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LibreOffice Ported To 64-bit ARM (AArch64)

As more and more open-source programs get brought up for 64-bit ARM, LibreOffice is the latest to receive such AArch64 enablement.
4 Hours Ago - Free Software - AArch64 Office - 12 Comments

Intel Launches The Core i7 5960X, Mighty Powerful Haswell-E CPUs

This morning Intel is lifting the lid on their Intel Core i7 high-end desktop processors for the LGA 2011-v3 socket. This new CPU line-up is what's been referred to as Haswell-E. We are in the process of testing Intel's Core i7 5960X Haswell-E under Linux but for now here's an overview of the new hardware.
6 Hours Ago - Processors - 10 Comments

Enlightenment E19 RC3 Shows Off The New Wayland Compositor

The third release candidate to Enlightenment E19 is now available.
8 Hours Ago - Desktop - E19 - 6 Comments

Metro Redux Is Going To Require OpenGL 4.x On Linux

Metro Redux is on its way to Linux and it will require Linux gamers have OpenGL 4.x core support. For now this means that right off the bat the open-source Mesa/Gallium3D drivers are off-limits for the time being.
9 Hours Ago - Gaming - Metro Redux - 19 Comments

Haiku OS Gains Rudimentary Support For Haswell Graphics

Haiku, the open-source operating system that maintains compatibility with the defunct BeOS, now appears to have basic support for Haswell graphics.
9 Hours Ago - Operating Systems - Basic - 1 Comment

Jailhouse v0.1 Released As A Basic Hypervisor For Linux

Nearly one year ago we wrote about the announcement of Jailhouse as a new Linux hypervisor and after being in development all of this time they have announced their first release that comes with the necessary features to properly support Intel x86 CPUs.
9 Hours Ago - Linux Kernel - Jailhouse Hypervisor - 2 Comments

Google's Chromebook "Samus" Now Supported By Coreboot

As of today Google's upcoming "Samus" Chromebook is supported by Coreboot.
10 Hours Ago - Coreboot - Samus - 12 Comments

Quick Test: PHP 5.6 Against Facebook's HHVM

While PHP 5.6 was just released, Facebook's HHVM remains a competitive, alternative implementation that continues gaining new features and is being ruthlessly optimized by Facebook engineers.
10 Hours Ago - Compiler - Performance - 9 Comments

Chrome 38 Now In Beta With Exciting Advancements

Google released the Chrome 38 Beta on late Thursday and this newest web-browser version adds in support for new HTML and JavaScript features.
12:43 AM EDT - Google - Chrome 38 Beta - 8 Comments

Testing For The Latest Linux Kernel Power Regression

As I wrote about yesterday, there appears to be a new Linux kernel power regression that's yet to be solved by the latest Linux 3.17 code. The issue was originally tracked down to being a regression introduced during the Linux 3.15 stable cycle that disabled frame-buffer compression support by default for the Intel DRM graphics driver, but the impact it's had on the system power draw is much greater than what was anticipated by the Intel developers. A separate Intel employee is also reporting increased power draw, so I decided to run some tests on a few local systems to see what I'm encountering in the power consumption primarily between Linux 3.15 and 3.16.
12:00 AM EDT - Software - 8 Comments

28 August

Ubuntu's Utopic Unicorn 14.10 Beta 1 Released

Participating Ubuntu Linux flavors are doing their first beta releases today of the Utopic Unicorn, a.k.a. *buntu 14.10.
05:31 PM EDT - Ubuntu - Ubuntu 14.10 Beta 1 - 7 Comments

LLVM 3.5 RC4 Released

A fourth release candidate for LLVM 3.5 had to be issued today over running into a pesky issue that needed to be resolved.
05:02 PM EDT - Compiler - RC4 - 2 Comments

Genode OS 14.08 Has New GUI Architecture, Pluggable VFS

Version 14.08 of the Genode general purpose operating system is now available. Genode OS 14.08 brings with it a ton of changes but most pressing is the new GUI architecture.
03:21 PM EDT - Operating Systems - Genode OS 14.08

