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TuxMachines: Kernel and Graphics: Thunderbolt, Nouveau and More

Saturday 4th of November 2017 03:39:23 AM
  • Linux Foundation Unveils Plans for Machine Learning Project
  • Thunderbolt 3 firmware updates

    I joined Red Hat's Desktop Hardware Enablement team almost a year ago. One of the things that I have been looking into recently is Thunderbolt 3. With kernel 4.13 we got a completely new kernel interface for interacting with it from userspace (the work was done by Intel). One of the two big things this interface provides is updating the firmware (the non-volatile memory, or NVM in short) of the host controller and attached thunderbolt devices. With help from Dell's Mario Limonciello, Intel's Yehezkel Bernat, and of course our own Richard Hughes I created a thunderbolt 3 plugin for fwupd, which device and host firmware updates should show up in GNOME Software (or any other fwupd userspace clients) and updating them should be a breeze. The code landed already in fwupd 0.9.7.

  • PGI Compiler 17.10 Released With CUDA 9.0 Support, OpenMP 4.5 Additions

    The NVIDIA-owned PGI has announced their latest monthly update to their proprietary CPU/GPU compiler stack for Windows, Linux, and macOS systems.

    PGI 17.10 is now available, including its free PGI Community Edition Version 17.10 update. The PGI compiler stack remains geared for HPC applications and supports Fortran/C/C++ and supports multi-core CPUs and NVIDIA GPUs with OpenACC, OpenMP, and CUDA offloading.

  • R600 Gallium3D Receiving Some New Improvements By David Airlie

    In between hacking on the RADV Vulkan driver, managing DRM-Next, and his other activities at Red Hat, David Airlie has now sent landed some improvements to the aging R600 Gallium3D driver and more improvements are on the way.

    Yesterday were several new R600 commits for this driver that supports from the ATI Radeon HD 2000 series through the AMD Radeon HD 6000 series graphics processors.

  • Nouveau DRM Changes Queued For Linux 4.15

    The Nouveau DRM kernel driver changes have now been submitted and pulled into DRM-Next for Linux 4.15.

    This open-source NVIDIA driver for Linux 4.15 includes Pascal temperature support, improved BAR2 handling, faster suspend process, a rework of the MMU code and proper support for Pascal's new MMU layout, the MMU changes allow for improving the user-space APIs at a later date, and various fixes.

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TuxMachines: Slax Is Planning A Return, But Will No Longer Be Slackware-Based

Saturday 4th of November 2017 03:36:05 AM

Longtime Linux users will likely recall the Slax distribution from back in the day that was Slackware-based, shipped with KDE, and offered a pretty nice live OS experience while being highly modular and made it easy to re-spin derivatives. Now it's coming back in new form.

Slax creator Tomáš Matějíček has been working on a new Slax release after being on a nearly half-decade hiatus. But in this renewed Slax, Slackware is no longer being used as a base but instead Debian. Tomas said he's moving to Debian out of "laziness" with Debian offering a much better and easier starting experience than Slackware in its current state. Debian's extensive package archive is another reported reason for choosing it.

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TuxMachines: Tor Improvements and Bugfix

Saturday 4th of November 2017 03:29:52 AM
  • Next-Gen Algorithms Make Tor Browser More Secure And Private, Download The Alpha Now

    Tor, the anonymity network was in need of an upgrade, as the world started raising concerns about its reliability. It was this year only when a hacker managed to take down almost 1/5th of the onion network.

    The possible applications of Tor have reached far ahead than calling it a grey market for drugs and other illegal things. It’s already actively used for the exchange of confidential information, file transfer, and cryptocurrency transactions with an expectation that nobody can track it.

  • TorMoil Vulnerability Leaks Real IP Address from Tor Browser Users

    The Tor Project has released a security update for the Tor Browser on Mac and Linux to fix a vulnerability that leaks users' real IP addresses.

    The vulnerability was spotted by Filippo Cavallarin, CEO of We Are Segment, an Italian company specialized in cyber-security and ethical hacking.

  • Critical Tor flaw leaks users’ real IP address—update now

    Mac and Linux versions of the Tor anonymity browser just received a temporary fix for a critical vulnerability that leaks users' IP addresses when they visit certain types of addresses.

    TorMoil, as the flaw has been dubbed by its discoverer, is triggered when users click on links that begin with file:// rather than the more common https:// and http:// address prefixes. When the Tor browser for macOS and Linux is in the process of opening such an address, "the operating system may directly connect to the remote host, bypassing Tor Browser," according to a brief blog post published Tuesday by We Are Segment, the security firm that privately reported the bug to Tor developers.

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TuxMachines: Games: F1 2017, Distant Star: Revenant Fleet, Human: Fall Flat, Natural Selection 2, Dota 2 Vulkan

Saturday 4th of November 2017 03:12:10 AM

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Reddit: Good distro/DE/"flavour" with good UI scaling?

Saturday 4th of November 2017 03:02:35 AM

Hi, I recently changed my LCD panel on my thinkpad x260 to a 1920x1080 (max resolution) FHD screen, from a 1366x768 TN screen. Running xubuntu. The new screen is night v. day, where the 1080 screen is day, and I love the colours and brightness.

However, xubuntu doesn't seem to support any UI scaling other than just font scaling. I really like Xubuntu, but I would probably want to switch to another linux flavour with UI scaling settings. I like a simple light weight OS, but I'm not a linux expert by any means. I hear that elementary OS is good for this, any other recommendations?

