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Libinput 0.16 Now Supports Devices Like The Chromebook Pixel

The plans for Libinput 1.0 haven't yielded fruit yet, but libinput 0.16 is out this afternoon as the latest version of this input library used both by Wayland and X11 (and potentially Mir moving forward).
7 Minutes Ago - Wayland - Libinput 0.16 - Add A Comment

Wondering If HP Will Release Linux++ This Month

Back in 2014 HP made waves over announcing work on "The Machine" that will be a much more efficient computer design than the status quo and that there'd be a new Linux++ / Carbon operating system. Last year they said in "June 2015" they expected to have out Linux++ for emulating the new hardware design.
5 Hours Ago - Hardware - HP Linux OS For The Machine - 4 Comments

Intel Compute Stick Performance Surprises Under Ubuntu Linux

Since last week I've been testing the Intel Compute Stick, the quad-core Atom Z3735F Atom powered PC that's a little bigger than the size of an HDMI connector. In this article are some benchmarks of this $150 quad-core + 32GB eMMC + 2GB RAM tiny computer in a variety of benchmarks comparing it to other low-power x86 and ARMv7 hardware.
6 Hours Ago - Computers - 4 Comments

Valve Appears To Be Rolling Out Source 2 Version Of Dota 2

Valve has shipped a DLC to Dota 2 that appears to be the Source 2 Engine version of the game.
8 Hours Ago - Valve - Source 2 Dota 2 - 11 Comments

PyPy 2.6 Released, ~7x Faster Than CPython

Version 2.6 of the PyPy JIT-compiler-based interpreter for Python has been released. With PyPy 2.6 there's some Python compatibility improvements along with Numpy improvements and preliminary support for a new lightweight stats profiler.
9 Hours Ago - Compiler - Python - 7 Comments

BQ Aquaris E5 Ubuntu Phone Being Released Next Week

Beginning next week the BQ Aquaris E5 pre-loaded with Ubuntu Phone will become available in Europe.
9 Hours Ago - Ubuntu - BQ Aquaris E5 Ubuntu - 7 Comments

Fedora 23 May Feature Cinnamon Desktop Spin & "Netizen" Version

Fedora 23 might be featuring some new ISO spins of the Linux distribution, including one with the Cinnamon Desktop and a "Netizen" spin focused on "Internet citizenship and citizen engagement."
08:40 AM EDT - Fedora - Netizen + Cinnamon - 1 Comment

Wine-Staging 1.7.44 Introduces More Bug Fixes

Following in the foot steps of Wine 1.7.44, the newest development version of Wine-Staging is now also available.
08:27 AM EDT - WINE - Wine-Staging 1.7.44 - 1 Comment

The Intel Graphics Changes For The Linux 4.2 Kernel

While for weeks we've already been writing about the forthcoming Linux 4.2 development cycle, including the Intel DRM kernel improvements, Daniel Vetter of Intel OTC has provided a nice overview of what's coming to Linux 4.2 for Intel graphics.
08:16 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - Linux 4.2 i915 - Add A Comment

Microsoft To Release Windows 10 On 29 July

Microsoft announced this morning that Windows 10 will be officially released on 29 July. I'm excited! Only to run benchmarks and see how the performance compares to various Linux distributions...
08:06 AM EDT - Proprietary Software - Windows 10 Release Date - 20 Comments

31 May

Linux 4.1-rc6 Kernel Released

The Linux 4.1 kernel is now one step closer to being released: Linux 4.1-rc6 was just announced.
10:26 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - Linux 4.1 - Add A Comment

Linux 4.0, Systemd & AMD's Tiger Team Were The Major Linux Stories This Month

This month on Phoronix there were 227 original news stories and 13 featured length articles / Linux hardware reviews. Here's a look at what was exciting Phoronix readers the most this month.
09:44 PM EDT - Hardware - May 2015 - Add A Comment

