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GNOME 3.22.2 Released

Saturday 12th of November 2016 01:19:47 PM
The second and final planned point release to GNOME 3.22 is now available...

Mesa 13.0.1 Is Being Prepped For Release, Many OpenGL & Vulkan Driver Fixes

Saturday 12th of November 2016 12:25:04 PM
For those that wait for the first point release to a new Mesa stable series before switching over to the latest open-source graphics driver stack, Mesa 13.0.1 is just around the corner...

LLVM Clang Lands -Og Optimization Level

Saturday 12th of November 2016 12:21:14 PM
The LLVM Clang compiler now has a -Og optimization level inspired by GCC...

CMake 3.7 Adds Cross-Compiling For Android, Drops Official i386 Binaries

Saturday 12th of November 2016 03:23:16 AM
Version 3.7 of the CMake build system is now available...

Wine 1.9.23 Adds More Color Format Support For Direct3D

Friday 11th of November 2016 10:34:34 PM
Wine 1.9.23 is now available as the newest development version of this popular program for running Windows applications/games on Linux and other operating systems...

Turbo Boost Max 3.0 Patches Updated, Now On By Default For Multi-Socket Systems

Friday 11th of November 2016 08:36:01 PM
Intel's Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 (ITMT) patches for the Linux kernel have been pushed to their eighth revision as it prepares for mainline integration...

AMDGPU+RadeonSI With Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, One Week Later

Friday 11th of November 2016 05:30:00 PM
Last week marked the highly anticipated release of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided for Linux. At launch it only offered official support for NVIDIA GPUs on Linux with the AMD support being less than stellar. While the open-source Linux graphics driver Git code is quick to move along and adapt for new games, a new Phoronix Premium member requested some tests for seeing how the latest code is now working for this demanding AAA Linux game ported by Feral Interactive.

NVIDIA Introduces VK_NVX_device_generated_commands Extension To Vulkan

Friday 11th of November 2016 03:30:02 PM
NVIDIA this week announced the introduction of the VK_NVX_device_generated_commands Vulkan extension for allowing the GPU to generate rendering commands on its own...

Croteam Updates Talos Principle With Better Vulkan Performance & Stability

Friday 11th of November 2016 02:50:40 PM
In time for any weekend Linux gaming you might do or Linux GPU driver testing, The Talos Principle has a new public beta available and it offers improvements to its Vulkan renderer...

Tumblr Is The Latest Company Boasting About PHP7 Performance

Friday 11th of November 2016 01:00:00 PM
We've talked a lot on Phoronix about PHP 7 due to the mighty impressive performance improvements found in this major update that was released at the end of last year. Many companies have blogged about their positive performance experiences in upgrading to PHP7, many of which we've shared on Phoronix, and Tumblr is now the latest company to boast about their migration from PHP5 to PHP7...

A Number Of KDE Apps Will Be Dropped If They Don't Get Ported To KF5

Friday 11th of November 2016 12:48:16 PM
Around three dozen apps from the KDE Applications suite could be dropped if they don't see a port from kdelibs4 to KDE Frameworks 5 within the next year...

Intel Stages More DRM Driver Changes For Linux 4.10

Friday 11th of November 2016 10:48:02 AM
Two weeks back Intel submitted their first set of feature changes for Linux 4.10 to DRM-Next so that they can be staged for this next major kernel cycle. Coming in now is a second set of feature additions and other changes/improvements...

Fedora Looks At Changing The Default Hostname For F26 & Beyond

Friday 11th of November 2016 07:36:26 AM
One of the most discussed items this week on the Fedora developers' mailing list is in regards to changing the hostname on Fedora 26 and future versions...

The Code To Intel's New Linux Wireless Daemon Is Now Public

Friday 11th of November 2016 05:00:00 AM
During this year's systemd conference there was talk of A New Wireless Daemon Is In Development To Potentially Replace wpa_supplicant. At that time the code wasn't yet public to this new open-source WiFi daemon developed by Intel, but since then the code has now opened up...

After 18 Years, KWave Sound Editor Is Working Its Way Into KDE Multimedia

Friday 11th of November 2016 02:00:00 AM
KWave is a graphical sound editor that's been in development since 1998 and is finally working its way into KDE Multimedia for becoming a proper part of KDE...

Mesa 12.0.4 Released With Dozens Of Fixes

Friday 11th of November 2016 01:16:53 AM
For those sticking to the Mesa 12.0 stable series until the huge Mesa 13.0 has further stabilized, Mesa 12.0.4 is now available as the latest point release...

