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Lumina Desktop 1.1 Released

Friday 21st of October 2016 05:05:14 PM
The BSD-focused, Qt-powered Lumina Desktop Environment is out with its version 1.1 update...

NVIDIA 375.10 Linux Driver Released, Supports GTX 1050 Series

Friday 21st of October 2016 02:53:10 PM
NVIDIA has released the 375.10 Linux driver as their first release in this new 375.xx series...

Radeon vs. Nouveau Open-Source Drivers On Mesa Git + Linux 4.9

Friday 21st of October 2016 01:39:19 PM
With Mesa Git and Linux 4.9 I have done AMDGPU vs. Radeon, AMD OpenGL vs. Vulkan benchmarks, and other tests while in this article is our first side-by-side comparison of AMD Radeon GPUs on their open-source driver against NVIDIA GPUs on Nouveau when using Linux 4.9 Git and Mesa Git as of this week.

Linux Perf Gets New "C2C" Tool For False Sharing Detection

Friday 21st of October 2016 12:08:47 PM
The perf code for Linux 4.10 is set to receive a new "c2c" tool...

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Shipping For Linux In Two Weeks

Friday 21st of October 2016 10:12:47 AM
Now that Feral Interactive released Mad Max for Linux yesterday, they are moving forward to push out their next Linux game port - Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. It's coming out in just two weeks...

Linux 4.9 Is Showing A Performance Boost On More Systems

Friday 21st of October 2016 07:18:28 AM
Earlier this week I posted some benchmarks of a Core i7 6800K Broadwell-E system seeing performance boosts under Linux 4.9 and it turns out it's looking more widespread than just affecting a niche system or two. When testing a more traditional Intel Haswell desktop, Linux 4.9 Git is seeing more wins over Linux 4.8 and 4.7 kernels...

Easy, Automated Benchmarking On Linux With PTS

Friday 21st of October 2016 05:00:00 AM
It's easy to run benchmarks on Linux as well as Solaris, BSD, and other operating systems, using our own Phoronix Test Suite open-source benchmarking software...

KernelCare Is Another Alternative To Canonical's Ubuntu Live Kernel Patching

Friday 21st of October 2016 04:01:00 AM
Earlier this week Canonical announced their Kernel Livepatching Service for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS users. Canonical's service is free for under three systems while another alternative for Ubuntu Linux users interested in a commercial service is CloudLinux's KernelCare...

Intel Turbo Boost Max 3.0 Patches Updated For Linux 4.9

Thursday 20th of October 2016 11:39:12 PM
Intel has updated its currently out-of-tree Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 patches for compatibility against the Linux 4.9-rc1 kernel plus made other improvements to the code...

Wayland For KDE Plasma 5.9 Should Shape Up Quite Nicely

Thursday 20th of October 2016 08:30:00 PM
Plasma 5.8 was only released at the beginning of October but already there has been a number of Wayland improvements queuing up for the next milestone, Plasma 5.9...

Intel Haswell OpenGL & Vulkan Testing With Mesa Git

Thursday 20th of October 2016 06:00:00 PM
It's been a while since last running any major Linux graphics tests with Intel Haswell era hardware, but in preparing for a big Linux 3.x/4.x kernel comparison with a Core i7 Haswell, I ran some fresh graphics benchmarks with OpenGL and Vulkan.

LibreOffice 5.3 Alpha Tagged, New Features Inbound

Thursday 20th of October 2016 03:53:55 PM
The first alpha release of the upcoming LibreOffice 5.3 open-source office suite was tagged a short time ago in Git...

Nintendo Switch Announced, Powered By NVIDIA Tegra

Thursday 20th of October 2016 02:28:16 PM
Nintendo announced their new "NX" portable console today as the Nintendo Switch. While we don't focus on game consoles at Phoronix, hardware and talk of graphics APIs do excite us...

ARM Shows Off New Side-By-Side Comparison Of OpenGL ES & Vulkan

Thursday 20th of October 2016 02:12:57 PM
ARM has posted a new video showing off the side-by-side performance of OpenGL ES and Vulkan graphics APIs on ARM hardware...

Stable Linux Kernel Updates Roll Out To Address "Dirty COW" CVE

Thursday 20th of October 2016 01:53:16 PM
The supported Linux 4.8/4.7/4.4 kernel series have seen stable point releases today to address a new CVE security issue nicknamed "Dirty COW" that is a local privilege escalation issue and could allow attackers to overwrite files to which they don't own write access...

