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Emacs 24.4 Has Built-In Web Browser, Improved Multi-Monitor Support

A new release of Emacs is out today and it's quite a big update with new functionality for this popular and extensible text editor.
7 Minutes Ago - GNU - Emacs 24.4

Debian 7.7 Released With Various Bug-Fixes

While some are busy debating whether Debian should be forked, the upstream Debian release team is moving forward and has announced the stable release of Debian 7.7.
2 Hours Ago - Debian - Debian 7.7

NVIDIA's NVPTX Support For GCC Is Close To Being Merged

The NVPTX back-end code for GCC that's going to allow OpenACC 2.0 offloading support for NVIDIA GPUs with GCC is close to materializing within the mainline code-base.
5 Hours Ago - NVIDIA - NVPTX - 4 Comments

KDE's KWin On Wayland Begins Using Libinput

Martin Gräßlin has shared that as of today the libinput support has been integrated into KDE's KWin Wayland code.
7 Hours Ago - KDE - KWin libinput - 2 Comments

Khronos Releases OpenVX 1.0 Specification

The Khronos Group has finalized and released their first formal specification for the cross-platform, royalty-free OpenVX standard.
7 Hours Ago - Standards - OpenVX

Linux Kernel Working Towards GNU11/C11 Compatibility

For now it looks like the Linux kernel is going to explicitly declare itself as using the GNU89 dialect of the C89 standard but over time the code is being made to compile under C11.
7 Hours Ago - Linux Kernel - GNU89 - 3 Comments

Ubuntu 15.04 Is Codenamed After A Monkey: Vivid Vervet

With Ubuntu 14.10 "Utopic Unicorn" due out later this month, Mark Shuttleworth has just revealed the Ubuntu 15.04 codename...
8 Hours Ago - Ubuntu - Vivid Vervet - 7 Comments

LLVM Gets Bindings For Google's Go

Another feature for the upcoming LLVM 3.6 release are bindings for Google's Go programming language.
8 Hours Ago - Compiler - Go Bindings - 1 Comment

Following GCC, Clang Looks To Default To C11

It looks like LLVM's Clang compiler will be defaulting to using the GNU's C11 standard for its next release.
9 Hours Ago - Compiler - GNU11 - 1 Comment

Users/Developers Threatening Fork Of Debian GNU/Linux

In light of Debian's outlook for using systemd by default, a group of users/developers/administrators are talking about forking Debian GNU/Linux.
9 Hours Ago - Debian - Debian Fork - 69 Comments

19 October

Linux 3.18-rc1 Released One Week Early With Many Changes

While Linus Torvalds initially anticipated the Linux 3.18 merge window being three weeks in length due to his Linux Foundation conference travels, he ended up managing to release Linux 3.18-rc1 after just two weeks... The release is out there now with its many changes.
09:45 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - Linux 3.18-rc1 - 10 Comments

The VC4 Gallium3D Driver Is Still Moving Along For The Raspberry Pi

Eric Anholt has provided a status update concerning the state of Broadcom's VC4 Gallium3D driver that provides open-source graphics support for the Raspberry Pi.
05:30 PM EDT - Free Software - RPi - 6 Comments

18 October

CompuLab Intense-PC2: An Excellent, Fanless, Mini PC Powered By Intel's i7 Haswell

Last month in a preview article I mentioned I was testing CompuLab's Intense-PC2 and that it was a great Haswell-based mini Linux PC. After using it now for another month and putting it through its paces with many strenuous benchmarking workloads and trying out other Linux distributions, I remain enthusiastic about the Intense-PC2 and it being a great offering for Linux (and even Windows/BSD) users.
09:30 AM EDT - Computers - 11 Comments

Direct3D 9 Support Might Land Within Mainline Mesa 3D Drivers

It looks like we could see the Direct3D 9 (Gallium3D Nine) state tracker land within Mesa! This state tracker can be used for accelerating D3D9-using Windows games via Wine and other purposes. The Gallium3D Nine patches are called for review as of this Saturday morning with ambitions of being merged to master.
08:25 AM EDT - Mesa - Gallium3D Nine - 47 Comments

OpenGL Preview Benchmarks For NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 970

For those anxious to see how well the GeForce GTX 970, NVIDIA's new high-end, Maxwell-based graphics card will perform under Linux, here's some preview benchmarks.
12:48 AM EDT - NVIDIA - GTX 970 - 2 Comments

17 October

HOPE: The Ease Of Python With The Speed Of C++

HOPE is the latest Python compiler out there focused to deliver great speed. The HOPE JIT compiler is said to combine the ease of Python with the speed of C++.
09:31 PM EDT - Compiler - Fast Python - 66 Comments

