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GNU Time 1.8 Rolls Out Some Improvements

Friday 10th of November 2017 01:24:51 PM
A new version of time is now available...

Serious Sam 3 VR: BFE Provides More Steam VR Linux Gaming Fun

Friday 10th of November 2017 01:18:25 PM
On Thursday Croteam released Serious Sam 3 VR: BFE as the newest SteamVR title for Windows and Linux...

Geometry Shader Support For RadeonSI's NIR Back-End

Friday 10th of November 2017 11:27:11 AM
AMD this year has been developing a NIR back-end for the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver in part for supporting the ARB_gl_spirv extension in being able to re-use/share some code with the RADV Vulkan driver that obviously already deals with SPIR-V and relies on NIR for its intermediate representation. Now support for geometry shaders is coming to RadeonSI NIR...

NetworkManager 1.9.90 Adds OpenVSwitch & WPS Connection Support

Friday 10th of November 2017 11:16:39 AM
NetworkManager 1.9.90 was quietly released last week as the release candidate in preparation for the upcoming NetworkManager 1.10 stable release...

SoundWire Subsystem Revised For The Linux Kernel

Friday 10th of November 2017 11:06:09 AM
SoundWire is being proposed again for being introduced to the Linux kernel as a new soundsystem...

Lizard: Yet Another Compression Algorithm Joins The Party

Friday 10th of November 2017 10:47:59 AM
Lizard was previously developed as LZ5 and is a lossless compression algorithm that yields a compression ratio similar to zip/zlib/Zstd/Brotli but at very fast decompression speeds...

OpenGL Atomic Counters Land For R600 Gallium3D

Friday 10th of November 2017 10:37:41 AM
Support for atomic counters have landed within the R600 Gallium3D driver that continues to be used by pre-GCN graphics cards from the Radeon HD 2000 series through the Radeon HD 6000 series...

Fedora 27 Is Cleared For Release Next Week

Thursday 9th of November 2017 09:39:14 PM
Following a few days, Fedora 27 is cleared to ship next week...

Valve Rolls Out A Rare Update To SteamOS Brewmaster

Thursday 9th of November 2017 09:23:47 PM
Valve at least is continuing to maintain the Debian-based SteamOS for the short-lived Steam Machines, but their updates are hardly exciting...

73 More Post-4.15 Patches For AMDGPU DC Display Code

Thursday 9th of November 2017 08:13:05 PM
Another patch bomb from AMD landed today with 73 more AMDGPU DC display code changes...

Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Mini Is A Powerful Yet Small Graphics Card

Thursday 9th of November 2017 04:38:33 PM
Earlier this week I delivered the first NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Linux benchmarks where we even found this new GPU generally outperforming the Radeon RX Vega 64 with the current NVIDIA/AMD Linux graphics drivers. That testing was done with the Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Mini (ZT-P10710G-10P) while in this article are some more benchmarks and findings from graphics card that is one of the most powerful for its size.

PostgreSQL 10.1 Released

Thursday 9th of November 2017 02:39:39 PM
PostgreSQL 10.1 is now available as the first update over the recently released PostgreSQL 10...

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Might End Up Redoing The System Sounds

Thursday 9th of November 2017 02:19:31 PM
The latest in the development of the "Bionic Beaver" is that new system sounds might come to Ubuntu 18.04 LTS...

Sway 0.15 Wayland Compositor Released With Raspberry Pi Support, Improved Clipboard

Thursday 9th of November 2017 02:05:51 PM
Sway, the i3-compatible Wayland compositor from SirCmpwn, is out with the last pre-1.0 release...

Intel Mesa Driver Restores Support For SuperTuxKart, Adds EGL_KHR_gl_colorspace

Thursday 9th of November 2017 01:56:31 PM
The Intel i965 Mesa OpenGL driver has restored support for the SuperTuxKart open-source Tux-themed racing game...

Some Basic macOS 10.13 vs. Ubuntu 17.10 OpenGL Gaming Tests

Thursday 9th of November 2017 11:35:33 AM
Following last week's F1 2017 launch for Linux which is making use of the Vulkan graphics API on Linux and Metal API on macOS, originally I set out to compare the macOS vs. Linux performance, but that didn't go quite as planned due to MacBook Pro woes. But here are some other OpenGL game tests between macOS and Ubuntu 17.10 Linux.

Intel Mesa Driver Shows Support For OpenGL Games To Set/Get Their Own NIR

Thursday 9th of November 2017 10:57:55 AM
Via ARB_get_program_binary Intel is working on allowing programs to retrieve or load their own NIR representation...

UVD Video Decode Patches For AMDGPU With GCN 1.0 / Southern Islands

Thursday 9th of November 2017 10:46:21 AM
One of the missing features if you are using a GCN 1.0 "Southern Islands" graphics card and want to use the AMDGPU DRM driver rather than Radeon DRM is that UVD video decoding is currently unsupported. But there's new patches to fix that...

AMD/RTG's Raja Koduri Joins Intel

Wednesday 8th of November 2017 10:33:01 PM
On Monday Intel announced their upcoming CPU with integrated AMD Vega-class graphics backed by HBM2 memory, on Tuesday Radeon Technologies Group (RTG) head Raja Koduri announced he would be resigning from the company, and now today it's announced he is joining Intel...

Qualcomm Centriq 2400 Series ARM Server CPUs Officially Launch - Up To 48 Cores

Wednesday 8th of November 2017 07:09:02 PM
Qualcomm began sampling their 10nm 48-core ARM server CPU last year while today it officially launched...

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Security: Uber, Replacing x86 Firmware, 'IoT' and Chromebook

  • Key Dem calls for FTC to investigate Uber data breach

    A key Democrat is calling on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate a massive Uber breach that released data on 57 million people, as well as the company's delay in reporting the cyber incident.

