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Phoronix: Intel's Beignet Lands LLVM 4.0 Backend Support

Thursday 13th of April 2017 11:27:06 AM
While Intel's Beignet is a terrific project especially when it comes to being a leading open-source OpenCL implementation that works with OpenCL 2.0 on GPUs (something that can't be said for Radeon with its open-source OpenCL stack consistently lacking and Nouveau not really being usable either), the sad part of it is that Beignet is consistently slow in supporting new versions of LLVM...

TuxMachines: Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) Officially Released, Available to Download Now

Thursday 13th of April 2017 10:36:37 AM

Today, April 13, 2017, Canonical released the final version of the Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) operating system, which has been in development for the past six months, since last October's launch of Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak).

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Phoronix: Unigine Planning For Vulkan Support Later This Year

Thursday 13th of April 2017 10:33:22 AM
This week Unigine Corp released the much anticipated Superposition benchmark and it's a darn beautiful OpenGL 4.5 Linux-friendly graphics test. But, sadly, didn't have any Vulkan rendering option...

TuxMachines: 3 open source boilerplate web design templates

Thursday 13th of April 2017 10:32:26 AM

In the olden days, creating a website from scratch was easy.

With a basic understanding of HTML, and maybe a little CSS, you could put together a pretty functional web page with very little effort. Throw it onto your web server, and you were good to go.

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LXer: Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) Officially Released, Available to Download Now

Thursday 13th of April 2017 10:29:59 AM
Today, April 13, 2017, Canonical released the final version of the Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) operating system, which has been in development for the past six months, since last October's launch of Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak).

Phoronix: GLAMOR 2D Tests On Ubuntu 17.04 With X.Org Server 1.19

Thursday 13th of April 2017 10:25:37 AM
With Ubuntu 17.04 having switched to X.Org Server 1.19 at the last minute, I ran some classic 2D tests from the Zesty Zapus to see how the 2D X11 performance has been impacted thanks to the GLAMOR optimizations that took place for the xorg-server 1.19 cycle...

TuxMachines: German City of Göppingen builds on open source software

Thursday 13th of April 2017 10:22:52 AM

"I would estimate that almost 30 percent of the software we are using (in administration and in 25 schools) is based on open source," Herbert Rettberg, IT manager at the German City of Göppingen said in an interview blog recently published by consultancy firm IT-Novum.

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Reddit: Wait is your opinion about storing all application data in one directory?

Thursday 13th of April 2017 09:31:21 AM

I don't know if this is because I'm new to Linux, but it feels like the way Linux distributions store application data is bit messy. It's nice to have all in a directory like '/apps/(application_name)'. If i want to find the config file in /etc most of the time i have to refer the documentation because the developer has decided to use a weird name for the config or not used directory under the application name. I meant every config, library, and all the other stuff except what should be under /home. So what's your opinion?

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LXer: Tor Security for Android and Desktop Linux

Thursday 13th of April 2017 09:18:34 AM
Internet service providers in the United States have just been given the green light to sell usage history of their subscribers by S J Res 34, opening the gates for private subscriber data to become public. The law appears to direct ISPs to provide an "opt-out" mechanism for subscribers to retain private control of their usage history, which every subscriber should complete.

TuxMachines: Windows Trying to Catch Up With Chromebooks

Thursday 13th of April 2017 08:55:31 AM
  • Will Microsoft’s next attempt to take on cheap Chromebooks fare any better than its last?

    A few years before that, Microsoft tried to take on a different type of small, cheap notebook: the netbook. When Asus launched the original Eee PC in 2007 it ran a Linux-based operating system rather than Windows. For some people that was part of the appeal. For others, it was an obstacle to overcome.

    Part of what prompted me to start this website was the amount of interest there was in my articles about how to install Windows XP on the Eee PC.

    Microsoft lowered the Windows license fees for small, low-cost laptops and Linux netbooks became a thing of the past as more and more PC makers shipped models with Windows software. Then netbooks themselves sort of faded away.

    Or did they? Almost nobody uses the word “netbook” anymore, but their legacy lives on in affordable portable computers including Windows, Android, and iOS tablets and convertibles, cheap Windows notebooks, and perhaps most of all, in Chromebooks.

    Not all Chromebooks are dirt cheap. But some certainly are. And part of the reason is that device makers don’t have to pay for the operating system. Google gives it away for free.

    [...]

    One problem is that new PCs aren’t just competing with Chromebooks. They’re also competing with older PCs. Can’t find a super-cheap 2017 model? Then consider picking up a refurbished 2016 model.

  • Are Chromebooks responsible for PC market growth?

    Chromebook sales have always been a bit of a mystery just like Microsoft’s own Surface sales, but we won’t know the full impact unless Google is willing to share how many are being used on a daily basis. Until then, it’s a guessing game of vague statements from analyst firms, or victory claims in small markets. Either way, it’s about time Chromebooks are considered as PCs by all involved.

