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Tar Picks Up Support For Zstd Compression

Monday 26th of March 2018 05:07:23 PM
The latest program joining the Zstd bandwagon is Tar...

V-EZ: AMD Releases New Easy-To-Use Vulkan Middleware, Simplified API

Monday 26th of March 2018 01:58:46 PM
AMD's GPUOpen group in cooperation with Khronos today is announcing V-EZ, a new project of theirs designed to make the barrier to entry for the Vulkan graphics API lower. V-EZ provides a middleware layer and simplified API for making it easier to get started with Vulkan development...

Linux 4.16 File-System HDD & SSD Tests With EXT4/F2FS/Btrfs/XFS

Monday 26th of March 2018 01:23:19 PM
With the Linux 4.16 kernel release expected in just a matter of days, here are some fresh file-system benchmarks on this near-final kernel using a solid-state drive and hard drive while testing out the popular mainline file-system choices of Btrfs, EXT4, F2FS, and XFS.

Coreboot Picks Up Librem Enhancements, New HP Elitebook Port, Cheza Snapdragon

Monday 26th of March 2018 11:54:29 AM
Coreboot is off to a busy start of the week with a number of notable enhancements having been merged to Git this morning...

RadeonTop 1.1 Brings GTT Reporting, Updated PCI IDs

Monday 26th of March 2018 11:31:21 AM
Besides DriConf or the newer ADRICONF, another tool for open-source Radeon Linux driver users for monitoring their GPU(s) is RadeonTop. RadeonTop 1.1 is now available as the independent project's latest feature release...

Unity Engine/Editor Publishes Reference C# Source Code

Monday 26th of March 2018 10:27:17 AM
Following Crytek putting out their CRYENGINE Sandbox editor source code, Unity Tech has published the C# reference code used by their Unity Engine and Unity Editor...

Vega 12 Support Now Queued In DRM-Next For Linux 4.17

Monday 26th of March 2018 10:01:30 AM
The Vega 12 Linux kernel patches posted last week will now be appearing in the Linux 4.17 kernel with the work having been merged into DRM-Next...

Etnaviv Gallium3D Wires In Performance Monitor Support

Monday 26th of March 2018 09:23:40 AM
With the latest Etnaviv DRM code there is now performance counters support for being able to read the hardware counters via perfmon domains. The patches have now been published for making use of these Vivante performance counters from user-space...

Linux 4.16-rc7 Kernel Released, Final Likely Next Week

Sunday 25th of March 2018 11:46:26 PM
Linus Torvalds has released his seventh weekly release candidate of the upcoming Linux 4.16 kernel release...

DXVK 0.40 Brings Initial Direct3D 11.1 Bits, Other Improvements

Sunday 25th of March 2018 08:11:43 PM
The DXVK project that is implementing Direct3D 11 atop of Vulkan for the benefit of Wine gamers is out this weekend with a new release...

Linux 3.17 To Linux 4.16 Kernel Benchmarks On Intel Gulftown & Haswell Hardware

Sunday 25th of March 2018 05:41:55 PM
Our latest benchmarking of the near-final Linux 4.16 kernel is checking on the performance of two Intel systems going back to the days of Linux 3.17, the oldest kernel that would successfully boot with the Ubuntu 18.04 user-space. Every major kernel release was tested as we see how the Linux kernel performance has evolved on these Haswell and Gulftown systems since October 2014.

OpenZFS Will Soon Have Zstd Compression Support

Sunday 25th of March 2018 03:22:38 PM
Zstd compression continues becoming more widely adopted from Ubuntu looking at Zstd-compressed packages to compressing the Linux kernel image to now the OpenZFS file-system soon having support for Facebook's Zstandard compression algorithm...

Spectre/Meltdown Benchmarks & Evolving Linux GPU Drivers Dominated Q1-2018

Sunday 25th of March 2018 12:16:51 PM
With Q1'2018 wrapping up in the week ahead, here's a look back at our more than 856 original news articles and 76 featured benchmark articles / Linux hardware reviews this quarter...

An Important GNOME Performance Fix Has Landed

Sunday 25th of March 2018 11:47:27 AM
GNOME contributor Yussuf Khalil has managed to uncover and resolve a bug in Clutter that was hurting GNOME's performance...

digiKam 5.9 Released While 6.0 Is Planned For Release Later In The Year

Sunday 25th of March 2018 11:36:11 AM
DigiKam 5.9.0 is now available for this KDE-aligned open-source photo management software...

