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Linux 4.1-rc1 Kernel Released, Packs In Several New Features

Right on time, Linus Torvalds has released the Linux 4.1-rc1 kernel.
34 Minutes Ago - Linux Kernel - Linux 4.1-rc1

It Doesn't Look Like KDBUS Will Make It For Linux 4.1

While Linux 4.1 is bringing many new features and improvements, there's one addition that's noticeably absent.
4 Hours Ago - Linux Kernel - KDBUS - 6 Comments

Debian 9.0 Is Codenamed Stretch

With this weekend's release of Debian 8.0 "Jessie" cleared, it's now time for Debian developers to start thinking about Debian 9.0.
6 Hours Ago - Debian - Stretch - 2 Comments

AMD Radeon GPUs With Linux 4.0 + Mesa 10.6-devel

On Friday I posted the results showing Ubuntu 15.04 Offers Faster OpenGL For AMD Radeon GPUs On Open-Source. For those wishing to run with a slightly newer kernel and Mesa driver stack, here are fresh open-source AMD Radeon benchmark results with Linux 4.0 and Mesa 10.6-devel.
7 Hours Ago - AMD - Extra Benchmarks - 3 Comments

The Many Features Of The Linux 4.1 Kernel

The Linux 4.1 kernel merge window has been open now for two weeks and will most likely be closed by Linus Torvalds this evening. For those curious about the Linux 4.1 features, here's a look at the newest additions to the mainline Linux kernel!
7 Hours Ago - Linux Kernel - Linux 4.1

HTTPS For Phoronix.com

Thanks to the new and much more powerful web server for Phoronix.com, if you've tried to access the site in the past few hours, there's proper HTTPS support.
7 Hours Ago - Phoronix - HTTPS - 15 Comments

Gallium3D's HUD Gets New Customization Options

For the past two years there has been an optional Gallium3D HUD to display various performance-related metrics as an overlay while running OpenGL applications with the Gallium3D drivers. With the latest Mesa Git code, the heads-up display can be a bit more customized.
8 Hours Ago - Mesa - Gallium3D HUD - 1 Comment

Intel Xeon E5-2620 v3 Haswell Performance

The new Phoronix.com web server is speeding along this weekend after its deployment. Here's a look in the performance difference.
9 Hours Ago - Intel - Sandy Bridge vs. Haswell - 5 Comments

Dell Keyboard Backlight Support In Linux 4.1

Ending out the major pull requests for the Linux 4.1 kernel merge window was the platform-drivers-x86 updates that were sent in on Saturday.
9 Hours Ago - Linux Kernel - dell-laptop - 1 Comment

With Linux 4.1 You Can Play With The Chrome OS Lightbar

Google's Chromebook Pixel features a "Lightbar" that's a series of LEDs supporting multiple colors. Chrome OS apps are able to take advantage of the Lightbar for various purposes and coming for Linux 4.1 is support for the Chrome OS lightbar within the mainline kernel.
10 Hours Ago - Google - ChromeOS Lightbar

Intel Bay Trail & Cherry Trail CPUs To Run Faster With Linux 4.1

While the big ACPI and power management changes were sent in more than one week ago for the Linux 4.1 kernel, another batch of ACPI/PM work was sent in this weekend. One of these last-minute changes should end up significantly benefiting the performance of modern Intel Atom Bay/Cherry Trail SoCs.
12 Hours Ago - Intel - P-State Tweaking

25 April

Debian 8.0 Jessie Released

As expected, Debian 8.0 "Jessie" was officially released today after being in development for two years.
10:44 PM EDT - Debian - Debian 8.0 - 14 Comments

New Phoronix.com Web Server

If you're seeing this post, you're correctly accessing the new Phoronix.com web-server.
04:03 PM EDT - Phoronix - Phoronix Server - 31 Comments

GCC 5.2 Will Come In Two To Three Months

GCC 5 was formally released this week with under their new versioning scheme the initial stable release being GCC 5.1. GCC 6.0 is now in development as the next major release due out in about one year's time while the next GCC 5 point release will be GCC 5.2.
10:30 AM EDT - GNU - GCC 5.2 - 8 Comments

AMD FP3 Motherboard Ported To Coreboot

Another AMD motherboard has been ported to work under Coreboot.
09:51 AM EDT - AMD - AMD FP3 - 3 Comments