  • Hasta la Windows Vista, baby! It's now officially dead – good riddance
  • Windows 10 Creators Update general rollout begins with a privacy dialogue [Ed: Microsoft and privacy do not belong in the same sentence. Vista 10 is malware.]

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LXer: How to install Nextcloud 11 on CentOS 7

Thursday 13th of April 2017 07:52:47 AM
Nextcloud is an open source software for creating and using file hosting services. It has a lot of extra Calendar, Sync and Contacts features, apart from their file hosting features. It is a great free alternative to some popular services such as Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, etc.

LXer: Canonical Enhances Its Ubuntu Linux OS With 'Zesty Zapus' Release

Thursday 13th of April 2017 06:27:01 AM
It's the swan song for Unity ...Zesty Zapus is released on April 13th.

LXer: Pico-ITX SBC duo spins Kaby Lake with different expansion paths

Thursday 13th of April 2017 05:01:15 AM
Axiomtek’s “PICO512” SBC offers 7th Gen Core CPUs plus mini-PCIe and homegrown expansion. A “PICO511” model skips the HDMI port but adds a second mini-PCIe. The PICO512 and PICO511 boards are slight tweaks of last year’s PICO500 PICO-ITX SBC, but with one arguably major difference: a switch from Intel’s 6th Gen “Skylake” Core and Celeron CPUs to 7th Gen “Kaby Lake” chips.

Reddit: Gnome is making installing extensions purposely difficult

Thursday 13th of April 2017 04:33:51 AM

Installing extensions from extensions.gnome.org used to be a simple and straighforward process, just visit the site in Firefox, and enable the extension. Now this doesn't work anymore, the site asks to install a browser extension, which also doesn't work, then it asks for an additional package, that's not even available in the default repositories.

Is this a joke? If Gnome's experience wasn't bad enough already, now they are purposely making it difficult to install extensions.

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Leftovers: OSS

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    Reactide is an Integrated Development Environment built for React, which intends to make React development easier for Software Engineers. The project has been widely praised, amassing over 6,000 stars on GitHub.
  • Airbnb’s new open source library lets you design with React and render to Sketch
    Today, Airbnb’s design team open sourced its internal library for writing React components that easily render directly to Sketch. Instead of trying to get Sketch to export to code, the Airbnb team spent its time on the opposite — putting the paintbrush in the hands of the engineer.
  • [Older] Telecoms copying cloud providers make beeline for open source, say analysts
    The supersonic growth of Amazon Web Services and other cloud providers in the past few years owes much to open-source communities that fed them cutting-edge tech free-of-charge. Now telecom is mimicking this strategy through involvement with the Linux Foundation, according to Scott Raynovich (@rayno) (pictured, right), guest host of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s mobile live streaming studio.
  • Get a Preview of Apache IoT Projects at Upcoming ApacheCon
    The countdown until ApacheCon North America has begun. The blockbuster event will be in Miami this year and runs May 16-18. The Apache community is made up of many niche communities and ApacheCon offers something for all of them. Here, Roman Shaposhnik, Director of Open Source, Pivotal Inc., who is heading the Apache IoT track at the ApacheCon conference, gave us a sneak peek of what the Apache Internet of Things community can look forward to at the event.
  • Free Webinar on Starting a Collaborative Open Source Project
  • Oracle draws curtains on OmniOS
    With its openly stated operational remit of ‘aggressive acquisitions’ (albeit positively aggressive), Oracle is (very) arguably a firm known for buying, swallowing, acquiring those companies it decides to consume.
  • Partners Healthcare, Persistent Systems to develop open-source platform
  • Libreboot Applies to Rejoin GNU
    Last week we reported that after reorganization, Libreboot was considering rejoining GNU and was seeking input from its community to determine the amount of support it had for such a move. From reading the comments posted both on our article on FOSS Force and on Libreboot’s website, it comes as no surprise that the project’s core members feel they have the necessary consesus to proceed. Last night, FOSS Force received an email — sent jointly to us and Phoronix — letting us know of the decision. Rather than repeat what’s already been written and said on the subject (for that, follow the first link above), we’re publishing a slightly edited version of the email, which will pretty much bring everyone up to date on the situation.

Security updates and no more patches from grsecurity (without a fee)

  • Security updates for Wednesday
  • GrSecurity Kernel Patches Will No Longer Be Free To The Public
    The GrSecurity initiative that hosts various out-of-tree patches to the mainline Linux kernel in order to enhance the security will no longer be available to non-paying users. GrSecurity has been around for the better part of two decades and going back to the 2.4 kernel days. In 2015 the stable GrSecurity patches became available to only commercial customers while the testing patches had still been public. That's now changing with all GrSecurity users needing to be customers.
  • Passing the Baton: FAQ
    This change is effective today, April 26th 2017. Public test patches have been removed from the download area. 4.9 was specifically chosen as the last public release as being the latest upstream LTS kernel will help ease the community transition.
  • grsecurity - Passing the Baton
    Anyone here use grsecurity and have any thoughts about this?

Microsoft-Connected Forrester and Black Duck Continue to Smear FOSS