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Phoronix Test Suite 9.8 Released For Open-Source Benchmarking, New Docker Benchmarking Image

2 hours 42 min ago
Phoronix Test Suite 9.8 is available today as the latest quarterly stable feature release to our open-source, cross-platform benchmarking software.

NVIDIA 450.57 Linux Driver Released With Image Sharpening Option, NGX Library

6 hours 34 min ago
Following a NVIDIA 450 Linux beta with the CUDA 11.0-rc in early June and the more formal NVIDIA 450.51 Linux beta later in June, NVIDIA has now promoted the 450 Linux driver series to stable with today's release of the 450.57 driver build...

systemd 246-RC1 Released

6 hours 50 min ago
The first release candidate of the forthcoming systemd 246 is now available for testing...

KDE Seeing Fresh Improvements For HiDPI Support

7 hours 1 min ago
It took the GNOME/Ubuntu side until Canonical developer Daniel van Vugt picked up a 4K display with Intel graphics for various 4K/Intel graphics optimizations to be discovered and continue to be addressed for the GNOME desktop. Now on the KDE side, well known contributor Nate Graham recently picked up a new laptop with HiDPI display and there he has been working to resolve a number of lingering high DPI issues on the KDE front...

LibreOffice Might Delay Its "Personal Edition" Branding Or Change To "Community Edition"

9 hours 13 min ago
In response to the largely critical feedback of LibreOffice 7.0-RC1's branding as "Personal Edition" for the standard version of this open-source office suite, the branding is being reconsidered to either delay it until LibreOffice 7.1 or potentially relabel it as the "Community Edition" version...

GCC Compiler Lands Mitigation For Arm's Straight Line Speculation Vulnerability

9 hours 41 min ago
It took a month after Arm disclosed the CPU "SLS" vulnerability and when the LLVM compiler landed their initial mitigation, but the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) now has mitigations as well for this Straight Line Speculation vulnerability...

OpenSUSE Leap 15.2 Hops Onto The Microsoft Store For WSL/WSL2

10 hours 7 min ago
Following last week's release of openSUSE Leap 15.2, this latest community, SUSE-backed Linux distribution release is now available via the Microsoft Store...

A Microsoft Addition For systemd 246 Exposes Host OS Information To Containers

13 hours 17 min ago
There is a last minute change from a Microsoft engineer to the upcoming systemd 246 that is now undergoing release preparations...

Mesa 20.1.3 Brings More Fixes To The Open-Source Vulkan / OpenGL Drivers

Thursday 9th of July 2020 04:00:54 AM
Mesa 20.1.3 is out as the newest bi-weekly point release for this stable Mesa3D series...

GNOME 3.36.4 Released With Faster Mutter Fix Back-Ported

Wednesday 8th of July 2020 10:09:14 PM
A day after the GNOME 3.37.4 development release, out today is GNOME 3.36.4 as the latest stable point release for the current desktop series...

Linux Kernel Raising Compiler Build Requirement To GCC 4.9

Wednesday 8th of July 2020 07:10:38 PM
Linus Torvalds has decided to up the compiler build requirement for the Linux kernel to GCC 4.9...

Open Usage Commons Is Google-Backed Organization For Helping With Open-Source Project Trademarks

Wednesday 8th of July 2020 02:15:32 PM
Open Usage Commons is a new organization announced today that is backed by Google for helping open-source projects in managing their trademarks...

SUSE Acquiring Rancher Labs

Wednesday 8th of July 2020 01:28:14 PM
SUSE is upping their container game by acquiring Rancher Labs...

Intel Details Thunderbolt 4 With More Capabilities, USB4 Compatibility

Wednesday 8th of July 2020 01:14:04 PM
Intel has today made public more details on their next-generation Thunderbolt connectivity that brings more features while offering USB4 specification compliance. Thunderbolt 4 is coming with forthcoming Tiger Lake laptops...

Intel Architectural LBR Support Going Into Linux 5.9

Wednesday 8th of July 2020 11:47:35 AM
Intel CPUs have long supported LBR for last branch records as a means of recording the branches to which software has taken along with exposing other control flow information. This has relied upon model-specific registers while with future Intel CPUs this is being folded into a more universal CPU architectural feature. Support for Intel "Arch LBR" is set to come later this year with the Linux 5.9 kernel...

