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Vulkan CTS 1.1.1 Adds 26,272 New Test Cases

Monday 9th of April 2018 08:21:04 PM
The Vulkan CTS as the conformance test suite for ensuring drivers are properly and fully implementing the Vulkan graphics and compute API continues getting even more in-depth and attempts to cover as many corner-cases as possible...

Wayland 1.15 & Weston 4.0 Officially Released

Monday 9th of April 2018 06:29:45 PM
Today marks the long-awaited debut of Wayland 1.15 and the Weston 4.0 reference compositor...

AMD Posts VP9 VA-API Video Acceleration For Gallium3D

Monday 9th of April 2018 05:28:16 PM
Hitting the Mesa mailing list today from AMD developers are a set of twenty-two patches providing VP9 video acceleration support via the Gallium3D VA-API state tracker...

KVM Updates For Linux 4.17 Bring VirtIO GPU Prep For S390, AMD Improvements

Monday 9th of April 2018 05:15:41 PM
The latest feature pull request for the Linux 4.17 kernel are the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) virtualization updates...

Mir Wayland Cut/Copy/Paste Support Being Worked On

Monday 9th of April 2018 05:00:39 PM
When it comes to Mir acting as a Wayland compositor, feature support continues to be extended for making this a more viable offering for those looking to have full Wayland support...

VK_AMD_shader_core_properties Now Supported By RADV

Monday 9th of April 2018 01:09:16 PM
Thanks to Samuel Pitoiset of Valve's Linux driver team, the RADV open-source Radeon Vulkan driver supports the new VK_AMD_shader_core_properties extension...

Making Use Of Intel vGPU Support On Linux 4.16 & QEMU 2.12

Monday 9th of April 2018 12:55:42 PM
As of the Linux 4.16 kernel that was released one week ago, the kernel-side bits are in place for Intel Virtual GPU support and in user-space the upcoming QEMU 2.12 has the necessary code for the GTK and SPICE code-paths...

phpMyAdmin 4.8 Brings Mobile Interface, 2FA & More

Monday 9th of April 2018 12:05:43 PM
Over the weekend marked the release of phpMyAdmin 4.8.0 as the latest major update to this widely-used MySQL web-based administration interface...

Ubuntu Developer Floats The Idea Of "Test Weeks" To Replace Early Alpha/Beta Releases

Monday 9th of April 2018 10:48:30 AM
Prominent Ubuntu community developer Simon Quigley has sparked a discussion about Ubuntu's release milestones and the possibility of moving away with their alpha and beta one milestones moving forward...

Rise of the Tomb Raider Coming To Linux This Month

Monday 9th of April 2018 10:07:23 AM
Feral Interactive has just confirmed that Rise of the Tomb Raider for Linux will be released this month...

Libinput 1.10.4 Makes Touchpads A Bit Snappier

Monday 9th of April 2018 10:00:38 AM
Libinput 1.10.14 is now available and while it's just a point release, there is at least one change sure to catch your attention...

Etnaviv Performance Counter Support Merged Into Mesa 18.1

Monday 9th of April 2018 12:29:55 AM
Landing in Linux 4.15 was performance counters support in the Etnaviv DRM driver as the low-level bits for exposing the hardware counters with this reverse-engineered, open-source Vivante graphics driver. The user-space/Mesa side code has now landed too...

Intel Optane 800p SSD 118GB

Sunday 8th of April 2018 06:40:00 PM
Last month Intel launched the Optane SSD 800P series as a step below the ultra-fast Optane 900P solid-state drives but still a big step ahead of other SSD options like the Intel 760p series. Here are our first Linux performance benchmarks of the Optane 800p series with testing the 118GB SSDPEK1W120GA 800p SSD on Ubuntu.

Linux 4.16 Reaches Its First Point Release With Over 30 Fixes

Sunday 8th of April 2018 06:24:17 PM
Greg Kroah-Hartman today released the first stable point update to the Linux 4.16 kernel that debuted one week ago...

The Big Changes Merged This Week For The Linux 4.17 Kernel

Sunday 8th of April 2018 11:30:23 AM
We are now through the first week of the two week long Linux 4.17 kernel merge window process for introducing the new features/functionality to this next big kernel release...

