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Nouveau X.Org Driver Released With DRI3+Present, Maxwell, GLAMOR

The Nouveau development community released the xf86-video-nouveau 1.0.11 driver update to kick off the start of September. While you wouldn't guess it from the version number, this driver update is actually very significant and introduces a lot of new functionality and other improvements.
46 Minutes Ago - Nouveau - xf86-video-nouveau 1.0.11

XBMC/Kodi 14 Is Going To Be Mostly About Cleaning Up

XBMC, which renamed itself to Kodi, is out with a new alpha release for the Kodi 14 media center software. While XBMC 13 introduced a lot of new features, Kodi 14 is going to be mostly about minor refinements.
66 Minutes Ago - Multimedia - Kodi 14

Microsoft & AMD Release C++ AMP Compiler With Linux Support

AMD and Microsoft jointly released C++ AMP version 1.2 compiler that supports Linux alongside Windows. Ubuntu is the officially supported distribution at this time.
81 Minutes Ago - Compiler - HSA

AMD, Wine & Valve Dominated August For Linux Users

August was great on Phoronix with 22 multi-page, featured articles and 242 Linux news stories being written by your's truly. Of all the content published in August -- much of which continues to not be covered elsewhere on the web -- here's the most popular stories.
9 Hours Ago - Phoronix - August Recap - 7 Comments

31 August

Linux 3.17-rc3 Kernel Released Back On Schedule

Linus Torvalds is back to his rhythm of releasing new kernel release candidates on Sundays.
10:01 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - Linux 3.17

Lennart Poettering Talks Up His New Linux Vision That Involves Btrfs

Lennart Poettering of systemd and PulseAudio fame has published a lengthy blog post that shares his vision for how he wishes to change how Linux software systems are put together to address a wide variety of issues. The Btrfs file-system and systemd play big roles with his new vision.
09:30 PM EDT - systemd - Snapshots - 60 Comments

Mesa 10.3 RC2 Arrives Via Its New Release Manager

The second weekly release candidate for the upcoming Mesa 10.3 is now available.
08:50 PM EDT - Mesa - Mesa 10.3

Ubuntu 14.10's Lack Of X.Org Server 1.16 Gets Blamed On AMD

Yesterday I wrote about Ubuntu 14.10 not yet having X.Org Server 1.16 even though the first beta was issued this week and there's been a testing package repository for more than one month. This lack of X.Org Server 1.16 thus far is apparently due to AMD with not yet having a supportive Catalyst driver.
03:47 PM EDT - AMD - xorg-server 1.16 - 34 Comments

MSI Motherboard BIOS Updating Remains A Pain For Linux Users

While most if not all of the modern motherboards produced by MSI allow BIOS/UEFI updating to happen from within the BIOS setup utility and done using a USB flash drive -- as is also the case with most other motherboard vendors -- for Linux users the updating can be a bit more of a headache for MSI motherboards.
10:44 AM EDT - Hardware - UEFI/BIOS - 26 Comments

See How Your Linux System Performs Against The Latest Intel/AMD CPUs

This holiday weekend (in the US) can be a great time to test your Linux system to see how it's performing against the latest AMD and Intel processors to see if it's time for a good upgrade.
10:10 AM EDT - Hardware - Experiment - 15 Comments

How Intel Graphics On Linux Compare To Open-Source AMD/NVIDIA Drivers

As earlier this week I did a 20-way AMD Radeon open-source comparison, looked at the most energy efficient Radeon GPUs for Linux gaming, and then yesterday provided a look at the fastest NVIDIA GPUs for open-source gaming with Nouveau, in this article is a culmination of all the open-source graphics tests this week while seeing how Intel Haswell HD Graphics fall into the mix against the open-source Radeon R600/RadeonSI and Nouveau NV50/NVC0 graphics drivers.
01:30 AM EDT - Linux Gaming - 18 Comments

AMD Steppe Eagle Flys To Coreboot

Besides Coreboot for the Lenovo X220, other exciting code advancements this weekend for this project to replace proprietary systems' UEFI/BIOS is support for AMD's Steppe Eagle SoC.
12:11 AM EDT - Coreboot - Steppe Eagle - 6 Comments

