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GNOME/GTK+ Human Interface Guidelines Updated

Allan Day has updated the Human Interface Guidelines (HIG) for the GNOME project and more broadly for all GTK+ applications.
4 Hours Ago - GNOME - GNOME HIG - 2 Comments

Robocraft Is Rolling Over To Linux

Robocraft, a game described as "Minecraft Meets World of Tanks", will soon be released on Steam for Linux.
8 Hours Ago - Gaming - Robocraft - 1 Comment

Wine 1.7.25 Has A Packet Capture Library

The latest Wine bi-weekly development release features an implementation of a packet capture library.
8 Hours Ago - WINE - Wine 1.7.25 - 3 Comments

The Widely-Criticized New Commercial Linux Distro Is Now On Kickstarter

Back in July I wrote about a new Linux distribution based on Arch and Wayland that was aiming for commercial success and talked up being the "ultimate operating system" for users that could compete with the likes of Microsoft Windows. The distribution, Operating System U, was widely criticized by readers, but now the distribution is on Kickstarter to solicit funds.
10 Hours Ago - Operating Systems - Operating System U - 32 Comments

CUDA 6.5 Is Doing Great For Blender

The NVIDIA CUDA Toolkit 6.5 update released this week provides measurable performance advantages to those using the open-source Blender modelling software with NVIDIA's GPU acceleration.
11 Hours Ago - Free Software - CUDA 6.5 - 6 Comments

Wayland & Weston 1.6 Alpha Released

With Kristian Høgsberg seemingly busy with other projects, Pekka Paalanen went ahead and did the first alpha release for the upcoming Wayland and Weston 1.6 release.
11 Hours Ago - Wayland - Wayland 1.6 - 5 Comments

Nouveau Gets Improved Re-Clocking Handling For Select GPUs

Users of some pre-Fermi NVIDIA graphics cards can be thankful to Roy Spliet for managing some re-clocking related improvements to the Nouveau driver.
12 Hours Ago - Nouveau - NVA3 - 6 Comments

AMD's RadeonSI Driver Sped Up A Lot This Summer

Compared to the state of AMD's RadeonSI Gallium3D driver stack shipped in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS back in April, the latest open-source graphics driver code for the Radeon HD 7000 series GPUs and newer is a heck of a lot faster. Here's some tests showing how much progress has been made the past few months.
10:00 AM EDT - Display Drivers - 8 Comments

A New First-Person Mystery Game Might Be Coming To Linux

There's another high-profile game that's looking to come to Linux.
09:12 AM EDT - Gaming - The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

Patch By Patch, LLVM Clang Gets Better At Building The Linux Kernel

With each kernel revision, LLVM Clang gets closer to being able to build the mainline Linux kernel. There's now just a few dozen patches outstanding for LLVMLinux to be a mainline success.
09:00 AM EDT - Compiler - LLVMLinux - 7 Comments

XDC 2015 Event To Likely Be In Boston Or Toronto

The annual gathering of X.Org/Mesa/Wayland developers next year is likely to happen in either Toronto or Boston.
08:48 AM EDT - X.Org - X.Org Developers' Conference

VC4 Gallium3D Driver Now Handles X With GLAMOR

Eric Anholt's VC4 Gallium3D driver intended to support the low-cost Raspberry Pi development board is now able to accommodate running the X.Org Server with GLAMOR.
08:37 AM EDT - X.Org - Raspberry Pi - 1 Comment

Opera 25 Development Release For Linux

For those using the closed-source Opera web-browser, the development release to Opera 25 is available this week.
08:25 AM EDT - Proprietary Software - Opera 25 Dev - 1 Comment

21 August

Steam Now Supports VA-API For In-Home Game Streaming

Another Steam Linux client update is out today and with this latest revision comes VA-API video acceleration support when using Steam on Linux for in-home streaming.
05:40 PM EDT - Valve - VA-API - 20 Comments

GNOME 3.14 Beta Released

The first beta of the upcoming GNOME 3.14 has been released ahead of its expected general availability in September.
02:15 PM EDT - GNOME - GNOME 3.13.90 - 7 Comments

Mesa 10.3 Branched & RC1 Released, Mesa 10.4 On Master

For those hoping Mesa 10.3 would reach OpenGL 4.0 core compliance and thus the version bumping to Mesa 11.0, that didn't happen in time. Mesa 10.3 has now been branched from master and Mesa 10.3 RC1 issued.
12:05 PM EDT - Mesa - Mesa 10.3 RC1 - 5 Comments

Intel Sandy Bridge Gains On Linux 3.17 Extend Beyond Graphics

Yesterday I shared some benchmarks showing Intel Sandy Bridge HD Graphics performance increasing on Linux 3.17 for this several year old architecture. This came as a surprise but the good news is the performance improvements on this new Linux kernel don't stop with OpenGL but extend to CPU performance too.
11:00 AM EDT - Intel - Intel Linux Performance - 5 Comments

