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The Electrical Usage So Far This Summer For Linux Benchmarking

Sunday 14th of August 2016 12:00:00 AM
It's been a number of months since providing any glimpse at my power bill for the electrical cost of so much Linux benchmarking that happens constantly here for Phoronix,,, etc. From reader requests, here's a look at how the power use is looking this summer after trying to make some optimizations a few months back...

BioShock Infinite Runs Much Faster For RadeonSI On Mesa Git: ~40%

Saturday 13th of August 2016 02:40:00 PM
Earlier this week the deferred flushes change landed in Radeon Gallium3D code for reportedly offering 23%+ performance improvements in BioShock Infinite as one example. I've tested out BioShock Infinite and other changes to confirm the performance differences...

OpenMandriva Lx 3.0 Released With Mesa 12.0, F2FS Support

Saturday 13th of August 2016 01:52:30 PM
The long-awaited OpenMandriva Lx 3.0 release finally happened this morning for this Mandriva (and long ago, Mandrake) derived Linux distribution...

The Document Foundation's 2015 Annual Report

Saturday 13th of August 2016 01:00:00 PM
Besides the Free Software Foundation issuing their first-ever annual report this week, The Document Foundation has come out this week as well with their 2015 annual report...

Fedora 26 Will Likely Be Released Mid-May

Saturday 13th of August 2016 12:42:58 PM
Fedora developers have been working to come up with a schedule for Fedora 26 to succeed the November release of Fedora 25...

"Way Cooler" Is A Wayland Window Manager / Compositor Written In Rust

Saturday 13th of August 2016 12:25:32 PM
Way Cooler is another project to add to the list of interesting Wayland compositors / window managers from the futuristic NEMO-UX to Swap to many others...

Plasma 5.8 Feature Freeze Next Month, To Be The First LTS Release

Saturday 13th of August 2016 12:11:49 PM
Development on KDE Plasma 5.8 continues to move along with the feature freeze for it being next month. Plasma 5.8 when released in October is going to be the first Long-Term Support (LTS) release of Plasma 5...

Lubuntu Is Finally Preparing To Switch From LXDE To LXQt

Saturday 13th of August 2016 01:37:03 AM
Lubuntu-Next images are being prepared that shift this Ubuntu derivative from using the lightweight LXDE desktop to using the newer LXQt desktop...

Intel Sends Its First Batch Of DRM-Next Updates For Linux 4.9

Saturday 13th of August 2016 12:13:21 AM
It has been less than one week since the Linux 4.8-rc1 release and already Intel OTC developers have sent in their first batch of updates to DRM-Next for in turn landing with Linux 4.9...

Phoronix Been Loading Slow? It Is Hopefully Better Now

Friday 12th of August 2016 05:45:54 PM
You may have noticed in recent days and particularly today that the Phoronix site speed has been rather slow... If you are reading this, you should be now accessing the new Phoronix server...

Fedora Progresses In Bringing Up RISC-V Architecture Support

Friday 12th of August 2016 12:53:50 PM
Richard Jones at Red Hat has been working on bringing up RISC-V processor architecture support for Fedora...

Wayland-Protocols 1.6 Adds XDG-Foreign, Idle-Inhibit

Friday 12th of August 2016 12:29:41 PM
A new version of the Wayland Protocols is now available...

Red Hat Is Looking To Ensure More Laptops Play Nicely With Fedora/RHEL

Friday 12th of August 2016 12:12:22 PM
Red Hat is looking to hire two individuals for testing of laptops and tracking down any shortcomings in their support as it pertains to Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux...

Ardour 5.0 Released For Linux Audio Workstation

Friday 12th of August 2016 11:55:38 AM
For fans of the Ardour digital audio workstation software, version 5.0 of this popular open-source audio software is now available...

Clear Linux Makes HTTP/2 The Default, Adds Images To Dockerhub

Friday 12th of August 2016 11:48:35 AM
For those that may be interested in the Clear Linux distribution for improved performance or other innovative functionality, the third "Clear Linux Highlights" newsletter has been published to share more of the recent changes to this Linux distribution out of the Intel Open-Source Technology Center...

Google Working On New "Fuchsia" Operating System, Powered By Magenta / LK Kernel

Thursday 11th of August 2016 11:34:44 PM
Google appears to be working on a new operating system that's written from scratch and appears to be target both phones and PCs, among other form factors...

The FSF Issues Its First Annual Report

Thursday 11th of August 2016 10:15:34 PM
I hadn't realized until now that it's the Free Software Foundation's first time issuing an annual report since it was formed thirty years ago...

HP Enterprise Buys Out SGI

Thursday 11th of August 2016 09:34:16 PM
HP Enterprise has announced it's acquiring SGI, formerly known as Silicon Graphics...

