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Vivaldi TP3 Browser Adds Native Window Support On Linux

There's a new tech preview release out today for Vivaldi, the cross-platform, Chromium-powered web browser that's been generating a fair amount of interest since its release earlier this year.
14 Minutes Ago - Proprietary Software - Vivaldi TP3 - 2 Comments

A Brief Update On Fwupd For Linux Firmware Updating Of Devices

One of the latest focuses of prolific free software developer Richard Hughes has been on fwupd, an open-source and easy way to update device firmware.
44 Minutes Ago - GNOME - fwupd

Upgrading To KDE Plasma 5.3 On Kubuntu 15.04

Kubuntu 15.04 provides a great experience of the new KDE stack but the version being shipped by this KDE spin of Ubuntu is Plasma 5.2 given that it was the latest available for last week's 15.04 Vivid Vervet release. For those wishing to try out KDE Plasma 5.3, it's now easy thanks to the packages landing in Kubuntu Backports.
79 Minutes Ago - KDE - Kubuntu 15.04 + Plasma 5.3 - 3 Comments

Ubuntu 15.10 Plans Being Discussed Next Week

Next week marks the initial Ubuntu Online Summit (UOS) for planning out the community+Canonical Ubuntu 15.10 release, the next major update to the popular Linux distribution due out in October.
115 Minutes Ago - Ubuntu - Ubuntu 15.10 Convergence - 3 Comments

KDE Plasma 5.3 Released: Expands On Widgets, Bluetooth, PM

It's KDE Plasma 5.3 day!
2 Hours Ago - KDE - Plasma 5.3 - 2 Comments

Making It Easier To Deploy CUDA On Fedora

While Fedora 21 ships with decent OpenCL support, if you're running the binary NVIDIA graphics driver on Fedora Linux and wishing to use CUDA-accelerated programs, it's a little bit easier today thanks to a new third-party package repository.
3 Hours Ago - Fedora - Fedora 21

27 April

GCC 4.9.2 vs. GCC 5 Benchmarks On An Intel Xeon Haswell

For those craving some more GCC 5 compiler benchmark numbers following last week's release of GCC 5.1, here's some new comparison numbers between GCC 4.9.2 stable and the near-final release candidate of GCC 5.1.
07:41 PM EDT - Compiler - GCC 5 Benchmarks - 9 Comments

Intel Haswell/Broadwell Power Use On Linux Still Moving Lower

The latest work of Matthew Garrett is on further lowering the power consumption of modern x86 systems powered by Intel's Haswell and Broadwell processors.
06:11 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - Power Improvements - 1 Comment

QEMU 2.3 Officially Released

QEMU 2.3 was officially released today as the latest major release for this important component to the open-source Linux virtualization stack.
01:12 PM EDT - Virtualization - QEMU 2.3.0 - 5 Comments

It's Been Three Years Since The Big Steam Linux Reveal

It was this week three years ago when there was the big Steam Linux reveal when I was over at Valve HQ learning from Gabe Newell about their Steam Linux client plans, their ambitions for a Steam Linux distribution on consoles (now known as SteamOS), and much more.
10:02 AM EDT - Valve - Valve HQ - 22 Comments

Debian-Based Distribution Updated With KDE 3.5 Forked Desktop

The team behind Q4OS has released a new version of their Linux distribution based on Debian 8.0 "Jessie" and powered by the Trinity Desktop, a fork of KDE 3.5.
09:31 AM EDT - Operating Systems - Q4OS 1.2 - 13 Comments

Intel Is Making Some Progress With Compute Shaders

One of the big extensions of OpenGL 4.3 and also a requirement of OpenGL ES 3.1 is support for compute shaders. While the work isn't complete yet, Intel's open-source developers are making progress on GL_ARB_compute_shader support.
09:06 AM EDT - Intel - Intel Mesa CS - 9 Comments

26 April

Linux 4.1-rc1 Kernel Released, Packs In Several New Features

Right on time, Linus Torvalds has released the Linux 4.1-rc1 kernel.
09:19 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - Linux 4.1-rc1

It Doesn't Look Like KDBUS Will Make It For Linux 4.1

While Linux 4.1 is bringing many new features and improvements, there's one addition that's noticeably absent.
06:14 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - KDBUS - 38 Comments

Debian 9.0 Is Codenamed Stretch

With this weekend's release of Debian 8.0 "Jessie" cleared, it's now time for Debian developers to start thinking about Debian 9.0.
04:00 PM EDT - Debian - Stretch - 11 Comments

AMD Radeon GPUs With Linux 4.0 + Mesa 10.6-devel

On Friday I posted the results showing Ubuntu 15.04 Offers Faster OpenGL For AMD Radeon GPUs On Open-Source. For those wishing to run with a slightly newer kernel and Mesa driver stack, here are fresh open-source AMD Radeon benchmark results with Linux 4.0 and Mesa 10.6-devel.
03:16 PM EDT - AMD - Extra Benchmarks - 27 Comments

The Many Features Of The Linux 4.1 Kernel

The Linux 4.1 kernel merge window has been open now for two weeks and will most likely be closed by Linus Torvalds this evening. For those curious about the Linux 4.1 features, here's a look at the newest additions to the mainline Linux kernel!
02:45 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - Linux 4.1

HTTPS For Phoronix.com

Thanks to the new and much more powerful web server for Phoronix.com, if you've tried to access the site in the past few hours, there's proper HTTPS support.
02:29 PM EDT - Phoronix - HTTPS - 48 Comments

