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It Doesn't Look Like We'll See AMD ARM Development Boards This Year

Friday 2nd of September 2016 06:57:31 PM
Things don't appear to be looking up for AMD's ARM efforts. It's looking like we probably won't be seeing AMD ARM development boards publicly available this year, if not the end of 2016, and there won't be many of them going around...

Wine 1.9.18 Released, Direct3D Command Stream Still Being Worked On

Friday 2nd of September 2016 06:45:06 PM
Wine 1.9.18 was released today as the newest development snapshot of this program for running Windows applications/games on Linxu and other operating systems. The Wine 1.9 release continues building up for the Wine 2.0 release later this year...

LLVM 3.9 Officially Released

Friday 2nd of September 2016 06:38:56 PM
As expected, LLVM 3.9 was released today as the newest version of this widely-used and innovative compiler stack...

Fedora Should Soon Have The Intel Vulkan Driver

Friday 2nd of September 2016 03:11:13 PM
While the Intel Vulkan Linux driver has been part of mainline Mesa for months and shipped in Mesa 12.0 with support for running Dota 2 and The Talos Principle, the Fedora packages don't yet enable the Vulkan driver but that should soon change...

Having Fun With Virgil 3D On Arch Linux With Wayland, Libvirt, SPICE

Friday 2nd of September 2016 03:00:14 PM
A Phoronix reader had success getting Virgil 3D up and running on Arch Linux with libvirt, SPICE, Virt-Manager, and Wayland...

Xenko 1.8 Engine Released With Multi-Threading, Vulkan

Friday 2nd of September 2016 01:21:48 PM
This week marked the release of the Xenko 1.8 game engine that brings a new multi-threaded engine with Vulkan support. There is also SSAO, cel shading, and other rendering improvements...

Apache OpenOffice Proposed For Retirement, Still Being Debated

Friday 2nd of September 2016 01:16:48 PM
With the progress LibreOffice is making these days, many of you probably forgot OpenOffice was still even around. It is, but the Apache developers are currently debating the possibility of retiring it...

GNOME 3.22 Beta 2 Released

Friday 2nd of September 2016 01:06:50 PM
The official GNOME 3.22 desktop release is happening this month...

Here Are The Steam Survey Results For Linux During August 2016

Friday 2nd of September 2016 12:55:25 AM
The start of the new month brings a new percentage about the estimated Linux gaming population as measured by the Steam survey...

Etnaviv Libdrm Code Being Reviewed, Gallium3D Driver Hopefully Not Far Behind

Thursday 1st of September 2016 08:34:48 PM
While it doesn't get talked about as much as Nouveau or Freedreno, the Etnaviv project has been another effort leading great progress on a full-functioning open-source graphics driver through reverse-engineering. Etnaviv is the reverse-engineered driver for Vivante graphics...

PC-BSD-Renamed TrueOS To Use LibreSSL, Linux DRM 4.7 Compatibility

Thursday 1st of September 2016 08:21:12 PM
In case you missed it last month, PC-BSD is completely re-branding itself as TrueOS, that's across the board for their desktop, server, and embedded editions while they will abandon the PC-BSD name. More details are coming to light on the inaugural TrueOS release...

Preliminary Qt 5.8 Alpha Packages Now Available

Thursday 1st of September 2016 05:55:00 PM
The Qt Project is readying the Qt 5.8.0 Alpha toolkit release...

Mesa Will Be Back On Track For Frequent, Stable Point Releases

Thursday 1st of September 2016 05:42:06 PM
Aside from the major Mesa 12.0 release, this month has been relatively quiet for Mesa stable point releases, which traditionally have come around every two weeks. It looks like that will be back on track shortly...

Unreal Engine 4.13 Brings GPU Rendering Improvements

Thursday 1st of September 2016 02:55:19 PM
Epic Games announced the release this morning of Unreal Engine 4.13 as the newest version of their advanced game engine...

No, AMD Will Not Be Opening Up Its Firmware/Microcode

Thursday 1st of September 2016 01:45:15 PM
This issue comes up every so often by people suggesting it or otherwise inquiring about it... No, AMD has no intentions of open-sourcing its low-level firmware / microcode for their Radeon GPUs...

GTK Developers Continue Firming Up Their Long-Term Toolkit Plans

Thursday 1st of September 2016 01:09:04 PM
Earlier this summer at a hackfest of GTK+ developers they came up with a plan for GTK4 and beyond with reworking how they'll do long-term stable releases. With GNOME/GTK+ 3.22 approaching, they are firming up their plans...

Ubuntu Working On Improved Low Graphics Mode For Unity 7

Thursday 1st of September 2016 12:49:59 PM
While Ubuntu developers continue work on preparing the Unity 8 desktop for rolling out across all form-factors, Unity 7 is still seeing some new improvements as their interim desktop solution...

SDL Now Supports Relative Mouse Mode On Wayland

Thursday 1st of September 2016 12:31:07 PM
With the latest SDL development code is support for the relative mouse mode when using this important library to games and other applications on Wayland...

