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EFIBOOTMGR 13 Released, First Update In More Than One Year

Wednesday 17th of August 2016 10:30:39 PM
Red Hat developers have announced the release of efibootmgr 13, their open-source project for modifying the Intel EFI boot manager...

Libgcrypt/GnuPG Hit By Critical Security Problem Since 1998

Wednesday 17th of August 2016 08:15:04 PM
Werner Koch today publicly announced that Libgcrypt and GnuPG have a "critical security problem" with all versions released prior to today and it affects all platforms...

GNOME Developers Continue Working On Meson Build System, Much Faster Build Times

Wednesday 17th of August 2016 07:27:53 PM
GNOME developers and others in the free software ecosystem continue working on Meson, a promising next-gen build system that's superior to the commonly-used Autotools...

Btrfs RAID Tests On Linux 4.8

Wednesday 17th of August 2016 04:11:05 PM
Recently I've been carrying out a number of Btrfs RAID tests on Linux 4.7 while this past weekend I ran some comparison tests using the Linux 4.8 Git kernel...

NetworkManager 1.4 Feature Update Prepares For Release

Wednesday 17th of August 2016 03:07:05 PM
The first release candidate to NetworkManager 1.4 feature update is now available for testing...

AMDGPU-PRO Radeon RX 460/470/480 vs. NVIDIA Linux GPU Benchmarks

Wednesday 17th of August 2016 02:20:53 PM
Last week I published an 18-way GPU Linux comparison featuring the new Radeon RX 460 and RX 470 graphics cards along with other AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce GPUs. The Radeon tests were done using the very latest open-source Linux driver stack while in this article are similar benchmarks done but using the AMDGPU-PRO hybrid driver stack.

RISC-V Backend Proposed For LLVM

Wednesday 17th of August 2016 11:55:30 AM
Open-source activities around the completely open RISC-V instruction set architecture sure are heating up. Alex Bradbury is proposing now that the RISC-V compiler backend be merged in LLVM...

Nouveau Engine Reclocking Fixes Continue, NVIDIA Maxwell Re-Clocking Achieved

Wednesday 17th of August 2016 12:50:27 AM
Independent Nouveau developer Karol Herbst continues to be hard at work on improving the re-clocking state of the open-source NVIDIA Linux driver stack...

Enlightenment's EFL 1.18 Released With New Wayland, Input Functionality Plus EWebkit

Wednesday 17th of August 2016 12:04:53 AM
Version 1.18 of the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL) brings a wealth of new features...

Wayland / Weston 1.12 Now Available In Alpha Form

Tuesday 16th of August 2016 11:12:32 PM
The alpha release of the upcoming Wayland and Weston 1.12 version is now available...

Solaris-Derived OpenIndiana Releases MATE Desktop ISOs

Tuesday 16th of August 2016 10:57:20 PM
It's been a while since last having any major news to report on OpenIndiana, the OpenSolaris/Illumos-derived operating system, but they are out today with new test ISOs that incorporate the MATE desktop...

NVIDIA Rolls Out 370 Linux Driver Beta, Adds Pascal Under/Over-Clocking

Tuesday 16th of August 2016 05:04:40 PM
NVIDIA this morning rolled out the first Linux/Solaris/FreeBSD driver beta in their 370 driver series. There's good stuff in here for Pascal GPU owners...

LLVM/Clang 3.9 Is Shipping Soon With OpenCL 2.0, ThinLTO & Much More

Tuesday 16th of August 2016 02:00:00 PM
If all goes well, LLVM/Clang 3.9.0 will be released next week. With this major feature release right around the corner, here is a look at some of the exciting features and changes to this open-source compiler stack...

GNOME Turns 19, Debian Turns 23 Years Old

Tuesday 16th of August 2016 01:03:56 PM
There are at least two exciting Linux/open-source birthdays to celebrate this week...

Intel Kaby Lake Support Added To Beignet OpenCL

Tuesday 16th of August 2016 12:53:20 PM
Intel's Beignet project for providing open-source OpenCL support for Intel HD/Iris Graphics hardware on Linux now has support for upcoming Kaby Lake processors...

FreeBSD Catching Up To Linux DRM Graphics Drivers, In Sync With Git

Tuesday 16th of August 2016 12:39:28 PM
For the first time ever, the FreeBSD DRM drivers match the code of what's found in the upstream Linux kernel Git. They started off trailing many releases behind the state of the upstream Linux kernel, but as of now the Intel DRM as the first driver has made it to be in sync with the current Linux 4.8 development code...

Performance Improvement For Virtual NVMe Devices

Tuesday 16th of August 2016 12:29:13 PM
Helen Koike of Collabora has been one of the developers looking to optimize the performance of virtual NVMe devices, such as used by Google's Cloud Engine...

MidnightBSD 0.8 Switches From GCC 4.2 To Clang

Tuesday 16th of August 2016 12:13:52 PM
For those of you unfamiliar with it, MidnightBSD is a BSD (obviously) that focuses upon being a good desktop OS, similar to the goals of GhostBSD or PC-BSD. MidnightBSD 0.8 was released this week as the newest version of the operating system...

Go 1.7 Brings s390x Support, Compiler Improvements

Monday 15th of August 2016 11:50:26 PM
Version 1.7 of the Go programming language is now available...