Another Intel Linux Power Regression Is Being Investigated

Power regressions are still easy to come by with the Linux kernel and other areas of the open-source stack... Multiple users have been reporting of a recent power increase on newer versions of the Linux kernel, which seem to track down to the Intel i915 DRM driver.
03:06 PM EDT - Intel - Regression - 6 Comments

DNF Makes It A Step Closer To Replacing Yum On Fedora

DNF 0.6.1 was released today and this updated open-source package manager picked up a few more features as it's still in pursuit of replacing Yum on Fedora systems.
02:48 PM EDT - Fedora - DNF 0.6.1 - 8 Comments

OS Battle: Linux Takes 1.7% Desktop Marketshare

We have another metric in showing a 1.7% Linux desktop market-share, which isn't far off from other figures we've seen in the past indicating Linux desktop usage at under 2%.
11:52 AM EDT - Free Software - Linux Desktop - 39 Comments

Checking On The Performance Of PHP 5.6

With this morning's release of PHP 5.6 I ran some quick PHP performance tests.
11:00 AM EDT - Compiler - PHP 5.6 - 5 Comments

The Most Energy Efficient Radeon GPU For AMD Linux Gaming

In continuation of yesterday's 20-Way Radeon Comparison With Open-Source Graphics For Steam On Linux Gaming, here's a look at the most (and least) energy efficient Radeon GPUs when running Steam games on Linux along with other OpenGL tests while using the very latest open-source graphics drivers.
09:50 AM EDT - Linux Gaming - 10 Comments

PHP 5.6 Officially Released With New Debugger

The PHP community this morning put out the awaited PHP 5.6 update that brings several language changes and other improvements to the popular web programming language.
08:41 AM EDT - Free Software - PHP 5.6.0

LibreOffice 4.3.1 Released

LibreOffice 4.3.1 (codenamed "Fresh") has been released ahead of the LibreOffice Conference next week in Bern, Switzerland.
08:30 AM EDT - Free Software - LibreOffice 4.3.1 - 2 Comments

Re-Clocking Your NVIDIA GPU With Nouveau On Linux 3.17

If you are trying to re-clock your NVIDIA GPU with the Nouveau driver when using the Linux 3.17 kernel, there's an extra step involved, but still your mileage may vary and the re-clocking is still mostly for Kepler GPUs.
05:54 AM EDT - Nouveau - Performance States - 4 Comments

Radeon DRM Queues More Changes, RV6xx UVD For Linux 3.18

With the DRM merge window for drm-next now closing earlier going forward than in past kernel releases, another Radeon DRM-Next pull request was already submitted for Linux 3.18.
03:34 AM EDT - AMD - drm-next - 2 Comments

27 August

Nouveau On Oibaf PPA Is Back To Running Well

For those following my Linux driver tribulations with constantly trying out and benchmarking the latest Git code for the Intel, Radeon, and NVIDIA/Nouveau drivers, the Nouveau screen corruption problem noted earlier this week has been resolved.
09:30 PM EDT - Nouveau - Artifacts - 3 Comments

Fedora 21 Will Try To Release Before Thanksgiving

Today was another FESCo meeting but fortunately no further Fedora 21 delay was announced today, but it could happen with the F21 alpha change deadline being today and the developers trying to get an approved build.
07:49 PM EDT - Fedora - US Thanksgiving - 7 Comments

Metro 2033 Redux Will Hopefully Hit Linux Real Soon

The Metro 2033 Redux game was released yesterday to US gamers and while we've known a Linux port was in the works it looks like its release isn't too far off.
04:38 PM EDT - Gaming - Metro 2033: Redux - 16 Comments

New Virtual Monitor Software Might End Up On Linux

An open-source project that's currently Windows-only allows for creating virtual computer monitors that are then rendered on an extra computer, tablet, or smart-phone as a secondary display. Making this different from other VNC-like programs is that the secondary system's monitor can be rendered to an HTML5 web-browser window. The developer behind this software is now working on bringing it to Linux.
02:39 PM EDT - X.Org - VirtualMonitor - 8 Comments

Company of Heroes 2 Might Be Coming Out For Linux

While last year developers on the Company of Heroes 2 game said a Linux port was unlikely, recent Steam activity indicates that a Linux port is likely in the works.
01:52 PM EDT - Gaming - Company of Heroes 2 - 4 Comments

