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Fedy Fedora Utils 4.0.1 Released As Full GTK3 App To Configure Fedora

Monday 8th of June 2015 08:46:54 PM
Last week Fedy, formally Fedora Utils, quietly released version 4.0.1. Fedy, for those not in-the-know, is a graphical program for configuring and installing third-party applications and repositories on the Fedora desktop. Using Fedy, software like Adobe Flash, Android Studio, libdvdcss, Google Chrome, multimedia codecs, Steam, Skype, and the Oracle JRE are only a click away...

Apple To Open-Source & Support Linux With Its Swift Programming Language

Monday 8th of June 2015 07:22:15 PM
Besides announcing OS X El Capitan, Apple announced today from their WWDC event that their Swift programming language will be open-sourced and they intend to support it on Linux too...

Arch AUR Is Moving On Over To Git

Monday 8th of June 2015 07:15:18 PM
This is just a reminder that as of today, June 8th 2015, it is the last day for any changes to be submitted to and for them to be kept. Any and all changes going forward should be made to Any changes that occur to after today will be LOST...

OS X "El Capitan" Aims To Offer Better Performance, Metal Graphics

Monday 8th of June 2015 06:56:22 PM
With Apple's WWDC event this week, they've revealed OS X 10.11 as being codenamed El Capitan. Here's some details about Apple's OS that will be competing this year with the likes of Windows 10, Fedora 23, and Ubuntu 15.10...

Comparing Today's Modern CPUs To Intel's Socket 478 Celeron & Pentium 4 NetBurst CPUs

Monday 8th of June 2015 03:37:00 PM
With Phoronix having turned 11 years old last week, there's been several interesting articles looking at the historical performance of Linux, large GPU/driver comparisons, etc. Today is arguably the most interesting birthday article yet. I dug out an old Intel Socket 478 system with the i875p Canterwood chipset and Pentium 4 and Celeron CPUs that still manage to power up. I compared the Linux performance of this 11+ year old system to a variety of today's x86 and ARM systems. Beyond looking at the raw performance, the performance-per-Watt was also measured to make for a very interesting look at how CPU performance has evolved over the past decade.

MSM DRM Driver Brings Adreno A306 Support To Linux 4.2

Monday 8th of June 2015 12:44:21 PM
Rob Clark has sent in his feature updates for Freedreno's MSM DRM driver that will target the Linux 4.2 kernel...

Dell's Current Ubuntu Image For The XPS 13 Developer Laptop 2015 Disappoints

Monday 8th of June 2015 12:29:43 PM
Earlier this year Dell released their XPS 13 laptop with an Intel Broadwell processor and all-around looks like a great developer laptop. Back when the hardware first appeared, the Linux support wasn't in great shape. Dell is now shipping the XPS13 2015 model with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS preloaded, but sadly, there's still some issues with the initial pre-install...

BFQ Is One Step Closer To Being Merged Into The Linux Kernel

Monday 8th of June 2015 12:04:15 PM
For years the BFQ I/O scheduler has been trying to get in the mainline kernel and it looks like they have an action plan for getting accepted upstream...

Linux 4.1-rc7 Kernel Officially Released

Monday 8th of June 2015 03:37:51 AM
Another Sunday, another Linux kernel update. Linus Torvalds just tagged the Linux 4.1-rc7 kernel release...

Debian 8.1 Brings Various Bug-Fixes To Jessie

Monday 8th of June 2015 03:31:11 AM
The first stable point release to Debian 8 "Jessie" is now available...

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