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29 September

Operating System U Fails To Live Up To Its Goals

Back in July we wrote about the Linux distribution based on Arch and powered by Wayland aiming for commercial success to compete with the likes of Ubuntu. Well, that distribution has now thrown in the towel.
9 Hours Ago - Operating Systems - OSu - 21 Comments

AMD Catalyst 14.9 Officially Released For Linux

AMD has released the Catalyst 14.9 Linux graphics driver today with some modest changes but it's not the really big driver update we're waiting for.
05:26 PM EDT - AMD - Catalyst 14.9 - 24 Comments

Nouveau Memory Re-Clocking Comes For More NVIDIA GPUs

Roy Spliet, the student developer behind funded by the X.Org Foundation to work on Nouveau re-clocking, continues making great progress on this critical feature for the open-source NVIDIA graphics driver. With the latest patches, DDR2 / DDR3 / GDDR3 memory re-clocking should be working for a lot more NVIDIA graphics cards.
04:34 PM EDT - Nouveau - Nouveau - 5 Comments

NVIDIA Suggests Explicit Synchronization For Nouveau

As another interesting NVIDIA Linux news item before ending out the month are some patches published just before the start of the weekend by NVIDIA. A NVIDIA developer has proposed explicit synchronization support for the Nouveau driver, complete with some "RFC" patches.
03:09 PM EDT - NVIDIA - Open-Source NVIDIA - 2 Comments

Adobe Brings Streaming Photoshop To Chromebooks

Adobe's popular Photoshop software landed on Linux sort of today with a streaming version that will be available to Chromebook users running Chrome OS.
02:19 PM EDT - Proprietary Software - Photoshop - 14 Comments

OverlayFS Proposed For The Linux 3.18 Kernel

After years of development, more than two dozen versions of the file-system, and real-world deployments in some Linux distributions, OverlayFS is trying again to get in the mainline Linux kernel.
02:14 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - OverlayFS

NVIDIA To Issue An Update On Their Support Of Mir & Wayland

While there's no supportive driver out at this time, NVIDIA continues to be working in the direction of supporting non-X11 windowing systems like Mir and Wayland.
01:20 PM EDT - NVIDIA - Non-X World - 41 Comments

NVIDIA Is Still Working On The New Linux OpenGL ABI

It's been a while since hearing anything new about the proposed overhaul of the Linux OpenGL driver ABI, but it's continuing to be pursued by NVIDIA.
12:31 PM EDT - NVIDIA - Linux OpenGL ABI - 14 Comments

Intel Haswell HD Graphics With CS:GO On Linux

Besides Radeon Gallium3D tests of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, I also did one test-run this weekend of CS:GO using Intel's "Haswell" HD Graphics with the open-source Mesa driver.
12:08 PM EDT - Intel - Counter-Strike: GO - 8 Comments

The Most Dominating Linux Stories Of Q3'2014

With the third quarter ending tomorrow, here's a look at the top highlights from the past three months.
11:00 AM EDT - Phoronix - Q3

Preview: Radeon Gallium3D Performance For CS:GO On Linux

Following last week's release of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for Linux I published many AMD/NVIDIA GPU benchmarks of CS:GO. Those initial results were done using the proprietary AMD and NVIDIA Linux graphics drivers while starting today will be the open-source graphics driver results for this highly popular Valve game.
10:25 AM EDT - Linux Gaming - 16 Comments

LibreSSL Continues Marching Forward On BSD Systems

Almost six months ago OpenBSD developers forked OpenSSL into LibreSSL and since then this new SSL alternative continues to advance.
09:45 AM EDT - BSD - LibreSSL - 2 Comments

5 Months After Migrating Servers, Linux Game Publishing Remains Knocked Out

Five months ago today was when LGP was planning a server migration with minimal downtime, while to this day they've yet to return.
09:05 AM EDT - Gaming - LGP - 4 Comments

Clasp: Even Common Lisp Is Coming To LLVM

The latest open-source project devising an LLVM back-end is a Common Lisp implementation.
08:43 AM EDT - Compiler - Clasp - 6 Comments

28 September

AMD Is Working On A New VA-API State Tracker For Gallium3D

Years ago there was a VA-API state tracker within Gallium3D for offering drivers support for the Video Acceleration API. That implementation, however, was dropped back in 2012 as it was largely unmaintained and the VDPAU state tracker proved to be more popular. Now, however, it seems AMD is working to introduce a new VA-API implementation for Gallium3D.
10:00 PM EDT - Mesa - VA-API - 20 Comments

Linux 3.17-rc7 Released: Linux 3.17 Final Release Pushed Back

While Linus Torvalds was looking at possibly releasing Linux 3.17 this weekend, there's been a chance of course with a 3.17-rc7 kernel instead having been released.
07:42 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - Linux 3.17

