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1 October

Dash As The Default Shell For Fedora?

While Ubuntu/Debian have long preferred Dash as its /bin/sh implementation, in light of the recent Shellshock Bash vulnerability there's a discussion starting about Dash potentially becoming the default shell for Fedora Linux.
2 Hours Ago - Fedora - Dash - 1 Comment

CUPS Turn 15 Years Old, CUPS 2.0 Released

CUPS 2.0 has finally been released in marking the fifteen years the project has been around with what was originally referred to as the Common Unix Printing System.
4 Hours Ago - Free Software - CUPS - 3 Comments

VA-API Gallium3D State Tracker Added Back To Mesa

Last week I wrote about AMD working on a new VA-API state tracker for Gallium3D after the original VA-API support was dropped two years ago. That new state tracker has landed in mainline Mesa Git.
9 Hours Ago - Mesa - VA-API - 7 Comments

Radeon DRM Gets New Information Ioctl Queries

For those using the Gallium3D HUD, RadeonTOP, or other utilities, more data is being exposed with new patches for the Radeon DRM driver.
12:05 PM EDT - AMD - Info Queries - 10 Comments

The MSI X99S SLI PLUS Is Working & Running Well On Linux

Last month following the launch of Intel's Core i7 5960X Haswell-E platform I ran into a rather odd situation with the first system assembled using the X99 chipset and eight-core, $1000+ processor: the motherboard failed. Coincidentally it happened at the same time as another motherboard failure at a fellow review site. Fortunately, since then, there's been no other major reports of failures with Intel's new platform. MSI has been helpful in this matter and I've since received a new MSI X99S SLI PLUS to confirm there's no fundamental issues with their board.
11:30 AM EDT - Motherboards - 1 Comment

Mir 0.8 Works On Less ABI Breakage, Touchspots, Responsiveness

While Ubuntu 14.10 on the desktop isn't using Mir by default, Mir 0.8.0 is being prepared for release by Canonical and it has a number of interesting changes.
09:49 AM EDT - Ubuntu - Mir 0.8.0 - 13 Comments

CS:GO For Linux Gains Better Stability, Community Server Support

Valve pushed down a big update yesterday following their successful Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Linux launch last week.
08:46 AM EDT - Valve - Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - 2 Comments

NVIDIA Issues Updated 340.46 Long-Lived Driver Release

NVIDIA on Tuesday released an updated Linux x86/x86_64/ARM graphics driver in their 340.xx long-lived branch.
08:38 AM EDT - NVIDIA - NVIDIA 340.46

30 September

KDE Plasma 5.1 Now In Beta

The beta for KDE Plasma 5's second release is now available ahead of its planned launch in October.
07:05 PM EDT - KDE - Plasma 5.1 - 28 Comments

Systemd & Debian Were Most Popular In September

Debian and systemd news were among the most popular Linux and open-source stories during the month of September.
06:51 PM EDT - Phoronix - Recap - 4 Comments

Microsoft Announces... Windows 10 With A Start Menu

While most were expecting "Windows 9" to be Microsoft's next operating system, they've announced today the next OS update will be Windows 10.
02:22 PM EDT - Proprietary Software - Windows 10 - 65 Comments

Borderlands 2 Launches On Steam For Linux

Borderlands 2 is available today as the newest action RPG / first person shooter on Linux. Borderlands 2 -- a game powered by a modified Unreal Engine 3 -- is now available natively via a port done by Aspyr Media.
01:37 PM EDT - Gaming - Borderlans - 54 Comments

Debian Jessie Might Get Rid Of The kFreeBSD Port

For years there's been the Debian GNU/kFreeBSD port that ships the same Debian GNU user-land as Debian GNU/Linux but replaces the Linux kernel with that of the FreeBSD kernel.
12:21 PM EDT - Debian - kFreeBSD - 19 Comments

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980: The Best GPU For Linux Gamers

Earlier this month NVIDIA launched the GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980 as their highest-end offerings based on their Maxwell architecture. Since the GTX 750 series debut I have been anxious to see Maxwell succeed Kepler in the high-end space and finally last week I got hands on time with the GTX 980. As long as you are not committed to using pure open-source graphics drivers, the GeForce GTX 980 is the best you can get as a Linux gamer/enthusiast for high performance graphics for ending out 2014.
11:08 AM EDT - Graphics Cards - 17 Comments

Fedora Might Try A New Scheduling Strategy For Its Releases

It's no secret that Fedora has had a challenging time sticking to their release schedules for a long time. With taking care of blocker bugs, Fedora Linux releases tend to frequently slip -- with Fedora 21 it's about two months behind schedule and we're just past the alpha stage. By the time Fedora 21 actually ships, Fedora 20 will have been at least twelve months old. However, a new release scheduling strategy might be tried starting with Fedora 22.
09:39 AM EDT - Fedora - Fedora 22 - 12 Comments

