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NVIDIA Announces GeForce RTX 2060 / 2070 / 2080 SUPER GPUs

Tuesday 2nd of July 2019 01:15:25 PM
Following weeks of leaks and other rumors, NVIDIA today finally lifted the lid on their new "SUPER" line-up with the revised RTX 2060 / RTX 2070 / RTX 2080 graphics cards with more competitive value especially in light of AMD's Radeon RX 5700 series offerings coming to market next week...

AMD "GFX8" Hardware Now Has Expanded DCC Support With RADV Vulkan Driver

Tuesday 2nd of July 2019 01:07:14 PM
The latest work by Valve open-source Linux graphics driver contributor Samuel Pitoiset is on offering Delta Color Compression (DCC) support for layers with the Vulkan RADV driver...

Mir 1.3 Released With Wayland Improvements, New AL Features

Tuesday 2nd of July 2019 11:52:14 AM
Mir 1.3 was released today as the newest version of Canonical's project making it easier to write desktop shells with Wayland support...

NVIDIA 418.52.14 Linux Driver Brings Full-Screen Exclusive & Calibrated Timestamps

Tuesday 2nd of July 2019 11:34:17 AM
NVIDIA released update Vulkan beta drivers on Monday for both Windows and Linux...

Valve's Steam Survey Data Shows Linux Usage Pulling Back During June

Tuesday 2nd of July 2019 10:28:23 AM
While Linux usage of Steam as a percentage has generally been flat or ticking up slightly each month since last year when Valve introduced Steam Play for allowing many Windows games to run gracefully on Linux, during June was the first time in a while seeing a decline...

Godot Engine 4.0 Continues Working Towards Vulkan Support

Tuesday 2nd of July 2019 04:25:33 AM
Godot lead developer Juan Linietsky has been spending much of his time working on porting their open-source game engine to Vulkan for the Godot 4.0 release to follow Godot 3.2. Good progress is being made in getting this increasingly popular game engine rendering with Vulkan...

It's A Last Call For Speakers At X.Org's XDC2019 Event

Tuesday 2nd of July 2019 04:00:00 AM
The 2019 X.Org Developers Conference for "all-things open-source graphics" is coming up at the start of October. But if you've been wanting to talk about something related to the Linux kernel, Mesa, Wayland, or related components, this week is your last chance to apply...

Xfce 4.14 "Pre2" Brings Bug Fixes, GLX Compositing Improvements & More

Tuesday 2nd of July 2019 01:35:37 AM
The second preview release of the long-awaited Xfce 4.14 is now available for testing ahead of its official debut later this summer...

Longtime X11/Linux Developer Joins SiFive To Work On RISC-V Processors

Tuesday 2nd of July 2019 12:43:03 AM
Keith Packard has joined RISC-V company SiFive. Yes, the same Keith Packard that is the longest still active (though somewhat more dormant these days) X Window System developer who for many years had led much of the X11/X.Org efforts and worked for nearly a decade at Intel on their open-source Linux graphics driver stack before working for HP Labs and also a side-gig for Valve improving the Linux stack for VR...

An Initial Look At The IBM POWER9 4-Core / 16-Thread CPU Performance On The Blackbird

Monday 1st of July 2019 04:30:00 PM
A few weeks ago we received a POWER9 Raptor Blackbird for testing that features an IBM POWER9 4-core (16 thread) processor clocked at 3.80GHz. For those curious about the performance potential for low-end POWER9 parts compared to the more common high-core/thread count POWER processors we have benchmarked before like in the Talos II server, here are some initial tests of that petite POWER9 processor.

GNU Rush 2.0 Released For Restricted User Shell

Monday 1st of July 2019 02:28:22 PM
GNU Rush 2.0 is out today as the latest major update to this restricted user shell that allows administrators greater control over the command line support exposed to users as well as system resource control and running remote programs within a chroot...

Red Hat Introduces "Packit-as-a-Service" For Fedora

Monday 1st of July 2019 01:10:55 PM
Packit-as-a-Service has been announced as a GitHub integration app and leveraging the Packit project to provide for upstream CI testing to ensure different software projects continue to build and function fine on Fedora Linux...

Debian 10.0 "Buster" Release Images Are Up For Testing

Monday 1st of July 2019 12:56:16 PM
With Debian 10.0 aiming to release next weekend, the near-final release images have been uploaded with enthusiasts encouraged to test out these builds for spotting any lingering bugs...

