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Metro Redux Is Going To Require OpenGL 4.x On Linux

Friday 29th of August 2014 01:39:44 PM
Metro Redux is on its way to Linux and it will require Linux gamers have OpenGL 4.x core support. For now this means that right off the bat the open-source Mesa/Gallium3D drivers are off-limits for the time being...

Haiku OS Gains Rudimentary Support For Haswell Graphics

Friday 29th of August 2014 01:18:57 PM
Haiku, the open-source operating system that maintains compatibility with the defunct BeOS, now appears to have basic support for Haswell graphics...

Jailhouse v0.1 Released As A Basic Hypervisor For Linux

Friday 29th of August 2014 12:55:47 PM
Nearly one year ago we wrote about the announcement of Jailhouse as a new Linux hypervisor and after being in development all of this time they have announced their first release that comes with the necessary features to properly support Intel x86 CPUs...

Google's Chromebook "Samus" Now Supported By Coreboot

Friday 29th of August 2014 12:31:57 PM
As of today Google's upcoming "Samus" Chromebook is supported by Coreboot...

Quick Test: PHP 5.6 Against Facebook's HHVM

Friday 29th of August 2014 12:06:47 PM
While PHP 5.6 was just released, Facebook's HHVM remains a competitive, alternative implementation that continues gaining new features and is being ruthlessly optimized by Facebook engineers...

Chrome 38 Now In Beta With Exciting Advancements

Friday 29th of August 2014 04:43:45 AM
Google released the Chrome 38 Beta on late Thursday and this newest web-browser version adds in support for new HTML and JavaScript features...

Testing For The Latest Linux Kernel Power Regression

Friday 29th of August 2014 04:00:00 AM
As I wrote about yesterday, there appears to be a new Linux kernel power regression that's yet to be solved by the latest Linux 3.17 code. The issue was originally tracked down to being a regression introduced during the Linux 3.15 stable cycle that disabled frame-buffer compression support by default for the Intel DRM graphics driver, but the impact it's had on the system power draw is much greater than what was anticipated by the Intel developers. A separate Intel employee is also reporting increased power draw, so I decided to run some tests on a few local systems to see what I'm encountering in the power consumption primarily between Linux 3.15 and 3.16.

Ubuntu's Utopic Unicorn 14.10 Beta 1 Released

Thursday 28th of August 2014 09:31:23 PM
Participating Ubuntu Linux flavors are doing their first beta releases today of the Utopic Unicorn, a.k.a. *buntu 14.10...

LLVM 3.5 RC4 Released

Thursday 28th of August 2014 09:02:58 PM
A fourth release candidate for LLVM 3.5 had to be issued today over running into a pesky issue that needed to be resolved...

Genode OS 14.08 Has New GUI Architecture, Pluggable VFS

Thursday 28th of August 2014 07:21:49 PM
Version 14.08 of the Genode general purpose operating system is now available. Genode OS 14.08 brings with it a ton of changes but most pressing is the new GUI architecture...

Another Intel Linux Power Regression Is Being Investigated

Thursday 28th of August 2014 07:06:32 PM
Power regressions are still easy to come by with the Linux kernel and other areas of the open-source stack... Multiple users have been reporting of a recent power increase on newer versions of the Linux kernel, which seem to track down to the Intel i915 DRM driver...

DNF Makes It A Step Closer To Replacing Yum On Fedora

Thursday 28th of August 2014 06:48:13 PM
DNF 0.6.1 was released today and this updated open-source package manager picked up a few more features as it's still in pursuit of replacing Yum on Fedora systems...

OS Battle: Linux Takes 1.7% Desktop Marketshare

Thursday 28th of August 2014 03:52:13 PM
We have another metric in showing a 1.7% Linux desktop market-share, which isn't far off from other figures we've seen in the past indicating Linux desktop usage at under 2%...

