We're happy to announce that Debsources, the Web application that
allows to browse and search the entire source code of all Debian
releases, is now hosted on the official Debian infrastructure and
available at

How to get involved with open source if you're a cat

With the right approach, anyone can contribute to open source. Even a cat.

Private Internet Access and an Anonymous Donor Challenge Donors in Largest Conservancy Match Ever!

Today, Software Freedom Conservancy announces the launch of its most ambitious match challenge ever, generously brought forward by Private Internet Access and an anonymous donor. All donations up to $75,000 will be matched dollar for dollar until January 15. Sign up as a Supporter today to have your donation count twice, but please act soon. January 15th will be here before we know it!
My annual renewal is almost due...

A friend is working on a piece of Free Hardware for easy flashing a coreboot or libreboot laptop. He's doing an ad-hoc crowdfunding campaign until December 1st. If you think this is cool and have some bucks for the fundraiser, please get in touch with him!

Dear Folks! Zerocat’s Chipflasher applies for FSF’s Respects-Your-Freedom Certificate. As we received feedback recently, the Chipflasher is on the right way to go, however some features and fixes must be updated to get through the certification process...

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Metti in sicurezza il tuo bios ...

... o il tuo uefi... Quello che e'...

NERF - Trammell Hudson's Projects

The NERF project is a collaboration with Ron Minnich at Google (creator of LinuxBIOS and coreboot) that aims to build an open, customizable, and slightly more secure firmware for server machines based on using Linux and Heads in the ROM to replace UEFI as the bootloader. Unlike coreboot, NERF doesn't attempt to replace the chipset initialization co...

Compilatelo finchè è ancora caldo:

Linux 4.14 - Linux Kernel Newbies

Summary of the changes and new features merged in the Linux kernel during the 4.14 development cycle

Dino in Debian experimental

What is Dino?

Dino is a modern IM client using XMPP (Jabber) with support for both OpenPGP and OMEMO. It looks very nice and can already be used for chatting and group conversations. It is, however, not yet stable nor feature-complete. If you are looking for something like Conversations (Android XMPP client), but for the desktop, Dino is for you. If you like to have something more stable and feature-complete, try Gajim instead. I use both! :~)

Dino is written in C and Vala, uses the GTK+ UI toolkit and looks best in Gnome, XFCE, or other GTK+ based desktops. I heard about planned versions for Windows and MacOS, too, but don't hold your breath.

How to install Dino on Debian?

Since yesterday, the Dino IM client is available in the official Debian repositories, but so far only in the "experimental" distribution. To install it, Debian users have to:
$ echo deb experimental main | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/experimental.list
$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt -t experimental install dino-im

This should work on nine official and five unofficial architectures for at least unstable and testing. Not sure about stable. I'm pretty sure, that oldstable will not work.

Why the "-im" suffix for Dino in Debian?

There used to be another program, an "integrated MIDI piano roll editor and sequencer engine", by the same name in Debian. Many references to the old program still exist, so it would be problematic to recycle the name for a different purpose.

Happy chatting!

#xmpp #debian #dino #jabber #openpgp #omemo #im #federation #chat

Debian Package Tracker - dino-im

Debian Package Tracker - dino-im

Petter Reinholdtsen: Web services for writing academic LaTeX papers as a team

I was surprised today to learn that a friend in academia did not know there are easily available web services available for writing LaTeX documents as a team. I thought it was common knowledge, but to make sure at least my readers are aware of it, I would like to mention these useful services for writing LaTeX documents. Some of them even provide a...
I knew about Overleaf, but ShareLaTex looks interesting.

Help! Linux ate my RAM!

But how do you count memory that is currently used for something, but can still be made available to applications? You might count that memory as "free" and/or "available". Linux instead counts it as "used", but also "available": This "something" is (roughly) what top and free calls "buffers" and "cached". Since your and Linux's terminology differs...

via @Fabio

Now, it's a shame that nowadays browsers have lost support for gopher, as that's required to follow some links on that page...

Programma Linux Day 2017
Il Linux Day è la principale manifestazione italiana dedicata alla promozione di GNU/Linux e del Software Libero; quest'anno si terrà il 28 ottobre in numerose città Italiane.

