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Radeon vs. NVIDIA With Windows 10 & Ubuntu Linux

Sunday 3rd of December 2017 12:48:42 PM
A few days back we published some Windows 10 vs. Linux gaming benchmarks with two Radeon graphics cards. For putting those numbers into better perspective, here are the results now when adding in two competing NVIDIA graphics cards on both operating systems.

Phoronix Test Suite 7.6 M4 Available For Last Minute Testing

Sunday 3rd of December 2017 12:42:51 PM
The fourth and final development release of Phoronix Test Suite 7.6 is now available ahead of its stable release expected next week...

Passively Cooling A Radeon RX 480 Polaris GPU

Saturday 2nd of December 2017 04:28:11 PM
This past week the fan on my reference Radeon RX 480 graphics card surprisingly died. It's been a number of years since I last had a fan go out on a graphics card heatsink with much better reliability these days, especially with the reference graphics cards. When deciding what cooling solution to use for this RX 480 Polaris card, I decided to try a budget passively-cooled solution.

GTK4 Lands More Vulkan, HTML5 Broadway & Win32 Improvements

Saturday 2nd of December 2017 01:39:45 PM
It's been another busy week of development on the GTK4 tool-kit...

Fedora 28 Gets New Features Approved, Extra Week For Bug Fixing/Testing

Saturday 2nd of December 2017 12:46:50 PM
A Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee (FESCo) meeting on Friday approved another batch of changes around the Fedora 28 development cycle...

XDG-Shell Promoted To Stable In Wayland-Protocols 1.12

Saturday 2nd of December 2017 12:35:11 PM
Jonas Ådahl of Red Hat has released a new version of Wayland-Protocols, the collection of protocols that extends/introduces new functionality not part of the core Wayland protocol...

System76 Continues Refining Their Pop!_OS

Saturday 2nd of December 2017 12:24:51 PM
Besides working on disabling ME in all their laptops, the System76 team has also been busy working on their new Ubuntu-derived Pop!_OS operating system...

Steam Linux Usage For November: 0.27%

Saturday 2nd of December 2017 01:29:16 AM
Valve is reporting the Linux gaming marketshare for November 2017 at a mere 0.27%...

AMDGPU's Scheduler Might Get Picked Up By Other DRM Drivers

Friday 1st of December 2017 05:12:27 PM
One of the benefits of open-source software is the ability for code re-use by other projects and that may now happen with the AMDGPU kernel driver's scheduler...

Windows 10 WSL vs. Docker on Windows 10 vs. Bare Metal Linux Performance

Friday 1st of December 2017 03:00:58 PM
With the recent Windows 10 Fall Creator's Update there were some improvements to the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) particularly around boosting the I/O performance (though further WSL performance work is coming), so this week I've been carrying out some fresh benchmarks of Windows 10 WSL with its openSUSE and Fedora options. For additional perspective I also compared the performance to running benchmarks with Linux containers on Docker under Windows 10 and lastly the "bare metal" Linux performance.

AMD Publishes More DC Patches, Disables FreeSync By Default

Friday 1st of December 2017 02:45:00 PM
If you have encountered some early fallout from using the AMDGPU DC display stack or just want to help in testing patches likely to be queued for Linux 4.16, AMD has sent out another patch of DC patches...

Intel Sends In The First Set Of Changes For Linux 4.16 i915 DRM

Friday 1st of December 2017 01:10:41 PM
While Linux 4.15-rc1 was just released this past weekend, Intel open-source graphics driver developers have already sent in their first pull request to DRM-Next of new feature material targeting Linux 4.16...

Armory Is A Very Promising 3D Game Engine With Full Blender Integration

Friday 1st of December 2017 11:15:01 AM
Armory is a promising open-source game engine that prides itself in being built around Blender...

Systemd 236 Is Being Prepped For Release This Month With Many Changes

Friday 1st of December 2017 11:05:31 AM
Lennart Poettering has begun his release wrangling process in getting systemd 236 ready for release this month...

Intel Releases New Linux Media Driver For VA-API

Friday 1st of December 2017 10:43:28 AM
While Intel has been supporting VA-API for years, basically since X-Video/XvMC became irrelevant, as its primary video API for video acceleration, they are now rolling out a new media driver...

Linux 4.15, Distro Performance & Open-Source Radeon Excitement Ends November

Friday 1st of December 2017 12:10:33 AM
Ending out November were 301 original news articles and 32 featured articles/reviews with most of the excitement pertaining to the Linux 4.14 kernel release, early excitement around the Linux 4.15 kernel, Linux distribution performance, and the continued advancements of the open-source AMD driver...

Alpine Linux 3.7 Brings EFI Support, Installer Option For GRUB

Thursday 30th of November 2017 11:51:22 PM
Ending out November is a new release of Alpine Linux, the distribution that prides itself as being small, simple, and secure with using the musl libc and Busybox...

NVIDIA's Current Linux Driver Is Hungry For vRAM This Holiday

Thursday 30th of November 2017 10:32:21 PM
With a NVIDIA Linux developer having confirmed a current driver performance regression affecting driver releases since the 378 series and not being worked around until the yet-to-be-released 390.xx beta driver, I decided to carry out some tests...

