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Linux and Open Source News for August 2019 – XFCE 4.14, VM Gaming, and VR Desktops !

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Here are your Linux, open source, and privacy news for August 2019. Lots of new releases, including XFCE, Enlightenment, Wine, DXVK, Proton, and a few interesting new tech developments, notably on VR and gaming on virtual machines ! Take a look !

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GNOME and KDE announced they would work together on building better Linux desktops at Linux App Summit.
https://www.zdnet.com/article/gnome-and-kde-work-together-on-the-linux-desktop/

XRDesktop, a VR enabled Linux desktop, will allow you to use your Linux programs while wearing your VR headset.
https://gitlab.freedesktop.org/xrdesktop/xrdesktop

Responding to the european commission’s fines, Google announced that it would allow other search engines to be present at Android’s setup.
https://www.blog.google/around-the-globe/google-europe/update-android-search-providers-europe/

Wine 4.13 was released
https://www.winehq.org/announce/4.13

Manjaro will allow users to pick between FreeOffice, Libre Office, or no office suite at all.
https://itsfoss.com/libreoffice-freeoffice-manjaro-linux/

The Igalia team announced that they are working to make Pitivi compatible with Final Cut Pro X
https://base-art.net/Articles/review-of-the-igalia-multimedia-team-activities-2019h1/

DXVK 1.3.2 has been released
https://github.com/doitsujin/dxvk/releases/tag/v1.3.2

Microsoft might be bringing its Teams software to Linux.
https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-teams-could-be-its-way-linux

Martin Wimpress from the Canonical SnapCraft team gave an interview to TechRepublic, on Snaps
https://www.techrepublic.com/article/why-canonical-views-the-snap-ecosystem-as-a-compelling-distribution-agnostic-solution/

A discussion took place on how to improve Linux desktop performance in low ram scenarios.
https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=Linux-Does-Bad-Low-RAM

A KDE vulnerability has been outed publicly before notifying the developers.
https://www.gamingonlinux.com/articles/kde-has-an-unpatched-security-issue-thats-been-made-public.14745

Nvidia has open sourced a bunch of documentation for its GPUs
https://github.com/nvidia/open-gpu-doc

Linux Journal announced they would cease their publication.
https://www.linuxjournal.com/content/linux-journal-ceases-publication-awkward-goodbye

Proton 4.11-2 has been released
https://github.com/ValveSoftware/Proton/releases/tag/proton-4.11-2

LibreOffice 6.3 was released

XFCE 4.14 was released
https://xfce.org/about/news/?post=1565568000

Wine 4.14 was released
https://www.winehq.org/announce/4.14

Kdenlive 19.08 has been released, bringing 3 point editing and a bunch of keyboard shortcuts

Kdenlive 19.08 released

The Linux on Dex project now allows to run Ubuntu 16.04 LTS on a samsung smartphone.

See Ubuntu Desktop Running on a Samsung Galaxy S10

According to protondb, we passed the 6000 playable games mark, out of 9 thousand for which users have created a report
https://www.protondb.com/

GNOME Feeds has been released on flathub, a simple app to read RSS feeds on GNOME
https://flathub.org/apps/details/org.gabmus.gnome-feeds

The enlightenment desktop released its first version in 2 years, enlightenment 0.23.0.
https://www.enlightenment.org/news/e23_release

Linux celebrated its 28th birthday
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux

D9VK 0.20 has been released
https://github.com/Joshua-Ashton/d9vk/releases/tag/0.20

Proton 4.11-3 was released
https://github.com/ValveSoftware/Proton/wiki/Changelog

Microsoft announced that they would bring exFAT support to the linux kernel.
https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/opensource/2019/08/28/exfat-linux-kernel/

Thundebird 68 was released with an interface redesign

What’s New in Thunderbird 68

Collabora has published an update on their work on viglrenderer, a solution to emulate a gpu while using a virtual machine through Qemu.
https://www.collabora.com/news-and-blog/blog/2019/08/28/virglrenderer-state-of-virtualized-virtual-worlds/

Wine 4.15 was released
https://www.winehq.org/announce/4.15

DXVK also saw a release, bringing it to version 1.3.3
https://github.com/doitsujin/dxvk/releases/tag/v1.3.3

20 thoughts on “Linux and Open Source News for August 2019 – XFCE 4.14, VM Gaming, and VR Desktops !

  1. So, this was more news than I know of. A big thanks for summarizing this interesting changes. Especially the gstreamer compatibility with fcpx seems interesting, however I am not convinced yet, but let’s see.

    So, thanks from a German on vacation in France!

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