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Darling Is Still Active With A Goal To Run macOS Apps On Linux

Saturday 18th of November 2017 04:09:02 PM
It's been one year and a few days when last researching a status update on "Project Darling" for running macOS/OSX applications on Linux. While the project hasn't been generating too much buzz this year, it still is being developed...

Funtin SFF-8639: U.2 NVMe SSD To PCI-E Card Adapter

Saturday 18th of November 2017 02:03:52 PM
With our review this week of the Intel Optane SSD 900P 280GB U.2 SSD there was a discussion in the forums about using U.2 SSDs in desktop systems, etc. If your system doesn't have a U.2 slot, an adapter like the Funtin SFF-8639 makes it easy to pop the SSD into a PCI-E x4 slot...

KVM & Xen Don't Change Much With Linux 4.15

Saturday 18th of November 2017 01:28:44 PM
There are a ton of exciting improvements building up in Linux 4.15, but not too much on the virtualization front...

Facebook Releases HHVM 3.23 With OpenSSL 1.1 Support, Experimental Bytecode Emitter

Saturday 18th of November 2017 12:18:54 PM
HHVM 3.23 has been released as their high performance virtual machine for powering their Hack programming language and current PHP support...

Freedreno Gallium3D Supports A Fair Amount Of OpenGL 4.x

Saturday 18th of November 2017 12:05:16 PM
The Freedreno Gallium3D driver that provides reverse-engineered OpenGL support for Qualcomm Adreno graphics processors is able to handle quite a bit of OpenGL 4...

Linux 4.16 Will Be Another Big Cycle For Intel's DRM Driver

Saturday 18th of November 2017 11:46:31 AM
We are just through week one of two for the Linux 4.15 merge window followed by eight or so weeks after that before this next kernel is officially released. But Intel's open-source driver developers have already begun building up a growing stack of changes for Linux 4.16 when it comes to their DRM graphics driver...

AMDGPU DC Code Lands For Linux 4.15 Kernel

Saturday 18th of November 2017 12:32:16 AM
Linus Torvalds has accepted the AMDGPU DC display code pull request for the Linux 4.15 kernel. AMD Linux users can now rejoice!..

Radeon VCN Encode Support Lands In Mesa 17.4 Git

Friday 17th of November 2017 09:30:12 PM
It's an exciting day for open-source Radeon Linux users today as besides the AMDGPU DC pull request (albeit still unmerged as of writing), Radeon VCN encoding support has landed in Mesa Git...

The - Hopefully - Final Stab At Intel Fastboot Support

Friday 17th of November 2017 08:48:36 PM
Intel's Maarten Lankhorst has sent out what could be the final patches for enabling "fastboot" support by default within their DRM graphics driver...

Linux 4.15 Gets Fixed To Report Current CPU Frequency Via /proc/cpuinfo

Friday 17th of November 2017 08:09:26 PM
A change recently in the Linux kernel led the CPU MHz reported value via /proc/cpuinfo to either be the nominal CPU frequency or the most recently requested frequency. This behavior changed compared to pre-4.13 kernels while now it's been fixed up to report the current CPU frequency...

Linux File-System Benchmarks On The Intel Optane 900P SSD

Friday 17th of November 2017 04:34:11 PM
Earlier this week I presented out initial Linux benchmarks of the Intel Optane 900P SSD with this 3D XPoint memory U.2 solid-state drive delivering incredible performance figures. Those tests were done with EXT4 while in this article are more tests with other mainline Linux file-systems and also testing some of the different mount options.

Pale Moon Project Rolls Out The Basilisk Browser Project

Friday 17th of November 2017 02:57:14 PM
The developers behind the Pale Moon web-browser that's been a long standing fork of Firefox have rolled out their first public beta release of their new "Basilisk" browser technology...

KDE Applications 17.12 Sees Some New KF5 Ports, Other Apps Dropped

Friday 17th of November 2017 02:36:42 PM
The beta of KDE Applications 17.12 is now available ahead of next month's official debut for this quarterly update to the collection of official KDE programs...

Microsoft Is Trying To Make Windows Subsystem For Linux Faster (WSL)

Friday 17th of November 2017 01:26:58 PM
In our benchmarks of Windows Subsystem for Linux that allows a Linux environment to run atop Windows 10 via this new WSL kernel subsystem, the performance overall has overall been very good and often performing better than virtualized options. But the main area of poor performance is I/O, except now it's being worked on by Microsoft for greater improvements...

AMDGPU DC Pull Request Submitted For Linux 4.15 Kernel - 132,395 Lines Of Code

Friday 17th of November 2017 10:40:05 AM
One day after submitting the main DRM feature pull request for Linux 4.15, David Airlie of Red Hat has submitted the secondary pull request that would feature the long-awaited introduction of AMDGPU DC into the mainline kernel...

