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  • New Issue is Out! Linux Journal October 2018: Programming
  • Mesosphere User Survey Says Hybrid Deployments Top Cloud-Only for the First Time
  • The Current Performance Of Virgl3D, Future Plans

    Last week at XDC2018 in Spain, Elie Tournier of Collabora presented on the current state of the Virgl effort for allowing OpenGL acceleration provided by a host's system within a QEMU/VirtIO-GPU virtual machine environment.

    For the most part the information is what most Phoronix readers should be already familiar with if you stay up to date with our news coverage... In recent months Virgl has gone from only supporting OpenGL 3.0 to now supporting OpenGL 4.3 and OpenGL ES 3.2, assuming the host driver supports the necessary bits too. The OpenGL ES support has required some workarounds to get it working.

  • 4MLinux 27.0 BETA released.

    4MLinux 27.0 BETA is ready for testing. Basically, at this stage of development, 4MLinux BETA has the same features as 4MLinux STABLE, but it provides a huge number of updated packages.

  • openSUSE to have Summit at Southern California Linux Expo

    The openSUSE Project will have a summit at the 17th annual Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE) at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, Calif., March 8, 2019.

    The openSUSE Summit at SCaLE 17x will take place on a Friday during the beginning of SCaLE 17x, which takes place March. 7-10, 2019. The community hosted summit will have its own full-day schedule and talks for the openSUSE Summit at SCaLE 17x need to be submitted through events.opensuse.org rather than SCaLE’s CfP tool. SCaLE attendees and community members are encouraged to submit a talk for the summit. The call for papers for the openSUSE Summit at SCaLE 17x is open until January 10, 2019.

  • Training Day in Embedded Linux and Security completes successfully

    Providing detailed hands-on training, it was targeted at embedded engineers looking for an introduction to key embedded Linux and Security topics.

    For example, there was a look at the anatomy of an Embedded Linux system, and it covered a wide range of tracing and profiling tools which can help to understand performance issues and also investigate bugs and unexpected behaviours. There was also consideration of coding standards and defensive programming techniques.

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  • How Much RAM Does An Android Phone Really Need?
  • Google Maps is Getting Better Commute Features, Music Player Integration
  • Google begins rolling out the big Wear OS update for everyone
  • Sync your teeth into power browser Vivaldi's largest update so far [Ed: This is a proprietary Web browser and there's no reason to use it]

    This week the Vivaldi browser received its biggest update, adding secure sync across devices and making many operations speedier.

    Vivaldi supremo Jon von Tetzchner, who co-founded Opera, the browser which invented many features taken for granted today, told us encrypted sync was the most requested feature. But it's one of around 1,500 tweaks and improvements to Vivaldi 2.0. Version 1.0 was launched three years ago.

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Linux 3.18.130

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