FOSS Weekly #23.50: BSOD on Linux, Mint 21.3 Beta, Xonsh Shell and More

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

  • Early sneak peek at Cinnamon 6.0 with Mint 21.3 beta
  • New Kali Linux and Armbian releases.
  • Arrival of ‘Blue Screen of Death’ on Linux.
  • And other Linux news, videos, Puzzles and, of course, memes!

📰 Linux news

You can try Cinnamon 6.0 right now with the Linux Mint 21.3 Beta.

Linux Mint 21.3 Beta Will Let You Try Cinnamon 6.0 Now!Linux Mint 21.3 beta is here!

Brace yourself, BSODs will be arriving early next year in Linux distros near you!

The Blue Screen of Death Comes to Linux, Thanks to SystemdNow, Linux folks get to experience the horror of a blue screen.

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🧠 What we’re thinking about

A new AI alliance has been formed; includes some big names.

‘ChatGPT vs the World: AI Alliance’ for Open Innovation Formed By IBM and 50 MoreAn alliance like this should prevent a single company dominating the AI advancements. What do you think?

🧮 Linux Tips, Tutorials and More

For simple, text-based PDFs, LibreOffice has the editing capability.

Edit PDF Files in Linux Easily With LibreOfficeWondering how to edit PDF files in Linux? At times, you don’t even need PDF editors in Linux because LibreOffice Draw can help you with that.

This is an interesting shell for the people who use Linux and work on Python application development.

Xonsh Shell: Combining the Best of Bash and Python in LinuxIf you are primarily into Python development on Linux, Xonsh shell could be an addition to your toolkit.

Learn how to create and work with links in Obsidian, the knowledge base tool everyone is talking about these days.

Creating and Working with Links in ObsidianThe true power of the Obsidian knowledge base tool lies in the links. Learn to use it.

📹 What we are watching

Time for some silliness before this year ends, a different take on monitoring your CPU.


✨ Project highlights

Jami is a really cool communication app if you are looking for something serverless.

Jami: A Versatile Open-Source Distributed Communication AppInstalling and using Jami to give you a walkthrough of how it works, and what you can expect from it.

🧩 New quizzes

It’s time to look back into the history.

Linux History Trivia QuizAn enjoyable trivia quiz about Linux history.

It’s FOSS Plus users can play this Word Search on Debian release names.

Puzzle of the Week: Word Search #6: Debian Release NamesExercise those ‘little gray cells’ of yours and solve this puzzle.

💡 Quick handy tip

A quick VirtualBox tip. You can use: Right CTRL (Host Key) + F1-F6 to access the TTY of a distribution.


🤣 Meme of the week

Seems like I found the perfect Christmas Gift 🤣


🗓️ Tech Trivia

Google released the first stable public release of its flagship browser Chrome on 11th December 2008. Little did we know that it will completely eclipse over any other web browser out there.


🧑‍🤝‍🧑 FOSSverse corner

FOSSers are discussing GRUB parameters.

Multiboot: setting grub parametersI learnt something about grub today. Say we have 2 Linux distros, A and B , with grub configured to multiboot. Let distro A be the controller of grub. So A has grub installed and has a /boot/grub/grub.cfg file produced by running update-grub ( and os-prober). B may have no grub installed at all, and èven if it has grub, it may have no /boot/grub/grub.cfg file. Now lets say I want to set a linux boot parameter for B… I go to /etc/default/grub in B and add a line GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX=“init=/…

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