Checking On The Performance Of PHP 5.6

Thursday 28th of August 2014 03:00:00 PM
With this morning's release of PHP 5.6 I ran some quick PHP performance tests...

The Most Energy Efficient Radeon GPU For AMD Linux Gaming

Thursday 28th of August 2014 01:50:00 PM
In continuation of yesterday's 20-Way Radeon Comparison With Open-Source Graphics For Steam On Linux Gaming, here's a look at the most (and least) energy efficient Radeon GPUs when running Steam games on Linux along with other OpenGL tests while using the very latest open-source graphics drivers.

PHP 5.6 Officially Released With New Debugger

Thursday 28th of August 2014 12:41:09 PM
The PHP community this morning put out the awaited PHP 5.6 update that brings several language changes and other improvements to the popular web programming language...

LibreOffice 4.3.1 Released

Thursday 28th of August 2014 12:30:46 PM
LibreOffice 4.3.1 (codenamed "Fresh") has been released ahead of the LibreOffice Conference next week in Bern, Switzerland...

Re-Clocking Your NVIDIA GPU With Nouveau On Linux 3.17

Thursday 28th of August 2014 09:54:07 AM
If you are trying to re-clock your NVIDIA GPU with the Nouveau driver when using the Linux 3.17 kernel, there's an extra step involved, but still your mileage may vary and the re-clocking is still mostly for Kepler GPUs...

Radeon DRM Queues More Changes, RV6xx UVD For Linux 3.18

Thursday 28th of August 2014 07:34:49 AM
With the DRM merge window for drm-next now closing earlier going forward than in past kernel releases, another Radeon DRM-Next pull request was already submitted for Linux 3.18...

Nouveau On Oibaf PPA Is Back To Running Well

Thursday 28th of August 2014 01:30:00 AM
For those following my Linux driver tribulations with constantly trying out and benchmarking the latest Git code for the Intel, Radeon, and NVIDIA/Nouveau drivers, the Nouveau screen corruption problem noted earlier this week has been resolved...

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The Curious Case of Raspberry Pi Consumerism

I find the attitude of many within the Raspberry Pi community to be strange and offensive. I first discovered this odd phenomenon (odd because it contradicts the ethos of the project's academic foundations) back when it first started, as many within the Raspberry Pi community took an extremely hostile attitude toward academic freedom, apparently in defence of various parties' highly dubious intellectual monopolies (Broadcom and MPEG-LA, for example). I pointed out the irony and hypocrisy of their attitude at the time, explaining that they were more than happy to leech Free (as in freedom) Software for their own benefit, but then balked at the prospect of freely sharing the results, and in particular this contradicted their stated academic goal of facilitating better computer education in UK schools, an environment that rightly demands open access to knowledge. Read more

Google Chrome 38 Beta Brings New Guest Mode and Easier Incognito Mode Switching

The developers have explained that the user switching feature has been redesigned and it will make changing profiles and into the incognito mode a lot simple. They have also added a new experimental Guest mode, a new experimental UI for Chrome supervised users has been implemented, and numerous under-the-hood changes have been made for stability and performance. "This release adds support for the new element thanks to the hard work of community contributor Yoav Weiss, who was able to dedicate his time to implementing this feature in multiple rendering engines because of a successful crowd-funding campaign that raised more than 50% of its funding goal." Read more

PfSense 2.1.5 Is a Free and Powerful FreeBSD-Based Firewall Operating System

PfSense is a free network firewall distribution based on the FreeBSD, it comes with a custom kernel, and a few quite powerful applications that should make its users’ life a lot easier. Most of the firewall distros are Linux-based, but PfSense is a little bit different and is using FreeBSD. Regular users won't feel anything out of the ordinary, but it's an interesting choice for the base. The developers of PfSense are also saying that their distro has been successful in replacing a number of commercial firewalls such as Check Point, Cisco PIX, Cisco ASA, Juniper, Sonicwall, Netgear, Watchguard, Astar, and others. Read more