EFF Celebrating 29th Birthday with $20 Membership, Linode Launches New GPU-Optimized Cloud Computing Instances, Syncthing 1.2.0 Released, Kali Linux Now Available for RPi 4 and GNOME Devs to Disable Snap Plugin for GNOME Software

News briefs for July 11, 2019.

The Electronic
Frontier Foundation is celebrating its 29th birthday
building a future where tech respects and empowers users”. From
now until July 24, 2019, the EFF is offering a $20 membership, which
includes a set of limited-edition enamel pins. (Note also that
the EFF is a US 501(c)(3) nonprofit, so contributions are tax-deductible as allowed by law.)

Linode yesterday launched new GPU-optimized cloud computing instances,
specifically for developers and business that need massive parallel
computational power. From
the press release: “The new instances are built on NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000 GPU
cards with all three major types of processing cores (CUDA, Tensor, and
Real-Time Ray Tracing) available to users. Linode is one of the first cloud
providers to deploy NVIDIA’s latest GPU architecture.” For more information,
see linode.com.

Syncthing 1.2.0 was released recently. Linux
Uprising reports
that this version of the open-source peer-to-peer
synchronization tool “adds QUIC with NAT traversal as a new transport
protocol, fixes some bugs and enables automatic error reporting.” The
article notes Syncthing’s emphasis on privacy: “None of your data is ever
store anywhere else other than your own computers (no central server); all
communication is secured using TSL and authenticated using a strong
cryptographic certificate. Basically, it can replace Dropbox and other
similar services with something decentralized, where your data is your data
alone.” Go here to download.

Kali Linux for
Raspberry Pi 4 was released recently
, “complete with on-board wifi
monitor mode & frame injection support!” You can download it from the Kali Linux
ARM Images page
. Currently there is support only for 32-bit, but 64-bit
is coming soon.

GNOME developers plan to disable the Snap plugin for GNOME Software, as
Canonical has started creating its own Snap Store and won’t be using GNOME
Software in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.
According to Phoronix,
“Canonical’s in-development Snap Store will obviously be focused just on
their own Snap effort and not supporting the likes of Flatpak. Due to the
likelihood that the GNOME Software Snap plug-in will quickly suffer from
bit-rot and pose a maintenance burden to GNOME developers with little to no
return, it’s certainly reasonable that they would at least disable this

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