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Xfce4-Panel Release With Working GTK3 Support

2 hours 17 min ago
Simon Steinbeiß has announced the debut of the first GTK+3 release of the xfce4-panel package...

Mageia 6 Reaches Release Candidate Phase

2 hours 39 min ago
After being challenged by set backs, Mageia 6 is out in release candidate form...

Mutter 3.25.2 Has Bug Fixes, Some Performance Work

4 hours 35 min ago
Florian Müllner has pushed out an updated Mutter 3.25.2 window manager / compositor release in time for the GNOME 3.25.2 milestone in the road to this September's GNOME 3.26 release...

Opus 1.2 Audio Codec Enters Beta

5 hours 1 min ago
It's been a while since hearing much about the royalty-free, open-source Opus audio codec but three updates are out today...

Arcan 0.5.2 Released: That Display Server Built On A Game Engine, Now Tackling VR

9 hours 15 min ago
Arcan 0.5.2 has been released as the newest version of the open-source display server project built in part using a game engine that has also been working on X.Org and Wayland compatibility...

Clear Linux Switches From Xfce To GNOME, Benchmarks

11 hours 20 min ago
The Intel-developed high-performance Clear Linux operating system has decided to shift their desktop focus from Xfce to GNOME.

Thunderbolt To Be Offered As A Royalty-Free Industry Specification

11 hours 22 min ago
Intel is looking to make Thunderbolt more widely-adopted by industry players...

Unreal Engine 4.16 Brings New Rendering Features, Performance Improvements

13 hours 21 min ago
Epic Games has announced the release of Unreal Engine 4.16 as the latest feature release to the UE4 game engine...

David Airlie Is Bringing OpenGL 4.2 To More R600 Gallium3D Hardware

14 hours 56 min ago
David Airlie is breathing some new open-source life into older Radeon GPUs with his "R600g-Rats" branch where he's bringing OpenGL 4.2 and other features to this older driver...

Some Logitech Hardware Can Now Be Flashed Under Linux With Fwupd

15 hours 20 min ago
Richard Hughes of Red Hat has managed to support firmware updating of Logitech devices under Linux with fwupd...

Qt Creator 4.3 IDE Officially Released

16 hours 21 min ago
Just a short time after issuing the Qt 5.9 release candidate, The Qt Company has now unveiled the final release of Qt Creator 4.3...

GCC Developers Potentially Deprecating Intel MPX

16 hours 26 min ago
It was just with GCC 6 that MPX support was flipped on with Intel's Memory Protection Extensions (MPX) just premiering with Skylake CPUs. But now GCC developers are thinking about potentially deprecating this feature...

Qt 5.9 Release Candidate Available For Testing

16 hours 39 min ago
Running just slightly behind schedule, the Qt 5.9 release candidate is now available for last-minute testing of this next tool-kit update...

Wayland's XDG-Shell Preparing For Stable

17 hours 19 min ago
Wayland developer Jonas Ådahl is preparing to promote the XDG-Shell interface from unstable to stable...

Kodi 17.2 Released To Fix Security Issue, Bugs

17 hours 33 min ago
Kodi 17.2 has been released and all users of this HTPC software are encouraged to upgrade due to a security fix...

Freedreno Gallium3D Enables NIR By Default

Tuesday 23rd of May 2017 09:50:35 PM
Freedreno Gallium3D as the open-source, reverse-engineered driver for Qualcomm Adreno graphics hardware has switched to using NIR by default...

Trying Out MESA_NO_ERROR / KHR_no_error Support On Mesa 17.2-dev

Tuesday 23rd of May 2017 07:27:08 PM
Merged last month into Mesa Git and improved since then with follow-up commits has been KHR_no_error support for reducing the overhead of the OpenGL drivers by disabling certain error handling for OpenGL games/applications. This in turn can free up some CPU utilization and possibly lead to power-savings too...

Btrfs RAID 0/1/5/6/10 Benchmarks On Linux 4.12

Tuesday 23rd of May 2017 04:40:07 PM
With Btrfs RAID 5/6 seeing fixes in Linux 4.12, if you are re-evaluating the setup of a Btrfs native RAID array, here are some fresh benchmarks using four solid-state drives.

