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Apple OS X 10.10 vs. Ubuntu 14.10 Performance

While I delivered some OS X 10.10 Yosemite preview benchmarks back in August, here's my first tests of the official release of Apple OS X 10.10.1 compared to Ubuntu 14.10 Linux. Tests were done of OS X 10.9.5 and OS X 10.10.1 against Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn when running the benchmarks under both GCC and LLVM Clang compilers.

GCW Zero Starts Seeing New Game Releases

The Kickstarter-funded GCW Zero open-source gaming handheld console is finally starting to see more games out there for those that backed the device last year.
6 Hours Ago - Gaming - GCW Zero - 5 Comments

Intel's Cherry Trail Delayed To Next Year

While we've been quite excited to get our hands on Cherry Trail hardware after the great encounters with Bay Trail on Linux, it looks like we'll be waiting a few more months.
6 Hours Ago - Intel - Cherry Trail - 8 Comments

Bq Introduces More Android Devices, But Still No Ubuntu Phones

Bq held a media event today where many were hoping the first Ubuntu Phone would be officially unveiled, but that was not the case with Ubuntu receiving no mentions during the event.
7 Hours Ago - Hardware - Bq

Qt 5.4 Release Candidate Expected Later This Week

The first release candidate to the Qt 5.4 tool-kit is expected later this week while out today are some preliminary test packages.
7 Hours Ago - Qt - Qt 5.4

24 November

Lipki's Phoromatic Now Supports WoL / System Power Controls

More exciting code continues to be pushed into the Phoronix Test Suite 5.4-Lipki Git repository ahead of its planned stable debut next week.
09:09 PM EST - Phoronix - Phoronix Test Suite 5.4

ArrayFire Accelerated Compute Library Open-Sourced

The ArrayFire GPU compute library that allows for simplified GPU computing via targeting its own optimized library and API for GPGPU kernel generation than writing your own CUDA/OpenCL kernels, has been open-sourced.
04:57 PM EST - Free Software - ArrayFire - 15 Comments

Amazon's Fire TV Stick: A Nice, Affordable Media Center Option

Last week Amazon started shipping their new Fire TV Stick device to compete with the likes of Google's Chromecast. I've been trying out the Fire TV Stick since its launch date last week and have been happy with the device, especially considering its low cost.
02:17 PM EST - Hardware - Fire TV Stick - 3 Comments

Google Puts Chrome NPAPI Support On Final Countdown

Google is moving towards the final steps in eliminating Netscape Plugin Application Programming Interface (NPAPI) plug-in support from the Chrome/Chromium web browser.
01:32 PM EST - Google - NPAPI - 14 Comments

Mesa 10.5-devel Brings Some Intel Haswell HD Graphics Changes Over Mesa 10.3

With Mesa 10.4 having recently been branched and Mesa 10.5-devel now the version for Mesa Git master, here's some benchmarks comparing the performance of the latest Git code compared to Mesa 10.3.0 as shipped in Ubuntu 14.10.
12:15 PM EST - Display Drivers - 8 Comments

There's New In-Fighting Over The Future Of Compiz

Unless you're a user of Ubuntu with Unity 7, you probably haven't heard much about Compiz in quite some time. However, some developers are looking to further revive its development but not everyone is in agreement.
09:06 AM EST - Desktop - Compiz 0.8 - 27 Comments

GTK+ Inspector Gains More Features Ahead Of GNOME 3.16

For those doing much development in GTK+, the GtkInspector integrated debugger continues making much progress and will offer a wealth of more development and debug capabilities with GNOME 3.16.
08:36 AM EST - GNOME - GtkInspector - 3 Comments

Clang 3.6 Will Hopefully Have OpenMP Support

OpenMP support within LLVM/Clang has been a long time coming but hopefully for the next release -- LLVM 3.6 -- there could finally be out-of-the-box Clang OpenMP support.
08:30 AM EST - Compiler - Clang-OMP

A Go Front-End Could Soon Be Landing In LLVM

The "llgo" Go front-end to LLVM could soon be accepted as a new sub-project. This Go front-end is written in the Go language itself.
08:01 AM EST - Compiler - LLGO - 9 Comments

Grep 2.21 Brings Performance Improvements

Grep 2.21 has been released and represents nearly a half-year worth of improvements to this commonly used GNU utility.
07:42 AM EST - GNU - grep - 8 Comments

23 November

Linux 3.18-rc6 Released, A Worrisome Regression Remains

Linus Torvalds put out his usual weekly release candidate to the Linux 3.18 kernel.
07:43 PM EST - Linux Kernel - Linux 3.18-rc6 - 15 Comments

HandBrake 0.10 Brings H.265 & VP8 Encoders

Version 0.10 of the HandBrake open-source video transcoder has been released.
06:34 PM EST - Free Software - QuickSync Too - 5 Comments

