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How to Install Java on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

Friday 17th of March 2023 02:23:25 AM
Are you looking to install Java on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS? Our step-by-step guide will walk you through the process with ease.

How to Install Google Chrome on openSUSE With Ease

Friday 17th of March 2023 02:00:37 AM
Learn how to quickly and easily install Google Chrome on openSUSE Leap and Tumbleweed with our step-by-step guide. The post How to Install Google Chrome on openSUSE With Ease appeared first on Linux Today.

How to Install Microsoft Fonts on Fedora

Friday 17th of March 2023 12:34:46 AM
Fedora Linux is a popular open-source operating system known for its stability, security, and user-friendliness. However, Fedora does not have pre-installed proprietary fonts, such as Microsoft Fonts. Learn how to install Microsoft fonts on Fedora Linux

Help us build better doc

Friday 17th of March 2023 12:00:48 AM
We want you to join our Ubuntu circle, and help us document MAAS. More minds, more eyes, more hands make better doc.

Amazon Linux 2023 Brings Enhanced Security Implementation

Friday 17th of March 2023 12:00:44 AM
The latest version of Amazon Linux includes preconfigured security policies that make it easy to implement standard industry guidelines. The post Amazon Linux 2023 Brings Enhanced Security Implementation appeared first on Linux Today.