24 April

The Difference In Optimizations Between NIR & GLSL

One of the biggest additions to Mesa so far this year has been the introduction of NIR, the new intermediate representation designed to replace GLSL IR and designed by a bright student fresh out of high school.
04:51 PM EDT - Mesa - NIR vs. GLSL - 26 Comments

OpenMandriva Lx 3 Alpha: Adds UEFI Support, Defaults To LXQt

It's been a while since last hearing anything out of the OpenMandriva camp, but today they've put out the first alpha release for their "Lx 3" release that's codenamed "Einsteinium." There's quite some interesting changes with this forthcoming update.
01:14 PM EDT - Operating Systems - OpenMandriva Lx 3 - 7 Comments

Systemd Kills Off Shutdownd

Systemd has eliminated shutdownd, one of the oldest components of this controversial init system, but its removal isn't because systemd is going on a diet.
12:46 PM EDT - systemd - Moved Into Logind - 33 Comments

Ubuntu 15.04 Offers Faster OpenGL For AMD Radeon GPUs On Open-Source

Intel Haswell Linux users are greeted by relatively modest performance changes with Ubuntu 15.04 while those using AMD Radeon graphics cards on the open-source R600 and RadeonSI Gallium3D drivers have much more to look forward to when upgrading to this week's release of Ubuntu 15.04. Here's some Ubuntu 14.10 vs. Ubuntu 15.04 OpenGL benchmarks for a range of AMD Radeon graphics cards.
10:00 AM EDT - Display Drivers - 9 Comments

There's Now More Than 1,100 Games On Steam For Linux

It was just last month I wrote about there being more than 1,000 games on Steam for Linux/SteamOS. Recently, Steam crossed the 1,100 games milestone; over one hundred additions in just over one month!
09:20 AM EDT - Valve - Steam Linux / SteamOS - 49 Comments

Btrfs In Linux 4.1 Has Fixes For File-Systems Of 20 Terabytes & Up

It's nearing the end of the Linux 4.1 kernel and Chris Mason has now sent in his pull request of Btrfs file-system updates for this next kernel update.
09:08 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - Btrfs Linux 4.1 - 6 Comments

Microsoft's CoreCLR Now Works On FreeBSD

It was back in February that Microsoft open-sourced CoreCLR, the execution engine of the core .NET stack. Besides coming to Linux and other platforms, this MIT-licensed engine has now been ported and is working for FreeBSD.
08:52 AM EDT - BSD - CoreCLR .NET FreeBSD - 13 Comments

Unigine 2.0 Beta 2 Brings PBR, SSR, Kinect 2 Support

While we sadly don't hear too much these days from Unigine on the Linux gaming front, their high-end 3D graphics engine remains Linux-compatible and they seem to be doing well off in the area of simulations and more. Unigine 2.0 has been out in preview form since last year and coming out today is the second beta.
08:16 AM EDT - Gaming - Unigine 2

23 April

KDBUS Still Hasn't Been Pulled, Might Not Land For Linux 4.1

Linus Torvalds still hasn't pulled the KDBUS code into the Linux 4.1 kernel and it's beginning to look like he won't honor this pull request for the current Linux development cycle.
08:07 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - KDBUS Uncertainty - 26 Comments

The State Of The Lima/Tamil Driver Code

For those wondering about the state of the Lima and Tamil graphics drivers for providing open-source, accelerated support to ARM Mali graphics processors, Luc Verhaegen has written a new blog post after being silent for a while.
02:07 PM EDT - Free Software - Lima Driver - 31 Comments

The New Linux Performance Test Lab Is Already Being Expanded

It was just last month that our new, large-scale test farm was completed while already it's being expanded... Another 42U rack is being added to allow for more systems to go through rigorous benchmarking via the Phoronix Test Suite's Phoromatic.
12:46 PM EDT - Hardware - More Systems! - 4 Comments

Ubuntu's Desktop-Next Switching From .DEBs To Snappy

Ubuntu 15.04 was just released and Canonical isn't wasting any time with starting to share their plans for Ubuntu 15.10 due out in October. This next release will feature a build that switches away from Debian packages (.deb) to using Snappy Personal.
11:46 AM EDT - Ubuntu - Ubuntu 15.10 - 92 Comments

Qt Creator 3.4 Brings C++ Programming Improvements & More

The Qt Company has today announced the official release of Qt Creator 3.4, one of the best open-source IDEs for programmers and the de facto development environment for Qt applications.
10:10 AM EDT - Qt - Qt Creator 3.4.0

