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Kernel: Linux and Graphics (Systemd, Intel, AMD, Wayland)

Sat, 2017-12-02 23:24
  • Systemd 236 Is Being Prepped For Release This Month With Many Changes

    Lennart Poettering has begun his release wrangling process in getting systemd 236 ready for release this month.

  • Intel Releases New Linux Media Driver For VA-API

    While Intel has been supporting VA-API for years, basically since X-Video/XvMC became irrelevant, as its primary video API for video acceleration, they are now rolling out a new media driver.


    Details and motivation on writing this new "Intel Media Driver" for Linux remain light and I have yet to see any official announcement out of Intel, but the code is available via intel/media-driver on GitHub with the initial public code drop having just occurred yesterday.

  • Intel Sends In The First Set Of Changes For Linux 4.16 i915 DRM
  • AMDGPU's Scheduler Might Get Picked Up By Other DRM Drivers

    One of the benefits of open-source software is the ability for code re-use by other projects and that may now happen with the AMDGPU kernel driver's scheduler.

    Prominent Etnaviv driver developer Lucas Stach who has long been working on this open-source reverse-engineered Vivante graphics driver is looking to make use of the AMDGPU DRM scheduler. This scheduler is responsible for scheduling command submissions, supports scheduling priorities, and other related functionality.

  • AMD Publishes More DC Patches, Disables FreeSync By Default

    If you have encountered some early fallout from using the AMDGPU DC display stack or just want to help in testing patches likely to be queued for Linux 4.16, AMD has sent out another patch of DC patches.

    Harry Wentland of AMD kicked off his Friday morning by sending out another 20 patches for this big display code-base.

  • XDG-Shell Promoted To Stable In Wayland-Protocols 1.12

    Jonas Ådahl of Red Hat has released a new version of Wayland-Protocols, the collection of protocols that extends/introduces new functionality not part of the core Wayland protocol.

    Wayland-Protocols 1.12 is the new release and promotes the latest work on the XDG-Shell protocol from unstable to stable. XDG-Shell is the Wayland protocol extension for defining more functionality around traditional Linux desktop environments that isn't part of the core Wayland protocol. This includes work around window resizing/stacking/dragging and other functionality. Most (all?) Wayland desktop compositors now support XDG-Shell.

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Games Leftovers

Sat, 2017-12-02 23:20
  • Armory Is A Very Promising 3D Game Engine With Full Blender Integration

    Armory is a promising open-source game engine that prides itself in being built around Blender.

    The Armory 3D game engine offers complete Blender integration for essentially being able to build games in full via Blender. Armory also relies upon the Kha multimedia framework and Haxe tool-kit for delivering a cross-platform and performant experience. The renderer for this engine is based on Blender's Cycles nodes and is physically-based, supports an HDR pipeline, and can handle other modern 3D features.

  • Humble Bundle have some interesting deals going on for Linux gamers

    It seems Humble Bundle are doing some interesting deals Linux gamers might want to be aware of right now.

  • Steam Linux Usage For November: 0.27%

    Valve is reporting the Linux gaming marketshare for November 2017 at a mere 0.27%.

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Fedora and Red Hat Financial News

Sat, 2017-12-02 23:18

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Debian, Ubuntu, and Mint

Sat, 2017-12-02 23:17
  • Debian LTS work, November 2017

    I was assigned 13 hours of work by Freexian's Debian LTS initiative and carried over 14 hours from September. I worked all 17 hours.

  • Mini-DebConf Cambridge 2017

    Last week I attended Cambridge's annual mini-DebConf. It's slightly strange to visit a place one has lived in for a long time but which is no longer home. I joined Nattie in the 'video team house' which was rented for the whole week; I only went for four days.

  • Ubuntu Desktop Weekly Update: December 1, 2017

    GNOME Disk Utility If you have snaps installed and open the Disks utility, your snaps appear as loop devices. We found this to be confusing and a bit messy, so we have proposed a fix upstream and this should be merged soon.

  • Ubuntu Podcast: S10E39 – Hysterical Daffy Furniture
  • Ubuntu 17.10 Brings Back GNOME Desktop Environment

    Ubuntu is one of the most popular Debian-based Linux distributions, and it’s undergone a lot of changes. Most recently, Canonical, the developer collective behind Ubuntu, switched from the GNOME desktop environment to an in-house alternative called Unity. But the most recent version of Ubuntu, 17.10, brings back GNOME 3.26.

    With GNOME comes GDM (GNOME Display Manager), a tweakable settings menu that replaces Unity’s LightDM. GNOME’s ecosystem makes it arguably easier to customize than the latter — unlike previous versions of Ubuntu, for example, you can change the location of the Windows control buttons (minimise, fullscreen and close) in just a few button presses.

