Solus 4 & Budgie 10.5 to be Released

Solus is an independent Linux distribution that uses Budgie as the desktop environment and eopkg for managing packages
18 March 2019   245

Solus 4 Linux distribution, which is not based on packages of other distributions and developing its own desktop Budgie, installer, package manager and configurator, is now available. The code of the project’s developments is distributed under the GPLv2 license, the C and Vala languages ​​are used for development. Additionally, assemblies with GNOME, KDE Plasma and MATE desktops are provided. The size of an iso-image is 1.4 GB (x86_64).

To manage the packages, the eopkg package manager (fork PiSi from Pardus Linux) is used, which provides the usual tools for installing / removing packages, searching the repositories and managing the repositories. Packages can be allocated to thematic components, which in turn form categories and subcategories. For example, Firefox is assigned to the network.web.browser component, categorized as network applications and subcategories of applications for the Web. More than 2000 packages are offered for installation from the repository.

Budgie’s desktop is based on GNOME technologies, but uses the GNOME Shell developments, panel, applet, and notification system implementations. Budgie uses the Budgie Window Manager (BWM), which is an extended modification of the base Mutter plugin. The basis of Budgie is a panel that is close in terms of organization of work to classic desktop panels. All elements of the panel are applets, which allows you to flexibly customize the composition, change the placement and replace the implementation of the main elements of the panel to your taste. Available applets include the classic application menu, a task switching system, an area with a list of open windows, viewing virtual desktops, a power management indicator, a volume control applet, a system status indicator, and a clock.

GStreamer 1.16.0 Framework to Rolled Out

It's a cross-platform set of components for creating a wide range of multimedia applications, like media players or audio/video file converters, to VoIP apps
22 April 2019   58

After more than a year of development, GStreamer 1.16 was released. It is the C written cross-platform set of components for creating a wide range of multimedia applications, from media players and audio / video file converters, to VoIP applications and streaming systems. The GStreamer code is distributed under the LGPLv2.1 license.

Updates for the plug-ins gst-plugins-base, gst-plugins-good, gst-plugins-bad, gst-plugins-ugly, as well as the gst-libav to 1.16 is available. At the API and ABI level, the new release is backward compatible with branch 1.0. Binary assemblies will soon be prepared for Android, iOS, macOS and Windows (Linux is recommended to use packages from the distribution).

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