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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/

16 thoughts on “Linux and Free Software News You Might Have Missed in May 2019

  1. I bet Microsoft would love to improve their platform, but way too many people are dependent on Win32.
    They tried to move away with Metro apps, with UWP… But they couldn't. It would not surprise me if they chose to eventually launch their own distro. Even their developers admit Win32 and legacy software is hard and difficult to maintain, but I don't see any Linux program by Autodesk (at least not AutoCAD), none from Adobe… So Microsoft has to comply with the market. That said, the moves they're doing in supporting the open source community and even opening the source of some of their own software hints towards a more open Microsoft platform. I can see Microsoft eventually releasing a distro similar to KDE Neon which has a mobile version as well for free, try to tap into the mobile market again and keep Windows for professionals who depend on Win32.

  2. Great section, however I feel like you should try to make it just a bit shorter, maybe around 10-12 minutes instead of 19. Keep up the good job!

  3. wine is nice, but i'm more interested in Darling, which is a similar project but for Mac OS apps… i wish it was ready and UX/UI designers could use Sketch and Principle on linux…

  4. I don't understand why anyone would support government intervention in the web. If you don't like tracking then either block it with addons, or stop using web sites i question.

  5. [" Windows supporting the Linux kernel could mean that Linux system may draw more attention from these idiots that have nothing better to do than to create viruses and mess up peoples systems, so maybe it will now be necessary to use anti-virus software. Not good for Linux users. "]

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