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Wayland For KDE Plasma 5.9 Should Shape Up Quite Nicely

Thursday 20th of October 2016 08:30:00 PM
Plasma 5.8 was only released at the beginning of October but already there has been a number of Wayland improvements queuing up for the next milestone, Plasma 5.9...

Intel Haswell OpenGL & Vulkan Testing With Mesa Git

Thursday 20th of October 2016 06:00:00 PM
It's been a while since last running any major Linux graphics tests with Intel Haswell era hardware, but in preparing for a big Linux 3.x/4.x kernel comparison with a Core i7 Haswell, I ran some fresh graphics benchmarks with OpenGL and Vulkan.

LibreOffice 5.3 Alpha Tagged, New Features Inbound

Thursday 20th of October 2016 03:53:55 PM
The first alpha release of the upcoming LibreOffice 5.3 open-source office suite was tagged a short time ago in Git...

Nintendo Switch Announced, Powered By NVIDIA Tegra

Thursday 20th of October 2016 02:28:16 PM
Nintendo announced their new "NX" portable console today as the Nintendo Switch. While we don't focus on game consoles at Phoronix, hardware and talk of graphics APIs do excite us...

ARM Shows Off New Side-By-Side Comparison Of OpenGL ES & Vulkan

Thursday 20th of October 2016 02:12:57 PM
ARM has posted a new video showing off the side-by-side performance of OpenGL ES and Vulkan graphics APIs on ARM hardware...

Stable Linux Kernel Updates Roll Out To Address "Dirty COW" CVE

Thursday 20th of October 2016 01:53:16 PM
The supported Linux 4.8/4.7/4.4 kernel series have seen stable point releases today to address a new CVE security issue nicknamed "Dirty COW" that is a local privilege escalation issue and could allow attackers to overwrite files to which they don't own write access...

MPV 0.21 Player Adds CUDA, Better Raspberry Pi Support

Thursday 20th of October 2016 01:27:50 PM
MPV Player 0.21 is now available as the latest version of this popular fork of MPlayer/MPlayer2...

Mad Max Appears To Work Fine With RadeonSI Gallium3D

Thursday 20th of October 2016 12:38:52 PM
This morning's release of the Mad Max game for Linux lists only NVIDIA graphics as supported, but it does turn out at least for newer AMD GPUs using the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver things should work -- well, assuming you are using the latest open-source driver code...

Fedora 26 Planning To Drop The Synaptics X.Org Driver

Thursday 20th of October 2016 11:02:11 AM
Another early feature being talked about for Fedora 26 is no longer installing the Syntaptics X.Org driver by default...

RadeonSI Got Another Optimization After The 13.0 Branching

Thursday 20th of October 2016 10:36:36 AM
A short time after Mesa 13.0 was branched in Git yesterday, well known AMD open-source developer Marek Olšák was landing new work in master...

SDL 2.0.5 Released With Many Improvements

Thursday 20th of October 2016 10:26:16 AM
SDL 2.0.5 is now available as the latest version of this library used by many cross-platform games and is part of the Steam Runtime. SDL 2.0.5 brings many new features and improvements...

DragonFlyBSD Continues LibreSSL Push, OpenSSL To Be Dropped

Thursday 20th of October 2016 10:15:48 AM
DragonFlyBSD is now defaulting to LibreSSL throughout its operating system stack and is planning to completely remove OpenSSL in the near future...

Mad Max Launches For Linux

Thursday 20th of October 2016 10:04:48 AM
Feral Interactive's port of Mad Max to Linux (and macOS) is now officially out and can be found on Steam...

Mesa 13.0 Release Candidate 1 Arrives With Intel OpenGL 4.5 Complete

Wednesday 19th of October 2016 07:06:18 PM
Now that release manager Emil Velikov has worked through his LLVM issue, Mesa 13.0 Release Candidate 1 is now officially available as the first development release that has core OpenGL 4.4/4.5 support in Mesa...

Linux 4.9 Is Showing Some Performance Improvements On A Core i7 6800K

Wednesday 19th of October 2016 05:34:01 PM
Now that Linux 4.9-rc1 is out, it's onward to testing this new Linux kernel on the dozens of test systems at Phoronix. With some early testing on a Core i7 6800K Broadwell-E box, there are some promising improvements...

Fedora 26 Anaconda Installer Likely To Get Blivet-GUI

Wednesday 19th of October 2016 03:26:29 PM
The Anaconda installer is never done evolving... The Anaconda installer will be updated, again, with Fedora 26 but hopefully won't see the major fallout during one of its earlier reworks when it was in very bad shape. This time around they are just looking to add Blivet-GUI...

Mesa Hasn't Been Branched Yet Due To LLVM Issues

Wednesday 19th of October 2016 02:45:24 PM
The Mesa 12.1/13.0 release dragged out a bit to allow the RADV Radeon Vulkan driver to be merged and then some Gallium3D Nine fixes, which have landed. The branching / feature freeze didn't happen last week though as planned, but Emil Velikov the release manager has now provided an update...

