We get philosophical about open source’s most modern problem & debate where we draw our own personal “Stallman Line”.

Plus a we briefly discuss today’s big Bitcoin fork, Mozilla’s new Firefox experiments, Krita’s woes, Gnome’s moves & the groundwork for the Slackware Challenge.

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Follow Up / Catch Up

Happy Bitcoin Fork Day!

A minority of bitcoin community are forking to create a new version of bitcoin, called Bitcoin Cash (BCC) on August 1 that splits blockchain in two. It will have no impact on bitcoin balances, just will create a new token. That community miners and developers plan to create an alternative network to increate network capacity. Bitcoin Cash (BCC) will fork bitcoin’s existing software and transaction history. It brings new cryptocurrency tokens on a new blockchain with different rules. Anyone who has already bitcoins will have coins in both BCC and BTC after the fork.

First Blocks of the new Chain

After running into roadblocks this morning, miners were able to successfully create a block on a new blockchain, called Bitcoin Cash, at roughly 2:14 p.m. ET today.

Bitcoin Splits in Two Amid Feud t

Bitcoin Cash launches Tuesday in what is known as a “hard fork” from bitcoin, a virtual currency based on peer-to-peer transactions without any central authority or bank behind it. The new offshoot is a response to the increasing popularity of bitcoin, which is struggling to deal with massive numbers of transactions with its underpinning technology. The main bitcoin currency is adopting a system called Segwit2x that moves transactions out of the current blockchain, while bitcoin Cash will use bigger blocks within the blockchain.

Arguments against increasing the block size?

What exactly are the arguments against increasing the block size?

Gnome Lookin at GitLab

For a long time, GNOME has been using cgit for code hosting and Bugzilla for issue tracking. Over the years, these tools have become increasingly antiquated

Is Google Working on a JPEG Killer?

Pik is a new lossy image format for the internet. This directory contains an encoder and a decoder for the format.

Windows Subsystem for Linux out of Beta

This will be great news for those who’ve held-back from employing WSL as a mainline toolset: You’ll now be able to leverage WSL as a day-to-day developer toolset, and become ever more productive when building, testing, deploying, and managing your apps and systems on Windows 10.

Linux Academy

Meet Nitrux: The Most Beautiful Linux Distribution Ever

Nitrux is a new Linux distribution with focus on design. It introduces Nomad desktop which is built on top of KDE Plasma 5 and Qt.

Though Nitrux is based on Ubuntu, it is slightly different from other Ubuntu based distributions because it uses the unstable dev branch. So, the present release Nitrux 1.0 is based on still under development Ubuntu 17.10. Nitrux devs think that “this is close enough to a rolling release model”.

Krita Foundation in Trouble

In other words, because we’re mostly not a company, we should not have claimed back the VAT we paid; but we’re also considered fully a company, so we should have paid VAT in the Netherlands over Dmitry’s work, which we could not have claimed back because the Foundation is mostly not a company.

Firefox Test Pilot

Send lets you upload and encrypt large files (up to 1GB) to share online. When you upload a file, Send creates a link to pass along to whoever you want. Each link created by Send will expire after 1 download or 24 hours, and all sent files will be automatically deleted from the Send server.


Now that I really need it, Linux voice control is a nightmare.

I recently injured my hands and wrists and typing gets painful fast. Mouse use is not so bad but still sore. Need voice control and/or transcription software. Dictation (for writing) main need but voice control would be helpful too – I’d be glad of either.

Have tried 3: Simon, PocketSphinx, FreeSpeech. On Ubuntu 17.04. None work out of box. All may work with time & configuration but that hurts! I spent about 3 hours on each and needed a day’s break after each attempt. Usually like messing with command line etc but not right now.
It might work as a cool gimmick. But I think this prevents it helping those with disabilities. I am the only Linux user I know so can’t get help.

Hell. If any program needs to have simple (typing-minimal) setup/install it is a voice control program. I haven’t used Windows for years but may have to soon. So far all attempts to use Linux to ease my pain have hurt like balls.

Trying out Discord JupiterColony


Kicking off the Slackware Challenge

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