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  • Linux Mint 20 Release Date & Features   1 week 1 day ago
    • Linux Mint 20 Ulyana ISOs will only be available in 64-bit

      Clem Lefebvre, head of the Linux Mint project, has announced that Linux Mint 20 will carry the codename Ulyana and that 32-bit ISOs will be dropped. This will see some aging computers lose support. While the 32-bit ISO will be dropped, 32-bit packages, where necessary, will still be available to those with a 64-bit install.

      If you still need a 32-bit Linux Mint ISO, you’ll either have to stay with Linux Mint 19.3 until it loses support in 2023, or you can switch to the newly released LMDE 4 which will receive the latest Linux Mint software such as Cinnamon. The decision to drop 32-bit ISOs in Linux Mint 20 was first revealed last summer when Canonical decided to remove support from Ubuntu 19.10. As Linux Mint uses Ubuntu as a base, it makes sense for Linux Mint 20 to follow suit in dropping support.

  • Linux 5.7 Features   1 week 1 day ago
    • The Linux 5.7 Scheduler Changes Bring Prominent Additions For Intel & Arm CPUs

      Ingo Molnar on Monday sent in the scheduler updates for the Linux 5.7 kernel that saw its merge window open at the start of this week. For the Linux 5.7 cycle are a number of prominent scheduler additions.

      Highlights on the scheduler side for Linux 5.7 include:

      - NUMA scheduling updates so the load balancer and placement logic do not fight each other in order to improve locality and utilization with less migrations.

  • LMDE 4 “Debbie” released!   1 week 1 day ago
    • screenFetch in LMDE4

      Got that Linux Mint Debian Edition 4 installed on my Dell XPS laptop, and it looks and feels amazing!

  • Games: Burning Knight, 'art of rally', and Compiler Improvements for Games   1 week 1 day ago
    • Intel used AMD code to get a 10% frame-rate boost in some Linux games

      This should be another promising step forward for gaming on Linux, then, at least for those who are using an Intel GPU (in other words, integrated graphics – although Intel does have discrete Xe graphics cards in the pipeline for the future at some point, which we’ve been hearing a lot about in recent times).

      Of course, Valve has been pushing hard elsewhere in the Linux gaming arena, most notably with the release of Proton (back in 2018) for allowing Steam (Windows) games to be played on Linux systems with a minimum of overhead and performance loss.

  • Linux 5.6   1 week 1 day ago
    • Linux Kernel 5.6

      The Linux kernel development process has always prided itself in being a distributed effort, with contributions coming in from all parts of the world. Long before video conferencing became the new normal, kernel developers were collaborating remotely, using tools like IRC and mailing lists to successfully work together. It comes to no surprise, then, that despite the challenges presented by COVID-19, kernel development has continued.

      Of course, the merge window for kernel 5.6 closed before most countries had implemented any COVID-19 countermeasures. Since then, most of us have been, and continue to be, affected by COVID-19 in one way or another. And while 5.7 already promises to be another great release, what matters most right now is that everyone in the community stays safe. Take care of yourselves and those around you!

      That being said, kernel 5.6 was released over the weekend, so let's take a look at the various projects Collaborans have been involved in, and the progress made. As usual, you can learn more about this release in thise LWN posts: part 1, part 2, and development statistics.

  • Linux 5.6   1 week 1 day ago
    • Linux 5.6, Bootlin contributions inside

      Linux 5.6 was released last Sunday. As usual, LWN has the best coverage of the new features merged in this release: part 1 and part 2. Sadly, the corresponding KernelNewbies page has not yet been updated with the usual very interesting summary of the important changes.

      Bootlin contributed a total of 95 patches to this release, which makes us the 27th contributing company by number of commits, according to the statistics.

  • WireGuard 1.0.0 for Linux 5.6 Released   1 week 1 day ago
    • Linux 5.6 Debuts with Wireguard Secure VPN for Remote Networking

      On March 29, Linux creator Linus Torvalds released the Linux 5.6 kernel providing a long list of new features. Of particular note for networking professionals is the inclusion of WireGuard Virtual Private Network (VPN) open source technology. Work to include WireGuard directly into Linux has been ongoing since March 2019 though WireGuard development itself has been ongoing since 2015.

      At its core, WireGuard is a secure network tunnel written especially for Linux, and optimized for performance and ease of configuration.

      "It has been designed with the primary goal of being both easy to audit by virtue of being small and highly secure from a cryptography and systems security perspective," WireGuard creator Jason Donenfeld wrote in a Linux Kernel Mailing List (LKML) commit message.

