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FSF Issues Fresh Statement Over ZFS On Linux With GPL Enforcement

Monday 11th of April 2016 08:17:38 PM
The Free Software Foundation has issued a fresh statement today concerning the recent ZFS file-system efforts on Linux, driven in large part by Canonical's plans for shipping ZFS support in Ubuntu 16.04...

MythTV 0.28 Released

Monday 11th of April 2016 07:51:06 PM
It's been a while since the last major update to the MythTV HTPC software, but out today is version 0.28...

Linux-Stable-Security Kernel Tree Announced

Monday 11th of April 2016 06:11:44 PM
Sasha Levin of Oracle has announced the formation of the Linux-Stable Security Tree...

The Performance Of Ubuntu Software Running On Windows 10 With The New Linux Subsystem

Monday 11th of April 2016 04:28:11 PM
At the end of March was the surprising news about Microsoft bringing Bash and Ubuntu's user-space to Windows 10 via a new "Linux subsystem" for natively dealing with Linux ELF binaries atop Windows. Since last week the latest Windows Insider update now ships with said support for being able to run Bash and other Ubuntu user-space programs on Windows 10. I've been benchmarking the performance of Ubuntu/Linux software on Windows 10 and have some results to share comparing it to a clean Ubuntu installation.

Recapping The New Features Of GCC 6: OpenMP 4.5, HSA, C++14, AMD Zen & More

Monday 11th of April 2016 12:28:50 PM
As GCC 6 should be officially released soon, here's a quick overview of the improvements and new features for this yearly free software compiler update...

2016 EuroLLVM Videos Now Available

Monday 11th of April 2016 12:06:40 PM
The videos from last month's EuroLLVM compiler conference in Barcelona are now available for all to enjoy...

Linux 4.6-rc3 Kernel Released

Monday 11th of April 2016 01:11:41 AM
Linus Torvalds has done his usual Sunday dance and released the Linux 4.6-rc3 kernel...

Further Improvements For Open-Source Stress Testing

Sunday 10th of April 2016 10:44:33 PM
Last week I wrote about some improvements made to Open-Source Stress Testing + Torturing Your Linux Software/Hardware while this weekend some more improvements have landed...

MSI B150M Mortar: A Budget Skylake Motherboard For Linux Users

Sunday 10th of April 2016 04:50:00 PM
With having my first Skylake motherboard fail on me recently, a sub-$60 Gigabyte H110 motherboard, for its replacement I decided to spend a few bucks more and ended up going for a nicer MSI Skylake motherboard. For those curious, here are a few words I wanted to share this weekend about my experience so far with the MSI B150M Mortar.

Testing Ubuntu's User-Space/Bash On Windows Is Going Well, Benchmarks Incoming

Sunday 10th of April 2016 01:09:44 PM
While many were commenting on my article this week about being burned out and frustrated with ads that I should take the weekend off, I did not, but I've been having a surprisingly stress-free time playing with Ubuntu Bash on Windows...

Digia's Demerger With Qt Will Move Forward Next Month

Sunday 10th of April 2016 12:54:38 PM
A Phoronix reader pointed out that at last month's general shareholder meeting for Digia, the company's demerger plans with Qt were approved and will be registered on 1 May 2016...

Utilizing Vulkan Within Qt

Sunday 10th of April 2016 12:18:47 PM
A Qt user brought up a mailing list discussion over Vulkan usage within Qt. A few interesting remarks were made by upstream developers...

KDE Frameworks 5.21 Released

Saturday 9th of April 2016 10:16:06 PM
The KDE community today announced the release of KDE Frameworks 5.21.0 as the latest version of these building blocks for building KDE and other Qt applications...

Krita 3.0 Alpha Released

Saturday 9th of April 2016 06:01:56 PM
Krita 3.0 has made another step closer to being released with this weekend's alpha release...

Early Radeon Vulkan Windows vs. AMDGPU PRO Linux Benchmarks

Saturday 9th of April 2016 03:12:16 PM
On Friday I posted Some Early Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu Linux Vulkan Tests With NVIDIA Graphics while today the tables have turned to show The Talos Principle on Windows 10 and Ubuntu 16.04 Linux under AMD Radeon graphics...

Munich Presentation: From OpenGL To Vulkan

Saturday 9th of April 2016 02:09:20 PM
There was a Khronos Munich Chapter Meeting yesterday where developer Sascha Willems presented on "From OpenGL To Vulkan" with various remarks about the new, high-performance graphics API...

