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Ubuntu 24.04 LTS (Noble Numbat) is now available
29 April 2024 at 8:31 pm UTC

Quoting: Eike
Quoting: F.UltraOnly rearranging your build environment every 4 years instead of every 2 years isn't really how I would defined bit rot ;).

To be honest, the examples I was thinking of were quite longer than 2 or 4 years. But I'd still prefer to be closer to the wave. Like changing every two years to the LTS version that's a year old at that time.

Quoting: F.UltraHeck all the QA some of our customers have to perform on each release before they certify it for production takes almost those 4 years.

That sounds strange. I don't want to disclose more (not that it is very secret stuff, I just want to keep it private), but our customers would be counted as critical infrastructure and they are careful and... reluctant to change, but as far as I know, even they are a bit faster than that.

Well it was mostly an exaggeration to paint the picture :). Many of our customers are banks and most of their internal QA is so long and resource intensive that they complained massively one time when he had two releases per year asking if we could promise going forward to have max one release per year, and that instance have always been there nagging me in the back of the mind (as a developer I want to do changes now as soon as I hear about the bug or about a great suggestion and not have to pre-announce it for years on end).

Non-gold medal to Morningstar who took close to 6 years to remove a line in a static file on their ftp server once, now that is moving at light speed :)

Proton Hotfix update fixes Fallout 4 frame pacing issue on Steam Deck OLED
28 April 2024 at 2:52 pm UTC Likes: 6

Quoting: JarmerI think I'm even more confused about what frame pacing is ... Time to take a deep dive.

Frame Pacing - Why one game's "60fps" looks great, and another game's "60fps" looks like crap

What is the difference between frame-paced and v-synced gameplay ?

quoted the best answer from the links above:

QuoteFrame pacing is how well (or not) the game engine delivers frames in an even split and is measured by the render times of each frame.

Example of good frame pacing at 60FPS

Frame 1: 16.67ms

Frame 2: 16.35ms

Frame 3: 15.98ms

Frame 4: 16.85ms

Example of poor frame pacing at 60FPS

Frame 1: 16.67ms

Frame 2: 35.35ms

Frame 3: 7.97ms

Frame 4: 10.56ms

Both of these examples would show a “solid” 60fps on an FPS counter, but one would feel smooth, the other would feel terrible and stuttery.

Ubuntu 24.04 LTS (Noble Numbat) is now available
28 April 2024 at 2:46 pm UTC

Quoting: Eike
Quoting: F.Ultra
Quoting: Eike
Quoting: F.UltraBecause it's much easier to only change your build environment every 4 years instead of every 2 years.

Not sure about that. You shouldn't sink too deep in the mud...

I am a developer of enterprise software so yes this is exactly how at least that part of the industry works and thinks.

Yeah. I'm developer of industry software too, and we're doing our best to not do such things anymore. Bits do rot.

Quoting: F.UltraNot sure what mud you talk about, I have build environments that work for CentOS 4 still due to customer demand :)

For old software, we're keeping old environments around as well.

Only rearranging your build environment every 4 years instead of every 2 years isn't really how I would defined bit rot ;). Heck all the QA some of our customers have to perform on each release before they certify it for production takes almost those 4 years.

Ubuntu 24.04 LTS (Noble Numbat) is now available
27 April 2024 at 4:49 pm UTC Likes: 2

Quoting: Eike
Quoting: F.UltraBecause it's much easier to only change your build environment every 4 years instead of every 2 years.

Not sure about that. You shouldn't sink too deep in the mud...

I am a developer of enterprise software so yes this is exactly how at least that part of the industry works and thinks. Not sure what mud you talk about, I have build environments that work for CentOS 4 still due to customer demand :)

Factorio devs detail their 'Linux adventures' in a new blog post
26 April 2024 at 5:31 pm UTC Likes: 6

Quoting: Purple Library GuySo, as someone who knows diddly about programming I gleaned two main things from that post.
1: Gnome is annoying for developers
QuoteFactorio does not need to provide decorations on any other platform, nay, on any other desktop environment, but GNOME can (ab)use its popularity to force programs to conform to its idiosyncrasies or be left behind.
2: Open source is great
QuoteI was hoping to utilize SDL's built-in clipboard functionality, but unfortunately SDL does not support incremental transfers. This means there are three options:

--Continue linking against X11, requiring users to install X11 on their system to be able to run the game (I don't want to mess with static linking).
--Figure out how to do runtime linking and implement that.
--Upstream our incremental transfers code into SDL so we can leverage SDL's clipboard functions and other SDL-based games can benefit from our work.
As you might guess, I chose the third option. The work to upstream our code is ongoing but should be done in time for Factorio 2.0's release.

