Kernel prepatch 4.11-rc1

By corbet The first 4.11 kernel prepatch is out, and
the merge window is closed for this development cycle. “This looks
like a fairly regular release. It’s on the smallish side, but mainly just
compared to 4.9 and 4.10 – so it’s not really _unusually_ small (in recent
kernels, 4.1, 4.3, 4.5, 4.7 and now 4.11 all had about the same number of
commits in the merge window).
” There were 10,960 non-merge commits
pulled in the end, so it’s definitely not unusually small.

From: LWN

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Litebook Launches Cheap, Chromebook-Like Linux Laptop Powered by elementary OS

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Litebook, a small hardware manufacturer that we never heard of until now, has recently released a new Linux-powered laptop that’s cheap, slim, fast, elegant, light, and designed to rival Chromebooks.

The Alpha Litebook is a 14.1-inch Full HD (1920×1080) laptop that runs the Ubuntu-based elementary OS distribution and ships with some of the most popular open source applications, including Google Chrome, Steam for Linux, Spotify, Skype, PlayOnLinux, WPS Office office suite, and much more.

It’s here to answer the prayers of many Linux users from all over the globe, people who no longer want to use the Microsoft Windows operating system because of viruses and other malware, nor have the money to buy an expensive MacBook from Apple. Of course, you can never go wrong with a Chromebook, but Litebook is something else.

“Unsatisfied with other laptops made by big brand manufacturers we decided to revitalize the market by introducing the Litebook,” reads the read more)

From: Softpedia

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Collabora’s Focus on Advancing the Performance of Open Source Graphics in Linux

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Collabora’s Mark Filion is informing Softpedia about some of the latest developments the company has been working on to improve graphics support in the open source Mesa 3D Graphics Library, as well as the Wayland and Weston technologies.

As you might know, Collabora’s developers are always involved in the development of Mesa and the Linux kernel, and they managed to add numerous enhancements to the recently released Mesa 17.0 3D Graphics Library and Linux kernel 4.10, which are now landing in many popular GNU/Linux distributions.

Mesa 17.0 is a major achievement, not only that it brings the open-source Intel graphics driver on par with its Windows equivalent now that’s fully conformant with the Vulkan 1.0, OpenGL 4.5, and OpenGL ES 3.2 APIs, but also because it ships with the Etnaviv driver that provides support for various Vivante GPUs in NXP/Freescale i.MX SoCs.

“The Etnaviv driver brings with it a ‘renderonly’ framework for Mesa, explicitly providing support fo… (read more)

From: Softpedia

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