Phoronix Test Suite 8.0 M2 Released With Continued Windows Improvements

Sunday 25th of March 2018 11:23:46 AM
The second development release of Phoronix Test Suite 8.0-Aremark is now available for your open-source benchmarking needs on Linux, macOS, BSD, Solaris, and Windows. As you've likely heard already, one of the big focuses this development cycle is on Windows support improvements with completely rewritten handling for that OS...

Linux Mint Rolls Out The MintBox Mini 2

Sunday 25th of March 2018 11:10:13 AM
If you are looking for a tiny Linux PC and happen to be a Linux Mint user, the MintBox Mini 2 is now available...

Slax 9.4 RC1 Available For A Lightweight Debian Experience

Sunday 25th of March 2018 12:17:51 AM
The first release candidate of the Debian-based Slax Linux distribution is now available...

Advanced DRI Configurator Now Supports PRIME GPU Setups

Saturday 24th of March 2018 09:37:42 PM
As a more modern and feature alternative to the DriConf configuration program for tweaking Mesa driver settings, a few months back we featured ADRICONF as the Advanced DRI Configuration. Recently this GUI program has picked up a few more features...

Intel OpenGL Driver Performance On Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu vs. Clear Linux

Saturday 24th of March 2018 06:24:42 PM
When having the Microsoft Windows 10 Professional x64 installation on the Core i7 8700K "Coffee Lake" system this week I also took the opportunity to run some fresh OpenGL benchmarks on Windows compared to Linux...

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Red Hat: Storage, Liferay and More

  • Red Hat Gets Serious About Selling Open Source Storage
    If there is one consistent complaint about open source software over the past three decades that it has been on the rise, it is that it is too difficult to integrate various components to solve a particular problem because the software is not really enterprise grade stuff. Well, that is two complaints, and really, there are three because even if you can get the stuff integrated and running well, that doesn’t mean you can keep it in that state as you patch and update it. So now we are up to three complaints.
  • Red Hat Announces GA Of Storage One
    Today Red Hat Inc. announced the general availability of Red Hat Storage One. Storage One is Red Hat’s approach to web-scale enterprise storage with the best of both worlds: a hardware-optimized turnkey solution with the flexibility and scale of software-defined storage. Storage One is built on the rest of Red Hat’s storage portfolio. The huge increases in data volumes make options like software-defined storage (SDS) seem more and more attractive. However, adopting SDS can be complicated involving new skill sets and configurations to systems. Red Hat’s new Storage One is a plug-and-play SDS solution that the company states can meet the varying demands of modern workloads. Red Hat worked closely with its server hardware partners (Supermicro Computer being the first) to deliver a tightly packaged workload-optimized storage solution. The company goes on to state that Red Hat Storage One is not just SDS in name but offers an open, flexible, and modular solution that can easily be extended to meet the evolving needs of the modern enterprise.
  • Firelay partners with Red Hat to deliver Liferay DXP on OpenShift
    Firelay, a Liferay Certified Hosting Partner, has begun a collaboration with Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, in order to deliver the Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP) on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform. The availability for Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform allows Firelay to support the full life cycle of Liferay DXP-projects that are based on container technology, both those using the cloud- as well as on-premises installations.
  • Our Book Has Been Released! Introducing Istio Service Mesh for Microservices
  • Now available: The ultimate DevOps hiring guide
    Hiring the right people and building a successful team is no easy task. There are many facets to consider when talking to candidates, from cultural fit and team dynamics to skills, knowledge, and problem-solving ability. The ultimate DevOps hiring guide will touch on all those areas and more. More importantly, the freely downloadable PDF will help you navigate the unique dynamics that encompass the DevOps movement.
  • Red Hat Summit 2018: Trends in cloud-native development
  • Buy or Sell? What Analysts Recommends: Red Hat, Inc. (RHT), Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. (HTZ)
  • Brokerages Set Red Hat Software (RHT) PT at $154.94
  • Why is Red Hat (RHT) Up 4.9% Since Last Earnings Report?
  • Flatpak's XDG-Desktop-Portal Adds Initial Support For Snaps
    Released yesterday was version 0.11 of the XDG Desktop Portal and with this release comes initial support for Snap packages. The XDG-Desktop-Portal package is the portal front-end service originally designed for Flatpak (originally XDG-Apps) and provide a number of the portals for sandboxed applications to access system information and services.
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OSS Leftovers

