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KDE's KWin Now Considers Its X11 Code To Be Under An "Eternal Feature Freeze"

Tuesday 16th of January 2018 05:55:52 PM
With KDE Plasma 5.12 LTS, the KWin window manager / compositor's X11/X.Org code will now be under an "eternal feature freeze" as development will focus more on Wayland...

Unreal Engine 4.19 Preview Rolls Out With Renderer Enhancements

Tuesday 16th of January 2018 05:45:03 PM
Epic Games has rolled out their public preview build of the upcoming Unreal Engine 4.19 game engine update...

SteamOS Beta Switches To Linux 4.14.13 For KPTI To Mitigate Meltdown

Tuesday 16th of January 2018 03:13:43 PM
Valve has pushed out a new SteamOS Beta build for the Debian Jessie-based "Brewmaster" series...

Mesa 17.3.3 Is On The Way With Better Vega Support On Vulkan

Tuesday 16th of January 2018 01:29:47 PM
Mesa 17.3.3 should be released later this week with nearly three dozen fixes over the previous Mesa 17.3 point release...

GPU Voltage Control Support Coming To AMDGPU Driver

Tuesday 16th of January 2018 01:09:42 PM
Patches are being prepped to improve the OverDrive overclocking/underclocking support within the AMDGPU DRM driver and for allowing voltage controls...

Advanced DRI Configurator: A New Mesa GUI Project

Tuesday 16th of January 2018 12:51:58 PM
An independent open-source developer has announced "Advanced DRI Configurator" in what he's hoping could eventually replace DriConf for configuring Mesa parameters...

Retpoline Support Backport Lands In GCC 7

Tuesday 16th of January 2018 12:35:55 PM
The backporting of -mindirect-branch, -mindirect-return and -mindirect-branch-register, a.k.a. the GCC "Retpoline" patches, have been back-ported and merged into the GCC 7 branch...

Microsoft Still Loves Git & Continues Working On Improvements

Tuesday 16th of January 2018 11:38:34 AM
Microsoft made many upstream contributions to the Git version control system over the past year to improve its performance and they plan to continue contributing to the project...

Jailhouse Guest Support Queued For Linux 4.16

Tuesday 16th of January 2018 11:14:31 AM
Yet more functionality to find with the upcoming Linux 4.16 kernel is the first bits of Jailhouse hypervisor functionality being mainlined...

BPF Getting Error Injection & More In Linux 4.16

Tuesday 16th of January 2018 10:47:59 AM
While BPF has been under the spotlight recently in light of Spectre, with the upcoming Linux 4.16 cycle this in-kernel virtual machine and originally packet filter will be picking up new features...

Red Hat Developer Manages Full Clock-Gating For Kepler With Nouveau

Monday 15th of January 2018 11:44:26 PM
In improving the power-savings of NVIDIA GeForce 600/700 "Kepler" GPUs running on the open-source NVIDIA "Nouveau" driver, Red Hat developer Lyude Paul has published a set of patches allowing for full clock-gating with these older graphics cards...

KDE Plasma 5.12 Reaches Beta With Faster Start-Up Time, Better Wayland Support

Monday 15th of January 2018 08:59:16 PM
Ahead of the official release expected in February, the KDE Plasma 5.12 Beta is available today as the latest step forward for the KDE desktop...

16-Way GPU Comparison With NVIDIA GPUs Going Back To Kepler

Monday 15th of January 2018 07:17:51 PM
Last week I provided a fresh look at the NVIDIA GeForce vs. AMD Radeon Linux gaming performance using the latest drivers at the start of 2018. That testing included the latest NVIDIA and AMD GPUs, but for those curious how these numbers compare for older NVIDIA GPUs, here's a look with the Kepler and Maxwell graphics cards added to the comparison.

VirtualBox Guest Driver Being Mainlined With Linux 4.16

Monday 15th of January 2018 06:49:56 PM
The upcoming Linux 4.16 kernel cycle will be mainlining the VirtualBox Guest "vboxguest" kernel driver...

Retpoline Is Still Being Improved Upon For Intel Skylake/Kabylake

Monday 15th of January 2018 06:22:26 PM
While initial support for Retpoline was merged into the Linux 4.15 Git kernel last week and is now being backported to some supported Linux kernel series, there is still additional work ongoing for properly mitigating Spectre v2 on Intel Skylake CPUs and newer...

Intel's Mesa Driver Is A Step Closer To ARB_gl_spirv Support

Monday 15th of January 2018 04:22:31 PM
Igalia has sent out the fourth version of their patches for wiring in ARB_gl_spirv support into the Mesa OpenGL driver. This extension is the last main blocker from Intel having OpenGL 4.6 support and allows for SPIR-V ingestion support for better interoperability between OpenGL and Vulkan...

