Welcome to The Roundup #4, your bytes of Solus news. In this roundup, we’re talking updates to Kernels, Plasma, various items for Solus 4, and more!
Today we’ve updated our Mesalib to 18.0.0 RC4, which includes a plethora of RADV fixes as well as Intel i965 OpenGL and Vulkan updates.
Additionally, we updated our LTS and stable “current” kernels to 4.9.81 and 4.15.3 respectively. On the current kernel front, we’ve enabled AMDGPU DC support. If you’d like to read more, I welcome you to check out this Phoronix article.
Peter has been hard at work continuing to improve the Plasma experience on Solus and issued an ISO earlier this week to Patrons with a multitude of fixes, such as:
xdg-user-dirs) are now present and thus XDG Directories like Pictures are now properly constructed. xdg-user-dirs-update is now a systemd unit, rather than being XDG Autostart application.
Since the issuing of the latest ISO, Peter has updated KDE Frameworks 5 to the latest 5.43.0 release, which introduces fixes and improvements such as:
Ctrl+Shift+, as the standard shortcut for “Configure ”
snapd integration for Solus 4 has been deferred to unblock the Solus 4 release. We will instead land the relevant integration in a future update to the Software Center as and when some pending feature-work has been fully integrated upstream.
The Software Center for Solus 4 will still introduce a fresh design and integrate all the work we’ve done in Linux Driver Management to provide an improved hardware support and driver installation experience. This Software Center will also utilize the plugin-based architecture that Ikey had worked on during his time at Ubuntu Rally last September, and this will simplify the process of implementing and enabling snapd integration in a future update.
So aside from the Software Center, what further items do we have for the release of Solus 4?
Here’s a highlight of some packages that have been updated or included in the last few days (excluding all the KF5 updates noted in the Plasma section):