31 More AMDGPU DC/DAL Patches Enter The Queue

Tuesday 23rd of May 2017 03:46:54 PM
AMD's Harry Wentland has sent out the latest round of patches to the yet-to-be-merged DC display stack (formerly known as "DAL") for the AMDGPU kernel driver...

Igalia Making Progress On Improving Chromium Wayland

Tuesday 23rd of May 2017 02:51:40 PM
Igalia developers have been working on improvements to better supporting Google's Chromium/Chrome web-browser under Wayland and should eventually be upstreamed...

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Security Leftovers

  • Security updates for Wednesday
  • Microsoft says its best not to fiddle with its Windows 10 group policies (that don't work)

    On Monday, we revealed that a security researcher had used a packet sniffer to show that many settings designed to prevent access to the internet were being ignored with connections to a range of third party servers including advertising hubs.

  • What's got a vast attack surface and runs on Linux? Windows Defender, of course
    Google Project Zero's Windows bug-hunter and fuzz-boffin Tavis Ormandy has given the world an insight into how he works so fast: he works on Linux, and with the release of a personal project on GitHub, others can too. Ormandy's project is to port Windows DLLs to Linux for his vuln tests (“So that's how he works so fast!” Penguinistas around the world are saying). Typically self-effacing, Ormandy made this simple announcement on Twitter (to a reception mixing admiration, humour, and horror):
  • Hacked in Translation – from Subtitles to Complete Takeover
    Check Point researchers revealed a new attack vector which threatens millions of users worldwide – attack by subtitles. By crafting malicious subtitle files, which are then downloaded by a victim’s media player, attackers can take complete control over any type of device via vulnerabilities found in many popular streaming platforms, including VLC, Kodi (XBMC), Popcorn-Time and strem.io. We estimate there are approximately 200 million video players and streamers that currently run the vulnerable software, making this one of the most widespread, easily accessed and zero-resistance vulnerability reported in recent years.
  • A Samba remote code execution vulnerability
    Distributors are already shipping the fix; there's also a workaround in the advisory for those who cannot update immediately.

KDE, Qt, GTK and GNOME News

  • KDE Plasma 5.8.7 LTS Desktop Environment Released with over 60 Improvements
    KDE has announced today the release and immediate availability of the seventh maintenance update to the long-term supported KDE Plasma 5.8 desktop environment. KDE Plasma 5.8.7 LTS is now considered the latest stable and most advanced version of the KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS (Long Term Support) desktop environment, which some of you out there are probably using on your favorite GNU/Linux distributions instead of a short-lived branch like KDE Plasma 5.9 or the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.10 release.
  • Summer of Coding!
    After a month of dread and panicking about the fact that Google Summer of Code results are announced in the middle of exam season... I'm happy to say I'll be doing the Rust plugin for KDevelop!
  • Qt 5.9 Release Candidate Available For Testing
  • Qt 5.9.0 RC released
    We have released Qt 5.9.0 RC today. You can update it at the top of your Qt 5.9 beta(4) online installation or do clean installation by using qt online installer. Detailed instructions here: https://wiki.qt.io/How_to_get_snapshot_via_online_installer .
  • The Road to GTK+ 4 Continues, New Milestone Adds Initial OS X and Meson Support
    A new milestone was released recently, GTK+ 3.91.0, which adds quite a bunch of improvements and bug fixes, but also some new APIs and compatibility with other supported operating systems besides those based on the Linux kernel. For example, GTK+ 3.91.0 implements initial support for Apple's macOS platform, which will make it possible to run apps written in GTK+ 4 on OS X.
  • Epiphany Browser Updated for GNOME 3.25.2 with New Shortcuts for Switching Tabs
    Ahead of today's GNOME 3.25.2 desktop environment development release, the team of developers behind the Epiphany web browser have released the second milestone towards the Epiphany 3.26 stable series, due out later this year.