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NVIDIA's Linux Driver Can Deliver Better OpenGL Performance Than Windows 8.1

Yesterday we looked at the Windows vs. Ubuntu 14.10 Intel OpenGL performance using Haswell HD Graphics to kick off our latest round of Windows vs. Linux OpenGL driver benchmarking. Out today is now our NVIDIA GeForce graphics card comparison on Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 14.10 using the latest NVIDIA binary drivers. NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980 Maxwell graphics cards were tested as well as the mature GTX 780 Ti.
18 Minutes Ago - Operating Systems

Wine 1.7.30 Continues Work On DirectWrite & Offers Regedit Fixes

The latest bi-weekly Wine development release is making a Halloween debut.
1 Hour Ago - WINE - Wine 1.7.30

Has The Sky Fallen? Qualcomm Contributes To Freedreno's DRM/KMS Driver

In an interesting change of events, Code Aurora on the behalf of the Qualcomm Innovation Center has added Adreno A4xx product support to the Freedreno-spawned DRM/KMS "MSM" driver.
2 Hours Ago - Hardware - DRM MSM - 6 Comments

Manjaro Works To Make Calamares A Distribution-Independent Installer

The Arch-based Manjaro crew has been developing Calamares, an open-source installation framework they hope will basically lead to being a universal Linux distribution installer.
3 Hours Ago - Operating Systems - Universal Linux Installer - 8 Comments

DisplayLink USB 3.0 Support Sounds Like A Mess

While DisplayLink's USB2-based graphics adapters tend to be well supported under Linux even with a DRM/KMS driver, there's been no support for the newer DisplayLink USB 3.0 devices.
3 Hours Ago - Hardware - DisplayLink

PulseAudio Gains A Native Bluetooth Headset Backend

PulseAudio now has a native headset backend for dealing with Bluetooth headsets.
3 Hours Ago - Hardware - Bluetooth HSP - 4 Comments

X.Org Foundation Decides On Its Women Outreach Project

At yesterday's X.Org Foundation Board of Directors meeting they approved one project for the Outreach Program for Women.
4 Hours Ago - X.Org - X.Org OPW - 9 Comments

30 October

GTK+ 3.16's New GtkGLArea Widget Gets Improved

Earlier this month GTK+ 3.16 development code gained native OpenGL support. This GTK+ OpenGL support involved adding support for wrapping an OpenGL context for native windows with GLX on X11 and EGL on Wayland to use OpenGL to paint everything. A GtkGLArea widget was also added for providing OpenGL drawing access within GTK+ applications. The GtkGLArea has already seen some more improvements to better GTK's OpenGL support.
11:50 PM EDT - GNOME - GTK OpenGL - 1 Comment

X.Org Server 1.17 ABI Bumped

For those wondering whether there's ABI breakage with this week's X.Org Server 1.17 Release Candidate, there is indeed some breakage that will warrant the proprietary driver ABIs to be updated and released.
09:00 PM EDT - X.Org - ABI Breakage - 5 Comments

Fedora 21 Beta To Be Released Next Week

While Fedora 21 Beta was delayed, today it received the go ahead to be released next week Tuesday.
08:23 PM EDT - Fedora - Fedora 21 Beta

Go 1.4 Beta Release Brings Big Runtime Changes

Google's Go language implementation is now in beta for the upcoming 1.4 major release.
07:29 PM EDT - Google - Go 1.4

SIMD For JavaScript Continues Coming Along

SIMD for JavaScript continues to be worked on by Mozilla, Google, Intel, and others for better accelerating particular workloads in the web.
12:30 PM EDT - Mozilla - SIMD.js - 13 Comments

Windows 8.1 vs. Ubuntu 14.10 With Intel HD Graphics

For those curious how the latest open-source Intel Linux graphics driver is performing against Intel's newest closed-source Windows OpenGL driver, we've put Ubuntu 14.10 (including a second run with the latest Linux kernel / Mesa) against Microsoft Windows 8.1 with the newest Intel GPU driver released earlier this month.

