Mar 182019

News briefs for March 18, 2019.

Khronos today released the OpenXR 0.90 provision specification. From the
press release: “OpenXR is a unifying, royalty-free, open standard that
provides high-performance access to augmented reality (AR) and virtual
reality (VR)—collectively known as XR—platforms and devices. The new
specification can be found on the Khronos website and is released in
provisional form to enable developers and implementers to provide feedback at
the OpenXR forum.” And following the release of the OpenXR 0.09 provision specification, Collabora announced Monado: “at the center of Monado is a fully open source OpenXR runtime for Linux. It is the component in the XR software stack that implements the hardware support, it knows how to process non standard input from HMD devices and controllers, it knows how to render to those devices and it provides this functionality via the standard OpenXR API.”

Solus 4 Fortitude
is now available
. This new major release “delivers a
brand new Budgie experience, updated sets of default applications and
theming, and hardware enablement”. Visit the download page to install.

3.32 was released
yesterday. This is a feature release of the GNOME email
application and aims to “align Geary’s interface better with GNOME 3.32”. It
has “a new icon, the application menu has been moved to a burger menu in the
main window, sender images in conversations are now taken from the the
desktop address-book, and those without a custom photo are given a
personalised image with initials and background colour based on their name”,
along with the usual bug fixes and other improvements. To install, visit here.

Linux kernel 5.1-rc1 is out. Linus Torvalds writes,
“The merge window felt fairly normal to me. And looking at the stats,
nothing really odd stands out either. It’s a regular sized release
(which obviously means “big” – , but it’s not bigger than usual) and
the bulk of it (just over 60%) is drivers. All kinds of drivers, the
one that stands out for being different is the habanalabs AI
accelerator chip driver, but I suspect we’ll be starting to see more
of that kind of stuff. But there are all the usual suspects too – gpu,
networking, block devices etc etc.”

recently announced that Opera 60 has entered the beta stream
“Opera 60 beta brings a refreshed interface with light and dark
themes inspired by high- and low-key lighting photography, respectively. It
will also include a Crypto Wallet in the sidebar.” This version is actually merging
with Opera 59, and the two versions are being called Reborn 3,
which will be in the stable channel soon. See the Opera 60
for more
details on the changes.

Khronos Releases OpenXR 0.90, Solus 4 Fortitude Now Available, Geary 3.32 Released, Linux Kernel 5.1-rc1 Is Out, Opera Announces Opera 60 Beta
Source: Linux Journal

Mar 182019

More than a year in the making, the Solus 4 release is finally here as an up-to-date live and installable medium that users can use to deploy the independently developed GNU/Linux distribution on their computer without having to download hundreds of updates from the software repositories.
Highlights of the Solus 4 release include the latest and greatest Budgie 10.5 desktop environment with refinements to the Software Center, Budgie Menu, and Calendar widget, a new Caffeine Mode applet, a major upgrade to the IconTasklist applet, Raven notification center improvements, as well as improved notification management.
The Budgie 10.5 desktop environment also comes with completely rewritten and redesigned Sound widgets, a broader array of personalization options, a new Budgie Desktop Settings section for customizing Raven, along with new options for the Windows section and a much-improved GTK style.
The GNOME and MATE flavors now ship with the Plata (Noir) GTK theme by default, the Oblivion theme is now enabled by default for the Gedit text editor in the GNOME flavor, and the MATE flavor has been updated to the latest MATE 1.20 desktop environment release. On the other hand, the KDE Plasma edition is still experimental and ships with the KDE Plasma 5.15 desktop environment.
Under the hood, Solus 4 is powered by the Linux 4.20.16 kernel and Mesa 19.0 graphics stack, which provide out-of-the-box support for AMD Picasso and AMD Raven2 APUs, AMD Radeon Vega20 GPUs, as well as improved support for AMD Radeon Vega10 GPUs, and Intel Coffee Lake and Ice Lake CPUs.
Updated major components in Solus 4 include the FFMpeg 4.1.1 multimedia stack, Mozilla Firefox 65.0.1 web browser, Mozilla Thunderbird 60.5.2 email and news client, LibreOffice office suite, VLC 3.0.6 media player, Rhythmbox 3.4.3 music player (GNOME edition only), and GNOME MPV 0.16 media player (MATE edition only).

Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht

Solus 4 “Fortitude” Officially Released, It’s Now Available for Download
Source: Full Circle Magazine