Vitesse: Using LLVM To Speed Up Databases

A new start-up is attempting to speed up PostgreSQL database performance by leveraging the LLVM compiler infrastructure.
11:53 AM EDT - Compiler - Postgres - 3 Comments

AMD Is Restructuring Again, Losing 7% Of Employees

AMD reported their Q3'2014 results yesterday and they weren't good for the company. AMD will be restructuring again and will be slashing their global headcount by about 7%.
11:42 AM EDT - AMD - Bad Quarter - 73 Comments

Linux Testing Of The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970

After last month's review of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 on Linux, many Phoronix readers expressed interest in seeing tests of the GeForce GTX 970, another powerful Maxwell graphics card but costs much less than the GTX 980. I now have my hands on an EVGA GeForce GTX 970 and am working on Linux performance benchmarks for this graphics card.
11:00 AM EDT - NVIDIA - GeForce GTX 970 - 3 Comments

Qt 5.4 Now In Beta With Web, Bluetooth LE, Graphics Improvements

Digia -- well, what's being spun off into The Qt Company -- published the official beta for the upcoming Qt 5.4 tool-kit release.
10:21 AM EDT - Qt - Qt 5.4 Beta - 3 Comments

AMD's Radeon R9 285 On Linux Offers Good OpenCL Performance

In complementing this week's Linux review of the AMD Radeon R9 285 and follow-up articles with some extra GPU scaling tests and Catalyst AI Linux benchmarks, here's some more OpenCL R9 285 "Tonga" performance numbers under Ubuntu compared to what was shared in the original Linux review.
10:00 AM EDT - AMD - OpenCL TONGA

GNOME Developer Comes Up With New Animated Image Format

Jasper St. Pierre who we're usually talking about on Phoronix due to his GNOME contributions related to Wayland support, shared today he's come up with a new animated image format to compete with GIF.
09:16 AM EDT - Free Software - XNG - 28 Comments

KDE Plasma 5.1 & KF5.3 For Fedora

The Fedora KDE SIG has put out new packages for the recent releases of KDE Frameworks 5.3 and KDE Plasma 5.1.
08:55 AM EDT - Fedora - KDE 5

Clover Native Object Code Lands In Mesa

AMD's patches to add support to compiling to native object code for the "Clover" OpenCL state tracker in Mesa's Gallium3D and for the Radeon Gallium3D driver to take advantage of this functionality, has landed.
08:47 AM EDT - AMD - Native Objects - 1 Comment

Wine 1.7.29 Is Still Implementing DirectWrite

A day after the debut of CodeWeavers CrossOver 14.0, Wine 1.7.29 is now available.
08:40 AM EDT - WINE - Wine 1.7.29 - 2 Comments

Debian Is Back To Discussing Init Systems, Freedom of Choice

The init system discussion is back on in the Debian camp... A vote will be taking place in two weeks to look at preserving the "freedom of choice of init systems."
08:20 AM EDT - Debian - Init System Choice - 37 Comments

16 October

CrossOver 14.0 Makes Installing Windows Apps Easier

CodeWeavers has put out a major new release of their Wine-based CrossOver software.
02:42 PM EDT - WINE - CrossOver 14 - 23 Comments

Wayland Support Starts Coming Together For VLC Media Player

Users of the VLC multimedia player will be happy to know that the Wayland support is coming along for those wanting to abandon their X.Org Server.
02:05 PM EDT - Multimedia - VLC - 7 Comments

AMD Catalyst AI Performance With "Tonga" On Ubuntu Linux

Along with today's R9 285 GPU scaling tests from Ubuntu, other Linux graphics tests I ran from the AMD Radeon R9 285 GCN 1.2 graphics card is a check whether to see Catalyst AI is doing much on Linux.
11:15 AM EDT - AMD - Catalyst AI - 3 Comments

Fedora 21 Is Looking & Working Very Well -- Best Fedora Release Yet?