AMD's Catalyst Working On A GLSL Shader Cache

There's a lot of work going on right now to the AMD Catalyst Linux graphics driver. We've written about new features coming to an upcoming Catalyst Linux driver but silently being pushed into the latest round of release is a GLSL shader disk cache.
09:16 AM EDT - AMD - GLCache - 14 Comments

OpenMP 4.0 Offloading Is Closer For GCC 5

While GCC 4.9 features OpenMP 4.0 support, it doesn't feature the OpenMP offloading support, but that should be coming soon to mainline GCC.
09:03 AM EDT - Compiler - OpenMP Offload

Wayland Presentation Extension Added To Weston

Pekka Paalanen of Collabora has landed the new presentation extension for Wayland that currently is living within the Weston compositor code-base until it's fully vetted.
08:50 AM EDT - Wayland - Presentation - 3 Comments

Intel Skylake Support Rolls Out To Mesa's DRM

The latest open-source component of Intel's Linux graphics driver stack receiving hardware enablement for Skylake is libdrm.
08:40 AM EDT - Intel - Skylake

VA-API's Libva 1.4.0 Brings VP8 Encoding Support

Intel's Haihao Xiang has announced the version 1.4.0 release of the VA-API library along with the company's updated VA-API driver.
08:24 AM EDT - Intel - libva 1.4 - 14 Comments

29 September

Operating System U Fails To Live Up To Its Goals

Back in July we wrote about the Linux distribution based on Arch and powered by Wayland aiming for commercial success to compete with the likes of Ubuntu. Well, that distribution has now thrown in the towel.
11:07 PM EDT - Operating Systems - OSu - 28 Comments

AMD Catalyst 14.9 Officially Released For Linux

AMD has released the Catalyst 14.9 Linux graphics driver today with some modest changes but it's not the really big driver update we're waiting for.
05:26 PM EDT - AMD - Catalyst 14.9 - 30 Comments

Nouveau Memory Re-Clocking Comes For More NVIDIA GPUs

Roy Spliet, the student developer behind funded by the X.Org Foundation to work on Nouveau re-clocking, continues making great progress on this critical feature for the open-source NVIDIA graphics driver. With the latest patches, DDR2 / DDR3 / GDDR3 memory re-clocking should be working for a lot more NVIDIA graphics cards.
04:34 PM EDT - Nouveau - Nouveau - 7 Comments

NVIDIA Suggests Explicit Synchronization For Nouveau

As another interesting NVIDIA Linux news item before ending out the month are some patches published just before the start of the weekend by NVIDIA. A NVIDIA developer has proposed explicit synchronization support for the Nouveau driver, complete with some "RFC" patches.
03:09 PM EDT - NVIDIA - Open-Source NVIDIA - 2 Comments

Adobe Brings Streaming Photoshop To Chromebooks

Adobe's popular Photoshop software landed on Linux sort of today with a streaming version that will be available to Chromebook users running Chrome OS.
02:19 PM EDT - Proprietary Software - Photoshop - 19 Comments

OverlayFS Proposed For The Linux 3.18 Kernel

After years of development, more than two dozen versions of the file-system, and real-world deployments in some Linux distributions, OverlayFS is trying again to get in the mainline Linux kernel.
02:14 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - OverlayFS - 1 Comment

NVIDIA To Issue An Update On Their Support Of Mir & Wayland

While there's no supportive driver out at this time, NVIDIA continues to be working in the direction of supporting non-X11 windowing systems like Mir and Wayland.
01:20 PM EDT - NVIDIA - Non-X World - 44 Comments

NVIDIA Is Still Working On The New Linux OpenGL ABI

It's been a while since hearing anything new about the proposed overhaul of the Linux OpenGL driver ABI, but it's continuing to be pursued by NVIDIA.
12:31 PM EDT - NVIDIA - Linux OpenGL ABI - 19 Comments

Intel Haswell HD Graphics With CS:GO On Linux

Besides Radeon Gallium3D tests of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, I also did one test-run this weekend of CS:GO using Intel's "Haswell" HD Graphics with the open-source Mesa driver.
12:08 PM EDT - Intel - Counter-Strike: GO - 8 Comments

The Most Dominating Linux Stories Of Q3'2014

With the third quarter ending tomorrow, here's a look at the top highlights from the past three months.
11:00 AM EDT - Phoronix - Q3

Preview: Radeon Gallium3D Performance For CS:GO On Linux

Following last week's release of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for Linux I published many AMD/NVIDIA GPU benchmarks of CS:GO. Those initial results were done using the proprietary AMD and NVIDIA Linux graphics drivers while starting today will be the open-source graphics driver results for this highly popular Valve game.
10:25 AM EDT - Linux Gaming - 16 Comments

LibreSSL Continues Marching Forward On BSD Systems

Almost six months ago OpenBSD developers forked OpenSSL into LibreSSL and since then this new SSL alternative continues to advance.
09:45 AM EDT - BSD - LibreSSL - 2 Comments

