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LLVM's LLD Linker Looking At Enabling Multi-Threading By Default

Friday 18th of November 2016 05:00:06 AM
With LLVM's LLD linker continuing to gain ground, there's now talk of it enabling multi-threading support by default...

QEMU 2.8 Is Coming Next Month With New Features

Friday 18th of November 2016 03:00:00 AM
QEMU 2.8.0-rc0 was released on Thursday as the first step towards getting this next update out the door for improving the Linux virtualization stack...

Intel Vulkan Linux Driver Lands Color Compression Support For Skylake

Thursday 17th of November 2016 11:00:00 PM
It's been another busy day in Mesa Git for Intel's "ANV" Vulkan open-source Linux driver...

Vulkan Support On Mir Still May Be Months Away

Thursday 17th of November 2016 07:55:45 PM
Back when The Khronos Group published the Vulkan 1.0 specification in February, we were told by a Canonical developer Vulkan support on Mir would come for Ubuntu 16.04. That didn't happen for Ubuntu 16.04 nor for last month's Ubuntu 16.10 and it looks like it may still be months before seeing support for using Vulkan on the Mir display server...

Fedora 25 Cleared For Release Next Week

Thursday 17th of November 2016 06:55:52 PM
Today's Go/No-Go meeting for Fedora 25 turned out much better than last week and has been cleared for release...

GNOME Lands Mainline NVIDIA Wayland Support Using EGLStreams

Thursday 17th of November 2016 04:39:18 PM
While waiting for a new API that can succeed GBM and is agreed upon by both NVIDIA and the open-source community, GNOME developers have gone ahead and merged support for using EGLStreams into their Mutter compositor so that the current proprietary NVIDIA Linux driver will work with GNOME on Wayland...

GCC 6.2 vs. Clang 3.9 Compiler Performance On Clear Linux With Intel Kaby Lake

Thursday 17th of November 2016 03:40:00 PM
For the latest benchmarking off MSI's Cubi 2 with Core i5 Kaby Lake CPU are some GCC and LLVM Clang compiler benchmarks on Intel's Clear Linux distribution.

GNU Octave 4.2 Advances As MATLAB Alternative

Thursday 17th of November 2016 03:10:39 PM
GNU Octave 4.2 is now available as a major update to this scientific programming language that remains largely compatible with the widely-used MATLAB...

Firefox 51 To Enable WebGL 2 By Default, FLAC Audio, Skia Content Rendering On Linux

Thursday 17th of November 2016 01:44:15 PM
With Firefox 50 having been released this week, Mozilla put Firefox 51 in beta...

AMDGPU & Radeon DDX Updated - Better 2D Performance, Tear Free, DRI3 Default

Thursday 17th of November 2016 12:32:10 PM
Necessitated by the new X.Org Server 1.19 release are new official releases to xf86-video-amdgpu and xf86-video-ati. But besides adding support for the xorg-server 1.19, there are also new features with these being infrequent updates to the DDX driver...

Kernel Lockdown Patches Published (LOCK_DOWN_KERNEL)

Thursday 17th of November 2016 11:00:00 AM
Red Hat developer David Howells has wrangled up a set of patches by him and other developers to provide a "Kernel Lockdown" mode to prevent the user-space from the possibility of modifying the running kernel image...

Explicit Fencing For Atomic DRM Drivers Coming In Linux 4.10

Thursday 17th of November 2016 09:00:00 AM
Adding to the list of new features coming for Linux 4.10 is support for explicit fencing for atomic DRM drivers...

Mesa Makes It Easier Now To Tap More Debugging/Performance Information

Thursday 17th of November 2016 07:00:00 AM
Mesa 3D founder Brian Paul has added a relatively simple but useful improvement to core Mesa for dumping more debugging and performance information...

NVIDIA GCC Backend Gets Ready For OpenMP Offloading

Thursday 17th of November 2016 05:00:00 AM
While GCC 7 feature development is officially over, one of the late patches to land for GCC 7.1 in trunk are improvements to the NVIDIA NVPTX back-end...

Freedreno Encouraging Users To Switch To Modesetting X.Org Driver

Thursday 17th of November 2016 02:00:00 AM
The days of the xf86-video-freedreno DDX driver are numbered, at least for end-user relevance...

Cypress Has Begun Publishing Broadcom Datasheets

Thursday 17th of November 2016 12:00:00 AM
Earlier this summer Cypress semiconductor acquired Broadcom's wireless "Internet of Things" business. With that associated IP, Cypress has begun making public NDA-free data-sheets on associated chipsets...

Wine-Staging 1.9.22/1.9.23 Adds More Experimental Patches

Wednesday 16th of November 2016 10:39:15 PM
Wine-Staging has been running a bit behind on their announcements for new versions of this Wine branch carrying various experimental/testing patches while today they announced both versions 1.9.22 and 1.9.23...

ReactOS 0.4.3 Released, Fixes Over 300 Issues

Wednesday 16th of November 2016 10:11:43 PM
ReactOS 0.4.3 is now available as the newest version of this open-source OS that seeks to re-implement the interfaces of Windows...

