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Linux 3.15 Lands Some DRM Graphics Driver Fixes

Linus pulled into the mainline Linux 3.15 kernel on Saturday afternoon a big DRM queue that contained a lot of open-source graphics driver fixes.
48 Minutes Ago - Linux Kernel - DRM

AMD Is Disabling DPM Support For RV770 GPUs

For the many owners of "RV770" hardware out there with the once popular Radeon HD 4850 and HD 4870 graphics cards, AMD open-source developers are now proposing the dynamic power management (re-clocking) support be disabled by default to deal with open bugs.
3 Hours Ago - AMD - Bugs - 9 Comments

OpenMandriva Lx 2014.0 RC1 Released

The first release candidate to the upcoming OpenMandriva Lx 2014.0 release has now taken place.
6 Hours Ago - Operating Systems - Mandriva

ReactOS Working On A Community Windows OS

A few months after ReactOS announced plans for a Cloud OS, the open-source project aiming for binary compatibility with Microsoft Windows platforms, is now trying to spin a community edition of its operating system.
7 Hours Ago - Operating Systems - ReactOS Community Edition - 41 Comments

How Much Video RAM Is Needed For Catalyst R3 Graphics?

For those wondering how much video memory you should allocate from your system RAM for the Radeon R3 Graphics with the new AM1 APUs, we have up some new Linux OpenGL benchmarks of the AMD Athlon 5350 performance with varying amounts of video memory available.

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS vs. 14.04 LTS Cloud Benchmarks

Our latest Ubuntu 14.04 LTS benchmarks up this morning to complement our preliminary Ubuntu 14.04 LTS server benchmarks and desktop benchmarks are of the past two Ubuntu Long Term Support releases running within DigitalOcean's public cloud.
05:00 AM EDT - Operating Systems - 2 Comments

eRacks Keeps Pushing Linux, Open-Source Systems After 15 Years

One of the newer supports of Phoronix.com is eRacks, a company specializing in open-source systems -- primarily rackmounts and other high performance hardware -- since 1999.
04:26 AM EDT - Hardware - eRacks - 9 Comments

Borderlands Is Being Considered For Linux

Gearbox Software is currently evaluating consumer interest in bringing Borderlands 2 to Linux.
12:41 AM EDT - Gaming - Borderlands 2 - 21 Comments

Mesa 10.0 & 10.1 Stable Get Updated

New stable versions of Mesa 10.0 and 10.1 were released on Friday.
12:15 AM EDT - Mesa - Mesa 10.1.1

18 April

Getting Hit By The Variable Performance Of The Public Cloud

With yesterday's official release of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS I set out to do some benchmarks of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS vs. 14.04 LTS in the public cloud. Unfortunately, that testing was drawn out due to the variable performance out of instances/droplets in the public cloud that are even of the same instance type.
08:11 PM EDT - Virtualization - 2.0GHz vs. 2.4GHz

Using Clang's Static Analyzer To Find Bugs In Your Code

Besides shorter compile times and other benefits, one of the other commonly talked about advantages of using LLVM's Clang C/C++ compiler is its arguably excellent static analyzer tool.
07:50 PM EDT - Compiler - Clang - 1 Comment

Git 2.0 Test Releases Begin With Many Changes

Junio Hamano has made for an exciting weekend with the announcement of Git 2.0.0-rc0, the first test release of the upcoming Git 2.0 release that will have features breaking backward compatibility with Git 1.x.
05:28 PM EDT - Free Software - Git 2.0 - 2 Comments

Wine 1.7.17 Works On Its Task Scheduler, C Run-Time

The latest bi-weekly Wine development release just happened.
03:24 PM EDT - WINE - Wine 1.7 - 10 Comments

13-Way Low-End GPU Comparison With AMD's AM1 Athlon

For those looking at purchasing hardware for a low-cost socketed Kabini APU system build following our many AMD AM1 Platform tests under Linux that found the low-end hardware to play well with the open-source operating system, one of the motherboards worth considering is the ASUS AM1I-A.
01:50 PM EDT - Graphics Cards - 15 Comments

The Improv ARM Board Still Isn't Shipping; Riding A Dead Horse?

