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Pluralistic: Podcasts are hearteningly enshittification resistant; Red Team Blues excerpt (27 Jan 2023)

Friday 27th of January 2023 07:09:42 PM
Today's links Podcasts are hearteningly enshittification resistant: Walled gardens considered harmful (to performers and audiences). Red Team Blues excerpt: The final adventure of Marty Hench. Hey look at this: Delights to delectate. This day in history: 2003, 2008, 2013, 2018, 2022 Colophon: Recent publications, upcoming/recent appearances, current writing projects, current reading Podcasts are hearteningly enshittification resistant (permalink) In the enshittification cycle, a platform lures in users by giving them a good deal at first, then it lures in business customers (advertisers, sellers, performers) by shifting the surplus from users to them; finally, it takes all the surplus for itself, turning the whole thing into a pile of shit: https://pluralistic.net/2023/01/21/potemkin-ai/#hey-guys When a company is neither disciplined by competition nor by regulation, enshittification inevitably ensues. If a user or business customer can't jump ship – because of lock-in, high switching costs or network effects – then companies are powerfully tempted to mistreat them – not out of sadism, but instead to harvest their surplus and goose the company's profits. Half the results on the first five screens of an Amazon search result are ads. Amazon's business customers spend $31b/year on payola, bidding to be at the top of Amazon's search results: the top results aren't the best matches to your search, they're the matches that are most profitable for Amazon. But out of the remaining half, many of the results are Amazon's lookalike products: Amazon coerces sellers into shipping via Amazon warehouses (otherwise their products won't be Prime eligible), and this not only lets Amazon extract 45%+ out of every sale in junk fees, it also lets them see the bills-of-lading that identify the manufacturers of products, whom Amazon can approach to make a knock-off. These Amazon house-brand copycat products are cheaper than the original, because Amazon doesn't charge itself >45% fees. It can allocate some of the surplus to shoppers – offering a discount on the price the OEM has had to inflate to cover Amazon's fees – but keep the majority for its shareholders. This is enshittification: Amazon is a place where buyers hold the sellers hostage (because Amazon is where all the buyers are, and the buyers are prepaying for shipping a year at a time via Prime), but the buyers can't leave either, because all the sellers are at Amazon. The sellers don't want to be on Amazon, but all the buyers are there, so… Hypothetically there's another way to discipline Amazon's appetites as it gorges itself on all of us, buyer or seller: regulation. Much of Amazon's conduct falls under the broad terms "unfair and deceptive," which the FTC has broad authority to prohibit and punish under Section 5 of the FTC Act. https://pluralistic.net/2023/01/10/the-courage-to-govern/#whos-in-charge The FTC is undergoing a renaissance under Lina Khan, its most effective chair in forty years, and she is aggressively wielding her Section 5 powers to hold corporations to account, but the FTC has two generations' worth of policy debt to pay down, and enshittification is everywhere, so Amazon and other firms generally behave as though there was no threat of regulatory punishment for even the most egregious conduct. They don't have to outrun Lina Khan, they just have to outrun all the other firms she has in her crosshairs. Corporations, unfettered by competition or regulation, are free to pursue enshittification to the bitter end: once they have their users locked in, they use them as bait to lure in business customers, and once they are locked in, they can grab all the value for themselves, surfing the line between "so useless everyone quits" and "just useful enough that everyone keeps holding each other hostage." Enshittification is a dangerous strategy, and not just because that's a hard wave to surf. Woe betide a platform that enshittifies prematurely, before its users or business customers are too locked in to simply say, "fuck this, I'm out of here." That's an expensive mistake, one that can cost a company all the consumer and supplier subsidies it bought with its shareholders' cash. It's a mistake that Spotify just made, when it pursued its podcast exclusivity strategy, blowing more than a billion dollars buying up podcasts and then locking them up inside Spotify's walled garden, unreachable unless you use Spotify's client – other