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KDE Plasma 5.13 Looks Like an Awesome Update

Monday 21st of May 2018 12:46:41 AM

We roundup the key KDE Plasma 5.13 features and changes, plus provide details on how to upgrade to Plasma 5.13 in Kubuntu and KDE Neon when the update is released on June 12, 2018.

This post, KDE Plasma 5.13 Looks Like an Awesome Update, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Kubuntu Drops 32-bit Install Images

Sunday 20th of May 2018 03:10:14 PM

If you were planning to grab a Kubuntu 18.10 32-bit download this October you will want to look away now. Kubuntu has confirmed plans to join the rest of the Ubuntu flavour family and drop 32-bit installer images going forward. This means there will be no 32-bit Kubuntu 18.10 disc image available to download later this year. The […]

This post, Kubuntu Drops 32-bit Install Images, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Dash to Panel Update Adds Intellihide, New Configuration Options

Thursday 17th of May 2018 02:08:17 PM

The 'Dash to Panel' GNOME Shell extension now supports intellihide, customisable window previews on hover, and the ability the set a custom "Show Applications" icon.

This post, Dash to Panel Update Adds Intellihide, New Configuration Options, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

FreeOffice 2018 Released with “Complete Support” For Microsoft Office Files

Wednesday 16th of May 2018 09:44:12 PM

FreeOffice 2018 is a free alternative to Microsoft Office for Windows and Linux. The new version boasts "complete support" for opening, editing and saving to Microsoft Office file formats.

This post, FreeOffice 2018 Released with “Complete Support” For Microsoft Office Files, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Wine 3.0.1 Uncorks 60 Bug Fixes

Tuesday 15th of May 2018 07:45:28 PM

Wine 3.0.1 has been released for Linux. The latest version of the tool, which lets you run Windows software on Linux, features more than 60 bug fixes, including improvements to Microsoft Office.

This post, Wine 3.0.1 Uncorks 60 Bug Fixes, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

GNOME Is Removing the Ability to Launch Binary Apps from Nautilus

Tuesday 15th of May 2018 11:21:43 AM

The Nautilus file manager is to lose the ability to run binaries and launch apps directly. The change means users won't be able to double-click on programs, scripts or apps to launch them using Nautilus.

This post, GNOME Is Removing the Ability to Launch Binary Apps from Nautilus, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu 18.10 To Include Android Integration?

Monday 14th of May 2018 03:12:10 PM

The GSconnect GNOME Shell extension could ship in Ubuntu 18.10. Ubuntu devs want to include the add-on, which integrates Android with the Ubuntu desktop, by default.

This post, Ubuntu 18.10 To Include Android Integration?, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Malware Found on the Ubuntu Snap Store

Sunday 13th of May 2018 03:44:03 PM

Malware has been found on the Ubuntu Snap Store, bundled inside two regular applications. Canonical says it has removed the apps in question and will investigate further.

This post, Malware Found on the Ubuntu Snap Store, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Work is Underway to Make the GNOME Web Browser Mobile Friendly

Friday 11th of May 2018 11:44:09 PM

To do well, the upcoming Linux-powered Librem 5 smartphone will need a decent set of mobile-ready apps — and a good web browser is key to that. Hoping to step up to the plate is GNOME Web (aka Epiphany), whose developers are working hard to make sure that the webkit-based browser is in fine form […]

This post, Work is Underway to Make the GNOME Web Browser Mobile Friendly, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

How To Get Nautilus ‘Type Ahead Search’ Back in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Friday 11th of May 2018 11:26:25 AM

If you miss the Nautilus type ahead find feature on the Ubuntu desktop, I’ve some good news. A new PPA has been created that brings this feature, which is also known as ‘interactive search’, ‘type ahead search’, and ‘search as you type’, back to Nautilus and back to Ubuntu. Upstream GNOME developers removed type ahead functionality […]

This post, How To Get Nautilus ‘Type Ahead Search’ Back in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

First Look: GNOME’s Stylish New Login & Lock Screens

Thursday 10th of May 2018 02:40:27 PM

GNOME is planning to redesign its lock and login screens for GNOME Shell. The new designs are clean, use a 'clear spatial model' and make use of animations.

This post, First Look: GNOME’s Stylish New Login & Lock Screens, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Firefox 60 Is Here, And It (Finally) Includes Linux CSD Support

Wednesday 9th of May 2018 08:35:48 PM

Firefox 60 is now available to download. The latest release of the browser brings support for CSD on Linux, enterprise improvements, and a controversial change to the New Tab page.

