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A $14 USB Thermometer That Works Well With Linux

Thursday 5th of May 2016 02:25:44 PM
If you are in need of a temperature sensor / thermometer that's USB based and plays well with Linux, there's a decent option for just $14 USD.

GNOME's Nautilus File Manager: "Its Best Moment Since It Was Created"

Thursday 5th of May 2016 01:52:22 PM
At various points in GNOME's history the Nautilus file manager has been less than maintained, but these days the situation is much brighter...

Khronos Publishes SPIRV-Cross: Converting SPIR-V To Other Shader Languages, C++

Thursday 5th of May 2016 01:34:37 PM
The Khronos Group this morning opened up the public source access as to their new SPIRV-Cross project, an open-source project for converting the SPIR-V intermediate representation used by Vulkan and OpenCL 2.1+ back into GLSL, C++, and other higher-level languages...

Trying Out Beignet For Intel OpenCL On Ubuntu 16.04, Still No OpenCL 2.0 For Beignet

Thursday 5th of May 2016 12:29:50 PM
Following the recent Iris Graphics of Xubuntu 16.04 vs. Clear Linux vs. Fedora 23 I had some extra time so I decided to fire up Beignet on Ubuntu 16.04 for this Haswell ultrabook...

Bufferbloat Is Still Being Fought In Linux Kernel, Another Big Improvement Queued

Thursday 5th of May 2016 11:34:45 AM
Bufferbloat is the excess buffering of packets resulting in high latency, jitter, and lower network throughput. There's been efforts to battle bufferbloat within the Linux kernel going back a long time while this week another new patch has surfaced...

Hisilicon Kirin DRM Driver To Be Added For Linux 4.7

Thursday 5th of May 2016 02:12:31 AM
On top of the new ARC PGU driver and Allwinner driver there is yet another new Direct Rendering Manager driver set to land for Linux 4.7...

Intel's OpenGL Linux Driver Is Now One Step Closer To GL 4.4: ARB_query_buffer_object

Wednesday 4th of May 2016 08:46:42 PM
With the latest code landing in Mesa Git this afternoon, the GL_ARB_query_buffer_object has been wired up for Intel's i965 OpenGL driver...

DRI3 On (X)Ubuntu 16.04 Still isn't Enough For Intel Graphics To Compete With Others

Wednesday 4th of May 2016 08:36:21 PM
As a follow-up to this morning's article about Intel Graphics Performance: Clear Linux vs. Xubuntu 16.04 LTS vs. Fedora 23 Xfce, here is some more data to look at. With the latest numbers are some Xubuntu 16.04 results when DRI3 was manually enabled for the Intel graphics...

The Latest Freedreno Achievements For Open-Source Adreno Graphics In 2016

Wednesday 4th of May 2016 08:17:29 PM
Red Hat developer Rob Clark has put out a new update concerning the status of his pet project, Freedreno, for providing open-source, reverse-engineered graphics support for Qualcomm Adreno hardware...

Intel Graphics Performance: Clear Linux vs. Xubuntu 16.04 LTS vs. Fedora 23 Xfce

Wednesday 4th of May 2016 03:00:00 PM
With recent benchmarks showing Intel's Clear Linux distribution even being faster for Intel HD Graphics performance compared to other more common distributions like Ubuntu 16.04, I decided to run some more tests and also test Fedora 23 Xfce into the mix.

An Interesting Game Is Coming Powered By Unigine 2, Switched From UE4

Wednesday 4th of May 2016 01:57:12 PM
Unigine 2 has looked like a real beauty at least from screenshots, but sadly there hasn't been any tech demo / benchmark releases off it yet nor any major games to talk about using this updated engine. Fortunately, that's now changing...

KDE's Project Neon Begins Publishing Daily Wayland Images

Wednesday 4th of May 2016 01:43:37 PM
KDE's Project Neon has begun publishing daily images of the latest KDE Plasma stack powered atop Wayland rather than the X.Org Server...

