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Linux Lite 2.2 Beta 1 Is Fast, Light, and the Perfect Replacement for Windows Systems

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Just like the 2.0 release of this operating system, the base is still Ubuntu 14.04, but the devs have made many improvements. In fact, all Linux Lite versions are only using LTS releases, which means that they show up occasionally. It also means that all releases made for this distro are actually very stable, even if the OS it's still in the Beta stages.

By basing the operating system on Ubuntu LTS, the developers also ensure that users benefit from the same kind of support, which should run until 2019. This is especially useful when you have a system that needs to run out of the box. Developers need to focus more on updates and less on security, a part that's been taken care of by Canonical and its team.

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Intel Publishes More Skylake Linux Graphics Patches

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We're still likely about one year out before seeing any Skylake processors released from Intel, but their open-source Skylake graphics enablement continues to flow.

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CS:GO & TF2 Extensively Tested On The Newest Open-Source Radeon Linux Driver

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Gaming

The latest massive set of Linux test data we have to share with Linux gamers and enthusiasts is a look at Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Team Fortress 2 when using the very newest open-source Radeon graphics driver code. The very latest open-source Radeon driver code tested with these popular Valve Linux games were the Linux 3.18 Git kernel, Mesa 10.4-devel, LLVM 3.6 SVN, and xf86-video-ati 7.5.99. With this bleeding edge code there were sixteen AMD Radeon graphics cards tested from low to high-end and spanning several generations. Beyond looking at the frame-rate results, there's also power consumption, performance-per-Watt, GPU core temperature, and CPU usage to go along with all of these results.

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Shrunken SODIMM-style Cortex-A9 COM delivers the goods

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Variscite announced a reduced-sized, Linux friendly COM based on Freescale’s i.MX6, featuring extensive I/O including HDMI, GbE, WiFi, Bluetooth, and more.

In September, Variscite refreshed its i.MX6 COM line with a VAR-SOM-MX6_V2 model that added built-in WiFi, Bluetooth, and eMMC flash. Now, the company has introduced a “VAR-SOM-SOLO” that provides nearly all of the V2′s features on a significantly smaller board.

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Linux Security Distros Compared: Tails vs. Kali vs. Qubes

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Security

If you're interested in security, you've probably already heard of security-focused Linux distros like Tails, Kali, and Qubes. They're really useful for browsing anonymously, penetration testing, and tightening down your system so it's secure from would-be hackers. Here are the strengths and weaknesses of all three.

It seems like every other day we hear about another hack, browser exploit, or nasty bit of malware. If you do a lot of your browsing on public Wi-Fi networks, you're a lot more susceptible to these types of hacks. A security-focused distribution of Linux can help. For most of us, the use cases here are pretty simple.

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Top 10 Linux desktops part 1

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The Linux desktop is one of the most important things about your Linux experience, aiding or supporting your workflow and tasks in many ways. We look at the top ten available for various distros right now to try and help you decide…

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OpenELEC 5.0 Beta 2 Is a Bleeding Edge Distro That Runs on Almost Any Hardware

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Linux

OpenELEC, an embedded operating system built specifically to run the Kodi media player solution and to work on most devices, has been updated yet again in the course of just one week.

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Digitimes Research: Lenovo, Asustek to launch US$149 Chromebook

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Google

Lenovo and Asustek are expected to release Chromebooks using Google-certified solutions from China-based Rockchip in the first half of 2015 at the latest, and their devices are expected to be priced at US$149, a new low for notebook products, according to Digitimes Research's latest finding from the Greater China supply chain.

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Intel Updates Its Linux Graphics Installer For Ubuntu 14.04 & Fedora 20

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This week Intel updated its Linux Graphics Installer for Fedora 20 and Ubuntu 14.04, but as usual, it's really nothing too special and doesn't earn my high recommendation as there's better ways for users to be running the latest open-source graphics code.