While we're still likely at least months out from the official release of Fedora 21, I've been running it a lot since last month's F21 Alpha release and it's been working out very well. Fedora 21 is easily shaping up to be the best Fedora release yet and the stability/saneness of the development packages is also a charming change compared to some of the more notorious Fedora releases of the past.
10:50 AM EDT - Fedora - Fedora 21 - 26 Comments

AMD Radeon R9 285 Linux GPU Scaling Performance

For those wondering about the maximum resolution they can run given OpenGL workloads at with the AMD Radeon R9 285 "Tonga", a new ~$250 USD graphics card, here's some Linux GPU scaling benchmarks with the Catalyst driver.
01:12 AM EDT - AMD - R9 285 Tonga - 23 Comments

Changes Coming For OpenBSD 5.6

OpenBSD 5.6 is expected to be released at the start of November and with this release will come a large number of changes.
12:02 AM EDT - BSD - OpenBSD 5.6 - 20 Comments

15 October

Linux-Turned-FreeBSD Distro Comes Up With A New Software License

While the likes of SprezzOS as the "most beautiful and performant" Linux and OSu as the ultimate operating system have disappeared at the end of the day and are no longer providing comic relief or interesting ambitious debates to Linux users, that other distribution based on Ubuntu and then turned into a FreeBSD distribution is still standing. They're out with an update today and have introduced their own open-source license.
05:37 PM EDT - Operating Systems - JabirOS 2.1 - 50 Comments

Khronos Adds GLUS 2.0 To The OpenGL SDK

New to the OpenGL SDK is the integration of GLUS.
04:55 PM EDT - Standards - GLUS - 14 Comments

Google Backtracks & Re-Enables EXT3/4 File-System Support In Chrome OS

Surprising a lot of readers a few days ago was word that Google was dropping support for EXT2/EXT3/EXT4 file-systems from its file manager within the Linux-based ChromeOS. Now, after receiving a lot of criticism, Google is adding back the support for these common Linux file-systems.
01:19 PM EDT - Google - Flip-Flop - 36 Comments

Android 5.0 Lollipop, Nexus 6 & Nexus 9 Announced

Google has out a slew of announcements today concerning Android and its Nexus product line.
12:22 PM EDT - Google - Nexus - 42 Comments

From The Atom 330 To Haswell ULT: Intel Linux Performance Benchmarks

For the past month I've been testing out the CompuLab Intense-PC2 and it's been a terrific, small, Linux PC. The Intense-PC2 is packed with a low-power "Haswell ULT" Core i7 4600U processor and for some fresh Linux benchmarks I compared it to the former Sandy Bridge Core i7 3517UE and Intel Bay Trail Celeron N2820 NUC. For making things real interesting, I also ran some new benchmarks on an aging Intel Atom 330 system to show how the Intel low-power performance has been improving in recent years.
11:10 AM EDT - Computers - 2 Comments

Slackware Developer Not Happy With KDE5 Development

Eric Hameleers of the Slackware project isn't happy right now with how the modularized KDE Frameworks 5 with Plasma 5 development is going and for the time being will not be making "KDE5" packages for Slackware.
09:40 AM EDT - KDE - KDE Frameworks 5 - 23 Comments

Unreal Engine 4.5 Is Looking Fantastic

Epic Games released Unreal Engine 4.5 yesterday and the improvements are looking great for this Linux friendly game engine.
09:20 AM EDT - Gaming - Unreal Engine 4.5 - 15 Comments

OpenACC 2.0 With NVIDIA PTX/CUDA Support Is Closer For GCC

For the past year Code Sourcery / Mentor Graphics has been working with NVIDIA to bring OpenACC 2.0 support to GCC and to allow for this heterogeneous parallel programming API to be taken advantage of with NVIDIA GPUs from GCC. This work is closer to finally being realized for allowing OpenACC programs to be compiled with GCC and target NVIDIA GPUs on Linux.
09:00 AM EDT - Compiler - libgomp - 1 Comment

KDE Releases Plasma 5.1

As the first update to Plasma 5, the KDE community has today officially announced the release of Plasma 5.1.
08:00 AM EDT - KDE - Plasma 5.1 - 3 Comments

Intel's Baking TPM 2.0 Support For Linux

Jarkko Sakkinen of Intel has published his revised patch series for providing Trusted Platform 2.0 (TPM2) support for the Linux kernel.
07:48 AM EDT - Intel - Trusted Platform Module - 18 Comments

Ubuntu Touch Fully Forks Its Email Client

As one of the important apps to Ubuntu Touch is, of course, an e-mail client. Up to now the Ubuntu Touch email client has been based off the lightweight, Qt-based Trojita application but now it's being forked off entirely for Ubuntu.
01:48 AM EDT - Ubuntu - Trojita - 48 Comments

GNOME's Mutter Gets Native Monitor Hot-Plugging

Besides native OpenGL support for GTK+, another early change to look forward to with next year's GNOME 3.16 release is native monitor hot-plugging.
12:39 AM EDT - GNOME - GNOME 3.16 - 4 Comments

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