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Intel Optane SSD 900P Offers Stunning Linux Performance

Wednesday 15th of November 2017 06:29:06 PM
At the end of October Intel released the Optane 900P solid-state drive as their new ultra high-end performance SSD. Windows reviews have been positive, but what about using the Optane 900P on Linux? It's working well and delivers stunning NVMe SSD performance.

Igalia Posts Initial OpenGL SPIR-V Patches For Mesa, Intel i965

Wednesday 15th of November 2017 03:39:07 PM
Spanish development outfit Igalia has posted their initial work on wiring up the OpenGL 4.6 ARB_gl_spirv and ARB_spirv_extensions into core Mesa and the i965 OpenGL driver...

Crunch Texture Compression Showing Off Promising Results For Unity

Wednesday 15th of November 2017 03:01:41 PM
The Crunch texture compression library developed by former Valve Linux/OpenGL engineer Rich Geldreich who cofounded the Binomial consulting firm is making much progress with showing off impressive compression capabilities for game engines...

GNOME 3.27.2 Released: More Meson Porting, Nautilus Starring Files

Wednesday 15th of November 2017 02:18:31 PM
GNOME 3.27.2 is now available as the second development release in the road to next March's GNOME 3.28 desktop stable update...

Canonical Is Hiring Graphics Stack Developers To Work On Mir

Wednesday 15th of November 2017 12:00:00 PM
While it was only months ago that Canonical let go of several Mir developers at the same time as other staff reductions for the Unity team and different areas as the company changed their focus, they are now looking for new Mir hires...

New Touchpad & Touchscreen Support, Better Dell Canvas Support In Linux 4.15

Wednesday 15th of November 2017 11:29:22 AM
The HID and input pull requests have been submitted for the Linux 4.15 kernel merge window...

Epiphany 3.27.2 Improves GNOME Web Apps, Firefox Sync

Wednesday 15th of November 2017 11:06:35 AM
Epiphany 3.27.2 is now available as the latest web browser release in the road to next year's GNOME 3.28 desktop...

QEMU 2.11-RC1 Released: Drops IA64, Adds OpenRISC SMP & More

Wednesday 15th of November 2017 10:50:21 AM
QEMU 2.11-RC1 is available for this important piece of the open-source Linux virtualization stack...

VC4 & VC5 Drivers Get More Fixes Ahead Of The Holidays

Wednesday 15th of November 2017 10:41:17 AM
Eric Anholt at Broadcom has continued his spree of bringing up the next-gen VC5 Linux graphics driver stack while also continuing to maintain and improve upon the VC4 driver most commonly associated as being the open-source GPU driver option for the Raspberry Pi...

BCache Gets New Maintainer, NVMe Improvements & More For Linux 4.15

Wednesday 15th of November 2017 10:19:34 AM
The changes to the MD RAID and block areas of the Linux kernel have been submitted for the 4.15 cycle...

OpenGL 4.2 Support Could Soon Land For AMD Cayman GPUs On R600g

Wednesday 15th of November 2017 12:27:03 AM
David Airlie is looking to land OpenGL image support in the R600 Gallium3D driver that would be enabled for Radeon HD 5000 "Evergreen" GPUs and newer. For the HD 6900 "Cayman" GPUs, this would be the last step taking it to exposing OpenGL 4.2 compliance...

AMD Stoney Ridge Audio Supported By Linux 4.15

Tuesday 14th of November 2017 11:52:17 PM
The sound driver changes have been submitted for the Linux 4.15 kernel and includes finally supporting AMD Stoney Ridge hardware...

RADV Will Now Enable "Sisched" For The Talos Principle, Boosting Frame Rates

Tuesday 14th of November 2017 07:32:12 PM
The RADV Mesa Radeon Vulkan driver will now enable the sisched optimization automatically when running The Talos Principle in order to boost performance...

Stereoscopy/3D Protocol Being Worked On For Wayland

Tuesday 14th of November 2017 07:00:15 PM
Collabora consultant Emmanuel Gil Peyrot has sent out a series of patches proposing a new (unstable) protocol for Wayland in dealing with stereoscopic layouts for 3D TV support but could be used in the future for VR HMDs, etc...

VESA Pushes Out DisplayID 2.0 As The Successor To EDID For Monitors & Electronics

Tuesday 14th of November 2017 05:12:19 PM
DisplayID 2.0 is now official as the VESA standard to succeed the long-used Extended Display Identification Data "EDID" by TVs, monitors, and other consumer electronics...

Dell Rolling Out More Developer-Focused Systems Preloaded With Ubuntu

Tuesday 14th of November 2017 04:24:41 PM
Canonical has announced that Dell is rolling out five new systems pre-installed with Ubuntu Linux. These systems are catering towards developers and come from all-in-one computers to new laptop models...

KDevelop 5.2 Released With New Analyzers, Better C++ / PHP / Python Support

Tuesday 14th of November 2017 04:01:29 PM
KDevelop 5.2 is now available as the newest feature release for this KDE-focused, multi-language integrated development environment...

