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Git 2.1 To Further Mainline Windows Support Patches

The Git 2.1.0-rc0 release was tagged on Sunday that provides a wide assortment of improvements, new features, and bug-fixes for the Git revision control system.
56 Minutes Ago - Free Software - Git 2.1-rc0 - 1 Comment

27 July

Debian 8.0 Jessie Is Settling For Linux 3.16

It looks like the next major Debian GNU/Linux release will be shipping with the soon to be released Linux 3.16 kernel.
9 Hours Ago - Debian - Linux 3.16 - 5 Comments

Meson: A Next-Gen Build System Showing Promise

Meson is a new, open-source build system under development showing good results over the likes of SCons.
9 Hours Ago - Free Software - Meson - 5 Comments

Linux 3.16-rc7 Calms Things Down For The Linux 3.16 Kernel

The seventh release candidate to the Linux 3.16 kernel on this final Sunday of July.
04:20 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - Linux 3.16 - 1 Comment

Open-Source AMD Users Report Hawaii GPU Acceleration Is Working

In continuation of the Phoronix article from a few days ago about the open-source AMD Linux driver should finally be working for R9 290 "Hawaii" graphics cards, it is indeed the case but it's not without some setup challenges and potential bugs.
09:22 AM EDT - AMD - Radeon R9 290 - 3 Comments

26 July

The Power Consumption & Efficiency Of Open-Source GPU Drivers

Complementing yesterday's Radeon, Intel, and Nouveau benchmarks using the very latest open-source driver code, here's some power consumption, performance-per-Watt, and thermal numbers when using an assortment of graphics processors on the latest open-source drivers.
02:00 PM EDT - Display Drivers - 14 Comments

Linus Torvalds On GCC 4.9: Pure & Utter Crap

Linus Torvalds' latest tirade is over the GCC 4.9 code compiler.
12:20 PM EDT - Compiler - Bad Code Generation - 57 Comments

Cauldron 2014: GCC & LLVM Will Look To Collaborate More

Last week in Cambridge (UK) was the GNU Tools Cauldron 2014 conference where a number of interesting GCC-related talks took place, including greater collaboration between the GCC and LLVM/Clang compiler crews.
11:01 AM EDT - Compiler - Cauldron

GCC Receives ACM Programming Languages Software Award

The GNU Compiler Collection has been awarded with ACM's 2014 Programming Languages Software Award.
09:54 AM EDT - Compiler - ACM 2014

KDE 4.14 Beta 3 Released

While not incorporating Plasma 5 and KDE Frameworks 5 (coming later this year will be a 4/5 mix release), the third beta to KDE 4.14 is now available.
09:42 AM EDT - KDE - KDE 4.14

25 July

A New Video Has Us Real Excited About The New UT For Linux

Epic Games has posted another video about their upcoming free Unreal Tournament game that is natively supporting Linux.
03:50 PM EDT - Gaming - Unreal Tournament - 25 Comments

CoreOS Experiences Its First Stable Release

CoreOS, the lightweight Linux distribution designed for clustered deployments and depends upon utilization of Docker/LXC software containers, has experienced its first stable release.
03:32 PM EDT - Operating Systems - CoreOS - 2 Comments

GNOME 3.13.4 Continues Working On Wayland & More

Javier Jardón announced the GNOME 3.13.4 release this morning in time for some weekend testing of this GNOME 3.14 development version.
01:01 PM EDT - GNOME - GNOME 3.13.4 - 2 Comments

Wine 1.7.23 Has Initial Support For 64-bit Android Builds

The latest bi-weekly development release of Wine has some semi-interesting features in store for those habitually updating their Wine installs for running Windows programs on Linux.
12:56 PM EDT - WINE - Wine Features - 8 Comments

Nouveau vs. Radeon vs. Intel Tests On Linux 3.16, Mesa 10.3-devel

As the second part of our Linux graphics testing this week after a Radeon R600/RadeonSI performance update with the Linux 3.16 kernel and Mesa 10.3-devel are some comparative numbers that include Intel's Haswell HD Graphics and various NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards on the Nouveau driver.
11:00 AM EDT - Display Drivers - 8 Comments

