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Linux Foundation Shares More Details Of LinuxCon Chicago

At the end of August in Chicago will be the Linux Foundation's LinuxCon and CloudOpen at the Sheraton Chicago.
18 Minutes Ago - Free Software - LinuxCon

Cross-Desktop Collaboration During FreeDesktop Summit 2014

Taking place earlier this month in N├╝rnberg at the SUSE office was the 2014 FreeDesktop Summit where members of GNOME, KDE, Unity, and LXDE-Qt desktops collaborated over joint topics important to the success of the Linux desktop in a cross-desktop world.
2 Hours Ago - Desktop - FreeDesktop.org - 4 Comments

EmScripten Merges Its Speedy "Fastcomp" Backend

EmScripten, the innovative project for turning C++ code into JavaScript that can be run within web-browsers, has merged its brand new LLVM compiler back-end that is faster and also yields other benefits.
3 Hours Ago - Compiler - EmScripten

Nuclear Dawn Update Has Full Linux Support

Nuclear Dawn, the post-apocalyptic first-person RTS hybrid video game powered by Valve's Source Engine, is now out of beta on Linux -- two years after the game was formally released for Windows gamers.
3 Hours Ago - Gaming - Nuclear Dawn - 6 Comments

Gigabyte AM1M-S2H

The Gigabyte AM1M-S2H motherboard is an AMD AM1/FS1b motherboard that's sized for micro-ATX enclosures, offers a fine set of budget features, and costs just over $30 USD.
8 Hours Ago - Motherboards - 8 Comments

20 April

Oracle Linux 6.5 vs. Oracle Linux 7.0 Beta Benchmarks

Released earlier this month was the first beta of Oracle Linux 7.0, Oracle's spin of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.0 development source-code. With some days having passed we've now had the time to take Oracle Linux 7.0 Beta 1 for a test drive and see how the performance compares to Oracle Linux 6.5.
09:38 PM EDT - Oracle - Oracle Linux - 3 Comments

Easter Yields The Linux 3.15-rc2 Kernel Release

Linus Torvalds just tagged the 3.15-rc2 kernel a few minutes ago in Git.
03:06 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - Linux 3.15-rc2 - 5 Comments

The Most Amazing OpenGL Tech Demo In 64kb

While we see lots of interesting OpenGL tech demos and graphics benchmarks at Phoronix, a demo we saw this weekend is perhaps the most impressive yet... And the compiled size of the GL4 demo is only 64kb!
02:49 PM EDT - Gaming - OpenGL 4.3 - 49 Comments

Packard Bell LM85 Now Supported By Coreboot

Packard Bell's EasyNote LM85 notebook now has mainline Coreboot support for those wishing to replace its proprietary BIOS.
02:10 PM EDT - Hardware - EasyNote LM85 - 1 Comment

AmazonBasics External USB 2.0 DVD Writer For Linux

Those in need of an affordable external DVD writer that's USB 2.0 based and will work with Linux, Amazon has a simple yet reliable and Linux-friendly slim external DVD burner that doesn't cost too much.
11:54 AM EDT - Hardware - DVD Burner - 11 Comments

TP-LINK TG-3468: A $12 Linux PCI-E Gigabit Network Adapter

For those that may be looking for a PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet adapter, the TP-LINK TG-3468 is a suitable choice and costs just $12 USD and runs well with Linux.
11:30 AM EDT - Hardware - Ethernet - 16 Comments

AMD's New Athlon/Semprons Give Old Phenom CPUs A Big Run For The Money

Curious how AMD's new AM1 platform APUs compare to the original AMD Phenom processors? Wondering myself, I ran some tests showing how the Sempron 2650 and 3850 along with the Athlon 5150 and 5350 compare to the original Phenom 9500 and Phenom II X3 710 processors with RS780/RS880 motherboards. Besides the new APUs being competitive against the old hardware while costing much less than the original Phenom CPUs, their power consumption is also at a fraction of AMD's former high-end processors. Here's a brief but nice look at AMD's processing evolution in going from Phenom CPUs to today's AMD budget APUs.
02:00 AM EDT - Processors - 23 Comments