LinuxCon: What's Going On With Fedora.Next

For those curious about what's going on with "Fedora.Next" in revolutionizing the Fedora Linux distribution, Matthew Miller -- Fedora's new Project Leader -- is presenting at LinuxCon Chicago today covering the ongoing working for the Red Hat sponsored distribution.
10:34 AM EDT - Fedora - Fedora.NEXT - 10 Comments

Canonical Joined The Khronos Group To Help Mir/Wayland Drivers

Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu Linux, has joined the Khronos Group to help push open, cross-platform, industry-standard APIs.
09:45 AM EDT - Standards - Mir - 38 Comments

EFL 1.11 Is A Big Milestone For Enlightenment Users

Version 1.11 of the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL) has been released and it represents a huge milestone for those depending upon the library as part of their desktop.
09:10 AM EDT - Desktop - EFL 1.11 - 8 Comments

Intel's Latest Linux Graphics Code Competes Against OS X 10.9

Tests I carried out last month with a Haswell-based Apple MacBook Air showed Linux largely smashing OS X 10.9 with the latest open-source graphics driver code on Linux over Apple's OpenGL driver. Today I'm testing the latest OS X 10.9.4 state against the newest Linux kernel and Intel Mesa driver code on Ubuntu while this time using an older Sandy Bridge era Apple Mac Mini.
05:59 AM EDT - Operating Systems

DirectFB Updates GTK3 Support, Working Towards DirectFB 1.8

While we haven't heard much out of the DirectFB camp in recent months, it turns out their code is still churning and they continue making progress for this library that provides a plethora of features while running off the Linux frame-buffer.
04:26 AM EDT - Free Software - DirectFB - 2 Comments

Userptr Support Set For AMD Radeon GPUs In Linux 3.18

While it was originally set for Linux 3.17, with the Linux 3.18 kernel that's still months away will be userptr support for the AMD Radeon graphics driver.
12:00 AM EDT - AMD - Userptr

20 August

NVIDIA Releases CUDA 6.5 As A Huge Update

NVIDIA put out version 6.5 of their Compute Unified Device Architecture today and it is a big step ahead, including better development tooling for CUDA Fortran.
05:13 PM EDT - NVIDIA - CUDA 6.5 - 10 Comments

Intel Sandy Bridge Gets A Surprise Boost From Linux 3.17

Besides the recent work to support OpenGL Geometry Shaders for Sandy Bridge in Mesa, users of Intel "Sandy Bridge" HD Graphics can also be thankful for the forthcoming Linux 3.17 kernel. Early testing of Linux 3.17 has revealed that for at least some Intel Sandy Bridge hardware are OpenGL performance improvements with the newer kernel code.
04:45 PM EDT - Display Drivers - 3 Comments

GNOME 3.14 Beta Makes GLSL Optional, Supports Wayland Gesture/Touch Events

For the upcoming GNOME 3.13.90 release are updates to GNOME Shell and Mutter that bring a few notable last-minute changes.
02:16 PM EDT - GNOME - GNOME 3.13.90 - 14 Comments

KDE Software Compilation 4.14 Released

The KDE Applications stack has been updated for KDE 4.,14 while the Plasma Workspaces and Development Platform are transitioning to Plasma 5 and Frameworks 5.
02:11 PM EDT - KDE - KDE 4.14

The Many Things You Can Build With A Raspberry Pi

Ruth Suehle and Tom Callaway are presenting at LinuxCon 2014 Chicago tomorrow about many different Raspberry Pi hacks and other Linux capabilities of these low-cost, low-performance single board computers.
01:34 PM EDT - Fedora - Raspberry Pi - 6 Comments

AMD's Catalyst Linux Driver Preparing For A World Without An X Server?

AMD's proprietary Catalyst Linux driver installer is interestingly being prepared for an environment without an X.Org Server.
01:05 PM EDT - AMD - --NoXServer - 21 Comments

Khronos Publishes Its Slides About OpenGL-Next

Earlier this month at SIGGRAPH Vancouver we were surprised yet delighted by the news of Khronos developing a next-generation graphics API following OpenGL 4.5. All of the Khronos Group slides about OpenGL 4.5, OpenGL-Next, and their other industry-standard APIs have now been published from their SIGGRAPH track.
10:53 AM EDT - Standards - Next-Gen OpenGL - 46 Comments

Open-Source Radeon Graphics Have Some Improvements On Linux 3.17

Early benchmarking of the Linux 3.17 kernel have indicated faster performance for AMD's open-source Linux graphics driver thanks to Radeon DRM improvements.
10:00 AM EDT - Display Drivers - 15 Comments

