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New Radeon Vega IDs & Fixes Land Ahead Of Linux 4.21-rc1

Sunday 6th of January 2019 01:33:42 PM
The initial batch of fixes as well as new device IDs were merged to mainline Linux Git overnight, just in time for today's Linux 4.21-rc1 kernel release (well, looking like it may be 5.0-rc1)...

NVIDIA 415.22.05 Driver Taps New Vulkan Extensions, Better Pipeline Creation Performance

Sunday 6th of January 2019 01:13:47 PM
Just ahead of NVIDIA's expected reveal of new hardware at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), their driver teams have done a Sunday morning drop of new Vulkan beta drivers that match the new functionality offered up by Vulkan 1.1.97...

KDE Developers Kick Off 2019 With More Fixes & Polishing

Sunday 6th of January 2019 01:06:18 PM
KDE developers were busy in the first days of 2019 working on Breeze icon improvements and other work so KDE Frameworks 5.54, Plasma 5.15, and KDE Applications 19.04 will be in even better shape...

Vulkan 1.1.97 Released With Five New Extensions

Sunday 6th of January 2019 12:54:56 PM
As the first Vulkan specification update in nearly one month and just ahead of CES where we'll see new graphics hardware, Vulkan 1.1.97 has been released with a handful of new extensions...

Intel Graphics Driver Working On FP16 Visual Support For Handling Wide Color Gamut

Sunday 6th of January 2019 08:39:08 AM
Besides the Intel engine-reset graphics driver work, some other interesting activity to report on this weekend in the Intel open-source Linux graphics driver space is the FP16 visual and frame-buffer configuration support that recently debuted...

Linux Kernel Developers Discussing Generic RGB LED Interface

Sunday 6th of January 2019 05:15:26 AM
With the ever increasing usage of RGB LEDs on modern computer systems, Linux kernel developers have begun discussing a formal RGB LED user-space interface...

Experimental Rockchip Video Codec Linux Driver Posted

Sunday 6th of January 2019 02:00:00 AM
There is an experimental Rockchip open-source video codec driver for accelerated video encode/decode posted for the Linux kernel but in its current form isn't suited for mainline inclusion...

Google Devs Call Open-Source NVIDIA Driver Unstable, Nouveau Blacklisted By Chrome

Sunday 6th of January 2019 12:04:00 AM
Google developers working on the Chrome/Chromium web-browser have decided to blacklist the Nouveau driver from having GPU acceleration by default within their web-browser...

Spotify Tops Ubuntu's Snap Store Downloads While GIMP Tops Flatpak's Flathub

Saturday 5th of January 2019 10:17:19 PM
At the end of 2018, Canonical's Alan Pope shared the most popular Snap packages for 2018. Now there's a similar list out of the folks maintaining Flathub for Flatpak packages. The list of popular applications is quite different between these app sandboxing/distribution means...

Linux Gaming Benchmarks For The ASUS TURBO-RTX2070-8G

Saturday 5th of January 2019 01:18:05 PM
With having a EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 XC GAMING retail graphics card fail on me, I ended up buying an ASUS TURBO-RTX2070-8G. The benefit of this ASUS GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card is that at times can be found for as low as $499 USD, in line with the cheapest RTX 2070 options and lower than many of the other RTX 2070 AIB models and certainly the RTX 2070 Founder's Edition at $599 USD. Should you be considering the ASUS TURBO-RTX2070-8G, here are some benchmarks on Ubuntu Linux.

i.MX8 SoC Support Is Heading Into Linux 4.21 Along With Another ARM Platform

Saturday 5th of January 2019 12:41:46 PM
A few days back there was the main ARM pull request for Linux 4.21 with new SoC and board support. A second ARM pull request has been submitted now during the final moments of the 4.21 kernel merge window and it offers up some new features, most notably the initial i.MX8 SoC support...

Fedora 30 Aims To Use LUKS2 By Default For Full-Disk Encryption

Saturday 5th of January 2019 12:07:10 PM
Fedora 29 wanted to have the use of LUKS2 by default when going for full-disk encryption compared to the LUKS1 meta-data format, but that didn't turn out in time so now the hope is to have it ready for Fedora 30...

The New ZFS on FreeBSD Implementation Can Now Be Tested With TrueOS

Saturday 5th of January 2019 11:51:14 AM
It was recently decided that FreeBSD's ZFS file-system support would be re-based atop ZFS On Linux. That new "ZFS On BSD" implementation based on ZOL continues moving along and it's now easier to test thanks to iX Systems and their TrueOS platform...

Intel Graphics Engine-Reset Functionality Driver Work Revived

Saturday 5th of January 2019 11:36:25 AM
In early 2017 was when there was initial work underway for the Intel Linux graphics driver on a new engine reset capability for Broadwell "Gen 8" hardware and newer. This capability allows for per-engine resets rather than resorting to a full GPU reset in the case of hangs. The code at the time didn't end up being merged to the Linux kernel but there is now a revised implementation...

GNOME On Wayland Is No Longer Frustratingly Slow With ASpeed Graphics

Friday 4th of January 2019 10:22:01 PM
GNOME 3.32 fixes a frustrating issue if you have tried using GNOME on Wayland (or even just the GDM log-in manager with Wayland) while running on ASpeed graphics as is common to many workstation/server boards: it's no longer horrendously slow...

