Feral Interactive Releases GameMode, YouTube Music Videos Hacked, Oregon Passes Net Neutrality Law and More

News briefs for April 10, 2018.

Feral Interactive today released GameMode, an open-source tool that helps Linux users
get the best performance out of their games. According to the press release, “GameMode
instructs your CPU to automatically run in Performance Mode when playing games.” Rise of the Tomb Raider,
which is being released later this month, will be the first release to integrate this
tool. GameMode is available now via GitHub.

If you are using ZFS On Linux 0.7.7, which was released in March, upgrade immediately
to version 0.7.8 to keep your data safe. Version 0.7.8 is an emergency release to deal with a possible data loss issue,
Phoronix reports.
See the ZOL bug report for more info.

YouTube was hacked this morning, and many popular music videos were defaced, including the
video for the hit song Despacito, as well as videos
by Shakira, Selena Gomez, Drake and Taylor Swift. According to the BBC story, “A Twitter account that apparently belongs to one of the hackers posted: ‘It’s just for
fun, I just use [the] script ‘youtube-change-title-video’ and I write ‘hacked’.”

Linux computer maker System76 is moving its manufacturing factory from China to
Denver, Colorado. In an interview
with opensource.com
about the move and bringing
manufacturing in-house, System 76 marketing director
Louisa Bisio, said “Creating a computer that is open source from the physical design
to the OS is the next step in our mission to empower our customers and the community.
We believe that by leading with open source design, the rest of the industry will have
to follow.”

Oregon becomes the second state to pass Net Neutrality law. Governor Kate Brown
signed
the bill yesterday
, “withholding state business from internet providers who
throttle traffic, making the state the second to finalize a proposal aimed at
thwarting moves by federal regulators to relax net neutrality requirements”.

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.