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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.
Richard Hughes is looking to develop an open-source USB ambient light sensor as an OpenHardware initiative.
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.
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.
The latest open-source project being exposed to a number of security vulnerabilities is NTP, the Network Time Protocol.
Version 0.15.1 of LDC was released this past week, a D compiler written to use the LLVM compiler infrastructure.
7 Hours Ago - Compiler - LDC
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.
Version 5.2.0 of the XZ utilities were released on Sunday.
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.
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.
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
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.
The first release candidate to the Linux 3.19 kernel was released on Saturday.
Thursday marked the Linux release of Civilization: Beyond Earth. While benchmarking games on Steam is less than ideal, I've managed to get CivBE worked into shape so that it can be used for automated Linux performance testing.
Made public earlier this month was a huge batch of X.Org Server security vulnerabilities with some of the issues dating back to the late 1980s. Now X.Org Server 1.16.3 is available to address these problems.
Linux 3.18 was released two Sundays ago and the 3.19 merge window opened immediately. Normally the merge window is open for 14 days before Linus Torvalds closes it and tags -rc1. With Linux 3.19, things are different.
The latest feature that's landed for the GCC 5 compiler due out next year is MIPS R6 support for both 32-bit and 64-bit.
08:24 AM EST - Compiler - MIPS R6
Earlier this year we wrote about lowRISC as an open-source SoC design using the RISC-V ISA. LowRISC hopes to ultimately get into volume silicon production and now they've released some documentation describing two planned features.
Merged already for Linux 3.19 were significant power management and ACPI changes while a second serving of ACPI+PM updates have been requested for pulling just prior to the end of the 3.19 merge window.
Intel's next-generation Skylake processors are starting to take shape with the Linux 3.19 kernel.
12:11 AM EST - Linux Kernel - Skylake
After more than ten years of development, Dan Williams of Red Hat has announced the release of NetworkManager 1.0. The NetworkManager 1.0 release is more than just bumping the version after waiting long enough, but there's many improvements too over NetworkManager 0.9!
Before going on holiday break, Aaron Plattner at NVIDIA released version 0.9 of the VDPAU library (libvdpau) and of the VDPAU information utility (vdpauinfo).
08:28 PM EST - NVIDIA - Version 0.9
In 2015 we might see an open hardware random number generator that would connect to the system via an SD card slot.
We're starting to hear details about the LLVM 3.6 release plans.
12:14 PM EST - Compiler - LLVM 3.6
There are stable, beta, and developer updates out this week for the Linux / OS X / Windows versions of the Opera web-browser.
Various GNOME packages are being checked in this week for GNOME 3.15.3, another development release toward GNOME 3.16.
10:15 AM EST - GNOME - GNOME 3.15.3
The x86 platform driver changes for the Linux 3.19 kernel have been submitted and they include some noteworthy improvements for many Linux laptop owners.
The KVM changes have been queued up and called for pulling into the Linux 3.19 kernel.
For those sticking to the GCC 4.8 compiler series rather than the newer GCC 4.9 stable series, the GCC 4.8.4 release is now available.
09:23 AM EST - Compiler - GCC 4.8.4
The Free Software Foundation has now built up a committee to review their "High Priority Projects" list and they're looking for more feedback from the community.
With OpenACC, NVIDIA's NVPTX back-end, and other improvements finally materializing within mainline GCC and its related code-bases, users are beginning to wonder how to actually use these new GCC features and experience GPU offloading with this free software compiler.
08:56 PM EST - Compiler - OpenACC
While Ubuntu itself no longer puts out alpha/beta releases in favor of just testing out the daily Live ISOs, the various Ubuntu flavors still participating in the traditional release process have done their first alpha releases this afternoon for Ubuntu 15.04.
06:00 PM EST - Ubuntu - Vivid Vervet
Git 2.2.1 was released this afternoon to fix a critical security vulnerability in Git clients. Fortunately, the vulnerability doesn't plague Unix/Linux users but rather OS X and Windows.
Many Phoronix readers seem to be especially interested in Rust as a promising, next-generation programming language. There's also an abundance of Phoronix readers interested in X.Org and Linux graphics. How do they come together? Rust + X = wtftw.
