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AMD Linux Graphics: The Latest Open-Source RadeonSI Driver Moves On To Smacking Catalyst

7 hours 1 min ago
Following this weekend's Radeon R9 Fury open-source Linux driver tests with the DRM-Next code to be merged into Linux 4.3, the latest Mesa 11.1-devel Git code, and LLVM 3.8 SVN for the AMDGPU compiler back-end, I proceeded to run some bleeding-edge open-source Radeon Gallium3D graphics versus AMD Catalyst Linux benchmarks on Ubuntu.

AMD Rolls Out Hardware-Based GPU Virtualization: Multiuser GPU

8 hours 13 min ago
After NVIDIA announced GRID 2.0, AMD has used VMworld 2015 to launch "the world's first hardware-based GPU virtualization solution, the AMD Multiuser GPU."..

How KDE On Wayland Will Lead To Better Power Management

9 hours 41 min ago
Aside from "every frame being perfect" with Wayland among its many advantages over X11, another benefit will be for greater power-savings in properly implemented software when a display is turned-off/sleeping...

NetworkManager 1.2 Pre-Release Soon Coming For Fedora 24

10 hours 48 min ago
While Fedora 24 isn't set to be released until H1'2016, developers are already working on getting a NetworkManager 1.2 pre-release into the distribution's archive early...

EXT3 Driver Might Not End Up Getting Removed From Linux 4.3

13 hours 19 min ago
While yesterday it looked like the EXT3 driver would be removed in Linux 4.3 as the pull request was sent in and there were no objections brought up last month when it was proposed, Linus Torvalds has taken issue with removing the driver...

Linux 4.3 Scheduler Change "Potentially Affects Every SMP Workload In Existence"

15 hours 8 min ago
Aside from Ingo Molnar's x86 boot changes he sent in to Linus Torvalds for the Linux 4.3 merge window, he also sent in the scheduler changes for this next version of the Linux kernel...

ARM SoC Updates Sent In For The Linux 4.3 Kernel

16 hours 2 min ago
The ARM SoC changes are just the latest pull request of what's already shaping up to be another exciting kernel cycle...

CUPS 2.1 Adds 3D Printing & Offers Better IPP Everywhere

Tuesday 1st of September 2015 04:05:54 AM
Ahead of the release of OS X El Capitan, developers working for Apple have officially released version 2.1 of the CUPS printing server...

Servo, Skylake & Even Windows 10 Have Been Very Appealing To Linux Users

Tuesday 1st of September 2015 01:23:21 AM
It's been a long month: 305 open-source/Linux news stories and 30 featured/multi-page articles were typed for Phoronix this month...

Intel Enables ASTC Texture Compression In Mesa For Skylake

Tuesday 1st of September 2015 01:00:09 AM
As of today in Mesa Git, the royalty-free Adaptive Scalable Texture Compression (ASTC) is now supported in Mesa Git for Skylake graphics hardware...

PHP 7.0 RC1 Is Running Much Faster Than PHP5, But Still Not Beating HHVM

Monday 31st of August 2015 11:00:00 PM
With PHP 7.0 RC1 having been released last week, I've spent a fair amount of time in the past few days trying out this first release candidate for the huge PHP 7 milestone...

LILO Boot-Loader Development To Cease At End Of Year

Monday 31st of August 2015 09:57:00 PM
While most of you probably haven't used the LILO bootloader in years in place of GRUB(2), the developer of "LInux LOader" intends to cease development at the end of the year...

NVIDIA's VDPAU Library Exposed To Security Issue

Monday 31st of August 2015 09:45:14 PM
NVIDIA released the libvdpau 1.1.1 library today to fix three new CVE security issues...

Trying Out The AMDGPU Kernel Driver's Experimental GPU Scheduler

Monday 31st of August 2015 08:52:21 PM
Yesterday after finishing up the first open-source AMDGPU driver benchmarks of the Radeon R9 Fury, I decided to also give a go on the new AMDGPU driver scheduler that's an experimental feature for Linux 4.3...

x86 Systems Will See Some Boot Time Optimizations With Linux 4.3

Monday 31st of August 2015 08:34:16 PM
Ingo Molnar sent in his several Git pull requests today for the code he maintains within the Linux kernel...

OpenBSD Is Getting Its Own Native Hypervisor

Monday 31st of August 2015 07:54:17 PM
The OpenBSD Foundation has been funding work on a project to provide OpenBSD with its own, native hypervisor...

NVIDIA 355.11 Driver Stabilizes The Series With Full OpenGL For EGL

Monday 31st of August 2015 05:52:35 PM
NVIDIA has released the 355.11 Linux driver today, which is their first stable release in the 355.xx series...

Arma 3 Now Available In Beta For Linux, Might Be Benchmarked

Monday 31st of August 2015 04:57:19 PM
As expected, Arma 3 is now available for Linux gamers in beta form...

S390 To Get "Fake NUMA" / NUMA Emulation In Linux 4.3

Monday 31st of August 2015 04:15:19 PM
The IBM s390 architecture will gain fake NUMA support with the upcoming Linux 4.3 for providing faster performance under some workloads...

Mesa 11.0 RC2 Released, Brings RadeonSI Performance Fix

Monday 31st of August 2015 03:29:08 PM
The second release candidate to Mesa 11.0 is now available for testing...

