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Dell Makes An Ubuntu Installation Guide, Suggests Users Try It Out

Dell's latest forray with Ubuntu Linux is recommending users on Twitter try out the open-source operating system.
58 Minutes Ago - Hardware - Dell OS - Add A Comment

Running Linux On The Intel Compute Stick

The Intel Compute Stick has begun shipping, a tiny device that plugs into any HDMI TV or monitor and turns it into a fully-functioning computer. This low-power PC ships with Windows 8.1 or Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, though at the moment the Windows version is first to market with the Ubuntu Compute Stick not widely shipping until June. I have an Intel Compute Stick at Phoronix for testing.
117 Minutes Ago - Intel - Intel Compute Stick Linux - 3 Comments

AMD Launches The A10-7870K "Godavari" APU

To no surprise, this morning AMD officially announced the AMD A10-7870K "Godavari" as the new high-end APU.
3 Hours Ago - AMD - AMD Godavari - 9 Comments

Linux 4.1 Kernel Benchmarks With An Intel Core i7 IVB System

Yesterday I ran some fresh tests of Intel Ivy Bridge on the latest Mesa Git code to see if the performance has changed much recently for the slightly-older generation of Intel HD Graphics. Today I've done some similar tests in kernel-space with the Linux 4.1 kernel.
4 Hours Ago - Intel - Linux 4.1 Ivy Bridge - Add A Comment

Genode OS 15.05 Brings New Drivers, Architecture Improvements

The release of the Genode OS 15.05 Operating System Framework is now available and it's quite a sizable release.
4 Hours Ago - Operating Systems - Genode OS 15.05 - 1 Comment

Debian 8.1 Jessie Is Being Released Next Weekend

Debian 8.1 is planned for release on next Saturday.
4 Hours Ago - Debian - Debian 8.1 - Add A Comment

27 May

At Least Two Ubuntu Phone Announcements Expected In June

Canonical will be kicking off June by making some announcements with their partners for new Ubuntu Phones in Europe.
03:30 PM EDT - Ubuntu - Ubuntu Phone - 6 Comments

Russia's Baikal Chips End Up Going For A MIPS CPU

Last year was news about Russia wanting to design its own processors to be less reliant upon Intel and AMD. The initial "Baikal" processor was expected to be based on ARMv8 but it turns out now that it's a MIPS design.
12:46 PM EDT - Hardware - Baikal MIPS - 22 Comments

Mesa Git OpenGL Tests With Intel Ivy Bridge Graphics

Most often these days when running Intel Linux graphics tests at Phoronix it's with Haswell, Broadwell, or Bay Trail hardware. However, in being curious if there's any performance improvements for slightly older hardware with Mesa 10.6 or Mesa 10.7-devel Git, I've run some fresh Ivy Bridge numbers.
09:43 AM EDT - Intel - Mesa Git - Add A Comment

Blender 2.75 Allows For AMD OpenCL Support

A test build of Blender 2.75 was released this past week and it will be of interest to a lot of open-source designers and artists.
09:05 AM EDT - Free Software - Blender 2.75 Testing - 7 Comments

GNOME's Mutter 3.17.2 Adds X11/Wayland Clipboard Interoperation

GNOME's Mutter window manager was updated to v3.17.2 today as the latest development version in the road to GNOME 3.18.
08:53 AM EDT - GNOME - GNOME 3.18 - 6 Comments

Wayland 1.8 RC2 Arrives Along With New Weston Compositor Release

Wayland 1.7.93 and Weston 1.7.93 are now available, a.k.a. the second release candidates to Wayland 1.8.
08:45 AM EDT - Wayland - Wayland/Weston 1.8 RC2 - Add A Comment

26 May

LLVM 3.7 Is Planned For A Late August Release

Hans Wennborg of Google has laid out plans for releasing LLVM 3.7 at the end of August.
11:11 PM EDT - Compiler - LLVM 3.7 - Add A Comment

The OpenGL ES 3.1 Foundation Is Being Laid In Mesa

Intel developers in particular have been trying to wrap-up OpenGL ES 3.1 support within Mesa. That work is getting closer to finally being realized.
08:08 PM EDT - Mesa - OpenGL ES 3.1 - 5 Comments

There Are 140k Benchmark Results So Far On LinuxBenchmarking.com

Yesterday data access to LinuxBenchmarking.com was opened, the public results viewer to the immense amount of test data -- primarily the Linux kernel, LLVM Clang, and GCC -- collected on a daily basis within the new server room. Here's some numbers behind it.
03:03 PM EDT - Hardware - Linux Benchmarking - 7 Comments

LLVM 3.6.1 Brings R600 & MIPS Fixes

The first point release to the LLVM 3.6 compiler stack is now available.
01:57 PM EDT - Compiler - LLVM 3.6.1 - Add A Comment

Friction Building Around An Ubuntu Community Council Decision

The longtime leader of Kubuntu, Jonathan Riddell, appears to be out of any leadership position relating to Ubuntu for at least twelve months. This decision has caused some to criticize the Ubuntu Community Council for their decision made in relative private -- a decision that was also backed by Mark Shuttleworth.
11:57 AM EDT - Ubuntu - Community Council - 68 Comments

