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Borderlands 2 Is Coming To Linux

Borderlands 2, an action role-playing game mixed with first-person shooter elements is coming to Linux. Borderlands 2 has been out for Windows gamers for nearly two years while now it's finally getting ready to meet Linux and SteamOS gamers.
74 Minutes Ago - Gaming - Borderlands 2 - 5 Comments

The Witcher 2 Ups The Performance More & Works Around Catalyst Bug

Just over three months after the release of the troubled Witcher 2 Linux port, it seems The Witcher 2's performance is finally getting into decent shape after numerous optimizations and bug-fixes.
3 Hours Ago - Gaming - The Witcher 2 - 14 Comments

Running Gallium3D's LLVMpipe On The Eight-Core 5GHz CPU

Having an eight-core CPU that can clock up to 5.0GHz (albeit having a 220 Watt TDP), curiosity got the best of me to run some quick (or slow) Gallium3D LLVMpipe tests just to see how this software fall-back driver performs.
4 Hours Ago - Mesa - FX - 8 Comments

Trying Intel OpenCL On Linux For Video Encoding

Following my testing and reporting last weekend about Intel Beignet starting to provide very usable open-source OpenCL support on Linux, one of the most common requests was to next see if this Intel OpenCL Linux supprot benefits x264 encoding at all.
6 Hours Ago - Intel - Beignet - 6 Comments

GSoC 2014 Yielded Some Improvements For Mesa/X.Org This Year

Google's annual Summer of Code project ended last month and I've been meaning to write a brief update about the work done by the student open-source developers on their X.Org-related work.
7 Hours Ago - X.Org - Google Summer of Code - 4 Comments

GCC 5.0 Adds DragonFlyBSD Support

The latest addition to GCC 5's growing list of features is official support for DragonFlyBSD on i386 and x86_64 architectures.
8 Hours Ago - Compiler - GCC 5 - 1 Comment

webOS Lives On As LuneOS With New Release

Formerly known as webOS Ports, LuneOS was officially released today for letting the HP TouchPad and select Google Nexus devices re-live what's best about webOS.
8 Hours Ago - Operating Systems - LuneOS

AMD Launches New FX CPUs, Cuts Prices On Existing Processors

AMD today is rolling out three new FX-Series processors (the FX-8320E, FX-8370E, and FX-8370) while cutting prices on their existing Vishera AM3+ FX processors. AMD sent over the new FX-8370 and FX-8370E CPUs last week to Phoronix (the FX-8320E is still forthcoming) so we are here with the rundown on the Linux performance of these new FX CPUs compared to a wide variety of other Intel and AMD Linux systems with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.
10 Hours Ago - Processors - 19 Comments

Ondemand vs. Performance CPU Governing For AMD FX CPUs On Linux 3.17

Given recent comments by Phoronix readers, here are some fresh results from the AMD FX-9590 Eight-Core CPU when testing the different CPU scaling governors with the CPUfreq driver on the Linux 3.17 kernel.
12:00 AM EDT - Processors - 8 Comments

1 September

Marek Lands Radeon Gallium3D HyperZ Improvements

Well known open-source Radeon driver developer Marek Olšák has landed a number of commits today inside mainline Mesa Git for improving the state of HyperZ for AMD hardware, a feature that remains disabled by default for the open-source Radeon Linux driver due to stability and artifact issues.
08:30 PM EDT - AMD - HyperZ - 11 Comments

Mozilla Firefox 32 Surfaces With HTML5, Developer Changes

If you checkout the Mozilla FTP servers tonight the official 32.0 builds have surfaced for the Firefox web-browser.
08:18 PM EDT - Mozilla - Firefox 32 - 13 Comments

Android Build Support Improved For Libdrm

Emil Velikov, the new Mesa release manager, just landed a large set of libdrm patches for improving the open-source graphics drivers for Android.
12:36 PM EDT - Mesa - Mesa DRM - 3 Comments

Preview: AMD's FX-9590 Eight-Core At Up To 5.0GHz On Linux

Since last year AMD's had the FX-9590 as the top-end Vishera CPU that can top out at 5.0GHz with its Turbo Frequency, but initially this processor was only available to OEM system builds. Over time the OEM version of the FX-9590 became available to consumers while earlier this summer AMD launched a retail version of the FX-9590 that included the eight-core CPU with a closed-loop water cooling solution. Today we're reviewing this highest-end Vishera CPU to see how it compares to other AMD and Intel processors on Ubuntu Linux.
11:30 AM EDT - Processors - 56 Comments

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.
09:32 AM EDT - Nouveau - xf86-video-nouveau 1.0.11 - 2 Comments

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.
09:11 AM EDT - Multimedia - Kodi 14 - 5 Comments

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.
08:57 AM EDT - Compiler - HSA - 8 Comments

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.
01:00 AM EDT - Phoronix - August Recap - 20 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 - 142 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 - 40 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 - 29 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 - 16 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 - 19 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 - 24 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 - 24 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 - 55 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

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