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1 April

Kodi 15 Alpha 2 Released

With Kodi 14.2 now having been released, Kodi 15 Alpha 2 is now available for those wishing to live on the bleeding-edge Kodi/XBMC multimedia experience.
8 Hours Ago - Multimedia - Kodi 15 - 1 Comment

VirtualBox 5.0 Now In Beta, Adds PV To Windows/Linux Guests

Oracle engineers have done an April Fool's Day release of the first development version of VirtualBox 5.0.
02:31 PM EDT - Virtualization - VirtualBox 5.0 Beta - 12 Comments

Go Language Improvements Coming For Ubuntu 15.04

This month's release of Ubuntu 15.04 will feature some Go language support improvements that are coming about at the last minute in the Ubuntu Vivid archive.
12:12 PM EDT - Compiler - Ubuntu Go

The Big SuperTuxKart Update Is Almost Ready

Towards the end of last year a development version of a big new version of SuperTuxKart was released that brought a new OpenGL 3.1+ graphics engine and other improvements. The new SuperTuxKart game looks great (especially for being an open-source game) and is now closer to being officially released with now having an RC version out.
11:37 AM EDT - Gaming - SuperTuxKart 0.9 RC - 2 Comments

Blender 2.74 Brings Many Improvements

Blender 2.74 was released yesterday as the newest version of this leading open-source 3D/modeling software.
10:20 AM EDT - Free Software - Blender 2.74 - 2 Comments

Qt Creator 3.4 Is Near

The first release candidate to Qt Creator 3.4 is now available.
10:16 AM EDT - Qt - Qt Creator 3.4

Allwinner: "We Are Taking Initiative Actions Internally"

Allwinner has been taking a lot of heat lately for violating open-source licenses with their Linux binary blob components. They then got caught obfuscating their code to try to hide their usage of open-source code, shifted around their licenses, and has continued jerking around the open-source community.
10:10 AM EDT - Hardware - Allwinner Open-Source Violations - 20 Comments

It's Been Five Years Since The Phoronix Visit To Chernobyl

It's been five years since the Phoronix visit to Chernobyl, the nuclear disaster site in Ukraine.
09:16 AM EDT - Phoronix - Chernobyl Tour - 5 Comments

Vulkan, The New Linux Server Room & BioShock Won Linux Users In March

March was a terrific month for Phoronix readers with the Khronos Group unveiling SPIR-V and Vulkan, BioShock Infinite was finally released for Linux gamers, and there were numerous other highlights.
08:36 AM EDT - Phoronix - March Highlights - 8 Comments

31 March

Debian 8.0 Jessie Gets A Release Date

There's a concentrated plan now to try to release Debian 8.0 "Jessie" by the end of April.
03:22 PM EDT - Debian - Debian Jessie - 18 Comments

Radeon Linux Benchmarks: Catalyst 15.3 Beta vs. Linux 4.0 + Mesa 10.6-devel

Before ending out March, here's some new OpenGL Linux benchmarks comparing the closed-source Catalyst 15.3 Beta driver against the Linux 4.0 development kernel with Mesa 10.6 Git for the freshest open-source graphics driver code.
02:00 PM EDT - Display Drivers - 48 Comments

Firefox 37 Coming Today With Heartbeat, HTTPS Bing

Mozilla is today releasing Firefox 37.0 and with this open-source web-browser update comes many changes.
12:14 PM EDT - Mozilla - Firefox 37.0 - 37 Comments

OpenIndiana 2015.03 Updates Its Solaris/Illumos Environment

The OpenIndiana crew responsible for this community-based OpenSolaris-derived operating system using the Illumos kernel is out with their first update in quite some time.
11:43 AM EDT - Operating Systems - OpenIndiana 2015.03 - 5 Comments

GNOME 3.16 SDK Runtime Now Available

Following last week's release of GNOME 3.16, the initial builds of the GNOME SDK Runtime are now available for those wishing to experiment with their new fully-sandboxed Linux app tech and other new app runtime abilities.
11:18 AM EDT - GNOME - GNOME SDK Runtime

Initial Intel Braxton Support Might Come To Linux 4.1

Daniel Vetter of Intel today sent in more code for DRM-Next that in turn will be merged for the Linux 4.1 kernel. It was also signaled that the initial hardware enablement of the graphics processor on Intel's upcoming "Braxton" SoC might happen for this next version of the Linux kernel.
11:10 AM EDT - Intel - Intel Braxton - 1 Comment

Why KDE's KWin Doesn't Integrate Weston/QtCompositor For Wayland Support

KDE developers have been porting their Plasma 5 + KDE Frameworks 5 stack over to Wayland, but at this point it's not nearly as mature as the GNOME Wayland support. As such, KDE developers have to fend off questions from time-to-time why they don't "just integrate QtCompositor" or the Weston library for speeding up their efforts.
10:22 AM EDT - KDE - KDE Wayland - 27 Comments

