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Participating Ubuntu Linux flavors are doing their first beta releases today of the Utopic Unicorn, a.k.a. *buntu 14.10.
4 Hours Ago - Ubuntu - Ubuntu 14.10 Beta 1
A fourth release candidate for LLVM 3.5 had to be issued today over running into a pesky issue that needed to be resolved.
5 Hours Ago - Compiler - RC4
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.
6 Hours Ago - Operating Systems - Genode OS 14.08
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.
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.
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%.
With this morning's release of PHP 5.6 I ran some quick PHP performance tests.
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.
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 (codenamed "Fresh") has been released ahead of the LibreOffice Conference next week in Bern, Switzerland.
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.
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.
For those following my Linux driver tribulations with constantly trying out and benchmarking the latest Git code for the Intel, Radeon, and NVIDIA/Nouveau drivers, the Nouveau screen corruption problem noted earlier this week has been resolved.
Today was another FESCo meeting but fortunately no further Fedora 21 delay was announced today, but it could happen with the F21 alpha change deadline being today and the developers trying to get an approved build.
The Metro 2033 Redux game was released yesterday to US gamers and while we've known a Linux port was in the works it looks like its release isn't too far off.
An open-source project that's currently Windows-only allows for creating virtual computer monitors that are then rendered on an extra computer, tablet, or smart-phone as a secondary display. Making this different from other VNC-like programs is that the secondary system's monitor can be rendered to an HTML5 web-browser window. The developer behind this software is now working on bringing it to Linux.
While last year developers on the Company of Heroes 2 game said a Linux port was unlikely, recent Steam activity indicates that a Linux port is likely in the works.
Last week NIR was announced as a new intermediate representation for Mesa. Discussion around this new but experimental IR continues to happen among upstream developers while Mesa developers are back to discussing LLVM too.
With this year's Google Summer of Code over, Antonis Tsiapaliokas shared a status update concerning the state of KDE's Plasma Active being ported to KF5.
When it comes to Linux gamers wanting a discrete graphics card backed by open-source drivers, the only solution right now to truly recommend for those serious about performance and making use of the hardware is really AMD Radeon graphics. While Nouveau has been making much progress, until re-clocking and other issues are worked out the performance can be unbearably slow depending upon the particular graphics processor or run into other problems. (Of course, when talking about proprietary graphics drivers on Linux, the story is entirely different, or if considering integrated Intel HD Graphics.) For those pursuing a AMD Radeon GPU for their own Steam Box/Machine build and hope to use the open-source Gallium3D drivers, here's some Steam on Linux gaming benchmarks from almost two dozen different GPUs.
Google released Chrome 37 as stable on Tuesday and with this update comes more fixes and other improvements.
MenuetOS, the operating system written in Assembly and now primarily focused on 64-bit x86 systems and fits on a 1.5MB floppy disk image, is out with a new release.
Mesa has a new release manager to allow the two existing managers from Intel's Open-Source Technology Center to get back to more driver wrangling rather than release wrangling.
04:31 PM EDT - Mesa - Switch-Up
Enlightenment fans can celebrate today that the big Enlightenment compositor work has been merged to mainline Enlightenment ahead of the upcoming E19 release.
This week I've been running a large open-source graphics card comparison using Mesa 10.3-devel and Linux 3.17 from Git. While the intentions were nice with featuring Intel/NVIDIA/AMD graphics, running several benchmarks of Steam / Source Engine games on Linux, and also measuring the power efficiency and thermal performance, the testing was cut short when it came to the Nouveau driver testing.
While we're just a few months into the GCC 4.10 release cycle that's going to be released as GCC 5, there's already some release notes forming for this 2015 open-source compiler update.
After yesterday delivering the first open-source benchmarks of the Radeon R9 290, here's the open-source driver (RadeonSI Gallium3D) vs. closed-source driver (Catalyst) Linux OpenGL benchmarks for this high-end AMD Hawaii graphics card.
