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Linux 3.19-rc1 Kernel Released Ahead Of Schedule

The first release candidate to the Linux 3.19 kernel was released on Saturday.
26 Minutes Ago - Linux Kernel - Linux 3.19

Civilization: Beyond Earth Linux GPU/Driver Benchmarks

Thursday marked the Linux release of Civilization: Beyond Earth. While benchmarking games on Steam is less than ideal, I've managed to get CivBE worked into shape so that it can be used for automated Linux performance testing.
9 Hours Ago - Gaming - CivBE - 1 Comment

X.Org Server 1.16.3 Released To Fix Security Issues

Made public earlier this month was a huge batch of X.Org Server security vulnerabilities with some of the issues dating back to the late 1980s. Now X.Org Server 1.16.3 is available to address these problems.
11 Hours Ago - X.Org - xorg-server 1.16.3 - 8 Comments

Linux 3.19 Merge Window Closes Ahead Of Schedule

Linux 3.18 was released two Sundays ago and the 3.19 merge window opened immediately. Normally the merge window is open for 14 days before Linus Torvalds closes it and tags -rc1. With Linux 3.19, things are different.
09:06 AM EST - Linux Kernel - Linux 3.19

MIPS R6 Architecture Now Supported By GCC

The latest feature that's landed for the GCC 5 compiler due out next year is MIPS R6 support for both 32-bit and 64-bit.
08:24 AM EST - Compiler - MIPS R6

LowRISC To Feature Tagged Memory & Minion Cores

Earlier this year we wrote about lowRISC as an open-source SoC design using the RISC-V ISA. LowRISC hopes to ultimately get into volume silicon production and now they've released some documentation describing two planned features.
06:34 AM EST - Hardware - lowRISC - 3 Comments

More ACPI+PM Changes For Linux 3.19

Merged already for Linux 3.19 were significant power management and ACPI changes while a second serving of ACPI+PM updates have been requested for pulling just prior to the end of the 3.19 merge window.
04:00 AM EST - Hardware - Power Management

Intel Skylake Audio Support For Linux 3.19

Intel's next-generation Skylake processors are starting to take shape with the Linux 3.19 kernel.
12:11 AM EST - Linux Kernel - Skylake

19 December

After 10+ Years, NetworkManager Reaches v1.0

After more than ten years of development, Dan Williams of Red Hat has announced the release of NetworkManager 1.0. The NetworkManager 1.0 release is more than just bumping the version after waiting long enough, but there's many improvements too over NetworkManager 0.9!
08:39 PM EST - Red Hat - NetworkManager 1.0 - 19 Comments

VDPAU Updated To v0.9

Before going on holiday break, Aaron Plattner at NVIDIA released version 0.9 of the VDPAU library (libvdpau) and of the VDPAU information utility (vdpauinfo).
08:28 PM EST - NVIDIA - Version 0.9

An Open Hardware Random Number Generator Proposed

In 2015 we might see an open hardware random number generator that would connect to the system via an SD card slot.
01:49 PM EST - Hardware - Open-Source Hardware RNG - 17 Comments

LLVM 3.6 Will Be Branched Next Month

We're starting to hear details about the LLVM 3.6 release plans.
12:14 PM EST - Compiler - LLVM 3.6

Opera Browser Puts Out Linux Updates For The Holidays

There are stable, beta, and developer updates out this week for the Linux / OS X / Windows versions of the Opera web-browser.
10:55 AM EST - Proprietary Software - Opera - 2 Comments

GNOME Shell 3.15.3 Adds Support For High-Contrast Themes

Various GNOME packages are being checked in this week for GNOME 3.15.3, another development release toward GNOME 3.16.
10:15 AM EST - GNOME - GNOME 3.15.3

Linux 3.19: ThinkPad Muting Redone, New Dell Backlight Support, Acer Is Banging

The x86 platform driver changes for the Linux 3.19 kernel have been submitted and they include some noteworthy improvements for many Linux laptop owners.
09:59 AM EST - Linux Kernel - x86 Platform Drivers - 2 Comments

KVM Drops Support For IA64 While Adding Various x86 Improvements

The KVM changes have been queued up and called for pulling into the Linux 3.19 kernel.
09:30 AM EST - Linux Kernel - Kernel-based Virtual Machine - 6 Comments

GCC 4.8.4 Officially Released

For those sticking to the GCC 4.8 compiler series rather than the newer GCC 4.9 stable series, the GCC 4.8.4 release is now available.
09:23 AM EST - Compiler - GCC 4.8.4

FSF's High Priority Project List Now Has A Committee

The Free Software Foundation has now built up a committee to review their "High Priority Projects" list and they're looking for more feedback from the community.
12:05 AM EST - GNU - FSF - 11 Comments

