Linux and Free Software News You Might Have Missed in May 2019

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Here are a few Linux and open source news you might have missed for the month of May 2019 !

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Duck Duck Go has proposed a “Do not track act of 2019” to enforce the DNT setting in user’s browsers.

https://spreadprivacy.com/do-not-track-act-2019/

Ubuntu closed down its merch shop.

The Official Ubuntu Shop Has Closed Down

A glitch broke all of Firefox’s extensions for a while.

Technical Details on the Recent Firefox Add-on Outage

DXVK 1.1.1 has been released, followed by versions 1.2, and 1.2.1, bringing improved performance and fixes for a lot of games.

https://github.com/doitsujin/dxvk/

The Linux Kernel version 5.1 has been released, bringing support for Model A+ of the Raspberry Pi 3, some intel wifi hardware, as well better support for AMD Vega GPus.

https://lkml.org/lkml/2019/5/5/278

Microsoft will ship a Linux kernel and update it through Windows update.

Announcing WSL 2

Microsoft will also launch a new terminal, with tabs and profile support.

Introducing Windows Terminal

D9VK, a tool enabling the use of Vulkan to run DirectX9 games, has seen its first 0.1 release, quickly followed by version 0.11 and 0.12.

https://github.com/Joshua-Ashton/d9vk

At Google I/O, the web giant announced that all Chromebooks will also be linux laptops going forward.

https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/later-versions-of-chromebooks-to-be-linux-ready-out-of-the-box/

Wine 4.8 has been released, followed by 4.9, bringing a ton of bugfixes, better support for controllers, and initial support for plug and play drivers.

https://www.winehq.org/announce/4.9

BattleEye announced that they’ll be working with Valve to bring their anti cheat software to SteamPlay. This should enable PUBG, and most ARMA3 servers to work on Linux.

https://www.gamingonlinux.com/articles/battleye-now-say-theyre-working-with-valve-to-support-steam-play.14111

Valve released Proton 4.2-4 and 4.2-5, bringing day one support for Rage 2, Mordhau, and fixing a bunch of issues across the board. Initial support for the steam networking API is also included.

https://github.com/ValveSoftware/Proton/wiki/Changelog

Mark Shuttleworth had a talk with TFIR on “why Linux on the desktop failed”. He explains the reasons why Unity and Convergence failed, blaming Canonical as well as the community.

Why Linux on Desktop ‘Failed’: A discussion with Mark Shuttleworth

Valve pushed a new beta of its Steam client, fixing crashes when launching games. Developers will now also be able to try Proton settings and configs before whitelisting the game. A second beta released later and fixed a bunch of issues with controllers and rumble support.

https://steamcommunity.com/groups/SteamClientBeta#announcements/detail/1611638091301723544

The KDE Plasma 5.16 beta has been released, with a ton of improvements to the desktop experience. Highlights include a new notification system, a revamped “appearance” panel, and support for the proprietary Nvidia driver on wayland.

https://kde.org/announcements/plasma-5.15.90.php

Purism reached its goal for its Librem One suite of applications and services. They gained more than 5000 backers in about 2 weeks, and that proves there is a growing interest for more ethical services.

https://librem.one/

Firefox released version 67 of its web browser, featuring improved performance, and support for enabling fingerprinting and cryptomining protection directly from the settings.

Latest Firefox Release is Faster than Ever

After 7 years, the Antergos distribution is shutting down. The Arch based distro had gathered around 1 million downloads since 2014, but the team lacked the time to properly maintain the project.

https://antergos.com/blog/antergos-linux-project-ends/

GitHub launched a new feature called Sponsors, aimed at letting users reward the developers, directly from their Github repository.

https://github.com/sponsors

Many GTK application developers signed an open letter on GTK theming, asking distributions to stop theming their applications and changing their icons.

https://stopthemingmy.app/

Ubuntu ISOs will now ship with nvidia drivers included, starting from 19.10. Anyone with an nvidia card and no internet connection will still be able to benefit from the proprietary driver out of the box. The Nouveau Driver will still be the default.

Ubuntu 19.10 Now Includes Proprietary Nvidia Drivers on the ISO

Krita 4.2 was released, bringing a ton of new features and improvements to the leading open source drawing tool.

Krita 4.2 Release Notes

A new malware has been detected on Linux, dubbed HiddenWasp.

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/05/advanced-linux-backdoor-found-in-the-wild-escaped-av-detection/

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30 COMMENTS

  1. As I plan to switch to Linux as my O.S. on the new computer I'm going to build when Ryzen3 comes out, I can't help but to wonder just how many other people have made the switch already, or are planning to, since windows refuses to give support for older versions of windows instead of only running spyware10 on the new hardware. Have you heard of any polls asking, more or less, the same?

  2. I don't support laws that limit freedom. Tracking users might be in bad taste, and can even be considered an "asshole move", but being an asshole or having bad taste shouldn't be illegal, as long as there is no violence or theft involved.

    I'm sorry, but I'll have to stop using duckduckgo, because I don't support such laws.

  3. Not allow change icons of applications ( not inside of them ) is stupid, let the user decide what icons use, Suru, Moka … in his desktop. Is the first time that I heard developers trying to impose what icon theme use. Maybe he wants to fit the icons with the gnome theme. The stylesheet and icons inside of apps is different, and I am agree, themes cannot broke apps and gnome have to find a solution. But I remember that in free software community user have control under apps and not them or developers under users. If user wants that his apps sucks let it be…

  4. The only reason Linux adoption has been so bad for years is OEM's ship windows. If OEM's had shipped Linux then Linux PCs' would be the most common type of computer decades ago. You have to remember 99% of people don't care what is they are using as long as it's easy and convenient. Windows is already on the computer when most people get their computer. That's why it had all the user base. OEMs handed it to them. The fact Gnu/Linux has anything above 1% of the market shows just how pissed people are at Microsoft. That they are willing to take the time to install a different OS. As for why Apple OSs' ever got off the ground? Apple is it's own OEM so it's only natural.

  5. How can Microsoft be legally allowed to put the kernel in Windows if they profit from Windows?
    I don't get it, can the license be modified to allow anybody to use/sell the kernel except for Microsoft?

  6. 5:04 From what I saw online, quite a lot of public schools in the US use Chrome OS with Google Classroom, as I believe it's some kind of requirement or standard, like with (also from what I read online) the Apple II platform in such schools in the 80s, the Mac platform in the 90s, and Windows in the 2000s.

  7. Great video. Quality stories. Wish the boarder was either not there or smaller. I watch most of my YouTube via mobile and it makes the screenshots smaller without a practical purpose.

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