30 August

Intel Beignet Is Working Out Surprisingly Well For OpenCL On Linux

Beignet is the project out of Intel's Open-Source Technology Center for exposing GPGPU/compute capabilities out of Ivy Bridge hardware and newer when using a fully open-source Linux stack. While Beignet differs greatly from Gallium3D's Clover state tracker, this Intel-specific open-source OpenCL implementation is working out quite well for Ubuntu Linux.
04:04 PM EDT - Intel - Beignet - 21 Comments

Coreboot Adds Lenovo X220 With Native Sandy Bridge Support

This month on Phoronix I covered Coreboot gaining support for the ThinkPad X200 and support for older MacBooks (along with the Chromebook Samus) while now Coreboot is enabling support for some newer ThinkPad laptops.
01:28 PM EDT - Coreboot - Lenovo X220 - 2 Comments

Canonical Has Yet To Land X.Org Server 1.16 For Ubuntu 14.10

X.Org Server 1.16 didn't land in the Ubuntu "Utopic Unicorn" archive in time for this week's Ubuntu 14.10 Beta, but Canonical developers still seem to be working on testing and landing the updated xorg-server package for Ubuntu 14.10.
11:05 AM EDT - Ubuntu - Prepping - 23 Comments

Imagination Launches A MIPS Development Board

To compete with the growing number of single-board development computers in the ARM space and even in the x86 space, Imagination Technologies has introduced their first public MIPS single-board computer for developers. While it won't likely see the success of the Raspberry Pi, it's an interesting piece of hardware to say the least and hopefully we'll be able to benchmark it at Phoronix.
09:11 AM EDT - Hardware - MIPS - 21 Comments

Getting Involved With The New Raspberry Pi Graphics Driver

Eric Anholt, formerly a lead developer on Intel's Linux graphics driver, has been quickly working away at the VC4 Gallium3D driver and related code now being a Broadcom employee tasked with making an open-source driver for the Raspberry Pi. If you're looking to try out his in-development driver or help him out in the driver creation process, he's published a brief guide to lower the barrier to entry.
05:36 AM EDT - Hardware - VC4 Gallium3D

Learning The Process To Review Linux Kernel Patches

Daniel Vetter of Intel's Open-Source Technology Center has putout some slides covering the general process for reviewing patches, in order to help out those new to contributing to the open-source community.
03:29 AM EDT - Intel - Intel DRM

The Fastest NVIDIA GPUs For Open-Source Nouveau With Steam Linux Gaming

Earlier this week I ran a 20-Way Radeon Comparison With Open-Source Graphics For Steam On Linux Gaming and that was followed by looking at The Most Energy Efficient Radeon GPU For AMD Linux Gaming. The tables have now turned as we benchmark a variety of NVIDIA GeForce GPUs using the latest open-source NVIDIA driver article.
12:00 AM EDT - Linux Gaming - 4 Comments

29 August

A New AMD Catalyst Linux Driver Unofficially Surfaces

A German web-site is hosting a yet to be officially released Catalyst Linux driver.
08:14 PM EDT - AMD - Catalyst 14.201.1008 - 6 Comments

LibreOffice Ported To 64-bit ARM (AArch64)

As more and more open-source programs get brought up for 64-bit ARM, LibreOffice is the latest to receive such AArch64 enablement.
02:11 PM EDT - Free Software - AArch64 Office - 24 Comments

Intel Launches The Core i7 5960X, Mighty Powerful Haswell-E CPUs

This morning Intel is lifting the lid on their Intel Core i7 high-end desktop processors for the LGA 2011-v3 socket. This new CPU line-up is what's been referred to as Haswell-E. We are in the process of testing Intel's Core i7 5960X Haswell-E under Linux but for now here's an overview of the new hardware.
12:00 PM EDT - Processors - 24 Comments

Enlightenment E19 RC3 Shows Off The New Wayland Compositor

The third release candidate to Enlightenment E19 is now available.
10:22 AM EDT - Desktop - E19 - 15 Comments

Metro Redux Is Going To Require OpenGL 4.x On Linux

Metro Redux is on its way to Linux and it will require Linux gamers have OpenGL 4.x core support. For now this means that right off the bat the open-source Mesa/Gallium3D drivers are off-limits for the time being.
09:39 AM EDT - Gaming - Metro Redux - 24 Comments

Haiku OS Gains Rudimentary Support For Haswell Graphics

Haiku, the open-source operating system that maintains compatibility with the defunct BeOS, now appears to have basic support for Haswell graphics.
09:18 AM EDT - Operating Systems - Basic - 1 Comment

