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Debian Switches Back To GNOME As Its Default Desktop

While Debian defaulted to the Xfce desktop in the past after switching from GNOME, the default Debian desktop is back to being with GNOME.
8 Minutes Ago - Debian - GNOME vs. Xfce

Fedora 21 Alpha Finally Sees The Light Of Day

As anticipated, Fedora 21 in alpha form was just released this morning.
31 Minutes Ago - Fedora - Fedora 21

Qt 5.4 Will Support Applications Under A Wayland Compositor

While Qt5 has always been promoted as being friendly towards Wayland and working to avoid its Linux dependency on X11, with the upcoming Qt 5.4 release is going to be the first version where there's out-of-the-box support for running Qt applications under a Wayland compositor -- i.e. integrating the Qt Wayland module.
46 Minutes Ago - Qt - Qt5 Wayland

Valve Rolls Out A New Steam Storefront

Following the launch of the launch of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive on Linux and approaching the one year anniversary of the Steam Machines announcement (so much happens during Oktoberfest season...) is Valve rolling out a new Steam storefront.
60 Minutes Ago - Valve - Steam Store - 1 Comment

Exynos DRM Driver Gets Updated For Linux 3.18

While there hasn't been much to report on lately as it pertains to the open-source Exynos DRM driver, it continues to be updated and maintained by Samsung's staff.
2 Hours Ago - Linux Kernel - Samsung Exynos

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive NVIDIA/AMD Benchmarks On Linux

Several hours ago Valve finally released to the public the Linux port of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive! This has been one of the most sought after titles to come to Steam on Linux by gamers and now it's finally out there. Of course, soon as it was made public, we added support for the game to our benchmarking software. After a very busy night, here's the first widely available benchmarks of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive running natively on Linux. Up for this first round of testing are an assortment of AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards with the proprietary graphics drivers.
10 Hours Ago - Linux Gaming - 26 Comments

The Features Coming For Fedora 21

Fedora 21 in alpha form is finally expected for release today. With Fedora 20 having been released last December and the Fedora 21 release getting continually dragged on due to delays, here's a recap of some of the major changes being worked on for this next Fedora release.
10 Hours Ago - Fedora - Fedora 21 Features - 6 Comments

22 September

PyPy 2.4 "Snow White" Released

Version 2.4 of the PyPy Python interpreter and JIT compiler has been released.
08:42 PM EDT - Compiler - Python - 3 Comments

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Starts Rolling Out To Linux Users

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is now appearing on Steam for Linux!
04:46 PM EDT - Gaming - CS: GO - 40 Comments

Trying Out The OpenSUSE 13.2 Beta: The Installer Is Still Lacking

With today's openSUSE 13.2 Beta release I decided to give it a whirl on the Core i7 5960X test system to see how things go for this latest openSUSE update gearing up for its official debut in November.
04:36 PM EDT - SUSE - openSUSE 13.2 Beta - 19 Comments

The Gestures Support Of GNOME 3.14

As talked about with this morning's GTK+ 3.14 release is now multi-touch support and a gesture framework for this week's GNOME 3.14 debut. While there's still improvements to be made, it looks like the gestures support for the GNOME Shell is turning out well for the 3.14 version.
02:01 PM EDT - GNOME - Gestures

CLike: A New, "Simple C-Like" Programming Language

One of the latest programming languages out there is now CLike, a language inspired by the C programming language but with an extensible syntax and typed macros support.
12:59 PM EDT - Compiler - CLike - 12 Comments

Running Fedora 20 On Intel's Core i7 Haswell-E Platform

Now with having many Ubuntu tests on the Intel Core i7 5960X under the belt, I've been spending time seeing how well this Haswell-E processor with Intel X99 motherboard works for other Linux distributions. For Fedora 20, the $1000+ processor setup will work but you surely want to install all of the latest stable package updates.
11:30 AM EDT - Operating Systems - 1 Comment

Linux 3.17 Has Basic Support For The Xbox One Controller

While I've written extensively about the Linux 3.17 kernel and its many new features, there is an interesting addition that was merged for Linux 3.17 that I missed out on noticing (or that of Anzwix) until today.
10:55 AM EDT - Hardware - Xbox One - 10 Comments

openSUSE 13.2 Beta Still Using Btrfs By Default, & KDE Plasma 5 For Testing

openSUSE 13.2 is planned for release in November and in preparation for that big milestone the first beta release is available this Monday morning.
09:54 AM EDT - SUSE - openSUSE 13.2 - 2 Comments

