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AMD Catalyst 14.6 Does Slightly Better With APITest OpenGL Tests

Last month I published some benchmarks where NVIDIA slaughtered AMD's Catalyst driver in APITest benchmarks, a set of OpenGL 4.x test cases. While these are just micro-benchmarks of modern OpenGL and designed for showing off potential solutions for problems to leading to lower driver overhead, there's been some improvements within the Catalyst 14.6 Beta on Linux. Up today are some new benchmarks of APITest using the latest AMD and NVIDIA drivers.
78 Minutes Ago - Display Drivers

Builder: A New Development IDE Being Built For GNOME

GNOME Builder is a new integrated development environment (IDE) being developed for building GNOME applications faster and better.
3 Hours Ago - GNOME - GNOME Builder - 6 Comments

GDB 7.8 Betters Python Scripting, Adds Guile Support

Version 7.8 of the GNU Debugger is now available with a variety of enhancements.
3 Hours Ago - GNU - GDB 7.8

GNOME's GTK+ Is Still Striving For A Scene Graph, Canvas API

Besides updates on Wayland support at this week's GUADEC conference in France was also an update on the work being done for implementing a scene graph within GTK+ itself and exposing a canvas API.
4 Hours Ago - GNOME - GTK+ Scene Graph Kit

Unreal Tournament Looks Great For Team Deathmatch

Another day, another exciting video for the new Unreal Tournament gets released by Epic Games, with Linux gamers viewing in excitement as it's been years since an Unreal release for Linux.
4 Hours Ago - Gaming - UT DM - 3 Comments

wxPHP: wxWidgets Come To PHP

The wxWidgets library for designing cross-platform GUIs now has support by the PHP programming language.
5 Hours Ago - Free Software - wxPHP - 3 Comments

Linaro & Others Join The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation has picked up a few more member organizations as July quickly comes to an end.
5 Hours Ago - Linux Kernel - LF Members

LibreOffice 4.3 Released With Many Exciting Changes

LibreOffice 4.3 has been released today as the latest major update to the popular open-source office suite that continues in its battles against Microsoft Office.
5 Hours Ago - Free Software - LibreOffice 4.3 - 11 Comments

GNOME/GTK On Wayland Gains Focus At GUADEC

GTK+ and GNOME Wayland support were frequent focal discussion points at this year's GUADEC -- GNOME's annual conference -- for getting rid of X11.
01:03 AM EDT - GNOME - GNOME-Wayland - 2 Comments

GNOME Stakeholders Take Issue With Groupon Over their Gnome

While the GNOME project has been around since 1999 and is known by most Linux users as one of the common desktop environments, deal-of-the-day website Groupon recently introduced its own "Gnome" software.
12:07 AM EDT - GNOME - GNOME Foundation - 7 Comments

29 July

GStreamer VA-API Plug-In Update Adds New Features

Gwenole Beauchesne has released an updated version of the GStreamer VA-API that provides major changes to this plug-in set that allows for hardware-accelerated video decoding with the Video Acceleration API when using GStreamer.
01:29 PM EDT - X.Org - gstreamer-vaapi 0.5.9 - 22 Comments

Qt 5.4 Going Into Feature Freeze Next Week With Exciting Changes

The Qt 5.4 feature freeze is set to go into effect on 8 August with already there being a large number of changes for this next major Qt5 tool-kit release.
11:56 AM EDT - Qt - Qt 5.4 - 17 Comments

Updated Source Engine Benchmarks On The Latest AMD/NVIDIA Linux Drivers

Benchmarks of Valve's Source Engine games (and other Steam titles for that matter) aren't done in all Phoronix driver tests and graphics card articles for various reasons, among which is that there's other more GPU-demanding OpenGL tests to utilize for modern hardware. However, for those curious about the performance of various AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards using the latest proprietary drivers, here's some updated numbers.
10:30 AM EDT - Linux Gaming - 9 Comments

OpenSUSE Factory Turns Into Rolling Release Distribution

OpenSUSE "Factory" up to now has referred to the development version of the openSUSE Linux distribution while being announced by SUSE today is that it's also going to serve as an independent distribution under a rolling-release development model.
09:35 AM EDT - SUSE - Factory - 17 Comments

"The World's Most Highly-Assured OS" Kernel Open-Sourced

The seL4 kernel that's an advanced, security-enhanced version of the L4 micro-kernel has been open-sourced by General Dynamics C4 Systems and NICTA.
08:10 AM EDT - Free Software - seL4 - 19 Comments

