Fedora goes Flat, Krita learns an expensive lesson, Gedit needs a maintainer, and should Adobe open source Flash? All this plus your feedback!

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Open source Flash?

  • That’s a great idea. Open source it, reveal all its shortcomings, dirty hacks, security pitfalls and who know what other fudgery Adobe loaded it with over the years.
  • Watch Adobe’s stock price plummet.
  • Watch as every single website still using flash crashes, burns and infects everyone visiting it before the community can go in and fix those issues itself.
    • True, but think of all the unknown exploits currently in use.
  • Flash, even in its dying state, is still a golden goose for ill intentioned people on internet.
  • Let it die, burn its corpse, bury the ashes and salt the earth where it was buried.
    • Then take a bulldozer and dump that patch of land into an active vulcano!


Gedit Text Editor is No Longer Maintained

  • It’s a baked piece of software.
  • Yeah, and if there is a security issue or some bug that crops up, I’m pretty sure it’ll get patched and fixed in no time even if it’s not actively maintained.


Raising money for a RISCy idea

  • To answer the first two questions posed in the article, probably not and nope.
  • If they pull this off it will be the equivalent of a really big Pandora.
  • Yeah, no.
  • In the age of the Raspberry Pi, and ARM is the progression of what PowerPC was trying to do, this isn’t going to fly.
  • Why not sell a RISC V/Power 8 laptop too, while you’re at it?
  • I already have an ARM lappy, it’s called a tablet.
  • POWER on the desktop will never happen.


Things that make you go crash

  • It’s 2017 and storage is cheap.
  • You don’t get awarded extra penguin points for not having swap enabled.
  • The kernel likes having swap and it helps improve performance.
  • Swap will buy you time if something is noming all the memory.
    • That’s what saved me both times Chrome sprung a leak.
  • And something else I inadvertently learned from those experiences, put SWAP on a hard-drive.
  • You’ll learn to identify the obnoxious ruckus it makes, when it starts swapping constantly when you run out of RAM, as an unmistakeable alarm.


ListenBrainz (OSS alternative to last.fm) enters Beta stage

  • You lot really need to do a better job of explaining your projects.
  • I read the entire post and quite honestly have little idea exactly what a ListenBrainz is.


OpenGL v. “We have a bunch of loose extensions”.6

  • And because NVidia sucks and NVidia is the worst, they’ve already put out a beta driver with OpenGL 4.6 support:
  • This is just a quick mention since we’ll go into more detail come Saturday night.


Krita learns an expensive lesson

  • Krita Foundation messed up on taxes because VAT.
  • Ended up with a 19K Euro bill.
  • For the future, they’ve separated the sales of training videos, artbooks and sales on the Windows Store and Steam out to a separate company.
  • Private Internet Access brought some good will and sponsored Krita to the tune of 20,000.
  • And the project picked up €9562 in donations.
  • 24’000 is a pretty fat stack to pay for what to my mind is a pretty minor screw up.
  • Then again, I’m not into the whole financial side of things so it could very well be a major thing.
  • But, then again, they did manage to negotiate it down a full €9k. So my point still stands.


Fedora proposes going Flat

  • Flatpak in Fedora 27 would be a welcome addition.
  • It would be a good way to see how RPMs and Flatpak get along.
  • Concerns have been raised about Flatpak distribution and sandboxing.
  • Ideological differences over packaging formats are ideological.
  • FESCo unanimously approved the proposal.
  • If these “Universal” packages are to be taken seriously, we actively need to start seeing them being adopted by the big distros.
  • SteamOS, arguably the one distro that every other distro is actively compatible with, they support flatpaks.
    • It was first pushed as a BETA two weeks ago and that support is now in the stable repo.


Microsoft Linux leaves beta

  • It will no longer be marked as beta when the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is rolled out.
  • Run Linux Command-line tools for development and (basic) administration
  • Linux files are NOT accessible from Windows
  • NO current plans to support X/GUI apps, desktops, servers, etc. at this time
  • This, besides the whole mindblowing aspect of MS providing a Linux susbsystem, through the official store, actively supporting it and advertising it, is a good thing.
  • If you’re stuck with Windows at work, as I predict I will in the not too distant future, this is a way of you having a familiar command line prompt and ameliorate the fact you’re still stuck with Windows.

Slice of Pi

Don’t build a 486

  • 2015?
  • I’m bringing this up since someone was pondering build a 486 retro gaming box.
  • Protip: Don’t.
  • This should provide the same amount of headaches.  


Best selling British computer in the world hits another milestone

  • That’s a lot of Pi!
  • But that also means we’ll never have a shortage of stories for this particular segment.




  • If you’re not going to install Ubuntu I’m not going to install elementary OS.
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