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Emacs 25.3 Released To Fix A Security Vulnerability Of Malicious Lisp Scripts

Monday 11th of September 2017 11:37:31 PM
Emacs 25.3 is now available, but it doesn't offer major new features, rather it fixes a security vulnerability...

LibreOffice Gets Flicker-Free OpenGL Transitions

Monday 11th of September 2017 09:36:32 PM
Caolán McNamara's hacking around GTK3 support in LibreOffice continues. This time, he's managed flicker-free OpenGL transitions...

RadeonSI/AMDGPU Switches Over To New Command Submission API

Monday 11th of September 2017 04:04:40 PM
Landing today within Mesa Git is a switchover for the AMDGPU winsys layer to using the new command submission (CS) API...

GNOME 3.26: Wayland vs. X.Org Performance - Boot Times, Power Use, Memory Use & Gaming

Monday 11th of September 2017 03:18:12 PM
While testing out the near-final GNOME 3.26 this weekend I also ran some benchmarks of it comparing the boot time, memory use, power consumption, and gaming performance when comparing GNOME Shell / Mutter running on Wayland and then an X.Org session.

Meson+Ninja Showing Speedy Build Results For Shotwell

Monday 11th of September 2017 01:55:25 PM
The Shotwell GNOME photo manager is among the components that added Meson build system support for the GNOME 3.26 cycle...

GTK4's Vulkan Support Continues Maturing

Monday 11th of September 2017 12:37:47 PM
One of the questions that came up following our GNOME 3.26 feature overview was how GTK4's Vulkan renderer is coming along...

Phoronix Test Suite 7.4 M4 Released As "Tynset" Nears Final

Monday 11th of September 2017 10:31:26 AM
The last planned test/development release of Phoronix Test Suite 7.4-Tynset is now available ahead of the planned stable release in the days to come...

Squeezing More Juice Out Of Gentoo With Graphite, LTO Optimizations

Monday 11th of September 2017 10:14:24 AM
Developer Shane Peelar has come up with a Gentoo Portage configuration for building out the distribution with aggressive compiler optimizations in the name of performance...

WebKitGTK+ 2.18.0 Brings WebDriver Support, Remote Inspector & Kinetic Scrolling

Monday 11th of September 2017 10:03:37 AM
Adding to the new features of GNOME 3.26 are many additions found within WebKitGTK+ 2.18, the GNOME port of the WebKit rendering engine used by Epiphany and other GNOME web projects...

New ARM Board Support In Linux 4.14: Raspberry Pi Zero W, Banana Pi & More

Monday 11th of September 2017 09:56:23 AM
Olof Johansson has submitted the pull requests of ARM/ARM64 board/SoC updates for the Linux 4.14 merge window...

A Look At The New Features Of GNOME 3.26

Sunday 10th of September 2017 03:35:19 PM
With GNOME 3.26 due to be officially released on Wednesday, 13 September, here is a look at the new features to be found in this major desktop update and screenshots from testing the latest GNOME 3.26 packages via Fedora 27's development images.

The Changes So Far For The Linux 4.14 Kernel: Zstd, Cgroup2 Threads, EXT4 Scalability

Sunday 10th of September 2017 02:23:40 PM
We are now through week one of the two week kernel merge window for Linux 4.14. Here is a look at the most prominent changes and new features queued so far for the Linux 4.14 kernel...

FSF To Look At RYF Certification For The POWER9 Talos II

Sunday 10th of September 2017 02:03:45 PM
Last month Raptor Engineering announced the Talos II POWER9-powered workstation that is cheaper than the original Talos Workstation while still aiming to be very free software friendly. The Free Software Foundation will be exploring the possibility of "Respect Your Freedom" certification on this hardware when it's ready to ship...

VLC Has Begun Working On Some 3D Video Playback Support

Sunday 10th of September 2017 11:59:04 AM
It's been a while since last having anything to report on with VLC with the VLC 3.0 release still not available, but thanks to this year's Google Summer of Code, there was an interesting project around working on 3D format support...

