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15 September

MSAA RadeonSI Gallium3D Performance Preview

For those curious about the performance overhead of enabling multi-sample anti-aliasing (MSAA) with the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver, here are a few benchmarks showing the performance overhead at various MSAA levels with the latest open-source AMD Linux driver.
11 Hours Ago - Display Drivers - 7 Comments

Nouveau For Linux 3.18 Gains DP Audio, More Re-Clocking

Ben Skeggs sent in his Nouveau DRM driver changes for the drm-next tree of open-source NVIDIA driver improvements that will land in Linux 3.18.
07:01 PM EDT - Nouveau - Nouveau - 2 Comments

SUSE Gets Bought Out Again

SUSE's parent company The Attachmate Group has been bought out.
01:11 PM EDT - SUSE - Attachmate - 8 Comments

Enlightenment E19 Officially Released With Its Own Wayland Compositor

While E19 didn't come out last week as talked about, it was released this morning! The Enlightenment E19 update is a huge upgrade over E18 or E17, especially if you're an early Wayland adopter.
12:30 PM EDT - Desktop - E19 - 23 Comments

OpenMediaVault 1.0 Released As New Linux NAS Alternative

OpenMediaVault 1.0 was released today as a Debian-based network attached storage (NAS) solution that uses Nginx, its own dashboard with widgets support, and other original features.
11:33 AM EDT - Debian - OMV

VESA Releases DisplayPort 1.3, Pushes 32.4 Gbits/sec

The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) this morning officially unveiled the DisplayPort 1.3 specification that takes DP 1.2a even further.
10:09 AM EDT - Hardware - DisplayPort 1.3 - 21 Comments

Opera 25 Beta Has Bookmarks & Linux Support

Following the recent Opera 25 development release for Linux users of the Blink-powered web browser, the Opera 25 Beta is now available with an updated Linux build.
09:14 AM EDT - Proprietary Software - Opera - 14 Comments

CppCon Wrapped Up & There Was A Lot For C++ Developers

CppCon ended last week as the annual meeting for any and all C++ developers. CppCon is filled with many interesting talks and the conference overall received rave reviews from C++ developers. While we weren't in attendance at the event, there's interesting notes and slides coming out from those in attendance.
08:30 AM EDT - Compiler - CppCon

LLVM Clang Now Builds Even More Debian Packages

Going back two years has been an initiative to build the Debian package base with LLVM/Clang rather than GCC -- for much the same reasons as building the Linux kernel with Clang. Thanks to Google's Summer of Code, there's been more progress on building out Debian using the latest Clang compiler.
08:23 AM EDT - Compiler - Clang'ing It Up - 1 Comment

Linux Mint 17.1 Is Codenamed Rebecca

A few more details have emerged about the next Linux Mint release.
08:14 AM EDT - Operating Systems - Mint 17.1 - 5 Comments

Pyston 0.2 Is A Heck Of A Lot Better At Running Python Programs

Earlier this year cloud storage provider Dropbox open-sourced their own high-performance Python implementation, Pyston. Pyston is a JIT-based Python implementation built atop the LLVM compiler stack. The initial Pyston release was a bit basic but now after months of work, Dropbox is announcing the second version of Pyston.
08:02 AM EDT - Compiler - Pyston - 7 Comments

14 September

Linux 3.17-rc5 Kernel Released

Linus Torvalds put out another Sunday release candidate for Linux 3.17.
10:01 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - 3.17-rc5 - 2 Comments

FreeBSD 10.1 In Beta Ahead Of Planned Release Next Month

The first beta release of FreeBSD 10.1 is now available ahead of its planned official debut by the end of October.
04:42 PM EDT - BSD - FreeBSD 10.1 - 3 Comments

