Wine 5.0 is Released! Here’s How to Install it

Brief: A new major release of Wine is here. With Wine 5.0, running Windows applications and games on Linux is further improved.

With some efforts, you can run Windows applications on Linux using Wine. Wine is a tool that you may try when you must use a software that is available only on Windows. It supports a number of such software.

A new major release for Wine has landed i.e Wine 5.0, almost after a year of its 4.0 release.

Wine 5.0 release introduces a couple of major features and a lot of significant changes/improvements. In this article, I’ll highlight what’s new and also mention the installation instructions.

What’s New In Wine 5.0?

Wine 5

The key changes in 5.0 release as mentioned in their official announcement:

  • Builtin modules in PE format.
  • Multi-monitor support.
  • XAudio2 reimplementation.
  • Vulkan 1.1 support.
  • Microsoft Installer (MSI) Patch Files are supported.
  • Performance improvements.

So, with Vulkan 1.1 support and multi-monitor support – Wine 5.0 release is a big deal.

In addition to the key highlights, you can also expect better controller support in the new version considering thousands of changes/improvements involved in the new release.

It is also worth noting that this release is being dedicated to the memory of Józef Kucia (lead developer of the vkd3d project)

They’ve also mentioned this in their release notes:

This release is dedicated to the memory of Józef Kucia, who passed away in August 2019 at the young age of 30. Józef was a major contributor to Wine’s Direct3D implementation, and the lead developer of the vkd3d project. His skills and his kindness are sorely missed by all of us.

How to install Wine 5.0 on Ubuntu and Linux Mint

Note

If you have Wine installed before, you should remove it completely to avoid any conflict (as you wish). Also, the WineHQ key repository key was changed recently, you should refer to its download page for additional instructions on that according to your Linux distribution.

The source for Wine 5.0 is available on its official website. You can read more about building wine in order to make it work. Arch-based users should be getting it …

Here’s a Kubuntu Exclusive Linux Laptop Priced at $2285

We have a lot of manufacturers focusing on Linux laptops nowadays. For instance, the latest $200 Pinebook Pro laptop. And, of course, System 76 also makes some of the best Linux laptops for several years.

Now, The Kubuntu Council, MindShareManagement Inc, and Tuxedo Computers teamed up to come up with a premium Kubuntu-powered laptop for power users: Kubuntu Focus.

Here, let me highlight some of the key specifications of the laptop and what you need to know about it.

Kubuntu Focus Laptop

Kubuntu Focus Specifications

Here’s what it offers:

  • CPU: Core i7-9750H 6c/12t 4.5GHz Turbo
  • GPU: NVIDIA RTX-2060/2070/2080
  • RAM: 32GB Dual Channel DDR4 2666 Mhz RAM expandable up to 64 Gigs
  • Storage: 1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe SSD
  • Display: 16.1” matte 1080p IPS
  • Keyboard: LED-backlit, 3-4mm travel
  • Chassis: Metal and plastic, 0.78”
  • Broad suite of curated apps pre-loaded
  • Two-year warranty (1 Year limited warranty for the base model)
  • User expandable SDD, NVMe, and RAM
  • Superior cooling

What’s special about Kubuntu Focus?

Kubuntu Focus Laptop 1

The spec sheet is obviously impressive and it is quite competitive to what System 76 offers.

The design, the keyboard, the RGB lighting, and the screen may not be the strongest points for the laptop. You might just get a powerful laptop in that range from other manufacturers as well (and save money in the process).

However, with Kubuntu Focus, you get a customized and tailored Kubuntu experience. And, apparently, it does not look like the stock Kubuntu 18.04 LTS experience at all.

You can also take a look at Jason Evangelho’s first impressions on the laptop to know more about it. Here’s also a video for it by Jason:

Price & Availability

The base model costs $2285 and the top-end model would cost you about $3,550.

Even though you cannot choose a lower configuration for the processor (as of now), you can choose to increase the RAM, change the graphics card, and opt for a 2-year warranty when you head to purchase it.

You can purchase it right now from its official Shopify page.

Apart from Pinebook, none of the Linux laptops have inexpensive offering. Kubuntu Focus takes it to the next level with a premium …

Here’s a Kubuntu Exclusive Linux Laptop Priced at $2285

We have a lot of manufacturers focusing on Linux laptops nowadays. For instance, the latest $200 Pinebook Pro laptop. And, of course, System 76 also makes some of the best Linux laptops for several years.

Now, The Kubuntu Council, MindShareManagement Inc, and Tuxedo Computers teamed up to come up with a premium Kubuntu-powered laptop for power users: Kubuntu Focus.

