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Plasma Active Is Mostly Ported To KDE Frameworks 5

With this year's Google Summer of Code over, Antonis Tsiapaliokas shared a status update concerning the state of KDE's Plasma Active being ported to KF5.
48 Minutes Ago - KDE - KF5 Plasma Active - 2 Comments

20-Way Radeon Comparison With Open-Source Graphics For Steam On Linux Gaming

When it comes to Linux gamers wanting a discrete graphics card backed by open-source drivers, the only solution right now to truly recommend for those serious about performance and making use of the hardware is really AMD Radeon graphics. While Nouveau has been making much progress, until re-clocking and other issues are worked out the performance can be unbearably slow depending upon the particular graphics processor or run into other problems. (Of course, when talking about proprietary graphics drivers on Linux, the story is entirely different, or if considering integrated Intel HD Graphics.) For those pursuing a AMD Radeon GPU for their own Steam Box/Machine build and hope to use the open-source Gallium3D drivers, here's some Steam on Linux gaming benchmarks from almost two dozen different GPUs.
4 Hours Ago - Linux Gaming - 21 Comments

Google Chrome 37 Brings Many Security Fixes

Google released Chrome 37 as stable on Tuesday and with this update comes more fixes and other improvements.
5 Hours Ago - Google - 50+ - 2 Comments

26 August

MenuetOS Updated With SMP Threads & Onscreen Keyboard

MenuetOS, the operating system written in Assembly and now primarily focused on 64-bit x86 systems and fits on a 1.5MB floppy disk image, is out with a new release.
07:04 PM EDT - Operating Systems - MenuetOS - 8 Comments

Mesa Has A New Release Manager

Mesa has a new release manager to allow the two existing managers from Intel's Open-Source Technology Center to get back to more driver wrangling rather than release wrangling.
04:31 PM EDT - Mesa - Switch-Up

Enlightenment E19 Lands Its New Wayland Compositor Code

Enlightenment fans can celebrate today that the big Enlightenment compositor work has been merged to mainline Enlightenment ahead of the upcoming E19 release.
04:20 PM EDT - Wayland - E19 - 21 Comments

Nouveau Turns Into A Mess In Latest Linux 3.17 + Mesa 10.3-dev Tests

This week I've been running a large open-source graphics card comparison using Mesa 10.3-devel and Linux 3.17 from Git. While the intentions were nice with featuring Intel/NVIDIA/AMD graphics, running several benchmarks of Steam / Source Engine games on Linux, and also measuring the power efficiency and thermal performance, the testing was cut short when it came to the Nouveau driver testing.
01:31 PM EDT - Nouveau - Crashes & Burns - 12 Comments

New GCC 5.0 Changes, Command-Line Options That Landed So Far

While we're just a few months into the GCC 4.10 release cycle that's going to be released as GCC 5, there's already some release notes forming for this 2015 open-source compiler update.
11:37 AM EDT - Compiler - GCC 5 - 16 Comments

AMD Radeon R9 290: Gallium3D vs. Catalyst Drivers

After yesterday delivering the first open-source benchmarks of the Radeon R9 290, here's the open-source driver (RadeonSI Gallium3D) vs. closed-source driver (Catalyst) Linux OpenGL benchmarks for this high-end AMD Hawaii graphics card.
09:08 AM EDT - Display Drivers - 21 Comments

SteamOS Update 133 Has Better Intel Performance, VA-API

Valve released this morning the 133 update to the SteamOS Alchemist Beta. With this update comes new packages and other updates.
09:02 AM EDT - Valve - SteamOS 133

DRM Graphics Changes For Linux 3.18 Might End Up Being Smaller

Handling merge requests for the DRM graphics driver updates will be done differently for the Linux 3.18 kernel, which will result in a few less weeks of development time.
01:57 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - DRM Cycle - 3 Comments

Ioquake3 Works On Finally Switching Over To SDL2

The ioquake3 open-source game engine derived from the id Tech 3 code-base is working to finally switch over to using SDL2 and ditching the old SDL 1.2 support.
12:09 AM EDT - Gaming - ioquake3 - 19 Comments

25 August

LXPanel 0.7.0 Brings Many Changes

While LXQt is making great progress, version 0.7 of the GTK-based LXPanel was released recently and it boasts a number of changes.
08:43 PM EDT - Desktop - LXPanel 0.7.0 - 6 Comments

Linux 3.17-rc2 Release Celebrates 23 Years Of Linux

Linus Torvalds released the Linux 3.17-rc2 kernel this afternoon in marking this day 23 years ago is when he announced the project.
07:15 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - Linux Birthday

