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Tracker 3.0: It’s Here!

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Software
GNOME

It’s too early to say “Job done”. But we’ve passed the biggest milestone on the project we announced last year: version 3.0 of Tracker is released and the rollout has begun!

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today's leftovers

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Misc
  • Ingo announces pta (Plain Text Accounting)

    Recently, i got annoyed because i still didn't have a free accounting program that was to my liking. So i looked through the OpenBSD ports tree and briefly evaluated the programs i found there. None of them convinced me. Many seemed to have awkward user interfaces, some even require a GUI, and i definitely don't want a GUI. While i found every feature i wanted in at least one program, i failed to find any program having all the desired features. Some lack cost centers, some lack subaccounts, some lack support for handling unrealized profits and so on... I'm not absolutely convinced that i did not miss a good one, but at some point, it felt like i was wasting more time evaluting inadequate programs than might be needed to write an adequate one from scratch.

    Consequently, i released the plain text accounting program today. Version 0.1 should still be considered experimental, but i'm already using it in production for my own bookkeeping, and a friend of mine is likely to also start using it for their business in 2021, so it is very likely that it will be actively maintained.

  • Open Source Contributors: Who’s Missing--and Why?

    Open source software has indisputably advanced the software industry as a whole in myriad ways. It has fostered faster innovation. It has helped enable new paradigms, like DevOps. It has made all sorts of important software programs, from Web browsers to video editing software, accessible to people who, in past decades, could not have afforded them. Yet, open source also exemplifies, and exacerbates, a major challenge for the software industry: achieving greater demographic diversity. When you look at open source contributors, you find that most of them look very much alike: white and male.

    In fact, the open source space is even less diverse than the tech industry as a whole. And that's no mean feat, given how incredibly un-diverse tech companies in general tend to be.

    That's a fascinating reality, and it bears some investigation for anyone who wants to understand the dynamics that determine which sorts of people are envisioning, designing and writing some of the most important software platforms today--from Firefox and Apache to Linux and Kubernetes.

    [...]

    In some ways, these trends among open source contributors may seem unsurprising. It's not news that the tech space is mostly white and mostly male, and has been for decades.

    Yet, the fact that open source is even less diverse than tech in general seems harder to explain. If anything, you might think open source would be more diverse. After all, in many cases, the demographic identity of people who contribute to open source projects is not even known to others within those projects, unless for some reason they volunteer it. No one knows your race or gender by looking at your GitHub profile.

    For that reason, it would be hard to argue that active discrimination explains the demographic trends in open source. The lack of diversity at a company could be explained by hiring committees dismissing diverse candidates. But, in open source, there are no hiring committees or other gatekeeping bodies that have much insight into the demographic profile of contributors. You get judged on the quality of your code alone.

    [...]

    Coupled with the fact that many of the prominent white men in the open source space were quite well-off before they got involved in open source (Torvalds, who wrote the Linux kernel as a penniless college student, is an obvious exception), this is the most compelling explanation to me.

  • Raspberry Pi High Quality Camera takes photos through thousands of straws
  • 2020.39 The Releaser

    Alexander Kiryuhin has been very busy in the past week. Not only did they release a Comma Complete update (the Raku IDE of choice, now with 2020.02 IntelliJ support). They also released the Rakudo 2020.09 Compiler Release implementing the Raku Programming Language. And Claudio Ramirez made sure there are ready to download Linux packages for that release. And Timo Paulssen made sure there’s an AppImage for it as well!

  • Google Cloud Joins Linux Foundation Networking at Platinum Level

    LF Networking (LFN), which facilitates collaboration and operational excellence across open source networking projects, announces Google Cloud has joined as a Platinum member. Since its beginnings, Google’s mission has been to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful, and Google Cloud’s vision is to be the most trusted, simple, innovative cloud for customers around the world. Through its membership, Google will further the acceleration of open source technologies across cloud native networking, telecoms, network automation, 5G, and more.

