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Lumina Desktop 0.9 Adds Window Compositing Support, New Text Editor

Thursday 5th of May 2016 11:18:46 PM
The BSD-focused Lumina Desktop Environment has released version 0.9 of their open-source, Qt-powered desktop while version 1.0 is expected later this year in step with PC-BSD/FreeBSD 11.0...

ReactOS 0.4.1 Is En Route For Open-Source Windows

Thursday 5th of May 2016 05:32:03 PM
For fans of ReactOS as a project long working on providing an open-source, drop-in-replacement for Windows, a new release is being prepared...

Microsoft's .NET Now Works On NetBSD

Thursday 5th of May 2016 05:23:48 PM
Microsoft's .NET Framework as an open-source project now has support for NetBSD...

NVIDIA Is Making A Big Announcement Tomorrow

Thursday 5th of May 2016 04:36:26 PM
NVIDIA wants you to spend your Friday night with them, at least virtually. There's an exciting unveil tomorrow...

GCC 4.8 To GCC 6.1 Benchmarks For A Complex Program

Thursday 5th of May 2016 04:24:06 PM
Here are some more compiler performance metrics to share of the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) for a complex program...

A $14 USB Thermometer That Works Well With Linux

Thursday 5th of May 2016 02:25:44 PM
If you are in need of a temperature sensor / thermometer that's USB based and plays well with Linux, there's a decent option for just $14 USD.

GNOME's Nautilus File Manager: "Its Best Moment Since It Was Created"

Thursday 5th of May 2016 01:52:22 PM
At various points in GNOME's history the Nautilus file manager has been less than maintained, but these days the situation is much brighter...

Khronos Publishes SPIRV-Cross: Converting SPIR-V To Other Shader Languages, C++

Thursday 5th of May 2016 01:34:37 PM
The Khronos Group this morning opened up the public source access as to their new SPIRV-Cross project, an open-source project for converting the SPIR-V intermediate representation used by Vulkan and OpenCL 2.1+ back into GLSL, C++, and other higher-level languages...

Trying Out Beignet For Intel OpenCL On Ubuntu 16.04, Still No OpenCL 2.0 For Beignet

Thursday 5th of May 2016 12:29:50 PM
Following the recent Iris Graphics of Xubuntu 16.04 vs. Clear Linux vs. Fedora 23 I had some extra time so I decided to fire up Beignet on Ubuntu 16.04 for this Haswell ultrabook...

Bufferbloat Is Still Being Fought In Linux Kernel, Another Big Improvement Queued

Thursday 5th of May 2016 11:34:45 AM
Bufferbloat is the excess buffering of packets resulting in high latency, jitter, and lower network throughput. There's been efforts to battle bufferbloat within the Linux kernel going back a long time while this week another new patch has surfaced...

Hisilicon Kirin DRM Driver To Be Added For Linux 4.7

Thursday 5th of May 2016 02:12:31 AM
On top of the new ARC PGU driver and Allwinner driver there is yet another new Direct Rendering Manager driver set to land for Linux 4.7...

Intel's OpenGL Linux Driver Is Now One Step Closer To GL 4.4: ARB_query_buffer_object

Wednesday 4th of May 2016 08:46:42 PM
With the latest code landing in Mesa Git this afternoon, the GL_ARB_query_buffer_object has been wired up for Intel's i965 OpenGL driver...

DRI3 On (X)Ubuntu 16.04 Still isn't Enough For Intel Graphics To Compete With Others

Wednesday 4th of May 2016 08:36:21 PM
As a follow-up to this morning's article about Intel Graphics Performance: Clear Linux vs. Xubuntu 16.04 LTS vs. Fedora 23 Xfce, here is some more data to look at. With the latest numbers are some Xubuntu 16.04 results when DRI3 was manually enabled for the Intel graphics...

The Latest Freedreno Achievements For Open-Source Adreno Graphics In 2016

Wednesday 4th of May 2016 08:17:29 PM
Red Hat developer Rob Clark has put out a new update concerning the status of his pet project, Freedreno, for providing open-source, reverse-engineered graphics support for Qualcomm Adreno hardware...

Intel Graphics Performance: Clear Linux vs. Xubuntu 16.04 LTS vs. Fedora 23 Xfce

Wednesday 4th of May 2016 03:00:00 PM
With recent benchmarks showing Intel's Clear Linux distribution even being faster for Intel HD Graphics performance compared to other more common distributions like Ubuntu 16.04, I decided to run some more tests and also test Fedora 23 Xfce into the mix.

