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HP To Launch Linux++ Operating System Next Year

Hewlett Packard is going to introduce their "revolutionary" new operating system next summer that's dubbed Linux++.
8 Minutes Ago - Operating Systems - HP Linux++

Civilization: Beyond Earth Launches For Linux

As expected after the announcement earlier this week, the highly anticipated Civilization: Beyond Earth game is now officially available for Linux and SteamOS.
20 Minutes Ago - Gaming - Beyond Earth On Linux

NIR Has Been Revised As A New IR For Mesa

Posted to the Mesa mailing list this week was a set of 123 patches that reintroduces NIR as a new IR for Mesa.
64 Minutes Ago - Mesa - NIR - 2 Comments

New 64-bit Linux Kernel Vulnerabilities Disclosed This Week

For those that didn't hear the news yet, multiple Linux x86_64 vulnerabilities were made public this week.
1 Hour Ago - Linux Kernel - Linux x86_64

digiKam 4.6 Released, Porting Still Ongoing To KF5/Qt5

In time to manage your digital camera photos this Christmas and New Year, digiKam 4.6.0 was officially released today.
2 Hours Ago - KDE - KDE's Camera App

PostgreSQL 9.4 Brings JSONB & Many Other New Features

PostgreSQL 9.4 is out in time for Christmas with numerous changes for users of this open-source database solution.
2 Hours Ago - Free Software - PostgreSQL

That Nasty Linux Kernel Lockup Bug Is Still Unresolved

Nearly one month ago back during the Linux 3.18 release candidates there was a worrisome regression uncovered by kernel developers, but now with the Linux 3.19 merge window nearly over, that issue still has yet to be firmly addressed.
3 Hours Ago - Linux Kernel - Dave Jones' Bug - 2 Comments

KDE's Krita Loses Its Main Backer

Since 2007 there has been KO GmbH as a support and software service company built around KOffice/Calligra in their belief that the software was "getting ready for the big time", but seven years later the situation is not so good and KO GmbH is no longer handling Krita.
4 Hours Ago - KDE - KO Gmbh - 3 Comments

Inline Data Support Comes To CephFS With Linux 3.19

The Ceph file-system in Linux 3.19 will support inline data to offer performance improvements for some operations.
4 Hours Ago - Linux Kernel - Inline Data For Ceph

VC4 Gallium3D Adds DMA-BUF Support, Yields Working DRI3

Beyond the VC4 Gallium3D work yesterday landing in Mesa that led to this Raspberry Pi graphics driver potentially running much faster, DMA-BUF support was also added.
4 Hours Ago - Mesa - Raspberry Pi - 4 Comments

GNOME Builder Is Still Building Up To A New IDE For Developers

GNOME Builder is that interesting GNOME IDE project for developers.
5 Hours Ago - GNOME - GNOME Builder - 3 Comments

UDisks & UPower Get Updated For The Holidays

Released this morning were new versions of UDisks and UPower.
5 Hours Ago - Free Software - Updated For U

17 December

Raspberry Pi's Gallium3D Driver Could Now Run Significantly Faster

Eric Anholt, the lead developer developer behind the Broadcom VC4 Mesa/Gallium3D driver stack for supporting the Raspberry Pi, has announced a new performance achievement.
09:44 PM EST - Mesa - User-Space BO Cache - 8 Comments

CMake 3.1 Brings Windows Additions, Target Compile Feature

Version 3.1 of the CMake build system is now available with various improvements.
08:13 PM EST - Free Software - cmake 3.1 - 3 Comments

KDE Applications 14.12 Released

KDE Applications 14.12 was just released today with new features and fixes to more than one hundred KDE applications.
06:23 PM EST - KDE - KDE Apps 14.12

Fedora 21 Released For POWER & AArch64 Hardware

While Fedora 21 was officially released last week, coming out today is the release of Fedora 21 for the PowerPC and ARM AArch64 architectures.
06:11 PM EST - Fedora - F21 POWER - 3 Comments

Elasticsearch & wxPython 3 Proposed For Fedora 22

Last week I wrote about new features being proposed for Fedora 22 and today there's two more system wide changes to talk about.
01:40 PM EST - Fedora - Fedora 22 - 2 Comments

The New SuperTuxKart Looks Better, But Can Cause GPU/Driver Problems

A new SuperTuxKart beta premiered today after one year of work and lands their new graphics engine that leverages OpenGL 3.1 for rendering. I've now had some hands on time with this open-source GL3 game with some initial thoughts.
11:49 AM EST - Gaming - SuperTuxKart - 51 Comments

