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Steam Controller Kernel Driver Is Landing In The Linux 4.18 Kernel

Phoronix - Sun, 2018-05-20 13:05
The Linux 4.18 kernel will feature the initial Steam Controller kernel driver that works without having to use the Steam client or using third-party user-space applications like the SC-Controller application...

Thoughs on Lunduke's latest actions about his channel.

Reddit - Sun, 2018-05-20 12:41


I post this here, because I believe many of you have seen Bryan Lunduke and his famous "linux sucks" presentations. Some of you might also follow him on his youtube account.

Almost a week ago, he made a video announcing that he will move the main thing in his channel (the lunduke show) behind a paywall (patreon) (video) . This spawned a storm of negative comments (for obvious reasons).

Not only he refuses to address those but he also decided to disable all comments accross his channel because apparently people hate the jews, and he is one (video).

DISCLAIMER: I don't want/care to talk about jews and stuff in this thread, it's just the reason he is disabling the comments and that's why I'm mentioning it.

  • What do you think about his actions?
  • Is a paywall justified to get to some content (in the Free Software community)?
  • Is he a jerk for doing this?

I feel like he is trying to capitalize on a community that is build on top of generosity and openness.

I do not justify a paywall, no matter the content. Donations and voluntary subscriptions are the way to go IMO. Half the world is below the poverty limit ("dancing on the breadline" if you will), so you give what you have, and when you don't have all you can give is "love" by viewing, enjoying and promoting the content you like (plus ad revenues if the OP is a jerk and has ads on the videos, but I'll allow this).

And to answer my final question: Yes. When he is doing shows he ignores the audience and makes a big deal out of it, and it's funny! But apparently that is not just a face he puts up when he is "performing", but rather it's his personality. He ignores and judges the same people who created him (because if we don't give 2$ to content we enjoy we are some kind of a lesser being) and allowed him to even be able to put his stuff behind a paywall.

What do you think?

PS. This is his YT statistics in socialblade

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I plan to switch to Linux

Reddit - Sun, 2018-05-20 12:03

Hi everyone,

today I plan to switch to a linux distribution, because my pc is stuck at a "Rollback loop" after updating it (windows - update 1803). I also tried to use a recovery cd I burned back in 2016 "in case" something like that might happen, but it was a failure.

My build is the following: Windows 10 family edition 16GB Ram GTX 960 - 2GB Intel I7 40xx something

I want to believe that this is the only solution to my problem. So I want to ask what distribution fits to a 20 years old Windows user? (since I used a computer for the first time) or maybe to give a advice on how to repair it (but I really consider switching to an "independent" Debian distribituon).

ps: "20 years old" by that I mean that i'm 20 years old, not that I used only windows for 20 years straight.

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FreeBSD 11.2 Beta 2 Available For Testing, Brings PTI Optimization

Phoronix - Sun, 2018-05-20 11:58
The second beta release of FreeBSD 11.2 is now available for weekend testing...

Weekend Reading: Backups

LXer - Sun, 2018-05-20 11:52
A roundup of stories/articles for weekend reading.

KDE operates with mere $125k income?!

Reddit - Sun, 2018-05-20 11:09

I was shocked to find out from their most recent financial report (2015) that they only had a total income of $125,810 USD and only $29,491 worth of donations. To compare, The Document Foundation (LibreOffice) received $748,029 in donations the same year.

KDE is doing such amazing work with pennies on the dollar. Imagine if all users donated $10 per year. There are probably hundreds of thousands users daily.

What other major players in the GNU/Linux field that affect everyday life of thousands of people work with so little money? Discuss :)



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What are your requirements for a desktop environment?

Reddit - Sun, 2018-05-20 11:01

For me they are:

  • Stability in the sense that I don't want it to crash and potentially lose my session data/work
  • Be able to quickly launch my applications
  • A built-in feature to search for my files
  • A fast way to switch between windows
  • Sane defaults when it comes to laptop power usage by which I mean to standby when on battery and not using, suspend when closing the lid, or having a built-in blue light filter to protect my eyes

These requirements make me currently use GNOME on Fedora 28.

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FreeOffice 2018 Release is Seamlessly Compatible With MS Office on Linux

TuxMachines - Sun, 2018-05-20 10:35

FreeOffice 2018 has just been released and it provides even better support for Microsoft Office documents on Linux.

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Red Hat Virtualization 4.2 Adds New SDN, High-Performance Features

LXer - Sun, 2018-05-20 09:57
While containers and Kubernetes are among the hottest areas in application deployment, enterprises are still deploying virtual machines and hypervisors. To help support the continued demand for virtualization, Red Hat announced its Red Hat Virtualization 4.2 update on May 15.