Btrfs RAID vs. Linux Software RAID Benchmarks On Linux 4.7

Monday 15th of August 2016 08:00:00 PM
Earlier this month I carried out some 4-disk Btrfs RAID benchmarks using four SATA 3.0 SSDs. Those tests were done using the Btrfs built-in RAID capabilities while today are some comparison tests against those numbers when using the Linux Software RAID setup via mdadm.

More in Tux Machines

“Thin Mini-ITX” Skylake board has 20mm profile

Advantech’s Linux-ready “AIMB-285” Mini-ITX board offers 6th Gen Core CPUs, a 20mm profile, mini-PCIe and PCIe, plus an optional enclosure. Advantech calls the 20mm-high AIMB-285 the first “thin Mini-ITX” board to run 6th Generation Intel Core “Skylake” processors. Intel released a “Thin Mini-ITX” spec back in 2011, with 25mm specified as the maximum board thickness including the “I/O Shield” area. Since then, we’ve only seen two other Mini-ITX boards claim a thinner, 20mm maximum thickness: Congatec’s similarly Skylake-based Conga-IC170 and Adlink’s Braswell-based AmITX-BW-I. Read more

Schools that #GoOpen should #GoOpenSource

School administrators know that traditional proprietary textbooks are expensive. Teachers in budget-strapped schools often face shortages of textbooks. Worse, print content is usually out-of-date as soon as the ink dries on the page. There has to be something better than students hauling bulbous backpacks loaded with dead knowledge stamped on dead trees. In the fall of 2015, the U.S. Department of Education launched the #GoOpen campaign, an initiative encouraging public schools to adopt openly-licensed digital educational materials to transform teaching and learning, and perhaps lighten both backpacks and textbook bills. The Department recently published the #GoOpen District Launch Packet, a useful step-by-step implementation guide for schools planning a transition from traditional textbooks to Open Educational Resources (OER). We should applaud the Department of Education's efforts to promote affordable, equitable, and quality educational materials for all schools. Their initiative empowers educators to curate, shape, and share educational content at a local level. No longer is the written word of proprietary publishers like Pearson the fountain of all classroom knowledge. Districts that choose to #GoOpen opt to honor teacher expertise, empower them to build communities of shared practice, and encourage collaboration with colleagues across counties and states. Given unfettered permission to revise, remix, and redistribute curriculum material, teachers are trusted to become active agents in the creation of high-quality learning materials. Read more

Red Hat and Fedora

  • Red Hat CEO Tells LinuxCon Crowd What Makes Linux Stand Out
    Five years ago, on the 20th anniversary of Linux, Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst delivered a keynote address at LinuxCon. Today, he returned to the LinuxCon stage here to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of Linux, bringing a message not all that different from the one he shared in 2011. The Linux world, however, is a different place in 2016, with one-time mortal foe Microsoft now embracing the open-source model. Whitehurst briefly shared the keynote stage with Wim Coekaerts, corporate vice president of enterprise open source at Microsoft, which is something that wouldn't have happened five years ago. Red Hat and Microsoft today partner at multiple levels, as the message and value of open source has continued to expand. During his keynote, Whitehurst said that it's hard to talk about the history of Red Hat without talking about the history of Linux and vice versa, as the two are very much intertwined. Back in the 1990s when Red Hat got started a few years after Linux's birth, Whitehurst said his company didn't have a great business model. At one point, Red Hat actually tried to sell shrink-wrapped boxed software at big box retailers. Around 2001, Red Hat first introduced the enterprise open-source software model that is the core of the company's business today. The basic idea is to bundle open-source software together, test and certify the software, and then provide multiple years of enterprise-grade support.
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  • Fedora 24 Release Party in Singapore
    As you might know, Fedora released its 24th version at the end of June! Recently, the Fedorans in Singapore had a party to celebrate the release. The release party was not only to celebrate its release, but also to commemorate Fedora’s open source journey so far. We invited people from different diverse background to join us for a night of fun and open conversations (Singapore is a cosmopolitan country!)


  • Sysprof + Builder
    After the GNOME 3.20 cycle completed I started revamping Sysprof. More here, here, and here. The development went so smoothly that I did a 3.20 release a couple of weeks later. A primary motivation of that work was rebuilding Sysprof into a set of libraries for building new tools. In particular, I wanted to integrate Sysprof with Builder as our profiler of choice. On my flight back from GUADEC I laid the groundwork to integrate these two projects. As of Builder 3.21.90 (released yesterday) you can now profile your project quite easily. There are more corner cases we need to handle but I consider those incremental bugs now.
  • GUADEC… Its been fun.
    I’m not really much of a traveler or outgoing in any way. So when I was invited to GUADEC, I wasn’t very sure about it. It took some encouragement from my mentor and a fellow GSoC mate to convince me. And… I’m glad I went! It was one of those things that I could not have experienced from my comfy chair to which I reserve myself for the greater part of my day. In fact this trip makes me feel I might be wrong about social interactions not being time well spent for me (but then again I don’t exactly buckle down into ambitious projects, so you’re free to call me ignorant).
  • gnome-boxes: GSoC Evaluation
    This post is meant to be a final self-evaluation and self-analysis of my work for gnome-boxes during the summer. The initial project idea was about implementing/fixing a bunch of SPICE-based features/bugs to/in Boxes. The list of bugs of the SPICE component has since changed, as some new bugs have been discovered and some old ones have been closed, so I made a summary of my involvement...