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+ - Linux 3.15 Released

Submitted by diegocg
diegocg (1680514) writes "Linux kernel 3.15 has been released. This release a href="">resumes much faster in systems with hard disks, it adds support for cross-renaming two files atomically, it adds new fallocate(2) modes that allow to remove the range of a file or set it to zero, it adds a new file locking API, the memory management adapts better to working set size changes, FUSE write performance has been improved, it adds support for the LZ4 algorithm in the zram memory compressor, it allows to load 64-bit kernels from 32-bit EFI firmware, it adds support for x86 AVX-512 vector instructions; new drivers; and many other small improvements. Here's the full list of changes."

+ - Germany's renewable plan faces popular resistance to new power links

Submitted by diegocg
diegocg (1680514) writes "Germany has outlined the details of the new 800km/497miles high voltage power link that will transport renewable power from the north to the industrial south. It is part of the Energiewende plan to replace nuclear power and most of other non-renewable energy sources with renewable sources in the next decades. However, the power link is facing a problem: popular resistance from neighbours affected."

+ - Linux 3.13 released 1

Submitted by diegocg
diegocg (1680514) writes "Linux kernel 3.8 has been released. This release includes are nftables, the successor of iptables, a revamp of the block layer designed for high-performance SSDs, a power capping framework to cap power consumption in Intel RAPL devices, improved squashfs performance, AMD Radeon power management enabled by default and automatic AMD Radeon GPU switching, improved NUMA and hugepage performance , TCP Fast Open enabled by default, support for NFC payments, support for the High-availability Seamless Redundancy protocol, new drivers and many other small improvements. Here's the full list of changes"

Comment: Re:Poor Mattthew Garrett (Score 0) 88

by diegocg (#45027103) Attached to: Ex-Red Hat Employee Matthew Garrett Comments On the State of XMir

I don't see where is he "shitting" on Canonical. It's obvious that he has done quite a lot of research before writing it (he has actually read the code), and he is pretty neutral about Canonical, he is just points outs facts. It's a good post.

Which makes me think that it's you who is butthurt, and the one shitting on other people. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if you hadn't read the post before writing your comment.

+ - Firefox takes the performance crown from Chrome

Submitted by diegocg
diegocg (1680514) writes "Recent browser benchmarks are showing surprising results: in "a geometric mean of all four performance-based categories: Wait Times, JavaScript/DOM, HTML5/CSS3, and Hardware Acceleration", Firefox 22 "pulls off an upset, replacing the long-time performance champion Google Chrome 27 as the new speed king" (other browsers benchmarked were IE10, Opera 12, and Opera Next). With these results, and Firefox developers focusing in fixing the UI sluggishness, can this be the start of a Firefox comeback, after years of slow market share decline?."
Open Source

+ - Linux 3.8 released

Submitted by diegocg
diegocg (1680514) writes "Linux kernel 3.8 has been released. This release includes support in Ext4 for embedding very small files in the inode, which greatly improves the performance for these files and saves some disk space. There is also a new Btrfs feature that allows to replace quickly a disk, a new filesystem F2FS optimized for SSDs, support of filesystem mount, UTS, IPC, PID, and network namespaces for unprivileged users, accounting of kernel memory in the memory resource controller, journal checksums in XFS, an improved NUMA policy redesign and, of course, the removal of support for 386 processors. Many small features and new drivers and fixes are also available. Here's the full list of changes."

Comment: Re:IIPA (Score 4, Insightful) 113

by diegocg (#42923849) Attached to: The IIPA Copyright Demands For Canada and Spain

Is no government in the world sovereign, for the people, by the people, of the people it represents?

In theory yes, Spain is sovereign. But so is America. If Spain decides that pirating is OK, i guess that Americans can restrict/boycott Spanish IP commercialization.

In the real world, issues like IP protection need worldwide collaboration. Everybody wants their own IP protected, and in order to get that they need to protect the IP of other nations. It's necessary to find a balance, and if every nation listened only to their own citizens, they would never find one.

Comment: Re:Btrfs finally ready? (Score 3, Interesting) 151

by diegocg (#42251703) Attached to: Linux 3.7 Released

a dist-upgrade took more than 4 hours instead of the expected 1.5 to 2 hours it takes with ext4.

That's not due to poor small file performance in Btrfs, it's due to poor fsync() performance (which package tools like rpm and dpkg use quite a lot). In this new kernel version the Btrfs fsync() implementation is a lot faster.

Open Source

+ - Linux 3.7 Released

Submitted by diegocg
diegocg (1680514) writes "Linux kernel 3.7 has been released. This release adds support for the new ARM 64bit architecture, ARM multiplatform — the ability to boot into different ARM systems using a single kernel; support for cryptographically signed kernel modules; Btrfs support for disabling copy-on-write on a per-file basis using chattr; faster Btrfs fsync(); a new experimental "perf trace" tool modeled after strace; support for the TCP Fast Open feature in the server side; experimental SMBv2 protocol support; stable NFS 4.1 and parallel NFS; a vxlan tunneling protocol that allows to transfer Layer 2 ethernet packets over UDP; and support for the Intel SMAP security feature. Many small features and new drivers and fixes are also available. Here's the full list of changes"

Comment: Re:And this is why (Score 4, Insightful) 946

by diegocg (#41623621) Attached to: Alan Cox to NVIDIA: You Can't Use DMA-BUF

Right, because promoting open source GPL-compatible drivers didn't work for Linux.

Oh, wait, it worked. The Linux hardware support is overall quite good (with many hardware manufacturers working with upstream to contribute drivers). In fact, Nvidia is a minority - Intel has the biggest market share in graphic chips (avobe 50%), AMD/ATI is second. Both have contributed open source drivers which are getting better and better.

+ - Linux 3.6 released

Submitted by diegocg
diegocg (1680514) writes "Linux 3.6 has been released. It includes new features in Btrfs: subvolume quotas, quota groups and snapshot diffs (aka "send/receive"). It also includes support for suspending to disk and memory at the same time, a TCP "Fast Open" mode, a "TCP small queues" feature to fight bufferbloat; support for safe swapping over NFS/NBD, better Ext4 quota support, support for the PCIe D3cold power state; and VFIO, which allows safe access from guest drivers to bare-metal host devices. Here's the full changelog."

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