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Links 25/10/2020: Kodi 18.9, ScummVM Android Love, Cutelyst 2.13

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  • GNU/Linux

    • Linux Weekly Roundup: Edge for Linux, Ubuntu Groovy Release, KDE Plasma 5.20.1 and more

      A lot happened this week in the Linux world as a whole. Microsoft Edge browser is released for Linux, Ubuntu 20.10 released with associated flavours and a bunch of application updates as well. Read the stories below.

    • 9to5Linux Weekly Roundup: October 25th, 2020

      The fourth installment of the 9to5Linux Weekly Roundup is here, for the week ending October 25th to keep you guys up to date with the most important things that have happened lately in the Linux world.

      This week we had a major Ubuntu release, a new desktop computer from System76, and a bunch of new app and distro releases. But first I want to take the time to thank everyone for following us on social media and for their likes, retweets, and comments. You guys rock!

    • Linux Weekly Roundup #101

      Hello and welcome to this week’s Linux Roundup.

      We had a full week of Linux releases, with the release of Ubuntu 20.10 (and all its flavors), Manjaro 20.2 pre2, Bluestar Linux 5.9.1, and Pop!_OS 20.10.

      This is it for this week. Have a great week and please stay safe!

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Pop!_OS 20.10

        Today we are looking at Pop!_OS 20.10. It is based on Ubuntu 20.10, Linux Kernel 5.8, Gnome 3.38, and uses about 1.1GB of ram when idling.

      • Pop!_OS 20.10 Run Through – YouTube

        In this video, we are looking at Pop!_OS 20.10.

      • This Linux laptop is a beast – Juno Computers Neptune 15 First Impressions

        I received this beast on tuesday. It’s made by a company you might not have heard of, called Juno computers. They operate ouf of London, and much like Slimbook or Tuxedo, they offer laptops based on Clevo designs, as well as desktops. Disclaimer: I haven’t received any money for this video, and I don’t get to keep the laptop either, so be nice ;)

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Ubuntu 20.10 Full Installation Walkthrough – YouTube

        Ubuntu 20.10 was recently released, and in this video we explore the installation process. We’ll go through the entire process of replacing your current operating system with the latest version of the Ubuntu desktop.

      • Ubuntu 20.10, System76’s Thelio Mega, CUPS Forked from Apple | This Week in Linux 122

        We’ve got a stacked episode this week, so coming up on This Week in Linux, we’re going to start things off with the latest release of Ubuntu 20.10 and the Ubuntu 20.10 Flavour releases. Then we’re going to jump into the ridiculous realm with a new product from System76 called the Thelio Mega. There’s been some big news in the Printing world of Linux related to CUPS. NVIDIA has announced that support for Linux 5.9 is not ready yet so we’ll talk about what that means and whether or not it will affect you. Later in the show we’re going to cover some more Distro News from Trisquel with their 9.0 release and SystemRescue 7.0 is another recovery distro to check out. Then we’ll round out the show with an update to the best web browser on the planet, with release of Firefox 82. All that and much more comming up right now on Your Weekly Source for Linux GNews!

      • TAILS OS: Become Invisible On The Web With This Ultimate Privacy OS (REAL INCOGNITO!)

        Today, It’s absolutely normal for websites to TRACK your every move on the internet. Your LOCATION, The WEBSITES You Visit, What you do on the internet is being WATCHED and STUDIED by Prying Eyes.

      • KDE Plasma 5.20 Released | Massive Update For 2020 (Revamped!)

        KDE Plasma 5.20 is out and we’re seeing a number of huge design changes all over the desktop. This new release is a massive update, as it brings visual redesigns in some important components of the desktop as well as some crucial under the hood improvements.

      • Why would anyone use the Terminal? | Linux Literate

        If the audio is a little weird in this video, I apologize. I tried to fix it, but it randomly speeds up and slows down during the rendering process and I couldn’t figure out what was wrong.

