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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.
4 Hours Ago - Linux Kernel - Linux 3.18-rc6 - 1 Comment

HandBrake 0.10 Brings H.265 & VP8 Encoders

Version 0.10 of the HandBrake open-source video transcoder has been released.
5 Hours Ago - Free Software - QuickSync Too

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.
10 Hours Ago - Free Software - Gngr - 16 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 - 13 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 - 12 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 - 38 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 - 17 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 - 11 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 - 9 Comments

20 November

HHVM 3.4 Adds New Features, Support

Facebook has released HHVM 3.4.0 today for those looking towards a high-performance PHP implementation or for using Facebook's Hack language.
02:34 PM EST - Compiler - HHVM 3.4.0 - 2 Comments

More Radeon Driver Changes Queued For Linux 3.19

Just one week after the bulk of the Radeon DRM changes for Linux 3.19, another round of updates were submitted for DRM-Next.
01:46 PM EST - AMD - Linux 3.19 DRM - 22 Comments

Unigine 2.0 Alpha 2 Adds C# Support

Unigine 2 remains under active development.
12:09 PM EST - Gaming - Unigine 2.0 - 4 Comments

FFmpeg Is Returning To Ubuntu With 15.04 Release

While FFmpeg has been absent from recent releases of Ubuntu Linux due to the switch over to Libav, with Ubuntu 15.04 it will return.
11:58 AM EST - Multimedia - FFmpeg - 15 Comments

Linux Version Of Civilization: Beyond Earth Still Coming Along

The Linux version of Civilization: Beyond Earth is still in the process of being ported to Linux.
11:14 AM EST - Gaming - Porting - 14 Comments

Yahoo To Become Default Search Provider For Firefox

Mozilla announced on Wednesday that Yahoo is going to become the default search provider for Firefox rather than Google.
11:08 AM EST - Mozilla - Yahoo - 39 Comments

19 November

Better Fan Control Support Coming To The Open-Source Radeon Driver

Alex Deucher of AMD has put out new Radeon DPM patches that add SMC fan control support for SI/CI GPUs. These new patches should reduce the graphics card's fan noise on systems with a higher default fan profile speed.
01:02 PM EST - AMD - GPU Fan Control - 20 Comments

Is The Open-Source NVIDIA Driver Fast Enough For Steam On Linux Gaming?

Following the recent articles about the open-source AMD Linux OpenGL performance for gaming (16-way Open-Source Radeon Linux Driver GPU Comparison and AMD Radeon Gallium3D Is Catching Up & Sometimes Beating Catalyst On Linux), here's a look at the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Team Fortress 2 performance when testing the games on the latest open-source NVIDIA (Nouveau) Linux graphics driver code.
11:39 AM EST - Display Drivers - 35 Comments

PTS 5.4 Milestone 6 Released - Official "Lipki" Release Is Near

Another weekly milestone development snapshot of the open-source Phoronix Test Suite Linux/BSD/OSX/Solaris/Windows benchmarking software is now available. The official Phoronix Test Suite 5.4 release should be out in the next two weeks.
09:30 AM EST - Phoronix - Phoronix Test Suite 5.4

Ian Jackson Resigns From The Debian Technical Committee

There's yet another resignation this morning in the Debian camp.
08:41 AM EST - Debian - Ian Jackson - 59 Comments

Google Chrome 39 Brings Mostly Internal Changes

Google's Chrome web browser reached version 39 on Tuesday in its stable channel for all supported platforms.
08:30 AM EST - Google - Chrome 39 - 16 Comments

Valve's VOGL Is Finally Back To Having New Commits, OS X Support

While Valve's VOGL open-source OpenGL debugger was off to a great start when announced at the start of the year, recently it fell into a bit of a dry period when it didn't see any new work for more than a month. Fortunately, that dry spell is over and there's new commits flowing back into VOGL.
08:15 AM EST - Valve - VOGL - 15 Comments

Jolla Launches Tablet With Sailfish OS 2.0

Jolla has delivered on their teased new device as the "Jolla Tablet" as an exciting tablet running Sailfish OS 2.0.
07:37 AM EST - Hardware - Crowd-Funded Tablet - 25 Comments

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