Uber Joins The Linux Foundation as a Gold Member

Uber has decided to join The Linux Foundation as a Gold member, the company announced at the Uber Open Summit 2018.

Furthermore, Uber is now part of the TODO Group as well, which according to an official press release, is specifically supposed to allow companies that are participating in the initiative to collaborate on projects and tools based on open-source solutions.

Uber’s focus on open source has become a priority for the company given its latest projects, and following investments in data vizualization, machine learning, and projects like Jaeger, it makes sense for the company to join The Linux Foundation.

Microsoft also a member

With a Gold member status, Uber will get access to a series of other technologies, like the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP), Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), Hyperledger, EdgeX Foundry, Automotive Grade Linux, and Core Infrastructure Initiative.

“Open source technology is the backbone of many of U… (read more)

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Here’s What You Need to Play Total War: WARHAMMER II on Linux and macOS

UK based video games publisher Feral Interactive revealed today the official system requirements of the Total War: WARHAMMER II video game for Linux and Mac systems.

In mid-June, Feral Interactive teased Linux and Mac gamers with the upcoming release of the Total War: WARHAMMER II port for their beloved platforms, the sequel to the critically acclaimed Total War: WARHAMMER video game released more than two years ago. The company said that the Linux and macOS port is coming in November.

Well, November is here, and now Feral Interactive has revealed the official system requirements for playing the Total War: WARHAMMER II video game on Linux and macOS-powered computers, saying that the port will be available on these two platforms later this month.

Here are the Linux and macOS system requirements for Total War… (read more)

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Debian GNU/Linux 9.6 “Stretch” Released with Hundreds of Updates, Download Now

The Debian Project announced the general availability of the sixth point release to the latest stable Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” operating system series.

Debian GNU/Linux 9.6 “Stretch” is here about four months after the 9.5 point release to offer users up-to-date installation and live mediums if they want to deploy the Linux-based operating system on new computers or want to reinstall without having to download hundreds of updates from the official software repositories. This release includes more than 270 updated packages.

“This point release mainly adds corrections for security issues, along with a few adjustments for serious problems,” Laura Arjona Reina wrote in the mailing list announcement. “Please note that the point release does not constitute a new version of Debian 9 but only updates some of the packages included. There is no need to throw away old “stretch” media.”

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KDE Applications 18.08 Reaches End of Life, KDE Apps 18.12 Launches December 13

The KDE Project announced today the third stability update to the KDE Applications 18.08 open-source software suite, a bugfix update that marks the end of life of the series.

KDE Applications 18.08.3 is now available as the third and last point release of the open-source and cross-platform KDE Applications 18.08 software suite, brining about 20 20 bugfixes and improvements to applications like Ark, Dolphin, Kate, KDE Games, Kontact, Okular, and Umbrello, as well as translation updates.

Highlights of this last point release include the ability for the KMail email client to remember the HTML viewing mode, as well as to load external images if allowed, support for the Kate text editor to remember meta information, including bookmarks, between sessions, and updated automatic scrolling in the Telepathy text UI.

The Umbrello IDE now lets users run “docbook export” from the build directory,… (read more)

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Oracle Updates Its Linux Distro with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.6 Compatibility

Oracle announced the release and general availability of the Oracle Enterprise Linux 7.6 operating system, a maintenance update synced with the upstream repositories of Red Hat’s Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.6.

Derived from the sources of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.6, the Oracle Enterprise Linux 7 Update 6 release ships with Oracle’s Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 5 version 4.14.35-1818.3.3 for both 64-bit (x86_64) and ARM architectures, and the Red Hat Compatible Kernel 3.10.0-957, which is only available for 64-bit systems.

“Existing applications in user space will continue to run unmodified on Oracle Linux 7 Update 6 with UEK Release 5 and no re-certifications are needed for applications already certified with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 or Oracle Linux 7,” said Avi Miller, Product Management Director, Oracle Linux, in the release announcement.

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FFmpeg 4.1 “al-Khwarizmi” Open-Source Multimedia Framework Officially Released

The FFmpeg project released FFmpeg 4.1, the first major update to the open-source and cross-platform multimedia framework used in numerous multimedia-oriented apps and games.