Wine 4.0-RC5 Released With Only A Handful Of Fixes

Friday 4th of January 2019 06:29:18 PM
Due to Christmas and New Year's, the latest Wine 4.0 release candidate is a petite bottle...

Canonical Pulled In $110 Million, Down To ~440 Employees During Their Last Fiscal Year

Friday 4th of January 2019 06:19:49 PM
For Canonical's fiscal year ending 31 March 2018, the company behind Ubuntu just filed their latest financial documents in the UK on Thursday. These documents with UK's Companies House offer a first look at the financial performance of Canonical since their 2017 shift to focus on profitability and doing away with Unity 8 and mobile/convergence work while laying off a sizable portion of their staff in the process...

The Ryzen 7 1800X Linux Performance Evolution Since The AMD Zen Launch

Friday 4th of January 2019 01:24:17 PM
With it quickly approaching two years since the launch of the original AMD Ryzen processors and complementing our other end-of-2018 Linux performance benchmarks, in this article are some fresh benchmarks seeing how the Linux performance at the start of 2017 on the Ryzen 7 1800X compares to the latest Linux performance at the start of 2019.

FBDEV Is Still Alive In 2019, Picking Up A Few Minor Improvements In Linux 4.21

Friday 4th of January 2019 12:55:54 PM
It's been nearly seven years already since some kernel developers called for deprecating FBDEV drivers. FBDEV is still alive and well within the Linux kernel but at least more embedded/mobile developers are pursuing DRM/KMS drivers these days and less code targeting these frame-buffer device drivers. With Linux 4.21, FBDEV is picking up a few improvements...

Linux Kernel Support Revived For Hibernation Encryption & Authentication

Friday 4th of January 2019 11:23:18 AM
The kernel work has been revived for supporting encryption and authentication of hibernation snapshot images for better security...

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Software: DICOM Viewers, gotop and Cockpit

  • Top 11 Free Linux DICOM Viewers for Doctors
    DICOM stands for Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine and it is the international open image format for handling, storing, printing, and transmitting information in medical images. Medical images are used in the identification and examination of physical injuries and diseases via procedures like Xrays, CT scans, etc. This article lists the best free Linux applications used for processing images generated by DICOM devices.
  • gotop: Graphical System Monitor For The Command Line
    gotop is a terminal-based (TUI) system monitor for Linux and macOS. The software is inspired by gtop and vtop, but while these 2 utilities use Node.js, gotop is written in Go. The command line tool supports mouse clicking and scrolling, comes with vi-keys, and it displays the CPU, memory and network usage history using colored graphs, while also displaying their current values. gotop also shows the disk usage, temperatures and a top process list, which includes CPU and memory usage.
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Netrunner's Unique Blackbird Soars to New Heights

Blackbird, Netrunner's version 19.01 release, hit the download servers on Jan. 14, and this distro deserves to be considered bleeding-edge. Netrunner is a step ahead of other KDE distros, thanks to its solid integration of classic KDE desktop performance with Web-based applications and cloud services. That said, if you aren't fondness of the K Desktop, Netrunner may leave you wanting more desktop simplicity. For that you must look elsewhere. KDE is the only desktop available from the Germany-based Blue Systems development team. Blackbird is based on Debian's "Testing" branch. Its developer brings some aggressive updates to the distro that propel it ahead of other distros' regular development cycles. The main updates include KDE Plasma 5.14.3, KDE Frameworks 5.51, KDE Applications 18.08 and Qt 5.11.3 for its essential security updates. Linux Kernel 4.19, Firefox Quantum 64.0 and Thunderbird 60.3 push the envelope as well. One of the more noticeable new features in Blackbird is its new Netrunner Black theme. This theme is based on a dark-toned contrasting visual. It uses the Kvantum theme engine, plus the Alpha-Black Plasma theme, to produce a more 3D-looking design. Read more

Mozilla Masking 'Content', ffsend and New Accountant or Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

  • Mozilla Open Policy & Advocacy Blog: Brussels Mozilla Mornings – Disinformation and online advertising: an unhealthy relationship?
    On the morning of 19 February, Mozilla will host the second of our Mozilla Mornings series – regular breakfast meetings where we bring together policy experts, policymakers and practitioners for insight and discussion on the latest EU digital policy developments. This session will be devoted to disinformation and online advertising. Our expert panel will seek to unpack the relation between the two and explore policy solutions to ensure a healthy online advertising ecosystem.
  • ffsend – Easily And Securely Share Files From Linux Command Line Using Firefox Send Client
    Linux users were preferred to go with scp or rsync for files or folders copy. However, so many new options are coming to Linux because it’s a opensource. Anyone can develop a secure software for Linux. We had written multiple articles in our site in the past about this topic. Even, today we are going to discuss the same kind of topic called ffsend.
  • Welcome Roxi Wen, our incoming Chief Financial Officer
    I am excited to announce that Roxi Wen is joining Mozilla Corporation as our Chief Financial Officer (CFO) next month. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of the non-profit Mozilla Foundation, the Mozilla Corporation, with over 1,000 full-time employees worldwide, creates products, advances public policy and explores new technology that give people more control over their lives online, and shapes the future of the global internet platform for the public good. As our CFO Roxi will become a key member of our senior executive team with responsibility for leading financial operations and strategy as we scale our mission impact with new and existing products, technology and business models to better serve our users and advance our agenda for a healthier internet.

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