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Intel UMS Support To Be Eliminated In Linux 3.16 Kernel

Mon, 31/03/2014 - 6:00pm
For those Intel owners -- namely those with vintage Intel hardware -- the days of using user-space mode-setting (UMS) for the open-source Linux graphics driver are running out...

Digia Works On Getting Qt 4.8.6 Out The Door

Mon, 31/03/2014 - 5:25pm
While all of the Qt tool-kit excitement these days is over Qt5 and its upcoming Qt 5.3 release, Digia developers are working on issuing an update to Qt4...

Warp: Facebook Open-Sources A Super Fast C/C++ Pre-Processor

Mon, 31/03/2014 - 3:51pm
Following Facebook's announcement of the Hack language and being one of the organizations backing the new WebScaleSQL, Facebook developers ended out last week by announcing Warp, their latest open-source contribution...

MariaDB 10 Boosts Performance, Adds NoSQL Support

Mon, 31/03/2014 - 2:16pm
MariaDB, one of the well known forks of MySQL, is out today with version 10 of its open-source database software...

The Special Intel Broadwell Driver In Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Mon, 31/03/2014 - 2:07pm
Due to Ubuntu 14.04 shipping with the Linux 3.13 kernel, a specially-crafted "i915_bdw" driver has been introduced for offering Intel Broadwell graphics support in this upcoming Ubuntu Linux release...

ASUS Zenbook UX301LA: A Nice Intel Ultrabook For Linux Users

Mon, 31/03/2014 - 12:00pm
As I wrote about at the beginning of March, I bought the ASUS Zenbook UX301LA-DH71T Haswell-based ultrabook to replace an Apple Retina MacBook Pro as my main system. I've been using this latest Zenbook with Intel Iris Graphics and dual SSDs for several weeks now as my main system and have taken it on four business trips so far and it's been running great. Paired with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, the ASUS Zenbook UX301LA makes a rather nice lightweight yet powerful Linux system.

Portal & HL2 Lost Coast Linux Benchmarks Added

Mon, 31/03/2014 - 7:30am
Users of the Phoronix Test Suite and OpenBenchmarking.org can now easily fire-up Half-Life 2: Lost Coast and Valve's Portal for some new Linux game benchmarking...

The Linux 3.14 Kernel Has Been Released With Great Features

Mon, 31/03/2014 - 4:10am
As expected after writing about the imminent Linux 3.14 a few hours ago, Linus Torvalds did a late Sunday night release of this next major kernel upgrade... There's new hardware support, stabilized Intel Broadwell graphics support, the SCHED_DEADLINE scheduler, AMD Cryptographic Coprocessor support, TCP auto-corking, Kernfs, and a whole lot more...

Warsow 1.4 Release Candidate Adds Game Improvements

Mon, 31/03/2014 - 3:51am
The latest test version of the Qfusion-powered Warsow open-source first person shooter is now available...

Chinese People Try To Patent Wine On ARM

Mon, 31/03/2014 - 12:21am
The latest illustration of software patents being bad and of pure silliness is a group of Chinese people trying to obtain a patent covering Wine on ARM for having the open-source program running Windows programs on the CPU architecture popular to smart-phones...

SIMD JavaScript Support Added To Firefox, Under Review For Chrome

Sun, 30/03/2014 - 10:31pm
One of Intel's latest open-source adventures has been adding support for SIMD (Single Instruction, Multiple Data) instructions to JavaScript...

The Most Popular Linux Stories So Far In 2014

Sun, 30/03/2014 - 9:00pm
With Q1'2014 quickly coming to an end, here's a look back at the most popular Linux stories and hardware reviews/articles so far this calendar year...

The Linux 3.14 Kernel Will Likely Be Released Today

Sun, 30/03/2014 - 7:17pm
While no official announcement has come down yet, the Linux 3.14 kernel will most likely be released in the hours ahead...

GCC 4.8.2 vs. GCC 4.9.0 Benchmarks On Intel's Core i7 Haswell

Sun, 30/03/2014 - 7:00pm
With GCC 4.9 likely being released in the next few weeks, here are some benchmarks comparing the GCC 4.8.2 stable release against the latest GCC 4.9 snapshot...

Firefox Enables Generational GC To Compete With Chrome

Sun, 30/03/2014 - 4:45pm
The latest Mozilla Firefox nightly builds have begun enabling the generational garbage collector to better compete with Google's Chrome on performance grounds...

We're Giving Away More Prizes For Running Linux Benchmarks

Sun, 30/03/2014 - 4:00pm
Don't forget that we're still giving away three $100 (USD) Amazon.com gift cards that you can win at random by running some Linux benchmarks and sharing your results with the world. We've also added some free Phoronix Premium subscriptions for this Linux giveaway...

Qt3D, QtOpenCL Spark New Interest

Sun, 30/03/2014 - 2:38pm
Lately there's been some discussion about Qt3D and QtOpenCL...

digiKam 4.0 Beta 4 Adds More Tools

Sun, 30/03/2014 - 2:19pm
The fourth beta of digiKam Software Collection 4.0 is now available for photographers interested in testing out this popular KDE software component...

NVIDIA's GeForce Driver On Ubuntu 14.04 Runs The Same As Windows 8.1

Sun, 30/03/2014 - 5:00am
After in the past few days delivering fresh results looking at the Intel Haswell graphics performance between Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and then looking at the AMD Radeon performance between Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 14.04 while also testing the open-source Radeon Gallium3D drivers, in this article our attention has turned to the NVIDIA Windows vs. Linux performance with GeForce 600/700 series graphics cards.

Linux Collaboration Summit 2014: Wine, Intel, File-Systems & Cars

Sat, 29/03/2014 - 8:00pm
The 2014 Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit has now wrapped up and it was another great Linux technical event. Here's a recap of some of what we learned this week while out in Napa Valley, California.