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CRYENGINE's Sandbox Editor Now Open-Source

Thursday 22nd of March 2018 10:10:49 PM
Crytek last year announced they would release the source code to their Sandbox editor; that goal has now been realized...

Fedora 28 Beta Has Been Delayed

Thursday 22nd of March 2018 07:31:20 PM
It's time for the Fedora 28 release dance and to place your bets if F28 will be released on time or is another Fedora release challenged by release delays...

Etnaviv Now Making Use Of AMDGPU DRM Scheduler, GC7000L Support Coming For Linux 4.18

Thursday 22nd of March 2018 06:02:02 PM
The open-source driver developers responsible for the reverse-engineered, open-source Vivante GC graphics driver "Etnaviv" have sent in the pull request of their updates for DRM-Next that is of material to be found in the upcoming Linux 4.17 development cycle...

Vega 12 Support Is Now Available For RadeonSI Gallium3D

Thursday 22nd of March 2018 03:35:37 PM
One day after AMD posted the big patch set providing Vega 12 GPU support for the Linux kernel's AMDGPU driver, a patch has emerged now adding Vega 12 support to the RadeonSI Gallium3D OpenGL driver...

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ Benchmarks

Thursday 22nd of March 2018 02:10:26 PM
Last week on Pi Day marked the release of the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ with a slightly higher clocked Cortex-A53 processors, dual-band 802.11ac WiFi, faster Ethernet, and other minor enhancements over its predecessor. I've been spending the past few days putting the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ through its paces the past few days with an array of benchmarks while comparing the performance to other ARM SBCs as well as a few lower-end Intel x86 systems too. Here is all you need to know about the Raspberry Pi 3 B+ performance.

DNF 3.0 Development Has Started For Linux Package Management

Thursday 22nd of March 2018 12:49:04 PM
While the Yum-successor DNF package manager most commonly associated with Fedora just had its DNF 2.0 release at the end of 2016, DNF 3.0 is now under development...

PostgreSQL Begins Landing LLVM JIT Support For Faster Performance

Thursday 22nd of March 2018 12:19:45 PM
The widely-used PostgreSQL database software may soon become much faster thanks to a work-in-progress LLVM JIT back-end that has begun to land...

Krita 4.0 Now Available For Open-Source Digital Painting

Thursday 22nd of March 2018 10:36:39 AM
Krita 4.0 is now available as the latest major release for this KDE-aligned, open-source digital painting program...

Steam Controller Linux Kernel Driver Updated To Work Happily With The Steam Client

Thursday 22nd of March 2018 09:53:07 AM
Last month we reported on a kernel driver being worked on for Valve's Steam Controller but it wasn't coming from Valve developers but rather an independent member of the community. That hid-steam driver continues to be hacked on...

It's Time For X.Org Members To Cast Their 2018 Ballots

Thursday 22nd of March 2018 09:39:29 AM
If you are a member of the X.Org Foundation, it's important to get out to vote now...

Mesa Gets Plumbed For Conservative Rasterization Support

Thursday 22nd of March 2018 09:28:43 AM
An independent contributor to Mesa has posted a set of patches for implementing NVIDIA's OpenGL conservative rasterization extensions...

Wayfire Is A New Wayland Compositor That Supports Desktop Cube, Expo & Other Plugins

Thursday 22nd of March 2018 09:16:33 AM
Wayfire is a new independent Wayland compositor project built atop libweston. Wayfire supports compositor plug-ins to offer a desktop cube and more, so you can relive the old days when having a spinning desktop cube was all the rage in the early days of Compiz/Beryl...

Civilization VI: Rise and Fall Now Available For Linux

Thursday 22nd of March 2018 08:54:44 AM
It's been a while since last hearing about any Linux game ports by Aspyr Media, but Civilization VI: Rise and Fall is now out for Linux and macOS...

Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu Linux With Radeon / GeForce GPUs On The Latest 2018 Drivers

Wednesday 21st of March 2018 08:00:00 PM
Given how fiercely the latest open-source AMD Linux driver code is running now up against NVIDIA's long-standing flagship Linux GPU driver, you might be curious how well that driver stacks up against the Radeon Software driver on Windows? Well, you are in luck as here are some fresh benchmarks of the Radeon RX 580 and RX Vega 64 as well as the GeForce GTX 1060 and GTX 1080 Ti while being tested both under Microsoft Windows 10 Pro x64 and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS while using the latest AMD/NVIDIA drivers on each platform.

Chrome 66 Beta Delivers On Async Clipboard API, Web Locks API

Wednesday 21st of March 2018 06:41:04 PM
Following the Chrome 65 release earlier this month, Google developers have now catapulted the Chrome 66 beta...

