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  1. Linux 4.9 Is the Next Long-Term Supported Kernel Branch, Says Greg Kroah-Hartman All GNU/Linux distributions should adopt Linux kernel 4.9 The story behind Linux kernel 4.9 becoming the next long-term supported series dates from way before it's launch last month, on December 11, when Linus Torvalds officially announced the new branch. It all started back on August 12, 2016, when Greg Kroah-Hartman dropped a quick Google+ post to say "4.9 == next LTS kernel." Immediately after, the media reporting began, informing the Linux community that Linux kernel 4.9 will become the next long-term supported branch, but it didn't happen because Kroah-Hartman changed his mind a month later, on September 6, when he reserved his right to mark Linux 4.9 as "longterm" on the kernel.org website. "I reserve the right not to pick 4.9 and support it for two years, if it’s a major pain because people abused this notice. If so, I’ll possibly drop back to 4.8, or just wait for 4.10 to be released. I’ll let everyone know by updating the kernel.org releases page when it’s time," said the developer in a follow-up article published on his personal blog. Linux kernel 4.9 to be supported for two years, until January 2019 Fast forward to present day, and after Linux kernel 4.9 already received four point releases, the latest being Linux 4.9.4, Greg Kroah-Hartman announced that Linux 4.9 is ready to be marked as "longterm" by saying "Yes, 4.9 is the next longterm kernel. I've been saying that for a while, but somehow if it wasn't on the kernel.org website, no one believed me." Of course, this comes as great news for most GNU/Linux users because the Linux 4.9 kernel branch adds numerous exciting new features, especially initial support for AMD Radeon GPUs from the GNC 1.0 / Southern Islands family to use the open-source AMDGPU graphics driver, including AMD Radeon HD 7xxx and 8xxx series. According to Greg Kroah-Hartman, Linux kernel 4.9 will be supported until January 2019, for two years from the moment of writing this article. As such, it is recommended that all GNU/Linux distributions adopt this branch, especially if they're using Linux 4.8, which reached end of life earlier this month. Source
  2. Mozilla Firefox 51.0 RC 2 Windows en-US: x86: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/51.0-candidates/build2/win32/en-US/Firefox%20Setup%2051.0.exe x64: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/51.0-candidates/build2/win64/en-US/Firefox%20Setup%2051.0.exe Windows All languages: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/51.0-candidates/build2/win32/ https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/51.0-candidates/build2/win64/ Other OS: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/51.0-candidates/build2/ Checksum: SHA512SUMS SHA512SUMS.asc Firefox for Android 51.0 RC: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/mobile/candidates/51.0-candidates/
  3. Hi All, Just wondering if Nokia with Canonical makes Ubuntu Touch Devices, does people love it and buy to help support Ubuntu Touch development? My wish is that Nokia should join hands with Canonical to make Ubuntu Devices. If that happens, all lazy s/w app giants will create apps supporting Ubuntu Touch platform. I'm calling s/w app giants as lazy bcoz if they would've supported Ubuntu Touch earlier, the OS could've been overtaking Android & Windows Phones(or Windows 10 Mobile) by now. All Nokia & Ubuntu/Linux fans(incl. myself) or devs out there, please suggest Nokia to create Ubuntu Devices in future ASAP. Please vote and provide feedback in comments(if any). Members please note that I'm referring to the future and not now. I'm not a fool to ask for/suggest a change in the first year of re-emerged Nokia. @steven36 & @teodz1984: Please read the desc carefully before providing comments.