NVIDIA Unveils The GeForce GTX 980 Ti At $650 USD

NVIDIA unveiled the GeForce GTX 980 Ti today in gearing up for Computex Taipei. The GTX 980 Ti is NVIDIA's new flagship gaming GPU, which will set you back $649.99 USD.
07:10 PM EDT - NVIDIA - GeForce GTX 980 Ti - 17 Comments

Intel Broadwell HD Graphics Tests With Mesa 10.7 Git

While Mesa 10.7 just recently entered development, the Git code is often benchmarked on Phoronix, and with not having delivered any Intel Broadwell Linux graphics tests in some time, here's the latest numbers as of this weekend.
03:19 PM EDT - Intel - Mesa 10.7 Broadwell - 2 Comments

Libav Adds H.264 & HEVC Encoders For NVIDIA's NVENC

Following FFmpeg in supporting NVENC for NVIDIA's GPU-based video encoding on Linux systems, the forked Libav project has now written up their own NVENC support for H.264 and H.265/HEVC.
01:28 PM EDT - NVIDIA - Libav NVENC - 18 Comments

Linux 4.2 To Support The EFI System Resource Table

The Linux 4.2 kernel cycle that will soon officially commence will be adding support for the EFI System Resource Table (ESRT) in order to allow the updating of UEFI/BIOS on modern systems from the Linux desktop.
12:42 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - Linux 4.2 EFI - 3 Comments

Linux 4.1 Brings Performance Boosts For Some Intel Low-Power Hardware

For at least some Intel Bay Trail systems, the Linux 4.0 and Linux 4.1 kernels bring measurable performance improvements as shown by this latest round of Phoronix kernel benchmarking.
10:40 AM EDT - Processors - Add A Comment

New Benchmarks Of Eltechs ExaGear For x86 Apps On ARM

In the past we've written about Eltechs' ExaGear Desktop software that claims to be 4.5x faster than QEMU and allows x86 Windows/Linux programs to run on ARM. The company has sent over their latest benchmark results of their latest performance claims.
09:29 AM EDT - Virtualization - Eltechs ExaGear - 8 Comments

Xen Orchestra 4.0 Brings Docker Support, Improved Design

The Xen Orchestra team announced this week their next big release: Xen Orchestra 4.0. Xen Orchestra 4.0 has been in development for over nine months now and is codenamed Double Bass.
08:52 AM EDT - Virtualization - Xen Orchestra 4.0 - Add A Comment

How Warm Does The Intel Compute Stick Get?

The Intel Compute Stick packs a lot into a tiny package: 2GB of DDR3L memory, 32GB eMMC storage, Intel Atom Z3735F quad-core processor with Intel HD Graphics, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n WiFi, USB 2.0, and a microSD card slot... All into a 103 x 37 x 12 mm package, but how warm does it get under full load? Here's some numbers.
08:46 AM EDT - Intel - Compute Stick Temperature - 6 Comments

30 May

GNU Octave 4.0 Released, Includes A GUI & OpenGL

GNU Octave, a high-level programming language for numerical computations and an open-source alternative to MATLAB, is out this weekend with a huge release. Meet GNU Octave 4.0.
05:30 PM EDT - GNU - GNU Octave - 15 Comments

The Latest AMD APU Linux System Being Added To The Farm

Another AMD APU box is being added to the LinuxBenchmarking.com automated Linux performance test farm in the basement makeover server room.
05:18 PM EDT - AMD - AMD Linux Setup - 4 Comments

Radeon OpenGL Benchmarks On Fedora 22

For those that haven't yet upgraded to Fedora 22, here's some benchmarks comparing the open-source Radeon graphics performance of Fedora 21 against the newly-released Fedora 22 Linux distribution update.
11:50 AM EDT - Operating Systems - 5 Comments

Linux Benchmarks Of Intel's Atom Z3735F On The Compute Stick

The Atom Z3735F is what powers Intel's Compute Stick. The Z373F has a Scenario Design Power of just 2.2 Watts while being a quad-core 64-bit processor with a clock speed of 1.33GHz and a burst frequency of 1.83GHz. This low-power Atom SoC also has Intel HD Graphics that work fine under Linux. In this article are some early test data from the Intel Compute Stick with Ubuntu Linux.
10:11 AM EDT - Intel - Atom Z3735F - 17 Comments

