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MozJPEG Is Evolving Well For Better Optimized JPEGs

While Fabrice Bellard's work on the BPG Image Format has been getting a lot of attention in recent weeks for being an image format trying to replace JPEGs with offering higher compression ratio and other features over JPEGs, its design around the encoding of HEVC/H.265 makes its blocked by patents. For at least the interim, Mozilla is committed to making JPEGs better for the web.
71 Minutes Ago - Mozilla - MozJPEG - 1 Comment

USB Flash Drive File-System Tests On Fedora 21

For those wondering what Linux file-system is most performant on a USB 3.0 flash drive, here are some benchmarks using Fedora 21.
5 Hours Ago - Storage - 6 Comments

28 December

Linux 3.19-rc2 Is A Tiny Release

Due to Christmas and conventional employees tending to take time off at the end of the year, Linux 3.19-rc2 was released as an abnormally tiny release this Sunday evening.
11 Hours Ago - Linux Kernel - Linux 3.19-rc2

OpenVZ & Parallels Cloud Server To Merge Into Open-Source Virtuozzo Core

Parallels Inc has realized they've been wrong for the past decade of not committing to the open-source development model in full for Parallels Cloud Server with OpenVZ being neglected as a result. However, in 2015 that shall change.
04:41 PM EST - Virtualization - OpenVZ + Parallels - 1 Comment

OpenELEC 5.0 Released, Powered By Kodi 14.0

Released this Sunday was OpenELEC 5.0 as one of the more popular XBMC (now known as Kodi) multimedia Linux distributions.
03:51 PM EST - Multimedia - OpenELEC 5.0.0 - 2 Comments

The GNOME Progress & Events That Defined 2014

The GNOME project had a rather splendid year with significant progress made in porting GNOME's components to Wayland, adding many features to the GTK+ tool-kit, enabling OpenGL support in GTK+, and improvements to the many GNOME applications.
01:55 PM EST - GNOME - GNOME News - 5 Comments

Raspberry Pi's LXDE Interface Is Being Refined

The Debian-based Raspbian Linux distribution that's widely used among Raspberry Pi owners is receiving a bit of a facelift for its LXDE user interface.
11:39 AM EST - Debian - Raspbian - 10 Comments

Intel Haswell HD Graphics End Of 2013 vs. 2014 Benchmarks

Following on from yesterday's Phoronix testing that provided an extensive look at AMD's incredible open-source driver advancements over 2014 by benchmarking the open-source graphics stack from the end of 2013 compared to the end of this year, out now is similar treatment for Intel HD Graphics with their open-source Linux driver for Haswell hardware.
09:30 AM EST - Display Drivers - 9 Comments

Sdparm & ddpt Linux Disk Utilities Updated

Douglas Gilbert released updated versions of the sdparm and ddpt Linux command-line disk utilities on Saturday night.
08:19 AM EST - Free Software - sdparm / ddpt

X.Org & Wayland Can Both Co-Exist & Continue Marching Forward

While many view Wayland as the future of the Linux desktop, the X.Org Server shows no signs of disappearing anytime soon as beyond needing it for legacy X11 applications, there's still much innovation happening within the conventional xorg-server as shown by the progress it's made in 2014.
06:55 AM EST - Wayland - Much Progress - 3 Comments

Hurd & Guix Were Among The GNU Projects Making Progress This Year

2014 wasn't the year of the GNU/Hurd desktop, but nevertheless this nearly 25 year old micro-kernel made more progress this year. The GNU Guix package manager also made interesting process this year along with the many other associated GNU projects.
03:47 AM EST - GNU - GNU Recap

27 December

The Most Exciting Fedora News Of 2014

Nearly the entire year of Fedora's development was focused around the drawn out Fedora 21 release that finally shipped earlier this month and the larger Fedora.Next initiative, but what topped the year?
06:41 PM EST - Fedora - Fedora Linux - 1 Comment

Portable C Compiler 1.1.0 Released (PCC 1.1)

The better part of four years since the release of PCC 1.0, the second official release of the modern Portable C Compiler is now available.
03:15 PM EST - Compiler - Portable C Compiler - 1 Comment

AMD's Open-Source Radeon Linux Driver: 2014 Was Incredible

With this week having delivered our 2014 Catalyst Linux Graphics Benchmarks Year-In-Review that looked at the evolution of the AMD Catalyst Linux driver performance over this year, now it's time to see how the open-source Radeon driver performance has evolved.
12:00 PM EST - Display Drivers - 48 Comments

That Peculiar Linux 3.18 Kernel Bug Might Be Closed Soon

For the past month there's been kernel developers investigating "a big unknown worry in a regression" that have left many key kernel developers -- including Linus Torvalds -- puzzled. It looks like that investigation is finally being close to being resolved.
09:47 AM EST - Linux Kernel - Linux 3.18 Bug - 9 Comments

The Most Viewed Compiler News & Milestones Of This Year

Our latest end of year list is looking at the most viewed compiler-related news of 2014... Of course, much of it comes down to GCC and Clang.
09:00 AM EST - Compiler - Compilers In 2014

ROSA Fresh R5 Release Finally Adds Proper Secure Boot Support

The Russians behind the ROSA Fresh Linux distribution released their "R5" desktop on Christmas.
08:06 AM EST - Operating Systems - ROSA Fresh

The Most Significant Linux Gaming Milestones Of 2014

This year was huge for Linux gamers with titles like Civilization: Beyond Earth, Metro Redux, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive seeing native Linux game releases. There were also new milestones reached for SteamOS, Linux drivers for better handling OpenGL games, etc. Here's a look at the most popular Linux gaming 2014 milestones along with a call for feedback for what you view as most significant to Linux gaming this year.
06:09 AM EST - Gaming - Linux Gaming 2014 - 10 Comments

Biggest Linux Kernel Features & Work Of 2014

Continuing in our usual round of year-end lists for the areas of Linux and open-source we cover the most at Phoronix, here's a look at the biggest Linux kernel news items of 2014.
12:00 AM EST - Linux Kernel - Linux Kernel

26 December

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.
06:20 PM EST - Mesa - Mesa 2014 - 1 Comment

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.
04:46 PM EST - Gaming - Minetest - 11 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.
01:20 PM EST - 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.
12:34 PM EST - systemd - systemd - 6 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.
12:00 PM EST - 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.
11:44 AM EST - 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.
10:18 AM EST - 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 - 25 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

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