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Debian GNU Hurd 2019 Released With An ACPI Translator, Support For LLVM

Sunday 7th of July 2019 11:06:05 AM
In addition to the release of Debian 10.0 "Buster" this weekend, the team maintaining the Debian port to the GNU Hurd micro-kernel did their unofficial "2019" release...

KDE: Konsole Improves Its Tiled Split Mode, Global Shortcuts Can Turn Off Screens

Sunday 7th of July 2019 10:57:42 AM
It wasn't a particularly busy week in the KDE development space due to being in the middle of summer and also the US Independence Day landing at the end of the week. But there still were some achievements made in KDE development over the past week...

EROFS Looking To Be Promoted Out Of Linux's Staging Area

Sunday 7th of July 2019 04:02:22 AM
Huawei's EROFS file-system has been part of the mainline Linux kernel for about one year albeit as part of the "staging" area until it's been proven stable and mature. Now with this file-system reportedly in use on "10+ millions of Huawei Android mobile phones", they are looking to have this file-system promoted out of staging...

Debian 10.0 "Buster" Now Available - Powered By Linux 4.19, GNOME + Wayland

Sunday 7th of July 2019 12:12:53 AM
After a long day of preparations, Debian 10.0 "Buster" is now available as planned with the CD/DVD images having just hit the mirrors...

More RadeonSI Navi Improvements Are Pending

Saturday 6th of July 2019 02:29:42 PM
A few days ago the Navi 10 support landed in AMD's open-source RadeonSI OpenGL driver within Mesa 19.2. It looks like landing in the next few days will be some follow-up work to address some features and performance for the soon-to-ship Radeon RX 5700 series...

Wine-Staging 4.12 Adds In New Patches

Saturday 6th of July 2019 12:32:54 PM
Hot off yesterday's Wine 4.12 release, the Wine-Staging crew has announced their v4.12 release that is carrying more than 800 patches atop upstream Wine...

Microsoft Aiming For A Linux Development Workflow Around WSL + VS Code Remote

Saturday 6th of July 2019 11:23:20 AM
Not a particularly new feature itself, but recently Microsoft has begun promoting a workflow for developers of encouraging them to use Windows 10 to do Linux development by leveraging Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) and Visual Studio Code Remote...

GameMode Seeing Improvement Work For Better Integration With GNOME

Saturday 6th of July 2019 11:13:53 AM
Feral's GameMode as the Linux gaming mode daemon to try to put the system in an optimized state automatically when running Linux games is seeing another possible addition thanks to GNOME developer Christian Kellner of Red Hat...

GCC 10 Lands The Zstd LTO Bytecode Compression Support

Saturday 6th of July 2019 11:07:52 AM
As a follow-up to the story about GCC eyeing Zstd compression for its LTO data, that support has now been merged into the GCC 10 code compiler...

Linux AEST Driver Sent Out For ARM Error Source Table

Saturday 6th of July 2019 10:52:14 AM
ARM Error Source Table is an extension of ACPI that provides a table for RAS errors. Support for this new error table is being worked on with the new "AEST" Linux kernel driver...

Wine 4.12 Supports More Plug & Play Drivers, Better Visual Studio Remote Debugging

Friday 5th of July 2019 08:58:54 PM
Wine 4.12 is now available as the newest bi-weekly development release of this program for running Windows software on Linux...

Linux's Performance-Boosting FSGSBASE Support Dropped For Now Over Serious Bugs

Friday 5th of July 2019 10:45:32 AM
While we had been looking forward to Intel FSGSBASE support for yielding some performance benefits especially in areas impacted by Spectre / Meltdown / Foreshadow / Zombieload, after the support was queued for merging into Linux 5.3, the code has now been reverted over "serious bugs" with the implementation...

New Google "GVE" Driver Queued For Upcoming Linux 5.3

Friday 5th of July 2019 10:37:14 AM
Adding to the list of Linux 5.3 kernel features is a new "GVE" network driver from Google...

Arm's Komeda Driver Adding Variable Refresh Rate Support

Friday 5th of July 2019 10:31:23 AM
Arm's Komeda Linux DRM/KMS display driver for supporting their latest display IP such as the Mali D71 is seeing VRR support ala Adaptive-Sync / HDMI VRR...

Intel Icelake Thunderbolt Support Not Coming Until Linux 5.4

Friday 5th of July 2019 10:23:37 AM
While the Linux support around Intel Icelake is largely settled, one area that has gone under the radar until now has been the Thunderbolt support, which now is available in patch form but won't be mainlined until Linux 5.4...

GRUB 2.04 Bootloader Released With RISC-V Support, Native UEFI Secure Boot, Btrfs RAID

Friday 5th of July 2019 10:08:24 AM
It's been two years since the release of GRUB 2.02 while today it's finally been replaced by the long-awaited GRUB 2.04 bootloader release...

OpenHMD 0.3.0-rc2 Released For This Open-Source API/Drivers For VR/AR Hardware

Thursday 4th of July 2019 03:57:16 PM
Issued today was the second release candidate for OpenHMD 0.3.0, the open-source project providing a common API and different drivers for VR/AR hardware...

Rust 1.36 Brings Offline Support In Cargo, Stable Alloc Crate

Thursday 4th of July 2019 02:17:55 PM
The Rust language team is marking this US Independence Day by rolling out Rust 1.36...

Samba 4.11 Aims To Be Scalable To 100,000+ Users

Thursday 4th of July 2019 01:17:54 PM
For those using Samba for better Windows interoperability with SMB/CIFS/AD, the forthcoming Samba 4.11 will be a lot more scalable so it can be used within massive organizations...

To Little Surprise, Many Linux Apps Run On The Librem 5 Linux Smartphone

Thursday 4th of July 2019 01:00:15 PM
Now being into Q3, we're waiting to see if Purism will be able to deliver the Librem 5 GNU/Linux smartphone this quarter after being pushed back twice from their original January ship date. They haven't released any finished design yet or the finalized specifications (they still haven't finalized on the RAM, battery, cameras, and speaker(s)), but their latest series of blog posts are showing that GNOME/Linux applications can run on their Librem 5 developer kit...

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