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The Extreme Cases Where A Sub-$200 NVIDIA GPU Can Beat A $550+ AMD R9 Fury On Linux

Thursday 20th of August 2015 09:00:00 PM
Given the current state of the AMD Catalyst Linux driver, there exists games on Linux that will run with this closed-source Radeon driver but where the performance of a EVGA GeForce GTX 950 FTW that retails for $180 USD can exceed the performance of a AMD Radeon R9 Fury that sells for more than $550 USD. Here's some of those cases where -- given the current state of Catalyst on Linux -- the OpenGL performance is so far down the gutter.

GCC Developers Might Finally Switch Over To Using Git

Thursday 20th of August 2015 06:29:46 PM
Development of the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) is currently centered around a Subversion (SVN) repository while there is a Git mirror that can be cloned from. However, in acknowledging today's advantages of Git and it being the dominant version control system by open-source projects, they're looking at moving to Git...

KDE/KWin Looks Forward To Layered Compositing With Wayland

Thursday 20th of August 2015 06:08:54 PM
Yesterday KWin maintainer Martin Gräßlin wrote about a Qt QPA plug-in for KWin while today he's talking about another Wayland-driven, longer-term work item driven by Wayland...

GNOME 3.18's Mutter Will Fix A Longstanding NVIDIA Issue

Thursday 20th of August 2015 04:40:24 PM
Going back to early 2014 has been this GNOME bug about screen flickering and screen update problems with the proprietary NVIDIA driver. With today's Mutter 3.18 update, those issues should be resolved...

Open-Source Performance-Per-Dollar Benchmarking

Thursday 20th of August 2015 04:17:05 PM
Recently within our forums there was a request to do performance-per-dollar benchmarks and reporting. Today I came up with a way to make this process very easy and trivial, that you can do too when carrying out your own open-source Linux tests...

LLVM Becomes A 501(c)(3) Non-Profit

Thursday 20th of August 2015 03:35:09 PM
Last year Apple spun off LLVM into its own foundation so this leading open-source compiler stack can be treated as its own entity. Today the project announced they've been granted 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Status by the US IRS...

NVIDIA's Current Pricing & Line-Up For The Maxwell Graphics Cards

Thursday 20th of August 2015 02:49:23 PM
With NVIDIA this morning rolling out the GeForce GTX 950, here's a look at their current product stack...

Qt Creator 3.5 Released With Its New Scrollbars

Thursday 20th of August 2015 02:21:13 PM
Eike Ziller of The Qt Company announced the release today of the Qt Creator 3.5 integrated development environment...

NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 950 Is A $150+ Bargain For Linux Gamers

Thursday 20th of August 2015 01:00:00 PM
NVIDIA this morning is announcing the GeForce GTX 950, which they are advertising as the successor to the GeForce GTX 650 that's still one of the most commonly used graphics cards by gamers. The GeForce GTX 950 is going to retail for less than $200 while claiming to deliver three times the performance of the GTX 650 and twice the performance efficiency of this former mid-range Kepler graphics card. The past few days I've been testing out the EVGA GeForce GTX 950 to great success under Linux.

GNU Guix Package Manager Ported To GNU Hurd

Thursday 20th of August 2015 12:49:06 PM
GNU Hurd now has a native package manager via the Guix package manager...

AMD Lands Fiji Support & Initial AMDGPU Scheduler For Linux 4.3

Thursday 20th of August 2015 12:09:26 PM
The updated AMDGPU and Radeon DRM driver code has landed into DRM-Next for merging into Linux 4.3...

Intel Scratches Another OpenGL ES 3.1 Item Off The List

Thursday 20th of August 2015 11:54:50 AM
Intel is quite close to finishing up support for OpenGL ES 3.1 within their open-source Mesa driver...

Fedora's Rawhide Might See Some Changes

Thursday 20th of August 2015 04:02:04 AM
Rawhide, the name of Fedora's development version and repository, may be restructured and improved as part of an initiative following discussions last week at the distribution's Flock conference...

Facebook's HHVM 3.9 Has More Speed Improvements For PHP & Hack

Thursday 20th of August 2015 02:36:58 AM
Facebook has announced the release today of HHVM 3.9.0, their latest stable release of their open-source project that powers their alternative implementation of PHP as well as their Hack programming language...

Mozilla's Servo Is Now Rendering Phoronix, Except For One Big Bug

Thursday 20th of August 2015 12:26:03 AM
After this morning's article about Mozilla's Servo Engine Now Capable Of Rendering GitHub Near Flawlessly, a Mozilla Research developer shared that this next-generation, Rust-written layout engine is also capable of rendering

Follow-Up Tests For DIRT Showdown On Linux With AMD vs. NVIDIA

Wednesday 19th of August 2015 08:09:34 PM
Yesterday I published the results of a 14-way graphics card comparison for AMD vs. NVIDIA Linux performance on DiRT Showdown, the latest AAA game to be ported over to Linux a few years after its Windows debut. This game was ported by Virtual Programming and utilizes their eON wrapper. In this article are more AMD vs. NVIDIA GPU tests on Ubuntu Linux for this game with slightly more demanding settings plus looking at the CPU and GPU utilization.

KDE Applications 15.08 Released With Kdenlive, Dolphin & More

Wednesday 19th of August 2015 06:42:54 PM
Ahead of the Plasma 5.4 release later this month and after last week's KDE Frameworks 5.13 release is KDE Applications 15.08...

Fedora 24 Still Planning For Wayland By Default, Still Some Work Left

Wednesday 19th of August 2015 05:41:14 PM
Christian Schaller of Red Hat has written a lengthy blog post today about a Wayland update following a BoF from this year's GNOME GUADEC conference. There's still some major work left to be tackled before Wayland is ready to replace X, but the plan is still to make the default switch for Fedora 24 Workstation...

Go 1.5 Released, Its Compiler Toolchain Is Now In Go

Wednesday 19th of August 2015 05:30:12 PM
Go 1.5 has been officially released!..

Fedora 24 Server Plans To Drop i686 Support

Wednesday 19th of August 2015 05:01:45 PM
Besides the recent call to drop i686 from being a primary Fedora release architecture so that i686-specific issues wouldn't be release blockers, the Fedora Server SIG is planning to drop i686 entirely with Fedora 24...

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GNOME Developers Discuss Codenames, GNOME 3.18 Might be Dubbed "Gothenburg"

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Developer lowers Drupal's barrier to entry

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Intel invests $60 million in drone venture

Intel is investing $60 million in UAV firm Yuneec, whose prosumer “Typhoon” drones use Android-based controllers. Intel Corp. CEO Brian Krzanich and Yuneec International CEO Tian Yu took to YouTube to announce an Intel investment of more than $60 million in the Hong Kong based company to help develop drone technology. No more details were provided except for Krzanich’s claim that “We’ve got drones on our road map that are going to truly change the world and revolutionize the industry.” One possibility is that Intel plans to equip the drones with its RealSense 3D cameras (see farther below). Read more