Announced last year was an open-source ARM development board running Mer with an aim of supporting X.Org and Wayland based environments and would be powerful enough to run KDE's Plasma Active environment. The Improv is now three months past its original ship-date and there's no indication of the low-end dual-core Cortex-A7 + 1GB RAM hardware shipping anytime soon.
12:17 PM EDT - Hardware - Improv - 9 Comments

Debian To Maintain 6.0 Squeeze As An LTS Release

Regular security support for Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" was set to end after next month, but now the Debian developers have decided to provide security support for this 2011 Debian Linux release until February 2016 -- marking five years since the original Debian 6.0 release.
09:32 AM EDT - Debian - Debian - 14 Comments

Wasteland 2 Is Finally Released For Linux Gamers

The Wasteland 2 post-apocalyptic role-playing game is now out for Linux by inXile Entertainment. The Kickstarter-backed game is still in beta for the Linux version just surfaced via Steam on Linux.
09:22 AM EDT - Gaming - Wasteland 2 - 6 Comments

FreeBSD Advances For ARM, Bhyve, Clang

For those curious about the state of FreeBSD, the FreeBSD Q1'2014 quarterly status report has been issued.
01:12 AM EDT - BSD - FreeBSD 10.0 - 16 Comments

ASUS AM1I-A: A Mini-ITX Board For Socketed Kabini APUs

For those looking at purchasing hardware for a low-cost socketed Kabini APU system build following our many AMD AM1 Platform tests under Linux that found the low-end hardware to play well with the open-source operating system, one of the motherboards worth considering is the ASUS AM1I-A.
12:00 AM EDT - Motherboards - 11 Comments

17 April

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS "Trusty Tahr" Officially Released

The official release announcement has finally been sent out for today's release of the Ubuntu 14.04 "Trusty Tahr" Long Term Support release.
02:10 PM EDT - Ubuntu - Ubuntu 14.04 - 17 Comments

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS vs. 14.04 LTS Server Benchmarks

To complement the just-published Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS, 13.10, and 14.04 LTS desktop benchmarks are results when running a variety of workstation and server oriented benchmarks.
02:00 PM EDT - Ubuntu - Ubuntu Server - 5 Comments

Ubuntu 12.04.4 vs. 13.10 vs. 14.04 LTS Desktop Benchmarks

With Ubuntu 14.04 LTS being released today, here's some fresh benchmarks comparing the Ubuntu 14.04 64-bit performance against Ubuntu 13.10 and Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS. In this article are desktop and gaming benchmarks comparing these versions of Ubuntu Linux.
01:19 PM EDT - Operating Systems - 9 Comments

QEMU 2.0 Released With ARM, x86 Enhancements

QEMU 2.0 has officially shipped. The QEMU 2.0 release has been under development for many months and has numerous new features for this processor emulator commonly used in conjunction with Linux KVM or Xen.
12:36 PM EDT - Virtualization - Emulator - 1 Comment

Running The Unity 8 Preview Session On Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Today Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is being released and you might be tempted to try out Mir with their Unity 8 mobile/converged UI...
10:10 AM EDT - Ubuntu - Unity 8 - 7 Comments

AMD OpenCL Performance With AM1 Kabini APUs

For those curious how AMD's AM1 APUs are running with OpenCL workloads given the company's focus on HSA, here's a wide-range of OpenCL benchmarks from the four Athlon and Sempron AM1 APUs currently on the market while running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.
06:50 AM EDT - Display Drivers - 6 Comments

Intel Haswell Graphics Benchmarks From Linux 3.15

After yesterday delivering some early Linux 3.15 benchmarks using an Intel Core i7 and AMD Radeon graphics, here's some brief and RC1-stage tests looking at Intel "Haswell" HD Graphics 4600 with the new kernel.
03:07 AM EDT - Intel - Linux 3.15 - 5 Comments

16 April

R600 Gallium3D Disables LLVM Back-End By Default

AMD has decided to disable the LLVM compiler back-end by default within the R600 era Gallium3D graphics driver.
09:51 PM EDT - AMD - R600g - 30 Comments

Fedora 21 Gets GNOME 3.12, PHP 5.6, Mono 3.4

Following today's Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee (FESCo) meeting is another round of fresh features for Fedora 21 that will premiere late into the year.
05:10 PM EDT - Fedora - Fedora 21 - 9 Comments

Mini-Box M350: A Simple, Affordable Mini-ITX Case

If you are looking for a very compact enclosure that can handle a mini-ITX motherboard and up to two 2.5-inch hard drives while measuring in at just 192 x 210 x 62 mm, the Mini-Box M350 might be the performance case for your needs.
03:00 PM EDT - Enclosures - 9 Comments

Fedora Workstation Is Making Me Quite Excited

With the ongoing rework happening within the Fedora camp, there's emerging Fedora Workstation, Fedora Cloud, and Fedora Server "product" working groups. The work happening within Fedora Workstation is quite exciting and rejuvenating the project.
11:05 AM EDT - Fedora - Fedora Workstation - 22 Comments

Maynard: A Lightweight Wayland Desktop

Collabora has publicly announced this morning Maynard, a new Wayland-based shell that's lightweight and should work great for the Raspberry Pi.
09:20 AM EDT - Wayland - Raspberry Pi - 17 Comments

