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Linux Hardware/Software Enthusiast Trends Over The Past Year

Thursday 28th of January 2016 06:44:50 PM
With the new OpenBenchmarking.org that's coming soon, besides the UI refresh, restored search functionality, and other improvements, the statistics access has also been re-enabled...

FreeBSD-Powered Firewall Distro OPNsense 16.1 Released

Thursday 28th of January 2016 05:40:14 PM
OPNsense, the open-source firewall project powered by FreeBSD that began as a fork of pfSense, is out with a new release...

The Jolla Tablet Is Dead, But Refunds Could Take A While

Thursday 28th of January 2016 04:57:51 PM
Jolla published a blog post today entitled "Jolla Tablet: Aiming for Closure" and it doesn't deliver much in the way of good news...

Medieval II: Total War On Linux, Plays Fine With RadeonSI

Thursday 28th of January 2016 04:00:00 PM
Debuting in 2006, Medieval II: Total War, and its Kingdoms expansion, were the final Total War game to use the second version of the Total War Engine. It is also, arguably, the last game in a generation for the series. The follow-up to this game was Empire: Total War (also available on Linux), which changed the game engine, user-interface, as well as several of the gameplay mechanics-- such as adding naval battles.

Plasma 5.5.3 & KDE Frameworks 5.18 Backported To Kubuntu 15.10

Thursday 28th of January 2016 01:53:14 PM
For KDE Ubuntu users wanting to run the latest upstream KDE software components without switching over to the 16.04 "Xenial Xerus" development repository, backports of the new packages have taken place for Kubuntu 15.10...

Intel Xeon E3-1270 v5 Skylake Linux Benchmarks

Thursday 28th of January 2016 01:44:32 PM
Our latest Intel Skylake processor to benchmark is a Xeon E3-1270 v5 processor that boasts a boost speed of 4.0GHz...

PC-BSD / FreeBSD 11.0-CURRENT Performance

Thursday 28th of January 2016 01:00:00 PM
Last week I had plans to run some fresh FreeBSD vs. Linux gaming benchmarks using the FreeBSD's Linux software binary compatibility layer...

Forcing The R9 Fury's Performance State For Better AMDGPU Performance?

Thursday 28th of January 2016 12:26:39 PM
With yesterday's Linux 4.5 AMDGPU/Radeon vs. Catalyst OpenGL Performance testing, the loser was the R9 Fury "Fiji" graphics card on the AMDGPU open-source driver with the performance still being miserable. Even with PowerPlay enabled on Linux 4.5, the performance was still poor. But if forcing to a high performance state via sysfs, is the performance any better?..

Libinput 1.2 Is Focused On Graphics Tablet Support

Thursday 28th of January 2016 12:04:56 PM
The libinput 1.2 release candidate was released this morning as the newest development version of this input handling library used primarily by Wayland systems and now as well with Ubuntu's Mir and then X.Org when using the xf86-input-libinput driver...

First Release Candidate Arrives For Go 1.6

Thursday 28th of January 2016 03:39:54 AM
The first release candidate is now available for the Go 1.6 programming language...

Source Engine Powered Black Mesa Is Being Ported To Linux

Thursday 28th of January 2016 03:33:33 AM
The Black Mesa third-party remake of Half-Life is confirmed for being ported to Linux...

More Vulkan Talks Are Lined Up For GDC 2016

Wednesday 27th of January 2016 11:50:16 PM
We are just over one month away until GDC 2016 kicks off in San Francisco where there will be many Vulkan API talks by different Khronos members...

Oracle Is Deprecating The Java Web-Browser Plugin With Java 9

Wednesday 27th of January 2016 11:34:56 PM
For anyone still relying upon Java web-plugins in their browser, they are going to be deprecated with the upcoming Java 9...

A New Test Release For Android-x86 6.0

Wednesday 27th of January 2016 07:39:19 PM
A new test release of Android-x86 6.0-Marshmallow is now available for those wanting to deploy the latest version of Android on their Intel/AMD hardware...

Intel Gets Called Out Again For Their M.I.A. 3.0 X.Org Driver

Wednesday 27th of January 2016 07:30:32 PM
The xf86-video-intel 3.0 DDX driver has been in development the past two and a half years without seeing an official release...

VESA Announces DSC 1.2 Compression Standard

Wednesday 27th of January 2016 07:07:45 PM
The Video Electronics Standards Association announced Display Stream Compression 1.2 today as the newest DSC standard...

Linux 4.5 AMDGPU/Radeon vs. Catalyst OpenGL Performance

Wednesday 27th of January 2016 03:29:11 PM
With the first test release out this week for the Linux 4.5 kernel I have carried out some fresh benchmarks on different AMD Radeon graphics cards for comparing the very latest open-source driver performance against that of the proprietary AMD Linux driver. Here are how the competing AMD OpenGL Linux stacks are comparing to one another for starting off 2016.

Ubuntu Phone OTA-9 Makes Available New Features, Finally Has Custom Ringtones

Wednesday 27th of January 2016 01:19:33 PM
Ubuntu Phone OTA-9 has begun rolling out to owners of Ubuntu Phones. This is yet another big feature update but plenty of bug fixing...

GNU Binutils 2.26: Linker Gets Experimental Garbage Collection, LLVM Plugin Support

Wednesday 27th of January 2016 01:00:01 PM
GNU Binutils 2.26 has been released as the first major release in more than one year since Binutils 2.25...