Leadwerks Launches On Steam For Linux

The Leadwerks Game Engine has officially launched on Steam for Linux.
01:52 PM EDT - Gaming - Leadwerks - 10 Comments

The New Features Of Mesa 10.3

Mesa 10.3 is gearing up for its official release in the weeks ahead and with the code having already been branched here's a rundown of the many new features.
12:13 PM EDT - Mesa - Mesa 10.3 - 11 Comments

Enlightenment's EFL Gains A Wayland IVI Shell Support

Following last week's EFL 1.11 release, the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries are back under heavy development.
11:39 AM EDT - Wayland - IVI Shell - 1 Comment

KDE's KWin On Wayland Is Progressing For 5.1 Release

Martin Gräßlin shared that work on KDE's KWin window manager for supporting Wayland is back to happening at full-speed.
11:00 AM EDT - KDE - KWin 5.1 - 24 Comments

AMD Radeon R9 290 Open-Source Driver Works, But Has A Ways To Go

With the Linux 3.17 kernel, Mesa 10.3, and the newest Radeon microcode files, there's finally working Hawaii GPU support by AMD's open-source Linux graphics driver. The Radeon R9 290 series launched nearly one year ago and finally now the open-source driver is working right, so we've conducted some preliminary tests using the R9 290 compared to AMD's other Radeon GPUs on the open-source Linux driver.
10:29 AM EDT - Display Drivers - 10 Comments

Linux 3.17 Doesn't Boost Ivy Bridge Performance Numbers

Last week I ran some performance tests that found Sandy Bridge was faster with the Linux 3.17 kernel and these performance gains with the still in-development kernel extended beyond just graphics. Curious, I ran some tests this weekend to see whether Intel Ivy Bridge processors were also running faster with Linux 3.17 compared to Linux 3.16 stable.
10:18 AM EDT - Intel - Linux 3.17 - 4 Comments

Linux Turns 23 Years Old Today

It was on this day in 1991 that Linus Torvalds first announced his new operating system that would go on to become Linux.
08:50 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - Happy Birthday - 12 Comments

24 August

Open-Source AMD HSA Should Come To Fruition This Year

Back in July AMD published an open-source HSA kernel driver for Linux and since then they've put out more HSA Linux code so open-source Linux users can finally realize the benefits of AMD's Heterogeneous System Architecture on Kaveri APUs. By the end of 2014 it looks like it will finally be ready for Linux end-users.
11:27 AM EDT - AMD - HSA - 47 Comments

Running Ivy Bridge HD Graphics With Linux 3.16 + Mesa 10.3

Given our recent updated Sandy Bridge benchmarks on Linux, for those with Ivy Bridge processors curious how the HD Graphics are handling the latest Mesa and kernel, I have some updated benchmarks for you this Sunday.
11:00 AM EDT - Intel - Benchmarks - 7 Comments

AMD Releases UVD Video Decode Support For R600 GPUs

AMD has finally managed to publish open-source Unified Video Decoder (UVD) support for the original R600 graphics processors.
09:55 AM EDT - AMD - UVD - 112 Comments

Preview: OS X 10.10 Yosemite vs. Ubuntu Linux GPU Performance

At the request of many Phoronix readers, here's our first tests of Apple's OS X 10.10 "Yosemite" operating system as we see how the OpenGL performance compares between it and Ubuntu Linux with an updated kernel and Mesa.

23 August

LinuxCon Wraps Up In Chicago

Linux Foundation's LinuxCon North America 2014 wrapped up yesterday evening in Chicago.
04:01 PM EDT - Linux Events - LinuxCon

Preview Of AMD Radeon R9 290 Hawaii Open-Source Performance

With the Linux 3.17 kernel, the latest Hawaii microcode files, and the newest Mesa code, the Radeon R9 290 series graphics cards should finally be working well on the open-source driver. Here's some preview results with the latest open-source driver.
01:23 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - Radeon R9 290

Julia Language v0.3 Improves Technical Computing

Version 0.3 of the Julia programming language has been released.
10:55 AM EDT - Compiler - Julia 0.3 - 11 Comments

Radeon Graphics Yield Mixed Results With Linux 3.17 Kernel

Earlier this week I ran the article about open-source Radeon graphics having some improvements with Linux 3.17 but after further testing of a range of AMD GPUs spanning multiple generations, for not all hardware are AMD graphics cards faster with this experimental kernel. In this article are benchmarks of the Linux 3.17 kernel with Mesa 10.3-devel showing the winners and losers from the Radeon HD 5000 series through the latest Radeon Rx 200 series graphics cards.
09:30 AM EDT - Display Drivers - 13 Comments