The Intel Linux Graphics Installer 1.0.7 release makes it easy to deploy their "2014Q3 Linux Graphics Stack" on the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Fedora 20 and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. The 2014Q3 stack is defined as the Linux 3.16.2 kernel, Mesa 10.3, xf86-video-intel 2.99.911, libdrm 2.4.56, libva 1.4.0, and X.Org Server 1.16.0. These software components have been talked about for a long while already on Phoronix.

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Scientific Linux 6.6 Released As RHEL 6.6 Spin

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Red Hat

For those currently bound to the RHEL6 series rather than the newer RHEL7 series and use Scientific Linux to avoid the associated Red Hat costs, Scientific Linux 6.6 is now available.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6 was released last month with performance improvements and enhancements to system administration and virtualization in particular. Nearly one month later, Scientific Linux 6.6 is out as its take on RHEL6.6

The Scientific Linux 6.6 release bumps OpenAFS to version 1.6.10 and it also features a new xorg-x11-server ABI due to a security error. The Scientific Linux 6.6 release is available for i386 and x86_64 architectures in a DVD ISO as well as a network boot image.

More details on Scientific Linux 6.6 via the release announcement and release notes.

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Security: Updates, IBM, Elytron and Container Vulnerability Scanning

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NetBSD 8.0 RC1 Available, Bringing Initial USB 3.0 Support & Spectre/Meltdown Mitigation

It's a busy month for the BSDs with DragonFlyBSD 5.2 having come along with OpenBSD 6.3 and right before that was TrueOS 18.03. Now there's finally the release candidate of the long-awaited NetBSD 8.0 update. NetBSD 7.0 arrived back in October 2015 while the NetBSD 8.0 release should not be too much further out. Arguably most interesting with NetBSD 8.0 is its finally bring initial USB 3.0 support though the change-log currently just describes it as "some USB 3 support." Read more

FFmpeg 4.0 Released

  • FFmpeg 4.0 released
    Version 4.0 of the FFmpeg multimedia toolkit is out. There is a long list of new filters, formats, and more; see the announcement for details.
  • April 20th, 2018, FFmpeg 4.0 "Wu"
  • FFmpeg 4.0 Released With New Encoders/Decoders, NVIDIA NVDEC Decoding
    FFmpeg 4.0 is now available as the latest major release for this widely-used open-source multimedia encode/decoder library. FFmpeg 4.0 introduces NVIDIA NVDEC GPU-based decoding for H264 / MJPEG / HEVC / MPEG-1/2/4, VC1, VP8, and VP9 formats. This release also adds an Intel QSV accelerated overlay filter, an OpenCL overlay filter, VA-API MJPEG and VP8 decoding support, new VA-API filters, and many other accelerated code path improvements.

Graphics: AMD, Intel and Vulkan

  • AMDGPU DC Fixes For Linux 4.17 Take Care Of "The Dark Screen Issue"
    AMD's Alex Deucher has sent in a small set of fixes for the AMDGPU Direct Rendering Manager driver in the Linux 4.17 kernel. The three patches are for fixing a dark screen issue with AMDGPU DC, a fix for clock/voltage dependency tracking for WattMan, and an updated SMU interface for the yet-to-be-announced Vega 12 GPU.
  • Intel KVMGT 2018-Q1 Release Offers Mediated GPU Pass-Through Improvements
    While the relevant bits for supporting Intel GPU mediated pass-through to virtual machines with KVM are now upstream in the Linux kernel as well as in QEMU 2.12, Intel developers have just announced their quarterly release of "KVMGT" for those wanting the officially blessed configuration for running Intel virtual GPU support with KVM virtual machines.
  • RADV Vulkan Driver Adds Vega M Support
    Following RadeonSI adding "Vega M" support for the new Radeon graphics appearing embedded on select Intel Kabylake processor packages, the RADV developers have similarly staged their Vega M support in this open-source Vulkan driver.
  • The Forge Now Offers Full-Featured Vulkan Support On Linux
    Earlier this month we covered "The Forge" picking up initial Linux support and now they have rounded out their full-featured Linux support with Vulkan rendering.