LWDW: Give Me Something Functional

Arch Linux drops support for i686, Tor springs a leak, WINE comes to Chrome OS and old Skype is officially dead. All this plus your emails.

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  • Wait! You’re dropping all i686 packages?
  • What will you be replacing Steam with that’s 64 bit?
    • ಠ_ಠ


Lies, dang lies, and…

  • 2018 will be the year of the Linux desktop, you heard it here first!
  • So we were wrong about it being ChromeOS.
  • “you probably think that NetMarketShare and StatCounter simply count user numbers. They don’t. Instead, each uses its own secret sauce to come up with operating system numbers.”
    • And there we go ladies and gents.
    • Their metrics are about as useful as Steams.   


The theme of Audacity 2.2

  • You can now make Audacity pretty colours.
  • Four new UI themes
  • And the ability to customize theme support.
  • This release makes it possible to import and play MIDI files in Audacity directly.
  • 198 bug fixes.


AMD and Intel join forces

  • I’m guessing we’ll see these chips sooner than later since this has been in the works for a long, long time.
  • 2018 Macbooks.
  • Looks glued together.
    • Yes it does.
  • I’m completely on board for this!
  • Give Nvidia Optimus a proper kick in the neck and collapse that stupid traquea.
  • Don’t really see the point in a desktop, unless you’re going for the budget of budgets.
  • The dream here is to have a Ultrabook that can double as a gaming rig.
  • Difficulty: AMD.


A Kernel of truth

  • AMD made the top 10, very good.
  • If it weren’t for the fact that Vega was so bad Raja was asked to leave, they’d be on a roll.
  • Man, I remember back in the 90’s thinking kernel development was going at a breakneck pace but it will slow down in a few years.
  • Yeah, about that.


Reviving open projects

  • Ah yes, counteracting the bus factor but not letting the raptors eat the corpse.
  • I’m all for keeping a project alive after the og dev handed in the cloak or just up and died.
  • The problem, which isn’t really a problem, is when this happens, different groups of people have different directions they want to take a certain project in.
  • Then, each get their ducks in a row and go their separate forks.
  • And then instead of one, we have two projects doing the same thing.
  • And we have people shouting “fragmentation!”
  • The article suggests getting people involved earlier. Ya don’t say!
  • Deathnote email.


Tor leak

  • It’s all fun and games unless an alphabet agency owns the exit node.
  • TorMoil:  “the operating system may directly connect to the remote host, bypassing Tor Browser,”


Crossing Chrome

  • Interesting but a lot of lowend Chromebooks will have a hard time running apps.
  • Yeah, Chromebooks have slowly but surely taken the netbook market.
  • If an old 32 bit Atom could run WINE well enough to run office and a few games, I think this is even more value if you’re looking at a cheap laptop.


Linux loves Microsoft

  • It’s an interesting evolution.
  • Azure started as a platform-as-a-service in 2008.
  • By 2012 it transitioned to a infrastructure-as-a-service model that supported Linux.
  • Moral of the story, MS is going the way of IBM.
  • Oh, Kali Linux images are now available.


It’s finally dead

  • We knew this was coming and here it is, for reals this time.
  • As we showed last week the new official client is still a busted piece of nope.


Slice of Pi

Orange mocha cappuccino


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