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Happily Never After: Why Disney+ Doesn’t Support Linux (Yet)

1 hour 22 min ago

It seems that the much hyped Disney+ video streaming service does not work on Linux. A Linux user in the Netherlands has shared his experience of trying to use the Netflix rival at home on […]

This post, Happily Never After: Why Disney+ Doesn’t Support Linux (Yet), was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Proper Linux Screen Sharing Coming to Chromium & Electron Apps like Discord

2 hours 4 min ago

Multi-monitor Linux users will soon be able to share a specific screen in apps like Google Meet, Hangouts and Discord thanks to a new patch in Chromium.

This post, Proper Linux Screen Sharing Coming to Chromium & Electron Apps like Discord, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Pop!_OS 19.10 Released Based on Ubuntu 19.10

Sunday 20th of October 2019 03:44:26 PM

Pop!_OS 19.10 is now available to download and install. Based on Ubuntu 19.10, Pop OS 19.10 features a dark mode, GNOME 3.34, and offline upgrading.

This post, Pop!_OS 19.10 Released Based on Ubuntu 19.10, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Linux on DeX is Dead, Says Samsung

Sunday 20th of October 2019 02:42:27 PM

Samsung is killing off its 'Linux on DeX' feature that allowed Samsung smartphone owners to run a full Ubuntu desktop on their device to use it as a 'PC'.

This post, Linux on DeX is Dead, Says Samsung, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Happy 15th Birthday, Ubuntu!

Sunday 20th of October 2019 01:45:40 PM

It's Ubuntu's 15th birthday! October 20 2019 marks the 15th anniversary of Ubuntu 4.10 'Warty Warthog', which schlepped out on to the world stage in 2004.

This post, Happy 15th Birthday, Ubuntu!, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu 20.04 Release Date & Planned Features

Friday 18th of October 2019 02:14:09 PM

Now that the Ubuntu 19.10 release is out the way attention turns to the next major update, Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, which is due to be released on April 23, 2020. We already know when Ubuntu […]

This post, Ubuntu 20.04 Release Date & Planned Features, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu 19.10 Flavours Released, Now Available to Download

Thursday 17th of October 2019 07:15:12 PM

New versions of Ubuntu MATE, Xubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, Kubuntu and other official Ubuntu spins are now available to download. Ubuntu’s family of flavours issue their latest iterations alongside today’s main attraction, the release of Ubuntu […]

This post, Ubuntu 19.10 Flavours Released, Now Available to Download, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

10 Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu 19.10

Thursday 17th of October 2019 02:12:55 PM

Here’s our list of things to do after you install Ubuntu 19.10 “Eoan Ermine” because hey: this stuff is good to know! For the record, we’ve written a list of ‘things to do after installing […]

This post, 10 Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu 19.10, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu 19.10 is Released, Now Available to Download

Thursday 17th of October 2019 01:30:19 PM

You can download Ubuntu 19.10 'Eoan Ermine' directly from the Ubuntu website. The Ubuntu 19.10 release features many improvements.

This post, Ubuntu 19.10 is Released, Now Available to Download, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu 19.10: What’s New? [Video]

Thursday 17th of October 2019 04:42:32 AM

Our Ubuntu 19.10 video whisks you through all of the 'Eoan Ermine's new changes and features, plus our take on whether you should install it!

This post, Ubuntu 19.10: What’s New? [Video], was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

The Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Codename Has Been Revealed…

Wednesday 16th of October 2019 07:49:06 PM

The Ubuntu 20.04 LTS codename is 'Focal Fossa'. The name was revealed in a package update on Launchpad, home of Ubuntu development.

This post, The Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Codename Has Been Revealed…, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu 19.10: Complete Screenshot Tour

Wednesday 16th of October 2019 05:06:27 PM

A collection of Ubuntu 19.10 screenshots to guide you through the major changes and new features included in Ubuntu 19.10 Eoan Ermine.

This post, Ubuntu 19.10: Complete Screenshot Tour, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

There’s an Ubuntu 19.10 Release Party in London, Tomorrow – And You’re Invited!

Wednesday 16th of October 2019 03:05:39 PM

You're invited to the Ubuntu 19.10 release party in London, UK, tomorrow evening. Mingle with like-minded Linux users and celebrate Eoan Ermine's release.

This post, There’s an Ubuntu 19.10 Release Party in London, Tomorrow – And You’re Invited!, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu Releases Patch for Major ‘sudo’ Security Exploit

Tuesday 15th of October 2019 01:52:04 PM

Canonical has issued an urgent security fix to the 'sudo' package after the discovery of a flaw that could give attackers root privileges on Linux systems.

This post, Ubuntu Releases Patch for Major ‘sudo’ Security Exploit, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

KDE Plasma 5.17 Arrives Packed Full of New Features

Tuesday 15th of October 2019 01:29:24 PM

KDE Plasma 5.17, the latest stable version of the popular open source desktop environment is now available to download with various new features.

This post, KDE Plasma 5.17 Arrives Packed Full of New Features, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

ImCompressor is a New, User-Friendly Image Compressor for Linux

Thursday 10th of October 2019 03:47:40 PM

ImCompressor is a lossless image compressor app for Linux desktops. It optimises JEPG and PNG images to reduce image file size but not quality.

This post, ImCompressor is a New, User-Friendly Image Compressor for Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

The BlueMail Email Client is Now Available for Linux

Wednesday 9th of October 2019 01:47:09 PM

The BlueMail email client is now available for the Linux desktop as a Snap app on the Snapcraft store. The app is free to use, but is not open source.

