Shaky Linux Foundations | LUP 129

Shaky Linux Foundations | LUP 129

Has the Linux Foundation made moves to cut out the individual from having their voice heard? We discuss the latest controversy brewing this week & the foundations response.

Plus why if you’re still waiting for Wayland to ship, your doing it wrong, AMD’s plans for the open future, some updates from some of our favorite projects, stories from SCALE14x & more!

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OpenShot Video Editor | Blog: OpenShot 2.0 – Beta Released!

I am proud to release the first beta of OpenShot 2.0 (details below), and start a much wider testing effort. For all you supporters with early access, I will be sending a separate update with links to installers. For everyone else, the source code has been published and is available online, but I would recommend waiting just a tad longer, until I post the installers for everyone.

Solus 1.1 to Land Really Soon, Users Needed to Test AMD GPU Drivers

The launch of Solus 1.1 is not tied to the bug hunt that’s going on right now in the project, and that means that we’ll have the first point release soon, with the fixes that have been taken care of until now.


Where the Heck is Wayland?

Peter argues that the question “Is Wayland ready yet?” is not the best question to ask. Then maybe this is a better question:

Is GNOME on Wayland ready yet ?

This is why the question “is wayland ready yet” does not make a lot of sense. Wayland is the communication protocol and says very little about the implementation of the two sides that you want to communicate.

Sway is a drop-in replacement for the i3 window manager, but for Wayland instead of X11. It will work with your existing i3 configuration file, and adds a few extra features on top of that.

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​Linux Foundation leadership controversy eruptst

A debate has sprung up in Linux circles over whether the Linux Foundation is serving individual open-source users or its corporate sponsors.

Since last Saturday, I have been engaged in meetings on behalf of The Linux Foundation in China, with limited access to email and/or Internet. As a result, I have only recently become aware of a situation playing out over the last 24-48 hours in social media that demands an immediate response.

The by-laws were amended to drop the clause that permitted individual members to elect any directors. Section 3.3(a) now says that no affiliate members may be involved in the election of directors, and section 5.3(d) still permits at-large directors but does not require them[2]. The old version of the bylaws are here – the only non-whitespace differences are in sections 3.3(a) and 5.3(d).

But Garrett speculates that the change was made to prevent Karen Sandler, executive director of the Software Freedom Conservancy and a staunch supporter of software freedom, from succeeding in her recently announced election bid for the Linux Foundation board. Sandler’s organization is currently enmeshed in a legal battle against VMware over claims that the company violated the terms of the GPL, the license that governs the open source code of Linux and many other major open source projects.


It’s Time to Open up the GPU – GPUOpen

GPUOpen is composed of two areas: Games & CGI for game graphics and content creation (which is the area I am involved with), and Professional Compute for high-performance GPU computing in professional applications.

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