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Tegra CEC Support & Other Media Updates For Linux 4.15

Thursday 16th of November 2017 02:59:11 PM
The media subsystem updates have been submitted for Linux 4.15 and continues the recent theme of HDMI CEC "Consumer Electronics Control" upbringing within the mainline kernel...

A Useful Intel Power Management Feature Has Landed For Linux 4.15

Thursday 16th of November 2017 02:34:23 PM
The libata subsystem changes these days tend to not be too interesting, but for Linux 4.15 there is a noteworthy power management change...

Mozilla Still Isn't Ready To Enable OpenGL By Default In Firefox For Linux

Thursday 16th of November 2017 01:39:52 PM
There's been a seven year old bug report about enabling OpenGL accelerated layers by default on Firefox for Linux on at least some supported hardware, but Mozilla still doesn't have any plans to do so...

ASPM Fixes, SR-IOV Improvements & Other PCI Improvements For Linux 4.15

Thursday 16th of November 2017 11:12:21 AM
There are a lot of PCI changes that have built up for the Linux 4.15 kernel cycle...

MESA_program_binary_formats Added To The OpenGL Registry

Thursday 16th of November 2017 10:50:47 AM
Intel developers have seen their MESA_program_binary_formats extension added to the official OpenGL registry...

F2FS For Linux 4.15 Brings Some Enhancements, Changes For Android

Thursday 16th of November 2017 10:22:23 AM
The F2FS file-system changes have been submitted for the Linux 4.15 kernel merge window...

DRM Updates Land For Linux 4.15; Torvalds: "There's Something Odd About DRM People"

Thursday 16th of November 2017 10:16:26 AM
Overnight the Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) display/graphics driver updates were sent out and ultimately pulled into the mainline kernel for Linux 4.15. This doesn't yet include though the separate AMDGPU DC pull request...

Valve + LunarG Open Up Their Mesa Testing Results

Wednesday 15th of November 2017 09:56:53 PM
As covered back during XDC2017, Valve and LunarG have been working on more extensive testing of Mesa to catch regressions and meticulously spot any performance changes as they occur. That framework is now publicly available to see the results and for developers allows tracking their own Mesa development branches...

Thunderbolt Networking Driver Lands In Linux 4.15

Wednesday 15th of November 2017 09:45:39 PM
The networking feature updates have landed for the Linux 4.15 merge window...

AMDGPU DC Gets More Fixes Ahead Of The 4.15 Pull Request

Wednesday 15th of November 2017 08:05:05 PM
Alex Deucher of AMD has submitted a set of last minute fixes for the AMDGPU DC code that's expected to be sent this week as a pull request for the Linux 4.15 kernel...

Intel Optane SSD 900P Offers Stunning Linux Performance

Wednesday 15th of November 2017 06:29:06 PM
At the end of October Intel released the Optane 900P solid-state drive as their new ultra high-end performance SSD. Windows reviews have been positive, but what about using the Optane 900P on Linux? It's working well and delivers stunning NVMe SSD performance.

Igalia Posts Initial OpenGL SPIR-V Patches For Mesa, Intel i965

Wednesday 15th of November 2017 03:39:07 PM
Spanish development outfit Igalia has posted their initial work on wiring up the OpenGL 4.6 ARB_gl_spirv and ARB_spirv_extensions into core Mesa and the i965 OpenGL driver...

Crunch Texture Compression Showing Off Promising Results For Unity

Wednesday 15th of November 2017 03:01:41 PM
The Crunch texture compression library developed by former Valve Linux/OpenGL engineer Rich Geldreich who cofounded the Binomial consulting firm is making much progress with showing off impressive compression capabilities for game engines...

GNOME 3.27.2 Released: More Meson Porting, Nautilus Starring Files

Wednesday 15th of November 2017 02:18:31 PM
GNOME 3.27.2 is now available as the second development release in the road to next March's GNOME 3.28 desktop stable update...

Canonical Is Hiring Graphics Stack Developers To Work On Mir

Wednesday 15th of November 2017 12:00:00 PM
While it was only months ago that Canonical let go of several Mir developers at the same time as other staff reductions for the Unity team and different areas as the company changed their focus, they are now looking for new Mir hires...

New Touchpad & Touchscreen Support, Better Dell Canvas Support In Linux 4.15

Wednesday 15th of November 2017 11:29:22 AM
The HID and input pull requests have been submitted for the Linux 4.15 kernel merge window...

