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System76 announce COSMIC, their own GNOME-based desktop environment for Pop!_OS
By Nevertheless, 21 April 2021 at 9:00 pm UTC

Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: Nevertheless
Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: riusma
Quoting: KohlyKohlThey should just switch to KDE and provide their own theme...

K-Pop!_OS ?
Not that I like KDE. But this cracks me up.

Curious... why do people like Docks? Personally I use the default Gnome setup because I like that it isn't constantly on my screen by default. I come from a long line of systems that didn't have task bars, and quit frankly like it that way. Windows 95-XP had a nice minimanlistic one that didn't take up extra vertical space. Gnome 2 was odd because they had the smaller panels, but were top/bottom. The gnome dock being off to the left and set to autohide makes so much more sense to me.

1) it is closer to the activities hot corner. So in one fluid movement I can fling the mouse to the upper left, then straight down to the dock to launch something without touching the keyboard. Or if I want to only use keyboard, meta key, then type, maybe some arrows, and enter. Boom launched application.
2) with the dock moved to the bottom of the screen (in both gnome 40 and Cosmic), you would have to go up, then down (assuming auto-hide is on, which for me it would be...)
3) now that screens are more commonly wide, ultrawide and super ultrawide... having a giant dock at the bottom with grey space around it looks REALLY hideous...

I like that you're talking detail. I think the classic Win95 style desktop has some big advantages!
1. Closing maximized windows by clicking in the top right corner without having to look.
2. Opening the system menu by clicking in the bottom left corner without having to look.
3. Favourite apps in the bottom panel. Why bothering to add an extra dock, dash, panel or whatever?
4. Workspace switcher in the panel.
5. Window list in the panel (no clicking, or using the keyboard).

I don't get what a top panel is good for. And even when I move it down in Gnome, the window close button is in a position that can not be reached with a click in the top right corner.
I absolutely love Cinnamon because of it!

1) Yeah, I don't maximize windows if I can help it. Ever. And especially on an ultra-wide screen, where (for example) web pages will never take advantage of them and you're left with huge amounts of white space on either side. Web pages don't scale well on wide screen displays, and irritate me that is what we all have moved to due to the movie industry...
2) yeah that's why I like the top left hot corner as well, I don't even have to click on Gnome, I just throw the mouse up there and it creates the 'activities' screen. Ha, when I went to a Apple store to have them look at my work macbook, the 'genius' visibly cringed when he activated the hot corner for the 'expose' thing that macs have. Made me chuckle.
3) That's the same thing I feel about the current Gnome dock. You can add favorites, you can right click on them for specific menu entries, and it'll create icons there as you open various tasks. Works quite fine, and with it auto-hiding, it's out of the way. Bottom of the screen, especially with ultra and super ultrawide screen displays, is a HUGE waste of pixels. I currently run at 3840x1200 on a 44" display, and that means I have like 8 icons on the bottom panel in Windows, and the rest is just useless as windows can't overlap that bar...
4) The gnome workspace switcher is nice, but the odd thing is, even though I always touted that as a great feature, I've rarely used it in the past, though when I think about it and use it, I love it. Especially when I have a task that is running in the background and I can just fling that to another window while watching netflix or something, and then just switch the work space to check it... But then I find myself liking just hitting the 'meta' key to bring up the activities screen where the movie on Netflix will still run while I can glance at a terminal.
5) and the window list in Gnome is just a key, or a flip to the hot corner away. I don't need to constantly know what applications are running. Side note to this though, I really did like the feature in Gnome 2 where copying functions showed progress in the task panel. I find it funny that Microsoft definitely snagged that idea and put it in Windows (I think 7 was the first time I saw it in an MS OS).

1. A single panel on the left would make sense. Menu button on the left bottom, close button on the right top and workspace overview / activities would still be available. And the lost space is where you rarely need it.
2. I have the cinnamon workspace overview there.
3. I don't see any use of a panel on the top, and a panel / dock on the bottom. It's a waste of vertical space.

Make sure your NVIDIA drivers are up to date, new security issues detailed
By no_information_here, 21 April 2021 at 8:56 pm UTC

Quoting: RedfaceThe updates should be available soon.

