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Fedora Can Now Ship MPEG2 Support, But What They Will Ship Is Yet To Be Figured Out

4 hours 13 min ago
With the last of the MPEG-2 patents having expired last February, the Fedora / Red Hat legal team is ready to okay the shipping of MPEG-2 video support out-of-the-box in Fedora Linux at long last... But they don't yet know what implementation to use...

Purism Shares April Update On Librem 5 Hardware/Software

4 hours 23 min ago
Purism has shared their latest update on the efforts around their Librem 5 GNU/Linux smartphone they hope to begin shipping in Q3...

OpenBSD 6.5 Released With RETGUARD, OpenRSYNC

5 hours 29 min ago
OpenBSD 6.5 was released today, about one week ahead of schedule for this security-minded BSD operating system. OpenBSD 6.5 is bringing several prominent new features including RETGUARD as its new stack protector and OpenRSYNC as its ISC-licensed in-progress replacement to rsync...

NVIDIA Adds Vulkan Support To Nsight Systems

6 hours 53 min ago
Nsight Systems, NVIDIA's proprietary cross-platform tool providing a timeline view of system resource analysis and other metrics while running GPU compute/graphics workloads, now can handle the Vulkan API...

OS108 Yields NetBSD Desktop Operating System Powered By MATE

8 hours 30 min ago
Over the past decade there's been talks on a few occasions about either spinning NetBSD as a desktop platform or offering up various desktop usability improvements to make it easier to use this BSD as a desktop operating system. In 2019 there still isn't a great desktop experience to NetBSD but the new "OS108" is seeking to improve that with a NetBSD OS paired with the MATE desktop environment...

Linux 5.1 Encounters "Regression Special" For Intel & VirtIO DRM Drivers

9 hours 50 min ago
If you have been hit by a bug on Linux 5.1 where your X.Org Server would no longer start or separately where when using VirtIO DRM that XWayland and GNOME Shell would break, fixes have now landed in Linux 5.1 Git...

Chrome 74 Is Now Available Though Not Too Exciting For Linux Users

10 hours 46 min ago
While Windows 10 users are gushing over Chrome finally introducing a "dark mode" for the web browser, on the Linux front there are no dramatic user-facing changes but just a lot of continued lower-level improvements for this cross-platform web browser...

Intel Iris Gallium3D Picks Up Conservative Rasterization Support

12 hours 23 min ago
On top of Intel's new open-source OpenGL driver seeing some hefty performance optimizations, the Iris Gallium3D driver has picked up another OpenGL extension ahead of the Mesa 19.1 branching...

Google's Filament Real-Time PBR Engine Updated With New Features

Wednesday 24th of April 2019 06:35:01 AM
Filament is Google's real-time physically based rendering engine that supports Android along with Linux and all other major platforms, including a target for WebAssembly+WebGL. Filament 1.2.0 was released on Tuesday as the latest step forward for this PBR rendering engine...

"Cage" Sees Initial Test Release For Kiosk-Like Wayland Compositor

Wednesday 24th of April 2019 04:00:00 AM
The Cage Wayland Compositor for kiosk / full-screen-one-app environments has managed to materialize...

RADV Vulkan Driver Lands FreeSync/Adaptive-Sync For Mesa 19.1

Wednesday 24th of April 2019 12:24:47 AM
While on the kernel-side there has been FreeSync support with the AMDGPU DRM driver since Linux 5.0 and for the OpenGL driver with RadeonSI there has been this functionality in Mesa 19.0 when paired with a supported kernel, the Mesa Radeon Vulkan driver has missed out on this action until now. But landing just in time for the Mesa 19.1 feature freeze is now the FreeSync/Adaptive-Sync enablement for RADV...

QEMU 4.0 Released With CPU Support Improvements, Faster Crypto, Monitor EDID

Tuesday 23rd of April 2019 11:44:53 PM
The big QEMU 4.0 release is now available for this critical piece of the open-source Linux virtualization stack...

A Decade Later, Mesa Wiring In Support For Qualcomm/AMD's ATC Texture Compression

Tuesday 23rd of April 2019 07:38:59 PM
Adding to the list of Mesa 19.1 changes is now AMD_compressed_ATC_texture being plumbed into Mesa/Gallium3D primarily with a focus on the Freedreno driver...

Coreboot Finally Sees Zen/Ryzen Support In The Form Of Picasso APU Enablement

Tuesday 23rd of April 2019 03:26:36 PM
The Coreboot open-source firmware/BIOS project has finally seen initial AMD Zen CPU support as part of Google engineers bringing up Picasso APU support in order to handle an upcoming Chromebook launch...