#2 is exactly why I do and came to love open source, to be able to actually engage with your underlying dependencies as a developer was as being blessed to the halls of Valhalla after having been used to closed source libs where it was just "take it or leave it".

Ubuntu 24.04 LTS (Noble Numbat) is now available
26 April 2024 at 5:26 pm UTC

Quoting: Comandante ÑoñardoAfter upgrading to 22.04 from 20.04, I can not take screenshots anymore with the keyboard.. And that is an usefull feature for me.

Can you screencap with 24.04?

shift+prtsc works for me in 23.10, perhaps check that the shortcut haven't accidentally been changed?

Quoting: WayneJetSki
Quoting: CalinouEvery Ubuntu LTS release feels special, since it's often treated as the baseline for shipping apps that are portable across distributions. Of course, the oldest still-supported Ubuntu LTS is usually the one developers are targeting (currently 20.04), but in a few years from now, this will be Ubuntu 24.04.

While I don't use Ubuntu anymore, it's still a distro I appreciate for this reason.

I am surprised devs would not be targeting 22.04 instead of 20.04. It is already 2 years old and I would imagine most users have upgraded to 22.04 by this point.

Because it's much easier to only change your build environment every 4 years instead of every 2 years.

Ubuntu 24.04 LTS (Noble Numbat) Beta released
17 April 2024 at 2:18 pm UTC

Quoting: Nevu_
Quoting: BoldosHappy Ubuntu user for more that a decade here
For both business (Ubuntu being my main daily workload driver) and pleasure (anything non-job related, incl. gaming of course).

I just cannot wait to get migrated to the new 24.04 LTS

How are you liking Ubuntu these days? Been thinking of making it my main distro after all these years despite the community saying Mint and Pop are just better. I don't know - Ubuntu feels comfy and I enjoy their default GNOME setup. But some will have you believe that Ubuntu is worse than Microsoft due to past mishaps and the current snap packaging system.

People often writes the most insane things and makes mountains out of molehills. While I personally would like everything to still be a DEB or RPM there really isn't much difference for an end user if a package is a Snap or not, that question is completely blown out of the water. Yes initially Snaps took a long time to load, but in 20.04 that changed and e.g Firefox loads under a second for me.

KDE's Xaver Hugl on why Wayland explicit sync is such a big deal
9 April 2024 at 9:44 am UTC

Quoting: pleasereadthemanual
Quoting: TheRiddickBe a great day once NVIDIA gets [..] properly balanced HDR (is desaturated and wrong exposure atm).
Is HDR even available at all? As far as I know, KDE only offers a partially-implemented version of HDR on their Wayland session.

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XZ tools and libraries compromised with a critical issue
7 April 2024 at 2:29 pm UTC

Quoting: nenoro
Quoting: F.Ultra
Quoting: nenoroWell back to Gzip or use ZSTD when i compile the kernel then

Does this mean every package ending with tar.xz have risks ?

No, the infection happens when xz itself in installed, not when you open xz files. So the danger is the presence of the compromised version of libxz on your system in combination with the usage of ssh.

oh okay, well i don't use ssh anymore it used to be easy before. Now too many command line to enter before i can finally log in

also it has to be sshd, aka the malicious libxz infects the OpenSSH server, not the client.

XZ tools and libraries compromised with a critical issue
31 March 2024 at 10:07 am UTC

Quoting: nenoroWell back to Gzip or use ZSTD when i compile the kernel then

Does this mean every package ending with tar.xz have risks ?

No, the infection happens when xz itself in installed, not when you open xz files. So the danger is the presence of the compromised version of libxz on your system in combination with the usage of ssh.