LWDW 135: Jupiter Academy

Haiku returns from the dead! GIMP receives a $100,000 donation, Elive emerges from hibernation and Jupiter Broadcasting joins forces with Linux Academy.


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Jupiter Academy

  • Ah, that’s why they dropped the political shows.
  • Remember kids, without LAS there would be no LGC.



  • Significant performance improvements in GNOME 3.30
    • Patches fixing memory garbage collection
    • Uses fewer system resources
    • You can run more apps simultaneously without impact on performance,
      • Welcome to 1992 and multi-tasking there, GNOME!
  • New Thunderbolt panel for managing devices in settings.
  • GNOME software manager can now automatically update installed Flatpaks in a Snap.
  • Okay, once it’s publicly available on the Fedoras I’ll give it another chance.


$100K GIMP

  • The Gnome Foundation spreads the love, and after receiving a $400k donation from Handshake.org sends a $100k donation to our favorite image editor GIMP :-D
  • Wait… GNOME did something sensible? Were there strings attached?


It’s still a thing

  • An improved CLI interface is included in the 2.5 release.
    • CLI interface for importing custom emojis.
    • An improved CLI interface for removing remote media.
    • I know many Linux users love this feature.


Onion Router 8.0

  • Tor Browser 8.0 is now available and is the first stable release based on Firefox 60 Extended Support Release.
  • Upon launching, my older version of the Tor Browser automatically updated to the latest.
  • I have noticed that web pages load much faster and it has a much cleaner UI.
  • Also loads with a new about page with a nice introduction and tutorials on how to use its unique security features.  This is great for newbies and experts alike.
  • The Circuit Display detailing its VPN IP paths loads much quicker and is easier to read.
  • WebGL is borken but I’m not entirely sure that wasn’t on purpose.
  • Considering how likely it is for webGL to leak stuff, it’s probably better this way.


16 years in beta

  • It looks, so, 90s!
  • It’s been updated to work on modern hardware.
  • LibreOffice, Qt and WebKit have been ported from Linux.
  • They need people to contribute to the project.
  • I remember tinkering with BeOS in the late 90’s thinking it was great to have not one but two viable alternative to Windows in the works.
  • They’ve added 64-bit CPU support, support for more than eight CPU cores, USB3 and SATA support, and support for more than 1GB of RAM.
  • Even added one of those new fangled package managers.
  • Bit worried that they are expending effort making CDs.
  • It’s 2018, vinyl is the new hotness.. and about as useful as a CD.
  • Good! Linux has too many games to be productive in now.
  • LibreOffice and Mesa drivers should make most laptop workers feel right at home.



  • A gang of XFCE updates.
  • I will love the new display profiles menu in the XFCE Display Settings panel which will allow you to save and switch between various display setups.
    • I am constantly changing my monitor layouts from switching to podcasting, to creating and rendering animation, to 3 monitor gaming.  This way it will be as simple as one click instead of spending a lot of time configuring.
    • This has been a feature I have been wanting in the Nvidia Settings app as well.
  • I almost forgot, Solus doesn’t have XFCE or LXDE in the repos.



  • OMP is currently only tested as working on Arch Linux, but it has been used on Ubuntu by at least 2 people.
  • I know rhythmbox could be better but do we really need another one of these?


Getting Solus

  • New Solus ISOs will be Solus 3.9999 that will default to the new repo URLs.
  • Hopefully this work will enable the team to tack another 9 on the end.


Elive is Alive!!

  • Elive is alive after 8 years of hibernation of a stable release.
  • Based on Debian 8 Jessie, Linux Kernel 3.16 and Enlightenment 0.17.6.
  • This is still one of my favorite distros of all time and I have it installed on many of my vintage computers.
    • 20 years before the present day is considered vintage.
  • Elive’s implementation of the Enlightenment desktop was beautiful, fast and sleek.
    • Elive’s themes were gorgeous!
    • It ran great on a live CD, and was my goto distro for testing old computers after Knoppix.
  • I donated to the project and downloaded the Elive 3.0.0 ISO.
    • Works beautifully in a VM with low memory and GPU settings.
    • Has an optional live boot script for older and newer hardware.
    • The Enlightenment theme is sweet and boots with a nice musical chime and a HotKeys keyboard shortcut manual.
    • When right clicking on the desktop a user-friendly menu with all apps and utilities installed is displayed.
  • Having to wait 24hours for the link seems like I’d just forget and probably end up reporting that email as SPAM.
  • A 7.11 GB torrent also tends to scare people off.


Terminal GPU

  • I like this idea.
  • It’s hard to justify a use for it outside of the neat factor.
  • Or Terminator is broken for you all of a sudden.


Small update

  • My favorite text editor GNU Nano is now 70% faster at reading files!
  • They were already dealing with nanoseconds.


ddgr v1.5

  • Cool!  DuckDuckGo from the terminal.
  • Search results in CLI, then when one is chosen launches in your default web browser.
  • Now with copy pasta functionality.
  • It’s googler but for DuckDuckGo.

Slice of Pi


  • The RasPi Foundation was built on developer experiences on old computers like the BBC Micro.
  • Make sense when you consider the RaspberryPi sees much the same use as the Micro and the Spectrum did, back in the day.
  • In these articles they’re going to show you how to make the games of yore among other things.
  • Yes, you can use emulators.
  • That’s the only financially safe way to do this nowadays unless you still have a working BBC micro.



  • The projector uses a mini DLP lens.
  • It’s low resolution, but gets the job done.
  • Around $120.00.
  • This is great for doing presentations, and no more need to carry around a large monitor.





  • I thought it was popular to hate on all the DEs, especially those who completely disregard community bug reports, community input, community suggestions, etc. and decide to do whatever they want, instead.
  • Like GNOME and KDE and Enlightenment and quite a few others.
  • Though, considering how long GNOME has been pedal to the metal in reverse from some of their frankly bullheaded and stupid decisions, maybe there is yet hope.

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