18 December

Details On Using OpenACC & GPUs With GCC

With OpenACC, NVIDIA's NVPTX back-end, and other improvements finally materializing within mainline GCC and its related code-bases, users are beginning to wonder how to actually use these new GCC features and experience GPU offloading with this free software compiler.
08:56 PM EST - Compiler - OpenACC

Ubuntu 15.04 Alpha 1 For Its Various Flavors

While Ubuntu itself no longer puts out alpha/beta releases in favor of just testing out the daily Live ISOs, the various Ubuntu flavors still participating in the traditional release process have done their first alpha releases this afternoon for Ubuntu 15.04.
06:00 PM EST - Ubuntu - Vivid Vervet

Git 2.2.1 Released To Fix Critical Security Issue

Git 2.2.1 was released this afternoon to fix a critical security vulnerability in Git clients. Fortunately, the vulnerability doesn't plague Unix/Linux users but rather OS X and Windows.
05:39 PM EST - Free Software - Git v2.2.1 - 2 Comments

WTFTW: A Tiling Window Manager Written In Rust

Many Phoronix readers seem to be especially interested in Rust as a promising, next-generation programming language. There's also an abundance of Phoronix readers interested in X.Org and Linux graphics. How do they come together? Rust + X = wtftw.
04:22 PM EST - X.Org - wtftw - 7 Comments

Jolla's Sailfish OS Update 10 Is Now Available

The tenth update to Jolla's Sailfish mobile operating system is now available. This update is version 1.1.1.26 and is codenamed Vaarainjärvi.
02:00 PM EST - Operating Systems - Sailfish OS - 7 Comments

HP To Launch Linux++ Operating System Next Year

Hewlett Packard is going to introduce their "revolutionary" new operating system next summer that's dubbed Linux++.
01:26 PM EST - Operating Systems - HP Linux++ - 32 Comments

Civilization: Beyond Earth Launches For Linux

As expected after the announcement earlier this week, the highly anticipated Civilization: Beyond Earth game is now officially available for Linux and SteamOS.
01:14 PM EST - Gaming - Beyond Earth On Linux - 27 Comments

NIR Has Been Revised As A New IR For Mesa

Posted to the Mesa mailing list this week was a set of 123 patches that reintroduces NIR as a new IR for Mesa.
12:30 PM EST - Mesa - NIR - 7 Comments

New 64-bit Linux Kernel Vulnerabilities Disclosed This Week

For those that didn't hear the news yet, multiple Linux x86_64 vulnerabilities were made public this week.
11:57 AM EST - Linux Kernel - Linux x86_64

digiKam 4.6 Released, Porting Still Ongoing To KF5/Qt5

In time to manage your digital camera photos this Christmas and New Year, digiKam 4.6.0 was officially released today.
11:20 AM EST - KDE - KDE's Camera App

PostgreSQL 9.4 Brings JSONB & Many Other New Features

PostgreSQL 9.4 is out in time for Christmas with numerous changes for users of this open-source database solution.
10:47 AM EST - Free Software - PostgreSQL

That Nasty Linux Kernel Lockup Bug Is Still Unresolved

Nearly one month ago back during the Linux 3.18 release candidates there was a worrisome regression uncovered by kernel developers, but now with the Linux 3.19 merge window nearly over, that issue still has yet to be firmly addressed.
10:27 AM EST - Linux Kernel - Dave Jones' Bug - 7 Comments

KDE's Krita Loses Its Main Backer

Since 2007 there has been KO GmbH as a support and software service company built around KOffice/Calligra in their belief that the software was "getting ready for the big time", but seven years later the situation is not so good and KO GmbH is no longer handling Krita.
09:19 AM EST - KDE - KO Gmbh - 8 Comments

Inline Data Support Comes To CephFS With Linux 3.19

The Ceph file-system in Linux 3.19 will support inline data to offer performance improvements for some operations.
09:00 AM EST - Linux Kernel - Inline Data For Ceph

VC4 Gallium3D Adds DMA-BUF Support, Yields Working DRI3

Beyond the VC4 Gallium3D work yesterday landing in Mesa that led to this Raspberry Pi graphics driver potentially running much faster, DMA-BUF support was also added.
08:43 AM EST - Mesa - Raspberry Pi - 4 Comments

GNOME Builder Is Still Building Up To A New IDE For Developers

GNOME Builder is that interesting GNOME IDE project for developers.
08:30 AM EST - GNOME - GNOME Builder - 3 Comments

UDisks & UPower Get Updated For The Holidays

Released this morning were new versions of UDisks and UPower.
07:59 AM EST - Free Software - Updated For U

17 December

Raspberry Pi's Gallium3D Driver Could Now Run Significantly Faster

Eric Anholt, the lead developer developer behind the Broadcom VC4 Mesa/Gallium3D driver stack for supporting the Raspberry Pi, has announced a new performance achievement.
09:44 PM EST - Mesa - User-Space BO Cache - 10 Comments

