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Ubuntu To Stop Building 32-Bit PowerPC For Future Releases

Thursday 22nd of December 2016 05:00:00 AM
With Debian Stretch dropping 32-bit PowerPC as a release architecture, Ubuntu is following a similar maneuver and will not be making 32-bit PPC images of future releases...

Linux Workstation/Server Distribution Benchmarks For Winter 2016

Thursday 22nd of December 2016 01:45:31 AM
The latest for your enjoyment of our year-end comparison articles and benchmarks is a fresh comparison of various workstation/enterprise/server oriented Linux distributions when looking at relevant workloads. Testing for this distribution comparison being done from a Core i7 6800K Broadwell-E system while a desktop-focused Linux desktop comparison for winter 2016 will be posted still before year's end.

GTK 3.89.2 Released With Vulkan Renderer, Continued GDK/GSK Changes

Thursday 22nd of December 2016 12:17:09 AM
Matthias Clasen shifted focus today from working on the new recipes program to putting out a new development release in the road to GTK4...

ALSA 1.1.3 Released For Linux Sound

Wednesday 21st of December 2016 10:41:11 PM
Version 1.1.3 of the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA) was released today...

Blender & Darktable OpenCL Benchmarks On 13 NVIDIA GPUs

Wednesday 21st of December 2016 07:56:37 PM
As some more end-of-the-year Linux benchmarks, here are OpenCL Darktable and Blender benchmarks when testing on thirteen different NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards.

Wine-Staging 2.0-RC2 Includes Support For DOOM On Linux

Wednesday 21st of December 2016 06:00:00 PM
Building off last week's Wine 2.0-RC2 milestone is now an updated Wine-Staging with various experimental/testing patches...

NFS Client Updates For The Linux 4.10 Kernel

Wednesday 21st of December 2016 04:48:30 PM
For users of the Network File System, there are more NFS client updates coming in the Linux 4.10 kernel...

Feral Now Officially Supports AMD GPUs With Mesa For XCOM 2 On Linux

Wednesday 21st of December 2016 04:30:57 PM
Back in February marked the launch of XCOM 2 for Linux and while it was possible to get the game working with RadeonSI Gallium3D, just ahead of Christmas there is a new update from Feral Interactive providing official support for Mesa/AMD graphics...

LibreOffice Announces "MUFFIN" User Interface

Wednesday 21st of December 2016 02:47:55 PM
The Document Foundation today announced MUFFIN, a new user-interface concept for LibreOffice...

My 2016 Favorites: Vulkan, Fedora 25 Wayland, Mesa Improvements

Wednesday 21st of December 2016 02:30:00 PM
So far this year on Phoronix I have written more than 3,400 articles on open-source and Linux. Of all the events this year, which were my favorite? Here's my favorite announcements and milestones for Linux and free software in 2016...

Raspberry Pi Foundation Spins Debian+PIXEL Desktop for i386 Systems

Wednesday 21st of December 2016 01:30:00 PM
A few months back the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced the PIXEL desktop environment that is used in future versions of the Raspbian Linux distribution for the Raspberry Pi ARM SBCs. Now though they've decided to spin Debian and PIXEL for x86 systems...

GCN 1.0 Southern Islands Seeing AMDGPU Improvements With Linux 4.10

Wednesday 21st of December 2016 12:50:00 PM
While the DRM feature updates for Linux 4.10 were already sent in and integrate the AMDGPU improvements for the next kernel release, a fixes pull request sent in now gives more hope for GCN 1.0 "Southern Islands" users wanting to run AMDGPU...

OpenShot 2.2 Video Editor Debuts: Faster Performance, Better 4K/5K Video Editing

Wednesday 21st of December 2016 12:00:00 PM
In case you plan to do any video editing for your 2016 holiday videos and are deciding between the different open-source non-linear video editors, OpenShot 2.2 was released this morning as a sizable feature update...

GCC 6.3 Compiler Released

Wednesday 21st of December 2016 11:40:11 AM
Version 6.3 of the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) has been released as scheduled...

