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Linux 5.3 Picks Up Utilization Clamping - Ensuring GUI Threads Get Maximum Frequency

Wednesday 10th of July 2019 07:24:50 PM
The scheduler changes for the Linux 5.3 kernel are as busy as ever...

Merging exFAT Support For Linux Is Being Talked About - Waiting On Microsoft's Blessing

Wednesday 10th of July 2019 04:10:00 PM
Microsoft's exFAT file-system is more than one decade old and while there has been out-of-tree efforts, the mainline Linux kernel as of yet does not support the file-system even with it appearing on more SD cards and other devices. But there is now a renewed effort to get an exFAT driver into the Linux kernel...

The State Of EPEL-8 For Complementing RHEL8's Packages

Wednesday 10th of July 2019 03:18:47 PM
Under the Fedora umbrella has been the "Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux" to complement the official RHEL packages with extra packages largely based on Fedora packages. While RHEL 8.0 launched in May, there hasn't been full support for EPEL-8 yet but it's being worked on...

Linux 5.3 Crypto Updates Jitter RNG, Adds xxHash

Wednesday 10th of July 2019 01:07:15 PM
Herbert Xu sent out the crypto subsystem updates on Monday for the in-development Linux 5.3 kernel...

AMDGPU & RadeonSI Linux Drivers See More Navi Optimizations + Fixes

Wednesday 10th of July 2019 10:58:03 AM
It's just not the RADV Vulkan driver seeing lots of Navi activity but the AMDGPU DRM kernel driver and RadeonSI OpenGL Mesa driver are also off to the races in improving their newly-enabled Navi / Radeon RX 5700 series support...

Linux 5.3 Media Driver Updates Bring New Amlogic Meson Video Decoder

Wednesday 10th of July 2019 10:47:48 AM
After going through 9+ rounds of revisions for the Amlogic video decode driver, it's now been part of the media subsystem updates for the Linux 5.3 kernel...

AMD Opens Up Its Contrast Adaptive Sharpening Under FidelityFX On GPUOpen

Wednesday 10th of July 2019 07:34:24 AM
Following the Radeon RX 5700 series launch, AMD has now open-sourced their Contrast Adaptive Sharpening (CAS) technology under FidelityFX on GPUOpen...

Genode's Sculpt OS 19.07 Brings Performance Improvements

Wednesday 10th of July 2019 06:06:11 AM
Genode continues advancing as an open-source operating system framework and with that their effort to develop Sculpt OS as a general purpose operating system has continued in-step. Out now is Sculpt OS 19.07 as their latest operating system release...

Raspberry Pi CPUFreq Driver & Other Power Management Work For Linux 5.3

Wednesday 10th of July 2019 04:04:59 AM
The power management changes for Linux 5.3 merge window don't offer any P-State changes or other prominent Intel changes this cycle but there is some other improvements as well as new CPUFreq drivers for CPU frequency scaling...

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X Linux Memory Scaling Performance

Tuesday 9th of July 2019 10:40:00 PM
For those wondering if upgrading your RAM to higher frequency DIMMs is worthwhile when moving to AMD X570 and a new Zen 2 processor like the Ryzen 9 3900X, here are some reference benchmarks at different frequencies while maintaining the same timings.

Samba 4.11-RC1 Released With Scalability Improvements, Disables SMB1 By Default

Tuesday 9th of July 2019 07:50:00 PM
The first release candidate of Samba 4.11 is now available while Samba 4.12 begins development on Git master...

FreeBSD 11.3 Officially Released With Random Improvements, Updated Components

Tuesday 9th of July 2019 05:36:18 PM
While FreeBSD 12 is the latest and greatest FreeBSD release, FreeBSD 11.3 is now available as the newest for those sticking to the former series...

Radeon ROCm 2.6 Released - Without Navi Support But Adds BFloat16 & Other Features

Tuesday 9th of July 2019 05:09:13 PM
ROCm 2.6 was released overnight and when initially seeing this new Radeon Open Compute support come right after the Radeon RX 5700/5700XT launch, I was hopeful it would bring Navi support but sadly there are no signs of it in this release. But at least ROCm 2.6 is bringing other features...

NVIDIA 430.34 Linux Driver Brings SUPER Support

Tuesday 9th of July 2019 04:00:28 PM
NVIDIA today issued the 430.34 Linux driver as their newest update in the 430 stable series...

Firefox 68 Released With JavaScript BigInt Support, Good WebRender Linux Performance

Tuesday 9th of July 2019 03:17:31 PM
Mozilla rolled out Firefox 68.0 as the newest version of their web-browser...

Linux's Thunderbolt Manager Bolt 0.8 Adds IOMMU Protection

Tuesday 9th of July 2019 02:44:25 PM
Bolt, the Red Hat led project for managing Thunderbolt devices on Linux and their security, is out with their version 0.8 update to introduce better security for the growing number of Thunderbolt devices...

