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OpenChrome X.Org Driver Updated With Better Support For Old VIA Hardware

Wednesday 8th of March 2017 12:57:54 AM
Kevin Brace, the sole remaining main contributor to the OpenChrome project, has announced version 0.6 of the xf86-video-openchrome driver...

An Experimental Ubuntu Kernel Build With AMDGPU DC/DAL

Wednesday 8th of March 2017 12:40:12 AM
A Phoronix reader has written in about his independent work to make it easier trying out the latest AMDGPU DC/DAL code on Ubuntu...

Patriot Torch: Trying A $30 SSD On Linux

Tuesday 7th of March 2017 10:38:42 PM
Recently I ran out of spare SSDs and needed one for one of my test systems where the I/O storage capacity or performance wasn't important, so I decided to try out the Patriot Torch 60GB SSD that can be had for about $33 USD...

Firefox 52 Released With WebAssembly Support, Security Fixes, CSS Grid

Tuesday 7th of March 2017 04:18:22 PM
Mozilla has rolled out Firefox 52.0 as the latest version of their open-source, cross-platform web browser...

OpenSUSE Leap 42.3 Will Be Developed In A Rolling Manner

Tuesday 7th of March 2017 03:09:31 PM
Ubuntu dropped their official alpha/betas long ago, Fedora 27 is dropping their alphas, and openSUSE is also shifting their development approach and will get rid of alpha and beta releases. OpenSUSE Leap 42.3 will be developed in a "rolling" manner although the release will not be a rolling-release post-release, unlike openSUSE Tumbleweed...

Linux 4.11-rc1 + Mesa 17.1 Git Tests With AMDGPU+RadeonSI/RADV

Tuesday 7th of March 2017 02:28:23 PM
With the Linux 4.11 merge window now closed and the RadeonSI shader cache having landed and even turned on by default, it's a great time to run some fresh benchmarks of the open-source AMD Linux graphics driver stack. Here are some benchmark results with the latest Mesa Git code for RadeonSI Gallium3D and RADV as well as the Linux 4.11-rc1 kernel compared to Linux 4.10.

Intel Sends First Batch Of Changes To DRM-Next For Linux 4.12: 550+ Patches

Tuesday 7th of March 2017 11:44:32 AM
Intel is off to the races in preparing their new feature material work they plan to have introduced for the Linux 4.12 kernel, even though Linux 4.11-rc1 was just introduced on Monday and thus still nearly two months until the 4.12 merge window...

Some Of The Changes Coming To KDE Plasma 5.10

Tuesday 7th of March 2017 11:31:11 AM
KDE developer Kai Uwe has provided a look at some of the new features coming for Plasma 5.10, including some screenshots...

Timothy Arceri Takes To Revising Mesa OpenGL Threaded Dispatch

Tuesday 7th of March 2017 11:17:31 AM
One month ago AMD developer Marek Olsak sent out threaded OpenGL dispatch code for Mesa, which can be a big win for some games but unfortunately Marek is now too busy to handle the code. Fortunately, Collabora-turned-Valve developer Timothy Arceri has taken to getting this code vetted...

Antergos 17.3 & Manjaro 17.0 Released

Tuesday 7th of March 2017 11:11:36 AM
Two popular Linux distributions based upon Arch have released updated versions of their operating systems...

Phoronix Test Suite 7.0 Released

Tuesday 7th of March 2017 05:00:00 AM
The Phoronix Test Suite 7.0-Ringsaker update is now available as the latest version of our cross-platform, open-source benchmarking software particularly for Linux, macOS, and BSD systems. Phoronix Test Suite 7.0 has many user-facing updates over Phoronix Test Suite 6.8 and all users are encouraged to upgrade to this latest release of our GPL benchmarking software.

Core i7 6800K Linux CPU Scaling Benchmarks With Ubuntu 16.10

Monday 6th of March 2017 11:32:19 PM
Earlier today I posted some Linux game CPU scaling benchmarks using a Core i7 6800K Broadwell-E For showing how current Linux games make use of (or not) multiple CPU cores, which originated from discussions by Linux gamers following the AMD Ryzen CPU launch with how many cores are really needed. While going through the process of running those Linux game CPU scaling benchmarks, I also ran some other workloads for those curious...

A New Development Build Of Mageia 6 Emerges

Monday 6th of March 2017 11:02:43 PM
Mageia 6 is running months behind schedule while today the project was able to announce their second stabilization snapshot...

CPUFreq Governor Tuning For Better AMD Ryzen Linux Performance

Monday 6th of March 2017 07:00:00 PM
Our latest Ryzen Linux benchmarks are looking at the impact of the CPUFreq scaling driver's governors have on the performance of the Ryzen 7 1800X, including a look at the power consumption and performance-per-Watt when changing the governors.

