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Rosewill RS-MI-01: An Ultra Low-Cost Mini-ITX Chassis

After spending $30~60 on an APU, and as low as $30 on a motherboard, you are probably looking for an ultra low-cost computer case / PSU to go with a new budget AMD AM1 build, right? If so, the Rosewill RS-MI-01 is a very cheap mini-ITX enclosure that also includes a 250 Watt power supply, but its $45 price tag may raise concerns over quality.
42 Minutes Ago - Enclosures - 2 Comments

What Else Would You Like To See On Phoronix This Spring?

This month so far on Phoronix there have been an exciting number of Phoronix articles from our prolific tests on AMD's AM1 Platform to a number of GCC 4.9 compiler benchmarks and everything in between, but is there anything else you would like to see this month on Phoronix?
3 Hours Ago - Phoronix - Call For Feedback - 6 Comments

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.0 Is Looking Fantastic

Since yesterday's public availability of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.0 release candidate I have been busy at Phoronix testing out this upcoming release of RHEL codenamed Maipo.
4 Hours Ago - Red Hat - RHEL7 - 3 Comments

22 April

Intel Is Launching An Interesting Bay Trail NUC Next Week

Intel next week is expected to begin shipping a new NUC Kit that is fan-less and suited for "value-conscious businesses and organizations." This new NUC Kit has just a single-core "Bay Trail" processor that runs at 5 Watts but overall it looks like it could have some interesting applications if the price is right.
7 Hours Ago - Intel - NUC Kit - 6 Comments

Another X.Org EVoC Proposed For OpenGL 4+ Tests

A student out of Africa is hoping to develop OpenGL 4.0+ test cases for Mesa's Piglit for the X.Org Foundation as part of an Endless Vacation of Code project.
8 Hours Ago - X.Org - EVoC

The Best Features Coming With Qt 5.3

Qt 5.3 will be officially released in a few days time if all goes well and with this update to the Qt5 tool-kit comes some major new features.
9 Hours Ago - Qt - Qt 5.3 - 9 Comments

Red Hat's RHEL7 RC ISO Is Now Publicly Available

For anyone wishing to try out the release candidate to the upcoming Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 operating system release, the ISO is now publicly available.
12 Hours Ago - Red Hat - Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 - 4 Comments

The Performance Of Fedora 20 Updated

Fedora in general tends to have a more liberal update policy than Ubuntu and others when it comes to stable releases of software; new versions of the Linux kernel are shipped down to stable releases of Fedora, etc. With Fedora 21 not arriving until late in 2014, exceptions have been given to also ship new Mesa updates for Fedora 20 users to provide a more modern and updated hardware experience. For those curious how Fedora 20's performance compares to when it made its debut in December to how it performs now with all official stable updates, here's some benchmarks.
02:30 PM EDT - Operating Systems - 3 Comments

Nuclear Dawn Seems To Run Fine On AMD Linux

Nuclear Dawn, the Source Engine game now with full Linux support after a major game update was rolled out on Steam this week, seems to be running fine on AMD Linux hardware.
12:54 PM EDT - Gaming - Nuclear Dawn - 8 Comments

KDE 4.14 Release Schedule Published

The release schedule for KDE 4.14 has been published while KDE developers are still deciding whether this will be the last Qt4-based release or if there will be a KDE 4.15. The last KDE 4.xx release though will turn into a long-term support release.
09:46 AM EDT - KDE - KDE 4.14 - 1 Comment

GCC 4.9.0 Released, Brings Many Compiler Features

Jakub Jelinek on behalf of all the GNU Compiler Collection developers associated with the Free Software Foundation, has announced the official release of the GCC 4.9 compiler.
09:32 AM EDT - Compiler - GCC 4.9 - 1 Comment

OpenSSL Forked By OpenBSD Into LibreSSL

Following the fallout from the OpenSSL Heartbleed bug, OpenBSD developers have decided to fork the OpenSSL code-base to create LibreSSL.
09:03 AM EDT - BSD - LibreSSL - 41 Comments

GNOME Has Big Plans For Its Maps Application

GNOME Maps began development during the GNOME 3.10 cycle and going ahead for GNOME 3.14 and beyond are some ambitious plans to make this open-source OpenStreetMap-powered JavaScript application more like Google Maps in its abilities.
08:49 AM EDT - GNOME - GNOME Maps 3.14 - 12 Comments

