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Cortex-M23 / Cortex-M33 Support Added To LLVM

Wednesday 1st of February 2017 01:09:41 PM
The LLVM compiler infrastructure now has official support for two more ARM processors...

LibreOffice 5.3 Released With A Plethora Of Improvements

Wednesday 1st of February 2017 12:19:07 PM
LibreOffice 5.3.0 is now officially available as the latest major update to this cross-platform, open-source office suite forked from OpenOffice.org...

Mesa 13.0.4 Released While Waiting For Mesa 17.0

Wednesday 1st of February 2017 11:33:42 AM
Mesa 13.0.4 was released today by Collabora's Emil Velikov while the Mesa 17.0 debut is still on track for later this month...

Mesa's Intel Vulkan Driver Now Builds On Android

Wednesday 1st of February 2017 11:21:38 AM
Mesa's "ANV" Intel Vulkan driver can now be built for Android...

Chrome/Chromium's EXO Now Supports Hardware Cursors

Wednesday 1st of February 2017 11:14:41 AM
Thanks to David Reveman, there is now hardware cursor support for EXO...

MythTV 0.28.1 Released

Wednesday 1st of February 2017 11:08:11 AM
MythTV 0.28 was released nearly one year ago while today we have the first point release for this once very active open-source DVR/PVR software for HTPCs...

Kabylake, GCC 7, Binary Blobs, Vulkan & Other Highlights From January

Wednesday 1st of February 2017 01:16:47 AM
There's been a lot of exciting events so far in 2017 from the rapid progress of Mesa's OpenGL and Vulkan drivers, other significant Vulkan milestones, Intel Kabylake desktop CPUs hitting the market, Linux 4.10 nearing release, Linux 4.11's merge window being right around the corner, and much more. Here's a recap...

The Features Coming For Mir 0.26: EDID, New APIs, Client-Side Vsync, Performance

Wednesday 1st of February 2017 12:55:30 AM
While Mir 1.0 is expected this year, the next upcoming release of the Mir display server is version 0.26. Here's a look at the new features...

RADV Gets Patches For Float64 Support, Now In Mesa Git

Wednesday 1st of February 2017 12:34:14 AM
Less than 24 hours after RADV geometry shaders landed in Mesa Git along with other improvements, patches have been published for wiring up Float64 support for this open-source Radeon Vulkan driver...

System76 Rolls Out A NVIDIA-Powered GPU Linux Server

Tuesday 31st of January 2017 11:54:52 PM
System76 today announced their new Ibex Pro GPU Server, designed for engineering and science workloads, among other possible business applications...

Pyston Now 95% Faster Than CPython, But Dropbox Just Stopped Supporting It

Tuesday 31st of January 2017 08:38:09 PM
Back in 2014 Dropbox announced the Pyston project as an open-source JIT compiler to Python focusing upon maximum performance. With this newest Pyston release (v0.6.1) they are now 95% faster than CPython, but Dropbox is ending their involvement in the project...

Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS Delayed A Second Time

Tuesday 31st of January 2017 07:32:19 PM
Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS was supposed to ship in mid-January and then up until today was expected to be released on Thursday. But now it's being delayed at least one more week...

Mircade: An Arcade-Style Ubuntu Game Launcher Using Mir

Tuesday 31st of January 2017 04:35:21 PM
Canonical developer Alan Griffiths who has long been involved in the development of the Mir display server for Ubuntu has now announced Mircade...

OPNsense 17.1 Released, Based On FreeBSD 11

Tuesday 31st of January 2017 04:25:07 PM
OPNsense 17.1 is now available as the newest release of this network-focused FreeBSD-based operating system forked from pfSense...

Intel Pentium G4600: A Surprising 3.6GHz Kabylake CPU For $90

Tuesday 31st of January 2017 03:21:59 PM
If you are looking to upgrade to a Kabylake processor but the Core i7 7700K at $350 and other higher-end models are too expensive, the Pentium G4600 is available at under $90 USD for a dual-core processor with Hyper Threading and clocks up to 3.6GHz.

Vulkan Slides Now Available From Khronos' Vancouver Event

Tuesday 31st of January 2017 01:44:13 PM
Yesterday The Khronos Group hosted a one-day workshop in Vancouver, Canada with all things Vulkan...

KDE Plasma 5.9 Hits The Web With Global Menus, Better Wayland Support

Tuesday 31st of January 2017 12:34:46 PM
Ending out January, the KDE crew has announced the release of Plasma 5.9...

Nouveau Patches Begin Lining Up For Linux 4.11 Kernel

Tuesday 31st of January 2017 12:26:22 PM
Ben Skeggs at Red Hat has begun aligning the latest Nouveau DRM patches that in turn will be submitted to DRM-Next for the Linux 4.11 kernel merge window...

Raspberry Pi Gallium3D Driver Continues To Be Tweaked For Greater Performance

Tuesday 31st of January 2017 11:30:13 AM
Eric Anholt continues working on the open-source VC4 graphics driver stack for adding additional features and improving the OpenGL performance of the Broadcom GPU on the Raspberry Pi...

Libav Now Supports VA-API VP8 & MPEG2 Encode, Other Improvements

Tuesday 31st of January 2017 11:19:16 AM
For those continuing to make use of the FFmpeg-forked Libav project, a number of VA-API improvements have landed in recent days...

