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Mesa 10.3 Released With The Latest Open-Source GPU Driver Improvements

Besides the Wayland 1.6 release and other exciting Linux news today, Mesa 10.3 is another exciting open-source milestone achieved today.
2 Hours Ago - Mesa - Mesa 10.3 - 1 Comment

GNOME 3.13.92 Officially Released

After a small delay, the second release candidate to the forthcoming GNOME 3.14 is now available.
3 Hours Ago - GNOME - GNOME 3.14 - 2 Comments

Wine 1.7.27 Is Still Working Towards Direct2D Support

While more and more first-rate games come to Linux, if you still need Wine for running some older Windows titles, the latest bi-weekly development release is now available.
3 Hours Ago - WINE - Wine 1.7.27

Wasteland 2 Officially Launched Today, Including For Linux Gamers

Besides the Linux release of Tropico 5, also available as of today is the official release of Wasteland 2, which is coming twenty-five years after the release of the original Wasteland.
3 Hours Ago - Gaming - Wasteland 2 - 3 Comments

Tropico 5 Launches On Steam For Linux

As expected, Tropico 5 was released today for Linux gamers.
3 Hours Ago - Gaming - Tropico 5 - 4 Comments

7-Way Linux Desktop Gaming Comparison On Ubuntu 14.10

With Ubuntu 14.10 bringing various updates to the packaged desktop environments along with updated open-source graphics drivers, here's our per-cycle usual tests of the popular Linux desktops while looking at their impact on the Linux gaming performance.

The Intel Core i7 5960X Continues Running Great On Linux

For those able to spend $1000+ (USD) on a processor, the Intel Core i7 5960X is a fantastic offering that is still leaving me pleased with the performance after extensive Linux testing.
8 Hours Ago - Intel - Core i7 5960X - 3 Comments

Geometry Shaders, OpenGL 3.2 Land In Mesa For Intel Sandy Bridge

Those still running Intel "Sandy Bridge" processors with integrated HD Graphics will be ecstatic this morning that the Mesa driver has taken a leap forward.
9 Hours Ago - Intel - Sandy Bridge - 7 Comments

Wayland & Weston 1.6 Released

The latest quarterly update to Wayland and its Weston compositor are now available! Wayland/Weston 1.6.0 is another important milestone now crossed in delivering a next-generation Linux display experience.
9 Hours Ago - Wayland - Wayland/Weston 1.6 - 7 Comments

Tizen Smartphones Reported To Launch In November

It looks like Tizen smartphones might finally see the light of day later in the year.
9 Hours Ago - Hardware - Tizen - 12 Comments

NVIDIA Releases The 343.22 Linux Driver With GTX 980 Support

NVIDIA has once again managed same-day Linux support for their newest graphics processors.
10 Hours Ago - NVIDIA - GTX 970/980 - 4 Comments

NVIDIA Launches The GTX 980: The High-End Maxwell Beauty

This morning NVIDIA lifted the lid on the GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980 graphics cards as the new high-end offerings based on their extremely promising Maxwell architecture.
10 Hours Ago - NVIDIA - GeForce GTX 980 - 4 Comments

18 September

X.Org Server Shatter Project Fails

As some more unfortunate X.Org news tonight besides the very low turnout thus far for the X.Org OPW women project, the latest attempt at Shatter support for the X.Org Server failed.
08:30 PM EDT - X.Org - Shatter - 8 Comments

X.Org Women Outreach Program Only Turns Up Two Applicants So Far

Earlier this month it was announced that the X.Org Foundation would participate in the next FOSS Outreach Program for Women (OPW) organized by the GNOME Foundation. This program is very controversial but one thing is for sure: there isn't much interest from women in getting involved with X.Org.
07:16 PM EDT - X.Org - OPW - 70 Comments

Fedora 21 Alpha Finally Coming Next Week

The alpha release of Fedora 21 is finally happening next week! Fedora 21 Alpha was originally scheduled to ship in early August.
06:46 PM EDT - Fedora - F21

