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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.
46 Minutes Ago - Free Software - LZHAM 1.0

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.
3 Hours Ago - Free Software - LibreOffice 4.4 - 8 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.
4 Hours Ago - Software - 2 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.
6 Hours Ago - Compiler - GCC 5 Offloading

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.
9 Hours Ago - Google - Chromium - 19 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 - 10 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 - 28 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 - 6 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 - 16 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

22 January

PC-BSD 10.1.1 To Bring New System Updater, Qt5 Utilities

The PC-BSD crew that base their desktop-focused BSD operating system off of FreeBSD put out their 10.1.1. release candidate this week.
09:48 PM EST - BSD - PC-BSD 10.1.1-RC1 - 6 Comments

Libdrm 2.4.59 Brings Skylake & Tegra Support

Maarten Lankhorst of Canonical released the libdrm 2.4.59 library on Wednesday. While most libdrm updates tend not to be too exciting, the v2.4.59 release carries a bit more weight.
07:10 PM EST - Mesa - libdrm 2.4.59

Chrome 41 Beta Brings New Developer Features

Google's Chrome web-bowser is now up to version 41 in beta. This newest Chrome beta brings several new developer features.
04:59 PM EST - Google - Chrome 41

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 Standalone Linux Tests

In continuation of this morning's launch-day article for the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960, the graphics card that's priced at $200 USD and is built on the very power efficient Maxwell architecture, here's some more Linux benchmark results.
03:57 PM EST - NVIDIA - GeForce GTX 960 Maxwell - 3 Comments

Radeon DRM Changes For The Linux 3.20 Kernel

Alex Deucher has sent in his DRM-Next changes for the open-source Radeon graphics driver updates that will target the Linux 3.20 kernel.
12:02 PM EST - AMD - Radeon DRM Linux 3.20 - 40 Comments

Red Hat Is Hiring More Developers To Work On Wayland, Open-Source Graphics

Red Hat is hiring more developers that will focus on Fedora, especially the Fedora Workstation product, that in turn will flow back into RHEL and Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation. Among the type of work that Red Hat is looking for in the candidates include experience with Wayland, LLVMpipe, X.Org, compiler optimizations, graphics driver enablement, etc.
10:31 AM EST - Red Hat - Red Hat Jobs - 23 Comments

Ubuntu 15.04 "Vivid Vervet" Alpha 2 Released

The Ubuntu flavors opting in for a second alpha release for the 15.04 Vivid Vervet cycle have out their new releases today.
10:18 AM EST - Ubuntu - Ubuntu 15.04 - 15 Comments

Interstellar Marines On Linux With Catalyst: Bull S*#@

Interstellar Marines is a science fiction FPS game in development that's powered by the Unity 4 Game Engine. While it's been available in early access mode for Linux gamers going back several months, the latest AMD Catalyst driver still seems to be having issues with this game.
09:44 AM EST - AMD - Interstellar Marines - 63 Comments

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960: A Great $200 GPU For Linux Gamers

This morning NVIDIA is formally announcing the GeForce GTX 960 as the latest Maxwell GPU. The GeForce GTX 960 is a mid-range GPU priced starting out at $200 and comes with a compelling set of features. The past few days I've been testing out the eVGA GeForce GTX 960 2GB graphics card and in this article are some initial performance figures under Linux.
09:00 AM EST - Graphics Cards - 18 Comments

GCC 5 Will End Up Coming To Fedora 22

Earlier this month it didn't look like GCC 5 would be added to Fedora 22 unless the release was delayed and at least week's FESCO meeting, the committee decided not to delay Fedora 22. After this week's FESCo meeting, GCC 5 will now be added as the Fedora 22 compiler while still aiming for a mid-May release.
02:02 AM EST - Fedora - GCC 5 Fedora 22 - 7 Comments

21 January

GNOME Makes Progress On Sandboxed Applications

GNOME has quietly been working on sandboxed applications support and for GNOME 3.16 they hope to ship an initial reference runtime implementation of their new technology.
09:19 PM EST - GNOME - GNOME Sandboxed Apps - 11 Comments

NetworkManager Now Supports WiFi Power Savings

The latest feature added to NetworkManager is support for WiFi power-savings.
08:54 PM EST - GNOME - WiFi Power-Save - 6 Comments

TraceFS: The Newest Linux File-System

Steven Rostedt sent out the announcement today for TraceFS, a new file-system for the Linux kernel tracing subsystem.
03:10 PM EST - Linux Kernel - TraceFS - 8 Comments

Windows 10 To Be A Free Upgrade: What Linux Users Need To Know

I watched Microsoft's Windows 10 press event today not for looking toward switching and using the Windows 8 successor but rather to see what's coming down their consumer pipeline for competition to Linux and Android.
01:16 PM EST - Proprietary Software - Microsoft Windows 10 - 110 Comments

GNOME Shell Adds VP9 Screencasting, Mutter Improves Wayland

For the upcoming GNOME 3.15.4 development milestone release towards GNOME 3.16 there are some notable improvements for the GNOME Shell and Mutter.
11:05 AM EST - GNOME - GNOME On Wayland - 9 Comments

KWin 5.3 To Have New Speed Optimizations

Martin Gräßlin has fixed some outstanding bugs and further tuned the performance of the KWin window manager for the KDE Plasma 5 stack.
10:46 AM EST - KDE - KWin Tuning - 10 Comments

MediaFire File Sharing Adds Open-Source Linux Support

MediaFire, an online backup service / file hosting and sharing site, has released a "Linux and Open-Source Toolkit" for developers.
10:11 AM EST - Free Software - MediaFire Linux - 6 Comments

Kolab Enterprise 14 Released

Kolab Systems has announced the release of Kolab Enterprise 14, the latest version of their open-source groupware solution for email, calendar, contacts, tasks, file storage, data sharing, and other tasks.
09:53 AM EST - Free Software - Kolab Enterprise 14

Intel's Open-Source Graphics Team Poaches A Top Nouveau Driver Developer

While writing yesterday's article about Keith Packard leaving Intel's open-source Linux graphics team after being a longtime member of the X community, I noticed that Intel has a rather interesting new hire... A prominent member of Nouveau, the community-based, open-source NVIDIA driver project.
05:56 AM EST - NVIDIA - MuPuf - 26 Comments

GLX_EXT_buffer_age Patches For Mesa DRI2

While there have been GLX_EXT_buffer_age patches for Mesa going back months, they've been for DRI3. Chris Wilson of Intel has now implemented GLX_EXT_buffer_age support along the DRI2 code-paths.
02:50 AM EST - Mesa - GLX_EXT_buffer_age - 6 Comments

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