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Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 Gains Native SATA Support

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Raspberry Pi OS now has SATA support built into the kernel. Before you rush to tear the hard drive from your PC and hook it up to your Pi, there?s a catch: you?ll need a Compute Module 4 instead of the standard 4B or 400 models. And for now you can?t boot from it. YouTuber and Jeff Geerling, who is responsible in part for the addition, has an insightful blog post on the matter, and a video essay embedded below.

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Seeed Dual Gigabit Ethernet Carrier Board for Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 Review: Serving Your Needs

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When the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 was released in late 2020, we knew that it was destined for embedded server projects. The official Compute Module IO board has all of the connections, but the awkward form factor shows that it was never meant to be used in a project. For project use, we need bespoke carrier boards which break out the required connections.

Seeed’s Dual Gigabit Ethernet Carrier Board is compatible with all Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 boards and is designed to create network devices, file server and software router applications. The inclusion of USB 3.0 is a sweetener for those of us eager to create low power, large storage devices based on the Raspberry Pi.

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First test EasyOS Bullseye series

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Debian 11 "Bullseye" is due to be released in about a week, so I thought, why not, update EasyOS from the Buster-series to the Bullseye-series.
Built it, booted, and got a working desktop. Some issues though...
NetworkManager isn't working, so used SNS to connect to the Internet.
Bluealsad reports a failure due to problem with dbus.
Some packages are missing, for example required by libreoffice.

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Debian: Sparky, WAGO, Raspberry Pi OS/Raspbian

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  • Sparky news 2021/07

    The 7th monthly Sparky project and donate report of 2021:

    – Linux kernel updated up to version 5.13.7 & 5.14-rc3
    – Added to repos: Komorebi wallpapers manager, Nuclear audio player, Shortwave radio player, Enve 2D animation software, Viper web browser, Systemback
    – preperation to a new stable version of Spaky 6.0 “Po Tolo” is on the way

  • Paul Wise: FLOSS Activities July 2021

    This month I didn't have any particular focus. I just worked on issues in my info bubble.

  • WAGO Debuting Their New Edge Controller | ARC Advisory

    Edge Computer (752-9400/752-9401) is a device for Linux-savvy users that want an industrial grade computer to run Node RED, Grafana or edge applications, such as AWS IoT Greengrass. It comes with a Debian Linux operating system, a quad-core ATOM processor, 64 GB flash memory and either 4GB or 8GB RAM with memory able to be expanded via SSD HDD memory card. Control engineers and software developers can leverage the device’s openness to operate their edge of network applications.

  • A complete guide to Raspberry Pi OS

    Everything you need to know about the software, formerly known as Raspbian, powering the world’s favourite tiny computer

Release Notes for siduction 2021.2.0

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The siduction team is very proud that for our 10th birthday (yes, we started out in July 2011) we can present to you siduction 2021.2.0. This one is dubbed »Farewell« in remembrance of our friend Axel, who passed away way to early. So no, farewell does not mean we are going anywhere. The highlight of this release is the resuscitated siduction manual, that goes back to the days of sidux, which some of you will remember as a former incarnation of siduction. We will go on a little history tour on that further down. But first things first.

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RPi 4 based mobile bot features optional 6-DOF arm

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Elephant Robotics’ $700 to $1,200 “MyAGV” mobile robot runs on a Raspberry Pi 4B with a 360° lidar, 5MP cam, a 220 rpm/min motor, 4x omnidirectional wheels, and an optional 6-axis MyCobot arm.

In May, Elephant Robotics launched a $699, six-axis manipulation bot called the MyCobot Pi, which is built around a Raspberry Pi 4 Model B. Now the company has given its robot arm some wheels in the form of a MyAGV autonomous ground vehicle (AGV), which houses its own RPi 4B. When the $699 mobile bot is equipped with an MyCobot arm, the system is billed as the world’s smallest, 6-DOF compound robot.

