FOSS News # 22 - Review of Free and Open Source News for June 22-28, 2020


We continue to review the news of free and open source software and some hardware. All the most important thing about penguins and not only in Russia and the world. A new supercomputer in the first place in the TOP-500 on ARM and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, two new laptops on GNU / Linux, support for Russian processors in the Linux kernel, discussion of the voting system developed by DIT Moscow, highly controversial material about the death of dual boot and the unity of Windows and Linux and more.

Table of contents

  1. Top news

    1. Ranking of the highest-performing supercomputers topped the cluster based on CPU ARM and with Red Hat Enterprise Linux
    2. Heavy-Duty Linux Ubuntu Laptop Sales Launched
    3. Introduced Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition laptop with Ubuntu 20.04 preinstalled
    4. Linux kernel adds support for Russian Baikal T1 processors
    5. ,
    6. Windows Linux ( )

    1. FOSS

CPU ARM Red Hat Enterprise Linux

OpenNET writes: β€œ The 55th edition of the World 500 Highest-Performance Computers Ranking is now available. The June ranking was topped by a new leader - the Japanese Fugaku cluster, notable for the use of ARM processors. The Fugaku cluster is hosted at the RIKEN Institute of Physical and Chemical Research and provides 415.5 petaflops performance, which is 2.8 more than the leader of the past ranking squeezed out to second place. The cluster includes 158,976 nodes based on SoC Fujitsu A64FX, equipped with 48-core CPU Armv8.2-A SVE (512 bit SIMD) with a clock speed of 2.2GHz. In total, the cluster has more than 7 million processor cores (three times more than the leader of the previous rating), almost 5 PB of RAM and 150 PB of shared storage based on the FS Luster. The operating system is Red Hat Enterprise Linux ”.


Heavy-Duty Linux Ubuntu Laptop Sales Launched

CNews writes: β€œ Linux maker System76 has released the new Oryx Pro laptop, capable of running any modern game at maximum graphics settings. When you purchase it, you can configure almost any of its components and even choose between Linux Ubuntu and its modified version of Pop! _OS. ... In the basic configuration, Oryx Pro costs $ 1,623 (112.5 thousand rubles at the Central Bank rate as of June 26, 2020). Whereas the most expensive version costs $ 4959 (340 thousand rubles) . "

For Oryx Pro, according to the publication, there are 15.6 and 17.3-inch diagonal options. The Intel Core i7-10875H processor is used, it has eight cores with the ability to process 16 simultaneous data streams and operates at a frequency of 2.3 to 5.1 GHz. RAM configuration options are available from 8GB to 64GB. The laptop ships with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 graphics chip and 6GB of native GDDR6 memory by default. It can be swapped out for an RTX 2070 or RTX 2080 Super with 8GB GDDR6.


Introduced Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition laptop with Ubuntu 20.04 preinstalled

OpenNET writes: β€œ Dell has begun preinstalling the Ubuntu 20.04 distribution on the XPS 13 Developer Edition laptop model, which is packaged with an eye for software developers to use in their daily operations. Dell XPS 13 features a 13.4-inch Corning Gorilla Glass 6 1920 Γ— 1200 screen (replaceable with 3840 Γ— 2400 InfinityEdge touchscreen), 10 Gen Intel Core i5-1035G1 processor (4 cores, 6 MB cache, 3.6 GHz) , 8 GB RAM, SSD sizes from 256 GB to 2 TB. Device weight 1.2 kg, battery life up to 18 hours. The Developer Edition has been in development since 2012 and comes with Ubuntu Linux pre-installed, tested to fully support all hardware components of the device. Instead of the previously offered Ubuntu 18.04 release, the model will now be bundled with Ubuntu 20.04. "


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Linux kernel adds support for Russian Baikal T1 processors

OpenNET writes: β€œ Baikal Electronics announced the adoption of the core Linux code to support the Russian Baikal-T1 processor and the BE-T1000 SoC based on it. Changes with the implementation of Baikal-T1 support were transferred to the kernel developers at the end of May and are now included in the experimental release of the Linux kernel 5.8-rc2. Peer review of some of the changes, including the descriptions of the device tree, has not yet been completed and these changes have been postponed for inclusion in the 5.9 kernel . "

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Discussion of the voting system developed by the DIT of Moscow and made publicly available

Two articles were published on HabrΓ©, proposing a voting system for study and discussion, the source code of which has recently been made public and which, most likely, will be used in electronic voting on the Constitution in Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod. The first examines the system itself, and the second contains reflections on improving the procedure, formulated as a result of the discussion of the first.


