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Microsoft Edge Browser (Preview) Now Available on Linux

Tuesday 20th of October 2020 09:02:00 PM
Microsoft has just announced that Microsoft Edge of Linux is available for download in the Dev channel, thus allowing users on the platform to finally try out the software giant’s Chromium-based browser.

“With this release, Microsoft Edge is now available for all major desktop and mobile platforms. We’re particularly excited to offer web developers the same consistent and powerful web platform and developer tools as on macOS or Windows, so you can build and test in your preferred environment and be confident in the experience your customers will have on other devices. For security researchers, we’re now also accepting submissions for the Microsoft Edge Bounty Program on Linux,” Microsoft explains.

The first preview builds of Microsoft Edge for Linux can be installed on Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, and OpenSUSE. Microsoft says that its Dev builds aimed at Linux would be updated according to the company’s typical calendar, which means that new versions will be released ev... (read more)

Mozilla Firefox 82 Is Now Available for Download

Monday 19th of October 2020 09:10:00 PM
Mozilla has just released another major update for Firefox browser, this time bringing the app to version 82 on Windows, Linux, and macOS.

What’s very important to know is that Firefox 82 is now available as a manual download only, as Mozilla has only posted the official installers on its FTP servers. In other words, the automatic rollout through the built-in update system for existing Firefox users is yet to kick off, but it should also get the go-ahead tomorrow when the release is officially announced.

And speaking of the official release, the Firefox 82 changelog isn’t available just yet, though we can already get a preview of what’s to come after this update thanks to the beta channel.

For example, in addition to the typical fixes that are part of every release, Mozilla has also refined the experience with the Picture-in-Picture mode, with its dedicated button now having a new look and position, all with the purpose of making everything easier to use.

Firefox... (read more)

Vivaldi 3.4 Launched with New Features and a Small Surprise

Thursday 15th of October 2020 07:01:01 AM
Vivaldi was, is, and will probably continue to be one of the best desktop browsers out there, with its Android version also improving at a pretty fast pace and new updates bringing plenty of goodies.

Today, the team working on Vivaldi announced version 3.4 on the desktop, and just as it happened before, the release is full of improvements.

First and foremost, one of the most notable additions is Vivaldia, a built-in game inspired by the Future Noir and CyberPunk and which is available today on Windows, Linux, Mac, Android, and Chromebooks. The arcade-style runner game also comes with gamepad support and can be launched from the Vivaldi menu or just by typing vivaldi://game in the address bar.

“In the face of adversity, Vivaldia grows strong and takes on the enemy. She fights to save the humans of the city,” Vivaldi explains.

“Riding her cybernetic ninja one-wheeler called the CyclePunk, Vivaldia outruns and outsmarts the big evil machines. At times, it looks like... (read more)

LibreOffice 7.0.2 Now Available for Linux, Windows, and Mac

Thursday 8th of October 2020 09:08:00 PM
The Document Foundation has just released a new version of LibreOffice for the supported desktop platforms, namely Windows, Linux, and Mac.

LibreOffice 7.0.2 is the second minor release for the main LibreOffice 7.0 update, and this suggests from the very beginning but that the focus has been entirely on fixing bugs under the hood and improving the overall performance of the productivity suite.

According to The Document Foundation, LibreOffice 7.0.2 comes with no less than 130 bug fixes and improvements to document compatibility, and if you’ve used this software before, you certainly know how important the refinements in this area actually are.

LibreOffice is often considered the main alternative to the more expensive Microsoft Office, so full support for the formats used by Microsoft’s suite is critical to ensure a smooth transmission from one product to another.

“LibreOffice offers the highest level of compatibility in the office suite arena, starting from nativ... (read more)

Mozilla Thunderbird 78.3.2 Is Now Available for Download - What’s New

Thursday 8th of October 2020 03:12:00 PM
Microsoft’s Outlook is generally considered the leading email app on Windows, but at the same time, Thunderbird has become more and more popular, not only on Linux and Mac, but also on Microsoft’s very own operating system.

Despite the adoption of Outlook increasing lately, especially among company employees and following the Office 365 suite benefitting from the remote working trend, Thunderbird continues to be one super-popular choice and it happens for good reason

Not only that it packs a super-advanced feature lineup, but Thunderbird also sports a clean and intuitive interface that can be further customized according to your preferences.

