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VDPAU 1.1 Library Fixes H.265/HEVC Issues

Tuesday 17th of March 2015 02:10:56 AM
Just days after NVIDIA released the VDPAU 1.0 library for Linux GPU-based video decoding support with H.265/HEVC added, libvdpau 1.1 was released to fix-up the support for this new video format...

Logisys 4801: Spending Just $50 On A 4U Server Chassis

Monday 16th of March 2015 05:00:00 PM
Yesterday I wrote a bit about the 2U server chassis I've been using that cost just $69 USD a piece. Meanwhile for fitting standard ATX motherboards and larger full-size graphics cards, there's a 4U chassis I've bought several of thus far that retails for just over $50.

Radeon R9 390X Could Cost $700+ USD

Monday 16th of March 2015 04:29:42 PM
It looks like AMD's next-generation Radeon R9 390X graphics card could end up retailing for $700+ USD, well more than the Radeon R9 290X and NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 980...

More Intel Skylake Graphics PCI IDs Get Revealed

Monday 16th of March 2015 02:25:48 PM
Intel's open-source Linux development crew continues working on next-generation Skylake hardware support in a steadfast manner...

Enlightenment's Evas GL Now Supports OpenGL ES 3.0

Monday 16th of March 2015 01:35:55 PM
Enlightenment's Evas GL component of the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL) now has support for exposing applications to OpenGL ES 3.0 support through Evas GL...

A Load Of RadeonSI Commits To Kick Off Monday Morning

Monday 16th of March 2015 01:00:00 PM
Marek Olšák of AMD has landed a number of improvements into mainline Mesa for the RadeonSI Gallium3D open-source graphics driver for benefiting Radeon HD 7000 series graphics processors and newer...

POCL 0.11 Adds New Portable Computing Language Features

Monday 16th of March 2015 12:39:13 PM
Version 0.11 of POCL -- originally known as Portable OpenCL and since renamed to the Portable Computing Language -- is now available for running OpenCL on the CPU in an open-source environment...

Virgil3D Is Still Happening, New 3D Test Harness Created

Monday 16th of March 2015 12:15:58 PM
David Airlie at Red Hat continues to be working on Virgil3D for providing 3D/OpenGL acceleration to KVM/QEMU guests...

Divinity: Original Sin Is Still En Route To Linux Gaming Systems

Monday 16th of March 2015 12:07:49 PM
Many Linux gamers have been looking forward to Divinity: Original Sin, a single-player and cooperative multiplayer fantasy RPG that was released for Windows and OS X in 2014. For those wondering about the state of its native Linux release, here's an update from the developers...

Freedreno Driver Drops Its Old Shader Compiler

Monday 16th of March 2015 11:53:50 AM
Rob Clark has managed to rid the Freedreno Gallium3D graphics driver of its old shader compiler back-end...

Linux 4.0-rc4 Kernel Is A Fairly Normal Update

Monday 16th of March 2015 01:04:23 AM
The fourth weekly release candidate to the Linux 4.0 kernel was just released for the newest round of Linux kernel testing...

A Decent, Low-Cost 2U Server Chassis For $69

Sunday 15th of March 2015 01:30:00 PM
For those in need of a 2U server chassis to handle micro-ATX/mini-ITX motherboards, the Rosewill RSV-Z2600 rackmount server chassis is the best deal I've found thus far and am happy with them after purchasing several for use in the new server farm.

Ubuntu 15.04 Will Attempt To Better Update CPU Microcodes

Sunday 15th of March 2015 12:33:34 PM
With next month's release of Ubuntu 15.04, CPU microcode updates will attempted to be better handled...

libXvMC Updated, Drops Pre-C89 Support

Saturday 14th of March 2015 05:47:41 PM
While most modern Linux video acceleration is done via VDPAU or VA-API, if you're still using XvMC for MPEG-2 acceleration, a new version of this X11 library is now available...

StarTech 42U Rack Cabinet Make For Nice Low-Cost, Rackmount Setups

Saturday 14th of March 2015 03:20:00 PM
In the process of building our new open-source, Linux benchmarking test farm the server racks I settled for are the StarTech.com 42U rack cabinets. I've bought three of these StarTech.com 42U (4POSTRACK42) racks in the past few weeks and have been happy with their quality for low-price and it includes casters, levelers, and cable management hooks.

FreeBSD Now Supports DisplayLink Adapters

Saturday 14th of March 2015 01:45:44 PM
The FreeBSD kernel finally has support for USB-based DisplayLink graphics adapters...

0 A.D. Alpha 18 Brings Nomad Game Mode

Saturday 14th of March 2015 01:13:56 PM
The eighteenth alpha release of 0 A.D. is now available for this impressive open-source ancient warfare game...

Manjaro 0.9.0-pre4 Has Xfce 4.12 & Other Improvements

Saturday 14th of March 2015 12:53:28 PM
A new development version of the Arch-based Manjaro 0.9 Linux distribution is now available for testing. This release has all of the latest stable Xfce 4.12 packages available...

X Rebirth Linux Alpha Now Available

Saturday 14th of March 2015 12:39:42 PM
Not to be confused with the X (X11/X.Org) Server, Egosoft's X Rebirth is now publicly available in alpha form for Linux gamers...

HHVM Continues Beating PHP At Its Own Game

Friday 13th of March 2015 05:24:12 PM
Given this week's release of HHVM 3.6 I decided to run some new performance comparison tests of PHP vs. HHVM...

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Gorgeous Live Voyager X Distro Brings Xfce 4.12 to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS - Video and Screenshot Tour

On March 27, 2015, French developer Rodolphe Bachelart, the creator of the Live Voyager series of GNU/Linux distributions based on Ubuntu/Xubuntu, was proud to announce the immediate availability for download of a new computer operating system, Live Voyager X 14.04.4 LTS. Read more

Head 2 Head: Android OS vs. Chrome OS

A large part of Google’s OS success hasn’t been because of its awesomeness. No. Frankly, we think nothing speaks louder than the almighty dollar in this world. But both are “free,” right? So this is tie? Not really. Although Android is technically free since Google doesn’t charge device makers for it, there are costs associated with getting devices “certified.” Oh, yeah, and then there’s Apple and Microsoft, both of which get healthy payouts from device makers through patent lawsuits. Microsoft reportedly makes far more from Android sales than Windows Phone sales. You just generally don’t see the price because it’s abstracted by carriers. Chrome OS, on the other hand, actually is pretty much free. A top-ofthe-line Chromebook is $280, while a top-of-the-line Android phone full retail is usually $600. We’re giving this one to Chrome OS because if it’s generally cheaper for the builder, it’s cheaper for you. Read more

Kodi (XBMC Media Center) 14.2 Officially Released, Kodi 15 “Isengard” Is On Its Way

The Kodi development team, through Nathan Betzen, had the pleasure of announcing today, March 28, the immediate availability for download of the second and last maintenance release for Kodi 14 (codename Helix), before they continue with the development cycle for the upcoming release, Kodi 15, dubbed Isengard. Read more