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Preliminary Tests Of Intel Sandy Bridge & Ivy Bridge vs. Broadwell

Chances are if you have a Haswell ultrabook/laptop, you're probably not looking at upgrading to a new Broadwell design unless your Haswell laptop had hardware issues, you really need a longer battery life via more power efficient hardware, or you just fall in love with one of the new Broadwell devices. If you're running an Ivy Bridge or Sandy Bridge laptop on the other hand, it might be time for an upgrade to get faster Intel graphics and greater power efficiency. Here's some preliminary figures I have for showing off the new Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Core i7 5600U compared to some older SNB and IVB laptops.
91 Minutes Ago - Processors - 2 Comments

Now-Closed KDE Vulnerabilities Remind Us X11 Screen Locks / Screensavers Are Insecure

In addition to KDE Plasma 5.2 bringing many new features with today's release, it also addresses some security vulnerabilities concerning KDE's screen locker. Of course, to any longtime Phoronix readers following our frequent X11/X.Org coverage, this hardly comes as a surprise.
3 Hours Ago - KDE - X11 Insecurities - 10 Comments

Vivaldi: A New Chromium-Powered, Multi-Platform Browser

Making waves this morning on the Internet is the announcement of Vivaldi, a new web-browser started by the former CEO of Opera. Vivaldi is currently supported by Linux, Windows, and OS X systems.
4 Hours Ago - Free Software - Vivaldi Browser - 2 Comments

KDE Plasma 5.2 Officially Released

The KDE community officially released Plasma 5.2 this morning as the quarterly update to KDE's desktop shell powered by Qt5 and KDE Frameworks 5.
4 Hours Ago - KDE - Plasma 5.2.0 - 4 Comments

Intel Broadwell On Linux Has Working OpenCL 1.2, VP8 Video Acceleration

In the past few days when begining to deliver a number of initial Linux tests from Intel's new Broadwell processors, a number of Phoronix readers have inquired about the OpenCL and VA-API support for the new hardware.
11 Hours Ago - Intel - OpenCL & VA-API - 12 Comments

26 January

GParted 0.21 Brings ReFS Detection, EXT4 For RHEL5, Reiser4 For Linux 3.x

Version 0.21 of the widely-used, GUI-based GNOME Partition Editor is now available.
07:14 PM EST - GNOME - GParted 0.21 - 2 Comments

Wine Staging Update Has Better CUDA Support, Driver Testing Framework

Following the release of Wine 1.7.35 on Friday, the Wine-Staging team released their spin of v1.7.35 that includes several extra features.
03:15 PM EST - WINE - Wine-Staging 1.7.35 - 10 Comments

Red Hat Is Hiring A New Linux Kernel Engineer For Fedora

For those experienced with Linux kernel development and looking for new employment, Red Hat is soliciting offers for a job working on maintaining Fedora's kernel.
02:03 PM EST - Red Hat - Red Hat Jobs - 4 Comments

Nouveau In Linux 3.20 Will Have A Lot Of Code Cleaning

While the Nouveau pull request has yet to be issued for the DRM-Next merge window that will ultimately target the Linux 3.20 kernel, a look at the changes so far appear to mostly indicate this open-source NVIDIA driver is just going through a period of code cleaning and reorganization.
12:38 PM EST - Nouveau - Nouveau Linux 3.20

Compare Your Linux System To The i7-5600U Broadwell X1 Carbon ThinkPad

The third-generation Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon continues running well under Linux with its new Intel Core i7 5600U "Broadwell" processor sporting HD Graphics 5500. I'm enjoying this new ultrabook a lot and have been pushing it very hard for days with various Linux benchmarks.
11:22 AM EST - Intel - Intel Core i7 5600U - 20 Comments

AMD FX-8320E Performance On Linux

Back in September AMD announced new FX CPUs that included the FX-8370, FX-8370E, and FX-8320E. Back then we reviewed the FX-8370/FX-8370E CPUs under Linux but at the time didn't have our hands on the more affordable FX-8320E processor. In December AMD sent over the FX-8320E and so for the past few weeks I've been happily using this new Vishera CPU.
10:40 AM EST - Processors - 86 Comments

Debian 8.0 "Jessie" Installer RC1 Released

The first release candidate for the Debian Jessie Installer in leading up to the Debian 8.0 "Jessie" release.
09:36 AM EST - Debian - Debian 8.0 Jessie - 7 Comments

Chromebook "Rush" With 64-bit Tegra SoC Support Lands In Coreboot

Coreboot now has support for the "Tegra132" 64-bit Denver NVIDIA Tegra SoC as well as a new Google Chromebook that's codenamed "Rush" and using this NVIDIA ARMv8 platform.
08:48 AM EST - Coreboot - Coreboot For Rush, 64-bit Denver

