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Valve Optimizations, D3D9 & GL4 Topped Mesa This Year

Mesa made a heck of a lot of progress this year for advancing the state of open-source Linux graphics drivers.
1 Hour Ago - Mesa - Mesa 2014

Minetest 0.4.11 Released As Open-Source Alternative To Minecraft

Minetest 0.4.11 was released today as the latest version of this popular open-source game alternative to the extremely popular Minecraft game.
3 Hours Ago - Gaming - Minetest - 4 Comments

SPI Hasn't Yet Voted On X.Org As An Associated Project

SPI, Software In The Public Interest, was supposed to vote earlier this month on accepting the X.Org Foundation as an associated project to its umbrella organization. That vote, however, has yet to occur.
6 Hours Ago - X.Org - SPI

The Most Controversial Systemd Stories This Year

Going along with our many year-end lists and Linux recaps for this calendar year, here's a look at the most viewed systemd stories on Phoronix in 2014.
7 Hours Ago - systemd - systemd - 3 Comments

Mode-Setting Driver Now Supports VBlanks With Present

The xf86-video-modesetting driver continues to be improved as now being built into the X.Org Server.
8 Hours Ago - X.Org - xf86-video-modesetting

Marvell Releases New Open-Source 802.11ac WiFi Driver

On Christmas Eve, Marvell announced the release of a new open-source driver for one of its 802.11ac chips in cooperation with Linksys.
8 Hours Ago - Hardware - WRT1900AC - 4 Comments

The Most Popular Ubuntu News Of 2014

With 2014 quickly coming to an end, it's time for our numerous year-end recaps and comparisons. This morning for kicks is a look at the top Ubuntu news stories of 2014.
9 Hours Ago - Phoronix - Ubuntu News

25 December

GNU Binutils 2.25 Released With Port To Andes NDS32

Version 2.25 of Binutils is new this week. Binutils consists of the GNU linker and assembler along with other common binary tools to GNU/Linux environments.
10:36 AM EST - GNU - Binutils 2.25 - 2 Comments

2014 Year-End NVIDIA Linux Benchmark Comparison

Yesterday I finished up my testing and publishing of results concerning the 2014 AMD Catalyst Linux Graphics Benchmarks while today's Christmas Day results are of the similar tests on the NVIDIA side. Our 2014 Christmas benchmarking is running tests on all of the major NVIDIA Linux driver releases of the year.
09:00 AM EST - Display Drivers - 1 Comment

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays 2014

For those celebrating today, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Phoronix.
07:34 AM EST - Phoronix - Happy Holidays - 8 Comments

OpenMW 0.34 Released With Many Changes

Making it out in time for some holiday open-source gaming is OpenMW, the open-source engine re-implementation of Elderscrolls III: Morrowind.
07:19 AM EST - Gaming - OpenMW - 5 Comments

Ruby 2.2 Released With A Better Garbage Collector

Making a Christmas day debut is Ruby 2.2.
07:06 AM EST - Compiler - Ruby 2.2 - 5 Comments

24 December

PlaneShift 0.6.3 Open-Source MMORPG Released

PlaneShift 0.6.3 has been released in time for Christmas for those pure open-source gamers wishing to engage with this community-based, open-source massively multi-player online role-playing game (MMORPG).
05:39 PM EST - Gaming - PlaneShift - 24 Comments

Xonotic 0.8 Is Slowly Creeping Closer To Being Released

There's been talk about Xonotic 1.0 plans going back years, but in reality, Xonotic 0.7 has been the current stable release for the past year and a half while Xonotic 0.8 is slowly coming together as the next version.
11:55 AM EST - Gaming - Xonotic 0.8 - 17 Comments

NVIDIA Sends Out 11 Nouveau Patches For Christmas

A NVIDIA engineer has sent out eleven new patches for the open-source Nouveau graphics driver just in time for Christmas.
09:09 AM EST - Nouveau - Suspend + Resume - 21 Comments

2014 Catalyst Linux Graphics Benchmarks Year-In-Review

With the year quickly coming to an end, it's time to do our year-end driver recap benchmarks from the year for the proprietary AMD and NVIDIA graphics drivers as well as the open-source drivers. To get things started, here's benchmarks done of the official AMD Catalyst Linux releases of 2014 and testing these drivers on three different graphics cards.
08:50 AM EST - Display Drivers - 15 Comments

23 December

BusyBox 1.23.0 Unstable Release Arrives

A few days shy of the previous BusyBox unstable release, the newest unstable version of the widely-used BusyBox is now available.
08:56 PM EST - Free Software - BusyBox

Kodi 14.0 Released For The Holidays - Formerly Known As XBMC

Kodi, the rename of XBMC, is out with its first release under the new branding. Besides changing names, Kodi 14.0 brings a number of improvements to this popular open-source multimedia center software.
05:39 PM EST - Multimedia - Kodi 14.0 - 14 Comments

Devuan Is Still Moving Along As A Debian Fork Without Systemd

The Devuan fork of Debian is progressing as Debian GNU/Linux without systemd present on the system.
05:28 PM EST - Debian - No systemd - 21 Comments

UEFI Secure Boot Tools Updated For v2.4

James Bottomley has updated the open-source UEFI Secure Boot Tools for Linux distributions to build against the UEFI 2.4 specification.
10:58 AM EST - Hardware - UEFI Secure Boot Tools

Phoronix Test Suite 5.4.1 Released

Earlier this month Phoronix Test Suite 5.4 was released. Out today in time for some holiday benchmarking is the first point release to Phoronix Test Suite 5.4 "Lipki" for open-source, automated benchmarking on Linux / OS X / Solaris / BSD / Windows.
10:24 AM EST - Phoronix - PTS 5.4.1-Lipki

