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OpenSUSE Leap 15.2 Released With AI/ML Packages Added, YaST Improvements

Thursday 2nd of July 2020 01:00:00 PM
OpenSUSE Leap 15.2 is out today as the Linux distribution built from the same sources as SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 sources...

LLVMpipe Gallium3D Driver Now Exposes OpenGL 4.0

Thursday 2nd of July 2020 11:16:16 AM
The LLVMpipe Gallium3D driver that provides a software/CPU-based OpenGL implementation for running on systems as a fallback path when no GPU / hardware OpenGL driver is available, a vendor-neutral path for debug purposes, and similar use-cases, now has OpenGL 4.0 support...

Intel's IGC 1.0.4241 Graphics Compiler Adds DG1 Platform Support

Thursday 2nd of July 2020 11:08:14 AM
IGC 1.0.4241 is out this morning as the latest version of Intel's open-source graphics compiler that is used by their compute stack for oneAPI and OpenCL...

Steam On Linux Is Still Bouncing Around 0.9% For Summer 2020

Thursday 2nd of July 2020 10:35:00 AM
With the start of a new month comes the latest numbers out of Valve for the rough Linux gaming market percentage from the Steam Survey...

NVIDIA Video Codec SDK 10 Brings Few Changes For This Proprietary Library

Thursday 2nd of July 2020 08:32:03 AM
NVIDIA has quietly released Video Codec SDK 10 as the newest version of their proprietary video encode/decode implementation designed for their GPUs...

Wayland's Weston 9.0 Aims For Release In Early September

Thursday 2nd of July 2020 04:04:20 AM
With Weston 8.0 having shipped in January, Wayland developers are beginning to prepare for the next feature release of this reference Wayland compositor...

TrueNAS 12 Beta 1 Released With Much Improved ZFS, Better AMD Ryzen CPU Support

Wednesday 1st of July 2020 07:14:01 PM
As what was formerly FreeNAS, the first beta of TrueNAS CORE 12.0 is available for testing of this BSD-based operating system for NAS devices and other storage setups...

Benchmarking The Performance Overhead To LKRG 0.8 For Better Security

Wednesday 1st of July 2020 05:49:38 PM
Back in March I benchmarked the Linux Kernel Runtime Guard (LKRG) as a means of achieving additional security safeguards for a ~5% performance hit. With LKRG 0.8 having been released a few days ago, here is a fresh look at the LKRG performance compared to the stock kernel on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.

The Dark Mod 2.08 Released As One Of The Few Games Powered By Open-Source id Tech 4

Wednesday 1st of July 2020 03:31:26 PM
There is finally a new release out of The Dark Mod, the original total conversion mod for Doom 3 that transformed into its own standalone game powered by the open-source id Tech 4 engine. This remains the lone flagship example of the open-source id Tech 4 game engine in action by the community (besides the DHEWM3 / RBDOOM-3-BFG engine work) with ioDoom3 having never taken off like ioquake3...

Intel Graphics Driver Fixes Include Assembly Sources To Satisfy GNU Linux-Libre Folks

Wednesday 1st of July 2020 02:03:56 PM
Last month you may recall that the free software purists maintaining the GNU Linux-Libre kernel dropped the Intel "iGPU Leak" security fix for Ivybridge / Haswell as they considered the compiled shaders/kernels responsible for clearing those residual contexts to be binary blobs. A resolution is now pending for upstream...

Systemd 246 Is On The Way With Many Changes

Wednesday 1st of July 2020 01:46:54 PM
With it already having been a few months since systemd 245 debuted with systemd-homed, the systemd developers have begun their release dance for what will be systemd 246...

RadeonSI Switches To Make Greater Wave64 Use On Navi

Wednesday 1st of July 2020 11:11:43 AM
While RDNA/Navi brought Wave32 support, the open-source RadeonSI Gallium3D driver for Linux has decided to switch to make greater use now of Wave64 for more shaders...

"Project Springfield" Is Red Hat's Effort To Improve Linux File-Systems / Storage

Wednesday 1st of July 2020 07:18:32 AM
Following recent talk of Fedora potentially switching to Btrfs and Red Hat's Storage Instatiation Daemon among other Linux storage areas pursued by Red Hat, it turns out "Project Springfield" is some effort being pursued by the enterprise Linux giant for improving in this area...

