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Distribution Release: PCLinuxOS 2021.02

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PCLinuxOS installation media has been updated so new installations do not require such a large update to get current. This release features Kernel and application updates, bug fixes and security updates, with a focus on speed and stability. PCLinuxOS is officially released in three editions: KDE Plasma, MATE and XFCE desktops. Community editions featuring Trinity, Openbox and LXQT desktops are also available. All the editions can run on the computer alone, or in Virtualbox. PCLinuxOS is an old school rolling release desktop distribution and has been serving the Linux community for 18 years.

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Latest PCLinuxOS Package Updates

PCLinuxOS has new versions of Chromium and IceWM

  • Chromium browser update 88.0.4324.150

    Chromium is a free and open-source software project developed by the Google-sponsored Chromium project. The source code can be compiled into a web browser. Google uses the code to make its Chrome browser, which has more features than Chromium.

  • IceWM window manger update 2.1.2

    Window Manager for X Window System. Can emulate the look of Windows’95, OS/2 Warp 3,4, Motif or the Java Metal GUI. Tries to take the best features of the above systems. Features multiple workspaces, opaque move/resize, task bar, window list, mailbox status, digital clock. Fast and small.

LibreWolf Browser updated to 85.0.1

  • LibreWolf Browser updated to 85.0.1

    LibreWolf is designed to minimize data collection and telemetry as much as possible. This is achieved through hundreds of privacy/security/performance settings and patches. Intrusive integrated addons including updater, crashreporter, and pocket are removed too. LibreWolf is NOT associated with Mozilla or its products.

PCLinuxOS 2021.02 overview | So cool ice cubes are jealous.

Evolution and Opera Updated in PCLinuxOS

  • Evolution updated to 3.38.4 » PCLinuxOS

    Evolution is a mailer, calendar, contact manager and communications tool. The tools which make up Evolution will be tightly integrated with one another and act as a seamless personal information-management tool.

  • Opera Browser updated to 74.0.3911.107 » PCLinuxOS

    Opera is a Chromium-based browser using the Blink layout engine. Opera offers a free VPN, Ad Blocker, integrated messenger and private mode help you browse securely and smoothly.

Latest PCLinuxOS Updates

PCLinuxOS Gets More Proprietary Browsers

  • Texstudio 3.1.0 » PCLinuxOS

    Texstudio is a fork of the LaTeX IDE TexMaker and gives you an environment where you can easily create and manage LaTeX documents. It provides modern writing support, like interactive spell checking, code folding and syntax highlighting. Also it serves as a starting point from where you can easily run all necessary LaTeX tools.

  • Microsoft Edge 90.0.796.0 » PCLinuxOS

    The Microsoft Edge browser based on Google Chrome technology has been updated to 90.0.796.0 and shipped to the software repository.

  • Opera 74.0.3911.154 » PCLinuxOS

    The Opera Web browser based on Google Chrome technology has been updated to version 74.0.3911.154 and shipped to the software repository.

  • Vivaldi 3.6.2165.40 » PCLinuxOS

    The awesome Vivaldi web browser based on Google Chrome technology has been updated to 3.6.2165.40 and shipped to go to the software repository.

PCLinuxOS: KDE installation ISOs have been updated 2021.0215

  • KDE installation ISOs have been updated 2021.0215

    KDE installation ISOs have been updated with Kernel 5.10.17 LTS. KDE Plasma desktop 5.21.0 and the latest Nvidia 460.39 driver along with the normal package updates from the software repository. Please note if you are fully updated from the software repository then there is no need to do a fresh install from these ISOs.

PCLinuxOS Updates Firefox, Thunderbird, and KDE Plasma

PCLinuxOS: Latest updates

  • KDE Plasma desktop updated to 5.21.2

    The KDE Plasma desktop packages have been updated to 5.21.2. This is a minor bug fix update and available as an update provided that you are using KDE.