GTK+ 3.14 Brings Much Better Wayland Support, Multi-Touch, New Theme

In preparation for this week's GNOME 3.14 debut, the deadline is today for checking in the 3.14.0 release tarballs. One of the most prominent packages now checked in for the Wednesday release is GTK+ 3.14.
09:37 AM EDT - GNOME - GTK+ 3.14.0 - 10 Comments

DisplayPort Comes To USB's Type-C Connector

One week after the DisplayPort 1.3 debut, VESA this morning is announcing a new advancement to the DisplayPort standard: DisplayPort over USB.
09:09 AM EDT - Standards - VESA - 15 Comments

NSS Updated On Ubuntu 12.04/14.04 To Allow Netflix Support

While there's a user-agent hack to get Netflix working on Linux using the native HTML5 video support, an updated NSS library is landing on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and 14.04 LTS to allow Netflix support out-of-the-box.
08:59 AM EDT - Ubuntu - Netflix - 31 Comments

21 September

Linux 3.17-rc6 Released; Linux 3.17 Final Might Come In One Week

Continuing in his Sunday tradition, Linus Torvalds put out the sixth release candidate to the Linux 3.17 kernel. Depending upon how the next week goes, this could be the final release candidate for Linux 3.17.
08:06 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - Linux 3.17 - 3 Comments

FreeBSD 10.1 Beta 2 Released

The second beta ahead of next month's planned FreeBSD 10.1 release is now available.
03:48 PM EDT - BSD - FreeBSD 10.1

A Tour Of The New Phoronix Office

As most Phoronix readers know, earlier this summer I relocated from the high-tax, corrupted, crime-ridden Chicago to Indiana and with that Phoronix Media migrated. While my office configuration is slowly coming along and evolving, here's a look at things with most of the day-to-day setup now established. It's quite a different setup from the last Phoronix office tour two years ago. Like the last tour, this article is also to serve as some other recommendations I have about various products that otherwise wouldn't get (any or much) coverage on Phoronix but are worthy of a shout-out to Linux users and computer enthusiasts.
11:30 AM EDT - Events - 23 Comments

X.Org Server 1.16.1 Released

The first point release to X.Org Server 1.16 is now available.
09:30 AM EDT - X.Org - xorg-server 1.16.1

Mesa Gets Closer To Having OpenGL 4.0 Tessellation Support

A significant patch-set was published on Saturday night that implements the driver-independent bits of OpenGL 4's ARB_tessellation_shader extension inside Mesa.
01:45 AM EDT - Intel - ARB_tessellation_shader - 14 Comments

Uselessd: A Stripped Down Version Of Systemd

The boycotting of systemd has led to the creation of uselessd, a new init daemon based off systemd that tries to strip out the "unnecessary" features.
12:08 AM EDT - systemd - uselessd - 77 Comments

20 September

F2FS Tools Gain FSCK Support

The f2fs-tools package that provides user-space utilities to the Linux F2FS file-system is out with a new version that provides FSCK capabilities among other changes.
12:45 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - f2fs-tools - 17 Comments

FreeBSD 10.1 Has The New VT Driver, Hardware Improvements

Released this past week was the first beta of FreeBSD 10.1. If you haven't yet had time to explore this development release, there's a lot of improvements over FreeBSD 10.0.
07:09 AM EDT - BSD - FreeBSD 10.1

AntiMicro 2.6 Yields Greater Compatibility For Gamepads On Linux

Released this week was a new update to AntiMicro, the GUI program for mapping keyboard keys and mouse controls to a gamepad, which is useful for games without any gamepad (or inadequate) support.
03:59 AM EDT - Gaming - AntiMicro - 6 Comments

OpenGL 3.3 / GLSL 3.30 Lands For Intel Sandy Bridge On Mesa

Now that OpenGL geometry shaders landed for Intel Sandy Bridge hardware in Mesa and the OpenGL version bumped to 3.2, OpenGL 3.3 has arrived.
12:43 AM EDT - Intel - Patch - 21 Comments

AMD's RadeonSI Gallium3D Driver Sees Some Improvements

Marek Olšák has published another big set of fixes/improvements to the open-source RadeonSI Gallium3D driver.
12:01 AM EDT - AMD - Mesa 10.4-devel - 1 Comment

