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TigerVNC 1.5 Brings IPv6 Server Support, Performance Fixes

Sunday 12th of July 2015 02:27:23 PM
A major update is out to TigerVNC, the popular, open-source VNC software...

The New Phoronix Site, One Week Redux

Sunday 12th of July 2015 01:20:03 PM
It's been one week now since making the new Phoronix site public. So far things seem to be running well...

The Intel NUC5CPYH / Braswell Is Finally Shipping

Sunday 12th of July 2015 01:07:32 PM
If you have been interested in an Intel NUC as a 4-inch, low-power computer, the Braswell-based NUC5CPYH is finally in-stock and shipping at major Internet retailers...

Radeon & Nouveau X.Org Drivers Get Dirty (Tracking Update)

Sunday 12th of July 2015 12:38:43 PM
You'll need to pull down the latest X.Org DDX drivers when it comes time to running X.Org Server Git or what will become X.Org Server 1.18...

Mesa 10.6.2 Brings Many Stable Fixes

Saturday 11th of July 2015 08:53:21 PM
The latest stable release of Mesa 10.6 is now available and it comes with a plethora of fixes...

Kodi 15.0 "Isengard" RC2 Released

Saturday 11th of July 2015 08:44:36 PM
The second release candidate to Kodi 15.0 "Isengard" is now available. Since Kodi 14.2 there have now been about 1,080 code changes so far towards this next major release...

Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition Is Getting An Expansion

Saturday 11th of July 2015 06:33:19 PM
A few days ago Beamdog announced Siege Of Dragonspear, an expansion pack for Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition...

NVIDIA's 352 Linux Driver Against Linux 4.1 With Nouveau Gallium3D

Saturday 11th of July 2015 05:20:00 PM
After earlier this week looking at whether the open-source NVIDIA driver is fast enough for Steam Linux gaming, here are some benchmark results that compare the performance of the latest Nouveau Gallium3D driver code against the latest NVIDIA binary Linux graphics driver.

FreeBSD 10.2 Beta 1 Released

Saturday 11th of July 2015 04:44:41 PM
The first beta of the upcoming FreeBSD 10.2 release is now available. Besides the generic FreeBSD 10.2-BETA1 spins for x86, x86_64, IA64, PowerPC, PowerPC 64-bit, and SPARC 64-bit, there are also ARMv6 spins for the Beaglebone, CuBox-Hummingboard, RaspberryPi B, and Wandboard...

A Review Of The Bq Aquaris E5 Ubuntu Phone

Saturday 11th of July 2015 02:28:17 PM
Last month the BQ Aquaris E5 Ubuntu Phone was launched in Europe. While the hardware may not be the best out there and the Ubuntu Phone software stack is still maturing, early reviews seem fairly positive...

Freedreno A4xx Improvements Landing In Mesa Git

Saturday 11th of July 2015 12:53:17 PM
For those relying on the Freedreno Gallium3D driver for open-source Qualcomm Adreno graphics support, there are more improvements in Git...

Confirmed: America's Army Is Coming Back To Linux

Friday 10th of July 2015 05:05:51 PM
As a quick follow-up to America's Army looking at SteamOS/Linux support from earlier this week, it turns out the developers are indeed exploring a Linux client and server...

KDE Frameworks 5.12 Released

Friday 10th of July 2015 03:32:57 PM
Version 5.12 of the KDE Frameworks were released this morning as the complementary set of add-on libraries to Qt5...

Open-Source AMD/NVIDIA GPU Tests On Linux 4.1 + Mesa 10.7-dev

Friday 10th of July 2015 03:00:00 PM
As part of the other Linux graphics tests running this week, here are the results of eight different graphics cards -- from both NVIDIA and AMD -- being tested on the latest open-source Linux graphics drivers under a variety of OpenGL Linux games. The software stack making up this round of testing was the Linux 4.1.1 kernel and Mesa 10.7-devel atop Ubuntu 15.04.

Wine 1.7.47 Supports Direct2D Text Drawing, Thread Pool API

Friday 10th of July 2015 02:07:45 PM
Wine 1.7.47 was just released as the newest bi-weekly development version of this popular open-source project to run Windows programs on Linux and other Unix-like operating systems...

The NSA Is Looking At Systemd's KDBUS

Friday 10th of July 2015 01:16:56 PM
The latest "news tip" is from a Phoronix reader who expressed "concerns" that at least one NSA security analyst is going through the code for KDBUS, the systemd-backed in-kernel IPC mechanism that's planning for integration in Linux 4.3...

AMD Catalyst 15.7 Linux Benchmarks: R9 290 Hawaii & R9 285 Tonga

Friday 10th of July 2015 02:15:44 AM
I'm in the midst of a new large open-source and (separately) closed-source NVIDIA/AMD Linux graphics card comparison on the latest drivers as part of an upcoming Radeon R7 370 Linux review and to be followed by R9 Fury Linux benchmarks. However, for those interested in the Catalyst 15.7 benchmarks on Linux, I ran some quick tests with a Radeon R9 285 and R9 290...

OS/2 HPFS File-System Now Has TRIM Support On Linux

Thursday 9th of July 2015 11:58:24 PM
The High Performance File-System (HPFS) that was originally designed for the OS/2 operating system now has SSD TRIM support for its Linux kernel support while reading/writing from these old partitions...

