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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ARRRCH
https://lists.archlinux.org/pipermail/arch-announce/2017-November/000383.html

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

 

Lies, dang lies, and…
http://www.zdnet.com/article/no-the-linux-desktop-hasnt-jumped-in-popularity/

  • 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
http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2017/11/install-audacity-2-2-0-on-ubuntu

  • 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
https://newsroom.intel.com/editorials/new-intel-core-processor-combine-high-performance-cpu-discrete-graphics-sleek-thin-devices/

  • 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
https://www.xda-developers.com/linux-foundation-2017-kernel-report/

  • 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
https://www.wired.com/story/giving-open-source-projects-life-after-a-developers-death/

  • 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
https://arstechnica.co.uk/information-technology/2017/11/critical-tor-flaw-leaks-users-real-ip-address-update-now/

  • 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
https://www.codeweavers.com/support/forums/announce/?t=24;mhl=202152;msg=202152#msg202152

  • 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
http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-says-40-percent-of-all-vms-in-azure-now-are-running-linux/

  • 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
https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/skype/forum/skype_linux-skype_startms-skype_installms/end-of-life-of-skype-for-linux-43/70fe7036-ddf3-4fa3-9c06-1bca3ec0226c

  • 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
https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/bitbarista/

 

Pew pew pew
http://www.htxt.co.za/2017/11/03/play-laser-tag-with-these-raspberry-pi-arduino-tanks/


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