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A New Wireless Daemon Is In Development To Potentially Replace wpa_supplicant

8 hours 35 min ago
In addition to the BUS1 presentation, also exciting from the systemd.conf 2016 conference is a thorough walkthrough of a new wireless daemon for Linux being developed by Intel's Open-Source Technology Center...

BUS1, The Successor To KDBUS, Formally Unveiled -- Aiming For Mainline Linux Kernel

9 hours 5 min ago
BUS1 has been in development as an in-kernel IPC mechanism building off the failed KDBUS project. An "RFC" will soon be sent out to Linux kernel developers about BUS1 and the subject will be discussed at next month's Kernel Summit...

Early Benchmarks Of The Linux 4.9 DRM-Next Radeon/AMDGPU Drivers

11 hours 35 min ago
While Linux 4.9 will not officially open for development until next week, the DRM-Next code is ready to roll with all major feature work having been committed by the different open-source Direct Rendering Manager drivers. In this article is some preliminary testing of this DRM-Next code as of 29 September when testing various AMD GPUs with the Radeon and AMDGPU DRM drivers.

Purism Is Still Hoping To Build A GNU/Linux Free Software Librem Smartphone

13 hours 3 min ago
Purism, the startup behind the Librem laptops with a focus on free software and user privacy/freedom, still has their minds set on coming up with a GNU/Linux smartphone...

An Easy Way To Try Intel & RADV Vulkan Drivers On Fedora 24

14 hours 16 min ago
Fedora 25 should have good support for the open-source Vulkan Linux drivers (particularly if it lands the next Mesa release) while Fedora 24 users can now more easily play with the latest Mesa Git RADV and Intel ANV Vulkan drivers via a new repository...

Blender 2.78 Released: Works On VR Support, Adds Grease Pencil

14 hours 26 min ago
Blender 2.78 is now officially released to end out September for this open-source, cross-platform 3D/animation program...

How Ubuntu 16.10 Beta 2 Performance Compares To Some Other Linux Distros

14 hours 37 min ago
The final Ubuntu 16.10 Beta for "Yakkety Yak" was released this week and we found its performance doesn't differ much from Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (with the exception of the newer graphics stack) while here are some results comparing it to other modern Linux distributions...

New Qt 3D Functionality Is Being Worked On

15 hours 5 min ago
Sean Harmer of KDAB is organizing work around some upcoming "major Qt 3D features" for the open-source toolkit...

It's Been Three Years Since Valve Announced SteamOS, Steam Machines

15 hours 50 min ago
This week marks three years since Valve publicly announced Steam Machines, SteamOS, and the Steam Controller...

Libinput X.Org Driver Updated For X.Org Server 1.19

17 hours 3 min ago
Peter Hutterer has announced the release of a new version of xf86-input-libinput, the X.Org DDX driver that makes use of libinput for input handling on the X.Org Server...

Mesa 13.0 Planning For Release At End Of October, Might Include RADV Vulkan

17 hours 8 min ago
Following the mailing list talk over the past two days about doing the next Mesa release, plans are being discussed for releasing at the end of October and it might have just got a whole lot more exciting...

FreeBSD 11.0 Comes Up Short In Ubuntu 16.04 vs. macOS Sierra Benchmarks

Friday 30th of September 2016 12:27:34 AM
Yesterday I published some macOS 10.2 vs. Ubuntu 16.04 LTS benchmarks from a Mac Mini and MacBook Air systems. For those curious if BSDs can outperform macOS Sierra on Apple hardware, I tested the MacBook Air with FreeBSD 11.0 compared to the Linux and macOS results on that Core i5 system. Here are those results.

Budgie-Remix Makes Progress With Ubuntu 16.10 Base, Beta 2 Released

Thursday 29th of September 2016 09:29:23 PM
Budgie-Remix, the unofficial Ubuntu spin making use of the Budgie Desktop, has released its 16.10 Beta 2 milestone following this week's Yakkety Yak Beta 2 release...

Nmap 7.30 Released As Stable With Many Additions

Thursday 29th of September 2016 09:06:56 PM
Nmap 7.30 is now available as the project's latest stable release after a long run of beta versions incorporating new features into this open-source network mapper...

