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Oracle Linux 6.7 Arrives, Few Days After Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7

Thursday 30th of July 2015 11:48:08 PM
A few days ago Red Hat announced the available of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 6.7, earlier today Oracle announced version 6.7 of their own RHEL clone, Oracle Linux, with their Unbreakable Linux Kernel...

Shadow of Mordor Released For Linux, But Only For NVIDIA Gamers

Thursday 30th of July 2015 10:01:00 PM
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is the latest game ported to Linux (and Mac OS X) by Feral Games! This game is now natively available on Linux, but for now the AMD and Intel drivers are not supported...

More AMD Radeon R9 Fury Linux Benchmarks

Thursday 30th of July 2015 07:46:41 PM
Continuing on from yesterday's first Linux review of the AMD Radeon R9 Fury, here are some more Catalyst Linux benchmarks from this $550 graphics card...

Fedora's Rawhide Kernel Adds In KDBUS Support, Ready For Testing

Thursday 30th of July 2015 06:57:11 PM
Patched into Fedora's Rawhide kernel is now KDBUS to allow users running this newest kernel package plus an updated systemd package to start trying out this in-kernel IPC mechanism...

Intel Broadwell Iris Pro Graphics: Windows 10 vs. Linux

Thursday 30th of July 2015 05:30:00 PM
Resulting from the What Windows 10 vs. Linux Benchmarks Would You Like To See and The Phoronix Test Suite Is Running On Windows 10, here are our first benchmarks comparing the performance of Microsoft's newly released Windows 10 Pro x64 against Fedora 22 when looking at the Intel's OpenGL driver performance across platforms.

Ubuntu's Wily Werewolf Alpha 2 Released

Thursday 30th of July 2015 05:15:26 PM
Ubuntu derivatives are today releasing their 15.10 "Wily Werewolf" Alpha 2 builds...

Oracle Said To Be Baking A Low-Cost SPARC Chip

Thursday 30th of July 2015 04:43:02 PM
While Debian just dropped support for SPARC and many are writing off SPARC as dead under Oracle with their offering of x86 servers, a new report out today suggests otherwise. It's being reported that Oracle plans to introduce "Sonoma" as a low-cost SPARC processor...

DragonFlyBSD Has Full-Acceleration Now Working For Intel Broadwell Graphics

Thursday 30th of July 2015 04:05:08 PM
Francois Tigeot's latest effort on porting the Intel i915 DRM code from the Linux kernel to DragonFlyBSD has paid off in the form of full acceleration for Broadwell "Gen8" HD/Iris Graphics...

Upgrading Fedora Easily To Mesa 10.7/Git

Thursday 30th of July 2015 03:14:52 PM
With all of the Mesa OpenGL 4 happenings -- and most recently OpenGL 4.1 for RadeonSI -- you may be wondering how to run this latest code prior to its official release in September...

SQLite Just Got A Big Speed Boost: Now 2x As Fast As SQLite 3.8.0

Thursday 30th of July 2015 02:32:20 PM
SQLite was released yesterday and while it may not sound exciting from the version number, there are some measurable performance improvements with this popular embedded database update...

What It Takes Porting Qt Applications To Wayland

Thursday 30th of July 2015 01:36:03 PM
KDE KWin maintainer Martin Gräßlin held a session at this week's Akademy 2015 conference about porting applications to Wayland...

OpenGL 4.1 Support Now Enabled In Mesa Git For AMD RadeonSI

Thursday 30th of July 2015 12:36:36 PM
The OpenGL 4.1 patches for RadeonSI have now landed in Mesa Git master!..

Ubuntu 15.04 On The Tegra X1 Yields Even Better Results, More Benchmarks

Thursday 30th of July 2015 10:51:20 AM
Earlier this week I posted some initial benchmark figures for the NVIDIA Tegra X1 on Ubuntu Linux. Those results showed much promise for this 64-bit ARM big.LITTLE SoC that also bears a Maxwell GPU, but that wasn't tested for the initial comparison. Here are a few more benchmark results from this Tegra X1, including an Ubuntu 15.04 installation to show the difference against the Tegra X1 on Ubuntu 14.10...

The Phoronix Test Suite Is Running On Windows 10

Thursday 30th of July 2015 08:59:45 AM
I've been playing with Windows 10 since yesterday... I must applaud Microsoft that it's a heck of a lot better than Windows 8, as the Windows 10 desktop experience is alright and Edge is nicer than Internet Explorer, but I still don't have any intentions on switching back to Windows this lifetime...

The Document Foundation Prepares For LibreOffice 5.0 Next Week

Thursday 30th of July 2015 06:26:37 AM
The Document Foundation and LibreOffice developers are preparing for their major 5.0 milestone due out next Wednesday...

Librem 15 Rev2 To Ship With Coreboot

Thursday 30th of July 2015 04:03:37 AM
Following the guest post this past weekend about Purism's Librem laptop remaining "blobbed up", the crowd-funded company has put out new information...

Mir-On-X11, Latency Drops & Other Changes Coming To Mir 0.15

Thursday 30th of July 2015 01:18:56 AM
While Mir 0.14 just recently appeared in Ubuntu 15.10's archive followed by Ubuntu 15.04, Mir 0.15 is already under heavy development...

