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Mining Ethereum With AMD Threadrippers Paired With Four RX Vega 64 GPUs

Monday 9th of October 2017 01:09:48 PM
Phoronix reader Thomas Frech has shared with us an article he wrote about his new Ethereum mining work on two systems using AMD Threadripper processors and a total four Radeon RX Vega 64 GPUs under Linux...

QupZilla 2.2 Released As The Browser's Last

Monday 9th of October 2017 11:07:18 AM
QupZilla 2.2 has been released as the last feature release for this open-source web-browser project prior to its re-branding initiative under the KDE umbrella as the Falkon project...

Qt 5.10 Beta Released

Monday 9th of October 2017 10:12:59 AM
Qt 5.10 Alpha had arrived last month as two weeks late while The Qt Company has managed to tighten things up and deliver Qt 5.10 Beta now less than one week later than originally scheduled...

AMD Packs In More AMDGPU Features For Linux 4.15

Monday 9th of October 2017 10:07:56 AM
The Linux 4.15 kernel is looking to be a very exciting update for AMDGPU DRM driver users...

Linux 4.14-rc4 Arrives With This LTS Cycle Still Being Very Busy

Monday 9th of October 2017 09:31:41 AM
Linus Torvalds has announced the release of Linux 4.14-rc4 as the latest weekly test candidate for this kernel version that will be the 2017 long-term support release and be supported for a period of six years...

SDDM 0.16 Released - The Simple Desktop Display Manager

Sunday 8th of October 2017 10:01:40 PM
SDDM 0.16 is now available as the latest feature release of the Simple Desktop Display Manager, commonly used by some KDE-based Linux desktops for log-in management needs...

Borg Backup 1.1 Released

Sunday 8th of October 2017 04:32:24 PM
Borg Backup for those that haven't heard is a deduplicating backup program that also builds in compression and encryption abilities...

Testing Primitive Binning With Vega 10 On RadeonSI

Sunday 8th of October 2017 03:44:53 PM
One month back Marek Olšák landed support in the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver for primitive binning with Vega 10 GPUs but now that feature is likely to be disabled by default...

Facebook Has Been Working On C++ Modules Support For GCC

Sunday 8th of October 2017 12:29:55 PM
For C++20 the long-awaited modules system is likely to finally land. Facebook engineers have been working on a C++ modules implementation already for the GNU Compiler Collection...

OpenBSD 6.2 Is Planned For Release Next Week With New Features

Sunday 8th of October 2017 11:56:47 AM
Not only is the Ubuntu 17.10 release imminent, but so is that of OpenBSD 6.2...

New Blender 2.8 Design Document Published

Saturday 7th of October 2017 10:12:14 PM
For those 3D artists looking forward to next year's big Blender 2.8 update, a new design document has been published...

A New Ubuntu Kernel Build With The Very Latest AMDGPU DC Patches For 4.15

Saturday 7th of October 2017 04:39:12 PM
This week the latest AMDGPU DC patches were queued up ahead of Linux 4.15. As covered in that article, those several dozen patches mostly further clean-up this major AMDGPU display code rework and trim it up by a few thousand lines of code. For those wishing to test out this new display stack, here is a fresh Ubuntu/Debian x86_64 kernel build...

2017 "Oktoberfest" Premium: Snag A Great Deal While Supporting Our Work

Saturday 7th of October 2017 03:31:56 PM
The past few years I have run a Phoronix Premium deal around the time of Oktoberfest for those wishing to support all of the Linux hardware testing, reviews, news, and benchmarking work on the site done seven days per week, 365 days per year. While the actual fest is over at the wiesn, some Phoronix readers have inquired about running a deal again this year to get premium access at a discount. So here's the deal...

Facebook Developers Working On FSPERF For Better Linux File-System/Block Testing

Saturday 7th of October 2017 03:11:23 PM
Josef Bacik of Facebook's file-system/storage team has announced fsperf as a new testing framework around the Linux file-system/block storage code...

Debian 9.2 Released

Saturday 7th of October 2017 02:58:46 PM
The Debian project this week has announced the release of Debian GNU/Linux 9.2...

SLIMbus Framework Revised For The Linux Kernel

Saturday 7th of October 2017 01:39:27 PM
Linaro developers have restored work on the SLIMbus patches for the Linux kernel, which have long been dormant...

Vulkan 1.0.62 Adds A New AMD Extension

Saturday 7th of October 2017 12:49:33 PM
Vulkan 1.0.62 is now available as the latest updated specification for this high performance graphics and compute API...

Intel Core i3 8100: 3.6GHz Quad-Core With UHD Graphics For Less Than $120 USD

Friday 6th of October 2017 08:00:00 PM
The new Intel Core i3 8100 processor is a quad-core CPU running at 3.6GHz, offers integrated UHD Graphics 630, 6MB L3 cache, and has a 65 Watt TDP. This Intel quad-core CPU will cost you less than $120 USD. As about to be shown in these Ubuntu Linux benchmark results, this lowest-end Coffeelake CPU right now has a lot to offer. Here is a 30-way Intel/AMD Ubuntu benchmark comparison featuring the i3 8100, i5 8400, i7 8700K, and many other CPUs going back to the Sandy Bridge and Bulldozer days.

AMDGPU's DC Gets More Cleanups Ahead Of Linux 4.15

Friday 6th of October 2017 06:04:24 PM
It's indeed looking like the AMDGPU DC display code stack will finally be pulled for the Linux 4.15 merge window, assuming Linus Torvalds has no issues with it in a few weeks...

