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Want a computer with a OS which will lock itself and hold your personal files for ransom until you pay up? A laptop or mini desktop with Elementary OS pre-installed may be for you if you find that idea appealing.

Kernel 5.3-rc2 released - those eager to try the latest kernel pre-release can enjoy a new release candidate for the upcoming 5.3 version of the kernel.

Xfce 4.14pre3 is now available. This is close to the final version of the next-generation 4.14 version of the leading desktop. There's mostly bug-fixes and small adjustments compraed to 4.14pre2. It is a big step up from Xfce 4.12.

Version 3 of the GNU Image Manipulation Program, which is almost a complete re-write using GTK+3 instead of GTK+2, is far away yet it may be released "sooner" than you might think. Support for Python 3 plugins is now in place.

The distribution just announced that they will be switching Mastodon instance. Why?

"Recent events in the fediverse in general and related to instance in particular have made me rethink the place where I’d like to handle the @Debian"

What horrible recent events?

"An admin of the Fosstodon Mastodon instance made some comments (..). The comment was relating to how they wish that a thicker skin would be adopted by some of the people they called “snowflakes”."

@status @TheKinrar Ask some fellow Mastodon admins, I've seen a few posts with munin system graphs like those attached. Looks like there's some .. issues with the software.

KernelShark 1.0 is released after years of development. The new version is based on Qt instead of GTK. If you want a visual representation of exactly what your Linux kernel is doing when you run various software then KernelShark is for you.

Alibaba subsidiary Pingtouge announces 2.5 GHz 16-core RISC-V chip and promises to make it Open Source - and the Linux kernel's ready.

Red Hat has released a new beta version of their enterprise distribution. RHEL 8.1 beta is all about cloud and server services. Desktop features are taking a back-seat.

Ryugu released!! A new version of the ultimate tool for running multiple similar jobs in parallel on GNU/Linux systems is now available from the GNU Project's ftp server. The new version has 40% faster start-up times and more.

GOOGLE ENGINEER BLOWS WHISTLE: "Are we going to just let the biggest tech companies decide who wins every election from now on?"

Project Veritas has made another expose on Google's censorship and bias. A Senior Google Engineer is on camera stating that big tech is "dangerous" and "taking sides".

Taiwanese hardware maker has made BIOS updates which enable PCIe gen 4 on select AM4 400 series motherboards when a 3000 series CPU is present. RDRAND remains broken so most Linux distributions won't boot but will. You can totally install Debian and have PCIe4 on the first x16 slot using these BIOS updates.

Linux 5.3rc1 is now available with support for Navi GPUs (there's Mesa support just yet), Google network equipment and CPUs.

The latest version of the media player has a gaping security hole which affects both the Windows and Linux versions. There is currently fix available. You may want to use instead of until a fix is found (or always if you enjoy interpolation, color accuracy and other features which make mpv superior).

Windows users of Free KDE software: Be careful uninstalling KDE applications with it's bundled installer, it will eradicate user files if they are in the folder you installed to. GNU/Linux does not have this problem.

GameMode 1.4 for Linux from Feral Interactive.

Features aimed at the performance conscious Linux gamer to make every frame count.

GameMode is integrated into some Linux game ports by Feral Interactive including DiRT 4, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Total War: WARHAMMER II, Total War: Three Kingdoms and Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia.

If gaming can be "serious", well, this tool aids those who experience it quite so.


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