Jailhouse v0.1 Released As A Basic Hypervisor For Linux

Nearly one year ago we wrote about the announcement of Jailhouse as a new Linux hypervisor and after being in development all of this time they have announced their first release that comes with the necessary features to properly support Intel x86 CPUs.
08:55 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - Jailhouse Hypervisor - 2 Comments

Google's Chromebook "Samus" Now Supported By Coreboot

As of today Google's upcoming "Samus" Chromebook is supported by Coreboot.
08:31 AM EDT - Coreboot - Samus - 14 Comments

Quick Test: PHP 5.6 Against Facebook's HHVM

While PHP 5.6 was just released, Facebook's HHVM remains a competitive, alternative implementation that continues gaining new features and is being ruthlessly optimized by Facebook engineers.
08:06 AM EDT - Compiler - Performance - 16 Comments

Chrome 38 Now In Beta With Exciting Advancements

Google released the Chrome 38 Beta on late Thursday and this newest web-browser version adds in support for new HTML and JavaScript features.
12:43 AM EDT - Google - Chrome 38 Beta - 11 Comments

Testing For The Latest Linux Kernel Power Regression

As I wrote about yesterday, there appears to be a new Linux kernel power regression that's yet to be solved by the latest Linux 3.17 code. The issue was originally tracked down to being a regression introduced during the Linux 3.15 stable cycle that disabled frame-buffer compression support by default for the Intel DRM graphics driver, but the impact it's had on the system power draw is much greater than what was anticipated by the Intel developers. A separate Intel employee is also reporting increased power draw, so I decided to run some tests on a few local systems to see what I'm encountering in the power consumption primarily between Linux 3.15 and 3.16.
12:00 AM EDT - Software - 9 Comments

28 August

Ubuntu's Utopic Unicorn 14.10 Beta 1 Released

Participating Ubuntu Linux flavors are doing their first beta releases today of the Utopic Unicorn, a.k.a. *buntu 14.10.
05:31 PM EDT - Ubuntu - Ubuntu 14.10 Beta 1 - 10 Comments

LLVM 3.5 RC4 Released

A fourth release candidate for LLVM 3.5 had to be issued today over running into a pesky issue that needed to be resolved.
05:02 PM EDT - Compiler - RC4 - 2 Comments

Genode OS 14.08 Has New GUI Architecture, Pluggable VFS

Version 14.08 of the Genode general purpose operating system is now available. Genode OS 14.08 brings with it a ton of changes but most pressing is the new GUI architecture.
03:21 PM EDT - Operating Systems - Genode OS 14.08

Another Intel Linux Power Regression Is Being Investigated

Power regressions are still easy to come by with the Linux kernel and other areas of the open-source stack... Multiple users have been reporting of a recent power increase on newer versions of the Linux kernel, which seem to track down to the Intel i915 DRM driver.
03:06 PM EDT - Intel - Regression - 6 Comments

DNF Makes It A Step Closer To Replacing Yum On Fedora

DNF 0.6.1 was released today and this updated open-source package manager picked up a few more features as it's still in pursuit of replacing Yum on Fedora systems.
02:48 PM EDT - Fedora - DNF 0.6.1 - 8 Comments

OS Battle: Linux Takes 1.7% Desktop Marketshare

We have another metric in showing a 1.7% Linux desktop market-share, which isn't far off from other figures we've seen in the past indicating Linux desktop usage at under 2%.
11:52 AM EDT - Free Software - Linux Desktop - 54 Comments

Checking On The Performance Of PHP 5.6

With this morning's release of PHP 5.6 I ran some quick PHP performance tests.
11:00 AM EDT - Compiler - PHP 5.6 - 5 Comments

The Most Energy Efficient Radeon GPU For AMD Linux Gaming

In continuation of yesterday's 20-Way Radeon Comparison With Open-Source Graphics For Steam On Linux Gaming, here's a look at the most (and least) energy efficient Radeon GPUs when running Steam games on Linux along with other OpenGL tests while using the very latest open-source graphics drivers.
09:50 AM EDT - Linux Gaming - 10 Comments

PHP 5.6 Officially Released With New Debugger

The PHP community this morning put out the awaited PHP 5.6 update that brings several language changes and other improvements to the popular web programming language.
08:41 AM EDT - Free Software - PHP 5.6.0

