The latest installment of the ten-year-old Genode open-source operating system framework is now available with low-level improvements, support for smart cards, and kernel improvements to the NOVA hypervisor...
Fresh from the libdrm 2.4.74 release that had some Etnaviv API changes, the Etnaviv Gallium3D driver has been proposed for mainline Mesa as the open-source, reverse-engineered 3D effort for Vivante graphics cores...
With having published some Darktable OpenCL benchmarks at the beginning of the week with 20 different GPUs (plus more follow-up benchmarks), it didn't take long before requests came in to see some fresh OpenCL Blender benchmarks.
Earlier this year the LibRetro crew unveiled their work on a Vulkan renderer for their Nintendo 64 emulator while now they have been working on a Vulkan renderer for a PlayStation One emulator, and it's already working...
A growing number of GNOME projects have been exploring Meson as a next-gen build system with one of the benefits being much faster build times. Now Daniel Stone at Collabora is exploring using Meson for Wayland and its Weston Weston compositor...
Ubuntu Touch OTA-14 Officially Released with Revamped Unity 8 Interface, Fixes
A few moments ago, we've been informed by Canonical's Lukasz Zemczak about the general availability of the long-anticipated Ubuntu Touch OTA-14 software update for Ubuntu Phone and Ubuntu Tablet devices.
Also: Ubuntu OTA-14 Released, Fixes A Number Of Bugs
Cloud convenience is killing the open source database
Open source has never been more important or, ironically, irrelevant. As developers increasingly embrace the cloud to shorten time to market, they're speeding past open source, making it even harder to build an open source business.
After all, if open source were largely a way for developers to skirt legal and purchasing departments to get the software they needed when they needed it, the cloud ups that convenience to the nth degree. In Accel's annual business review, the vaunted venture capital firm writes: "'Product' is no longer just the bits of software, it's also how the software is sold, supported, and made successful." The cloud is changing the way all software is consumed, including open source.
Why the operating system matters even more in 2017
Operating systems don't quite date back to the beginning of computing, but they go back far enough. Mainframe customers wrote the first ones in the late 1950s, with operating systems that we'd more clearly recognize as such today—including OS/360 from IBM and Unix from Bell Labs—following over the next couple of decades.
OpenGov Partnership members mull open source policy
The Open Government Partnership (OGP) will suggest to its member governments to create a policy on open source. This week, a draft proposal is to be finalised at the OGP Global Summit in Paris.