|Story||Ubuntu 14.10 Fans, Prepare for "It's a Boring Release" Comments||Rianne Schestowitz||29/09/2014 - 9:08pm|
|Story||Tor executive director hints at Firefox integration||Rianne Schestowitz||29/09/2014 - 9:01pm|
|Story||On the hunt for the right open source project?||Rianne Schestowitz||29/09/2014 - 8:55pm|
|Story||NVIDIA To Issue An Update On Their Support Of Mir & Wayland||Rianne Schestowitz||29/09/2014 - 8:13pm|
|Story||Penn Manor goes 'all in' with open source||Rianne Schestowitz||29/09/2014 - 8:01pm|
|Story||OpenDaylight Helium Bootstraps SDN Security||Rianne Schestowitz||29/09/2014 - 7:56pm|
|Story||OverlayFS Proposed For The Linux 3.18 Kernel||Rianne Schestowitz||29/09/2014 - 7:39pm|
|Story||Open-spec control oriented SBC builds on RPi COM||Rianne Schestowitz||29/09/2014 - 7:30pm|
|Story||DDOS Attack Brings Tux Machines Down||Rianne Schestowitz||29/09/2014 - 7:26pm|
|Story||NVIDIA Suggests Explicit Synchronization For Nouveau||Rianne Schestowitz||29/09/2014 - 7:20pm|
Now that OEMs have acknowledged that smaller and cheaper is better (the customer is always right) we should see a lot more GNU/Linux on retail shelves along with all those Android/Linux devices. The market is converging on a system with options not restrictions. Expect to see Android/Linux + GNU/Linux systems being offered in bulk really soon, perhaps by Christmas.
Learning Linux empowered me to explore and create in a way I never dreamed possible. Open source was initially very challenging as some parts needed configuration that I was unfamiliar with. However, I learned much of what I needed by using search engines and reading forums at Red Hat, Fedora, and other Linux user groups on the internet.
Instead, libressl is here because of a tragic comedy of other errors. Let's start with the obvious. Why were heartbeats, a feature only useful for the DTLS protocol over UDP, built into the TLS protocol that runs over TCP? And why was this entirely useless feature enabled by default? Then there's some nonsense with the buffer allocator and freelists and exploit mitigation countermeasures, and we keep on digging and we keep on not liking what we're seeing. Bob's talk has all the gory details.
But why fork? Why not start from scratch? Why not start with some other contender? We did look around a bit, but sadly the state of affairs is that the other contenders aren't so great themselves. Not long before Heartbleed, you may recall Apple dealing with goto fail, aka the worst bug ever, but actually about par for the course.
Clearly, open source is changing the way software is procured. In the era of monster contracts and a few monster software vendors, upper IT management called all the shots and passed down applications and tools the rest of the organization had to live with. Open source is helping to crack that monolith, so businesses and individuals can make their own software decisions.
Make no mistake: Although open source incurs less capital expense, it's not free -- nor even necessarily cheap compared to proprietary software. Generally speaking, at scale, open source solutions require a higher level of effort and expertise to implement and maintain. Open source's rapid pace of innovation often results in more frequent updates, which means a closer eye on dependencies. In addition, professional services and commercial open source contracts result in significant cost.
OpenMandriva Lx 2014.1 is the latest edition of OpenMandriva, a desktop distribution derived from the old Mandriva Linux.
Though OpenMandriva Lx 2014.1 is a minor update to OpenMandriva Lx 2014.0, which was released back in June (2014), it comes with some significant changes, including, according to the Release Notes, support for booting on computers with UEFI firmware. To quote from the Release Notes: “This is the first release of OpenMandriva Lx that incorporates support for UEFI booting.” Interestingly, the same thing was said of OpenMandriva 2014.0.
Years ago there was a VA-API state tracker within Gallium3D for offering drivers support for the Video Acceleration API. That implementation, however, was dropped back in 2012 as it was largely unmaintained and the VDPAU state tracker proved to be more popular. Now, however, it seems AMD is working to introduce a new VA-API implementation for Gallium3D.
Published on Friday by AMD's Leo Liu was a set of video-related patches for Gallium3D that included a new VA-API state tracker written by Christian König. This new state tracker isn't just a re-send of the earlier patch series: there is new code included but the copyrights also indicate some of the code is from its earlier 2010 state by the community.
For those anxious to see NVIDIA's newest high-end Maxwell graphics card, the recently launched GeForce GTX 980, on Linux, here's some preview results.
My GeForce GTX 980 sample just arrived on Friday so I've been busy testing it over the weekend and plan to have the review out in the next few days. So far, the GeForce GTX 980 is running great on Linux.
These quick weekend benchmarks were comparing EXA and GLAMOR on the Radeon HD 6870 graphics card. The Radeon HD 7000 series hardware and newer (with RadeonSI Gallium3D) only supports GLAMOR -- 2D over OpenGL -- for 2D acceleration. The Radeon HD 6000 series hardware and older meanwhile has the dedicated 2D code-paths to support EXA by default while GLAMOR can be enabled via the xorg.conf if you wish. Fedora 21 has the X.Org Server 1.16 release and with its post-alpha updates was the Linux 3.17 nodebug Rawhide kernel.
The official support for openSUSE 11.4 officially ended back in November 2012, but the openSUSE ecosystem has things that sets it apart. One of those things is called Evergreen support. Basically, after a version of OpenSUSE reaches End of Life, the community can extend the life of the system by integrating patches and fixes long after the developers have finished with it.
- Microsoft Fakes 'Charity' and Uses Religious Groups to Acquire Lock-in in the Public Sector
- Bill Gates' Privatisation Crusade
- Tux Machines Under DDOS Attack
- Links 26/9/2014: LibreOffice Celebrations, Betas of *buntu
- Links 25/9/2014: KDE Roadmap, Bash Bug, GNOME 3.14 in Next Fedora
- Links 24/9/2014: GNOME 3.14 Released, Bash Has a Bug
Builder is an in-development IDE that we reported on a few months ago as part of our GUADEC coverage. Builder aims to be an IDE that will focus purely on GNOME applications, with a goal of making it “Dead Simple”. The lead Builder developer Christian Hergert recently reported on his blog that there are now Fedora 21 COPR builds of the Builder master available for use and testing.