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There’s Now an Official Todoist App for Linux

Thursday 3rd of September 2020 11:30:50 AM

An official Todoist app for Linux is available on the Snap Store. Learn all about the task management service's key features and how to install it.

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HP’s Powerful New Laptops Are Certified for Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Wednesday 2nd of September 2020 07:25:39 PM

If you're in the market for a new Ubuntu laptop be sure to check out the HP ZBook Fury series which is now available with Ubuntu.

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Improve Focus and Productivity with Blanket, an Ambient Noise app for Linux

Wednesday 2nd of September 2020 06:22:02 AM

If you find it hard to focus in a silent environment or know you are more productive when surrounded by background noise, check out Blanket.

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Fly-Pie is an Innovative New ‘Action Launcher’ for GNOME Shell

Tuesday 1st of September 2020 06:41:48 PM

Looking for a fancy new way to launch your favourite apps in GNOME Shell? The innovative GNOME extension featured in this post is primed for testing.

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elementary OS Adds Experimental Support for the Pinebook Pro

Tuesday 1st of September 2020 05:04:04 PM

A version elementary OS for the Pinebook Pro Linux laptop is in development. Early access builds aren't production ready and come with limitations.

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Linux Usage Dropped in August, Analytics Stats Show

Tuesday 1st of September 2020 01:04:26 PM

Informing you of NetMarketShare‘s monthly tally of desktop Linux users has become something of a “thing” on this site — and who am I to buck the trend: August’s figures are now out. But brace […]

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Blender 2.90 Released with Major Improvements, Initial Wayland Support

Monday 31st of August 2020 07:27:37 PM

A brand new version of Blender, the open source 3D modelling software (and then some), is now available to download. In this post we look at what's new.

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GNOME’s Sound Recorder App Has an Awesome New Look

Monday 31st of August 2020 01:50:10 PM

We preview the new GNOME Sound Recorder utility after its major revamp. The app boasts a clean, responsive interface and intros key new features.

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The PinePhone Manjaro Community Edition is Now Available to Buy

Monday 31st of August 2020 11:00:02 AM

The PinePhone Manjaro Community Edition has been announced. The Linux phone is available to pre-order with the Arch-based distro preloaded by default.

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Arc Menu 48 Released with 3 New Menu Layouts + More

Monday 31st of August 2020 12:34:56 AM

A new version of Arc Menu has been released (version 48 for those keeping count) and it sees the app launcher alternative level up in several crucial areas.

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Glimpse 0.2.0 Released, Based on GIMP 2.10.18

Wednesday 26th of August 2020 11:55:04 AM

Glimpse 0.2.0 has been released. This version of the open source image editor is based on GIMP 2.10.18 but makes a number of configuration changes.

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Firefox 80 Released with Optional GPU Acceleration on Linux

Tuesday 25th of August 2020 12:37:31 PM

Mozilla Firefox 80 is available to download. The latest release of the famous web browser features modest changes, but adds something exciting on Linux.

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Give Ubuntu’s Default Theme a Makeover with Yaru Colors

Monday 24th of August 2020 07:06:12 PM

Yaru Colors is a neat customisation script that changes the accent colors used in Ubuntu's default GTK and icon themes with one of 14 different shades.

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Why You Can’t Upgrade to Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (For Now)

Thursday 20th of August 2020 03:24:59 PM

The Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS release arrived earlier this month but Ubuntu 18.04 LTS users are still waiting to be notified that the upgrade is available — so what gives?

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Kdenlive Scores a Sizeable Summer Update, Introduces New UI Layouts

Monday 17th of August 2020 04:01:21 PM

Qt-based Kdenlive video editor has just issued a new release — and if you’re serious about your video editing on Linux you’re going to love what’s on offer. Kdenlive 20.08 introduces new layouts (though for […]

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Ubuntu 18.04.5 LTS Released with Linux Kernel 5.4

Friday 14th of August 2020 01:55:43 PM

Ubuntu 18.04.5 LTS is now available to download. The fifth point release to the 'Bionic Beaver' features a new Linux kernel, fixes, plus new install media.

