect solution.

    The danger is credential theft, which is a fancy way of saying “someone stole your private keys.” Back in the 1990s, that problem was pretty far from our minds; Windows 98 didn’t even have the concept of a separate administrator account, never mind the idea of app sandboxing or the inkling that someone might intentionally want to load malware onto your computer and encrypt all your files for ransomware. Those were the days when some people thought ActiveX controls (essentially loading .exe files from web sites) might be a good idea. Actually, maybe even a great idea as long as there was an “are you sure?” dialog box first.

  • 4 of the Best LastPass Alternatives

    LastPass has recently changed its free account usage policy to be only available on one device, and a lot of its users are not happy about it. If you are a LastPass Free user and are looking to switch, here are four great LastPass alternatives you should check out. These services reserve their pricing tiers for more advanced, business-oriented users while still leaving free users with a powerful set of features to safeguard their online accounts data.

  • Security updates for Thursday

    Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (ansible-base, keycloak, mumble, and postgresql), Debian (firefox-esr and nodejs), Fedora (dotnet3.1, dotnet5.0, keylime, php-horde-Horde-Text-Filter, radare2, scap-security-guide, and wireshark), openSUSE (postgresql, postgresql13 and python-djangorestframework), Red Hat (Ansible, firefox, and thunderbird), Scientific Linux (firefox and thunderbird), SUSE (php7, postgresql-jdbc, python-cryptography, rpmlint, and webkit2gtk3), and Ubuntu (dnsmasq, linux, linux-aws, linux-aws-5.4, linux-azure, linux-azure-5.4, linux-gcp, linux-gcp-5.4, linux-gke-5.4, linux-gkeop, linux-gkeop-5.4, linux-hwe-5.4, linux-kvm, linux-oracle, linux-oracle-5.4, linux-raspi, linux-raspi-5.4, linux, linux-aws, linux-aws-hwe, linux-azure, linux-azure-4.15, linux-dell300x, linux-gcp, linux-gcp-4.15, linux-gke-4.15, linux-hwe, linux-kvm, linux-oracle, linux-raspi2, linux-snapdragon, linux, linux-aws, linux-azure, linux-gcp, linux-hwe-5.8, linux-kvm, linux-oracle, linux-raspi, linux, linux-aws, linux-kvm, linux-lts-xenial, linux-raspi2, linux-snapdragon, linux-oem-5.10, linux-oem-5.6, screen, and xterm).

  • Biden signs executive order calling for semiconductor supply chain review

    President Biden signed an executive order Wednesday addressing growing concern over a global semiconductor shortage hampering the production of goods like automobiles and smartphones.

    The White House’s executive order directs the federal government to conduct 100-day reviews of supply chains in four sets of products, including computer chips and large capacity batteries, like those used in electric vehicles, according to administration officials.

  • Biden Orders Review to Shore Up Supply Chain Resiliency

    On top of the 100-day review of the four key industries, Biden’s order will also direct yearlong reviews for six sectors: defense, public health, information technology, transportation, energy and food production.

    Biden said his administration will implement the recommendations as soon as they are available. “We're not going to wait for the review to be completed before we start closing the existing gaps,” he said.

  • Technology Executives Say All Evidence Points To Russia In Major Hack Of Computer Networks

    Smith told the committee that the true scope of the intrusions is still unknown because most victims are not legally required to disclose attacks unless they involve sensitive information about individuals.

  • Finnish IT Giant Hit with Ransomware Cyberattack [iophk: Windows TO]

    Norwegian business journal E24 reported the attack on Espoo, Finland-based TietoEVRY on Tuesday, claiming to have spoken with Geir Remman, a communications director at the company. Remman acknowledged technical problems with several services that TietoEVRY provides to 25 customers, which are “due to a ransom attack,” according to the report.

    Remman told E24 that the company considers the attack “a serious criminal act.” TietoEVRY turned off the unspecified services and infrastructure affected “as a preventative measure” until it can recover relevant data, and restart systems “in a controlled manner,” he said.

Ubuntu Leftovers

  • Ubuntu Aims For Higher Quality LTS Point Releases - Phoronix

    New restrictions will be in place beginning with Ubuntu 20.04.3 LTS this summer to try to enforce better quality releases with less regressions by enforcing better quality control. The change beginning with Ubuntu 20.04.3 LTS will require that stable release update (SRU) procedures are followed even for release blockers. This will require that every fix follows the same verification, regression analysis, and aging period process. The tighter quality controls will likely lead to slips in release targets if bugs are found in the release candidates for new point releases, as it will first need to go through the verification and aging process.

  • DFI Partners With Ubuntu For IoT Hardware, OTA Updates - Phoronix

    Most of you probably haven't heard of DFI much in nearly two decades since the days of their colorful "LanParty" motherboards that were well known at the time, but these days they are focused on the industrial computer industry and have now teamed up with Canonical to partake in the Ubuntu IoT Hardware Certification Partner Program. DFI is the first industrial computer vendor joining the Ubuntu IoT Hardware Certification Partner Program for Ubuntu-certified hardware focused on the Internet of Things and embracing over-the-air software updates.

  • What is MEC ? The telco edge.

    MEC, as ETSI defines it, stands for Multi-access Edge Computing and is sometimes referred to as Mobile edge computing. MEC is a solution that gives content providers and software developers cloud-computing capabilities which are close to the end users. This micro cloud deployed in the edge of mobile operators’ networks has ultra low latency and high bandwidth which enables new types of applications and business use cases. On top of that an application running on MEC can have real-time access to a subset of radio network information that can improve the overall experience.