FOSS Weekly #24.26: Tiling Windows, AI Coming to Firefox, EasyOS, PDF Editing in ONLYOFFICE

Firefox jumps on the AI bandwagon.
Warp Terminal

AI integration is coming to Firefox. Don't get outraged yet if you are not a fan of AI creeping up in every software. It's optional and has several choices available for both local and cloud-based AI.

As I have said earlier, sooner or later, more applications will see the option of AI integration. It's just the beginning.

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

  • Exploring the tiling window feature in Ubuntu 24.04
  • Pocket computer running Linux
  • Interview with the founder of Bitwarden
  • And other Linux news, videos and, of course, memes!

📰 Linux news

  • ONLYOFFICE Docs 8.1 is a packed release with a superior PDF editor.
  • Vivaldi 6.8 release focuses on the mail client, and an improved ad-blocker.
  • GNOME is all set to feature support for accent colors and VR on Wayland session.
  • darktable 4.8 adds many useful enhancements, and drops some AI bits in the process.
  • Good news for users of NVIDIA! Ubuntu 24.10 is making Wayland the default session.

Lightweight EasyOS has a new major release.

EasyOS 6.0 Release: A New LTS Series Kicks Off
EasyOS 6.0 is an interesting Linux distro upgrade for a new LTS series, supported until 2028. Find out more here.

We had a great chat with the man behind Bitwarden, Kyle Spearrin, who gave us some insight into his journey.

In Conversation with Kyle Spearrin: The Genius Behind Bitwarden
Bitwarden is easily the most loved open-source password manager. Kyle Spearrin (Founder) tells us a bit more about the vision and goals.

🧠 What we’re thinking about

Linux's BSOD implementation could also be Black. No need to panic!

B in BSOD Could Also be Black: Panicked Linux Users!
Linux users, from blue to black screen of death, yes, it is possible!

🧮 Linux Tips, Tutorials and More

  • In recent Ubuntu releases, it is common to see the icons not showing up for some applications. Here's how I handled this problem.
  • Miss the minimize/maximize buttons on GNOME when using Fedora and Arch Linux? There's a way to add them back.
  • LM Studio offers a neat way to run LLMs easily on Linux.

Ubuntu 24.04 has enhanced its tiling window offering. Here's how to get the most out of it.

Exploring the Default Tiling Windows Feature in Ubuntu 24.04
Ubuntu has enhanced its tiling window offering. See how to use it and further enhance the tiling experience.

📹 Video tutorial

Let's play games in the terminal 🕹️

✨ Project highlights

Jot down your thoughts with this interesting FOSS Android app.

A No-Nonsense Open-Source Diary App for Android
Add your thoughts to the app like you jot down things in your diary. A really useful app!

Or, how about a Linux PC that could fit inside your pocket?

Pocket Z Aims To Be A True Linux Computer That Fits In Your Pocket!
A Linux computer in our pockets? Well, why not!

Also check out GitButler, a new kind of Git client from GitHub's co-founder.

🧩 New quiz

Ready for part 2 of the Riddler's riddles? 🤔

Batman Saves Linux: Riddles
Guess the distributions by solving the riddles.

💡 Quick handy tip

Get the disk usage of a folder in GNOME by following this tip.

On the Nautilus file manager, right-click on a folder and select Open ➝ Open With.

From the list of apps, select “Disk Usage Analyzer” and click Open.

This will open the disk analysis for that folder, showing you a detailed breakdown of the various files inside it, with a handy Rings chart for better visualization.

🤣 Meme of the week

Linux Mint users lead a relatively peaceful life.

🗓️ Tech Trivia

June 21, 2004, was the day we saw the first private space flight take off (SpaceShipOne). It was funded by Microsoft.

🧑‍🤝‍🧑 FOSSverse corner

Pro FOSSer Sheila tests out Vanilla OS2 on QEMU, read on to see how it went.

Installing/Testing Vanilla OS2 in QEMU
I read through the thread from Jan 2023 on Vanilla OS and decided to see what has happened with that less than stellar OS since then. A lot, apparently. But only the beta is currently available and so I want to try it in the virtual machine (QEMU) first. Then maybe we can add to that thread considering all the changes, many of which I had never heard of. Details here. Setting up the VM was simple enough, but I ran into the message: Vanilla OS requires UEFI. This I have not encountered before. I…

FOSSers discuss which office suite for Linux is the most compatible with MS Office.

Which Office for Linux is most compatible with MS Office?
Hi, my friends, I would like your help with the following: I have to use a Word document that uses data from an excel sheet and they are “linked” through a function in word that is merge 9 I believe is the correct name) that fetches the data from the excel sheet and fills in the document, kind of like mail merge, as I understand it, because I can’t see it. I can’t touch the documents to configure them or change them to other formats, but eventually I will have to work with them. I’ve tested…

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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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