PinePhone ‘Brave Heart’ editions begin shipping! Wine gets a big 5.0 release, Ubuntu nopes the Amazon button, and Kubuntu powered laptops. All this (and more) plus your emails.
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03:53 Kubuntu Focus shipping
07:28 PinePhone shipping
11:58 Wine 5.0
14:33 State of CentOS
16:43 Ubuntu removes Amazon web app
20:18 Mozilla downsizes
24:43 OBS recording tricks
28:33 Shameless self promotion
31:33 Fake Pi cases
34:18 Underwater Pi
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- The starting price for the Kubuntu Focus Laptop is $2395.
- And because work flow is such a huge “focus” of the Kubuntu Focus, the terminal command ‘rm’ is remapped to trash, to help avoid accidental data loss.
- It uses similar hardware, Clevo-960x, to the current generation System 76 Galago Pro and Tuxedo XP1610.
- Two percent of each sale of the Focus laptop is donated to the Kubuntu Foundation.
- I thought that looked familiar.
- That’s the higher end, current year version of the Entroware Kratos.
- March for sale, and April for general shipping.
- I shall wait.
- At $149.99 I’ll probably end up getting one to tinker with.
- That said, I’m violently against carrying a mobile device at all times.
- It supports all major Linux phone projects such as Ubuntu Touch, Sailfish OS and Plasma Mobile.
- 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and a camera along with a USBC port.
- That and it has dip switches that let you murder GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, microphone and cameras.
- I am also happy to hear that my favorite phone OS webOS LuneOS that I have on my OnePlus One is also being ported to the PinePhone, as well as the Android based Replicant OS.
WINE 5.0 (RTheren)
- Another stable version of WINE is now available.
- It includes all the 4.X updates rolled up, if for some reason you were still holding on to 4.0 stable.
- It supports Vulkan 1.1, just in time for 1.2 to be released.
- Lots of care was put into getting WINE files and folders to mimic those of an actual windows install, which will hopefully stop the copy protection woes.
- Better multi-monitor support.
- Transparency of workflow and giving the community a breakdown of their progress, is the CentOS teams commitment going forward.
- CentOS Stream is a rolling release distro between Cent and Fedora, in terms of package up-to-date-ness.
- I think I like that idea!
- The Amazon web app, which was first introduced in Ubuntu 12.10 and has been a part of the Ubuntu desktop for the past 8 years, has been removed, thanks to Canonical’s Alan Pope and the Ubuntu Desktop Director Martin Wimpress.
- When Canonical’s upcoming Ubuntu 20.04 LTS release lands this April, the Amazon icon will be no more.
- The icon was being used as an Amazon Affiliate link for Canonical.
- I literally haven’t used the Amazon Web Launcher since the Unity days with Ubuntu 14.04, and then maybe twice.
- For those of you who will miss this, just save a shortcut of the webpage to your desktop with any web browser.
- And you can donate to Canonical via PayPal with this link:
- Oh, can I drop the web-launchers from the very first apt remove run I do on a fresh system?
- apport* and snap* are still there, though.
- The only problem I ever had with the Amazon bits were them not being opt-in and bit of a PITA to remove.
- One of the reasons I moved everything in the studio to Debian was having to de-Ubuntu a box after install.
- Granted, most of the things I noped from orbit (arguably) make sense on a desktop, just not a workstation.
- Mozilla chairwoman and interim CEO Mitchell Baker announced the company would lay off approximately 70 employees.
- Mozilla had made money from Google and other companies by embedding their services into the Firefox browser.
- In 2011 Mozilla made just under $300 million a year by making Google Firefox’s default search engine.
- These sources of money have dried up.
- I was so sad to hear this and am hoping that their new security subscription services via their VPN, Firefox Private Network, will help them gain revenue.
- I donate to Mozilla every year via Paypal, and now is the time for the Linux community to do so and keep our favorite open source web browser alive.
- A little something for my creator brothers and sisters on Linux.
- Record two audio tracks independently for editing in post.
- Using your existing hardware, nothing fancy needed.
- I couldn’t find a serviceable guide for doing this, so I made one.
- Up next is …
Slice of Pi
Fake Pi (RTheren)
- Someone making cheap knockoffs of your product is almost a right of passage.
- They just told the counterfeiters how to make better knockoffs!
- People have found fake Raspberry Pi cases online that are badly molded knockoffs to the originals and violate the RasPi Foundation’s trademarks.
- Yeh, not good, the Raspberry Pi Foundation is a not-for-profit that supports their work in education and this is costing them lots of money that would be used to fund their charitable work.
- That’s an amazing project!
- I’d like a better quality camera, or one with a wide angle to be able to cover the whole aquarium.
- Up next, tar-tar bot.