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Maynard: A Lightweight Wayland Desktop

3 hours 1 min ago
Collabora has publicly announced this morning Maynard, a new Wayland-based shell that's lightweight and should work great for the Raspberry Pi...

Chromium Browser Going Through Growing Pains In Ubuntu 14.04

3 hours 21 min ago
Google's open-source Chromium browser is in a bit of a bad shape for this week's release of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS...

KDE 4.13 Is Being Released Today With New Features

3 hours 45 min ago
Coming out today is one of the last major KDE4 releases before the next-generation KDE stack makes its formal debut. KDE 4.13 does bring some new features worth writing home about...

A Quick Look At GCC 4.9 vs. LLVM Clang 3.5

6 hours 21 min ago
Following my most recent GCC 4.9 benchmarks for the open-source compiler that should be officially released next week, I ran some benchmarks of the GCC compiler results against LLVM's Clang 3.5 compiler in its latest SVN state. Here's the data for those curious how the very latest compiler code is comparing between GCC and LLVM/Clang.

Trying Out Radeon R9 290 Graphics On Open-Source

7 hours 38 min ago
One of the more commonly occurring test requests at Phoronix lately has been about testing the open-source RadeonSI Gallium3D driver with the Radeon R9 290 "Hawaii" graphics cards. Sadly, there's a reason why the R9 290 hardware isn't tested on the open driver much under Linux...

Intel Broadwell GT3 Graphics Have Dual BSD Rings

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 5:28am
Based upon recent open-source Intel Linux graphics driver patches, the high-end Intel Broadwell "GT3" graphics core will feature dual BSD rings for video decoding...

Early Linux 3.15 Benchmarks Of Intel Core i7 + Radeon

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 4:03am
Now that Linux 3.15-rc1 is out, we're onto benchmarking the Linux 3.15 kernel, which brings a particularly large number of exciting changes...

Red Hat Releases Its RHEL 7 Release Candidate

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 3:46am
Red Hat has released its release candidate today of Red Hat Enterprise Linux...

New Features Coming To Xubuntu 14.04 LTS

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 2:29am
Much of our talk about Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on Phoronix is in regards to the default Unity-based desktop given that it takes the largest share of *buntu users, but for the Xubuntu 14.04 LTS release this week there's several interesting changes for this Xfce spin worth noting...

Are AMD Athlon/Sempron APUs Fast Enough For Steam On Linux?

Tue, 15/04/2014 - 9:00pm
Earlier today the latest installment of our extensive Linux testing of AMD's new Athlon AM1 APUs were shared in the form of RadeonSI vs. Gallium3D benchmarks of the Radeon R3 Graphics found with these new entry-level APUs. Not included with that open-source vs. closed-source driver testing was any Source Engine / Steam Linux game testing due to an XCB DRI3 issue, but this article is devoted to looking at the Catalyst performance for the Sempron 2650, Sempron 3850, Athlon 5150, and Athlon 5350 to see whether any of these APUs can make the cut for a budget Steam Machine.

NVIDIA Officially Releases CUDA 6

Tue, 15/04/2014 - 6:28pm
We've been talking about NVIDIA's work on CUDA 6 since last November but today the sixth generation Compute Unified Device Architecture has finally been officially released...

Google Releases An AutoFDO Converter For Perf In LLVM

Tue, 15/04/2014 - 6:21pm
Google has released a port of their GCC AutoFDO utility for LLVM for directing optimizations back into the compiler from the Linux kernel perf support...

Fedora 21 To Evaluate Remote Journal Logging, 64-bit ARM Emulation

Tue, 15/04/2014 - 4:03pm
Yesterday on Phoronix we covered 12 new feature proposals for Fedora 21 and following that story yesterday were a handful of new feature proposals for this next major Fedora release...

AMD Athlon's R3 Graphics: RadeonSI Gallium3D vs. Catalyst

Tue, 15/04/2014 - 3:46pm
For the past week now we have been extensively benchmarking AMD's new AM1 APUs with all the current models available to the public: the Sempron 2650 / 3850 and Athlon 5150 / 5350. All of our testing up to this point has been using an updated Linux kernel and Mesa for the open-source Linux graphics driver experience with these APU Radeon R3 Graphics. Today, we're looking at the performance of the open-source RadeonSI Gallium3D driver in multiple configurations compared to the proprietary Catalyst Linux driver.

Star Citizen Will Be Coming To Linux

Tue, 15/04/2014 - 3:00pm
For those that missed the news from this past weekend at PAX East 2014, a Linux game port of Star Citizen has been officially confirmed...

Ubuntu 14.10 Convergence To Focus On Replacing Core Apps

Tue, 15/04/2014 - 2:32pm
With Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due to be shipped this week, Canonical developers are already well at work on formulating their plans for the Ubuntu 14.10 release due out in October. Given Ubuntu's tablet/phone focus and convergence strategy, that will be the big aim of this post-LTS release...

EFL/Elementary 1.9.3 & Enlightenment 0.18.7 Released

Tue, 15/04/2014 - 2:13pm
For those users of Enlightenment out there, there's new stable release updates out today...

The Results Of Optimizing Radeon's VRAM Behavior

Tue, 15/04/2014 - 1:45pm
At the beginning of the year Lauri Kasanen had issued a call for help via Phoronix for collecting Radeon video memory statistics as he was looking to optimize Radeon's vRAM handling for his university thesis. The code and thesis are now available...

Kernel Developers Discuss Improving Kernel Configurations

Tue, 15/04/2014 - 2:20am
Jean Delvare, a name commonly associated with the LM_Sensors project while being an employee at SUSE, has raised an important discussion item on the kernel mailing list about improving the kernel configuration (Kconfig) options when building the Linux kernel...

Apple, LLVM Developers Figure Out Their 64-Bit ARM Approach

Tue, 15/04/2014 - 1:33am
Two weeks ago Apple open-sourced their 64-bit ARM back-end to LLVM. Following last week's EuroLLVM meeting, they have decided that the community's existing open-source 64-bit ARM back-end will likely be merged into Apple's now-public back-end...