Epiphany 3.27.2 Improves GNOME Web Apps, Firefox Sync

Wednesday 15th of November 2017 11:06:35 AM
Epiphany 3.27.2 is now available as the latest web browser release in the road to next year's GNOME 3.28 desktop...

QEMU 2.11-RC1 Released: Drops IA64, Adds OpenRISC SMP & More

Wednesday 15th of November 2017 10:50:21 AM
QEMU 2.11-RC1 is available for this important piece of the open-source Linux virtualization stack...

VC4 & VC5 Drivers Get More Fixes Ahead Of The Holidays

Wednesday 15th of November 2017 10:41:17 AM
Eric Anholt at Broadcom has continued his spree of bringing up the next-gen VC5 Linux graphics driver stack while also continuing to maintain and improve upon the VC4 driver most commonly associated as being the open-source GPU driver option for the Raspberry Pi...

BCache Gets New Maintainer, NVMe Improvements & More For Linux 4.15

Wednesday 15th of November 2017 10:19:34 AM
The changes to the MD RAID and block areas of the Linux kernel have been submitted for the 4.15 cycle...

More in Tux Machines

Goodbye Apple, goodbye Microsoft... hello Linux

A year on, my office computer is still humming along happily on Linux Mint. In fact I’m so satisfied that I have taken the final plunge and replaced my home computer with a Linux system as well. Read more

Raspberry Pi arrives on PC/104… sort of

Crowd Supply is hosting a “Pi/104” carrier for the RPi Compute Module 3 featuring PC/104 OneBank expansion, a 40-pin RPi header, and -25 to 80°C support. Here’s something we haven’t seen before. Developer Adam Parker has launched a stackable PC/104 form factor carrier board on Crowd Supply designed to work with the Linux-driven Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3. The industrial-targeted carrier provides -25 to 80°C support and an 8-36V input with screw terminal connector. Read more

Today in Techrights

today's leftovers

  • Blockchain Moves Beyond its 'Moonshot' Phase
  • Some reading
    I've complained previously about disliking benchmarking. More generally, I'm not really a fan of performance analysis. I always feel like I get stuck at coming up with an approach to "it's going slower, why" beyond the basics. I watched a video of Brendan Gregg's talk from kernel recipes, and ended up going down the black hole1 of reading his well written blog. He does a fantastic job of explaining performance analysis concepts as well as the practical tools to do the analysis. He wrote a book several years ago and I happily ordered it. The book explains how to apply the USE method to performance problems across the system. This was helpful to me because it provides a way to generate a list of things to check and how to check them. It addresses the "stuck" feeling I get when dealing with performance problems. The book also provides a good high level overview of operating systems concepts. I'm always looking for references for people who are interested in kernels but don't know where to start and I think this book could fill a certain niche. Even if this book has been out for several years now, I was very excited to discover it.
  • Introducing container-diff, a tool for quickly comparing container images
    The Google Container Tools team originally built container-diff, a new project to help uncover differences between container images, to aid our own development with containers. We think it can be useful for anyone building containerized software, so we’re excited to release it as open source to the development community.
  • NATTT – A Modern Multi-Platform Time Conscious Tracker App
    It’s not that there aren’t already a lot of time tracker apps but my conscience wouldn’t let me sleep if I didn’t tell you about NATTT. So grab your cup of whatever you’re probably drinking as we delve into this app a little. NATTT is an acronym for “Not Another Time Tracking Tool”; a free and multi-platform app with which you can keep track of your work and how much you have spent at it.
  • Running Bitcoin node and ElectrumX server
  • todo.txt done
  • GNOME's Calendar & TODO Applications Are Looking Better For v3.28
    Adding to the growing list of changes for GNOME 3.28 are improvements to the Calendar and To Do applications by Georges Stavracas. Stavracas has been reworking the month view of GNOME Calendar and it's looking much better, some applications for Calendar via libdazzle, and more.
  • Compact DAQ systems offer a choice of 12- or 16-bit I/Os
    Advantech’s Linux-ready “MIC-1810” and “MIC-1816” DAQ computers offer 12- and 16-bit analog I/O, respectively, plus 24x DIOs, Intel CPUs, and 4x USB ports. Advantech’s MIC-1810 and MIC-1816 are digital acquisition computers that run Linux or Windows 7/8/10 on Intel 3rd Gen “Ivy Bridge” processors. If the aging CPU is a turn-off, keep in mind that many DAQ applications don’t require that much processing power, and perhaps Advantech’s “entry-level” label for the systems extends to the price, as well. The 165 x 130 x 59mm, DIN-rail mountable systems should also prove useful for environments with limited space.