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GNOME's Geoclue 2.5 Brings Vala Support, WiFi Geolocation For City-Level Accuracy

Phoronix - Ned, 10/14/2018 - 19:50
GNOME's Geoclue library that provides a D-Bus service for location information based on GPS receivers, 3G modems, GeoIP, or even WiFi-based geolocation has been baking a lot of changes...

KaOS 2018.10

tuxmachines.org - Ned, 10/14/2018 - 18:39

Plasma 5.14.0 was announced just a few days ago and is already included in this ISO. Highlights of this version include a new Display Configuration widget for screen management which is useful for presentations, the Audio Volume widget now has a built-in speaker test feature moved from Phonon settings, Plasma now warns on logout when other users are logged in, fixed non-centered task switchers on Wayland and the Kickoff application menu now switches tabs instantly on hover.

A new Glibc 2.27/GCC 7.3.1 based toolchain is among the many changes to the base of the system. Updates to Boost, ICU, x265, Protobuf, Net-SNMP, Qt required the rebuild of a large percentage of the KaOS repositories.

Also: KaOS 2018.10 Released With KDE Plasma 5.14 Desktop, Wayland 1.16

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HUANUO HNDSK2 Dual Monitor Arms Work Out Great

Phoronix - Ned, 10/14/2018 - 18:05
If you are in the market for a dual monitor desk arm/mount that clamps to your desk, the HUANUO HNDSK2 is a surprisingly suitable contender...

KaOS 2018.10 Released With KDE Plasma 5.14 Desktop, Wayland 1.16

Phoronix - Ned, 10/14/2018 - 16:44
A new ISO spin is available of the KaOS Linux distribution that is closely aligned with shipping the upstream KDE desktop experience...

Vulkan Cracks 2,500 Projects On GitHub

Phoronix - Ned, 10/14/2018 - 13:55
After cracking 2,000 projects referencing Vulkan on GitHub earlier this year, this week it passed the milestone of having more than 2,500 projects...

Wine-Staging 3.18 Released With Some New Patches While Other Code Got Upstreamed

Phoronix - Ned, 10/14/2018 - 12:08
It has been a very exciting weekend for Linux gamers relying upon Wine for running Windows titles under Linux... There was the routine bi-weekly Wine 3.18 development release on Friday but yesterday brought transform feedback to Vulkan and in turn Stream Output to DXVK to fix up a number of D3D11 games. Today is now the Wine-Staging 3.18 release...

You Can Help Ubuntu This Weekend Test The Near-Final Cosmic Cuttlefish

Phoronix - Ned, 10/14/2018 - 11:55
If all goes well, the Ubuntu 18.10 "Cosmic Cuttlefish" release will happen on 18 October but for that to happen they could use your help this weekend testing their release candidate spins...

Servers: Containers, Xen and Databases

tuxmachines.org - Ned, 10/14/2018 - 11:54
  • Cloud Foundry Goes All-In With Kubernetes

    Further proof probably isn't needed to confirm that Kubernetes has become the de facto standard when it comes to container orchestration, but if you need more, the Cloud Foundry Foundation announced this week that it has taken on two new Kubernetes-focused projects.

  • Xen & Databases

    I'm running PostgreSQL and MySQL on my server that both serve different databases to Wordpress, Drupal, Piwigo, Friendica, Mastodon, whatever...

    In the past the databases where colocated in my mailserver VM whereas the webserver was running on a different VM. Somewhen I moved the databases from domU to dom0, maybe because I thought that the databases would be faster running on direct disk I/O in the dom0 environment, but can't remember the exact rasons anymore.

    However, in the meantime the size of the databases grew and the number of the VMs did, too. MySQL and PostgreSQL are both configured/optimized to run with 16 GB of memory in dom0, but in the last months I experienced high disk I/O especially for MySQL and slow I/O performance in all the domU VMs because of that.

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Weekend Game Suggestions, Crusader Kings II: Holy Fury a Month Away

tuxmachines.org - Ned, 10/14/2018 - 11:51
  • Saturday Mag: Linux gaming news odds and ends plus a look at a few things on sale

    A day early! Your new weekly roundup of odds and ends for Linux gaming that didn't make it into the main news this week, plus a look at some sales.

