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IMP Launches As Another Open-Source Computer Attempt

"Open-source computers" seem to be the latest promoted concept up for funding on popular crowd-funding sites.
2 Hours Ago - Hardware - IMP - 1 Comment

Git 2.2.0 Released With 550+ Changes

Junio Hamano released Git 2.2.0 this evening with more than 550 changes from seventy-seven contributors since the Git 2.1 release.
3 Hours Ago - Free Software - Git 2.2

GNOME 3.15.2 Released

The second GNOME 3.15 development release is now available ahead of GNOME 3.16 next March.
3 Hours Ago - GNOME - GNOME 3.15 - 1 Comment

Quantum OS Aims For A Linux Desktop With QML, Wayland & Material Design

Quantum OS (formerly known as Quartz OS for a brief time) is a new Linux distribution mostly focused around providing a clean, very attractive desktop experience. This latest Linux desktop project is focused on providing a Qt5-based desktop that complies with Google's Material Design concepts.
7 Hours Ago - Desktop - Quantum OS - 11 Comments

New Open-Source, Linux Benchmarks To Feast On

There's some new test profiles to exploit for your next round of open-source, Linux testing.
8 Hours Ago - Phoronix - Thanksgiving Benchmarking - 2 Comments

FreeBSD Plans For The Next Ten Years

Jordan Hubbard, the co-founder of FreeBSD and CTO of iXsystems, gave a talk at this month's MeetBSD California 2014 conference about the next ten years of FreeBSD.
9 Hours Ago - BSD - FreeBSD Video - 19 Comments

Mesa Git Yields Performance Improvements For Newer AMD GPUs

Earlier this week I published some benchmark results showing Mesa 10.5-devel delivering Intel performance changes compared to Mesa 10.3 as found in Ubuntu 14.10. The next logical step to this testing is looking at the AMD Radeon graphics results for the R600g and RadeonSI drivers using multiple graphics cards while seeing what the open-source Radeon Linux driver has to offer if upgrading past what's shipped in Ubuntu 14.10 and other recent Linux distribution releases.
08:39 AM EST - Display Drivers - 28 Comments

Qt 5.4 Planned For Release On 9 December

As a continuation of yesterday's story about the Qt 5.4 release candidate being expected later this week, The Qt Company has now expressed their plans for a final release date.
07:20 AM EST - Qt - Qt 5.4.0 - 2 Comments

25 November

Meizu's Ubuntu Phone Not Expected Until Early Next Year

While we heard Meizu would launch an Ubuntu Phone in December, it looks like the first Meizu phone preloaded with Ubuntu's mobile offering will not be released until early next year.
11:28 PM EST - Ubuntu - Ubuntu Phone Delays - 14 Comments

DragonFlyBSD 4.0 Drops i386 Support, Improves Graphics

The much anticipated release of DragonFlyBSD 4.0 is now available.
10:09 PM EST - BSD - DragonFlyBSD 4 - 3 Comments

Expensive "Free/Libre Software Laptop" Uses A NVIDIA GPU

While there's been an ongoing discussion this week about delivering a $500 "open to the core" laptop that runs Ubuntu Linux and would be comprised of open-source software down to the firmware and Coreboot, announced last week was a high-end laptop that also aims to promote free/libre software. Though don't get out your wallets quite yet.
06:35 PM EST - Hardware - Librem - 36 Comments

QEMU 2.2-rc3 Released, Final Release Pushed Back By Couple Days

QEMU 2.2-rc3 was released today but there's still a few release-critical bugs that will warrant an unscheduled release candidate and thus push back the official QEMU 2.2 version, hopefully only by a few days.
06:10 PM EST - Virtualization - QEMU 2.2-RC3

64-bit ARM FreeBSD Support Is Taking Shape

While Linux/Android on AArch64 is what's usually talked about, FreeBSD developers continue making progress on porting their kernel to 64-bit ARM.
05:51 PM EST - BSD - AArch64

Apple OS X 10.10 vs. Ubuntu 14.10 Performance

While I delivered some OS X 10.10 Yosemite preview benchmarks back in August, here's my first tests of the official release of Apple OS X 10.10.1 compared to Ubuntu 14.10 Linux. Tests were done of OS X 10.9.5 and OS X 10.10.1 against Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn when running the benchmarks under both GCC and LLVM Clang compilers.

