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GIMP 2.99.x Development Releases Likely Starting Soon For GIMP 3.0

It's 2020 and GIMP remains one of the last holdouts for a major software application still relying upon the GTK2 tool-kit even with GTK4 potentially coming around the end of the calendar year. Fortunately, at least, the GIMP 2.99.x development releases on the path to the GTK3-based GIMP 3.0 should be starting up soon.

4 January 2020 - GIMP 3.0 - 41 Comments
Firefox 71 + WebRender vs. Chrome 79 Browser Benchmarks On Ubuntu Linux

On Friday I published two years worth of Mozilla Firefox benchmarks in re-testing every browser release from Firefox 57 through Firefox 71 stable as well as the latest beta/alpha releases. One of the questions that came out of that was seeing the current Chrome performance on Linux against Firefox, so here are some fresh numbers there.

15 December 2019 - Firefox vs. Chrome - 25 Comments
Pango Dropping Support For Bitmap Fonts Is Frustrating Some Linux Desktop Users

Cleaning up of the Pango layout engine library as some much needed housekeeping by GNOME developers resulted in shifting to the Harfbuzz library for font loading. That quietly meant dropping support for bitmap fonts from Pango, which is now reaching Linux desktop users when upgrading to the Pango 1.44 stable release.

29 October 2019 - Pango Bitmap Fonts - 46 Comments
PulseAudio 13.0 Released With Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio Support

While PipeWire may be seeing a lot of investment by Red Hat for improving audio/video streams on Linux, PulseAudio isn't letting up yet as the de facto Linux desktop sound server. Quietly released last week was PulseAudio 13.0 as the newest feature update and their first big update in some fifteen months.

16 September 2019 - PulseAudio 13 - 71 Comments
Deepin 15.11 Desktop Could Be On The Way To Fedora 31

Released last week was Deepin 15.11 with various desktop improvements for this popular third-party desktop option. This desktop option could be on its way to Fedora 31's package repository to replace the existing Deepin 5.9 packaging.

24 July 2019 - Deepin 15.11 - 7 Comments
Google Chrome/Chromium Begins Landing POWER PPC64LE Patches

Raptor Computing Systems spent a lot of time last year working on Chrome's PPC64LE support to enable Google's web browser to run on the latest IBM POWER processors. Google was sitting on these patches without any action for months but finally they are beginning to be accepted upstream.

27 February 2019 - Chrome POWER - 25 Comments

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