  4. Canonical to Remove Old Unity 7 Scopes from Ubuntu Because They're Not Secure These won't be supported by Unity 8 anyway April will see the release of Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) operating system, but it also marks the fifth year of Unity user interface's implementation, which was first introduced as part of the Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) release. While Canonical's engineers are concentrating all of their efforts on bringing us the next-generation Unity 8 user interface, current Ubuntu Linux releases are still successfully using Unity 7, and so will Ubuntu 17.04. Old, unmaintained Unity 7 Scopes are still out there However, it would appear that the Ubuntu repositories still include some old, unmaintained Scopes that have security issues open, posing a threat to the entire system if installed and used. Most of these are related to some popular music playback apps and include unity-scope-audacious, unity-scope-clementine, unity-scope-gmusicbrowser, unity-scope-guayadeque, unity-scope-musique, and unity-scope-gourmet. Because of that, Canonical is planning on removing these and many other unmaintained Unity 7 Scopes from the official repositories, if their maintainers don't step up to patch any of the existing security issues, and also because Unity 8 won't support them. "Couple this with the decision to turn off online searches by default and I think it's time to consider dropping these Scopes from the archive. Plus of course, the fact that they won't work in Unity 8 in the future anyway," said Will Cooke, Ubuntu Desktop Manager at Canonical. If you submitted a Unity 7 Scope in the past, and no longer offer security fixes for it, please do everyone a favor and remove it from the repositories as soon as possible. Unity 7 will be supported for a few more years, but it doesn't have to be insecure. Source
  5. Canonical: 2017 Will See a Mir 1.0 Release, Plans to Implement Vulkan Support 2016 was a good year for Mir, says the company behind Ubuntu As most of you are aware, Canonical develops its own display server for Ubuntu, called Mir, which, in some ways, is similar to the X.Org Server and Wayland technologies. While Ubuntu on the desktop still uses X.Org Server's components, Mir is currently heavily tested for the Unity 8 user interface that Canonical plans on implementing by default for future releases of Ubuntu Linux, for desktops. However, until now, Mir has only been successfully deployed on mobile devices, powering the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system used in various official and unofficial Ubuntu Phone and Tablets. According to Alan Griffiths, Software Engineer at Canonical, 2016 was a great year for Mir, and in 2017 the company plans on releasing the 1.0 milestone of the display server, which should implement the long-anticipated Vulkan support. "2017 will see a cleanup of our "toolkit" API and better support for "platform" plugin modules," said Griffiths. "We will then be working on upstreaming our Mesa patch. That will allow us to release our (currently experimental) Vulkan support." Canonical is working on reducing latency for Mir Canonical worked very hard in 2016 to improve its Mir display server by enabling a client-side toolkit, application, or library to work on Mir, as well as to upstream Mir support into GTK+ 3, Qt, SDL2, and Kodi. They also managed to create Mir Abstraction Layer and released MirAL 1.0, but for 2017 the company plans on enabling Mir on new platforms, upstream their Mesa patch, and enable Mir on a new graphics API, such as Vulkan. Canonical is now working on reducing latency for Mir, and hops that 2017 will be the year when Mir becomes mature enough to be used on desktops, powering the next-generation Unity 8 display server. At the moment, the company did not reveal the exact date when Mir 1.0 will see the light of day, so we can only guess that it could launch sometime around the release of Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus), in mid-April, when they'll prepare for Ubuntu 17.10. Source
  6. It’s Time to Ditch Skype and TeamSpeak, Discord Launches Its App for Linux Users The app is now available for Ubuntu Linux and other distros Linux was the missing piece for them to achieve full status and offer their services across all major platforms, both on desktop and mobile. Discord is currently available for Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows, but you can also use it directly from the Web, using a compatible web browser. The app appears to be a direct competitor to Microsoft's Skype VoIP client, as well as the well-known TeamSpeak voice communication platform. It offers a wide range of features, including IP and DDoS protection, in-game overlay, smart push notifications, individual volume control, support for multiple channels, and a modern text chat. Other noteworthy features of Discord include support for codecs, permissions, and custom keyboard shortcuts, a direct messaging system and friends list. It also promises to keep the CPU usage as minimal as possible, offering low latency support for audio and automatic failover functionality. Install Discord on Ubuntu now The first stable release of the official Discord app for Linux systems, versioned 0.0.1, is currently available for download as a binary package for Debian and Ubuntu-based distributions, such as Ubuntu, Debian, Linux Mint, etc. However, to install it, you'll need to have a 64-bit installation. There's also a source tarball available for download in case you're not running an operating system based on Debian or Ubuntu, but you'll have to compile it. It appears that Discord 0.0.1 already made its way into the Arch Linux AUR repositories, and it's coming soon to Solus, too. Other distros may add Discord to their repositories in the coming weeks. Stoked to announce our super sick app for LINUX. Chris was massaging this for ages but it's like super sick now https://t.co/hQtQpZO95c pic.twitter.com/lVyDkBD3cN — Discord (@discordapp) January 11, 2017 Source
