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Next Week Will Be Real Exciting For Linux Users

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Published on 20 September 2013 10:32 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel
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From interesting events to a number of important announcements, next week should be very exciting for open-source fans, gamers, and Linux enthusiasts.

First of all, next week Valve is expected to release more public details on their Linux-based SteamBox video game console!

For those not into gaming but prefer socializing and enjoying good beer, Phoronix @ Oktoberfest is now into its fifth year as my annual pilgrimage to Munich for enjoying the best beer (Augustiner) while meeting up with Phoronix readers, Linux fans, and other interesting sources. It's the closest thing I get at anytime to a holiday, but I'm still working daily, 365 days a year, and writing hundreds of articles per month.

While in some past years I have been at Oktoberfest for the entire duration of the wiesn, this year I will just be there from Sunday through next Wednesday (25 September). See the aforelinked article for more details though the area where I'll be is the same as always within the Augustinerzelt.

For those travellers not into beer drinking, over in Portland, Oregon is XDC2013. XDC2013 will discuss the future of the X.Org Server, Mesa, Wayland, and maybe even some Mir. There's also the issue of what to do with the X.Org Foundation. Sadly this year XDC collides with my dates for Oktoberfest, but there's said to be video recordings (unless X.Org was assuming again that I would be doing video recordings) and hopefully some Wiki-based notes. I'll try to summarize the interesting content remotely from the X.Org Developers' Conference.

If you're not a gamer and will not be travelling to Phoronix@Oktoberfest or XDC, there's at least a lot of great content to keep you busy. Among the benchmarks I have ran and articles I have already penned include new Intel Ivy Bridge Gallium3D vs. Classic Mesa performance, Intel Iris Pro 5200 vs. HD Graphics 4600 Haswell comparison, an 11-way AMD Radeon GPU comparison on the Linux 3.12 kernel and Mesa 9.3, a 4-way Nouveau NVIDIA GeForce comparison on the Linux 3.12 kernel and Mesa 9.3, X.Org vs. XMir benchmarks with the KDE / Xfce / Unity desktops, VMware Fusion 6 benchmarks, more Haswell compiler benchmarks, and some more Amazon EC2 cloud performance benchmarks.

There's also a few more articles I still might write prior to leaving for Munich on Saturday. I'll also, of course, still be posting new Linux / open-source news daily during Oktoberfest -- thanks in part to the wonderful internal Anzwix for discovering interesting things worth writing about.

To stay up to date with all of the Phoronix content, Like us on Facebook and follow @MichaelLarabel and @Phoronix on Twitter. If you appreciate all that goes into this site -- the only source on the Internet dedicated to providing public Linux benchmarks of interest to enthusiasts and other crowds -- please consider subscribing to Phoronix Premium and/or making a PayPal tip.

There might be a few other surprises too in order to make next week even better!

P.S. Next week also marks the release of GNOME 3.10 with initial Wayland support and other great features.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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