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Blend2D: Working Towards A New Software-Based 2D Renderer

Friday 27th of January 2017 02:44:07 PM
There's a new open-source project in the works aiming to be a software-based 2D renderer that uses JIT pipeline construction...

AMDGPU/RadeonSI Linux 4.10 + Mesa 17.1-dev vs. NVIDIA 378.09 Performance

Friday 27th of January 2017 01:39:19 PM
For those curious about the latest Linux gaming performance numbers for the latest Linux 4.10 Git kernel plus Mesa 17.1-devel on Git master for Radeon GPUs compared to the latest NVIDIA Linux driver release (378.09 beta), here are some fresh benchmarks. A range of OpenGL and Vulkan performance tests showing the latest NVIDIA and AMD Linux graphics performance with the newest drivers as of this week.

Solus Linux Experimenting With Automated Profiling/Optimizations

Friday 27th of January 2017 12:57:14 PM
Not only are Solus Linux developers busy porting the Budgie desktop away from GNOME and switching to Qt but they are also continuing to work on more performance optimizations...

RadeonSI / Gallium3D Wires In Support For 64-bit Integers

Friday 27th of January 2017 11:15:27 AM
Within Mesa Git this morning is another feature flipped on for the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver: ARB_gpu_shader_int64...

Kodi 17.0 Is Near With The RC4 Release

Friday 27th of January 2017 11:08:59 AM
The release of Kodi 17.0 "Krypton" is near and today the fourth release candidate is now available for testing...

Valve Developer Plumbs VK_KHR_maintenance1 For RADV Driver

Friday 27th of January 2017 10:54:52 AM
VK_KHR_maintenance1 is one of the new extensions added to the big Vulkan 1.0.39 update. A Valve developer has fired off a series of patches for making the necessary changes for supporting it with the RADV Radeon Vulkan Mesa driver...

Debian Linux Is Now Available For NVIDIA's Jetson TX1

Friday 27th of January 2017 02:00:00 AM
Debian Linux is now available for running on NVIDIA's Jetson TX1 developer board powered by their Tegra X1 SoC...

Scientific Linux 7.3 Released

Thursday 26th of January 2017 11:27:04 PM
For users of Scientific Linux, the 7.3 release is now available based off Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3...

AMDGPU-PRO 16.60 Released

Thursday 26th of January 2017 09:31:16 PM
AMDGPU-PRO 16.60 is now available as the latest version of the hybrid AMDGPU-based Radeon Linux graphics driver stack...

It Looks Like Civilization VI Could Be Shipping Soon For Linux

Thursday 26th of January 2017 09:21:01 PM
It looks like Aspyr Media could soon be releasing their Linux port of the highly-anticipated Civilization VI...

Shadow of Mordor Updated For Linux With Performance Improvements

Thursday 26th of January 2017 04:25:09 PM
For those Linux gamers interested in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, a new Linux update is available...

Linux Memory Performance With Intel Kabylake From DDR4-1600 To DDR4-3333MHz

Thursday 26th of January 2017 02:20:00 PM
For those that may be thinking about picking up an Intel Kabylake processor and trying to justify if DDR4-2400 memory is worthwhile for your budget, or even faster DDR4 memory via XMP profiles / overclocking, here are some tests using a Kabylake CPU and testing DDR4 memory at frequencies from 1600MHz up to 3333MHz.

There's Now A KDE-Branded Laptop Running Neon With Plasma 5

Thursday 26th of January 2017 11:32:00 AM
For KDE fans not interested in setting up a KDE-based Linux distribution on your own laptop and worrying about potential graphics driver bugs with Plasma or other possible headaches, there is now a "KDE laptop" backed by the KDE community...

Intel Sends In Final Batch Of DRM Features For Linux 4.11: DP MST Audio, HuC Firmware

Thursday 26th of January 2017 11:18:05 AM
Daniel Vetter, the i915 DRM kernel maintainer from Intel's Open-Source Technology Center, has announced their final set of feature changes to be queued in DRM-Next for the Linux 4.11 kernel...

Wine-Staging 2.0 Rolls Out For Experimental Users: Vulkan, D3D11, Etc

Thursday 26th of January 2017 11:05:49 AM
Based off the just-released Wine 2.0 is now the Wine-Staging 2.0 release with its many experimental/testing patches carried atop the upstream Wine code-base...

Chrome 56 Released With WebGL 2.0 By Default, FLAC Support

Thursday 26th of January 2017 02:41:18 AM
Chrome 56 is shipping tonight to stable users of Google's web-browser...

AMDGPU-PRO vs. NVIDIA OpenCL Performance With ArrayFire Using 18 GPUs

Thursday 26th of January 2017 02:00:00 AM
With now being able to benchmark ArrayFire via the Phoronix Test Suite, I've been having fun running a number of OpenCL graphics card tests with the 300+ available AF tests. The tests over the past week have been using the NVIDIA Linux driver while here are our first Radeon benchmark results using the AMDGPU-PRO driver stack.