GTK+ On Windows Now Supports OpenGL

For users of the GTK+ tool-kit on Windows, OpenGL support is coming and follows in the footsteps of GTK's recent OpenGL focus and enablement on Linux.
11:23 AM EST - GNOME - GDK Windows OpenGL - 11 Comments

New Ruby Benchmarks On GCC vs. LLVM Clang Compilers

Earlier this month were the independent benchmark results that saw Ruby built under Clang was faster than GCC when a developer running Debian was doing some basic compiler performance tests. Now another developer has done more extensive Ruby benchmarks on varying versions of GCC and Clang.
11:10 AM EST - Compiler - Compiler Benchmarks - 4 Comments

Multi-Stream Transport 4K Monitors To Become Better Supported On Linux

For a number of months David Airlie at Red Hat has been working on DisplayPort Multi-Stream Transport (DP MST) handling for Linux. Keith Packard over at Intel is now playing with DP MST too for bettering modern 4K display support on Linux within X.Org Server based environments.
09:46 AM EST - Hardware - 4K DP MST - 8 Comments

New Supertuxkart Beta Lands New Graphics Engine, Uses OpenGL 3.1+

Supertuxkart 0.8.2 is now in beta. While v0.8.2 might not sound like a huge milestone from the numbers, it actually is. This Supertuxkart beta lands their new graphics engine that relies upon OpenGL 3.1+ for rendering.
09:30 AM EST - Gaming - Supertuxkart - 11 Comments

SuperX 3.0 Beta Continues To Polish The KDE Desktop Experience

SuperX is a relatively young Linux distribution that tries to ship a polished KDE desktop experience.
09:21 AM EST - KDE - SuperX - 6 Comments

Radeon vs. Modesetting DDX Performance Comparison

With xf86-video-modesetting continuing to add support for new features while being a generic hardware driver as long as there's an underlying DRM/KMS driver, how is the 2D and OpenGL performance compare when using this driver on an AMD GPU instead of the specialized xf86-video-ati DDX driver? Here's some benchmarks.
08:55 AM EST - X.Org - xf86-video - 17 Comments

Linux Mint 17.1 RCs Out For Xfce & KDE

Last month marked the release of the Cinnamon and MATE editions of Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca while on approach now is the KDE and Xfce desktop versions.
08:43 AM EST - Operating Systems - Linux Mint 17.1

16 December

New Input Drivers Coming For Linux 3.19 Kernel

One of the latest pull requests for the Linux 3.19 kernel is the input driver subsystem pull, which includes numerous updates along with a few new drivers. The new drivers will benefit some Google Chromebooks in running the latest upstream kernel.
09:33 PM EST - Linux Kernel - Input

Calculate Linux 14.12 Brings An Optimized Updater

Version 14.12 of the Gentoo-based Calculate Linux distribution is now available in time for the holidays.
08:25 PM EST - Operating Systems - Calculate Linux 14.12

Civilization: Beyond Earth Is Being Released Thursday

Civilization: Beyond Earth will see its native Linux port released this Thursday by Aspyr Media.
06:25 PM EST - Gaming - Beyond Earth - 4 Comments

KDE Plasma 5.1.2 Released

KDE's Plasma 5.1.2 monthly bug-fix release is now available.
05:56 PM EST - KDE - Plasma 5.1.2

Affordable USB 2.0 & USB 3.0 NICs That Work With Linux

For anyone that may be in need of some USB wired network adapters, Plugable offers a few different options that are low-cost and work well with Linux -- in fact, Linux is mentioned on the product packaging.
11:11 AM EST - Hardware - USB2/3 NICs - 13 Comments

KDAB Provides An Overview Of Qt3D 2.0

The next-generation Qt3D component to the Qt tool-kit is finally starting to come together.
09:22 AM EST - Qt - Qt3D - 10 Comments

BLD Kernel Scheduler Updated For Linux 3.19

The Barbershop Load Distribution (BLD) CPU load distribution technique has been updated for the mainline Linux 3.18 kernel.
09:07 AM EST - Linux Kernel - Barbershop - 7 Comments

NFTables 0.4 Released As Eventual IPTables Successor

Work is still underway in a steadfast manner for NFTables as an eventual replacement to IPTables for packet filtering on Linux. Released today was NFTables v0.4 with functionality offered as of the Linux 3.18 kernel.
08:57 AM EST - Free Software - NFTables 0.4 - 5 Comments

Pay For Faster Linux Kernel Performance? There's Patches For That

The "eXt73" patch-set aspires to yield faster kernel performance and better power efficiency. Independent benchmarks published of the eXt73 patch-set indicate faster performance out of the patched Linux kernel, but these patches do come at a cost for end-users.
08:32 AM EST - Linux Kernel - eXt73 - 59 Comments

