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Linux, Open Source, and Privacy News – 1st to 15th November

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Here are some Linux, Open Source, and Privacy news you might have missed during the first half of November 2019 !

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Dell announced they would up the number of configurations they’ll offer with ubuntu.

XPS 13 developer edition portfolio up 8X in the States, 6 core and more!

ProtonMail has open sourced its iOS application.

ProtonMail iOS app goes open source!

Wine 4.19 was released, with fixes for AMR64, more visual basic script features, and 41 bug fixes.

https://www.winehq.org/announce/4.19

Getting Things GNOME, the Gnome task manager inspired by GTD is in the process of being picked up by a new developer.

https://fortintam.com/blog/survey-on-making-gtg-sustainable/

Firefox announced that sideloading extensions won’t be allowed anymore in Firefox 73, expected to release in February 2020.

Upcoming changes to extension sideloading

LibreOffice will use native GTK dialogs in its version 6.4, instead of the current custom toolkit they use.

https://caolanm.blogspot.com/2019/10/native-gtk-dialogs-in-libreoffice.html

A bug has been discovered in the latest version of Ubuntu: it seems taht the system could share a user’s photos, videos, and music on a LAN network.

Ubuntu 19.10 Bug Shares Your Media Folders Without Warning

Mozilla announced that they would block notification prompts in Firefox.

Restricting Notification Permission Prompts in Firefox

Nvidia released a new version of their Linux driver.

https://www.nvidia.com/download/driverResults.aspx/153226/en-us

Microsoft announced they would bring their antivirus software, called Microsoft Defender, to Linux.

Microsoft Defender ATP is coming to Linux in 2020

Microsoft announced officially that Microsoft Edge would be coming to Linux.

Introducing the new Microsoft Edge and Bing

Steam might be bringing its own cloud offering to the table, called Steam Cloud gaming.

Firefox celebrated its 15th Birthday.

https://www.fastcompany.com/90428050/firefox-at-15-its-rise-fall-and-privacy-first-renaissance

Proton 4.11-8 was released, with updates to DXVK 1.4.4, D9VK 0.3, and new versions of Mono and Faudio, and adds VKD3D.

https://github.com/ValveSoftware/Proton/wiki/Changelog

Microsoft will enact the measures required by the California Consumer Privacy Act, or CCPA, everywhere in the United States.

Microsoft to Support CCPA Everywhere in the U.S.

Google revealed its Stadia launch lineup, and it’s far from impressive. Only 12 games will be available at launch.

https://www.blog.google/products/stadia/lineup-games-coming-to-stadia/

The Linux App Summit took place, and ended on November 15th. It regrouped developers and contributors drom Canonical, CodeThink, elementary OS, GNOME, KDE, LibreOffice, Purism, Ubuntu…

https://www.toolinux.com/?Le-Linux-App-Summit-2019-commence-aujourd-hui

OnlyOffice is now available on Flathub.

https://flathub.org/apps/details/org.onlyoffice.desktopeditors

Intel seems to have lied when they said they had fixed all know flaws linked to Spectre and meltdown in May.

Brave, the chromium based browser, launched its version 1.0. It boasts 8 million users, and 300 thousand publishers on board to make use of their Basic Attention token.

Brave launches version 1.0 of its privacy-focused browser

Codeweavers, developers of Crossover, a commecially supported implementation of Wine, and one of the project’s major contributors, is looking for a graphics developer to further the DirectX implementation.

https://www.codeweavers.com/about/jobs#job-gfx

Disney+ launched, and it seems it doesn’t work on linux, probably for some DRM related reason.

www.disneyplus.com

The Ubuntu Snap team wrote a blog post stating the technical differences between flatpak and snap, and it’s worth a read.

https://snapcraft.io/blog/a-technical-comparison-between-the-snap-and-the-flatpak-formats

Some mad developers are now working on allowing developers to include DXVK directly in their DirectX games, bypassing the need to port them with wine.

https://github.com/Joshua-Ashton/dxvk/commit/c333d4fe027b2ba8a6ce42f4f792afd70b280a92

Wine 4.20 was released, bringing yet another new version of the Mono .net engine, ans dome updates for Vulkan.

https://www.winehq.org/announce/4.20

47 thoughts on “Linux, Open Source, and Privacy News – 1st to 15th November

  1. I dissagree that disabling the side-loading of Firefox addons is an uninpactfull thing , just look at how the Dissenter addon is banned from both Chrome and Firefox stores , for what, just being an unmoderated comment section ?

  2. Another question: you mentioned Disney+ doesn't support Linux "but Netflix does".

    I'm still using it on Firefox there and it's never in hd, and I miss the light and sleek Windows app Netflix has.

    Is there a Netflix client for Linux or something better than watching it via browser using extensions to force 1080p(which doesn't always work)?

  3. Lol, flatpak vs snap article got deleted. A read that, it seems like they are trying to make flatpak looks bad, for example, searching feature on flatpak seems to be complicated said that article, but actually it could be way more simpler than that…

  4. That's why I love Firefox!….they do things "right"!…can't wait for the update!!! As for Microsoft's Antivirus?….well I'm gonna do exactly like you said..and LAUGH!….Ahahahahaha!…and they needn't bother releasing Edge for Linux…I won't install it..I'd NEVER use it..and I will do all in my power to PREVENT it from landing on my Linux devices!

  5. I've been using Disney+ on Linux since launch. Obviously it doesn't work directly through your browser due to (like you said) a DRM limitation. They decided to set widevine security to L1 which blocks out most systems, even older versions of Windows, Mac, Android, iOS and obviously L1 also prevents Chromebook support as well. Most streaming services go with either L2 or L3, which does support Linux. L1 is really only for special circumstances. There are 2 things you can do in order to fix this. 1) Install Chrome through Wine. That's what I did. You also have to enable a few flags in Chrome such as smooth scrolling, 3d acceleration and 2d randering. 2) You can use the plugin launcher script for Firefox to pass through the Windows version of widevine. Obviously you have to remove the one in Firefox first. The guy who created Pipelight some time ago used this method to allow various windows-only plugins in order to watch Netflix, play shockwave flash games etc. I decided not to go with this method as it's sort of a dirty one.

  6. I was hoping that firefox would improve the sideloading feature but they straight up removed it?? I use my own custom new tab extension in chrome which is directly personalized for my workflow and matches my desktop theme. I was really hoping that Mozilla would make sideloading permanent so I could at least try to get rid of chrome. but looks like that's not happening anytime soon.
    speaking of firefox, I can't find an option to mute sound on all sites by default. anyone knows if this is possible without use of extension?

  7. watching this kind of videos on your channel always makes me feel, that there is an awesome guy covering my back so i can stay tuned with the news.
    incredible experience, thank you.

  8. One of the problems with forcing people to use AMO for Firefox extensions is that it becomes a walled garden of sorts. Projects like Tridactyl (vim-like controls for Firefox) have been thrown off of AMO for working around limitations in WebExtensions API, despite being perfectly safe. Thus, Mozilla becomes a gatekeeper for their browser.

  9. I’m just glad to see Microsoft going down this route of multi platform support, open source, etc. They are not perfect, but you gotta give them for what they have done, unlike Google or Apple.

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