New Free Software Foundation Video Mocks Proprietary Remote-Learning Software

“Computer user freedom is a matter of justice,” argues a new video released Friday by the Free Software Foundation:

The University of Costumed Heroes is an animated video telling the story of a group of heroes falling prey to the powers of proprietary software in education. The university board acquires cutting-edge remote learning software that enables them to continue their operations online, but — [SPOILER ALERT] — it may sow the seeds of their downfall.

This video is the second in a series of animated videos created by the Free Software Foundation (FSF), and this one is themed around our campaign against the use of proprietary remote education software. We must reverse the trend of forsaking young people’s freedom, which has been accelerating as corporations try to capitalize on the need to establish new remote education practices. Free software not only protects the freedoms of your child or grandchild by allowing


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Linus Torvalds: Linux 5.8 “One of our Biggest Releases of All Time”

This week saw the release Linux 5.8, which Linus Torvalds called “one of our biggest releases of all time,” reports TechRepublic:
The new version of the Linux kernel brings a number of updates to Linux 5.7 spanning security, core components, drivers, memory management, networking and improvements to the kernel’s design, amongst others. This includes updates for Microsoft’s Hyper-V virtualization platform, Intel Tiger Lake Thunderbolt support, improvements to Microsoft’s exFAT file system, and support for newer Intel and ARM chips.
Torvalds said the kernel had received over 15,000 merge requests and that around 20% of all the files in the kernel source repository had been modified. “That’s really a fairly big percentage, and while some of it is scripted, on the whole it’s really just the same pattern: 5.8 has simply seen a lot of development,” Torvalds said.
Translated into numbers, Linux 5.8 includes over 800,000 new lines and over 14,000 changed


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