What Policymakers Need to Know About the First Amendment and Section 230

Thursday 16th of March 2023 11:16:11 PM
The Supreme Court just heard two cases - Twitter v. Taamneh and Gonzalez v. Google - that could dramatically affect users’ speech rights online. Last week, EFF hosted a panel in Washington D.C. to discuss what legislators need to know about these cases, the history of Section 230, and the First Amendment’s protections for online speech. Alongside EFF Senior Staff Attorney Aaron Mackey, the panel included Billy Easley, Senior Public Policy Lead at Reddit, and Emma Llanso, Director of the Free Expression Project at the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT). Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), one of the co-authors of Section 230, gave opening remarks.  Senator Wyden and the Supreme Court  Senator Wyden opened the panel with background on the law: it simply establishes the principle that the person who creates and posts content is responsible for that content. Thanks to Section 230 and the First Amendment, websites can take down what they want. Section 230 is essential to smaller companies and startups: “The big guys can take care of themselves,” but the small guys should be able to compete with the big guys, Wyden explained. The law democratizes speech, and elevates the choices of users. Thanks to Section 230, people are able to speak out.  Wyden then discussed the latest Supreme Court cases. In Gonzalez v. Google, the petitioning plaintiffs made a radical argument about Section 230. They asked the Supreme Court to rule that Section 230 doesn’t protect recommendations we get online, or how certain content gets arranged and displayed. In Twitter v. Taamneh, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that online services can be civilly liable under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) based on claims that the platform had generalized awareness that members of a terrorist organization used its service. In our view, the decision in Gonzalez should be clear: online recommendations and editorial arrangements are the digital version of what print newspapers have done for centuries, directing readers’ attention to whatever might be most interesting to them. Deciding where to direct readers is part of editorial discretion, which has long been protected under the First Amendment. Regarding Taamneh, the Court should interpret the ATA to create liability only when platforms have “actual knowledge that a specific piece of user-generated content substantially assists an act of terrorism.” In other words, online services should not be liable under the ATA based only on claims that they had some generalized awareness of terrorist content on their platforms.  In Wyden’s view of the cases, the Justices seemed to recognize that removing Section 230 protections for algorithms is the same as taking away Section 230 protections generally. Ultimately, what we need is strong consumer privacy laws that remove the incentive for hoovering up personal data and monetizing it, and we need better antitrust enforcement.  Lastly, Wyden closed with a warning. Those members of Congress that want to scrap Section 230 need to be careful what they wish for. FOSTA, the only law that has amended Section 230, was supposed to eliminate sex trafficking. All it did was “drive the bad guys into the dark web,” creating even less accountability, more harassment, and more violence against sex workers. Without Section 230, it’ll be a lot harder for marginalized voices to call out wrongdoings by powerful people, and it’ll be easier for the government to set the terms of public debate. But the last few years have shown more than ever that we need places where smaller voices can be heard.   Speaking up for Users, So Users Can Speak Up Reddit’s Billy Easley opened the panel describing the goal of the brief filed by the company in the Gonzalez case. First, they wanted to reorient the discussion back to users, which Section 230 empowers and protects, especially those involved in a moderation role. Reddit uses community moderators, and Section 230 empowers them to take down hateful content. It also helps them protect their users, for example, from defamation claims.  Second, they wanted to educate folks also about how Reddit uses algorithms, lest people think of “the algorithm” only in terms of what YouTube and Facebook do. For Reddit, the algorithm is simple: You upvote stuff and more people see it. You downvote and nobody sees it anymore. There is also an automod that flags content from newer users or flagged posts so that moderators can review the content before it goes up. That’s not what a lot of social media entities do—and that community moderation would be potentially on the chopping block without Section 230.   Generally, Easley said, people should remember three points: 230 protects people and platforms online. It allows platforms and people to be innovative and experiment online.  Algorithms are just tools. They can be used for good and bad.  It’s not just about Facebook, TikTok, YouTube, and Reddit. This should be a conversation about what kind of internet we want to have and whether we want platforms and users to be innovative.  EFF’s Aaron Mackey spoke next, explaining that EFF’s core concern in these Supreme Court cases is how an interpretation of Section 230 will impact the abilities of users to express themselves online. In Taamneh, the question is how far does liability extend when the platform—Twitter in this case—has only the most attenuated link with a terrorist attack. If you make Twitter liable for merely providing a service that some bad actors used for speech that ultimately supported an organization that perpetrated terrorist attacks, what does that mean for speech? We know from the case law that when you put liability on an intermediary, they will begin to overcensor and only distribute speech that they are confident is inoffensive. That blunts people’s ability to distribute and share their expression online.  In Gonzalez, the distinction made by the petitioner and Solicitor General, if adopted, would create a less useful internet for users and audiences. Without recommendations the speech online becomes much less organized and more difficult to find. Recommendations are good; you want to be shown the stuff you want, not what you don’t want.  Lastly, Emma Llanso of CDT, which also filed briefs in the cases, pointed out that the First Amendment should be a guide when considering how the Taamneh case should be litigated. As we saw with FOSTA, over censoring occurred just because of potential liability. If the courts don’t allow protections for recommendations we will likely see similar harm.  Questions and Answers The first question for the panelists was whether Congress, not the Supreme Court, should amend Section 230. Easley explained that Congress should identify what they are most concerned about online and take a step back to assess the best way to protect the population they want to protect. Llanso agreed; the question is always “what is the problem you’re trying to solve.” There may be Section 230 angles, but there are other issues to be addressed. The second question was about a type of law we’ve seen recently that’s frequently formatted as: “Do X or you lose your Section 230 protections,” e.g., your company only gets protections if researchers are allowed access to the data on the platform. Llanso explained that one of the challenges with that kind of structure is that it’s essentially coercing an outcome that the government can’t compel through law, creating First Amendment problems. Mackey pointed out that these bills are often imprecise: it’s unclear when you lose protections, and the scope of that lost immunity. Easley summed it up: using Section 230 as the sword of Damocles is the wrong idea. It hurts users.  Third: Should platforms have an agreed-upon accountability standard that they are liable for upholding. EFF has concerns about the government setting terms of accountability. But, Mackey explained, EFF co-created the Santa Clara Principles—a voluntary effort that calls for platform transparency, based on Human Rights principles. We want companies to adopt a good regime that works for speech, and is also self-motivated. Llanso pointed out that companies are happy to be with us on First Amendment and Section 230 views, but their support does often disappear once we talk about privacy. Companies should absolutely be accountable to their terms of service, but holding them liable for everything that violates those terms is inherently error prone. The final question was about a new batch of laws offering protections of various sorts for young people online: should there be specific special laws for content specifically related to children? Easley said we should interrogate the specific ‘targeting children’ part. State bills talking about platforms that target children are extraordinarily broad. any websites are general purpose and used by both teens and adults. We can all agree that kids’ data shouldn’t be collected. But when laws require parents to have access to all direct messages—like S.B. 152 which is on the governor’s desk currently in Utah—that makes dangerous assumptions about parent-child relationships. A lot of “kids online safety” bills paint too broad a brush and we need a little more thinking on it.  These bills are mixing two goals. First, a concern about targeting and collecting personal and private information about children online. Second, they seek protection for kids from ‘harmful content.’ But what is harmful content? The bills require age gating and age verification, and that allows more targeted data collection of children in the name of protecting them. These restrictions stop teens and young adults from finding communities online. When these bills combine children’s privacy and protecting children online, they fail to do either.  A lot of the legislation doesn’t think enough about kids’ independent rights, including from their parents, Llanso said. It’s a murky constitutional sliding scale, but older minors do have their own rights. Understanding how to protect and empower children is better than wrapping kids in bubble wrap. Easley pointed out that if age verification is required, collecting documents to verify age will also be required. That not only violates privacy but creates a data breach concern. And some of these bills also create specific duties for any platform for practices that cause physical, emotional, development harm for those under eighteen and, honestly, no one knows what that means.  Easley closed the panel out with a simple plea:  “Remember the users. Remember the impact any change in Section 230 can have on users.”  When congressional offices are thinking about Section 230, both EFF and CDT are happy to help. We’re in the  unique position of having policy expertise as well as litigation expertise.  

