This week at Phoronix most of the new content was related to new software releases, enhancements to the Linux desktop, and Linux gaming. In fact, it was a particularly great week in the free software world with all of the happenings.
Back on Tuesday, Red Hat released Fedora 12 Alpha
, which brings a huge number of changes. We talked about some of the new Fedora work in this article
. Slackware 13.0
was also released. In the Ubuntu world we learned that Canonical may be willing to patch Ubuntu's Firefox to provide JPEG 2000 support
and there is now XSplash
, which is a new splash screen coming around for Ubuntu 9.10.
Impacting the Linux desktop was word that Compiz 0.9 is around the corner
and a development release of the GNOME Shell
. Sparking a bit of controversy, the Ubuntu Software Store
was unveiled on Thursday. Some of the other package releases in the past week include the Linux 2.6.31-rc8 kernel
, CUPS 1.4.0
, and a Skype 2.1 beta
Mac OS X 10.6
was released this week and we provided an extensive number of Snow Leopard benchmarks
on launch-day. But before that we released Bardu Alpha 1
, which is the first development snapshot for what will ultimately go on to become version 2.2 of the Phoronix Test Suite
. The Ubuntu 9.10 vs. Mac OS X 10.6 benchmarks are coming tomorrow.
There was also the usual roundabout with Linux drivers, including VIA releasing a new 2D driver
, NVIDIA pushing out new proprietary updates
, and an Intel X.Org driver point release
. Also made known is that a new X Server release
in the 1.6 series is coming. Other important events was the VGA Arbiter code hitting the X Server
and OpenCL coming about on Gallium3D
Of interest to those into gaming and Linux, LGP announced this week that Shadowgrounds: Survivor has gone gold
(should be available in 2~3 weeks) and Warsow 0.5 was released
with plenty of new features.
Other Phoronix articles this week included Ubuntu 9.10 boot performance benchmarks
, a review of the Sumo Lounge Omni chair
, and early benchmarks of Ubuntu 9.10 vs. OpenSuSE 11.2 vs. Mandriva 2010