Intel P-State vs. CPUFreq Benchmarks On The i7-5960X

Continuing in our recent CPUFreq vs. P-State scaling driver benchmarks, here's some tests from the eight-core Core i7 5960X Haswell-E system as we test the two CPU frequency scaling drivers and their different governors.
02:10 PM EDT - Software - 10 Comments

Ubuntu Touch/Phone Reaches Its First RTM Image

The first image of Ubuntu Touch has been declared as ready for "release to manufacturing" after much work by Canonical.
12:09 PM EDT - Ubuntu - RTM - 10 Comments

17 September

The KMS Mode-Setting Driver Was Imported For X.Org Server 1.17

We have the newest feature of X.Org Server 1.17.
10:17 PM EDT - X.Org - xorg-server 1.17

SNA & UXA Intel Benchmarks With X.Org Server 1.16

Here's some benchmarks of the Intel Linux graphics stack on X.Org Server 1.16.
01:13 PM EDT - X.Org - xorg-server 1.16 - 6 Comments

Graphics Driver Changes Coming In The Linux 3.18 Kernel

While the Linux 3.17 kernel isn't being released for a few weeks, we already have a good idea for the DRM graphics driver improvements coming for the Linux 3.18 cycle.
11:58 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - drm-next - 3 Comments

RadeonSI GLAMOR Benchmarks With X.Org Server 1.16

With X.Org Server 1.16 having landed in Ubuntu 14.10, it's time for some benchmarks comparing the 1.15 and 1.16 releases on Ubuntu while using the GLAMOR 2D acceleration library.
11:00 AM EDT - Software - 11 Comments

Tropico 5 Being Released For Linux Gamers This Week

There's just two days to go until a new, high quality, non-FPS game is being released for Linux.
09:24 AM EDT - Gaming - Tropico 5 - 6 Comments

Intel Userptr Support Added To Mesa's DRM Library

With the Linux 3.16 kernel is Intel graphics driver support for Userptr, allows user-space to wrap up malloc'ed memory and turn them into GEM buffer objects. Besides the Intel DDX support, there's now userptr support within Mesa's DRM library.
09:11 AM EDT - Intel - Userptr

Eclipse IDE Starts Firing Up On Wayland's Weston

The Eclipse integrated development environment has basic Wayland capabilities thanks to some student work this summer via Google's Summer of Code.
12:25 AM EDT - Free Software - Eclipse - 16 Comments

OpenSUSE Announcement On SUSE's Recent Merger

On Monday Phoronix was the first to report from the point that SUSE's parent company was bought out in what's now being referred to as a merger of The Attachmate Group and Micro Focus. The openSUSE community has now issued an announcement concerning this recent corporate activity.
12:04 AM EDT - SUSE - Acquisition - 19 Comments

16 September

Valve Begins Publicly Tracking AMD Catalyst Linux Issues

Valve's Pierre-Loup A. Griffais has begun publicly listing known issues with AMD's Catalyst Linux graphics support.
04:00 PM EDT - Valve - Graphics Support - 35 Comments

Digia Qt Spinoff Is Called "The Qt Company"

Last month we wrote about Digia's plans to spin off its commercial Qt business and now today we have some more information on that change.
03:06 PM EDT - Qt - Qt Commercial - 11 Comments

GNOME 3.14 Makes More Progress In Running Natively On Wayland

Red Hat developer Matthias Clasen has shared a status update concerning the state of running the GNOME Shell desktop natively on Wayland without any X11 dependence. With GNOME 3.14, more progress has been made in making the Wayland experience really usable. Clasen also shares that Red Hat is hiring another Wayland developer.
11:46 AM EDT - GNOME - GNOME Wayland - 9 Comments

RadeonSI Gallium3D vs. Catalyst At 4K UHD On Linux

Last week I published some open-source performance numbers for running the AMD RadeonSI Gallium3D driver at 4K UHD. Today is a performance comparison of the open and closed-source AMD Linux drivers using the latest code atop Ubuntu while running at 3840 x 2160.
11:20 AM EDT - Display Drivers - 4 Comments

