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Linux 4.10's ath9k Driver Should Have Lower Latency & Less Bufferbloat

Thursday 5th of January 2017 01:27:20 AM
As part of the ongoing battle with bufferbloat are some improvements to the ath9k WiFi driver with the Linux 4.10 kernel...

Intel DRM Driver Patches For Render Decompression On Skylake+

Thursday 5th of January 2017 12:07:46 AM
The latest development patches up for testing on Intel's DRM kernel driver is for supporting render decompression on the display engine of Skylake hardware and newer...

GNOME's SVG Rendering Library Migrating To Rust

Wednesday 4th of January 2017 09:33:08 PM
The librsvg library for SVG rendering is up to version 2.41.0 and with this milestone it's their first release to port some code to Rust while maintaining the same public API...

HDMI 2.1 Announced: Looking Ahead To Dynamic HDR, 8K@60Hz, Variable Refresh Rate

Wednesday 4th of January 2017 07:00:00 PM
The HDMI Forum announced from CES today the upcoming release of the HDMI 2.1 specification...

Google Develops Experimental Python Runtime In Golang

Wednesday 4th of January 2017 05:39:59 PM
Google's open-source team today announced Grumpy, a Python runtime written in the Go programming language...

A New Proposal For Supporting DRM Linux Drivers In User-Space

Wednesday 4th of January 2017 05:15:11 PM
The discussion has come up before about supporting Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) drivers in user-space rather than having to be tied within the Linux kernel while that outlook was reignited today with a new patch series wiring in said support...

GNU Sed 4.3: 10x Faster Regular Expressions, Faster I/O

Wednesday 4th of January 2017 02:45:38 PM
For those making use of GNU's Stream Editor, Sed, for non-interactive command-line text editing there is a new release available...

GTK's Vulkan Renderer Now Working On Wayland

Wednesday 4th of January 2017 02:32:02 PM
The GTK toolkit's Vulkan renderer continues making quick progress...

Clear Linux Tests Data Compression Options

Wednesday 4th of January 2017 01:26:08 PM
Fitting nicely into the related discussion of Should Tarballs Be On Their Way Out The Door In 2017?, Intel developer Arjan Van De Ven of the Clear Linux project has compared various data compression options...

KSM: A Hackable x86_64 Hypervisor For Linux/Windows

Wednesday 4th of January 2017 01:19:09 PM
Being announced today on the kernel mailing list is the KSM hypervisor, what's self-described as "a hackable x86-64 hypervisor."..

The FreeBSD 64-bit Base System Can Now Be Linked Using LLD

Wednesday 4th of January 2017 12:40:19 PM
LLVM's LLD linker has been making a lot of progress over the past year and now it's hit the milestone of being able to link the entire FreeBSD/amd64 base system...

Inkscape 0.92 Released As A Big Update For This Vector Drawing Program

Wednesday 4th of January 2017 12:34:18 PM
It's been about one year since the last Inkscape release while now available is version 0.92 as a relatively big update to this open-source vector drawing program...

Steam's Linux Efforts Were Influential To Microsoft, Other Companies

Wednesday 4th of January 2017 12:14:07 PM
Just days after writing about how Valve's Steam Linux project was the hardest one veteran game developer had ever worked on, Rich Geldreich has begun blogging some more of the back-stories to the Linux project at Valve...

AMDGPU vs. Radeon GCN 1.0/1.1 Benchmarks With Linux 4.10

Wednesday 4th of January 2017 01:10:00 AM
With the Linux 4.10 kernel there remains experimental Kconfig switches for being able to build the Linux kernel with GCN 1.0 "Southern Islands" and GCN 1.1 "Sea Islands" support in the newer AMDGPU DRM driver rather than the mature Radeon DRM driver. For your viewing pleasure today are benchmarks of a few GCN 1.0/1.1 GPUs when testing the Linux 4.10 Git kernel with Radeon DRM and then the experimental AMDGPU DRM driver while both kernel drivers were tested in conjunction with the same Mesa 13.1-dev snapshot as of this week.

Jamey Sharp On Whether You Should Translate Your Code To Rust

Wednesday 4th of January 2017 12:29:46 AM
Often times whenever mentioning a new security vulnerability in any piece of open-source/Linux software, it generally gets brought up in our forums "they should write that software in Rust" or similar comments about how XYZ project should see a rewrite in Rust for its memory-safety features. But is it really worthwhile porting your codebase to Rust?..

Lumina 1.2 Desktop Environment Released

Tuesday 3rd of January 2017 10:59:34 PM
A new release of Lumina is now available to ring in 2017, the BSD-first Qt-powered open-source desktop environment...

