LWDW 128: PiZibit

LibreOffice lands in the Microsoft Store, PeerTube gets funded, Lubuntu ditches i386 and the most adorable UPS you’ve ever seen.


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Colour key – Venn Pedro Jill

Need about Tree Fiddy

  • Welp, now people know that you can do this and MS will let you get away /w it.
  • Maybe Microsoft isn’t happy with the Open Document Format becoming the international standard.
    • Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity, but don’t rule out malice.
  • Libreoffice has nothing to do with this and they receive nothing from it.


An attempt was made

  • And because of the overwhelmingly positive response from the readers and Linux community:
  • How is Linux a nuclear option in 2018?
  • “years ago I remember having to manually select and size the drive’s partitions”
    • Years, as in decades?
    • RH had auto partitioning back in the 90’s.
  • He seems quite giddy about the Snap store.
  • I love how Jason Evangelho talks about using and switching to Linux from the perspective of your average Windows user, which is perfect for the average Forbes viewer.
  • “4: Updates aren’t a headache. They’re glorious”  Perfection!
  • “It’s not about proclaiming Linux to be the perfect solution, but I’m starting to think for the average user it’s definitely the superior, less frustrating one.”


Nailed it

  • Never really thought this would go anywhere, but with the recent issues with YouTube blocking videos it seems to have taken off, especially in the Linux community.
  • I would have lost this bet but i’m pleasantly surprised.
  • PeerTube’s crowdfunding counter stopped at € 53,100, or 266% of the first level.
  • PeerTube version 1 by the end of October 2018.
    • Localization of the interface, so that the software can display different languages;
    • The functionality of adding video subtitles, making it easier to access videos to a wider audience;
    • RSS feeds, to track instances, users and video channels via the RSS protocol;
      Import videos from a URL (YouTube link, Vimeo, Dailymotion, etc.) or from a torrent file;
    • Improved search and advanced search tool;
      Video redundancy (so that “friendly” instances can share bandwidth or take over when the original instance has a problem)
    • Subscriptions to users and their video channels throughout the federation
  • If we’re being honest PeerTube (in its current state) is more of a tech demo.
  • Like it or not a way of policing content needs to be implemented soon than later.


State of i386 Images Going Forward

  • Lubuntu is going to stop support for 32 bit hardware going forward, unless there is more activity from users downloading and testing the 32 bit ISO images from the ISO QA tracker for i386, and filing bug reports via Launchpad.  http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/qatracker/milestones/390/builds
  • As we talked about on LWDW last week, the 18.04 LTS release of Ubuntu will be the last to support older 32 bit hardware.
  • Lubuntu may need to switch to a Debian base to continue to support older hardware.
  • Eh, reading between the lines this comes across as “Canonical is killing i386 and we’re based on that so peace out”
  • It’s dead, VM’s are a thing, let it go.
  • Seriously, I want someone to write in with a legitimate use case for having a modern up to date distro for i386.


Make it so 2.0

  • MusicBrainz Picard is an open-source software application for identifying, tagging, and organising digital audio recordings, such as MP3, WAV, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, MPC, MP4 and WMA formats.
  • It was developed by the MetaBrainz Foundation, a non-profit company that also operates the MusicBrainz database.
  • Most of our media players and cd ripping software on Linux uses the MusicBrainz library on the backend, such as VLC, Kodi, Clementine, Rhythmbox, Sound Juicer etc.
  • Our patron Freso in shatrealm is the Community Manager of the MetaBrainz Foundation, and we interviewed him on LWDW: https://linuxgamecast.com/2016/11/linux-weekly-daily-wednesday-merry-birthday-vim/
  • I have been using MusicBrainz to catalog my vintage Krautrock/Ambient music collection since 2012.
  • Still don’t know what it does.


*Adjusts Tinfoil Hat*

  • Newer broadband WWAN cards nowadays have GPS built in.
  • I know, I tried my damnedest to find which didn’t to fit one of the new Dells at work.
  • What I’m saying is, if you have one of those new cards, and if the kernel is picking up on it correctly, you can just use GPSd on your laptop and do this.
  • Ladies and gentlemen that was the sound of Pedro missing the point of this tutorial.
  • It’s for getting the GPS databits into your PC when you don’t have another way to do it.
  • This is a bit hacky, but it works.
  • GPSD + Android GPSd Client + gpspipe and BAM!
  • A full GPS app on a laptop (or Raspberry Pi) in 50 lines of code.
  • Then comes the fun part, figuring out why you needed GPS on a PC in the first place.


Pretty XFCE4

  • I have seen several people screeching about this (much to my amusement) so someone finally sorted it.

Slice of Pi


Behind the shed

  • It is great to have a distro built from the ground up on ARM devices that uses the latest Linux Kernel upstream and libs.
  • This could also help facilitate getting more software available for ARM Linux.


Ring ring



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