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Manjaro 0.8.9 Receives Fresh Update Pack with New AMD Driver and More

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GNU
Linux

“We prepared mhwd to support newer proprietary drivers. MHWD 0.3.901 reflect these changes. Blueman got updatedto support the latest bluez 5.19. We kept Wayland 1.4.0, as any higher version breaks bluetooth support. We have to deal with that later. Beside some libreoffice language acks,python updates, a newer Cinnamon we pushed also regular upstream updates to this update-pack,” said the developers in the official announcement.

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Steam for Linux Officially Gets Virtual Reality Support

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The Steam developers usually release quite few intermediary Steam versions, between major stable updates. This is one of the most interesting Beta updates so far in this cycle and the VR support that was just introduced will certainly make it into the next version.

It looks like virtual reality is the next-gen feature that will be pursued by all the major gaming companies. Oculus is already having an impact on the industry, Sony is working on their own version, and Valve will most likely present their own solution soon enough. With all these advancements made with VR, it's good to see that Linux is on the forefront.

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Linux Kernel 3.14.6 Is Now the Most Advanced Version

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Linux kernel 3.14.6 is now the most advanced version of the kernel, at least for a few hours before the final version of the 3.15 branch is out (unless something weird happens and the launch is postponed).

The kernel developers have made quite an effort and this latest updates is one of the biggest so far. It’s still a young kernel and it’s not sure that it will reach the LTS status. There are already a number of long term support in existence already, but you can never know.

“I'm announcing the release of the 3.14.6 kernel. All users of the 3.14 kernel series must upgrade.”

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Linux 3.15

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Linux

Anyway, with 3.15 released, my "master" branch has already merged the
work in my "next" branch on my local machine, and I'll be
decommissioning the "next" branch once I push that all out. After
that, any future merge window work will happen on "master", and we'll
be back to the normal single-branch model for my tree.

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The Linux 3.16 Kernel Already Has A Ton Of New Features

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Linux

The Linux 3.15 kernel isn't even expected for release until later today, but thanks to the Linux 3.16 merge window opening a week early to adjust to Linus Torvalds' upcoming schedule, we already have a good idea for a portion of the changes for the next kernel cycle.

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30-way Intel/AMD/NVIDIA Linux 2D Performance Comparison

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux

The tested graphics processors for this article included the:

1: Intel HD 4600
2: NVIDIA GeForce 8600GT
3: NVIDIA GeForce 9500GT
4: NVIDIA GeForce 9800GT
5: NVIDIA GeForce 9800GTX
6: NVIDIA GeForce GT 220
7: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460
8: NVIDIA GeForce GT 520
9: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti
10: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650
11: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
12: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760
13: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770
14: NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN
15: AMD Radeon X1800XT
16: AMD Radeon HD 4550
17: AMD Radeon HD 4670
18: AMD Radeon HD 4770
19: AMD Radeon HD 4830
20: AMD Radeon HD 4850
21: AMD Radeon HD 4870
22: AMD Radeon HD 4890
23: AMD Radeon HD 5770
24: AMD Radeon HD 5830
25: AMD Radeon HD 6450
26: AMD Radeon HD 6570
27: AMD Radeon HD 6770
28: AMD Radeon HD 6870
29: AMD Radeon HD 6950
30: AMD Radeon HD 7850

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LLVM Clang Moves A Bit Closer To Compiling The Linux 3.16 Kernel

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Development
Linux
BSD

The latest Linux 3.16 kernel pull request worth covering on Phoronix are the latest LLVMLinux patches for being able to compile the kernel with Clang rather than GCC.

With Linux 3.15 came the patch-set to come close to being able to compile under Clang and now with Linux 3.16 it's a bit closer. A set of five LLVMLinux patches are called for merging that affect ARM and Shash Crypto code.

