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SQLite 3.14 Released With CSV Virtual Table Support

Monday 8th of August 2016 05:24:03 PM
SQLite 3.14 is now available as the newest version of this popular, cross-platform, embed-able SQL database software...

AMD GPUOpen's CodeXL 2.2 Now Supports Linux With AMDGPU-PRO

Monday 8th of August 2016 05:13:41 PM
Earlier this year AMD made CodeXL 2.0 open-source as a developer tool with GUI centered around profiling/optimizing D3D, OpenGL, and Vulkan (since CodeXL 2.1) under Windows and Linux. Today marks the release of CodeXL 2.2...

Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu + Linux 4.7 + Mesa 12.1 Intel OpenGL Tests

Monday 8th of August 2016 03:11:55 PM
With Microsoft having recently released the Windows 10 Anniversary update I've been running some fresh Windows vs. Linux performance comparisons. The first of these comparisons for your viewing pleasure is looking at the latest Windows 10 build with the latest Intel driver compared to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS while also comparing the performance when manually upgrading to the Linux 4.7 kernel and Mesa 12.1-dev for delivering the latest OpenGL performance potential.

Radeon RX 460 Released, Linux Review Later This Week

Monday 8th of August 2016 01:14:33 PM
Just days after the Radeon RX 470 began shipping, the Radeon RX 460 is shipping this morning and the embargo concerning the RX 460 has expired...

Qt 5.8 Is Preparing For Its Feature Freeze

Monday 8th of August 2016 12:33:59 PM
Qt developers are preparing for the feature-freeze of the upcoming Qt 5.8 tool-kit...

ELLCC 0.1.32 Embedded Cross-Compiler Released

Monday 8th of August 2016 12:23:55 PM
ELLCC, the embedded cross-compiler toolchain that's powered by LLVM, is out with a new release...

Linux 4.8-rc1 Kernel Released

Monday 8th of August 2016 01:24:13 AM
Just like clockwork, the first release candidate / development version of the Linux 4.8 kernel is now available for testing...

Marek Continues Baking More Mesa Optimizations

Sunday 7th of August 2016 05:04:09 PM
AMD developer Marek Olšák continues leading their recent charge on looking to boost the performance potential out of Mesa / Gallium3D...

The Many Exciting Features To The Linux 4.8 Kernel

Sunday 7th of August 2016 12:41:00 PM
Today marks the closure of the Linux 4.8 kernel merge window so as usual here is our recap of all the features we've been monitoring over the past two weeks. Among the highlights for Linux 4.8 are AMD GPU OverDrive overclocking, initial NVIDIA Pascal support, a new ARM Mali display driver, mainline support for the Raspberry Pi 3 BCM SoC, HDMI CEC support, big reworks to Btrfs and XFS file-system code, and a number of new security features, among other changes.

Phoronix Test Suite 6.6 M2 Preps More Open-Source Benchmarking Improvements

Sunday 7th of August 2016 12:38:10 PM
The second development release of Phoronix Test Suite 6.6-Loppa is now available for your cross-platform, open-source benchmarking needs...

Script Makes It Easy To Deploy Steam On FreeBSD

Sunday 7th of August 2016 11:51:37 AM
With a new script, it's possible to get Valve's Steam Linux game client running relatively well on FreeBSD...

XFS Reverse-Mapping Proposed For Linux 4.8: Getting Ready For New File-System Features

Sunday 7th of August 2016 12:09:59 AM
Last week was the main XFS feature pull for Linux 4.8 while one day before the 4.8 merge window is expected to close, XFS maintainer Dave Chinner is hoping to land a big new feature...

DragonFlyBSD 4.6 vs. Linux Benchmarks

Saturday 6th of August 2016 08:53:11 PM
With DragonFlyBSD 4.6 having been released this week, here are benchmarks comparing its performance to that of the previous DragonFlyBSD 4.4 release as well as seeing how it compares to some Linux distributions.

4-Disk Btrfs RAID Benchmarks On Linux 4.7

Saturday 6th of August 2016 03:16:02 PM
Going along with the recent Linux 4.7 file-system benchmarks, here are some tests of Btrfs' built-in RAID functionality when tested on the Linux 4.7 kernel across four SATA SSDs.

New SDIO WiFi Driver Added To Linux 4.8

Saturday 6th of August 2016 02:47:36 PM
The sole new driver in the kernel's staging area for Linux 4.8 is for some SDIO WiFi cards...

