Currys/PC World (UK) Voids Warranty on Hardware If Buyer Installs GNU/Linux
As it turns out — and this was confirmed to us by multiple people (in multiple PC World stores) after arguing for more than half an hour — once you install GNU/Linux (even if it’s dual boot with Windows) no damage to hardware would be covered by the warranty (keyboard, screen, and so on). One of the sellers, who follows the Linux Action Show, regretted this but also defended this policy because it’s imposed from above. No matter how ridiculous a policy it is, changes to zeroes and ones on the hard-drive (to remove spyware), according to Currys, would void the warranty on what clearly is not connected to software.
GTK+ Lands Experimental Backend For Mir Display Server
GTK+ apps now run not only on X11 and Wayland under Linux with native support but the mainline GTK+ Git code now also supports running Ubuntu's Mir Display Server. That's right, there's now mainline Mir support in GTK for the GNOME/GTK 3.16 release.
Beyond many GTK+ 3.16 improvements that already landed, Canonical's Robert Ancell has been leading work on mainlining the GTK+ Mir support capabilities. As of yesterday in Git, that work is now in Git for GTK+ 3.16 and all of the GTK+ 3.15.x development releases ahead.
FreeBSD 10.1-RC3 Now Available
The third RC build of the 10.1-RELEASE release cycle is now available
on the FTP servers for the amd64, armv6, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64
and sparc64 architectures.
The image checksums follow at the end of this email.
Installer images and memory stick images are available here:
Kubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) Ships with KDE 4.14.1
The Kubuntu devs have released the ISO images for the 14.10 version of their distribution, but they are running a little late with the release notes. That's not really a problem, but it would have been nice to have them. We'll post the link anyway in the hope that by the time you're reading this they will be online.
Just like its Ubuntu base, Kubuntu will only have nine months of support, but it has some attractive features that should make it very appealing, even for the users of the LTS release. It has numerous updated package, but most importantly it comes with a new KDE version.
6-Way Ubuntu 14.10 Linux Desktop Benchmarks
In celebration of Ubuntu 14.10's Utopic Unicorn release today, here's some fresh benchmarks of one of the most requested topics: 2D/3D benchmarks of different desktop environments. In this article is a look at six of the popular desktop offerings found in Ubuntu 14.10.
The desktops tested in their near-final state on Ubuntu 14.10 x86_64 included Unity 7.3.1, KDE 4.14.1, Xfce 4.10, LXDE 0.6.2, Openbox 3.5.2, and GNOME Shell 3.12.2. Tests are also being done of Kubuntu's PPA for Plasma 5 packages, but those results will be saved for its own article. Testing the MATE packages in Ubuntu 14.10 was also attempted but when logging into the MATE session it was endlessly spawning a bunch of new windows and just wasn't working right at least in the configuration attempted.
Enlightenment's EFL 1.12 Alpha Has Evas GL-DRM Engine, OpenGL ES 1.1 Support
The first alpha release for the 1.12 version of the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL) was released this week.
EFL 1.12 Alpha 1 has some notable changes including the addition of the gl-drm engine for allowing OpenGL directly over Enlightenment's DRM back-end, support from reading the screen geometry with the ecore-drm backend, support for client-side rotation in Evas GL, and support for OpenGL ES 1.1 within Evas GL.
Android Wear gets GPS support, offline music in first major update
Google promised that it would consistently improve Android Wear with a number of updates, and now the first major update is here. Announced today in a blog post, the update unlocks some key fitness functionality. It now supports watches with built-in GPS sensors, providing new tools to track your distance and speed independent of your phone. Additionally, with the new software, you'll be able to pair Bluetooth headphones, and offline music playback will also be enabled. And, of course, we're sure the Android Wear team has squashed some bugs along the way.