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Virtual GEM To Increase Mesa's Software Rasterizer Performance

A Google engineer is still working on his virtual GEM driver that will benefit the performance of Mesa's software rasterizer for increasing the performance when not running on real graphics hardware.
43 Minutes Ago - Mesa - vGEM

Open Lunchbox: Yet Another Open-Source Laptop Attempt

Open Lunchbox is the latest project attempting to do an open-source laptop design. Open Lunchbox is trying to do their laptop project in a modular, open hardware design.
87 Minutes Ago - Hardware - Open Lunchbox - 2 Comments

Wayland/Weston 1.7 Release Candidate

Bryce Harrington tagged the release candidates for the forthcoming Wayland 1.7 and Weston 1.7 versions.
2 Hours Ago - Wayland - Wayland 1.7 - 2 Comments

LLVM Preparing To Raise Its Visual Studio Requirements

As a forewarning for anyone that might be forced to use MSVC / Visual Studio at their place of employment, LLVM developers are preparing to raise their compiler requirements for building out LLVM unless any old pre-2013 MSVC users raise their concerns.
3 Hours Ago - Compiler - MSVC 2013 - 1 Comment

Bugzilla 5.0 Is Coming Soon With New Features

Bugzilla 5.0 is gearing up for a release in the next few weeks and with this big version bump will come a number of new features to this popular open-source bug tracking software.
3 Hours Ago - Mozilla - Bugzilla 5.0 Features

30 January

Linux Benchmarking... Even Faster & A Very Interesting February

While benchmarked the most this month on Phoronix was the new ThinkPad X1 Carbon with Broadwell CPU given its the latest-generation Intel microarchitecture, February on Phoronix will be much more interesting if you're at all interested in servers or workstation hardware... Or just seeing what's possible if you happen to have a ton of system memory and disks.
07:15 PM EST - Hardware - Tons Of Memory - 7 Comments

Intel Broadwell: GCC 4.9 vs. LLVM Clang 3.5 Compiler Benchmarks

Another day, another round of Intel Broadwell Linux benchmarks. Being looked at this morning are some GCC vs. Clang compiler benchmarks for this latest Intel microarchitecture succeeding Haswell.
10:06 AM EST - Software - 11 Comments

Does VirtualBox VM Have Much A Future Left?

It's been a long time since last hearing of any major innovations or improvements to VirtualBox, the VM software managed by Oracle since their acquisition of Sun Microsystems. Is there any hope left for a revitalized VirtualBox?
09:02 AM EST - Virtualization - Oracle VirtualBox - 94 Comments

HAMMER2 File-System Is Still Slowly Coming Together

Back when DragonFlyBSD's HAMMER2 file-system development began being publicized, it was believed it wasn't going to be ready until at least 2013. Fast forward two years, HAMMER2 isn't yet used by default on this BSD operating system and it's still being actively developed.
08:38 AM EST - BSD - HAMMER2 - 5 Comments

The Better Looking Window Decorations For GNOME 3.16

With the GNOME 3.16 series, Mutter uses GTK+ for drawing all window decorations regardless of using client-side decorations, and there's also many other GTK+ improvements.
08:25 AM EST - GNOME - GTK+ Decorations - 6 Comments

Libinput 0.9 Adds Support For Hovering Fingers On Touchpads

Peter Hutterer announced the release of libinput 0.9.0 a short time ago.
12:02 AM EST - Wayland - libinput 0.9.0

29 January

Free Software Foundation Endorses Another (Outdated) Laptop

Back in 2013 the Free Software Foundation endorsed its first laptop as respecting the user's freedoms. Being announced today is another laptop now being endorsed by the FSF.
07:26 PM EST - GNU - Libreboot X200 - 26 Comments

Ubuntu vs. Fedora Linux On Lenovo's X1 Carbon With Core i7 Broadwell

With yesterday having delivered some Ubuntu 14.10 vs. 15.04 benchmarks on the third-generation Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, today we're turning the tables to see how Ubuntu on this Core i7 Broadwell ultrabook compares to Fedora 21.
12:00 PM EST - Operating Systems - 5 Comments

