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Mesa 18.2 Branched, Mesa 18.3 Enters Development

Thursday 2nd of August 2018 03:28:50 PM
As expected, the Mesa 18.2 feature development is now over with the code having branched. Now open on Git master is Mesa 18.3-devel...

Ubuntu 16.04.5 LTS Released For Those Not Yet Upgrading To Ubuntu 18.04

Thursday 2nd of August 2018 02:47:23 PM
For those still on the Ubuntu 16.04 "Xenial Xerus" Long Term Support series and not yet ready to make the transition to Ubuntu 18.04 LTS "Bionic Beaver", Ubuntu 16.04.5 is now available as the last planned Xenial point release...

UBports' Ubuntu Touch Unlikely To Move To Ubuntu 18.04 Anytime Soon

Thursday 2nd of August 2018 12:36:51 PM
Given that it was only earlier this summer when UBports' Ubuntu Touch OTA-4 upgraded to an Ubuntu 16.04 LTS base, you might be wondering when they intend to transition to Ubuntu 18.04 LTS... But don't hold your breath...

PHP 7.3 Enters Feature Freeze & Releases Beta

Thursday 2nd of August 2018 11:24:18 AM
The end of July marked the code branching and feature freeze for PHP 7.3 followed by the creation of the first beta...

A Number Of AMDGPU DRM Fixes Prepped Ahead Of Linux 4.19

Thursday 2nd of August 2018 09:43:45 AM
Following AMD staging numerous AMDGPU DRM improvements in DRM-Next for Linux 4.19, they have moved onto further testing this code and providing various fixes for some of the early fallout to these changes ahead of the next kernel cycle...

There Are 600+ Games In The Main Debian Repository

Thursday 2nd of August 2018 08:09:53 AM
In addition to Keith Packard talking about the state of the Debian GNU/Linux stack for gaming in 2018, during this week's DebConf 18 was a talk by Debian developer Markus Koschany on the state of games for the Linux distribution...

Collabora's Work On KMS_SWRAST For Android Graphics Fallback

Thursday 2nd of August 2018 07:07:09 AM
Robert Foss at Collabora has recently been working on supporting the "kms_swrast" code under Android...

Wayland Shells From The Perspective Of WLROOTS

Thursday 2nd of August 2018 05:02:01 AM
The lead developer of the Sway Wayland compositor, Drew DeVault, has for the past year also been working on the "wlroots" Wayland compositor library that is modular and can perform a lot of the "heavy lifting" when it comes to writing new Wayland compositors. Way-Cooler, Purism's Phosh, and other projects have also been investigating wlroots for their own use-cases...

Zinc: The New Crypto Library Being Worked On As Part Of WireGuard

Thursday 2nd of August 2018 04:06:13 AM
As part of this week's volleying of WireGuard onto the Linux kernel mailing list included as part of that is Zinc, a new cryptography API for the Linux kernel...

Steam Linux Use Dips Back Below 0.5%

Thursday 2nd of August 2018 12:24:31 AM
While back in May the reported Steam Linux use by Valve was at 0.57% and then dropped to 0.52% for June, over the course of July it took another step lower...

The Current Happenings Within LXQt As Of Summer 2018

Wednesday 1st of August 2018 10:01:01 PM
Hong Jen Yee, the developer of the PCMan File Manager that has long served as the default file manager on the LXDE desktop environment, presented at this week's Debian DebConf 18 event about the LXDE/LXQt desktop efforts...

Arch Linux Prepares For Python 3.7, Drops OpenJDK 9

Wednesday 1st of August 2018 09:28:00 PM
Arch Linux developer Jelle van der Waa has provided an update concerning recent Arch updates...

Mutter Gets More Crash Fixes, GNOME Shell Better Deals With 100%+ Volumes

Wednesday 1st of August 2018 07:14:44 PM
The GNOME 3.30 beta is being prepped for release and the UI/API/ABI freezes are now in place ahead of this desktop environment update to ship as stable in September. GNOME Shell and Mutter have staged their latest development releases for testing...