      Even before WireGuard was directly integrated into Linux, it had been available in what is known as an out-of-tree module, as wall as userspace tools. By being directly integrated into Linux, WireGuard is now however even more accessible to a wider user community. In contrast with other options for VPN, WireGuard provides a very small attack surface for any potential attacker.

    • It's Looking Like Android Could Be Embracing WireGuard - "A Sane VPN"

      Following the release of Linux 5.6 and WireGuard 1.0 declared, Google has now enabled WireGuard within their Android open-source Linux kernel build.

      Android's Generic Kernel Image (GKI) now has the WireGuard support enabled as a built-in option as of yesterday. In the Git commit enabling it, Google's Greg Kroah-Hartman commented, "Add native kernel support for a sane VPN."

      The upstream WireGuard project has long offered an Android port available from the Play Store as a user-space implementation while it's promising that Google is now enabling the WireGuard support as part of the GKI kernel for Android. WireGuard was upstreamed in Linux 5.6 after years of development and working out the encryption kernel changes that previously held up its integration.

  • WireGuard 1.0.0 for Linux 5.6 Released   1 week 1 day ago
    • WireGuard VPN added to Linux 5.6

      Linux users now have another choice when it comes to protecting themselves online as WireGuard VPN has been added to the Linux kernel in version 5.6.

      Up until now, the fast and flexible VPN, which was designed specifically for Linux implementations, was only available as a third-party addition. However, WireGuard VPN is now available by default with release of Linux 5.6.

      In an announcement, president and security researcher at Edge Security, Jason Donenfeld explained that future Linux kernels will have WireGuard built-in by default, saying...

  • This 5G smartphone comes with Android, Linux - and a keyboard. Back to the future with the Astro Slide   1 week 1 day ago
    • Is it a Smartphone? Is it a PDA? It’s Both – and It Supports Linux

      The Astro Slide is an Android-based smartphone with sliding physical keyboard currently crowdfunding its way into existence — but with the added lure of Linux support.

      Now, i’m generally wary of mentioning anything that is crowdfunded. That goes double when it’s a) technology being hawked on Cool the oasis of overpromise that is IndieGoGo.

      But Planet Computers, the company angling to animate this ode to early 00s technology, has a track record in this area. Not only have they run successful crowdfunding campaigns before but they’ve also nailed the hard bit: actually shipping products to backers.

  • Linux Mint 20 Release Date & Features   1 week 1 day ago
    • Monthly News – March 2020

      Many thanks to all of you for your support and for your donations. LMDE 4 took longer than we anticipated but we managed to add many new features into it and significantly close the gap with the Ubuntu release. Now that it’s released we’re focusing on the new development cycle and the upcoming Ubuntu 20.04 package base.

      LMDE 3 EOL

      LMDE 3 will reach EOL (End-Of-Life) on July 1st 2020. Past that date the repositories will continue to work but the release will no longer receive bug fixes and security updates from Linux Mint.

      To upgrade LMDE 3 to LMDE 4 read “How to upgrade to LMDE 4“.

      Mint 20, codename Ulyana

      The codename for Linux Mint 20 is Ulyana.

      Linux Mint 20 will be based on Ubuntu 20.04 and feature 3 editions: Cinnamon, MATE and Xfce.

      Unlike previous releases, it will only be available in 64-bit.

  • Linux Mint 20 Release Date & Features   1 week 1 day ago
    • Linux Mint 20 is 64-bit only, based on Ubuntu 20.04, and named 'Ulyana'

      Linux Mint is great operating system. It is based on the excellent Ubuntu and features three great desktop environment options -- Cinnamon, MATE and Xfce. While it is a smart choice for Linux beginners, it is also good for experts too.

      Today, we learn some new details about the upcoming Linux Mint 20. While most of the newly revealed information is positive, there is one thing that is sure to upset many Linux Mint users.

  • Linux Mint 20 Release Date & Features   1 week 1 day ago
    • Linux Mint 20 Codename “Ulyana”! What’s News in Linux Mint 20?

      Linux Mint 20: The team developers announced that the latest version of Linux Mint 20 going to be released a few months. Linux Mint 20 is officially code-named as “Ulyana“. Linux Mint 20 is developed based on the Ubuntu 20.04 LTS version. The team also said that the Linux Mint 20 will have many new software tweaks and hardware boost!

  • Linux Mint 20 Release Date & Features   1 week 1 day ago
    • Linux Mint 20 Codenamed “Ulyana,” Will Be Based on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

      Announced earlier this year along with the LMDE 4 release, the Linux Mint 20 operating system will be released sometime this summer and will be based on the upcoming Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa) operating system, due for release on April 23rd, 2020.

      The Linux Mint project continues the tradition of naming new Linux Mint releases alphabetically, and they revealed today in their monthly newsletter that Linux Mint 20 will be dubbed as “Ulyana.”

