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    Linux Mint 20.3 is out with theme adjustments, Document Manager, Dark Mode

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Monday, 10 January, 2022 - 11:06 · 1 minute

Another brand new distribution release with Linux Mint 20.3 now officially available following the Beta release in December 2021. Not much has changed since the Beta, other than ensuring any nasty bugs didn't slip through to provide a pretty good desktop experience for both new and experienced users who want the simple life.

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The look and feel of Linux Mint has been tweaked with this release to have larger titlebar buttons, rounded corners and an overall "cleaner" theme with better dark mode support - plus a bunch of new rather lush looking backgrounds to pick from. Accent colouring to grab your attention in places was also adjusted, and removed from some places. There's also the ability for some applications to have a dark theme while the desktop keeps its lighter theme. Only a few applications currently support this mixed theming.

Other changes include:

  • Searching in the Sticky Notes app.
  • A new Document Manager called Thingy.
  • Hypnotix IPTV player gained a search feature.
  • Multi-calendar events support in the Cinnamon Calendar.
  • Workspace switcher applet: Option to disable scrolling.
  • Notification applet: Option to hide the counter.
  • Window list applet: Option to remove labels.
  • Xreader PDF reader received better support for manga.
  • Cinnamon has support for 3x fractional scaling when the hardware allows it.

Some of the internals includes: Kernel 5.4, a packaging base of Ubuntu 20.04, Flatpak 1.12, linux-firmware 1.187 and depending on what edition you go for there's Cinnamon 5.2, MATE 1.26 and Xfce 4.16.

Linux Mint 20.3 will receive security updates until 2025, with the distribution moving over to a newer Ubuntu package base later this year.

The announcements can be seen on the Mint Blog .

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    ChimeraOS 29 brings fixes for Aya Neo, GPD Win 3 and more upgrades

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Friday, 7 January, 2022 - 11:05 · 1 minute

Continuing to refine the SteamOS-like full-screen experience, ChimeraOS 29 is out now bringing on upgrades and plenty of bug fixes too.

The usual main components have been upgraded including Linux Kernel 5.15.12, Mesa drivers 21.3.3, NVIDIA driver 495.46, RetroArch 1.9.14 and upgrades to their own special helper packages too. Users of a few handhelds will be happy too with ChimeraOS 29 bringing fixed WiFI on the Aya Neo 2021 Pro/Retro Power, there's now a touch-screen driver for the GPD Win 3 and another hardware fix is to stop the ASRock LED controller being recognized as a joystick.

21139055731641553519gol1.jpg It boots directly into Steam Big Picture mode for a console-like experience.

Along with that there's also some additional libraries added as required by Worms W.M.D, fixed hidden/flickering popup windows in some games, fixed game patches not applying on first boot, improved reliability of downloading and applying game patches and tweaks, an updated default Nintendo 64 config to reduce artifacts on 2D graphical elements and they also updated install media with improved internet connection detection and experimental Intel/Nvidia hybrid graphics support.

I'm still keen to see how ChimeraOS will evolve once SteamOS 3 has a public release. No doubt there will be plenty of things it continues to do that Valve won't be able to do officially (or won't want to do) with SteamOS. Just like you have Proton GE that does things the official Proton doesn't.

See more on the official site .

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    Trouble in Solus Linux land as their Experience Lead quits

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Monday, 3 January, 2022 - 16:30 · 1 minute

Joshua Strobl, who was Experience Lead for the Solus Linux distribution, has officially quit but work on the Budgie desktop environment continues.

Announcing the departure on Twitter , Strobl linked to a longer statement that went over some rather vague issues that probably won't make much sense to anyone who isn't close to Strobl or the project. These include problems "which affect the ability to contribute to Solus, both from myself and others in the community".

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The good news is the fancy Budgie desktop environment will live on as an independent project. Budgie now has a new home on GitHub , under the "Buddies of Budgie" organisation. Strobl mentioned the intention to invite developers from Ubuntu Budgie, Endeavour and more to contribute to it.

Solus itself will also continue on , with it being mentioned that the hand-over between Strobl and others will be "graceful".

This isn't the first major blow for Solus, since they also had to deal with the original creator Ikey Doherty quitting a few years ago. Seems like there's some wider problems they need to deal with if they're to keep Solus going. Strobl also mentioned a plan to join up with Doherty on SerpentOS .

