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MX-Linux_Raspberry Pi respin “Ragout2” released – MX Linux
Announcement of the release of MXRPi_220307 “Ragout2”, a personal respin with strong MX Dev support that unites Raspberry Pi with MX-Linux and offers two lightweight window managers: Fluxbox and Openbox.

I read over it at first. It seems that he did that on purpose, which is a shitty thing to do.

After FENEAS has been shut down Sean Tilley is trying to revive the WeDistribute website.
cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ml/post/186764 > WeDistribute is a guerrilla publication to broadcast news to the Fediverse and other parts of the Free Network.

After FENEAS has been shut down Sean Tilley is trying to revive the WeDistribute website.
WeDistribute is a guerrilla publication to broadcast news to the Fediverse and other parts of the Free Network.

Since I stream a lot from my Android smartphone to a small bluetooth speaker I use AntennaPod a lot to manage all the podcasts I listen to. It’s fully open and available from the F-Droid depository.

I Don’t Want Your Podcasts, Spotify!
cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ml/post/186038 > As an internet community we need to reject this attempt to lock down the open ecosystem that is podcasting, or else risk loosing one of the last popular decentralized methods of accessing content. So cancel your Spotify, dust off your DRM free albums and RSS feeds and enjoy some freedom!

IceWM, release of version 2.9.5
IceWM is available on popular Linux distributions like Debian, Ubuntu, Arch, OpenSUSE, Gentoo, Slackware, CentOS, antiX, NixOS, and also compiles on most *BSDs.

Let’s have a closer look at main events of 2021 and what’s coming for us in 2022. Obligatory disclaimer: I only talk about projects that I track more or less closely. There are many more great projects out there, and I’d love to hear your thoughts about those!

FFmpeg 5.0 release
...this FFmpeg 5.0 release is important, because I hope that this release will start a new scheduling of FFmpeg releases. I'd like to see one major release per year, and a LTS every other year. Which would mean 5.x would be a LTS release... We'll see how realistic this is. Enjoy this release!

According to the Wall Street Journal, the complaint alleges that “Google pocketed the difference between what it told publishers and advertisers that an ad cost and used the pool of money to manipulate future auctions to expand its digital monopoly”. The documents further cite internal messages in which Google employees said it was like they were using “insider information” to grow the business. The Journal reported the lawsuit also claims executives at both Facebook, which recently rebranded as Meta, and Google signed off on a deal to allegedly assure that Facebook would bid on, and win, a certain percentage of ads.

NLnet; Open call for funding
Do you have a valuable idea in the area of networking and internet technology, that will contribute towards achieving a more open information society? For instance help fix the internet through technology that provides strong technical assurances on security, privacy or other internet capabilities, real-time collaboration or on empowering technologies that can help to create a more robust and open internet by and for users? NLnet Foundation (in Dutch: Stichting NLnet) is a philanthropic (private) not-for-profit organisation that invests its own trust funds as well as funds that it manages on behalf of other organisations such as the European Commission to bring the open information society closer. The foundation supports strategic initiatives that contribute to an open information society, especially where these are aimed at development and dissemination of open standards and (network related) open source technology. Additionally the foundation wants to contribute to the societal debate on these subjects.

Jesse’s Top Picks Of 2021
in the early days of 2021, I began making note of when a distribution impressed me. Sometimes a distribution would just not do anything wrong or annoy me. Other times a distribution offered a particularly nice feature or seemed unusually user friendly. As we march into 2022 I'd like to take a look back at some of the distributions which stood out this past year as especially pleasant or interesting to use and explain why. This list is more or less in chronological order (the order in which I used the distribution) rather than by alphabetical order or in order of quality.

I’ve recently tried to use peertube and I think it could improve a lot if it showed all the content in all instances.

The policy of different PeerTube instances differs greatly therefore a lot of admins decide to federate with a limited number of instances. This also has an advantage. I’m on the LinuxRocks instances and it only federates with tech oriented instances. This keeps the instance clean of a lot of unwanted content. BTW: A user can still add interesting channels to it’s PeerTube account that show up for the user only.

Joshua Strobl, who was Experience Lead for the Solus Linux distribution, has officially quit but work on the Budgie desktop environment continues.

web0 manifesto
- web3 = decentralisation + blockchain + NFTs + metaverse - web0 = web3 - blockchain - NFTs - metaverse - web0 = decentralisation

I use Avidemux on Linux (MX) and contrary to other video editors it has been very stable.