Reboot Mode Driver Added To Linux 4.8 Kernel

Saturday 6th of August 2016 12:55:15 PM
The power supply updates for Linux 4.8 adds a "reboot mode" driver to the kernel...

The Speed Of Ubuntu 16.10 Currently Versus Ubuntu 16.04, Clear Linux

Saturday 6th of August 2016 12:41:53 PM
Being mid-way through Ubuntu 16.10's development cycle, here are some fresh benchmarks showing how its performance has changed (if at all) compared to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS as well as compared to Intel's high-performance Clear Linux distribution as a reference point...

PHP 7.1 Beta 2 Released

Saturday 6th of August 2016 12:26:08 PM
The second beta of the upcoming PHP 7.1 major release is now available for testing...

Wine 1.9.16 Brings Further Direct3D CS Improvements

Saturday 6th of August 2016 02:36:04 AM
Wine 1.9.16 is now available as the latest bi-weekly release of Wine for running Windows programs on Linux and other operating systems...

Intel Mesa Soon Having OpenGL 4.5, Collabora To Focus On Performance

Friday 5th of August 2016 07:06:52 PM
Collabora's Timothy Arceri, one of the firm's open-source graphics driver developers, has written a blog post about recent work they've done to the open-source Intel Mesa driver stack...

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Leftovers: Software

  • 5 Cool Unikernels Projects
    Unikernels are poised to become the next big thing in microservices after Docker containers. Here’s a look at some of the cool things you can do with unikernels. First, though, here’s a quick primer on what unikernels are, for the uninitiated. Unikernels are similar to containers in that they let you run an app inside a portable, software-defined environment. But they go a step further than containers by packaging all of the libraries required to run the app directly into the unikernel.
  • Cedrus Is Making Progress On Open-Source Allwinner Video Encode/Decode
    The developers within the Sunxi camp working on better Allwinner SoC support under Linux have been reverse-engineering Allwinner's "Cedar" video engine. Their project is being called Cedrus with a goal of "100% libre and open-source" video decode/encode for the relevant Cedar hardware. The developers have been making progress and yesterday they published their initial patches that add a V4L2 decoder driver for the VPU found on Allwinner's A13 SoC.
  • Phoronix Test Suite 6.6 Milestone 3 Released For Linux Benchmarking
  • Calibre 2.65.1 eBook Viewer Adds Driver for Kobo Aura One and Aura 2 Readers
    Kovid Goyal released today, August 26, 2016, a new maintenance update of his popular, cross-platform, and open-source Calibre e-book viewer, converter and library management tool. Calibre 2.65 was announced earlier, and it looks like it's both a feature and bugfix release that adds drivers for the Kobo Aura One and Kobo Aura Edition 2 ebook readers, along with a new option to the Kobo driver to allow users to ignore certain collections on their ebook reader. The list of new features continues with support for right-to-left text and tables to the DOCX Input feature, as well as the implementation of a new option to allow users to make searching case-sensitive. This option can be found and enabled in the "Searching" configuration section under Preferences.
  • Calamares 2.4 Universal Installer Framework Polishes Existing Functionality
    A new stable version of the Calamares universal installer framework used by various GNU/Linux distributions as default graphical installer has been released with various improvements and bug fixes. Calamares 2.4 is now the latest build, coming two months after the release of the previous version, Calamares 2.3, which introduced full-disk encryption support. However, Calamares 2.4 is not as big as the previous update as it only polished existing functionality and address various annoying issues reported by users.
  • RcppArmadillo 0.7.400.2.0
    Another Armadillo 7.* release -- now at 7.400. We skipped the 7.300.* serie release as it came too soon after our most recent CRAN release. Releasing RcppArmadillo 0.7.400.2.0 now keeps us at the (roughly monthly) cadence which works as a good compromise between getting updates out at Conrad's sometimes frantic pace, while keeping CRAN (and Debian) uploads to about once per month. So we may continue the pattern of helping Conrad with thorough regression tests by building against all (by now 253 (!!)) CRAN dependencies, but keeping release at the GitHub repo and only uploading to CRAN at most once a month.
  • Spotio Is A Light Skin for Spotify’s Desktop App — And Its Coming To Linux
    Spotify’s dark design is very much of its identity. No-matter the platform you use it on, the dark theme is there staring back at you. Until now. A bunch of ace websites, blogs and people I follow have spent the past 24 hours waxing lyrical over a new Spotify skin called Spotio.