GNOME's Mutter Rolls Out New Monitor Configuration System

Wednesday 25th of January 2017 10:49:20 PM
GNOME developer Jonas Ådahl has begun landing his work on a new monitor configuration system in Mutter for the GNOME 3.24 desktop release...

NetworkManager 1.6 Released

Wednesday 25th of January 2017 06:03:21 PM
The developers working on NetworkManager have rolled out their big v1.6 feature update...

Ubuntu 17.04 Continues Prepping For Linux 4.10

Wednesday 25th of January 2017 04:35:11 PM
Ubuntu 17.04, the Zesty Zapus, is still planning to ship Linux 4.10 for its kernel when the OS ships in April...

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Open source docks with mainstream vendors

Open source and mainstream are joining forces this week as the Docker software containerisation platform comes under the spotlight at technology-focused network and information sessions in Cape Town and Johannesburg. "The diversity of our partners at the event − Docker, Microsoft Azure, Atlassian, SUSE and HPE – is a clear indication of the excitement around the Docker platform," says Muggie van Staden, MD of Obsidian Systems. Read more

What’s the best Linux firewall distro of 2017?

You don’t have to manage a large corporate network to use a dedicated firewall. While your Linux distro will have an impressive firewall – and an equally impressive arsenal of tools to manage it – the advantages don’t extend to the other devices on your network. A typical network has more devices connected to the internet than the total number of computers and laptops in your SOHO. With the onslaught of IoT, it won’t be long before your router doles out IP addresses to your washing machine and microwave as well. The one thing you wouldn’t want in this Jetsonian future is having to rely on your router’s limited firewall capabilities to shield your house – and everyone in it – from the malicious bits and bytes floating about on the internet. A dedicated firewall stands between the internet and internal network, sanitising the traffic flowing into the latter. Setting one up is an involved process both in terms of assembling the hardware and configuring the software. However, there are quite a few distros that help you set up a dedicated firewall with ease, and we’re going to look at the ones that have the best protective open source software and roll them into a convenient and easy to use package. Read more

Zorin OS 12 Business Edition Launches with macOS, Unity, and GNOME 2 Layouts

Three months after launching the biggest release ever of the Ubuntu-based operating system, the Zorin OS team is today announcing the availability of Zorin OS 12 Business Edition. Based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) and powered by the long-term supported Linux 4.4 kernel, Zorin OS 12 Business Edition ships with the innovative Zorin Desktop 2.0 desktop environment that offers multiple layouts for all tastes. These means that you can make your Zorin OS 12 desktop look like macOS, GNOME 2, or Unity with a click. Read more

GNOME and Other Software

  • Nautilus 3.24 – The changes
    Since Nautilus was created, if a user wanted to open a folder where the user didn’t have permissions, for example a system folder where only root has access, it was required to start Nautilus with sudo. However running UI apps under root is strongly discouraged, and to be honest, quite inconvenient. Running any UI app with sudo is actually not even supported in Wayland by design due to the security issues that that conveys.
  • GNOME hackaton in Brno
    Last week, we had a presentation on Google Summer of Code and Outreachy at Brno University of Technology. Around 80 students attended which was a pretty good success considering it was not part of any course. It was a surprise for the uni people as well because the room they booked was only for 60 ppl.
  • Peek Gif Recorder Gets Updated, Now Available from a PPA
    Peek, the nifty animated gif screen capture app for Linux desktops, has been updated. Peek 0.9 reduces the size of temporary files, adds a resolution downsampling option (to help the app use fewer resources when rendering your gif), and introduces fallback support for avconf should ffmpeg be unavailable.
  • Cerebro is an Open Source OS X Spotlight Equivalent for Linux
    Billed as an ‘open-source productivity booster with a brain’, Cerebro is an Electron app able to run across multiple platforms. It’s an extendable, open-source alternative to Spotlight and Alfred on macOS, and Synapse, Kupfer, Ulauncher, GNOME Do, and others on Linux.
  • JBoss Fuse 6.3 integration services for Red Hat OpenShift released
    Red Hat announced the latest update to the Red Hat JBoss Fuse-based integration service on Red Hat OpenShift. With the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud-based SaaS systems, and new data streams, organizations can face increasing pressure to more quickly deliver innovative new services. Traditional centralized, monolithic ESB-style integration approaches are often ill-suited to support the business in responding to this pressure.
  • Fedora 25: The perf linux tool.
  • Meet the chap open-sourcing US govt code – Paul, an ex-Microsoft anti-piracy engineer [Ed: Used to work for Microsoft and now spreads the GPL ("cancer" according to Microsoft) in the US government]
    The manager of the project, Berg said, really wanted to release MOOSE as open source, but didn't know how to do so. As a result it took 18 months to traverse government bureaucracy and to obtain the necessary permissions. It's now available under the GPL 2.1 license.