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GNOME MultiWriter: Easy Duplication Of Many USB Devices

Friday 2nd of January 2015 07:12:01 PM
Richard Hughes' latest announcement isn't of another open-source hardware project but rather a new GNOME software application...

Red Hat Work On Improving Glibc Math Performance

Friday 2nd of January 2015 07:02:07 PM
Siddhesh Poyarekar of Red Hat has written a blog post about how he's improved the multi-precision number math performance for glibc...

AMD Catalyst Linux OpenGL Driver Now Faster Than Windows Driver In Some Tests

Friday 2nd of January 2015 10:00:00 AM
Earlier this week I showed benchmarks of AMD's incredible year for their open-source Linux driver and how the open-source Radeon Gallium3D driver moved closer to performance parity with Catalyst. One of the lingering questions though is how does the Catalyst 14.12 Omega Linux driver from December compare to the latest Catalyst Windows driver? Here's some benchmarks looking at the latest open and closed-source drivers on Linux compared to the latest Catalyst Windows release.

GNOME Software, GNOME's App Store, Is Drawing Some Fresh Criticism

Friday 2nd of January 2015 08:43:36 AM
Shouldn't the GNOME Software "app store" include non-GUI (CLI) packages? That's one of the questions being asked yet again by users...

The Most Popular BSD Stories Of 2014

Friday 2nd of January 2015 05:00:00 AM
Over the past week or so I've shared many top ten / year-end lists of our most popular open-source content on Phoronix. Most of the focus has been on our majority Linux focus while in this article is a look at the top ten BSD articles on Phoronix from 2014...

Significant Performance Improvements For RadeonSI LLVM With New Patches

Thursday 1st of January 2015 08:56:44 PM
Tom Stellard is looking to kick things off well in 2015 for the open-source AMD GPU LLVM back-end with some new patches to boost the performance...

All Of Samsung's 2015 Smart TVs To Be Powered By Tizen

Thursday 1st of January 2015 06:13:36 PM
Samsung Electronics announced today, one week prior to the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, that all of their Smart TVs this year will be powered by the Linux-based Tizen operating system...

FreeBSD Ports 2015Q1 To Bring Many Changes

Thursday 1st of January 2015 04:27:12 PM
The 2015Q1 quarterly snapshot for FreeBSD Ports was branched today...

Android KitKat x86 Updated With Linux 3.18, Better Suspend/Resume

Thursday 1st of January 2015 03:01:34 PM
Android 4.4 "KitKat" has been ported to Intel/AMD x86 processors for a while in stable form while kicking off the New Year is the second stable release of Android-x86 4.4..

New ARM Boards, Kernel Improvements Won Over December

Thursday 1st of January 2015 02:07:37 PM
While in the past few days have been many year-end recaps, here's our monthly look at the most popular Phoronix content over the past month for those that may have missed a few days of reading due to the holidays...

Broadwell Support Marching Along For Coreboot

Thursday 1st of January 2015 01:18:33 PM
For months now there's been Coreboot developers working on Intel Broadwell support (primarily from Google and focused on future Chromebook support). With the start of the new year and hopefully seeing more Broadwell hardware on the market soon, that support is coming along in Coreboot...

Happy New Year & Looking Forward To 2015

Thursday 1st of January 2015 12:30:00 AM
Happy New Year to all Phoronix readers and Linux/open-source users alike!..

Quick Year-End Update On Phoromatic / LinuxBenchmarking.com

Wednesday 31st of December 2014 05:25:36 PM
Earlier this month with the release of Phoronix Test Suite 5.4 and the new Phoromatic, the LinuxBenchmarking.com test farm was announced...

Linux Deepin 2014.2 Makes It Out Just In Time For The New Year

Wednesday 31st of December 2014 02:46:45 PM
Version 2014.2 of Deepin was released today, the Linux distribution powered by its own HTML5-powered Deepin Desktop Environment...

Systemd Development Skyrocketed This Year

Wednesday 31st of December 2014 02:28:03 PM
Rising above all of the systemd controversies and in-fighting this year, systemd developers remained committed and did a heck of a job at adding code to the project...

Mesa Crosses 1.5 Million Lines Of Code, Highest Activity Since 2011

Wednesday 31st of December 2014 01:03:53 PM
Mesa 3D in 2014 saw slightly more commits this year than the previous two years. However, Mesa didn't see much in the way of new active contributors this year...

NixOS 14.12 Released To End Out 2014

Wednesday 31st of December 2014 12:09:50 PM
Version 14.12 of NixOS, "the purely functional Linux distribution", is now available...

The Most Viewed Phoronix Articles & Linux News In 2014

Wednesday 31st of December 2014 10:26:41 AM
To date this year on Phoronix have been 345 featured, multi-page articles consisting of benchmarks, Linux hardware reviews, and other extensive original information. Meanwhile for the shorter news articles there's been 3,187 news posts this year. After delivering various top lists of 2014 for various categories, here's a look at the most popular Phoronix articles and news of the year...

The Top Linux Graphics Articles Of 2014: Testing Lots Of GPUs

Wednesday 31st of December 2014 05:56:30 AM
Beyond the thousands of Phoronix news article this year with hundreds of them being concerned about Linux graphics as outlined already in various end-of-year top ten lists, published thus far this year (with another one or two still likely coming today) on Phoronix were 345 featured-length, multi-page articles to complement the shorter open-source Linux news pieces. Of the 345 articles, 132 of them were Linux graphics card reviews and other articles concerned about GPUs under Linux and/or Linux graphics drivers...

Intel Haswell Linux OpenGL Driver Catching Up To The Windows Driver

Wednesday 31st of December 2014 01:00:00 AM
Past Intel Windows vs. Linux graphics driver benchmarks have shown that for Haswell the OpenGL performance on Linux generally comes up short of the proprietary Windows driver. Fortunately, the Intel open-source Linux driver improved a lot this year and is now more competitive to the Windows driver.

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Redmond’s ‘Free’ Gambit

Last week, I had to laugh aloud at Microsoft’s announcement that Windows 10 would be offered as a free upgrade for users of both Windows 7 and Windows 8. This was a strange synchronicity, as I’d wondered allowed in an article earlier in the week, “If Microsoft can’t give Windows away for free on the laptop, how long will it be able to continue selling it on the desktop?” It was a rhetorical question, with no answer expected, but I got one anyway: Not too long. Read more

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2015 X.Org Elections Get Underway For Board Members, SPI Merger

The election process is beginning for selecting new X.Org Foundation board members and for allowing X.Org members to vote on whether they would like to proceed with joining SPI to become a sub-project of that organization so that they'll take care of the business and administrative tasks. Read more

OEMs Adapt To The Decline In The Market For PCs

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