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  • Proprietary Software and Linux Foundation   8 hours 26 min ago
    • Vivaldi 3.2 Launches for Android and Chromebooks with Privacy Improvements, New Features

      Vivaldi Technologies released today the latest Vivaldi 3.2 web browser for Android and Chromebooks, a release that brings enhancements to the built-in privacy options and adds new UI features.

      Last week, Vivaldi 3.2 was released for desktops, including Linux, Mac, and Windows, but it’s now also available on mobile devices powered by Google’s Android operating system, as well as Chromebooks.

      While on the desktop the new Vivaldi release introduced a new mute button for the Picture-in-Picture feature and a few other improvements to various parts of the browser, on mobile the new version comes with improvements to the existing privacy options.

  • Android Leftovers   8 hours 57 min ago
    • Android users now have a personal earthquake detector right on their phone

      Google is teaming with ShakeAlert in California that taps into a network of hundreds of seismometers installed across the state that “sends data to a central site where ground motion signals are analyzed, earthquakes are detected and warnings are issued.” According to ShakeAlert, studies show that the warning time would range from a few seconds to tens of seconds. That might not seem like much time, but even a few seconds could give someone time to take protective actions and save a life.

      But that's not the really cool part. Beyond sending alerts, Googler is also turning Android phones everywhere into makeshift seismometers to help detect tremors. By using the accelerometer built into every handset, your phone will now be able to send a signal to an earthquake detection server if it detects something “it thinks might be an earthquake.”

  • Pocket P.C. design files released as open source (handheld Linux computer)   10 hours 24 min ago
    • POPCORN POCKET P. C. OPEN SOURCED

      If you miss the days you could get an organizer that would — sort of — run Linux, you might be interested in Popcorn computer’s Pocket P. C., which was recently open-sourced on GitHub. Before you jump over to build one, though, there are a few things you should know.

      First, the files are untested since the first unit hasn’t shipped yet. In addition, while the schematic looks pretty complete, there’s no actual bill of materials and the PCB layers in the PDF file might not be very easy to replicate, since they are just a series of images, one for each layer. You can see an overview video of the device, below.

      Still, the information is there, although we haven’t seen the software yet. The device itself is interesting with a built-in keyboard. The specs are relatively straightforward. A quad-core ARM running at 1.2 GHz, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of eMMC. The IPS LCD is just shy of five inches and has a 1920×1080 resolution. There’s the usual suite of connectors and interfaces and you can get a version that incorporates LoRa.

      We hope Popcorn will continue releasing information on the device and will make enough software information available for the device to be truly open source. Of course, most of us will just buy one anyway, but it is nice to know that the source is there if you were to want it.

  • Android Leftovers   11 hours 9 min ago
  • Emacs 27.1 released   13 hours 12 min ago
    • GNU Emacs 27.1 Released with Native JSON Parsing Support

      GNU Emacs 27.1 was released after almost one year of development. Here is what’s new and how to install it in Ubuntu.

      Emacs is available Snap Store, v27.1 will be available very soon.

      To install Emacs Snap, simply search for and install Emacs in Software utility.

  • LibreOffice 7.0: A week in stats   13 hours 34 min ago

    • Installing LibreOffice 7.0 On Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

      We're happy LibreOffice 7.0 finally released early August this year. This tutorial explains things for you wanting to get it on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa. This tutorial offers you standard ways (Deb) as well as alternative ways (AppImage, Flatpak, Snap) you may choose to install it. For merely testing purpose you must start with the AppImage one as it is safest to your system. Finally, congratulations to LibreOffice community and gratitude to all the developers! Happy writing!

    • LibreOffice GSoC Week 9 Report

      I want to share with you the progress of this week.

    • LibreOffice GSoC Week 10 Report
  • WordPress 5.5 “Eckstine”   13 hours 38 min ago
    • WordPress 5.5 Arrived With These Awesome Features

      WordPress 5.5 is finally out. The content management system that powers most of the web has received a major update. If you are using WordPress or plan to host a website, you should check this out.