KaOS 2019.07 Released For Delivering The Latest KDE Desktop Linux Experience

Monday 1st of July 2019 11:59:37 AM
The KaOS Linux distribution remains one of the best options for those wanting to check out a polished and bleeding-edge KDE desktop experience. Out today is KaOS 2019.07 as the newest stable ISO succeeding their earlier 2019.04 build...

Another Attempt At Reducing GNOME's Mutter Input Latency

Monday 1st of July 2019 11:29:36 AM
Prolific GNOME contributor Daniel Van Vugt of Canonical working to optimize the desktop stack for Ubuntu continues his great upstream-focused work on enhancing the performance of various key components. This past week he posted a new merge request that seeks to lower the input latency further for the Mutter compositor / window manager...

Ubuntu Drama, Clear Linux Speed & WSL2 Sparked Lots Of Interest In June

Monday 1st of July 2019 11:08:09 AM
June was a very interesting month with the varying statements out of Canonical about the future of Ubuntu 32-bit support, AMD's Zen 2 processors and Navi product announcements (benchmarks next week!), Microsoft pushing out the new Windows Terminal and WSL2, Clear Linux continuing to further enhance their offering, and more Linux performance happenings in general...

Mageia 7 Sets Sail With Linux 5.1, KDE Plasma 5.15.4 Desktop

Monday 1st of July 2019 10:45:02 AM
The Mageia Linux distribution of Mandriva/Mandrake descent is kicking off July by shipping Mageia 7, two years after the debut of Mageia 6...

The Linux Kernel Getting Fixed Up For Booting On Some Intel Systems - No "8254"

Sunday 30th of June 2019 12:34:51 PM
There have been Linux reports of problems pertaining to "8254 Clock Gating" going back a while but more so recently. This problem is some newer Intel Skylake~Apollolake derived systems particularly with Intel SoCs where certain systems ship with the 8254 PIT to be gated via a special register and up until now that has caused Linux to fail to boot...

NetBSD Is Seeing Better Wine Support Thanks To Google Summer of Code

Sunday 30th of June 2019 12:22:40 PM
One of the interesting Google Summer of Code projects on the BSD front this year is porting Wine to run on AMD64 (x86_64) under NetBSD...

Linux 5.2-rc7 Is Quiet & Released On A Boat Somewhere

Sunday 30th of June 2019 11:44:25 AM
Linus Torvalds is off in "the middle of nowhere" on one of his well known scuba diving adventures but that didn't stop him from being able to release Linux 5.2-rc7 today like clock-work thanks to tethering of a smartphone...

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Xfce 4.16 development phase starting

In the 4.14 cycle we tried to do a 1:1 port of what used to be our Gtk2 desktop environment, avoiding visual changes. In the 4.16 cycle we plan to harmonize the appearance of certain elements that either became inconsistent through the port or already were inconsistent before (e.g. toolbars or inline toolbars). We will also play with client-side decorations where we feel it makes sense (for instance replacing the so-called XfceTitledDialog, that is used for all settings dialogs with a HeaderBar version). Before anyone gets too excited (both positively or negatively): It is not planned to redesign more complex applications (like Thunar) with Headerbars in 4.16. We will however try to keep the experience and looks consistent, which means gradually moving to client side decorations also with our applications (please note that client side decorations are not the same as HeaderBars!). Through this change e.g. “dark modes” in applications will look good (see the part about the Panel below). Now before there is a shitstorm about this change I would kindly ask everyone to give us time to figure out what exactly we want to change in this cycle. Also, switching to client-side decorations alone is not a big visual departure – feel free to also dig through the client-side decorations page if you want to read/see more on this. Read more

GNU/Linux Distros on Distrotest

  • Some New Operating Systems on Distrotest that Caught My Attention!

    Distrotest is one site that provides a variety of Linux distributions that can be run directly on the browser. Or you can also run it on a remote desktop client application, for example using Remmina. So, you can try various linux distributions online without having to install it or make a live CD. when I visited the distrotest. Apparently, there have been many new systems added. However, there are several new systems that caught my attention.

  • Forbes Raves Upcoming Linux Desktop Will 'Embarass' Windows 10 and macOS

    The article points out that Deepin is also a stand-alone desktop environment for any current Linux distribution -- and that it's one of the 248 operating systems available for online testing at

kwin-lowlatency 5.17 Brings A Better Experience To The KDE Desktop

Following this week's release of KDE Plasma 5.17, a new release of the independent kwin-lowlatency code has been re-based against version 5.17. Read more