KDE 5 Preview, Linux Survey, and the PC Lives

by Ostatic Staff - Jul. 11, 2014

In the thank-God-it's-Friday edition of our Linux news recap, Swapnil Bhartiya makes a video of KDE Plasma 5 in action. The guys from the Linux Voice run a survey trying to measure Linux user overlap. First release of OpenSSL fork LibreSSL gets a major release and The Var Guy says the PC isn't dead.

Swapnil Bhartiya at "The Mukt," (previously known as muktware.com), today posted a three and a half minute video demonstrating some of the goodness to come in KDE Plasma 5. He says he's been running a pre-release for a while and it "seems to be working fine." Hmmm.

Mike Saunders from the Linux Voice today posted a survey on Reddit.com asking Linux users a few questions. Their stated goal is identify "the overlap between different Linux users. For example, are Arch users more likely to use Vim? Or are Emacs users more likely to use a tiling WM?" The types of questions are typical of a Linux survey: what distro do you use, what windows manager, what web browser. Go participate and help those Linux Voice guys out.

Elliot Markowitz at The Var Guy, says we can quote him stating, "the death of the PC has been greatly exaggerated." Worldwide shipments were off 1.7% instead of the predicted 7.1%. "Further, most PC vendors actually experienced growth, and early indications also point to desktop shipments being stronger than expected." Markowitz says, "So the PC isn’t dead after all, but it’s still dying. It’s just taking a really long time."

In other news:

* LibreSSL crypto library leaps from OpenBSD to Linux, OS X, more

* Mount & Blade: Warband is free to mount and play this weekend

* Insider Selling: Red Hat Director Unloads 2,632 Shares of Stock

* Asciidoctor coder writes less documentation