LibreOffice 4.3.1 Released

LibreOffice 4.3.1 (codenamed "Fresh") has been released ahead of the LibreOffice Conference next week in Bern, Switzerland.
08:30 AM EDT - Free Software - LibreOffice 4.3.1 - 2 Comments

Re-Clocking Your NVIDIA GPU With Nouveau On Linux 3.17

If you are trying to re-clock your NVIDIA GPU with the Nouveau driver when using the Linux 3.17 kernel, there's an extra step involved, but still your mileage may vary and the re-clocking is still mostly for Kepler GPUs.
05:54 AM EDT - Nouveau - Performance States - 4 Comments

Radeon DRM Queues More Changes, RV6xx UVD For Linux 3.18

With the DRM merge window for drm-next now closing earlier going forward than in past kernel releases, another Radeon DRM-Next pull request was already submitted for Linux 3.18.
03:34 AM EDT - AMD - drm-next - 2 Comments

27 August

Nouveau On Oibaf PPA Is Back To Running Well

For those following my Linux driver tribulations with constantly trying out and benchmarking the latest Git code for the Intel, Radeon, and NVIDIA/Nouveau drivers, the Nouveau screen corruption problem noted earlier this week has been resolved.
09:30 PM EDT - Nouveau - Artifacts - 3 Comments

Fedora 21 Will Try To Release Before Thanksgiving

Today was another FESCo meeting but fortunately no further Fedora 21 delay was announced today, but it could happen with the F21 alpha change deadline being today and the developers trying to get an approved build.
07:49 PM EDT - Fedora - US Thanksgiving - 7 Comments

Metro 2033 Redux Will Hopefully Hit Linux Real Soon

The Metro 2033 Redux game was released yesterday to US gamers and while we've known a Linux port was in the works it looks like its release isn't too far off.
04:38 PM EDT - Gaming - Metro 2033: Redux - 19 Comments

New Virtual Monitor Software Might End Up On Linux

An open-source project that's currently Windows-only allows for creating virtual computer monitors that are then rendered on an extra computer, tablet, or smart-phone as a secondary display. Making this different from other VNC-like programs is that the secondary system's monitor can be rendered to an HTML5 web-browser window. The developer behind this software is now working on bringing it to Linux.
02:39 PM EDT - X.Org - VirtualMonitor - 8 Comments

Company of Heroes 2 Might Be Coming Out For Linux

While last year developers on the Company of Heroes 2 game said a Linux port was unlikely, recent Steam activity indicates that a Linux port is likely in the works.
01:52 PM EDT - Gaming - Company of Heroes 2 - 5 Comments

NIR Still Being Discussed For Mesa, LLVM Gets Brought Up Again

Last week NIR was announced as a new intermediate representation for Mesa. Discussion around this new but experimental IR continues to happen among upstream developers while Mesa developers are back to discussing LLVM too.
01:37 PM EDT - Mesa - Mesa IR - 44 Comments

Plasma Active Is Mostly Ported To KDE Frameworks 5

With this year's Google Summer of Code over, Antonis Tsiapaliokas shared a status update concerning the state of KDE's Plasma Active being ported to KF5.
12:32 PM EDT - KDE - KF5 Plasma Active - 4 Comments

20-Way Radeon Comparison With Open-Source Graphics For Steam On Linux Gaming

When it comes to Linux gamers wanting a discrete graphics card backed by open-source drivers, the only solution right now to truly recommend for those serious about performance and making use of the hardware is really AMD Radeon graphics. While Nouveau has been making much progress, until re-clocking and other issues are worked out the performance can be unbearably slow depending upon the particular graphics processor or run into other problems. (Of course, when talking about proprietary graphics drivers on Linux, the story is entirely different, or if considering integrated Intel HD Graphics.) For those pursuing a AMD Radeon GPU for their own Steam Box/Machine build and hope to use the open-source Gallium3D drivers, here's some Steam on Linux gaming benchmarks from almost two dozen different GPUs.
09:30 AM EDT - Linux Gaming - 46 Comments

Google Chrome 37 Brings Many Security Fixes

Google released Chrome 37 as stable on Tuesday and with this update comes more fixes and other improvements.
08:01 AM EDT - Google - 50+ - 3 Comments

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