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TuxMachines: AMD's Radeon R9 285 On Linux Offers Good OpenCL Performance

Friday 17th of October 2014 03:38:46 PM

In complementing this week's Linux review of the AMD Radeon R9 285 and follow-up articles with some extra GPU scaling tests and Catalyst AI Linux benchmarks, here's some more OpenCL R9 285 "Tonga" performance numbers under Ubuntu compared to what was shared in the original Linux review.

For those interested I ran some more OpenCL benchmarks of the Radeon R9 285 with the fglrx 14.30 series driver on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS with the Linux 3.15 kernel against an assortment of other NVIDIA/AMD graphics cards as used in these recent Linux hardware reviews.

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TuxMachines: Feature-creep will ensure that systemd stays

Friday 17th of October 2014 03:32:46 PM

Nussbaum was, no doubt, sincere in what he said. But his remedy to avoid what has become a major issue for many Debian users can only be used for so long.

Feature-creep is a major aspect of systemd. It seems to want to take over the entire Linux system and poke its tentacles into unwanted places. And there is no better way to describe this feature than the way senior systems administrator, Craig Sanders, did recently.

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TuxMachines: Qt 5.4 Beta Available

Friday 17th of October 2014 03:28:14 PM

I am extremely happy to announce that Qt 5.4 Beta is now available for download. There are a lot of new and interesting things in Qt 5.4 and I will try to summarize the most important highlights in this blog post.

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Phoronix: Linux Testing Of The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970

Friday 17th of October 2014 03:00:00 PM
After last month's review of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 on Linux, many Phoronix readers expressed interest in seeing tests of the GeForce GTX 970, another powerful Maxwell graphics card but costs much less than the GTX 980. I now have my hands on an EVGA GeForce GTX 970 and am working on Linux performance benchmarks for this graphics card...

TuxMachines: Wine 1.7.29 Is Still Implementing DirectWrite

Friday 17th of October 2014 01:56:45 PM

A day after the debut of CodeWeavers CrossOver 14.0, Wine 1.7.29 is now available.

Going back several months over these bi-weekly Wine 1.7 development releases, developers have been working on DirectWrite support. DirectWrite is a text layout and glyph rendering API with hardware aceleration that began in the Windows 7 days to replace their GDI(+) interface. DirectWrite is an alternative to the open-source Pango and Cairo libraries. With today's 1.7.29 release, this Microsoft API is still being targeted.

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TuxMachines: IPFire 2.15 Core 84 Firewall OS Gets Fixes for Shellshock and Other Issues

Friday 17th of October 2014 01:48:20 PM

A developer of the team, Michael Tremer, has announced that the IPFire 2.15 Core 84 Linux-based firewall distribution has been released and comes with a long list of fixes, some of them for the latest security issues.

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Friday 17th of October 2014 01:40:07 PM

Fedora KDE SIG is happy to announce that latest version of KDE Frameworks 5 have just reached stable repositories of Fedora and brand new version of KDE Plasma 5 is now available in the our Plasma 5 COPR.

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Phoronix: GNOME Developer Comes Up With New Animated Image Format

Friday 17th of October 2014 01:16:10 PM
Jasper St. Pierre who we're usually talking about on Phoronix due to his GNOME contributions related to Wayland support, shared today he's come up with a new animated image format to compete with GIF...

Phoronix: KDE Plasma 5.1 & KF5.3 For Fedora

Friday 17th of October 2014 12:55:39 PM
The Fedora KDE SIG has put out new packages for the recent releases of KDE Frameworks 5.3 and KDE Plasma 5.1...

Phoronix: Clover Native Object Code Lands In Mesa

Friday 17th of October 2014 12:47:02 PM
AMD's patches to add support to compiling to native object code for the "Clover" OpenCL state tracker in Mesa's Gallium3D and for the Radeon Gallium3D driver to take advantage of this functionality, has landed...

Phoronix: Wine 1.7.29 Is Still Implementing DirectWrite

Friday 17th of October 2014 12:40:12 PM
A day after the debut of CodeWeavers CrossOver 14.0, Wine 1.7.29 is now available...

Reddit: Why is the ext4 default inode count so low? And can anyone recommend a better filesystem?

