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Lumina Desktop Gets Its Own Media Player

Saturday 22nd of April 2017 12:04:44 PM
There's now yet another open-source media player, but this time focused on the BSD-focused Qt-powered Lumina Desktop Environment...

Nouveau 1.0.15 X.Org Driver Released With Pascal Support

Saturday 22nd of April 2017 11:50:19 AM
For those using the xf86-video-nouveau DDX driver rather than the generic xf86-video-modesetting, there is a new release now available...

Libreboot Is Now Considering Whether To Re-Join The GNU

Saturday 22nd of April 2017 11:39:20 AM
After leaving the GNU last year and criticizing the Free Software Foundation and all the drama that ensued after this project was just part of the GNU for months, Libreboot is considering re-joining the GNU...

Heterogeneous Memory Management v20 Published

Saturday 22nd of April 2017 11:19:49 AM
It's looking less and less likely like Heterogeneous Memory Management (HMM) will be mainlined for the Linux 4.12 kernel. This is the long-in-development effort by Jerome Glisse that would benefit CUDA, OpenCL, and more by allow device memory to be transparently used by any device process and for mirroring process address space on a device...

Trying Out The New Installer Of Ubuntu Server

Friday 21st of April 2017 09:49:05 PM
Ubuntu developers today have announced a "tech preview" of their new text-based installer for Ubuntu Server...

Devuan 1.0 Makes It To A Release Candidate: Debian Without Systemd

Friday 21st of April 2017 06:29:36 PM
The first release candidate is now available for Devuan, the fork of Debian that rids the system of systemd...

The Grand Features Of Mesa 17.1: Vega, RadeonSI Shader Cache, Maturing Vulkan, New OpenGL Extensions

Friday 21st of April 2017 02:00:00 PM
We are just a few weeks out from the release of Mesa 17.1 as the latest quarterly update to this important component to the open-source 3D Linux graphics driver stack. With "Mesa 17.1" already having been mentioned in 102 Phoronix articles to date, here's a look at some of the most exciting changes and new features with Mesa 17.1.

Ubuntu 17.10 Release Schedule Published

Friday 21st of April 2017 12:07:37 PM
In addition to the Ubuntu 17.10 codename of Artful Aardvark coming out this week, the release schedule for this next Ubuntu Linux development cycle has also been published...

Linux 4.12 Should Be Another Exciting, Featureful Cycle

Friday 21st of April 2017 11:26:18 AM
If all goes according to plan, the Linux 4.11 kernel will be officially released this weekend and therefore the Linux 4.12 merge window will immediately open for two weeks. There is a lot on our radar for Linux 4.12...

Netflix Should Now Play Nicely On Fedora, Other Linux Distributions

Friday 21st of April 2017 11:12:43 AM
Those trying to run Netflix from Chrome/Firefox on different Linux distributions should now see broader compatibility for this popular streaming service without having to alter your HTTP user-agent strings...

Enlightenment's EFL Wires Up A Focus Manager

Friday 21st of April 2017 10:31:55 AM
A ton of code hit the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries' (EFL) Git tree yesterday with the latest feature activity...

Qt 5.9 Beta 2 Now Available For Testing

Friday 21st of April 2017 10:07:17 AM
Just weeks after the Qt 5.9 Beta debut is now a second beta available for those wishing to test this latest tool-kit work...

BFQ I/O Scheduler Queued For Linux 4.12

Thursday 20th of April 2017 10:18:09 PM
It looks like with the upcoming Linux 4.12 kernel cycle we will finally see the BFQ I/O scheduler merged...

KDE Applications 17.04 Unveiled

Thursday 20th of April 2017 09:16:21 PM
KDE Applications 17.04 is now available as the latest installment to this collection of KDE-focused programs...

Overclocking The Radeon RX 580 Under Linux

Thursday 20th of April 2017 08:19:43 PM
Yesterday I posted the initial Radeon RX 580 Linux benchmarks while now with having more time with this "Polaris Evolved" card I've been able to try out a bit more, like the AMDGPU Linux overclocking support. Here are the ups and downs of overclocking the Radeon graphics card under Linux.

Ubuntu 17.10 Is Artful

Thursday 20th of April 2017 06:42:31 PM
According to Launchpad, it looks like we finally have the codename for the successor to the Zesty Zapus...

Wine 2.0.1 Stable Update, 47 Fixes

Thursday 20th of April 2017 05:46:59 PM
For those preferring stable Wine releases to the bi-weekly development snapshots, Wine 2.0.1 is now available as the first point release to this year's Wine 2.0 debut...

Mir Developers See The Door, No Commits In A Week

Thursday 20th of April 2017 03:23:54 PM
With switching back over to the GNOME desktop, Ubuntu is migrating to Wayland by default as presumed. But Mir is to be maintained for IoT use-cases, according to previous comments by Shuttleworth. However, it looks like multiple developers from the small Mir team were sent packing and there's been no public commits to Mir in the past week...

Ubuntu Server Team Begins Planning For 17.10

Thursday 20th of April 2017 02:11:27 PM
Following the successful launch of Ubuntu 17.04, the Ubuntu Server team is beginning to formalize their plans for Ubuntu 17.10...

Psychec: A Type Inference Engine For C, The C Language Meets Unification

Thursday 20th of April 2017 01:05:57 PM
Psychec is a research project out of the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Brazil that is trying to be a type inference engine for incomplete C code. Here is a small guest post by the Psyche team about their work...

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An Aerospace Coder Drags a Stodgy Industry Toward Open Source

More than a decade ago, software engineer Ryan Melton spent his evenings, after workdays at Ball Aerospace, trying to learn to use a 3-D modeling program. After a few weeks, for all his effort, he could make … rectangles that moved. Still, it was a good start. Melton showed his spinning digital shapes to Ball, a company that makes spacecraft and spacecraft parts, and got the go-ahead he’d been looking for: He could try to use the software to model a gimbal—the piece on a satellite that lets the satellite point. Melton wanted to build the program to save himself time, learn something new. “It was something I needed for me,” he says. But his work morphed into a software project called Cosmos—a “command and control” system that sends instructions to satellites and displays data from their parts and pieces. Ball used it for some 50 flight projects and on-the-ground test systems. And in 2014, Melton decided Cosmos should share its light with the world. Today, it’s been used with everything from college projects to the planet-seeking Kepler telescope. Read more

Laptop Power, Boot Times With Ubuntu 17.04

I haven't posted any mobile/laptop Linux benchmarks recently since my newest laptop at the moment is still based on Broadwell with having no Kabylake laptop at the moment. But for those curious about any power/boot changes for mature Intel Broadwell hardware on Linux, hopefully you find these numbers today interesting. Read more

Open-source EdgeX Foundry seeks to standardize Internet of Things

Security is the Internet of Things' (IoT) Achilles heel. One reason that's so is there is a lack of common IoT development standards. The Linux Foundation, along with 50 companies, is addressing this by building a common open-framework for IoT edge computing and an ecosystem of interoperable components under a new open-source consortium: The EdgeX Foundry. Read more

Samsung’s Tizen-based Breeze-Free Air Conditioners are just the thing for summer

Samsung has got many products that are powered by the Linux based Tizen Operating System, with a particularly strong focus on the Smart Home and wearable tech. Their breeze-free air conditioners are popular, especially with summer fast approaching, and consists of the wall-hanging breeze-free air conditioners and also the stand-type breeze conditioners that joined the range last year. Read more