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Phoronix: Intel Sandy Bridge Gains On Linux 3.17 Extend Beyond Graphics

Thursday 21st of August 2014 03:00:00 PM
Yesterday I shared some benchmarks showing Intel Sandy Bridge HD Graphics performance increasing on Linux 3.17 for this several year old architecture. This came as a surprise but the good news is the performance improvements on this new Linux kernel don't stop with OpenGL but extend to CPU performance too...

Reddit: NVIDIA Releases CUDA 6.5 As A Huge Update

Thursday 21st of August 2014 02:56:22 PM

LXer: Firefox adds preliminary support for casting to Chromecast

Thursday 21st of August 2014 02:53:14 PM
Mozilla is in the process of adding the ability to “cast” videos from Firefox to Chromecast devices, and you can try it now if you have the right hardware. As announced in a post on Google+ post by Mozilla developer Lucas Rocha, “Chromecast support is now enabled in Firefox for Android’s Nightly build.” To check this out, I downloaded the latest Firefox Nightly, installed it on my Nexus 10, and tested it with my Chromecast. It worked… although, it has some rough edges right now.

Reddit: New Human Interface Guidelines for GNOME and GTK+

Thursday 21st of August 2014 02:47:19 PM

Phoronix: LinuxCon: What's Going On With Fedora.Next

Thursday 21st of August 2014 02:34:25 PM
For those curious about what's going on with "Fedora.Next" in revolutionizing the Fedora Linux distribution, Matthew Miller -- Fedora's new Project Leader -- is presenting at LinuxCon Chicago today covering the ongoing working for the Red Hat sponsored distribution...

LXer: Linus Torvalds still wants the Linux desktop

Thursday 21st of August 2014 01:56:03 PM
Linux runs everything, everywhere, but Linus Torvalds still wants it to rule on one place it doesn't: The desktop.

Phoronix: Canonical Joined The Khronos Group To Help Mir/Wayland Drivers

Thursday 21st of August 2014 01:45:27 PM
Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu Linux, has joined the Khronos Group to help push open, cross-platform, industry-standard APIs...

Phoronix: EFL 1.11 Is A Big Milestone For Enlightenment Users

Thursday 21st of August 2014 01:10:33 PM
Version 1.11 of the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL) has been released and it represents a huge milestone for those depending upon the library as part of their desktop...

LXer: How Perception Will Kill Windows Phone

Thursday 21st of August 2014 12:58:52 PM
While it's obvious that Windows Phone is stuck as a distant third in the smart phone ecosystem race, it's equally clear that the biggest danger to the platform isn't failure, but rather the perception of failure. And in a market in which the distant number two player, Apple, can do no wrong, Microsoft faces an uphill battle that it may never win.

TuxMachines: Alfresco Raises A Fresh $45M To Fuel Open-Source Enterprise Content Management

Thursday 21st of August 2014 12:20:40 PM

Alfresco, an open source, enterprise content management startup, is today announcing a new round of funding of $45 million — a Series D round that is more than twice as big as all of its previous rounds put together.

The UK-based company competes against legacy services like Documentum (which was co-founded by one of Alfresco’s co-founders, John Newton) and Sharepoint to help large organisations manage their disparate document storage both in the cloud and on-premises, and also offer versioning control and other compliance requirements across mobile, PC and other devices. Alfresco will use the new funding to step its business up a gear, with new sales and marketing efforts, and moves into more cloud-based services that could see it competing more directly also against the likes of Dropbox, Box and Huddle.

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TuxMachines: HandyLinux 1.6.1 Is a Linux Distro with a Windows Vibe

Thursday 21st of August 2014 12:15:00 PM

HandyLinux is a newer operating system and its developers have tried to provide a clear and familiar desktop interface. It might feel like it has a Windows 8 vibe, which is probably an effect of the theme used, but the OS is actually quite interesting.

One of the most interesting aspects of the distribution is the menu launcher, which is quite odd. It opens a new window with all the applications and the user has to choose from there on. It's definitely something different from the norm.