Friday 17th of October 2014 12:33:54 PM

Seriously, it makes the filesystem basically unusable on large disks. I need a better filesystem, mainly for gaming. Any suggestions?

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Phoronix: Debian Is Back To Discussing Init Systems, Freedom of Choice

Friday 17th of October 2014 12:20:45 PM
The init system discussion is back on in the Debian camp... A vote will be taking place in two weeks to look at preserving the "freedom of choice of init systems."..

LXer: Modular smartwatch runs Tizen on Edison

Friday 17th of October 2014 10:27:06 AM
A startup is prepping a modular “Blocks ” watch that runs Tizen on an Atom-based Intel Edison module, and houses modular components in the watchband links.

TuxMachines: Open source central to e-health project Danish Syddjurs

Friday 17th of October 2014 10:17:50 AM

Open source and HL7, an open standard for healthcare IT solutions, are key elements in a tender for an e-health telemedicine project to be implemented at the Danish municipality of Syddjurs. "By using open source, we aim to encourage the development of new functionalities", says Frederik Mølgaard Thayssen, IT project leader.

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TuxMachines: Dutch Parliament urges increase of open source

Friday 17th of October 2014 10:13:18 AM

The Dutch government must increase its use of open source software, recommends the the country's parliament. It wants to make open standards mandatory and use open source when equal to or better than proprietary solutions for all ICT projects over 5 million euro.

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TuxMachines: Leave No Trace Online or Offline with the Tails 1.2 Linux-Based OS

Friday 17th of October 2014 10:10:29 AM

Tails is, above all else, a Linux distribution and is based on Debian. It shares some of the characteristics of the Linux base, but it integrates a unique collection of applications that are available for users who want to remain anonymous.

For this purpose, the OS has cryptographic tools that allow people to encrypt anything, ranging from files and folders to simple email messages, users don't leave any sort of trace on the computer that is running this OS, and all the network traffic is routed through the Tor network, making it hard (if not impossible) to track the data.

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TuxMachines: Still more open source in Sweden's Alingsås

Friday 17th of October 2014 10:02:05 AM

Strengthened by experience, the Swedish municipality of Alingsås is increasingly turning to open source solutions, announced Göran Westerlund, head of the municipal IT department. “Open source is reducing our dependence on specific ICT suppliers”, Westerlund says.

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Friday 17th of October 2014 09:54:06 AM

Not since the days of 2004, when split from XFree86, have we seen such exciting developments in the normally prosaic realms of display servers. These are the bits that run behind your desktop, making sure Gnome, KDE, Xfce and the rest can talk to your graphics hardware, your screen and even your keyboard and mouse. They have a profound effect on your system’s performance and capabilities. And where we once had one, we now have two more – Wayland and Mir, and both are competing to win your affections in the battle for an X replacement.

We spoke to Wayland’s Daniel Stone in issue 6 of Linux Voice, so we thought it was only fair to give equal coverage to Mir, Canonical’s own in-house X replacement, and a project that has so far courted controversy with some of its decisions. Which is why we headed to Frankfurt and asked its Technical Architect, Thomas Voß, for some background context…

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More in Tux Machines

Sony Xperia devices are sendng your data to China

If you are using a Sony Xperia device running either Android 4.4.2 or 4.4.4 it’s advised (by me) that you install a custom ROM on your device. Several reports have appeared online that the stock firmware on these devices contains Baidu spyware that is discreetly sending data back to servers in China, you do not need to have installed any software on your phone as it’s bundled into the firmware. Read more

Nexus 6 Pre-Orders Were A Joke

Today, the Nexus 6 went up for pre-order on the Google Play Store for a grand total of five minutes by my count. No warning, no announcements, no broadcasts from the Nexus Twitter account, no excitement from Sundar Pichai or any other Android leaders, nothing. I, like many of you, had no idea that pre-orders had even started. And by the time I tried to go order, it was too late. Sold out, gone. Nexus 4 all over again. Read more

Fedora 21 Beta status is Go, release on November 4, 2014

At the Fedora 21 Beta Go/No-Go Meeting #3 that just occurred, it was agreed to Go with the Fedora 21 Beta by Fedora QA, Release Engineering and Development. Read more

Wonderful Tips to make your Car so beautiful and long-lasting

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