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The Android Runtime On Chrome OS Makes Use Of Wayland

Wednesday 7th of September 2016 05:13:39 PM
With Google's Android Runtime for Chrome (ARC) it turns out that this technology for letting Android apps run on Chrome OS is making use of the Wayland protocol and could open up other Wayland clients to running on Chrome OS...

Samba 4.5 Released

Wednesday 7th of September 2016 05:10:19 PM
Samba 4.5 is now available as the latest release of this major open-source project for improving Windows interoperability (i.e. SMB/CIFS) on Linux and other platforms...

X-Plane 10.50 Flight Simulator Released

Wednesday 7th of September 2016 03:25:57 PM
A new version of the X-Plane desktop flight simulator, which is arguably the world's most advanced flight simulator, is now available. The Linux version remains in-step with the Windows and OS X builds...

Arcan Open-Source Display Server Continues Progressing As Alternative To Wayland, Mir

Wednesday 7th of September 2016 02:06:11 PM
A few months back I wrote about Arcan: A New Open-Source Display Server Built Atop A Game Engine. Sadly with most niche and ambitious open-source projects along these lines, they tend to disappear over time, but Arcan on the other hand continues moving forward so far...

Android Extension Pack Being Prepped For Mesa

Wednesday 7th of September 2016 01:39:55 PM
Veteran Mesa developer Ilia Mirkin has been working on finishing up the core plumbing for OpenGL ES 3.2 / Android Extension Pack support for the Mesa drivers...

Unigine-Powered Sci-Fi MMORPG Turns To Crowdfunding

Wednesday 7th of September 2016 01:26:22 PM
Earlier this year we heard of a science fiction MMORPG game making use of Unigine 2 after switching from Unreal Engine 4. It's been a few months since hearing about this game, which is targeting Linux support, but now there's a slew of new information as they just launched a Kickstarter campaign...

Wayland/Weston 1.12 Release Candidate Arrives

Wednesday 7th of September 2016 01:14:58 PM
Bryce Harrington announced the release candidates on Tuesday for the upcoming Wayland 1.12 and Weston 1.12 compositor releases...

LLV8 Is An Experimental LLVM Compiler For V8 JavaScript

Wednesday 7th of September 2016 01:04:17 PM
LLV8 is an experimental compiler for the V8 JavaScript Engine as shipped in Chrome, etc. LLV8 makes use of LLVM's MCJIT for code optimization and while it takes longer to compile this way, the generated code should be superior...

Trying Out The FreeBSD-Powered TrueOS With Its Custom Qt Desktop

Wednesday 7th of September 2016 12:00:00 AM
While I've been running PC-BSD on some systems for years I hadn't tried out any of its rolling-release FreeBSD 11.0-based spins under the new TrueOS brand nor had I tried out the project's Qt-based Lumina Desktop Environment since it reached 1.0. That changed today with trying out the latest weekly spin of TrueOS x64...

Vulkan 1.0.26 Released

Tuesday 6th of September 2016 09:41:15 PM
Vulkan 1.0.26 was released as the first update to the Vulkan 1.0 API for September...

FreeBSD Now Has A Port For CentOS 7 Binary Support

Tuesday 6th of September 2016 05:11:48 PM
We've known for a while that FreeBSD has been working on a CentOS 7 compatibility layer while now that work has finally landed in FreeBSD ports...

7-Way Linux Distribution Benchmarks To Kick Off September

Tuesday 6th of September 2016 03:49:14 PM
In testing out a new Broadwell-EP system as well as for final validation of the new Phoronix Test Suite 6.6, I carried out a fresh Linux OS distribution comparison last week. Here are those results from Ubuntu, Clear Linux, Scientific Linux, openSUSE Tumbleweed, Fedora, Antergos, and Sabayon Linux.

