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Coreboot Now Has Support For Intel Broadwell Hardware

It appears that Google engineers are getting ready Intel Broadwell support for future Chromebooks/Chromeboxes. Broadwell support is now present within Coreboot.
66 Minutes Ago - Coreboot - Broadwell

Enlightenment's EFL 1.12 Alpha Has Evas GL-DRM Engine, OpenGL ES 1.1 Support

The first alpha release for the 1.12 version of the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL) was released this week.
1 Hour Ago - Desktop - EFL 1.12 Alpha - 2 Comments

FreeBSD 10.1 RC3 Has ZFS, UDPLite Fixes

FreeBSD 10.1 RC3 was a few days late but it's out there this Thursday afternoon. FreeBSD 10.3 takes care of an API incompatibility between 10.0-RELEASE and the earlier 10.1-RC2 state (due to the libopie library) and aside from that this third release candidate has a lot of other fixes.
2 Hours Ago - BSD - FreeBSD 10.1 - 1 Comment

GTK+ Lands Experimental Backend For Mir Display Server

GTK+ apps now run not only on X11 and Wayland under Linux with native support but the mainline GTK+ Git code now also supports running Ubuntu's Mir Display Server. That's right, there's now mainline Mir support in GTK for the GNOME/GTK 3.16 release.
3 Hours Ago - GNOME - GTK+ - 8 Comments

Ubuntu 14.10 Officially Released

The Utopic Unicorn release, Ubuntu 14.10, is now officially available.
4 Hours Ago - Ubuntu - Ubuntu 14.10 - 15 Comments

Mesa 10.4 Might Re-Enable HyperZ For R600g/RadeonSI

The performance of the upcoming Mesa 10.4 might be better out-of-the-box for R600g and RadeonSI Gallium3D driver users if a new patch is accepted to re-enable HyperZ by default.
5 Hours Ago - Mesa - HyperZ - 3 Comments

6-Way Ubuntu 14.10 Linux Desktop Benchmarks

In celebration of Ubuntu 14.10's Utopic Unicorn release today, here's some fresh benchmarks of one of the most requested topics: 2D/3D benchmarks of different desktop environments. In this article is a look at six of the popular desktop offerings found in Ubuntu 14.10.
5 Hours Ago - Software - 5 Comments

Intel GVT-g GPU Virtualization Moves Closer

For months we have been talking about Intel XenGT as mediated graphics pass-through support so virtual machines can access Intel Haswell HD Graphics GPUs from the host under Linux and the GPU shared directly with the VMs running on the system. This work is finally closer to being realized to end-users with the code working towards being mainlined.
6 Hours Ago - Virtualization - XenGT - 8 Comments

GTK+ 3.16 To Bring Several New Features

Already on Phoronix we have begun writing about features in Git for the GNOME 3.16 due out in March. GNOME contributor and Red Hat employee Matthias Clasen is excited too, particularly around some of the GTK+ tool-kit improvements.
7 Hours Ago - GNOME - GNOME 3.16 - 11 Comments

Debian 8.0 Jessie Has Many Multimedia Improvements

While init system discussions have dominated the discussions about Debian 8.0 Jessie, on a brighter note, there's many multimedia improvements found in this next release.
8 Hours Ago - Debian - Debian Jessie - 4 Comments

What Linux Benchmarks Would You Like To See Next?

At Phoronix.com and with the Phoronix Test Suite / OpenBenchmarking.org we're always looking to cater to the interests of more parties and as such are interested to see what other benchmarks you'd like to see incorporated.
11 Hours Ago - Phoronix - Improving - 38 Comments

Open-Source, Linux Support For Corsair Link Devices Slowly Materializing

Corsair Link comes down to a proprietary protocol for allowing Corsair products within the "Link" ecosystem to allow for a centralized, easy-to-use control panel for fans, water coolers, and more. Corsair doesn't provide any Linux support for Corsair Link, but open-source developers are filling in the gaps.
02:22 AM EDT - Hardware - Corsair Link - 2 Comments

