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Fedora Workstation 31 Is Looking Great With Many Original Features Being Worked On

3 hours 21 min ago
Fedora Workstation 31 is shaping up to be another exciting release for this Red Hat sponsored Linux distribution. As usual, a ton of original upstream features are being worked on for this innovative desktop/workstation Linux spin...

Wayland's Weston 6.0.1 Released With Build System Fixes & Other Corrections

4 hours 26 sec ago
Weston 6.0 was released back in March with a remote/streaming plug-in and Meson becoming the preferred build system among other improvements. Weston 6.0.1 was released today by Simon Ser with various fixes to this reference Wayland compositor...

Ubuntu To Provide Select 32-Bit Packages For Ubuntu 19.10 & 20.04 LTS

9 hours 56 min ago
It looks like my info from this weekend was accurate, "I'm hearing that Canonical may revert course and provide limited 32-bit support." Canonical issued a statement today that they indeed will provide "selected" 32-bit packages for the upcoming Ubuntu 19.10 as well as Ubuntu 20.04 LTS...

Benchmarking The Intel Performance Change With Linux FSGSBASE Support

11 hours 21 min ago
As covered last week, the Linux kernel is finally about to see FSGSBASE support a feature supported by Intel CPUs going back to Ivybridge and can help performance. Since that earlier article the FS/GS BASE patches have been moved to the x86/cpu branch meaning unless any last-minute problems arise the functionality will be merged for the Linux 5.3 cycle. I've also begun running some benchmarks to see how this will change the Linux performance on Intel hardware.

Panfrost Gallium3D Picks Up Yet More Features Thanks To Collabora's Summer Internship

13 hours 21 min ago
Just a few days ago I wrote how the Panfrost Gallium3D driver continues making incredible progress for this community-driven, open-source graphics driver targeting Arm Bifrost/Midgard graphics. There's yet another batch of new features and improvements to talk about...

Vulkan 1.1.112 Released While Open-Source ANV + RADV Drivers Continue Marching Along

16 hours 49 min ago
Vulkan 1.1.112 was outed this morning as the newest documentation update to this high performance graphics and compute API...

Raspberry Pi 4 Announced With Dual HDMI, USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, V3D Driver Stack

17 hours 24 min ago
Managing to make it out today as a surprise is the Raspberry Pi 4. The Raspberry Pi 4 is a major overhaul and their most radical update yet while base pricing still starts out at $35 USD...

Official x86 Zhaoxin Processor Support Is Coming With Linux 5.3

17 hours 29 min ago
Zhaoxin is the company producing Chinese x86 CPUs created by a joint venture between VIA and the Shanghai government. The current Zhaoxin ZX CPUs are based on VIA's Isaiah design and making use of VIA's x86 license. With the Linux 5.3 kernel will be better support for these Chinese desktop x86 CPUs...

Fedora's GRUB2 EFI Build To Offer Greater Security Options

Monday 24th of June 2019 06:35:35 AM
In addition to disabling root password-based SSH log-ins by default, another change being made to Fedora 31 in the name of greater security is adding some additional GRUB2 boot-loader modules to be built-in for their EFI boot-loader...

FreeBSD's Release Engineering Lead Departs The Foundation

Monday 24th of June 2019 04:27:36 AM
Well known FreeBSD developer and leader of their release engineering team, Glen Barber, has left the FreeBSD Foundation but will continue working on FreeBSD as well as coordinating its releases...

There's A Professional Grade Digital Cinema Camera Powered By Linux

Monday 24th of June 2019 04:25:09 AM
Digital camera startup Octopus Cinema has been designing the "OCTOPUSCAMERA" as a digital cinema camera that's professional grade yet is an open platform with removable/upgradeable parts and this camera platform itself is running Linux...

Ubuntu Developer Talks Down Impact Of 32-Bit Changes For Ubuntu 19.10

Sunday 23rd of June 2019 03:00:17 PM
Following Valve saying they won't be officially supporting Ubuntu 19.10 and Wine developers questioning their Ubuntu 32-bit builds following the announcement this week of not providing new 32-bit packages for new Ubuntu releases, longtime Ubuntu developer and Canonical employee Steve Langasek is trying to provide some clarity into the situation...

AMD Sends In Navi Support & Other Remaining AMDGPU Changes For Linux 5.3

Sunday 23rd of June 2019 12:00:00 PM
On Saturday night AMDGPU/Radeon DRM maintainer Alex Deucher sent in the final batch of feature updates to DRM-Next that is targeting the upcoming Linux 5.3 kernel...

KDE's Night Color Feature Being Ported From Wayland To X11

Sunday 23rd of June 2019 10:51:49 AM
It's another busy summer in the KDE space with a nice mixture of bug fixes and features being pursued for KDE Frameworks, KDE Plasma, and KDE Applications...

Fedora 31 Will Finally Disable OpenSSH Root Password-Based Logins By Default

Sunday 23rd of June 2019 10:06:19 AM
Fedora 31 will harden up its default configuration by finally disabling password-based OpenSSH root log-ins, matching the upstream default of the past four years and behavior generally enforced by other Linux distributions...

Linux Kernel "LOCKDOWN" Ported To Being An LSM, Still Undergoing Review

Sunday 23rd of June 2019 08:45:55 AM
It didn't make it for the Linux 5.2 kernel and now it's up to its 33rd revision on the Linux kernel mailing list... The "lockdown" patches for locking down access to various kernel hardware features has been reworked now and is a Linux Security Module (LSM) as it still tries to get enough endorsements to be mainlined...

DragonFlyBSD Picks Up Radeon Performance Improvements With Latest Code Update

Sunday 23rd of June 2019 06:57:59 AM
Slipping just past this week's DragonFlyBSD 5.6 release is now an early feature for the next series: continued work on the Radeon DRM driver ported to this BSD from the Linux kernel...

One Of AMD's Leading LLVM Compiler Experts Jumped Ship To Unity

Sunday 23rd of June 2019 04:05:19 AM
AMD has lost one of their leading LLVM compiler developers as well as serving as a Vulkan/SPIR-V expert with being involved in those Khronos specifications...

Linux 5.2-rc6 Released With Steam Networking Fix - The Biggest Post-RC1 Release

Saturday 22nd of June 2019 11:48:24 PM
Linus Torvalds released the Linux 5.2-rc6 development kernel a day ahead of schedule to better fit around his summer travels...

Mesa 19.1.1 Is Coming Next Week With A Variety Of Fixes

Saturday 22nd of June 2019 09:08:21 PM
Debuting two weeks ago was the Mesa 19.1 quarterly feature update while due out early next week is the first bug-fix point release...

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