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Libpng Updates Fix 21-Year-Old Null Dereference Bug

Thursday 29th of December 2016 05:22:22 PM
Libpng 1.6.27, 1.5.28, 1.4.20, 1.2.57, and 1.0.67 were all released today to fix a pointer null dereference bug dating back to 1995...

NVIDIA CUDA 8.0 Benchmarks For Ending 2016 + cuDNN Caffe AlexNet/Googlenet

Thursday 29th of December 2016 05:13:36 PM
With running a ton of end of year benchmarks for showing the latest Linux graphics driver performance at the end of 2016, it's mostly focused upon OpenGL and Vulkan, but for those desiring some fresh NVIDIA CUDA numbers, here they are for your viewing pleasure.

The Top BSD News This Year: Ubuntu Atop BSD, FreeBSD 11.0, DragonFly's HAMMER2

Thursday 29th of December 2016 03:19:00 PM
Continuing our end-of-year recaps for the most popular stories on Phoronix, when we're not busy covering Linux, the BSD operating systems get their share of interest on Phoronix. Here is a look at the exciting BSD advancements made in 2016...

Running The Intel NUC6i7KYK On Linux With Skylake Iris Pro Graphics

Thursday 29th of December 2016 02:09:09 PM
I've managed to get my hands on an Intel NUC6i7KYK "Skull Canyon" NUC featuring the Core i7 6770HQ Skylake CPU with Iris Pro Graphics 580. When paired with 32GB of RAM and a Samsung 950 PRO 500GB NVMe SSD, it makes for a very speedy, small form factor Linux-friendly PC.

OpenELEC 7.0 Kodi HTPC Linux Distribution Released

Thursday 29th of December 2016 02:08:33 PM
The folks behind the OpenELEC Linux distribution that's designed around the Kodi HTPC/multimedia software have pushed out their big "7" release to end out 2016...

Intel SGX Patch For GCC - Software Guard Extensions

Thursday 29th of December 2016 12:36:52 PM
Intel's Software Guard Extensions (SGX) has been supported since the launch of Skylake CPUs while finally support for it is being added to the GCC compiler...

GNOME's GTK Vulkan Renderer Faster Than OpenGL, Now Working On Windows

Thursday 29th of December 2016 11:42:59 AM
GNOME's GTK Vulkan renderer continues advancing in Git for GTK+ 4.0. This Vulkan renderer for the GTK Scene Kit is forming into a nice alternative to its OpenGL renderer...

The Top GNU News Of 2016: Hurd, Libreboot, GCC, GRUB

Thursday 29th of December 2016 11:30:29 AM
Continuing in our various annual recaps this week as we end out 2016, here is a look at the most popular GNU/FSF news of the year...

Fresh Arch Linux Benchmarks Of AMDGPU & AMDGPU-PRO

Thursday 29th of December 2016 12:19:34 AM
Phoronix reader "Darkbasic" who many of you know from the forums and some of his past benchmarks has shared with us his latest numbers when testing the open-source AMDGPU+RadeonSI stack on Arch Linux as well as when using the AMDGPU-PRO hybrid driver. Enjoy!..

FreeBSD Foundation Receives Another $500,000 USD Gift

Wednesday 28th of December 2016 10:51:14 PM
FreeBSD is ending 2016 on a high note by receiving another "Uranium Level" donation, marking it as an additional $500,000 USD for their foundation...

Microsoft Continued With Many Linux/Open-Source Announcements In 2016

Wednesday 28th of December 2016 09:16:24 PM
In 2015 Microsoft made many open-source and Linux related announcements while this calendar year their flow of being more open and acknowledging of Linux continued with even more announcements...

Details On The PS4's Radeon GPU With Linux Driver Modifications

Wednesday 28th of December 2016 07:48:12 PM
At this week's Chaos Communication Congress (33C3) one of the talks interesting us is on console hacking, due to the PlayStation 4 making use of a Radeon GPU and the work done to modify the open-source Radeon Linux GPU driver to run on the PS4...

