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Fedora 21 Will Try To Release Before Thanksgiving

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 11:49:06 PM
Today was another FESCo meeting but fortunately no further Fedora 21 delay was announced today, but it could happen with the F21 alpha change deadline being today and the developers trying to get an approved build...

Metro 2033 Redux Will Hopefully Hit Linux Real Soon

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 08:38:33 PM
The Metro 2033 Redux game was released yesterday to US gamers and while we've known a Linux port was in the works it looks like its release isn't too far off...

New Virtual Monitor Software Might End Up On Linux

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 06:39:24 PM
An open-source project that's currently Windows-only allows for creating virtual computer monitors that are then rendered on an extra computer, tablet, or smart-phone as a secondary display. Making this different from other VNC-like programs is that the secondary system's monitor can be rendered to an HTML5 web-browser window. The developer behind this software is now working on bringing it to Linux...

Company of Heroes 2 Might Be Coming Out For Linux

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 05:52:56 PM
While last year developers on the Company of Heroes 2 game said a Linux port was unlikely, recent Steam activity indicates that a Linux port is likely in the works...

NIR Still Being Discussed For Mesa, LLVM Gets Brought Up Again

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 05:37:22 PM
Last week NIR was announced as a new intermediate representation for Mesa. Discussion around this new but experimental IR continues to happen among upstream developers while Mesa developers are back to discussing LLVM too...

Plasma Active Is Mostly Ported To KDE Frameworks 5

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 04:32:05 PM
With this year's Google Summer of Code over, Antonis Tsiapaliokas shared a status update concerning the state of KDE's Plasma Active being ported to KF5...

20-Way Radeon Comparison With Open-Source Graphics For Steam On Linux Gaming

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 01:30:00 PM
When it comes to Linux gamers wanting a discrete graphics card backed by open-source drivers, the only solution right now to truly recommend for those serious about performance and making use of the hardware is really AMD Radeon graphics. While Nouveau has been making much progress, until re-clocking and other issues are worked out the performance can be unbearably slow depending upon the particular graphics processor or run into other problems. (Of course, when talking about proprietary graphics drivers on Linux, the story is entirely different, or if considering integrated Intel HD Graphics.) For those pursuing a AMD Radeon GPU for their own Steam Box/Machine build and hope to use the open-source Gallium3D drivers, here's some Steam on Linux gaming benchmarks from almost two dozen different GPUs.

Google Chrome 37 Brings Many Security Fixes

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 12:01:51 PM
Google released Chrome 37 as stable on Tuesday and with this update comes more fixes and other improvements...

MenuetOS Updated With SMP Threads & Onscreen Keyboard

Tuesday 26th of August 2014 11:04:58 PM
MenuetOS, the operating system written in Assembly and now primarily focused on 64-bit x86 systems and fits on a 1.5MB floppy disk image, is out with a new release...

Mesa Has A New Release Manager

Tuesday 26th of August 2014 08:31:57 PM
Mesa has a new release manager to allow the two existing managers from Intel's Open-Source Technology Center to get back to more driver wrangling rather than release wrangling...

Enlightenment E19 Lands Its New Wayland Compositor Code

Tuesday 26th of August 2014 08:20:55 PM
Enlightenment fans can celebrate today that the big Enlightenment compositor work has been merged to mainline Enlightenment ahead of the upcoming E19 release...

Nouveau Turns Into A Mess In Latest Linux 3.17 + Mesa 10.3-dev Tests

Tuesday 26th of August 2014 05:31:33 PM
This week I've been running a large open-source graphics card comparison using Mesa 10.3-devel and Linux 3.17 from Git. While the intentions were nice with featuring Intel/NVIDIA/AMD graphics, running several benchmarks of Steam / Source Engine games on Linux, and also measuring the power efficiency and thermal performance, the testing was cut short when it came to the Nouveau driver testing...

New GCC 5.0 Changes, Command-Line Options That Landed So Far

Tuesday 26th of August 2014 03:37:50 PM
While we're just a few months into the GCC 4.10 release cycle that's going to be released as GCC 5, there's already some release notes forming for this 2015 open-source compiler update...

AMD Radeon R9 290: Gallium3D vs. Catalyst Drivers

Tuesday 26th of August 2014 01:08:12 PM
After yesterday delivering the first open-source benchmarks of the Radeon R9 290, here's the open-source driver (RadeonSI Gallium3D) vs. closed-source driver (Catalyst) Linux OpenGL benchmarks for this high-end AMD Hawaii graphics card.

SteamOS Update 133 Has Better Intel Performance, VA-API

Tuesday 26th of August 2014 01:02:05 PM
Valve released this morning the 133 update to the SteamOS Alchemist Beta. With this update comes new packages and other updates...

DRM Graphics Changes For Linux 3.18 Might End Up Being Smaller

Tuesday 26th of August 2014 05:57:55 AM
Handling merge requests for the DRM graphics driver updates will be done differently for the Linux 3.18 kernel, which will result in a few less weeks of development time...

Ioquake3 Works On Finally Switching Over To SDL2

Tuesday 26th of August 2014 04:09:33 AM
The ioquake3 open-source game engine derived from the id Tech 3 code-base is working to finally switch over to using SDL2 and ditching the old SDL 1.2 support...

LXPanel 0.7.0 Brings Many Changes

Tuesday 26th of August 2014 12:43:01 AM
While LXQt is making great progress, version 0.7 of the GTK-based LXPanel was released recently and it boasts a number of changes...

Linux 3.17-rc2 Release Celebrates 23 Years Of Linux

Monday 25th of August 2014 11:15:43 PM
Linus Torvalds released the Linux 3.17-rc2 kernel this afternoon in marking this day 23 years ago is when he announced the project...

Leadwerks Launches On Steam For Linux

Monday 25th of August 2014 05:52:50 PM
The Leadwerks Game Engine has officially launched on Steam for Linux...

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Haiku OS Gains Rudimentary Support For Haswell Graphics

Haiku, the open-source operating system that maintains compatibility with the defunct BeOS, now appears to have basic support for Haswell graphics. A commit hit Haiku Git today entitled Add support for my Core i3 integrated graphics. The commit just adds Haswell desktop PCI IDs and that's about it, but was apparently enough to have Adrien Destugues' Core i3 Haswell system now light up with Haiku. Read more

Enlightenment E19 RC3 Shows Off The New Wayland Compositor

The E19 RC3 release most notably features the rewritten Wayland compositor that was talked about on Phoronix earlier this week. The Wayland compositor rewrite for Enlightenment reduxes the memory footprint along with the code-base size and at the same time lowers the rendering complexity. This new version also supports Wayland clients inside X11, wl_shell/xdg_shell protocol support, initial support for standalone Enlightenment Wayland, and has no hard requirements on X11. This new compositor is still considered unstable and doesn't yet feature XWayland support. Read more