Bye Bye Mandriva, She's Being Liquidated

While there hasn't been much interest in Mandriva in a few years with derivatives like OpenMandriva and Mageia taking much of the spotlight, Mandriva as a company is now being liquidated.
11:16 AM EDT - Operating Systems - Mandriva - 21 Comments

Fedora 22 Is Now Available

Today's Fedora 22 day!
09:55 AM EDT - Fedora - Fedora 22 - 27 Comments

Red Hat Has Another Developer Now Working On Nouveau

Red Hat is letting another one of their developers focus on improvements to Nouveau, the open-source NVIDIA Linux graphics driver.
09:06 AM EDT - Nouveau - Hans On Nouveau - 20 Comments

Scribus 1.5 Released, Ported To Qt 5 With Big UI Overhaul Coming

A few days ago the Scribus team quietly tagged Scribus 1.5.0 in SVN. This release is a preview / testing release, but it provides an interest look at the next stable release: 1.6.0. No release date or schedule is known for 1.6.0. For those uninformed, Scribus is an open-source desktop publishing suite.
09:00 AM EDT - Desktop - Scribus 1.5 - 1 Comment

Mesa May Soon Enable OpenGL ES 1.x/2.x By Default

While many Linux desktops using the open-source Mesa graphics drivers are shipping with OpenGL ES 1.x/2.x support, this mobile/embedded version of OpenGL isn't enabled by default within Mesa.
08:51 AM EDT - Mesa - OpenGL ES + EGL DRM - 2 Comments

Qt 4.8.7 Released - Marks The End Of Qt4

While Qt 5 has so many compelling advantages over Qt4, for those still running the older version of the Norwegian toolkit, version 4.8.7 of Qt4 is now available and it ships with tons of changes.
08:11 AM EDT - Qt - Qt 4.8.7 - Add A Comment

25 May

Yet Another OpenGL 4.5 Extension Is Nearing Completion In Mesa

While Mesa still is only officially at OpenGL 3.3 compliance, a lot of OpenGL 4.x extensions continue to be worked on by open-source developers interested in advancing the free software graphics drivers.
10:00 PM EDT - Mesa - ARB_cull_distance - 24 Comments

Xfce's Power Manager Is Finally Ported To GTK3

Version 1.5.0 of the Xfce4-Power-Manager was released today.
09:46 PM EDT - Desktop - GTK+ 3.x - Add A Comment

Opening The Gates To Our Daily Open-Source Linux Benchmark Results

For a few months now I've been talking about the LinuxBenchmarking.com initiative to provide daily benchmark results of the latest development Git/SVN code for various open-source projects in a fully-automated manner... Among the projects being tracked have been the Linux kernel, GCC, LLVM Clang, etc. There's dozens of systems at Phoronix Media in "the basement server room" doing nothing but running these upstream benchmarks day in and day out. The data flow is now open at LinuxBenchmarking.com.
05:05 PM EDT - Software - 12 Comments

The CompuLab Fitlet Is A Neat Little Linux PC With AMD SoC

Earlier this year CompuLab announced the Fitlet PC as a tiny, fanless, Linux-friendly PC. The Fitlets are finally starting to ship at scale and recently I received one of the AMD-powered Fitlets that's preloaded with Linux Mint. Here's a quick look at the Fitlet.
11:35 AM EDT - Hardware - CompuLab Fitlet - 7 Comments

AMD & Others Are Working On The LLVM SPIR-V Converter

AMD is among the companies working on adding a reader/writer for SPIR-V within LLVM.
08:38 AM EDT - Compiler - SPIRV Reader + Writer - 16 Comments

24 May

Linux 4.1-rc5 Kernel Released

While Linux 4.1-rc4 was late, the fifth release candidate to the Linux 4.1 kernel is back out to being on Torvalds' usual Sunday release schedule.
09:41 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - Linux 4.1 - Add A Comment

The Latest Features For Linux Performance Management + Benchmark Monitoring

There's numerous recent features to talk about this weekend for those interested in tracking Linux system performance, monitoring upstream projects for performance regressions, and carrying out other similar work using open-source software on Linux / BSD / OS X / Solaris.
01:00 PM EDT - Software - 2 Comments

Noctua NH-U12DX i4 + NF-F12

With the basement conversion into a big Linux server room where there's 50~60 systems running daily at full load while running our many open-source benchmarks, cooling has been a challenge with now experiencing summer temperatures. I've already resorted to retro-fitting in extra powered ventilation ducts to keep pushing fresh air into the server room. That did some help, but also of aid is upgrading the cooling systems on some of the more powerful systems rather than using the stock heatsinks and fans. For helping out the cooling situation, Noctua sent out a while ago the NH-U12DX i4 and NF-F12.
09:46 AM EDT - Peripherals - 16 Comments

Mesa 10.5.6 Brings Fixes All Over The Place

The latest Mesa 10.5 point release, Mesa 10.5.6, is now available.
07:44 AM EDT - Mesa - Mesa 10.5.6 - Add A Comment

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