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New Media Drivers Ready For The Linux 4.14 Kernel

Thursday 7th of September 2017 01:49:04 PM
Mauro Carvalho Chehab has sent in a big pull request of the media subsystem updates for the Linux 4.14 kernel. This time around there are multiple new drivers yielding around a net addition of around 30k lines to the Linux kernel...

New Intel DRM Code For Testing, Material For Linux 4.15

Thursday 7th of September 2017 01:16:16 PM
Intel developers have published a new round of drm-intel-testing updates for those developers or enthusiasts wishing to begin testing this in-progress code for the Intel Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) driver with this code eventually being queued for the Linux 4.15 cycle...

GNU Tools Cauldron 2017 Kicks Off Tomorrow

Thursday 7th of September 2017 01:05:47 PM
The annual GNU Tools Cauldron conference focused around the GNU compiler toolchain will kickoff tomorrow, 8 September, in Prague...

FreeBSD Developers Tackle AMD Zen/Ryzen Temperature Monitoring Before Linux

Thursday 7th of September 2017 12:26:46 PM
While Linux users of AMD's new Zen-based Ryzen/Threadripper/Epyc processors are still waiting for thermal driver support to hit the mainline Linux kernel, FreeBSD developers have already managed to produce the Zen "Family 17h" CPU thermal monitoring support on their own...

Adreno A3xx Blobs Added To Linux-Firmware.Git

Thursday 7th of September 2017 11:00:00 AM
For those with Qualcomm Adreno A3xx graphics hardware and looking forward to playing with the MSM+Freedreno open-source driver stack, it's one step easier tracking down the right components with the necessary binary-only firmware blobs now living within linux-firmware.git...

GnuCOBOL 2.2 Released To Let COBOL Code Live On As C

Thursday 7th of September 2017 10:30:36 AM
For those of you still maintaining COBOL code-bases, GnuCOBOL 2.2 is now available as what was formerly OpenCOBOL and also the project's first stable release in nearly one decade...

IPv10 Draft Specification Published

Thursday 7th of September 2017 10:21:08 AM
It has been about one year since last hearing anything about the Internet Protocol v10 (IPv10) proposal while this week it's now available in draft form...

C++17 Formally Approved, Just Waiting On ISO Publication

Thursday 7th of September 2017 10:06:20 AM
C++17 (formerly C++1z) is ready for its debut. C++17 has been formally approved by its committee and is just waiting on ISO publishing...

OpenShot 2.4 Brings Better Stability To This Open-Source Video Editor

Thursday 7th of September 2017 09:55:25 AM
Jon Thomas has announced the release of the OpenShot Video Editor 2.4 released. Among the features of OpenShot 2.4 are "vastly improved stability" for this non-linear, cross-platform video editor...

AMD Secure Processor Support In Linux 4.14

Thursday 7th of September 2017 12:05:27 AM
The crypto subsystem updates have been pulled in for the Linux 4.14 kernel and it includes more complete AMD Secure Processor support, among other changes...

Sound Updates Ready To Be Heard On Linux 4.14

Wednesday 6th of September 2017 11:17:34 PM
Takashi Iwai of SUSE has mailed in his sound driver updates for the Linux 4.14 kernel. This time around there isn't too many speaker-shattering changes, but a wide range of fixes and a few notable changes...

Trying Out FreeBSD/TrueOS On The Xeon Scalable + Tyan GT24E-B7106 Platform

Wednesday 6th of September 2017 10:10:21 PM
While we have tested a number of Linux distributions on Intel's new Xeon Scalable platform, here are some initial BSD tests using two Xeon Gold 6138 processors with the Tyan GT24E-B7106 1U barebones server.

Android NDK r16: Developers Should Start Using LLVM's libc++ With GCC On The Way Out

Wednesday 6th of September 2017 07:45:40 PM
Google has announced the availability today of the Android Native Development Kit (NDK) Release 16. This release is worth mentioning in that Google is now encouraging developers to start using libc++ as their C++ standard library...

Debian 10 "Buster" Switches GNOME Session To Wayland By Default

Wednesday 6th of September 2017 06:46:05 PM
For those not riding the in-development Debian "Buster" packages or the "Sid" bleeding-edge packages, the default desktop GNOME session is using Wayland by default...

Fedora 27 Enters Its Beta Freeze

Wednesday 6th of September 2017 05:35:12 PM
With the quick F27 cycle given the Fedora 26 delays in getting that previous release out the door, this week already marks the Fedora 27 beta freeze...

Linux 4.14 Will Indeed Be A Long-Term Support Release

Wednesday 6th of September 2017 05:24:23 PM
While it was already widely expected that Linux 4.14 would be the "2017 Linux LTS kernel", Greg Kroah-Hartman reaffirmed the decision today...

Java EE Is Now Available Via GitHub

Wednesday 6th of September 2017 03:52:58 PM
Following word last month Oracle was looking to move Java EE off to a new (more open) steward, today developers have noticed Java EE in its entirety is available via GitHub...

LXC 2.1 Linux Containers Released

Wednesday 6th of September 2017 03:09:53 PM
LXC 2.1 is now available as the latest version of Linux Containers for OS-level virtualization in allowing multiple Linux containers to run simultaneously off the mainline Linux kernel...

