Skype goes Snap! O-Droid releases the N1, MATE gets HiDPI and open source turns twenty. All this plus your emails.

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Snapy skype
http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2018/02/install-skype-linux-ubuntu/amp?__twitter_impression=true

  • Has to run in –classic mode.
  • Does not detect audio or video.
  • Skype *.deb installed without issue.
  • I will question the usefulness of snaps until something useful comes out for it.
  • A bunch of electron apps which already work everywhere Chromium would don’t really qualify.

 

Unofficial Grams
http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2018/02/tdlib-build-unofficial-telegram-apps

  • TDLib is the right way to go about things.
  • Don’t like the official app? Try one of the many full-featured alternatives.
  • Anything is better than electron flavoured lockin.
  • The unofficial telegrams could be anything from a difference in branding to something designed from the ground up to fill whatever functionality niche you or your company have.
  • It’s open sauce, it’s got a decent enough API to allow for better functionality with other applications.
  • This is just a good idea.
  • Heck! If someone makes one of these which allows for multiple instances and has better sound quality than Wire…

 

MATE 1.20
https://mate-desktop.org/blog/2018-02-07-mate-1-20-released/

  • In my day we said proud as punch, just saying.
  • Dynamic detection for HiDPI displays.
  • Marco now supports DRI3 and XPresent, if available.
  • MATE Terminal now supports background images because that was a real showstopper.
  • Alright, give me a ppa and I will take the Pepsi challenge.
  • See if it can handle 5 SCREENS OF FURRY.
  • I’m going to wait for the unofficial 16.04 PPA to be updated as well.

 

6 Libre
https://blog.documentfoundation.org/blog/2018/01/31/libreoffice-6/

  • New filters for exporting Writer documents to ePub and importing QuarkXPress files have also been added
  • OOXML interoperability has been improved
  • OpenPGP keys can be used to sign ODF documents on all desktop operating systems, with experimental support for OpenPGP-based encryption.
  • The upcoming release of LibreOffice Viewer for Android will be able to create new documents, will offer a tab-based toolbar with formatting options, and will let users add pictures either from the camera or from a file stored locally or in the cloud.
  • They do kind of hint at not deploying this in the enterprise.
  • There’s also the “Notebook bar”, aka LibreOffice’s Ribbon for those MS Office users out there who actually like that monstrosity.

 

Another bullet to shoot it with
https://www.scmagazineuk.com/attackers-exploit-critical-adobe-flash-player-zero-day-bug-no-patch-yet/article/741550/

  • Didn’t even read the article because if you are using Flash in 2018 you deserve what you get, period.
  • What? There is one site you simply must use because they only support Flash?
  • Well, ask yourself this.
  • Why do you support a site that clearly does not care about your security?
  • “But muh anime waifu!”
    • Your anime waifu is going to give you more than an STD if you keep using flash.

 

Bears repeating
https://chrisdown.name/2018/01/02/in-defence-of-swap.html

  • Some people simply refuse to accept this.
  • Heck, most people don’t understand what swap is.
  • If you use swap in the spirit intended, though – as a method of increasing equality of reclamation – you’ll find that it’s a useful tool instead of a hindrance.
  • Disabling swap does not prevent disk I/O from becoming a problem under memory contention
  • The kernel wants swap.

 

Riscy
https://www.sifive.com/products/hifive-unleashed/

  • HiFour reportedly devastated.
  • I Want To Believe.jpg
  • The world’s first and only Linux-capable, multi-core, RISC-V processor.
  • 28nm… woof.
  • Development boards start at $999 / evil when they do handstands.
  • Sadly this is a overpriced piece of kit that fails to fill an actual need.
  • So, sorry not sorry.

 

Secure
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/linux/lkrg-linux-to-get-a-loadable-kernel-module-for-runtime-integrity-checking/

  • LKRG? Really?
  • That sounds like an organization that might come disappear you during the night.
  • A loadable kernel module that will perform runtime integrity checking of the Linux kernel.
  • Its purpose is to detect exploitation attempts for known and unknown security vulnerabilities against the Linux kernel and attempt to block attacks.
  • So, does it detect PSP and IME?
  • You can expect a “Pro” ver$ion.
  • Current LKRG version adds a 6.5% penalty.

 

20 years a sauce
https://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/feature/3025934/open-source-turns-20-this-weekend
https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/03/20-years-of-open-source-software/


Slice of Pi

Pi Things
http://www.zdnet.com/article/mozillas-raspberry-pi-gateway-gives-your-smart-things-their-own-url/

Oh Droid
https://www.cnx-software.com/2018/02/06/hardkernel-unveils-odroid-n1-board-with-rockchip-rk3399-processor-4gb-ram-dual-sata-and-more/

  • I’m really starting to pay attention to critters like this.
  • If Charter ever pulls a Summer and gives me that 20^ I will build a LGC 24/7 box.

Feedback

Foxfire
https://linuxgamecast.com/bradley/?ecWOi5B
https://www.howtogeek.com/333047/how-to-migrate-all-your-data-from-chrome-to-firefox/

  • For the most part that sorted it.
  • Firefox still has some issues but it’s usable.
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