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The "Chinese EPYC" Hygon Dhyana CPU Support Still Getting Squared Away For Linux

Back in June is when the Linux kernel patches appeared for the Hygon Dhyana, the new x86 processors based on AMD Zen/EPYC technology licensed by Chengdu Haiguang IC Design Co for use in Chinese data-centers. While the patches have been out for months, they haven't reached the mainline kernel quite yet but that might change next cycle. The Hygon Dyhana Linux kernel patches have gone through several revisions and the code is mostly adapting existing AMD Linux kernel code paths for Zen/EPYC to do the same on these new processors. While these initial Hygon CPUs appear to basically be re-branded EPYC CPUs, the identifiers are different as rather than AMD Family 17h, it's now Family 18h and the CPU Vendor ID is "HygonGenuine" and carries a new PCI Express device vendor ID, etc. So the different areas of the kernel from CPUFreq to KVM/Xen virtualization to Spectre V2 mitigations had to be updated for the correct behavior. Read more

Good Support For Wayland Remote Desktop Handling On Track For KDE Plasma 5.15

The KDE Plasma 5.15 release due out next year will likely be in good shape for Wayland remote desktop handling. The KDE Plasma/KWin developers have been pursuing Wayland remote desktop support along a similar route to the GNOME Shell camp by making use of PipeWire and the XDG-Desktop-Portal. Bits are already in place for KDE Plasma 5.13 and the upcoming 5.14 release, but for the 5.15 release is now where it sounds like the support may be in good shape for end-users. Read more

Linux developers threaten to pull “kill switch”

Linux powers the internet, the Android in your pocket, and perhaps even some of your household appliances. A controversy over politics is now seeing some of its developers threatening to withdraw the license to all of their code, potentially destroying or making the whole Linux kernel unusable for a very long time. Read more

Games: SC Controller, PlayOnLinux, OpenRA, Galaxy in Turmoil

Microsoft denies role in Birmingham Linux flop

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Microsoft has insisted it did not slash its software prices to encourage Birmingham City Council to abort its Linux project.

Review: Mandriva 2007 Free Linux

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MDV

Mandriva has quite a reputation for creating Linux distributions well suited for beginners coming from Windows. They have several paid-for versions but with the release of Mandriva 2007 a free version has been released. A distribution ideal for the Linux newcomer, especially if they want to dual boot with Windows.

As Etch progresses, Debian's release manager talks turkey

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Linux

Release managers are not mentioned in the Debian Constitution, yet few positions in Debian are more influential, especially in the final stages of preparation for a release. Recently, Andreas Barth, who shares the release manager position with Steve Langasek, took time from his efforts coordinating the Etch release -- tentatively scheduled for early December -- to talk about the stages in the release process, the goals for the upcoming release, and the short- and long-range problems that he faces in his role.

OIN stands ready to protect Linux from patent attack

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Linux

Having formed last year to provide Linux with intellectual property (IP) protection, the Open Invention Network has declared itself ready to respond to Microsoft Corp's 'baseless' claims that Linux contains its IP.

French National Assembly switches to Linux

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Linux

Deputies elected to the French National Assembly in the next legislative session will find open-source software on their desktop PCs.

Damn Small Linux to offer FREE market place for merchants

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Misc

In an attempt to passively earn funding for the Damn Small Linux project, the developers of DSL are offering free storefronts to merchants. Having a store front on damnsmalllinux.org is an opportunity for retailers to increase visibility and sales without risk.

Book review: Mambo - Visual Blueprint

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Reviews

The danger with Mambo and similar systems (such as PHP-Nuke), is that it's easy to just dive in and get something that sort-of works. The aim of the Mambo: Visual Blueprint is to provide readers with a fast way into configuring and getting the best out of Mambo.

Book review: OpenVPN: Building and Integrating Virtual Private Networks

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Reviews

The product specific book OpenVPN Building and Integrating Virtual Private Networks is a thorough and detailed manual on achieving a realistic and successful deployment. The authors in depth personal knowledge is warmly encapsulated in the content.

OpenGL Pipeline Newsletter Vol 002 - OpenGL now and in the near future

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Software

The second edition of OpenGL Pipeline, the quarterly newsletter covering all things the OpenGL standards body has “in the pipeline”, covers many important issues: from what to expect in the new SDK, to information about OpenGL “Longs Peak” and OpenGL “Mt. Evans”, to technical optimization.

Turning kids on to computing - not

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Misc

Tis the season to be deluged with ads for all manner of crap for kids, including “educational” computer games. Yeah, right. Wouldn’t you rather give your kids something of value, and that will help them develop real skills? Instead of turning into nearsighted wheezing lardbutted obsessive-compulsive button-pushers?

Three, two, one…Geronimo!, Part 4: The schema of things

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News

The Web browser marks the end of a line that begins with the database schema. So how do you create a good database schema? You need more than effective tools; you need a plan. Designing databases is part science and part art, so start honing your skills now. Discover some useful tips for designing a database schema that's fast, efficient, and responsive to change.

Novell Marketing in the UK

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SUSE

Novell is already marketing its Microsoft deal in the UK. A couple of readers have sent me their UK newsletter, and it's a pip. They mention the patent aspect of the deal, by the way, prominently.

The future of X

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Software

Keith Packard is one of the main X developers and currently works at Intel to improve their graphic drivers for X and to improve X in general. He had a talk at this year’s akademy titled “Multi-Head RandR” and I was eager to get my hands on the slides since I was not able to attend akademy. Today he sent me an e-mail noting that he finally found the time to put the slides of his presentation online.

Behind the scenes at GNOME's Web site revision

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Web

Like any large organisation, the GNOME Project faces a formidable challenge in maintaining an effective Web site. Trying the balance the demands of promotion, documentation, and community coordination is made all the more difficult when you only have volunteers to do the work. But over the past year the GNOME community has developed and begun to execute a well-defined process to refocus and rejuvenate its much-neglected Web presence.

Review of Slackware 11.0

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Slack

Slackware is one of the oldest Linux distributions alive today and focuses on stability over cutting edge features. You might not find many flashy GUI tools for Slackware, but don't let that fool you - this is one heck of a distro. Today I'm taking a look at this latest version of Slackware and explore the myth that Slackware isn't for newbies.

Myths And Realities Of Open Source

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OSS

Continuing advancements in reliability and performance are elevating the role of open source in software development. Both users and developers are eager for the spread of cost-effective open source solutions from today's relatively simple deployments, such as Web services, into core functions such as transaction processing and enterprise databases. But is open source ready for such a transition?

OpenOffice extension rivals SharePoint

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Software

Most people think that OpenOffice.org is a strong office-suite in its own right. But, when it came to a back-office document collaboration and management engine, like Microsoft SharePoint to enable OpenOffice users to work together, it was a different story.

Photos: Top 10 pieces of Linux kit

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Linux

From robots to ice cream machines, from Xbox to MP3 players to phones...

Featured Here.

How GPL fits in with the future of antitrust regulation

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OSS

People are permitted to make and distribute derivative works only if they adhere to the same license terms as the original work. Accordingly, as noted by the court, "the GPL propagates from user to user and revision to revision; neither the original author, nor any creator of a revised or improved version, may charge for the software or allow any successor to charge."

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The "Chinese EPYC" Hygon Dhyana CPU Support Still Getting Squared Away For Linux

Back in June is when the Linux kernel patches appeared for the Hygon Dhyana, the new x86 processors based on AMD Zen/EPYC technology licensed by Chengdu Haiguang IC Design Co for use in Chinese data-centers. While the patches have been out for months, they haven't reached the mainline kernel quite yet but that might change next cycle. The Hygon Dyhana Linux kernel patches have gone through several revisions and the code is mostly adapting existing AMD Linux kernel code paths for Zen/EPYC to do the same on these new processors. While these initial Hygon CPUs appear to basically be re-branded EPYC CPUs, the identifiers are different as rather than AMD Family 17h, it's now Family 18h and the CPU Vendor ID is "HygonGenuine" and carries a new PCI Express device vendor ID, etc. So the different areas of the kernel from CPUFreq to KVM/Xen virtualization to Spectre V2 mitigations had to be updated for the correct behavior. Read more

Good Support For Wayland Remote Desktop Handling On Track For KDE Plasma 5.15

The KDE Plasma 5.15 release due out next year will likely be in good shape for Wayland remote desktop handling. The KDE Plasma/KWin developers have been pursuing Wayland remote desktop support along a similar route to the GNOME Shell camp by making use of PipeWire and the XDG-Desktop-Portal. Bits are already in place for KDE Plasma 5.13 and the upcoming 5.14 release, but for the 5.15 release is now where it sounds like the support may be in good shape for end-users. Read more

Linux developers threaten to pull “kill switch”

Linux powers the internet, the Android in your pocket, and perhaps even some of your household appliances. A controversy over politics is now seeing some of its developers threatening to withdraw the license to all of their code, potentially destroying or making the whole Linux kernel unusable for a very long time. Read more

Games: SC Controller, PlayOnLinux, OpenRA, Galaxy in Turmoil