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Phoronix on Graphics

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  • Intel Is Now Bringing The Observation Architecture To Their Linux Driver

    While Haswell processors have been available for a few years now, finally work is materializing on supporting the hardware's Observation Architecture.

    The Observation Architecture is a set of performance counters for Haswell and newer. Developers interested in all the technical details on these new performance counters can see this public documentation.

  • RadeonSI/R600g Mesa 11.2-devel Clover OpenCL Benchmarks On Linux 4.5

    Following this morning's article about Russian Super-Computing Users Get Tired Of Catalyst, Start Looking At Open-Source AMD, I decided to run some fresh Radeon open-source OpenCL benchmarks on my own using the Gallium3D Clover state tracker with the HPC researchers also being curious how this very latest open-source AMD graphics stack is performing. Here are some initial results with Mesa 11.2-devel Git built against LLVM 3.9 SVN (thanks Padoka!) and using the Linux 4.5 Git kernel.

  • Adreno 430 Support Coming To Freedreno's MSM DRM Driver

    A Google Chromium engineer has interestingly provided patches for Qualcomm Adreno 430 display support within Freedreno's MSM DRM driver.

  • Someone Wants To Step Up To Take Over The VIA OpenChrome Driver

    The OpenChrome driver for open-source VIA graphics on Linux isn't quite dead yet... There's a new developer wanting to step up and take over maintainership of the X.Org driver.

$40, 64-bit Odroid SBC runs Linux on 2GHz Cortex-A53

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Android
Linux
Ubuntu

Hardkernel unveiled its first 64-bit hacker SBC. The Odroid-C2 has the same layout as the C1+, but has a quad-core, 2GHz Cortex-A53 SoC and a $40 price.

The Odroid-C2’s $40 price may not be as dramatic as that of the similarly 64-bit, ARMv8 Pine A64, which will start shipping to Kickstarter backers later this month starting at $15. However, it’s more affordable than Qualcomm’s $75 DragonBoard 410c, which has a quad-core, 64-bit Snapdragon 410. Clocked at 2GHz, the quad-core, Cortex-A53 Amlogic S905 SoC is likely faster than the 1.2GHz Snapdragon 410 or Pine64’s quad-core, 1.2GHz Allwinner A64. The Odroid-C2 SBC also offers more features, especially compared to the Pine A64.

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Wayland News

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  • Wayland 1.10 Beta Released Along With Weston Update

    The Wayland 1.10 beta (v1.9.92) is now available.

    Wayland 1.10 Beta ships with a few fixes over the recent Wayland 1.10 Alpha release. While already part of the previous development release, Wayland 1.10 is bringing the drag and drop actions API, frame events group allow grouping pointer events together for features liek diagonal scrolling, a new buffer damage request to let applications communicate about areas of a surface that should be re-rendered, shared memory buffer changes, other new API additions, and other changes.

  • Enlightenment DR 0.20.4 Release

    This bugfix release improves on the 0.20.3 release and resolves a number of issues.
    NOTE: Wayland compositor support now requires EFL >= 1.17.0. Previous E20 releases will not work with EFL >= 1.17.0.

  • Enlightenment 0.20.4 Released With A Number Of Wayland Fixes

    With the Enlightenment folks back from FOSDEM, Enlightenment 0.20.4 was released today as the latest bug-fix release.

  • Why Enlightenment & Tizen Love Wayland

    Longtime free software developer Carsten Haitzler, better known as Rasterman, presented at last weekend's FOSDEM conference about Enlightenment on Wayland. As part of that, with Samsung's Tizen environment using Enlightenment, they too are after Wayland as being the superior solution to X11.

  • Kodi HTPC Software Drops Wayland Support

Zorin OS 11 Core & Ultimate are here

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Linux

We’re excited to finally announce the release of Zorin OS 11 with the availability of the Zorin OS 11 Core and Ultimate editions.