Thanks for the info. Good to know it is in the works. My systems are not high-risk, but I am sure there are others that are.

Discord has reportedly ended talks with Microsoft to remain independent
By vv221, 21 April 2021 at 8:50 pm UTC Likes: 2

Quoting: scaineI'm comfortable with the little data that I share by using Discord while they conduct their business an independent firm. (…) I won't support anything to do with Microsoft or Apple.
I do not share your point of view, but I can understand it

Linux Kernel dev bans University of Minnesota for sending malicious patches
By Lofty, 21 April 2021 at 8:46 pm UTC

Quoting: mirvI have to wonder if the "leadership" would have done anything had they learned of it without so much publicity going on.

I'm guessing they already did know of it.



edit:person below makes a good point. I think my wondering is null and void

Discord has reportedly ended talks with Microsoft to remain independent
By scaine, 21 April 2021 at 8:39 pm UTC Likes: 3

Quoting: vv221
QuoteHow about some good news to start your Wednesday off?
Enterprise A selling your private data is not going to join Enterprise B selling your private data. I do not understand where the good news is here.

It's good news for me. I'm comfortable with the little data that I share by using Discord while they conduct their business an independent firm. However, I'm not at all comfortable with the idea that my account, data or use of that system is contributing to a statistic that enhances Microsoft's death grip on the tech industry.

I won't support anything to do with Microsoft or Apple. They're poison to my passion - technology and innovation. Discord remaining free of their control is definitely good news, for me.

Linux Kernel dev bans University of Minnesota for sending malicious patches
By mirv, 21 April 2021 at 8:33 pm UTC

I have to wonder if the "leadership" would have done anything had they learned of it without so much publicity going on.

I'm guessing they already did know of it.

Colourful and fun 2D action-adventure Unsung Warriors heads back to Kickstarter
By scaine, 21 April 2021 at 8:32 pm UTC

I played this... two years ago? It was excellent, so it's great to be reminded about it. I hope it pulls through KS and launches. Insta-buy for me, the demo/prologue thing completely sold me. Great gameplay, lovely graphics and some nice progression thrown in for good measure. Looking forward to some more.

Linux Kernel dev bans University of Minnesota for sending malicious patches
By Liam Dawe, 21 April 2021 at 8:17 pm UTC Likes: 1

Update 2: Leadership in the University of Minnesota Department of Computer Science & Engineering released a statement on Twitter, noting that it has suspended the research and will be looking into how it got approved in the first place.

Beamdog unleash the huge 2.6 update for Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate II, Icewind Dale
By Cyril, 21 April 2021 at 7:51 pm UTC

Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: CyrilCan anyone can confirm the French is also included in the GOG releases?
Should be, the downloads are up to date.

Yes, but I admit it triggered me at "(beta)" and thought about the Beta system on Steam...
But I can't see mention of it in their update, so yeah it should be there!

Beamdog unleash the huge 2.6 update for Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate II, Icewind Dale
By Liam Dawe, 21 April 2021 at 7:47 pm UTC

Quoting: CyrilCan anyone can confirm the French is also included in the GOG releases?
Should be, the downloads are up to date.

Linux Kernel dev bans University of Minnesota for sending malicious patches
By mirv, 21 April 2021 at 7:40 pm UTC Likes: 5

So this wasn't just some students being idiotic, this was with knowledge of the university itself for so-called "research". No, it was just people being arrogant and idiotic, and trying trying to cover it in the name of an educational institution.

I was originally thinking that blocking an entire university from submitting patches was extreme, but if the university condones such actions then no, I think it's the minimum that should be done.

Linux Kernel dev bans University of Minnesota for sending malicious patches
By wvstolzing, 21 April 2021 at 7:36 pm UTC Likes: 3

Quoting: Liam DaweThe plot thickens and it's not good on the side of the researchers: https://twitter.com/SarahJamieLewis/status/1384871385537908736

It was condemned ethically back in 2020, seems they didn't care enough.

I don't understand all the details in that thread, but as someone in academia (in a field unrelated to CS), my heart sinks once again to see the lengths that people will go to, to churn out a few more papers, & inflate their CVs by a couple more lines.

Inventing clever ways to waste other people's time to advance one's career is a vital skill in today's academia.

