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PyPy 5.9 Released With Faster JSON Parser, Greater Compatibility

Thursday 5th of October 2017 05:20:00 PM
PyPy, the self-hosting alternative Python interpreter, is up to version 5.9 for its Python 2 and Python 3 language support...

SUSE Developer Working On AMD Zen Tuning For GCC

Thursday 5th of October 2017 03:56:20 PM
Veteran GCC contributor and SUSE developer Jan Hubicka has begun working on some Zen tuning within the GNU Compiler Collection for benefiting the Ryzen / Threadripper / Epyc processors...

PostgreSQL 10.0 Officially Released

Thursday 5th of October 2017 02:30:21 PM
Server administrators can upgrade to PostgreSQL 10.0 with it now being the latest stable release of this SQL database system...

Intel Core i7 8700K Linux Benchmarks

Thursday 5th of October 2017 01:01:01 PM
2017 has been an interesting year for processors with AMD's long awaited introduction of the Zen-based Ryzen / Threadripper / EPYC processors, Intel's Core X-Series processors for high-end desktops, the Xeon Scalable processor family introduction, and now the launch of Coffee Lake as a "Kaby Lake Refresh" step before the Cannonlake desktop processors expected in 2018. While another 14nm CPU, Coffee Lake is interesting is that Intel has now upped their desktop core counts in response to Ryzen. With the Core i7 series is now six cores plus Hyper Threading, compared to 4 cores plus HT with previous i7 models. The Core i5 CPUs are also now six core but sans Hyper Threading and there is also the just-published Core i5 8400 Linux benchmarks. This article serves as our first look at the Coffee Lake Core i7 CPUs in the form of the 8700K.

Intel Core i5 8400 Linux Performance

Thursday 5th of October 2017 01:01:00 PM
Today marks the embargo expiry for reviews on Intel's new Coffeelake desktop processors. While a CPU refresh may not normally be too exciting, thanks to the pressure from AMD with their Ryzen processors pushing core counts higher, Intel is now upping the core counts in their desktop CPUs. Today we will be featuring Linux benchmarks of the Core i5 8400 and Core i7 8700K while this article is focusing on the i5-8400: a six-core Core i5!

More AMDGPU DC + RadeonSI/RADV vs. NVIDIA Linux OpenGL+Vulkan Benchmarks

Thursday 5th of October 2017 12:43:29 PM
Last week I published the Radeon RX Vega Performance With Mesa 17.3-dev + LLVM 6 + drm-next-4.15-dc article offering a fresh look at the RX Vega 56/64 Linux performance using the new AMDGPU DC code that's likely to be merged in Linux 4.15. As well, the latest Mesa 17.3-dev Git code built against LLVM 6.0 SVN while all compared to the latest NVIDIA driver. Out of that article came some premium requests to see a larger comparison, so here that is...

LibertyBSD 6.1 Released As A "Deblobbed" Version Of OpenBSD

Thursday 5th of October 2017 12:39:21 PM
LibertyBSD 6.1 is now available as a deblobbed version of OpenBSD...

Qt 5.9.2 Released With Bug Fixes

Thursday 5th of October 2017 12:08:50 PM
With Qt 5.9 being a Long-Term Support release, Qt 5.9.2 is out today with the latest bug fixes and performance improvements...

GNOME 3.26.1 Officially Released With Various Updates

Thursday 5th of October 2017 09:52:16 AM
GNOME 3.26.1 officially made it out last night as the only planned point release update prior to next year's GNOME 3.28...

X.Org Server 1.19.4 Released

Thursday 5th of October 2017 12:55:49 AM
With X.Org Server 1.20 not expected for release until early next year, Adam Jackson of Red Hat today issued the X.Org Server 1.19.4 point release...

GNU Tools Cauldron 2017 Videos Posted

Wednesday 4th of October 2017 11:58:55 PM
Videos from the recent GNU Tools Cauldron 2017 are now available online where matters from the GCC compiler to glibc and compiler diagnostics were discussed...