Intel Releases New Versions Of KVMGT & XenGT

Wednesday 27th of January 2016 12:03:52 PM
Intel has released their first new versions of XenGT and KVMGT for 2016 for GPU virtualization solutions for Xen and KVM, respectively...

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today's leftovers

  • Hyperledger gains 11 major finance players in blockchain initiative
  • Intel Begins Landing Apollolake Support Within Coreboot
    Intel engineers have begun landing support for the next-gen "Apollolake" SoC within Coreboot and support for the initial development board. Apollolake (Apollo Lake) is Intel's 14nm SoC for low-cost PC/notebooks, and surely Chromebooks. Apollolake uses the Goldmont CPU core and Skylake Gen9 derived graphics. Apollolake is the successor to Braswell. Apollo Lake systems will be available later in 2016.
  • Russian Government Planning To Replace All Of Its Windows Computers With Linux
    The Russian government is planning to replace all of its Windows-powered computers with some Linux distribution. The government has justified this decision by stating that American technology companies like Google and Microsoft need to pay more taxes.
  • Russia Going To GNU/Linux Late Rather Than Never
    Back in 2010, Putin put into (slow)motion a move to GNU/Linux. There were several projects but nothing concrete and system-wide. Finally, in 2016, thanks to the price of oil, sanctions and global politics, the time is ripe.
  • The Age of Docker is Upon Us
    With Container Summit going on in New York this week, there is a lot of news related to Docker, Kubernetes and various container technology star players. Datawise announced that it has made some key contirubtions to advance Kubernetes, a tool Google developed and used to make containerization more useful by making it possible to manage containerized applications.
  • Handheld Emulation: Achievement Unlocked!
    I love video game emulation. My favorite games were produced in the 1980s and 1990s, so if I want to play them, I almost always have to emulate the old systems. There is usually a legal concern about ROM files for games, even if you own the original cartridges, so I'm not going to tell you where to find ROMs to download or anything like that. What I am going to share is my recent discovery of the perfect handheld gaming system. Oddly enough, it was never intended to be an emulator.
  • GNOME 3.20's Feature Freeze Is Next Week
    Next week marks GNOME 3.20's feature freeze followed by the GNOME 3.20 (v3.19.90) beta release. The GNOME Release Team sent out a reminder that next week marks the API/ABI, UI, and feature freezes along with the start of release note writing and the GNOME 3.20 beta release.
  • SUSE and business open source specialist it-novum collaborate to expand Ceph platform’s Storage Management
    Powered by Ceph, SUSE Enterprise Storage is a self-managing, self-healing, distributed software-based storage solution for enterprise customers. The collaboration between it-novum and SUSE will bring centralized management of file, block and object storage via openATTIC's single graphical user interface to future releases of SUSE Enterprise Storage.
  • App: Download Manager for Samsung Z1 / Z3 is Available in Tizen Store
    Download Manager for Tizen Smartphones, namely the Samsung Z1 and Z3, is a powerful download speed booster and an advanced download manager combined into one. A must-have app for the power user that wants to download files off the Internet in a fast and efficient manner.

Red Hat News

Leftovers: OSS

  • India Asks Tech Companies To Use Open Source Technologies For Connectivity
    A day after taking a tough stand on Facebook’s Free Basics and banning it from India, TRAI (Telecom Regulator Authority of India) has also given a cue to the tech giants like Facebook and Google over the use of open source software. TRAI has hinted to these companies that their connectivity framework would only be accepted in India if they followed an open source approach. [...] Ram Sewak Sharma, who is the current chairman of TRAI, has clearly put a stress on using open source technology over a company specific product in making the internet reach to the remote areas. In a recent summit hosted by the Internet and Mobile Association of India, he said, "I don’t like to comment on a specific product. But India has adopted an open source policy and open API [application program interface] policy. The whole objective is that there should not be a situation of a vendor lock-in."
  • Bluehost Develops Open Source Script To Update Two Million WordPress Sites
    The cloud-based solutions provider's custom script reduced WordPress-related technical issues by 18 percent.
  • What's New in February '16 in Open Source CMS
    By any measure, WordPress is the most popular content management system on the planet. But that distinction also makes it especially popular with hackers and attackers. Early this month Menifee, Calif.-based security company Sucuri reported a spike in WordPress infections, with a large number of sites getting injected with the same malicious scripts. Sucuri called it "a massive admedia/adverting iframe infection" characterized by the injection of encrypted code at the end of all legitimate .js files.
  • Dive into Apache Hadoop open source technology
    On this week’s NFV/SDN Reality Check, we look at some top news items from across the space as well as speak with Cloudera on CSPs adopting Apache Hadoop open source technology
  • Vote for Presentations - OpenStack Summit Austin 2016
    The first OpenStack Summit this year will take place in Austin (TX, US) from April 25-29, 2016. The "Call for Speakers" period ended some days ago and now the community voting for presentation started and will end 17th February, 11:59 PST (18th February 7:59 UTC / 08:59 CEST).
  • Liberty Eiffel wrapper for IUP toolkit
    Since a couple of months ago I’m working in a Liberty Eiffel wrapper to the IUP toolkit. IUP is a multi-platform toolkit for building graphical user interfaces. This is still under development, but I think the current state is enough to start playing with it. Here some screen shots: