It's fair to say no-one has answered the smartwatch question yet. But in Google's Android Wear and Samsung's Tizen OS, we have two very different attempts.
We pit the two operating systems against each other, looking at hardware, compatibility, interface, health and fitness tracking and apps to help you decide which platform to plump for.
With a report that Linux 4.5-rc2 manages to improve the AMD R9 Fury (Fiji) performance, I spun up a Linux 4.5-rc2 kernel this morning for easing those wanting to test the AMDGPU driver atop Ubuntu.
While the Ubuntu Mainline Kernel PPA ships with the AMDGPU DRM driver enabled, it doesn't yet enable the new PowerPlay Kconfig option for getting faster performance on hardware like Fiji, Tonga, etc. Their kernel also doesn't ship with the experimental CIK GPU support enabled. Thus I spun a 4.5-rc2 kernel this morning that enables these extra AMDGPU tunables.
With Linux 4.5-rc2 that was released last night, the new AMDGPU DRM driver is supposedly much faster compared to last week's 4.5-rc1 kernel.
A Phoronix reader commented, "I read through the changelog and saw that there were several amdgpu patches. I just built this RC, rebooted, and ran some 3d benchmarks an the result is: a) double or quadruple the framerates that I got with RC1, and no more overheating. I have the same model R9 Fury that Michael excluded from the last round of benchmarks due to performance/stability problems."
The first edition of Kali Linux Rolling, Kali 2016.1, was released more than a week ago. It marks the end of Kali Linux 2 and the beginning of a new release regime.
It’s still based on Debian Testing, so existing users don’t have to do anything special but run a few commands to upgrade from Kali Linux 2 to Kali Linux 2016.1. Aside from installation images for the GNOME 3 desktop, there are also installation images for the Light edition, which uses the Xfce desktop environment. And there are also ARM installation images.
Running rm -rf / on any UEFI Linux distribution can potentially perma-brick your system.
As a public service announcement, recursively removing all of your files from / is no longer recommended. On UEFI distributions by default where EFI variables are accessible via /sys, this can now mean trashing your UEFI implementation.
Running a single delete command in Linux can permanently brick some laptops [Ed: this is systemd and UEFI]
It’s fairly stupid to run such a command, but usually not destructive to anything but the Linux installation. However, as it turns out, on MSI laptops it’s possible to completely wipe the EFI boot partition from inside Linux.
Running rm -rf / on any UEFI Linux distro can potentially perma-brick your system, Windows PCs also vulnerable
Google has developed an open source infrastructure software build using its Go language.
The ad-flinger has released the Seesaw load balancer for Linux, built to replace two existing systems.
Code has been released to GitHub here.
Google’s site reliability engineer, Joel Sing, blogged that Seesaw would increase the availability of service and reduce the management overhead.
“We are pleased to be able to make this platform available to the rest of the world and hope that other enterprises will be able to benefit,” Sing wrote.
Linus Torvalds announced the release of Linux 4.5-rc2 this weekend as was expected as the next weekly test version of this new kernel.
Linus mentions in the 4.5-rc2 announcement that he was happy with how this release was turning out, but since Friday there were many more pull request submitted. The amount of new activity in the past few days though doesn't worry Torvalds and is the result in finding bugs by users/developers in trying out Linux 4.5.
Renowned kernel maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman reports at the end of January the release and immediate availability for download of the ninety-sixth maintenance build of the Linux 3.10 long-term supported kernel series.