The first big release of LXQt is out, and we give it our first look. Where does this minimal desktop fit? And is it taking a direct shot at XFCE’s crown?
Plus the community demonstrates their passion to Unreal, FireFox OS news AND do YOU trust Btrfs?
All this week on, The Linux Action Show!
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LXQt First Look:
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It has been almost a year since the Razor-qt project and the LXDE-Qt
project decided to merge. Since then, the LXQt desktop has been under
active development by 13 developers and dozens of contributors and
[with LXQt focus on low system requirements KDE is] able to focus on Plasma as a full-featured, multi-device offering, it shows how collaboration can bring great rewards. How much more exciting than Yet Another Fork with little to no chance of long term survival!”
The inclusion of PCManFM-Qt, the Qt port of LXDE’s desktop and file manager
An all-new modular architecture, allowing users and maintainers to
easily swap out components of the desktop for third party apps.
Ongoing work on Qt 5 compatibility. Most of our components already
build on Qt 5!
Ongoing work on Wayland support. Some components, including
PCManFM-Qt, can run on Wayland if QtWayland is available.
Several performance improvements
Experimental Raspberry Pi support
Partial FreeBSD support
Test environment is the latest Debian stable installed in VirtualBox with 512 MB of RAM and 1 CPU core assigned. After cold boot, the memory usage is as follows.
- Plain Openbox only: 58 MB
- XFCE: 89 MB (with default configuration of Debian)
- LXDE (gtk+ 2 version): 78 MB (add 20 MB to openbox)
- LXQt: 95 MB (add 37 MB to openbox)
“The KDE Project has, in their efforts in building the modular KDE Frameworks, opened new doors for Qt developers working with desktop libraries. KF5 libraries may soon power some LXQt components!
It does not really matter for users what toolkit you’re using given the final result works. Let’s save some time not arguing which is better and focus on what we can do with them.
The released image, that is only available for 64-bit for now is a snapshot of Debian unstable, that also goes by the name of Sid, from 2014-05-08. They are enhanced with the lightweight LXQt desktop environment, some useful packages and scripts, our own installer and a custom patched version of the linux-kernel 3.14-3, accompanied by X-Server 1.15.1.
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Desktop App Pick
Atom is an open source “hackable text editor for the 21st Century” developed by GitHub, which is currently in beta.
Today, we’re excited to announce that we are open-sourcing Atom under the
KaOS is a build from scratch distribution, every package in every repository is build by and for KaOS. By July 2013 the initial goal of about 1500 packages was reached.
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It also goes to show how they also believe in Linux to release their engine and new flagship game on Linux.
They want to involve the community in it as much as possible and see what people want from it. They have asked you to go to their forum and let rip on what you want.
Speaking on cost they said it themselves that it will be free. It’s not “free 2 play”, it’s just 100% free (and no I don’t mean open-source). That’s absolutely crazy to have a game as high calibre as Unreal Tournament being free.
They mentioned they will start with Deathmatch and that the game has only started today, so it’s a long way off.
From the very first line of code, the very first art created and design decision made, development will happen in the open, as a collaboration between Epic, UT fans and UE4 developers. We’ll be using forums for discussion, and Twitch streams for regular updates.
Development will be focused on Windows, Mac and Linux.
The Wayland change for Fedora 21 is about better supporting GNOME Wayland sessions. Fedora 20 already brought experimental GNOME Shell Wayland support while Fedora 21 is building upon more polished support thanks to upstream improvements landing with GNOME 3.14 due out in September.
It’s not for sure yet that a Wayland-based environment would replace the X.Org Server by default for Fedora 21, but at least the support will be in good standing.
In time for Fedora 21 will also be X.Org Server 1.16 which integrates basic XWayland support for running X11 applications atop Wayland without requiring separate X.Org patches.
- Linux: XBMC now cooperates nicely with the pulseaudio server and provides real pulseaudio support;
- Linux: Improved VAAPI and VDPAU support;
- Linux: added VA-API (libva) support for decoding videos with larger resolutions than 1080p (such as 4K resolution);
ZTE announced today that sales of the ZTE Open C Firefox OS phone have started on eBay. Targeted at first time smartphone users and early adopters wanting to try out Firefox OS, the Open C offers a 3MP camera and 4-inch WVGA screen, and is the first commercially available phone running the latest version of Firefox OS.
The ZTE Open C boasts:
- 4-inch 800 x 480 touchscreen display
- A dual-core 1.2 GHz CPU
- 512 MB of RAM
- 3-megapixel camera
- 4 GB of on board storage
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