  7. Meet The GPD Pocket, A 7-inch Ubuntu Laptop The GPD Pocket Do you have small hands? Are you a Borrower? Do you consider 10-inch netbooks to be monstrous? If so, the GPD Pocket may be right up your (very miniature) street. GPD Pocket, 7″ Laptop The GPD Pocket is a 7-inch laptop that’s small enough to slip in to a pocket — and it will apparently be available in two versions: with Windows 10, and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. As reported on Liliputing, GPD (the company who makes the device) is currently only showing the device off a few fancy renders and photos with a prototype unit. But GPD has form for releasing other (similar) devices, like the GPD Win, and Android gaming portables, so although a novelty this latest device is unlikely to be outright vapourware. The GPD Pocket touts some impressive specifications for the size, including a quad-core Intel Atom x7-Z8700 processor (the same one used in the Microsoft Surface 3), 4GB RAM and a high-res IPS touch display: 7-inch IPS touch display Intel Atom x7-Z8700 (quad-core @ 1.6GHz) 4GB of RAM 128GB of storage 1x USB Type-C 1x USB 3.0 Mini HDMI Out MicroSD Card slot Courage jack (“headphone port”) 7000 mAh battery The overall dimensions of the device mean you won’t be able to hammer away on a full-sized keyboard, but the chiclet style QWERTY one included (plus a ThinkPad-like mouse nub as there’s no room for a touchpad) looks perfectly serviceable for tweets, forum posts and some basic web browsing. Since I doubt anyone would be using this device as their primary device issues to do with the keyboard size, or lack of palm rest, etc, are unlikely to be primary considerations. No, the GPD Pocket is, as the name suggests, intended as the sort of device you literally slide into your pocket as you head out the door. The “bad” news is that, like everything these days, GPD plan to crowdfund the GPD Pocket over on Indiegogo sometime in February. Currently there’s no indication of pricing or release date, but providing it’s not too weighted at the high-end it could make a nice midrange alternative to Linux hobbyists. Source
  8. Amassing 523 distinct coding flaws this past year, Google's Androidmobile operating system took top spot among the 50 products with the most discovered vulnerabilities in 2016, according to the security vulnerability database website CVE Details. Android's vulnerability totals far surpassed those of runners-up Debian Linux and Ubuntu Linux, which compiled 319 and 278 bugs respectively. Adobe's multimedia viewer Flash Player, which had the third highest number of vulnerabilities in 2015, claimed the fourth most errors this past year with 266. Source
  9. uNav 0.64 Turn-by-Turn GPS Navigation App Now Available for Ubuntu Phones Map viewer and GPS navigator for car, bike and walking uNav 0.64 comes four months after version 0.63, which was a minor update improving the simulator, adding support for skipping confirmation of routes, rounding off the distance to the nearest turn in guidance mode, fixing the '¿¿¿' string in POI names, adding CartoDB layers, as well as a bash script to generate translations. Not that uNav 0.64 is a major release, but it looks like it adds some improvements than the previous version. Among these, we can mention centering on POI (Point of Interest) in search instead of in an area, correct roundabout of arrow directions for some countries, and Breton voice support. Available now for all Ubuntu Phone users uNav 0.64 also attempts to improve the out-of-the-box experience for newcomers by fixing the main window, which appeared to be unnecessarily large, spicing up the "empty state" of the application, remove "hairdresser" from the POI list, as well as to rename various translation files. If you're the proud owner of an Ubuntu Phone and you're running the latest version of the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system (OTA-14), you should find the new uNav 0.64 release on the Ubuntu Store. Existing users can update the application right now through the usual channels. For those unfamiliar with uNav, it's an online and offline map viewer and GPS navigator powered by OpenStreetMap and Mapzen. It features convergence support, which means that you can use it on a desktop too if you're Ubuntu Phone can be converged. The app offers turn-by-turn navigation for bikes, cars, and walking. Source
  10. Valve Finally Makes Steam Work Out-of-the-Box with Open-Source Graphics Drivers Also introduces idle detection and updates the Vulkan loader The new Steam Client Beta update brings quite a lot of changes (see them all in the changelog attached at the end of the story), but we're very interested in the Linux ones, which appears to let Steam work out-of-the-box with open-source graphics drivers on various modern GNU/Linux distributions, while implementing a new setting for older ones to improve the interaction between Steam's runtime and system's host libraries. "Improved interactions between the Steam runtime and host distribution libraries, which should let Steam work out of the box with open-source graphics drivers on modern distributions. If using an older distribution or running into problems, use STEAM_RUNTIME_PREFER_HOST_LIBRARIES=0 to revert to previous behavior," reads