Dubbed “al-Khwarizmi”, the FFmpeg 4.1 release comes six months after the April 2018 debut of the FFmpeg 4.0 “Wu” series. It’s a major update that adds lots of new filters, decoders and encoders of all kinds, as well as some exciting new features and enhancements to make FFmpeg the best free multimedia backend on the market.

Highlights of the FFmpeg 4.1 “al-Khwarizmi” release include support for the highly efficient AV1 codec in the MP4 container, an AV1 parser for parsing AV1 encoded streams, Transport Layer Security (TLS)-based mbedTLS support, a SER demuxer, as well as a libtensorflow backend for DNN-based filters like srcnn.

New filters, decoders, encoders, and more

FFmpeg 4.1 ships with several new and updated encoders and decoders. Among these, we can mention ATRAC9 dec… (read more)

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KDE Plasma 5.14.3 Desktop Further Improves Firmware Updates, Flatpak Support

The KDE Project announced the third point release of the latest stable KDE Plasma 5.14 desktop environment series, a bugfix update that continues the trend of improving the stability and reliability of this widely used desktop environment for Linux-based operating systems.

Coming about two weeks after the October 23rd release of the KDE Plasma 5.14.2 point release, the KDE Plasma 5.14.3 point release continues to improve the new firmware update functionality implemented in the Plasma Discover graphical package manager, as well as support for the Flatpak and Snap universal binary formats.

“Today KDE releases a Bugfix update to KDE Plasma 5, versioned 5.14.3. Plasma 5.14 was released in October with many feature refinements and new modules to complete the desktop experience. This release adds two weeks’ worth of new … (read more)

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Linus Torvalds Says Linux 5.0 Comes in 2019, Kicks Off Development of Linux 4.20

Linus Torvalds is back from a short vacation to rethink his strategy as the leader of the development of the Linux kernel, and kicked off a new development cycle for the next 6 weeks, this time for Linux kernel 4.20.

That’s right, Linux 4.20 is the next kernel coming after Linux 4.19, which was released by Greg Kroah-Hartman on October 22,2018, not Linux 5.0 like many of you out there where hoping to see this year. Linus Torvalds decided it’s best to end 2018 with Linux 4.20 and release Linux 5.0 in 2019.

“So I did debate calling it 5.0, but if we all help each other, I’m sure we can count to 20. It’s a nice round number, and I didn’t want to make a pattern of it. I think 5.0 happens next year, because then I “really” run out of fingers and toes,” wrote Linus Torvalds in the mailing list announcement.

Linux kernel 4.20 is now ready for public testing

As the two-week merge w… (read more)

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KDE Plasma 5.15 Will Make It Easier to Apply Updates, Improve Kickoff App Menu

After revealing the first set of new features and improvements coming to the KDE Plasma 5.15 desktop environment, due for release in early December, KDE developer Nate Graham published a new installation of his “This Week in Usability & Productivity” report with more details about KDE Plasma 5.15’s changes.

According to the report, the KDE Plasma 5.15 desktop environment will make it easier for users to check and uncheck all available updates or select only the ones they want to apply from Plasma Discover’s redesigned Updates page. This feature wouldn’t be possible with the hard work of Aleix Pol Gonzalez.

KDE Plasma 5.15 also promises to allow NumLock enablement during boot on Wayland, improve the readability of the Kickoff … (read more)

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Linux Kernel 4.19 Gets First Point Release, It’s Now Ready for Mass Deployments

After releasing the Linux 4.19 kernel series, renowned kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman is back at maintaining the various long-term supported Linux kernel branches, announcing the availability of the first point release of Linux kernel 4.19.

The Linux 4.19 kernel series is the most advanced Linux kernel available right now, and the first point release, Linux kernel 4.19.1, is now out to mark it as stable on the kernel.org website, which means that it is now ready to be adopted by most Linux-based operating system vendors who want to offer their users the latest available kernel.

A moderate update that changes a total of 43 files, with 199 insertions and 122 deletions, the Linux 4.19.1 kernel is recommended to all users who want to run the most advanced, and soon LTS (Long Term Supported), kernel series on thei… (read more)

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