podcatchers need not apply: https://variety.com/2022/digital/news/spotify-podcast-revenue-loss-2022-1235288180/ It's easy to see why Spotify liked this idea. Real podcasts are as open as you could want – encoded in the open MP3 standard, distributed over the open RSS standard – and can be subscribed to and played back by any client. There's no practical way to spy on podcast listeners, nor to enshittify their experience in other ways, say, by blocking ad-skipping. For eshittification-thirsty corporate sociopaths, this user-centric openness is a bug, not a feature. Apple was the first company to try to enclose podcasts, but while it dominated the sector, it never controlled it fully, not least because anyone could leave Apple's walled garden and subscribe to the same podcasts using another client with just a couple clicks. Competition disciplines companies. Disciplined by competition and the ease of user switching, the podcast-encloser brigade have proceeded with caution – even where they publish their own podcasts, they haven't tried to make them exclusive to their walled gardens, instead offering real podcast feeds that anyone could subscribe to. One notable – and shameful – exception is the BBC, which has abandoned its leadership on open standards and open protocols and moved its flagship podcasts inside its proprietary BBC Sounds app, presumably because this will help it commericalize its offerings for non-license-fee-payers (part of the long transformation of the BBC from a Public Service Broadcaster focused on Reithian values to a glorified streaming service for Americans, a transformation that started when the BBC killed the Creative Archive in favor of the Iplayer). Where others were cautious, Spotify was reckless. It bought popular podcasts and podcast networks, then severely enshittified their programs by locking them inside Spotify's walled garden. Audience numbers plummeted, demoralizing podcast creators who were uninterested in the future date when Spotify and its Magic Underpants Gnomes would figure out how to wring more money out of the tiny cohort that stuck around. Today, podcast advertising rates are falling off a cliff. Short on users and ad dollars, Spotify's enshittification plan is looking like a self-inflicted wound. Even the Obamas cancelled their deal and switched to Audible, a monopolist that leads the world in enshittification but who had the good sense not to make its podcasts platform-exclusive: https://variety.com/2022/digital/news/obamas-audible-deal-spotify-1235299775/ Writing in Variety, Tyler Aquilina pens a eulogy for podcast exclusivity, quoting Parcast Union and Gimlet Union, the unions for Spotify acquisitions Gimlet and Parcast: "[exlusives] caused a steep drop in listeners — as high as three quarters of the audience for some shows." https://variety.com/vip/podcast-exclusivity-is-quickly-becoming-an-outdated-strategy-1235495652/ That is a hell of a rush for the exits. What's more, podcasts that leave Spotify's walled garden – after their exclusive deals expire – gain listeners (though not as many as they lost). Podcasting is an open technology built out of open technologies. We have damned few of those left. The openness of podcasts once allowed wild experimentation, with new kinds of audio made by new kinds of creators finding new kinds of audiences. The drive to enshittify, unfettered by regulation or competition, has allowed many of the world's largest, stupidest tech companies to unhinge their jaws and tempt podcast makers and listeners to traipse blithely onto their slathering tongues. They were always going to snap their jaws shut eventually – just because Spotify lacked the executive function to wait for a fully ripened enshittification before biting down, it doesn't mean we're out of the woods. Red Team Blues excerpt (permalink) My next novel is Red Team Blues, a noir technothriller/heist novel about Marty Hench, a forensic accountant who is the most fearsome financial sleuth in Silicon Valley history. Marty has spent 40 years unwinding tech's biggest, sleaziest scams, and now he's ready to retire – but first he has to do one more job: https://pluralistic.net/2023/01/13/marty-hench/#red-team-blues If you'd like an essay-formatted version of this thread to read or share, here's a link to it on pluralistic.net, my surveillance-free, ad-free, tracker-free blog: https://pluralistic.net/2023/01/27/enshittification-resistance/#one-last-job My publisher, Tor Books, has just published the first sneak-peek at Red Team Blues, an exclusive excerpt from Chapter 4, where Marty explains to his old friend Raza why he's doing this