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  • jeudi, 11 avril 2024

    Ubuntu 24.04 Beta Released, This is What’s New
    The Ubuntu 24.04 beta is now available to download — one week later than originally planned! Ubuntu 24.04 will become the next long-term support release (LTS) and this beta will provide developers, testers, and enthusiasts time to try it out, track down bugs, and road test its new features. Beta releases are not intended for everyday use (i.e. you’re not supposed to install it as your main OS or on machines you rely on) but, that said, many folks do. The Noble development cycle hasn’t been without its dramas and hiccups. Devs undertook the largest library transition in Ubuntu’s history (to mitigate […] You’re reading Ubuntu 24.04 Beta Released, This is What’s New, a blog post from OMG! Ubuntu. Do not reproduce elsewhere without permission. …

  • jeudi, 11 avril 2024

    Defences Down! ClamTk is No Longer Maintained
    It’s always sad to see a long-standing bit of open-source software put itself out to pasture (a euphemism for going way of the dodo, which is a metaphor becoming extinct or obsolete, which together are needless inclusions for the start a news post). A few weeks back the iconic IRC client Hexchat announced it is no longer under active development, citing a lack of manpower and will. This week the developer of ClamTk announced it is no longer maintained. The seemingly sole dev has chosen to step away for a mix of personal, technical, and modernity-related reasons, adding: – “My […] You’re reading Defences Down! ClamTk is No Longer Maintained, a blog post from OMG! Ubuntu. Do not reproduce elsewhere without permission. …

  • lundi, 8 avril 2024

    Firefox Getting Translate Selected Text Feature, Here’s How to Try It
    A handy new translations feature is in the works for Mozilla Firefox that should help speed up translating short snippets of text from one language to another. Firefox 118 introduced a privacy-respecting web page translation feature, and Mozilla devs have continued to improve on it in subsequent releases But sometimes you don’t need or want to translate an entire web page just a portion of text on the page. Plus, given that Firefox translations take place locally to preserve privacy the task of translating every bit of a text visible on a web page can be a little on the […] You’re reading Firefox Getting Translate Selected Text Feature, Here’s How to Try It, a blog post from OMG! Ubuntu. Do not reproduce elsewhere without permission. …

  • vendredi, 5 avril 2024

    Ubuntu 24.04 Improves Power Efficiency on Laptops
    A new version of Power Profiles Daemon in Ubuntu 24.04 offers power efficiency improvements for laptop users, but those with modern AMD devices may see the biggest gains. Release notes for the power-profiles-daemon package uploaded to Ubuntu 24.04 this week state that it is now “battery-state aware” and that “some drivers use a more power efficient state when using the balanced profile on battery”. While the power profiles daemon is low-level it enables the Power Mode options shown in the Quick Settings menu: “balanced” (default), “power saver”, and on systems where it’s supported by drivers “performance” — this update tweaks […] You’re reading Ubuntu 24.04 Improves Power Efficiency on Laptops, a blog post from OMG! Ubuntu. Do not reproduce elsewhere without permission. …

  • mercredi, 3 avril 2024

    Ubuntu 24.04 Beta Delayed Due to Security Issue
    If you were hoping to help test the upcoming release of Ubuntu 24.04 by way of the official beta that was due for release this week, I’ve some bad news: it’s been delayed. However, I reckon you may have expected this. Ubuntu 24.04 beta was scheduled for release on April 4, giving developers, testers, and enthusiasts several weeks to test the new features, find and report issues, check compatibility with and performance on real-world hardware, and all of that hyper-useful stuff. But then a major security issue was announced: an (obfuscated) backdoor was discovered in recent versions of xz compression […] You’re reading Ubuntu 24.04 Beta Delayed Due to Security Issue, a blog post from OMG! Ubuntu. Do not reproduce elsewhere without permission. …

  • lundi, 1 avril 2024

    Linux Mint 22 Adopts Pipewire, New Linux Kernel Cadence
    A slew of modernisation are set to ship in next version of Linux Mint, which will be based on Ubuntu 24.04 LTS. First up, Linux Mint 22 will switch to using Pipewire as its default sound server. Most major Linux distros now use Pipewire. The tech modernises and standardises multimedia processing, is more resource efficient, improves integration between app and hardware, and works with software made for other audio sound systems, e.g., PulseAudio, ALSA, etc. Another significant change on the way involves more timely Linux kernel updates. The current Linux Mint 21.x series is based on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS and […] You’re reading Linux Mint 22 Adopts Pipewire, New Linux Kernel Cadence, a blog post from OMG! Ubuntu. Do not reproduce elsewhere without permission. …