Raspberry Pi Vulkan, WSL2, Renoir, Linux 5.8 + PHP8 Was Exciting For June

Wednesday 1st of July 2020 04:00:00 AM
Aside from the H1'2020 open-source/Linux highlights, here is our look at the top stories for June 2020 on Phoronix with many interesting software and hardware topics...

AMD/ROCm "AOMP" Compiler Enables OpenMP 5.0 By Default, Preps For More Upstreaming

Tuesday 30th of June 2020 11:30:00 PM
AOMP 11.6-2 is out this evening as the final Radeon Open Compute update for H1'2020. This is AMD's LLVM Clang downstream focused on providing OpenMP offloading to Radeon GPUs...

Intel Unveils New "KMB" DRM Driver For Their New SoC With An ARM CPU + Movidius VPU

Tuesday 30th of June 2020 09:46:08 PM
Intel has introduced a new Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) kernel driver for Linux...

Fedora Looks To Introduce The Storage Instantiation Daemon

Tuesday 30th of June 2020 08:09:23 PM
As one of the last minute change proposals for Fedora 33 is to introduce the Red Hat backed Storage Instantiation Daemon "SID" though at least for this first release would be off by default. The Storage Instantiation Daemon is one of the latest storage efforts being worked on by Red Hat engineers...

Crust Drops Paywall For Open-Source CRM Alternative To Salesforce

Tuesday 30th of June 2020 04:28:39 PM
The Crust CRM suite that aims to compete with Salesforce has been open-source under an Apache 2.0 license but now its paywall has been dropped to make it more compelling as a free software CRM suite...

Fedora Developers Discussing Possibility Of Dropping Legacy BIOS Support

Tuesday 30th of June 2020 03:30:00 PM
Fedora stakeholders are debating the merits of potentially ending legacy BIOS support for the Linux distribution and to only support UEFI-based installations...

Benchmarking The Performance Overhead To Linux's Proposed FGKASLR Security Feature

Tuesday 30th of June 2020 02:40:00 PM
One of the security improvements being worked on in recent months by Intel's open-source team has been FGKASLR. But how is the performance overhead compared to just traditional KASLR? Here are benchmarks looking at the performance impact of FGKASLR on top, just KASLR, and then no address space layout randomization.

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Dillo: Does This Ultra-Lightweight Browser Still Work in 2020?

Before jumping in, you should know exactly what Dillo doesn’t include, just to temper your expectations. Dillo does not include Flash, Java, or Javascript and only has limited support for frames. It also doesn’t allow you to create a user profile. Presumably, that will be most of the modern Internet out of the picture, but who knows? We’ll see. The advantage of all that feature-cutting is that it will run on almost anything – even a 486 with dial-up Internet. Running at idle, Dillo was using 2.9 MB of RAM and 9.5 MB of shared memory, which is microscopic compared to the gigs of RAM used by modern browsers. If you’re willing to trawl the Internet, people have run it on Mac, DOS, and a bunch of Unix variants, but now the website just has source tarballs, mostly focusing on Linux. It can also run on Windows, but the Dillo team actively dislikes the platform! Read more

Will LibreOffice 7.0 be only Personal Edition for individual use???

Look at LibreOffice logo with "Personal Edition" phrase, look at sidebar in Start Center with the same phrase and note to "The Personal edition is supported by volunteers and intended for individual use." And what is mean? Where is any public announcement? They say it was in marketing mail list. How many people read that mail list? Five? It means that I can't install LibreOffice 7.0 in any organization in Russia, because our controlling people will be see very simple to legality in this case: open the About dialog -> read that "intended for individual use" and LibreOffice logo with "Personal Edition" -> you can't use LibreOffice here! Nobody will check what say MPL 2.0 license about it or why TDF made it, they just point a finger at it and they will be right! It will close for LibreOffice any education organizations like schools or colleges or universities. I wont popularize LibreOffice for young people because they will never see LibreOffice in them schools. I against these changes. Please revoke it! Read more

Security 101: Beginning with Kali Linux

I’ve found a lot of people who are new to security, particularly those with an interest in penetration testing or red teaming, install Kali Linux™1 as one of their first forays into the “hacking” world. In general, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. Unfortunately, I also see many who end up stuck on this journey: either stuck in the setup/installation phase, or just not knowing what to do once they get into Kali. This isn’t going to be a tutorial about how to use the tools within Kali (though I hope to get to some of them eventually), but it will be a tour of the operating system’s basic options and functionality, and hopefully will help those new to the distribution get more oriented. Read more