5 Months After Migrating Servers, Linux Game Publishing Remains Knocked Out

Five months ago today was when LGP was planning a server migration with minimal downtime, while to this day they've yet to return.
09:05 AM EDT - Gaming - LGP - 4 Comments

Clasp: Even Common Lisp Is Coming To LLVM

The latest open-source project devising an LLVM back-end is a Common Lisp implementation.
08:43 AM EDT - Compiler - Clasp - 6 Comments

28 September

AMD Is Working On A New VA-API State Tracker For Gallium3D

Years ago there was a VA-API state tracker within Gallium3D for offering drivers support for the Video Acceleration API. That implementation, however, was dropped back in 2012 as it was largely unmaintained and the VDPAU state tracker proved to be more popular. Now, however, it seems AMD is working to introduce a new VA-API implementation for Gallium3D.
10:00 PM EDT - Mesa - VA-API - 20 Comments

Linux 3.17-rc7 Released: Linux 3.17 Final Release Pushed Back

While Linus Torvalds was looking at possibly releasing Linux 3.17 this weekend, there's been a chance of course with a 3.17-rc7 kernel instead having been released.
07:42 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - Linux 3.17

Libdrm 2.4.57 Brings Android Build Support & More

A notable Mesa DRM library update was released today.
01:09 PM EDT - Mesa - libdrm 2.4.57

ROCCAT LUA: A Linux-Friendly Gaming Mouse

For those looking for a gaming mouse that's Linux friendly and not too expensive, the ROCCAT LUA is a nice option.
12:30 PM EDT - Peripherals - 22 Comments

FreeBSD 10.1 Beta 3 Released

The third and final beta of FreeBSD 10.1 was released this Sunday.
12:13 PM EDT - BSD - FreeBSD 10.1

Radeon 2D Performance On Fedora 21: EXA vs. GLAMOR

Here's some benchmarks done of the open-source Radeon driver stack in Fedora 21 to compare the performance of the EXA and GLAMOR 2D acceleration methods.
09:51 AM EDT - Fedora - xf86-video-ati

Rockchip's DRM Driver Continues To Progress

Back in August Rockchip published a DRM driver for their SoCs. While this driver has yet to be mainlined, Rockchip continues revising the open-source driver to address upstream developer feedback.
09:31 AM EDT - Hardware - Rockchip - 4 Comments

Preview Numbers For The GeForce GTX 980 On Ubuntu Linux

For those anxious to see NVIDIA's newest high-end Maxwell graphics card, the recently launched GeForce GTX 980, on Linux, here's some preview results.
09:07 AM EDT - NVIDIA - GTX 980 Maxwell - 1 Comment

27 September

Cheetah Mounts: The Affordable Way To Put Your TV On The Wall

For those that have searched for TV/monitor wall mounts at Amazon or other major Internet retailers have likely come across Cheetah Mounts: a brand of TV wall mounts that are incredibly cheap compared to competitors. However, are these mounts worthwhile for their $20+ price? I setup the APTMM2B to a 39-inch TV in the office as a test.
11:40 AM EDT - Monitors - 14 Comments

A Future Catalyst Update Will Improve CS:GO's Linux Performance

AMD is expected to release an updated Catalyst Linux driver in due time that will improve the frame rates for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
10:09 AM EDT - Valve - Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - 26 Comments

The Top Features Of The Linux 3.17 Kernel

If all goes well, the Linux 3.17 kernel might be released this weekend. For those not closely following the kernel's development over the past two months, here's a recap of some of the most interesting changes found in this new version of the Linux kernel.
09:28 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - Linux 3.17 - 2 Comments

Scientific Linux 7.0 RC1 Has Finally Arrived

The first release candidate to the RHEL7-based Scientific Linux 7.0 is finally available.
08:07 AM EDT - Red Hat - Scientific

NVIDIA Alerts Nouveau: They're Starting To Sign/Validate GPU Firmware Images

To the dismay of open-source fans, NVIDIA is tightening the belt so to speak around their GPU hardware: with Maxwell and future hardware, certain aspects of the NVIDIA graphics processor chip will only be available to the "Falcon" (a.k.a. "FUC") firmware images that have been signed by NVIDIA. While this will throw a wrench at Nouveau's open-source effort, NVIDIA at least informed Nouveau and are jointly working towards an adequate solution.
04:20 AM EDT - Nouveau - FUC - 98 Comments

OpenELEC 4.2 Works To Improve The Linux HTPC/Multimedia Experience

A new release of OpenELEC is out for the Linux distribution designed around XBMC (now known as Kodi) for carrying out multimedia tasks with an easy-to-setup operating system.
02:11 AM EDT - Operating Systems - OpenELEC - 4 Comments

OpenMandriva Lx 2014.1 Released

For users of the OpenMandriva operating system the OpenMandriva Lx 2014.1 took place on Friday.
12:07 AM EDT - Operating Systems - OpenMandriva

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