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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 Phoronix.com...

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...

Qt QPA Plug-In For KDE's KWin

Wednesday 19th of August 2015 02:26:00 PM
KDE KWin developer Martin Gräßlin as part of his KDE Wayland porting work has announced a Qt Platform Abstraction (QPA) plug-in for KWin...

Arch-based Antergos Refreshed, Installer Overhaul

Wednesday 19th of August 2015 02:08:29 PM
The rolling-release, Arch-based Antergos Linux distribution has refreshed their ISO images with their 2015.08.18 update. Besides the latest packages, the Antergos Cnchi installer has seen some significant updates...

Mozilla's Servo Engine Now Capable Of Rendering GitHub Near Flawlessly

Wednesday 19th of August 2015 01:19:31 PM
Mozilla's Servo next-generation layout engine is now nearly spot-on with its rendering of the GitHub.com web-site...

GTK+ 3.17.7 Adds Wayland Touchpad Gestures

Wednesday 19th of August 2015 12:54:19 PM
Released this week was GTK+ 3.17.7 as the latest tool-kit update leading up to the GNOME 3.18 Beta. With the GTK+ 3.17.7 release does come a few interesting changes...

Gallium3D Gets A Hack So It Can Now Play BioShock Infinite

Wednesday 19th of August 2015 12:45:15 PM
With the latest Mesa Git code and one minor workaround, you can now start running the BioShock Infinite game on the open-source Gallium3D drivers...

Google Rolls Out OnHub Router, Powered By Gentoo Linux

Tuesday 18th of August 2015 09:14:02 PM
For those that didn't hear yet, Google announced another hardware product today -- a WiFi router called the OnHub...

NetBSD 7.0-RC3 Brings Fixes, Enables SMP For The Raspberry Pi 2

Tuesday 18th of August 2015 07:49:16 PM
The third -- and hopefully final -- release candidate for NetBSD 7.0 is now available...

Intel Skylake HD Graphics 530 Performance On Linux

Tuesday 18th of August 2015 06:00:00 PM
Intel's Core i5 6600K and i7 6700K processors released earlier this month feature HD Graphics 530 as the first Skylake graphics processor. Given that Intel's Open-Source Technology Center has been working on open-source Linux graphics driver support for over a year for Skylake, I've been quite excited to see how the Linux performance compares for Haswell and Broadwell as well as AMD's APUs on Linux. In this article is the first of these OpenGL benchmarks comparing the Core i5 6600K to other offerings from Intel and AMD.

Debian Puts Out New APT 1.1 Pre-Release "Supercow Powers"

Tuesday 18th of August 2015 05:45:04 PM
Announced today from DebConf '15 during a talk entitled "This APT has Supercow Powers" is the ninth preview release of APT 1.1...

Libdrm 2.4.64 Brings Fixes For AMDGPU & Freedreno

Tuesday 18th of August 2015 04:34:45 PM
Just days after the big libdrm 2.4.63 release that brought initial AMDGPU DRM support, version 2.4.64 of Mesa's DRM library is now available...

Company of Heroes 2 Is Coming To Linux Next Week, Works With Intel & NVIDIA Graphics

Tuesday 18th of August 2015 01:15:51 PM
If you're not interested in Virtual Programming's Linux release yesterday of the eON-powered DiRT Showdown racing game, just wait until next week when Feral Interactive is expected to release Company of Heroes 2...

Kdenlive 15.08 Adding Long-Awaited Features

Tuesday 18th of August 2015 12:45:53 PM
While at one point it looked like Kdenlive had a dark future, things turned around. This non-linear video editor was ported to Qt5 / KF5 and is added to KDE Applications 15.08...

14-Way AMD vs. NVIDIA Linux Gaming Performance For DiRT Showdown

Tuesday 18th of August 2015 04:05:46 AM
Yesterday marked the release of DiRT Showdown for Linux as ported over by Virtual Programming using their eON technology. With being able to use it as an automated, reproducible benchmark, I spent most of the day and into the night working on some initial AMD Radeon vs. NVIDIA GeForce graphics card benchmarks using this DiRT game that's finally available to Linux/SteamOS gamers, three years after it was released for Windows. This initial comparison is a 14-way Linux gaming graphics card comparison.

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Lenovo launches Yoga Tab 3 and Yoga Tab 3 Pro Android tablets

Lenovo says improvements have also been made to the projector inside, which has gotten brighter and can now beam out a 70-inch picture — and you can point it at either the wall or your ceiling this time. Sound quality is also a major focus, as the Yoga 3 Tab Pro has four front-facing speakers and what Lenovo describes as "virtualized Dolby Atmos" for an experience the company says can replicate surround sound. Such claims rarely pan out, but if you need to throw on a Netflix movie for a small room or restless kids (like say, when Netflix gets first dibs on Disney films next year), it might work out just fine. Read more

Moto X Pure Edition Review: This Phone Does Android Better Than Google

If you’re looking for the absolute best value Android smartphone out there: Yep. Yep, you should. The only hesitation you should feel in your heart is that Google will most likely be announcing two Nexus smartphones possibly by the end of the month. A Google Phone means two devices very similar to the Moto X, definitely getting upcoming Marshmallow update first, and ones that could even be a part of Google’s new Project Fi wireless service. But what Nexus most likely won’t have is a look tailored specifically to you and legitimately useful Moto apps you’ll want to use. Pull the trigger or wait—it’s a win-win. Read more

Chromebooks

  • Linux Foundation Gives Away Chromebooks with Open Source Training
    Want to learn about open source programming and get a free Chromebook? The Linux Foundation is sponsoring an opportunity to do both by enrolling in one of its training courses this month.
  • Chromebooks are eating Microsoft’s lunch and dinner
    Now there are concrete numbers to show that Chromebooks are in fact beating the sales of Windows notebooks. Microsoft fans may not accept it, but Microsoft knows how credible a threat Chrome OS is: That is why they ran an anti-Chromebook ad campaign, and why, we presume, they have created strategies to counter Chromebooks. You don’t come up with such plans to mute a non existing threat.

Getting to grips with Google’s open-source container project

Google decided to put its container project Kubernetes [ku-ber-net-ease] out in the wild because "there is power in open source", its co-founder tells ComputerworldUK. The project, which aims to simplify containers for organisations looking for faster app launch and scale-out, began as a “grand experiment”, Kubernetes' co-founder Craig McLuckie reveals. During the build, he discovered that if Google built a cloud platform in the open, “it would be better across any measurable dimension.” Read more