Here, let me highlight some of the key specifications of the laptop and what you need to know about it.

Kubuntu Focus Laptop

Kubuntu Focus Specifications

Here’s what it offers:

  • CPU: Core i7-9750H 6c/12t 4.5GHz Turbo
  • GPU: NVIDIA RTX-2060/2070/2080
  • RAM: 32GB Dual Channel DDR4 2666 Mhz RAM expandable up to 64 Gigs
  • Storage: 1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe SSD
  • Display: 16.1” matte 1080p IPS
  • Keyboard: LED-backlit, 3-4mm travel
  • Chassis: Metal and plastic, 0.78”
  • Broad suite of curated apps pre-loaded
  • Two-year warranty (1 Year limited warranty for the base model)
  • User expandable SDD, NVMe, and RAM
  • Superior cooling

What’s special about Kubuntu Focus?

Kubuntu Focus Laptop 1

The spec sheet is obviously impressive and it is quite competitive to what System 76 offers.

The design, the keyboard, the RGB lighting, and the screen may not be the strongest points for the laptop. You might just get a powerful laptop in that range from other manufacturers as well (and save money in the process).

However, with Kubuntu Focus, you get a customized and tailored Kubuntu experience. And, apparently, it does not look like the stock Kubuntu 18.04 LTS experience at all.

You can also take a look at Jason Evangelho’s first impressions on the laptop to know more about it. Here’s also a video for it by Jason:

Price & Availability

The base model costs $2285 and the top-end model would cost you about $3,550.

Even though you cannot choose a lower configuration for the processor (as of now), you can choose to increase the RAM, change the graphics card, and opt for a 2-year warranty when you head to purchase it.

You can purchase it right now from its official Shopify page.

Apart from Pinebook, none of the Linux laptops have inexpensive offering. Kubuntu Focus takes it to the next level with a premium …

ProtonVPN Applications are Now 100% Open Source

Brief: ProtonVPN becomes the first VPN provider to open source its client applications and undergo an independent security audit.

In this age of surveillance, VPNs have become a powerful tool in safeguarding your privacy.

But can you trust your VPN service provider? On more than one occasion, the VPN providers have been caught logging, snooping or sharing data with third party. What to do in such cases?

I have shared a list of privacy focused VPNs for Linux in the past and ProtonVPN is one of them. The good news is that ProtonVPN has just open sourced all its apps and underwent an independent security audit.

ProtonVPN open sources its applications

Protonvpn Opensource

Swiss-based company Proton is run by CERN scientists. Their secure email service ProtonMail is hugely popular among privacy enthusiasts. It is used by over 20 million people worldwide.

Proton has always put its focus on security and transparency. They have a strict no logging policy for their VPN services even for the free version.

To ensure their commitment, they worked with renowned security firm SEC Consult on a full security audit, which verified the security of Proton’s software.

Transparency is again the motive behind releasing ProtonVPN applications’s source code under open source license.

By open sourcing all of its client code, ProtonVPN is allowing security experts from around the world to inspect its encryption implementations and how the company handles user data, giving users more confidence the company is adhering to its strict privacy policy.

VPN services can technically access some very sensitive user data, which is why users should choose services with a track record for transparency and security. This trust must be earned, and by publishing our code, we hope to demonstrate our commitment towards always going above and beyond when it comes to security and putting users first.

Dr. Andy Yen
CEO and Founder, Proton

Getting ProtonVPN

ProtonVPN has clients for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and Linux. You can get the source code for the clients on their GitHub repository.

If you like what ProtonVPN is doing and want to support them while securing your privacy, you may opt for their service.

There …

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Syncthing: Open Source P2P File Syncing Tool

Brief: Syncthing is an open-source peer-to-peer file synchronization tool that you can use for syncing files between multiple devices (including an Android phone).

Usually, we have a cloud sync solution like MEGA or Dropbox to have a backup of our files on the cloud while making it easier to share it.

But, what do you do if you want to sync your files across multiple devices without storing them on the cloud?

That is where Syncthing comes to the rescue.

Syncthing: An open source tool to synchronize files across devices

Syncthing Screenshot

Syncthing lets you sync your files across multiple devices (including the support for Android smartphones). It primarily works through a web UI on Linux but also offers a GUI (to separately install).

However, Syncthing does not utilize the cloud at all – it is a peer-to-peer file synchronization tool. Your data doesn’t go to a central server. Instead, the data is synced with all the devices between them. So, it does not really replace the typical cloud storage services on Linux.

