152: Freenode IRC Fiasco, SUSE IPO, RHEL 8.4, Element, Sublime Text, Wine

On this episode of This Week in Linux, we got a ton of big news. We’ve got distro news from Red Hat for RHEL 8.4, SUSE made a lot of announcements at SUSECON, we’ve got a new release from GeckoLinux making some interesting changes. In App News, we’ll talk about the latest releases of the popular text editor, Sublime Text and Element’s new featured called Spaces and why I’m excited for it. Then we’ll just into the Hardware space with new laptops from Entroware and Tuxedo Computers plus a really cool hardware topic involving Space and Satellites. Later in the show, we’ve got a topic to cover that has quite a bit of Drama attached to it, that is the news regarding the situation around Freenode IRC network. All that and much more on Your Weekly Source for Linux GNews!

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  1. Thanks, Michael - lots of very good news this week :slight_smile: I’m struggling to choose a favourite. From a communications perspective both the updates to Element and the Femtostar news in collaboration with Pine64 sound wonderful. Also the release of new Linux laptops. I’m thinking numeric keypads are quite common on 15-inch laptops in UK; maybe we have smaller fingers here(!) Favourite joke of the week “RGB backlit gives you an extra five frames per second…” :laughing:

    For my text editor I switched to Kate recently as my main one. Prior to that I was using vim as a common denominator available everywhere but was a bit put-off by its repeatedly crashing in a Gnome terminal under Gnome / Debian. Prior to that I was relying on JEdit for compatibility with Windows, but another good thing about Kate is it works on Windows too - with the same themes as well, I believe; not that I use Windows often, thankfully.

  2. Hi Michael. Thanks for doing the work to keep us updated with This Week In Linux.

    I had a minor issue with this episode: In my audio RSS feed catcher (AntennaPod on Android), the links for kline.sh and Freenode Response seemed to be going to localhost ( - which, of course, didn’t work for me.

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