Clang Fights GCC On AMD's Athlon AM1 APU With Jaguar Cores

A few days ago I did my latest benchmarks of GCC vs. LLVM/Clang and that was using an Intel Core i7 4770K "Haswell" processor. The tables have now turned and in this article are GCC vs. LLVM Clang benchmarks of the AMD Athlon 5350 APU with four Jaguar CPU cores.
02:00 AM EDT - Software - 5 Comments

D-Link DCS-2330L HD Wireless Network Camera

For those in need of an outdoor-ready HD wireless network camera for added security for your home but that isn't dependent upon any Windows (or non-Linux-compatible) application software for viewing and managing the device, meet the D-Link DCS-2330L.
12:00 AM EDT - Peripherals - 7 Comments

21 April

NVIDIA Will Soon Probably Introduce OpenCL 1.2 Linux Support

It looks like NVIDIA is finally preparing to support OpenCL 1.2 within their NVIDIA Linux graphics driver.
07:50 PM EDT - NVIDIA - OpenCL 1.2 - 20 Comments

Google Is Financing A Lot Of Great Open-Source Work This Summer

Google just announced their list of accepted student projects for this year's Google Summer of Code. After going through all of the projects on the list for the different upstream open-source projects involved, there's a ton of improvements to be worked on by students this summer and financed by Google. This is perhaps the most exciting Google Summer of Code ever.
05:00 PM EDT - Google - Google Summer of Code - 3 Comments

AMD Catalyst 14.4 Brings Full OpenGL 4.4 Support To Linux

AMD has kicked off a new week by releasing the Catalyst 14.4 release candidate for Linux. The big items with this release include R9 295X GPU support and full support for OpenGL 4.4.
04:36 PM EDT - AMD - Catalyst 14.4 - 39 Comments

X.Org, Mesa, Wayland Have Interesting Summer Projects

Google has published today their list of accepted student proposals for various open-source organizations to work on this summer... The X.Org Foundation work, which includes work to Mesa and Wayland, has seven projects to be tackled.
04:13 PM EDT - Google - GSoC - 4 Comments

GNOME Developer Adds Tablet Support To Wayland's Libinput

The libinput library that's a generic means of handling Linux input devices so the support can be standardized and shared amongst other Wayland compositors and other possible "clients", now has patches for tablet support.
01:44 PM EDT - Wayland - Libinput - 6 Comments

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS vs. Oracle Linux vs. CentOS vs. openSUSE

Since last week's release of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS we have been busy benchmarking Ubuntu 14.04 in a variety of configurations. Already some of the Ubuntu "Trusty Tahr" benchmarks we have done recently include 12.04.4 vs. 13.10 vs. 14.04 benchmarks, a 20-way graphics card comparison, server benchmarks, and results in many other articles. We are in the process of doing a larger, server/enterprise-oriented Linux distribution. More distributions are still being tested, but to get a new week of benchmarking started at Phoronix, here are some results of Ubuntu Linux, Oracle Linux, CentOS, and openSUSE.
12:05 PM EDT - Operating Systems

Linux Foundation Shares More Details Of LinuxCon Chicago

At the end of August in Chicago will be the Linux Foundation's LinuxCon and CloudOpen at the Sheraton Chicago.
11:26 AM EDT - Free Software - LinuxCon

Cross-Desktop Collaboration During FreeDesktop Summit 2014

Taking place earlier this month in N├╝rnberg at the SUSE office was the 2014 FreeDesktop Summit where members of GNOME, KDE, Unity, and LXDE-Qt desktops collaborated over joint topics important to the success of the Linux desktop in a cross-desktop world.
09:40 AM EDT - Desktop - FreeDesktop.org - 12 Comments

EmScripten Merges Its Speedy "Fastcomp" Backend

EmScripten, the innovative project for turning C++ code into JavaScript that can be run within web-browsers, has merged its brand new LLVM compiler back-end that is faster and also yields other benefits.
08:54 AM EDT - Compiler - EmScripten - 2 Comments

Nuclear Dawn Update Has Full Linux Support

Nuclear Dawn, the post-apocalyptic first-person RTS hybrid video game powered by Valve's Source Engine, is now out of beta on Linux -- two years after the game was formally released for Windows gamers.
08:47 AM EDT - Gaming - Nuclear Dawn - 16 Comments