Intel Bay Trail Performance With Linux 3.16/3.17 & Mesa 10.3

As it's been some months since last running any Bay Trail Linux performance tests at Phoronix, here's some new OpenGL performance tests I did this week using the wonderful Intel Bay Trail NUC.
08:41 AM EDT - Intel - Bay Trail - 11 Comments

EFL Sees A Ton Of Work Following Recent v1.11 Release

A ton of fresh code has been hitting the mainline Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL) following this week's release of EFL 1.11.
08:27 AM EDT - Desktop - Enlightenment - 1 Comment

ARM Talks Up Wayland For Mali

Earlier this month at SIGGRAPH, ARM and Collabora was talking up the benefits and possibilities for Wayland over X11.
08:06 AM EDT - Wayland - ARM Mali - 41 Comments

22 August

GNOME/GTK+ Human Interface Guidelines Updated

Allan Day has updated the Human Interface Guidelines (HIG) for the GNOME project and more broadly for all GTK+ applications.
07:35 PM EDT - GNOME - GNOME HIG - 13 Comments

Robocraft Is Rolling Over To Linux

Robocraft, a game described as "Minecraft Meets World of Tanks", will soon be released on Steam for Linux.
03:40 PM EDT - Gaming - Robocraft - 5 Comments

Wine 1.7.25 Has A Packet Capture Library

The latest Wine bi-weekly development release features an implementation of a packet capture library.
03:30 PM EDT - WINE - Wine 1.7.25 - 4 Comments

The Widely-Criticized New Commercial Linux Distro Is Now On Kickstarter

Back in July I wrote about a new Linux distribution based on Arch and Wayland that was aiming for commercial success and talked up being the "ultimate operating system" for users that could compete with the likes of Microsoft Windows. The distribution, Operating System U, was widely criticized by readers, but now the distribution is on Kickstarter to solicit funds.
02:05 PM EDT - Operating Systems - Operating System U - 43 Comments

CUDA 6.5 Is Doing Great For Blender

The NVIDIA CUDA Toolkit 6.5 update released this week provides measurable performance advantages to those using the open-source Blender modelling software with NVIDIA's GPU acceleration.
01:19 PM EDT - Free Software - CUDA 6.5 - 18 Comments

Wayland & Weston 1.6 Alpha Released

With Kristian Høgsberg seemingly busy with other projects, Pekka Paalanen went ahead and did the first alpha release for the upcoming Wayland and Weston 1.6 release.
12:30 PM EDT - Wayland - Wayland 1.6 - 14 Comments

Nouveau Gets Improved Re-Clocking Handling For Select GPUs

Users of some pre-Fermi NVIDIA graphics cards can be thankful to Roy Spliet for managing some re-clocking related improvements to the Nouveau driver.
11:56 AM EDT - Nouveau - NVA3 - 6 Comments

AMD's RadeonSI Driver Sped Up A Lot This Summer

Compared to the state of AMD's RadeonSI Gallium3D driver stack shipped in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS back in April, the latest open-source graphics driver code for the Radeon HD 7000 series GPUs and newer is a heck of a lot faster. Here's some tests showing how much progress has been made the past few months.
10:00 AM EDT - Display Drivers - 14 Comments

A New First-Person Mystery Game Might Be Coming To Linux

There's another high-profile game that's looking to come to Linux.
09:12 AM EDT - Gaming - The Vanishing of Ethan Carter - 1 Comment

Patch By Patch, LLVM Clang Gets Better At Building The Linux Kernel

With each kernel revision, LLVM Clang gets closer to being able to build the mainline Linux kernel. There's now just a few dozen patches outstanding for LLVMLinux to be a mainline success.
09:00 AM EDT - Compiler - LLVMLinux - 17 Comments

XDC 2015 Event To Likely Be In Boston Or Toronto

The annual gathering of X.Org/Mesa/Wayland developers next year is likely to happen in either Toronto or Boston.
08:48 AM EDT - X.Org - X.Org Developers' Conference

VC4 Gallium3D Driver Now Handles X With GLAMOR

Eric Anholt's VC4 Gallium3D driver intended to support the low-cost Raspberry Pi development board is now able to accommodate running the X.Org Server with GLAMOR.
08:37 AM EDT - X.Org - Raspberry Pi - 1 Comment

Opera 25 Development Release For Linux

For those using the closed-source Opera web-browser, the development release to Opera 25 is available this week.
08:25 AM EDT - Proprietary Software - Opera 25 Dev - 1 Comment

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