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SoundWire For Linux Preps Support For Multiple Masters

Phoronix - Ned, 08/12/2018 - 11:08
Back in Linux 4.16 the SoundWire subsystem was added to the staging area as the MIPI standard for a low-power, two-wire sound bus that can support multiple audio streams and primarily utilized by small audio peripherals like IoT and mobile devices. With the next Linux kernel cycle, the SoundWire support is being improved upon...

Kernel: Linux 4.18, Linux 4.19, Linux Plumbers Conference and Mesa 18.1.6 Release Notice

tuxmachines.org - Ned, 08/12/2018 - 04:45
  • Patches Revised For AMD Zen Based Hygon Dhyana Server CPUs

    Patches have been revised for the Linux kernel to support the initial Hygon Dhyana server CPUs that are the licensed AMD Family 17h "Zen" technology, basically the EPYC server CPUs for the Chinese market.

    Back in June the initial Hygon Dhyana Linux patches were posted and today they were revised for the third time. V3 of the Hygon Dhyana patches are re-based against the latest Linux 4.18 development code and rework some of the vendor checking codes for improved consistency.

  • Qualcomm Adreno 600 Series Support Proposed For Linux 4.19 Kernel

    While a bit late, Freedreno lead developer Rob Clark is hoping to see the Qualcomm Adreno 600 series bring-up happen for the Linux 4.19 kernel cycle.

    The MSM Direct Rendering Manager has long been prepping for Adreno 600 series support as the latest-generation Qualcomm graphics found on their Snapdragon SoCs. The initial code for A6xx was posted earlier this year including work by Qualcomm / Code Aurora on that hardware bring-up. With Linux 4.19 queued in DRM-Next is already the "DPU1" display code needed for newer SoCs and Rob Clark is hoping to get the working A6xx support in place for this cycle.

  • Linux Plumbers Conference: Early Registration Ending Soon!

    The early registration deadline is August 18, 2018, after which the regular-registration period will begin. So to save $150, register for the Linux Plumbers Conference before August 18th!

  • Mesa 18.1.6 Release Notice

    Due to a busy week and a slip of my mind I didn't get out the announcement for 18.1.6 on Wednesday. Therefore, I'm planning to make the release Monday August 13th, at or around 10AM PDT.

  • Mesa 18.1.6 On The Way With Over Three Dozen Fixes

    While Mesa 18.2 is baking for release later this month, Mesa 18.1 remains the currently supported stable series. Final release preparations are underway for Mesa 18.1.6 as the latest bi-weekly point release.

    Mesa 18.1.6 is expected to be released this coming Monday, 13 August, and so far has staged more than three dozen fixes as confirmed via Friday's release notice.

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Programming/Development: Git-cinnabar Release and Programming Language Rankings

tuxmachines.org - Ned, 08/12/2018 - 04:43
  • Announcing git-cinnabar 0.5.0

    Git-cinnabar is a git remote helper to interact with mercurial repositories. It allows to clone, pull and push from/to mercurial remote repositories, using git.

  • The RedMonk Programming Language Rankings: June 2018

    They’re a month overdue, and from the volume of inbound questions about when the language rankings would drop, it’s been noticed. As always, these are a continuation of the work originally performed by Drew Conway and John Myles White late in 2010. While the means of collection has changed, the basic process remains the same: we extract language rankings from GitHub and Stack Overflow, and combine them for a ranking that attempts to reflect both code (GitHub) and discussion (Stack Overflow) traction. The idea is not to offer a statistically valid representation of current usage, but rather to correlate language discussion and usage in an effort to extract insights into potential future adoption trends.

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Graphics/Ubuntu: Wayland 1.16 and Weston 5.0 Release Candidates, XDG Shell Stable Supported by Mir

tuxmachines.org - Ned, 08/12/2018 - 04:38
  • [ANNOUNCE] wayland-1.15.93

    The RC1 release candidate for wayland 1.16 is now available.

  • Wayland 1.16 & Weston 5.0 Release Candidates For Testing

    Derek Foreman of Samsung's Open-Source Group put out the release candidates on Friday for the upcoming Wayland 1.16 release as well as the Weston 5.0 reference compositor.