Ubuntu 14.10 XMir System Compositor Benchmarks

With Ubuntu 14.10 "Utopic Unicorn" due for release today, here's some benchmarks showing how the standard Unity 7 desktop on Ubuntu 14.10 is comparing to the still-experimental Unity System Compositor and using XMir for running traditional Linux OpenGL games.
12:00 AM EDT - Operating Systems - 3 Comments

22 October

Cairo-Dock 3.4 Shows A Lot Of Progress, Works Toward EGL/Wayland Support

It's been about one year since last hearing any Cairo-Dock news, but this evening there's a new release! Cairo-Dock has various improvements to its desktop interface offering that continues to work in replace of -- or in addition to -- the standard Linux desktop environments.
08:11 PM EDT - Desktop - Cairo-Dock / Glx-Dock - 2 Comments

Mesa 10.4 Tentatively Planned For Early December

Emil Velikov, the new Mesa release manager, has issued a straw-man proposal to release Mesa 10.4 in early December.
06:39 PM EDT - Mesa - Mesa 10.4 - 4 Comments

SteamOS Update 145 Brings Compositor, Update Fixes

Valve has released to stable their SteamOS Update 145 today after the changes were in their alchemist beta testing area since last week.
03:37 PM EDT - Valve - SteamOS U145 - 1 Comment

GStreamer 2014 Conference Videos Posted: Wayland, HTML5, 3D

The GStreamer Conference 2014 took place last week in Düsseldorf alongside other Linux Foundation events. For those that missed out on being there in person, Ubicast has once again provided wonderful video recordings of each of the sessions.
02:53 PM EDT - GNOME - GStreamer - 1 Comment

Btrfs RAID HDD Testing On Ubuntu Linux 14.10

With the Btrfs file-system continuing to stabilize while still adding more functionality and is generating continued interest from more Linux distributions and other open-source projects, I've found it time to run some fresh Btrfs RAID benchmarks to see how the next-generation Linux file-system is performing with its built-in RAID handling.
11:00 AM EDT - Storage - 13 Comments

The Top Contributors To Mir Ahead Of Ubuntu 14.10

With Ubuntu 14.10 due for release tomorrow and the development branch of Mir at nearly 2,000 revisions, here's some quick Bazaar stats.
09:29 AM EDT - Ubuntu - Mir Bzr - 4 Comments

Nouveau Now Supports DRI3 Without GLAMOR

The Nouveau DDX driver now supports the Direct Rendering Infrastructure 3 when using its traditional EXA-based acceleration rather than only with GLAMOR.
08:26 AM EDT - Nouveau - DRI3 - 4 Comments

Ubuntu 14.10 Linux 32-bit vs. 64-bit Performance

Given yesterday's story about Ubuntu 16.04 LTS potentially being the last 32-bit release if that proposal goes through, and given the number of people still running 32-bit Linux distributions on Intel/AMD hardware that is 64-bit capable, here's some fresh x86 vs. x86_64 benchmarks using Ubuntu 14.10.

Features Of The Linux 3.18 Kernel

With Linux 3.18-rc1 arriving one week early I didn't have a chance to write a feature overview of Linux 3.18 prior to this first development release that marked the close of the merge window. For those that didn't stay up to date with our dozens of Linux 3.18 kernel articles about changes and new features, here's a concise overview.
02:10 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - Linux 3.18

Automatic Feedback Directed Optimizer Merged Into GCC

The latest merged feature for next year's GCC 5 compiler release is AutoFDO support!
12:04 AM EDT - Compiler - GCC AutoFDO - 10 Comments

21 October

Debian Now Defaults To Xfce On Non-x86 Desktops

Back in September Debian switched back to the GNOME desktop by default in place of Xfce for the upcoming Debian 8.0 "Jessie" release. However, as of today, the non-x86 versions of Debian have flip-flopped once again back to Xfce.
08:50 PM EDT - Debian - Xfce vs. GNOME - 20 Comments