      As I said WordPress is the most popular CMS in the world. With great power comes great responsibility. WordPress team keeps releasing security and optimization updates regularly.

      In WordPress 5.5, the team has focused on three aspects, speed, search, and security.

      [...]

      But the benefit of using any open-source software is that hundreds of developers keep auditing popular plugins. Any vulnerability discovered in WP plugins is patched before it’s exploited in the wild. So to keep sites secure, it is immensely important to keep all plugins up-to-date.

      It often happens that the site admin miss updating a certain plugin. The update may contain a security fix or it is just a sweet feature release. WordPress will now take care of it all. It will check for plugins and themes updates twice a day. If the admin has toggled on the auto-update on plugins, then WordPress will apply any available update automatically.

  • Richard Stallman: A Discussion on Freedom, Privacy & Cryptocurrencies   13 hours 51 min ago
    • Stallman gives cryptocurrencies the thumbs down

      Open sauce guru Richard Stallman said he did not particularly like cryptocurrencies.

      In an interview in Cointelegraph, Stallman said that while he was not against them, and was not campaigning to eliminate them, “I just don't particularly want to use them".

      Stallman said that digital payment systems are fundamentally dangerous if they are not engineered to ensure privacy.

      Countries like China which are thinking about bringing them in are the enemy of privacy.

      “China shows what totalitarian surveillance is like. I consider that hell on earth. That's part of why I haven't used cryptocurrencies that are issued by the community. If the cryptocurrency is issued by a government, it would surveille people just the way credit cards do and PayPal does, and all those other systems meaning completely unacceptable."

  • IBM/Red Hat: ApacheDS LDAP, OpenEEW, Command Line Heroes   13 hours 53 min ago
    • IBM, the Linux Foundation, and Grillo unveil global earthquake early-warning system

      Only a handful of countries (Japan, Taiwan, Mexico, and China) have nation-wide earthquake early-warning systems. Isn’t that weird?

      Many other countries have alert systems in place for certain portions of the population but a significant portion of the estimated 2.7 billion people who live in daily risk of experiencing a dangerous earthquake remain uncovered.

  • LibreOffice 7.0: A week in stats   15 hours 5 min ago
    • LibreOffice 7.0 approaches half a million downloads in week one

      Last week, The Document Foundation released LibreOffice 7.0 with features such as OpenDocument Format 1.3 support and Vulkan GPU-based acceleration. The Document Foundation has now published some stats about the first week of availability, including the fact the new office suite has been downloaded 422,938 times.

      The figure which The Document Foundation has published only represents the stats from the official downloads page so the figure is probably a bit higher as Linux users will download the new version from their respective package managers instead. Only a portion of Linux distributions, however, will have switched to LibreOffice 7.0 because the bigger ones like Ubuntu and Linux Mint are still offering LibreOffice 6.4 in their latest distributions.

  • Emacs 27.1 released   16 hours 47 min ago

    GNU Emacs is one of the most powerful free/libre and open-source text editors, available for several operating systems regardless of the machine type such as GNU/Linux, BSD, macOS, Windows, and Solaris.

    Now, after a year of development, Nicolas Petton has released a new version 27.1 of the Emacs text editor. Obviously, it comes with a wide variety of new changes, ranging from installation, startup, and editing to changes in specialized modes and packages.

    Read more

  • Zero Terminal 3 Is A Linux PC With $5 Raspberry Pi & Touchscreen   23 hours 40 min ago
    • Zero Terminal V3 is a Modular Raspberry Pi Zero W Powered HandHeld PC

      Hardware hacker NODE has created a slick handheld Linux PC based on the Raspberry Pi Zero W board. About the size of a thick smartphone, Zero Terminal V3 also includes a touchscreen display, a built-in battery, a USB Type-A port, and a microSD card slot.

      The keyboard found in previous iterations of the Zero Terminal is gone, as the new version focuses on modularity thanks two 40-pin sockets that connect to the GPIO pins, video output, camera connector, USB ports, power indicators, etc… in order to allow people to create and add custom backpacks to change the functionality as needed.

