Librem 15 is FAN-tastic! | LUP 132

Librem 15 is FAN-tastic! | LUP 132

We discuss the official release of Vulkan, look at who has shipping code & why this is much bigger than you might realize.

Plus Chris share’s his first hands on impressions of Purism’s Librem 15 laptop, some big Ubuntu Mobile noise, the Linux security bug you need to patch for right away & more!

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Ubuntu Phone To Gain Biometric Security Features

Ubuntu Phones running secure biometric identity tools will be demoed at next week’s Mobile World Congress.

Canonical has partnered with ConsenSYS and BlockApps to provide “web wallet and biometric identity tools on Ubuntu devices” using Ethereum, the decentralized public blockchain protocol.

Maru is open source! – Maru Blog

_I’ve gotta say, the open source community never ceases to amaze me. I’ve had emails from people asking if they can help test Maru on other devices ___on a Sunday___. How many normal people do you know that willingly want to give up their Sundays to help test software?


Google Online Security Blog: CVE-2015-7547: glibc getaddrinfo stack-based buffer overflow
FFmpeg 3.0 Released, Supports VP9 VA-API Acceleration

There are many changes to FFmpeg 3.0 and among them are:

  • Extensive native AAC encoder improvements
  • VA-API VP9 hardware acceleration.
  • Zero-copy Intel QSV transcoding.
  • Cineform HD decoder


Vulkan 1.0 Released: What You Need To Know About This Cross-Platform, High-Performance Graphics API

Open-source Vulkan drivers for Intel hardware

The Intel Open Source Technology 3D Graphics Team is excited to announce the availability of our Vulkan driver for fifth and sixth generation Intel(r) Core(tm) processors (Broadwell and Skylake). The driver passes the Vulkan 1.0 Conformance Test Suite on these platforms and have experimental support for older platforms.

AMD state they will support Vulkan on Linux in an upcoming amdgpu driver, not ready yet

AMD has been participating in Vulkan’s development since its inception and providing builds of our Vulkan-enabled driver to game developers for many months. As we transition into the public phase, our initial driver release enables Vulkan support for select Radeon(tm) GPUs on Windows(r) 7, Windows(r) 8.1, and Windows(r) 10. An upcoming release of the amdgpu Linux driver will also feature Vulkan support.

Today is an exciting day for PC gaming enthusiasts: the Khronos Group has announced immediate public release of the open standard Vulkan(tm) 1.0 graphics API! To mark the occasion, we’ve posted a Radeon Software beta for Vulkan. This graphics driver is primarily intended to enable a wider audience of game developers to work with Vulkan on Radeon(tm) graphics.

Vulkan Driver Support | NVIDIA Developer

Windows driver version 356.39 and Linux driver version 355.00.26 provide beta support for Vulkan.

Vulkan demo running on ARM Mali GPU

Demo to show ARM’s implementation of Vulkan, the new graphics API from Khronos, running on a Mali GPU. You can read how we did it here

Here Are Your Vulkan Download Links

Vulkan Choice Graphic

Qt Company Joins Khronos, Working On Vulkan Support In Qt

The Qt Company confirmed in this blog post that they are working on implementing already Qt support for Vulkan.

Ok, first, in GPU-bound scenarios (ultra settings, resolution higher than full HD), you’ll see lower performance, 20 to 30% lower. This is work in progress, and we (both Croteam and IHVs) are analyzing and optimizing the performance. We’ll get to the bottom of this!

Vulkan Webinar – Khronos Group Events, Seminars and Presentations

Date: Feb 18, 2016, 9:00am (PT)
Location: Online Webinar

What’s Vulkan all about? Learn more about this upcoming new graphics and compute API directly from Khronos, the people who have been creating it. In this 1-hour session, we will talk about the API, and also go into details about the Vulkan SDK from LunarG, and much more. We’ll of course end with a Q&A session, and a recording of the session will be available here.

Linux Academy

Librem 15 – IS HERE!

Librem Laptop – Earliest Bird

Librem 15: A Laptop That Respects Your Rights
  • Memory: 8GB +$100
  • Storage: 500GB SSD +$275
  • Drive Bay: CD/DVD ROM
  • Screen: Full HD (1920×1080)
  • Keyboard: English (US)
  • AC Adapter Power Plug: US

Qty 1 $1,824.00 ea.

  • Shipped 286 days late! Originally expected to ship on April 2015
No Ethernet in Librem 15?

Purism Librem 15 rev1 vs rev2

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