Episode 82 | This Week in Linux

On this episode of This Week in Linux, we have probably the most controversial episodes we have ever done for this show but before we get to all of that, we’re going to cover some exciting news like a new version of OBS Studio with release of OBS 24. Pine64 announces they are working a Smartwatch called the PineTime. A new update to the Enlightenment window environment with the release of E23. We got some new distro releases from Kali Linux, BlackArch and Linux From Scratch. Later in the show, we’ll get into the controversial topics like Richard Stallman resigning from FSF. A discussion on Twitter and the DLN Forum about whether people think Microsoft is trustworthy or not and how could they become trustworthy. Huawei is now selling Linux Laptops with Deepin Linux pre-isntalled. A new GIMP forked project was announced called Glimpse. Purism says that the Librem 5 is meeting it’s shipping date. And then we’ll emerge from the controversial section to finish out the show with some Linux Gaming News. All that and much more on Your Weekly Source for Linux GNews!

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  1. Appreciate the callout and the perspective, as always. :slight_smile:

  2. Some controversial aspects of the FSF and Gnu Image Manipulation Program stories were certainly “unsavoury” and I truly appreciate how they were addressed with clarity, decisiveness and within the family-friendly boundaries of your informative show, Michael :+1:

  3. You’re good at what you do! My son even listens with me, and he’s recently 11. The fact that you are able to make him care says a lot about you.

  4. I’d like to chime in here to say I think @MichaelTunnell nailed with wrt Gimp. I’ve always held that the name was stupid and juvenile, but the bottom line is IT’S JUST NOT A VERY GOOD NAME! While I don’t care as much about the offensive nature of it (I get that it is offensive etc.), just from a marketing and branding standpoint, it does absolutely nothing to help adoptability or usage. There is no upside to it. Period.

    The maintainers have clearly (petulantly) dug their heels in now, are are unwilling to budge in giving up something that is obs more of a liability than a benefit, so a fork is a great answer. When they get up and running I’ll be sure to download and support “Glimpse” or whatever name they settle on in the future.

    Thanks for the headsup, M.

  5. GIMP – it’s funny, I actually am a “gimp” since birth (the kind with the limp, not the Pulp Fiction type) and was never bothered in the slightest by the term. That said, I understand that there are some who are offended by it and – since there’s no other good reason to keep the name – it makes perfect sense to change it.

    Stallman – he’s been irritating and offending the Linux and Free Software communities for as long as I can remember; a fresh perspective will be, er, refreshing.

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