Intel Wants To Contribute Parallel STL Support To libstdc++ / libc++

Thursday 30th of November 2017 09:28:19 PM
The last major item for GCC's libstdc++ standard library for C++17 support is supporting the technical specification around parallelism and Intel is hoping to land their implementation of it for both libstdc++ and libc++...

System76 Will Begin Disabling Intel ME In Their Linux Laptops

Thursday 30th of November 2017 09:05:59 PM
Following the recent Intel Management Engine (ME) vulnerabilities combined with some engineering work the past few months on their end, System76 will begin disabling ME on their laptops...

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Linux Foundation: Juniper/OpenContrail and Bell Canada at Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP)

  • Juniper Expands Contrail, Moves Open-Source Project to the Linux Foundation
    "Fortunately at Juniper we have a secrect weapon and one that i'm so very proud of and that's Contrail," Rami Rahim, Juniper Networks CEO said during his keynote. "The way we have been investing and innovating in Contrail over the last few years is sort of similar to how a car company would invest in a Formula 1 car, it's essentially a proving ground for the world's best technology." Rahim commented that the use-cases for Contrail so far have been somewhat limited, but that's about to change. "The future of Contrail is as a platform, a single controller that can solve a variety of really compelling use-cases with ease and simplicity," Rahim said. "Whether it's management of overlay and underlay, or SD-WAN connectivity, or multi-cloud fabric management." Juniper originally acquired Contrail in December 2012 in a deal valued at $176 million. In September 2013, Juniper open-sourcedthe Contrail technology, creating the OpenContrail project.
  • Juniper Networks' OpenContrail software defined network joins The Linux Foundation
    The Linux Foundation is far more than just Linux. It's also the home of many open-source networking projects such as the software-defined network (SDN) OpenDaylight, Open Platform for Network Function Virtualization (OPNFV), and Open Network Automation Program (ONAP). Now, networking power Juniper Networks has announced that OpenContrail, its open-source network virtualization cloud platform, will join the others as part of The Linux Foundation.
  • Juniper Moves OpenContrail to the Linux Foundation
    Juniper first released its Contrail products as open source in 2013 and built a community around the project. However, many stakeholders complained that Juniper didn’t work very hard to build the community, and some called it “faux-pen source.”
  • Juniper Moves SDN-Based OpenContrail Project to The Linux Foundation
    Juniper Networks today announced the codebase for OpenContrail, its open source network virtualization platform for the cloud, is moving to The Linux Foundation.
  • Bell Canada says open source ONAP adds modularity, flexibility to its network
    Bell Canada has become one of the first service providers to deploy Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP), focusing its initial attention on automating its data center tenant network provisioning process. By making this transition in its network, the service provider said it will provide its operations teams with a new tool to improve efficiency and time to market. This is the first step in using ONAP as a common platform across Bell’s networks on its journey towards a multipartner DevOps model.
  • Bell Canada First to Deploy Open Source ONAP in Production
    Canadian communications provider Bell is the first organization to deploy an open source version of the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) in a production environment. The milestone was noted in a blog post by Arpit Joshipura, general manager of networking and orchestration with the Linux Foundation.

Software: Everdo, GIMP, Notepadqq

  • Everdo – A Todo List and Getting Things Done App for Linux
    Everdo is a modern and beautifully-designed Electron-based task management application with which you can keep track of your work using tags, project folders, smart filters, and schedules. It doesn’t need a cloud account to work so your data will remain save on your PC. Everdo features a modern and minimalist User Interface with an extremely clean, clutter-less, and uniform design in order to enhance speedy and distraction-free productivity.
  • GIMP 2.9.8 Released with On-Canvas Gradient Editing, Better PSD Support
    GIMP 2.9.8 has been released with on-canvas gradient editing, better handling of Adobe Photoshop PSD files, and support for those using GIMP on Wayland.
  • GIMP 2.9.8 Released With On-Canvas Gradient Editing, Wayland Support
    GIMP 2.9.8 has been released as the newest development version of this widely-used, open-source Photoshop-like program in its road to GIMP 2.10. Earlier this week I happened to highlight many of the changes building up for GIMP 2.9.8 as featured in A Lot Of Improvements Are Building Up For GIMP 2.9.8, Including Better Wayland Support.
  • Getting started with the Notepadqq Linux text editor
    I don't do Windows. The operating system, I mean. At least, not on my own computers and not with any of my own work. When I was a consultant, I often had to work out of my clients' offices, which meant using their hardware, which also meant using Windows at many of those offices. Even when using Windows, I tried to install as much open source software as I could. Why? Because it works as well as (if not better than) its proprietary equivalents. One of the applications I always installed was Notepad++, which Opensource.com community moderator Ruth Holloway looked at in 2016.

Getting started with the Notepadqq Linux text editor

I don't do Windows. The operating system, I mean. At least, not on my own computers and not with any of my own work. When I was a consultant, I often had to work out of my clients' offices, which meant using their hardware, which also meant using Windows at many of those offices. Even when using Windows, I tried to install as much open source software as I could. Why? Because it works as well as (if not better than) its proprietary equivalents. One of the applications I always installed was Notepad++, which Opensource.com community moderator Ruth Holloway looked at in 2016. Read more