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Flatpak 1.0 Nears With Today's 0.99.1 Release

Thu, 2018-06-21 19:27
Red Hat's Alexander Larsson who has been leading much of the Flatpak development going back to the days of XDG-App has today announced the release of Flatpak 0.99.1 as the first pre-release prior to the major 1.0 release...

GNU FreeDink - One Of The Few Fully Free Software Games - Now Runs On The Web

Thu, 2018-06-21 18:18
When it comes to obscure projects under the official GNU Project umbrella, GNU FreeDink is one of them as being a free software game whose lineage traces back to the Dink Smallwood title from the late 90's. Nearly twenty years after the game's original release, the latest GNU FreeDink release is now available that allows it to be played within web-browsers...

LVM2 Begins Work On Major Changes To Logical Volume Management

Thu, 2018-06-21 17:39
LVM2 as the user-space tools for Logical Volume Management (LVM) on Linux is in the process of going through a big re-work...

Some Compiler Performance Benchmarks With The Zapcc Caching Compiler

Thu, 2018-06-21 16:33
Here are some quick benchmarks I ran this week of the newly open-sourced Zapcc C++ caching compiler based upon LLVM/Clang and compared to the upstream Clang performance, GCC, and Ccache with the speed on the original compilation of the benchmark code and then again on a subsequent compilation...

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich Resigns

Thu, 2018-06-21 15:33
While Intel's second quarter revenue and non-GAAP EPS is exceeding their prior guidance, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has resigned effective immediately...

PulseAudio 12.0 Released With Many Improvements

Thu, 2018-06-21 15:17
PulseAudio 12.0 was quietly released yesterday as the newest version of this open-source, cross-platform sound server...

PHP 7.3 Alpha 2 Released With Many Bug Fixes

Thu, 2018-06-21 14:12
Just shy of two weeks since PHP 7.3 went into alpha, the second alpha release of this upcoming annual feature release to the PHP programming language is now available...

Krita 4.1 Digital Painting Program Enters Beta With Multi-Monitor Workspace Layouts

Thu, 2018-06-21 14:01
The KDE/Qt-aligned Krita digital painting program has published the first beta of their next feature release, Krita 4.1...

Oracle's Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel R5 Now Officially Ready For x86_64 & AArch64

Thu, 2018-06-21 12:47
Oracle has promoted its Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 5 to general availability for x86_64 and ARM64 (AArch64) architectures...

Equus WHITEBOX OPEN: A Line Of Coreboot/LinuxBoot-Ready Xeon Scalable Servers

Thu, 2018-06-21 12:24
Equus Compute Solutions has announced the release of their new WHITEBOX OPEN server platform that is intended to be cost-optimized and an open hardware platform...

GlusterFS 4.1 Released With Performance Monitoring Improvements

Thu, 2018-06-21 12:10
GlusterFS. the network-attached storage file-system focused on cloud computing and more that is developed by Red Hat, is up to version 4.1 as its newest release...

The Qt 6 Plans For November 2020, Qt 5.15 Likely Being Last Of Qt5

Thu, 2018-06-21 01:50
At the recent Qt Contributors' Summit as previously covered on Phoronix were some early discussions over plans to release Qt 6.0 in 2020. A few more tidbits of information have come to light on these interesting tool-kit plans...

Elisa 0.2 Beta Released For This Newest KDE Music Player

Thu, 2018-06-21 01:05
KDE's Elisa music player is just over one year old and with a few months having passed since the Elisa 0.1 inaugural release, succeeding that today is the beta for the upcoming Elisa 0.2...

AMDGPU DRM Driver To Finally Expose GPU Load Via Sysfs

Wed, 2018-06-20 21:37
The AMDGPU DRM driver appears to finally be crossing the milestone of exposing the current GPU load (as a percentage) in a manner that can be easily queried via sysfs...

Radeon Software 18.20 Stable Released With Official Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Support

Wed, 2018-06-20 18:45
The Radeon Software "AMDGPU-PRO" 18.20 hybrid driver stack is now available with official support for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 17.20...

GNOME 3.29.3 Released As The Latest Step Towards GNOME 3.30

Wed, 2018-06-20 18:31
GNOME 3.29.3 is out today as the latest development release in the road to this September's GNOME 3.30 desktop update...

Fedora Core OS: The New Upstream To Red Hat's CoreOS

Wed, 2018-06-20 16:17
Not to be confused with Fedora Core going back to the early days of Fedora as a Red Hat project, but Fedora Project Leader Matthew Miller has just announced Fedora CoreOS...

Intel Hyper Threading Performance With A Core i7 On Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Wed, 2018-06-20 15:43
Following the news yesterday of OpenBSD disabling Intel Hyper Threading by default within its OS over security concerns and plans to disable Simultaneous Multi Threading for other processors/architectures too, here are some fresh Intel HT benchmarks albeit on Ubuntu Linux. The OpenBSD developer involved characterized HT/SMT as "doesn't necessarily have a positive effect on performance; it highly depends on the workload. In all likelihood it will actually slow down most workloads if you have a CPU with more than two cores." So here are some benchmarks using a current-generation Intel Core i7 8700K six-core processor with Hyper Threading.

OpenSUSE Tumbleweed Jumps On Linux 4.17, KDE Plasma 5.13 Riding Well

Wed, 2018-06-20 14:12
For users of openSUSE's Tumbleweed rolling-release Linux distribution, it's been a very busy month on the update front...

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.10 Released With Spectre/Meltdown Mitigation

Wed, 2018-06-20 14:04
While Spectre and Meltdown mitigation has been available to RHEL6 users via kernel upgrades, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.10 is out today as the newest release while its bundled kernel features Retpolines and KPTI for mitigating against these CPU vulnerabilities...