RadeonSI Gallium3D-Nine Can Beat AMD Catalyst With Some Wine Tests

The out-of-tree Direct3D 9.0 state tracker for Mesa's Gallium3D continues to show much potential for allowing Wine-based games to better perform on Linux with the open-source Gallium3D drivers.
02:02 PM EDT - Mesa - Gallium3D-Nine - 36 Comments

NVIDIA Maxwell GPU Support On Nouveau Still Requires More Work

While the Maxwell-based GTX 900 series graphics cards are rumored to be launching in the weeks ahead, the GTX 750 Maxwell graphics cards on the open-source "Nouveau" Linux driver still need some more work before they'll play nicely when not using NVIDIA's proprietary Linux driver.
01:49 PM EDT - Nouveau - Maxwell - 5 Comments

The Meizu MX4 Phone With Ubuntu Is Expected To Be Out In December

Back in February we wrote about Ubuntu having two phone partners with plans to launch in 2014. Those partners were BQ and Meizu, with the latter Chinese brand at least now expecting to have a working Ubuntu Touch software stack in December to begin shipping their Unicorn-loaded phone.
12:48 PM EDT - Hardware - Ubuntu MX4 - 18 Comments

Intel Core i7 5960X CPU Core Scaling Under Linux

With the Intel Core i7 5960X Haswell-E is an eight-core processor with Hyper Threading to yield sixteen logical threads, we're seeing how well this extreme Haswell processor really scales with modern open-source workloads as we benchmark the i7-5960X under Ubuntu Linux and see how the benchmarks scale with varying core counts.
11:00 AM EDT - Processors - 8 Comments

These Stainless Steel Chilling Sticks Won't Cool What You Want

As some other cooling hardware coverage this weekend besides the Scythe Mugen MAX CPU heatsink review is a look at two stainless steel chilling sticks that promise to be handy, but in reality come up short.
10:00 AM EDT - Hardware - Beer Chiller - 16 Comments

Samsung Reportedly Designing Its Own GPU

Reports are coming out that Samsung for the past few years has been working on its own original graphics processor design.
09:25 AM EDT - Hardware - Samsung GPU - 21 Comments

KDE Frameworks 5.2.0 Released

On Friday the second update to KDE Frameworks 5 was released.
09:13 AM EDT - KDE - KF5.2 - 1 Comment

13 September

KDevelop 4.7 Has Changes For Cross-Compiling, Bzr Support & More

Developers behind the KDevelop integrated development environment have released their final major update prior to focusing their resources on KDevelop 5 that will be built atop Qt5 and KDE Frameworks 5.
06:41 PM EDT - KDE - KDevelop 4.7 - 4 Comments

Intel Haswell-ULT Graphics Don't Change Much With Linux 3.17, Mesa 10.4

The Linux 3.17 kernel that's currently under development does provide many new features overall but for those using the Intel HD Graphics of Haswell-ULT chips, there doesn't appear to be much in the way of any performance improvements and at least no regressions. Likewise, Mesa 10.4 isn't doing too much for the Haswell hardware on the matter of frame-rates.
12:25 PM EDT - Intel - Benchmarks

Scythe Mugen MAX

If you plan to buy an Intel Core i7 5960X Haswell-E or any other high-end processor, a good heatsink is needed especially if you plan to do any overclocking. In looking at a new cooling option today we're trying out the Scythe Mugen MAX.
09:50 AM EDT - Peripherals - 14 Comments

Running GCC 5 On Intel's Haswell-E i7-5960X

After comparing GCC 4.9 and LLVM Clang 3.5 as the latest stable compilers on the new Intel Core i7 5960X "Haswell-E" system, here's benchmarks of the thousand dollar processor with the in-development GCC 5.
08:12 AM EDT - Compiler - GCC 4.9 vs. GCC 5.0

Wayland Is Still In Ubuntu 14.10

While Canonical is putting all of its eggs with their Mir display server to fulfill their desktop convergence strategy and providing the next-generation Ubuntu display experience, Wayland isn't totally off-limits for users -- at least through Ubuntu 14.10.
04:10 AM EDT - Wayland - Packaging - 28 Comments

