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Fedora Developers Discussing Possibility Of Dropping Legacy BIOS Support

Phoronix - Tue, 06/30/2020 - 23:30
Fedora stakeholders are debating the merits of potentially ending legacy BIOS support for the Linux distribution and to only support UEFI-based installations...

Benchmarking The Performance Overhead To Linux's Proposed FGKASLR Security Feature

Phoronix - Tue, 06/30/2020 - 22:40
One of the security improvements being worked on in recent months by Intel's open-source team has been FGKASLR. But how is the performance overhead compared to just traditional KASLR? Here are benchmarks looking at the performance impact of FGKASLR on top, just KASLR, and then no address space layout randomization.

Should API-restricting licenses qualify as open source? - Tue, 06/30/2020 - 22:01

In its 2014 Oracle v. Google decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that the method declarations and "structure, sequence, and organization" (SSO) of the Java SE API were protected by copyright.

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Khronos Releases SYCL 2020 Provisional Specification

Phoronix - Tue, 06/30/2020 - 21:00
The Khronos Group has announced the provisional specification of SYCL 2020 as the newest version of this higher-level programming model originally designed for OpenCL that is based on pure single-source C++...

Firefox 78.0 Released - Also Serves As The Newest ESR Version

Phoronix - Tue, 06/30/2020 - 20:39
Firefox 78.0 is available this morning as the newest version of Mozilla's web browser. Firefox 78.0 is also significant in being the newest Extended Support Release (ESR) series...

AMDVLK 2020.Q2.6 Brings More Performance Tuning

Phoronix - Tue, 06/30/2020 - 18:44
The AMD Radeon Vulkan driver developers are ending out June by shipping their sixth open-source snapshot of the quarter...

KDE Completes Transition To GitLab For Developer Portal

Phoronix - Tue, 06/30/2020 - 18:29
KDE has completed its transition to its own self-hosted GitLab instance for Git hosting and other developer services for handling of bug reports and merge requests...

Read and write data from anywhere with redirection in the Linux terminal - Tue, 06/30/2020 - 15:02

Redirection of input and output is a natural function of any programming or scripting language. Technically, it happens inherently whenever you interact with a computer. Input gets read from stdin (standard input, usually your keyboard or mouse), output goes to stdout (standard output, a text or data stream), and errors get sent to stderr.

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