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Steam Is Now Available In Flatpak Form

Sunday 18th of June 2017 12:03:31 PM
For those looking to run Steam in a more isolated/sandboxed environment, Valve's game distribution service can now be easily run in a Flatpak environment...

Debian 9.0 "Stretch" Hits The Web

Sunday 18th of June 2017 11:54:15 AM
Debian 9 "Stretch" is now officially available...

OpenSUSE Tumbleweed Is Now Built With PIE

Saturday 17th of June 2017 01:01:06 PM
The rolling-release openSUSE Tumbleweed distribution is now building its packages with PIE (Position Independent Executables) as the default...

With Linux 4.12, Clouds/VMs Backed By NVMe Storage Should Be Much Faster

Saturday 17th of June 2017 12:50:55 PM
With the Linux 4.12 kernel when running in emulated environments like VMs/clouds atop NVMe (NVM Express) solid-state storage you should be able to obtain much greater performance...

More Librem 13 Enablement Lands In Coreboot

Saturday 17th of June 2017 12:36:59 PM
Last week I wrote about Librem 13 v2 support landing in upstream Coreboot while now more work for this Purism laptop is now set in Git...

KDE Neon Makes It Easier To Now Try Plasma On Wayland

Friday 16th of June 2017 06:16:42 PM
The Ubuntu-based KDE Neon distribution for its "dev unstable" image now comes pre-installed with the Wayland session option...

NVIDIA's Linux Driver Continues Offering Similar OpenGL Performance To Windows

Friday 16th of June 2017 02:31:41 PM
Earlier this month with some fresh Windows vs. Linux benchmarks were numbers showing how the open-source Radeon driver stack is now nearly on-par with the Radeon Windows driver as well as how the Intel Linux graphics performance is getting closer to parity too. In this article are the least interesting numbers: the NVIDIA Linux vs. Windows 10 results.

Valve Is Working With AMD On VR Support In AMDGPU-PRO

Friday 16th of June 2017 01:12:54 PM
Right now if you want to make use of SteamVR on Linux with Radeon GPUs, you need to use a patched version of the RADV driver. The RADV Vulkan bits for SteamVR are still working their way to mainline while the AMDGPU-PRO hybrid driver doesn't yet support SteamVR's required Vulkan extensions, but the support is being worked on...

Making Use Of Vulkan In Qt 5.10

Friday 16th of June 2017 12:42:43 PM
One of the features we are most looking forward to with Qt 5.10 is the initial Vulkan support...

GCC 6.4 To Be Released In Early July

Friday 16th of June 2017 12:26:05 PM
Richard Biener has announced plans for releasing GCC 6.4 in the near future as another maintenance update to last year's GCC 6 launch...

Firefox 55 Beta Prepping Numerous Changes

Friday 16th of June 2017 11:09:46 AM
With Firefox 54 having shipped this week, Firefox 55 is now in beta...

Ubuntu 17.10 Enables PIE Across All Architectures, Improves Secure Boot

Friday 16th of June 2017 10:22:46 AM
Plenty of changes are taking place for Ubuntu 17.10 "Artful Aardvark" beyond just transitioning from Unity to GNOME...

Mir 0.26.3 Released

Thursday 15th of June 2017 05:05:42 PM
With Canonical divesting in Mir from the desktop and abandoning their mobile phone/tablet ambitions, we might not see Mir v1.0 ever reached as was anticipated to happen for the Ubuntu 17.10 cycle. However, Mir is still being maintained for IoT use-cases and today is a new point release...

Corsair Force MP500 240GB M.2 SSD On Linux

Thursday 15th of June 2017 03:05:47 PM
I picked up a Corsair Force MP500 NVMe M.2 solid-state drive for one of the new test systems in the Phoronix lab and so I ran some benchmarks on this high-performance drive compared to a few other SSDs.

Updated AMDGPU-PRO Driver Has Performance Fixes, Mad Max Works On Vulkan

Thursday 15th of June 2017 01:24:58 PM
AMD has just released a new AMDGPU-PRO 17.10 driver. While another 17.10 series driver release for this hybrid stack may not seem exciting without a large version bump, there are some noteworthy changes to this release...

Glibc Now Enables Tuning Framework By Default

Thursday 15th of June 2017 12:39:08 PM
Since the end of last year Glibc has offered a tunables framework that could be exposed via the --enable-tunables switch at compile-time while now it's being enabled by default...

