Welcome back to the GPG series, where we explore how to make use of GPG with other applications to secure and protect your data. In the first installment, we covered the functions of GPG. You learned about integrity, non-repudiation and authenticity. In the second installment, key creation and publication were covered, as well as revocation certificate creation. This installment will cover using your key to sign and encrypt files or communications.
The look of games on Linux-based Steam machines and mobile devices should improve significantly with the soon-to-be-released Vulkan API (application programming interface).
Vulkan can be used for many applications, but is most relevant to games, much like DirectX for Windows. The new API is a much-needed upgrade from the aging OpenGL, which was first introduced in 1991 by Silicon Graphics.
While the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver stack is capable of running The Talos Principle puzzle game by Croteam, the performance is rather poor and there are some bugs.
Following yesterday's 11-way Talos Principle comparison on NVIDIA using the latest drivers, I proceeded to run some AMD tests... Catalyst had to be left out though since I was just getting a black screen when running it on the box with the proprietary driver enabled. So that left the open-source driver stack: it worked, but wasn't perfect.
While first person shooter games tend to dominate the Linux gaming landscape, if you are curious about some numbers for a puzzle video game like Talos Principle, here are some fresh benchmark results for a slew of different GeForce graphics cards on the latest Linux driver.
Almost two years ago I was working on a test profile for The Talos Principle, but only recently got around to restoring it and making it available on OpenBenchmarking.org for automated benchmarking via the Phoronix Test Suite. With Steam installed and owning the rights to the game, it should be as easy as phoronix-test-suite benchmark talos-principle.
Well, looks like Techland are at least paying some sort of attention to their Linux port, not much mind. They just released a hotfix to Dying Light that should fix up the low resolution texture issue. I did a quick test, and it does indeed look like it's fixed (for me at least). See the update at the bottom too.
You have to hand it to Rackspace, even though it was among the early players on the OpenStack cloud computing scene--and offers its own public and private clouds--it is actively pursuing supporting other clouds as well. The comany has partnered up with Linux vendor Red Hat to add another Openstack-as-a-Service solution to its mix of cloud offerings.
Canonical has been excited to announce that Awnix, an OpenStack solution provider with over 25 years of experience designing systems for enterprise data center environments, has joined its Partner Reseller Programme for cloud solutions.
If you've been reading the news lately, you may have heard rumors that Docker founders hired the developer of Alpine Linux, a small, text-based distribution, to move the official Docker images away from the Ubuntu infrastructure.
A greater number of Android smartphone/tablet vendors are said to be eyeing Ubuntu Phone for new devices later this year.
In an interview published this morning by The Register, Canonical CEO Jane Silber talked about their communications with more (unnamed) Android vendors and supposedly seeing some other vendors offering Ubuntu Phone products later in 2016.