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Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS Released

The first stable point release update to the Long Term Support Ubuntu 14.04 is now available.
39 Minutes Ago - Ubuntu - Ubuntu 14.04.1

Linux Developers Jump Quickly On ACPI 5.1, Helps Out ARM

Fresh off the release of ACPI 5.1 by the UEFI Forum, Linux developers are updating their support against this latest revision to the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface. In particular, ACPI 5.1 is supposed to help out ARM.
09:48 AM EDT - Hardware - ACPI 5.1 - 8 Comments

Pkg 1.3.0 Released To Improve Package Management On FreeBSD

After more than a half-year in development and working on tens of thousands of lines of code, Pkg 1.3.0 has been released by FreeBSD developers.
09:28 AM EDT - BSD - pkg 1.3.0 - 5 Comments

GOG.com Officially Starts Rolling Out Linux Games

GOG.com has officially started rolling out their Linux support and the first batch of Linux-compatible, DRM-free games are available today.
09:03 AM EDT - Gaming - GOG - 18 Comments

Fedora 21 Has Been Delayed By Three Weeks

Due to many of the Fedora 21 changes/features not being ready in time, the release schedule has been pushed back by three weeks.
12:50 AM EDT - Fedora - Fedora 21 - 7 Comments

Mono Begins To Focus On Performance, Assembles A Team

Miguel de Icaza shared that they're assembling a "Mono Performance Team" at Xamarin for accelerating the performance of Mono.
12:41 AM EDT - Free Software - Mono Performance Team - 2 Comments

IPv6 Improvements Hit NetworkManager

While NetworkManager has already supported the IPv6 protocol for some months now, several IPv6-related improvements were pushed to its code-base on Wednesday.
12:24 AM EDT - GNOME - IPv6 - 1 Comment

23 July

Oracle Linux 7 Released Today As Its RHEL7 Clone

In case you didn't hear already, Oracle announced the release of Oracle Linux 7 as the latest version of its Linux OS cloned from the open-source Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 code-base.
10:43 PM EDT - Oracle - Oracle Linux - 6 Comments

AMD R600g/RadeonSI Performance On Linux 3.16 With Mesa 10.3-devel

As the first part of an upcoming series of tests benchmarking the latest open-source and closed-source Linux graphics drivers for AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce hardware, here's some benchmark results for several recent Radeon GPUs when tested on the current Git version of the Linux 3.16 kernel and a recent Mesa 10.3-devel snapshot.
03:00 PM EDT - Display Drivers - 15 Comments

Unigine Develops City Traffic System, A Driving Simulator

While the Unigine Engine sadly hasn't fully rode the Linux gaming wave with there still being very few games powered by this visually stunning engine that has supported Linux for many years, they are at least finding commercial success in other areas -- namely around simulation and industrial licenses. One of the company's recent endeavors is with a driving simulator.
01:40 PM EDT - Gaming - Unigine Engine - 2 Comments

Intel 3.0 X.Org Driver Still Baking, New Development Release

Chris Wilson announced the release this morning of the xf86-video-intel 2.99.913 driver as the latest development version in the nearly year-long process of releasing xf86-video-intel 3.0.
11:59 AM EDT - Intel - xf86-video-intel 2.99.913 - 4 Comments

Eric Anholt Makes Progress With Broadcom VC4 Graphics Driver

One month ago Linux developer Eric Anholt left Intel to work at Broadcom. Eric, a long-time contributor to the open-source Linux graphics stack, is now tasked at Broadcom with developing a DRM driver and Mesa/Gallium3D driver for Broadcom's "VC4" graphics hardware, which is found within the Raspberry Pi.
10:56 AM EDT - Hardware - Raspberry Pi Driver - 8 Comments

Intel Is Getting Very Close To OpenGL 4.0/4.1/4.2 Mesa Support

As brought up in the discussion following yesterday's article about Intel adding BPTC support to their Mesa driver, several Phoronix readers are filled with happiness over Mesa nearly support not just for the OpenGL 4.0 specification but also OpenGL 4.1 and 4.2 aren't far out of reach.
09:49 AM EDT - Mesa - Mesa 11.0? - 41 Comments

ownCloud 7 Brings Server-To-Server Sharing

The seventh version of ownCloud has been released this morning with some interesting new features for this personal, open-source cloud software.
09:46 AM EDT - Free Software - ownCloud - 4 Comments

Valve Is Still Hiring For SteamOS, Linux Work

Valve has been poaching Linux developers for years and there's no sign of them slowing down, but in fact are still hiring.
09:33 AM EDT - Valve - SteamOS - 14 Comments

Users Warned About Possible Regressions With DRI3

Users of Fedora 21/Rawhide, Arch Linux, or other bleeding edge distributions where DRI3 is in play with the Intel Linux graphics driver, be forewarned about possible regressions.
08:41 AM EDT - Fedora - Direct Rendering Infrastructure 3 - 3 Comments

