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BSD with HiPI and Wayland, TrueOS adds improvements around OpenRC


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BSD with HiPI and Wayland, TrueOS adds improvements around OpenRC NVM Express 'wire' testing, two new Linux Mint 18.3 variants, HDR10 + open support for Amazon Video, Mir 0.29, and Nvidia GPU Inno3D mining card. TrueOS in the new version of 17.12 brings a revised OpenRC The unix system formerly known as PC-BSD, continues its "mission" for FreeBSD as a friend of ordinary people. The latest release has been focused on code cleaning and stabilization of important features such as OpenRC, system startup speeds, removable device management, SysAdm API integration, Lumina desktop enhancing, New installation images are also available for server versions with a text installer, including support for virtualization systems (bhyve,…). Thanks to the FreeBSD server, you can also a..

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BSD with HiPI and Wayland, TrueOS adds improvements around OpenRC

NVM Express 'wire' testing, two new Linux Mint 18.3 variants, HDR10 + open support for Amazon Video, Mir 0.29, and Nvidia GPU Inno3D mining card.

TrueOS in the new version of 17.12 brings a revised OpenRC

The unix system formerly known as PC-BSD, continues its "mission" for FreeBSD as a friend of ordinary people. The latest release has been focused on code cleaning and stabilization of important features such as OpenRC, system startup speeds, removable device management, SysAdm API integration, Lumina desktop enhancing,

New installation images are also available for server versions with a text installer, including support for virtualization systems (bhyve,…). Thanks to the FreeBSD server, you can also add to the list the OpenRC management and reporting with Sane, a reliable non-interactive update mechanism plus fail-safe boot, TrueOS server graphics management through SysAdm, LibreSSL as a base for SSL, etc. The system is also smaller by removing old versions of GCC (can be installed) and support for new graphics cards and chipsets (including Wi-Fi, ethernet, etc.).

Overall, support for OpenRC services is available for more than 1100 third-party packages. The creators also redesigned OpenRC for FreeBSD itself, making the system even faster. The base of the system (FreeBSD base) is based on version 12.0-CURRENT of December 4, 2017 (Github commit 209d01f), the ports are based on the version of November 30, the desktop Lumina then upgraded from 1.3.0 to 1.4.1, PCDM supports more concurrent graphic sessions. Integrated support for all major file systems (UFS, Ext, FAT, exFAT, NTFS,…).

NVM Express has further tested NVMe Over Fabrics

NVM Express is a highly paralleled and significantly more flexible data transfer interface (especially when compared to the old AHCI hard drives) that we are actually finding in many SSDs. The roofing organization of the past month is preparing support for this protocol over longer distances. Conformity testing has recently been carried out within NVMe Plugfest at the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Laboratory at the turn of October and November.

It was the first such testing of the new part of NVM Express, including the use of RoCE (Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) over Converged Ethernet) and Fiber Channel. The output is 14 new certified products on NVMe Integrators list and one on NVMe-MI Integrators. Eight news appear on the new list of NVMe-oF Integrators (includes RoCE / Ethernet elements, Fiber Channel elements and software). Another NVMe Plugfest will be held in the spring of 2018.

Quick news

  • The latest Linux Mint 18.3 also comes in KDE and Xfce desktop versions with MATE and Cinnamon "home" desktops.
  • A small light distribution based on Debian comes in a new version. MX Linux 17 builds on Debian 9.3 (as Slax), Xfce 4.12.3 ad. It supports both 32bit x86 and multi-RAM machines with a PAE-enabled kernel.
  • Amazon released the first 100 HDR10 + movies for this year's (4k) Samsung TVs. This is an exciting feature thanks to the fact that Samsng's HDR10 + HDR HD format, unlike Dolby Vision, is free of license fees, is also supported by dynamic metadata.
  • By the new contributor to this Wayland composer, Weston has received a non-embedded patch for FreeBSD support, static backend linking, GL renderer, and better scaling on HiPI monitors. It is recommended to try Intel / AMD graphics kernels. So far, however, it is unclear whether the patches will be included in the project, as it would be more code-based, and Weston developers have no experience with BSD development.
  • Mir 0.29 improves support for Wayland. In addition, there were adjustments related to the ability to run Mir on Fedora (26, 27, Rawhide), documentation updates, or screenshot support through shared memory and SHM buffers.
  • Inno3D publishes a special graphics card for cryptographic mining. The P104-100 Crypto-Mining Accelerator boosts performance by 40% over the previous model and supports 4GB of 11GHz GDDR5X memory. The GPU carries 1920 CUDA cores, the TDP card is 180 watts (it is powered by an 8-pin PCIe connector), and it does not have any graphics outputs.
  • Freshly named Nvidia Titan V, with a $ 3,000 price tag, raises many questions. When it came out in the reviews it was not even a fifth faster than the previous, much cheaper generation, it was clear that Volta's GPU generation was not as strong in games as elsewhere. The first server has tested cryptoscopy and, for example, with Ethereum, Titan achieves over 80 MH / s (depending on the overclocking rate).


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