GitHub, Seagate, Western Digital & Others Join The Linux Foundation

With LinuxCon starting today in Chicago, the Linux Foundation has announced their latest sponsorship recruits for some major organizations that are now backing the foundation.
09:48 AM EDT - Free Software - LF - 3 Comments

Qt5 Will Now Support LGPLv3 Modules

With the upcoming Qt 5.4 release, LGPLv3 is now an optional license alongside the existing LGPLv2.1 license and the commercial combination for Qt Enterprise.
08:30 AM EDT - Qt - LGPLv3 - 2 Comments

Scientific Linux 7.0 Beta 3 Released

Fermilab developers continue to be hard at work on their Scientific Linux 7.0 OS, which of course is respun from Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.
06:14 AM EDT - Operating Systems - SL7

Proposed: A Tainted Performance State For The Linux Kernel

Similar to the kernel states of having a tainted kernel for using binary blob kernel modules or unsigned modules, a new tainting method has been proposed for warning the user about potentially adverse kernel performance.
03:55 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - TAINT_PERFORMANCE - 10 Comments

Systemd 216 Piles On More Features, Aims For New User-Space VT

Lennart Poettering announced the systemd 216 release on Tuesday and among its changes is a more complete systemd-resolved that has nearly complete caching DNS and LLMNR stub resolver, a new systemd terminal library, and a number of new commands.
12:02 AM EDT - systemd - systemd 216 - 108 Comments

19 August

Mesa 10.2.6 Has Plenty Of OpenGL Driver Bug Fixes

For those living on the Mesa 10.2 stable series rather than the experimental Mesa 10.3 code, there's a new point release out today.
08:30 PM EDT - Mesa - Mesa 10.2 - 1 Comment

Wasteland 2 Gets An Official Release Date

Brian Fargo's Wasteland 2 game that's the successor to the original Wasteland from two decades ago now has an official release date...
07:08 PM EDT - Gaming - Wasteland 2 - 7 Comments

Dead Island For Linux Appears Imminent

Dead Island is a action role-playing game developed by Techland for all major platforms and is based on a zombie-infested open world island. There's been talk of a potential Linux port and it looks like it might finally be materializing for Linux gamers.
06:00 PM EDT - Gaming - Dead Island - 14 Comments

LXQt 0.8 Is Being Released Soon

Fans of LXQt, the merge of the Qt version of LXDE along with the Razor-qt desktop project, will soon see out a big update.
05:25 PM EDT - Desktop - LXQt - 11 Comments

Linux 3.17 Lands Memfd, A KDBUS Prerequisite

There's many new features to Linux 3.17 that were covered over the past two weeks on Phoronix. One of the merged Linux 3.17 features that went under our radar at the time was the new memfd syscall was merged, which is a requirement of the forthcoming KDBUS, the kernel-based D-Bus implementation sought after by the systemd crew.
04:54 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - memfd - 16 Comments

Humble Jumbo Bundle 2 Shafts Linux Gamers

The Humble Jumbo Bundle 2 was just announced with "$210 worth of awesome games" that can be found on Steam, but before Linux gamers get too excited, they're mostly left in the dust.
02:56 PM EDT - Gaming - Humble Indie Bundle - 45 Comments

Ubuntu 14.10's Feature Freeze Is This Wednesday

For good or bad, it sure seems like time flew by the past few months of the Ubuntu 14.10 development cycle; the feature freeze for the Utopic Unicorn is this week.
02:49 PM EDT - Ubuntu - Utopic Unicorn - 12 Comments

New VM Software Claims To Be 4.5x Faster Than QEMU

Eltechs is preparing to introduce ExaGear Desktop next month as new proprietary software for running Linux x86 software on Linux ARM using their own virtual machine technology.
01:55 PM EDT - Virtualization - ExaGear - 12 Comments

Kpatch Gets Exposure This Week, kGraft Misses Out

This week at LinuxCon Chicago are two talks about Red Hat's Kpatch live kernel patching solution to reduce downtime. However, there aren't any scheduled talks about SUSE's kGraft solution with neither yet being in the mainline kernel.
12:46 PM EDT - Linux Events - LinuxCon

Btrfs Gets Talked Up, Googler Encourages You To Try Btrfs

This week at LinuxCon North America in Chicago is a presentation by Google's Marc Merlin that's entitled "Why you should consider using btrfs, real COW snapshots and file level incremental server OS upgrades like Google does." The presentation does a good job at looking at the state of Btrfs on Linux and comparing it to ZFS.
10:39 AM EDT - Google - Btrfs - 77 Comments

Mesa Now Supports Another OpenGL 4.5 Extension

While Mesa is still racing towards OpenGL 4.0 compliance, another OpenGL 4.5 extension can now be crossed off the Mesa TODO list.
10:09 AM EDT - Mesa - GL_ARB - 6 Comments

