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Solaris/Illumos-Based OmniOS Ships New LTS Release With Better Hardware Support

While open-source operating system projects derived from the former "OpenSolaris" code now maintained by the Illumos community aren't exactly prolific these days, one of the projects that does continue cranking through and seeing commercial success as well is OmniOS. OmniOS r151030 was released this week in its "Community Edition" flavor with various improvements.

12 May 2019 - OmniOS r151030 - 2 Comments
OpenMandriva Lx 4.0 Punts Python 2 Out Of Its Base OS

While many other Linux distributions are still in the process of demoting Python 2 packages out of their main archive / base OS ahead Python 2 being EOL'ed at the start of 2020, OpenMandriva Lx 4.0 has now joined the class of Linux distributions having already succeeded in that tangled effort.

11 May 2019 - Python 2 Demoted - 11 Comments
At Least 27% Of Gentoo's Portage Can Be Easily LTO Optimized For Better Performance

GentooLTO is a configuration overlay for Gentoo's overlay to make it easy to enable Link Time Optimizations (LTO) and other compiler optimizations for enabling better performance out of the Gentoo packages. GentooLTO appears to be inspired in part by the likes of Clear Linux who employ LTO and other compiler optimization techniques like AutoFDO for yielding better performance than what is conventionally shipped by Linux distributions. The GentooLTO developers and users have wrapped up their survey looking at how practical this overlay configuration is on the massive Portage collection.

17 April 2019 - GentooLTO - 57 Comments
Gentoo Gets GNOME 3.30 Running Without Systemd

For those trying to keep to a systemd-free system, Gentoo developers have GNOME once again working without being dependent on systemd. The developers have managed with GNOME 3.30 the ability to use any init system desired, well, primarily OpenRC as is popular with Gentoo users.

27 March 2019 - GNOME 3.30 Without systemd - 115 Comments
ReactOS 0.4.11 "Open-Source Windows" Available With Big Kernel Improvements

ReactOS 0.4.11 is now available as the newest version of this open-source operating system re-implementing the Windows APIs with a focus on binary driver/application compatibility. With this being the first release since November's ReactOS 0.4.10, there are a fair amount of changes to find in this new build.

3 March 2019 - ReactOS 0.4.11 - 39 Comments
Redox OS Exploring Coreboot Payload, Other Improvements

It's been a while since last having anything significant to report on Redox OS, the Unix-like operating system written in the Rust programming language and pursuing a micro-kernel design, but fortunately this open-source OS is still moving along and they have some interesting plans moving forward.

23 February 2019 - Redox OS - 13 Comments

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