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The Latest Features For Linux Performance Management + Benchmark Monitoring

There's numerous recent features to talk about this weekend for those interested in tracking Linux system performance, monitoring upstream projects for performance regressions, and carrying out other similar work using open-source software on Linux / BSD / OS X / Solaris.
4 Hours Ago - Software - Add A Comment

Noctua NH-U12DX i4 + NF-F12

With the basement conversion into a big Linux server room where there's 50~60 systems running daily at full load while running our many open-source benchmarks, cooling has been a challenge with now experiencing summer temperatures. I've already resorted to retro-fitting in extra powered ventilation ducts to keep pushing fresh air into the server room. That did some help, but also of aid is upgrading the cooling systems on some of the more powerful systems rather than using the stock heatsinks and fans. For helping out the cooling situation, Noctua sent out a while ago the NH-U12DX i4 and NF-F12.
7 Hours Ago - Peripherals - 10 Comments

Mesa 10.5.6 Brings Fixes All Over The Place

The latest Mesa 10.5 point release, Mesa 10.5.6, is now available.
9 Hours Ago - Mesa - Mesa 10.5.6 - Add A Comment

23 May

NVIDIA's Proprietary Driver Is Moving Closer With Kernel Mode-Setting

NVIDIA has been working out plans for their graphics driver to support Mir and Wayland. As part of that, besides their recent EGL support, they've been tackling kernel mode-setting.
05:41 PM EDT - NVIDIA - NVIDIA Modeset - 46 Comments

The Latest Linux Kernel Git Code Fixes The EXT4 RAID0 Corruption Problem

An EXT4 file-system corruption problem was uncovered with Linux 4.0 that turned out to be an MD RAID0 issue with the Linux kernel in the latest stable series. This RAID corruption issue has now been fixed in the latest kernel Git code.
04:01 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - Git Code - 5 Comments

Features Added To Mesa 10.6 For Open-Source GPU Drivers

Mesa 10.6 is up to a release candidate state and should be officially released in early June. If you're not up to speed on this quarterly update to the open-source user-space graphics drivers, here's an overview of the new features for Mesa 10.6.
11:00 AM EDT - Mesa - Mesa 10.6 Features - 7 Comments

Ubuntu's LXD vs. KVM For The Linux Cloud

Since last year Canonical has been developing the new LXD hypervisor. As implied by the name, LXD is derived from the success of LXC.
10:41 AM EDT - Virtualization - LXD vs. KVM - 2 Comments

Fedora Server 22 Benchmarks With XFS & The Linux 4.0 Kernel

Fedora 22 is shaping up quite well across the Fedora Workstation, Server, and Cloud offerings. Out of curiosity, this week I ran some initial comparison tests of Fedora Server 21 vs. Fedora Server 22.
10:14 AM EDT - Fedora - Fedora Server 21 vs. Fedora Server 22 - Add A Comment

GCC 6 Gets Support For The IBM z13 Mainframe Server

The latest GNU Compiler Collection code now has proper optimization targeting/tuning support for the IBM z13.
09:27 AM EDT - Compiler - GCC z13 - 1 Comment

22 May

Fedora 22 Is Being Released Next Tuesday

While yesterday there was risk of Fedora 22 being delayed beyond next week, this next Fedora Linux release was cleared today for being released next Tuesday.
05:39 PM EDT - Fedora - Fedora 22 - 16 Comments

OpenWRT 15.05 Preparing Improved Security & Better Networking

The first release candidate to OpenWRT 15.05, the "Chaos Calmer", is now available for testing.
02:01 PM EDT - Operating Systems - OpenWRT 15.05 - Add A Comment

Using The New LLVM/Clang OpenMP Support

As of this month, the mainline code for LLVM and Clang finally have complete OpenMP support (currently against the OMP 3.1 specification).
01:28 PM EDT - Compiler - OpenMP 3.1 - 2 Comments

Zapcc Claims To Be A "Much Faster C++ Compiler"

Zapcc is the latest compiler I heard about this morning... Zapcc is based on LLVM's Clang C/C++ compiler but claims to be much faster than it.
09:18 AM EDT - Compiler - Zapcc C++ Compiler - Add A Comment

Godot 1.1 Engine Release Brings New 2D Engine

Version 1.1 of the Godot Game Engine has been released. This open-source game engine update brings a new 2D engine and claims to be one of the most advanced 2D engines for cross-platform games.
09:00 AM EDT - Gaming - Godot 1.1 - 2 Comments

Intel VA-API Driver 1.6 Is Coming

Some Video Acceleration API updates are coming down the pipe.
08:48 AM EDT - Intel - VA-API - 12 Comments

Canonical Is Reportedly Considering An IPO

Mark Shuttleworth is reportedly considering a move to make Canonical a public company.
08:32 AM EDT - Ubuntu - Ubuntu Public - 32 Comments

GNOME 3.18 - GTK3 Now Supports RandR 1.5

RandR 1.5 was firmed up a few days ago for X.Org Server 1.18. The lead features to RandR 1.5 are monitor objects and tile support.
08:15 AM EDT - GNOME - GTK3 RandR 1.5 - Add A Comment

21 May

Fedora 22 Risks Being Delayed Beyond Next Week

At today's Go/No-Go meeting it was decided that Fedora 22 Final is not ready for release. However, tomorrow that decision will be re-evaluated.
10:25 PM EDT - Fedora - Fedora 22 No-Go - 6 Comments

