I have lost touch. (p.s. don't read it all unless you want to).
"What's new since 0.16.0? For those who've been
following along, a great many things have changed over the last 5 months
since the 0.16.0 release - 99 people contributed over 5,700 commits
during that time!"
"With this release, we highlight our approach to
innovation, while maintaining our friendliness and focus on design and
beauty. Keeping the focus on design Like our previous release, we have
tried to make Lamarr a beautiful desktop with design elements being
minimal and clean. It features a contrasting and sharp design theme
inspired and derived from the Nitrux desktop. In Lamarr, we have
simplified Plasma 5 by removing many controls which may confuse the
everyday user. New welcome screen: Lamarr features a re-designed welcome
screen with a heartbeat animated logo. The desktop: The desktop design
has been kept traditional and minimal with modern design cues featuring a
white color scheme by default. The panel: The Plasma 5 panel has been
modified to keep a minimal set of configuration options, which we feel
is helpful to new Linux users, who may otherwise get overwhelmed by the
power of customization Plasma offers out of the box."
New upstream features and improvements include:
additional container support with new tools such as Podman (a container
management tool) that complements the previously released tools such as
Buildah and Skopeo; policy-based decryption (PBD); GnuTLS support
hardware security module (HSM); OpenSSL now works with CPACF; nftables
enhancements and the nft command for greater packet filtering insight;
OpenSC support for new smart cards; greater support for kdump, network
and timesync; integration of Extended Berkeley Packet Filter (eBPF)...."
"A nice way of celebrating the sixth anniversary of
this distribution is releasing KaOS 2019.04 with fully updated Midna
theme, a new toolchain and Qt 5.12.3. As always with this rolling
distribution, you will find the very latest packages for the Plasma
Desktop, this includes Frameworks 5.57.0, Plasma 5.14.4 and KDE
Applications 19.04.0. All built on Qt 5.12.3. A new glibc 2.29, GCC
8.3.0 and Binutils 2.32 toolchain is among the many changes to the base
of the system. Updates to systemd, LLVM, MariaDB, Protobuf, MESA, Polkit
and Qt required the rebuild of a large percentage of the KaOS
repositories. The removal of Python2 from the KaOS repositories is
ongoing. Many more packages are now build on Python3 exclusively.
Highlights of KDE Applications 19.04 include an extensive re-write of
Kdenlive as more than 60% of its internals have changed, improving its
"Elive 3.0 has been updated and it will probably be
the last updated build for the 3.0 release. This updated release
includes multiple internal improvements that have been developed for the
next version of Elive and I backported these improvements to 3.0. There
are too many internal code improvements to list all the details but I
can at least summarize some important points. Persistence - overall
improvements for saving the desktop configurations based on different
hardware profiles and improvements for the option to encrypt
persistence; Elive Health tool - improvements for the critical
temperature detection feature; USB recorder tool - now supports
compressed images; Sound - support for PulseAudio in the Elive internal
mixer tool, in case the user installs it...."
There's a lot more of this stuff.
I've realised that the descriptions of Linux distros now looks like gobbeldygook to me where it once made sense.
OTOH a quick read of Distrowatch has made me want to experiment a little again.