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More in Tux Machines

Camus Video Chat: The Open-source Privacy-aware Video Cat Meeting tool that you have been waiting for

Camus is a lightweight cross-platform real-time peer-to-peer video chat application. It's built with Python3 and ready to be deployed on server with simple few steps. We have reviewed and listed several open-source video applications on Medevel.com, but most of them require time and skills to install and use. It's not the case with Camu which is created by a solo developer using several technologies to make it a good alternative for Google Meet, meet.jit.si and of course zoom. In glance, Camus offers similar functionalities to the competing apps like text messaging, customizable video quality, high audio quality and desktop sharing. It's also can be installed easily on any Linux distribution that support Snap or on a web server with Docker. The main reason why do like Camus is its easy install as it takes far more time to install and configure than most of the alternative apps we tested and used before. Read more Also: Empathy first: Driving growth through people leadership

Devices/Embedded: NanoPi, Arduino and More

  • NanoPi R4S SBC launched with optional metal case for $45 and up

    We found NanoPi R4S board in a work-in-progress Wiki last month. The tiny single board computer is designed for headless applications but comes with much better specifications compared to similar boards with a Rockchip RK3399 hexa-core processor with up to 4GB RAM, dual Gigabit Ethernet, and USB 3.0 ports. At the time we had limited information, but FriendlyELEC has now started selling the board for $45 and up, together with an optional metal case for a fanless operation that should ensure very good cooling.

  • Rockchip RK3568 processor to power edge computing and NVR applications

    We recently reported on the Rockchip developer conference (RKDC) 2020, and especially the upcoming Rockchip RK3588 Cortex-A76/A55 processor that packs a lot of power and features, and is now scheduled to launch in Q3 2021. But as you can imagine there were other products revealed during the conference, including the new Rockchip RK3568, similar to the previously announced RK3566, and designed for edge computing and network video recorder (NVR) applications.

  • Tiger Lake module supports industrial models

    Portwell’s “PCOM-B656VGL” Compact Type 6 module runs on 11th Gen Core CPUs including embedded “E” and industrial “GRE” models with up to 64GB DDR4-3200, 4x displays, 4x USB 3.2 Gen2, and 9x PCIe lanes, including 4x Gen4.

  • i.MX8M based SMARC module adds crypto chip and optional TSN

    Adlink’s rugged, Linux-ready “LEC-iMX8M” SMARC module combines a quad -A53 i.MX8M with a crypto chip plus up to 4GB DDR3L, up to 64GB eMMC, and support for HDMI 2.0a with 4K, 2x MIPI-CSI2, and up to 2x GbE with optional TSN. Earlier this month, we reported on Adlink’s SMARC 2.1 form-factor LEC-IMX8MP module with NXP’s AI-enabled i.MX8M Plus. Adlink has also posted a preliminary product page for a SMARC 2.1 module that builds on the standard, similarly quad-core, Cortex-A53 i.MX8M. The rugged LEC-iMX8M module is notable for its additional, AES-128-enabled cryptography chip with hardware key storage for up to 16 keys, certificates, or data.

  • Arduino Blog » Creating a continuum tentacle-like robot with Arduino

    Continuum robots — which look like a tentacle or perhaps an elephant’s trunk — use a series of linkage sections and internal tendons to move both horizontally and vertically. While they may seem quite exotic, in the video below element14 Presents’ DJ Harrigan breaks down how he built one with an Arduino Mega and a fairly simple list of parts.

Oracle/Red Hat/Fedora: Oracle Linux Cloud Native Environment, ABRT, XWayland, Satellite and Ansible

  • Announcing Oracle Linux Cloud Native Environment Release 1.2

    Oracle is pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle Linux Cloud Native Environment Release 1.2. This release includes several enhancements focused on improving the security and compliance of customer environments. Release 1.2 also includes new versions of core components, including Kubernetes, CRI-O, Kata Containers, and Istio. Oracle Linux Cloud Native Environment is an integrated suite of software components for the development and management of cloud-native applications. Based on the Cloud Native Computing Foundation and Open Container Initiative standards, Oracle Linux Cloud Native Environment delivers a simplified framework for installations, updates, upgrades, and configuration of key features for orchestrating microservices.

