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Fedora Now Has Bootable RISC-V Disk Images Available

Sun, 2016-09-25 22:09
Fedora has been making a lot of RISC-V build/packaging progress over the past few months while this weekend the milestone was announced that they are hosting clean, RPM-built, bootable disk images for this open-source RISC-V instruction set architecture...

Testing Various HDDs & SSDs On Ubuntu With The Linux 4.8 Kernel

Sun, 2016-09-25 19:12
Here are some fresh benchmarks of various solid-state drives (SATA 3.0 SSDs plus two NVMe M.2 SSDs) as well as two HDDs for getting a fresh look at how they are performing using the Linux 4.8 Git kernel...

PostgreSQL 9.6 Preparing To Release Next Week With Its Parallel Queries Support

Sun, 2016-09-25 15:06
PostgreSQL 9.6 is being prepared for release on 29 September as the database system's latest major update...

SuperTux 0.5 Released With In-Game Level Editor

Sun, 2016-09-25 14:50
SuperTux v0.5 is now available as the newest version of this open-source Tux-themed game inspired by Super Mario Bros...

OpenChrome Maintainer Making Some Progress On VIA DRM Driver

Sun, 2016-09-25 14:35
Independent developer Kevin Brace took over maintaining the OpenChrome DDX driver earlier this year to improve the open-source VIA Linux graphics support while over the summer he's slowly been getting up to speed on development of the OpenChrome DRM driver...

XDC2016 Wraps Up After Many Wayland, X.Org & Mesa Discussions

Sun, 2016-09-25 00:23
The 2016 X.Org Developers' Conference (XDC2016) wrapped up Friday in Helsinki, Finland. Here is a summary of the major happenings for those that may have missed it or didn't yet watch the video streams.

Wayland 1.13 Is Open For Development

Sat, 2016-09-24 17:01
Following this week's Wayland/Weston 1.12 release, Wayland 1.13 and the reference Weston 1.13 compositor are now open for development...

The Ongoing Work Of Nouveau Power Management / Re-Clocking

Sat, 2016-09-24 16:00
In addition to the Nouveau status update talk at XDC2016, Nouveau contributor Karol Herbst had carried out an additional presentation on Friday dedicated to this open-source NVIDIA driver's work on power management and re-clocking...

Libreboot Drama Continues, GNU Might Keep The Project

Sat, 2016-09-24 15:45
It's been one week since the Libreboot downstream of Coreboot announced it would leave the GNU and denounced the FSF over supposedly a transgendered individual having been fired by the this free software group. Both Richard Stallman and the FSF denounced these claims made by Libreboot maintainer Leah Rowe. Since then, no actual proof has been presented to back up these claims by the Libreboot maintainer but the drama around it has seemingly continued...

GDB Continues Improving, libstdc++ Is Doing Well On C++17 & More

Sat, 2016-09-24 14:48
At the GNU Tools Cauldron earlier this month in the UK there was a presentation on forthcoming improvements to the GNU Tools, presented by Nick Clifton as part of the Red Hat Tools Team...

The Student Working On "Soft" FP64 Support Is Good News For Older GPUs

Sat, 2016-09-24 14:30
This summer the student developer Elie Tournier participated in Google Summer of Code to develop a "soft" double-precision floating-point library for Mesa. While GSoC is past, it appears he is committed to seeing this library through and getting into Mesa. With potential soft/emulated ARB_gpu_shader_fp64 support, this could be good news for those GPUs lacking real double precision support...

The Mesa On-Disk Shader Cache Has Been Revised Again (V5)

Sat, 2016-09-24 14:18
Timothy Arceri of Collabora has revised his massive patch-set that implements an on-disk shader cache for the Intel open-source driver...

LXQt 0.11 Released, Improves The User Experience

Sat, 2016-09-24 02:33
It has been nearly one year since the LXQt 0.10 release while today it was succeeded by LXQt v0.11, the newest version of this lightweight, Qt-powered desktop environment...

GCC Preps ARMv8.2-A Support In Mainline

Fri, 2016-09-23 23:15
Landing in the mainline GCC compiler stack for next year's GCC 7.1 release is initial enablement on ARMv8.2-A support...

GNOME 3.22 Now Available On OpenSUSE Tumbleweed

Fri, 2016-09-23 21:45
If you are using openSUSE's Tumbleweed rolling-release Linux distribution, you now have access to the upstream GNOME 3.22 packages...

NVIDIA's Proposal For A New API Better Than GBM Has Already Made Some Progress

Fri, 2016-09-23 20:26
On the first day of the XDC2016 conference this week in Finland NVIDIA presented over their GBM vs. EGLStreams debate that's been ongoing for months with NVIDIA's lack of GBM API support by their driver being what's preventing the binary blob from working with current-generation Wayland compositors. In that session they called for a new community-driven API to suit the needs of device memory / surface allocation and could succeed the Generic Buffer Manager. By the end of XDC2016, some progress has already been made...

OpenSolaris-Derived Illumos Switching Away From GRUB 0.97 To A New Bootloader

Fri, 2016-09-23 19:58
The OpenSolaris-derived Illumos project is rolling out its new bootloader project to use on new systems in place of its old GRUB (v0.97) legacy bootloader...

Intel 600P Series SSD NVMe M.2 Linux Tests

Fri, 2016-09-23 18:03
Last month Intel introduced the 600P Series solid-state drives as the most competitively-priced NVMe SSDs launched to date. Here are a few Linux comparison benchmarks from my initial testing of the SSDPEKKW256G7X1 M.2 SSD on Linux.

Enlightenment EFL Adds Atomic Modesetting, Nuclear Page-Flipping

Fri, 2016-09-23 17:16
The Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL) now has support for atomic mode-setting and nuclear page-flipping!..

Survival Horror Game Sees Linux Sales Around 1%

Fri, 2016-09-23 16:52
It's been one year since Frictional Games launched SOMA as their latest science fiction survival horror game. The game is supported on Windows, OS X, Linux, and PlayStation 4. This game saw close to half a million sales, but just over 1% of them were from Linux gamers...