  • Viber updated to 13.3.1.22

    With Viber for Desktop you can make free international calls from your computer to any other Viber user, resting assured your calls and messages are protected by end-to-end encryption.

  • Songkong updated to 7.1

    Song Kong is an intelligent music tagger app designed to make the task of managing, organizing and cleaning up your digital music collection easy. Lite version is free. Professional version require purchase of a license.

  • Mailspring email updated to 1.8.0

    Mailspring is a new version of Nylas Mail maintained by one of the original authors. It’s faster, leaner, and shipping today! It replaces the JavaScript sync code in Nylas Mail with a new C++ sync engine based on Mailcore2. It uses roughly half the RAM and CPU of Nylas Mail and idles with almost zero “CPU Wakes”, which translates to great battery life. It also has an entirely revamped composer and other great new features.

  • Web Browser updates » PCLinuxOS

    The following web browsers have been updated to the most current versions.

    basilisk-2021.02.06-1pclos2021.x86_64.rpm
    chromium-browser-88.0.4324.182-1pclos2021.x86_64.rpm
    brave-1.21.71-1pclos2021.x86_64.rpm
    naver-whale-stable-2.9.114.33-1pclos2021.x86_64.rpm
    microsoft-edge-90.0.803.0-1pclos2021.x86_64.rpm
    waterfox-2021.02-1pclos2021.x86_64.rpm

Updated Kernels Available

  • Updated Kernels Available

    The following kernels have been updated:

    longterm: 5.10.20 2021-03-04
    longterm: 5.4.102 2021-03-04
    longterm: 4.19.178 2021-03-04

    In addition the following firmware pkgs have been updated:

    kernel-firmware-20210301-1pclos2021
    kernel-firmware-extra-20210301-1pclos2021
    iwlwifi-firmware-20210301-1pclos2021
    radeon-firmware-20210301-1pclos2021

Latest package builds for PCLinuxOS

  • Firefox browser updated to 86.0.1 » PCLinuxOS

    Mozilla Firefox browser has been updated to 86.0.1 which is a minor bug fix update. This package will appear as an update through the Synaptic Packager Manager if you have Firefox installed.

  • Brave Browser updated to 1.21.74 » PCLinuxOS

    The new Chrome based Brave browser automatically blocks ads and trackers, making it faster and safer than your current browser. One of the best looking Chromium based browser for Linux.

  • Calibre updated to 5.13.0 » PCLinuxOS

    Calibre is meant to be a complete e-library solution. It includes library management, format conversion, news feeds to ebook conversion as well as e-book reader sync features.

  • QMPlay2 updated to 21.03.09 » PCLinuxOS

    QMPlay2 is a video player, it can play all formats and stream supported by ffmpeg and libmodplug (including J2B). It has integrated Youtube and Wrzuta browser.

Bluefish HTML editor updated to 2.2.12

  • Bluefish HTML editor updated to 2.2.12 » PCLinuxOS

    Bluefish is a programmer’s HTML editor, designed to save the experienced webmaster some keystrokes. It features a multiple file editor, multiple toolbars, custom menus, image and thumbnail dialogs, open from the web, HTML validation and lots of wizards.

PCLinuxOS: Latest package refresh/updates

  • Homebank updated to 5.5.1 » PCLinuxOS

    HomeBank is the free software you have always wanted to manage your personal accounts at home. The main concept is to be light, simple and very easy to use. It brings you many features that allows you to analyze your finances in a detailed way instantly and dynamically with powerful report tools based on filtering and graphical charts.

  • Shotcut video editor updated to 21.02.27 » PCLinuxOS

    Shotcut supports many video, audio, and image formats via FFmpeg and screen, webcam, and audio capture. It uses a timeline for non-linear video editing of multiple tracks that may be composed of various file formats. Scrubbing and transport control are assisted by OpenGL GPU-based processing and a number of video and audio filters are available.

