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Unity 7 X11 Running Together With Unity 8 Mir

Tue, 08/04/2014 - 2:00pm
A new video out of Canonical is showing off the Unity 7 desktop with an X11 session running side-by-side with a Unity 8 Mir-powered session...

AMD Releases The Radeon R9 295X

Tue, 08/04/2014 - 1:51pm
As expected AMD unveiled the Radeon R9 295X graphics card this morning as the "world's fastest" for those with $1500 USD to spare...

Open-Source Graphics Performance With Unvanquished

Tue, 08/04/2014 - 10:30am
Unvanquished remains one of the most advanced open-source, cross-platform games available that comes free with an advanced OpenGL 3 renderer. For those curious how it performs for Intel and AMD Radeon graphics on Ubuntu Linux, here's a number of benchmarks using the latest release.

Intel Developers Continue Work On The Weston RandR Protocol

Tue, 08/04/2014 - 9:13am
Intel developers continue experimenting with a Resize and Rotate protocol extension for Wayland's Weston compositor that was originally designed for the X.Org Server...

The Humongous DRM Graphics Pull For Linux 3.15 Was Submitted

Tue, 08/04/2014 - 4:47am
The very large DRM pull request for the Linux 3.15 kernel was submitted just moments ago with significant updates to the open-source Linux graphics drivers...

LibreOffice Gains 3D Bar Shape Support

Tue, 08/04/2014 - 4:41am
The latest feature of the LibreOffice open-source office suite is for creating 3D bar shapes...

Wayland & Weston 1.5 Gear Up To Be Released

Tue, 08/04/2014 - 4:04am
Wayland 1.5 along with the Weston 1.5 compositor upgrade should be released in the weeks ahead...

The OpenSSL Heartbleed Bug Strikes The Internet

Tue, 08/04/2014 - 3:21am
As many Phoronix readers have already reported in, a very serious OpenSSL security vulnerability was discovered that allows for attackers to read memory in 64k memory chunks. A very serious bug in OpenSSL 1.0.1/1.0.2-beta is leaking information since the bug's introduction in 2011...

LTO Support Coming To Linux 3.15, Making For A Faster Kernel

Mon, 07/04/2014 - 8:49pm
As a potentially significant performance win for the Linux kernel, when compiling the Linux kernel support for link-time optimizations (LTO) are now supported...

Unvanquished Alpha 26 Improves Rendering & Graphics

Mon, 07/04/2014 - 4:49pm
The latest monthly development release of the open-source Unvanquished first-person shooter is now available...

20-Way Intel/AMD/NVIDIA GPU Comparison With Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Mon, 07/04/2014 - 4:00pm
Last week we covered a 13-way Radeon GPU comparison on Ubuntu 14.04 and we also looked at the state of Nouveau on Ubuntu 14.04 with many NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards. In concluding our latest round of open-source graphics driver tests from the upcoming Ubuntu 14.04 LTS "Trusty Tahr", here's a 20-way graphics processor comparison using AMD Radeon, NVIDIA GeForce, and Intel HD Graphics hardware.

Qualcomm Announces 64-bit Snapdragon Processors

Mon, 07/04/2014 - 3:08pm
Qualcomm announced this morning their next-generation 64-bit processors for what they hope yields "the ultimate connected mobile computing experiences" with a ton of new features and capabilities...

Mesa 10.2 Planned For Late May / Early June Release

Mon, 07/04/2014 - 2:27pm
In continuing to stick to a three-month release cycle for Mesa releases, Mesa 10.2 should be released within the next two months...

Weston Gains Support For Using The New XWayland DDX

Mon, 07/04/2014 - 1:17pm
Wayland's reference compositor Weston now has support for using the new XWayland DDX support that was merged into the X.Org Server...

Nouveau Picks Up Slightly Better OpenGL 4.0 Support

Mon, 07/04/2014 - 12:45pm
The open-source Nouveau NV50 and NVC0 Gallium3D drivers have advanced slightly in their conquest towards OpenGL 4.0 compliance...

Steam On Linux Use Reported At About 1.2%

Mon, 07/04/2014 - 12:20pm
Valve has updated their monthly statistics for operating system use and other system attributes via their Steam Hardware Survey...

F2FS File-System Gains Large Directory Support, More Tuning

Mon, 07/04/2014 - 8:28am
Samsung has made another feature-rich pull request for its Flash-Frienly File-System with new work that will be introduced in Linux 3.15...

Features That Landed So Far For The Linux 3.15 Kernel

Mon, 07/04/2014 - 4:54am
For those not keeping up to date on all of the Phoronix articles covering the Linux 3.15 kernel changes that landed in the past week, here's a recap of the changes that were merged so far half-way through the Linux 3.15 merge window...

NVIDIA's Releasing An Overclocking Linux Driver Tomorrow

Sun, 06/04/2014 - 11:50pm
At long last NVIDIA is expected to release a new binary Linux driver tomorrow that will support GPU overclocking for the GeForce 400 series hardware and newer (Fermi, Kepler, and Maxwell, inclusive). This first NVIDIA 337 series Linux driver release will also bring other new features...

Running Linux 3.14 + Mesa 10.2 With Intel's Bay Trail On Ubuntu

Sun, 06/04/2014 - 11:36pm
After yesterday's article explaining how-to upgrade the Linux kernel and Mesa/X.Org drivers on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, I ran some benchmarks from an Intel Atom E3825 Bay Trail system to see whether the newer kernel and Mesa components made a difference for the low-end, low-power hardware compared to what's being shipped by default in Ubuntu 14.04...