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New Specifications On The Alleged Ubuntu Tablet

Back in December, Phoronix delivered the first article about An Ubuntu Tablet Inspired By The Ubuntu Edge Is Coming. From the company responsible for this tablet inspired by the failed Ubuntu Edge smartphone we have some new specifications of the tablet they plan to ship with Ubuntu.
99 Minutes Ago - Ubuntu - MJ Tech - 2 Comments

LLVM 3.6 Officially Released With Many Compiler Advantages

While running a few days late, LLVM 3.6 was officially released today.
6 Hours Ago - Compiler - LLVM 3.6 - 1 Comment

VLC 2.2 "Weathermax" Brings Better VP9 & H.265 Support

VLC 2.2 (codenamed "Weathermax") was released today as the latest version of the popular, multi-platform, open-source media player.
8 Hours Ago - Multimedia - VLC 2.2 - 10 Comments

Samsung 850 EVO SSD Linux Benchmarks

The latest solid-state drive being added to one of our Linux test farm systems is the Samsung 850 EVO. Prior to commissioning this drive in one of the systems, I ran some benchmarks against a few other solid-state drives while testing with the EXT4 file-system on Ubuntu Linux.
9 Hours Ago - Storage - 6 Comments

Open-Source .NET On Linux Continues Maturing

Rich Lander of Microsoft has posted an update concerning the open-sourcing of Microsoft's .NET core and how they're looking to do feature work more in the open and with the community's involvement.
10 Hours Ago - Free Software - CoreCLR - 31 Comments

Features Coming For The Imminent Xfce 4.12 Release

If all goes according to plan, Xfce 4.12 will be officially released this weekend. Here's a look at some of the most prominent changes for this long overdue update to Xfce.
12 Hours Ago - Desktop - Xfce 4.12 - 13 Comments

Canonical's Latest Demo Of Ubuntu Unity 8 Convergence In Action

A new video is out showing the latest work on Ubuntu's Unity 8 interface and the convergence user experience across phones, tablets, and desktop PCs.
08:56 AM EST - Ubuntu - Unity 8 - 37 Comments

The Quest For Decent, Low-Priced Server Cases & Racks/Cabinets

Here's another quick update on the process of building out the new open-source benchmarking server farm... The construction of the room is going along nicely and I'm currently evaluating a few different server chassis and racks/cabinets.
08:42 AM EST - Hardware - Low-Cost Server Building - 16 Comments

Mesa 10.5 Is In Ubuntu 15.04 For The Latest Open-Source GPU Drivers

For Ubuntu Linux users who haven't tried the Vivid Verbet Beta 1 release yet, you'll be pleased to know that Ubuntu 15.04 is riding off Mesa 10.5 for having the latest open-source graphics drivers.
08:17 AM EST - Mesa - Mesa 10.5-rc1 - 7 Comments

26 February

ALSA 1.0.29 Released

It's been more than a half year since the last ALSA release for improving Linux sound while out today is v1.0.29 of the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture.
08:03 PM EST - Hardware - ALSA 1.0.29 - 1 Comment

Ubuntu 15.04 Beta Released, Ubuntu MATE Made Official

The Ubuntu derivatives opting-in to doing beta releases put out their first beta today. With this 15.04 Beta 1 milestone, Ubuntu MATE has been made an official derivative.
03:43 PM EST - Ubuntu - Ubuntu 15.04 Beta - 8 Comments

Coreboot Developer: Purism Doesn't Deliver On Libre Firmware

A Coreboot developer has confirmed fears over Purism Librem laptops not really being free nor really bringing much to the table compared to other Linux laptop vendors.
01:53 PM EST - Coreboot - Purism Fail - 20 Comments

LLVM 3.6 & Clang 3.6 Deliver More Features, Complete C++14 Support

LLVM 3.6 and Clang 3.6 are due to be released any day now and with this new version of the increasingly-used BSD-licensed compiler infrastructure stack are many improvements and new features to benefit the vast majority of users.
10:07 AM EST - Compiler - LLVM/Clang 3.6 - 13 Comments

The Most Popular Open-Source Linux Benchmarks

With OpenBenchmarking.org having turned four years old this month, here's a look at the most used test profiles over the past four years.
09:49 AM EST - Phoronix - Test Profiles

The Tremendous Features Of Fedora 22

With Fedora 22 having entered its alpha freeze this week along with the software string freeze and change checkpoint deadline, here's a recap of some of the towering features of this six-month update to Fedora 21 and the second release under the Fedora.Next strategy.
09:08 AM EST - Fedora - Fedora 22 Features - 26 Comments

Google To Work On Better PGO Support For LLVM

Some of Google's compiler developers will be working on upstream improvements to LLVM for better supporting Profile Guided Optimizations.
08:34 AM EST - Compiler - Profile Guided Optimizations - 3 Comments