MPV 0.21 Player Adds CUDA, Better Raspberry Pi Support

Thursday 20th of October 2016 01:27:50 PM
MPV Player 0.21 is now available as the latest version of this popular fork of MPlayer/MPlayer2...

Mad Max Appears To Work Fine With RadeonSI Gallium3D

Thursday 20th of October 2016 12:38:52 PM
This morning's release of the Mad Max game for Linux lists only NVIDIA graphics as supported, but it does turn out at least for newer AMD GPUs using the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver things should work -- well, assuming you are using the latest open-source driver code...

Fedora 26 Planning To Drop The Synaptics X.Org Driver

Thursday 20th of October 2016 11:02:11 AM
Another early feature being talked about for Fedora 26 is no longer installing the Syntaptics X.Org driver by default...

RadeonSI Got Another Optimization After The 13.0 Branching

Thursday 20th of October 2016 10:36:36 AM
A short time after Mesa 13.0 was branched in Git yesterday, well known AMD open-source developer Marek Olšák was landing new work in master...

SDL 2.0.5 Released With Many Improvements

Thursday 20th of October 2016 10:26:16 AM
SDL 2.0.5 is now available as the latest version of this library used by many cross-platform games and is part of the Steam Runtime. SDL 2.0.5 brings many new features and improvements...

More in Tux Machines

TheSSS 20.0 Server-Oriented Linux Distro Ships with Linux Kernel 4.4.17, PHP 5.6

4MLinux developer Zbigniew Konojacki informs Softpedia today, October 26, 2016, about the release and immediate availability of version 20.0 of his server-oriented TheSSS (The Smallest Server Suite) GNU/Linux distribution. Read more

Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) Daily Build ISO Images Are Now Available for Download

Now that the upcoming Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) operating system is officially open for development, the first daily build ISO images have published in the usual places for early adopters and public testers. Read more

Today in Techrights

OSS Leftovers

  • Chain Releases Open Source Blockchain Solution for Banks
    Chain, a San Francisco-based Blockchain startup, launched the Chain Core Developer Edition, which is a distributed ledger infrastructure built for banks and financial institutions to utilize the Blockchain technology in mainstream finance. Similar to most cryptocurrency networks like Bitcoin, developers and users are allowed to run their applications and platforms on the Chain Core testnet, a test network sustained and supported by leading institutions including Microsoft and the Initiative for Cryptocurrency and Contracts (IC3), which is operated by Cornell University, UC Berkeley and University of Illinois.
  • Netflix Upgrades its Powerful "Chaos Monkey" Open Cloud Utility
    Few organizations have the cloud expertise that Netflix has, and it may come as a surprise to some people to learn that Netflix regularly open sources key, tested and hardened cloud tools that it has used for years. We've reported on Netflix open sourcing a series of interesting "Monkey" cloud tools as part of its "simian army," which it has deployed as a series satellite utilities orbiting its central cloud platform. Netflix previously released Chaos Monkey, a utility that improves the resiliency of Software as a Service by randomly choosing to turn off servers and containers at optimized tims. Now, Netflix has announced the upgrade of Chaos Monkey, and it's worth checking in on this tool.
  • Coreboot Lands More RISC-V / lowRISC Code
    As some early post-Coreboot 4.5 changes are some work to benefit fans of the RISC-V ISA.
  • Nextcloud Advances with Mobile Moves
    The extremely popular ownCloud open source file-sharing and storage platform for building private clouds has been much in the news lately. CTO and founder of ownCloud Frank Karlitschek resigned from the company a few months ago. His open letter announcing the move pointed to possible friction created as ownCloud moved forward as a commercial entity as opposed to a solely community focused, open source project. Karlitschek had a plan, though. He is now out with a fork of ownCloud called Nextcloud, and we've reported on strong signs that this cloud platform has a bright future. In recent months, the company has continued to advance Nextcloud. Along with Canonical and Western Digital, the partners have launched an Ubuntu Core Linux-based cloud storage and Internet of Things device called Nextcloud Box, which we covered here. Now, Nextcloud has moved forward with some updates to its mobile strategy. Here are details.
  • Using Open Source for Data
    Bryan Liles, from DigitalOcean, explains about many useful open source big data tools in this eight minute video. I learned about Apache Mesos, Apache Presto, Google Kubernetes and more.