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A Proof-of-Concept Vulkan Window Compositor Is In the Works

Saturday 31st of March 2018 01:00:00 PM
With Vulkan 1.1 it should be possible to write a pure Vulkan Wayland compositor while a Phoronix reader has tipped us off to a developer starting work on a proof-of-concept Vulkan window compositor...

Valve Publishes The Source To Their Game Networking Sockets Library

Saturday 31st of March 2018 12:00:00 PM
A few days back we wrote about Valve to open-source their Steam networking sockets library and now that source code release has occurred...

NVIDIA 387.42.06 Linux Vulkan Driver Released With New Extensions

Saturday 31st of March 2018 11:42:31 AM
NVIDIA on Friday released an updated Vulkan driver for Windows and Linux with their latest feature work...

Broadcom VC5 DRM Driver Might Make Use Of AMDGPU's Scheduler

Saturday 31st of March 2018 11:28:52 AM
Eric Anholt of Broadcom is looking at making use of the AMDGPU DRM scheduler within the VC5 direct rendering manager driver...

VK_GOOGLE_display_timing May Be A Big Help For Vulkan Games

Saturday 31st of March 2018 11:02:56 AM
In going through the GDC 2018 videos and slides now available, one of the most interesting sessions is Alen Ladavac of Croteam talking about frame stuttering and in particular how his company is working to overcome it thanks in part to Vulkan's VK_GOOGLE_display_timing extension...

GDC 2018 Videos Now Available, Including Khronos/Vulkan Talks

Saturday 31st of March 2018 12:49:06 AM
If you are looking for some deep technical content to watch this weekend, the video recordings from this month's Game Developers Conference 2018 (GDC 18) are now available...

Wine 3.5 Released With Initial Vulkan Loader

Friday 30th of March 2018 05:37:13 PM
Wine 3.5 is now available as the latest bi-weekly release for this popular program to run Windows games/programs on Linux...

Mir 0.31.1 Released With Various Wayland Fixes

Friday 30th of March 2018 05:14:09 PM
Another minor update to Mir has arrived ahead of next month's Ubuntu 18.04 LTS "Bionic Beaver" release...

TrueOS 18.03 Released With Spectre/Meltdown Fixes, Package Updates

Friday 30th of March 2018 02:37:04 PM
The crew working on the FreeBSD-derived TrueOS operating system formerly known as PC-BSD have put out a special release of their platform in order to ship the Spectre and Meltdown mitigations...

Linux RAID Performance On Dual NVMe SSDs

Friday 30th of March 2018 12:30:00 PM
Here are our latest Linux RAID benchmarks using the very new Linux 4.16 kernel while using two high-end Samsung 960 EVO 500GB NVMe solid-state drives with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. Using MDADM Linux soft RAID were EXT4, F2FS, and XFS while Btrfs RAID0/RAID1 was also tested using that file-system's integrated/native RAID capabilities.

More Intel OpenGL 4.6 SPIR-V Code Lands In Mesa 18.1 Git

Friday 30th of March 2018 11:53:12 AM
It looks like we're getting quite close to finally having OpenGL 4.6 in mainline Mesa...

Seven Reasons To Already Get Excited For Linux 4.17, Especially For AMD/Radeon Users

Friday 30th of March 2018 10:19:39 AM
While Linux 4.16 is coming in the next few days, I am already quite excited about the upcoming Linux 4.17 kernel cycle and the changes it will bring...

Changes Begin Building Up For LibreOffice 6.1

Friday 30th of March 2018 09:46:26 AM
LibreOffice 6.0 was released at the end of January while already is a fair amount of new features over the past two months that have started up building for the next release of this open-source office suite, LibreOffice 6.1...

Benchmarks Of Linux 4.14 On The Raspberry Pi

Friday 30th of March 2018 09:31:49 AM
This week Raspbian OS, the official Debian-based operating system of the Raspberry Pi, finally upgraded to the Linux 4.14 LTS kernel. Considering that Raspbian was previously on Linux 4.9, it's quite the kernel upgrade, and I decided to run some before/after benchmarks...

Some Of The Best Additions In Linux 4.16

Friday 30th of March 2018 09:05:37 AM
The Linux 4.16 kernel is hopefully being released this Sunday, marking the end to another busy kernel development cycle. We have already written dozens of articles about changes to be found with Linux 4.16 and benchmarks, while here is a quick recap of what makes Linux 4.16 special...