Doxyqml 0.4.0

TuxMachines - Sun, 2018-05-20 09:35

After almost two years, here comes a new version of Doxyqml, the QML filter for Doxygen. This new version adds a new command-line option: --namespace to wrap the generated C++ in a namespace, and makes the parser more robust. Nothing ground-breaking, but some nice changes nevertheless.

What's interesting with this project is that I don't use it these days, but it still receives contributions from time to time. This puts me in the unusual position (for me) where most of my contributions to the project are reviewing code, cleaning things, a bit of infrastructure (I just added code coverage checks: 88%, not too bad) and release management.

Surprisingly, I like doing this, I am happy to see this little tool remains useful enough that others keep it alive.

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Plasma 5.12.5, Applications 18.04.1 and Frameworks 5.46.0 by KDE now available in Chakra

TuxMachines - Sun, 2018-05-20 09:30

On your next system upgrade you will receive all the latest versions of KDE’s Plasma, Applications and Frameworks, in addition to several other package updates. For more details and the full changelogs on KDE’s software releases, you can read the official announcements:

Plasma 5.12.5
Applications 18.04.1
Frameworks 5.46.0

Other noteworthy package updates include wine 3.8, skypeforlinux and pypy 6.0.0.

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SMTube review - Your train to Youtube

TuxMachines - Sun, 2018-05-20 09:28

It's a no brainer. On the desktop, you go online, and you open a tab and you load Youtube, and then you play clips. But then, on mobile devices, you have dedicated applications, which usually offer a somewhat more efficient media experience. So, on the desktop, it's the browser way or the ... SMTube way?

SMTube is a cross-platform Youtube player, which allows you to search and play videos from the popular media platform, with some additional search tweaks and filters, and extra download options, all this from the desktop, without having to keep a browser tab open. It's a convenient tool to use, and with the recent rewrite, it actually works, and it works fairly well. I decided to test to see what gives.


SMTube looks like a nice tool. It is not strictly necessary or needed, but it does allow you to have Youtube open and playing, even if you're not currently using your browser, i.e. you can use it like any other media player. This is nice, plus you get a clean and intuitive interface, decent search and filter options, and it's easy to change settings and configure additional players. You also have the option to download clips.

I don't know where SMTube stands when it comes to Google, Youtube, but ordinary users will surely appreciate the extra flexibility they get with a media player rather than just a browser tab. Of course, you're not signed in, you don't get recommendations, comments or playlists, and such, so I guess there are benefits to going directly to Youtube. But if you're only after what Youtube can play without any socializing, SMTube is an excellent choice. It's had a rough ride, it never quite fully worked for me in my various distro reviews, but this new version is stable, robust and works well. At the very least, it's worth testing. Choo choo.

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GNOME Development/Developers

TuxMachines - Sun, 2018-05-20 09:24
  • Nautilus Ability To Launch Binaries Or Scripts To Be Reverted, Might Be Implemented Differently

    It looks like the decision to remove the ability to run binaries and scripts from Nautilus file manager will be reverted. The change comes after some use cases appeared that the developers agreed they need to support, "especially for enterprise and content creators".

    One such use case that was mentioned as a reason for reverting this is a small "if then that" script for building HTML and PDF files, which uses Zenity to display a dialog, as well as notifications to display the progress.

    I find the use case being used as an example a bit weird because that's certainly not something common, like a self-extracting game script for instance.

  • Stickers in Riot

    The matrix.org protocol is flexible so this is a good example of how to add new features to the clients that uses matrix without the need to change the protocol.

    This is not a core feature because you can send images, but I think this is great and add a simple way to show reactions for the users, so as I was reading I thought that we can add this to Fractal, so I started to read how we can add support for this.

  • Talking at GPN 2018 in Karlsruhe, Germany

    Similar to last year I managed to attend the Gulasch Programmier-Nacht (GPN) in Karlsruhe, Germany. Not only did I attend, I also managed to squeeze in a talk about PrivacyScore. We got the prime time slot on the opening day along with all the other relevant talks, including the Eurovision Song Contest, so we were not overly surprised that the audience had a hard time deciding where to go and eventually decided to attend talks which were not recorded. Our talk was recorded and is available here.

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Debian Development/Developers

TuxMachines - Sun, 2018-05-20 09:22
  • Free software log (April 2018)

    This is rather late since I got distracted by various other things including, ironically, releasing a bunch of software. This is for April, so doesn't include the releases from this month.

    The main release I worked on was remctl 3.14, which fixed a security bug introduced in 3.12 with the sudo configuration option. This has since been replaced by 3.15, which has more thorough maintainer testing infrastructure to hopefully prevent this from happening again.

