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GNOME 3.34.3 Released To Offer Up More Fixes Ahead Of GNOME 3.36

Phoronix - Fri, 01/10/2020 - 00:06
GNOME has continued its recent trend of offering more point releases to existing stable series for filling the void between the six-month feature releases. Out today is GNOME 3.34.3 with all of the latest fixes, many of which were back-ported from the currently under development GNOME 3.36...

It Looks Like GCC's Long-Awaited Git Conversion Could Happen This Weekend

Phoronix - Thu, 01/09/2020 - 22:28
The long in development process of converting GCC's SVN repository to Git for using this modern distributed revision control system for developing the GNU Compiler Collection in the 2020s may finally be complete in the days ahead...

EXT4 Gets More Direct I/O Optimizations - Can Help Some Database Workloads Around ~140%+

Phoronix - Thu, 01/09/2020 - 20:19
A few days ago I wrote about a big improvement to write performance for EXT4's Direct I/O code path but that is not the only DIO optimization coming for Linux 5.6. Thanks to IBM, another big EXT4 DIO boost can be found for database workloads...

Oracle's Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel 6 Is Tracking Linux 5.4

Phoronix - Thu, 01/09/2020 - 18:05
Oracle has released a developer preview of their forthcoming Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel 6 to Oracle Linux users, the company's spin of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. With Oracle UEK 6, Linux 5.4 serves as the new base...

Bootlin Wraps Up Feature Development On The Allwinner Cedrus VPU Driver

Phoronix - Thu, 01/09/2020 - 17:09
While the Allwinner VPU "Cedrus" video decode driver is a wonderful success of open-source third-party work expanding Linux's multimedia hardware acceleration capabilities, consulting firm Bootlin who spearheaded this driver is for now at least is ending feature development on this driver...

My favorite Bash hacks - Thu, 01/09/2020 - 16:02

When you work with computers all day, it's fantastic to find repeatable commands and tag them for easy use later on. They all sit there, tucked away in ~/.bashrc (or ~/.zshrc for Zsh users), waiting to help improve your day!

In this article, I share some of my favorite of these helper commands for things I forget a lot, in hopes that they will save you, too, some heartache over time.

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Create demo project templates with one script - Thu, 01/09/2020 - 16:01

When you're standing on a stage or doing a live demo in an online session, getting your project into a perfect-looking state may appear easy. But a lot of work goes on behind the scenes to create working, easy to use, and repeatable demo projects.

When you're doing a demo, the technology in a project must support your bigger story about the project without failing. My fellow JBoss technology evangelists and I often have to set up different technologies, so it became necessary for us to tune some sort of generic framework or template to put these demo projects into.

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What's HTTPS for secure computing? - Thu, 01/09/2020 - 16:00

Over the past few years, it's become difficult to find a website that is just "http://…" This is because the industry has finally realised that security on the web is "a thing," and also because it has become easy for both servers and clients to set up and use HTTPS connections. A similar shift may be on its way in computing across cloud, edge, Internet of Things, blockchain, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and beyond.

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Fedora 33 To Finally Kill Off Python 2.6 Support

Phoronix - Thu, 01/09/2020 - 15:04
Separate from the whole Python 2 removal effort with the Python 2.7 that is EOL'ed since the start of the year, Fedora 33 due out later this year is looking to be their first release dropping the even older Python 2.6 series...