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Library Operating System (LibOS) For Linux Still Being Pursued

One month ago I wrote about the Library Operating System for Linux (LibOS) and initial reaction to that independent project led to an interesting range of responses. A month later, LibOS is still being worked on for Linux.
5 Hours Ago - Free Software - LibOS

C4 Game Engine Continues Supporting Linux

At the beginning of the year was the announcement of the C4 Engine dropping Linux support with its lead developer referring to Linux as "Frankenstein OS" and citing numerous difficulties with Linux. However, quietly this game engine seems to be back to supporting Linux.
7 Hours Ago - Gaming - C4 Engine - 10 Comments

Debian 8.0 Jessie's Installer RC3 Released

The third release candidate for the installer of Debian 8.0 "Jessie" is now available for last minute testing.
9 Hours Ago - Debian - Debian 8.0

Features Thus Far For The Linux 4.1 Kernel

We're just into week one of two for the Linux 4.1 kernel merge window. Here's a look at the pull requests thus far that are making for an exciting Linux 4.1 when it comes to new features and functionality.
11 Hours Ago - Linux Kernel - Linux 4.1

Intel's Turbostat Adds Skylake Support In Linux 4.1

Turbostat, the open-source Intel program for reporting processor frequency and idle statistics along with other Intel-specific CPU information, will see a few improvements with Linux 4.1.
12 Hours Ago - Intel - Turbostat

Microsoft's Open-Source Group Merges Back Into The Company

For the past three years Microsoft Open Technologies Inc (MS Open Tech) has been Microsoft's subsidiary to interact with open-source communities, increase Linux / open standards interoperability with Windows, etc. That subsidiary is now being merged back with Microsoft itself as the company continues to embrace open-source.
12 Hours Ago - Proprietary Software - MS Open Tech - 18 Comments

18 April

EXT4 In Linux 4.1 Adds File-System Level Encryption

The EXT4 file-system updates for the Linux 4.1 kernel have been sent in and it features the file-system-level encryption support.
09:01 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - EXT4 Encryption - 2 Comments

Open-Source Ardour 4.0 Audio Software Has Big Improvements

Version 4.0 of the open-source Ardour audio editing software has been released. Ardour 4.0 brings over a reported 1,000 bug fixes.
08:32 PM EDT - Free Software - OS X / Windows / Linux - 11 Comments

Linux-Powered Endless Computer Raises $100k+ In A Few Days

Launched this week on Kickstarters was Endless Computers, a $169 Linux PC for the developing world. Quite quickly the project has already surpassed its $100k USD goal.
06:00 PM EDT - Hardware - Endless Computers - 22 Comments

GCC 5.1 RC2 Arrives, GCC 5.1 Planned For Next Week

One week after the debut of the GCC 5.1 Release Candidate, a second release candidate was made available today in facilitating last-minute testing of the big GCC 5 compiler update.
08:38 AM EDT - Compiler - GCC 5.1 - 7 Comments

F2FS For Linux 4.1 Has New Features & Fixes

Jaegeuk Kim sent in his updates of F2FS (the Flash-Friendly File-System) for the Linux 4.1 kernel.
07:57 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - Flash-Friendly File-System - 7 Comments

Phoronix Server Upgrade This Weekend: Dual Haswell Xeons, 96GB DDR4

The Phoronix Media server infrastructure is being upgraded this weekend with the likely transition taking place on Sunday.
07:48 AM EDT - Phoronix - New Server - 8 Comments

Google's Experimental QUIC Transport Protocol Is Showing Promise

Last year Google announced QUIC (Quick UDP Internet Connections) as a stream multiplexing protocol running on a new flavor of TLS over UDP rather than TCP. Google's been expanding their testing of QUIC internally and the results are showing great results.
07:23 AM EDT - Google - QUIC - 3 Comments

17 April

Red Hat Joins Khronos, The Group Behind OpenGL & Vulkan

It's become public today that Red Hat has joined The Khronos Group, the consortium responsible for the OpenGL, WebGL, and OpenCL standards, among many other industry standards, along with the new Vulkan and SPIR-V standards.
04:12 PM EDT - Red Hat - Red Hat + Khronos Group - 49 Comments

NetworkManager Drops WiMAX Support

With WiMAX not being too popular and other competing wireless standards taking over, NetworkManager is discontinuing its support for this technology.
01:11 PM EDT - GNOME - WiMAX - 32 Comments

Sub-$20 802.11n USB WiFi Adapter That's Linux Friendly

As a quick Friday note, if you're looking for a 802.11n/g USB WiFi adapter that's very affordable and will work great with Linux, here's one of my recent purchases. After being pleased with one of them, I've since ordered a few more of these Wireless-N adapters for Linux usage.
12:05 PM EDT - Peripherals - 33 Comments

