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Trying The Configurable 45 Watt TDP With AMD's A10-7800 / A6-7400K

Wednesday 13th of August 2014 03:00:00 PM
AMD Kaveri APUs feature a configurable TDP whereby users can opt to run their A-Series APUs with a lower power consumption and operating temperature but at the cost of slightly reduced performance.

Advanced Linux Game Programming At GDC Europe

Wednesday 13th of August 2014 01:46:33 PM
Besides SIGGRAPH going on right now in Vancouver, Canada, over in Cologne, Germany right now is GDC Europe...

Fedora 21 Will Support A Lot Of ARM Hardware

Wednesday 13th of August 2014 01:30:20 PM
The Fedora ARM team has been doing a great job at testing and seeing a wide-range of ARM development boards and other consumer devices will work with the upcoming Fedora 21 release...

The Lenovo X200 Now Works With Coreboot

Wednesday 13th of August 2014 01:15:37 PM
The Lenovo X200 laptop is the latest system being supported by mainline Coreboot...

Recapping The OpenGL 4.5 Improvements, NVIDIA Linux Changes

Wednesday 13th of August 2014 01:00:21 PM
NVIDIA's Mark Kilgard presented at SIGGRAPH 2014 in Vancouver to cover the changes found in the just-released OpenGL 4.5 specification. He also went over some of NVIDIA's Linux driver changes...

Linux APIC Code Prepares For A Major Overhaul

Wednesday 13th of August 2014 12:51:03 PM
The x86 APIC subsystem within the Linux kernel is beginning the process of a major overhaul with the Linux 3.17 kernel...

After OpenGL 4.5, The Mesa OpenGL 4 Support Matrix

Tuesday 12th of August 2014 11:36:12 PM
Now that OpenGL 4.5 was released yesterday by the Khronos Group, while NVIDIA already has an OpenGL 4.5 driver, it will be a longtime before the open-source Mesa/Gallium3D drivers are able to claim OpenGL 4.5 compliance...

XFS Introduces A Sysfs Interface With Linux 3.17

Tuesday 12th of August 2014 08:41:57 PM
The latest noteworthy pull request worth covering for the Linux 3.17 kernel merge window is of the XFS file-system updates...

BPTC Texture Compression Support Lands In Mesa

Tuesday 12th of August 2014 08:01:37 PM
Last month we reported on Intel working out patches for BPTC texture compression support with their open-source 3D driver and as of today that support has been mainlined to Mesa...

UEFI Forum Officially Announces ACPI 5.1

Tuesday 12th of August 2014 07:56:22 PM
While Linux kernel developers have already been working on ACPI 5.1 support since it brings ACPI on ARM, and there's partial support in the Linux 3.17 kernel, the UEFI Forum today finally announced the official release of the ACPI 5.1 specification...

AMD's Radeon DDX Enables Hawaii Acceleration By Default

Tuesday 12th of August 2014 04:00:00 PM
Assuming the necessary support requirements are in place, the xf86-video-ati driver is finally enabling hardware acceleration by default for the AMD Radeon R9 290 "Hawaii" graphics cards...

Yum's Successor, DNF 0.6, Brings Sought After Features

Tuesday 12th of August 2014 03:17:48 PM
Aleš Kozumplík announced the release of DNF 0.6 today with the version bump coming as a result of some user sought after functionality...

MPlayer2-Forked MPV Player Releases v0.5 With A Lot Of Features

Tuesday 12th of August 2014 03:07:09 PM
The open-source MPV Player software that's derived from MPlayer2, which in turn is a fork of MPlayer, is out with a new version...

GTK+ 3.13.6 Updated To Work With Newer Wayland

Tuesday 12th of August 2014 02:50:26 PM
The GTK+ tool-kit is out with a new release this week that offers a lot of bug fixes but also several new improvements...

Leadwerks Game Engine Now In Beta On Steam For Linux

Tuesday 12th of August 2014 02:41:18 PM
The Leadwerks game engine is now available in an experimental form on Steam...

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6 Now In Beta

Tuesday 12th of August 2014 02:22:04 PM
While Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 is out there, for those still relying upon RHEL6 there is now the first public beta of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6...

AMD Kaveri: Catalyst vs. RadeonSI Gallium3D On Linux

Tuesday 12th of August 2014 04:50:00 AM
With the recently released AMD A10-7800 Kaveri APU I carried out some new benchmarks comparing the open and closed-source Linux GPU driver performance for AMD with their Catalyst and RadeonSI Gallium3D solutions. When running the open-source Ubuntu driver tests, multiple versions of Mesa and the Linux kernel were used.

NVIDIA's 64-bit "Denver" Tegra K1 Should Be Amazing

Tuesday 12th of August 2014 01:55:56 AM
While we're incredibly infatuated right now with NVIDIA's Tegra K1 that offers quad-core Cortex-A15 performance with Kepler-class graphics, the 64-bit Tegra K1 should be even better...

Intel Adds Support For ARB_copy_image

Tuesday 12th of August 2014 01:29:06 AM
While OpenGL 4.5 was announced today, Mesa developers are still battling for OpenGL 4.0 compliance but at least they are now able to scratch off another GL4 feature...

The Witcher 2 Should Now Be Offering Faster Performance

Monday 11th of August 2014 08:22:11 PM
The Witcher 2 was released for Linux earlier this year but the quality of the initial Linux port was very troubling. Since then, the developers have been working to improve the Linux version of The Witcher 2 ahead of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt...

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