    “We look forward to working with all members and the larger community to continue to find ways to bring further value to consumers and communications services providers alike, demonstrating how public cloud can help fundamentally transform networking in new and exciting ways“, said Amol Phadke, Managing Director: Global Telecom Industry Solutions, Google Cloud. “Google’s excellence in creating and sponsoring components like Kuberntes, Istio and Knative—and successfully integrating them into products like Anthos—will be a key pillar within the Linux Foundation Networking.”

Debian and Ubuntu Leftovers

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Debian
Ubuntu
  • dnsZoneEntry: field should be removed when DD is retired

    When Debian Developer had retired, actual DNS entry is removed, but dnsZoneEntry: field is kept on LDAP (db.debian.org)

    So you can not reuse *.debian.net if retired Debian Developer owns your prefered subdomain already.

  • Canonical have announced a new point release for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS - 16.04.7 (Xenial Xerus)

    Canonical have released the sixth point release of Ubuntu 16.04 Long-Term Support (LTS) as Ubuntu 16.04.7.

  • Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 650

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 650 for the week of September 20 – 26, 2020. The full version of this issue is available here.

  • Canonical at OSM Hackfest MR#9

    The 12th OSM Hackfest, or OSM mid-release NINE (MR#9) Hackfest, is one for the books and Canonical happily shared the presenter floor with the rest of the Open Source MANO (OSM) community. The event spanned the whole week from September 7th to 11th, with Wednesday September 9th afternoon being used for the OSM Ecosystem day. As per the last two hackfests, the remote format allowed participation of hundreds of enthusiasts. During the preparation of the hackfest, it was agreed to keep the same theme as the last one, so participants were able to use OSM to manage and orchestrate workloads in an end-to-end open source mobile network solution with the Facebook Connectivity project; Magma.

    [...]

    David Garcia, the N2VC MDL, had multiple sessions during day 2; an introduction to OSM primitives, Juju relations and a 3 hour workshop on OSM orchestration of VNFs. OSM uses Juju as a core component and leverages operators to drive lifecycle management, workload configuration, daily operations and integration functions. Juju is a universal operator lifecycle manager (OLM) that exposes events to the operators and enables users to deploy simple to complex models of applications declaring business intent instead of dealing with piles of configuration scripts.

    [...]

    The Ecosystem Day, an integral part of every hackfest, is for the community to learn about vendor-oriented solutions and projects. Among others, we had a demo of 5G Core network automation by OSM from Ulak Communications, we learned about vBNG orchestration using Juju by Benu networks and subscription and notification support in OSM by Tata ELXSI. We also presented a session on Charmed OSM, Canonical’s carrier-grade, hardened OSM distribution. Charmed OSM allows operators, GSIs and NEPs to move faster with NFV transformation through open-source technology and partner programmes.

Initial Fedora 32 vs. Fedora 33 Beta Benchmarks Point To Slightly Higher Performance

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Graphics/Benchmarks

In addition to Fedora Workstation 33 switching to Btrfs, there are a number of key components updated in Fedora 33 as well as finally enabling link-time optimizations (LTO) for package builds that make this next Fedora Linux installment quite interesting from a performance perspective. Here are some initial benchmarks of Fedora Workstation 32 against the Fedora Workstation 33 Beta on an Intel Core i9 10900K system.

Given the Fedora 33 beta release, here are our initial benchmarks of Fedora 33 that is due for its official release in late October. Over the past few days I've been testing the test compose of Fedora 33 Beta with all updates applied -- it's been quite a nice experience. There hasn't been any show-stopping bugs and all-around running nicely.

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Second Beta out for Krita 4.4.0

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KDE

Today, we’re releasing Krita 4.4.0 beta 2: we found a number of regressions and release blocking bugs.

This beta has Android builds too, since we fixed many issues with accessing files on Android: however, because we now add translations the APK files are too big for the Play Store, and you will have to download them from download.kde.org

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Fedora 33 Beta Released with Btrfs by Default, GNOME 3.38 and Linux 5.8

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Linux

Fedora 33 has been in development for the past several months, and now a beta version is ready for public testing so we can finally get a taste of the new features and improvements included in the upcoming release, which is expected later this year.