Gigabyte AM1M-S2H

The Gigabyte AM1M-S2H motherboard is an AMD AM1/FS1b motherboard that's sized for micro-ATX enclosures, offers a fine set of budget features, and costs just over $30 USD.
04:00 AM EDT - Motherboards - 15 Comments

20 April

Oracle Linux 6.5 vs. Oracle Linux 7.0 Beta Benchmarks

Released earlier this month was the first beta of Oracle Linux 7.0, Oracle's spin of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.0 development source-code. With some days having passed we've now had the time to take Oracle Linux 7.0 Beta 1 for a test drive and see how the performance compares to Oracle Linux 6.5.
09:38 PM EDT - Oracle - Oracle Linux - 4 Comments

Easter Yields The Linux 3.15-rc2 Kernel Release

Linus Torvalds just tagged the 3.15-rc2 kernel a few minutes ago in Git.
03:06 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - Linux 3.15-rc2 - 5 Comments

The Most Amazing OpenGL Tech Demo In 64kb

While we see lots of interesting OpenGL tech demos and graphics benchmarks at Phoronix, a demo we saw this weekend is perhaps the most impressive yet... And the compiled size of the GL4 demo is only 64kb!
02:49 PM EDT - Gaming - OpenGL 4.3 - 61 Comments

Packard Bell LM85 Now Supported By Coreboot

Packard Bell's EasyNote LM85 notebook now has mainline Coreboot support for those wishing to replace its proprietary BIOS.
02:10 PM EDT - Hardware - EasyNote LM85 - 1 Comment

AmazonBasics External USB 2.0 DVD Writer For Linux

Those in need of an affordable external DVD writer that's USB 2.0 based and will work with Linux, Amazon has a simple yet reliable and Linux-friendly slim external DVD burner that doesn't cost too much.
11:54 AM EDT - Hardware - DVD Burner - 13 Comments

TP-LINK TG-3468: A $12 Linux PCI-E Gigabit Network Adapter

For those that may be looking for a PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet adapter, the TP-LINK TG-3468 is a suitable choice and costs just $12 USD and runs well with Linux.
11:30 AM EDT - Hardware - Ethernet - 23 Comments

AMD's New Athlon/Semprons Give Old Phenom CPUs A Big Run For The Money

Curious how AMD's new AM1 platform APUs compare to the original AMD Phenom processors? Wondering myself, I ran some tests showing how the Sempron 2650 and 3850 along with the Athlon 5150 and 5350 compare to the original Phenom 9500 and Phenom II X3 710 processors with RS780/RS880 motherboards. Besides the new APUs being competitive against the old hardware while costing much less than the original Phenom CPUs, their power consumption is also at a fraction of AMD's former high-end processors. Here's a brief but nice look at AMD's processing evolution in going from Phenom CPUs to today's AMD budget APUs.
02:00 AM EDT - Processors - 23 Comments

OpenELEC 4.0 Beta 6 Works On 4K Graphics, RPi ALSA

The OpenELEC Linux distribution aimed for home theater PCs and other multimedia Linux experience is nearing its 4.0 release and is powered by XBMC 13.
12:44 AM EDT - Operating Systems - OpenELEC - 4 Comments

19 April

Linux 3.15 Lands Some DRM Graphics Driver Fixes

Linus pulled into the mainline Linux 3.15 kernel on Saturday afternoon a big DRM queue that contained a lot of open-source graphics driver fixes.
06:03 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - DRM - 1 Comment

AMD Is Disabling DPM Support For RV770 GPUs

For the many owners of "RV770" hardware out there with the once popular Radeon HD 4850 and HD 4870 graphics cards, AMD open-source developers are now proposing the dynamic power management (re-clocking) support be disabled by default to deal with open bugs.
04:00 PM EDT - AMD - Bugs - 23 Comments

OpenMandriva Lx 2014.0 RC1 Released

The first release candidate to the upcoming OpenMandriva Lx 2014.0 release has now taken place.
12:48 PM EDT - Operating Systems - Mandriva - 1 Comment

ReactOS Working On A Community Windows OS

A few months after ReactOS announced plans for a Cloud OS, the open-source project aiming for binary compatibility with Microsoft Windows platforms, is now trying to spin a community edition of its operating system.
11:44 AM EDT - Operating Systems - ReactOS Community Edition - 72 Comments

How Much Video RAM Is Needed For Catalyst R3 Graphics?

