Awesome 4.3 Released

Awesome allows to optimize the execution of a typical workflow without using mouse
29 January 2019   889

Awesome 4.3 mosaic (tile) window manager released. Awesome is built on the basis of the processed source texts of the dwm window manager and is notable for supporting the use of the Lua language in configuration files to control all aspects of the window manager’s work and create add-ons. The project code is distributed under the GPLv2 license and is written using the asynchronous XCB library instead of Xlib to ensure good interface responsiveness.

Awesome allows you to optimize the execution of a typical workflow and organize the management of windows using only the keyboard, without the need to move the mouse. Instead of virtual desktops, Awesome offers grouping by tags with the ability to display at once only the windows corresponding to the specified tag. The window manager is well adapted to work in multi-monitor configurations, supports binding windows to screens using tags, and can work in the XRandR, Xinerama and Zaphod modes. Freedesktop standards supported: EWMH, XDG Base Directory, XEmbed, Desktop Notification and System Tray. For control, command transfer using D-Bus can be used.

The new release provides automatic setting of the pixel density on the screen (DPI) for various widgets and interface elements. Added the ability to determine dependencies when processing rules. A new keygrabber module with an API implementation for capturing keyboard events has been proposed. A new theme has been added, receiving color options from the GTK theme. Implemented new widgets to insert separators, display pop-up elements and select the method of layout of windows on the screen.

Oracle to Release Unbreakable Kernel R5U3

The update for the kernel, that can be used as alternative for Red Hat Enterprise Linux used in the Oracle Linux is based on the Linux 4.14 
25 March 2020   187

Oracle has released the third functional update for the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel R5 kernel, positioned for use in the Oracle Linux distribution as an alternative to the regular kernel package from Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The kernel is available for x86_64 and ARM64 architectures (aarch64). Kernel sources, including breakdowns into individual patches, are published in the public Oracle Git repository.

The Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel 5 package is based on the Linux 4.14 kernel (UEK R4 was based on the 4.1 kernel), which is supplemented with new features, optimizations and fixes, as well as tested for compatibility with most applications running in RHEL and specially optimized for working with industrial software and Oracle hardware. Installation and src packages with the UEK R5U1 kernel are prepared for Oracle Linux 7 (there are no obstacles to using this kernel in similar versions of RHEL, CentOS and Scientific Linux).

Key improvements:

  • Improved support for 64-bit systems based on the ARM architecture. Updated drivers for ARM.
  • InfiniBand includes on-demand paging support, which allows you to reflect memory through a processor for accessing unallocated pages of memory (page faults), i.e. consume memory when it is actually being used.
  • In XFS, a deadlock was eliminated, which caused the locks to freeze and not free.
  • CIFS resolved an issue that could lead to POSIX lock leaks and crashes.
  • Bug fixes resolving issues with incompatibility of certain equipment with QEMU / KVM.
  • Device drivers are synchronized with the Linux kernel 4.14.35. The driver for Broadcom Emulex LightPulse Fiber Channel SCSI has been updated to version 12.2.0.13.

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