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  • ARB_ES3_2_compatibility Turned On For Intel Broadwell And Newer

    The Intel Mesa OpenGL driver now exposes the ARB_ES3_2_compatibility extension.

    The Intel i965 Mesa DRI driver has already supported the necessary extensions for OpenGL ES 3.2 support while this ARB_ES3_2_compatibility extension signifies that features found in GLES 3.2 but missing from OpenGL 4.5 are present in the desktop GL driver. This extension makes it easier for bringing mobile OpenGL ES programs to the desktop.

  • Southern Islands Support Will Come To AMDGPU On Linux 4.9

    One month after the first AMDGPU feature pull of new functionality for DRM-Next to in turn land in Linux 4.9, the second feature pull request has now been sent out and it presents experimental Southern Islands (GCN 1.0) support for AMDGPU.

  • Fun Friday For RadeonSI: Laying 64-Bit Integers, ARB_query_buffer_object
  • Windows-DRI Extension Added For X.Org Server 1.19

    In continuation of yesterday's article about Mesa Gets Improved For Running On Windows With Cygwin, the Windows-DRI extension has landed in the X.Org Server code-base.

    This is about improving the OpenGL/GLX support on Windows in a similar manner to the X.Org Server on Mac OS X, with the primary benefactor to this being applications running under Cygwin. See yesterday's article for some more details.

Samsung starts distributing Tizen devices to Russia’s Gazprom

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We have another Tizen story coming from Russia, where the platform has been doing very well. Tizen based smartphones like the Samsung Z3 are being actively used by Russia’s business and corporate sector as well as Government officials. Gazprom, which is Russia’s as well as the world’s largest Natural Gas company have now come up with a pact with Samsung to use Tizen based smartphones. To understand the kind of scale of this agreement is, it would be helpful to know that Gazprom has a global gas reserve share of 17 percent and 72 percent in Russia. Gazprom is also involved in the Russian Government’s diplomatic efforts; distortions of gas prices, and access to pipelines.

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Dell XPS 13 With GNU/Linux Improved

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  • Dell XPS 13 Returns With Kaby Lake, Ubuntu, Rose Gold Finish

    Dell joined the Intel Kaby Lake party and announced that the latest update to its XPS 13 notebook PC will feature the new 7th generation (Kaby Lake) processors. The company will also offer a developer version of the lightweight laptop that comes loaded with Ubuntu, and the XPS 13 received a new color option in the form of Rose Gold.

    The Dell XPS 13 is the company’s thinnest and lightest laptop offering, weighing in starting at 2.7 lbs. and coming as thin as 9mm. The machined-aluminum and carbon fiber chassis, along with the display’s Corning Gorilla Glass, gives the device a durable, yet sleek construction.

  • Windows 10 haters: Try Linux on Kaby Lake chips with Dell's new XPS 13

    Rejoice Linux fans; the OS will work on laptops with Intel's Kaby Lake chips.

    Three new models of Dell's slick XPS 13 Developer Edition will be available with Ubuntu OS and 7th Generation Core processors in the U.S. and Canada starting on Oct. 10.

  • Dell updates Torvalds' preferred XPS 13 laptop: New Intel chips, rose-gold finish

    Dell has refreshed its popular XPS 13 laptop with Intel's seventh-generation Core processors. The update brings a longer battery life, among other improvements, and a new rose-gold option for those who want a change from the usual silver.

    The move brings Dell's XPS 13 in line with other hardware carrying Intel's new chips, such as the recently-released Lenovo Yoga 910.

RaspAnd Project Now Lets You Run Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow on Raspberry Pi 3

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GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton informs us today, September 15, 2016, about the availability of a new build of his RaspAnd project that lets users run Google's Linux-based Android mobile operating system on Raspberry Pi single-board computers.

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An Everyday Linux User Review Of Linux Lite 3.0

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Lets start with the positives because there are many. The first thing is that Linux Lite works and it is easy to use.

You can install most of the major packages using a simple tool and you can install updates and drivers quite easily.

There is a major downside and that is the lack of EFI support. I could understand this if Linux Lite was targeting older hardware but it comes in a 64-bit version and I would imagine most 64-bit computers are EFI enabled.

The target audience for Linux Lite is clearly the average computer user but it is at an immediate disadvantage to Linux Mint which is easier to install and just as easy to use.

I will leave it on a positive though. The artwork within Linux Lite is excellent with really good theming and hey, Steam works.

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Chapeau 24 "Cancellara" Linux Distro to Be Based on Fedora 24, Linux Kernel 4.7

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Chapeau Linux developer Vince Pooley is back in action after being away the entire year, and it looks like his preparing to launch a new version of the Fedora-based GNU/Linux distribution.

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Uber’s Self-driving Pickups In Pittsburgh are Powered by Ubuntu

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Considered a research experiment rather than the first drum roll in a fully autonomous automotive revolution, Uber plan to use the data it gleans in the lifts — free for passengers willing to trust them — in order to learn more about how self driving cars behave and react when in the real world on real asphalt and under real driving conditions.

In Mashable’s first-hand account of what’s it’s like to be take a ride in a self-driving Uber you’ll notice that, like Tesla, that Ubuntu helps power Uber’s self driving smarts.

