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Emacs 25.3 Released To Fix A Security Vulnerability Of Malicious Lisp Scripts

Monday 11th of September 2017 11:37:31 PM
Emacs 25.3 is now available, but it doesn't offer major new features, rather it fixes a security vulnerability...

LibreOffice Gets Flicker-Free OpenGL Transitions

Monday 11th of September 2017 09:36:32 PM
Caolán McNamara's hacking around GTK3 support in LibreOffice continues. This time, he's managed flicker-free OpenGL transitions...

RadeonSI/AMDGPU Switches Over To New Command Submission API

Monday 11th of September 2017 04:04:40 PM
Landing today within Mesa Git is a switchover for the AMDGPU winsys layer to using the new command submission (CS) API...

GNOME 3.26: Wayland vs. X.Org Performance - Boot Times, Power Use, Memory Use & Gaming

Monday 11th of September 2017 03:18:12 PM
While testing out the near-final GNOME 3.26 this weekend I also ran some benchmarks of it comparing the boot time, memory use, power consumption, and gaming performance when comparing GNOME Shell / Mutter running on Wayland and then an X.Org session.

Meson+Ninja Showing Speedy Build Results For Shotwell

Monday 11th of September 2017 01:55:25 PM
The Shotwell GNOME photo manager is among the components that added Meson build system support for the GNOME 3.26 cycle...

GTK4's Vulkan Support Continues Maturing

Monday 11th of September 2017 12:37:47 PM
One of the questions that came up following our GNOME 3.26 feature overview was how GTK4's Vulkan renderer is coming along...

Phoronix Test Suite 7.4 M4 Released As "Tynset" Nears Final

Monday 11th of September 2017 10:31:26 AM
The last planned test/development release of Phoronix Test Suite 7.4-Tynset is now available ahead of the planned stable release in the days to come...

Squeezing More Juice Out Of Gentoo With Graphite, LTO Optimizations

Monday 11th of September 2017 10:14:24 AM
Developer Shane Peelar has come up with a Gentoo Portage configuration for building out the distribution with aggressive compiler optimizations in the name of performance...

WebKitGTK+ 2.18.0 Brings WebDriver Support, Remote Inspector & Kinetic Scrolling

Monday 11th of September 2017 10:03:37 AM
Adding to the new features of GNOME 3.26 are many additions found within WebKitGTK+ 2.18, the GNOME port of the WebKit rendering engine used by Epiphany and other GNOME web projects...

New ARM Board Support In Linux 4.14: Raspberry Pi Zero W, Banana Pi & More

Monday 11th of September 2017 09:56:23 AM
Olof Johansson has submitted the pull requests of ARM/ARM64 board/SoC updates for the Linux 4.14 merge window...

A Look At The New Features Of GNOME 3.26

Sunday 10th of September 2017 03:35:19 PM
With GNOME 3.26 due to be officially released on Wednesday, 13 September, here is a look at the new features to be found in this major desktop update and screenshots from testing the latest GNOME 3.26 packages via Fedora 27's development images.

The Changes So Far For The Linux 4.14 Kernel: Zstd, Cgroup2 Threads, EXT4 Scalability

Sunday 10th of September 2017 02:23:40 PM
We are now through week one of the two week kernel merge window for Linux 4.14. Here is a look at the most prominent changes and new features queued so far for the Linux 4.14 kernel...

FSF To Look At RYF Certification For The POWER9 Talos II

Sunday 10th of September 2017 02:03:45 PM
Last month Raptor Engineering announced the Talos II POWER9-powered workstation that is cheaper than the original Talos Workstation while still aiming to be very free software friendly. The Free Software Foundation will be exploring the possibility of "Respect Your Freedom" certification on this hardware when it's ready to ship...

VLC Has Begun Working On Some 3D Video Playback Support

Sunday 10th of September 2017 11:59:04 AM
It's been a while since last having anything to report on with VLC with the VLC 3.0 release still not available, but thanks to this year's Google Summer of Code, there was an interesting project around working on 3D format support...