Mesa 17.3.7 Released With A Bunch Of Fixes

Wednesday 21st of March 2018 05:36:19 PM
While Mesa 18.0 should finally be out on Friday as the major quarterly update to the Mesa 3D drivers, Mesa 17.3.7 is out today and it's a rather big update for being just another point release to last month's 17.3 series...

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Continues Prepping With The Linux 4.15 Kernel

Wednesday 21st of March 2018 05:11:51 PM
There were various calls by independent end-users voicing their two cents that Ubuntu 18.04 "Bionic Beaver" should ship with Linux 4.16 instead of Linux 4.15, but that isn't going to happen...

Mesa 18.0-RC5 Released, Mesa 18.0 Should Finally Be Out On Friday

Wednesday 21st of March 2018 04:00:00 PM
Nearly one and a half months since Mesa 18.0-RC4 and nearly one month since last seeing any Git activity on the "18.0" Mesa Git branch, it's finally been updated today with the availability of Mesa 18.0-RC5...

Improved VGA_Switcheroo Going Into Linux 4.17

Wednesday 21st of March 2018 03:46:59 PM
Google's Sean Paul has sent in the final drm-misc-next pull request to DRM-Next of new feature material for the upcoming Linux 4.17 kernel cycle...

AMD Posts Open-Source Driver Patches For Vega 12

Wednesday 21st of March 2018 02:21:08 PM
It's been a while since last hearing anything about the rumored "Vega 12" GPU but coming out this morning are a set of 42 patches providing support for this unreleased GPU within the mainline Linux kernel...

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10 Best Open Source Forum Software for Linux

A forum is a discussion platform where related ideas and views on a particular issue can be exchanged. You can setup a forum for your site or blog, where your team, customers, fans, patrons, audience, users, advocates, supporters, or friends can hold public or private discussions, as a whole or in smaller groups. If you are planning to launch a forum, and you can’t build your own software from scratch, you can opt for any of the existing forum applications out there. Some forum applications allow you to setup only a single discussion site on a single installation, while others support multiple-forums for a single installation instance. In this article, we will review 10 best open source forum software for Linux systems. By the end of this article, you will know exactly which open source forum software best suites your needs. Read more

(K)Ubuntu: Playing' Tennis and Dropping 32-bit

  • Tennibot is a really cool Ubuntu Linux-powered tennis ball collecting robot
    Linux isn't just a hobby --  the kernel largely powers the web, for instance. Not only is Linux on many web servers, but it is also found on the most popular consumer operating system in the world -- Android. Why is this? Well, the open source kernel scales very well, making it ideal for many projects. True, Linux's share of the desktop is still minuscule, but sometimes slow and steady wins the race -- watch out, Windows! A good example of Linux's scalability is a new robot powered by Linux which was recently featured on the official Ubuntu Blog. Called "Tennibot," the Ubuntu-powered bot seeks out and collects tennis balls. Not only does it offer convenience, but it can save the buyer a lot of money too -- potentially thousands of dollars per year as this calculator shows. So yeah, a not world-changing product, but still very neat nonetheless. In fact, it highlights that Linux isn't just behind boring nerdy stuff, but fun things too.
  • Kubuntu Drops 32-bit Install Images
    If you were planning to grab a Kubuntu 18.10 32-bit download this October you will want to look away now. Kubuntu has confirmed plans to join the rest of the Ubuntu flavour family and drop 32-bit installer images going forward. This means there will be no 32-bit Kubuntu 18.10 disc image available to download later this year.

Suitcase Computer Reborn with Raspberry Pi Inside

Fun fact, the Osborne 1 debuted with a price tag equivalent to about $5,000 in today’s value. With a gigantic 9″ screen and twin floppy drives (for making mix tapes, right?) the real miracle of the machine was its portability, something unheard of at the time. The retrocomputing trend is to lovingly and carefully restore these old machines to their former glory, regardless of how clunky or underpowered they are by modern standards. But sometimes they can’t be saved yet it’s still possible to gut and rebuild the machine with modern hardware, like with this Raspberry Pi used to revive an Osborne 1. Purists will turn their nose up at this one, and we admit that this one feels a little like “restoring” radios from the 30s by chucking out the original chassis and throwing in a streaming player. But [koff1979] went to a lot of effort to keep the original Osborne look and feel in the final product. We imagine that with the original guts replaced by a Pi and a small LCD display taking the place of the 80 character by 24 line CRT, the machine is less strain on the shoulder when carrying it around. (We hear the original Osborne 1 was portable in the same way that an anvil is technically portable.) The Pi runs an emulator to get the original CP/M experience; it even runs Wordstar. The tricky part about this build was making the original keyboard talk to the Pi, which was accomplished with an Arduino that translates key presses to USB. Read more