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    Canonical hiring a Desktop Gaming Product Manager for Ubuntu Linux

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Monday, 3 January, 2022 - 12:55 · 1 minute

It seems Canonical, creator of Ubuntu, is finally looking to get serious and improve Ubuntu gaming with a new Desktop Gaming Product Manager job waiting to pull someone in.

Currently, Ubuntu is still the most popular Linux distribution on Steam, but the likes of Manjaro have been creeping up towards it pretty closely so perhaps with moves like this Canonical can keep Ubuntu on top. Not only that, but more and more people are recommending users install something else often Pop!_OS and even Valve moved away from a Debian base for SteamOS 3 with it being based on Arch Linux and so they suggest developers go with Manjaro.

According to the job advert, Canonical want to "make Ubuntu the best Linux desktop for gaming" and they "work with partners in the silicon world to ensure the latest graphics drivers and tweaks are built-in for optimal frame rates and latency, as well as with partners in the gaming industry to ensure that mechanisms such as anti-cheat capabilities are available to ensure fairness and product availability".

This role leads the product and go-to-market for gaming on Ubuntu Desktop. You will define product strategy as well as drive engagement and adoption. The role requires an analytical storyteller with a strong sense of message and a deep understanding of Linux graphics, gaming, and desktop technologies and communities. We prefer university-graduated professionals with software engineering and software engineering management experience who want to become business executives and entrepreneurs.

Key points of the job include:

  • Lead desktop graphics choices in Ubuntu
  • Drive partnerships in the graphics silicon, desktop, and gaming spheres
  • Tell the story of Ubuntu for gamers
  • Lead engineering design and development

It's a work from home job, so if you think you have what it takes, take a look at the job listing .

While you're here, what do you think Ubuntu can improve to make Linux gaming better? Let us know in the comments. Maybe a potential candidate will get some ideas.

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    Manjaro 21.2.0 'Qonos' is out, the Linux distro Valve suggests for Steam Deck testing

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Thursday, 23 December, 2021 - 09:19 · 1 minute

A fresh new release of Manjaro Linux is out now bringing with it tons of enhancements. Manjaro 21.2.0 Qonos comes in multiple editions with KDE Plasma, GNOME and Xfce desktops available.

This is a Linux distribution based-on Arch Linux, and it's one that Valve actually recommends to developers for testing to get ahead of the game for the upcoming Steam Deck handheld (as long as you go for the Plasma edition, since it matches SteamOS 3's desktop mode).

What's new in Manjaro 21.2?

Featuring Kernel 5.15 LTS as the standard, with 5.4 LTS and 5.10 LTS offered for those who need them for whatever reason, like perhaps some older hardware. There's "major" improvements to their installer named Calamares, with automatic partitioning and enhanced support for the btrfs filesystem.

Each edition got major upgrades for the various desktops like GNOME 41.2, which Manjaro now has a layout that more closely follows upstream defaults with a few minor adjustments. Firefox here also now has a different theme to better fit with GNOME. The Plasma edition got bumped up to Plasma 5.23, KDE Frameworks 5.88 and Applications 21.12. The default Plasma theme went through some polishing to fit closer to upstream's Breeze too. On top of that the Xfce edition is now with Xfce 4.16 that has plenty of window manager improvements for those of you who like the more classic desktop look.

727581791640251114gol1.png Pictured - Manjaro KDE, my testing.

Manjaro is a rolling-release, meaning it just keeps updating when available. These "releases" are, essentially, just a refresh of the main installer downloads.

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    The beautiful Linux distro elementary OS 6.1 is out now

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Tuesday, 21 December, 2021 - 13:22 · 1 minute

elementary OS is easily one of the best looking Linux distributions around, with such an incredible attention to the finer details and a big new release is up now. With elementary OS 6.1 the developers focused on addressing feedback from the previous release, new and more useful office productivity features and expanding compatibility with a larger range of hardware.

elementary OS 6.1 Jólnir takes the same foundation as OS 6 Odin and elevates it to a new level of polish. Thanks to some great new tooling and release management processes at elementary, we’ve been able to make larger strides in less time than ever before. This release represents the sum of our work over the last several months as a single major update to the OS 6 series—and we believe there’s enough great new stuff here that this release deserves its own name and identity.

Danielle Foré, Founder & CEO

1548862131640092321gol1.jpg Pictured - elementary OS 6.1

Looks like a fair amount of work went into improving their AppCenter now they've done their switch over from Debian packages into Flatpak it was time to continue improvements there. Making much better use of spacing, along with giving more details about each application right away, it definitely looks like a big improvement. To make things clearer, they've also now separated the category views between paid, free and non-curated apps (third-party Flatpak repos like Flathub). Big improvements also came for those who do add a third-party repo, so you no longer have to restart for example to have applications from them show up in the AppCenter.

