We get fired up about the bigger message behind Ubuntu’s new fork, debate Mozilla’s plans to collect data on Firefox users & come up with solutions for Linux users fleeing from CrashPlan.

Plus a geeky project so cool it might consume your life, Google’s clever plans to push ChromeOS into the Enterprise & the one thing Electron should never be used for.

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Are Laptops & PCs Preloaded with Ubuntu Budgie on the Way? – OMG! Ubuntu!

That’s if hints dropped on the Linux distribution’s social media pages are to be believed.

CrashPlan is shutting down their Consumer plans

CrashPlan is making an immediate pivot to focus its cloud backup service exclusively on businesses, and the company is planning to shut down its consumer-facing “CrashPlan for Home” product as a result.

rclone supports Backblaze and Others

Rclone is a command line program to sync files and directories to and from

  • Google Drive
  • Amazon S3
  • Openstack Swift / Rackspace cloud files / Memset Memstore
  • Dropbox
  • Google Cloud Storage
  • Amazon Drive
  • Microsoft OneDrive
  • Hubic
  • Backblaze B2
  • Yandex Disk
  • SFTP
  • FTP
  • HTTP
  • The local filesystem

  • Duplicati

  • Déjà Dup in Launchpad
  • duplicity: Main

FINALLY! An Electron based File Manager for Linux!!!oneone!!

It’s called JumpFM and it’s described as a ‘minimalistic dual pane file manager for Linux’. The developer of the app cites fman, a cross-platform Qt file manager, and Exa, a terminal tool that lets you add bling to the ls command, as key main influences.

ChromeOS is coming for the Enterprise

Google is launching a new enterprise service for large businesses that want to adopt Chrome OS devices. The new Chrome Enterprise subscription, which will cost $50 per device and year, is essentially a rebrand of Chromebooks for Work, but with a number of additional capabilities.

Easy bashrc generator

Pick the elements you want to use in your prompt.

banga/powerline-shell: A beautiful and useful prompt for your shell

A Powerline like prompt for Bash,
ZSH and Fish:


  • Shows some important details about the git/svn/hg/fossil branch (see below)
  • Changes color if the last command exited with a failure code
  • If you’re too deep into a directory tree, shortens the displayed path with an ellipsis
  • Shows the current Python virtualenv environment
  • It’s easy to customize and extend. See below for details.

justjanne/powerline-go: A beautiful and useful low-latency prompt for your shell, written in go

A Powerline like prompt for Bash, ZSH and Fish. Based on Powerline-Shell by @banga. Ported to golang by @justjanne.

Linux Academy

Ubuntu just showed every other distro how to roll a Dock

Ubuntu Dock is a light fork of Dash to Dock, with very few tweaks that I’ll highlight in this post.

Check your containers before you wreck your self

Introducing Anchore Navigator, a service for quick discovery, deep inspection, and analysis of public and private container images.


Firefox wants more Data

One solution is the use of differential privacy [2] [3], which allows us to collect sensitive data without being able to make conclusions about
individual users, thus preserving their privacy.

An attacker that has access to the data a single user submits is not able
to tell whether a specific site was visited by that user or not.

The Google Open Source project called RAPPOR [4] [5] is the most widely known and deployed implementation of differential privacy.

We have been investigating the use of RAPPOR for these kind of use-cases, with initial simulation results being promising.

Plex changes its new privacy policy after backlash, clarified it’s not trying to see what’s in your library | TechCrunch

Popular media player software maker Plex has had a rough weekend. The company alerted users via email on Friday about an updated privacy policy due to go into effect in September. The new policy would remove users’ ability to opt out of data collection, said Plex. This move quickly resulted in much user backlash, with many subscribers concerned that their data would be shared or sold to third parties, or that Plex would now be able to identify the media files housed in their library.


Stage 9 | A virtual recreation of the Star Trek TNG sets in Unreal Engine 4

This aim of the Stage 9 project is to recreate the sets used in Star Trek The Next Generation in Unreal Engine 4 with a focus on attention to detail.

The eventual goal is to allow you to explore every part of the ship that you’ve seen on the show and interact with it.

Imagine walking to Worfs’ tactical station on the Bridge, pressing buttons on his control panel and firing torpedoes or sitting in Datas’ chair at the helm console and taking the ship into warp. Immersion and interactivity are the key here!

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