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DRM Driver Changes Sent In For Linux 4.9, Sadly No Changes For Nouveau

Tuesday 11th of October 2016 10:24:35 PM
David Airlie a short time ago submitted the Linux 4.9 DRM subsystem update, including the much sought after open-source Direct Rendering Manager driver improvements. There's a lot of good stuff in here, but sadly the Nouveau changes look like they're going to have to wait until Linux 4.10...

Google Reveals Early Details About Android 7.1

Tuesday 11th of October 2016 07:26:57 PM
Google has begun sharing early details about the forthcoming Android 7.1 Nougat update...

Clear Linux Continues To Maintain Slight Graphics Lead Over Ubuntu 16.10

Tuesday 11th of October 2016 06:28:42 PM
Back in April I did tests showing how Intel's Clear Linux distribution showed much potential for HD/Iris Graphics performance, something that intrigued many Phoronix readers since Clear Linux would generally be seen as a workstation/cloud/container-optimized Linux distribution and something with not much emphasis on the desktop or gaming. Those earlier tests were with Ubuntu 16.04, bur with Ubuntu 16.10 coming out this week, here are some fresh tests of Clear Linux and Ubuntu Yakkety Yak on an Skylake HD Graphics system.

Btrfs Gets Fixes For Linux 4.9, Linux 4.10 To Be More Exciting

Tuesday 11th of October 2016 05:05:29 PM
Chris Mason sent in the Btrfs file-system changes this morning for the Linux 4.9 kernel merge window...

Fedora 25 Beta Released

Tuesday 11th of October 2016 02:15:20 PM
The beta release of the upcoming Fedora 25 is now officially available...

EGL_ANDROID_native_fence_sync For Intel Still Baking

Tuesday 11th of October 2016 01:39:44 PM
Chad Versace, the former Intel OTC developer now employed by Google on the Chromium team, has published the latest patches for implementing the EGL_ANDROID_native_fence_sync extension within Mesa's Intel driver...

Early Fedora 26 Features To Talk About: PHP 7.1, OpenSSL 1.1 & More

Tuesday 11th of October 2016 01:32:25 PM
While Fedora 25 isn't even being released until mid-November, with now being past the change completion deadline for F25 and Rawhide continuing to move along, early Fedora 26 features are beginning to be talked about...

The Dozens Of Gallium3D Nine Improvements Land In Mesa

Tuesday 11th of October 2016 01:15:10 PM
The 75 patches for Gallium3D's Nine state tracker improvements (D3D9) have now landed in Mesa Git master ahead of the branching for the next Mesa release at the end of the week...

GTK+ 4.0 Toolkit Development Is Warming Up

Tuesday 11th of October 2016 12:39:12 PM
With GNOME/GTK+ 3.22 having been released at the end of September, developer focus is beginning to shift to GNOME 3.24 or in the case of GTK+ developers it's about GTK+ 4.0 development per the toolkit's new development process...

Patches Revised For Supporting OpenGL 4.0 On Intel Haswell With Mesa

Tuesday 11th of October 2016 11:21:51 AM
Iago Toral Quiroga of Igalia has sent out the second version of his massive 103 patches for implementing FP64 support for Intel Haswell hardware within the i965 Mesa driver in order to expose OpenGL 4.0 support...

NVIDIA Developer Posts Secure Boot Refactoring For Nouveau

Tuesday 11th of October 2016 11:16:09 AM
It's not as important as NVIDIA publishing new signed firmware images, but then again it's not every day we see NVIDIA developers contribute to the open-source Nouveau driver stack. Nevertheless, today a new set of patches were published for the Nouveau DRM driver...

NVDIMM Updates For The Linux 4.9 Kernel

Tuesday 11th of October 2016 10:35:34 AM
The non-volatile DIMM (NVDIMM) support has been updated for the Linux 4.9 kernel merge window...

Unigine Shows Off More Of Their Superposition Benchmark

Tuesday 11th of October 2016 10:25:26 AM
The developers at Unigine Corp are making public some screenshots and a brief video from their upcoming Superposition Benchmark that's powered by Unigine Engine 2...

FreeBSD 11.0 Officially Released

Monday 10th of October 2016 06:49:00 PM
Following the recent delays, FreeBSD 11.0-RELEASE is now officially available...

Skype 1.10 Linux Alpha Restores Video Calls Support

Monday 10th of October 2016 05:26:12 PM
Microsoft today announced the Skype Linux Alpha 1.10 release that brings basic support for video calls...

RISC-V Backend For LLVM Making Progress

Monday 10th of October 2016 04:00:36 PM
The ongoing development of a RISC-V back-end for the LLVM compiler stack continues making progress and stepping closer to merging to mainline...

A Look At The Most Promising Next-Gen Linux Software Update Mechanisms

Monday 10th of October 2016 01:10:55 PM
With traditional software package management solutions like APT and Yum showing their age and not adapting well to the embedded world and the slew of new areas for Linux like IoT, a new generation of atomic-based Linux software update solutions continue to be worked on. Matt Porter of the Konsulko Group is presenting at this week's Embedded Linux Conference Europe 2016 with a comparison of these update technologies...

