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- GNOME 3.33.2 releasedA second release-candidate for what will eventually become the stable 3.34 release is out. Gnome-Contacts, Gnome-Calendar and Gnnome-Maps were disabled after changes in evolution-data-server broke those applications.
- Linux 5.1.5 released with IMPORTANT Fix for Users of Encrypted LVM volumes on SSDsIt could appear that Linux 5.1 got a bit too eager when it comes to file-system trimming after a simplification of the code which decides what to discard. This could lead to data-loss on certain setups. Linux 5.1.5 has a patch which makes fstrim obey max_io_len_target_boundary again.
- Intel's back on top
Intel's far from being bankrupt and finished after the parade of security issues with their CPUs. They were the worlds biggest chip-maker in Q1 of 2019 and they held that position throughout Q2. Samsung was #1 in 2018. Intel's expected to be #1 for 2019 as a whole.
- BlackArch Linux 2019.06.01 brought Back From the Future is Now AvailableVersion 2019.06.01 of the Arch Linux based Live ISO penetration testing distribution is now available with 150 new security tools, kernel version 5.1.4 and updated packages across the board.
- GNOME Developers have Made Their Moves against ThemesThe GNOME community has been debating removing theme support to secure a "consistent GNOME experience" for quite some time. A hand-full of developers of some GNOME apps have now published an "open letter" to "the community" asking distributions to not include custom themes.
- KDE's Kate text editor has too many bugs, developers call for helpThere's currently over 200 open bugs in Kate and the KTextEditor code used to implement it and other KDE editors like KWrite and KDevelop.
- Microsoft GitHub launches "Sponsors" feature allowing users to Pay Open Source DevelopersMicrosoft has added a "Sponsors" function to GitHub which will make it possible to fund free software developers either once or monthly the same way services like Patreon work online Entertainers.
- K-Pop group Pristin has disbandedPledis Entertainment has ended their contracts with the individual members of Pristin after just two years. It's over, there will be no more Wee Woo from Pristin.
- Total War: THREE KINGDOMS from Feral Interactive now availableThe game publisher Feral Interactive continued it's recently started tradition of releasing new games on Linux, macOS and Windows at the same time. It can be yours from their website or Steam for $60 or 60€ depending on where you are.
- Indian state reportedly Saved 430 Million USD by using to their own Ubuntu-based Linux distribution in SchoolsThe Indian state of Kerala, with a population of 33 million, is using Linux on about 200,000 computers in schools and the cost-savings are adding up. And the advantages of using entirely free software their education system don't stop there.
- GNU Parallel Akihito releasedThe GNU project is proud to announce a new version of the command-line utility Parallel which is now nearly 10 years old. The new version supports grouping jobs and there is quite a few bug fixes.
- Version 0.4.0 of the KDE-focused Music Player Elisa ReleasedA new version of the potentially really nice and user-friendly music player Elisa is released. The use of libvlc as a back-end and a context view is new to this release. There are glaring usability-problems and oversights in v0.4.0 and all earlier versions of this player released and we do not recommend that anyone waste time trying to use it as of now. It does have great potential.
- OpenSUSE Leap 15.1 releasedA new version of the "Community" editon of the Swedish-owned German Linux distribution ￼SUSE Linux Enterprise is now available with back-ports of newer graphics drivers and improved network management in their custom YaST configuration tool.
- Third Mesa 19.1.0 release candidate and new stable version availableMesa 19.0.5 and 19.1.0-rc3 are released with smaller fixes for both the stable version and the upcoming Mesa 19.1 which is expected to be released in two weeks time. The two blocker-bugs in 19.1.0-rc2 which must be solved for a final release remain unfixed.
- End Of The Read for Arch Linux fork AntergosThe developers of the the seven year old Arch Linux fork Antergos have announced that they are closing the project. It's over, Antergos is finished. Users of Antergos do not need to worry too much though, the distribution was not more than plain Arch Linux with some extra packages and distribution repositories on top. It will keep on working without the extra Antergos-bits.
- Kernel 5.2-rc1 is Released with A Lot of Changes and Potential Performance ImprovementsKernel 5.2 is shaping up to be a really big big release compared to 5.0 and 5.1. The amount of changes in this version is unusually high. On the graphics side there's now support for Intel Icelake and Elkhart Lake graphics, AMDGPU FreeSync improvements, support for the GeForce GTK 1650 in Nouveau and fixes for Valve's Index VR headset. And that's just scratching the surface.
- Firefox 67 Released with Promises of Faster Startup Time and other Performance ImprovementsFirefox 67 adds the ability to choose which extensions should be used for "private" tabs. It also adds support for cryptminers and fingerprinting in it's "Content Blocking" preferences. The AV1 video decider has been switched to dav1d.
