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Debian 8.0 Jessie Gets A Release Date

There's a concentrated plan now to try to release Debian 8.0 "Jessie" by the end of April.
99 Minutes Ago - Debian - Debian Jessie - 1 Comment

Radeon Linux Benchmarks: Catalyst 15.3 Beta vs. Linux 4.0 + Mesa 10.6-devel

Before ending out March, here's some new OpenGL Linux benchmarks comparing the closed-source Catalyst 15.3 Beta driver against the Linux 4.0 development kernel with Mesa 10.6 Git for the freshest open-source graphics driver code.

Firefox 37 Coming Today With Heartbeat, HTTPS Bing

Mozilla is today releasing Firefox 37.0 and with this open-source web-browser update comes many changes.
5 Hours Ago - Mozilla - Firefox 37.0 - 14 Comments

OpenIndiana 2015.03 Updates Its Solaris/Illumos Environment

The OpenIndiana crew responsible for this community-based OpenSolaris-derived operating system using the Illumos kernel is out with their first update in quite some time.
5 Hours Ago - Operating Systems - OpenIndiana 2015.03

GNOME 3.16 SDK Runtime Now Available

Following last week's release of GNOME 3.16, the initial builds of the GNOME SDK Runtime are now available for those wishing to experiment with their new fully-sandboxed Linux app tech and other new app runtime abilities.
6 Hours Ago - GNOME - GNOME SDK Runtime

Initial Intel Braxton Support Might Come To Linux 4.1

Daniel Vetter of Intel today sent in more code for DRM-Next that in turn will be merged for the Linux 4.1 kernel. It was also signaled that the initial hardware enablement of the graphics processor on Intel's upcoming "Braxton" SoC might happen for this next version of the Linux kernel.
6 Hours Ago - Intel - Intel Braxton

Why KDE's KWin Doesn't Integrate Weston/QtCompositor For Wayland Support

KDE developers have been porting their Plasma 5 + KDE Frameworks 5 stack over to Wayland, but at this point it's not nearly as mature as the GNOME Wayland support. As such, KDE developers have to fend off questions from time-to-time why they don't "just integrate QtCompositor" or the Weston library for speeding up their efforts.
7 Hours Ago - KDE - KDE Wayland - 16 Comments

Clang Now Supports Targeting The NaCl OS

Added to the latest LLVM Clang compiler code is driver support for Google's Native Client SDK.
8 Hours Ago - Compiler - NaCL SDK - 2 Comments

PC-BSD Updates Its Lumina Desktop (v0.8.3)

The PC-BSD developers responsible for their new Lumina desktop environment have released a new version of their custom interface.
8 Hours Ago - BSD - Lumina Desktop

30 March

Fedora 22 Alpha Now Available For AArch64 & PowerPC64

The alpha release of Fedora 22 was released a few weeks ago for the primary CPU architectures while finally coming out today is the F22 Alpha for 64-bit ARM and PowerPC architectures.
07:29 PM EDT - Fedora - Fedora 22 Alpha - 7 Comments

Systemd Developers Did NOT Fork The Linux Kernel

Various Phoronix readers have written in this weekend and commented in the forums and elsewhere that systemd developers forked the Linux kernel. This is not the case.
03:15 PM EDT - Free Software - systemd-linux - 23 Comments

Trying Out The Modern Linux Desktops With 4 Monitors + AMD/NVIDIA Graphics

As some recent non-performance testing of the AMD and NVIDIA graphics drivers on Linux, I checked in to see how well the various Linux desktop environments were working these days in multi-monitor setups. With the latest AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards and drivers, I tried out Unity, GNOME Shell, Xfce, and (attempted) KDE Plasma 5 on Ubuntu 15.04 to check out the latest experience.
11:10 AM EDT - Monitors - 26 Comments

PulseAudio 7.0 To Enable LFE Remixing By Default

Queued up in Git for the next version of PulseAudio, v7.0, is the enabling of LFE remixing by default after some upstream work was done by Canonical developers working on Ubuntu.
10:12 AM EDT - Multimedia - PulseAudio LFE Filter - 19 Comments

Features & Changes Coming For Mir 0.13

Canonical developers have been hard at work on the next version of their Mir Display Server for Ubuntu Touch 15.04.
09:49 AM EDT - Ubuntu - Mir 0.13 - 1 Comment

BlackArch Linux Updated, Now Ships With 1200+ Tools

BlackArch v2015.03.29 has been released for those interested in this flavor of Arch Linux.
09:11 AM EDT - Operating Systems - BlackArch March 2015

How Far Valve Has Come: Three Years Ago They Needed OpenGL Linux Help

While these days there's more than 1,000 Linux games on Steam, just three years ago in their early Source Engine porting process they were barely able to get good frame-rates.
08:41 AM EDT - Valve - Gaben's Message - 23 Comments

Audacity 2.1 Improves Noise Reduction, Adds Real-Time Effects Preview

Version 2.1 of the Audacity open-source audio editor/recorder has been released.
08:12 AM EDT - Multimedia - Audacity 2.1

29 March

Linux 4.0-rc6 Kernel Released

Linus Torvalds has done his usual Sunday development release to the Linux kernel.
06:50 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - Linux 4.0-rc6 - 7 Comments

Automatically Managing The Linux Benchmarks Firing Constantly

In continuation of this morning's article about Turning A Basement Into A Big Linux Server Room that detailed my month-long process of building out the new Linux automated benchmark server room, here's details on the software deployment side.
06:41 PM EDT - Hardware - Phoromatic - 2 Comments

