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AMD Releases Updated Catalyst Pro / FirePro Unified Driver For Linux

Sunday 31st of July 2016 12:36:23 PM
It looks like that AMD is going to continue maintaining their Catalyst-based Linux driver until the new AMDGPU-PRO driver architecture is up to scratch. That is, support for FirePro workstation users at least caring about stable support on Enterprise Linux distribution. A new Catalyst Pro / FirePro Unified driver for Linux was released this week...

The Linux Kernel Continues Prepping For POWER9 Support

Sunday 31st of July 2016 12:21:43 PM
IBM continues prepping the Linux kernel for supporting the upcoming POWER9 processors...

New ASoC Sound Drivers & More For Linux 4.8

Sunday 31st of July 2016 12:13:51 PM
Takashi Iwai's "sound" updates have been pulled in for the Linux 4.8 kernel...

Freedreno Gallium3D Driver Scores More Performance Wins

Saturday 30th of July 2016 11:34:04 PM
Red Hat developer Rob Clark, the founder of the Freedreno driver for open-source reverse-engineered Qualcomm Adreno support, has made some significant performance optimizations to this Gallium3D driver...

ReactOS 0.4.2 Nears With Many Features

Saturday 30th of July 2016 09:25:19 PM
The first release candidate to the upcoming ReactOS 0.4.2 release is now available, the project aiming to be an open-source re-implementation of Microsoft Windows...

Playing With Vulkan Through Python, Basic Performance Figures To C++

Saturday 30th of July 2016 04:56:04 PM
The language bindings for the Vulkan high-performance graphics API have exploded since the debut of Vulkan 1.0 earlier this year. There's support from Rust to Java for interacting with this Khronos graphics API, including support for Python...

The TORCS Racing Car Simulator Should Now Be Slightly Faster With Gallium3D

Saturday 30th of July 2016 03:21:05 PM
For those playing TORCS, The Open Racing Simulator, its performance for this driving game simulator should be slightly faster if using one of Mesa's Gallium3D drivers...

A Detailed Look At The Failed GPLGPU Open-Source GPU

Saturday 30th of July 2016 12:53:36 PM
A few years ago was the Kickstarter-backed effort to open-source a real GPU hardware design albeit from a late 90's design. That effort ultimately failed just raising $12k of a $200k USD goal, but the GPU design was released under the GPLv3 anyways...

The Upgradeable Allwinner Dev Board That's Laptop-Compatible Raises $50k So Far

Saturday 30th of July 2016 12:35:46 PM
At the beginning of the month I wrote about That Open, Upgradeable ARM Dev Board Is Trying To Make A Comeback, the EOMA68-spec'ed project formerly known as the Improv Dev Board. It's still using the same (rather slow) Allwinner SoC but has since seen some improvements and there's also a laptop compatible route too. The project has now raised more than $50k USD, but their goal is still three times that at $150k they are trying to raise over the next month...

The State of GIMP & Its Future

Saturday 30th of July 2016 12:07:48 PM
GIMP core developer Jehan Pagès has written a blog post about the recent work done on GIMP 2.9.4 as well as a look at its future...

SteamOS Brewmaster 2.87 Released With NVIDIA Pascal Support

Saturday 30th of July 2016 02:18:10 AM
Valve released SteamOS 2.87 this week as the latest "Brewmaster" release of their Debian 8 based Linux gaming distribution...

More Last Minute AMDGPU/Radeon Changes For Linux 4.8

Friday 29th of July 2016 08:36:06 PM
There already have been the main pull requests for the AMDGPU/Radeon DRM drivers for DRM-Next that in turn will land in Linux 4.8 next week. However, today there's been a last-minute update of more open-source AMD driver changes for this next kernel release...

Overlord II Now Available For Linux Gamers

Friday 29th of July 2016 03:26:36 PM
One week after Overlord was released for Linux (anc macOS), Virtual Programming has released Overlord II for Linux...

Sailfish OS 2.0.2 In Early Access With Variety Of Improvements

Friday 29th of July 2016 02:46:02 PM
Jolla announced today that their Sailfish OS 2.0.2 "Aurajoki" mobile operating system release is available as early access...

DRM Text Mode Proposed As Alternative To FBDEV/FBCON

Friday 29th of July 2016 12:56:49 PM
There's long been talk on killing FBDEV and getting rid of CONFIG_VT with a modern replacement making more use of DRM/KMS drivers, but so far none of those efforts have fully panned out. The latest proposal is a "DRM text mode" as an alternative to FBDEV/FBCON...

Some of The Other Pull Requests Arriving For Linux 4.8 This Week

Friday 29th of July 2016 12:45:45 PM
I've already written more than a dozen various bits of information about the Linux 4.8 kernel this week covering the big pull requests / subsystem updates. Here's a collection of some of the other PRs that have arrived this week...

