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Ubuntu 18.04 Will No Longer Do Automatic Suspend By Default Unless On Battery

Tuesday 3rd of April 2018 07:42:13 PM
Last month I wrote how Ubuntu 18.04 began enabling "automatic suspend" by default on new installations where after 20 minutes systems were suspending without notice and in some cases still causing issues trying to resume with modern x86 hardware in 2018... Fortunately, Ubuntu developers are reverting that behavior when on AC power...

Mesa 17.3.8 Released With A Handful Of Fixes

Tuesday 3rd of April 2018 05:59:06 PM
For those waiting until v18.0.1 before upgrading to the Mesa 18.0 series, Mesa 17.3.8 is now available as the latest release off this stable series from the end of 2017...

Btrfs Updates Sent In For The Linux 4.17 Kernel

Tuesday 3rd of April 2018 04:14:06 PM
David Sterba sent in the Btrfs file-system updates today for the Linux 4.17 kernel merge window...

Firefox Reality: Linux-Supported Browser For AR/VR Mixed Reality

Tuesday 3rd of April 2018 02:47:41 PM
Mozilla has today announced Firefox Reality as "a new kind of web browser that has been designed from the ground up to work on stand-alone virtual and augmented reality (or mixed reality) headsets."..

Fedora 28 Beta Released

Tuesday 3rd of April 2018 02:30:43 PM
The beta of the much anticipated Fedora 28 beta release is now available for testing...

GCC 7.3 vs. GCC 8.0 vs. LLVM Clang 6.0 On The POWER9 Raptor Talos II

Tuesday 3rd of April 2018 02:14:43 PM
As part of the remote testing of the Raptor Talos II Workstation that is comprised of fully free software down to the firmware and powered by high-end POWER9 processors, over Easter weekend I carried out some GCC vs. Clang benchmarks...

IBM s390 Continues Working On Spectre Defense With Linux 4.17, VirtIO GPU Emulation

Tuesday 3rd of April 2018 12:05:44 PM
With the Linux 4.17 kernel the s390 architecture updates include more mitigation work around the Spectre Variant One and Two vulnerabilities...

Linux 4.17 Kicks Off Another Busy Cycle

Tuesday 3rd of April 2018 10:00:00 AM
It's been just about twenty-four hours that Linus Torvalds has been accepting new material for the Linux 4.17 mainline kernel and it's looking indeed like it will be another very busy kernel update...

AMDVLK Updated With Fresh Batch Of Fixes

Tuesday 3rd of April 2018 09:38:13 AM
It's roughly once a week that AMD updates their external and public facing AMDVLK/PAL source tree for this open-source Radeon Vulkan driver while following last week's significant update with Wayland support and more, they have quickly issued another update to this RADV driver alternative...

GnuCash 3.0 Released, Ported To GTK3 Toolkit

Tuesday 3rd of April 2018 09:28:55 AM
GnuCash 3.0 is now available for those looking for a free and open-source accounting program with a focus on personal and small business accounting...

XFS Gets Lazy Time Support In Linux 4.17, Other Improvements

Tuesday 3rd of April 2018 09:20:04 AM
Darrick Wong has submitted the XFS file-system updates targeting the Linux 4.17 kernel. It's a bit lighter than 4.15 and 4.16 that brought "great scads of new stuff", but there still is a fair amount of feature work taking place...

RadeonSI Now Supports KHR_blend_equation_advanced, Needed For OpenGL ES 3.2

Tuesday 3rd of April 2018 04:06:49 AM
RadeonSI Gallium3D has caught up to the fellow Intel i965 and Nouveau NVC0 drivers in supporting the OpenGL KHR_blend_equation_advanced extension...

Wayland 1.15 & Weston 4.0 Release Candidates Published

Tuesday 3rd of April 2018 12:01:08 AM
Not only is there a new X.Org Server 1.20 release candidate today but the folks managing Wayland/Weston development have today announced the first release candidates of Wayland 1.15 and the Weston 4.0 reference compositor...

X.Org Server 1.20 Release Candidate 3 Arrives

Monday 2nd of April 2018 11:42:40 PM
The lengthy X.Org Server 1.20 development cycle continues with today Adam Jackson of Red Hat having put out a third release candidate...

X.Org Developers Conference 2018 This September In Spain Is Looking For Presenters

Monday 2nd of April 2018 07:16:08 PM
As we have covered previously, the annual X.Org Developers Conference (XDC) for 2018 is being organized by the folks at consulting firm Igalia and will be hosted in A Coruña, Spain at the local university. This event is taking place from 26 to 28 September and they have now issued their call for papers...

In 2018, Linux Is Still Receiving Fixes For The Apple PowerBook 100 Series

Monday 2nd of April 2018 06:00:00 PM
The PowerBook 100 sub-notebook launched in 1991 with a 16MHz Motorola 68000 processor and up to 8MB of memory. In 2018, the Linux kernel is still receiving fixes/improvements for the PowerBook 100 series...

RadeonSI Gets A "Mega Cleanup" To Kick Off Spring

Monday 2nd of April 2018 03:58:38 PM
Marek Olšák of AMD has done some spring cleaning to the RadeonSI Gallium3D code in what he's calling a mega cleanup with 55 patches...

OpenBSD 6.3 Released With Spectre/Meltdown Mitigation, ARM64 SMP Support

Monday 2nd of April 2018 03:20:25 PM
OpenBSD 6.3 hadn't been due until the middle of the month, but the official release of this popular BSD operating system is available today...

GNU Linux-Libre 4.16 Released, Won't Warn You About Spectre/Meltdown Microcode Updates

Monday 2nd of April 2018 02:13:53 PM
The folks maintaining the GNU Linux-Libre downstream of the Linux kernel have released their kernel 4.16 release that pulls in yesterday's Linux 4.16 kernel but strips out parts that aren't entirely free software and eliminates support for loading binary-only modules, etc...

The New ACPI TAD Driver & CPUFreq Improvements Ready For Linux 4.17 Kernel

Monday 2nd of April 2018 02:01:00 PM
Rafael Wysocki of Intel has already submitted the power management and ACPI updates for the newly-opened Linux 4.17 kernel merge window...

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