25 February

Krita 2.9 Released, Their Biggest Release Ever

Krita 2.9 was released today and it's this open-source graphics program's biggest release yet. Krita 2.9 represents over eight months of work and with this release comes many new features.
06:29 PM EST - KDE - Krita 2.9 - 26 Comments

RISC OS Now Works With The Raspberry Pi 2

The original RISC OS open-source operating system now supports the new second-generation Raspberry Pi 2 development board with BCM2836 SoC.
02:42 PM EST - Hardware - RISC OS - 10 Comments

A Single UEFI Executable With The Linux Kernel, Initrd & Command Line

Thanks to recent work done by systemd developers Kay Sievers and David Herrmann on Gummiboot, there's a UEFI boot-loader stub for starting a Linux kernel with an initial RAM disk (initrd) and kernel command line that are all embedded within the executable.
02:33 PM EST - Free Software - UEFI Executable - 12 Comments

Unigine 2.0 Beta Brings Performance Optimizations, Oculus Rift DK2 Support

The first beta of the Unigine 2.0 engine for simulation programs and games is now available.
01:30 PM EST - Gaming - Unigine Engine 2 - 1 Comment

Kubuntu 15.04 Is Turning Out Quite Nice, Good Way To Try Out The Latest KDE

With the Kubuntu 15.04 release due out in April it's using the Plasma 5 desktop by default. This morning I tried out the latest daily ISO snapshot of Kubuntu 15.04 to see how this bleeding-edge KDE Linux desktop experience is panning out. Simply put, Kubuntu and the latest KDE experience is doing quite well.

Wayland's Weston Gets A Surface-Shooting API

One of the early additions past the recent Wayland 1.7 release to the Weston reference compositor is a surface-shooting API to be used for debugging.
09:09 AM EST - Wayland - Surface-Shooting API - 5 Comments

More Proof That Allwinner Is Violating The GPL

Allwinner has been accused multiple times in the past of violating the GPL license by not providing Linux/Android kernel source code or U-Boot source, along with using LGPL-licensed code within their binary blobs, etc. Today there's new "definitive proof" of Allwinner's GPL violations.
08:55 AM EST - Hardware - Allwinner GPL Violation - 34 Comments

DragonFlyBSD Radeon Driver Ported To Linux 3.10 Level Of Support

Last month the Intel DRM driver on DragonFlyBSD was ported to match the upstream Linux 3.10 level of support and features after being based on Linux 3.9 previously in their porting of this open-source Intel graphics driver to BSD. The Radeon DRM driver is in the process of a similar bump with the DragonFlyBSD kernel catching up to this AMD Radeon kernel graphics driver from its Linux 3.10 state.
08:08 AM EST - BSD - Radeon DRM - 3 Comments

GTK+ Gets Smoother Scrolling, Support To Turn Off Input Methods

A new development release of GNOME's GTK+ tool-kit is now available ahead of next month's official GNOME 3.16 release.
07:53 AM EST - GNOME - GTK+ 3.15.9 - 10 Comments

24 February

NVIDIA 346.47 Linux Driver Adds New GPU Support, Fixes Bugs

One week ahead of GDC2015 where NVIDIA will quite likely be demoing glNext on Linux, they've today introduced the 346.47 binary driver update.
08:40 PM EST - NVIDIA - NVIDIA 346.47 - 21 Comments

Pyston 0.3 Released For High-Performance Python

Version 0.3 of the high-performance Python programming implementation is now available.
07:46 PM EST - Compiler - Pyston 0.3 - 13 Comments

FOSDEM 2015 Videos Published

For those that couldn't make it out to Brussels a few weeks back to partake in the annual Free Open-Source Developers' European Meeting (FOSDEM), the videos from all of the sessions are now online.
03:19 PM EST - Linux Events - FOSDEM 2015 - 5 Comments

Unreal Engine 4.7 Is The Largest UE4 Release Yet

Epic Games has today announced the availability of Unreal Engine 4.7, what they call their "biggest release yet" thanks to a number of new features.
02:09 PM EST - Gaming - Unreal Engine 4.7 - 3 Comments

XWayland Integration In The Works For KDE's KWin 5.3

KDE's KWin window manager maintainer Martin Gräßlin has been working recently on rootless XWayland server integration into KWin.
12:49 PM EST - KDE - KWin 5.3 - 5 Comments

5-Way Linux Distribution Comparison On The Core i3 NUC

The latest Linux benchmarks for your viewing pleasure are a comparison of five Linux distributions tested on the new Intel Core i3 Broadwell NUC with a variety of performance tests.
11:50 AM EST - Operating Systems - 5 Comments