GNOME's Epiphany Browser Is Quick To Working On 3.24 Features

Monday 10th of October 2016 11:16:11 AM
It's been just over two weeks since GNOME 3.22 was released while already a ton of feature work has been landing in Epiphany, GNOME's Web Browser...

Enlightenment's EFL Continues Dominating In The Embedded Space

Monday 10th of October 2016 10:45:21 AM
Tom Hacohen of Samsung's Open-Source Group is presenting at this week's Embedded Linux Conference about Enlightenment's EFL as a UI toolkit for the embedded world...

Fresh AMDGPU-PRO vs. NVIDIA OpenCL LInux Benchmarks - 11 GPUs

Sunday 9th of October 2016 01:47:27 PM
While running the fresh NVIDIA vs. AMD Vulkan Linux benchmarks (that also included some OpenGL numbers too), I had also taken the opportunity to run some fresh OpenCL compute benchmarks of the latest NVIDIA 370 proprietary Linux driver against AMDGPU-PRO on different graphics cards...

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Red Hat and Fedora

Rackspace and FOSS Report

  • The Rackspace State of Open Source
    As the OpenStack Summit in Barcelona kicks off, Rackspace has released a report entitled ‘The State of Open Source’. With every conference seemingly extolling the virtues of open source software, this report is timely. It manages to differentiate between enterprise open source and the wider open source software market.
  • Why digital transformation needs open source
    As if there wasn't already ample reason for businesses to switch to open source, Forrester analysts Paul Miller and Lauren E Nelson released a report in April 2016, entitled Open Source Powers Enterprise Digital Transformation — CIOs Need To Embrace Open Source Software To Drive Change, which further drives the point.
  • Despite Security Fears, Open Source Is Fuelling Innovation and Cost Savings in UK Businesses
  • Security concerns fail to hold back UK open source success
    However, despite its increasingly common use, many (54%) still perceive external security threats to be a big barrier to adoption, that’s according to a report published by Rackspace. The State of Open Source study, which was conducted among IT decision makers in UK businesses with over 1,000 employees and revenues over £500m, and looks at the ways open source is being used, its benefits, but also what is holding back adoption and business concerns. According to the report open source has come of age with 85% using open source technology to migrate a closed source project to open source. Open source also isn’t just a tool for small businesses; the vast majority (90%) of large businesses are now deploying open source-based enterprise applications, with 25% being completely open source. The reason for the growing adoption is because of the money and time savings. Rackspace found that for each project that had been migrated to open source technology, six out of ten organisations saved on average £30,146 and reduced project lifecycle by six months. Greater innovation was reported by many (49%), and 46% were driven to open source because of the competitive opportunities. Additionally, just under half (45%) said that it enabled them to get products and services to market faster. John Engates, Chief Technology Officer at Rackspace, said: “While open source technologies have been around for many years, it is great to see that enterprise businesses are finally dipping their toes in and seeing the tangible benefits.

FOSS and Blockchain

Security Leftovers

  • The internet apocalypse map hides the major vulnerability that created it
    During Friday’s massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on DNS service provider Dyn, one might be forgiven for mistaking the maps of network outages for images of some post-apocalyptic nuclear fallout. Screenshots from sites like showed menacingly red, fuzzy heat maps of, well, effectively just population centers of the United States experiencing serious difficulty accessing Twitter, Github, Etsy, or any of Dyn's other high-profile clients. Aside from offering little detail and making a DDoS literally into a glowing red menace, they also obscured the reality of just how centralized a lot of internet infrastructure really is. DNS is ground zero for the uneasy tension of the internet’s presumed decentralized resilience and the reality that as of now, translating IP addresses into domain names requires some kind of centralized, hierarchical platform, and that’s probably not going to radically change anytime soon. Other maps provided by various business to business network infrastructure companies weren’t much more helpful. These maps seem to exist mostly to signal that the companies in question have lots of cool data and that it can be made into a flashy map — which might impress potential customers, but that doesn’t offer a ton of insights for the layperson. For example, threat intelligence company Norse's map appears to be mostly a homage to the Matthew Broderick movie War Games: a constant barrage of DDoS attacks beaming like space invader rockets across a world map. Akamai has an impressive 3D visualization that renders traffic as points beaming into the atmosphere. And website monitoring service Pingdom offers a dot map at such a far-out zoom level that it's essentially useless for seeking out more meaningful patterns than "outages happen in population centers, also there are a lot of outages."
  • CoreOS Patched Against the "Dirty COW" Linux Kernel Vulnerability, Update Now
  • World’s first hack-proof router launched
    Turris Omnia router, tagged the world’s first hack-proof router, was launched yesterday at the CES Unveiled Show in Prague, Czech Republic. As an essential part of any home internet network, routers are rather poorly secured and protected against cyber attack. More often than not, the only security feature is the default password. With easily required internet knowledge and some skills, these routers can be hacked, providing unauthorized access to a complete internet network. From there on, anything is possible.