    Firstly, Encased, an "old school isometric turn-based RPG" that's currently on Kickstarter is planning Linux support. They've got 3 days to go and they've managed to hit their funding goal so we have another great looking game coming our way! They've only just scraped by though, hitting just over the €86K goal.

  • Crusader Kings II: Holy Fury thunders its way towards release on November 13th

    The latest expansion for the delightfully messy medieval grand strategy title will be with us soon. You’ll be able to take your faith and dynasty to new heights in with the upcoming content.

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KDE: Kubuntu RC, Usability & Productivity, LaKademy 2018

tuxmachines.org - Ned, 10/14/2018 - 11:49
  • Please help test our initial Cosmic 18.10 RC ISOs

    The Ubuntu release team have announced a 1st test ISO RC build for all 18.10 flavours.

    Please help us test these and subsequent RC builds, so that we can have an amazing and well tested release in the coming week.

  • This week in Usability & Productivity, part 40

    I’d like to specially highlight one very important fix this week: external hard drives are now safely powered off when unmounted. The fix is in KDE Frameworks 5.52, which will be released in approximately three weeks, and I’d like to give a big thanks to Stefan Brüns who fixed it!

    Speaking of Stefan, he and Igor Poboiko have been doing an absolutely smashing job fixing Baloo over the past two weeks. A lot of their work is hard to blog about because it’s not immediately user-facing (though I’ve included as much as possible below), but between the two of them, they’ve made an enormous number of improvements to Baloo that should make it work faster and more smoothly in a lot of subtle ways.

    But obviously that’s not all; take a look at the rest of the week’s work:

  • LaKademy 2018 – Second Day (October 12th)

    During the second day of LaKademy I was more focused on resolution of bugs in the code that I implemented during the first day for KDE Partition Manager. During the afternoon, I decided to start RAID resizing and discussed with Andrius Stikonas on calamares IRC channel about some RAID functionalities related to resizing disks and about bugs on both LVM and RAID. I also talked with some KDE coders here in LaKademy about Qt and C++, learning more about it.

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KDE Will Now Safely Spin Down External Hard Drives When Unmounting

Phoronix - Ned, 10/14/2018 - 11:40
Fixing a seven year old bug since the KDE4 days, KDE will now spin down external hard drives unmounting the drives to help stave off possible data loss / corruption...

Celebrating KDE’s 22nd Birthday with Some Inspiring Facts from its Glorious Past!

tuxmachines.org - Ned, 10/14/2018 - 10:43

Wishing A Very Happy Birthday to KDE! Let us Celebrate this moment by looking back into its Glorious history with some Inspiring Facts on this legendary and much-loved Desktop Environment!

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Debian dev forks Redis modules that are under Commons Clause licence

tuxmachines.org - Ned, 10/14/2018 - 04:31

Debian GNU/Linux developer Chris Lamb is taking the fight to those pushing the Commons Clause, a non-free licence, by setting up a two-man team to fork modules that add functionality to the in-memory database Redis, after the company that makes Redis put the modules under this licence and started to charge for them. Lamb is the current leader of the project but said he was doing this in a private capacity.

The Commons Clause licence prevents anyone from selling software, something which all licences that qualifiy as open source do not prohibit. It is specifically aimed at companies like Amazon which make use of free and open source software but pay nothing for it.

Lamb told iTWire: "...the short version is that with the recent licensing changes to several Redis Labs modules making them no longer free and open source, GNU/Linux distributions such as Debian and Fedora are no longer able to ship Redis Labs' versions of the affected modules to their users."

Also: Shutter removed from Debian & Ubuntu

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Programming: RcppNLoptExample, PyGotham, Litestats, Survey and GCC9

tuxmachines.org - Ned, 10/14/2018 - 04:25
  • RcppNLoptExample 0.0.1: Use NLopt from C/C++

    A new package of ours, RcppNLoptExample, arrived on CRAN yesterday after a somewhat longer-than-usual wait for new packages as CRAN seems really busy these days. As always, a big and very grateful Thank You! for all they do to keep this community humming.