Wine 1.7.41 Works More On Kernel Job Objects, MSI Patches

Two weeks ago Wine 1.7.40 added kernel job object support (after previously being a feature of Wine-Staging) and now with today's v1.7.41 release this Windows feature has been further improved.
11:19 AM EDT - WINE - Wine 1.7.41 - 6 Comments

Linux 4.1 Has Improvements For The Multi-Queue Block Layer

The latest good stuff for the Linux 4.1 kernel are the block core improvements, which mostly are focused on improving the multi-queue block layer (blk-mq).
09:12 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - blk-mq

X.Org Looks To Have Six Summer Projects

This summer there should be six students working on new projects for X.Org/Mesa/Wayland via the foundation's annual participation in the Google Summer of Code.
08:25 AM EDT - X.Org - X.Org GSoC - 10 Comments

DragonFlyBSD Pulls In GCC 5 Compiler

While GCC 5 hasn't been officially released yet, DragonFlyBSD has pulled in a near-final revision of the open-source compiler for use by their BSD operating system.
07:48 AM EDT - Compiler - GCC 5 DragonFlyBSD

OpenBenchmarking.org Now Ad-Free, Load Times, New Servers & More

For frequent Phoronix readers and open-source / Linux fans, here are a variety of updates to enhance your experience.
04:48 AM EDT - Phoronix - Updates - 12 Comments

Rust 1.0+ To Focus On Better Windows Support, ARM, & Faster Compile Times

With Rust 1.0 now in beta and v1.0 being in good shape, developers are beginning to form plans for what to add to this Mozilla-sponsored language in the post-1.0 era.
02:01 AM EDT - Compiler - Rust Language 1.0+

16 April

Ubuntu 15.04 Now Under Final Freeze

Ubuntu 15.04, the Vivid Vervet, is now under its final freeze for its release next week.
09:25 PM EDT - Ubuntu - Vivid Vervet - 21 Comments

Linux 4.1 Should Work With GCC 6, Future Versions Of GCC

With the new GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) versioning where they're going to be bumping the major version number every year, Linux kernel developers are now re-working the way they handle the compiler's quirks/changes within the kernel.
04:54 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - GCC 6+

Fedora 22 Beta To Be Released Next Week

The release of the Fedora 22 Beta was delayed last week due to outstanding blocker bugs. Fortunately, those issues have been cleared up and F22 Beta can now be pushed out next week.
03:41 PM EDT - Fedora - Fedora 22 Beta - 5 Comments

Chrome 43 Beta Brings Web MIDI & Permissions API

Chrome 42 was just released as stable so out now by Google is the Chrome 43 Beta.
01:28 PM EDT - Google - Chrome 43 Beta - 7 Comments

ZFS & Libdvdcss Should Soon Be In Debian

For Debian GNU/Linux users wishing to have ZFS file-system support and libdvdcss (for DVD playback) without having to use third-party package archives, that should soon be a reality.
12:06 PM EDT - Debian - Debian Additions - 31 Comments

GNOME 3.16.1 Released

The first point release to GNOME 3.16 was just officially released.
10:45 AM EDT - GNOME - GNOME 3.16.1 - 13 Comments

The Lenovo T450s Is Working Beautifully With Linux

A couple weeks ago I bought the Lenovo T450s, this is my first laptop-upgrade in about three years and I have to say... I am so glad that I did upgrade. Over the last two weeks I've been using the T450s as my daily-driver and its been working almost perfectly under Fedora Linux.
10:40 AM EDT - Computers - 35 Comments

LibreOffice 4.5 Bumped To Become LibreOffice 5.0

While we've been looking forward to the new features of LibreOffice 4.5 as the leading open-source office suite, version 4.5 is no more. The next version of LO is now going to be LibreOffice 5.0.
10:00 AM EDT - Free Software - LibreOffice 5.0 - 10 Comments

ACPI/PM For Linux 4.1: Airmont, HiSilicon ACPU, Broadwell Server Additions

Rafael Wysocki of Intel sent in the ACPI and power management updates for the Linux 4.1 kernel. As usual, there's a lot of new code part of this big pull request.
08:43 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - ACPI + Power Management

Qt 5.5 Beta Is Closer With Today's Snapshot

Qt 5.5 is a very exciting release for new features and functionality being added to this open-source toolkit, but it's continuing in the Qt5 tradition of running behind schedule.
07:56 AM EDT - Qt - Qt 5.5 Beta Snapshot

