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Proton 4.11-4 Released With Updated DXVK, Improved PS4 Controller Handling


In time for any weekend gaming, Valve’s team maintaining their Proton downstream of Wine for powering Steam Play to run Windows games on Linux has issued their v4.11-4 update.

Proton 4.11-4 is another update to their Wine 4.11 derived branch. With Proton 4.11-4 comes integrated the new DXVK 1.3.4, D9VK 0.21-rc-p, and FAudio 19.09 as some prominent component updates.

This Proton release also ships with improved handling of PlayStation 4 controllers and other controllers connected via Bluetooth. There are improvements too around mouse capture and window focus loss behavior and fixes for graphics issues in some games.

Proton 4.11-4 should be available via Steam shortly while those building from source can grab it from GitHub.

GNOME 3.34 Released With Its Many Performance Improvements & Better Wayland Support


Red Hat developer Matthias Clasen has just announced the release of GNOME 3.34 as this widely anticipated update to the GNOME 3 desktop environment.

Making GNOME 3.34 particularly exciting is the plethora of optimizations/fixes in tow with this six-month update. Equally exciting are a ton of improvements and additions around the Wayland support to ensure its performance and feature parity to X11. GNOME 3.34 also brings other improvements line sandboxed browsing with Epiphany, GNOME Music enhancements, GNOME Software improvements, nd a ton of other refinements throughout GNOME Shell, Mutter, and the many GNOME applications.

More details on GNOME 3.34 via the release announcement while the release notes go into much greater detail on the changes.

Wine-Staging 4.15 Released With Framework For PnP Drivers, Various Updated Patches


Based off Friday’s Wine 4.15, Wine-Staging 4.15 is now available that has its 800+ existing patches while adding a number of new patches and updating functionality for some of the existing feature patches.

New to Wine-Staging 4.15 is a framework for installing and running native PnP (Plug n Play) drivers, working towards closure of a six year old Wine bug report. Wine 4.15 also has a CryptExtOpenCER implementation for the Cryptext DLL.

There are also a number of updated staging patches for this release including around the GTK theming support, DDRAW, SetProcessDEPPolicy, and other bits.

Wine-Staging 4.15 binaries are available from WineHQ.org while the latest patches can be browsed via GitHub.

Systemd 243 RC2 Released – Phoronix


Released nearly one month ago was the systemd 243 release candidate while the official update has yet to materialize. It looks though like it may be on the horizon with a second release candidate being posted today.

Red Hat’s Zbigniew Jędrzejewski-Szmek has just tagged systemd 243-RC2 as the newest test release for this new version of this de facto Linux init system. Over the past month have been new hardware database (HWDB) additions, various fixes, new network settings, resolvectl zsh shell completion support, bumping timedated to always run at the highest priority, and other changes.

The systemd 243 official release will hopefully be out shortly for allowing sufficient time for it to land ahead of the autumn Linux distribution releases. Those wishing to give RC2 a whirl can do so via GitHub.

Knoppix 8.6 Released » Linux Magazine

Klaus Knopper has announced the release of the latest version of the Knoppix Live GNU/Linux distribution. Knoppix is a classic Live Linu that is often used to repair and restart downed Linux and Windows systems.

Version 8.6 of Knoppix is based on Debian/stable (buster), with some packages from Debian/testing and unstable (sid) for newer graphics drivers or desktop software packages. Knoppix uses Linux kernel 5.2.5 and Xorg 7.7 (core 1.20.4) for supporting current computer hardware.

Knoppix is suitable for both new and old hardware. “Both 32-bit and 64-bit kernels are included for supporting both old and new computers; the 64-bit version also supports systems with more than 4GB of RAM and chroot to 64-bit installations for system rescue tasks. The bootloader will start the 64-bit kernel automatically if a 64-bit-capable CPU is detected,” according to the release notes.

The latest Knoppix comes with a boatload of packages pre-installed, including the GNOME 3 and KDE Plasma 5 desktop environments and the Wine 4.0 compatibility tool for supporting Windows applications.

Knoppix 8.6 is available for free download.

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