      • Mozilla defends Google’s MONOPOLY (for money?)
      • YouTube Is Being DESTROYED By Spam Bots – YouTube

        Over the past year or so, YouTube’s comments sections have been absolutely desimated by spam bots, we’ve had so many different styles of attacks and they all share the same terrible trates so I thought I’d chat a bit them so that anyone out the loop knows what’s going on

      • Full Circle Weekly News #187 | Full Circle Magazine

        Canonicals MicroK8s Gets High-Availability

        https://www.zdnet.com/article/canonical-introduces-high-availability-micro-kubernetes/

        A Massive KDE Plasma 5.20 Released

        https://kde.org/announcements/plasma-5.20.0

        Big Changes in the Nextcloud Hub 20 Release

        https://nextcloud.com/blog/nextcloud-hub-20-debuts-dashboard-unifies-search-and-notifications-integrates-with-other-technologies/

        The Linux Foundation Announces the Open Governance Network Model

        https://www.linux.com/news/introducing-the-open-governance-network-model/

        LibreOffice’s Mike Saunters Pens Open Letter to OpenOffice

        https://blog.documentfoundation.org/blog/2020/10/12/open-letter-to-apache-openoffice/

        Intel Reports Bugs In Linux Bluetooth Stack

        https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/security-center/advisory/intel-sa-00435.html

        Linux Kernel 5.9 Out

        https://linuxreviews.org/Linux_5.9_Is_Released_With_New_Drivers,_Improved_AMD_GPU_Support,_And_Support_The_x86-64_FSGSBASE_CPU_Instructions

        ChromeOS 86 Out

        https://9to5linux.com/chrome-os-86-rolls-out-with-linux-support-for-debian-gnu-linux-10-buster

        Oracle Linux 7 Update 9 Out

        https://blogs.oracle.com/linux/announcing-the-release-of-oracle-linux-7-update-9

        Redo Rescue 3.0 Out

        http://redorescue.com/

        Rescuezilla 2.0 Out

        https://github.com/rescuezilla/rescuezilla/releases/tag/2.0

        IPFire 2.25 Core Update 150 Out

        https://blog.ipfire.org/post/ipfire-2-25-core-update-150-released

        Krita 4.4.0 Out

        https://krita.org/en/item/krita-4-4-0-released/

        Gnome 3.38.1 Out

        https://download.gnome.org/core/3.38/3.38.1/NEWS

        Nvidia’s Short Live Driver 455.28 Out

        https://www.nvidia.com/Download/driverResults.aspx/165689/en-us

        The Free Software Foundation is 35 and KDE is 24

        https://www.fsf.org/blogs/community/fsf-at-35-join-us-in-celebrating-the-incredible-community

    • Kernel Space

      • Linux 5.10 Brings Many Changes From Better CPU Support To File-System Optimizations – Phoronix

        The Linux 5.10 merge window is set to close this afternoon followed by around seven weeks worth of release candidates before the stable kernel release in December. As usual here is our look at the many new features set to premiere with this next version of the Linux kernel.

        With Linux 5.10 there is a lot of work on file-system optimizations and other storage improvements, various additions for AMD Zen 3 processors, continued open-source driver work for Big Navi / Radeon RX 6000 series, mainline support for the Purism Librem 5 smartphone revisions thus far, the Creative SoundBlaster AE-7 support finally being supported under Linux, XFS has shifted its timestamp support from breaking after Year 2038 to now working up to Year 2486, Nintendo Switch controller support, and other new hardware support and other work.

      • New TTM Code Can Yield 3~5x Faster Page Allocation For AMDGPU, Other Benefits – Phoronix

        The Linux kernel’s TTM memory management code that is most notably used by the Radeon / AMDGPU kernel drivers but also Nouveau, QXL, VMWGFX, and others, is seeing a new back-end allocation pool that can yield 3~5x faster page allocation performance for video memory.

        Longtime AMD Linux driver developer Christian König has been working on this new TT back-end allocation pool that he posted today. With the patch series it is made the default for TTM and updates all existing TTM-based drivers to using this new allocation code for pages.

      • Graphics Stack

        • Alder Lake Support Published For The Open-Source Intel Compute Stack

          This past week Intel began adding Alder Lake support to their Linux graphics driver and that also continued on the compute side with the Intel Compute-Runtime receiving initial support for Alder Lake S “ADLS” too.

