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Ubuntu 16.10 Isn't Shipping Vulkan Support By Default

Wednesday 28th of September 2016 07:28:23 PM
With Ubuntu 16.10 being right around the corner you may be wondering about its support for Vulkan. Here's my experience when trying out today's Ubuntu 16.10 "beta 2" release and looking for Vulkan support...

NVIDIA Shows Off Their Latest Linux-Powered AI Car Demonstration

Wednesday 28th of September 2016 06:29:46 PM
For those curious how NVIDIA's DRIVE PX 2 system is working and how their self-driving car efforts are progressing, they've published a new video today showing their self-driving car that's taught by deep learning with analyzing human driving patterns...

macOS 10.12 Sierra vs. Ubuntu 16.04 Linux Benchmarking

Wednesday 28th of September 2016 04:08:16 PM
Apple released macOS 10.12 "Sierra" last week as the successor to OS X El Capitan. Given this annual update to macOS / OS X, here are benchmarks of macOS Sierra compared to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS on a MacBook Air and Mac Mini computers.

LibreSSL 2.5 Released With New Features, iOS Support

Wednesday 28th of September 2016 02:18:04 PM
LibreSSL 2.5.0 is available today as the newest version of this growing fork of OpenSSL led by the OpenBSD project...

NVIDIA Announces "Xavier" AI Supercomputer SoC With Custom ARM64 + Volta GPU

Wednesday 28th of September 2016 01:52:47 PM
NVIDIA announced at GTC Europe today their forthcoming Xavier SoC that will succeed Parker. At least for now, Xavier is super exciting and is aimed to be a "AI supercomputer" SoC...

NVIDIA Officially Releases CUDA 8

Wednesday 28th of September 2016 01:10:52 PM
While it has been available in early form for a few months, today NVIDIA announced the general availability of CUDA 8...

DRM-Next Gets Ready For The Linux 4.9 Kernel

Wednesday 28th of September 2016 01:03:01 PM
David Airlie has pulled the remaining DRM driver feature pull requests into DRM-Next, in preparation for the Linux 4.9 merge window opening next week...

Systemd Adds New "ProtectSystem Strict" Option, Other New Tunables

Wednesday 28th of September 2016 11:33:48 AM
Landing over night in systemd Git were several new tunables for offering better system security/protection. The systemd-udevd.service is also now run in a Seccomp-based sandbox to prohibit any network access...

A Deep Dive Into Vulkan's Validation Layers

Wednesday 28th of September 2016 10:56:14 AM
The plugable validation layers concept is one of many great improvements with Vulkan over OpenGL. If you are new to Vulkan development or just haven't explored the validation layers yet, The Khronos Group and LunarG hosted a webinar this week concerning this area of the new high-performance graphics API...

Intel's Beignet OpenCL For Linux Now Supports LLVM 3.9

Wednesday 28th of September 2016 10:44:26 AM
With the recent Beignet 1.2 release some Phoronix readers expressed disappointment that this Intel OpenCL implementation for Iris/HD Graphics hadn't supported the recently-released LLVM 3.9. Well, now it does...

Ubuntu 16.10 Final Beta Released

Wednesday 28th of September 2016 10:19:30 AM
It feels like so soon - we are just two weeks out from seeing the official Ubuntu 16.10 "Yakkety Yak" release. Today the final beta is available...

Mesa Preps For Landing The On-Disk Shader Cache

Tuesday 27th of September 2016 11:55:17 PM
Just a few days ago was the fifth version of the proposed Mesa on-disk shader cache and it's looking like it may finally be ready for merging with some of the prep infrastructure work having landed today in mainline Mesa...

Testing The BCache SSD Cache For HDDs On Linux 4.8

Tuesday 27th of September 2016 06:56:40 PM
It has been over one year since last testing the mainline Linux kernel's BCache support for this block cache that allows solid-state drives to act as a cache for slower hard disk drives. Here are some fresh benchmarks of a SATA 3.0 SSD+HDD with BCache from the Linux 4.8 Git kernel.

