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Systemd 216 Piles On More Features, Aims For New User-Space VT

2 hours 29 min ago
Lennart Poettering announced the systemd 216 release on Tuesday and among its changes is a more complete systemd-resolved that has nearly complete caching DNS and LLMNR stub resolver, a new systemd terminal library, and a number of new commands...

Mesa 10.2.6 Has Plenty Of OpenGL Driver Bug Fixes

6 hours 1 min ago
For those living on the Mesa 10.2 stable series rather than the experimental Mesa 10.3 code, there's a new point release out today...

Wasteland 2 Gets An Official Release Date

7 hours 23 min ago
Brian Fargo's Wasteland 2 game that's the successor to the original Wasteland from two decades ago now has an official release date.....

Dead Island For Linux Appears Imminent

8 hours 31 min ago
Dead Island is a action role-playing game developed by Techland for all major platforms and is based on a zombie-infested open world island. There's been talk of a potential Linux port and it looks like it might finally be materializing for Linux gamers...

LXQt 0.8 Is Being Released Soon

9 hours 6 min ago
Fans of LXQt, the merge of the Qt version of LXDE along with the Razor-qt desktop project, will soon see out a big update...

Linux 3.17 Lands Memfd, A KDBUS Prerequisite

9 hours 37 min ago
There's many new features to Linux 3.17 that were covered over the past two weeks on Phoronix. One of the merged Linux 3.17 features that went under our radar at the time was the new memfd syscall was merged, which is a requirement of the forthcoming KDBUS, the kernel-based D-Bus implementation sought after by the systemd crew...

Humble Jumbo Bundle 2 Shafts Linux Gamers

11 hours 35 min ago
The Humble Jumbo Bundle 2 was just announced with "$210 worth of awesome games" that can be found on Steam, but before Linux gamers get too excited, they're mostly left in the dust...

Ubuntu 14.10's Feature Freeze Is This Wednesday

11 hours 42 min ago
For good or bad, it sure seems like time flew by the past few months of the Ubuntu 14.10 development cycle; the feature freeze for the Utopic Unicorn is this week...

New VM Software Claims To Be 4.5x Faster Than QEMU

12 hours 36 min ago
Eltechs is preparing to introduce ExaGear Desktop next month as new proprietary software for running Linux x86 software on Linux ARM using their own virtual machine technology...

Kpatch Gets Exposure This Week, kGraft Misses Out

13 hours 45 min ago
This week at LinuxCon Chicago are two talks about Red Hat's Kpatch live kernel patching solution to reduce downtime. However, there aren't any scheduled talks about SUSE's kGraft solution with neither yet being in the mainline kernel...

Btrfs Gets Talked Up, Googler Encourages You To Try Btrfs

15 hours 52 min ago
This week at LinuxCon North America in Chicago is a presentation by Google's Marc Merlin that's entitled "Why you should consider using btrfs, real COW snapshots and file level incremental server OS upgrades like Google does." The presentation does a good job at looking at the state of Btrfs on Linux and comparing it to ZFS...

Mesa Now Supports Another OpenGL 4.5 Extension

16 hours 22 min ago
While Mesa is still racing towards OpenGL 4.0 compliance, another OpenGL 4.5 extension can now be crossed off the Mesa TODO list...

XBMC 13.2 Released, One Of The Last Before Kodi

16 hours 31 min ago
XBMC 13.2 has been released as one of the last "Gotham" series bug-fix releases before the project renames itself to Kodi...

C++14 Is Complete

17 hours 55 min ago
The ISO C++14 draft international standard was unanimously approved and is now clear for publication...

AMD Launches Radeon R7 Series SSDs

18 hours 4 min ago
Not to be confused with the Radeon R7 graphics cards, AMD today officially announced the Radeon R7 SSD line-up...

Linux Foundation Pushes Two-Factor Authentication For Git

Monday 18th of August 2014 08:21:35 PM
The Linux Foundation is pushing for two-factor authentication for Kernel.org Git repositories...

Ubuntu MATE On Track To Become An Official Spin

Monday 18th of August 2014 07:52:01 PM
Ubuntu MATE is making progress as becoming an official Ubuntu derivative using the GNOME2-forked desktop environment...

NIR: A New IR Developed For Mesa That's Better Than GLSL IR

Monday 18th of August 2014 06:05:32 PM
Connor Abbott, the open-source developer that began contributing to the Lima Linux graphics driver while a high school student, was interning at Intel this summer even before starting college. Over the summer the focus of his Intel Linux internship was focusing on developing a new intermediate representation for Mesa graphics drivers...

Coreboot Now Works On The Older MacBook 1,1 Too

Monday 18th of August 2014 03:50:00 PM
As an update to yesterday's story about Coreboot now working for the MacBook 2,1 model, with today's Git activity the open-source BIOS/UEFI replacement will also work with the even older 1,1 model...

LinuxCon Is This Week In Chicago

Monday 18th of August 2014 02:30:00 PM
The Linux Foundation's LinuxCon North America event is happening this week in Chicago...

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Black Hat 2014: Open Source Could Solve Medical Device Security

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Does government finally grok open source?

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The OS LinuX Desktop

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