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App Devs Ask Linux Distros to “Stop Theming Our Apps”

11 hours 25 min ago

group of independent Linux app developers have written an open letter to the wider GNOME community to ask dilators to "stop theming our apps".

This post, App Devs Ask Linux Distros to “Stop Theming Our Apps”, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Firefox 67 Is Here, And It’s “Faster Than Ever”

Tuesday 21st of May 2019 01:53:45 PM

Mozilla Firefox 67 is the latest version of the popular web-browser — and it's been dubbed the 'fastest yet'. Read to learn more about Firefox 67 features.

This post, Firefox 67 Is Here, And It’s “Faster Than Ever”, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

South Korea’s Government is Switching to Linux

Monday 20th of May 2019 02:29:05 PM

South Korea wants to switch government computers to Linux based software, ditching Windows in the process. The country’s Ministry of the Interior and Safety reckon that migrating away from Microsoft Windows will lower costs and […]

This post, South Korea’s Government is Switching to Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

This Week Twitter Taught Me: Thunderbird is Go, But Windows Text Editors are Not!

Sunday 19th of May 2019 09:53:08 PM

Welcome to another instalment of the content strand where I tell you about things I saw on Twitter that, if we're honest, you probably saw on Twitter too.

This post, This Week Twitter Taught Me: Thunderbird is Go, But Windows Text Editors are Not!, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

‘Remotely’ is a Simple VNC Viewer For Linux Desktops

Saturday 18th of May 2019 10:28:08 PM

Remotely is a small VNC viewer client for Ubuntu Linux desktops. It is simple to use and supports common VNC authentication methods.

This post, ‘Remotely’ is a Simple VNC Viewer For Linux Desktops, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Peppermint OS 10 Released, Based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Saturday 18th of May 2019 04:27:07 PM

Peppermint OS 10 is the latest stable release of the lightweight Linux distro and is based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and features a desktop based on Xfce.

This post, Peppermint OS 10 Released, Based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Superpaper is an Advanced Multi-Monitor Wallpaper Tool for Linux

Friday 17th of May 2019 03:11:27 PM

Superpaper is an advanced multi monitor wallpaper tool for Linux and Windows desktops with bezel correction, PPI correction, and alignment testing.

This post, Superpaper is an Advanced Multi-Monitor Wallpaper Tool for Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

How to Install Notepad++ in Ubuntu (One-Click Install)

Thursday 16th of May 2019 04:14:45 PM

Few text editors are as famous or as loved as Notepad++, and in this post we show you how to install Notepad++ in Ubuntu. Notepad++ is a free, open-source code editor built for Windows and […]

This post, How to Install Notepad++ in Ubuntu (One-Click Install), was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

These Mockups Show How the GNOME Shell Notification Experience Could Be Improved

Wednesday 15th of May 2019 04:04:58 PM

These mockups from the GNOME design team showcase an vastly improved notification area and calendar for the GNOME Shell desktop.

This post, These Mockups Show How the GNOME Shell Notification Experience Could Be Improved, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Spring Clean with Stacer, a System Optimizer tool for Linux

Wednesday 15th of May 2019 12:20:38 AM

Stacer is a system optimizer and cleaner tool for Linux desktops like Ubuntu. Learn more about its features and how to install Stacer on Ubuntu.

This post, Spring Clean with Stacer, a System Optimizer tool for Linux, was written by Scott Bouvier and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Kdenlive Update Brings Bug Fixes for All

Sunday 12th of May 2019 02:48:47 PM

A bug-fix update to the refactored version of Qt-based video editor Kdenlive is available for download. The first point release in the Kdenlive 19.04 series features fixes for almost 40 bugs, including some annoying issues […]

This post, Kdenlive Update Brings Bug Fixes for All, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

This Week Twitter Taught Me: I Follow Too Many Red Hat Employees

Friday 10th of May 2019 04:59:02 PM

Dang it! Another week has only gone and flapped past my ears while I sat here squinting awkwardly at Twitter. And what of the tweets that whizzed by my eyeballs this week? Well, most of […]

This post, This Week Twitter Taught Me: I Follow Too Many Red Hat Employees, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Take a Closer Look at Windows Subsystem for Linux 2

Friday 10th of May 2019 01:25:48 PM

Windows Subsystem for Linux 2, aka WSL 2, attracted a lot of attention when announced earlier this week, and a new video from Microsoft offers a closer look. WSL 2 is the first version of […]

This post, Take a Closer Look at Windows Subsystem for Linux 2, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu 19.10 Release Date & Planned Features

Thursday 9th of May 2019 12:17:37 AM

Learn the Ubuntu 19.10 release date and planned features for the next Ubuntu release, codenamed 'Eoan Ermine', and due October 2019.

This post, Ubuntu 19.10 Release Date & Planned Features, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Every Chromebook launched this year will support Linux apps

Wednesday 8th of May 2019 01:09:33 PM

Google has apparently said that every Chromebook launched in 2019 will support Linux apps, according to an Android Police update on Google I/O 2019.

This post, Every Chromebook launched this year will support Linux apps, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Microsoft Put a Real Linux Kernel Inside Windows 10

Monday 6th of May 2019 08:46:36 PM

Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 (WSL 2) sees Microsoft ship a real Linux kernel inside Windows 10 as part of its developer-focused feature set.

