This Week in Linux 121: Linux 5.9, KDE Plasma 5.20, LibreOffice, Pine64 & More


Thanks, @MichaelTunnell, excellent show - as ever :slight_smile:

I think Linux kernel development news is always exciting. The potential benefits of Btrfs support for Fedora’s adoption could be the start of a revolution, I’m guessing. If this works well I wouldn’t be surprised if we start seeing more distros default to Btrfs in coming years. I personally get a little jittery about moving filesystems: if memory serves me correctly in the old days when I was mostly reliant on Windows, and they did the switch from FAT16 to FAT32 in the mid-to-late 90s, my heart was in my throat during the conversion process! I’m looking forward to continuing using Fedora in a VM though, and hopefully will find the Btrfs version works without problems.

All of the upcoming changes in Plasma sound useful. As a user of Gnome who finds himself overwhelmed by settings in Plasma, perhaps they could use an approach where there’s an advanced button that gradually opens into the labyrinth of possibilities whereas the default are minimal options that most users are likely from wanting access to? Maybe they already have that? To be honest I’m too intimidated to click on Plasma menus/buttons unless I really have to because of the sensory overload that could result(!)

I love the work being done by Pine64. When I was doing research in hardware/software codesign, I found it very hard to be excited by the hardware side, as software was my primary discipline up until Masters level. They’re the first company whose hardware excites me enough to want to look into it in far greater detail. I love that they’re supporting RISC-V - even if it’s in what we used to call a soldering iron in the old days - it’s a start!

With the rescue discs, I’d also be interested in hearing feedback. I often tend to feel safest with the lowest common denominator, hence have relied on GParted and Clonezilla directly myself, for approaching a decade now. An established platform that isn’t as low-level but is completely dependable would be useful, I think.

Good to see Debian and Ubuntu reporting Bluetooth problem fixed. I’m having trouble finding the security updates page for Fedora. Assistance appreciated if anyone knows where it is!

Super good review! I solidly agree with the points pertaining to OpenOffice and LibreOffice.

I can see how open letters tend to get a bad wrap for addressing issues, and I think the response from OpenOffice explains exactly WHY there still ‘technically’ remains an OpenOffice. :stuck_out_tongue:

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