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Linux Deepin 15.8 Released with Various Neat Improvements

Thursday 15th of November 2018 01:50:22 PM

Deepin 15.8, the latest version of the Deepin Linux distribution, is now available to download. Building on its previous (well received) release, Deepin 15.8 adds some polish and refinement, boasts a smaller download size, and makes a number of design tweaks to improve the form and function of the distro. “[Deepin 15.8 offers] an attractive and efficient, excellent […]

This post, Linux Deepin 15.8 Released with Various Neat Improvements, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu 19.04 Daily Builds Available to Download

Sunday 11th of November 2018 02:44:49 PM

Prep a partition because Ubuntu 19.04 daily builds are now available to download. A new “Disco Dingo” daily build will be produced each and every day from now until the Ubuntu 19.04 release date in April 2019. For dedicated Ubuntu developers, testers, and community enthusiasts the arrival of daily builds is the horn blare that declares […]

This post, Ubuntu 19.04 Daily Builds Available to Download, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Samsung ‘Linux on DeX’ Enters Beta, Here’s How to Take Part

Friday 9th of November 2018 12:02:46 AM

Do you dream of being able to use an Android phone as a Linux PC when connected to a big screen and full-size keyboard? If so, you’re gonna love Samsung. The South Korean tech giant has launched its “Linux on DeX” app in beta, and is inviting early adopters to register to help test it […]

This post, Samsung ‘Linux on DeX’ Enters Beta, Here’s How to Take Part, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Microsoft Adds More Features to Windows Subsystem for Linux

Tuesday 6th of November 2018 03:31:45 PM

A slate of improvements to the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) feature in the Windows 10 October 2018 Update.  Microsoft has shared details on a number of key bug fixes and useful new features that WSL users who run the latest version of Windows 10 will benefit from. Such as? Windows 10 October Update WSL Improvements […]

This post, Microsoft Adds More Features to Windows Subsystem for Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Don’t Panic, You Can Boot Linux on Apple’s New Devices

Monday 5th of November 2018 03:40:42 PM

Does Apple stop Linux from booting on its newly refreshed Mac Mini PC or MacBookAir laptops?  That’s the claim currently circling the web‘s collective drain. The posit is that the new T2 ‘secure enclave’ chip Apple has baked in to its new models prevents Linux from booting. But is this actually true? Kinda. The answer is both “yes, technically” […]

This post, Don’t Panic, You Can Boot Linux on Apple’s New Devices, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu 19.04 Release Date & Planned Features

Saturday 3rd of November 2018 10:47:42 AM

With the Ubuntu 19.04 release date set for April 18, 2019, we take a look at some of new features Ubuntu 19.04 Disco Dingo might include – and there's lots!

This post, Ubuntu 19.04 Release Date & Planned Features, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Mark Shuttleworth Thinks IBM Buying Red Hat is Good News for Ubuntu

Wednesday 31st of October 2018 02:35:22 PM

Wondering what Mark Shuttleworth thinks about IBM buying Red Hat? Well, wonder no more. The Ubuntu founder has shared his thoughts on IBM’s game-changing purchase in a short but pointed blog post. And, few of you will be surprised to learn, the space-faring free-software fan thinks the deal marks a “significant moment in the progression of open […]

This post, Mark Shuttleworth Thinks IBM Buying Red Hat is Good News for Ubuntu, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Linux Mint 19.1 Will Feature a ‘Modern’ Desktop Layout

Wednesday 31st of October 2018 01:52:03 AM

We’re expecting the release of Linux Mint 19.1 to arrive just before the Christmas holidays and, like your nearest and dearest, it’ll be bringing a few surprises with it. The Linux 19.1 release will include the Cinnamon 4.0 desktop environment by default and this, Mint’s devs say, will “look more modern” than it does now. How? By […]

This post, Linux Mint 19.1 Will Feature a ‘Modern’ Desktop Layout, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu 19.04 is Named ‘Disco Dingo’

Tuesday 30th of October 2018 01:34:48 PM

The name of Ubuntu 19.04 has been revealed — and it’s definitely a distinctive decision! As listed on Launchpad, the home of Ubuntu development, the Ubuntu 19.04 name is logged as “Disco Dingo”. Ubuntu 19.04 will be the next stable Ubuntu release and come backed by 9 months of updates. It’s due for release in April […]

This post, Ubuntu 19.04 is Named ‘Disco Dingo’, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

IBM Inks $34 Billion Deal to Buy Red Hat

Sunday 28th of October 2018 10:31:30 PM

IBM is to buy open source software company Red Hat in a $34 billion deal — the biggest in Linux and open-source history. Red Hat is best known as a Linux company, offering both Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and Fedora, but it also makes (a lot of) money selling support, virtualization solutions, training, and cloud […]

This post, IBM Inks $34 Billion Deal to Buy Red Hat, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Firefox 63 Released with Tab Switcher Changes, More Robust Web Extensions

Tuesday 23rd of October 2018 09:54:48 AM

A new version of the Mozilla Firefox web browser is now available to download. Firefox 63.0 serves as the latest update and comes packed with a compelling crop of new features and other improvements. Out of process extensions Firefox 63 is the first version of the web browser to run web extensions (previously known as add-ons) […]

