News briefs for March 20, 2018.

GStreamer, the cross-platform multimedia framework, announced[1] a new major stable release yesterday. The new version 1.14.0 has lots of new features and bug fixes, including WebRTC support, "experimental support for the next-gen royalty-free AV1 video codec", Video4Linux encoding support and more. See the release notes[2] for more info.

The Linux Foundation introduced the OpenBMC Project yesterday, which has a goal of defining the open-source implementation of the BMC (Baseboard Management Controller) firmware stack "that will work across heterogeneous systems that include enterprise, HPC, telco, and cloud-scale data centers". See Jim Zemlin's blog post[3] for the details.

Freespire 3.0.8, the open-source equivalent to Linspire OS, was released[4] yesterday. This release contains several bug fixes as well as the KDE Plasma 5 desktop.

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds now has a free mobile version, Ars Technica reports[5]. Downloads are available for all iOS 9.0 and later[6] devices and most Android 5.1.1-and-above[7] devices with at least 2GB RAM.

Mozilla released a security advisory[8] on Firefox last week, regarding out of bounds memory writes, and at the same time released[9] version 59.0.1 with a fix.


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