This Week in Linux 94: Mesa 20, PipeWire, Linux Be Scary, MyPaint, GTK, Microsoft Defender

On this episode of This Week in Linux, we got some new releases from core projects like Mesa & PipeWire and we also got some App News from MyPaint, GTK and a new convergent apps project called Maui. Then we’ll check out some distro news regarding the Untangle Firewall and some Red Hat news about CoreOS Container Linux. Later in the show, we’ll cover some really interesting news from Nvidia about Ray Tracing to Vulkan. Someone in the UK Police thought it was a good idea to warn parents their kids may become hackers and Microsoft announced their Microsoft Defender is coming to Linux. Then we’ll round out the show with some great deals for Games, Books and Comics from Humble Bundle. All that and much more on Your Weekly Source for Linux GNews!

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  1. Thanks, Michael - a lot here in this episode and I really enjoyed it :slight_smile: I think the little intro from a creator of associated DLN show is a great idea - I love @dasgeek 's “Fill your brains” line!

    Sounds like some sterling under-the-hood work is ongoing with Mesa and Pipeline. I have to say I’ve never quite got my head around Alsa / PulseAudio and never really had to setup Jack, which apparently is quite complex, so if it’s all going to be simplified in the future that’s good news. Also as far as GUI toolkits go, I’ve never really taken a liking to any of them, not Gtk, not Qt, nor the Microsoft helpings… I know Oracle aren’t the most open-source friendly organsation, but I settled on Java as a solution for portable GUIs before Oracle took over from Sun. To that end, I have to say Maui sounds a lot more interesting because it can also target mobile. I’d really like to see an effective platform for this as again, I’ve yet to find a portable GUI toolkit that I like for mobile development too. The Linux Be Scary sections were funny! No thanks to Microsoft Defender, especially after news of what Avast was caught doing recently :frowning:

  2. Hey Michael, I just wanted to comment regarding Microsoft Defender ATP, specifically your skepticism of businesses actually asking for it - I assure you they do exist. As was commented on one of the other DLN shows recently, this may actually prove to be a positive move for some of us who want to run Linux on our workstations but can’t due to corporate compliance policies regarding “approved” antivirus software. It likely won’t affect regular everyday users - but that’s very much not who Microsoft is targeting here. With an officially blessed AV solution this clears one more hurdle for Linux workstations in the enterprise.

  3. thank you very much! :smiley: I am glad you liked the new intro thing, It’s been pretty cool to include for sure. :smiley:

    I dont know who simple it will be but hopefully they do make it better and more simple. systemd kind of did that so maybe possible.

    I prefer Qt because it is cross-platform and so flexible.

    Qt is actually supported on Mobile already. Ubuntu Touch, Plasma Mobile, even Android and many more use Qt in some ways. Ubuntu Touch and Plasma Mobile are 100% Qt based. Qt is great. :smiley:

    :smiley: thank you!


    The defender issue is very interesting because a lot of people commented about that basically showing me that I am wrong on it not being requested. Not that they want it but that they have to have it because of company policy and whatnot. In regards to quality, I suspect its basically garbage because thats the default for Microsoft and good software from them is a rarity.

    Thank you for the feedback, it is very interesting to learn about stuff like this since I am not in that world.

  4. I did mess around with Qt-Creator at one time, specifically knowing it can target Android but the puritan in me gets a bit squeamish about how Qt fits-in with Standard C++. Also knowing that targeting a given app for iOS (not that I have any love for Apple) would require me to rework it anyway left me wondering at the time if I might not be better-off just learning the native GUIs for both Android and iOS. That was some years back. Plan to start looking at that again a few months hence. If I try Qt I know you’re an expert I can ask for advice then :slight_smile:

  5. I wouldn’t go that far lol :smiley:

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