OpenELEC 4.0 Beta 6 Works On 4K Graphics, RPi ALSA

The OpenELEC Linux distribution aimed for home theater PCs and other multimedia Linux experience is nearing its 4.0 release and is powered by XBMC 13.
12:44 AM EDT - Operating Systems - OpenELEC - 4 Comments

19 April

Linux 3.15 Lands Some DRM Graphics Driver Fixes

Linus pulled into the mainline Linux 3.15 kernel on Saturday afternoon a big DRM queue that contained a lot of open-source graphics driver fixes.
06:03 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - DRM - 1 Comment

AMD Is Disabling DPM Support For RV770 GPUs

For the many owners of "RV770" hardware out there with the once popular Radeon HD 4850 and HD 4870 graphics cards, AMD open-source developers are now proposing the dynamic power management (re-clocking) support be disabled by default to deal with open bugs.
04:00 PM EDT - AMD - Bugs - 23 Comments

OpenMandriva Lx 2014.0 RC1 Released

The first release candidate to the upcoming OpenMandriva Lx 2014.0 release has now taken place.
12:48 PM EDT - Operating Systems - Mandriva - 1 Comment

ReactOS Working On A Community Windows OS

A few months after ReactOS announced plans for a Cloud OS, the open-source project aiming for binary compatibility with Microsoft Windows platforms, is now trying to spin a community edition of its operating system.
11:44 AM EDT - Operating Systems - ReactOS Community Edition - 65 Comments

How Much Video RAM Is Needed For Catalyst R3 Graphics?

For those wondering how much video memory you should allocate from your system RAM for the Radeon R3 Graphics with the new AM1 APUs, we have up some new Linux OpenGL benchmarks of the AMD Athlon 5350 performance with varying amounts of video memory available.
11:16 AM EDT - Display Drivers - 24 Comments

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS vs. 14.04 LTS Cloud Benchmarks

Our latest Ubuntu 14.04 LTS benchmarks up this morning to complement our preliminary Ubuntu 14.04 LTS server benchmarks and desktop benchmarks are of the past two Ubuntu Long Term Support releases running within DigitalOcean's public cloud.
05:00 AM EDT - Operating Systems - 2 Comments

eRacks Keeps Pushing Linux, Open-Source Systems After 15 Years

One of the newer supports of Phoronix.com is eRacks, a company specializing in open-source systems -- primarily rackmounts and other high performance hardware -- since 1999.
04:26 AM EDT - Hardware - eRacks - 14 Comments

Borderlands Is Being Considered For Linux

Gearbox Software is currently evaluating consumer interest in bringing Borderlands 2 to Linux.
12:41 AM EDT - Gaming - Borderlands 2 - 25 Comments

Mesa 10.0 & 10.1 Stable Get Updated

New stable versions of Mesa 10.0 and 10.1 were released on Friday.
12:15 AM EDT - Mesa - Mesa 10.1.1

18 April

Getting Hit By The Variable Performance Of The Public Cloud

With yesterday's official release of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS I set out to do some benchmarks of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS vs. 14.04 LTS in the public cloud. Unfortunately, that testing was drawn out due to the variable performance out of instances/droplets in the public cloud that are even of the same instance type.
08:11 PM EDT - Virtualization - 2.0GHz vs. 2.4GHz - 1 Comment

Using Clang's Static Analyzer To Find Bugs In Your Code

Besides shorter compile times and other benefits, one of the other commonly talked about advantages of using LLVM's Clang C/C++ compiler is its arguably excellent static analyzer tool.
07:50 PM EDT - Compiler - Clang - 1 Comment

Git 2.0 Test Releases Begin With Many Changes

Junio Hamano has made for an exciting weekend with the announcement of Git 2.0.0-rc0, the first test release of the upcoming Git 2.0 release that will have features breaking backward compatibility with Git 1.x.
05:28 PM EDT - Free Software - Git 2.0 - 2 Comments