While not nearly as featureful as say OpenShot or Kdenlive, Avidemux is an open-source video editor that is simple to use and has been around for a long time. Avidemux 2.8 is now available as the latest feature release.

For clarification. I just link to articles that I find interesting but I don’t necessarily agree with the content.

cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ml/post/124822 > Do you need Kodachi? Probably not, if you are a Linux guru. Plus, most people aren’t doing anything that’s that interesting. But if you want to protect your privacy or you are up to something, give Kodachi a try. Then again, if you are that paranoid, maybe that’s just what THEY want you to do. Make your own decisions.

Do you need Kodachi? Probably not, if you are a Linux guru. Plus, most people aren’t doing anything that’s that interesting. But if you want to protect your privacy or you are up to something, give Kodachi a try. Then again, if you are that paranoid, maybe that’s just what THEY want you to do. Make your own decisions.

MusicBrainz Picard is an open-source software application for identifying, tagging, and organizing digital audio recordings.

cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ml/post/117428 > In this article I'll explain why adding #E2EE (End to End Encryption) was not as easy as with the other #XMPP clients (and more generaly all the chat clients that are using a similar encryption protocol) and how I addressed the issue.

The biggest push may indeed come from the Steam Deck. A PC in a handheld form factor, that allows you to hook it up to a monitor for a full KDE Plasma desktop experience. Very exciting. If we see a lot of people enjoy it and the Steam Deck is a success, you can be almost guaranteed that more devices will come along and slap SteamOS 3 on it and then also have a KDE Plasma desktop available.

This latest discovery continues a trend first spotted a few years ago, in which miscreants sneak information stealers, keyloggers, or other types of malware into packages available in NPM, RubyGems, PyPi, or another repository. In many cases, the malicious package has a name that’s a single letter different than a legitimate package. Often, the malicious package includes the same code and functionality as the package being impersonated and adds concealed code that carries out additional nefarious actions.

No exact date yet other than sometime hopefully in early 2022. You can wishlist / follow on Steam and try the free version on itch.io. here: https://lincread.itch.io/the-fertile-crescent

You do need the original game assets, which you can grab easily with a DRM-free copy of Caesar III on GOG.com or Steam. Find the project on GitHub. You can also play it easily from Steam using Luxtorpeda!

OpenSnitch - an application firewall for Linux
OpenSnitch is a rare tool in the Linux ecosystem. It is a service with a friendly graphical desktop application which assists the user in blocking network connections based on which daemon or application is making the connection attempt. Most Linux firewall tools focus on blocking access to specific network ports or remote servers. OpenSnitch focuses on which program is trying to access the network or send network traffic to remote machines. The OpenSnitch service can monitor connection attempts, let us know which processes are trying to talk over the network, and to which remote servers. It's an interesting and powerful tool, one which I felt deserved more attention.

Highlights: new releases of BlenderBIM and IfcOpenShell, Natron, LibrePCB, Shotcut, VCV Rack, Blender 3.0 is coming later this week, Krita and darktable are prepping up for a major update.

I would buy a used mini-PC or even a Mac mini with Linux on it. I can get them for as low as 30-40 euro with a decent processor, memory and HDD. LibreElec is great but I wouldn’t use it if I also wanted to do some web browsing.

Geotechland commenting on the Linux Daily Driver Challenge from Linus Tech Tips. BTW: My comment, I recently installed Pop!_OS on my sons desktop PC that he uses for school and gaming and Steam just installed fine.

cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ml/post/88539 > Minigalaxy certainly does the job, and it's my go-to if I'm going to grab anything from GOG rather than messing with direct-downloads.

Minigalaxy certainly does the job, and it's my go-to if I'm going to grab anything from GOG rather than messing with direct-downloads.

Hints of that old cyberian idealism float through Zuckerberg’s conception of the metaverse — he’s big on teleportation — but despite his habit of reminding us that he took philosophy and classics courses in college, Zuckerberg is no metaphysician. A Mammonist rather than a Platonist, he’s in it for the money. His goal with the metaverse is not just to create a virtual world that is more encompassing, more totalizing, than what we experience today with social media and videogames. It’s to turn reality itself into a product. In the metaverse, nothing happens that is not computable. That also means that, assuming the computers doing the computing are in private hands, nothing happens that is not a market transaction, a moment of monetization, either directly through an exchange of money or indirectly through the capture of data. With the metaverse, capital subsumes reality. It’s money all the way down.

