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Intel Coffee Lake Graphics Support Added To DragonFlyBSD

Wednesday 3rd of January 2018 10:51:31 AM
DragonFlyBSD should now have initial support for Intel's latest-generation "Coffee Lake" graphics...

GNOME's BuildStream Reaches v1.0

Wednesday 3rd of January 2018 10:41:41 AM
GNOME's BuildStream project has declared its first stable release, v1.0, after being in development for the past year...

For Now At Least AMD CPUs Are Also Reported As "Insecure"

Wednesday 3rd of January 2018 02:16:31 AM
Right now with the big mysterious security vulnerability causing the rush of the x86 Page Table Isolation work that landed in the Linux kernel days ago, it's believed to be a problem only affecting Intel CPUs. But at least for now the mainline kernel is still treating AMD CPUs as "insecure" and is too taking a performance hit...

Linux Gaming Performance Doesn't Appear Affected By The x86 PTI Work

Wednesday 3rd of January 2018 02:06:49 AM
With the recently published Initial Benchmarks Of The Performance Impact Resulting From Linux's x86 Security Changes, one of the common questions that came up is whether gaming performance is adversely affected by the x86 Page Table Isolation changes recently merged to the Linux kernel...

Initial Benchmarks Of The Performance Impact Resulting From Linux's x86 Security Changes

Tuesday 2nd of January 2018 11:35:26 PM
Over the past day you've likely heard lots of hysteria about a yet-to-be-fully-disclosed vulnerability that appears to affect at least several generations of Intel CPUs and affects not only Linux but also Windows and macOS. The Intel CPU issue comes down to leaking information about the kernel memory to user-space, but the full scope isn't public yet until the bug's embargo, but it's expected to be a doozy in the data center / cloud deployments. Due to the amount of interest in this issue, here are benchmarks of a patched kernel showing the performance impact of the page table isolation patches.

Flashrom 1.0 Officially Released For Programming BIOS/EFI/ROM Flash Chips

Tuesday 2nd of January 2018 10:52:35 PM
The Flashrom utility that's associated with the Coreboot project for reading/writing/erasing/verifying flash chips commonly for motherboard BIOS/UEFI/firmware chips has reached its long-awaited v1.0 milestone...

Wine 2.0.4 Released While Wine 3.0 Is Just Around The Corner

Tuesday 2nd of January 2018 09:17:27 PM
While Wine 3.0 is expected to be released later this month, Wine 2.0.4 is available right now as the current stable release for running Windows programs on Linux...

Linspire Is Back From The Dead In 2018

Tuesday 2nd of January 2018 04:19:45 PM
Remember Linspire? The Linux distribution formerly known as "Lindows" is back from the dead.....

systemd Breached One Million Lines Of Code In 2017

Tuesday 2nd of January 2018 04:02:27 PM
Systemd had a busy 2017 and its code-base is now up to over one million lines...

LLVM Clang 6.0 Benchmarks On AMD's EPYC Yield Some Performance Benefits

Tuesday 2nd of January 2018 01:29:48 PM
With LLVM 6.0 being branched this week and that marking the end of feature development on this next compiler update before its stable debut in February, here are some benchmarks of the very latest LLVM Clang 6.0 compiler on AMD's EPYC 7601 32-core / 64-thread processor as we see how well the AMD Zen "znver1" tuning is working out.

With Qt 6.0 Development To Heat Up, 2018 Should Be Exciting For Qt

Tuesday 2nd of January 2018 12:46:11 PM
Qt 6.0 planning has begun and we should be hearing more about this next major tool-kit update as the year goes on. Here's some of what we can expect from Qt in the near future...

Even With An Intel Core i9 7980XE, LLVMpipe Is Still Slow

Tuesday 2nd of January 2018 11:18:04 AM
During the recent holidays when running light on benchmarks to run, I was toying around with LLVMpipe in not having run this LLVM-accelerated software rasterizer in some time. I also ran some fresh tests of Intel's OpenSWR OpenGL software rasterizer that has also been living within Mesa...

Mesa Grew By Nearly 250,000 Lines Of Code In 2017 Across 10k Commits

Tuesday 2nd of January 2018 10:56:24 AM
For those wondering Mesa's rate of change last year while adding in many OpenGL 4.5~4.6 features, a lot of Vulkan driver activity, countless performance optimizations, and the plethora of other work that took place in 2017, here are some numbers...

OpenShot Video Editor Planning For Many Improvements In 2018

Tuesday 2nd of January 2018 01:55:46 AM
The OpenShot open-source non-linear video editor is planning for many improvements this year...

Steam On Linux Ended 2017 With A Slight Increase In Marketshare

Tuesday 2nd of January 2018 12:18:45 AM
With PUBG popularity appearing to decline a bit during December, the Steam Survey results for December 2017 show an increase in the Linux percentage,..

CIB: Getting The Clang Compiler To Run In A Web Browser

Monday 1st of January 2018 09:13:04 PM
CIB is a new hobby project getting the full-blown Clang C/C++ compiler to run within a web browser as a technical feat...

Talk Of VIA Getting Back Into The x86 CPU Space With Zhaoxin

Monday 1st of January 2018 08:58:46 PM
Making the news rounds again is word of Zhaoxin Semiconductor that is jointly owned by VIA working on modern and competitive x86 processors...

The Linux Kernel Gained 2.5 Million Lines Of Code, 71k Commits In 2017

Monday 1st of January 2018 06:08:45 PM
Here are some numbers on the Linux kernel development trends for 2017...

Open-Source Driver Progress & Vulkan Dominated December

Monday 1st of January 2018 01:24:48 PM
Aside from our 2017 year-end recap, if you were busy reliving the favorite moments of last year and missed some of our original content in December, here's a look back at the top highlights of last month...

NVIDIA Appears To Still Be Experimenting With The VkHLF High Level Vulkan Framework

Monday 1st of January 2018 01:00:02 PM
Released nearly one year ago was the experimental NVIDIA VkHLF project as a high-level framework for Vulkan. It's been a while since last hearing anything about it, but some new code was just merged...

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Plasma 5.12 LTS beta available in PPA for testing on Artful & Bionic

Adventurous users, testers and developers running Artful 17.10 or our development release Bionic 18.04 can now test the beta version of Plasma 5.12 LTS. Read more Also: Kubuntu 17.10 and 18.04 Users Can Now Try the KDE Plasma 5.12 LTS Desktop

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Debian Developers: Google Summer of Code, Quick Recap of 2017

  • RHL'18 in Saint-Cergue, Switzerland
    In between eating fondue and skiing, I found time to resurrect some of my previous project ideas for Google Summer of Code. Most of them are not specific to Debian, several of them need co-mentors, please contact me if you are interested.
  • Quick recap of 2017
         After the Stretch release, it was time to attend DebConf’17 in Montreal, Canada. I’ve presented the latest news on the Debian Installer front there as well. This included a quick demo of my little framework which lets me run automatic installation tests. Many attendees mentioned openQA as the current state of the art technology for OS installation testing, and Philip Hands started looking into it. Right now, my little thing is still useful as it is, helping me reproduce regressions quickly, and testing bug fixes… so I haven’t been trying to port that to another tool yet. I also gave another presentation in two different contexts: once at a local FLOSS meeting in Nantes, France and once during the mini-DebConf in Toulouse, France. Nothing related to Debian Installer this time, as the topic was how I helped a company upgrade thousands of machines from Debian 6 to Debian 8 (and to Debian 9 since then). It was nice to have Evolix people around, since we shared our respective experience around automation tools like Ansible and Puppet.

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