Right now, Thunderbird works on the following platforms:
 
  • Windows: Windows 7 or later
  • Mac: macOS 10.9 or later
  • Linux: GTK+ 3.14 or higher
 
As you probably know already, Windows 7 is already discontinued and only receives updates as part of the ESU program released by Microsoft for companies... (read more)

What's New in Mozilla Thunderbird 78.3.1

Tuesday 29th of September 2020 08:45:00 PM
Mozilla has released a new version of the Thunderbird email app, and this time the changelog points to a super-important fix that brings the client back to working condition.

First and foremost, some background.

As we all know already, Mozilla Thunderbird is one of the best email apps currently around, and if you ask me, it’s one of the best alternatives to Microsoft Outlook right now.

But the simple thing that it’s available with a freeware license makes Thunderbird the go-to app for so many users out there, and it happens for a good reason. The feature lineup is absolutely impressive, and Mozilla keeps improving it with every new release.

The most recent update shipped to Mozilla Thunderbird users is version 78.3.1, and as the parent company itself explains, there’s just one important fix in this release.

It’s a fix that resolves crashes reported in Thunderbird 78.3.0, an update that was released only a few days before. So this new build is more of an emergenc... (read more)

All Lenovo ThinkPad Computers to Be Available with Ubuntu Linux

Wednesday 23rd of September 2020 09:03:00 PM
Long-time Microsoft partner Lenovo has decided to fully embrace the world of Linux, and after the company previously announced that several workstations would be offered with Ubuntu pre-loaded, it’s now making a similar decision for ThinkPad and ThinkStation devices.

These devices will also be available with Ubuntu Linux pre-installed, and the change will begin to roll out later this year.

By some point next year, all models mentioned below should be available with Ubuntu, Lenovo says.

To be clear, this doesn’t mean the PC maker drops Windows, only that Ubuntu becomes an alternative. So customers buying a new Lenovo device can get it with Ubuntu pre-loaded if Windows isn’t their favorite cup of tea.

“Lenovo’s vision of enabling smarter technology for all really does mean ‘for all’.  Our announcement of device certification in June was a step in the right direction to enable customers to more easily install Linux on their own. Our goal is to remove the complexity ... (read more)

Librem 14 Linux Laptop to Go on Sale in December

Wednesday 23rd of September 2020 03:16:00 PM
If you’re in the market looking for a new Linux laptop, you’d better delay your purchase for a few more months, as the Librem 14 is now projected to ship in December.

While we originally expected the Linux laptop to go on sale earlier, Purism previously said the device was projected to go on sale in the early fourth quarter, the struggles that Intel encountered with the inventory for its new chips have pushed the date back to December.

But according to Purism, the laptop will continue to be listed for pre-order with a $100 discount, so basically, you now have more time to get the Librem 14 cheaper. Once the device starts shipping, the laptop will be available from $1,499.

“The Librem 14 is going to be a powerhouse with a six core, twelve thread, 4.70Ghz i7-10710U tenth generation Intel CPU. When we first announced the Librem 14 pre-order, we estimated shipping would begin in early Q4 2020 but unfortunately Intel has industry-wide supply issues with the i7-10th gen... (read more)

Microsoft Announces New Windows Subsystem for Linux Improvements

Wednesday 23rd of September 2020 03:01:00 PM
Microsoft is very committed to the Linux world these days, and needless to say, improving the Windows Subsystem for Linux has become a priority in the long term.

After announcing several major improvements at the Build developer conference earlier this year, Microsoft is now back with additional details and new features to discuss how the experience with WSL is being improved for everybody on Windows 10.

First and foremost, it’s the WSL 2 release, which originally took place on Windows 10 version 2004, or the May 2020 Update, exclusively. Microsoft has already confirmed that WSL 2 would go live for more users, and the company confirms in this new blog post that those on Windows 10 version 1903 and 1909 would be getting it too.

“We’ve heard feedback on how many users have enjoyed using WSL 2 and have made WSL 2 available to more Windows users with t... (read more)

First Microsoft Edge Version for Linux to Launch in October

Tuesday 22nd of September 2020 09:09:00 PM
Microsoft has recently announced that the very first build of Microsoft Edge for Linux would go live next month as a preview.