  • MiniDebCamp Hamburg - Friday 18/5, Saturday 19/5

    Friday and Saturday have been very productive days, I love events where there is time to hack!

    I had more chats about contributors.d.o with Ganneff and Formorer, and if all goes according to plan, soon salsa will start streaming commit information to contributors and populate information about different teams: not only about normal packaging repos, but also about websites, tools, native packages, etc.

  • Progress report from the Movim packaging sprint at MiniDebconf

    Nik wishes you to know that the Movim packaging sprint (sponsored by the DPL, thank you!) is handled under the umbrella of the Debian Edu sprint (similarily sponsored) since this package is handled by the Teckids Debian Task Force, personnel from Teckids e.V.

    After arriving, I’ve started collecting knowledge first. I reviewed upstream’s composer.json file and Wiki page about dependencies and, after it quickly became apparent that we need much more information (e.g. which versions are in sid, what the package names are, and, most importantly, recursive dependencies), a Wiki page of our own grew. Then I made a hunt for information about how to package stuff that uses PHP Composer upstream, and found the, ahem, wonderfully abundant, structured, plentiful and clear documentation from the Debian PHP/PEAR Packaging team. (Some time and reverse-engineering later I figured out that we just ignore composer and read its control file in pkg-php-tools converting dependency information to Debian package relationships. Much time later I also figured out it mangles package names in a specific way and had to rename one of the packages I created in the meantime… thankfully before having uploaded it.) Quickly, the Wiki page grew listing the package names we’re supposed to use. I created a package which I could use as template for all others later.

  • RcppGSL 0.3.5

    A maintenance update of RcppGSL just brought version 0.3.5 to CRAN, a mere twelve days after the RcppGSL 0.3.4. release. Just like yesterday's upload of inline 0.3.15 it was prompted by a CRAN request to update the per-package manual page; see the inline post for details.

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Linux Graphics: AMD and Mesa

TuxMachines - Sun, 2018-05-20 09:11
  • AMD Zen CPU Microcode Added To Linux-Firmware Tree, Bulldozer Updated

    When the Linux Firmware tree was updated on Friday with the newest AMDGPU firmware files for the graphics processors, the Family 17h "Zen" CPU microcode files also made their debut.

  • Learn How To Make Use Of Vulkan's New Debug Extension - VK_EXT_debug_utils
  • ARM Mali 400/450 "Lima" DRM Driver Steps Closer To Mainline

    When it comes to open-source ARM Mali graphics driver efforts there has been the Panfrost driver targeting the Mali T700 series that has occupied much of the limelight recently, but there has been a separate effort still working on open-source driver support for the older 400/450 series.

    Qiang Yu who works for AMD during the daytime has for the past number of months been working in his spare time on reviving open-source ARM Mali 400 series support. Qiang's efforts are based upon the original "Lima" driver initiative that was started years earlier by Luc Verhaegen.

  • AMD Rolls Out New Firmware For A Number Of GPUs

    AMD has landed a number of updated firmware images into the linux-firmware tree for their recent generations of hardware.

    There is updated Radeon GPU firmware for Raven Ridge, Fiji, Tonga, Stoney, Topaz, Carrizo, Vega 10, Polaris 10, Polaris 11, and Polaris 12 GPU families. More or less, the newer AMD GPUs now have updated firmware available.

  • RADV Gets Support For 32-bit GPU Pointers For User SGPRs, Benefiting Performance

    Samuel Pitoiset of Valve's Linux graphics driver team has been working on support for 32-bit GPU pointers for user SGPRs as his latest performance enhancement for this open-source Radeon Vulkan driver.

    Months after AMD's Marek Olšák was working on 32-bit pointers for RadeonSI to free up some scalar general purpose registers (SGPRs), Pitoiset has been pursuing similar support for the RADV Vulkan driver.

  • Raven Ridge With The Ryzen 5 2400G On Mesa 18.2 + Linux 4.17 Is Finally Stable

    Depending upon the motherboard and other factors, the Raven Ridge Linux support has been a bit of a mess since its February launch. Fortunately, with time various Linux driver fixes have landed for improving the stability and performance of these APUs with Zen CPU cores and Vega graphics. During my recent testing of the AMD Ryzen 5 2400G, it was completely stable and running fine with the newest open-source driver code but the Ryzen 3 2200G was still a stability nightmare.

  • Mesa 18.1 is out with the shader cache on for Intel

    Open source drivers on Linux have advanced rather quickly and now we have another fresh release out with Mesa 18.1 which was released yesterday.

    One of the major new features, is that the shader cache for Intel is now turned on by default, which should hopefully result in smoother performance for those of you gaming with an Intel GPU. Vulkan 1.1 support for the AMD RADV and Intel ANV drivers, plus various performance improvements and bug fixes.

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