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Linux 4.14-rc2 Kernel Released

Monday 25th of September 2017 12:22:38 AM
Linus Torvalds has announced the release of the second weekly test candidate of the upcoming Linux 4.14 kernel...

XFree KWin: Ridding KDE's Wayland Compositor Of X11 Dependencies

Sunday 24th of September 2017 04:35:43 PM
Martin Flöser (nee Gräßlin) has announced the "XFree KWin" project. This isn't to be confused with XFree86 but rather is about ridding KWin optionally of X11/X.Org dependencies...

ASUS Tinker Board Is An Interesting ARM SBC For About $60 USD

Sunday 24th of September 2017 03:33:28 PM
Earlier this year ASUS announced the Tinker Board as their first step into the ARM single board computer world. Earlier this month I finally received a Tinker Board for testing and it has been quite interesting to say the least. The Tinker Board with its Rockchip SoC has been among the most competitive ARM SBCs we have tested to date in its price range and the form factor is compatible with the Raspberry Pi.

Intel IX4 Networking Performance On DragonFly Gets Boosted By Direct Input Support

Sunday 24th of September 2017 02:41:31 PM
DragonFlyBSD today picked up direct input support within the kernel's polling code. This can boost the networking performance though for now is just supported by the IX4 driver, what is used as the Intel 10Gb Ethernet driver...

A New Project To Let You Run Qt Apps With GTK+ Windowing System Integration

Sunday 24th of September 2017 12:58:58 PM
A Norwegian developer has developed a new Qt platform abstraction plug-in to let Qt applications make use of GTK+ for windowing system integration. The Qt apps rely upon GTK+ as a host toolkit to provide GTK menus, GTK for input, and other integration bits...

Linux 4.14 Is Up To Around 23.2 Million Lines Of Code

Sunday 24th of September 2017 12:00:00 PM
While I usually look at the Linux kernel code size following each merge window, I am a few days late this time around due to busy Xeon/EPYC benchmarking and XDC2017. Anyhow, Linux 4.14 is showing some weight gains but nothing too bad...

The State Of Intel's GPU Virtualization Pass-Through On Linux

Sunday 24th of September 2017 11:44:18 AM
Wrapping up our XDC2017 coverage for this annual X.Org developer event that took place this past week in Mountain View, Zhenyu Wang of Intel presented on their ongoing work for mediated GPU virtualization pass-through support on Linux, Intel GVT...

NVIDIA Making Progress On Server-Side GLVND: Different Drivers For Different X Screens

Saturday 23rd of September 2017 09:55:37 PM
While NVIDIA isn't doing much to help out Nouveau, at least the company is contributing to the open-source Linux graphics ecosystem in other ways. In addition to presenting at XDC2017 this week on the Unix device memory allocator API and DeepColor / HDR support, they also presented on server-side GLVND...

SDL 2.0.6 Released With Vulkan Helpers, DRM/KMS Driver

Saturday 23rd of September 2017 07:15:48 PM
SDL 2.0.6 was released on Friday as the latest feature update for this widely-used library that allows for more cross-platform portability of applications and games centered around input, audio, and video helpers...

Nouveau Developers Remain Blocked By NVIDIA From Advancing Open-Source Driver

Saturday 23rd of September 2017 03:48:50 PM
Longtime Nouveau contributors Martin Peres and Karol Herbst presented at this week's XDC2017 X.Org conference at the Googleplex in Mountain View. It was a quick talk as they didn't have a whole lot to report on due to their open-source NVIDIA "Nouveau" driver efforts largely being restricted by NVIDIA Corp...

X.Org Server 1.20 Expected Around January With New Features

Saturday 23rd of September 2017 01:39:26 PM
X.Org Server 1.19 is already almsot one year old and while X.Org is currently well off its six month release cadence, version 1.20 is being figured out for an early 2018 release...

HTTPS By Default For Everyone

Saturday 23rd of September 2017 01:26:33 PM
Just a quick heads up for those that haven't noticed yet, HTTPS is now used by default across all of Phoronix.com as of this week...

X.Org Foundation Has Become A Khronos Adopter

Saturday 23rd of September 2017 12:09:42 PM
The X.Org Foundation board announced during this week's XDC2017 summit that they have officially completed the paperwork to become a Khronos adopter...

Intel Prepping Support For Huge GTT Pages

Saturday 23rd of September 2017 11:40:04 AM
Intel OTC developers are working on support for huge GTT pages for their Direct Rendering Manager driver...

Keith Packard's Work On Better Supporting VR HMDs Under Linux With X.Org/DRM

Saturday 23rd of September 2017 11:25:28 AM
Earlier this year Keith Packard started a contract gig for Valve working to improve Linux's support for virtual reality head-mounted displays (VR HMDs). In particular, working on Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) and X.Org changes needed so VR HMDs will work well under Linux with the non-NVIDIA drivers...

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Red Hat: Satellite, OpenShift, Government, SoftBank

  • A Red Hat Satellite tutorial to install an update server
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    Red Hat bolstered Gluster storage for its OpenShift Container Platform, adding iSCSI block and S3 object interfaces, as well as greater persistent volume density.
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Security: Google Play, WPA2, FERC, HackerOne

  • 8 'Minecraft' apps infected with Sockbot malware on Google Play found adding devices to botnet

    Security researchers have discovered that at least eight malware-laced apps on Google Play Store are ensnaring devices to a botnet to potentially carry out distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) and other malicious attacks. These apps claimed to provide skins to tweak the look of characters in the popular Minecraft: Pocket Edition game and have been downloaded as many as 2.6 million times.

  • KRACK Vulnerability: What You Need To Know
    This week security researchers announced a newly discovered vulnerability dubbed KRACK, which affects several common security protocols for Wi-Fi, including WPA (Wireless Protected Access) and WPA2. This is a bad vulnerability in that it likely affects billions of devices, many of which are hard to patch and will remain vulnerable for a long time. Yet in light of the sometimes overblown media coverage, it’s important to keep the impact of KRACK in perspective: KRACK does not affect HTTPS traffic, and KRACK’s discovery does not mean all Wi-Fi networks are under attack. For most people, the sanest thing to do is simply continue using wireless Internet access.
  • FERC sets rules to protect grid from malware spread through laptops
    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday proposed new mandatory cybersecurity controls to protect the utility system from the threat posed by laptops and other mobile devices that could spread malicious software. The standards are meant to "further enhance the reliability and resilience of the nation's bulk electric system" by preventing malware from infecting utility networks and bringing down the power grid, according to the nation's grid regulator.
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