The migration to the Chromium engine allowed Microsoft to turn Edge into a cross-platform browser, so the app is now available on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, and macOS.

Microsoft officially confirmed that a Linux version of Microsoft Edge was in the works earlier this year, but the company remained completely tight-lipped on any potential release date.

The build that will be published next week will come as an early testing version, with Microsoft to continue working on Edge for Linux and release more updates as the development advances. Most likely, Edge for Linux would eventually be offered in the same channels as the Windows and Mac siblings, namely Canary, Dev, beta, and stable.

No word on the final version of Edge for Linux

Microsoft hasn’t discussed the feature lineup of Microsoft Edge for Linux, ... (read more)

Microsoft Says Important Windows 10 Fix for Linux Users Is Coming

Monday 21st of September 2020 12:39:00 PM
Microsoft has confirmed that it’s working on fixing a Windows Subsystem for Linux, or WSL, and the rollout should start with the next update shipped to insiders.

More specifically, the Redmond-based software giant says the issue happens on devices running beta and release preview channel builds, with users no longer able to launch the WSL at all.

“Windows Insiders on Build 19042.508 in the Beta and Release Preview Channels who use Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) will be impacted by “Element not found” error when they try to start WSL. With the help of Insiders, we have identified the root cause of the issue and have created a fix which should be included in the next 20H2 servicing release shortly. Insiders who wish to be unblocked immediately can uninstall this build (KB4571756) which is a non-security update,” the company says.

The easiest way to fix the whole thing right now is to just uninstall this cumulative update, albeit I expect Microsoft to come up with... (read more)

Zorin OS 15.3 Officially Launched

Tuesday 8th of September 2020 06:21:00 PM
Zorin Group has just released a new version of Zorin OS, and users can download it today from the typical distribution channels.

Zorin OS 15.3 is supposed to be “an enhanced version of the most advanced and popular release ever,” so while it doesn’t bring major changes, it comes with important refinements that users would obviously love having on their devices.

First and foremost, before discussing the changes in this update, let’s have a look at some official statistics.

Zorin OS 15 has recorded more than 1.7 million downloads, and this makes it one of the most successful releases ever. And what’s more, many of these downloads came from non-Linux devices, which once again shows how appealing the Linux world has become for Windows and macOS users.

“Since the Zorin OS 15 was first launched in June 2019, it has been downloaded over 1.7 million times. Over 65% of these downloads came from proprietary platforms like Windows and macOS, reflecting our mission to bring ... (read more)

What’s New in Vivaldi Browser for Linux, Windows, and Mac

Monday 7th of September 2020 05:05:00 PM
Vivaldi continues to the browser that offers an insane amount of customization options out of the box, and every single update just makes the experience with the app even better.

And this is the case of Vivaldi version 3.3, which is live today on all supported desktop platforms, including Linux, Windows, and macOS.

The biggest change this time is the introduction of a so-called Break Mode whose purpose is to help users working from home to actually take a break.

What this Break Mode does is mute and stop all HTML5 audio and videos, hide tabs, panels, and the other content on the screen. You can easily enable it by clicking the pause button available at the left corner of the status bar or by pressing Ctrl + . on the keyboard.

“Once the browser is paused, you can interact with the physical world – communicate with colleagues or loved ones, make a phone call, jot down those creative ideas on a piece of paper, exercise, take a power nap, or grab a cup of coffee in p... (read more)

LibreOffice 7.0.1 Officially Launched for Linux, Windows, and macOS

Friday 4th of September 2020 08:55:00 AM
The Document Foundation has just released the very first revision to LibreOffice 7, and the update is now available on all supported desktop platforms.

In other words, LibreOffice 7.0.1 is live today on Linux, Windows, and macOS.

If you’re wondering what this new release includes, it’s pretty easy to figure out just by looking at the version number. The focus is entirely on bug fixes, and of course, no new features are included.

TDF says some 80 bug fixes are included in this update, and users who are running LibreOffice 7 are recommended to install it to get this refined performance.

“LibreOffice 7.0.1 represents the bleeding edge in terms of features for open source office suites. Users wanting the robustness of a more mature version optimized for enterprise class deployments can still download LibreOffice 6.4.6,” The Document Foundation explains.

