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64-bit ARM Is Looking Good For Fedora 21

Tuesday 5th of August 2014 12:21:19 PM
While Fedora 21 will be arriving later than anticipated, on the plus side is that the 64-bit ARM support is coming along well and the (indirect) delay gives developers extra time for polishing up this first Fedora Linux release with great AArch64 support...

Qt Creator 3.2 RC1 Is Out

Tuesday 5th of August 2014 12:12:07 PM
Digia is shipping today the first release candidate to Qt Creator 3.2...

F2FS Gains New Features With Linux 3.17

Tuesday 5th of August 2014 01:41:40 AM
The Samsung supported Flash-Friendly File-System (F2FS) will sport some new functionality with the Linux 3.17 kernel release...

x86 Will See KVM Improvements In Linux 3.17

Monday 4th of August 2014 05:04:26 PM
For Linux 3.16 the KVM improvements were mostly about POWER, S390, and MIPS architectures while for Linux 3.17 the table has turned to focus upon x86 improvements to the Kernel-based Virtual Machine...

AMD's R600 GPU LLVM Back-End To Be Renamed

Monday 4th of August 2014 04:43:51 PM
AMD's "R600" LLVM back-end is likely to be renamed for LLVM 3.6...

Linux OpenCL Performance With The Newest AMD & NVIDIA Drivers

Monday 4th of August 2014 12:40:00 PM
The latest Linux GPU benchmarks at Phoronix for your viewing pleasure are looking at the OpenCL compute performance with the latest AMD and NVIDIA binary blobs while also marking down the performance efficiency and overall system power consumption.

Xen EFI Support Being Added To Linux 3.17

Monday 4th of August 2014 12:35:57 PM
With the Linux 3.17 kernel that's now officially under development since yesterday's Linux 3.16 release is now support for Xen EFI...

The Linux 3.16 Kernel Has Been Released

Sunday 3rd of August 2014 11:31:59 PM
As anticipated, the Linux 3.16 kernel has been released this Sunday afternoon...

The GPLv3 GPU Is Now Available

Sunday 3rd of August 2014 04:06:23 PM
The GPLGPU is now available, a GPLv3-licensed Verilog design for a 2D/3D graphics engine...

X.Org Server 1.16, Rootless X Now Available For Arch Linux

Sunday 3rd of August 2014 02:13:03 PM
This week X.Org Server 1.16 was promoted for Arch Linux with a number of end-user changes as a result...

Steam Survey Results For July 2014 Show A Slight Drop In Linux Usage

Sunday 3rd of August 2014 01:49:51 PM
With the start of a new month comes updates to Steam's hardware/software survey by those running this multi-platform gaming software...

The Best Features Of Linux 3.16

Sunday 3rd of August 2014 01:27:13 PM
The Linux 3.16 kernel could be released as soon as today with its development having calmed down but if you've refrained from reading up on this new kernel, here's the rundown on the new features and capabilities of this 2014 late-summer kernel debut...

Steam On Linux Now Offers 600+ Games

Sunday 3rd of August 2014 01:09:17 PM
Two months ago I wrote about Steam having 500+ Linux games while now to start off August they have crossed the 600 game threshold...

Mesa 10.2.5 Officially Released

Sunday 3rd of August 2014 12:59:28 PM
Carl Worth of Intel has released Mesa 10.2.5 this weekend as the latest bug-fix for the Mesa 10.2 stable series...

Nouveau vs. NVIDIA Power Monitoring Results

Saturday 2nd of August 2014 04:53:16 PM
In complementing the Nouveau vs. NVIDIA OpenGL benchmark results published earlier this week on Phoronix, here are the power consumption and performance-per-Watt metrics...

Belkin's WRT54G Router Successor Is Crap On The Software Front So Far

Friday 1st of August 2014 09:23:10 PM
Belkin revived the Linksys WRT54G in a new 802.11ac model earlier this year and one of its selling points has been the OpenWRT support as what made the WRT54G legendary. However, OpenWRT developers and fans are yet to be satisfied by this new router...

QEMU 2.1 Officially Released

Friday 1st of August 2014 09:07:30 PM
QEMU 2.1 has been officially released!..

XBMC Is Being Renamed To "Kodi"

Friday 1st of August 2014 05:00:00 PM
The XBMC project has shared with us that they're renaming the project entirely to something very different in order to no longer reflect its past Xbox Media Center name...

SteamOS Beta 126 Better Handles XBMC

Friday 1st of August 2014 12:00:37 PM
Valve has pushed another update out to SteamOS, with this time around there being benefits to fans of the XBMC multimedia software...

Ubuntu 14.10 Alpha 2 Released

Friday 1st of August 2014 11:55:08 AM
For the Ubuntu derivatives participating in the tagged alpha/beta releases during each Ubuntu Linux development cycle, the alpha two releases are now available for the 14.10 Utopic Unicorn...

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Why choose open source? “In some ways, [the open source software used by the agency] is effectively more capable” than commercial products, he said. “In terms of cost-effectiveness, [it] wins hands down: no license/maintenance fees, extensible architecture [and] global open source R&D.” The team uses an open source software package called ‘R’. Read more