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Chrome 65 Released With CSS Paint API, Server Timing API

Tuesday 6th of March 2018 10:32:36 PM
Google has rolled out Chrome 65 to its stable channels on Linux, macOS, Android, and Windows...

Debian & Kali Linux Are Now On Windows Subsystem for Linux

Tuesday 6th of March 2018 08:59:04 PM
Microsoft has announced this week the latest Linux distributions now available via the Windows 10 Store for running on Windows Subsystem for Linux...

OpenMAX Tizonia H.264 Encoder/Decoder Land In Mesa 18.1 Git

Tuesday 6th of March 2018 07:00:00 PM
It was last summer that a GSoC student developer worked on an OpenMAX Tizonia state tracker for Gallium3D to replace the existing and out-of-date "Bellagio" code. Finally today that new Tizonia code has landed in Mesa 18.1-devel Git...

xf86-video-ati 18.0 X.Org Driver Released

Tuesday 6th of March 2018 05:53:02 PM
Days after the release of xf86-video-amdgpu 18.0 is now an updated xf86-video-ati / Radeon DDX release for namely the pre-GCN graphics processors...

Checking Out Ubuntu 18.04's Minimal Desktop Install Option

Tuesday 6th of March 2018 04:04:04 PM
Besides the Ubuntu 18.04 minimal spin that is around to 30MB compressed, the Ubuntu 18.04 "Bionic Beaver" installer recently added an option for a "minimal installation" from the desktop Live DVD/USB environment. Here's a look at what that means for desktop users...

Trying Out The New Intel Open-Source OpenCL NEO Compute Driver

Tuesday 6th of March 2018 02:55:57 PM
Last month Intel open-sourced a new "NEO" OpenCL driver including an LLVM graphics compiler and its compute runtime supporting OpenCL 2.1. I finally found some time to give this new open-source Intel OpenCL Linux driver a try.

OpenIndiana Now Has KPTI Support Up For Testing To Mitigate Meltdown

Tuesday 6th of March 2018 01:00:54 PM
The Solaris-derived OpenIndiana operating system now has KPTI (Kernel Page Table Isolation) support for testing to mitigate the Intel Meltdown CPU vulnerability...

Aspect Ratio Support Within The Linux Kernel's DRM Code Revised

Tuesday 6th of March 2018 12:53:53 PM
Intel open-source developer Ankit Nautiyal has restarted work on adding picture aspect ratio support to the Linux kernel's Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) layer...

Libdrm 2.4.91 Released With AMDGPU, Android & Freedreno Updates

Tuesday 6th of March 2018 12:44:04 PM
Version 2.4.91 of the Mesa DRM library (libdrm) is now available for this component that notably sits between the Linux kernel and various user-space clients like Mesa and the X.Org Server...

KDE Plasma Working On Wayland Screen-Sharing With XDG-Desktop-Portal / Pipewire

Tuesday 6th of March 2018 11:00:00 AM
With Wayland not enforcing any standard for screensharing, KDE developers are now building off GNOME's approach of XDG-Desktop-Portal and PipeWire for desktop/screen sharing for adding this feature to Plasma on Wayland...

Oracle Brings KPTI Meltdown Mitigation To Linux 4.1

Tuesday 6th of March 2018 10:50:17 AM
If for some reason you are still riding the Linux 4.1 kernel series, you really should think about upgrading to at least a newer LTS series in the near future. But if you still plan on riding it for a while longer, at least it's getting page table isolation support for Meltdown mitigation...

Work Is Underway On Assembler, Shader Support For Chai Open-Source Mali GPU Driver

Tuesday 6th of March 2018 10:41:06 AM
Last month we reported on work resuming with the Mali T700 series open-source GPU driver called Chai. It's continued with the lead developer now working on an Assembler and soon beginning work on shaders...

DRI3 v1.2 Lands In X.Org Server 1.20

Tuesday 6th of March 2018 12:56:48 AM
We knew it was coming still for X.Org Server 1.20, but now the DRI3 v1.2 support has landed in the server...

Systemd 238 Released, Adds New Temporary File-System Option

Monday 5th of March 2018 11:22:53 PM
While systemd 237 was released just over one month ago, systemd 238 was released today as the next installment of this init system...

Google Finds Clang On Windows To Be Production-Ready For Building Chrome

Monday 5th of March 2018 11:06:11 PM
While Google has already been using LLVM's Clang C/C++ compiler to build the release builds of the Chrome web-browser for Linux rather than GCC and has also switched to using Clang on other platforms, this open-source C/C++ compiler has now been able to replace Microsoft's Visual C/C++ compiler for building Chrome on Windows...