Phoenix Is Trying To Be An Open Version Of Apple's Swift

Apple unveiled the Swift programming language at this year's WWDC event but sadly it's still not clear whether Apple will "open up" the language to let it appear on non-Apple platforms. Swift is built atop LLVM and designed to be Apple's successor to Objective-C in many regards while suppoorting C/Obj-C/Obj-C++ all within a single program. With non-Apple folks being interested in the language, it didn't take long before an open-source project started up around it.
05:44 PM EDT - Compiler - Swift Language - 23 Comments

Facebook's Hack Language Making Progress To Advance PHP

Earlier this year Facebook launched the Hack language powered by their HipHop Virtual Machine (HHVM) and being based off PHP. Good progress is being made on enhancing the language with interest in the project continuing to grow inside and outside of Facebook.
02:27 PM EDT - Compiler - Hack - 10 Comments

Linux 3.19 To Have Skylake Graphics, PPGTT Enablement

Now that Linux 3.18-rc1 is out, Intel's Open-Source Technology Center developers responsible for their graphics driver work have begun submitting their changes to drm-next for landing with Linux 3.19.
02:07 PM EDT - Intel - Intel DRM-Next - 2 Comments

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 Offers Great Linux Performance

Since last month's Linux review of the GeForce GTX 980 as NVIDIA's newest high-end GPU powered by their Maxwell architecture, many Phoronix readers have been requesting Ubuntu Linux tests of the GTX 970 too. I've now got my hands on an EVGA GeForce GTX 970 and am putting it through its paces today.
11:20 AM EDT - Graphics Cards - 13 Comments

Ubuntu 16.04 Might Be The Distribution's Last 32-Bit Release

Ubuntu contributor Bryan Quigley is considering a proposal to make Ubuntu 16.04 LTS the last release of Ubuntu with 32-bit installation images.
09:19 AM EDT - Ubuntu - Ubuntu 32-bit - 69 Comments

Imagination Releases Full ISA Documentation For PowerVR Rogue GPUs

Imagination Technologies released the PowerVR SDK v3.4 this morning and while it may not sound too interesting for most Phoronix readers, it's a very interesting release in that for the first time they are providing full instruction set documentation for their latest PowerVR GPUs.
08:47 AM EDT - Hardware - Rogue - 24 Comments

Features GNOME Developers Want In The Linux Kernel

Made into a concise list is a number of features that GNOME developers want to see landed within the Linux kernel, in hopes of kernel developers eventually tackling these wish list features that could help not only GNOME but other desktops too.
08:38 AM EDT - GNOME - Feature Requests - 15 Comments

GTK+ Gains Experimental Overlay Scrollbars

Matthias Clasen has added overlay scrollbars to the GTK+ tool-kit as a new, experimental feature.
08:24 AM EDT - GNOME - Overlay Scrollbars - 13 Comments

20 October

Phoronix Test Suite 5.4 M3 Is Another Hearty Update

The latest development version of Phoronix Test Suite 5.4-Lipki is available this Monday night.
10:15 PM EDT - Phoronix - Milestone 3 - 2 Comments

GParted 0.20 Improves Btrfs Support

For those in need of open-source file-system/partition management, the wonderful GParted program has been updated to v0.20.0.
08:27 PM EDT - Free Software - GParted 0.20 - 9 Comments

EXT4 In Linux 3.18 Has Clean-ups, Bug Fixes

With Linux 3.18-rc1 having came one week early, the EXT4 file-system pull request didn't end up landing until today. However, the EXT4 changes aren't overly exciting for the 3.18 merge window.
06:11 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - EXT4 - 3 Comments

Emacs 24.4 Has Built-In Web Browser, Improved Multi-Monitor Support

A new release of Emacs is out today and it's quite a big update with new functionality for this popular and extensible text editor.
05:39 PM EDT - GNU - Emacs 24.4 - 21 Comments

Debian 7.7 Released With Various Bug-Fixes

While some are busy debating whether Debian should be forked, the upstream Debian release team is moving forward and has announced the stable release of Debian 7.7.
03:15 PM EDT - Debian - Debian 7.7

