Graham plays with a synth, old desktops live on, Generation X11 yells at cloud, Will has been a naughty boy, TV alternatives, and Linux on weird hardware.   Discoveries Surge XT synth The Unity desktop is still alive (as is Trinity) 10 hours of a hairdryer noise Star Trek TNG bridge noise   Feedback Cloudfree.shop... Read More
Published 05/16/22
The Mars Helicopter might be on its way out but it’s still a hero, bad things are happening to the UK Internet and we blame the government, whether software can ever be finished, some great discoveries, KDE Korner, and more.   News Martin Wimpress has joined Linux Downtime as a co-host Mars helicopter spots wreckage... Read More
Published 05/10/22
Published 05/10/22
Saving abandonded IoT devices with FOSS, watching directories for changes, monitoring disk usage, window managers vs desktop environments, further thoughts on work-supplied hardware, and more.   Discoveries Tuya Convert entr hw-probe Insteon Abruptly Shuts Down, Users Left Smart-Home-Less Parallel Disk Usage psst   Feedback Touristic Guide — DebConf 22 adblock · PyPI      ... Read More
Published 05/02/22
A new Ubuntu LTS is here and it’s mostly great, the Steam Deck is a huge success, Brave proves that nuance isn’t dead, people flock to Mastodon, KDE Korner, and more.   News Canonical Ubuntu 22.04 LTS is released Canonical now hopes to IPO in 2023 Ubuntu Founder Explains Why Distro Won’t Support Flatpak Sinclair’s... Read More
Published 04/26/22
Our discoveries including a better diff, a way to replace Snaps with Flatpacks, a command line cheat sheet, help with YAML, and signing PDFs. Plus your feeback about supporting us with crypto nonsense, running Linux on work machines, an esoteric browser, and more.   Discoveries  Saltstack linter difftastic Xournalpp navi qddcswitch unsnap asciinema   Feedback... Read More
Published 04/18/22
Moving on from legacy BIOS and Xorg, Raspberry Pi OS finally catches up with security basics, the UK government give us more reasons to be angry, the usual KDE goodness, and more.   News Work with Will writing Go Fedora 37 Looks To Deprecate Legacy BIOS Support Fedora 37 Considering Removal Of Legacy X.Org Drivers... Read More
Published 04/12/22
A varied selection of Discoveries including Telegraf, writing tools, a book about networking, and fixing a Mac. Plus your feedback about Matrix bridges, virtualisation, Pocket alternatives, the BBC, game development, and more.   Discoveries Computer Networks from Scratch a bit like Julia Evans Telegraf FocusWriter and PanWriter, and also Horcrux It takes a Mac to... Read More
Published 04/04/22
The Mars helicopter continues to excel, Linux arrives on M1 Macs, Canonical’s hiring methods cause a stink, Graham eats his words about MDM, KDE korner, and more.   News You can now support us on Kofi and Liberapay Software upgrades help Mars helicopter keep flying The first Asahi Linux Alpha Release is here! Linux Downtime... Read More
Published 03/29/22
We discuss whether computing become less interesting as performance and abstraction have increased over the years. Plus our discoveries including two way radios, synths, HTML from colourful terminal output, and a personal wiki for Vim.   Discoveries aha blame Canada for computer translation Chirp vimwiki Open Collidoscope (video) Borderlands synth   Computers are really fast,... Read More
Published 03/21/22
Arch and the Web make us feel old, the BBC makes us rather cross, a kernel vulnerability makes us laugh, Mozilla makes us wonder, and KDE makes us happy.   News Arch is 20 years old The Web is 33 years old A new year, a new MDN (MDN Plus cling soon) Something is up... Read More
Published 03/15/22
A varied selection of Discoveries including suspending apps, easy VMs, and controlling pretty lights. Plus your feedback about Linux gaming, whether bug fixes should be more important than new features, and more.   Discoveries Pandas (10mins to pandas) WLED XSuspender subnetcalc Quickemu and Quickgui     Feedback French Keyboard bug in KDE asus-linux.org GloriousEggroll/proton-ge-custom protondb... Read More
Published 03/07/22
The Raspberry Pi turns 10, the Steam Deck reviews are here, Android is getting proper virtualisation, Arm ThinkPads are coming, and KDE is even better than ever.   News One decade, 46 million units: Happy birthday, Raspberry Pi Android 13 virtualization hack runs Windows (and Doom) in a VM on Android Steam Deck review: it’s... Read More
