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The Linux Kernel Prepares To Be Further Locked Down When Under UEFI Secure Boot

Thursday 1st of March 2018 04:43:23 PM
For more than the past year we have reported on kernel work to further lock down the Linux kernel with UEFI Secure Boot and it's looking now like that work may finally be close to being mainlined...

Qt 5.11 Beta Rolls Out, Multiple Betas Expected

Thursday 1st of March 2018 12:10:19 PM
It's been just one week since Qt 5.11 Alpha shipped while today The Qt Company released Qt 5.11 Beta 1...

Wayland's Weston Gets Patch For High Priority GPU Support

Thursday 1st of March 2018 11:06:39 AM
Last year Intel open-source developers squared away priority GPU scheduling support within their kernel DRM driver and from Mesa are exposing support for "high priority" GPU processes via the EGL_IMG_context_priority extension. There hasn't been any major real-world user of this support yet, but a patch would allow Wayland's Weston OpenGL renderer to make use of it...

Rostkatze: Vulkan Over Direct3D 12 With C++

Thursday 1st of March 2018 10:50:21 AM
A prolific contributor to Mozilla's GFX-RS project, the Rust programming language, and also an author to a Rust-based SPIR-V shader compiler is now working on a C++-based Vulkan-over-D3D12 implementation...

Urban Terror 4.3.3 Released, An Ioquake3-Powered Game Still Going

Thursday 1st of March 2018 10:26:46 AM
Many ioquake3-powered games like OpenArena, Smokin' Guns, World of Padman, and others have faded away or at least not put out a new release in a number of years, but I was surprised this morning waking up to a new Urban Terror release...

Raven Ridge, Vulkan & Another Valve Linux Developer Excited Folks This Month

Thursday 1st of March 2018 12:43:13 AM
Another month is in the books as we approach the 14th birthday of Phoronix. It was another eventful month with 293 original news articles and another 18 featured reviews/articles on the site along with many other benchmarks being a work-in-progress...

X.Org Server 1.20 RC1 Released

Wednesday 28th of February 2018 07:08:41 PM
As was planned yesterday, X.Org Server 1.20 Release Candidate 1 has become a reality...

Sculpt Aims To Be A General-Purpose OS Built Atop Genode

Wednesday 28th of February 2018 03:38:55 PM
The Sculpt operating system that aims for day-to-day / general purpose use-cases and built atop the Genode OS Framework is now available...

KDE Plasma 5.13 Getting Friendlier Monitor Hot-Plug Handling

Wednesday 28th of February 2018 02:28:40 PM
KDE's KScreen screen configuration tool is getting some nice improvements as part of the Plasma 5.13 development cycle...

Benchmarking An ARM 96-Core Cavium ThunderX System

Wednesday 28th of February 2018 01:49:26 PM
A Phoronix reader granted us remote access to a FOXCONN C2U4N_MB system featuring two Cavium ThunderX 48-core SoCs. For those curious about the potential of a modern 96-core ARM platform, here are some basic benchmark results.

GraphicsFuzz Demo Works On Fuzzing Your GPU Drivers Through WebGL In The Browser

Wednesday 28th of February 2018 01:02:21 PM
In the past we have reported on work done by students at the Imperial College London on fuzzing OpenGL drivers and in the process uncovering various driver bugs affecting Linux too. They have out a new WebGL demo that has already uncovered at least one Mesa driver bug...

RadeonSI NIR Support Is Getting Squared Away, A Call For More Game Testing

Wednesday 28th of February 2018 11:15:22 AM
Valve Linux GPU driver developer Timothy Arceri provided a status update today on the RadeonSI NIR back-end that is needed as part of the SPIR-V ingestion upbringing and that this Radeon GCN OpenGL driver may switch to using NIR by default in the future...

A Look At The Many Features To X.Org Server 1.20

Wednesday 28th of February 2018 10:48:28 AM
2017 marked the first tine in a decade without seeing a major update to the X.Org Server. But finally X.Org Server 1.20 is now being prepared for release and it incorporates all the major work since the X.Org Server 1.19 debut in November 2016. Needless to say, xorg-server 1.20 is going to be a huge release...