Make sure your NVIDIA drivers are up to date, new security issues detailed
By Redface, 21 April 2021 at 7:32 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: no_information_hereHmm. Stock *buntu seems to be late in the game.

My system updated from 460.39 to 460.56 a week ago. Nothing since.

The updated versions should be in the different supported Ubuntu releases soon, see https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/nvidia-graphics-drivers-460-server/+bug/1923062

See also the queuebot messages in yesterday ubuntu-release IRC log: https://irclogs.ubuntu.com/2021/04/20/%23ubuntu-release.html

The updates should be available soon. I guess Hirsute is not mentioned due to its pending release tomorrow but should get them soon too.

Linux Kernel dev bans University of Minnesota for sending malicious patches
By wvstolzing, 21 April 2021 at 7:24 pm UTC Likes: 2

Another 'experiment' was conducted on PyPi earlier this year: https://www.theregister.com/2021/03/02/python_pypi_purges/ — not as spectacularly stupid & irresponsible as the one on kernel devs, though.

Beamdog unleash the huge 2.6 update for Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate II, Icewind Dale
By Cyril, 21 April 2021 at 7:21 pm UTC

Can anyone can confirm the French is also included in the GOG releases?

Linux Kernel dev bans University of Minnesota for sending malicious patches
By Liam Dawe, 21 April 2021 at 7:14 pm UTC Likes: 5

The plot thickens and it's not good on the side of the researchers: https://twitter.com/SarahJamieLewis/status/1384871385537908736

It was condemned ethically back in 2020, seems they didn't care enough.

Discord has reportedly ended talks with Microsoft to remain independent
By rcrit, 21 April 2021 at 7:01 pm UTC

I think it may be a good thing for the Discord employees. Any with shares could get a nice profit after the IPO. If MS bought them outright then only the execs would benefit.

Linux Kernel dev bans University of Minnesota for sending malicious patches
By seanbutnotheard, 21 April 2021 at 7:00 pm UTC Likes: 1

This is a pretty ridiculous way to test the Linux community, but also shows that the kernel devs need to stay top of their game... just imagine what could happen when (not if) malicious code does slip through the review process. (Reminds me a bit of the so-called "Grievance studies affair").

Linux Kernel dev bans University of Minnesota for sending malicious patches
By Cyril, 21 April 2021 at 6:42 pm UTC

Just WTF. It's not funny, I can't see this as a serious work of research, it's just plain stupid.
What did they thought? That the Kernel is widely open to everyone who can write anything without verification?
#Facepalm

What have you been playing? Have a Sunday chat with us
By kirgahn, 21 April 2021 at 6:25 pm UTC

Quoting: slaapliedjeThis is the sort of game that BEGS to be in VR.

Don't have an headset but I agree wholeheartedly.

What have you been playing? Have a Sunday chat with us
By kirgahn, 21 April 2021 at 6:25 pm UTC

Quoting: RoosterOh yeah, don't get me wrong, it's a great game, which achieved a whole new levels of immersion for me. At which quest in the main storyline are you at?

I pretty much postponed the main story as soon as I could so that I could immerse myself in the world and do the sidequests. Especially since the fighting can be pretty brutal unless you're locked and loaded. I was also pretty engrossed with the first hours, so I'm highly anticipating going through the main storyline. The only things I needed to do to improve the experience were replacing the standard UI with a minimalistic one and add the infinite savegames... because I actually have a life. All in all those were just minor tweaks for what is an awesome game. Also it runs very well (48-60 fps) @1080p with everything at max and vkbasalt + reshade on my trusty RX480.

Linux Kernel dev bans University of Minnesota for sending malicious patches
By jens, 21 April 2021 at 6:14 pm UTC Likes: 2

I hope those kids and especially their mentors at that university will never get again a food down in IT. I have really no understanding for this "supposed to be innocent" behavior.

Jackbox Games get their engine ported to Vulkan and SDL2, try it with Jackbox Party Pack 7
By stan, 21 April 2021 at 6:11 pm UTC

This is nice, but what their games really need is translations.

Linux Kernel dev bans University of Minnesota for sending malicious patches
By redneckdrow, 21 April 2021 at 6:08 pm UTC Likes: 2

Good grief, now the script-kiddies are coming from actual accredited universities with ~49,000 students! Is this really what the world has come to? Lord, I hope not.