The biggest change in Fedora 33 is the fact that Btrfs is now used as default file system for all the official spins, including Fedora Workstation (GNOME), Fedora KDE, Fedora Xfce, Fedora LXQt, Fedora MATE-Compiz, Fedora Cinnamon, Fedora LXDE, and Fedora SoaS (Sugar on a Stick).

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Module and dev kit run Linux on Arria 10 FPGA SoC

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Linux

IWave’s “Arria 10 SoC SOM” and “Arria 10 SoC FPGA” dev kit run Linux 4.9.78 on Intel’s hybrid Arm/FPGA Arria 10 GX and SX SoCs along with PCIe, GbE, 10GbE SFP+, FMC, and PMOD.

Back in 2016, IWave launched an Arria 10 SoC Module featuring Intel/Altera’s Arria 10 SX SoC. Now, the company has launched a similarly 95 x 75mm Arria 10 SoC SOM, which is also referred to as the iW-RainboW-G24M. Designed for test and measurement, control and intelligence, diagnostic medical imaging, wireless infrastructure, radar, and automation applications, the module supports Linux 4.9.78 and is available with an Arria 10 SoC FPGA Development Kit (see farther below).

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Games: KAPIA, Atari VCS and More

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Gaming
  • 3D adventure KAPIA sees a young girl and her grandfather try to save the world

    What could be a sweet tale of family and saving the world, KAPIA is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter with Linux support planned if they hit a stretch-goal.

    KAPIA tells the story of a small girl and her grandfather in the funky apocalyptic world of KAPIA. Set after the "World Union" has collapsed and nations split from each other, all while a "mysterious intelligent infection" has forced people to live under a city in lockdown. That…sounds a little familiar to what's going on with COVID19 in some way.

  • Atari VCS backers on IndieGoGo might actually get their units soon

    I almost can't believe it. The retro console Atari VCS might actually be shipping soon, as their initial production run sounds like it went well.

    After so many delays, a lack of clear communication often and still next to no games actually announced for it, IndieGoGo backers on the original campaign will get it in their hands first as they originally announced. In the post on IndieGoGo, it wasn't made entirely clear how many units have been produced so far but they called it the "Indiegogo production run" and that "Mass production is almost complete". From the wording it sounds like anyone who has pre-ordered the console are not included just yet but presumably that's all ongoing.

  • Atari VCS Backer Units are On the Way!

    The Atari team has been putting the finishing touches on the long-awaited first batch of Atari VCS video computer systems and sending them to the United States where they will be sorted and shipped to eager Indiegogo backers very soon.

    This shipment includes the one-time-only, Indiegogo-exclusive Atari VCS 800 Collector’s Edition model. Inspired by and designed as an homage to the original Atari 2600, there will only be 6,000 numbered and authenticated versions of this model.

  • Since release Crusader Kings III has seen over 18 million murders - huge patch out now

    The latest grand strategy game from Paradox Interactive and Paradox Development Studios with Crusader Kings III seems to have been a big success and a new rather large patch is out.

  • Songs of Syx appears to be an early success brewing on Steam

    After releasing into Early Access on Steam on September 21, 2020 - it appears that the grand strategy city-builder Songs of Syx is seeing some early success.

    The what? Songs of Syx is a fantasy city-builder where you start off as an insignificant colony and build, scheme, and fight your way towards a metropolis and empire. A grand scale, that will eventually involve battles between thousands of troops, politics, trade and all sorts.

  • Liftoff: FPV Drone Racing gets a major upgrade with new Unity game engine and Vulkan

    Liftoff: FPV Drone Racing, a popular drone racer that's enjoyed by many users on Steam just recently had a massive free upgrade released.

    It's been available in some form since 2015, with a full release in 2018 and still LuGus Studios continually develop it and add new features. This big 1.3 release is all about preparing it for the future with much of the underlying tech being overhauled and upgraded.

Linux Magazine's Latest Issue and 20th Birthday

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GNU
Linux

/e/OS redefines the mobile operating system paradigm for a more sustainable world

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OS

Two years ago, /e/OS was envisioned as a fully deGoogled mobile operating system (OS) and associated online services that focus on personal data privacy. That initial vision is growing, and the result is that in addition to being a great alternative to Apple and Google, it is progressively paving the way to a better, more frugal, and more sustainable IT world for everyone...

