Linux Format Summer 2019

Linux Format is your complete guide to the world of Linux. Whether you've just discovered Linux, or you're a full-time guru, Linux Format has everything you need to make the most of your OS. The editorial formula is a mix of features, reviews and practical tutorials that tackle topics as far ranging as installing software to socket programming and network management. Thought-provoking features and interviews also provide a focus on key technologies, trends and issues in the fast-paced world of Free and Open Source software.

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Jonni Bidwell I‘ve been catching up on the indy games of yester-year. Braid is truly magical. Pretty art, time-reversing puzzles and a confusing message of love and melancholy. Not sure how I missed it 11-years ago, I guess I was busy proving theorems and wotnot. John Knight I don’t really use anything like the telly or radio at home because everything just runs on my PC. From Netflix and YouTube, to more games than I could possibly play with Proton and Lutris, my PC does all I need. What’s more, I feel safe because it runs Linux. Nick Peers I find I can distract myself from the world’s endless troubles by taking an unhealthy interest in the metadata of my music collection. I use EasyTag for both MP3 and FLAC files, ensuring everything from the…

data is the new plutonium

Not our words, but those of Jim Balsillie1 , the ex-CEO of Research In Motion, as part of his testimony to the International Grand Committee on Big Data, Privacy and Democracy held in Ottawa, Canada, 10 May 2018.2 It’s an interesting disclosure that covers privacy, Google, Facebook, GDPR and the end of Western democracy. It starkly outlines just how rabidly corporations are out to take your privacy. Never mind nation states monitoring seemingly all traffic and sometimes even diverting entire swaths of internet traffic, with legislation that seeks to retain untold amounts of communication and attempts to dangerously undermine encryption itself. With this sort of predatory activity it’s not surprising people have been cloaking their online activity with a selection of open source tools, plug-ins and techniques. This issue we’ve lured Jonni…

ubuntu’s 32-bit lib support: will they, won’t they?

While we’ve known for a while that Ubuntu would be dropping support for 32-bit hardware, Canonical on 18 June revealed that it was planning on going even further, by announcing that Ubuntu 19.10 would no longer natively support 32-bit libraries ( – effectively preventing users from running 32-bit software. This includes popular applications like Wine and Steam, as well as many games. Canonical tried to head off any criticism by suggesting that developers of 32-bit software could publish their applications as Snaps, which will enable them to use the ‘core18’ runtime that 32-bit needs, via the existing Ubuntu 18.04 archive. Meanwhile, users were told they could try running 32-bit software in a virtual machine or LXD container – or run an older release of Ubuntu, such as 16.04 LTS. Understandably, this…

mozilla overhauls firefox on android in bid to stop chrome

Google’s control over the internet – especially on Android devices, (get LineageOS–Ed) where it provides both the operating system and its most widely used web browser, Chrome – has long been a cause of concern for many people. One of Google’s biggest competitors in the web browsing space, Mozilla, is looking to challenge Chrome’s dominance with the release of Firefox Preview – a drastically reimagined version of its Firefox browser for Android devices (you can download it from ). As the name suggests, Firefox Preview is currently in early beta testing, with Mozilla promising a “feature-rich, polished version of this flagship application available for this fall.” This new version of Firefox will combine the privacy emphasis of Firefox Focus – a pared-back browser that prevents your internet browsing being seen…

india’s first cpus are coming soon

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras has released a software development kit for the open-source Shakti processor, which is based on the RISC-V instruction set, with a development board following soon. The release of the Shakti SDK (http://bit. ly/LXF253ShaktiSDK4 ) is a big milestone, as it enables developers to begin creating applications for Shakti processors. IIT Madras has been working on the Shakti processor since 2016, with the aim of creating six processors to compete with established commercial processors when it comes to size, performance and power consumption. The Shakti processors come in various classes that are aimed at different use cases. For example, the E Class Shakti CPU is designed for embedded Internet of Things devices, C Class is a low-powered 32-bit CPU, I Class is a 64-bit out-of-order processor…

panfrost thawing

“Proprietary graphics drivers are a major roadblock to running mainline Linux on devices like single-board computers, embedded platforms, and Arm laptops. For years, running graphics-accelerated desktops or 3D games was impossible with open-source on devices with Mali graphics. Not anymore. Led by our community’s reverse-engineering effort, Panfrost is a free open-source graphics driver for modern Mali GPUs. Say goodbye to aging insecure downstream kernels, proprietary blobs, display server lock-in, e-waste, and second-class support. Through Panfrost, boards with Mali can run a modern, secure kernel with zero proprietary software – without losing key features like accelerated graphics! Today, Panfrost can run games like SuperTuxKart and Neverball, desktops like Gnome under both X and Wayland, and even browsers with WebGL support. In fact, this column was written on a desktop with Panfrost! Released with Linux…