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COVID-19 Crisis: FOSS Responders Raises $115,000 To Support Community

FOSS Responders has come together to crowd-source support for FOSS contributors and organisations affected by the global pandemic, especially in the face of event cancellations. FOSS Responders has raised a $115,000 support fund, which is made from individual donations and generous donations from its partners.

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openSUSE Leap 15.2 Hits RC Phase With GNOME 3.34 + KDE Plasma 5.18, Sway

OpenSUSE Leap 15.2 has progressed to its release candidate phase ahead of the official release planned for first week of July. Now onto release candidate builds, openSUSE Leap 15.2 is under a package freeze. This next version of openSUSE Leap has GNOME 3.34, KDE Plasma 5.18 LTS, and Xfce 4.14 as its primary desktop offerings.

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How to find and remove broken symlinks on Linux

Symbolic links play a very useful role on Linux systems. If the referenced file is removed, the symlink will remain but not indicate there’s a problem until you try to use it. Here’s how to find and remove symlinks that point to files that have been moved or removed.

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India’s contact tracing app made open source, but will this thwart a surveillance state?

Two days ago, the government of India announced that it would publicly release the source code for its coronavirus contact tracing app, Aarogya Setu. However, the folks at MIT aren’t terribly impressed with Aarogya Setu’s safety quotient nor its collection of all manner of data beyond what contact tracing demands.

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Open source sustainability: It’s complicated

Linux Foundation executive Chris Aniszczyk has been an outspoken opponent of open source “tip jars” that seek to sustain projects with donations. But many such developers don’t want a 9-to-5 corporate job, preferring the independence of contract work. Open source sustainability, in other words, is messy.

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New fuzzing tool finds 26 USB bugs in Linux, Windows, macOS, and FreeBSD

Academics say they discovered 26 new vulnerabilities in the USB driver stack employed by operating systems such as Linux, macOs, Windows, and FreeBSD. All the bugs were discovered with a new tool they created, named USBFuzz. The tool is what security experts call a fuzzer.

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How to use tmux to create a multi-pane Linux terminal window

The tmux tool is one of a number of Linux terminal window splitters that allow you to run commands in adjacent (up/down, right/left or both) panes so that you can easily use the output in one pane to help with work you’re doing in another.

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Linux Getting Fixed Up For Handling Pointing Sticks On Some Touchpads

For Synaptics and Elan devices that offer a combination of a pointing stick and touchpad, the Linux kernel has been ignoring the input events from the pointing stick. But with Linux 5.8 that will change in properly handling the combo multi-touch devices via the hid-multitouch driver.

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EdgeX Foundry Hits 5 Million+ Container Downloads

EdgeX Foundry, a project under the LF Edge umbrella organization within the Linux Foundation, has announced a major milestone of hitting 5 million container downloads and the availability of its “Geneva” release. EdgeX Foundry averages one million container downloads a month, with a total of 5 million reached last month, and rising.

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Oracle’s open-source alter ego behind some of its most popular products

Open-source innovation may not be the words evoked by a legacy technology company such as Oracle, a company turning 43 years old next month. But the fact is that — like many companies — Oracle’s paid products and services are actually loaded with ingredients from open-source communities, including Linux.

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