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Musl Libc Support Lands In Mainline GCC

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 15:14
Musl has long aimed at being a lightweight, simple, free, and correct libc library. However, hindering its adoption has been out-of-tree patches required against GCC for supporting the Musl C library. Fortunately, Musl support has now been merged into GCC...

Ubuntu MATE Is Becoming A Thriving Member Of The Ubuntu Family

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 14:58
Back when the GNOME 2 desktop was forked in 2011 as the MATE Desktop Environment, there were polarized views from the Linux community how this fork of GNOME2 could survive and what sort of future it would have. Four years later, MATE is still being maintained, there's distributions shipping with MATE as the default desktop, and the project is managing to stay relevant...

Ubuntu Snappy To Work On Deduplication Support

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 14:42
While Snappy packaging on Ubuntu is only a few months old, it's generating a lot of interest and will eventually replace .deb packages on Ubuntu. One of the interesting features to be worked on going forward for Snappy is deduplication support...

Ubuntu Plans For Python 3 By Default For Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 13:23
Another one of the interesting discussions this week at the Ubuntu Online Summit was with regards to plans for merging off of Python 2 and providing Python 3 by default over the next year, in time for the long-term support release of Ubuntu 16.04...

OpenELEC 6.0 Now In Beta, Powered By Kodi 15

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 02:29
With Kodi 15 coming along, the OpenELEC team has released their first beta of the next version of their multimedia focused Linux distribution...

Select Ubuntu Versions Are Working To Switch To Systemd's Networkd

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 01:14
While Ubuntu 15.04 marked the point of switching from Upstart to systemd, Ubuntu Linux doesn't currently make use of all systemd functionality, such as networkd. However, at least for networkd, that soon could be changing...

Lubuntu Makes Progress On Switching Over To LXQt

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 23:06
The Lubuntu derivative of Ubuntu that traditionally has been powered by the LXDE desktop environment is in the process of transitioning to LXQt...

VirtualBox 5.0 Beta 3 Released

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 22:09
The third beta to VirtualBox 5.0 is now available. VirtualBox 5.0 is a big step forward to Oracle's virtualization software and adds PV support to Windows/Linux guests, XHCI controller support for USB 3.0 devices, bi-directional drag-and-drop to guests, and more...

GCC 6 Will Look To Switch To C++11 By Default

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 20:01
With GCC 5 the C compiler changed its default to C11/GNU11 and now for the next version, GCC 6, C++11 might become the default C++ language compiler target...

GhostBSD 10.1 Beta Adds Vim To The Default Software Collection

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 17:42
The first beta of GhostBSD 10.1, the desktop-focused distribution using the FreeBSD kernel with MATE Desktop Environment, is now available...

Wayland 1.8 Alpha Released

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 14:58
While there was a small delay, Wayland/Weston 1.8 Alpha is now available...

Ubuntu Benchmarking Workloads + Clouds

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 03:05
Besides all the other Ubuntu 15.10 chatter happening this week, which is heavily centered around Unity 8 / Ubuntu Convergence and Snappy topics, there was also talk of "Ubuntu Benchmarking Workloads" in the Ubuntu Cloud track...

Ubuntu Touch Is Making Progress On Porting To Systemd

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 01:54
For Ubuntu Touch/Phone users interested in seeing Upstart go out on their device in favor of systemd, progress is being made by Canonical on the switch...

Macaw-Movies: A KDE Movie Organizing Application

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 01:39
Macaw-Movies is the latest KDE incubator project, which is focused on providing movie organization/management features to open-source fans...

SteamOS 159 Drops Support For NVIDIA's Pre-Fermi Graphics Cards

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 00:35
Valve today pushed out the SteamOS 159 update into the Alchemist repository today, which matches the recent changes to the Alchemist Beta repository. This update isn't too exciting as it's mostly stable fixes, branding updates, etc, but the NVIDIA Linux driver update does remove the support for pre-Fermi graphics cards...

AMD Radeon R9 290: Linux 4.0 vs. Linux 4.1 Git

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 18:44
Now that the Linux 4.1 kernel is starting to stabilize, I just started some Radeon DRM open-source graphics tests from this new kernel. So far I did some preliminary tests with the AMD Radeon R9 290 graphics card...

Ubuntu 15.10 Will Use The GCC 5 Compiler By Default

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 18:08
It shouldn't come as much of a surprise, but Ubuntu 15.10 will be using the GCC 5 compiler by default...

A Demo Of Ubuntu's Unity 8 On The Desktop

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 17:33
In continuation of this morning's Ubuntu 15.10 UOS session about plans for Unity 8 on the Ubuntu desktop, that was followed by a demo of the current Unity 8 desktop experience -- including some experimental code shown by Canonical developers...

The Unity 8 Items Being Worked On For The Ubuntu Desktop

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 15:49
Discussed this morning during the second day of the Ubuntu Online Summit for Ubuntu 15.10 was "Unity 8 as the default desktop." Unity 7 will remain the default for Ubuntu 15.10, but a lot of progress is expected this Wily Werewolf cycle...

Fresh, 5-Way Linux Distribution Benchmarks On Amazon's EC2 Cloud

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 14:12
It's been a while since last running any extensive Amazon EC2 cloud benchmarks. However, in trying out the latest releases of a few distributions, I ran some quick cloud benchmarks yesterday...