Il GL-Como e il LinuxVar organizzano quest'anno una edizione congiunta, presso il FaberLab di Tradate.

La giornata di quest'anno sarà divisa in due parti: il mattino dedicato specificatamente alle scuole e il pomeriggio destinato a professionisti, studenti e appassionati di informatica; entrambe sono accomunate dal tema nazionale: “privacy e riservatezza individuale”.

Il programma dettagliato e tutte le informazioni pratiche sono disponibili all'indirizzo

Millions of high-security crypto keys crippled by newly discovered flaw

Factorization weakness lets attackers impersonate key holders and decrypt their data.
This includes ID cards, TPM and OpenPGP keys generated on a some card-like devices (e.g. yubikey) (as opposed to those generated on a computer, that are safe).
Thanks for sharing, will have to check more into it later, but this is very interesting finds.

KRACK Attacks: Breaking WPA2

This website presents the Key Reinstallation Attack (KRACK). It breaks the WPA2 protocol by forcing nonce reuse in encryption algorithms used by Wi-Fi.
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There was an embargo, so I'd expect that most PC OSs have already published a fix (Debian had a fixed package in all releases with security support this evening, and they're the only ones that I checked).

Some routers may receive a fix, sooner or later, if they aren't older than a few months.

Phones that are still supported (how long is that nowadays? 6 months?) will also receive a fix (I'd expect quite soon), I'm not going to hold my breath for the other ones (including mine)

I fully expect light bulbs and other IoT devices not to be fixed ever, of course.

Navigation, ancients-style

The GPS on my firefoxOS phone has been acting up lately: it has never been exceptionally good, but the last couple of times I've tried to use it it gave errors of more than 1km.

Saturday evening we were in a place with internet (and laptops) and had to go to a new-to-us restaurants, so I asked for routing from OSMR, took notes on paper and this is what I gave to my navigator/co-driver:


Unbelievably we managed to get there in time, without missing even one of the turns, even if he wasn't able to decipher my writing on some of the street names.

Italian readers may also appreciate the maturity of some of the labelling, if they are able to decipher the writing.

Also, in case we decide to go back to that restaurant with the LUG, I guess I can just point them to this post and of course they will be able to get there, right? :D

One day I will have a GPS-enabled device that is not designed to steal my data first and be useful to me as an afterthought. And one that works.

Optimal Mouse by JohnSu on DeviantArt

Optimal Mouse

Well, seeing as this new Chinese year is my year, I suppose I should at least do something mouse related. I admit I was also tempted to have a mouse with blue teeth and a laser gun running through ...



Today a friend of mine (meow if you want to be identified¹) mentioned that it would be nice to have a name like campingpunk for a look with less brass than steampunk and more anodized aluminum and paracord. Also a bit like crazy survivalists with less camo and more colors.

I like the idea.

¹ no, that doesn't uniquely identify them: I tend to have many friends with feline tendencies.
The cat mentions that carabiners are important enough that they should be mentioned explicitely instead of being lumped in with the rest of the aluminum.

Come gli utenti leggono le pagine web...

.. un po' te lo aspetti, ma e' comunque una lettura interessante:

How Users Read on the Web

Users don't read Web pages, they scan. Highlighting and concise writing improved measured usability 47-58%. Marketese imposed a cognitive burden on users and was disliked.

Tonight I dreamt of an old man, dressed in grey with a wide felt hat, who was tending a small vegetable garden like the ones typically kept by retired men.
He was using a tool that changed shape according to what he needed in that moment, but at every change it blinked a bit as if it wanted to return to its native shape of a spear.

Now I'm a bit worried for humanity's sake. :)

P.S. even more worryingly his usual associate wasn't around to be seen.

[Lugbz-list] Open & Closed Source nelle scuole della provincia di Bolzano

È online sul sito del Consiglio Provinciale la risposta
all'interrogazione n. 2924/17 Open source nelle scuole della Provincia di
Bolzano. Destinatario principale è l'intendenza scolastica tedesca,
destinatari secondari l'intendenza italiana e ladina alle quali era
richiesto di rispondere alle domande 5, 6, 10, 12.

