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KDE Plasma 5.12 LTS Released With Much Better Wayland Support, Other Improvements

Tue, 06/02/2018 - 3:19pm
KDE Plasma 5.12.0 is now available that also serves as the second long-term support release for the Plasma 5 desktop...

Atomic Mode-Setting Finally Landing For Wayland's Weston Compositor

Tue, 06/02/2018 - 3:02pm
Going back about two years has been work towards supporting atomic mode-setting on Weston and we are finally seeing this support land for Wayland's reference compositor...

MenuLibre 2.1.5 Menu Editor Adds Budgie & KDE Plasma Support

Tue, 06/02/2018 - 2:46pm
MenuLibre is the menu editor program supporting FreeDesktop.org's Desktop Entry Specification and supports most desktop environments out there for customizations of their menus...

GTK+ 4.0 Gets More House Cleaning, Dropping Old Version References Saves ~7k L.O.C

Tue, 06/02/2018 - 1:55pm
Yesterday I wrote about GTK4 dropping the Mir display back-end in favor of the Wayland back-end. Additionally, the "big GDK lock" was also stripped out. The latest is some additional cleaning to lighten the tool-kit code-base by about seven thousand lines of code...

Fedora's Power Tweaks Dropped The Power Use On A ThinkPad By ~30%

Tue, 06/02/2018 - 12:36pm
Over the past few months Hans de Goede of Red Hat has been focusing on Linux power improvements, in particular to extend the battery life of laptops running Fedora Linux. As indicated by his presentation this past weekend at FOSDEM 2018, he's making great strides in that effort...

ZFS On Linux 0.7.6 Brings Linux 4.15 Support, Fixes

Tue, 06/02/2018 - 11:17am
ZFS On Linux 0.7.6 was released overnight as the latest release for these out-of-tree modules supporting the ZFS file-system natively on the Linux kernel via the OpenZFS code-base...

XFS Feature Used For Online Fsck Graduates From Experimental

Tue, 06/02/2018 - 11:08am
Last week the main pull request of XFS file-system driver updates for the Linux 4.16 was sent in and referred to by XFS maintainer Darrick Wong as having great scads of new stuff. The Oracle engineer has now sent in a secondary pull request of XFS for Linux 4.16...

Phoronix Test Suite 7.8 Milestone 3 Brings More Benchmarking Improvements

Tue, 06/02/2018 - 9:40am
The third development release of the upcoming Phoronix Test Suite 7.8-Folldal release is now available for our cross-platform, open-source automated benchmarking software and framework...

LizardFS Had A Busy 2017 But This Year They Will Be Even Busier With A Big Rework

Tue, 06/02/2018 - 7:00am
LizardFS for those unaware is yet another distributed file-system project with this MooseFS fork focusing on POSIX compliance, multi-platform support and aims to be fault-tolerant...

On-Screen Keyboard Improvements, Thunderbolt UI Land In GNOME Shell

Tue, 06/02/2018 - 5:09am
Last minute work ahead of the imminent UI/feature freeze for GNOME 3.28 landed on Monday for the GNOME Shell...

AMD's Atomic Patch, Latency Tolerance Reporting & Other PCI Changes For Linux 4.16

Tue, 06/02/2018 - 12:47am
The PCI subsystem updates for the Linux 4.16 kernel are a bit livelier than usual with a number of notable additions...

A 2018 Status Update On The Royalty-Free AV1 Video Codec

Mon, 05/02/2018 - 9:19pm
Among the many interesting presentations at this year's FOSDEM event included an update on the AV1 royalty-free, open-source video codec by Mozilla/Xiph.Org's Tim Terriberry...

Xorgproto Debuts, Reflecting X.Org Server Development Slowing Down

Mon, 05/02/2018 - 8:37pm
Xorgproto had its inaugural release today as the collection of all the X.Org Server protocol headers formerly distributed as separate, standalone packages...

GNU's Ring Continues Trying To Be Like Skype/WhatsApp For FLOSS/Privacy-Minded Fans

Mon, 05/02/2018 - 7:29pm
Ring that joined the GNU project in late 2016 to focus on decentralized, multi-device communication has high hopes for 2018...

System76's Pop!_OS Switching From GRUB To Systemd-Boot

Mon, 05/02/2018 - 6:15pm
System76's Pop!_OS started off mostly as a re-branded spin of Ubuntu for the company's pre-loaded Linux laptops/desktops, but lately they have been venturing to more interesting changes at varying levels of the stack...

The State of RISC-V Hardware & Software In Early 2018

Mon, 05/02/2018 - 5:28pm
Palmer Dabbelt who maintains the RISC-V ports of GCC, Binutils, Linux, and glibc while working at RISC-V company SiFive spoke at FOSDEM 2018 this weekend about the software/hardware state of this royalty-free open-source CPU ISA...

Mesa 12.0 To Mesa 18.0 Benchmarks Show The OpenGL/Vulkan Radeon Evolution

Mon, 05/02/2018 - 4:00pm
Last week I provided some benchmarks showing how the RADV and RadeonSI performance changed with Mesa 18.0 while in this comparison is a look at how the Mesa 18.0 performance has evolved since Mesa 12.0 for Radeon open-source Linux graphics driver performance.

OverlayFS Adds NFS Export Support In Linux 4.16

Mon, 05/02/2018 - 3:37pm
The OverlayFS union mount file-system of the Linux kernel gains a big new feature in Linux 4.16...

Coffee Lake Support Finally Lands In Beignet OpenCL

Mon, 05/02/2018 - 2:19pm
Intel Coffee Lake CPUs began shipping in October and while their UHD Graphics are effectively re-branded Kabylake graphics, it's taken until today to get mainline support for Coffee Lake OpenCL support on Linux with Beignet...

~80 Patches Are Left For Having Intel i965 SPIR-V Support

Mon, 05/02/2018 - 2:01pm
In addition to Igalia developers being at FOSDEM 2018 to talk about their work on Chromium porting for Wayland, Alejandro Piñeiro of this Spain consulting firm talked about their contributions towards SPIR-V support within Mesa and particularly for the Intel i965 OpenGL driver...