Wine 1.7.17 Works On Its Task Scheduler, C Run-Time

The latest bi-weekly Wine development release just happened.
03:24 PM EDT - WINE - Wine 1.7 - 10 Comments

13-Way Low-End GPU Comparison With AMD's AM1 Athlon

For those looking at purchasing hardware for a low-cost socketed Kabini APU system build following our many AMD AM1 Platform tests under Linux that found the low-end hardware to play well with the open-source operating system, one of the motherboards worth considering is the ASUS AM1I-A.
01:50 PM EDT - Graphics Cards - 17 Comments

The Improv ARM Board Still Isn't Shipping; Riding A Dead Horse?

Announced last year was an open-source ARM development board running Mer with an aim of supporting X.Org and Wayland based environments and would be powerful enough to run KDE's Plasma Active environment. The Improv is now three months past its original ship-date and there's no indication of the low-end dual-core Cortex-A7 + 1GB RAM hardware shipping anytime soon.
12:17 PM EDT - Hardware - Improv - 9 Comments

Debian To Maintain 6.0 Squeeze As An LTS Release

Regular security support for Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" was set to end after next month, but now the Debian developers have decided to provide security support for this 2011 Debian Linux release until February 2016 -- marking five years since the original Debian 6.0 release.
09:32 AM EDT - Debian - Debian - 14 Comments

Wasteland 2 Is Finally Released For Linux Gamers

The Wasteland 2 post-apocalyptic role-playing game is now out for Linux by inXile Entertainment. The Kickstarter-backed game is still in beta for the Linux version just surfaced via Steam on Linux.
09:22 AM EDT - Gaming - Wasteland 2 - 6 Comments

FreeBSD Advances For ARM, Bhyve, Clang

For those curious about the state of FreeBSD, the FreeBSD Q1'2014 quarterly status report has been issued.
01:12 AM EDT - BSD - FreeBSD 10.0 - 17 Comments

ASUS AM1I-A: A Mini-ITX Board For Socketed Kabini APUs

For those looking at purchasing hardware for a low-cost socketed Kabini APU system build following our many AMD AM1 Platform tests under Linux that found the low-end hardware to play well with the open-source operating system, one of the motherboards worth considering is the ASUS AM1I-A.
12:00 AM EDT - Motherboards - 11 Comments

17 April

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS "Trusty Tahr" Officially Released

The official release announcement has finally been sent out for today's release of the Ubuntu 14.04 "Trusty Tahr" Long Term Support release.
02:10 PM EDT - Ubuntu - Ubuntu 14.04 - 17 Comments

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS vs. 14.04 LTS Server Benchmarks

To complement the just-published Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS, 13.10, and 14.04 LTS desktop benchmarks are results when running a variety of workstation and server oriented benchmarks.
02:00 PM EDT - Ubuntu - Ubuntu Server - 6 Comments

Ubuntu 12.04.4 vs. 13.10 vs. 14.04 LTS Desktop Benchmarks

With Ubuntu 14.04 LTS being released today, here's some fresh benchmarks comparing the Ubuntu 14.04 64-bit performance against Ubuntu 13.10 and Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS. In this article are desktop and gaming benchmarks comparing these versions of Ubuntu Linux.
01:19 PM EDT - Operating Systems - 9 Comments

QEMU 2.0 Released With ARM, x86 Enhancements

QEMU 2.0 has officially shipped. The QEMU 2.0 release has been under development for many months and has numerous new features for this processor emulator commonly used in conjunction with Linux KVM or Xen.
12:36 PM EDT - Virtualization - Emulator - 1 Comment

Running The Unity 8 Preview Session On Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Today Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is being released and you might be tempted to try out Mir with their Unity 8 mobile/converged UI...
10:10 AM EDT - Ubuntu - Unity 8 - 7 Comments

