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The Big DRM Pull Request For Linux 4.17: 144,461 Insertions, 38,059 Deletions

Thursday 29th of March 2018 10:26:50 AM
While the Linux 4.16.0 kernel hasn't even been released yet, Direct Rendering Manager subsystem maintainer David Airlie has already sent in his big feature pull request for Linux 4.17 since he will be going on holidays the next few weeks...

AMDVLK Updated With Wayland Support, Many Other Fixes & Improvements

Thursday 29th of March 2018 09:55:43 AM
With it having been two weeks since AMD last updated their PAL/AMDVLK source tree, today's update contains a fair amount of changes to this official open-source AMD Radeon Vulkan Linux driver...

Linux Gets An Open-Source VR Desktop, Built Off OpenHMD

Thursday 29th of March 2018 09:47:56 AM
Remember Arcan, the open-source game engine powered display server? This project that has been going strong for several years now and began venturing into VR has now announced what we believe to be the first open-source VR Linux desktop environment...

Rust 1.25 Released, Upgrades To LLVM 6.0

Thursday 29th of March 2018 09:44:40 AM
Version 1.25.0 of the Rust programming language implementation is now available. Rust 1.25 comes in as being a bit more significant than some of the recent updates...

RADV In Mesa 18.1 Git Receiving New Vulkan Extension Work

Thursday 29th of March 2018 04:01:01 AM
In addition to receiving Vega 12 support in the past few hours, the RADV Vulkan driver living within Mesa has landed the latest extension work...

Test Driving A 64-Thread POWER9 Workstation, Initial Performance Against A 96-Core ARM

Thursday 29th of March 2018 12:30:00 AM
As of yesterday, Raptor Computing Systems has begun shipping the Talos II Workstation in volume. This POWER9 system is open down to the firmware and schematics while delivering quite a practical performance punch compared to today's proprietary x86/ARM servers...

X.Org Server 1.20 RC2 Released With DRI3 v1.2, Per-Window Flipping For XWayland

Wednesday 28th of March 2018 11:25:47 PM
Adam Jackson at Red Hat has announced the second release candidate to the long-in-development X.Org Server 1.20...

Raspberry Pi's Raspbian Finally Moves Up To Linux 4.14 Kernel

Wednesday 28th of March 2018 06:59:37 PM
Raspberry Pi's official Linux distribution, Raspbian, is now ready with their Linux 4.14 kernel to replace their aging Linux 4.9-based kernel...

NVIDIA 390.48 Linux Driver Released With GV100 & Tesla V100 Support

Wednesday 28th of March 2018 06:09:17 PM
NVIDIA today released the 390.48 graphics driver for Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris systems...

AMD Vega 12 GPU Support Lands In Mesa 18.1-devel

Wednesday 28th of March 2018 05:11:33 PM
With support for the unreleased "Vega 12" AMD GPU seeing its kernel-side support coming with Linux 4.17, AMD's Marek Olšák has landed support for this scarcely detailed GPU now in their user-space OpenGL driver...

DragonFlyBSD 5.2 Release Candidate Available With Spectre Mitigation, HAMMER2 Improvements

Wednesday 28th of March 2018 03:49:49 PM
The first release candidate is now available of the upcoming DragonFlyBSD 5.2 operating system...

Windows 10 vs. Windows WSL vs. Linux - Ubuntu / openSUSE / Debian / Clear Linux

Wednesday 28th of March 2018 02:30:00 PM
With Debian having been added to the Microsoft Store earlier this month for running Debian 9 on Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) plus in wanting to do some fresh updates prior to Microsoft shipping their Spring Creators Update, here are some fresh benchmarks of various Linux distributions and their raw performance, the current major Linux distributions available on WSL, and then also the native Windows 10 performance in the various supported tests.

Qbs 1.11 Released As The Qt Build Tool Successor To QMake

Wednesday 28th of March 2018 02:13:56 PM
In addition to the Qt Creator 4.6 IDE being released today, The Qt Company also released the Qbs 1.11 build system...

AOMedia Announces Public Release Of AV1 Video Format

Wednesday 28th of March 2018 01:10:19 PM
Adobe, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Mozilla, Netflix, NVIDIA, and others making up the Alliance for Open Media (AOMedia) have today announced the public draft release of the AV1 royalty-free video format!..

Talvos: A SPIR-V Interpreter & Vulkan Device Emulator For Debugging

Wednesday 28th of March 2018 09:49:27 AM
Another interesting Vulkan open-source project worthy of a shout-out is Talvos, a dynamic analysis framework and debugger for Vulkan and SPIR-V programs...

Qt Creator 4.6 Released With Upgraded C++ Support, Navigation Improvements

Wednesday 28th of March 2018 09:39:16 AM
The Qt Company has released Qt Creator 4.6, the latest version of their Qt/C++ focused integrated development environment...

New P-State Patches Could Boost Intel Graphics Performance Under Some Conditions

Wednesday 28th of March 2018 09:22:25 AM
Francisco Jerez of Intel's open-source Linux graphics driver team has posted not some new DRM driver patches today but rather CPUFreq/P-State driver patches that could really help Intel integrated graphics performance under some conditions and especially on the lower-power Intel platforms...

LLVM 5.0.2-RC1 Released With Spectre Patches

Wednesday 28th of March 2018 09:05:41 AM
While LLVM 6.0 is available as the latest and greatest stable Mesa release, LLVM 5.0.2 is in the works for releasing in the days ahead. Besides normal bug fixes, LLVM 5.0.2 also carries the compiler-side Retpoline patches for Spectre...

While Still Waiting For Broadcom VideoCore 5 To Surface, There Appears To Be VC6

Wednesday 28th of March 2018 04:00:03 AM
The VC5 open-source Linux graphics driver stack has been under heavy development now the past nearly year while not yet seeing any major ARM SBCs or other products making use of this Broadcom VideoCore V (VC5) 3D hardware, which now supports OpenCL and Vulkan. While many are holding out hopes for eventually seeing a next-gen Raspberry Pi with this beefed up VideoCore, it appears there is already a VC6 in the works too...

USB Audio Class 3.0 Support, Intel Icelake Audio Set For Linux 4.17

Tuesday 27th of March 2018 11:37:57 PM
Continuing on to with some of what we can look forward to seeing with Linux 4.17 for end-users, the sound driver updates are fairly notable for this upcoming kernel cycle...

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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