AMDGPU-PRO vs. RadeonSI/RADV & NVIDIA's Linux Drivers To End 2016

Wednesday 28th of December 2016 04:31:40 PM
Last week I published a 31-way Linux graphics card comparison with an assortment of both NVIDIA GeForce and Radeon graphics cards using the latest Linux drivers. I also published a variety of Vulkan benchmarks. In those tests the open-source Radeon driver stack was used given that's what AMD is endorsing these days for Linux gamers with AMDGPU-PRO not even working on all modern Linux distributions. But for those curious how AMDGPU-PRO compares to those big result data-sets, here are those -PRO results to share today.

The Wayland Highlights Of 2016

Wednesday 28th of December 2016 03:30:31 PM
Wayland much progress in 2016 and arguably the biggest milestone of it shipping by default in Fedora 25 Workstation with the GNOME 3.22 desktop...

What Do You Hope For Ubuntu Phone In 2017? Fed Up User Announces "Ubuntu Crickets"

Wednesday 28th of December 2016 02:01:45 PM
With just a few days left to 2016 and no major announcements expected out of Canonical to end the year, what are you hoping out of Ubuntu Phone and their mobile/convergence efforts in 2017?..

OpenCV 3.2 Computer Vision Stack Released

Wednesday 28th of December 2016 01:08:02 PM
A big update to the Open-Source Computer Vision library was quietly released just before Christmas...

KDE Plasma Mobile Explores Switch To AOSP From CyanogenMod

Wednesday 28th of December 2016 12:52:06 PM
Given the fall of CyanogenMod, it appears KDE Plasma Mobile developers are looking at switching its phone/mobile base operating system over to the upstream Android Open-Source Project (AOSP)...

System76 Has Been Collaborating With NVIDIA Over Linux Driver Fixes

Wednesday 28th of December 2016 11:47:30 AM
For helping not only their Ubuntu laptop customers but all NVIDIA Linux users, System76 has recently been working with the green GPU firm over getting more fixes into their proprietary driver...

GNOME vs. KDE: The Top Linux Desktop News Of 2016

Wednesday 28th of December 2016 11:36:35 AM
For those curious about the most viewed GNOME and KDE news of 2016, we have you covered...

Intel's Beignet Working On More OpenCL 2.0 Support

Wednesday 28th of December 2016 11:25:04 AM
It's unfortunate that the Beignet developers weren't able to get OpenCL 2.0 support fully working for Intel graphics hardware by the end of 2016, but nevertheless the project is ongoing and more OCL2 work landed today...

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  • GCC 7 Moves Onto Only Regression/Doc Fixes, But Will Accept RISC-V & HSA's BRIG
    The GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) is entering its "stage four" development for GCC 7 with the stable GCC 7.1 release expected in March or April. Richard Biener announced today that GCC 7 is under stage four, meaning only regression and documentation fixes will be permitted until the GCC 7.1.0 stable release happens (yep, as per their peculiar versioning system, GCC 7.1 is the first stable release in the GCC 7 series).
  • 5 ways to expand your project's contributor base
    So many free and open source software projects were started to solve a problem, and people began to contribute to them because they too wanted a fix to what they encountered. End users of the project find it useful for their needs, and the project grows. And that shared purpose and focus attracts people to a project's community.
  • Weblate 2.10.1
    This is first security bugfix release for Weblate. This has to come at some point, fortunately the issue is not really severe. But Weblate got it's first CVE ID today, so it's time to address it in a bugfix release.

Intel Kabylake: Windows 10 vs. Linux OpenGL Performance

For those curious about the current Kabylake graphics performance between Windows 10 and Linux, here are some OpenGL benchmark results under each operating system. Windows 10 Pro x64 was tested and the Linux distributions for comparison were Ubuntu 16.10, Clear Linux, Antergos, Fedora 25 Xfce, and openSUSE Tumbleweed. Read more

Google's open-source Tilt Brush: Now you can create 3D movies in VR