15 December

Signs Of Final Fantasy XIII-2 Potentially Being Ported To Linux

Steam changes in recent days indicate that Final Fantasy XIII-2 may very well be on its way to Linux.
09:12 PM EST - Gaming - FINAL FANTASY XIII-2 - 39 Comments

Open-Source Godot 1.0 Engine Released & Declared Stable

Nearly one year after writing about a new game engine to be open-sourced and its code premiering in February, Godot 1.0 was announced today as the first stable release of this game engine.
05:23 PM EST - Gaming - Godot 1.0 - 5 Comments

Staging Driver Changes For Linux 3.19: Android Binder Code Leaves Staging

The latest Linux 3.19 kernel changes to talk about is the staging pull request that was sent in a short time ago by Greg Kroah-Hartman.
03:31 PM EST - Linux Kernel - Staging - 7 Comments

Features Added So Far To The Linux 3.19 Kernel

We're now half-way through the Linux 3.19 kernel merge window so here's a recap of the most interesting features that have been merged thus far for what will become the first major Linux kernel release of 2015.
01:14 PM EST - Linux Kernel - Linux 3.19

Fedora 22 Will Not Be Released Before 19 May 2015

Now that Fedora 21 was finally released last week, you may be wondering when Fedora 22 is tentatively planned for release...
12:23 PM EST - Fedora - Fedora 22 Schedule - 8 Comments

AMD Kaveri: Open-Source Radeon Gallium3D vs. Catalyst 14.12 Omega Driver

Last week when running Linux benchmarks of the AMD Catalyst 14.12 Omega driver that is much improved over older versions of Catalyst on both Windows and Linux, plus running a fresh 12-way AMD vs. NVIDIA Linux GPU comparison with the newest drivers, there were many Phoronix reader requests for some new AMD APU Linux numbers from this Omega driver. In this article are the Omega benchmark results for an AMD A10-7850K APU when testing both the open and closed-source drivers.
11:20 AM EST - Display Drivers - 56 Comments

X-Video Support For The Mode-Setting DDX Driver

The xf86-video-modesetting DDX driver that provides generic hardware support as long as there's an underlying DRM/KMS driver now has X-Video support when using GLAMOR.
10:37 AM EST - X.Org - Xv - 8 Comments

DRM Pull Request Sent In For Linux 3.19 - Great Stuff For Intel, Nouveau, Radeon

One week into the merge window for the Linux 3.19 kernel, the DRM subsystem pull request was sent in this morning by Red Hat's David Airlie. There's a lot of interesting kernel graphics driver changes abound for Linux 3.19!
09:42 AM EST - Linux Kernel - DRM Graphics - 2 Comments

LLVM 3.5.1 Is Coming Soon

The first release candidate to LLVM 3.5.1 is now available.
09:02 AM EST - Compiler - LLVM 3.5.1 - 2 Comments

Fedora's Wine Package Has CSMT Support

Those using Fedora's Wine packages have easy access to enable command stream multi-threading (CSMT) support for Direct3D games to enable better performance.
08:38 AM EST - WINE - CSMT D3D - 14 Comments

GTK's Broadway Back-End Now Supports SSL

There's already a lot of new features coming to GTK+ for GNOME 3.16 and now the latest addition is SSL support for the Broadway back-end.
08:12 AM EST - GNOME - Broadway SSL - 4 Comments

14 December

CoreSight Being Added To Linux 3.19 Kernel

The Linux 3.19 kernel is set to introduce support for the CoreSight framework and implementations for a few SBC boards.
10:03 PM EST - Linux Kernel - CoreSight

SquashFS In Linux 3.19 Adds LZ4 Compression Support

Within the in-development Linux 3.19 kernel is now support for LZ4 compression for SquashFS, the read-only file-system commonly used by various Linux distribution live CDs.
05:00 PM EST - Linux Kernel - SquashFS - 2 Comments

Debian 8.0 Jessie - GNU/Linux vs. GNU/kFreeBSD Benchmarks

Here's our latest benchmark results comparing the performance of Debian Jessie GNU/Linux vs. GNU/kFreeBSD -- the Debian port that uses the FreeBSD kernel rather than Linux.
12:00 PM EST - Debian - Debian Jessie - 7 Comments

XLennart: A Game For Systemd Haters With Nothing Better To Do

It seems that a good number of Linux users who despise systemd as an init manager have a lot of time on their hands... From making websites bashing systemd, forking distributions over their position of using systemd, personal attacks against systemd developers, to writing page after page of forum comments about negative points of systemd. There's now even an anti-systemd game.
11:38 AM EST - Gaming - systemd game - 117 Comments

