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FreeBSD 10.1 In Beta Ahead Of Planned Release Next Month

The first beta release of FreeBSD 10.1 is now available ahead of its planned official debut by the end of October.
5 Hours Ago - BSD - FreeBSD 10.1 - 1 Comment

RadeonSI Gallium3D-Nine Can Beat AMD Catalyst With Some Wine Tests

The out-of-tree Direct3D 9.0 state tracker for Mesa's Gallium3D continues to show much potential for allowing Wine-based games to better perform on Linux with the open-source Gallium3D drivers.
8 Hours Ago - Mesa - Gallium3D-Nine - 19 Comments

NVIDIA Maxwell GPU Support On Nouveau Still Requires More Work

While the Maxwell-based GTX 900 series graphics cards are rumored to be launching in the weeks ahead, the GTX 750 Maxwell graphics cards on the open-source "Nouveau" Linux driver still need some more work before they'll play nicely when not using NVIDIA's proprietary Linux driver.
8 Hours Ago - Nouveau - Maxwell - 4 Comments

The Meizu MX4 Phone With Ubuntu Is Expected To Be Out In December

Back in February we wrote about Ubuntu having two phone partners with plans to launch in 2014. Those partners were BQ and Meizu, with the latter Chinese brand at least now expecting to have a working Ubuntu Touch software stack in December to begin shipping their Unicorn-loaded phone.
9 Hours Ago - Hardware - Ubuntu MX4 - 7 Comments

Intel Core i7 5960X CPU Core Scaling Under Linux

With the Intel Core i7 5960X Haswell-E is an eight-core processor with Hyper Threading to yield sixteen logical threads, we're seeing how well this extreme Haswell processor really scales with modern open-source workloads as we benchmark the i7-5960X under Ubuntu Linux and see how the benchmarks scale with varying core counts.
11 Hours Ago - Processors - 7 Comments

These Stainless Steel Chilling Sticks Won't Cool What You Want

As some other cooling hardware coverage this weekend besides the Scythe Mugen MAX CPU heatsink review is a look at two stainless steel chilling sticks that promise to be handy, but in reality come up short.
10:00 AM EDT - Hardware - Beer Chiller - 15 Comments

Samsung Reportedly Designing Its Own GPU

Reports are coming out that Samsung for the past few years has been working on its own original graphics processor design.
09:25 AM EDT - Hardware - Samsung GPU - 14 Comments

KDE Frameworks 5.2.0 Released

On Friday the second update to KDE Frameworks 5 was released.
09:13 AM EDT - KDE - KF5.2 - 1 Comment

13 September

KDevelop 4.7 Has Changes For Cross-Compiling, Bzr Support & More

Developers behind the KDevelop integrated development environment have released their final major update prior to focusing their resources on KDevelop 5 that will be built atop Qt5 and KDE Frameworks 5.
06:41 PM EDT - KDE - KDevelop 4.7 - 3 Comments

Intel Haswell-ULT Graphics Don't Change Much With Linux 3.17, Mesa 10.4

The Linux 3.17 kernel that's currently under development does provide many new features overall but for those using the Intel HD Graphics of Haswell-ULT chips, there doesn't appear to be much in the way of any performance improvements and at least no regressions. Likewise, Mesa 10.4 isn't doing too much for the Haswell hardware on the matter of frame-rates.
12:25 PM EDT - Intel - Benchmarks

Scythe Mugen MAX

If you plan to buy an Intel Core i7 5960X Haswell-E or any other high-end processor, a good heatsink is needed especially if you plan to do any overclocking. In looking at a new cooling option today we're trying out the Scythe Mugen MAX.
09:50 AM EDT - Peripherals - 13 Comments

Running GCC 5 On Intel's Haswell-E i7-5960X

After comparing GCC 4.9 and LLVM Clang 3.5 as the latest stable compilers on the new Intel Core i7 5960X "Haswell-E" system, here's benchmarks of the thousand dollar processor with the in-development GCC 5.
08:12 AM EDT - Compiler - GCC 4.9 vs. GCC 5.0