More Direct Rendering Manager Code Gets Aligned For Linux 4.7

Wednesday 4th of May 2016 12:37:39 PM
Several Git branches were pulled in the past few hours into DRM-Next as preparation work for having the Direct Rendering Manager feature updates ready for the Linux 4.7 merge window later this month...

IWOCL 2016 Slides Posted To Learn More About The Latest OpenCL Tech

Wednesday 4th of May 2016 12:03:44 PM
Taking place last month in Vienna was the International Workshop on OpenCL (IWOCL) where much could be learned about this open computing language specification from The Khronos Group...

OpenSUSE Tumbleweed Is Soon Switching To GCC 6, Lands Mesa 11.2.1 & Linux 4.5.2

Wednesday 4th of May 2016 11:48:13 AM
It's an exciting time to be a user of openSUSE's Tumbleweed rolling-release Linux distribution with a number of updates recently landing and others being inbound...

Wayland 1.11 Alpha Released

Wednesday 4th of May 2016 11:21:50 AM
The first alpha is now available of Wayland 1.11 along with the adjoining Weston 1.11 reference compositor. This also marks the feature freeze for the Wayland/Weston 1.11 series...

Wine-Staging 1.9.9 Shipped Some Patches To Mainline, Cleaned Up Other Code

Tuesday 3rd of May 2016 11:52:27 PM
Wine Staging, a playground for experimental Wine patches not yet ready to be accepted to the mainline tree, is out with their newest release that's powered off last week's official Wine 1.9.9 release...

Benchmarks Of A ~$90 Android Chinese Netbook With Wondermedia SOC

Tuesday 3rd of May 2016 11:38:05 PM
For those curious about the performance out of the sub-$100 USD "Chinese netbooks" using the low-priced Wondermedia SoCs, here are some benchmarks...

More Details About The Vulkano Library, Rust + Vulkan

Tuesday 3rd of May 2016 07:59:22 PM
As covered back in March, Vulkano is a library pairing Rust with the Vulkan API for taking advantage of the Rust programming language's feature set while utilizing this new high-performance graphics API from the Khronos Group...

Initial Planning For Ubuntu 16.10 Today At UOS

Tuesday 3rd of May 2016 07:45:21 PM
Beyond the announcement that Ubuntu 16.10 won't ship with Mir and Unity 8 by default, many other items were discussed for the Ubuntu 16.10 release due out in October...

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QNAP and Canonical Optimize Ubuntu For IoT Purposes

The Internet Of Things movement has attracted a lot of attention in recent years. Not just enthusiasts, but also major firms in the technology sector are working on developing new IoT initiatives. A Partnership between QNAP and Canonical will help optimize Ubuntu on NAS systems for Internet of Things applications. Read more

Mozilla turns Firefox OS into IoT hub

As an operating system, Firefox OS has undergone a massive transformation in the past 24 months – it’s far more than just a web browser nowadays. But now Mozilla is looking to take Firefox to the next level by using it as a hub for a plethora of Internet of Things projects. Mozilla is currently working on four IoT projects behind the scenes: Project Smart Home, Project Link, Project Sensor Web and Vaani. Each of the projects will deal with IoT technology in different ways, but all are aimed at making the end consumer’s home and devices smarter. In a blog post, Mozilla’s SVP of Connected Devices, Ari Jaaksi, posted: “Everything is connected around us. This revolution has already started and it will be bigger than previous technology revolutions, including the mobile smartphone revolution. Internet of Things, as many call it today, will fundamentally affect all of us.” Read more

Kicking the Tires on Arch Based Antergos

We decided to take the Arch Linux based distribution Antergos out for a test drive. Here’s how it handled, out in traffic and on the track. A few months back, a fellow tech writer mentioned in an email exchange that I might try using the Arch Linux based Antergos distro as a way to grab the latest and greatest versions of popular software titles for review. Mainly because of Arch’s community repositories, in which users suggest and vote on packages to be included, many popular software titles are available within days after a new release. And since Antergos is a simple install compared to Arch, it would be easy to quickly throw up an installation on a test machine just to look at the latest and greatest from LibreOffice, GIMP and the like. Read more

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