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Project Trident Ditches BSD for Linux

Saturday 19th of October 2019 03:13:16 PM
FreeBSD based BSD distribution Trident is not happy with slow development and updates in BSD. They have decided to base their distribution on Linux.

Ubuntu 19.10 ‘Eoan Ermine’ Has Arrived: Downloads Available Now!

Friday 18th of October 2019 02:45:22 AM
Ubuntu and its official flavors have released the 19.10 version. Check what's new in Ubuntu 19.10 and how to download or upgrade to this new release.

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Codename and Release Date

Thursday 17th of October 2019 10:42:38 AM
This is a continually updated article about upcoming Ubuntu 20.04 LTS release. All the important develops associated with this release is added to this page.

Get Certified in Hyperledger Blockchain Tech from Linux Foundation [65% Off]

Tuesday 15th of October 2019 01:20:04 PM
Linux Foundation, the official organization behind Linux, is running a limited time deal on its Hyperledger training and certification courses. This will help in boosting your career as blockchain skills are in high demand.

4 Free and Open Source Alternatives to Adobe Photoshop

Monday 14th of October 2019 12:16:07 PM
Looking for a free Photoshop alternative? Here are some of the best free and open source software that you can use instead of Adobe Photoshop.

10 Ways to Customize Your Linux Desktop With GNOME Tweaks Tool

Sunday 13th of October 2019 06:08:19 AM
GNOME Tweaks is a versatile tool that lets you customize many aspects of your GNOME desktop. This tutorial shows how to install and use GNOME Tweak tool.

How to Unzip a Zip File in Linux [Beginner’s Tutorial]

Wednesday 9th of October 2019 11:20:40 AM
Learn how to unzip a file in Ubuntu and other Linux distributions. Both terminal and GUI methods have been discussed.

5 Best Password Managers For Linux Desktop

Monday 7th of October 2019 12:04:03 PM
A password manager is essential tool so that you don't have to remember complicated passwords. Check out the best password managers available for Linux desktop.

Enable or Disable Automatic Login in Ubuntu [Beginner’s Tip]

Sunday 6th of October 2019 01:22:03 PM
This quick tip shows you how to enable or disable automatic logon in Ubuntu. Step by step screenshots and video will help you breeze through the process.

Use GameHub to Manage All Your Linux Games in One Place

Friday 4th of October 2019 09:03:28 AM
GameHub is a free and open source software for desktop Linux that allows you to manage your games library from different platforms in one single application.

Chuwi GBox Pro Mini PC Review for Linux Users

Thursday 3rd of October 2019 06:46:11 AM
Chuwi GBox Pro is an inexpensive mini PC that could be used as a media center as well. Here is our hands on experience with GBox Pro running on Linux.

Linux Kernel 5.4 to Have Kernel Lockdown and ExFAT Support

Tuesday 1st of October 2019 05:53:39 AM
Linux Kernel 5.4 will be the last major stable kernel release of the year. This release has some big changes that will impact both manufacturers and end users.

Open Source Voice Chat Mumble Makes a Big Release After 10 Years

Saturday 28th of September 2019 04:55:50 AM
Mumble is a free and open source, low latency, high quality voice chat application. A new release has arrived after 10 years and brings much needed improvements to this already awesome application.

GNOME Foundation is Being Sued Because of Shotwell Photo Manager

Wednesday 25th of September 2019 01:35:50 PM
The GNOME Foundation is facing a lawsuit from Rothschild Patent Imaging, LLC. Patent troll Rothschild allege that Shotwell photo manager infringes its patent.

You Can Now Use OneDrive in Linux Natively Thanks to Insync

Wednesday 25th of September 2019 04:56:18 AM
Microsoft's cloud storage is not available on Linux officially. You can use OneDrive on Linux thanks to the latest version of Insync.

The Great Open Source Divide: ICE, Hippocratic License and the Controversy

Tuesday 24th of September 2019 07:46:40 AM
Coraline Ada Ehmke has created “Hippocratic License” that “add ethics to open source projects”. But this seems to be just the beginning of a controversy as the “Hippocratic License” may not be open source at all.

Essential Accessories for Intel NUC Mini PC

Monday 23rd of September 2019 03:38:12 AM
Intel NUC is an excellent gadget that can replace a bulky desktop computer. If you are buying one, you should also consider having these Intel NUC accessories.

Top Open Source Video Players for Linux

Friday 20th of September 2019 10:51:03 AM
Wondering which video player should you use on Linux? Here's a list of top open source video players available for Linux distributions.

Oracle Autonomous Linux: A Self Updating, Self Patching Linux Distribution for Cloud Computing

Thursday 19th of September 2019 05:47:03 AM
Oracle has launched Oracle Autonomous Linux, world's first autonomous operating system to take on cloud giants like Amazon and IBM. Can this be a game changer?

Become A Linux Foundation Certified Sysadmin [65% Off]

Wednesday 18th of September 2019 05:25:43 AM
The Linux Foundation is offering beginner sysadmin and advanced sysadmin training and certification bundle at more than 65% off. You have better career prospect as a certified Linux professional.