  • Librewolf browser updated to 86.0

    LibreWolf is designed to minimize data collection and telemetry as much as possible. This is achieved through hundreds of privacy/security/performance settings and patches. Intrusive integrated addons including updater, crashreporter, and pocket are removed too. LibreWolf is NOT associated with Mozilla or its products.

  • Strawberry music player updated to 0.9.1

    Strawberry is a audio player and music collection organizer. It is a fork of Clementine. The name is inspired by the band Strawbs.

New browser builds for PCLinuxOS

New FileZilla, Thunderbird, and Proprietary Software in PCLOS

  • FileZilla FTP client updated to 3.53.1

    FileZilla is a fast and reliable FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with lots of useful features and an intuitive graphical user interface.

  • Thunderbird Email updated to 78.9.0 » PCLinuxOS

    Mozilla Thunderbird is a free and open-source cross-platform email client, personal information manager, news client, RSS and chat client developed by the Mozilla Foundation.

  • TeamViewer updated to 15.16.8 » PCLinuxOS

    TeamViewer provides easy, fast and secure remote access and meeting solutions to Linux, Windows PCs, Apple PCs and various other platforms, including Android and iPhone.

  • Zoom updated to 5.6.0.13558.0321 » PCLinuxOS

    Zoom, the cloud meeting company, unifies cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings, and group messaging into one easy-to-use platform. Our solution offers the best video, audio, and screen-sharing experience across Zoom Rooms, Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, and H.323/SIP room systems.

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KDE Frameworks 5.81 Released with KHamburgerMenu, Various Improvements

The biggest new feature in the KDE Frameworks 5.81 release is the implementation of a new, custom hamburger menu called KHamburgerMenu, which will be shown on QWidgets-based apps whenever the main menubar is hidden. The KDE Project plans to adopt the KHamburgerMenu for all KDE apps as it offers several advantages, including an alternative app menu in case you hide the default menubar by accident, more freedom when you want to take full advantage of the maximum vertical space, more compact design with only relevant menu items, as well as support for relocating, renaming, removing, or even changing its icon. Read more

today's leftovers

  • Radeon Vulkan Driver Adds Option Of Rendering Less For ~30% Greater Performance - Phoronix

    If your current Vulkan-based Radeon Linux gaming performance isn't cutting it and a new GPU is out of your budget or you have been unable to find a desired GPU upgrade in stock, the Mesa RADV driver has added an option likely of interest to you... Well, at least moving forward with this feature being limited to RDNA2 GPUs for now. RADV as Mesa's Radeon Vulkan driver has added an option to allow Variable Rate Shading (VRS) via an environment variable override. This RADV addition is inspired by the likes of NVIDIA DLSS for trading rendering quality for better performance but in its current form is a "baby step" before being comparable to DLSS quality and functionality.

  • Bas Nieuwenhuizen: A First Foray into Rendering Less

    In RADV we just added an option to speed up rendering by rendering less pixels. These kinds of techniques have become more common over the past decade with techniques such as checkerboarding, TAA based upscaling and recently DLSS. Fundamentally all they do is trading off rendering quality for rendering cost and many of them include some amount of postprocessing to try to change the curve of that tradeoff. Most notably DLSS has been widly successful at that to the point many people claim it is barely a quality regression. Of course increasing GPU performance by up to 50% or so with barely any quality regression seems like must have and I think it would be pretty cool if we could have the same improvements on Linux. I think it has the potential to be a game changer, making games playable on APUs or playing with really high resolution or framerates on desktops. [...] VRS is by far the easiest thing to make work in almost all games. Most alternatives like checkerboarding, TAA and DLSS need modified render target size, significant shader fixups, or even a proprietary integration with games. Making changes that deeply is getting more complicated the more advanced the game is. If we want to reduce render resolution (which would be a key thing in e.g. checkerboarding or DLSS) it is very hard to confidently tie all resolution dependent things together. For example a big cost for some modern games is raytracing, but the information flow to the main render targets can be very hard to track automatically and hence such a thing would require a lot of investigation or a bunch of per game customizations.