More Reliable Upgrades Hoped For With Fedora 23

Wednesday 29th of July 2015 10:50:16 PM
It looks like reworking the Fedup upgrade tool may still happen for Fedora 23. The upgrade to this upgrade tool would involve relying on DNF and systemd functionality to provide more reliable Fedora system upgrades...

Linux 4.2 May Finish Fixing Up Radeon Audio Support

Wednesday 29th of July 2015 09:22:09 PM
Since the Linux 4.0 kernel there has been DisplayPort audio support for the open-source Radeon driver. That DP audio handling came after a big rework to the audio code in the Radeon DRM kernel driver. A half-year later it looks like all the audio code is now cleaned up and ready...

Systemd Is Launching Its Own Conference

Wednesday 29th of July 2015 04:47:05 PM
Lennart Poettering today announced systemd.conf 2015, its inaugural conference devoted to the future of systemd...

More in Tux Machines

KDE Announces the Beta of KDE Applications 15.08, Based on KDE Frameworks 5

After having a lot of fun at Akademy 2015, the annual world summit of KDE, which took place in A Coruña, Galicia, Spain between July 25-31, the KDE developers finally decided to post the announcement for the Beta release of KDE Applications 15.08. Read more

Zorin OS 10 Core & Ultimate have arrived

We are excited to finally announce the release of Zorin OS 10 with the availability of the Zorin OS 10 Core and Ultimate editions. Zorin OS 10 is our best, most beautiful release yet. We have made major strides with the visual styling in Zorin OS. In addition to the refined & perfected desktop theme and the new default FreeSans desktop font, we have introduced a stunning new icon theme, based on the elementary and elementary-add icon themes. This is its first major overhaul since Zorin OS 2.0. Read more

Zidoo's 'X1' is a $59 Android media box that touts its 4K prowess

Bottom line, the Zidoo X1 checks all the boxes when it comes to streaming and playing local media. The X1 is affordable with an MSRP of $59 USD and comes with a one year warranty. Despite its paltry specifications, the X1 was able to handle pretty much all movie files and streaming duties. The only concern would be how well Zidoo would continue to support the device via software updates. While this doesn't quite beat pricing from the likes of the Chromecast or the MK808B it does provide more features. While this is my first time with an true Android media box, I found that the experience as pretty seamless when it was all set up. While the X1 was able to stand up the challenge of 4K, the real question is: when will see more 4K UHD content that is easily accessible. Read more

today's leftovers

  • Dawn of the data center operating system
    How microservices architecture and Linux containers will tame distributed computing for developers and ops
  • 30 Sys Admins to Follow on SysAdmin Day
    Systems administrators: They keep our high-tech world up and running. From capacity planning, to 3 a.m. phone calls, to retiring that 10-year-old server that uses more power than your whole house, sys admins do it all. Open source communities would not be able to thrive without the networks, services, and tools that allow for communication and collaboration, and sys admins are the ones who work thanklessly year-round to keep them going. July 31 is System Administrator Appreciation Day, a day for all of us to express our undying gratitude for sys admins. Sure, you could buy your favorite sys admin cake and ice cream, or perhaps a nice gift card. You could even go as far as not breaking the server for just one day. You also can follow these 30 sys admins.
  • See What Systemd 223 Brings New
  • Sparkfun's pcDuino Acadia Benchmarks Against Other ARM SBCs
    Sparkfun's pcDuino Acadia os a $119 USD development board powered by a Freescale i.MX6 quad-core Cortex-A9 SoC with Mali 400 graphics. There's 1GB of RAM and other connectivity options for this board.
  • Linux Based Solus OS Now Boots in Flat 1.2 Seconds
    Solus OS is a Linux distro that was built from scratch and uses a new desktop environment called Budgie. You can consider it as the next version of the Solus OS as it was built by the same developer team, so they didn’t bother changing the name for a new operating system.
  • Arch Linux 2015.08.01 Has Been Released. Upgrade Now!
    Arch Linux 2015.08.01 has been released and is powered by Kernel 4.1 and includes all the update patches since the 1st of July 2015.
  • uReadIt 3 – The Best Reddit Client For Ubuntu Touch
    As you may know, uReadIt is an open-source Reddit client for Ubuntu Touch, being one of the best native apps for Ubuntu mobile.
  • You Can Now Watch Flash Content With MPV On Ubuntu
    As you may know, Adobe Flash is not the safest thing on the internet this days. Mozilla even disabled it from the Firefox browser a while, due to the vulnerabilities found lately.
  • Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Running on the Rikomatic MK808B
    Ubuntu MATE, the latest member of the Ubuntu family, has been spotted running on the MK808B Plus Quad-Core mini TV box device. The device runs with Android 4.4 by default, but a third party developer has tweaked it to run Ubuntu.
  • LEGO Smart Home
    We spoke to Bhavana Srinivas and Geremy Cohen from PubNub about their LEGO Smart Home model, a proof of concept project that shows how you can use the Raspberry Pi with communication platform PubNub in order to automate your household electronics and other Internet of Things devices. You can read the full piece in the latest issue.
  • Compact module runs Linux on quad-core Braswell
    Congatec announced a compact, low power computer-on-module based on Intel’s 14nm “Braswell” SoCs, and featuring triple display outputs, and up to 4K video.