FOSS Weekly #23.33: Free CPU Book, Thunar Tweaks, LibreOffice Tips and More

I came across this interesting project by a group of teenaged coders. It explains the working of a CPU in simpler words, using graphics and analogies. It is quite a good read and demystifies how a computer runs programs.  

You can also download the book in PDF format.

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

  • LibreOffice tips on inserting the table of contents etc
  • A ‘Read it Later’ like open source app
  • Tips and tweaks to enhance file manager experience in Xfce
  • And other Linux news, videos, Puzzles and, of course, memes!

📰 Linux news


🧠 What we’re thinking about

It seems several open source projects are adopting non-OSI-compliant licenses.

As HashiCorp adopts the BSL, an era of open-source software might be endingHashiCorp announced Thursday that it is switching the license that governs the use of its open-source projects from the Mozilla Public License to the Business Source License (BSL), a license that does not meet the traditional definition of open source as described by the Open Source Initiative.

🧮 Tips and Tutorials

Enhance your productivity by making use of the split screen functionality in Ubuntu GNOME.

How to Split Screen in Ubuntu GNOMEThe split screen feature in GNOME gives your productivity a tiny boost by saving the time you spend in switching between applications.

Learn to create table of contents, figures, and more in LibreOffice Writer.

Create Table of Contents and Figures in LibreOfficeLearn to create table of contents, table of figures and index of tables in LibreOffice Writer.

Enhance your experience while using Xfce’s Thunar file manager.

7 Tips and Tweaks for Xfce Thunar File ManagerThunar is a good file manager by Xfce. You can enhance your experience by using these tweaks and tips.

📚 Free book on CPU’s inner working

Visit the reading material online

Putting the “You” in CPUCurious exactly what happens when you run a program on your computer? Learn how multiprocessing works, what system calls really are, how computers manage memory with hardware interrupts, and how Linux loads executables.

Or download it in PDF format.


📹 What we are watching

Just for fun 🙂

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✨ Project highlights

Omnivore is a neat little read-it-later solution that is completely open-source!

Omnivore: An Open-Source Read-it-Later App Like PocketAn open-source alternative to Mozilla’s Pocket with exciting features.

🧩 Puzzle (for Pro members only)

More of a quiz than a puzzle. Test your knowledge of essential Linux concepts by completing the sentences with the right terms.

Puzzle of The Week: Fill in the Blanks #1: Linux BasicsExercise those ‘little gray cells’ of yours and solve this puzzle.

🛍️ CompTIA and Cisco prep books deal

Featuring exam guides and practice tests for certification in CyberOps, implementing and administering Cisco solutions, CompTIA Security+, and much more, this bundle will help IT professionals take the next step in their careers.

Humble Tech Book Bundle: CompTIA and Cisco Cert Prep by PacktWe’ve teamed up with Packt for our newest bundle. Get exam guides and practice tests for CompTIA and Cisco certification. Pay what you want & support charity!

💡 Quick handy tip

Search for Files/Folders in Nautilus using additional conditions. First, start the search using the search icon in the top bar.

Then, click on the dropdown menu (as shown below) to set the conditions, like file, date, etc.

More Nautilus search tips here.


🤣 Meme of the week

Who hasn’t messed up their Linux system in the beginning? 🙂


🗓️ Tech Trivia

The Debian project turned 30 on 16th August. Ian Murdock created it in 1993 and named the project by mixing his then-girlfriend DEBra and his own name IAN. Unfortunately, Murdock committed suicide in 2015.

Debian Birthday

More Debian facts and trivia can be found here.


🧑‍🤝‍🧑 FOSSverse corner

A nice stroll down memory lane shared by one of our regular FOSSverse members, Doron.

Anyone here remember web 1.0?I miss web 1.0 … for those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, that was the period from like 1989 up until 2005 or so, where the web was simple… Geocities pages were a thing … Netscape Navigator… etc. I learned to write HTML during that time, and I had a cool geocities site, and so did…

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