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Rocket League is gone, and more Linux computers – Linux News – January 2020

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Some interesting Linux and Open Source news for January 2020. Rocket League cancels Linux support, Tuxedo and Manjaro are preparing to release very customizable computers, the Kubntu Focus can be pre-ordered, and Nextcloud launches an offensive against Office 365 and the G Suite. On top of that, we have our usual round of updates, and an interesting tool from ZOrin OS!

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Valve announced Gamescope, a project that seems to be some kind of window manager, running on Wayland, and optimized for gaming.
https://www.gamingonlinux.com/articles/valve-give-a-little-more-info-on-what-gamescope-actually-does-for-linux-gaming.15783

XFCE 4.16 will switch to client side decorations, which means the title bars won’t be rendered by a window manager, but by the application itself.

Xfce 4.16 is Adopting Client Side Decoration by Default

Zorin announced Zorin grid, a cloud based computer fleet management system.
https://zorinos.com/grid/

The Nouveau Driver now has initial support for Nvidia’s RTX 20 series cards, such as the 2060, 2070, or 2080.
https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=Nouveau-Turing-Linux-5.6

Manjaro, partnering with Tuxedo, announced multiple new computers, and customization seems to be the focus here: you’ll be able to etch your own logo on the lid or on the super key, and tweak the keyboard to your liking.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonevangelho/2020/01/15/get-ready-for-the-manjaro-linux-laptop-explosion-including-amd-ryzen-models/#84b759335efd

KDE 5.18 should come with a new set of tools that let users opt-in into some automatic feedback on how they use their desktop.

Learning about our users

Ubuntu will get rid of the Amazon link that shipped in its Dock by default since 2012.

Ubuntu Finally Removes the Amazon Web App You Never Use (Updated)

The Kubuntu Focus can now be orderd online.
https://kubuntufocus.myshopify.com/

Wine 5.0, the latest stable version of the windows compatibility layer, has been released. It ships with support for Vulkan 1.1, the latest version of the API, as well a full Xaudio 2 reimplementation, using Faudio., and improved multimonitor support.
https://www.winehq.org/announce/5.0

Proton VPN, the VPN tool from the makers of Proton Mail, is making all of its apps open source, and is undergoing an independant security audit.

All ProtonVPN apps are now open source and audited

Nextcloud has become Nextcloud hub: a full on premises solution aiming to replace the likes of Google or Office 365. It includes a calendar, email and contacts solution, as well as online file storage and sharing, and a instant messaging and audio / video conferencing solution all in one. The real improvement though, is that it bundles onlyoffice by default as an online, collaborative document editing solution.

The central hub of your digital life

THe Free Software Foundation kicked off a petition to urge Microsoft to open source windows 7.
https://www.fsf.org/windows/upcycle-windows-7

DXVK 1.5.2 has been released, and now requires Vulkan 1.1, which means that very old graphics drivers might not be able to use DXVK anymore.
https://github.com/doitsujin/dxvk/releases/tag/v1.5.2

Psyonix, developers of Rocket League, have announced they would terminate Linux and Mac OS support for their game.
https://www.gamingonlinux.com/articles/psyonix-are-ending-support-for-rocket-league-on-both-linux-and-macos.15833

THe linux kernel version 5.5 was released, adding support for BTRFS for Raid 1, improvements to the network I/O and to connection qjality for wifi, as well as support to add alternate names to network devices.
https://kernelnewbies.org/LinuxChanges

Thunderbird has been moved to a new subsidiary of the Mozilla Fondation.

Thunderbird’s New Home

Nvidia has ended support for its legacy 340 series driver.
https://www.gamingonlinux.com/articles/nvidia-end-updates-to-the-340-series-legacy-driver-for-linux.15895

CERN, the european research center, had already moved away from Microsoft products, and now, they’re replacing Facebook workplace with Mattermost and Discourse.
https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=CERN-Ditches-Facebook-Workplace

22 thoughts on “Rocket League is gone, and more Linux computers – Linux News – January 2020

  1. Regarding VPN: for anyone interested please be aware that Linode is likely to assign you your own ip address. This means you'll have your own unique ID on the Internet that can be directly correlated to you. This differs from VPN services who generally will use Carrier Grade NAT, essentially hiding a lot of users behind the same address. That way anyone tracing you would need access to the logs, which aren't kept by most VPN providers.
    Disclaimer: I haven't checked Linode specifically, this is just my general experience with server hosting.

    I think it is great Linode is sponsoring these videos, but I couldn't let this go unmentioned.

    Great news from Zorin and CERN.

  2. My experience with nextcloud and Elementary haven't been great. Filesync is extremely unreliable. I'm looking forward to hear about your experiences with it.
    Sounds great with all the hardware projects.

  3. Thanks for the update! While it was nothing special this time, it’s good to see you keep us updated on anything relevant.
    So, big thanks from Brussel (as I am visiting the FOSDEM)!

  4. Rocket League Linux player base 0.3% that must be including Xbox, Playstation and Switch.
    Or they're not counting the people that use proton|wine.
    The Linux native version has some mayor issues, graphics and audio, while the proton version only has some slowdown when (i think) a new texture needs to be loaded. (so only when a new player joins, when loading or scoring for the first time, which isn't an issue in comparison)

  5. Very nice video. As always pretty interesting, but I think you could have mentioned the released of LibreOffice 6.4 as well. Anyway, great summary

  6. Any chance you would do a Linode tutorial? I’ve been trying to create a VPN node just to get the most out of my $20 credit and I have no idea what I’m doing. Haven’t really been able to find any VPN node tutorials that are less than five years old.

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