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Linux 4.7 Kernel Officially Released

4 hours 25 min ago
As expected, the Linux 4.7 kernel was officially released this Sunday afternoon...

The Size Of Different DRM Graphics Drivers In Linux 4.7

8 hours 18 min ago
Last October I looked at The Size Of The Different Open-Source Linux DRM/Mesa Graphics Drivers, but with it being nearly one year since then and Linux 4.7 due out today, I decided to run some fresh L.O.C. measurements on the popular DRM/KMS drivers to see their current sizes...

Hardened Usercopy Appears Ready To Be Merged For Linux 4.8

10 hours 19 min ago
Yet another Linux kernel security feature coming to the mainline kernel that appears readied for the Linux 4.8 merge window is hardened usercopy...

SIGGRAPH 2016 Kicks Off Today: What Exciting News Awaits?

11 hours 50 min ago
SIGGRAPH 2016 kicks off today in Anaheim, California! It will hopefully be an interesting week with news excepted from the likes of The Khronos Group and others...

The Btrfs Windows Driver Updated With RAID Support & Other Features

12 hours 3 min ago
Should you need to access your Btrfs file-systems from Microsoft Windows, an unofficial kernel driver that's been making much progress over the past few months is out with a new version...

PostgreSQL 9.6 Beta 3 Released This Week

12 hours 9 min ago
PostgreSQL 9.6 Beta 3 was released on Thursday as this major database update gets closer to its general availability release later this year...

The Biggest Features Of The Linux 4.7 Kernel

12 hours 26 min ago
If all goes according to plan, the Linux 4.7 kernel will be released before the day is through. Here's a recap of some of the biggest features added for the Linux 4.7 kernel...

Ubuntu & Debian Abandon Intel X.Org Driver For Most Hardware, Moves To Modesetting DDX

Sunday 24th of July 2016 12:27:30 AM
Ubuntu and Debian (and thus other Debian-based distributions too) have abandoned the xf86-video-intel X.Org driver for all recent generations of Intel graphics hardware and instead makes use of the xf86-video-modesetting generic driver in its place...

OpenBenchmarking.org Crosses 19 Million Benchmark Test/Suite Downloads

Saturday 23rd of July 2016 08:00:00 PM
Today OpenBenchmarking.org crossed the milestone of having more than 19 million test profiles and test suites downloaded via the Phoronix Test Suite!..

It Looks Like Systemd 231 Will Soon Be Released, Adds MemoryDenyWriteExecute

Saturday 23rd of July 2016 03:50:00 PM
It's been a while since the last systemd release (230 in May) while it looks like the systemd 231 release is imminent...

Trying The Vulkan Dota 2 & Talos Principle With Intel's Mesa Driver (July 2016)

Saturday 23rd of July 2016 02:29:58 PM
With an Intel Broadwell ultrabook I decided to try out the latest Mesa 12.1-dev Git state with the Intel Vulkan driver to see if Dota 2 and Talos Principle are running happy yet on this open-source driver stack...

Indigo 4 Lets You Have Full Graphics Rendering Over OpenCL

Saturday 23rd of July 2016 01:19:09 PM
Many have hypothesized in the past about implementing full OpenGL for graphics over OpenCL -- or now, implementing OpenGL directly over Vulkan -- while Glare Technologies with their Indigo renderer appears to be one of the first renderers to achieve 100% GPU rendering over OpenCL...

Dolphin Emulator's Vulkan Back-End Is Now Feature Complete

Saturday 23rd of July 2016 01:00:00 PM
Just last month I was writing about the Dolphin Emulator working on a Vulkan back-end and already this back-end is said to be "feature complete" for this open-source Nintendo GameCube/Wii emulator...

Snappy Packaging Happenings In The Fedora, Arch Space

Saturday 23rd of July 2016 12:52:48 PM
This week Canonical hosted a Snappy Sprint in Heidelberg, Germany where they worked to further their new package management solution originally spearheaded for Ubuntu Touch. This wasn't an Ubuntu-only event, but Canonical did invite other distribution stakeholders...

Vulkan-Hpp Launches, Official C++ API For Vulkan

Saturday 23rd of July 2016 12:38:04 PM
The Khronos Group posted to Twitter this morning a public introduction to Vulkan-Hpp, the open-source Vulkan C++ API...

