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GNOME 3.34 Should Be Hitting Clear Linux "Soon-ish"

Friday 20th of September 2019 07:32:48 AM
For those anxious to make use of GNOME 3.34 with its many own performance improvements atop Intel's performance-optimized Clear Linux rolling-release distribution, it looks like the wait is still going on for a few more days but is coming "soon-ish" to the platform...

OpenZFS Could Soon See Much Better Deduplication Support

Friday 20th of September 2019 05:23:38 AM
The OpenZFS file-system could soon be seeing better data deduplication support...

EXT4 Brings New Debugging Ioctls For Linux 5.4

Friday 20th of September 2019 04:03:54 AM
Like the mostly mundane Btrfs and XFS changes with the Linux 5.4 merge window, the EXT4 file-system activity is mostly focused on fixes too but also new debugging ioctls...

Node.js Brought To BeOS-Inspired Haiku Open-Source OS

Thursday 19th of September 2019 11:28:05 PM
Haiku as the open-source operating system that still maintains BeOS compatibility continues tacking on modern features and support for software well past the days of BeOS...

Linux 5.4 DRM Pull Submitted With AMD Navi 12/14, Arcturus & Renoir Plus Intel Tigerlake

Thursday 19th of September 2019 09:17:00 PM
While we've known about the many features for a while if you are a faithful Phoronix reader, today the Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) graphics driver changes were sent in for the Linux 5.4 kernel...

LLVM 9.0 Released With Ability To Build The Linux x86_64 Kernel, Experimental OpenCL C++

Thursday 19th of September 2019 06:05:00 PM
It's coming almost one month behind schedule, but LLVM 9.0 is out today along with the Clang 9.0 C/C++ compiler and associated sub-projects for this open-source compiler infrastructure...

KDE Plasma 5.17 Beta Rolls Out With Wayland Improvements, Overhauled Settings

Thursday 19th of September 2019 03:44:56 PM
The beta release is out today for KDE Plasma 5.17...

A Total War Saga: TROY Seeing A Native Linux Port Next Year

Thursday 19th of September 2019 02:19:06 PM
Creative Assembly revealed Total War Saga: TROY on Wednesday for release next year. Feral Interactive has announced they are porting this latest Total War game to macOS and Linux...

Running The AMD "ABBA" Ryzen 3000 Boost Fix Under Linux With 140 Tests

Thursday 19th of September 2019 01:00:00 PM
Last week AMD's AGESA "ABBA" update began shipping with a fix to how the boost clock frequencies are handled in hopes of better achieving the rated boost frequencies for Ryzen 3000 series processors. I've been running some tests of an updated ASUS BIOS with this adjusted boost clock behavior to see how it performs under Linux with a Ryzen 9 3900X processor.

Valve's ACO Shader Compiler For The Mesa Radeon Vulkan Driver Just Landed

Thursday 19th of September 2019 10:51:23 AM
It was just two days ago that Valve's performance-focused "ACO" shader compiler was submitted for review to be included in Mesa for the "RADV" Radeon Vulkan driver. Just minutes ago that new shader compiler back-end was merged for Mesa 19.3...

Mesa's Disk Cache Code Now Better Caters To 4+ Core Systems

Thursday 19th of September 2019 10:16:42 AM
Most Linux gamers these days should be running at least quad-core systems so Mesa 19.3 has been updated to reflect that reality with the number of CPU threads used by their disk cache...

Microsoft's Latest Open-Source Contribution: A New Font For Terminals & Code Editors

Thursday 19th of September 2019 10:10:00 AM
This week Microsoft not only open-sourced their C++ standard library (STL) but they have also now shipped Cascadia Code...

BLK-IOCOST Merged For Linux 5.4 To Better Account For Cost Of I/O Workloads

Thursday 19th of September 2019 10:02:36 AM
The Linux 5.4 block subsystem changes brings the new blk-iocost model...

Performance-Boosting DFSM Support Flipped On & Off For RADV Vulkan Driver

Thursday 19th of September 2019 08:46:18 AM
Back in July of last year the RADV Vulkan driver enabled primitive binning and DFSM for this open-source Radeon Vulkan driver. Well, it thought it enabled DFSM support and paired with the binning did yield a minor performance benefit at the time for Raven Ridge APUs. But now it turns out the DFSM support wasn't properly wired up and is now addressed but is currently introducing a performance regression...

Btrfs & XFS File-Systems See More Fixes With Linux 5.4

Thursday 19th of September 2019 07:03:54 AM
The mature XFS and Btrfs file-systems continue seeing more fixes and cleaning with the now in-development Linux 5.4 kernel...

Intel's Gallium3D OpenGL Driver Taps Another Optimization - ~32% For GFXBench

Wednesday 18th of September 2019 11:30:27 PM
Intel's new OpenGL Linux driver, their Gallium3D-based "Iris" implementation that is aiming to be the default before year's end, continues making striking progress...

Debian May Need To Re-Evaluate Its Interest In "Init System Diversity"

Wednesday 18th of September 2019 09:16:21 PM
Debian Project Leader Sam Hartman has shared his August 2019 notes where he outlines the frustrations and issues that have come up as a result of init system diversity with some developers still aiming to viably support systemd alternatives within Debian...

