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Some Fresh Linux 4.8 + Mesa 12.1-dev OpenGL Benchmarks For Radeon GPUs

Wednesday 21st of September 2016 11:30:03 AM
For those craving some fresh Mesa Git benchmarks, here are a few OpenGL tests I carried out with some AMD Radeon GPUs when comparing the out-of-the-box Ubuntu 16.04 LTS performance to what's offered currently by Linux 4.8 and Mesa 12.1-dev Git...

Microsoft Reportedly Requires "Signature PCs" To Be Locked To Only Running Windows

Wednesday 21st of September 2016 11:09:42 AM
Lately I've heard a few reports of some newer PCs being less than friendly with Linux, namely a number of Lenovo devices who have issues with installing Linux. Based upon new information that's come to light from a Phoronix reader, it appears that PCs receiving Microsoft's "Signature Edition" tag are being locked-out from running non-Windows platforms...

APT 1.3 Released For Debian Linux Distributions

Wednesday 21st of September 2016 10:55:44 AM
APT 1.3 is now available as the newest version of this Debian command-line package manager...

JPEG-Turbo Library 1.5.1 Released

Wednesday 21st of September 2016 10:24:21 AM
Version 1.5.1 of the libjpeg-turbo library is now available. For those that have somehow managed to never hear of it, libjpeg-turbo is a BSD-licensed, faster JPEG image codec than libjpeg and has various other feature differences...

Wayland 1.12 Officially Released

Wednesday 21st of September 2016 12:47:01 AM
While it's coming a few days later than anticipated, Wayland 1.12 along with the adjoining Weston 1.12 compositor update is now officially available...

Apache CouchDB 2.0 Released

Tuesday 20th of September 2016 11:52:59 PM
For users of Apache's CouchDB document-oriented NoSQL database system, version 2.0 was announced today...

A Look At The Exciting Features/Improvements Of GNOME 3.22

Tuesday 20th of September 2016 05:14:15 PM
If all goes well, GNOME 3.22 will be officially released tomorrow, 21 September. Here is a recap of some of the new features and improvements made over this past six month development cycle plus some screenshots of the near-final desktop that will power the upcoming Fedora 25 Workstation.

Coreboot Is Being Ported To A New Intel Skylake-Y System

Tuesday 20th of September 2016 04:12:43 PM
Those wishing to use Coreboot on a modern Intel system (albeit with the closed-source FSP) will soon have another option to consider with an open-source, physically secure computer powered by a Skylake-Y SoC moving ahead with a port to Coreboot...

MATE 1.16 Ready For Release, More GTK2 GNOME-Forked Code Ported To GTK3

Tuesday 20th of September 2016 03:47:01 PM
The various components of the GNOME2 desktop forked MATE code were checked in as version 1.16 today in preparation for announcing this next release...

X.Org's XDC2016 Will Be Livestreamed This Week

Tuesday 20th of September 2016 01:51:47 PM
XDC2016 begins tomorrow in Helsinki, Finland as the annual X.Org / Wayland / Mesa conference. For those not able to enjoy the event in person, a livestream is planned...

Opera 40 Released With Built-In VPN Support, Chromecast

Tuesday 20th of September 2016 12:27:12 PM
Besides Mozilla Firefox 49 being available, so is the latest stable update to the Opera browser powered by Chromium's Blink engine...

Unigine Is Working On Perhaps The Most Beautiful GPU Benchmark, Coming Later This Year

Tuesday 20th of September 2016 10:55:32 AM
Following the Unigine 2.3.1 engine update I was able to get confirmation from Unigine Corp they do have a new technology demo / benchmark coming out!..

Firefox 49.0 Is Now Available

Tuesday 20th of September 2016 10:17:58 AM
While being delayed one week due to last-minute bugs, Firefox 49.0 is now available this morning...

Bcache File-System Has Initial Encryption Patches

Tuesday 20th of September 2016 02:08:53 AM
It's been a while since last having anything to talk about with regard to Bcachefs as a file-system aiming for speed while having ZFS/Btrfs-like capabilities and being spun out of the Bcache caching code. This file-system now has tentative patches for complete encryption support...

Android Studio 2.2 Beta Ships With Beta GPU Debugger

Monday 19th of September 2016 10:19:26 PM
Android developers announced the release today of the Android Studio 2.2 integrated development environment with many changes...

GNOME's GUPnP Released After A Decade Of Development

Monday 19th of September 2016 06:50:57 PM
Version 1.0 of GNOME's GUPnP has been released after about a decade in development along with the associated GSSDP project...

Unigine 2.3.1 Now Supports GPGPU Computing Via Compute Shaders, Renderer Improvements

Monday 19th of September 2016 05:42:56 PM
Unigine Engine developers have announced the latest version of their advanced multi-platform game engine and virtual reality system...

X.Org Server 1.19 Release Candidate 1

Monday 19th of September 2016 05:05:25 PM
The first release candidate of the X.Org Server 1.19 is now available along with some last-minute API/ABI breaks...

