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Linux boots on new “Shakti” RISC-V chip

tuxmachines.org - Sre, 08/01/2018 - 17:49

The Shakti project, based at IIT Madras, has booted Linux on its first RISC-V processor. The 22nm FinFET fabricated, 400MHz Shakti chip can run at 1.67 DMIPS/MHz.

Shakti — the Hindu goddess who personifies creative power — has been enlisted in a variety of creative enterprises, including Unilever’s Project Shakti NGO for empowering rural Indian women. Now Shakti is turning her attentions to tech where the name has been adopted for a Chennai, India based RISC-V chip development project hosted by the Indian government backed Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras). The Shakti Processor Project has just announced that it has successfully booted Linux on its first taped RISC-V processor.

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Ars on your lunch break: Tim O‘Reilly discusses the birth of “open source”

tuxmachines.org - Sre, 08/01/2018 - 17:47

Below, you’ll find the second installment of the After On interview with legendary tech publisher and prognosticator Tim O’Reilly. Please check out part one if you missed it. Otherwise, press play on the embedded player, or pull up the transcript—both of which are below.

O’Reilly and I start off today talking about The Whole Internet User’s Guide & Catalog, which he published in 1992. And yup—that’s a two at the end of that number. As in, a full year before the first release of the Mosaic browser. Of course, there was a World Wide Web before Mosaic—and all 200 of its sites are listed in this book (along with various non-WWW Internet stuff that was around back then).

Jumping forward many years, O’Reilly tells us about convening a small summit of tech honchos, which quite literally named open source software. The nameless-ish phenomenon was already a big deal by then and was destined to become a huge one. But names do matter (and their lack even more so). The summit’s real purpose was to stridently promote this new approach to code to the both industry and the press in hopes of terminating the suffocating reign of Microsoft and others.

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Xubuntu Development Update August 2018

tuxmachines.org - Sre, 08/01/2018 - 17:40

This is the final point release for Xubuntu 16.04 “Xenial Xerus”. As Xubuntu has a 3-year support cycle, this release will be supported until April 2019. There have not been any major changes from the Xubuntu team for this point release, but there have been a number of other improvements and security updates for other components.

16.04.5 is expected to be released tomorrow, August 2, 2018. If you have a few moments, feel free to do some testing and make sure everything is working as well as we think it is!

Also: Snapcraft Build Environments

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Games: Total War: WARHAMMER II, Crazy Justice and More

tuxmachines.org - Sre, 08/01/2018 - 17:33

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GNU C Library 2.28

tuxmachines.org - Sre, 08/01/2018 - 17:17

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Ars on your lunch break: Tim O‘Reilly discusses the birth of “open source”

Arstechnica - Sre, 08/01/2018 - 17:00

Enlarge / When release rolls around, the gorillas simply freeze to death. (credit: @ThePracticalDev)

Below, you’ll find the second installment of the After On interview with legendary tech publisher and prognosticator Tim O’Reilly. Please check out part one if you missed it. Otherwise, press play on the embedded player, or pull up the transcript—both of which are below.

O’Reilly and I start off today talking about The Whole Internet User’s Guide & Catalog, which he published in 1992. And yup—that’s a two at the end of that number. As in, a full year before the first release of the Mosaic browser. Of course, there was a World Wide Web before Mosaic—and all 200 of its sites are listed in this book (along with various non-WWW Internet stuff that was around back then).

Jumping forward many years, O’Reilly tells us about convening a small summit of tech honchos, which quite literally named open source software. The nameless-ish phenomenon was already a big deal by then and was destined to become a huge one. But names do matter (and their lack even more so). The summit’s real purpose was to stridently promote this new approach to code to the both industry and the press in hopes of terminating the suffocating reign of Microsoft and others.

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[$] Adding None-aware operators to Python?

LWN.net - Sre, 08/01/2018 - 16:42

A PEP that has been around for a while, without being either accepted or rejected, was reintroduced recently on the python-ideas mailing list. PEP 505 ("None-aware operators") would provide some syntactic sugar, in the form of new operators, to handle cases where variables might be the special None value. It is a feature that other languages support, but has generally raised concerns about being "un-Pythonic" over the years. At this point, though, the Python project still needs to figure out how it will be governed—and how PEPs can be accepted or rejected.

