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Leo’s New Oryx Pro Linux Laptop From System76 image/svg+xml

Leo Laporte has been threatening to go Linux for several months, so it’s nice to see him come good on his threats and review his new Oryx Pro Linux laptop from System76. The laptop looks really nice, although it’s probably a little too large for my liking.

In the video, he mentions that he purchased the machine with the intention of using it on his shows, so it’ll be interesting to see which shows it makes an appearance on, and how long it lasts. I also found it interesting that he immediately removed Ubuntu Unity in favour of using Ubuntu GNOME. I’ve been using Unity for a couple of weeks now and for the most part, I’m really liking it, that said, I have taken a quick look at GNOME 3.20 running on Fedora 24 and it’s also really nice, so I can see the attraction.

Regardless of the distro and desktop environment, it’s good to see Leo embracing Linux and hopefully it’ll start receiving a bit more attention on the TWiT shows.

P.S. Nice shirt!

The iPhone SE image/svg+xml

For anyone with an iPhone 5S (or older) who has been holding out on an upgrade in the hopes of a new top-tier “small” iPhone, the iPhone SE is cause for celebration. If you are such a person, run, don’t walk, to buy one. You will be delighted.

If you’ve already upgraded to an iPhone 6 or 6S and have made peace with the trade-offs of a larger, heavier, less-grippy-because-of-the-round-edges form factor, the appeal is less clear. Me, I talk the talk about preferring the smaller form factor, but ultimately I’m a sucker for top-of-the-line CPU/GPU performance and camera quality. For the next six months or so, the iPhone SE stands on the top tier.

Yesterday, I walked to my local Apple store to take a look at Apple’s new offering. First impression, it’s a bit small. Second impression, I like it. Third impression, it’s pretty quick.

I think I’ve found my next phone.

EDIT: I’m slightly concerned about moving to a smaller phone, so I’ve arranged to borrow an old 5C for a week. I’ll see how I get on with it, before making a purchase.

Choose GitLab for your next open source project image/svg+xml

GitLab.com is a competitor of GitHub. It’s a service provider for git-based source code repositories that offers much more than it’s bigger brother. In this post I will try to convince you to try it out for your next project.

I’ve been using GitLab at work for a while now and it works well. If you’ve not tried it yet, this post details some of its best features.