The Evolution of Solus | LAS 392

The Evolution of Solus | LAS 392

We review Solus OS, a new distribution from scratch with it’s own GTK-based desktop called Budgie. Budgie is the flagship desktop of the Solus Operating System & we give you our first impressions.

Plus projects like Jolla & Canonical’s convergence have been doomed from the start, the big changes coming to GTK, the Plasma desktop gets another great release, highlights from the 2015 kernel summit & more!

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D-Link’s Komfy Switch with Camera, Runs Linux

D-Link’s Linux-powered, WiFi-enabled “Komfy Switch with Camera” also includes a cloud service, sensors for temperature, humidity, and CO2, and IFTT support.

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Pitivi 0.95

Hey everyone! It’s time for a new Pitivi release, 0.95. This one packs a lot of bugfixes and architectural work to further stabilize the GES backend. In this blog post, I’ll give you an overview of the new and interesting stuff this release brings, coming out from a year of hard work.

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Nmap 7 Release Notes

The Nmap Project is pleased to announce the immediate, free availability of the Nmap Security Scanner version 7.00 from https://nmap.org/. It is the product of three and a half years of work, nearly 3200 code commits, and more than a dozen point releases since the big Nmap 6 release in May 2012. Nmap turned 18 years old in September this year and celebrates its birthday


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Jolla files for debt restructuring

Jolla Ltd, the mobile company from Finland today announced that its latest financing round which aimed to end in November, has been postponed and the company needs to adjust its operations accordingly. At the same time the company has filed for a debt restructuring program in Finland, to ensure the continuity of its business. Jolla will also temporarily lay off a big part of its personnel.

Months after the smartphone company Jolla announced its split and intent to focus on Sailfish OS licensing, its financial situation has not improved. Jolla’s latest financing round has been delayed and so they have had to file for debt restructuring in Finland. As part of that, the company is temporarily laying off a big part of its personnel (Google translation of Finnish original). Jolla co-founder Antti Saarnio said, “Our operating system Sailfish OS is in great shape currently and it is commercially ready. Unfortunately the development until this point has required quite a lot of time and money (PDF). To get out of this death valley we need to move from a development phase into a growth phase. At the same time we need to adapt our cost levels to the new situation. One of the main actions is to tailor the operating system to fit the needs of different clients. We have several major and smaller potential clients who are interested in using Sailfish OS in their projects.”

A GTK+ update

You may have noticed that GTK+ master has a large number of changes in the CSS area. As some like to put it:

Oh NO! they’re breaking themes again!

KDE Ships Plasma 5.5 Beta Release

In response to feedback, we’ve rewritten support for legacy applications not using the StatusNotifier standard for system tray icons.

The 2015 Kernel Summit Highlights

Power-management knobs

Rafael Wysocki started off his 2015 Kernel Summit session by noting that
every generation of hardware promises to be more power-efficient than its
predecessor. But that efficiency is not always experienced by users. In
an ideal world, systems should run in the most power-efficient mode
whenever possible and only employ the less-efficient modes when performance
requirements demand it. Real-world systems, though, tend not to run as
efficiently as they can. Rafael came with a proposal that, he thought,
might improve the situation, but it’s not clear that the idea will be
implemented.

Benchmarking and performance trends

Mel took over to say that, from his point of view (watching
over performance for SUSE), there have not been that many scheduler
problems. His biggest complaint, instead, was with the Intel “pstate”
driver, which handles CPU frequency and voltage management on Intel
processors. This driver, he said, is making poor decisions. CPUs never
seem to go above the minimum frequency on lightly-loaded machines, with
results that look like a 10-20% scheduler performance regression,
but are really due to pstate. This is, he said, a serious issue; we are at
a point where we are extremely efficient at doing nothing, but not so good
at actually doing work. As a result, a lot of users are disabling pstate
altogether.

QEMU 2.5-RC0 Released, Supports VirtIO-GPU 3D Mode

QEMU-side of the work for supporting 3D with VirtIO-GPU. With the Linux 4.4 kernel there is now the new DRM driver for supporting VirtIO GPU DRM with 3D support.

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