There Are Around 2,000 Steam Linux Games Available

Tuesday 27th of September 2016 02:36:21 PM
There are about 2,000 Steam Linux games that are published and working (1,999 as of right now), granted a majority of them are indie games and only about a fifth of the games available for Steam on Windows or less than half of the number of games available for OS X...

Boot 2 Gecko Being Stripped From Mozilla's Codebase

Tuesday 27th of September 2016 12:37:59 PM
At the end of 2015 Mozilla effectively put an end to Firefox OS / Boot 2 Gecko by concluding things weren't working out for Mozilla Corp and their commercial partners to ship Firefox OS smartphones. All commercial development around it has since stopped and they are now preparing to strip B2G from the mozilla-central code-base...

KDE Kirigami 1.1 UI Framework Released

Tuesday 27th of September 2016 11:25:33 AM
One month after Kirigami's first public release, KDE Kirigami 1.1 is now available as the newest stable of this user-interface framework designed for mobile and convergent applications in Qt...

Fedora 25 Goes Into Beta Freeze Today, New Features Need To Be Completed

Tuesday 27th of September 2016 11:07:42 AM
Today is a big day along the Fedora 25 schedule and stepping towards its official debut in November...

Performance-Boosting HiZ Patches Revised For Intel's Vulkan Linux Driver

Tuesday 27th of September 2016 10:39:39 AM
A revised set of 11 patches were published this week for implementing basic HiZ (Hierarchical Z) support within Intel's open-source Vulkan "ANV" Mesa driver...

RADV Vulkan Driver Can Now Correctly Render Talos Principle

Tuesday 27th of September 2016 10:20:30 AM
With all of the RADV Radeon Vulkan activity in the past few weeks, The Talos Principle now renders correctly when using this community-driven Vulkan graphics API driver!..

X.Org's GLAMOR 2D Performance Continues To Be Tuned

Monday 26th of September 2016 11:58:49 PM
While GLAMOR has already been around for a number of years as a means of providing generic X11 2D acceleration over OpenGL for the X.Org Server, it's a seemingly never-ending process to optimize its code-paths for best performance. More improvements are en route for making GLAMOR 2D faster, which should especially be helpful for Raspberry Pi users making use of the VC4 driver stack on this very slow-speed hardware...

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GParted Live 0.27.0-1 Disk Partitioning Live CD Out Now, Based on GParted 0.27.0

Just one day after announcing the release of the GParted 0.27.0 open-source partition editor software, Curtis Gedak is informing us about the availability of the GParted Live 0.27.0-1 stable release. Read more

Netrunner Core 16.09 "Avalon" Is Based on Debian GNU/Linux 8, KDE Plasma 5.7.5

Today, October 23, 2016, the development team behind the Debian-based Netrunner GNU/Linux distribution proudly announced the release of Netrunner Core 16.09 "Avalon." Read more