DNF Plugins Extend The Functionality Of Fedora's Yum Successor

With the upcoming Fedora 22 release due out in May, DNF is positioned to replace Yum as the default package manager.
09:07 AM EST - Fedora - dnf-plugins-extras

LibreOffice 4.4 Released With Better OOXML Support, UI Improvements

LibreOffice 4.4 is now available as the newest version of this leading open-source, cross-platform office suite.
08:37 AM EST - Free Software - LibreOffice 4.4 - 16 Comments

Inkscape 0.91 Goes Through C++ Code Conversion, New Cairo Rendering, OpenMP Filters

Version 0.91 of Inkscape was released this week and the new version of this open-source vector-based graphics program has some exciting changes.
08:14 AM EST - Free Software - Inkscape - 26 Comments

New Mesa Patch To Improve CPU-Bound Applications

For those wondering what else Kristian Høgsberg is working on in his post-Wayland days, after tackling initial Skylake enablement in Mesa his latest achievement is a new Mesa performance patch.
06:09 AM EST - Mesa - mtx_t mutex - 36 Comments

28 January

LLVM Adds Options To Do Fuzz Testing

The latest additions to LLVM and Clang begin adding support for fuzzing capabilities.
09:38 PM EST - Compiler - LLVM Fuzzing - 4 Comments

Coreboot Now Supports Another Dual-Socket AMD Motherboard

The latest motherboard being supported by Coreboot for replacing the board's proprietary BIOS is the ASUS KFSN4-DRE.
05:51 PM EST - Coreboot - ASUS KFSN4-DRE - 9 Comments

Ubuntu 15.04 Is The Easy Path To Better Performance On Intel Broadwell

Unless you manually upgrade your kernel and other system packages from your Ubuntu 14.10 installation, Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet is an important release for users of new Intel Broadwell systems for ensuring your hardware reaches its maximum performance potential.

Atomic Mode-Setting/Display Support Progresses In Linux 3.20

Going along with many DRM graphics driver improvements for Linux 3.20 is the seemingly never-ending work on atomic mode-setting.
01:23 PM EST - Linux Kernel - Atomic Linux - 3 Comments

NVIDIA 340.76 Brings Three Stable Fixes

For conservative NVIDIA Linux users not quick to jump to new release streams, the 340.76 stable update is now available, which is also the driver that's continuing to provide long-term support for pre-Fermi graphics card users relying on NVIDIA's binary blob.
11:37 AM EST - NVIDIA - NVIDIA 340.xx - 4 Comments

Intel Broadwell-U P-State vs. ACPI CPUFreq Scaling Linux Performance

As some extra Broadwell Linux performance numbers this morning, here's some brief test results for the Intel Core i7 5600U when testing the Intel P-State vs. ACPI CPUFreq frequency scaling drivers and the different scaling governors.
09:28 AM EST - Intel - Frequency Scaling Drivers - 12 Comments

DragonFlyBSD Is Almost To Linux 3.10 Era Intel Graphics Support

While FreeBSD, DragonFlyBSD, OpenBSD, and other BSD distributions have made much headway in the past year or two in porting the Linux DRM/KMS drivers to their kernels, the work still measurably lags behind the latest upstream Linux kernel code.
08:38 AM EST - BSD - Linux 3.10 - DragonFlyBSD DRM - 3 Comments

New Beta Of Witcher 2 Aims For Greater Performance

A new beta of the Linux port of The Witcher 2 was released this weekend and it aims to deliver improved performance.
07:53 AM EST - Gaming - The Witcher 2 - 29 Comments

