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61 New Patches Allow OpenGL 4.5 For Radeon RX Vega

5 hours 16 min ago
Initial support for Radeon RX Vega support in Mesa landed for Mesa 17.1 at the end of March. However, this initial support was limited to OpenGL 3.1 while now patches have come to take Vega up to OpenGL 4.5...

LLVM Still Working Towards Apache 2.0 Relicensing

5 hours 24 min ago
LLVM developers have been wanting to move from their 3-clause BSD-like "LLVM license" to the Apache 2.0 license with exceptions. It's been a while since last hearing about the effort while now a third round of request for comments was issued...

MPV 0.25 Media Player Released With Numerous Changes

5 hours 45 min ago
For fans of MPV as the media player forked from MPlayer/MPlayer2, a new release was tagged this weekend...

GCC 6 Becoming Auxiliary Compiler In OpenIndiana

5 hours 47 min ago
While GCC 7 is being released in the days ahead, the OpenIndiana crew continuing to advance the open-source Solaris stack has begun offering GCC 6 as an auxiliary/supplementary compiler...

OpenLara: Open-Source Engine Remake For Tomb Raider, Including WebGL Version

6 hours 3 min ago
OpenLara is an open-source effort to have a engine re-implementation of the classic Tomb Raider game...

Linux 4.11 Pushed Back: 4.11-rc8 Released

Monday 24th of April 2017 12:22:28 AM
While last week Linus Torvalds was looking at releasing Linux 4.11 this weekend, Linux 4.11-rc8 instead was issued today...

Arch-Based arkOS Linux Being Discontinued

Sunday 23rd of April 2017 06:18:24 PM
arkOS, the Arch-based Linux distribution focused on "securely self-hosting your online life" with aims to make it easy to deploy servers for web-based services, is being discontinued...

Compute Shader Patches For Nouveau Pascal

Sunday 23rd of April 2017 03:30:42 PM
Patches posted today for Nouveau NVC0, the open-source NVIDIA driver for modern GeForce GPUs, implement OpenGL compute shader support for Pascal hardware...

Linux 4.11 File-System Tests: EXT4, F2FS, XFS & Btrfs

Sunday 23rd of April 2017 01:00:00 PM
With the Linux 4.11 kernel potentially being released as soon as today, here are some fresh benchmarks of Btrfs / EXT4 / F2FS / XFS on a solid-state drive and comparing the performance of 4.11 Git back to Linux 4.9 and 4.10.

Btrfs Getting RAID 5/6 Fixes In Linux 4.12 Kernel

Sunday 23rd of April 2017 11:34:16 AM
Not only is the BFQ I/O scheduler coming for mainline Linux 4.12 but there are also some more fixes to Btrfs for improving the file-system's native handling of RAID5 and RAID6 modes...

Direct3D 9 Over Vulkan Continues Progressing

Sunday 23rd of April 2017 11:14:17 AM
It's been a while since hearing anything of the VK9 project: the effort largely by one developer to implement Direct3D 9 over the Vulkan graphics API...

openSUSE Leap 15 Will Succeed 42.3

Saturday 22nd of April 2017 06:37:44 PM
What comes after openSUSE Leap 42.3 for SUSE's community non-rolling distribution? Version 15...

Debian Developers Make Progress With RISC-V Port

Saturday 22nd of April 2017 06:24:35 PM
Debian developers continue making progress with a -- currently unofficial -- port of their Linux operating system to RISC-V...

NetGear Nighthawk X10 As A High-End Home Router

Saturday 22nd of April 2017 04:00:00 PM
The past number of weeks I've been able to test the Nighthawk X10 router as my main home/office router and it's been working out great. This router is powered by a 1.7GHz quad-core processor and its wireless connectivity is great, but those interested in the device, it will set you back $450 USD.

Lumina Desktop Gets Its Own Media Player

Saturday 22nd of April 2017 12:04:44 PM
There's now yet another open-source media player, but this time focused on the BSD-focused Qt-powered Lumina Desktop Environment...

Nouveau 1.0.15 X.Org Driver Released With Pascal Support

Saturday 22nd of April 2017 11:50:19 AM
For those using the xf86-video-nouveau DDX driver rather than the generic xf86-video-modesetting, there is a new release now available...

Libreboot Is Now Considering Whether To Re-Join The GNU

Saturday 22nd of April 2017 11:39:20 AM
After leaving the GNU last year and criticizing the Free Software Foundation and all the drama that ensued after this project was just part of the GNU for months, Libreboot is considering re-joining the GNU...

Heterogeneous Memory Management v20 Published

Saturday 22nd of April 2017 11:19:49 AM
It's looking less and less likely like Heterogeneous Memory Management (HMM) will be mainlined for the Linux 4.12 kernel. This is the long-in-development effort by Jerome Glisse that would benefit CUDA, OpenCL, and more by allow device memory to be transparently used by any device process and for mirroring process address space on a device...

Trying Out The New Installer Of Ubuntu Server

Friday 21st of April 2017 09:49:05 PM
Ubuntu developers today have announced a "tech preview" of their new text-based installer for Ubuntu Server...

Devuan 1.0 Makes It To A Release Candidate: Debian Without Systemd

Friday 21st of April 2017 06:29:36 PM
The first release candidate is now available for Devuan, the fork of Debian that rids the system of systemd...

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Open Source Software: 10 Go To Solution for Small Businesses

While closed-source operating systems such as Windows and Mac OS may still dominate the OS market, not everyone can afford the high costs that they entail. For small- and medium-sized enterprises where every penny matters, taking advantage of open-source software such as Ubuntu’s Linux is a good bet to boost productivity and cost effectiveness. The fact that open-source softwares have evolved to become somewhat user-friendly and sleek also helps a good deal. Read more

Linux 4.11-rc8

So originally I was just planning on releasing the final 4.11 today, but while we didn't have a *lot* of changes the last week, we had a couple of really annoying ones, so I'm doing another rc release instead. I did get fixes for the issues that popped up, so I could have released 4.11 as-is, but it just doesn't feel right. It's not like another week of letting this release mature will really hurt. The most noticeable of the issues is that we've quirked off some NVMe power management that apparently causes problems on some machines. It's not entirely clear what caused the issue (it wasn't just limited to some NVMe hardware, but also particular platforms), but let's test it. Read more Also: Linux 4.11 delayed for a week by NVMe glitches and 'oops fixes' Linux 4.11 Pushed Back: 4.11-rc8 Released

Themes for Ubuntu

  • Flattiance is a Flat Fork of Ubuntu’s Ambiance Theme
    Flattiance is pitched as a “semi-flat fork” of the Ubuntu Ambiance theme. You know, the one that ships out of the box and by default. On the whole Flattiance keeps to the same color palette, with dark browns and orange accents, but it ditches the gradient in app headers in favour of a solid block.
  • A quick look at some essential GNOME Shell tweaks and extensions
    Now that Ubuntu is moving to GNOME Shell, many people will get a bit of a shock at how different the workflow is from Unity to Shell. Here’s a quick look at some essentials to get you going.