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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.
6 Hours Ago - AMD - OpenCL Cycles - 11 Comments

Mesa 10.5.2 Packs In A Handful Of Fixes

Emil Velikov has pushed out a weekend update for stable Mesa users.
7 Hours Ago - Mesa - Mesa 10.5.2 - 1 Comment

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.
10 Hours Ago - 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 - 7 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 - 4 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 - 8 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 - 3 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 - 4 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 - 6 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 - 34 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" - 12 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 - 10 Comments

26 March

Ubuntu 15.04 Final Beta Released

Adam Conrad, on the behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team, tonight announced the final beta of the Ubuntu 15.04 "Vivid Vervet" release.
09:18 PM EDT - Ubuntu - Vivid Vervet - 4 Comments

Google's Dart 1.9 Brings More Async Programming

Google's Dart team has announced the release of Dart 1.9 today with new async and await support.
09:16 PM EDT - Google - Dart 1.9 - 20 Comments

Nuclide: Facebook's New Unified IDE

Facebook today announced Nuclide, its latest open-source project, which is an integrated development environment derived from GitHub's Atom editor.
09:05 PM EDT - Free Software - Nuclide - 9 Comments

Git 2.4.0-rc0 Does A Ton Of Polishing

An early preview release of Git 2.4 is now available but it doesn't add too many features as this cycle has organically found itself doing a ton of polishing and bug fixing.
06:01 PM EDT - Free Software - Git 2.4 - 1 Comment

The Most Common, Annoying Issue When Benchmarking Ubuntu On Many Systems

When constantly benchmarking dozens of systems daily in a fully-automated manner there's one issue particularly on Ubuntu that's proved over the past few months to be most annoying...
04:02 PM EDT - Hardware - Silly Booting Issue - 23 Comments

OS X 10.10 vs. Ubuntu 15.04 vs. Fedora 21 Tests: Linux Sweeps The Board

With having a new Apple Mac Mini in our testing labs this week, I ran some basic benchmarks comparing Mac OS X 10.10.2 to Ubuntu 15.04 to Fedora 21 in a few different configurations.

Mesa Is At Nearly 1,500 Commits This Year

With Q1'2015 quickly coming to an end, here's a look at the Mesa Git activity for the past few months.
11:40 AM EDT - Mesa - Mesa Activity - 10 Comments

Gestures & Other GTK3 Features For LibreOffice

The GTK3 port of LibreOffice is finally taking shape and gaining new functionality.
09:35 AM EDT - GNOME - GTK3 LibreOffice - 12 Comments

The Vulkan & SPIR-V Presentations From NVIDIA GTC 2015

The Vulkan, SPIR-V, and OpenCL 2.1 slides from last week's GPU Tech Conference are now online.
09:16 AM EDT - Standards - Khronos Updates @ GTC - 29 Comments

It's Now Easier To Try PHP 7 On Fedora & RHEL

For those interested in PHP 7, it's now easier to try out the development version of the next-generation PHP on Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux based operating systems.
09:08 AM EDT - Compiler - PHP 7 RPM - 6 Comments

BQ Is Cleaning Up Their Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Kernel

Last week we relayed the article by Carsten Munk of Jolla about the kernel of the BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Phone being a mess. Since then, it looks like BQ and Ubuntu developers have taken to cleaning up the kernel source tree.
08:46 AM EDT - Ubuntu - Kernel Mess

25 March

Allwinner Continues Jerking Around The Open-Source Community

While Allwinner has been caught violating the (L)GPL and resulted in obfuscating their code and playing around with their advertised licenses, now this ARM vendor is taking things a step further.
09:24 PM EDT - Hardware - Open-Source Jerks - 32 Comments

GLAMOR Starts Getting Improved For X.Org Server 1.18

Eric Anholt has called on the first pull request for the X.Org Server 1.18 merge window to improve the GLAMOR 2D acceleration code.
07:38 PM EDT - X.Org - GLAMOR Acceleration - 10 Comments

NVIDIA Linux 349.12 Beta Has Improved G-SYNC & VDPAU Features

NVIDIA just released their first beta Linux graphics driver in their new, short-lived 349.xx driver series.
01:39 PM EDT - NVIDIA - NVIDIA 349.12 Beta For Linux - 8 Comments

Canonical Just Made It Even Easier To Benchmark Ubuntu Linux In The Cloud

As some more exciting open-source benchmarking news this week besides the release of Phoronix Test Suite 5.6 and The New Place Where Linux And Other Open-Source Code Is Constantly Being Benchmarked (a.k.a. the new ~50 system upstream Linux benchmarking test farm complete with a bar), the barrier to entry for benchmarking Ubuntu in the Cloud is now even lower. It's becoming rather trivial to run Ubuntu Cloud benchmarks.
01:09 PM EDT - Ubuntu - Ubuntu Cloud Benchmarking - 4 Comments

NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X Linux Testing Time

Last week NVIDIA released the GeForce GTX TITAN X, their latest $999+ USD graphics card. This new graphics card packs 12GB of GDDR5 video memory and the Maxwell-based GPU is capable of 7 TFLOPS of single-precision compute power. Now it's time for some Linux benchmarks of this new high-end graphics card at Phoronix.
12:19 PM EDT - NVIDIA - GTX TITAN X On Linux - 15 Comments

