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Linux: Landlock Linux Security Module (LSM) and AMDKF

Graphics: XDC2017, VkMark, Intel, Mesa 17.1.7

  • XDC2017 To Feature Update On New Memory Allocation API, HDR, GPGPU, GLVND
    There is now less than one month to go until the annual X.Org Developers' Conference kicks off in Mountain View at the Googleplex. As such, the conference program is now filling up with the interesting talks. One of the talks we are very much looking forward to is James Jones' update on a new Unix Device Memory Allocation API. NVIDIA has continued working on a new memory allocation API suitable for OpenGL and Vulkan that will hopefully be adopted cross-vendor and end up being used by Wayland compositors rather than relying upon Mesa's GBM. At XDC2017, NVIDIA is expected to present a design proposal and some of their prototype code. NVIDIA also has talks about DeepColor for HDR (High Dynamic Range) monitor support under X11 as well as on GLVND, the OpenGL Vendor Neutral Dispatch Library.
  • VkMark Makes It Easy To Run Small Vulkan Test Cases
    One of the Vulkan open-source projects I have been tracking the past few months has been VkMark and it's now at a stage where it's becoming sufficiently useful for some small Vulkan test-cases / micro-benchmarks.
  • Intel Submits A Final Batch Of Feature Changes For Their DRM Driver In Linux 4.14
    Intel's open-source developers working on the i915 DRM driver have submitted the last of their feature work slated for the upcoming Linux 4.14 kernel by way of DRM-Next.
  • mesa 17.1.7
    Mesa 17.1.7 is now available. In this release we have: The state tracker received a fix to avoid a crash accessing a null pointer exposed using llvmpipe on Windows.
  • Mesa 17.1.7 Brings Various Fixes For Users Of Stable Open-Source 3D Drivers
    While Mesa 17.2 is right around the corner, for those sticking to the vetted stable Mesa releases, the 17.1.7 point release is now available.

today's howtos

Debian, Ubuntu, and Black Lab

  • Debian Policy call for participation -- August 2017
    At the Debian Policy BoF at DebConf17, Solveig suggested that we could post summaries of recent activity in policy bugs to Planet Debian, as a kind of call for participation. Russ Allbery had written a script to generate such a summary some time ago, but it couldn’t handle the usertags the policy team uses to progress bugs through the policy changes process. Today I enhanced the script to handle usertags and I’m pleased to be able to post a summary of our bugs.
  • LXD: Weekly status #11
  • Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11.0.3 Ubuntu-based operating system now available
    The perfect Linux distribution doesn't exist. Take it from someone that does a lot of distro-hopping -- you will find yourself searching forever. Instead, it is wise to find a Linux-based operating system that meets your needs and try to stick with it. After all, constantly fiddling with various distributions will just drain your energy and steal your time. With that said, Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11.0.3 is now available. Should you download it? Well, if you are not satisfied with your current Linux-based operating system, then maybe. I've got to tell you, this Ubuntu-based distro looks like a winner. It features modern versions of both Google Chrome and the Linux kernel, plus it offers support for many file systems. Despite being designed for organizations, it should serve as a great desktop OS for home users too.
  • Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11.0.3 Brings Linux 4.10, Based on Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS
    Black Lab Software's CEO Robert Dohnert informs Softpedia today on the immediate availability for download of what it would appear to be the third maintenance update to the Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11 operating system series. Based on the recently released Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system, Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11.0.3 uses its HWE (Hardware Enablement) Linux 4.10.0-37 kernel and comes with up-to-date components, including LibreOffice 5.4, Google Chrome 60, Mozilla Thunderbird 52.3, Webmin 1.8, and Samba 4, as well as all the latest security patches from upstream.