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Systemd Developers Did NOT Fork The Linux Kernel

Various Phoronix readers have written in this weekend and commented in the forums and elsewhere that systemd developers forked the Linux kernel. This is not the case.
4 Hours Ago - Free Software - systemd-linux - 13 Comments

Trying Out The Modern Linux Desktops With 4 Monitors + AMD/NVIDIA Graphics

As some recent non-performance testing of the AMD and NVIDIA graphics drivers on Linux, I checked in to see how well the various Linux desktop environments were working these days in multi-monitor setups. With the latest AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards and drivers, I tried out Unity, GNOME Shell, Xfce, and (attempted) KDE Plasma 5 on Ubuntu 15.04 to check out the latest experience.
8 Hours Ago - Monitors - 19 Comments

PulseAudio 7.0 To Enable LFE Remixing By Default

Queued up in Git for the next version of PulseAudio, v7.0, is the enabling of LFE remixing by default after some upstream work was done by Canonical developers working on Ubuntu.
9 Hours Ago - Multimedia - PulseAudio LFE Filter - 14 Comments

Features & Changes Coming For Mir 0.13

Canonical developers have been hard at work on the next version of their Mir Display Server for Ubuntu Touch 15.04.
9 Hours Ago - Ubuntu - Mir 0.13 - 1 Comment

BlackArch Linux Updated, Now Ships With 1200+ Tools

BlackArch v2015.03.29 has been released for those interested in this flavor of Arch Linux.
10 Hours Ago - Operating Systems - BlackArch March 2015

How Far Valve Has Come: Three Years Ago They Needed OpenGL Linux Help

While these days there's more than 1,000 Linux games on Steam, just three years ago in their early Source Engine porting process they were barely able to get good frame-rates.
10 Hours Ago - Valve - Gaben's Message - 12 Comments

Audacity 2.1 Improves Noise Reduction, Adds Real-Time Effects Preview

Version 2.1 of the Audacity open-source audio editor/recorder has been released.
11 Hours Ago - Multimedia - Audacity 2.1

29 March

Linux 4.0-rc6 Kernel Released

Linus Torvalds has done his usual Sunday development release to the Linux kernel.
06:50 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - Linux 4.0-rc6 - 6 Comments

Automatically Managing The Linux Benchmarks Firing Constantly

In continuation of this morning's article about Turning A Basement Into A Big Linux Server Room that detailed my month-long process of building out the new Linux automated benchmark server room, here's details on the software deployment side.
06:41 PM EDT - Hardware - Phoromatic - 1 Comment

The Big Features Of The Linux 4.0 Kernel

Linux 4.0 should be officially released within the next few weeks. In anticipation of its April debut, here's a look at some of the big features for this next version of the Linux kernel.
02:02 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - Linux 4.0 - 8 Comments

Turning A Basement Into A Big Linux Server Room

This week I posted about my new server room, where there's Linux benchmarks constantly happening on the Linux kernel and other open-source code via the Phoronix Test Suite and Phoromatic. With many Phoronix readers having been interested in the basement makeover I did to turn a ugly, boring basement into a clean server room, here's more details and pictures on the month-long renovation along with various tips and product recommendations from the experience. This server room is now almost up to 50 systems and is complete with a drink bar and projector. There's plenty of pictures and details for those hoping to build their own personal basement server room, including a few tips for increasing the wife acceptance factor of the big project.
11:30 AM EDT - Computers - 34 Comments

Mesa's Android Support Is Currently In Bad Shape

While Mesa is talked about as being able to be built for Google's Android operating system to run these open-source graphics drivers on Android devices with OpenGL ES support, in reality there's a lot left to be desired.
08:25 AM EDT - Mesa - Android Mesa - 9 Comments

Wayland's Weston Terminal Can Now Be Minimized

There hasn't been too much to report on lately with regard to Wayland/Weston 1.8 development, but with this next release, the reference Weston compositor's terminal will now have a minimize menu item.
08:17 AM EDT - Wayland - Weston Terminal - 5 Comments

Phoronix - Working Towards Faster Page Loads

As a PSA, this weekend I began playing around with a CDN and distributed DNS for speeding up the page load times on Phoronix.
08:09 AM EDT - Phoronix - CloudFlare - 37 Comments

28 March

Improved OpenCL Support For Blender's Cycles Renderer

George Kyriazis of AMD has provided patches to the Blender project for vastly improving their OpenCL Cycles renderer support and allow for it to work with AMD GPUs.
04:55 PM EDT - AMD - OpenCL Cycles - 29 Comments

Mesa 10.5.2 Packs In A Handful Of Fixes

Emil Velikov has pushed out a weekend update for stable Mesa users.
04:44 PM EDT - Mesa - Mesa 10.5.2 - 8 Comments

More Fedora/Ubuntu Linux vs. OS X OpenGL Benchmarks

Earlier this week I shared some new OS X 10.10 vs. Fedora 21 vs. Ubuntu 15.04 benchmarks, which were quite interesting and Linux ended up having the upper-hand on this new Mac Mini with an Intel "Haswell" CPU sporting Iris Graphics. For those interested in more cross-OS benchmarks with Intel Iris Graphics, here's some additional results.
01:00 PM EDT - Mesa - Xonotic

ARM64 Improvements Piling Up In Coreboot

While yesterday I was talking about many Intel Broadwell improvements landing in Coreboot, the new Git activity today for Coreboot is about 64-bit ARM.
09:09 AM EDT - Coreboot - ARM64 - 9 Comments