  • Linux Mint 18.3 'Sylvia' KDE and Xfce betas available for download, but don't bother

    Linux Mint is a great operating system that I recommend highly. It is based on the rock-solid Ubuntu 16.04, meaning it is stable and compatible with many packages. For Windows converts in particular, Linux Mint with the Cinnamon desktop environment can be a very inviting first-time distribution that should offer a positive experience. The Mate DE variant is a solid choice too -- if your hardware is a bit anemic, that is.

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Devices: Raspberry Pi FUD, Tizen, Android

Sat, 2017-12-02 23:15

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OSS: Impala, Nutanix and More

Sat, 2017-12-02 23:13
  • Apache Impala gets top-level status as open source Hadoop tool

    Born at Cloudera, an MPP query engine now known as Apache Impala just became a top-level project. One of its objectives is to bring SQL-style interactivity to big data analytics.

  • Nutanix CEO Turns to Open Source Software for Hybrid Cloud Stack

    After announcing a new software-centric approach on an earnings call with investors, Nutanix CEO Dheeraj Pandey told SDxCentral that open source code will be a major piece of the company’s pure software play.

    Pandey said Nutanix will further embrace Apache Software Foundation open source tools in 2018, 2019, and beyond as the company attempts to deliver consumer grade developer building blocks in Xi. Xi refers to the company’s public cloud service that allows customers to move on-premise workloads to Google’s public cloud. It is slated for release in 2018.

  • Launching an Open Source Project: A Free Guide

    Increasingly, as open source programs become more pervasive at organizations of all sizes, tech and DevOps workers are choosing to or being asked to launch their own open source projects. From Google to Netflix to Facebook, companies are also releasing their open source creations to the community. It’s become common for open source projects to start from scratch internally, after which they benefit from collaboration involving external developers.

    Launching a project and then rallying community support can be more complicated than you think, however. A little up-front work can help things go smoothly, and that’s exactly where the new guide to Starting an Open Source Project comes in.

  • State of Mozilla 2016: Annual Report

    Mozilla is not your average company. Mozilla was founded nearly 20 years ago with the mission to ensure the internet is a global public resource that is open and accessible to all and the principles of the Mozilla Manifesto still guide our work today. Mozilla exists to protect the health of the internet and maintain the critical balance between commercial profit and public benefit.

    Today, we remain dedicated to the mission in all the work we do, products we develop, and the partnerships, allies, and investments we make.

    In a world with new and evolving threats to the open internet, innovation, user control, and our privacy and security, the Mozilla mission is more important now than ever before. There are billions of people online today who face these risks and every day thousands of Mozillians (employees, allies, volunteers, donors, supporters) fight to promote openness, innovation and opportunity online. We are proudly taking our place in the world to protect the free and open and open internet at a time when the fight needs a leader more than ever.

  • Amazon Adopts Kubernetes Open Source Technology as Competition Heats Up
  • Intel Wants To Contribute Parallel STL Support To libstdc++ / libc++

    Alexey Kukanov of Intel's expert compiler team posted a "request for comments" on Wednesday about contributing the company's implementation of the C++17 parallel algorithms for libstdc++. A similar query is also being sent to the LLVM folks working on libc++.

  • The origin of Open source

    Revolution OS is a 2001 documentary which uncovers the realities of the software industry. It tells you a true tale of how once upon a time software that was free for all became a privilege for a few. It tells you about Richard Stallman who is the founder of free software movement and the history of GNU project. How through the GNU project and Free Source Foundation(FSF) led to the development of Linux and open source definition. It features several interviews with prominent hackers and entrepreneurs and hackers-cum-entrepreneurs, that included Richard Stallman, Michael Tiemann, Linus Torvalds, Larry Augustin, Eric S. Raymond, Bruce Perens, Frank Hecker and Brian Behlendorf.  

  • FFAR awards $1 million grant to create open source technology for gene discovery in plants

    The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, a nonprofit established in the 2014 Farm Bill with bipartisan congressional support, awarded a $1 million Seeding Solutions grant to University of California, Davis to study the genetics of rice plants. Together with researchers at the University of North Carolina and collaborators, the team will develop and implement a chemistry-driven gene discovery approach to identify genes that modulate root traits. The FFAR grant has been matched with funding from the UC Davis Innovation Institute for Food and Health, the Structural Genomics Consortium, AgBiome, and Promega for a total $2.3 million investment.