AMD OpenCL Performance With AM1 Kabini APUs

For those curious how AMD's AM1 APUs are running with OpenCL workloads given the company's focus on HSA, here's a wide-range of OpenCL benchmarks from the four Athlon and Sempron AM1 APUs currently on the market while running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.
06:50 AM EDT - Display Drivers - 6 Comments

Intel Haswell Graphics Benchmarks From Linux 3.15

After yesterday delivering some early Linux 3.15 benchmarks using an Intel Core i7 and AMD Radeon graphics, here's some brief and RC1-stage tests looking at Intel "Haswell" HD Graphics 4600 with the new kernel.
03:07 AM EDT - Intel - Linux 3.15 - 5 Comments

16 April

R600 Gallium3D Disables LLVM Back-End By Default

AMD has decided to disable the LLVM compiler back-end by default within the R600 era Gallium3D graphics driver.
09:51 PM EDT - AMD - R600g - 33 Comments

Fedora 21 Gets GNOME 3.12, PHP 5.6, Mono 3.4

Following today's Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee (FESCo) meeting is another round of fresh features for Fedora 21 that will premiere late into the year.
05:10 PM EDT - Fedora - Fedora 21 - 9 Comments

Mini-Box M350: A Simple, Affordable Mini-ITX Case

If you are looking for a very compact enclosure that can handle a mini-ITX motherboard and up to two 2.5-inch hard drives while measuring in at just 192 x 210 x 62 mm, the Mini-Box M350 might be the performance case for your needs.
03:00 PM EDT - Enclosures - 9 Comments

Fedora Workstation Is Making Me Quite Excited

With the ongoing rework happening within the Fedora camp, there's emerging Fedora Workstation, Fedora Cloud, and Fedora Server "product" working groups. The work happening within Fedora Workstation is quite exciting and rejuvenating the project.
11:05 AM EDT - Fedora - Fedora Workstation - 22 Comments

Maynard: A Lightweight Wayland Desktop

Collabora has publicly announced this morning Maynard, a new Wayland-based shell that's lightweight and should work great for the Raspberry Pi.
09:20 AM EDT - Wayland - Raspberry Pi - 17 Comments

Chromium Browser Going Through Growing Pains In Ubuntu 14.04

Google's open-source Chromium browser is in a bit of a bad shape for this week's release of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.
09:00 AM EDT - Google - Chromium - 36 Comments

KDE 4.13 Is Being Released Today With New Features

Coming out today is one of the last major KDE4 releases before the next-generation KDE stack makes its formal debut. KDE 4.13 does bring some new features worth writing home about.
08:35 AM EDT - KDE - KDE 4.13 - 32 Comments

A Quick Look At GCC 4.9 vs. LLVM Clang 3.5

Following my most recent GCC 4.9 benchmarks for the open-source compiler that should be officially released next week, I ran some benchmarks of the GCC compiler results against LLVM's Clang 3.5 compiler in its latest SVN state. Here's the data for those curious how the very latest compiler code is comparing between GCC and LLVM/Clang.
06:00 AM EDT - Software - 11 Comments

Trying Out Radeon R9 290 Graphics On Open-Source

One of the more commonly occurring test requests at Phoronix lately has been about testing the open-source RadeonSI Gallium3D driver with the Radeon R9 290 "Hawaii" graphics cards. Sadly, there's a reason why the R9 290 hardware isn't tested on the open driver much under Linux.
04:43 AM EDT - AMD - Hawaii - 7 Comments

Intel Broadwell GT3 Graphics Have Dual BSD Rings

Based upon recent open-source Intel Linux graphics driver patches, the high-end Intel Broadwell "GT3" graphics core will feature dual BSD rings for video decoding.
01:28 AM EDT - Intel - Video

Early Linux 3.15 Benchmarks Of Intel Core i7 + Radeon

Now that Linux 3.15-rc1 is out, we're onto benchmarking the Linux 3.15 kernel, which brings a particularly large number of exciting changes.
12:03 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - Tests - 1 Comment

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