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- Mesa 19.1.0 is now availableThe long-delayed major update to the Linux graphics stack has parallel shader compiling for all drivers and many new GL extensions for AMD and Intel GPUs. There is also a whole lot of new Vulkan features added, many of which are specific to AMD GPUs. The two blocker-bugs which cased this release to be delayed are finally resolved.
- New Kernels: 4.4.181, 4.9.181, 4.14.125, 4.19.50, 5.1.9 - just two days after the last kernels releases. And as always, You Must Upgrade NOWIt's not unreasonable to wonder if Greg Kroah-Hartman simply put "All users of the $stablebranch kernel series must upgrade" in a template at some point and simply forgot to remove it. This is the fourth release in a row carrying this scary demand.
- Linux Kernel 5.0.15 broke Support for all Older Bluetooth Devices and there's no fix in sightIf you are using older or cheaper newer Bluetooth devices and you are wondering why they no longer work: it is because of a change in the kernel's way of aligning encryption keys which prevents devices using earlier versions of the Bluetooth standard from connecting.
- Xfce4 Panel Stopwatch Plugin v0.3.1 releasedThe Xfce team is proud to announce a new version of the gtk3 port of the "stopwatch" panel plugin. This marks yet another milestone on Xfce's march towards a stable 4.14 release which is still on schedule to be released mid-August 2019.
- New Kernels: 4.14.124, 4.19.49, 5.1.8 and 5.2-RC4. And as always, You Must Upgrade NOWStable branch kernels 4.14.124, 4.19.49 and 5.1.8 as well as a release candidate 5.2-rc4 for the upcoming 5.2 was released today. The kernels come with the "All users must upgrade" notice which has been attached to all the latest kernel releases. And there is, as always no indication or even a hint as to why we "must" upgrade NOW.
- Ice Window Manager 1.5.5 releasedAnother minor point release in the 1.5.x branch of the IceWM window-manager is released. A few updated translation files is the only change since version 1.5.4 so there's not very much to get excited about if you are using the development-branch.
- Kdenlive video editor version 19.04.2 releasedA total of 77 bugs are fixed in the second minor release in the 19.04 series of the powerful and feature-rich KDE video editor Kdenlive. Compositing issues, misbehaving markers and grouping inconsistencies are among the more noticeable bugs fixed. There are also some improvements specific to the Wintoddler version.
- Mesa 19.1.0 RC 5 and stable branch 19.0.6 available, 19.1.0 final is delayedThe who blocker bugs which has been in Mesa 19.1.0 release candidates since RC2 remain open. The latest stable branch release 19.0.6 was meant to be the last of the 19.0.x series but 19.1.0 is delayed due to the release-blocking bugs so there will be one last stable 19.0.7-release before the final version of 19.1.0 becomes available.
- South Korean Government and Army will be switching to LinuxBoth the South Korean government and it's army will be switching to a Linux distribution called Hamoni which is adopted to Korean conditions. Harmoni is essentially on Linux Mint with some custom PPA repositories on top. Most South Korean people do not use Linux but those in the government, military and educational institutions will soon enjoy the benefits of free software.
- KDE will soon get a light-weight WYSIWIG markdown viewer
- Most popular LinuxReviews articles in May 2019Looking at out statistics for the month of May reveals that much of our readership isn't what we expected it to be. Perhaps it's a failure on our part, or there's simply not that many people interested in GNU/Linux compared to one other subject we occasionally mention in our news coverage.
- Krita 4.2.1 released
- Firefox to offer "Tracking Protection" by defaultThe Mozilla Corporation urges you to hand them all your personal data for your "convenience" because handing all your password over to them is such "convenient". Having actual privacy-tools would be preferable to remote-control capabilities, telemetry and other spyware present in modern Firefox versions.
- New Kernels, 5.1.7, 5.0.21 and 4.19.48 are releasedThis is the last release in the 5.0.x series. It's over, Linux 5.0 is done. The new kernels have the same "you must upgrade" notice as the previous kernels. Seeing that message attached to each new kernel-release is becoming a trend.