Dolphin demonstrates the new features for MX-21 (Xfce, Fluxbox and KDE).

I think that you just react on the word obesity and didn’t even read the article which is about page bloat on the web.

Fairphone is unique in the world of smartphones. It's pretty much the only company trying to build a sustainable device that isn't glued together and hostile to the repair community. Today, Fairphone is announcing a brand-new flagship: the Fairphone 4, which brings an updated design and better specs while still shipping with all the modularity you would expect.

Keynote speech of Eben Moglen for the Open World Forum in 2010 discussing the surveillance network, the cloud, the hierarchical Net and it's dangers. He continues to describe the solution the 'plug servers' [basicly what Freedombox, Yunohost etc are now] together with a network consisting of federated services. I couldn't stream this speech from the Archive.org due to an error. It was otherwise only available for streaming on the non-free Vimeo platform (which in case of Eben Moglen seems inappropriate, to say the least, since Vimeo is a proprietary platform). I therefore made it available here on PeerTube. I used the CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 which is compatible with CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 from the original on the Archive.org

Theranos’ former lab director, Dr. Adam Rosendorff, told jurors on Friday that he quit the company because he “felt pressured to vouch for tests I did not have confidence in.” The company’s management, he said, was not willing to perform proficiency testing that is required by federal law before clinical laboratories can run tests on patient samples. That, and a series of other issues, caused him to lose confidence in the company. “I came to believe that the company was more about PR and fundraising than patient care,” Rosendorff said.

First of all I’m no security expert but I do know that security is relative. I’ve yet to see a objective scientific approach that can compare the security models of GNU/Linux and Windows (or any other OS). This could, given a proper experimental setup, provide objective data to substantiate that a certain Linux installation or distribution (or Windows for that matter) is secure (or insecure) in comparison. Understandably this scientific approach is very difficult to define given the numerous variables one has to include in this experiment. Until then we have to settle with self-proclaimed security experts that argue perhaps even rightfully why one system or the other is (in)secure. Often leading to endless debates without a decisive clear outcome.

As a sidenote. It’s funny that the author while describing the lack of sandboxing applications in Linux puts Linux against ChromeOS while the latter is a Gentoo Linux-based operating system.

And another one. Any OS is as secure as it’s user.

Definitely Mindustry. Great strategy game that I played hour after hour especially in coop mode. Not too steep learning curve and always enough challenge to keep coming back. Also it runs on low spec machines. https://mindustrygame.github.io/

There is the excellent InfoSec for Journalist handbook from Silkie Carlo and Arjen Kamphuis. The latest edition is from 2016 but it still contains valuable information and it covers a lot of topics. The handbook is no longer being updated which is likely caused by the disappearance from Arjen Kamphuis in August 2018.


I also found this more elaborate book, a collection of articles, posts and lectures and a handy InfoSec guide from Arjen Kamphuis. The InfoSec guide starts at page 307 but is probably the same as the one linked to above.


cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ml/post/82583 > Finally a chance to take down the woman that brought Neoliberalism and Neoconservatism to power. The same woman that said that society doesn't exist.

An important reason for lack of adoption is simply because every PC or laptop comes with Windows installed for free (as in gratis). People are generally lazy and don’t bother with installing another OS. I’m pretty sure that the general public doesn’t need the feature rich MS O365, and certainly doesn’t care about the toxic community or GNOME vs KDE/Plasma. They just take what’s already installed.

Three years ago I installed Linux Mint on my fathers laptop because of the slow performance of Windows and all the malware issues that he had. Before that he used to call me once a week the ask for help for his laptop but that stopped immediately after I installed Mint. He’s a happy Linux user now but he can’t tell you anything about his desktop environment, package manager or whether he’s running systemd. He doesn’t care about that, he just wants his laptop to work. If the laptop had come with Mint in the first place he probably wouldn’t have known that it had Linux on it.

Being a bit of an animal rights proponent I vote for the obvious solution but kudos for the creative thought.