This post, Firefox 60 Is Here, And It (Finally) Includes Linux CSD Support, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

It’s Official: Linux Apps Are Coming to Chromebooks

Wednesday 9th of May 2018 12:33:40 PM

Users will soon be able to install Linux apps on Chromebooks, Google has confirmed. Google says it is adding support for Linux apps to Chrome OS to 'equip developers' with the tools they need.

This post, It’s Official: Linux Apps Are Coming to Chromebooks, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

‘Next Gen’ Ubuntu Installer Outlined by Mark Shuttleworth

Tuesday 8th of May 2018 01:57:51 PM

Mark Shuttleworth has outlined his plans for a next-generator Ubuntu installer dubbed 'Ubiquity NG'. The tool will leverage modern technologies like Curtin, MAAS, Electron and Snaps.

This post, ‘Next Gen’ Ubuntu Installer Outlined by Mark Shuttleworth, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

The Ubuntu 18.10 Codename Has Been Revealed (Updated)

Saturday 5th of May 2018 03:07:18 PM

The Ubuntu 18.10 codename has been revealed. Canonical’s Adam Conrad registered the ‘cosmic’ series on Launchpad, the code-hosting site where Ubuntu development takes place, in early May. Now the second half of the code-name has been confirmed by Mark Shuttleworth in a blog post. Say a cute hello to the Cosmic Cuttlefish. Ubuntu 18.10 is […]

This post, The Ubuntu 18.10 Codename Has Been Revealed (Updated), was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

What Data Does Ubuntu Collect About Your PC?

Saturday 5th of May 2018 12:12:03 PM

Ubuntu includes a new data collection tool in its latest release — but exactly what kind of data does it collect? Well, thanks to the doors-wide-open nature of open-source software it’s easy to find out. It also helps that Canonical is being (unusually) upfront and open about its Ubuntu data collection policy, which is opt-out for […]

This post, What Data Does Ubuntu Collect About Your PC?, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu MATE & Budgie Drop 32-bit ISOs

Friday 4th of May 2018 11:42:06 AM

Ubuntu MATE and Ubuntu Budgie are to drop 32-bit installer images for their 18.10 release in October.

This post, Ubuntu MATE & Budgie Drop 32-bit ISOs, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Review Roundup

Thursday 3rd of May 2018 03:37:16 PM

The Ubuntu 18.04 release arrived late April and plenty of news coverage was there to greet it. We run through the key Ubuntu 18.04 reviews from major tech publications.

This post, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Review Roundup, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Graphics: XWayland and Mesa

  • XWayland Gets Patches For Better EGLStreams Handling
    While the recently released X.Org Server 1.20 has initial support for XWayland with EGLStreams so X11 applications/games on Wayland can still benefit from hardware acceleration, in its current state it doesn't integrate too well with Wayland desktop compositors wishing to support it. That's changing with a new patch series.
  • Intel Mesa Driver Finally Supports Threaded OpenGL
    Based off the Gallium3D "mesa_glthread" work for threaded OpenGL that can provide a measurable win in some scenarios, the Intel i965 Mesa driver has implemented this support now too. Following the work squared away last year led in the RadeonSI driver, the Intel i965 OpenGL driver supports threaded OpenGL when the mesa_glthread=true environment variable is set.
  • Geometry & Tessellation Shaders For Mesa's OpenGL Compatibility Context
    With the recent Mesa 18.1 release there is OpenGL 3.1 support with the ARB_compatibility context for the key Gallium3D drivers, but Marek Olšák at AMD continues working on extending that functionality under the OpenGL compatibility context mode.
  • Mesa Begins Its Transition To Gitlab
    Following the news from earlier this month that FreeDesktop.org would move its infrastructure to Gitlab, the Mesa3D project has begun the process of adopting this Git-centered software.

Welcome to Ubuntu 18.04: Make yourself at GNOME. Cup of data-slurping dispute, anyone?

Comment Ubuntu 18.04, launched last month, included a new Welcome application that runs the first time you boot into your new install. The Welcome app does several things, including offering to opt you out of Canonical's new data collection tool. The tool also provides a quick overview of the new GNOME interface, and offers to set up Livepatch (for kernel patching without a reboot). In my review I called the opt-out a ham-fisted decision, but did note that if Canonical wanted to actually gather data, opt-out was probably the best choice. Read more

How CERN Is Using Linux and Open Source

CERN really needs no introduction. Among other things, the European Organization for Nuclear Research created the World Wide Web and the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest particle accelerator, which was used in discovery of the Higgs boson. Tim Bell, who is responsible for the organization’s IT Operating Systems and Infrastructure group, says the goal of his team is “to provide the compute facility for 13,000 physicists around the world to analyze those collisions, understand what the universe is made of and how it works.” Read more