Fedora Developers Evaluating Compression Options For Btrfs-By-Default Proposal

Wednesday 8th of July 2020 10:53:38 AM
The proposal for using Btrfs by default on the Fedora desktop is gaining a fair amount of traction and interest from the community and could possibly move ahead but further testing and decisions are still to be made...

GNOME Shell + Mutter 3.37.3 Are Out Roaring With Better Performance

Wednesday 8th of July 2020 08:12:25 AM
Released on Tuesday was GNOME 3.37.3 but missing the mark in time for that proper milestone were the all important GNOME Shell and Mutter components. But a few hours past the mark, they were released and come with some big changes...

Panfrost Gallium3D Driver Adds Midgard Multi-Sampling Support

Wednesday 8th of July 2020 06:53:56 AM
The Panfrost Gallium3D driver providing open-source OpenGL support for Arm Mali graphics hardware now has working multi-sample anti-aliasing (MSAA) for Arm Midgard hardware...

NVIDIA CUDA 11.0 Released With Ampere Support, New Programming Features

Wednesday 8th of July 2020 04:00:00 AM
NVIDIA appears to have quietly promoted CUDA 11.0 to its stable channel...

PTGui Panorama Photo Stitching Software Ported To Linux

Wednesday 8th of July 2020 12:44:31 AM
PTGui as one of the leading panorama photo stitching software programs on Windows and macOS has finally been ported to Linux...

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Security Leftovers

  • FreeBSD Security Advisory FreeBSD-SA-20:19.unbound
  • GCC Compiler Lands Mitigation For Arm's Straight Line Speculation Vulnerability

    It took a month after Arm disclosed the CPU "SLS" vulnerability and when the LLVM compiler landed their initial mitigation, but the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) now has mitigations as well for this Straight Line Speculation vulnerability. The Straight Line Speculation vulnerability could lead to instructions on ARMv8 processors being executed following a change in control flow. Mitigating SLS involves using SB instructions for a speculation barrier following vulnerable instructions.

  • Security updates for Thursday

    Security updates have been issued by CentOS (firefox), Debian (ffmpeg, fwupd, ruby2.5, and shiro), Fedora (freerdp, gssdp, gupnp, mingw-pcre2, remmina, and xrdp), openSUSE (chocolate-doom), Oracle (firefox and kernel), and Ubuntu (linux, linux-lts-xenial, linux-aws, linux-kvm, linux-raspi2, linux-snapdragon and thunderbird).

  • Mozilla Security Blog: Reducing TLS Certificate Lifespans to 398 Days

    We intend to update Mozilla’s Root Store Policy to reduce the maximum lifetime of TLS certificates from 825 days to 398 days, with the aim of protecting our user’s HTTPS connections. Many reasons for reducing the lifetime of certificates have been provided and summarized in the CA/Browser Forum’s Ballot SC22. Here are Mozilla’s top three reasons for supporting this change.

Games: Proton, SUPERHOT, Vintage Story

  • New Games You Can Play With Proton Since June 2020

    It’s now July 2020 and the Steam Summer Sale has just ended. I hope you took the chance to grab some titles at low prices! We did! This time around I will not delve into games with the largest number of reports on ProtonDB. Instead, I focus on recent reports for which the median rating (not the ProtonDB one, my own rating based on the raw data) is something like Platinum or Gold at least (4 or 5 on my scale).

  • SUPERHOT: MIND CONTROL DELETE arrives for Linux PC on July 16

    Time moves when you move. Ready for more? SUPERHOT: MIND CONTROL DELETE is confirmed to be launching for Linux and it's going to be available on July 16. Even better, if you buy the original SUPERHOT before then it will be yours free. It was actually already available on Windows in Early Access for some time but they're now moving to full release for all platforms and they're making a bit of a splash about it. Coming to Linux officially is obviously great news too!

  • Wilderness survival game 'Vintage Story' adding seasons, improved graphics

    Vintage Story, an uncompromising wilderness survival sandbox game inspired by lovecraftian horror themes has a new test release up that makes it an even deeper game. Minecraft in style, sure, someone will mention that I've no doubt due to the blocky style. Anything actually like Minecraft? No, quite far from it. The gameplay mechanics have a lot more depth to them and it's quite a lot more interesting but everything also takes a lot more time to learn and get through. Vintage Story's description of being 'uncompromising' certainly holds up at times.

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