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Microsoft's Patent Trolls Are Alive and Well, Seeding Destruction Among Microsoft's Competition

LXer - Thu, 2018-10-04 14:13
Richard Lloyd shows that Intellectual Ventures continues to distribute its patents, sometimes to patent trolls from Texas (e.g. Dominion Harbor) and sometimes to others; Finjan, another Microsoft-funded troll, is fighting to salvage its software patents while suing Microsoft’s rivals in the security space

Any distros need seeding?

Reddit - Thu, 2018-10-04 13:37

I don't have a great internet connection, but I still seed a couple of distros. Some of them seem to benefit, while others don't seem to need it. Currently, I have the following:

Distro Time Ratio xubuntu-18.04.1-desktop-i386 32 days 0,96 lubuntu-18.04.1-desktop-i386 57 days 1,27 lmde-3-201808-cinnamon-64bit 33 days 1,28 linuxmint-19-xfce-64bit 78 days 0,35 submitted by /u/d6qUtbNFtyNtBHUQ
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The Kazan Vulkan CPU/Software-Based Implementation Being Rewritten In Rust

Phoronix - Thu, 2018-10-04 13:29
Remember Kazan, the project originally known as Vulkan-CPU? That was the Google Summer of Code 2017 project to implement a CPU/software-based Vulkan driver. It had been dormant since GSoC 2017 ended, but now work on it has been restarted...

C and C++ Views and News

TuxMachines - Thu, 2018-10-04 13:19
  • Should you learn C to “learn how the computer works”?

    I’ve often seen people suggest that you should learn C in order to learn how computers work. Is this a good idea? Is this accurate? I’m going to start with my conclusion right upfront, just to be crystal clear about what I’m saying here:

    C is not “how the computer works.”

    I don’t think most people mean this phrase literally, so that is sort of irrelevant.

    Understanding the context means that learning C for this reason may still be a good idea for you, depending on your objectives.

  • NVIDIA CUDA Code In A JIT Interpreted Manner Via Cling

    Cling, the C++ interpreter built upon LLVM and Clang, is in the process of seeing support for NVIDIA CUDA.

    Based on Clang's CUDA support, university students have been working on adding CUDA support to Cling so it can be interpreted at run-time -- basically JIT'ed for the GPU being used. This is believed to be the first interpreter out there for the CUDA runtime API. They are using it for some interesting use-cases including working on CUDA-based code off notebooks.

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The State Of LinuxBoot For Replacing Proprietary UEFI Firmware With The Linux Kernel

Phoronix - Thu, 2018-10-04 13:17
LinuxBoot is the year-old project for replacing proprietary UEFI implementations with the Linux kernel in essence. Adoption continues to grow for LinuxBoot and is now being used inside several large corporations...

Major Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" Linux Kernel Patch Fixes 18 Security Flaws

LXer - Thu, 2018-10-04 12:58
The Debian Project released a new Linux kernel update for the Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" operating system series that addresses several security vulnerabilities discovered by various security researchers recently.

LibreOffice Qt5 Integration Sees Further Improvements

Phoronix - Thu, 2018-10-04 12:32
The past year LibreOffice has sported a Qt5 interface plug-in for better integration with Qt-based environments like a better "KDE 5" experience. In recent days has been more improvements to this Qt5 integration...

Snapdragon 820E mini-PC supports AI on the retail edge

TuxMachines - Thu, 2018-10-04 12:22

VIA unveiled a “VIA ALTA DS 3 Edge AI” mini-PC that runs Android 8.0 on a Snapdragon 820E. VIA previously announced it is bringing FogHorn’s Lightning IoT edge intelligence platform to its Edge AI systems.

VIA Technologies, which earlier this year released a VIA Smart Recognition Platform board powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 has now released an Android-based mini-PC built around the long-life Snapdragon 820E model. The $399 VIA ALTA DS 3 Edge AI follows other Alta DS systems including last year’s ALTA DS 4K mini-PC, which runs Android on a quad -A17 Zhaoxin ZX-2000 SoC and an earlier
Alta DS 2 that runs Android on VIA’s own dual -A9 VIA Elite E1000 SoC.

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Installing Php 7.2 On Debian 8 Jessie And Debian 9 Stretch 2018

LXer - Thu, 2018-10-04 11:44
Previously I wrote an article on how to install PHP 7.2 on Debian 8, since 7.2 is now available here is how to install 7.2. If you're looking to install 7.1 instead please look at the link I have supplied.

PulseAudio Lands Big Improvements For Its Meson Build System

Phoronix - Thu, 2018-10-04 11:26
PulseAudio has been slower than some of the other prominent open-source projects at moving to the Meson build system, but as of last night it appears a bulk of that new build system is in place...

Apple Magic Trackpad 2 Driver Support Queued In Linux 4.20~5.0

Phoronix - Thu, 2018-10-04 11:16
The patches written by Google/ChromeOS developers to support the Apple Magic Trackpad 2 that we were talking about a few days back have now been queued ahead of the next Linux kernel cycle...

AT&T releases white box spec for its Linux-based 5G routers

LXer - Thu, 2018-10-04 10:30
AT&T will deploy 60,000 5G routers compliant with a newly released white box spec hosted by the Open Compute Project. The routers will run Vyatta NOS Linux which will morph into an open source DANOS platform. This week AT&T will release detailed specs to the Open Compute Project for building white box cell site gateway […]

What high-top sneakers and motion sickness can teach us about designing for VR

LXer - Thu, 2018-10-04 09:15
Although there are a vast number of considerations (some common to traditional human-computer interfaces and some unique to spatial environments) that should be taken into account when designing for virtual reality (VR), there's one aspect of user interaction that particularly interests me as a developer: How should VR designers enable users to move within a virtual environment? VR is a spatial computer interface, and interacting with a spatial world means moving within it, which brings unique design challenges and opportunities.read more


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