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[$] LWN.net Weekly Edition for February 29, 2024

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The LWN.net Weekly Edition for February 29, 2024 is available.

today's leftovers

tuxmachines.org - Čet, 02/29/2024 - 00:57
misc. links

Fedora, Red Hat, and IBM Leftovers

tuxmachines.org - Čet, 02/29/2024 - 00:54
A few links from Red Hat

Security Leftovers

tuxmachines.org - Čet, 02/29/2024 - 00:53
Security links for today

Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt (FUD) From Microsoft Proxies

tuxmachines.org - Čet, 02/29/2024 - 00:52
OSI, Black Duck etc.

today's howtos

tuxmachines.org - Čet, 02/29/2024 - 00:50
more howtos for today

Mesa’s NVK Open-Source Vulkan Driver for NVIDIA Hardware Is Now Stable

tuxmachines.org - Sre, 02/28/2024 - 23:19
Collabora announced today that their NVK open-source Vulkan graphics driver for NVIDIA hardware in the Mesa graphics stack is no longer experimental and it’s now stable and ready for prime time.

Distrobox 1.7 Improves NVIDIA Support, Wolfi Containers, and Adds New Flags

tuxmachines.org - Sre, 02/28/2024 - 22:39
Luca Di Maio released today Distrobox 1.7 as a major update to this popular tool for running any Linux distro inside your terminal.

Mesa NVK Vulkan Driver Now Declared Vulkan 1.3 Conformant, Mesa 24.1 To Build By Default

Phoronix - Sre, 02/28/2024 - 21:52
It's a big day today in the open-source NVIDIA Nouveau/NVK space... The Mesa NVK driver is now officially declared a Vulkan 1.3 conformant implementation by the Khronos Group! In turn the NVK driver is no longer considered experimental and with Mesa 24.1 will build by default for x86/x86_64-based installations...

HDMI Forum Rejects Open-Source HDMI 2.1 Driver Support Sought By AMD

Phoronix - Sre, 02/28/2024 - 21:37
One of the limitations of AMD's open-source Linux graphics driver has been the inability to implement HDMI 2.1+ functionality on the basis of legal requirements by the HDMI Forum. AMD engineers had been working to come up with a solution in conjunction with the HDMI Forum for being able to provide HDMI 2.1+ capabilities with their open-source Linux kernel driver, but it looks like those efforts for now have concluded and failed...

Tails 6.0 released

LWN.net - Sre, 02/28/2024 - 20:24

Tails 6.0 is now available. Based on Debian, Tails is a portable operating system designed to run from a USB stick and help users avoid surveillance and censorship. This release updates most Tails applications, and includes important security and usability improvements.

One major new feature in 6.0 is to provide warnings to users about errors when reading or writing to persistent storage. This release now ignores USB devices plugged in while the screen is locked, and removes some file and disk-wiping features from the Files application that are "not reliable enough" on USB sticks and SSDs to continue offering to users.

Users of Tails prior to 6.0~rc1 will need to do a manual upgrade to retain persistent storage. New users can download Tails for USB, or as an ISO to create a DVD or run Tails in a virtual machine.

AMD Zen 4 vs. Zen 4C Performance, Zen 4C Core Scaling With Ryzen 5 8500G

Phoronix - Sre, 02/28/2024 - 20:22
Besides the integrated RDNA3 graphics making the Ryzen 8000G series desktop APUs interesting, making the AMD Ryzen 5 8500G a fun benchmarking target besides its sub-$200 price tag is having a mix of Zen 4 and Zen 4C cores. Here are some benchmarks looking at the Zen 4 vs. Zen 4C performance and power efficiency when offlining various core combinations on the Ryzen 5 8500G desktop processor.

Kali Linux 2024.1 Penetration Testing Distro Is Here with Linux 6.6 LTS, New Look

tuxmachines.org - Sre, 02/28/2024 - 20:05
Offensive Security announced today the release and general availability of Kali Linux 2024.1 as the first update in 2024 for this Debian-based, rolling-release distribution for ethical hacking and penetration testing.

[$] The KDE desktop gets an overhaul with Plasma 6

LWN.net - Sre, 02/28/2024 - 19:25

It's been nearly 10 years since KDE Plasma 5, which is the last major release of the desktop. On February 28 the project announced its "mega release" of KDE Plasma 6, KDE Frameworks 6, and KDE Gear 24.02 — all based on the Qt 6 development framework. This release focuses heavily on migrating to Wayland, and aspires to be a seamless upgrade for the user while improving performance, security, and support for newer hardware. For developers, a lot of work has gone into removing deprecated frameworks and decreasing dependencies to make it easier to write applications targeting KDE.

Android Leftovers

tuxmachines.org - Sre, 02/28/2024 - 19:06
New Android update could supercharge video playback on midrange and older phones

KDE Plasma 6 Sets a New Standard for Linux Desktop Environments

tuxmachines.org - Sre, 02/28/2024 - 18:21
KDE Plasma 6 release is now officially available. Here's what's new.

FreeBSD 13.3-RC1 Now Available

tuxmachines.org - Sre, 02/28/2024 - 17:57
The first RC build of the 13.3-RELEASE release cycle is now available

Kiwi TCMS 13.1

tuxmachines.org - Sre, 02/28/2024 - 17:51
We're happy to announce Kiwi TCMS version 13.1!

KDE Neon Distro Now Ships with the KDE Plasma 6 Desktop Environment

tuxmachines.org - Sre, 02/28/2024 - 17:43
KDE neon, a rock-solid distribution based on Ubuntu LTS releases and leveraging the KDE community software, has been updated today to the latest KDE Plasma 6 desktop environment series.
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