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Oracle Linux 7 Released Today As Its RHEL7 Clone

Thursday 24th of July 2014 02:43:10 AM
In case you didn't hear already, Oracle announced the release of Oracle Linux 7 as the latest version of its Linux OS cloned from the open-source Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 code-base...

AMD R600g/RadeonSI Performance On Linux 3.16 With Mesa 10.3-devel

Wednesday 23rd of July 2014 07:00:00 PM
As the first part of an upcoming series of tests benchmarking the latest open-source and closed-source Linux graphics drivers for AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce hardware, here's some benchmark results for several recent Radeon GPUs when tested on the current Git version of the Linux 3.16 kernel and a recent Mesa 10.3-devel snapshot.

Unigine Develops City Traffic System, A Driving Simulator

Wednesday 23rd of July 2014 05:40:00 PM
While the Unigine Engine sadly hasn't fully rode the Linux gaming wave with there still being very few games powered by this visually stunning engine that has supported Linux for many years, they are at least finding commercial success in other areas -- namely around simulation and industrial licenses. One of the company's recent endeavors is with a driving simulator...

Intel 3.0 X.Org Driver Still Baking, New Development Release

Wednesday 23rd of July 2014 03:59:35 PM
Chris Wilson announced the release this morning of the xf86-video-intel 2.99.913 driver as the latest development version in the nearly year-long process of releasing xf86-video-intel 3.0...

Eric Anholt Makes Progress With Broadcom VC4 Graphics Driver

Wednesday 23rd of July 2014 02:56:53 PM
One month ago Linux developer Eric Anholt left Intel to work at Broadcom. Eric, a long-time contributor to the open-source Linux graphics stack, is now tasked at Broadcom with developing a DRM driver and Mesa/Gallium3D driver for Broadcom's "VC4" graphics hardware, which is found within the Raspberry Pi...

Intel Is Getting Very Close To OpenGL 4.0/4.1/4.2 Mesa Support

Wednesday 23rd of July 2014 01:49:57 PM
As brought up in the discussion following yesterday's article about Intel adding BPTC support to their Mesa driver, several Phoronix readers are filled with happiness over Mesa nearly support not just for the OpenGL 4.0 specification but also OpenGL 4.1 and 4.2 aren't far out of reach...

ownCloud 7 Brings Server-To-Server Sharing

Wednesday 23rd of July 2014 01:46:39 PM
The seventh version of ownCloud has been released this morning with some interesting new features for this personal, open-source cloud software...

Valve Is Still Hiring For SteamOS, Linux Work

Wednesday 23rd of July 2014 01:33:04 PM
Valve has been poaching Linux developers for years and there's no sign of them slowing down, but in fact are still hiring...

Users Warned About Possible Regressions With DRI3

Wednesday 23rd of July 2014 12:41:07 PM
Users of Fedora 21/Rawhide, Arch Linux, or other bleeding edge distributions where DRI3 is in play with the Intel Linux graphics driver, be forewarned about possible regressions...

GNOME Shell Gets Wayland HiDPI Fonts, Mutter Gets Touch Gestures

Wednesday 23rd of July 2014 11:30:19 AM
New releases of the GNOME Shell and Mutter are available today in preparation for the GNOME 3.13.4 development milestone this week...

BPTC Texture Compression Comes To Nouveau After Intel's Work

Wednesday 23rd of July 2014 11:16:27 AM
Just hours after Intel added BPTC texture compression support to Mesa and their DRI driver, frequent Nouveau contributor Ilia Mirkin added BPTC support to Gallium3D and wired it up for the "NVC0" Fermi/Kepler Gallium3D open-source NVIDIA driver...

Development Continues For Supporting EXT4 On NVDIMMs

Wednesday 23rd of July 2014 08:51:56 AM
The large set of 22 patches for supporting the EXT4 file-system on non-volatile DIMM memory is now up to its eighth revision...

Libinput 0.5 Improves Pointer Acceleration, Adds A Configuration API

Wednesday 23rd of July 2014 06:47:58 AM
Libinput, the input library designed for use by Wayland compositors and other environments for having common input device handling on Linux, is out with a significant update...

QEMU 2.1.0-rc3 Has More Bug Fixes

Wednesday 23rd of July 2014 05:11:35 AM
If all goes according to plan the QEMU 2.1 release will happen next week but before that can happen some last-minute testing is encouraged with the new release of QEMU 2.1-rc3...

Linux 3.17 To Fix Up ASPM, Bring Other PCI Changes

Wednesday 23rd of July 2014 04:26:34 AM
Bjorn Helgaas, the PCI subsystem maintainer for the Linux kernel, sent in a very early Linux 3.17 kernel merge window pull request due to being on holiday the next few weeks...

CPUFreq Ondemand Could Be Faster, Use Less Power With Linux 3.17

Wednesday 23rd of July 2014 12:11:23 AM
Improvements to the CPUfreq ondemand governor could lead to faster performance in low to medium workloads with the Linux 3.17 kernel while also consuming less power overall...

Intel Adds BPTC Texture Compression To Their Mesa Driver

Tuesday 22nd of July 2014 08:10:33 PM
Intel has introduced BPTC texture compression support to Mesa and specifically their Intel HD Graphics driver along with the Mesa software rasterizer...

KVM Benchmarks On Ubuntu 14.10

Tuesday 22nd of July 2014 04:30:00 PM
For those wondering about the modern performance cost of using KVM on Ubuntu Linux for virtualizing a guest OS, here are some simple benchmarks comparing Ubuntu 14.10 in its current development stage with the Linux 3.16 versus running the same software stack while virtualized with KVM and using virt-manager.

The Linux Kernel Bang-Bang Thermal Governor Is Banging

Tuesday 22nd of July 2014 03:31:15 PM
Work is still underway on the new "Bang-bang" thermal governor for the Linux kernel...

NVIDIA Releases K1-Powered Shield Tablet & Controller

Tuesday 22nd of July 2014 02:25:15 PM
NVIDIA announced this morning their new Shield Tablet and Shield Controller. The new Shield Tablet is a $299 Android tablet that's great for gaming and is mighty powerful with using the Tegra K1 SoC...