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Mesa EGL Extension Needed For Universal Driver Configuration GUI Is Almost Landed

Thursday 24th of January 2019 06:00:00 AM
The MESA_query_driver extension for EGL is of fundamental importance if there is to be a "universal" graphics driver control panel / configuration GUI for Mesa 3D drivers. The extension briefly landed today in Mesa but ended up being reverted due to build problems...

MATE On Debian Becomes Remote Desktop Aware

Thursday 24th of January 2019 05:02:32 AM
Now included in the Debian 10.0 Buster release and pending as part of the upstream MATE desktop environment is support for making it remote desktop aware...

LLVM 8.0-RC1 Tagged Ahead Of Release Next Month

Thursday 24th of January 2019 01:02:18 AM
While LLVM 8.0 embarked on its feature freeze and subsequent code branching last week, tagged today the first release candidate was tagged for this upcoming compiler stack release...

GCC Unlikely To Adopt A "-Weverything" For Exposing All Possible Code Warnings

Wednesday 23rd of January 2019 09:58:58 PM
While the LLVM Clang compiler has a -Weverything switch to enable every possible warning, it's unlikely the GNU Compiler Collection will offer a similar option...

Debian 9.7 Released To Address APT Security Issue

Wednesday 23rd of January 2019 08:27:01 PM
Debian 9.7 is out today as an emergency release for the project...

Dell XPS 13 9380 Developer Edition Now Available, Shipping With Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Wednesday 23rd of January 2019 05:56:03 PM
Dell is now shipping their new XPS 13 8th gen (9380) laptop in a developer edition that comes preloaded with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS...

Microsoft Windows Server Benchmarked Against Six Linux Distributions

Wednesday 23rd of January 2019 04:46:04 PM
While it was not too long ago that Microsoft Windows Server 2019 began shipping and that we conducted some end-of-year benchmarks between Windows and Linux, with being in the process of running a number of Windows and Linux benchmarks as part of our ongoing 10GbE OS performance testing, I also took the opportunity to run some other benchmarks on Windows Server 2016 and 2019 as well as a set of Linux distributions.

GNOME Is Making Great Progress On Overhauling Their App Icons

Wednesday 23rd of January 2019 12:50:00 PM
In addition to the many big ticket changes being worked on for GNOME 3.32 like better performance and Wayland improvements, it also marks the project embarking on a big overhaul of their application icons...

Allwinner Continues Work On Linux Patches To Dump Kernel Errors To Block Devices

Wednesday 23rd of January 2019 12:03:36 PM
While Allwinner Technology isn't known as one of the most gracious contributors to the Linux kernel, their continued work on the "pstore_block" kernel patches will be of interest to many especially in the ARM/embedded space and just not for those using Allwinner SoCs...

The-Forge Taking Open-Source TressFX Further With Vulkan, Other Framework Improvements

Wednesday 23rd of January 2019 11:17:08 AM
TressFX, the library backed by AMD GPUOpen for advanced hair/fur/grass rendering and used by games like Tomb Raider, is seeing some improvements with its inclusion in The-Forge rendering framework...

The LLVM Codebase Is Moving Past C++11 This Year, Likely To C++14

Wednesday 23rd of January 2019 11:00:00 AM
As was discussed in 2018 and has largely reached consensus, the LLVM code-base and its sub-projects like Clang will move past being bound by C++11 and will moving to a newer C++ standard so they can begin making use of newer language features in the development of this compiler stack...

Freedreno Lands An A2xx NIR Backend, Other Improvements For Mesa 19.0

Wednesday 23rd of January 2019 10:26:35 AM
While we are most often focused on the Radeon and Intel drivers within Mesa as being the most commonly used Mesa-based drivers on Linux systems, Freedreno and friends have also been seeing some nice improvements for Mesa 19.0 with its feature freeze quickly coming upon us...

AMDGPU DC Code Improvements Bring Better Page-Flipping

Wednesday 23rd of January 2019 05:49:19 AM
The once notorious AMDGPU "DC" code (formerly known as DAL) saw a fresh round of patches on Tuesday further improving this display stack shared between the Windows and Linux drivers for advanced functionality from FreeSync to HDMI/DP audio and much more...

Open-Source Linux Driver Published For Habana Labs' "Goya" AI Processor

Wednesday 23rd of January 2019 12:36:43 AM
Habana Labs is one of the companies working on an "AI" processor for speeding up deep learning inference and training workloads. Their initial product is the Goya processor that is already production-qualified. Today they published initial open-source Linux kernel driver patches for review to potentially include in the mainline kernel moving forward...

Wine 4.0 Officially Released With Vulkan Support, Initial Direct3D 12 & Better HiDPI

Tuesday 22nd of January 2019 09:46:33 PM
Wine 4.0 is now officially available as the new annual stable release to Wine for running Windows programs and games on Linux and other operating systems...

Libdrm 2.4.97 Released With AMDGPU Updates, Other Minor Work

Tuesday 22nd of January 2019 09:25:43 PM
Libdrm 2.4.97 was released today by AMD's Marek Olšák as the newest version of this Mesa DRM library. The main feature of this list is a newer, faster buffer object list API for the AMDGPU code...