This post, Microsoft Put a Real Linux Kernel Inside Windows 10, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Tilix Terminal Emulator Needs a New Maintainer

Monday 6th of May 2019 05:00:39 PM

The Tilix terminal app is a tiling terminal emulator loved by many on the Linux desktop — but is the future of the app in doubt? Tilix’s current developer, Gerald ‘gnunn1’ Nunn, says he’d prefer […]

This post, Tilix Terminal Emulator Needs a New Maintainer, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Linux Release Roundup: Linux Kernel 5.1 Released + More

Monday 6th of May 2019 12:31:50 PM

We recap the key Linux kernel 5.1 release features, out this weekend, plus look at updates for Google Chrome and the new Desktop Icons GNOME extension.

This post, Linux Release Roundup: Linux Kernel 5.1 Released + More, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

The Pinebook Pro, a $199 Linux Laptop, Inches Closer to Launch

Monday 6th of May 2019 12:30:10 AM

The Pinebook Pro is the most anticipated Linux laptop due for release this year. Now, its creators share an update on what to expect in a new video.

This post, The Pinebook Pro, a $199 Linux Laptop, Inches Closer to Launch, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

New ‘Linux App Store’ Website Lets You Find Apps, Wherever

Sunday 5th of May 2019 03:19:11 PM

The new Linux App Store website makes it easier to find Linux apps, regardless of whether they are Snap apps, Flatpak, or AppImage.

This post, New ‘Linux App Store’ Website Lets You Find Apps, Wherever, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

More in Tux Machines

Ubuntu 19.10 Puts Nvidia's Proprietary GPU Driver Right On The ISO

In Ubuntu 19.04, Canonical introduced the ability to download Nvidia's propriety graphics driver during the OS installation process (provided the user has an internet connection). That was a welcome step toward making gaming more accessible for newcomers. With the upcoming Ubuntu 19.10, however, Canonical is following in the footsteps of System76's Pop!_OS and slapping Nvidia's driver (both 390 and 418) right onto the ISO. Phoronix spotted the update via Ubuntu's Launchpad platform. What this means is that users can have the proprietary Nvidia driver -- a better option for gaming compared to the open source "Nouveau" driver -- ready to go at first boot. They also have the option to install the Nvidia binary at any point in the future without needing to add or activate a repository or download the driver. Read more

Benchmarking AMD FX vs. Intel Sandy/Ivy Bridge CPUs Following Spectre, Meltdown, L1TF, Zombieload

Now with MDS / Zombieload being public and seeing a 8~10% performance hit in the affected workloads as a result of the new mitigations to these Microarchitectural Data Sampling vulnerabilities, what's the overall performance look like now if going back to the days of AMD FX Vishera and Intel Sandybridge/Ivybridge processors? If Spectre, Meltdown, L1TF/Foreshadow, and now Zombieload had come to light years ago would it have shaken that pivotal point in the industry? Here are benchmarks looking at the the performance today with and without the mitigations to the known CPU vulnerabilities to date. As I've already delivered many benchmarks of these mitigations (including MDS/Zombieload) on newer CPUs, for this article we're looking at older AMD FX CPUs with their relevant Spectre mitigations against Intel Sandybridge and Ivybridge with the Spectre/Meltdown/L1TF/MDS mitigations. Tests were done on Ubuntu 19.04 with the Linux 5.0 kernel while toggling the mitigation levels of off (no coverage) / auto (the default / out-of-the-box mitigations used on all major Linux distributions for the default protections) / auto,nosmt (the more restricted level that also disables SMT / Hyper Threading). The AMD CPUs were tested with off/auto as in the "auto,nosmt" mode it doesn't disable any SMT as it doesn't deem it insecure on AMD platforms. Read more

Today in Techrights

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  • Zombieload, Nextcloud, Peppermint 10, KDE Plasma, IPFire, ArcoLinux, LuneOS | This Week in Linux 67
    On this episode of This Week in Linux, we’ll check out some Distro News from Peppermint OS, ArcoLinux, LuneOS & IPFire. We got a couple apps to talking about like Nextclou0…d and a new Wallpaper tool that has quite a bit of potential. We’ll take a look at what is to come with the next version of KDE Plasma. Intel users have gotten some more bad news regarding a new security vulnerability. Later in the show, we’ll cover some interesting information regarding a couple governments saving money by switching to Linux. Then finally we’ll check out some Linux Gaming News. All that and much more on your Weekly Source for Linux GNews!
  • Ubuntu Podcast: S12E07 – R-Type
    This week we’ve been installing Lineage on a OnePlus One and not migrating Mastodon accounts to ubuntu.social. We round up the Ubuntu community news from Kubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, Peppermint OS and we discuss some tech news. It’s Season 12 Episode 07 of the Ubuntu Podcast! Alan Pope, Mark Johnson and Martin Wimpress are connected and speaking to your brain.
  • OpenGL 4.6 / SPIR-V Support Might Be Inching Closer For Mesa Drivers
    We're quickly approaching the two year anniversary of the OpenGL 4.6 release and it's looking like the Intel/RadeonSI drivers might be inching towards the finish line for that latest major revision of the graphics API.  As we've covered many times, the Mesa drivers have been held up on OpenGL 4.6 support due to their SPIR-V ingestion support mandated by this July 2017 version of the OpenGL specification. While there are the Intel and Radeon RADV Vulkan drivers already with the SPIR-V support that is central to Vulkan, it's taken a long time re-fitting the OpenGL drivers for the likes of ARB_gl_spriv. Then again, there aren't many (actually, any?) major OpenGL games requiring version 4.6 of the specification even with its interoperability benefits thanks to SPIR-V.