D9VK 0.13 Brings Fixed Function Support, Other Features & Better Performance

Tuesday 9th of July 2019 02:28:56 PM
D9VK 0.13 is now available as the newest release of this project mapping Direct3D 9 atop Vulkan for accelerated Windows gaming on Linux...

IBM Completes Its Acquisition Of Red Hat

Tuesday 9th of July 2019 12:45:07 PM
After announcing the deal last October, IBM today closed on its acquisition of Red Hat...

RADV Vulkan Driver Continues Further Refining Its Radeon RX 5700 "Navi" Support

Tuesday 9th of July 2019 12:30:00 PM
Back on 7 July, the open-source Mesa RADV Vulkan driver managed to deliver launch-day Navi support for these new 7nm GPUs. That first-cut support for this "community" open-source driver was working but various optimizations and features lacking. The developers at Valve, Red Hat, and Google have continued refining this Navi/GFX10 support for RADV...

Mesa 19.1.2 Released - Led By Intel & Radeon Vulkan Driver Fixes

Tuesday 9th of July 2019 11:00:44 AM
For those riding the Mesa 19.1 stable release train, Mesa 19.1.2 is now available as the second point release to this quarterly update to this collection of open-source OpenGL/Vulkan drivers for the Linux desktop...

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DebConf19 invites you to Debian Open Day at the Federal University of Technology - Paraná (UTFPR), in Curitiba

DebConf, the annual conference for Debian contributors and users interested in improving the Debian operating system, will be held in Federal University of Technology - Paraná (UTFPR) in Curitiba, Brazil, from July 21 to 28, 2019. The conference is preceded by DebCamp from July 14 to 19, and the DebConf19 Open Day on July 20. The Open Day, Saturday, 20 July, is targeted at the general public. Events of interest to a wider audience will be offered, ranging from topics specific to Debian to the greater Free Software community and maker movement. The event is a perfect opportunity for interested users to meet the Debian community, for Debian to broaden its community, and for the DebConf sponsors to increase their visibility. Less purely technical than the main conference schedule, the events on Open Day will cover a large range of topics from social and cultural issues to workshops and introductions to Debian. Read more

Sparky Linux 5.8

Today we are looking at Sparky Linux 5.8. This point release of Sparky 5 comes with LXQt 0.14.1, Debian Buster, Linux Kernel 4.19 and uses about 350MB of ram when idling. Sparky Linux LXQt has become one of my favorites, as it has a modern feeling, with the latest of Qt and the stability of Debian, makes it one great combination. Enjoy! Read more Direct/video: Sparky Linux 5.8 Run Through Under an hour ago:

  • What?s next Sparky?

    As before, after releasing a new stable version of Sparky, there are a few changes to do. So… Sparky 4 “Tyche” is moved to oldstable line now. The latest 4.11 release is the last one of the 4 line, but it is still supported, the next 2 years about. Sparky 5 “Nibiru” just released, moving it from testing to stable line. The stable live/install media are available for i686, amd64 & armhf archs (the same as the older release).

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Fedora and IBM/Red Hat: Network Security Toolkit (NST), Fedora CoreOS and Openwashing at OSCON

  • Network Security Toolkit (NST) 30 SVN 11210, which is Based on Fedora 30

    Network Security Toolkit (NST) is a Linux-based live operating system that provides a set of free and open-source computer security and networking tools to perform routine security and networking diagnostic and monitoring tasks. It is based on Fedora and NST has included comprehensive set of Open Source Network Security Tools, which is published in sectools.org website. It is offering an advanced Web User Interface (GUI) for system/network administrator, which allows them to configure many network and security applications. NST Team is pleased to announce the latest NST release of “NST 30 SVN:11210” on 1th July 2019.

  • Fedora announces the first preview release of Fedora CoreOS as an automatically updating Linux OS for containerized workloads

    Three days ago, Fedora announced the first preview release of the open-source project Fedora CoreOS as a secure and reliable host for computer clusters. It is specifically designed for running containerized workloads with automatic updates to the latest OS improvements, bug fixes, and security updates. It is secure, minimal, monolithic and is optimized for working with Kubernetes. The main goal of Fedora CoreOS is to be a reliable container host to run containerized workloads securely and at scale. It integrates Ignition from Container Linux technology and rpm-ostree and SELinux hardening from Project Atomic Host. Fedora CoreOS is expected to be a successor to Container Linux eventually. The Container Linux project will continue to be supported throughout 2019, leaving users with ample time to migrate and provide feedback. Fedora has also assured Container Linux users that continued support will be provided to them without any disruption. Fedora CoreOS will also become the successor to Fedora Atomic Host. The current plan is for Fedora Atomic Host to have at least a 29 version and 6 months of lifecycle.

  • IBM helps developers use open source and machine learning

    As artificial intelligence and machine learning become more widespread, it's essential that developers have access to the latest models and data sets. Today at the OSCON 2019 open source developer conference, IBM is announcing the launch of two new projects for developers.