Airtop3 Manages A Passively-Cooled Core i9 9900K + Quadro RTX 4000

Tuesday 23rd of April 2019 03:06:39 PM
The folks at CompuLab have achieved another engineering masterpiece with a passively-cooled PC with an Intel Core i9 9900K processor and up to NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 graphics. Coming out of CompuLab, the PC is also Linux-friendly...

GNU Shepherd 0.6 Released - Adds Support For One-Shot Services

Tuesday 23rd of April 2019 02:52:14 PM
For those trying to avoid systemd, the Guile-based GNU Shepherd init system / service manager is out with a new feature release...

NVIDIA 430.09 Linux Driver Brings GTX 1650 Support, Surprising VDPAU Improvements

Tuesday 23rd of April 2019 01:54:35 PM
With today's GeForce GTX 1650 launch, NVIDIA has posted the 430.09 Linux driver as their first in this new driver series...

NVIDIA Releases The GeForce GTX 1650 At $149 USD, Linux Benchmarks Incoming

Tuesday 23rd of April 2019 01:08:23 PM
Coming in now a step below last month's GeForce GTX 1660 as an RTX-less Turing graphics card is now the GeForce GTX 1650 at the $149 USD price point...

Intel Iris Gallium3D Picks Up More Game Performance Optimizations For Mesa 19.1

Tuesday 23rd of April 2019 12:11:09 PM
There is just one week to go until the Mesa 19.1 feature freeze and branching for this next quarterly feature update to these open-source OpenGL/Vulkan Linux drivers. Notable this round is the introduction of the Intel "Iris" Gallium3D driver for supporting Broadwell graphics and newer atop this next-gen OpenGL driver ahead of next year's Xe Graphics dGPU launch. With days to go until the Mesa 19.1 feature freeze, more performance optimizations have landed...

MLIR Is A New IR For Machine Learning That Might Become Part Of LLVM

Tuesday 23rd of April 2019 11:39:04 AM
Earlier this month the developers behind Tensorflow open-sourced MLIR as the Multi-Level Intermediate Representation. They hope this IR can become a common format between machine learning models/frameworks and as part of that it might end up becoming an LLVM sub-project...

More in Tux Machines

OpenBSD 6.5 Released With RETGUARD, OpenRSYNC

OpenBSD 6.5 was released today, about one week ahead of schedule for this security-minded BSD operating system. OpenBSD 6.5 is bringing several prominent new features including RETGUARD as its new stack protector and OpenRSYNC as its ISC-licensed in-progress replacement to rsync. OpenBSD 6.5's new RETGUARD functionality aims to be a better stack protector on x86_64 and AArch64 with instrumenting every function return with better security properties than their traditional stack protector. Read more Also: OpenBSD 6.5

Development kit showcases Cortex-A76 based Snapdragon 855

Intrinsyc has launched a 96Boards CE form-factor “Snapdragon 855 Mobile HDK” that runs Android 9 on a 7nm, octa-core Snapdragon 855 with GNSS, WiFi/BT, and optional touchscreens and cameras. Intrinsyc’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Hardware Development Kit is now available for $1,149, offering a development window into Qualcomm’s powerful Snapdragon 855 SoC. The new HDK runs the latest Android 9.0 Pie release. Read more

Sad News! Scientific Linux is Being Discontinued

Scientific Linux, a distributions focused on scientists in high energy physics field, will not be developed anymore. It’s creator, Fermilab, is replacing it by CentOS in its labs. Read more

today's leftovers

  • Announcing Akademy 2019 in Milan, Italy (September 7th - 13th)
    Akademy 2019 will be held at the University of Milano-Bicocca in Milan, Italy, from Saturday the 7th to Friday the 13th of September. The conference is expected to draw hundreds of attendees from the global KDE community to discuss and plan the future of the community and its technology. Many participants from the broad Free and Open Source software community, local organizations and software companies will also attend. KDE e.V. is organizing Akademy 2019 with unixMiB — the Linux User Group of the University of Milano-Bicocca. unixMiB aims to spread Open Source philosophy among students.
  • Checking out Crunchbang++
  • Intel Iris Gallium3D Picks Up Conservative Rasterization Support
    On top of Intel's new open-source OpenGL driver seeing some hefty performance optimizations, the Iris Gallium3D driver has picked up another OpenGL extension ahead of the Mesa 19.1 branching.  Iris Gallium3D now supports INTEL_conservative_rasterization alongside the existing support in the i965 driver. INTEL_conservative_rasterization is the several year old Intel extension for seeing if all fragments are at least partially covered by a polygon rather than the default rasterization mode of including fragments with at least one sample covered by a polygon.