CMake 3.1 Brings Windows Additions, Target Compile Feature

Version 3.1 of the CMake build system is now available with various improvements.
08:13 PM EST - Free Software - cmake 3.1 - 3 Comments

KDE Applications 14.12 Released

KDE Applications 14.12 was just released today with new features and fixes to more than one hundred KDE applications.
06:23 PM EST - KDE - KDE Apps 14.12

Fedora 21 Released For POWER & AArch64 Hardware

While Fedora 21 was officially released last week, coming out today is the release of Fedora 21 for the PowerPC and ARM AArch64 architectures.
06:11 PM EST - Fedora - F21 POWER - 4 Comments

Elasticsearch & wxPython 3 Proposed For Fedora 22

Last week I wrote about new features being proposed for Fedora 22 and today there's two more system wide changes to talk about.
01:40 PM EST - Fedora - Fedora 22 - 2 Comments

The New SuperTuxKart Looks Better, But Can Cause GPU/Driver Problems

A new SuperTuxKart beta premiered today after one year of work and lands their new graphics engine that leverages OpenGL 3.1 for rendering. I've now had some hands on time with this open-source GL3 game with some initial thoughts.
11:49 AM EST - Gaming - SuperTuxKart - 69 Comments

GTK+ On Windows Now Supports OpenGL

For users of the GTK+ tool-kit on Windows, OpenGL support is coming and follows in the footsteps of GTK's recent OpenGL focus and enablement on Linux.
11:23 AM EST - GNOME - GDK Windows OpenGL - 12 Comments

New Ruby Benchmarks On GCC vs. LLVM Clang Compilers

Earlier this month were the independent benchmark results that saw Ruby built under Clang was faster than GCC when a developer running Debian was doing some basic compiler performance tests. Now another developer has done more extensive Ruby benchmarks on varying versions of GCC and Clang.
11:10 AM EST - Compiler - Compiler Benchmarks - 10 Comments

Multi-Stream Transport 4K Monitors To Become Better Supported On Linux

For a number of months David Airlie at Red Hat has been working on DisplayPort Multi-Stream Transport (DP MST) handling for Linux. Keith Packard over at Intel is now playing with DP MST too for bettering modern 4K display support on Linux within X.Org Server based environments.
09:46 AM EST - Hardware - 4K DP MST - 9 Comments

New Supertuxkart Beta Lands New Graphics Engine, Uses OpenGL 3.1+

Supertuxkart 0.8.2 is now in beta. While v0.8.2 might not sound like a huge milestone from the numbers, it actually is. This Supertuxkart beta lands their new graphics engine that relies upon OpenGL 3.1+ for rendering.
09:30 AM EST - Gaming - Supertuxkart - 11 Comments

SuperX 3.0 Beta Continues To Polish The KDE Desktop Experience

SuperX is a relatively young Linux distribution that tries to ship a polished KDE desktop experience.
09:21 AM EST - KDE - SuperX - 6 Comments

Radeon vs. Modesetting DDX Performance Comparison

With xf86-video-modesetting continuing to add support for new features while being a generic hardware driver as long as there's an underlying DRM/KMS driver, how is the 2D and OpenGL performance compare when using this driver on an AMD GPU instead of the specialized xf86-video-ati DDX driver? Here's some benchmarks.
08:55 AM EST - X.Org - xf86-video - 17 Comments

Linux Mint 17.1 RCs Out For Xfce & KDE

Last month marked the release of the Cinnamon and MATE editions of Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca while on approach now is the KDE and Xfce desktop versions.
08:43 AM EST - Operating Systems - Linux Mint 17.1

16 December

New Input Drivers Coming For Linux 3.19 Kernel

One of the latest pull requests for the Linux 3.19 kernel is the input driver subsystem pull, which includes numerous updates along with a few new drivers. The new drivers will benefit some Google Chromebooks in running the latest upstream kernel.
09:33 PM EST - Linux Kernel - Input

Calculate Linux 14.12 Brings An Optimized Updater

Version 14.12 of the Gentoo-based Calculate Linux distribution is now available in time for the holidays.
08:25 PM EST - Operating Systems - Calculate Linux 14.12

Civilization: Beyond Earth Is Being Released Thursday

Civilization: Beyond Earth will see its native Linux port released this Thursday by Aspyr Media.
06:25 PM EST - Gaming - Beyond Earth - 5 Comments

KDE Plasma 5.1.2 Released

KDE's Plasma 5.1.2 monthly bug-fix release is now available.
05:56 PM EST - KDE - Plasma 5.1.2 - 2 Comments

