FOSS Weekly #24.02: Mixing AI With Linux, Vanilla OS 2, and More

We are finally settling down in 2024 with impressive updates to popular Linux distributions, and new open-source projects.

I hope you started what you planned with some new year resolutions! 😁

In this newsletter, we have a quiz unit to help new Linux users while providing a refresher to all the experienced ones (including myself!).

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

  • New Linux distribution releases.
  • Continuation of the AI trend in open-source.
  • Some insights into what Vanilla OS 2 plans to offer.
  • And other Linux news, videos and, of course, memes!

📰 Linux news

What a start to the year 2024! We already have Linux kernel 6.7 release in the second week!

Linux Kernel 6.7 Release is Loaded With Fixes and a New FilesystemOne of the biggest Linux Kernel releases, packed with fixes and a couple of new things.

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🧠 What we’re thinking about

Canonical is brewing something Snappy with their recent hires.

Canonical wants better Snap support outside Ubuntu, based on latest hiresReturning developer says he might get to “change some of the old ideas.”

🧮 Linux Tips, Tutorials and More

Up your gaming experience on Linux with these helpful tips and tools.

7 Tips and Tools to Improve Your Gaming Experience on LinuxHere are the best tips to make your Linux gaming experience enjoyable.

How about a “free” command to start your day off?

Free Command Examples in LinuxThe free command in Linux helps you gain insights on system memory usage (RAM), and more. Here’s how to make good use of it.

📹 What we are watching

Has the year of the Linux desktop arrived?


✨ Project highlights

It is possible to run shutter on Wayland, our in-house Shutter enthusiast, took a look at one such project that makes it happen.

You Can Now Run Shutter on Wayland!You don’t have to stop using Shutter on Wayland!

We also covered a fairly new project “App Fleet” that aims to automate workspaces on Linux. You can explore more about it here:

App Fleet: Open-Source App to Automate Your Workspace on LinuxAn open-source workspace automation tool. Sounds interesting!

🧩 New quiz unit

Time to put your Linux experience to test.

Linux Knowledge TestHow much do you know about Linux? Find out here.

💡 Quick handy tip

Want to trigger a click when you hover the pointer over something? You can do that through the Click Assist feature.

From SettingsAccessibility, Turn On Click Assist. Next, as shown in the screenshot above, enable the “Hover Click” button. You can also adjust the time it takes to click after hover.

This will activate a mouse cursor button on the top panel. Click on it and select an action you want, when you hover over an item, it performs the assigned action.

Options include double click, right click, drag, and secondary click.


🤣 Meme of the week

Some of you need to up your terminal game!


🗓️ Tech Trivia

Apple unveiled the first iPhone on January 9, 2007. It’s been 17 years since the launch of the iPhone by Steve Jobs.

Yes, it’s been quite some time!😲


🧑‍🤝‍🧑 FOSSverse corner

A longtime FOSSer shares their experience trying to install Windows 10 from a local ISO image using QEMU.

Install Windows 10 from local .iso using QemuI have read here on ItsFOSS the various instructables for using QEMU and setting up a VM. Most of these are installing a different Linux distro and/or downloading the file from the web. So I decided to first start with the document @nevj referenced installing Alpine Linux into a VM, since I had no idea how to point to my downloaded .iso file in terminal during the VM setup. This worked mostly okay, despite the fact that I knew nothing about the network interface and how to set that up but the…

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