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AMD Publishes New RDNA Whitepaper

2 hours 36 min ago
AMD has been publishing a lot of documentation recently covering their RDNA architecture used initially by the "Navi" graphics processors. They have published ISA documentation and a slide deck, among other material, while now they have published a higher-level whitepaper covering the architecture...

Debian Guts Support For Old MIPS CPUs

2 hours 44 min ago
As a change that will affect Debian 11 "Bullseye" but not the current Debian 10 "Buster" or older is the distribution's decision to remove the old MIPS architecture...

Sony Continues Tuning AMD Jaguar Support Within The LLVM Clang Compiler

5 hours 18 min ago
Thanks to Sony using LLVM Clang as their default compiler toolchain for their PlayStation game console, they continue making improvements to the AMD Btver2/Jaguar code for optimized performance. The Jaguar APU is what's in the current PlayStation 4 while we've already seen contributions from Sony to improve the Zen CPU support ahead of their next-generation console...

Blender 2.81 To Feature Intel Open Image Denoise & Eevee Renderer Improvements

Wednesday 21st of August 2019 04:49:56 AM
Blender 2.80 made its hugely anticipated debut just under one month ago while already Blender 2.81 is looking interesting and will hopefully be out in November...

Netrunner 19.08 Released For Delivering A Clean KDE Experience Atop Debian 10

Wednesday 21st of August 2019 04:05:00 AM
Netrunner 19.08 "Indigo" was released on Tuesday as the newest version of this KDE-focused desktop Linux distribution...

Mesa 19.2-RC1 Released But Intel Still Looking To Add OpenGL 4.6 Support

Tuesday 20th of August 2019 11:31:52 PM
Yesterday we shared that Mesa 19.2's release process would finally be getting underway with the first release candidate expected today following the code branching. Sure enough, that process began but now prominent Intel open-source graphics developer Jason Ekstrand is looking to get the OpenGL 4.6 support into this release...

Raptor Computing Systems Planning To Launch New ATX POWER9 Board With OpenCAPI

Tuesday 20th of August 2019 11:10:41 PM
In addition to the news out of the OpenPOWER Summit in San Diego that the POWER ISA is going open-source and the OpenPOWER Foundation becoming part of the Linux Foundation, Raptor Computing Systems shared they plan to launch a new standard ATX motherboard next year that will feature OpenCAPI connectivity...

CodeWeavers Reflects On The Wild Year Since Valve Introduced Steam Play / Proton

Tuesday 20th of August 2019 07:42:57 PM
This week marks one year since Valve rolled out their Proton beta for Steam Play to allow Windows games to gracefully run on Linux via this Wine downstream catered for Steam Linux gaming. It's been crazy since then with all of Valve's continued work on open-source graphics drivers, adding the likes of FAudio and D9VK to Proton, continuing to fund DXVK development for faster Direct3D-over-Vulkan, and many other infrastructure improvements and more to allow more Windows games to run on Linux and to do so well and speedy...

Oracle Solaris 11.4 SRU12 Released - Adds GCC 9.1 Compiler & Python 3.7

Tuesday 20th of August 2019 07:30:59 PM
While we haven't heard anything yet about Oracle's plans for Solaris post-11.4 whether that means Solaris 11.4 or the reportedly killed Solaris 12, Oracle today did release Solaris 11.4 Stable Release Update 12 as their newest installment for their supported Solaris operating system release...

POWER ISA Contributed To Open-Source, OpenPOWER Joining The Linux Foundation

Tuesday 20th of August 2019 04:23:42 PM
The big POWER announcement appears to be that the POWER instruction set architecture is being contributed to the open-source community and the OpenPOWER Foundation is becoming part of the Linux Foundation...

Linux "Lockdown" Patches Hit Their 40th Revision

Tuesday 20th of August 2019 01:39:46 PM
The long-running Linux "Lockdown" patches were sent out again overnight for their 40th time but it remains to be seen if these security-oriented patches will be pulled in for the upcoming Linux 5.4 cycle...

GCC 10 Lands Support For -march=tigerlake & -march=cooperlake

Tuesday 20th of August 2019 11:49:24 AM
The GNU toolchain has already been preparing for Cooperlake CPUs as the successor to Cascadelake as well as supporting the new instruction set extensions, but finally today the support for -march=cooperlake was merged to GCC 10 for conveniently exposing the new CPU target in the GNU Compiler Collection. At the same time, -march=tigerlake was also added...

