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Links 23/03/2023: Linux 6.2.8 and XWayland 23.1.0

Posted in News Roundup at 5:02 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • 9to5LinuxKubuntu Focus XE Gen 2 Linux Laptop Launches with 12th Gen Intel CPUs

        Kubuntu Focus XE Gen 2 is an ultra-portable 14-inch Full HD (1920×1080 @ 60 Hz) laptop that promises exceptional performance with the 28 W TDP 12th Gen Intel “Alder Lake” Core i7-1260P processor with 12 cores, 16 threads, 18 MB cache, and up to 4.7 GHz boost clock frequency, or the Core i5-1240P processor with 12 cores, 16 threads, 12 MB cache, and up to 4.4 GHz boost clock frequency.

        Both processors come with Iris Xe graphics, which promise up to 3 times faster graphics than 10th Gen Intel GPUs. Kubuntu Focus XE Gen 2 also features up to 64GB dual-channel DDR4 3200 MHz RAM and up to 2TB SSD NVMe M.2 storage with full encryption and Kubuntu Linux 22.04 LTS pre-installed.

      • 9to5LinuxTUXEDO Control Center 2.0 Adds New Keyboard Backlight and Webcam Modules

        TUXEDO Control Center 2.0 is the culmination of almost two years of work and introduces major changes like new Keyboard Backlight and Webcam modules to let you control the keyboard illumination of your TUXEDO laptop, as well as for changing various settings of your TUXEDO laptop’s built-in webcam.

        In more detail, the Keyboard Backlight module will allow you to fully control the backlight brightness and the backlight color of the keyboard. For laptops that have multicolor keyboard illumination, you can also adjust each backlight area individually.

    • Server

      • OpenSource.com3 surprising things Linux sysadmins can do with systemd

        When it first started out, there was a lot of press about systemd and its ability to speed up boot time. That feature had a mostly-universal appeal (it’s less important to those who don’t reboot), so in many ways, that’s the reputation it still has today. And while it’s true that systemd is the thing that launches services in parallel during startup, there’s a lot more to it than that. Here are three things you may not have realized systemd could do but should be taking advantage. Get more tips from our new downloadable eBook, A pragmatic guide to systemd.

      • Understanding Kubernetes security challenges

        Kubernetes has become the go-to container orchestration tool for deploying, scaling, and managing containerized applications. While Kubernetes offers many benefits, it also introduces new security challenges that must be addressed.

      • Large cluster performance, cost, and design trade-offs

        In the realm of modern computing, large clusters of computers are becoming increasingly important for organizations of all kinds, including scientific research institutions, financial firms, and e-commerce companies.

      • Live cluster updates

        In today’s digital age, where applications run the world, scalability and performance are crucial for businesses. Kubernetes, an open-source container orchestration system, has emerged as a popular platform to manage large, complex applications.

      • Container JournalBackslash Security Unveils Tool to Visualize Cloud-Native Code Flows

        Backslash Security emerged from stealth today to provide IT teams with a visual tool that identifies workflows in cloud-native code that could lead to a security breach. Fresh from raising $8 million in funding, Backslash Security CEO Shahar Man says the company’s namesake tool provides a lightweight approach to mapping

      • Container JournalSRE Use Cases for AI-Assisted Kubernetes

        As indicated in the article Cloud Automation in 2021 – the new normal in the tech industry, an AI-assisted Kubernetes orchestrator can serve many use cases to optimize cloud costs for DevOps, DevSecOps and site reliability engineering (SRE). This blog describes SRE-specific use cases for an AI-assisted Kubernetes orchestrator.

      • High availability, scalability, and capacity planning

        High availability, scalability, and capacity planning are crucial aspects of any modern IT infrastructure.

      • High availability best practices

        In today’s world of technology, downtime can lead to significant financial losses for businesses. It is essential to ensure high availability of services to provide seamless and uninterrupted services to customers.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • mintCast PodcastmintCast 408 – Ffmpegged

        First up in the news: Meet Ubuntu Flatpak Remix, KDE Plasma 6 Begins, No Peeking, Vanilla goes to Debian, LibreOffice 7.4.6, Nitrux goes “sh”, Elementary updates, DuckDuckGo goes AI on Wikipedia, Debian gets new APT, Proton joins the fight against censorship, Firefox 111 features, Kali 2023.1 released, and Wine 8.4 with old Wayland released.

        In security and privacy, Brave needs no permission to do Google, NordVPN open sources code;

        Then in our Wanderings, we are posting no Bills this episode,

        In our Innards section, Joe talks ffmpeg


      • KDE VideosGCompris Free Open Source Educational Software Overview (180+ activities)

        This video gives an overview of GCompris, a free open source educational program aimed at children 2-10 with 180+ activities, including some that will keep adults busy and available in many languages.

