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Not the Gentoo Linux Newsletter, ricer edition

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Interview: Mark "Markey" Kretschmann

We've had some great luck catching Markey for an interview. For those that don't know him yet, to quote from his blog: "Hi, my name is Mark Kretschmann. I am the founder of the Amarok project. Amarok is the leading music player for the Linux desktop and one of the most popular KDE applications. We often hear it being called a "killer application" for Linux."

A short while ago Markey even branded himself, he now has the Amarok Logo permanently inked on his right arm.

We had the great opportunity to have an interview with Markey. Here's the result of our Q&A session with Amarok user #1:

What's your favourite beer?

Duvel, a Belgian beer that comes in three varieties, sorted by alcohol level: normal, party, end-up-lying-in-some-corner-talking-bullshit. I prefer the third variety, which (while fatal) also tastes awesome.

What's the best beer for writing code? How much would we have to donate to keep you coding all the time?

Ricing out your system

When you have a distribution like Gentoo that can be bent in any direction there's of course going to be a point where you ask yourself "Can it go faster?"

So here's some good, bad and/or ugly hints that may or may not speed up your computer. Of course mentioning most of those will make people ignore any bugreports you may try to file, but where's the fun in that?

Read it here

More in Tux Machines


  • Linux Foundation announces open source ACRN hypervisor for the Internet of Things
    ACRN's small footprint is partly attributable to the fact that it takes a mere 25,000 lines of code for a hypervisor. There's already involvement from the likes of ADLINK, Aptiv, Intel Corporation, LG Electronics and Neusoft Corporation, and it's likely that many more names will join this list.
  • Linux Foundation Announces ACRN —Open Source Hypervisor for IoT Devices
    The Linux Foundation announced a new project called ACRN (pronounced "acorn") that will provide generic code for the creation of hypervisors for IoT devices. A hypervisor is computer code for creating and running virtual machines. Project ACRN aims to provide a generic structure for an IoT-specific hypervisor component. The Linux Foundation says it built ACRN to be fully-customizable, and as such, the project is comprised of two main components: the hypervisor itself and a device model for interacting with the underlying hardware.
  • Linux Foundation backs new ‘ACRN’ hypervisor for embedded and IoT
    The Linux Foundation has announced a new hypervizor for use in embedded and internet of things scenarios. Project ACRN (pronounced “acorn”) will offer a “hypervizor, and its device model complete with rich I/O mediators.” There’ll also be “a Linux-based Service OS” and the ability to “run guest operating systems (another Linux instance, an RTOS, Android, or other operating systems) simultaneously”.

Ubuntu MATE 18.04 LTS: What’s New?

Ahead of the Ubuntu MATE 18.04 LTS release next month you may be wondering what new features and changes the update will bring. Well, wonder no more. In this post we round up all of the key information about the next release of one Ubuntu’s most popular community flavors. Read more

Wine 3.4 and Vulkan

  • The WineHQ Wine development release 3.4 is now available for Linux and Mac
    The WineHQ Wine development release 3.4 is now available for Linux and Mac
  • Wine Developers Determining How To Handle Vulkan Loader Support
    While this week's Wine 3.4 release delivers on working Wine Vulkan ICD support for beginning to allow Windows Vulkan programs to work under Wine assuming the host has Vulkan API support, this current implementation still requires the user to install the Windows Vulkan SDK. At the moment those wanting to use Windows Vulkan games/applications under Wine still need to download the LunarG Vulkan SDK for Windows in order to obtain the Vulkan loader (DLL) for pairing with Wine's Vulkan ICD driver.

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