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Distribution Release: Qubes OS 4.0

Thursday 29th of March 2018 12:12:12 AM
Andrew David Wong has announced the release of Qubes OS 4.0, a major new update of the project's security-oriented desktop Linux distribution based on Fedora 25: "After nearly two years in development and countless hours of testing, we're pleased to announce the stable release of Qubes OS 4.0.....

Distribution Release: heads 0.4

Tuesday 27th of March 2018 02:36:10 PM
heads is a privacy-focused Linux distribution designed to make it easy for users to access the Internet anonymously using the Tor network. The latest version of the distribution, heads 0.4, is based on Devuan's Testing branch and makes an effort to reduce both the size of the live....

Distribution Release: Slax 9.4.0

Monday 26th of March 2018 08:56:24 PM
Slax is a live Linux distribution based on Debian. The Slax project has published a new version, Slax 9.4.0, which contains mostly package updates and bug fixes imported from Debian: "Slax 9.4 final released. After a short testing period with no problems reported, I feel it is now....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 756

Monday 26th of March 2018 12:06:08 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: NuTyX 10.0News: VenenuX offers POS edition, Neptune supplies KDE packages for Debian, openSUSE's package portal, SolydXK on a Raspberry PiOpinion: SysV init - Init's alive!Released last week: NetBSD 7.1.2, GParted Live 0.31.0-1, Zentyal 5.1Torrent corner: Endless OS, GParted Live, NetBSD, ZentyalUpcoming releases:....

Distribution Release: Zentyal Server 5.1

Thursday 22nd of March 2018 01:26:49 PM
Zentyal Server is an Ubuntu-based distribution developed with the intention of making setting up a server and network services easy. The developers have published Zentyal Server 5.1 which is based on Ubuntu's 16.04 LTS release and offers improved hardware support. "Zentyal Server 5.1 is based on the latest....

Distribution Release: GParted Live 0.31.0-1

Wednesday 21st of March 2018 01:39:59 AM
Curtis Gedak has announced the release of GParted Live 0.31.0-1, a new stable version of the project's live disc with a collection of tools for managing disk partitions and rescuing files. This release comes with the brand-new GParted 0.31.0 utility which is developed by the same team: "The....

BSD Release: NetBSD 7.1.2

Monday 19th of March 2018 07:32:48 AM
Soren Jacobsen has announced the release of NetBSD 7.1.2. NetBSD is a lightweight operating system specifically designed to run on a large range of hardware and processor platforms. Version 7.1.2 is a security and bug-fix upgrade: "The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce NetBSD 7.1.2, the second security....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 755

Monday 19th of March 2018 12:09:01 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: ArchMerge 6.4.1News: Librem 5 runs the Plasma Mobile desktop, Ubuntu Budgie's new support forum, Cinnamon gets performance boostResource review: Learning at the Linux AcademyReleased last week: Tails 3.6, Univention Corporate Server 4.3-0, LibreELEC 8.2.4Torrent corner: antiX, IPFire, LibreELEC, Minino, MX, NetBSD, NuTyX,....

Distribution Release: antiX 17.1

Sunday 18th of March 2018 04:16:39 PM
antiX is a lightweight Linux distribution based on Debian. The antiX project has released an update to the distribution's 17 series, antiX 17.1, which features fixes for the Spectre and Meltdown CPU bugs. "antiX 17.1 (Heather Heyer) released. This is primarily an upgrade of antiX 17 with a....

Distribution Release: Zorin OS 12.3

Friday 16th of March 2018 06:37:12 AM
Artyom Zorin has announced the release of Zorin OS 12.3, an updated version of the project's beginner-friendly distribution based on Ubuntu. Among a plethora of other improvements, this release also comes with Wine 3.0, the latest stable version of the compatibility layer capable of running Windows applications under....

Distribution Release: Raspbian 2018-03-13

Thursday 15th of March 2018 11:52:04 PM
Simon Long has announced the release of an updated build of Raspbian, a Debian-based distribution for the Raspberry Pi single-board computers. This new version improves compatibility with large monitors and provides a way to set a default screen option depending on the size of the monitor: "You may....

Distribution Release: MX Linux 17.1

Thursday 15th of March 2018 01:23:20 AM
The MX Linux project has announced the release of MX Linux 17.1, a desktop distribution based on Debian and featuring the Xfce desktop environment. This version delivers a recent Linux kernel, new and improved "MX apps" and updated applications, including Firefox 58 and LibreOffice 6: "MX LInux 17.1....