Libdrm 2.4.57 Brings Android Build Support & More

A notable Mesa DRM library update was released today.
01:09 PM EDT - Mesa - libdrm 2.4.57

ROCCAT LUA: A Linux-Friendly Gaming Mouse

For those looking for a gaming mouse that's Linux friendly and not too expensive, the ROCCAT LUA is a nice option.
12:30 PM EDT - Peripherals - 22 Comments

FreeBSD 10.1 Beta 3 Released

The third and final beta of FreeBSD 10.1 was released this Sunday.
12:13 PM EDT - BSD - FreeBSD 10.1

Radeon 2D Performance On Fedora 21: EXA vs. GLAMOR

Here's some benchmarks done of the open-source Radeon driver stack in Fedora 21 to compare the performance of the EXA and GLAMOR 2D acceleration methods.
09:51 AM EDT - Fedora - xf86-video-ati

Rockchip's DRM Driver Continues To Progress

Back in August Rockchip published a DRM driver for their SoCs. While this driver has yet to be mainlined, Rockchip continues revising the open-source driver to address upstream developer feedback.
09:31 AM EDT - Hardware - Rockchip - 4 Comments

Preview Numbers For The GeForce GTX 980 On Ubuntu Linux

For those anxious to see NVIDIA's newest high-end Maxwell graphics card, the recently launched GeForce GTX 980, on Linux, here's some preview results.
09:07 AM EDT - NVIDIA - GTX 980 Maxwell - 1 Comment

27 September

Cheetah Mounts: The Affordable Way To Put Your TV On The Wall

For those that have searched for TV/monitor wall mounts at Amazon or other major Internet retailers have likely come across Cheetah Mounts: a brand of TV wall mounts that are incredibly cheap compared to competitors. However, are these mounts worthwhile for their $20+ price? I setup the APTMM2B to a 39-inch TV in the office as a test.
11:40 AM EDT - Monitors - 14 Comments

A Future Catalyst Update Will Improve CS:GO's Linux Performance

AMD is expected to release an updated Catalyst Linux driver in due time that will improve the frame rates for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
10:09 AM EDT - Valve - Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - 26 Comments

The Top Features Of The Linux 3.17 Kernel

If all goes well, the Linux 3.17 kernel might be released this weekend. For those not closely following the kernel's development over the past two months, here's a recap of some of the most interesting changes found in this new version of the Linux kernel.
09:28 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - Linux 3.17 - 2 Comments

Scientific Linux 7.0 RC1 Has Finally Arrived

The first release candidate to the RHEL7-based Scientific Linux 7.0 is finally available.
08:07 AM EDT - Red Hat - Scientific

NVIDIA Alerts Nouveau: They're Starting To Sign/Validate GPU Firmware Images

To the dismay of open-source fans, NVIDIA is tightening the belt so to speak around their GPU hardware: with Maxwell and future hardware, certain aspects of the NVIDIA graphics processor chip will only be available to the "Falcon" (a.k.a. "FUC") firmware images that have been signed by NVIDIA. While this will throw a wrench at Nouveau's open-source effort, NVIDIA at least informed Nouveau and are jointly working towards an adequate solution.
04:20 AM EDT - Nouveau - FUC - 92 Comments

OpenELEC 4.2 Works To Improve The Linux HTPC/Multimedia Experience

A new release of OpenELEC is out for the Linux distribution designed around XBMC (now known as Kodi) for carrying out multimedia tasks with an easy-to-setup operating system.
02:11 AM EDT - Operating Systems - OpenELEC - 4 Comments

OpenMandriva Lx 2014.1 Released

For users of the OpenMandriva operating system the OpenMandriva Lx 2014.1 took place on Friday.
12:07 AM EDT - Operating Systems - OpenMandriva

AMD Is Still Moving Towards A Unified Open-Source Driver

Earlier this year I delivered the exclusive news how AMD was looking at a new Linux driver strategy for Catalyst that involved leveraging the open-source Radeon DRM kernel driver. The strategy at the time effectively meant just making Catalyst a user-space blob and riding off the open-source Radeon kernel driver to share more common code and hopefully lead to a better experience. It looks like this driver strategy is moving forward.
12:00 AM EDT - AMD - Open-Source - 41 Comments

26 September

AMD Wants To Know What's Wrong With Catalyst

AMD is soliciting feedback on the Catalyst driver.
05:40 PM EDT - AMD - Catalyst Blob - 63 Comments