- Sunmi's fabulous song "Gashina" has reached 100 million views on YouTubeSunmi's had a string of great songs topping the charts the last few years including "24 Hours", "Heroine", "Siren" and "Gashina". Most of them have been seen by about 50 million views. It turns out "Gashina" is the most popular of her hits and it has now passed the 100 million view milestone.
- Mageia 7 RC released
- The Tor network is either under attack by or very popular in Iran
- Linux Kernel 5.2-rc3 releasedLinus Torvalds has released a third release-candidate for the upcoming v5.2 of the Linux kernel. Very little has changed since RC2 and all the bigger patches applied have been license comment cleanups.
- Gbrainy v2.4.1 releasedJordi Mas is proud to announce a new version of the brain teaser game Gbrainy. There's not much new in this version, a mono dependency as well as some unused code has been removed and there's a small change to a metadata file.
- Xfce is now the most popular desktop (among new Manjaro Linux users)The Arch Linux based distribution Manjaro has released download numbers for it's various editions in May and Xfce was the most popular Linux desktop choice - by a rather slim margin.
- Linux market share on Steam grew by a whopping 0.02% in MayThe numbers are out and the percentage of Steam gamers running Linux grew by just 0.02% in May, bringing the total number of Linux users to 0.84%. 0.27% were using Ubuntu, 0.08% weren't specifying their distribution and 0.07% were using Manjaro Linux.
- IEEE freezes out Huawi and affiliated individuals Ending it's function as a Global Standards BodyThe Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) defined the POSIX standard named by Honorary doctorate Richard Stallman. This makes this global coordinating standards-body's decisions important to free software users. The IEEE is based in the US and as a US corporation it is subject to US laws. Sections deployed as a strategy in the US trade-war against China have now made the IEEE cut Huawei and affiliates off from participation in the IEEE.
- New Kernels released and You Must Upgrade NOWGreg Kroah-Hartman and the kernel team released new versions of all the stable kernel branches, specifically 5.1.6, 5.0.20, 5.14.123, 4.19.47 and 4.9.180, on May 31th 2019. The Greg attached statements like "All users of the 5.1 kernel series must upgrade" to ALL these releases.
- KStars v3.2.3 is released with configurable The Sky Map CursorKDE's Kstars team have released another minor update to the Kstars 3.2.x series. This version fixes some minor bugs and a race condition and adds the ability to use change the default X cursor in the Sky Map view to either an arrow or a circle.
- The Web is back to One Standard.. sort ofThe World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) wrote the original HTML and DOM standards and has been setting web standards ever since. A group unhappy with the W3C branced of to become the Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group (WHATWG) in 2004. The two groups have kind-of been fighting for web standard dominance ever since. They've finally come to terms with each other.
- Fourth release candidate for Mesa 19.1.0 released and the Blockers Remain OpenThere's been two blocker bugs in all the release candidates for the upcoming version 19.1.0 of the Linux graphics stack and they aren't fixed in the fourth and, hopefully, last one either. There were two fixes for radeonsi and two for vulkan in rc4, at least that's something.
- The fight for contant blockers in Chrome (and Chromium) is far from overGoogle appeared to back down from removing the webRequest API which is used by the most efficient advertising and annoyance fixing extensions who make the modern web usable from Chromium and Chrome. It only appear that way and a new update to their Manifest v3 doc shows that their plans to force you to view advertisements when you browse web are very much on track.
- Tracklist for WJSN's upcoming album "For The Summer" revealed
- Krita 4.2.0 released with over 1000+ bugfixes and many new functionsThe new major version of the popular graphics editing and painting program Krita is out and it's a big update. Better brush performance and a Python animation API are among the high-lights for Linux users.
- WebKitGTK 2.25.1 released!A new development release of the WebKit GTK port used by the popular light-weight web browser Midori for Linux and Android is now available. Sub-process sandboxing and better handling of dark GTK themes are among this milestone towards a stable 2.26-series.
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