MSI X99A Workstation Motherboard Runs Nicely On Linux

Monday 19th of September 2016 04:18:25 PM
The past few weeks I've been testing out the MSI X99A Workstation motherboard courtesy of MSI Computer and it's been working out very well across a spectrum of open-source Linux (as well as BSD) use-cases for those in need of a LGA-2011 v3 motherboard.

Wine-Staging 1.9.19 Released

Monday 19th of September 2016 03:11:26 PM
Wine-Staging 1.9.19 was released this weekend as the latest experimental patch-set atop of the newest bi-weekly Wine release...

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Leftovers: Ubuntu

  • Ubuntu Phone, Sep 2016 - Vorsprung durch Touch
    The Ubuntu Phone is getting better, and with every new iteration of the OTA, my little BQ Aquaris E4.5 is gaining more speed and functionality. Like in the air force, with an avionics upgrade, which transforms ancient wings into a powerful and modern bird of prey. Only the pace of advancement is lagging behind the market. See what Android and iOS can do, even Windows Phone, and you realize how late and insufficiently meaningful the Ubuntu Phone really is. This has to change, massively. This latest round does bring some fine goods to the table - more speed and stability, better icons, more overall visual polish, incremental improvements in the applications and the scopes. But that's not enough to win the heart of the average user. A more radical, app-centric effort is required. More focus on delivering the mobile experience, be it as it may. Ubuntu cannot revolutionalize that which is already considered the past. It can only join the club and enjoy the benefits of a well-established reality. And that is a kickass app stack that makes the touch device worth using in the first place. Still, it's not all gloomy. E4.5 is a better product now than it was a year ago, fact. Ubuntu Phone is a better operating system than it was even this spring, fact. So maybe one day we will see Ubuntu become an important if not dominant player in the phone and tablet space. It sure is heading in the right direction, my only fear is the availability of resources to pull off this massive rehaul that is needed to make it stand up to the old and proven giants. And that's it really. If you're keen on Linux (not Android) making it in the mobile world, do not forget to check my Ubuntu tablet review! Especially the convergence piece. On that merry note, you do remember that I'm running a wicked contest this year, too? He/she who reads my books might get a chance to win an M10 tablet. Indeed. Off you go, dear readers. Whereas I will now run the same set of tests we did here on the Aquaris tablet, and see how it likes the OTA-12 upgrade. The end.
  • Ubuntu 16.10 Unity 8 - new window snapping feature
  • Ubuntu Online Summit for Ubuntu 17.04 is Taking Place In Mid-November
  • Ubuntu Online Summit: 15-16 November 2016

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

  • 10 Top Open Source Artificial Intelligence Tools for Linux
    In this post, we shall cover a few of the top, open-source artificial intelligence (AI) tools for the Linux ecosystem. Currently, AI is one of the ever advancing fields in science and technology, with a major focus geared towards building software and hardware to solve every day life challenges in areas such as health care, education, security, manufacturing, banking and so much more.
  • List of FLOSS International Conferences September 2016 Materials
  • This Week In Servo 78
    Our overall roadmap is available online and now includes the initial Q3 plans. From now on, we plan to include the quarterly plan with a high-level breakdown in the roadmap page.
  • Firefox 49 Release: Find out what is new
    Firefox 49.0 is the next major stable release of the web browser. Firefox 48.0.2 and earlier versions of Firefox can be updated to the new release.
  • Open-Source Climate Change Data From NASA, NOAA, & Others Available For 1st Time
    Climate change has many components — rising sea levels, alterations in rainfall patterns, and an increase in severe storm activity, among others. Communities around the world are faced with the need to plan for climate change but don’t have the information available to do so effectively.
  • Another Setback for 3D Printed Gun Advocate Cody Wilson as Court of Appeals Rules That National Security Concerns Outweigh Free Speech
    It’s been a long, drawn-out battle, beginning in 2013 when Cody Wilson, founder of Defense Distributed, published the open source files for his 3D printed handgun, the Liberator, online. The State Department ordered that he take the files down, and Wilson complied, but not before thousands had downloaded them and spread them elsewhere on the Internet. In 2015, with the help of gun rights organization The Second Amendment Foundation, Wilson filed a federal lawsuit claiming that the State Department had violated not only his Second Amendment but his First Amendment rights. By suppressing his right to share information online, Wilson argued, the State Department was violating his right to free speech.
  • In 3D-Printed Gun Case, Federal Court Permits Speech Censorship in the Name of Alleged National Security
  • Oracle tries playing nice with Java EE rebels
    With Oracle now trying to get back on track with advancing enterprise Java, the company is seeking rapprochement with factions that had sought to advance the platform on their own. The two groups involved are mostly amenable to patching up the relationship. Oracle's Anil Gaur, group vice president of engineering, said this week he had already been in touch with some of the concerned parties. The two factions include Java EE Guardians, led by former Oracle Java EE evangelist Reza Rahman, and Microprofile.io, which has included participation from Red Hat and IBM.

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