188: Linux Action News
9 May 2021
We start you off with the headlines that matter this week, then share our thoughts on Audacity's new owners proposing user tracking.
- Linux 5.10 LTS Will Be Maintained Through End Of Year 2026 — Linux 5.10 as the latest Long Term Support release when announced was only going to be maintained until the end of 2022 but following enough companies stepping up to help with testing, Linux 5.10 LTS will now be maintained until the end of year 2026.
- Visual Studio Code April 2021
- Native wayland support with newest electron — Use
- VMware Prepares Linux Driver For Next-Gen Virtual GPU — With SVGA v3 also comes the ability to enjoy 3D guest acceleration on 64-bit ARM.
- Audacity ‘scared and excited’ to be bought and brought under Muse Group’s roof, promises to stay free and open source — Veteran audio editor Audacity has been purchased by Muse Group, although its new management has pledged to keep the platform free and open source.
- ‘A massive middle finger’: Open-source audio fans up in arms after Audacity opts to add telemetry capture
- Audacity Telemetry and Why Free Software Means Better Privacy – Purism — The ultimate reason that free software means better privacy is the fact that users can remove any code that violates their privacy and use the rest.
- The Audacity Pull Request
- Policies/Telemetry Policy - KDE Community Wiki
- [pdf] IEEE Statement — One of the PC members briefly mentioned a possible ethical concern in their review, but that comment was not significantly discussed any further at the time; we acknowledge that we missed it.
- LKML: Kees Cook: Report on University of Minnesota Breach-of-Trust Incident — This report summarizes the events that led to this point, reviews the “Hypocrite Commits” paper that had been submitted for publication, and reviews all known prior kernel commits from UMN paper authors that had been accepted into our source repository. It concludes with a few suggestions about how the community, with UMN included, can move forward.