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  • Zstd Compression For Btrfs & Squashfs Set For Linux 4.14, Already Used Within Facebook

    As we've been expecting, Zstd compression for Btrfs is coming with the Linux 4.14 along with Zstd support in SquashFS.

  • AMD EPYC 7601 + TYAN Transport SX TN70A-B8026 Arrives For Linux Benchmarking

    This initial EPYC Linux testing at Phoronix is being done with the 7601 backed by 8 x 16GB (128GB) of DDR4-2666 memory. Thanks to AMD and Tyan for making this testing possible.

  • Ubuntu Desktop Weekly Update: September 8, 2017

    GNOME Shell 3.25.91 is now in Artful in preparation for the move to 3.26 before release.

    We’re adding notification badge support to the Dock extension. This branch has been proposed to the upstream project and is awaiting review.

    We’ve packaged the KStatusNotifier extension to provide support for indicators. This will provide support for apps which use libappindicators which was removed from GNOME 3.26. You can read more about this here.

    Didier has also been tidying up the work we did at the Fit and Finish hackfest and you can see more about that here.

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  • Thin Mini-ITX offers choice of Skylake or Kaby Lake

    Fujitsu’s Linux-ready “D3474-B” is a thin Mini-ITX board with 6th or 7th Gen Intel CPUs, up to 32GB DDR4, wide-range power, and dual M.2 slots.

    Avnet-owned embedded firm MSC Technologies announced it is distributing Fujitsu’s D3474-B thin Mini-ITX board, which runs Linux or Windows on Intel’s 6th Gen (“Skylake”) or 7th Gen (“Kaby Lake”) processors. Several months ago, yet another Germany-based company — Hy-Line Computer Components — also announced [translated] it was selling the D3474-B, which is Fujitsu’s first thin Mini-ITX offering.

  • European edition of the Family Hub Refrigerator to get Bixby in multiple languages

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