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Linux 4.13-rc4 Kernel Released

Monday 7th of August 2017 10:05:24 AM
The Linux 4.13-rc4 kernel is now available for testing...

SQLite 3.20 Released With New Extensions, Command Line Shell Improvements

Sunday 6th of August 2017 06:02:38 PM
SQLite 3.20 was released earlier this week with many improvements to this widely-used, embedded database library...

SilverStone Petit PT13 Mini-ITX Case

Sunday 6th of August 2017 03:44:28 PM
The SilverStone Petit PT13 is the case manufacturer's smallest mini-ITX chassis with a volume of just 1.4 liters. I picked up the PT13 recently for housing the NVIDIA Jetson TX2 and it's been working out well.

Changes To Look Forward To With LLVM/Clang 5.0

Sunday 6th of August 2017 01:58:12 PM
LLVM 5.0 and its sub-projects like Clang 5.0 are due to be released in two weeks, so here's a look back at the features added to this innovative open-source compiler stack over the past half year...

Libratbag's Piper Mouse GUI Interface Had A Successful GSoC

Sunday 6th of August 2017 01:02:42 PM
While this year's Google Summer of Code isn't done for a few more weeks, the Piper mouse control user-interface for libratbag has now seen all of its major features completed...

Glibc's Per-Thread Cache Is Helping Out Some Benchmarks

Sunday 6th of August 2017 12:23:42 PM
Released this week was the shiny new glibc 2.26 GNU C Library with the notable new feature being the per-thread cache for malloc...

RadeonSI Gets Memory Objects Support In Mesa Git, Last Bit For SteamVR

Sunday 6th of August 2017 12:12:30 PM
Valve developers Andres Rodriguez and Timothy Arceri have landed their enablement of EXT_memory_object and EXT_memory_object_fd within Mesa 17.3-dev Git...

PHP 7.2 Beta 2 Released

Sunday 6th of August 2017 11:29:10 AM
The second beta is now available for the upcoming PHP 7.2, which will be officially released at the end of November...

Chrome/Chromium Turns On Support For OpenType Variable Fonts

Saturday 5th of August 2017 09:50:36 PM
Google's Chrome/Chromium web-browser has now enabled support by default for OpenType Variable Fonts...

GCC Working On 3rd Party Static Analysis Support

Saturday 5th of August 2017 09:40:32 PM
Red Hat's David Malcom has posted a series of patches for implementing third-party static analysis support within the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC)...

Continuing To Stress Ryzen

Saturday 5th of August 2017 03:09:28 PM
In direct continuation of yesterday's article about easily causing segmentation faults on AMD Zen CPUs, I have carried out another battery of tests for 24 hours and have more information to report today on the ability to trivially cause segmentation faults and in some cases system lock-ups with Ryzen CPUs.

Enlightenment EFL 1.20 Released

Saturday 5th of August 2017 11:54:45 AM
EFL 1.20 is now available as the newest version of the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries...

Haiku OS Continues Work On 64-bit Support, Software Updater

Saturday 5th of August 2017 11:47:13 AM
Fans of the BeOS-inspired Haiku operating system will see a lot of work going into the open-source OS over the summer...

Facebook Looking To Add Zstd Support To The Linux Kernel, Btrfs

Friday 4th of August 2017 09:48:23 PM
Zstd (also known as Zstandard) is a lossless data compression developed by Facebook that has been open-source since last year. This BSD-licensed compression algorithm aims to offer compression similar to zip/gzip but with faster speeds both for compression and decompression. Facebook developers are now looking at adding this support to the Linux kernel...

Git 2.14 Released

Friday 4th of August 2017 05:53:43 PM
Git 2.14 is now available as the latest feature update to this widely-used, open-source revision control system...

Debian Might Abandon Their Live Images

Friday 4th of August 2017 04:58:25 PM
Debian developers are evaluating whether to continue producing "Debian Live" images or not. Should they go away, there would no longer be a Live DVD/CD/USB environment to try out the operating system short of going through the Debian Installer process...

Windows 10 WSL: Ubuntu vs. openSUSE Leap Performance

Friday 4th of August 2017 04:19:15 PM
Following my recent Windows 10 WSL CPU scaling benchmarks to see how well Microsoft's Windows Subsystem for Linux for running native Linux binaries compared to various distributions, I did a comparison of Ubuntu and openSUSE on WSL compared to running these distributions bare metal.

Oracle Reportedly Laying Off More Solaris & ZFS Staff

Friday 4th of August 2017 02:13:34 PM
The mystery around the future of Solaris, ZFS, and SPARC continues with Oracle reportedly letting go of more developers and other staff members...

CUDA 9 Release Candidate Arrives, Supports Volta & Faster Performance

Friday 4th of August 2017 01:53:22 PM
NVIDIA is ending out the week with their first release candidate of CUDA 9...

Ryzen-Test & Stress-Run Make It Easy To Cause Segmentation Faults On Zen CPUs

Friday 4th of August 2017 01:30:00 PM
With running a number of new Ryzen Linux tests lately, a number of readers requested I take a fresh look at the reported Ryzen segmentation fault issues / bugs affecting a number of many Linux users. I did and still am able to reproduce the problem...

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GNOME and Debian: Debian Turning 24, GNOME Turning 20

  • Debian Celebrates Its 24th Birthday
    Yesterday marked GNOME turning 20 while today Debian developers and users have its 24th birthday of the project to celebrate.
  • GNOME desktop environment for Linux and BSD is 20 years old today
    When many people think of Linux, they incorrectly assume it is an operating system. Actually, Linux is merely the kernel which many operating systems leverage. An actual operating system is compromised of many things, including a user interface -- after all, users need to interface with their computer! Most computer users will obviously want a graphical UI nowadays, and for BSD and Linux-based operating systems there are many such desktop environments from which to choose. One of the most popular environments is GNOME. Not only is GNOME a DE, but it has evolved into much more, such as a collection of apps and design rules (Human Interface Guidelines). Today, GNOME is celebrating a very important milestone -- it is an impressive 20 years old!
  • Happy birthday, GNOME!
    The GNOME desktop turns 20 today, and I'm so excited! Twenty years is a major milestone for any open source software project, especially a graphical desktop environment like GNOME that has to appeal to many different users. The 20th anniversary is definitely something to celebrate!
  • Linux desktop GUI GNOME celebrates its 20th birthday
    By 1997, there had long been graphical Unix and Linux graphical user interface (GUI) desktops, but none of them had gathered much support. KDE, which was destined to become a major desktop, had started in 1996, but it was still facing opposition for its use of the Qt license. The GNOME Project, founded by Miguel de Icaza and Federico Mena Quintero on August 15, 1997, was created to build a GUI without the use of any non-General Public License (GPL) software. Thus, a struggle began between the two Linux desktops, which continues to this day.