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  • BotsAndUs build a social robot on Ubuntu

    As robotics become increasingly prevalent in all sectors and expand outside the manufacturing industry, it is no surprise that IDC predicts worldwide spending on robotics to reach $103bn in 2018. A UK based startup, BotsAndUs, are looking to capitalise on this opportunity and have created an advanced social robot – Bo – primarily for use in hospitality and retail scenarios. Bo has already been used in numerous scenarios and by some large brands including BT and Etisalat as well as being trialled in large UK shopping centres such as Lakeside.

    Creating a social robot that also has AI capabilities for advanced face to face interaction is no easy feat especially when a combination of hardware and software, including a RealSense Depth camera system and ROS, needs to be seamlessly integrated. For that reason, BotsAndUs required a widely supported and versatile OS so turned to Ubuntu to build Bo.

  • Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 523
  • Welcome To The (Ubuntu) Bionic Age: Behind communitheme: interviewing Carlo

    I am Carlo, I am an Linux user since 2007 and Linux Software Developer since 2010.

    I mainly do embedded software development, I worked for the Automotive industry and now for the Mobile Telecommunication one, so pretty far from my contribution here on Communitheme, but I love to learn and experiment new things in (sometimes totally) different areas, that’s why I have some knowledge of front-end development which is responsible for my presence here.

  • Welcome To The (Ubuntu) Bionic Age: Behind communitheme: interviewing Stefan Eduard

    As discussed last week when unveiling the communitheme snap for ubuntu 18.04 LTS, here is a suite of interview this week on some members of the core contributor team shaping this entirely community-driven theme.

  • This Week in Lubuntu Development #3

    Here is the third issue of This Week in Lubuntu Development.

  • Ubuntu Studio Plans a Reboot for 18.10 release

    Do you use Ubuntu Studio? Chances are you don’t — but the team behind the creatively curated community spin hope that’ll change in the near future. Plans are afoot to “reboot” Ubuntu Studio for its upcoming October release.

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Graphics Leftovers

  • AMDGPU Linux Kernel Driver Gets Patches For Vega M Support - Intel Kabylake G
    Earlier this month Vega M support came to RadeonSI OpenGL, with Vega M being the Radeon graphics found within Intel's Kabylake G processors. There was then Vega M support for the RADV Vulkan driver but these user-space drivers won't work without the kernel bits and now there is that support with 32 AMDGPU DRM patches. Alex Deucher of AMD last night mailed out the AMDGPU Direct Rendering Manager driver patches for supporting accelerated graphics on Vega M / Kabylake G. These patches are fairly straight-forward and mostly involve support for loading new firmware files for "VegaM" and then mostly taking the driver's existing Polaris code-paths. Yes, the GPU for Intel is advertised as being part of the "Vega" family, but from the RadeonSI/RADV/AMDGPU driver patches, the indications are that it's really more in common with Polaris at least from the driver perspective.
  • NVIDIA 396.18.05 Linux Vulkan Driver Released With Fixes
    Just a week after the NVIDIA 396.18.02 Linux driver beta is an updated Linux driver build (and for Windows too).
  • X.Org Server 1.20 Git Corrects DRI3 Fallout For Non-Modesetting DDX Drivers
    With the recent release candidates to the long overdue X.Org Server 1.20, OpenGL rendering has been broken when using DDX drivers like Intel and Nouveau rather than the generic xf86-video-modesetting. That was fixed today.
  • Jim Keller Reportedly Joins Intel After AMD, Tesla Stint
    Legendary CPU designer Jim Keller has reportedly joined Intel following his brief stint at Tesla after leading the Zen team at AMD.

Games Leftovers

  • Puzzle With Your Friends is now available
    As you might imagine, Puzzle With Your Friends allows you to build a series of puzzles by either yourself or cooperatively with a friend. It’s a casual sort of game, without much in the way of pressure or even points to worry about. Building the puzzle at your own pace is all that matters.
  • Pillars of Eternity II will be getting three post-launch content packs
    Pillars of Eternity II [Official Site] is the sequel to Obsidian’s successful RPG title and is a direct continuation of the original game’s story. Players resume the role of the Watcher and will be traveling to the Deadfire Archipelago where there’s pirates and hazards aplenty. I’m looking forward to seeing how this one shapes up as I generally enjoyed the first game, especially after some of the bigger irritations were dealt with by updates.
  • Get ready to face the Chaos Trials as 'Wizard of Legend' releases May 15th with Linux support
    Wizard of Legend [Official Site], the fast-paced dungeon crawler with rogue-like elements is going to officially release on May 15th with Linux support. The game was funded on Kickstarter, way back in July of 2016 with around $72K secured. It's been a little while since we followed it, but early impressions were good and it had a Linux demo build even back then.
  • A fresh Steam Beta Client finally fixes Unreal Engine screenshots on Linux
    Nothing huge here, but it's nice that Valve have finally fixed another issue that plagued Linux users for some time. For those who don't know, Steam has a built-in screenshot tool (Hit F12 while in-game) and you can then upload them to Steam directly for others to see. The problem is that UE4 games would just give a completely black shot and it's been a bug since as far back as 2014 (possibly even earlier) so it's good to see it squashed.
  • Space God is an incredibly colourful top-down shooter now on Linux
    We're certainly not short on top-down shooters, but Unreal Engine powered Space God is worth a look for sure.
  • Midnight Ultra, a colourful retro-inspired FPS is now on Linux
    Inspired by DOOM, Quake, and action games from a time long gone, Midnight Ultra [Official Site] is a very colourful FPS that just added Linux support.

Android Leftovers