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Marek Continues Baking More Mesa Optimizations

Sunday 7th of August 2016 05:04:09 PM
AMD developer Marek Olšák continues leading their recent charge on looking to boost the performance potential out of Mesa / Gallium3D...

The Many Exciting Features To The Linux 4.8 Kernel

Sunday 7th of August 2016 12:41:00 PM
Today marks the closure of the Linux 4.8 kernel merge window so as usual here is our recap of all the features we've been monitoring over the past two weeks. Among the highlights for Linux 4.8 are AMD GPU OverDrive overclocking, initial NVIDIA Pascal support, a new ARM Mali display driver, mainline support for the Raspberry Pi 3 BCM SoC, HDMI CEC support, big reworks to Btrfs and XFS file-system code, and a number of new security features, among other changes.

Phoronix Test Suite 6.6 M2 Preps More Open-Source Benchmarking Improvements

Sunday 7th of August 2016 12:38:10 PM
The second development release of Phoronix Test Suite 6.6-Loppa is now available for your cross-platform, open-source benchmarking needs...

Script Makes It Easy To Deploy Steam On FreeBSD

Sunday 7th of August 2016 11:51:37 AM
With a new script, it's possible to get Valve's Steam Linux game client running relatively well on FreeBSD...

XFS Reverse-Mapping Proposed For Linux 4.8: Getting Ready For New File-System Features

Sunday 7th of August 2016 12:09:59 AM
Last week was the main XFS feature pull for Linux 4.8 while one day before the 4.8 merge window is expected to close, XFS maintainer Dave Chinner is hoping to land a big new feature...

DragonFlyBSD 4.6 vs. Linux Benchmarks

Saturday 6th of August 2016 08:53:11 PM
With DragonFlyBSD 4.6 having been released this week, here are benchmarks comparing its performance to that of the previous DragonFlyBSD 4.4 release as well as seeing how it compares to some Linux distributions.

4-Disk Btrfs RAID Benchmarks On Linux 4.7

Saturday 6th of August 2016 03:16:02 PM
Going along with the recent Linux 4.7 file-system benchmarks, here are some tests of Btrfs' built-in RAID functionality when tested on the Linux 4.7 kernel across four SATA SSDs.

New SDIO WiFi Driver Added To Linux 4.8

Saturday 6th of August 2016 02:47:36 PM
The sole new driver in the kernel's staging area for Linux 4.8 is for some SDIO WiFi cards...

Reboot Mode Driver Added To Linux 4.8 Kernel

Saturday 6th of August 2016 12:55:15 PM
The power supply updates for Linux 4.8 adds a "reboot mode" driver to the kernel...

The Speed Of Ubuntu 16.10 Currently Versus Ubuntu 16.04, Clear Linux

Saturday 6th of August 2016 12:41:53 PM
Being mid-way through Ubuntu 16.10's development cycle, here are some fresh benchmarks showing how its performance has changed (if at all) compared to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS as well as compared to Intel's high-performance Clear Linux distribution as a reference point...

PHP 7.1 Beta 2 Released

Saturday 6th of August 2016 12:26:08 PM
The second beta of the upcoming PHP 7.1 major release is now available for testing...

Wine 1.9.16 Brings Further Direct3D CS Improvements

Saturday 6th of August 2016 02:36:04 AM
Wine 1.9.16 is now available as the latest bi-weekly release of Wine for running Windows programs on Linux and other operating systems...

Intel Mesa Soon Having OpenGL 4.5, Collabora To Focus On Performance

Friday 5th of August 2016 07:06:52 PM
Collabora's Timothy Arceri, one of the firm's open-source graphics driver developers, has written a blog post about recent work they've done to the open-source Intel Mesa driver stack...

Btrfs RAID 5/6 Code Found To Be Very Unsafe & Will Likely Require A Rewrite

Friday 5th of August 2016 03:00:04 PM
It turns out the RAID5 and RAID6 code for the Btrfs file-system's built-in RAID support is faulty and users should not be making use of it if you care about your data...

