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Why KDE's KWin Doesn't Integrate Weston/QtCompositor For Wayland Support

Tuesday 31st of March 2015 02:22:55 PM
KDE developers have been porting their Plasma 5 + KDE Frameworks 5 stack over to Wayland, but at this point it's not nearly as mature as the GNOME Wayland support. As such, KDE developers have to fend off questions from time-to-time why they don't "just integrate QtCompositor" or the Weston library for speeding up their efforts...

Clang Now Supports Targeting The NaCl OS

Tuesday 31st of March 2015 01:25:42 PM
Added to the latest LLVM Clang compiler code is driver support for Google's Native Client SDK...

PC-BSD Updates Its Lumina Desktop (v0.8.3)

Tuesday 31st of March 2015 12:50:58 PM
The PC-BSD developers responsible for their new Lumina desktop environment have released a new version of their custom interface...

Fedora 22 Alpha Now Available For AArch64 & PowerPC64

Monday 30th of March 2015 11:29:50 PM
The alpha release of Fedora 22 was released a few weeks ago for the primary CPU architectures while finally coming out today is the F22 Alpha for 64-bit ARM and PowerPC architectures...

Systemd Developers Did NOT Fork The Linux Kernel

Monday 30th of March 2015 07:15:05 PM
Various Phoronix readers have written in this weekend and commented in the forums and elsewhere that systemd developers forked the Linux kernel. This is not the case...

Trying Out The Modern Linux Desktops With 4 Monitors + AMD/NVIDIA Graphics

Monday 30th of March 2015 03:10:00 PM
As some recent non-performance testing of the AMD and NVIDIA graphics drivers on Linux, I checked in to see how well the various Linux desktop environments were working these days in multi-monitor setups. With the latest AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards and drivers, I tried out Unity, GNOME Shell, Xfce, and (attempted) KDE Plasma 5 on Ubuntu 15.04 to check out the latest experience.

PulseAudio 7.0 To Enable LFE Remixing By Default

Monday 30th of March 2015 02:12:19 PM
Queued up in Git for the next version of PulseAudio, v7.0, is the enabling of LFE remixing by default after some upstream work was done by Canonical developers working on Ubuntu...

Features & Changes Coming For Mir 0.13

Monday 30th of March 2015 01:49:19 PM
Canonical developers have been hard at work on the next version of their Mir Display Server for Ubuntu Touch 15.04...

BlackArch Linux Updated, Now Ships With 1200+ Tools

Monday 30th of March 2015 01:11:38 PM
BlackArch v2015.03.29 has been released for those interested in this flavor of Arch Linux...

How Far Valve Has Come: Three Years Ago They Needed OpenGL Linux Help

Monday 30th of March 2015 12:41:46 PM
While these days there's more than 1,000 Linux games on Steam, just three years ago in their early Source Engine porting process they were barely able to get good frame-rates...

Audacity 2.1 Improves Noise Reduction, Adds Real-Time Effects Preview

Monday 30th of March 2015 12:12:11 PM
Version 2.1 of the Audacity open-source audio editor/recorder has been released...

Linux 4.0-rc6 Kernel Released

Sunday 29th of March 2015 10:50:43 PM
Linus Torvalds has done his usual Sunday development release to the Linux kernel...

Automatically Managing The Linux Benchmarks Firing Constantly

Sunday 29th of March 2015 10:41:10 PM
In continuation of this morning's article about Turning A Basement Into A Big Linux Server Room that detailed my month-long process of building out the new Linux automated benchmark server room, here's details on the software deployment side...

The Big Features Of The Linux 4.0 Kernel

Sunday 29th of March 2015 06:02:16 PM
Linux 4.0 should be officially released within the next few weeks. In anticipation of its April debut, here's a look at some of the big features for this next version of the Linux kernel...

Turning A Basement Into A Big Linux Server Room

Sunday 29th of March 2015 03:30:00 PM
This week I posted about my new server room, where there's Linux benchmarks constantly happening on the Linux kernel and other open-source code via the Phoronix Test Suite and Phoromatic. With many Phoronix readers having been interested in the basement makeover I did to turn a ugly, boring basement into a clean server room, here's more details and pictures on the month-long renovation along with various tips and product recommendations from the experience. This server room is now almost up to 50 systems and is complete with a drink bar and projector. There's plenty of pictures and details for those hoping to build their own personal basement server room, including a few tips for increasing the wife acceptance factor of the big project.