This should be added to UMN's Wikipedia page, it's egregious enough!

Linux Kernel dev bans University of Minnesota for sending malicious patches
By EMO GANGSTER, 21 April 2021 at 6:08 pm UTC

legal action should be taken the Linux kernel is in everything you're not only trying to endanger a technology but also could be said you are trying to endanger life even if they easily found it. the attempt of it is still a valid argument to take legal action.

Linux Kernel dev bans University of Minnesota for sending malicious patches
By TheSHEEEP, 21 April 2021 at 6:05 pm UTC Likes: 1

Daily WTF worthy, indeed.

Linux Kernel dev bans University of Minnesota for sending malicious patches
By Mohandevir, 21 April 2021 at 6:02 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: Alm888
Quoting: MohandevirSo, following that logic, we are better served with closed source proprietary code that got well know unpatched and exploited flaws for years... Yeah right!

Edit: Wondering who paid for this non-sense "research"? Could we follow the money, please?
What mind-bending yoga has made you to come to this conclusion? Since when prohibiting "scientific" rm -rf /* patches leads to "closed source proprietary code" propaganda?
There are other means of code audition/inspection/scrutiny than willful injection of malicious code into working industry-level software possibly managing critical infrastructure objects like hospitals, nuclear power plants, stock exchange servers or ship navigation systems.
It is all joy and games only until someone gets killed due to this kind of "research".

You are probably right it's probably just this:

Quoting: LoftyEveryday we step closer to the brink of idiocracy.

I tend to give too much credit to some people...

Edit: Still... What I don't understand is that the Minnesota University gave it a "Go!"? How come?!

Linux Kernel dev bans University of Minnesota for sending malicious patches
By ElectricPrism, 21 April 2021 at 5:53 pm UTC Likes: 5

Quoting: Mohandevir
Quoting: ElectricPrismGood. Introducing intentionally defective code into the kernel is criminal. Don't fuck with my FOSS. GTFO.

Oh! I would like to see the Linux Foundation sueing the Minnesota Unniversity... Getting my Pop Corn ready!

Find penalty laws of "fucking with nuclear facilities" and "hospitals" and I'm sure there could be a pretty long list of felonies drawn up.

Honestly, I wouldn't mind seeing the EFF sue the shit out of them.

(Oops I didn't mean to Poison the water of the Children's Hospital and Old Folks Homes, "It was just a paper bro")

Linux Kernel dev bans University of Minnesota for sending malicious patches
By Mohandevir, 21 April 2021 at 5:44 pm UTC Likes: 5

Quoting: ElectricPrismGood. Introducing intentionally defective code into the kernel is criminal. Don't fuck with my FOSS. GTFO.

Oh! I would like to see the Linux Foundation sueing the Minnesota University... Getting my Pop Corn ready!

Linux Kernel dev bans University of Minnesota for sending malicious patches
By Alm888, 21 April 2021 at 5:44 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: Photon
Quoting: Alm888I have a research proposition: let's get ourselves a pharmaceutical company and force this company to introduce poison in some of its medications and distribute those poisoned drugs trough common distribution network. In the name of research, of course! I think we must determine the pharmaceutical industry's ability to identify and block malicious drugs!

Have you seen the list of side effects on drugs? I think pharma's do that on their own.
1) Those are documented side effects;
2) Sadly, no drug is flawless (no panacea was invented yet).
What those "researchers" have done was experimenting on unwitting victims with possible lethal "side-effects".
Quoting: MohandevirSo, following that logic, we are better served with closed source proprietary code that got well know unpatched and exploited flaws for years... Yeah right!

Edit: Wondering who paid for this non-sense "research"? Could we follow the money, please?
What mind-bending yoga has made you to come to this conclusion? Since when prohibiting "scientific" rm -rf /* patches leads to "closed source proprietary code" propaganda?
There are other means of code audition/inspection/scrutiny than willful injection of malicious code into working industry-level software possibly managing critical infrastructure objects like hospitals, nuclear power plants, stock exchange servers or ship navigation systems.
It is all joy and games only until someone gets killed due to this kind of "research".

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