      Besides revealing the codename, the team also confirmed the fact that Linux Mint 20 will ship with the same three flavors we’re used until now, namely Cinnamon, MATE and Xfce, as well as the fact that it’ll be a 64-bit only release.

  • Canonical Doubles Down on Raspberry Pi Support, Promises New Tools and Services   1 week 1 day ago
    • Canonical To Bring New Tools And Ubuntu Linux Support For Raspberry Pi

      With the release of Ubuntu 19.10, Canonical announced the official support roadmap for Raspberry Pi single-board computers. Not just v19.10, Raspberry Pi also supports the long-term release of Ubuntu 18.04.4.

      Along the same lines, Canonical has shared a new Ubuntu Raspberry Pi support roadmap to further strengthen their relationship. They now plan to bring in new tools, services and default official support for the upcoming Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.

  • This 5G smartphone comes with Android, Linux - and a keyboard. Back to the future with the Astro Slide   1 week 1 day ago
    • This 5G Phone Runs Linux and Doubles as a Tiny Laptop with a Physical Keyboard

      The so-called Astro Slide looks retro but feels modern. Despite the PDA-like appearance, the device is essentially a 5G smartphone that can double as a laptop thanks to a small physical keyboard.

      In terms of hardware, the Astro Slide comes with the essential feature package to let you stay productive on the go. It’s powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 1000 octa-core SoC and obviously comes with a 5G chip specifically optimized for what the parent company says improved signal with reduced power consumption.

  • This 5G smartphone comes with Android, Linux - and a keyboard. Back to the future with the Astro Slide   1 week 2 days ago
    • Astro Slide is Part Smartphone, Part PDA with Support for Linux

      Now, i’m generally wary of mentioning anything that is crowdfunded — and that goes double when it’s hawked on the oasis of overpromise that is IndieGoGo.

      But Planet Computers, the company angling to animate this ode to early 00s technology, have a track record in this area. Not only have they run successful crowdfunding campaigns before, but they’ve also nailed the hard bit: actually shipping products to backers.

  • WireGuard 1.0.0 for Linux 5.6 Released   1 week 2 days ago
    • Linux's WireGuard VPN is here and ready to protect you

      Linus Torvalds has released the newest version of the Linux 5.6. It includes many new and neat features like USB4 support, a fix for the 32-bit Epoch problem, multi-path TCP, and numerous driver patches. The biggest news of all s that Linux now has the popular open-source Virtual Private Network (VPN) WireGuard baked in.

      WireGuard is a radical new approach to VPNs. With its minimal codebase -- about 4,000 lines of code -- it's much easier to debug and secure than its rivals such as OpenVPN with its over 100,000 lines.

      Torvalds himself loves WireGuard for its simplicity. Long before he incorporated WireGuard into Linux, Tovalids said "Can I just once again state my love for it and hope it gets merged soon? Maybe the code isn't perfect, but I've skimmed it, and compared to the horrors that are OpenVPN and IPSec, it's a work of art."

  • WireGuard 1.0.0 for Linux 5.6 Released   1 week 2 days ago
    • WireGuard VPN makes it to 1.0.0—and into the next Linux kernel

      We've been anticipating WireGuard's inclusion into the mainline Linux kernel for quite some time—but as of Sunday afternoon, it's official. Linus Torvalds released the Linux 5.6 kernel, which includes (among other things) an in-tree WireGuard. Phoronix has a great short list of the most interesting new features in the 5.6 kernel, as well as a longer "everything list" for those who want to make sure they don't miss anything.

  • Turn Your Regular TV into a Smart TV With KDE Plasma Bigscreen   1 week 2 days ago
    • KDE Developers Are Working on a TV Interface

      The developers of the KDE desktop are hard at work to create a TV interface.

      Never one to remain stagnant, the developers of the KDE desktop are hard at work creating what they have dubbed “Plasma Bigscreen.” This new project has one goal – to develop a user interface aimed at television screens.

      This new interface will also integrate with the open source Mycroft AI voice assistant to create a smart TV platform that will include full voice control and can be expanded with Mycroft “skills.” The platform will be free, open source, innovative, and community supported. Out of the box, Big Plasma will include some simple skills, such as the Youtube Voice Application, which allows users to interact with Youtube via voice command.

      Plasma Bigscreen will also include the Aura Browser, based on the QtWebEngine. This browser has been designed to work completely with arrow key navigation, so you won’t need a mouse to control the app (just your remote). In fact, the entire Plasma Bigscreen interface is intended to be easily used via remote control, and includes experimental support for HDMI-CEC (HDMI Consumer Electronics Control).