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Debian: Release of Debian 11.0 "Bullseye" Scheduled, Sparky (Debian Based) Adds Viper Browser

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  • bullseye release planned on 2021-08-14 and the last weeks up to the release
    Hi all,
    Release date
    We plan to release on 2021-08-14.
    If you want to celebrate it (and the conditions around you allow for
    it), please consider attending a Debian release party, or hosting your
    own! See for more
    The final weeks up to the release
    In the last week prior to the freeze, testing will be completely
    frozen and only emergency bug fixes will be considered in this period.
    Please consider Tuesday the 2021-08-03 at 12:00 UTC the absolute last
    moment for submitting unblock requests for bullseye.
    Changes that are not ready to migrate to testing at that time will
    not be included in bullseye for the initial release.  However, you can
    still fix bugs in bullseye via point releases if the changeset follows
    the rules for updates in stable.
    Starting now, we will be even more strict when considering unblock
    requests. Please check the details below and make sure to only upload
    well-tested *targeted* fixes.
    In summary:
     * **Unblock request** deadline:   > 2021-08-03 12:00 UTC <
       - You must submit your unblock request *before* then
       - Your changes must be ready to migrate to bullseye at that time
       - Upload several days *before* the deadline
     * If a change is late, it may still be applicable for an update via
       a point release after bullseye has been released.
     * Please note that the automatic removals are still in effect and may
       still remove packages up to that date. Also, some packages will be
       removed manually before the auto-removal deadline.
    Please fix bugs today rather than shortly before the deadline. Simple
    mistakes (no manner how trivial) or busy buildd queue can end up
    causing your upload to miss the bullseye release.
    Future updates to bullseye up to the freeze
    As we are entering the final part of the freeze, please keep future
    changes and unblock requests limited to:
     * targeted fixes for release critical bugs (i.e., bugs of severity
       critical, grave, and serious);
     * fixes for severity: important bugs, only when this can be done via
     * translation updates and documentation fixes, only when this can be
       done via unstable (preferably bundled with a fix for at least one
       of the problems listed above and nothing else)
     * updates to packages directly related to the release process
       (i.e. with references to the current layout of the archive), only
       when this can be done via unstable;
    We will only accept targeted fixes. Requests including other changes
    will not be accepted. Please do not upload new upstream versions to
    For the release team,
  • Debian 11.0 "Bullseye" Gets An August Release Date - Phoronix

    The Debian release team has just announced their planned release date for Debian 11.

    Debian developers are aiming to release Debian 11.0 "Bullseye" on Saturday, 14 August.

  • Viper Browser

    There is a new application available for Sparkers: Viper Browser

Ubuntu and Debian: Ubuntu 20.10 Reached End, Ubuntu in the Wild, and New Debian People

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  • Ubuntu 20.10 Reached End of Life, Time to Upgrade!

    Ubuntu 20.10 (Groovy Gorilla) has reached its end of life today (July 22, 2021). It was a non-LTS release that introduced some exciting features.

    Usually, non-LTS releases are maintained for up to 9 months. So, with 20.10 reaching the end of life means there will be no security and maintenance updates for Ubuntu 20.10 users.

    You will also miss out on updates to installed applications, and face issues installing new applications using the apt command. Using the Software Center is going to be a problem as well, without manually modifying sources.list (which is not recommended).

    The end of life applies to all other Ubuntu flavors like Kubuntu, Lubuntu, MATE, etc.

  • Ubuntu in the wild – 22nd of July

    The Ubuntu in the wild blog post ropes in the latest highlights about Ubuntu and Canonical around the world on a bi-weekly basis. It is a summary of all the things that made us feel proud to be part of this journey. What do you think of it?


  • Charles Plessy: Search in Debian's sources

    I wanted to know which packages were using the media type application/x-xcf, which apparently is not correct (#991158). The site gives the answer. (Thanks!)


  • Bits from Debian: New Debian Developers and Maintainers (May and June 2021)

    The following contributors got their Debian Developer accounts in the last two months:

    Timo Röhling (roehling)
    Patrick Franz (deltaone)
    Christian Ehrhardt (paelzer)
    Fabio Augusto De Muzio Tobich (ftobich)
    Taowa (taowa)
    Félix Sipma (felix)
    Étienne Mollier (emollier)
    Daniel Swarbrick (dswarbrick)
    Hanno Wagner (wagner)

    The following contributors were added as Debian Maintainers in the last two months:

    Evangelos Ribeiro Tzaras
    Hugh McMaster


What’s New in Debian 11 “Bullseye”

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Debian, the progenitor of many other Linux distributions, has made release 11 available in the testing stage. Are you weighing the virtues of upgrading, or are you just curious about the changes? Today, we’ll take a look at the highlights.

Debian is one of the most stable and versatile Linux distributions that you can find, with a storied history dating back to 1993. Its age and stability explain why many other popular distributions like Ubuntu, Linux Mint, elementary OS, and Raspberry Pi OS (formally called Raspian) can trace their roots to Debian.