Rust 1.12 Programming Language Released

Thursday 29th of September 2016 07:18:09 PM
Rust 1.12 has been released as the newest version of this popular programming language with a focus on "fast, reliable, productive: pick three."..

Phoronix Test Suite 6.6.1 Released

Thursday 29th of September 2016 05:37:52 PM
Building off Phoronix Test Suite 6.6 that was officially released earlier this month, shipping today is the first and only planned point release to the 6.6-Loppa series...

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II Rolls Out To Linux Gamers, Will Run Fine On Mesa

Thursday 29th of September 2016 03:17:22 PM
Seven years after Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II launched on Windows, the game is rolling out today to Linux along with Chaos Rising and Retribution...

Unity Rolls Out Vulkan Renderer In Preview Form

Thursday 29th of September 2016 02:30:58 PM
Unity today rolled out their first public preview of their Vulkan renderer for this popular cross-platform game engine...

PostgreSQL 9.6 Officially Released With Parallel Query Support

Thursday 29th of September 2016 02:26:08 PM
The PostgreSQL 9.6 database server is now officially released as the project's latest feature release...

Mesa Looks At Switching To Jemalloc For Faster Performance

Thursday 29th of September 2016 01:15:47 PM
Marek Olšák is looking at using the jemalloc memory allocator for faster GLSL compilation and ultimately could redirect all malloc/calloc/realloc/free calls in Mesa to using jemalloc...

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ownCloud Desktop Client 2.2.4 Released with Updated Dolphin Plugin, Bug Fixes

ownCloud is still alive and kicking, and they've recently released a new maintenance update of the ownCloud Desktop Client, version 2.2.4, bringing some much-needed improvements and patching various annoying issues. Read more

Early Benchmarks Of The Linux 4.9 DRM-Next Radeon/AMDGPU Drivers

While Linux 4.9 will not officially open for development until next week, the DRM-Next code is ready to roll with all major feature work having been committed by the different open-source Direct Rendering Manager drivers. In this article is some preliminary testing of this DRM-Next code as of 29 September when testing various AMD GPUs with the Radeon and AMDGPU DRM drivers. Linux 4.9 does bring compile-time-offered experimental support for the AMD Southern Islands GCN 1.0 hardware on AMDGPU, but that isn't the focus of this article. A follow-up comparison is being done with GCN 1.0/1.1 experimental support enabled to see the Radeon vs. AMDGPU performance difference on that hardware. For today's testing was a Radeon R7 370 to look at the Radeon DRM performance and for AMDGPU testing was the Radeon R9 285, R9 Fury, and RX 480. Benchmarks were done from the Linux 4.8 Git and Linux DRM-Next kernels as of 29 September. Read more

How to Effectively and Efficiently Edit Configuration Files in Linux

Every Linux administrator has to eventually (and manually) edit a configuration file. Whether you are setting up a web server, configuring a service to connect to a database, tweaking a bash script, or troubleshooting a network connection, you cannot avoid a dive deep into the heart of one or more configuration files. To some, the prospect of manually editing configuration files is akin to a nightmare. Wading through what seems like countless lines of options and comments can put you on the fast track for hair and sanity loss. Which, of course, isn’t true. In fact, most Linux administrators enjoy a good debugging or configuration challenge. Sifting through the minutiae of how a server or software functions is a great way to pass time. But this process doesn’t have to be an exercise in ineffective inefficiency. In fact, tools are available to you that go a very long way to make the editing of config files much, much easier. I’m going to introduce you to a few such tools, to ease some of the burden of your Linux admin duties. I’ll first discuss the command-line tools that are invaluable to the task of making configuration more efficient. Read more

Why Good Linux Sysadmins Use Markdown

The Markdown markup language is perfect for writing system administrator documentation: it is lightweight, versatile, and easy to learn, so you spend your time writing instead of fighting with formatting. The life of a Linux system administrator is complex and varied, and you know that documenting your work is a big time-saver. A documentation web server shared by you and your colleagues is a wonderful productivity tool. Most of us know simple HTML, and can whack up a web page as easily as writing plain text. But using Markdown is better. Read more