KDE's Amarok Music Player Seeing A Possible KF5/Qt5 Port

Wednesday 4th of October 2017 09:55:00 PM
It has been several years since last seeing an update to the Amarok open-source music player, but it looks like it may be alive and ticking after all, at least with one developer working towards a KF5/Qt5 port...

RADV Is Now Considered A Vulkan Conformant Driver

Wednesday 4th of October 2017 08:41:18 PM
The open-source, unofficial Radeon Vulkan driver "RADV" developed independent of AMD by the community and contributors at Google and Red Hat is now considered a conformant driver...

Wine-Staging 2.18 Fixes CEF Issue With Origin / UPlay/Battle.net

Wednesday 4th of October 2017 05:15:53 PM
Building off last week's Wine 2.18 release is the newest Wine-Staging build with various extra patches added in, including work that benefits those running Windows games on Linux...

GNOME Shell 3.26.1 Fixes Headless Mode

Wednesday 4th of October 2017 05:04:31 PM
GNOME 3.26.1 is shaping up to be a decent point release as besides Mutter finally picking up the half-tiling mode improvements, GNOME Shell 3.26.1 also has its share of changes...

Purism Continues To Explore i.MX6/i.MX8 For The Librem 5 Phone

Wednesday 4th of October 2017 03:12:04 PM
Todd Weaver of Purism has provided an update on the planned Librem 5 smartphone hardware components and that with a development board they do have Debian booting...

Fedora, Ubuntu, CentOS, openSUSE, Debian, Clear & Antergos Linux Benchmarks On AMD EPYC

Wednesday 4th of October 2017 12:30:00 PM
I've just wrapped up trying out nine different Linux distributions on AMD's EPYC in the form of the EPYC 7601 housed in the TYAN Transport SX TN70A-B8026. Like our initial testing with Ubuntu on EPYC, the other modern Linux distributions all played nicely with AMD's re-entry into the server market with their Zen-based offerings. But as with any new CPU platform, the out-of-the-box performance can vary greatly depending upon the Linux operating system being used. Here are benchmarks including Fedora, Ubuntu, CentOS, openSUSE, Debian, Clear Linux and Antergos.

Some Fresh Intel Core, AMD Ryzen Benchmarks On Ubuntu 17.10 + Linux 4.13

Wednesday 4th of October 2017 11:14:36 AM
For those wanting to see some fresh Linux CPU benchmarks with various AMD Ryzen and Intel Core processors, here are some benchmarks with Ubuntu 17.10 paired with its Linux 4.13 kernel build...

OpenWRT-Based LEDE 17.01.3 Released

Wednesday 4th of October 2017 10:19:14 AM
LEDE 17.01.3 is the newest release of the Linux Embedded Development Environment that is derived from OpenWRT and intended as a complete firmware replacement for various routers and other devices...

RADV Vulkan Squeezes A Bit More Performance Out Of Mad Max

Wednesday 4th of October 2017 10:07:37 AM
David Airlie has managed to squeeze a bit more performance out of Feral Interactive's Mad Max Vulkan port with one line of code change to RADV...

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Security: WPA2, Smartwatches, Google, NSA, Microsoft and Flexera FUD

  • WPA2 flaw's worst impact on Android, Linux devices

    The flaw in the WPA2 wireless protocol revealed recently has a critical impact on Android phones running version 6.0 of the mobile operating system and Linux devices, a security researcher says.

  • Why the Krack Wi-Fi Mess Will Take Decades to Clean Up

    But given the millions of routers and other IoT devices that will likely never see a fix, the true cost of Krack could play out for years.

  • 'All wifi networks' are vulnerable to hacking, security expert discovers

    WPA2 protocol used by vast majority of wifi connections has been broken by Belgian researchers, highlighting potential for internet traffic to be exposed

  • Kids' smartwatches can be 'easily' hacked, says watchdog

    Smartwatches bought for children who do not necessarily need them can be hacked [sic], according to a warning out of Norway and its local Consumer Council (NCC).

