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Free Professional Creation Suite Blender 2.75 Arrives with AMD GPU Support

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The Blender Foundation, the developer of Blender, an integrated 3D creation software suite, has just announced that a new version of the suite, 2.75, has been released and is now available for download.

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NVIDIA SHIELD ANDROID TV REVIEW

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Some of its biggest selling points include 4K and NVIDIA Grid support. If you love gaming, have a powerful rig with a robust NVIDIA GPU, and want to enjoy one of the best in class Android TV experiences, then the NVIDIA Shield Android TV is a sure bet. If you’re more of a casual gamer, then there are less expensive options, but if you want to have something that packs a wallop, streams your games, and is quite future proof, then we highly recommend it. Further, we’ve given it our highly coveted Editor’s Choice Award for being a rock solid Android TV device!

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NVIDIA Starts Supplying Open-Source Hardware Reference Headers

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There's another step forward today in NVIDIA's open-source/Linux hardware support! NVIDIA will begin supplying hardware reference headers for the Nouveau DRM driver.

While NVIDIA right now is the primary choice for Linux gamers and those willing to use proprietary hardware drivers, the same cannot be said about those that are strict into using fully open-source code on their systems. The NVIDIA open-source support has lagged behind Intel and AMD on Linux with NVIDIA not officially supporting the community-based, mostly-reverse-engineered Nouveau driver. The only exception so far has been for the NVIDIA Tegra hardware where they actively have been working on the Tegra K1 (and newer) graphics driver support for the open-source driver.

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Nvidia 346.82 Long-Lived Drivers Are Out with Support for New GPUs

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Nvidia has just released a new update for the Linux branch of the long-lived driver, and it brings support for new GPUs and a number of small bug fixes.

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Phoronix on Graphics

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X.Org Server 1.17.2 Out Now with XWayland, GCC 5, and VESA Improvements

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On June 16, Adam Jackson had the great pleasure of announcing the immediate availability for download of the second maintenance release of the X.Org Server 1.17 display server for GNU/Linux and UNIX-like operating systems.

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Also: X.Org Server 1.17.2 Released

Imagination Appears To Be Working On An Open-Source PowerVR Driver

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The latest talk is that Imagination Technologies may be developing an open-source Linux graphics driver for their PowerVR hardware.

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Also in Phoronix:

  • Khronos Is Working On An OpenGL Transmission Format

    Work on the new OpenGL Transmission Format was mentioned in the EETimes. The report should be accurate given that it comes from the Khronos President, Neil Trevett. Additionally, I found out about this report as it came along this morning from the official Khronos.org news feed.

  • Catalyst 15.5 For Linux Brings Some Performance Improvements

    Earlier this month Catalyst 15.5 was released for Linux as the first official Linux graphics driver update since last December when Catalyst 14.12 was released (sans the special fglrx driver packaged by Canonical for Ubuntu 15.04). As discussed by users in our forums and elsewhere, Catalyst 15.5 does offer better performance for certain OpenGL workloads compared to the earlier driver, but the gains aren't universal.

  • NVIDIA 352.21 Linux Driver Adds New GPU Support, Fixes

    NVIDIA released the 352.21 Linux driver today as the latest release in their 352.xx driver series.

  • Mesa 10.6.0 Officially Released While Still Lacking OpenGL 4.0+ Compliance

    While it's coming a bit behind schedule, Mesa 10.6 has been released today as the newest version of the user-space, open-source graphics drivers for Linux and other platforms. Officially only OpenGL 3.3 support is there, but many OpenGL 4.x extensions were implemented over the past three months.

Nvidia 352.21 Linux Video Driver Is a Massive Update

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Nvidia has published details about the immediate availability of an updated proprietary video driver for GNU/Linux operating systems, Nvidia 352.21, the long-lived branch version.

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More PRIME Features May Be Coming For X.Org Server 1.18

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David Airlie is looking at adding a few more PRIME (the open-source alternative to NVIDIA Optimus) features for X.Org Server 1.18.

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New AMDGPU Driver Gets More Fixes Ahead Of Its Linux 4.2 Introduction

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With the Linux 4.2 kernel that's soon to enter development, it's adding the new "AMDGPU" DRM driver as needed to support AMD's R9 285 Tonga along with Carrizo APUs and Radeon Rx 300 series graphics cards.