the release notes. Vulkan loader updated to enable Xlib support, idle detection added Additionally, Valve implemented idle detection for Linux platforms, automatically switching the friend status in the built-in chat to Away/Snooze when you're not at pressing any buttons on your PC, improves keyboard and mice support for Vulkan apps when using the Overlay, as well as the Vulkan loader to enable Xlib support. It also looks like the close-to-tray behavior is now unified with other platforms besides Steam OS. Users can now use the "STEAM_FRAME_FORCE_CLOSE=0" setting to force the Steam Client to close to tray on GNU/Linux distributions that don't offer a proper system tray area. Other than that, the new Steam Client Beta update addresses some DRI3-related crashes with open-source graphics drivers by shipping with an updated libxcb library, and adds a bunch of Steam Controller improvements. All these goodies and much more are coming soon to the Steam Client when a new stable build will be released. Again, you can view all the improvements in the changelog attached below, and if you can't wait until the new stable version arrives, you can switch right now to the Beta channel in the General section of the Setting dialog, but please try to keep in mind that this is a pre-release build. Steam Client Beta Changelog: Source
  11. Watch This Terrifying 13ft Robot Walk, Thanks To Ubuntu The world’s first manned robot took its first formative (and no doubt very loud) steps in South Korea last week — but you may be surprised to hear that Ubuntu was there to assist it. Standing an impressive 13 feet high, the bipedal Method-2 robot is referred to “robot-powered suit” that responds and mimics the actions of the person sat inside the cockpit, Ripley Power Loader style! The machine, which is able to walk like a human, has to haul a huge 130kg arms in each lunge forward, and weighs 1.5 ton in total. From a short video posted by Ruptly TV, Ubuntu is involved in helping engineers monitor, debug, and process the robot as it stomps forward. While there’s no suggestion that the robot itself runs on Ubuntu or Linux (something that is not improbable) it’s nonetheless great to see open-source software (especially of the flavor we write about) being used in advancements in robotics and engineering. Around 30 engineers are said to have on the mechanical marvel, the design of which is, in part, inspired by films like Terminator says its (famous) designer Vitaly Bulgarov. R&D spending on the creation has thus far hit $200 million, and news reports say the Method-2 could go on sale by the end of 2017 — with an equally giant price tag of $8.3 million! For more details on the robot, including a glimpse at some truly epic sci-fi-esque photos of the machine in action, see this blog post over on Design Boom. And if you’re lucky enough to get to try one, please don’t run sudo snap install skynet on it! Source
  12. Ubuntu Touch OTA-14 Officially Released with Revamped Unity 8 Interface, Fixes Available now for all supported Ubuntu Phone/Table devices Ubuntu Touch OTA-14 has been in development for the past two and a half months, but it focuses on fixing bugs than adding new features. Probably the most exciting thing implemented in the OTA-14 update is a revamped Unity 8 design that sports a brand-new task manager with support for fuzzy backgrounds and app icons. "This time not so many changes released in overall but with the goal of introducing less regressions. Also, the commit log for this release isn't too verbose due to multiple different cherry-picking we had todo during the release. Possibly the best way to know what changed is looking at the Launchpad milestone," said Lukasz Zemczak. Oxide 1.17 and Opus audio codec support have landed Also new in the Ubuntu Touch OTA-14 update is version 1.17 of the Chromium-based Oxide web engine library, as well as Opus audio codec support, which was implemented in the qt-multimedia package. Among the improvements, we can mention that SMS notifications should now be displayed when the device is locked. Other than that, the device should no longer appear off during an image update, some alarm issues have been fixed, and it looks like vibrations will work again when other vibrations are enabled. There are various other small fixes, and for more details we recommend studying the full changelog on the Launchpad page of the OTA-14 milestone. Meanwhile, you can check your Ubuntu Phone or Tablet device to see if the Ubuntu Touch OTA-14 is available, as it has been released as a phased update, which means that it might take up to 24 hours to land in all regions. If you do not see the update, check again in a few hours, but by tomorrow, December 8, everyone should have it. Ubuntu Touch OTA-14 is currently supported on BQ Aquaris E4.5, BQ Aquaris E5, BQ Aquaris M10, BQ Aquaris M10 HD, Meizu MX4, Meizu PRO 5, Nexus 4, and Nexus 7 devices. Please note that the x86 emulator images don't work on Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) hosts. Check out the release notes for more details! Source
  13. Mozilla Firefox 51.0 Beta 7 To download beta candidates(build 1): https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/51.0b7-candidates/build1/ Android beta candidates(build 1): https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/mobile/candidates/51.0b7-candidates/build1/ Download Page-Beta: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/beta/all/ Windows en-US: x86: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/51.0b7/win32/en-US/Firefox Setup 51.0b7.exe x64: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/51.0b7/win64/en-US/Firefox Setup 51.0b7.exe Windows All languages: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/51.0b7/win32/ https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/51.0b7/win64/ Checksum: SHA512SUMS SHA512SUMS.asc Release Notes[Beta]: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/beta/notes/ Firefox for Android 51.0 Beta 7: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/mobile/releases/51.0b7/
