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Solaris-Derived OpenIndiana Releases MATE Desktop ISOs

Wed, 2016-08-17 00:57
It's been a while since last having any major news to report on OpenIndiana, the OpenSolaris/Illumos-derived operating system, but they are out today with new test ISOs that incorporate the MATE desktop...

NVIDIA Rolls Out 370 Linux Driver Beta, Adds Pascal Under/Over-Clocking

Tue, 2016-08-16 19:04
NVIDIA this morning rolled out the first Linux/Solaris/FreeBSD driver beta in their 370 driver series. There's good stuff in here for Pascal GPU owners...

LLVM/Clang 3.9 Is Shipping Soon With OpenCL 2.0, ThinLTO & Much More

Tue, 2016-08-16 16:00
If all goes well, LLVM/Clang 3.9.0 will be released next week. With this major feature release right around the corner, here is a look at some of the exciting features and changes to this open-source compiler stack...

GNOME Turns 19, Debian Turns 23 Years Old

Tue, 2016-08-16 15:03
There are at least two exciting Linux/open-source birthdays to celebrate this week...

Intel Kaby Lake Support Added To Beignet OpenCL

Tue, 2016-08-16 14:53
Intel's Beignet project for providing open-source OpenCL support for Intel HD/Iris Graphics hardware on Linux now has support for upcoming Kaby Lake processors...

FreeBSD Catching Up To Linux DRM Graphics Drivers, In Sync With Git

Tue, 2016-08-16 14:39
For the first time ever, the FreeBSD DRM drivers match the code of what's found in the upstream Linux kernel Git. They started off trailing many releases behind the state of the upstream Linux kernel, but as of now the Intel DRM as the first driver has made it to be in sync with the current Linux 4.8 development code...

Performance Improvement For Virtual NVMe Devices

Tue, 2016-08-16 14:29
Helen Koike of Collabora has been one of the developers looking to optimize the performance of virtual NVMe devices, such as used by Google's Cloud Engine...

MidnightBSD 0.8 Switches From GCC 4.2 To Clang

Tue, 2016-08-16 14:13
For those of you unfamiliar with it, MidnightBSD is a BSD (obviously) that focuses upon being a good desktop OS, similar to the goals of GhostBSD or PC-BSD. MidnightBSD 0.8 was released this week as the newest version of the operating system...

Go 1.7 Brings s390x Support, Compiler Improvements

Tue, 2016-08-16 01:50
Version 1.7 of the Go programming language is now available...

Btrfs RAID vs. Linux Software RAID Benchmarks On Linux 4.7

Mon, 2016-08-15 22:00
Earlier this month I carried out some 4-disk Btrfs RAID benchmarks using four SATA 3.0 SSDs. Those tests were done using the Btrfs built-in RAID capabilities while today are some comparison tests against those numbers when using the Linux Software RAID setup via mdadm.

The Brewing Problem Of PGP Short-ID Collision Attacks

Mon, 2016-08-15 21:00
Using short PGP key IDs is proving to be insecure with real attacks having started this summer...

Raspbian DRM Updated, DSI Driver Not Yet Ready For Upstream Due To Firmware Blob Issue

Mon, 2016-08-15 19:55
Eric Anholt of Broadcom has written a blog post detailing his past week of work on the open-source VC4 driver stack that benefits the Raspberry Pi...

Intel Graphics Driver SVM Support Back To Being Worked On

Mon, 2016-08-15 19:16
Intel Open-Source Technology Center developers are back to working on SVM support for the Intel i915 DRM driver...

That Radeon Performance Regression For R9 290 & Co Might Be Nailed

Mon, 2016-08-15 18:18
Present in the Linux 4.7 kernel and thus far in the Linux 4.8 development cycle has been a significant performance regression affecting the Radeon R9 290 and other select GPUs. This performance drop has been very noticeable and I've seen it since Linux 4.7-rc1 while finally an independent user went through the process of bisecting the kernel to find the problematic commit of this hefty performance drop...

Firefox 49 To Offer Linux Widevine Support, Firefox Also Working On WebP Support

Mon, 2016-08-15 16:58
There are two exciting bits of Mozilla Firefox news to pass along today: Winevine support on Linux out-of-the-box to handle Netflix and friends. Separately, WebP image support is being worked on...

KDE Plasma 5.8 To Finally Allow LLVMpipe, Drops EGL On X11 Option

Mon, 2016-08-15 14:26
There are several changes to KWin's OpenGL compositor support with the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.8 release...

Qt Quick 2's Graphics State For Qt 5.8

Mon, 2016-08-15 14:14
Qt developers Laszlo Agocs and Andy Nchols have written a summary on The Qt Blog about the state of the Qt Quick 2 graphics stack for the upcoming Qt 5.8 release...

GNOME's GUADEC 2016 Videos Now Available

Mon, 2016-08-15 14:04
Running this weekend in Karlsruhe, Germany was the 2016 GUADEC conference -- GNOME's annual big event. It looked like it was another excellent event and the videos are now available...

Wayland-Protocols 1.7 Breaks XDG-Shell Backwards Compatibility

Mon, 2016-08-15 13:56
It was just days ago that Wayland-Protocols 1.6 was released with the additions of XDG-Foreign and Idle-Inhibit. Arriving this Monday morning is Wayland-Protocols 1.7...

Linux 4.8-rc2 Kernel Released

Mon, 2016-08-15 13:16
The second weekly test release of the Linux 4.8 kernel is now available...

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