QEMU 2.7 To Support New ARM Boards, Intel Graphics VFIO & More

Saturday 23rd of July 2016 12:28:20 PM
QEMU 2.7.0-rc0 was released yesterday as the first test version of this next feature release...

Khronos Makes Progress On Its GL Transmission Format

Friday 22nd of July 2016 04:27:00 PM
Next week is SIGGRAPH while taking place now in Anaheim, California is the Web3D Conference. From this conference focused around 3D graphics for the web, the glTF 1.0.1 specification was released and more...

Linux 4.7 Notebook Power Testing: Possible Regression When Idling

Friday 22nd of July 2016 04:05:14 PM
With the Linux 4.7 kernel expected to be released this weekend, I did some Linux kernel comparison power measurements from a Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon notebook. Here are those results...

Wine 1.9.15 Lands More Direct3D Work, GDI Performance Improvements

Friday 22nd of July 2016 02:24:35 PM
Wine 1.9.15 is now complete as the latest bi-weekly development snapshot leading up to Wine 2.0 later this year...

GNOME 3.21.4 Released

Friday 22nd of July 2016 02:11:27 PM
GNOME 3.21.4 was announced today as the latest development release of this desktop environment leading up to September's release of GNOME 3.22...

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openSUSE Leap 42.2 Now Merged with SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 Service Pack 2

The development cycle of the openSUSE Leap 42.2 operating system continues, and today we would like to inform our readers about the availability of the third and last Alpha build in the series. Read more

Linux 4.7 and Linux 4.8

  • Linux Kernel 4.7 Officially Released, Introduces Support for Radeon RX480 GPUs
    Today, July 24, 2016, after a week of holiday fun, Linus Torvalds has had the great pleasure of announcing the release of Linux kernel 4.7 for all GNU/Linux operating systems. The Linux 4.7 kernel has been in development for the past two months, but that shouldn't surprise anyone who is either reading our website on a regular basis or keeping pace with the Linux kernel development cycle, which was very normal for this branch. A total of seven Release Candidate (RC) testing builds were released since May 29, 2016, which introduced numerous new features and improvements.
  • The Biggest Features Of The Linux 4.7 Kernel
    If all goes according to plan, the Linux 4.7 kernel will be released before the day is through.
  • The Size Of Different DRM Graphics Drivers In Linux 4.7
    Last October I looked at The Size Of The Different Open-Source Linux DRM/Mesa Graphics Drivers, but with it being nearly one year since then and Linux 4.7 due out today, I decided to run some fresh L.O.C. measurements on the popular DRM/KMS drivers to see their current sizes. This lines-of-code counting was mostly done out of a curiosity factor. In this article I'm just looking at the in-kernel DRM code and not the Mesa drivers, DDX drivers, LLVM back-ends, or anything else in user-space related to the open-source graphics drivers.
  • The Btrfs Windows Driver Updated With RAID Support & Other Features
  • Hardened Usercopy Appears Ready To Be Merged For Linux 4.8
    Yet another Linux kernel security feature coming to the mainline kernel that appears readied for the Linux 4.8 merge window is hardened usercopy. Hardened usercopy was originally based upon GrSecurity's PAX_USERCOPY feature but reworked into a whole new form, according to developer Kees Cook at Google. This hardened usercopy is to be exposed as the CONFIG_HARDENED_USERCOPY option within the kernel.

Ubuntu MATE 16.04.1 LTS Fixes the Raspberry Pi Partition Resizer, Adds MATE 1.14

As part of the Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS (Xenial Xerus) announcement, Martin Wimpress informs us about the release of the Ubuntu MATE 16.04.1 LTS operating systems for users of Ubuntu MATE 16.04 LTS. Ubuntu MATE 16.04.1 LTS is not a major release, and if your Ubuntu MATE 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) installation is up to date, you already have the latest software updates and security patches that have been injected in the new installation mediums generated mainly for those who want to reinstall or deploy the OS on new systems. Read more

elementary OS 0.4 "Loki" Gets New Beta with over 70 Bugfixes, RC1 Coming Next

The guys over elementary OS have released a second Beta version of the highly anticipated elementary OS 0.4 "Loki" operating system, fixing numerous of the issues reported by users since the first Beta. This time, the announcement was made by Daniel 'DanRabbit' Foré, who reports that more than 70 bugs reported by public beta testers since last month's Beta release have been squashed, and that many of the fixes are in fact configuration changes, which means that they won't be available to those running the first Beta build, so they'll have to make a fresh install. Read more