The X.Org Server Git code finally has the threaded input support that's long been a work-in-progress.
We reported earlier today, May 26, 2016, that Valve pushed build 2.80 of its SteamOS gaming operating system to the Brewmaster Beta channels for early adopters and public beta testers.
Earlier this month I wrote about much faster tessellation coming for AMD's RadeonSI Gallium3D driver and now that code has landed.
The GNOME devs are working around the clock these days to release the second milestone towards the GNOME 3.22 desktop environment, which is expected to land for various GNU/Linux operating systems later this year.
Polari developer Florian Müllner informs the community about the general availability of the second snapshot towards the major 3.22 release of the open-source and straightforward IRC client designed for GNOME 3.
As a result of three months of hard work by Francesco Milesi, Birds Linux 8.0 is available for download. This open source Linux distro is focused on students by bringing along many educational tools to assist them in learning. Birds Linux 8.0 also marks a shift to GNOME 3 desktop environment.
The next major version of the Tails amnesic incognito live system, also known as the Anonymous Live CD used by ex-CIA employee Edward Snowden to stay hidden online using the latest Tor technologies, is now in the works.
Tails 2.4 development is open, and it looks like the first Release Candidate (RC) build has already landed for public beta testing, incorporating some major new features and changes, among which we can mention the upgrade to the latest Tor Browser 6.0 web browser based on Mozilla Firefox 45.2.
The Rust team is happy to announce the latest version of Rust, 1.9. Rust is a systems programming language focused on safety, speed, and concurrency.
Rust 1.9 brings controlled unwinding support, support for deprecation warnings, new targets (MIPS Linux Musl C library and i586 Windows MSVC), compile-time improvements, more library stabilization work, and new Cargo features.
Over the last 19 years, the Open Source Initiative (OSI) has been the steward of the Open Source Definition (or OSD), establishing a common language when discussing what it means to be an Open Source license, and a list of licenses which are known to be compatible with the OSD.
This is taken to its logic next step this year, with the OSI providing a machine readable publication of OSI approved licenses at api.opensource.org. This will allow third parties to become license-aware, and give organizations the ability to clearly determine if a license is, in fact, an Open Source license, from the authoritative source regarding Open Source licenses, the OSI.
The Linux and OS X builds of Valve's Counter-Strike: Global Offensive are finally 64-bit!
While it's not as exciting as moving over to the Source 2 Engine and introducing a Vulkan rendering back-end, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive at least now is shipped as a 64-bit binary.
Feral Interactive has made the Linux port of the F1 2015 Formula One racing game available now via the Steam Store and their own Feral Store.
F1 2015 is a racing game released for Windows and other platforms last year. This game was made by the folks at Codemasters and uses the EGO Engine 4.0. As covered already, Feral recommends a GeForce GTX 970 or better to play this game. The minimum GPU requirement is a GT 640. Feral hasn't communicated any details yet about Mesa/Gallium3D or AMDGPU-PRO support for this game.
With today's release of F1 2015 for Linux as the popular Formula One racing game, only NVIDIA graphics are listed as supported but I decided to try this game anyways with the AMDGPU-PRO and RadeonSI Gallium3D drivers.
I tried today's F1 2015 Linux release with both a Radeon R9 285 and R9 Fury. I started with the AMDGPU-PRO 16.20.3 driver release from last week.
Immediately after announcing the Tomb Raider 2013 1.1.1 patch for Linux gamers, Feral Interactive had the great pleasure of announcing the official launch of the F1 2015 racing game for SteamOS and Steam on Linux.
Earlier this week I published some Dota 2 Vulkan vs. OpenGL benchmarks with AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards under Linux. Since then I received some feedback from Valve with regards to Dota 2 on the Source 2 Engine testing along with a better demo to use for benchmarking and also using the latest Dota 2 Vulkan DLC updates. So here is a fresh look at the OpenGL vs. Vulkan performance for this popular Valve game on an assortment of NVIDIA and AMD graphics cards.
Today, May 26, 2016, Feral Interactive, the video game published for GNU/Linux and Mac OS X operating systems, announced the availability of a new patch for the Linux port of the Tomb Raider 2013 reboot.
Not only is Feral expected to launch today F1 2015 for Linux but they've also put out a hefty update to Tomb Raider.
Out now is the SteamOS 2.80 Brewmaster Beta update for those using Valve's Linux distribution for gaming. SteamOS 2.80 most notably brings the AMDGPU-PRO driver.
Civilization VI was announced recently and it was officially confirmed that it's going to come to Linux, we now have some gameplay to show you.
Rocket League is still coming to Linux a developer has confirmed on reddit, but they have no idea when by the looks of it.
Following a two-week trial, a federal jury concluded Thursday that Google's Android operating system does not infringe Oracle-owned copyrights because its re-implementation of 37 Java APIs is protected by "fair use." The verdict was reached after three days of deliberations.
"Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, listen to your verdict as it will stand recorded," said the court clerk, before polling each of the ten men and women on the jury.
There was only one question on the special verdict form, asking if Google's use of the Java APIs was a "fair use" under copyright law. The jury unanimously answered "yes," in Google's favor. The verdict ends the trial, which began earlier this month. If Oracle had won, the same jury would have gone into a "damages phase" to determine how much Google should pay. Because Google won, the trial is over.