LibreOffice 7

LibreOffice has long been considered the top alternative to Microsoft Office, and ... (read more)

Firefox 80.0.1 Now Available for Download with Important Fixes

Wednesday 2nd of September 2020 09:42:00 AM
Mozilla has released a new version of Firefox browser, this time with the focus exclusively on fixing issues in the application.

Firefox 80.0.1 is the very first revision to version 80, and according to the official changelog, there are five different fixes in this build, and all of them are equally important for users.

The following fixes are part of the recently released Firefox 80.0.1:
 
  • Fixed a performance regression when encountering new intermediate CA certificates (bug 1661543)
  • Fixed crashes possibly related to GPU resets (bug 1627616)
  • Fixed rendering on some sites using WebGL (bug 1659225)
  • Fixed the zoom-in keyboard shortcut on Japanese language builds (bug 1661895)
  • Fixed download issues related to extensions and cookies (bug 1655190)
 
While the performance regression bug was first discovered only a few days ago, the GPU resets issue that Mozilla is linking to was first reported five months ago, with the... (read more)

Not Even Linux Can Stop the Fast Rise of Windows 10

Tuesday 1st of September 2020 04:56:00 PM
Windows 10 is more than five years old, and while its adoption improved slowly at first, things have changed completely these days.

We’ve known for a while that Windows 10 was the number one desktop operating system, but the latest statistics show that its growth keeps improving every single month, and there’s little the other platforms can do to stop this impressive market performance.

Not even Linux, the platform that recorded an important growth in the first half of the year, can slow down the adoption of Windows 10.

More specifically, Windows as a whole is now powering 86.98 percent of the entire PC market, while Linux currently runs on 2.69 percent of the devices out there. For Windows, this is actually a small decline from 87.03 percent in July, but for Linux, the drop has been massive, its previous market share was 3.57 percent.

And yes, you’ve guessed it right. macOS is the big winner of the whole thing, as it improved from 8.95 percent to 9.55 percent in... (read more)

Vivaldi Updated with a New Feature Every Browser Should Have

Friday 28th of August 2020 03:57:00 PM
I’ve said it before and I’m going to say it again: Vivaldi is one of the best browsers out there, and despite not having the market share of Google Chrome, for instance, it’s at least as capable as it’s more famous rival.

And as compared to the likes of Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge, Vivaldi’s purpose is to put user in control of everything, while at the same time providing them with an insane amount of customization options.

The team working on Vivaldi obviously doesn’t want to stop here, and the most recent preview builds of the browser come with additional improvements in this regard.

The latest snapshot, for example, comes with an option aimed at private windows.

More specifically, beginning with this update, users can choose a different theme for private browser windows, thus helping them better distinguish the regular windows from the ones running in private mode.

“Our theme support is second to none but allowing you seemingly endless ways to colorize y... (read more)

What’s New in Mozilla Thunderbird 78.2.0

Wednesday 26th of August 2020 01:21:00 PM
If you’re one of the many Mozilla Thunderbird users, you’d better check for updates because the parent company has just rolled out a new version of the app.

Currently one of the most popular email clients out there, Mozilla Thunderbird is getting regular updates, albeit in most of the cases, these new releases only include additional polishing and bug fixes.

Firefox 78.2.0 perfectly aligns with this approach, and the version number is the first indicator the focus in this update is on improving the performance of the app and resolving bugs here and there.

First and foremost, there’s an important mention that concerns OpenPGP, which was supposed to be enabled by default with this release. Mozilla says this change has been pushed back, with additional information to be shared at a later time.

“Originally it was announced to enable OpenPGP by default in version 78.2.0. It has been decided to slightly postpone this for final changes and testing by volunteers. See the... (read more)

What’s New in Mozilla Firefox 80

Tuesday 25th of August 2020 01:39:00 PM
Mozilla has just released Firefox 80 for all supported desktop platforms, including Windows, Linux, and macOS.

Just as expected since this is a major release of the browser, there are several important changes that are worth highlighting, as well as critical security fixes that make it a recommended update.

First and foremost, there’s the new feature that everybody was waiting for: beginning with Firefox 80, you can configure the browser as the default PDF viewer on the system.

As many Windows users know already, Microsoft itself has put a lot of effort into turning the legacy version of Microsoft Edge into a fully-featured PDF app. And now that the company has migrated to the Chromium engine, similar efforts are directed to the new browser, which is slowly but surely becoming an advanced PDF application too.