The tenth update to Jolla's Sailfish mobile operating system is now available. This update is version 188.8.131.52 and is codenamed Vaarainjärvi.
Hewlett Packard is going to introduce their "revolutionary" new operating system next summer that's dubbed Linux++.
As expected after the announcement earlier this week, the highly anticipated Civilization: Beyond Earth game is now officially available for Linux and SteamOS.
Posted to the Mesa mailing list this week was a set of 123 patches that reintroduces NIR as a new IR for Mesa.
For those that didn't hear the news yet, multiple Linux x86_64 vulnerabilities were made public this week.
11:57 AM EST - Linux Kernel - Linux x86_64
In time to manage your digital camera photos this Christmas and New Year, digiKam 4.6.0 was officially released today.
11:20 AM EST - KDE - KDE's Camera App
PostgreSQL 9.4 is out in time for Christmas with numerous changes for users of this open-source database solution.
10:47 AM EST - Free Software - PostgreSQL
Nearly one month ago back during the Linux 3.18 release candidates there was a worrisome regression uncovered by kernel developers, but now with the Linux 3.19 merge window nearly over, that issue still has yet to be firmly addressed.
Since 2007 there has been KO GmbH as a support and software service company built around KOffice/Calligra in their belief that the software was "getting ready for the big time", but seven years later the situation is not so good and KO GmbH is no longer handling Krita.
The Ceph file-system in Linux 3.19 will support inline data to offer performance improvements for some operations.
09:00 AM EST - Linux Kernel - Inline Data For Ceph
Beyond the VC4 Gallium3D work yesterday landing in Mesa that led to this Raspberry Pi graphics driver potentially running much faster, DMA-BUF support was also added.
GNOME Builder is that interesting GNOME IDE project for developers.
Released this morning were new versions of UDisks and UPower.
07:59 AM EST - Free Software - Updated For U
Eric Anholt, the lead developer developer behind the Broadcom VC4 Mesa/Gallium3D driver stack for supporting the Raspberry Pi, has announced a new performance achievement.
Version 3.1 of the CMake build system is now available with various improvements.
KDE Applications 14.12 was just released today with new features and fixes to more than one hundred KDE applications.
06:23 PM EST - KDE - KDE Apps 14.12
While Fedora 21 was officially released last week, coming out today is the release of Fedora 21 for the PowerPC and ARM AArch64 architectures.
Last week I wrote about new features being proposed for Fedora 22 and today there's two more system wide changes to talk about.
A new SuperTuxKart beta premiered today after one year of work and lands their new graphics engine that leverages OpenGL 3.1 for rendering. I've now had some hands on time with this open-source GL3 game with some initial thoughts.
For users of the GTK+ tool-kit on Windows, OpenGL support is coming and follows in the footsteps of GTK's recent OpenGL focus and enablement on Linux.
Earlier this month were the independent benchmark results that saw Ruby built under Clang was faster than GCC when a developer running Debian was doing some basic compiler performance tests. Now another developer has done more extensive Ruby benchmarks on varying versions of GCC and Clang.
For a number of months David Airlie at Red Hat has been working on DisplayPort Multi-Stream Transport (DP MST) handling for Linux. Keith Packard over at Intel is now playing with DP MST too for bettering modern 4K display support on Linux within X.Org Server based environments.
Supertuxkart 0.8.2 is now in beta. While v0.8.2 might not sound like a huge milestone from the numbers, it actually is. This Supertuxkart beta lands their new graphics engine that relies upon OpenGL 3.1+ for rendering.
SuperX is a relatively young Linux distribution that tries to ship a polished KDE desktop experience.
With xf86-video-modesetting continuing to add support for new features while being a generic hardware driver as long as there's an underlying DRM/KMS driver, how is the 2D and OpenGL performance compare when using this driver on an AMD GPU instead of the specialized xf86-video-ati DDX driver? Here's some benchmarks.
Last month marked the release of the Cinnamon and MATE editions of Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca while on approach now is the KDE and Xfce desktop versions.
08:43 AM EST - Operating Systems - Linux Mint 17.1