GNOME 3.16 Released: It's Their Best Release Yet

Matthias Clasen just sent out the official release announcement for GNOME 3.16 a few minutes ago. Based upon my testing of the GNOME 3.16 development packages thus far, I'm very confident in calling it their best desktop release yet!
11:28 AM EDT - GNOME - GNOME 3.16.0 - 46 Comments

LibreOffice Online: A Cloud Version Of LibreOffice

Collabora and IceWarp are collaborating to create LibreOffice On-Line, a scalable, cloud-hostable version of LibreOffice for the web.
10:46 AM EDT - Free Software - LibreOffice Online - 20 Comments

The New Place Where Linux Code Is Constantly Being Benchmarked

It's close to 50 Linux systems initially in the new automated test farm that are doing nothing but benchmarking day-in and day-out of upstream, open-source code! I've spent over the past month and hundreds of hours building the new server room and after a lot of work, it's now back to being fully operational and churning out tons of Linux code being rigorously tested throughout the day in looking for performance regressions and other issues. Here's a look at the new environment: an open-source test farm that has a command-center-like screen and a bar.
10:27 AM EDT - Events - 26 Comments

AMDKFD Changes Queued For Linux 4.1 Kernel

Some Radeon DRM changes have already been queued for Linux 4.1 and now the AMDKFD HSA driver has its initial -next pull request for this next version of the Linux kernel.
09:12 AM EDT - AMD - AMDKFD For Linux 4.1

FFmpeg Enables H.265 Encoding For New NVIDIA GPUs

Since last year the NVIDIA Linux binary graphics driver has exposed the NVENC API for GPU-based video encode support. FFmpeg has supported NVENC for offloading the encode job to newer NVIDIA graphics processors and now they've extended that code to support H.265 encoding on the GPU.
09:05 AM EDT - Multimedia - NVENC H.265 - 5 Comments

More Of OpenGL DSA Is Now Working Within Mesa

More of Direct State Access from OpenGL 4.5 is now working within mainline Mesa!
08:56 AM EDT - Mesa - Direct State Access - 15 Comments

AMD FreeSync Support On Linux?

With this month's release of the Catalyst 15.3 Beta for Windows, FreeSync Technology support was added. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like any Linux support is imminent.
08:25 AM EDT - AMD - Unlikely, For Now - 53 Comments

24 March

QEMU 2.3 RC1 Released With Many Last Minute Changes

Following last week's QEMU 2.3-rc0 release, out today is 2.3-RC1 with over 100 changes in the past few days.
07:22 PM EDT - Virtualization - QEMU 2.3-RC1 - 3 Comments

Red Hat Is Rolling Out A VirtIO DRM/KMS GPU Driver

Red Hat has published a new KMS driver for the VirtIO GPU used within their Linux virtualization stack.
03:16 PM EDT - Red Hat - VirtIO DRM Driver - 5 Comments

Introducing The Library Operating System For Linux

Announced today on the Linux kernel mailing list was the Library Operating System (LibOS) for Linux.
01:16 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - LibOS - 20 Comments

18-GPU NVIDIA/AMD Linux Comparison Of BioShock: Infinite

Last week BioShock: Infinite was finally released for Steam on Linux. Following the premiere of that game for Linux, posted were the AMD Catalyst Linux results for this game followed by a preview of the AMD vs. NVIDIA graphics card results. For those curious about the performance of this game for a broader graphics card selection, here's the BioShock: Infinite results from eighteen different graphics cards while running this new Linux game.
12:00 PM EDT - Graphics Cards - 30 Comments

A Look At GNOME 3.16's High Contrast Theme

For making its desktop more accessible to users, GNOME 3.16 has improvements when it comes to its high contrast theme with the shell and toolkit both having received accessibility improvements this cycle.
10:26 AM EDT - GNOME - GNOME High Contrast - 1 Comment

Phoronix Test Suite 5.6 Adds New Phoromatic Enterprise Benchmarking Features

Phoronix Test Suite 5.6 was released today as the quarterly update to Phoronix Media's open-source, cross-platform benchmarking and automated testing software.
10:00 AM EDT - Software

Systemd Change Allows For Stateless Systems With Tmpfs

A change made to systemd yesterday is working on the stateless Linux systems feature.
09:31 AM EDT - systemd - Stateless Linux Systems - 60 Comments

The Many Changes Of Phoronix Test Suite 5.6

Version 5.6 of the Phoronix Test Suite is being released this morning.
09:03 AM EDT - Phoronix - PTS 5.6-Dedilovo

Epiphany 3.16 Improves The GNOME Web Browser

The Epiphany open-source web-browser has benefited from a number of changes ahead of tomorrow's GNOME 3.16 release.
08:27 AM EDT - GNOME - Epiphany Web Browser - 13 Comments

Pixar Puts Out Free, Non-Commercial Spin Of RenderMan

Pixar has made a free, non-commercial version of its RenderMan software available to the public.
07:59 AM EDT - Free Software - RenderMan Free - 13 Comments

Libinput 0.13 Changes The Tap Motion Threshold

Libinput 0.13 was released today as one of the final steps before Libinput 1.0.
07:52 AM EDT - Hardware - libinput - 3 Comments

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