FreeBSD Developing A New Automounter, Other Features

The FreeBSD project has issued their latest quarterly status report that covers activities for the open-source operating system made between April and June of 2014.
09:45 AM EDT - BSD - FreeBSD Quarterly Report - 4 Comments

Guix 0.7 Can Now Install The GNU Operating System

The Guix package manager that's designed to be a purely-functional package manager for GNU with an emphasis on being dependable, hackable, and liberating is out with its latest release.
09:25 AM EDT - GNU - GNU Guix - 9 Comments

X.Org Foundation Still Works Towards Becoming An SPI Project

For the better part of a year, the X.Org Foundation has been evaluating a possible merger with SPI. That work is still ongoing and could be put up for a vote in the weeks ahead.
09:11 AM EDT - X.Org - X.Org-SPI - 1 Comment

Open-Source AMD Hawaii Support Should Now Be Working!

After renewed pressure on open-source AMD 3D support not working, it seems they've finally managed to get the Radeon R9 290 series graphics cards working on the open-source Linux driver between some updated GPU microcode and kernel driver changes.
12:20 AM EDT - AMD - Hawaii - 12 Comments

KDE Developers Continue Working Toward Wayland Support

KDE's Sebastian Kügler has provided an update regarding KDE Frameworks 5 and Plasma 5 support for Wayland as an alternative to running on an X11/X.Org Server.
12:04 AM EDT - KDE - KDE Wayland - 7 Comments

24 July

Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS Released

The first stable point release update to the Long Term Support Ubuntu 14.04 is now available.
11:01 PM EDT - Ubuntu - Ubuntu 14.04.1 - 2 Comments

Linux Developers Jump Quickly On ACPI 5.1, Helps Out ARM

Fresh off the release of ACPI 5.1 by the UEFI Forum, Linux developers are updating their support against this latest revision to the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface. In particular, ACPI 5.1 is supposed to help out ARM.
09:48 AM EDT - Hardware - ACPI 5.1 - 11 Comments

Pkg 1.3.0 Released To Improve Package Management On FreeBSD

After more than a half-year in development and working on tens of thousands of lines of code, Pkg 1.3.0 has been released by FreeBSD developers.
09:28 AM EDT - BSD - pkg 1.3.0 - 7 Comments

GOG.com Officially Starts Rolling Out Linux Games

GOG.com has officially started rolling out their Linux support and the first batch of Linux-compatible, DRM-free games are available today.
09:03 AM EDT - Gaming - GOG - 31 Comments

Fedora 21 Has Been Delayed By Three Weeks

Due to many of the Fedora 21 changes/features not being ready in time, the release schedule has been pushed back by three weeks.
12:50 AM EDT - Fedora - Fedora 21 - 11 Comments

Mono Begins To Focus On Performance, Assembles A Team

Miguel de Icaza shared that they're assembling a "Mono Performance Team" at Xamarin for accelerating the performance of Mono.
12:41 AM EDT - Free Software - Mono Performance Team - 3 Comments

IPv6 Improvements Hit NetworkManager

While NetworkManager has already supported the IPv6 protocol for some months now, several IPv6-related improvements were pushed to its code-base on Wednesday.
12:24 AM EDT - GNOME - IPv6 - 1 Comment

23 July

Oracle Linux 7 Released Today As Its RHEL7 Clone

In case you didn't hear already, Oracle announced the release of Oracle Linux 7 as the latest version of its Linux OS cloned from the open-source Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 code-base.
10:43 PM EDT - Oracle - Oracle Linux - 6 Comments

AMD R600g/RadeonSI Performance On Linux 3.16 With Mesa 10.3-devel

As the first part of an upcoming series of tests benchmarking the latest open-source and closed-source Linux graphics drivers for AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce hardware, here's some benchmark results for several recent Radeon GPUs when tested on the current Git version of the Linux 3.16 kernel and a recent Mesa 10.3-devel snapshot.
03:00 PM EDT - Display Drivers - 22 Comments