Cairo 1.15.6 Released

Thursday 15th of June 2017 12:20:40 PM
It's been a half-year since the last release of the Cairo 2D graphics library, but that changed this week with the new Cairo 1.15.6 snapshot...

Samuel Pitoiset Takes To More RadeonSI/Mesa Optimizations

Thursday 15th of June 2017 10:29:59 AM
It was just yesterday that bindless texture support landed in Mesa Git for RadeonSI while now Samuel Pitoiset who works for Valve's Linux graphics driver team has taken to other work...

Cache Coherent Device Memory For HMM

Thursday 15th of June 2017 10:13:22 AM
Jerome Glisse at Red Hat continues working on Heterogeneous Memory Management for the mainline Linux kernel and hopefully will be merged soon. He's now extended HMM with cache-coherent device memory support...

Krita 4.0 Drawing Program In Development, Pre-Alpha Builds Now Available

Thursday 15th of June 2017 09:47:06 AM
While it feels just like yesterday when the big Krita 3.0 drawing program update was released with its port to Qt5, Krita 4.0 is already under development...

More in Tux Machines

The What, Why and Wow! Behind the CoreOS Container Linux

Unlike most Linux distributions, CoreOS doesn’t have a package manager. Instead it takes a page from Google’s ChromeOS and automates software updates to ensure better security and reliability of machines and containers running on clusters. Both operating system updates and security patches are regularly pushed to CoreOS Container Linux machines without sysadmin intervention. You control how often patches are pushed using CoreUpdate, with its web-based interface. This enables you to control when your machines update, and how quickly an update is rolled out across your cluster. Read more

Android Leftovers

Linux Lite

Linux Lite is a beginner-friendly Linux distribution that is based on the well known Ubuntu LTS and targeted at Windows users. Its mission is to provide a complete set of applications to support users' everyday computing needs, including a complete office suite, media players and other essential applications. Read more

today's leftovers

  • Effective Microservices Architecture with Event-Driven Design
    There’s no doubt, in the IT world, microservices are sexy. But just because you find something cool and attractive doesn’t mean it’s good for you. And it doesn’t mean you know how to use it properly.
  • Cloud Foundry Makes its Mark on the Enterprise
    "Proprietary will have to either get on board or be left in the dust."
  • Tumbleweed Review of the week 2017/25
    With the pace of Tumbleweed having resumed to ‘almost daily snapshots’ I will to the review again weekly instead of bi-weekly. It’s just easier to remember what big updates came in like this. This week I will cover the 6 snapshots 0616,0617,0618,0619,0620 and 0622 (again, 0622 just passed openQA and you will get it shortly on the mirror). There was also a 0621 tested, but discarded by openQA.
  • S10E16 – Enthusiastic Woozy Route
    It’s Season Ten Episode Sixteen of the Ubuntu Podcast! Alan Pope, Mark Johnson, Martin Wimpress and Joey Sneddon are connected and speaking to your brain.
  • My Meetup Slides: Deploy and Manage Kubernetes Clusters on Ubuntu in the Oracle Cloud
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  • MinnowBoard 3 will offer Apollo Lake, triple M.2s, and Raspberry Pi expansion
    Minnowboard.org is prepping an open spec “MinnowBoard 3” SBC with a quad-core Apollo Lake, 4GB LPDDR4, 8GB eMMC, 3x M.2 sockets, and an RPi connector. The Intel-backed Minnowboard.org project has posted preliminary specs for an open-spec MinnowBoard 3 model to follow the recently shipped MinnowBoard Turbo Quad. Due to ship in the fall, the community-backed MinnowBoard 3 stands out with a 14nm Apollo Lake Atom, three M.2 sockets, and an “RPI” adapter. The only RPI we know of is Raspberry Pi, or more specifically, its much copied 40-pin expansion connector.
  • Open source social robot kit runs on Raspberry Pi and Arduino
    Thecorpora’s Scratch-ready “Q.bo One” robot is based on the RPi 3 and Arduino, and offers stereo cams, mics, a speaker, and visual and language recognition. In 2010, robotics developer Francisco Paz and his Barcelona-based Thecorpora startup introduced the first Qbo “Cue-be-oh” robot as an open source proof-of-concept and research project for exploring AI capabilities in multi-sensory, interactive robots. Now, after a preview in February at Mobile World Congress, Thecorpora has gone to Indiegogo to launch the first mass produced version of the social robot in partnership with Arrow.