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Sunday 24 May 2020

  • Fran?ois Marier: Printing hard-to-print PDFs on Linux
    I recently found a few PDFs which I was unable to print due to those files causing insufficient printer memory errors: I found a detailed explanation of what might be causing this which pointed the finger at transparent images, a PDF 1.4 feature which apparently requires a more recent version (...)

Saturday 23 May 2020

Friday 22 May 2020

  • Steve Kemp: Updated my linux-security-modules for the Linux kernel
    Almost three years ago I wrote my first linux-security-module, inspired by a comment I read on LWN I did a little more learning/experimentation and actually produced a somewhat useful LSM, which allows you to restrict command-execution via the use of a user-space helper: Whenever a user tries (...)

  • Bits from Debian: Debian welcomes the 2020 GSOC interns
    We are very excited to announce that Debian has selected nine interns to work under mentorship on a variety of projects with us during the Google Summer of Code. Here are the list of the projects, students, and details of the tasks to be performed. Project: Android SDK Tools in Debian (...)

Wednesday 20 May 2020

  • Norbert Preining: Plasma 5.19 coming to Debian
    The KDE Plasma desktop is soon getting an update to 5.19, and beta versions are out for testing. In this release, we have prioritized making Plasma more consistent, correcting and unifying designs of widgets and desktop elements; worked on giving you more control over your desktop by adding (...)

Tuesday 19 May 2020

Monday 18 May 2020

  • Fran?ois Marier: Displaying client IP address using Apache Server-Side Includes
    If you use a Dynamic DNS setup to reach machines which are not behind a stable IP address, you will likely have a need to probe these machines' public IP addresses. One option is to use an insecure service like Oracle's http://checkip.dyndns.com/ which echoes back your client IP, but (...)

  • Arturo Borrero Gonz?lez: A better Toolforge: upgrading the Kubernetes cluster
    This post was originally published in the Wikimedia Tech blog, and is authored by Arturo Borrero Gonzalez and Brooke Storm. One of the most successful and important products provided by the Wikimedia Cloud Services team at the Wikimedia Foundation is Toolforge. Toolforge is a platform that (...)

  • Russell Coker: A Good Time to Upgrade PCs
    PC hardware just keeps getting cheaper and faster. Now that so many people have been working from home the deficiencies of home PCs are becoming apparent. I'll give Australian prices and URLs in this post, but I think that similar prices will be available everywhere that people read my blog. (...)

  • Enrico Zini: Art links
  • Dirk Eddelbuettel: #2 T^4: Customizing The Shell Prompt
    The second video (following the announcement and last week's shell colors) is up in the stil new T^4 series of video lightning talks with tips, tricks, tools, and toys. Today we cover customizing shell prompts. The slides are available here. Next week we likely continue on shell customization (...)

Sunday 17 May 2020

  • Russ Allbery: krb5-strength 3.2
    krb5-strength provides password strength checking for Kerberos KDCs (either MIT or Heimdal), and also provides a password history implementation for Heimdal. This release adds a check-only mode to the heimdal-history command to interrogate history without modifying it and increases the default (...)

  • Dirk Eddelbuettel: RcppArmadillo 0.9.880.1.0
    Armadillo is a powerful and expressive C++ template library for linear algebra aiming towards a good balance between speed and ease of use with a syntax deliberately close to a Matlab. RcppArmadillo integrates this library with the R environment and language–and is widely used by (...)

  • Erich Schubert: Contact Tracing Apps are Useless
    Some people believe that automatic contact tracing apps will help contain the Coronavirus epidemic. They won't. Sorry to bring the bad news, but IT and mobile phones and artificial intelligence will not solve every problem. In my opinion, those that promise to solve these things with (...)

  • Steve Kemp: Some brief sysbox highlights
    I started work on sysbox again recently, adding a couple of simple utilities. (The whole project is a small collection of utilities, distributed as a single binary to ease installation.) Imagine you want to run a command for every line of STDIN, here's a good example: $ cat input | sysbox (...)

