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Xen Orchestra 5.0 Released With Several New Features

Friday 24th of June 2016 08:35:59 PM
While Xen 4.7 was released this week as the latest for this virtualization hypervisor, the independent Xen Orchestra software that provides a web interface to Xen Server is out with its version 5.0 milestone...

Intel Skylake Graphics: Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu 16.04 + Latest Open-Source Driver Code

Friday 24th of June 2016 03:37:01 PM
As part of the celebrations with Phoronix turning 12 years old earlier this month I ran some fun tests looking at the Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu Linux gaming performance with the new NVIDIA Pascal GPUs and also a Windows 10 vs. RadeonSI Gallium3D vs. AMDGPU-PRO comparison on the AMD side. To finish things up, here is a fresh comparison of Intel Skylake HD Graphics under Windows 10 and Ubuntu 16.04.

Debian Stretch Continues Eyeing GCC 6

Friday 24th of June 2016 03:04:16 PM
Matthias Klose has provided an update concerning plans for having GCC 6 become the default compiler of Debian 9.0 "Stretch."..

Wine 1.9.13 Continues Working On Shader Model 5, Direct3D Command Stream

Friday 24th of June 2016 01:54:25 PM
The Wine camp is out with their latest bi-weekly development release where they have continued focusing on some of the same work items they've been trying to address the past few releases...

The State Of The X.Org GSoC 2016 Projects

Friday 24th of June 2016 01:32:20 PM
This summer there has been two summer projects being worked on under the X.Org Foundation via this year's Google Summer of Code...

Dolpin 5.0 Emulator Released, Now Requires OpenGL 3 & 64-bit

Friday 24th of June 2016 12:40:17 PM
Version 5.0 of the open-source Dolphin Emulator for playing Nintendo GameCube and Wii games on Windows/Linux/OSX is now available...

Wayland's Weston Continues Going Through Refactoring

Friday 24th of June 2016 11:47:07 AM
For those of you not paying attention to Weston Git or the mailing lists, this reference Weston compositor has been going through a period of refactoring...

More Mediatek DRM Display Work Is Coming For Linux 4.8

Friday 24th of June 2016 11:30:23 AM
With the Linux 4.7 kernel there is an initial Mediatek DRM display driver while further improvements to this open-source code are coming for Linux 4.8...

Mesa Needs Some Last Minute Patches For Polaris

Friday 24th of June 2016 11:19:19 AM
Earlier this week there were some last minute AMDGPU DRM kernel patches submitted that were needed for AMD's imminent Radeon RX 480 "Polaris" launch while today some last minute Mesa patches have materialized...

PostgreSQL 9.6 Beta 2 Released

Thursday 23rd of June 2016 08:56:03 PM
Following last month's PostgreSQL 9.6 Beta 1 release, a second beta is now available for testing...

Xen Project 4.7 Released

Thursday 23rd of June 2016 02:55:09 PM
The Xen Project has announced their version 4.7 release...

7-Way Linux Distribution Comparison For Summer 2016

Thursday 23rd of June 2016 12:59:45 PM
Given the recent releases of Fedora 24, Solus 1.2, and other GNU/Linux distribution updates, here is our latest performance testing roundabout of seven popular OS releases on the same Core i5 Skylake system.

Radeon RX 480 Linux Testing Is Happening Right Now

Wednesday 22nd of June 2016 10:00:00 PM
Not that I can share any early benchmark figures or anything of the Radeon RX 480 "Polaris" graphics card, but the testing commenced today... But I can at least share a couple images...

AMDGPU Fixes For Polaris Queuing Up For Linux 4.7

Wednesday 22nd of June 2016 07:26:11 PM
Yesterday I mentioned how the AMDGPU driver needed some important last minute fixes for the soon-to-launch Radeon RX 480 "Polaris" support. Those patches are now pending to be pulled as part of the next round of DRM fixes heading into Linux 4.7...

Intel Submits Another Batch Of DRM Graphics Driver Updates For Linux 4.8

Wednesday 22nd of June 2016 02:33:05 PM
Just weeks after their first round of DRM updates for Linux 4.8 were submitted, the Intel crew has their second -- of a possible three -- feature updates readied for the Linux 4.8 kernel via DRM-Next...

PulseAudio 9.0 Released With Many Audio Improvements

Wednesday 22nd of June 2016 12:41:04 PM
Version 9.0 of the once-controversial PulseAudio sound server is now available for your open-source audio needs...

Trying Various OpenGL 4.x Games On Linux With An Intel Skylake Core i5

Wednesday 22nd of June 2016 12:34:02 PM
With the imminent Mesa 12.0 release there is now OpenGL 4.3 compliance for Intel Broadwell graphics hardware and newer, rather than OpenGL 3.3 as was the upper limit in the Intel Mesa driver to this point. Now having OpenGL 4.x support with this open-source Intel driver, I decided to see how various OpenGL 4.x games are running with the Intel driver when using a Skylake CPU sporting HD Graphics 530...