More Intel ANV Vulkan Code Hits Mesa Git, Other Patches Pending

Wednesday 16th of November 2016 08:10:00 PM
Just under 50 Intel Vulkan driver related commits hit Mesa master a short time ago plus other "ANV" Vulkan driver improvements are still pending...

RadeonSI Gets More Shader Variant Optimizations, Other Improvements

Wednesday 16th of November 2016 07:39:00 PM
Prolific Mesa developer Marek Olšák has published a new set of 20 patches today for the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver in order to further optimize this driver for AMD GCN GPUs...

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today's leftovers

  • The future of xinput, xmodmap, setxkbmap, xsetwacom and other tools under Wayland
    This post applies to most tools that interface with the X server and change settings in the server, including xinput, xmodmap, setxkbmap, xkbcomp, xrandr, xsetwacom and other tools that start with x. The one word to sum up the future for these tools under Wayland is: "non-functional". An X window manager is little more than an innocent bystander when it comes to anything input-related. Short of handling global shortcuts and intercepting some mouse button presses (to bring the clicked window to the front) there is very little a window manager can do. It's a separate process to the X server and does not receive most input events and it cannot affect what events are being generated. When it comes to input device configuration, any X client can tell the server to change it - that's why general debugging tools like xinput work.
  • Please don't use pastebins in bugs
  • Linux Top 3: SparkyLinux 4.5, Mageia 5.1 and Peppermint 7
    SparkyLinux is (yet another) Debian based Linux distribution. The SparkyLinux 4.5 update codenamed "Tyche' was released on December 3, providing users with multiple desktop choice other than GNOME. SparkLinux 4.5 ships with KDE, LXDE, LXQt, MATE and Xfce.
  • Upcoming Linux Distributions Releasing In December 2016
    In December 2016, a big Linux distribution release is taking shape in the form of Linux Mint 18.1 Serena, flavored by Cinnamon 3.2. It’ll be accompanied by the release of security and privacy-focused Anonymous Live CD Tails 2.9.
  • AMD Extends Strategic Partnership with Mentor Graphics for Linux-based Embedded Solutions
  • Samsung Z2 gets Firmware Update to Tizen 2.4.0.6 Z200FDDU0BPK3 in India
    Samsung’s latest Tizen-based smartphone, the Z2 model number SM-Z200F, has had a new software / firmware update land in India today. The update takes it to Tizen version 2.4.0.6., firmware Z200FDDU0BPK3. The update log mentions the following improvements: Improved send SOS message (panic mode) and also improvements to the security of the device. Additional bug fixes and performance improvements may have also been bundled in.

Leftovers: Software

  • choqok 1.6 Twitter Client was released and completely ported with KDE Frameworks 5
    Choqok is a fast, efficient and simple to use twitter client for Linux (especially built for the KDE desktop environment) that is installed by default to some of the Linux distribution which shipped with KDE Desktop Environment. The name comes from an ancient Persian word, means Sparrow!
  • 10 open source tools for your sysadmin toolbox [Ed: Terrible list which starts with two suggestions of Microsoft EEE]
    Sysadmins, no matter what platforms they work on, are awash in great open source software tools. In this article, we highlight well-known—and not-so-well-known—tools that have released new versions in 2016.
  • NetworkManager 1.2.6 Lets You Activate Multiple PPPoE Connections Simultaneously
    Beniamino Galvani was proud to announce the release and general availability of a new maintenance update to the stable NetworkManager 1.2 series of the open source network connection manager software for GNU/Linux distributions. NetworkManager is the most used network connection manager, adopted by almost all Linux-based operating systems on the market, and NetworkManager 1.2.6 is now the most advanced release of the 1.2 stable series, coming four months after the NetworkManager 1.2.4 update to fix a few bugs and regressions reported by users since then.
  • GNOME loves to cook
    With the upcoming 20th birthday of GNOME next year, some of us thought that we should make another attempt at this application, maybe as a birthday gift to all of GNOME. Shortly after GUADEC, I got my hands on some existing designs and started to toy around with implementing them over a few weekends and evenings. The screenshots in this post show how far I got since then.

today's howtos

Linux Foundation: Blockchain and Automotive Grade Linux

  • Linux Foundation’s Blockchain Collective Hyperledger Hits 100 Members
    Hyperledger aims to enable organizations to build robust, industry-specific applications, platforms and hardware systems to support their individual business transactions by creating an enterprise grade, open source distributed ledger framework and code base.
  • The Blockchain Milestone You May Have Missed
  • Sasken becomes member of Automotive Grade Linux
    Sasken Communication Technologies Ltd has announced its membership with Automotive Grade Linux as its bronze member. This will enable Sasken to provide solutions to customers on Automotive Grade Linux (AGL). Sasken will provide product development and system integration services for automotive customers spanning in-vehicle infotainment (IVI), instrument cluster, heads-up display and telematics.