  • Debian-Based Finnix 121 Live Linux Distro Arrives with Goodies for Sysadmins   23 hours 46 min ago
    • Finnix 121 Released: Linux LiveCD For System Administrators

      few months ago, we reported about the release of Finnix 120 that came after a hiatus of 5 Years. Continuing the development, Finnix founder Ryan Finnie has now released a new version, Finnix 121.

      For those who don’t know, Finnix is one of the oldest Debian GNU/Linux-based Live CD operating systems for system administrators. It is still actively maintained and used for tasks such as filesystem recovery, network monitoring, and OS installation.

  • Debian GNU/Linux 11 (Bullseye) Artwork Contest Is Now Open for Entries   23 hours 58 min ago
    • Artwork Help Is Needed For Debian 11 "Bullseye"

      If you are more of an artistic type than programmer, there still is plenty of valuable assistance that can be provided to free software projects... The latest call for help is that of the Debian project in looking for the Debian 11 "Bullseye" desktop artwork.

      The formal call for the Debian 11 artwork proposals has been sent out in coming up with the desktop look-and-feel for this free software GNU/Linux platform come its release next year.

  • Mozilla is laying off 250 people and planning a ‘new focus’ on making money   1 day 9 hours ago
  • Security: Back Doors, EFF, Trump/Microsoft Blackmail and 1Password on GNU/Linux   1 day 9 hours ago
    • 1Password finally comes to Linux -- Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, and more!

      If you aren't using a password manager to both create and store your various online passwords, you are doing yourself a great disservice. True, storing your passwords in the cloud seems counter-intuitive, but in reality, it is far more secure than re-using passwords or writing them down. Make sure you are also using Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) whenever possible too.

      On the desktop, there are many password managers for Windows and Mac, but on Linux, things are far more limited. For instance, 1Password is arguably the best password manager in the world, yet despite a decade of requests for it to come to Linux, it never did. Sure, Linux users could use the 1Password X browser plugin, but there was no native Linux version. Well, folks, this is no longer true -- as of this month, developer Agilebits has finally brought 1Password to Linux as a development preview!

  • Security: Back Doors, EFF, Trump/Microsoft Blackmail and 1Password on GNU/Linux   1 day 9 hours ago
    • Top password manager is finally coming to Linux

      After a decade of requests from customers, 1Password's parent company AgilBits has announced that its popular password manager is finally coming to Linux.

    • AgilBits announces 1Password for Linux [TechRadar]

      TechRadar reports that the popular password manager, 1Password, is coming to Linux. Currently available as a development preview, readers can check it out here. In a support forum post, 1Password founder David Teare said the release is "for testing and validation purposes only", with an official release expected later this year.

  • Python Programming Leftovers   1 day 9 hours ago
    • Facebook open-sources a static analyzer for Python code

      Pysa is a security-focused tool built on top of Pyre, Facebook’s performant type checker for Python.

      “Pysa tracks flows of data through a program. The user defines sources (places where important data originates) as well as sinks (places where the data from the source shouldn’t end up),” Facebook security engineer Graham Bleaney and software engineer Sinan Cepel explained.

      “Pysa performs iterative rounds of analysis to build summaries to determine which functions return data from a source and which functions have parameters that eventually reach a sink. If Pysa finds that a source eventually connects to a sink, it reports an issue.”

    • Edit images with Jupyter and Python

      Recently, my kid wanted to make a coloring page from a favorite cartoon. My first thought was to use one of the open source programs on Linux that manipulate images, but then I remembered I have no idea how to use any of them. Luckily, I know how to use Jupyter and Python.

  • Mozilla is laying off 250 people and planning a ‘new focus’ on making money   1 day 9 hours ago
    • Mozilla Laying Off Around A Quarter Of Their Employees

      Mozilla today announced they are laying off around 250 of their employees with Mozilla Corporation and closing up their Taipei, Taiwan operations.

      Due to falling revenues stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, Mozilla is resorting to immediate cost-saving measures and acknowledging their pre-COVID plans are no longer feasible. This 250 reduction in headcount appears to be roughly a quarter of their paid staff.