  1. Discussion of the voting system developed by DIT Moscow
  2. Requirements for the control of electronic voting

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About the death of dual boot and the unity of Windows and Linux (but not for sure)

A very controversial material came out on HabrΓ©. The author decided to abandon Apple products due to his unwillingness to depend on one vendor. I chose Ubuntu, sometimes rebooted into Windows to solve specific problems. After the appearance of WSL, I tried to use Ubuntu not as a separate installation, but within Windows and was satisfied. Calls to follow his example. The choice is of course for everyone, and under the article there are already 480 comments, you can stock up on popcorn.


In a short line

FOSS news organizations

  1. Lots of eBooks, Jenkins containers, Tekton Pipelines and 6 tutorials on Istio Service Mesh. Useful links to live events, videos, meetups and tech talk from RedHat [β†’]

Kernel and distributions

  1. AMD EPYC Rome CPU support has been moved to all current Ubuntu Server releases [β†’]
  2. Fedora nano vi [β†’]

  1. Vulkan- RADV ACO [β†’]

  1. VPN WireGuard OpenBSD [β†’]
  2. Loki [β†’]
  3. ns-3 pdf- [β†’]

  1. Microsoft Defender ATP Linux [β†’]
  2. Bitdefender SafePay, [β†’]
  3. Mozilla DNS-over-HTTPS Firefox [β†’]
  4. UEFI AMD, SMM [β†’]

  1. Bitbucket Mercurial Master Git [β†’]
  2. Perl 7 [β†’]
  3. 10 shell It's FOSS [β†’ (en)]
  4. automotive [β†’]
  5. Visual Studio Code: 7 open source [β†’]
  6. open source Python (17 ) [β†’]
  7. : ITSkino VLC [β†’]
  8. Flutter [β†’]
  9. Kubernetes Kafka Connect [β†’]
  10. Mash [β†’]
  11. LXD OpenNebula [β†’]
  12. JDK Mac OS, Linux Windows WSL2 [β†’]

  1. Jitsi Meet: , - [β†’ (en)]
  2. Ubuntu 20.04 [β†’ (en)]
  3. GNU/Linux [β†’]
  4. ps Linux [β†’]
  5. Linux [β†’]

  1. : Β« 9Β» [β†’]
  2. Calculate Linux 20.6 [β†’]
  3. Live- Grml 2020.06 [β†’]
  4. LKRG 0.8 Linux [β†’]
  5. Linux Mint 20 Β«UlyanaΒ» [β†’]

  1. Flatpak 1.8.0 [β†’]
  2. IPFS 0.6 [β†’]
  3. NVIDIA 440.100 390.138 [β†’]
  4. Raspberry Pi GPU- API Vulkan [β†’]

  1. cppcheck 2.1 [β†’]
  2. CudaText 1.105.5 [β†’]
  3. Perl 5.32.0 [β†’]
  4. Snuffleupagus 0.5.1, PHP- [β†’]

  1. BusyBox 1.32 [β†’]
  2. curl 7.71.0 [β†’]
  3. Reddit-like Lemmy 0.7.0 [β†’]
  4. MariaDB 10.5 [β†’]
  5. - Nebula Graph [β†’]
  6. Python- NumPy 1.19 [β†’]
  7. SciPy 1.5.0, [β†’]
  8. PhotoGIMP 2020, GIMP, Photoshop [β†’]
  9. QVGE 0.5.5 ( ) [β†’]

That's it, until next Sunday!

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