Richard Stallman’s Privacy Proposal, Valve’s Commitment to Linux, New WordPress Update and More

News briefs for April 4, 2018.

Richard Stallman writes “A
radical proposal to keep personal data safe”
in The Guardian: “The surveillance imposed on us today is worse than in the Soviet Union. We
need laws to stop this data being collected in the first place.”

WordPress 4.9.5 was released
yesterday. This is a security and maintenance release, and it fixes 28 bugs, so be sure to update
right away. To download or view the changelog, go here.

Valve’s Pierre-Loup Griffais writes
about the company’s commitment to Linux

after de-listing Steam Machines (it’s still available, just not from the main
navigation bar on the site due to low traffic): “While it’s true Steam
Machines aren’t exactly flying off the shelves, our reasons for striving
towards a competitive and open gaming platform haven’t significantly changed.
We’re still working hard on making Linux operating systems a great place forgaming and applications.” He then went on to say “we’re continuing to invest
significant resources in supporting the Vulkan ecosystem, tooling and driver
efforts. We also have other Linux initiatives in the pipe that we’re not quite
ready to talk about yet; SteamOS will continue to be our medium to deliver
these improvements to our customers, and we think they will ultimately benefit
the Linux ecosystem at large.” (Source: Phoronix’s “Valve
Reaffirms Commitment To Linux, SteamOS”

Amazon announced
the new Gadgets Skill API (beta), which will allow developers to build games
for Echo Buttons.

The Fedora Project announced the
release of Fedora 28 Beta. Features include Modular Repository for Fedora
Server, 64-bit Arm is now a primary architecture for Fedora Server, the
inclusion of GNOME
3.28, VirtualBox Guest Additions and more.