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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…

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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.

WeDistribute is a guerrilla publication to broadcast news to the Fediverse and other parts of the Free Network…

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It is not immediately clear what the “special mode of combat duty” entails. Pavel Podvig, a Geneva-based analyst and head of the Russian Nuclear Forces project, said it was “hard to tell” what the order meant but that it may be a “preliminary command.” It “makes a retaliatory strike possible,” he to…

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Fascism is a cult of the leader, who promises national restoration in the face of supposed humiliation by ethnic or religious minorities, liberals, feminists, immigrants, and homosexuals. The fascist leader claims the nation has been humiliated and its masculinity threatened by these forces. It must…

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Basic and practical security tips

Some of these tips may seem overly simplistic or easy for attackers to overcome. Which is true, these are relatively straight forward security measures and most of them would be easy for an attacker to work around. The nice thing is that most attackers are looking to exploit the lowest common denomi…

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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…

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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!..

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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. …

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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 w…

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The Iron Law of Liberalism…

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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, …

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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 b…

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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…

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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. …

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



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 …

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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.


Indeed, it’ll be interesting to see if the Chinese government is able to deflate this balloon slowly and demonstrate that no private company is too big to fail. The West could learn an important lesson from that.


Fiction: Foundation by Isaac Asimov; Non-fiction: The Song of the Dodo by David Quammen


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.


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.

https://beschermjegegevens.nl/wp-content/uploads/InfoSec-for-Journalists-V1.3-1.pdf

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.

https://beschermjegegevens.nl/wp-content/uploads/arjenkamphuis-infosecurity-small.pdf



An important reason for lack of adoption is simply because that 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.