Clang Now Supports Targeting The NaCl OS

Added to the latest LLVM Clang compiler code is driver support for Google's Native Client SDK.
09:25 AM EDT - Compiler - NaCL SDK - 4 Comments

PC-BSD Updates Its Lumina Desktop (v0.8.3)

The PC-BSD developers responsible for their new Lumina desktop environment have released a new version of their custom interface.
08:50 AM EDT - BSD - Lumina Desktop

30 March

Fedora 22 Alpha Now Available For AArch64 & PowerPC64

The alpha release of Fedora 22 was released a few weeks ago for the primary CPU architectures while finally coming out today is the F22 Alpha for 64-bit ARM and PowerPC architectures.
07:29 PM EDT - Fedora - Fedora 22 Alpha - 7 Comments

Systemd Developers Did NOT Fork The Linux Kernel

Various Phoronix readers have written in this weekend and commented in the forums and elsewhere that systemd developers forked the Linux kernel. This is not the case.
03:15 PM EDT - Free Software - systemd-linux - 29 Comments

Trying Out The Modern Linux Desktops With 4 Monitors + AMD/NVIDIA Graphics

As some recent non-performance testing of the AMD and NVIDIA graphics drivers on Linux, I checked in to see how well the various Linux desktop environments were working these days in multi-monitor setups. With the latest AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards and drivers, I tried out Unity, GNOME Shell, Xfce, and (attempted) KDE Plasma 5 on Ubuntu 15.04 to check out the latest experience.
11:10 AM EDT - Monitors - 26 Comments

PulseAudio 7.0 To Enable LFE Remixing By Default

Queued up in Git for the next version of PulseAudio, v7.0, is the enabling of LFE remixing by default after some upstream work was done by Canonical developers working on Ubuntu.
10:12 AM EDT - Multimedia - PulseAudio LFE Filter - 19 Comments

Features & Changes Coming For Mir 0.13

Canonical developers have been hard at work on the next version of their Mir Display Server for Ubuntu Touch 15.04.
09:49 AM EDT - Ubuntu - Mir 0.13 - 1 Comment

BlackArch Linux Updated, Now Ships With 1200+ Tools

BlackArch v2015.03.29 has been released for those interested in this flavor of Arch Linux.
09:11 AM EDT - Operating Systems - BlackArch March 2015

How Far Valve Has Come: Three Years Ago They Needed OpenGL Linux Help

While these days there's more than 1,000 Linux games on Steam, just three years ago in their early Source Engine porting process they were barely able to get good frame-rates.
08:41 AM EDT - Valve - Gaben's Message - 25 Comments

Audacity 2.1 Improves Noise Reduction, Adds Real-Time Effects Preview

Version 2.1 of the Audacity open-source audio editor/recorder has been released.
08:12 AM EDT - Multimedia - Audacity 2.1

29 March

Linux 4.0-rc6 Kernel Released

Linus Torvalds has done his usual Sunday development release to the Linux kernel.
06:50 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - Linux 4.0-rc6 - 7 Comments

Automatically Managing The Linux Benchmarks Firing Constantly

In continuation of this morning's article about Turning A Basement Into A Big Linux Server Room that detailed my month-long process of building out the new Linux automated benchmark server room, here's details on the software deployment side.
06:41 PM EDT - Hardware - Phoromatic - 2 Comments

The Big Features Of The Linux 4.0 Kernel

Linux 4.0 should be officially released within the next few weeks. In anticipation of its April debut, here's a look at some of the big features for this next version of the Linux kernel.
02:02 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - Linux 4.0 - 11 Comments

Turning A Basement Into A Big Linux Server Room

This week I posted about my new server room, where there's Linux benchmarks constantly happening on the Linux kernel and other open-source code via the Phoronix Test Suite and Phoromatic. With many Phoronix readers having been interested in the basement makeover I did to turn a ugly, boring basement into a clean server room, here's more details and pictures on the month-long renovation along with various tips and product recommendations from the experience. This server room is now almost up to 50 systems and is complete with a drink bar and projector. There's plenty of pictures and details for those hoping to build their own personal basement server room, including a few tips for increasing the wife acceptance factor of the big project.
11:30 AM EDT - Computers - 35 Comments

Mesa's Android Support Is Currently In Bad Shape

While Mesa is talked about as being able to be built for Google's Android operating system to run these open-source graphics drivers on Android devices with OpenGL ES support, in reality there's a lot left to be desired.
08:25 AM EDT - Mesa - Android Mesa - 20 Comments

Wayland's Weston Terminal Can Now Be Minimized

There hasn't been too much to report on lately with regard to Wayland/Weston 1.8 development, but with this next release, the reference Weston compositor's terminal will now have a minimize menu item.
08:17 AM EDT - Wayland - Weston Terminal - 5 Comments

Phoronix - Working Towards Faster Page Loads

As a PSA, this weekend I began playing around with a CDN and distributed DNS for speeding up the page load times on Phoronix.
08:09 AM EDT - Phoronix - CloudFlare - 37 Comments

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