Linux Format January 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 Today we have desktop Linux being written about (favourably) in Forbes, people being paid to make Linux gaming more viable and a whole bunch of crafty maker-y types using FOSS to power their creativity. Even Notepad supports Unix line endings nowadays! Neil Bothwick The two outstanding occurrences in the desktop world have been GNOME 3 actually becoming usable, to the extent that even Ubuntu is using it, and KDE upgrading a major version, 4 to 5, without massive breakages. Are developers finally learning from the past? John Knight Linux has always been growing steadily, but the two most disruptive developments have been Steam and Steam Play. Gaming has been a major hurdle in desktop Linux adoption, but now for the first time many people will genuinely have no reason to keep Windows any…

ever evolving

I’ve been in the Linux Format hotseat for five years and it’s frankly been a wonderful, enjoyable whirlwind of a time. It’s only fair to say I entered the dingy LXF Towers as something of a Linux novice and it’s been nothing but a joy to embrace and discover the GPL’d world of the Kernel. Doing some distro hopping from Mageia to Fedora and Ubuntu, tussling with fun Nvidia proprietary drivers, rediscovering compiling programs from source, running through some LPIC and Linux Foundation sysadmin courses, constantly scratching my head at Mihalis’ coding tutorials, and meeting and chatting with readers, contributors and all manner of open source enthusiasts; there’s never been a dull moment, especially so, as the Linux kernel and its ecosystem is always evolving. A recent core movement has been greatly…

mark shuttleworth peers into the future of ubuntu

At the 2018 OpenStack Summit in Berlin (, Mark Shuttleworth, the CEO and founder of Canonical, announced that Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, the Long Term Support release of Canonicals’ popular Debian-based distro, will now have support for up to 10 years, double the usual length of time for Ubuntu LTS releases. As Server Watch reports (, Mark announced the 10-year support window and said that, “In part because of the very long time horizons in some of industries like financial services and telecommunications but also from IoT where manufacturing lines for example are being deployed that will be in production for at least a decade .” Ubuntu 18.04 LTS was released on 26 April, so anyone with it installed can expect support until 26 April, 2028. The Canonical CEO was effusive over the…

system76 thelio high-end linux pc

System76, the Colorado-based company that has made a name for itself building laptops and desktops with Linux – either in the form of Ubuntu or its own Pop! OS distro – has unveiled its new range of Thelio PCs. These are designed to offer premium hardware in stylishly designed chassis, while maintaining the open hardware ethos of the company. System76’s YouTube video ( highlights the features and design of the Thelio, Thelio Major and Thelio Massive – the three form factors that make up the Thelio range. The Thelio comes with a choice of AMD Ryzen or Intel Core processors, up to 32GB of RAM, an AMD or Nvidia GPU and up to 24TB of storage in a small form-factor design, and starts at $1,099. The Thelio Major comes with a choice…

new risc-v processors announced

SiFive (, a San Francisco-based fabless semiconductor company, has announced its lineup of its second-generation SiFive Core IP 7 processors, which are based on the open source RISC-V architecture. According to SiFive, the IP Series Cores “offer efficient performance and optimised power consumption, appropriate for supporting smart offloads of data center workloads as well as those of extremely power-efficient edge devices.” The new processors include two Linux-ready designs. The first is the U74, a single-core, Cortex-A55 processor with 128KB of L2 cache. There’s also the U74-MC, a quad-core chip with 2MB L2 cache and an S7 monitor chip. The IP 7 lineup also includes the single-core, Cortex-M7 like E76, a quad-core E76-MC, the Cortex-RB like S76 (single-core) and S76MC (quad-core). Each chip provides 64-bit memory addressing, and supports 8+1 cores per cluster.…

say hello to zink!

“Zink is an OpenGL implementation on top of Vulkan. More specifically, Zink is a Mesa Gallium driver that leverages the OpenGL implementation in the Mesa 3D graphics library to give hardware accelerated OpenGL, when only a Vulkan driver is available. With the well-established OpenGL being around since 1992, and Vulkan becoming mainstream, Zink aims to simplify the graphics stack, and cut through the growing complexity of two APIs for essentially the same hardware functionality. In addition, Zink should hopefully lessen the workload for future GPU drivers, enable more integration, as well as support application porting in Vulkan. Zink has only been tested on Linux; however, it should run on any other OS that supports Vulkan, apart from the fact that some window-system integration coding might be needed. Zink currently requires a Vulkan…