CompuLab's Intense-PC2 Is A Great Haswell-Based Mini Linux PC

Compared to most Linux PC vendors targeting consumers that are just selling re-branded white box systems with Linux preloaded, CompuLab continues to have an interesting set of original offerings that are Linux-friendly and built really well. The latest system we've had the pleasure of trying out is the Intense-PC2.
12:14 AM EDT - Hardware - Intense-PC2 - 6 Comments

12 September

For Now Intel's Beignet Seems Better Off Than Radeon Gallium3D Clover

While Intel's Beignet project for providing open-source OpenCL support for their hardware on Linux was widely criticized upon its debut for being a new project rather than basing the work on Gallium3D's "Clover" OpenCL state tracker, Beignet has matured much more quickly and for now at least seems to be better off than the Gallium3D OpenCL support.
03:36 PM EDT - Mesa - OpenCL - 34 Comments

X.Org Server 1.16 Lands Officially In Ubuntu 14.10

After writing earlier this week about a new AMD Catalyst driver paving the way for X Server 1.16 in Ubuntu 14.10, the updated packages have officially landed within the Ubuntu 14.10 "Utopic Unicorn" archive.
01:39 PM EDT - X.Org - X.Org Server 1.16 - 5 Comments

Spliet Spills More Nouveau Re-Clocking Patches

Roy Spliet has been one of the few open-source developers working to tackle re-clocking support for Nouveau so that this open-source, reverse-engineered NVIDIA Linux graphics driver can better perform. He's already published several sets of patches improving various bits of GPU re-clocking through this work that's being funded by the X.Org Foundation. Today he's published another patch series.
01:20 PM EDT - Nouveau - NVA3 - 4 Comments

Nouveau Lands A OpenGL 4.3 Feature & Fixes MPEG4 Video Decoding

The latest high profile work by prolific Nouveau contributor Ilia Mirkin is the landing of GL_ARB_texture_view for the NV50 and NVC0 Gallium3D drivers.
10:29 AM EDT - Mesa - ARB_texture_view

Wayland/Weston 1.6 RC2 Released

The final release candidate of Wayland 1.6 along with the Weston reference compositor is now available for testing with hopes of officially releasing this quarterly update next week.
09:52 AM EDT - Wayland - Wayland 1.6 - 10 Comments

AMD RadeonSI Gallium3D Performance For 4K Linux Gaming

While we routinely carry out Ultra HD (4K) Linux graphics/gaming benchmarks at Phoronix, it's generally been conducted with the proprietary NVIDIA and AMD graphics drivers since the open-source drivers traditionally have had a challenge on performance even at 1080p. However, thanks to the maturing open-source Radeon driver stack, it's possible with higher-end AMD graphics processors with the latest open-source Linux driver code to begin running at the 4K UHD resolution of 3840 x 2160.
07:00 AM EDT - Linux Gaming - 22 Comments

X.Org Server 1.17 Likely To Have Built-In KMS Modesetting Driver

Work is moving forward to land the generic, KMS-dependent mode-setting driver into the X.Org Server itself.
04:41 AM EDT - X.Org - xf86-video-modesetting - 15 Comments

Intel Skylake's MPX Is Closer To Providing Linux Memory Protection

Besides Intel publicly working on Skylake "Gen9" graphics support for Linux, Intel open-source developers are also working on other areas of Skylake hardware enablement for Linux. Work on supporting the Intel Memory Protection Extensions (MPX) that are new to the Skylake micro-architecture are still being revised for the Linux kernel and the many other operating system code-bases that need to be updated to work with this security feature.
02:55 AM EDT - Intel - Memory

Radeon DRM With Linux 3.18 To Support Concurrent Buffer Reads

Another Radeon DRM driver update pull request has been submitted to drm-next for merging in the Linux 3.18 kernel.
12:05 AM EDT - AMD - drm-next - 1 Comment

