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Original Articles from 2010

  1. Results are in: openSUSE's Community Survey - 30 Dec 10
  2. Spotlight on Linux: VectorLinux 6.0 - 29 Dec 10
  3. PCLOS 64-Bit Suffers Delays, but Still Coming - 28 Dec 10
  4. Unity Coming to openSUSE too?! - 24 Dec 10
  5. Sabayon Christmas Gaming Edition is Here - 23 Dec 10
  6. First Mageia Packagers Meeting Signals Beginning - 22 Dec 10
  7. Allegations of OpenBSD Backdoors May be True, Updated - 22 Dec 10
  8. Mandriva Wallpaper Contest Winners Chosen - 21 Dec 10
  9. My Top Five Favorite Distributions for 2010 - 19 Dec 10
  10. Red Hat Dictates Fedora 15 Wallpaper - 16 Dec 10
  11. Ubuntu Indicators in openSUSE? - 15 Dec 10
  12. Debian Squeeze Kernel to be Completely Free - 15 Dec 10
  13. Government Backdoors in OpenBSD? - 14 Dec 10
  14. Spotlight on Linux: ZevenOS-Neptune 1.9.1 - 14 Dec 10
  15. Is Zorin OS Really Easier than Ubuntu? - 13 Dec 10
  16. Top 10 Ideas for Upcoming Ubuntu Releases - 10 Dec 10
  17. Sabayon to Bring Christmas Surprise - 09 Dec 10
  18. Enter Mandriva's Wallpaper Contest - 09 Dec 10
  19. Mageia Has an Official Logo - 08 Dec 10
  20. Has the Novell Deal Hampered openSUSE? - 08 Dec 10
  21. Xfce 4.8.0 on Track for January Release - 07 Dec 10
  22. Fedora Moving to Unity Too - 03 Dec 01
  23. Mageia Trudging on to Release - 02 Dec 01
  24. The openSUSE and Ubuntu Rollercoasters - 01 Dec 10
  25. openSUSE to Offer a Rolling Release - 01 Dec 10
  26. The (open)Fate of openSUSE - 30 Nov 10
  27. What's Coming in Mandriva 2011 - 26 Nov 10
  28. Things for which I'm Grateful - 25 Nov 10
  29. Ubuntu to Become a Rolling Release - 23 Nov 10
  30. SimplyMepis Celebrates 8th Anniversary with Release - 23 Nov 10
  31. Updated: Novell Sold - What Will Become openSUSE? - 22 Nov 10
  32. PCLinuxOS to Get a 64-bit Version - 19 Nov 10
  33. Just Another Ubuntu-based Distro or Something More - 18 Nov 10
  34. Debian Trying to Recruit More Women - 17 Nov 10
  35. Spotlight on Linux: Fedora 14 - 17 Nov 10
  36. Fedora Welcomes in New Management - 16 Nov 10
  37. Debian 6.0 Homestretch Just Around Corner - 15 Nov 10
  38. Mandriva Christmas Present and Beyond - 12 Nov 10
  39. Fusion Linux 14 Mere Weeks Away - 11 Nov 10
  40. PCLinuxOS Releases a Slew of Quarterly Updates - 10 Nov 10
  41. SimplyMepis 11.0 on Its Way! - 10 Nov 10
  42. Mandriva Fork Mageia to See Alpha this December - 09 Nov 10
  43. Compiz to be Rewritten for Ubuntu Wayland - 07 Nov 10
  44. Is Shuttleworth Crazy, Brave, or Smart? - 05 Nov 10
  45. Pardus 2011 on the way with new goodies - 05 Nov 10
  46. MyPaint hits 0.9 and is looking good - 03 Nov 10
  47. Pinta 0.5 Released - What's it like? - 02 Nov 10
  48. OpenOffice.org 3.3.0 Almost Here - Is It the Last? - 01 Nov 10
  49. What Will Happen to GNOME Now? - 01 Nov 10
  50. Command Line not out of fashion everywhere - 29 Oct 10
  51. Open Source for Amercia Honors Open Source Advocates - 28 Oct 10
  52. Spotlight on Linux: Arch Linux 2010.05 - 28 Oct 10
  53. Mozilla Releases Firefox 3.6.12 and Delays 4.0 - 27 Oct 10
  54. Fedora 14 Has Gone Gold - 26 Oct 10
  55. Oracle OpenOffice.org vs. TDF LibreOffice - 26 Oct 10
  56. Compiz Brings New Eye Candy to You and Ubuntu - 25 Oct 10
  57. First look at Kubuntu 10.10 - 18 Oct 10
  58. Oracle Confirms Committment to OpenOffice.org - 14 Oct 10
  59. Ubuntu 10.10 almost ready for you - 07 Oct 10
  60. Fedora 14 Well On Its Way to a Desktop Near You - 07 Oct 10
