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Mediatek DRM Driver Added For Linux 4.7 Kernel

Tuesday 10th of May 2016 12:08:42 PM
Yet another DRM kernel driver has been queued into DRM-Next for landing with Linux 4.7...

Libinput 1.3 Brings Tablet Pads Support

Tuesday 10th of May 2016 11:52:31 AM
Libinput 1.3 was released today with support for tablet pads -- the tablet part of a graphics tablet, with this being the last feature the developers needed for declaring feature-complete graphics tablet support in this widely-used input handling library...

AMD Soon Might Have Out AMDGPU Support For The Original GCN GPUs

Monday 9th of May 2016 09:27:31 PM
One of the recurring questions we see time and time again within our forums is about AMDGPU driver support for older GPUs, namely the GCN 1.0 hardware. It's looking like that experimental support for "Southern Islands" graphics cards may soon be published...

Servo Continues Making Progress For Shipping Components In Gecko, Browser.html

Monday 9th of May 2016 09:07:07 PM
Mozilla's next-generation, written-in-Rust Servo browser layout continues making progress as well as on the browser.html front-end and their goal of shipping at least one or more Rust/Servo components within the Gecko engine currently powering Firefox...

Yes, There Is Vulkan Support In Doom

Monday 9th of May 2016 05:34:41 PM
At Friday's NVIDIA Dreamhack event there was another exciting showcase besides the incredible GeForce GTX 1080: there was the first demo of id Software's forthcoming Doom game running with the Vulkan API...

Stellaris Released With Same-Day Linux Support

Monday 9th of May 2016 04:12:41 PM
For those into simulation/strategy games, Paradox released Stellaris today with same-day Linux support...

Mesa 11.2.2 Released With Big Endian Improvements For Radeon, LibEGL For OpenBSD

Monday 9th of May 2016 02:10:17 PM
Mesa release manager Emil Velikov of Collabora has announced the release of Mesa 11.2.2, the newest stable point release for this user-space stack to the open-source graphics drivers...

Intel's Clear Linux Distribution Switches Over To GCC 6.1 By Default

Monday 9th of May 2016 01:35:12 PM
Intel's Clear Linux operating system is now one of the first to be re-built under GCC 6 with using GCC 6.1 as its default compiler...

An Early Look At Some Of The New Features Of LibreOffice 5.2

Monday 9th of May 2016 01:02:31 PM
While LibreOffice 5.2 isn't scheduled to be released until later this summer, here's an early look at some of the most interesting features coming to this multi-platform, open-source office suite...

Google Pushes A Ton More Chromebook Device Code Into Coreboot

Monday 9th of May 2016 12:28:02 PM
Over night Google engineers landed a bunch more code in Coreboot for supporting new Chromebook devices...

Some Fresh Debian 8.4 vs. Debian Testing (Stretch) For A Xeon + Radeon System

Monday 9th of May 2016 12:00:00 AM
With having done clean installs of Debian 8.4 and Debian testing (Stretch) the past few days on the same box, here are some fresh comparison numbers for your viewing pleasure...

Linux 4.6-rc7 Released: Linux 4.6 Likely Due Next Week

Sunday 8th of May 2016 11:27:38 PM
The seventh weekly release candidate to the Linux 4.6 kernel is now available...

Intel DRM Driver Code Is Going Through More Refactoring

Sunday 8th of May 2016 05:47:25 PM
While Intel already landed a big round of code into DRM-Next as Linux 4.7 material, the train has not stopped and more fresh code is now in testing via the intel-drm-testing branch for integration into a future kernel release...

A Wild 40-Way Linux System Benchmark Comparison

Sunday 8th of May 2016 03:59:29 PM
With recently having upgraded some of the systems in our benchmark lab, commissioned a few new systems, and made some other changes, for your weekend enjoyment are some fresh benchmarks of 40 distinctly different Linux systems various performance tests.

The DDR4 EUDIMM Memory I've Been Buying The Most

Sunday 8th of May 2016 03:25:11 PM
For those that may be in the market for DDR4-2133 EUDIMM memory, here's the particular memory I've been buying the most of these days and haven't run into any problems on using it with several different motherboards for Xeon E3 v5 Skylake systems...

Calamares Installer Adds LUKS Encryption Support

Sunday 8th of May 2016 12:36:25 PM
The Calamares installer framework continues to see more distributions adopt it as their installer, so it's good hearing this weekend that it's finally onto supporting LUKS encryption...

MATE Desktop Brought Over To Solaris / OpenIndiana

Sunday 8th of May 2016 12:33:55 PM
For those using the Illumos-based OpenIndiana operating system originally derived from OpenSolaris, the MATE 1.14 desktop environment is now available...

GCC 4.9 vs. GCC 5.3 vs. GCC 6.1 On A Debian Xeon E5 Linux System

Saturday 7th of May 2016 04:00:00 PM
Given the recent stable release of GCC 6 (GCC v6.1.0), here are some fresh compiler benchmarks on an Intel Debian x86_64 system when comparing the GCC 4.9.3, GCC 5.3.0, and GCC 6.1.0 compiler releases.

Debian's i386 Builds Now Require 686-Class CPUs

Saturday 7th of May 2016 01:00:00 PM
Those running any old VIA C3, AMD K5/K6, or original Intel Pentium CPUs, you'll be losing your Debian support past the current stable (Jessie) series...

An Early Look At The Features Of PostgreSQL 9.6

Saturday 7th of May 2016 12:50:16 PM
PostgreSQL 9.6 isn't being released until later this year, but with it moving along, the release notes are starting to be assembled for this next major update to this open-source SQL server implementation...

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Porteus Kiosk 4.0 Modular Linux Web Kiosk Released, Drops Chrome 32-bit Support

Porteus Solutions' Tomasz Jokiel announced on May 30, 2016, the release of the final Porteus Kiosk 4.0.0 Web Kiosk operating system based on the latest GNU/Linux technologies and open-source software. Porteus Kiosk 4.0.0 comes three months after the release of the last maintenance build in the Porteus Kiosk 3.x series, introducing numerous new features and improvements. But first, let's take a quick look under the hood, as the OS is now powered by Linux kernel 4.4.11 LTS (Long Term Support), and it's based on the Mozilla Firefox 45.1.1 ESR and Google Chrome 50.0.2661.102 web browsers. Read more