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Open-Source Radeon Vulkan Driver Now Can Run Dota 2 With Correct Rendering

Friday 26th of August 2016 12:27:46 PM
David Airlie and Bas Nieuwenhuizen continue making good progress on the open-source, community-driven RADV Vulkan driver for providing Radeon Vulkan support for newer GCN GPUs in the absence of AMD making available their Linux Vulkan driver as open-source...

It's Really Worthwhile For AMDGPU Users On Ubuntu 16.04 To Upgrade Their Kernel, Mesa

Friday 26th of August 2016 01:06:23 AM
For those of you using Ubuntu 16.04 LTS in conjunction with the stock AMDGPU driver for open-source driver support on newer graphics cards like the Radeon R9 Fury and R9 285/380, here are some benchmarks showing out the performance you are missing out on by not upgrading your kernel or Mesa after just a few months of development...

Ubuntu 16.10 "Yakkety Yak" Beta Released, Ubuntu GNOME Has Experimental Wayland

Thursday 25th of August 2016 11:50:23 PM
Today -- on Linux's 25th birthday -- marks the release of Ubuntu 16.10 Beta 1 for opt-in flavors participating in this "Yakkety Yak" milestone...

Upcoming Linux Tests With A $300 Broadwell-EP Xeon CPU

Thursday 25th of August 2016 07:33:46 PM
Unfortunately Intel Corp hadn't sent over any Broadwell-EP hardware earlier this year when launching these new Xeon E5-2600 V5 server processors nor when it came to the high-end consumer Broadwell-E processors. However, I ended up buying a Xeon E5-2609 v4 Broadwell-EP this week for a new system and will be running a variety of upcoming tests...

Google's Continuing & Numerous Contributions To Open-Source

Thursday 25th of August 2016 05:23:22 PM
Marc Merlin of Google presented at this week's LinuxCon 2016 event in Toronto how the company has -- and continues to -- contribute to open-source software...

OpenSSL 1.1 Released With Many Changes

Thursday 25th of August 2016 04:26:59 PM
OpenSSL 1.1.0 was released today as a major update to this free software cryptography and SSL/TLS toolkit...

Linux 4.8 Intel P-State vs. CPUFreq Scaling Driver/Governor Benchmarks

Thursday 25th of August 2016 03:31:38 PM
Given the underlying work that's been happening in the CPUFreq/scheduler area and the introduce of the new Schedutil CPUFreq governor, I decided to run some fresh performance benchmarks of P-State and CPUFreq with the different governor options when testing from a Linux 4.8 Git kernel atop the current Fedora 25 development packages and using a Core i5 Skylake processor.

More Details On PC-BSD's Rebranding As TrueOS

Thursday 25th of August 2016 02:31:31 PM
Most Phoronix readers know PC-BSD as the BSD operating system derived from FreeBSD that aims to be user-friendly on the desktop side and they've done a fairly good job at that over the years. However, the OS has been in the process of re-branding itself as TrueOS...

Minor Updates To The Phoronix Forums, Registration

Thursday 25th of August 2016 01:29:33 PM
Just as a quick notice if you've had problems registering the past few days in the forums, etc...

Linux 4.8 May Fix An Issue Of Some Laptops Burning Through Power While Suspended

Thursday 25th of August 2016 01:12:39 PM
It looks like some newer Intel laptops will be much happier when S3 suspended with the upcoming Linux 4.8 kernel...

Qt Creator 4.1 Adds New Themes, Experimental Nim Support

Thursday 25th of August 2016 12:39:57 PM
The Qt Company announced the release today of Qt Creator 4.1 as the newest version of its popular, cross-platform IDE...

FreeBSD 11.0-RC2 Arrives With Fixes

Thursday 25th of August 2016 12:33:56 PM
The second release candidate to the upcoming FreeBSD 11 is now available for testing...

Linux Turns 25 Years Old

Thursday 25th of August 2016 02:42:36 AM
25 years ago to the day Linus Torvalds announced the creation of his kernel that would become Linux...

