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After 10+ Years, NetworkManager Reaches v1.0

Saturday 20th of December 2014 01:39:04 AM
After more than ten years of development, Dan Williams of Red Hat has announced the release of NetworkManager 1.0. The NetworkManager 1.0 release is more than just bumping the version after waiting long enough, but there's many improvements too over NetworkManager 0.9!..

VDPAU Updated To v0.9

Saturday 20th of December 2014 01:28:47 AM
Before going on holiday break, Aaron Plattner at NVIDIA released version 0.9 of the VDPAU library (libvdpau) and of the VDPAU information utility (vdpauinfo)...

An Open Hardware Random Number Generator Proposed

Friday 19th of December 2014 06:49:36 PM
In 2015 we might see an open hardware random number generator that would connect to the system via an SD card slot...

LLVM 3.6 Will Be Branched Next Month

Friday 19th of December 2014 05:14:56 PM
We're starting to hear details about the LLVM 3.6 release plans...

Opera Browser Puts Out Linux Updates For The Holidays

Friday 19th of December 2014 03:55:32 PM
There are stable, beta, and developer updates out this week for the Linux / OS X / Windows versions of the Opera web-browser...

GNOME Shell 3.15.3 Adds Support For High-Contrast Themes

Friday 19th of December 2014 03:15:39 PM
Various GNOME packages are being checked in this week for GNOME 3.15.3, another development release toward GNOME 3.16...

Linux 3.19: ThinkPad Muting Redone, New Dell Backlight Support, Acer Is Banging

Friday 19th of December 2014 02:59:03 PM
The x86 platform driver changes for the Linux 3.19 kernel have been submitted and they include some noteworthy improvements for many Linux laptop owners...

KVM Drops Support For IA64 While Adding Various x86 Improvements

Friday 19th of December 2014 02:30:40 PM
The KVM changes have been queued up and called for pulling into the Linux 3.19 kernel...

GCC 4.8.4 Officially Released

Friday 19th of December 2014 02:23:52 PM
For those sticking to the GCC 4.8 compiler series rather than the newer GCC 4.9 stable series, the GCC 4.8.4 release is now available...

FSF's High Priority Project List Now Has A Committee

Friday 19th of December 2014 05:05:21 AM
The Free Software Foundation has now built up a committee to review their "High Priority Projects" list and they're looking for more feedback from the community...

Details On Using OpenACC & GPUs With GCC

Friday 19th of December 2014 01:56:41 AM
With OpenACC, NVIDIA's NVPTX back-end, and other improvements finally materializing within mainline GCC and its related code-bases, users are beginning to wonder how to actually use these new GCC features and experience GPU offloading with this free software compiler...

Ubuntu 15.04 Alpha 1 For Its Various Flavors

Thursday 18th of December 2014 11:00:00 PM
While Ubuntu itself no longer puts out alpha/beta releases in favor of just testing out the daily Live ISOs, the various Ubuntu flavors still participating in the traditional release process have done their first alpha releases this afternoon for Ubuntu 15.04...

Git 2.2.1 Released To Fix Critical Security Issue

Thursday 18th of December 2014 10:39:37 PM
Git 2.2.1 was released this afternoon to fix a critical security vulnerability in Git clients. Fortunately, the vulnerability doesn't plague Unix/Linux users but rather OS X and Windows...

WTFTW: A Tiling Window Manager Written In Rust

Thursday 18th of December 2014 09:22:58 PM
Many Phoronix readers seem to be especially interested in Rust as a promising, next-generation programming language. There's also an abundance of Phoronix readers interested in X.Org and Linux graphics. How do they come together? Rust + X = wtftw...

Jolla's Sailfish OS Update 10 Is Now Available

Thursday 18th of December 2014 07:00:45 PM
The tenth update to Jolla's Sailfish mobile operating system is now available. This update is version 1.1.1.26 and is codenamed Vaarainjärvi...

HP To Launch Linux++ Operating System Next Year

Thursday 18th of December 2014 06:26:48 PM
Hewlett Packard is going to introduce their "revolutionary" new operating system next summer that's dubbed Linux++...

Civilization: Beyond Earth Launches For Linux

Thursday 18th of December 2014 06:14:02 PM
As expected after the announcement earlier this week, the highly anticipated Civilization: Beyond Earth game is now officially available for Linux and SteamOS...

NIR Has Been Revised As A New IR For Mesa

Thursday 18th of December 2014 05:30:01 PM
Posted to the Mesa mailing list this week was a set of 123 patches that reintroduces NIR as a new IR for Mesa...

New 64-bit Linux Kernel Vulnerabilities Disclosed This Week

Thursday 18th of December 2014 04:57:36 PM
For those that didn't hear the news yet, multiple Linux x86_64 vulnerabilities were made public this week...

digiKam 4.6 Released, Porting Still Ongoing To KF5/Qt5

Thursday 18th of December 2014 04:20:36 PM
In time to manage your digital camera photos this Christmas and New Year, digiKam 4.6.0 was officially released today...

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