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LXer: What's new in the Skype for Linux beta

Monday 6th of March 2017 07:39:25 AM
The alpha had enabled you to make video calls to other Linux and Chromebook Skype users, but that was it. This new version let me call cell phones and landline phones with no trouble. The video calls were more troublesome.

TuxMachines: Linux 4.11 RC1

Monday 6th of March 2017 07:13:55 AM
  • Linux 4.11-rc1

    So two weeks have passed, the merge window is over, and 4.11-rc1 has
    been tagged and pushed out.

    This looks like a fairly regular release. It's on the smallish side,
    but mainly just compared to 4.9 and 4.10 - so it's not really
    _unusually_ small (in recent kernels, 4.1, 4.3, 4.5, 4.7 and now 4.11
    all had about the same number of commits in the merge window).

    It _does_ feel like there was more stuff that I was asked to pull than
    was in linux-next. That always happens, but seems to have happened
    more now than usually. Comparing to the linux-next tree at the time of
    the 4.10 release, almost 18% of the non-merge commits were not in
    Linux-next. That seems higher than usual, although I guess Stephen
    Rothwell has actual numbers from past merges.

    Now, about a quarter of the patches that weren't in linux-next do end
    up having the same patch ID as something that was, so some of it was
    due to just rebasing. But still - we have about 13% of the merge
    window that wasn't in linux-next when 4.10 was released.

    Looking at the sources of that, there's a few different classes:

    - fixes.

    This is obviously ok and inevitable. I don't expect everything to
    have been in linux-next, after all.

    - the statx() systen call thing.

    Yeah, I'll allow this one too, because quite frankly, the first
    version of that patch was posted over six years ago.

    - there's the quite noticeable
    split-up series

    This one was posted and discussed before the merge window, and
    needed to be merged late (and even then caused some conflicts). So it
    had real reasons for late inclusion.

    - a couple of subsystems. drm, Infiniband, watchdog and btrfs stand out.

    That last case is what I found rather annoying this merge window.

    In particular, if you cannot follow the simple merge window rules
    (this whole two-week merge window and linux-next process has been in
    place over a decade), at least make the end result look good. Make it
    all look easy and problem-free. Make it look like you know what you're
    doing, and make damn sure the code was tested exhaustively some other

    Because if you bypass the linux-next sanity checks, you had better
    have your own sanity checks that you replaced them with. Or you just
    need to be _so_ good that nobody minds you bypassing them, and nobody
    ever notices your shortcuts.

    Saying "screw all the rules and processes we have in place to verify
    things", and then sending me crap that doesn't even build for me is
    _not_ acceptable.

    You people know who you are. Next merge window I will not accept
    anything even remotely like that. Things that haven't been in
    linux-next will be rejected, and since you're already on my shit-list
    you'll get shouted at again.


  • Linus Torvalds Announces the First Release Candidate of Linux Kernel 4.11

    Just a few moments ago, Linus Torvalds announced the availability of the first Release Candidate (RC) development build of the upcoming Linux 4.11 kernel series, which users can download, compile, and test on their GNU/Linux distributions.

  • Linux 4.11-rc1 Kernel Released

    Linus Torvalds has announced the first test release of the upcoming Linux 4.11 kernel.

    Torvalds' release announcement that just hit the mailing list mostly talks about the size of the merges and a fair amount of material that was merged but hadn't been staged in linux-next, upsetting him some. Beginning with Linux 4.12, Linus will become more strict about seeing that big changes be staged in linux-next for testing.

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Reddit: Vim users that write C++ - what's your setup?

Monday 6th of March 2017 06:26:46 AM

I'm quite used to the prescense of an IDE when coding - at least for the completion functions. I use YouCompleteMe for the job now, but I'm wondering if there's something I'm missing that I just have to hear about (even another editor with similar bindings). Cheers!

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LXer: Red Hat Virtualization (RHV) environment on IBM Power Systems

Monday 6th of March 2017 05:45:03 AM
This article describes how to install and configure RHV components based on RHEL 7.3 LE, on an IBM POWER8 host.

LXer: This Week in Open Source, CNCF Announces 6th Managed Project, Changes in OSS Accelerate SDN & More

Monday 6th of March 2017 03:50:41 AM
This week in open source news, CNCF adds gRPC to list of existing projects, making it the sixth, and other stories.

LinuxToday: Do we really need swap on modern Linux systems?

Monday 6th of March 2017 02:00:00 AM

"How much swap is recommended nowadays? Can I run without swap? Is further tuning possible?"

LXer: Linus Torvalds Announces the First Release Candidate of Linux Kernel 4.11

Monday 6th of March 2017 01:56:19 AM
Linus Torvalds announced the availability of the first Release Candidate (RC) development build of the upcoming Linux 4.11 kernel series, which users can download, compile, and test on their GNU/Linux distributions.

Reddit: What are some good FOSS video games?

Monday 6th of March 2017 01:38:46 AM

I've been playing Minetest for quite some time now and lately I've been having a lot of fun with FreeDoom. Playing these games made me curious about other good FOSS games. So, what are some FOSS games you play and enjoy?

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Phoronix: Running The Ryzen 7 1700 At 4.0GHz On Linux

Monday 6th of March 2017 12:07:46 AM
Many Phoronix readers appear rather intrigued by the AMD Ryzen 7 1700 on Linux as it offers good multi-threaded performance with eight cores / 16 threads and retails for just $329 USD. Making the Ryzen 7 1700 even more appealing to enthusiasts is that it overclocks well. For those curious, here are benchmarks of the Ryzen 7 1700 on Ubuntu Linux running at 4.0GHz.

