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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.
5 Hours Ago - Fedora - Fedora 22 - 2 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.
9 Hours Ago - 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).
10 Hours Ago - Compiler - OpenMP 3.1 - 1 Comment

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 - 4 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 - 25 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 - 21 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 - 22 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 - 48 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 - 33 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 - 13 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

19 May

AMD's HSA Driver - AMDKFD - To See More Improvements In Linux 4.2

Besides Intel DRM updates landing today in DRM-Next for eventual merging into the Linux 4.2 kernel, AMD landed some changes to their HSA kernel driver named AMDKFD.
09:30 PM EDT - AMD - AMDKFD Linux 4.2 - Add A Comment

The Linux 4.0 Kernel Currently Has An EXT4 Corruption Issue

It appears that the current Linux 4.0.x kernel is plagued by an EXT4 file-system corruption issue. If there's any positive note out of the situation, it seems to mostly affect EXT4 Linux RAID users.
08:34 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - Corruption Warning - 45 Comments

Debian Is Still Working To Tackle ZFS On Linux Support

Last month we heard libdvdcss and ZFS should soon appear in Debian GNU/Linux, but now it doesn't appear that easy... It could end up taking a while longer for the ZFS file-system and the libdvdcss support for DVD playback on Debian to appear within the official repositories.
06:48 PM EDT - Debian - Debian Legal Problems - 17 Comments

Mesa 10.6 RC1 Released

Following this morning's branching of Mesa 10.6 and pushing Git master to Mesa 10.7, the Mesa 10.6 Release Candidate 1 is now available.
03:23 PM EDT - Mesa - Mesa 10.6 RC1 - Add A Comment

Linux Mint Releases Cinnamon 2.6 Desktop

The Linux Mint crew has tagged the release of the Cinnamon 2.6 desktop environment.
03:00 PM EDT - Desktop - Cinnamon 2.6 - 9 Comments

Google Chrome 43 Brings Better Linux HiDPI Support

Google pushed Chrome 43 into the stable channel today.
01:17 PM EDT - Google - Chrome 43 - 9 Comments

Btrfs RAID 0/1 Benchmarks On The Linux 4.1 Kernel

With the Linux 4.1 kernel coming together nicely I've begun my testing (separate from all the fully-automated Git testing done each day via the LinuxBenchmarking.com systems) of this new kernel under a variety of different workloads, stressing different systems, and focusing on the changes in the major subsystems. One of the systems this week has been running some fresh Btrfs RAID Linux file-system benchmarks. From an eight-disk server I've started this Btrfs RAID testing as some fresh numbers since my Btrfs RAID tests from a few months back on an older server.
11:00 AM EDT - Storage - 10 Comments

Mesa 10.6 Has Been Branched, Mesa 10.7 Now In Development

As planned, Mesa 10.6 has been branched and due to lacking OpenGL 4.0 / OpenGL ES 3.1 support, the version will not be bumped to Mesa 11.0. This also now makes Mesa 10.7 officially under development.
10:19 AM EDT - Mesa - Mesa 10.7-devel - 5 Comments

More Intel Driver Code Merged Into DRM-Next For Linux 4.2 Kernel

David Airlie has pulled Intel's latest batch of changes into DRM-Next that they've been queuing up for merging into the Linux 4.2 kernel.
09:49 AM EDT - Intel - Intel DRM-Next - 9 Comments

Intel's Mesa Driver Now Uses NIR By Default For Vertex Shaders

Back in April Intel enabled the NIR IR by default within their Mesa driver but initially only for fragment shaders. Intel has now enabled NIR usage by default for vertex shaders within their i965 DRI driver.
09:37 AM EDT - Intel - GEN8+ VS - 2 Comments

NVIDIA 352.09 Linux Driver Brings G-SYNC Improvements, Fixes

NVIDIA introduced yesterday their first beta driver in the new 352 Linux / Solaris / FreeBSD graphics driver series.
09:01 AM EDT - NVIDIA - NVIDIA 352 Linux Series - 18 Comments

18 May

Linux 4.1-rc4 Kernel Arrives A Day Late

Linus Torvalds released the Linux 4.1-rc4 kernel a short time ago, which is coming a day later than Torvalds' usual tradition of releasing new kernel versions on Sunday afternoons.
02:02 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - Linux 4.1 - 2 Comments

The State Of Various Firefox Features

Today's post by the new Phoronix intern is looking at the state of various new (and experimental) features within Mozilla's Firefox web-browser. Covered in this article is the Electrolysis e10s multi-process model, Encrypted Media Extensions, Media Source Extensions, Skia, off-main thread compositing, and sandboxing.
11:40 AM EDT - Software - 46 Comments

Wine-Staging 1.7.43 Tacks On More Bug Fixes

Wine 1.7.43 was released on Friday and following it this weekend was the latest Wine-Staging update that re-bases atop the latest upstream Wine while carrying extra, experimental features like DXVA2, CUDA 7, and various other features.
11:01 AM EDT - WINE - Wine Staging 1.7.43 - Add A Comment

RandR 1.5 Brings Monitor Objects & Tile Support For X.Org

The RandR components are updated for version 1.5.0 to take advantage of new functionality in the X.Org Server.
10:46 AM EDT - X.Org - X.Org Server 1.18 - Add A Comment

PC-BSD 10.1.2 Brings New PersonaCrypt Utility

PC-BSD 10.1.2 was released today as the latest quarterly update to the FreeBSD-derived operating system.
09:35 AM EDT - BSD - PC-BSD 10.1.2 - 2 Comments

Nautilus & Calendar Improvements Plus More For GNOME 3.18

GNOME 3.18 is under heavy development and already thus far this cycle we've seen GTK+ do away with Windows XP support and integrate other toolkit improvements along with other work like in-progress file manager improvements. Here's more of the GNOME 3.18 work items to get excited about.
09:06 AM EDT - GNOME - GNOME 3.18 - Add A Comment

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