Linux and free software news you might have missed in June 2019


Here is your monthly recap of what happened in the Linux, free software and privacy world for June 2019 !

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Firefox announced they will soon start blocking trackers by default.

Krita 4.2.1 released, bringing a lot of bugfixes, but no new features.

Krita 4.2.1 Released

Zorin OS 15 was released, and it’s the best implementation of GNOME 3 I’ve seen.

Google revealed details about Stadia, which will offer a free tier, limited to 1080p; and a paid one for 10$ a month, for 4K gameplay.

Kdenlive 19.04.2 was released, bringing bugfixes all around.

Kdenlive 19.04.2 is out

Proton 4.2-6 was released, bringing controller rumble support fixes.

Firefox might start selling subscriptions for services in Firefox, like Proton VPN.

Testing new ways to keep you safe online

LMMS 1.2 released, after 4 years since the last update.

Wine 4.10 was released:

KDE Plasma 5.16 was released, bringing a new notifications system, and work to cleanup the settings panels.

Mozilla changed its Firefox family logo, and the logos look pretty good.

Firefox: The Evolution Of A Brand

GIMP 2.10.12 has been released, mostly a bugfix version after the big 2.10 release.

Valve released a new stable Steam client, with its main feature being Steam Remote Play.

Microsoft said they’d like to bring Microsoft Edge to Linux in a Reddit AMA.

DXVK 1.2.2 was released, and it’s a small bugfix version, resolving issues with Planet Coaster, Team Sonic Racing, and Nier Automata.

Shotcut, the open source video editor, got a new release, version 19.06.

Netflix identified a vulnerability in the Linux kernel, in the TCP networking stack.

Ubuntu announced they would drop all 32 bit support, resulting in Valve saying they would stop supporting them, then Ubuntu backpedaling and Valve re-committing to support.

A critical security flaw has been discovered in Firefox, and has been patched right after.

A new project brings Compiz back for Wayland !

Wayfire Brings Compiz Bling Back to the Linux Desktop

Wine 4.11 has been released, bringing an new mono engine, and a lot of bug fixes.

Fedora developers announced their roadmap for Fedora workstation 31. Improvements include completing the wayland transition, work on a new audio pipeline, pipewire, and more video format support.

On the Road to Fedora Workstation 31

GNOME has announced some work on the GNOME usage app, which allows you to look at your system’s performance and disk usage.

Introducing GNOME Usage’s Storage panel

Proton 4.2-8 was released, followed by 4.2-9, providing fixes for games using an in-game web browser, and bringing a new version of Mono.

DXVK also saw an update on the same day, fixing bugs on Unreal ENgine 4 games, a regression on WOrld of Warships, as well as performance improvements on the CPU side and on lower end Nvidia GPUs.

Mozilla launched a new tool called “Track This”. It’s meant to trick advertisers into thinking your browsing profile is completely different from your regular browsing habits. It offers a few profiles to choose from, from “Hypebeast” to “Influencer”.

Qwant moved their maps service out of alpha and into Beta.

Firefox also announced a preview for their new Firefox browser for Android, which they say is twice as fast.

Microsoft seeks to join the official Linux-distros mailing lists, which is the place where all ongoing security issues, vulnerabilities, and patches are discussed.

Google quietly opened their developer website for Fuchsia, their new mobile open source OS.