Fedora 25 Has Been Delayed To 22 November

Thursday 10th of November 2016 10:15:05 PM
Fedora 25 is not coming out next week as planned but has been pushed back to 22 November...

Nouveau Exposes Performance Counters For Maxwell

Thursday 10th of November 2016 09:29:15 PM
Samuel Pitoiset, one of the few significant contributors to the open-source NVIDIA Linux graphics stack particularly when it comes to the area of performance counters, has now enabled MP performance counters in the NVC0 Gallium3D driver for NVIDIA GTX 750/900 series Maxwell hardware...

Fedora 25 Finally Makes MP3 Playback Easy, Fedora 26 Might Ship It By Default

Thursday 10th of November 2016 08:30:47 PM
Fedora 25 has a lot going for it and yet another benefit for Fedora Workstation users on the desktop is finally having an easy, official path for MP3 playback support. It's 2016 and there's finally good MP3 support coming through official channels, after in Fedora 24 they were able to finally provide H.264 support via OpenH264...

Rust 1.13 Brings ? Operator, Better Performance

Thursday 10th of November 2016 08:19:11 PM
Rust 1.13 is now available as the latest implementation of this popular and growing programming language...

More in Tux Machines

Open spec SBC dual boots Android and Ubuntu on hexa-core RK3399

T-Firefly is Kickstartering the first hacker SBC with Rockchip’s Cortex-A72/-A53 RK3399. The Firefly-RK3399 has up to 4GB DDR3, M.2, and USB 3.0 Type-C. T-Firefly, which offers Linux- and Android-ready open source boards like the Firefly-RK3288 and sandwich-style Firefly-RK3288 Reload, both of which are based on the quad-core, Cortex-A17 Rockchip RK3288, has advanced to a more powerful Rockchip SoC for its new open spec Firefly-RK3399. The hexa-core Rockchip RK3399 features two server-class Cortex-A72 cores clocked to up to 2.0GHz, as well as four Cortex-A53 at up to 1.42GHz. This appears to be the first RK3399 SBC and the first SBC to include Cortex-A72 cores. Read more

Leftovers: Software

  • Manuskript is a Promising Open-Source Scrivener Alternative
    Whether you plan to work on a book, a screenplay, or better structure your dissertation, you’ll probably see apps like Scrivener recommended. If you’re running Windows, macOS or even Android then you’re spoilt for choice, with various competing proprietary apps at varying price points readily available. On Linux the choices are somewhat limited.
  • Tor 0.2.9 Is Just Around the Corner As 0.2.8.10 Fixes Memory Leak in OpenSSL 1.1
    The past weekend brought us new stable and development builds of the Tor anonymity network project, versioned 0.2.8.10, as the most advanced version out there, and 0.2.9.6 RC (Release Candidate).
  • Pitivi 0.98 Linux Video Editor Adds Customizable Keyboard Shortcuts
    Version 0.98 of the GNOME-aligned GStreamer-powered Pitivi non-linear video editor was tagged today as the newest development milestone. The main feature addition of Pitivi 0.98 is now supporting customizable keyboard supports! Aside from finally supporting customizable keyboard shortcuts for this open-source video editor, a lot of warnings were fixed from GTK 3.22, and there has been a lot of other bug fixing. Bugs around Pitivi's timeline were primarily targeted by this release.
  • Phoronix Test Suite 6.8-Tana Officially Released
    Phoronix Test Suite 6.8.0 is now available as the latest version of our open-source, fully-automated, reproducible benchmarking software for Linux, BSD, Solaris, macOS, Windows, and other operating systems. Phoronix Test Suite 6.8 is the latest stable release now of our GPL-licensed benchmarking software updated on its regular quarterly release cadence. Phoronix Test Suite 6.8 development focused on a number of low-level improvements to particularly benefit Phoromatic and the Phodevi (Phoronix Device Interface) software/hardware library abstraction layer.
  • iPerf As Another Network Benchmark Is Now Available Via The Phoronix Test Suite
  • Chromium-Based Vivaldi 1.6 Browser Enters Development, Brings Tab Stack Renaming
    Vivaldi's Ruarí Ødegaard informs us about the availability of a new snapshot for the cross-platform, Chromium-based Vivaldi web browser, which promises to let users name tab stacks. Vivaldi Snapshot 1.6.682.3 marks the beginning of the development of Vivaldi 1.6, the next major version of the popular web browser, and it looks like it has been rebased on Chromium 55.0.2883.64. Besides fixing a bunch of regressions, the new development release implements an option under Settings -> Tabs -> Tab Features -> Tab stacking -> Allow Tab Stack Renaming, which lets you rename or name tab stacks.

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