  14. First Version of Sandboxed Tor Browser Available Developers at the Tor Project have started working on a sandboxed version of the Tor Browser, currently available as an early alpha version for Linux systems. Sandboxing is a security mechanism employed to separate running processes. In computer security, sandboxing an application means separating its process from the OS, so vulnerabilities in that app can't be leveraged to extend access to the underlying operating system. This is because the sandboxed application works with its own separate portion of disk and memory that isn't linked with the OS. Lack of sandboxing exposed Tor Browser users Most modern browsers use sandboxed environments to run code their receive from websites. Chrome, Firefox, and Edge all use sandboxes to separate themselves from the OS. Despite being based on Firefox, the Tor Browser did not use this technique, meaning it was far less secure, even if it provided more features to protect user privacy. In recent years, the FBI has developed and deployed Tor exploits in order to identify and catch crooks hiding their identity using Tor. While the FBI's intentions appear to be good, the Tor Project knows that this type of exploits can be used for other actions besides catching pedophiles and drug dealers. An exploit that unmasks Tor users can be very easily used to identify political dissidents or journalists investigating cases of corrupt politicians. As such, protecting the Tor Browser against exploits and vulnerabilities that can expose the identity of its users is crucial. The easiest way to do this is to support a sandboxing feature that isolates the Tor Browser from other OS processes and limits its ability to interact and query low-level operating system APIs that can expose MAC addresses, IP addresses, computer name, and more. Work on sandboxed Tor Browser started in September The Tor Project started working on a sandboxed version of the Tor Browser in September 2016. Over the weekend, Tor developers have released the first version of this new & improved Tor Browser. As you can imagine, this is a very rough version. One of the Tor developers working on the project describes the browser as a "Gtk+3 based UI for downloading/installing/updating Tor Browser, configuring [T]or, and launching the sandboxed browser. Think `tor-browser-launcher`, that happens to run Tor Browser in a bunch of containers." Currently, this version is in an early alpha stage, and only available for Linux. There are also no binaries available, and users must compile it themselves from the source code, which they can grab from here. Source
  15. Windscribe VPN 1.61 Build 9 Stable Internet As It Should Be Windscribe is a desktop application and browser extension that work together to block ads and trackers, restore access to blocked content and help you safeguard your privacy online. Learn More. What's New: https://blog.windscribe.com/windscribe-1-61-changelog-bc07800beb5b#.3mn4dhu3l Changelog: Added ability to select connection port Added LAN proxy support Added speed ratings Added ability to add openvpn params externally Added using custom DNS while disconnected to prevent DNS poisoning Added custom API resolution field to combat advanced DNS poisoning Added “Best Location” to the location list Added connection testing after tunnel initiation Added tooltip for “no p2p” icon Fixed crashing in macOS Sierra Fixed LAN traffic bypass to work with UPnP devices Fixed debug log sender Fixed backup API usage logic Fixed CPU and energy usage Fixed multiple accounts info message Fixed multi-monitor menu placement in macOS Fixed Windows taskbar icon in collapsed mode Enable Base Filtering Engine if its disabled in Windows 7 Changed openvpn config location to a permanent one Changed server list scrollbar to be more visible Changed XPC to sockets in macOS Changed TAP adapter metric on Windows 10 Various stability fixes Downloads: Windscribe for Your Computer: Windscribe for Your Browser: Windscribe for Your Phone: Windscribe for Your Router:
  16. Ubuntu Budgie Minimal Edition Coming Soon for Those Who Love Customizing the OS The ISO image is now in testing and uses 220MB of RAM However, we're aware of the fact that the Ubuntu Budgie team have a lot of work on their hands re-branding the entire project from the old name (budgie-remix) to the new one, and we can all agree it's a huge effort. Also, they're preparing for the distribution's first release as an official Ubuntu flavor, as part of Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus). The first development snapshot of Ubuntu Budgie 17.04 might land later this month, on December 29, when some of the opt-in flavors will participate in the Alpha 1 release. Until then, it looks like the team is working on an ultra minimal version of Ubuntu Budgie, for those who love customizing their installations. Ubuntu Budgie Minimal ISO will use 220MB of RAM or less The good news is that the Ubuntu Budgie Minimal ISO image will use no less than 220MB of RAM, which means that it's perfect for deployments of the Ubuntu-based operating system on computers from 10 years ago, especially considering the fact that the Budgie desktop environment is also very low on resources. However, it is mainly