Fedora's Security Team Continues Closing Old Vulnerabilities

The Fedora Security Team is in the middle of a quest to close all critical and important CVEs / security vulnerabilities present in Fedora and EPEL packages that originate from 2014 and prior.
09:39 AM EDT - Fedora - Fedora CVEs - Add A Comment

HAMMER2 File-System Now Uses LZ4 Compression By Default

DragonFlyBSD's HAMMER2 file-system has seen a lot of progress made recently. One of the latest additions to this HAMMER successor is enabling LZ4 compression by default.
09:32 AM EDT - BSD - HAMMER2 - 2 Comments

29 May

HiSense Chromebook Benchmarks When Running Ubuntu Linux

Ealier this year the HiSense Chromebook was released at Walmart in the US, a 11.6-inch quad-core ARM notebook priced at just $149 USD and running ChromeOS. But how well does it run Ubuntu Linux?
10:03 PM EDT - Hardware - HiSense Chromebook - 8 Comments

Mandriva Linux Was Allegedly Brought Down By Employee Lawsuits

While the popularity of Mandriva (formerly Mandrake) has been fading in recent years, it turns out the CEO of Mandriva is blaming employee lawsuits and the France legal system on the company's demise.
07:19 PM EDT - Operating Systems - Mandriva Employees - 31 Comments

GNOME 3.17.2 Is Released As The Latest Look Towards GNOME 3.18

The latest development release in the road to GNOME 3.18 is now available.
05:27 PM EDT - GNOME - GNOME 3.18 - Add A Comment

Phoronix Turns 11 Years Old Next Week: How Should We Celebrate?

Phoronix.com is turning eleven years old next week! Help plan some exciting content for the Phoronix birthday. Last year was a 60+ graphics card comparison under Linux with open-source drivers, but how can this year be even better?
01:29 PM EDT - Phoronix - Happy Birthday - 18 Comments

Ubuntu Community Council Reaffirms Its Decision Against Kubuntu's Leader

Earlier this week a huge fiasco began over the Ubuntu Community Council removing Jonathan Riddell from any leadership position relating to Ubuntu for one year. The Kubuntu Community Council came out in support of Jonathan as have many others from the community, but today the Ubuntu Community Council issued a lengthy statement where they re-affirm they will be sticking by their original decision.
12:09 PM EDT - Ubuntu - Statement - 49 Comments

Btrfs RAID 0/1/5/6/10 Five-Disk Benchmarks On Linux 4.1

Earlier this month I posted some Btrfs RAID 0/1 benchmarks on Linux 4.1 as a prelude to some larger Btrfs RAID benchmarks. Today the rest of those results are available with using five disks and testing Btrfs on this newest version of the Linux kernel while testing the RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, and 10 levels.
12:05 PM EDT - Storage - 10 Comments

Future Plans For Changing Fedora's Installer

Over the last couple weeks there has been an "Anaconda Wishlist" thread occurring on Fedora's desktop mailing list. The thread, and the associated Workstation Working Group meeting, are directed at the future of the Fedora Anaconda Installer.
11:24 AM EDT - Fedora - Fedora Anaconda Installer - 10 Comments

Confusion Mounts Over Wayland's Actual License

It turns out, Wayland's code license may have been slightly incorrect all these years and doesn't comply with the FSF / open-source definition.
11:08 AM EDT - Wayland - MIT? - 27 Comments

GNOME's Mutter Now Supports Drag-n-Drop To/From Wayland & X11

This week's GNOME 3.18 development update for the Mutter window manager brought X11 / Wayland clipboard interoperation so that the clipboard contents can be shared across Wayland and X11/X.Org clients. With the latest Git code, there's now drag-and-drop interoperation.
09:51 AM EDT - GNOME - GNOME DnD X11/Wayland - 16 Comments

Wine 1.7.44 Works On More 64-bit ARM Support

Wine 1.7.44 is out this morning to end out the month of May for the Wine development community.
09:44 AM EDT - WINE - Wine 1.7.44 - 5 Comments