  • samedi, 30 mars 2024

    Pop!_OS Users Can Now Update to Linux Kernel 6.8
    Pop!_OS user? You can now upgrade to Linux kernel 6.8 which has begun rolling out as a regular package update. Although the latest version of Pop!_OS is based on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS which currently tops out at Linux 6.5 back ported as a HWE from Ubuntu 23.10, the distros maker, System76, like to bring newer versions of the Linux kernel to its users, more often than Ubuntu does. The ability to get upgrade to new Linux kernel releases within a month or two of their release is a key point of difference to Ubuntu and ensures those using Pop!_OS are […] You’re reading Pop!_OS Users Can Now Update to Linux Kernel 6.8, a blog post from OMG! Ubuntu. Do not reproduce elsewhere without permission. …

  • vendredi, 29 mars 2024

    8BitDo’s New Mechanical Keyboard is their Geekiest Yet
    8BitDo, makers of retro-themed gaming goods, have unveiled their latest nostalgia-indulging mechanical PC keyboard — and fair warning: it’s way nerdier than their NES-inspired one. The new edition is sure to press all the right buttons for geeks of a certain age as it pays visual homage to one of the most iconic home computers of all time. Yes, the indomitable Commodore 64 — a ‘bread-bin’-sized home computer packed into a keyboard. The 8-bit machine launched in 1982 and was the first affordable and accessible computer for the masses. An immediate hit, the Commodore 64 went on to sell an […] You’re reading 8BitDo’s New Mechanical Keyboard is their Geekiest Yet, a blog post from OMG! Ubuntu. Do not reproduce elsewhere without permission. …

  • jeudi, 28 mars 2024

    Ubuntu 24.04 Swaps Cheese for GNOME Snapshot
    Ubuntu 24.04 is switching its default webcam app from Cheese to Snapshot, a modern GTK4/libadwaita camera tool that’s part of the GNOME Core Apps set. Cheese has been part of Ubuntu’s default software lineup since 2010, having first been added in the Ubuntu 9.10 Netbook Remix owing to the rise of diminutive, underpowered laptops that included dark, dire 0.3MP webcams (webcams weren’t super common in cheap laptops prior to this). Indeed, once upon a time people (hi 👋) made heavy use of Cheese for their instant messaging profile pics, and the app included integrated plugins to upload what we’d now […] You’re reading Ubuntu 24.04 Swaps Cheese for GNOME Snapshot, a blog post from OMG! Ubuntu. Do not reproduce elsewhere without permission. …

  • mercredi, 27 mars 2024

    Ubuntu in the Wild: Distro Appears in Nature Film ‘Nocturnes’
    It’s been a little while since the last #UbuntuintheWild spot but this one feels like a fitting return given it’s quite literally in the wild! The wilds of the Eastern Himalayan forests, in fact. Nature documentary Nocturnes, directed and produced by Anirban Dutta and Anupama Srinivasan, follows scientists as they undertake a research trop deep in to these dense, fertile forests to monitor, assess, and learn more about the lives of hawk moths. I’ll admit: on paper, it doesn’t sound like the most engaging film. But the critical reception suggests it’s worth seeking out. It’s praised for lush cinematography, a […] You’re reading Ubuntu in the Wild: Distro Appears in Nature Film ‘Nocturnes’, a blog post from OMG! Ubuntu. Do not reproduce elsewhere without permission. …

  • lundi, 25 mars 2024

    Canonical Bumps LTS Support to 12 Years (For a Fee)
    Ubuntu’s long-term support releases just got even longer, with Canonical today announcing they are eligible for up to 12 years of security coverage from initial release. As you know, every Ubuntu LTS release receives 5 years of standard security (and select application) updates out of the gate. This covers packages in the ‘main’ Ubuntu repo. Subscribing to Ubuntu Pro adds a further 5 years of security coverage for packages in both ‘main’ and ‘universe’. Now there’s Legacy Support, a purchasable add-on for Ubuntu Pro customers. This offers an additional 2 years of coverage, bringing the total LTS support period up […] You’re reading Canonical Bumps LTS Support to 12 Years (For a Fee), a blog post from OMG! Ubuntu. Do not reproduce elsewhere without permission. …

  • lundi, 25 mars 2024

    Ubuntu 24.04 Makes Tiny Tweak to Hugely Improve Gaming
    Gamers can look forward to more epic top-tier titles working out-of-the-box in Ubuntu 24.04 LTS, which is due for release in late April. Following a user suggestion Ubuntu developers have massively increased the distro’s virtual memory mapping limit. This small change should have a big impact on gaming as titles previously reported to crash or exhibit performance issues on Ubuntu due to its vm_max_map_count value being too low will now work. Games like Hogwarts Legacy, Payday 2, Counter-Strike 2, DayZ, and Star Citizen are among those likely to benefit from the value bump as Ubuntu gamers have complained that several […] You’re reading Ubuntu 24.04 Makes Tiny Tweak to Hugely Improve Gaming, a blog post from OMG! Ubuntu. Do not reproduce elsewhere without permission. …