This Week: Gallium3D Excitement, LLVM
Written by Michael Larabel in Phoronix on 6 September 2009 at 08:50 PM EDT. Add A Comment
This week at Phoronix a number of the stories we cover pertained to Gallium3D, the Linux graphics stack in general, and more Mac OS X 10.6 benchmarks. In the Gallium3D world we covered news about work on bringing this driver architecture to the Haiku OS and interestingly X-Video and EXA coming to Gallium3D. Also worth noting this week when it comes to the Linux graphics stack is Mesa slowly picking up OpenGL 3 features, Mesa 7.5.1 bringing bug fixes, the X.Org 7.5 code-base being frozen, and the first X Server 1.7 snapshot finally arriving. NVIDIA this week brought VDPAU improvements and fan speed support to its proprietary driver. We also started asking questions for a Q&A with NVIDIA about Linux.

Some of the prominent package releases this week included Opera 10.0, KDE 4.3.1, and Linux 2.6.31-rc9. Progress was also made towards GNOME 3.0 with updates to GNOME Shell and Mutter. When it comes to running Windows applications and games on Linux, there was the release of Wine 1.1.29 and the subsequent release of CrossOver Games 6.0. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4 also made it out this week during the first day of the Red Hat Summit in Chicago, where we also learned details about Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6. Ubuntu 9.10 Alpha 5 also worked its way out of the Canonical camp.

We also continued our Mac OS X 10.6 benchmarks by offering up numbers of Mac OS X 10.6 versus Ubuntu 9.10 and GCC vs. LLVM-GCC benchmarks.

That covers the major happenings in the Phoronix world this week as it pertains to Linux, computer hardware, and free software. Of course, if you wish to support our work, consider subscribing to Phoronix Premium, making a PayPal donation, or using our affiliate link for any purchases. You can also stop by other Phoronix Media properties like our cooking gadget review web-site and the Phoronix Test Suite.

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