    • Kernel Space

      • LWNLinux 6.2.8
        I'm announcing the release of the 6.2.8 kernel.
        All users of the 6.2 kernel series must upgrade.
        The updated 6.2.y git tree can be found at:
                git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-6.2.y
        and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser:
        greg k-h
      • LWNLinux 6.1.21
      • LWNLinux 5.15.104
      • LWNLinux 5.10.176
      • LWNLinux 5.4.238
      • LWNLinux 4.19.279
      • LWNLinux 4.14.311
      • BootlinContinuous integration in Yocto: improving the regressions detection

        The Yocto Project is an open source umbrella project which gathers all needed tools to build full Linux distributions for a wide variety of devices. As the interest for Yocto grew since its first steps, its size and number of use cases increased consequentially.

    • Graphics Stack

      • Fixing Wayland: Xwayland screen casting

        This blog introduces a new tool to make it easy to stream wayland windows and screens to existing applications running under Xwayland that don’t have native pipewire support in an easy-to-use manner than retains full user control throughout.


        On my Plasma wayland session right now if I use the screen share function in Discord, I’m presented with the following.

        It doesn’t work

        I have no windows listed, even though I clearly have windows open. The full screen shares are blank.
        The same will be true in MS Teams, Slack, Zoom as well as any other Xwayland apps that involve screencasts.

        Linux enthusiasts – and by reading developer blogs you’re definitely in this camp – will understand why this is and probably know some technique to avoid this involving changing my setup or workflow in some way to work round things on a per-app basis.

        For our wider userbase this isn’t enough. Wayland is a technical detail and we want any switch has to be as transparent as possible for as many apps as possible for all cases – including cases we haven’t thought of.

      • [ANNOUNCE] xwayland 23.1.0
    • Applications

      • Linux LinksRustDesk – virtual / remote desktop software

        It’s not uncommon for people interested in Linux to access multiple PCs. Hardware comes in different shapes and sizes. They may be notebooks, tablets, home servers, media boxes, even single-board computers like the Raspberry Pi. Some of the devices may be headless (i.e. with no monitor attached). Regardless, with multiple devices, a convenient way to access them all from a central location is with remote desktop software. Our recommended remote desktop client under Ubuntu is Remmina. By default, Ubuntu comes with this client already installed. Remmina has support for VNC and RDP protocols.

        As you’d expect with Linux, there are always other open source alternatives. In this article, we’ll take a brief look at RustDesk.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Trend OceansHow to Install a Specific Version of a Package in Ubuntu Linux

        When you try to install any package from the repository, it will give you the most recent version, but you can also ask the repository to provide a specific version of the application.

      • ID RootHow To Install Python Pip on Rocky Linux 9

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Python Pip on Rocky Linux 9.

      • It’s UbuntuHow To Clear Apt Cache In Ubuntu, Debian, And Linux Mint

        In this tutorial, we will show you the easy way to clear Apt Cache in Ubuntu, Debian, and Linux Mint. apt (Advanced Package Tool) is a command-line package manager used in Debian-based Linux distributions?

      • OSTechNixError Handling In Ansible Playbooks

        This guide explains about error handling in Ansible Playbooks and how to handle different errors when running playbooks in Ansible in Linux.

      • Daniel LangeDaniel Lange: Install “kept back” updates on Ubuntu

        Canonical has implemented a staged roll-out for some Ubuntu package updates.

        I find that rather annoying at times, e.g. when preparing the laptop for traveling.

        So for my memory and for the benefit of others: [...]

      • Michael ProkopMichael Prokop: Automatically unlocking a LUKS encrypted root filesystem during boot

        A customer of mine runs dedicated servers inside a foreign data-center, remote hands only. In such an environment you might need a disk replacement because you need bigger or faster disks, though also a disk might (start to) fail and you need a replacement. One has to be prepared for such a scenario, but fully wiping your used disk then might not always be an option, especially once disks (start to) fail. On the other hand you don’t want to end up with (partial) data on your disk handed over to someone unexpected.

        By encrypting the data on your disks upfront you can prevent against this scenario. But if you have a fleet of servers you might not want to manually jump on servers during boot and unlock crypto volumes manually. It’s especially annoying if it’s about the root filesystem where a solution like dropbear-initramfs needs to be used for remote access during initramfs boot stage. So my task for the customer was to adjust encrypted LUKS devices such that no one needs to manually unlock the encrypted device during server boot (with some specific assumptions about possible attack vectors one has to live with, see the disclaimer at the end).

    • Games

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Fixing Wayland: Xwayland screen casting

          This blog introduces a new tool to make it easy to stream wayland windows and screens to existing applications running under Xwayland that don’t have native pipewire support in an easy-to-use manner than retains full user control throughout.

          On my Plasma wayland session right now if I use the screen share function in Discord, I’m presented with the following.

          It doesn’t work

          I have no windows listed, even though I clearly have windows open. The full screen shares are blank. The same will be true in MS Teams, Slack, Zoom as well as any other Xwayland apps that involve screencasts.

        • Linux MagazineKubuntu Focus Announces XE Gen 2 Linux Laptop

          The Kubuntu Focus team has released yet another device that focuses on the Kubuntu distribution and offers plenty of power.

          This second-generation laptop sports an Intel i7-1260P CPU (12 cores/16 threads), that offers a 16% and 60% boost in single and multi-core Geekbench 5 scores, which means enough performance to handle large, multi-process tasks. As for graphics, the XE Gen 2 ships with Intel IRIS Xe 96 or 80 EU, and the battery reportedly gives you 8 hours of power.