Gngr: A New Web Browser Focused On Privacy

A group of developers have started writing their own open-source web browser that primarily is designed to increase web privacy and greater security.
01:36 PM EST - Free Software - Gngr - 30 Comments

22 November

Linux 3.18 Kernel: Not Much Change With Intel Haswell Performance

For those wondering whether there will be any exciting improvements with the Intel DRM graphics driver in the Linux 3.18 kernel, here's some OpenGL performance benchmarks.
09:05 PM EST - Intel - HD Graphics - 2 Comments

More File-System Tests Of The Linux 3.18 Kernel

Earlier this week on Phoronix I posted benchmarks indicating potential block/file-system performance regressions using the Linux 3.18 kernel. Since then I've been carrying out more tests looking for any file-system performance problems on other hardware.
09:14 AM EST - Linux Kernel - File-System Benchmarks - 14 Comments

Using NVIDIA's NVENC On Linux With FFmpeg

With the new NVIDIA 346 Linux driver series NVENC support was made available for accelerated video encoding support under Linux.
08:58 AM EST - NVIDIA - FFmpeg - 22 Comments

There's Talk Again About An "Open To The Core" Ubuntu Laptop

Given the recent crowdfunding success around the Jolla Tablet, there's talk again about crowdfunding a truly open-source laptop that's running Ubuntu and would be priced around $500 USD.
08:32 AM EST - Hardware - $500 Ubuntu Laptop - 48 Comments

PowerVR SGX Driver Code Gets Leaked

Luc Verhaegen has out a new blog post about Imagination's PowerVR SGX user-space driver source code and the microcode source also getting leaked. However, don't get too excited.
07:38 AM EST - Hardware - PowerVR - 23 Comments

21 November

V2 Of KDBUS Published For Linux Kernel Review

The second revision to the Linux kernel based D-Bus implementation is now available for review.
03:45 PM EST - Linux Kernel - KDBUS - 15 Comments

VirtualBox 4.3.20 Arrives, Still No Sign Of VirtualBox 4.4

The Oracle VirtualBox team in Germany released the v4.3.20 update today.
01:42 PM EST - Virtualization - VirtualBox - 24 Comments

NVIDIA vs. Nouveau Drivers With Linux 3.18 + Mesa 10.4-devel

As a continuation of the Is The Open-Source NVIDIA Driver Fast Enough For Steam On Linux Gaming? article from earlier this week, here's the results of the latest NVIDIA Linux proprietary graphics driver compared to the Linux 3.18 + Mesa 10.4-devel graphics driver stack when running two of Valve's most popular Steam on Linux gamers.
09:56 AM EST - Display Drivers - 18 Comments

Scientific Linux 6.6 vs. Scientific Linux 7.0 Benchmarks

Scientific Linux 6.6 vs. Scientific Linux 7.0, which of these Red Hat Enterprise Linux derived distributions are faster? Here's some benchmark results from a ten-core Xeon system.
08:03 AM EST - Operating Systems - Enterprise Linux 7 - 1 Comment

Qualcomm Looks To Get Into The ARM Server Business

While Qualcomm is still dominating in the mobile phone chip world as the largest supplier of SoCs for smartphones, the company has ambitions of getting into the server market.
07:54 AM EST - Hardware - Qualcomm Servers - 10 Comments

20 November

HHVM 3.4 Adds New Features, Support

Facebook has released HHVM 3.4.0 today for those looking towards a high-performance PHP implementation or for using Facebook's Hack language.
02:34 PM EST - Compiler - HHVM 3.4.0 - 2 Comments

More Radeon Driver Changes Queued For Linux 3.19

Just one week after the bulk of the Radeon DRM changes for Linux 3.19, another round of updates were submitted for DRM-Next.
01:46 PM EST - AMD - Linux 3.19 DRM - 23 Comments

Unigine 2.0 Alpha 2 Adds C# Support

Unigine 2 remains under active development.
12:09 PM EST - Gaming - Unigine 2.0 - 4 Comments

FFmpeg Is Returning To Ubuntu With 15.04 Release

While FFmpeg has been absent from recent releases of Ubuntu Linux due to the switch over to Libav, with Ubuntu 15.04 it will return.
11:58 AM EST - Multimedia - FFmpeg - 18 Comments

Linux Version Of Civilization: Beyond Earth Still Coming Along

The Linux version of Civilization: Beyond Earth is still in the process of being ported to Linux.
11:14 AM EST - Gaming - Porting - 14 Comments

Yahoo To Become Default Search Provider For Firefox

Mozilla announced on Wednesday that Yahoo is going to become the default search provider for Firefox rather than Google.
11:08 AM EST - Mozilla - Yahoo - 44 Comments

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