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Wine 1.9.16 Brings Further Direct3D CS Improvements

Saturday 6th of August 2016 02:36:04 AM
Wine 1.9.16 is now available as the latest bi-weekly release of Wine for running Windows programs on Linux and other operating systems...

Intel Mesa Soon Having OpenGL 4.5, Collabora To Focus On Performance

Friday 5th of August 2016 07:06:52 PM
Collabora's Timothy Arceri, one of the firm's open-source graphics driver developers, has written a blog post about recent work they've done to the open-source Intel Mesa driver stack...

Btrfs RAID 5/6 Code Found To Be Very Unsafe & Will Likely Require A Rewrite

Friday 5th of August 2016 03:00:04 PM
It turns out the RAID5 and RAID6 code for the Btrfs file-system's built-in RAID support is faulty and users should not be making use of it if you care about your data...

FreeBSD 11.0 Has Been Pushed Back By One Week

Friday 5th of August 2016 02:11:59 PM
FreeBSD 11.0 has seen a very minor set-back in getting its release out the door...

GCC 6.2 Is Coming Quite Soon

Friday 5th of August 2016 12:43:12 PM
Version 6.2 of the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) is expected to come quite soon...

Btrfs Gets More Clean-Ups & Bug Fixes For Linux 4.8

Friday 5th of August 2016 12:30:01 PM
There is a second round of Btrfs file-system updates for the Linux 4.8 merge window...

Unigine 2.3 Improves Screen-Space Raytraced Reflections

Friday 5th of August 2016 12:02:49 PM
The visually stunning and longtime Linux-friendly Unigine Engine is up to version 2.3 with a number of new features...

Linux 4.7 - Btrfs vs. EXT4 vs. F2FS vs. XFS vs. NTFS Benchmarks

Friday 5th of August 2016 12:11:17 AM
Continuing on from yesterday's Linux 4.4 To 4.7 - EXT4 vs. F2FS vs. Btrfs Benchmarks comparison, here is a wider look at mainline file-systems on the Linux 4.7. File-systems tested on the NVMe SSD included Btrfs, EXT4, F2FS, XFS, and NTFS...

GNU C Library 2.24 Released

Thursday 4th of August 2016 11:28:44 PM
Glibc 2.24 was released today as the newest version of the GNU C Library...

AMD's Marek Prepares Another OpenGL 4.4 Extension For RadeonSI Gallium3D

Thursday 4th of August 2016 08:56:49 PM
AMD's RadeonSI Gallium3D driver could soon be down to just two GL extensions left before seeing OpenGL 4.4 compliance...

AMDGPU Patches For Virtual Display Feature

Thursday 4th of August 2016 04:59:18 PM
The latest open-source AMDGPU DRM patches posted by AMD developers is for providing virtual display functionality...

AMD Quietly Updates AMDGPU-PRO Driver: 16.30.3-315407

Thursday 4th of August 2016 02:32:55 PM
There's a new AMDGPU-PRO driver update now available for Ubuntu users...

SimpleDRM Driver Is Back To Being Worked On

Thursday 4th of August 2016 02:24:29 PM
An independent developer is attempting to restore work on the SimpleDRM driver and potentially see it through to getting mainlined...

Radeon RX 470 Linux Tests Are Forthcoming

Thursday 4th of August 2016 02:08:31 PM
Linux OpenGL/OpenCL/Vulkan benchmarks of the AMD Radeon RX 470 will be published on Phoronix in the days ahead...

SCST 3.2 Nears For Alternative Linux SCSI Stack

Thursday 4th of August 2016 12:24:18 PM
The open-source SCST project continues to be developed as an alternative SCSI target stack for the Linux kernel. This out-of-tree kernel code is preparing for its next release...

GCC 6 Is Now The Default In Debian Unstable

Thursday 4th of August 2016 12:15:56 PM
GCC 6.1.1 is now the default compiler for Debian unstable as the developers work to get this major GNU Compiler Collection update ready for the next Debian release...

Linux 4.4 To 4.7 - EXT4 vs. F2FS vs. Btrfs Benchmarks

Thursday 4th of August 2016 01:42:08 AM
I've been a bit behind on my file-system benchmarking the past few months but for your viewing pleasure today are some EXT4 vs. Btrfs vs. F2FS file-system tests on an NVMe SSD when testing the Linux 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, and 4.7 kernels.

RAD Game's New Oodle Data Compression Beats Open-Source Alternatives

Wednesday 3rd of August 2016 11:27:28 PM
The latest work on RAD Game Tools' Oodle data compression with new compression codecs have it handily beating the open-source alternatives...

GNU Binutils 2.27 Released

Wednesday 3rd of August 2016 07:47:18 PM
Version 2.27 of GNU's Binutils has been released...