Minix 3.3 Released With Cortex-A8 ARM Support, NetBSD Userland Compatibility

Andrew Tanenbaum and his crew have released a significant update to Minix. The Minix 3.3.0 release comes with x86 and ARM support, is mostly compatible with the NetBSD user-land while its kernel is less than 13k lines of code, and it's BSD-licensed.
10:40 AM EDT - Operating Systems - Minix 3.3.0 - 8 Comments

More Intel DRM Changes Queued For Linux 3.18, Including Old i830M Fixes

With the drm-next merge window for Linux 3.18 closing, Intel's open-source developers have submitted another round of changes for ultimately landing with the Linux 3.18 kernel.
09:50 AM EDT - Intel - Intel i915 DRM - 4 Comments

New Code Starts Lining Up For X.Org Server 1.17

X.Org Server 1.17 is planned for release at the start of 2015 and thus puts the closing of the merge window in the middle of October. While some xorg-server 1.17 code has already landed, more is on the way.
09:37 AM EDT - X.Org - X Server 1.17 - 3 Comments

Rust Developers Planning For The Rust 1.0 Language

Rust, the general purpose, safe, and concurrent programming language developed by Mozilla Research, is starting to assemble their vision of Rust 1.0.
09:25 AM EDT - Mozilla - Rust 1.0 - 24 Comments

RPM 4.12 Brings New Switches, New Rpm2Archive Utility

RPM 4.12 has been released as the latest version of the RPM Package Manager. This most recent upgrade brings a fair amount of additions, bug-fixes, API changes, binding improvements,a new plug-in system, and more.
09:16 AM EDT - Red Hat - RPM 4.12.0 - 3 Comments

Qt 5.3.2 & Qt Creator 3.2.1 Released

Digia has put out various Qt project updates today.
08:54 AM EDT - Qt - Qt5 - 5 Comments

15 September

MSAA RadeonSI Gallium3D Performance Preview

For those curious about the performance overhead of enabling multi-sample anti-aliasing (MSAA) with the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver, here are a few benchmarks showing the performance overhead at various MSAA levels with the latest open-source AMD Linux driver.
08:00 PM EDT - Display Drivers - 17 Comments

Nouveau For Linux 3.18 Gains DP Audio, More Re-Clocking

Ben Skeggs sent in his Nouveau DRM driver changes for the drm-next tree of open-source NVIDIA driver improvements that will land in Linux 3.18.
07:01 PM EDT - Nouveau - Nouveau - 2 Comments

SUSE Gets Bought Out Again

SUSE's parent company The Attachmate Group has been bought out.
01:11 PM EDT - SUSE - Attachmate - 9 Comments

Enlightenment E19 Officially Released With Its Own Wayland Compositor

While E19 didn't come out last week as talked about, it was released this morning! The Enlightenment E19 update is a huge upgrade over E18 or E17, especially if you're an early Wayland adopter.
12:30 PM EDT - Desktop - E19 - 32 Comments

OpenMediaVault 1.0 Released As New Linux NAS Alternative

OpenMediaVault 1.0 was released today as a Debian-based network attached storage (NAS) solution that uses Nginx, its own dashboard with widgets support, and other original features.
11:33 AM EDT - Debian - OMV - 1 Comment

VESA Releases DisplayPort 1.3, Pushes 32.4 Gbits/sec

The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) this morning officially unveiled the DisplayPort 1.3 specification that takes DP 1.2a even further.
10:09 AM EDT - Hardware - DisplayPort 1.3 - 24 Comments

Opera 25 Beta Has Bookmarks & Linux Support

Following the recent Opera 25 development release for Linux users of the Blink-powered web browser, the Opera 25 Beta is now available with an updated Linux build.
09:14 AM EDT - Proprietary Software - Opera - 19 Comments