designed for those who want a barebone version of the OS, which they can shape into anything they want from Ubuntu Budgie by adding only the packages they see fit for their needs. More details about Ubuntu Budgie Minimal Edition will be unveiled shortly. A download link for the Ubuntu Budgie Ultra Minimal Edition is coming soon and will be available on the distro's website if you plan on taking it for a test drive. As usual, we'll keep you guys informed with the development cycle of Ubuntu Budgie, as well as the rest of the Ubuntu flavors, for the upcoming Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) release, so stay tuned. Ultra minimal version of #ubuntubudgie now in testing - 220MB or less of RAM - for all of you who love customising their distro! pic.twitter.com/RyuFD8rhjG — Ubuntu Budgie (@UbuntuBudgie) December 10, 2016 Source
  17. Linux Kernel 4.9 Officially Released with Support for AMD Radeon SI/GCN 1.0 GPUs Linux kernel 4.9 is coming soon to a distro near you Linux kernel 4.9 entered development in mid-October, on the 15th, when Linus Torvalds decided to cut the merge window short by a day just to keep people on their toes, but also to prevent them from sending last-minute pull requests that might cause issues like it happened with the release of Linux kernel 4.8, which landed just two weeks before first RC of Linux 4.9 hit the streets. But the wait is now over, and Linux kernel 4.9 is now here as the mainline kernel, the most advanced version available on the market for GNU/Linux distributions, and it's coming soon to a distro near you, such as the rolling Arch Linux, Solus, or even openSUSE Tumbleweed, but also to Fedora, immediately after it hits the stable channel, which should happen when the first point release arrives, namely Linux kernel 4.9.1. "I'm pretty sure this is the biggest release we've ever had, at least in number of commits. If you look at the number of lines changed, we've had bigger releases in the past, but they have tended to be due to specific issues (v4.2 got a lot of lines from the AMD GPU register definition files, for example, and we've had big re-organizations that caused a lot of lines in the past: v3.2 was big due to staging, v3.7 had the automated uapi header file disintegration, etc). In contrast, 4.9 is just big," said Linus Torvalds in today's announcement. The many features of Linux kernel 4.9 As mentioned before, there are many great new features implemented in Linux kernel 4.9, but by far the most exciting one is the experimental support for older AMD Radeon graphics cards from the Southern Islands (SI) / GCN 1.0 family, which was injected to the open-source AMDGPU graphics driver. This means that it needs to be enabled at compile time, and you'll need X.Org Server 1.19.0 and xf86-video-amdgpu 1.2.0 too. There are also various interesting improvements for modern AMD Radeon GPUs, such as virtual display support and better reset support, both of which are implemented in the AMDGPU driver. For Intel GPU users, there's DMA-BUF implicit fencing, and some Intel Atom processors got a P-State performance boost. Intel Skylake improvements are also present in Linux kernel 4.9. Of course, there are also the usual fixes and enhancements for various filesystems and hardware architectures, including Btrfs, XFS, and F2FS, UBIFS support for OverlayFS, FUSE support for POSIX ACLs, OverlayFS SELinux support, better Non-Volatile Dual In-line Memory Module (NVDIMM) support, MD RAID improvements, support for many ARM platforms, including Raspberry Pi Zero, as well as KVM and Xen changes. Memory protection keys support, virtually mapped kernel stacks, Greybus driver subsystem that provides device discovery and description, as well as network routing and housekeeping, and Intel Integrated Sensor Hub Support (ISH) support are also things you should get excited for in Linux kernel 4.9, whose source archive you can download right now from kernel.org. Source The Exciting Features Of The Linux 4.9 Kernel The Best Features Of The Linux 4.9 Kernel Linus Torvalds releases 'biggest ever' Linux 4.9, then saves Christmas For Ubuntu Users, you can get the Official PPA Mainline builds here. How to Install Linux Kernel 4.9 in Ubuntu / Linux Mint
  18. Steam Controller Works Again with Older Udev Rules in Latest Steam Client Beta Upgrade your rules to allow Steam to access /dev/hidraw* The fact of the matter is that there's only once change in today's Steam Client Beta release for the day of December 9, 2016, and it makes the Steam Controller device work again with the older udev rules. To support future functionalities of the Steam Controller, which Valve is known to implement all the time to make it the best gaming controller for Steam users, the company recommends upgrading the rules to allow Steam to access /dev/hidraw*. "The Steam Controller works again with the older udev rules - upgrading your rules to allow Steam access to /dev/hidraw* is recommended for future feature support: http://steamcommunity.com/app/353370/discussions/0/490123197956024380/," reads the announcement. In-Home Streaming now supports NvFBC with the latest Nvidia video driver As mentioned before, this is the fourth Steam Client Beta update released this week, and the other three brought some interesting features as well, such as support for the NvFBC capture method with the latest Nvidia graphics driver to the In-Home Streaming feature in the Steam Client Beta update for December 7. SteamVR received attention as well in the December 7 Steam Client Beta update, improving the navigation when using the Steam dashboard with the Oculus Touch controller, and it looks like the December 8 Steam Client Beta update fixed a hang at startup if a controller is connected. Lastly, the Steam Client Beta update for December 5, 2016, improved the Web control functionality to fix a SSL loading failure, addressed various XAudio2 games that failed to create audio devices when launched, and fixed Camera Popping when attempting to mode shift the Camera input on games that are natively supported. Source
