FOSS Weekly #23.17: i3 Guide, Kernel 6.3, Essential Linux Apps and More

An in-depth i3 customization guide, Opera's new browser and a real open source chatGPT alternative are the highlights of this edition.
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Last week you saw a slew of Ubuntu 23.04-based releases; this week, we get the Linux kernel 6.3.

This week also sees the continuation of our Rust Basics series!

💬 Let's see what else you have in this edition of FOSS Weekly:

  • A super detailed guide to i3 window manager customization
  • Opera's new web browser in making
  • Open source chatGPT alternative
  • More Linux news, videos, and of course, memes!

📰 Linux News

Linux Kernel 6.3 was released with prep work for Intel Arrow Lake and more.

Linux Kernel 6.3 Release Preps for Future Intel Hardware and Enhances AMD Chip Support
Linux Kernel 6.3 lands right on schedule looking ahead to the future!

🧠 What we’re thinking about

IBM has been giving mixed signals lately; on one hand, they are letting go of people, and on the other, they are hiring new employees.

IBM keeps hiring despite layoffs, CEO Krishna says; earnings report boosts stock | WRAL TechWire
Big Blue made headlines with recent plans to cut 3,900 workers but it turns out the tech giant is actually adding more talent even with the number of job cuts growing.

So, what gives? Especially when their subsidiary, Red Hat, just announced major job cuts.

Red Hat Announces Major Job Cuts, Hundreds to Be Affected
Even Red Hat cannot escape from the recession wave.

🧮 Tutorials

Here's our ultimate guide to customizing your Linux experience using the i3 Window Manager.

The Ultimate Guide to i3 Customization in Linux
Learn about customizing your system’s look and feel with i3 window manager in this super-detailed guide.

The fifth tutorial in the Rust Basics series covers the use of functions in Rust.

Rust Basics Series #5: Functions in Rust
In this chapter of the Rust Basics series, learn to use functions and return values from them with the help of examples.

📹 What we are watching

Here's a good video showing how to install Linux OS on Microsoft Surface device.

✨ Application highlights

Want suggestions on apps? Here's a list for you.

Best Linux Software: 39 Essential Linux Apps [2023]
What are the must-have applications for Linux? The answer is subjective. Here, we’ve listed some of the best options.

Though nowhere close to 'essential', here's an actual open-source ChatGPT alternative, called 'HuggingChat' 💩🍲

The first open source alternative to ChatGPT. 💪

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🤣 Meme of the week

Will those Windows users ever learn?

🗓️ Tech Trivia

On April 26, 1999, the Chernobyl virus started impacting its victims. It was one of the most destructive viruses in computer history. Though originally named CIH after its creator, the virus trigger date matched with Chernobyl disaster date and hence it was named Chernobyl by the media.

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