VGC Illustration: the drawing app of the future
I'm not usually post about Kickstarter projects but VGC Illustration seems like an interesting open source vector illustrator program. I love Inkscape for my vector graphics illustrations but judging from the information VGC Illustration could have some advantages. Perhaps most importantly that Freehand sketching and that can be shapes can be connected which should lead to quicker design. BTW: The advertised Python console reminds me of a similar feature in Dust3D, a FLOSS 3D modeller. To get an idea what VGC Illustration is all about you can already download VPaint, a prototype: https://www.vpaint.org/#download '...VGC Illustration is proud to be publicly developed on GitHub under the Apache 2.0 open source license. Indeed, I believe that source code is knowledge, and I believe that knowledge is meant to be accessible to everyone for free. I also believe that users should have the freedom to modify the software they use.'

cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ml/post/81643 > I know that I recently linked to an earlier video of the Gentle Living Shop, an ethical creative channel, but they just published a video where they announce that from now on they'll publish on PeerTube alone and stop publishing on YouTube because of it's unethical behavior. PeerTube surely needs quality content creators that publish exclusively on the PeerTube network.

Interesting thoughts. My first reaction is that too many changes can easily lead to feature creep. I like Lemmy for what it is an ethical Reddit like alternative. Having said that, the idea of a better description of what a community is about is good but that can already be covered in the sidebar. Nevertheless it could help mods to structure the text in the side bar.

Some of the ideas seem more of a burden to the community mod e.g. setting up a matrix server (and modding that too). But then again you already wrote that that is optional.

BASIC was really basic (and slow) at that time. So I remember programming hexadecimal to speed things up. A real pain keeping me up night after night. Good times ;-)

Back in the early '80s I was still in high school and had absolutely no money for a home computer (that’s how we called them) but I had money to buy computer magazines. So almost frantically I read articles about Sir Clive Sinclair and his inventions, ZX80, ZX81 and ZXSpectrum, imagining what I could do with one. I actually never bought a ZX (but years later a COMX-35 instead) but Sir Clive was the one who got me interested in computers in the first place.

It is with sadness that we note the passing of the British writer, engineer, home computer pioneer, and entrepreneur, Sir Clive Sinclair, who died this morning at the age of 81 after a long illness. He is perhaps best known among Hackaday readers for his ZX series of home computers from the 1980s, but over a lifetime in the technology industry there are few corners of consumer electronics that he did not touch in some way.

Searx is a meta search engine but it is open source and it has an image filter

The venerable web programming language PHP is a source of frequent complaints and frustration, but according to a report W3Techs released today, it doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon.

Yeah, it’s hard to imagine how the blockchain stuff coincides with the sustainability goal of the NGI Initiative. I also find it ironic that the pdf that explains the research and innovation program, specifically targeting open source privacy, is made with MS Word on OSX. https://www.ngi.eu/wp-content/uploads/sites/48/2020/04/NGI4ALL_NGI_Projects-and-people.pdf

Thanks the link is much appreciated. I’d never heard of the NGI and I’m glad that the EU is putting the money where their mouth is.

According to the Fediverse definition it is. The definition is: ‘… able to communicate over the boundaries of the instances because the software running on the servers supports one or more communication protocols which follow an open standard’. These open standards are: ActivityPub, Diaspora Network, OStatus and Zot.

I’m only discussing instances here that have quality content. TILvids is big and it has quality content but it doesn’t federate with any other instance which kind of defeats the purpose of PeerTube. Better would be to join a PeerTube instance that federates with a proper number of other instances and has good quality e.g diode.zone.

Actually the content on PeerTube is improving lately with more quality videos. A major current problem is that federation between PeerTube servers is low. Sometimes for understandable reasons. As a consequence the user often has to rely on something like Sepia Search to find content.

Now that’s good spending of EU money. Where did you find that information because I couldn’t find it. The only thing I could find is this on the NLnet website ‘The foundation’s current funding comes from donations, legacies, collaborative funding and subgranting mechanisms, after having been kickstarted by a substantial capital established by pioneers of the European internet’

With all the billions that the EU is spending on farmers and industry it would be a good idea if they actually start funding existing free and open source projects. Perhaps in the same way NLnet (https://nlnet.nl/project/current.html) is funding free and open source. Imagine what could be done.

