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Wine 1.7.32 Updates Its Mono Engine

It's time for another bi-weekly development release of Wine, but if you're looking forward to the Direct3D Command Stream work, better D3D10/D3D11 support, or any integration of Gallium3D Nine support, you'll be sadly disappointed.
1 Minute Ago - WINE - 1.7.32

Mesa 10.4 Release Candidate 3 Is Here For Weekend Testing

Emil Velikov has released the third weekly release candidate to Mesa 10.4 that's expected to be officially released in December.
36 Minutes Ago - Mesa - Mesa 10.4 RC3

GenodeOS 14.11 Now Supports Intel's Wireless Hardware

Released today was version 14.11 of the Genode OS Framework, an interesting open-source OS research project we've been following for a few years now.
89 Minutes Ago - Operating Systems - GenodeOS 14.11

Jolla Tablet Could Have Upgrades For MicroSDHC, Split Screen, 3.5G

Last week Jolla launched the Jolla Tablet with Sailfish OS 2.0 that's set to take the waters next year. The Jolla Tablet launched via crowd-funding and thus far it's been wildly successful. Given the success, Jolla has added some stretch goals to the campaign that ends in December.
5 Hours Ago - Hardware - Jolla Tablet - 9 Comments

Intel Has Last Round Of DRM Changes For Linux 3.19, Starts Dropping DRI1/UMS

The Linux 3.19 kernel that's a few weeks out still from officially being under development is quite heavy on the changes.
6 Hours Ago - Intel - drm-intel-next 3.19 - 4 Comments

Fedora 21 Release Candidate 1 Awaits Your Testing

The first release candidate to Fedora 21 is now available for testing ahead of its official release next month.
6 Hours Ago - Fedora - Fedora 21 RC1 - 6 Comments

GCC 5 Adds Support For ARM's Cortex-A17

While back in October LLVM/Clang added Cortex-A17 CPU support, as of this morning the GCC 5 SVN code supports the A17 ARM CPU cores.
6 Hours Ago - Compiler - Cortex-A17 - 2 Comments

KWayland Server Component Coming For KDE Plasma 5.2

KWayland was introduced last month with the KDE Plasma 5.1 release but it lacked the server-side code. With the upcoming release of Plasma 5.2, that will change with the server component to KWayland having been merged.
7 Hours Ago - KDE - KWayland::Server

27 November

NVIDIA Posts Tegra Gallium3D Patch For K1+ Support

NVIDIA has out a wonderful Thanksgiving surprise... New Mesa code for Tegra K1 GPUs and newer!
04:15 PM EST - NVIDIA - Tegra/Nouveau - 10 Comments

Ubuntu 14.10 MacBook Air Tests With Linux 3.18, Mesa 10.5

This week I posted some OS X 10.10 vs. Ubuntu 14.10 benchmarks from a Haswell-based Apple MacBook Air. Ubuntu 14.10 out-of-the-box was largely performing better than Apple's latest OS X Yosemite release while today are some more Ubuntu OpenGL numbers tossed in for the graphics tests when upgrading against Intel's latest HD Graphics code for Linux.
02:00 PM EST - Operating Systems - Ubuntu 14.10 vs. OS X 10.10 - 1 Comment

Acer B286HK: A 28-inch UHD LED 4K Monitor For As Low As $350

For anyone paying attention to online deals websites this week likely noticed the Acer B286HK retailing for just $350 USD. While it's not unusual these days for a 28-inch monitor to sell for less than $400, it is a different story if it's a 4K desktop monitor -- especially from a reputable brand. I ended up picking up an Acer B286HK and it's been working out great for my needs.
12:08 PM EST - Monitors - 11 Comments

AMD Richland APU Support Added To Coreboot

While traditionally AMD CPU/APUs and their chipsets are generally better supported by Coreboot than Intel hardware, only today is there AMD "Richland" APU support coming to Coreboot along with support for one new Lenovo laptop.
11:00 AM EST - Compiler - Richland - 6 Comments

2014 Holiday Shopping Reminder, Happy Thanksgiving

First up, Happy Thanksgiving to those Phoronix readers celebrating today in the United States.
10:29 AM EST - Phoronix - Links

Python 3 Support Added To The GNOME Shell

While GNOME 3.15.2 was released yesterday, GNOME Shell 3.15.2 was just tagged this morning.
10:00 AM EST - GNOME - GNOME Shell - 13 Comments

ReactOS Lands Its New Explorer Shell

ReactOS, the open-source OS that's long been striving for binary compatibility with Windows applications and drivers, has landed its new explorer shell as a Thanksgiving present.
08:48 AM EST - Operating Systems - New Explorer - 17 Comments

FLAC 1.3.1 Improves Decoding Efficiency, Some Faster Encoding Too

Version 1.3.1 of the Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC) was released this week, a year and a half since the release of FLAC 1.3.0.
08:31 AM EST - Free Software - FLAC 1.3.1 - 11 Comments