Linux Audio Is Being Further Modernized With The 4.1 Kernel

Takashi Iwai sent in his sound driver updates for Linux 4.1, which includes major modernization with the standard bus for ALSA in the sequencer core and HD-audio code.
07:43 AM EDT - Hardware - Linux 4.1 Audio/Sound - 42 Comments

15 April

KDE Applications 15.04 Adds Kdenlive & KDE Telepathy

Just a day after the KDE Plasma 5.3 Beta release is the availability of KDE Applications 15.04.0.
07:55 PM EDT - KDE - KDE Applications 15.04 - 13 Comments

GNU Hurd 0.6 Released Brings Clean-Ups & Fixes

Version 0.6 of GNU Hurd was released today. Before getting too excited about GNU Hurd, it's still bound to x86 32-bit and doesn't offer any compelling new features.
07:50 PM EDT - GNU - Hurd 0.6 - 11 Comments

The Massive Linux Benchmarking Setup Is Chugging Along

It's going on one month now that our massive new server/benchmarking Linux and open-source benchmarking farm has been operational. So far things are going great and continuing to churn out a lot of performance data for the very latest Git code of the Linux kernel, Mesa, LLVM/Clang, and other projects on a daily basis.
02:38 PM EDT - Hardware - Linux Benchmarking - 9 Comments

The NVIDIA GTX 750 Will Finally Run Easy With Acceleration On Linux 4.1

While the GeForce GTX 900 series are in garbage shape with the open-source driver, Nouveau on Linux 4.1 does bring some improvements for the original Maxwell GeForce GTX 750 series along with the GK20A Tegra K1 graphics processors.
02:14 PM EDT - Nouveau - GTX 750 / GTX 750 Ti

KDBUS Is Taking A Lot Of Heat, Might Be Delayed From Mainline Linux Kernel

Earlier this week I wrote about how it looked like KDBUS would be included in the Linux 4.1 kernel given the pull request sent to Linus Torvalds by Greg Kroah-Hartman. However, since that pull request, KDBUS is taking a lot of heat and there's calls for it to be postponed from mainlining.
12:49 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - KDBUS Critics - 65 Comments

Veyron Danger & Brain Motherboards Now In Coreboot

As a quick update to the initial Veyron motherboards being added to Coreboot, Google has now added more Veyron boards to mainline Coreboot.
12:32 PM EDT - Coreboot - Veyron Coreboot

There's Not Yet A Catalyst 15.4 Beta For Linux

Windows users this week saw the release of an AMD Catalyst 15.4 Beta driver, but if you're looking out for the equivalent Linux build, sadly it has yet to surface.
11:11 AM EDT - AMD - Catalyst 15.4 - 18 Comments

Xubuntu To Replace Abiword With Parts Of LibreOffice

Lightweight Ubuntu derivative Xubuntu is planning to replace the Abiword open-source word processor with LibreOffice in Xubuntu 15.10. The Xfce-powered desktop distribution also plans to do away with the GIMP image editor in this next release following Xubuntu 15.04.
10:49 AM EDT - Ubuntu - Xubuntu 15.10 - 27 Comments

Linux 4.1: Full DynTicks For KVM Guests To Become Possible

While full DynTicks support has been part of the mainline Linux kernel for quite a while, it's now become possible to use it with KVM guest virtual machines.
10:43 AM EDT - Virtualization - Linux 4.1 DynTicks KVM

Nouveau: NVIDIA's New Hardware Is "VERY Open-Source Unfriendly"

While NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 900 series is dominating for Linux gamers with excellent performance with their $1000+ GPU as well as great Linux OpenGL/OpenCL performance out of their lower-cost GPUs with excellent power efficiency, that's only when using the proprietary driver... NVIDIA's newer GTX 900 / Maxwell hardware is less open-source friendly than their previous generations of hardware.
09:42 AM EDT - Nouveau - Maxwell - 61 Comments

eBPF Programs Can Attach To KProbes In Linux 4.1

The (e)BPF in-kernel virtual machine that's been extended to do more than just packet filtering is becoming more useful with the Linux 4.1 development kernel.
09:16 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - eBPF

Live-Patching Doesn't Change Much In Linux 4.1

The live kernel patching support was one of the big additions to what became Linux 4.0, but with Linux 4.1 there aren't many improvements to show for the past cycle.
09:10 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - Live-Patching

AMD's New "AMDGPU" Kernel DRM Driver Might Finally Be Close

It looks like AMD might finally be close to publishing the code to their new AMDGPU kernel driver that's key to their new unified Linux driver strategy where their open-source stack and Catalyst share a common, open-source kernel driver.
08:39 AM EDT - AMD - AMDGPU - 22 Comments

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