  • Matthew Palmer: Private Key Redaction: UR DOIN IT RONG

Saturday 16 May 2020

  • Russ Allbery: DocKnot 3.04
    This is a relatively small feature release of my tool for managing software documentation and releases. I'm slowly moving all of my packages from Travis-CI to GitHub Workflows for automated CI. GitHub Workflows is much easier to configure and control, and I've been a bit worried about (...)

  • Russ Allbery: rra-c-util 8.2
  • Russ Allbery: C TAP Harness 4.7
    This is a small bug fix release to my testing framework for C packages. It picks up a change to the test suite so that it won't break when C_TAP_VERBOSE is already set in the environment, and fixes new compilation warnings with GCC 10. You can get the latest release from the C TAP Harness (...)

  • Norbert Preining: Upgrading AMD Radeon 5700 to 5700 XT via BIOS
    Having recently switched from NVIDIA to AMD graphic cards, in particular a RX 5700, I found out that I can get myself a free upgrade to the RX 5700 XT variant without paying one Yen, by simply flashing a compatible 5700 XT BIOS onto the 5700 card. Not that this is something new, a detailed (...)

  • Sven Hoexter: Quick and Dirty: masquerading / NAT with nftables
    Since nftables is now the new default, a short note to myself on how to setup masquerading, like the usual NAT setup you use on a gateway. nft add table nat nft add chain nat postrouting type nat hook postrouting priority 100 \; nft add rule nat postrouting ip saddr oif wlan0 (...)

  • Michael Stapelberg: a new distri linux (fast package management) release
    I just released a new version of distri. The focus of this release lies on: a better developer experience, allowing users to debug any installed package without extra setup steps performance improvements in all areas (starting programs, building distri packages, generating distri images) (...)

  • Lucas Kanashiro: Quarantine times
    After quite some time without publishing anything here, I decided to share the latest events. It is a hard time for most of us but with all this time at home, one can also do great things. I would like to start with the wonderful idea the Debian Brasil community had! Why not create an online (...)

Friday 15 May 2020

Thursday 14 May 2020

  • Iustin Pop: New internet provider ☺
    Note: all this is my personal experience, on my personal machines, and I don't claim it to be the absolute truth. Also, I don't directly call out names, although if you live in Switzerland it's pretty easy to guess who the old provider is from some hints. For a long time, I wanted to move away (...)

  • Norbert Preining: Switching from NVIDIA to AMD (including tensorflow)
    I have been using my Geforce 1060 extensively for deep learning, both with Python and R. But the always painful play with the closed source drivers and kernel updates, paired with the collapse of my computer's PSU and/or GPU, I decided to finally do the switch to AMD graphic card and open (...)

Wednesday 13 May 2020

  • Mike Gabriel: Q: Remote Support Framework for the GNU/Linux Desktop?
    TL;DR; For those (admins) of you who run GNU/Linux on staff computers: How do you organize your graphical remote support in your company? Get in touch, share your expertise and experiences. Researching on FLOSS based Linux Desktops When bringing GNU/Linux desktops to a generic folk of (...)

  • Russ Allbery: Review: Gideon the Ninth
    Review: Gideon the Ninth, by Tamsyn Muir Series: The Locked Tomb #1 Publisher: Tor Copyright: September 2019 ISBN: 1-250-31317-1 Format: Kindle Pages: 448 Despite being raised there, Gideon Nav is an outsider in the Ninth House. Her mother, already dead, fell from the sky with a one-day-old (...)

Tuesday 12 May 2020

  • Kunal Mehta: MediaWiki packages for Ubuntu 20.04 Focal available
    Packages for the MediaWiki 1.31 LTS release are now available for the new Ubuntu 20.04 LTS "Focal Fossa" release in my PPA. Please let me know if you run into any errors or issues. In the future these packages will be upgraded to the MediaWiki 1.35 LTS release, whenever that's ready. (...)