Intel Cache Quality Monitoring Gets Rewritten For Linux 4.14

Wednesday 6th of September 2017 01:27:17 PM
Intel Cache Quality Monitoring (CQM) has been present in recent Intel Xeon CPUs as a way to allow a process or processes to be tracked for their CPU cache usage. This is part of Intel's modern quality of service (QoS) features for helping developers fully leverage modern Intel CPU architectures. With Linux 4.14, CQM has gone through a rework...

RADV Vulkan Driver Now Has Working Support For Radeon RX Vega GPUs

Wednesday 6th of September 2017 10:17:57 AM
Thanks to the great work done by Dave Airlie, Bas Nieuwenhuizen, and other open-source contributors, the RADV open-source Radeon Vulkan driver has re-enabled support for the Radeon RX Vega graphics processors...

More in Tux Machines

Firefly COM dual boots Android and Ubuntu on hexa-core RK3399

GNOME developer Bastien Nocera talks in his latest blog post about the enhancements he managed to implement in the past few weeks to the Bluetooth stack of the Fedora Linux operating system. Read more

Games: Morphite, Mooseman, Arma, and PlayStation 4 DualShock Controller

  • Stylish FPS 'Morphite' released without Linux support, but it's coming
    Sadly, Morphite [Steam] has seen a delay with the Linux version. Thankfully, the developer was quick to respond and it's still coming.
  • The Mooseman, a short side-scrolling adventure just released for Linux
    In the mood for something a little out there? Well, The Mooseman [Steam] a short side-scroller might just hit the spot.
  • Arma 3 1.76 for Linux is planned, work on it to start "soon"
    Bohemia Interactive have announced in their latest "SITREP" that the Linux version of Arma 3 will be updated to the latest version of 1.76, work is set to start on it "soon".
  • Sony's PlayStation 4 DualShock Controller Now Supported in Fedora Linux, GNOME
    GNOME developer Bastien Nocera talks in his latest blog post about the enhancements he managed to implement in the past few weeks to the Bluetooth stack of the Fedora Linux operating system. The patches submitted by the developer to the Bluetooth packages in the latest Fedora Linux release promise to bring improvements to the way PlayStation 3 DualShock controllers are set up in the environment if you're using the GNOME desktop environment. Until now, to set up a DualShock 3 controller, users had to plug it in via USB, then disconnect it, and then press the "P" button on the joypad, which would have popped-up a dialog to confirm the Bluetooth connection. But this method had some quirks though.

Debian Development Reports

  • Free software log (July and August 2017)
    August was DebConf, which included a ton of Policy work thanks to Sean Whitton's energy and encouragement. During DebConf, we incorporated work from Hideki Yamane to convert Policy to reStructuredText, which has already made it far easier to maintain. (Thanks also to David Bremner for a lot of proofreading of the result.) We also did a massive bug triage and closed a ton of older bugs on which there had been no forward progress for many years. After DebConf, as expected, we flushed out various bugs in the reStructuredText conversion and build infrastructure. I fixed a variety of build and packaging issues and started doing some more formatting cleanup, including moving some footnotes to make the resulting document more readable.
  • Freexian’s report about Debian Long Term Support, August 2017
    Like each month, here comes a report about the work of paid contributors to Debian LTS.
  • Reproducible Builds: Weekly report #125
    16 package reviews have been added, 99 have been updated and 92 have been removed in this week, adding to our knowledge about identified issues.

The GNOME Foundation Backs Librem 5

  • GNOME Foundation partners with Purism to support its efforts to build the Librem 5 smartphone
    The GNOME Foundation has provided their endorsement and support of Purism’s efforts to build the Librem 5, which if successful will be the world’s first free and open smartphone with end-to-end encryption and enhanced user protections. The Librem 5 is a hardware platform the Foundation is interested in advancing as a GNOME/GTK phone device. The GNOME Foundation is committed to partnering with Purism to create hackfests, tools, emulators, and build awareness that surround moving GNOME/GTK onto the Librem 5 phone. As part of the collaboration, if the campaign is successful the GNOME Foundation plans to enhance GNOME shell and general performance of the system with Purism to enable features on the Librem 5.
  • Now GNOME Foundation Wants to Support Purism's Privacy-Focused Linux Smartphone
    GNOME Foundation, the non-profit organization behind the popular GNOME desktop environment designed for Linux-based operating systems, announced on Wednesday that they plan on supporting Purism's Librem 5 smartphone. The announcement comes only a week after KDE unveiled their plans to work with Purism on an implementation of their Plasma Mobile interface into the security- and privacy-focused Librem 5 Linux smartphone, and now GNOME is interested in advancing the Librem 5 hardware platform as a GNOME/GTK+ phone device. "Having a Free/Libre and Open Source software stack on a mobile device is a dream-come-true for so many people, and Purism has the proven team to make this happen. We are very pleased to see Purism and the Librem 5 hardware be built to support GNOME," said Neil McGovern, Executive Director, GNOME Foundation.
  • GNOME Joins The Librem 5 Party, Still Needs To Raise One Million More Dollars
    One week after announcing KDE cooperation on the proposed Librem 5 smartphone with plans to get Plasma Mobile on the device if successful, the GNOME Foundation has sent out their official endorsement of Purism's smartphone dream. Purism had been planning to use GNOME from the start for their GNU/Linux-powered privacy-minded smartphone while as of today they have the official backing of the GNOME Foundation.