Affordable USB 2.0 & USB 3.0 NICs That Work With Linux

For anyone that may be in need of some USB wired network adapters, Plugable offers a few different options that are low-cost and work well with Linux -- in fact, Linux is mentioned on the product packaging.
11:11 AM EST - Hardware - USB2/3 NICs - 13 Comments

KDAB Provides An Overview Of Qt3D 2.0

The next-generation Qt3D component to the Qt tool-kit is finally starting to come together.
09:22 AM EST - Qt - Qt3D - 10 Comments

BLD Kernel Scheduler Updated For Linux 3.19

The Barbershop Load Distribution (BLD) CPU load distribution technique has been updated for the mainline Linux 3.18 kernel.
09:07 AM EST - Linux Kernel - Barbershop - 7 Comments

NFTables 0.4 Released As Eventual IPTables Successor

Work is still underway in a steadfast manner for NFTables as an eventual replacement to IPTables for packet filtering on Linux. Released today was NFTables v0.4 with functionality offered as of the Linux 3.18 kernel.
08:57 AM EST - Free Software - NFTables 0.4 - 5 Comments

Pay For Faster Linux Kernel Performance? There's Patches For That

The "eXt73" patch-set aspires to yield faster kernel performance and better power efficiency. Independent benchmarks published of the eXt73 patch-set indicate faster performance out of the patched Linux kernel, but these patches do come at a cost for end-users.
08:32 AM EST - Linux Kernel - eXt73 - 59 Comments

15 December

Signs Of Final Fantasy XIII-2 Potentially Being Ported To Linux

Steam changes in recent days indicate that Final Fantasy XIII-2 may very well be on its way to Linux.
09:12 PM EST - Gaming - FINAL FANTASY XIII-2 - 39 Comments

Open-Source Godot 1.0 Engine Released & Declared Stable

Nearly one year after writing about a new game engine to be open-sourced and its code premiering in February, Godot 1.0 was announced today as the first stable release of this game engine.
05:23 PM EST - Gaming - Godot 1.0 - 5 Comments

Staging Driver Changes For Linux 3.19: Android Binder Code Leaves Staging

The latest Linux 3.19 kernel changes to talk about is the staging pull request that was sent in a short time ago by Greg Kroah-Hartman.
03:31 PM EST - Linux Kernel - Staging - 7 Comments

Features Added So Far To The Linux 3.19 Kernel

We're now half-way through the Linux 3.19 kernel merge window so here's a recap of the most interesting features that have been merged thus far for what will become the first major Linux kernel release of 2015.
01:14 PM EST - Linux Kernel - Linux 3.19

Fedora 22 Will Not Be Released Before 19 May 2015

Now that Fedora 21 was finally released last week, you may be wondering when Fedora 22 is tentatively planned for release...
12:23 PM EST - Fedora - Fedora 22 Schedule - 8 Comments

AMD Kaveri: Open-Source Radeon Gallium3D vs. Catalyst 14.12 Omega Driver

Last week when running Linux benchmarks of the AMD Catalyst 14.12 Omega driver that is much improved over older versions of Catalyst on both Windows and Linux, plus running a fresh 12-way AMD vs. NVIDIA Linux GPU comparison with the newest drivers, there were many Phoronix reader requests for some new AMD APU Linux numbers from this Omega driver. In this article are the Omega benchmark results for an AMD A10-7850K APU when testing both the open and closed-source drivers.
11:20 AM EST - Display Drivers - 59 Comments

X-Video Support For The Mode-Setting DDX Driver

The xf86-video-modesetting DDX driver that provides generic hardware support as long as there's an underlying DRM/KMS driver now has X-Video support when using GLAMOR.
10:37 AM EST - X.Org - Xv - 10 Comments

DRM Pull Request Sent In For Linux 3.19 - Great Stuff For Intel, Nouveau, Radeon

One week into the merge window for the Linux 3.19 kernel, the DRM subsystem pull request was sent in this morning by Red Hat's David Airlie. There's a lot of interesting kernel graphics driver changes abound for Linux 3.19!
09:42 AM EST - Linux Kernel - DRM Graphics - 2 Comments

LLVM 3.5.1 Is Coming Soon

The first release candidate to LLVM 3.5.1 is now available.
09:02 AM EST - Compiler - LLVM 3.5.1 - 2 Comments

Fedora's Wine Package Has CSMT Support

Those using Fedora's Wine packages have easy access to enable command stream multi-threading (CSMT) support for Direct3D games to enable better performance.
08:38 AM EST - WINE - CSMT D3D - 14 Comments

GTK's Broadway Back-End Now Supports SSL

There's already a lot of new features coming to GTK+ for GNOME 3.16 and now the latest addition is SSL support for the Broadway back-end.
08:12 AM EST - GNOME - Broadway SSL - 4 Comments

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