  • EOL of EL6 and EL7 and removal Customer portal support - ABRT

    For a long time, we talked about EOLing EL6 and EL7. What does it actually mean? RHEL 6 is going to be EOL at the end of this month (30th November 2020). We will no longer build ABRT packages for EL6 and we will stop supporting EL6 as content. RHEL 7 is still active but quite old. ABRT team will stop testing, building, and developing on top of RHEL7. We are going to focus on RHEL 8 and upcoming RHEL and Fedora. We still support RHEL 7 as content (e.g., in ABRT Analytics).

  • Fedora Looks To Provide Standalone XWayland Package Tracking X.Org Server Git - Phoronix

    With the X.Org Server being "abandonware" but at the same time the upstream XWayland portion of the codebase continuing to be worked on, Fedora developers at Red Hat are looking at splitting XWayland into its own standalone package to make it easier to ship it without having to use the rest of the xorg-server code-base. While Red Hat developers previously worked to manage X.Org Server releases, there isn't much upside to that these days and they would rather ship a standalone XWayland package for Fedora users rather than go through the process of new xorg-server releases.

  • Preparing for RHEL Extended Life Cycle Support with Red Hat Satellite and the Ansible Automation Platform

    Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6 was introduced more than 10 years ago, on November 9, 2010. Originally branched from Fedora 12, RHEL 6 has spent the last 10 years faithfully running Linux workloads. After more than a decade of faithful service, RHEL 6’s lifespan is nearly up: on November 30th, RHEL 6 will move out of Maintenance Support 2 and into Extended Life Cycle Support (ELS). Today, we’ll walk through how to prepare our Red Hat Satellite server for the switch of RHEL 6 to ELS, as well as adjusting our currently registered systems. We’ll be doing both of these things via Ansible and the newly introduced redhat.satellite Ansible Collection.

Kernel: IWD, OpenZFS and Mesa

  • Intel IWD 1.10 With DHCP v6 Support - Phoronix

    Version 1.10 of Intel's IWD "iNet Wireless Daemon" has been released as the increasingly useful alternative to the likes of WPA_Supplicant for Linux systems. Intel's open-source wireless daemon for Linux systems continues adding in more features and improvements. While it started out with a focus on minimalism and embedded use-cases, IWD is being evaluated for possible use on Ubuntu among other Linux distributions.

  • Notable Developer Starts Patreon to Fund Apple Silicon Linux Port - MacRumors

    Developer Hector Martin, who describes himself as someone who "likes putting Linux on things," has launched a plan create a Linux port for Apple Silicon Macs.

  • OpenZFS 2.0 Released With Unified FreeBSD/Linux Support, Many New Features - Phoronix

    OpenZFS 2.0 has been officially released! OpenZFS 2.0 marks a major step forward for open-source ZFS file-system support for what started out as ZFSOnLinux but is now OpenZFS with unified FreeBSD and Linux support (macOS support is still being pursued as well) and this release also bringing many new features.

  • [Mesa-dev] [ANNOUNCE] mesa 20.3.0-rc3
    Hi list,
    
    Mesa 20.3-rc3 is now available for general consumption. This is a few
    days late thanks to the US Thanksgiving holiday. I think we're
    pretty close to having .0 this week, just one issue left on the tracker.
    
    Dylan
    
  • Mesa 20.3 Is Near With Lavapipe Vulkan, Raspberry Pi V3DV, Better AMD RDNA2 Support - Phoronix

    The weekly release candidates of Mesa 20.3 fell off the wagon last week due to the US Thanksgiving holiday but now is updated today for Mesa 20.3-RC3. Mesa 20.3-RC3 is out and things are looking good for the stable release potentially in a week or two. There remains just one blocker bug left before Mesa 20.3.0 could be cleared for release.