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HTC & Valve Partnered Up For The Steam VR Headset

Valve teamed up with hardware manufacturer HTC to produce the HTC Revive, a.k.a. the SteamVR Headset.
3 Hours Ago - Hardware - HTC+Valve - 9 Comments

8cc: A Small C11 Compiler

There is yet another small hobbyist, open-source code compiler to talk about this weekend. Hello 8cc.
5 Hours Ago - Compiler - 8cc Compiler - 7 Comments

Not Everyone Likes The Possible "VULKAN" Name For Next-Gen OpenGL

I'm still working on any sort of possible confirmation from the Khronos Group and other OpenGL stakeholders whether Vulkan is the name of the next-generation OpenGL API, but alas, on the weekend and being just a few days before the announcement, nothing has been confirmed.
6 Hours Ago - Standards - VULKAN - 42 Comments

The Binary Blobs Making Up Coreboot

While recently modern Intel hardware is negatively talked about the most when it comes to needing binary blobs / binary-only microcode to work with the open-source Coreboot, other hardware can be problematic too.
6 Hours Ago - Coreboot - Coreboot Blobs - 5 Comments

28 February

Linux 4.0 & LLVM vs. GCC Yielded Much Interest This Month

This month on Phoronix the most popular news articles were about the Linux 4.0 kernel (formerly known as Linux 3.20) but also popular were LLVM-related stories, Raspberry Pi 2 news, and the usual Linux graphics coverage.
08:16 PM EST - Phoronix - Top Articles

XBMC/Kodi 15.0 Alpha 1 Released

The first major feature release over Kodi 14, the media player / open-source HTPC software previously known as XBMC, is in development and its first development release is now available.
06:35 PM EST - Multimedia - Kodi 15 - 3 Comments

Xfce 4.12 Released After Nearly Three Years Of Work

Xfce 4.12 has finally been released!
06:28 PM EST - Desktop - Xfce 4.12 - 32 Comments

The Khronos Group Filed A Trademark On "Vulkan" API

The Khronos Group filed a trademark request earlier this month with the USPTO over the name Vulkan as it pertains to drawing 2D/3D graphics... Vulkan might be the name of the next-generation OpenGL specification due to be announced next week.
01:36 PM EST - Standards - Vulkan - 49 Comments

Mozilla Thunderbird Adoption Climbs, Thunderbird 38 In May

While Mozilla doesn't devote nearly as many resources to their Thunderbird email client as they do to Firefox and there isn't as many high-profile releases for this project in a while, Thunderbird adoption continues to climb.
10:12 AM EST - Mozilla - Mozilla Thunderbird - 54 Comments

The Most Popular Linux Benchmark Results On OpenBenchmarking.org

With OpenBenchmarking.org having turned four years old a few days ago earlier this week I provided a look at the most popular/used benchmarks/tests on our open cloud service while in this article is a look at the most viewed test results.
09:26 AM EST - Phoronix - OpenBenchmarking.org Views

Intel's Graphics Driver For Linux 4.1 Will Have More XenGT vGPU Support

While the first release candidate of the Linux 4.0 kernel is barely one week old, Intel's open-source graphics driver development team already has changes queued up for the next kernel cycle, Linux 4.1
08:11 AM EST - Linux Kernel - Linux 4.1 Intel DRM - 2 Comments

PlayOnLinux 4.2.6 Fixes A Number Of Issues

A new release of the PlayOnLinux graphical front-end to Wine is now available.
07:41 AM EST - WINE - PlayOnLinux GUI Wine - 29 Comments

The New Wallpaper Of Xfce 4.12

The release of Xfce 4.12 is hopefully being realized this weekend. The release hasn't taken place at the time of writing, but there's been commits to update translations as well as to add the new wallpaper of Xfce 4.12.
07:24 AM EST - Desktop - Xfce 4.12 - 22 Comments

27 February

Mesa 10.5-RC3 Now Available To Test Improved GPU Drivers

Just a few days after Mesa 10.5 RC2 was released, the third release candidate to Mesa 10.5 is now available for testing.
10:07 PM EST - Mesa - Mesa 10.5

