Linus Announces Linux 4.16 rc, KDE’s New Slimbook II, Damn Cool Editor Project and More

News briefs for February 12, 2018.

Linus Torvalds announced
yesterday that Linux 4.16 rc1 is “out there”,
the merge window has closed and things “look a lot better than with
4.15”. He went on to describe some changes: “Drivers may be the bulk (GPU,
networking, staging, media, sound, infiniband, scsi and misc smaller
subsystems), but we have a fair amount of arch updates (spectre and
meltdown fixes for non-x86 architectures, but also some further x86
work, and just general arch updates). And there’s networking,
filesystem updates, documentation, tooling….There’s a little bit for
everybody, in other words.”

KDE announced
its new Slimbook last week. The new Slimbook II “comes with a choice between an
Intel i5: 2.5 GHz Turbo Boost 3.1 GHz – 3M Cache CPU, or an Intel i7: 2.7
GHz Turbo Boost 3.5 GHz with a 4M Cache. This makes the KDE Slimbook II 15%
faster on average than its predecessor. The RAM has also been upgraded, and
the KDE Slimbook now sports 4, 8, or 16 GBs of DDR4 RAM which is 33% faster
than the DDR3 RAM installed on last year’s model.” The full list of specs is
available here.

Damn Cool Editor project announced version 0.13 last week: “It’s a cool combination of an old fashioned tool and clever stuff for
advanced users thinking that modern IDEs are just bloated toys with far too
little focus on the main thing: your code.”

Scheduled for November 13–14, 2018, the Linux Plumbers Conference (in Vancouver)
is already asking for networking-related proposals. More info is available

Note that SourceForge and Slashdot are switching
to a new data center
this week (February 12–15) for a hardware refresh, and although they don’t anticipate issues,
they want the community to be aware just in case.

Thanks to Petros Koutoupis for his contribution to this article.