Anatomy of a moral panic

The piece claims that “users searching for a common chemical compound used in food production are offered the ingredients to produce explosive black powder” on Amazon’s website, and that “steel ball bearings often used as shrapnel” are also promoted on the page, in some cases as items that other customers also bought. The ‘common chemic...

meta search engine

Un piccolo passo per non dare a google tutti i tuoi dati... Conto di installarmi una mia istanza prossimamente.

Welcome to searx — searx 0.12.0 documentation

Searx is a free internet metasearch engine which aggregates results from more than 70 search services. Users are neither tracked nor profiled. Additionally, searx can be used over Tor for online anonymity. Get started with searx by using one of the public instances. If you don’t trust anyone, you can set up your own, see Installation....

I find another fine webcomic ...

The Meek | An epic adventure webcomic

A webcomic about a young girl who goes on an epic adventure to decide the fate of mankind. She is also mostly naked. Updates weekly!

Public Money, Public Code

Public Money, Public Code - A campaign for releasing publicly financed software as Free Software

A comparison of the capabilities of some of the most used #XMPP clients

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goffi diaspora
oh forgot about this page, would be nice to add SàT and Movim.

This is VENETO!

While having breakfast near Venice one of our group of friends noticed that the ingredients in the chocolate filling of his croissant included ethyl alcohol.


This isn't that strange, as it is commonly used as a preservative in such creams, although there is a bit of contrast with the labeling "prepared: with non-OGM ingredients without added preservatives nor colorings without hydrogenated oils".


A bit more unexpected was the fact that also the jam croissant included alcohol, as usually jams spoil less than chocolate creams.


Evidently there is one explanation that is simple, self-coherent, fun and unlikely: Venetian people being Venetian, and needing their bit of alcohol in the morning!

(In the picture above I've removed the name and address of the producer because this post is just me being silly, but I've left the province: TV)

Quando sbatti il kranio su una cosa....

Andfrnd Uploader Beta

URI: content://media/external/images/media/178582
File name: /storage/emulated/0/DCIM/Camera/1312-47aa93a809f1623ab92361323bfdfa5adf10ed3e-128.gif


FSFE announces Software Licensing Best Practices #fellowship - #news # fsfe

FSFE announces Software Licensing Best Practices

The FSFE launches today its best practises in licensing for Free and Open Source Software project. Targeted at developers and companies, these best practices show you how to make it clear to others wh...

Python FAQ: Why should I use Python 3?

Part of my Python FAQ, which is doomed to never be finished. The short answer is: because it’s the actively-developed version of the language, and you should use it for the same reason you’d use 2.7 instead of 2.6. If you’re here, I’m guessing that’s not enough. You need something to sweeten the deal. Well, friend, I have got a whole mess of sugar cubes just for you. And once you’re convinced, you may enjoy the companion article, how to port to Python 3! It also has some more details on the diffences between Python 2 and 3, whereas this article doesn’t focus too much on the features removed in Python 3.

Instant gratification

In the last few days I spent my sewing time on a complex project that — of course — was having issues, so today I decided to take a break and go for instant gratification and a couple of quick project.


A ticket bag with magnets closure, to be worn on the same lanyard as a badge to prevent the issue of people being called "on site meals" .

This involved sewing tiny (~2mm ⌀) magnets on slipperynesssilicone coated fabric, because instant gratification is one thing, but making it too easy wouldn't be masochistic enough.


A simple drawstring backpack. I'm not completely happy about the ends of the drawstring channels, so when I make another one I may change them a bit.

Both are made in cheap, relatively light (90g/sqm) silnylon, and thus at least water resistant (I didn't seal the seams to make them completely waterproof).

I took pictures and notes, so full instructions will be posted on my website... sometime...
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Nice, that ticket bag looks really handy!
And the drawstring backpack:

@Harald Eilertsen yes, I've now had a chance to use them and they are working quite fine. They don't completely solve the problem of badges turning around and the ticket bag covering them, however.

End Summer Camp

if year % 2 == 1:

ma vuoi che un branco di hackers non sappia arrangiare una soluzione?


improved slatts belt

In one of the comments (near the bottom) on there was a suggestion to alternate the direction of the loops to prevent the paracord from twisting badly.

This is the process and the result:

(making a full belt with 20m of paracord took about a day of picking it up, doing a couple of rows while in front of the computer and putting it down again)
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GRVI Phalanx at Hot Chips 29 (2017)
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