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QEMU 2.3 Officially Released

8 hours 5 min ago
QEMU 2.3 was officially released today as the latest major release for this important component to the open-source Linux virtualization stack...

It's Been Three Years Since The Big Steam Linux Reveal

11 hours 15 min ago
It was this week three years ago when there was the big Steam Linux reveal when I was over at Valve HQ learning from Gabe Newell about their Steam Linux client plans, their ambitions for a Steam Linux distribution on consoles (now known as SteamOS), and much more...

Debian-Based Distribution Updated With KDE 3.5 Forked Desktop

11 hours 45 min ago
The team behind Q4OS has released a new version of their Linux distribution based on Debian 8.0 "Jessie" and powered by the Trinity Desktop, a fork of KDE 3.5...

Intel Is Making Some Progress With Compute Shaders

12 hours 10 min ago
One of the big extensions of OpenGL 4.3 and also a requirement of OpenGL ES 3.1 is support for compute shaders. While the work isn't complete yet, Intel's open-source developers are making progress on GL_ARB_compute_shader support...

Linux 4.1-rc1 Kernel Released, Packs In Several New Features

Monday 27th of April 2015 01:19:58 AM
Right on time, Linus Torvalds has released the Linux 4.1-rc1 kernel...

It Doesn't Look Like KDBUS Will Make It For Linux 4.1

Sunday 26th of April 2015 10:14:55 PM
While Linux 4.1 is bringing many new features and improvements, there's one addition that's noticeably absent...

Debian 9.0 Is Codenamed Stretch

Sunday 26th of April 2015 08:00:00 PM
With this weekend's release of Debian 8.0 "Jessie" cleared, it's now time for Debian developers to start thinking about Debian 9.0...

AMD Radeon GPUs With Linux 4.0 + Mesa 10.6-devel

Sunday 26th of April 2015 07:16:40 PM
On Friday I posted the results showing Ubuntu 15.04 Offers Faster OpenGL For AMD Radeon GPUs On Open-Source. For those wishing to run with a slightly newer kernel and Mesa driver stack, here are fresh open-source AMD Radeon benchmark results with Linux 4.0 and Mesa 10.6-devel...

The Many Features Of The Linux 4.1 Kernel

Sunday 26th of April 2015 06:45:23 PM
The Linux 4.1 kernel merge window has been open now for two weeks and will most likely be closed by Linus Torvalds this evening. For those curious about the Linux 4.1 features, here's a look at the newest additions to the mainline Linux kernel!..

HTTPS For Phoronix.com

Sunday 26th of April 2015 06:29:24 PM
Thanks to the new and much more powerful web server for Phoronix.com, if you've tried to access the site in the past few hours, there's proper HTTPS support...

Gallium3D's HUD Gets New Customization Options

Sunday 26th of April 2015 06:10:13 PM
For the past two years there has been an optional Gallium3D HUD to display various performance-related metrics as an overlay while running OpenGL applications with the Gallium3D drivers. With the latest Mesa Git code, the heads-up display can be a bit more customized...

Intel Xeon E5-2620 v3 Haswell Performance

Sunday 26th of April 2015 05:11:24 PM
The new Phoronix.com web server is speeding along this weekend after its deployment. Here's a look in the performance difference...

Dell Keyboard Backlight Support In Linux 4.1

Sunday 26th of April 2015 04:43:46 PM
Ending out the major pull requests for the Linux 4.1 kernel merge window was the platform-drivers-x86 updates that were sent in on Saturday...

With Linux 4.1 You Can Play With The Chrome OS Lightbar

Sunday 26th of April 2015 03:54:55 PM
Google's Chromebook Pixel features a "Lightbar" that's a series of LEDs supporting multiple colors. Chrome OS apps are able to take advantage of the Lightbar for various purposes and coming for Linux 4.1 is support for the Chrome OS lightbar within the mainline kernel...

Intel Bay Trail & Cherry Trail CPUs To Run Faster With Linux 4.1

Sunday 26th of April 2015 02:12:40 PM
While the big ACPI and power management changes were sent in more than one week ago for the Linux 4.1 kernel, another batch of ACPI/PM work was sent in this weekend. One of these last-minute changes should end up significantly benefiting the performance of modern Intel Atom Bay/Cherry Trail SoCs...

Debian 8.0 Jessie Released

Sunday 26th of April 2015 02:44:51 AM
As expected, Debian 8.0 "Jessie" was officially released today after being in development for two years...

New Phoronix.com Web Server

Saturday 25th of April 2015 08:03:35 PM
If you're seeing this post, you're correctly accessing the new Phoronix.com web-server...

GCC 5.2 Will Come In Two To Three Months

Saturday 25th of April 2015 02:30:46 PM
GCC 5 was formally released this week with under their new versioning scheme the initial stable release being GCC 5.1. GCC 6.0 is now in development as the next major release due out in about one year's time while the next GCC 5 point release will be GCC 5.2...

AMD FP3 Motherboard Ported To Coreboot

Saturday 25th of April 2015 01:51:01 PM
Another AMD motherboard has been ported to work under Coreboot...

The Difference In Optimizations Between NIR & GLSL

Friday 24th of April 2015 08:51:22 PM
One of the biggest additions to Mesa so far this year has been the introduction of NIR, the new intermediate representation designed to replace GLSL IR and designed by a bright student fresh out of high school...

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Debian-Based Distribution Updated With KDE 3.5 Forked Desktop

Q4OS 1.2 "Orion" is the new release that is re-based on Debian Jessie, focused on shipping its own desktop utilities and customizations, and designed to run on both old and new hardware. Read more

Atom Shell is now Electron

Atom Shell is now called Electron. You can learn more about Electron and what people are building with it at its new home electron.atom.io. Read more Also: C++ Daddy Bjarne Stroustrup outlines directions for v17

A Fedora 22 beta walk-through

The new Fedora, with its GNOME 3.16 interface, is an interesting, powerful Linux desktop. Read more Also: Web software center for Fedora Red Hat's Cross-Selling and Product Development Will Power Long-Term Growth Red Hat Updates Open Source Developer and Admin Tools

Unix and Personal Computers: Reinterpreting the Origins of Linux

So, to sum up: What Linus Torvalds, along with plenty of other hackers in the 1980s and early 1990s, wanted was a Unix-like operating system that was free to use on the affordable personal computers they owned. Access to source code was not the issue, because that was already available—through platforms such as Minix or, if they really had cash to shell out, by obtaining a source license for AT&T Unix. Therefore, the notion that early Linux programmers were motivated primarily by the ideology that software source code should be open because that is a better way to write it, or because it is simply the right thing to do, is false. Read more Also: Anti-Systemd People