KDE Plasma 5.12, Btrfs Improvement, Linux Support for Wacom SmartPad Devices and More

News updates for January 30, 2018.

Interested in giving KDE Plasma 5.12 LTS Desktop a spin (currently in beta)? Look no further than the latest snapshot releases of OpenSUSE Tumbleweed.

Speaking of KDE Plasma, you now can test the mobile port in a VirtualBox or KVM virtual machine. ISO images are available here.

In Linux kernel-related news, expect to see a ton of Btrfs improvement scheduled for the 4.16 release. This even includes better RAID 5/6 support.

Two developers from Red Hat, Peter Hutterer and Benjamin Tissoires, have announced the Tuhi project, a dæmon providing Linux support for Wacom SmartPad devices like the Bamboo Slate and Bamboo Spark.

SentinelOne recently released a free Linux tool called Blacksmith that detects the Meltdown exploit: "this tool detects the attempted exploitation of Meltdown vulnerability on all Linux systems, empowering Linux admins to stop attacks before they take root".

Thanks to Petros Koutoupis for his contributions to this article.

Jill Franklin is an editorial professional with more than 17 years experience in technical and scientific publishing, both print and digital. As Executive Editor of Linux Journal, she wrangles writers, develops content, manages projects, meets deadlines and makes sentences sparkle. She also was Managing Editor for TUX and Embedded Linux Journal, and the book Linux in the Workplace. Before entering the Linux and open-source realm, she was Managing Editor of several scientific and scholarly journals, including Veterinary Pathology, The Journal of Mammalogy, Toxicologic Pathology and The Journal of Scientific Exploration. In a previous life, she taught English literature and composition, managed a bookstore and tended bar. When she’s not bugging writers about deadlines or editing copy, she throws pots, gardens and reads.

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