I’ll open the newsletter with good news.
Damn Small Linux is back from a long slumber, features a new antiX base. It’s one of the smallest Linux distros out there.
This is a special project because back in its earlier version, it was an OS that fit under 50 MB. Yes, you read that right. Even in the new edition, everything will be under 700 MB.
It’s a work in development. Hardly an alpha release but good to see the project being resurrected.
So, don’t throw that 1 GB RAM laptop yet. It may still be useful to some extent with Damn Small Linux 😄
💬 Let’s see what else you get in this edition of FOSS Weekly:
- Two new office suite releases for Linux.
- GNOME steps up its documentation game.
- A neat way to run LLMs locally on Raspberry Pis.
- And other Linux news, videos and, of course, memes!
📰 Linux news
- Mozilla’s abandoned Servo project is going all in for 2024.
- ONLYOFFICE Docs 8.0 is here with improved collaboration.
- GNOME has stepped up their documentation game for contributors.
- LibreOffice 24.2 is here, features a new version naming system, among other things.
- KaOS 2024.01 recently landed with Plasma 6, becoming one of the first distros to do that.
Windows is slowly but surely becoming more like Linux day-by-day.
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🧠 What we’re thinking about
Google is betting big on making the interoperability between C++ and Rust easier for organizations.
🧮 Linux Tips, Tutorials and More
If you want to run LLMs locally on your Raspberry Pi, then Ollama can be a great choice.
Zorin OS now provides a way to upgrade from version 16 to 17. Here’s how it works.
Here are some helpful examples for the “Less” command in Linux.
📹 What we are watching
An interesting take on Chromebooks by (not the OG) Linus.
✨ Project highlights
We did a book review after quite some time! This time it’s “The Software Developer’s Guide to Linux” from the house of Packt.
🧩 New quiz unit
A movie buff? Let’s see if you can correctly guess the real life geniuses these movies were based on.
🎟️ Event alert
Free and open source conference Installfest in Prague is gearing up for its latest event. Most talks from previous years are in Czech, but there will be some in English as well.
Call for speakers is now open, so if you have interesting thoughts to share at the event, please apply on their website.
💡 Quick handy tip
Add emojis inline in gedit by right-clicking inside the editor while editing a file and selecting “Insert Emoji”.
Thereafter, select the required emoji from the emoji selection window.
🤣 Meme of the week
Indeed, I have had peaceful nights after switching back to stable.
🗓️ Tech Trivia
The eminent computer scientist Ken Thompson turned 81 on 4th February. He co-created UNIX, B Programming language (yes, that existed once upon a time) and Go programming language. He also wrote the magical grep command. Grep command has an interesting backstory itself.
🧑🤝🧑 FOSSverse corner
One of our FOSSers is quite impressed with Windows 11. What about you?
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