  • Games: Drink More Glurp, RimWorld, Jumpala and More   1 day 9 hours ago
    • 3D Realms announces the Realms Deep 2020 digital event for September

      Are you a fan of first-person shooters? Mark down September 5 - 6 in your calendar as 3D Realms (and "Friends") have announced the Realms Deep 2020 event. With travel still being crazy due to COVID19, this is another wonderful sounding online event to keep you busy.

      This event will be featuring companies including 3D Realms, New Blood, Running With Scissors, Nightdive Studios, 1C Entertainment, Apogee Software and a bunch of special guests too like Cliff Bleszinski and John Romero. As for what will be shown? Well, it's not entirely clear, the actual schedule is just a bunch of ??'s. Obviously though lots of first-person shooting and slashing is to be expected.

  • LibreOffice 7.0 is released. This is what's new   1 day 10 hours ago
    • Libre Office 7 packages for Slackware-current

      New! LibreOffice 7.0.0 was released last week and I built packages for Slackware-current.

      The release announcement gives a concise overview of the new features and enhancements all over the board – among which a much improved support for Microsoft Office document file formats. I will not repeat all of that here on the blog, so please check out the content behind above link.
      Amazing that even with several big companies driving the development of this Open Source office suite, still 26% of LibreOffice’s code contributions come from non-corporate individuals.

    • LibreOffice 7.0 Now Available

      The LibreOffice Project has announced the availability of LibreOffice 7.0, a new major release of the FOSS office suite.

  • LibreOffice 7.0 is released. This is what's new   1 day 10 hours ago
    • Libre Office 7 packages for Slackware-current

      New! LibreOffice 7.0.0 was released last week and I built packages for Slackware-current.

      The release announcement gives a concise overview of the new features and enhancements all over the board – among which a much improved support for Microsoft Office document file formats. I will not repeat all of that here on the blog, so please check out the content behind above link.
      Amazing that even with several big companies driving the development of this Open Source office suite, still 26% of LibreOffice’s code contributions come from non-corporate individuals.

    • LibreOffice 7.0 Now Available

      The LibreOffice Project has announced the availability of LibreOffice 7.0, a new major release of the FOSS office suite.

  • Security Leftovers   1 day 10 hours ago
  • Mozilla is laying off 250 people and planning a ‘new focus’ on making money   1 day 10 hours ago
    • Changing World, Changing Mozilla

      This is a time of change for the internet and for Mozilla. From combatting a lethal virus and battling systemic racism to protecting individual privacy — one thing is clear: an open and accessible internet is essential to the fight.

      Mozilla exists so the internet can help the world collectively meet the range of challenges a moment like this presents. Firefox is a part of this. But we know we also need to go beyond the browser to give people new products and technologies that both excite them and represent their interests. Over the last while, it has been clear that Mozilla is not structured properly to create these new things — and to build the better internet we all deserve.

      Today we announced a significant restructuring of Mozilla Corporation. This will strengthen our ability to build and invest in products and services that will give people alternatives to conventional Big Tech. Sadly, the changes also include a significant reduction in our workforce by approximately 250 people. These are individuals of exceptional professional and personal caliber who have made outstanding contributions to who we are today. To each of them, I extend my heartfelt thanks and deepest regrets that we have come to this point. This is a humbling recognition of the realities we face, and what is needed to overcome them.

  • Stable Kernels: 5.8.1, 5.7.15, 5.4.58, and 4.19.139   1 day 12 hours ago
    • Linux Kernel 5.8 Gets First Point Release, It’s Now Ready for Mass Adoption

      Released by Linus Torvalds last week, Linux kernel 5.8 is dubbed as one of the biggest kernel releases of all time and brings with it numerous new features, updated hardware support, and several security enhancements.

      Highlights of the Linux 5.8 kernel series include Shadow Call Stack and Branch Target Identification (BTI) support for ARM architectures, LZO-RLE compression support in the F2FS file system, a new boot option for specifying an initial RAM disk image, and a new event-notification mechanism.

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