A few hours ago I wrote about the most interesting features for the Linux 3.15 kernel from my perspective as it didn't look like anything else interesting would be introduced this late in the merge window before the imminent 3.15-rc1. However, this time I've been happily proven wrong with Clang patches being added to the Linux 3.15 kernel.
With Ubuntu 14.04 closing in to the release date, which is set for April 17th, I took Lubuntu for a spin from the daily live ISO image. Lubuntu is the most lightweight distribution in the Ubuntu family (the other one being Xubuntu which uses Xfce), using LXDE (Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment), as well as a set of applications intended to be low on resources.
Back in December, we noted that the House Judiciary Committee had approved an unfortunately watered-down, anti-patent troll bill. It was better than nothing, but we hoped that the Senate would approve a much stronger version. For a while it seemed like that was likely to happen, but... those who abuse patents are pretty damn powerful. Even those who have been hit by patent trolls in the past, like Apple and Microsoft, have decided to join forces in lobbying against meaningful patent reform. They've been pushing to water down the Senate's bill, taking out nearly everything that would make the bill useful -- and it appears that they're succeeding.
The x86 platform driver update was pulled today for the Linux 3.15 kernel, which includes new notebook support.
GNOME's Mutter-Wayland compositor requires EGL/KMS rendering back-end support and this currently isn't supported by software-based drivers that aren't backed by an actual GPU with hardware acceleration. However, developers are working to allow the swrast driver and LLVMpipe to work with this back-end rather than adding any FBdev/Pixman support to Mutter-Wayland. The primary use-case is to get Mutter-Wayland running in virtual machines where there is no accelerated GPU driver with DRM/KMS support (i.e. mainly outside of VMware's VMWgfx world).
Early on in the Linux 3.15 merge window there were improvements to significantly speed-up suspend and resume for systems, but now there's another late merge of a patch that has the capability of speeding up the resume time from suspend by 7~12x for at least some laptop/desktop systems.
Linksys has started shipping a new router, and it’s touting its latest offering as the first consumer-grade Wi-Fi router to provide thorough wireless coverage throughout the home through its four external antennas.
Fedora Present and Future: a Fedora.next 2014 Update (Part III, “Governance, Progress, and More Ideas”)Submitted by Roy Schestowitz on Sat, 12/04/2014 - 3:37pm Filed under
The idea is really to make more people feel empowered, not to introduce more bureaucracy. And, as Fedora continues to get bigger, some of the things that FESCo currently does can be delegated. FESCo meetings won’t be four hours every week, because many of the technical decisions can be offloaded to these working groups, so it’s a structure that’s set up for growth.
For the Linux 3.15 kernel were already a lot of Btrfs bug and performance fixes, but now late into the 3.15 merge window have been some more fixes.
Few people know just how pervasive Linux has become, and that is causing a big problem for companies that increasingly rely on it. "There is a shortage of software developers in the U.S. The employment rate for these jobs is down to 2.3 percent in the last quarter. The opportunity for jobs is now there for people who come in to get this training," said Dice President Shravan Goli.
The concept of app stores, though popularized by Apple, followed by Android, has been around for a long time. In fact, Linuxians know that it was in the penguinian world of software that the concept of app store basically originated. A software housing a collection of apps stored in a convenient location was something Linux users have loved and still love.
Today in Linux news is a lot of suggestions on what to do to avoid the pitfalls of Heartbleed and InfoWorld.com runs down some in simple terms. In other news, Phoronix.com is reporting that NVIDIA overclocking is back with latest drivers. And finally, a fresh LibreOffice 4.2.3 was released yesterday.
The Open Source Initiative has announced the results of a ballot by its members to select new directors for its board. The outcome sees more diversity and strong community skills introduced, signalling new horizons for the 15 year old organisation.
Tintri will demonstrate support for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization using Linux's Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) at the Red Hat Summit 2014, which will be held in San Francisco, California, between 14 and 17 April.
In a blog posting, Jim Wasko, Director of IBM’s Linux Technology Center, said "that a Power Systems version of KVM, PowerKVM, will be available on IBM’s next generation Power Systems servers tuned for Linux before the end of the quarter."
Porting KVM to Power has not been easy. IBM has been working hard on it since 2011. Sources say that PowerKVM will be available both from Red Hat and SUSE in their main enterprise Linux distributions, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES).
Nikon has launched the Coolpix S810, which packs in all the technology Nikon is famous for along with the most popular operating for smart devices – Android. It is a simple point and shoot camera powered by Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.
Joomla , one of the world’s most popular open source content management systems, has today announced the election of Sarah Watz as the President of Open Source Matters (OSM).
More than 3 percent of the web runs on Joomla, with the platform being used for everything from websites to blogs to custom apps to Intranets.