X.Org Server 1.20 Is Now Available For Testing On Fedora

Monday 5th of March 2018 06:21:34 PM
Adam Jackson of Red Hat who is also the X.Org Server 1.20 release organizer has made available a Copr repository for those wanting to test this near-final X.Org Server and updated DDX drivers on Fedora systems...

OpenMandriva Switching Back From RPM5 To RPM4

Monday 5th of March 2018 05:34:30 PM
It was seven years ago that Mandriva 2011 switched to using RPM5 from RPM4, but now for the next OpenMandriva release they are transitioning back to using RPM4 and with that making use of Fedora's DNF...

Intel MKTME Support Being Prepped For The Linux Kernel: Total Memory Encryption

Monday 5th of March 2018 04:42:00 PM
Intel developers are working on bringing transparent memory encryption support to the Linux kernel that works in conjunction with upcoming Intel platforms...

John Carmack Goes On Coding Retreat With OpenBSD

Monday 5th of March 2018 02:40:28 PM
While id Software founder John Carmack has been known for his open-source and Linux interests over the years and even working on Utah GLX back in the day, he just wrapped up a self-driven "programming retreat" where he was using OpenBSD...

Intel Proposes Blackhole Render Extension For OpenGL / OpenGL ES

Monday 5th of March 2018 02:26:01 PM
The latest extension proposed for the OpenGL / OpenGL ES registry is INTEL_blackhole_render...

More in Tux Machines

lkml: remove eight obsolete architectures

In the end, it seems that while the eight architectures are extremely different, they all suffered the same fate: There was one company in charge of an SoC line, a CPU microarchitecture and a software ecosystem, which was more costly than licensing newer off-the-shelf CPU cores from a third party (typically ARM, MIPS, or RISC-V). It seems that all the SoC product lines are still around, but have not used the custom CPU architectures for several years at this point. Read more

If you hitch a ride with a scorpion… (Coverity)

I haven’t seen a blog post or notice about this, but according to the Twitters, Coverity has stopped supporting online scanning for open source projects. Is anybody shocked by this? Anybody? [...] Not sure what the story is with Coverity, but it probably has something to do with 1) they haven’t been able to monetize the service the way they hoped, or 2) they’ve been able to monetize the service and don’t fancy spending the money anymore or 3) they’ve pivoted entirely and just aren’t doing the scanning thing. Not sure which, don’t really care — the end result is the same. Open source projects that have come to depend on this now have to scramble to replace the service. [...] I’m not going to go all RMS, but the only way to prevent this is to have open tools and services. And pay for them. Read more

Easily Fund Open Source Projects With These Platforms

Financial support is one of the many ways to help Linux and Open Source community. This is why you see “Donate” option on the websites of most open source projects. While the big corporations have the necessary funding and resources, most open source projects are developed by individuals in their spare time. However, it does require one’s efforts, time and probably includes some overhead costs too. Monetary supports surely help drive the project development. If you would like to support open source projects financially, let me show you some platforms dedicated to open source and/or Linux. Read more

KDE: Kdenlive, Kubuntu, Elisa, KDE Connect

  • Kdenlive Café #27 and #28 – You can’t miss it
    Timeline refactoring, new Pro features, packages for fast and easy install, Windows version and a bunch of other activities are happening in the Kdenlive world NOW!
  • Kubuntu 17.10 Guide for Newbie Part 9
    This is the 9th article, the final part of the series. This ninth article gives you more documentations to help yourself in using Kubuntu 17.10. The resources are online links to certain manuals and ebooks specialized for Kubuntu basics, command lines usage, software installation instructions, how to operate LibreOffice and KDE Plasma.
  • KDE's Elisa Music Player Preparing For Its v0.1 Released
    We have been tracking the development of Elisa, one of several KDE music players, since development started about one year ago. Following the recent alpha releases, the KDE Elisa 0.1 stable release is on the way. Elisa developers are preparing the Elisa v0.1 release and they plan to have it out around the middle of April.
  • KDE Connect Keeps Getting Better For Interacting With Your Desktop From Android
    KDE Connect is the exciting project that allows you to leverage your KDE desktop from Android tablets/smartphones for features like sending/receiving SMS messages from your desktop, toggling music, sharing files, and much more. KDE Connect does continue getting even better.
  • First blog & KDE Connect media control improvements
    I've started working on KDE Connect last November. My first big features were released yesterday in KDE Connect 1.8 for Android, so cause for celebration and a blog post! My first big feature is media notifications. KDE Connect has, since it's inception, allowed you to remotely control your music and video's. Now you can also do this with a notification, like all Android music apps do! So next time a bad song comes up, you don't need to switch to the KDE Connect app. Just click next on the notification without closing you current app. And just in case you don't like notifications popping up, there's an option to disable it.