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Features Thus Far For The Linux 4.1 Kernel

Sunday 19th of April 2015 01:27:07 PM
We're just into week one of two for the Linux 4.1 kernel merge window. Here's a look at the pull requests thus far that are making for an exciting Linux 4.1 when it comes to new features and functionality...

Intel's Turbostat Adds Skylake Support In Linux 4.1

Sunday 19th of April 2015 12:22:49 PM
Turbostat, the open-source Intel program for reporting processor frequency and idle statistics along with other Intel-specific CPU information, will see a few improvements with Linux 4.1...

Microsoft's Open-Source Group Merges Back Into The Company

Sunday 19th of April 2015 12:07:36 PM
For the past three years Microsoft Open Technologies Inc (MS Open Tech) has been Microsoft's subsidiary to interact with open-source communities, increase Linux / open standards interoperability with Windows, etc. That subsidiary is now being merged back with Microsoft itself as the company continues to embrace open-source...

EXT4 In Linux 4.1 Adds File-System Level Encryption

Sunday 19th of April 2015 01:01:10 AM
The EXT4 file-system updates for the Linux 4.1 kernel have been sent in and it features the file-system-level encryption support...

Open-Source Ardour 4.0 Audio Software Has Big Improvements

Sunday 19th of April 2015 12:32:11 AM
Version 4.0 of the open-source Ardour audio editing software has been released. Ardour 4.0 brings over a reported 1,000 bug fixes...

Linux-Powered Endless Computer Raises $100k+ In A Few Days

Saturday 18th of April 2015 10:00:00 PM
Launched this week on Kickstarters was Endless Computers, a $169 Linux PC for the developing world. Quite quickly the project has already surpassed its $100k USD goal...

GCC 5.1 RC2 Arrives, GCC 5.1 Planned For Next Week

Saturday 18th of April 2015 12:38:06 PM
One week after the debut of the GCC 5.1 Release Candidate, a second release candidate was made available today in facilitating last-minute testing of the big GCC 5 compiler update...

F2FS For Linux 4.1 Has New Features & Fixes

Saturday 18th of April 2015 11:57:11 AM
Jaegeuk Kim sent in his updates of F2FS (the Flash-Friendly File-System) for the Linux 4.1 kernel...

Phoronix Server Upgrade This Weekend: Dual Haswell Xeons, 96GB DDR4

Saturday 18th of April 2015 11:48:42 AM
The Phoronix Media server infrastructure is being upgraded this weekend with the likely transition taking place on Sunday...

Google's Experimental QUIC Transport Protocol Is Showing Promise

Saturday 18th of April 2015 11:23:04 AM
Last year Google announced QUIC (Quick UDP Internet Connections) as a stream multiplexing protocol running on a new flavor of TLS over UDP rather than TCP. Google's been expanding their testing of QUIC internally and the results are showing great results...

Red Hat Joins Khronos, The Group Behind OpenGL & Vulkan

Friday 17th of April 2015 08:12:59 PM
It's become public today that Red Hat has joined The Khronos Group, the consortium responsible for the OpenGL, WebGL, and OpenCL standards, among many other industry standards, along with the new Vulkan and SPIR-V standards...

NetworkManager Drops WiMAX Support

Friday 17th of April 2015 05:11:02 PM
With WiMAX not being too popular and other competing wireless standards taking over, NetworkManager is discontinuing its support for this technology...

Sub-$20 802.11n USB WiFi Adapter That's Linux Friendly

Friday 17th of April 2015 04:05:34 PM
As a quick Friday note, if you're looking for a 802.11n/g USB WiFi adapter that's very affordable and will work great with Linux, here's one of my recent purchases. After being pleased with one of them, I've since ordered a few more of these Wireless-N adapters for Linux usage.

Wine 1.7.41 Works More On Kernel Job Objects, MSI Patches

Friday 17th of April 2015 03:19:05 PM
Two weeks ago Wine 1.7.40 added kernel job object support (after previously being a feature of Wine-Staging) and now with today's v1.7.41 release this Windows feature has been further improved...

Linux 4.1 Has Improvements For The Multi-Queue Block Layer

Friday 17th of April 2015 01:12:32 PM
The latest good stuff for the Linux 4.1 kernel are the block core improvements, which mostly are focused on improving the multi-queue block layer (blk-mq)...