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Also: SNA Is Four Years Old - Intel's 3.0 X.Org Driver Still Unreleased

RadeonSI Gallium3D Enabled In Android Builds, VC4 Looks To Be Added

Preview Numbers Of The Radeon R7 With AMD's Godavari A10-7870K

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    In her Texas Linux Fest keynote, Joan Touzet talked to us about how to improve our open source communities. Joan's talk was a series of stories about communities who have faced a crisis and then rose above it.
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    When XBT Holding S.A. decided to simplify how its subsidiaries provided global hosting, network solutions, and web development they turned to the open source cloud infrastructure platform OpenStack. By consolidating the offerings under a single service provider, Servers.com, customers can more easily browse, mix, compare and choose the most suitable services.
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    There is another OpenStack-focused startup on the scene, and you have to appreciate its creative name: ZeroStack. The cloud computing company has come out of stealth mode to introduce a private cloud solution that it claims is easier to configure, consume and manage than any other technology on the market.
  • Apache Ignite, a Big Data Tool, Graduates as a Top-Level Project
    Only a few days ago, Apache, which is the steward for and incubates more than 350 Open Source projects, announced that Apache Lens, an open source Big Data and analytics tool, has graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a Top-Level Project (TLP). Now, the ASF has announced that Apache Ignite is to become a top-level project. It's an open source effort to build an in-memory data fabric that was driven by GridGain Systems and WANdisco.
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  • How Apache Spark Is Transforming Big Data Processing, Development
  • PiwigoPress release 2.31
    I just pushed a new release of PiwigoPress (main page, WordPress plugin dir) to the WordPress servers. This release incorporates new features for the sidebar widget, and better interoperability with some Piwigo galleries.
  • How to teach student sys admins
    Students spend the 16-week long course learning practical skills using real tools. To support their systems, students learn about using support tickets and documentation by using RT and MediaWiki. To deploy and maintain their systems, they learn about configuration management using Puppet, system monitoring using Nagios, and backup and recovery using Bacula. But the broad concepts are more important than the specific software packages I just mentioned. The point is to learn, for example, configuration management, not to be trained to use Puppet. The software used by Clark is used because it works for him, but the software is flexible and changeable.
  • ownCloud beefing up security with bounty program
    ownCloud Inc. have announced a partnership with HackerOne to help with the newly created Security Bug Bounty Program in an effort to find vulnerabilities and fix them before they become an issue for users.
  • National Science Foundation Commits $6 Million to Secure IoT
  • Schiphol Airport working on open innovation
    ...open data and an open programming interface...
  • How open film project Cosmos Laundromat made Blender better
    If you're not familiar with the string of open projects that the Blender Institute has kicked out over the years, you might not be familiar with the term "open movie." Simply put, not only is Cosmos Laundromat produced using free and open source tools like Blender, GIMP, Krita, and Inkscape, but the film itself, and all of its assets—models, textures, character rigs, animations, all of it—are available under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license. Want to see what a production character rig looks like? Or know how that giant color tornado was created? How about actually using a character (or just a prop) in your own project? Maybe you even want to redo the entire film to your own tastes. It's an open movie! You can!
  • Making strides in container integration, and more OpenStack news
  • The thin line between good and bad automation
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Leftovers: BSD

  • Coming Soon to OpenBSD/amd64: A Native Hypervisor
    Earlier today, Mike Larkin (mlarkin@) published a teaser for something he's been working on for a while.
  • the peculiar libretunnel situation
    The author of stunnel has (once, twice) asserted that stunnel may not be used with LibreSSL, only with OpenSSL. This is perhaps a strange thing for free software to do, and it creates the potential for some very weird consequences. First, some background. The OpenSSL license and the GPL are both free software licenses, but they are different flavors of freedom, meaning you can’t mix them. It would be like mixing savory and sweet. Can’t do it. Alright, so maybe technically you can do it, but you’re not supposed to. The flavor, er, freedom police will come get you. One workaround is for the GPL software to say, oh, but maybe wait, here’s an exception. (Does this make the software more or less free?) Here’s a longer explanation with sample exception.
  • FreeBSD on Beagle Bone Black (with X11)
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OpenSSL Security: A Year in Review

Over the last 10 years, OpenSSL has published advisories on over 100 vulnerabilities. Many more were likely silently fixed in the early days, but in the past year our goal has been to establish a clear public record. Read more Also: Tuesday's security advisories Linux Foundation publishes best practices for secure workstations