Intel Coffee Lake & Cannonlake Thermal Support In Linux 4.15

Friday 17th of November 2017 10:35:29 AM
While Intel Coffee Lake hardware is shipping already, a few bits of tardy kernel code for these "8th Gen Core" CPUs is only hitting the Linux 4.15 kernel. The Intel DRM driver is most notably enabling Coffee Lake graphics by default in 4.15, but there's also some thermal code now landing among other changes now happening...

GeForce GTX 900 Series Re-Clocking Patches Updated By Karol Herbst

Friday 17th of November 2017 07:44:41 AM
Frequent Nouveau open-source NVIDIA driver contributor Karol Herbst has posted his latest patch series in working towards GeForce GTX 900 "Maxwell 2" graphics processor re-clocking...

R600 Gallium3D Shader Image Support Lands, Other R600g Patches Pending

Friday 17th of November 2017 06:10:00 AM
As a follow-up to OpenGL 4.2 Support Could Soon Land For AMD Cayman GPUs On R600g, the patches have landed in Mesa 17.4-dev Git! Plus other R600g patches are on the mailing list for review...

Broadcom Hurricane 2 & Allwinner R40 Supported By Linux 4.15

Friday 17th of November 2017 05:02:35 AM
More ARM platform upstreaming has taken place for the Linux 4.15 kernel development cycle among other ARM hardware improvements...

Fedora 28 Hopes To Improve Linux Laptop Battery Life

Thursday 16th of November 2017 11:42:42 PM
Red Hat's Hans de Goede is spearheading an effort to improve the Fedora battery life of laptops -- and should conserve power too for desktops running Fedora Workstation -- for the current Fedora 28 cycle...

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Servers and Red Hat

Distribution Releases

  • OpenMandriva Is Going To Do Away With 32-bit Support
    Following in the steps of Ubuntu 17.10 dropping 32-bit desktop images and other Linux distributions also lessening their focus on 32-bit support, OpenMandriva has issued its final i586 release. OpenMandriva Lx 3.03 was released on Tuesday with boot speed improvements, updates to Linux/systemd/Mesa, KDE Plasma 5.10.5, LLVM Clang 5.0, and other package upgrades. This is also going to be their last planned release in the OpenMandriva Lx 3 series.
  • OpenMandriva Lx 3.03 - Get it while it’s hot!
    This release Lx 3.03 is an enhancement and upgrade to the previous Lx 3 releases.
  • LXLE 16.04.3 "Eclectica" Linux Distro Is Out Now Based on Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS
    The developers of the Ubuntu-based LXLE GNU/Linux distribution have announced the release of LXLE 16.04.3, the latest update to the Eclectica series based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus). Incorporating all the updates and core components of Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS, the LXLE 16.04.3 release is here to further integrate various of the components of the MATE and LXQt desktop environments, as well as some from the Linux Mint operating system. On top of that, the application menu received improvements to its layout and how items are organization, the system theme was tweaked for consistency, LXhotkey replaces the Obkey Openbox key editor, and Pithos has been removed because it required a user account.
  • pfSense 2.4.2 Open-Source Firewall Patches OpenSSL, Improves Network Performance
    Netgate's Jim Pingle announced the availability of the second maintenance and stabilization update to the latest 2.4 series of pfSense, world's most trusted open-source firewall. pfSense 2.4.2 is a security and bugfix release that updates the OpenSSL packages to version 1.0.2m to fix two recently disclosed vulnerabilities (CVE-2017-3736 and CVE-2017-3735), addresses three potential XSS vectors, fixes the VLAN priority handling, and addresses issues with PPP interfaces that have VLAN parents.

Games Leftovers

OSS Leftovers

  • Julita Inca Chiroque: Parallel Computing Talk
  • Open Source Monitoring Conference: Speakers, Agendas, and Other Details
    One of today’s leading tech conferences, the Open Source Monitoring Conference (OSMC), is back to bring together some of the brightest monitoring experts from different parts of the world. The four-day event will be held at Holiday Inn Nuremberg City Conference in Germany starting today, November 21st, until November 24th.
  • Why a Dallas-area tech startup opened a KC office
  • Open education: How students save money by creating open textbooks
    Most people consider a college education the key to future success, but for many students, the cost is insurmountable. The growing open educational resource (OER) movement is attempting to address this problem by providing a high-quality, low-cost alternative to traditional textbooks, while at the same time empowering students and educators in innovative ways. One of the leaders in this movement is Robin DeRosa, a professor at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. I have been enthusiastically following her posts on Twitter and invited her to share her passion for open education with our readers. I am delighted to share our discussion with you.