Git-Series Helps You Track Changes To Patches Over Time

Friday 29th of July 2016 12:31:32 PM
Kernel developer Josh Triplett has announced the work he's been doing recently on developing git-series, a way to track changes to a patch series over time...

Igalia's Work On The Intel Mesa Driver The Past Year

Friday 29th of July 2016 12:06:05 PM
Consulting firm Igalia who was contracted by Intel to help work on their open-source Mesa driver has written a blog post about some of the progress they've made the past year...

The OpenGL / Vulkan Slides From Khronos @ SIGGRAPH 2016

Thursday 28th of July 2016 11:40:18 PM
Yesterday were The Khronos Group sessions at SIGGRAPH 2016. I already covered the OpenCL session while now here are my notes from the OpenGL/Vulkan BoF along with the presentation material...

Possible Items On The OpenCL Roadmap: Improved Vulkan Interop, Arbitrary Precision

Thursday 28th of July 2016 07:58:10 PM
There was an OpenCL BoF during the Khronos Group day at SIGGRAPH 2016. At this session yesterday they did comment on OpenCL roadmap discussions taking place...

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Over the last decade, open source software and its audience of end users have greatly matured. Once only used by a small subset of tech-savvy early adopters, the convenience, effectiveness and cost savings of open source solutions are now driving enterprise IT to explore more ways to take advantage of the power of open source in their daily business operations. In today's economy, enterprise IT has less to gain from developing and licensing software and more to gain from actively working with existing open source technology. However, the march toward open source still faces major obstacles before it becomes mainstream. In this slideshow, Travis Oliphant, CEO and founder of Continuum Analytics, outlines five challenges preventing enterprise IT from shifting to open source and tips for tackling them to keep the future of open source heading in the right direction. The road may be winding, but it will eventually lead companies to open source to help them innovate and as the way of the future. Read more Also: Latest attacks on privacy...

Security News

  • Jay Beale: Linux Security and Remembering Bastille Linux
    Security expert and co-creator of the Linux-hardening (and now Unix-hardening) project Bastille Linux. That’s Jay Beale. He’s been working with Linux, and specifically on security, since the late 1980s. The greatest threat to Linux these days? According to Beale, the thing you really need to watch out for is your Android phone, which your handset manufacturer and wireless carrier may or may not be good about updating with the latest security patches. Even worse? Applications you get outside of the controlled Google Play and Amazon environments, where who-knows-what malware may lurk. On your regular desktop or laptop Linux installation, Beale says the best security precaution you can take is encrypting your hard drive — which isn’t at all hard to do. He and I also talked a bit, toward the end, about how “the Linux community” was so tiny, once upon a time, that it wasn’t hard to know most of its major players. He also has some words of encouragement for those of you who are new to Linux and possibly a bit confused now and then. We were all new and confused once upon a time, and got less confused as we learned. Guess what? You can learn, too, and you never know where that knowledge can take you.
  • Automotive security: How safe is a next-generation car?
    The vehicles we drive are becoming increasingly connected through a variety of technologies. Features such as keyless entry and self-diagnostics are becoming commonplace. Unfortunately, they can also introduce IT security issues.
  • Let's Encrypt: Every Server on the Internet Should Have a Certificate
    The web is not secure. As of August 2016, only 45.5 percent of Firefox page loads are HTTPS, according to Josh Aas, co-founder and executive director of Internet Security Research Group. This number should be 100 percent, he said in his talk called “Let’s Encrypt: A Free, Automated, and Open Certificate Authority” at LinuxCon North America. Why is HTTPS so important? Because without security, users are not in control of their data and unencrypted traffic can be modified. The web is wonderfully complex and, Aas said, it’s a fool’s errand to try to protect this certain thing or that. Instead, we need to protect everything. That’s why, in the summer of 2012, Aas and his friend and co-worker Eric Rescorla decided to address the problem and began working on what would become the Let’s Encrypt project.
  • OpenSSL 1.1 Released With Many Changes
    OpenSSL 1.1.0 was released today as a major update to this free software cryptography and SSL/TLS toolkit. In addition to OpenSSL 1.1 rolling out a new build system and new security levels and support for pipelining and a new threading API, security additions to OpenSSL 1.1 include adding the AFALG engine, support for ChaChao20 in libcrypto/libssl, scrypto algorithm support, and support for X25519, among many other additions.
  • Is Windows ​10’s ‘Hidden Administrator Account’ a security risk? [Ed: Damage control from Microsoft Jack (Jack Schofield) because Microsoft Windows is vulnerable by design]