NIR Still Being Discussed For Mesa, LLVM Gets Brought Up Again

Last week NIR was announced as a new intermediate representation for Mesa. Discussion around this new but experimental IR continues to happen among upstream developers while Mesa developers are back to discussing LLVM too.
01:37 PM EDT - Mesa - Mesa IR - 39 Comments

Plasma Active Is Mostly Ported To KDE Frameworks 5

With this year's Google Summer of Code over, Antonis Tsiapaliokas shared a status update concerning the state of KDE's Plasma Active being ported to KF5.
12:32 PM EDT - KDE - KF5 Plasma Active - 4 Comments

20-Way Radeon Comparison With Open-Source Graphics For Steam On Linux Gaming

When it comes to Linux gamers wanting a discrete graphics card backed by open-source drivers, the only solution right now to truly recommend for those serious about performance and making use of the hardware is really AMD Radeon graphics. While Nouveau has been making much progress, until re-clocking and other issues are worked out the performance can be unbearably slow depending upon the particular graphics processor or run into other problems. (Of course, when talking about proprietary graphics drivers on Linux, the story is entirely different, or if considering integrated Intel HD Graphics.) For those pursuing a AMD Radeon GPU for their own Steam Box/Machine build and hope to use the open-source Gallium3D drivers, here's some Steam on Linux gaming benchmarks from almost two dozen different GPUs.
09:30 AM EDT - Linux Gaming - 46 Comments

Google Chrome 37 Brings Many Security Fixes

Google released Chrome 37 as stable on Tuesday and with this update comes more fixes and other improvements.
08:01 AM EDT - Google - 50+ - 3 Comments

26 August

MenuetOS Updated With SMP Threads & Onscreen Keyboard

MenuetOS, the operating system written in Assembly and now primarily focused on 64-bit x86 systems and fits on a 1.5MB floppy disk image, is out with a new release.
07:04 PM EDT - Operating Systems - MenuetOS - 14 Comments

Mesa Has A New Release Manager

Mesa has a new release manager to allow the two existing managers from Intel's Open-Source Technology Center to get back to more driver wrangling rather than release wrangling.
04:31 PM EDT - Mesa - Switch-Up

Enlightenment E19 Lands Its New Wayland Compositor Code

Enlightenment fans can celebrate today that the big Enlightenment compositor work has been merged to mainline Enlightenment ahead of the upcoming E19 release.
04:20 PM EDT - Wayland - E19 - 25 Comments

Nouveau Turns Into A Mess In Latest Linux 3.17 + Mesa 10.3-dev Tests

This week I've been running a large open-source graphics card comparison using Mesa 10.3-devel and Linux 3.17 from Git. While the intentions were nice with featuring Intel/NVIDIA/AMD graphics, running several benchmarks of Steam / Source Engine games on Linux, and also measuring the power efficiency and thermal performance, the testing was cut short when it came to the Nouveau driver testing.
01:31 PM EDT - Nouveau - Crashes & Burns - 14 Comments

New GCC 5.0 Changes, Command-Line Options That Landed So Far

While we're just a few months into the GCC 4.10 release cycle that's going to be released as GCC 5, there's already some release notes forming for this 2015 open-source compiler update.
11:37 AM EDT - Compiler - GCC 5 - 18 Comments

AMD Radeon R9 290: Gallium3D vs. Catalyst Drivers

After yesterday delivering the first open-source benchmarks of the Radeon R9 290, here's the open-source driver (RadeonSI Gallium3D) vs. closed-source driver (Catalyst) Linux OpenGL benchmarks for this high-end AMD Hawaii graphics card.
09:08 AM EDT - Display Drivers - 21 Comments

SteamOS Update 133 Has Better Intel Performance, VA-API

Valve released this morning the 133 update to the SteamOS Alchemist Beta. With this update comes new packages and other updates.
09:02 AM EDT - Valve - SteamOS 133

DRM Graphics Changes For Linux 3.18 Might End Up Being Smaller

Handling merge requests for the DRM graphics driver updates will be done differently for the Linux 3.18 kernel, which will result in a few less weeks of development time.
01:57 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - DRM Cycle - 3 Comments

