190: Linux Action News
22 May 2021
Our take on the Freenode exodus, Linux Apps going public in Chrome OS, and Red Hat's desktop hiring spree.
- Chrome OS’s Linux app support is leaving beta — Google announced at I/O that Linux on Chromebooks would finally be coming out of beta with the release of Chrome OS 91.
- Android 12 will finally let alternative app stores update apps on their own — In Google’s official blog post announcing Android 12 the company confirmed that it’s “delivering on [its] promise to make third-party app stores easier to use on Android 12.”
- Red Hat Is Hiring Even More Graphics Engineers — Red Hat is now hiring two more graphics engineers working on the Linux graphics drivers. This will be focusing on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Fedora, and upstream graphics drivers for the open-source code around Intel, AMD, and NVIDIA.
- Senior Software Engineer - GPU Hardware Enablement
- Software Engineer - GPU, Input and Multimedia
- Principal Engineer - Hardware Enablement for Infotainment/Automotive
- New opportunities in the Red Hat Desktop team — Christian F.K. Schaller — We also have flexibility for people who want to work remotely, so as long as there is a Red Hat office in your home country you can work remotely for us.
- OpenPrinting Now Developing Upstream CUPS, Apple Bows Out — Apple has decided not to pursue feature development further on CUPS and upstream feature development has been effectively transferred to the OpenPrinting project.
- Introducing Firefox’s new Site Isolation Security Architecture — Site Isolation builds upon a new security architecture that extends current protection mechanisms by separating (web) content and loading each site in its own operating system process.
- Linux 5.13 Reverts + Fixes The Problematic University of Minnesota Patches — Linux kernel developers have finally finished reviewing all UMN.edu patches to address problematic merges to the kernel and also cleaning up / fixing their questionable patches.
- [Freenode IRC staff quit after new owner “seizes” control of network](https://boingboing.net/2021/05/19/freenode-irc-staff-quit-after-new-owner-seizes-control.html “Freenode IRC staff quit after new owner “seizes” control of network”) — Founded 26 years ago and home to some 80,000 users over 40,000 channels, the freenode is reportedly the largest IRC network and has enjoyed something of a rollercoaster history.
- Freenode Debacle Prompts Staff Exodus, New Network — Through a complex series of events which actually started several years ago, control of Freenode has been taken from the community and put into the hands of an enigmatic and wealthy entrepreneur who claims his ultimate goal is to revolutionize IRC and return it to the forefront of online communication.
- Upheaval at freenode — Evidently there has been a change of control within the volunteer-run organization that has led to the resignations of multiple different volunteers, at least in part due to a concern about the personal information of freenode users under the new management.
- Freenode IRC staff resign en masse, unhappy about new management
- Welcome to Libera Chat — We’re excited to announce the launch of Libera.Chat, and welcome you to a next-generation IRC network for free and open source software projects and similarly-spirited collaborative endeavours.
- [HN comments] Welcome to Libera Chat
- CentOS IRC channels moving to irc.libera.chat
- Freenode IRC and Gentoo
- Spaces: The next frontier — Spaces rethink groups in Element and Matrix, and today we’re launching public beta testing on Element Web, Desktop and Android (with iOS coming soon!).
- [FOSDEM 202] Building massive virtual communities in Matrix — In this talk, we’ll explain all the features we’ve been adding to let Matrix scale to support massive virtual communities such as FOSDEM itself, Mozilla, KDE and others.
- JB Matrix Server