Mozilla doesn’t want to be left out of the fun, so it updated Firefox to double as a PDF viewer too. In other words, beginning with Firefox 80, the browser ... (read more)

Windows Subsystem for Linux Launching on Older Windows 10 Versions

Friday 21st of August 2020 12:30:00 PM
One of the biggest changes in Windows 10 version 2004, or May 2020 Update, is the addition of the second-generation Windows Subsystem for Linux, also known as WSL 2.

Needless to say, WSL 2 comes with massive improvements, and one of the most notable is a full Linux kernel. Furthermore, this new release also supports managed VMs and allows for full system call compatibility, something that wasn’t available on the first Windows Subsystem for Linux release.

At the same time, WSL 2 also offers faster performance, and while Microsoft recommends everyone to switch to this new release, the company explains that some might have to stick with the original Windows Subsystem for Linux if the project files must be stored in the Windows file system.

However, the full Linux kernel that is available in WSL 2 is what makes most people upgrade. Microsoft itself ships new updates for the kernel via Windows Update, so the whole experience is substantially improved for those on Windo... (read more)

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Tor Browser is fully installed (10.0.2) System upgrade from Debian Buster repos as of October 21, 2020 Update Linux Kernel to 5.9.0-1 Update Thunderbird to 78.3.1-2 Update Tor to 0.4.4.5 Update Youtube-dl to 2020.09.20 Read more

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Regressions in GNU/Linux Evolution

  • When "progress" is backwards

    Lately I see many developments in the linux FOSS world that sell themselves as progress, but are actually hugely annoying and counter-productive. Counter-productive to a point where they actually cause major regressions, costs, and as in the case of GTK+3 ruin user experience and the possibility that we'll ever enjoy "The year of the Linux desktop". [...] We live in an era where in the FOSS world one constantly has to relearn things, switch to new, supposedly "better", but more bloated solutions, and is generally left with the impression that someone is pulling the rug from below one's feet. Many of the key changes in this area have been rammed through by a small set of decision makers, often closely related to Red Hat/Gnome/freedesktop.org. We're buying this "progress" at a high cost, and one can't avoid asking oneself whether there's more to the story than meets the eye. Never forget, Red Hat and Microsoft (TM) are partners and might even have the same shareholders.

  • When "progress" is backwards

Graphics: Vulkan, Intel and AMD

  • NVIDIA Ships Vulkan Driver Beta With Fragment Shading Rate Control - Phoronix

    This week's Vulkan 1.2.158 spec release brought the fragment shading rate extension to control the rate at which fragments are shaded on a per-draw, per-primitive, or per-region basis. This can be useful similar to OpenGL and Direct3D support for helping to allow different, less important areas of the screen be shaded less than areas requiring greater detail/focus. NVIDIA on Tuesday released the 455.26.02 Linux driver (and 457.00 version for Windows) that adds this fragment shading rate extension.

  • Intel Begins Adding Alder Lake Graphics Support To Their Linux Driver - Phoronix

    Intel has begun adding support for Alderlake-S to their open-source Linux kernel graphics driver. An initial set of 18 patches amounting to just around 300 lines of new kernel code was sent out today for beginning the hardware enablement work on Alderlake-S from the graphics side. Yes, it's only a few hundred lines of new driver code due to Alder Lake leveraging the existing Gen12/Tigerlake support. The Alder Lake driver patches similarly re-use some of the same workarounds and changes as set for the 14nm Rocket Lake processors with Gen12 graphics coming out in Q1.

  • AMD Linux Driver Preparing For A Navi "Blockchain" Graphics Card - Phoronix

    While all eyes are on the AMD Radeon RX 6000 "Big Navi" graphics cards set to be announced next week, it also looks like AMD is preparing for a Navi 1x "Blockchain" graphics card offering given the latest work in their open-source Linux driver. Patches posted today provide support for a new Navi graphics card referred to as the "navi10 blockchain SKU." The Navi 10 part has a device ID of 0x731E. From the AMDGPU Linux kernel driver perspective, the only difference from the existing Navi 10 GPU support is these patches disable the Display Core Next (DCN) and Video Core Next (VCN) support with this new SKU not having any display support.