2018 Linux and Open Soure News Roundup


Meltdown and Spectre

LEDE and OpenWrt merge

Fuchsia available for the Pixelbook

UBports release OTA 3 and are working on Android app support

Changes to AMP coming but they aren’t good enough for some web devs

Mycroft Mark 2

Ubuntu 18.04 to revert to Xorg by default

Red Hat to Acquire CoreOS


Nintendo Switch runs Linux

Plasma running on a Switch

Mozilla announces Project Things

AMP Stories and AMP for email


Linux on Galaxy survey

First RISC-V board available to pre-order

LineageOS 15.1 is finally here

XDA article

Unity 8 running on 18.04

Ubuntu metrics collection will be opt-in when upgrading to 18.04

Crostini – Linux VMs on ChromeOS

Microsoft and Canonical collaborate on Ubuntu VMs

Sailfish is coming to more phones


More AMP tyranny from Google

Debian and Kali Linux now available in Windows 10

New Raspberry Pi 3B+

webOS not dead

ChromeOS now on tablets

The final nail in the Firefox OS coffin

Microsoft facilitating yet more distros on WSL

Firefox and Chromium now available as Snaps


Things are going well for RISC-V

Debian now supports RISC-V

Steam Machines disappear from Valve’s site

Steam Machines aren’t dead yet

Microsoft announces Linux-based OS

Chrome OS moves a step closer to proper Linux

Linux apps will look seamless in Chrome OS

Ubuntu 18.04 released

18.04 flavours also released

Clear focus on cloud and containers

Ubuntu 18.04 even runs on a Nintendo Switch


Ubuntu MATE drops 32-bit

Ubuntu Budgie drops 32-bit

Kubuntu to drop 32-bit images

The other flavours could follow suit

Lubuntu finally ready to move to LXQt

Korora takes a “break”

Void Linux struggling as leader goes missing

Fedora 28 released

Linux apps on Chrome OS confirmed

It could be a while before Linux apps work well on Chrome OS

Google puts pressure on OEMs over Android patches

Android Things is finally ready for devices

Android Things 1.0

Clarity on CoreOS and Red Hat

Red Hat and Microsoft bring OpenShift to Azure

WSL coming to Arm

Ubuntu 18.04 now on Win10

Steam link on android

Malware found in (and removed from) the Snap Store

Huawei locks down its bootloaders

Endless lays off several employees

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Microsoft to buy Github

Ubuntu Touch OTA 4 RC released

Fuchsia will support Linux apps

Welcome to Fedora CoreOS

A first look at Ubuntu desktop metrics

SiFive talks up RISC-V

RISC-V so far not as open as hoped

But will be soon

Dockerhub malware


SUSE acquired

Minimal Ubuntu released

Arm throws shade on RISC-V

But then backtracks

EU fines Google $5BN

Google responds

Lubuntu’s new direction

NPM fail…again

Arch Linux AUR Repository Found to Contain Malware


Dropbox Ending Support for non-Ext4 Filesystems

Valve’s “Steam Play” uses Vulkan to bring more Windows games to Linux

Google hands off Kubernetes to the community with $9M donation

Blow for Google in Oracle Android case

Handshake appears and dishes out cash to FOSS projects


Librem 5 delayed

Kernel Maintainer’s Summit moved continents to accommodate Linus

Give Fedora Silverblue a test drive

Jupiter Broadcasting Joins Linux Academy

Chrome OS 70 brings native network file share support

Google loosens grasp on AMP

Running Ubuntu VMs on Windows made easier

First purpose-built distro available for WSL

Flatpak running on WSL

Linus takes a break and a new CoC for kernel devs

At least half of Azure is running Linux


Red Hat’s Stratis storage project reaches 1.0

Microsoft’s Linux powered dev boards, Azure Sphere for sale

Microsoft joins OIN

ChromeOS tablet launched

Ubuntu 18.10 released

More Ubuntu statistics published

elementary OS 5.0 Juno released

Redis modules forked

MongoDB makes change to license

Google changes Android licensing policy in Europe

Linus back in charge of the kernel

IBM to Acquire Red Hat


Samsung announce Linux on DeX with Ubuntu

Librem 5 slips again

New mid-range Raspberry Pi launched

Ubuntu 18.04 will be supported for 10 years

Canonical looking for investors

Cryptocurrency market tanks

Steam Link box discontinued

Fedora 31 Will Likely Be Cancelled Or Significantly Delayed

AMP Project’s new governance model now in effect


Xubuntu 19.04 to drop 32-bit ISO

Steam link lives on via the Raspberry Pi

Microsoft Edge to move to a Chromium base

Mozilla not exactly thrilled about it

Chrome and Firefox to have native Arm builds on Win10

MIPS to be open sourced

FreeBSD ZFS File-System Code To Be Re-Based Over ZFS On Linux

JoeRess Podcast #23


Gender and identity politics

Once again it has been an awfully long time but the JoeRess podcast is back! This time my guest is a young man called Chlo. We spoke about gender dysphoria and politics, identity politics, equality of religious criticism and mockery, Brexit, Trump, immigration and loads more.


If you want to get in contact, you can email podcast at joeress.

Speak soon.


JoeRess Podcast #22


Catchup from the motorway

I was bored on the motorway so I decided to record a solo episode. I spoke about the end of Linux Luddites, the start of Late Night Linux, Linux Action News, FOSS Talk Live and an idea for a regular live show that will probably never happen.


If you want to get in contact, you can email podcast at joeress.

Speak soon.


Lying to children is never OK. Even about Santa.

Christmas is for children and those with children. Those of us who are too selfish, irresponsible, selfless or responsible to have children just get a bit of time off and an excuse to eat and drink a bit more than usual. Everyone is a winner and Christmas is great. 

As an atheist it’s a bit uncomfortable to see all the Jesus stuff get thrown around but thankfully there is enough crass commercialism and obvious pagan symbolism to balance all of that. There is one elephant in the room that really gets to me though. Santa. 

This is the point where I will lose most parents. “It’s just a bit of fun” or “lighten up, it’s part of the innocence of childhood” they’ll say to me. Innocence, indeed. And that’s the problem. 

Children are essentially hard-wired to believe every word that their parents tell them. This makes perfect sense from an evolutionary perspective and indeed explains why something as illogical as religion persists into 2017. Children have absolute trust in their parents. This is the crux of the Santa problem. 

If a child grows up believing that their parents will never lie to them and then one day they find out that Santa isn’t real, this has a deep effect on them. The faith that they had in their parents as Oracles of absolute truth is shattered. Suddenly they learn that it’s not just bad people who are dishonest; the people they love and respect the most in the world are capable of bare-faced lies. What does that mean for the adults who develop from these children? 

Perhaps it’s overly dramatic to blame the impending collapse of western civilisation on a seemingly harmless white lie but I’m going to give it a go. If a child learns that it’s normal to lie, even to the people you love the most, the adult will deceive their way through life and everyone will suffer as a result. 

There seems to be an axiom that some lies are necessary. Being polite when people ask awkward questions about whether they look fat etc. but to me truth is incredibly important. It’s the only hope we have as a species. Without truth we only have lies or post-truth which is a stupid way of saying lies. 

So please stop lying to your children about Santa. The other parents will probably hate you but it’s a small price to pay to save humanity.