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October 2019

Fedora 31 Performance Is Still Sliding In The Wrong Direction - Benchmarks Against Ubuntu 19.10 + Clear Linux

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Graphics/Benchmarks

The performance of Fedora 30 on multiple systems has generally been coming up short compared to the likes of Ubuntu, Clear Linux, and openSUSE Tumbleweed. With this week's release of Fedora 31 I was hopeful that the performance would be more competitive to other prominent Linux distributions, but sadly that doesn't appear to be the case. Here are some initial benchmarks of Fedora Workstation 31 compared to Fedora Workstation 30, Clear Linux 31450, and Ubuntu 19.10.

The performance of Fedora on recent releases has frankly not been too impressive. While Red Hat has been doing a lot to add more features to the Linux desktop and other new functionality throughout the stack, performance has seemingly not been a major focus for them in recent times. On many different AMD and Intel systems, the performance of Fedora has generally lagged behind the likes of Ubuntu, openSUSE Tumbleweed, and Debian Buster. Of course, also behind Intel's Clear Linux that tends to be the gold standard for x86_64 Linux performance.

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Qt 3D Studio 2.5 released

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KDE

We are happy to announce that the Qt 3D Studio 2.5 is now available via the online offline installers. For description about the new features please refer to the 2.5 Beta release blog post. For detailed information about the Qt 3D Studio, visit the online documentation page.

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Also: Qt 3D Studio 2.5 Released With Stereoscopic Rendering, Autodesk Maya Export

And They Scream: “OMG! He Doesn’t Even Use Ubuntu?!”

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Ubuntu

A hair raising shrill startled the deadened air last night as thousands of long-time omg! ubuntu! readers woke, suddenly, with a fear soaking sweat on their brow and a pounding heart in their chest.

Shallow breath stifled the terrifying thought that was troubling their mind from escaping their mouth.

Each thump of the body’s hardest working muscle hammered down hard on the realisation that, despite many years passing, they still know nothing about the Linux setup used to develop and maintain the omg! ubuntu! website..

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The Document Foundation releases LibreOffice 6.3.3

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LibO

The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 6.3.3, the third minor release of the LibreOffice 6.3 family, with many quality and compatibility improvements. LibreOffice 6.3.3 “fresh” is targeted at technology enthusiasts and power users, who are invited to update their current version.

LibreOffice’s individual users are helped by a global community of volunteers: https://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/community-support/. On the website and the wiki there are guides, manuals, tutorials and HowTos. Donations help us to make all of these resources available.

LibreOffice 6.3.3’s changelog pages are available on TDF’s wiki: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/6.3.3/RC1 (changed in RC1) and https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/6.3.3/RC2 (changed in RC2).

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Also: LibreOffice 6.3.3 Office Suite Released with over 80 Bug Fixes, Download Now

Linux Mint 19.3 Codename Revealed as "Tricia," Will Arrive Just Before Christmas

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Linux

Last month, Linux Mint project leader Clement Lefebvre revealed the fact that the team is currently working on Linux Mint 19.3, which is expected to arrive this Christmas with many improvements and updated components. Now, Clement Lefebvre revealed the codename of Linux Mint 19.3 as "Tricia."

Based on the latest Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS point release of the Canonical's Bionic Beaver operating system series, Linux Mint 19.3 "Tricia" will be shipping with upgraded kernel and graphics stacks, consisting of the Linux 5.0 kernel series and X.Org 1.20 display server, for improved compatibility with modern hardware.

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Also: Monthly News – October 2019

Linux Mint Pulling In MPV-Based Celluloid Media Player + Dropping Last Mono Dependency

Meet the Startup That Wants to Connect Linux to the Blockchain

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GNU
Linux

Cartesi operates based on the entirely pragmatic principle that achieving full consensus over every computation within all applications is at odds with achieving true scalability. Therefore, it’s a layer 2 solution that enables intensive computations to take place off-chain, in Cartesi nodes. These nodes are general, self-contained Linux systems, running on a deterministic RISC-V architecture.

Smart contracts from any blockchain can request off-chain computations to be performed on off-chain data by a Cartesi node. Because the computations are happening off-chain, this enables Cartesi nodes to run vastly more complex dApps than existing blockchains can manage. Developers can request that the nodes submit the results of the off-chain computations, or dispute the results provided by others.

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Geany is a programmer friendly open source text editor for Windows, Linux, macOS

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Software
OSS

Geany is an open source cross platform text editor that is designed specifically for programmers thanks to its built-in support for over 50 programming languages.