In the initial project description I wrote at the end of 2017 (Part1, Part2, Part3), I announced that the aim was to build an alternative mobile ecosystem that would be as easy to use as iOS and Android, while being more respectful of my personal data, and in particular be fully deGoogled.

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Fedora 33 Beta now available

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Red Hat

Today, the Fedora Project, a global community that works to help advance free and open source software, is pleased to announce the beta availability of Fedora 33, the latest version of the Fedora operating system. Fedora 33 Beta continues the Fedora Project’s emphasis on delivering editions, each designed to address specific use cases for modern developers and IT teams. In addition to Fedora Workstation and Fedora Server, Fedora 33 Beta also formally adds Fedora IoT as a supported edition!

Fedora Workstation and Fedora Server continue to provide open operating systems built to meet the needs of forward-looking developers and server projects. We also continue to foster the development of emerging Fedora editions including Fedora CoreOS and Fedora Silverblue to directly address cloud-native, containerized infrastructure and development.

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Also: Fedora 33 Beta Released With Big Changes From LTO To Btrfs

LibreOffice Reviews and Events

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LibO
  • LibreOffice 7: First impressions of a solid update

    Being open has broader advantages than being able to rewrite code. As Dave Koelmeyer pointed out after I looked at LibreOffice 5.2, it uses open standards throughout. You get full document interoperability.

    LibreOffice won’t lock you out because of proprietary traps. Microsoft Office and other proprietary suites don’t trap you as much as in the past, but risks remain.

    There is a security angle to this. Governments and many large companies are sometimes wary of proprietary software. This is even more the case now that cloud plays a large role. They fear their data might find its way into a remote data silo and be vulnerable.

  • openSUSE + LibreOffice Conference 2020 Diamond Sponsors

    Collabora, SUSE and The Document Foundation are Diamond Sponsors for openSUSE + LibreOffice Conference 2020. The joint openSUSE + LibreOffice Conference 2020 will run from October 15 – 17, and will be fully virtual. LibreOffice and openSUSE advocates, supporters and contributors are invited to register now and take part! Although different from past conferences, the event will be rich in contents and will also provide the opportunity of open discussions in specific virtual spaces.

  • Collabora is Diamond Sponsor for openSUSE + LibreOffice Conference 2020

    The joint openSUSE + LibreOffice Conference 2020 will run from October 15 – 17, and Collabora has joined as a Diamond Sponsor.

    Collabora is a major contributor to the LibreOffice project: 37% of commits to the LibreOffice source code in the last two years were made by the company.

Audiocasts/Shows: Linux in the Ham Shack, Late Night Linux, and Emacs

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GNU
Linux
  • LHS Episode #370: The Sound and the Fury

    Welcome to the 370th episode of Linux in the Ham Shack. In this short-topics episode, the hosts discuss the recent RAC conference, AMSAT elections, the rebirth of AO-7, the rebirth of Linux Journal, the latest release of PostgreSQL, Lenovo and Linux, a new BSD distribution and much more. Thank you for listening and have a fantastic week.

  • Late Night Linux – Episode 99

    Why WireGuard is the only VPN software worth using, games becoming open source, the slow demise of Mozilla, Cloudflare synergy with the Wayback Machine, KDE Korner, 3D printing updates, and more.

  • Why Isn't Emacs More Popular?

    The Emacs community has been debating whether it is time to make some changes with the software to make it more appealing to new users. After all, Emacs is such an extremely powerful and unique piece of software, it deserves to have far more users than what it currently has.

IBM/Red Hat Leftovers

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Red Hat

KDE Plasma 5.18.6 LTS Brings WireGuard VPN, Wayland, and HiDPI Improvements

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KDE

The KDE Project announced today the general availability of KDE Plasma 5.18.6 LTS as the sixth maintenance update to the long-term supported KDE Plasma 5.18 LTS desktop environment series.

