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UBports' Ubuntu Touch OTA-4 Released With Ubuntu 16.04 Base

Sunday 26th of August 2018 07:55:18 PM
For those still having the desire to run Ubuntu on mobile devices, the UBports community today shipped their Ubuntu Touch OTA-4 release that migrates their base system from Ubuntu 15.04 to 16.04...

The New & Improved Features Of The Linux 4.19 Kernel

Sunday 26th of August 2018 02:51:05 PM
The Linux 4.19-rc1 kernel is expected to be released today and with that marks the end of feature development on this next kernel version. Here is a look at the new and improved features to be found in Linux 4.19.

KDE Picks Up New Screen Layout Switcher Plasmoid, Other Enhancements

Sunday 26th of August 2018 12:11:54 PM
KDE developers remain on their spree of various usability enhancements and polishing. KDE contributor Nate Graham also continues doing a great job summarizing these enhancements on a weekly basis...

FreeBSD DRM Is Causing A Load Of In-Fighting This Week

Sunday 26th of August 2018 11:01:58 AM
DRM is causing a lot of vibrant discussions this week on the FreeBSD mailing list... And no, it's not even Digital Rights Management but rather colorful commentary about their Direct Rendering Manager code and plans for FreeBSD 12...

QEMU Merges Initial Support For nanoMIPS

Sunday 26th of August 2018 10:38:04 AM
Earlier this year MIPS rolled out the I7200 processor core built on the new "nanoMIPS" architecture. The open-source enablement of this new CPU ISA continues to settle down while the latest accomplishment is support for this new architecture in QEMU...

Router7: A Home Internet Router Platform Written Entirely In Golang

Sunday 26th of August 2018 10:22:08 AM
Following Friday's release of Go 1.11, a Phoronix reader pointed out a new open-source Internet router software package written entirely in Go...

Systemd Will Now Use RdRand Directly If The Kernel Can't Deliver Entropy

Sunday 26th of August 2018 09:58:34 AM
Systemd will now resort to using Intel's RdRand hardware random number generator directly if the Linux kernel is unable to provide the init system with sufficient entropy...

Heterogeneous Memory Management Still Being Worked On For Nouveau / Radeon / Intel

Saturday 25th of August 2018 10:13:11 PM
Longtime Red Hat developer Jerome Glisse has published his latest patches concerning the Heterogeneous Memory Management support, a.k.a. HMM...

Solus Deploys Flatpak 1.0, Prepares For X.Org Server 1.20, Better Intel GVT Support

Saturday 25th of August 2018 05:40:18 PM
The popular Solus Linux distribution has experienced a busy week of updates but more changes are on the way to this desktop-focused OS...

The Linux DRM Projects Are Plotting Their Transition To Gitlab

Saturday 25th of August 2018 01:07:09 PM
With many of the projects having already transitioned from their CGit and hodgepodge of services over to Gitlab, the Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) trees appear to be up next...

A Global Switch To Kill Linux's CPU Spectre/Meltdown Workarounds?

Saturday 25th of August 2018 10:57:45 AM
Something I have seen asked in our forums and elsewhere -- most recently on the kernel mailing list -- is whether there is a single kernel option that can be used for disabling all of the Spectre/Meltdown workarounds and any other performance-hurting CPU vulnerability workarounds...

WireGuard Takes Another Step Towards The Mainline Linux Kernel

Saturday 25th of August 2018 10:35:20 AM
Jason Donenfeld who has now spent years working on WireGuard as an in-kernel, secure network tunnel sent out a second version of his kernel patches on Friday...

IBM Posts Initial Patches For Linux Secure Virtual Machine On POWER

Saturday 25th of August 2018 10:21:55 AM
IBM developers on Friday posted their initial Linux kernel patches for enabling Secure Virtual Machine (SVM) support with POWER hardware...

It's The Season For A Lot Of Interesting Linux / Open-Source Conferences

Saturday 25th of August 2018 10:04:03 AM
There's been a number of recent Linux/open-source conferences but more are right on the horizon, including some with video streams for those interested...

LLVM 7.0 RC2 Along With The Updated Clang Can Be Tested This Weekend

Saturday 25th of August 2018 08:41:00 AM
LLVM release manager Hans Wennborg tagged the second release candidate this week of LLVM and its associated sub-projects like Clang...