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Linux Mint Devs Showcase the First Two X-Apps for Linux Mint 18 "Sarah"

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We reported last week the fact that the Linux Mint developers bragged with a new project called X-Apps for the upcoming Linux Mint 18 "Sarah" computer operating system.

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6 of the best free Linux firewalls

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You're walking down a dark alley, late at night, when suddenly someone jumps out at you and forces you to hand over your passport, your credit cards, and the keys to your car. This is a decent analogy of what using the internet is like.

Around every corner lurks danger, and given today's always-on connections, you may have the internet equivalent of burglars without even realising. For ultimate computer security, a firewall is similar to having a big, burly bodyguard walking down the street with you, keeping you safe. Most modern routers come with firewalls to help protect you, but if yours doesn't then a firewall distro should be able to help you, whether we're talking about a home or office network.

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AMD Graphics

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Linux and FOSS Events (DevConf.cz, SCaLE 14x, I love Free Software Day, LCA, Open Networking Summit)

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OSS
  • DevConf.cz, Brno, Czech Republic

    DevConf.cz (Developer Conference) is a free annual conference for all Linux and JBoss Community Developers, Admins and Linux users organized by Red Hat Czech Republic in cooperation with the Fedora and JBoss communities.

  • Highlights of SCaLE 14x

    2016 started off with a bang. Linux dominated CES, where many Linux-based products were showcased. The first month of the year also brought us one of the largest community-driven open source events of North America -- the Southern California Linux Expo, aka SCaLE.

  • I love Free Software Day 2016

    In the Free Software society we exchange a lot of criticism. We write bug reports, tell others how they can improve the software, ask them for new features, and generally are not shy about criticising others. There is nothing wrong about that. It helps us to constantly improve. But sometimes we forget to show the hardworking people behind the software our appreciation. We should not underestimate the power of a simple "thank you" to motivate Free Software contributors in their important work for society. The 14th of February (a Sunday this year) is the ideal day to do that.

  • Linux Conference brings 560 delegates to Geelong, prompting calls for convention centre

    TECH experts from big guns including Google, IBM, ­Hewlett-Packard and Intel are among almost 600 delegates from 22 countries in Geelong for a major conference.

    But organisers say the event could be even bigger if the city had a purpose-built convention centre.

    The Linux Conference, which began on Monday and winds up on Friday, focuses on free and open source technologies and is the biggest of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region.

    Conference second-in-command Kathy Reid said the event would provide “technically in-depth” talks from world experts.

  • Open Networking Summit Will Highlight Enterprise Open Source SDN

    Making software-defined networking (SDN) scalable, deploying SDN-friendly containers, SDN's role in IoT and lots more are on the list of topics that speakers will explore at next month's Open Networking Summit, which promotes open source SDN technologies.

    The summit, sponsored by the Linux Foundation, will take place in Santa Clara from March 14-17. The Linux Foundation on Tuesday released the first list of speakers and topics. The complete program will be available next week.

Linux Kernel 4.3.5 Is the Biggest Update in the Series, Users Urged to Update

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After informing us about the availability of Linux kernel 4.4.1 LTS, Linux kernel 4.1.17 LTS, Linux kernel 3.10.96 LTS, and Linux kernel 3.14.60 LTS, kernel maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman has now published details about the fifth maintenance release in the Linux 4.3 kernel series.

Looking at the appended shortlog, we can't help but notice that Linux kernel 4.3.5 is the biggest in the series, changing a total of 172 files, with 1,622 insertions and 722 deletions. Improvements include dozens of fixes for the ARM64 (AArch64), PowerPC (PPC), and x86 hardware architectures, but also for the MIPS, ARM, and MN10300 ones.

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Also: AMD Zeppelin Processor with 32 x86 Zen Cores Spotted in Linux Changelog – EHP Variant Will Have Vega 10 Graphics with HBM2

Linux Kernel 4.4 LTS Now Part of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Daily Builds ISOs

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Ubuntu

Canonical pushed the latest Linux kernel 4.4 LTS into the repositories just last week, and now the latest Ubuntu builds are also integrating it.

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