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Git 2.25 Is On The Way For Release In Early 2020

Phoronix - Thu, 12/26/2019 - 23:25
Git maintainer Junio Hamano released Git 2.25-rc0 on Christmas as the first test release en route to this next feature update for this widely-used distributed revision control system...

X-Plane 11.50 Flight Simulator Preparing For Public Beta With Vulkan Rendering

Phoronix - Thu, 12/26/2019 - 23:14
One of the engine upgrades to Vulkan we have been looking forward to the most has been usage by the X-Plane flight simulator to ultimately succeed their long-standing OpenGL pipeline. Laminar Research shared on Christmas day that the X-Plane 11.50 release with Vulkan support is currently in private beta and will soon be available publicly...

Unigine 2.10 Released With New Terrain System, Other Graphics Improvements

Phoronix - Thu, 12/26/2019 - 23:02
Unigine developers have delivered a nice Christmas present in delivering Unigine 2.10 as the latest version of their 3D engine used by few games but an increasing number of simulation systems...

digiKam 7.0 Bringing Deep Learning Powered Faces Management

Phoronix - Thu, 12/26/2019 - 20:58
The digiKam photo management software is closing in on its v7.0 release and over the weekend issued their first beta...

Intel Gallium3D Driver Performance Is Looking Good With The Core i9 9900KS

Phoronix - Thu, 12/26/2019 - 16:28
With Mesa 20.0 expected to ship the "Iris" Gallium3D driver as the default Intel OpenGL Linux driver for Broadwell hardware and newer, I've been ramping up my testing of this open-source driver in recent weeks. For adding to the various generations of CPUs tested, here are some numbers of the latest code when using the UHD Graphics 630 off the high-end Core i9 9900KS processor...

10 Linux command tutorials for beginners and experts - Thu, 12/26/2019 - 16:02

Using Linux well means understanding what commands are available and what they're capable of doing for you. We have covered a lot of them on during 2019, and here are 10 favorites from the bunch.

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10 articles to become more data science savvy - Thu, 12/26/2019 - 16:01

When LinkedIn released its third annual Emerging Jobs report, engineers everywhere said, "Amen." More than half the list consists of engineering roles, with new fields like robotics appearing for the first time.

But data science had a strong showing as well. The role shows 37% annual growth, topping that aspect of the Emerging Jobs list for the third year in a row.

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How the Zen of Python handles errors - Thu, 12/26/2019 - 16:01

Handling "exceptional conditions" is one of the most debated issues in programming. That could be because the stakes are high: mishandled error values can bring down even the largest systems. Since "exception conditions," by nature, are the least tested but occur with unpleasant frequency, correctly handling them can often distinguish a system that horror stories are told about to a system that "just works."

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Top 10 Raspberry Pi articles of 2019 - Thu, 12/26/2019 - 16:00

Since its introduction, the Raspberry Pi has been one of the hottest topics on This trend continued in 2019 with an impressive list of over 30 articles about various Raspberry Pi projects. The top 10 articles are covered below, but if you are a true Raspberry Pi aficionado, I encourage you to check out out our entire selection of Raspberry Pi articles.

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How To Install Apache CouchDB on CentOS 8

Tecmint - Thu, 12/26/2019 - 14:38
Written in Erlang language, Apache CouchDB is a free, reliable NoSQL database engine that natively supports data in JSON format. This makes it more scalable and easy to model your data as opposed to...

KDE Plasma 5 + KDE Applications Matured Rather Well

Phoronix - Thu, 12/26/2019 - 13:00
Most KDE users are probably happy with the current state of the Plasma desktop and the state of the KDE applications. There's certainly less bugs in recent releases, KWin and the overall desktop is in better standing (though still improvements to be made such as showcased by the likes of KWin low-latency) with reliable Wayland support, and most would probably agree that the work out of this open-source project matured rather well in recent years with their focus on enhancing usability and other areas...

A Christmas Gift For Phoronix Readers - Improving Graphs

Phoronix - Thu, 12/26/2019 - 06:05
First of all, Merry Christmas for those of you celebrating today or Happy Holidays regardless...

The Hurd Microkernel Still Isn't Ready But GNU Had A Great 2010s With GCC + Other Projects

Phoronix - Thu, 12/26/2019 - 05:00
While the GNU Hurd microkernel is still woefully behind in hardware support and hasn't even seen a new release in three years, at least a lot of the other GNU projects experienced a great decade -- especially with the likes of the GNU Compiler Collection, GNU Octave, GRUB, and other components critical to modern Linux systems...