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Even With Re-Clocking, Nouveau Remains Behind NVIDIA's Proprietary Linux Driver

Monday 28th of July 2014 02:00:00 PM
Starting out the last week of July's Linux benchmarking on Phoronix is a fresh comparison of several NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards when comparing the performance of the latest open-source Nouveau driver against the latest NVIDIA proprietary Linux graphics driver. While the Kepler cards now support GPU re-clocking, the results aren't quite ideal yet.

Age Of Wonders III Is Still Being Ported To Linux

Monday 28th of July 2014 12:48:55 PM
The Age of Wonders III turn-based strategy game that was released back in March is still in the process of being ported to Linux and OS X. Developers are hopeful this well-received game will be released for the non-Windows platforms later this year...

Git 2.1 To Further Mainline Windows Support Patches

Monday 28th of July 2014 07:40:13 AM
The Git 2.1.0-rc0 release was tagged on Sunday that provides a wide assortment of improvements, new features, and bug-fixes for the Git revision control system...

Debian 8.0 Jessie Is Settling For Linux 3.16

Monday 28th of July 2014 12:00:00 AM
It looks like the next major Debian GNU/Linux release will be shipping with the soon to be released Linux 3.16 kernel...

Meson: A Next-Gen Build System Showing Promise

Sunday 27th of July 2014 11:50:13 PM
Meson is a new, open-source build system under development showing good results over the likes of SCons...

Linux 3.16-rc7 Calms Things Down For The Linux 3.16 Kernel

Sunday 27th of July 2014 08:20:07 PM
The seventh release candidate to the Linux 3.16 kernel on this final Sunday of July...

Open-Source AMD Users Report Hawaii GPU Acceleration Is Working

Sunday 27th of July 2014 01:22:00 PM
In continuation of the Phoronix article from a few days ago about the open-source AMD Linux driver should finally be working for R9 290 "Hawaii" graphics cards, it is indeed the case but it's not without some setup challenges and potential bugs...

The Power Consumption & Efficiency Of Open-Source GPU Drivers

Saturday 26th of July 2014 06:00:00 PM
Complementing yesterday's Radeon, Intel, and Nouveau benchmarks using the very latest open-source driver code, here's some power consumption, performance-per-Watt, and thermal numbers when using an assortment of graphics processors on the latest open-source drivers.

Linus Torvalds On GCC 4.9: Pure & Utter Crap

Saturday 26th of July 2014 04:20:38 PM
Linus Torvalds' latest tirade is over the GCC 4.9 code compiler...

Cauldron 2014: GCC & LLVM Will Look To Collaborate More

Saturday 26th of July 2014 03:01:40 PM
Last week in Cambridge (UK) was the GNU Tools Cauldron 2014 conference where a number of interesting GCC-related talks took place, including greater collaboration between the GCC and LLVM/Clang compiler crews...

GCC Receives ACM Programming Languages Software Award

Saturday 26th of July 2014 01:54:48 PM
The GNU Compiler Collection has been awarded with ACM's 2014 Programming Languages Software Award...

KDE 4.14 Beta 3 Released

Saturday 26th of July 2014 01:42:52 PM
While not incorporating Plasma 5 and KDE Frameworks 5 (coming later this year will be a 4/5 mix release), the third beta to KDE 4.14 is now available...

A New Video Has Us Real Excited About The New UT For Linux

Friday 25th of July 2014 07:50:16 PM
Epic Games has posted another video about their upcoming free Unreal Tournament game that is natively supporting Linux...

CoreOS Experiences Its First Stable Release

Friday 25th of July 2014 07:32:32 PM
CoreOS, the lightweight Linux distribution designed for clustered deployments and depends upon utilization of Docker/LXC software containers, has experienced its first stable release...

GNOME 3.13.4 Continues Working On Wayland & More

Friday 25th of July 2014 05:01:06 PM
Javier Jardón announced the GNOME 3.13.4 release this morning in time for some weekend testing of this GNOME 3.14 development version...

Wine 1.7.23 Has Initial Support For 64-bit Android Builds

Friday 25th of July 2014 04:56:00 PM
The latest bi-weekly development release of Wine has some semi-interesting features in store for those habitually updating their Wine installs for running Windows programs on Linux...

Nouveau vs. Radeon vs. Intel Tests On Linux 3.16, Mesa 10.3-devel

Friday 25th of July 2014 03:00:00 PM
As the second part of our Linux graphics testing this week after a Radeon R600/RadeonSI performance update with the Linux 3.16 kernel and Mesa 10.3-devel are some comparative numbers that include Intel's Haswell HD Graphics and various NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards on the Nouveau driver.

FreeBSD Developing A New Automounter, Other Features

Friday 25th of July 2014 01:45:10 PM
The FreeBSD project has issued their latest quarterly status report that covers activities for the open-source operating system made between April and June of 2014...

Guix 0.7 Can Now Install The GNU Operating System

Friday 25th of July 2014 01:25:48 PM
The Guix package manager that's designed to be a purely-functional package manager for GNU with an emphasis on being dependable, hackable, and liberating is out with its latest release...

X.Org Foundation Still Works Towards Becoming An SPI Project

Friday 25th of July 2014 01:11:20 PM
For the better part of a year, the X.Org Foundation has been evaluating a possible merger with SPI. That work is still ongoing and could be put up for a vote in the weeks ahead...

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