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U-Boot 2018.03 Released, Now Supports iSCSI For Network Booting

Wednesday 21st of March 2018 01:14:30 PM
As a win for ARM single board computers and other systems relying upon U-Boot as the bootloader, iSCSI support is now available...

Java JDK 10 Reaches General Availability With Experimental Java-Based JIT Compiler

Wednesday 21st of March 2018 10:30:23 AM
JDK 10 has reached general availability as the first Java release under Oracle's new six-month release model...

AMD To Issue PSP/BIOS Firmware Updates For Recent Vulnerabilities

Wednesday 21st of March 2018 10:02:06 AM
Last week was the controversial publishing of the "AMD Flaws" CPU vulnerabilities for Ryzen and EPYC processors. AMD has now issued their first public update on the matter and have said they will be issuing PSP firmware and BIOS updates for mitigation...

DXVK Now Has An On-Disk Shader Cache

Wednesday 21st of March 2018 09:52:52 AM
DXVK, the exciting project implementing the Direct3D 11 API over Vulkan for Wine gamers, now has an on-disk shader cache...

Slax Linux Distribution Begins Planning For Its First 2018 Release

Wednesday 21st of March 2018 09:44:16 AM
Arriving last Christmas was a rejuvenated release of Slax, the long-running, lightweight Linux distribution with its development restarting last year and having shifted from being a Slackware derivative to Debian and moving from KDE to Fluxbox+Compton. Those involved are working on a new Slax release for 2018...

Freedreno's MSM DRM Driver Continues Prepping For Adreno 600 Series Support

Wednesday 21st of March 2018 09:39:59 AM
Rob Clark has submitted the MSM DRM driver changes to DRM-Next for the Linux 4.17 kernel for benefiting Qualcomm SoC owners...

NVIDIA's Jetson TK1 Is Being EOL'ed Next Month

Wednesday 21st of March 2018 09:25:14 AM
Easily one of our favorite ARM single-board computers ever, the Jetson TK1 from NVIDIA, will be facing retirement next month...

QEMU 2.12 Release Candidates Begin, GTK2 Support Deprecated

Tuesday 20th of March 2018 10:47:54 PM
The first release candidate of QEMU 2.12 is now available as the next feature release for this important piece of the Linux virtualization stack...

Windows Server 2019 Goes Into Preview With WSL, Better Kubernetes Support

Tuesday 20th of March 2018 08:34:43 PM
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, the eventual Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8, and other 2018 Linux distributions will now be running up against Microsoft Windows Server 2019 that the company plans to release in the second half of the year but is available today in preview form...

AMDGPU DC's Latest 34 Patches Provide More Fixes

Tuesday 20th of March 2018 08:17:33 PM
Another week, another code drop derived from AMD's internal driver code-base providing an updated DC display code stack...

Radeon Pro 18.Q1.1 Enterprise Edition Released For Linux Workstations

Tuesday 20th of March 2018 05:54:14 PM
AMD on Monday quietly released their quarterly update to the Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition Linux driver that is derived from their AMDGPU-PRO stack for FirePro / Radeon Pro class hardware...

Mir 0.31 Officially Released

Tuesday 20th of March 2018 04:36:40 PM
Mir 0.31 is now available as the latest version of the Canonical-developed display stack that continues implementing support for Wayland's protocols...

LLVM-MCA Will Analyze Your Machine Code, Help Analyze Potential Performance Issues

Tuesday 20th of March 2018 01:00:00 PM
One of the tools merged to LLVM SVN/Git earlier this month for the LLVM 7.0 cycle is LLVM-MCA. The LLVM-MCA tool is a machine code analyzer that estimates how the given machine code would perform on a specific CPU and attempt to report possible bottlenecks...

Fresh Benchmarks Of CentOS 7 On Xeon & EPYC With/Without KPTI/Retpolines

Tuesday 20th of March 2018 11:57:33 AM
While every few weeks or so we have ended up running benchmarks of the latest Linux Git kernel to see the evolving performance impact of KPTI (Kernel Page Table Isolation) and Retpolines for Meltdown and Spectre V2 mitigation, respectively, a request came in last week from a premium supporter to see some new comparison test runs on CentOS 7 with its older 3.10-evolved kernel...

Ray-Tracing Is All The Rage At This Year's Game Developers Conference

Tuesday 20th of March 2018 09:56:24 AM
The annual Game Developers Conference (GDC 18) kicked off yesterday in San Francisco and one of the most popular topics this year is ray-tracing...

GStreamer 1.14.0 Released With WebRTC Support, AV1 Video & Better Rust Bindings

Tuesday 20th of March 2018 09:36:27 AM
GStreamer 1.14.0 is now available as the first big feature release of 2018 for this widely-used, open-source multimedia framework...

Nouveau NIR Support Appears Almost Baked, NV50 Support Added

Tuesday 20th of March 2018 09:29:21 AM
Karol Herbst at Red Hat started off this week by publishing his latest patches around Nouveau NIR support as part of the company's effort for getting SPIR-V/compute support up and running on this open-source NVIDIA driver...

Unity Game Engine Plans For Rendering & Performance Improvements In 2018

Tuesday 20th of March 2018 09:09:19 AM
Unity Tech made public at the Game Developers Conference their game engine plans for the year...

xf86-input-libinput 0.27.0 Released

Tuesday 20th of March 2018 08:09:55 AM
Aside from a few touchpad issues and other minor random issues with select hardware, libinput these days is mostly in great shape for being a generic input handling library that is working out well for both X.Org and Wayland users...

Wayland 1.15 Beta Released With Weston 4.0 Beta

Monday 19th of March 2018 11:06:34 PM
The beta releases are available today of Wayland 1.15 and the Weston 4.0 reference compositor...

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KDevelop 5.2.2 and 5.2.3 released

KDevelop 5.2.2 and 5.2.3 released We today provide a stabilization and bugfix release with version 5.2.2 and 5.2.3. 5.2.2 was tagged 6 weeks ago, but we never managed to release it because we did not have the patience to fix the Windows installers in time due to a broken CI. Windows installers are provided for 5.2.3 again. We'll only provide source tarballs for 5.2.2 and we encourage everyone to just skip this release and use 5.2.3 which contains a few more bug fixes. This is a bugfix-only release, which introduces no new features and as such is a safe and recommended update for everyone currently using KDevelop 5.2.1. Read more Also: This week in Usability & Productivity, part 19

FreeOffice 2018 Release is Seamlessly Compatible With MS Office on Linux

FreeOffice 2018 has just been released and it provides even better support for Microsoft Office documents on Linux. Read more