Weston's IVI Shell Sees New Version

There hasn't been much in the way of exciting Wayland/Weston developments to report on this month, but its development is continuing in its usual manner. Out today is another version of the Weston IVI Shell as it still works to being accepted upstream.
08:05 AM EST - Wayland - Weston In Cars

Qt 5.4 Release Candidate Does Thanksgiving Day Debut

For those in the US not busy with Thanksgiving today, the Qt 5.4 release candidate is now available for testing.
07:58 AM EST - Qt - Qt 5.4 - 1 Comment

26 November

IMP Launches As Another Open-Source Computer Attempt

"Open-source computers" seem to be the latest promoted concept up for funding on popular crowd-funding sites.
07:43 PM EST - Hardware - IMP - 25 Comments

Git 2.2.0 Released With 550+ Changes

Junio Hamano released Git 2.2.0 this evening with more than 550 changes from seventy-seven contributors since the Git 2.1 release.
06:23 PM EST - Free Software - Git 2.2

GNOME 3.15.2 Released

The second GNOME 3.15 development release is now available ahead of GNOME 3.16 next March.
06:04 PM EST - GNOME - GNOME 3.15 - 5 Comments

Quantum OS Aims For A Linux Desktop With QML, Wayland & Material Design

Quantum OS (formerly known as Quartz OS for a brief time) is a new Linux distribution mostly focused around providing a clean, very attractive desktop experience. This latest Linux desktop project is focused on providing a Qt5-based desktop that complies with Google's Material Design concepts.
01:48 PM EST - Desktop - Quantum OS - 14 Comments

New Open-Source, Linux Benchmarks To Feast On

There's some new test profiles to exploit for your next round of open-source, Linux testing.
01:35 PM EST - Phoronix - Thanksgiving Benchmarking - 4 Comments

FreeBSD Plans For The Next Ten Years

Jordan Hubbard, the co-founder of FreeBSD and CTO of iXsystems, gave a talk at this month's MeetBSD California 2014 conference about the next ten years of FreeBSD.
12:16 PM EST - BSD - FreeBSD Video - 34 Comments

Mesa Git Yields Performance Improvements For Newer AMD GPUs

Earlier this week I published some benchmark results showing Mesa 10.5-devel delivering Intel performance changes compared to Mesa 10.3 as found in Ubuntu 14.10. The next logical step to this testing is looking at the AMD Radeon graphics results for the R600g and RadeonSI drivers using multiple graphics cards while seeing what the open-source Radeon Linux driver has to offer if upgrading past what's shipped in Ubuntu 14.10 and other recent Linux distribution releases.
08:39 AM EST - Display Drivers - 28 Comments

Qt 5.4 Planned For Release On 9 December

As a continuation of yesterday's story about the Qt 5.4 release candidate being expected later this week, The Qt Company has now expressed their plans for a final release date.
07:20 AM EST - Qt - Qt 5.4.0 - 2 Comments

25 November

Meizu's Ubuntu Phone Not Expected Until Early Next Year

While we heard Meizu would launch an Ubuntu Phone in December, it looks like the first Meizu phone preloaded with Ubuntu's mobile offering will not be released until early next year.
11:28 PM EST - Ubuntu - Ubuntu Phone Delays - 20 Comments

DragonFlyBSD 4.0 Drops i386 Support, Improves Graphics

The much anticipated release of DragonFlyBSD 4.0 is now available.
10:09 PM EST - BSD - DragonFlyBSD 4 - 3 Comments

Expensive "Free/Libre Software Laptop" Uses A NVIDIA GPU

While there's been an ongoing discussion this week about delivering a $500 "open to the core" laptop that runs Ubuntu Linux and would be comprised of open-source software down to the firmware and Coreboot, announced last week was a high-end laptop that also aims to promote free/libre software. Though don't get out your wallets quite yet.
06:35 PM EST - Hardware - Librem - 48 Comments

QEMU 2.2-rc3 Released, Final Release Pushed Back By Couple Days

QEMU 2.2-rc3 was released today but there's still a few release-critical bugs that will warrant an unscheduled release candidate and thus push back the official QEMU 2.2 version, hopefully only by a few days.
06:10 PM EST - Virtualization - QEMU 2.2-RC3

64-bit ARM FreeBSD Support Is Taking Shape

While Linux/Android on AArch64 is what's usually talked about, FreeBSD developers continue making progress on porting their kernel to 64-bit ARM.
05:51 PM EST - BSD - AArch64

Apple OS X 10.10 vs. Ubuntu 14.10 Performance

While I delivered some OS X 10.10 Yosemite preview benchmarks back in August, here's my first tests of the official release of Apple OS X 10.10.1 compared to Ubuntu 14.10 Linux. Tests were done of OS X 10.9.5 and OS X 10.10.1 against Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn when running the benchmarks under both GCC and LLVM Clang compilers.

