Collabora Announces xrdesktop, Blender 2.8 Released, Arduino Selects Auth0 as Its Identity Management Platform of Choice, Microway Showcasing Its Data Science WhisperStation at PEARC19 and KDE Plasma Maintenance Update

News briefs for July 31, 2019.

yesterday announced xrdesktop. This new open-source project “enables interaction with traditional desktop
environments, such as GNOME and KDE, in VR. Sponsored by Valve, xrdesktop
makes window managers aware of VR and is able to use VR runtimes to render
desktop windows in 3D space, with the ability of manipulating them with VR
controllers and generating mouse and keyboard input from VR.” See the wiki
for instructions on how to install xrdesktop.

Blender 2.80 has
been released. This new version “features a redesigned user
interface that puts the focus on the artwork that you create. A new dark
theme and modern icon set were introduced. Keyboard, mouse and tablet
interaction got a refresh with left click select as the new default. Quick
Favorites menus provide rapid access to often-used tools.” See the Release
Notes for details.

Auth0 announces Arduino has selected Auth0 as its identity management
platform of choice. Auth0 will be replacing Arduino’s own Single Sign On
solution for all of its public-facing web properties. From the announcment: “Arduino discovered its homegrown authentication solution would not scale to
meet the rapidly developing needs of its growing global community, and
reached out to Auth0. In addition to Single Sign On, Arduino will take
advantage of Auth0’s new Universal Login, which enables developers to
completely customise their branded authentication experiences quickly, and
Device Flow for browserless or input-constrained devices.”

Microway is showcasing its Data Science WhisperStation, a Unique
Ua-Quiet NVIDIA Data Science Workstation, at PEARC19 in Chicago this week
(ending on August 1st). From the press release: “Up to 10 times faster than
CPU solutions from data preparation to result, the Data Science
WhisperStation helps data scientists, analysts, and engineers transform
massive datasets into insights in less time.” You can learn more about PEARC
here, and more about the Data
Science WhispterStation here.

KDE released the fourth maintenance update to the latest KDE Plasma 5.16
desktop environment. The release adds three weeks’ worth of new
translations and a few bug fixes, which are small but important. See the full
changelog for details.

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