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9to5Linux Weekly Roundup: January 29th, 2023

Thank you so much for an amazing week where you’ve supported us with likes, shares, comments, suggestions, tips, and whatnot. We’re so thankful for your support and we couldn’t be here without you, so, once again, thank you!

Budgie 10.7 Desktop Environment Adds Dual-GPU Support, New Power Dialog

Budgie 10.7 arrives ten mounts after the Budgie 10.6 release and promises a more polished user experience thanks to the implementation of dual-GPU support in the Budgie Menu, allowing users to launch apps with a dedicated graphics card out of the box.

GNOME 43.3 Brings Minor Fixes to GNOME Maps and GNOME Software

GNOME 43.3 was released only a month after GNOME 43.2 so you can imagine that it doesn’t include big changes. In fact it’s a small update, but I wanted you to know that it’s officially out and it’s coming soon to your distro’s repositories in the coming days.


i.MX 9 based SoM from Variscite starts at $39

Variscite launched this month the VAR-SOM-MX93 which implements i.MX 93 System-on-Chip from NXP. The SoM can be configured with up to 2GB LPDDR4/4X, up to 64GB eMMC 5.1. Variscite has also launched a compatible evaluation kit providing access to 2x GbE LAN ports, multiple display ports and other flexible peripherals. 

Clearcube new NUC Mini PCs feature Alder Lake-P processors

ClearCube has launched two Mini PC models based on the 12th Gen i5/i7 Intel Cores. The DTi NUC Mini PC series support up to 64GB DDR4-3200 RAM, 2x HDMI 2.1 ports, 2x optional Thunderbolt ports and access to a copper network connection or fiber network connection.

FPGA-based computer can be used as a personal server

Machdyne revealed today another compact embedded board based on the Lattice ECP5 FPGA which can run on Kakao Linux (partial fork of linux-on-litex-vexriscv). The Kopflos is a headless general-purpose computer equipped with an RJ45 LAN port, a JTAG header and a few USB ports for additional peripherals.

Snap Updates Happen Without User Consent

posted by Roy Schestowitz on Dec 03, 2022

Firefox update warning

Aside from this notification apparently not being tied properly into the KDE notification system (it doesn’t show in the list of recent notifications that’s available from the system tray notifications widget, and so therefore seems to be using a different notification system), this highlights a particularly annoying (and anti-user) line of thinking by the Snap development team.

A little background, before going into detail on the issue here (skip down to the next image if you’re up to speed on Linux packaging). As is standard operating procedure in the Linux ecosystem, competing systems are vying to become a standard to solve a particular problem, and as usual we’ll end up with segmented user bases, inefficient use of sparse developer resources, and multiple ways to achieve the same thing. Human nature, ftw. The problem that’s being addressed in this case is that of software distribution.

The status quo for obtaining software for Linux distributions until fairly recently was the idea of repositories, i.e. managed collections of software, and tooling baked into the distributions to allow installing and updating software from these repositories. (Linux repositories preceded the popularity of “app stores”, but it’s basically the same idea.) Part of the differentiation between competing Linux distributions is how (and how often) they curate their repositories. While some distributions opt to be “bleeding edge”, and allow highly streamlined updates from developers to make it through to end users with a minimal amount of testing, many other (and most mainstream) distributions opt for periodical release cycles, whereby critical security updates (and some important bugfixes) can be made and pushed out quickly, but generally most other significant updates will be held until the next big release of the distribution.

This was both good and bad for users. If your system was in a fairly stable state, you could expect that applying updates when prompted to do so would leave your system in at least as stable a state as it was prior to the update, at least until the next distribution wide release (and then, your mileage might vary depending on hardware, drivers, amount of upstream testing, your own customizations, etc). “Long term support” releases were introduced, and if you opted into these, you’d be protected from distribution releases for years at a time, giving you stability at the expense of recency. Unfortunately, this meant if that if you needed an important feature update from an application, you’d either have to “sideload” it, or you’d need to wait for the distribution to include that update in the next release.

Read on

Also: Snap updates happen without user consent – OSnews

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