Just download Geany for Windows, Linux or Mac OS X to get started. Windows users need to install the application on their devices before it can be used.

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Here’s Why Blazing Fast Linux OS Peppermint 10 Just Blew Me Away

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OS
Linux

I get a thrill from pushing the limits of hardware. Whether that’s trying (in vain) to stress out a Falcon Northwest Talon with 32GB of RAM and a 12-core AMD Ryzen processor, or seeing what a cheap (roughly $165) little Intel dual-core 2.1GHz laptop with 4GB of RAM can truly handle. When I slapped Windows 10 on the Asus VivoBook E203M it was capable of multi-tasking, albeit with frequent “Not Responding” messages and the enthusiasm of a drunk snail. But when I installed Linux distribution Peppermint OS, it just screamed.

Until this week, Peppermint OS wasn’t even on my radar. That changed when Zeb from Destination Linux suggested giving it a shot on the meager Asus VivoBook after a decidedly lackluster Windows 10 experience. I was hesitant because it incorporates the LXDE desktop (alongside a few elements of Xfce) which I was completely unfamiliar with. You just don’t see it infiltrating headlines or podcast discussions as often as Gnome, KDE and Xfce.

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KDE: Consistency Update

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KDE

It's been a month since Consistency was announced as an official goal for KDE at Akademy. During this time, we have focused on setting up all the tools needed to support the goal and tracking already active consistency tasks. Here's an update on what we have done so far and the main tasks we're working on.

We have created a Consistency page on the community wiki where you can learn what the consistency goal is and find out how you can easily get involved in it. Check it out, regardless of your level of technical expertise!

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Qt 5.13.2 Released

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KDE

We have released Qt 5.13.2 today. As a patch release, Qt 5.13.2 does not add any new functionality but provides many bug fixes and other improvements.

Compared to Qt 5.13.1, the new Qt 5.13.2 contains more than 200 bug fixes. For details of the most important changes, please check the Change files of Qt 5.13.2.

Qt 5.13.2 can be updated to existing online installations by using maintenance tool. For new installations, please download the latest online installer from the Qt Account portal or from the qt.io download page. Offline packages are available for commercial users via the Qt Account portal and at via the qt.io download page for open-source users.

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LibreOffice Base Guide 7.2 has been released

The LibreOffice Documentation Team releases the Base Guide 7.2, based on refactored content from the Base Guide 6.4, with the 7.2 branding and text layout. It covers LibreOffice’s database component. The team decided to just fast-forward the release number, given the very little developments for Base since LibreOffice 6.4. The team intended to complete the Guide set for LibreOffice 7.2 and get ready to update contents of the set for the forthcoming LibreOffice 7.3 release. The LibreOffice Base Guide is a community effort that include valuable collaboration from Robert Großkopf, Pulkit Krishna, Dan Lewis, Drew Jensen (In Memoriam), Peter Schofield, Jost Lange, Steve Schwettman, Jean-Pierre Ledure, Jochen Schiffers, Martin Fox, Alain Romedenne, Jenna Sargent, Hazel Russman, Andrew Pitonyak and Randolph Gamo. Read more

Krita 4 splash screen

This easter egg is not part (yet) of Krita 5, will not be part of the release of 5.0 coming soon and that's good: you don't want to miss the new splash screen from Tyson Tan with the larger size in Krita 5. It's splendid! But for sure I'll try to propose an illustration for later Krita 5.1 or 5.2 release, one that could be ready before December 2022. Feel free to also contribute to make ones (it's not just a privilege I had), you just need to propose your artwork made with Krita, with an aspect ratio for this format, about the season, and with a permissive license (eg. CC-By 4.0). Don't forger to post-it on https://krita-artists.org/ , so the community and developers can see it. Read more

LoRa expansion boards work with Raspberry Pi SBC and Raspberry Pi Pico board (Crowdfunding)

We’ve covered a number of LoRa solutions based on Raspberry Pi boards, and SB Components is now offering another with the LoRa HAT for Raspberry Pi equipped with an Ebyte E22 LoRa module operating in either the 433 MHz, or 868 and 915 MHz bands. The company also offers a LoRa expansion for Pico based on the same E22 module, adding a small 1.14-inch LCD for information display, and designed for the Raspberry Pi Pico board with the RP2040 dual-core Cortex-M0+ microcontroller. Read more

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