CppCon Wrapped Up & There Was A Lot For C++ Developers

CppCon ended last week as the annual meeting for any and all C++ developers. CppCon is filled with many interesting talks and the conference overall received rave reviews from C++ developers. While we weren't in attendance at the event, there's interesting notes and slides coming out from those in attendance.
08:30 AM EDT - Compiler - CppCon

LLVM Clang Now Builds Even More Debian Packages

Going back two years has been an initiative to build the Debian package base with LLVM/Clang rather than GCC -- for much the same reasons as building the Linux kernel with Clang. Thanks to Google's Summer of Code, there's been more progress on building out Debian using the latest Clang compiler.
08:23 AM EDT - Compiler - Clang'ing It Up - 1 Comment

Linux Mint 17.1 Is Codenamed Rebecca

A few more details have emerged about the next Linux Mint release.
08:14 AM EDT - Operating Systems - Mint 17.1 - 6 Comments

Pyston 0.2 Is A Heck Of A Lot Better At Running Python Programs

Earlier this year cloud storage provider Dropbox open-sourced their own high-performance Python implementation, Pyston. Pyston is a JIT-based Python implementation built atop the LLVM compiler stack. The initial Pyston release was a bit basic but now after months of work, Dropbox is announcing the second version of Pyston.
08:02 AM EDT - Compiler - Pyston - 8 Comments

14 September

Linux 3.17-rc5 Kernel Released

Linus Torvalds put out another Sunday release candidate for Linux 3.17.
10:01 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - 3.17-rc5 - 5 Comments

FreeBSD 10.1 In Beta Ahead Of Planned Release Next Month

The first beta release of FreeBSD 10.1 is now available ahead of its planned official debut by the end of October.
04:42 PM EDT - BSD - FreeBSD 10.1 - 3 Comments

RadeonSI Gallium3D-Nine Can Beat AMD Catalyst With Some Wine Tests

The out-of-tree Direct3D 9.0 state tracker for Mesa's Gallium3D continues to show much potential for allowing Wine-based games to better perform on Linux with the open-source Gallium3D drivers.
02:02 PM EDT - Mesa - Gallium3D-Nine - 38 Comments

NVIDIA Maxwell GPU Support On Nouveau Still Requires More Work

While the Maxwell-based GTX 900 series graphics cards are rumored to be launching in the weeks ahead, the GTX 750 Maxwell graphics cards on the open-source "Nouveau" Linux driver still need some more work before they'll play nicely when not using NVIDIA's proprietary Linux driver.
01:49 PM EDT - Nouveau - Maxwell - 5 Comments

The Meizu MX4 Phone With Ubuntu Is Expected To Be Out In December

Back in February we wrote about Ubuntu having two phone partners with plans to launch in 2014. Those partners were BQ and Meizu, with the latter Chinese brand at least now expecting to have a working Ubuntu Touch software stack in December to begin shipping their Unicorn-loaded phone.
12:48 PM EDT - Hardware - Ubuntu MX4 - 18 Comments

Intel Core i7 5960X CPU Core Scaling Under Linux

With the Intel Core i7 5960X Haswell-E is an eight-core processor with Hyper Threading to yield sixteen logical threads, we're seeing how well this extreme Haswell processor really scales with modern open-source workloads as we benchmark the i7-5960X under Ubuntu Linux and see how the benchmarks scale with varying core counts.
11:00 AM EDT - Processors - 8 Comments

These Stainless Steel Chilling Sticks Won't Cool What You Want

As some other cooling hardware coverage this weekend besides the Scythe Mugen MAX CPU heatsink review is a look at two stainless steel chilling sticks that promise to be handy, but in reality come up short.
10:00 AM EDT - Hardware - Beer Chiller - 18 Comments

Samsung Reportedly Designing Its Own GPU

Reports are coming out that Samsung for the past few years has been working on its own original graphics processor design.
09:25 AM EDT - Hardware - Samsung GPU - 22 Comments

KDE Frameworks 5.2.0 Released

On Friday the second update to KDE Frameworks 5 was released.
09:13 AM EDT - KDE - KF5.2 - 1 Comment

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