FOSS Roundup #2 – Releases and Xfce for All

Welcome to the second edition of my weekly FOSS roundup! Last week, we discussed a serious vulnerability in Polkit. This week’s digest is a lot easier. We’ve got releases, and I’ve got my coffee, so let’s get to it. Here’s what you might have missed last week…

Slackware 15.0 arrives with Xfce 4.16

Slackware, one of the oldest Linux distributions, has released version 15.0. All modern niceties are finally here with Linux 5.15, PipeWire, Wayland, and Xfce 4.16! My last experience with Slackware was with the Vector Linux derivative many years ago… and it was good then!

Ubuntu MATE 22.04 to ship with Flatpak support

Ubuntu Mate will be shipping with Flatpak support in April. While they won’t be shipping a Flatpak remote, it will be easy to add remotes, such as Flathub desktop integration support, which will work out of the box. Xubuntu fans, should we follow suit?

Peppermint OS 11 was released with Debian and Xfce

Peppermint OS 11 was released a few days ago with several significant changes. Peppermint is now based on Debian instead of Ubuntu. I’m sure the team has their reasons, but this sounds like a step backward. Xfce replaces LXDE as the default desktop environment.

elementary published their January update

With a handful of updates for last month’s elementary OS 6.1, and a preview for the upcoming elementary OS 7, this month’s update has many interesting tidbits. Automatic updates, improved power management, and the possibility of OS upgrades make for an exciting announcement!

The GTK4 Adwaita ported to GTK3

Fans of the GTK default theme Adwaita, particularly the visual refresh it has seen in GTK4, will be happy to know they can add consistency to their desktop. A long-time favorite theme developer, lassekongo83, has brought those updates to GTK3. Check it out for yourself!

What I’m working on…

I made more progress on the Xubuntu documentation project this week, wrapping up chapters 5 (currently showing as chapter 10) and 6. Converting to Docbook has proven to be long and tedious, but I’m making headway. There are only 11 chapters to go!

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