Ioquake3 Works On Finally Switching Over To SDL2

The ioquake3 open-source game engine derived from the id Tech 3 code-base is working to finally switch over to using SDL2 and ditching the old SDL 1.2 support.
12:09 AM EDT - Gaming - ioquake3 - 19 Comments

25 August

LXPanel 0.7.0 Brings Many Changes

While LXQt is making great progress, version 0.7 of the GTK-based LXPanel was released recently and it boasts a number of changes.
08:43 PM EDT - Desktop - LXPanel 0.7.0 - 7 Comments

Linux 3.17-rc2 Release Celebrates 23 Years Of Linux

Linus Torvalds released the Linux 3.17-rc2 kernel this afternoon in marking this day 23 years ago is when he announced the project.
07:15 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - Linux Birthday

Leadwerks Launches On Steam For Linux

The Leadwerks Game Engine has officially launched on Steam for Linux.
01:52 PM EDT - Gaming - Leadwerks - 12 Comments

The New Features Of Mesa 10.3

Mesa 10.3 is gearing up for its official release in the weeks ahead and with the code having already been branched here's a rundown of the many new features.
12:13 PM EDT - Mesa - Mesa 10.3 - 11 Comments

Enlightenment's EFL Gains A Wayland IVI Shell Support

Following last week's EFL 1.11 release, the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries are back under heavy development.
11:39 AM EDT - Wayland - IVI Shell - 2 Comments

KDE's KWin On Wayland Is Progressing For 5.1 Release

Martin Gräßlin shared that work on KDE's KWin window manager for supporting Wayland is back to happening at full-speed.
11:00 AM EDT - KDE - KWin 5.1 - 25 Comments

AMD Radeon R9 290 Open-Source Driver Works, But Has A Ways To Go

With the Linux 3.17 kernel, Mesa 10.3, and the newest Radeon microcode files, there's finally working Hawaii GPU support by AMD's open-source Linux graphics driver. The Radeon R9 290 series launched nearly one year ago and finally now the open-source driver is working right, so we've conducted some preliminary tests using the R9 290 compared to AMD's other Radeon GPUs on the open-source Linux driver.
10:29 AM EDT - Display Drivers - 10 Comments

Linux 3.17 Doesn't Boost Ivy Bridge Performance Numbers

Last week I ran some performance tests that found Sandy Bridge was faster with the Linux 3.17 kernel and these performance gains with the still in-development kernel extended beyond just graphics. Curious, I ran some tests this weekend to see whether Intel Ivy Bridge processors were also running faster with Linux 3.17 compared to Linux 3.16 stable.
10:18 AM EDT - Intel - Linux 3.17 - 4 Comments

Linux Turns 23 Years Old Today

It was on this day in 1991 that Linus Torvalds first announced his new operating system that would go on to become Linux.
08:50 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - Happy Birthday - 12 Comments

24 August

Open-Source AMD HSA Should Come To Fruition This Year

Back in July AMD published an open-source HSA kernel driver for Linux and since then they've put out more HSA Linux code so open-source Linux users can finally realize the benefits of AMD's Heterogeneous System Architecture on Kaveri APUs. By the end of 2014 it looks like it will finally be ready for Linux end-users.
11:27 AM EDT - AMD - HSA - 50 Comments

Running Ivy Bridge HD Graphics With Linux 3.16 + Mesa 10.3

Given our recent updated Sandy Bridge benchmarks on Linux, for those with Ivy Bridge processors curious how the HD Graphics are handling the latest Mesa and kernel, I have some updated benchmarks for you this Sunday.
11:00 AM EDT - Intel - Benchmarks - 7 Comments

AMD Releases UVD Video Decode Support For R600 GPUs

AMD has finally managed to publish open-source Unified Video Decoder (UVD) support for the original R600 graphics processors.
09:55 AM EDT - AMD - UVD - 125 Comments

Preview: OS X 10.10 Yosemite vs. Ubuntu Linux GPU Performance

At the request of many Phoronix readers, here's our first tests of Apple's OS X 10.10 "Yosemite" operating system as we see how the OpenGL performance compares between it and Ubuntu Linux with an updated kernel and Mesa.

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