Apps, apps, and, er, a DE

It’s a Sunday, which means it’s time for a concise roundup of recent Linux releases that didn’t merit their own dedicated post.

A rather diverse set of apps and projects made releases in the past week, including two of the most popular code editing apps, what is (arguably) the best open-source video editor, and a desktop favoured by an enlightened few.

Ready? Read on…

Atom 1.22

Github releases an update to its Atom text editor (and then some) each and every month. November was no exception.

Atom 1.22 includes performance improvements when working with large Git projects, and an updated autocomplete-plus feature.

This update also makes it easier to “find the bracket corresponding to the one under your cursor” (though this is an opt-in setting and not default behaviour). See the gif above for a more visual explanation of this.

It’s easy to install Atom 1.22 on Ubuntu as Github provides an installer. If you already have Atom installed you don’t need to do anything as the update should filter down to you through Software Updater.

Visual Studio Code 1.18

Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code is another code editing app that gets a scheduled update every 30 days or so.

Visual Studio Code 1.18 adds a small set of improvements, including:

  • Multi-root workspaces
  • Vertical panel layouts
  • Inline pending change review
  • Extension recommendations

Eagle-eyed editing fans will also notice that the in-app File Explorer now uses color and badge icons to denote modified, added, conflicting and ignored files.

Kdenlive 17.08.3

The final minor update in the 17.08 series, Kdenlive 17.08.3 saw release last week.

The update brings a small set of bug fixes with it, including the ability to sort clip zones by position rather than name and a working app icon for those running it under the Wayland display server.

Hard labour is continuing over in the Kdenlive ‘refactoring branch’, which will ship a leaner, cleaner and more stable codebase as the ‘next generation’ Kdenlive.

For more details on this release, and how to get it on your distribution, head over to the Kdenlive website.

Enlightenment E22

A new version of the Enlightenment window manager (come desktop environment) is out. Enlightenment 0.22 includes:

  • Improved Wayland support
  • Better gadget infrastructure
  • sudo/ssh askpass utility GUI
  • Tiling policy improvements
  • Per-window volume controls
  • Bug fixes

You can install Enlightenment 0.22 on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and above by adding a community PPA to your software sources:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:niko2040/e19
sudo apt update && sudo apt install enlightenment

To try it you need to log out of your current session, select the Enlightenment session from the login screen, and log in.

Football Manager 2018

Scoring day-one Linux support is Football Manager 2018, the insanely popular sports game from Sports Interactive and SEGA.

The latest game in the series — the 5th to support Linux — has a number of new gameplay options and features, a new graphics engine, and a refined user interface.

Also of note:

  • New Dynamics system
  • Better match play graphics
  • Real World Scouting System
  • New Medical Centre
  • New tactics screen
  • Redesigned Fantasy Draft
  • Improved AI in transfer market

Football Manager 2018 for Linux costs £37.99 and is available to buy on Steam.

Football Manager 2018 on Steam

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