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- Google Is Cracking Down On Fediverse Applications For AndroidAmerican computer giant Google is cracking down on several free software applications used to connect to social media services running the free Mastodon and Pleroma social media software. Google is objecting to there being "user-generated content" available to those who install free software social media apps from their Play Store.
- K-Pop Fans Are Outraged Over The 2020 Idol Star Athletics Championship Taking Place Without A Live AudienceThis years Idol Star Athletics Championship will take place during the Chuseok (추석) Korean Harvest festival holiday from September 30th to October 2nd this year. The event will take place without a live audience due to concerns over this springs slightly worse than average seasonal cold. Many Korean idol fans are very dissatisfied with this decisions.
- Linux 5.10 To Get Creative SoundBlaster AE-7 Audio Card DriverThe singaporean technology company Creative Technology Ltd, famous for their Sound Blaster series audio cards, is not a very Linux-friendly company. They do not provide any Linux drivers for their products themselves but they do sometimes respond to requests for help from Linux developers like Linux sound sub-system developer Connor McAdams who has, no thanks to Creative, written a driver for the Creative SoundBlaster AE-7 audio card that will be merged to Linux 5.10 as soon as the merge window opens in September.
- Wine 5.16 Released With 21 Bug-FixesThe latest
Emulator development release has application specific fixes for Cisco Quick VPN, AirDC++, Quake Champions, Armored Warfare, Tomb Raider I, The Bat!, Still Life and Toontown Corporate. There's also support for AVX instructions and updated Lithuanian translations in Wine 5.16.
- GNOME Internet Radio Locator 3.0.5 Is Released With More Radio StationsGNOME Internet Radio Locator is a radio streaming application that lets you tune into radio stations by clicking on them on a world map. The latest version has a lot more Norwegian radio station markers and two updated American radio stations and a Danish translation for the user-interface. The number of radios stations outside of Europe is still fairly limited in this release.
- SuperTuxKart 1.2 Is Released With Improved Carts, Better Gamepad Support, Improved Tutorials And MoreThe latest release of the best free kart racing game has new re-vamped Kiki, Pidgin and Puffy karts, a better tutorial for new users, greatly improved gamepad support thanks to SDL2, full IPv6 LAN and WAN support and greatly improved server performance for those running SuperTuxKart game servers. The ranking system has changed, but that is only server-side so online gameplay is still compatible with previous versions.
- Xfce 4.16pre1 Released With Client Side Decorations And Minor ImprovementsXfce 4.16 will be the next major release of the lightweight GTK-based Xfce desktop environment. It will be very different from previous versions. The lack of proper window titlebars, who have been replaced with useless client side decorations, is a immediately noticeable change in Xfce 4.16. The rest of the changes are less noticeable, it is otherwise mostly identical to Xfce 4.14. The first Xfce 4.15 preview-release is now available.
- Web Browser Benchmarks: Chromium 85 Places Firefox Even Further Behind Other Web BrowsersChromium 85 has a new WebHID API for gamepad support within web browsers, a declarative shadow DOM API, AVIF image decode support and, much more importantly, the Google-developed ANGLE library for graphics rendering. ANGLE makes Chrome 85, and other browsers based on Chromium 85 such as the Brave Browser, much faster on Linux leaving Firefox behind biting the dust.
- Meet The New Linux Foundation Technical Advisory BoardThe results from the 2020 Linux Foundation Technical Advisory Board election are in. The boards new members consists of representatives from IBM/Red Hat, Google, Intel, Canonical and Facebook.
- The Qt 5.15 Disaster On Multi-Monitor SetupsLinux distributions have begun rolling out Qt 5.15 and it is a total disaster for everyone using a multi-screen setup on Linux, Windows or macOS. Qt 5.15 breaks every single Qt and KDE application with a toolbar with a button that brings up a multi-choice menu if the application running on a system with more than one display connected and the application is not on the far-left display.
- Firefox 80 Released With 10 Security Fixes And A Higher Version NumberFixes for three "high", four "moderate" and three "low" impact security holes in Firefox is all the latest Firefox release has to offer beyond a new capability to "be set as the default system PDF viewer". The marginalized near-bankrupt Mozilla Corporation appears to be unable to put more than larger version numbers on the table after it was forced to fire 250 employees earlier this month.