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Graphics: Radeon, Mesa and More

  • Open-Source C.A.S. Vulkan Layer - Similar to Radeon Image Sharpening But For Any GPU

    AMD's Radeon Image Sharpening feature is designed to improve image quality with minimal performance costs. However, it is only supported by Radeon Polaris / Vega / Navi graphics cards and only under Microsoft Windows 10. An independent open-source project has implemented contrast adaptive sharpening support for Vulkan that is similar to Radeon Image Sharpening but will work for any Vulkan-enabled GPU -- including NVIDIA GPUs.

  • MSM+Freedreno Driver Stack Adding Support For The Adreno 510 GPU

    While the MSM+Freedreno open-source graphics driver stack already supports the Adreno 500 and 600 series, one of the GPUs not seeing support until now was the basic Adreno 510. Kernel patches are pending for A510 enablement while the Mesa support was already merged. The Adreno 510 is the graphics processor within the Snapdragon 650, 652, and 653 models and used in lower-end devices. With the kernel and Mesa patches, the Adreno 510 is now working on the likes of the Sony Xperia X and X Compact smartphones.

  • AMD Lands Greater Direct State Access Support Within Mesa

    Landing this week in Mesa 19.3-devel were more functions being implemented around the big OpenGL EXT_direct_state_access extension. OpenGL's direct state access functions are intended to allow more OpenGL state to be accessed/updated directly aside form the selector commands. Using EXT_direct_state_access allows for various efficiency improvements.

Programming Leftovers

  • Codeplay Launches Open-Source 'SYCL Academy' To Learn This Increasingly Popular Standard

    While SYCL has been around for five years as a Khronos standard providing a single-source C++ programming model for exploiting OpenCL, it has yet to reach its prime but demand for it is picking up with Intel working to upstream their SYCL back-end in LLVM, SYCL becoming part of their programming model with oneAPI and Xe Graphics, and other vendors also jumping on the SYCL bandwagon. Codeplay has now provided an open-source SYCL learning code for those interested in this higher-level alternative to straight OpenCL programming.

  • Open-Source Build and Test Tool Bazel Reaches 1.0

    Derived from Google's internal build tool Blaze, Bazel is a build and test tool that offers a human-readable definition language and is particularly aimed at large, multi-language, multi-repositories projects. Originally open-sourced in 2015, Bazel has now reached 1.0. One of the major implications of reaching version 1.0 for Bazel is the promise of greater stability and backward-compatibility guarantees. This has been a historical pain point for Bazel users, who often found themselves in the situation of having to rewrite part of their build rules due to frequent breaking changes in Bazel or its ecosystem. Accordingly, the Bazel team has committed to following semantic versioning for future Bazel releases, meaning only major versions will be allowed to include breaking changes. Furthermore, the team committed to maintaining a minimum stability window of three months between major versions.

  • DevOps Deeper Dive: DevOps Accelerates Open Source Innovation Pace

    That rate of innovation has increased dramatically in the last few years. However, much of that innovation would not have been possible if large swaths of the open source community hadn’t been able to employ best DevOps practices to collaborate, said CloudBees CEO Sacha Labourey. [...] None of this shift has been lost on IT vendors. As the demand for proprietary code slackened, many found it profitable to offer support services for open source software. The more there is to consume, the more the support services contracts grew. Now every vendor from IBM to small IT services providers such as Fairwinds has launched open source projects that help drive demand for IT services expertise. “There’s pain around integrating a lot of disparate open source projects,” said Robert Brennan, director of open source software for Fairwinds. “Organizations may be getting software for free, but there’s usually not a lot of help around.” Now almost every IT vendor in the world is making software engineers available to work on open source projects. All that talent focused on open source projects has led to the development of new platforms such as Jenkins, GitHub, Kubernetes and, more recently, a raft of smaller projects. With the rise of containers and cloud-native applications, open source software projects are entering another era that will see many of those same software engineers leveraging DevOps practices more broadly to drive even more innovative projects at increasingly faster rates.

  • Find your next developer from open source communities

    Meanwhile, demand for data scientists is rising as companies seek AI-based solutions to stay competitive. Demand is reflected in salary offers. Companies competing to hire and retain data experts are offering on average more than US$100,000, making it one of the most highly paid professions in the States. For companies lacking the budget to hire or train in-house staff to fill the role, they may find themselves struggling with maintaining technological infrastructure or moving forward with plans for digitization. Therefore, open source learning and further development of communities could be the solution to this gap. An IBM grant to support open source communities such as Girls Who Code, a non-profit organization offering coding lessons for women in the US, is a step forward to filling in a shortage of software developers.

Open source technology, enabling innovation

One of the most exciting projects to come out of the open source revolution is Kubernetes, a tool helping companies running their software on cloud services. It enables them to get the most out of the processing power they’re paying for by identifying machines that are being underutilised. So, if the software detects that a machine is not being optimised, it will load it up with another task so it’s working as hard as it can. Read more