FOSS Weekly #23.36: De-Googled Fairphone 5, GNOME 45 Features, Pacman Commands and More

Several distributions released their new versions this week. GNOME 45 is nearing its release with devastating news for the extensions.

The month of September seems to be steaming with new releases. It's just the first week and we already have many new distro version releases. On top of that, GNOME 45 will be coming in the next two weeks.

By the way, have you looked at the resources section on the It's FOSS homepage? I am trying to make the homepage more useful by listing content organized in chapters, micro-courses and in-depth guides.

I hope you like this approach :)

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

  • Wayland support for IntelliJ IDEs
  • Using the Additional Drivers utility in Ubuntu
  • Various new distro version releases
  • And other Linux news, videos, Puzzles and, of course, memes!

📰 Linux news

Excited about the upcoming GNOME 45? Take a look at the proposed new features.

GNOME 45 Packs in Exciting Upgrades: Here’s What’s New
The features and improvements that you can expect with GNOME 45. We’ve listed them here.

Not really a feature as GNOME 45 will negatively impact extensions.

Linux Users Beware! GNOME 45 is Bad News for Extensions
GNOME 45 is an impressive upgrade. But this development on extensions does not sound great!

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🧠 What we’re thinking about

Well, well, well. Microsoft is at it AGAIN, it seems.

Microsoft accused of malware-like tactics, again, in attempt to push users onto Bing
The Verge’s Tom Warren was one of those who feared his PC had been infected when a pop-up appeared asking him to switch his default search engine…

🧮 Tips and Tutorials

Testing live USB without rebooting the system? With a little effort, you can do it in VirtualBox itself.

Boot From a USB Drive in VirtualBox in Linux
You can use a live Linux USB with virtual machines in VirtualBox. It saves you the annoyance of rebooting your host machine.

A guide to using pacman commands in Arch-based distros.

Using pacman Commands in Arch Linux [Beginner’s Guide]
Learn what you can do with pacman commands in Linux, how to use them to find new packages, install and upgrade new packages, and clean your system.

Your Linux system should normally handle the drivers well (if there are any). If there are more than one available for your system, you should see it in the Additional Drivers tool in Ubuntu.

How to Install Additional Drivers in Ubuntu
Ubuntu provides an easy way to find and install proprietary drivers. This quick tutorial shows you how to install additional drivers in Ubuntu including Nvidia proprietary drivers.

📹 What we are watching

An interesting out-take on how accent colors are being handled in Linux.


🎟️ Event alert

Open Source Summit Europe edition will take place in Bilbao, Spain from 19-21 September 2023. It's FOSS is a media partner for the event.

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✨ Project highlights

Here's an interesting alternative to Discourse.

Flarum: An Open-Source Community Platform Like Discourse
Flarum can be a better, simpler, or an innovative alternative to Discourse. Learn more about it here.

🧩 Puzzle (for Pro members only)

Test your knowledge and intuition as you decipher clues, solve brain-teasing riddles, and uncover the names of popular Linux applications.

Puzzle of The Week: Riddle #2: Linux Applications
Exercise those ‘little gray cells’ of yours and solve this puzzle.

💡 Quick handy tip

If you are running multiple terminal windows with different active commands (active means those that are not stopped after execution but running continuously, like top, less, etc.).

Then, you can move between windows that are running separate commands by searching for the command name in the GNOME shell search.

This also works for multiple tabs in one terminal window, where we can switch between tabs by entering the name of the command that is running in a particular tab.


🤣 Meme of the week

We can't be doing this any more Rick, it's too much! -Morty


🗓️ Tech Trivia

Dennis Ritchie

Dennis Ritchie, the creator of C programming language and UNIX operating system, was born on September 9, 1941. He also created a lesser-known B programming language. Ritchie died on October 12, 2011. This computing legend's death did not get the due coverage as the media was busy mourning the recent demise of Steve Jobs.


🧑‍🤝‍🧑 FOSSverse corner

A fascinating thread on Hyperbola Linux by one of our regulars.

What can we learn from Hyperbola Linux?
Not necessarily the first - there was a hybrid Debian some 10 years ago using the BSD kernel…

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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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