New Specifications On The Alleged Ubuntu Tablet

Back in December, Phoronix delivered the first article about An Ubuntu Tablet Inspired By The Ubuntu Edge Is Coming. From the company responsible for this tablet inspired by the failed Ubuntu Edge smartphone we have some new specifications of the tablet they plan to ship with Ubuntu.
07:26 PM EST - Ubuntu - MJ Tech - 11 Comments

LLVM 3.6 Officially Released With Many Compiler Advantages

While running a few days late, LLVM 3.6 was officially released today.
03:32 PM EST - Compiler - LLVM 3.6 - 3 Comments

VLC 2.2 "Weathermax" Brings Better VP9 & H.265 Support

VLC 2.2 (codenamed "Weathermax") was released today as the latest version of the popular, multi-platform, open-source media player.
12:47 PM EST - Multimedia - VLC 2.2 - 17 Comments

Samsung 850 EVO SSD Linux Benchmarks

The latest solid-state drive being added to one of our Linux test farm systems is the Samsung 850 EVO. Prior to commissioning this drive in one of the systems, I ran some benchmarks against a few other solid-state drives while testing with the EXT4 file-system on Ubuntu Linux.
12:00 PM EST - Storage - 11 Comments

Open-Source .NET On Linux Continues Maturing

Rich Lander of Microsoft has posted an update concerning the open-sourcing of Microsoft's .NET core and how they're looking to do feature work more in the open and with the community's involvement.
10:38 AM EST - Free Software - CoreCLR - 46 Comments

Features Coming For The Imminent Xfce 4.12 Release

If all goes according to plan, Xfce 4.12 will be officially released this weekend. Here's a look at some of the most prominent changes for this long overdue update to Xfce.
09:32 AM EST - Desktop - Xfce 4.12 - 23 Comments

Canonical's Latest Demo Of Ubuntu Unity 8 Convergence In Action

A new video is out showing the latest work on Ubuntu's Unity 8 interface and the convergence user experience across phones, tablets, and desktop PCs.
08:56 AM EST - Ubuntu - Unity 8 - 42 Comments

The Quest For Decent, Low-Priced Server Cases & Racks/Cabinets

Here's another quick update on the process of building out the new open-source benchmarking server farm... The construction of the room is going along nicely and I'm currently evaluating a few different server chassis and racks/cabinets.
08:42 AM EST - Hardware - Low-Cost Server Building - 21 Comments

Mesa 10.5 Is In Ubuntu 15.04 For The Latest Open-Source GPU Drivers

For Ubuntu Linux users who haven't tried the Vivid Verbet Beta 1 release yet, you'll be pleased to know that Ubuntu 15.04 is riding off Mesa 10.5 for having the latest open-source graphics drivers.
08:17 AM EST - Mesa - Mesa 10.5-rc1 - 7 Comments

26 February

ALSA 1.0.29 Released

It's been more than a half year since the last ALSA release for improving Linux sound while out today is v1.0.29 of the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture.
08:03 PM EST - Hardware - ALSA 1.0.29 - 2 Comments

Ubuntu 15.04 Beta Released, Ubuntu MATE Made Official

The Ubuntu derivatives opting-in to doing beta releases put out their first beta today. With this 15.04 Beta 1 milestone, Ubuntu MATE has been made an official derivative.
03:43 PM EST - Ubuntu - Ubuntu 15.04 Beta - 9 Comments

Coreboot Developer: Purism Doesn't Deliver On Libre Firmware

A Coreboot developer has confirmed fears over Purism Librem laptops not really being free nor really bringing much to the table compared to other Linux laptop vendors.
01:53 PM EST - Coreboot - Purism Fail - 20 Comments

