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  • AMDGPU For Linux 5.1 Tweaks The Golden Settings For Vega, Corrects Fiji Power Reading

    Since last week the big set of DRM driver changes has been part of the mainline kernel for Linux 5.1 while working its way to mainline now are a couple of early fixes to the AMDGPU driver.

  • Krita 4.2.0: the First Painting Application to bring HDR Support to Windows

    We’re deep in bug fixing mode now, because in May we want to release the next major version of Krita: Krita 4.2.0. While there will be a host of new features, a plethora of bug fixes and performance improvements, one thing is unique: support for painting in HDR mode. Krita is the very first application, open source or proprietary, that offers this!

    So, today we release a preview version of Krita 4.2.0 with HDR support baked in, so you can give the new functionality a try!

    Of course, at this moment, only Windows 10 supports HDR monitors, and only with some very specific hardware. Your CPU and GPU need to be new enough, and you need to have a monitor that supports HDR. We know that the brave folks at Intel are working on HDR support for Linux, though!

  • Ubuntu Desktop To Auto-Install Necessary VM Tools/Drivers When Running On VMware

    In seeking to improve the out-of-the-box experience when running the Ubuntu desktop as a guest virtual machine within VMware's products, Ubuntu is planning on having the open-vm-tools-desktop package be automatically installed for providing a better initial experience. 

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  • QA Report: February 2019
  • Amazon steps up its open-source game, and Elastic stock falls as a result

    Open-source search software company Elastic saw its stock fall as much as 5 percent on Tuesday after Amazon Web Services announced the launch of a separate library of open-source code for Elasticsearch, a set of technologies that can be use to build search engines for web sites, and an important part of Elastic's business.

  • MongoDB backs off unpopular license; MDB +4%

    Key quote: "We continue to believe that the SSPL complies with the Open Source Definition and the four essential software freedoms. However, based on its reception by the members of this list and the greater open source community, the community consensus required to support OSI approval does not currently appear to exist regarding the copyleft provision of SSPL. Thus, in order to be respectful of the time and efforts of the OSI board and this list’s members, we are hereby withdrawing the SSPL from OSI consideration."

  • When "Zoë" !== "Zoë". Or why you need to normalize Unicode strings

    It first hit me many years ago, when I was building an app (in Objective-C) that imported a list of people from an user’s address book and social media graph, and filtered out duplicates. In certain situations, I would see the same person added twice because the names wouldn’t compare as equal strings.

    In fact, while the two strings above look identical on screen, the way they’re represented on disk, the bytes saved in the file, are different. In the first “Zoë”, the ë character (e with umlaut) was represented a single Unicode code point, while in the second case it was in the decomposed form. If you’re dealing with Unicode strings in your application, you need to take into account that characters could be represented in multiple ways.

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Programming/Development: Python Natural Language Processing, DevNation Federal, KTextEditor/Kate, Blender3D

  • Top 10 Python NLP Libraries For 2019
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  • DevNation Federal brings open source to the Beltway
    On June 27th, Red Hat will not only be hosting one of the best technical gatherings of 2019, but it will be doing so in Washington D.C. — not San Francisco, Seattle, or ... DevNation Federal conference will bring together industry experts and key maintainers of popular open source projects in a one-day immersive conference for federal developers.
  • KTextEditor/Kate Bugs – Help Appreciated
    The bug report count of KTextEditor (implementing the editing part used in Kate/KWrite/KDevelop/Kile/…) and Kate itself reached again some value over 200. If you have time and need an itch to scratch, any help to tackle the currently open bugs would be highly appreciated. The full list can be found with this bugs.kde.org query. [...] The team working on the code is small, therefore please be a bit patient if you wait for reactions. I hope we have improved our reaction time in the last months but we still are lacking in that respect.
  • Blender3D User interface and API Freeze
    In the last month, we’ve polished the user interface and added the last planned features to Blender 2.80. The details can be found in the weekly development notes. Now we are freezing the user interface, so that there is a stable base for creating documentation and tutorials. Settings will stay in the same place and screenshots should remain valid for the final 2.80 release. A handful of menu entries may be added, or a tooltip might be improved, but nothing major that would break documentation.
  • Blender 2.80 Reaches Its API & UI Freeze
    In order to meet the July release target for Blender 2.80, there is now an API and user-interface freeze on this next feature update for this leading open-source, cross-platform 3D modeling software. Blender 2.80 has now entered its UI and API freeze milestone for the 2.80 release. The Blender settings should also be maintained now moving forward for the Blender 2.80 release and its Python API compatibility, including for add-ons.

FreeBSD 11.3 Beta 1

  • FreeBSD 11.3 BETA
    24 May: The first BETA build for the FreeBSD 11.3 release cycle is now available. ISO images for the amd64, armv6, arm64, i386, powerpc, powerpc64, and sparc64 architectures are available on most of our FreeBSD mirror sites.
  • FreeBSD 11.3-BETA1 Now Available
    The first BETA build of the 11.3-RELEASE release cycle is now available. Installation images are available for: o 11.3-BETA1 amd64 GENERIC o 11.3-BETA1 i386 GENERIC o 11.3-BETA1 powerpc GENERIC o 11.3-BETA1 powerpc64 GENERIC64 o 11.3-BETA1 sparc64 GENERIC o 11.3-BETA1 armv6 BANANAPI o 11.3-BETA1 armv6 BEAGLEBONE o 11.3-BETA1 armv6 CUBIEBOARD o 11.3-BETA1 armv6 CUBIEBOARD2 o 11.3-BETA1 armv6 CUBOX-HUMMINGBOARD o 11.3-BETA1 armv6 RPI-B o 11.3-BETA1 armv6 RPI2 o 11.3-BETA1 armv6 PANDABOARD o 11.3-BETA1 armv6 WANDBOARD o 11.3-BETA1 aarch64 GENERIC Note regarding arm SD card images: For convenience for those without console access to the system, a freebsd user with a password of freebsd is available by default for ssh(1) access. Additionally, the root user password is set to root. It is strongly recommended to change the password for both users after gaining access to the system.
  • FreeBSD 11.3 Enters Beta Ahead Of July Release
    While FreeBSD 12 is the latest and greatest stable series since the end of last year, for those still on FreeBSD 11 there is the 11.3 update due out for release in July while this weekend the first beta was issued. FreeBSD 11.3 offers up the latest security updates and other stable bug fixes over FreeBSD 11.2 that was released nearly one year ago. But for those craving all the latest features and functionality, FreeBSD 12 is in release form or there is also FreeBSD 13-CURRENT.

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