Linux 4.0, Systemd & AMD's Tiger Team Were The Major Linux Stories This Month

Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware on 31 May 2015 at 09:44 PM EDT. Add A Comment
This month on Phoronix there were 227 original news stories and 13 featured length articles / Linux hardware reviews. Here's a look at what was exciting Phoronix readers the most this month.

In continuing to be the most prolific source of original Linux/open-source news when it comes to Linux hardware, graphics drivers, and enthusiast matters, the ten most popular articles on Phoronix this month included:

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.

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.

Ubuntu Plans For Python 3 By Default For Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
Another one of the interesting discussions this week at the Ubuntu Online Summit was with regards to plans for merging off of Python 2 and providing Python 3 by default over the next year, in time for the long-term support release of Ubuntu 16.04.

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.

GNOME 3.16 On Fedora 22: Wayland vs. X.Org
In complementing this morning's early Fedora 22 Workstation benchmarks, here's some numbers in looking at Fedora 22's GNOME Shell 3.16 desktop under an X.Org Server as well as Wayland.

Four Remote Packet-of-Death Vulnerabilities In The Linux Kernel
Just this morning the major VENOM security vulnerability was made public while a few hours later, a kernel developer has gone public with four "remote packet of death" vulnerabilities affecting a mainline Linux kernel WLAN driver.

KDE's KWin Just Became A Proper Wayland Compositor
Martin Graslin just shared that with the forthcoming KDE Plasma 5.4 update, KWin will serve as a proper Wayland compositor!

Systemd 220 Has Finally Been Released
It's taken a while, but systemd 220 has been finally released.

AMD Forms A Tiger Team For Catalyst Improvements, Including Linux
I've found out from various people in the know that AMD has assembled a "tiger team" to tackle outstanding Catalyst driver issues. This tiger team isn't Linux specific, but Linux driver issues will be fully evaluated and tackled by this new group of driver specialists.

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.

The three most popular featured length articles on Phoronix this month were: Linux 4.1 Power Consumption Appears To Improve For Intel Users, , GeForce GTX 750 Series: Nouveau vs. NVIDIA Linux Driver Performance, and The State Of Various Firefox Features.

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