Pragmatic Idealism | LINUX Unplugged 154

Pragmatic Idealism | LINUX Unplugged 154

Do you use desktop Linux for idealistic or practical reasons? We ask our virtual LUG & share our stories. Plus Chris’s new VPN solution & the hosted vs self hosted debate with a new twist.

Plus Canonical’s smart move to push Snap packages forward, tons of updates from our favorite projects & the disturbing news about Chrome.



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Follow Up / Catch Up

Microsoft blocks Linux installations

Microsoft has closed a backdoor left open in Windows RT even though the OS is pretty much dead in the water as Vole can’t be bothered with it any more.

Linux demo of the System Shock remake is now available on GOG

System Shock is a complete remake of the genre defining classic from 1994 built by a team of industry veterans.
Remember Citadel.

After two decades, Nightdive Studios is rebooting and re-imagining the original System Shock. We will keep the new game true to the classic experience, keeping all the things you loved while giving today’s gamers the modern look and feel expected from a AAA title.


kernel-4.6.4-301.fc24 – Fedora Updates System

Update to latest upstream stable release, Linux v4.6.4

For those with Skylake CPUs, please note that there may be instability with a recent microcode update. Read and look for a system firmware update before installing the kernel.

How are they acquiring this browsing data? Is it one of the following?

  • People who sign into Chrome
  • People who use opt-out services, like:
  • “Use a web service to help resolve navigation errors”
  • “Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed into the address bar or the app launcher search box”
  • “Use a prediction service to load pages more quickly”
  • “Automatically report details of possible security incidents to Google”
  • “Protect you and your device from dangerous sites”
  • “Automatically send usage statistics and crash reports to Google”

Vivaldi’s Ruarí Ødegaard has managed to create a handy script that would allow you to watch Netflix movies on Vivaldi as well as any other Chromium-based web browser.

Fetches Chrome and extracts out Widevine so that it can be used by Vivaldi. Also works with other Chromium-based browsers, see guide below.

​The best Linux laptop: The 2016 Dell XPS 13

Make no mistake about it. The 2016 Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition laptop is wonderful. It’s fast, its display is gorgeous, and, at less than three pounds, you can carry and code with it anywhere. But, oh, that price tag!

Canonical Announces Snappy Sprint Event in Germany to Shape Up Universal Snaps

Today, July 5, Canonical’s David Planella has informed Softpedia about an upcoming event that aims to gather together developers and contributors from various well-known projects to work on shaping up the universal Snaps.

Just finished the first cross distro session on Day 2 of the Snappy Sprint. Sitting in this room are representatives from Debian, Fedora, Arch Linux, openSUSE, elementary and Ubuntu. All working together to make sure that Snappy is well integrated into the various distro CI systems and provides a consistent experience everywhere.

The Snappy Sprint community team dinner. These are the people, not from Ubuntu, who’ve been invited to represent their distro or project. Around this table are AppStream, Arch Linux, Debian, elementary​, Fedora, openWRT, openSUSE, KDE and (me behind the camera) MATE. And some +Ubuntu​ of course ☺️


Chris’ VPN Follow Up

A VPN based on OpenVPN and operated by activists and hacktivists in defence of net neutrality, privacy and against censorship.

Would I finally surrender to Intuit and start using Quicken? Was a Google Docs spreadsheet enough to get me through? I experimented with GNU Cash for a bit and found it very powerful but somewhat difficult to use. A search for other open source tools randomly led me to ledger and my interest was peaked.

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