    The Wayland 1.16 release candidate hasn't seen any changes over the earlier development release besides updating the contributor documentation to reflect that Gitlab is now used for handling merge requests. The Wayland 1.16 cycle overall was quite light but earlier in the cycle it did see build system updates, dropping of the wl_buffer definition, and the protocol now allows a zero physical size output.

  • XDG Shell Stable Supported by Mir

    Support for the stable XDG Shell protocol has just landed in Mir, and it will ship with the next release. It will eventually replace XDG Shell unstable v6 as the primary way in which Wayland applications create traditional style windows. You can get it now in our development PPA: ppa:mir-team/dev.

  • Mir Now Supports XDG Shell Stable

    Canonical developers continue working on advancing the Mir display server's support for Wayland.

    The latest Wayland enhancement to Mir is on supporting the stable version of the XDG Shell protocol. XDG-Shell is the protocol for improved management of Wayland surfaces including for minimization of windows, dragging, resizing, and other desktop-aligned tasks. XDG Shell also defines protocol around transient windows like pop-up menus.

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Red Hat Leftovers

tuxmachines.org - Ned, 08/12/2018 - 04:37

Games: SteamOS, GOG, 'Gibbous - A Cthulhu Adventure', Kingdom Rush Origins

tuxmachines.org - Ned, 08/12/2018 - 04:34

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Proprietary Software on GNU/Linux: Dropbox and VMware Player 14

tuxmachines.org - Ned, 08/12/2018 - 04:32
  • Dropbox makes the cloud rain poop on Linux users

    Cloud storage rules -- especially when coupled with a local backup plan. Quite frankly, it is one of the best computing innovations of all time. How cool is it that you can easily backup important files to an offsite location? Let's be honest -- before the cloud, many computer and smartphone users didn't bother backing up at all. While many still do not, the cloud has definitely improved the situation through convenience and affordability.

  • VMware Player 14 review - Alternate reality

    VMware Workstation Player is a very decent program, especially for new users. It comes with a reasonable set of options, it tries to guess what you're doing and help, and for lightweight use, it makes perfect sense. But if you are an advanced user, you will definitely need and want more, and this is where the full pro version comes into play. Or alternatively, go for other options. Overall, it remains similar to version 4, which I tested several years ago.

    My biggest gripe is not having hardware acceleration, which significantly improves the performance of virtual machines. The network and storage side of things are less critical for everyday use. Multi-VM is also important if you need to create more complicated setups or labs. That said, the program is simple and easy, and has a very gentle curve for people just freshly starting in the virtualization world. Worth testing, but always remember, 'tis but a teaser for the heavyweight just hiding behind the corner. Indeed, for me, the big take from this endeavor is that I need to test the Workstation as well. We shall see.

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Source Code From Tesla

tuxmachines.org - Ned, 08/12/2018 - 04:17

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Patches Revised For AMD Zen Based Hygon Dhyana Server CPUs

Phoronix - Sob, 08/11/2018 - 21:46
Patches have been revised for the Linux kernel to support the initial Hygon Dhyana server CPUs that are the licensed AMD Family 17h "Zen" technology, basically the EPYC server CPUs for the Chinese market...

Danes in jutri prihajajo utrinki!

Slo-Tech - Sob, 08/11/2018 - 19:57
Danes in jutri prihajajo utrinki! Slo-Tech - Pa so tu. Utrinki, namreč. Ta vikend bo vrhunec dosegel meteorski dež, ki ga poznamo pod imenom perzeidi. Največ ostankov kometa Swift-Tuttle, skozi katere leti Zemlja poleti, bomo videli v današnji in jutrišnji noči. Tovrstnih dogodkov je vsako let več, a perzeidi sodijo med najbolj priljubljene, ker jih je veliko in ker jih lahko gledamo poleti, ko so temperature prijetne za nočno poležavanje na prostem. Letos imamo še to srečo, da vrhunec sovpada z vikendom. Več na Slo-Techu.

