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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.
6 Hours Ago - GNU - GCC 5.2 - 8 Comments

AMD FP3 Motherboard Ported To Coreboot

Another AMD motherboard has been ported to work under Coreboot.
6 Hours Ago - AMD - AMD FP3 - 2 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 - 22 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 - 7 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 - 33 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 - 3 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 - 49 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 - 5 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 - 11 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

23 April

KDBUS Still Hasn't Been Pulled, Might Not Land For Linux 4.1

Linus Torvalds still hasn't pulled the KDBUS code into the Linux 4.1 kernel and it's beginning to look like he won't honor this pull request for the current Linux development cycle.
08:07 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - KDBUS Uncertainty - 24 Comments

The State Of The Lima/Tamil Driver Code

For those wondering about the state of the Lima and Tamil graphics drivers for providing open-source, accelerated support to ARM Mali graphics processors, Luc Verhaegen has written a new blog post after being silent for a while.
02:07 PM EDT - Free Software - Lima Driver - 31 Comments

The New Linux Performance Test Lab Is Already Being Expanded

It was just last month that our new, large-scale test farm was completed while already it's being expanded... Another 42U rack is being added to allow for more systems to go through rigorous benchmarking via the Phoronix Test Suite's Phoromatic.
12:46 PM EDT - Hardware - More Systems! - 3 Comments

Ubuntu's Desktop-Next Switching From .DEBs To Snappy

Ubuntu 15.04 was just released and Canonical isn't wasting any time with starting to share their plans for Ubuntu 15.10 due out in October. This next release will feature a build that switches away from Debian packages (.deb) to using Snappy Personal.
11:46 AM EDT - Ubuntu - Ubuntu 15.10 - 92 Comments

Qt Creator 3.4 Brings C++ Programming Improvements & More

The Qt Company has today announced the official release of Qt Creator 3.4, one of the best open-source IDEs for programmers and the de facto development environment for Qt applications.
10:10 AM EDT - Qt - Qt Creator 3.4.0

Ubuntu 15.04 Released, Now Available For Download

Ubuntu 15.04 is out!
09:54 AM EDT - Ubuntu - Ubuntu 15.04 - 18 Comments

QtWebEngine Poses Problems For Debian, Distribution Vendors

Debian and other Linux distributions are running into issues with packaging up QtWebEngine, which is becoming a problem since more of the new KDE stack is becoming dependent upon this addition to Qt 5.4 that provides a web rendering engine based on Chromium.
09:46 AM EDT - Qt - QtWebEngine - 72 Comments

RAID 5/6 Changes Coming For Linux Software RAID (MD)

Linux 4.1 will feature an updated Multiple Device (MD) driver to improve the RAID 5/6 potential for those relying upon Linux Software RAID.
08:39 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - RAID 5 / 6

ACPI For 64-bit ARM Proposed For Linux 4.1

Going back many months there's been work on adding ACPI support to ARM64/AArch64. That long journey may now be wrapping up with a pending pull request for landing full ACPI support for 64-bit ARM in Linux 4.1.
08:27 AM EDT - Hardware - ARM64 ACPI - 5 Comments

XFS Updates Submitted For Linux 4.1 Kernel

Dave Chinner has sent in his XFS file-system updates targeting the Linux 4.1 kernel.
08:01 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - XFS File-System - 4 Comments

Libinput X.Org Driver Updated (v0.9)

Peter Hutterer has announced the release of xf86-input-libinput, the X.Org driver for making use of the libinput library under X11 environments.
07:46 AM EDT - X.Org - xf86-input-libinput

22 April

Debian 8.0 Jessie Is Ready For Release This Weekend

Steve McIntyre has relayed that the Debian camp is "Ready for Jessie!" and that the debian-cd team is happy with the state of the debian-installer and related packages for the Debian 8.0 Jessie release.
09:46 PM EDT - Debian - Debian Jessie - 26 Comments

TearFree Option Lands In xf86-video-ati Git

As a quick follow-up to yesterday's article about a new TearFree option for the Radeon X.Org driver as the latest effort to eliminate tearing, that feature is now in Git.
09:20 PM EDT - AMD - No Tearing - 21 Comments

Ubuntu 15.04 Brings Some Graphics Performance Improvements For Intel Haswell

While we know Intel Broadwell performance is much faster on Ubuntu 15.04 than Ubuntu 14.10, with this week's release of Ubuntu Vivd Vervet, here's some fresh results looking to see how the Intel Haswell graphics performance has evolved over the past six months. For the many Intel Haswell owners out there, you'll be pleased that the performance has overall improved.

Linux 4.1 Supports Annapurna's Alpine & Other ARM Platform Work

There's yet more to talk about with regard to the Linux 4.1 kernel and some of the latest patches queued up for merging are the numerous ARM improvements.
12:02 PM EDT - Hardware - ARM Platform

GIMP's Porting To GTK3 Continues

The popular GIMP image editing program continues in its quest of being ported to GTK3, but it's still not clear when it will be finished and merged to mainline.
10:53 AM EDT - GNOME - GTK3 GIMP - 35 Comments

Linux 4.1 Improvements For The Google Pixel 2 & Xbox One Controllers

The latest pull request worth talking about for the in-development Linux 4.1 kernel are the input driver changes.
09:39 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - Linux 4.1 Input - 6 Comments

GCC 5.1 Officially Released

Those behind the GNU Compiler Collection have announced this morning the official release of GCC 5.1, the first major release of GCC 5.
08:51 AM EDT - Compiler - GCC 5 - 23 Comments

GTK+ 3.18 Plans For Full Wayland Support, A Scenegraph

While GNOME 3.16 was just released last month, changes coming ahead for GNOME 3.18 and particularly GTK+ 3.18 are quite exciting.
07:42 AM EDT - GNOME - GTK+ 3.18 - 15 Comments

