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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.

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.
5 Hours Ago - 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.
6 Hours Ago - Free Software - LibreOffice 4.4 - 5 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.
6 Hours Ago - Free Software - Inkscape - 12 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.
8 Hours Ago - Mesa - mtx_t mutex - 11 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

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 - 6 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.
03:00 PM EST - Operating Systems - 7 Comments

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 - 10 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 - 26 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 - 17 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 - 47 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 - 19 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 - 18 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 - 17 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 - 38 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 - 16 Comments

26 January

GParted 0.21 Brings ReFS Detection, EXT4 For RHEL5, Reiser4 For Linux 3.x

Version 0.21 of the widely-used, GUI-based GNOME Partition Editor is now available.
07:14 PM EST - GNOME - GParted 0.21 - 2 Comments

Wine Staging Update Has Better CUDA Support, Driver Testing Framework

Following the release of Wine 1.7.35 on Friday, the Wine-Staging team released their spin of v1.7.35 that includes several extra features.
03:15 PM EST - WINE - Wine-Staging 1.7.35 - 10 Comments

Red Hat Is Hiring A New Linux Kernel Engineer For Fedora

For those experienced with Linux kernel development and looking for new employment, Red Hat is soliciting offers for a job working on maintaining Fedora's kernel.
02:03 PM EST - Red Hat - Red Hat Jobs - 4 Comments

Nouveau In Linux 3.20 Will Have A Lot Of Code Cleaning

While the Nouveau pull request has yet to be issued for the DRM-Next merge window that will ultimately target the Linux 3.20 kernel, a look at the changes so far appear to mostly indicate this open-source NVIDIA driver is just going through a period of code cleaning and reorganization.
12:38 PM EST - Nouveau - Nouveau Linux 3.20

Compare Your Linux System To The i7-5600U Broadwell X1 Carbon ThinkPad

The third-generation Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon continues running well under Linux with its new Intel Core i7 5600U "Broadwell" processor sporting HD Graphics 5500. I'm enjoying this new ultrabook a lot and have been pushing it very hard for days with various Linux benchmarks.
11:22 AM EST - Intel - Intel Core i7 5600U - 20 Comments

AMD FX-8320E Performance On Linux

Back in September AMD announced new FX CPUs that included the FX-8370, FX-8370E, and FX-8320E. Back then we reviewed the FX-8370/FX-8370E CPUs under Linux but at the time didn't have our hands on the more affordable FX-8320E processor. In December AMD sent over the FX-8320E and so for the past few weeks I've been happily using this new Vishera CPU.
10:40 AM EST - Processors - 96 Comments

Debian 8.0 "Jessie" Installer RC1 Released

The first release candidate for the Debian Jessie Installer in leading up to the Debian 8.0 "Jessie" release.
09:36 AM EST - Debian - Debian 8.0 Jessie - 8 Comments

Chromebook "Rush" With 64-bit Tegra SoC Support Lands In Coreboot

Coreboot now has support for the "Tegra132" 64-bit Denver NVIDIA Tegra SoC as well as a new Google Chromebook that's codenamed "Rush" and using this NVIDIA ARMv8 platform.
08:48 AM EST - Coreboot - Coreboot For Rush, 64-bit Denver

2015 X.Org Elections Get Underway For Board Members, SPI Merger

The election process is beginning for selecting new X.Org Foundation board members and for allowing X.Org members to vote on whether they would like to proceed with joining SPI to become a sub-project of that organization so that they'll take care of the business and administrative tasks.
08:30 AM EST - X.Org - 2015 X.Org Foundation - 1 Comment

Linux 3.19-rc6 Kernel Released: LInux 3.19 Final In Two Weeks

Linus Torvalds released the Linux 3.19-rc6 weekly test kernel overnight.
07:44 AM EST - Linux Kernel - Linux 3.19 - 1 Comment

25 January

Ubuntu's Mir Gains Server-Side Platform Probing

The latest big feature landing in Ubuntu's Mir display server by Canonical is server-side platform probing support, which landed just before the weekend.
05:50 PM EST - Ubuntu - Mir Android/Mesa Probing

Broadwell Linux Ultrabook Running MUCH Cooler Than Haswell

Aside from the performance benefits of Broadwell, particularly in having greater graphics capabilities, laptops and ultrabook designs are much more power efficient than former Haswell products. Here's some quick tests I did today comparing the Broadwell-based Core i7 ThinkPad X1 Carbon to my former Haswell-based Core i7 ASUS Zenbook ultrabook.
02:44 PM EST - Intel - Zenbook vs. ThinkPad - 18 Comments

LZHAM 1.0 Lossless Data Compression Codec Released

Version 1.0 of LZHAM has been released, the lossless data compression codec spearheaded by Rich Geldreich, the former Valve developer involved in their Linux and OpenGL activities.
12:40 PM EST - Free Software - LZHAM 1.0 - 14 Comments

LibreOffice 4.4 Is Coming Soon With New Features

The release plan puts the LibreOffice 4.4.0 as being just days away, but what features are in store for this open-source office suite? Let's take a brief look.
10:28 AM EST - Free Software - LibreOffice 4.4 - 61 Comments

Linux Compiler Benchmarks Of LLVM Clang 3.5 vs. LLVM Clang 3.6-rc1

The release of LLVM 3.6 is expected next month as a significant step forward to this innovative compiler infrastructure. For those curious how its performance is shaping up, I've carried out some fresh LLVM Clang 3.5 vs. LLVM Clang 3.6-rc1 benchmarks this weekend.
09:04 AM EST - Software - 3 Comments

How To Use GCC 5's OpenMP & OpenACC Offloading Support

With the upcoming GCC 5 compiler release there is the offloading infrastructure support in place as OpenMP 4.0 and OpenACC compute offloading to accelerators begin to mature in this open-source compiler. For those willing to toy with the latest experimental code, it's possible to get your feet wet if you have a NVIDIA GPU or supported Intel Xeon Phi MIC card.
07:26 AM EST - Compiler - GCC 5 Offloading - 2 Comments

Linux Users Upset By Chromium's Busted HiDPI Support

While Chromium is usually quick to advance technology-wise and the Chrome/Chromium developers tend to be caring toward Linux, the support for HiDPI displays with the web-browser on Linux appears to be in bad shape.
04:07 AM EST - Google - Chromium - 64 Comments

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