Vulkan the Metal Slayer | LINUX Unplugged 105

Vulkan the Metal Slayer | LINUX Unplugged 105

We chat with the chief technology officer behind Mycroft, an open source artificial intelligence for everyone. Then discuss Android’s adoption of Vulkan and the major impact it could have on desktop Linux & the nice new Linux exclusive features coming to Firefox.

Plus we revisit file syncing under Linux & discuss the really great options that have cropped up recently.

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Uses natural language to control Internet of Things. Built on Raspberry Pi this whole home A.I. plays media, controls lights & more.

Catch Up:

Kali linux 2.0 Released

We now find ourselves smack in the middle of the most significant release of Kali since 2013. Today is the day that Kali 2.0 is officially released.

Kali Linux is a Debian-based distribution oriented toward penetration testing and related tasks; the 2.0 release is now available. “There’s a new 4.0 kernel, now based on Debian Jessie, improved hardware and wireless driver coverage, support for a variety of Desktop Environments (gnome, kde, xfce, mate, e17, lxde, i3wm), updated desktop environment and tools – and the list goes on. But these bulletpoint items are essentially a side effect of the real changes that have taken place in our development backend. Ready to hear the real news? Take a deep breath, it’s a long list.” At the top of that list is that Kali is now a rolling distribution.

GNOME Announces Search for Executive Director

The GNOME Foundation is looking for qualified candidates for the position of Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation. The Executive Director is critical for the Foundation, the public face of GNOME, the liaison to the GNOME Advisory Board


Syncing Under Linux Revisited

Today, we’re happy to be open sourcing the biggest piece of our Ubuntu One file syncing service.

Syncthing replaces proprietary sync and cloud services with something open, trustworthy and decentralized. Your data is your data alone and
you deserve to choose where it is stored, if it is shared with some third party and how it’s transmitted over the Internet.

The Firefox Accounts server is deployed on our systems using RPM packaging,
and we don’t provide any other packaging or publish official builds yet.


Android Developers Blog

In order to address some of the sources of CPU overhead and provide developers with more explicit control over rendering, we’ve been working to bring a new 3D rendering API, Vulkan(tm), to Android.

Here’s a brain dump of the things that sometimes drive me crazy about OpenGL.

Metal provides the lowest-overhead access to the GPU, enabling you to maximize the graphics and compute potential of your apps on iOS and OS X.

Linux Academy

Firefox — Notes (40.0) — Mozilla

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