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Linux 5.16 To Support Sensor Readings On More ASUS Motherboards

Phoronix - 1 hour 3 min ago
With a change to the nct6775 hardware monitoring sensor driver, more ASUS motherboards should enjoy working sensor support come Linux 5.16...

Jolla Releases Sailfish OS 4.2 For Continuing To Improve This Linux-Based Smartphone OS

Phoronix - 1 hour 28 min ago
Jolla this week released Sailfish OS 4.2 "Verla" as the newest version of this Linux-based smartphone operating system that continues to be made commercially available for various devices...

SDL Still Has A Number Of Issues To Address Before Defaulting To Wayland

Phoronix - 1 hour 36 min ago
The recently released SDL 2.0.16 brought much-improved Wayland support but it's still not quite good enough yet to have it be the default over the SDL X11 path. However, developers continue working in that direction to eventually use it by default...

5 best practices for using open source community leaderboards - 4 hours 22 min ago

It takes a community of people with varying skill sets and expertise to build open source software. Leaderboards have become a way for open source communities to track progress and showcase and celebrate top-performing contributors. If leaderboards are done right, they can increase participation, motivate contributors with gamification, and enhance the community. But leaderboards can also have adverse outcomes—including discouraging participation.

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Linux 5.15 Is Now Slightly Less Broken For The DEC Alpha "Jensen"

Phoronix - 11 hours 46 min ago
One has to wonder how much longer the Linux kernel will keep around some very old and known to be borked hardware support but at least for now the DECpc AXP 150 "Jensen" platform support is sticking around and with Linux 5.15 is no longer marked as "broken" outright...

DRM Driver Posted For AI Processing Unit - Initially Focused On Mediatek SoCs

Phoronix - 18 hours 10 min ago
BayLibre developer Alexandre Bailon has posted a "request for comments" of a new open-source Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) driver for AI Processing Unit (APU) functionality. Initially the driver is catering to Mediatek SoCs with an AI co-processor but this DRM "APU" driver could be adapted to other hardware too...

Apple M1 USB Type-C Linux Support Code Sent Out For Testing

Phoronix - Sat, 09/18/2021 - 21:05
The latest patches sent out for review/testing on the long mission for enabling Apple M1 support on Linux is the USB Type-C connectivity...

AMD + Valve Focusing On P-State / CPPC Driver With Schedutil For Better Linux Efficiency

Phoronix - Sat, 09/18/2021 - 19:26
As reported at the start of August, AMD and Valve have been working on Linux CPU performance/frequency scaling improvements with the Steam Deck being one of the leading motivators. As speculated at that time, their work would likely revolve around use of ACPI CPPC found with Zen 2 CPUs and newer. Published last week was that AMD P-State driver for Linux systems indeed now leveraging CPPC information. AMD formally presented this new driver yesterday at XDC2021...

What is Proton? - TechRadar

Google News - Sat, 09/18/2021 - 18:00
What is Proton?  TechRadar

GIMP 2.10.28 Released With More Fixes

Phoronix - Sat, 09/18/2021 - 17:56
There's still some time to go before seeing the long-awaited GIMP 3.0 release for this open-source image manipulation program but at least out this weekend is GIMP 2.10.28 for bettering the current stable series...

KDE Sees Another Big Batch Of Plasma Wayland Improvements

Phoronix - Sat, 09/18/2021 - 17:42
Along with releasing Plasma 5.23 Beta this week, KDE developers have been busy on driving in a bunch of Plasma Wayland fixes and other refinements to their stack...

Why my public library chooses Linux and open source - Sat, 09/18/2021 - 15:00

The Crawford County Federated Library System has been using Linux and open source software in its IT operations since 1999. They realized early on the potential of open source and integrated it into their enterprise. They were a part of my own Linux journey as I built a content filtering system for our school district. Twenty years ago, there were few models for the use of open source in libraries and education. Meadville Public Library and the Crawford County Federated Library System were the leaders then and now.

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