FOSS Weekly #24.03: Linux Mint 21.3 Released, Tiling GNOME, Open Source ChatGPT and More

What's new? Well, Mint 21.3 is here with Cinnamon 6.0. That's new :)

Linux Mint has released version 21.3. This is the last release based on Ubuntu 22.04. The next major release will be version 22.0, probably in June. It will be based on Ubuntu 24.04 LTS that is scheduled to come at the end of April. Fedora 40 should arrive around the same time.

Which distro are you looking forward to in 2024?

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

  • Open source ChatGPT alternatives
  • Some information regarding the support cycle for Ubuntu 24.04.
  • Adding tiling window feature into GNOME.
  • And other Linux news, videos and, of course, memes!

📰 Linux news

  • Ubuntu 24.04 LTS is all set to receive 12 years of updates.
  • Broadcom isn't done axing VMware customers, they have made another controversial move.
  • Wine 9.0 is here with experimental Wayland driver

Linux Mint 21.3 is now available!

Linux Mint 21.3 Lands With Cinnamon 6.0 Desktop
Linux Mint 21.3 has arrived!

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🧠 What we’re thinking about

The Cat & Mouse game is still going on over at YouTube.

YouTube is loading slower for users with ad blockers yet again
Reports of buggy previews and inaccessible features for YouTube users with ad blockers enabled

🧮 Linux Tips, Tutorials and More

Use Tiling Assistant on GNOME to tile windows with ease:

How to Use Tiling Assistant on GNOME Desktop?
Wondering how to use tiling windows on GNOME? Try the tiling assistant. Here’s how it works.

Bored of ChatGPT? Try one of these open-source alternatives instead.

13 Best Open Source ChatGPT Alternatives
Looking for open-source ChatGPT alternatives? We curated some of the best ones for you to take a look at.

📹 What we are watching

Something for the Vim lovers


✨ Project highlights

Parch Linux is a nice Arch-based distro that's quite lightweight.

Parch Linux: A Simple & Easy-to-Use Arch-based Distro
A straightforward Arch-based distribution that doesn’t come with overwhelming customizations out of the box.

🧩 New quiz unit

Even if you don't know the exact year, you can at least make a guess and have fun.

Guess the Year of These Distros’s First Release
Test your history knowledge and guess in which year these popular distros were released.

💡 Quick handy tip

Similar to what we see in a web browser; where we can access the address bar with CTRL + L, the nautilus address bar can also be navigated to using the same shortcut.

This works on the “save as” dialog too, which makes it useful when saving files with names. Just press CTRL+L to access the name part of the file.


🤣 Meme of the week

My Linux system is still going strong, what about you?


🗓️ Tech Trivia

On January 15, 2001, Wikipedia was launched online. And I can correctly assume that it killed the encyclopedia business.


🧑‍🤝‍🧑 FOSSverse corner

FOSSers were able to address an issue with VMware not showing a display output.

VMWare machines and failed Gnome displays
I have three VMWare machines hosted in a Windows partition. I have had Pop! and Debian for nearly 2 years, and recently installed GhostBSD (thanks, Neville!). Just this week, a similar problem hit both Pop! and Debian. The screen is blank, the cursor shimmers between a pointed finger and an arrow, and the keyboard does little. In both cases, I tried recovery, booting to different kernels, etc. Debian seems to jam at the Gnome Display Manager; it freezes for about 20 seconds and the letters on…

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About the author
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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