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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.
81 Minutes Ago - Fedora - Fedora 22 - 1 Comment

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.
3 Hours Ago - Gaming - SuperTuxKart - 23 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.
3 Hours Ago - GNOME - GDK Windows OpenGL - 2 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.
3 Hours Ago - Compiler - Compiler Benchmarks - 1 Comment

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.
5 Hours Ago - Hardware - 4K DP MST - 6 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.
5 Hours Ago - Gaming - Supertuxkart - 9 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.
5 Hours Ago - KDE - SuperX - 4 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.
6 Hours Ago - X.Org - xf86-video - 11 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.
6 Hours Ago - 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 - 12 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 - 6 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 - 38 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 - 50 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 - 7 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 - 115 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 - 37 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 - 2 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

12 December

Nautilus Ported To New GTK Widgets For GNOME 3.16

GNOME's file manager, Nautilus, is seeing some much needed love for the GNOME 3.15 development cycle ahead of GNOME 3.16 next March.
08:21 PM EST - GNOME - File Manager - 13 Comments

VDPAU H.264 Support Extended

The VDPAU API has been extended to accommodate H.264's Hi444PP profile.
04:49 PM EST - NVIDIA - H.264 Hi444PP - 1 Comment

Wine 1.7.33 Has DirectWrite & Direct3D Changes

The last bi-weekly Wine development release before Christmas is now out.
03:27 PM EST - WINE - Wine 1.7.33 - 6 Comments

Metro Redux Linux GPU/Driver Tests Are Coming

Metro 2033 Redux and Metro Last Light Redux launched for Linux yesterday at long last. The Metro Redux titles utilize OpenGL 4.x on Linux and I'm pleased to say they're in (mostly) good shape for automated benchmarking so that we'll be able to run some Phoronix Test Suite sanctioned performance tests of the Metro Redux games on Linux with varying GPUs and drivers.
03:02 PM EST - Gaming - Metro Redux - 8 Comments

Btrfs For Linux 3.19 Has Improved RAID 5/6 Support

Btrfs maintainer and Facebook employee Chris Mason sent in his Btrfs file-system updates for the Linux 3.19 merge window.
02:32 PM EST - Linux Kernel - Btrfs

Rust 1.0 Is Coming Next Year

The Rust Programming Language Blog has shared their plans for scheduling the Rust 1.0 release to happen next year.
11:54 AM EST - Compiler - Rust 1.0 - 20 Comments

12-Way AMD Catalyst 14.12 vs. NVIDIA 346 Series Linux GPU Comparison

With this week's release of the AMD Catalyst 14.12 driver that brings some Linux performance improvements (particularly for the Radeon R9 290 of the hardware we've tested thus far) and new features, here are some fresh benchmarks comparing twelve AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards when using the latest proprietary graphics drivers. On the AMD side was the Catalyst 14.12 Linux release while on the NVIDIA side was their new NVIDIA 346.22 Linux beta.
11:10 AM EST - Display Drivers - 18 Comments

Ruby Compiled With Clang Is Noticeably Faster Than GCC

While in our benchmark runs the performance of generated binaries between GCC and LLVM's Clang C/C++ compilers are generally quite close, there are exceptions. When it comes to real-world usage of Clang, most companies tend to just utilize Clang for now when producing debug builds due to its faster compile times and better diagnostics than GCC, but GCC still ends up getting used for producing release/production builds.
09:36 AM EST - Compiler - Clang'ed Ruby - 14 Comments

BlueZ 5.26 Taks Aim At Bluetooth 4.2 & Android 5.0

BlueZ, the Linux Bluetooth stack, boasts more features with today's release of version 5.26.
09:27 AM EST - Free Software - BlueZ

Linux 3.19 To Have Full Multi-Touch For More Logitech Devices

Jiri Kosina has lined up his HID subsystem changes for the Linux 3.19 kernel that include more multi-touch device work and other input improvements.
09:06 AM EST - Hardware - HID - 2 Comments

XFS Has Improvements To Look Forward To With Linux 3.19

One of the latest pull requests for the Linux 3.19 kernel is the XFS file-system changes.
08:59 AM EST - Linux Kernel - XFS - 2 Comments

KDE Frameworks 5.5.0 Released

Version 5.5 of the KDE Frameworks is out in time for the holidays.
08:50 AM EST - KDE - Frameworks 5.5 - 2 Comments

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