GNOME 3.15.1 Released

The first development snapshot for the GNOME 3.15 cycle is now available, which will end up being GNOME 3.16 come next March.
11:01 AM EDT - GNOME - GNOME 3.15.1 - 5 Comments

Red Hat Software Collections 1.2 Adds GCC 4.9, Nginx 1.6

Red Hat has released their third update to their "Software Collections" that provide updated development tools/packages to RHEL6/RHEL7 users as an alternative to their default packages.
09:54 AM EDT - Red Hat - Software Collections

GLAMOR Acceleration Continues To Be Cleaned Up

Now that X.Org Server 1.17 RC1 has been released with a focus on improving GLAMOR and integrating the xf86-video-intel DDX, Keith Packard has written a blog post about the work that has gone on so far since GLAMOR's inception for optimizing and cleaning up this 2D-over-OpenGL acceleration method.
08:29 AM EDT - X.Org - GLAMOR - 7 Comments

Russia's Yandex Web Browser Finally Released For Linux

After a several year wait, the Yandex Browser is now available for Linux.
08:13 AM EDT - Free Software - Yandex Browser - 17 Comments

GCC 4.9.2 Released Today To Fix Regressions

GCC 4.9.2 was released today as the latest point release in the GCC 4.9 series for the compiler originally released earlier this year.
07:28 AM EDT - Compiler - GCC 4.9.2 - 3 Comments

29 October

Linux Kernel Finally Being Optimized For SSHDs

The Linux kernel is finally being optimized for use of solid-state hybrid drives (SSHDs) that follow the ATA 3.2 standard.
11:58 PM EDT - Hardware - SSHD SATA - 7 Comments

GPU Profiling Support Lands In Mozilla Firefox

The built-in profiler for Mozilla's Firefox web browser now has the ability to provide GPU profiling information.
10:06 PM EDT - Mozilla - GPU Profile - 4 Comments

Kubuntu 15.04 Will Use KDE's Plasma 5 By Default

Kubuntu's Jonathan Riddell has shared that "Kubuntu Vivid", a.k.a. Ubuntu 15.05 for the Vivid Vervet, will use Plasma 5 by default.
08:17 PM EDT - KDE - Plasma 5 - 38 Comments

GDB 7.8.1 Brings Various Fixes For The GNU Debugger

Version 7.8.1 of the GNU Debugger is now available and it brings various bug fixes over the major GDB 7.8 release.
07:38 PM EDT - GNU - GNU Debugger

KDBUS Submitted For Review To The Mainline Linux Kernel

It looks like KDBUS, the Linux kernel D-Bus implementation, is posed to be added to the next kernel release after Greg Kroah-Hartman sent out its patches today.
06:28 PM EDT - systemd - KDBUS - 13 Comments

Btrfs On 4 x Intel SSDs In RAID 0/1/5/6/10

Earlier this month I published Btrfs RAID benchmarks on two HDDs but as some more interesting results are now Btrfs RAID file-system benchmarks when testing the next-generation Linux file-system across four Intel Series 530 solid-state drives. All RAID levels supported by the Btrfs file-system were benchmarked atop Ubuntu 14.10 with the Linux 3.18-rc1 kernel: RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, and 10 levels along with testing a Btrfs single SSD setup and a Btrfs file-system linearly spanning all four drives.
04:00 PM EDT - Storage - 15 Comments

An Intel-Based Ubuntu Touch Tablet Is Planning To Launch Soon

Today we've received some information a device dubbed the "UT One" that is an Ubuntu Touch tablet powered by an Intel Bay Trail processor and aims to ship in December.
12:09 PM EDT - Hardware - UT One - 29 Comments

OpenMW 0.33 Re-Implements More Of Morrowind

OpenMW 0.33.0 is out to offer the latest of this open-source project striving to reimplement Elderscrolls III: Morrowind as open-source.
11:44 AM EDT - Gaming - Morrowind - 7 Comments

MIAOW: An Open-Source GPU Design Based On AMD's Southern Islands

A new open-source GPU design has been published designed to run on FPGAs... What makes this "open hardware" project more interesting than past designs is that their compute unit was designed around AMD's public "Southern Islands" instruction set architecture.
10:34 AM EDT - Hardware - MIAOW - 9 Comments

SIMD8 Vertex Shaders For Broadwell

Kristian Høgsberg has published a new patch-set but it's not for Wayland, it's for the Intel Mesa driver.
09:01 AM EDT - Mesa - SIMD8 VS

X.Org Server 1.17 RC1 Released, Exciting For GLAMOR & Modesetting

Keith Packard has made available the first test release for the upcoming X.Org Server 1.17 release. This release is coming a bit late but Keith is still hoping to have xorg-server 1.17.0 ready for release at the end of the year or around early January.
08:11 AM EDT - X.Org - xorg-server 1.17 - 4 Comments

