News briefs for July 6, 2018.
The Dell Precision 7530 and 7730 Mobile Workstation Developer Editions are
now available via Dell’s online store with Ubuntu Linux preinstalled, Softpedia
News reports. The Mobile Workstations are powered by the latest Intel
Core or Xeon processors,
and “feature blazing-fast RAM, professional AMD or Nvidia graphics cards, and are
certified for the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5 operating system”. Prices for
the “world’s most powerful 15″ and 17″ laptops with Ubuntu pre-installed”
begin at $1,091.14 for the 7530 and $1,371.37 for the 7730.
Linux Ultimate Gamers Edition launched its 5.8 ISO, which you can download
from SourceForge or Softpedia. Ultimate Gamers is based on Debian and Ubuntu,
with the MATE desktop environment.
post, “it comes with out-of-the-box support for nearly any kind of
multimedia file that a gamer would ever want to play….It also comes with
dozens of applications gamers and A/V fans will need. Most importantly, it
comes with Wine pre-loaded, which is extremely important for those who want
to run popular online games.”
Feral Interactive’s GameMode is coming soon to Fedora Linux, Phoronix
reports. GameMode is “a new open-source project that provides a Linux system
tuning daemon for optimizing the system’s configuration for gaming when
firing up Linux games while reverting to stock behavior when outside of
supported games”. Phoronix notes that it has been working its way into
various Linux distros’ package management systems, and that as of today it
“has been submitted as the newest package for Fedora Rawhide as the
development version ultimately leading to Fedora 29.”
Canonical has released new kernel security updates for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
(Bionic Beaver), Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark), Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial
Xerus), as well as Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr). According to Softpedia,
the updates fix 22 security vulnerabilities, and users are urged to update
their installations as soon as possible. See the Ubuntu wiki’s Upgrades
page for instructions.
The Linux Foundation recently announced new blockchain training options. Blockchain:
Understanding Its Uses and Implications is a free edX course beginning on
August 1, 2018, and there’s also an option for a professional certificate for
$99. According to the post
on Linux.com, the new program provides “a way to learn about the
impact of blockchain technologies and a means to demonstrate that knowledge.
Certification, in particular, can make a difference for anyone looking to
work in the blockchain arena”.
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