This is just a short announcement to let users know about what will happen with Firefox in Feren OS in 2022.

As some may know, our upstream, Ubuntu, has confirmed plans to, as per Mozilla’s request, turn the Firefox package in their repositories into one that, like Chromium before it, install the version of Firefox on the Snap Store instead.

This announcement will go over how this will affect you, Feren OS users using Firefox, and what will happen when updating to the upcoming Major Update in 2022.

How this will affect Firefox users in Feren OS

In short, it literally will not affect you if you installed Firefox…


Writer’s note (22/9/2021): It’s important to stress that this is an opinionated post, much as it does highlight a problem that may otherwise may not become prevalent until it’s too late for users, and to help users understand what their expectations should be for consistent designs across applications in Feren OS’s (and other GNU/Linux OSs’) future(s).

I appreciate what GNOME has done for Linux, and I also like a bunch of things in GNOME, but… the arrogance that has been showing more and more in GNOME, which GTK+ itself inherits pretty much all of, is starting to really affect GNOME…


I’m writing this post to inform users about the reasons of the recent removal of Chromium in Feren OS’s Web Browser Manager.

Before I continue, however, I’d like to note that this DOES NOT currently affect Feren OS Classic and all Feren OS versions based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, as Chromium is still in its purer, normally packaged, form (hence these justifications don’t apply to them).

With that out of the way, I’d also like to mention that this was a tough decision to make — I made a poll on Twitter about who uses Chromium even at https://twitter.com/Feren_OS/status/1418335135670456321 to…


Fun Fact: I originally thought this was going to be a minor snapshot, as a ‘calm before the storm’ as Feren OS’s new Store and new icon set update are in the works… little did I know I was wrong.

Anyway, today, I’m proud to announce the release of the Feren OS July 2021 Snapshot. Snapshots are a regular occurence that usually occur every 4 months and provide the latest updates to Feren OS at the time of the ISO’s release right from the get-go.

Updating to the July 2021 Snapshot

As always, it’s simple to update to the July 2021 Snapshot. Just go into the…


After being delayed by a minor version, I’m happy to announce the release of KDE Plasma 5.22 to Feren OS’s latest release, now available via Update Manager!

You can see what the changes to KDE Plasma upstream are at https://kde.org/announcements/plasma/5/5.22.3/

Feren OS specific patches

As always, there are some patches made to Plasma in Feren OS. However, some more noticeable ones this time around are:

Mixed theme option in Quick Settings

In KDE Plasma 5.22, KDE has introduced a new homepage to System Settings where you can quickly manage certain settings. …


That namesake quote has been exchanged around for quite a while, between many people, and even a certain Desktop Environment’s own culture.

However, here’s my take on it… in short, that, as a blanket statement, isn’t the case right now, but it is fairly true for a specific target audience.

The Traditional Desktop

The ‘Traditional Desktop’, for those uninformed, is the OS design that is most commonly seen in the likes of Microsoft Windows and more. Menu bars, a Taskbar or panel to manage windows and launch applications with, and so on — they’re all synonymous with the ‘Traditional Desktop’ when they’re in…


So… I accidentally forgot to renew the keyring for the Feren OS repository before it expired. My bad, I completely forgot to renew it in time.

Anyway, this article isn’t about that but rather how to renew the key on existing Feren OS installs since this now affects all Feren OS November 2020 Snapshot and later installs up to this date.

Requirements

To perform this fix, you’ll need:

  1. An internet connection
  2. Administrator privileges (the first user has these by default)

The fix

To fix this issue, simply follow these instructions:

  1. Open Konsole from your Applications Menu (the bottom right bird by default), or…


This post will guide you through how to upgrade the following Feren OSs to a newer Feren OS base:

  • Feren OS 2016.1
  • Feren OS 2016.2 (including Updates 1 and 2)
  • Feren OS 2017.0
  • Feren OS August 2017 Snapshot
  • Feren OS October 2017 Snapshot
  • Feren OS January 2018 Snapshot
  • Feren OS April 2018 Snapshot

If you’re not running one of these versions of Feren OS, you can stop reading this article.

You can check your current Feren OS version from System Settings -> System Info / About System.

Feren OS August 2017 — April 2018 Snapshot

Updating your system is simple — go into Update Manager and fully update…


It’s with a very heavy heart that I must announce that today marks the end of the Ubuntu 16.04-based Feren OS era. This means the following versions of Feren OS have finally joined 2015.X in having reached End of Life:

  • Feren OS 2016.0/1
  • Feren OS 2016.2 (including Updates 1 and 2)
  • Feren OS 2017.0
  • Feren OS August 2017 Snapshot
  • Feren OS October 2017 Snapshot
  • Feren OS January 2018 Snapshot
  • Feren OS April 2018 Snapshot

The end of these releases marks the end of an era for not just Feren OS, but me personally. I was a very different person back…


You know, I should probably answer this question. One thing I do hear mentioned frequently in Feren OS reviews that have a section concerning the design is the corners. They’re sharp in windows, it’s been a thing ever since Feren OS’s conception back in late 2014 (before releasing in 2015), in fact, the design dating back to ‘Zuro UI for Windows’.

That still begs, the question, however: Why the sharp corners?

It’s simple — I can’t think of any good way to handle titlebar buttons on the current design in a rounded corners setting.

Note: This was a Files window so the application blends into the bottom of the titlebar in this screenshot. Fear not, however — it’s indeed reaching top to bottom of the titlebar, here

Right now, the current titlebar design…

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