LXer: Linux and Open Source Lead New Era of Software Development

Monday 6th of March 2017 12:01:57 AM
With the rapid growth of virtualized infrastructure and containerization, open source software and especially Linux are leading the way into a new era of software development. That was the message Al Gillen, vice president of the software and open source group at IDC, told the crowd at the Open Source Leadership Summit in Lake Tahoe in February. In his talk, Gillen charted the growth of Linux and other open source initiatives from 2001 to the present.

Reddit: Linux 4.11-rc1 Released

Sunday 5th of March 2017 11:15:47 PM

Phoronix: Mesa's Shader Disk Cache Now Enabled By Default

Sunday 5th of March 2017 10:31:54 PM
With the recent roll-out of Mesa's on-disk shader cache, an initial limitation was that the entire cache would be erased if a user switched between 32-bit and 64-bit applications. That's now been fixed. And now the OpenGL GLSL shader cache is enabled by default...

LXer: How to secure your LEMP stack

Sunday 5th of March 2017 10:07:35 PM
LEMP, it stands for Linux, (EngineX) NGINX, MariaDB (or MySQL) and PHP. Due to its flexibility and simplicity, NGINX slowly takes over the Internet.In this tutorial, we will attempt, through examples of bad and good practices, to go through the steps of properly securing your Linux web server.

TuxMachines: Linux and Graphics

Sunday 5th of March 2017 09:57:31 PM
  • The New Features Of The Linux 4.11 Kernel
  • Linux 4.11 Doesn't Change The Game For AMD's Ryzen

    Linux 4.11 is worthwhile in that it's bringing ALC1220 audio support, the codec used by many Ryzen (and Intel Kabylake) motherboards, but this next kernel version doesn't appear to change Ryzen's performance.

    I didn't see anything notable this Linux 4.11 merge window with regard to Ryzen for potentially affecting its performance, but I ran some benchmarks this weekend just to confirm.

  • SWR Software Rasterizer Now Supports Geometry Shaders

    Intel's "SWR" software rasterizer living within Mesa now has support for OpenGL geometry shaders.

    Thanks to work that landed today by Intel's Tim Rowley, there is now support for OpenGL geometry shaders in this software rasterizer. The code amounts to over 700 lines of new code to implement GL GS support.

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Leftovers: OSS

  • Communities of Communities: The Next Era of Open Source Software
    We are now about 20 years into the open source software era. You might think that open source simply means publishing the source code for something useful. While this is correct by definition, the most important component of any open source project is its community and how it works together. Open source projects are not isolated islands. In fact, it’s common for them to depend on each other. As new projects are created, it is also common that members come from related projects to work on something new. Apache Arrow is an example of a new project that worked across many related projects, creating a new community that from the beginning knew it needed to build a community of communities.
  • 9 Open Source Storage Solutions: A Perfect Solution To Store Your Precious Data
    Whatever business nature you have, there must be some precious data which you want to store in a secured place. Finding a right storage solution is always critical for business, especially for small and medium, but what if you get a perfect solution at no cost. There is no doubt that business cant runs without data, but while looking for a solution, you might need to spend a fortune to cover all your storage requirements. Open source tools come as the viable solution where you won’t spend money yet get a suitable solution to store your precious data. And don’t worry we will help you to find one of the best.
  • 15 Open Source Solutions To Setup Your Ecommerce Business
    In the past few years, there is a rapid growth in the online sales. According to a survey, more than 40% people are now shifted to online stores and majorly buying products from their smartphones and tablets. With the expeditious rise in the online marketplace, more business introducing online stores. For the big fishes in the industry, the expenses of setting up an online store is like spending peanuts, but for the small or startups, it appears to be a fortune. The smart move could be open source platforms, to begin with as they are not only free also reliable and scalable. One can set up the online store not only quickly as well as, in future if you want to add some of the functionalities, which are available with only premium, can be done by paying quite a small amount.
  • An Industry First: Teradata Debuts Open Source Kylo to Quickly Build, Manage Data Pipelines
  • MUA++ (or on to thunderbird)
  • OpenSSL Re-Licensing to Apache License v. 2.0

    The OpenSSL project, home of the world’s most popular SSL/TLS and cryptographic toolkit, is changing its license to the Apache License v2.0 (ASL v2). As part of this effort, the OpenSSL team launched a new website and has been working with various corporate collaborators to facilitate the re-licensing process.

Linux Graphics

  • Ubuntu 17.04 Still Hasn't Landed X.Org Server 1.19
    While the Ubuntu 17.04 final release is expected to happen in just over two weeks and the final freeze is quickly approaching, X.Org Server 1.19 has yet to land as anticipated into the Zesty Zapus.
  • NV_fill_rectangle Coming To Gallium3D/Nouveau
    Red Hat developer Lyude Paul is working on OpenGL NV_fill_rectangle support for Gallium3D and the Nouveau driver. Lyude has published a set of six patches for adding GL_NV_fill_rectangle support to Gallium3D and wires it up in the Nouveau NVC0 driver for GM200+ hardware.
  • New Engine Reset Capability Being Worked On For Intel DRM Linux Driver
    Intel's Michael Thierry published the fifth version of these patches on Friday. While there has been GPU reset support within the Intel DRM driver in case of hangs, this new engine-reset support is superior as it can reset a particular engine rather than performing a full GPU reset.
  • Vulkan 1.0.45 Released
    Version 1.0.45 is now the latest version of the Vulkan 1.0 specification.

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