Blk-mq Gets Further Improved With Linux 3.19, NVME Gets Ported

The multi-queue block layer (blk-mq) will be in even better shape with the upcoming Linux 3.19 kernel.
10:21 AM EST - Linux Kernel - blk-mq

Mesa 10.4 Officially Released With Direct3D 9 State Tracker

After a one day week delay due to older drivers/GPUs breaking on the newer Mesa code, Mesa 10.4 was officially released this Sunday morning.
09:57 AM EST - Mesa - Mesa 10.4 - 38 Comments

Krita 2.9 Is Now In Beta With Many Improvements

KDE's Krita graphics editing / digital painting program is now in beta for its upcoming v2.9 series.
09:13 AM EST - KDE - Krita 2.9 - 4 Comments

New Features Proposed For Fedora 22

Beyond the potential feature of Fedora's X.Org input stack using libinput, there's been several other features proposed for the next Fedora Linux release.
09:04 AM EST - Fedora - Fedora 22 - 2 Comments

Steam Gaming On PC-BSD

While Valve doesn't provide any official BSD binaries of Steam nor are any of the Steam game titles listed as supporting BSD, it doesn't stop some from trying to get their gaming fix on FreeBSD/PC-BSD.
08:26 AM EST - Valve - PC-BSD Steam - 18 Comments

13 December

Intel GPU Tools 1.9 Brings Skylake Support

Intel's open-source team on Friday released intel-gpu-tools 1.9 as the latest version of this collection of tools used generally for testing and debugging purposes.
09:19 PM EST - Intel - Skylake

VRAMFS: Using Your Video RAM As A Linux File-System

The latest FUSE-based Linux file-system is VRAMFS to provide a general purpose file-system within your graphics card's dedicated video memory.
08:56 PM EST - Free Software - VRAMFS - 20 Comments

A Walkthrough Of The New 32 System Open-Source Linux Benchmarking Test Farm

This week with the release of Phoronix Test Suite 5.4 we also announced LinuxBenchmarking.com, a collection of 32 systems running various upstream benchmarks on a daily basis in a fully automated manner. The daily upstream benchmarking ranges from the Linux kernel Git to Mesa to Arch/Antergos Linux to LLVM/Clang. Here's a walkthrough of the new lab housing this test farm where hundreds of benchmarks are run daily in looking for performance regressions and other changes with the upstream open-source code.
01:00 PM EST - Computers - 26 Comments

GCC Has Been Ported To The Visium Architecture

The newest platform that the GNU Compiler Collection has been ported to is Visium. AdaCore is now looking to contribute their GCC Visium port to mainline.
10:55 AM EST - Compiler - Visium - 1 Comment

KeithP Looks To Reduce The Latency Of Using The X.Org Present Extension

Keith Packard who is largely responsible for DRI3 and the Present Extension is looking to take care of one of the flaws of using Present: there can be an extra frame delay if using a compositing window manager with X11.
09:40 AM EST - X.Org - Present Compositor - 19 Comments

Sharing What You Love Or Hate About PHP

Much like the views on Phoronix or GCC vs. Clang, computer enthusiasts tend to have polarizing views over PHP -- whether PHP is a great language or work of the devil.
08:29 AM EST - Compiler - PHP - 53 Comments

MIPS Has An "Unusually Large Pull" For Linux 3.19 Kernel

The MIPS architecture improvements and new features for the Linux 3.19 kernel are aplenty due to many MIPS patches not being merged for Linux 3.18 and then aside from that a lot of developers sending in lots of new work.
06:41 AM EST - Hardware - MIPS

Collabora Looks To Add DMA-BUF Protocol To Wayland

Collabora developers are looking at adding a generic DMA-BUF protocol to Wayland, which could benefit media players and other applications.
03:09 AM EST - Wayland - DMA-BUF - 7 Comments

Fedora 22's X.Org Input Stack Might Use Libinput

The input X.Org drivers currently used by Fedora might by replaced with just the xf86-input-libinput DDX driver for Fedora 22. This input driver relies upon libinput that was originally designed for Wayland/Weston but can be retrofitted just fine as a standalone input driver for the X.Org Server.
12:58 AM EST - X.Org - libinput - 8 Comments

STI DRM Improvements Coming For Linux 3.19

Beyond the DRM graphics improvements for Linux 3.19 affecting the most common kernel graphics drivers, the STI driver will too see improvements for this next kernel version.
12:07 AM EST - Linux Kernel - STI

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