HandBrake 1.1 Open-Source Video Transcoder Released

Sunday 8th of April 2018 10:24:38 AM
For fans of the HandBrake open-source, cross-platform video transcoder software, a big post-1.0 update is now available...

FreeCAD 0.17 Released With Various Workbench Improvements

Sunday 8th of April 2018 10:12:00 AM
For fans of the FreeCAD open-source 3D CAD modeling software, a new major release is now available -- the first update in almost two years...

Sway 1.0 Reaches Alpha For This Popular Wayland Compositor

Sunday 8th of April 2018 12:05:35 AM
The Sway Wayland Compositor that is known for its compatibility and inspiration from the i3 tiling window manager is nearly out with its version 1.0 release...

POWER Updates For Linux 4.17 Drop POWER4 CPU Support

Saturday 7th of April 2018 08:04:28 PM
In addition to Linux 4.17 dropping eight obsolete CPU architectures, this next kernel release is also doing away with POWER4 CPU support...

AMD Ryzen 7 Performance On Windows 10, Windows Server 2016, Six Linux Distributions

Saturday 7th of April 2018 03:30:00 PM
Our latest Windows vs. Linux benchmarking interest has been seeing how the AMD Ryzen 7 performance compares with the latest operating systems / Linux distributions. We have recently posted some Windows 10 vs. Windows WSL vs. Windows Linux benchmarks, relative Spectre/Meltdown mitigation impact tests on Windows vs. Linux, and other benchmarks but has mostly been done with Intel or server hardware. For those curious, today's tests were done with an AMD Ryzen 7 1700 platform.

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Ubuntu: Ubuntu 18.04 Install and First Look, Canonical and Trilio Deal, Ubuntu Server Development and Shuttleworth's Controversy

  • Ubuntu 18.04 Install and First Look
    The long anticipated Ubuntu 18.04 “Bionic Beaver” Long Term Support (LTS) release has arrived… Let’s install it and take a look around.
  • Canonical Managed Cloud adds data protection and recovery with Trilio
    Canonical and Trilio announced today a partnership agreement to deliver TrilioVault backup and recovery solutions as part of BootStack, Canonical’s fully managed OpenStack private cloud solution. TrilioVault will also be made available as an option to Ubuntu Advantage support customers. As a result, users already taking advantage of the Ubuntu platform for their OpenStack deployment now have seamless access to the only OpenStack-native data protection solution on the market. Together, the two companies are pushing the boundaries of enterprise OpenStack clouds to become increasingly easier to build, simpler to manage, and more reliable in the event of a disaster.
  • Ubuntu Server development summary – 22 May 2018
  • Ubuntu's Shuttleworth Creates Controversy with OpenStack Summit Vancouver Keynote
    The OpenStack Foundation is facing a bit of drama and controversy as it deals with issues related to a keynote delivered by Ubuntu Linux founder, Mark Shuttleworth at the OpenStack Summit here on May 21. Typically the OpenStack Foundation posts videos of all its session online within 24 hours, but with the Shuttleworth keynote, the video was apparently posted and then promptly removed. During his keynote, Shuttleworth took direct aim at his OpenStack competitor Red Hat, which apparently made some people in the OpenStack Summit community uncomfortable.

Offline Computing – 10 Apps for the Digital Nomad

In today’s always-connected, constantly-inturrupted world, it can often be rewarding to go offline. Disconnecting from the Internet doesn’t mean you have to buy a yurt, live on beans, and get no work done though! While there’s a ton of great apps in the Snap store which rely on a connection to function, there’s also a lot you can do offline. So whether you’re taking a trip that doesn’t offer (reasonably priced) in-flight wifi, or want to live life the digital nomad style, we’ve got some apps for you! These all work offline, so once installed you can work, study & play without a connection. Read more Also: Linux Release Roundup: GNOME Twitch, Shotwell & GIMP

Finally: Historic Eudora email code goes open source

The source code to the Eudora email client is being released by the Computer History Museum, after five years of discussion with the IP owner, Qualcomm. The Mac software was well loved by early internet adopters and power users, with versions appearing for Palm, Newton and Windows. At one time, the brand was so synonymous with email that Lycos used Eudora to brand its own webmail service. As the Mountain View, California museum has noted, "It’s hard to overstate Eudora’s popularity in the mid-1990s." Read more Also: The Computer History Museum Just Made Eudora Open Source