Fedora 25 ships with Wayland by default, the latest Gnome & the promise of upgradeability.

We test upgrade a Fedora 24 workstation with Gnome customizations, third party repos & some history. We capture and share the failures and successes.

Plus the bigger problems the Tor phone raises, the docking station that could make convergence real & more!

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Fedora 25

Fedora 25 released! – Fedora Magazine

Fedora 25 provides many bug fixes and tweaks to these underlying components, as well as new and enhanced packages, including:

  • Docker 1.12 for building and running containerized applications
  • Node.js 6.9.1, the latest version of the popular server-side JavaScript engine
  • Support for Rust, a faster and more stable system programming language
  • PHP 7, offering improved performance and reduced memory usage
  • Multiple Python versions — 2.6, 2.7, 3.3, 3.4 and 3.5 — to help run test suites across several Python configurations, as well as PyPy, PyPy3, and Jython

Wayland in Fedora 25

The big news for desktop users in Workstation is the Wayland display server has finally replaced the legacy X11 Window server. Wayland has been in the works since 2008. The point of Wayland is to provide a smoother, richer experience for graphical environments. X also had a huge amount of functionality that was no longer being used.

On top of Wayland, Fedora 25 Workstation runs GNOME 3.22. This latest desktop claims to offer multiple file renaming, a redesigned keyboard settings tool, and additional user interface improvements. If, like me, you’re not a GNOME fan, Fedora 25 also supports spins with other default desktops. These include KDE, XFCE, LXDE, MATE, and Cinnamon.

How To Test

  1. Boot a fresh F25 workstation install.
  2. Verify that the login screen is running under Wayland (you can do so by looking for a process called gdm-wayland-session in ps -ef output)
  3. Verify that the session chooser offers ‘GNOME’, ‘GNOME on X11’ and ‘GNOME Classic’, and that ‘GNOME’ is selected by default.
  4. Log into all three of these sessions and verify that ‘GNOME’ gives you Wayland (you can verify this by bringing up the GTK+ inspector in a gtk3 application and checking what backend is used), while the other two end up with X11.

  5. Change the gdm configuration by adding WaylandEnable=false and reboot

  6. Verify that the login screen comes up under X
  7. Verify that only X-based sessions are offered in the session chooser

  8. Log into the Wayland-based session again

  9. Use the desktop normally, and verify that there are no obvious instabilities, or Wayland-specific bugs or performance problems

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Runs Linux

My Mower Runs Linux

After about 6 months of doing research on hardware and embedded systems I finally have a decent working prototype and it runs LINUX! All design, programming, GIS tools, and supporting tools, like field HUD, are all linux (Arch and Ubuntu).

Desktop App Pick

Midnight Commander

After last week’s app pick many wrote in to suggest we take a look at…

GNU Midnight Commander is a visual file manager, licensed under GNU General Public License and therefore qualifies as Free Software. It’s a feature rich full-screen text mode application that allows you to copy, move and delete files and whole directory trees, search for files and run commands in the subshell. Internal viewer and editor are included.
Midnight Commander is based on versatile text interfaces, such as Ncurses or S-Lang, which allows it to work on a regular console, inside an X Window terminal, over SSH connections and all kinds of remote shells.


The $89 ARM Laptop

Sent in by Dennis K.

PINEBOOK is a 11″ or 14″ notebook powered by the same Quad-Core ARM Cortex A53 64-Bit Processor used in our popular PINE A64 Single Board Computer. It is lightweight and comes with a full size keyboard and large multi-touch touchpad for students and makers.

Using the mini HDMI port, the PINEBOOK can be connected to a larger external HDMI diplay or TV for presentations.

Build-in MicroSD Card slot allows users to expand their data storage up to 256 GB with a microSD Card (SD, SDHC, SDXC).

Stickers – Super Key Sticker with Any LAS Sticker While They Last!

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— NEWS —

Tor Phone Is The “Super-secure Version Of Android”, Developed By Tor Project

Aptly named Tor Phone, this new phone has been designed by Tor developer Mike Perry. It’s based on Copperhead OS, an Android distribution that comes with multiple security enhancement. In the past, Google’s Android security team has accepted many Copperhead patches in their Android code base.

Systemic Threats to Software Freedom

Unfortunately, not only is Copperhead the only Android rebuild that supports Verified Boot, but the Google Nexus/Pixel hardware is the only Android hardware that allows the user to install their own keys to retain both the ability to modify the device, as well as have the filesystem security provided by verified boot.

This, combined with Google’s _increasing hostility_towards Android as a fully Open Source platform, as well as the difficulty for _external entities_to keep up with Android’s surprise release and opaque development processes, means that the ability for end-users to _use, study, share, and improve_the Android system are all in great jeopardy.

UbuCon Europe 2016 – Welcome & UBports Announcement – YouTube

Debian putting everything on the /usr

One of the reasons for the change is that the current hierarchy _creates “busy work”_for developers, as Russ Allbery explained in January. He argued the change would mean “we don’t have to try to harass a thousand package maintainers into doing essentially untestable busy-work to try to move things around between __/usr_, _/bin_, and _/lib__to support a tiny handful of systems for which other approaches are available.”

Jay (Microsoft project manager) knows the score when it comes to Linux performance

Tor Phone – The Secure Android

The Tor Project has released Tor Phone–a privacy-focused and secure version of Android mobile OS. It’s based on Copperhead OS, a hardened Android distribution. Tor Phone also uses OrWall to force all the connections over Tor network.

Upcoming XFS Work in Linux v4.8 v4.9 and v4.10+, by Darrick Wong )

For the past year I have been working on a bunch of new features for the
XFS filesystem on Linux. Modern-day XFS is a direct descendant of the
original XFS code from SGI Irix that was donated long ago. The goals
are the same — XFS is intended to behave consistently as it scales to
large storage and many files.


RogueBots – System76
Mail Bag
  • Name: Craig

  • Subject: UPS that Will Come via UPS


Hey Dudes,

Not a direct related Linux question, but it does have to do with my System76 Ratel so there is that. So I have been using my Ratel for a few months now. Real nice machine. plug plug. With the winter approaching and possible electricity failures due to ice and snow, etc.; I am now serious on the lookout for a Uninterrupted Power Supply for my Ratel. Not sure where to start. You guys are IT Gurus, what would you suggest my options should be?

Thanks for LAS and all the shows!


I recently installed Antergos on my Oryx Pro and experienced similar problems with the trackpad.

I found that by replacing LightDM with GDM fixed the problems with the trackpad. After switching to GDM, additional setting show up for the trackpad including tap to click.

Also after switching to GDM, the two finger scrolling worked better in particular the horizontal scrolling.

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