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- HOWTO Make Mozilla Firefox Stop Nagging You About Updates And Other Annoying IdiocyMozilla, the company behind Firefox, has intentionally made it somewhere between hard and impossible to stop recent Firefox versions from nagging you about updates on a regular basis. That is you use the Beta or Nightly channels. It used to be possible to disable the nagging using in-browser configurable settings, but Mozilla decided that it gave Firefox users too much control so they took it away. Luckily, there is another lesser-know way Linux users can use to make Firefox stop nagging about updates and other lunacy.
- The Best Linux Vulkan Driver For AMD GPUs: Mesa RADV vs AMDVLKThere are two Vulkan drivers for AMD graphics cards available: The RADV driver that comes with Mesa and the AMDVLK driver from AMD. Here is a test of the latest AMDVLK 2021.Q2.1 driver against the latest Mesa 21.0.3 RADV driver in some graphical and compute applications.
- LXQt Desktop 0.17 Is ReleasedBetter power management options, the ability to only auto-hide the panel when it is covered by a window and better session management are the highlights in the latest version of the very light-weight LXQt desktop environment.
- Linux Kernel Runtime Guard 0.9.0 Is ReleasedLinux Kernel Runtime Guard (LKRG) is a security module for the Linux kernel developed by Openwall. The latest release adds compatibility with Linux kernels up to soon to be released 5.12, support for building LKRG into kernel images, support for old 32-bit x86 machines and more. Loading the LKRG 0.9.0 module will cause a kernel panic and a complete halt if SELinux is enabled.
- The State Of OpenCL To Vulkan Compute Layers On Linux In April 2021It is, in theory, possible to run OpenCL applications on Linux using any graphics driver capable of doing Vulkan Compute. We have examined the alternatives for doing so and found them to be technically interesting and practically useless. It may become possible to run Blender with OpenCL compute using Vulkan at some point in the far distant future. Don't expect to be able to do that today or next month.
- Google Is Working On A New And Possibly Better LRU Memory Management Framework For The Linux KernelLinux loves to fill all available system memory with all sorts of caches. Memory used by caches needs to be freed if a program needs it. That task is handled by the Linux kernels Least Recently Used (LRU) framkework. Google is now proposing a new and, in some cases, better way to decide what should and shouldn't be thrown out of memory in case an application needs it.
- Oil Shell 0.8.9 Is ReleasedOil Shell is a not-really drop-in replacement for Bash with its own programming language for "serious" shell programming. The latest release has some very minor changes to the oil-language and that's about it. It may be worth a look if you want a shell language where you can use variables without quotes.
- Mesa 21.1.0-rc1 Is Released With Variable Rate Shading Support For AMD GPUs, New Vulkan Extensions And MoreThe first release candidate for Mesa 21.1, is scheduled to be released on May 5th, has been set in stone. It is a good indication of what the final 21.1 release will have: Variable Rate Shading support on the very latest AMD RX 6000 GPUs, new Vulkan features, OpenGL 4.6 support in the OpenGL-To-Vulkan translation layer, graphics optimizations for Intel's 12th generation GPUs/CPUs and a bit more.
- Software freedom isn’t about licenses – it’s about powerA restrictive end-user license agreement is one way a company can exert power over the user. When the free software movement was founded thirty years ago, these restrictive licenses were the primary user-hostile power dynamic, so permissive and copyleft licenses emerged as synonyms to software freedom. Licensing does matter; user autonomy is lost with subscription models, revocable licenses, binary-only software, and onerous legal clauses. Yet these issues pertinent to desktop software do not scratch the surface of today’s digital power dynamics.
- A New Gigabyte Motherboard WMI Temperature Driver Will Likely Arrive In Linux 5.13Linux users with newer Gigabyte and ASUS motherboards for AMD processors have to compile a out-of-tree version of the
it87to get hardware sensors and fan control working, and sensor support for the very newest motherboards is a shot in the dark even if you do that. That may change for Gigabyte-users with Linux 5.13 as a new, Gigabyte-specific WMI driver has been merged into the Linux kernels platform drivers git tree. It will likely be merged into Linux 5.13 when the merge window opens.
