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Features Of The Linux 3.18 Kernel

With Linux 3.18-rc1 arriving one week early I didn't have a chance to write a feature overview of Linux 3.18 prior to this first development release that marked the close of the merge window. For those that didn't stay up to date with our dozens of Linux 3.18 kernel articles about changes and new features, here's a concise overview.
2 Hours Ago - Linux Kernel - Linux 3.18

Automatic Feedback Directed Optimizer Merged Into GCC

The latest merged feature for next year's GCC 5 compiler release is AutoFDO support!
4 Hours Ago - Compiler - GCC AutoFDO

21 October

Debian Now Defaults To Xfce On Non-x86 Desktops

Back in September Debian switched back to the GNOME desktop by default in place of Xfce for the upcoming Debian 8.0 "Jessie" release. However, as of today, the non-x86 versions of Debian have flip-flopped once again back to Xfce.
7 Hours Ago - Debian - Xfce vs. GNOME - 8 Comments

Phoenix Is Trying To Be An Open Version Of Apple's Swift

Apple unveiled the Swift programming language at this year's WWDC event but sadly it's still not clear whether Apple will "open up" the language to let it appear on non-Apple platforms. Swift is built atop LLVM and designed to be Apple's successor to Objective-C in many regards while suppoorting C/Obj-C/Obj-C++ all within a single program. With non-Apple folks being interested in the language, it didn't take long before an open-source project started up around it.
10 Hours Ago - Compiler - Swift Language - 12 Comments

Facebook's Hack Language Making Progress To Advance PHP

Earlier this year Facebook launched the Hack language powered by their HipHop Virtual Machine (HHVM) and being based off PHP. Good progress is being made on enhancing the language with interest in the project continuing to grow inside and outside of Facebook.
02:27 PM EDT - Compiler - Hack - 5 Comments

Linux 3.19 To Have Skylake Graphics, PPGTT Enablement

Now that Linux 3.18-rc1 is out, Intel's Open-Source Technology Center developers responsible for their graphics driver work have begun submitting their changes to drm-next for landing with Linux 3.19.
02:07 PM EDT - Intel - Intel DRM-Next - 2 Comments

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 Offers Great Linux Performance

Since last month's Linux review of the GeForce GTX 980 as NVIDIA's newest high-end GPU powered by their Maxwell architecture, many Phoronix readers have been requesting Ubuntu Linux tests of the GTX 970 too. I've now got my hands on an EVGA GeForce GTX 970 and am putting it through its paces today.
11:20 AM EDT - Graphics Cards - 12 Comments

Ubuntu 16.04 Might Be The Distribution's Last 32-Bit Release

Ubuntu contributor Bryan Quigley is considering a proposal to make Ubuntu 16.04 LTS the last release of Ubuntu with 32-bit installation images.
09:19 AM EDT - Ubuntu - Ubuntu 32-bit - 44 Comments

Imagination Releases Full ISA Documentation For PowerVR Rogue GPUs

Imagination Technologies released the PowerVR SDK v3.4 this morning and while it may not sound too interesting for most Phoronix readers, it's a very interesting release in that for the first time they are providing full instruction set documentation for their latest PowerVR GPUs.
08:47 AM EDT - Hardware - Rogue - 14 Comments

Features GNOME Developers Want In The Linux Kernel

Made into a concise list is a number of features that GNOME developers want to see landed within the Linux kernel, in hopes of kernel developers eventually tackling these wish list features that could help not only GNOME but other desktops too.
08:38 AM EDT - GNOME - Feature Requests - 9 Comments

GTK+ Gains Experimental Overlay Scrollbars

Matthias Clasen has added overlay scrollbars to the GTK+ tool-kit as a new, experimental feature.
08:24 AM EDT - GNOME - Overlay Scrollbars - 11 Comments

20 October

Phoronix Test Suite 5.4 M3 Is Another Hearty Update

The latest development version of Phoronix Test Suite 5.4-Lipki is available this Monday night.
10:15 PM EDT - Phoronix - Milestone 3 - 2 Comments