6-Way Ubuntu 14.10 Radeon Gallium3D vs. Catalyst Driver Comparison

As a follow-up to last week's Ubuntu 14.04 vs. Ubuntu 14.10 AMD Performance Comparison and yesterday's Radeon R9 290: Gallium3D vs. Catalyst driver comparison, here's taking things further in looking at the performance of the open-source AMD Radeon Linux graphics driver in several configurations while compared against the closed-source AMD Catalyst graphics driver as found on Ubuntu 14.10.
05:00 AM EDT - Display Drivers - 13 Comments

OpenGL 4.x Support For Mesa Still Inching Along

While there hasn't been much to report on lately with regard to major OpenGL 4.x advancements, the OpenGL 4.0+ support is still being worked on by the open-source developers wishing to expose GL4 compliance within the Intel, Radeon, and Nouveau Linux graphics drivers, among other potential Mesa/Gallium3D drivers.
12:00 AM EDT - Mesa - OpenGL 4 - 12 Comments

28 October

AMD's R300 Gallium3D Driver Enables VDPAU Again

For those stuck running on the R300g driver, which supports the ATI Radeon X1000 (R500) series and older GPUs, you really should consider upgrading your graphics card and likely your system. But if you're set on using the R300g driver going into the foreseeable future, you might as well upgrade Mesa.
07:50 PM EDT - AMD - R300g - 15 Comments

Systemd 217: Many New Features, Even More Bug-Fixes

Lennart Poettering announced the release today of systemd 217 and it's quite a big update.
06:13 PM EDT - systemd - systemd 217 - 20 Comments

Humble Indie Bundle 13 Arrives For Halloween

The Halloween-themed Humble Indie Bundle 13 is now available for the next two weeks where you can pay-what-you want for a collection of cross-platform royalty-free games.
04:34 PM EDT - Gaming - HIB #13 - 4 Comments

Intel VA-API Driver Gets Improved De-Interlacing

Linux video expert Gwenole Beauchesne has landed some Video Acceleration API (VA-API) improvements for the open-source Intel driver.
01:43 PM EDT - Intel - VA-API - 6 Comments

AMD Radeon R9 290 On Ubuntu 14.10: RadeonSI Gallium3D vs. Catalyst

Our latest performance benchmarks of last week's release of Ubuntu 14.10 is looking at the performance of an AMD Radeon R9 290 "Hawaii" graphics card using the latest open-source (RadeonSI Gallium3D) graphics driver code compared to the Catalyst driver that's packaged for Ubuntu 14.10. The latest open-source tests do include the in-development Linux 3.18 kernel and Mesa 10.4-devel.
12:00 PM EDT - Display Drivers - 41 Comments

Canonical Announces Its Own Distribution of Ubuntu OpenStack

Canonical has come forward today to announce the Canonical Distribution of Ubuntu OpenStack that offers various advantages over the free, community version of Ubuntu OpenStack.
10:29 AM EDT - Ubuntu - Canonical Ubuntu OpenStack

OpenBSD Drops Support For Loadable Kernel Modules

Interestingly the OpenBSD developers have decided to remove support for loadable kernel modules from the BSD distribution's next release.
09:59 AM EDT - BSD - LKM - 22 Comments

GtkInspector Now Supports Dealing With Multiple Back-Ends For GTK

Matthias Clasen did some weekend hacking to allow GtkInspector to work across different display connections, e.g. debugging a GTK application running in Wayland while GtkInspector is running under X11 or the HTML5 Broadway back-end.
09:35 AM EDT - GNOME - GDK Back-Ends - 1 Comment

DragonFlyBSD 4.0 Is Coming Soon, Release Candidate Now Available

DragonFlyBSD 3.8 will soon be succeeded by DragonFlyBSD 4.0. For those willing to help test, the release candidate to DragonFlyBSD 4.0.0 is now available.
08:54 AM EDT - BSD - DragonFlyBSD 4.0

Wayland Live CD Updated With New Capabilities, A SDL2 Wayland Game

Rebecca Black OS, what's become the most common Linux Live CD/USB environment for showing off Wayland progress and various Wayland-related features for the Linux desktop, is out in updated form. The revised Rebecca Black OS spins offer various new features and are riding off the very latest Wayland code.
08:34 AM EDT - Wayland - Rebecca Black OS - 9 Comments

Openage: Making Age of Empires II Open-Source

Like Xoreos, GemRB, and OpenMW that seek to remake popular proprietary games/engines as open-source, Openage is another such project and it's seeking to free the once popular Age of Empires II game.
08:12 AM EDT - Gaming - Openage - 13 Comments

27 October

DRI2 Support Proposed For The Generic Mode-Setting Driver

Eric Anholt while working at Broadcom on the Raspberry Pi graphics driver has sent out patches that add support for DRI2 with GLAMOR to the xf86-video-modesetting driver.
06:05 PM EDT - X.Org - xf86-video-modesetting - 8 Comments

