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Today Marks 30 Years Since The Release Of X11

Friday 15th of September 2017 05:33:28 PM
The X11 window system turns 30 years old today! X11 which still lives on through today via the X.Org Server on Linux, BSD, Solaris, and other operating systems is now three decades old...

Mesa 17.2.1 Being Prepped For Release Next Week

Friday 15th of September 2017 04:34:16 PM
For those that have been waiting for the first point release of Mesa 17.2 before upgrading, the release candidate is out while the official build is slated for next week...

GCC Finishing Up C++17 Adjustments, Preparing For C++2A

Friday 15th of September 2017 01:10:27 PM
While C++17 was just formally approved days ago and is now waiting for ISO publication, GCC (and Clang) developers have largely finished up their C++17 (formerly known as "C++1z") support for some time. There are just a few lingering patches for GCC and already are beginning to lay the ground work for C++2a...

Vulkan 1.0.61 Introduces Four New Extensions

Friday 15th of September 2017 11:12:00 AM
Vulkan 1.0.61 is now available and besides documentation fixes/updates, it also rolls out four new extensions...

Clear Linux & Their Love For FMV + dl_platform/dl_hwcap In The Name Of Performance

Friday 15th of September 2017 10:13:47 AM
For those mesmerized by the numbers whenever posting a cross-distribution comparison like the recent Core i9 7900X vs. Threadripper 1950X On Ubuntu 17.10, Antergos, Clear Linux with showing Intel's performance optimizations done on Clear Linux, Intel engineer Victor Rodriguez presented this week at the 2017 Open-Source Summit North America about some of their Linux performance boosting work...

There Are Now 1,400 Vulkan Projects On GitHub

Friday 15th of September 2017 10:02:18 AM
The milestone was breached today of having 1,400 projects on GitHub referencing the Vulkan graphics API...

FBDEV Is Still Seeing Improvements With Linux 4.14

Friday 15th of September 2017 09:54:53 AM
It has been five years since a call was made to deprecate Linux FBDEV back during LPC 2012. Five years later while there are now more DRM and V4L2 drivers, FBDEV is still alive and kicking within the mainline later...

Fedora 27 Beta Delayed

Thursday 14th of September 2017 09:35:48 PM
While Fedora 27 did away with alpha releases, now it's time for the beta but it is yet another release setback by at least one delay...

Mesa GL Threading Gets Flipped On For More Linux Games

Thursday 14th of September 2017 07:17:57 PM
The mesa_glthread functionality has now been whitelisted for more Linux games...

Initial Benchmarks Of The AMD EPYC 7601 On Ubuntu Linux

Thursday 14th of September 2017 07:00:00 PM
Last week we received the AMD EPYC 7601 32 core / 64 thread processor for testing at Phoronix with the Tyan Transport SX TN70A-B8026 2U server. Since then I've had the pleasure of putting this Zen server processor through its paces. I am still early in the testing process with many more interesting benchmarks to come, but today are some initial numbers of the AMD EPYC 7601 compared to various Intel Xeon CPUs while running Ubuntu Linux.

Librem 5 Smartphone Now Plans To Ship With KDE Plasma

Thursday 14th of September 2017 02:00:00 PM
There's a big shift in course for Purism's proposed Librem 5 smartphone, what was originally proposed as a GNU/Linux smartphone running GNOME and HTML5 Web Apps will now be working on KDE Plasma Mobile support...

R600 Gallium3D To End Code Sharing With RadeonSI Driver

Thursday 14th of September 2017 01:19:30 PM
While the R600g and RadeonSI drivers are two distinct Gallium3D drivers for R600 (HD 2000) through Northern Islands (HD 6000) and GCN and newer, respectively, they have up until now shared some code via gallium/radeon. But that will now be ending...

Cairo Adds Support For OpenGL ES 3.0

Thursday 14th of September 2017 12:53:46 PM
The Cairo 2D vector graphics library used by GTK, Firefox, WebKit, and many other programs finally has an OpenGL ES 3.0 back-end merged...