GParted 0.20 Improves Btrfs Support

For those in need of open-source file-system/partition management, the wonderful GParted program has been updated to v0.20.0.
08:27 PM EDT - Free Software - GParted 0.20 - 8 Comments

EXT4 In Linux 3.18 Has Clean-ups, Bug Fixes

With Linux 3.18-rc1 having came one week early, the EXT4 file-system pull request didn't end up landing until today. However, the EXT4 changes aren't overly exciting for the 3.18 merge window.
06:11 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - EXT4 - 3 Comments

Emacs 24.4 Has Built-In Web Browser, Improved Multi-Monitor Support

A new release of Emacs is out today and it's quite a big update with new functionality for this popular and extensible text editor.
05:39 PM EDT - GNU - Emacs 24.4 - 21 Comments

Debian 7.7 Released With Various Bug-Fixes

While some are busy debating whether Debian should be forked, the upstream Debian release team is moving forward and has announced the stable release of Debian 7.7.
03:15 PM EDT - Debian - Debian 7.7

NVIDIA's NVPTX Support For GCC Is Close To Being Merged

The NVPTX back-end code for GCC that's going to allow OpenACC 2.0 offloading support for NVIDIA GPUs with GCC is close to materializing within the mainline code-base.
11:50 AM EDT - NVIDIA - NVPTX - 7 Comments

KDE's KWin On Wayland Begins Using Libinput

Martin Gräßlin has shared that as of today the libinput support has been integrated into KDE's KWin Wayland code.
10:39 AM EDT - KDE - KWin libinput - 6 Comments

Khronos Releases OpenVX 1.0 Specification

The Khronos Group has finalized and released their first formal specification for the cross-platform, royalty-free OpenVX standard.
10:15 AM EDT - Standards - OpenVX

Linux Kernel Working Towards GNU11/C11 Compatibility

For now it looks like the Linux kernel is going to explicitly declare itself as using the GNU89 dialect of the C89 standard but over time the code is being made to compile under C11.
09:50 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - GNU89 - 3 Comments

Ubuntu 15.04 Is Codenamed After A Monkey: Vivid Vervet

With Ubuntu 14.10 "Utopic Unicorn" due out later this month, Mark Shuttleworth has just revealed the Ubuntu 15.04 codename...
09:26 AM EDT - Ubuntu - Vivid Vervet - 11 Comments

LLVM Gets Bindings For Google's Go

Another feature for the upcoming LLVM 3.6 release are bindings for Google's Go programming language.
09:16 AM EDT - Compiler - Go Bindings - 2 Comments

Following GCC, Clang Looks To Default To C11

It looks like LLVM's Clang compiler will be defaulting to using the GNU's C11 standard for its next release.
08:33 AM EDT - Compiler - GNU11 - 1 Comment

Users/Developers Threatening Fork Of Debian GNU/Linux

In light of Debian's outlook for using systemd by default, a group of users/developers/administrators are talking about forking Debian GNU/Linux.
08:21 AM EDT - Debian - Debian Fork - 159 Comments

19 October

Linux 3.18-rc1 Released One Week Early With Many Changes

While Linus Torvalds initially anticipated the Linux 3.18 merge window being three weeks in length due to his Linux Foundation conference travels, he ended up managing to release Linux 3.18-rc1 after just two weeks... The release is out there now with its many changes.
09:45 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - Linux 3.18-rc1 - 12 Comments

The VC4 Gallium3D Driver Is Still Moving Along For The Raspberry Pi

Eric Anholt has provided a status update concerning the state of Broadcom's VC4 Gallium3D driver that provides open-source graphics support for the Raspberry Pi.
05:30 PM EDT - Free Software - RPi - 7 Comments

18 October

CompuLab Intense-PC2: An Excellent, Fanless, Mini PC Powered By Intel's i7 Haswell

Last month in a preview article I mentioned I was testing CompuLab's Intense-PC2 and that it was a great Haswell-based mini Linux PC. After using it now for another month and putting it through its paces with many strenuous benchmarking workloads and trying out other Linux distributions, I remain enthusiastic about the Intense-PC2 and it being a great offering for Linux (and even Windows/BSD) users.
09:30 AM EDT - Computers - 11 Comments

