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4MLinux 21.0 Distro Hits Stable Channel with Support for Windows Shares, More

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4MLinux developer Zbigniew Konojacki informs Softpedia today about the promotion of the 4MLinux 21.0 independently-developed operating system to the stable channel.

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Maui 17.03 "Cuba Libre" Linux OS Has KDE Plasma 5.9.3, Qt 5.7.1 & Calamares 3.1

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The Ubuntu-based Maui operating system has been updated this weekend to the 17.03 version, a major release that appears to add many of the latest GNU/Linux technologies and Open Source applications.

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Release Notes for siduction 2017.1.0

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Today we are proud to release siduction 2017.1.0 with the flavours KDE, LXQt, GNOME, Cinnamon, MATE, XFCE, LXDE, Xorg and noX. The fact that Debian is in deep freeze for Debian 9 »Stretch« allows us to release the whole stack. As I posted before not too long ago, we planned the release before going to CLT-Conference on 11./12. of March, and voila – here it is.

The released images are a snapshot of Debian unstable, that also goes by the name of Sid, from 2017-05-03. They are enhanced with some useful packages and scripts, a brand new installer and a custom patched version of the linux-kernel 4.10, accompanied by X-Server 1.19.2-1 and systemd 232-19.

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GNU/Linux Desktop: Litebook, Razer, Ryzen, and Linux Club Guide

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  • Litebook Launches Cheap, Chromebook-Like Linux Laptop Powered by elementary OS

    Litebook, a small hardware manufacturer that we never heard of before, has recently released a new Linux-powered laptop that's cheap, slim, fast, elegant, light, and designed to rival Chromebooks.

    The Alpha Litebook is a 14.1-inch Full HD (1920x1080) laptop that runs the Ubuntu-based elementary OS distribution and ships with some of the most popular open source applications, including Google Chrome, Steam for Linux, Spotify, Skype, PlayOnLinux, WPS Office office suite, and much more.

  • Razer looking to improve Linux support on their 'Blade' series of laptops

    It seems Razer have been getting a lot of requests for Linux support on their 'Razer Blade' laptop line, so they are looking for feedback.

  • Running The Ryzen 7 1700 At 4.0GHz On Linux

    Many Phoronix readers appear rather intrigued by the AMD Ryzen 7 1700 on Linux as it offers good multi-threaded performance with eight cores / 16 threads and retails for just $329 USD. Making the Ryzen 7 1700 even more appealing to enthusiasts is that it overclocks well. For those curious, here are benchmarks of the Ryzen 7 1700 on Ubuntu Linux running at 4.0GHz.

  • The Linux Club Guide

    This guide tells some of our story, but mostly tries to give you ideas on how to make a Linux club work where you are.

Mesa GLSL shader

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  • Mesa's Shader Disk Cache Now Enabled By Default

    With the recent roll-out of Mesa's on-disk shader cache, an initial limitation was that the entire cache would be erased if a user switched between 32-bit and 64-bit applications. That's now been fixed. And now the OpenGL GLSL shader cache is enabled by default.

  • The Mesa GLSL shader cache is now enabled by default

    I'm sure plenty of you will be happy with this, as Mesa now has the shader cache enabled by default in Mesa-git to allow for wider testing. It may be turned off for Mesa 17.1, if wider testing shows issues with it.

Linux 4.11 RC1

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  • Linux 4.11-rc1

    So two weeks have passed, the merge window is over, and 4.11-rc1 has
    been tagged and pushed out.

    This looks like a fairly regular release. It's on the smallish side,
    but mainly just compared to 4.9 and 4.10 - so it's not really
    _unusually_ small (in recent kernels, 4.1, 4.3, 4.5, 4.7 and now 4.11
    all had about the same number of commits in the merge window).

    It _does_ feel like there was more stuff that I was asked to pull than
    was in linux-next. That always happens, but seems to have happened
    more now than usually. Comparing to the linux-next tree at the time of
    the 4.10 release, almost 18% of the non-merge commits were not in
    Linux-next. That seems higher than usual, although I guess Stephen
    Rothwell has actual numbers from past merges.

    Now, about a quarter of the patches that weren't in linux-next do end
    up having the same patch ID as something that was, so some of it was
    due to just rebasing. But still - we have about 13% of the merge
    window that wasn't in linux-next when 4.10 was released.

    Looking at the sources of that, there's a few different classes:

    - fixes.

    This is obviously ok and inevitable. I don't expect everything to
    have been in linux-next, after all.

    - the statx() systen call thing.

    Yeah, I'll allow this one too, because quite frankly, the first
    version of that patch was posted over six years ago.

    - there's the quite noticeable
    split-up series

    This one was posted and discussed before the merge window, and
    needed to be merged late (and even then caused some conflicts). So it
    had real reasons for late inclusion.

    - a couple of subsystems. drm, Infiniband, watchdog and btrfs stand out.

    That last case is what I found rather annoying this merge window.

    In particular, if you cannot follow the simple merge window rules
    (this whole two-week merge window and linux-next process has been in
    place over a decade), at least make the end result look good. Make it
    all look easy and problem-free. Make it look like you know what you're
    doing, and make damn sure the code was tested exhaustively some other

    Because if you bypass the linux-next sanity checks, you had better
    have your own sanity checks that you replaced them with. Or you just
    need to be _so_ good that nobody minds you bypassing them, and nobody
    ever notices your shortcuts.

    Saying "screw all the rules and processes we have in place to verify
    things", and then sending me crap that doesn't even build for me is
    _not_ acceptable.

    You people know who you are. Next merge window I will not accept
    anything even remotely like that. Things that haven't been in
    linux-next will be rejected, and since you're already on my shit-list
    you'll get shouted at again.