  • PyGotham 2018 Talk Resources

    At PyGotham in 2018, I gave a talk called "The Black Magic of Python Wheels". I based this talk on my two years of work on auditwheel and the manylinux platform, hoping to share some dark details of how the proverbial sausage is made.

  • Introducing Litestats
  • Software developers today, by the numbers: 4 takeaways

    The firm surveyed 20,500 professional software developers around the globe during Q2 of this year; its ongoing tracking of developer experiences and attitudes typically includes more than 40,000 devs each year. The most recent survey reveals or reinforces several key storylines about the modern software developer’s day-to-day job and future career path.

  • GCC9 Lands Initial C++ Networking TS Implementation

    The GCC9 compiler code as of Friday has an initial implementation of the C++ networking technical specification.

    Currently in working draft form, one of the experimental C++ features is an extension for standardizing network handling. The C++ Networking TS adds support to the programming language and C++ standard library for operations around sockets, timers, buffer manager, host name resolution, and Internet protocols.

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Graphics: NVIDIA's New Vulkan Driver and Intel's Vulkan Driver Is Working On A NIR Cache

tuxmachines.org - Sob, 10/13/2018 - 19:19
  • NVIDIA 396.54.09 Vulkan Driver Released With Transform Feedback, Intel ANV Gets TF Too

    Today is certainly a very exciting day in the Vulkan space.

    Following the release of Vulkan 1.1.88 that brings initial support for the much anticipated transform feedback support, to help projects like DXVK and VKD3D for mapping Direct3D (or even OpenGL) atop Vulkan, there has been a slew of driver updates.

  • anv: Add a NIR cache

    This patch series adds a simple NIR shader cache that sits right after spirv_to_nir and brw_preprocess_nir and before linking. This should help alleviate some of the added overhead of link-time optimization since most of the NIR-level optimization is now cached prior to linking.

  • Intel's Vulkan Driver Is Working On A NIR Cache

    As a possible performance win, Jason Ekstrand as the lead developer of the Intel ANV open-source Vulkan driver has been developing a NIR cache.

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Release of DXVK 0.90 and Vulkan API News

tuxmachines.org - Sob, 10/13/2018 - 19:12
  • Hot on the heels of the latest release of the Vulkan API, DXVK 0.90 is now out with Stream Output support

    DXVK [GitHub], the awesome Vulkan-based D3D11 and D3D10 implementation that's used in Wine and Steam Play's Proton has just put out version 0.90 after the latest release of the Vulkan API.

  • DXVK 0.90 Released With Stream Output, Several Game Fixes

    Hot off merging transform feedback into DXVK for supporting Direct3D 11 Stream Output, Philip Rebohle released DXVK 0.90.

    The main addition with DXVK 0.90 is the support for Stream Output via Vulkan Transform Feedback -- of course, you'll need the updated/patched Vulkan drivers. At this stage this Stream Output support helps games running on Unity Engine, The Witcher 3 (especially with NVIDIA Hairworks support), Final Fantasy XV, Quake Champions, Overwatch, and other games with different rendering issues or missing elements.

  • DXVK Already Lands Vulkan Transform Feedback Support, RADV Posts Patches

    With the newly-announced Vulkan 1.1.88 that brings VK_EXT_transform_feedback, the DXVK Direct3D-on-Vulkan layer has already implemented the transform feedback support.

    DXVK developer Philip Rebohle working under contract for Valve has already merged his transform feedback implementation into the mainline code-base. He didn't magically write all of the necessary code for Direct3D 11 stream outputs mapped to Vulkan and the like today, but had written it in advance -- presumably thanks to Valve's involvement with the Vulkan working group. This is good news as working out the DXVK transform feedback support prior to firming up the VK_EXT_transform_feedback extension ensured that this new extension would work out for DXVK's needs.

  • Vulkan 1.1.88 Released With Transform Feedback As A Big Win For VKD3D / DXVK

    Vulkan 1.1.88 is out this morning and it's an exciting Vulkan update. Say hello to Vulkan transform feedback!

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