Running Cron Jobs on Linux: 5, 10, or 15 Minute Intervals

Thursday 16th of March 2023 03:35:17 AM
Learn how to automate tasks in Linux with cron and set custom intervals.

[$] Weekly Edition for March 16, 2023

Thursday 16th of March 2023 02:16:30 AM
The Weekly Edition for March 16, 2023 is available.

How to Use Ansible to Automate Logical Volume Manager in Linux

Thursday 16th of March 2023 02:00:44 AM
This tutorial explains how to use Ansible to automate the Logical Volume Manager (LVM) setup in Linux operating systems. The post How to Use Ansible to Automate Logical Volume Manager in Linux appeared first on Linux Today.

Pentesters' fave Kali Linux turns 10 with version 23.1

Thursday 16th of March 2023 01:46:38 AM
It's also 17… and 18… and actually rather coolThe developers of specialized security-testing distro Kali Linux have released the first version of 2023, which marks the project's tenth anniversary… but only in this incarnation.…

Ken Thompson, UNIX Co-Creator, Is Moving to Debian GNU/Linux

Thursday 16th of March 2023 12:00:55 AM
Ken Thompson has shared incredible news: he’s moving to GNU/Linux, specifically Raspbian. See why in his latest announcement. The post Ken Thompson, UNIX Co-Creator, Is Moving to Debian GNU/Linux appeared first on Linux Today.

How To Install LibreOffice on Manjaro 22

Wednesday 15th of March 2023 11:32:03 PM
In this tutorial, we will show you how to install LibreOffice on Manjaro 22. For those of you who didn’t know, LibreOffice is a free and open-source office suite that includes several productivity applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, ... The post How To Install LibreOffice on Manjaro 22 appeared first on idroot.

Scott Williams (vwbusguy): What Is Fedora Linux Good For?

Wednesday 15th of March 2023 11:13:48 PM
What Is Fedora Linux Good For? Fedora won "Most Memorable Booth" at the So Cal Linux Expo 20x.  I've had multiple people ask me why and if we had some kind of gimmick.  To be fair, we did have excellent swag this year and a great crew of people at the booth, but in my opinion, it was our enthusiastic community of users who made it truly exceptional. This year, instead of asking overly generic questions like "Do you use Fedora?" and "Have you tried Kinoite or Silverblue yet?", I decided to ask "What's something fun or interesting you're doing with Fedora these days?" and the answers very much did not disappoint. Workstation Adventures When I asked the person above what they were using Fedora for, they pulled out this Surface Go tablet running on Fedora 37!  It honestly looked amazing! Gaming was another common use reported for Fedora.  The fact that Steam OS, Proton, and Lutris (who was at the event) have all contributed to the Linux gaming ecosystem has all meant very good things for Fedora as a gaming platform.  At least one user reported that they are running Fedora on a Lenovo laptop that came with Fedora pre-installed! At Work Multiple people advised that they use Fedora to teach others Linux, with one of them saying that they used Fedora in the classroom for this purpose.  Another user said that Fedora is running on their microcontrollers at work. At Home Fedora IoT and CoreOS really shined here, especially around Home Lab and Home Automation use cases.  For Home Automatiom, one user reported that they are running a 5-node Spark cluster with Fedora IoT on Raspberry Pis.  Another made their own digital photo frame powered by Fedora. For Home Lab users, someone reported using Fedora as a router and DHCP server for their home networking.  Another was using Fedora CoreOS for experimental network testing and for running their own Nextcloud instance.  Another is running a k3s cluster on Fedora to run their own FreeIPA with Fedora Server.  For Development If you thought I was adventurous for using Fedora to write a BASIC shell for Linux, one user shared that he was using Fedora to write his own DNS server from scratch in Rust!  Another is using Fedora to write Android apps and test them in VMs.  Another is writing BPF programs focused on securing IoT devices.  And, finally, a user said that they used Fedora to package their own software for the Fedora repos and said he really enjoyed the overal experience of getting it packaged in RPM and the review process. Conclusion So what is Fedora good for?  It's hard to find something Fedora isn't good for these days!