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TuxMachines: New Human Interface Guidelines for GNOME and GTK+

Thursday 21st of August 2014 12:09:41 PM

I’ve recently been hard at work on a new and updated version of the GNOME Human Interface Guidelines, and am pleased to announce that this will be ready for the upcoming 3.14 release.

Over recent years, application design has evolved a huge amount. The web and native applications have become increasingly similar, and new design patterns have become the norm. During that period, those of use in the GNOME Design Team have worked with developers to expand the range of GTK+’s capabilities, and the result is a much more modern toolkit.

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LXer: Linux Foundation says many Linux admins and engineers are certifiable

Thursday 21st of August 2014 10:07:19 AM
The Linux Foundation on Wednesday introduced two new certification programs aimed at connecting employers with qualified Linux administrators and engineers. "The supply of labor has been far outpaced by the demand for Linux," said Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin.

Phoronix: Intel's Latest Linux Graphics Code Competes Against OS X 10.9

Thursday 21st of August 2014 09:59:20 AM
Tests I carried out last month with a Haswell-based Apple MacBook Air showed Linux largely smashing OS X 10.9 with the latest open-source graphics driver code on Linux over Apple's OpenGL driver. Today I'm testing the latest OS X 10.9.4 state against the newest Linux kernel and Intel Mesa driver code on Ubuntu while this time using an older Sandy Bridge era Apple Mac Mini.

TuxMachines: Raspberry Pi powered juggling performance

Thursday 21st of August 2014 09:29:31 AM

Flashing pins are spinning tens of feet into the air on a pitch dark stage. It's a juggling performance. All of the pins are perfectly synchronized to flash different colors in time to the music. It's part of the magic of theater and a special night out with friends to enjoy a distraction from daily life. Part of the magic—and why it's called magic—is that the audience doesn't know how these secrets are made backstage.

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IPA Font license added to license list

We recently updated our list of various licenses and comments about them to include the IPA Font license. It is a copyleft free software license for fonts, incompatible with the GPL. Read more

OpenForum Europe Challenges Governments to Walk the Open Format Walk

OpenForum Europe, an advocacy group focusing on IT openness in government, issued a press release earlier today announcing its launch of a new public Internet portal. At that site, anyone can report a government page that offers a document intended for collaborative use for downloading if that document is not available in an OpenDocument Format (ODF) compliant version. The portal is called FixMyDocuments.eu, and you can show your support for the initiative (as I have) by adding your name here (the first supporter listed is the EU's indominatable digital champion, Neelie Kroes). The announcement coincides with the beginning of another initiative, Global Legislative Openness Week, which will involve global activities annd "events hosted by the Legislative Openness Working Group of the Open Government Partnership and members of the parliamentary openness community." A full calendar of events is here. Read more

Nouveau For Linux 3.18 Gains DP Audio, More Re-Clocking

Ben Skeggs sent in his Nouveau DRM driver changes for the drm-next tree of open-source NVIDIA driver improvements that will land in Linux 3.18. With the DRM merge window now closing earlier in the cycle, David Airlie is cutting off new features for the next kernel merge window from landing into drm-next after -rc5 of the current kernel. Thus, this week is the cut-off for new DRM driver functionality aiming for Linux 3.18 with Linux 3.17-rc5 having been released. As such, Ben Skeggs sent in his big batch of Nouveau DRM improvements. Read more

With Android One, Google puts itself firmly back in the OS' driving seat

Under Android One, Google has developed its reference hardware designs — meaning OEMs no longer have to develop and test their own smartphones; they just pick up Google's ready-to-wear versions and get manufacturing. Google already has three local Indian smartphone makers signed up to do just that — Karbonn, Spice, and Micromax — all soon be be selling Google-designed, Android One-powered devices for around $100. Android One uses a stock version of Android, as seen on its Nexus products — meaning no UI customisation is possible — but Google has graciously offered to let OEMs and mobile operators add their own apps to handsets running the OS. The operators don't seem to mind the disintermediation much, and have teamed up with Google to launch Android One mobile plans to coincide with the launch of the new phones. Read more