FOSS Weekly #24.06: Ollama AI, Zorin OS Upgrade, Damn Small Linux, Sudo on Windows and More

Damn Small Linux resumes development after 16 years.
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Damn Small Linux is back from a long slumber, features a new antiX base. It's one of the smallest Linux distros out there.

Damn Small Linux Release Makes a Comeback After 16 Long Years
Damn Small Linux 2024 makes a return!

This is a special project because back in its earlier version, it was an OS that fit under 50 MB. Yes, you read that right. Even in the new edition, everything will be under 700 MB.

It's a work in development. Hardly an alpha release but good to see the project being resurrected.

So, don't throw that 1 GB RAM laptop yet. It may still be useful to some extent with Damn Small Linux 😄

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

  • Two new office suite releases for Linux.
  • GNOME steps up its documentation game.
  • A neat way to run LLMs locally on Raspberry Pis.
  • And other Linux news, videos and, of course, memes!

📰 Linux news

  • Mozilla's abandoned Servo project is going all in for 2024.
  • ONLYOFFICE Docs 8.0 is here with improved collaboration.
  • GNOME has stepped up their documentation game for contributors.
  • LibreOffice 24.2 is here, features a new version naming system, among other things.
  • KaOS 2024.01 recently landed with Plasma 6, becoming one of the first distros to do that.

Windows is slowly but surely becoming more like Linux day-by-day.

Wow! Windows is Coming up With its Linux Like Sudo Command
Yes! You read that right. A leak shows a sudo utility for Windows operating system.

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🧠 What we’re thinking about

Google is betting big on making the interoperability between C++ and Rust easier for organizations.

Improving Interoperability Between Rust and C++
Posted by Lars Bergstrom – Director, Android Platform Tools & Libraries and Chair of the Rust Foundation Board Back in 2021, we announced…

🧮 Linux Tips, Tutorials and More

If you want to run LLMs locally on your Raspberry Pi, then Ollama can be a great choice.

How to Run LLMs Locally on Raspberry Pi Using Ollama AI
Got a Raspberry Pi? How about using it ton run some LLMs using Ollama for your own private AI?

Zorin OS now provides a way to upgrade from version 16 to 17. Here's how it works.

How to upgrade to Zorin OS 17
Zorin OS now provides a way to upgrade to a newer major version. Here’s how to do that.

Here are some helpful examples for the “Less” command in Linux.

Less Command Examples in Linux
Easily look through the contents of a big file with the help of less command.

📹 What we are watching

An interesting take on Chromebooks by (not the OG) Linus.

✨ Project highlights

We did a book review after quite some time! This time it's “The Software Developer's Guide to Linux” from the house of Packt.

Teaching Linux to Software Developers With This Book
Reading through “The Software Developer’s Guide to Linux” and sharing our experience with the book.

🧩 New quiz unit

A movie buff? Let's see if you can correctly guess the real life geniuses these movies were based on.

Guess the Genius Minds from the movies
You have probably seen the movies. Can you identify the personalities behind the characters?

🎟️ 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

Add emojis inline in gedit by right-clicking inside the editor while editing a file and selecting “Insert Emoji”.

Thereafter, select the required emoji from the emoji selection window.

🤣 Meme of the week

Indeed, I have had peaceful nights after switching back to stable.

🗓️ Tech Trivia

The eminent computer scientist Ken Thompson turned 81 on 4th February. He co-created UNIX, B Programming language (yes, that existed once upon a time) and Go programming language. He also wrote the magical grep command. Grep command has an interesting backstory itself.

🧑‍🤝‍🧑 FOSSverse corner

One of our FOSSers is quite impressed with Windows 11. What about you?

Windows 11: Dare I say I like it?
Hi Guys, I haven’t been spending much time online lately but did miss coming here to talk Linux etc. A couple months back, I picked up a Lenovo IdeaPad for a new laptop. Of course, the first thing I did was partition and install Ubuntu which runs perfectly on this machine. The only thing that doesn’t work in Ubuntu is the fingerprint reader which isn’t a huge deal but it’s so convenient to just swipe my finger to login to Windows and unlock Bit Defender under W11. Lenovo Ideapad 5 15.6″ FH…

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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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