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This Week: Ubuntu 9.10, AMD Changes, DRI2 Sync

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Published on 01 November 2009 06:30 PM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Phoronix
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This week at Phoronix most of our articles and news postings were about... you guessed it! X.Org and Linux graphics, to no surprise. However, outside of this niche of ours, Ubuntu 9.10 was released so we did publish some comparative Ubuntu benchmarks from an old ThinkPad. We also launched the first Phoronix Test Suite 2.2 beta on Tuesday, which carries a horde of new features and improvements for all the Linux benchmarking junkies. We also reported on the possibility of Windows 7 benchmarking with our flagship open-source testing software along with the first details on PTS Desktop Live 2009.4, our Linux-based, performance-oriented, benchmarking OS.

Some of our other news postings this week included the improvements coming to CrossOver Office and CrossOver Games, the AbiWord 2.6 release, Mozilla SeaMonkey 2.0 surfacing, OpenSuSE 11.2 RC2, the first GNOME 3.0 development release, and MythTV 0.22.

Our Linux graphics coverage this week led to the reporting of new DRM documentation, the continued X.Org development discussion, DRI2 sync and swap extensions, a look at the ATI R600/700 3D support in Fedora 12, and most notably was the X.Org 7.5 release. Additionally, we delivered the news that Matthew Tippett would be leaving AMD after serving six years as the Linux Core Engineering Manager for ATI/AMD. Matthew will be joining Palm and also will be around here at Phoronix writing a couple of articles, but largely working on the enterprise side of the Phoronix Test Suite with a forthcoming commercial venture.

Lastly, yesterday we launched our annual Linux graphics survey. Take our 2009 Linux Graphics Survey to help developers better understand the hardware/drivers in use, the interests of end-users as it pertains to X.Org, etc. The results will be made public in early December. Within eight hours of the survey's start we already had a record turnout with over 2,100 responses in such a short amount of time. As of right now we are at roughly 6,000 responses.

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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