KDE Plasma 5.18.6 LTS is here almost five months after the KDE Plasma 5.18.5 update and brings a total of 36 changes that add various improvements to some of the core components and apps of the desktop environment in an attempt to keep the Plasma 5.18 LTS series stable, secure and reliable.

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Mesa 20.2.0

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux
  • mesa 20.2.0
    Hi list,
    
    After a long wait, mesa 20.2.0 is now available. This is the first stable
    release of the series, but it's also been a very long time since the last
    release, and as such I'd like to reiterate that those looking for the most
    stable experience will likely want to wait for mesa 20.2.1.
    
    I'm back to the office and finally getting back in the swing of things after a
    long vacation, so expect more regular releases for the 20.2 series from here on
    out.
    
    shortlog
    ========
    
    Alyssa Rosenzweig (1):
          pan/bit: Set d3d=true for CMP tests
    
    Andrey Vostrikov (1):
          egl/x11: Free memory allocated for reply structures on error
    
    Bas Nieuwenhuizen (7):
          radv: Fix threading issue with submission refcounts.
          radv: Avoid deadlock on bo_list.
          spirv: Deal with glslang not setting NonUniform on constructors.
          radeonsi: Work around Wasteland 2 bug.
          spirv: Deal with glslang bug not setting the decoration for stores.
          ac/surface: Fix depth import on GFX6-GFX8.
          st/mesa: Deal with empty textures/buffers in semaphore wait/signal.
    
    Boris Brezillon (1):
          spirv: Add a vtn_get_mem_operands() helper
    
    Danylo Piliaiev (5):
          intel/compiler: Fix pointer arithmetic when reading shader assembly
          glsl: Eliminate assigments to out-of-bounds elements of vector
          nir/lower_io: Eliminate oob writes and return zero for oob reads
          nir/large_constants: Eliminate out-of-bounds writes to large constants
          nir/lower_samplers: Clamp out-of-bounds access to array of samplers
    
    Dave Airlie (2):
          llvmpipe: include gallivm perf flags in shader cache.
          gallivm: disable brilinear for lod bias and explicit lod.
    
    Dylan Baker (7):
          .pick_status.json: Update to ef980ac0c1cd65993ba0c1d20e1c09b45bfef99d
          fix: gallivm: disable brilenear for lod bias and explicit lod.
          .pick_status.json: Update to a1f46d7b6943699e5efb60fbcfdd1450db85adb1
          amd/ac_surface: convert tabs to 3 spaces
          .pick_status.json: Update to 90b98c06493f8a9759e5496d5ec91fb60edf7b92
          .pick_status.json: Update to 472a20c5fc0feda0f074b4ff95fd7c7a6305c8cd
          VERSION: bump for 20.2.0 release
    
    Eric Anholt (4):
          gallium/tgsi_exec: Fix up NumOutputs counting
          freedreno: Make the pack struct have a .qword for wide addresses.
          turnip: Fix truncation of CS shader iovas to 32 bits.
          turnip: Fix truncation of iovas to 32 bits in queries.
    
    Eric Engestrom (1):
          meson: drop leftover PTHREAD_SETAFFINITY_IN_NP_HEADER
    
    Erik Faye-Lund (1):
          mesa: handle GL_FRONT after translating to it
    
    Icecream95 (1):
          pan/mdg: Fix spilling of non-32-bit types
    
    Jason Ekstrand (6):
          intel/fs: Don't copy-propagate stride=0 sources into ddx/ddy
          iris: Re-emit push constants if we have a varying workgroup size
          spirv: Run repair_ssa if there are discard instructions
          nir: More NIR_MAX_VEC_COMPONENTS fixes
          intel/fs/swsb: SCHEDULING_FENCE only emits SYNC_NOP
          radeonsi: Only call nir_lower_var_copies at the end of the opt loop
    
    Jesse Natalie (2):
          nir: More NIR_MAX_VEC_COMPONENTS fixes
          glsl_type: Add packed to structure type comparison for hash map
    
    Jonathan Gray (6):
          anv: use os_get_total_physical_memory()
          util/os_misc: add os_get_available_system_memory()
          anv: use os_get_available_system_memory()
          util/os_misc: os_get_available_system_memory() for OpenBSD
          radv: remove seccomp includes
          vulkan: make VK_TIME_DOMAIN_CLOCK_MONOTONIC_RAW_EXT conditional
    