NVIDIA's NVPTX Support For GCC Is Close To Being Merged

The NVPTX back-end code for GCC that's going to allow OpenACC 2.0 offloading support for NVIDIA GPUs with GCC is close to materializing within the mainline code-base.
11:50 AM EDT - NVIDIA - NVPTX - 7 Comments

KDE's KWin On Wayland Begins Using Libinput

Martin Gräßlin has shared that as of today the libinput support has been integrated into KDE's KWin Wayland code.
10:39 AM EDT - KDE - KWin libinput - 6 Comments

Khronos Releases OpenVX 1.0 Specification

The Khronos Group has finalized and released their first formal specification for the cross-platform, royalty-free OpenVX standard.
10:15 AM EDT - Standards - OpenVX

Linux Kernel Working Towards GNU11/C11 Compatibility

For now it looks like the Linux kernel is going to explicitly declare itself as using the GNU89 dialect of the C89 standard but over time the code is being made to compile under C11.
09:50 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - GNU89 - 3 Comments

Ubuntu 15.04 Is Codenamed After A Monkey: Vivid Vervet

With Ubuntu 14.10 "Utopic Unicorn" due out later this month, Mark Shuttleworth has just revealed the Ubuntu 15.04 codename...
09:26 AM EDT - Ubuntu - Vivid Vervet - 11 Comments

LLVM Gets Bindings For Google's Go

Another feature for the upcoming LLVM 3.6 release are bindings for Google's Go programming language.
09:16 AM EDT - Compiler - Go Bindings - 2 Comments

Following GCC, Clang Looks To Default To C11

It looks like LLVM's Clang compiler will be defaulting to using the GNU's C11 standard for its next release.
08:33 AM EDT - Compiler - GNU11 - 1 Comment

Users/Developers Threatening Fork Of Debian GNU/Linux

In light of Debian's outlook for using systemd by default, a group of users/developers/administrators are talking about forking Debian GNU/Linux.
08:21 AM EDT - Debian - Debian Fork - 177 Comments

19 October

Linux 3.18-rc1 Released One Week Early With Many Changes

While Linus Torvalds initially anticipated the Linux 3.18 merge window being three weeks in length due to his Linux Foundation conference travels, he ended up managing to release Linux 3.18-rc1 after just two weeks... The release is out there now with its many changes.
09:45 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - Linux 3.18-rc1 - 12 Comments

The VC4 Gallium3D Driver Is Still Moving Along For The Raspberry Pi

Eric Anholt has provided a status update concerning the state of Broadcom's VC4 Gallium3D driver that provides open-source graphics support for the Raspberry Pi.
05:30 PM EDT - Free Software - RPi - 7 Comments

18 October

CompuLab Intense-PC2: An Excellent, Fanless, Mini PC Powered By Intel's i7 Haswell

Last month in a preview article I mentioned I was testing CompuLab's Intense-PC2 and that it was a great Haswell-based mini Linux PC. After using it now for another month and putting it through its paces with many strenuous benchmarking workloads and trying out other Linux distributions, I remain enthusiastic about the Intense-PC2 and it being a great offering for Linux (and even Windows/BSD) users.
09:30 AM EDT - Computers - 11 Comments

Direct3D 9 Support Might Land Within Mainline Mesa 3D Drivers

It looks like we could see the Direct3D 9 (Gallium3D Nine) state tracker land within Mesa! This state tracker can be used for accelerating D3D9-using Windows games via Wine and other purposes. The Gallium3D Nine patches are called for review as of this Saturday morning with ambitions of being merged to master.
08:25 AM EDT - Mesa - Gallium3D Nine - 47 Comments

OpenGL Preview Benchmarks For NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 970

For those anxious to see how well the GeForce GTX 970, NVIDIA's new high-end, Maxwell-based graphics card will perform under Linux, here's some preview benchmarks.
12:48 AM EDT - NVIDIA - GTX 970 - 2 Comments

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