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Clear Linux Saw New Features, New Desktop Installer + Increased Adoption In 2019

Phoronix - Thu, 01/02/2020 - 03:00
In addition to Clear Linux seeing more performance optimizations in 2019 (more so than Fedora and Ubuntu during the year), it also benefited from a new desktop installer, new help forums, and more of Intel's partners talking about their current or planned usage of Clear Linux...

Glibc Sees End Of Year Improvements For GNU Hurd With The Microkernel Entering Its 30th Year

Phoronix - Wed, 01/01/2020 - 23:22
There hasn't been a new GNU Hurd release since the microkernel's 0.9 release back in 2016, but at least other areas of the stack continue inching further. Glibc as an important piece to the GNU toolchain saw some improvements for Hurd during December...

The Linux Kernel Enters 2020 At 27.8 Million Lines In Git But With Less Developers For 2019

Phoronix - Wed, 01/01/2020 - 22:14
As of this morning in the Linux kernel Git source tree, the kernel weighs in at 27.8 million lines!..

PineBook Benchmarks For The ARM Linux Laptop Starting At $99 USD

Phoronix - Wed, 01/01/2020 - 20:45
For those interested in benchmarks of the $99+ PineBook ARM Linux laptop, more results continue to be uploaded on

Sway 1.3 Release Candidate Brings Many Changes For This i3-Inspired Wayland Compositor

Phoronix - Wed, 01/01/2020 - 20:14
Drew DeVault released Sway 1.3 RC1 on New Year's Eve as the latest test release for this increasingly popular i3-inspired Wayland compositor built off his WLROOTS library...

Some Of The Features That Could Come To KDE In 2020

Phoronix - Wed, 01/01/2020 - 20:06
KDE developer Nate Graham who is well known for his weekly development summaries in the KDE space has shared his opinions on the desktop's features he expects to see materialize this year as well as some of the less likely bits...

5 predictions for Kubernetes in 2020 - Wed, 01/01/2020 - 16:02

How do you track a wildly popular project like Kubernetes? How do you figure out where it’s going? If you are contributing to the project or participating in Special Interest Groups (SIGs), you might gain insight by osmosis, but for those of you with day jobs that don’t include contributing to Kubernetes, you might like a little help reading the tea leaves. With a fast-moving project like Kubernetes, the end of the year is an excellent time to take a look at the past year to gain insight into the next one.

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How to get started with open source in 2020 - Wed, 01/01/2020 - 16:01

When launched in 2010, Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst said the site "is one of the ways in which Red Hat gives something back to the open source community." And that community has always included the growing number of people who are new to open source.

In 2019, we published many articles about the open source way of thinking, choosing hardware, the contribution process, and other topics geared toward newbies. If you're new to open source, this list of's top 10 articles from 2019 about getting started with open source should put you on the right path.

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9 cheat sheets and guides to enhance your tech skills - Wed, 01/01/2020 - 16:00

Cheat sheets are perfect for the new coder just starting out on the command line. However, even the most experienced programmers need to lean on references every once in a while. If that pesky keyboard shortcut is just at the tip of your finger, a cheat sheet is perfect to have nearby. Here’s a roundup of our downloadable guides that will set you up for success in 2020.

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Godot 4.0 Game Engine Aiming For Release With Vulkan In Mid-2020

Phoronix - Wed, 01/01/2020 - 13:05
Godot lead developer Juan Linietsky provided a New Year's Eve look at the origins of this wildly successful open-source game engine from their beginnings, the technical advancements of this open-source game engine, the big step forward with Godot 3.0, and what's on the horizon with Godot 4.0...

Happy New Year + A Look Back At The Most Popular Linux Content Of 2019

Phoronix - Wed, 01/01/2020 - 06:11
Happy New Year to all Phoronix readers...