  • Linux 5.6   1 week 2 days ago
  • Linux 5.6   1 week 2 days ago
  • Debian To Take On COVID-19 With A Biohackathon   1 week 2 days ago
    • Debian @ COVID-19 Biohackathon (April 5-11, 2020)
      Dear Debian Community,
      There will be an virtual (online) COVID-19 Biohackathon from April 5-11,
      2020 and the Debian Med team invite you help us improve biomedical FOSS
      and the tools/libraries that support those projects.
      Most tasks do not require any knowledge of biology or medicine, and all
      types of contributions are welcome: bug triage, testing, documentation,
      CI, translations, packaging, and code contributions.
      1. Debian related bugs are viewable at [covid19-bugs]
      2. Software awaiting packaging is listed at [covid-19-packages], please
      respond to the RFP with your intent so we don't duplicate work
      3. You can also contribute directly to the upstream packages, linked
      from the Debian Med COVID-19 task page at [covid-19-packages]. Note:
      many biomedical software packages are quite resource limited, even
      compared to a typical FOSS project. Please be kind to the upstream
      author/maintainers and realize that they may have limited resources to
      review your contribution. Triaging open issues and opening pull requests
      to fix problems is likely to be more useful than nitpicking their coding
      4. Architectures/porting: Please focus on amd64, as it is the primary
      architecture for biomedical software. A secondary tier would be arm64 /
      ppc64el / s390x (but beware the endian-related issues on s390x). From a
      free/open hardware perspective it would be great to see more riscv64
      support, but that is not a priority right now
      5. The Debian Med team is also trying to improve the availability of
      automated biomedical pipelines/workflows [robust-workflows] using the
      Common Workflow Language open standard. The reference implementation of
      CWL is written in Python and there are many open issues ready for work
      that don't require any biomedical background [cwltool-issues]
      6. It is very easy to contribute to Debian Med team. We have a lowNMU
      policy for all our packages. Merge requests on Salsa are usually
      processed quickly (but please ping some of the latest Uploaders of the
      package to make sure it will be noticed). Even better if you ask for
      membership to the team and push directly to the salsa repository.
      7. The [debian-med-team-policy] should answer all questions how to
      The main COVID-19 biohackathon is being organized at [covid-19-bh20] and
      for Debian's participation we are using [salsa-covid-19-bh20]
      Michael R. Crusoe on behalf of the Debian-Med team
      (and Andreas Tille on behalf of Michael R. Crusoe ;-) )
  • Debian To Take On COVID-19 With A Biohackathon   1 week 2 days ago
    • Debian Linux readies an anti-coronavirus hack-a-thon

      Open-source programmers and engineers have been working on a wide variety of projects to beat coronavirus. These range from hospital management programs to speeding up drug development to building inexpensive ventilators. Now, Debian Linux, one of the oldest and largest Linux distribution communities, is throwing its programming resources into beating COVID-19.

      The Debian Med team is inviting programmers to a virtual COVID-19 Biohackathon from April 5-11, 2020. The Debian Med team wants your help in improving free and open-source biomedical software programs, tools and libraries.

  • Linux 5.6   1 week 2 days ago
    • Linux 5.6 Kernel released with Nvidia RTX 20 graphics support

      The Linux 5.6 Kernel was released this weekend. The popular alternative OS kernel includes some important new features and changes, as well a broader support for modern PC hardware like Nvidia RTX20 and AMD Navi series GPUs. However, in his announcement of the release, Linus Torvalds indicated that progress towards the next release could be impacted by Covid-19.

      Linux specialist site Phoronix characterises the Linux 5.6-rc1 test release kernel as "simply huge," being stuffed with new and improved features for end-users. HEXUS readers might be particularly interested in the raft of new CPUs and GPUs supported in this release but there is a lot more to discuss, as you will see if you read on.

  • This 5G smartphone comes with Android, Linux - and a keyboard. Back to the future with the Astro Slide   1 week 2 days ago
    • The Astro Slide is a 5G PDA that runs Android 10 and Linux

      First of all, the new Pocket Computers device rocks 5G out of the box, thanks to MediaTek’s latest flagship processor, the Dimensity 1000. The Astro Slide also comes with Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, and NFC connectivity.

      Secondly, the full QWERTY keyboard has a novel “RockUp” hinge mechanism. You slide-out the backlit-keyboard entirely from underneath the screen to create a tiny laptop. If you’re into adding physical keyboards to smartphones, this is possibly the best compromise.

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    Macros help users to automate common tasks in LibreOffice. In September 2019 we announced a new team in our community to work on macro support. A progress report was published in November 2019, so let’s review everything that happened since then. If you are interested in contributing to the macro team (development, testing or documentation), we’d love to hear from you – please send an email to and we’ll get in touch.

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