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Revised Patches For One Of The Last GL 4.4 Items For Intel's Mesa Driver

Saturday 11th of June 2016 11:50:54 AM
Timothy Arceri of Collabora published his second version of patches on Friday for implementing ARB_enhanced_layouts packing support for Mesa's Intel i965 driver...

Chrome 53 Should Be Blazing Fast

Saturday 11th of June 2016 11:41:50 AM
Chrome 52 Beta may have just been released, but I'm already looking forward to Chrome 53 for very significant performance improvements!..

Talos Principle Now Has Vulkan Optimizations, 32-bit Support

Saturday 11th of June 2016 11:34:05 AM
For those wanting to play The Talos Principle this weekend, Croteam has released a significant update to the game...

Steam Client Now Stable With Better AMD Vulkan Performance

Saturday 11th of June 2016 11:24:14 AM
Valve released a stable Steam client update on Friday evening with all of the changes we've been seeing from the frequent beta releases...

FSF Issues Statement Against Intel's Management Engine (ME)

Friday 10th of June 2016 10:11:12 PM
The Free Software Foundation is a bit late to the party, but have finally come out publicly against Intel's Management Engine (ME)...

Chrome 52 Beta Brings CSS Containment, Push Improvements

Friday 10th of June 2016 06:22:33 PM
While Firefox beta users are busy trying out Electrolysis by default, Google engineers today released their 52 Beta for Chrome early testers...

Making The Case For Using Rust At Low Levels On Linux Systems

Friday 10th of June 2016 05:10:32 PM
Linux kernel developer Andy Grover who is employed by Red Hat has written a lengthy blog post making the case for using the Rust programming language for low-level Linux...

Wine 1.9.12 Works On More Shader Model 4 Support

Friday 10th of June 2016 02:56:48 PM
Just like clock work, the latest bi-weekly development build of Wine is available this morning...

Steam Client Stable vs. Beta Tests With Vulkan On AMDGPU-PRO

Friday 10th of June 2016 12:19:06 PM
Here's the impact of benchmarking Dota 2 with Vulkan using the stable Steam client versus the Steam client beta...

PHP 7.1 Alpha Released With Void Return Type, Multi Catch

Friday 10th of June 2016 11:47:18 AM
The first alpha release was made available on Thursday for the upcoming PHP 7.1...

Android-x86 6.0-RC1 Released With OpenGL ES Via Mesa, Linux 4.4.12

Friday 10th of June 2016 02:46:18 AM
After months of Android-x86 6.0 test releases, the Android-x86 "Marshmallow" release is up to the release candidate phase...

Fedora 24 Has Been Delayed Once More

Thursday 9th of June 2016 10:07:56 PM
Today was a Go/No-Go meeting and the Fedora stakeholders have determined the final release must slip by another week...

Microsoft Spins Its Own FreeBSD Image For The Cloud

Thursday 9th of June 2016 07:20:24 PM
Last year Microsoft announced their own Linux platform used by their Azure cloud in the networking space while now the company has announced their own FreeBSD spin for use by customers as a VM OS...

Latest AMDGPU-PRO Ubuntu Linux Performance vs. NVIDIA, Including The GTX 1080

Thursday 9th of June 2016 06:08:40 PM
Last week when posting my initial NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Linux review the Radeon Linux performance numbers I included were from the latest open-source driver stack, since that's what most Phoronix readers seem interested in as of late given the rapid progress recently of OpenGL 4.x support inside Mesa, the hybrid driver stack also using the AMDGPU kernel driver, etc. But some people expressed curiosity over the AMDGPU-PRO performance relative to NVIDIA particularly with their new GTX 1080 graphics processor. So here is a fresh NVIDIA vs. AMDGPU-PRO graphics card comparison on Linux.

Hitman 2016 Looks Like It Could Be Coming To Linux

Thursday 9th of June 2016 04:06:27 PM
It's looking quite possible like Hitman 2016 will be released for Linux...

Ubuntu 16.10 Continues Planning For The Linux 4.8 Kernel

Thursday 9th of June 2016 12:23:36 PM
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS is shipping right now with the Linux 4.4 kernel while for the Ubuntu 16.10 release in October they are expected to jump ahead to Linux 4.8...

GLFW 3.2 Released With Vulkan Support

Thursday 9th of June 2016 12:13:25 PM
The cross-platform GLFW library that provides an API similar to SDL for abstracting out differences in window creation, contexts, inputs/events, and more, is now up to version 3.2...

KDE Neon User Edition 5.6 Is Released So You Can Easily Experience Plasma 5.6

Thursday 9th of June 2016 12:04:30 PM
The first User Edition release is out for KDE Neon, which allows you to easily experience the latest Plasma stable experience and other updated KDE components...

More DRM Code Gets Aligned For Linux 4.8 Via DRM-Next

Thursday 9th of June 2016 11:53:36 AM
Complementing the significant amount of Intel DRM driver code already vetted and queued up for the Linux 4.8 cycle via DRM-Next, more code was pulled in last night for the various Direct Rendering Manager drivers in preparation for this next kernel cycle later in the summer...

Microsoft Open-Sources Edge's WebGL Implementation

Wednesday 8th of June 2016 10:20:04 PM
Microsoft has open-sourced their WebGL implementation used by the modern Edge browser on Windows...