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Security Leftovers

  • Atom Installer
    One thing that I miss about using Ubuntu is PPA’s there are lot’s of PPA in Ubuntu and you can hack around and install all types of software which are required for your usage. In the Fedora side of the world there are copr repos but they don’t have as many repos as in Ubuntu and you can’t build non-free software (don’t get me wrong here, I love FREEdom software but couldn’t resist not using some beautiful non-free applications such as Sublime). I am creating a work around for this by using shell scripts which are open source (cc0) but when those scripts are executed they install non-free software on your system.
  • MKVToolNix 9.9.0 MKV Manipulation Tool Released with New GUI Improvements, More
    MKVToolNix developer Moritz Bunkus announced today, February 20, 2017, the release and general availability of MKVToolNix 9.9.0 "Pick Up" for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows. MKVToolNix 9.9.0 represents a month of hard work, during which the developer managed to add a bunch of new and interesting features, fix as many bugs reported by users since last month's MKVToolNix 9.8.0 point release, as well as to improve the build system, especially in regards to the man pages of the software.
  • Chakra GNU/Linux Users Get KDE Plasma 5.9.2 and KDE Applications 16.12.2, More
    The developers behind the Chakra GNU/Linux operating system have announced today the immediate availability of all the latest KDE technologies released this month in the stable repositories of the distribution. Yes, we're talking about the KDE Plasma 5.9.2 desktop environment, KDE Applications 16.12.2 software suite, KDE Frameworks 5.31.0, and KDE Development Platform 4.14.29, all of which can be found in your Chakra GNU/Linux's repos if you want to run the newest KDE software.

today's howtos

Leftovers: Ubuntu

  • IOTA: IoT revolutionized with a Ledger
    Ever since the introduction of digital money, the world quickly came to realize how dire and expensive the consequences of centralized systems are. Not only are these systems incredibly expensive to maintain, they are also “single points of failures” which expose a large number of users to unexpected service interruptions, fraudulent activities and vulnerabilities that can be exploited by malicious hackers. Thanks to Blockchain, which was first introduced through Bitcoin in 2009, the clear benefits of a decentralized and “trustless” transactional settlement system became apparent. No longer should expensive trusted third parties be used for handling transactions, instead, the flow of money should be handled in a direct, Peer-to-Peer fashion. This concept of a Blockchain (or more broadly, a distributed ledger) has since then become a global phenomenon attracting billions of dollars in investments to further develop the concept.
  • Return Home and Unify: My Case for Unity 8
  • Can netbooks be cool again?
    Earlier this week, my colleague Chaim Gartenberg covered a laptop called the GPD Pocket, which is currently being funded on Indiegogo. As Chaim pointed out, the Pocket’s main advantage is its size — with a 7-inch screen, the thing is really, really small — and its price, a reasonable $399. But he didn’t mention that the Pocket is the resurrection of one of the most compelling, yet fatally flawed, computing trends of the ‘00s: the netbook. So after ten years, are netbooks finally cool again? That might be putting it too strongly, but I’m willing to hope.

Linux Devices

  • Compact, rugged module runs Linux or Android on Apollo Lake
    Ubiqcomm’s 95 x 95mm, Apollo Lake-based “COM-AL6C” COM offers 4K video along with multiple SATA, USB, GbE, and PCIe interfaces, plus -40 to 85°C operation. Ubiqconn Technology Inc. has announced a “COM-AL6C” COM Express Type 6 Compact form factor computer-on-module built around Intel’s Apollo Lake processors and designed to withstand the rigors of both fixed and mobile industrial applications. The module offers a choice among three Intel Apollo Lake processors: the quad-core Atom x5-E3930, quad-core x5-E3940, and dual-core x7-E3950, which are clocked at up to 2.0GHz burst and offer TDPs from 6.5 to 12 Watts.
  • Internet-enable your microcontroller projects for under $6 with ESP8266
    To get started with IoT (the Internet of Things), your device needs, well, an Internet connection. Base Arduino microcontrollers don't have Internet connectivity by default, so you either need to add Ethernet, Wi-Fi shields, or adapters to them, or buy an Arduino that has built-in Internet connectivity. In addition to complexity, both approaches add cost and consume the already-precious Arduino flash RAM for program space, which limits what you can do. Another approach is to use a Raspberry Pi or similar single-board computer that runs a full-blown operating system like Linux. The Raspberry Pi is a solid choice in many IoT use cases, but it is often overkill when all you really want to do is read a sensor and send the reading up to a server in the cloud. Not only does the Raspberry Pi potentially drive up the costs, complexity, and power consumption of your project, but it is running a full operating system that needs to be patched, and it has a much larger attack surface than a simple microcontroller. When it comes to IoT devices and security, simpler is better, so you can spend more time making and less time patching what you already made.
  • Blinkenlights!
  • Blinkenlights, part 2
  • Blinkenlights, part 3
  • [Older] Shmoocon 2017: The Ins And Outs Of Manufacturing And Selling Hardware
    Every day, we see people building things. Sometimes, useful things. Very rarely, this thing becomes a product, but even then we don’t hear much about the ins and outs of manufacturing a bunch of these things or the economics of actually selling them. This past weekend at Shmoocon, [Conor Patrick] gave the crowd the inside scoop on selling a few hundred two factor authentication tokens. What started as a hobby is now a legitimate business, thanks to good engineering and abusing Amazon’s distribution program.
  • 1.8 Billion Mobile Internet Users NEVER use a PC, 200 Million PC Internet Users never use a mobile phone. Understanding the 3.5 Billion Internet Total Audience
    As I am working to finish the 2017 Edition of the TomiAhonen Almanac (last days now) I always get into various updates of numbers, that remind me 'I gotta tell this story'.. For example the internet user numbers. We have the December count by the ITU for year 2016, that says the world has now 3.5 Billion internet users in total (up from 3.2 Billion at the end of year 2015). So its no 'drama' to know what is 'that' number. The number of current internet total users is yes, 3.5 Billion, almost half of the planet's total population (47%).