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There's Many Exciting Possible GSoC 2015 Coding Projects

Saturday 21st of March 2015 04:09:48 AM
For student developers wishing to get involved with upstream open-source projects this summer and to be paid $5500 USD by Google for the work, there's one week left to apply to participate in this year's Google Summer of Code. Here's some of the most exciting project ideas I've seen thus far...

The Linux Milestones That Didn't Make It This Winter

Saturday 21st of March 2015 01:06:00 AM
While this winter brought many exciting milestones for Linux and open-source fans, there's also some milestones/features hoped for this winter that haven't yet come to fruition...

Is The Open64 Compiler Finally Down For The Count?

Friday 20th of March 2015 08:52:43 PM
It's been over three years since the last major Open64 compiler update and development of Open64 seems more or less over. This open-source compiler with a long history vanished from the web this week and some question whether its website will even return...

The Most Popular Linux News & Milestones From This Winter

Friday 20th of March 2015 05:28:35 PM
With winter now officially over in the Northern Hemisphere, here's a look back at the most popular Linux news and milestones for this past winter...

BioShock Infinite Is The Latest Game Showing Why Linux Gamers Choose NVIDIA

Friday 20th of March 2015 03:00:00 PM
This week's release of BioShock Infinite for Linux reinforces the common recommendation by Linux game developers that those seeking the best support and performance should use the proprietary NVIDIA graphics driver. Here's an initial look at the BioShock Infinite performance on Ubuntu between AMD and NVIDIA graphics.

Wine 1.7.39 Supports DirectX Media Object Filters

Friday 20th of March 2015 02:02:41 PM
The newest bi-weekly development release of Wine is now available for testing to kick off spring...

NVIDIA Command-List Support In Newest Drivers To Lower GL Overhead

Friday 20th of March 2015 01:39:17 PM
While NVIDIA is working towards Vulkan and SPIR-V support, they aren't done optimizing for OpenGL as OpenGL will still be in use for years to come and there's many titles still seeking better performance. With the newest NVIDIA drivers, there's now NV_command_list support for further lowering the OpenGL overhead within the NVIDIA binary blob...

OpenGL Direct State Access Materializing In Mesa

Friday 20th of March 2015 01:11:35 PM
While Mesa still doesn't officially support the OpenGL 4.0 specification, the Direct State Access (DSA) extension of OpenGL 4.5 has been worked on quite a bit so far and the Mesa implementation is nearly done...

Sirius: An Open-Source Alternative To Apple's Siri & Google Now

Friday 20th of March 2015 12:54:51 PM
Sirius is an open-source, end-to-end Intelligent Personal Assistant (IPA) service. Sirius is able to recognize speech or imagery and return the results in natural language...

GCC 5 Compiler Is Getting Close To Being Released

Friday 20th of March 2015 12:26:14 PM
GCC 5 is almost in shape to be released with the latest status update on this big GNU compiler update showing a significant drop in the number of high-priority bugs...

X.Org Plans To Finally Start Their Elections Next Week

Friday 20th of March 2015 01:18:28 AM
Next week is when the X.Org Foundation plans to finally start their Board of Directors elections along with having the X.Org members vote to decide whether they should become part of SPI Inc...

AMD Catalyst Gaming Performance For BioShock Infinite On Linux

Thursday 19th of March 2015 11:00:00 PM
This week BioShock Infinite was finally released for Linux and thanks to this AAA game having good support for automated Linux benchmarking, I've been running some tests over the past two days. In this article is a look at the AMD Catalyst Linux performance for BioShock Infinite while another article in the next few days will compare the graphics card results to the NVIDIA GeForce line-up on Ubuntu, once completed.

Kodi 14.2 Release Candidate Available

Thursday 19th of March 2015 10:19:04 PM
For users of the Kodi/XBMC software, the 14.2 Release Candidate is now available for testing...

CrossOver 14.1 Improves Running Windows Apps & Games On Linux

Thursday 19th of March 2015 07:48:45 PM
CodeWeavers announced today the release of CrossOver 14.1, the latest version of their Wine-based program for running Windows applications/games on OS X and Linux systems...

Microsoft Open-Sources MSBuild Engine

Thursday 19th of March 2015 04:03:28 PM
The latest open-sourcing at Microsoft is the opening up of MSBuild, the Microsoft Build Engine that serves as the build platform for .NET and Visual Studio...

Latest OpenSSL Vulnerabilities Revealed; LibreSSL In Better Shape

Thursday 19th of March 2015 03:18:02 PM
The latest OpenSSL security vulnerabilities were made public today with four CVEs being addressed...

Intel Will Be Turning NIR On By Default In Their Mesa Driver

Thursday 19th of March 2015 02:55:22 PM
Intel is planning to enable the NIR intermediate representation by default within their open-source Mesa Linux graphics driver...

GL_AMD_performance_monitor For Gallium3D Drivers

Thursday 19th of March 2015 02:43:24 PM
A patch series published earlier this month enables the GL_AMD_performance_monitor OpenGL performance profiling extension for the major Gallium3D drivers...

Intel Adds HEVC Encode API To VA-API

Thursday 19th of March 2015 01:32:34 PM
Intel previously committed an H.265 / HEVC video decoding API to the video acceleration VA-API interface. The Intel VA-API developers have now complemented that by adding a HEVC encode API to this open-source GPU-based video acceleration library...

Allwinner Caught Obfuscating Their Improperly Licensed Code

Thursday 19th of March 2015 01:25:09 PM
Allwinner is pushing their way to the top of the list of companies hated by the open-source community.....

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