The Big Features Of The Linux 4.0 Kernel

Linux 4.0 should be officially released within the next few weeks. In anticipation of its April debut, here's a look at some of the big features for this next version of the Linux kernel.
02:02 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - Linux 4.0 - 11 Comments

Turning A Basement Into A Big Linux Server Room

This week I posted about my new server room, where there's Linux benchmarks constantly happening on the Linux kernel and other open-source code via the Phoronix Test Suite and Phoromatic. With many Phoronix readers having been interested in the basement makeover I did to turn a ugly, boring basement into a clean server room, here's more details and pictures on the month-long renovation along with various tips and product recommendations from the experience. This server room is now almost up to 50 systems and is complete with a drink bar and projector. There's plenty of pictures and details for those hoping to build their own personal basement server room, including a few tips for increasing the wife acceptance factor of the big project.
11:30 AM EDT - Computers - 35 Comments

Mesa's Android Support Is Currently In Bad Shape

While Mesa is talked about as being able to be built for Google's Android operating system to run these open-source graphics drivers on Android devices with OpenGL ES support, in reality there's a lot left to be desired.
08:25 AM EDT - Mesa - Android Mesa - 18 Comments

Wayland's Weston Terminal Can Now Be Minimized

There hasn't been too much to report on lately with regard to Wayland/Weston 1.8 development, but with this next release, the reference Weston compositor's terminal will now have a minimize menu item.
08:17 AM EDT - Wayland - Weston Terminal - 5 Comments

Phoronix - Working Towards Faster Page Loads

As a PSA, this weekend I began playing around with a CDN and distributed DNS for speeding up the page load times on Phoronix.
08:09 AM EDT - Phoronix - CloudFlare - 37 Comments

28 March

Improved OpenCL Support For Blender's Cycles Renderer

George Kyriazis of AMD has provided patches to the Blender project for vastly improving their OpenCL Cycles renderer support and allow for it to work with AMD GPUs.
04:55 PM EDT - AMD - OpenCL Cycles - 29 Comments

Mesa 10.5.2 Packs In A Handful Of Fixes

Emil Velikov has pushed out a weekend update for stable Mesa users.
04:44 PM EDT - Mesa - Mesa 10.5.2 - 9 Comments

More Fedora/Ubuntu Linux vs. OS X OpenGL Benchmarks

Earlier this week I shared some new OS X 10.10 vs. Fedora 21 vs. Ubuntu 15.04 benchmarks, which were quite interesting and Linux ended up having the upper-hand on this new Mac Mini with an Intel "Haswell" CPU sporting Iris Graphics. For those interested in more cross-OS benchmarks with Intel Iris Graphics, here's some additional results.
01:00 PM EDT - Mesa - Xonotic

ARM64 Improvements Piling Up In Coreboot

While yesterday I was talking about many Intel Broadwell improvements landing in Coreboot, the new Git activity today for Coreboot is about 64-bit ARM.
09:09 AM EDT - Coreboot - ARM64 - 9 Comments

Intel Adds Mesa IR To NIR Translator & Makes Other NIR Improvements

The NIR intermediate representation for Mesa continues taking flight and driven by Intel's open-source developers.
08:43 AM EDT - Mesa - Mesa NIR - 8 Comments

HAMMER2 Gets A Man Page

The HAMMER2 file-system has been slow to mature since being announced three years ago, but now at least there's a man page for HAMMER2.
08:31 AM EDT - BSD - HAMMER2 FS - 11 Comments

Kodi 14.2 Released To End Out The "XBMC" 14.x Series

Kodi 14.2 was released today as the last planned point release in the 14.x series. Next stop is the Kodi 15 "Isengard" release!
08:04 AM EDT - Multimedia - Kodi 14.2 - 4 Comments

27 March

Debian 8.0 Jessie RC2 Installer Released

Debian 8.0 "Jessie" is still working towards its long-awaited release.
08:29 PM EDT - Debian - Debian Jessie - 5 Comments

Shadow Warrior Is Being Released For Linux Next Week

The Shadow Warrior remake of the 1997 3D Realms' game of the same name is seeing its native Linux release next week! The remake of Shadow Warrior has been out since 2013 by Flying Wild Hog while next week will mark its debut for Linux and OS X.
01:07 PM EDT - Gaming - Shadow Warrior - 7 Comments

NVIDIA's $1000+ GeForce GTX TITAN X Delivers Maximum Linux Performance

Last week NVIDIA unveiled the GeForce GTX TITAN X during their annual GPU Tech Conference. Of course, all of the major reviews at launch were under Windows and thus largely focused on the Direct3D performance. Now that our review sample arrived this week, I've spent the past few days hitting the TITAN X hard under Linux with various OpenGL and OpenCL workloads compared to other NVIDIA and AMD hardware on the binary Linux drivers.
11:45 AM EDT - Graphics Cards - 47 Comments

Intel Pushes A Bunch Of Broadwell Code Into Coreboot

Intel Linux developers have landed a lot of Broadwell enablement code into Coreboot.
11:44 AM EDT - Intel - Broadwell Coreboot - 10 Comments

Open-Source Driver Fans Will Love NVIDIA's New OpenGL Demo

Those with a bit of humor will love the demo NVIDIA recently used for showing off their Nouveau-based open-source graphics driver stack on the Tegra K1 SoC.
09:49 AM EDT - NVIDIA - "Finger Demo" - 14 Comments

GHC 7.10.1 Brings New Compiler Features

Version 7.10.1 of the Glasgow Haskell Compiler (GHC) is now available as a major release for this open-source project.
09:20 AM EDT - Compiler - GHC 7.10 - 17 Comments

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