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QEMU 5.0 Kicks Off For Development

Saturday 14th of December 2019 09:29:07 AM
Following yesterday's release of QEMU 4.2, the next version of this open-source processor emulator for hardware virtualization entering development is QEMU 5.0...

Apple Releases CUPS 2.3.1 To Fix Security Issue + Other Bugs

Saturday 14th of December 2019 06:12:31 AM
Back in August was the release of the very big CUPS 2.3 update that shifted the source code license, added support for IPP Printer presets, added a new utility, and other improvements for this Apple-controlled Unix/Linux printing system. Available now is CUPS 2.3.1 with various fixes...

Intel Releases Cloud-Hypervisor 0.4 As Its Rust-Written VMM Built Off KVM

Saturday 14th of December 2019 05:01:16 AM
Friday marked not only the release of QEMU 4.2 for Linux virtualization but Intel's open-source crew developing the Cloud-Hypervisor as the Rustlang-based VMM built around Linux's KVM and VirtIO interfaces is out with a big feature release...

Wine 5.0-RC1 Released With Unicode 12.1 Support, Initial ActiveX Data Objects Library

Friday 13th of December 2019 09:38:53 PM
As was expected, today marks the first release candidate of Wine 5.0 that ushers in the code freeze ahead of this annual stable update for running Windows programs and games on Linux and other platforms...

Fedora Deciding Whether CD/DVD Installation Issues Should Still Hold Up Releases

Friday 13th of December 2019 08:02:56 PM
Fedora will continue producing ISO images of their distribution that can be installed to a DVD (or CD in the case of some lightweight spins) or more commonly these days copied to USB flash drives, but they are debating whether any CD/DVD optical media issues should still be considered blocker bugs in 2020 and beyond...

Proton 4.11-10 Adds Halo: Master Chief Collection Support, Integer Scaling, Other Game Improvements

Friday 13th of December 2019 05:38:05 PM
Valve has released Proton 4.11-10 and with this update to their blend of Wine that powers Steam Play is support for Halo: The Master Chief Collection among other Windows game improvements...

GNOME 3.36 Bringing Better Multi-GPU Handling With Switcheroo-Control, NVIDIA Support

Friday 13th of December 2019 04:58:49 PM
For a few years GNOME has supported a "launch on discrete GPU" option for applications within the Shell's menu while for GNOME 3.36 that support is being cleaned up and extended to also handle NVIDIA GPU configurations...

Benchmarking Mozilla's Firefox Performance Over The Past Two Years

Friday 13th of December 2019 02:00:00 PM
With 2019 quickly drawing to an end, I figured it would be interesting to see how the performance of Mozilla Firefox has been trending over the longer term. So for this article today is a look at the Firefox 57 through Firefox 71 stable performance plus tests of Firefox 72 beta and Firefox 73 alpha all from the same system and using a variety of browser benchmarks.

Feral's Lead Vulkan Developer Leaves The Company For Sony

Friday 13th of December 2019 12:45:42 PM
Last year one of Feral's top Linux developers left the company and now another top developer has sadly left the game porting firm...

Flatpak 1.5.2 Continues Work On Authentication Support In Push To Handling Paid Apps

Friday 13th of December 2019 11:50:38 AM
Introduced last month was the Flatpak 1.5.1 development build that provided initial support for protected/authenticated downloads of Flatpaks as the fundamental infrastructure work towards allowing paid or donation-based applications within Flathub or other Flatpak-based "app stores" on Linux...

AMDVLK 2019.Q4.4 Released With Navi 14 Fixes, DoW 3 Perf Optimization

Friday 13th of December 2019 11:05:41 AM
As anticipated, AMD has now formally released a new version of their AMDVLK open-source Vulkan driver following this week's Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Windows driver release...

QEMU 4.2 Released With Many Improvements For Linux Virtualization

Friday 13th of December 2019 10:59:47 AM
QEMU 4.2 is out this morning as a key piece of the open-source Linux virtualization stack...

Trying Out The Skia+Vulkan Powered LibreOffice 6.5 Development Build

Friday 13th of December 2019 09:16:13 AM
While LibreOffice 6.4 isn't even coming out until the end of January, we are already stoked about the follow-on release to this open-source office suite... Currently the development builds are towards LibreOffice 6.5 (though given the big impact we wouldn't be surprised if it morphed into LibreOffice 7.0) and one of the features that landed at the end of November is the Cairo drawing being replaced by Skia and with that Vulkan-based rendering support for this free office suite...

Fedora 32 Will Feature Bleeding-Edge Compilers Again With LLVM 10 + GCC 10

Friday 13th of December 2019 05:32:46 AM
Fedora Linux is on track to deliver another bleeding-edge compiler toolchain stack with Fedora 32 due out this spring...

Phoronix Test Suite 9.2.1 Released

Friday 13th of December 2019 05:02:56 AM
Released earlier this month was Phoronix Test Suite 9.2 while now available is a point release with a couple of fixes...

AMD Pushes Updated AMDVLK Vulkan Code Following Adrenalin 2020 Unveil

Friday 13th of December 2019 01:28:44 AM
Earlier this week AMD unveiled the Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition driver and we await a Radeon Software for Linux / AMDGPU-PRO driver update for Linux users on supported distributions. But AMD has begun pushing some updated AMDVLK open-source Vulkan driver code ahead of a possible tagged release in the next few days...

Mesa 19.3 Released With Big Updates For Intel's Open-Source Drivers, Valve ACO Option

Thursday 12th of December 2019 08:51:30 PM
After a few weeks worth of delays due to blocker bugs the release of Mesa 19.3 is out today as a big end-of-year upgrade to the open-source OpenGL and Vulkan drivers for Linux systems. Intel and AMD Radeon driver changes largely dominate the work as always but there is a growing number of embedded driver changes and other enhancements for this crucial piece to the open-source 3D ecosystem...

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