Direct3D 9 Support Might Land Within Mainline Mesa 3D Drivers

It looks like we could see the Direct3D 9 (Gallium3D Nine) state tracker land within Mesa! This state tracker can be used for accelerating D3D9-using Windows games via Wine and other purposes. The Gallium3D Nine patches are called for review as of this Saturday morning with ambitions of being merged to master.
08:25 AM EDT - Mesa - Gallium3D Nine - 47 Comments

OpenGL Preview Benchmarks For NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 970

For those anxious to see how well the GeForce GTX 970, NVIDIA's new high-end, Maxwell-based graphics card will perform under Linux, here's some preview benchmarks.
12:48 AM EDT - NVIDIA - GTX 970 - 2 Comments

17 October

HOPE: The Ease Of Python With The Speed Of C++

HOPE is the latest Python compiler out there focused to deliver great speed. The HOPE JIT compiler is said to combine the ease of Python with the speed of C++.
09:31 PM EDT - Compiler - Fast Python - 104 Comments

Vitesse: Using LLVM To Speed Up Databases

A new start-up is attempting to speed up PostgreSQL database performance by leveraging the LLVM compiler infrastructure.
11:53 AM EDT - Compiler - Postgres - 3 Comments

AMD Is Restructuring Again, Losing 7% Of Employees

AMD reported their Q3'2014 results yesterday and they weren't good for the company. AMD will be restructuring again and will be slashing their global headcount by about 7%.
11:42 AM EDT - AMD - Bad Quarter - 73 Comments

Linux Testing Of The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970

After last month's review of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 on Linux, many Phoronix readers expressed interest in seeing tests of the GeForce GTX 970, another powerful Maxwell graphics card but costs much less than the GTX 980. I now have my hands on an EVGA GeForce GTX 970 and am working on Linux performance benchmarks for this graphics card.
11:00 AM EDT - NVIDIA - GeForce GTX 970 - 3 Comments

Qt 5.4 Now In Beta With Web, Bluetooth LE, Graphics Improvements

Digia -- well, what's being spun off into The Qt Company -- published the official beta for the upcoming Qt 5.4 tool-kit release.
10:21 AM EDT - Qt - Qt 5.4 Beta - 3 Comments

AMD's Radeon R9 285 On Linux Offers Good OpenCL Performance

In complementing this week's Linux review of the AMD Radeon R9 285 and follow-up articles with some extra GPU scaling tests and Catalyst AI Linux benchmarks, here's some more OpenCL R9 285 "Tonga" performance numbers under Ubuntu compared to what was shared in the original Linux review.
10:00 AM EDT - AMD - OpenCL TONGA

GNOME Developer Comes Up With New Animated Image Format

Jasper St. Pierre who we're usually talking about on Phoronix due to his GNOME contributions related to Wayland support, shared today he's come up with a new animated image format to compete with GIF.
09:16 AM EDT - Free Software - XNG - 31 Comments

KDE Plasma 5.1 & KF5.3 For Fedora

The Fedora KDE SIG has put out new packages for the recent releases of KDE Frameworks 5.3 and KDE Plasma 5.1.
08:55 AM EDT - Fedora - KDE 5

Clover Native Object Code Lands In Mesa

AMD's patches to add support to compiling to native object code for the "Clover" OpenCL state tracker in Mesa's Gallium3D and for the Radeon Gallium3D driver to take advantage of this functionality, has landed.
08:47 AM EDT - AMD - Native Objects - 1 Comment

Wine 1.7.29 Is Still Implementing DirectWrite

A day after the debut of CodeWeavers CrossOver 14.0, Wine 1.7.29 is now available.
08:40 AM EDT - WINE - Wine 1.7.29 - 2 Comments

Debian Is Back To Discussing Init Systems, Freedom of Choice

The init system discussion is back on in the Debian camp... A vote will be taking place in two weeks to look at preserving the "freedom of choice of init systems."
08:20 AM EDT - Debian - Init System Choice - 45 Comments

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