Znano nekaj več o prihajajočih procesorjih Whiskey Lake-U

Slo-Tech - Sob, 08/11/2018 - 19:10
Znano nekaj več o prihajajočih procesorjih Whiskey Lake-U

vir: AnandTechAnandTech - Intel se očitno na področju odnosov z javnostmi in marketinga pogosto zanaša na zunanje partnerje. Še preden bodo uradno splovili družino procesorjev za prenosnike, imenovano Whiskey Lake-U, je tudi tokrat domnevno nenamerna objava specifikacij med predstavitvijo svojega hibridnega prenosnika Pavilion x360, ušla HPju. Več na Slo-Techu.

GSoC: KDE and GNOME Final Reports

tuxmachines.org - Sob, 08/11/2018 - 18:34
  • GSoC 2018: Final week

    Coming to the last week, the activity Note_names is finally developed and being tested on different platforms.

    Principle: This activity aims to teach sight reading the musical notes and their position on the staff by presenting several notes one-by-one with animation from the right of the staff sliding to the right of the clef image. The user will get the combination of all the notes he has learned previously and the current targetted notes from the dataset. Only the reference notes are colored as red and the user is made to learn the notes around it using it as a leverage. One has to correct enough notes to get a 100% and advance to next stage.

  • Five-or-More Modernisation: It's a Wrap

    As probably most of you already know, or recently found out, at the beginning of this week the GSoC coding period officially ended, and it is time for us, GSoC students, to submit our final evaluations and the results we achieved thus far. This blog post, as you can probably tell from the title, will be a summary of all of the work I put into modernising Five or More throughout the summer months.

    My main task was rewriting Five or More in Vala since this simple and fun game did not find its way to the list of those included in the Games Modernisation Initiative. This fun, strategy game consists of aligning, as often as possible, five or more objects of the same shape and color, to make them disappear and score points.

  • The end of GSoC

    After three months of hard work and a lot of coding the Google Summer of Code is over. I learned a lot and had a lot fun. GSoC was an amazing experience and I encourage everybody to participate in future editions. At this point I’ve been a contributor to GNOME for nearly a year, and I plan on sticking around for a long time. I really hope that other GSoC students also found it so enjoyable, and keep contributing to GNOME or other Free Software Projects.

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today's howtos

tuxmachines.org - Sob, 08/11/2018 - 18:30

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Which Ubuntu Flavor Should You Choose?

tuxmachines.org - Sob, 08/11/2018 - 18:27

So, you just decided to switch to using a Linux distro and you’ve come to the decision that Ubuntu is the one for you. But while you were doing your research you came across tags like Ubuntu flavours and derivatives – “what are the differences?” you ask. Also, why are there so many versions and what is the alpha-beta-LTS business all about?

Today, I’ll give you the perfect weighing scale to help you choose which Ubuntu version to use as well as give you a fundamental understanding of why there are “so many” versions.

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GNOME Pomodoro: A Time Utility Tool That Increases Productivity

tuxmachines.org - Sob, 08/11/2018 - 18:18

Hello readers, today I’ll be covering on how to increase your productivity and this applies to all types of computer users, especially Linux, just kidding. Believe me most of us who work on computers have suffered back pain, eye strain, stress, and then end up getting frustrated. However, did you know that one can fix all those issues by managing time in intervals and a short break in between? Yes, that’s right, read on below how you can go about that using GNOME Pomodoro.

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DEF CON 26 Reports

tuxmachines.org - Sob, 08/11/2018 - 18:07

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KDE Frameworks 5.49.0 Released for KDE Plasma 5.13 with over 200 Improvements

tuxmachines.org - Sob, 08/11/2018 - 17:59

KDE Frameworks consists of more than 70 add-on libraries for the open-source and cross-platform Qt application framework that offers a wide range of commonly needed functionality, as well as many core components and apps that are required for the KDE Plasma desktop environment to function correctly.

For the past several years, new KDE Frameworks versions are published every month in the second Saturday of the month, and KDE Frameworks 5.49.0 is the release the KDE Project prepared for the month of August 2018, bringing various improvements and addressing numerous bugs.

Also: KDE Frameworks 5.49 Released With Many Changes

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