    • GNOME Desktop/GTK

      • OMG UbuntuGNOME 44 is Here, And It’s Packed with Improvements

        GNOME 44 includes a number of core improvements spanning eye-catching new features through to more subtle enhancements and lower-level buffs. Last year’s GNOME 43 release was quite the instalment and everything shipping here, in GNOME 44 continue steadfast in the same direction.

        I took readers through the best GNOME 44 features on my other Linux blog a couple of weeks ago. If you read that post — thank you 🙏 — you’ll be clued up on the core changes. If you didn’t read it, don’t worry: I’m about to run through most of the changes again.

      • LWNGNOME 44 released

        Version 44 of the GNOME desktop environment has been released. “This release brings a grid view in the file chooser, improved settings panels for Device Security, Accessibility, etc, and refined quick settings in the shell. The Software and Files apps have seen improvements, and a whole slew of new apps has joined the GNOME Circle”. See the release notes for details.

      • GamingOnLinux GNOME 44 is out now finally adding thumbnails to the file picker

        One thing I genuinely hated about GNOME has finally been solved with the GNOME 44 release. It includes some big improvements and new features.

        As dumb as it sounds, one of the most important new features is the added grid view for the file picker. Honestly, I still can’t believe it took this long but it’s finally in. You can now actually see proper previews of images. As they said in the release announcement that for years GNOME users have been requesting it. Apps will need to use GTK4 though, so hopefully plenty will.

      • LinuxiacGNOME 44: A User-Centric Release with Usability Improvements

        Keeping the trend of releasing a new major version every six months, GNOME 44, named “Kuala Lumpur,” is now available, bringing another dose of user experience improvements.

        As a leading desktop environment, the open-source community eagerly anticipates its new releases. So, let’s see what’s new in it without further ado.

      • Make Use Ofhttps://www.makeuseof.com/gnome-44-released-with-new-features/

        The GNOME Project has announced the release of version 44 of its flagship Linux desktop. The new version includes tweaked settings and enhanced apps.

        The latest version, codenamed “Kuala Lumpur,” comes six months after what the official release notes described as “hard work.”

        By bumping up the version number, the developers stressed that GNOME 44 includes some major changes.

      • Neowin GNOME 44 launches with better Settings app and quick settings menu

        The GNOME Project has announced the release of GNOME 44 for Linux desktops. This update is codenamed Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia. This name was picked to show recognition to the organizers of the GNOME.Asia 2022 event. With this update, the developers have improved the Settings app, the quick settings menu, and streamlined the Software app.

        With GNOME 44, four of the panels in the Settings app have been updated, these include Device Security, Accessibility, Sound, and Mouse & Touchpad. In the Mouse & Touchpad panel, for example, there are now videos that demonstrate the available options. This should make options easier to understand for users. In the Sound settings also, the volume level control has now been moved to a separate window making it easier for users to access output and input controls.

      • It’s UbuntuGNOME 44 “Kuala Lumpur” Officially Released

        GNOME 44 is now available for public use as you can download it from the official website of GNOME. In recognition of the work done by the organizers of GNOME.Asia Summit 2022 conference, GNOME 44  was awarded the Code-named “Kuala Lumpur”.

      • Beta NewsGNOME 44 ‘Kuala Lumpur’ is finally here

        There are many great desktop environments for Linux, such as Cinnamon, KDE Plasma, and MATE to name a few. With that said, only one can be the best, and that is obviously GNOME. Look, folks, there’s a reason Canonical uses it as the default DE for Ubuntu — it’s that good. If you are a GNOME fan, I have some extremely exciting news. You see, as of today, GNOME 44 is officially here! Named “Kuala Lumpur,” this version of the desktop environment is loaded with new features.

      • What’s New In GNOME 44

        It’s worth noting I couldn’t find a way to re-activate an app running in the background—if I close the Discord window (and it’s enabled to close to the tray), it shows up in this list, but clicking it doesn’t allow re-opening the Discord window. So either I missed something (let me know in the comments!), or this is not supported.

      • HowTo Geek GNOME 44 Is Here to Make Your Linux PC Better Than Ever

        GNOME serves as the default desktop environment for countless Linux distributions, such as Ubuntu and Fedora. GNOME 44 has now been released, with changes that will show up in upcoming Linux distro updates.

        GNOME 44 has been under development for the past six months, and most of the work has gone into the Settings app. It’s no easy task to organize all of the options, toggles, and links needed for a desktop PC — as we’ve learned from Windows 10/11 and macOS Ventura. The accessibility panel has been redesigned to be more clear, and new options have been added for keyboard features, over-amplification for audio, and making the scrollbars always visible.

      • GNOME 44 released

        The GNOME Project is proud to announce the release of GNOME 44, ‘Kuala Lumpur’.

        This release brings a grid view in the file chooser, improved settings panels for Device Security, Accessibility, etc, and refined quick settings in the shell. The Software and Files apps have seen improvements, and a whole slew of new apps has joined the GNOME Circle 74.

        To learn more about the changes in GNOME 44, you can read the release notes.

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