Wayland Is Still In Ubuntu 14.10

While Canonical is putting all of its eggs with their Mir display server to fulfill their desktop convergence strategy and providing the next-generation Ubuntu display experience, Wayland isn't totally off-limits for users -- at least through Ubuntu 14.10.
04:10 AM EDT - Wayland - Packaging - 26 Comments

CompuLab's Intense-PC2 Is A Great Haswell-Based Mini Linux PC

Compared to most Linux PC vendors targeting consumers that are just selling re-branded white box systems with Linux preloaded, CompuLab continues to have an interesting set of original offerings that are Linux-friendly and built really well. The latest system we've had the pleasure of trying out is the Intense-PC2.
12:14 AM EDT - Hardware - Intense-PC2 - 6 Comments

12 September

For Now Intel's Beignet Seems Better Off Than Radeon Gallium3D Clover

While Intel's Beignet project for providing open-source OpenCL support for their hardware on Linux was widely criticized upon its debut for being a new project rather than basing the work on Gallium3D's "Clover" OpenCL state tracker, Beignet has matured much more quickly and for now at least seems to be better off than the Gallium3D OpenCL support.
03:36 PM EDT - Mesa - OpenCL - 27 Comments

X.Org Server 1.16 Lands Officially In Ubuntu 14.10

After writing earlier this week about a new AMD Catalyst driver paving the way for X Server 1.16 in Ubuntu 14.10, the updated packages have officially landed within the Ubuntu 14.10 "Utopic Unicorn" archive.
01:39 PM EDT - X.Org - X.Org Server 1.16 - 5 Comments

Spliet Spills More Nouveau Re-Clocking Patches

Roy Spliet has been one of the few open-source developers working to tackle re-clocking support for Nouveau so that this open-source, reverse-engineered NVIDIA Linux graphics driver can better perform. He's already published several sets of patches improving various bits of GPU re-clocking through this work that's being funded by the X.Org Foundation. Today he's published another patch series.
01:20 PM EDT - Nouveau - NVA3 - 4 Comments

Nouveau Lands A OpenGL 4.3 Feature & Fixes MPEG4 Video Decoding

The latest high profile work by prolific Nouveau contributor Ilia Mirkin is the landing of GL_ARB_texture_view for the NV50 and NVC0 Gallium3D drivers.
10:29 AM EDT - Mesa - ARB_texture_view

Wayland/Weston 1.6 RC2 Released

The final release candidate of Wayland 1.6 along with the Weston reference compositor is now available for testing with hopes of officially releasing this quarterly update next week.
09:52 AM EDT - Wayland - Wayland 1.6 - 10 Comments

AMD RadeonSI Gallium3D Performance For 4K Linux Gaming

While we routinely carry out Ultra HD (4K) Linux graphics/gaming benchmarks at Phoronix, it's generally been conducted with the proprietary NVIDIA and AMD graphics drivers since the open-source drivers traditionally have had a challenge on performance even at 1080p. However, thanks to the maturing open-source Radeon driver stack, it's possible with higher-end AMD graphics processors with the latest open-source Linux driver code to begin running at the 4K UHD resolution of 3840 x 2160.
07:00 AM EDT - Linux Gaming - 22 Comments

X.Org Server 1.17 Likely To Have Built-In KMS Modesetting Driver

Work is moving forward to land the generic, KMS-dependent mode-setting driver into the X.Org Server itself.
04:41 AM EDT - X.Org - xf86-video-modesetting - 15 Comments

Intel Skylake's MPX Is Closer To Providing Linux Memory Protection

Besides Intel publicly working on Skylake "Gen9" graphics support for Linux, Intel open-source developers are also working on other areas of Skylake hardware enablement for Linux. Work on supporting the Intel Memory Protection Extensions (MPX) that are new to the Skylake micro-architecture are still being revised for the Linux kernel and the many other operating system code-bases that need to be updated to work with this security feature.
02:55 AM EDT - Intel - Memory

Radeon DRM With Linux 3.18 To Support Concurrent Buffer Reads

Another Radeon DRM driver update pull request has been submitted to drm-next for merging in the Linux 3.18 kernel.
12:05 AM EDT - AMD - drm-next - 1 Comment

