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It’s almost Christmas so it’s time to look back at 2018 and talk about some of the news stories that shaped the year.
The final nail in the Firefox OS coffin
Clear focus on cloud and containers
Ubuntu 18.04 even runs on a Nintendo Switch
Lots of of Ubuntu flavours decided to drop 32-bit images
The other flavours could follow suit
Linux apps on Chrome OS confirmed
Huawei locks down its bootloaders
Valve’s “Steam Play” uses Vulkan to bring more Windows games to Linux
Kernel Maintainer’s Summit moved continents to accommodate Linus
Linus takes a break and a new CoC for kernel devs
Linus back in charge of the kernel
Librem 5 dev kits finally shipping
Microsoft Edge to move to a Chromium base
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If Graham hasn’t tried F-Droid recently, I recommend he look at it again. I find it much less painful to deal with than it used to be. The app selection is still a bit limited and that is something that F-Droid could use help with if an organization like Mozilla wanted to help. There is still some friction to the process of adding new apps. I have noticed this from following various open source friendly apps, some of which say that they want to be listed on the F-Droid but either don’t have the resources to do it or plan to do it in the future, which indicates to me that it is not as easy as it could be.
It is a bit funny to hear Will suggest that Mozilla stop fiddling with mobile and IoT and double down on the browser when one of the other stories for the year is MIcrosoft giving up on the browser. The problem for Mozilla is that they take it as part of their mission to create a better internet for all people, not just tech savvy or privacy minded ones. This is part of why they gave up on Firefox OS and why they have not doubled down on the browser. Firefox OS might have had a life as a niche platform but they wanted something with widespread adoption. Likewise, the browser has a following but desktop browsing as a whole is on the decline and the number of people using a mobile browser other than Chrome or Safari is negligible.
Personally, I use Firefox on the desktop and on Android, but I think Mozilla should take a hard look at following Microsoft’s lead and rebasing the browser on Chromium. In recent months, I have noticed an uptick in website banners saying Firefox is not supported and hosts on non-open source tech podcasts mentioning Firefox in the past tense and then maybe saying “oh, I guess Firefox is still araound.” I would like Mozilla to remain an influential player but their market share is low enough now that they can’t really influence web standards much and even if they could whatever Google does with Chromium becomes the standard because it is what people test against. It is admirable that they maintain their own browser but if it doesn’t influence the wider web ecosystem can they really justify the expenditure of resources on its maintenance?
TheMegaPirate77 about half of what you said was correct but that means the other half is wrong,haha ofc hacking is illegal but opening up ISO’s is only illegal if you pirate them, what most people would do and this is legal is if they have the game disc they would take the ISO’s and do this so they wont have to put in the disc to play on the other hand the illegal part is if you go to a site and download the isos and do this that is pirating same thing as downloading mp3s and puting on ipod
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