          The open-source Intel Compute-Runtime that provides OpenCL and oneAPI Level Zero support for Intel graphics hardware on Linux merged their initial Alder Lake code this week. But given that Alder Lake is still using Gen12-LP graphics like Tiger Lake and Rocket Lake, the enablement isn’t too great but just some basic modifications and tweaks while largely leveraging the existing Gen12 paths, just as we’ve seen with the kernel DRM driver, etc.

          The Alder Lake support for the open-source Intel Compute-Runtime was merged under “opensource ADLS.”

    • Applications

      • Kodi 18.9 Released with HTTP Access Workaround [PPA]

        Kodi media center released one more update for the 18.x “Leia” a day ago, with a quick workaround to the third-party HTTP2 and SSL changes that impacted internet access from Kodi by scrapers, streaming addons, etc.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • How to install the PurpIE Gnome Shell theme on Linux

        PurpIE (AKA Rounded-Rectangle-Purple) is a Gnome Shell theme that turns your Gnome desktop from the basic black/grey/blue colors to a refreshing purple. In this guide, we’ll show you how to install PurpIE and set it up as the default theme.

      • How to host a chat server with OpenFire on Linux

        OpenFire is a cross-platform, real-time chat server that is based on the XMPP protocol. It’s perfect if you’re looking to host your own chat server but don’t want to deal with complicated apps like RocketChat, Mattermost, and others.

      • Getting started with Lutris
      • [Older] How to rebuild a package using the Arch Linux Build System

        The ABS or Arch Build System is a package building system native to the Arch Linux distribution: with it, we can easily build packages which can be installed with pacman, the distribution package manager, starting from source code. All we have to do is to specify instruction inside a PKGBUILD file and then build the package using the makepkg tool. In this tutorial we will see how to customize and re-build an already existing package.

      • Fedora 32 Desktop Install Guide – If Not True Then False

        This is quick guide howto install Fedora 32 Desktop on real pc. First create your bootable USB flash drive using Fedora Media Writer, dd or similar tool.

      • How to Create Bootable USB Linux Media with usbimager – YouTube

        Now that Etcher seems a bit “shady”, I’ve decided to recommend a different tool to create bootable Linux installation media: usbimager!

      • How To Install Steam on CentOS 8 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Steam on CentOS 8. For those of you who didn’t know, Steam is a digital distribution platform for video games. As Amazon Kindle is a digital distribution platform for e-Books, iTunes for music, similarly Steam is for games. It provides you with the option to buy and install games, plays multiplayer, and stays in touch with other games via social networking on its platform. The games are protected with DRM. Recently, over 4500 games are available through Steam, and 125 million active users are registered with the Steam platform.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step by step installation of Steam on a CentOS 8.

      • pkgstats version 3: lookup package statistics from your terminal – Pierre Schmitz

        pkgstats is a tool that gathers and analyses installed packages of Arch Linux users. It started as a small shell script back in 2008 and helps us among other things to determine en-Source Intel Compute Stack packages are no longer used but also which packages from the AUR are popular candidates.

        Previously I rewrote the server part and added historical statistics per package and the ability to compare the popularity of several packages over time. It also introduced a public API which is now used by the pkgstats client.

    • Games

      • ScummVM Android Love

        Our new and shiny Android port for ScummVM v2.2.1 is now live on the Google Play Store. After quite a long period of dedicated work from our team developers, and a month of public beta testing by members of our community who helpfully reported quite a few issues for us to address, we are finally ready to give you the stable release for our ScummVM Android app.

        This app has been significantly re-written and tested on modern Android devices, running up to Android 10+. It includes new features which bring it up to speed with the desktop ScummVM application, such as FluidSynth support, Cloud Saves and more localization choices for the UI. Also included is the Local File Server (LAN) feature, whereby your device can act as a temporary file server allowing you to download files (eg. save files and even the config file) or upload new ones (eg. game data) using a web browser from a PC or another client.

