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GStreamer VA-API Plug-In Update Adds New Features

8 hours 13 min ago
Gwenole Beauchesne has released an updated version of the GStreamer VA-API that provides major changes to this plug-in set that allows for hardware-accelerated video decoding with the Video Acceleration API when using GStreamer...

Qt 5.4 Going Into Feature Freeze Next Week With Exciting Changes

9 hours 45 min ago
The Qt 5.4 feature freeze is set to go into effect on 8 August with already there being a large number of changes for this next major Qt5 tool-kit release...

Updated Source Engine Benchmarks On The Latest AMD/NVIDIA Linux Drivers

11 hours 12 min ago
Benchmarks of Valve's Source Engine games (and other Steam titles for that matter) aren't done in all Phoronix driver tests and graphics card articles for various reasons, among which is that there's other more GPU-demanding OpenGL tests to utilize for modern hardware. However, for those curious about the performance of various AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards using the latest proprietary drivers, here's some updated numbers.

OpenSUSE Factory Turns Into Rolling Release Distribution

12 hours 7 min ago
OpenSUSE "Factory" up to now has referred to the development version of the openSUSE Linux distribution while being announced by SUSE today is that it's also going to serve as an independent distribution under a rolling-release development model...

"The World's Most Highly-Assured OS" Kernel Open-Sourced

13 hours 31 min ago
The seL4 kernel that's an advanced, security-enhanced version of the L4 micro-kernel has been open-sourced by General Dynamics C4 Systems and NICTA...

NVIDIA Is Working Towards VDPAU H.265/HEVC Support

16 hours 55 min ago
NVIDIA is working on adding HEVC/H.265 video decoding support to VDPAU...

Hawaii Bug-Fixes Start Hitting Mainline RadeonSI Gallium3D

Tuesday 29th of July 2014 05:28:28 AM
For those excited about the recent working Radeon R9 290 "Hawaii" Gallium3D support, a number of bug-fixes were committed in recent hours to Mesa for bettering the support for those wishing to use this open-source AMD Linux driver for their ultra high-end graphics hardware...

Coreboot Sandy/Ivy Bridge Gains Native RAM Initialization

Tuesday 29th of July 2014 05:20:01 AM
The latest addition to Coreboot is native RAM initialization support for Intel's Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge families...

The FFmpeg vs. Libav War Continues In Debian Land

Tuesday 29th of July 2014 04:01:19 AM
An FFmpeg package is closer to reaching Debian after years of being rejected in favor of its forked libav alternative, but not all are happy with FFmpeg's reappearance...

Grand Theft Auto Running On Direct3D Natively On Linux Shows Gallium3D Potential

Monday 28th of July 2014 08:00:50 PM
As a follow on from today's Nouveau vs. NVIDIA OpenGL driver benchmarking results that were published earlier today on Phoronix, in the comments an interesting video was pointed out of Grand Theft Auto IV using Direct3D 9.x natively under Linux...

Chris Beard Confirmed As Mozilla's CEO

Monday 28th of July 2014 07:56:38 PM
Chris Beard, who served as Mozilla's interim CEO since April when Brendan Eich resigned from his short-lived position, has been named the permanent CEO of Mozilla Corp...

GCC As A Just-In Time Compiler Is An Interesting Project

Monday 28th of July 2014 03:05:31 PM
Aside from the experimental "Coconut" as a Python JIT compiler using GCC's new Just-In Time capabilities, the libgccjit.so shared library isn't yet depended upon in the real-world but the JIT compilation abilities are being built upon for hopeful incorporation into the GNU Compiler Collection...

Even With Re-Clocking, Nouveau Remains Behind NVIDIA's Proprietary Linux Driver

Monday 28th of July 2014 02:00:00 PM
Starting out the last week of July's Linux benchmarking on Phoronix is a fresh comparison of several NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards when comparing the performance of the latest open-source Nouveau driver against the latest NVIDIA proprietary Linux graphics driver. While the Kepler cards now support GPU re-clocking, the results aren't quite ideal yet.

Age Of Wonders III Is Still Being Ported To Linux

Monday 28th of July 2014 12:48:55 PM
The Age of Wonders III turn-based strategy game that was released back in March is still in the process of being ported to Linux and OS X. Developers are hopeful this well-received game will be released for the non-Windows platforms later this year...

Git 2.1 To Further Mainline Windows Support Patches

Monday 28th of July 2014 07:40:13 AM
The Git 2.1.0-rc0 release was tagged on Sunday that provides a wide assortment of improvements, new features, and bug-fixes for the Git revision control system...

Debian 8.0 Jessie Is Settling For Linux 3.16

Monday 28th of July 2014 12:00:00 AM
It looks like the next major Debian GNU/Linux release will be shipping with the soon to be released Linux 3.16 kernel...

Meson: A Next-Gen Build System Showing Promise

Sunday 27th of July 2014 11:50:13 PM
Meson is a new, open-source build system under development showing good results over the likes of SCons...

Linux 3.16-rc7 Calms Things Down For The Linux 3.16 Kernel

Sunday 27th of July 2014 08:20:07 PM
The seventh release candidate to the Linux 3.16 kernel on this final Sunday of July...

Open-Source AMD Users Report Hawaii GPU Acceleration Is Working

Sunday 27th of July 2014 01:22:00 PM
In continuation of the Phoronix article from a few days ago about the open-source AMD Linux driver should finally be working for R9 290 "Hawaii" graphics cards, it is indeed the case but it's not without some setup challenges and potential bugs...

The Power Consumption & Efficiency Of Open-Source GPU Drivers

Saturday 26th of July 2014 06:00:00 PM
Complementing yesterday's Radeon, Intel, and Nouveau benchmarks using the very latest open-source driver code, here's some power consumption, performance-per-Watt, and thermal numbers when using an assortment of graphics processors on the latest open-source drivers.