FOSS Weekly #23.28: China’s Linux OS, Linux Exit Codes, Btrfs Origins and More

I have a feeling that we’ve been covering more commands and terminal-based tutorials than desktop-focused tutorials.

Do you also think the same? If yes, let me know so that we can put the focus back where you, our readers, want it.

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

  • SUSE plans to fork Red Hat
  • Get familiar with exit codes in Linux
  • Continuation learning with Bash Basics series and Linux command examples
  • Birthday wishes in ASCII format
  • And other Linux news, videos, Puzzles and, of course, memes!

📰 Linux news

Thunderbird 115 was released, featuring the long-awaited redesign.

Thunderbird Reborn! Much Awaited Thunderbird 115 ‘Supernova’ is Here With Stunning MakeoverThunderbird’s much-anticipated redesign is finally here! Let’s take a look.

🧠 What we’re thinking about

Here’s a detailed brief history of the btrfs file system that I came across recently although the article is more than a decade old.

A short history of btrfsYou probably have heard of the cool new kid on the file system block,btrfs (pronounced“butter-eff-ess”) – after all, Linus Torvalds is using it as his rootfile system on one of his laptops. But you might not know muchabout it beyond a few high-level keywords – copy-on-write, checksums,writabl…

🧮 Tutorials

Let’s a-raise your bash skills with arrays.

Bash Basics Series #5: Using Arrays in BashTime to use arrays in bash shell scripts in this chapter. Learn to add elements, delete them and get array length.

Unravel the mystery behind exit codes in Linux.

Exit Codes in Linux [Explained]Unraveling the mystery of exit codes in Linux. Learn what are the exit codes and why and how they are used.

Continue exploring essential Linux commands.

Using cp Command in Linuxget familiar with the cp command for copying files and directories in the Linux command line.

Learn to create an animated ASCII birthday animation in the Linux terminal! 🎂

Display Animated ASCII Birthday Wish in Linux Terminal 🎂Make the special occasion for your loved ones even more special by creating an ASCII birthday animation in the Linux terminal.

📹 What we are watching

One of our followers on Mastodon shared an interesting take on what to do if your favorite free software is on the brink of being shut down.

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✨ Project highlights

openKylin can be a game-changer for the Linux ecosystem in China.

Exploring openKylin: China’s 1st Independent Open-Source Linux OSA new Linux distribution was built from scratch. What’s exciting about it? Let us take a peek at it.

🧩 Puzzle (for Pro members only)

There are five Wordle. They can be software programs, desktops, distributions etc. Try to complete it in as fewer steps as possible.

Puzzle of The Week: Wordle #01Exercise those ‘little gray cells’ of yours and solve this puzzle.

🛍️ Interesting deal for you

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💡 Quick handy tip

If you are bothered by the title-bar taking extra space in Firefox, you can easily hide it. Right-click on the tab bar and choose Customize Toolbar.

Firefox opens the customization menu in a new tab. Move to this new Customize tab and look at the bottom. You’ll see Title Bar option checked.

You just need to uncheck this Title Bar option. That’s it.


🤣 Meme of the week

Once you enter Vim, it’s either all or nothing!


🗓️ Tech Trivia

On July 9, 1981, Nintendo released the hit video game Donkey Kong in Japan. The game features the first-ever appearance of the Mario character. The game was launched in the USA a few weeks later.


🧑‍🤝‍🧑 FOSSverse corner

Recently, a reader noticed that CopyQ clipboard application was not working as intended in Ubuntu 23.04. I shared the possible fix for the problem in the Community.

CopyQ Not Saving Clipboard Copy Paste in Ubuntu 23.04I have used copyq for a while now, and have been pleased with its performance. It seems to have stopped working. I am using UBUNTU 23.04. I have tried reinstalling it, but to no avail. Anyone got any thoughts?

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