VC4 Gallium3D Driver Now Has Better Texture Upload Performance

Wednesday 19th of October 2016 02:19:53 PM
Stemming from an issue of slow performance inside LXDE's file manager, the Raspberry Pi VC4 Gallium3D driver has received an optimization for better texture upload performance...

Linux 4.10 To Expose EFI Framebuffer Configuration

Wednesday 19th of October 2016 02:11:37 PM
While Linux 4.9-rc1 was only released this past weekend, the EFI subsystem changes are already being staged for the next kernel cycle...

Intel OpenGL vs. Vulkan Linux Benchmarks - Mesa Git + Linux 4.9

Wednesday 19th of October 2016 12:44:10 PM
With having delivered a number of RADV Radeon Vulkan benchmarks recently, time to turn the tables to see how the Intel Vulkan driver stack is comparing to its i965 classic Mesa DRI driver. Dota 2 benchmarks up today under Ubuntu 16.10 while using Mesa 12.10-dev and Linux 4.9...

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Red Hat and Fedora

Rackspace and FOSS Report

  • The Rackspace State of Open Source
    As the OpenStack Summit in Barcelona kicks off, Rackspace has released a report entitled ‘The State of Open Source’. With every conference seemingly extolling the virtues of open source software, this report is timely. It manages to differentiate between enterprise open source and the wider open source software market.
  • Why digital transformation needs open source
    As if there wasn't already ample reason for businesses to switch to open source, Forrester analysts Paul Miller and Lauren E Nelson released a report in April 2016, entitled Open Source Powers Enterprise Digital Transformation — CIOs Need To Embrace Open Source Software To Drive Change, which further drives the point.
  • Despite Security Fears, Open Source Is Fuelling Innovation and Cost Savings in UK Businesses
  • Security concerns fail to hold back UK open source success
    However, despite its increasingly common use, many (54%) still perceive external security threats to be a big barrier to adoption, that’s according to a report published by Rackspace. The State of Open Source study, which was conducted among IT decision makers in UK businesses with over 1,000 employees and revenues over £500m, and looks at the ways open source is being used, its benefits, but also what is holding back adoption and business concerns. According to the report open source has come of age with 85% using open source technology to migrate a closed source project to open source. Open source also isn’t just a tool for small businesses; the vast majority (90%) of large businesses are now deploying open source-based enterprise applications, with 25% being completely open source. The reason for the growing adoption is because of the money and time savings. Rackspace found that for each project that had been migrated to open source technology, six out of ten organisations saved on average £30,146 and reduced project lifecycle by six months. Greater innovation was reported by many (49%), and 46% were driven to open source because of the competitive opportunities. Additionally, just under half (45%) said that it enabled them to get products and services to market faster. John Engates, Chief Technology Officer at Rackspace, said: “While open source technologies have been around for many years, it is great to see that enterprise businesses are finally dipping their toes in and seeing the tangible benefits.

FOSS and Blockchain

Security Leftovers

  • The internet apocalypse map hides the major vulnerability that created it
    During Friday’s massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on DNS service provider Dyn, one might be forgiven for mistaking the maps of network outages for images of some post-apocalyptic nuclear fallout. Screenshots from sites like showed menacingly red, fuzzy heat maps of, well, effectively just population centers of the United States experiencing serious difficulty accessing Twitter, Github, Etsy, or any of Dyn's other high-profile clients. Aside from offering little detail and making a DDoS literally into a glowing red menace, they also obscured the reality of just how centralized a lot of internet infrastructure really is. DNS is ground zero for the uneasy tension of the internet’s presumed decentralized resilience and the reality that as of now, translating IP addresses into domain names requires some kind of centralized, hierarchical platform, and that’s probably not going to radically change anytime soon. Other maps provided by various business to business network infrastructure companies weren’t much more helpful. These maps seem to exist mostly to signal that the companies in question have lots of cool data and that it can be made into a flashy map — which might impress potential customers, but that doesn’t offer a ton of insights for the layperson. For example, threat intelligence company Norse's map appears to be mostly a homage to the Matthew Broderick movie War Games: a constant barrage of DDoS attacks beaming like space invader rockets across a world map. Akamai has an impressive 3D visualization that renders traffic as points beaming into the atmosphere. And website monitoring service Pingdom offers a dot map at such a far-out zoom level that it's essentially useless for seeking out more meaningful patterns than "outages happen in population centers, also there are a lot of outages."
  • CoreOS Patched Against the "Dirty COW" Linux Kernel Vulnerability, Update Now
  • World’s first hack-proof router launched
    Turris Omnia router, tagged the world’s first hack-proof router, was launched yesterday at the CES Unveiled Show in Prague, Czech Republic. As an essential part of any home internet network, routers are rather poorly secured and protected against cyber attack. More often than not, the only security feature is the default password. With easily required internet knowledge and some skills, these routers can be hacked, providing unauthorized access to a complete internet network. From there on, anything is possible.