Mageia 5 Has Been Delayed

Mageia 5 has already experienced delays in getting out the earlier development releases while another development delay was just confirmed and will push back the final release of this Mandriva-derived distribution.
09:02 AM EST - Operating Systems - Mageia 5 - 9 Comments

GPU-Based Acceleration For PostgreSQL

A developer has modified the PostgreSQL database software so that it can exploit GPGPU computing for faster performance.
08:46 AM EST - Free Software - GPGPU - 16 Comments

F2FS Might Get Enabled In Fedora

On Sunday I wrote about how I found it surprising that Fedora didn't enable F2FS support within its Linux kernel while it packaged the user-space F2FS tools and contains plenty of other experimental/early-adoption features. The discussion resulting from this article about F2FS for Fedora has been both good and bad.
06:22 AM EST - Free Software - Flash Friend File-System - 10 Comments

Librem Linux Laptop Drops NVIDIA Graphics But Still Coming Up Short Of Goal

Last month I wrote about the Librem 15 as an open-source Linux laptop to the firmware, albeit it showed a number of shortcomings. Since then there's been a number of updates and other news sites are reporting on this "open-source friendly laptop", while here's my latest thoughts on this high-end Linux laptop.
04:06 AM EST - Hardware - Librem 15 - 16 Comments

22 December

Live Patching Support Planned For Linux 3.20/4.0 Kernel

It looks like for the Linux 3.20 kernel is when the new kernel live patching technology will be integrated to mainline.
08:57 PM EST - Linux Kernel - Linux 3.20 - 6 Comments

Features Of The Linux 3.19 Kernel: Graphics & Disks Rule

The merge window is closed and 3.19-rc1 was released on Saturday, marking the end of new mainline Linux kernel features for 2014. Here's a rundown of the exciting new features of the Linux 3.19 kernel for what will become the first major kernel release of 2015.
03:32 PM EST - Linux Kernel - Linux 3.19 - 8 Comments

Orange Pi Is The Latest Raspberry Pi Inspired ARM Board

The latest low-cost, Linux-friendly ARM single board computer is the Orange Pi that's trying to ride off the success of the Raspberry Pi.
12:59 PM EST - Hardware - Orange Pi - 20 Comments

An Open-Source Hardware Ambient Light Sensor Is Brought Up

Richard Hughes is looking to develop an open-source USB ambient light sensor as an OpenHardware initiative.
12:43 PM EST - Hardware - Ambient Light Sensor - 5 Comments

Heterogeneous Memory Management Is Coming Along For The Linux Kernel

Jerome Glisse remains hard at work on readying his Heterogeneous Memory Management (HMM) patch-set for eventual integration into the mainline Linux kernel. This HMM memory management will benefit HSA/OpenCL workloads on Linux.
12:14 PM EST - Linux Kernel - OpenCL - 10 Comments

ASRock X99 Extreme3 Is An Affordable Choice For Linux Users

For those in the market for an LGA-2011v3 motherboard this holiday shopping season, a very reasonable and affordable choice is the ASRock X99 Extreme3. For just over $200 USD you can get this DDR4-3000+ motherboard that supports Thunderbolt, ten Serial ATA 3.0 ports, 18-core Xeon processors, three PCI Express x16 slots, and numerous other connections for offering a feature-packaged motherboard at a modest price compared to other LGA-2011v3 motherboards.
10:44 AM EST - Motherboards - 8 Comments

NTP Is The Latest Project Struck By Security Issues

The latest open-source project being exposed to a number of security vulnerabilities is NTP, the Network Time Protocol.
09:50 AM EST - Free Software - NTP - 12 Comments

LDC 0.15.1 Released For A D Compiler In LLVM

Version 0.15.1 of LDC was released this past week, a D compiler written to use the LLVM compiler infrastructure.
07:42 AM EST - Compiler - LDC

21 December

Fedora Doesn't Yet Enable F2FS File-System Support

While F2FS is a promising open-source file-system looking to live up to its name as being the Flash-Friendly File-System, one major distribution not yet willing to enable it within its kernel is (surprisingly) Fedora.
09:07 PM EST - Fedora - F2FS - 34 Comments

XZ 5.2 Adds New Multi-Threaded Options

Version 5.2.0 of the XZ utilities were released on Sunday.
08:35 PM EST - Free Software - XZ 5.2.0 - 12 Comments

Intel 2.99.917 X.Org Driver Released, 3.0 Release Finally Near

The Intel X.Org driver (xf86-video-intel 3.0) driver has been in pre-release form since September 2013 and now after having gone through many development revisions, xf86-video-intel 3.0 might be on final approach.
12:11 PM EST - Intel - xf86-video-intel 3.0 - 4 Comments

17-Way Linux Graphics Card Comparison With Civilization Beyond Earth

On Thursday, Sid Meier's Civilization Beyond Earth was finally released for Linux. With being able to properly automate the benchmarking of CivBE on Linux, here's our first performance results out for this high-profile, turn-based strategy game for Steam on Linux. Seventeen AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards were benchmarked for this article and the results are quite interesting.
09:30 AM EST - Linux Gaming - 32 Comments

Server-Side XCB Is Being Discussed For The X.Org Server

Given the recent X.Org Server security vulnerabilities that were aplenty and many dated back 10 to 20 years or more, Jeremy Sharp is trying to get developers into finally materializing server-side XCB.
07:49 AM EST - X.Org - Server-Side XCB - 1 Comment

Adreno A4xx Rendering With Freedreno Takes Shape

The Freedreno Gallium3D driver's support for the Adreno A4xx hardware is taking shape and beginning to work for GL rendering on this latest-generation Qualcomm graphics hardware.
07:24 AM EST - Mesa - Freedreno 4XX - 4 Comments

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