job, and she helps him figure out how to crack it: https://www.torforgeblog.com/2023/01/26/excerpt-red-team-blues-by-cory-doctorow/ I haven't been this excited about a book since 2006, when Little Brother battered its way out of my fingertips in eight weeks flat (the first draft of Red Team Blues took only six weeks!). Tor agreed – they bought this book and two prequels: The Bezzle (about private prison tech) and Picks and Shovels (about affinity scams in the heroic age of the PC). The early reviews have been spectacular: Booklist got there first, calling it "Another winner from an sf wizard who has always proved himself adept at blending genres for both adults and teens." Next was Library Journal, who wrote, "This absorbing and ruthless cyberpunk thriller from Doctorow tackles modern concerns involving cryptocurrency, security, and the daunting omnipotence of technology." https://www.libraryjournal.com/review/red-team-blues-1794647 Then came Publishers Weekly, with "Doctorow brings a thoroughness and honesty to a subject masked by techno-babble and emotional hype ('all that blockchain for good shit') to deliver a clear-eyed warning about how crypto is used (money laundering) and what it costs (billions of tons of CO2)." I can't wait for this one to drop in April! https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250865847/red-team-blues Hey look at this (permalink) Tucker Carlson Slams Woke Replacement Of Manly News Anchors With Shrieking Identity-Obsessed Losers https://www.theonion.com/tucker-carlson-slams-woke-replacement-of-manly-news-anc-1850025369 Illusory Wealth: Victor Dubreuil’s Cryptic Currencies https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/illusory-wealth breakdancing medieval marginalia https://www.shardcore.org/shardpress2019/2023/01/24/marginalia/ This day in history (permalink) #20yrsago Telcos attack VoIP numbering https://www.zdnet.com/home-and-office/networking/voip-caught-in-a-numbers-crunch/ #15yrsago Southern racists adopt “Canadian” as a euphemism for “black” https://memex.craphound.com/2008/01/26/southern-racists-adopt-canadian-as-a-euphemism-for-black/ #15yrsago Bavarian gov’t caught buying malware to intercept Skype calls https://wikileaks.org/wiki/Skype_and_the_Bavarian_trojan_in_the_middle #10yrsago Berlin activists create CCTV-smashing street game https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GCsd2TJKjQ #5yrsago OK, panic again: patching Spectre and Meltdown has been a disaster https://www.wired.com/story/meltdown-spectre-patching-total-train-wreck/ #5yrsago Your early darknet drug buys are preserved forever in the blockchain, waiting to be connected to your real identity https://arxiv.org/pdf/1801.07501.pdf #5yrsago The Financial Times’s 404 page is an ingenious, hilarious introduction to major concepts in economic theory https://www.ft.com/404notfound #5yrsago A journalist who was sued by Trump describes Trump’s hilarious incompetence under oath https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2018-01-25/i-ve-watched-trump-testify-under-oath-it-isn-t-pretty #5yrsago Canada stripped the TPP of its terrible IP proposals: will the US seek revenge in NAFTA talks? https://www.michaelgeist.ca/2018/01/dont-make-tpp-mistake-canada-needs-maintain-progressive-approach-ip-nafta/ #5yrsago The elite belief in Uberized, Muskized cities is at odds with fundamental, irrefutable facts of geometry https://www.ft.com/content/b0c29ff7-e35e-397d-bea4-a7ca36e0ea15 #5yrsago Kimberly Clark says the Trump tax-cuts let it fire 5,500 US workers and pay out dividends to its shareholders https://www.businessinsider.com/kimberly-clark-pays-for-layoffs-with-trump-tax-cuts-2018-1 #5yrsago Short-termism led the Democratic Party to let unions die, and now they’ve lost their base https://jamesfeigenbaum.github.io/research/pdf/fhw_rtw_jan2018.pdf #5yrsago “We Shall Overcome” has overcome copyfraud and is now unambiguously public domain https://www.techdirt.com/2018/01/26/we-shall-overcome-overcomes-bogus-copyright-claim-officially-public-domain/ #1yrago Cops' imaginary fears send addicts to real jail https://pluralistic.net/2022/01/27/extraordinary-popular-delusions/#onshore-havana-syndrome #1yrago As stocks tumble, wealthy speculators bid up house prices https://pluralistic.net/2022/01/27/extraordinary-popular-delusions/#wall-street-slumlords Colophon (permalink) Today's top sources: Slashdot (https://slashdot.org). Currently writing: Picks and Shovels, a Martin Hench noir thriller about the heroic era of the PC. Yesterday's progress: 500 words (99091 words total) The Bezzle, a Martin Hench noir thriller novel about the