KDE Plasma 5.11 Rolls Into Beta With New System Settings, Better Wayland Support

Thursday 14th of September 2017 11:08:49 AM
The beta is now available of the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.11. There have been many changes baking for the Plasma 5.11 milestone...

Red Hat Planning Fresh Work On Linux Battery Life, Testers Needed

Thursday 14th of September 2017 10:20:51 AM
Hans de Goede's latest assignment at Red Hat is working to improve Linux laptop battery life...

Steam Should Now Have Lower CPU Usage In The Background, DPI Scaling

Thursday 14th of September 2017 09:52:16 AM
Valve pushed out a new Steam beta overnight and it's a bit heavier on the feature side...

BlueZ 5.47 Released, Working On Bluetooth 5.0 Support & More

Thursday 14th of September 2017 09:27:31 AM
BlueZ 5.47 has been released as the latest user-space components to the Linux Bluetooth stack...

AGESA 1.0.0.6b Might Fix The Ryzen Linux Performance Marginality Problem

Thursday 14th of September 2017 12:22:17 AM
Motherboard vendors have begun pushing out BIOS updates for Ryzen motherboards using the AMD AGESA 1.0.0.6b revision and it's reported that it does resolve the "Performance Marginality Problem" affecting early Ryzen Linux customers...

CentOS 7.4 Now Available (CentOS Linux 7 1708)

Wednesday 13th of September 2017 09:08:31 PM
For those waiting on the CentOS rebuild of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4, it's now available...

A Fresh Kernel Spin For Those Wanting To Use RX Vega On Linux Or AMDGPU DC

Wednesday 13th of September 2017 06:42:06 PM
For those running Ubuntu/Debian and wanting a kernel with the very latest AMDGPU DRM support along with the very bleeding edge DC display code patches, I've done a fresh spin today in preparation for my latest RadeonSI/RADV Vega benchmarking...

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BlueBorne Vulnerability Is Patched in All Supported Ubuntu Releases, Update Now

Canonical released today new kernel updates for all of its supported Ubuntu Linux releases, patching recently discovered security vulnerabilities, including the infamous BlueBorne that exposes billions of Bluetooth devices. The BlueBorne vulnerability (CVE-2017-1000251) appears to affect all supported Ubuntu versions, including Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus), Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) up to 16.04.3, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) up to 14.04.5, and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) up to 12.04.5. Read more

Security: Updates, 2017 Linux Security Summit, Software Updates for Embedded Linux and More

  • Security updates for Tuesday
  • The 2017 Linux Security Summit
    The past Thursday and Friday was the 2017 Linux Security Summit, and once again I think it was a great success. A round of thanks to James Morris for leading the effort, the program committee for selecting a solid set of talks (we saw a big increase in submissions this year), the presenters, the attendees, the Linux Foundation, and our sponsor - thank you all! Unfortunately we don't have recordings of the talks, but I've included my notes on each of the presentations below. I've also included links to the slides, but not all of the slides were available at the time of writing; check the LSS 2017 slide archive for updates.
  • Key Considerations for Software Updates for Embedded Linux and IoT
    The Mirai botnet attack that enslaved poorly secured connected embedded devices is yet another tangible example of the importance of security before bringing your embedded devices online. A new strain of Mirai has caused network outages to about a million Deutsche Telekom customers due to poorly secured routers. Many of these embedded devices run a variant of embedded Linux; typically, the distribution size is around 16MB today. Unfortunately, the Linux kernel, although very widely used, is far from immune to critical security vulnerabilities as well. In fact, in a presentation at Linux Security Summit 2016, Kees Cook highlighted two examples of critical security vulnerabilities in the Linux kernel: one being present in kernel versions from 2.6.1 all the way to 3.15, the other from 3.4 to 3.14. He also showed that a myriad of high severity vulnerabilities are continuously being found and addressed—more than 30 in his data set.
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