today's leftovers

  • Acer updates Chromebook 15 with 12-hour battery life -- $199 exclusively at Walmart
    Chromebooks are not for everyone, but for many home users, it is absolute perfection. If you live in the web browser -- as many people do nowadays -- laptops running Google's Linux-based Chrome OS are a godsend because they are maintenance free. No need for confusing OS upgrades or anti-virus software. It just works, and it works well. Since they can now run Android apps too, they could become a serious threat to Microsoft and Windows 10. One of the most attractive aspects of Chromebooks is price -- they are often quite affordable. Today, Acer refreshes its 15.6 inch Chromebook 15 with a mind-boggling 12 hours of battery life. Best of all? It starts at $199. Yes, this model will get Android app support in a future update too.
  • Of Life, Linux and Karma Angels
    Angel filed appeal after appeal only to be denied on every attempt. Texas is an "at will" employment state so being terminated for cause can mean anything. Over the next few weeks, Angel became more and more fearful of losing her house, as she had just purchased it a year before. On top of that, her HP desktop had taken a nose dive into severe brokeness and that made it extra difficult for her to look for work. I put together a decent desktop for her and installed it that day, and was a Linux computer. Angel didn't have even the slightest problem with the new machine, and she wasn't particularly good at using one. So, let's put another slash in the falsehood that Linux is too hard for the everyday user. Most of them anyway. YMMV. To her glee, the OS picked up and configured her Epson all in one without her lifting a finger to do so. She almost clapped for happiness, stating that in Windows, installing that printer had been a nightmare, even with the included driver CD. And just to pinpoint the time frame for you, it was the summer of 2006.
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided to launch on Linux in November, Mac version delayed
    Feral Entertainment has announced that Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will be launching on Linux in November. Feral Interactive is currently working on the Linux port of the game. In September the game development studio announced that Deus Ex: Mankind Divided would make its way to two additional platforms: Linux and Mac. The Linux version of the game will most likely make use of OpenGL or Vulkan to power its graphics engine.
  • Mad Max: It Came From The Desert to Linux
    First of all, let me get one thing straight out of the way, so you know where I come from. I did not like the recent Mad Max movie. Like, not at all. Not that I mind the post apocalyptic theme. I used to like the older Mad Max’s just fine (probably the first one the best). The new one…meh. The Max character had virtually no back story (as thin as a sheet of paper) and he was just acting like a crazy person from beginning to end. The story’s premise was boring and just an excuse for endless and not so impressive action scenes. So there was nothing redeeming it. I know this is not the mainstream opinion of the movie (everyone apparently thought it was the best thing ever since sliced bread) so I can only attribute this phenomenon to either mass hysteria or simply a clear decrease in movie expectations. The Force Awakens‘ success, despite being a mediocre movie and certainly underwhelming compared to the original trilogy, certainly echoes the same trend. I guess you cannot beat nostalgia. Just tag a Millennium Falcon on and you get a free ride no matter how incoherent the story or the characters are.
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  • Fedora 25 new features, Perl removed from Build Root
    Fedora is the fast-paced bleeding-edge distribution of Red Hat. Fedora 25 is the second release of 2016 the other being Fedora 24. Let’s discover what lies in the future of this popular Linux distribution especially among developers.
  • "dnf update" considered harmful
    Updating a Linux distribution has historically been done from the command line (using tools like Debian's apt-get, openSUSE's zypper, or Fedora's yum—or its successor dnf). A series of crashes during system updates on Fedora 24 led Adam Williamson to post a note to fedora-devel and other mailing lists warning people away from running "dnf update" within desktop environments. It turns out that doing so has never truly been supported—though it works the vast majority of the time. The discussion around Williamson's note, however, makes it clear that the command is commonly run that way and that at least some users are quite surprised (and unhappy) that it isn't a supported option.
  • Supporting UEFI secure boot in Debian
    The Debian project can be accused of many things, but jumping too quickly on leading-edge technology is not one of them. That can be seen in, among other things, the fact that there is still not a version of the distribution that supports the UEFI secure boot mechanism. But, as Ben Hutchings explained during his 2016 Kernel Recipes talk, such support is in the works, and it will be implemented in a uniquely Debian-like manner.
  • The Lenovo Yoga Book Is the Future of Laptops, But It's Missing an Operating System
    For this review I spent a week with the Android version of Lenovo’s slick new backflipping laptop. Guts-wise it’s identical to the Windows 10 variant. They both feature Intel Atom x5-Z8550 processors, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of on-device storage, and 1920 x 1200 resolution displays. The Android version starts at $500 and the Windows version starts at $550.
  • Another Broken Nexus 5
    In late 2013 I bought a Nexus 5 for my wife [1]. It’s a good phone and I generally have no complaints about the way it works. In the middle of 2016 I had to make a warranty claim when the original Nexus 5 stopped working [2]. Google’s warranty support was ok, the call-back was good but unfortunately there was some confusion which delayed replacement. Once the confusion about the IMEI was resolved the warranty replacement method was to bill my credit card for a replacement phone and reverse the charge if/when they got the original phone back and found it to have a defect covered by warranty. This policy meant that I got a new phone sooner as they didn’t need to get the old phone first. This is a huge benefit for defects that don’t make the phone unusable as you will never be without a phone. Also if the user determines that the breakage was their fault they can just refrain from sending in the old phone.