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  • Linux 4.3.6 reaches end of the road, users urged to move to Linux 4.4

    Linux 4.3 was not a long term support release, and the last maintenance build is now Linux kernel 4.3.6, as announced earlier by Mr. Kroah-Hartman, who is a renowned kernel developer and maintainer. He has incessantly told users to update to the 4.3.6 point release, but at the same time, he has also urged them to move up to the most advanced stable series, for security and performance optimization purposes. Right now, the most updated version happens to be Linux 4.4, which just received its second point release the other day and will be getting a long term support.

  • Work on the mainline kernel for open Xperia devices

    We’ve just released new build guides on how to build Linux mainline kernel for Xperia devices and how to build a minimal version of Linux for Xperia devices. With these assets, you can experiment with IoT prototyping, or join the development of support for Xperia devices in the Linux kernel. Learn about this, and find out how the Open Device program got its start after the jump.

  • Firmware Updates for Linux - Richard Hughes
  • Making use of persistent memory

    Persistent memory holds a lot of promise: what's not to like about vast amounts of directly-attached memory that remembers its contents over a power cycle?

  • A Btrfs File-System Kernel Driver For Windows

    Unlike other Btrfs drivers for Windows written up to this point, this new driver is a proper Windows kernel driver and it also supports read-write functionality. Aside from RAID and compression support missing, the developer Mark Harmstone says that it's "practically feature-complete - albeit very much an alpha version."

  • Intel Graphics Installer 1.4.0 Released With Support for Ubuntu 15.10
  • Intel Graphics Installer 1.4.0 Released and Support Ubuntu 15.10 Wily
  • [Xorg] Google Summer of Code 2016
  • What’s New in Wayland 1.10

    Wayland 1.10 introduces a larger range of new functionality than what’s been typical in recent Wayland releases; this is partly due to the longer development period because of the holidays and other end of the year activities. More importantly, Wayland support is being actively refined for many desktop environments, applications, and devices and we’ve seen better engagement from the wider community as more people have shared their ideas and development efforts. We’re beginning to see the fruits of these collaborations.

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Zorin OS 12 Beta - Flat white, no sugar

I did not do any other testing, no extensive tweaking, no customization. I felt no need or desire to do so. Now, do remember Zorin OS 12 is still in beta, so we can excuse some of the problems we see here. But others are purely Ubuntu, and have been ported over from the parent distro without any discrimination or any improvements and fixes introduced in the last six months. The big offenders include: multimedia and smartphone support, poor software management, and then the somewhat heavy utilization and slow performance. Zorin is quite pretty but weary on the eyes, it tries perhaps too hard to be more than it is, and overall, the value it brings is negatively offset by the myriad papercuts of its design and the implementation of its unique style, plus the failings of the Ubuntu family. It's an okay choice, if you will, but there's nothing too special about it anymore. It's not as fun as it used to be. Gone is the character, gone is the glamor. This aligns well with the overall despair in the Linux desktop world. Maybe the official release will be better, but I doubt it. Why would suddenly one distro excel where 50 others of the same crop had failed with the exact same problems? Final grade, 5/10. Test if you like the looks, other than that, there's no incentive in really using Zorin. Oh how the mighty have fallen. Read more

PlayStation 4 hacked again? Linux shown running on 4.01 firmware

Hackers attending the GeekPwn conference in Shanghai have revealed a new exploit for PlayStation 4 running on the 4.01 firmware. In a live demo you can see below, once again the Webkit browser is utilised in order to inject the exploit, which - after a conspicuous cut in the edit - jumps to a command line prompt, after which Linux is booted. NES emulation hilarity courtesy of Super Mario Bros duly follows. Assuming the hack is authentic - and showcasing it at GeekPwn makes the odds here likely - it's the first time we've seen the PlayStation 4's system software security compromised since previous holes in the older 1.76 firmware came to light, utilised by noted hacker group fail0verflow in the first PS4 Linux demo, shown in January this year. Read more Also: 'Deus Ex: Mankind Divided' Coming To Linux In November, Mac Port On Hold