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Arch Linux Enables Mesa Floating Point Textures

The rolling-release Arch Linux distribution has just enabled floating point textures for Mesa. This was the hotly-debated feature for Mesa that provides OpenGL floating point textures and render targets, but is disabled by default since its protected by patents in the United States and elsewhere. Arch Linux users when building new versions of Mesa will receive this support irrespective of their physical location.
1 June 2011 - Takes A Stand - 13 Comments

OpenBSD 4.9 Brings Various Improvements

OpenBSD 4.9 has been released today while many Europeans are out with their first of May celebrations.
1 May 2011 - New BSD - 2 Comments

Slackware 13.37 Released

Not only is Ubuntu 11.04 out there, but Slackware 13.37 has now been released as well.
28 April 2011 - Lots of Changes - 11 Comments

ReactOS 0.3.13 Brings Lots Of Improvements

ReactOS, the free software operating system that aims to be binary compatible with Microsoft Windows XP and Windows 2003 while being completely written from scratch, has a new release out. ReactOS 0.3.13 has nearly 300 bug-fixes including several prominent changes that have piled up since the previous 0.3.12 release last October. However, this Windows-like operating system is still considered to be in an alpha state.
27 March 2011 - The Windows-Like OS - 26 Comments

Some Distributions Still Live In A KMS-Less World

One of the most commonly mentioned terms at Phoronix is KMS, as in kernel mode-setting, whereby the GPU mode-setting is done in kernel-space rather than user-space with an X.Org DDX driver. The major open-source drivers were quick to adopt KMS support in their DRM drivers since it allows for cool features like a cleaner boot process, faster and more reliable VT switching, more reliable suspend-and-resume, greater security by running the X Server as a normal user, the ability to have a Linux kernel panic message (like a Windows BSOD), and for new technologies like the Wayland Display Server to emerge. However, not all Linux distributions are yet on this KMS bandwagon.
25 March 2011 - Not By Default - 13 Comments

New Mageia & Mandriva Releases Step Closer

New development releases of Mageia and Mandriva Linux are available this week. On the Mandriva side it's their first beta of Mandriva Linux 2011 and with the Mageia fork they are now up to Alpha 2.
17 March 2011 - New Development Builds

Gentoo Linux 11.0 LiveDVD Released

While stable, tagged releases really aren't important to Gentoo users due to its rolling-release model, a Gentoo 11.0 LiveDVD was released today by its developers.
8 March 2011 - Gentoo Snapshot - 7 Comments

Scientific Linux 6.0 Released As RHEL6 Rebuild

While CentOS 6.0 has yet to be released, the university researchers and scientists working on Scientific Linux have officially released Scientific Linux 6.0. Scientific Linux 6.0 is basically a community, binary build of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0.
3 March 2011 - Based On RHEL6 - 5 Comments

Kanotix Hellfire 2011-03 Linux Released

Kano, a well known member of the Phoronix community, has just released his Kanotix "Hellfire" 2011-03 German Linux distribution.
2 March 2011 - Kano Releases - 5 Comments

Mandriva 2011 Alpha 2 Released

For those Mandriva users that haven't dissented to Mageia Linux, the second alpha release of Mandriva 2011 is now available for testing.
1 March 2011 - Available

Mandriva & Mageia Release Their Alphas

The first Alpha release of Mandriva 2011 is now available along with the first alpha release of its newest offspring, Mageia Linux. This is the first-ever ISO release of Mageia Linux since this free software project was formed last year by many Mandriva developers after the uncertain future of Mandriva's parent company.
15 February 2011 - New Releases - 2 Comments

A Technology Preview Of Mandriva 2011

While Mandriva 2011 final will not be released until this June, a technology preview of this once very promising distribution is now available. While a number of Mandriva developers have parted ways to form Mageia Linux, there are a number of interesting changes for this next major release.
2 February 2011 - Now Available - 2 Comments

The Gentoo-Based Calculate Linux 11 Has Arrived

Version 11.0 of Calculate Linux has been released. This release of the Gentoo-based operating system, which we benchmarked last August, brings many improvements to this promising distribution that -- like Sabayon and others -- makes it easier to run Gentoo on desktops and servers.
22 January 2011 - Calculate Linux 11.0 - 5 Comments

MeeGo-Harmattan Is Handling FreeDesktop.org X

While Intel is looking to use Wayland on MeeGo Touch for their mobile/embedded purposes, the Nokia side is still focusing upon X for the time being. But rather than using X with KDrive, developing all of their X support out of the mainline trees, or going down any other messy paths, they are working towards using the mainline X.Org Server as found on FreeDesktop.org along with the other X libraries.
2 January 2011 - The Nokia Stack - 9 Comments

Mandriva Linux 2010.2 Released

A month ago we reported that two versions of Mandriva were coming soon after a number of its developers had left the project to form the Mageia Linux distribution after Mandriva's parent company was facing some financial hardship and its future was questionable during this period. The two versions of Mandriva being worked on were Mandriva 2010.02 and Mandriva 2011, with the former having been released today.
23 December 2010 - Stable Update

Genode OS Now Has A LiveCD Demo With Gallium3D

Back in July we reported that Gallium3D and Intel's GEM were ported to Genode OS. Unless you read that article, chances are you never heard of Genode OS. Genode is a unique, niche operating system that is designed for dynamic workloads while being robust and secure. Genode takes a unique approach with frameworks to offer greater security and be a less complex operating system. It's primarily designed for high-security computing, automotive systems, and other devices requiring high security and/or dependability. Now though a LiveCD of this free operating system is available, which includes support for demonstrating its Gallium3D framework implementation.
16 November 2010 - The Other OS - 5 Comments

Two Versions Of Mandriva Coming Soon

Mandriva was recently forked into a new distribution called Mageia Linux where several Mandriva developers parted ways with this distribution once known as Mandrake due to the uncertainty of the future direction of Mandriva Linux with its corporate backer having underwent some financial hardship. While there isn't yet a release of Mageia, the Mandriva Cooker Manager has finally been permitted to release details concerning the next two releases of Mandriva Linux.
16 November 2010 - Life After Mandrake

ReactOS Pushes Out A New Operating System Release

The developers behind ReactOS, the free software operating system working to re-implement the architecture of Microsoft Windows XP/2003 and attaining binary compatibility with existing Windows software, is now out with a new release. The ReactOS release came about one year ago, but out this afternoon is the brand new ReactOS 0.3.12.
20 October 2010 - ReactOS 0.3.12 - 14 Comments

Mandriva's Forked Into A New Project Called Mageia

The Mandriva Linux distribution has been forked by a number of Mandriva contributors with the fate of this distribution formerly known as Mandrake being unknown due to financial troubles and layoffs facing Mandriva's parent company. This new forked version of Mandriva is being called Mageia.
18 September 2010 - Mageia Linux - 8 Comments

Gallium3D, GEM Ported To Genode OS

Genode OS, a framework created by German developers for building special-purpose operating systems and provides a choice of six different kernels with targeted uses for high-security computing, dependable computing, automotive applications, and mobile devices, has advanced a great deal with its just-released 10.08 version. Genode OS 10.08 brings support for Qt 4.6, a new ATAPI block driver, IS0 9660 file-system support, MadWiFi wireless networking support, and dynamic linking on ARM EABI platforms, but most interesting in this release are the hardware-accelerated graphics improvements. Genode developers have ported Gallium3D and the Graphics Execution Manager to the Genode OS.
11 August 2010 - Running In User-Space - 5 Comments

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