Ongoing (Albeit Secret) Campaign of Patent Extortion Against GNU/Linux Distributions Using Software Patents, Even Expired Ones in Europe
The Mesa Graphics Library Just Got A Significant Performance Boost For #Intel Tiger Lake Chips. Don't get too excited, it only applies to gen12+ and it won't arrive in mainstream #Linux distributions until #Mesa 20.3 is released mid-December.
#Vulkan Specification Version 1.2.158 Brings Two New Extensions. One is VK_KHR_fragment_shading_rate. It lets developers change the rate at which fragments are shaded on a per-region, per-primitive or per-draw basis.
Apple's CUPS Repository Has Died A Quiet Death. There's no activity, it's a virtual ghost-town. #CUPS creator Michael Sweet has moved on to a CUPS fork maintained by #OpenPrinting and #Apple doesn't appear to have a single person work on their git tree.
Microsoft will .. surely deliver this time? Or..?
Linux 5.9.1 And Older Stable Kernel Updates Fixing "Bleeding Tooth" #Bluetooth #Vulnerability Are Available. Remote code execution is possible is you have BT and it's turned on and made discoverable. You should upgrade your #linux kernel if you use BT.
"By enlarge they don't just swoop in and say "You must do this or else". There are some things that certainly feel that way but by enlarge that's not the case." -Ben Cotton
#Linux 5.10 Will Have A Fully Lock-Less Ring Buffer. Linus Torvalds has merged a set of printk() patches by John Ogness that make the kernel ring buffer (see dmesg) fully lock-less. This allows messages to be stored and read with no risk of deadlocks.
Richard Brown: Regular Releases are Wrong, Roll for your life: #openSUSE Chairman Richard Brown made a really compelling argument for why a rolling release model is better than using "stable" packages that have to have fixes back-ported to them in a 35 minute video presentation at the joint openSUSE+LibreOffice Virtual Conference 2020 taking place this week.
#XFS Patches For #Linux 5.10 Delays The Year #2038 Problem To 2486. That extends the deadline for coming up with a real long-term solution by 448 years, which should be enough.
GCC 11 Will Be Set In Stone On November 15th. Any features that aren't added to the #GNU Compiler Collection the next two months will have to wait until the GCC 12 cycle starts next year.
Latest 20.41.18123 Intel NEO #OpenCL Driver Claims "Production" OpenCL 3.0 Quality On All #Intel CPUs Going Back To Broadwell. The claim doesn't hold water, but it's there in the release-notes.
#Plausible Web Analytics Switches From MIT To #GNU #AGPL License Due To Competition: Turns out making web software and giving it away for free results in competing corporations building services around said software in competition with your own services.
Mesa 20.1.10 Is Released With A Handful Of Bug-Fixes. There's a few fixes for #Intel graphics and two for #AMD in the last release 20.1.x #Mesa release. Only 20.2.x will be supported from now on.
The #Arch #Linux #Pacman package manager isn't fast enough for Michael Stapelberg so he developed #Distri, a blazing fast package manager. He presented it at the Arch Conf 2020. The video presentation is 20 minutes + 30 minutes of Q&A.
Martin Dougiamas: Why Openness in Education is essential. Martin Dougiamas wrote #Moodle, the only free software educational learning platform. He held a interesting talk about it and the state of modern education at the #NextCloud conf 2020.
Why Schools Should Exclusively Use Free Software: Educational activities, including schools of all levels from kindergarten to university, have a moral duty to teach only free software.
GamerOS, An Arch Linux based gaming OS: Alesh Slovak missed Vavle's SteamOS so he created a new GNU/Linux operating system called #GamerOS based on #Arch #Linux. It is designed so you can sit on the couch and use a #PC with a game-pad.
Kdenlive 20.08.2 Is Released With 17 Bug-Fixes And GPU Accelerated Video Rendering. "Accelerated" in this case means it's actually slower. There's also a new "Automatic Scene Split" feature in the free #kdenlive video editor for #Linux, Windows and macOS.