Open-source News

RHEL 8.2 Beta Application Streams Bring GCC 9.1, Python 3.8

Phoronix - Thu, 01/23/2020 - 20:24
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.2 entered public beta this week as the latest installment to RHEL8...

Linux k10temp Driver For AMD CPUs Updated To Better Handle Power/Temp Analysis

Phoronix - Thu, 01/23/2020 - 16:57
As we have been eagerly talking about for the past week, the Linux kernel's k10temp driver was updated for better AMD CPU CCD temperatures and voltage/current reporting. Those improvements have been quickly evolving thanks to the work of the open-source community with AMD still sadly holding the datasheets concerning the power/temperature registers close to their vest. A new version of k10temp was sent out on Wednesday...

Use this open source tool to get your local weather forecast - Thu, 01/23/2020 - 16:02

Last year, I brought you 19 days of new (to you) productivity tools for 2019. This year, I'm taking a different approach: building an environment that will allow you to be more productive in the new year, using tools you may or may not already be using.

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6 things you should be doing with Emacs - Thu, 01/23/2020 - 16:01

Imagine using Python's IDLE interface to edit text. You would be able to load files into memory, edit them, and save changes. But every action you perform would be defined by a Python function. Making a word all capitals, for instance, calls upper(), opening a file calls open, and so on. Everything in your text document is a Python object and can be manipulated accordingly. From the user's perspective, it's the same experience as any text editor.

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How to stop typosquatting attacks - Thu, 01/23/2020 - 16:00

Cybercriminals are turning to social engineering to try to trick unsuspecting people into divulging private information or valuable credentials. It is behind many phishing scams where the attacker poses as a reputable company or organization and uses it as a front to distribute a virus or other piece of malware.

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Vulkan 1.2 Comes To macOS / iOS Via Updated MoltenVK

Phoronix - Thu, 01/23/2020 - 13:45
While Apple still isn't officially supporting the Vulkan graphics/compute API in remaining focused on their Metal drivers, MoltenVK at least has been updated for Vulkan 1.2 in allowing developers to target this Vulkan-to-Metal abstraction layer for macOS and iOS...

Mesa 20.0 Feature Development Is Ending Next Week

Phoronix - Thu, 01/23/2020 - 13:09
Mesa developers are planning to end feature work on Mesa 20.0 next week as this first quarter update to the Mesa 3D graphics stack...

Android-x86 Is Still Working Towards Its 9.0 "Pie" Release

Phoronix - Thu, 01/23/2020 - 08:10
Android 9.0 "Pie" is approaching two years of age and already succeeded by Android 10, but on the Android-x86 front the 9.0 release is finally getting closer...

Dav1d AV1 Decoder Begins Adding AVX-512 Optimizations For Intel Ice Lake

Phoronix - Thu, 01/23/2020 - 05:45
Ahead of the forthcoming dav1d 0.6 release, this open-source AV1 video decoder has begun implementing AVX-512 optimizations targeting Intel Ice Lake processors...

Sway 1.4 Wayland Compositor Brings VNC Support, Initial Bits For MATE Panel Support

Phoronix - Thu, 01/23/2020 - 03:31
Sway 1.4 is out today as the newest version of this i3-inspired Wayland compositor that has a growing following...

GhostBSD 20.01 Released For FreeBSD 12.1 + MATE 1.22.2 Desktop Experience

Phoronix - Thu, 01/23/2020 - 03:22
GhostBSD 20.01 is out today as the first release of 2020 for this desktop-focused BSD operating system built off FreeBSD...

Debian 7 Through Debian Testing Benchmarks With/Without Mitigations

Phoronix - Thu, 01/23/2020 - 01:38
As part of our many Linux benchmarks in ending out the 2010s we ran tests looking at CentOS 6 through CentOS 8, seven years of Ubuntu Linux performance, and various other Linux distribution benchmarks and testing other important pieces of open-source software over time. One of the additional comparisons now wrapped up is looking at the performance of Debian GNU/Linux going back from the old 7 series through the current 10 stable series and also Debian Testing. Tests where relevant were done out-of-the-box with the default security mitigations and again with mitigations disabled.