OpenMandriva Lx 4.3
OpenMandriva Lx 4.3

OpenMandriva Lx 4.3

Promises Linux Kernel 5.11, Official AMD Vulkan Driver
April 13, 2021

The OpenMandriva Lx devs unveiled today their plans for releasing a new update in the 4.x series of their RPM-based fork of the Mandriva Linux distribution, OpenMandriva Lx 4.3.

While they continue to work hard on the next major OpenMandriva Lx release, version 5.0, the development team saw an opportunity to release a new update for the OpenMandriva Lx 4 series, which arrived in mid-June 2019, due to the multitude of package updates and recent GNU/Linux technologies published lately.

As such, OpenMandriva Lx 4.3 is now taking shape as the third installment in the OpenMandriva Lx 4 series, shipping with the latest Linux 5.11 kernel and KDE Plasma 5.21 desktop environment series, as well as the systemd 248 init system, FFmpeg 4.4 multimedia framework, Mesa 21.0 graphics stack, and LLVM/Clang 12 system compiler.

“We’ve updated our main toolchain to LLVM 12, and rebuilt the entire system with the new compiler. This should result in a little performance improvement,” said the devs in an announcement.

Also included in the upcoming OpenMandriva Lx 4.3 release will be the official AMD Vulkan driver, AMDVLK 2021.Q2.1, as an alternative to the RADV Vulkan driver. Both drivers can co-exist in the same system and users can take advantage of them for improved performance and stability in various Linux games.

The upcoming KDE Gear 21.04 open-source software suite will be included as well in OpenMandriva Lx 4.3, which also promises to ship with various up to date software, including the OBS-Studio 27.0.0 recording and streaming app with Wayland support, as well as Blender 2.92, GIMP 2.10.24, Mozilla Firefox 87, and Steam

At the moment of writing, there’s no release date planned for OpenMandriva Lx 4.3, but rest assured that you’ll be the first to know when the final version hits the streets. Until then, I’m waiting for the beta version to get an early taste of the new GNU/Linux technologies!

Is a JingOS Linux Phone Coming? April 5, 2021

The Linux smartphone scene is in rude health thanks, in large part, to the development efforts sprung up in support of Pine64’s PinePhone and Purism’s Librem 5 handset.

KDE Plasma, the desktop environment JingOS UI is built on, is no stranger to mobile either as Plasma Mobile was recently selected as the default OS for the PinePhone.

JingOS isn’t exactly subtle about finding ‘inspiration’ in the design of Apple’s iPadOS. That could become a problem if the project’s audience swells to a sizeable degree.

Homage isn’t the best strategy longterm but I think there is some logic in adopting a “follow their blueprint” approach this early: it’s easier to get up and running as devs can focus on creating the UI rather than designing in.

Not that JingOS is a straight clone, of course. Superficially similar? Yes. But JingOS is technically distinct from Apple’s iPadOS; it’s a Linux distro built using open source software. The recent JingOS 0.8 release is buggy (not a criticism; development has to start somewhere) but it’s promising. So idea of the same UI squeezing down to work on phones too?

That’s exciting.

JingOS is an Ubuntu-based Linux distro with ARM ports. Its UI is just a KDE Plasma-based desktop environment. Stay tuned on future deveopment of JingOS.

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