AMD On Linux & Systemd Were Very Popular This Month
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Published this month on Phoronix were 259 original news stories and 28 featured, multi-page articles covering various open-source and Linux topics.

The most popular news stories for October '14 on Phoronix were:

Recapping All The Interesting Talks Of XDC2014
The XDC2014 conference officially ended on Friday and was followed on Saturday by X.Org developers drinking wine and cycling around Bordeaux, France. For those not in attendance that haven't been keeping up with all of the Phoronix articles, here's a summary.

Systemd 217 Will Introduce Its New "Consoled" User Console Daemon
Back in August I wrote about systemd working to create a new user-space VT solution that could eventually succeed the Linux kernel's VT support. With the upcoming systemd 217 release, the terminal is present.

Indian Developers Redesigning Linux Kernel With OOP, C++ Support
Meet BOSSMOOL, an effort to redesign the Linux kernel by adding object oriented abstractions, introducing a device driver framework with C++ driver support, and other changes.

Linux 3.17 Kernel Released With Many Great Features
After a calm week when Linux 3.17 was extended by one week, Linus Torvalds happily released the Linux 3.17 kernel a few minutes ago. Linux 3.17 is out in all of its glory and due to Torvalds' travel schedule the Linux 3.18 merge window will be open for about three weeks.

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++.

ChromeOS Drops Support For EXT2/EXT3/EXT4 File-Systems
For the past year Google developers have been looking at dropping support for EXT* file-systems from ChromeOS while only today it's making the rounds on the Internet and of course Linux fans are enraged.

CUPS Turn 15 Years Old, CUPS 2.0 Released
CUPS 2.0 has finally been released in marking the fifteen years the project has been around with what was originally referred to as the Common Unix Printing System.

Ten Year Old "Critical" Bug Discovered In OpenBSD
While OpenBSD generally prides itself on being a secure, open-source operating system and focusing more on code corectness and security rather than flashy features, it turns out a potential security bug has been living within OpenBSD for the past decade.

NVIDIA Presents Its Driver Plans To Support Mir/Wayland & KMS On Linux
As anticipated, Andy Ritger of NVIDIA presented at XDC2014 in Bordeaux, France the company's plans to support alternative window managers beyond X11 when it comes to their Linux graphics driver. NVIDIA is working on some significant improvements to their closed-source Linux driver to support Mir and Wayland.

The Slides Announcing The New "AMDGPU" Kernel Driver
Today to kick off XDC, AMD announced its rolling with its new Linux driver model that includes the development of a new kernel DRM driver.

Meanwhile, the most popular featured articles were:

AMD Moves Forward With Unified Linux Driver Strategy, New Kernel Driver
Alex Deucher of AMD has taken the floor at XDC2014, which got underway today in France to provide an update on the company's new unified open-source driver strategy. Compared to what I originally reported earlier in the year when breaking the news, there's some notable changes but overall this is an exciting endeavor for AMD Linux customers with the open and closed source AMD GPU drivers going to share the same (open-source) Linux kernel driver.

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.

Ubuntu 14.10 Linux 32-bit vs. 64-bit Performance
Given yesterday's story about Ubuntu 16.04 LTS potentially being the last 32-bit release if that proposal goes through, and given the number of people still running 32-bit Linux distributions on Intel/AMD hardware that is 64-bit capable, here's some fresh x86 vs. x86_64 benchmarks using Ubuntu 14.10.

AMD Radeon R9 285 Tonga Performance On Linux
Announced over the summer when AMD was celebrating their 30 years of graphics celebration was the Radeon R9 285, a $250 graphics card built on the company's latest GCN graphics processor technology to replace the Radeon R9 280. We finally have our hands on a Radeon R9 285 "Tonga" for delivering the first look at its Linux performance.

Windows 8.1 vs. Ubuntu 14.10 With Intel HD Graphics
For those curious how the latest open-source Intel Linux graphics driver is performing against Intel's newest closed-source Windows OpenGL driver, we've put Ubuntu 14.10 (including a second run with the latest Linux kernel / Mesa) against Microsoft Windows 8.1 with the newest Intel GPU driver released earlier this month.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Dominates With OpenCL On Linux
Earlier this week I published the Linux review of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 high-end Maxwell graphics card. While there were several OpenCL benchmarks included in that review, most of the tests focused upon the Linux OpenGL performance. For those that requested more GPGPU benchmarks, in this article are many Linux OpenCL compute benchmarks of the GTX 980 and other high-end AMD and NVIDIA GPUs from recent generations.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 Offers Great Linux Performance
Since last month's Linux review of the GeForce GTX 980 as NVIDIA's newest high-end GPU powered by their Maxwell architecture, many Phoronix readers have been requesting Ubuntu Linux tests of the GTX 970 too. I've now got my hands on an EVGA GeForce GTX 970 and am putting it through its paces today.

15-Way GPU Comparison With Mesa 10.3 + Linux 3.17
For those that have been mailing in requests for benchmarks of Mesa 10.3 with Linux 3.16~3.17 given that's what most Q4'2014 Linux distributions are setting to ship, here's a 15-way graphics processor comparison on this stack.

Btrfs On 4 x Intel SSDs In RAID 0/1/5/6/10
Earlier this month I published Btrfs RAID benchmarks on two HDDs but as some more interesting results are now Btrfs RAID file-system benchmarks when testing the next-generation Linux file-system across four Intel Series 530 solid-state drives. All RAID levels supported by the Btrfs file-system were benchmarked atop Ubuntu 14.10 with the Linux 3.18-rc1 kernel: RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, and 10 levels along with testing a Btrfs single SSD setup and a Btrfs file-system linearly spanning all four drives.

Ubuntu 14.10 Offers AMD Radeon Driver Performance Improvements
In comparing the open-source graphics driver performance of Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS and Ubuntu 14.10, the newer Ubuntu Linux release does offer up some performance improvements to the R600 and RadeonSI graphics drivers, but already in the latest kernel and Mesa Git code is faster performance. Here are benchmarks of Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS vs. Ubuntu 14.10 for several OpenGL benchmarks with different AMD Radeon graphics cards while also adding in the results of the Oibaf PPA and vanilla Linux 3.17 kernel.

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