SPARC Sees Updates For Linux 4.14

Sunday 10th of September 2017 11:48:52 AM
While Oracle recently laid off a ton of SPARC staff (and Solaris), not everyone was let go and it's still not instantly a dead platform. With Linux 4.14 there are some SPARC improvements for those relying upon this ex-Sun hardware...

GNOME's Mutter Loses Some Of Its X11 Dependence

Sunday 10th of September 2017 11:31:50 AM
One of the interesting Google Summer of Code projects this year associated with the GNOME project was on reworking the Mutter compositor from requiring X11/XWayland code-paths for starting the Wayland compositor...

Jente Hidskes Continues Improving Libratbag's Piper Mouse UI, Promoted To Maintainer

Saturday 9th of September 2017 10:36:55 PM
The Piper mouse configuration interface to libratbag is one of the success stories from this year's Google Summer of Code and fortunately the involved student developer has continued contributing to the project...

Is Fedora's KDE Spin Too Bloated?

Saturday 9th of September 2017 07:33:16 PM
This weekend on the Fedora mailing list a debate has begun over whether Fedora's KDE desktop spin is too bloated and what could be done about it...

LLVM Clang Begins Working On CUDA 9.0 Support

Saturday 9th of September 2017 05:55:30 PM
A Google developer has begun work on extending LLVM Clang's CUDA support to cover CUDA 9...

FreeBSD Has A New ZFS Boot Management Tool & Library

Saturday 9th of September 2017 02:39:32 PM
One of the interesting Google Summer of Code projects within the BSD realm this summer was working on a new boot management tool and library for ZFS on FreeBSD. It's still in the works, but progress is being made...

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Chromium and Firefox: New Features

  • Chromebook Owners Will Soon Be Able to Monitor CPU and RAM Usage in Real-Time
    Chromium evangelist François Beaufort announced today that Google's Chrome OS engineers have managed to implement a new feature that will let Chromebook owners monitor the CPU usage, RAM, and zRam statistics in real-time. The feature was implemented in the Chrome Canary experimental channel and can be easily enabled by opening the Google Chrome web browser and accessing the chrome://flags/#sys-internals flag. There you'll be able to monitor your Chromebook's hardware and see what's eating your memory or CPU during heavy workloads, all in real-time. "Chrome OS users can monitor in real-time their CPU usage, memory and zRam statistics thanks to the new internal page chrome://sys-internals in the latest Canary," said François Beaufort in a Google+ post. "For that, enable the experimental chrome://flags/#sys-internals flag, restart Chrome, and enjoy watching real-time resource consumption."
  • Tracking Protection for Firefox for iOS Plus Multi-Tasking in Focus for Android New Today
    Across the industry, September is always an exciting month in mobile, and the same is true here at Mozilla. Today, we’re launching the newest Firefox for iOS alongside an update for the popular Firefox Focus for Android, which we launched in June.

Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) Is Now Powered by Linux Kernel 4.13, GCC 7.2

Greg Kroah-Hartman published on Wednesday new maintenance updates for various of the supported Linux kernel branches that he maintains, including the Linux 4.12 series, which appears to have reached end of life. Read more

The ISS just got its own Linux supercomputer

A year-long project to determine how high-performance computers can perform in space has just cleared a major hurdle -- successfully booting up on the International Space Station (ISS). This experiment conducted by Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and NASA aims to run a commercial off-the-shelf high-performance computer in the harsh conditions of space for one year -- roughly the amount of time it will take to travel to Mars. Read more

Qt 5.6.3 Released

I am pleased to inform that Qt 5.6.3 has been released today. As always with a patch release Qt 5.6.3 does not bring any new features, just error corrections. For details of the bug fixes in Qt 5.6.3, please check the change logs for each module. Read more