VLC 3.0.1 Released With Chromecast Improvements, Better Qt HiDPI Support

Wednesday 28th of February 2018 10:43:36 AM
Following the big VLC 3.0 release from the beginning of February, the VideoLAN crew is ending out the month with the v3.0.1 point release...

VirtualBox 5.2.8 Released With Linux 4.15 Kernel Support, PCID For Guests

Wednesday 28th of February 2018 10:32:18 AM
For those of you making use of Oracle VM VirtualBox, the 5.2.8 point release is now available as a rather large point release...

Latest DRM-Intel-Next Pull Request For Linux 4.17 Declares Cannonlake Ready To Go

Wednesday 28th of February 2018 10:15:54 AM
Intel Linux developer Joonas Lahtinen has sent in the latest DRM-Intel-Next pull request of new material for DRM-Next that in turn will land during the next Linux 4.17 kernel cycle...

X.Org Server 1.20 Release Candidate Due For Release Tomorrow

Tuesday 27th of February 2018 10:44:58 PM
Indeed it turns out that the landing today of RandR leases and deep color / color depth 30 support for GLAMOR/modesetting is because Red Hat's Adam Jackson is finally wrangling the xorg-server 1.20 release together...

Falkon 3.0 Released As The Successor To The QupZilla Browser

Tuesday 27th of February 2018 07:25:26 PM
Falkon 3.0 has been released today as the first version since its rebranding from QupZilla as an open-source, Qt-powered web-browser...

RandR CRTC/Output Leases Lands In X.Org Server

Tuesday 27th of February 2018 06:38:23 PM
One big piece of Keith Packard's work on improving Steam VR for Linux or particularly VR HMD handling is now merged to Git master...

GLAMOR & xf86-video-modesetting Get Deep Color Support In X.Org Server 1.20

Tuesday 27th of February 2018 04:01:07 PM
Independent developer Mario Kleiner has spent the past several months working on plumbing the Linux graphics stack for better "deep color" or 30-bit color depth support. His latest work on the X.Org Server has now been merged to mainline...

More in Tux Machines

Android/Google: Pixel 2, Xiaomi Kernel Source, David Kleidermacher on Security

  • Google Pixel 2 Portrait Mode Tech Is Now Open Source
    The tech behind the portrait mode on Google Pixel 2  has been made open source by the company. For those who not familiar with it, one of the main draw to the algorithm in the Pixel 2’s camera app is excellent subject isolation without needing additional apparatus such as specialized lens or second camera.
  • Xiaomi releases Oreo kernel source code for the Mi A1
    Xiaomi promised that the Mi A1 would receive Oreo by the end of 2017, and the company hit a buzzer-beater by rolling out Android 8.0 to the Android One device on December 30th. But the kernel source code was nowhere to be found, a violation of the GNU General Public License, version 2 (GPLv2), and an affront to the development and enthusiast community. It's about two-and-a-half months late, but Xiaomi has finally released the Android 8.0 Oreo source code for the Mi A1.
  • Google Says Android Is as Secure as Apple's iOS and Wants You to Know That
    Google's Android security chief David Kleidermacher told CNET today that the Linux-based Android mobile operating system the company develops for a wide range of devices is now as secure as Apple's iOS. Google recently published its "Android Security 2017 Year In Review" report where the company talks about how Android security has matured in the last few years and how it fights to find new ways to protect Android users from malware and all the other nasty stuff you obviously don't want to have on your mobile phone or tablet.

If you owned a 'fat' PlayStation 3 you could be entitled to $65 from Sony because of Linux option

Cast your mind back to when Sony released the original PlayStation 3, and you may well remember claims that the console was also a "computer". The claims were such that Sony suggested that owners could install Linux -- which, technically speaking, they could. However, installing Linux on a PS3 also posed something of a security issue, and Sony backtracked on the "Other OS" feature, killing it will a firmware update. Unsurprisingly, a lawsuit followed, and the result of this is that you could in line for a pay-out. Read more

