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KVM Benchmarks On Ubuntu 14.10

For those wondering about the modern performance cost of using KVM on Ubuntu Linux for virtualizing a guest OS, here are some simple benchmarks comparing Ubuntu 14.10 in its current development stage with the Linux 3.16 versus running the same software stack while virtualized with KVM and using virt-manager.
76 Minutes Ago - Software - 1 Comment

The Linux Kernel Bang-Bang Thermal Governor Is Banging

Work is still underway on the new "Bang-bang" thermal governor for the Linux kernel.
2 Hours Ago - Linux Kernel - Bang-Bang

NVIDIA Releases K1-Powered Shield Tablet & Controller

NVIDIA announced this morning their new Shield Tablet and Shield Controller. The new Shield Tablet is a $299 Android tablet that's great for gaming and is mighty powerful with using the Tegra K1 SoC.
3 Hours Ago - NVIDIA - Shield Tablet - 6 Comments

Xen Project Announces Mirage OS 2.0

The Xen Project has announced the release of Mirage OS 2.0, which they describe as "the industry's first software framework that unifies cloud and embedded deployments behind a safe, secure programming language, allowing developers to seamlessly build systems that span both embedded devices and public cloud services."
4 Hours Ago - Virtualization - Mirage OS

Canonical Community Team Changes Announced For Ubuntu

With Jono Bacon having recently left Canonical where he served as the Ubuntu Community Manager, Canonical has made some changes to its community team.
4 Hours Ago - Ubuntu - Ubuntu Community

Raspberry Pi B+ ARM Debian Benchmarks

Available from OpenBenchmarking.org are some tests of the brand new Raspberry Pi B+ ARM system.
4 Hours Ago - Hardware - Raspberry Pi B+ - 4 Comments

Mozilla Unleashes Firefox 31 Web Browser

The Firefox 31 web-browser is out this morning with new features.
5 Hours Ago - Mozilla - Firefox 31 - 5 Comments

21 July

GCC 5.0 Is Expected Next Year

GNU Compiler Collection developers are beginning to come to a consensus that GCC 5.0 will be released in 2015.
07:44 PM EDT - Compiler - GCC 5.0 - 16 Comments

PHP5's Successor Might Be PHP7

PHP developers are currently debating whether the next-generation version of the PHP programming language is to be known as PHP 6 or PHP 7.
04:06 PM EDT - Free Software - PHP6 vs. PHP7 - 15 Comments

AMD "Hawaii" Open-Source GPU Acceleration Still Not Working Right

Back in May I wrote about how AMD's open-source support for Hawaii was broken months after the Radeon R9 290 series was introduced... Fast forward to today, the AMD Hawaii open-source support is still broken.
03:49 PM EDT - AMD - Hawaii - 75 Comments

AMDKFD Driver Still Evolving For Open-Source HSA On Linux

Earlier this month AMD published an open-source HSA Linux driver for exploiting the potential of their much-promoted Heterogeneous System Architecture. This driver, now known as the "AMDKFD" driver, is up to its second revision and continues being analyzed by developers on the mailing list.
03:08 PM EDT - AMD - AMDKFD

GStreamer 1.4.0 Released; OpenGL Improvements, New Features

Sebastian Dröge has announced the immediate release of the GStreamer 1.4 stable series that adds on new features over the existing GStreamer 1.x stable branches while still keeping up to its promise of 1.x API/ABI stability.
12:46 PM EDT - GNOME - GStreamer 1.4 - 3 Comments

New Intel GLAMOR Code Is Taking Shape & Running Fast

Aside from upstream work to the GLAMOR acceleration code itself that's now part of the X.Org Server, Keith Packard has been working on the GLAMOR hook-up for the xf86-video-intel DDX driver.
10:23 AM EDT - Intel - GLAMOR - 14 Comments

LLVM 3.5 Gets A Tentative Release Date

We've known for a while that LLVM 3.5 has been under plans for a release in August now with just being days away from the start of the month, we have a better idea for the release schedule.
10:12 AM EDT - Compiler - LLVM 3.5 - 1 Comment

EFF Aims To Launch An Open Wireless Router

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is today announcing a new Open Wireless Router initiative today at the HOPE X conference.
10:00 AM EDT - Hardware - CeroWRT - 28 Comments

Linux 3.16-rc6 Kernel Released

Linus Torvalds has went ahead and done his usual weekly release candidate update to the latest in-development Linux kernel.
12:20 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - Linux 3.16-rc6

20 July

It's Now Made Easier Porting Jolla's Sailfish OS To New Android Phones

This week Jolla has finally released their Hardware Adaptation Dev Kit (HADK) publicly to make it easier for enthusiasts/developers to port the Sailfish OS platform to new Android smart-phones.
06:08 PM EDT - Free Software - HADK - 12 Comments

MP Counters In Prototype Stage For Nouveau NV50

Samuel Pitoiset has shared another blog post on his excellent work for reverse-engineering NVIDIA hardware performance counters and implementing the functionality within the open-source Nouveau driver.
09:39 AM EDT - Nouveau - NV50 MP

The DragonBox Pyra Moves Closer As OpenPandora Successor

Michael Mozrek gave a presentation recently about his work as the project lead on the DragonBox Pyra, the slated replacement to the Open Pandora handheld Linux game system.
09:31 AM EDT - Hardware - DragonBox Pyra - 19 Comments

Plasma Active Continues Coming For Qt5/KF5

Being done as part of a Google Summer of Code project this year is porting KDE's Plasma Active to their newer technology stack.
09:03 AM EDT - KDE - KDE Frameworks 5 - 9 Comments

Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Beta Update Now Uses SDL2

A new beta update to Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition is now out.
08:51 AM EDT - Gaming - DN3D Megaton - 2 Comments

19 July

Leadwerks: Blender Exporter, Steam For Linux Coming

There's another update out for the Leadwerks Game Engine on Linux.
03:23 PM EDT - Gaming - Leadwerks - 3 Comments

VA-API Adds Support For VP8 Video Encoding

Intel developers have added support for VP8 video encoding to the open-source Video Acceleration API.
09:17 AM EDT - Intel - Video Acceleration API - 9 Comments

SteamOS Update 123 Fixes Multiple Reboots, The Compositor

Valve pushed down the SteamOS update 123 to their Alchemist Beta channel this week.
09:05 AM EDT - Valve - SteamOS 123 - 2 Comments

GCC Code Gets Updated For Go 1.3 Language

Released the middle of last month was Google's Go 1.3 programming language. Updated Go 1.3 code is now landing within the GNU Compiler Collection.
08:39 AM EDT - Compiler - Go 1.3

MicroXwin Creators Have A PC That Runs Debian & Android Together

The company behind MicroXwin, a kernel-based X Windows implementation that claims to be the smallest and fastest X implementation, has come up with a unified Linux distribution that runs Android and Debian/Ubuntu applications simultaneously.
08:25 AM EDT - Hardware - Debian + Android - 15 Comments

18 July

More Intel DRM Improvements Aimed For Linux 3.17

With the Linux 3.16 kernel just being a few weeks away from its debut, Intel's Open-Source Technology Center has out another batch of changes being queued up for drm-next to enter with Linux 3.17.
12:53 PM EDT - Intel - Linux 3.17 - 2 Comments

The Tour Of Linus Torvalds' Home Office

Seemingly popular on the Internet today is the Linux Foundation produced video that shows off the home office of Linus Torvalds.
11:31 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - Tour - 17 Comments

KernelASan: Bringing Address Sanitizer To The Linux Kernel

Work being done by Samsung and other Linux stakeholders is bringing the Address Sanitizer capabilities found in GCC as being useful for detecting potential memory issues within the Linux kernel.
09:23 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - KernelASan - 7 Comments

GLAMOR Changes Already Get Queued For X.Org Server 1.17

Only hours after the release of X.Org Server 1.16, pull requests are already coming in for the X.Org Server 1.17 development code.
05:15 AM EDT - X.Org - X.Org Server 1.17

Open-Source Blu-Ray Now Works For BD-J / Menu Rendering

For users of libbluray for limited open-source Blu-Ray disc support, there's some updates worth fetching.
01:53 AM EDT - Free Software - libbluray - 24 Comments

RadeonSI Gallium3D Now Supports GL4 Indirect Drawing Too

Just a very short time after Nouveau added support for OpenGL 4 indirect drawing, AMD developers have now added support for the related OpenGL 4.x extensions to the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver.
12:13 AM EDT - AMD - ARB_draw_indirect - 15 Comments

17 July

Slackware Turns 21 Years Old

It was on this day in 1993 that Patrick Volkerding announced the Slackware 1.00 release that was inspired by the Softlanding Linux System.
09:43 PM EDT - Operating Systems - Slackware - 10 Comments

Chrome 37 Beta Adds The Dialog Tag, Other Changes

Google has put out the first beta of their Chrome 37 web-browser for all major platforms.
05:40 PM EDT - Google - Chrome 37 - 2 Comments

Fedora 21 Starts Working Towards Its Alpha Release

In aiming towards an on-time release of Fedora 21, developers have spun the first test candidate for the upcoming development release.
03:49 PM EDT - Fedora - Fedora 21 - 12 Comments

X.Org Server 1.17 Is Planned For A New Year's Release

While X.Org Server 1.16 was just released, Keith Packard has already laid out his plans for X.Org Server 1.17.
03:07 PM EDT - X.Org - xorg-server 1.17

The LLVM 2014 Developer Meeting Is At The End Of October

The LLVM Foundation has announced the annual LLVM Developers' Meeting that occurs every year in Q3~Q4 in California.
12:23 PM EDT - Compiler - LLVM 2014

Vincent Untz Steps Down From The openSUSE Board

The openSUSE Board announced this morning that Vincent Untz has stepped down as the openSUSE Board Chairman.
11:17 AM EDT - SUSE - Personal Matters - 1 Comment

X.Org Server 1.16 Officially Released With Terrific Features

After a last minute delay earlier this month, Keith Packard of Intel's Open-Source Technology Center has officially announced the X.Org Server 1.16 release. XWayland and other changes make xorg-server 1.16 a super exciting release!
10:44 AM EDT - Software - 18 Comments

OpenMW 0.31 Has A Ton Of Changes

For fans of Elderscrolls III: Morrowind, the open-source re-make of it done by the community is out with a new version. The OpenMW 0.31 release has many smaller features and tons of fixes for this engine re-implementation.
10:17 AM EDT - Gaming - Open Morrow Wind - 1 Comment

WebKit's FTL JavaScript Engine Shows Off Potential For LLVM

Earlier this year we wrote about Apple working on an LLVM-based JIT compiler for WebKit. This new JIT engine, called "Fourth Tier LLVM" (FTL), is enabled within the latest open-source code for this browser rendering engine and is faster than WebKit's earlier JavaScript implementations.
09:42 AM EDT - Compiler - Fourth Tier LLVM

GhostBSD 4.0 Beta 3 Brings New & Updated Packages

Besides FreeBSD 9.3 now being out, so is the latest beta for the upcoming GhostBSD 4.0 release.
09:32 AM EDT - BSD - GhostBSD

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