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Leftovers: OSS

  • OpenStack Summit Tokyo 2015: Presentation
  • Common problems in open source communities (and how to solve them)
    In her Texas Linux Fest keynote, Joan Touzet talked to us about how to improve our open source communities. Joan's talk was a series of stories about communities who have faced a crisis and then rose above it.
  • OpenStack Was Key To Building Servers.Com
    When XBT Holding S.A. decided to simplify how its subsidiaries provided global hosting, network solutions, and web development they turned to the open source cloud infrastructure platform OpenStack. By consolidating the offerings under a single service provider,, customers can more easily browse, mix, compare and choose the most suitable services.
  • ZeroStack Comes Out of Stealth, Focused on Private Clouds
    There is another OpenStack-focused startup on the scene, and you have to appreciate its creative name: ZeroStack. The cloud computing company has come out of stealth mode to introduce a private cloud solution that it claims is easier to configure, consume and manage than any other technology on the market.
  • Apache Ignite, a Big Data Tool, Graduates as a Top-Level Project
    Only a few days ago, Apache, which is the steward for and incubates more than 350 Open Source projects, announced that Apache Lens, an open source Big Data and analytics tool, has graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a Top-Level Project (TLP). Now, the ASF has announced that Apache Ignite is to become a top-level project. It's an open source effort to build an in-memory data fabric that was driven by GridGain Systems and WANdisco.
  • Funding the Cloud: Top VCs Aim for the Silver Lining
  • How Apache Spark Is Transforming Big Data Processing, Development
  • PiwigoPress release 2.31
    I just pushed a new release of PiwigoPress (main page, WordPress plugin dir) to the WordPress servers. This release incorporates new features for the sidebar widget, and better interoperability with some Piwigo galleries.
  • How to teach student sys admins
    Students spend the 16-week long course learning practical skills using real tools. To support their systems, students learn about using support tickets and documentation by using RT and MediaWiki. To deploy and maintain their systems, they learn about configuration management using Puppet, system monitoring using Nagios, and backup and recovery using Bacula. But the broad concepts are more important than the specific software packages I just mentioned. The point is to learn, for example, configuration management, not to be trained to use Puppet. The software used by Clark is used because it works for him, but the software is flexible and changeable.
  • ownCloud beefing up security with bounty program
    ownCloud Inc. have announced a partnership with HackerOne to help with the newly created Security Bug Bounty Program in an effort to find vulnerabilities and fix them before they become an issue for users.
  • National Science Foundation Commits $6 Million to Secure IoT
  • Schiphol Airport working on open innovation data and an open programming interface...
  • How open film project Cosmos Laundromat made Blender better
    If you're not familiar with the string of open projects that the Blender Institute has kicked out over the years, you might not be familiar with the term "open movie." Simply put, not only is Cosmos Laundromat produced using free and open source tools like Blender, GIMP, Krita, and Inkscape, but the film itself, and all of its assets—models, textures, character rigs, animations, all of it—are available under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license. Want to see what a production character rig looks like? Or know how that giant color tornado was created? How about actually using a character (or just a prop) in your own project? Maybe you even want to redo the entire film to your own tastes. It's an open movie! You can!
  • Making strides in container integration, and more OpenStack news
  • The thin line between good and bad automation
    I don't like automation -- I love it. I whisper sweet nothings, come 'round with flowers, and buy milkshakes for automation. I've even stood outside the window with a boombox for automation. I will go out of my way to automate tasks that, while they are not terribly tedious, I don't want to have to remember exactly how to do them somewhere down the road, when months have gone by since the last time I had to relearn them.
  • The new IT is all about the customer
    Open source code. GitHub and other cloud repositories enable developers to share and consume code for almost any purpose imaginable. This reflects today's practical, non-ideological open source culture: Why code it yourself if someone else is offering it free under the most liberal license imaginable?

Leftovers: BSD

  • Coming Soon to OpenBSD/amd64: A Native Hypervisor
    Earlier today, Mike Larkin (mlarkin@) published a teaser for something he's been working on for a while.
  • the peculiar libretunnel situation
    The author of stunnel has (once, twice) asserted that stunnel may not be used with LibreSSL, only with OpenSSL. This is perhaps a strange thing for free software to do, and it creates the potential for some very weird consequences. First, some background. The OpenSSL license and the GPL are both free software licenses, but they are different flavors of freedom, meaning you can’t mix them. It would be like mixing savory and sweet. Can’t do it. Alright, so maybe technically you can do it, but you’re not supposed to. The flavor, er, freedom police will come get you. One workaround is for the GPL software to say, oh, but maybe wait, here’s an exception. (Does this make the software more or less free?) Here’s a longer explanation with sample exception.
  • FreeBSD on Beagle Bone Black (with X11)
    X11 clients on the Beagle Bone Black .. that’s X11 over the network, with the X Server elsewhere. No display as yet. The FreeBSD wiki notes that there’s no (mini) HDMI driver yet. So I built some X11 programs, xauth(1) and xmessage(1), and installed them on the Bone. Since I bought a blue case for the Bone, and it is the smallest computer in the house (discounting phones .. let’s call it the smallest hackable computer in the house) the kids decided to call it smurf. Here’s a screenshot of poudriere’s text console as it builds packages.

OpenSSL Security: A Year in Review

Over the last 10 years, OpenSSL has published advisories on over 100 vulnerabilities. Many more were likely silently fixed in the early days, but in the past year our goal has been to establish a clear public record. Read more Also: Tuesday's security advisories Linux Foundation publishes best practices for secure workstations