LightNVM Getting Open-Channel 2.0 Support For Linux 4.17

Thursday 29th of March 2018 10:45:18 PM
LightNVM patches are called for pulling into the Linux kernel's block layer that would land for the Linux 4.17 kernel and provide Open-Channel 2.0 support...

Fedora 28 Beta To Be Released Next Week

Thursday 29th of March 2018 06:16:03 PM
Last week Fedora 28's beta was delayed due to open blocker bugs but fortunately the developers managed to get the issues squared away...

A Look At Ubuntu 10.04 To Ubuntu 18.04 Linux Performance

Thursday 29th of March 2018 05:10:00 PM
With the Ubuntu 18.04 "Bionic Beaver" release fast approaching and it being the latest Long-Term Support release, the latest benchmarking at Phoronix has been looking at how the Ubuntu LTS performance has evolved going as far back as the Ubuntu 10.04.0 LTS "Lucid Lynx" release. On three systems where supported Ubuntu 10.04 / 12.04 / 14.04 / 16.04 / 18.04 were tested each time.

Mesa 17.3.8 Is Being Prepared With Another Dozen Fixes

Thursday 29th of March 2018 02:31:24 PM
While Mesa 17.3 started out very buggy, the developers have slowly been getting it into shape. If you are waiting to upgrade to the newly-released Mesa 18.0 until it further stabilizes with some point releases, Mesa 17.3.8 will be released in the days ahead as the latest and greatest off last quarter's driver code-base...

Phoenix RC Flight Controller Driver Coming For Linux 4.17

Thursday 29th of March 2018 01:05:04 PM
One of several new drivers slated for Linux 4.17 is PXRC for the Phoenix RC flight controller adapters...

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Ubuntu: Ubuntu 18.04 Install and First Look, Canonical and Trilio Deal, Ubuntu Server Development and Shuttleworth's Controversy

  • Ubuntu 18.04 Install and First Look
    The long anticipated Ubuntu 18.04 “Bionic Beaver” Long Term Support (LTS) release has arrived… Let’s install it and take a look around.
  • Canonical Managed Cloud adds data protection and recovery with Trilio
    Canonical and Trilio announced today a partnership agreement to deliver TrilioVault backup and recovery solutions as part of BootStack, Canonical’s fully managed OpenStack private cloud solution. TrilioVault will also be made available as an option to Ubuntu Advantage support customers. As a result, users already taking advantage of the Ubuntu platform for their OpenStack deployment now have seamless access to the only OpenStack-native data protection solution on the market. Together, the two companies are pushing the boundaries of enterprise OpenStack clouds to become increasingly easier to build, simpler to manage, and more reliable in the event of a disaster.
  • Ubuntu Server development summary – 22 May 2018
  • Ubuntu's Shuttleworth Creates Controversy with OpenStack Summit Vancouver Keynote
    The OpenStack Foundation is facing a bit of drama and controversy as it deals with issues related to a keynote delivered by Ubuntu Linux founder, Mark Shuttleworth at the OpenStack Summit here on May 21. Typically the OpenStack Foundation posts videos of all its session online within 24 hours, but with the Shuttleworth keynote, the video was apparently posted and then promptly removed. During his keynote, Shuttleworth took direct aim at his OpenStack competitor Red Hat, which apparently made some people in the OpenStack Summit community uncomfortable.

Offline Computing – 10 Apps for the Digital Nomad

In today’s always-connected, constantly-inturrupted world, it can often be rewarding to go offline. Disconnecting from the Internet doesn’t mean you have to buy a yurt, live on beans, and get no work done though! While there’s a ton of great apps in the Snap store which rely on a connection to function, there’s also a lot you can do offline. So whether you’re taking a trip that doesn’t offer (reasonably priced) in-flight wifi, or want to live life the digital nomad style, we’ve got some apps for you! These all work offline, so once installed you can work, study & play without a connection. Read more Also: Linux Release Roundup: GNOME Twitch, Shotwell & GIMP

Finally: Historic Eudora email code goes open source

The source code to the Eudora email client is being released by the Computer History Museum, after five years of discussion with the IP owner, Qualcomm. The Mac software was well loved by early internet adopters and power users, with versions appearing for Palm, Newton and Windows. At one time, the brand was so synonymous with email that Lycos used Eudora to brand its own webmail service. As the Mountain View, California museum has noted, "It’s hard to overstate Eudora’s popularity in the mid-1990s." Read more Also: The Computer History Museum Just Made Eudora Open Source