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Linux 3.16-rc3 Kernel Released

Sunday 29th of June 2014 11:08:51 PM
Linus Torvalds is back to doing Sunday afternoon releases of the Linux kernel with today seeing the introduction of Linux 3.16-rc3...

Benchmarking Linux 3.16 File-Systems On An SSD

Sunday 29th of June 2014 06:15:38 AM
With the Linux 3.16 kernel coming along nicely, here's our first tests of this forthcoming major kernel upgrade when it comes to the mainline file-systems and their performance from a solid-state drive.

Testing LLVM Clang 3.5's Code Generation Optimizations

Saturday 28th of June 2014 04:18:01 PM
For those curious about the performance of LLVM Clang in its current development form when testing the common code generation options for optimizing the performance (and in some cases size) of the resulting binaries, here's some fresh compiler benchmarks.

SteamOS Alchemist Beta 120 Updates Intel/AMD/NVIDIA Drivers

Saturday 28th of June 2014 12:41:39 PM
For those that do their gaming primarily on the weekends, Valve has a new SteamOS "Alchemist Beta" out this morning...

LZO & LZ4 Security Vulnerabilities Disclosed

Saturday 28th of June 2014 12:36:10 PM
The latest open-source security issues uncovered affect LZO and LZ4 and the issues run back years...

AMD Radeon VDPAU Video Performance With Gallium3D

Saturday 28th of June 2014 04:55:09 AM
After earlier this week posting some fresh NVIDIA VDPAU video playback performance tests, here is some testing of the open-source AMD Radeon driver with R600 and RadeonSI Gallium3D drivers while using the VDPAU state tracker for open-source, accelerated video playback using the graphics cards' UVD engine.

Wine 1.7.21 Supports Unicode 7.0, Interlanced PNG Encoding

Saturday 28th of June 2014 02:50:17 AM
The latest Wine bi-weekly development release is now available...

Is Antergos Arch Linux Really Faster Than Ubuntu, Fedora?

Friday 27th of June 2014 03:25:23 PM
Frequently within the Phoronix Forums it is requested to do benchmarks with Arch Linux since its users tend to be adamant that it's the fastest Linux distribution. In the past I've run benchmarks of the Arch-based Manjaro to look for speed differences as an easy and quick to deploy variant. Today the latest Arch Linux variant I am benchmarking is Antegros Linux.

GhostBSD 4.0 Beta 2 Released With MATE Goodness

Friday 27th of June 2014 01:50:55 PM
GhostBSD 4.0 continues moving along as the FreeBSD operating system focused around the MATE Desktop Environment...

Sadly, Two X.Org GSoC Projects Already Failed

Friday 27th of June 2014 11:27:21 AM
Two Google Summer of Code projects for the X.Org Foundation have already failed...

The GNOME 3.13.3 Changes Are Exciting

Friday 27th of June 2014 11:23:54 AM
Matthias Clasen of Red Hat has written about the changes you can find in this week's GNOME 3.13.3 development release in the path to GNOME 3.14...

Intel Haswell HD Graphics Benchmarks With Linux 3.16

Friday 27th of June 2014 04:58:40 AM
Phoronix benchmarks have shown that when using the Linux 3.16 kernel, the Nouveau performance is faster when taking advantage of the experimental re-clocking. Additionally, the Radeon graphics performance is faster on Linux 3.16 for newer graphics cards thanks to other optimizations. For Intel Haswell Linux users are there any performance improvements in store for Linux 3.16? Here's some tests.

Ubuntu 14.10 "Utopic Unicorn" Alpha 1 Released

Friday 27th of June 2014 04:05:06 AM
For the Ubuntu Linux derivatives doing alpha releases, the first development version of *buntu 14.10 is now available for testing...

X.Org Server 1.15.2 Released

Friday 27th of June 2014 04:02:08 AM
For those habitually upgrading their X.Org Server code or packaging the xorg-server for a repository, the 1.15.2 release is now available...

Preview: Running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.0 In Amazon's EC2 Cloud

Thursday 26th of June 2014 08:25:44 PM
For those in need of a quick and easy place to experiment and trial Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.0, which was released as stable earlier this month, it's easy to do so within Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud. It's running well using a Xen HVM instance and so I have run some preliminary benchmarks against SUSE Enterprise and Ubuntu Linux.

Linux 3.16 Shows Some Slower Numbers On Intel Devil's Canyon

Thursday 26th of June 2014 04:56:01 PM
Yesterday I published some performance benchmarks indicating Intel ultrabook performance might be a bit slower on Linux 3.16 when comparing a recent Git kernel against Linux 3.15 stable. Today I have some results from a very different system: numbers on the very high-end Intel Core i7 4790K "Devil's Canyon" desktop rig...

Blender 2.71 Brings Rendering, Modelling Improvements

Thursday 26th of June 2014 04:05:26 PM
Blender 2.71 was released today for those using this flagship, open-source 3D modeling software...

Intel Beignet 0.9 Adds Bay Trail, OpenCL 1.2, Major Performance Improvements

Thursday 26th of June 2014 03:00:00 PM
Beignet, Intel's method of supporting OpenCL compute under open-source Linux on the graphics cores within their modern processors, is out with a very significant release today...

Intel MIC Run-Time Offload Library Close To Entering GCC

Thursday 26th of June 2014 02:42:05 PM
Intel's MIC run-time offload library will likely be added to the GNU Compiler Collection in the very near future...

NVIDIA's Performance Counters Closer To Being Exposed By Nouveau

Thursday 26th of June 2014 01:25:48 PM
The work by open-source student developer Samuel Pitoiset taking part again in Google's Summer of Code is continuing to show signs of progress. Pitoiset is the one that's been working towards an open-source version of NVIDIA's NVPerfKit with exposing NVIDIA's performance counters on Linux using the open-source Nouveau driver...