For those wondering how much video memory you should allocate from your system RAM for the Radeon R3 Graphics with the new AM1 APUs, we have up some new Linux OpenGL benchmarks of the AMD Athlon 5350 performance with varying amounts of video memory available.
11:16 AM EDT - Display Drivers - 24 Comments

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS vs. 14.04 LTS Cloud Benchmarks

Our latest Ubuntu 14.04 LTS benchmarks up this morning to complement our preliminary Ubuntu 14.04 LTS server benchmarks and desktop benchmarks are of the past two Ubuntu Long Term Support releases running within DigitalOcean's public cloud.
05:00 AM EDT - Operating Systems - 2 Comments

eRacks Keeps Pushing Linux, Open-Source Systems After 15 Years

One of the newer supports of Phoronix.com is eRacks, a company specializing in open-source systems -- primarily rackmounts and other high performance hardware -- since 1999.
04:26 AM EDT - Hardware - eRacks - 14 Comments

Borderlands Is Being Considered For Linux

Gearbox Software is currently evaluating consumer interest in bringing Borderlands 2 to Linux.
12:41 AM EDT - Gaming - Borderlands 2 - 26 Comments

Mesa 10.0 & 10.1 Stable Get Updated

New stable versions of Mesa 10.0 and 10.1 were released on Friday.
12:15 AM EDT - Mesa - Mesa 10.1.1

18 April

Getting Hit By The Variable Performance Of The Public Cloud

With yesterday's official release of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS I set out to do some benchmarks of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS vs. 14.04 LTS in the public cloud. Unfortunately, that testing was drawn out due to the variable performance out of instances/droplets in the public cloud that are even of the same instance type.
08:11 PM EDT - Virtualization - 2.0GHz vs. 2.4GHz - 1 Comment

Using Clang's Static Analyzer To Find Bugs In Your Code

Besides shorter compile times and other benefits, one of the other commonly talked about advantages of using LLVM's Clang C/C++ compiler is its arguably excellent static analyzer tool.
07:50 PM EDT - Compiler - Clang - 1 Comment

Git 2.0 Test Releases Begin With Many Changes

Junio Hamano has made for an exciting weekend with the announcement of Git 2.0.0-rc0, the first test release of the upcoming Git 2.0 release that will have features breaking backward compatibility with Git 1.x.
05:28 PM EDT - Free Software - Git 2.0 - 2 Comments

Wine 1.7.17 Works On Its Task Scheduler, C Run-Time

The latest bi-weekly Wine development release just happened.
03:24 PM EDT - WINE - Wine 1.7 - 10 Comments

13-Way Low-End GPU Comparison With AMD's AM1 Athlon

For those looking at purchasing hardware for a low-cost socketed Kabini APU system build following our many AMD AM1 Platform tests under Linux that found the low-end hardware to play well with the open-source operating system, one of the motherboards worth considering is the ASUS AM1I-A.
01:50 PM EDT - Graphics Cards - 17 Comments

The Improv ARM Board Still Isn't Shipping; Riding A Dead Horse?

Announced last year was an open-source ARM development board running Mer with an aim of supporting X.Org and Wayland based environments and would be powerful enough to run KDE's Plasma Active environment. The Improv is now three months past its original ship-date and there's no indication of the low-end dual-core Cortex-A7 + 1GB RAM hardware shipping anytime soon.
12:17 PM EDT - Hardware - Improv - 9 Comments

Debian To Maintain 6.0 Squeeze As An LTS Release

Regular security support for Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" was set to end after next month, but now the Debian developers have decided to provide security support for this 2011 Debian Linux release until February 2016 -- marking five years since the original Debian 6.0 release.
09:32 AM EDT - Debian - Debian - 14 Comments

Wasteland 2 Is Finally Released For Linux Gamers

The Wasteland 2 post-apocalyptic role-playing game is now out for Linux by inXile Entertainment. The Kickstarter-backed game is still in beta for the Linux version just surfaced via Steam on Linux.
09:22 AM EDT - Gaming - Wasteland 2 - 7 Comments

FreeBSD Advances For ARM, Bhyve, Clang

For those curious about the state of FreeBSD, the FreeBSD Q1'2014 quarterly status report has been issued.
01:12 AM EDT - BSD - FreeBSD 10.0 - 17 Comments

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