Open-source News

Monitoring Linux and Windows hosts with Glances - Thu, 11/28/2019 - 16:02

Sysadmins have many tools to view and manage running processes. For me, these primarily used to be top, atop, and htop. A few years ago, I found Glances, a tool that displays information that none of my other favorites do. All of these tools monitor CPU and memory usage, and most of them list information about running processes (at the very least).

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How to bring more designers to open source - Thu, 11/28/2019 - 16:01

"Most designers don't have a clue about open source," says Eriol Fox of Ushahidi, a non-profit social enterprise that creates humanitarian, open source tech tools. Unfortunately, this means there are few design-related contributions to open source software, and this results in an abundance of poorly designed open source tools.

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What's the most common IT help request you get from friends and family? - Thu, 11/28/2019 - 16:00

We are approaching that time of year when many folks are visiting family members or reconnecting with old friends during the holiday season. Your loved ones may or may not be the most tech-savvy. Our readers tend to fill the sysadmin role after hours. What kind of IT requests do you receive?

The compatibility of the operating system could affect your ability to assist. If you typically use an Android device, are you up for the challenge of troubleshooting an iPhone problem? How many times do you get some form of the question, "How do I _____ in Windows?"?

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Modernize your Linux desktop with Enlightenment - Thu, 11/28/2019 - 16:00

One of Linux's many advantages is its ability to install and run on old computers. What Linux can't technically do is make an old computer's hardware magically perform better. After all, the hardware is the same hardware as ever, and sometimes old hardware feels notably slow when processing modern software that tries to take advantage of new hardware features.

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Mesa 19.3-RC5 Brings RADV Secure Compile Update, Other Fixes

Phoronix - Thu, 11/28/2019 - 14:16
While Mesa 19.3.0 was supposed to be out last week, it didn't happen nor is it happening this week due to blocker bugs. Given the US holiday week, it's looking like Mesa 19.3's blocker bugs might not be cleared in time for releasing next week either, but in any case the Mesa 19.3 Release Candidate 5 is now available for testing...

The Linux 5.2+ "Register Corruption" Bug / Golang Issue Was A One-Line Kernel Caching Issue

Phoronix - Thu, 11/28/2019 - 13:19
Coming together just over a day ago was the Google folks working on Golang figuring out many Go issues stemmed from a bug on the Linux 5.2 kernel and newer that was worked out to be some sort of a register corruption issue. That issue is now sorted out and fortunately it's a one-line kernel fix and boils down to being a caching issue...

Linux 5.5 Finally Doing Away With The SYSCTL System Call

Phoronix - Thu, 11/28/2019 - 13:01
The Linux 5.5 kernel is set to finally eliminate the code backing the sysctl system call, which has been deprecated for about a decade and should have no impact on modern systems of any architecture...

AMD's RadeonSI Driver Finally Enables OpenGL 4.6 But You Need To First Enable NIR

Phoronix - Thu, 11/28/2019 - 09:10
The OpenGL 4.6 extension is nearly two and a half years old while finally the open-source Mesa OpenGL drivers are catching up to this latest OpenGL revision that offers Vulkan/SPIR-V interoperability and other additions...

Google's Stadia Controller Support Added To SDL2

Phoronix - Thu, 11/28/2019 - 08:37
The SDL2 library has been seeing a number of additions in recent days to its game controller database by Valve's Sam Lantinga. The latest game controller to be added is for Google's now-shipping Stadia Controller...

Linux 5.5 Staging Changes Land With New WiFi Driver To Improved exFAT Support

Phoronix - Thu, 11/28/2019 - 07:18
Greg Kroah-Hartman mailed in the staging area changes today for the Linux 5.5 kernel and they have already been pulled into mainline...

Intel Nehalem vs. Ice Lake Benchmarks - Including Clock + Power + Thermal Metrics

Phoronix - Thu, 11/28/2019 - 04:47
As part of the exciting benchmark week and our ongoing tests of Intel Ice Lake on Linux, this next piece has been driven out of curiosity... While recently I posted new benchmark results of Intel Haswell to Ice Lake laptop performance, what about going further back like to the days of Nehalem? Here is that comparison of Core i7 Nehalem to Core i7 Ice Lake including power / performance-per-Watt data, thermal, and performance-per-MHz data too. Enjoy this fun comparison for how the Intel mobile performance on Ubuntu has evolved over the past decade.