Published 03/01/22
Loads of discoveries including window tiling, rich text for CLI Python apps, FOSS Wordle, 3D home design, and fractals. Plus your feedback about JSON, Matrix, audio, and an old Mac.   Discoveries Python Rich Sweethome 3D react-wordle wordle in under 50 lines of bash Bismuth Kröhnkite KWin-Tiling Mandelbulber2   Feedback fx: Command-line tool and terminal... Read More
Published 02/21/22
Mixed gaming news, great Raspberry Pi news, Mozilla teams up with Meta and ditches their VR browser, KDE Korner, and more.   News Slackware 15 released Raspberry Pi OS (64-bit) Raspberry Pi OS 32-bit vs. 64-bit Performance Review Network install beta test Update on Firefox Reality Privacy Preserving Attribution for Advertising Pocket migration to Firefox... Read More
Published 02/15/22
Why FOSS is unlikely to gain traction in education, what’s great about Discourse, Linux gaming, the uncertain future of Termux, our thoughts on Snap and Flatpak, and more.   Links mentioned: Termux and its plugins are no longer updated on Google Play Store Termux and Android 10 AppImage, Flatpak und Snap in comparison    ... Read More
Published 02/07/22
The Steam Deck is nearly here, Will is looking for a new email host, Creative Commons is abused, Joe has kernel problems, Félim upgrades his phone, and Graham plays a synth. Plus KDE Korner.   News Steam Deck Deposit – Steam Deck Launching February 25th Farewell, G-Suite Legacy The Pains Involved In Moving on from... Read More
Published 02/01/22
Why some people use Mint instead of Ubuntu, and your feedback. Plus all sorts of discoveries including programming lights, Ceefax, and a FOSS alternative to Sonos.   Discoveries HiFi Berry OS Ceefax lives! NimBLE ESP32 iPlayer probably runs on 32-bit Linux   Why use Mint over Ubuntu? Linux Mint 20.3 “Una” Cinnamon released! New Features... Read More
Published 01/24/22
A theme of funding open source development runs throughout the news including npm sabotage, Mozilla accepting crypto donations, and Signal’s CEO standing down. Plus Wordle’s open web problem, the usual great stuff in KDE Korner, and more.   News JavaScript dev deliberately screws up own popular npm packages to make a point of some sort... Read More
Published 01/18/22
A simple FOSS way to share your mouse and keyboard across multiple machines, and a handy command line tool to find duplicate files. Plus your predictions for 2022 including gaming, GNOME, Firefox, Raspberry Pi, and PipeWire.   Discoveries Barrier rdfind A CPU implemented in a modular synthesizer   Feedback CalyxOS and a site to check... Read More
Published 01/10/22
Ubuntu might be taking gaming more seriously, more Mozilla missteps, why Her Majesty’s demise might be really bad news, a brand new segment, KDE Korner, and more.   News/discussion Please don’t use Discord for FOSS projects UK tech policy predictions for 2022: pennies dropping everywhere Firefox I Love You, But Can You Shut Up About... Read More
Published 01/04/22
It’s that time of year where we look back at our 2021 predictions, and make some new ones for 2022.     Linode Simplify your cloud infrastructure with Linode’s Linux virtual machines and develop, deploy, and scale your modern applications faster and more easily. Go to linode.com/latenightlinux and get started with $100 credit.   CBT... Read More
Published 12/27/21
We look back at some of the biggest stories and trends of 2021 including Linux on Mars, gaming, Arm, drama, and NFTs.   2021 Linux year in review Mars Linux has made it to Mars [feb] NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter achieves historic powered flight on Mars [apr] NASA’s Mars helicopter makes second flight [apr] Ingenuity Mars... Read More
Published 12/21/21
Achieving the dream of mobile and desktop convergence turns out to be pretty easy. Plus a serious contender for the best Arch-based distro, and your feedback about hacking and Lineage OS.   First Impressions We had a look at Garuda Linux, a rolling release distro based on Arch Linux.   Convergence Graham tells us about... Read More
Published 12/13/21
Nextcloud and friends go after Microsoft, modern packaging comes under fire, whether we should be targeting less advanced users, a new old Raspberry Pi OS, KDE Korner, and more.   News EU tech sector fights for a Level Playing Field with Microsoft Nextcloud boss on Microsoft OneDrive complaint Who is the target user? More about... Read More
Published 12/07/21