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OpenMandriva Lx 2014.2 "The Scion" Pays Tribute To Mandrake

With Mandriva having been liquidated (allegedly due to employee lawsuits), OpenMandriva is paying tribute to it -- and its precursor, Mandrake -- with their new point release.
4 Hours Ago - Operating Systems - OpenMandriva Lx 2014.2 - Add A Comment

Btrfs In Linux 4.2 Brings Quota Updates, Many Fixes

Adding to the already lengthy list of new features for Linux 4.2 is the Btrfs file-system updates that were sent in today by Facebook's Chris Mason.
4 Hours Ago - Linux Kernel - Btrfs File-System For Linux 4.2 - Add A Comment

Latest Rumor Pegs Microsoft Wanting To Buy AMD

Following the recent report that AMD is exploring splitting itself up or potentially selling off business units, there's now a rumor out there that Microsoft has set its sights on AMD.
7 Hours Ago - AMD - Run For The Hills - 26 Comments

The Next-Gen Phoronix Site Experience Is Almost Ready

The long overdue overhaul of the Phoronix.com site layout is almost complete... It will begin rolling out in beta in the days ahead. With this new site will come a brand new appearance along with a first-rate mobile experience.
10 Hours Ago - Phoronix - New Phoronix Site - 15 Comments

How KDE VDG Is Trying To Make Open-Source Software Beautiful

One of the most often voiced complaints about Open Source Software is that it tends to be "ugly" or otherwise aesthetically uninspired. A few years ago a few people in the KDE camp came together and created, what they hoped, would be a solution to that problem: The KDE Visual Design Group.
11:10 AM EDT - Software - 22 Comments

Exciting Features Merged So Far For The Linux 4.2 Kernel

With week one of two having passed for the Linux 4.2 kernel merge window, here's a look at some of the exciting new features and changes that landed in the first week.
10:20 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - Linux 4.2 Features So Far - Add A Comment

Mesa 10.6.1 Brings A Bug-Fix For Dota 2 Reborn

Mesa 10.6.1 was released today as the first point release to Mesa 10.6.
09:48 AM EDT - Mesa - Dota 2 Reborn - 2 Comments

DragonFlyBSD 4.2 Released: Brings Improved Graphics & New Compiler

DragonFlyBSD 4.2 was released this morning as the next major release to this popular BSD operating system. For end-users there are a lot of notable changes with this update.
09:20 AM EDT - BSD - DragonFlyBSD 4.2 - 4 Comments

28 June

Wine-Staging 1.7.46 Improves The OS X Experience

Building on Friday's Wine 1.7.46 release, Wine-Staging 1.7.46 was released today.
08:04 PM EDT - WINE - Wine-Staging 1.7.46 - 7 Comments

The State & Complications Of Porting The Unity Editor To Linux

The Unity developers have been porting their Unity Editor to Linux from Windows / OS X to complement their existing Unity runtime support for Linux.
11:19 AM EDT - Gaming - Unity Editor - 30 Comments

Libreboot Now Supports An AMD/ASUS Motherboard

The Libreboot "fork" of Coreboot now has support for its first AMD motherboard -- or more broadly, its first desktop motherboard.
09:35 AM EDT - Coreboot - Libreboot - 12 Comments

SafeStack Merged Into LLVM To Protect Against Stack Buffer Overflow Attacks

SafeStack was merged into LLVM this month as a new form of protection against stack-based memory corruption errors. The SafeStack pass for LLVM adds in protection against stack-based buffer overflows without causing any significant performance penalty.
09:25 AM EDT - Compiler - LLVM SafeStack - 3 Comments

Terraria 1.3 Release Coming Later This Month With Many Improvements

Terraria 1.3 is slated to be released in a few days on June 30, and coming with it are 800 new items, new mini-Biomes, achievements, a harder 'expert mode' and “more unknown stuff.” Why does this matter? Because in July, following the 1.3 release, there are going to be Mac and Linux ports of the game!
08:49 AM EDT - Gaming - Terraria 1.3 - 4 Comments

Intel Dominates The Perf Changes For Linux 4.2

For those using perf for Linux profiling with performance counters, the Linux 4.2 kernel will bring many improvements to benefit Intel customers.
08:19 AM EDT - Intel - Perf Linux 4.2 - 1 Comment

New ARM SoCs & Boards Supported By The Linux 4.2 Kernel

As usual, the Linux 4.2 kernel is bringing more improvements for ARM, including support for new SoCs and boards.
08:09 AM EDT - Hardware - ARM Linux 4.2 - Add A Comment

