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The Qt 6 Plans For November 2020, Qt 5.15 Likely Being Last Of Qt5

3 hours 4 min ago
At the recent Qt Contributors' Summit as previously covered on Phoronix were some early discussions over plans to release Qt 6.0 in 2020. A few more tidbits of information have come to light on these interesting tool-kit plans...

Elisa 0.2 Beta Released For This Newest KDE Music Player

3 hours 49 min ago
KDE's Elisa music player is just over one year old and with a few months having passed since the Elisa 0.1 inaugural release, succeeding that today is the beta for the upcoming Elisa 0.2...

AMDGPU DRM Driver To Finally Expose GPU Load Via Sysfs

7 hours 18 min ago
The AMDGPU DRM driver appears to finally be crossing the milestone of exposing the current GPU load (as a percentage) in a manner that can be easily queried via sysfs...

Radeon Software 18.20 Stable Released With Official Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Support

10 hours 10 min ago
The Radeon Software "AMDGPU-PRO" 18.20 hybrid driver stack is now available with official support for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 17.20...

GNOME 3.29.3 Released As The Latest Step Towards GNOME 3.30

10 hours 23 min ago
GNOME 3.29.3 is out today as the latest development release in the road to this September's GNOME 3.30 desktop update...

Fedora Core OS: The New Upstream To Red Hat's CoreOS

12 hours 38 min ago
Not to be confused with Fedora Core going back to the early days of Fedora as a Red Hat project, but Fedora Project Leader Matthew Miller has just announced Fedora CoreOS...

Intel Hyper Threading Performance With A Core i7 On Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

13 hours 11 min ago
Following the news yesterday of OpenBSD disabling Intel Hyper Threading by default within its OS over security concerns and plans to disable Simultaneous Multi Threading for other processors/architectures too, here are some fresh Intel HT benchmarks albeit on Ubuntu Linux. The OpenBSD developer involved characterized HT/SMT as "doesn't necessarily have a positive effect on performance; it highly depends on the workload. In all likelihood it will actually slow down most workloads if you have a CPU with more than two cores." So here are some benchmarks using a current-generation Intel Core i7 8700K six-core processor with Hyper Threading.

OpenSUSE Tumbleweed Jumps On Linux 4.17, KDE Plasma 5.13 Riding Well

14 hours 42 min ago
For users of openSUSE's Tumbleweed rolling-release Linux distribution, it's been a very busy month on the update front...

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.10 Released With Spectre/Meltdown Mitigation

14 hours 50 min ago
While Spectre and Meltdown mitigation has been available to RHEL6 users via kernel upgrades, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.10 is out today as the newest release while its bundled kernel features Retpolines and KPTI for mitigating against these CPU vulnerabilities...

Linux Gets Experimental Support For In-Kernel Hibernation Encryption

16 hours 42 min ago
Intel's Chen Yu has sent out a set of patches providing experimental support for in-kernel encryption support for hibernation...

Going In-Depth With Flatpak For Sandboxed Application Packaging

16 hours 50 min ago
Red Hat / GNOME developer veteran Matthias Clasen has recently begun a series of blog posts going in-depth with Flatpaks for those wondering how this application deployment technology is taking over the Linux desktop...

X-Plane Flight Simulator Reports Linux Users At Just About 1%

17 hours 4 min ago
Laminar Research has published their latest usage statistics on the incredible X-Plane flight simulator software...

Coreboot Now Supports Directly Booting To A Linux Kernel FIT Image

Wednesday 20th of June 2018 05:42:06 AM
Coreboot's latest development code now supports parsing and booting of FIT payloads. FIT in this context is a Flattened Image Tree that leverages DeviceTree...

A Slew Of AMDGPU DC Updates Published, Further Improvements For Raven Ridge

Tuesday 19th of June 2018 11:54:42 PM
There hasn't been a new AMDGPU DC code drop in a while as AMD developers work to improve their internal processes, but hitting the wire today is a set of 51 new patches for this "display code" stack that work on a variety of improvements...

Vulkan Display Extensions To Be Used By SteamVR Merged Into Mesa RADV/ANV

Tuesday 19th of June 2018 10:02:59 PM
Keith Packard's long in development work for improving the Linux display stack infrastructure for better dealing with VR head-mounted displays is about rounded out with the new Vulkan extension support being merged into Mesa...

