Office comes to ChromeOS, OpenMandriva drops 32-Bit support, Mir needs your input and a Pi powered Furby that will haunt your dreams. All this plus your emails.

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Sthap, does that count as input?
https://community.ubuntu.com/t/mirs-next-steps-we-need-your-input/2140

  • I’m glad they are still plugging along /w it but
  • Real talk, why does Mir need to support Wayland again?
  • Did Mir gain enough traction to justify its continued existence?
  • Obviously the answer to both of those questions is a resounding no but the door is open for someone to explain to me how it’s not a Hobbit.  

 

That G-Drive Integration
https://community.kde.org/KIO_GDrive

 

Anyone not see this coming?
https://www.reddit.com/r/linux/comments/7ez9zc/apparently_linux_security_people_kees_cook_brad/

  • GRSecurity and Kees Cook drop 0 days on each other to swing their security epeen.
  • Both of them have been on the receiving end of Linus’ rants and this is just lending more credence to those stern words.
  • Grow the hell up, the both of you.
  • Seriously, that’s coming from me.

 

GUI gerbil manipulation
https://github.com/edward81/Thermaltake-level10m

  • Similar to the Kova GUI but still actively maintained.
  • “If the program crash the mouse stop working. You have to detach and reattach the Usb cable”
    • Yeah, that’s a bit of a bug.

 

Chromebooks get usefull for business
https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2017/11/microsoft-office-arrives-on-chromebooks-provided-you-pay-for-office-365/

  • Unless your business is so embedded in the MS ecosystem, the powers that be won’t even consider anything that doesn’t have a multi-billion dollar corporation behind it.
  • This is an example of MS putting their product where their mouth is.
  • They want their products everywhere.
  • End users (especially in business) give zero gosh darns about what OS their applications run on.
  • Microsoft knows it will be unable to compete with free when free gets good enough.

 

The price of freedom
https://www.techrepublic.com/article/windows-10-switchover-will-cost-linux-champion-munich-50m/

    • This is only happening because of stupid monkey politics.
    • Good thing we never have to deal with politics in the FLOSS community.

 

  • “The council says the move to Windows 10 will make it easier to source compatible applications and hardware drivers than it has been using a Linux-based OS, and will also reduce costs by not having to run a Windows and LiMux client side-by-side.”

 

  • Do you know what’s not included in the €50m figure?
  • The €29.9m EXTRA on licenses—for Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, software distribution, print and profile management, identity management and related to virtualization—and €3.1m on testing and training.

 

RIP 32
http://news.softpedia.com/news/openmandriva-is-dropping-32-bit-support-openmandriva-lx-3-03-is-the-last-one-518657.shtml

  • One distro I was never curious about and never even tried.
  • And nothing of value was lost.
  • Some 32-bit apps like wine32 will be supported via i586 libraries.

 

Streaming done hipster
https://github.com/tizonia/tizonia-openmax-il

  • I’m only half joking.
  • This could be handy because headless.
  • Or you can add it to your collection of apps you have ran exactly once from terminal because neat and never used again.

 


Slice of Pi

Nightmares
https://howchoo.com/g/otewzwmwnzb/amazon-echo-furby-using-raspberry-pi-furlexa

 

Pi 64
https://blog.oshpark.com/2017/11/24/interface-the-raspberry-pi-zero-w-to-commodore-64/

  • Then, then you can run a C64 emulator on the Pi and Bwaaaammmmm!111!!

Feedback

Kodi
https://linuxgamecast.com/bradley/?s4g2jJx

  • Corporations dare to do the stupidest things so long as they have money to throw at the problem.
  • Thing is, they don’t really go after stuff unless it already is or is in the process of becoming very mainstream/easy to use.
  • Perfect example, the MPAA went after Popcorn Time and it was very much a bittorrent client.
  • One which was so easy to use, your average person could easily download and watch pirated movies/series.
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