Distribution Release: LibreELEC 8.2.4

Wednesday 14th of March 2018 05:15:46 PM
LibreELEC is a minimal operating system designed to run the Kodi media centre. LibreELEC runs on desktop computers, laptops and ARM-powered devices such as Raspberry Pi computers. "Team LibreELEC celebrates its second birthday (and international Pi-Day) with the release of LibreELEC (Krypton) v8.2.4 which brings minor bug-fixes and....

Distribution Release: Univention Corporate Server 4.3-0

Wednesday 14th of March 2018 02:13:20 PM
Univention Corporate Server (UCS) is an enterprise-class distribution based on Debian GNU/Linux. The developers have published a new release, version UCS 4.3-0. The latest version is based on Debian 9 and now uses an unmodified Debian kernel. The distribution also features new Samba packages and improved SAML authentication.....

Distribution Release: Tails 3.6

Tuesday 13th of March 2018 05:31:31 PM
The Amnesic Incognito Live System (Tails) is a Debian-based live DVD/USB with the goal of providing complete Internet anonymity for the user. The project's latest version, Tails 3.6, makes it easier to lock and unlock the desktop and improves persistently installed applications, allowing software to be set up....

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Graphics: VC4 and AMDVLK Driver

  • VC4 display, VC5 kernel submitted
    For VC5, I renamed the kernel driver to “v3d” and submitted it to the kernel. Daniel Vetter came back right away with a bunch of useful feedback, and next week I’m resolving that feedback and continuing to work on the GMP support. On the vc4 front, I did the investigation of the HDL to determine that the OLED matrix applies before the gamma tables, so we can expose it in the DRM for Android’s color correction. Stefan was also interested in reworking his fencing patches to use syncobjs, so hopefully we can merge those and get DRM HWC support in mainline soon. I also pushed Gustavo’s patch for using the new core DRM infrastructure for async cursor updates. This doesn’t simplify our code much yet, but Boris has a series he’s working on that gets rid of a lot of custom vc4 display code by switching more code over to the new async support.
  • V3D DRM Driver Revised As It Works To Get Into The Mainline Kernel
    Eric Anholt of Broadcom has sent out his revised patches for the "V3D" DRM driver, which up until last week was known as the VC5 DRM driver. As explained last week, the VC5 driver components are being renamed to V3D since it ends up supporting more than just VC5 with Broadcom VC6 hardware already being supported too. Eric is making preparations to get this VideoCore driver into the mainline Linux kernel and he will then also rename the VC5 Gallium3D driver to V3D Gallium3D.
  • AMDVLK Driver Gets Fixed For Rise of the Tomb Raider Using Application Profiles
    With last week's release of Rise of the Tomb Raider on Linux ported by Feral Interactive, when it came to Radeon GPU support for this Vulkan-only Linux game port the Mesa RADV driver was supported while the official AMDVLK driver would lead to GPU hangs. That's now been fixed. With the latest AMDVLK/XGL source code as of today, the GPU hang issue for Rise of the Tomb Raider should now be resolved.

AMD Ryzen 7 2700X Linux Performance Boosted By Updated BIOS/AGESA

With last week's initial launch-day Linux benchmarks of the Ryzen 5 2600X / Ryzen 7 2700X some found the Linux performance to be lower than Windows. While the root cause is undetermined, a BIOS/AGESA update does appear to help the Linux performance significantly at least with the motherboard where I've been doing most of my tests with the Ryzen 7 2700X. Here are the latest benchmark numbers. Read more

GNU: The GNU C Library 2.28 and Guix on Android

  • Glibc 2.28 Upstream Will Build/Run Cleanly On GNU Hurd
    While Linux distributions are still migrating to Glibc 2.27, in the two months since the release changes have continued building up for what will eventually become the GNU C Library 2.28. The Glibc 2.28 work queued thus far isn't nearly as exciting as all the performance optimizations and more introduced with Glibc 2.27, but it's a start. Most notable at this point for Glibc 2.28 is that it will now build and run cleanly on GNU/Hurd without requiring any out-of-tree patches. There has been a ton of Hurd-related commits to Glibc over the past month.
  • Guix on Android!
    Last year I thought to myself: since my phone is just a computer running an operating system called Android (or Replicant!), and that Android is based on a Linux kernel, it's just another foreign distribution I could install GNU Guix on, right? It turned out it was absolutely the case. Today I was reminded on IRC of my attempt last year at installing GNU Guix on my phone. Hence this blog post. I'll try to give you all the knowledge and commands required to install it on your own Android device.
  • GNU Guix Wrangled To Run On Android
    The GNU Guix transactional package manager can be made to run on Android smartphones/tablets, but not without lots of hoops to jump through first.