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NetBSD 9.0 RC1 Released With 64-Bit Arm Support, Updated ZFS + Other Improvements

Phoronix - Mon, 12/02/2019 - 23:20
NetBSD 9.0 is around the corner and finally presenting 64-bit Arm (AArch64) support as well as other long overdue hardware support like Intel Kabylake graphics...

The Qt Company Launches Qt Marketplace For Free + Paid Qt Extensions / Add-Ons

Phoronix - Mon, 12/02/2019 - 21:17
While there is the KDE Frameworks that offers a wonderful set of complementary extensions/add-ons to the Qt5 tool-kit, for those looking for more Qt5 extensions, The Qt Company has launched "The Qt Marketplace" as a source for both free and paid extensions...

Linux 5.5 Can Boot The Modem Processor On Snapdragon 835 - Needed For Cell/WiFi On Qualcomm Laptops

Phoronix - Mon, 12/02/2019 - 20:47
With the Linux 5.4 cycle we saw mainline support beginning to come together for some Qualcomm ARM Linux laptops while with Linux 5.5 another milestone is being achieved. There has been out-of-tree support in the works for getting the various consumer Snapdragon laptops working with Linux while those changes are slowly getting into the mainline kernel...

AMD IOMMU Driver Reworked For Linux 5.5

Phoronix - Mon, 12/02/2019 - 20:07
With the IOMMU updates for the Linux 5.5 kernel there is a major rework to the AMD IOMMU driver to make use of more common DMA IOMMU code for implementing the DMA API but with an admitted risk of potential new regressions...

With Approaching Another Year Closer To Year 2038, Linux 5.5 Brings More Y2038 Fixes

Phoronix - Mon, 12/02/2019 - 19:50
With approaching another year closer to the Year 2038 problem, where on 19 January 2038 the number of seconds for the Unix timestamp can no longer be stored in a signed 32-bit integer, Linux 5.5 is bringing more Y2038 preparations...

Steam Survey For November Points To Flat Linux Percentage

Phoronix - Mon, 12/02/2019 - 19:15
With the start of a new month always comes the excitement of seeing what Valve's Steam Survey is pointing at for gaming trends as to the percentage of Linux gamers...

Data science, orchestration, and more Ansible news - Mon, 12/02/2019 - 16:02

November's wander-around-the-web has turned up some interesting Ansible stories. It's fascinating to explore Ansible development through data, as Greg Sutcliffe does in his blog linked below. On the YouTubes this month, we found a couple of really interesting talks. Read on to see them for yourself.

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Holiday gift guide: Linux and open source tech gadgets - Mon, 12/02/2019 - 16:01

Everything on's annual selection of tech gadgets would make an excellent holiday gift for your friends and family—or even something to add to your own holiday wishlist. Each of these gadgets encourages learning, exploring, and tinkering, qualities that reflect the values and interests of open source enthusiasts.

Circuit Playground Express

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Use the Window Maker desktop on Linux - Mon, 12/02/2019 - 16:00

Before Mac OS X, there was a quirky closed-source Unix system called NeXTSTEP. Sun Microsystems later made NeXTSTEP's underpinnings an open specification, which enabled other projects to create free and open source versions of many NeXT libraries and components. GNUStep implemented the bulk of NeXTSTEP's libraries, and Window Maker implemented its desktop environment.

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How to Create Ansible Plays and Playbooks – Part 5

Tecmint - Mon, 12/02/2019 - 15:18
In this Part 5 of Ansible Series, we will explain how to create Ansible Plays and Playbooks using Ansible modules. Ansible ships with standalone scripts called modules that are used in playbooks for the...

Registration for Red Hat Summit 2020 now open!

Red Hat News - Mon, 12/02/2019 - 13:00

One of the most exciting days of the year is finally here. Registration for Red Hat Summit 2020 is now open!

We’re heading back to San Francisco and the Moscone Center on April 27-29, 2020, where we expect thousands of customers, partners and technology industry leaders from around the world to come together for a high-energy week of innovation, education and collaboration.

Linux 5.5 Seeing Some Wild Swings In Performance - Improvements But Also Regressions

Phoronix - Mon, 12/02/2019 - 01:15
While there still is a week to go in the Linux 5.5 merge window with more feature code still landing, due to scheduler changes and other work already having landed, I already started running some Git benchmarks. Linux 5.5 at this stage appears quite volatile with some really nice improvements in some workloads but also regressions in others...