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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.
1 Hour Ago - Linux Kernel - Linux 3.18 Bug - 1 Comment

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.
2 Hours Ago - 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.
3 Hours Ago - 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.
5 Hours Ago - Gaming - Linux Gaming 2014 - 8 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.
11 Hours Ago - 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 - 7 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 - 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

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