Some interesting Linux and Open Source news for the end of December 2019 up until January 2020. A new release of Linux Mint, some big data leaks, and the usual DXVK and Proton updates are accompanied by a new theme for Ubuntu, and a bunch of new hardware running Linux.
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DXVK 1.5 was released, with the headline feature being that it now includes D9VK, the directX9 translation layer.
Google has decided to stop giving an Android license to all phones sold in Turkey.
Linux Mint 19.3 Tricia has been released
In another development on the Librem 5 saga, the phone will get a 50$ price hike on the first of January 2020, and go up to 799$ once the “evergreen” batch ships.
Krita has received an Epic MegaGrant of 25 thousand dollars.
Kdenlive 19.12 has been officially released, with a bunch of improvements to the general performance, and to rendering times.
Proton 4.11-11 was released, shipping with DXVK 1.5, the version that now incorporates D9VK directly.
At least 3000 ring users data has apparently leaked on the internet, including usernames, passwords, and camera names.
More data leaks, but a bit bigger this time: 267 million facebook user accounts have been left unprotected, and have been posted for download on a hacker forum.
Kubuntu announced the Focus, a high power laptop shipping with Kubuntu by default.
The Linux kernel version 5.3 has reached end of life, so if you were using that kernel, it’s highly recommended you switch to the newer version, namely 5.4.
Proton has launched its own Calendar to complete its already excellent ProtonMail service.
It seems that the Linux kernel can’t stop growing: it has reached almost 28 million lines of code, and more than 21 000 people have contributed to it during the life of the project.
Dell has announced an update to their Dell XPS 13 developer edition, which ships with Ubuntu 18.04, and the main point here is the addition of a fingerprint reader to it.
Introducing the 2020 XPS 13 Developer Edition — (this one goes to 32!)
Linux players enjoying Battlefield V will now have to stop, since the anti-cheat software used by EA is recognizing DXVK, the compatibility layer used to run the game on Linux, as a cheating tool, and banning accounts left and right.
Apparently, Steam for Linux had been started, all this time ago, by ex Microsoft employees.
Firefox 72 was released, bringing enhanced tracking protection, blocking fingerprinting scripts by default.
DXVK had another update, bringing it to version 1.5.1, with performance enhancements and fixes for DirectX9 games
53 organisations wrote an open letter to the CEO of Google to ask Google to take action against bloatware on Android.
Fedora 32 will enable FSTRIM by default.
Google has awarded a gift of 1 million dollars to the University of Vermont, to help them on their research on open source.
Ubuntu 20.04 will probably ship with a few changes to its default Yaru theme.
Speaking of themes, GNOME will tweak the shell theme in 3.36. https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2020/01/gnome-3-36-new-theme
Proton 4.11-12 was released, and it’s a minor version.