  • John Lewis pulls children's smartwatch from sale over spying fears

    The Norwegian Consumer Council (NCC) revealed that several brands of children’s smartwatch, have such poor security controls that hackers [sic] could easily follow their movements and eavesdrop on conversations.

  • Google's 'Advanced Protection' Locks Down Accounts Like Never Before

    Google hasn't shared the details of what that process entails. But the CDT's Hall, whom Google briefed on the details, says it will include a "cooling-off" period that will lock the account for a period of time while the user proves his or her identity via several other factors. That slowed-down, intensive check is designed to make the account-recovery process a far less appealing backdoor into victims' data.

  • NSA won't say if it knew about KRACK, but don't look to this leaked doc for answers
    Given how involved the NSA has been with remote and local exploitation of networks, systems, devices, and even individuals, many put two and two together and assumed the worst. What compounded the matter was that some were pointing to a 2010-dated top secret NSA document leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden, which detailed a hacking tool called BADDECISION, an "802.11 CNE tool" -- essentially an exploit designed to target wireless networks by using a man-in-the-middle attack within range of the network. It then uses a frame injection technique to redirect targets to one of the NSA's own servers, which acts as a "matchmaker" to supply the best malware for the target device to ensure it's compromised for the long-term. The slide said the hacking tool "works for WPA/WPA2," suggesting that BADDECISION could bypass the encryption. Cue the conspiracy theories. No wonder some thought the hacking tool was an early NSA-only version of KRACK.
  • You're doing open source wrong, Microsoft tsk-tsk-tsks at Google: Chrome security fixes made public too early [Ed: Says the company that gives back doors to the NSA and attacks FOSS with patents, lobbying etc.]
  • Why Open Source Security Matters for Healthcare Orgs [Ed: marketing slant for firms that spread FUD]
    Open source software can help healthcare organizations remain flexible as they adopt new IT solutions, but if entities lack open source security measures it can lead to larger cybersecurity issues. A recent survey found that organizations in numerous industries might not be paying enough attention to potential open source risk factors. Half of all code used in commercial and Internet of Things (IoT) software products is open source, but only 37 percent of organizations have an open source acquisition or usage policy, according to a recent Flexera report. More than 400 commercial software suppliers and in-house software development teams were interviewed, with respondent roles including software developers, DevOps, IT, engineering, legal, and security.

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The most promising linux distributions in 2017

Linux distributions have already gained recognition of its users and with every year new products appear in the market. Many of them focus on the certain tasks, so you can’t create a single list of the best ones. Here we have chosen several fields of Linux use and those distributions that have all chances to take the initial positions in their niche in 2017. Read more

Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) released

Codenamed "Artful Aardvark", Ubuntu 17.10 continues Ubuntu's proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technology into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. As always, the team has been hard at work through this cycle, introducing new features and fixing bugs. Under the hood, there have been updates to many core packages, including a new 4.13-based kernel, glibc 2.26, gcc 7.2, and much more. Ubuntu Desktop has had a major overhaul, with the switch from Unity as our default desktop to GNOME3 and gnome-shell. Along with that, there are the usual incremental improvements, with newer versions of GTK and Qt, and updates to major packages like Firefox and LibreOffice. Read more Also: Ubuntu 17.10 Debuts Officially with GNOME 3.26 on Top of Wayland, Linux 4.13 How to: Upgrade Ubuntu 17.04 to Ubuntu 17.10 Ubuntu 17.10 ISOs Officially Released 10 Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu 17.10 Ubuntu 17.10 Now Available to Download, This Is What’s New How to Enable Night Light on Ubuntu 17.10 Ubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark Released With New Features — Download Torrents And ISO Files Here Ubuntu Flavors, Including Ubuntu MATE 17.10, Are Available to Download Ubuntu 17.10 'Artful Aardvark' ditches Unity for Gnome