Debian 11 continues its naming tradition with “Bullseye,” named after the horse character in Pixar’s famous Toy Story series. As of this writing in mid-July 2021, we expect Bullseye to replace Debian 10.10 “Buster” in the “stable” stage in late July or early August 2021. Until then, you can access Bullseye at the “testing” stage. Below are the changes and improvements that you can expect to see.

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Debian GNU/Linux 10 “Buster” Users Get New Linux Kernel Security Update, 4 Flaws Patched

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The new Linux kernel security update comes about three months after the previous kernel update and it’s here to address a total of four security vulnerabilities discovered by various security researchers in the upstream Linux 4.19 kernel series used by the Debian GNU/Linux 10 “Buster” operating system.

The four security flaws patched in this kernel update are CVE-2020-36311, a vulnerability discovered in the KVM subsystem for AMD CPUs that could allow an attacker to cause a denial of service (soft lockup) by triggering the destruction of a large Secure Encrypted Virtualization (SEV) virtual machine.

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  • Dave Airlie: crocus misrendering of the week

    The bottom image is crocus vs 965 on top. This only happened on Gen4->5, so Ironlake and GM45 were my test machines. I burned a lot of time trying to work this out. I trimmed the traces down, dumped a stupendous amount of batchbuffers, turned off UBO push constants, dump all the index and vertex buffers, tried some RGBx changes, but nothing was rushing to hit me, except that the vertex shaders produced were different. However they were different for many reasons, due to the optimization pipelines the mesa state tracker runs vs the 965 driver. Inputs and UBO loads were in different places so there was a lot of noise in the shaders. I ported the trace to a piglit GL application so I could easier hack on the shaders and GL, with that I trimmed it down even further (even if I did burn some time on a misplace */+ typo). Using the ported app, I removed all uniform buffer loads and then split the vertex shader in half (it was quite large, but had two chunks). I finally then could spot the difference in the NIR shaders.

  • X.Org Server Adds "Fake Screen FPS" Option

    The X.Org Server has picked up a new "-fakescreenfps" option to help with VNC and other remote display scenarios. Currently when any main hardware screen is powered off, the X.Org Server initializes the fake screen to a one second update interval. The X.Org Server will keep to that one second update interval for fake screens even if VNC or other remote viewing software is running, until the physical display is powered on.

  • FluBot malware spreads to Australia

    The FluBot strain of Android banking malware, which was initially observed in Spain in late 2020 before spreading more widely across Europe over the following months, is now targeting Australian banks. Once installed, FluBot periodically sends a list of apps installed on the device to one of its command-and-control servers. The server responds with a list of apps the malware should overlay. Upon one of these apps being launched, FluBot immediately displays an overlay on top of the legitimate app. The overlays impersonate the legitimate apps and are designed to collect the victim’s online banking credentials, which are sent to the criminals operating FluBot via the command-and-control server.

  • Bits relating to Alpine security initiatives in July – Ariadne's Space

    Another month has passed, and we’ve gotten a lot of work done. No big announcements to make, but lots of incremental progress, bikeshedding and meetings. We have been laying the ground work for several initiatives in Alpine 3.15, as well as working with other groups to find a path forward on vulnerability information sharing.

  • Linux Plumbers Conference: Android Microconference Accepted into 2021 Linux Plumbers Conference

    We are pleased to announce that the Android Microconference has been accepted into the 2021 Linux Plumbers Conference. The past Android microconferences have been centered around the idea that it was primarily a synchronization point between the Android kernel team and the rest of the community to inform them on what they have been doing. With the help of last year’s focus on the Generic Kernel Image[1] (GKI), this year’s Android microconference will instead be an opportunity to foster a higher level of collaboration between the Android and Linux kernel communities. Discussions will be centered on the goal of ensuring that both the Android and Linux development moves in a lockstep fashion going forward.

  • Vaccines + Masks for Safe In-Person Events – Read About All On-Site Safety Protocols [Ed: Linux Foundation discriminates and is not inclusive. "A vaccine verification app will be used to confirm vaccination status" means that Linux Foundation now mandates surveillance devices with back doors for all attendees. This is antithetical to a lot of Free software; they do not accept paper proof. There are commercial interests in the mix]

    The Linux Foundation is ecstatic to return to in-person events next month; we know how important these face-to-face gatherings are to accelerating collaboration and innovation in the open source community. [...] As announced previously, in-person attendees will be required to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. A vaccine verification app will be used to confirm vaccination status.