Thanks!

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Reddit: Broadcom Explores Deal to Buy Chipmaker Qualcomm

Saturday 4th of November 2017 02:26:25 AM

LXer: Laptops Vs. Desktops – The Final Answer

Saturday 4th of November 2017 02:23:45 AM
Laptops V/S Desktops. This has been a long-running debate with loyal supporters for each side. However, one cannot blindly choose a side just by seeing the glitter and gold. Choosing one over the other will define your entire computing experience. So it is of utmost importance to know the pros and cons of each before cashing in on anyone.

Reddit: Photo sharing between Linux and OSX

Saturday 4th of November 2017 02:15:38 AM

So as the title implies I'm looking to consolidate my photo library into one. Sounds simple but my wife uses OSX and I Linux. I'm setting up my old Mac Mini with Ubuntu server as a file server so I world like this to house my photo database. Am I overthinking this and just use an online service (Google photos etc)? What do others here use?

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Reddit: How to Install LineageOS on Raspberry Pi

Saturday 4th of November 2017 01:37:09 AM

Reddit: Samba 4.x Ready Yet?

Saturday 4th of November 2017 01:25:55 AM

I have a lot of clients with small networks, 8-15 computers.

I need single sign on, folder redirection, maybe roaming profiles, deployable printers via policy, mapping network drives and a few simple things like that. Some group policies on simple stuff would be nice.

Anyone out there using Samba 4 as their sole domain controller? Is it up to the job?

There are some canned distros for the purpose, anyone tried them, have opinions?

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TuxMachines: The November 2017 Issue of the PCLinuxOS Magazine

Saturday 4th of November 2017 01:23:54 AM

The PCLinuxOS Magazine staff is pleased to announce the release of the November 2017 issue. With the exception of a brief period in 2009, The PCLinuxOS Magazine has been published on a monthly basis since September, 2006. The PCLinuxOS Magazine is a product of the PCLinuxOS community, published by volunteers from the community.

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Reddit: Do people who say "I'd switch to linux if X application worked" annoy you?

Saturday 4th of November 2017 01:10:41 AM

I find that people who say they'd switch to linux if XYZ programe were avaliable actually have zero intent on switching.

My mum said she'd switch to mint if photoshop worked and I tell her gimp is just as good and she tells me "Oh it was crappy last time I used it and it's in seperate windows" And I say well you're not doing anything in photoshop that gimp cannot do, all you do is touch up pictures taken from your phone, and yes gimp can be set to single window mode and the last time she tried it was like 2004 or something.

Why do people NEED ms office? why do people NEED the adobe suite why do people NEED itunes, their are better alternatives that work great on linux and I highly doubt the 99% of people who use ms office or adobe photoshop use the super advanced tools that libre office, google docs and gimp cannot use.

I use to think I couldn't switch because I needed overwatch, but than the new team fortress update came out and I fell in love with tf2 again, it's so much deeper and requires so much more skill than overwatch and there are tons of goofy moments that just don't happend in overwatch and the community is less toxic and filled with try hards. Now I'm getting older and more cynacle I'm realising almost all "Tripple A games" are filled with shitty gambling focused loot boxes which take away from the experience and the $80 AUD basic edition gets you very little game now. Nowadays I appreciate and sink hours into simple 2d indie games like hollow knight and steam world dig 2 which have given me much more fun than any tripple A game has for a long time. You miss very little when you actively get yourself out of the windows gaming scene and ignore Tripple A releases

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LXer: Skylake-based touch panels offer up to IP69 protection

Saturday 4th of November 2017 12:57:58 AM
Wincomm’s Linux-ready “WTP-9E66” resistive touch-panel PCs come in IP66 protected 15-, 19-, and 22-inch models, with optional PCAP, IP67, and IP69. Some Wincomm products are listed only with Windows support, but the new WTP-9E66 touch-panel series has no OS listed, and Wincomm informs us that all of its x86-based embedded touch-panel, signage, and industrial computers can also work with Linux.

LXer: Galit Shmueli et al.'s Data Mining for Business Analytics (Wiley)

Friday 3rd of November 2017 11:32:12 PM
The updated 5th edition of the book Data Mining for Business Analytics from Galit Shmueli and collaborators and published by Wiley is a standard guide to data mining and analytics that adds two new co-authors and a trove of new material vis-[he]aacute[/he]-vis its predecessor.

Reddit: Piping fun in shell with fortune and cowsay

Friday 3rd of November 2017 10:58:54 PM

Reddit: New Slax is coming

Friday 3rd of November 2017 10:39:35 PM

LXer: The 10 best ways to secure your Android phone

Friday 3rd of November 2017 10:06:25 PM
Malware makers, phishers, they really are all out to get you. Here[he]#039[/he]s how to stop them in their tracks. The most secure smartphones are Android smartphones. Don't buy that? Apple's latest version of iOS 11 was cracked a day -- a day! -- after it was released. So Android is perfect? Heck no!

Reddit: The Linux Desktop NetMarketShare is trending up for the year. Great news for privacy or ?

Friday 3rd of November 2017 10:02:07 PM

Windows is still the 800 lb. gorilla when it comes to operating systems, but the trend data at NetMarketShare shows Linux is making some headway.

The Linux distro trend is up for 2017, while the Windows trend is down.

Linux distros started the year at 2.27% and were at 2.98% at the end of October. Windows began 2017 at 91.41% and ended October at 90.77%.

Could gains for Linux be coming from Windows defectors?

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