27 June

Linux 4.2 Will Bring LIBNVDIMM Support For Non-Volatile Memory Devices

Non-volatile memory device support will be added through libnvdimm for the Linux 4.2 kernel. Libnvdimm is a new subsystem for the Linux 4.2 kernel and contains drivers and x86 support.
09:50 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - ACPI6 LIBNVDIMM - 1 Comment

It Could Be A While Before Seeing The AMD R9 Fury X Readily Available

This week AMD launched the Radeon R9 Fury X at $649 for this "Fiji" GPU with High Bandwidth Memory that's liquid cooled. The Fury X is AMD's strongest competition to NVIDIA in years, but sadly this high-end graphics card appears to be in very short supply.
09:06 AM EDT - AMD - AMD Fiji HBM GPU - 30 Comments

RadeonSI Gallium3D Gets New OpenGL 4 Bits

David Airlie landed some of the OpenGL 4.x code he's been playing with for AMD's RadeonSI Gallium3D driver on the HD 7000 series GPUs and newer.
08:41 AM EDT - AMD - RadeonSI GL4 - 44 Comments

Linux 4.2 Advertises GFS2 Performance Improvements

For those using the Global File System 2 (GFS2) for Linux clusters, the Linux 4.2 kernel is slated to offer better performance.
08:00 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - Global File-System 2 - Add A Comment

The Staging Pull For Linux 4.2: "Big, Really Big"

While Greg Kroah-Hartman isn't sending in KDBUS for Linux 4.2 as announced yesterday, he did send in the code updates for the other kernel subsystems he maintains.
07:54 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - Staging Linux 4.2 - 1 Comment

26 June

KDBUS Won't Be Pushed Until The Linux 4.3 Kernel

KDBUS was once again heavily debated on the Linux kernel mailing list this week and Linus Torvalds said he looked forward to merging it when ready (and also had some choice words about performance). However, Greg KH has confirmed today that KDBUS isn't ready for merging this cycle.
04:05 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - No KDBUS In Linux 4.2 - 32 Comments

Coreboot Adds Intel Braswell SoC Support

In an interesting move, Braswell support was added to Coreboot.
03:09 PM EDT - Intel - Braswell On Coreboot - 1 Comment

Plenty Of Intel Core i7-5775C / Iris 6200 Linux Tests Are Days Away

I'm told my Core i7-5775C "Broadwell" desktop CPU with Iris Pro 6200 graphics shipped out this morning. A.k.a. next week will be a ton of exciting open-source Linux performance tests on Phoronix of this quad-core Broadwell CPU with Intel's powerful Iris Graphics.
02:41 PM EDT - Intel - Intel Core i7 5775C - 6 Comments

Spring RTS Engine 99.0 Brings Improved Performance

Version 99.0 of the Spring RTS 3D open-source game engine was released today.
02:24 PM EDT - Gaming - Spring RTS - 6 Comments

Enlightenment Starts Working On XWayland Support

For those closely following the work on Enlightenment, there's now work finally materializing in supporting XWayland.
11:05 AM EDT - Wayland - E XWayland - 4 Comments

Ardour 4.1 Brings HiDPI Support, Input Gain Control, Save As & More

For fulfilling your digital audio workstation needs on Linux, Ardour 4.1 was released this week with a horde of improvements.
10:29 AM EDT - Free Software - Ardour 4.1 - Add A Comment

Kubuntu 15.10 Could Be The End Of The Road

While tensions appeared eased yesterday between the Ubuntu and Kubuntu camps with Jonathan Riddell stepping down from his leadership roles, that may not be the end of the story.
08:45 AM EDT - KDE - Kubuntu 15.10 - 55 Comments

Wine 1.7.46: Still Hacking On DirectWrite & 64-bit ARM

Wine 1.7.46 is out bright and early this morning.
08:32 AM EDT - WINE - Wine 1.7.46 - 12 Comments

NCQ TRIM Gets Some Improvements With Linux 4.2

The libata updates for the Linux 4.2 kernel may be of interest this time around for solid-state drive owners thanks to some NCQ TRIM improvements.
08:24 AM EDT - Hardware - libata - 10 Comments

ARM Posts Pictures Of AMD's New Development Board

AMD's new 64-bit ARM Opteron quad-core development board coming out later this year at an "affordable" price has us quite excited since it was announced earlier this week at the Red Hat Summit. ARM has now revealed the first pictures of this board.
08:06 AM EDT - AMD - ARM 96Boards EE Opteron ARM - 17 Comments