  • Petter Reinholdtsen: Mechanic's words in five languages, English, Norwegian and Northern Sámi editions

    Almost thirty years ago, some forward looking people interested in metal work and Northern Sámi, decided to create a list of words used in Northern Sámi metal work. After almost ten years this resulted in a dictionary database, published as the book "Mekanihkkársánit : Mekanikerord = Mekaanisen alan sanasto = Mechanic's words" in 1999. The story of this work is available from the pen of Svein Lund, one of the leading actors behind this effort. They even got the dictionary approved by the Sámi Parliament of Norway as the recommended metal work words to use. Fast forward twenty years, I came across this work when I recently became interested in metal work, and started watching educational and funny videos on the topic, like the ones from mrpete222 and This Old Tony. But they all talk English, but I wanted to know what the tools and techniques they used were called in Norwegian. Trying to track down a good dictionary from English to Norwegian, after much searching, I came across the database of words created almost thirty years ago, with translations into English, Norwegian, Northern Sámi, Swedish and Finnish. This gave me a lot of the Norwegian phrases I had been looking for. To make it easier for the next person trying to track down a good Norwegian dictionary for the metal worker, and because I knew the person behind the database from my Skolelinux / Debian Edu days, I decided to ask if the database could be released to the public without any usage limitations, in other words as a Creative Commons licensed data set. And happily, after consulting with the Sámi Parliament of Norway, the database is now available with the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license from my gitlab repository.

  • Lang team August update

    This week the lang team held its August planning meeting. We normally hold these meetings on the first Wednesday of every month. We had a short meeting this month, just planning and scheduling the design meetings for the remainder of the month. After each meeting, we post an update (like this one!) with notes and meeting announcements.

  • Dirk Eddelbuettel: x13binary 1.1.57-1 on CRAN: New Upstream, New M1 Binary

    Christoph and I are please to share that a new release 1.1.57-1 of x13binary, of the X-13ARIMA-SEATS program by the US Census Bureau (with updated upstream release 1.1.57) is now on CRAN. The x13binary package takes the pain out of installing X-13ARIMA-SEATS by making it a fully resolved CRAN dependency. For example, when installing the excellent seasonal package by Christoph, then X-13ARIMA-SEATS will get pulled in via the x13binary package and things just work. Just depend on x13binary and on all major OSs supported by R you should have an X-13ARIMA-SEATS binary installed which will be called seamlessly by the higher-level packages such as seasonal or gunsales. With this the full power of the what is likely the world’s most sophisticated deseasonalization and forecasting package is now at your fingertips and the R prompt, just like any other of the 17960+ CRAN packages. You can read more about this (and the seasonal package) in the Journal of Statistical Software paper by Christoph and myself. This release brings a new upstream release as well as binaries. We continue to support two Linux flavours (theh standard x86_64 as well as armv7l), windows and for a first time two macOS flavour. In addition to the existing Intel binary we now have a native built using the arm64 “M1” chip (with thanks to Kirill for the assist).

  • [LibreOffice] Tender to implement support for editing and creation of a Dynamic Diagram feature (#202108-02)

    The Document Foundation (TDF) is the charitable entity behind the world’s leading free/libre open source (FLOSS) office suite LibreOffice. We are looking for an individual or company to implement support for editing and creation of Dynamic Diagrams. The work has to be developed on LibreOffice master, so that it will be released in the next major version. The task is to solve the following problem: Our existing “SmartArt” import uses the fallback stream in OOX files (and has some issues). It therefore gives us only the draw shapes that are imported, so we lose the original layout. Additionally, in older file versions we don’t have the cached shapes, and therefore can’t render anything. The solution we seek, and as such the scope of this tender, is to have a schema driven diagram layout as a core feature. This should be interoperable with OOX (at least MSO2016) and have suitable extensions for ODF. It should layout interoperability, and allow editing of the underlying data, and selection of a schema.

  • Cinelerra Enters Sparky Linux

    Cinelerra is one of the most advanced, open-source non-linear video editors and compositors for Linux. Turn your Linux box into a complete audio and video production environment.

  • The Brains Behind the Books – Part VIII: Julia Faltenbacher

    My name is Julia, I was born in Bremen. This beautiful old Hanseatic city is situated in the north of Germany, close to the North Sea. When I was six years old, my parents and I moved to Rosenheim in Bavaria, which is on the southern end of Germany. Rosenheim is a rather small city, close to the Alps. I consider this my first “experience abroad”, as Bavarian people are very different to the Northern German people. They have a very strong accent and a special dialect. It took me years to understand the Bavarian dialect, and I still can’t talk like them. And still, I am learning new Bavarian words I have never heard before.

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