Copyright Means You May Need Permission To Post Photos Of Your Own Home Online

Wednesday 15th of March 2023 11:06:39 PM
One of the life’s certainties is that copyright maximalism will continue to encourage absurd rulings by complaisant courts. Here’s a rather spectacular case from Germany. It involves a “photo wallpaper”. For those of you who – like me – aren’t quite sure what that means, it is the name given to wallpapers that are essentially […]

MoonRay: DreamWorks’ Open-Source Gift to the Animation Community

Wednesday 15th of March 2023 11:02:51 PM
Ready to take your animation to the next level? DreamWorks Animation has just released MoonRay as open-source software.

Scott Williams (vwbusguy): Fedora at SoCal Linux Expo 20x

Wednesday 15th of March 2023 10:32:04 PM
Fedora at SoCal Linux Expo 20x The So Cal Linux Expo again returned to Pasadena, CA and Fedora came back as an exhibitor!  I have now attended SCaLE every year since 2010, shortly after I moved to Calfornia.  Since the last SCaLE was in late July, there was less time between them.  As a result, I noticed a few things that contributed to this year's SCaLE being an especially special year: Many larger corporate vendors who were at SCaLE last year didn't come back this year, so it felt like there were more hobbyist and community groups to fill in the space.  At the same time, many who had not been travelling due to COVID returned for the first time in years.  It resulted in SCaLE feeling a bit more geniune this year with a crowd of people who largely knew what Linux and open source are about and were excited to be there. On Thursday, I attended a workshop on Kubebuilder.  The DevOps and Kubernetes events during SCaLE offered some great high quality talks, both in terms of content and presentation style.  In between those events, we snuck back to the Exhibit Hall and got everything setup and ready to go ahead of the opening on Friday. At the Fedora booth, we had a great crew and excellent swag, but the real highlight was getting to connect with users who shared with us what they are currently doing with Fedora.  Instead of scanning people's badges, we offered a simple form for users to connect with us so we can follow up with them about ways they might want to get more involved. We got to visit with enthusiatic new users, who are doing some exciting things with Fedora on their devices... As well as reconnect with old, familiar friends. And in some cases, meet new old friends (Ken Thompson and John Maddog Hall): The Fedora talk on Saturday by Brian Monroe was very well attended and gave a live demonstration of the Fedora Jam SIG using a MIDI keyboard.  This was then setup in the back of the Fedora booth (with headphones) so musically inclined people could try it out for themselves! After a very fun game night, we all arrived fresh on Sunday morning to the news that the Fedora booth had been voted "Most Memorable Booth" by conference participants this year! It was a very successful year for Fedora at the So Cal Linux Expo, and we couldn't have done it without such an enthusiastic community user base and an excellent group of Fedora Ambassadors including Perry Rivera, Alex Acosta, Brian Monroe (and always a treat to see Jeff Carlson, who again was on staff with SCaLE this year)!

PyTorch 2.0 Now Shipping With Better CPU & GPU Performance

Wednesday 15th of March 2023 10:28:59 PM
Following the PyTorch Foundation talking up PyTorch 2.0 since the end of last year, today marks the PyTorch 2.0 release officially shipping. PyTorch 2.0 has significant optimizations to "supercharge" it with better performance for both CPU and GPU modes of operation...

How To Install Apache Spark on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

Wednesday 15th of March 2023 10:19:49 PM
In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Apache Spark on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Apache Spark is a powerful open-source big data processing engine. It provides a distributed computing system that ... The post How To Install Apache Spark on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS appeared first on idroot.

OpenAI checked to see whether GPT-4 could take over the world

Wednesday 15th of March 2023 10:09:56 PM
"ARC's evaluation has much lower probability of leading to an AI takeover than the deployment itself."

Next Debian/Ubuntu Releases Will No Longer Allow pip install

Wednesday 15th of March 2023 10:00:03 PM
The next Debian/Ubuntu releases will likely no longer allow pip install outside a virtual environment because of conflicts between pip and the OS package manager. The post Next Debian/Ubuntu Releases Will No Longer Allow pip install appeared first on Linux Today.

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