FOSS Weekly #23.41: Wayland Only GNOME, Ubuntu 23.10, VLC Tip and More

GNOME is ditching X completely for Wayland. A wise move?
Warp Terminal

Ubuntu 23.10 is releasing today. More snaps and more experiments. This is an important release because it will set the course for the next 24.04 LTS release.

While we'll publish various release briefs in due time, you can take a look at the features in the upcoming release.

Ubuntu 23.10: Release Date and New Features
Ubuntu’s next latest and greatest. Here’s what it is expected to pack in.

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

  • A feline connection to a server outage.
  • New alternative to the CAPTCHA system.
  • Some deeply saddening news regarding OldTechBloke Linux YouTuber.
  • And other Linux news, videos, Puzzles and, of course, memes!

📰 Linux news

GNOME is going to drop X11 in the near future for a Wayland-only approach. This is likely to disrupt the user experience with older applications.

Big News! GNOME to Drop X11 for a Wayland-only Future
GNOME is choosing to go the Wayland way. But, is it the right move? Too soon? What do you think?

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I recently got to know that OldTechBloke has passed away. He was part of the Linux community and known for his YouTube videos where he shared his experiments and experience with desktop Linux.

According to his last video, he mentioned that he and his wife were facing some major health issues (around 12:20). It is sad to see such a kind soul passing away. Rest in Peace.

🧮 Tips and Tutorials

Curious about the differences between Ubuntu and Kubuntu?

Ubuntu vs Kubuntu: What’s the difference?
It can be confusing to pick between Ubuntu and its flavours like Kubuntu. Let’s make this task easier.

Since I am using vanilla GNOME on Arch, I could not resist bringing the minimize button back.

Add Minimize and Maximize Buttons in GNOME
Missing the minimize button option in GNOME? Here’s how you can easily bring it back.

Though it's doable, VLC is not a very dependable screen recorder.

How to Record Your Screen with VLC
The ever versatile VLC can do a lot of things. Screen recording is one of them.

📹 What we are watching

Here's a fascinating open-source camera that uses a Raspberry Pi at its core. The project also has a GitHub repo.

✨ App highlight

Pomatez is a neat app for implementing the 'Pomodoro Technique' for time management.

This Open-Source App Helps You Stay Focused
Get a boost of productivity with the time management benefits of Pomatez app.

🧩 New quizzes

Don't forget to explore the quiz section. There are new quizzes being added every week.

Quizzes and Puzzles for Linux Users
Here are some fun, trivia quizzes and interesting puzzles to spend your free time.

Pro users have the advantage of an extra quiz unit.

Puzzle of the Week: Match The Pairs #3
Exercise those ‘little gray cells’ of yours and solve this puzzle.

💡 Quick handy tip

You can prevent the accidental entering of characters in a running GNOME terminal session by making it read-only.

To do this, click on the top-right hamburger menu and check the option 'Read-Only'.

It can also be done by right-clicking on a terminal window and selecting 'Read-Only'.

To enable input of characters, revert the process.

🤣 Meme of the week

Is this Windows? I cannot believe it!

🗓️ Tech Trivia

On 14th October, KDE project will be 27 years old. It was conceived in 1996 to give a consistent user experience. KDE was short for K Desktop Environment but today, KDE has evolved and its desktop environment part is now known as Plasma.

🧑‍🤝‍🧑 FOSSverse corner

A resourceful thread by one of our Pro members, Ernie, on how to install LMDE 6.

Installing LMDE 6
If you are switching from Windows (or any other OS/distribution) to LMDE 6 and you have data/files you want to keep, copy them to an external drive/USB stick before installing a new OS. I recommend taking this step even if you are going to dual-boot Windows with LMDE 6 (or any other OS), just in cas…

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Abhishek Prakash

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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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