Ubuntu patches Meltdown, Sourceforge receives a facelift, GNOME removes desktop icons and Linux gets LOUD! All this plus your emails.

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Ubuntu Meltdown
https://insights.ubuntu.com/2018/01/04/ubuntu-updates-for-the-meltdown-spectre-vulnerabilities/

  • By the time you hear this everything should be sorted.
  • Patch, yo, shite.

 

No Gnome
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/01/04/linux_mint_18_3_review/

  • Linux Mint is a great distro for a new user, and its installer is one of the fastest of any distro!
  • I use it on a USB drive to test all my computer builds 😀
  • So, it’s 16.04 with a body kit.
  • Not shipping with GNOME is neither here nor there since it takes all of 2 seconds to install.

 

Who needs icons
http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2018/01/gnome-desktop-icons-removed-3-28

  • I screamed bloody murder when XFCE added desktop icons.
  • This may not be so good for new users coming from Windows and MacOS who love to clutter their desktops with lots of icons.
  • GNOME has been doing things that both anger and confuse me for almost two decades.
  • This is one reason I use the XFCE.
  • I could hand 4.12 to 1996 Venn and he could sort it with ease.

 

TTY X
https://github.com/tombh/texttop

  • Unable to think of a use but glad it exists.
  • Oh boy, now I have an alternative to using lynx or links/elink
  • for some linux web browsing CLI goodness 😀  It is not quite
  • aalib or cacalib but it will do ;-D

 

Hi NSA!
https://community.libre.space/t/gpredict-2-2-released/1577
http://gpredict.oz9aec.net/

  • Can it track items in the ocean? #Zuma
  • Finished migration to Gtk+ 3
  • Updated satellite data

 

Meltdown checker
https://github.com/speed47/spectre-meltdown-checker

  • I always wanted to sudo random scripts from the internet
  • If CPU > 95 == yes
  • Rome wasn’t built in a day. But this thing was. Don’t look at the shellcheck output, either.

 

Introducing the new SourceForge
https://sourceforge.net/blog/introducing-the-new-sourceforge/

  • “We’ve also created a GitHub Importer tool”
    • Oh, that’s funny.
  • Listen, mo options mo better.
  • That said, for the love of FSM get rid of the SourceForge name.
  • It’s beyond tainted and no manner of ANYTHING will change that.
  • It’s been so hard to see a stalwart website in the Open Source community
  • get so bad 🙁  We can only hope that this will let it recover just a little bit.

 

Linux 486 (Rtheren)
http://yeokhengmeng.com/2018/01/make-the-486-great-again/

  • I ran Linux on a 486 granted, it was a router /lawn
  • Give them a stack of Slackware floppies, dialup, and block access to all major search engines.

 

Linux gets LOUD
https://linuxgamecast.com/2018/01/l-g-c-how-to-increase-recording-volume/

  • I made a thing we use here at L.G.C. Actual.

Slice of Pi

Hydra 0
https://hackaday.com/2018/01/03/upgrading-a-3d-printer-with-octoprint/

  • Here is an OctoPrint project to RGB all the things 😉

           https://hackaday.io/project/9191-illuminatrix

 

Strong ARM
https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/why-raspberry-pi-isnt-vulnerable-to-spectre-or-meltdown/


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