Open-source News

QEMU 4.2 Cycle Kicks Off With Inaugural Release Candidate

Phoronix - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 17:24
The initial release candidate for the upcoming QEMU 4.2 is now available as a sizable update to this important piece of the open-source Linux virtualization stack...

How to manage music tags using metaflac - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 16:02

I've been ripping CDs to my computer for a long time now. Over that time, I've used several different tools for ripping, and I have observed that each tool seems to have a different take on tagging, specifically, what metadata to save with the music data. By "observed," I mean that music players seem to sort albums in a funny order, they split tracks in one physical directory into two albums, or they create other sorts of frustrating irritations.

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My first open source contribution: Talk about your pull request - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 16:01

Previously, I wrote about keeping your code relevant when making a contribution to an open source project. Now, you finally click Create pull request. You're elated, you're done.

At first, I didn’t even care whether my code would get merged or not. I had done my part. I knew I could do it. The future lit up with the many future pull requests that I would make to open source projects.

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My Linux story: Learning Linux in the 90s - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 16:00

Most people probably don't remember where they, the computing industry, or the everyday world were in 1996. But I remember that year very clearly. I was a sophomore in high school in the middle of Kansas, and it was the start of my journey into free and open source software (FOSS).

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The FreeBSD Migration To OpenZFS Is Still Looking To Be A Great Change

Phoronix - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 14:05
Last year it was decided that FreeBSD's ZFS code would be re-based on OpenZFS (ZFS On Linux) code for ultimately better support and functionality as well as largely unifying the open-source ZFS ecosystem. While still transitioning towards the OpenZFS code-base, for FreeBSD it's still looking to be a positive move and one that will pay off for all parties involved...

Fedora Stakeholders Debate Statically Linking Python For Better Performance

Phoronix - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 13:00
A surprisingly controversial proposal for Fedora 32 is to shift from dynamically linking Python 3 with the library to static linking. The change can yield double digit percentage improvements to Python scripts but at the cost of larger on-disk space...

The OGRE Open-Source 3D Graphics Engine Is Working On Vulkan Support

Phoronix - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 10:52
The OGRE open-source 3D graphics engine that is used by many games as well as different simulation / educational / interactive / visualization software is working on enabling Vulkan API support...

Free Software Foundation Certifies Talos II With Respecting Your Freedom

Phoronix - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 06:45
The Free Software Foundation's "Respect Your Freedom" program has tended to mostly endorse products like old motherboards re-flashed with Coreboot/Libreboot along with dated networking products and obscure products like USB microphones and USB to parallel printer port cables. But today comes the Free Software Foundation's most prominent RYF endorsement...

Rust 1.39 Released With Async-Await Support, Attributes On Function Parameters

Phoronix - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 06:16
Rust 1.39 is out today as the latest stable update for this popular programming language...

AMD Details 3rd Gen Threadripper, Ryzen 9 3950X + Their New $49 USD CPU

Phoronix - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 22:00
While the processors are not shipping until later this month, AMD is today making known their next batch of CPUs being released...