  61. Your Office is Saved -- OpenOffice.org Forked! - 04 Oct 10
  62. Spotlight on Linux: SliTaz GNU/Linux 3.0 - 29 Sep 10
  63. Developers fork Mandriva Linux - Welcome Mageia - 24 Sep 10
  64. OpenIndiana Picks up Where OpenSolaris Left off - 22 Sep 10
  65. sidux changes to aptosid by upgrade or ISO - 21 Sep 10
  66. Why Broadcom's Release More Significant than Just Code - 17 Sep 10
  67. More on Canonical's Contributions - 16 Sep 10
  68. Debian Updates, Code Names, Back Ports, Screenshots, and Derived - 15 Sep 10
  69. Scary New Horror Adventure Available for Linux - 13 Sep 10
  70. Two Popular Distributions Release Development Milestones - 10 Sep 10
  71. Spotlight on Linux: Zenwalk Linux 6.4 "Live" - 08 Sep 10
  72. Old Generals Never Die - They just Wear a Red Hat - 07 Sep 10
  73. No Steam for Linux - Right Now - 02 Sep 10
  74. As Predicted, OpenSolaris Board Disbands - 01 Sep 10
  75. Google Adds Phone Calls to Linux Gmail Use - 31 Aug 10
  76. Spotlight on Linux: Parsix 3.6 (RC) - 25 Aug 10
  77. Gmail Voice and Video Chat - Too Little too Late? - 20 Aug 10
  78. Two Distributions Celebrate Birthdays - 19 Aug 10
  79. Where do Debian Developers Come From? - 18 Aug 10
  80. Oracle Delivers Friday the 13th Bad Luck to FOSS - 16 Aug 10
  81. Debian 6.0 on Track for December Release - 12 Aug 10
  82. Spotlight on Linux: openSUSE 11.3 - 11 Aug 10
  83. Spin Your Own Debian with Live Studio - 10 Aug 10
  84. Legal DVD Playback Coming to Linux? - 09 Aug 10
  85. Illumos Makes OpenSolaris Board Threat Moot - 06 Aug 10
  86. Ubuntu Empire Strikes Back - 30 Jul 10
  87. Spotlight on Linux: SimplyMEPIS 8.5.x - 29 Jul 10
  88. Prettier Fonts Coming Your Way - 27 Jul 10
  89. OpenOffice.org 3.3 Definitely On Its Way - 26 Jul 10
  90. India's $35 Tablet- The Everything Killer - 23 Jul 10
  91. Will Oracle Let OpenSolaris Whither and Die? - 22 Jul 10
  92. Spotify Comes to Linux - Well, Some Linux - 20 Jul 10
  93. A week or two with Kongoni GNU/Linux* - 18 Jul 10
  94. Mandriva Press Release Raises More Questions - 15 Jul 10
  95. Spotlight on Linux: Pardus Linux 2009.2 - 14 Jul 10
  96. openSUSE 11.0 Gets Short Stay of Execution - 13 Jul 10
  97. Mandriva and Derivative Release Latest - 12 Jul 10
  98. A New Era of Compiz - 08 Jul 10
  99. Spotlight on Linux: Sabayon Linux 5.3 - 07 Jul 10
  100. Two Popular Distros Release Latest Wares - 06 Jul 10
  101. OpenOffice.org to use GStreamer for Multimedia - 05 Jul 10
  102. Kanotix 2010 - 01 Jul 10
  103. Debian Opens "Front Desk" for Derivatives - 01 Jul 10
  104. Mandriva's Future Rosy or Rose Colored? - 30 Jun 10
  105. EFF delivers HTTPS Not Quite Everywhere - 29 Jun 10
  106. Mozilla, Opera, and Flock Release VP8 Ready Browsers - 22 Jun 10
  107. Spotlight on Linux: Linux Mint 9 - 16 Jun 10
  108. Spotlight on Linux: Slackware Linux 13.1 - 02 Jun 10
  109. Spotlight on Linux: PCLinuxOS 2010 - 12 May 10
  110. From Karmic to Lucid: Distribution Update Screenshots* - 05 May 10
  111. Freshly Squeezed Debian: Installing from Live DVD* - 20 Apr 10
  112. SimplyMepis 8.5 - 15 Apr 10
  113. Stop Wine-ing: 15 Games for Linux - 28 Mar 10
  114. Secret Future Ubuntu User Interface Plans Revealed!* - 27 Mar 10
  115. DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 341 - 15 Feb 10
  116. LinuxCertified Laptop – a review* - 05 Feb 10
  117. From (Y)AWN to Cairo!* - 31 Jan 10
  118. Buying a Linux Laptop ...* - 22 Jan 10
  119. Screencasting Under Linux--A brief Story* - 15 Jan 10
  120. School computer introductions* - 13 Jan 10