Unigine Develops City Traffic System, A Driving Simulator

While the Unigine Engine sadly hasn't fully rode the Linux gaming wave with there still being very few games powered by this visually stunning engine that has supported Linux for many years, they are at least finding commercial success in other areas -- namely around simulation and industrial licenses. One of the company's recent endeavors is with a driving simulator.
01:40 PM EDT - Gaming - Unigine Engine - 2 Comments

Intel 3.0 X.Org Driver Still Baking, New Development Release

Chris Wilson announced the release this morning of the xf86-video-intel 2.99.913 driver as the latest development version in the nearly year-long process of releasing xf86-video-intel 3.0.
11:59 AM EDT - Intel - xf86-video-intel 2.99.913 - 4 Comments

Eric Anholt Makes Progress With Broadcom VC4 Graphics Driver

One month ago Linux developer Eric Anholt left Intel to work at Broadcom. Eric, a long-time contributor to the open-source Linux graphics stack, is now tasked at Broadcom with developing a DRM driver and Mesa/Gallium3D driver for Broadcom's "VC4" graphics hardware, which is found within the Raspberry Pi.
10:56 AM EDT - Hardware - Raspberry Pi Driver - 8 Comments

Intel Is Getting Very Close To OpenGL 4.0/4.1/4.2 Mesa Support

As brought up in the discussion following yesterday's article about Intel adding BPTC support to their Mesa driver, several Phoronix readers are filled with happiness over Mesa nearly support not just for the OpenGL 4.0 specification but also OpenGL 4.1 and 4.2 aren't far out of reach.
09:49 AM EDT - Mesa - Mesa 11.0? - 42 Comments

ownCloud 7 Brings Server-To-Server Sharing

The seventh version of ownCloud has been released this morning with some interesting new features for this personal, open-source cloud software.
09:46 AM EDT - Free Software - ownCloud - 4 Comments

Valve Is Still Hiring For SteamOS, Linux Work

Valve has been poaching Linux developers for years and there's no sign of them slowing down, but in fact are still hiring.
09:33 AM EDT - Valve - SteamOS - 15 Comments

Users Warned About Possible Regressions With DRI3

Users of Fedora 21/Rawhide, Arch Linux, or other bleeding edge distributions where DRI3 is in play with the Intel Linux graphics driver, be forewarned about possible regressions.
08:41 AM EDT - Fedora - Direct Rendering Infrastructure 3 - 3 Comments

GNOME Shell Gets Wayland HiDPI Fonts, Mutter Gets Touch Gestures

New releases of the GNOME Shell and Mutter are available today in preparation for the GNOME 3.13.4 development milestone this week.
07:30 AM EDT - Wayland - GNOME 3.13.4

BPTC Texture Compression Comes To Nouveau After Intel's Work

Just hours after Intel added BPTC texture compression support to Mesa and their DRI driver, frequent Nouveau contributor Ilia Mirkin added BPTC support to Gallium3D and wired it up for the "NVC0" Fermi/Kepler Gallium3D open-source NVIDIA driver.
07:16 AM EDT - Mesa - ARB_texture_compression_bptc - 3 Comments

Development Continues For Supporting EXT4 On NVDIMMs

The large set of 22 patches for supporting the EXT4 file-system on non-volatile DIMM memory is now up to its eighth revision.
04:51 AM EDT - Free Software - NVDIMM - 6 Comments

Libinput 0.5 Improves Pointer Acceleration, Adds A Configuration API

Libinput, the input library designed for use by Wayland compositors and other environments for having common input device handling on Linux, is out with a significant update.
02:47 AM EDT - Wayland - libinput - 4 Comments

QEMU 2.1.0-rc3 Has More Bug Fixes

If all goes according to plan the QEMU 2.1 release will happen next week but before that can happen some last-minute testing is encouraged with the new release of QEMU 2.1-rc3.
01:11 AM EDT - Virtualization - QEMU 2.1

Linux 3.17 To Fix Up ASPM, Bring Other PCI Changes

Bjorn Helgaas, the PCI subsystem maintainer for the Linux kernel, sent in a very early Linux 3.17 kernel merge window pull request due to being on holiday the next few weeks.
12:26 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - PCI Changes - 1 Comment

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