SPARC Sees Updates For Linux 4.14

Sunday 10th of September 2017 11:48:52 AM
While Oracle recently laid off a ton of SPARC staff (and Solaris), not everyone was let go and it's still not instantly a dead platform. With Linux 4.14 there are some SPARC improvements for those relying upon this ex-Sun hardware...

GNOME's Mutter Loses Some Of Its X11 Dependence

Sunday 10th of September 2017 11:31:50 AM
One of the interesting Google Summer of Code projects this year associated with the GNOME project was on reworking the Mutter compositor from requiring X11/XWayland code-paths for starting the Wayland compositor...

Jente Hidskes Continues Improving Libratbag's Piper Mouse UI, Promoted To Maintainer

Saturday 9th of September 2017 10:36:55 PM
The Piper mouse configuration interface to libratbag is one of the success stories from this year's Google Summer of Code and fortunately the involved student developer has continued contributing to the project...

Is Fedora's KDE Spin Too Bloated?

Saturday 9th of September 2017 07:33:16 PM
This weekend on the Fedora mailing list a debate has begun over whether Fedora's KDE desktop spin is too bloated and what could be done about it...

LLVM Clang Begins Working On CUDA 9.0 Support

Saturday 9th of September 2017 05:55:30 PM
A Google developer has begun work on extending LLVM Clang's CUDA support to cover CUDA 9...

FreeBSD Has A New ZFS Boot Management Tool & Library

Saturday 9th of September 2017 02:39:32 PM
One of the interesting Google Summer of Code projects within the BSD realm this summer was working on a new boot management tool and library for ZFS on FreeBSD. It's still in the works, but progress is being made...

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SUSE Linux turns 25: From business distro leader to cloud power

Today, SUSE, the oldest Linux business still running, is a long, long way from its humble beginnings. Then, the first SUSE Linux was a German port of Patrick Volkerding's Slackware, the world's longest surviving Linux distribution. Read more

Richard Stallman says Microsoft's Linux love-in is a ploy to 'extinguish' free software

GNU OS CREATOR Richard Stallman has slammed Microsoft's Windows 10 subsystem for Linux as an attempt to "extinguish" free software. Microsoft, a company whose ex-CEO famously slammed Linux as a "cancer", has a new found "love" for open source software, having last month released its hell-over-freezing subsystem that lets Windows 10 users run various GNU/Linux distros and software. Unsurprisingly, some are sceptical about Microsoft's new-found enthusiasm for Linux and open source software, including free software advocate, and founder of GNU OS Richard Stallman. Speaking to Tech Republic, he said Microsoft's decision to build a Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) amounts to an attempt to extinguish free, open source software. "It certainly looks that way. But it won't be so easy to extinguish us, because our reasons for using and advancing free software are not limited to practical convenience," he said. "We want freedom. As a way to use computers in freedom, Windows is a non-starter." "The aim of the free software movement is to free users from freedom-denying proprietary programs and systems, such as Windows. Making a non-free system, such Windows or macOS or iOS or ChromeOS or Android, more convenient is a step backward in the campaign for freedom." Read more Also: Microsoft’s Linux enthusiasm may not help open source

Are These the Toughest Linux Operating Systems to Install?

It’s important to keep in mind that no matter the Linux operating system you choose to install, what matters is getting it onto your computer and using it. Sure, there may be benefits or drawbacks to whatever setup you pursue, but that’s just how Linux is: various by nature. What’s really important is choosing something that best suits you. If you want a high level of flexibility, then by all means, use something like Arch Linux. And if you want something more automated, that’s fine as well. It’s still Linux, after all. Read more

Ubuntu Touch OTA-2 Rolls Out for Ubuntu Phones, Including Nexus 4 & Nexus 7 2013

The UBports community has released this past weekend the second OTA (Over-the-Air) update to supported Ubuntu Phone devices, bringing support for some old devices that were requested by the community, as well as a set of new features. Read more