today's leftovers

  • Zorin OS 12.3 Linux Distro Released: Download The Perfect Windows Replacement
    While listing out the best distros for a Linux beginner, the ease of use and installation are the most critical factors. Such qualities make distros like Linux Mint, Ubuntu, and Zorin OS the most recommended options. In case you’re also concerned about your privacy and security, a shift to the world of Linux becomes a more obvious option. Calling itself a replacement for Windows and macOS, Zorin OS has been established as a beginner-friendly option that offers a smooth ride while making the transition. The latest Zorin OS 12.3 release works to strengthen the basics of the operating system and polishes the whole experience.
  • Ramblings about long ago and far away
    I had originally run MCC (Manchester Computer Center Interim Linux) in college but when I moved it was easier to find a box of floppies with SLS so I had installed that on the 486. I would then download software source code from the internet and rebuild it for my own use using all the extra flags I could find in GCC to make my 20Mhz system seem faster. I instead learned that most of the options didn't do anything on i386 Linux at the time and most of my reports about it were probably met by eye-rolls with the people at Cygnus. My supposed goal was to try and set up a MUD so I could code up a text based virtual reality. Or to get a war game called Conquer working on Linux. Or maybe get xTrek working on my system. [I think I mostly was trying to become a game developer by just building stuff versus actually coding stuff. I cave-man debugged a lot of things using stuff I had learned in FORTRAN but it wasn't actually making new things.]
  • EzeeLinux Show 18.13 | Running Linux On Junk
    A talk about the advantages of running Linux on junk hardware.
  • Best 50 HD Wallpapers for Ubuntu
    Wallpapers are useful in many ways depending on the visual it contains for example if there is a motivational quote on it, it helps to motivate you. The images are the best type of wallpaper because they have an impact on the mind of a human being. So if you are a working professional and have to work continuously on a computer then your desktop cab be a source of inspiration and happiness. So today we are going to share 50 best HD Wallpapers for your Ubuntu which will keep your desktop fresh.
  • Ubuntu Tried Adding Synaptics Support Back To GNOME's Mutter
    GNOME developers previously dropped support for Synaptics and other input drivers from Mutter in favor of the universal libinput stack that is also Wayland-friendly. Canonical developers tried to get Synaptics support on X11 added back into Mutter but it looks clear now that was rejected. Canonical's Will Cooke reported in this week's Ubuntu happenings that they were trying to add upstream support for Synaptics to Mutter, complementing the libinput support. While it's great Canonical trying to contribute upstream to GNOME, Synaptics support was previously dropped as being a maintenance burden and with libinput support getting into rather good shape.
  • Long live Release Engineering
    y involvement in Fedora goes back to late 2003 early 2004 somewhere as a packager for I started by getting a few packages in to scratch some of my itches and I saw it as a way to give back to the greater open source community. Around FC3 somewhere I stepped up to help in infrastructure to rebuild the builders in plague, the build system we used before koji and that we used for EPEL(Something that I helped form) for awhile until we got external repo support in koji. I was involved in the implementation of koji in Fedora, I joined OLPC as a build and release engineer, where I oversaw a move of the OS they shipped from FC6 to F8, and laid a foundation for the move to F9. I left OLPC when Red Hat opensourced RHN Satellite as “spacewalk project” I joined Red Hat as the release engineer for both, after a brief period there was some reorganisation in engineering that resulted in me handing off the release engineering tasks to someone closer the the engineers working on the code. As a result I worked on Fedora full time helping Jesse Keating. When he decided to work on the internal migration from CVS to git I took over as the lead. [...] Recently I have accepted a Job offer to become the manager of a different team inside of Red Hat.

Linux 4.17 Spring Cleaning To Drop Some Old CPU Architectures and Recent Torvalds Interview

  • Linux 4.17 Spring Cleaning To Drop Some Old CPU Architectures
    Longtime Linux kernel developer Arnd Bergmann is working to drop a number of old and obsolete CPU architectures from the next kernel cycle, Linux 4.17. The obsolete CPU architectures set to be removed include Blackfin, CRIS, FR-V, M32R, MN10300, META (Metag), and TILE. Managing to escape its death sentence is the Unicore32 architecture with its port maintainer claiming it's still actively being used and maintained.
  • [Older] Linus Torvalds Interview by Kristaps

    Interviewer: we all know who Linus is, but not many people know he’s also a proficient diver. Why don’t we start at the beginning: where you first started diving, and when you started to take diving seriously.  

    Actually, it was related to open source, in some way. [...]