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Ardour 5.5 Digital Audio Workstation Released

Thursday 1st of December 2016 01:00:06 PM
A new release of Ardour is available, the widely-praised, open-source digital audio workstation software...

BeOS-Compatible Haiku OS Working On EFI Support, UI Improvements

Thursday 1st of December 2016 11:21:47 AM
The Haiku OS developer community have issued their latest activity report to cover what's going on with this open-source BeOS-compatible operating system...

Amlogic Meson VPU DRM Driver In The Works

Thursday 1st of December 2016 11:15:27 AM
A new DRM driver is being baked for supporting the video processing unit for Amlogic Meson SoCs...

DRMFS Pseudo File-System Proposed

Thursday 1st of December 2016 10:59:31 AM
Intel developers are proposing the introduction of a new pseudo file-system intended as a better fit for Direct Rendering Manager drivers rather than the mix of sysfs/debugfs usage currently used...

Plans Emerge For Releasing Mesa 13.1

Wednesday 30th of November 2016 08:48:46 PM
Mesa release manager Emil Velikov has laid out his draft of a release schedule for the next major Mesa release...

Unity 5.5 Ships With Improved Particle System & Other New Features

Wednesday 30th of November 2016 07:17:32 PM
Unity 5.5 is now available and one of its big features is something that won't be too interesting to Linux folks: Microsoft HoloLens is now officially support...

Amazon Working On EC2 Linux OpenGL Support, Considering Vulkan

Wednesday 30th of November 2016 06:15:33 PM
Amazon Web Services today revealed more information about their EC2 Elastic GPUs support they are working to implement in the cloud...

Genode OS Framework 16.11 Now Available

Wednesday 30th of November 2016 04:11:45 PM
The latest installment of the ten-year-old Genode open-source operating system framework is now available with low-level improvements, support for smart cards, and kernel improvements to the NOVA hypervisor...

Systemd-Free Debian Fork Devuan Releases Its Second Beta

Wednesday 30th of November 2016 03:59:46 PM
Two days ago we brought up Devuan, the systemd-free fork of Debian turned two years old, and now it seems they are celebrating the anniversary by the release of the second beta...

Vivante Gallium3D Driver Proposed For Mainline Mesa + Render-Only Gallium Library

Wednesday 30th of November 2016 02:34:57 PM
Fresh from the libdrm 2.4.74 release that had some Etnaviv API changes, the Etnaviv Gallium3D driver has been proposed for mainline Mesa as the open-source, reverse-engineered 3D effort for Vivante graphics cores...

Qt Creator 4.2 RC1 Released

Wednesday 30th of November 2016 02:12:08 PM
The Qt Company today issued the first release candidate for the Qt Creator 4.2 integrated development environment release...

NVIDIA GTX 680 To GTX 1080 Blender OpenCL Benchmarks

Wednesday 30th of November 2016 01:05:48 PM
With having published some Darktable OpenCL benchmarks at the beginning of the week with 20 different GPUs (plus more follow-up benchmarks), it didn't take long before requests came in to see some fresh OpenCL Blender benchmarks.

Initial XWayland Window Positioning Support For Weston

Wednesday 30th of November 2016 11:10:34 AM
Collabora's latest patch series for Wayland/Weston is implementing support for initial XWayland window positioning with the Weston compositor...

MSM-Next Prepares Adreno A5xx Support For Linux 4.10

Wednesday 30th of November 2016 10:57:30 AM
On Tuesday was the MSM-Next submission by Red Hat developer Rob Clark of these Freedreno MSM changes to be sent to mainline for the Linux 4.10 kernel...

Libdrm 2.4.74 Adds Intel Geminilake, Etnaviv Changes

Wednesday 30th of November 2016 01:42:44 AM
Mesa DRM library updates aren't usually too notable, but that's different with this evening's libdrm 2.4.74 release...

Ubuntu 17.04 Likely To Settle On Linux 4.10, Release On 13 April

Wednesday 30th of November 2016 12:29:31 AM
Ubuntu's kernel team will likely be targeting the Linux 4.10 kernel for April's release of Ubuntu 17.04...

Git 2.11 Released With Performance Optimizations

Tuesday 29th of November 2016 10:28:22 PM
Git 2.11 has been released as the newest version of this most widely used open-source version control system by free software projects...

There's A Vulkan Renderer In The Works For A PlayStation Emulator

Tuesday 29th of November 2016 09:36:37 PM
Earlier this year the LibRetro crew unveiled their work on a Vulkan renderer for their Nintendo 64 emulator while now they have been working on a Vulkan renderer for a PlayStation One emulator, and it's already working...

ARM Offers Vulkan Linux Debugger Support

Tuesday 29th of November 2016 09:20:09 PM
Earlier this month ARM announced an updated Mali Graphics Debugger that includes Vulkan 1.0 tracing support on Linux...

Developers Explore Meson Build System For Wayland / Weston

Tuesday 29th of November 2016 06:40:14 PM
A growing number of GNOME projects have been exploring Meson as a next-gen build system with one of the benefits being much faster build times. Now Daniel Stone at Collabora is exploring using Meson for Wayland and its Weston Weston compositor...