prison-tech industry. FIRST DRAFT COMPLETE, WAITING FOR EDITORIAL REVIEW A Little Brother short story about DIY insulin PLANNING The Internet Con: How to Seize the Means of Computation, a nonfiction book about interoperability for Verso. REVISIONS COMPLETE – AWAITING COPYEDIT Vigilant, Little Brother short story about remote invigilation. ON SUBMISSION Moral Hazard, a short story for MIT Tech Review's 12 Tomorrows. FIRST DRAFT COMPLETE, ACCEPTED FOR PUBLICATION Spill, a Little Brother short story about pipeline protests. ON SUBMISSION A post-GND utopian novel, "The Lost Cause." FINISHED A cyberpunk noir thriller novel, "Red Team Blues." FINISHED Currently reading: Analogia by George Dyson. Latest podcast: Social Quitting https://craphound.com/news/2023/01/22/social-quitting/ Upcoming appearances: Library Learning Experience/American Library Association (New Orleans), Jan 27-30 https://www.2023.alaliblearnx.org/cory-doctorow Chokepoint Capitalism: Can It Be Defeated? (UCL Faculty of Laws), Feb 1 https://www.ucl.ac.uk/laws/events/2023/feb/online-chokepoint-capitalism-can-it-be-defeated Avid Reader (Brisbane), Feb 8 https://avidreader.com.au/pages/6834-ChokepointCapitalism-RebeccaGiblinandCoryDoctorow Future of Arts, Culture & Technology, ACMI, (Melbourne), Feb 14 https://www.acmi.net.au/whats-on/in-conversation-cory-doctorow-rebecca-giblin-esther-anatolitis/ State Library of NSW (Sydney), Feb 15 https://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/events/chokepoint-capitalism-rebecca-giblin-and-cory-doctorow ANU/Canberra Times Meet The Author (Canberra), Feb 16 https://www.anu.edu.au/events/in-conversation-with-rebecca-giblin-and-cory-doctorow Australian Digital Alliance Copyright Forum (Canberra), Feb 17 https://digital.org.au/2022/11/08/doctorow-giblin-first-speaker-announcement-ada-forum-2023/ Antitrust, Regulation and the Political Economy (Brussels), Mar 2 https://www.brusselsconference.com/registration Recent appearances: Lunch on Laotian food (Eating the Fantastic) https://www.scottedelman.com/2023/01/27/cory-doctorow/ Pivot Podcast https://overcast.fm/+OwaJtrjxs The Future of Business, Technology and Society (Six Pixels of Separation) https://www.sixpixels.com/podcast/archives/spos-863-cory-doctorow-on-the-future-of-business-technology-and-society/ Latest books: "Chokepoint Capitalism: How to Beat Big Tech, Tame Big Content, and Get Artists Paid, with Rebecca Giblin", on how to unrig the markets for creative labor, Beacon Press/Scribe 2022 https://chokepointcapitalism.com "Attack Surface": The third Little Brother novel, a standalone technothriller for adults. The Washington Post called it "a political cyberthriller, vigorous, bold and savvy about the limits of revolution and resistance." Order signed, personalized copies from Dark Delicacies https://www.darkdel.com/store/p1840/Available_Now%3A_Attack_Surface.html "How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism": an anti-monopoly pamphlet analyzing the true harms of surveillance capitalism and proposing a solution. https://onezero.medium.com/how-to-destroy-surveillance-capitalism-8135e6744d59 (print edition: https://bookshop.org/books/how-to-destroy-surveillance-capitalism/9781736205907) (signed copies: https://www.darkdel.com/store/p2024/Available_Now%3A__How_to_Destroy_Surveillance_Capitalism.html) "Little Brother/Homeland": A reissue omnibus edition with a new introduction by Edward Snowden: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250774583; personalized/signed copies here: https://www.darkdel.com/store/p1750/July%3A__Little_Brother_%26_Homeland.html "Poesy the Monster Slayer" a picture book about monsters, bedtime, gender, and kicking ass. Order here: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781626723627. Get a personalized, signed copy here: https://www.darkdel.com/store/p2682/Corey_Doctorow%3A_Poesy_the_Monster_Slayer_HB.html#/. Upcoming books: Red Team Blues: "A grabby, compulsive thriller that will leave you knowing more about how the world works than you did before." Tor Books, April 2023 This work licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. That means you can use it any way you like, including commercially, provided that you attribute it to me, Cory Doctorow, and include a link to pluralistic.net. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Quotations and images are not included in this license; they are included either under a limitation or exception to copyright, or on the basis of a separate license. Please exercise caution. 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PikaOS: Ubuntu Built for Gamers and GNOME Lovers Alike

