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Building A Linux HTPC / Storage Server With The SilverStone CS381

6 hours 25 min ago
SilverStone recently sent over their CS381 chassis that has proven to be quite a versatile micro-ATX enclosure that can accommodate up to twelve hard drives (eight of which are hot-swappable) all while coming in at just 400 x 225 x 316mm. The SilverStone CS381 could work quite well as a Linux HTPC / DIY Steam Linux gaming living room PC or SOHO file server system with its compact size while offering immense storage potential. Here's more on the SilverStone CS381 and our build with using a Ryzen 5 3400G that is playing well under Linux with an ASUS B450 motherboard.

Intel Icelake Thunderbolt Support, Stratix10 Additions & Other Material Hits Linux 5.4

9 hours 3 min ago
The "char/misc" changes for the Linux 5.4 are as eventful as ever...

Homura Is A Windows Game Launcher For FreeBSD - Supports Steam, Origin, UPlay + More

14 hours 47 min ago
While FreeBSD doesn't see much in the way of game ports besides compatibility with open-source games/engines, FreeBSD's Linux binary compatibility layer for years has allowed running Linux games on FreeBSD and there is also Wine support for FreeBSD to handle Windows software. Thanks to those efforts, it's possible to make a FreeBSD gaming box...

Lennart Talks Up systemd's SD-Boot + Boot Loader Specification

16 hours 11 min ago
In addition to announcing systemd-homed for better user home directories, Lennart Poettering also used this year's All Systems Go conference to drum up support for systemd's boot efforts around SD-Boot and the Boot Loader Specification...

KDE Has Another Wayland Fractional Scaling Fix, Other Improvements

17 hours 13 min ago
Following last week's Akademy 2019 developer conference in Milan, KDE developers this week not only released the Plasma 5.17 beta but they've been busy with a ton of other bug fixing and improvements...

Linux 5.4 Adds Support For The FlySky FS-iA6B - A Receiver Popular With DIY Drones

19 hours 31 min ago
The input driver updates for the Linux 5.4 kernel include the addition of an interesting, budget-friendly RC receiver that can be used for home-built drones and other use-cases while now the driver allows the receiver when paired with a supported RC controller to serve as a traditional Linux joystick input...

The Hardware FOSDEM Uses To Carry Out Linux Video Recordings Of Their Event

20 hours 32 min ago
Not only is FOSDEM one of the best open-source/Linux events in the world for those who make the journey each February to Brussels, but they also for years now have done a masterful job at recording the different talks and developer room sessions. Each year gets better both for the event itself as well as the video recordings even with FOSDEM operating on a very limited budget due to the event being free to attend. For those curious about the hardware/software setup powering their video setup, here's an interesting blog post...

SHADERed 1.2 Shader Tester Adds Compute Shader Support

21 hours 8 min ago
SHADERed is a cross-platform utility designed for creating and testing HLSL and GLSL shaders. This week marked the version 1.2 release of this Windows/Linux program for helping to test and evaluate shaders...

DM-Clone Target Added To Linux 5.4 For Efficient Remote Replication Of A Block Device

Sunday 22nd of September 2019 04:07:04 AM
Added to the device mapper (DM) code with the Linux 5.4 kernel is an interesting addition that benefits those wanting to carry out some interesting use-cases around remote replication of block devices...

The Phoronix Premium Oktoberfest 2019 Deal - Support Linux/Open-Source Benchmarking

Sunday 22nd of September 2019 03:59:44 AM
While sadly this is another year not out at Oktoberfest for the once annual Phoronix reader gathering/pilgrimage, there is another Phoronix Premium sale for those interested. With Oktoberfest kicking off today in Munich, here's the start of our premium sale if wishing to support our daily news and benchmarking operations while enjoying features like ad-free viewing and multi-page articles on a single page...

ReactOS 0.4.12 Pulls In Wine-Staging 4.0 DLLs, Many Kernel Improvements

Saturday 21st of September 2019 09:30:20 PM
ReactOS, the open-source operating system still striving for binary compatibility with Microsoft Windows as a drop-in replacement, has version 0.4.12 now available as its first big alpha update in six months...

OLPC XO-1.75 Seeing Mainline Support With The Linux 5.4 Kernel, Seven Years After Launch

Saturday 21st of September 2019 09:08:14 PM
Seven years after the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) XO-1.75 Arm-based laptop entered production or nearly one decade since development began, it's now seeing mainline kernel support...

DXVK 1.4 Released With Updates Against Direct3D 11.4, Other Improvements

Saturday 21st of September 2019 03:14:55 PM
In time for any weekend gaming is the release of DXVK 1.4 as the latest big update to this Direct3D 11 over Vulkan implementation to boost the D3D11 Windows gaming performance with the likes of Wine and Valve's Steam Play (Proton)...

Noctua NH-L9a-AM4: A Very Low-Profile AMD Ryzen Cooler

Saturday 21st of September 2019 03:08:15 PM
When looking for a heatsink with a small stature for an AMD APU mini PC build for HTPC / file storage use-cases (more on that build in the next day or two), the Noctua NH-L9a-AM4 fit the criteria and so I went with that given the success with the many Noctua heatsinks we have used over the years. For those potentially interested in the NH-L9a-AM4 for an AMD APU like the new Ryzen 5 3400G or for lower-end Ryzen CPUs, I ran some benchmarks with this cooler.

F2FS Linux 5.4 Changes Sent In With Case-Insensitivity, Get/Set Label Support

Saturday 21st of September 2019 02:36:39 PM
While most of the other Linux file-systems are seeing mostly mundane changes for the Linux 5.4 feature work, the F2FS activity is fairly notable...

Linux 5.4 Kernel Adds Driver For The Mysterious Pensando Ionic Network Hardware

Saturday 21st of September 2019 12:50:55 PM
Little is publicly known about stealth networking startup Pensando Systems, which is founded by former Cisco executives. They've been ramping up efforts since early 2018 but to date their web-site hasn't launched nor formally introduced any products, but they now have a networking driver in the mainline Linux kernel...

Nouveau Finally Lands SPIR-V Support As Part Of OpenCL Push

Saturday 21st of September 2019 11:13:00 AM
Going back to December 2017 we've been tracking the Red Hat led effort on improving Nouveau's OpenCL compute support that involves adding NIR/SPIR-V support and improvements to the Clover Gallium3D state tracker. To much surprise, this morning the SPIR-V support for this open-source NVIDIA driver was merged for Mesa 19.3...

FreeBSD 12.1 Beta Released With Security Fixes, Pulls BearSSL Into Base

Saturday 21st of September 2019 10:54:48 AM
FreeBSD 12.0 is already approaching one year old while FreeBSD 12.1 is now on the way as the next installment with various bug/security fixes and other alterations to this BSD operating system...

Ubuntu/Mir Developer Issues Porting Guide To Help Port MATE To Wayland

Saturday 21st of September 2019 08:23:23 AM
Canonical's Mir developers since re-shifting focus to serving as a Wayland compositor have been working with the likes of the GNOME2-forked MATE desktop environment to implement Wayland support using Mir. For helping those interested in porting MATE applications from X11 to Wayland, one of the Mir developers has now issued a porting guide...

Chrome 78 Hits Beta With Native File System API, Much Faster WebSockets

Saturday 21st of September 2019 06:01:54 AM
Google on Friday released the Chrome 78 web-browser beta following last week's release of Chrome 77...

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