An Interesting Game Is Coming Powered By Unigine 2, Switched From UE4

Wednesday 4th of May 2016 01:57:12 PM
Unigine 2 has looked like a real beauty at least from screenshots, but sadly there hasn't been any tech demo / benchmark releases off it yet nor any major games to talk about using this updated engine. Fortunately, that's now changing...

KDE's Project Neon Begins Publishing Daily Wayland Images

Wednesday 4th of May 2016 01:43:37 PM
KDE's Project Neon has begun publishing daily images of the latest KDE Plasma stack powered atop Wayland rather than the X.Org Server...

More Direct Rendering Manager Code Gets Aligned For Linux 4.7

Wednesday 4th of May 2016 12:37:39 PM
Several Git branches were pulled in the past few hours into DRM-Next as preparation work for having the Direct Rendering Manager feature updates ready for the Linux 4.7 merge window later this month...

IWOCL 2016 Slides Posted To Learn More About The Latest OpenCL Tech

Wednesday 4th of May 2016 12:03:44 PM
Taking place last month in Vienna was the International Workshop on OpenCL (IWOCL) where much could be learned about this open computing language specification from The Khronos Group...

OpenSUSE Tumbleweed Is Soon Switching To GCC 6, Lands Mesa 11.2.1 & Linux 4.5.2

Wednesday 4th of May 2016 11:48:13 AM
It's an exciting time to be a user of openSUSE's Tumbleweed rolling-release Linux distribution with a number of updates recently landing and others being inbound...

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Security Leftovers

  • Security updates for Thursday
  • OpenSSL patches two high-severity flaws
    OpenSSL has released versions 1.0.2h and 1.0.1t of its open source cryptographic library, fixing multiple security vulnerabilities that can lead to traffic being decrypted, denial-of-service attacks, and arbitrary code execution. One of the high-severity vulnerabilities is actually a hybrid of two low-risk bugs and can cause OpenSSL to crash.
  • Linux Foundation Advances Security Efforts via Badging Program
    The Linux Foundation Core Infrastructure Initiative's badging program matures, as the first projects to achieve security badges are announced.
  • Linux Foundation tackles open source security with new badge program
  • WordPress Plugin ‘Ninja Forms’ Security Vulnerability
    FOSS Force has just learned from Wordfence, a security company that focuses on the open source WordPress content management platform, that a popular plugin used by over 500,000 sites, Ninja Forms, contains serious security vulnerabilities.
  • Preparing Your Network for the IoT Revolution
    While there is no denying that IP-based connectivity continues to become more and more pervasive, this is not a fundamentally new thing. What is new is the target audience is changing and connectivity is becoming much more personal. It’s no longer limited to high end technology consumers (watches and drones) but rather, it is showing up in nearly everything from children’s toys to kitchen appliances (yes again) and media devices. The purchasers of these new technology-enabled products are far from security experts, or even security aware. Their primary purchasing requirements are ease of use.
  • regarding embargoes
    Yesterday I jumped the gun committing some patches to LibreSSL. We receive advance copies of the advisory and patches so that when the new OpenSSL ships, we’re ready to ship as well. Between the time we receive advance notice and the public release, we’re supposed to keep this information confidential. This is the embargo. During the embargo time we get patches lined up and a source tree for each cvs branch in a precommit state. Then we wait with our fingers on the trigger. What happened yesterday was I woke up to a couple OpenBSD developers talking about the EBCDIC CVE. Oh, it’s public already? Check the OpenSSL git repo and sure enough, there are a bunch of commits for embargoed issues. Pull the trigger! Pull the trigger! Launch the missiles! Alas, we didn’t look closely enough at the exact issues fixed and had missed the fact that only low severity issues had been made public. The high severity issues were still secret. We were too hasty.
  • Medical Equipment Crashes During Heart Procedure Because of Antivirus Scan [Ed: Windows]
    A critical medical equipment crashed during a heart procedure due to a timely scan triggered by the antivirus software installed on the PC to which the said device was sending data for logging and monitoring.
  • Hotel sector faces cybercrime surge as data breaches start to bite
    Since 2014, things have become a lot more serious with a cross section of mostly US hotels suffering major breaches during Point-of-Sale (POS) terminals. Panda Security lists a string of attacks on big brands including on Trump Hotels, Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt, Starwood, Rosen Hotels & Resorts as well two separate attacks on hotel management outfit White Lodging and another on non-US hotel Mandarin Oriental.

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