- Apple Devices Are Finally Getting WebP SupportEvery web browser except those made by the the American technology company Apple have supported WebP images for years. The WebP image format, released in 2010, will finally be supported by iOS and macOS devices when Safari 14 is released next month. That opens the door for using WebP to serve pictures and computer graphics on the web. Apple is not going as far as allowing their users to play WebM video.
- AMD Radeon Open Compute Framework 3.7 ReleasedAMD released a new version of their Radeon Open Compute framework this weekend. This is the first ROCm version with official support for Ubuntu 20.04. There is also support for OpenMP 5.0 and direct GPU-to-GPU communications in the ROCm Communications Collective Library.
- Linux AV1 Hardware Video Decoding Support Ready For Intel Tiger LakeThe Intel Tiger Lake processors coming in September 2020 will be the first Intel processors with integrated graphics capable of decoding, but not encoding, AOMedia Video 1 (AV1) in hardware. Linux support for AV1 hardware decoding was merged into the libva VAAPI in March. Fei Wang submitted patches allowing ffmpeg to take advantage of that support yesterday. That makes it trivial to add AV1 hardware decoding support to end-user players like VLC and mpv.
- India Announces RISC-V Innovation ContestIndia has announced a contest for students and start-ups aiming to increase the awareness and use of Indian RISC-V processor designs. India wants semiconductor self-sufficiency and they are using the free and open RISC-V architecture to archive that goal. Indian citizens can register and propose projects until September 15th.
- AMD Launches Ultra-budget A520 Motherboards For Third and Fourth Generation Ryzen On A BudgetAMD has launched a new A520 motherboard chipset that replaces the now rather old A320 ultra-budget chipset. A520 motherboards have PCIe 3.0 going to all the PCIe slots. PCIe 4.0 is not supported. The vast majority of the announced A520 boards have 4 SATA ports, Realtek ALC887 audio and 1 Gigabit Realtek network connectivity. Third and fourth generation Ryzen APUs and CPUs are supported by A520 motherboards, first and second-generation Ryzen chips are not. A520 AM4 boards are available in the $70-80 price-range.
- Strawberry Music Player 0.7 Brings Qt 6 Support, 12 Bug-Fixes And Many ImprovementsThe latest version of the Strawberry music collection organizer and player has quite a few new features as well as many bug-fixes for those who want a learn Qt-based music collection manager that is easy to use. Norwegian developer Jonas Kvinge has been hard at work since version 0.6.13 was released in July last year.
- Mozilla Fires 250 Employees, Blames COVID-19 For Years Of MismanagementThe only web browser standing between full spectrum dominance of Chromium-based browsers and a realistic choice suffered a huge set-back last week when the Mozilla Corporation fired 250 employees. Years of declining marketshare and income is forcing their hand. Mozilla Corporation CEO Mitchell Baker claims COVID-19 is why Firefox's overall market share has dropped from 31% in 2010 to 4.26% in 2020.
- Linux 5.9 rc1 Is Released With Support for Upcoming AMD GPUs and Corsair RGB HubsThe merge window for Linux 5.9 is slammed shut with the first release candidate becoming available yesterday. The next Linux kernel will support using zstd compression for the kernel and initramfs images, 64-bit inodes on tmpfs file systems stored in memory and a whole range of new hardware. Support for two upcoming AMD graphics card families code-named "Sienna Cichlid" and "Navy Flounder" as well as support for the Corsair iCUE Commander Pro "smart" fan and RGB controller stand out as particularly interesting.
- NSA and CIA Warn That The Russians Are Deploying Linux-Specific "Drovorub" MalwareThe Americans have released a 45 page long document accusing the Russians of using Linux malware toolset dubbed "Drovorub" to spy on American interests. The "Drovorub" malware has a kernel module that allows it to hide itself and provide the user-space parts of the toolkit kernel-level functionality by turning
/dev/zerointo a two-way communications channel. It can hide files, processes, network traffic and kernel modules from system administrators which makes it hard to detect. The American document does not mention what attack vectors are used to deploy it on target systems.
