MATE 1.17 is a testing release, it has no official announcement like 1.16 stable release (odd = unstable, even = stable). But what made me interested is because Ubuntu MATE 17.04 includes it by default so I write this short review. The most fundamental news is about MATE Desktop is now completely ported to GTK+3 leaving behind GTK+2. You may be interested seeing few changes and I have tried Ubuntu MATE 17.04 Alpha 2 to review MATE 1.17 below. Enjoy MATE 1.17!
Also: What's up with the hate towards Freedesktop?
When posting last week our Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu Radeon benchmarks and Windows vs. Linux NVIDIA Pascal benchmarks and then the Windows vs. Linux relative performance analysis, as usual, it didn't take long for some to argue that the Linux gaming performance is actually faster but "Unity 7 is slower" and the similar FUD that is usually waged whenever looking at cross-platform performance.
We have done cross-desktop Linux gaming benchmarks previously to show that generally there isn't as big of a difference these days as the desktop/compositor in use as some would like to argue, but given the recent Windows vs. Linux results and the never-ending advancements to the open-source Linux graphics stack, here are some fresh numbers to share today.
A mix of Qt5, Vulkan, Android on AArch64, and a NVIDIA Shield TV with Tegra X1 SoC sounds like a fun weekend for those wanting to experiment with the latest Qt tool-kit possibilities in development.
Qt developer Laszlo Agocs has written a lengthy blog post about building the Qt5 dev branch for Android AArch64. His guide was done with a NVIDIA Shield TV. Thanks to using the Qt dev branch and the Tegra X1 SoC having Vulkan drivers, he was able to even show off Qt's forthcoming Vulkan enablement work.
Linux From Scratch 8.0 Released, Adding Major Changes
Linux From Scratch is a book which can be used to build an independent Linux distribution which doesn’t use any other Linux distribution as a base. It teaches you how things work under the hood and how to compile software and build your own Linux system. The guide is also free for all.
BLFS (Beyond Linux from Scratch) is an additional guide which will take you through graphical user interfaces setup, printing support, networking and more. It also contains a lot of great information.