Linux News Today: Solus Upgraded to the GNOME 3.20 Stack, Now Powered by Linux Kernel 4.7
Solus developer Joshua Strobl proudly announced the 33rd installation of Solus Project’s This Week in Solus weekly newsletter to inform the community about the latest technologies and software releases implemented in the OS.
After many weeks of hard work, project leader Ikey Doherty finally managed to upgrade the entire GNOME Stack used in Solus from version 3.18 to 3.20, the latest and most advanced one. Therefore, all the graphical applications that are usually distributed as part of the GNOME desktop environment are now from the 3.20.x series.
Another major change in Solus is the implementation of the latest Linux 4.7 kernel, which promises to bring better hardware support and under-the-hood improvements, such as full AMDGPU support, Power Play support, Nvidia GeForce 800M support, complete Maxwell support, C720 trackpad support, as well as USB 3.1 support.
Additionally, the Linux kernel 4.7 implementation will introduce support for third generation Thunderbolt IDs, Radeon DRM_MODE_PAGE_FLIP_ASYNC support, Polaris architecture support, multiple Radeon features, and many Intel Skylake improvements, among which we can mention better color management and SKL RAPL support.
“Ikey has finished the GNOME 3.20 stack upgrade and we’re currently evaluating the latest applications and resolving pain-points around the upgrade, such as GNOME Calendar,” says Joshua Strobl. “We’re currently in the process of enabling further hardware support by way of Linux 4.7, which will bring a plethora of improvements.”
LibreOffice 5.2 now available in Solus
Of course, there are also numerous enhancements to the Solus platform, such as support for Go 1.6.3, and many up to date applications like Mozilla Firefox 48.0, LibreOffice 5.2, Docker 1.12.0, Rust 1.10.0, LLVM 3.8.1, Atom 1.9.6, FeedReader 1.6, Fotoxx 16.08, GNOME-MPV 0.10, Mercurial 3.9, nginx 1.11.3, node.js 6.3.1, OpenSSH 7.3p1, Telegram 0.10, and lots more.
Several new applications have been added as well in the main repositories of Solus, among which we can mention Battle for Wesnoth, Syncthing, SuperTux, Starfighter, Quadrapassel, Pacman, Neverball, ManaPlus, Gweled, Godot, GNOME Mahjongg, Galois, and FreedroidRPG. Solus is now a rolling release operating system, so make sure that you are keeping your installation up to date, always.