Intel Adds Mesa IR To NIR Translator & Makes Other NIR Improvements

The NIR intermediate representation for Mesa continues taking flight and driven by Intel's open-source developers.
08:43 AM EDT - Mesa - Mesa NIR - 8 Comments

HAMMER2 Gets A Man Page

The HAMMER2 file-system has been slow to mature since being announced three years ago, but now at least there's a man page for HAMMER2.
08:31 AM EDT - BSD - HAMMER2 FS - 11 Comments

Kodi 14.2 Released To End Out The "XBMC" 14.x Series

Kodi 14.2 was released today as the last planned point release in the 14.x series. Next stop is the Kodi 15 "Isengard" release!
08:04 AM EDT - Multimedia - Kodi 14.2 - 4 Comments

27 March

Debian 8.0 Jessie RC2 Installer Released

Debian 8.0 "Jessie" is still working towards its long-awaited release.
08:29 PM EDT - Debian - Debian Jessie - 5 Comments

Shadow Warrior Is Being Released For Linux Next Week

The Shadow Warrior remake of the 1997 3D Realms' game of the same name is seeing its native Linux release next week! The remake of Shadow Warrior has been out since 2013 by Flying Wild Hog while next week will mark its debut for Linux and OS X.
01:07 PM EDT - Gaming - Shadow Warrior - 7 Comments

NVIDIA's $1000+ GeForce GTX TITAN X Delivers Maximum Linux Performance

Last week NVIDIA unveiled the GeForce GTX TITAN X during their annual GPU Tech Conference. Of course, all of the major reviews at launch were under Windows and thus largely focused on the Direct3D performance. Now that our review sample arrived this week, I've spent the past few days hitting the TITAN X hard under Linux with various OpenGL and OpenCL workloads compared to other NVIDIA and AMD hardware on the binary Linux drivers.
11:45 AM EDT - Graphics Cards - 46 Comments

Intel Pushes A Bunch Of Broadwell Code Into Coreboot

Intel Linux developers have landed a lot of Broadwell enablement code into Coreboot.
11:44 AM EDT - Intel - Broadwell Coreboot - 10 Comments

Open-Source Driver Fans Will Love NVIDIA's New OpenGL Demo

Those with a bit of humor will love the demo NVIDIA recently used for showing off their Nouveau-based open-source graphics driver stack on the Tegra K1 SoC.
09:49 AM EDT - NVIDIA - "Finger Demo" - 14 Comments

GHC 7.10.1 Brings New Compiler Features

Version 7.10.1 of the Glasgow Haskell Compiler (GHC) is now available as a major release for this open-source project.
09:20 AM EDT - Compiler - GHC 7.10 - 17 Comments

26 March

Ubuntu 15.04 Final Beta Released

Adam Conrad, on the behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team, tonight announced the final beta of the Ubuntu 15.04 "Vivid Vervet" release.
09:18 PM EDT - Ubuntu - Vivid Vervet - 8 Comments

Google's Dart 1.9 Brings More Async Programming

Google's Dart team has announced the release of Dart 1.9 today with new async and await support.
09:16 PM EDT - Google - Dart 1.9 - 20 Comments

Nuclide: Facebook's New Unified IDE

Facebook today announced Nuclide, its latest open-source project, which is an integrated development environment derived from GitHub's Atom editor.
09:05 PM EDT - Free Software - Nuclide - 10 Comments

Git 2.4.0-rc0 Does A Ton Of Polishing

An early preview release of Git 2.4 is now available but it doesn't add too many features as this cycle has organically found itself doing a ton of polishing and bug fixing.
06:01 PM EDT - Free Software - Git 2.4 - 1 Comment

The Most Common, Annoying Issue When Benchmarking Ubuntu On Many Systems

When constantly benchmarking dozens of systems daily in a fully-automated manner there's one issue particularly on Ubuntu that's proved over the past few months to be most annoying...
04:02 PM EDT - Hardware - Silly Booting Issue - 23 Comments

OS X 10.10 vs. Ubuntu 15.04 vs. Fedora 21 Tests: Linux Sweeps The Board

With having a new Apple Mac Mini in our testing labs this week, I ran some basic benchmarks comparing Mac OS X 10.10.2 to Ubuntu 15.04 to Fedora 21 in a few different configurations.

Mesa Is At Nearly 1,500 Commits This Year

With Q1'2015 quickly coming to an end, here's a look at the Mesa Git activity for the past few months.
11:40 AM EDT - Mesa - Mesa Activity - 10 Comments

Gestures & Other GTK3 Features For LibreOffice

The GTK3 port of LibreOffice is finally taking shape and gaining new functionality.
09:35 AM EDT - GNOME - GTK3 LibreOffice - 12 Comments

The Vulkan & SPIR-V Presentations From NVIDIA GTC 2015

The Vulkan, SPIR-V, and OpenCL 2.1 slides from last week's GPU Tech Conference are now online.
09:16 AM EDT - Standards - Khronos Updates @ GTC - 29 Comments

It's Now Easier To Try PHP 7 On Fedora & RHEL

For those interested in PHP 7, it's now easier to try out the development version of the next-generation PHP on Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux based operating systems.
09:08 AM EDT - Compiler - PHP 7 RPM - 6 Comments

BQ Is Cleaning Up Their Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Kernel

Last week we relayed the article by Carsten Munk of Jolla about the kernel of the BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Phone being a mess. Since then, it looks like BQ and Ubuntu developers have taken to cleaning up the kernel source tree.
08:46 AM EDT - Ubuntu - Kernel Mess

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