FSF Certifies Three More Devices For Respecting Your Freedom

Monday 6th of March 2017 05:57:26 PM
The Free Software Foundation has announced three more devices that are certified for "respects your freedom" (RYF), including a laptop, motherboard, and USB sound adapter. But don't get too excited quite yet...

GNU Binutils 2.28 Released, Adds RISC-V Support

Monday 6th of March 2017 04:18:26 PM
Binutils 2.28 is out today as the latest version of this important GNU package...

How Well Modern Linux Games Scale To Multiple CPU Cores

Monday 6th of March 2017 02:30:00 PM
With all the discussions about AMD's Ryzen 7 processors that boast eight cores plus SMT, there has been much discussion in our forums and elsewhere the past few days about how many cores most modern Linux games actually utilize... That plus with looking at how well Ryzen's CPU cores scale, I have carried out some fresh Linux CPU core scaling benchmarks with an Intel Core i7 6800K Broadwell-E to see if most Linux games can end up using 4+ cores right now.

C++17 Is Near, A Look At The New Features

Monday 6th of March 2017 01:34:25 PM
Reports out over the weekend indicate that C++17 is "done" as the next version of the C++ ISO standard...

Zapcc 1.0 Compiler Announced

Monday 6th of March 2017 12:19:08 PM
Several times in the past we have covered Zapcc as an LLVM Clang based compiler focused on very fast compilation speeds. Zapcc 1.0 has been released today...

X.Org XDC2017 Happening From 20 To 22 September

Monday 6th of March 2017 11:15:07 AM
Google and the X.Org Foundation have firmed up the dates for the annual X.Org Developers' Conference...

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Red Hat and Fedora

Android Leftovers

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

  • CoreOS Tectonic Now Installs Kubernetes on OpenStack
    CoreOS and OpenStack have a somewhat intertwined history, which is why it's somewhat surprising it took until today for CoreOS's Tectonic Kubernetes distribution to provide an installer that targets OpenStack cloud deployments.
  • Docker and Core OS plan to donate their container technologies to CNCF
    Containers have become a critical component of modern cloud, and Docker Inc. controls the heart of containers, the container runtime. There has been a growing demand that this critical piece of technology should be under control of a neutral, third party so that the community can invest in it freely.
  • How Blockchain Is Helping China Go Greener
    Blockchain has near-universal applicability as a distributed transaction platform for securely authenticating exchanges of data, goods, and services. IBM and the Beijing-based Energy-Blockchain Labs are even using it to help reduce carbon emissions in air-polluted China.
  • An efficient approach to continuous documentation
  • The peril in counting source lines on an OSS project
    There seems to be a phase that OSS projects go through where as they mature and gain traction. As they do it becomes increasingly important for vendors to point to their contributions to credibly say they are the ‘xyz’ company. Heptio is one such vendor operating in the OSS space, and this isn’t lost on us. :) It helps during a sales cycle to be able to say “we are the a big contributor to this project, look at the percentage of code and PRs we submitted”. While transparency is important as is recognizing the contributions that key vendors, focus on a single metric in isolation (and LoC in particular) creates a perverse incentive structure. Taken to its extreme it becomes detrimental to project health.
  • An Open Source Unicycle Motor
    And something to ponder. The company that sells this electric unicycle could choose to use a motor with open firmware or one with closed firmware. To many consumers, that difference might not be so significant. To this consumer, though, that’s a vital difference. To me, I fully own the product I bought when the firmware is open. I explain to others that they ought to choose that level of full ownership whenever they get a chance. And if they join a local makerspace, they will likely meet others with similar values. If you don’t yet have a makerspace in your community, inquire around to see if anyone is in the process of forming one. Then find ways to offer them support. That’s how we do things in the FOSS community.
  • The A/V guy’s take on PyCon Pune
    “This is crazy!”, that was my reaction at some point in PyCon Pune. This is one of my first conference where I participated in a lot of things starting from the website to audio/video and of course being the speaker. I saw a lot of aspects of how a conference works and where what can go wrong. I met some amazing people, people who impacted my life , people who I will never forget. I received so much of love and affection that I can never express in words. So before writing anything else I want to thank each and everyone of you , “Thank you!”.
  • Azure Service Fabric takes first tentative steps toward open source [Ed: Microsoft Peter is openwashing a patent trap with back doors]
  • Simulate the Internet with Flashback, a New WebDev Test Tool from LinkedIn
  • Mashape Raises $18M for API Gateway Tech
    Casado sees Mashape's Kong API gateway in particular as being a particularly well positioned technology. Kong is an open-source API gateway and microservice management technology.
  • PrismTech to Demonstrate Open Source FACE 2.1 Transport Services Segment (TSS) Reference Implementation at Air Force FACE Technical Interchange Meeting
    PrismTech’s TSS reference implementation is being made available under GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL) v3 open source license terms.
  • How Open-Source Robotics Hardware Is Accelerating Research and Innovation

    The latest issue of the IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine features a special report on open-source robotics hardware and its impact in the field.