Unity's 5.5 Linux Build Now Unified, Uses OpenGL Core Contexts

Thursday 1st of September 2016 12:19:37 PM
Unity today announced their 5.5 beta of the Unity Editor for Linux for game developers...

OpenBSD 6.0 Is Out With Better ARM Support, More SMP Fun, Dropped Linux Emulation

Thursday 1st of September 2016 12:05:28 PM
Kicking off September the OpenBSD developers announced the release of OpenBSD 6.0...

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Leftovers: Ubuntu

  • Ubuntu Phone, Sep 2016 - Vorsprung durch Touch
    The Ubuntu Phone is getting better, and with every new iteration of the OTA, my little BQ Aquaris E4.5 is gaining more speed and functionality. Like in the air force, with an avionics upgrade, which transforms ancient wings into a powerful and modern bird of prey. Only the pace of advancement is lagging behind the market. See what Android and iOS can do, even Windows Phone, and you realize how late and insufficiently meaningful the Ubuntu Phone really is. This has to change, massively. This latest round does bring some fine goods to the table - more speed and stability, better icons, more overall visual polish, incremental improvements in the applications and the scopes. But that's not enough to win the heart of the average user. A more radical, app-centric effort is required. More focus on delivering the mobile experience, be it as it may. Ubuntu cannot revolutionalize that which is already considered the past. It can only join the club and enjoy the benefits of a well-established reality. And that is a kickass app stack that makes the touch device worth using in the first place. Still, it's not all gloomy. E4.5 is a better product now than it was a year ago, fact. Ubuntu Phone is a better operating system than it was even this spring, fact. So maybe one day we will see Ubuntu become an important if not dominant player in the phone and tablet space. It sure is heading in the right direction, my only fear is the availability of resources to pull off this massive rehaul that is needed to make it stand up to the old and proven giants. And that's it really. If you're keen on Linux (not Android) making it in the mobile world, do not forget to check my Ubuntu tablet review! Especially the convergence piece. On that merry note, you do remember that I'm running a wicked contest this year, too? He/she who reads my books might get a chance to win an M10 tablet. Indeed. Off you go, dear readers. Whereas I will now run the same set of tests we did here on the Aquaris tablet, and see how it likes the OTA-12 upgrade. The end.
  • Ubuntu 16.10 Unity 8 - new window snapping feature
  • Ubuntu Online Summit for Ubuntu 17.04 is Taking Place In Mid-November
  • Ubuntu Online Summit: 15-16 November 2016

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

  • 10 Top Open Source Artificial Intelligence Tools for Linux
    In this post, we shall cover a few of the top, open-source artificial intelligence (AI) tools for the Linux ecosystem. Currently, AI is one of the ever advancing fields in science and technology, with a major focus geared towards building software and hardware to solve every day life challenges in areas such as health care, education, security, manufacturing, banking and so much more.
  • List of FLOSS International Conferences September 2016 Materials
  • This Week In Servo 78
    Our overall roadmap is available online and now includes the initial Q3 plans. From now on, we plan to include the quarterly plan with a high-level breakdown in the roadmap page.
  • Firefox 49 Release: Find out what is new
    Firefox 49.0 is the next major stable release of the web browser. Firefox 48.0.2 and earlier versions of Firefox can be updated to the new release.
  • Open-Source Climate Change Data From NASA, NOAA, & Others Available For 1st Time
    Climate change has many components — rising sea levels, alterations in rainfall patterns, and an increase in severe storm activity, among others. Communities around the world are faced with the need to plan for climate change but don’t have the information available to do so effectively.
  • Another Setback for 3D Printed Gun Advocate Cody Wilson as Court of Appeals Rules That National Security Concerns Outweigh Free Speech
    It’s been a long, drawn-out battle, beginning in 2013 when Cody Wilson, founder of Defense Distributed, published the open source files for his 3D printed handgun, the Liberator, online. The State Department ordered that he take the files down, and Wilson complied, but not before thousands had downloaded them and spread them elsewhere on the Internet. In 2015, with the help of gun rights organization The Second Amendment Foundation, Wilson filed a federal lawsuit claiming that the State Department had violated not only his Second Amendment but his First Amendment rights. By suppressing his right to share information online, Wilson argued, the State Department was violating his right to free speech.
  • In 3D-Printed Gun Case, Federal Court Permits Speech Censorship in the Name of Alleged National Security
  • Oracle tries playing nice with Java EE rebels
    With Oracle now trying to get back on track with advancing enterprise Java, the company is seeking rapprochement with factions that had sought to advance the platform on their own. The two groups involved are mostly amenable to patching up the relationship. Oracle's Anil Gaur, group vice president of engineering, said this week he had already been in touch with some of the concerned parties. The two factions include Java EE Guardians, led by former Oracle Java EE evangelist Reza Rahman, and Microprofile.io, which has included participation from Red Hat and IBM.

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