2016 Has Been Off To A Great Start For Open-Source & Linux

Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software on 17 January 2016 at 01:08 PM EST. Add A Comment
We are only half-way through January yet there's been so much exciting news already for open-source and Linux enthusiasts as well as when it comes to interesting computer hardware.

Given the amount of news already in the first two weeks of the year, here's a look at some of the most popular content on Phoronix already for 2016. Thanks to the Consumer Electronics Show, more Vulkan news, AMDGPU details, the start of the Linux 4.5 kernel cycle, and more, it's been very busy so far.

Month to date on Phoronix there have already been 160 original news posts. Here's a look at the top ten most viewed so far for the first half of the month. While the first article being about Linux/open-source letdowns may make it seem like our readers are masochists or Microsoft fan boys, that article received over 1.8 million views so far... That's well more than usual for a article just published days ago on Phoronix. However, it seems that article was the target of some denial of service attack with that article in particular having been heavily bombarded. That's also why the Phoronix.com site has been a bit unresponsive at times this past week.

Other Letdowns For Linux / Open-Source Users From 2015
When ending out 2015 I wrote about some of the open-source Linux letdowns of the year while since then Phoronix readers have suggested more items that they were sad to see not materialize this year.

X.Org Might Lose Its Domain Name
Unless there's a miracle, the X.Org Foundation stands to lose one of its biggest assets: its single-letter domain name.

GCC 6 Will Warn You About Misleading Code Indentations
As reminded this weekend by Red Hat developer Mark Wielaard, GCC 6 will warn you about misleading code indentations.

Details Regarding Ian Murdock's Untimely Passing Remain Scarce
One of the most viewed and commented topics on Phoronix this week has been about the untimely passing of Ian Murdock, founder of Debian and former leader of Sun's Project Indiana OpenSolaris project.

VLC 3.0 Continues To Be Developed With Many Changes
It's been nearly one year now that we've been getting excited over VLC 3.0. While we haven't heard any major updates recently and the release has yet to take place, progress continues to be made.

An Interesting Difference Between AMD & NVIDIA Linux Drivers When Comparing System Usage
When running the tests recently for the NVIDIA Linux Driver 2015 Year-in-Review and How AMD's Proprietary Linux Driver Evolved In 2015, I also ran some extra tests comparing the AMD Radeon Software 15.12 and NVIDIA 358.16 proprietary drivers when looking at their CPU usage, memory consumption, and other system sensors.

The Thousands Of FIXMEs & TODOs In The Linux Kernel
Canonical's Colin King has looked at the number of FIXME and TODO comments within the Linux kernel tree.

It Looks Like X.Org Might Be Safe For A Few More Years
It looks like a miracle happened just in time for X.Org.

Debian Gets A New Packaging Tool
CME is a new tool to assist in maintaining Debian packages.

Hyperion Confirms Leak Of AmigaOS 3.1 Source Code
Hyperion Entertainment confirmed that at the end of December the source code to AmigaOS 3.1 was leaked, which is now causing problems for the company continuing to develop this proprietary operating system.

Meanwhile, the most popular Phoronix reviews / multi-page featured articles so far this month have included:

KDE Plasma 5.5 Has Evolved Well Beyond Where Plasma 4 Ended
Ken Vermette has written a lengthy article for us about his thoughts on the state of the KDE Plasma 5 desktop as of the recent 5.5 release. If you are curious how KDE Plasma 5 is panning out, how it works on Wayland, and much more, this article is a definite must-read.

A 10-Way Linux Distribution Battle To Kick Off 2016
As our first multi-way Linux distribution comparison of 2016, I took ten different modern Linux distribution releases and benchmarked them on the same Intel Haswell system. Being benchmarked were various releases of Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, Debian, Clear Linux, Fedora, Antergos, and CentOS.

How Three BSD Operating Systems Compare To Ten Linux Distributions
Earlier this week I posted the results of a 10-way Linux distribution battle on the same Intel Xeon system and using all of the popular and latest Linux distribution releases. Taking things further, the article today has those results complemented by results on the Xeon system for several BSD operating systems. For seeing how the BSD performance stacks up to Linux, DragonFlyBSD, OpenBSD, and the FreeBSD-based PC-BSD were benchmarked.

8-Way ARM Board Linux Benchmark Comparison From The Pi Zero & ODROID To Tegra
For those interested in small, low-power ARM single-board computers, up for your viewing pleasure today are benchmarks of several different boards from the Raspberry Pi Zero to the Banana Pi M2.

The OpenGL Speed & Perf-Per-Watt From The Radeon HD 2000/3000 Series Through The R9 Fury
What's the best way to beat the winter blues? Benchmarking, of course! For starting off our 2016 of graphics card benchmarking under Linux, I've been working on a large round-up of re-testing AMD Radeon graphics cards from the HD 2900XT (R600) graphics card through the latest R9 Fury (Fiji) graphics card while running Ubuntu and using the very latest open-source graphics driver stack. Here's an interesting look at how the OpenGL graphics performance has evolved on the AMD side over the past decade while also looking at the performance-per-Watt.

With Skylake Out, It's Becoming Easier To Build A Cheap Haswell Xeon Linux System
Now that Skylake Xeon processors are appearing at major Internet retailers in sufficient quantities (such as the recently reviewed Intel Xeon E3 1245 v5), prices on older-generation Xeon CPUs are falling further. With prices on DDR3, SSDs, and Haswell-compatible motherboards also continuing to fall, it's possible to build a sufficiently powerful yet cheap Haswell Xeon system.

Linux 4.3 vs. Liquorix 4.3 vs. Linux 4.4 Kernel Tests
A Phoronix Premium supporter has again inquired about some fresh Liquorix kernel tests, so ask and you shall receive.

How AMD's Proprietary Linux Driver Evolved In 2015
Last month I showed how AMD's open-source driver performance evolved in 2015 while today's article is looking at how the closed-source AMD / Radeon Technologies Group proprietary driver has evolved over the course of the year.

New AMDGPU Details & Looking Forward To Major Radeon Linux Improvements In 2016
Friday afternoon I had a call with a few AMD representatives talking about their Linux driver plans for 2016. Here's the details for those wondering about AMDGPU, Vulkan, GPUOpen, and more.

Linux Game: Volvox. Let's Kick Start Evolution.
Volvox features the Trimoebas, who are triangular shaped unicellular organisms living in the primordial soup. They have but one goal in life: build the first multicellular organism. Simple, right?

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