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Gwenole Beauchesne has released an updated version of the GStreamer VA-API that provides major changes to this plug-in set that allows for hardware-accelerated video decoding with the Video Acceleration API when using GStreamer.
The Qt 5.4 feature freeze is set to go into effect on 8 August with already there being a large number of changes for this next major Qt5 tool-kit release.
Benchmarks of Valve's Source Engine games (and other Steam titles for that matter) aren't done in all Phoronix driver tests and graphics card articles for various reasons, among which is that there's other more GPU-demanding OpenGL tests to utilize for modern hardware. However, for those curious about the performance of various AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards using the latest proprietary drivers, here's some updated numbers.
OpenSUSE "Factory" up to now has referred to the development version of the openSUSE Linux distribution while being announced by SUSE today is that it's also going to serve as an independent distribution under a rolling-release development model.
The seL4 kernel that's an advanced, security-enhanced version of the L4 micro-kernel has been open-sourced by General Dynamics C4 Systems and NICTA.
NVIDIA is working on adding HEVC/H.265 video decoding support to VDPAU.
For those excited about the recent working Radeon R9 290 "Hawaii" Gallium3D support, a number of bug-fixes were committed in recent hours to Mesa for bettering the support for those wishing to use this open-source AMD Linux driver for their ultra high-end graphics hardware.
The latest addition to Coreboot is native RAM initialization support for Intel's Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge families.
An FFmpeg package is closer to reaching Debian after years of being rejected in favor of its forked libav alternative, but not all are happy with FFmpeg's reappearance.
As a follow on from today's Nouveau vs. NVIDIA OpenGL driver benchmarking results that were published earlier today on Phoronix, in the comments an interesting video was pointed out of Grand Theft Auto IV using Direct3D 9.x natively under Linux.
Chris Beard, who served as Mozilla's interim CEO since April when Brendan Eich resigned from his short-lived position, has been named the permanent CEO of Mozilla Corp.
Aside from the experimental "Coconut" as a Python JIT compiler using GCC's new Just-In Time capabilities, the libgccjit.so shared library isn't yet depended upon in the real-world but the JIT compilation abilities are being built upon for hopeful incorporation into the GNU Compiler Collection.
11:05 AM EDT - Compiler - GCC JIT
Starting out the last week of July's Linux benchmarking on Phoronix is a fresh comparison of several NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards when comparing the performance of the latest open-source Nouveau driver against the latest NVIDIA proprietary Linux graphics driver. While the Kepler cards now support GPU re-clocking, the results aren't quite ideal yet.
The Age of Wonders III turn-based strategy game that was released back in March is still in the process of being ported to Linux and OS X. Developers are hopeful this well-received game will be released for the non-Windows platforms later this year.
The Git 2.1.0-rc0 release was tagged on Sunday that provides a wide assortment of improvements, new features, and bug-fixes for the Git revision control system.
It looks like the next major Debian GNU/Linux release will be shipping with the soon to be released Linux 3.16 kernel.
Meson is a new, open-source build system under development showing good results over the likes of SCons.
The seventh release candidate to the Linux 3.16 kernel on this final Sunday of July.
In continuation of the Phoronix article from a few days ago about the open-source AMD Linux driver should finally be working for R9 290 "Hawaii" graphics cards, it is indeed the case but it's not without some setup challenges and potential bugs.
Complementing yesterday's Radeon, Intel, and Nouveau benchmarks using the very latest open-source driver code, here's some power consumption, performance-per-Watt, and thermal numbers when using an assortment of graphics processors on the latest open-source drivers.
Linus Torvalds' latest tirade is over the GCC 4.9 code compiler.
Last week in Cambridge (UK) was the GNU Tools Cauldron 2014 conference where a number of interesting GCC-related talks took place, including greater collaboration between the GCC and LLVM/Clang compiler crews.
11:01 AM EDT - Compiler - Cauldron
The GNU Compiler Collection has been awarded with ACM's 2014 Programming Languages Software Award.
09:54 AM EDT - Compiler - ACM 2014
While not incorporating Plasma 5 and KDE Frameworks 5 (coming later this year will be a 4/5 mix release), the third beta to KDE 4.14 is now available.
09:42 AM EDT - KDE - KDE 4.14
Epic Games has posted another video about their upcoming free Unreal Tournament game that is natively supporting Linux.
CoreOS, the lightweight Linux distribution designed for clustered deployments and depends upon utilization of Docker/LXC software containers, has experienced its first stable release.
Javier Jardón announced the GNOME 3.13.4 release this morning in time for some weekend testing of this GNOME 3.14 development version.
The latest bi-weekly development release of Wine has some semi-interesting features in store for those habitually updating their Wine installs for running Windows programs on Linux.
As the second part of our Linux graphics testing this week after a Radeon R600/RadeonSI performance update with the Linux 3.16 kernel and Mesa 10.3-devel are some comparative numbers that include Intel's Haswell HD Graphics and various NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards on the Nouveau driver.
The FreeBSD project has issued their latest quarterly status report that covers activities for the open-source operating system made between April and June of 2014.
The Guix package manager that's designed to be a purely-functional package manager for GNU with an emphasis on being dependable, hackable, and liberating is out with its latest release.
For the better part of a year, the X.Org Foundation has been evaluating a possible merger with SPI. That work is still ongoing and could be put up for a vote in the weeks ahead.
After renewed pressure on open-source AMD 3D support not working, it seems they've finally managed to get the Radeon R9 290 series graphics cards working on the open-source Linux driver between some updated GPU microcode and kernel driver changes.
KDE's Sebastian Kügler has provided an update regarding KDE Frameworks 5 and Plasma 5 support for Wayland as an alternative to running on an X11/X.Org Server.
The first stable point release update to the Long Term Support Ubuntu 14.04 is now available.
Fresh off the release of ACPI 5.1 by the UEFI Forum, Linux developers are updating their support against this latest revision to the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface. In particular, ACPI 5.1 is supposed to help out ARM.
After more than a half-year in development and working on tens of thousands of lines of code, Pkg 1.3.0 has been released by FreeBSD developers.
GOG.com has officially started rolling out their Linux support and the first batch of Linux-compatible, DRM-free games are available today.
Due to many of the Fedora 21 changes/features not being ready in time, the release schedule has been pushed back by three weeks.
Miguel de Icaza shared that they're assembling a "Mono Performance Team" at Xamarin for accelerating the performance of Mono.
While NetworkManager has already supported the IPv6 protocol for some months now, several IPv6-related improvements were pushed to its code-base on Wednesday.