  • Dota 2 version 7.29 is out with the new Dawnbreaker melee hero

    Valve has put out a major upgrade for their popular free to play MOBA with Dota 2 getting Dawnbreaker. This brand new hero is focused on melee, with a low-skill entry level so it should be suitable for a lot of players. You can see a dedicated hero page for Dawnbreaker here. "Dawnbreaker shines in the heart of battle, happily crushing enemies with her celestial hammer and healing nearby allies. She revels in hurling her hammer through multiple foes and then converging with it in a blazing wake, always waiting to tap her true cosmic power to fly to the aid of her teammates — eager to rout her enemies on the battlefield no matter where they are."

  • Grape times ahead with the release of Wine 6.6 noting plenty of fixes

    No wine-ing about the puns please. Jokes aside, the tasty compatibility tech that is Wine has a new development release available today with Wine 6.6. For newer readers and Linux users here's a refresher - Wine is a compatibility layer built for operating systems like Linux, macOS and BSD. The idea is to allow other platforms to run games and applications only built and supported for Windows. It's also part of what makes up Steam Play Proton. Once a year or so, a new stable release is made.

  • Friday’s Fedora Facts: 2021-14

    Here’s your weekly Fedora report. Read what happened this week and what’s coming up. Your contributions are welcome (see the end of the post)! The Final freeze is underway. The F34 Final Go/No-Go meeting is Thursday. I have weekly office hours on Wednesdays in the morning and afternoon (US/Eastern time) in #fedora-meeting-1. Drop by if you have any questions or comments about the schedule, Changes, elections, or anything else. See the upcoming meetings for more information.

  • A developer goes to the Masters: Day 1 inside the digital ops center [Ed: IBM is OK with the word "Master" again, contrary to spin]
  • Rancher Platform Partner, Weka delivers Stateful Storage for Containers at Scale

    Containers rose to the mainstream primarily due to workload portability and immutability advantages. Kubernetes became the primary orchestration tool and was initially supporting stateless applications, commonly referred to as the cattle vs. pets approach. However, data-centric applications need stateful-ness while still leveraging the cattle vs. pet approach. Microservices, Containers, and Kubernetes are now moving mainstream as increasingly more stateful applications are adopting them.

  • SUSE for your agile data platform, featuring Microsoft SQL Server[Ed: SUSE is just a worthless proprietary software reseller for SAP and Microsoft (their salesperson from SAP signing anti-RMS petition makes perfect sense and proves us correct about SUSE's motivations)]
  • What's the point of open source without contributors? Turns out, there are several [Ed: Mac Asay isn't even using it himself, just lecturing others what to do while working for Jeff Bezos]
  • Am I FLoCed? A New Site to Test Google's Invasive Experiment

    FLoC is a terrible idea that should not be implemented. Google’s experimentation with FLoC is also deeply flawed . We hope that this site raises awareness about where the future of Chrome seems to be heading, and why it shouldn't.

    FLoC takes most of your browsing history in Chrome, and analyzes it to assign you to a category or “cohort.” This identification is then sent to any website you visit that requests it, in essence telling them what kind of person Google thinks you are. For the time being, this ID changes every week, hence leaking new information about you as your browsing habits change. You can read a more detailed explanation here .

    Because this ID changes, you will want to visit https://amifloced.org often to see those changes.

  • The Brave browser basics: what it does, how it differs from rivals

    Boutique browsers try to scratch out a living by finding a niche underserved by the usual suspects. Brave is one of those browsers.

    Brave has gotten more attention than most alternate browsers, partly because a co-founder was one of those who kick-started Mozilla's Firefox, partly because of its very unusual — some say parasitical — business model.

