FOSS Weekly #24.08: Ubuntu 24.04 Features, Arkane Linux, grep, Fedora COSMIC and More

It seems that Fedora is gearing up for more novel variants. Last week, I shared the news about Fedora Atomic spin and now they are considering a COSMIC spin. COSMIC is a new, Rust-based desktop environment by Pop!_OS.

The more, the merrier?

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

  • Arcane Linux brings a unique touch to immutability.
  • A neat to-do app that doesn’t get in the way.
  • The beginnings of a COSMIC-flavored Fedora spin.
  • Features that make Ubuntu 24.04 LTS worth the wait.
  • And other Linux news, videos and, of course, memes!

📰 Linux news

Ubuntu 24.04 LTS is just a few months out. Here are 7 features that make it a contender for the cool distros club.

7 Features That Make Ubuntu 24.04 LTS CoolCurious what Ubuntu’s next big LTS release brings? We tell you all about it here.

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🧠 What we’re thinking about

More indie publishers are realizing that Google is favoring big media publications in the search results. And this threatens the existence of independent websites like It’s FOSS.

Bigger publications are using AI generated substandard content on Linux (and other topics) and yet, you’ll get to see them first in the search results. All the more reasons to support your favorite blogs and websites before they are obliterated by the media giants and big tech.

How Google is killing independent sites like ours – HouseFreshAnd why you shouldn’t trust product reviews from big media publishers ranking at the top of Google.

🧮 Linux Tips, Tutorials and More

Unlock PDFs on Linux like a pro! Discover the quick steps to remove passwords effortlessly.

How to Remove Password from PDF Files in LinuxA neat trick to get rid of the annoyance of entering the password each time you open a password protected file.

The “Grep” command is handy for searching for and matching patterns within text files. Learn how to use it:

grep Command Examples in LinuxGrep is a useful command to help you quickly search and find through file contents.

I wrote this tutorial more than 9 years ago. Recently, a reader notified in the comments that the steps still work. Arch is indeed a timeless distro 😉

How to Connect iPhone to Arch LinuxNot able to connect your iPhone with your Arch Linux. This troubleshooter may help you with that.

📹 What we are watching

✨ Project highlights

This is an interesting new distro with the ‘immutability’ touch. Apparently, you can even change the base distro (from Arch to Debian). Yet to experiment with the base distro change but the first impressions look nice.

Arkane Linux: This ‘Nix-worthy’ Arch-based Immutable Distro Shows PotentialA GNOME-centered take on immutability with Arch Linux.

In the market for a minimal to-do app that doesn’t get in the way? Errands might just be the one for you.

Errands: A Simple and Elegant To-Do Companion for LinuxReady to take charge of your errands with a desktop Linux app? Here you go!

🧩 New quiz unit

Like solving crosswords? How about this one?

Crossword: Popular Linux AppsThe classic crossword puzzle with the Linux twist for you.

💡 Quick handy tip

Here’s a quick KDE Plasma tip. If you have a mouse with additional buttons, you can assign buttons for desktop tasks like Application Launcher, Switch Desktop etc.

For this, right-click on the desktop and select “Configure Desktop and Wallpaper”. Now, go into “Mouse Actions”.

Here, click on the “Add Action” button and inside the “Input Here” button, click the additional button on your mouse that you want to use. Now, select the desired action from the dropdown menu and click “Apply”.

🤣 Meme of the week

The wait is always worth it. You can ask one of our FOSSers!

🗓️ Tech Trivia

On February 22, 1997, in Roslin, Scotland, scientists announced that they successfully cloned an adult sheep they named Dolly.

🧑‍🤝‍🧑 FOSSverse corner

A FOSSer shares how they ended up with Linux Mint.

I’ve ended up on Linux Mint, of all placesI never expected to end up on Linux Mint, but it ticks all the IMPORTANT boxes for me. it’s stable, so I don’t have to worry about my system. It delivers the performance I need. It’s point’n clicky, so no mucking about on the CLI when I don’t want to. It’s.deb , so when something is not in the repositories, odds are I can grab it from the web and install it without any problems. No updates which take forever. So, how did I end up here? After all, for a long time I preferred “rolling release”…

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