Friday 27th of January 2023 07:00:55 PM
PikaOS is a brand new Ubuntu-based Linux distribution aimed at gamers, offering a vanilla GNOME experience with some exciting features. The post PikaOS: Ubuntu Built for Gamers and GNOME Lovers Alike appeared first on Linux Today.

[$] LWN.net Weekly Edition for January 26, 2023

Thursday 26th of January 2023 02:37:59 AM
The LWN.net Weekly Edition for January 26, 2023 is available.

GUADEC 2023 Conference Takes Place July 26-31 in Riga, Latvia, for GNOME 44

Thursday 26th of January 2023 01:46:36 AM
GNOME Foundation announced today the dates and location for their annual GNOME Users and Developers European Conference (GUADEC) conference in 2023.

RSA’s demise from quantum attacks is very much exaggerated, expert says

Thursday 26th of January 2023 01:15:50 AM
Expert says the focus on quantum attacks may distract us from more immediate threats.

Joe Brockmeier: How have your social media habits changed since the Twitter takeover?

Thursday 26th of January 2023 01:14:22 AM
It’s been a few months now since the Twitter Takeover, and Musk’s gutting of the Twitter workforce and various antics. I haven’t deleted my account, but I set it to private and set up shop on Mastodon in mid-November. Curious about what others have done and how your habits have changed (if at all). In the before-times, I’d check Twitter frequently and post and reply quite a few times per day. While a lot of folks I know set up Mastodon / ActivityPub identities, there doesn’t seem to be quite so much activity these days. Some folks I follow still seem to be active on Twitter, but it seems like a lot of the “microblogging” activity has just stopped altogether. This might just be the circles I travel in, but I’m wondering if the impact will be a lot like Google Reader and RSS. No, Google Reader didn’t single-handedly kill RSS. It’s still alive and well(ish) but after Reader died RSS seemed much less less vital. Likewise, Mastodon (etc.) don’t seem to be replacing Twitter for folks who left or curtailed their use. Instead it seems like people are just getting out of the habit altogether. That’s… not necessarily a bad thing. But I’d love to hear how other people’s social media habits have (or haven’t!) changed since the takeover. The post How have your social media habits changed since the Twitter takeover? appeared first on Dissociated Press.

