FOSS Weekly #23.29: Linux Mint 21.2 Released, Systemd vs Init, Terminal vs Nautilus and More

A ‘funny’ thing happened this week.

It’s FOSS received a DMCA takedown notice. It was against this tutorial about managing startup applications in Ubuntu. The DMCA report was filed by someone (using automated bots) who thought that the content violated the copyrights of the TV series StartUp.

I filed an appeal, which was resolved in a few days. But the entire episode shows the reckless use of stupid bots. Imagine if someone deliberately used this mechanism to target independent, small publishers like us 😱

💬 Let’s see what you get in this edition of FOSS Weekly:

  • Linux Mint 21.2 is available now
  • Creating custom ISO from Ubuntu and Linux Mint install
  • A filmmaker shares his experience using FOSS tech to make films
  • Continuation of our Bash Basics series.
  • And other Linux news, videos, Puzzles and, of course, memes!

📰 Linux news

Linux Mint 21.2 is here with visual improvements. Our coverage also mentions the update procedure.

Linux Mint 21.2 Release Improves The Visual Redesign FurtherLinux Mint 21.2 is an impressive upgrade!

🧠 What we’re thinking about

A fascinating piece from a filmmaker discussing his experience of filmmaking using FOSS tech.

Every Year is Someone’s Year of Linux DesktopI was in the midst of 2-year long Linux Experiment when my first feature film was green-lit. How did I make my film using (mostly) FOSS tech?

🧮 Tips and Tutorials

Bash your way into handling string operations effectively.

Bash Basics Series #6: Handling String OperationsIn this chapter of the Bash Basics series, learn to perform various common string operations like extracting, replacing and deleting substrings.

Systemd has been at the center of controversy since the beginning. Here’s a quick overview shared by Bill.

systemd vs init Controversy [A Layman’s Guide]Still confused about what is systemd and why it is often at the center of controversy in the Linux world? I try to answer in simpler words.

If you are into experiments, here’s something you could try for creating an ISO with a specific set of applications.

How to Create Custom Linux Mint or Ubuntu ISOWant to create a custom Linux ISO? Here’s a simple GUI tool to create custom ISO for Ubuntu and other Linux distros.

Closely work with the Nautilus file manager and the terminal with these tips.

Mix and Match Terminal With Nautilus File Manager in LinuxHere are a few tips and tweaks to save your time by combining the terminal and the file manager in Linux.

📹 What we are watching

The Maui project has some major progress updates, Camilo shared updates regarding the new Qt6-based redesign, saying that most Maui projects have been rebased to Qt6.

✨ Project highlights

Skiff is a new secure email service that competes directly with Proton and Google Suites.

Skiff is a Dashing Open-Source Secure Email Alternative to Gmail and Proton MailAn open-source privacy-friendly answer to Google suite and others. Learn more here.

🧩 Puzzle (for Pro members only)

Three Columns are there, a program, related image, and its use. You need to Drag and arrange all to make the rows match.

Puzzle of The Week: Match the Pairs #02: Linux AppsExercise those ‘little gray cells’ of yours and solve this puzzle.

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💡 Quick handy tip

In virtual machines, the grub screen is usually not displayed. If you need to access it, press and hold the shift key while it is booting up.

How to Access the GRUB Menu in Virtual MachineNeed to access Grub while using Linux in a VM? Here’s how to do that.

🤣 Meme of the week

They are some of the coolest people out there!

🗓️ Tech Trivia

On July 17, Slackware turned 30!!

Slackware is the oldest Linux distribution still being maintained. I think Debian is the second oldest Linux distribution still under active development. Debian will also turn 30 next month.

🧑‍🤝‍🧑 FOSSverse corner

Long time It’s FOSS reader and a Pro member, Ernest, shared his experience with Solus Linux in the Community.

My journey with Solus so far . .I have used a number of distributions over the years, starting with Mandrake Linux which morphed into Mandriva after a few iterations, then when the company stopped distributing/supporting it, I switched to Mageia, a community-based fork of Mandriva that was originated by several members of the Mand…

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