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BLD Kernel Scheduler Updated For Linux 3.19

Tuesday 16th of December 2014 02:07:52 PM
The Barbershop Load Distribution (BLD) CPU load distribution technique has been updated for the mainline Linux 3.18 kernel...

NFTables 0.4 Released As Eventual IPTables Successor

Tuesday 16th of December 2014 01:57:20 PM
Work is still underway in a steadfast manner for NFTables as an eventual replacement to IPTables for packet filtering on Linux. Released today was NFTables v0.4 with functionality offered as of the Linux 3.18 kernel...

Pay For Faster Linux Kernel Performance? There's Patches For That

Tuesday 16th of December 2014 01:32:55 PM
The "eXt73" patch-set aspires to yield faster kernel performance and better power efficiency. Independent benchmarks published of the eXt73 patch-set indicate faster performance out of the patched Linux kernel, but these patches do come at a cost for end-users...

Signs Of Final Fantasy XIII-2 Potentially Being Ported To Linux

Tuesday 16th of December 2014 02:12:23 AM
Steam changes in recent days indicate that Final Fantasy XIII-2 may very well be on its way to Linux...

Open-Source Godot 1.0 Engine Released & Declared Stable

Monday 15th of December 2014 10:23:08 PM
Nearly one year after writing about a new game engine to be open-sourced and its code premiering in February, Godot 1.0 was announced today as the first stable release of this game engine...

Staging Driver Changes For Linux 3.19: Android Binder Code Leaves Staging

Monday 15th of December 2014 08:31:19 PM
The latest Linux 3.19 kernel changes to talk about is the staging pull request that was sent in a short time ago by Greg Kroah-Hartman...

Features Added So Far To The Linux 3.19 Kernel

Monday 15th of December 2014 06:14:24 PM
We're now half-way through the Linux 3.19 kernel merge window so here's a recap of the most interesting features that have been merged thus far for what will become the first major Linux kernel release of 2015...

Fedora 22 Will Not Be Released Before 19 May 2015

Monday 15th of December 2014 05:23:17 PM
Now that Fedora 21 was finally released last week, you may be wondering when Fedora 22 is tentatively planned for release.....

AMD Kaveri: Open-Source Radeon Gallium3D vs. Catalyst 14.12 Omega Driver

Monday 15th of December 2014 04:20:00 PM
Last week when running Linux benchmarks of the AMD Catalyst 14.12 Omega driver that is much improved over older versions of Catalyst on both Windows and Linux, plus running a fresh 12-way AMD vs. NVIDIA Linux GPU comparison with the newest drivers, there were many Phoronix reader requests for some new AMD APU Linux numbers from this Omega driver. In this article are the Omega benchmark results for an AMD A10-7850K APU when testing both the open and closed-source drivers.

X-Video Support For The Mode-Setting DDX Driver

Monday 15th of December 2014 03:37:30 PM
The xf86-video-modesetting DDX driver that provides generic hardware support as long as there's an underlying DRM/KMS driver now has X-Video support when using GLAMOR...

DRM Pull Request Sent In For Linux 3.19 - Great Stuff For Intel, Nouveau, Radeon

Monday 15th of December 2014 02:42:51 PM
One week into the merge window for the Linux 3.19 kernel, the DRM subsystem pull request was sent in this morning by Red Hat's David Airlie. There's a lot of interesting kernel graphics driver changes abound for Linux 3.19!..

LLVM 3.5.1 Is Coming Soon

Monday 15th of December 2014 02:02:08 PM
The first release candidate to LLVM 3.5.1 is now available...

Fedora's Wine Package Has CSMT Support

Monday 15th of December 2014 01:38:02 PM
Those using Fedora's Wine packages have easy access to enable command stream multi-threading (CSMT) support for Direct3D games to enable better performance...

GTK's Broadway Back-End Now Supports SSL

Monday 15th of December 2014 01:12:31 PM
There's already a lot of new features coming to GTK+ for GNOME 3.16 and now the latest addition is SSL support for the Broadway back-end...

CoreSight Being Added To Linux 3.19 Kernel

Monday 15th of December 2014 03:03:48 AM
The Linux 3.19 kernel is set to introduce support for the CoreSight framework and implementations for a few SBC boards...

SquashFS In Linux 3.19 Adds LZ4 Compression Support

Sunday 14th of December 2014 10:00:45 PM
Within the in-development Linux 3.19 kernel is now support for LZ4 compression for SquashFS, the read-only file-system commonly used by various Linux distribution live CDs...

Debian 8.0 Jessie - GNU/Linux vs. GNU/kFreeBSD Benchmarks

Sunday 14th of December 2014 05:00:00 PM
Here's our latest benchmark results comparing the performance of Debian Jessie GNU/Linux vs. GNU/kFreeBSD -- the Debian port that uses the FreeBSD kernel rather than Linux...

XLennart: A Game For Systemd Haters With Nothing Better To Do

Sunday 14th of December 2014 04:38:08 PM
It seems that a good number of Linux users who despise systemd as an init manager have a lot of time on their hands... From making websites bashing systemd, forking distributions over their position of using systemd, personal attacks against systemd developers, to writing page after page of forum comments about negative points of systemd. There's now even an anti-systemd game...

Blk-mq Gets Further Improved With Linux 3.19, NVME Gets Ported

Sunday 14th of December 2014 03:21:32 PM
The multi-queue block layer (blk-mq) will be in even better shape with the upcoming Linux 3.19 kernel...

Mesa 10.4 Officially Released With Direct3D 9 State Tracker

Sunday 14th of December 2014 02:57:41 PM
After a one day week delay due to older drivers/GPUs breaking on the newer Mesa code, Mesa 10.4 was officially released this Sunday morning...

More in Tux Machines

That Peculiar Linux 3.18 Kernel Bug Might Be Closed Soon

For the past month there's been kernel developers investigating "a big unknown worry in a regression" that have left many key kernel developers -- including Linus Torvalds -- puzzled. It looks like that investigation is finally being close to being resolved. Read more

New Releases

Notifications Without User Interaction on Ubuntu Are Annoying

The Unity desktop environment has a simple and rather ineffective system notification mechanism and it looks like that's not going to change, not even with the arrival of Unity 8. Read more

Librem Linux Laptop Drops NVIDIA Graphics But Still Coming Up Short Of Goal

One of the oddest things I found about the crowd-funded Librem 15 laptop when writing about it last month was that it wanted to be open-source down to the component firmware/microcode yet they opted to ship with a NVIDIA GPU. In an updated earlier this month, at least they came to their senses and dropped the discrete NVIDIA GPU. While I have no problems recommending NVIDIA graphics for Linux gamers and those wanting the best performance, that's only when using the proprietary drivers, and certainly wouldn't recommend it for a fully open-source system -- NVIDIA on the desktop side doesn't do much for the open-source drivers, let alone down to the firmware/microcode level. Instead the Librem folks have opted to upgrade the design to using an Intel Core i7 4770HQ processor that features more powerful Intel Iris Pro 5200 Graphics, which isn't as powerful as a discrete NVIDIA GPU but at least is more open-source friendly. Read more