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    AMDGPU-PRO Driver 16.50 AMD Catalyst (formerly ATI Radeon Linux Display Drivers) is a free project that tries to distribute proprietary drivers for all ATI and AMD Radeon graphics cards on Linux-based operating systems. Features at a glance It provides support for TV output on AMD graphics cards that support TV-out functionality. In addition, it allows for the following monitor arrangements: Laptop Mode, Clone Mode, Big Desktop, and Dual Head. While the Laptop mode lets users to toggle between internal or external screen of a laptop, the Clone mode will display the same content on both monitors. Furthermore, the Big Desktop option will stretch a single desktop across two screens, and Dual Head separates instances of X running on each screen. Supports 32-bit and 64-bit distributions The drivers suite provides native graphical installers for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures, and it is known to work well with the major Linux operating systems, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise, openSUSE and Ubuntu. Supported GPUs For years, users of AMD GPUs struggled to make their graphics cards work on Linux-based operating systems. Some graphics cards work well, but many are quite buggy with major open source projects, such as the GNOME desktop environment. Almost all desktop AMD Radeon graphics cards series are supported by this driver, including R9 290/280X/270X/260X/, R7 250/240, and HD 8000/7000/6000/5000. Also, it supports the AMD Radeon HD 7600A/7450A/6600A/6350A all-in-one desktop products, AMD Radeon E6760 and E6460 embedded product family, as well as the AMD Radeon R7, HD 8000D/7000D/6000D/8000G/7000G/6000G APU product family. In addition, AMD Catalyst is compatible with the following AMD mobility product family GPUs: AMD Radeon HD 8000M, 7000M, 6000M and 5000. X.Org 7.4 and above, X.Org Server up to 1.15 and Linux kernel 2.6 or above (up to 3.13) are also supported. AMDGPU-PRO Driver 16.50 Highlights FreeSync Provides support for AMD Radeon™ R7 M465X AMD Radeon™ R7 M370 AMD Radeon™ R7 M350 Install scripts for RedHat Enterprise Linux 7.3, CentOS 7.3, CentOS 6.8, and SLED/SLES 12 SP2 DirectGMA for OpenGL Known Issues RHEL 7.3 does not detect modeset on hotplug of new monitor. Hard-hang is sometimes observed during display hot-plug. Ensight 10 benchmark test intermittently fails to complete. Package Contents AMDGPU-Pro Driver Download Links & How To Install
  20. Mozilla Firefox 50.1.0 RC 2 Windows en-US: x86: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/50.1.0-candidates/build2/win32/en-US/Firefox%20Setup%2050.1.0.exe x64: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/50.1.0-candidates/build2/win64/en-US/Firefox%20Setup%2050.1.0.exe Windows All languages: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/50.1.0-candidates/build2/win32/ https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/50.1.0-candidates/build2/win64/ Other OS: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/50.1.0-candidates/build2/ Checksum: SHA512SUMS SHA512SUMS.asc Firefox for Android 50.1.0 RC: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/mobile/candidates/50.1.0-candidates/
  21. Mozilla Firefox 50.1.0 RC Windows en-US: x86: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/50.1.0-candidates/build1/win32/en-US/Firefox%20Setup%2050.1.0.exe x64: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/50.1.0-candidates/build1/win64/en-US/Firefox%20Setup%2050.1.0.exe Windows All languages: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/50.1.0-candidates/build1/win32/ https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/50.1.0-candidates/build1/win64/ Other OS: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/50.1.0-candidates/build1/ Checksum: SHA512SUMS SHA512SUMS.asc Firefox for Android 50.1.0 RC: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/mobile/candidates/50.1.0-candidates/
  22. Mesa 12.0.4 Promises 15% Performance Boost for Radeon Users on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS It's also coming soon to Ubuntu 16.10 users The Mesa 3D Graphics Library is a unique open-source implementation of the OpenGL graphics API for Linux-based operating systems, and it includes drivers for Intel, Radeon, and Nvidia graphics cards. But it looks like Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) was shipping with a pretty old version of Mesa. "[Ubuntu] 16.04 shipped with 11.2.0 so it’s a slightly bigger update there, while yakkety is already on 12.0.3 but the new version should give radeon users a 15% performance boost in certain games with complex shaders," explained Timo Aaltonen, Hardware Enablement, Field Expert Squad Team Lead at Canonical Ltd. Mesa 12.0.4 is coming soon to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Ubuntu 16.10 Therefore, the good news we'd like to share with you today is that Mesa 12.0.4 3D Graphics Library, which is currently the most advanced release of the Mesa 12.0 series, is coming soon to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) and Ubuntu 16.10, promising a 15% performance boost for AMD Radeon graphics cards. But before it lands in the stable repos of the latest Ubuntu releases, it needs to be thoroughly tested. Therefore, users are invited by Timo Aaltonen to give Mesa 12.0.4 a spin by adding his PPA (Personal Package Archive) using the commands listed below in the Terminal app and report if it works or not with their GPU. Intel Skylake seems to work well with Mesa 12.0.4, according to the developer. sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tjaalton/test sudo apt-get update Source
