GNOME Telemetry, GRUB broke Arch, and Steam Deck 2 Confirmed : Linux and Open Source News



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00:00 Intro
00:37 Sponsor: 100$ free credit to start your own Linux or Gaming server
01:35 GNOME releases an optional telemetry tool
03:14 GRUB Update breaks Arch based distros
04:31 GNOME updates their apps
05:47 GNOME’s Device Security Feature will get much better
06:52 KDE updates, with configurable mouse buttons
08:01 MAUI Shell and MAUI Apps get nice updates
09:20 Kubuntu Focus NX: a small form factor desktop
10:26 Pine64 announce their first RISC V board
11:54 Steam Deck 2 Confirmed, 5000 games certified, Lutris on Flathub, and more!
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15:06 Support the channel

GNOME releases a completely optional telemetry tool:
https://blogs.gnome.org/aday/2022/08/25/help-improve-gnome/

The GNOME Project Introduces a Telemetry Data Collection Tool

A GRUB update broke Arch and Arch based distros

Full transparency on the Grub issue (UPDATE 29-08-22)

GNOME updates their apps, and a new extension for clipboard management
https://thisweek.gnome.org/posts/2022/08/twig-58/

The new Device Security feature in GNOME 43 and beyond will get much better
https://blogs.gnome.org/hughsie/2022/08/30/new-fwupd-1-8-4-release/

KDE will let you configure multi button mice, and more:
This week in KDE: Re-bindable mouse buttons

Big updates to MAUI Shell and the MAUI apps:

Maui 2.2.0 Release

New Kubuntu Focus NX, a small form factor desktop:

Meet the Kubuntu Focus NX Mini Linux PC with 11th Gen Intel CPUs, Up to 64GB RAM

Pine64 announces their first RISC V board, the Star64:

August update: RISC and reward

5000 Games certified on Deck:
https://www.gamingonlinux.com/2022/08/steam-deck-verified-and-playable-hits-5000/

Valve confirms Steam Deck 2:
https://www.gamingonlinux.com/2022/08/steam-deck-2-is-absolutely-coming-new-booklet-from-valve-confirms/

Lutris hits Flatpak and Flathub and supports Amazon games:
https://github.com/lutris/lutris/releases/tag/v0.5.11

Crossover 22 is released:
https://news.itsfoss.com/crossover-22-release/

Wine 7.16 is released:
https://www.winehq.org/announce/7.16

23 thoughts on “GNOME Telemetry, GRUB broke Arch, and Steam Deck 2 Confirmed : Linux and Open Source News”
  1. Consider Gnome telemetry as the first stage of a Trojan horse operation.

    Think about this : if they did not listened to user feedback in their current developing model what makes you think they suddently CARE about users feedback now, truth is they do what they want, it is from a philosophical perspective you can notice the snake hidden under the rock.

    Sadly seeing the lack of concern by the community I can tell already this :
    Expect the feature to become mandatory by the next year and the information leak will look different from what is sent today.

  2. Imagine an immutable Linux Distro (like silverblue) running the MAUI Shell, Wayland, Pipwire and using flatpaks as a universal packaging format…..and all that could eventually run on a RiskV Chip…….that would just be mindblowing.
    Oh and make it run on the SELinux Kernel with the gaming tweaks from glorious eggroll (Nobara Project).
    Can someone please make such a distro….thanks 😬😬😬

  3. I have a statistics problem with this way of getting data about system usage: it does not reflect the reality. Imagine just Gnome fanboys installing it and then you might get to the conclusion GS is perfect, no extension is needed. Or the other way around, a strong body of heavy extensions' users send their data. In order to have good information, you need to get that from most users (or, from a statistically representative population, with reliable distribution among the different types of usage&distros&etc., but how can you do that?), not just from some. I know this is not liked by some, but if we want better Linux, we must allow acces to our harmless information, as let's be serious, an anonymized data of the hardware we use, distro, extensions etc. is not really affecting anyone, but can bring real benefits. Ubuntu did just this, but some hate it, which is beyond my understanding. I have worked with statistics, I know quite well how these can be manipulated in so many directions, that is why I cannot see this way of making statistics a good or reliable way (you are simply relying on chance, which is not a scientific way).

  4. Arch isn't for the average user, I've been using it as a daily driver for 5+ years now, Installed once, never have I "not been able to boot". I essentially hand crafted and built my GUI on top of a framework I installed and hand configured in nano. Having been through this process I know "every bolt in my ship", This is the Arch way. The install scripts for it are the worst idea, don't use them, install it manually and learn how it all works.

  5. Using Endeavour OS and was warned about grub right before booting for it to just put me in a bios loop. Had to chroot and downgrade it to 2.4, it's been 2 weeks

  6. Packages can do TF they want, they are independent. Is the decision of distros to pack LILO or Grub-Legacy or whatever bootloader is trending. They don’t have to communicate, coordinate or sh:t. Even they aren’t obligated to update their changelog. All responsibility lies on the distro packagers and in turn distro managers to handle changes in packages.

  7. I got a question. In face of probable blocking Android and Iphones in Russia, obvious choise for Russians is to switch to Linux. And here goes my question. Western regulators will be upset that Linux cannot be blocked (I suppose) for any user in the world. They can strictly regulate companies creating Linux distros, demanding some backdoors. Eventually they can be annoyed by privacy features of Linux and make some harm to this operating system. What is your insight on this?

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