Marek Publishes RadeonSI Patches To Help Witcher 2 On Linux

Tuesday 3rd of January 2017 07:52:01 PM
In addition to working on sharply improving the performance of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided when using the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver, Marek Olšák has published some patches for improving The Witcher 2 with the open-source AMD driver stack...

Musl 1.1.16 Released, Fixes CVE Integer Overflow, s390x Support

Tuesday 3rd of January 2017 06:30:11 PM
A new version of the musl libc standard library is available for those interested in this lightweight alternative to glibc and others...

Intel Rolls Out Kaby Lake Desktop CPUs, Linux Results Later

Tuesday 3rd of January 2017 05:13:19 PM
Today Intel officially unveiled their 7th Generation "Kaby Lake" desktop CPU line-up at CES...

Radeon FreeSync 2 Rolled Out With HDR & More

Tuesday 3rd of January 2017 02:26:12 PM
It was only last month that FreeSync support came to Linux via the hybrid AMDGPU-PRO driver while the open-source FreeSync support for AMDGPU atop DAL/DC has yet to be published. But today the Radeon Technologies Group is already rolling out FreeSync 2...

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  • Open-source oriented RISELab emerges at UC Berkeley to make apps smarter & more secure
    UC Berkeley on Monday launched a five-year research collaborative dubbed RISELab that will focus on enabling apps and machines that can interact with the environment around them securely and in real-time. The RISELab (Real-time Intelligence with Secure Execution) is backed by a slew of big name tech and financial firms: Amazon Web Services, Ant Financial, Capital One, Ericsson, GE Digital, Google, Huawei, Intel, IBM, Microsoft and VMWare.
  • Telecom organizations boosting support for open source
    Organizational support for open source initiatives is easing the integration of platforms into the telecom world. One key challenge for growing the support of open source into the telecommunications space is through various organizations that are looking to either bolster the use of open source or build platforms based on open source specifications. These efforts are seen as beneficial to operators and vendors looking to take advantage of open source platforms.
  • Google's Draco: Another Open Source Tool That Can Boost Virtual Reality Apps
    With 2017 ramping up, there is no doubt that cloud computing and Big Data analytics would probably come to mind if you had to consider the hot technology categories that will spread out this year. However, Google is on an absolute tear as it open sources a series of 3D graphics and virtual reality toolsets. Last week, we covered the arrival of Google's Tilt Brush apps and virtual reality toolsets. Now, Google has delivered a set of open source libraries that boost the storage and transmission of 3D graphics, which can help deliver more detailed 3D apps. "Draco" is an open source compression library, and here are more details.
  • Unpicking the community leader
    Today is Community Manager Appreciation Day. Now, I have to admit, I don't usually partake in the day all that much. The skeptic in me thinks doing so could be a little self-indulgent and the optimist thinks that we should appreciate great community leaders every day, not merely one day a year. Regardless, in respect of the occasion, I want to delve a little into why I think this work is so important, particularly in the way it empowers people from all walks of life. In 2006 I joined Canonical as the Ubuntu Community Manager. A few months into my new role I got an email from a kid based in Africa. He shared with me that he loved Ubuntu and the traditional African philosophy of Ubuntu, which translated to "humanity towards others," and this made his interest in the nascent Linux operating system particularly meaningful.
  • Open Source Mahara Opens Moodle Further Into Social Learning
    Designers, managers and other professionals are fond of Open Source, digital portfolio solution Mahara. Even students are incorporating their progress on specific competency frameworks, to show learning evidence. Mahara and Moodle have a long and durable relationship spanning years, ―so much so that the internet has nicknamed the super couple as “Mahoodle“―. A recent post on Moodlerooms’ E-Learn Magazine documents the fruitful partnership as it adds value to New Zealander Catalyst IT’s offerings.
  • U.S. policy on open source software carries IP risks [Ed: Latest FUD from law firm against Free software as if proprietary software is risk-free licensing-wise?]

Openwashing and EEE

Q&A with Arpit Joshipura, Head of Networking for The Linux Foundation

Arpit Joshipura became the Linux Foundation’s new general manager for networking and orchestration in December 2016. He’s tasked with a pretty tall order. He needs to harmonize all the different Linux Foundation open source groups that are working on aspects of network virtualization. Joshipura may be the right person for the job as his 30 years of experience is broad — ranging from engineering, to management, to chief marketing officer (CMO) roles. Most recently he was VP of marketing with Prevoty, an application security company. Prior to that he served as VP of marketing at Dell after the company acquired Force10 Networks, where he had been CMO. Read more