Across the desktop itself there's been some pretty big changes too, like the ALT+TAB switcher getting a redesign, expanded options for the File Chooser dialog, improvements to the Dark Style preference, the Applications Menu will let you find bookmarked folders and locations and absolutely tons of other smaller improvements.

See all that and more in their announcement post .

You can download it from the official website using a pay what you want model.

Check out a video our friend Nick did to go over some of what's new:


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    Pop!_OS 21.10 rolls out with new Application Library

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Tuesday, 14 December, 2021 - 17:06 · 2 minutes

System76 has rolled out Pop!_OS 21.10 today, the latest major upgrade to their Ubuntu-based operating system designed to be used by everyone - professionals and gamers alike. It comes with some absolutely massive improvements too and it really does look fantastic.

The big user-facing feature is the new Application Library. Instead of getting a big full-screen wall of information and icons, you now get a smaller searchable window over your currently used workspace. It can be opened in a few ways too like the top bar, a 4-finger swipe right on the trackpad, or by using Super + A on the keyboard.

With this change it gives a better workflow for multi-monitor users (hooray!) since it will go to the display that has your current mouse focus. The list is sorted alphabetically too making it more natural, you have the ability to drag and drop into folders for organisation and of course the search makes it quick and easy to find exactly what you want.

Get a look at the new Application Library in their video:

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More hardware support is coming to Pop!_OS too, with a "Tech-Preview" now available for the Raspberry Pi 4. What they're calling Pop!_Pi hasn't yet had the full QA experience but they decided to release it as it's working well enough and they said in a PR statement that they will continue releasing it with future main Pop!_OS builds too.

Pop!_OS 21.10 brings with it Kernel 5.15.5 and the "latest" NVIDIA driver. Something else big happened too. They've changed how they deal with Linux Kernel updates. They will continually officially release and support the latest Kernels now, after they pass their own quality checks, the same policy they use for NVIDIA drivers.

Additionally, they've moved away from using Canonical's PPAs / Launchpad. System76 now host their own custom Pop!_OS software repositories to "maintain a stable experience for users", likely something done as a result of the recent issue with the Steam package breaking. System76 also said they have a new continuous integration infrastructure setup, to increase the speed of releasing new packages and to speed up quality assurance.

On top of all that (yes, there's more), the operating system upgrade feature was improved with these changes:

  • The restore partition is now updated prior to upgrading the OS. This ensures that, in the unlikely case something goes wrong during an upgrade, the Refresh OS option in the recovery partition can install to the latest release.
  • Improved handling of custom changes to the fstab file
  • We now disable user-added PPAs, as they often cause upgrade issues for users.

See more and download from the Pop website .

I think at this point, if I wasn't happy with my current Arch setup then Pop is what I would be going for.

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    Linux Mint 20.3 'Una' gets a Beta release

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Tuesday, 14 December, 2021 - 15:11 · 1 minute

For those of you who love the taste, Linux Mint has a new Beta version available for testing the next major release. Linux Mint 20.3 'Una' is available with multiple desktop environments. With the ability to download with Cinnamon, MATE and Xfce out of the box, there's plenty to like about it.

705477931639494275gol1.png Pictured - Linux Mint 20.3 'Una' Cinnamon Edition

The look and feel of Linux Mint has been tweaked with this release to have larger titlebar buttons, rounded corners and an overall "cleaner" theme with better dark mode support. Accent colouring to grab your attention in places was also adjusted, and removed from some places. There's also the ability for some applications to have a dark theme while the desktop keeps its lighter theme. Only a few applications currently support this mixed theming.

Other changes include:

  • Searching in the Sticky Notes app.
  • A new Document Manager called Thingy.
  • Hypnotix IPTV player gained a search feature.
  • Multi-calendar events support in the Cinnamon Calendar.
  • Workspace switcher applet: Option to disable scrolling.
  • Notification applet: Option to hide the counter.
  • Window list applet: Option to remove labels.
  • Xreader PDF reader received better support for manga.

With this release you're getting Kernel 5.4, a packaging base of Ubuntu 20.04, Flatpak 1.12, linux-firmware 1.187 and depending on what edition you go for there's Cinnamon 5.2, MATE 1.26 and Xfce 4.16.

Once stable and released proper, Linux Mint 20.3 will be supported until 2025.

The announcements can be seen on the Mint Blog .

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