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GNU/Linux & Solaris Hardware Reviews
Updated: 2 hours 42 min ago

Features Of The Linux 3.19 Kernel: Graphics & Disks Rule

3 hours 7 min ago
The merge window is closed and 3.19-rc1 was released on Saturday, marking the end of new mainline Linux kernel features for 2014. Here's a rundown of the exciting new features of the Linux 3.19 kernel for what will become the first major kernel release of 2015...

Orange Pi Is The Latest Raspberry Pi Inspired ARM Board

5 hours 40 min ago
The latest low-cost, Linux-friendly ARM single board computer is the Orange Pi that's trying to ride off the success of the Raspberry Pi...

An Open-Source Hardware Ambient Light Sensor Is Brought Up

5 hours 57 min ago
Richard Hughes is looking to develop an open-source USB ambient light sensor as an OpenHardware initiative...

Heterogeneous Memory Management Is Coming Along For The Linux Kernel

6 hours 26 min ago
Jerome Glisse remains hard at work on readying his Heterogeneous Memory Management (HMM) patch-set for eventual integration into the mainline Linux kernel. This HMM memory management will benefit HSA/OpenCL workloads on Linux...

ASRock X99 Extreme3 Is An Affordable Choice For Linux Users

7 hours 56 min ago
For those in the market for an LGA-2011v3 motherboard this holiday shopping season, a very reasonable and affordable choice is the ASRock X99 Extreme3. For just over $200 USD you can get this DDR4-3000+ motherboard that supports Thunderbolt, ten Serial ATA 3.0 ports, 18-core Xeon processors, three PCI Express x16 slots, and numerous other connections for offering a feature-packaged motherboard at a modest price compared to other LGA-2011v3 motherboards.

NTP Is The Latest Project Struck By Security Issues

8 hours 50 min ago
The latest open-source project being exposed to a number of security vulnerabilities is NTP, the Network Time Protocol...

LDC 0.15.1 Released For A D Compiler In LLVM

10 hours 57 min ago
Version 0.15.1 of LDC was released this past week, a D compiler written to use the LLVM compiler infrastructure...

Fedora Doesn't Yet Enable F2FS File-System Support

Monday 22nd of December 2014 02:07:20 AM
While F2FS is a promising open-source file-system looking to live up to its name as being the Flash-Friendly File-System, one major distribution not yet willing to enable it within its kernel is (surprisingly) Fedora...

XZ 5.2 Adds New Multi-Threaded Options

Monday 22nd of December 2014 01:35:41 AM
Version 5.2.0 of the XZ utilities were released on Sunday...

Intel 2.99.917 X.Org Driver Released, 3.0 Release Finally Near

Sunday 21st of December 2014 05:11:13 PM
The Intel X.Org driver (xf86-video-intel 3.0) driver has been in pre-release form since September 2013 and now after having gone through many development revisions, xf86-video-intel 3.0 might be on final approach...

17-Way Linux Graphics Card Comparison With Civilization Beyond Earth

Sunday 21st of December 2014 02:30:00 PM
On Thursday, Sid Meier's Civilization Beyond Earth was finally released for Linux. With being able to properly automate the benchmarking of CivBE on Linux, here's our first performance results out for this high-profile, turn-based strategy game for Steam on Linux. Seventeen AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards were benchmarked for this article and the results are quite interesting.

Server-Side XCB Is Being Discussed For The X.Org Server

Sunday 21st of December 2014 12:49:27 PM
Given the recent X.Org Server security vulnerabilities that were aplenty and many dated back 10 to 20 years or more, Jeremy Sharp is trying to get developers into finally materializing server-side XCB...

Adreno A4xx Rendering With Freedreno Takes Shape

Sunday 21st of December 2014 12:24:48 PM
The Freedreno Gallium3D driver's support for the Adreno A4xx hardware is taking shape and beginning to work for GL rendering on this latest-generation Qualcomm graphics hardware...

Linux 3.19-rc1 Kernel Released Ahead Of Schedule

Sunday 21st of December 2014 02:22:00 AM
The first release candidate to the Linux 3.19 kernel was released on Saturday...

Civilization: Beyond Earth Linux GPU/Driver Benchmarks

Saturday 20th of December 2014 05:04:52 PM
Thursday marked the Linux release of Civilization: Beyond Earth. While benchmarking games on Steam is less than ideal, I've managed to get CivBE worked into shape so that it can be used for automated Linux performance testing...

X.Org Server 1.16.3 Released To Fix Security Issues

Saturday 20th of December 2014 02:57:10 PM
Made public earlier this month was a huge batch of X.Org Server security vulnerabilities with some of the issues dating back to the late 1980s. Now X.Org Server 1.16.3 is available to address these problems...

Linux 3.19 Merge Window Closes Ahead Of Schedule

Saturday 20th of December 2014 02:06:01 PM
Linux 3.18 was released two Sundays ago and the 3.19 merge window opened immediately. Normally the merge window is open for 14 days before Linus Torvalds closes it and tags -rc1. With Linux 3.19, things are different...

MIPS R6 Architecture Now Supported By GCC

Saturday 20th of December 2014 01:24:22 PM
The latest feature that's landed for the GCC 5 compiler due out next year is MIPS R6 support for both 32-bit and 64-bit...

LowRISC To Feature Tagged Memory & Minion Cores

Saturday 20th of December 2014 11:34:09 AM
Earlier this year we wrote about lowRISC as an open-source SoC design using the RISC-V ISA. LowRISC hopes to ultimately get into volume silicon production and now they've released some documentation describing two planned features...

More ACPI+PM Changes For Linux 3.19

Saturday 20th of December 2014 09:00:35 AM
Merged already for Linux 3.19 were significant power management and ACPI changes while a second serving of ACPI+PM updates have been requested for pulling just prior to the end of the 3.19 merge window...

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