How to Create Docker Images With a Dockerfile on Ubuntu

Thursday 26th of January 2023 01:00:09 AM
In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create your own docker image with a dockerfile, using an Nginx Web server with PHP-FPM as an example. The post How to Create Docker Images With a Dockerfile on Ubuntu appeared first on Linux Today.

How To Install MyPaint on Fedora 37

Thursday 26th of January 2023 12:57:38 AM
In this tutorial, we will show you how to install MyPaint on Fedora 37. For those of you who didn’t know, MyPaint is a powerful and versatile digital painting software that is well-suited for digital artists and illustrators. Its main ... The post How To Install MyPaint on Fedora 37 appeared first on idroot.

If The AI Lawyer You Built Can’t Keep You Out Of Jail, Maybe It’s Time To Hire A Real Lawyer

Wednesday 25th of January 2023 11:31:35 PM
So, we’ve written a few times about DoNotPay, the supposedly AI-powered “robot lawyer” that was initially designed to help you contest parking tickets but then expanded to helping (usefully) with a bunch of consumer annoyances, like cancelling accounts, obtaining owed refunds, and the like. But it’s also got some shadiness in its past, like the […]

Getting Started With the Linux screen Command

Wednesday 25th of January 2023 11:00:06 PM
In this guide, we’ll discuss some useful examples of the screen command, so you can work with multiple shell sessions using a single Linux terminal window. The post Getting Started With the Linux screen Command appeared first on Linux Today.

EFF Tells Supreme Court: User Speech Must Be Protected

Wednesday 25th of January 2023 10:37:13 PM
The Supreme Court is about to hear a case that could dramatically affect users’ speech rights online. EFF has filed a brief explaining what’s at stake, and urging the court to preserve the key law protecting user expression, 47 U.S.C § 230 (Section 230.) In Gonzalez v. Google, the petitioning plaintiffs make a radical argument about Section 230. They have asked the Supreme Court to rule that Section 230 doesn’t protect recommendations we get online, or how certain content gets arranged and displayed. According to the plaintiffs, U.S. law allows website and app owners to be sued if they make the wrong recommendation.  In our brief, EFF explains that online recommendations and editorial arrangements are the digital version of what print newspapers have done for centuries: direct readers’ attention to whatever might be most interesting to them. Newspapers do this with article placement, font size, and use of photographs. Deciding where to direct readers is part of editorial discretion, which has long been protected under the First Amendment.  If Courts Narrow Section 230, We’ll See A Censored Internet  If the plaintiffs’ arguments are accepted, and Section 230 is narrowed, the internet as we know it could change dramatically.  First, online platforms would engage in severe censorship. As of April 2022, there were more than 5 billion people online, including 4.7 billion using social media platforms. Last year, YouTube users uploaded 500 hours of video each minute. Requiring pre-publication human review is not feasible for platforms of even moderate size. Automated tools, meanwhile, often result in censorship of legal and valuable content created by journalists, human rights activists, and artists. Many smaller platforms, unable to even access these flawed automated tools, would shut down.  The Gonzalez case deals with accusations that Google recommended content that was related to terrorism. If websites and apps can face severe punishments for recommending such content, they’re very likely to limit all speech related to terrorism, including anti-terrorism counter-speech, and critical analysis by journalists and intelligence analysts. The automated tools used to flag content can't tell whether the subject is being discussed, commented on, critiqued, or promoted. That censorship could also make it more difficult for people to access basic information about real-world events, including terrorist attacks. Second, online intermediaries are likely to stop offering recommendations of new content. To avoid liability for recommendations that others later claim resulted in harm, services are likely to return to presenting content in blunt chronological order, a system that is far less helpful for navigating the vast seas of online information (notably,  a newspaper or magazine would never use such a system).  Third, the plaintiffs want to create a legal distinction under Section 230 related to URLs (the internet’s Uniform Resource Locators, the addresses that begin with “http://”). They argue that Section 230 protects the service from liability for hosting the user-generated content, but it should not protect the service for providing a URL so that others can access the content. The Supreme Court should reject the idea that URLs can be exempted from Section 230 protection. The argument is wrong as both a legal and technical matter. Users direct the creation of URLs when they upload content to a service. Further, Section 230 does not contain any language that indicates Congress wanted to create such a hair-splitting distinction. To rule as the plaintiffs argue would cripple online services up and down the internet “stack,” not just social media companies. The primary means by which everyone accesses content online—the URL—would become a legal liability if the link led to objectionable content.  Section 230 Has Allowed Online Culture To Flourish In the beginning of the digital age, Congress saw that the internet would be a powerful tool for creating and finding diverse communities. They were right. Cultural and educational institutions like Wikipedia, the Internet Archive, and the Library of Congress’ oral history projects enrich our lives, and all benefit from the protections of Section 230. Every message board, email service, social media site, and online marketplace flourishes because of Section 230. The law holds users accountable for their own speech, while allowing more specialized moderation for niche sites and interests.  The court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in this case on February 21, 2023. EFF’s brief was joined by the American Library Association, the Association of Research Libraries, the Freedom to Read Foundation, and the Internet Archive. You can read the entire brief here. We also filed a brief in a related case being heard by the Supreme Court next month, Taamneh v. Twitter.   As the internet has grown, its problems have grown, too. But there are ways to address those problems without weakening a law that protects everyone’s digital speech. EFF has endorsed several paths in that regard, including comprehensive privacy legislation and renewed antitrust action. Removing protections for online speech, and online moderation, would be a foolish and damaging approach. The Supreme Court should use the Gonzalez case as an opportunity to ensure that Section 230 continues to offer broad protection of internet users’ rights.  Brief of Amici Curiae Electronic Frontier Foundation et al. in support of Respondent 