NVIDIA Is Working Towards VDPAU H.265/HEVC Support

NVIDIA is working on adding HEVC/H.265 video decoding support to VDPAU.
04:46 AM EDT - NVIDIA - H.265 - 6 Comments

Hawaii Bug-Fixes Start Hitting Mainline RadeonSI Gallium3D

For those excited about the recent working Radeon R9 290 "Hawaii" Gallium3D support, a number of bug-fixes were committed in recent hours to Mesa for bettering the support for those wishing to use this open-source AMD Linux driver for their ultra high-end graphics hardware.
01:28 AM EDT - AMD - Radeon R9 290 - 7 Comments

Coreboot Sandy/Ivy Bridge Gains Native RAM Initialization

The latest addition to Coreboot is native RAM initialization support for Intel's Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge families.
01:20 AM EDT - Hardware - raminit - 10 Comments

The FFmpeg vs. Libav War Continues In Debian Land

An FFmpeg package is closer to reaching Debian after years of being rejected in favor of its forked libav alternative, but not all are happy with FFmpeg's reappearance.
12:01 AM EDT - Multimedia - FFmpeg - 50 Comments

28 July

Grand Theft Auto Running On Direct3D Natively On Linux Shows Gallium3D Potential

As a follow on from today's Nouveau vs. NVIDIA OpenGL driver benchmarking results that were published earlier today on Phoronix, in the comments an interesting video was pointed out of Grand Theft Auto IV using Direct3D 9.x natively under Linux.
04:00 PM EDT - Nouveau - D3D9 - 68 Comments

Chris Beard Confirmed As Mozilla's CEO

Chris Beard, who served as Mozilla's interim CEO since April when Brendan Eich resigned from his short-lived position, has been named the permanent CEO of Mozilla Corp.
03:56 PM EDT - Mozilla - Mozilla CEO - 22 Comments

GCC As A Just-In Time Compiler Is An Interesting Project

Aside from the experimental "Coconut" as a Python JIT compiler using GCC's new Just-In Time capabilities, the libgccjit.so shared library isn't yet depended upon in the real-world but the JIT compilation abilities are being built upon for hopeful incorporation into the GNU Compiler Collection.
11:05 AM EDT - Compiler - GCC JIT

Even With Re-Clocking, Nouveau Remains Behind NVIDIA's Proprietary Linux Driver

Starting out the last week of July's Linux benchmarking on Phoronix is a fresh comparison of several NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards when comparing the performance of the latest open-source Nouveau driver against the latest NVIDIA proprietary Linux graphics driver. While the Kepler cards now support GPU re-clocking, the results aren't quite ideal yet.
10:00 AM EDT - Display Drivers - 16 Comments

Age Of Wonders III Is Still Being Ported To Linux

The Age of Wonders III turn-based strategy game that was released back in March is still in the process of being ported to Linux and OS X. Developers are hopeful this well-received game will be released for the non-Windows platforms later this year.
08:48 AM EDT - Gaming - AOW3 - 7 Comments

Git 2.1 To Further Mainline Windows Support Patches

The Git 2.1.0-rc0 release was tagged on Sunday that provides a wide assortment of improvements, new features, and bug-fixes for the Git revision control system.
03:40 AM EDT - Free Software - Git 2.1-rc0 - 8 Comments

27 July

Debian 8.0 Jessie Is Settling For Linux 3.16

It looks like the next major Debian GNU/Linux release will be shipping with the soon to be released Linux 3.16 kernel.
08:00 PM EDT - Debian - Linux 3.16 - 8 Comments

Meson: A Next-Gen Build System Showing Promise

Meson is a new, open-source build system under development showing good results over the likes of SCons.
07:50 PM EDT - Free Software - Meson - 18 Comments

Linux 3.16-rc7 Calms Things Down For The Linux 3.16 Kernel

The seventh release candidate to the Linux 3.16 kernel on this final Sunday of July.
04:20 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - Linux 3.16 - 1 Comment

Open-Source AMD Users Report Hawaii GPU Acceleration Is Working

In continuation of the Phoronix article from a few days ago about the open-source AMD Linux driver should finally be working for R9 290 "Hawaii" graphics cards, it is indeed the case but it's not without some setup challenges and potential bugs.
09:22 AM EDT - AMD - Radeon R9 290 - 5 Comments