Android-Based Console OS Available For Download

If you're after running Android on your laptop or desktop computer and Android x86 isn't panning out, the Android-based Console OS is now available to download.
11:00 AM EST - Operating Systems - Console OS - 25 Comments

The Raspberry Pi VC4 Graphics Driver You Won't Find In Linux 4.0

On top of the features mentioned in yesterday's article about features you won't find in the Linux 4.0 kernel like KDBUS and Tux3, there's also the Raspberry Pi VC4 DRM driver that has yet to be mainlined.
10:45 AM EST - Linux Kernel - VC4 Linux 4.0 - 3 Comments

KDE Plasma 5.2.1 Released

The KDE community has today announced the first bug-fix release to Plasma 5.2.
10:25 AM EST - KDE - KDE Plasma 5.2.1

Valve Is Rolling Out Their Own VR Dev Kit Hardware

Next week at the Game Developers' Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, Valve will be demoing their own VR headset hardware. This will make next week even more exciting beyond showing off the next-generation OpenGL API and this VR hardware will surely be supported under Linux/SteamOS.
10:16 AM EST - Hardware - Valve VR Hardware - 14 Comments

AMD Talks Up The Carrizo APU At ISSCC

AMD has released more details on their forthcoming "Carrizo" APUs from the IEEE International Solid-State CIrcuits Conference (ISSCC) in San Francisco.
09:29 AM EST - AMD - AMD Carrizo - 44 Comments

Firefox 36 Brings Full HTTP/2 Support

Mozilla is officially releasing Firefox 36.0 today and with this version comes a number of new features.
09:05 AM EST - Mozilla - Firefox 36.0 - 23 Comments

23 February

DisplayPort MST Support Published For Radeon DRM Driver

After figuring out DisplayPort MST support for the open-source Intel graphics driver, David Airlie of Red Hat has moved on to publishing patches to the Radeon DRM driver for enabling DisplayPort Multi-Stream Transport.
10:26 PM EST - AMD - Radeon DP MST

Screenshots Of The GNOME 3.16 Changes

Over the past few months on Phoronix have been dozens of articles concerning the state of GNOME 3.16. For those wanting a visual walkthrough of the GNOME 3.16 changes, Matthias Clasen has provided a nice screenshot overview.
08:11 PM EST - GNOME - GNOME 3.16 Features - 30 Comments

EZchip Announces 100 Core 64-bit ARM Chip

An Israeli company known as EZchip has introduced their TILE-Mx processors that ship in up to 100-core 64-bit ARM configurations with up to 200 Gigabit Ethernet throughput.
04:40 PM EST - Hardware - 100-Core ARM Chip - 19 Comments

Canonical Comes Up With Its Own FUSE Filesystem For Linux Containers

Canonical has been developing LXCFS, a FUSE-based file-system for LXC containers that will premiere with the upcoming release of Ubuntu 15.04.
12:30 PM EST - Ubuntu - LXCFS - 17 Comments

Linux BIOS/UEFI Updating Is Going To Get Much Better With UEFI 2.5

The forthcoming UEFI 2.5 specification has an addition that will be exciting for many Linux enthusiasts... BIOS/UEFI updating from the Linux desktop will be a real and stable feature regardless of motherboard vendor and their general lack of Linux utilities.
11:37 AM EST - Hardware - UEFI 2.5 Feature - 35 Comments

Linux 4.0 Doesn't Have The Weirdest Codename

With last night's release of the Linux 4.0-rc1 kernel, Linus Torvalds changed the kernel codename from "Diseased Newt" to "Hurr durr I'ma sheep." While the codename may seem a bit odd, the Linux kernel codenames are generally quite awkward.
11:21 AM EST - Linux Kernel - Hurr durr I'ma sheep - 14 Comments

F22 Switch From Evdev & Synaptics To Libinput

Those installing the latest development snapshot of Fedora 22 will now experience a difference in the default X.Org input driver.
09:53 AM EST - Fedora - Fedora 22 Feature - 16 Comments

KDBUS & Other Features You Won't FInd In The Linux 4.0 Kernel

While Linux 4.0 is the next major kernel release and it does present a new lot of new functionality, there's still a number of high profile features not mainlined.
09:34 AM EST - Linux Kernel - Linux 4.0 Missing Features - 10 Comments

Plans Brewing For Libinput 1.0

Peter Hutterer of Red Hat has laid out some plans for releasing libinput 1.0 and coming up with a stable ABI/API.
08:46 AM EST - Wayland - Libinput 1.0 - 1 Comment

Wine-Staging 1.7.37 Brings DXVA2 API Support Over VA-API

With Wine 1.7.37 having been released on Friday, the Wine-Staging team spent this weekend readying their own spin of this new development version of Wine.
12:18 AM EST - WINE - Wine Video Acceleration - 2 Comments

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