And TechCrunch’s Signe Brewster, in a write up of her experience in the same vehicle, says she “came away from my ride trusting the technology. The self-driving car detected obstacles, people and even potholes, and responded intelligently.“

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RPi-Powered pi-topCEED Makes the Case as a Low-Cost Modular Learning Desktop

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It's hard to go a day without seeing interesting and compelling Indiegogo or Kickstarter projects that feature the Raspberry Pi, Pine 64 or the Intel Edison inside some sort of embedded device or standalone computer or laptop. Last fall, I stumbled across one such project that billed itself as "the first $99 Raspberry Pi desktop", and I felt the need to have it.

In fact, I forwarded a link to the Indiegogo pi-topCEED campaign to my wife and suggested, "This would make a great Christmas present!" Unlike other RPi projects and kits, the pi-topCEED billed itself as a fully integrated, plug-and-play learning platform, complete with an RPi2 (later upgraded to an RPi3), a 13.3" HD LCD screen (later upgraded to 14"), and a breadboard kit for attaching and experimenting with external devices.

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Solus- — a review

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Solus is an interesting distro. But it is probably not aimed at me as a potential user (the absence of “rsync”, “vi” and “diff” all suggest this limitation). While there is improvement since my previous review, I think it still not ready for prime time. It needs a management tool, ipv6 support and better crypto support.

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    The Ubuntu Phone is getting better, and with every new iteration of the OTA, my little BQ Aquaris E4.5 is gaining more speed and functionality. Like in the air force, with an avionics upgrade, which transforms ancient wings into a powerful and modern bird of prey. Only the pace of advancement is lagging behind the market. See what Android and iOS can do, even Windows Phone, and you realize how late and insufficiently meaningful the Ubuntu Phone really is. This has to change, massively. This latest round does bring some fine goods to the table - more speed and stability, better icons, more overall visual polish, incremental improvements in the applications and the scopes. But that's not enough to win the heart of the average user. A more radical, app-centric effort is required. More focus on delivering the mobile experience, be it as it may. Ubuntu cannot revolutionalize that which is already considered the past. It can only join the club and enjoy the benefits of a well-established reality. And that is a kickass app stack that makes the touch device worth using in the first place. Still, it's not all gloomy. E4.5 is a better product now than it was a year ago, fact. Ubuntu Phone is a better operating system than it was even this spring, fact. So maybe one day we will see Ubuntu become an important if not dominant player in the phone and tablet space. It sure is heading in the right direction, my only fear is the availability of resources to pull off this massive rehaul that is needed to make it stand up to the old and proven giants. And that's it really. If you're keen on Linux (not Android) making it in the mobile world, do not forget to check my Ubuntu tablet review! Especially the convergence piece. On that merry note, you do remember that I'm running a wicked contest this year, too? He/she who reads my books might get a chance to win an M10 tablet. Indeed. Off you go, dear readers. Whereas I will now run the same set of tests we did here on the Aquaris tablet, and see how it likes the OTA-12 upgrade. The end.
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    In this post, we shall cover a few of the top, open-source artificial intelligence (AI) tools for the Linux ecosystem. Currently, AI is one of the ever advancing fields in science and technology, with a major focus geared towards building software and hardware to solve every day life challenges in areas such as health care, education, security, manufacturing, banking and so much more.
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    Our overall roadmap is available online and now includes the initial Q3 plans. From now on, we plan to include the quarterly plan with a high-level breakdown in the roadmap page.
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    Firefox 49.0 is the next major stable release of the web browser. Firefox 48.0.2 and earlier versions of Firefox can be updated to the new release.
  • Open-Source Climate Change Data From NASA, NOAA, & Others Available For 1st Time
    Climate change has many components — rising sea levels, alterations in rainfall patterns, and an increase in severe storm activity, among others. Communities around the world are faced with the need to plan for climate change but don’t have the information available to do so effectively.
  • Another Setback for 3D Printed Gun Advocate Cody Wilson as Court of Appeals Rules That National Security Concerns Outweigh Free Speech
    It’s been a long, drawn-out battle, beginning in 2013 when Cody Wilson, founder of Defense Distributed, published the open source files for his 3D printed handgun, the Liberator, online. The State Department ordered that he take the files down, and Wilson complied, but not before thousands had downloaded them and spread them elsewhere on the Internet. In 2015, with the help of gun rights organization The Second Amendment Foundation, Wilson filed a federal lawsuit claiming that the State Department had violated not only his Second Amendment but his First Amendment rights. By suppressing his right to share information online, Wilson argued, the State Department was violating his right to free speech.
  • In 3D-Printed Gun Case, Federal Court Permits Speech Censorship in the Name of Alleged National Security
  • Oracle tries playing nice with Java EE rebels
    With Oracle now trying to get back on track with advancing enterprise Java, the company is seeking rapprochement with factions that had sought to advance the platform on their own. The two groups involved are mostly amenable to patching up the relationship. Oracle's Anil Gaur, group vice president of engineering, said this week he had already been in touch with some of the concerned parties. The two factions include Java EE Guardians, led by former Oracle Java EE evangelist Reza Rahman, and, which has included participation from Red Hat and IBM.

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