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Audio/Videos: Ubuntu Kylin, Hideo Kojima, and More

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Audiocasts/Shows/Videos: BSDNow, The Linux Link Tech Show, FLOSS Weekly, and More

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  • BSDNow 425: Releases galore

    The New Architecture on the Block, OpenBSD on Vortex86DX CPU, lots of new releases, and more.

  • The Linux Link Tech Show Episode 927

    support limps along, rocketbook, desktop roundup, dilldogs

  • FLOSS Weekly 652: Faces of Open Source - Peter Adams

    Photographer Peter Adams joins Doc Searls and Simon Phipps on FLOSS Weekly. The Mount Rushmore of Open Source is Adams' "Faces of Open Source," which is 100 faces strong so far. Including the faces of Searls and Phipps. Adams talks about the project, plus the history and future of open source, blockchain and NFTs, his work as a journalist, historian, entrepreneur.

  • Are We Anti Cheat Yet?: Valve Has A Plan - Invidious

    We're still a ways away from full anti-cheat on the steam deck but Valve is making some moves that will hopefully encourage developers to actually get their act together and get their games supported on the device.

The 8 Excellent Alternative Desktops for Fedora and How to Install Them

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Red Hat

There are over 30 different desktop environments and window managers available for Fedora Linux. We’re going to show you how to install and switch between any of them in just minutes.

In general, the best-known desktop environments are probably GNOME and KDE Plasma. GNOME is the default desktop environment for Fedora but you can install the OS with KDE (as well as a few other desktops) by using one of the many Fedora spins.

Pros and Cons of Fedora Spins

While Fedora spins are a quick and easy way to get a system set up with an alternative desktop, there are only a handful of spins available—eight at the time of writing. That might seem like a lot of extra choices but there are actually more than 30 different desktop environments and window managers that you can easily install on Fedora in just a few moments.

Best of all, when you install new desktops yourself, you gain the ability to switch between them whenever you like. When you install a spin, you will only get the desktop that comes with that specific spin. For example, if you install the KDE spin, you will only have the KDE Plasma desktop. You won’t be able to easily switch to GNOME if you need or want to.

If, however, you set your system up with the default GNOME version of Fedora and then use this guide to install the KDE and Cinnamon environments, you’ll be able to choose from all three desktops whenever you log in. You can switch your desktop at any time according to your needs or just your mood. You can even try out some of the most popular desktops that were built for other Linux distributions.

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Pumpkins, markets, and one bad Apple

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Mac

Imagine your local farmers market: every Saturday the whole town comes together to purchase fresh and homemade goods, enjoy the entertainment, and find that there is always something for everyone. Whatever you need, you can find it here, and anyone can sign up to have their own little stand. It is a wonderful place, or so it seems. Now, imagine starting out as a pumpkin farmer, and you want to sell your pumpkins at this market. The market owner asks 30% of every pumpkin that you sell. It's steep, but the market owner -- we'll call him Mr. Apple -- owns all the markets in your area, so you have little choice.

Let's continue this analogy and imagine that, since it is a little hard for you to make ends meet, you decide to tell your customers that they can come visit you at your farm to purchase pumpkins. Mr. Apple overhears and shuts your stand down. You explain that your business cannot be profitable this way, but the grumpy market owner says that you can either comply or find another place. At the end of your rope, you look for information about starting your own farmers market, but it seems Mr. Apple owns every building in town.

In the midst of Apple announcing its new products, attention is drawn away from its ongoing battle to maintain its subjugation over users globally. The Netherlands’ Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) last month informed the U.S. technology giant of its decision that the rules around the in-app payment system are anticompetitive, making it the first antitrust regulator to conclude that the company has abused market power in the App Store. And while Apple is appealing this verdict, the European Union is charging the company with another antitrust claim concerning the App Store.

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Development version: GIMP 2.99.8 Released

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GIMP

GIMP 2.99.8 is our new development version, once again coming with a huge set of improvements.

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  • GIMP 2.99.8 Released with Clone Tool Tweaks, Support for Windows Ink

    A new development version of GIMP is available to download and it carries some interesting new features.

    While this isn’t a new stable release — GIMP 2.10.28 is the most recent stable release (and the version you’ll find in Ubuntu 21.10’s archives) — the release of GIMP 2.99.8 is yet another brick in the road to the long-fabled GIMP 3.0 release.

    And it’s a fairly substantial brick, at that.

  • GIMP 2.99.8 Released As Another Step Toward The Long Overdue GIMP 3.0

    GIMP 3.0 as the GTK3 port of this open-source Adobe Photoshop alternative has been talked about for nearly a decade now and the work remains ongoing. However, out today is GIMP 2.99.8 as the newest development snapshot.

Videos/Audiocasts/Shows: LibreOffice, Pi, Zorin OS, CentOS 8 EoL, mintCast and More

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LibO
Linux
  • Ten more videos from the LibreOffice Conference 2021 - The Document Foundation Blog

    Here are some more videos from the LibreOffice Conference 2021! Check out the playlist, using the button in the top-right – or scroll down for links to individual videos:

  • Pi for the People | LINUX Unplugged 428

    We try out POP!_OS on the Raspberry Pi 4, and chat with its creator Jeremy Soller from System76.

    Plus our thoughts on the perfect Linux laptop right now, and the clever initiative Valve just launched for the Deck.

    Special Guests: Jack Aboutboul, Jeremy Soller, and Neal Gompa.

  • 20 Things You MUST DO After Installing Zorin OS 16 (Right Now!) - Invidious

    In this video, I’ll be taking you through 20 things that’ll make your computer Perform Better (Preload), your Internet Speed Faster (custom DNS) and so many more improvements.

