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Unvanquished Alpha 41 Released, Still Moving Towards NaCl VM Usage

Thursday 9th of July 2015 02:54:19 PM
It's been a while since last reporting on Unvanquished (mostly because it seems their RSS feed is broken), but they've continued moving along with their open-source game and Daemon engine. This first person shooter is now up to its 41st monthly alpha release...

Kodi Is Working On Chromium CEF Integration

Thursday 9th of July 2015 02:42:20 PM
A Kodi developer has started working on integrating Google's Chrome Embedded Framework (CEF) browser layout/rendering engine into Kodi. If successful in embedding this Chromium code into the Kodi HTPC software, new doors could be opened up and it would open up a lot of new possibilities...

Help Us While Having A Chance To Win A $500 Amazon Gift Card

Thursday 9th of July 2015 02:17:16 PM
As in past years, it's that time again to run another audience survey on The survey should take just a few minutes to complete and will be entered to win a $500 gift card...

Canonical Is Back To Doing Feature Development For Launchpad

Thursday 9th of July 2015 01:57:45 PM
Canonical is back to working on the code, their website that pairs code hosting with bug tacking, translations, blueprints, and more...

Catalyst 15.7 For Linux Is Turning Out To Be A Rather Nice Driver Update

Thursday 9th of July 2015 01:50:30 PM
Yesterday's Catalyst 15.7 for Linux driver update turned out to be a fairly nice driver update. Tests are still running but the new features and performance improvements are certainly welcome...

OpenSSL's Latest High Severity Issue Exposed

Thursday 9th of July 2015 01:04:13 PM
We heard another big OpenSSL vulnerability would be announced soon and today it's been made public: OpenSSL's latest "high" severity security vulnerability...

Oracle Releases VM VirtualBox 5.0

Thursday 9th of July 2015 12:54:50 PM
After being in public test form the past few months, VirtualBox 5.0 was officially released this morning...

Bugzilla 5.0 Released, Their Most Exciting New Version In History

Thursday 9th of July 2015 12:44:32 PM
Bugzilla 5.0 was released this week as their "most exciting new version of Bugzilla in our history" and "our best release ever" after being in development for more than two years...

Is The Open-Source NVIDIA Driver Fast Enough For Steam Linux Gaming?

Thursday 9th of July 2015 12:44:04 AM
On the heels of the fresh open-source AMD Linux driver tests with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Team Fortress 2, here are some numbers for these Steam Linux games on the open-source NVIDIA (Nouveau) graphics driver...

Microsoft Sponsors OpenBSD For OpenSSH Support

Thursday 9th of July 2015 12:41:42 AM
Microsoft has become OpenBSD's first-ever "Gold" contributor with sending this BSD operating system project somewhere between $25k and $50k USD...

Catalyst 15.7 Bring Multi-Device Support For OpenCL 2.0, Carrizo Improvements

Wednesday 8th of July 2015 07:42:06 PM
The Catalyst 15.7 Linux graphics driver was just released, one day longer than anticipated...

America's Army Considering SteamOS / Linux Support

Wednesday 8th of July 2015 05:40:42 PM
America's Army: Proving Grounds may receive a port to Linux/SteamOS...

AMD FirePro S9170 Rolls Out With 32GB Of GDDR5 Memory

Wednesday 8th of July 2015 03:15:15 PM
AMD announced the FirePro S9170 this morning as the first server graphics card with 32GB of memory for high performance compute...

A Look At CS:GO & TF2 On AMD GPUs With The Open-Source Driver

Wednesday 8th of July 2015 03:06:22 PM
I'm in the process of running open-source RadeonSI Gallium3D tests on the new MSI Radeon R7 370 4G graphics card. That initial Linux review of the AMD Radeon R7 370 with the open-source driver will be published later this week (still waiting on an updated Catalyst driver for those proprietary driver tests). However, as an excerpt of the Gallium3D testing, here are results from some AMD graphics cards with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Team Fortress 2...

An Interesting Interview About The Vulkan API

Wednesday 8th of July 2015 02:02:40 PM
Neil Trevett, the President of the Khronos Group, did an interview recently about the Vulkan API as the future of graphics programming...

