185: Linux Action News
18 April 2021
The major shift in the Linux landscape this week that was hardly noticed, and our thoughts on COSMIC from System76.
- Dell to spin out remaining VMware stake, cements Friends With Benefits status for at least five years — The proposed transaction has been pitched as delivering value for shareholders, both in the short term and once the two corporations have less complicated structures that will let them compete more aggressively.
- Dell Technologies Announces Planned VMware Spin-Off — Under terms of the planned spin-off, VMware will distribute a special cash dividend of $11.5 - $12 billion to all VMware shareholders, including Dell Technologies.
- Dell Buys EMC For $67B In Largest Deal In Tech History
- COSMIC to Arrive in June Release of Pop!_OS 21.04 — We’re providing a honed desktop user experience in Pop!_OS through our GNOME-based desktop environment: COSMIC. It’s a refined solution that makes the desktop easier to use, yet more powerful and efficient for our users through customization.
- There’s no place like GNOME: System 76 introduces COSMIC desktop GUI for its Pop!_OS Linux — System76 said that it studied user behaviour and sought to refine key elements of the desktop accordingly.
- pop-os/cosmic: — Computer Operating System Main Interface Components
- Carl Richell on Twitter — Yes, indeed. Pop!_Shell will remain a separate extension.
- Carl Richell on Twitter — Yes, tiling will remain a separate extension and can be used on other distros. COMIC can as well.
- Carl Richell on Twitter — The is an extension that creates a unique GNOME UX while maintaining compatibility with GNOME and the GNOME app ecosystem and HIG.
- Carl Richell on Twitter — Pop with the COSMIC desktop.
- Carl Richell on Twitter — We’re currently developing and testing on X and Pop 21.04 will default to X as well. However, we may be able to shift over to Wayland for future releases with the recent nvidia news about Wayland driver support.
- Google backs effort to bring Rust to the Linux kernel — “We feel that Rust is now ready to join C as a practical language for implementing the kernel.”
- Google Supports Getting Rust Into The Linux Kernel
- HN: Linus Torvalds on Rust support in kernel
- Linux 5.12 Diverted From Release To Allow An Extra Week Of Testing — Due to still a number of fixes landing this week, .Linus Torvalds decided to be safe and go for the extra round of testing.
- The 12 Most Interesting Changes Of Linux 5.12
- A bumpy 5.12 is due for release
- Element Matrix Services launches bridging for Microsoft Teams — A single Microsoft Teams Bridge supports unlimited users across unlimited channels. Pricing is based on the number of active users using the bridge from MS Teams, at a cost of $0.50 per user per month. Traffic from Element (or any other Matrix-based client) is free.
- HN: Will this bridge be be open source?
- Servicing the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) 2 Linux kernel — We’ve just shipped the 184.108.40.206 WSL 2 Linux kernel version to Windows Insiders which brings exciting new changes: Support for the LUKS disk encryption, and some long-awaited bug fixes.
- Microsoft Docs: Release Notes for WSL kernel
- microsoft/WSL: Issues found on WSL
- Hangover 0.6.5 Released For Running Windows Software On ARM64, POWER — Wednesday’s release of Hangover 0.6.5 now allows for starting QEMU automatically if needed.