FOSS Weekly #23.32: PDF Editing, File Search Mastery, Rhino Linux and More

Good news is that Indian government is experimenting with Linux instead of Windows. Bad news is that Vim's creator has passed away :(

To deter malware and cyber attacks, Indian defense services are moving away from Microsoft Windows to Linux. They have developed an Ubuntu-based custom distro Maya.

For the past few years, governments over the globe have been experimenting with Linux. Lower operation costs and enhanced security often inspire this move.

Whatever the reason, it's always good to see Linux getting its due 😎🦾

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

  • Asahi Linux has partnered with Fedora for a new flagship distro.
  • Linux has surpassed macOS in gaming.
  • Bram Moolenaar, the creator of Vim, has passed away.
  • Final chapter of the Bash Basics series.
  • And other Linux news, videos, Puzzles and, of course, memes!

📰 Linux news

Ubuntu but rolling release? Rhino Linux is aiming to make that possible. It is out of beta now.

Rolling-Release Ubuntu-based Rhino Linux Has Landed
Rhino Linux is an interesting option to have!

🕊️ Rest in peace

Remembering Bram Moolenaar, Vim's visionary creator who is no longer with us.

Farewell to a Legend: Creator of Vim, Bram Moolenaar, Passed Away 😭
Vim creator bids us adieu at age 62.

🧠 What we’re thinking about

Microsoft is betting big on the Desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) model. This could result in the Linux desktop being the only “real” desktop around.

Most popular ‘real’ desktop will soon be the Linux desktop
Microsoft is moving Windows to the cloud and Apple will be happy to have you run macOS on the cloud

🧮 Tips and Tutorials

We have finally arrived at the last chapter of our Bash Basics series!

Bash Basics Series #9: Functions in Bash
Learn all about functions in the final chapter of the Bash Basics series.

Become a pro at finding files using Nautilus file search!

Mastering Nautilus File Search in Linux Desktop
Become a pro finder with these handy tips to improve your file search experience with GNOME’s Nautilus file search.

A simple tutorial about adding text comment and highlighting text in PDF files.

How to Annotate PDFs in Linux [Beginner’s Guide]
You don’t need a dedicated PDF editor to add comments and highlight text. Here’s how you can use GNOME’s Document Viewer to annotate PDFs in Linux.

📹 What we are watching

We spotted a cool work-in-progress GNOME Shell extension that improves the desktop experience.


✨ Project highlights

Warp is a neat little tool for secure file sharing across devices.

Warp: An Open-Source Secure File Sharing App That Works Cross-Platform
A seamless way to securely share files between Linux and Windows? Try this out!

🧩 Puzzle (for Pro members only)

A new kind of puzzle this week. You have to solve five riddles. The answer could be a distro or an element of the Linux ecosystem. Can you get them all?

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

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💡 Quick handy tip

Use the GUI find option in the GNOME terminal to search for words in the displayed text on the screen.


🤣 Meme of the week

Those Windows updates can be fatal for your dual-boot systems!


🗓️ Tech Trivia

The GNOME project turns 26 on the 15th of August. Created by then University students Miguel de Icaza & Federico Mena Quintero, GNOME has become the default identity of many Linux distributions.

GNOME Birthday

🧑‍🤝‍🧑 FOSSverse corner

An interesting discussion started by longtime It's FOSS reader Pat.

Touch in the modern world
I thought I’d ask the community something that has become a question in my mind. I saw two different tutorials today where the instructions state: touch filename vi filename I know what touch does, but it isn’t needed at all. Whether you use vim or nano and probably most other editors you can…

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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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