Qt Creator 3.5 Beta 1 Drops BlackBerry, Improves For Android

Wednesday 8th of July 2015 01:31:32 PM
The First beta of Qt Creator 3.5 Beta 1 is now available. This Qt-focused integrated development environment drops BlackBerry 10 support over having no maintainer while separately bringing improvements/fixes for Android and more...

Understanding More Of The Shader Storage Buffer In Mesa

Wednesday 8th of July 2015 01:24:49 PM
Iago Toral of consulting firm Igalia has been working on ARB_shader_storage_buffer object support in Mesa the past few months. This extension is needed for OpenGL 4.3 and is a buffer that allows for bidirectional communication between the CPU and GPU space and perform random access reads/writes and atomic operations on variables within the buffer objects...

FFmpeg Is Returning To Debian

Wednesday 8th of July 2015 01:10:13 PM
While Debian has preferred the Libav fork of FFmpeg, after reviewing the situation, the Debian Multimedia Maintainers team has decided to switch back to FFmpeg...

Ubuntu 15.10 To Follow Debian In Its March To GCC 5

Tuesday 7th of July 2015 07:11:20 PM
Ubuntu 15.10, the Wily Werewolf, will closely follow Debian in its GCC 5 compiler upgrade and libstdc++6 ABI updates. They hope to have everything settled for Ubuntu 15.10 to avoid any big tool-chain changes during the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS cycle...

Khronos To Soon Open-Source Initial SPIR-V LLVM Work

Tuesday 7th of July 2015 06:17:35 PM
One of the big things we've been looking forward to with SPIR-V is the to/from LLVM IR pass in order to open up the possibilities for this new industry-standard intermediate representation to be used by Vulkan and OpenCL. Some code will soon be opened up, but it's not the end game...

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Leftovers: Gaming

  • See How Your Linux System Stacks Up To 15 GPUs For 1080p Gaming
    This week I posted the results of a 15-way graphics card comparison on Ubuntu Linux with AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards while running the very latest proprietary drivers. Those tests were focused on 4K resolution testing in order to stress the latest-generation AMD/NVIDIA GPUs. However, if you want to see 1080p numbers, here are some benchmark-friendly results.
  • Victor Vran Action RPG Is Now Available on Steam for Linux
    Victor Vran, an isometric action RPG developed by Haemimont Games and published by EuroVideo Medien on Steam, has been released on Linux as well. The genre of isometric action RPGs is a very well defined one and it incorporates titles like Diablo. Victor Vran has been very well received by the community and the Linux platform has been supported right from the start.