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Security Leftovers

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Leftovers: OSS

  • Mozilla Firefox 47.0.1 Is Now Available in the Arch Linux and Solus Repos
    Mozilla quietly delivered the first point release of the Mozilla Firefox 47.0 web browser to users of Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X operating systems on the day of June 28, 2016. However, because the built-in updater of the Mozilla Firefox web browser doesn't work on GNU/Linux distributions, users have to wait for the latest version of the software to be first pushed by the maintainers of their operating systems on the main repositories before they can upgrade.
  • Questions loom about the future of open source at VA
    The CIO for the Department of Veterans' Affairs sought to reassure stakeholders that the agency was committed to open source in the future, but with Congress pressuring the agency to give up the homegrown health record system VistA, the open source community is a bit perplexed.
  • Watch out for job offers from Google after this open source course
    Over five lakh polytechnic students from 500 colleges across Tamil Nadu would begin training on open source software from Friday, learning more about the nitty-gritties of ‘free’ software under a programme run by the Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay along with the Tamil Nadu government.
  • Bombay Stock Exchange: Open source is a mindset
    Open source is still gaining momentum in the industry worldwide. Despite naysayers, open-source software and hardware are making believers out of a broad array of users. In the case of Bombay Stock Exchange, LTD (BSE), the transition has been cost efficient, as well as has improved order processing power. By switching from proprietary hardware to open source, Kersi Tavadia, CIO of BSE, reported going from being able to process 10 million orders a day to 400 million. Even with the increase, the new open-source hardware is only using 10 percent capacity.
  • GitHub releases data on 2.8 million open source repositories through Google BigQuery
    GitHub today announced that it’s releasing activity data for 2.8 million open source code repositories and making it available for people to analyze with the Google BigQuery cloud-based data warehousing tool. The data set is free to explore. (With BigQuery you get to process up to one terabyte each month free of charge.) This new 3TB data set includes information on “more than 145 million unique commits, over 2 billion different file paths and the contents of the latest revision for 163 million files, all of which are searchable with regular expressions,” Arfon Smith, program manager for open source data at GitHub, wrote in a blog post.
  • How one company is using open source to double its customers’ mobile business
    Most retailers today stay a step or two behind when it comes to modern technology, especially on the mobile side. Sawyer Effect, LLC, a consultant for J.Crew Group, Inc., has been using Red Hat, Inc.’s open-source product Ansible, an IT automation engine, to get its customer’s mobile business up to speed and greatly improve its business.
  • Can Capital One change banking with open source, mobile apps, and NoSQL?
    Oron Gill Haus of Capital One came to MongoDB World to present on Hygieia, an open source DevOps dashboard built on MongoDB. Behind that dashboard lies an ambition to change the customer banking experience – no small feat. Prior to his keynote, Haus shared his team’s story with me.
  • How bank Capital One developed an open source DevOps visualisation tool based on MongoDB
    In order to keep up with customers' expectation of a proactive service available 24x7 on many devices, US bank Capital One moved to an agile DevOps structure and a year ago released its own DevOps dashboard. While visualisation tools were available for continuous integration, scanning and testing, Capital One's development team was unable to find one that provided a complete overview of the whole production process. The dashboard they developed, called Hygieia, was open sourced to encourage rapid development. It is currently in version 2.0. VP of engineering Gil Haus explained some of the thought processes that went into the creation of Hygieia.
  • What is DC/OS?
    What if we could take the total amount of power in any cloud computing datacentre and provide a means of defining that as one total abstracted compute resource? This notion has given brith to DC/OS, a technology base built on Apache Mesos to abstract a datacentre into a single computer, pooling distributed workloads and (allegedly) simplifying both rollout and operations.
  • What's holding your conference back
  • Airtel Leverages Cloudera Enterprise to Improve Customer Experience and Product Personalization
  • Airtel adopts Cloudera for business intelligence
  • Airtel moves customer data on an open source platform
  • ​RightScale can help you pick out the right public cloud
    For example, let's say you need a local cloud in Australia. With the tool, you'll see that Google can't help you while the others can. Or, for instance say you've tied your business to Oracle and you want Oracle Linux as your operating system. The program will quickly and easily tell you that AWS and Azure are the clouds for you.
  • The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® Bahir™ as a Top-Level Project
    Apache Bahir bolsters Big Data processing by serving as a home for existing connectors that initiated under Apache Spark, as well as provide additional extensions/plugins for other related distributed system, storage, and query execution systems.
  • Bahir is the Latest Big Data Project to Advance at Apache
    Recently, we've taken note of the many projects that the Apache Software Foundation has been elevating to Top-Level Status. The organization incubates more than 350 open source projects and initiatives, and has squarely turned its focus to Big Data and developer-focused tools in recent months. As Apache moves Big Data projects to Top-Level Status, they gain valuable community support and more.
  • MongoDB launches Atlas, its new database-as-a-service offering
    MongoDB, the company behind the eponymous open source database, is launching Atlas today, its third major revenue-generating service. Atlas is MongoDB’s database-as-a-service offering that provides users with a managed database service. The service will offer pay-as-you-go pricing and will initially allow users to deploy on Amazon Web Services (AWS), with support for Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform coming later.