X.Org Looks To Have Six Summer Projects

Friday 17th of April 2015 12:25:50 PM
This summer there should be six students working on new projects for X.Org/Mesa/Wayland via the foundation's annual participation in the Google Summer of Code...

DragonFlyBSD Pulls In GCC 5 Compiler

Friday 17th of April 2015 11:48:12 AM
While GCC 5 hasn't been officially released yet, DragonFlyBSD has pulled in a near-final revision of the open-source compiler for use by their BSD operating system...

OpenBenchmarking.org Now Ad-Free, Load Times, New Servers & More

Friday 17th of April 2015 08:48:10 AM
For frequent Phoronix readers and open-source / Linux fans, here are a variety of updates to enhance your experience...

Rust 1.0+ To Focus On Better Windows Support, ARM, & Faster Compile Times

Friday 17th of April 2015 06:01:02 AM
With Rust 1.0 now in beta and v1.0 being in good shape, developers are beginning to form plans for what to add to this Mozilla-sponsored language in the post-1.0 era...

Ubuntu 15.04 Now Under Final Freeze

Friday 17th of April 2015 01:25:53 AM
Ubuntu 15.04, the Vivid Vervet, is now under its final freeze for its release next week...

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  • Android Candy: Intercoms
    Ever since my "tiny $20 tablet" project (see my Open-Source Classroom column in the March 2015 issue), I've been looking for more and more cool things to do with cheap Android devices. Although the few obvious ones like XBMC or Plex remotes work well, I've recently found that having Android devices around the house means I can gain back an old-school ability that went out of style in the late 1980s—namely, an intercom system.
  • There's a wild prank hidden in Google Maps that insults Apple in the most childishly inappropriate way
    Rawalpindi is a vibrant Pakistani city known for its bazaars, ancient ruins, and array of religious shrines. But if you pay it a visit on Google Maps, you're going to notice something very unusual on the outskirts of the city — the Android "droid" mascot urinating on the Apple logo.
  • There's an Android bot peeing on an Apple logo on Google Maps
    Sick of all the Apple Watch news today? You're in luck, because we have something completely different for you. An image of an Android mascot, also known as an Android bot or Bugdroid, peeing on an Apple logo has been discovered on Google Maps.
  • An Android robot is peeing on an Apple logo in Google Maps
  • An Android is urinating on the Apple logo in Google Maps (update)
    Google and Apple have always had their differences, but a new Easter egg inside Google Maps has just taken their rivalry to a whole new level. As spotted by Team Android, if you head to these coordinates with the regular Map view enabled, you'll see Google's iconic Android mascot taking a leak on the Apple logo. At the moment, it's unclear who created this little piece of mischief and whether Google is taking action. But if this hidden message is any indication, it was snuck through by a member of the public using Google's Map Maker service, rather than a Google employee. Regardless, it's a crazy (and pretty hilarious) addition that's sure to rile some of the employees in Cupertino. Shots fired!
  • Sony's Android TV-powered 4K televisions are ridiculously thin
    Four models from Sony’s 2015 Android TV-powered 4K television range are now available for pre-order, with shipping to begin in May. The Japanese electronics giant unveiled its 4K TV lineup for 2015 at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, but kept pricing and release information to itself, only saying the new sets would be available sometime in the spring. Those details are finally here and the TVs themselves aren’t far off.
  • Android Wear v1.1 APK has Apple references in it, but when is iOS support coming?
    That Google is working on iOS support for Android Wear is nearly undeniable at this point, but even more evidence has surfaced in case you aren’t a believer. We peeked inside the latest Android Wear update APK to see what hidden bits were swarming about, and we came across some very interesting references.
  • 5 Things to Expect from the Nexus 5 Android 5.1.1 Release
    A few weeks ago, an Android 5.1.1 update mysteriously appeared alongside an update for Google’s Android SDK. Earlier this week, Google finally confirmed the Nexus Android 5.1.1 release with an update for its Nexus Player. With an Android 5.1.1 update now on the minds of Nexus users, particularly Nexus 5 users dealing with Android 5.0 Lollipop problems, we want to take a look at what we expect from the Nexus 5 Android 5.1 release from Google.

The Turing Phone Is Super Durable and Ultra Secure

The device also sports a 13MP/8MP camera combo, 64GB / 128GB of internal storage and runs Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box. Read more