In order for Firefox for Linux to play encrypted HTML5 video, some closed-source code is required, which could rankle open-source purists.
Presently, Bash in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update is based on Ubuntu 14.04, but Microsoft is working on support for the newer Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, too.
Use a numeric PIN instead of your Google account password—this will be especially handy on touchscreen Chromebooks.
In a settlement with TP-Link, the FCC clarified its stance on open-source router firmware: It's not totally against it.
The Document Foundation releases a new version of LibreOffice every six months.
Vulkan, the cross-platform alternative to DirectX 12, was recently released, but Vulkan Next is already in the works. That’s big news for Steam Machines, Linux, Android, and even Windows gaming PCs.
Microsoft promised to update Skype for Linux Alpha every two weeks, and so far it's following through, promptly adding some new useful features to the client.
Canonical will support Ubuntu 16.04 LTS with updates until 2020.
It's now possible to install Steam and Windows-only games on your Chromebook. Using CrossOver for Android, a Windows compatibility layer runs on an Android compatibility layer.
Ubuntu's Unity desktop doesn't run properly on Windows 10, and neither do many other Linux applications.
Skype for Linux Alpha is based on Skype for Web, and Microsoft's active development of the client will benefit users of Chromebooks as well as Linux.
The first new major release of Linux Mint in two years features Ubuntu 16.04 underpinnings and a host of new features, while work on Linux Mint 18.1 is already underway.
Video calls aren't here yet, but audio calls work well.
It’s available for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and SteamOS, but it only supports newer hardware.
Linux 32-bit support is going away. According to developers, it's too much hassle to support, for a decreasing numbers of users. “I know some people passionately enjoy their old 32-bit hardware, but I think now’s the time to consider letting it go,” said OpenSUSe's Richard Brown.