Open-source News

UBports' Ubuntu Touch OTA-11 Released

Phoronix - Thu, 10/24/2019 - 01:26
The UBports community has released the eleventh over-the-air update to Ubuntu Touch that they continue advancing as the open-source Linux smartphone/tablet stack based currently on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS...

AMD Joins The Blender Foundation With An Emphasis On Vulkan

Phoronix - Thu, 10/24/2019 - 00:30
Just earlier this month NVIDIA announced their funding of the Blender Foundation at the flagship "patron" level and now AMD has followed them in backing this foundation for assisting the development of this leading 3D creation software...

Firefox 70 Linux Performance, Firefox 70 vs. Chrome 78 Benchmarks

Phoronix - Wed, 10/23/2019 - 22:38
With the new releases of Mozilla Firefox 70 and Google Chrome 78 here are fresh benchmarks of these web browsers with testing under Ubuntu Linux. Additionally, on the Firefox side looking at the performance with WebRender and compared to prior releases.

Will Cooke Steps Down As Canonical's Ubuntu Desktop Director

Phoronix - Wed, 10/23/2019 - 21:39
With Ubuntu 19.10 having successfully shipped last week and the Ubuntu 20.04 LTS cycle just getting off the ground, longtime Ubuntu Desktop Director Will Cooke announced he is leaving Canonical...

RADV Lands More Fixes + Performance Improvements Into Mesa 19.3

Phoronix - Wed, 10/23/2019 - 18:46
It's always great waking up and to find RADV improvements in Mesa Git for this open-source Radeon Vulkan driver that is particularly popular with Linux gamers...

Chrome 78 Arrives With Dark Mode Enhancements, Native File System API, SMS Receiver API

Phoronix - Wed, 10/23/2019 - 18:09
In addition to Mozilla Firefox 70 having been released on Tuesday, Google released Chrome 78 as the newest version of their web-browser...

Valve's SteamOS Compositor Has Begun Seeing Some Activity Recently

Phoronix - Wed, 10/23/2019 - 16:40
SteamOS Brewmaster hasn't seen any updates in a while (SteamOS 2.195 came out this summer with minor updates) though recently Valve's SteamOS Compositor GitHub repository did see some activity igniting hopes we could see a new release still this year... Well, it would be really great seeing a release re-based to Debian 10 "Buster" but any activity would be welcome even just pulling in all of their Linux graphics driver infrastructure updates they've funded in recent times...

OpenChrome Still Aspiring For Open-Source VIA Graphics, But Not Going Mainline This Year

Phoronix - Wed, 10/23/2019 - 15:40
At the X.Org Developers Conference earlier this month Kevin Brace provided an update on the state of the OpenChrome project that he continues to single handedly push forward...

How to program with Bash: Loops - Wed, 10/23/2019 - 15:03

Bash is a powerful programming language, one perfectly designed for use on the command line and in shell scripts. This three-part series, based on my three-volume Linux self-study course, explores using Bash as a programming language on the command-line interface (CLI).

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