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Qt 3D Studio 2.3 Debuts With New Font Rendering Engine, Performance Improvements

Monday 1st of April 2019 03:49:12 PM
The Qt Company today announced the release of Qt 3D Studio 2.3, the latest feature release for this development environment for creating 3D user interfaces that started out from code open-sourced by NVIDIA albeit since then it has evolved in its own right...

GNOME Is Also Getting Fixed Up For Lower CPU Usage With NVIDIA Graphics

Monday 1st of April 2019 12:24:29 PM
Last week I wrote about NVIDIA contributing a fix to KDE/KWin for avoiding high CPU usage when using the proprietary GeForce graphics driver. That fix ended up being due to the KWin compositor making incorrect assumptions about GLX swap buffers behavior. It turns out GNOME also needs a similar fix...

SolidRun ClearFog: A 16-Core ARM ITX Workstation Board Aiming For $500~750 USD

Monday 1st of April 2019 11:37:49 AM
Edge computing solutions vendor SolidRun is working on "ClearFog" as an ITX-based ARM64 workstation platform. They hope for an early bird launch price later this year of around $500~500 USD for this board that has 16 ARMv8 cores, multiple 10 GbE SFP+ connections, Gigabit Ethernet, multiple USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, 2 x mPCIe, four SATA ports, and can handle up to 64GB of laptop DDR4 memory...

Intel's Mesa Driver Now Supports Icelake Performance Counters

Monday 1st of April 2019 11:15:55 AM
The latest bit of Icelake "Gen 11" graphics enablement for the open-source Intel Linux graphics driver is supporting the performance counters/queries for exposing them through the OpenGL driver for the debugging/analyzing of performance bottlenecks...

A GCC Parallelization Bottleneck Might Get Addressed This Summer

Monday 1st of April 2019 10:57:27 AM
A student is proposing parallelization improvements to the GCC code compiler this year as part of Google's Summer of Code initiative...

Stadia, Web Browsers, GNOME 3.32 & Jetson Nano Dominated Linux Interest In March

Monday 1st of April 2019 06:00:01 AM
During March on Phoronix was 299 original news articles and 22 featured Linux hardware reviews / benchmark specials in quite an exciting month, though looking ahead to April and Q2'2019 should be quite exciting as well...

Gentoo-Based Sabayon 19.03 - Finally Supports Full Disk Encryption, Python 3 Default

Monday 1st of April 2019 04:00:24 AM
It's been a while since last having any major news to report on Sabayon Linux, the once quite popular Gentoo-based Linux distribution, but they ended out March with a big update as version 19.03...

OpenBenchmarking.org Crosses 39 Million Test/Suite Downloads & More Tests Coming

Sunday 31st of March 2019 11:23:57 PM
This weekend the Phoronix Test Suite / OpenBenchmarking.org crossed its latest milestone... Serving more than 39 million test profile / test suite downloads to those using our open-source, cross-platform benchmarking software!..

Linux 5.1-rc3 Kernel Released - Bigger Than Normal But Not Bad

Sunday 31st of March 2019 10:09:03 PM
Linus Torvalds has just announced the third weekly release candidate of the upcoming Linux 5.1 kernel...

DragonFlyBSD Receives Initial FUSE Port For File-Systems In User-Space

Sunday 31st of March 2019 05:36:41 PM
Tomohiro Kusumi has contributed an initial FUSE implementation to DragonFlyBSD for implementing file-systems in user-space support...

LVFS Served Up 500k Firmware Files To Linux Users This Month

Sunday 31st of March 2019 12:08:00 PM
Back in February the Linux Vendor Firmware Service (LVFS) was celebrating having served more than five million firmware files over the duration of this service for providing BIOS/firmware files to Linux users for different hardware components from different vendors ranging from mice/peripheral firmware to new system/motherboard BIOS from major hardware vendors. That count is quickly shooting up these days and they are now serving 500k files per month...

LLVM Clang 9.0 Adds "-ftime-trace" To Produce Useful Time Trace Profiling Data

Sunday 31st of March 2019 11:07:30 AM
LLVM has merged a very useful feature for the Clang 9.0 release this autumn: the -ftime-trace feature allows producing time trace profiling data in a friendly format that is useful for developers to better understand where the compiler is spending most of its time and other areas for improvement...

KDE's Konsole Now Supports Splitting, Plasma Vault Integration In Dolphin

Sunday 31st of March 2019 10:55:31 AM
While spring has arrived, KDE developers remain as busy as ever on improving their open-source desktop environment and related components...