11 September

AXIOM Beta Open-Source Camera Moves Closer To Reality

The first digital cinema camera comprised of open-source software and open hardware is closer to becoming reality.
08:30 PM EDT - Hardware - AXIOM Beta - 10 Comments

CD-Sized Image Of BSD-Based TrueOS Released For Servers

In announcing their quarterly package updates that bring a wide assortment of improvements, the PC-BSD crew shared they managed to make a CD-sized image of their TrueOS server operating system.
07:00 PM EDT - BSD - TrueOS - 24 Comments

Fedora 21 Has Been Delayed Yet Again By Another Week

Another week with a F21 Alpha Go/No-Go meeting, another delay. We're now starting to wonder whether Fedora 21 final will make it out in 2014.
03:18 PM EDT - Fedora - Fedora 21 Alpha - 20 Comments

Running The Oibaf PPA On Ubuntu 14.10

While Ubuntu 14.10 is finally getting X.Org Server 1.16, it doesn't yet have Mesa 10.3 but that can be easily addressed via third-party packages.
02:54 PM EDT - Mesa - Ubuntu 14.10 - 12 Comments

Intel Finally Documents Broadwell's Compute Architecture

From the Intel Developer Forum this week in San Francisco Intel has finally published a white-paper covering their "Gen 8" compute architecture.
01:26 PM EDT - Intel - Broadwell Compute - 2 Comments

GCC 4.9 vs. LLVM Clang 3.5 On Intel's Haswell-E Platform Under Linux

With my Intel Core i7 5960X Haswell-E Linux review out there, one of the quick to be requested extra tests is benchmarking the i7-5960X 16-thread processor with LLVM/Clang against GCC. Here's some initial data comparing the compilers for this $1000+ processor.
12:45 PM EDT - Compiler - Compiler Battle - 11 Comments

Matrox Releases New Multi-Head PCI-E Graphics Cards

Matrox is out with new professional graphics cards in their new C-Series product line-up. These new graphics cards designed for driving multiple displays -- including a quad-output fan-less graphics card -- will be supported under Linux.
11:39 AM EDT - Hardware - Matrox C-Series - 17 Comments

Catalyst For X.Org Server 1.16 Readied, Updates In Ubuntu 14.10

Two months after the release of X.Org Server 1.16, AMD finally has readied a Catalyst Linux driver update that is compatible with the latest xorg-server ABI. This driver is being sent into the Ubuntu 14.10 archive and thus allowing the entire Linux graphics stack in Ubuntu 14.10 to finally be updated.
11:23 AM EDT - X.Org - X.Org Server 1.16 - 19 Comments

ZFS On Linux Is Called Stable & Production Ready

ZFS on Linux is now considered production-ready by one of the biggest contributors to the ZFSOnLinux project.
11:05 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - ZFSOnLinux - 25 Comments

Garry's Mod Is At 6 Million Copies Sold, Linux Sales At 28K

Garry Newman announced today that the popular Garry's Mod game has sold six million copies thus far.
11:03 AM EDT - Gaming - Garry's Mod - 10 Comments

Intel ILO Gallium3D Driver Sees New Improvements

For users of the unofficial Intel Gallium3D driver, ILO, it's been updated with some minor improvements.
10:45 AM EDT - Mesa - ILO Gallium3D - 11 Comments

Debian LTS Off To A Slow Start But Progressing

Earlier this year was the announcement of Debian to be handled with Long Term Support for the Squeeze, Wheezy, and Jessie releases. That LTS support is working but their initial funding is coming up less than desirable and there's still open issues.
10:10 AM EDT - Debian - Debian LTS - 11 Comments

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Is Getting Close To Launching On Linux

Valve is finally getting ready to bring Counter-Strike: Global Offensive to Linux!
09:32 AM EDT - Valve - CS: GO - 24 Comments

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