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Weekly Linux news and analysis by Chris and Joe. The show every week we hope you'll go to when you want to hear an informed discussion about what’s happening.

    Linux Action News 172

    Linux Action News 172

    Impressive updates for some beloved open source projects, and AlmaLinux—a leading CentOS alternative—is born.


    Plus Google's surprise for Chromium users, and we go hands-on with Podman's docker-compose support.
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    KDE Plasma 5.21 Brings Low-latency Compositing, New Kickoff Menu, and Wallpaper — A major addition is a complete redesign of the main KDE Plasma Application Launcher.
    This week in KDE: new KWin compositing, new Kickoff, new recording level visualization! — This week KWin’s compositing code was almost totally rewritten! It should broadly reduce latency throughout all compositing operations, and also adds a user-facing control in the System Settings Compositing page so people can choose for themselves whether they prefer lower latency or smoother animations.
    Check out our interview with Nate Graham in LUP 385
    Plasma Gitlab MR: Add fingerprint manager
    Fedora Proposed Change: Wayland By Default For Plasma
    Xfce 4.16 Released — Today, after 1 year and 4 months of work, we are happy to announce the release of the Xfce desktop 4.16, a new stable version that supersedes Xfce 4.14.

    XFCE Nation on Twitter — Reminder to @ChrisLAS and @wespayne that Xfce 4.16 has been out since December 22nd but hasn’t been mentioned on @LinuxActionNews or @LinuxUnplugged.Xfce 4.16 Changelog
    Intel Preparing New Driver Option To Disable GPU Security Mitigations
    Wine 6.0 released — This release is dedicated to the memory of Ken Thomases, who passed away just before Christmas at the age of 51. Ken was an incredibly brilliant developer, and the mastermind behind the macOS support in Wine. We all miss his skills, his patience, and his dark sense of humor.Grab a Glass, Wine 6.0 Has Been Released
    The Wine team is proud to announce that the stable release Wine 6.0 — The core DLLs, including NTDLL, KERNEL32, GDI32, USER32, etc. are built in PE format. This should help a number of copy protection schemes that check that the DLL files on disk match the in-memory contents.CloudLinux readies CentOS Linux replacement: AlmaLinux — AlmaLinux will be a free, open-source, community-driven, 1:1 binary compatible fork of RHEL 8 (and future releases). For CentOS users, the company promises Lenix will provide an uninterrupted way to convert existing CentOS servers with absolutely zero downtime or need to reinstall anythingAlmaLinux is born!!
    AlmaLinux - Forever-Free Enterprise-Grade Operating System
    Using Podman and Docker Compose — Up to now, support for Docker Compose, the command-line utility that orchestrates multiple Docker containers for local development, was missing. With Podman 3.0 now in development upstream, we have begun to support Compose.Chromium Blog: Limiting Private API availability in Chromium — During a recent audit, we discovered that some third-party Chromium-based browsers were able to integrate Google features, such as Chrome sync and Click to Call, that are only intended for Google’s use. We are limiting access to our private Chrome APIs starting on March 15, 2021.PSA: Vanilla Chromium ending some of Google’s API access such as syncing and spelling check starting on March 15, 2021
    MacOS update enables third party OSes on M1 — It's happening... macOS Big Sur 11.2 beta 2 is out with full custom kernel support.iBoot - Wikipedia — iBoot is the stage 2 bootloader for all Apple products. It replaces the old bootloader, BootX.

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    Linux Action News 171

    Linux Action News 171

    We explain the recent Qt upset, and then go hands-on with the new PeerTube release.


