NFT shit-list

This is a list of well-known people and companies who have shilled NFTs. It’s very much not exhaustive but I’ll try to update it when I spot new offenders. Feel free to tweet me examples that aren’t on the list.

Also feel free to check out my podcast Late Night Linux where we sometimes laugh at and/or get angry about these bastards.


Jack from Twitter

Tim Berners-Lee

Jimmy Wales

People who want to defile Stan Lee’s memory

Rishi Sunak (this may not actually happen)

The Linux Foundation







The EU

Andreessen Horowitz


Alfa Romeo





Damien Hirst


Warner Bros./Lord of the Rings


Johnny Depp


Cristiano Ronaldo


Disgraced former president Trump

The National Handegg League


Ubuntu 20.10 Desktop to gain official Raspberry Pi support?


While Ubuntu server is officially supported on the Pi 2, 3, and 4 (including the new 8GB RAM variant of the Pi 4), getting the Ubuntu desktop running on the mini PC has so far been a community effort. Back before he became the Director of Engineering for the Ubuntu Desktop, Martin Wimpress made and maintained some Ubuntu MATE images for various Pis. Unfortunately when Ubuntu 20.04 arrived in April this year, an Ubuntu MATE image for the Pi didn’t appear.

Fast forward to May and Martin did a series of live streams on YouTube to demonstrate his tool which turns Ubuntu Server into any of the Ubuntu desktop flavours called Desktopify. This was something that he did in his spare time and so there are still no official Ubuntu Desktop Images.

On S13E11 of the Ubuntu Podcast this week, Martin dropped something of a bombshell. He said “Maybe we’re working on Ubuntu Desktop for the Raspberry Pi”. This was during a discussion of the new 8GB RAM version of the Raspberry Pi 4, and referred back to an OMG Ubuntu! article about upcoming features of Ubuntu 20.10.

Does this definitely mean Ubuntu 20.10 will be officially supported on the Raspberry Pi? Well I won’t believe it until I see an official announcement but I’m pretty hopeful from what Martin said.

If you want to hear the specific part of the episode in question, you can listen on YouTube here:

2019 Linux and Open Source News Roundup


Kernel reaches 5.0

Raspberry Pi joins RISC-V Foundation

MIPS to be open sourced

Mozilla “experimenting” with more ads in Firefox

Mozilla kills Test Pilot Program

Mozilla Kills Default Support for Adobe Flash in Firefox 69

Amazon launches Mongo-compatible DocumentDB

MongoDB removed from major distros

Phoenix joins the LVFS

Adiantum: encryption for the low end



HP joins LVFS

We won’t see a raspberry Pi 4 in 2019

Raspberry Pi opens IRL store

Redis Labs raises $60 million for its NoSQL database

Redis Labs changes its open-source license — again

The battle between real open source vs. faux open source heats up



LineageOS 16.0 released

Microsoft open-sources Windows Calculator

Leaderless Debian

Debian project leader candidates emerge

Open Distro for Elasticsearch

Google launches game streaming service called Stadia

Google forced into Android browser choice

Antitrust: Commission fines Google €1.49 billion for abusive practices in online advertising

Red Hat crosses $3B revenue mark

LVFS joins Linux Foundation


Chef goes 100% open source

UBports Foundation finally created

Ubuntu 19.04 ‘Disco Dingo’ Released with New Features

Open infrastructure, developer desktop and IoT are the focus for Ubuntu 19.04

Presenting search app and browser options to Android users in Europe

Fedora 30 Released

Purism launches Librem One

Linux developer abandons VMware lawsuit



Firefox addon cert blunder

RHEL 8 released

IBM’s Red Hat acquisition moves forward

Announcing WSL 2

Introducing Windows Terminal

All new Chromebooks will run Linux apps

Project Mainline is Google’s new attempt to send security updates directly to your phone

Antergos Linux Project Ends

Endeavour OS

Google pulls Huawei’s Android license

Huawei responds

90 day reprieve

Now even Arm cutting then off



Stadia details announced

Ubuntu announce that they’ll drop i386 but then backtrack

Ubuntu to drop i386 architecture

Wine devs worried

At least some games not working without 32-bit

Important figures in the Linux world sign petition

Test and run multiple instances of snaps

OpenMandriva also dropping 32-bit

Statement on 32-bit i386 packages for Ubuntu 19.10 and 20.04 LTS

Update on Steam, Ubuntu, and 32-bit support 

Facebook’s Libra confirmed

Raspberry Pi 4 released



Raspberry Pi 4 USB-C issues confirmed

Debian 10 Buster released 

Fuchsia gets a website

Firefox addons outage post mortem

IBM Red Hat deal closes

Introducing Fedora CoreOS



Enhancing our ZFS support on Ubuntu 19.10 – an introduction

Xfce 4.14 released

exFAT in the Linux kernel? Yes!

Richard Brown steps down as openSUSE chairman



Android 10 released

Richard Stallman resigns from the FSF

Richard Stallman resigns from MIT

Stallman intends to keep leading GNU

Presenting CentOS Stream

CentOS-8 (1905) Release Notes

Transforming the development experience within CentOS

Fedora and CentOS Stream




Joint statement on the GNU Project

No radical changes in GNU Project

Google Stadia will be “faster and more responsive” than local gaming hardware

Ubuntu 19.10 released

Will Cooke, the Director of Engineering for the Ubuntu desktop, has left Canonical

Fedora 31 is officially here!



Google gives most Chromebooks an extra year of software support

Microsoft Will Release Their Edge Web Browser For Linux

Google Stadia will be missing many features for Monday’s launch

Introducing Alexa Voice Service Integration for AWS IoT Core, a new way to cost-effectively bring Alexa Voice to any type of connected device



Canonical announces Ubuntu Pro for Amazon Web Services

2018 Linux and Open Source 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



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

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.