This is really cool. Instead of needing to use Crouton, ChromeOS will provide access to a terminal, which will let you run a Debian container. But with the terminal, you’ll probably be able to use just about any distro.
The Linux App Summit (LAS) is looking for locations. What’s cool is that it’s being co-hosted by KDE and GNOME.
By co-hosting the conference with KDE, GNOME hopes to create a space for more widespread collaboration and working towards a common goal: expanding the Linux application ecosystem.
Cooperation and competition aren’t mutually exclusive!
LAS 2019 Call for Locations | GNOME
In a discussion at the OpenStack Foundation’s Open Infrastructure Summit recently, Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu Linux and its commercial holding company Canonical, admitted he’d been caught on the hop by the change in demand.
“We have seen companies signing up for Linux desktop support, because they want to have fleets of Ubuntu desktop for their artificial intelligence engineers,” he said in the conversation as reported by ZDNet. It seems therefore that companies are placing literal dollar-value on the continuity of their development processes, to the extent that they need to ensure that Ubuntu keeps running.
It’s great to see the Linux desktop, and not just the kernel, getting some love.
Also, I would have linked to ZDNet, which has the original story, but it has a super-annoying autoplay video. So you’re welcome 🙂 .
But, I absolutely detest modern “social media”—Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. It’s a disease. It seems to encourage bad behavior.
I think part of it is something that email shares too, and that I’ve said before: “On the internet, nobody can hear you being subtle”. When you’re not talking to somebody face to face, and you miss all the normal social cues, it’s easy to miss humor and sarcasm, but it’s also very easy to overlook the reaction of the recipient, so you get things like flame wars, etc., that might not happen as easily with face-to-face interaction.
It seems like some lessons were learned, but I would have liked to have read more about his take on the experience.
25 Years Later: Interview with Linus Torvalds | Linux Journal
Image courtesy of Faces of Open Source / Peter Adams
In January, Mastodon received a $70,000 grant from Samsung NEXT over the transparent crowdfunding platform OpenCollective–that is, OpenCollective is the entity that holds the grant, anyone can request a payout by submitting an expense receipt or an invoice, and I get to decide whether that request will be fulfilled, with all such transactions being viewable by everyone. The purpose of the grant is attracting more developers and other outside help to Mastodon. Whoever contributes to Mastodon with code or translations can get compensated for their time. My own wage, as well as mastodon.social operating costs, remain dependent on this Patreon.
I hadn’t heard of OpenCollective but it looks very interesting. And it makes it easy to see how money is spent within a project, which is always a good thing.
Mastodon 2.8.0 preview (and other things) | Gargron on Patreon
Jason Evangelho deserves credit for reading the monthly Linux Mint updates and unearthing the angst in it. Running a distribution is a huge endeavor, but it’s also thankless, and it seems like the Mint team is feeling that pain.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols has more on this, with some interesting quotes from reddit, too.
I try never to hate on any distros, because I can’t even imagine how hard a job it is. Now I’m thinking I should be more proactively kind. Especially to Mint, which I use (and love) on my ThinkPad.
I found Leonora via her System76 Thelio review. She uses Pop!_OS which is based upon GNOME, and it seems to work for her. Like many of us, she’s tried different desktops and she’s settled on the one that’s most convenient. I remain very curious about System76 hardware. However, I also remain curious about rooting a Chromebook, which is way cheaper. I’m not 100% certain I’ll ever do either.
- Who are you, and what do you do?
I’m a computer science student at Beloit College, an open source contributor and maintainer, and an avid amateur radio operator.
Why do you use Linux?
I initially learned about Linux because my parents gave me an old laptop without a hard drive when I was a kid, and lacking the money to buy either a hard drive or a Windows license, I ended up running Ubuntu 10.04 off of a USB thumb drive. Nowadays, I’ve tried to use both Windows and Mac OS, but neither one of them has the performance, tooling, or stability that desktop Linux has given me.
What distribution do you run on your main desktop/laptop? What desktop environment do you use and why do you use it?
My desktop is stock Pop!_OS from System76, with GNOME 3 as the desktop environment. I’ve used Ubuntu for a long time, whether mainline 10.04, Xubuntu 14.10, or Kubuntu 16.04. Pop!_OS is the vendor-provided OS for my very awesome System76 Thelio, and it’s almost exactly the same as stock Ubuntu, so there’s no real reason for me to ditch it.
What one piece of Linux software do you depend upon? Why is it so important?
For me, there’s no one piece of software that makes Linux the best environment. Rather, it’s the fact that everything in the whole system is geared towards interoperability via the Unix toolset that makes it such a great platform. I do my editing in Vim, search code with Ripgrep, and of course use the whole coreutils and moreutils toolbelts to get
What kind of hardware do you run this setup on?
A System76 Thelio.
Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?
*Interview conducted March 31, 2019
I’ve been predicting for a while that Microsoft is moving us away from its PC-centric Windows operating system to a cloud-based rental version of Windows. Now, with the Windows Virtual Desktop beta finally showing up, we’re a step closer to the death of the PC.
This is an interesting opinion piece from Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols. Vaughan-Nichols speculates that eventually the only locally-based operating systems might be OS X and Linux.
I understand the loss of control he’s worried about. But it would be great for me. I have a Windows partition that I use for a few annoying Windows tasks. Like track changes isn’t flawless going LibreOffice to Office. So I’d love to have a virtual machine I could visit, that doesn’t require my local disk space.
But I get why others might not love that they have to use a terminal to compute. Again.
The end of the desktop? | Computerworld
Microsoft has a DRM-locked ebook store that isn’t making enough money, so they’re shutting it down and taking away every book that every one of its customers acquired effective July 1.
Customers will receive refunds.
Just to repeat: Customers will receive refunds (and apparently, if you annotated your book, you’ll get an extra $25). But this isn’t just about money. It’s about control. People think they’re buying music and books, but they’re just renting access. Access that be removed with the speed of a pivot.
I’m not an ebook person but I only buy music where I can download the tracks. I have no interest in having to reacquire music because someone somewhere made a business decision.