  • Paying it forward at Finland's Aalto Fablab

    Originating at MIT, a fab lab is a technology prototyping platform where learning, experimentation, innovation, and invention are encouraged through curiosity, creativity, hands-on making, and most critically, open knowledge sharing. Each fab lab provides a common set of tools (including digital fabrication tools like laser cutters, CNC mills, and 3D printers) and processes, so you can learn how to work in a fab lab anywhere and use those skills at any of the 1,000+ fab labs across the globe. There is probably a fab lab near you.

  • PHPUnit 6.5

    RPM of PHPUnit version 6.5 are available in remi repository for Fedora ≥ 24 and for Enterprise Linux (CentOS, RHEL...).

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Security: Security Tools for Defenders, China/Russia, JavaScript and Updates

Sat, 2017-12-02 23:12

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System76 Continues Refining Their Pop!_OS

Sat, 2017-12-02 21:47

Besides working on disabling ME in all their laptops, the System76 team has also been busy working on their new Ubuntu-derived Pop!_OS operating system.

With System76 trying to get Pop!_OS into great shape for their release in April derived from Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, it's a busy holiday season in their Colorado offices. A blog post was issued on Friday detailing some of their recent work.

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Debian Development Updates

Sat, 2017-12-02 21:24

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Security: NHS, Breaches, Ransom and More

Sat, 2017-12-02 16:09

  • NHS cyber unit welcomed with cautious optimism by privacy and security groups

    NHS Digital has started a £20 million procurement process for an internal security operations unit that will receive emergency support from the winning third party

  • Here's What I'm Telling US Congress about Data Breaches

    As I explained in that first blog post, I'm required to submit a written testimony 48 hours in advance of the event. That testimony is now publicly accessible and reproduced below.

  • Researchers dissect open-source ransomware programs Bugware and Vortex
  • How Can You Protect Your Computer?

    Virus threats are not new to the cyber community as it is one of those threatening factors that exist for decades now. Hackers are coming with all new malicious codes every then and now. You can find virus threats in the form of spyware, malware, Trojan horses, Worms, phishing scams, adware, ransomware and much more. The ideal solution to protect your system from virus threats is to keep your system up-to-date. Apart of it, some changes in online behavior can also help you deal with this menace. Let’s discuss ways to protect your computer from viruses and hackers.

  • What Apple, Google, Linux and a Huge Dirty COW have in common

    The Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team, aka ICS-CERT, was busy in November issuing alerts about medical device makers while tech stalwarts Apple and Google sent security vulnerabilities of their own. And you thought All Hallows’ Eve made October a frightful month? Here’s what happened in November.

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Linux Mint 18.3 "Sylvia" KDE and Xfce Beta Editions Now Available to Download

Sat, 2017-12-02 09:54

Incorporating pretty much the same improvements that the Linux Mint devs implemented in the final releases of the Cinnamon and MATE editions of Linux Mint 18.3 "Sylvia" earlier this week, today's KDE and Xfce flavors are based on Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS (Xenial Xerus) and powered by the Linux 4.10 kernel.

"Linux Mint 18.3 is a long-term support release which will be supported until 2021. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop experience more comfortable to use," read the release announcements for Linux Mint 18.3 KDE and Xfce Editions.

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KDE Applications 17.12 Linux Software Suite Up to RC State, Final in Two Weeks

Sat, 2017-12-02 09:52

The KDE Applications 17.12 RC development snapshot is here two weeks after the Beta version and promises to further polish various of the applications included in the software suite, which are used on GNU/Linux distributions using the acclaimed KDE Plasma desktop environment, as well as other Open Source projects.

"The KDE Applications 17.12 releases need a thorough testing in order to maintain and improve the quality and user experience. Actual users are critical to maintaining high KDE quality, because developers simply cannot test every possible configuration," reads today's announcement.

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Linux Journal Ceases Publication

Sat, 2017-12-02 09:48

It looks like we’re at the end, folks. If all goes according to a plan we’d rather not have, the November issue of Linux Journal was our last.

The simple fact is that we’ve run out of money, and options along with it. We never had a wealthy corporate parent or deep pockets of our own, and that made us an anomaly among publishers, from start to finish. While we got to be good at flying close to the ground for a long time, we lost what little elevation we had in November, when the scale finally tipped irrevocably to the negative.

also: So Long, and Thanks for All the Bash

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7

Sat, 2017-12-02 09:47

Popularly referred to as RHEL, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, is a Linux-based distribution designed by Red Hat for the commercial market. Although it is a commercial product, the company consistently makes its source code freely available, which has been instrumental towards the development of several community-based Linux distribution platforms including CentOS and Fedora.

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