    Jordan Justen (1):
          anv, iris: Set MediaSamplerDOPClockGateEnable for gen12+
    
    Karol Herbst (1):
          spirv: extract switch parsing into its own function
    
    Lionel Landwerlin (3):
          intel/perf: store query symbol name
          intel/perf: fix raw query kernel metric selection
          intel/compiler: fixup Gen12 workaround for array sizes
    
    Marcin Ślusarz (4):
          anv: refresh cached current batch bo after emitting some commands
          anv: fix minor gen_ioctl(I915_PERF_IOCTL_CONFIG) error handling issue
          intel/perf: split load_oa_metrics
          intel/perf: export performance counters sorted by [group|set] and name
    
    Marek Olšák (2):
          ac/llvm: fix unaligned VS input loads on gfx10.3
          Revert "ac: generate FMA for inexact instructions for radeonsi"
    
    Mauro Rossi (1):
          android: freedreno/common: add libmesa_git_sha1 static dependency
    
    Michel Dänzer (1):
          ci: Use ignore_scheduled_pipelines anchor in .radeonsi-rules
    
    Michel Zou (1):
          swr: fix build with mingw
    
    Mike Blumenkrantz (1):
          zink: reorder create_stream_output_target to fix failure case leak
    
    Nanley Chery (2):
          iris: Fix aux assertion in resource_get_handle
          blorp: Fix alignment test for HIZ_CCS_WT fast-clears
    
    Pierre-Eric Pelloux-Prayer (9):
          mesa/st: introduce PIPE_CAP_NO_CLIP_ON_COPY_TEX
          radeonsi: enable PIPE_CAP_NO_CLIP_ON_COPY_TEX
          ac/llvm: add option to clamp division by zero
          radeonsi,driconf: add clamp_div_by_zero option
          radeonsi: use radeonsi_clamp_div_by_zero for SPECviewperf13, Road Redemption
          glsl: fix per_vertex_accumulator::fields size
          r600/uvd: set dec->bs_ptr = NULL on unmap
          radeon/vcn: set dec->bs_ptr = NULL on unmap
          mesa: fix glUniform* when a struct contains a bindless sampler
    
    Pierre-Loup A. Griffais (2):
          radv: fix null descriptor for dynamic buffers
          radv: fix vertex buffer null descriptors
    
    Qiang Yu (4):
          radeonsi: fix syncobj wait timeout
          radeonsi: fix user fence space when MCBP is enabled
          radeonsi: fix max syncobj wait timeout
          radeonsi: fix user fence GPU address
    
    Rhys Perry (7):
          aco: fix byte_align_scalar for 3 dword vectors
          aco: fix one-off error in Operand(uint16_t)
          nir/opt_if: fix opt_if_merge when destination branch has a jump
          aco: fix v_writelane_b32 with two sgprs
          aco: don't apply constant to SDWA on GFX8
          radv: initialize with expanded cmask if the destination layout needs it
          radv,aco: fix reading primitive ID in FS after TES
    
    Samuel Pitoiset (3):
          aco: handle unaligned loads on GFX10.3
          spirv: fix emitting switch cases that directly jump to the merge block
          radv: fix transform feedback crashes if pCounterBufferOffsets is NULL
    
    Timur Kristóf (1):
          aco: Fix emit_boolean_exclusive_scan in wave32 mode.
    
    Tony Wasserka (3):
          radv: Fix various non-critical integer overflows
          aco: Fix integer overflows when emitting parallel copies during RA
          amd/common: Fix various non-critical integer overflows
    
    Vinson Lee (4):
          freedreno: Fix file descriptor leak.
          svga: Fix unused printf argument.
          freedreno: Check file descriptor before write.
          panfrost: Delete debug allocated syncobj.
    
    
    git tag: mesa-20.2.0
    
  • Mesa 20.2 Released With RADV ACO By Default, Initial RDNA2 Graphics Support

    Mesa 20.2 has managed to release just before the end of the the quarter. This Mesa Q3'2020 graphics driver update is coming out about one month behind schedule but the wait is worthwhile given many open-source OpenGL and Vulkan driver updates.