Devices/Embedded Hardware

  • 3.5-inch SBC features Comet Lake-S

    Aaeon’s 3.5-inch Linux-ready “GENE-CML5” SBC supplies an up to octa-core 10th Gen Core CPU plus up to 64GB DDR4, 2x SATA, 2x GbE, 2x USB 3.2 Gen2, DP, VGA, M.2 M-key, and PCIe x4. Aaeon has posted a preliminary product page for what appears to be the first 3.5-inch SBC built around Intel’s 10th Gen Comet Lake-S. In fact, this is one of the first Comet Lake SBCs of any kind, following a few early entries like Portwell’s WADE-8212 Mini-ITX board.

  • Play your retro console on a modern TV
  • Olimex RP2040-PICO-PC “computer” to feature RP2040-Py Raspberry Pi Pico compatible module

    We previously wrote it was possible to create a Raspberry Pi RP2040 board with HDMI using DVI and programmable IOs to output video up to 640×480 at 60 Hz with the microcontroller’s Cortex-M0+ cores clocked at 252 MHz. At the time, we also noted Olimex was working on such a board with RP2040-PICO-PC designed to create a small Raspberry Pi RP2040 computer with HDMI/DVI video output. The Bulgarian company has now manufactured the first prototype, but due to supply issues with the Raspberry Pi Pico board, they also designed their own RP2040-PICO module since they’ve got a reel of Raspberry Pi RP2040 microcontrollers.

  • Our most complex Open Source Hardware board made with KiCad – the octa core iMX8 Quad Max – Tukhla is completely routed and now on prototype production

    We started this project June-July 2020. Due to the Covid19 the development took 10 months although only 6 month of active work was done, due to lock downs, ill developers and so on troubles.

    Now the board is completely routed and has these features: [...]

Programming Leftovers

  • Open Source Software Leader the Eclipse Foundation Launches the Adoptium Working Group for Multi-Vendor Delivery of Java Runtimes for Enterprises
  • AWS's Shane Miller to head the newly created Rust Foundation

    Miller, who leads the Rust Platform team for AWS, has been a software engineer for almost 30 years. At AWS, Miller has been a leader in open-source strategic initiatives and software engineering and delivery. Miller's Rust Platform team includes Rust language and compiler maintainers and contributors and developers on the Tokio runtime for writing reliable asynchronous applications with Rust. Under Miller's leadership, the AWS Rust team is crafting optimizations and tools for the features that engineers will use to build and operate services which take full advantage of Rust's performance and safety.

  • Inkscape compiled in OpenEmbedded

    Cross-compiling can be a challenge with some packages, and some of the big ones, such as SeaMonkey, LibreOffice and Inkscape, I have compiled in a running EasyOS (with the "devx" SFS loaded). I have previously compiled LibreOffice in OE, see the Pyro series. But it was a lot of work.

  • Felix Häcker: New Shortwave release

    Ten months later, after 14.330 added and 8.634 deleted lines, Shortwave 2.0 is available! It sports new features, and comes with the well known improvements, and bugfixes as always. [...] Shortwave has always been designed to handle any screen size from the beginning. In version 2.0 we have been able to improve this even further. There is now a compact mini player for desktop screens. This still offers access to the most important functions in a tiny window.

  • 5 signs you're a groff programmer

    I first discovered Unix systems in the early 1990s, when I was an undergraduate at university. I liked it so much that I replaced the MS-DOS system on my home computer with the Linux operating system. One thing that Linux didn't have in the early to mid-1990s was a word processor. A standard office application on other desktop operating systems, a word processor lets you edit text easily. I often used a word processor on DOS to write my papers for class. I wouldn't find a Linux-native word processor until the late 1990s. Until then, word processing was one of the rare reasons I maintained dual-boot on my first computer, so I could occasionally boot back into DOS to write papers. Then I discovered that Linux provided kind of a word processor. GNU troff, better known as groff, is a modern implementation of a classic text processing system called troff, short for "typesetter roff," which is an improved version of the nroff system. And nroff was meant to be a new implementation of the original roff (which stood for "run off," as in to "run off" a document).