* - Posts by other contributers.










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Linux 5.9 Performance Is Off To A Great Start With FSGSBASE Boost

FSGSBASE particularly helps out context switching heavy workloads like I/O and allowing user-space software to write to the x86_64 GSBASE without kernel interaction. That in turn has been of interest to Java and others. While going through patch review, we've benchmarked FSGSBASE patches at different points and found the performance benefits to be evident and helping in areas hurt by the likes of Spectre/Meltdown. FSGSBASE is supported on Intel CPUs since Ivy Bridge as well as newer AMD CPUs, where the performance is also helped. On Linux 5.9 where FSGSBASE is finally mainlined, it's enabled by default on supported CPUs. FSGSBASE can be disabled at kernel boot time via the "nofsgsbase" kernel option. On Linux 5.9+, looking for "fsgsbase" in the /proc/cpuinfo is the indicator whether FSGSBASE kernel usage is happening though note prior to 5.9 on supported CPUs the "fsgsbase" string is always present. For this article are some early data points of Linux 5.9 tested out-of-the-box on a Git snapshot and then again when booting that kernel image with "nofsgsbase" and repeating the tests. Via the Phoronix Test Suite various benchmarks relevant to FSGSBASE testing were carried out. Quick tests on both Intel Core and AMD Ryzen are done for this article while additional tests will be coming of Linux 5.9 over the weeks ahead -- 5.9-rc1 isn't even out until next weekend as marking the end of 5.9 features landing. Read more Also: User Xattr Support Finally Landing For NFS In Linux 5.9 Please pull NFS server updates for v5.9

Python Programming

today's leftovers

  • "Hey, DT. Why Arco Linux Instead Of Arch?" (Plus Other Questions Answered)

    In this lengthy rant video, I address a few questions that I've been receiving from viewers. I discuss fake DistroTube accounts on social media, my thoughts on PeerTube, my experience with LBRY, my thoughts on Arco vs Arch vs Artix, and what YouTubers have influenced my life.

  • 2020-08-10 | Linux Headlines 186

    elementary OS teases big changes coming in version 6, RetroArch rolls out major search improvements with version 1.9, Microsoft releases Minecraft: Education Edition for Chromebooks, and the new Krita Scripting School website aims to help developers expand the painting application.

  • R600 Gallium3D Now Has Compute Shaders Working With NIR

    If you are still rocking a pre-GCN AMD Radeon graphics card on the R600g driver for the HD 2000 through HD 6000 series, you really ought to consider upgrading in 2020, but otherwise at least from the open-source community there continues to be improvements.

  • NVIDIA GeForce are teasing something for August 31, likely RTX 3000

    Ready for your next upgrade? NVIDIA think you might be and they're teasing what is most likely the GeForce RTX 3000 launch at the end of this month. We don't know what they're actually going to call them, although they will be based on the already revealed Ampere architecture announced back in May. It's probably safe to say RTX 3000 for now, going by the last two generations being 1000 and 2000 but NVIDIA may go for something more fancy this time.

  • How to Learn Python in 21 Days?

