Has The Sky Fallen? Qualcomm Contributes To Freedreno's DRM/KMS Driver
In an interesting change of events, Code Aurora on the behalf of the Qualcomm Innovation Center has added Adreno A4xx product support to the Freedreno-spawned DRM/KMS "MSM" driver.
Rob Clark started the Freedreno project over two years ago as a reverse-engineered project around Qualcomm's Adreno hardware. At the time Rob was working for Texas Instruments but now is employed by Red Hat. The Freedreno driver has largely been developed just by Rob with contributions by a few others, but without any official support from Qualcomm. Freedreno is to Adreno hardware as Nouveau is to NVIDIA hardware. Like Nouveau, Rob developed Freedreno code through clean-room reverse engineering.
New Projects from the Ever-Protean World of Open Source
In my previous column, I pointed out that free software was now so successful, and in so many fields, that people might wonder whether there's anything left to do. The question was rhetorical, of course, of course: the ingenuity of the open source community means that people there will always find new and exciting projects. And not just the big one that I suggested of baking strong crypto into all our communication tools. There are countless other novel uses for open source, as these three very different examples below indicate.
Microsoft 'loves' Linux? Then stop attacking open source
According to Satya Nadella, Microsoft loves Linux. He said as much, complete with pictures -- and his team backs him up. In itself, it's a remarkable statement.
Nadella's predecessor, Steve Ballmer, described open source in the darkest terms, characterizing it (with the GNU GPL) as a commercial cancer and never retracting the slur. In many ways, that dark prophecy has come true for Microsoft, which has seen its rent-seeking business model steadily eroded by open source. Though it still has a cash cow to milk, Microsoft's monopolies no longer frighten anyone.
Window and Desktop Switcher moved to Look’n’Feel Package
Today we did an important change in how KWin will distribute its assets in the upcoming 5.2 release. When we started our thoughts about the Look’n’Feel Package and how we want to have meta themes for the complete Plasma workspace we also wanted to have this for the Window and Desktop switcher provided by KWin. So the structure of the Look’n’Feel Package already has all the pieces for including the Window and Desktop Switcher, but it was not used. Now we finally addressed this for the 5.2 release and moved the default switcher into the Look’n’Feel Package and KWin can locate the switchers from the Look’n’Feel Package.
The Wine development release 1.7.30 is now available.
What's new in this release (see below for details):
- More support for fonts in DirectWrite.
- Improved ATL thunk support.
- A few more C runtime functions.
- Regedit import/export fixes.
- Various bug fixes.
CoreOS offers private Docker container registries for world+dog
Container-loving Linux vendor CoreOS has made its on-premises Docker container registry software available as a standalone product.
Previously, CoreOS Enterprise Registry was only available as part of the company's Premium Managed Linux offering, which it describes as "OS as a service."
As of Thursday, it is now available for use with any Docker-enabled OS – and these days, what Linux distro hasn't gone gaga for Docker? Even Microsoft is getting into the act.
Manjaro Works To Make Calamares A Distribution-Independent Installer
The Arch-based Manjaro crew has been developing Calamares, an open-source installation framework they hope will basically lead to being a universal Linux distribution installer.
The Manjaro camp has been developing Calamares as a distribution installer framework they'll be using for Manjaro 0.9+ and they also hope other Linux distributions will adopt it so it can become somewhat of a universal Linux installer so each distribution camp no longer keeps needing to write their own installer.