Microsoft (MSFT) Windows XP's end is nigh, and you might think a longtime Linux user such as myself would have little reason to care. But I do, because XP's impending end of life means virtualizing Windows apps on open source platforms is about to become much more difficult. Here's why.
Hopefully the Linux kernel LTO support will finish up in the Linux 3.15 kernel otherwise Linux 3.16 so we can move onward with some benchmarks of an LTO-optimized Linux kernel to see the performance wins at the cost of greater compile times and memory usage during the compilation process. It's worth noting that with the upcoming GCC 4.9 are also some significant link-time optimization enhancements.
Improvements to the Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI) code within the Linux kernel allow for more code to be shared amongst drivers for this SATA disk interface. In particular, a lot of embedded platforms were implementing AHCI controller support and were doing so in a variety of different ways. With Linux 3.15, libahci and the AHCI platform code have been improved so that these platform drivers can share more common code. There's also been the introduction of some new drivers to replace older drivers.
While anyone living in China or India can walk into a store and buy an Ubuntu laptop off the shelves, those of us in Europe and the US find hunting down brand-name notebooks loaded with Linux a bit of a hassle.
The deblobbing scripts didn't require significant changes, compared to those of the previous release; only small adjustments had to be made to account for drivers removed or modified upstream. That said, I have been working on the fix for our #1 bug, namely, that disabling the requests for non-Free firmware removes the ability to load and use the non-Free firmware without rebuilding the driver or the entire kernel. The plan is to implement (at last! the proposal outlined in http://www.fsfla.org/anuncio/2010-03-Linux-2.6.33-libre
These EFI mixed mode patches initially debuted in early March by Intel's Matt Fleming. This is great news for those with devices -- particularly laptops / mobile devices -- that have only 32-bit EFI but have been wanting to run Linux. Most 32-bit Linux distributions don't ship with EFI support and up until now it hasn't been clean to get a 64-bit kernel running on the 32-bit firmware... One of the well known devices that have run into this problem is the ASUS Transformer Book T100TA that was one of the early Intel Bay Trail convertible laptops/tablets. Sadly that T100TA of mine is now dead and wouldn't even power up correctly at last attempt after doing some last-ditch attempts to make the device Linux friendly some months ago.
With the Linux 3.14 kernel that was released over the night, Intel UMS support was deprecated. Intel hasn't maintained their user-space mode-setting support on Linux in about a half-decade with pushing everything these days through kernel-based mode-setting. The Radeon and Nouveau drivers have also become completely dependent upon kernel mode-setting too, with user-space mode-setting these days mostly being left to really old X.Org drivers without a DRM/KMS module. Modern Linux distributions are also beginning to drop support for these old GPUs.
“Internally this will be known by the less-catchy name OpenELEC 3.95.3. This release includes some bugfixes and improvements since 3.95.2 (beta2). Besides the usual bugfixes and package updates as well the XBMC Gotham beta3 release we also added drivers and firmwares for some more Realtek WLAN USB devices and DVB devices. Also we added initial support for TTS (TextToSpeech) output which can be already used together with Ruuk's Addo,” reads the official announcement.
http://news.softpedia.com/news/4MLinux-Allinone-Edition-8-1-Distro-Has-Everything-You-Could-Possibly-Need-434998.shtml4MLinux Allinone Edition, a Linux distro focusing on the Maintenance (system rescue Live CD), Multimedia (e.g., playing video DVDs), Miniserver (using the inetd daemon), and Mystery (Linux games) 4M editions, has just reached version 8.1, finally exiting the Beta stages.
The year of the Linux desktop.
The phrase has been a comical punching bag for a number of years. At the turn of every new year the question can be found on hundreds of Linux-centered websites.
“Will this be the year of the Linux desktop?”
The fact is, we’ll never see “the year of desktop Linux.” Not the way we imagine it anyway. Many of us long for the time when Linux will become a well known alternative to Microsoft Windows. That just isn’t gonna happen.