AMD Publishes More Open-Source FreeSync Code

Wednesday 3rd of August 2016 03:11:45 PM
AMD published a patch this week for prepping its X.Org driver for supporting FreeSync...

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Avidemux 2.6.13 Open-Source Video Editor Gets AAC/ADTS Import and Export

The developers of the Avidemux open-source and cross-platform video editor software have announced a new maintenance update in the 2.6 series, bringing multiple improvements, bug fixes, and a handful of new features. Read more

5 Best Linux Distros for Security

Security is nothing new to Linux distributions. Linux distros have always emphasized security and related matters like firewalls, penetration testing, anonymity, and privacy. So it is hardly surprising that security conscious distributions are common place. For instance, Distrowatch lists sixteen distros that specialize in firewalls, and four for privacy. Most of these specialty security distributions, however, share the same drawback: they are tools for experts, not average users. Only recently have security distributions tried to make security features generally accessible for desktop users. Read more

Linux Foundation and Linux

  • How IoTivity and AllJoyn Could Combine
    At the Embedded Linux Conference in April, Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) Executive Director Mike Richmond concluded his keynote on the potential for interoperability between the OCF’s IoTivity IoT framework and the AllSeen Alliance’s AllJoyn spec by inviting to the stage Greg Burns, the chief architect of AllJoyn. Burns briefly shared his opinion that not only was there no major technical obstacle to combining these two major open source IoT specs, but that by taking the best of both standards, a hybrid could emerge that improves upon both. Later in the day, Burns gave a technical overview of how such a hybrid could be crafted in “Evolving a Best-of-Breed IoT Framework.” (See video below.) Burns stated in both talks that his opinions in no way reflect the official position of OCF or the AllSeen Alliance. At the time of the ELC talk in April, Burns had recently left his job as VP of Engineering at Qualcomm and Chair of the Technical Steering Committee at the AllSeen Alliance to take on the position of Chief IoT Software Technologist in the Open Source Technology Center at Intel Corp.
  • ​Linus Torvalds' love-hate relationship with the GPL
    Linux's founder appreciates what the GNU General Public License has given Linux, but he doesn't appreciate how some open-source lawyers are trying to enforce it in court.
  • Linus Torvalds reflects on 25 years of Linux
    LinuxCon North America concluded in Toronto, Canada on August 25th, the day Linux was celebrating its 25th anniversary. Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, and Dirk Hohndel, VP and chief of open source at VMware, sat down for a conversation at the event and reflected upon the past 25 years. Here are some of the highlights of that conversation.
  • 6 things you should know from Linux's first 25 years
    Red Hat was founded in 1993, two years after Linux was announced and the company has been one of the top contributors to Linux. There is a symbiotic relationship between the company and the project. Whitehurst pointed out that it’s hard to talk about the history of Red Hat without talking about Linux and vice versa.
  • There Is Talk Of Resuming OpenChrome VIA KMS/DRM Driver Development
    Two or so years back or so it was looking hopeful that the mainline Linux kernel would finally have a proper VIA DRM/KMS driver for the unfortunate ones still have VIA x86 hardware and using the integrated graphics. However, that work was ultimately abandoned but there is talk of it being restored.

Security News

  • New FairWare Ransomware targeting Linux Computers [Ed: probably just a side effect of keeping servers unpatched]
    A new attack called FaireWare Ransomware is targeting Linux users where the attackers hack a Linux server, delete the web folder, and then demand a ransom payment of two bitcoins to get their files back. In this attack, the attackers most likely do not encrypt the files, and if they do retain the files, probably just upload it to a server under their control.
  • How do we explain email to an "expert"?
    This has been a pretty wild week, more wild than usual I think we can all agree. The topic I found the most interesting wasn't about one of the countless 0day flaws, it was a story from Slate titled: In Praise of the Private Email Server The TL;DR says running your own email server is a great idea. Almost everyone came out proclaiming it a terrible idea. I agree it's a terrible idea, but this also got me thinking. How do you explain this to someone who doesn't really understand what's going on? There are three primary groups of people. 1) People who know they know nothing 2) People who think they're experts 3) People who are actually experts
  • Why the term “zero day” needs to be in your brand’s cybersecurity vocabulary
    Linux is “open source” which means anyone can look at the code and point out flaws. In that sense, I’d say Linus Torvalds doesn’t have to be as omniscient as Tim Cook. Linux source code isn’t hidden behind closed doors. My understanding is, all the Linux code is out there for anyone to see, naked for anyone to scrutinize, which is why certain countries feel safer using it–there’s no hidden agenda or secret “back door” lurking in the shadows. Does that mean Android phones are safer? That’s up for debate.