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AMD Radeon R9 290 On Ubuntu 14.10: RadeonSI Gallium3D vs. Catalyst

Tuesday 28th of October 2014 04:00:00 PM
Our latest performance benchmarks of last week's release of Ubuntu 14.10 is looking at the performance of an AMD Radeon R9 290 "Hawaii" graphics card using the latest open-source (RadeonSI Gallium3D) graphics driver code compared to the Catalyst driver that's packaged for Ubuntu 14.10. The latest open-source tests do include the in-development Linux 3.18 kernel and Mesa 10.4-devel.

Canonical Announces Its Own Distribution of Ubuntu OpenStack

Tuesday 28th of October 2014 02:29:29 PM
Canonical has come forward today to announce the Canonical Distribution of Ubuntu OpenStack that offers various advantages over the free, community version of Ubuntu OpenStack...

OpenBSD Drops Support For Loadable Kernel Modules

Tuesday 28th of October 2014 01:59:52 PM
Interestingly the OpenBSD developers have decided to remove support for loadable kernel modules from the BSD distribution's next release...

GtkInspector Now Supports Dealing With Multiple Back-Ends For GTK

Tuesday 28th of October 2014 01:35:44 PM
Matthias Clasen did some weekend hacking to allow GtkInspector to work across different display connections, e.g. debugging a GTK application running in Wayland while GtkInspector is running under X11 or the HTML5 Broadway back-end...

DragonFlyBSD 4.0 Is Coming Soon, Release Candidate Now Available

Tuesday 28th of October 2014 12:54:09 PM
DragonFlyBSD 3.8 will soon be succeeded by DragonFlyBSD 4.0. For those willing to help test, the release candidate to DragonFlyBSD 4.0.0 is now available...

Wayland Live CD Updated With New Capabilities, A SDL2 Wayland Game

Tuesday 28th of October 2014 12:34:07 PM
Rebecca Black OS, what's become the most common Linux Live CD/USB environment for showing off Wayland progress and various Wayland-related features for the Linux desktop, is out in updated form. The revised Rebecca Black OS spins offer various new features and are riding off the very latest Wayland code...

Openage: Making Age of Empires II Open-Source

Tuesday 28th of October 2014 12:12:17 PM
Like Xoreos, GemRB, and OpenMW that seek to remake popular proprietary games/engines as open-source, Openage is another such project and it's seeking to free the once popular Age of Empires II game...

DRI2 Support Proposed For The Generic Mode-Setting Driver

Monday 27th of October 2014 10:05:37 PM
Eric Anholt while working at Broadcom on the Raspberry Pi graphics driver has sent out patches that add support for DRI2 with GLAMOR to the xf86-video-modesetting driver...

Civilization: Beyond Earth Overcoming Linux GPU Driver Problems

Monday 27th of October 2014 08:45:43 PM
Aspyr Media has written a blog update concerning the state of the OS X and Linux port of Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth...

NVIDIA vs. Nouveau Drivers On Ubuntu 14.10

Monday 27th of October 2014 04:15:14 PM
Over the weekend I began posting Ubuntu 14.04 LTS vs. 14.10 benchmarks of the open-source Radeon Gallium3D drivers to show how their software stack has advanced. With our NVIDIA graphics testing it's slightly different since the performance state of Nouveau hasn't changed a lot in the past six months since the re-clocking support overall is still in quite inadequate shape for end-users. However, for some new open-source NVIDIA Linux benchmarks to share today is a look at the open-source NVIDIA (Nouveau) driver performance out-of-the-box on Ubuntu 14.10, then with the Oibaf PPA enabled plus the Linux 3.17 stable kernel, and lastly when using Ubuntu 14.10's supplied NVIDIA proprietary driver.

SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 Released - Supports MariaDB, Systemd & Btrfs

Monday 27th of October 2014 04:10:12 PM
SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 is out today! SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 supports all of the latest open-source/Linux technologies and more...

Amazon Launches The Fire TV Stick

Monday 27th of October 2014 02:02:38 PM
Just months after launching the Fire TV, Amazon today introduced the Fire TV Stick, which is like a mix of a Roku/Chromecast and the Fire TV...

Clang Goes Ahead And Enables C11 By Default

Monday 27th of October 2014 01:32:21 PM
LLVM's Clang C/C++ compiler went ahead and enabled C11 as the default C language for the upcoming LLVM 3.6 release...

Reducing The CPU Usage In Mesa To Improve Performance

Monday 27th of October 2014 12:46:24 PM
Timothy Arceri who previously crowd-funded work to add new GL extensions to Mesa and did so successfully multiple times has now written a new blog post on the topic of reducing the CPU usage in Mesa to potentially improve frame-rates...

Linux 3.18-rc2 Brings OverlayFS, Other Late Merges

Monday 27th of October 2014 03:06:39 AM
Another Sunday evening, another Linux kernel release candidate. The second test version of the Linux 3.18 kernel is now available...

Ubuntu 14.10 Offers AMD Radeon Driver Performance Improvements

Sunday 26th of October 2014 05:00:00 PM
In comparing the open-source graphics driver performance of Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS and Ubuntu 14.10, the newer Ubuntu Linux release does offer up some performance improvements to the R600 and RadeonSI graphics drivers, but already in the latest kernel and Mesa Git code is faster performance. Here are benchmarks of Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS vs. Ubuntu 14.10 for several OpenGL benchmarks with different AMD Radeon graphics cards while also adding in the results of the Oibaf PPA and vanilla Linux 3.17 kernel.

SteelSeries' QcK Remain Great, Affordable Mouse Pads For Linux Gamers

Sunday 26th of October 2014 02:00:00 PM
Earlier this month we reviewed some of the newest high-end mouse pads from XTrac. If you're looking for a new mouse pad due to finally amassing a decent selection of Linux game titles, the SteelSeries QcK remains one of the most affordable and suitable choices...

Btrfs RAID: Linux 3.10 To Linux 3.18 Benchmarks

Sunday 26th of October 2014 01:12:53 PM
As a follow-up to this week's Btrfs RAID HDD testing on Ubuntu 14.10, I ran some benchmarks of Btrfs in RAID0 while benchmarking every major kernel release from Linux 3.10 to Linux 3.18-rc1.

KDE Developers Come Up With DWD Window Decoration Concept

Sunday 26th of October 2014 12:35:41 PM
Yesterday there were "what if" articles about KDE using client-side decorations and Windows 10 components. On a serious note today, the same KDE parties involved, have proposed Dynamic Window Decorations (DWD) as an alternative/hybrid to client-side and server-side decorations...

OverlayFS Finally Offered For Pulling Into Linux 3.18

Sunday 26th of October 2014 12:08:00 PM
When Linux 3.18-rc1 was released last week, one week sooner than anticipated, Linus Torvalds mentioned he was willing to still allow OverlayFS to be merged this cycle. One week later, that code is hopefully now ready for merging...

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