XBMC 13.2 Released, One Of The Last Before Kodi

XBMC 13.2 has been released as one of the last "Gotham" series bug-fix releases before the project renames itself to Kodi.
10:00 AM EDT - Multimedia - XBMC Gotham

C++14 Is Complete

The ISO C++14 draft international standard was unanimously approved and is now clear for publication.
08:36 AM EDT - Standards - C++14 - 15 Comments

AMD Launches Radeon R7 Series SSDs

Not to be confused with the Radeon R7 graphics cards, AMD today officially announced the Radeon R7 SSD line-up.
08:27 AM EDT - AMD - Radeon R7 SSD - 13 Comments

18 August

Linux Foundation Pushes Two-Factor Authentication For Git

The Linux Foundation is pushing for two-factor authentication for Kernel.org Git repositories.
04:21 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - Kernel.org - 10 Comments

Ubuntu MATE On Track To Become An Official Spin

Ubuntu MATE is making progress as becoming an official Ubuntu derivative using the GNOME2-forked desktop environment.
03:52 PM EDT - Ubuntu - Ubuntu MATE - 14 Comments

NIR: A New IR Developed For Mesa That's Better Than GLSL IR

Connor Abbott, the open-source developer that began contributing to the Lima Linux graphics driver while a high school student, was interning at Intel this summer even before starting college. Over the summer the focus of his Intel Linux internship was focusing on developing a new intermediate representation for Mesa graphics drivers.
02:05 PM EDT - Intel - NIR - 26 Comments

Coreboot Now Works On The Older MacBook 1,1 Too

As an update to yesterday's story about Coreboot now working for the MacBook 2,1 model, with today's Git activity the open-source BIOS/UEFI replacement will also work with the even older 1,1 model.
11:50 AM EDT - Coreboot - MacBook 1,1 - 8 Comments

LinuxCon Is This Week In Chicago

The Linux Foundation's LinuxCon North America event is happening this week in Chicago.
10:30 AM EDT - Linux Events - LinuxCon North America - 1 Comment

Wayland 1.6 Is Under Planning For Release

We haven't heard much talk lately about Wayland 1.6 but Pekka Paalanen is stepping up and is trying to begin organizing work towards the Wayland/Weston 1.6 release that's quickly due.
09:25 AM EDT - Wayland - Wayland 1.6 - 14 Comments

Direct3D 9 Support Stands A Chance Of Being Added To Mesa

For several months now there's been a Direct3D 9 state tracker under development for Mesa that's making some headway and working out for bettering the Wine performance with D3D9 titles rather than using Wine's translation layer to OpenGL. While no official request for pulling the code has been issued, it looks like it might stand a chance of hitting mainline Mesa.
08:52 AM EDT - Mesa - D3D9 - 36 Comments

Viber 4.2 Finally Released For Linux

Several Phoronix readers have written in this weekend to share that the Viber Linux client is finally up to par with the Windows version.
08:34 AM EDT - Proprietary Software - Viber 4.2 - 16 Comments

Red Hat Is Hiring To Work On Open-Source GPU Drivers

Those wishing to work for one of the best open-source companies while focusing on improving open-source Linux graphics drivers, Red Hat has an opening.
08:16 AM EDT - Red Hat - Employment - 20 Comments

17 August

Apple's MacBook (2,1) Now Can Boot With Coreboot

After the Lenovo X200 support the latest laptop supporting Coreboot is Apple's second-generation MacBook.
07:28 PM EDT - Coreboot - Macbook 2,1 - 19 Comments

Mageia 5 Alpha 2 Works To Add KF5 & LXQt Packages

The second alpha release to Mageia 5 was released this weekend and it incorporates updated package "under the hood" and is working towards KDE Frameworks 5 and LXQt support for Mageia 5.
07:03 PM EDT - Operating Systems - Mageia 5 - 2 Comments

Nouveau Works On Maxwell Fan Management

Nouveau developer Martin Peres has published a set of ten Nouveau DRM patches working towards proper fan/power management support for NVIDIA's latest "Maxwell" GPUs.
12:02 PM EDT - Nouveau - Maxwell - 23 Comments

The New Features Of The Linux 3.17 Kernel

Now that the merge window has passed and Linux 3.17-rc1 released, here's a rundown of the new features for the Linux 3.17 kernel.
11:41 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - Linux 3.17 - 3 Comments

Git 2.1 Released

Version 2.1 of the Git revision control system is available this weekend.
10:42 AM EDT - Free Software - Git 2.1

KDE's Konqueror Is In Need Of A New Maintainer

KDE's Konqueror web-browser is in need of a new maintainer and for some love to port it to Qt5 and KDE Frameworks 5.
10:21 AM EDT - KDE - Konqueror - 41 Comments

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