"I salute you for your extreme hard work in this case," said US District Judge William Alsup, who has overseen the litigation since 2010. "With the thanks of your United States District Court, you are now discharged. I would like to come in the jury room and shake each of your hands individually."
Four of the ten jurors declined to comment to reporters gathered in the hallway. The other six went out through a back exit.
"We're grateful for the jury's verdict," said Google lead lawyer Robert Van Nest before getting into the elevator with Google's in-house lawyers. "That's it." Oracle attorneys had no comment.
Today, a jury in California's Northern District federal court declared that Google's use of copyright-protected code in Android was fair use, freeing it of any liability. Oracle, which controls the copyright on the code, had been seeking $9 billion for the use of the code.
The case centers around an API developed by Java and owned by Oracle, which allows outside programs to easily interact with Java programs. Android uses the same API, and in 2014 a federal appeals court ruled that Oracle has a valid copyright claim on the API code, potentially putting Google on the hook for billions of dollars in damages. (The Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal.) In the latest round, Google argued that Android's reimplementation of the API constituted fair use, which would allow use of the code without invalidating Oracle's copyright. Ultimately, the jury found that case convincing.
Michael Ellerman, a Linux kernel developer, working for IBM, reported recently on the fact that a group of engineers from IBM and SUSE managed to enable kernel live patching support for the PPC64le hardware architecture.
Canonical developer Michael Hall published today a short update on Snap packaging for the Ubuntu Linux operating system, showing us how easy is to package any software in the new Snap format.
Uniti’s “Uniti ARC” is an open source, Arduino Uno compatible microcontroller board, designed for controlling three-phase motors in electric vehicles.
Swedish electric car startup Uniti calls the Uniti ARC “the world’s first open-source commercial development board for three phase motors with Arduino Uno compatibility.” Together with an optional ARC motor shield and a free software suite built around the Arduino IDE, Uniti ARC is designed for makers, startups, educators, and others who want to prototype three-phase-motor electric vehicles, says the company. Uniti is making its own electric car prototype using the platform.
We’ll explain 15 reasons why Android is better than the iPhone with a new for 2016 Android vs iPhone comparison.
Google is kicking up the competition with Android Marshmallow that is thankfully rolling out to more devices and showing off Android N and a handful of interesting apps that will come later this year.
Apple continues to work on iOS 9 updates and is close to showing off iOS 10 this summer, which we hope will fix a number of issues and bring the iPhone on par with Android in key areas.
The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus along with iOS 9 helped Apple users catch up in a number of ways, but there are still a lot of areas where Android is hands down better than the iPhone.
The trick for deciding whether a replacement piece of software, whether open or closed, is a good choice for you is to tease out exactly what your needs are. The situation is no different than discovering that the person who insists that they "need" Photoshop is just using it to draw a few geometric shapes and remove red eye from photos; what they really need is a graphics editing tool that can replace those specific functions. Whether it has all of the bells and whistles of the original is irrelevant if those features sit paid for but unused.
My personal journey through open source CAD programs was no different. I had worked with AutoCAD briefly in grad school, and so when I wanted to play with drawing three-dimensional plans for something, it was pretty much all I knew. But that alone didn't make AutoCAD the best choice.
As part of the upcoming Manjaro Linux 16.06 "Daniella" release, many of the community editions get Release Candidate (RC) builds to showcase what's coming later this year.
DisplayLink has recently updated their DisplayLink USB 3.0 driver for the latest Ubuntu Linux operating system launched by Canonical in the last week of April 2016, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.
The first Gear Fit product by Samsung ran a Real Time Operating System (RTOS) and this seems to have been a good decision for them for the first generation Gear Fit. Now, as the Gear Fit 2 is on the horizon, it looks like Samsung are ready to use the Tizen Operating System in this wearable device as well. According to industry sources Samsung will introduce the Gear Fit 2 next month in Korea running Tizen.
The move to use Tizen extensively in its current and future wearable products demonstrates the commitment Samsung has to the OS in this space, as we now have a smartband as well as smartwatches !!! Another future wearable product that will be using Tizen, according to Industry watchers, is tentatively called “Activity Tracker”, which would suggest a low end fitness device.
The developers of the Gentoo-based Sabayon GNU/Linux operating system have announced a new project, called Sabayon ARM, which aims to bring the distro to Raspberry Pi devices.
The mobile market today has practically been what former Microsoft-then-Nokia-then-Microsoft-again exec Stephen Elop loved to refer to as a two-horse race. Android and iOS have been butting heads quarter after quarter, year after year. Despite their popularity and ubiquity, neither is truly perfect and neither can really meet everyone's needs and preferences. Which leaves a little wiggle room for other platforms (that includes Windows 10) to try and fill in the gaps. This time around we are going to take a closer look at one the newer challengers, Ubuntu Touch, as it is embodied in the recent bq Aquaris M10 tablet. How does it fare against the bevy of Android, iOS, and even Windows tablets scattered throughout the market? And does it have what it takes to not only stand tall and proud but also to survive? Read on to find our verdict.
The same thing that compels us to make Linux (and many other projects) free and open source is present in many of humanity's greatest achievements