FOSS Weekly #24.05: Zed Editor, PrivateGPT AI, CPU Temperature in Linux and More

You cannot escape AI, so embrace it perhaps?

I promised at the beginning of 2024 that you'll see more exploring, homelab and hobbyist open source AI stuff this year along with the regular beginner-friendly tutorials.

In that regard, we have our first AI article published. It is about setting up PrivateGPT AI to interact with PDF documents. It's not written by me, that's another Abhishek.

With PrivateGPT, the data remains on your system and all the computation happens on your system.

I have also received the latest Raspberry Pi 5. Be prepared to see some Raspberry Pi tutorials as well 😄

By the way, if you are on Instagram, do follow us there as we are sharing plenty of reels (not the dancing ones, don't worry 😉 )

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

  • A new Budgie release.
  • Meta is betting big on its GitHub Copilot challenger.
  • A guide on monitoring Raspberry Pi temperature.
  • The creators of Atom have come up with something new.
  • And other Linux news, videos and, of course, memes!

📰 Linux news

  • Aircove VPN router is now available to purchase in Canada.
  • Vanilla OS 2 Orchid Beta has been released for testing purposes.
  • Meta's AI-powered rival to Github's Copilot has received a major boost.
  • Budgie 10.9 was released, featuring a session manager and initial Wayland ports.

The creators of Atom have introduced a new open-source code editor. It's not available for Linux yet, though.

Creators of Atom Bring Another Open Source Code Editor
Zed is now open-source, with interesting features in the mix.

🌐 Follow us on Google News

By the way, if you use Google, follow It's FOSS on Google News to get trusted It's FOSS content before other websites in Google search.

It’s FOSS - Google News
Read full articles from It’s FOSS and explore endless topics, magazines and more on your phone or tablet with Google News.

🧠 What we’re thinking about

Linus is not happy with a Google kernel contributor, proceed with caution.

Linus Torvalds flames Google kernel contributor
Kernel 6.8-rc2 debuts after very robust discussion about ‘inodes’

🧮 Linux Tips, Tutorials and More

I know I mentioned it in the intro of this newsletter but since some people just skip to respective sections, I included it again here.

Setting Up PrivateGPT to Use AI Chat With Your Documents
Set up the PrivateGPT AI tool and interact or summarize your documents with full control on your data.

Here's how you can keep an eye on the CPU and GPU temperature of your Raspberry Pi by using various methods.

Monitor CPU & GPU Temperature in Raspberry Pi [CLI and GUI]
Here’s how to keep an eye on the CPU and GPU temperature of your Raspberry Pi in both GUI and command line.

You can also check CPU temperature in your regular Linux desktop.

This week's Linux command highlight is the paste command.

Paste Command Examples
Merge file contents, and display output among other things with the paste command. Explore more here.

📹 What we are watching

The Framework 16 is effortless to take apart!


✨ Project highlights

I haven't tried it yet but the project seems to have potential.

Sxmo: Simple X mobile
A minimalist linux smartphone environment that is truly yours to control! Sxmo, or Simple X Mobile, is a collection of simple and suckless X programs and scripts used together to create a fully functional mobile UI adhering to the Unix philosophy for the Pinephone and other Linux smartphones

🧩 New quiz unit

Can you guess the Linux commands from their usage description in this time sensitive quiz?

Match Linux Commands
A fun, drag and drop quiz to identify the common Linux commands. But do it under 30 seconds.

🎟️ Event alert

Free and open source conference Installfest in Prague is gearing up for its latest event. Most talks from previous years are in Czech, but there will be some in English as well.

Call for speakers is now open, so if you have interesting thoughts to share at the event, please apply on their website.

InstallFest 2024
Konference pro začátečníky i odborníky o Linuxu, open-source a o všem, co s tím souvisí.

💡 Quick handy tip

Get the view count of your bookmarks (how many times you visited your bookmarks) in Firefox.

Go to Firefox Library (Bookmark Manager) using the keyboard shortcut “Ctrl+Shift+O”. From there, toggle the view count by going into the “Views” menu.


🤣 Meme of the week

They are some of the real ones out there. Never lose hope, newbies!


🗓️ Tech Trivia

On January 25, 1915, Alexander Graham Bell inaugurated U.S. transcontinental telephone service, speaking from New York to Thomas Watson in San Francisco.


🧑‍🤝‍🧑 FOSSverse corner

It's FOSS Plus member Ernie and others are discussing Escuelas Linux. Join in and share your insights too!

Escuelas (Schools) Linux is very interesting
Escuelas Linux is intended for use in a k-12 environment. I read about it in my current ZDNet newsletter This education-based Linux distro is designed for schools - and it’s free The part I find very interesting is that it provides three ways to ‘restore’ itself (see the coverage of these in the linked article) if things get bollixed up. 1. It can restore itself to its initial configuration/state, removing any user, files, or configuration changes that have been made since initial installation…

❤️ With love

Share it with your Linux-using friends and encourage them to subscribe (hint: it's here).

Share the articles in Linux Subreddits and community forums.

Opt for It's FOSS Plus membership and support us 🙏

Enjoy using Linux 😄

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 🕵️‍♂️

Become a Better Linux User

With the FOSS Weekly Newsletter, you learn useful Linux tips, discover applications, explore new distros and stay updated with the latest from Linux world

It's FOSS

Great! You’ve successfully signed up.

Welcome back! You've successfully signed in.

You've successfully subscribed to It's FOSS.

Success! Check your email for magic link to sign-in.

Success! Your billing info has been updated.

Your billing was not updated.