Phoronix Test Suite 6.6 Officially Released For Open-Source Cross-Platform Benchmarking

Tuesday 6th of September 2016 03:17:56 PM
Phoronix Test Suite 6.6.0-Loppa is now officially available as the latest quarterly update to our open-source benchmarking software for Linux, BSD, Solaris, Windows, OS X, and Hurd platforms...

Improved Tear-Free Rendering For Radeon DDX With PRIME

Tuesday 6th of September 2016 02:07:06 PM
For those making use of the xf86-video-ati DDX driver in a PRIME-capable system with Radeon GPU, there's more effective tear-free rendering support with the latest development code...

A Mesa Fix Lands To Take Care Of The R9 290 Issue, Intel/Radeon Performance Problems

Tuesday 6th of September 2016 01:21:29 PM
A fix landed in Mesa Git today that should address various performance issues people have been seeing in different rare setups. The fix mostly seems to be for Radeon/Intel users seeing low performance recently with glxgears but also appears to help those affected by the much talked about R9 290 regression...

Linux 4.9 To Begin Landing Nouveau "Boost" Support For Faster Performance

Tuesday 6th of September 2016 01:13:31 PM
Great news for users of the open-source NVIDIA "Nouveau" graphics driver: the long-awaited boost patches are now queued up to land with Linux 4.9...

Linux 4.9 Planned As The Next LTS Kernel

Tuesday 6th of September 2016 12:59:45 PM
Greg Kroah-Hartman announced he's planning on Linux 4.9 to be the next long-term supported kernel that he will maintain for a period two years...

KDE Neon Developer OS Switches To Plasma Wayland By Default

Tuesday 6th of September 2016 12:54:49 PM
KDE developers have decided to switch to Wayland by default for KDE Neon's unstable/developer OS...

RADV Radeon Vulkan Driver One Step Closer To Being Merged In Mesa

Tuesday 6th of September 2016 12:33:02 AM
While the ultimate vision of the open-source Radeon Vulkan driver isn't yet clear with RADV being the front-runner so far as the community-based driver while AMD has yet to open up their official Vulkan driver and there's been few remarks about RADV from AMD employees (aside from John Bridgman in our forums), RADV inched forward today in moving closer to being merged in mainline Mesa...

GCC Might Finally Drop The GNU Compiler For Java (GCJ)

Monday 5th of September 2016 04:28:58 PM
The GNU Compiler for Java (GCJ) while made a lot of progress in its early years as a free software Java compiler, in recent years it's basically been in maintenance mode and might now be removed entirely from GCC...

More in Tux Machines

Google may unveil merged Android and Chrome OS, dubbed Andromeda, at event

If you thought Google’s October 4 event — where the firm is rumored to launch two smartphones, Google Home, Daydream VR, Chromecast Ultra, and Wi-Fi Routers — wasn’t packed enough, think again. It has been a long time coming, but Google may finally offer a peak at Andromeda, an operating system that sees the merger of Android and Chrome OS. Andromeda is the code name for the long-rumored merger, and Android Police says it have been sitting on a rumor that Google may demo the OS in October. What made the company share it now? A tweet from Hiroshi Lockheimer, senior vice president of Android, Chrome OS, and Google Play at Google. Read more

KDE Leftovers

today's howtos

Lenovo G50 & CentOS 7.2 MATE - Fairly solid

Is there a perfect track record for any which distro? No. Do any two desktop environments ever behave the same? No. Is there anything really good and cool about the MATE offering? Yes, definitely. It's not the finest, but it's definitely quite all right. You do get very decent hardware support, adequate battery life and good performance, smartphone and media support is top notch, and your applications will all run happily. On the other hand, you will struggle with Samba and Bluetooth, and there are some odd issues here and there. I think the Gnome and Xfce offerings are better, but MATE is not to be dissed as a useless relic. Far from it, this is definitely an option you ought to consider if you're into less-than-mainstream desktops, and you happen to like CentOS. To sum it all up, another goodie in the growing arsenal of CentOS fun facts. Enjoy. Read more