28 May

Phoronix Test Suite 5.8 Milestone 5 Brings Near Final "Belev" Experience

The fifth development release of Phoronix Test Suite 5.8 is now available for testing ahead of next week's planned official release of Phoronix Test Suite 5.8-Belev.
09:36 PM EDT - Phoronix - Phoronix Test Suite 5.8 - Add A Comment

For AMD Users, Linux 4.2 Will Bring The New AMDGPU Driver & VCE1 For Radeon

Alex Deucher of AMD has filed his main pull request today for the Radeon DRM driver updates to be integrated in the upcoming Linux 4.2 kernel.
06:09 PM EDT - AMD - Linux 4.2 Radeon DRM Pull - 33 Comments

Atomic Mode-Setting Still Baking For Samsung's Exynos DRM Driver

Developers working on the open-source Exynos DRM driver for supporting the display block found on Samsung's Exynos ARM SoCs are up to their 9th version of patches for providing atomic mode-setting support.
05:55 PM EDT - Hardware - Atomic Mode-Setting - Add A Comment

Ubuntu Phone Update This Month Brings Many Improvements

This month's Ubuntu Phone Update sent over-the-air is bringing a number of new features and improvements for Ubuntu smartphone users over the next few days.
05:39 PM EDT - Ubuntu - Ubuntu Phone May OTA Update - Add A Comment

Fedora's "Fedup" To Be Replaced In Fedora 23

Fedup right now is the command for handling in-place Fedora upgrades from release-to-release and it's been around since Fedora 17. However, with the Fedora 23 release due out in late 2015, that utility will likely be replaced with a new version to handle upgrading to new releases.
03:11 PM EDT - Fedora - Fedora Upgrader - 15 Comments

Android M Should Bring Greater Performance & Efficiency

Google officially unveiled Android M today from their I/O 2015 conference today.
03:00 PM EDT - Google - Google Android M - 10 Comments

AMD Teases Upcoming Radeon "Fiji" GPU Launch

Today AMD posted a new video entitled "It's Coming..." to tease their upcoming graphics processor launch.
01:17 PM EDT - AMD - Radeon Fiji - 33 Comments

Dell Makes An Ubuntu Installation Guide, Suggests Users Try It Out

Dell's latest forray with Ubuntu Linux is recommending users on Twitter try out the open-source operating system.
11:20 AM EDT - Hardware - Dell OS - 6 Comments

Running Linux On The Intel Compute Stick

The Intel Compute Stick has begun shipping, a tiny device that plugs into any HDMI TV or monitor and turns it into a fully-functioning computer. This low-power PC ships with Windows 8.1 or Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, though at the moment the Windows version is first to market with the Ubuntu Compute Stick not widely shipping until June. I have an Intel Compute Stick at Phoronix for testing.
10:21 AM EDT - Intel - Intel Compute Stick Linux - 10 Comments

AMD Launches The A10-7870K "Godavari" APU

To no surprise, this morning AMD officially announced the AMD A10-7870K "Godavari" as the new high-end APU.
09:05 AM EDT - AMD - AMD Godavari - 18 Comments

Linux 4.1 Kernel Benchmarks With An Intel Core i7 IVB System

Yesterday I ran some fresh tests of Intel Ivy Bridge on the latest Mesa Git code to see if the performance has changed much recently for the slightly-older generation of Intel HD Graphics. Today I've done some similar tests in kernel-space with the Linux 4.1 kernel.
08:46 AM EDT - Intel - Linux 4.1 Ivy Bridge - Add A Comment

Genode OS 15.05 Brings New Drivers, Architecture Improvements

The release of the Genode OS 15.05 Operating System Framework is now available and it's quite a sizable release.
08:13 AM EDT - Operating Systems - Genode OS 15.05 - 2 Comments

Debian 8.1 Jessie Is Being Released Next Weekend

Debian 8.1 is planned for release on next Saturday.
08:03 AM EDT - Debian - Debian 8.1 - 1 Comment

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