For a long time, my Beagle Bone Black sat on my desk, gathering dust. Recently I decided I would give it a purpose: as a replacement for the crappy DHCP server and DNS on my home router (it’s a Huawei g655d, and it has poor wireless range, a lousy interface, and wonky internal DNS). I ran an update on the Bone, which promptly downloaded a whole bunch of packages from the angstrom distribution. Over plain unauthenticated http. With, as far as I could see, no further checksumming or anything. Bad doggy.
This week a slew of details concerning AMD's Radeon R9 Nano have come out with this small form factor graphics card with Fiji GPU expected to begin shipping soon while the official announcement is expected on Thursday.
This week I posted some AMD RadeonSI/R600g tests on Mesa 11.0 with DRM-Next along with a Intel Skylake vs. Radeon comparison using this new version of Mesa that will be officially released next month. Of course, following those tests, the requests turned to testing Mesa 11.1-devel rather than the Mesa 11.0 Git code.
If you haven't read this morning's article about Running The AMD Radeon R9 Fury With AMD's New Open-Source Linux Driver, you should go do so, but the short version is that there's still much work left before the R9 Fury "Fiji" GPUs will be a worthwhile investment by Linux users.
Kubuntu 15.10 Beta 1 (Wily Werewolf), a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu and the KDE desktop environment, is now out and ready for testing.
The Kubuntu developers have been really busy this cycle, and they've had their hands full with the new Plasma and KDE Applications release. These two are very important components, and they play a very big part on how the distribution will run and feel.
As part of the Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) Beta 1 releases for opt-in flavors, the Ubuntu GNOME team had the pleasure of releasing the first development build of the upcoming Ubuntu GNOME 15.10 distributions.