  • TIBCO Messaging now supports Apache Kafka
    Apache Kafka is a distributed open source publish-subscribe messaging system designed to replace traditional message brokers – as such, it can be classed as a stream-processing software platform. The project aims to provide a unified, high-throughput, low-latency platform for handling real-time data feeds. It is written in the Scala and Java programming languages.
  • Robo-Taxi Startup Voyage to Make its Autonomous Safety Systems Open Source
    Silicon Valley startup Voyage, which recently launched a pilot autonomous ride-hailing service in two retirement communities in California and Florida, is taken a proactive, safety first approach. Starting today, the company announced today it is opening its safety requirements, test scenarios, metrics, tools, and source code that it has developed for its own autonomous taxis.
  • Former Nimble CEO Becomes New Leader Of Open-Source Container Vendor Sysdig
  • Propy Announces An Open Source Developer Program and gets listed on Bittrex
    On April 17, 2018, global real estate store with a decentralized title registry Propy announced their open source Developer Program. The news were followed by an announcement from Bittrex, the most popular U.S.-based blockchain trading platform, on listing the PRO token. Propy users need tokens to execute the purchase process for real estate, located in California, as of today. The idea behind Propy: it allows anyone to buy or sell real estate, anywhere, online. Propy provides an efficient crypto and fiat payment and an immutable record on the blockchain, ensuring that title deeds and property rights will be there forever.

Programming: Node.js, Python, OpenCL, GitLab, GCC

  • Node.js announces the first release in its latest 10.x release line
    Node.js has announced 10.0.0, the first release in its 10.x line. Starting in October 2018, the Node.js 10.x releases will be the new release line with Long Term Support. Releases in the Long Term Support line focus on stability, extended support, and providing a reliable platform for applications of any scale.
  • Enhance your Python with an interactive shell
    The Python programming language has become one of the most popular languages used in IT. One reason for this success is it can be used to solve a variety of problems. From web development to data science, machine learning to task automation, the Python ecosystem is rich in popular frameworks and libraries. This article presents some useful Python shells available in the Fedora packages collection to make development easier.
  • Best Free Python Web Frameworks – Rapid Development
    Python is an increasingly popular programming language. It ranks very highly on sites listing the popularity of programming languages, such as the TIOBE Index, IEEE Spectrum ranking, and the PYPL PopularitY of Programming Language. The prominence of Python is, in part, due to its flexibility, with the language frequently used by web and desktop developers, system administrators, data scientists, and machine learning engineers. It’s easy to learn and powerful to develop any kind of system with the language. Python’s large user base offers a virtuous circle. There’s more support available from the open source community for budding programmers seeking assistance.
  • Intel OpenCL NEO Compute Stack Moves To "Production" Quality OpenCL 2.1
    This year Intel open-sourced their "NEO" OpenCL compute stack included a new compute runtime, a new LLVM/Clang-based compiler, makes use of the Intel Graphics Memory Management Library (GMMLIB), etc. While we don't hear too much from the NEO effort on an ongoing basis, their OpenCL 2.1 support for recent hardware generations is now to production quality. From early March was my last reporting and testing on the Intel OpenCL NEO effort in Trying Out The New Intel Open-Source OpenCL NEO Compute Driver.
  • GitLab 10.7 Released with Open Source Web IDE and Extended SAST Support
  • GCC 8.1 RC1 Released, The Big Compiler Update Could Officially Debut Next Week
    This morning I wrote about GCC 8 being branched and development on the master branch now being open for GCC 9.0. The GCC 8.1 release candidate has now been issued with the official release perhaps coming next week. Jakub Jelinek of Red Hat announced on the mailing list that they reached zero P1 regressions (the most critical) and less than 100 P2/P3 regressions, so the GCC 8 code was branched. As part of this status report he mentioned that if no show-stopper bugs appear, the developers would like to officially release GCC 8.1.0 by the end of next week or soon thereafter. But if any important fixes come about, a second release candidate may be warranted.
  • GCC 8 Has Been Branched, GCC 9.0 Development On Main
    The GNU Compiler Collection 8 stable release (GCC 8.1) is almost ready to make its debut. As of this morning, the GCC 8 code has been branched from master. The branched GCC 8 code is now marked as a pre-release.