Eight Features You Will Not Find In The Mainline Linux 4.8 Kernel

Thursday 11th of August 2016 03:58:27 PM
The merge window for Linux 4.8 closed this past weekend and while our feature overview covers all the exciting changes there is some functionality we wish would be in this kernel -- or existing functionality to otherwise be changed / improved upon -- that unfortunately is not...

Secure Boot Isn't So Secure After All: The Golden Key Is Out

Thursday 11th of August 2016 12:56:47 PM
So much for Secure Boot being so secure... After a mistake by Microsoft, the "golden key" is now out in the wild...

More in Tux Machines

Avidemux 2.6.13 Open-Source Video Editor Gets AAC/ADTS Import and Export

The developers of the Avidemux open-source and cross-platform video editor software have announced a new maintenance update in the 2.6 series, bringing multiple improvements, bug fixes, and a handful of new features. Read more

5 Best Linux Distros for Security

Security is nothing new to Linux distributions. Linux distros have always emphasized security and related matters like firewalls, penetration testing, anonymity, and privacy. So it is hardly surprising that security conscious distributions are common place. For instance, Distrowatch lists sixteen distros that specialize in firewalls, and four for privacy. Most of these specialty security distributions, however, share the same drawback: they are tools for experts, not average users. Only recently have security distributions tried to make security features generally accessible for desktop users. Read more

Linux Foundation and Linux

  • How IoTivity and AllJoyn Could Combine
    At the Embedded Linux Conference in April, Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) Executive Director Mike Richmond concluded his keynote on the potential for interoperability between the OCF’s IoTivity IoT framework and the AllSeen Alliance’s AllJoyn spec by inviting to the stage Greg Burns, the chief architect of AllJoyn. Burns briefly shared his opinion that not only was there no major technical obstacle to combining these two major open source IoT specs, but that by taking the best of both standards, a hybrid could emerge that improves upon both. Later in the day, Burns gave a technical overview of how such a hybrid could be crafted in “Evolving a Best-of-Breed IoT Framework.” (See video below.) Burns stated in both talks that his opinions in no way reflect the official position of OCF or the AllSeen Alliance. At the time of the ELC talk in April, Burns had recently left his job as VP of Engineering at Qualcomm and Chair of the Technical Steering Committee at the AllSeen Alliance to take on the position of Chief IoT Software Technologist in the Open Source Technology Center at Intel Corp.
  • ​Linus Torvalds' love-hate relationship with the GPL
    Linux's founder appreciates what the GNU General Public License has given Linux, but he doesn't appreciate how some open-source lawyers are trying to enforce it in court.
  • Linus Torvalds reflects on 25 years of Linux
    LinuxCon North America concluded in Toronto, Canada on August 25th, the day Linux was celebrating its 25th anniversary. Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, and Dirk Hohndel, VP and chief of open source at VMware, sat down for a conversation at the event and reflected upon the past 25 years. Here are some of the highlights of that conversation.
  • 6 things you should know from Linux's first 25 years
    Red Hat was founded in 1993, two years after Linux was announced and the company has been one of the top contributors to Linux. There is a symbiotic relationship between the company and the project. Whitehurst pointed out that it’s hard to talk about the history of Red Hat without talking about Linux and vice versa.
  • There Is Talk Of Resuming OpenChrome VIA KMS/DRM Driver Development
    Two or so years back or so it was looking hopeful that the mainline Linux kernel would finally have a proper VIA DRM/KMS driver for the unfortunate ones still have VIA x86 hardware and using the integrated graphics. However, that work was ultimately abandoned but there is talk of it being restored.

Security News

  • New FairWare Ransomware targeting Linux Computers [Ed: probably just a side effect of keeping servers unpatched]
    A new attack called FaireWare Ransomware is targeting Linux users where the attackers hack a Linux server, delete the web folder, and then demand a ransom payment of two bitcoins to get their files back. In this attack, the attackers most likely do not encrypt the files, and if they do retain the files, probably just upload it to a server under their control.
  • How do we explain email to an "expert"?
    This has been a pretty wild week, more wild than usual I think we can all agree. The topic I found the most interesting wasn't about one of the countless 0day flaws, it was a story from Slate titled: In Praise of the Private Email Server The TL;DR says running your own email server is a great idea. Almost everyone came out proclaiming it a terrible idea. I agree it's a terrible idea, but this also got me thinking. How do you explain this to someone who doesn't really understand what's going on? There are three primary groups of people. 1) People who know they know nothing 2) People who think they're experts 3) People who are actually experts
  • Why the term “zero day” needs to be in your brand’s cybersecurity vocabulary
    Linux is “open source” which means anyone can look at the code and point out flaws. In that sense, I’d say Linus Torvalds doesn’t have to be as omniscient as Tim Cook. Linux source code isn’t hidden behind closed doors. My understanding is, all the Linux code is out there for anyone to see, naked for anyone to scrutinize, which is why certain countries feel safer using it–there’s no hidden agenda or secret “back door” lurking in the shadows. Does that mean Android phones are safer? That’s up for debate.