Skype 1.10 Alpha enables video! Pierre-Loup teases a Linux VR demo, Ubuntu 16.10 ships with Unity 8, and in Soviet Russia open-source prefers you!
Colour key – Venn Pedro Mathieu Jordan
Unity 8 Desktop fallback
- “Whether Unity 8 actually loads for you after you ‘log in’ will depend, largely, on which graphics card you have and which drivers you use with it. Unity 8 (or rather Mir, the display server that Unity 8 runs on) only plays nice with open-source Nvidia (nouveau) and open-source Intel GPU drivers.”
- Okay, so only people with NVidia Fermi GPUs and Intel Laptops can use it.
- Remember during Debconf14, when asked about Wayland, John Vert from VALVe said that without any clear advantage to Wayland over X when it comes to games, they see no reason to support it.
- What do you think will happen to Mir when you can’t even use the proprietary Nvidia drivers or ANY AMD drivers along with it?
- They work swimmingly with Wayland, right?
- If people can’t play their games, they’re not going to use your little pet project.
- sudo apt-get remove unity unity-2d unity-2d-panel unity-2d-spread unity-asset-pool unity-services unity-lens-files unity-lens-music unity-lens-applications gir1.2-unity-5.0 unity-common indicator-sound indicator-power indicator-appmenu libindicator7 indicator-application indicator-datetime indicator-messages libnux-2.0-0 nux-tools libunity-misc4 unity-2d-common
- Or as I call it, Step 1.
- It ships as a preview so no need for a PPA.
- Ubuntu ships with Unity 8 is the equivalent of Fedora shiping with Wayland.
- None of those are going to be a thing until widely supported by all drivers
- MS finally figured out how to WebRTC, yo.
- I’M KIDDING… it’s rubbish
- Alright, brass tax.
- Linux to Linux video works when it’s not busy buggin the heck out.
- It seems to be 4:3 with a zoomed 16:9 when you double click the video.
- Only sending +/- 300 up for both video and audio.
- Audio is better than the last Skeep Alpha but horrid compared to the Desktop client.
- Joining a conference call (don’t expect video) it cuts the already bad quality in half.
- VIdeo looks considerably worse than Jitsi.
- Aaand it’s more CPU intensive than Jitsi.
- For a brand new Skype client, they are making progress quite fast
- At this pace it may get to feature parity with the old Sky client soon
- And let’s not forget the most important, its got a dancing penguin in the about dialog
This week in building a distro from the ground up
- 4.8.1 kernel with CONFIG_HARDENED_USERCOPY enabled by default
- Libreoffice 5.2.2
- Open-sauce radeon Vulkan driver
- And a bunch of updates for the usual suspects
- They now support LVM2 with full disk encryption, as well.
- Nothing like a 16.3MB *.gif loading over a mobile connection.
- teeworlds 0.6.3, FINALLY!
- This distro has come out from nowhere in the past few months and it’s gaining popularity at an incredible pace.
- That must be a side effect of proposing a new distro that isn’t an Ubuntu with a custom theme and also doing things the right way
- I’m even convinced to install it on my laptop
- This is a politically charged article of which we’re only taking away the fact that, Russia is embracing open sauce.
- That’s good! The UK is also moving towards that. Germany has already changed several municipal systems over to their own custom Linux distro.
- This is progress and if progress means giving US corporations a kick in the nuts for years of malpractice, that’s just the cherry on top.
- Pfffft! This should read “Russia bluffs so IBM/Oracle will give them a better deal”
- Russia already runs on Open Sauce, I replaced Putin with a refurbished Pedro MKIII in February.
- That answers more questions than it raises, doesn’t it.
It’s like a sammich… made of nope
- “we’ve contributed support for generating Visual Studio C++ projects targeting Windows Store and Windows Phone”
- I can’t imagine those to be very popular regardless of Microsoft’s marketing machine.
- Talk about deserving each other.
- Wait… what’s wrong with CMake? Don’t tell me you prefer autoconf
- That will improve build processes in cross platform projects and I’m all for that.
- I always cringe a little when I see some Visual Studio stuff in my open source
- Let it be all CMake and I’m happy with that
Unigine Not-Heaven 2
- And what a lot of people asked when they made the announcement on the social networks was: “Will this do Vulkan benchmarking?”
- To which the reply was “No, not at launch.”
- Why is everyone so scared of pissing of Microsoft and showing the world that Vulkan is just as good, if not better than DX12?
- I doubt MS knows what a Unigine is.
- Kinda like game developers.
- Admittedly, I don’t know for sure if this supports DX12 at all, either.
- But it wouldn’t really surprise me if it did.
- I like the idea of having this on the Steams.
- I’m not sure the lack of Vulkan is because it would make MS angry
- Vulkan is very young and also very hard to master. Those things will take time.
Steam Dev Days start today (12th)
- Talking about Vulkan ✅
- Talking about VR ✅
- I can’t believe that Valve is caring about SteamOS again!
- When this event is over, I’ll maybe have a bit more respect for Valve than I did last week
- But they still enable gambling websites with their CSGO knives… you know who else does gambling stuff? Konami.
- I can sense Empty’s beard twitch from here.
- Hope this is available NOW kinda talk and not a coming 2017 kinda talk.
- It’s valve so give it another 6 to 8 months before shipping a public beta.
Slice of Pi
When a suit hits your eye like a big PIXEL Pi, that’s appalling
- So as it turns out, some of the stuff used in the PIXEL DE for Raspbian isn’t exactly above board.
- The background image for one, is only free for personal use.
- Which means, you can’t preload raspbian with PIXEL on a Raspberry Pi and give it to a student.
- You can’t redistribute it, at all.
- Unless you’re doing promotional work for PIXEL, at which point reproduction (not redistribution) is acceptable.
- That’s adorable, some people actually got scared of being sued over a wallpaper
- And of course a fork ensued
- That said, it wasn’t very clever from RaspberryPI to ship an open system with content having a restrictive license.
- First off, it’s FLOSS.
- Going to tell that interviewer or Grandma to use Ring?
- I only half joke since J-man straight up told an interviewer to get his keester on Jitsi.
- Jitsi is actually a really nice option for everyone since it requires zero setup (unless you want to share your desktop)