FOSS Weekly #23.19: New Zinc Distro, Terminal Fonts, Tux Story and More

There is a new distro in the town, again. Learn about it in this edition of FOSS Weekly newsletter.
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💬 Let's see what else you have in this edition of FOSS Weekly:

  • First look at Zinc, an Ubuntu-based distro
  • Continuation of the Rust series and beautiful font suggestions
  • More Linux news, videos, and of course, memes!

📰 Linux News

Open source project management tool Mattermost has revealed its plans to power AI-enhanced collaboration.

GNOME Files is set to drop the old-school column chooser and replace it with a modern rework.

It seems that the time of Roblox has come to an abrupt end on Linux, it was already never officially supported, but now even the workarounds won't work.

🧠 What we’re thinking about

Some developers are not happy that people upload their open source projects on GitHub, which is then used to train Microsoft's GitHub Copilot AI.

Please don’t upload my code on GitHub
This is a call to open source developers to not upload the work of others on GitHub.

🛍️ Interesting offer

The folks over at No Starch Press have yet another useful bundle, this time for learning Python programming. Be sure to check it out; a portion of the proceeds go to the Python Software Foundation.

Humble Tech Book Bundle: Python by No Starch
We’ve teamed up with No Starch Press for our newest bundle. Get books like Python for Kids and Beyond the Basic Stuff with Python. Plus, pay what you want & support charity!

🧮 Tutorials

The Rust Basics Series has nearly reached its end. This is the penultimate chapter of the series.

Rust Basics Series #7: Using Loops in Rust
Loops are another way of handling control flow of your programs. Learn about for, while and ‘loop’ loops in Rust.

Explore some alternative fonts and customize your terminal.

10 Best Fonts for Linux Terminal
Get the best font for your terminal to improve the look, and readability, and have a fun experience with the terminal.

This tool may interest you if you have a simple need for trimming and merging video clips.

Easily Trim Videos With VidCutter in Linux
Learn how to install and use VidCutter, a simple open source tool for trimming and merging videos in Linux.

📹 What we are watching

Of course, it is.

✨ Project highlights

We also looked at a new Ubuntu-based distro that doesn't offer Snap out-of-the-box! Yes, that is a feature these days.

Zinc: A New Ubuntu-Based Distro With Nemo File Manager and XFCE Desktop
An Ubuntu-based distro with some default twists that you might like. What do you think?

Want an ad-free music player for your smartphone? Well, then, this can be your daily driver!

Upgrade Your Music Experience with This Spotify-like Open Source Mobile Music Player
BlackHole is an interesting open-source music player for mobile phones.

🤣 Meme of the week

The brain is one of the most important parts of a human body, after all.

🗓️ Linux Trivia

On May 9, 1996, Linus Torvalds described in a mailing list his conception of what he believes should be the logo for Linux.

So when you think "penguin", you should be imagining a slighly overweight penguin (*), sitting down after having gorged itself, and having just burped. It's sitting there with a beatific smile - the world is a good place to be when you have just eaten a few gallons of raw fish and you can feel another "burp" coming.

Yeah! That's the story behind the Linux logo Tux. Here are some more.

Some Incredible Stories Around Tux: Our Lovable Linux Mascot!
We’ve all heard about our favorite Linux Mascot! In this Linux trivia series, I’ve scoured every nook and corner of the web I could reach out to, to dig up some old archives to gather some interesting trivia about our cute and friendly penguin, starting from its early

🧩 Puzzle (for Pro members only)

There is a different kind of puzzle this way. It may not be as time taking as a crossword, though.

Puzzle of The Week
Exercise those ‘little gray cells’ of yours and solve this puzzle.

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Abhishek Prakash

Abhishek Prakash

Created It's FOSS 11 years ago to share my Linux adventures. Have a Master's degree in Engineering and years of IT industry experience. Huge fan of Agatha Christie detective mysteries 🕵️‍♂️

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