How To Install CakePHP on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

Wednesday 25th of January 2023 10:33:20 PM
In this tutorial, we will show you how to install CakePHP on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, CakePHP is an open-source web framework written in PHP that follows the Model-View-Controller (MVC) architectural pattern and conventions ... The post How To Install CakePHP on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS appeared first on idroot.

GitLab Boosts DevOps with Value Streams Dashboard, Remote Development

Wednesday 25th of January 2023 09:32:00 PM
GitLab's latest beta releases include a Value Streams Dashboard and Remote Development options to improve the DevOps experience.

AMD Working To Upstream New AMDGPU/AMDKFD Compute Debugger API

Wednesday 25th of January 2023 09:30:00 PM
AMD sent out a set of 32 kernel patches today for their AMDKFD/AMDGPU kernel driver code in providing upstream support for debugging of their GPU compute instruction set architecture (ISA)...

Techdirt Podcast Episode 342: Margaret Sullivan On The Future Of Media

Wednesday 25th of January 2023 09:30:00 PM
For a brief and interesting time, the New York Times employed a Public Editor to serve as a liaison with its readers. One of the most interesting of these was the fifth, Margaret Sullivan, who would go on to become a media columnist with the Washington Post and then, as of today, a weekly columnist […]

[$] X clients and byte swapping

Wednesday 25th of January 2023 09:22:27 PM
While there are still systems with both byte orders, little-endian has largely "won" the battle at this point since the vast majority of today's systems store data with the least-significant byte first (at the lowest address). But when the X11 protocol was developed in the 1980s, there were lots of systems of each byte order, so the X protocol allowed either order and the server (display side) would swap the bytes to its byte order as needed. Over time, the code for swapping data in the messages, which was written in a more-trusting era, has bit-rotted so that it is now a largely untested attack surface that is nearly always unused. Peter Hutterer has been doing some work to stop using that code by default, both in upstream X.org code and in downstream Fedora.

FSF Blogs: Thank you and a very warm welcome to our new members

Wednesday 25th of January 2023 09:17:06 PM
January 20, 2023 marked the end of our most recent fundraising campaign and associate member drive. We are proud to add 330 new associate members to our organization, and we have immense appreciation for the community that helped us get there. Please help us share our appreciation.