Civilization: Beyond Earth Overcoming Linux GPU Driver Problems

Aspyr Media has written a blog update concerning the state of the OS X and Linux port of Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth.
04:45 PM EDT - Gaming - Civilization: Beyond Earth - 56 Comments

NVIDIA vs. Nouveau Drivers On Ubuntu 14.10

Over the weekend I began posting Ubuntu 14.04 LTS vs. 14.10 benchmarks of the open-source Radeon Gallium3D drivers to show how their software stack has advanced. With our NVIDIA graphics testing it's slightly different since the performance state of Nouveau hasn't changed a lot in the past six months since the re-clocking support overall is still in quite inadequate shape for end-users. However, for some new open-source NVIDIA Linux benchmarks to share today is a look at the open-source NVIDIA (Nouveau) driver performance out-of-the-box on Ubuntu 14.10, then with the Oibaf PPA enabled plus the Linux 3.17 stable kernel, and lastly when using Ubuntu 14.10's supplied NVIDIA proprietary driver.
12:15 PM EDT - Display Drivers - 10 Comments

SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 Released - Supports MariaDB, Systemd & Btrfs

SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 is out today! SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 supports all of the latest open-source/Linux technologies and more.
12:10 PM EDT - SUSE - SLED12 / SLES12

Amazon Launches The Fire TV Stick

Just months after launching the Fire TV, Amazon today introduced the Fire TV Stick, which is like a mix of a Roku/Chromecast and the Fire TV.
10:02 AM EDT - Hardware - Fire TV Stick - 10 Comments

Clang Goes Ahead And Enables C11 By Default

LLVM's Clang C/C++ compiler went ahead and enabled C11 as the default C language for the upcoming LLVM 3.6 release.
09:32 AM EDT - Compiler - LLVM/Clang - 14 Comments

Reducing The CPU Usage In Mesa To Improve Performance

Timothy Arceri who previously crowd-funded work to add new GL extensions to Mesa and did so successfully multiple times has now written a new blog post on the topic of reducing the CPU usage in Mesa to potentially improve frame-rates.
08:46 AM EDT - Mesa - CPU Usage Reduction - 74 Comments

26 October

Linux 3.18-rc2 Brings OverlayFS, Other Late Merges

Another Sunday evening, another Linux kernel release candidate. The second test version of the Linux 3.18 kernel is now available.
11:06 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - Linux 3.18-rc2 - 3 Comments

Ubuntu 14.10 Offers AMD Radeon Driver Performance Improvements

In comparing the open-source graphics driver performance of Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS and Ubuntu 14.10, the newer Ubuntu Linux release does offer up some performance improvements to the R600 and RadeonSI graphics drivers, but already in the latest kernel and Mesa Git code is faster performance. Here are benchmarks of Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS vs. Ubuntu 14.10 for several OpenGL benchmarks with different AMD Radeon graphics cards while also adding in the results of the Oibaf PPA and vanilla Linux 3.17 kernel.
01:00 PM EDT - Display Drivers - 12 Comments

SteelSeries' QcK Remain Great, Affordable Mouse Pads For Linux Gamers

Earlier this month we reviewed some of the newest high-end mouse pads from XTrac. If you're looking for a new mouse pad due to finally amassing a decent selection of Linux game titles, the SteelSeries QcK remains one of the most affordable and suitable choices.
10:00 AM EDT - Hardware - QcK - 14 Comments

Btrfs RAID: Linux 3.10 To Linux 3.18 Benchmarks

As a follow-up to this week's Btrfs RAID HDD testing on Ubuntu 14.10, I ran some benchmarks of Btrfs in RAID0 while benchmarking every major kernel release from Linux 3.10 to Linux 3.18-rc1.
09:12 AM EDT - Storage - 17 Comments

KDE Developers Come Up With DWD Window Decoration Concept

Yesterday there were "what if" articles about KDE using client-side decorations and Windows 10 components. On a serious note today, the same KDE parties involved, have proposed Dynamic Window Decorations (DWD) as an alternative/hybrid to client-side and server-side decorations.
08:35 AM EDT - KDE - CSD/SSD - 30 Comments

OverlayFS Finally Offered For Pulling Into Linux 3.18

When Linux 3.18-rc1 was released last week, one week sooner than anticipated, Linus Torvalds mentioned he was willing to still allow OverlayFS to be merged this cycle. One week later, that code is hopefully now ready for merging.
08:08 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - OverlayFS - 6 Comments

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