OpenBSD Disabling SMT / Hyper Threading Due To Security Concerns

Tuesday 19th of June 2018 09:41:30 PM
Security oriented BSD operating system OpenBSD is making the move to disable Hyper Threading (HT) on Intel CPUs and more broadly moving to disable SMT (Simultaneous Multi Threading) on other CPUs too...

UBports' Ubuntu Touch OTA-4 RC Released, Upgrades To Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Tuesday 19th of June 2018 07:26:00 PM
The UBports community has announced the first release candidate of their long-awaited Ubuntu Touch OTA-4 update...

Debian Installer Buster Alpha 3 Released

Tuesday 19th of June 2018 04:34:45 PM
The third alpha release of the Debian Installer to be used by Debian 10 "Buster" is now available for testing...

Purism's Librem 5 To Rely On Secondary Processor For Binary Blobs

Tuesday 19th of June 2018 03:51:07 PM
With not being able to deliver a 100% fully free software / libre system, the Librem 5 smartphone will rely upon a secondary processor for dealing with the necessary binary blobs for hardware initialization to keep them out of touch from the U-Boot boot-loader and Linux kernel...

NVIDIA & Valve Line Up Among The Sponsors For X.Org's XDC 2018

Tuesday 19th of June 2018 03:36:07 PM
The initial list of sponsors have been announced for the annual X.Org Developers' Conference (XDC2018) where Wayland, Mesa, and the X.Org Server tend to dominate the discussions for improving the open-source/Linux desktop...

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GNOME Desktop: Flatpak and Random Wallpaper Gnome Extension

  • Flatpak in detail, part 2
    The first post in this series looked at runtimes and extensions. Here, we’ll look at how flatpak keeps the applications and runtimes on your system organized, with installations, repositories, branches, commits and deployments.
  • Flatpak – a history
    I’ve been working on Flatpak for almost 4 years now, and 1.0 is getting closer. I think it might be interesting at this point to take a retrospective look at the history of Flatpak.
  • Random Wallpaper Gnome Extension Changes Your Desktop Background With Images From Various Online Sources
    Random Wallpaper is an extension for Gnome Shell that can automatically fetch wallpapers from a multitude of online sources and set it as your desktop background. The automatic wallpaper changer comes with built-in support for downloading wallpapers from unsplash.com, desktopper.co, wallhaven.cc, as well as support for basic JSON APIs or files. The JSON support is in fact my favorite feature in Random Wallpaper. That's because thanks to it and the examples available on the Random Wallpaper GitHub Wiki, one can easily add Chromecast Images, NASA Picture of the day, Bing Picture of the day, and Google Earth View (Google Earth photos from a selection of around 1500 curated locations) as image sources.

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KDE: QtPad, Celebrating 10 Years with KDE, GSoC 2018

  • QtPad - Modern Customizable Sticky Note App for Linux
    In this article, we'll focus on how to install and use QtPad on Ubuntu 18.04. Qtpad is a unique and highly customizable sticky note application written in Qt5 and Python3 tailored for Unix systems.
  • Celebrating 10 Years with KDE
    Of course I am using KDE software much longer. My first Linux distribution, SuSE 6.2 (the precursor to openSUSE), came with KDE 1.1.1 and was already released 19 years ago. But this post is not celebrating the years I am using KDE software. Exactly ten years ago, dear Albert committed my first contribution to KDE. A simple patch for a problem that looked obvious to fix, but waiting for someone to actually do the work. Not really understanding the consequences, it marks the start of my journey within the amazing KDE community.
  • GSoC 2018 – Coding Period (May 28th to June 18th): First Evaluation and Progress with LVM VG
    I got some problems during the last weeks of Google Summer of Code which made me deal with some challenges. One of these challenges was caused by a HD physical problem. I haven’t made a backup of some work and had to rework again in some parts of my code. As I already knew how to proceed, it was faster than the first time. I had to understand how the device loading process is made in Calamares to load a preview of the new LVM VG during its creation in Partition Page. I need to list it as a new storage device in this page and deal with the revert process. I’ve implemented some basic fixes and tried to improve it.

Open Hardware: Good for Your Brand, Good for Your Bottom Line

Chip makers are starting to catch on to the advantages of open, however. SiFive has released an entirely open RISC-V development board. Its campaign on the Crowd Supply crowd-funding website very quickly raised more than $140,000 USD. The board itself is hailed as a game-changer in the world of hardware. Developments like these will ensure that it won't be long before the hardware equivalent of LEGO's bricks will soon be as open as the designs built using them. Read more