THE WEEK IN NEWS # 4

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Firefox 80 released with optional GPU acceleration on Linux

Mozilla has released, on August 25, 2020, Firefox 80 to the Stable desktop channel for Windows, macOS and Linux with new features, bug fixes, changes, improvements for the company and various security fixes.

The highlight of this release is that it enables Mozilla's new Add-on Block List designed to improve browser performance and scalability, reducing the time required to scan the list when problematic Firefox extensions are automatically disabled.

Firefox 80 also allows users to set it as their system's default PDF viewer and fixes various crashes that make the web browser more stable for screen reader users.

Last, and most interesting for Linux users, is the ability to enable GPU acceleration for Firefox on Linux for X11. Now, this is not enabled by default but you can activate it manually via about: config - you just have to search 'vaapi'and change the relevant values ​​for both results from false to true.

Just restart your browser and you should be good to go. If you experience a problem with your activation, please reverse the steps above to deactivate it.

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Can't run Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020? Play the 1982 version in your browser

 

The Microsoft Flight Simulator is astonishingly beautiful, but it is a pain to download, and it is absolutely exhausting to run on even the highest-end PC hardware today.

If by any chance you don't have the hardware, storage space, or bandwidth to play Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, you can at least experience the Microsoft Flight Simulator story in your browser.

Software engineer and blogger Sebastian Macke has created a page on Github.com which lets you play Microsoft Flight Simulator as it began in 1982, as well as four later versions of the game, all in your browser.

Compare the 1984 flight to the Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 flight above with the one to the right and you can see how far the charts have advanced in the last 36 years. In 1984, however, your imagination filled in the rest, making it one of the most amazing experiences of the time.

The Flight Simulator is famous for its PC version, but it actually started in 1979 on the Apple II as FS1 Flight Simulator. However, Microsoft's version of the simulation is the one that is permanently embedded in people's brains. The original game from 1982 really cemented the beginning of something special on the PC, and now you can play it in your browser.

Macke's version of the 1982 Microsoft Flight Simulator lets you do classic tasks like ringing the Golden Gate Bridge, which we did in the 1984 version on Github.

VPN Private Internet Access (PIA) Server Released New WireGuard Protocol on Linux

In March, Private Internet Access launched WireGuard® support for beta testers in PIA desktop clients and mobile applications. "We are proud to announce that WireGuard support is no longer in beta and is available to all of our users." Said Private Internet Access in his blog post.

WireGuard is officially up and running on our Windows, Mac, and Linux desktop clients, as well as our Android and iOS mobile apps. A big thank you to our beta testers for their help testing our WireGuard implementation. They added.

WireGuard is a relatively new VPN protocol that was first released in 2016. WireGuard's development follows the UNIX philosophy that simply says: Do one simple thing and do it efficiently. As such, WireGuard is less than 4,000 lines of code compared to OpenVPN's decades old which is over 400,000 lines of code.

WireGuard is open source and has been released worldwide under the GPLv2 license. Additionally, WireGuard is officially implemented in the Linux kernel now that it has reached version 1.0. What this means in simple terms is that WireGuard will eventually be usable on all Linux distributions because it will come "pre-installed."

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