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Is Running Great On Linux

The GeForce GTX 980 is NVIDIA's most advanced graphics card to date and is running brilliantly on Linux -- assuming you're okay with binary blobs.
02:22 PM EDT - NVIDIA - GTX 980 Maxwell - 8 Comments

HHVM 3.3 Implements More PHP Language Functionality & Faster Performance

A few days ago the Facebook developers working on the HipHop Virtual Machine -- that serves as a faster implementation of PHP and it also serves as the basis of their Hack language -- released HHVM 3.3.0.
01:36 PM EDT - Free Software - HHVM 3.3

Performance Benchmarks Of This Week's Fedora 21 Alpha

Continuing in this week's alpha coverage of Fedora 21 are some performance benchmarks comparing it to Fedora 20 and the recent openSUSE 13.2 beta.
11:16 AM EDT - Fedora - Fedora 21 Alpha - 1 Comment

FSF Issues Statement On Shellshock Bash Vulnerability

The Free Software Foundation has issued their response to this week's news of the "Shellshock" bug that affects Bash.
10:48 AM EDT - Free Software - Shellshocked - 74 Comments

The Next AMD Catalyst Linux Driver Is Much More Exciting

Yesterday I wrote about an upcoming Catalyst Linux driver offering VCE and HSA support while today are more details on this forthcoming update.
10:00 AM EDT - AMD - AMD Catalyst - 17 Comments

Linux 3.18 Should Let Radeon GPUs Clock Higher For OC'ed Cards

AMD's Alex Deucher sent in another Radeon drm-next patch series this week with some more last-minute tweaks for the Linux kernel's next merge window.
09:15 AM EDT - AMD - Radeon DPM - 11 Comments

SUSE Publishes More GCC Patches For AMD's HSA Architecture

AMD's trying hard to make HSA of benefit to Linux users in 2014 and they're making lots of inroads. Helping AMD along the way with the Linux raising of Heterogeneous System Architecture is SUSE.
08:47 AM EDT - AMD - HSA - 10 Comments

Skylake Support Added To Intel's X.Org Driver

With Intel Skylake Linux hardware enablement being worked on in steadfast by the Intel Open-Source Technology Center, earlier this month we saw the initial Skylake DRM kernel patches, earlier this week we saw the Skylake Mesa support patches, and then today we have the Intel X.Org driver getting patched for this next-generation hardware succeeding Broadwell.
08:30 AM EDT - X.Org - xf86-video-intel - 1 Comment

Ubuntu 14.10 Final Beta Released

Adam Conrad on the behalf of the Ubuntu development community has announced the final beta release of the upcoming Ubuntu 14.10 "Utopic Unicorn" and its derivatives.
08:18 AM EDT - Ubuntu - Utopic Unicorn - 1 Comment

25 September

GNOME Finally Supports Ctrl+Tab For Switching Tabs

It looks like for GNOME 3.16 one of the early changes will be better keyboard support for switching tabs.
03:51 PM EDT - GNOME - HIG - 24 Comments

Upcoming Catalyst Linux Driver Offers HSA & VCE Support

While AMD just released its first OpenCL 2.0 Linux driver, which is marked fglrx 14.41, the next driver that's currently in testing is fglrx 14.50... This should be more interesting.
01:50 PM EDT - AMD - fglrx 14.50 - 9 Comments

AMD Releases OpenCL 2.0 Catalyst Linux Driver

A new AMD Catalyst Linux graphics driver has been released today that finally delivers OpenCL 2.0 to Catalyst.
12:30 PM EDT - AMD - Catalyst - 29 Comments

XWayland Linux Gaming Performance With GNOME Wayland On Fedora 21

With this week's Fedora 21 Alpha release delivering the very latest open-source Linux graphics driver code, the newest Wayland code, and the updated GNOME 3.14 desktop with its day-to-day support for Wayland, I've been busy benchmarking.
09:00 AM EDT - Software - 23 Comments

openSUSE 13.2 Beta 1 vs. Fedora Linux Benchmarks

With this week's openSUSE 13.2 Beta release I decided to run some benchmarks to see how the performance compares to that of Fedora Linux.
08:15 AM EDT - SUSE - openSUSE 13.2

There's Wayland Changes Needed Before GNOME Will Be 100% Ported

With yesterday's GNOME 3.14 release the Wayland support is considered sufficient for day-to-day use running the GNOME stack on Wayland rather than an X11 Server on Linux. However, the GNOME developers don't consider this to be "100% complete" yet and there's still some more work needed to be cleared up on the Wayland side.
08:08 AM EDT - Wayland - GNOME on Wayland - 15 Comments

KDE Applications 14.12 Release Schedule Published

KDE Applications 14.12 has a release date.
07:53 AM EDT - KDE - KDE Applications 14.12 - 13 Comments

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