Fedora Users Now Have An Experimental Firefox Wayland Package

Wednesday 22nd of June 2016 12:11:07 PM
While Fedora 24 made great inroads on their Wayland support plans for running GNOME by default off this next-generation technology compared to X11, the Firefox package in Fedora currently relies upon Wayland...

GCC Compiler Adds Support For ARM's Cortex-A73

Wednesday 22nd of June 2016 12:03:20 PM
The latest GCC 7 development code now has support for the ARM Cortex-A73 processor...

Qt 5.6.1-1 Released To Fix A Critical Problem

Wednesday 22nd of June 2016 11:32:42 AM
Qt 5.6.1 was released earlier this month to fix outstanding issues with the Qt 5.6 tool-kit release while today the 5.6.1-1 hot-fix release is available to fix a critical problem...

More in Tux Machines

Leftovers: OSS

OSS in the Back End

  • Open Source NFV Part Four: Open Source MANO
    Defined in ETSI ISG NFV architecture, MANO (Management and Network Orchestration) is a layer — a combination of multiple functional entities — that manages and orchestrates the cloud infrastructure, resources and services. It is comprised of, mainly, three different entities — NFV Orchestrator, VNF Manager and Virtual Infrastructure Manager (VIM). The figure below highlights the MANO part of the ETSI NFV architecture.
  • After the hype: Where containers make sense for IT organizations
    Container software and its related technologies are on fire, winning the hearts and minds of thousands of developers and catching the attention of hundreds of enterprises, as evidenced by the huge number of attendees at this week’s DockerCon 2016 event. The big tech companies are going all in. Google, IBM, Microsoft and many others were out in full force at DockerCon, scrambling to demonstrate how they’re investing in and supporting containers. Recent surveys indicate that container adoption is surging, with legions of users reporting they’re ready to take the next step and move from testing to production. Such is the popularity of containers that SiliconANGLE founder and theCUBE host John Furrier was prompted to proclaim that, thanks to containers, “DevOps is now mainstream.” That will change the game for those who invest in containers while causing “a world of hurt” for those who have yet to adapt, Furrier said.
  • Is Apstra SDN? Same idea, different angle
    The company’s product, called Apstra Operating System (AOS), takes policies based on the enterprise’s intent and automatically translates them into settings on network devices from multiple vendors. When the IT department wants to add a new component to the data center, AOS is designed to figure out what needed changes would flow from that addition and carry them out. The distributed OS is vendor-agnostic. It will work with devices from Cisco Systems, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Juniper Networks, Cumulus Networks, the Open Compute Project and others.
  • MapR Launches New Partner Program for Open Source Data Analytics
    Converged data vendor MapR has launched a new global partner program for resellers and distributors to leverage the company's integrated data storage, processing and analytics platform.
  • A Seamless Monitoring System for Apache Mesos Clusters
  • All Marathons Need a Runner. Introducing Pheidippides
    Activision Publishing, a computer games publisher, uses a Mesos-based platform to manage vast quantities of data collected from players to automate much of the gameplay behavior. To address a critical configuration management problem, James Humphrey and John Dennison built a rather elegant solution that puts all configurations in a single place, and named it Pheidippides.
  • New Tools and Techniques for Managing and Monitoring Mesos
    The platform includes a large number of tools including Logstash, Elasticsearch, InfluxDB, and Kibana.
  • BlueData Can Run Hadoop on AWS, Leave Data on Premises
    We've been watching the Big Data space pick up momentum this year, and Big Data as a Service is one of the most interesting new branches of this trend to follow. In a new development in this space, BlueData, provider of a leading Big-Data-as-a-Service software platform, has announced that the enterprise edition of its BlueData EPIC software will run on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and other public clouds. Essentially, users can now run their cloud and computing applications and services in an Amazon Web Services (AWS) instance while keeping data on-premises, which is required for some companies in the European Union.

today's howtos

Industrial SBC builds on Raspberry Pi Compute Module

On Kickstarter, a “MyPi” industrial SBC using the RPi Compute Module offers a mini-PCIe slot, serial port, wide-range power, and modular expansion. You might wonder why in 2016 someone would introduce a sandwich-style single board computer built around the aging, ARM11 based COM version of the original Raspberry Pi, the Raspberry Pi Compute Module. First off, there are still plenty of industrial applications that don’t need much CPU horsepower, and second, the Compute Module is still the only COM based on Raspberry Pi hardware, although the cheaper, somewhat COM-like Raspberry Pi Zero, which has the same 700MHz processor, comes close. Read more