Lara Croft Go On Linux: A Fun Turn-Based Puzzle Game

Wednesday 21st of December 2016 11:30:00 AM
The Go Series, made up by Hitman Go, Lara Croft Go, and Deus Ex Go, are a series of puzzle games by Square Enix. While Hitman Go and Lara Croft go are available on all platforms, Deus Ex is limited to iOS and Android...

Nmap 7.40 Brings Improvements For Holiday Port Scanning

Wednesday 21st of December 2016 11:21:01 AM
The Nmap Network Mapper security scanner program has done a holiday release "in case your Christmas break plans involve a lot of port scanning."..

QEMU 2.8 Released

Wednesday 21st of December 2016 11:12:47 AM
QEMU 2.8 is now available as a significant update to this important piece of the Linux virtualization stack...

Massive Gallium3D Nine Patch Series Merged To Mesa Git

Wednesday 21st of December 2016 03:07:16 AM
A huge series of patches landed in Mesa Git today for benefiting the Gallium3D Nine state tracker for Direct3D 9 support on Linux...

NVIDIA 375 vs. RADV+RadeonSI Mesa 13.1-dev Vulkan Benchmarks For Ending 2016

Tuesday 20th of December 2016 09:23:13 PM
The latest installment of our year-end benchmarks is focusing upon the performance of the NVIDIA Linux driver against the open-source Radeon Vulkan (RADV) driver found within Mesa 13.1-dev. This comparison is particularly interesting given the continuous flow of improvements into Mesa Git, the NVIDIA 375.26 driver release from last week, the big Dota 2 7.00 update debuted earlier this month, and Croteam's Vulkan improvements have rolled into TTP stable.

RISCVEMU: RISC-V System Emulator, Can Boot Fedora

Tuesday 20th of December 2016 07:19:36 PM
RISCVEMU is a RISC-V system emulator designed by the talented developer Fabrice Bellard. This RISC-V emulator supports RISC-V to the extent it can boot the Fedora spin for this architecture...

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Debian Updated, Mint KDE Beta, GIMP Preview

Debian 8.7 was made available this last weekend to address the security and major bugs since 8.6 announced August 2016. As usual, those updating regularly don't need to do anything as they're already current. Elsewhere, Linux Mint founder Clement Lefebvre announced a beta for Mint 18.1 KDE, something I'm looking forward to testing. Alexandre Prokoudine, graphics engineer known for Inkscape and GIMP, posted a preview of new features coming in GIMP 2.10. Dominic Humphries recently revelled in the joy of Linux that just works and Jiri Eischmann compiled a list of the latest Fedora accolades, some I've missed. Read more

A Switch for Your Pi

Thanks to the size of the Raspberry Pi, it's possible to build a project like this into just about anything. I don't have an NES case anymore, but if I did, I'd probably build it inside one for added nostalgia. I decided to use RetroPie as the distribution for my project. The great thing about using RetroPie is that it basically solves all the issues on my list. It has the "Emulation Station" front end built right in (Figure 1), which supports navigation via controller. It also has emulators already installed, waiting for ROMs to be added. Truly, using RetroPie as my base saved at least one article on software alone! Read more

Why Linux users should worry about malware and what they can do about it

Preventing the spread of malware and/or dealing with the consequences of infection are a fact of life when using computers. If you’ve migrated to Linux or Mac seeking refuge from the never-ending stream of threats that seems to target Windows, you can breath a lungful of fresh air—just don’t let your guard down. Though UNIX-like systems such as Mac OS X and Linux can claim fewer threats due to their smaller user bases, threats do still exist. Viruses can be the least of your problem too. Ransomware, like the recent version of KillDisk, attacks your data and asks you to pay, well, a king’s ransom to save your files. (In the case of KillDisk, even paying the ransom can’t save you if you’re running Linux.) Read more

Getting my new Asus X540S notebook ready for Linux

A number of my laptops and netbooks have moved on to other homes and other purposes recently, so I have been looking for something new. Last weekend I saw an advertisement for an Asus X540SA at a ridiculously low price (CHF 299 / €280 / £245 / $300), which is always one of my criteria. Another criteria in this case was a 15" screen, and this ASUS has is 15.6", so that made the decision for me. Read more