Wine-Staging 4.5 Comes In Smaller Thanks To More Patches Being Upstreamed

Sunday 31st of March 2019 06:31:14 AM
While Wine-Staging 4.4 was at 770 patches compared to upstream Wine for running Windows programs/games on Linux and elsewhere, this weekend's Wine-Staging 4.5 is down to 759 patches thanks to more of these improvements being deemed ready for upstream...

OpenMandriva Appears To Be Experimenting With Profile Guided Optimizations

Sunday 31st of March 2019 04:06:28 AM
OpenMandriva has been toying with some performance optimizations in recent times like preferring the LLVM Clang compiler over GCC, spinning an AMD Zen "znver1" optimized version of the OS/packages, and apparently now exploring possible Profile Guided Optimizations...

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DebConf19 invites you to Debian Open Day at the Federal University of Technology - Paraná (UTFPR), in Curitiba

DebConf, the annual conference for Debian contributors and users interested in improving the Debian operating system, will be held in Federal University of Technology - Paraná (UTFPR) in Curitiba, Brazil, from July 21 to 28, 2019. The conference is preceded by DebCamp from July 14 to 19, and the DebConf19 Open Day on July 20. The Open Day, Saturday, 20 July, is targeted at the general public. Events of interest to a wider audience will be offered, ranging from topics specific to Debian to the greater Free Software community and maker movement. The event is a perfect opportunity for interested users to meet the Debian community, for Debian to broaden its community, and for the DebConf sponsors to increase their visibility. Less purely technical than the main conference schedule, the events on Open Day will cover a large range of topics from social and cultural issues to workshops and introductions to Debian. Read more

Sparky Linux 5.8

Today we are looking at Sparky Linux 5.8. This point release of Sparky 5 comes with LXQt 0.14.1, Debian Buster, Linux Kernel 4.19 and uses about 350MB of ram when idling. Sparky Linux LXQt has become one of my favorites, as it has a modern feeling, with the latest of Qt and the stability of Debian, makes it one great combination. Enjoy! Read more Direct/video: Sparky Linux 5.8 Run Through Under an hour ago:

  • What?s next Sparky?

    As before, after releasing a new stable version of Sparky, there are a few changes to do. So… Sparky 4 “Tyche” is moved to oldstable line now. The latest 4.11 release is the last one of the 4 line, but it is still supported, the next 2 years about. Sparky 5 “Nibiru” just released, moving it from testing to stable line. The stable live/install media are available for i686, amd64 & armhf archs (the same as the older release).

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Fedora and IBM/Red Hat: Network Security Toolkit (NST), Fedora CoreOS and Openwashing at OSCON

  • Network Security Toolkit (NST) 30 SVN 11210, which is Based on Fedora 30

    Network Security Toolkit (NST) is a Linux-based live operating system that provides a set of free and open-source computer security and networking tools to perform routine security and networking diagnostic and monitoring tasks. It is based on Fedora and NST has included comprehensive set of Open Source Network Security Tools, which is published in sectools.org website. It is offering an advanced Web User Interface (GUI) for system/network administrator, which allows them to configure many network and security applications. NST Team is pleased to announce the latest NST release of “NST 30 SVN:11210” on 1th July 2019.

  • Fedora announces the first preview release of Fedora CoreOS as an automatically updating Linux OS for containerized workloads

    Three days ago, Fedora announced the first preview release of the open-source project Fedora CoreOS as a secure and reliable host for computer clusters. It is specifically designed for running containerized workloads with automatic updates to the latest OS improvements, bug fixes, and security updates. It is secure, minimal, monolithic and is optimized for working with Kubernetes. The main goal of Fedora CoreOS is to be a reliable container host to run containerized workloads securely and at scale. It integrates Ignition from Container Linux technology and rpm-ostree and SELinux hardening from Project Atomic Host. Fedora CoreOS is expected to be a successor to Container Linux eventually. The Container Linux project will continue to be supported throughout 2019, leaving users with ample time to migrate and provide feedback. Fedora has also assured Container Linux users that continued support will be provided to them without any disruption. Fedora CoreOS will also become the successor to Fedora Atomic Host. The current plan is for Fedora Atomic Host to have at least a 29 version and 6 months of lifecycle.

  • IBM helps developers use open source and machine learning

    As artificial intelligence and machine learning become more widespread, it's essential that developers have access to the latest models and data sets. Today at the OSCON 2019 open source developer conference, IBM is announcing the launch of two new projects for developers.