19 September

Mesa 10.3 Released With The Latest Open-Source GPU Driver Improvements

Besides the Wayland 1.6 release and other exciting Linux news today, Mesa 10.3 is another exciting open-source milestone achieved today.
04:03 PM EDT - Mesa - Mesa 10.3 - 7 Comments

GNOME 3.13.92 Officially Released

After a small delay, the second release candidate to the forthcoming GNOME 3.14 is now available.
03:41 PM EDT - GNOME - GNOME 3.14 - 2 Comments

Wine 1.7.27 Is Still Working Towards Direct2D Support

While more and more first-rate games come to Linux, if you still need Wine for running some older Windows titles, the latest bi-weekly development release is now available.
03:00 PM EDT - WINE - Wine 1.7.27 - 3 Comments

Wasteland 2 Officially Launched Today, Including For Linux Gamers

Besides the Linux release of Tropico 5, also available as of today is the official release of Wasteland 2, which is coming twenty-five years after the release of the original Wasteland.
02:53 PM EDT - Gaming - Wasteland 2 - 90 Comments

Tropico 5 Launches On Steam For Linux

As expected, Tropico 5 was released today for Linux gamers.
02:42 PM EDT - Gaming - Tropico 5 - 8 Comments

7-Way Linux Desktop Gaming Comparison On Ubuntu 14.10

With Ubuntu 14.10 bringing various updates to the packaged desktop environments along with updated open-source graphics drivers, here's our per-cycle usual tests of the popular Linux desktops while looking at their impact on the Linux gaming performance.

The Intel Core i7 5960X Continues Running Great On Linux

For those able to spend $1000+ (USD) on a processor, the Intel Core i7 5960X is a fantastic offering that is still leaving me pleased with the performance after extensive Linux testing.
10:08 AM EDT - Intel - Core i7 5960X - 3 Comments

Geometry Shaders, OpenGL 3.2 Land In Mesa For Intel Sandy Bridge

Those still running Intel "Sandy Bridge" processors with integrated HD Graphics will be ecstatic this morning that the Mesa driver has taken a leap forward.
09:26 AM EDT - Intel - Sandy Bridge - 8 Comments

Wayland & Weston 1.6 Released

The latest quarterly update to Wayland and its Weston compositor are now available! Wayland/Weston 1.6.0 is another important milestone now crossed in delivering a next-generation Linux display experience.
09:12 AM EDT - Wayland - Wayland/Weston 1.6 - 10 Comments

Tizen Smartphones Reported To Launch In November

It looks like Tizen smartphones might finally see the light of day later in the year.
08:54 AM EDT - Hardware - Tizen - 15 Comments

NVIDIA Releases The 343.22 Linux Driver With GTX 980 Support

NVIDIA has once again managed same-day Linux support for their newest graphics processors.
08:20 AM EDT - NVIDIA - GTX 970/980 - 4 Comments

NVIDIA Launches The GTX 980: The High-End Maxwell Beauty

This morning NVIDIA lifted the lid on the GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980 graphics cards as the new high-end offerings based on their extremely promising Maxwell architecture.
08:05 AM EDT - NVIDIA - GeForce GTX 980 - 14 Comments

18 September

X.Org Server Shatter Project Fails

As some more unfortunate X.Org news tonight besides the very low turnout thus far for the X.Org OPW women project, the latest attempt at Shatter support for the X.Org Server failed.
08:30 PM EDT - X.Org - Shatter - 8 Comments

X.Org Women Outreach Program Only Turns Up Two Applicants So Far

Earlier this month it was announced that the X.Org Foundation would participate in the next FOSS Outreach Program for Women (OPW) organized by the GNOME Foundation. This program is very controversial but one thing is for sure: there isn't much interest from women in getting involved with X.Org.
07:16 PM EDT - X.Org - OPW - 116 Comments

Fedora 21 Alpha Finally Coming Next Week

The alpha release of Fedora 21 is finally happening next week! Fedora 21 Alpha was originally scheduled to ship in early August.
06:46 PM EDT - Fedora - F21

Intel P-State vs. CPUFreq Benchmarks On The i7-5960X

Continuing in our recent CPUFreq vs. P-State scaling driver benchmarks, here's some tests from the eight-core Core i7 5960X Haswell-E system as we test the two CPU frequency scaling drivers and their different governors.
02:10 PM EDT - Software - 11 Comments

Ubuntu Touch/Phone Reaches Its First RTM Image

The first image of Ubuntu Touch has been declared as ready for "release to manufacturing" after much work by Canonical.
12:09 PM EDT - Ubuntu - RTM - 14 Comments

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