Red Hat News

Leftovers: OSS

  • Open Source rising as Cloud Computing, Analytics take off – Study
    Open source software has become a critical driver for innovation at leading companies and public-sector organizations around the world, according to a new research report produced by Oxford Economics in partnership with Wipro Limited. The report, The Open Source Era, also shows that open source software is essential to the use of other cutting-edge technologies and that open source methodologies have spread far beyond software development.
  • Check out this open source programming typeface entirely generated by code
    Typefaces designed for programmers aren’t a new idea, but I’m particularly taken with Iosevka, a monospace coding typeface that’s completely generated using Node.js. The project – which is inspired by existing coding typefaces Pragmata Pro, M+ and PF DIN Mono – aims to produce characters that “have a narrow shape to be space efficient and compatible to Chinese, Japanese and Korean characters.”
  • Capital One Launches Hygieia Open-Source DevOps Dashboard
    The bank launched its Hygieia DevOps dashboard at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) last week in Portland, Ore. The Capital One Agile development teams all use the technology.
  • New Portal For IBM Open Source Projects
    IBM has just launched developerWorksOpen to enable developers to collaborate using its open sourced technologies. It is poised to provide new tools, in particular with regards to mobile.
  • Open Source IFTTT Collection Introduced
    IFTTT (If This Then That) has this month introduced a new collection of new open source projects as well as updating existing ones.
  • Roadies vs. rock stars: The art of open leadership
    Allen Gunn is a facilitator, open source technologist and Executive Director of Aspiration, where he helps NGOs, activists, and software developers make smarter use of tech for social change. Later this month, Aspiration is partnering with Greenpeace's Mobilisation Lab to host the first-ever Open Campaigns Camp in Berlin. We recently got together to chat about working open and the leadership required to make it work.
  • How to get designers involved in your software project
    Kravets showed us a report she found. It reviewed 23,493 GitHub projects and found that 75.3% had no gender diversity at all. This brought Kravets to the following quote from Malcolm Gladwell: "The world that we could have is much richer than the world we've settled for."
  • The right way to fail
    In the open source industry, we often hear that we should fail quickly and often, but that doesn't make failure any less scary. Failure seems like a personal problem, but it's really a corporate problem. We use the phrase "failure is not an option," and people are so proud to live by it. The fact of the matter, said Scavarda and Hawthorn, is that this statement should say "failure is not an option; it is a requirement." The truth is that it's not a matter of whether we will fail, but when we will fail and what will be our timeline for our recovery.
  • The Dronecode Foundation aims to keep UAVs open
    Unmanned Aerial Vehicles' (UAV) applications and capabilities are advancing at a phenomenal rate, and the cost of these systems is decreasing at an equally impressive rate largely because of the open source. In many cases, open source projects are outpacing the development of their equivalent closed source systems.
  • phpMyAdmin Bids SourceForge Farewell
    phpMyAdmin, the popular free and open source web based tool for administering MySQL databases, has left the SourceForge building. In a blog post on Saturday, the project’s infrastructure coordinator, Michal Čihař, announced that a migration from Sourceforge is all but complete. The few remaining items left on the SourceForge server will be “hopefully handled in upcoming days as well.”
  • Boundless: Commercial open source geospatial software
    Boundless’ global customer base uses the OpenGeo Suite, a complete open source geospatial web services stack, to deploy solutions for web mapping, transportation, telecommunications, open government, and a diverse range of other solutions. The OpenGeo Suite provides a continually updated geo web services platform along with maintenance agreements that include support and training to support the growing functionality of continually enhanced open source geospatial software.
  • Seven Key Milestones in OpenStack's Five-Year History
    On July 19, 2010, Chris Kemp, at the time NASA's CTO for IT, went on stage at the OSCON open-source conference to announce OpenStack, a new open-source effort along with Rackspace. Five years later, OpenStack has emerged as one of the leading cloud platforms governments and big-name companies around the world use. Best Buy and Walmart are among the major retailers that use OpenStack while major carriers, such as Comcast and AT&T, are also users and contributors. One of the biggest drivers of OpenStack's growth in the last five years was the formation of the OpenStack Foundation, a vendor-neutral, multi-stakeholder effort to help build and promote the OpenStack platform. While OpenStack in 2010 was made up of two companies, the OpenStack Foundation in 2015 numbers well over 100 members. Another key driver of OpenStack's growth is continued technical innovation. In 2010, the OpenStack Platform started with just two projects: the Nova Compute Project and the Swift Storage Project. Over the years, multiple additional projects were added, including Glance image, Horizon dashboard, Neutron network and Keystone identity. Here's a look at key milestones in OpenStack's five-year history.
  • A new center for innovation, celebrating five years, and more OpenStack news
  • Q&A: Pepperdata's Chad Carson Discusses Getting Much More Out of Hadoop
    In the data analytics and Hadoop arena, the folks at Pepperdata have an interesting story to tell. Pepperdata's cofounders ran the web search engineering team at Yahoo during the development of the first production use of Hadoop and created Pepperdata with the mission of providing a simple way of prioritizing Hadoop jobs to give resources to the ones that need them most, while ensuring that a company adheres to its SLAs.
  • cps soup
    In the olden days, Guile had no compiler, just an interpreter written in C. Around 8 years ago now, we ported Guile to compile to bytecode. That bytecode is what is currently deployed as Guile 2.0. For many reasons we wanted to upgrade our compiler and virtual machine for Guile 2.2, and the result of that was a new continuation-passing-style compiler for Guile. Check that link for all the backstory.
  • Docker 1.8 Linux Container Engine to Bring Better LXC and Fedora 22 Support, More
    The developers of the famous open-source Docker Linux container engine have recently announced that the first RC (Release Candidate) version of the anticipated Docker 1.8 app is now available for download and testing.
  • Docker Engine 1.8.0-rc1