  • Multiple states launch probes into massive Uber breach
  • Replacing x86 firmware with Linux and Go

    The problem, Minnich said, is that Linux has lost its control of the hardware. Back in the 1990s, when many of us started working with Linux, it controlled everything in the x86 platform. But today there are at least two and a half kernels between Linux and the hardware. Those kernels are proprietary and, not surprisingly, exploit friendly. They run at a higher privilege level than Linux and can manipulate both the hardware and the operating system in various ways. Worse yet, exploits can be written into the flash of the system so that they persist and are difficult or impossible to remove—shredding the motherboard is likely the only way out.

  • Connected sex-toy allows for code-injection attacks on a robot you wrap around your genitals

    However, the links included base-64 encoded versions of the entire blowjob file, making it vulnerable to code-injection attacks. As Lewis notes, "I will leave you to ponder the consequences of having an XSS vulnerability on a page with no framebusting and preauthed connection to a robot wrapped around or inside someones genitals..."

  • Chromebook exploit earns researcher second $100k bounty
    For Google’s bug bounty accountants, lightning just struck twice. In September 2016, an anonymous hacker called Gzob Qq earned $100,000 (£75,000) for reporting a critical “persistent compromise” exploit of Google’s Chrome OS, used by Chromebooks. Twelve months on and the same researcher was wired an identical pay out for reporting – yes! – a second critical persistent compromise of Google’s Chrome OS. By this point you might think Google was regretting its 2014 boast that it could confidently double its maximum payout for Chrome OS hacks to $100,000 because “since we introduced the $50,000 reward, we haven’t had a successful submission.” More likely, it wasn’t regretting it at all because isn’t being told about nasty vulnerabilities the whole point of bug bounties?
  • Why microservices are a security issue
    And why is that? Well, for those of us with a systems security bent, the world is an interesting place at the moment. We're seeing a growth in distributed systems, as bandwidth is cheap and latency low. Add to this the ease of deploying to the cloud, and more architects are beginning to realise that they can break up applications, not just into multiple layers, but also into multiple components within the layer. Load balancers, of course, help with this when the various components in a layer are performing the same job, but the ability to expose different services as small components has led to a growth in the design, implementation, and deployment of microservices.

Lumina 1.4 Desktop Environment Debuts with New Theme Engine and ZFS Integrations

Lumina 1.4.0 is a major release that introduces several new core components, such as the Lumina Theme Engine to provide enhanced theming capabilities for the desktop environment and apps written in the Qt 5 application framework. The Lumina Theme Engine comes with a configuration utility and makes the previous desktop theme system obsolete, though it's possible to migrate your current settings to the new engine. "The backend of this engine is a standardized theme plugin for the Qt5 toolkit, so that all Qt5 applications will now present a unified appearance (if the application does not enforce a specific appearance/theme of it’s own)," said the developer in today's announcement. "Users of the Lumina desktop will automatically have this plugin enabled: no special action is required." Read more

today's leftovers

  • qBittorrent 4.0 Is a Massive Update of the Open-Source BitTorrent Client
    qBittorrent, the open-source and cross-platform BitTorrent client written in Qt for GNU/Linux, macOS, and Windows systems, has been updated to version 4.0, a major release adding numerous new features and improvements. qBittorrent 4.0 is the first release of the application to drop OS/2 support, as well as support for the old Qt 4 framework as Qt 5.5.1 or later is now required to run it on all supported platforms. It also brings a new logo and a new SVG-based icon theme can be easily scaled. Lots of other cosmetic changes are present in this release, and the WebGUI received multiple enhancements.
  • FFmpeg Continues Working Its "NVDEC" NVIDIA Video Decoding Into Shape
    Earlier this month the FFmpeg project landed its initial NVDEC NVIDIA video decoding support after already supporting NVENC for video encoding. These new NVIDIA APIs for encode/decode are part of the company's Video Codec SDK with CUDA and is the successor to the long-used VDPAU video decoding on NVIDIA Linux boxes. That NVDEC support has continued getting into shape.
  • Kobo firmware 4.6.10075 mega update (KSM, nickel patch, ssh, fonts)
    A new firmware for the Kobo ebook reader came out and I adjusted the mega update pack to use it. According to the comments in the firmware thread it is working faster than previous releases. The most incredible change though is the update from wpa_supplicant 0.7.1 (around 2010) to 2.7-devel (current). Wow.
  • 3.5-inch Apollo Lake SBC has dual mini-PCIe slots and triple displays
    Avalue’s Linux-friendly, 3.5-inch “ECM-APL2” SBC features Apollo Lake SoCs, 2x GbE, 4x USB 3.0, 2x mini-PCIe, triple displays, and optional -40 to 85°C. Avalue’s 3.5-inch, Apollo Lake based ECM-APL single-board computer was announced a year ago, shortly after Intel unveiled its Apollo Lake generation. Now it has followed up with an ECM-APL2 3.5-incher with a slightly different, and reduced, feature set.
  • 7 Best Android Office Apps To Meet Your Productivity Needs
    Office application is an essential suite that allows you to create powerful spreadsheets, documents, presentations, etc., on a smartphone. Moreover, Android office apps come with cloud integration so that you can directly access the reports from the cloud, edit them, or save them online. To meet the productivity need of Android users, the Play Store offers an extensive collection of Android office apps. But, we have saved you the hassle of going through each one of them and provided you a list of the best office apps for Android. The apps that we have picked are all free, although some do have Pro version or extra features available for in-app purchases. You can also refer to this list if you’re looking for Microsoft Office alternatives for your PC.

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