"OpenSUSE 42" Enters Development

The latest non-rolling release of openSUSE is version 13.2, but openSUSE 42 is the next version now under development.
07:52 AM EDT - SUSE - OpenSUSE 42 - 5 Comments

25 June

Linux 4.2 DRM Updates: Lots Of AMD Attention, No Nouveau Driver Changes

David Airlie has sent in the main DRM driver updates for the Linux 4.2 kernel. There's a lot of open-source graphics driver work represented by this pull request, but sadly no Nouveau (open-source NVIDIA) changes were incorporated for Linux 4.2
10:28 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - Linux 4.2 Kernel - 8 Comments

Rust 1.1 Sharply Improves Compile Times

Rust 1.1 was released today as stable while Rust 1.2 has entered beta.
09:02 PM EDT - Compiler - Rust 1.1 - Add A Comment

SteamOS "Brewmaster" Is Valve's New Debian 8.1 Based Version

Brewmaster is Valve's codename for the next version of SteamOS currently available in a preview state. SteamOS Brewmaster is based on Debian 8.1 stable.
08:39 PM EDT - Valve - Brewmaster - 23 Comments

Jonathan Riddell Steps Down From The Kubuntu Council

The Ubuntu drama last month of the Ubuntu Community Council ordering Jonathan Riddell out of any (K)Ubuntu leadership positions has apparently come to a close. The former Canonical employee who was widely looked at as a leader of Kubuntu has removed his membership from the Kubuntu Council.
03:57 PM EDT - KDE - Ubuntu Drama - 14 Comments

Ubuntu Family Does Their 15.10 Alpha 1 Releases

While Ubuntu itself doesn't participate in the alpha releases but rather focuses upon the quality of their daily ISOs, the opt-in flavors of the Ubuntu family that does do these early development releases have announced their 15.10 Alpha 1s.
03:48 PM EDT - Ubuntu - Wily Werewolf - 2 Comments

GNOME 3.17.3 Released

Frederic Peters announced the availability today of GNOME 3.17.3.
01:45 PM EDT - GNOME - GNOME 3.17.3 - 4 Comments

Attempting To Try Out BCache On The Linux 4.1 Kernel

A few days ago I set out to try out BCache on the Linux 4.1 kernel now that this caching feature has matured in the mainline Linux kernel for a while. BCache serves as a cache to the Linux kernel's block layer whereby a solid-state drive (or other faster drive) can serve as a cache to a larger-capacity, traditional rotating hard drive.
01:00 PM EDT - Storage - 10 Comments

Audio Code For Linux 4.2 Has Skylake Attention & Other Improvements

Linux 4.2 has many audio/sound related improvements, including support for newer hardware.
11:28 AM EDT - Hardware - Linux 4.2 Sound - 2 Comments

AMD Is Working On A Low-Cost, ARM 64-bit Opteron Development Board

Some AMD news this week that got me even more excited than the Radeon R9 Fury X launch is word that they are developing a low-cost ARM development board for release later this year. This affordable development board will feature a quad-core AMD Opteron A1100 Series processor.
10:16 AM EDT - AMD - 96Boards - 21 Comments

EXT4 Has Many Cleanups & Fixes For Linux 4.2

Ted Ts'o has sent in the big batch of EXT4 file-system updates for the Linux 4.2 kernel merge window.
09:38 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - EXT4 File-System - 3 Comments

Intel Adds Basic Broxton Support To Mesa

Initial support for Intel's Broxton has been added to their Mesa 3D driver.
09:04 AM EDT - Intel - Broxton - Add A Comment

LM-Sensors 3.4 Brings Hardware Detection & Fan Control Improvements

It's been a while since last hearing anything out of the LM-Sensor camp, but this morning they have to announced their latest release (v3.4.0).
08:50 AM EDT - Hardware - lm-sensors 3.4 - 1 Comment

Unigine 2.0 Release Candidate Arrives

The release candidate to the Unigine 2.0 Engine is now available.
08:41 AM EDT - Gaming - Unigine 2 - 5 Comments

Alienware Is Designing Its Own UI Atop Kodi For Windows Gaming Boxes

It's been revealed that for Alienware's Windows-based SteamMachine-like boxes that their default UI will be a customized user experience built atop the Kodi (formerly XBMC) multimedia software.
08:14 AM EDT - Valve - HiveMind UI - 19 Comments

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