Systemd 220 Has Finally Been Released

It's taken a while, but systemd 220 has been finally released.
10:17 PM EDT - systemd - systemd 220 - 23 Comments

LibreOffice 5.0 Beta 1 Released

Following yesterday's LibreOffice 5.0 branching in Git, the first beta for LibreOffice 5.0 is now available for testing.
11:46 AM EDT - Free Software - LO 5.0 Beta - 11 Comments

LibreOffice Can Now Import Apple Pages & Numbers Files

While there's been work on supporting Apple Pages and Numbers files within LibreOffice, it seems this import support is finally getting squared away for those forced to having to deal with Apple's proprietary document formats.
10:30 AM EDT - Free Software - Apple Pages / Numbers - Add A Comment

Allwinner Publishes New CedarX Open-Source Code

For months now Allwinner has been violating the GPL and have attempted to cover it up by obfuscating their code and playing around with their licenses while jerking around the open-source community. At least today they've made a positive change in open-sourcing more of their "CedarX" code.
09:55 AM EDT - Hardware - Allwinner CedarX Code - 9 Comments

ACPI 6 Non-Volatile Memory Device Support / NFIT / LIBND For Linux

The Linux kernel continues advancing on many hardware fronts, among which is support for ACPI 6.0 and the kernel is making the new LIBND subsystem for non-volatile memory device support.
09:18 AM EDT - Hardware - ACPI 6 + NVDIMMs - Add A Comment

Fedora 22 Marches Closer To Release

Fedora 22 is scheduled to be released next week but for that to happen there's still a number of blocker bugs that need to be addressed. The second release candidate of Fedora 22 Final is now available for those wishing to stress this major update of the Red Hat sponsored Linux distribution.
08:56 AM EDT - Fedora - Fedora 22 Linux - 13 Comments

The Linux 4.0 EXT4 RAID Corruption Bug Has Been Uncovered

A few days ago we reported on an EXT4 file-system corruption issue being discovered within the stable Linux 4.0 kernel series. The good news is the issue has been uncovered and a patch is available, but it could still be a few days before it starts getting sent out in stable updates.
08:32 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - EXT4 Corruption - 23 Comments

Ubuntu 15.10 Release Schedule Firmed Up

For those that haven't seen/heard yet, the Ubuntu 15.10 release schedule has now been firmed up.
08:13 AM EDT - Ubuntu - Ubuntu 15.10 Schedule - Add A Comment

20 May

Will Ubuntu Linux Hit 200 Million Users This Year?

It's been four years and two weeks since Mark Shuttleworth expressed his goal of "200 million users of Ubuntu in 4 years." While Ubuntu's presence has continued to increase over the past four years, it doesn't look like that goal has been realized yet or will be by the end of the calendar year.
03:48 PM EDT - Ubuntu - 200 Million Goal - 51 Comments

Microsoft Open-Sources The Windows Communication Foundation

Microsoft has today announced they've open-sourced the important WCF (Windows Communication Foundation) code that now targets .NET Core.
10:28 AM EDT - Proprietary Software - .NET - 34 Comments

Intel Skylake Adds ASTC Texture Compression, Open-Source Support Coming

S3TC remains the most common form of texture compression relied upon by video game developers and others, but it remains a legal mess for open-source graphics drivers. ETC2 texture compression isn't faced by legal issues but was only mandated by OpenGL ES 3.0 / OpenGL 4.3, which makes it less well adopted. Meanwhile, in looking forward to the future, ASTC is the royalty-free next-gen texture compression solution that's backed by the Khronos Group. Intel's forthcoming Skylake hardware will make ASTC a much more widespread reality.
09:28 AM EDT - Mesa - ASTC - 13 Comments

Qt Turns 20 Years Old, KDE Celebrates

Today marks twenty years since the first release of the Qt tool-kit. It's been an interesting twenty years so far going through the hands of Trolltech, Nokia, Digia, and the now spin-off The Qt Company.
09:15 AM EDT - Qt - Qt Turns 20 - 5 Comments

Another HTTPS Vulnerability Rattles The Internet

Another HTTPS vulnerability has started to make its rounds earlier this morning. Dubbed Logjam by its researchers, the vulnerability stems from the US's encryption export mandate back in the 1990s. This particular vulnerability, in the transport-layer security layer protocol, breaks the Diffie-Hellman perfect forward-secrecy. Susceptibility to the vulnerability is depended on servers and clients supporting the DHE_EXPORT encryption scheme, or using a key less-than-or-equal to 1024 bits.
09:04 AM EDT - Free Software - HTTPS - 14 Comments

LibreOffice 5.0 Open-Source Office Suite Has Been Branched

LibreOffice 5.0 is the next version of this popular, cross-platform, open-source office suite and not LibreOffice 4.5 as was originally planned. LibreOffice 5.0 has now been branched in Git with the trunk development now focusing on LibreOffice 5.1.
08:34 AM EDT - Free Software - LibreOffice 5.1 Now In Git - 9 Comments

OpenGL 4.3 Shader Storage Buffer Objects Coming To Mesa

Among other OpenGL 4.x extensions, one of the more recent additions to OpenGL being tackled by open-source developers is ARB_shader_storage_buffer_object.
08:21 AM EDT - Mesa - ARB_shader_storage_buffer_object - 1 Comment

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