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AMD issues new Linux drivers

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AMD has released new Linux drivers for the upcoming Linux 4.2 kernel.

The drivers include the new "AMDGPU" kernel driver which succeeds the "Radeon" DRM kernel driver.

For those who came in late this is part of AMD's long talked about new Linux driver architecture for supporting the latest GPUs and all future GPUs.

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Phoronix on Graphics

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Debian GNU/Linux No Longer Supports the SPARC Hardware Architecture

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Debian

On July 27, the Debian Project, through Joerg Jaspert, announced the effective removal of support for the SPARC hardware architecture from the Debian GNU/Linux operating system.

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ExLight Linux Live DVD 64 bit with Enlightenment 0.19.7 and kernel 4.0.0-4-exton

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WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 150726?
1. ExLight is now based on Ubuntu 15.04 (alias Vivid Vervet) and Debian 8.1 Jessie.
2. I have upgraded the Desktop environment Enlightenment (Beauty at your fingertips) to version 0.19.7.
3. I have replaced kernel 3.18.0-10-exton with kernel 4.0.0-4-exton.

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Manjaro Linux Needs Your Help, Here's How You Can Contribute UPDATED

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The Manjaro development team, through Philip Müller, has posted an interesting article on the project's website informing the entire Linux community that they need your help to contribute to the Arch Linux-based distribution.

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Enlightenment 0.19.7 Desktop Environment Improves X11 Compatibility with Older EFLs

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Immediately after having announced the major Enlightenment 0.19.6 release, the developers of the modern and lightweight desktop environment used in numerous GNU/Linux distributions offered Enlightenment 0.19.7 for download.

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How to Update Linux Kernel for Improved System Performance

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The rate of development for the Linux kernel is unprecedented, with a new major release approximately every two to three months. Each release offers several new features and improvements that a lot of people could take advantage of to make their computing experience faster, more efficient, or better in other ways.

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Also: Linux Kernel 4.2 RC4 Announced by Linus Torvalds, Fixes Major Issues

Linux 4.2-rc4 Released, But 4.2 Isn't Quite Calming Down

Linux 4.2-rc4

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I really wish that things were calming down, but it hasn't happened
quite yet. It's not like this is particularly big or scary, but it's
also not at the stage where it's really starting to get quiet and the
bugs are really small and esoteric.

So we still had some bugs due to the low-level x86 asm cleanup work,
and the 32-bit compat 'syscall' instruction (only used on AMD) was
subtly broken. That should be all fixed now, so if you run a 64-bit
kernel and have 32-bit user space (including things like wine etc) and
saw problems earlier, go ahead and update.

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The Penguin or the Egg: How To Increase Adoption Of Desktop Linux

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Dual-booting Windows and Linux really sucks. It’s not because I hate Windows, either. It’s because I feel it should be unnecessary. It’s a half-measure that allows a lot of Linux users to play games or get things done.

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The New AMD GPU Open-Source Driver On Linux 4.2 Works, But Still A Lot Of Work Ahead

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With the Linux 4.2 kernel settling down nicely and AMD developers having already sent in a few round of fixes for their new AMDGPU kernel DRM driver, I've started testing out this new kernel driver -- plus the new xf86-video-amdgpu DDX and the associated new Mesa/LibDRM code -- that is providing the open-source accelerated graphics support for Tonga and all new/future GPUs like Carrizo and Fiji.

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KDE: CMake 3.12 With FreeBSD, Krita 4.1 Beta, C++/Qt

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    CMake 3.12 has reached rc1. That means we’re testing the update on FreeBSD, and building lots and lots of packages. And, as I’ve written previously, every CMake update triggers a bunch of interesting software findings. As a motto, I’ve got “use it, aggressively improve it” on my website (you can hire me for odd CMake and C++ jobs, too). So hitting compile issues makes me turn to fixing software outside of KDE.
  • Krita 4.1 Digital Painting Program Enters Beta With Multi-Monitor Workspace Layouts
    The KDE/Qt-aligned Krita digital painting program has published the first beta of their next feature release, Krita 4.1.
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Red Hat: Kubernetes, 'Cloud', and GlusterFS 4.1.0 Release

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