FreeBSD 11.0 Has Been Pushed Back By One Week

Friday 5th of August 2016 02:11:59 PM
FreeBSD 11.0 has seen a very minor set-back in getting its release out the door...

GCC 6.2 Is Coming Quite Soon

Friday 5th of August 2016 12:43:12 PM
Version 6.2 of the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) is expected to come quite soon...

Btrfs Gets More Clean-Ups & Bug Fixes For Linux 4.8

Friday 5th of August 2016 12:30:01 PM
There is a second round of Btrfs file-system updates for the Linux 4.8 merge window...

Unigine 2.3 Improves Screen-Space Raytraced Reflections

Friday 5th of August 2016 12:02:49 PM
The visually stunning and longtime Linux-friendly Unigine Engine is up to version 2.3 with a number of new features...

Linux 4.7 - Btrfs vs. EXT4 vs. F2FS vs. XFS vs. NTFS Benchmarks

Friday 5th of August 2016 12:11:17 AM
Continuing on from yesterday's Linux 4.4 To 4.7 - EXT4 vs. F2FS vs. Btrfs Benchmarks comparison, here is a wider look at mainline file-systems on the Linux 4.7. File-systems tested on the NVMe SSD included Btrfs, EXT4, F2FS, XFS, and NTFS...

GNU C Library 2.24 Released

Thursday 4th of August 2016 11:28:44 PM
Glibc 2.24 was released today as the newest version of the GNU C Library...

More in Tux Machines

Opera Data Breach, Security of Personal Data

  • Opera User? Your Stored Passwords May Have Been Stolen
    Barely a week passes without another well-known web company suffering a data breach or hack of some kind. This week it is Opera’s turn. Opera Software, the company behind the web-browser and recently sold to a Chinese consortium for $600 million, reported a ‘server breach incident’ on its blog this weekend.
  • When it comes to protecting personal data, security gurus make their own rules
    Marcin Kleczynski, CEO of a company devoted to protecting people from hackers, has safeguarded his Twitter account with a 14-character password and by turning on two-factor authentication, an extra precaution in case that password is cracked. But Cooper Quintin, a security researcher and chief technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, doesn’t bother running an anti-virus program on his computer. And Bruce Schneier? The prominent cryptography expert and chief technology officer of IBM-owned security company Resilient Systems, won’t even risk talking about what he does to secure his devices and data.

Android Leftovers

FOSS and Linux Events

  • On speaking at community conferences
    Many people reading this have already suffered me talking to them about Prometheus. In personal conversation, or in the talks I gave at DebConf15 in Heidelberg, the Debian SunCamp in Lloret de Mar, BRMlab in Prague, and even at a talk on a different topic at the RABS in Cluj-Napoca.
  • TPM Microconference Accepted into LPC 2016
    Although trusted platform modules (TPMs) have been the subject of some controversy over the years, it is quite likely that they have important roles to play in preventing firmware-based attacks, protecting user keys, and so on. However, some work is required to enable TPMs to successfully play these roles, including getting TPM support into bootloaders, securely distributing known-good hashes, and providing robust and repeatable handling of upgrades. In short, given the ever-more-hostile environments that our systems must operate in, it seems quite likely that much help will be needed, including from TPMs. For more details, see the TPM Microconference wiki page.
  • More translations added to the SFD countdown
    Software Freedom Day is celebrated all around the world and as usual our community helps us to provide marketing materials in their specific languages. While the wiki is rather simple to translate, the Countdown remains a bit more complicated and time consuming to localize. One needs to edit the SVG file and generate roughly a 100 pictures, then upload them to the wiki. Still this doesn’t scare the SFD teams around the world and we are happy to announce three more languages are ready to be used: French, Chinese and German!

Second FreeBSD 11.0 Release Candidate Restores Support for 'nat global' in IPFW

Glen Barber from the FreeBSD project announced the availability of the second RC (Release Candidate) development build of the upcoming FreeBSD 11.0 operating system. Read more