FOSS Weekly #24.07: Fedora Atomic Distro, Android FOSS Apps, Mozilla Monitor Plus and More

Open source rival to Twitter, a hyped new terminal and a cool new Brave/Chrome feature among many other things.
Warp Terminal

Twitter's open source rival BlueSky is now open for all. It is based on the AT Protocol. And It's FOSS is already on this new platform. We got to try new things, right?

Speaking of new things, there is a new Rust-based terminal that is generating quite a buzz in various coding communities on the web. It is called Warp and it brings IDE-styled editor to the terminal.

It is not open source and it is not available to everyone on Linux yet. However, I have got my hands it and soon I'll be checking if it's really worth all the hype. Afterwards, I'll share my experience with you, hopefully next week. If interested, you can check out its other promised features from its website below.

Linux Terminal
The modern, Rust-based command line terminal with AI built in. Now available in beta for Linux. Join the waitlist today.

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

  • Fedora rebranding some of their spins.
  • Intel is changing the names of their processors.
  • Firefox has a new privacy-focused offering.
  • Ankush switched to Fedora from Ubuntu and now he is going back.
  • Canonical pushing for more Snaps in Ubuntu 24.04.
  • And other Linux news, videos and, of course, memes!

📰 Linux news

  • SparkyLinux 2024.02 is here with important tweaks and fixes.
  • BlueSky is now open for everyone to join, there's no need for an invite anymore.
  • Thunderbird will be offered as a Snap on the upcoming Ubuntu 24.04 LTS release.
  • Fedora Atomic Desktops is the new family of spins that features some popular existing Fedora spins.
  • Mozilla has launched a new Plus tier for their Monitor service that deletes personal data from over 190 data brokers.

The Linux Foundation has formed an alliance with some influential organizations to tackle Post-Quantum Cryptography.

The Linux Foundation Creates an Alliance to Work On Post-Quantum Cryptography
The Linux Foundation launches an exciting endeavor for post-quantum cryptography.

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🧠 What we’re thinking about

Linux, but in space! Learn how our favorite kernel is being used to power spacecrafts.

The Usage Of Embedded Linux In Spacecraft
As the first part of a series, [George Emad] takes us through a few examples of the Linux operating system being used in spacecraft. These range from SpaceX’s Dragon capsule to everyone&#8217…

🧮 Linux Tips, Tutorials and More

If you are an Android user, here are some open source Android apps you could explore and use.

40+ Best Open Source Android Apps
The best open source Android apps. Replace the proprietary options to enjoy a potentially better experience!

Learn how to properly use UARTs to debug a Raspberry Pi.

Using a USB Serial Adapter (UART) to Help Debug Raspberry Pi
A UART attached to your Raspberry Pi can help you troubleshoot issues with your Raspberry Pi. Here’s what you need to know.

Thereafter, you can see how the “Cut” command works in Linux.

Cut Command Examples in Linux
The Cut command lets you extract a part of the file to print without affecting the original file. Learn more here.

Learn about the changes Intel is brining to its processor names.

Intel Processor Naming Changes: All You Need to Know
Intel makes things confusing, I guess. Let’s try making the processor naming changes simpler.

📹 What we are watching

Torvalds talking about Rust (2 months old video).

✨ Project highlights

This is how Fedora fared for a long-time Ubuntu user. Hint: It didn't go as planned.

I Switched to Fedora From Ubuntu: Going Back Again!
Here’s how it went with the switch to Fedora.

And an interesting AI-based open source project for creating digital avatars.

This Open-Source AI Tech Generates Personalised Digital Avatars
A pretty cool open-source AI project.

🧩 New quiz unit

You love Firefox, don't you? How about playing this quiz and 'saving Firefox'?

Save Firefox With This Knowledge Test
Do you think you can save Firefox? Free your favorite open-source browser by testing your knowledge!

💡 Quick handy tip

Did you know that you could check the memory usage of an active tab on the Brave browser by just hovering on one? I think it's a recent feature added to Chromium and it probably works with other Chromium-based browsers as well.

Checking memory usage for each tab in Brave

🤣 Meme of the week

K is for KDE. That's the (k)law, right?

🗓️ Tech Trivia

The first fully electronic computer (as compared to electro-mechanical designs) ENIAC unveiled at the University of Pennsylvania on 14 February 1946. It occupied over 1,500 square feet of space, weighed 30 tons, and used 18,000 vacuum tubes.

🧑‍🤝‍🧑 FOSSverse corner

One of our longtime FOSSer and an It's FOSS Plus member, Ernie, is taking steps to switch to Solus Linux from Windows. Got any advice?

Today I take the next step in my journey to replace Windows with Solus Linux
Begin Rant: Recently, I have been very unhappy with the direction Microsoft has been taking as a corporation, and with Windows. As a corporation, I’m seeing shades of the Microsoft of old emerging. I find their all-in attitude toward AI, and their penchant to integrate it into all the apps they include with their OS, very disturbing. As far as I’m concerned, AI is a two-sided sword. On the positive side, it offers the potential to be a great boon to humanity. On the other hand, it poses an equ…

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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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