Chromebooks Switching Over To The BFQ I/O Scheduler

Tuesday 20th of August 2019 10:49:36 AM
On Chromebooks when moving to the latest Chrome OS that switches over to a Linux 4.19 based kernel, BFQ has become the default I/O scheduler...

GNOME 3.34 Works Out Refined XWayland Support For X11 Apps Run Under Sudo

Tuesday 20th of August 2019 08:00:00 AM
GNOME 3.34 continues to look like an incredibly great release in the performance department as well as for Wayland users...

RADV Vulkan Driver Lands Renoir APU Support In Time For Mesa 19.2

Tuesday 20th of August 2019 04:50:14 AM
Just hours ahead of the Mesa 19.2 feature freeze and days after the RadeonSI OpenGL driver added Renoir support, the RADV Vulkan driver has picked up support for this next-gen Zen 2 + Vega APU...

DragonFlyBSD Developing DSynth As Synth Rewrite For Custom Package Building

Tuesday 20th of August 2019 04:06:00 AM
Adding to another creation being worked on by DragonFlyBSD lead developer Matthew Dillon, DSynth is a C rewrite of the FreeBSD originating Synth program that serves as a custom package repository builder...

Mesa 19.2's Feature Freeze / Release Candidate Process Beginning Tomorrow

Tuesday 20th of August 2019 12:13:41 AM
Mesa 19.2 was supposed to be branched marking its feature freeze two weeks ago on 6 August along with the issuing of the first release candidate. That milestone has yet to be crossed but should happen tomorrow...

OBS Studio 24.0 Will Let You Pause While Recording, Other New Options

Monday 19th of August 2019 10:01:36 PM
For those using OBS Studio for cross-platform live-streaming and screen recording needs, OBS Studio 24.0 is on the way but out first is their release candidate to vet the new features coming into this big update...

Approved: Fedora 31 To Drop i686 Everything/Modular Repositories

Monday 19th of August 2019 06:00:00 PM
The month-old proposal for the upcoming Fedora 31 Linux distribution release to stop with their i686 repositories for Everything and Modules was voted on today by the Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee...

AMD Posts Navi Display Stream Compression Support For Linux

Monday 19th of August 2019 04:39:45 PM
One of the kernel-side features not yet in place for AMD's newest Navi graphics processors on Linux has been Display Stream Compression support but that is being squared away with a new patch series...

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Security: Sphinx, Ransomware, Webmin, YubiKey

  • Exposed Sphinx Servers Are No Challenge for Hackers [Ed: That’s the same agency and the same troll site that initially promoted the lies and the FUD about VLC]

    A popular open-source text search server, Sphinx offers impressive performance for indexing and searching data in databases or just in files. It is cross-platform, available for Linux, Windows, macOS, Solaris, FreeBSD, and a few other operating systems. [...] CERT-Bund posted the warning on Twitter today alerting network operators and providers about the risk of running Sphinx servers with a default configuration that are open on the web. The organization highlights that Sphinx lacks any authentication mechanisms. Exposing it on the web gives an attacker the possibility "to read, modify or delete any data stored in the Sphinx database."

  • Ransomware Hits Texas Local Governments [iophk: Windows TCO]

    The attack was observed on the morning of August 16 and appears to have been launched by a single threat actor, the DIR announcement reads.

    The State Operations Center (SOC) was activated soon after the attack reports started to come in, and DIR says that all of the entities that were actually or potentially affected appear to have been identified and notified.

    A total of twenty-three entities have been confirmed as impacted so far, and the responders are working on bringing the affected systems back online.

  • Webmin Backdoored for Over a Year

    The security hole impacts Webmin 1.882 through 1.921, but most versions are not vulnerable in their default configuration as the affected feature is not enabled by default. Version 1.890 is affected in the default configuration. The issue has been addressed with the release of Webmin 1.930 and Usermin version 1.780.

  • The YubiKey 5Ci is the 'first' iOS-compatible security key

    Like other YubiKey options in the 5 series, the YubiKey 5Ci supports multiple authentication protocols, including IDO2/WebAuthn, FIDO U2F, OTP (one-time-password), PIV (Smart Card), and OpenPGP.

Android Leftovers

Analysis of the state of play of Open Source policies in EU Member States

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