Mesa's Android Support Is Currently In Bad Shape

Sunday 29th of March 2015 12:25:17 PM
While Mesa is talked about as being able to be built for Google's Android operating system to run these open-source graphics drivers on Android devices with OpenGL ES support, in reality there's a lot left to be desired...

Wayland's Weston Terminal Can Now Be Minimized

Sunday 29th of March 2015 12:17:25 PM
There hasn't been too much to report on lately with regard to Wayland/Weston 1.8 development, but with this next release, the reference Weston compositor's terminal will now have a minimize menu item...

Phoronix - Working Towards Faster Page Loads

Sunday 29th of March 2015 12:09:08 PM
As a PSA, this weekend I began playing around with a CDN and distributed DNS for speeding up the page load times on Phoronix...

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Android Leftovers

  • Android Candy: Intercoms
    Ever since my "tiny $20 tablet" project (see my Open-Source Classroom column in the March 2015 issue), I've been looking for more and more cool things to do with cheap Android devices. Although the few obvious ones like XBMC or Plex remotes work well, I've recently found that having Android devices around the house means I can gain back an old-school ability that went out of style in the late 1980s—namely, an intercom system.
  • There's a wild prank hidden in Google Maps that insults Apple in the most childishly inappropriate way
    Rawalpindi is a vibrant Pakistani city known for its bazaars, ancient ruins, and array of religious shrines. But if you pay it a visit on Google Maps, you're going to notice something very unusual on the outskirts of the city — the Android "droid" mascot urinating on the Apple logo.
  • There's an Android bot peeing on an Apple logo on Google Maps
    Sick of all the Apple Watch news today? You're in luck, because we have something completely different for you. An image of an Android mascot, also known as an Android bot or Bugdroid, peeing on an Apple logo has been discovered on Google Maps.
  • An Android robot is peeing on an Apple logo in Google Maps
  • An Android is urinating on the Apple logo in Google Maps (update)
    Google and Apple have always had their differences, but a new Easter egg inside Google Maps has just taken their rivalry to a whole new level. As spotted by Team Android, if you head to these coordinates with the regular Map view enabled, you'll see Google's iconic Android mascot taking a leak on the Apple logo. At the moment, it's unclear who created this little piece of mischief and whether Google is taking action. But if this hidden message is any indication, it was snuck through by a member of the public using Google's Map Maker service, rather than a Google employee. Regardless, it's a crazy (and pretty hilarious) addition that's sure to rile some of the employees in Cupertino. Shots fired!
  • Sony's Android TV-powered 4K televisions are ridiculously thin
    Four models from Sony’s 2015 Android TV-powered 4K television range are now available for pre-order, with shipping to begin in May. The Japanese electronics giant unveiled its 4K TV lineup for 2015 at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, but kept pricing and release information to itself, only saying the new sets would be available sometime in the spring. Those details are finally here and the TVs themselves aren’t far off.
  • Android Wear v1.1 APK has Apple references in it, but when is iOS support coming?
    That Google is working on iOS support for Android Wear is nearly undeniable at this point, but even more evidence has surfaced in case you aren’t a believer. We peeked inside the latest Android Wear update APK to see what hidden bits were swarming about, and we came across some very interesting references.
  • 5 Things to Expect from the Nexus 5 Android 5.1.1 Release
    A few weeks ago, an Android 5.1.1 update mysteriously appeared alongside an update for Google’s Android SDK. Earlier this week, Google finally confirmed the Nexus Android 5.1.1 release with an update for its Nexus Player. With an Android 5.1.1 update now on the minds of Nexus users, particularly Nexus 5 users dealing with Android 5.0 Lollipop problems, we want to take a look at what we expect from the Nexus 5 Android 5.1 release from Google.

The Turing Phone Is Super Durable and Ultra Secure

The device also sports a 13MP/8MP camera combo, 64GB / 128GB of internal storage and runs Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box. Read more