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Google does not want you to tell your players about your donation page

I recently updated Pixel Wheels banner image on Google Play. That triggered a review of the game: shortly after the update I received a message telling me Pixel Wheels was "not compliant with Google Play Policies". What nefarious activity does the game engage in? Sneak on users? Mine bitcoins? [...] Meanwhile you can still get the game from F-Droid or itch.io, since they do not have a problem with a link to a donation page. Read more

Audiocasts/Shows: GNOME 40, KDE for a Week, and "Privacy and Security in Technology"

  • GNOME 40 is HERE | This Is The Future Of Desktop Linux Experience (NEW!)

    This is the all-new GNOME 40. The latest version of the popular GNOME desktop environment is now redesigned with major changes and improvements. GNOME 40 is the biggest update since GNOME jumped from version 2 to 3. And with this update, how things look, how things work, and how you interact with the system are reimagined for the better. GNOME is the most prevalent desktop environment, and all the Linux distros using it will be updating to GNOME 40 soon, giving you a fresh new experience. So let's jump right in and see what's new, what's changed, the updated set of GNOME core apps, and We'll also see why GNOME 40 is the next step in desktop interface standards for 2021 and beyond.

  • I've used KDE exclusively for a month, here's my opinion - KDE Plasma Review

    I've been using Manjaro KDE on my new Slimbook desktop for a month now, so here are my conclusions. Become a channel member to get access to a weekly patroncast and vote on the next topics I'll cover...

  • Privacy and Security in Technology

    Using a Secure Operating System

Best Image Compression Apps for Linux

This article will post a list of useful command line and graphical utilities that allow you to compress image files to save local or remote disk space. Some of these applications provide “lossless” options that reduce size of image files with no or minimal loss of quality. Note that image compression is not the same as resizing, rescaling or altering geometry of images to reduce size. Image compression involves manipulating quality of images using various compression algorithms. Usually, quality of colors, individual pixels and transparency is manipulated to compress images and save disk space. Read more

Graphics: Mesa, Xwayland, and LuxCoreRender

  • Mesa 21 Broke VAAPI Hardware Encoding On Machines With AMD Graphics Cards. A Fix Is Coming. - LinuxReviews

    Those of you who have tried to hardware encode video using AMD hardware after upgrading to Mesa 21 may have noticed that the encoded video is, in fact, not a video - it's some kind of odd slide-show with one new frame every 5 seconds or so. Mesa 20.3 didn't have that problem, Mesa 21 and the newly released 21.0.2 bug-fix do. The Mesa developers are aware of the problem we are referring to and a patch has been merged into the upcoming 21.0.3 version scheduled to be released around two weeks from now.

  • Xwayland Has Gained Support For Hardware Acceleration On Machines With Nvidia graphics Cards - LinuxReviews

    Xwayland, a component that allows X programs to run on the Wayland display server, has finally gained support for running X programs under Wayland with hardware acceleration on Nvidia hardware. This has been a sour-spot for Wayland since its inception, not having backwards compatibility with the most widely used display server is kind of a bummer. Support is finally there in the git master branch thanks to what looks to be a joint Nvidia/RedHat effort.

  • LuxCoreRender 2.5 Open-Source PBR Renderer Released With NVIDIA OptiX/RTX Support - Phoronix

    The LuxCoreRender open-source physically based rendering (PBR) software is out with its latest major feature release that now offers NVIDIA OptiX/RTX acceleration support alongside the existing CPU, NVIDIA CUDA, and OpenCL rendering paths. LuxCoreRender 2.5 now allows making use of NVIDIA OptiX/RTX acceleration when running with a supported graphics card on the NVIDIA proprietary driver stack. LuxCoreRender 2.5 also has an OptiX denoiser image pipeline plugin.