  • Evgeni Golov: Building a Shelly 2.5 USB to TTL adapter cable
    When you want to flash your Shelly 2.5 with anything but the original firmware for the first time, you'll need to attach it to your computer. Later flashes can happen over the air (at least with ESPHome or Tasmota), but the first one cannot. In theory, this is not a problem as the Shelly (...)

  • Daniel Silverstone: The Lars, Mark, and Daniel Club
    Last night, Lars, Mark, and I discussed Jeremy Kun's The communicative value of using Git well post. While a lot of our discussion was spawned by the article, we did go off-piste a little, and I hope that my notes below will enlighten you all as to a bit of how we see revision control these (...)

  • Petter Reinholdtsen: Debian Edu interview: Yvan Masson
    It has been way too long since my last interview, but as the Debian Edu / Skolelinux community is still active, and new people keep showing up on the IRC channel #debian-edu and the debian-edu mailing list, I decided to give it another go. I was hoping someone else might pick up the idea and (...)

  • Jacob Adams: Roman Finger Counting
    I recently wrote a final paper on the history of written numerals. In the process, I discovered this fascinating tidbit that didn't really fit in my paper, but I wanted to put it somewhere. So I'm writing about it here. If I were to ask you to count as high as you could on your fingers you'd (...)

Monday 11 May 2020

  • Markus Koschany: My Free Software Activities in April 2020
  • Julien Danjou: Interview: The Performance of Python
    Earlier this year, I was supposed to participate to dotPy, a one-day Python conference happening in Paris. This event has unfortunately been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Both Victor Stinner and me were supposed to attend that event. Victor had prepared a presentation about Python (...)

  • Gunnar Wolf: Certified printer fumes
    After losing a fair bit of hair due to quality and reliability issues with our home laser multifunctional (Brother DCP1600-series, which we bought after checking it was meant to work on Linux… And it does, but with a very buggy, proprietary driver — Besides being the printer itself (...)

  • Dirk Eddelbuettel: #1 T^4: Adding Some Color to the Shell
    The first proper video (following last week's announcement) is up for new T^4 series of video lightning talks with tips, tricks, tools, and toys. Today we just to a little enhancement for the shell enabled color output (if not already on by default). The slides are available here. Next week (...)

  • Enrico Zini: Fraudsters and pirates
    Adele Spitzeder - Wikipedia history people archive.org 2020-05-11 Adelheid Luise "Adele" Spitzeder ([ˈaːdl̩haɪt ʔaˈdeːlə ˈʃpɪtˌtseːdɐ]; 9 February 1832 – 27 or 28 October 1895), also known by her stage name Adele Vio, (...)

Sunday 10 May 2020

  • Ben Hutchings: Debian LTS work, April 2020
    I was assigned 20 hours of work by Freexian's Debian LTS initiative, and carried over 8.5 hours from March. I worked 26 hours this month, so I will carry over 2.5 hours to May. I sent a (belated) request for testing an update of the linux package to 3.16.82. I then prepared and, after (...)

  • Russell Coker: IT Asset Management
    In my last full-time position I managed the asset tracking database for my employer. It was one of those things that “someone” needed to do, and it seemed that only way that “someone” wouldn't equate to “no-one” was for me to do it – which was ok. We (...)

  • Norbert Preining: Updating Dovecot for Debian
    A tweet of a friend pointed me at the removal of dovecot from Debian/testing, which surprised me a bit. Investigating the situation it seems that Dovecot in Debian is lagging a bit behind in releases, and hasn't seen responses to some RC bugs. This sounds critical to me as dovecot is a core (...)

  • NOKUBI Takatsugu: Virtual Background using webcam
  • Russ Allbery: Review: Golden Gates
    Review: Golden Gates, by Conor Dougherty Publisher: Penguin Copyright: 2020 ISBN: 0-525-56022-X Format: Kindle Pages: 249 This review, for reasons that will hopefully become clear later, starts with a personal digression. I have been interested in political theory my entire life. That sounds (...)

Saturday 9 May 2020

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