LLVM 3.6 & Clang 3.6 Deliver More Features, Complete C++14 Support

LLVM 3.6 and Clang 3.6 are due to be released any day now and with this new version of the increasingly-used BSD-licensed compiler infrastructure stack are many improvements and new features to benefit the vast majority of users.
10:07 AM EST - Compiler - LLVM/Clang 3.6 - 13 Comments

The Most Popular Open-Source Linux Benchmarks

With OpenBenchmarking.org having turned four years old this month, here's a look at the most used test profiles over the past four years.
09:49 AM EST - Phoronix - Test Profiles

The Tremendous Features Of Fedora 22

With Fedora 22 having entered its alpha freeze this week along with the software string freeze and change checkpoint deadline, here's a recap of some of the towering features of this six-month update to Fedora 21 and the second release under the Fedora.Next strategy.
09:08 AM EST - Fedora - Fedora 22 Features - 26 Comments

Google To Work On Better PGO Support For LLVM

Some of Google's compiler developers will be working on upstream improvements to LLVM for better supporting Profile Guided Optimizations.
08:34 AM EST - Compiler - Profile Guided Optimizations - 3 Comments

25 February

Krita 2.9 Released, Their Biggest Release Ever

Krita 2.9 was released today and it's this open-source graphics program's biggest release yet. Krita 2.9 represents over eight months of work and with this release comes many new features.
06:29 PM EST - KDE - Krita 2.9 - 26 Comments

RISC OS Now Works With The Raspberry Pi 2

The original RISC OS open-source operating system now supports the new second-generation Raspberry Pi 2 development board with BCM2836 SoC.
02:42 PM EST - Hardware - RISC OS - 11 Comments

A Single UEFI Executable With The Linux Kernel, Initrd & Command Line

Thanks to recent work done by systemd developers Kay Sievers and David Herrmann on Gummiboot, there's a UEFI boot-loader stub for starting a Linux kernel with an initial RAM disk (initrd) and kernel command line that are all embedded within the executable.
02:33 PM EST - Free Software - UEFI Executable - 12 Comments

Unigine 2.0 Beta Brings Performance Optimizations, Oculus Rift DK2 Support

The first beta of the Unigine 2.0 engine for simulation programs and games is now available.
01:30 PM EST - Gaming - Unigine Engine 2 - 1 Comment

Kubuntu 15.04 Is Turning Out Quite Nice, Good Way To Try Out The Latest KDE

With the Kubuntu 15.04 release due out in April it's using the Plasma 5 desktop by default. This morning I tried out the latest daily ISO snapshot of Kubuntu 15.04 to see how this bleeding-edge KDE Linux desktop experience is panning out. Simply put, Kubuntu and the latest KDE experience is doing quite well.

Wayland's Weston Gets A Surface-Shooting API

One of the early additions past the recent Wayland 1.7 release to the Weston reference compositor is a surface-shooting API to be used for debugging.
09:09 AM EST - Wayland - Surface-Shooting API - 5 Comments

More Proof That Allwinner Is Violating The GPL

Allwinner has been accused multiple times in the past of violating the GPL license by not providing Linux/Android kernel source code or U-Boot source, along with using LGPL-licensed code within their binary blobs, etc. Today there's new "definitive proof" of Allwinner's GPL violations.
08:55 AM EST - Hardware - Allwinner GPL Violation - 37 Comments

DragonFlyBSD Radeon Driver Ported To Linux 3.10 Level Of Support

Last month the Intel DRM driver on DragonFlyBSD was ported to match the upstream Linux 3.10 level of support and features after being based on Linux 3.9 previously in their porting of this open-source Intel graphics driver to BSD. The Radeon DRM driver is in the process of a similar bump with the DragonFlyBSD kernel catching up to this AMD Radeon kernel graphics driver from its Linux 3.10 state.
08:08 AM EST - BSD - Radeon DRM - 3 Comments

GTK+ Gets Smoother Scrolling, Support To Turn Off Input Methods

A new development release of GNOME's GTK+ tool-kit is now available ahead of next month's official GNOME 3.16 release.
07:53 AM EST - GNOME - GTK+ 3.15.9 - 11 Comments

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