Nouveau maintainer steps down, Fedora 40 could drop X11, Privacy Badger has a new way to fight the Googles, and a Pi HAT full of supercapacitors.
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02:18 Pi powered Jitsi
09:25 Fedora 40 could drop X11
15:36 Nouveau maintainer steps down
19:13 Updates for Privacy Badger
20:43 Supercapacitor Pi
Fedora drops X
- Big news for Fedora, when Fedora Linux 40 releases next year, sometime in May of 2024, they will release the KDE Plasma 6 desktop in the Fedora Linux KDE Spin.
- Well, Fedora Linux is proposing to offer the KDE Plasma 6 desktop on Wayland only, and drop the X11 session.
- All X11 applications would still be supported, but will be using XWayland instead.
- Now back in May of this year, we had talked about one of the reasons for X11 being possibly deprecated in the Fedora KDE Plasma 6 release is that the Xorg display server has been deprecated since the release of RHEL 9.0 in May 2022, and will most likely be removed in future major RHEL releases.
- And this makes sense because Fedora is “upstream” of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
- This has been confirmed, and RHEL does plan to drop X11 in future releases.
- So, in the current version of the Fedora Linux KDE Spin, which also defaults to Wayland, it lets you exit out to the login screen and switch back to X11.
- But starting in May of next year, that may be a thing of the past.
- Hope they fix the glamor bug before the rollout.
- Fedora has traditionally been a seeping-edge distro so this comes as no surprise.
- Still plenty of time for things to get sorted out since the scheduled release date is in April 2024.
- The flagship GNOME version will still rock support for X?
- Or will it?
Nouveau maintainer steps down
- Ben has resigned from RedHat and plans on stepping back from nouveau development.
- You know nouveau, the open-source NVIDIA drivers for Linux.
- He just pushed out a patch that lays the groundwork for utilizing GSP firmware.
- That will eventually add support for reclocking and other niceties on 20/30/40 series GPUs.
- GSP should make future development easier plus the work on NVK by Collabora is going at a good clip.
- He still has a 4070 so don’t expect him to disappear altogether.
- Ben has been the maintainer of the driver even before it was included in the kernel.
- I’ve only used the nouveau drivers on rare occasions due to their limited functionality.
- Even then, having a GPU running full-tilt was not great.
- Hopefully the new patch will allow others to speed development and get some semblance of feature parity.
- So I was just trolling r/linux on Reddit and saw this announcement.
- Happy travels and adventures to you Benn Skeggs.
- And you have left the nouveau drivers at a great spot with a bright future, and in capable hands.
New Privacy Badger
- Privacy Badger is a plugin released by the EFF back in 2014 that stops advertisers and other third-party trackers from tracking where you go and what pages you look at.
- Something I’ve always recommended installing on your daily driver.
- The latest update changes the way it fights link tracking from the Googs.
- Things like Docs, Gmail, Google Maps, and Google Images results.
- The updated plugin replaces tracking URLs using the content script and beacon requests will be blocked in the network layer.
- They do point out that Google’s Manifest V3 will not allow them to redirect requests, yet.
- Granted, it’s not mandatory just yet so there is still time for changes to be made.
- I have been using Privacy Badger also for years on my browsers.
- I like that the badger now removes the tracking links while you scroll through Google search.
- I have noticed this becoming a real issue in the last few years.
- That’s one of the reasons why I have been using DuckDuckGo search, Startpage search and other search alternatives.
Slice of Pi
- Have you been looking for an excuse to add supercapacitors to your RasPi?
- If so, the Sailor Hat for Raspberry Pi has you covered.
- It’s a handy open-source Pi HAT that can keep your Pi servers running through brownouts and other power related glitches.
- Even if you have power hungry devices plugged in like SSDs and displays.
- While it’s busy keeping your Pi powered it will initiate a safe shutdown sequence to protect your databits.
- You can pick one up for $60 or build your own.
- This is the Sailor Hat for the Raspberry Pi, which provides clean power for the Pi and will eliminate corrupting the SSD during pesky brown outs and shutdowns.
- Some key Features:
- 12 V or 24 V power is commonly used in boats and vehicles, and this Pi hat allows you to power down your Raspberry Pi safely.
- Because the Sailor Hat uses supercapacitors it ensures that intermittent power outages are ignored, and your server continues running smoothly.
- The Raspberry Pi will shut down safely because it is informed about power outages.
- And it has a real-time clock, which will keep your Pi synchronized.
- As well as a backup battery.
- Great for RasPi projects in environments where stable and clean power is an issue, like on vehicles and boats.
- This is an awesome surge protector for your Raspberry Pi with a bit of a UPS thrown in.