This post, Firefox 63 Released with Tab Switcher Changes, More Robust Web Extensions, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

You Can Now Buy an Official Ubuntu 18.10 T-Shirt

Tuesday 23rd of October 2018 02:23:07 AM

A t-shirt bearing the Ubuntu 18.10 mascot design has gone on sale. Canonical’s online shop has added a dark blue shirt overlaid with an orange cuttlefish design, the same one used on the official Ubuntu 18.10 wallpaper. The reverse of each 100% cotton tee bears the Ubuntu brand mark and text that reads “Cosmic Cuttlefish 18.10”. […]

This post, You Can Now Buy an Official Ubuntu 18.10 T-Shirt, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Simplenote Adds a Distraction-Free Focus Mode

Monday 22nd of October 2018 11:23:27 PM

A distraction-free focus mode has been added to the nifty note taking app Simplenote. The feature is one of several improvements the desktop client picks up in its latest update, and is freely available for Windows, macOS, and Linux users. Mobile apps for iOS and Android are also available. Famed for its markdown support in particular, Simplenote […]

This post, Simplenote Adds a Distraction-Free Focus Mode, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Linux Kernel 4.19 Released, Plus Updates to Google Chrome, LightWorks + More

Monday 22nd of October 2018 09:57:36 AM

This week's Linux Release Roundup includes a look at the new features in the Linux 4.19 kernel release, Chrome 70, a Lightworks update, and more.

This post, Linux Kernel 4.19 Released, Plus Updates to Google Chrome, LightWorks + More, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Ubuntu Mir's EGMDE Desktop Getting Experimental XWayland

Ubuntu's little known EGMDE example Mir desktop that is mostly a proving grounds for Mir development is now receiving support for XWayland for being able to run X11 applications within this example environment. Lead Mir developer Alan Griffiths posted about initial XWayland support for EGMDE but that it is "highly experimental, and can crash the desktop." This support is available via the "edge" EGMDE Snap. Read more

Devices: Coreboot, Toradex and Digi, Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+

  • Another Micro-ATX Haswell Era Motherboard Working With Coreboot But Needs Tiny Blob
    There are many Sandy Bridge era motherboards that have been freed by Coreboot while if you are looking for more options on something (slightly) newer, a micro-ATX Haswell-era motherboard from ASRock now works under this open-source BIOS implementation. The ASRock H81M-HDS is the latest motherboard port now mainline in Coreboot. The ASRock H81M-HDS supports Haswell Core and Xeon CPUs, supports two DDR3/DDR3L DIMMs, one PCI Express x16 slot, onboard display outputs, four SATA ports, and multiple USB3/USB2 ports. This motherboard can be found refurbished still from some Internet shops for about $70 USD.
  • Toradex and Digi launch i.MX8X-based Colibri and ConnectCore COMs
    Toradex and Digi have released Linux-friendly i.MX8X-based modules via early access programs. The Colibri iMX8X and Digi ConnectCore 8X each provide WiFi-ac and Bluetooth 4.2. NXP’s i.MX8X SoC has made quite a splash this week. Eight months after Phytec announced an i.MX8X-based phyCORE-i.MX 8X module, Variscite unveiled a VAR-SOM-MX8X module and then Congatec followed up with the Qseven form-factor Conga-QMX8X and SMARC 2.0 Conga-SMX8X. Now Toradex and Digi are beginning shipments of i.MX8X based modules for early access customers.
  • New Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ launched for only $25

Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome: Net Neutrality Stance, Mozilla, a VR Work, Firefox Monitor and 5 Best Chrome Extensions For Productivity