2015 X.Org Elections Get Underway For Board Members, SPI Merger

The election process is beginning for selecting new X.Org Foundation board members and for allowing X.Org members to vote on whether they would like to proceed with joining SPI to become a sub-project of that organization so that they'll take care of the business and administrative tasks.
08:30 AM EST - X.Org - 2015 X.Org Foundation - 1 Comment

Linux 3.19-rc6 Kernel Released: LInux 3.19 Final In Two Weeks

Linus Torvalds released the Linux 3.19-rc6 weekly test kernel overnight.
07:44 AM EST - Linux Kernel - Linux 3.19 - 1 Comment

25 January

Ubuntu's Mir Gains Server-Side Platform Probing

The latest big feature landing in Ubuntu's Mir display server by Canonical is server-side platform probing support, which landed just before the weekend.
05:50 PM EST - Ubuntu - Mir Android/Mesa Probing

Broadwell Linux Ultrabook Running MUCH Cooler Than Haswell

Aside from the performance benefits of Broadwell, particularly in having greater graphics capabilities, laptops and ultrabook designs are much more power efficient than former Haswell products. Here's some quick tests I did today comparing the Broadwell-based Core i7 ThinkPad X1 Carbon to my former Haswell-based Core i7 ASUS Zenbook ultrabook.
02:44 PM EST - Intel - Zenbook vs. ThinkPad - 17 Comments

LZHAM 1.0 Lossless Data Compression Codec Released

Version 1.0 of LZHAM has been released, the lossless data compression codec spearheaded by Rich Geldreich, the former Valve developer involved in their Linux and OpenGL activities.
12:40 PM EST - Free Software - LZHAM 1.0 - 14 Comments

LibreOffice 4.4 Is Coming Soon With New Features

The release plan puts the LibreOffice 4.4.0 as being just days away, but what features are in store for this open-source office suite? Let's take a brief look.
10:28 AM EST - Free Software - LibreOffice 4.4 - 57 Comments

Linux Compiler Benchmarks Of LLVM Clang 3.5 vs. LLVM Clang 3.6-rc1

The release of LLVM 3.6 is expected next month as a significant step forward to this innovative compiler infrastructure. For those curious how its performance is shaping up, I've carried out some fresh LLVM Clang 3.5 vs. LLVM Clang 3.6-rc1 benchmarks this weekend.
09:04 AM EST - Software - 3 Comments

How To Use GCC 5's OpenMP & OpenACC Offloading Support

With the upcoming GCC 5 compiler release there is the offloading infrastructure support in place as OpenMP 4.0 and OpenACC compute offloading to accelerators begin to mature in this open-source compiler. For those willing to toy with the latest experimental code, it's possible to get your feet wet if you have a NVIDIA GPU or supported Intel Xeon Phi MIC card.
07:26 AM EST - Compiler - GCC 5 Offloading - 1 Comment

Linux Users Upset By Chromium's Busted HiDPI Support

While Chromium is usually quick to advance technology-wise and the Chrome/Chromium developers tend to be caring toward Linux, the support for HiDPI displays with the web-browser on Linux appears to be in bad shape.
04:07 AM EST - Google - Chromium - 62 Comments

24 January

BPF Backend Merged Into LLVM To Make Use Of New Kernel Functionality

The newest LLVM back-end in the mainline code is for supporting BPF, the "universal in-kernel virtual machine" present in the latest releases of the Linux kernel.
07:46 PM EST - Compiler - BPF Backend

OpenSSL 1.0.2 Released

Version 1.0.2 of the OpenSSL toolkit is now available.
06:56 PM EST - Free Software - OpenSSL 1.0.2 - 6 Comments

Intel Broadwell HD Graphics 5500: Windows 8.1 vs. Linux

Linux graphics tests of Intel's Broadwell hardware are finally here! Going back to November of 2013 is when Intel began putting out open-source Broadwell HD Graphics code. Since the initial Broadwell code drop, I've written dozens of articles to date covering the Linux kernel work, Mesa DRI OpenGL driver progress, Beignet OpenCL compute support, and other key Linux components work on Intel Broadwell support. A few days ago I received the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon with Core i7 Broadwell CPU to finally see how the Linux support has panned out for this next-generation line-up succeeding Haswell.