GCW Zero Starts Seeing New Game Releases

The Kickstarter-funded GCW Zero open-source gaming handheld console is finally starting to see more games out there for those that backed the device last year.
09:15 AM EST - Gaming - GCW Zero - 10 Comments

Intel's Cherry Trail Delayed To Next Year

While we've been quite excited to get our hands on Cherry Trail hardware after the great encounters with Bay Trail on Linux, it looks like we'll be waiting a few more months.
09:01 AM EST - Intel - Cherry Trail - 10 Comments

Bq Introduces More Android Devices, But Still No Ubuntu Phones

Bq held a media event today where many were hoping the first Ubuntu Phone would be officially unveiled, but that was not the case with Ubuntu receiving no mentions during the event.
08:46 AM EST - Hardware - Bq - 1 Comment

Qt 5.4 Release Candidate Expected Later This Week

The first release candidate to the Qt 5.4 tool-kit is expected later this week while out today are some preliminary test packages.
08:21 AM EST - Qt - Qt 5.4

24 November

Lipki's Phoromatic Now Supports WoL / System Power Controls

More exciting code continues to be pushed into the Phoronix Test Suite 5.4-Lipki Git repository ahead of its planned stable debut next week.
09:09 PM EST - Phoronix - Phoronix Test Suite 5.4

ArrayFire Accelerated Compute Library Open-Sourced

The ArrayFire GPU compute library that allows for simplified GPU computing via targeting its own optimized library and API for GPGPU kernel generation than writing your own CUDA/OpenCL kernels, has been open-sourced.
04:57 PM EST - Free Software - ArrayFire - 16 Comments

Amazon's Fire TV Stick: A Nice, Affordable Media Center Option

Last week Amazon started shipping their new Fire TV Stick device to compete with the likes of Google's Chromecast. I've been trying out the Fire TV Stick since its launch date last week and have been happy with the device, especially considering its low cost.
02:17 PM EST - Hardware - Fire TV Stick - 5 Comments

Google Puts Chrome NPAPI Support On Final Countdown

Google is moving towards the final steps in eliminating Netscape Plugin Application Programming Interface (NPAPI) plug-in support from the Chrome/Chromium web browser.
01:32 PM EST - Google - NPAPI - 17 Comments

Mesa 10.5-devel Brings Some Intel Haswell HD Graphics Changes Over Mesa 10.3

With Mesa 10.4 having recently been branched and Mesa 10.5-devel now the version for Mesa Git master, here's some benchmarks comparing the performance of the latest Git code compared to Mesa 10.3.0 as shipped in Ubuntu 14.10.
12:15 PM EST - Display Drivers - 10 Comments

There's New In-Fighting Over The Future Of Compiz

Unless you're a user of Ubuntu with Unity 7, you probably haven't heard much about Compiz in quite some time. However, some developers are looking to further revive its development but not everyone is in agreement.
09:06 AM EST - Desktop - Compiz 0.8 - 27 Comments

GTK+ Inspector Gains More Features Ahead Of GNOME 3.16

For those doing much development in GTK+, the GtkInspector integrated debugger continues making much progress and will offer a wealth of more development and debug capabilities with GNOME 3.16.
08:36 AM EST - GNOME - GtkInspector - 5 Comments

Clang 3.6 Will Hopefully Have OpenMP Support

OpenMP support within LLVM/Clang has been a long time coming but hopefully for the next release -- LLVM 3.6 -- there could finally be out-of-the-box Clang OpenMP support.
08:30 AM EST - Compiler - Clang-OMP

A Go Front-End Could Soon Be Landing In LLVM

The "llgo" Go front-end to LLVM could soon be accepted as a new sub-project. This Go front-end is written in the Go language itself.
08:01 AM EST - Compiler - LLGO - 9 Comments