Vulkan 1.0.68 Published

Monday 15th of January 2018 03:27:43 PM
Coming just over one week since Vulkan 1.0.67 is now the Vulkan 1.0.68 graphics/compute programming specification update...

Experimental XDG-Shell Support For Mir's Wayland Support

Monday 15th of January 2018 03:22:14 PM
Mir's Wayland support continues being hacked on and now being tackled is support for the XDG-Shell protocol...

Mesa Gets Patches For EGL_ANDROID_blob_cache

Monday 15th of January 2018 03:07:40 PM
An Intel open-source developer has sent out a set of patches implementing the EGL ANDROID_blob_cache extension for Mesa...

Retpoline Backported To Linux 4.9, Linux 4.14 Kernels

Monday 15th of January 2018 01:38:25 PM
Retpoline support for mitigating the Spectre vulnerabilities will soon be present in the Linux 4.9 and 4.14 stable kernels...

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Mozilla Firefox 58

  • Latest Firefox Quantum release available with faster, always-on privacy with opt-in Tracking Protection and new features
    We accept things in the online world that we wouldn’t accept in the physical one. For instance, how would you feel if you popped your head in a store and that store now had the ability to keep sending you flyers even if you didn’t buy anything? Online, we often visit sites that track us, but it isn’t clear when this is happening or how the information is being used. Adding insult to injury, this often invisible tracking actually slows down web pages.
  • Firefox 58 Arrives With Continued Speed Optimizations
    Mozilla has set free Firefox 58.0 today as their latest "Firefox Quantum" release that continues work on being a performant web browser.
  • Firefox Quantum 58 builds on performance gains, improves screenshots tool
    Mozilla is rolling out Firefox Quantum 58.0 for desktop, along with Firefox for Android 58.0. It arrives over two months after the landmark release of Firefox Quantum 57.0. The latest build focuses on performance and security, while an update to Firefox’s user profile feature means it’s no longer backwards compatible with previous versions. Android users also gain the ability to pin favorite websites to their home screen for use like native apps.
  • Firefox 58 Released for Linux, Mac, and Windows
    The Mozilla Foundation has made Firefox 58 files available for download on its official FTP servers. An official announcement will be made later today when the organization will also release the final changelog.
  • Browse without baggage in Firefox: Set Tracking Protection to always on
    We just can’t stop making Firefox faster — and with our most recent release, we also made it easier for you to control how much you’re tracked.
  • Firefox 58: The Quantum Era Continues
    2017 was a big year for Mozilla, culminating in the release of Firefox Quantum, a massive multi-year re-tooling of the browser focused on speed, and laying the groundwork for the years to come. In 2018, we’ll build on that incredible foundation, and in that spirit our next several releases will continue to bear the Quantum moniker. Let’s take a look at some of the new goodies that Firefox 58 brings.

LibreOffice 6.0 Will Launch with Many Design Improvements, Use Elementary Icons

The major LibreOffice 6.0 release is coming next week, and The Document Foundation's Mike Saunders talked with members of the community to get their perspectives on LibreOffice's new design. While it won't bring a massive redesign, as most users may have expected, LibreOffice 6.0 will include a few noteworthy design changes, including new table styles, new gradients, updated motif/splash screen, improved Notebookbars, menu and toolbar improvements, and the Elementary icons. Read more

Linux Foundation introduces the LF Networking Fund, harmonizes​ open source, open standards

The Linux Foundation is taking the first step to bring some commonality across its myriad network efforts by creating the LF Networking Fund (LFN). By creating a combined administrative structure, Linux Foundation said LFN will provide a platform for cross-project collaboration. LFN will form the foundation for collaboration across the network stack: the data plane into the control plane, to orchestration, automation and testing. Read more

Openwashing Surveillance

  • Facebook Open Sources Detectron Object Detection
    The way big companies are open sourcing significant AI is both gratifying and slightly worrying. AI is the biggest revolution since we discovered fire and started making tools. FaceBook AI Research has added to the list of what is available by open sourcing its Detectron project.
  • Facebook open-sources object detection research
    Facebook's artificial intelligence research (FAIR) team today announced it would open-source its object detection platform Detectron, as well as the research the team has done on it.
  • Facebook open-sources object detection work: Watch out, Google CAPTCHA
    acebook has brought us one step closer to a Skynet future made a commitment to computer vision boffinry by open-sourcing its codebase for object detection, Detectron. Written in Python and powered by the Caffe2 deep learning framework, the codebase – which implements object-sniffing algos such as Mask R-CNN and RetinaNet – is available under the Apache 2.0 licence.