Chromium Browser Going Through Growing Pains In Ubuntu 14.04

Google's open-source Chromium browser is in a bit of a bad shape for this week's release of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.
09:00 AM EDT - Google - Chromium - 36 Comments

KDE 4.13 Is Being Released Today With New Features

Coming out today is one of the last major KDE4 releases before the next-generation KDE stack makes its formal debut. KDE 4.13 does bring some new features worth writing home about.
08:35 AM EDT - KDE - KDE 4.13 - 26 Comments

A Quick Look At GCC 4.9 vs. LLVM Clang 3.5

Following my most recent GCC 4.9 benchmarks for the open-source compiler that should be officially released next week, I ran some benchmarks of the GCC compiler results against LLVM's Clang 3.5 compiler in its latest SVN state. Here's the data for those curious how the very latest compiler code is comparing between GCC and LLVM/Clang.
06:00 AM EDT - Software - 11 Comments

Trying Out Radeon R9 290 Graphics On Open-Source

One of the more commonly occurring test requests at Phoronix lately has been about testing the open-source RadeonSI Gallium3D driver with the Radeon R9 290 "Hawaii" graphics cards. Sadly, there's a reason why the R9 290 hardware isn't tested on the open driver much under Linux.
04:43 AM EDT - AMD - Hawaii - 7 Comments

Intel Broadwell GT3 Graphics Have Dual BSD Rings

Based upon recent open-source Intel Linux graphics driver patches, the high-end Intel Broadwell "GT3" graphics core will feature dual BSD rings for video decoding.
01:28 AM EDT - Intel - Video

Early Linux 3.15 Benchmarks Of Intel Core i7 + Radeon

Now that Linux 3.15-rc1 is out, we're onto benchmarking the Linux 3.15 kernel, which brings a particularly large number of exciting changes.
12:03 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - Tests - 1 Comment

15 April

Red Hat Releases Its RHEL 7 Release Candidate

Red Hat has released its release candidate today of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
11:46 PM EDT - Red Hat - Enterprise Linux - 2 Comments

New Features Coming To Xubuntu 14.04 LTS

Much of our talk about Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on Phoronix is in regards to the default Unity-based desktop given that it takes the largest share of *buntu users, but for the Xubuntu 14.04 LTS release this week there's several interesting changes for this Xfce spin worth noting.
10:29 PM EDT - Ubuntu - Xfce - 6 Comments

Are AMD Athlon/Sempron APUs Fast Enough For Steam On Linux?

Earlier today the latest installment of our extensive Linux testing of AMD's new Athlon AM1 APUs were shared in the form of RadeonSI vs. Gallium3D benchmarks of the Radeon R3 Graphics found with these new entry-level APUs. Not included with that open-source vs. closed-source driver testing was any Source Engine / Steam Linux game testing due to an XCB DRI3 issue, but this article is devoted to looking at the Catalyst performance for the Sempron 2650, Sempron 3850, Athlon 5150, and Athlon 5350 to see whether any of these APUs can make the cut for a budget Steam Machine.
05:00 PM EDT - Linux Gaming - 20 Comments

NVIDIA Officially Releases CUDA 6

We've been talking about NVIDIA's work on CUDA 6 since last November but today the sixth generation Compute Unified Device Architecture has finally been officially released.
02:28 PM EDT - NVIDIA - CUDA 6 - 9 Comments

Google Releases An AutoFDO Converter For Perf In LLVM

Google has released a port of their GCC AutoFDO utility for LLVM for directing optimizations back into the compiler from the Linux kernel perf support.
02:21 PM EDT - Compiler - AutoFDO

Fedora 21 To Evaluate Remote Journal Logging, 64-bit ARM Emulation

Yesterday on Phoronix we covered 12 new feature proposals for Fedora 21 and following that story yesterday were a handful of new feature proposals for this next major Fedora release.
12:03 PM EDT - Fedora - Fedora 21 - 16 Comments

AMD Athlon's R3 Graphics: RadeonSI Gallium3D vs. Catalyst

For the past week now we have been extensively benchmarking AMD's new AM1 APUs with all the current models available to the public: the Sempron 2650 / 3850 and Athlon 5150 / 5350. All of our testing up to this point has been using an updated Linux kernel and Mesa for the open-source Linux graphics driver experience with these APU Radeon R3 Graphics. Today, we're looking at the performance of the open-source RadeonSI Gallium3D driver in multiple configurations compared to the proprietary Catalyst Linux driver.
11:46 AM EDT - Display Drivers - 12 Comments