- Linux compilation benchmark on Ryzen 2600 with and without Red LED fanWe all know Red LEDs make computers faster while blue LEDs make them run cooler. Just how much of a performance-bump do you get by using a red LED on your CPU cooler? We have done the benchmarks and found the answer.
- GNU Guix version 1.0.1 releasedThe GNU project is "pleased" to announce a new release of GNU Guix just two weeks after the release of v1.0. It is primarily a bug-fix release which addresses a rather embarrassing bug in the graphical installer, among other things. There has been 706 new commits by 40 people since the release of version 1.0.
- Web browser showdown: Chrome 74 vs Chromium 73 vs Firefox 66Which web browser has the performance advantage on GNU/Linux? Here are some benchmarks of Firefox 66.0.5, Chromium 73.0.3683 and Chrome 74.0.3729 on two Intel-based laptops and a AMD desktop which will help you choose which one is better for you.
- The Combined Performance Penalty of Intel CPU bugs Zombieload, Meltdown, Spectre and L1TF'Zombieload is just the latest of a torrent of security holes in Intel CPUs found the last year. Each has required mitigations both at the firmware and kernel level and the sum of these is adding up. Some workloads are barely affected, others have a very real, measurable and noticeable slowdown.
- Minor flaw found in Linux's RDS implementationThe Linux kernel was quietly patched with a fix in it's RDS implementation in version 5.0.8 and since there's a minor chance this could, in theory, be used to do a Denial of Service attack on a server it is now assigned CVE-2019-11815.
- The South Korean government is to switching to LinuxThe South Korean Ministry of the Interior and Safety announced that the South Korean government will start test-running Linux PCs and gradually roll out Linux across the government if no problems arise. The decision appears to be concerns regarding the cost of maintaining and using Windows 7 after free support ends in 2020.
- Linux Kernel Developers are leveraging GPU vendors into Doing the Right ThingThe Linux kernel is mostly free as in freedom but there are proprietary closed-source binary firmware blobs used for GPU drivers, network drivers and other drivers. These binary blobs are inherently evil. Distributions like Guix use a "libre" kernel without them at a price: No binary GPU-blob means no hardware video decoding, no OpenGL, no Vulkan, no nothing. And WIFI drivers can't even connect you to a wireless network if you do not submit to the binary blobs.
- New Xfce desktop, appfinder, configuration tool and panel releasedA new version of Thunar was just the beginning of a rain of new Xfce desktop components begin released this weekend. There's a new version of xfce4-panel, xfce4-power-manager, libxfce4ui, xfce4-appfinder, xfdesktop, tumbler, xfce4-settings, xfconf and the window manager xfwm. There's many improvements and bug-fixes across the board. Most immediately noticeable is a fix for desktop icons on multiple monitor setups, the previous version limited them to just one monitor.
- The Xfce team is proud to announce the release of Thunar 1.8.5A new stable release of the lightweight yet powerful file manager Thunar is now available. It is primarily meant for the GTK-based Xfce desktop environment but can be used with on any desktop. Version 1.8.5 has many bug fixes and a whole lot of translation updates.
- HOWTO make Linux run blazing fast (again) on Intel CPUsIt's just been one security disaster after another for Intel the last few years. Meltdown, Spectre variant after variant and this week the "Microarchitectural Data Sampling" aka Zombieload attack have all required performance-degrading fixes and workarounds. There is no way around turning hyperthreading off to be safe from MDS/Zombieload and this is a rather high performance-price to pay. So what if you don't want to?
- Steam Client Beta 1557957375 released with several Linux improvementsValve released a new beta version of their Steam store on May 15th. It has quite a few general improvements and some Linux-specific ones. Steam In-Home Streaming has been re-named Steam Remote Play and it can now be used anywhere as long as the network connection is good enough.
- Microarchitectural Data Sampling: The Latest Side-Channel Vulnerability In Intel CPUsAnother CPU side-channel attack vector similar to meltdown and spectre was disclosed this week. Microarchitectural Data Sampling ("MDS") allows software running on a machine to get access to potentially sensitive data it shouldn't be able to access. MDS can be abused to expose data from fill buffers, store buffers and load ports. New kernels with patches addressing this are available and everyone using Intel CPUs should upgrade.
- Wine 4.0.1 is now availableThe Wine team have announced an new maintenance release for the Wine compatibility layer which allows you to run Windows games and applications on Linux. This is a minor bugfix release which addresses a total of 44 bugs. There's also updated translations for Sinhala and Tamil.
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