    Before moving further, let’s have a brief introduction to Python Language. Python, designed by Guido Van Rossum in 1991, is a general-purpose programming language. The language is widely used in Web Development, Data Science, Machine Learning, and various other trending domains in the tech world. Moreover, Python supports multiple programming paradigms and has a huge set of libraries and tools. Also, the language offers various other key features such as better code readability, vast community support, fewer lines of code, and many more. Here in this article, we’ll discuss a thorough curriculum or roadmap that you need to follow to learn Python in just 21 days!

  • This Week In Servo 135

    Last week we released Firefox Reality v1.2, which includes a smoother developer tools experience, along with support for Unity WebXR content and self-signed SSL certificates. See the full release notes for more information about the new release.

OSS Leftovers

  • Richard Stallman Discusses Privateness Dangers of Bitcoin, Suggests 'One thing A lot Higher'
  • The many meanings of 'Open': Open Data, Open Source, and Open Standards

    It is important to note that open source software is not always “free” software. The difference is in the licensing and the level of effort required to customize the code for your use case. According to GNU progenitor and software freedom advocate Richard Stallman, free does not mean non-proprietary but rather suggests that “users have the freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software” for any purpose. (“This is a matter of freedom, not price, so think of ‘free speech,’ not ‘free beer,’” Stallman says.). One also has the freedom to sell the software after modifying it. Implementing open source software inside a business enterprise frequently requires customization for your organization’s workflow. Whether this customization is done using internal resources or with the help of external consultants, it typically is not free, nor is the subsequent maintenance of the software. Successful open source software is designed and built using a collaborative community software development process that releases frequent updates to improve functionality and reliability. The key is in the “community” adoption and development.

  • How an open community rebrands

    As an open community evolves, so does the way it expresses its identity to others. And having open conversations about how you'd like your community to be recognized is an important component of community engagement. Simply put, your community's brand is what people (especially potential contributors) see first when they encounter you. So you want to make sure your brand reflects your community—its values, its principles, and its spirit. [...] Together, then, we were able to augment Jim's experience at Red Hat (though we always welcomed his perspectives along the way). Over the past half-decade, the Open Organization community has grown from a small group of passionate people debating nascent ideas about the "cultural side" of open source to a bustling bunch of thought leaders who have literally written the definition of what it means to be an open organization. To put it in open source terms: Our entire upstream project continues to evolve from that founding gesture.

  • LibreOffice 7.0 arrives, improves performance and compatibility

    AMD sponsored the developers' implementing the Skia graphics engine in LibreOffice. In Windows this open source 2D graphics library provides upgraded performance. Additionally the engine is accelerated by the Vulkan graphics and compute API.

  • TinyFloat, Troll Arithmetic, GIMP Palettes

    I've been working on a 64 bit extension to the 6502 processor architecture. This is for the purpose of implementing a secure computer which also has a hope of working after post industrial collapse.

    Along the way, I have found a use for a practical use for 8 bit floating point numbers. Floating point representations were historically used for scientific calculations. The two components of a floating point number - the exponent and mantissa - work in a manner similar to logarithms, slide rules and the scientific representation of numbers. For example, 1.32×104 = 13,200. Why not just write the latter? Scientific notation works over a *very* large scale and is therefore useful for cosmology, biology and nanofabrication. For computing, floating point may use binary in preference to decimal. Also, it is not typical to store both the exponent and mantissa within 8 bits.

  • Open Source Contributions on the Rise in FinTech, Healthcare and Government [Ed: "The Linux Foundation sponsored this post." So the Foundation is now busy distorting the media instead of actually supporting developers who develop Free software on shoestring budget.]

    Enterprise use of open source remains stable, and a new generation of companies are increasing their engagement with open source communities. Led by financial services, healthcare and government, more organizations across most industry verticals are regularly (frequently or sometimes) contributing to upstream projects, going from 42% to 46% over the last three years.

  • TODO Group Survey Shows Stable Enterprise Open Source Use

    The “Open Source Programs in the Enterprise” survey, from The Linux Foundation’s TODO Group and The New Stack says “enterprise use of open source remains stable.” An article by Lawrence Hecht reports that more organizations across industry verticals are regularly contributing to upstream projects, increasing from 42% to 46% over the past three years. “The multi-year effort provides a solid baseline for measuring change, growth and effectiveness of efforts to guide corporate open source policies and community participation,” Hecht said.