    • Distributions

      • Debian Family

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Canonical Announced Ubuntu 20.10 On Raspberry Pi

          Canonical released Ubuntu 20.10 with optimized Raspberry Pi images for desktop and server, in support of learners, inventors, educators and entrepreneurs. Raspberry Pi 2, 3, and 4 supports Ubuntu 20.10. Ubuntu 20.10 is said to also includes LXD 4.6 and MicroK8s 1.19 for resilient micro clouds, small clusters of servers providing VMs and Kubernetes on demand at the edge, for remote office, branch office, warehouse and distribution oriented infrastructure.

        • Real-time Analytics News Roundup for Week Ending October 24

          Canonical released Ubuntu 20.10 with optimized Raspberry Pi images for desktop and server. The Raspberry Pi 2, 3, and 4 join a very long list of x86 and ARM devices certified with Ubuntu. Dell, HP, and Lenovo all certify PCs with Ubuntu Desktop, which is also the most widely used OS on the AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google, IBM, and Oracle clouds. Ubuntu 20.10 includes LXD 4.6 and MicroK8s 1.19 for resilient micro clouds, small clusters of servers providing VMs, and Kubernetes on demand at the edge, for remote office, branch office, warehouse, and distribution-oriented infrastructure. Specifically, Canonical introduced its micro cloud stack that combines MAAS, LXD, MicroK8s, and Ceph on Ubuntu, to deliver resilient pocket clouds hardened for mission-critical workloads in 5G RANs, industry 4.0 factories, V2X infrastructures, smart cities, and health care facilities.

        • Ubuntu 20.10 Review – Is it worth the Upgrade? – YouTube

          Canonical has recently released Ubuntu 20.10, which follows Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. With only 9 months of support, is it worth upgrading from an LTS release? In this video, we’ll take a look at the latest version of this popular Linux distribution and see whether or not you should consider upgrading.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Web Browsers

        • Mozilla

          • Mike Hoye: Navigational Instruments

            A decade ago I got to sit in on a talk by one of the designers of Microsoft Office who’d worked on the transition to the new Ribbon user interface. There was a lot to learn there, but the most interesting thing was when he explained the core rationale for the redesign: of the top ten new feature requests for Office, every year, six to eight of them were already features built into the product, and had been for at least one previous version. They’d already built all this stuff people kept saying they wanted, and nobody could find it to use it.

            It comes up periodically at my job that we have the same problem; there are so many useful features in Firefox that approximately nobody knows about, even people who’ve been using the browser every day and soaking in the codebase for years. People who work here still find themselves saying “wait, you can do that?” when a colleague shows them some novel feature or way to get around the browser that hasn’t seen a lot of daylight.

            In the hopes of putting this particular peeve to bed, I did a casual survey the other day of people’s favorite examples of underknown or underappreciated features in the product, and I’ve collected a bunch of them here. These aren’t Add-ons, as great as they are; this is what you get from Firefox out of the proverbial box. I’m going to say “Alt” and “Ctrl” a lot here, because I live in PC land, but if you’re on a Mac those are “Option” and “Command” respectively.

            Starting at the top, one of the biggest differences between Firefox and basically everything else out there is right there at the top of the window, the address bar that we call the Quantumbar.

      • Programming/Development

        • Cutelyst 2.13 and ASql 0.19 released – Dantti’s Blog

          Cutelyst the C++/Qt Web Framework and ASql the ASync SQL library for Qt applications got new versions.

          Thanks to the work on ASql Cutelyst got some significant performance improvements on async requests, as well as a new class called ASync, which automatically detaches the current request from the processing chain, and attaches later on when it goes out of scope.

          With the ASync class you capture it on your ASql lambda and once the query result arrives and the lambda is freed and the ASync object gets out of scope and continues the processing action chain.

        • LLVM Lands Very Basic Support For AMD Zen 3 CPUs

          While AMD has landed Znver3 support in GNU Binutils, the company hasn’t yet sent out patches for either the GCC or LLVM/Clang compilers in setting up the Zen 3 target with its new instructions or optimized scheduling model / cost table. But a basic implementation has been merged to LLVM for allowing “-march=znver3″ based on the limited public details thus far.