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Tizen-powered Samsung Z smartphone with open source mobile OS

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Linux
Gadgets

The Samsung Z looks and feels very much like Samsung's Android smartphones. There's the tiles section at the top of the home screen, with some app icons at the botton, and there's the pull-down notifications and settings tray at the very top. You also get the hardware Back and Menu buttons, in addition to the main Home button. The Settings app looks almost identical to Samsung's Android version.

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A Conversation With Linus Torvalds, Who Built The World's Most Robust Operating System And Gave It Away For Free

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Linux
Interviews

In 1991, 22-year old Finnish computer programmer Linus Torvalds released his own operating system. Opening with the message “Hello everybody out there,” (a now-iconic phrase among Linux fans), he posted the source code online. People alternately contributed their abilities to improve it where they could or went off to build their own things with it.

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Robolinux 7.5.3 OS Wants to Keep You Safe from NSA

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Linux
Debian

Robolinux 7.5.3 is a fast and easy to use Linux distribution based on Debian, and its developer thinks that it can be the solution for people who look to protect their privacy.

If you remember from previous releases of Robolinux, the developer of this particular distribution came up with a working idea on how to move people from the Windows platform to Linux without them having to give up their favorite applications.

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Also: GParted Live 0.19.0 Beta 1 Gets New Debian Base Update

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  • Security updates for Friday
  • [Older] Microsoft Delays February Patch Tuesday Updates Until Next Month
    It was created by Microsoft as a way to have a standard delivery date/schedule for updates that were being provided for the companies software. This allowed a lot of stability for users and IT Pros so they could be prepared for the monthly distribution oof the updates. Well this month Microsoft has hit a snag with their monthly Patch Tuesday.
  • Watershed SHA1 collision just broke the WebKit repository, others may follow
    The bug resides in Apache SVN, an open source version control system that WebKit and other large software development organizations use to keep track of code submitted by individual members. Often abbreviated as SVN, Subversion uses SHA1 to track and merge duplicate files. Somehow, SVN systems can experience a severe glitch when they encounter the two PDF files published Thursday, proving that real-world collisions on SHA1 are now practical.
  • Cloudflare Reverse Proxies are Dumping Uninitialized Memory
    Thanks to Josh Triplett for sending us this Google Project Zero report about a dump of unitialized memory caused by Cloudflare's reverse proxies. "A while later, we figured out how to reproduce the problem. It looked like that if an html page hosted behind cloudflare had a specific combination of unbalanced tags, the proxy would intersperse pages of uninitialized memory into the output (kinda like heartbleed, but cloudflare specific and worse for reasons I'll explain later). My working theory was that this was related to their "ScrapeShield" feature which parses and obfuscates html - but because reverse proxies are shared between customers, it would affect *all* Cloudflare customers. We fetched a few live samples, and we observed encryption keys, cookies, passwords, chunks of POST data and even HTTPS requests for other major cloudflare-hosted sites from other users. Once we understood what we were seeing and the implications, we immediately stopped and contacted cloudflare security. "
  • Secure your system with SELinux
    SELinux is well known as the most sophisticated Linux Mandatory Access Control (MAC) System. If you install any Fedora or Redhat operating System it is enabled by default and running in enforcing mode. So far so good.

Android Leftovers

Entroware Launches Ubuntu-Powered Aether Laptop with Intel Kaby Lake CPUs

Softpedia was informed today, February 24, 2017, by Entroware, a UK-based hardware manufacturer known for building and selling desktops, laptops, and servers with the popular Ubuntu Linux operating system pre-installed, about a brand-new product. Read more

3 little things in Linux 4.10 that will make a big difference

Linux never sleeps. Linus Torvalds is already hard at work pulling together changes for the next version of the kernel (4.11). But with Linux 4.10 now out, three groups of changes are worth paying close attention to because they improve performance and enable feature sets that weren’t possible before on Linux. Here’s a rundown of those changes to 4.10 and what they likely will mean for you, your cloud providers, and your Linux applications. Read more