Valve released this morning the 133 update to the SteamOS Alchemist Beta. With this update comes new packages and other updates.
09:02 AM EDT - Valve - SteamOS 133
Handling merge requests for the DRM graphics driver updates will be done differently for the Linux 3.18 kernel, which will result in a few less weeks of development time.
The ioquake3 open-source game engine derived from the id Tech 3 code-base is working to finally switch over to using SDL2 and ditching the old SDL 1.2 support.
While LXQt is making great progress, version 0.7 of the GTK-based LXPanel was released recently and it boasts a number of changes.
Linus Torvalds released the Linux 3.17-rc2 kernel this afternoon in marking this day 23 years ago is when he announced the project.
07:15 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - Linux Birthday
The Leadwerks Game Engine has officially launched on Steam for Linux.
Mesa 10.3 is gearing up for its official release in the weeks ahead and with the code having already been branched here's a rundown of the many new features.
Following last week's EFL 1.11 release, the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries are back under heavy development.
Martin Gräßlin shared that work on KDE's KWin window manager for supporting Wayland is back to happening at full-speed.
With the Linux 3.17 kernel, Mesa 10.3, and the newest Radeon microcode files, there's finally working Hawaii GPU support by AMD's open-source Linux graphics driver. The Radeon R9 290 series launched nearly one year ago and finally now the open-source driver is working right, so we've conducted some preliminary tests using the R9 290 compared to AMD's other Radeon GPUs on the open-source Linux driver.
Last week I ran some performance tests that found Sandy Bridge was faster with the Linux 3.17 kernel and these performance gains with the still in-development kernel extended beyond just graphics. Curious, I ran some tests this weekend to see whether Intel Ivy Bridge processors were also running faster with Linux 3.17 compared to Linux 3.16 stable.
It was on this day in 1991 that Linus Torvalds first announced his new operating system that would go on to become Linux.
Back in July AMD published an open-source HSA kernel driver for Linux and since then they've put out more HSA Linux code so open-source Linux users can finally realize the benefits of AMD's Heterogeneous System Architecture on Kaveri APUs. By the end of 2014 it looks like it will finally be ready for Linux end-users.
Given our recent updated Sandy Bridge benchmarks on Linux, for those with Ivy Bridge processors curious how the HD Graphics are handling the latest Mesa and kernel, I have some updated benchmarks for you this Sunday.
AMD has finally managed to publish open-source Unified Video Decoder (UVD) support for the original R600 graphics processors.
At the request of many Phoronix readers, here's our first tests of Apple's OS X 10.10 "Yosemite" operating system as we see how the OpenGL performance compares between it and Ubuntu Linux with an updated kernel and Mesa.
Linux Foundation's LinuxCon North America 2014 wrapped up yesterday evening in Chicago.
04:01 PM EDT - Linux Events - LinuxCon
With the Linux 3.17 kernel, the latest Hawaii microcode files, and the newest Mesa code, the Radeon R9 290 series graphics cards should finally be working well on the open-source driver. Here's some preview results with the latest open-source driver.
01:23 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - Radeon R9 290
Version 0.3 of the Julia programming language has been released.
Earlier this week I ran the article about open-source Radeon graphics having some improvements with Linux 3.17 but after further testing of a range of AMD GPUs spanning multiple generations, for not all hardware are AMD graphics cards faster with this experimental kernel. In this article are benchmarks of the Linux 3.17 kernel with Mesa 10.3-devel showing the winners and losers from the Radeon HD 5000 series through the latest Radeon Rx 200 series graphics cards.
As it's been some months since last running any Bay Trail Linux performance tests at Phoronix, here's some new OpenGL performance tests I did this week using the wonderful Intel Bay Trail NUC.
A ton of fresh code has been hitting the mainline Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL) following this week's release of EFL 1.11.
Earlier this month at SIGGRAPH, ARM and Collabora was talking up the benefits and possibilities for Wayland over X11.