    Plus Wendell from Level1Techs joins us to discuss his thoughts on porting Linux to the Apple M1.
    Special Guest: Wendell Wilson.
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    LTS versions of Qt going closed-source — The Qt Company is making LTS releases commercial only and thus closed-source. "The problem is that these releases are in effect no longer maintained. If there is a security issue, or a fix needed to support some change in one of the target operating systems, open-source users will not get that fix other than in the not-ready version 6.0."QT 5.15 Commercial-only LTS phase starts: Closing the 5.15 branch(es) on 5th January : linux
    LTS versions of Qt going closed-source : linux
    A shell UX update – GNOME Shell & Mutter — The new design has prompted a lot of interest and comment, which we’re all really thrilled about. In this post I wanted to provide an update of where the initiative is at. I also want to take the opportunity to answer some of the common questions that have come up.
    Progress On The GNOME 40 Shell Continues At Full Speed - Phoronix
    Dissecting the Apple M1 GPU, part I — A few weeks ago, I purchased a Mac Mini with an M1 GPU as a development target to study the instruction set and command stream, to understand the GPU’s architecture at a level not previously publicly understood, and ultimately to accelerate the development of a Mesa driver for the hardware. Today I’ve reached my first milestone: I now understand enough of the instruction set to disassemble simple shaders with a free and open-source tool chain, released on GitHub.Early Work Is Underway On Reverse-Engineering The Apple M1 GPU
    NVIDIA getting geared up to support hardware accelerated XWayland — NVIDIA’s Erik Kurzinger has submitted a Merge Request to the xserver GitLab titled “Xwayland: Support hardware accelerated rendering with the proprietary NVIDIA driver”, with the two patches included “intended to accompany upcoming support in the proprietary NVIDIA driver for hardware accelerated GL and Vulkan rendering with Xwayland”. Kurzinger continues to mention that once a driver is out with the needed hooks, this code should “just start working”.NVIDIA Prepares XWayland OpenGL/Vulkan Acceleration Support
    Xwayland: Support hardware accelerated rendering with the proprietary NVIDIA driver (!587) · Merge Requests · xorg / xserver · GitLab
    PeerTube v3: it’s a live, a liiiiive ! – Framablog — Today we are releasing a major new version of PeerTube, our alternative to centralized video platforms like YouTube.

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    Linux Action News 170

    Linux Action News 170

    A lot of open source development was packed into 2020, we recap some of the standout moments you should know about.
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    Linux Action News 166
    The AMD Radeon Graphics Driver Makes Up Roughly 10.5% Of The Linux Kernel
    The New Microsoft exFAT File-System Driver Is Set To Land With Linux 5.7
    The Linux Kernel’s Scheduler Apparently Causing Issues For Google Stadia Game Developers
    Torvalds’ Comments On Linux Scheduler Woes: “Pure Garbage”
    Thanks Oracle! New Patches Pending Can Reduce Linux Boot Times Up To ~49%
    Systemd Had A Pretty Big 2020
    Systemd-Homed Merged As A Fundamental Change To Linux Home Directories
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    New Linux Features, Timely Hardware Support & More
    Red Hat Recommends Disabling The Intel Linux Graphics Driver Over Hardware Flaw
    A KVM Virtualization bug on Intel Processors because of Unfinished Code
    Intel Gen12/Xe Graphics Have AV1 Accelerated Decode - Linux Support Lands
    AMD Wowed Linux Users In 2020 With Their Fantastic Zen 3 CPUs, and Timely New Open-Source GPU Support
    Linus Torvalds Switches To AMD Ryzen Threadripper After 15 Years Of Intel Systems
    Balancing the needs around the CentOS platform – Blog.CentOS.org
    2020 Was Another Interesting Year For Microsoft Around Open-Source/Linux
    WSL2 Reaching General Availability In Windows 10 v2004
    Microsoft President Brad Smith Acknowledges They Were Previously Wrong On Open-Source
    Microsoft Is Writing Its Own Wayland Compositor As Part Of WSL2 GUI Efforts
    Microsoft Edge Is Coming Out For Linux Next Month
    KDE Saw Its Wayland Support Stabilize Nicely In 2020, Much Polishing Throughout
    KDE Plasma 5.18 LTS Released After A Lot Of Polishing, New Features
    LINUX Unplugged 385: The 2020 Tuxies
    GNOME In 2020 Saw Many Optimizations, GTK 4.0 Released, GNOME 40 In Development
    GNOME OS Is Taking Shape But Its To Serve For Testing The Desktop
    GNOME Circle Officially Announced For Letting More Apps/Libraries “Join GNOME”
    GTK 4.0 Toolkit Officially Released
    ledger, a powerful command-line accounting system — Ledger is a powerful, double-entry accounting system that is accessed from the UNIX command-line. Ledger, begun in 2003, is written by John Wiegley and released under the BSD license. It has also inspired several ports to other languages.