Ubuntu 17.10 Radeon Performance: Stock vs. X-Swat Updates vs. Oibaf PPA vs. Pkppa vs. Padoka PPA

Tuesday 14th of November 2017 03:00:00 PM
There are several Launchpad PPA options for Ubuntu users wanting to update their Mesa-based drivers. For those curious about the state of these different third-party repositories, here are a few words on them and benchmarks.

Mesa 17.3-RC4 Released, Handful Of Blocker Bugs Still Left

Tuesday 14th of November 2017 02:43:43 PM
Emil Velikov of Collabora has just announced the fourth weekly release candidate of the upcoming Mesa 17.3...

Fedora 27 Debuts With GNOME 3.26 Powered Workstation Spin, Modular Server Coming

Tuesday 14th of November 2017 02:13:18 PM
It's arriving only two weeks late but today marks the official debut of Fedora 27 as the latest major update for this Red Hat sponsored Linux distribution...

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Linux 4.15 RC3

  • Linux 4.15-rc3
    Another week, another rc. I'm not thrilled about how big the early 4.15 rc's are, but rc3 is often the biggest rc because it's still fairly early in the calming-down period, and yet people have had some time to start finding problems. That said, this rc3 is big even by rc3 standards. Not good. Most of the changes by far are drivers (with a big chunk of it being just syntactic changes for some doc warnings) with some perf tooling updates also being noticeable. But there are changes all over: core kernel and networking, kvm, arch updates and Documentation. Anyway, I sincerely hope that things are really starting to calm down now. Also, there's a known issue with x86 32-bit suspend/resume that I just didn't get a good patch for in time for this rc. Soon. Shortlog appended. Linus
  • Linux Kernel 4.15 Gets Another Big RC, Linus Torvalds Says It's Not Good at All
    Linux Torvalds announced a few moments ago the release and immediate availability for download of the third Release Candidate (RC) milestone of the upcoming Linux 4.15 kernel series for Linux-based operating systems. If last week's RC2 was a "bigger than expected" one, than this week the Linux 4.15 kernel saw even more patches and it just got a quite bit RC3 milestone, which Linus Torvalds says it's big even by RC3 standards and it isn't a good sign for the development cycle, which could be pushed to the end of January 2018. "I'm not thrilled about how big the early 4.15 RCs are, but RC3 is often the biggest RC because it's still fairly early in the calming-down period, and yet people have had some time to start finding problems. That said, this RC3 is big even by RC3 standards. Not good," said Linus Torvalds in the mailing list announcement.
  • Linux 4.15-rc3 Kernel Released
    Linus Torvalds has announced the third weekly test release of the upcoming Linux 4.15 kernel. It's been a rather busy week in the Linux kernel space considering the RC3 space. The level of activity has frighten Linus, but there are still 5~6 weeks left before declaring the Linux 4.15.0 kernel as stable.

The importance of Devuan

Yes, you read right: too expensive. While I am writing here in flowery words, the reason to use Devuan is hard calculated costs. We are a small team at ungleich and we simply don't have the time to fix problems caused by systemd on a daily basis. This is even without calculating the security risks that come with systemd. Our objective is to create a great, easy-to-use platform for VM hosting, not to walk a tightrope. Read more

Review: heads 0.3.1

heads is a live Linux distribution which can be run from a DVD or USB thumb drive. The distribution connects to the Internet through the Tor network. This helps protect the identity and location of the person using heads. The heads distribution is very similar to its popular sibling, Tails, in its mission, but heads has some special characteristics which set it apart. The heads distribution is based on Devuan while Tails is based on Debian, which means heads uses the SysV init software rather than systemd. The heads project is also dedicated to shipping a distribution which features free software only, as the heads website explains:

Non-free software can not be audited and as such cannot guarantee you security or anonymity. On the other hand, with heads you only use free software, meaning you can gain access to any source code that is included in heads, at any time. Using free software it is far easier to avoid hidden backdoors and malware that might be in non-free software.
heads is available in a single edition which is 831MB in size. When booting from the project's ISO, we are given the option of booting heads normally from the disc or loading the distribution into RAM. The latter option frees up our removable drive and can make applications load faster after the initial boot process has completed. The distribution boots to a command line interface and automatically logs us in as a user called luther. On the screen we are shown the root account's password along with commands we can run to launch a graphical interface. The default shell for the luther account is zsh, a less common shell than bash, but often loved for its additional features. heads ships with the Awesome and Openbox window managers and we can choose which one we wish to launch from the command line. I focused on using Openbox during my trial. Read more

Debian GNU/Linux 9.3 "Stretch" Live, Installable ISOs Now Available to Download

The Debian CD team was pretty quick to bake all those ISO images in less than 24 hours, and users can now download Debian GNU/Linux 9.3 "Stretch" as live and installable ISOs for a wide range of architectures if they were planning on reinstalling their Debian PCs or deploy the OS on new computers. Debian GNU/Linux 9.3 "Stretch" is currently supported on no less than 10 hardware architectures, including 32-bit (i386), 64-bit (amd64), ARM64 (AArch64), Armel, ARMhf, MIPS, Mipsel, MIPS64el (MIPS 64-bit Little Endian), PPC64el (PowerPC 64-bit Little Endian), and s390x (IBM System z).