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OpenSUSE Leap 42.2 Release Candidate Published

Tuesday 18th of October 2016 12:10:33 PM
There is less than one month to go until openSUSE Leap 42.2 will be officially released while today marks the RC1 availability...

GTK Scene Kit Merged For GTK4

Tuesday 18th of October 2016 11:15:07 AM
The GTK+ Scene Graph Kit (GSK) has landed in mainline GTK+ Git as the "spiritual successor to Clutter" and now providing a scene graph for this GNOME toolkit...

Clear Linux Now Riding On Linux 4.8.1, Ships AVX2-Optimized Python

Monday 17th of October 2016 11:53:22 PM
Intel's Clear Linux open-source operating system continues advancing as one of the less heard of but highly performant rolling-release distributions for servers, cloud, containers, and other applications...

More GCC Patches To Get OpenMP Offloading To NVIDIA NVPTX Working

Monday 17th of October 2016 11:45:10 PM
Fresh patches are available for GCC to get OpenMP offloading to the NVIDIA PTX ISA working for accelerating OpenMP on NVIDIA GPUs with the GNU Compiler Collection...

The Exciting Features Of The Linux 4.9 Kernel

Monday 17th of October 2016 03:20:00 PM
This weekend was the release of Linux 4.9-rc1 to mark the end of the 4.9 kernel merge window. As such, here's our usual feature overview recapping all of the changes to Linux 4.9 that have us excited about the next version of this open-source kernel.

PHP 8.0 Likely To Have A New JIT Engine

Monday 17th of October 2016 01:01:36 PM
Zend has begun developing a new JIT (Just-In-Time) Engine for PHP and is expecting it will likely be ready for PHP 8.0...

Ubuntu 17.04 ZZ Codename Announced

Monday 17th of October 2016 12:34:00 PM
Ending out the alphabet, Ubuntu 17.04 is.....

ALLVM: Forthcoming Project to Ship All Software As LLVM IR

Monday 17th of October 2016 11:13:48 AM
Interest is growing around shipping software as LLVM IR and will be discussed at this year's LLVM Developers' Meeting...

GTK4 Development Code Just Received 100+ Commits Dropping Old Stuff

Sunday 16th of October 2016 09:22:21 PM
Development on the GTK+ 4.0 tool-kit continues moving along and this weekend has seen 100+ commits dropping various deprecated and outdated code...

Dota 2 Radeon OpenGL vs. Vulkan Performance With Mesa Git, Linux 4.9-rc1

Sunday 16th of October 2016 04:00:00 PM
Now that the RADV Radeon Vulkan driver has landed in Mesa Git and Linux 4.9-rc1 is out, I figured it was time for some fresh benchmarks of the Radeon Vulkan driver against the RadeonSI Gallium3D OpenGL driver. Here is the first of that new data.

Debian Testing Wayland Live CD Updated With Latest Support

Sunday 16th of October 2016 03:06:43 PM
The Live CD Linux distribution focused on showcasing the potential of Wayland across different desktops, toolkits, and applications is out with a new ISO release...

Lighttpd 1.4.42 Brings New Modules, Rewritten Authentication Framework

Sunday 16th of October 2016 12:31:49 PM
Lighttpd 1.4.42 was released this Sunday morning as the newest version of this open-source, lightweight HTTP web-server...

Mesa Benchmarks Post-ReZ RadeonSI Change, Another Game Jumps Up By ~20%

Sunday 16th of October 2016 12:19:35 PM
Earlier this week was a discovery of a "serious performance fix" For the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver by disabling ReZ. That change landed in Mesa Git already so I ran some before/after benchmarks...

VK9: Still Pursuing Direct3D 9 Over Vulkan

Sunday 16th of October 2016 12:00:22 PM
VK9 is the project formerly known as SchaeferGL as an open-source project implementing Direct3D 9 over Vulkan...

Linux 4.9-rc1 Kernel Released Early

Saturday 15th of October 2016 08:51:47 PM
Linus Torvalds decided to release the Linux 4.9-rc1 kernel today as opposed to tomorrow (Sunday) to fend off any subsystem maintainers from submitting last minute feature pull requests...

Khronos, Mesa, Standards & Conformance / Certification: Open Source, Open Standards

Saturday 15th of October 2016 01:10:00 PM
The past week or two in our forums and elsewhere there's been a lot of comments about Khronos' conformance testing for OpenGL 4.4/4.5 with the Mesa drivers finally reaching that point, concern over Khronos' fees being prohibitive for open-source projects (particularly in cases like Nouveau where it's community driven without a main corporate backer), and some FUD related to this matter. I've now received some clarification from The Khronos Group to lay these concerns to rest...

EGL_MESA_platform_surfaceless Firmed Up In Mesa For ChromeOS

Saturday 15th of October 2016 12:15:35 PM
Chad Versace, the Intel OTC developer turned Googler who is part of the Chrome OS driver team, has been baking the EGL_MESA_platform_surfaceless extension and its implementation inside Mesa...

POWER8 Workstation Launches On Crowdfunding: $4k For Motherboard, $18k For System

Saturday 15th of October 2016 12:07:03 PM
The Talos Secure Workstation that we previously have covered on Phoronix has now launched on crowd-funding where they hope to raise close to four million dollars to make this POWER8 system that's free down to the firmware a reality...

Fedora 25 Wayland Tests A Success, On Track For Stable

Saturday 15th of October 2016 02:30:58 AM
Fedora 25 has been on track for using Wayland by default and that was better firmed up this week. It's looking almost definitive next month's Fedora 25 release will be the first tier-one desktop Linux distribution using Wayland by default on supported systems in place of the X.Org Server...

Intel's Mesa Driver Now Enables OpenGL 4.5

Saturday 15th of October 2016 12:51:08 AM
Intel's Mesa OpenGL driver now officially enables OpenGL 4.5 support for Broadwell "Gen 8" hardware and newer...

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    It looks like a new set of updated Live ISO images for the Fedora 24 GNU/Linux operating system were published by Ben Williams, founder of the Fedora Unity Project and a Fedora Ambassador. Dubbed F24-20161023, the updated Live ISOs a few days ago and include up-to-date components from the official Fedora 24 Linux software repositories, with which was fully syncronized as of October 23, 2016. Of course, this means that they also include the latest Linux kernel update fully patched against the "Dirty COW" bug.
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New KNOPPIX Release, LibreOffice 5.1.6, Rosa Down

In Linux news today KNOPPIX 7.7.1 was released to the public based on Debian with GNOME 3.22, KDE 5.7.2, and "Everything 3D." The Rosa project is experiencing network issues and folks may experience problems trying to connect to their services the next few days. LibreOffice 5.1.6 was announced today by The Document Foundation, the sixth update to the Still branch for stable users, and a new vulnerability was disclosed in GNU Tar. Read more