    There is new GPU support, RADV is using the ACO shader compiler by default, much better LLVMpipe OpenGL support, new Vulkan extensions, and much more.

  • Open source graphics drivers get a boost with Mesa 20.2.0 out now

    The latest and greatest in open source graphics drivers has released with Mesa 20.2.0, although you should wait on it if you're after a stable experience.

    As always, the Mesa team suggest waiting on at least the first bug fix release with Mesa 20.2.1 which is usually out within a few weeks. Developer Dylan Baker who announced the new release mentioned to expect some more regular releases for the 20.2 series, as they're back from a long vacation.

    What's new? Lots, as always. Support for new Vulkan extensions, added support for new GPUs including initial work done for AMD's upcoming RDNA 2 noted as "gfx10.3", expanded GLES 3.2 and OpenGL 4.5 support for LLVMpipe, lots of work on the Panfrost driver for Mali GPUs. You can find some release notes for Mesa 20.2.0 here.

Present Slides in Linux Terminal With This Nifty Python Tool

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HowTos

There are so many amusing and fun stuff you can do in the terminal. Making and presenting slides is just one of them.
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Security Leftovers

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Security
  • Security updates for Monday

    Security updates have been issued by Debian (curl, libdbi-perl, linux-4.19, lua5.3, mediawiki, nfdump, openssl1.0, qt4-x11, qtbase-opensource-src, ruby-gon, and yaws), Fedora (f2fs-tools, grub2, libxml2, perl-DBI, singularity, xawtv, and xen), Mageia (cifs-utils, kio-extras, libproxy, mbedtls, nodejs, novnc, and pdns), openSUSE (bcm43xx-firmware, chromium, conmon, fuse-overlayfs, libcontainers-common, podman, firefox, libqt4, libqt5-qtbase, openldap2, ovmf, pdns, rubygem-actionpack-5_1, and tiff), SUSE (firefox, go1.14, ImageMagick, and libqt5-qtbase), and Ubuntu (firefox, gnuplot, libquicktime, miniupnpd, ruby-sanitize, and sudo). 

  • Mac, Linux Users Now Targeted by FinSpy Variants

    FinSpy has returned in new campaigns targeting dissident organizations in Egypt – and researchers uncovered new samples of the spyware targeting macOS and Linux users.

    The FinSpy commercial spyware is back in recently observed campaigns against organizations and activists in Egypt. While the spyware previously targeted Windows, iOS and Android users, researchers have discovered these campaigns using new variants that target macOS and Linux users.

  • Major hospital system hit with cyberattack, potentially largest in U.S. history [iophk: Windows kills]

    Universal Health Services did not immediately respond to requests for comment, but posted a statement to its website that its company-wide network “is currently offline, due to an IT security issue. One person familiar with the company’s response efforts who was not authorized to speak to the press said that the attack “looks and smells like ransomware.”

  • Ransomware reportedly to blame for outage at US hospital chain [iophk: Windows kills]

    The hospital system, which has more than 400 locations in the US and the UK, said in a statement on Monday that its IT network across several facilities was offline “due to an IT security issue.” No patient or employee data appears to have been compromised, according to the statement, which did not mention malware or ransomware.

  • Cyberattack hobbles major hospital chain’s US facilities [iophk: Windows kills]

    Universal Health Services Inc., which operates more than 250 hospitals and other clinical facilities in the U.S., blamed the outage on an unspecified IT “security issue” in a statement posted to its website Monday but provided no details about the incident, such as how many facilities were affected and whether patients had to be diverted to other hospitals.

  • Cybersecurity Software Firm McAfee Files for Nasdaq IPO

    The San Jose, California-based company listed the size of the offering as $100 million in a filing Monday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The amount is a placeholder that will likely change.

    McAfee’s planned offering is part of a software IPO boom this year. The biggest listing for an operating company on a U.S. exchange is software maker Snowflake Inc., which raised $3.86 billion including so-called greenshoe shares this month.

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