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    Linux Action News 169

    Linux Action News 169

    Our annual predictions episode kicks off with a review of what we got right and wrong for 2020, and then we speculate wildly about what could happen in 2021.
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    2018 Review / 2019 Predictions: Linux Action News 862019 Review / 2020 Predictions: Linux Action News 139

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    Linux Action News 168

    Linux Action News 168

    Another Google project meets an untimely demise, but we find the silver lining.


    Plus new Matrix goodies, why AWS is investing in Blender, and more.
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    Google kills Android Things, its IoT OS, in January — Google announced it had basically given up on the project as a general-purpose IoT operating system in 2019, but now there's an official shutdown date thanks to a new FAQ page detailing the demise of the OS.Android Things Shutdown FAQRon Amadeo on Twitter — Oof, Google promised three years of updates when Android Things launched in May 2018, the actual support it delivered? One year, three months. Google, Qualcomm partner to bring 4 OS Android updates to new chipsets — The new plan is three years of major OS updates and four years of security updates.
    Qualcomm promises three years of Android updates for its entire SoC lineup
    Google acquires CloudReady OS to make PCs Chromebooks — Neverware lets you turn old PCs and Macs into Chromebook-esque devices through its CloudReady OS. While primarily aimed at schools and enterprises, a free “Home” edition for everyone is available. Google has now acquired Neverware and CloudReady with plans to integrate it with Chrome OS.
    Native Steam (Borealis) on Chrome OS likely arriving mid-2021
    GTK 4.0 Officially Released After More Than 4 Years of Development — The GTK development officially released today the next generation of the GTK toolkit, GTK 4.0, after being in development for more than four years.

    GTK 4.0 Toolkit Officially Released
    GTK 4.0 – GTK Development Blog
    Matrix.to: Reloaded — A challenge we regularly face is all the factors which make Matrix flexible and powerful as an open, secure decentralised protocol also increase the difficulty of getting started.
    Matrix.to — Create shareable links to Matrix rooms, users or messages without being tied to any appIntroducing Cerulean — Alongside all the normal business-as-usual Matrix stuff, we’ve found some time to do a mad science experiment over the last few weeks - to test the question: "Is it possible to build a serious Twitter-style decentralised microblogging app using Matrix?"
    Google AMP gets a shock to its system as advisor quits, lawsuit claims foul play — Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages technology, known as AMP among web publishers, took a beating this week as an antitrust lawsuit filed by the Attorney General of Texas charged that the ad biz used AMP to hinder competition.
    I have resigned from the Google AMP Advisory Committee – Terence Eden’s Blog — I remain convinced that AMP is poorly implemented, hostile to the interests of both users and publishers, and a proprietary & unnecessary incursion into the open web.
    AWS joins the Blender Development Fund — AWS committed to a period of three years, specifically to support character animation tools development.

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    Linux Action News 167

    Linux Action News 167

    We explain the major changes to CentOS this week and break down the top four criticisms.


    Plus Google makes their Fuchsia intentions a bit more clear, and why Linux 5.10 is a BIG deal.
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    Before You Get Mad About The CentOS Stream Change, Think About… — But, before you get angry, please read this. I’ve been surfing Twitter, Reddit, and HackerNews threads just like many others. I’ve gathered some major buckets of complaints which seem to come up, and I’d like to address each of them.CentOS project lead disappears
    Usage Statistics and Market Share of Linux for Websites, December 2020
    Red Hat and the CentOS Project Join Forces to Speed Open Source Innovation
    Transforming the development experience within CentOS
    CentOS Project shifts focus to CentOS Stream
    FAQ: CentOS Stream Updates
    Google is opening Fuchsia OS development to the public — To both support developers and make the Fuchsia development process less skunkworks and more public, Google is opening Fuchsia’s bug tracker to the public. Expanding Fuchsia’s open source model | Google Open Source Blog
    Linux 5.10 LTS Released As One Of The Biggest Kernel Releases In A While
    Linux 5.10 Released — Besides being the last kernel release of 2020, this is a significant milestone in that it's also a Long Term Support (LTS) kernel to be maintained for at least the next five years and also is a huge kernel update in general with many new features.The 10 Most Interesting Features Of Linux 5.10

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