Linux Weekly Daily Wednesday – Microsoftian GNOME

We are the 3%!  Chrome is coming for your USB, Debian goes to Wayland, and Openshot 2.4 is almost usable. All this, plus your feedback.


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A weekly dose of all thing Linux and open source with a slice of Pi for good measure.



Colour key – Venn Pedro

We are the 3%

  • Big jump from last time.
  • There’s people questioning where did all those numbers come from.
    • Chromebooks.
  • My bad! Built a new box… had to reinstall Linux a few times.


Chrome 61 introduced WebUSB support

  • The Device RAM API is now available, exposing the amount of RAM on a user’s device to sites to optimize overall performance of a web application.”
    • Remember how Chrome has actually been doing a good job of leaking memory recently? It’s all going out the window now.
  • I’m entirely sure I like the idea of giving Google access to all my connected USB devices by default.
  • The Internet of poop is bad enough as it is, we don’t need to be throwing more fuel on that fire.
  • I’m guessing WebUSB support is meant for Chromebooks.
  • And the article is right, it will be exploited.


Welcome to 2008, Firefox

  • Ironically the unibar was something I initially loather about chrome.
  • Why? Because I used the drop down menu for my bookmarks.
  • Not entirely sure if this is the change that’ll stop Firefox’s marketshare loss.
  • Firefox 57 will drop support for add-ons built on its legacy Add-ons API


Following in the footsteps of Fedora


GNOME travels to Manchester

  • Color Emoji!
  • Improved search
  • GN00OME browser can now use firefox sync.
  • The new display settings include a preview version of a new scaling setting.
  • Tweak Tool has been renamed to Tweaks


Openshot 2.4 is almost usable

  • LOL JK! It’s still a hot mess.
  • Still no timestamps on clips.
  • Showing a waveform for a *.wav takes several minutes.


Nitrux goes Snap

  • The idea of a container based distro isn’t exactly new. CoreOS, RancherOS, and so on have been around for a while.
  • This just happens to be one which is Ubuntu based and the containers it uses are Snaps.
  • Why you’d want to load your system with containerized apps instead of their native versions is a use case which eludes me, outside of just testing purposes.
  • I’m sure Martin will have words for me…
  • I installed Nitrux as a VirtualBox VM”
    • I quit reading right, friggin, there.


Java EE goes opens sauce

  • Java LTS *shudder*
  • Java SE has been on a two-year release cycle.
  • Once the long delayed Java SE 9 arrives on September 21, Java SE feature releases will be appear every six months
  • starting with JDK 9, OpenJDK builds will be governed by GPLv2, in order to make the code more suitable for cloud environments.
  • Oracle just layed off a fistfull of people, conicidence?


Getting to the core of the issue

  • This will show you the voltage per-core.
  • Disabling the nmi watchdog is also a good suggestion if you want to save some CPU cycles and therefore some battery on your laptop.


LGC HandBrake Mark of Bench

  • The 1700 clocked @ 3.8GHz beats
    • 1700X
    • 2x Intel Xeon E5-2670
    • i7-4790
    • i7-7700K


Slice of Pi


  • And by print they mean send it to one of those e-picture frames with bluetooth or any kind of OTA connectivity.
  • GIFs were big in the 90’s, they died off during the turn of the century and now they’re back in full swing, even though the exact same amount of frames in an MP4 video take up 10% of the size and rendering resources.





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