Open-source News

C++20 Being Wrapped Up, C++23 In Planning

Phoronix - Sun, 02/16/2020 - 04:17
An ISO C++ Committee meeting just wrapped up in Prague and it was voted to send the draft international standard for C++ out for final approval and publication...

NetBSD 9.0 Debuts As The "Best NetBSD Release Ever"

Phoronix - Sun, 02/16/2020 - 00:37
NetBSD 9.0 is out today as for what the project is hoping as the "best NetBSD release ever" at least until NetBSD 10 down the road...

Fwupd 1.3.8 Brings More Improvements For Firmware Updating On Linux Systems

Phoronix - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 22:32
Red Hat's Richard Hughes has released Fwupd 1.3.8 as the latest version of this Linux utility for performing firmware updates of various system components...

The OpenPOWER ISA EULA Draft Published - Generous For Libre Hardware

Phoronix - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 20:44
Last summer it was announced that IBM's POWER ISA would be open-source and the OpenPOWER Foundation joining the Linux Foundation. Finally we're getting a look at how the end-user license agreement (EULA) is looking for those wishing to make use of the POWER CPU instruction set architecture...

Intel Compute Runtime 20.06.15619 Enables E2E Compression

Phoronix - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 20:30
Version 20.06.15619 of the open-source Intel Compute Runtime was released on Friday as powering the company's modern Linux graphics hardware compute stack...

RISC OS Seeing SDL2 Support Brought Up

Phoronix - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 19:51
For those tantilized by the prospects of gaming on RISC OS, SDL2 has been seeing early mainline work on supporting this long-standing operating system...

Netflix Now Exploring AVIF For Image Compression

Phoronix - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 19:17
Following Netflix's AV1 adoption with collaborating with Intel on the SVT-AV1 encoder, now using AV1 streaming for Android users, and others around this advanced royalty-free video codec, Netflix is now exploring AVIF as their next-gen image format...

New features for Raspberry Pi, Wireguard in the Linux kernel, NSA Python course and more open source news - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 16:04

In this edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at new features for Raspbian, Wireguard and Linux kernel, free Python course from the NSA and more!

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3 steps for product marketing your open source project - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 16:00

I frequently get questions from open source project creators or new founders of commercial open source software (COSS) companies about the best way to market their product. Implicit in that inquiry lies more foundational questions: "What the hell is product marketing? How much time should I spend on it?"

This article aims to share some knowledge and specific action items to help open source creators understand product marketing as a concept and how to bootstrap it on their own until a project reaches the next level of traction.

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Mesa 20.0-RC3 Released Along With Mesa 19.3.4 As The Latest Of The Stable Series

Phoronix - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 04:27
New stable and development releases of Mesa3D are available for providing the latest open-source Linux graphics driver experience for OpenGL and Vulkan...

Blender 2.82 Released With Many Improvements, 1000+ Fixes

Phoronix - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 01:39
Blender 2.82 is out as the second update over last year's big Blender 2.80 release...

Windows vs. Linux Scaling Performance From 16 To 128 Threads With AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X

Phoronix - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 22:43
As has been known for a while now, AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors really show their true potential on Linux with often significant increases to the performance thanks to the kernel's better scalability compared to Microsoft Windows. While Microsoft has made some improvements in this area over the past year, with the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X 64-core / 128-thread HEDT processor it really shines on Linux. In this article are benchmarks of Windows 10 Professional and Windows 10 Enterprise against Linux on the Threadripper 3990X when going from 16 cores to 128 threads for seeing how the three operating systems are scaling.