Linux Weekly Daily Wednesday: Electron-Wrapped Nope

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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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
  • 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 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.


Beta 387.12

  • 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:

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

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