VPN discount, PineTab and PineBook Pro to launch this year, more news from Purism, Steam Play even better for the 0.82%, Lutris works with GOG games, new shiny Kodi, Gnome speed boost, Firefox decorated, designer Akira, update your boxen, HP supports LVFS. Ice cream, therefore I am.
We have a coupon code for 30% off when you pay for 3 months of AzireVPN, a security-focused VPN provider based in Sweden. The law there doesn't require them to log traffic, so they don't. They operate servers in 5 locations in Europe and north America. Their servers are owned by the company, installed on location by their engineers and running Debian. They provide a WireGuard option, as well as OpenVPN and their client is GPLv2 licensed and of course available on Linux. They take payment in cryptocurrencies, cash, credit cards and PayPal plus you don't even have to give them an email address.
Use the code linuxlads when ordering.
Make sure you click the green 'Add Code' button to get the discount.
30% off 3 months, so instead of paying €12, you'll pay €8.40
the voucher is valid till 01/01/2020
Pine64 revealed at FOSDEM, that they will release a tablet + a souped up PineBook Pro, OMG Ubuntu reports 😻. Prices are expected to be u-n-b-e-l-i-e-v-a-b-l-e (even though there's always a hefty shipping charge and maybe taxes).
To be available later this year
$79 (under €60)
2GB RAM, 16GB storage, USB A 2.0 host, micro USB 2.0 OTG, microSD
Magnetic keyboard as an optional extra
To be available later this year
$199 (under €175)
14" 1080p display
6-core ARM chip
4GB RAM, 64GB EMMC storage (slower than SSD, faster than HDD)
USB 3.0 and 2.0, USB C (incl. charging and video out)
Check out the OMG Ubuntu articles for more info about the PineTab and the PineBook Pro.
If you want a Linux tablet now, UBports is available for the Nexus 7(just be careful to get the supported version).
Steam Play now allows to add non Steam Windows games. Games that ship with their own native clients can now launch with Proton from inside Steam for Linux. According to reports some games actually perform better that way.🎮
Mike has tried it, but couldn't get the TV remote working.
By the time of release, LibreELEC have already released a version based on Kodi 18. OpenELEC are still on 17.
Gnome speed enhancements for the 3.32 release due next month.💻
This is a very good news, since Gnome happens to be the default DE on many distros. Thank you, Gnome devs, Canonical devs and everyone else who contributed.
Enhanced security for macOS, Linux, and Android users via stronger stack smashing protection which is now enabled by default for all platforms. "Stack smashing" is a common security attack in which malicious actors corrupt or take control of a vulnerable program.👮
Firefox will now warn you when closing a window (regardless of whether you have automatic session restore enabled for restart).
Easier performance management: The revamped Task Manager page found at about:performance now reports memory usage for tabs and add-ons.
Right now, users can enable this with a toggle switch in the _Customize_ settings, from the next release it will be enabled by default.
Akira is to be a graphical interface design app for designers. The dev is running a Kickstarter campaign to pay full time devs for a few months + hardware + taxes. More info in a Linux Unplugged interview.💶