  • CentOS 8 End of Life - Are you Ready? My thoughts & Suggestions - Invidious

    CentOS 8 will reach its end of life very soon - after December 31st, there will be no more updates for the popular distribution. If you're using CentOS 8 in your data center, it's time to make a decision. In this video, I'll go over my thoughts about the subject, as well as some possible options for how to proceed.

  • mintCast 372 – Ryzen Sun

    1:44 The News
    18:21 Security Update
    21:43 Bi-Weekly Wanderings
    56:20 Announcements & Outro

    First up in the news Pinephone Pro, KDE’s 5.23 on their 25th, Ubuntu Frame, Windows 11 Ryzen slowdowns, and Nvidia updates

    In security Retpolines patches for performance and Azure Linux boot failures

    Then in our Wandering, Joe has some Pi, Norbert edits video, Tony Updates a BIOS, and Nishant upgrades Fedora

  • The Diablo is in the Details | Coder Radio 436

    Why mastering your development environment can be a tricky feat, and a server outage brought to you by the late 1990s.

Hospital to run GNU Health, openSUSE

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SUSE

Thousands of patients in the coastal area of Kribi, Cameroon, are set to gain enhanced health-care delivery as a hospital in the city expands with the use of energy efficient open-source solutions.

The Ebomé Hospital, which is on the southern coast of central Africa, has 24-hour emergency services, an operating room, radiology, maternity, a laboratory, a pharmacy and other services. The hospital treats thousands of people every year.

As the facility expands, it will use the Hospital Information System GNU Health to manage patient records, laboratory information and administrative services. The system will be running openSUSE Leap 15.3 on several Raspberry Pi 4 computers.

“The excellent, long time relationship among openSUSE and GNU Health communities have resulted in a solid infrastructure that delivers state of the art technology all while delivering outstanding performance and protecting the privacy of the patients and health professionals,” said computer scientist, physician and Free Software advocate Luis Falcón. “From Single Board Computers to enterprise grade servers, to mobile phones. Our communities will continue pioneering and delivering state-of-the-art technology in the areas of public health, hospital and laboratory management, bioinformatics and personal health tech like MyGNUHealth.”

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Vizio Sued for GPL Violations

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Legal
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  • Software Freedom Conservancy files lawsuit against California TV manufacturer Vizio Inc. for GPL violations

    Software Freedom Conservancy announced today it has filed a lawsuit against Vizio Inc. for what it calls repeated failures to fulfill even the basic requirements of the General Public License (GPL).

    The lawsuit alleges that Vizio’s TV products, built on its SmartCast system, contain software that Vizio unfairly appropriated from a community of developers who intended consumers to have very specific rights to modify, improve, share, and reinstall modified versions of the software.

  • SFC files suit against Vizio over GPL violations [LWN.net]

    Software Freedom Conservancy has announced that it filed suit against TV maker Vizio over "repeated failures to fulfill even the basic requirements of the General Public License (GPL)". The organization raised the problems with Vizio in August 2018, but the company stopped responding in January 2020, according to the announcement.

  • Software Freedom Conservancy sues Vizio for GPL violations

    The SFC is suing Vizio because its SmartCast OS is based on Linux. Linux's source code is protected under the GPL version 2 (GPLv2). Besides the Linux kernel, the other GPL'd and Lesser GPL (LGPL)'d code in SmartCast includes U-Boot, bash, gawk, tar, Glibc, and FFmpeg. In short, Vizio is using the code without permission.

    This can't come as any surprise. Vizio has been made well aware of this problem. The company was first informed that it had violated the GPLv2 for not releasing SmartCast OS's source code by the SFC in August 2018. After over a year of diplomatic attempts to work with the company, the Conservancy declared that not only was the company still refusing to comply, but it had stopped responding to inquiries altogether as of January 2020.

Screencasts/Shows/Videos: KaOS 2021.10, Ubuntu Kylin 21.10, Late Night Linux, Linux in the Ham Shack

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  • KaOS 2021.10 Run Through - Invidious

    In this video, we are looking at KaOS 2021.10. Enjoy!

  • Linux overview | Ubuntu Kylin 21.10 - Invidious

    In this video, I am going to show an overview of Ubuntu Kylin 21.10 and some of the applications pre-installed.

  • A Terror So Terrifying, You'll Swear It's Just A Myth - Invidious

    This Halloween comes a film so terrifying that you will swear it's just an urban legend. You think nothing bad can ever happen to you. After all, you run Linux! But what did you install on that Linux machine? And what does it want from you?

  • Late Night Linux – Episode 147

    The pros and cons of tiling window managers, and how we nearly use them. Plus your feedback about Flatpak, Firefox as a Snap, a web-based image editor, starting a FOSS career, and why we have a Telegram group instead of IRC or Matrix.

  • FOSS Alternatives For The Windows Refugee - Invidious

    When you first switch to Linux it can be hard to out what alternatives you should look into for the apps that you want to run so today we're going to look at exactly that

  • LHS Episode #436: Bowling for Ham Radio

    Hello and welcome to Episode 436 of Linux in the Ham Shack. In this short-topics episode, the hosts discuss an ARDC grant for high school STEM students, a pair of intrepid amateur radio hobbyists, state-sponsored ARCs in Africa, Ubuntu 21.10, Sysmon for Linux and much more. Thank you for listening and have a great week.

MyGNUHealth release 1.0.5 is out!

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We are very happy to announce MyGNUHealth 1.0.5, the libre, privacy-oriented, Personal Health Record from GNU Health.

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