Valve Offers Up Proton Beta For Testing Steam Play Enhancements

Saturday 25th of August 2018 01:25:25 AM
Just in time for the weekend Linux gamers, Valve has made available a Proton beta update channel for testing out the latest enhancements for their fork of Wine that also bundles in DXVK for accelerated D3D11-over-Vulkan and other performance/compatibility enhancements to optimize the Linux gaming experience...

Go 1.11 Released With WebAssembly Port, Assembler Accepting AVX-512 Instructions

Saturday 25th of August 2018 01:09:59 AM
Version 1.11 of the Go programming language is out this Friday as the newest feature update...

Wayland 1.16 Released, Likely The Last Time-Based Release, Plus Weston 5.0

Friday 24th of August 2018 07:51:41 PM
Current Wayland/Weston release manager Derek Foreman of Samsung OSG today announced the release of Wayland 1.16 as well as the Weston 5.0 reference compositor...

Feral Teasing New Linux/macOS Port; Feral Interactive Has A New Shareholder

Friday 24th of August 2018 07:31:08 PM
It's a busy week for Linux gaming with the Wine/Proton-based Steam Play from Valve, continued graphics driver improvements, and some activity in the Feral camp...

Feature Development Is Over On Ubuntu 18.10

Friday 24th of August 2018 06:24:23 PM
Ubuntu 18.10 "Cosmic Cuttlefish" is now under a feature freeze to focus on bug-fixing ahead of the October debut of this next Ubuntu Linux installment...

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Kernel: Virtme, 2018 Linux Audio Miniconference and Linux Foundation Articles

  • Virtme: The kernel developers' best friend
    When working on the Linux Kernel, testing via QEMU is pretty common. Many virtual drivers have been recently merged, useful either to test the kernel core code, or your application. These virtual drivers make QEMU even more attractive.
  • 2018 Linux Audio Miniconference
    As in previous years we’re trying to organize an audio miniconference so we can get together and talk through issues, especially design decisons, face to face. This year’s event will be held on Sunday October 21st in Edinburgh, the day before ELC Europe starts there.
  • How Writing Can Expand Your Skills and Grow Your Career [Ed: Linux Foundation article]
    At the recent Open Source Summit in Vancouver, I participated in a panel discussion called How Writing can Change Your Career for the Better (Even if You don't Identify as a Writer. The panel was moderated by Rikki Endsley, Community Manager and Editor for, and it included VM (Vicky) Brasseur, Open Source Strategy Consultant; Alex Williams, Founder, Editor in Chief, The New Stack; and Dawn Foster, Consultant, The Scale Factory.
  • At the Crossroads of Open Source and Open Standards [Ed: Another Linux Foundation article]
    A new crop of high-value open source software projects stands ready to make a big impact in enterprise production, but structural issues like governance, IPR, and long-term maintenance plague OSS communities at every turn. Meanwhile, facing significant pressures from open source software and the industry groups that support them, standards development organizations are fighting harder than ever to retain members and publish innovative standards. What can these two vastly different philosophies learn from each other, and can they do it in time to ensure they remain relevant for the next 10 years?

Red Hat: PodCTL, Security Embargos at Red Hat and Energy Sector

  • [Podcast] PodCTL #50 – Listener Mailbag Questions
    As the community around PodCTL has grown (~8000 weekly listeners) we’ve constantly asked them to give us feedback on topics to discuss and areas where they want to learn. This week we discussed and answered a number of questions about big data and analytics, application deployments, routing security, and storage deployment models.
  • Security Embargos at Red Hat
    The software security industry uses the term Embargo to describe the period of time that a security flaw is known privately, prior to a deadline, after which time the details become known to the public. There are no concrete rules for handling embargoed security flaws, but Red Hat uses some industry standard guidelines on how we handle them. When an issue is under embargo, Red Hat cannot share information about that issue prior to it becoming public after an agreed upon deadline. It is likely that any software project will have to deal with an embargoed security flaw at some point, and this is often the case for Red Hat.
  • Transforming oil & gas: Exploration and production will reap the rewards
    Through advanced technologies based on open standards, Red Hat deliver solutions that can support oil and gas companies as they modernize their IT infrastructures and build a framework to meet market and technology challenges. Taking advantage of modern, open architectures can help oil and gas providers attract new customers and provide entry into markets where these kinds of services were technologically impossible a decade ago.