Freespire 9.0 Brings Xfce 4.18, OnlyOffice Is the Default Now

Wednesday 25th of January 2023 09:00:41 PM
Freespire 9.0 is Xubuntu 22.04 but with the latest Xfce 4.18 desktop environment and OnlyOffice office suite by default.

How to Install osTicket With Nginx on Debian 11

Wednesday 25th of January 2023 09:00:03 PM
osTicket is a free, open-source support ticket system used to scale and streamline customer service and improve customer experience. Here’s how to install it on Debian 11. The post How to Install osTicket With Nginx on Debian 11 appeared first on Linux Today.

KDE Plasma 5.27 Beta is Ready for Testing

Wednesday 25th of January 2023 08:40:26 PM
The latest beta iteration of the KDE Plasma desktop is now available and includes some important additions and fixes.

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  • How to install go1.19beta on Ubuntu 22.04 – NextGenTips

    In this tutorial, we are going to explore how to install go on Ubuntu 22.04 Golang is an open-source programming language that is easy to learn and use. It is built-in concurrency and has a robust standard library. It is reliable, builds fast, and efficient software that scales fast. Its concurrency mechanisms make it easy to write programs that get the most out of multicore and networked machines, while its novel-type systems enable flexible and modular program constructions. Go compiles quickly to machine code and has the convenience of garbage collection and the power of run-time reflection. In this guide, we are going to learn how to install golang 1.19beta on Ubuntu 22.04. Go 1.19beta1 is not yet released. There is so much work in progress with all the documentation.

  • molecule test: failed to connect to bus in systemd container - openQA bites

    Ansible Molecule is a project to help you test your ansible roles. I’m using molecule for automatically testing the ansible roles of geekoops.

  • How To Install MongoDB on AlmaLinux 9 - idroot

    In this tutorial, we will show you how to install MongoDB on AlmaLinux 9. For those of you who didn’t know, MongoDB is a high-performance, highly scalable document-oriented NoSQL database. Unlike in SQL databases where data is stored in rows and columns inside tables, in MongoDB, data is structured in JSON-like format inside records which are referred to as documents. The open-source attribute of MongoDB as a database software makes it an ideal candidate for almost any database-related project. 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 the step-by-step installation of the MongoDB NoSQL database on AlmaLinux 9. You can follow the same instructions for CentOS and Rocky Linux.

  • An introduction (and how-to) to Plugin Loader for the Steam Deck. - Invidious
  • Self-host a Ghost Blog With Traefik

    Ghost is a very popular open-source content management system. Started as an alternative to WordPress and it went on to become an alternative to Substack by focusing on membership and newsletter. The creators of Ghost offer managed Pro hosting but it may not fit everyone's budget. Alternatively, you can self-host it on your own cloud servers. On Linux handbook, we already have a guide on deploying Ghost with Docker in a reverse proxy setup. Instead of Ngnix reverse proxy, you can also use another software called Traefik with Docker. It is a popular open-source cloud-native application proxy, API Gateway, Edge-router, and more. I use Traefik to secure my websites using an SSL certificate obtained from Let's Encrypt. Once deployed, Traefik can automatically manage your certificates and their renewals. In this tutorial, I'll share the necessary steps for deploying a Ghost blog with Docker and Traefik.

Red Hat Hires a Blind Software Engineer to Improve Accessibility on Linux Desktop

Accessibility on a Linux desktop is not one of the strongest points to highlight. However, GNOME, one of the best desktop environments, has managed to do better comparatively (I think). In a blog post by Christian Fredrik Schaller (Director for Desktop/Graphics, Red Hat), he mentions that they are making serious efforts to improve accessibility. Starting with Red Hat hiring Lukas Tyrychtr, who is a blind software engineer to lead the effort in improving Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and Fedora Workstation in terms of accessibility. Read more

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