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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.
23 Minutes Ago - 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.
3 Hours Ago - Mesa - OpenGL ES 3.1 - Add A Comment

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.
9 Hours Ago - Hardware - Linux Benchmarking - 3 Comments

LLVM 3.6.1 Brings R600 & MIPS Fixes

The first point release to the LLVM 3.6 compiler stack is now available.
10 Hours Ago - 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.
12 Hours Ago - Ubuntu - Community Council - 40 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 - 12 Comments

Fedora 22 Is Now Available

Today's Fedora 22 day!
09:55 AM EDT - Fedora - Fedora 22 - 19 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 - 13 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 - 6 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 - 15 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

23 May

NVIDIA's Proprietary Driver Is Moving Closer With Kernel Mode-Setting

NVIDIA has been working out plans for their graphics driver to support Mir and Wayland. As part of that, besides their recent EGL support, they've been tackling kernel mode-setting.
05:41 PM EDT - NVIDIA - NVIDIA Modeset - 50 Comments

The Latest Linux Kernel Git Code Fixes The EXT4 RAID0 Corruption Problem

An EXT4 file-system corruption problem was uncovered with Linux 4.0 that turned out to be an MD RAID0 issue with the Linux kernel in the latest stable series. This RAID corruption issue has now been fixed in the latest kernel Git code.
04:01 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - Git Code - 6 Comments

Features Added To Mesa 10.6 For Open-Source GPU Drivers

Mesa 10.6 is up to a release candidate state and should be officially released in early June. If you're not up to speed on this quarterly update to the open-source user-space graphics drivers, here's an overview of the new features for Mesa 10.6.
11:00 AM EDT - Mesa - Mesa 10.6 Features - 7 Comments

Ubuntu's LXD vs. KVM For The Linux Cloud

Since last year Canonical has been developing the new LXD hypervisor. As implied by the name, LXD is derived from the success of LXC.
10:41 AM EDT - Virtualization - LXD vs. KVM - 3 Comments

Fedora Server 22 Benchmarks With XFS & The Linux 4.0 Kernel

Fedora 22 is shaping up quite well across the Fedora Workstation, Server, and Cloud offerings. Out of curiosity, this week I ran some initial comparison tests of Fedora Server 21 vs. Fedora Server 22.
10:14 AM EDT - Fedora - Fedora Server 21 vs. Fedora Server 22 - Add A Comment

GCC 6 Gets Support For The IBM z13 Mainframe Server

The latest GNU Compiler Collection code now has proper optimization targeting/tuning support for the IBM z13.
09:27 AM EDT - Compiler - GCC z13 - 1 Comment

22 May

Fedora 22 Is Being Released Next Tuesday

While yesterday there was risk of Fedora 22 being delayed beyond next week, this next Fedora Linux release was cleared today for being released next Tuesday.
05:39 PM EDT - Fedora - Fedora 22 - 18 Comments

OpenWRT 15.05 Preparing Improved Security & Better Networking

The first release candidate to OpenWRT 15.05, the "Chaos Calmer", is now available for testing.
02:01 PM EDT - Operating Systems - OpenWRT 15.05 - Add A Comment

Using The New LLVM/Clang OpenMP Support

As of this month, the mainline code for LLVM and Clang finally have complete OpenMP support (currently against the OMP 3.1 specification).
01:28 PM EDT - Compiler - OpenMP 3.1 - 2 Comments

Zapcc Claims To Be A "Much Faster C++ Compiler"

Zapcc is the latest compiler I heard about this morning... Zapcc is based on LLVM's Clang C/C++ compiler but claims to be much faster than it.
09:18 AM EDT - Compiler - Zapcc C++ Compiler - Add A Comment

Godot 1.1 Engine Release Brings New 2D Engine

Version 1.1 of the Godot Game Engine has been released. This open-source game engine update brings a new 2D engine and claims to be one of the most advanced 2D engines for cross-platform games.
09:00 AM EDT - Gaming - Godot 1.1 - 2 Comments

Intel VA-API Driver 1.6 Is Coming

Some Video Acceleration API updates are coming down the pipe.
08:48 AM EDT - Intel - VA-API - 12 Comments

Canonical Is Reportedly Considering An IPO

Mark Shuttleworth is reportedly considering a move to make Canonical a public company.
08:32 AM EDT - Ubuntu - Ubuntu Public - 34 Comments

GNOME 3.18 - GTK3 Now Supports RandR 1.5

RandR 1.5 was firmed up a few days ago for X.Org Server 1.18. The lead features to RandR 1.5 are monitor objects and tile support.
08:15 AM EDT - GNOME - GTK3 RandR 1.5 - Add A Comment

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