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Windows 8.1 vs. Ubuntu 14.10 With Intel HD Graphics

3 hours 5 min ago
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.

GNOME 3.15.1 Released

3 hours 9 min ago
The first development snapshot for the GNOME 3.15 cycle is now available, which will end up being GNOME 3.16 come next March...

Red Hat Software Collections 1.2 Adds GCC 4.9, Nginx 1.6

4 hours 16 min ago
Red Hat has released their third update to their "Software Collections" that provide updated development tools/packages to RHEL6/RHEL7 users as an alternative to their default packages...

GLAMOR Acceleration Continues To Be Cleaned Up

5 hours 41 min ago
Now that X.Org Server 1.17 RC1 has been released with a focus on improving GLAMOR and integrating the xf86-video-intel DDX, Keith Packard has written a blog post about the work that has gone on so far since GLAMOR's inception for optimizing and cleaning up this 2D-over-OpenGL acceleration method...

Russia's Yandex Web Browser Finally Released For Linux

5 hours 57 min ago
After a several year wait, the Yandex Browser is now available for Linux...

GCC 4.9.2 Released Today To Fix Regressions

6 hours 42 min ago
GCC 4.9.2 was released today as the latest point release in the GCC 4.9 series for the compiler originally released earlier this year...

Linux Kernel Finally Being Optimized For SSHDs

Thursday 30th of October 2014 03:58:20 AM
The Linux kernel is finally being optimized for use of solid-state hybrid drives (SSHDs) that follow the ATA 3.2 standard...

GPU Profiling Support Lands In Mozilla Firefox

Thursday 30th of October 2014 02:06:16 AM
The built-in profiler for Mozilla's Firefox web browser now has the ability to provide GPU profiling information...

Kubuntu 15.04 Will Use KDE's Plasma 5 By Default

Thursday 30th of October 2014 12:17:16 AM
Kubuntu's Jonathan Riddell has shared that "Kubuntu Vivid", a.k.a. Ubuntu 15.05 for the Vivid Vervet, will use Plasma 5 by default...

GDB 7.8.1 Brings Various Fixes For The GNU Debugger

Wednesday 29th of October 2014 11:38:36 PM
Version 7.8.1 of the GNU Debugger is now available and it brings various bug fixes over the major GDB 7.8 release...

KDBUS Submitted For Review To The Mainline Linux Kernel

Wednesday 29th of October 2014 10:28:10 PM
It looks like KDBUS, the Linux kernel D-Bus implementation, is posed to be added to the next kernel release after Greg Kroah-Hartman sent out its patches today...

Btrfs On 4 x Intel SSDs In RAID 0/1/5/6/10

Wednesday 29th of October 2014 08:00:00 PM
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.

An Intel-Based Ubuntu Touch Tablet Is Planning To Launch Soon

Wednesday 29th of October 2014 04:09:41 PM
Today we've received some information a device dubbed the "UT One" that is an Ubuntu Touch tablet powered by an Intel Bay Trail processor and aims to ship in December...

OpenMW 0.33 Re-Implements More Of Morrowind

Wednesday 29th of October 2014 03:44:15 PM
OpenMW 0.33.0 is out to offer the latest of this open-source project striving to reimplement Elderscrolls III: Morrowind as open-source...

MIAOW: An Open-Source GPU Design Based On AMD's Southern Islands

Wednesday 29th of October 2014 02:34:29 PM
A new open-source GPU design has been published designed to run on FPGAs... What makes this "open hardware" project more interesting than past designs is that their compute unit was designed around AMD's public "Southern Islands" instruction set architecture...

SIMD8 Vertex Shaders For Broadwell

Wednesday 29th of October 2014 01:01:45 PM
Kristian Høgsberg has published a new patch-set but it's not for Wayland, it's for the Intel Mesa driver...

X.Org Server 1.17 RC1 Released, Exciting For GLAMOR & Modesetting

Wednesday 29th of October 2014 12:11:11 PM
Keith Packard has made available the first test release for the upcoming X.Org Server 1.17 release. This release is coming a bit late but Keith is still hoping to have xorg-server 1.17.0 ready for release at the end of the year or around early January...

6-Way Ubuntu 14.10 Radeon Gallium3D vs. Catalyst Driver Comparison

Wednesday 29th of October 2014 09:00:00 AM
As a follow-up to last week's Ubuntu 14.04 vs. Ubuntu 14.10 AMD Performance Comparison and yesterday's Radeon R9 290: Gallium3D vs. Catalyst driver comparison, here's taking things further in looking at the performance of the open-source AMD Radeon Linux graphics driver in several configurations while compared against the closed-source AMD Catalyst graphics driver as found on Ubuntu 14.10.

OpenGL 4.x Support For Mesa Still Inching Along

Wednesday 29th of October 2014 04:00:00 AM
While there hasn't been much to report on lately with regard to major OpenGL 4.x advancements, the OpenGL 4.0+ support is still being worked on by the open-source developers wishing to expose GL4 compliance within the Intel, Radeon, and Nouveau Linux graphics drivers, among other potential Mesa/Gallium3D drivers...

AMD's R300 Gallium3D Driver Enables VDPAU Again

Tuesday 28th of October 2014 11:50:31 PM
For those stuck running on the R300g driver, which supports the ATI Radeon X1000 (R500) series and older GPUs, you really should consider upgrading your graphics card and likely your system. But if you're set on using the R300g driver going into the foreseeable future, you might as well upgrade Mesa...

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