Open-source News

Oracle Talks Up Btrfs Rather Than ZFS For Their Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel 6

Phoronix - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 19:43
While Red Hat Enterprise Linux deprecated Btrfs and no longer supports it on RHEL8, Oracle does continue supporting this Linux file-system on their RHEL-based Oracle Linux when using the company's "Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel" alternative to their Red Hat Compatible Kernel. An Oracle engineer put out a lengthy post outlining the highlights of Btrfs in their new Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel 6...

Intel Volleys New Sandy Bridge CPU Microcode

Phoronix - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 18:52
For reasons currently unknown, Intel released new CPU microcode on Wednesday for their Sandy Bridge processors...

Ubuntu 20.10 Installer With ZFS Will Enable TRIM By Default

Phoronix - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 15:45
In addition to working on easy ZFS encryption for Ubuntu 20.10, the Ubiquity installer in its latest code for this next Ubuntu Linux release is now enabling TRIM by default for all Zpools...

How to Install and Configure Memcached on Ubuntu

Tecmint - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 15:25
Memcached is a free and opensource in-memory caching system that speeds up web applications by caching large volumes of data in memory that are generated from page load requests or API calls. Memcached is...

Use the internet from the command line with curl - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 15:02

Curl is commonly considered a non-interactive web browser. That means it's able to pull information from the internet and display it in your terminal or save it to a file. This is literally what web browsers, such as Firefox or Chromium, do except they render the information by default, while curl downloads and displays raw information. In reality, the curl command does much more and has the ability to transfer data to or from a server using one of many supported protocols, including HTTP, FTP, SFTP, IMAP, POP3, LDAP, SMB, SMTP, and many more.

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Easy DNS configuration with PowerDNS for nameservers - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 15:01

A few months ago, we got a requirement to provide a stable and reliable Domain Name System (DNS) server for a new project. The project dealt with auto-deployment using containers and where each new environment would generate a unique, random URL. After a lot of research on possible solutions, we decided to give PowerDNS (PDNS) a try.

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Is Agile compatible with open source development and communities? - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 15:00

I see this question popping up quite often in different conversations. Recently, we had a good discussion about it within my team. The main question was about how to communicate openly with the community, as well as have the space to build a team and work as a team. This can be challenging; for example, when a company or a sponsor pays a part of the contributors to work full time on a project.

In this article, I will explain why agile works with the open source development model.

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Intel's Mesa Drivers Add A Simple But Effective Helper For Dealing With Incomplete Bug Reports

Phoronix - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 13:09
As a result of increased bug reports where Linux users are reporting Intel graphics hangs but not including the most pertinent details like the Mesa version, the Intel Mesa drivers are now embedding the driver name and Mesa version as part of their error state...

Intel Sends Out Patches Bringing Up The "DG1" Graphics Card Under Linux

Phoronix - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 09:41
For months now Intel's open-source driver developers have been working on the "Gen12" graphics support needed most notably for Tiger Lake and more recently is also confirmed for Rocket Lake. But Gen12 is also needed for the highly anticipated Xe Graphics with the discrete graphics offerings to come in the months ahead by Intel. Building off the existing Gen12 graphics driver code, Intel today published the first DG1 patches for enabling their first discrete graphics card under Linux...

Deleting A Few Lines Of Code Can Yield "Significant" Power Savings On Some Linux Systems

Phoronix - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 07:16
A patch slated to be merged for the Linux 5.8 kernel cycle next month that simply deletes ten lines of code (well, six lines of code and four lines of comments) will for some systems yield "significant power savings" due to an oversight in the kernel code that has lasted for about twelve years...