- Brave Browser 1.12.112 Is Released With Re-Vamped SynchronizationThe Brave Browser will submit your IP to a geo-location service and record what country, and state if you are in the US, you are in if you enable the Brave Rewards "feature". There's also a completely new synchronization code for synchronizing bookmarks, logins and other data between Brave browsers running on different devices and a new 25 BAT minimum limit for withdrawing the already locked to Braves ecosystem Brave Rewards BAT currency tokens. The built-in advertisement blocker is also "improved".
- Manjaro Linux Lost All Of Their Support Forum ImagesTheir misfortune can be used as a valuable lesson in the importance of backing things up on a regular basis. The Manjaro Linux team has lost all of the 378191 images posted on their forum since its inception. How it happened is unclear. What we do know is that they were content with backing up the forums database on a semi-regular basis but they never made a single backup of any user-uploaded content.
- Current Etherium Network Fees Are Killing CryptoCurrency Tokens Like The Brave Browsers BAT CurrencyCreating digital tokens with zero intrinsic value out of thin air so you can sell them to suckers and pocket anything they are willing to pay as pure profit is even more profitable if you can create those tokens on somebody else's blockchain and call it a day. Those bought tokens on the Ethereum blockchain are finding themselves facing unbearably high fees.
- The Free Software Foundation Folds On Their Only Free Video Formats PolicyThe FSF has been advocating the use of free file formats for more than three decades. They have so far been true to their own ideals. Multimedia on their website has, until now, been served using entirely free file formats and codecs. The FSF is now embracing the proprietary patent-riddled MPEG-AVC (h264) video codec as well as the Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) audio codec that goes with it as fall-back option in order to reach more people.
- NAVER Whale Browser 184.108.40.206 Is ReleasedSouth Korean Internet giant NAVER has made another fine version of their extensive and fully featured proprietary Whale web browser. The latest version has fixes for several small user interface glitches including one that cased "ugly" rendering of a several big websites when dark mode is enabled. The GNU/Linux version is still only available as a Debian package and they have yet to make a English translation for the built-in music player. It is otherwise a fine and quite fast web browser.
- Chipmaker TSMC Reports Revenues Are Up 33.6% Compared To 2019The Taiwanese chip-maker today reported that they made NT$727.26 billion (24.72 billion USD) between January and July 2020, up 33.6% compared to the same period last year. They made NT$105.96 billion in July alone, up 25% compared to July 2019. They are still on schedule to deliver 3nm microchips to customers in 2022.
- Geoffrey Knauth Elected President Of The Free Software FoundationThe Free Software Foundation has finally elected a new permanent president after FSF founder and long-time president Richard Stallman was squeezed out September last year. Geoffrey Knauth had served on the FSF board for over 20 years before he became president. French free software activist Odile Bénassy was added as a new member of the foundations board of directors.
- The Massive Intel Leak: The Files It Contains And Their ContentThe 16.92 GiB archive filled with internal and "confidential" Intel files leaked Thursday has a total of 240 files. Many of them are archives containing even more files. That's a lot to dig through, it is more than any one woman can hope to dig through in a few hours. We have listed the filenames and, with the help of our readers, given each file a brief description. The files identified so far contain roadmaps, block diagrams, schematics for motherboard partners, BIOS firmware source and binaries, management engine firmware, embarrassingly cringe training videos, various source code, debugging tools, testing tools, user guides, programming guides and a whole lot more.
- Wine 5.02 Brings 46 Bug-Fixes To The Stable Wine BranchWine 5.02 is a new "stable" release for the Long Term Support distributions using the stable branch of the
Emulator translation layer for running Windows software on other operating systems. This release brings a total of 46 fixes for a whole range of games and applications including Hype The Time Quest, Age of empires II, Bad Mojo Redux, the Rockstar Games Launcher, Dark Souls 2, iTunes and many more. Most of the improvements in the latest Wine 4.14 development release are not present but that does not mean it is not a welcome upgrade for those using distributions shipping the stable Wine branch.
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