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KDE Connect’s Android App Gets a Mini Makeover

7 hours 50 min ago

A redesigned version of the KDE Connect Android app is rolling out now on the Google Play Store. KDE Connect 1.17, which will likely come to F-Droid shortly, gives the app a bright, clean makeover […]

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Linux Release Roundup: elementary OS, Zorin OS, Kdenlive + More

Wednesday 5th of May 2021 07:45:40 PM

Zorin OS 16 beta, desktop Twitter app Cawbird, and a effect-laden update to the best open source video editor around — it's our latest Linux roundup!

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StarLabs’ Latest Linux Laptop Has Landed, Priced from £777

Wednesday 5th of May 2021 03:43:48 PM

UK tech company StarLabs has unveiled a new Linux-powered laptop: the StarBook Mk V. The 14-inch notebook even offers a choice of open source firmware.

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Microsoft Edge for Linux is Now in Beta

Tuesday 4th of May 2021 09:30:12 PM

The Microsoft Edge for Linux beta is now available to download. Until now Linux fans of the Chromium-based browser have needed to use a developer preview.

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Linux Mint’s File Transfer App is Now Available on Android (Unofficially)

Monday 3rd of May 2021 08:15:32 PM

Linux Mint's Warpinator app is now available on Android. The open source tool make it easy to transfer files between devices without the internet.

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Spotify’s Redesigned Desktop App is Now Available on Linux

Monday 3rd of May 2021 04:30:00 PM

Spotify announced a redesign of its desktop app at the end of March, and the revamp has finally found its way to my Linux desktop — and maybe yours, too! The UI rejig improves the […]

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GNOME 40 Looks Even Better with a Bit of Blur

Monday 3rd of May 2021 04:34:00 AM

GNOME 40 striking new layout can b taken to the next level with this GNOME extension that blurs out static parts of the UI. The results are very impressive.

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Ubuntu 16.04 Hits End of Life, Users Should Upgrade Now

Sunday 2nd of May 2021 10:12:56 PM

Running Ubuntu 16.04 LTS? Hopefully you’re not as it reached end of life on April 29,2021. What does that mean? Bluntly: no more security updates, and no further Mozilla Firefox releases through the regular Ubuntu […]

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Ubuntu 21.10 Daily Builds Now Available to Download

Sunday 2nd of May 2021 08:47:41 PM

You can now download the Ubuntu 21.10 daily builds to help test and track development of the next stable Ubuntu release, codenamed Impish Indri.

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Ubuntu 21.10 ‘Impish Indri’ Opens for Development

Thursday 29th of April 2021 01:06:24 PM

I’m gonna keep this brief as I’m (barely) recovering from a tooth abscess, but I couldn’t not mention that development on Ubuntu 21.10 ‘Impish Indri’ has now officially begun. Call me a traditionalist, but after […]

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Why You Can’t Upgrade to Ubuntu 21.04 (For Now)

Monday 26th of April 2021 10:58:04 PM

A bug that leaves users unable to boot their computers is why you may not have seen an Ubuntu 21.04 upgrade notification. Users can still upgrade manually.

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Linux Kernel 5.12 Released, This is What’s New

Monday 26th of April 2021 01:50:38 PM

A new Linux kernel is available to download. In this post we run through the core changes and new features shipping inside this, Linux 5.12.

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Do Not Adjust Your Monitor: We’re Supposed to Look Like This

Monday 26th of April 2021 12:03:16 AM

It's not your eyes, your monitor, or even Ubuntu: we DO look different today! In this post I talk about our latest revamp and why it matters to us and you!

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Geary 40 Released with Responsive UI, Performance Tweaks

Sunday 25th of April 2021 06:23:11 PM

Geary 40 has been released. In this post we look at what's changed in this release, as well as the new features that developers have added.

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Watch the Ubuntu Desktop Team Live Stream This Friday

Friday 23rd of April 2021 11:09:15 AM

Got questions about the Ubuntu desktop? Want to probe the minds of the people who make the distro that millions of people use daily? Today's your chance!

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NextCloud is Currently Broken in Ubuntu 21.04, But a Fix is Coming

Thursday 22nd of April 2021 11:17:40 PM

NextCloud users considering an upgrade to Ubuntu 21.04 might want to hold off for a few days as the NextCloud package in Ubuntu is currently broken.

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Ubuntu 21.04 Flavours Released, This is What’s New

Thursday 22nd of April 2021 08:24:00 PM

Ubuntu 21.04 release is out and so are brand new versions of the official Ubuntu flavours. We run-through what's new in Xubuntu, Kubuntu et al in this post.

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Ubuntu 21.04 Released, Available to Download

Thursday 22nd of April 2021 03:30:00 PM

You can now download Ubuntu 21.04 from the Ubuntu website. In this post we recap the biggest changes in the 'Hirsute Hippo', and share the download link.

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Ubuntu 21.10 Codename Revealed — And it’s an Intriguing Choice

Thursday 22nd of April 2021 02:28:02 PM

The codename for the next Ubuntu release is revealed! In this post we share the codename, explain it, and ask if it holds any clues on what we can expect…

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Microsoft Demos GUI Linux Apps Running on Windows 10

Wednesday 21st of April 2021 05:46:22 PM

Ever wanted to run desktop Linux apps on Windows 10? Microsoft's WSL engineering team are making this strange marriage a reality, as this demo video shows!