GCW Zero Starts Seeing New Game Releases

The Kickstarter-funded GCW Zero open-source gaming handheld console is finally starting to see more games out there for those that backed the device last year.
09:15 AM EST - Gaming - GCW Zero - 10 Comments

Intel's Cherry Trail Delayed To Next Year

While we've been quite excited to get our hands on Cherry Trail hardware after the great encounters with Bay Trail on Linux, it looks like we'll be waiting a few more months.
09:01 AM EST - Intel - Cherry Trail - 11 Comments

Bq Introduces More Android Devices, But Still No Ubuntu Phones

Bq held a media event today where many were hoping the first Ubuntu Phone would be officially unveiled, but that was not the case with Ubuntu receiving no mentions during the event.
08:46 AM EST - Hardware - Bq - 1 Comment

Qt 5.4 Release Candidate Expected Later This Week

The first release candidate to the Qt 5.4 tool-kit is expected later this week while out today are some preliminary test packages.
08:21 AM EST - Qt - Qt 5.4

24 November

Lipki's Phoromatic Now Supports WoL / System Power Controls

More exciting code continues to be pushed into the Phoronix Test Suite 5.4-Lipki Git repository ahead of its planned stable debut next week.
09:09 PM EST - Phoronix - Phoronix Test Suite 5.4

ArrayFire Accelerated Compute Library Open-Sourced

The ArrayFire GPU compute library that allows for simplified GPU computing via targeting its own optimized library and API for GPGPU kernel generation than writing your own CUDA/OpenCL kernels, has been open-sourced.
04:57 PM EST - Free Software - ArrayFire - 16 Comments

Amazon's Fire TV Stick: A Nice, Affordable Media Center Option

Last week Amazon started shipping their new Fire TV Stick device to compete with the likes of Google's Chromecast. I've been trying out the Fire TV Stick since its launch date last week and have been happy with the device, especially considering its low cost.
02:17 PM EST - Hardware - Fire TV Stick - 5 Comments

Google Puts Chrome NPAPI Support On Final Countdown

Google is moving towards the final steps in eliminating Netscape Plugin Application Programming Interface (NPAPI) plug-in support from the Chrome/Chromium web browser.
01:32 PM EST - Google - NPAPI - 18 Comments

Mesa 10.5-devel Brings Some Intel Haswell HD Graphics Changes Over Mesa 10.3

With Mesa 10.4 having recently been branched and Mesa 10.5-devel now the version for Mesa Git master, here's some benchmarks comparing the performance of the latest Git code compared to Mesa 10.3.0 as shipped in Ubuntu 14.10.
12:15 PM EST - Display Drivers - 10 Comments

There's New In-Fighting Over The Future Of Compiz

Unless you're a user of Ubuntu with Unity 7, you probably haven't heard much about Compiz in quite some time. However, some developers are looking to further revive its development but not everyone is in agreement.
09:06 AM EST - Desktop - Compiz 0.8 - 29 Comments

GTK+ Inspector Gains More Features Ahead Of GNOME 3.16

For those doing much development in GTK+, the GtkInspector integrated debugger continues making much progress and will offer a wealth of more development and debug capabilities with GNOME 3.16.
08:36 AM EST - GNOME - GtkInspector - 6 Comments

Clang 3.6 Will Hopefully Have OpenMP Support

OpenMP support within LLVM/Clang has been a long time coming but hopefully for the next release -- LLVM 3.6 -- there could finally be out-of-the-box Clang OpenMP support.
08:30 AM EST - Compiler - Clang-OMP

A Go Front-End Could Soon Be Landing In LLVM

The "llgo" Go front-end to LLVM could soon be accepted as a new sub-project. This Go front-end is written in the Go language itself.
08:01 AM EST - Compiler - LLGO - 9 Comments

Grep 2.21 Brings Performance Improvements

Grep 2.21 has been released and represents nearly a half-year worth of improvements to this commonly used GNU utility.
07:42 AM EST - GNU - grep - 8 Comments

23 November

Linux 3.18-rc6 Released, A Worrisome Regression Remains

Linus Torvalds put out his usual weekly release candidate to the Linux 3.18 kernel.
07:43 PM EST - Linux Kernel - Linux 3.18-rc6 - 16 Comments

HandBrake 0.10 Brings H.265 & VP8 Encoders

Version 0.10 of the HandBrake open-source video transcoder has been released.
06:34 PM EST - Free Software - QuickSync Too - 5 Comments

Gngr: A New Web Browser Focused On Privacy

A group of developers have started writing their own open-source web browser that primarily is designed to increase web privacy and greater security.
01:36 PM EST - Free Software - Gngr - 30 Comments

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