  • Linus Torvalds Announces the First Release Candidate of Linux Kernel 4.11

    Just a few moments ago, Linus Torvalds announced the availability of the first Release Candidate (RC) development build of the upcoming Linux 4.11 kernel series, which users can download, compile, and test on their GNU/Linux distributions.

  • Linux 4.11-rc1 Kernel Released

    Linus Torvalds has announced the first test release of the upcoming Linux 4.11 kernel.

    Torvalds' release announcement that just hit the mailing list mostly talks about the size of the merges and a fair amount of material that was merged but hadn't been staged in linux-next, upsetting him some. Beginning with Linux 4.12, Linus will become more strict about seeing that big changes be staged in linux-next for testing.

Linux and Graphics

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  • The New Features Of The Linux 4.11 Kernel
  • Linux 4.11 Doesn't Change The Game For AMD's Ryzen

    Linux 4.11 is worthwhile in that it's bringing ALC1220 audio support, the codec used by many Ryzen (and Intel Kabylake) motherboards, but this next kernel version doesn't appear to change Ryzen's performance.

    I didn't see anything notable this Linux 4.11 merge window with regard to Ryzen for potentially affecting its performance, but I ran some benchmarks this weekend just to confirm.

  • SWR Software Rasterizer Now Supports Geometry Shaders

    Intel's "SWR" software rasterizer living within Mesa now has support for OpenGL geometry shaders.

    Thanks to work that landed today by Intel's Tim Rowley, there is now support for OpenGL geometry shaders in this software rasterizer. The code amounts to over 700 lines of new code to implement GL GS support.

Litebook launches $249 Linux laptop

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The market for Linux-equipped laptops continues to expand, whether crowd-funded or DIY or just replacing Windows on an existing notebook on your own. Another entrant has emerged that's more powerful than the Kickstarter-backed Pinebook but less expensive than the KDE Slimbook.

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Releases: Kwort and Trenta OS

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  • Kwort 4.3.2 is out

    Kwort 4.3.2 is available for download

  • [Trenta OS] March 2017 Update

    We would like to start this update by thanking our dedicated fans and community members who have shown us nothing but support over the 3 years that we have worked on Trenta OS and Today we will make some possibly unpopular announcements. Our goal of providing you with the best looking open-source desktop experience has not changed. Though, we do need to make some critical changes at this time.


    TL;DR: Trenta OS ISO release schedule has been put on hold. Rainier UI and Trenta OS testing packages will be installable on existing Ubuntu Gnome installations and possibly more distros for testing. There will be more community interaction.

Linux Foundation and Linux

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  • Cloud Native Computing Foundation Adds CoreDNS as Seventh Hosted Project

    The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) has accepted the CoreDNS networking project into its project roster. CoreDNS had been trying to become hosted CNCF project since at least October 2016, though it's first attempt was not successful.

    The CNCF itself is a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project and first got started back in July 2015. The first project to come over to the CNCF was Google's Kubernetes, open-source container orchestration platform. Since then the CNCF has added five other projects including: Prometheus monitoring, OpenTracing, Fluentd logging, LinkerD and the gRPC projects.

  • Btrfs Gets More Fixes & Performance Optimizations For Linux 4.11

    Chris Mason has sent in a secondary pull request of Btrfs material for the Linux 4.11 merge window.

    Last week Mason sent in the main Btrfs pull request for 4.11 and it basically amounted to fixes. With the secondary pull request mailed in on Thursday, there are more fixes and performance improvements.

  • WeTek Hub & WeTek Play Steaming/Media Devices To Be Supported By Linux 4.11

    Submitted earlier in the Linux 4.11 merge window were the big ARM SoC and platform changes for this next kernel version while some last-minute ARM changes have just arrived.

    Arnd Bergmann sent in some last-minute ARM SoC updates for the Linux 4.11 kernel. These late changes include USB 3.0 support for Samsung's Exynos 7, some Samsung power management updates, WeTek set-top box support, and some fixes.

  • Valleyview & Cherryview To Get Atomic Mode-Setting Enabled

    Intel's set to enable atomic mode-setting by default with code slated to land for the Linux 4.12 kernel.

    The initial patches for enabling atomic mode-setting by default turned it on for Gen5 (Ironlake) hardware and newer, but left out Valleyview and Cherryview hardware due to problems. But now it looks like for Linux 4.12 the Cherryview/Valleyview problems could be addressed and see those mobile platforms go atomic too.

  • Geminilake Will Require Intel Audio Firmware Blobs

    Besides recent Intel graphics hardware making use of firmware binary blobs now for the GuC/HuC functionality, Intel audio hardware continues in making use of firmware binary-only blobs for audio support.

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So, to summarize: openSUSE Tumbleweed is a good, solid, stable Linux distribution with a wide range of desktops available. It is not anything particularly exotic or unstable, and it does not require an unusual amount of Linux expertise to install and use on an everyday system. To make a very simple comparison, in my experience installing and using Tumbleweed is much less difficult and much less risky than using the Debian "testing" distribution, and it is kept much (much much) more up to date than openSUSE Leap, Debian "stable", Linux Mint or Ubuntu. I don't say that to demean any of those other distributions. As I said at the end of my recent post about point-release vs. rolling-release distributions, if your hardware is fully supported by one of those point-release distributions, and you are satisfied with the applications included in them, then they are certainly a good choice. But if you like staying on the leading edge, or if you have very new hardware which requires the latest Linux kernel and drivers, or you just want/need the latest version of some application (in my case this would be digiKam), then openSuSE could be just what you want. Read more Also: Google Summer of Code 2017