Gallium3D's HUD Gets New Customization Options

For the past two years there has been an optional Gallium3D HUD to display various performance-related metrics as an overlay while running OpenGL applications with the Gallium3D drivers. With the latest Mesa Git code, the heads-up display can be a bit more customized.
02:10 PM EDT - Mesa - Gallium3D HUD - 1 Comment

Intel Xeon E5-2620 v3 Haswell Performance

The new Phoronix.com web server is speeding along this weekend after its deployment. Here's a look in the performance difference.
01:11 PM EDT - Intel - Sandy Bridge vs. Haswell - 8 Comments

Dell Keyboard Backlight Support In Linux 4.1

Ending out the major pull requests for the Linux 4.1 kernel merge window was the platform-drivers-x86 updates that were sent in on Saturday.
12:43 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - dell-laptop - 4 Comments

With Linux 4.1 You Can Play With The Chrome OS Lightbar

Google's Chromebook Pixel features a "Lightbar" that's a series of LEDs supporting multiple colors. Chrome OS apps are able to take advantage of the Lightbar for various purposes and coming for Linux 4.1 is support for the Chrome OS lightbar within the mainline kernel.
11:54 AM EDT - Google - ChromeOS Lightbar

Intel Bay Trail & Cherry Trail CPUs To Run Faster With Linux 4.1

While the big ACPI and power management changes were sent in more than one week ago for the Linux 4.1 kernel, another batch of ACPI/PM work was sent in this weekend. One of these last-minute changes should end up significantly benefiting the performance of modern Intel Atom Bay/Cherry Trail SoCs.
10:12 AM EDT - Intel - P-State Tweaking

25 April

Debian 8.0 Jessie Released

As expected, Debian 8.0 "Jessie" was officially released today after being in development for two years.
10:44 PM EDT - Debian - Debian 8.0 - 15 Comments

New Phoronix.com Web Server

If you're seeing this post, you're correctly accessing the new Phoronix.com web-server.
04:03 PM EDT - Phoronix - Phoronix Server - 33 Comments

GCC 5.2 Will Come In Two To Three Months

GCC 5 was formally released this week with under their new versioning scheme the initial stable release being GCC 5.1. GCC 6.0 is now in development as the next major release due out in about one year's time while the next GCC 5 point release will be GCC 5.2.
10:30 AM EDT - GNU - GCC 5.2 - 8 Comments

AMD FP3 Motherboard Ported To Coreboot

Another AMD motherboard has been ported to work under Coreboot.
09:51 AM EDT - AMD - AMD FP3 - 7 Comments

24 April

The Difference In Optimizations Between NIR & GLSL

One of the biggest additions to Mesa so far this year has been the introduction of NIR, the new intermediate representation designed to replace GLSL IR and designed by a bright student fresh out of high school.
04:51 PM EDT - Mesa - NIR vs. GLSL - 27 Comments

OpenMandriva Lx 3 Alpha: Adds UEFI Support, Defaults To LXQt

It's been a while since last hearing anything out of the OpenMandriva camp, but today they've put out the first alpha release for their "Lx 3" release that's codenamed "Einsteinium." There's quite some interesting changes with this forthcoming update.
01:14 PM EDT - Operating Systems - OpenMandriva Lx 3 - 8 Comments

Systemd Kills Off Shutdownd

Systemd has eliminated shutdownd, one of the oldest components of this controversial init system, but its removal isn't because systemd is going on a diet.
12:46 PM EDT - systemd - Moved Into Logind - 37 Comments

Ubuntu 15.04 Offers Faster OpenGL For AMD Radeon GPUs On Open-Source

Intel Haswell Linux users are greeted by relatively modest performance changes with Ubuntu 15.04 while those using AMD Radeon graphics cards on the open-source R600 and RadeonSI Gallium3D drivers have much more to look forward to when upgrading to this week's release of Ubuntu 15.04. Here's some Ubuntu 14.10 vs. Ubuntu 15.04 OpenGL benchmarks for a range of AMD Radeon graphics cards.
10:00 AM EDT - Display Drivers - 9 Comments

There's Now More Than 1,100 Games On Steam For Linux

It was just last month I wrote about there being more than 1,000 games on Steam for Linux/SteamOS. Recently, Steam crossed the 1,100 games milestone; over one hundred additions in just over one month!
09:20 AM EDT - Valve - Steam Linux / SteamOS - 56 Comments

Btrfs In Linux 4.1 Has Fixes For File-Systems Of 20 Terabytes & Up

It's nearing the end of the Linux 4.1 kernel and Chris Mason has now sent in his pull request of Btrfs file-system updates for this next kernel update.
09:08 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - Btrfs Linux 4.1 - 6 Comments

Microsoft's CoreCLR Now Works On FreeBSD

It was back in February that Microsoft open-sourced CoreCLR, the execution engine of the core .NET stack. Besides coming to Linux and other platforms, this MIT-licensed engine has now been ported and is working for FreeBSD.
08:52 AM EDT - BSD - CoreCLR .NET FreeBSD - 13 Comments

Unigine 2.0 Beta 2 Brings PBR, SSR, Kinect 2 Support

While we sadly don't hear too much these days from Unigine on the Linux gaming front, their high-end 3D graphics engine remains Linux-compatible and they seem to be doing well off in the area of simulations and more. Unigine 2.0 has been out in preview form since last year and coming out today is the second beta.
08:16 AM EDT - Gaming - Unigine 2

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