Ubuntu 17.10 Beta 2 goes full Wayland, Linux gets a new digital painting tool, Microsoft puts a ring on it, and googling tips for hipsters.

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17.10 Beta 2 goes full Wayland
http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2017/09/ubuntu-17-10-beta-2-download

The following Unity desktop features are no longer available in Ubuntu 17.10:

  • Global Menu
  • HUD
  • Dash or Scopes
  • Unity Quicklists
  • Sound Menu
  • GNOME 3.26, login and lock screen, LightDM and the Unity Greeter are no longer included.
  • Ubuntu 17.10 uses Wayland
  • 17.10 still includes a X.org session by default and for anyone playing games this will be known as Step 1.

 

Skype keeps on trying
https://blogs.skype.com/news/2017/09/29/introducing-a-preview-of-the-next-generation-of-skype-for-linux/
http://www.cloudpro.co.uk/collaboration/7077/microsoft-unveils-preview-of-skype-for-linux

  • Thins brings screen sharing, group chat and “cloud technology”
  • You lot have been trying to make electron Skype workable for over a year.  
  • Original link is dead. Googling will find you the download page.
    • Still works on this end.
  • This is the version of Skype microsoft unveiled to Windows and Mac users in August before pushing out the Linux version.
  • The general consensus is that everyone seems to hate it.
  • Business as usual for Skype since Microsoft bought it, then!
  • I still maintain that this project is only staffed with disliked interns.
  • Seriously, Disord (another electron bit-o-nope-) is actually usable and provides audio that rivals OG Skype.

 

Microsoft wants to help
https://opensource.org/node/901?imm_mid=0f6cbd&cmp=em-prog-na-na-newsltr_20170930

  • MS is now a Premium Sponsor.
  • Can we finally forgive them for allying with SCO and buying a “UNIX” license back in 06?
  • They released .NET in 2014
  • And Visual Studio Code and Typescript as of late.

 

Beta 387.12
https://devtalk.nvidia.com/default/topic/1024719/unix-graphics-announcements-and-news/linux-solaris-and-freebsd-driver-387-12-beta-/

  • Looks like they are trying to sort Alt+Tab funkyness with vulkan.
  • DP connected monitors should finally reliably resume from sleep.
  • I installed it and it works.
  • I always disable sleep on my desktop, because if it’s on I want it to stay on.
  • Haven’t really seen any other issues, so as far as I can tell should be safe to update.
  • But some people in the forums have reported issues with not being able to see power output with nvidia-smi and external monitor misbehaving on an Optimus laptop.

 

Gmail gets a fixie
https://medium.com/@stessyco/gmail-from-the-command-line-with-mutt-mac-os-x-92d047bcd74f

  • The stupid but neat section came early this week.
  • However this is reinventing the wheel since setting up Gmail in Alpine take a whole 2 seconds.

 

But wait, there’s more
https://github.com/jarun/googler/releases/tag/v3.4

  • Now this project will save your sanity if you deal with a bunch of headless boxes.
  • Google Search, Google Site Search, Google News from the terminal.
  • Ever googled with Lynx? Don’t.
  • Use this.

 

We are the 4.83%
https://www.netmarketshare.com/operating-system-market-share.aspx?qprid=9&qpcustomb=0
https://thenextweb.com/dd/2017/10/02/linuxs-market-share-really-doubled-two-months/?amp=1

  • According to NetMarketShare, Linux peaked at 6.91% share in September
  • Come end of October, if these numbers hold up, Linux will have surpassed Windows 8 and is quickly encroaching on Mac.
  • Back to school Chromebooks.
  • Were done here people, hit the lights on the way out.

 

S3TC Patent Expired and to be merged into Mesa
https://lists.freedesktop.org/archives/mesa-dev/2017-October/171265.html

  • Up to this point most distros didn’t included S3TC support by default in their version of mesa because of the patent.
  • But that’s expired now so, and as this patch seems to be designed for it, Mesa will include it by default going forward.
  • Barring any weirdness, of course.

 

My Hangouts solution
https://bitbucket.org/EionRobb/purple-hangouts

  • Bit of a hack to get the OATH but aside from that it’s legit.
  • Yes, I’m still bitter about Google pulling Hangouts from G+
  • Yes I know about the browser plugin, it’s rubbish.  
  • There are 2 browser plugins and one is crap, yes.
  • The other I use because it does keep Hangouts in the tray with new message notifications.

 

VPaint
https://www.patreon.com/borisdalstein
https://www.vpaint.org/

  • “Ex-Pixar dev creates graphic design and 2D animation software, puts it on Patreon (RTheren)”
  • It works on 16.04 as they say it should: https://i.imgur.com/bd5pvTM.png

Slice of Pi

UnidirectionalPi
https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/adafruits-read-only/

  • This is also a must for anything IOT that faces the internet.
  • It’s also very useful for running a kiosk type thing when running a Pi as the backbone.

 

FingerPi
https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/raspireader-fingerprint-scanner/

  • The whole build costs around $160

Feedback

Slimboko
https://linuxgamecast.com/bradley/?sbf7OWl

Power
https://linuxgamecast.com/bradley/?tWxkyL3

Spooky
https://linuxgamecast.com/bradley/?mjezsxa

  • Listen, in 2017 it’s perfectly acceptable to be attracted to another man voice #KissKiss
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