Cinnamon 4.2 to be Available

A new release of Cinnamon will be offered in the Linux Mint 19.2 distribution, which is scheduled for release in the nearest future
01 July 2019   1112

After nine months of development, a release of the Cinnamon 4.2 user environment has been formed, within which the Linux Mint distribution developer community is developing fork of the GNOME Shell shell, Nautilus file manager and window manager Mutter, aimed at providing the classic GNOME 2 environment with support for successful interaction elements from GNOME Shell . Cinnamon relies on GNOME components, but these components are shipped as a periodically synchronized fork, not bound by external dependencies to GNOME.

A new release of Cinnamon will be offered in the Linux Mint 19.2 distribution, which is scheduled for release in the coming months. In the near future, packages will be prepared that can be installed in the Linux Mint and Ubuntu from the PPA-repository, without waiting for the new version of Linux Mint.

These are main features:

  • New widgets for creating configurators, simplifying the writing of configuration dialogs and making their design more complete and consistent with the Cinnamon interface was added
  • The search bar is moved to the top in MintMenu, .
  • The Nemo file manager simplifies the process of sharing directories with Samba.
  • Some changes are ported to the Muffin window manager from the Metacity window manager developed by the GNOME project.
  • An applet for printing has been added to the main composition, which is now launched by default.
  • Some internal components were reviewed and simplified, such as DocInfo (processing of recently opened documents) and AppSys (parsing application metadata, identifying application icons, defining entries for menus, etc.)

Get more info at GitHub and Linux Mint blog.

Linux 5.5 Kernel to be Released

The new version release took 2 months and it has adopted 15505 patches from 1982 developers and 44% of chages relates to device drivers
27 January 2020   205

After two months of development, Linus Torvalds introduced the Linux 5.5 kernel release. Among the most notable changes: the ability to assign alternative names to network interfaces, the integration of cryptographic functions from the Zinc library, the ability to mirror more than 2 disks in Btrfs RAID1, the mechanism for monitoring the status of Live patches, the kunit unit testing framework, the increased performance of the mac80211 wireless stack, the ability to access to the root partition via the SMB protocol, type verification in BPF.

The new version adopted 15505 patches from 1982 developers, the patch size is 44 MB (the changes affected 11781 files, 609208 lines of code were added, 292520 lines were deleted). About 44% of all the changes presented in 5.5 are related to device drivers, about 18% of changes are related to updating the code specific to hardware architectures, 12% are connected to the network stack, 4% to file systems and 3% to internal kernel subsystems.

As always, new version brought the significant number of changes and improvements, you can check them at the official mainling at the LWM.