Samba 4.11 Released With Much Better Scalability While Disabling SMB1 By Default

Wednesday 18th of September 2019 08:14:14 PM
Samba 4.11 is out as the latest big feature update to this SMB/CIFS/AD implementation for offering better Windows interoperability with Linux and other platforms. The changes in Samba 4.11 are aplenty that we are a bit surprised it wasn't called Samba 5.0...

Steam Play's Proton 4.11-5 Released With Fixes & Optimizations

Wednesday 18th of September 2019 05:27:55 PM
Barely a week since the release of Proton 4.11-4, Valve's stellar Linux crew in cooperation with CodeWeavers have issued Proton 4.11-5 as the latest update to this Wine 4.11 downstream that powers Steam Play for running Windows games on Linux...

Microsoft exFAT File-System Mailed In For Linux 5.4 Along With Promoted EROFS & Greybus

Wednesday 18th of September 2019 04:30:00 PM
Greg Kroah-Hartman began volleying his Linux 5.4 kernel pull requests today of the subsystems he oversees. The most significant of this morning's pull requests are the staging area changes that include the Microsoft exFAT file-system support...

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Chromium/Mozilla Firefox: Chrome 78 Beta, Keygen Setback and iframes

  • Chrome 78 Beta: a new Houdini API, native file system access and more

    Unless otherwise noted, changes described below apply to the newest Chrome Beta channel release for Android, Chrome OS, Linux, macOS, and Windows. Find more information about the features listed here through the provided links or from the list on ChromeStatus.com. Chrome 78 is beta as of September 19, 2019.

  • Chrome 78 Hits Beta With Native File System API, Much Faster WebSockets

    Google on Friday released the Chrome 78 web-browser beta following last week's release of Chrome 77. Chrome 78 Beta is coming with a new Houdini API or more formally known as the CSS Properties and Values API Level 1, which lets developers register variables as fully custom CSS properties and can better handle animations and other use-cases.

  • Firefox 69 dropped support for <keygen>

    With version 69, firefox removed the support for the <keygen> feature to easily deploy TLS client certificates. It's kind of sad how used I've become to firefox giving me less and less reasons to use it...

  • [Mozilla] Restricting third-party iframe widgets using the sandbox attribute, referrer policy and feature policy

    Adding third-party embedded widgets on a website is a common but potentially dangerous practice. Thankfully, the web platform offers a few controls that can help mitigate the risks. While this post uses the example of an embedded SurveyMonkey survey, the principles can be used for all kinds of other widgets. Note that this is by no means an endorsement of SurveyMonkey's proprietary service. If you are looking for a survey product, you should consider a free and open source alternative like LimeSurvey.

DM-Clone Target Added To Linux 5.4 For Efficient Remote Replication Of A Block Device

Added to the device mapper (DM) code with the Linux 5.4 kernel is an interesting addition that benefits those wanting to carry out some interesting use-cases around remote replication of block devices. As explained in the original patch proposal for dm-clone, "dm-clone produces a one-to-one copy of an existing, read-only device (origin) into a writable device (clone): It presents a virtual block device which makes all data appear immediately, and redirects reads and writes accordingly. The main use case of dm-clone is to clone a potentially remote, high-latency, read-only, archival-type block device into a writable, fast, primary-type device for fast, low-latency I/O. The cloned device is visible/mountable immediately and the copy of the origin device to the clone device happens in the background, in parallel with user I/O." Read more

Devices: One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) XO-1.75, PiCAN3 CAN-Bus Board and BeagleBoard

IBM, Red Hat and Fedora

  • OpenShift Commons Gathering in Milan 2019 – Recap [Slides]

    On September 18th, 2019, the first OpenShift Commons Gathering Milan brought together over 300 experts to discuss container technologies, operators, the operator framework and the open source software projects that support the OpenShift ecosystem. This was the first OpenShift Commons Gathering to take place in Italy. The standing room only event hosted 11 talks in a whirlwind day of discussions. Of particular interest to the community was Christian Glombek’s presentation updating the status and roadmap for OKD4 and CoreOS. Highlights from the Gathering induled an OpenShift 4 Roadmap Update, customer stories from Amadeus, the leading travel technology company, and local stories from Poste Italiane and SIA S.p.A. In addition to the technical updates and customer talks, there was plenty of time to network during the breaks and enjoy the famous Italian coffee.

  • Powering the hybrid cloud on next-generation hardware: Red Hat Enterprise Linux on IBM System Z and LinuxONE

    For more than five years we have been driving our technology strategy around the idea that the future of enterprise IT does not reside solely in an enterprise datacenter or in the public cloud. Instead the next wave of computing is built on a blend of these technologies and infrastructure: in short, the future is hybrid. The value of hybrid clouds comes from the choice it delivers, pairing the control of the corporate datacenter alongside the scale and flexibility of public clouds. We strongly feel, however, that the most valuable hybrid clouds are those that offer not only a choice of deployment type and location, but also a choice of the underlying architecture and the capacity to run on multiple public clouds. [....] With RHEL available on Z15 and LinuxONE III, this helps pave the way for the rest of Red Hat’s hybrid cloud portfolio, including Red Hat OpenShift, to emerge on IBM enterprise platforms. We’re pleased to continue our work with IBM in bringing the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform to their next-generation systems.

  • Red Hat OpenStack Platform 15 Marks End of Short-Term Support

    Red Hat OpenStack Platform 15 is the last release that will only be supported for a year, as the company moves to a new model to support the open-source cloud platform.

  • Fedora rawhide – fixed bugs 2019/07