          Merged to mainline LLVM 12 yesterday was a basic implementation allowing for -march=znver3 targeting that basically flips on the new instructions known to be supported by Zen 3. Beyond Zen 2, it flips on INVPCID, PKU, VAES, and VPCLMULQDQ. There are also a few other instructions supported by Zen 3 as outlined in this earlier article.

        • Perl/Raku

        • Python

          • Warning about Python3 update in latest -current | Alien Pastures

            Warning for people running Slackware-current and have 3rd party packages installed (who doesn’t) that depend on Python3. That includes you who are running KDE Plasma5!

            The “Sun Oct 25 18:05:51 UTC 2020” update in Slackware-current comes with a bump in the Python3 version (to 3.9) which is incompatible with software which already has been compiled against an older version of Python3 (like 3.8).

            I found 26 of my own packages on my laptop that depend on Python3 and they are all probably going to break when upgrading to the latest slackware-current. This includes Plasma5 ‘ktown’ packages but also several of my DAW packages.

  • Leftovers

    • UK military seizes oil tanker with stowaway troubles

      The U.K. military seized control of an oil tanker that dropped anchor in the English Channel after reporting Sunday it had seven stowaways on board who had become violent.

      Defense Secretary Ben Wallace and Home Secretary Priti Patel authorized the action in response to a police request, the British Ministry of Defense said. Police investigations will now continue, and initial reports confirmed the tanker’s crew was safe and well, the ministry said.

      “I commend the hard work of the armed forces and police to protect lives and secure the ship,” Wallace said. “In dark skies and worsening weather, we should all be grateful for our brave personnel.”

    • Health/Nutrition

      • Spain orders nationwide curfew to stem worsening outbreak

        Buckling under the resurgence of the coronavirus in Europe, the Spanish government on Sunday declared a national state of emergency that includes an overnight curfew in hopes of not repeating the near collapse of the country’s hospitals.

        Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said the decision to restrict free movement on the streets of Spain between 11 p.m.-6 a.m. allows exceptions for commuting to work, buying medicine, and caring for elderly and young family members. He said the curfew takes effect Sunday night and would likely remain in place for six months.

        “The reality is that Europe and Spain are immersed in a second wave of the pandemic,” Sánchez said during a nationwide address after meeting with his Cabinet. “The situation we are living in is extreme.”

      • Italy closes gyms, shuts eateries early to fight COVID-19

        Italy’s leader imposed at least a month of new restrictions across the country Sunday to fight rising coronavirus infections, shutting down gyms, pools and movie theaters, putting an early curfew on cafes and restaurants and mandating that people keep wearing masks outdoors.

        Worried about crippling Italy’s stagnant economy, especially after 10 weeks of a severe lockdown earlier in the pandemic, Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte opted against another heavy nationwide lockdown. The new decree goes into effect Monday and lasts until Nov. 24.

        “Our aim is to protect health and the economy,” Conte said.

    • Integrity/Availability

    • Finance

      • Pandemic relief faces uncertainty in postelection session

        “I’m never very optimistic about the lame duck and I’ve never been surprised,” said Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo. “You don’t get near as much done as you think you’re going to get done.”

      • Turkish president dares U.S. to impose economic sanctions

        Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan challenged the United States to impose sanctions against his country while also launching a second personal attack Sunday on French President Emmanuel Macron.

        Speaking a day after he suggested Macron needed mental health treatment because of his views on Islam and radical Muslims, Erdogan expanded his range to take aim at foreign critics.

        “Whatever your sanctions are, don’t be late,” Erdogan said, referring to U.S. warnings for Turkey not to get directly involved in the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, where Ankara supports Azerbaijan against ethnic Armenian forces.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Health experts question Pence campaigning as essential work

        Health policy specialists questioned White House officials’ claim that federal rules on essential workers allow Vice President Mike Pence to continue to campaign and not quarantine himself after being exposed to the coronavirus.

        Campaigning is not an official duty that might fall under the guidelines meant to ensure that police, first responders and key transportation and food workers can still perform jobs that cannot be done remotely, the health experts said.

        A Pence aide said Sunday that the vice president would continue to work and travel, including for campaigning, after his chief of staff and some other close contacts tested positive. Pence tested negative on Sunday and decided to keep traveling after consulting White House medical personnel, his aides said.

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