FOSS Weekly #23.21: Pip Issue, CPU Stress Testing and More Linux Stuff

Changes to Pip mechanism, stress testing CPU and other Linux tips and tutorials in this edition of FOSS Weekly.

It seems like Pip is changing its behavior to avoid conflicts with native Linux packages. The change is now present in Ubuntu 23.10 and Fedora 38, where you'll run into an error while using Pip.

And we have new badges for Pro members 🤘

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

  • Addressing the Pip issue in Ubuntu 23.10
  • Stress testing CPU
  • And other Linux news, videos, puzzles and, of course, memes!

📰 Linux news

Twitter's original co-founder Jack Dorsey's Bluesky recently open-sourced their Web, Android, and iOS applications.

Bluesky Social: A Decentralized Twitter Alternative Takes an Open-Source Approach
A Twitter replacement in the works with better fundamentals and approach in place?

🧠 What we’re thinking about

This is going to resonate with many long-time Ubuntu users.

Dear Ubuntu…
Dear Ubuntu, I hope this letter finds you well. I want to start by saying that our time together has been one of creativity and entertainment, a time in which you gave me the tools to develop a new…

🧮 Tutorials

You cannot use Pip for installing Python packages in Ubuntu 23.10. At least not directly. Here's why and what you can do about it.

Externally Managed Environment Error With Pip in Ubuntu 23.10
Seeing an “externally managed environment” error while using Pip in Ubuntu 23.10? Here’s what you can do about this error.

When building a new system, stress testing the CPU is a way to check your processor's performance capabilities under heavy load.

How to Stress Test CPU in Linux
Want to stress test your CPU in Linux? Here’s how you can do it effortlessly.

Brave has the picture-in-picture mode. It's just not obvious like Firefox. Here's how to use it.

How to Use Picture in Picture Mode in Brave Browser
Brave has picture-in-picture mode but it’s so hidden that you feel like there is no PIP support at all. Here’s how to enable and use it.

📹 What we are watching

2 videos in 2 weeks... now we are rolling ⛹️


✨ Application highlights

VidCutter is a nifty tool for trimming and merging videos on Linux. That's it. No fancy video editing features here.

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.

💡Quick Linux tip

The usual way of hiding files from normal view is to add dot (.) before the filenames.

In Nautilus and perhaps some other file managers, you can hide multiple files and folders without renaming them.

All you have to do is to create a text file named .hidden and add the names of the folders and files you want to hide to this file.

Now, close your file explorer and start it again. The files and directories mentioned in the .hidden file will be hidden and can only be viewed with Ctrl+H keys.


🧩 Puzzle (for Pro members only)

This week you have scrambled e̶g̶g̶s̶ words. The puzzle is composed of various Linux-related terms and applications.

Puzzle of The Week: Scrambled Words Puzzle #1
Exercise those ‘little gray cells’ of yours and solve this puzzle.

🛍️ Interesting offer

Unleash the creative power of Blender, the free and open-source software tool for 3D artists, with this bundle of books from Packt.

Humble Tech Book Bundle: Blender Animation and Games by Packt
We’ve teamed up with Packt for our newest bundle. Get books like Game Development with Blender and Godot. Plus, pay what you want & support charity!

🤣 Meme of the week

Linux can be very welcoming to new users!


🗓️ Tech Trivia

On May 24, 1844, Samuel Morse sent the first telegraph over a line from Washington, D.C. to Baltimore. He sent 'What hath God wrought' to his partner Alfred Vail, who retransmitted the same message back to Morse.

The famous Morse code is named after Samuel Morse.


🆕 FOSSverse updates

Now the Pro members get honor badges displayed with their names in both Community and the Comments sections.

I guess that gives you one more reason to upgrade to It's FOSS Pro membership 😉


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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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