11 September

AXIOM Beta Open-Source Camera Moves Closer To Reality

The first digital cinema camera comprised of open-source software and open hardware is closer to becoming reality.
08:30 PM EDT - Hardware - AXIOM Beta - 10 Comments

CD-Sized Image Of BSD-Based TrueOS Released For Servers

In announcing their quarterly package updates that bring a wide assortment of improvements, the PC-BSD crew shared they managed to make a CD-sized image of their TrueOS server operating system.
07:00 PM EDT - BSD - TrueOS - 24 Comments

Fedora 21 Has Been Delayed Yet Again By Another Week

Another week with a F21 Alpha Go/No-Go meeting, another delay. We're now starting to wonder whether Fedora 21 final will make it out in 2014.
03:18 PM EDT - Fedora - Fedora 21 Alpha - 16 Comments

Running The Oibaf PPA On Ubuntu 14.10

While Ubuntu 14.10 is finally getting X.Org Server 1.16, it doesn't yet have Mesa 10.3 but that can be easily addressed via third-party packages.
02:54 PM EDT - Mesa - Ubuntu 14.10 - 12 Comments

Intel Finally Documents Broadwell's Compute Architecture

From the Intel Developer Forum this week in San Francisco Intel has finally published a white-paper covering their "Gen 8" compute architecture.
01:26 PM EDT - Intel - Broadwell Compute - 2 Comments

GCC 4.9 vs. LLVM Clang 3.5 On Intel's Haswell-E Platform Under Linux

With my Intel Core i7 5960X Haswell-E Linux review out there, one of the quick to be requested extra tests is benchmarking the i7-5960X 16-thread processor with LLVM/Clang against GCC. Here's some initial data comparing the compilers for this $1000+ processor.
12:45 PM EDT - Compiler - Compiler Battle - 11 Comments

Matrox Releases New Multi-Head PCI-E Graphics Cards

Matrox is out with new professional graphics cards in their new C-Series product line-up. These new graphics cards designed for driving multiple displays -- including a quad-output fan-less graphics card -- will be supported under Linux.
11:39 AM EDT - Hardware - Matrox C-Series - 17 Comments

Catalyst For X.Org Server 1.16 Readied, Updates In Ubuntu 14.10

Two months after the release of X.Org Server 1.16, AMD finally has readied a Catalyst Linux driver update that is compatible with the latest xorg-server ABI. This driver is being sent into the Ubuntu 14.10 archive and thus allowing the entire Linux graphics stack in Ubuntu 14.10 to finally be updated.
11:23 AM EDT - X.Org - X.Org Server 1.16 - 19 Comments

ZFS On Linux Is Called Stable & Production Ready

ZFS on Linux is now considered production-ready by one of the biggest contributors to the ZFSOnLinux project.
11:05 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - ZFSOnLinux - 24 Comments

Garry's Mod Is At 6 Million Copies Sold, Linux Sales At 28K

Garry Newman announced today that the popular Garry's Mod game has sold six million copies thus far.
11:03 AM EDT - Gaming - Garry's Mod - 10 Comments

Intel ILO Gallium3D Driver Sees New Improvements

For users of the unofficial Intel Gallium3D driver, ILO, it's been updated with some minor improvements.
10:45 AM EDT - Mesa - ILO Gallium3D - 8 Comments

Debian LTS Off To A Slow Start But Progressing

Earlier this year was the announcement of Debian to be handled with Long Term Support for the Squeeze, Wheezy, and Jessie releases. That LTS support is working but their initial funding is coming up less than desirable and there's still open issues.
10:10 AM EDT - Debian - Debian LTS - 11 Comments

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Is Getting Close To Launching On Linux

Valve is finally getting ready to bring Counter-Strike: Global Offensive to Linux!
09:32 AM EDT - Valve - CS: GO - 24 Comments

10 September

The Developers Leading Wayland This Year

With Wayland said to be shipping in millions of smart TVs, set-top boxes, IVI systems, and more, who are the top contributors to this modern display server technology? Here's a look at the top contributions in recent months to Wayland and its Weston reference compositor.
12:38 PM EDT - Wayland - Wayland/Weston - 13 Comments