26 July

The Power Consumption & Efficiency Of Open-Source GPU Drivers

Complementing yesterday's Radeon, Intel, and Nouveau benchmarks using the very latest open-source driver code, here's some power consumption, performance-per-Watt, and thermal numbers when using an assortment of graphics processors on the latest open-source drivers.
02:00 PM EDT - Display Drivers - 14 Comments

Linus Torvalds On GCC 4.9: Pure & Utter Crap

Linus Torvalds' latest tirade is over the GCC 4.9 code compiler.
12:20 PM EDT - Compiler - Bad Code Generation - 73 Comments

Cauldron 2014: GCC & LLVM Will Look To Collaborate More

Last week in Cambridge (UK) was the GNU Tools Cauldron 2014 conference where a number of interesting GCC-related talks took place, including greater collaboration between the GCC and LLVM/Clang compiler crews.
11:01 AM EDT - Compiler - Cauldron

GCC Receives ACM Programming Languages Software Award

The GNU Compiler Collection has been awarded with ACM's 2014 Programming Languages Software Award.
09:54 AM EDT - Compiler - ACM 2014

KDE 4.14 Beta 3 Released

While not incorporating Plasma 5 and KDE Frameworks 5 (coming later this year will be a 4/5 mix release), the third beta to KDE 4.14 is now available.
09:42 AM EDT - KDE - KDE 4.14

25 July

A New Video Has Us Real Excited About The New UT For Linux

Epic Games has posted another video about their upcoming free Unreal Tournament game that is natively supporting Linux.
03:50 PM EDT - Gaming - Unreal Tournament - 25 Comments

CoreOS Experiences Its First Stable Release

CoreOS, the lightweight Linux distribution designed for clustered deployments and depends upon utilization of Docker/LXC software containers, has experienced its first stable release.
03:32 PM EDT - Operating Systems - CoreOS - 2 Comments

GNOME 3.13.4 Continues Working On Wayland & More

Javier Jardón announced the GNOME 3.13.4 release this morning in time for some weekend testing of this GNOME 3.14 development version.
01:01 PM EDT - GNOME - GNOME 3.13.4 - 2 Comments

Wine 1.7.23 Has Initial Support For 64-bit Android Builds

The latest bi-weekly development release of Wine has some semi-interesting features in store for those habitually updating their Wine installs for running Windows programs on Linux.
12:56 PM EDT - WINE - Wine Features - 8 Comments

Nouveau vs. Radeon vs. Intel Tests On Linux 3.16, Mesa 10.3-devel

As the second part of our Linux graphics testing this week after a Radeon R600/RadeonSI performance update with the Linux 3.16 kernel and Mesa 10.3-devel are some comparative numbers that include Intel's Haswell HD Graphics and various NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards on the Nouveau driver.
11:00 AM EDT - Display Drivers - 8 Comments

FreeBSD Developing A New Automounter, Other Features

The FreeBSD project has issued their latest quarterly status report that covers activities for the open-source operating system made between April and June of 2014.
09:45 AM EDT - BSD - FreeBSD Quarterly Report - 4 Comments

Guix 0.7 Can Now Install The GNU Operating System

The Guix package manager that's designed to be a purely-functional package manager for GNU with an emphasis on being dependable, hackable, and liberating is out with its latest release.
09:25 AM EDT - GNU - GNU Guix - 10 Comments

X.Org Foundation Still Works Towards Becoming An SPI Project

For the better part of a year, the X.Org Foundation has been evaluating a possible merger with SPI. That work is still ongoing and could be put up for a vote in the weeks ahead.
09:11 AM EDT - X.Org - X.Org-SPI - 1 Comment

Open-Source AMD Hawaii Support Should Now Be Working!

After renewed pressure on open-source AMD 3D support not working, it seems they've finally managed to get the Radeon R9 290 series graphics cards working on the open-source Linux driver between some updated GPU microcode and kernel driver changes.
12:20 AM EDT - AMD - Hawaii - 14 Comments

KDE Developers Continue Working Toward Wayland Support

KDE's Sebastian Kügler has provided an update regarding KDE Frameworks 5 and Plasma 5 support for Wayland as an alternative to running on an X11/X.Org Server.
12:04 AM EDT - KDE - KDE Wayland - 7 Comments

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