Linux Weekly Daily Wednesday – Adventures In GPL Land

A federal court upholds the GPL! Ubuntu arrives in the Windows Store, Telegram enables voice calls on Linux, and somebody drowns a Raspberry Pi.

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Colour key – Venn Pedro Mathieu Jordan


  • It’s not in the store yet
  • Maybe, one day, I’ll be able to test this Linux Subsystem for Windows thing
  • They really really want to turn Win10 into the allinone devel platform.
  • Okay, I’m looking for a silver lining here (outside of the obvious one).
  • Will game developers be able to use the WSL to test the Linux versions of their games in Windows, and have the results be reliable?
  • Because that is a use case I’d very much like to see.
  • Well, it’s THE use case I’d like to see.
    • Well, don’t set your hopes too high because it’s not going to happen
    • LSW is targeted for development and devops stuff, the exact stuff Windows is very bad at
    • Video games on Windows? Yeah, they already got that.



  • That’s cute, Discord is getting video chat later this year.
  • Telegram already had calls in their mobile version, makes sense.
  • Now they’ve decided to bring it to the desktop version.
  • They do keep bringing up how good the audio quality is, and the AI backing that ensures a reliable sound quality all around based on your bandwidth.


GPL enforced

  • The opposite would be rather worrisome.
  • Hancom used Ghostscript in a project.
  • Hancom never released the source.
  • Hancom didn’t even pay the licensing fee.
  • Hancom reported $86.3 million in revenue in 2015.
  • The enforceability of open source licenses like the GNU GPL has long been an open legal question.
  • Hancom issued a motion to dismiss the case on the grounds that the company didn’t sign anything.
  • Judge Corley told them to GTFO and STFU.
  • Short story long, they gonna get sued.
  • This is step one. A good step, nonetheless, but just the one.



  • Intel finally walked to the back of the warehouse and dusted off the i9.
  • Ok, cool, it’s a CPU.
  • If it’s not overpriced (you know, targeted at “””enthusiasts”””), I’ll buy one in 2020
    • This is Intel we’re talking about.
    • If they’re priced below €500 or even €750 for that matter, I’d be very surprised.
    • What I meant is something around $350 which is how much I paid for a high end i7
  • *rubs eyes* Is, is this competition?
    • I mean they have to do something since the R7 series straight-up nomed Intel’s VM and rendering market.



  • Where was this in 2012!!
  • No! Where was this 1 week ago, when I needed to reinstall Android because I had made the mistake of installing an OS made by a punk kid.
  • Now that I got Android Nougat running on my devices, I’m certainly NOT messing around with this type of tool.
  • I still tried it, I just made sure my phone wasn’t plugged in
  • For some reason, I’m not surprised this comes from the Ubuntu Touch community
  • Yes, I’m saying that the Android community is complete garbage.
  • People need an extra tool for flashing ROMs to their mobiles?
  • You poor things.
    • Maybe if there was some kind of documentation people wouldn’t need tools
    • Before 2014, everyone just assumed that everyone knew how to flash a phone
    • The very poor documentation existing at the time was very windows centric
    • And on top of that, you’d have to trust forum posts written by randos and downloads from RapidShare
    • Thankfully, Lineage + OpenGapps + TWRP made the situation much better (not that the nasty stuff went away, but you can just ignore everything on XDA-devs easily now)
    • Of course, I wouldn’t expect you to appreciate this tool because your a “Real Man”™ and you must do things “The Hard Way”™
  • It’s not that people need another tool to flash their devices, it’s that a centralized app which can do everything is very helpful.
  • As a lazy person, who has done his share of custom ROM flashing, this is really neat!
  • Assuming of course it can do all it claims to be able to do.


OpenShot 2.3.2 Released

  • Well, it imports all of our A/V now.
  • Let’s face it. This show will be produced on OpenShot 1.4 until the end of times.
  • libopenshot Detection is the main thing here since a lot of packages were updating  openshot-qt only.
  • Scrubbing through regular video is really chuggy and scrubbing through our recorded video (granted it’s HQ AF) is laughably bad.
  • The animated title maker only has access to six fonts, how?
  • As one of OpenShot biggest users in the world, I wonder how much feedback do you give to Jonathan Thomas


Vulkan all the things

  • Makes a lot of sense to have a single common API to interact with GPUs
  • Then it needs higher level, domain specific APIs
  • Vulkan does what DX12 don’t.
  • This is awesome.
  • The more Vulkan supports and the more people learn about it, the higher the chances we’ll see Vulkan take over rendering in userland.
  • I still want to see a Vulkan replacement for GLX, or if we’re serious about dropping X, a Vulkan based renderer for Wayland.
    • GSK in GTK 4 will have a Vulkan renderer, although that’s a bit different



  • Mid week gaming news brings the latest Humble Indie Bundle, which is one of the best so far.
  • This is right up there with the Humble Indie Bundle V, which came with Amnesia, Bastion, Psychonauts, Super Meat Boy, Limbo, Lone Survivor, etc.
  • $11 off Owlboy.
    • That’s not how it works
    • Unless you really, REALLY hate all the other games and think their devs don’t deserve to be paid.
      • Or you already have those other games.

Slice of Pi


  • I’ve seen this done with ATX boards
  • And every time I have the same reaction: a big fat NOPE
  • Fluorinert™ or GTFO!



  • I think that’s kind of the point of going public
  • MS is going to buy Ubuntu in the next two years, guaranteed.



  • Pedro hasn’t invented a language loosely based on English, that may be the reason why
  • Also, Pedro is a native english speaker, at least according to my mom who is an english teacher

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