MX Linux (and Antix on my old laptop)

Movim has a very nice news feed. It allows to subscribe to some of the major news outlets. I’m happily using it for two years now. https://movim.eu/

Perhaps a little bit of topic but this post takes me back 40 years. In the '80s computer code was distributed over a radio signal. First on FM later on AM. On the receiving end me and many other computer enthusiasts were recording this signal on a little cassette recorder. The recorder was then connected to the computer and we could load the source. O, sweet nostalgia. Copyright on software didn’t exists and we had never heard of Bill Gates. I suddenly feel very old now ;-)

I switched from OpenELEC to LibreELEC years ago after most of the OpenELEC developers decided to leave and start their own version. Amazing for what it does, minimal Linux distro to run Kodi. Has never failed me. Also a demonstration of the strength of free and open source software. If needed you can always create your own fork and (try to) make a better product.

I agree that the post is rather pessimistic about the future of the Fediverse. It is possible however that the Fediverse eventually will become a bunch of silos with every silo their own version of ActivityPub or another protocol. Perhaps the biggest strength of the Fediverse, next to federation, is that I can login with let’s say a Mastodon account to post a comment on PeerTube. One account to rule them all.

I definitely agree with your last point and for me Lemmy is a good example of that.

I think it’s also depending on whether or not the network is able to reach critical mass: a sufficient number of adopters of a new idea, technology or innovation in a social system so that the rate of adoption becomes self-sustaining and creates further growth. Now to reach critical mass for a social media network the following factors are important: money, hype/publicity/marketing, quality of the network and timing. Social networks often fail due to lack of money and being unable to generate enough publicity. Kind of a Catch-22. Federated networks may be able to avoid the money issue by spreading the burden of the costs over many instances and not having to satisfy shareholders. This can contribute to their chance of survival in the long run provided that a opportunity comes by where one or multiple incidents generate enough influx of new users.

Good question but the article doesn’t really answer that other than tech-heavy audiences use adblockers and privacy-friendly browsers.

I can recommend this instance https://open.audio. It allows to upload 3Gb of libre audio or even upload your own non-libre audio. The latter as long as you use it personally and not share it publicly. The instance is well moderated and curated. Content wise it is of course nothing like Spotify because of the copyright restrictions. The instance currently has over 60.000 songs a far cry from the millions of songs on other platforms. Use cases for Funkwhale are either upload your own libre music, have your own music cloud or listen to more experimental music which can actually be a lot of fun. Lastly via RSS you can subscribe to podcasts.

If you just want to listen to a large library of mostly non-free music Funkwhale isn’t a good option. Better turn to Bandcamp or even Soundcloud.

First that would be a wonderful world. But even without malicious intent. If privacy doesn’t exists as a consequence everything would be public. Whether that’s online or not is not relevant. Let’s assume I’ve fallen in love with someone. And let’s say I’m not ready to share it with everyone but just a couple of friends maybe even online. It’s obvious that I want to have control both online or offline who to share it with.

I think it’s much deeper than stop mainstream tech companies from gathering data. I couldn’t say it better than Edward Snowden though “Privacy isn’t about something to hide. Privacy is about something to protect. And that’s who you are. That’s what you believe in. That’s who you want to become. Privacy is the right to the self. Privacy is what gives you the ability to share with the world who you are on your own terms.”

I just watched a video about Tauon Music Box this morning https://peertube.linuxrocks.online/w/rQuqEhaB6uJZanxhDCb3w6. From the video description: Tauon Music Box is a minimalist Spotify Front end and Music Player for the Linux Desktop. It’s in active development and designed to be both beautiful and to get out of the way.

https://tauonmusicbox.rocks/ https://github.com/Taiko2k/TauonMusicBox

Based on my own experience and from what I’ve read I’d say it’s not better than other countries (and definitely worse than Germany). Most people that I’ve spoken to about this topic regrettably don’t care at all and the lessons from WWII seem long forgotten. This is generally speaking of course, the more thoughtful people still care a lot about privacy but that’s definitely a minority.

I can speak with some knowledge about the situation in the Netherlands where we continuously take a step forward (GDPR) and two steps back when it comes to privacy. Police and intelligence agencies either lobby enough to have a new surveillance technology pass through our legislators, as was the case with the dragnet legislation, or surveillance technology is implemented that is plainly against current legislation, as is the case with biometric surveillance. The case that police and intelligence agencies make over and over again is that surveillance is needed to counter a perceived threat e.g terrorism. Although the Netherlands has seen very little terrorism over the last two decades the lobby is apparently very effective. The most simple explanation that I can offer is that legislators and many citizens choose to be ‘better safe than sorry’ and easily throw away privacy for perceived safety. In that regard I suppose that regretfully citizens from Europe differ very little from citizens from other parts of the world.