Grep 2.21 Brings Performance Improvements

Grep 2.21 has been released and represents nearly a half-year worth of improvements to this commonly used GNU utility.
07:42 AM EST - GNU - grep - 8 Comments

23 November

Linux 3.18-rc6 Released, A Worrisome Regression Remains

Linus Torvalds put out his usual weekly release candidate to the Linux 3.18 kernel.
07:43 PM EST - Linux Kernel - Linux 3.18-rc6 - 16 Comments

HandBrake 0.10 Brings H.265 & VP8 Encoders

Version 0.10 of the HandBrake open-source video transcoder has been released.
06:34 PM EST - Free Software - QuickSync Too - 5 Comments

Gngr: A New Web Browser Focused On Privacy

A group of developers have started writing their own open-source web browser that primarily is designed to increase web privacy and greater security.
01:36 PM EST - Free Software - Gngr - 30 Comments

22 November

Linux 3.18 Kernel: Not Much Change With Intel Haswell Performance

For those wondering whether there will be any exciting improvements with the Intel DRM graphics driver in the Linux 3.18 kernel, here's some OpenGL performance benchmarks.
09:05 PM EST - Intel - HD Graphics - 2 Comments

More File-System Tests Of The Linux 3.18 Kernel

Earlier this week on Phoronix I posted benchmarks indicating potential block/file-system performance regressions using the Linux 3.18 kernel. Since then I've been carrying out more tests looking for any file-system performance problems on other hardware.
09:14 AM EST - Linux Kernel - File-System Benchmarks - 14 Comments

Using NVIDIA's NVENC On Linux With FFmpeg

With the new NVIDIA 346 Linux driver series NVENC support was made available for accelerated video encoding support under Linux.
08:58 AM EST - NVIDIA - FFmpeg - 23 Comments

There's Talk Again About An "Open To The Core" Ubuntu Laptop

Given the recent crowdfunding success around the Jolla Tablet, there's talk again about crowdfunding a truly open-source laptop that's running Ubuntu and would be priced around $500 USD.
08:32 AM EST - Hardware - $500 Ubuntu Laptop - 48 Comments

PowerVR SGX Driver Code Gets Leaked

Luc Verhaegen has out a new blog post about Imagination's PowerVR SGX user-space driver source code and the microcode source also getting leaked. However, don't get too excited.
07:38 AM EST - Hardware - PowerVR - 23 Comments

21 November

V2 Of KDBUS Published For Linux Kernel Review

The second revision to the Linux kernel based D-Bus implementation is now available for review.
03:45 PM EST - Linux Kernel - KDBUS - 15 Comments

VirtualBox 4.3.20 Arrives, Still No Sign Of VirtualBox 4.4

The Oracle VirtualBox team in Germany released the v4.3.20 update today.
01:42 PM EST - Virtualization - VirtualBox - 24 Comments

NVIDIA vs. Nouveau Drivers With Linux 3.18 + Mesa 10.4-devel

As a continuation of the Is The Open-Source NVIDIA Driver Fast Enough For Steam On Linux Gaming? article from earlier this week, here's the results of the latest NVIDIA Linux proprietary graphics driver compared to the Linux 3.18 + Mesa 10.4-devel graphics driver stack when running two of Valve's most popular Steam on Linux gamers.
09:56 AM EST - Display Drivers - 18 Comments

Scientific Linux 6.6 vs. Scientific Linux 7.0 Benchmarks

Scientific Linux 6.6 vs. Scientific Linux 7.0, which of these Red Hat Enterprise Linux derived distributions are faster? Here's some benchmark results from a ten-core Xeon system.
08:03 AM EST - Operating Systems - Enterprise Linux 7 - 1 Comment

Qualcomm Looks To Get Into The ARM Server Business

While Qualcomm is still dominating in the mobile phone chip world as the largest supplier of SoCs for smartphones, the company has ambitions of getting into the server market.
07:54 AM EST - Hardware - Qualcomm Servers - 10 Comments

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