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  • Hans de Goede: Changing hidden/locked BIOS settings under Linux

    This all started with a Mele PCG09 before testing Linux on this I took a quick look under Windows and the device-manager there showed an exclamation mark next to a Realtek 8723BS bluetooth device, so BT did not work. Under Linux I quickly found out why, the device actually uses a Broadcom Wifi/BT chipset attached over SDIO/an UART for the Wifi resp. BT parts. The UART connected BT part was described in the ACPI tables with a HID (Hardware-ID) of "OBDA8723", not good. Now I could have easily fixed this with an extra initrd with DSDT-overrride but that did not feel right. There was an option in the BIOS which actually controls what HID gets advertised for the Wifi/BT named "WIFI" which was set to "RTL8723" which obviously is wrong, but that option was grayed out. So instead of going for the DSDT-override I really want to be able to change that BIOS option and set it to the right value. Some duckduckgo-ing found this blogpost on changing locked BIOS settings.

  • Test Day:2021-05-09 Kernel 5.12.2 on Fedora 34

    All logs report PASSED for each test done and uploaded as prompted at instruction page.

  • James Hunt: Can you handle an argument?

    This post explores some of the darker corners of command-line parsing that some may be unaware of. [...] No, I’m not questioning your debating skills, I’m referring to parsing command-lines! Parsing command-line option is something most programmers need to deal with at some point. Every language of note provides some sort of facility for handling command-line options. All a programmer needs to do is skim read the docs or grab the sample code, tweak to taste, et voila! But is it that simple? Do you really understand what is going on? I would suggest that most programmers really don’t think that much about it. Handling the parsing of command-line options is just something you bolt on to your codebase. And then you move onto the more interesting stuff. Yes, it really does tend to be that easy and everything just works… most of the time. Most? I hit an interesting issue recently which expanded in scope somewhat. It might raise an eyebrow for some or be a minor bomb-shell for others.

  • 10 Very Stupid Linux Commands [ Some Of Them Deadly ]

    If you are reading this page then you are like all of us a Linux fan, also you are using the command line every day and absolutely love Linux. But even in love and marriage there are things that make you just a little bit annoyed. Here in this article we are going to show you some of the most stupid Linux commands that a person can find.

China Is Launching A New Alternative To Google Summer of Code, Outreachy

The Institute of Software Chinese Academy of Sciences (ISCAS) in cooperation with the Chinese openEuler Linux distribution have been working on their own project akin to Google Summer of Code and Outreachy for paying university-aged students to become involved in open-source software development. "Summer 2021" as the initiative is simply called or "Summer 2021 of Open Source Promotion Plan" is providing university-aged students around the world funding by the Institute of Software Chinese Academy of Sciences to work on community open-source projects. It's just like Google Summer of Code but with offering different funding levels based upon the complexity of the project -- funding options are 12000 RMB, 9000 RMB, or 6000 RMB. That's roughly $932 to $1,865 USD for students to devote their summer to working on open-source. There are not any gender/nationality restrictions with this initative but students must be at least eighteen years old. Read more

Kernel: Linux 5.10 and Linux 5.13

  • Linux 5.10 LTS Will Be Maintained Through End Of Year 2026 - Phoronix

    Linux 5.10 as the latest Long Term Support release when announced was only going to be maintained until the end of 2022 but following enough companies stepping up to help with testing, Linux 5.10 LTS will now be maintained until the end of year 2026. Linux 5.10 LTS was originally just going to be maintained until the end of next year while prior kernels like Linux 5.4 LTS are being maintained until 2024 or even Linux 4.19 LTS and 4.14 LTS going into 2024. Linux 5.10 LTS was short to begin with due to the limited number of developers/organizations helping to test new point release candidates and/or committing resources to using this kernel LTS series. But now there are enough participants committing to it that Greg Kroah-Hartman confirmed he along with Sasha Levin will maintain the kernel through December 2026.

  • Oracle Continues Working On The Maple Tree For The Linux Kernel

    Oracle engineers have continued working on the "Maple Tree" data structure for the Linux kernel as an RCU-safe, range-based B-tree designed to make efficient use of modern processor caches. Sent out last year was the RFC patch series of Maple Tree for the Linux kernel to introduce this new data structure and make initial use of it. Sent out last week was the latest 94 patches in a post-RFC state for introducing this data structure.

  • Linux 5.13 Brings Simplified Retpolines Handling - Phoronix

    In addition to work like Linux 5.13 addressing some network overhead caused by Retpolines, this next kernel's return trampoline implementation itself is seeing a simplification. Merged as part of x86/core last week for the Linux 5.13 kernel were enabling PPIN support for Xeon Sapphire Rapids, KProbes improvements, and other minor changes plus simplifying the Retpolines implementation used by some CPUs as part of the Spectre V2 mitigations. The x86/core pull request for Linux 5.13 also re-sorts and better documents Intel's increasingly long list of different CPU cores/models.

  • Linux 5.13 Adds Support For SPI NOR One-Time Programmable Memory Regions - Phoronix

    The Linux 5.13 kernel has initial support for dealing with SPI one-time programmable (OTP) flash memory regions. Linux 5.13 adds the new MTD OTP functions for accessing SPI one-time programmable data. The OTP are memory regions intended to be programmed once and can be used for permanent secure identification, immutable properties, and similar purposes. In addition to adding the core infrastructure support for OTP to the MTD SPI-NOR code in Linux 5.13, the functionality is wired up for Winbond and similar flash memory chips. The MTD subsystem has already supported OTP areas but not for SPI-NOR flash memory.