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KDE Plasma 5.14's Lock Screen Will No Longer Eat Your CPU Resources On Old Hardware

Sunday 12th of August 2018 12:20:54 PM
With KDE Plasma 5 right now it turns out that if you have relied upon CPU-based software rendering, when hitting Plasma's lock-screen it would actually go CPU-wild -- as far as maxing out the CPU to 100% utilization, thereby consuming a lot of power and generating excess heat. That will be fixed for KDE Plasma 5.14.0...

DXVK 0.65 Released With New Configuration System, Game Fixes

Sunday 12th of August 2018 11:47:57 AM
For those weekend Linux gamers, DXVK 0.65 is available today as the newest feature update to this library for running Direct3D 11 games under Wine via Vulkan...

SoundWire For Linux Preps Support For Multiple Masters

Sunday 12th of August 2018 10:08:35 AM
Back in Linux 4.16 the SoundWire subsystem was added to the staging area as the MIPI standard for a low-power, two-wire sound bus that can support multiple audio streams and primarily utilized by small audio peripherals like IoT and mobile devices. With the next Linux kernel cycle, the SoundWire support is being improved upon...

Patches Revised For AMD Zen Based Hygon Dhyana Server CPUs

Saturday 11th of August 2018 08:46:49 PM
Patches have been revised for the Linux kernel to support the initial Hygon Dhyana server CPUs that are the licensed AMD Family 17h "Zen" technology, basically the EPYC server CPUs for the Chinese market...

KDE Frameworks 5.49 Released With Many Changes

Saturday 11th of August 2018 04:57:50 PM
The latest monthly update to the KDE Frameworks is now available that complement the offerings of the Qt5 tool-kit...

Qualcomm Adreno 600 Series Support Proposed For Linux 4.19 Kernel

Saturday 11th of August 2018 01:34:43 PM
While a bit late, Freedreno lead developer Rob Clark is hoping to see the Qualcomm Adreno 600 series bring-up happen for the Linux 4.19 kernel cycle...

Flatpak Gets New FreeDesktop SDK 18.08 Runtime

Saturday 11th of August 2018 12:26:14 PM
Flatpak now has access to an updated FreeDesktop SDK runtime that is built on their new BuildStream build system rather than Yocto and has other improvements...

Wayland 1.16 & Weston 5.0 Release Candidates For Testing

Saturday 11th of August 2018 12:13:04 PM
Derek Foreman of Samsung's Open-Source Group put out the release candidates on Friday for the upcoming Wayland 1.16 release as well as the Weston 5.0 reference compositor...

Mesa 18.1.6 On The Way With Over Three Dozen Fixes

Saturday 11th of August 2018 12:07:16 PM
While Mesa 18.2 is baking for release later this month, Mesa 18.1 remains the currently supported stable series. Final release preparations are underway for Mesa 18.1.6 as the latest bi-weekly point release...

Mir Now Supports XDG Shell Stable

Saturday 11th of August 2018 11:32:17 AM
Canonical developers continue working on advancing the Mir display server's support for Wayland...

Xbox One S Controller Rumbling On Linux, Valve Working On Upstreaming SteamOS Changes

Saturday 11th of August 2018 01:22:22 AM
While the Microsoft Xbox One S Controller has been supported under Linux for a while now, its rumble mode has not been supported by the mainline Linux kernel. That's now in the process of changing with the upstreaming of up until now out-of-tree patches...

Intel IWD Wireless Daemon v0.6 Released

Friday 10th of August 2018 10:37:18 PM
Out today is a new version of IWD, the Intel-developed wireless daemon for Linux systems. IWD v0.6 is the latest version which is actually a quick follow-up release to address bugs from IWD v0.5 issued this morning...

Linux EDAC Support For AMD's Great Horned Owl

Friday 10th of August 2018 10:10:09 PM
The latest Linux kernel patch is for supporting ECC error detection via the Error Detection And Correction (EDAC) code with AMD's Great Horned Owl...