To add remote devices, you just need the device ID (or simply scan the QR code), no IP addresses involved.

If you want a remote backup of your files – you should probably rely on the cloud.

Syncthing Gtk
Syncthing GUI

All things considered, Syncthing can come in handy for a lot of things. Technically, you can have your important files accessible on multiple systems securely and privately without worrying about anyone spying on your data.

For instance, you may not want to store some of the sensitive files on the cloud – so you can add other trusted devices to sync and keep a copy of those files.

Even though I described it briefly, there’s more to it and than meets the eye. I’d also recommend reading the official FAQ to clear some confusion on how it works – if you’re interested.

Features of Syncthing

You probably do not want a lot of options in a synchronization tool – it should be dead simple to work reliably to sync your files.

Syncthing is indeed quite simple and easy to understand – even though it is recommended that you should …

Evernote’s Official Linux Client is Coming Soon

Brief: One of the most popular notes organizing tools Evernote has a good news for Linux users. They will be releasing an Evernote desktop application for Linux this year.

If you are an Evernote fan, you probably have been missing it on Linux desktop. There is the web version available but you cannot use it offline if you are not a premium user.

Linux (almost) always has a way around. So, there are some third party applications that let you use Evernote on Linux. There are also some alternative applications to Evernote available on Linux.

A native Linux client for Evernote has been requested for a long time and the good news is that it should finally be coming to Linux in the year 2020.

Official Evernote client for Linux

Evernote Linux Official

In a recent blog post, CEO Ian Small revealed the planned updates for Evernote for the year 2020.

Ian mentions that a new client for Windows, Mac and Linux is onto the launching pad.

The re-engineered web client (in limited release), the new mobile clients (in first preview), and the (as yet unreleased) new clients for Windows, Mac, and (yes!) Linux, along with the ongoing re-architecture and data migration we’ve been doing in the cloud, will set up Evernote to be able to innovate and ship with quality at a pace we haven’t seen in a long time.

Ian Small
CEO, Evernote

It’s not clear at this point if the official Linux client will be an Electron version of the re-designed web client or a native application.

In simpler terms, an Electron app uses Chromium and Node.js to create a desktop application. Sometimes developers just wrap the web version in the form of an Electron application. Which is somewhat like running the service in a web browser. For example, Slack on Linux is an electron application.

I would prefer that Evernote develops a native application for Linux rather than an Electron app.

There is no set deadline for the Evernote Linux client release though. Since it is mentioned in the roadmap of 2020, it should be coming this year. Fingers crossed!

Evernote is not an open source …

How to Set or Change Timezone in Ubuntu Linux [Beginner’s Tip]

When you install Ubuntu, it asks you to set timezone. If you chose a wrong timezone or if you have moved to some other part of the world, you can easily change it later.

How to change Timezone in Ubuntu and other Linux distributions

There are two ways to change the timezone in Ubuntu. You can use the graphical settings or use the timedatectl command in the terminal. You may also change the /etc/timezone file directly but I won’t advise that.

I’ll show you both graphical and terminal way in this beginner’s tutorial:

How to  Change Time Zone in Ubuntu

Method 1: Change Ubuntu timezone via terminal

Ubuntu or any other distributions using systemd can use the timedatectl command to set timezone in Linux terminal.

You can check the current date and timezone setting using timedatectl command without any option:

[email protected]:~$ timedatectl 
                      Local time: Sat 2020-01-18 17:39:52 IST
                  Universal time: Sat 2020-01-18 12:09:52 UTC
                        RTC time: Sat 2020-01-18 12:09:52
                       Time zone: Asia/Kolkata (IST, +0530)
       System clock synchronized: yes
systemd-timesyncd.service active: yes
                 RTC in local TZ: no

As you can see in the output above, my system uses Asia/Kolkata. It also tells me that it is 5:30 hours ahead of GMT.

To set a timezone in Linux, you need to know the exact timezone. You must use the correct format of the timezone (which is Continent/City).

To get the timezone list, use the list-timezones option of timedatectl command:

timedatectl list-timezones

It will show you a huge list of the available time zones.

Timezones In Ubuntu
Timezones List

You can use the up and down arrow or PgUp and PgDown key to move between the pages.

You may also grep the output and search for your timezone. For example, if you are looking for time zones in Europe, you may use:

timedatectl list-timezones | grep -i europe

Let’s say you want to set the timezone to Paris. The timezone value to be used here is Europe/Paris:

timedatectl set-timezone Europe/Paris

It won’t show any success message but the timezone is changed instantly. You don’t need to restart or log …

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