Unity 8 and KDE Will Be Able to Coexist on the Same Ubuntu OS
Unity 8 promises to be an evolution over the current Unity version, and it's a profoundly different piece of software. Yes, it brings a lot of new features and improvements, but it will also create a lot of issues. Like the ability to install a different desktop environment alongside, such as KDE.
Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition Is Now Back in Stock
The new Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition is now back in stock after being absent for a few days. It looks like the decision to make it freely available actually led to being sold out.
8-Way Linux Desktop OpenGL Comparison Atop Fedora 22
Beyond last week's Debian GNU/Hurd vs. GNU/Linux comparison, another set of updated benchmarks sought by some Phoronix Premium members have been a fresh cross-desktop environment comparison when running various games / OpenGL benchmarks across desktops / window managers.
I haven't run any cross-desktop OpenGL performance comparisons recently, but with the request coming in from the premium bunch, I did some modern tests on Fedora 22 x86_64. With an Intel Core i7 5775C system sporting Iris Graphics Pro 6200, I tested the following desktops from their F22 packages with their out-of-the-box settings.
NVIDIA 355 Beta Linux Driver Released, Closer To Supporting Wayland/Mir
NVIDIA this morning released their first public Linux driver beta in the 355.xx series, and it's quite an exciting update!
In stepping closer toward supporting Wayland and Mir, there's a lot of EGL improvements in the 355 series! There is now experimental full OpenGL support under EGL, the EGL_KHR_swap_buffers_with_damage and EGL_NV_stream_consumer_gltexture_yuv extensions are now supported, and other changes.
AMD Publishes Open-Source Fiji GPU Support For AMDGPU
AMD has published the initial patches for supporting the "Fiji" GPU with HBM memory, a.k.a. the new Radeon R9 Fury graphics cards, by the open-source "AMDGPU" Linux driver stack.
Alex Deucher today sent out the initial patches for adding Fiji support. "This patch set adds Fiji support to the open source amdgpu driver. The relevant mesa and ddx changes have also been sent out the their respective mailing lists."
Linux Distro: Your Best Choice?
I believe one of the biggest advantages to running a Linux distro on your desktop is the number of choices available. Linux enthusiasts enjoy a wide range of desktop environments, file managers, terminals, GTK vs Qt software, and of course the distributions themselves.
On the flip side of this coin, however, all of these choices can seem overwhelming. Regular folks that are trying to switch from other platforms to Linux are bombarded by conflicting advice and often it just leads to information overload. In this article, I’ll offer up some helpful guidelines to cut through the noise. I'm going to provide my tips on selecting the best distribution for you based on your needs, not the needs of others.
Ubuntu drone puts robotics in the classroom
The company has created a DIY kit for building an Ubuntu drone. It is a Linux-based platform with Erle’s Ubuntu core running on the APM Autopilot hardware platform from 3DRobotics. It sells for €299.
This is an all-in-one drone controller with point-and-click programming, command modes, failsafe programming and 3-axis camera control.
It uses the Robot Operating System (ROS) framework for writing robot software. It is a collection of tools, libraries created by the Open Source Robotics Foundation.