Security updates for Wednesday

LWN.net - Sre, 08/01/2018 - 15:52
Security updates have been issued by Debian (ruby2.3), Fedora (java-1.8.0-openjdk, java-openjdk, poppler, python-cryptography, and zziplib), Oracle (openslp), Red Hat (Red Hat Virtualization), and SUSE (kernel).

LLVM / Clang 7.0 Branching Today, Releasing In September

Phoronix - Sre, 08/01/2018 - 14:42
Not only is Mesa 18.2 ending feature development today to begin their release candidates, but LLVM 7.0 and its sub-projects like Clang 7.0 also happens to have aligned with a similar release schedule...

Hiri is an Email Client Created Exclusively for Using Microsoft Exchange on Linux

tuxmachines.org - Sre, 08/01/2018 - 14:35

A featureful native Linux email client that allows you to access Microsoft Exchange Server on Linux. Read and find what makes Hiri an awesome email client for Linux users.

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GNU C Library 2.28 released

LWN.net - Sre, 08/01/2018 - 13:52
Version 2.28 of the GNU C Library is out. Changes include support for Intel's "Control-flow Enforcement Technology", Unicode 11.0.0 support, a wrapper for statx(), ISO C threads support, several security fixes, and more.

[$] OSCON's 20th anniversary and more

LWN.net - Sre, 08/01/2018 - 13:45

The O'Reilly Open Source Conference (OSCON) returned to Portland, Oregon this July for the 20th convocation of this venerable gathering. While some of the program focused on retrospectives, there were also talks and tutorials on multiple technical topics and open-source community management. To give you a feel for the whole conference, we will explore it in a two-part article. This installment will cover a retrospective of open source and some presentations on releasing projects as open source at your organization. A second article will include a few of the technical topics at the conference.

GLOVE: OpenGL ES Over Vulkan As Open-Source

Phoronix - Sre, 08/01/2018 - 12:49
Think Silicon announced this morning they have open-sourced GLOVE, a middleware layer that implements OpenGL ES over Vulkan...

WarpDrive Proposed For The Linux Kernel: A Generic Accelerator Framework

Phoronix - Sre, 08/01/2018 - 12:22
HiSilicon is looking to add WarpDrive to the Linux kernel. Not to be confused with anything from Star Trek, WarpDrive is a generic accelerator framework they have been developing...

Kodi 18 Alpha 3 Released With Better Stability

Phoronix - Sre, 08/01/2018 - 12:13
Just over one month has passed since Kodi 18 Alpha 2 while today the third and final alpha build is now available...

Linux 4.18 Kernel Likely Faces A Week Delay Due To Last Minute Issues

Phoronix - Sre, 08/01/2018 - 11:48
Linus Torvalds was looking at releasing Linux 4.18 this coming weekend but it looks like that is no longer going to happen with instead seeing a 4.18-rc8 test release...

Uspešno leto olimpijad zaokrožili trikrat bronasti biologi

Slo-Tech - Sre, 08/01/2018 - 11:12
Uspešno leto olimpijad zaokrožili trikrat bronasti biologi Slo-Tech - Letošnji pregled rezultatov slovenskih dijakov na četvorčku velikih naravoslovnih olimpijad zaključujemo z biologi, ki so že minuli teden končali tekmovanje v Iranu. Letošnjo 29. mednarodno biološko olimpijado je gostil Teheran, na njej pa je nastopilo 270 tekmovalcev iz 70 držav. Slovenci so dosegli lep ekipen uspeh, saj so osvojili tri bronaste medalje. Slovenske barve so zastopali Tina Logonder, Bor Krajnik (oba Gimnazija Škofja Loka) in Tim Zaveršek (I. gimnazija v Celju), ki so osvojili medalje, ter Klemen Kirbus (II. gimnazija Maribor). S tem je Slovenija bistveno izboljšala lanski rezultat, ko je osvojila en bron in eno pohvalo. Več na Slo-Techu.

Armada DRM Driver Wires In Atomic Mode-Setting For Linux 4.19

Phoronix - Sre, 08/01/2018 - 10:54
Adding to the big list of DRM driver changes for Linux 4.19 is atomic mode-setting for the Armada DRM driver...

ASTC Gallium Bits Land, VirGL Already Hits OpenGL 4.3 + GLES 3.2

Phoronix - Sre, 08/01/2018 - 10:41
The mad rush to land last minute work ahead of the Mesa 18.2 branching has continued. The branching is set to happen today but there's been several notable last minute additions hitting Git...
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