FOSS Weekly #24.15: German State Goes Open Source, Android FOSS App, Tailspin and More

And we are covering FOSS Android apps now.
Warp Terminal

Here's positive news that should delight most Linux and open-source supporters. German state Schleswig-Holstein has decided to replace Microsoft Office with LibreOffice on over 30,000 employees' PCs.

Wow! German State Ditches Microsoft for Open-Source Software
The end of dominance for Microsoft in this German state, replacing Windows with Linux, and Office with Libreoffice.

Good news indeed, right?

By the way, it appears that some of you did not receive the previous newsletter due to some technical difficulties. No worries. You can still read the Homelab special edition here.

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

  • Using alias in Linux terminal.
  • Open source Android keyboard app.
  • Yet another German state trying to move away from Microsoft.
  • And other Linux news, videos and, of course, memes!
  • This edition of FOSS Weekly is supported by Warp.

✨ Warp: Linux Terminal With AI

Warp is a modern terminal emulator built with Rust. It has AI assistant integrated along with IDE like features. Consider it the VS Code of terminal. Although not open source and initially developed for macOS, Warp is now also available for Linux.

Linux Terminal
The modern, Rust-based terminal with AI built in. Now available for Linux.

📰 Linux news

Great news for users of NVIDIA hardware on Linux. The Explicit Sync protocol is almost here. Learn why it matters:

Explicit Sync in Wayland is The Answer to NVIDIA Linux Problems!
Time to say goodbye to NVIDIA Wayland issues? Sounds like it!

🧠 What we’re thinking about

For those who may be wondering why Thunderbird is helping maintain the Snap package.

ThunderSnap! Why We’re Helping Maintain The Thunderbird Snap On Linux
In the spirit of free software, we want to support as many users as possible. That’s why we’re officially supporting the Thunderbird Snap.

🧮 Linux Tips, Tutorials and More

Aliases are a great way to ease your work in the Linux terminal.

Creating Aliases in Linux Command Line
Unleash the super power of aliases in the terminal.

Add a splash of color to your log reading experience with Tailspin.

Highlight and Colorize Log Files in Linux With Tailspin
Make reading log files a bit more accessible and fun with tailspin CLI tool.

2024 is shaping up to be yet another year of great distro releases. Check which one may suit you the best:

Best Linux Distributions For Everyone in 2024
Looking for the best Linux distribution that suits everyone? Take a look at our comprehensive list.

📹 What we are watching

An interesting infrared-based head tracking mouse made possible using a Raspberry Pi that runs on Linux!

✨ Project highlights

Cartridges is a minimal launcher for your games across various platforms.

Cartridges: A Simple Game Launcher With Support for Steam, Lutris, and Others
Don’t want to log in separately? Just want to manage all your games in a neat user interface? Cartridges can help.

In response to your requests, we have started our FOSS Android apps series with Simple Keyboard!

I Found The Perfect Open-Source Keyboard App for Android
A simple, secure, and privacy-friendly keyboard app for Android that you need!

🧩 New quiz

Debian fan? This is for you.

The Ian Murdock (Debian) Quiz
Love Debian? Love Debian-based distros? But, do you know about the one who started it all? Take this quiz!

💡 Quick handy tip

View Firefox browsing history neatly by sorting sites. Follow the arrows shown below.

🤣 Meme of the week

Can they ever get to terms?

🗓️ Tech Trivia

The popular version control system Git was released 19 years ago on 7th April 2005. It was created by none other than Linus Torvalds. He was frustrated because the proprietary source control system BitKeeper revoked the free license for Linux kernel development.

Interesting, isn't it? Torvalds created Linux because he could not afford to purchase UNIX and then he created Git in a somewhat similar situation. That's why he is a legend.

🧑‍🤝‍🧑 FOSSverse corner

FOSSers discuss the recently released unofficial version of Antix.

Here is a surprise. From out of the Antix community, an unofficial release of an .iso which installs 4 separate Antix versions, each with one of sysVinit, runit, s6-rc and s6-66+OpenRC. It generates a grub menu like this That is the 386 version, there is also x86-64. I dont know what default is? It has taken off. There is already a Devuan5 copycat version https://www.antixforum.c…

On the other hand, one of our FOSSers shares their experience of using openSUSE Tumbleweed.

openSUSE Tumbleweed: My Semi-Thorough Review
Hey everyone! So, as I had said before, at SCALE 21x I met the amazing people that are part of SoCalSUSE. As a result of meeting them, I first tried out openSUSE Tumbleweed in a VM, then decided to install it on my laptop. I have been using it exclusively for a little over two weeks now. General Computer Use Not really anything here to report. I saw some people on this forum from 2018 talking about codec issues but I have not seen that. It was also quite nice to try out Tumbleweed, because e…

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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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