Ubuntu Making Progress On Snappy Personal Desktop

Thursday 9th of July 2015 08:34:07 PM
For those interested, it's becoming possible to play with Ubuntu's Snappy next-generation package manager from a personal desktop...

The Other Companies Participating The Most In Mesa/DRI Discussions

Thursday 9th of July 2015 06:49:31 PM
Earlier today I wrote about how Intel has a lot of Linux graphics developers (likely 30~50) and is by far the company with the most active developers working on the open-source graphics stack. Here's some other numbers as part of the mailing list parsing for the other active companies, including NVIDIA, AMD, and Samsung...

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today's leftovers

  • Three months with a Chromebook computer
    Chromebooks have become incredibly popular among some users, as you can see from Amazon's list of bestselling Chromebooks. One user decided to use a Chromebook as his primary computing device for three months, and found that it worked extremely well for him. [...] Debian Linux is known as a distribution that supports lots of different hardware, but now the Debian developers have announced the removal of support for the SPARC hardware architecture.
  • New Target for Mobile App Devs: Plasma Mobile on Linux
  • New Plasma Mobile, New Security Issues
    Jonathan Riddell said the hacking was frustrating at first, but Martin Gräßlin was able to get the system going with Wayland and KWin. Gräßlin said Plasma Mobile is the first product to use Wayland by default and the only reason Wayland is mature enough to be included as a technical preview in upcoming Plasma 5.4. They're confident Android apps will run on it at some point as well.
  • KDE Creates Plasma Mobile, A KDE Based Operating System For Mobile Phones
    As you may know, the KDE developers have created Plasma Phone UI, a Linux based operating based on Ubuntu Touch and Kubuntu Linux. The OS is open-source, has an user-friendly interface and provides a customizable platform for mobile devices. For now, KDE’s mobile OS is just a prototype and can be tested on the LG Nexus 5.
  • GSoC ’15 Post #5: Port Complete – Time for the Real Deal
    With loads of help from people on #kde-devel, we finally managed to complete the KDE Network Filesharing port to KF5. Wasn’t easy, given that this was my first time porting frameworks, but it was real fun. Apart from apol’s blogpost shared in my last post, here’s another post that was immensely helpful to me while porting: Porting a KControl Module to KF5.
  • Gnome Pie 0.6.3 (Circular Application Launcher) Brings New Features And Bug-Fixes
    As you may know, Gnome Pie is a circular application launcher, enabling the users to easily access their favorite apps, which they have added to the pie. For usage information, see this link.
  • Gnome 3.18 Will Include A News Reader App
  • ExLight Distro Brings Enlightenment 0.19.7 and Linux Kernel 4.0 to Ubuntu 15.04
    On July 26, Arne Exton, the creator of numerous distributions of GNU/Linux as well as various Android-x86 Live DVDs, was more than proud to announce the immediate availability for download of a new build for his ExLight Linux distribution.
  • OpenSUSE Leap 42 Will Be An OpenSUSE Flavor For The Users That Need A Stable System
  • Very slow ssh logins on Fedora 22
    I’ve recently set up a Fedora 22 firewall/router at home (more on that later) and I noticed that remote ssh logins were extremely slow. In addition, sudo commands seemed to stall out for the same amount of time (about 25-30 seconds).
  • Debian Dropping SPARC Support
    While Debian supports many CPU architectures, it's working to remove support for the Sun/Oracle SPARC architecture. As of this weekend, Debian has dropped SPARC from their unstable, experimental, and jessie-updates archives.
  • Ubuntu Touch OTA-5 Update Brings Double Battery Life On Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition
  • Ubuntu Phone Gets Blasted In Reviews This Week
  • 3.5-inch SBC runs Yocto on Braswell and 6 Watts
    Aaeon’s Yocto Linux ready, 3.5-inch “GENE-BSW5″ SBC offers Intel Braswell CPUs, dual GbE ports, six serial ports, and mini-PCIe, SATA, and mSATA expansion.
  • Not Learning Unix is a Mistake
    It has occurred to me that not learning Unix is a grave mistake. My relatively early exposure to Unix was important. I may not have appreciated Linux as much or even at all if I hadn't had that ability to experiment at home with Xenix. Learning about Unix develops new mental muscles like playing a musical instrument or learning a new language. But learning these new processes becomes more difficult with age. To me the exact technical details are less important. It does not really matter if you are a Linux user or if you use one of the BSDs or even something more exotic like Plan 9. The important thing is you can learn new concepts from what I will broadly refer to as the Unix/Internet Community.
  • Mmm, what's that smell, Google+? Yes it's death: Google unhooks 'social network' from YouTube
    Google is no longer forcing Google+ on the world: people will be able to log into YouTube, and other Googley services, without having to create mandatory Google+ profiles. From now on, only those who deliberately sign up for Google+ will create profiles on the ghost town of a social network. Previously, Google harassed users of YouTube, Gmail and so on, to convert their accounts into Google+ accounts, a move obviously designed to boost G+'s sad numbers. It didn't go down very well at all – a lot of folks hated it.
  • Google to block access to unofficial autocomplete API
    Google has decided the autocomplete API it informally offers will no longer be available for “unauthorised” users as of August 10th.

Leftovers: Software

today's howtos