Running OpenCL With Intel UHD Graphics On Coffeelake Under Ubuntu Linux

Friday 6th of October 2017 01:36:43 PM
After running some basic OpenCL/Vulkan UHD Graphics tests yesterday using the brand new Core i7 8700K "Coffee Lake" processor, I next ventured into OpenCL computing with the UHD Graphics using Intel's open-source Beignet CL implementation...

More in Tux Machines

Red Hat and Fedora Leftovers

Devices: Beelink S1 Mini PC, Aaeon’s SBC, Kobo and LEDE

  • Beelink S1 Mini PC and Linux – Comedy Gold
    The Beelink S1 is a small, silent mini PC released in August 2017 retailing for around 300 dollars (250 euros). It’s produced by Shenzhen AZW Technology Co Ltd, a Chinese company that focuses on Android smart TV boxes, Intel mini PCs, and home cloud TV boxes. The S1 ships with an activated copy of Windows 10. But what makes this mini PC interesting? For starters, it purports to run Ubuntu. Combined with a quad core Celeron CPU, dual monitor support (HDMI and VGA), 4K video, expansion options, together with a raft of other features, the machine looks a mouthwatering prospect compared to many other mini PCs.
  • Kaby Lake Pico-ITX SBC features dual M.2 slots
    Aaeon’s “PICO-KBU1” SBC is built on Intel 7th Gen U-series CPUs with up to 16GB DDR4, dual GbE ports, and M.2 B-key and E-Key expansion. The PICO-KBU1 SBC is equipped with Intel’s dual-core, 15W TDP 7th Gen U-series CPUs from the latest Kaby Lake generation. Other 100 x 72mm Pico-ITX boards that run Kaby Lake U-Series processors include Axiomtek’s PICO512. As usual with Aaeon, no OS support is listed.
  • Kobo firmware 4.6.9995 mega update (KSM, nickel patch, ssh, fonts)
    It has been ages that I haven’t updated the MegaUpdate package for Kobo. Now that a new and seemingly rather bug-free and quick firmware release (4.6.9995) has been released, I finally took the time to update the whole package to the latest releases of all the included items. The update includes all my favorite patches and features: Kobo Start Menu, koreader, coolreader, pbchess, ssh access, custom dictionaries, and some side-loaded fonts.
  • LEDE v17.01.4 service release
    Version 17.01.4 of the LEDE router distribution is available with a number of important fixes. "While this release includes fixes for the bugs in the WPA Protocol disclosed earlier this week, these fixes do not fix the problem on the client-side. You still need to update all your client devices. As some client devices might never receive an update, an optional AP-side workaround was introduced in hostapd to complicate these attacks, slowing them down."

Samsung Leftovers

OSS Leftovers

  • FOSDEM 2018 Real-Time Communications Call for Participation
  • Top Bank, Legal and Software Industry Executives to Keynote at the Open Source Strategy Forum
  • Copyleft is Dead. Long live Copyleft!
    As you may have noticed, we recently re-licensed mgmt from the AGPL (Affero General Public License) to the regular GPL. This is a post explaining the decision and which hopefully includes some insights at the intersection of technology and legal issues.
  • Crowdsourcing the way to a more flexible strategic plan
    Trust the community. Opening a feedback platform to anyone on campus seems risky, but in hindsight I'd do it again in a heartbeat. The responses we received were very constructive; in fact, I rarely received negative and unproductive remarks. When people learned about our honest efforts at improving the community, they responded with kindness and support. By giving the community a voice—by really democratizing the effort—we achieved a surprising amount of campus-wide buy-in in a short period of time. Transparency is best. By keeping as many of our efforts as public as possible, we demonstrated that we were truly listening to our customers and understanding the effects of the outdated technology policies and decisions that were keeping them from doing their best work. I've always been a proponent of the idea that everyone is an agent of innovation; we just needed a tool that allowed everyone to make suggestions. Iterate, iterate, iterate. Crowdsourcing our first-year IT initiatives helped us create the most flexible and customer-centric plan we possibly could. The pressure to move quickly and lay down a comprehensive strategic plan is very real; however, by delaying that work and focusing on the evolving set of data flowing from our community, we were actually able to better demonstrate our commitment to our customers. That helped us build critical reputational capital, which paid off when we did eventually present a long-term strategic plan—because people already knew we could achieve results. It also helped us recruit strong allies and learn who we could trust to advance more complicated initiatives.
  • Reform is a DIY, modular, portable computer (work in progress)
    Want a fully functional laptop that works out of the box? There are plenty to choose from. Want a model that you can upgrade? That’s a bit tougher to find: some modern laptops don’t even let you replace the RAM. Then there’s the Reform. It’s a new DIY, modular laptop that’s designed to be easy to upgrade and modify. The CAD designs will even be available if you want to 3D print your own parts rather than buying a kit. You can’t buy a Reform computer yet. But developer Lukas Hartmann and designer Ana Dantes have developed a prototype and are soliciting feedback on the concept.
  • New neural network teaches itself Go, spanks the pros
    While artificial intelligence software has made huge strides recently, in many cases, it has only been automating things that humans already do well. If you want an AI to identify the Higgs boson in a spray of particles, for example, you have to train it on collisions that humans have already identified as containing a Higgs. If you want it to identify pictures of cats, you have to train it on a database of photos in which the cats have already been identified.