NVIDIA Releases New Vulkan Linux Driver With Better Multi-Threaded Scaling

Saturday 9th of April 2016 11:58:01 AM
While NVIDIA mainlined their Vulkan driver support in the NVIDIA 364 driver series, they issued another Vulkan-focused driver update yesterday for Linux and Windows for developers and enthusiasts wanting to try out the latest support for this high-performance graphics API...

Some Early Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu Linux Vulkan Tests With NVIDIA Graphics

Friday 8th of April 2016 08:29:15 PM
While waiting to test Ubuntu Bash on Windows, I decided to run some (manual) tests of Vulkan on Windows compared to some recent Ubuntu Linux figures with different NVIDIA graphics cards...

LibreOffice Receives Better OpenGL Rendering Support

Friday 8th of April 2016 06:48:44 PM
A number of OpenGL-related improvements landed today within the LibreOffice open-source office suite code-base...

Vulkan 1.0.9 Specification Released

Friday 8th of April 2016 05:28:50 PM
It seems the weekly Vulkan specification updates will be continuing for some amount of time...

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CoreOS Linux 899.17.0 Released with OpenSSL 1.0.2h, NTPd 4.2.8p7, and Git 2.7.3

The CoreOS developers have released a new version of the Linux kernel-based operating system engineered for massive server deployments, CoreOS 899.17.0. Powered by Linux kernel 4.3.6, CoreOS 899.17.0 arrived on May 3, 2016, as an upgrade to the previous release of the GNU/Linux operating system, which system administrators can use for creating and maintaining open-source projects for Linux Containers, version 899.15.0. Read more

Black Lab Brings Real-Time Kernel Patching to Its Enterprise Desktop 8 Linux OS

A few moments ago, Softpedia has been informed by Black Lab Software about the general availability of the sixth DP (Developer Preview) build of the upcoming Black Lab Linux Enterprise Desktop 8 OS. Sporting a new kernel from the Linux kernel from the 4.2 series, Black Lab Linux Enterprise Desktop 8 Developer Preview 6 arrives today for early adopters and public beta testers with real-time kernel patching, which means that you won't have to reboot your Black Lab Linux Enterprise OS after kernel upgrades. "DP6 offers you a window into what's new and whats coming when Black Lab Enterprise Desktop and Black Lab Enterprise Desktop for Education is released. As with our other developer previews it also aids in porting your applications to the new environment," said Roberto J. Dohnert, CEO, Black Lab Software. Read more

USB stick brings neural computing functions to devices

Movidius unveiled a “Fathom” USB stick and software framework for integrating accelerated neural networking processing into embedded and mobile devices. On April 28, Movidius announced availability of the USB-interfaced “Fathom Neural Compute Stick,” along with an underlying Fathom deep learning software framework. The device is billed as “the world’s first embedded neural network accelerator,” capable of allowing “powerful neural networks to be moved out of the cloud, and deployed natively in end-user devices.” Read more

ImageMagick Security Bug Puts Sites at Risk

  • Open Source ImageMagick Security Bug Puts Sites at Risk
    ImageMagick, an open source suite of tools for working with graphic images used by a large number of websites, has been found to contain a serious security vulnerability that puts sites using the software at risk for malicious code to be executed onsite. Security experts consider exploitation to be so easy they’re calling it “trivial,” and exploits are already circulating in the wild. The biggest risk is to sites that allows users to upload their own image files. Information about the vulnerability was made public Tuesday afternoon by Ryan Huber, a developer and security researcher, who wrote that he had little choice but to post about the exploit.
  • Huge number of sites imperiled by critical image-processing vulnerability
    A large number of websites are vulnerable to a simple attack that allows hackers to execute malicious code hidden inside booby-trapped images. The vulnerability resides in ImageMagick, a widely used image-processing library that's supported by PHP, Ruby, NodeJS, Python, and about a dozen other languages. Many social media and blogging sites, as well as a large number of content management systems, directly or indirectly rely on ImageMagick-based processing so they can resize images uploaded by end users.
  • Extreme photo-bombing: Bad ImageMagick bug puts countless websites at risk of hijacking
    A wildly popular software tool used by websites to process people's photos can be exploited to execute malicious code on servers and leak server-side files. Security bugs in the software are apparently being exploited in the wild right now to compromise at-risk systems. Patches to address the vulnerabilities are available in the latest source code – but are incomplete and have not been officially released, we're told.