Microsoft, NVIDIA & Linux 4.1 Dominated Linux News In April

Written by Michael Larabel in Microsoft on 30 April 2015 at 09:30 PM EDT. Add A Comment
With the month coming to an end, here's a look at the most popular open-source and Linux-related news stories over the past 30 days... This month on Phoronix there were 261 original news stories written by your's truly covering the interesting Linux / free software happenings.

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Nouveau: NVIDIA's New Hardware Is "VERY Open-Source Unfriendly"
While NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 900 series is dominating for Linux gamers with excellent performance with their $1000+ GPU as well as great Linux OpenGL/OpenCL performance out of their lower-cost GPUs with excellent power efficiency, that's only when using the proprietary driver... NVIDIA's newer GTX 900 / Maxwell hardware is less open-source friendly than their previous generations of hardware.

Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 Supports Targeting Linux
Microsoft announced their Visual Studio 2015 line-up this week, but why is it important for Linux users/developers?

It Doesn't Look Like KDBUS Will Make It For Linux 4.1
While Linux 4.1 is bringing many new features and improvements, there's one addition that's noticeably absent.

Linux 4.1 Brings Many Potentially Risky x86/ASM Changes
Another one of the Linux 4.1 pull requests sent in today by Ingo Molnar is for the x86/asm code.

Features Expected For The Linux 4.1 Kernel
While the Linux 4.0 kernel hasn't even been released yet, there's already a number of items we're looking forward to seeing with Linux 4.1.

VirtualBox 5.0 Now In Beta, Adds PV To Windows/Linux Guests
Oracle engineers have done an April Fool's Day release of the first development version of VirtualBox 5.0.

AMD Releases New "AMDGPU" Linux Kernel Driver & Mesa Support
At long last the source code to the new AMDGPU driver has been released! This is the new driver needed to support the Radeon R9 285 graphics card along with future GPUs/APUs like Carrizo. Compared to the existing Radeon DRM driver, the new AMDGPU code is needed for AMD's new unified Linux driver strategy whereby the new Catalyst driver will be isolated to being a user-space binary blob with both the full open-source driver and the Catalyst driver using this common AMDGPU kernel driver.

Microsoft Announces An LLVM-Based Compiler For .NET
Microsoft has today lifted the lid on LLILC, their new LLVM-based compiler for .NET's CoreCLR.

Linux 4.0 Kernel Released
Linus Torvalds went ahead and released the Linux 4.0 kernel today as expected.

Ubuntu's Desktop-Next Switching From .DEBs To Snappy
Ubuntu 15.04 was just released and Canonical isn't wasting any time with starting to share their plans for Ubuntu 15.10 due out in October. This next release will feature a build that switches away from Debian packages (.deb) to using Snappy Personal.
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