You Can Now Run Flatpak Universal Apps Outside a Linux Desktop Environment

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

The Flatpak developers, through Alex Larsson, announced on the last day of July 2016 that a new update of the Flatpak universal binary application format is available, version 0.6.8.

According to the release notes, Flatpak 0.6.8 is here to introduce a bunch of goodies for those who want to either distribute their open source projects as universal binaries for GNU/Linux operating systems that support the Flatpak standalone format, or users who like an easy method of installing the latest software releases on their distributions.

New features include the implementation of the “–no-desktop” command-line argument that promises to let users run Flatpack applications outside the graphical desktop environment of their GNU/Linux operating system. Of course, some of the functionality will be lost when running Flatpak apps this way.

OSTree 2016.7 or later is now required for running Flatpak apps(read more)

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AMD Releases New FirePro Unified Driver for GNU/Linux Operating Systems

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

AMD released recently a new version of its AMD FirePro Software Suite (a.k.a. AMD FirePro Unified Driver) for GNU/Linux operating systems, version 15.302.2301, bringing more improvements and bug fixes.

According to the release notes, the AMD FirePro Unified Driver 15.302.2301 update fixes a crash and some model rendering issues with the Maya 2017 computer animation and modeling software, and addresses an invalid error reported by the Tessellation control.

Support for dual GPU configurations was improved as well in AMD FirePro Unified Driver 15.302.2301 as no empty window will be shown on certain OpenGL applications when using Xinerama with X.Org Server 1.15 or later.

Other than that, it looks like a performance issue that occurred when waking the computer from sleep after executing a resource consuming 3D application was resolved, along with a deadlock problem in the Open… (read more)

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