Rust's Low-Level Graphics Abstraction Layer Is Showing A Lot Of Potential

Friday 10th of August 2018 06:49:09 PM
The Rust programming language's "GFX-RS" initiative that is backed by Mozilla continues working on exposing a universal "Vulkan-like" graphics API within Rust that in turn would have back-ends for Vulkan, OpenGL, Metal, and Direct3D 11/12 in order to reach all major platforms. Early benchmark results are quite promising for GFX-RS...

Linux Live Kernel Patching Is On The Way For 64-bit ARM

Friday 10th of August 2018 04:15:49 PM
It's been a while since having any advancements to report on the live kernel patching front for being able to deploy primarily Linux kernel security fixes without having to reboot the system. There is some new progress on that front to report on now and that is the 64-bit ARM (ARM64/AArch64) support getting squared away...

Intel SSD 660p: 512GB Of NVMe Storage For $99 USD

Friday 10th of August 2018 12:20:00 PM
If you have held off on switching over to NVMe solid-state storage due to the associated costs, times are certainly changing. This week Intel introduced their 660p SSD series that yields 512GB of NVMe storage for $99 USD or 1TB for $200 USD.

Linux 4.19 Certainly Is Going To Be A Big Kernel

Friday 10th of August 2018 11:33:20 AM
At the end of July I outlined some of the changes queued for Linux 4.19 while since then several more notable additions have become aligned for this next kernel cycle following the one week delay of Linux 4.18...

Unigine 2.7.2 Brings Improved Particle System, Better Multi-Channel Rendering

Friday 10th of August 2018 09:48:22 AM
Unigine, the beautiful and Linux-friendly engine for games as well as VR and industrial training/simulation applications, has outed their latest engine update...

Solus Linux & Its Budgie Desktop Seeing Summer 2018 Improvements

Friday 10th of August 2018 09:22:29 AM
The Solus Project has shared some of the work they've been engaged in this summer with their Linux distribution as well as their GTK3-based Budgie Desktop Environment...

SDL2 Gets Better Support For Xbox / PS4 / Nintendo Switch Pro Controllers

Friday 10th of August 2018 09:06:57 AM
Sam Lantinga of Valve has contributed better support for some popular game controllers to the SDL2 library...

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Cloudgizer: An introduction to a new open source web development tool

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James Bottomley on Linux, Containers, and the Leading Edge

It’s no secret that Linux is basically the operating system of containers, and containers are the future of the cloud, says James Bottomley, Distinguished Engineer at IBM Research and Linux kernel developer. Bottomley, who can often be seen at open source events in his signature bow tie, is focused these days on security systems like the Trusted Platform Module and the fundamentals of container technology. Read more

TransmogrifAI From Salesforce

  • Salesforce plans to open-source the technology behind its Einstein machine-learning services
    Salesforce is open-sourcing the method it has developed for using machine-learning techniques at scale — without mixing valuable customer data — in hopes other companies struggling with data science problems can benefit from its work. The company plans to announce Thursday that TransmogrifAI, which is a key part of the Einstein machine-learning services that it believes are the future of its flagship Sales Cloud and related services, will be available for anyone to use in their software-as-a-service applications. Consisting of less than 10 lines of code written on top of the widely used Apache Spark open-source project, it is the result of years of work on training machine-learning models to predict customer behavior without dumping all of that data into a common training ground, said Shubha Nabar, senior director of data science for Salesforce Einstein.
  • Salesforce open-sources TransmogrifAI, the machine learning library that powers Einstein
    Machine learning models — artificial intelligence (AI) that identifies relationships among hundreds, thousands, or even millions of data points — are rarely easy to architect. Data scientists spend weeks and months not only preprocessing the data on which the models are to be trained, but extracting useful features (i.e., the data types) from that data, narrowing down algorithms, and ultimately building (or attempting to build) a system that performs well not just within the confines of a lab, but in the real world.