Intel Publishes Initial Skylake Linux Graphics Support

While Intel's Skylake isn't arriving until the second half of 2015 as the successor to Broadwell, the Intel Open-Source Technology Center has already published their initial Linux enablement for Skylake with its HD Graphics "Gen 9" display hardware.
11:05 AM EDT - Intel - Skylake - 12 Comments

Red Hat Satellite 6 Takes Orbit

Red Hat today released version 6 of Red Hat Satellite, their server for advanced life-cycle management for RHEL infrastructure.
11:00 AM EDT - Red Hat - Red Hat Satellite 6

Intel Core i7 5960X Haswell-E On Linux

With the X99 burned-up motherboard problem of last week appearing to be behind us with no further issues when using a completely different X99 motherboard, here's the first extensive look at the Core i7 5960X Haswell-E processor running on Ubuntu Linux.
10:40 AM EDT - Processors - 18 Comments

GCC 5 Will Have Full Support For Intel's Cilk Plus

While GCC has had Cilk Plus multi-threading support since last year that made it into GCC 4.9, with the upcoming GCC 5 release will be full support for Intel's Cilk Plus specification.
08:49 AM EDT - Compiler - Cilk Plus - 2 Comments

9 September

FSF Issues Their Rebuttal To Apple's New iPhone, Watch & Apple Pay

John Sullivan, the Executive Director of the Free Software Foundation, has commented on Apple's much anticipated launch of the iPhone 6, Apple Pay, and the brand new product line: the Apple Watch.
09:36 PM EDT - GNU - Free Software Foundation - 72 Comments

GNOME Software 3.14 Will Work On Arch Linux With PackageKit

Those running GNOME on Arch Linux should be pleased that with the upcoming GNOME 3.14 release that the GNOME Software application should finally play well with PackageKit's Pacman back-end.
04:27 PM EDT - GNOME - GNOME Software - 21 Comments

Void Linux Drops Systemd & Switches To LibreSSL

Back in June of 2013 we covered Void Linux as a new rolling-release Linux distribution built from scratch but since then we haven't come across much Void Linux news until a few days ago when a Phoronix reader wrote in about the latest progress with this interesting Linux distribution.
03:54 PM EDT - Operating Systems - Void Linux - 48 Comments

Humble Indie Bundle 12 Launches To Some Excitement

The twelfth Humble Indie Bundle launched today with a large collection of games but sadly brings no new Linux ports to the table.
03:36 PM EDT - Gaming - HIB 12 - 22 Comments

Intel Affirms Plans To Set Sail Skylake In H2'2015

The Intel Developer Forum (IDF) is this week in San Francisco and during this morning's keynote was showing off a flip notebook based on Skylake, the successor to the yet-to-be-fully-released Broadwell.
03:00 PM EDT - Intel - IDF 2014 - 7 Comments

Intel's Core i7 5960X Is Fast & Wonderful Under Linux

After my first X99 motherboard burned up in a strange situation, since yesterday my Core i7 5960X Haswell-E system started working wonderfully with Linux after using a different motherboard. I've been hammering the system hard for the past day and no X99/i7-5960X issues have come about (albeit I've refrained from doing any overclocking or DDR4 tweaking yet) and this high-end $1000+ (USD) CPU is running great under Linux.
11:16 AM EDT - Intel - Core i7 5960X - 26 Comments

There's One Month Until XDC2014 In Bordeaux

Coming up in just one month is the annual developer's conference for X.Org, which also entails Mesa, Wayland, and other Linux graphics/input related projects.
10:28 AM EDT - X.Org - XDC2014 - 2 Comments

The Defunct Bitcoin SourceForge Project Was Hacked

The original SourceForge project site for Bitcoin has been compromised along with an original email address of Satoshi Nakamoto, the mysterious founder(s) of the project.
10:16 AM EDT - Free Software - Bitcoin SourceForge - 9 Comments

Rumors Of An Imminent Enlightenment E19 Release

There might be an E19 release real soon.
09:58 AM EDT - Desktop - E19 - 8 Comments

Intel 80GB 530 Series M.2 SSD On Linux

Our latest solid-state storage Linux benchmarking at Phoronix is looking at Intel's 530 Series SSD within the M.2 form factor.
09:40 AM EDT - Storage - 5 Comments

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