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Ubuntu 18.10 Set For Release Today With Some Nice Improvements

55 min 35 sec ago
It's Cosmic Cuttlefish day! Assuming no last minute delays, Ubuntu 18.10 and its downstream flavors will be out today with their newest six-month non-LTS releases to be supported through July of 2019...

PCI Peer-To-Peer Memory Support Queued Ahead Of Linux 4.20~5.0

1 hour 55 min ago
With the upcoming Linux 4.20 kernel cycle (that given past comments by Linus Torvalds might be renamed to Linux 5.0), a new PCI feature queued ahead of the upcoming merge window is peer-to-peer memory support...

OpenSUSE Begins Preparing For Leap 15.1 (15 Service Pack 1)

6 hours 46 min ago
As part of some brief openSUSE news today, some early details concerning Leap 15 Service Pack 1 (Leap 15.1) were shared...

Mesa VCN JPEG Decode Patches Posted For AMD Raven Ridge

Wed, 2018-10-17 23:56
With the imminent Linux 4.19 kernel release there is VCN JPEG decode support within the AMDGPU DRM driver for use with Raven Ridge APUs. The accompanying user-space patches for the Radeon Gallium3D code have now been posted for making this functionality work on the Linux desktop with these Zen+Vega APUs...

GCC's Test Suite To Begin Testing C++17 By Default

Wed, 2018-10-17 23:37
GCC's test suite will soon begin testing the C++17 standard as part of its C++98/11/14 standard tests by default... This doesn't affect the default C++ standard used by the GCC G++ compiler at this point, but at least will help eliminate any lingering C++17 bugs as well as helping to stop regressions in the future...

Spectre V2 "Lite" App-To-App Protection Mode Readying For The Linux Kernel

Wed, 2018-10-17 21:15
We are approaching one year since the Spectre and Meltdown CPU vulnerabilities shocked the industry, and while no new CPU speculative execution vulnerabilities have been made public recently, the Linux kernel developers continue improving upon the Spectre/Meltdown software-based mitigation techniques for helping to offset incurred performance costs with current generation hardware...

Lightworks 14.5 Video Editor Released With Same-Day Linux Support But Still No Source

Wed, 2018-10-17 19:06
Lightworks, the long-standing non-linear video editing system that has offered a native Linux build the past few years after being challenged by delays for a few years, is out today with version 14.5 and comes with Linux, macOS, and Windows support...

New Details On System76's Open-Source Hardware Plans Come To Light

Wed, 2018-10-17 18:43
Longtime Ubuntu/Linux PC vendor System76 has been teasing their efforts around an "open-source computer" and other open-source hardware efforts now that they are in the home stretch of setting up their own US-based manufacturing facility. Some new details on their initial aspirations are now out there...

DragonFlyBSD Continues Squeezing More Performance Out Of AMD's Threadripper 2990WX

Wed, 2018-10-17 16:04
DragonFlyBSD 5.4 should be a really great release if you are a BSD user and have an AMD Threadripper 2 box, particularly the flagship Threadripper 2990WX 32-core / 64-thread processor.

Coreboot's Flashrom Working On Radeon GPU Flashing Support

Wed, 2018-10-17 13:02
Former RadeonHD driver developer Luc Verhaegen is back at the AMD Radeon GPU reverse-engineering game. He's now pursuing Radeon firmware flashing with the Coreboot Flashrom utility...

GNOME Developers Are Looking At Sprucing Up Pango

Wed, 2018-10-17 11:22
GNOME developers want to make sure they have a competitive text rendering stack with other platforms and as such are looking to make some modernization improvements to Pango...

GCC 9 Feature Development Is Ending Next Month

Wed, 2018-10-17 11:10
There is just three weeks left for GNU toolchain developers to finish landing new feature material in GCC 9.0 ahead of next year's GCC 9.1 stable release...

Raptor Computing Systems Is Working On Bringing Up Chrome's POWER Support

Wed, 2018-10-17 10:57
With Raptor Computing Systems' Talos II Lite and especially the forthcoming Blackbird positioning the POWER architecture in a prime spot for use by libre Linux users who want a system that's open-source down to the firmware, they've been trying to make sure the Linux desktop stack is in order. The latest area they've been working on is browser coverage...

LLVM Still Proceeding With Their Code Relicensing

Wed, 2018-10-17 06:00
It's been three years since the original draft proposal for relicensing the LLVM compiler code was sent out and while there hasn't been a lot to report on recently about the effort, they are making progress and proceeding...

Updated Proton 3.16 Beta For Steam Play Has DXVK 0.90, D3D11 Fixes

Wed, 2018-10-17 03:03
Valve in cooperation with CodeWeavers and other developers continues making rapid progress on Steam Play and their "Proton" downstream flavor of Wine...

Chrome 70 Now Officially Available With AV1 Video Decode, Opus In MP4 & Much More

Wed, 2018-10-17 02:52
Google's Chrome/Chromium 70 web-browser made it out today for Linux users as well as all other key supported platforms...

Google Engineer Proposes KUnit As New Linux Kernel Unit Testing Framework

Wed, 2018-10-17 02:22
Google engineer Brendan Higgins sent out an experimental set of 31 patches today introducing KUnit as a new Linux kernel unit testing framework to help preserve and improve the quality of the kernel's code...

Ubuntu Server Is Making It Easier To Deploy Let's Encrypt SSL Certificates

Wed, 2018-10-17 00:34
The Ubuntu Server developers are looking to make it easier to deploy free SSL/TLS certificates from Let's Encrypt...

Elementary OS 5.0 "Juno" Released For A Pleasant Linux Desktop Experience

Tue, 2018-10-16 21:24
Just ahead of Ubuntu 18.10, Solus 4, and Fedora 29 among other forthcoming Linux distribution releases, Elementary OS 5 "Juno" has been released for a polished desktop experience that aims to compete with macOS and Windows for desktop usability...

The Next Linux Kernel Will Bring More Drivers Converted To Use BLK-MQ I/O

Tue, 2018-10-16 21:07
More Linux storage drivers have been converted to the "blk-mq" interfaces for the multi-queue block I/O queuing mechanism for the 4.20~5.0 kernel cycle...