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Best Free and Open Source Alternatives to Google Gboard

Google has a firm grip on the desktop. Their products and services are ubiquitous. Don’t get us wrong, we’re long-standing admirers of many of Google’s products and services. They are often high quality, easy to use, and ‘free’, but there can be downsides of over-reliance on a specific company. For example, there are concerns about their privacy policies, business practices, and an almost insatiable desire to control all of our data, all of the time.

What if you are looking to move away from Google and embark on a new world of online freedom, where you are not constantly tracked, monetised and attached to Google’s ecosystem.

In this series we explore how you can migrate from Google without missing out on anything. We recommend open source solutions.

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Hacker installs Ubuntu on a Google Nest Hub (2nd-gen) smart display

The 2nd-gen Google Nest Hub is a smart display with a 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel touchscreen display, a built-in speaker, and a lightweight operating system designed to put Google Assistant front and center.

But security expert Frédéric Basse found a security vulnerability that could be exploited to install other operating systems on the Nest Hub, and as a demonstration he installed Ubuntu Linux.

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Dashamir Hoxha & Debian harassment

Thanks to the WIPO legal dossier, we now have more evidence of the source of harassment in Debian.

We previously reported on a Google Summer of Code (GSoC) intern from Bhopal, India, who was not paid the full stipend.

It raises numerous questions: the intern who failed, Deepanshu Gajbhiye, had done more technical work than the Albanian woman who received $6,000 for Outreachy in 2019.

Today we release another fact: Deepanshu's mentor was an Albanian, Dashamir Hoxha. Deepanshu had sent a written complaint about the mentor. The complaint was escalated to the Debian anti-harassment team and they did nothing. We feel the Debian anti-harassment team has protected the Albanians because the Albanians bring pretty young female interns to conferences.

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From Windows to Ubuntu and What Google Can Do to Boost the Sales of Chromebooks

  • Migrating From Windows to Ubuntu: The Ultimate Guide

    If you are a Windows user and still haven't made the switch to the latest version, you may want to consider migrating to Ubuntu, the popular Linux distribution from Canonical.

    Ubuntu has strong support from developers and a massive software repository. It's free, fast, and safe to use. Like many versions of Linux, it's easy to install on a wide range of hardware.

    If this sounds good to you, here's how you go about making the switch.

  • What Google Can Do to Boost the Sales of Chromebooks

    Google introduced Chromebooks back in 2011 as an alternative to traditional laptops. However, Chromebooks have only managed to capture 2.22 percent of the worldwide PC market in over a decade.

    These laptops by Google use Chrome OS as their default operating system, which is Linux-based. The OS has a great deal of potential and is extremely user-friendly. To be fair, if Google tweaks its strategies, these machines could potentially dominate the market.

Top 15 Best Google Drive Clients for Linux System in 2022

Google Drive is one of the best Cloud Storage options in the market. It offers sufficient storage for free to fulfill our primary requirements, including storing photos, Gmail, or various documents. The popularity of Google drive increasing day by day, and we can assume that cloud storage will take the throne from physical storage shortly. So it’s always better to adapt ourselves to changing technology. But Google doesn’t offer any official Google Drive client for Linux.

You must be aware of the importance of a Google Drive client if you are a Linux user. And so, you must be looking for one to use. If so, I am sure you are on the right track because this content will lead you to the best 15 Google Drive clients for Linux users.

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Mozilla Firefox Languishing, Chrome amd Chromium Latest

Firefox for Android no longer gives the user control over the browsing experience. Privacy Browser turns off JavaScript by default.

Firefox/Fennec for Android no longer give the user significant control over the browsing experience.

The browser that said it was on a mission to enable users to “take back the Web” has been falling from grace for years, starting with Digital Restrictions Malware module, Widevine, and then quickly moving to remove a lot of features and then relegating them to extensions, which were then neutered in order to make them easier to port over from Chrome.

But nothing has made me more upset than what has happened to Firefox (or Fennec, the Free and Open Source version) for Android.

Mozilla’s move to GeckoView rendered over 99% of all Firefox extensions incompatible with the mobile browser, including bypass paywalls, and there is no longer any way that I’m aware of to turn off JavaScript.

Major news Web sites like the New York Times are now unreadable in Firefox for Android because I can’t simply block their paywall like I can in my desktop browser, so I decided to try out Privacy Browser for Android, which is in the F-Droid store.

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Proprietary leftovers

Proprietary Debacles

  • Google Releases Security Updates for Chrome

    Google has released Chrome version 101.0.4951.64 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. This version addresses vulnerabilities that an attacker could exploit to take control of an affected system.

  • CISA Adds One Known Exploited Vulnerability to Catalog [Ed: A correct headline would have said CISA Adds Microsoft Windows Known Exploited Vulnerability to Catalog]

    CISA has added one new vulnerability to its Known Exploited Vulnerabilities Catalog, based on evidence of active exploitation. These types of vulnerabilities are a frequent attack vector for malicious cyber actors and pose significant risk to the federal enterprise. Note: to view the newly added vulnerability in the catalog, click on the arrow on the of the "Date Added to Catalog" column, which will sort by descending dates.

  • Critical F5 BIG-IP vulnerability exploited to wipe devices

    A recently disclosed F5 BIG-IP vulnerability has been used in destructive attacks, attempting to erase a device's file system and make the server unusable.

  • 10 iPod Competitors That Didn’t Make It

    Some say it was overdue, some lament that it remains a missed opportunity, but the truth of the matter is, the iPod has left us, after years of neglect. The final iPod Touch was released in 2019, four years after the previous model, and essentially as a legacy model for a niche audience of people who don’t want modems in their phone-like devices—think hackers and the parents of young children. It was not what it was upon the device’s general release. But I want to take a step back with today’s Tedium to consider the many, many competitors to the digital music throne that Apple’s legacy device vanquished. There were many. And as the latest entry in my series of obscure things that “didn’t make it” or fell into modern-day obscurity, I’m covering 10.

Peergos: An Open-Source Google Drive Alternative Cloud Storage

As Peergos allows the users to organize the tasks, mark calendars, and share files, you would find a bit of similarity with NextCloud. Based on the user experience, security, and UI, the design of this open-source google drive alternative tool is top-notch, I must say. In the entire post, I have described the important features of the Peergos open source Google drive alternative tool and how you can get started with it.

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digiKam 7.7.0 is released

After three months of active maintenance and another bug triage, the digiKam team is proud to present version 7.7.0 of its open source digital photo manager. See below the list of most important features coming with this release. Read more

Dilution and Misuse of the "Linux" Brand

Samsung, Red Hat to Work on Linux Drivers for Future Tech

The metaverse is expected to uproot system design as we know it, and Samsung is one of many hardware vendors re-imagining data center infrastructure in preparation for a parallel 3D world. Samsung is working on new memory technologies that provide faster bandwidth inside hardware for data to travel between CPUs, storage and other computing resources. The company also announced it was partnering with Red Hat to ensure these technologies have Linux compatibility. Read more

today's howtos

  • 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.