Intel Works On Page-Flipping For The Mode-Setting Driver

While the xf86-video-intel X.Org DDX driver has yet to reach version 3.0 even though the 3.0 development series is going on two years old, Intel open-source developers are continuing to spend time on the universal xf86-video-modesetting driver.
04:45 AM EDT - X.Org - xf86-video-modesetting - 3 Comments

Phoronix Test Suite 5.8 Milestone 2 Released - More Work On Phoromatic

Coming about three weeks after the initial Phoronix Test Suite 5.8 milestone release is the second development build for our open-source, cross-platform benchmarking software.
02:00 AM EDT - Phoronix - Belev M2

My Favorite Computer Desk Of The Past Decade For Less Than $100

My favorite computer desk of the past decade, and arguably my favorite ever, is back on sale and costing less than $100. In the past few years I've bought at least eight of them according to my transaction history and I continue to be very pleased by their quality and price.
12:00 AM EDT - Hardware - Less Than $100 - 18 Comments

21 April

Using LXD Containers On Ubuntu 15.04

While much of the media attention as of late when it comes to Ubuntu Linux has been about their mobile endeavors, they are continuing to innovate on other fronts as well and with this week's release of Ubuntu 15.04 is the initial work on LXD for those interested in containers.
10:03 PM EDT - Ubuntu - LXD Lightervisor - 1 Comment

Google Working On NVIDIA CUDA Support Via LLVM?

For whatever reason, there's Google developers working on CUDA improvements within the LLVM/Clang compiler.
09:49 PM EDT - Google - Google LLVM - 5 Comments

Running Benchmarks On The Newest Open-Source OpenGL 3.1+ Game

With the newest OpenGL 3.1+ game now updated on OpenBenchmarking.org, prepare yourself for a new flow of graphics tests from this GPLv3-licensed game. Feel free to run this test profile too, in order to see how your system compares against other Linux gamers.
04:10 PM EDT - Gaming - phoronix-test-suite benchmark - 20 Comments

Radeon X.Org Driver Still Trying To Eliminate Tearing, Adds TearFree Option

In trying to reduce/eliminate visible tearing on the screen, the xf86-video-ati driver is preparing to introduce a new TearFree X.Org option.
01:44 PM EDT - X.Org - TearFree - 24 Comments

Ubuntu 15.04 Brings Better Intel Performance For CS:GO & TF2

With the release of Ubuntu 15.04 coming this week I've been busy running some fresh comparison benchmarks between the "Vivd Vervet" and former versions of Ubuntu Linux. For Intel HD Graphics users, in this article are two quick results showing how the performance of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Team Fortress 2 has improved on the open-source Intel Linux graphics driver over the past six months between Ubuntu 14.10 and 15.04.
12:38 PM EDT - Intel - Ubuntu 15.04 vs. 14.10 - 1 Comment

AMDKFD HSA Linux Driver Improvements Land Today

For those not too busy discussing and digging through the new open-source AMDGPU kernel driver that was published yesterday, out today are some new patches for AMDKFD, the HSA Linux kernel driver.
12:08 PM EDT - AMD - AMDKFD - 2 Comments

Nginx 1.8.0 Brings Backend SSL Verification, Experimental Thread Pools

Version 1.8.0 of the Nginx open-source web server is now available.
11:43 AM EDT - Free Software - nginx 1.8 - 2 Comments

Linux GPU Switching For Apple's MacBook Pro, Revised

For those running Linux on Apple MacBook Pro laptops that have both Intel HD Graphics and a discrete NVIDIA GPU, there's new patches underway for proper GPU switching support.
10:50 AM EDT - Hardware - GPU Switching - 7 Comments

Fedora 22 Beta Released

The beta of Fedora 22 is now available for testing and evaluating of its many new features ahead of the official Fedora 22 debut in May.
09:38 AM EDT - Fedora - Fedora 22

AMD's New Carrizo Graphics PCI IDs

With yesterday's release of the new open-source "AMDGPU" Linux graphics driver stack we finally have a look at some of the hardware enablement code for the graphics processors of the upcoming "Carrizo" APUs.
09:30 AM EDT - AMD - Iceland + Carrizo - 5 Comments

SuperTuxKart 0.9 Released With Its New OpenGL 3 Engine

SuperTuxKart 0.9 has been released! This is the very significant update to this open-source, penguin-themed racing game. SuperTuxKart 0.9 introduces its new engine that now requires OpenGL 3.1+ with providing significantly better graphics potential.
08:20 AM EDT - Gaming - SuperTuxKart 0.9 - 13 Comments

6-Disk ZFS On Linux RAID Server Benchmarks

With the recent big update to ZFS On Linux I've begun running some new ZFS Linux file-system tests. Today are just some preliminary numbers from running ZOL 0.6.4 with various RAID levels across six 300GB H106030SDSUN300G 10K RPM SAS drives.
08:06 AM EDT - Hardware - ZFS On Linux - 12 Comments

Daily Builds Of Wayland & Weston For Ubuntu Linux

While Canonical may be set on making Mir the default display server across all Ubuntu platforms by this time next year, this isn't stopping others from using Ubuntu for Wayland development and using it as an alternative to Mir or the X.Org Server.
04:56 AM EDT - Ubuntu - Weston+Wayland On Ubuntu - 7 Comments

AMD Open-Sources "Addrlib" From Catalyst

As part of AMD finally releasing the AMDGPU kernel driver yesterday along with initial Iceland/Carrizo/Tonga support in Gallium3D, they also open-sourced a component formerly within the Catalyst proprietary driver.
12:46 AM EDT - AMD - addrlib - 26 Comments

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