GNOME Shell Gets Wayland HiDPI Fonts, Mutter Gets Touch Gestures

New releases of the GNOME Shell and Mutter are available today in preparation for the GNOME 3.13.4 development milestone this week.
07:30 AM EDT - Wayland - GNOME 3.13.4

BPTC Texture Compression Comes To Nouveau After Intel's Work

Just hours after Intel added BPTC texture compression support to Mesa and their DRI driver, frequent Nouveau contributor Ilia Mirkin added BPTC support to Gallium3D and wired it up for the "NVC0" Fermi/Kepler Gallium3D open-source NVIDIA driver.
07:16 AM EDT - Mesa - ARB_texture_compression_bptc - 3 Comments

Development Continues For Supporting EXT4 On NVDIMMs

The large set of 22 patches for supporting the EXT4 file-system on non-volatile DIMM memory is now up to its eighth revision.
04:51 AM EDT - Free Software - NVDIMM - 6 Comments

Libinput 0.5 Improves Pointer Acceleration, Adds A Configuration API

Libinput, the input library designed for use by Wayland compositors and other environments for having common input device handling on Linux, is out with a significant update.
02:47 AM EDT - Wayland - libinput - 4 Comments

QEMU 2.1.0-rc3 Has More Bug Fixes

If all goes according to plan the QEMU 2.1 release will happen next week but before that can happen some last-minute testing is encouraged with the new release of QEMU 2.1-rc3.
01:11 AM EDT - Virtualization - QEMU 2.1

Linux 3.17 To Fix Up ASPM, Bring Other PCI Changes

Bjorn Helgaas, the PCI subsystem maintainer for the Linux kernel, sent in a very early Linux 3.17 kernel merge window pull request due to being on holiday the next few weeks.
12:26 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - PCI Changes - 1 Comment

22 July

CPUFreq Ondemand Could Be Faster, Use Less Power With Linux 3.17

Improvements to the CPUfreq ondemand governor could lead to faster performance in low to medium workloads with the Linux 3.17 kernel while also consuming less power overall.
08:11 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - CPUfreq - 14 Comments

Intel Adds BPTC Texture Compression To Their Mesa Driver

Intel has introduced BPTC texture compression support to Mesa and specifically their Intel HD Graphics driver along with the Mesa software rasterizer.
04:10 PM EDT - Intel - BPTC - 14 Comments

KVM Benchmarks On Ubuntu 14.10

For those wondering about the modern performance cost of using KVM on Ubuntu Linux for virtualizing a guest OS, here are some simple benchmarks comparing Ubuntu 14.10 in its current development stage with the Linux 3.16 versus running the same software stack while virtualized with KVM and using virt-manager.
12:30 PM EDT - Software - 8 Comments

The Linux Kernel Bang-Bang Thermal Governor Is Banging

Work is still underway on the new "Bang-bang" thermal governor for the Linux kernel.
11:31 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - Bang-Bang

NVIDIA Releases K1-Powered Shield Tablet & Controller

NVIDIA announced this morning their new Shield Tablet and Shield Controller. The new Shield Tablet is a $299 Android tablet that's great for gaming and is mighty powerful with using the Tegra K1 SoC.
10:25 AM EDT - NVIDIA - Shield Tablet - 18 Comments

Xen Project Announces Mirage OS 2.0

The Xen Project has announced the release of Mirage OS 2.0, which they describe as "the industry's first software framework that unifies cloud and embedded deployments behind a safe, secure programming language, allowing developers to seamlessly build systems that span both embedded devices and public cloud services."
10:15 AM EDT - Virtualization - Mirage OS

Canonical Community Team Changes Announced For Ubuntu

With Jono Bacon having recently left Canonical where he served as the Ubuntu Community Manager, Canonical has made some changes to its community team.
10:00 AM EDT - Ubuntu - Ubuntu Community - 1 Comment

Raspberry Pi B+ ARM Debian Benchmarks

Available from OpenBenchmarking.org are some tests of the brand new Raspberry Pi B+ ARM system.
09:26 AM EDT - Hardware - Raspberry Pi B+ - 8 Comments

Mozilla Unleashes Firefox 31 Web Browser

The Firefox 31 web-browser is out this morning with new features.
09:15 AM EDT - Mozilla - Firefox 31 - 28 Comments

21 July

GCC 5.0 Is Expected Next Year

GNU Compiler Collection developers are beginning to come to a consensus that GCC 5.0 will be released in 2015.
07:44 PM EDT - Compiler - GCC 5.0 - 18 Comments