  • Mozilla Fights On For Net Neutrality
    Mozilla took the next step today in the fight to defend the web and consumers from the FCC’s attack on an open internet. Together with other petitioners, Mozilla filed our reply brief in our case challenging the FCC’s elimination of critical net neutrality protections that require internet providers to treat all online traffic equally. The fight for net neutrality, while not a new one, is an important one. We filed this case because we believe that the internet works best when people control for themselves what they see and do online. The FCC’s removal of net neutrality rules is not only bad for consumers, it is also unlawful. The protections in place were the product of years of deliberation and careful fact-finding that proved the need to protect consumers, who often have little or no choice of internet provider. The FCC is simply not permitted to arbitrarily change its mind about those protections based on little or no evidence. It is also not permitted to ignore its duty to promote competition and protect the public interest. And yet, the FCC’s dismantling of the net neutrality rules unlawfully removes long standing rules that have ensured the internet provides a voice for everyone. Meanwhile, the FCC’s defenses of its actions and the supporting arguments of large cable and telco company ISPs, who have come to the FCC’s aid, are misguided at best. They mischaracterize the internet’s technical structure as well as the FCC’s mandate to advance internet access, and they ignore clear evidence that there is little competition among ISPs. They repeatedly contradict themselves and have even introduced new justifications not outlined in the FCC’s original decision to repeal net neutrality protections.
  • Virtual meeting rooms don’t have to be boring. We challenge you to design better ones!
    Mozilla’s mission is to make the Internet a global public resource, open and accessible to all, including innovators, content creators, and builders on the web. VR is changing the very future of web interaction, so advancing it is crucial to Mozilla’s mission. That was the initial idea behind Hubs by Mozilla, a VR interaction platform launched in April 2018 that lets you meet and talk to your friends, colleagues, partners, and customers in a shared 360-environment using just a browser, on any device from head-mounted displays like HTC Vive to 2D devices like laptops and mobile phones. Since then, the Mozilla VR team has kept integrating new and exciting features to the Hubs experience: the ability bring videos, images, documents, and even 3D models into Hubs by simply pasting a link. In early October, two more useful features were added: drawing and photo uploads.
  • New Raspbian Update, Qt Creator 4.8 Beta2 Released, Firefox Monitor Now Available in More Than 26 Languages, Chrome OS Linux Soon Will Have Access to Downloads Folder and Canonical Extends Ubuntu 18.04 Long-Term Support
    Firefox Monitor, the free services that tells you whether your email has been part of a security breach, is now available in more than 26 languages: "Albanian, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Czech, Dutch, English (Canadian), French, Frisian, German, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Malay, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish (Argentina, Mexico, and Spain), Swedish, Turkish, Ukranian and Welsh." Along with this, Mozilla also announced that it has added "a notification to our Firefox Quantum browser that alerts desktop users when they visit a site that has had a recently reported data breach". See the Mozilla blog for details.
  • 5 Best Chrome Extensions For Productivity That You Should Use In 2019
    Google is the most popular browser around and supports a vast number of extensions as well. Since there are a lot of Chrome addons available in the Chrome Web Store, picking the best Google Chrome extension can be quite a task. Also, it is quite easy to get distracted on the web and lose track of time. Thankfully, several good extensions for productivity are available that can help you focus on your tasks, save time by prioritizing them and skillfully manage your to-do list. So here is a list of excellent Google Chrome extensions for productivity for the year 2019 that will assist you in your work in.

Graphics: Open-Source AMD Linux Driver Stack, Mesa 18.3.0 RC, ROCm 1.9.2 and Firefox on Wayland

  • The Open-Source AMD Linux Driver Stack Hitting Problems With The Radeon RX 590
    While the Radeon RX 590 that launched this week is just yet another Polaris refresh, it turns out the open-source AMD Linux graphics driver stack isn't yet playing well with retail RX 590 graphics cards. This is quite a surprise considering the PCI ID was picked up months ago and the mature Polaris Linux driver support for quite a while now, but could be like the rough Raven Ridge Linux experience where the production cards with the shipping vBIOS isn't what the developers encountered during their pre-production driver enablement. [...] Long story short, it looks like at least one initialization issue is blocking the Radeon RX 590 Linux support. Hopefully the workaround ends up being trivial enough that it can be quickly back-ported to existing stable Linux kernel series. Once the Radeon RX 590 is running well on Linux, I'll be through with a ton of benchmarks that I have already been working on this week with other graphics cards using the newest Linux driver stacks. This situation is sadly reminiscent of the Raven Ridge launch earlier this year where the open-source driver team was working on support for months in advance, but the production hardware/BIOS ended up varying a lot from their hardware bring-up that is was very shaky support at launch. The Raven Ridge support improved a lot on Linux since launch, but even to this day some hardware still seems to be problematic both of hardware in my labs as well as reports by users. Hopefully it won't take nearly as long for the RX 590 support to be in shape.
  • mesa 18.3.0-rc3
    The third release candidate for Mesa 18.3.0 is now available.
  • Mesa 18.3-RC3 Released With RADV Fixes, Drops Zen L3 Thread Pinning
    Mesa release manager Emil Velikov has announced the latest weekly release candidate of the upcoming Mesa 18.3. Mesa 18.3 has a number of Meson build system updates, several RADV driver corrections, a few NIR updates, fixes video API support for Raven 2 APUs, and back-ports the change to drop the AMD Zen L3 thread pinning functionality.
  • Radeon ROCm 1.9.2 Released - Brings SDMA/RDMA Support For Vega 20, HIP/HCC Improvements
    While we know ROCm 2.0 is coming out before year's end and that will have many improvements like complete OpenCL 2.0 support, ROCm 1.9.2 is out today as the latest stable release for this Radeon Open Compute stack. ROCm 1.9.2 brings some notable changes for just being a point release ahead of the big ROCm 2.0 milestone. Vega 20 remains one of the big areas for AMD's driver/software developers for what will begin shipping next year as the Radeon Instinct MI50 / MI60 accelerators.
  • Mozilla Now Ships Firefox Nightly Builds With Wayland Enabled
    After what feels like an eternity in waiting years for Mozilla to ship their Firefox web-browser with native Wayland support enabled, their latest Firefox Nightly builds have achieved this milestone. There have been Wayland patches for Firefox going back years but the Wayland support hasn't been enabled in the official Firefox binaries up until now. Starting yesterday, the Mozilla.org Firefox Nightly packages have Wayland support built-in and when launching Firefox if GDK_BACKEND=wayland is set, should now work with native Wayland rather than XWayland.