FOSS Weekly #23.44: Kernel 6.6, Midori Reborn, Gaming Distros, Arch Install and More

This edition of FOSS Weekly brings the news of kernel 6.6, a demo of the easiest arch installation, among other things.
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There is a first time to everything. The first time you used Linux, the first time you visited It's FOSS ;)

Why am I talking about first times? Because for the first time, I made a video with my 'face' in it. I (still) am a camera shy person and I avoided doing this for years.

So, here's a video where I show how easy it is to install Arch Linux these days. And yes, I know I have to lose weight or the double chin at least :P

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

  • Some news regarding support for older desktop widgets on Plasma 6.
  • A look at the different kernels Arch Linux offers.
  • A new Linux kernel release.
  • And other Linux news, videos, Puzzles and, of course, memes!

📰 Linux news

  • KDE Plasma 6 is dropping support for older desktop widgets.
  • Skiff Mail has added a neat 'Quick Aliases' feature that allows users to claim an entire subdomain for personal use.
  • Midori sees a new release with a Gecko makeover!

Linux kernel 6.6 is here with plenty of improvements.

Linux Kernel 6.6 Arrives With Numerous Refinements
Improved laptop support, server improvements, and more.

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🧠 What we’re thinking about

'Open' is not that 'open' at times.

Open Source Definition for AI Models Need a Change
Do you think that the open-source licenses should evolve?

🧮 Linux Tips, Tutorials and More

Distros specifically for gaming? Yes, they exist.

11 Best Linux Gaming Distributions in 2023
Wondering which Linux distro is best for gaming? We got a list of 11 gaming Linux OS for you here.

Do you know Arch offers a variety of Linux kernels?

Zen or LTS: Switch Kernels in Arch Linux
You can install a hardened kernel or go with the LTS kernel. Here are various kinds of kernels available for Arch Linux and the steps to use them.

It is difficult to categorize commands as essential but still, here is a list.

31 Basic Yet Essential Ubuntu Commands
An extensive list of essential Linux commands that every Ubuntu user will find helpful in their Linux journey.

📹 What we are watching

I just cannot get over the computing development from the 60s and 70s. Here's a demo of real time text editing with collaboration. That was back in 1968.

Correctly called 'the mother of all demos', this is a treat to watch for every tech enthusiast.


✨ Application highlights

Moosync is a nice cross-platform music player that has some really good features.

Moosync: A Feature-Rich Open-Source Music Player
Moosync music player is an interesting cross-platform app for your local collection and streaming music.

🧩 New quizzes

A logo quiz for all the members.

Guess the Distro from its Logo
There is a logo and four distro names. Guess which one it belongs to. It’s that simple.

And a new theme for the Plus members.

Puzzle of the Week: Categorize #03: Linux Commands
Exercise those ‘little gray cells’ of yours and solve this puzzle.

💡 Quick handy tip

In the GNOME Terminal, if you are scrolling up and find yourself stuck after some point and cannot scroll up beyond that.

Go to Preferences > Profile. From there, click on the profile you are using, then go to the “Scrolling” section and change the “Limit scrollback to:” value to whatever you like.

In my Ubuntu setup, it is set to 10000 by default. Careful not to go beyond this, and also try to avoid setting unlimited scrolling. (This scrolling data is saved on RAM)

It is also available in Konsole, KDE's Terminal.


🤣 Meme of the week

Be careful, young padawan, enemies lurk everywhere.


🗓️ Tech Trivia

Vim was first released on 2nd November 1991. Initially, Vim was an acronym for Vi IMitation but later it was changed to Vi IMproved.

Inkscape was also released on 2nd November 2003 for the first time.


🧑‍🤝‍🧑 FOSSverse corner

The FOSSverse is up and about with discussions about Ubuntu's upcoming LTS release that has been code-named “Noble Numbat”.

Ubuntu 24.04 ‘Noble Numbat’
I see they opened the next release up for development and announced the name. Does this mean more of our Australian members will be running Ubuntu?

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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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