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.
A weekly dose of all thing Linux and open source with a slice of Pi for good measure.
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17.10 Beta 2 goes full Wayland
The following Unity desktop features are no longer available in Ubuntu 17.10:
- Global Menu
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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%
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- “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
- 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.
- The whole build costs around $160
- Listen, in 2017 it’s perfectly acceptable to be attracted to another man voice #KissKiss