News briefs for April 13, 2018.
The Elisa music player, developed by the KDE community, debuted yesterday, with
version 0.1. Elisa has good integration wtih the Plasma desktop and also supports
other Linux desktop environments, as well as Windows and Android. In addition, the
Elisa release announcement notes, “We are creating a reliable product that is a joy to
use and respects our users’ privacy. As such, we will prefer to support online services
where users are in control of their data.”
Mozilla released Firefox 11.0 for iOS yesterday, and this new version turns on
tracking protection by default. The feature uses a list provided by Disconnect to
identify trackers, and it also provides options for turning it on or off overall or
for specific websites.
The Zenroom project, a brand-new crypto-language
virtual machine, has reached version 0.5.0. Zenroom’s goal is “improving people’s awareness of how their data is
processed by algorithms, as well facilitate the work of developers to create and
publish algorithms that can be used both client and server side.” In addition, it “has no
external dependencies, is smaller than 1MB, runs in less than 64KiB memory and is
ready for experimental use on many target platforms: desktop, embedded, mobile, cloud
and browsers.” The program is free software and is licensed under the GNU LGPL v3.
Its main use case is “distributed computing of untrusted code where advanced
cryptographic functions are required”.
ZFS On Linux, recently in the news for data-loss issues, may finally
be getting SSD TRIM
support, which has been in the works for years, according to Phoronix.
System76 recently became a GNOME Foundation Advisory Board member. Neil McGovern,
Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation, commented “System76’s long-term ambition
to see free software grow is highly commendable, and we’re extremely pleased that
they’re coming on board to help support the Foundation and the community.” See the betanews
article for more details.
Jill Franklin is an editorial professional with more than 17 years experience in technical and scientific publishing, both print and digital. As Executive Editor of Linux Journal, she wrangles writers, develops content, manages projects, meets deadlines and makes sentences sparkle. She also was Managing Editor for TUX and Embedded Linux Journal, and the book Linux in the Workplace. Before entering the Linux and open-source realm, she was Managing Editor of several scientific and scholarly journals, including Veterinary Pathology, The Journal of Mammalogy, Toxicologic Pathology and The Journal of Scientific Exploration. In a previous life, she taught English literature and composition, managed a bookstore and tended bar. When she’s not bugging writers about deadlines or editing copy, she throws pots, gardens and reads.