Star Citizen Will Be Coming To Linux

For those that missed the news from this past weekend at PAX East 2014, a Linux game port of Star Citizen has been officially confirmed.
11:00 AM EDT - Gaming - Star Citizen - 8 Comments

Ubuntu 14.10 Convergence To Focus On Replacing Core Apps

With Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due to be shipped this week, Canonical developers are already well at work on formulating their plans for the Ubuntu 14.10 release due out in October. Given Ubuntu's tablet/phone focus and convergence strategy, that will be the big aim of this post-LTS release.
10:32 AM EDT - Ubuntu - Convergence - 38 Comments

EFL/Elementary 1.9.3 & Enlightenment 0.18.7 Released

For those users of Enlightenment out there, there's new stable release updates out today.
10:13 AM EDT - Desktop - Enlightenment - 1 Comment

The Results Of Optimizing Radeon's VRAM Behavior

At the beginning of the year Lauri Kasanen had issued a call for help via Phoronix for collecting Radeon video memory statistics as he was looking to optimize Radeon's vRAM handling for his university thesis. The code and thesis are now available.
09:45 AM EDT - AMD - Radeon - 21 Comments

14 April

Kernel Developers Discuss Improving Kernel Configurations

Jean Delvare, a name commonly associated with the LM_Sensors project while being an employee at SUSE, has raised an important discussion item on the kernel mailing list about improving the kernel configuration (Kconfig) options when building the Linux kernel.
10:20 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - Kconfig - 7 Comments

Apple, LLVM Developers Figure Out Their 64-Bit ARM Approach

Two weeks ago Apple open-sourced their 64-bit ARM back-end to LLVM. Following last week's EuroLLVM meeting, they have decided that the community's existing open-source 64-bit ARM back-end will likely be merged into Apple's now-public back-end.
09:33 PM EDT - Compiler - AArch64 - 1 Comment

Overclocking The AMD AM1 Athlon & Sempron APUs

With the initial Linux tests of the AMD Athlon 5150 / 5350 & Sempron 2650 / 3850 out of the way, I ran some basic overclocking tests on all four of these week-old AM1 APUs.
04:00 PM EDT - Processors - 15 Comments

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Maxwell GPUs Light Up On Linux 3.15

With the Linux 3.15 kernel is initial open-source support for NVIDIA's Maxwell GPUs. I've tested the Linux 3.15-rc1 code today for the GeForce GTX 750 Ti and GTX 750 "GM107" graphics cards.
02:47 PM EDT - Nouveau - Maxwell - 1 Comment

PlaneShift Open-Source 3D RPG Gets Enhanced

The PlaneShift role playing game, which is open-source on both the client and server ends, is out with version 0.6.1 that represents a few months of improvements.
01:25 PM EDT - Gaming - PlaneShift - 7 Comments

It Doesn't Look Like AMD Mantle Is Coming To Linux, SteamOS

A few days ago when word got out that Civilization: Beyond Earth is coming out for Linux, many speculated and wondered whether this game would be the launch title for AMD's Mantle graphics API to be introduced on Linux. It's already been confirmed that Beyond Earth will feature a Mantle renderer to complement OpenGL, but will AMD's Catalyst Linux driver bring support for Mantle?
12:18 PM EDT - Gaming - Mantle - 25 Comments

Cinnamon 2.2 Desktop Supports HiDPI, GTK CSD Support

The Linux Mint's Cinnamon desktop project has graduated to version 2.2 and it's a very large update for this GNOME3-forked environment.
11:49 AM EDT - Desktop - Cinnamon - 25 Comments

Mono Brings C# To The PlayStation 4

For those wanting to work on console games in C#, Mono's PlayStation 4 support work appears to be progressing well.
11:36 AM EDT - Free Software - Mono - 11 Comments

GCC 4.9 Compiler Optimization Benchmarks For Faster Binaries

For those curious about the impact of modern compiler tuning CFLAGS/CXXFLAGS when using the GCC 4.9 compiler with an Intel Core i7 "Haswell" processor, here are many benchmarks of many C/C++ code-bases when testing a variety of compiler optimization levels and other flags.
11:16 AM EDT - Software - 21 Comments

Debian's Project Leader Was Re-Elected

The Debian Project Leader elections are over for the year.
10:49 AM EDT - Debian - Elections - 2 Comments

Fedora 21 Gets Proposals For Many More Features

It's certainly looking like Fedora 21 will premiere with a massive amount of features, perhaps the most ever. Fedora 21 already has a ton of features but another large batch of proposals have been submitted for this next major Linux distribution release due out at the end of 2014.
09:47 AM EDT - Fedora - Fedora 21 - 6 Comments

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