Linux News May 3, 2021
Linux News May 3, 2021

Linux News May 3, 2021

Alexandre Oliva announced today the release of the GNU Linux-libre 5.12 kernel for those who want to use a 100% free version of the Linux 5.12 kernel on their GNU/Linux computers.

Based on the recently released Linux kernel 5.12, the GNU Linux-libre 5.12 kernel is packed with the same new features as the upstream kernel, but it cleans up many of the newly added drivers, including the BCM VK accelerators, MT7921E wifi, MXL692 dvb, OcteonTX2 crypto, as well as Intel ICE docs and Qualcomm AArch64 DTS files.

In addition, the GNU Linux-libre 5.12 kernel adjusts the Allegro-DVT driver as it is now out of staging, and cleans up the drivers for Adreno GPU and x86 touchscreens since they were modified in the upstream Linux 5.12 kernel to request new blob names, thus providing 100% free drivers and code to those seeking 100% freedom for their GNU/Linux PCs.

GNU Linux-libre 5.12 kernel users will enjoy many of the new features of Linux kernel 5.12, including dynamic thermal power management, LTO support in Clang, support for zoned block devices in Btrfs, netfilter improvements, high compression LZ4 mode support in F2FS, and the new memory-debugging tool.

You can download the GNU Linux-libre 5.12 kernel right now from the official website if you’re looking to build a 100% free GNU/Linux computer that doesn’t include any proprietary code or drivers. This libre kernel can be used with any free GNU/Linux distribution, providing you with a free version of the Linux kernel.

Budgie Desktop 10.5.3 Released with GNOME 40 Stack Support, Many Improvements

April 27, 2020 from

Solus lead developer Joshua Strobl announced today the availability of the Budgie 10.5.3 desktop environment with support for the GNOME 40 stack.

Budgie Desktop users rejoice, a new version of your favorite desktop environment is here and it’s packed with lots of goodies, starting with support for the GNOME 40 stack, which makes Budgie compatible with GNOME 40 apps/components like the GDM (GNOME Display Manager) login screen or a dedicated screensaver.

Budgie Screensaver, a fork of gnome-screensaver, is now used as the default screensaver in the Budgie Desktop 10.5.3 release, not only allowing Budgie to co-exist in an installation environment alongside GNOME Shell and GDM components from the GNOME 40 stack, but also facilitate its ability to lock the session.

Budgie Desktop 10.5.3 also includes several quaity-of-life improvements like the ability to filter out audacious notifications, configurable spacing in the Status applet, a new option in Budgie Desktop Settings’ Windows section to automatically pause notifications when switching a window to full-screen and vice versa for a distraction free Budgie Desktop experience, as well as a default wallpaper.

Moreover, Budgie Desktop now lets users toggle CapsLock and NumLock by clicking the Lock Keys applet, and no longer filters notifications about added or removed devices. It also hides the “Default” theme option (e.g. Adwaita) to encourage users to use officially supported themes like Materia and Plata.

This release also introduces numerous bug fixes to improve the panel applets, Raven notification center, and Budgie Desktop Settings, and other core components of the Budgie desktop environment. For more details on these changes, check out the release notes.

Budgie Desktop 10.5.3 is available for download as a source tarball from its GitHub page for system integrators, and it’s coming this Friday, April 30th, to Solus users, along with the GNOME 40 desktop environment and numerous other updates.

According to Joshua Strobl, most of the Budgie improvements mentioned here have already landed in Solus’ stable repository, so make sure you keep your installations up to date at all times.

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