More in Tux Machines

today's leftovers

  • How fast is KVM? Host vs virtual machine performance!
  • Kernel maintenance, Brillo style
    Brillo, he said, is a software stack for the Internet of things based on the Android system. These deployments bring a number of challenges, starting with the need to support a different sort of hardware than Android normally runs on; target devices may have no display or input devices, but might well have "fun buses" to drive interesting peripherals. The mix of vendors interested in this area is different; handset vendors are present, but many more traditional embedded vendors can also be found there. Brillo is still in an early state of development.
  • Reviewing Project Management Service `Wrike` And Seems Interesting
    I have been testing some services for our project and found this amazing service, thought why not share it with you guys, it might be useful for you. Project management is a term that in some respects appears common, yet in practice still seems to be limited to large companies. While this may be true, the foundations of project management are actually rather simple and can be adopted by anyone, in any industry. One of the major requirements you need to consider when selecting a good project management software is the ability to run and operate it on the go via your mobile devices. Other factors include the ability to access the software from any platform whether it be Linux, Mac, or Windows. This can be achieved when the project management software is web-based. Wrike is a software that does of all this.
  • World Wine News Issue 403
  • OSVR on Steam, Unity drops legacy OpenGL, and more gaming news
  • GNOME Core Apps Hackfest 2016
    This November from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 was held in Berlin the GNOME Core Apps Hackfest. My focus during this hackfest was to start implementing a widget for the series view of the Videos application, following a mockup by Allan Day.
  • Worth Watching: What Will Happen to Red Hat Inc Next? The Stock Just Declined A Lot
  • Vetr Inc. Lowers Red Hat Inc. (RHT) to Buy
  • Redshift functionality on Fedora 25 (GNOME + Wayland). Yes, it's possible!
    For those who can't live without screen colour shifting technology such as Redshift or f.lux, myself being one of them, using Wayland did pose the challenge of having these existing tools not working with the Xorg replacement. Thankfully, all is not lost and it is possible even right now. Thanks to a copr repo, it's particularly easy on Fedora 25. One of the changes that comes with Wayland is there is currently no way for third-party apps to modify screen gamma curves. Therefore, no redshift apps, such as Redshift itself (which I recently covered here) will work while running under Wayland.
  • My Free Software Activities in November 2016
  • Google's ambitious smartwatch vision is failing to materialise
    In February this year, Google's smartwatch boss painted me a rosy picture of the future of wearable technology. The wrist is, David Singleton said, "the ideal place for the power of Google to help people with their lives."
  • Giving Thanks (along with a Shipping Update)
    Mycroft will soon be available as a pre-built Raspberry Pi 3 image for any hobbyist to use. The new backend we have been quietly building is emerging from beta, making the configuration and management of you devices simple. We are forming partnerships to get Mycroft onto laptops, desktops and other devices in the world. Mycroft will soon be speaking to you throughout your day.
  • App: Ixigo Indian Rail Train PNR Status for Tizen Smart Phones
    Going on a train journey in India? Ixigo will check the PNR status, the train arrival and departure & how many of the particular tickets are left that you can purchase. You can also do a PNR status check to make sure that your seat is booked and confirmed.

Networking and Servers

  • How We Knew It Was Time to Leave the Cloud
    In my last infrastructure update, I documented our challenges with storage as GitLab scales. We built a CephFS cluster to tackle both the capacity and performance issues of NFS and decided to replace PostgreSQL standard Vacuum with the pg_repack extension. Now, we're feeling the pain of running a high performance distributed filesystem on the cloud.
  • Hype Driven Development
  • SysAdmins Arena in a nutshell
    Sysadmins can use the product to improve their skills or prepare for an interview by practicing some day to day job scenarios. There is an invitation list opened for the first testers of the product.

Desktop GNU/Linux

  • PINEBOOK Latest News: Affordable Linux Laptop at Only $89 Made by Raspberry Pi Rival, PINE
    PINE, the rival company of Raspberry Pi and maker of the $20 Pine A64, has just announced its two below $100-priced Linux laptops, known as PINEBOOK. The affordable Linux laptop is powered by Quad-Core ARM Cortex A53 64-bit processor and comes with an 11.6" or 14" monitor.
  • Some thoughts about options for light Unix laptops
    I have an odd confession: sometimes I feel (irrationally) embarrassed that despite being a computer person, I don't have a laptop. Everyone else seems to have one, yet here I am, clearly behind the times, clinging to a desktop-only setup. At times like this I naturally wind up considering the issue of what laptop I might get if I was going to get one, and after my recent exposure to a Chromebook I've been thinking about this once again. I'll never be someone who uses a laptop by itself as my only computer, so I'm not interested in a giant laptop with a giant display; giant displays are one of the things that the desktop is for. Based on my experiences so far I think that a roughly 13" laptop is at the sweet spot of a display that's big enough without things being too big, and I would like something that's nicely portable.
  • What is HiDPI and Why Does it Matter?

Google and Mozilla

  • Google Rolls Out Continuous Fuzzing Service For Open Source Software
    Google has launched a new project for continuously testing open source software for security vulnerabilities. The company's new OSS-Fuzz service is available in beta starting this week, but at least initially it will only be available for open source projects that have a very large user base or are critical to global IT infrastructure.
  • Mozilla is doing well financially (2015)
    Mozilla announced a major change in November 2014 in regards to the company's main revenue stream. The organization had a contract with Google in 2014 and before that had Google pay Mozilla money for being the default search engine in the Firefox web browser. This deal was Mozilla's main source of revenue, about 329 million US Dollars in 2014. The change saw Mozilla broker deals with search providers instead for certain regions of the world.