Dying Light Is Headed To Linux, SteamOS

Dying Light is a survival horror game developed by Techland. Up to now its release later this month has been billed as a Windows / PlayStation 4 / Xbox One title, but it looks now like it will premiere on Steam for Linux / SteamOS... Well, now it's confirmed!
11:35 AM EST - Gaming - Techland Dying Light - 12 Comments

Wayland 1.6.1 & Weston 1.6.1 Released

Bryce Harrington, the former Canonical employee part of Ubuntu's X/Mir team turned Samsung open-source employee, has issued the first maintenance update for Wayland 1.6.
10:57 AM EST - Wayland - Wayland/Weston 1.6.1

pfSense 2.2 Brings AES-GCM With AES-NI Acceleration

Chris Buechler has released version 2.2 of the pfSense FreeBSD-based firewall/router focused software platform.
09:46 AM EST - BSD - pfSense 2.2

Mesa 10.4.3 Brings A Bunch Of Fixes For The Direct3D "Nine" Support

Emil Velikov announced the Mesa 10.4.3 point release during the early hours of today. While most Mesa stable updates aren't too exciting, this one is certainly noteworthy if you're a user of the Gallium3D "Nine" state tracker for providing Direct3D 9 support on Linux.
08:34 AM EST - Mesa - D3D9 - 2 Comments

New "ORC" JIT API Land In LLVM

The new "ORC" Just-In-Time compilation APIs have landed within mainline LLVM.
07:33 AM EST - Compiler - ORC LLVM JIT - 4 Comments

Intel Has A Few More Graphics Changes For The Linux 3.20 Kernel

Intel has already landed a lot of new DRM graphics code for the Linux 3.20 kernel but there's more in store for drm-next before calling it a week.
04:42 AM EST - Intel - Intel DRM-Next 3.20

Gummiboot Gains PE File Searching Support To Find Linux Kernels

The Gummiboot simple UEFI boot manager hasn't seen much improvements in recent months but on Friday received a new feature over the course of several hundred new lines of code.
12:02 AM EST - Free Software - Gummiboot - 3 Comments

23 January

DragonFlyBSD 4.0.3 Released

While DragonFlyBSD 4.0.2 was released just two weeks ago, the v4.0.3 update is now out.
06:26 PM EST - BSD - DFlyBSD 4.0.3 - 1 Comment

Wine 1.7.35 Starts Working On OpenGL Core Context Support

Wine 1.7.35 is out today as the latest bi-weekly development version of Wine for running Windows programs on Linux and other operating systems.
03:37 PM EST - WINE - Wine 1.7.35 - 6 Comments

X.Org Server 1.17 Pre-Release "TimTam" Is Out

Keith Packard who this month left Intel's graphics team to join HP to work on "The Machine" has released a new pre-release version of X.Org Server 1.17.
02:42 PM EST - X.Org - xorg-server 1.16.99.902 - 2 Comments

Faster VP9 Decoding Is On The Horizon

For those frustrated by the current lack of hardware supporting VP9 encode/decode and the slow decode speed when playing back VP9 content on the CPU, improvements are coming.
12:28 PM EST - Google - VP9 Decode - 30 Comments

Linux Benchmarks Of NVIDIA's Early 2015 GeForce Line-Up

Following yesterday's NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 launch, here's an 11-way comparison looking at all of NVIDIA's Maxwell GPUs as well as many Kepler and Fermi GeForce graphics cards under Linux. Beyond the raw OpenGL performance, the thermal and power efficiency data is also available for the tested range of GeForce 900/700/600/500/400 series graphics cards.
10:50 AM EST - Display Drivers - 6 Comments

GNOME 3.15.4 Brings Latest Features For GNOME 3.16

GNOME 3.15.4 was released on Thursday night and is the latest pit stop on the road to the very exciting GNOME 3.16.
09:44 AM EST - GNOME - GNOME 3.15.4 - 7 Comments

PC-BSD Releases Updated Lumina Desktop Environment

Besides working toward PC-BSD 10.1.1's release, the PC-BSD crew have also been working on improving their Lumina Desktop Environment.
09:00 AM EST - BSD - Lumina 0.8.1 - 19 Comments

EFITools Ported To 32-Bit To Work With Secure Boot On Intel's Quark SoC

While James Bottomley's efitools package has traditionally been x86_64-only, he ended up porting the package to x86 32-bit in order to handle bringing up UEFI Secure Boot on the Intel Quark SoC board.
08:45 AM EST - Free Software - Intel Quark - 4 Comments

The Last Batch Of Feature Proposals For Fedora 22

There's been many changes and additions for Fedora 22 talked about so far and with this week marking the system wide change proposal deadline we have a last look at some of the new work that's hoping to be done for the May release of Fedora 22.
08:32 AM EST - Fedora - Fedora 22 - 2 Comments

My Initial Intel Broadwell Linux Experience With The ThinkPad X1 Carbon

On Thursday my Broadwell-powered Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptop/ultrabook finally arrived for some Linux testing of Intel's exciting Haswell successor. While many tests are forthcoming of this third-generation X1 Carbon -- including Broadwell Windows vs. Linux benchmarks -- here's my initial experiences over the first ~10 minutes with this new hardware.
04:33 AM EST - Hardware - Lenovo X1 Carbon - 23 Comments

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