OpenGL ES 3.1 Comes For Intel Haswell On Mesa

Thursday 25th of August 2016 12:58:09 AM
For those running Intel Haswell processors, hope is not lost in seeing new versions of OpenGL extensions with the Intel Mesa driver. New patches will bring Haswell up to OpenGL ES 3.1...

AMDGPU In Linux 4.9 To Bring Virtual Display Support, Improved GPU Reset

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 11:37:49 PM
The first pull request has been submitted of new Radeon and AMDGPU DRM driver updates to be queued in DRM-Next for landing with the Linux 4.9 kernel...

NetworkManager 1.4 Released

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 07:39:09 PM
Just months after the NetworkManager 1.2, the next major installment is now available...

There's Still No Sign Of AMD's Low-Cost ARM Development Boards

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 05:45:36 PM
For more than the past year I've been very much looking forward to AMD's Opteron ARM-based development boards. Sadly, these boards -- namely the HuskyBoard and LeMaker Cello -- are silently absent...

EXT4, Btrfs, XFS & NILFS2 HDD File-System Tests On Linux 4.8

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 04:03:04 PM
Up until running the tests for today's article, I can't remember the last time I touched a hard drive... It's been many months ago at least. Nearly all of our tests at Phoronix are from solid state storage, but I decided to pick up a new HDD for running some Linux file-system tests on a conventional hard drive for those not having an SSD.

KScreen-Doctor Will Help KDE Developers Improve Multi-Screen Plasma

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 02:28:59 PM
While the support has been steadily improving, one of the more criticized areas of KDE Plasma 5 has been around the multi-monitor support with various bugs being present. Fortunately, improvements are on the way with KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS...

GNOME/GTK Support For Drawing Tablets On Wayland Is Feature Complete

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 02:02:27 PM
In time for next month's GNOME 3.22 release, the drawing tablet support for GNOME on Wayland is getting into shape...

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University fuels NextCloud's improved monitoring

Encouraged by a potential customer - a large, German university - the German start-up company NextCloud has improved the resource monitoring capabilities of its eponymous cloud services solution, which it makes available as open source software. The improved monitoring should help users scale their implementation, decide how to balance work loads and alerting them to potential capacity issues. NextCloud’s monitoring capabilities can easily be combined with OpenNMS, an open source network monitoring and management solution. Read more

Linux Kernel Developers on 25 Years of Linux

One of the key accomplishments of Linux over the past 25 years has been the “professionalization” of open source. What started as a small passion project for creator Linus Torvalds in 1991, now runs most of modern society -- creating billions of dollars in economic value and bringing companies from diverse industries across the world to work on the technology together. Hundreds of companies employ thousands of developers to contribute code to the Linux kernel. It’s a common codebase that they have built diverse products and businesses on and that they therefore have a vested interest in maintaining and improving over the long term. The legacy of Linux, in other words, is a whole new way of doing business that’s based on collaboration, said Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of The Linux Foundation said this week in his keynote at LinuxCon in Toronto. Read more

Car manufacturers cooperate to build the car of the future

Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) is a project of the Linux Foundation dedicated to creating open source software solutions for the automobile industry. It also leverages the ten billion dollar investment in the Linux kernel. The work of the AGL project enables software developers to keep pace with the demands of customers and manufacturers in this rapidly changing space, while encouraging collaboration. Walt Miner is the community manager for Automotive Grade Linux, and he spoke at LinuxCon in Toronto recently on how Automotive Grade Linux is changing the way automotive manufacturers develop software. He worked for Motorola Automotive, Continental Automotive, and Montevista Automotive program, and saw lots of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) like Ford, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota in action over the years. Read more

Torvalds at LinuxCon: The Highlights and the Lowlights

On Wednesday, when Linus Torvalds was interviewed as the opening keynote of the day at LinuxCon 2016, Linux was a day short of its 25th birthday. Interviewer Dirk Hohndel of VMware pointed out that in the famous announcement of the operating system posted by Torvalds 25 years earlier, he had said that the OS “wasn’t portable,” yet today it supports more hardware architectures than any other operating system. Torvalds also wrote, “it probably never will support anything other than AT-harddisks.” Read more