Linux in The News – July 5, 2021
Linux in The News – July 5, 2021

Linux in The News – July 5, 2021

GNU Linux-Libre 5.13 Kernel Is Here for Those Who Seek 100% Freedom for Their PCs

Alexandre Oliva announced today the release of the GNU Linux-libre 5.13 kernel for those who want to use a 100% free version of Linux kernel 5.13 on their GNU/Linux computers.

Based on the just released Linux kernel 5.13, the GNU Linux-libre 5.13 kernel is here to add new blob names to the AMDGPU, i915 CSR, MHI busm r8152, and x86 touchscreen drivers, as well as to Qualcomm ARM64 DTS files.

However, it looks like most of the changes in the GNU Linux-libre 5.13 kernel are around the moved and removed drivers from the upstream release. But it also makes some needed adjustments to the cleaning up logic for the btusb module.

Of course, the new GNU Linux-libre kernel is packed with the same new features and improvements as the upstream Linux 5.13 kernel, but it cleans up many of the newly added drivers to provide you with a 100% free kernel that doesn’t include any proprietary code.

Among the new features of Linux kernel 5.13, there’s initial support for Apple’s M1 processor, initial support for the AMD Radeon “Aldebaran” GPU series, as well as support for the Landlock security module for creating safe security sandboxes to mitigate the security impact of various flaws in user space apps.

Linux 5.13 also comes with the ability to handle ASN.1 trusted keys, ACPI 6.4 support, initial FreeSync HDMI support for AMD GPUs, a new “big pcluster” feature for the EROFS file system to greatly improve compression performance, and support for the ECDSA (Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm) verification.

If you seek to build a 100% free GNU/Linux computer, you can download the GNU Linux-libre 5.13 kernel right now from the official website. This kernel can be used with any free GNU/Linux distribution, and DEB and RPM packages should be available too for Debian-based and Red Hat-based distros.

Windows 11 Makes Your Hardware Obsolete, Use Linux Instead!

Microsoft wants you to get new hardware for Windows 11. Should you upgrade your computer for Windows 11 or just, use Linux instead! (6-25-21)

Windows 11 is finally here. We’re not entirely thrilled by it – but it introduces problems for many computer users.

And I’m not even talking the privacy aspect or its design choice. But it seems that Windows 11 is demanding newer hardware to work, which makes your old computer obsolete in a way and forces you to upgrade your hardware for no good reason.

What else is a problem with the arrival of Windows 11? What’s so bad about it?

Only Eligible Devices Can Get the Windows 11 Upgrade

To start with, Windows 11 has interestingly added a minimum system requirement which looks good on paper:

  • 1 GHz dual-core 64-bit processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 64 GB storage
  • UEFI, Secure Boot support
  • Trusted Platform Module version 2.0
  • DirectX 12 compatible graphics
  • 720p resolution display

You can check if your system is eligible by downloading the PC Health Check app from Microsoft’s official site.

Most of the computers from the last decade should meet these criteria – but there’s a catch.

The hardware should have a TPM chip, which may not be the case for some PC builds or laptops. Fortunately, it is not all bad, you may just need to enable it from your BIOS settings including the Secure Boot support, to make your PC eligible. There’s a guide on PCGamer to help you with that.

Technically, processors older than Intel 8th gen and Ryzen 3000 series are not officially supported as per Microsoft’s official documentations (AMD | Intel).

However, there are a sound number of systems that may not have the support for it. So, what do you do?

Easy, switch to Linux in 2021 before Windows 10 no longer receives updates. This year, it makes more sense than ever for you to try Linux for your personal computer!

Windows 11 Installation Requires Internet Connectivity

While we do not have enough clarity about this but as per its system requirement specifications, it will require users to have an active Internet connection for Windows 11 installation.

But, with Linux, you do not need that.

That’s just one of the benefits of using Linux over Windows – you get complete control of your operating system.

No 32-Bit Support

Windows 10 did support 32-bit systems, but Windows 11 ends that.

This is where Linux shines.

Even though the 32-bit support is dwindling everywhere, we still have a bunch of Linux distributions that support 32-bit systems. Your 32-bit system may still live for a decade with Linux.

Windows 10 Support Ends in 2025

Well, this was unexpected considering Microsoft initially planned to never have an upgrade after Windows 10 but support it for the foreseeable future.

Now, Windows 10 will be killed in 2025…

So, what do you do then? Upgrade your hardware just because it does not support Windows 11?

Unless there’s a necessity, Linux is your friend forever.

You can try several lightweight Linux distributions that will revive any of your computers that Microsoft considers obsolete!

Wrapping Up

While Windows 11 plans to force users to upgrade their hardware in the next few years, Linux lets you keep your hardware for a long time along with several added benefits.

So, if you are not happy with Windows 11 release, you may want to start using Linux instead.

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