  23. A Linux Based Modular Gaming Console To Run Windows Games A modular console with high-end PC config that runs Windows games on Linux based OS. What else can you ask for? What’s the Achilles’ heel for Linux users? Let me point that out for you. It’s gaming on Linux. Don’t get me wrong. Gaming on Linux has improved significantly in recent years, thanks to the effort of companies like Steam, Feral Interactive and GOG.com. We even have Linux distributions specifically for gaming. In addition to that. Steam has launched its own gaming console range in the form of Steam Machines. These gaming consoles are basically PC hidden inside the casket of a gaming console. But even with all these, gaming on Linux nowhere close to gaming on Windows. Can this scenario be changed? Meet Project Novatio : A hybrid gaming console and PC Things don’t improve by itself, one has to make the effort. This motto resulted in the birth of Project Novatio. A brainchild of hardcore gamers and Linux lovers who want to bring them together. So what exactly is Project Novatio? It’s an upcoming project, based in Italy, that is working on a modular gaming console. This console will run a custom Linux distribution called NovOS and it will be ‘able to play all Steam games, including the Windows ones’, claims Project engineer Samuele Bagalà. The concept is very similar to Steam machine. So you have got a PC inside the body of a console. You might be aware that most hardcore gamers prefer PC over consoles because PCs have better hardware and can be upgraded easily. That’s not possible with consoles. Keeping this in mind, Project Novatio will provide a modular console. This means that you can easily customize your console by swapping its parts and upgrading it as per your desire and need. This gives Novatio an edge over the other consoles because Novatio has the configuration of a high-end gaming PC which can be easily upgraded in future. Modular console lets you upgrade parts How can it play Windows games on a Linux OS? That’s the biggest claim made by Project Novatio. And I know you would be curious to know exactly how can they run Windows games on Linux? When I enquired about it, Samuele told me that the Windows games execution is made possible thanks to a chip which is settled on the motherboard that converts the Windows software and fit them to Linux. They are trying to get a patent for it. Novatio features To summarize the features promised in Novatio: Modular console High end PC configuration Custom Linux NovOS Can run all Steam games including Windows ones No support for console games (no PS4 or Xbox games support) Can also be used with Android smartphone as controller When and where to get Novatio console? Not so soon, unfortunately. The project is in starting phase and it needs funding. Samuele told me that their plan is to start a crowdfunding campaign soon. Once they get enough money, they might ship some early prototypes to selected users by mid-2017. By end of the year 2017, it will be available for general public. A modular console with high-end PC config that runs Windows games on Linux based OS. If this device actually makes it to the market, it does have the potential to be a game-changer. What do you think? Source
  24. Mozilla Firefox 51.0 Beta 6 To download beta candidates(build 1): https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/51.0b6-candidates/build1/ Android beta candidates(build 1): https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/mobile/candidates/51.0b6-candidates/build1/ Download Page-Beta: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/beta/all/ Windows en-US: x86: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/51.0b6/win32/en-US/Firefox Setup 51.0b6.exe x64: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/51.0b6/win64/en-US/Firefox Setup 51.0b6.exe Windows All languages: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/51.0b6/win32/ https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/51.0b6/win64/ Checksum: SHA512SUMS SHA512SUMS.asc Release Notes[Beta]: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/beta/notes/ Firefox for Android 51.0 Beta 6[Not Yet Available]: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/mobile/releases/51.0b6/
  25. Mozilla Firefox 51.0 Beta 5 To download beta candidates(build 1): https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/51.0b5-candidates/build1/ Android beta candidates(build 1): https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/mobile/candidates/51.0b5-candidates/build1/ Download Page-Beta: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/beta/all/ Windows en-US: x86: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/51.0b5/win32/en-US/Firefox Setup 51.0b5.exe x64: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/51.0b5/win64/en-US/Firefox Setup 51.0b5.exe Windows All languages: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/51.0b5/win32/ https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/51.0b5/win64/ Checksum: SHA512SUMS SHA512SUMS.asc Release Notes[Beta]: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/beta/notes/ Firefox for Android 51.0 Beta 5: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/mobile/releases/51.0b5/