Intel Is Working On A Vulkan Overlay Layer, Inspired By Gallium3D HUD

Tuesday 22nd of January 2019 07:55:01 PM
Aside from some out-of-tree experiments last year by one of Valve's developers on a RADV Vulkan HUD of similar nature to the popular Gallium HUD option, it turns out an Intel developer has recently been working on a Vulkan overlay layer to provide "Gallium HUD" inspired information...

Intel Lands Transform Feedback Support In Their Vulkan Driver For Mesa 19.0

Tuesday 22nd of January 2019 05:02:53 PM
Ahead of the Mesa 19.0 feature freeze coming up at month's end for this next quarterly feature release, Intel's open-source developers today merged support for the VK_EXT_transform_feedback extension that is important for Linux gamers with DXVK for mapping Direct3D 11 atop Vulkan and similar graphics API translation libraries...

UK Linux Vendor Star Labs Systems Supporting LVFS+Fwupd For Firmware Updates

Tuesday 22nd of January 2019 03:12:40 PM
Boutique Linux PC vendor Star Labs Systems out of the United Kingdom is the latest hardware vendor seeing their products supported by the Linux Vendor Firmware System (LVFS) with Fwupd for handling firmware updates...

Ubuntu Core 18 Released By Canonical For IoT/Embedded With 10 Year Support Strategy

Tuesday 22nd of January 2019 02:19:43 PM
Canonical this morning announced Ubuntu Core 18, its operating system based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and destined for IoT and embedded appliances and other low-power devices...

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    DICOM stands for Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine and it is the international open image format for handling, storing, printing, and transmitting information in medical images. Medical images are used in the identification and examination of physical injuries and diseases via procedures like Xrays, CT scans, etc. This article lists the best free Linux applications used for processing images generated by DICOM devices.
  • gotop: Graphical System Monitor For The Command Line
    gotop is a terminal-based (TUI) system monitor for Linux and macOS. The software is inspired by gtop and vtop, but while these 2 utilities use Node.js, gotop is written in Go. The command line tool supports mouse clicking and scrolling, comes with vi-keys, and it displays the CPU, memory and network usage history using colored graphs, while also displaying their current values. gotop also shows the disk usage, temperatures and a top process list, which includes CPU and memory usage.
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Netrunner's Unique Blackbird Soars to New Heights

Blackbird, Netrunner's version 19.01 release, hit the download servers on Jan. 14, and this distro deserves to be considered bleeding-edge. Netrunner is a step ahead of other KDE distros, thanks to its solid integration of classic KDE desktop performance with Web-based applications and cloud services. That said, if you aren't fondness of the K Desktop, Netrunner may leave you wanting more desktop simplicity. For that you must look elsewhere. KDE is the only desktop available from the Germany-based Blue Systems development team. Blackbird is based on Debian's "Testing" branch. Its developer brings some aggressive updates to the distro that propel it ahead of other distros' regular development cycles. The main updates include KDE Plasma 5.14.3, KDE Frameworks 5.51, KDE Applications 18.08 and Qt 5.11.3 for its essential security updates. Linux Kernel 4.19, Firefox Quantum 64.0 and Thunderbird 60.3 push the envelope as well. One of the more noticeable new features in Blackbird is its new Netrunner Black theme. This theme is based on a dark-toned contrasting visual. It uses the Kvantum theme engine, plus the Alpha-Black Plasma theme, to produce a more 3D-looking design. Read more

Mozilla Masking 'Content', ffsend and New Accountant or Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

  • Mozilla Open Policy & Advocacy Blog: Brussels Mozilla Mornings – Disinformation and online advertising: an unhealthy relationship?
    On the morning of 19 February, Mozilla will host the second of our Mozilla Mornings series – regular breakfast meetings where we bring together policy experts, policymakers and practitioners for insight and discussion on the latest EU digital policy developments. This session will be devoted to disinformation and online advertising. Our expert panel will seek to unpack the relation between the two and explore policy solutions to ensure a healthy online advertising ecosystem.
  • ffsend – Easily And Securely Share Files From Linux Command Line Using Firefox Send Client
    Linux users were preferred to go with scp or rsync for files or folders copy. However, so many new options are coming to Linux because it’s a opensource. Anyone can develop a secure software for Linux. We had written multiple articles in our site in the past about this topic. Even, today we are going to discuss the same kind of topic called ffsend.
  • Welcome Roxi Wen, our incoming Chief Financial Officer
    I am excited to announce that Roxi Wen is joining Mozilla Corporation as our Chief Financial Officer (CFO) next month. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of the non-profit Mozilla Foundation, the Mozilla Corporation, with over 1,000 full-time employees worldwide, creates products, advances public policy and explores new technology that give people more control over their lives online, and shapes the future of the global internet platform for the public good. As our CFO Roxi will become a key member of our senior executive team with responsibility for leading financial operations and strategy as we scale our mission impact with new and existing products, technology and business models to better serve our users and advance our agenda for a healthier internet.

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