- Nvidia Display Driver 465.24.02 For Linux Is ReleasedNvidia's latest proprietary binary blob driver for using Nvidia graphics hardware on Linux adds support for three new Vulkan extensions, Nvidia's upcoming RTX A4000 and A5000 GPUs, better X11 DrawText() performance, numerous bug-fixes and some new Vulkan extensions.
- FSF India Board Statement On RMS Re-joining The FSF BoardThe Free Software Foundation of India has released a statement in support of Richard Stallman and his return to the FSF's board. They call the recent attempts at vilifying Richard Stallman "dangerous".
- Free Software Projects Are Not Allowed To Ask For Donations On The Google Play App StoreFree software developer Aurélien Gâteau reports that his free software 2D racing game Pixel Wheels got flagged on the Google Play app-store for the horrible crime of asking for donations. Pixel Wheels is also available for GNU/Linux, Windows, macoS (but not ARM based Macs).
- RMS addresses the free software community"I've learned something from this about how to be kind to people who have been hurt. In the future, that will help me be kind to people in other situations, which is what I hope to do."
- Amazon Has Released OpenSearch, An Apache Licensed Alternative To The SSPL Licensed ElasticSearch Search PlatformElastic re-licensed the ElasticSearch search engine to a dual license model where rather restrictive Server Side Public License (SSPL) license as the only copyleft option in January 2021. Amazon has now released a fork of the last Apache licensed ElasticSearch version called OpenSearch and made it available under the much more liberal Apache 2.0 license.
- 6250+ Free Software Users Have Signed A Letter In Support Of Honorary Doctor Richard Stallman And The FSF Stands By Their Re-Election Of RMS To Their BoardThe grass-roots support for honorary doctor Richard Stallman, who started the free software movement and popularized the term "free software", has been overwhelming since he announced that he will return to the Free Software Foundations board in a LibrePlanet 2021 live-stream on March 22nd. More than 6200 free software users have, thus far, signed a letter in support of Richard Stallman. Free Software Foundation released a statement affirming their re-election of RMS on April 12th.
- 3YE's (써드아이) Lastest Digital Single "Stalker" Has Reached 500k+ Views On YouTubeThe 3-member South Korean girl group 3YE has had massive success with their wonderful new digital single Stalker released on April 1st. The single has so far gained 563,376 views from international audiences on the popular K-pop music video website "YouTube". The group has also gained many views on Naver TV and South Korean music streaming services.
- G'MIC 2.9.7 Is ReleasedG'MIC is a really advanced framework for image processing. It can be used stand-alone or as a plug-in for GIMP and other image manipulation software. The latest version is a minor update to the G'MIC development branch that will eventually lead to a big 3.0 release. 2.9.7 brings a new Guided Light Rays, Equalize Light and Sine Curve filters, 6 new styles for the Stylize filter and much more.
- Lagrange v1.3.2 Is ReleasedLagrange is the by far best graphical web browser for the Gemini "space" (A purely text-based web equivalent for hackers). The latest release is mostly a bug-fix for the big 1.3.0 release on March 31st. It fixes a crash for those upgrading from v1.2 caused by older now invalid CA configuration, pixel ratio detection has been improved and there's a handful of other fixes relating to the sidebar, bookmarks, the Gopher URL support and keybindings.
- The Mesa RADV Vulkan Driver Will Soon Have An Option That Boosts Performance 30%+ On RDNA2 GPUs By Rendering LessThose who have the very latest Radeon RX 6000 series graphics cards from AMD will get the option of doing fewer fragment shader invocations per pixel rendered in Vulkan games when Mesa 21.1 is released come May. This can provide a huge performance-boost, or nearly none at all, depending on the game or workload. The new Mesa option requires variable rate shading support in hardware, so it is only for those who have a shiny new GPU from AMD.
- GnuPG 2.3.0 Is Released With New Default Public Key Algorithms, A New Key Daemon And MoreGnuPG is the standard for e-mail encryption and package signing within the FOSS world. Version 2.3.0 has a few notable improvements over previous versions. It has a new key database daemon for faster key look-ups, the default algorithms for new public keys is changed to
ed25519/cv25519and several of the tools, including
scdaemonsmart card daemon, have quite a few new command-line options.
- Xwayland Has Gained Support For Hardware Acceleration On Machines With Nvidia graphics CardsXwayland, a component that allows X programs to run on the Wayland display server, has finally gained support for running X programs under Wayland with hardware acceleration on Nvidia hardware. This has been a sour-spot for Wayland since its inception, not having backwards compatibility with the most widely used display server is kind of a bummer. Support is finally there in the git master branch thanks to what looks to be a joint Nvidia/RedHat effort.
- Mesa 21 Broke VAAPI Hardware Encoding On Machines With AMD Graphics Cards. A Fix Is Coming.Those of you who have tried to hardware encode video using AMD hardware after upgrading to Mesa 21 may have noticed that the encoded video is, in fact, not a video - it's some kind of odd slide-show with one new frame every 5 seconds or so. Mesa 20.3 didn't have that problem, Mesa 21 and the newly released 21.0.2 bug-fix do. The Mesa developers are aware of the problem we are referring to and a patch has been merged into the upcoming 21.0.3 version scheduled to be released around two weeks from now.
- ClamAV 0.103.2 Is Released With Security Fixes For Four VulnerabilitiesThe free software anti-virus package ClamAV has, ironically, made a security release fixing four vulnerabilities in the ClamAV scanner. Two of them could cause it to crash, one could cause it to enter a endless loop and a Windows-specific vulnerability could lead to privilege escalation. You should update if you use ClamAV as a part of a production mail server setup. ClamAV has 8,532,858 virus signatures it can scan for in its database.
- Wine 6.6 Is ReleasedWine 6.6 comes with Mono 6.1.1, DWrite and DnsApi libraries ported to portable executables, some plug and play driver improvements and 56 game and application-specific bug-fixes. The DirectX 11 support remains somewhat unimpressive compared to what DXVK offers in certain specific demo scene demos.
- Vulnerabilities In The Linux Kernels BPF Virtual Machine Lets Any Local User Run Kernel-Level CodeA new Linux kernel vulnerability identified as CVE-2021-29154 allows regular unprivileged system users on any modern GNU/Linux users to run code in kernel-mode. Proof of concept exploit code exists. The vulnerability is present up to and including Linux 5.11.12, the Linux kernel developers have yet to release a safe version. A patch and workarounds do exist.
- GNUnet 0.14.1 Is ReleasedThe latest version of the technically interesting GNUnet overlay network is so buggy that you are lucky if it stays up for five minutes before
gnunet-servicecrashes and you're disconnected from the network. The sparse graphical GTK applications for it are still practically useless jokes that look like they were coded by a drunk highschool student during a lunch-break.
- Mesa 21.0.2 Is Released With Minor Bug-Fixes Mostly For AMD Graphics HardwareMesa 21.0.2 is a bug-fix release with small fixes for EGL, the Panfrost driver, the RADV Vulkan driver for AMD and the ACO shader compiler that goes along with it, and a LLVM related fix those of you with older AMD graphics cards will want.
- FFmpeg 4.4 Is Released With Support For Even More Encoders, Decoders, Muxers and FiltersFFmpeg, the all in one Swiss army knife for audio and video encoding and deciding, has made a fine new and rather a big new release. It adds support for AV1 video encoding using SVT-AV1, support for hardware accelerated decoding AV1 video decoding using VAAPI and Intel QSV, support for the Cineform HD encoder and longs lists of other video encoders and decoders, filters and muxers.
- The Google Vs Oracle Saga Is Finally Over. The US Supreme Court Ruled In Favor Of Google.The American Oracle-corporation filed a lawsuit against the American Google-corporation of over Google's use of Java API headers on the Android platform in August 2010. That saga is finally over after it had dragged for more than a decade. The supreme court rules that Google's use of the API headers in questions does not violate Oracle's imaginary property rights.
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