PHP5's Successor Might Be PHP7

PHP developers are currently debating whether the next-generation version of the PHP programming language is to be known as PHP 6 or PHP 7.
04:06 PM EDT - Free Software - PHP6 vs. PHP7 - 30 Comments

AMD "Hawaii" Open-Source GPU Acceleration Still Not Working Right

Back in May I wrote about how AMD's open-source support for Hawaii was broken months after the Radeon R9 290 series was introduced... Fast forward to today, the AMD Hawaii open-source support is still broken.
03:49 PM EDT - AMD - Hawaii - 92 Comments

AMDKFD Driver Still Evolving For Open-Source HSA On Linux

Earlier this month AMD published an open-source HSA Linux driver for exploiting the potential of their much-promoted Heterogeneous System Architecture. This driver, now known as the "AMDKFD" driver, is up to its second revision and continues being analyzed by developers on the mailing list.
03:08 PM EDT - AMD - AMDKFD - 3 Comments

GStreamer 1.4.0 Released; OpenGL Improvements, New Features

Sebastian Dröge has announced the immediate release of the GStreamer 1.4 stable series that adds on new features over the existing GStreamer 1.x stable branches while still keeping up to its promise of 1.x API/ABI stability.
12:46 PM EDT - GNOME - GStreamer 1.4 - 3 Comments

New Intel GLAMOR Code Is Taking Shape & Running Fast

Aside from upstream work to the GLAMOR acceleration code itself that's now part of the X.Org Server, Keith Packard has been working on the GLAMOR hook-up for the xf86-video-intel DDX driver.
10:23 AM EDT - Intel - GLAMOR - 14 Comments

LLVM 3.5 Gets A Tentative Release Date

We've known for a while that LLVM 3.5 has been under plans for a release in August now with just being days away from the start of the month, we have a better idea for the release schedule.
10:12 AM EDT - Compiler - LLVM 3.5 - 1 Comment

EFF Aims To Launch An Open Wireless Router

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is today announcing a new Open Wireless Router initiative today at the HOPE X conference.
10:00 AM EDT - Hardware - CeroWRT - 39 Comments

Linux 3.16-rc6 Kernel Released

Linus Torvalds has went ahead and done his usual weekly release candidate update to the latest in-development Linux kernel.
12:20 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - Linux 3.16-rc6

20 July

It's Now Made Easier Porting Jolla's Sailfish OS To New Android Phones

This week Jolla has finally released their Hardware Adaptation Dev Kit (HADK) publicly to make it easier for enthusiasts/developers to port the Sailfish OS platform to new Android smart-phones.
06:08 PM EDT - Free Software - HADK - 14 Comments

MP Counters In Prototype Stage For Nouveau NV50

Samuel Pitoiset has shared another blog post on his excellent work for reverse-engineering NVIDIA hardware performance counters and implementing the functionality within the open-source Nouveau driver.
09:39 AM EDT - Nouveau - NV50 MP

The DragonBox Pyra Moves Closer As OpenPandora Successor

Michael Mozrek gave a presentation recently about his work as the project lead on the DragonBox Pyra, the slated replacement to the Open Pandora handheld Linux game system.
09:31 AM EDT - Hardware - DragonBox Pyra - 19 Comments

Plasma Active Continues Coming For Qt5/KF5

Being done as part of a Google Summer of Code project this year is porting KDE's Plasma Active to their newer technology stack.
09:03 AM EDT - KDE - KDE Frameworks 5 - 9 Comments

Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Beta Update Now Uses SDL2

A new beta update to Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition is now out.
08:51 AM EDT - Gaming - DN3D Megaton - 2 Comments

19 July

Leadwerks: Blender Exporter, Steam For Linux Coming

There's another update out for the Leadwerks Game Engine on Linux.
03:23 PM EDT - Gaming - Leadwerks - 3 Comments

VA-API Adds Support For VP8 Video Encoding

Intel developers have added support for VP8 video encoding to the open-source Video Acceleration API.
09:17 AM EDT - Intel - Video Acceleration API - 9 Comments

SteamOS Update 123 Fixes Multiple Reboots, The Compositor

Valve pushed down the SteamOS update 123 to their Alchemist Beta channel this week.
09:05 AM EDT - Valve - SteamOS 123 - 2 Comments

GCC Code Gets Updated For Go 1.3 Language

Released the middle of last month was Google's Go 1.3 programming language. Updated Go 1.3 code is now landing within the GNU Compiler Collection.
08:39 AM EDT - Compiler - Go 1.3

MicroXwin Creators Have A PC That Runs Debian & Android Together

The company behind MicroXwin, a kernel-based X Windows implementation that claims to be the smallest and fastest X implementation, has come up with a unified Linux distribution that runs Android and Debian/Ubuntu applications simultaneously.
08:25 AM EDT - Hardware - Debian + Android - 15 Comments

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