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  • FSF Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Report now available

    The Annual Report reviews the FSF's activities, accomplishments, and financial picture from October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017. It is the result of a full external financial audit, along with a focused study of program results. It examines the impact of the FSF's events, programs, and activities, including the annual LibrePlanet conference, the Respects Your Freedom (RYF) hardware certification program, and the fight against Digital Restrictions Management (DRM).

    "Software filters the information we receive about the world, the messages we put out into the world, and even the way we physically move in the world," said FSF executive director John Sullivan in his introduction to the FY2017 report. "If the software is not free 'as in freedom'... the consequences for the rest of us will be loss of democracy, privacy, security, freedom of speech, freedom of movement -- and even loss of life."

    The FSF publishes its financials and annual report as part of their commitment to transparency. Along with its strong financial health, accountability and transparency are the reasons the FSF is a Charity Navigator Four Star Charity.

  • FSFE Planet has been refurbished

    If you are reading these lines, you are already accessing the brand-new planet of the FSFE. While Björn, Coordinator of Team Germany, has largely improved the design in late 2017, we tackled many underlying issues this time.

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Radeon Developments

  • The Radeon "RADV" Driver Now Exposes Vulkan 1.1 On Android
    While the Mesa-based Radeon "RADV" Vulkan driver has been exposing Vulkan 1.1 since last year, the upcoming Mesa 19.1 will bring support for Vulkan 1.1 when this driver is active on Android systems. While the intersection of RADV driver usage on Android systems is quite low, this RADV Vulkan 1.1 support on Android comes following the merging of the YCbCr support into Mesa Git for the upcoming 19.1 release. Of the many additions to Vulkan 1.1 was YCbCr color formatted textures handling
  • Radeon Software for Linux 19.10 Adds Ubuntu 18.04.2 Support
    Radeon Software for Linux 19.10 was quietly released at the end of last week and seemed to go unnoticed until a Phoronix reader pointed out the existence of this updated hybrid driver featuring the AMDGPU All-Open and AMDGPU-PRO components. While being the first new release stream in quite a while to succeed the 18.50 series, the changes aren't all that noteworthy for what has been made public. The main change of Radeon Software for Linux 19.10 is now supporting Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS, the latest Ubuntu LTS point release pulling in the graphics/kernel components from Ubuntu 18.10. So this should also allow the AMDGPU-PRO driver to work on Ubuntu 18.10 thanks to the shared components. This new driver release does not support the newly-minted Ubuntu 19.04 with AMD not supporting the non-LTS releases at least until those bits end up being found in an Ubuntu LTS point release.

Android Leftovers

GNU/Linux Domination in Devices

  • Survey reveals IoT developers' most-used tools
    The survey was carried out by the Eclipse IoT Working Group, a not-for-profit open source software organisation, in conjunction with its members – including Bosch Software Innovations and Red Hat. About three quarters of survey respondents used Linux for edge and gateway IoT devices, while about half used Windows. Debian and its derivatives Raspbian, Ubuntu and Ubuntu Core were the most-used Linux distributions.
  • Ubuntu is #1 for embedded & IoT
    The results are in! Eclipse.org recently published their 2019 IoT Developer Survey. Ubuntu is again the top choice for embedded & IoT, with our cousins Raspbian and Debian taking 2nd and 3rd respectively. The numbers fall off pretty steeply after that.
  • Development board with triple DP++ ports runs on Ryzen R1000
    Sapphire has launched an “AMD FS-FP5R 5×5” SBC with an AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000 SoC plus 2x GbE, 3x DP++, USB 3.1, SATA III, and M.2 expansion. Sapphire also sells two Ryzen V1000 based SBCs. Hong Kong based Sapphire Embedded Solutions is primarily known for its gaming and graphics cards, but it also has an embedded product line that runs on AMD embedded processors like the G-series and R-series. Now, the company has launched an AMD FS-FP5R 5×5 SBC with AMD’s new R-series successor, the Ryzen Embedded R1000. No OS details were listed, but Linux and Windows 10 are supported on two Sapphire SBCs built around the more powerful Ryzen Embedded V1000: the AMD FS-FP5V and more recent, Mini-ITX form factor AMD IPC-FP5V 10GbE (see farther below).

What's New In Xubuntu 19.04?

April is one of the months awaited by Ubuntu fans. Because this month is the schedule for the release of the latest version. Usually, in every 2 years, we will find Ubuntu releasing the LTS version with longer support. Ubuntu has released version 19.04 with code name Disco Dingo. This distribution is not included in the LTS category, so it only gets support for the next 9 months. However, many features are added in this version. You can see the detailed features added in here! Besides Ubuntu, other variants such as Xubuntu, Kubuntu and Lubuntu also released 19.04. And in this article I want to discuss about Xubuntu 19.04. Read more