Valve Plans To Release Artifact For Linux On 28 November

Wednesday 1st of August 2018 05:16:33 PM
Valve has just sent out a press release about allowing attendees at PAX West in a few weeks will be able to play their forthcoming Artifact game, but more exciting is they plan to publicly release the game at the end of November...

LLVM / Clang 7.0 Branching Today, Releasing In September

Wednesday 1st of August 2018 01:42:11 PM
Not only is Mesa 18.2 ending feature development today to begin their release candidates, but LLVM 7.0 and its sub-projects like Clang 7.0 also happens to have aligned with a similar release schedule...

GLOVE: OpenGL ES Over Vulkan As Open-Source

Wednesday 1st of August 2018 11:49:20 AM
Think Silicon announced this morning they have open-sourced GLOVE, a middleware layer that implements OpenGL ES over Vulkan...

WarpDrive Proposed For The Linux Kernel: A Generic Accelerator Framework

Wednesday 1st of August 2018 11:22:05 AM
HiSilicon is looking to add WarpDrive to the Linux kernel. Not to be confused with anything from Star Trek, WarpDrive is a generic accelerator framework they have been developing...

Kodi 18 Alpha 3 Released With Better Stability

Wednesday 1st of August 2018 11:13:41 AM
Just over one month has passed since Kodi 18 Alpha 2 while today the third and final alpha build is now available...

Linux 4.18 Kernel Likely Faces A Week Delay Due To Last Minute Issues

Wednesday 1st of August 2018 10:48:36 AM
Linus Torvalds was looking at releasing Linux 4.18 this coming weekend but it looks like that is no longer going to happen with instead seeing a 4.18-rc8 test release...

Armada DRM Driver Wires In Atomic Mode-Setting For Linux 4.19

Wednesday 1st of August 2018 09:54:01 AM
Adding to the big list of DRM driver changes for Linux 4.19 is atomic mode-setting for the Armada DRM driver...

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Cloudgizer: An introduction to a new open source web development tool

Cloudgizer is a free open source tool for building web applications. It combines the ease of scripting languages with the performance of C, helping manage the development effort and run-time resources for cloud applications. Cloudgizer works on Red Hat/CentOS Linux with the Apache web server and MariaDB database. It is licensed under Apache License version 2. Read more

James Bottomley on Linux, Containers, and the Leading Edge

It’s no secret that Linux is basically the operating system of containers, and containers are the future of the cloud, says James Bottomley, Distinguished Engineer at IBM Research and Linux kernel developer. Bottomley, who can often be seen at open source events in his signature bow tie, is focused these days on security systems like the Trusted Platform Module and the fundamentals of container technology. Read more

TransmogrifAI From Salesforce

  • Salesforce plans to open-source the technology behind its Einstein machine-learning services
    Salesforce is open-sourcing the method it has developed for using machine-learning techniques at scale — without mixing valuable customer data — in hopes other companies struggling with data science problems can benefit from its work. The company plans to announce Thursday that TransmogrifAI, which is a key part of the Einstein machine-learning services that it believes are the future of its flagship Sales Cloud and related services, will be available for anyone to use in their software-as-a-service applications. Consisting of less than 10 lines of code written on top of the widely used Apache Spark open-source project, it is the result of years of work on training machine-learning models to predict customer behavior without dumping all of that data into a common training ground, said Shubha Nabar, senior director of data science for Salesforce Einstein.
  • Salesforce open-sources TransmogrifAI, the machine learning library that powers Einstein
    Machine learning models — artificial intelligence (AI) that identifies relationships among hundreds, thousands, or even millions of data points — are rarely easy to architect. Data scientists spend weeks and months not only preprocessing the data on which the models are to be trained, but extracting useful features (i.e., the data types) from that data, narrowing down algorithms, and ultimately building (or attempting to build) a system that performs well not just within the confines of a lab, but in the real world.