This post, The BlueMail Email Client is Now Available for Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

First GNOME 3.34 Point Release Goes Live with Oodles of Bug Fixes

Tuesday 8th of October 2019 12:39:43 PM

The first GNOME 3.34 point release has been made available for download. A post-release patch fest, GNOME 3.34.1 features no new features but does include a shed load of bug fixes, band-aids and (less notably) […]

This post, First GNOME 3.34 Point Release Goes Live with Oodles of Bug Fixes, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Linus Torvalds Shares His Thoughts on Microsoft’s New-Found Love for Linux

Monday 7th of October 2019 03:20:35 PM

Linus Torvalds was asked if he thinks there's anything to fear from Microsoft's recent embrace of all things Linux and open source — this is what he said.

This post, Linus Torvalds Shares His Thoughts on Microsoft’s New-Found Love for Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Dash to Dock v67 Released, Adds Unity-style ‘Trash’ Icon

Monday 7th of October 2019 02:14:17 PM

Dash to Dock v67 has been released. The popular GNOME Shell extension now supports GNOME 3.34, but drops support for earlier releases.

This post, Dash to Dock v67 Released, Adds Unity-style ‘Trash’ Icon, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

More in Tux Machines

Manjaro Linux 18.1.0 Juhraya Cinnamon - Spicy but sweet

You know how the popular saying goes. When it rains ... people drive slowly just to annoy you. But as it happens, I received a bunch of emails from people asking me two things: 1) Why have I not recently done any more Cinnamon reviews (other than Mint)? 2) When am I going to review the latest version of Manjaro 18.1 Juhraya? The answer to these question is: yes. At the same time! I decided to try Manjaro Cinnamon, not something I've done before, so it should be an interesting, refreshing and hopefully worthwhile exercise. The test box will be the same one I used for the Illyria Xfce test, so we can compare things in earnest - and accurately. This is an eight-book mixed Windows & Linux box, and it comes with UEFI, Intel graphics, 16 sweet partitions, and another instance of Manjaro that we won't touch in this review. Begin to start. Read more

Pacman 5.2 Release

We have a clear winner. Although I’m sure that at least half of those are in responses to bugs he created! He claims it is a much smaller proportion… And a new contributor in third. What has changed in this release? Nothing super exciting as far as I’m concerned, but check out the detailed list here. We have completely removed support for delta packages. This was a massively underused feature, usually made updates slower for a slight saving on bandwidth, and had a massive security hole. Essentially, a malicious package database in combination with delta packages could run arbitrary commands on your system. This would be less of an issue if a certain Linux distro signed their package databases… Anyway, on balance I judged it better to remove this feature altogether. We may come back to this in the future with a different implementation, but I would not expect that any time soon. Note a similar vulnerability was found with using XferCommand to download packages, but we plugged that hole instead of removing it! Read more

Programming: News About GNU Compiler (GCC 10)

  • GCC 10 Switches Arm's Scheduling-Pressure Algorithm For Better Performance

    A minor optimization was merged into GCC 10 last week for benefiting those on Arm compiling their code with the GNU Compiler Collection. Prominent Arm toolchain developer Wilco Dijkstra of Arm has changed the default scheduling-pressure algorithm used by their back-end with GCC

  • GCC 10 Has C++20 Concepts Support In Order

    Concepts is one of the big features of the forthcoming C++20 that extends the language's templates functionality to add type-checking to templates and other compile-time validation. The existing concepts support in GCC was updated to reflect differences between the years old technical specification and the version being introduced as part of C++20. After review, that C++20 concepts support was merged earlier this month for GCC 10 as well as the libstdc++ updates.

Qt 3D Discussed

  • Qt 3D Will Still Be Improved On Alongside Qt Quick 3D

    While Qt Quick 3D has been talked up a lot recently with The Qt Company's plans for that new 3D module inside the current Qt5 and future Qt6 tool-kits, Qt 3D itself is not going away. Qt Quick 3D will offer 3D support to Qt Quick via QML and C++ APIs but the existing Qt 3D support isn't going to be eliminated and in fact will be improved upon as we near the Qt 6.0 release in about one year's time.

  • The Future of Qt 3D

    As you will have read, a new module called Qt Quick 3D will begin offering 3D capabilities to Qt Quick via a QML API (and a planned C++ API for Qt 6). What does this mean for Qt 3D and where will it fit in the Qt ecosystem? Hopefully this blog post and the following one will help answer that question as well as give some insights into what we are working on in Qt 3D. This blog post will focus on the changes coming with Qt 5.x and the following article will details some of the research we are doing to improve Qt 3D on the Qt 6 timescale.

  • Qt 3D: One too many threads

    Qt 3D makes heavy use of threads, as a way to spread work across CPU cores and maximize throughput, but also to minimize the chances of blocking the main thread. Though nice on paper, the last case eventually leads to added complexity. Sometimes, there are just one too many threads. In the past, we’ve been guilty of trying to do too much within Qt 3D rather than assuming that some things are the developer’s duty. For instance there was a point in time where we’d compare the raw content of textures internally. The reason behind that was to handle cases where users would load the same textures several times rather than sharing one. This led to code that was hard to maintain and easy to break. Ultimately it provided convenience only for what can be seen as a misuse of Qt 3D, which was not the the original intention. We had similar systems in place for Geometries, Shaders… Part of the reason why we made such choices at the time was that the border between what Qt 3D should or shouldn’t be doing was really blurry. Over time we’ve realized that Qt 3D is lower level than what you’d do with QtQuick. A layer on top of Qt 3D would have instead been the right place to do such things. We’ve solved some of these pain points by starting work on Kuesa which provides assets collections.