Canonical Announces Plex as a Snap, DuckDuck Go Reaches 30 Million Direct Searches a Day, Purism’s Librem 5 Phone to Ship with GNOME 3.32 Desktop, Libre Computer Project Launches the La Frite SBC and Google Releases Oboe

News briefs for October 12, 2018.

Canonical yesterday announced that Plex has arrived in its Snap Store. You
now can download the
multimedia platform
as a snap for Ubuntu, KDE Neon,
Debian, Fedora, Manjaro, OpenSUSE and Zorin. For more details, see the Ubuntu
Blog
.

DuckDuck Go, the privacy-focused search engine, has reached the milestone
of 30 million direct searches a
day
. According to The
Verge
and Search
Engine Journal
, DuckDuck Go’s market share is estimated to be .18%, compared
with Google’s 77% and Bing’s 5%; however, DuckDuck Go’s traffic is up 50%
from last year.

Purism’s Librem 5 phone will ship with the GNOME 3.32 desktop, which is
scheduled for release March 13, 2019. Softpedia
News reports
that GNOME developer Adrien Plazas invites “GNOME and GTK+
app developers to adapt their applications to work both on their favorite
GNU/Linux distribution and on the upcoming Librem 5 Linux phone, which will
use Purism’s Debian-based and security-oriented Pure OS operating system by
default.” See also Adrien’s
blog post
for more details on Librem 5 + GNOME 3.32.

The Libre Computer Project recently announced its new open-source, libre ARM SBC
called La Frite. Phoronix
reports
the new 512MB model will ship for $5 USD, or you can get the
1GB version for $10 USD. In addition, “the $5 ARM SBC is said to be 10x
faster than the Raspberry Pi Zero” and also includes real HDMI, Ethernet
and USB ports. La Frite, the miniature version of Le Potato SBC supported by
mainline Linux and Android 8, should be available in November. See the Kickstarter
page
for details.

Google yesterday released Oboe, a C++ library for creating real-time audio
apps. According to the post
on Packt
, one of Oboe’s main benefits is “the lowest possible audio
latency across the widest range of Android devices”. See the GitHub repository to get started
with Oboe.

Source: Linux Journal