NVIDIA's Latest Maxwell Line-Up Against AMD With Catalyst On Linux

Last week NVIDIA released the GeForce GTX 960, a great $200 GPU for Linux gamers that is based on their new power-efficient Maxwell architecture. On launch-day I delivered some initial performance figures of the full GeForce GTX 900 series line-up along with other graphics cards and following that I did many new NVIDIA Linux GPU tests going back to the GeForce GTX 400 (Fermi) series. Not part of those tests were any AMD Radeon graphics cards while in this article are such numbers in making a new 18-way graphics card comparison with the latest Linux graphics drivers.
03:47 AM EST - Graphics Cards - 18 Comments

27 January

NVIDIA Tegra DRM Driver Supports Atomic Mode-Setting In Linux 3.20

The latest work landing in the DRM-Next code-base for the Linux 3.20 kernel merge window is the Tegra DRM driver updates.
07:32 PM EST - Linux Kernel - Atomic Mode-Setting - 1 Comment

AppStream 0.8 Works On Improving Open-Source Software Metadata

Version 0.8 of AppStream has been released for improving open-source/Linux software metadata as consumed by several software package managers.
06:00 PM EST - Free Software - AppStream Updated - 2 Comments

Linux "GHOST" Vulnerability Hits Glibc Systems

The latest high-profile security vulnerability affecting Linux systems us within Glibc, the GNU C Library.
03:38 PM EST - GNU - Glibc Exploit - 48 Comments

Linux Game Publishing Remains Offline, Three Years After The CEO Shakeup

It was brought up today in the forums that it's been three years of having a new LGP CEO while Linux Game Publishing's website remains down for the better part of the year, their web presence is disappearing, and it simply doesn't look like there's a bright 2015 ahead for this one leading provider of games to Linux.
02:37 PM EST - Gaming - Linux Game Publishing - 29 Comments

PlayStation 4 System Compiler Support Landing In LLVM

Support for Sony's PlayStation 4 game console code generation is landing within LLVM's open-source compiler infrastructure.
01:59 PM EST - Compiler - Sony PS4 - 19 Comments

Preliminary Tests Of Intel Sandy Bridge & Ivy Bridge vs. Broadwell

Chances are if you have a Haswell ultrabook/laptop, you're probably not looking at upgrading to a new Broadwell design unless your Haswell laptop had hardware issues, you really need a longer battery life via more power efficient hardware, or you just fall in love with one of the new Broadwell devices. If you're running an Ivy Bridge or Sandy Bridge laptop on the other hand, it might be time for an upgrade to get faster Intel graphics and greater power efficiency. Here's some preliminary figures I have for showing off the new Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Core i7 5600U compared to some older SNB and IVB laptops.
10:28 AM EST - Processors - 24 Comments

Now-Closed KDE Vulnerabilities Remind Us X11 Screen Locks / Screensavers Are Insecure

In addition to KDE Plasma 5.2 bringing many new features with today's release, it also addresses some security vulnerabilities concerning KDE's screen locker. Of course, to any longtime Phoronix readers following our frequent X11/X.Org coverage, this hardly comes as a surprise.
09:00 AM EST - KDE - X11 Insecurities - 20 Comments

Vivaldi: A New Chromium-Powered, Multi-Platform Browser

Making waves this morning on the Internet is the announcement of Vivaldi, a new web-browser started by the former CEO of Opera. Vivaldi is currently supported by Linux, Windows, and OS X systems.
08:27 AM EST - Free Software - Vivaldi Browser - 39 Comments

KDE Plasma 5.2 Officially Released

The KDE community officially released Plasma 5.2 this morning as the quarterly update to KDE's desktop shell powered by Qt5 and KDE Frameworks 5.
08:08 AM EST - KDE - Plasma 5.2.0 - 17 Comments

Intel Broadwell On Linux Has Working OpenCL 1.2, VP8 Video Acceleration

In the past few days when begining to deliver a number of initial Linux tests from Intel's new Broadwell processors, a number of Phoronix readers have inquired about the OpenCL and VA-API support for the new hardware.
12:33 AM EST - Intel - OpenCL & VA-API - 18 Comments

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