Ubuntu 15.04 Released, Now Available For Download

Ubuntu 15.04 is out!
09:54 AM EDT - Ubuntu - Ubuntu 15.04 - 20 Comments

QtWebEngine Poses Problems For Debian, Distribution Vendors

Debian and other Linux distributions are running into issues with packaging up QtWebEngine, which is becoming a problem since more of the new KDE stack is becoming dependent upon this addition to Qt 5.4 that provides a web rendering engine based on Chromium.
09:46 AM EDT - Qt - QtWebEngine - 73 Comments

RAID 5/6 Changes Coming For Linux Software RAID (MD)

Linux 4.1 will feature an updated Multiple Device (MD) driver to improve the RAID 5/6 potential for those relying upon Linux Software RAID.
08:39 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - RAID 5 / 6

ACPI For 64-bit ARM Proposed For Linux 4.1

Going back many months there's been work on adding ACPI support to ARM64/AArch64. That long journey may now be wrapping up with a pending pull request for landing full ACPI support for 64-bit ARM in Linux 4.1.
08:27 AM EDT - Hardware - ARM64 ACPI - 5 Comments

XFS Updates Submitted For Linux 4.1 Kernel

Dave Chinner has sent in his XFS file-system updates targeting the Linux 4.1 kernel.
08:01 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - XFS File-System - 4 Comments

Libinput X.Org Driver Updated (v0.9)

Peter Hutterer has announced the release of xf86-input-libinput, the X.Org driver for making use of the libinput library under X11 environments.
07:46 AM EDT - X.Org - xf86-input-libinput

22 April

Debian 8.0 Jessie Is Ready For Release This Weekend

Steve McIntyre has relayed that the Debian camp is "Ready for Jessie!" and that the debian-cd team is happy with the state of the debian-installer and related packages for the Debian 8.0 Jessie release.
09:46 PM EDT - Debian - Debian Jessie - 27 Comments

TearFree Option Lands In xf86-video-ati Git

As a quick follow-up to yesterday's article about a new TearFree option for the Radeon X.Org driver as the latest effort to eliminate tearing, that feature is now in Git.
09:20 PM EDT - AMD - No Tearing - 21 Comments

Ubuntu 15.04 Brings Some Graphics Performance Improvements For Intel Haswell

While we know Intel Broadwell performance is much faster on Ubuntu 15.04 than Ubuntu 14.10, with this week's release of Ubuntu Vivd Vervet, here's some fresh results looking to see how the Intel Haswell graphics performance has evolved over the past six months. For the many Intel Haswell owners out there, you'll be pleased that the performance has overall improved.

Linux 4.1 Supports Annapurna's Alpine & Other ARM Platform Work

There's yet more to talk about with regard to the Linux 4.1 kernel and some of the latest patches queued up for merging are the numerous ARM improvements.
12:02 PM EDT - Hardware - ARM Platform

GIMP's Porting To GTK3 Continues

The popular GIMP image editing program continues in its quest of being ported to GTK3, but it's still not clear when it will be finished and merged to mainline.
10:53 AM EDT - GNOME - GTK3 GIMP - 35 Comments

Linux 4.1 Improvements For The Google Pixel 2 & Xbox One Controllers

The latest pull request worth talking about for the in-development Linux 4.1 kernel are the input driver changes.
09:39 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - Linux 4.1 Input - 6 Comments

GCC 5.1 Officially Released

Those behind the GNU Compiler Collection have announced this morning the official release of GCC 5.1, the first major release of GCC 5.
08:51 AM EDT - Compiler - GCC 5 - 23 Comments

GTK+ 3.18 Plans For Full Wayland Support, A Scenegraph

While GNOME 3.16 was just released last month, changes coming ahead for GNOME 3.18 and particularly GTK+ 3.18 are quite exciting.
07:42 AM EDT - GNOME - GTK+ 3.18 - 15 Comments

Intel Works On Page-Flipping For The Mode-Setting Driver

While the xf86-video-intel X.Org DDX driver has yet to reach version 3.0 even though the 3.0 development series is going on two years old, Intel open-source developers are continuing to spend time on the universal xf86-video-modesetting driver.
04:45 AM EDT - X.Org - xf86-video-modesetting - 3 Comments

Phoronix Test Suite 5.8 Milestone 2 Released - More Work On Phoromatic

Coming about three weeks after the initial Phoronix Test Suite 5.8 milestone release is the second development build for our open-source, cross-platform benchmarking software.
02:00 AM EDT - Phoronix - Belev M2

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