Xfce 4.16 is ready for public consumption! The latest version of Kdenlive comes packed with exciting new features, a Raspberry Pie filled with lasers, and we chat with Joel Pauling, Senior Solutions Architect at Red Hat about the future of CentOS Stream and some of the FUD surrounding it.
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04:40 XFCE 4.16 is released
08:46 GTK 4.0
12:03 IceWM 2.0.0
15:03 Kdenlive 20.12
18:58 Pine64 in 2020
24:28 Ubuntu Touch OTA 15
28:08 Interview with Joel: Senior Solutions Architect at Red Hat
01:11:28 Pew pew Pie
01:15:23 Jaffa Pie
- RIP GTK2.
- Support for fractional scaling was added to the display dialog.
- Xfwm4 got some love in the area of compositing and GLX.
- Alt-Tab is no longer multi-monitor.
- New default wallpaper.
- If everything works right you shouldn’t notice much of a change, which is good.
- It will be available in Debian Unstable shortly and should find its way into Bullseye.
- Improvements to the GLX compositor are very welcome.
- I like the new icons, I like the flat icon themes usually and this one looks nice.
- If you’re looking for a WM that gets out of your way while maintaining a few creature comforts give XFCE a try.
- XFCE Settings now includes a new tab in the About Xfce dialog listing basic system info details like CPU, memory, etc.
- Thunar now lets users pause file copy/move options and queue file transfers.
- If I was going to be mean, I’d say that the GTK 4.0 release looks like it will just introduce back some of the functionality they removed moving from 2 to 3.
- But since that’s actually a good thing I’ll just say that it’s about time.
- Then again, I could leverage the same criticism at KDE.
- Though, if this GTK 4.0 release holds up it may have better GPU support for the DE than KDE currently does.
- The developers will continue to support and update GTK 3.0, but GTK 2.0 has officially reached end of life and will have one more final release to come.
- So everyone should port their applications from GTK 2.0 to 3 or 4.
- Not all the libraries have been ported yet, such as vte, webkit and gtksourceview, but should be available soon.
- Wonderful, I am so happy to see that one of my favorite classic lightweight window managers, IceWM, just got a big update, 2.0.0!
- I got the new version up and running. It is very stable, and am enjoying the retro CrystalBlue, Helix and win95 themes ;-D
- IceWM is one of the most easily themeable X window managers on the planet!
- The team removed support for the old and obsolete _WIN_PROTOCOL properties.
- They add support for the Imlib2 image rendering engine as an alternative for the gdk-pixbuf-xlib rendering engine.
- The Imlib2 image rendering engine is now the default, but this can be set at configure time.
- Time to load up IceWM on one of the laptops to try the new shinies.
Kdenlive 20.12 (RTheren)
- One of my big complaints about Kdenlive is that finding the effects can be tedious and are not organized well.
- This release has fixed that, and finding video effects is easier, are now labelled, grouped, and organised more clearly within the UI.
- A ‘deprecated’ category is present to group together ‘buggy effects’, which will probably be removed in the future.
- Same track transitions, Subtitling tool, Organized effects, and a boost in timeline performance are the big ones for this release.
- Some of the things planned for 2021 include.
- Advanced trimming tools.
- Audio routing.
- They hope to see improvements in hardware acceleration and GPU support but that’s all in the hand of the MLT developers.
- From my part, this was probably a very good year for Pine64.
- I dropped the dosh for both a Pinebook Pro and Pinecil.
- And if this keeps up, I might drop some more on the PineTime once that’s widely available.
- I have been on the waiting list for a PineTab.
- After an initial PineTab release, the pandemic delayed shipments of the PineTab, and they are waiting for LCDs and Digitizers panels to produce them following the Chinese New Year.
- Despite the global pandemic, this year was such a good year for Pine64!
- They were invited to become Arm’s strategic ecosystem partner, which is a real distinction and privilege.
- Not to mention all the new devices released this year, such as several PinePhone Linux Community Editions: Manjaro, KDE Plasma and Ubuntu Touch.
- The UBports Installer is an easy to use Ubuntu Touch graphical installer that works on Linux, Mac and Windows.
- The Ubuntu Touch OTA-15 release now has official and stable support using the Ubuntu Touch Installer for lots of new devices:
- Google Pixel 3a, F(x)tec Pro1, F(x)tec Pro1 X, OnePlus 2, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, and Xiaomi Redmi Note 7.
Slice of Pi
- Laser focused, no bulb, fanless and low power is a great combination!
- I am curious about the Nebra AnyBeam Monster Ball.
- Nothing says stability more than being contained in a ball! LOL ;-D
- Limited to 720p.
- That’s a steep price tag!
- Then again, external projectors tend to be pretty pricey
- Unless you’re buying an older model second hand, but that will be 720p too.
- I just want to make sure we are clear, it’s the ‘Pigate’. a gate of Pi, get it?!
- And there is no way it came from that movie or that syndicated series based on the movie.
- That’s quite the bit of 3D printing.
- Pi and a couple of hats.